Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hello from the High Seas

Just made a quick stop in Astoria, OR and now we're on the way to Ketchikan.

Looking forward to the cooler temps and snow!

I've made a friend at the stir fry bar and she makes me the best dishes.

I'll hopefully be back in a few days once I'm able to get a connection on the laptop.

No pictures to share just yet.

Quiet Book

I got the idea of the Quiet Book from all over the internet. Everyone was using the Jacks World line from Cosmo Cricket to make one of these so I came up with my own version.
Some of the pages are interactive. I used magnets underneath the paper to hold some of the chipboard items down. It felt so good to finally use this line since I'd been hoarding it.
I haven't decided what to do with the inside covers yet. I may cover them with paper or more paint.
The train is on magnets. Underneath the tracks are pieces of magnet so the train pieces can be stuck anywhere on either page.
The zoo animals page was fun. I took a cage from the Maya Road zoo keychain, painted it and covered it in Glossy Accents. I used pop dots behind it so its away from the page. Now my son can put the animals in the cage.
Numbers and letters. American Crafts Thickers for the numbers (I liked that they came in the same primary colors used in this paper line.) And the chipboard letters are Maya Road. They come plain so I painted and covered with Glossy Accents. Same primary colors.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More layouts...

A few more layouts made with the Chloes Closet line from Michaels......

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Anniversary and a cruise

I wish I had some way to pack everyone in my suitcase and take them with me. BUT, this is my long awaited anniversary cruise.

When our 5th anniversary rolled around, I was pregnant and too far along to do anything. We couldn't go anywhere. If you know us, you know we love to travel. So this was hard on us (me). So now, 2 years later, I'm getting my long awaited 5 year anniversary cruise - and a 7th anniversary cruise.
And Nick gets to go!

I hope I'm able to continue spoling him with the cool trips just like my grandparents spoiled me! So, we'll be on a cruise to Alaska from the 27th to the 11th of May. Yeah!

Round trip cruise means no flying! No airports, no fees, no taking my shoes off, no scanners and no smelly people in the next seat. I'm a bad flyer - I need ativan to get through a flight! I'm taking the laptop and of course the camera so look for some pictures while I'm gone. I also set up a bunch of posts with layouts and other projects I've been working on the last few weeks.

See below for the first few posts and look for more over the next 2 weeks!

Off to Alaska!

Happy Anniversary Bryan!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Banner using Sassafras Bungle Jungle papers

Here I used the new Bungle Jungle paper line from Sassafras! I couldn't wait for them to release the chipboard embellishments that coordinate with this line so I cut elements from the papers and Paper Whimsies.
Of course, the chipboard is now available so I might have to change some things!
For the banner portion, I used the Maya Road chipboard banner sheet. Its precut and comes with all kinds of precut chipboard embellishments to make a cute mini or a banner. I chose the banner.
Chipboard was painted prior to covering with paper. I cut the paper slightly smaller than the banner so that the painted edges would show. The edges are backed with the scalloped velvet ribbon from Cosmo Cricket. I love this ribbon and own several yards in all colors available. I told them at CHA they needed to keep making this awesome ribbon!
I borrowed a friends diecut machine to make the letters but you can always use chipboard letters. I was testing out the machine to see if I 'needed one'. I do. :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wooden Basket

I picked up a bunch of wooden items in the $1 bin at Michaels the last time I was there. Started altering them using scraps of papers and various embellishments.
This was made for my grandmother for Mothers Day. She's a knitter so I thought a cute little thing to put her needles and scissors in and keep by her chair would be the perfect gift for someone who has everything!

Friday, April 24, 2009

While I'm gone....

here are some ideas to keep you inspired.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Nick in New York

I get these random photos of my son from my cousin.  I'm wondering if I made the right decision to let him fly back there.....
Yes, thats my son in a dress.  Complete with matching purse and jewelry.

And that yummy goodness he's eating is a Breakfast Special.  Its one of the many reasons I like to visit New York.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


My little PC issue has been fixed.  Very glad.  Just trying to learn some new things.  Big learning curve.  This week is dedicated to blog posts containing pictures of the kid and projects.  Without a healthy PC, I found I was more creative.

These are from the SD Zoo.  We took Nick there last month and I wasn't expecting him to be as excited as he was about the animals.