Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Most Improbable Shot

While in Chicago, my husband and I were killing a few minutes before heading out to meet up with my brother Jay and his family who were on a sailboat cruise.  We wandered around our hotel and checked out the Gold Lounge on the fifteenth floor where our breakfast would be served.  I snapped a shot of the skyline and then noticed waaaay in the distance a lighthouse.  I started zooming in and snapped a shot of it, and then a sailboat sailed into my frame, and I automatically snapped another shot.  I said to Mark, "Wouldn't it be funny if that was Jay and company's sailboat?"  And funnily enough, IT WAS!  Unbelievable!

Here are close-ups of each page:

The red arrows are pointing to the lighthouse in the distance.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Crusin' with Close To My Heart

My husband and I recently visited Chicago, and on the advice of a friend, we stopped for lunch at a 50's diner called Ed Debevic's.  The food was less than impressive, but the experience was great for a scrapbooker!  50's decor and snarky wait staff made our visit a success.  Here's my layout using CTMH's Crusin' paper pack from several years ago:

One of the things I like to do is add a pocket to hold ephemera--in this case the receipt from our lunch.  I just put adhesive on the sides and bottom of the photo mat, leaving the top open so I could slide the receipt in.

Yes, our waiter's name was Popcorn, lol.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Long time since I've posted anything here, but I had to share this LO.  Background paper is from an OLD Christmas stack.  Everything else from my stash.

I kinda love it!  Leave me some love in the comments if you do too!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nautical Cards

I made a graduation card and a set of thank you cