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Yesterday, I loaded a few new products available in the shop. I have a bit more to load and will get those up as soon as I can.

If you are a Mister Huey lover, you will want to check out the three colors I have listed so far: Taxi, Dark Calico and Silver.

If you are loving the Studio Calico wood veneers, I ordered some more of those and have received the Birds so far! They are SO cute!

Also, I have ordered some of the American Crafts Glitter in Silver and Bubblegum.

Check out the great low prices! I’m ready to ship to you today!

Start to Finish: Mama in Waiting

Last week I shared about a new focus I have had on using up some of my scraps to make them as useful as possible for me and create new layouts from loved paper.

The first layout that I created with my scraps was simply just playing around with various layers and lengths to create something that I liked.

I started with a base layer of paper from the Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic collection on the B side. I began playing with various scraps until I got to a pile that I liked together before I adhered anything down.

I inked the edges of all the papers with Wild Honey Distress Ink to give it a different color of pop. I then grabbed the Postage stamp by KaiserCraft and inked up a bit of it before lightly putting it on the background. I wanted it to show up but then I really liked the washed out look that I achieved with my faulty stamping. Next time I will prime my clear stamps.

Now it’s time to add some texture and resting places in the background. The Pink Paislee mask is just perfect for this.

Secured nicely in place with some Tissue Tape (could also use Painter’s tape if you didn’t want to use up Tissue Tape).

Using acrylic paint, I added the mask in places. It’s important to use a light touch and a stipple brush with a flat end to get good coverage. I also pulled some of my new washi tape from a washi share I was in and placed it on the sides to give extra added interest.

Grabbed my two photos for this project and I really couldn’t tell you what I cut them down to as I eyeballed what would look good on top of the pile. I then added some 1 1/2″ punched circles in a tone-on-tone polka dot as well as clusters of buttons tied with twine and a few other paper embellishments.

I thought the white paint was a bit stark so I went over the areas lightly with my Ink Blending Tool that I had used to apply the Wild Honey Distress Ink with earlier.

Still a bit undefined on the white parts so I added some pen work with my Copic Multiliner 01. Then went over in the corners with a bit of Silver Mister Huey. It doesn’t really sparkle in the picture as it was drying but there are little flecks I can see in person.

A bit more pen work was needed to tie things together. I also grabbed my American Crafts Remarks stickers that don’t stick worth a darn. Rather than fighting with them to remain sticky, I traced around the edges of the letters with the Copic Multiliner 01 and loved how it turned out. I had already put a pen mark under the one letter but I’m okay with how it looks.

And now that it is finished, I love it! You can see every paper that originally started in the pile, my scraps stash is down a bit and it makes me feel good to start working on the story of Sookie’s pregnancy.

I know I bounce all over in my scrapbooking as the other layouts I did this weekend were for the Wedding album, the Farm Life album and then just the 2012 album. I love the ability to do this in scrapbooking as my mind doesn’t work in a straight line and I have to jump around as my mind does.

Again, if you are interested in joining in on the Inspired by Shimelle Challenge (deadline is June 30th), feel free to share your links below!

Memorial Day Weekend Wrapup

This weekend was full of some great times! We had a nice relaxing weekend together (hubby and I) and had some great experiences together.

1. Aretha got to go on her first road trip to my dad’s deer camp. She loved peeking out the window as we got ready.
2. Puppy kisses in the car are so sweet!
3. Stopped at Barbed J Ranch to care for the animals (chickens, goats and guineas) while they were out of town. Aretha got to check out the Chicken area.
4. During dinner Aretha explored the cabin and wore herself out.

5. Quite the lazy day. Ended up going and playing Bingo that evening. I won a door prize drawing which gave me $10 in Pull Tabs that were all duds.

6. Aretha was worn out still and decided to take a nap right after getting out of her kennel. Crate training is working well and we just keep pushing on through the house accidents. She is 8 weeks today!
7. And only moments later she thought it was playtime.
8. Hubby and I are so ready for Scarborough Faire. It was my first time to go.
9. Strawberry Italian Ice on an orange! So yummy!
10. Cool Kleenex Box cover in houndstooth.
11. Loved the handmade pottery. The star candle holder is awesome.
12. Since I was enjoying myself, and because hubby wants to go to Texas Renaissance Festival in the fall, I tried on a full outfit to wear while we are there. I loved being in the bodice as it made me feel amazing. I am thinking of going with the sage green in the fall when we purchase it.
13. Gorgeous handmade leather butterfly hair-pins.
14. Christophe the Insultor was hilarious!
15. Iris and Rose made me snort!
16. We sat at King’s Pub and listened to this group sing some traditional Irish songs. Hubby knew the singer on the far left.
17. This Celtic Cross was standing on the grounds and since I knew I didn’t have a picture of hubby I had him stand there. Love him!
18. And Scarby is done! I ended up with a slight sunburn, very sweaty and a bent toe nail (worse than I can explain).

I love all the little stories as well as events this weekend. Doing a weekly wrap-up has helped me in finding the stories that I want to scrapbook and share with others. There are times when I am posting these that I could go off in tangents on each different photo. I do tend to journal those things so I can remember them later when I am scrapbooking.

Tomorrow I will be sharing a Start to Finish of a layout that I created this weekend using some of my scraps. I was able to create a total of 4 so far as well as a card for an Etsy order. I have so many more pieces that I have cut and am itching to get back to work on them.

If you are looking for the Linky for the Inspired by Shimelle Challenge, link up below! :) You have until June 30th at 11:59 pm CDT to link up your projects for the chance to win a $25 2 Peas Gift Certificate! More info is available here.

Using up Scraps

This week Melissa Stinson, also known as ScrappyJedi, has had a tribute of posts going up about ways to use up your scraps. After looking at my scrap stash and seeing how overflowing it is, I decided to jump in and combine her challenges with a video that Shimelle Laine had posted in the Cover to Cover class this week.

The first thing I did was pull out some of the scraps from my bin. I wanted to start small so I didn’t grab them all since I just didn’t have enough room for all of them in my small space. I used my trimmer and began to cut random different strips, squares and rectangles from the papers.

After I had cut all of my scraps that I chose down to sizes that I knew I could work with, I went through and sorted them into three piles. The three piles were:

1. Long strips (less than 3″ wide and longer than 6″)

2. Squares

3. Rectangles (anything of a rectangular shape or a strip less than 6″)

From there, I had a good basis on where to begin so I began to play with my scraps to make scrapbook pages. I knew I would love what I created because I loved the papers enough to make scraps out of them so it was a win-win situtation.

I have a few different layouts I’m working on right now and will have them up to share with you this week.

And since Aretha is growing so much, I thought I would share a photo that I shot this morning of her. She is now 7 1/2 weeks old and so fluffy and adorable.

Random Layouts

This past week I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to carve out much ME time to scrapbook. I was able to complete the following two layouts though and hope to get back on a roll now that school is almost out (5 more days).

Another layout from our Road Trip to Austin, Texas. We stopped in Waco on the way back and had AMAZING food. I went back and re-used a technique from Glitter Girl on using up scraps by piecing together the top and the bottom strip with photos in between. I had done this before on a layout about My Girls for my wedding and it was easy to format down to an 8 1/2 x 11 and use up a ton of scraps.

Just a bit of washi and some buttons help make this layout complete.

For this layout, I started with the current Starting Point that Shimelle put on her blog this week. I combined a scrap of Studio Calico from the Abroad collection (love the polka dots) and then a strip from the Basic Grey Out of Print collection for the base. I layered it with a scrap from the My Minds Eye Happy Day collection {yellow), a jar cut from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy collection and a bit from Bazzill Basics Vintage Marketplace collection (blue).

Once I had the photos down, I kept layering in the bottom corner until I felt it was done. There is a lot of just random stuff from the heap of embellishments I have. A corrugated bracket leftover from a previous misting project, a sticker from Glitz Designs, a few brads, some twine around the jar, and a few random stickers as well.

Since I didn’t have enough of one type of Thickers for the title, I decided to just combine three and let it be. After a bit of pen work, it was done.

Now, here’s to hoping that some of my creative inspiration comes back as the days go on.

And We’re Back…

Little did I know that when I sat down to write my blog post this morning that my site would be down…. AGAIN! Over the past few months it has been happening on a more frequent basis so while I was down this morning I went and hunted out a new hosting agent and will hopefully be up and running with them in the next few days. {I want to make sure all is selected and transferred correctly.} You will not be affected by this in any way.

I know that normally I do a Start to Finish on Wednesday, but I simply haven’t been able to FINISH my project this week. I hit a roadblock on it and had to set it aside. It happens to all of us.

So what I do want to share is that right now I have an amazing offer for you. I have cleaned out my paper stash and filled Medium Flat Rate boxes with all of the paper and cardstock that I no longer want to hoard. The paper is from manufacturers like: Basic Grey, Prima, Webster’s, Graphic 45, 3 Bugs in a Rug, Bazzill, Creative Imaginations and more. Each box contains approximately 250-300 full 12×12 sheets of paper!

I have a few of these boxes available and they are selling in my Etsy shop for $45 to US/APO addresses which INCLUDES SHIPPING!

End of the Year

I seriously wish that all of my students felt this way about exams but sadly most of them feel more like…

Since I am stacked high with grading, I might be a bit distant this week as we officially finish school on Friday and then have next week (4 days) of intense remediation for those who are trying to regain some credits before Summer School.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!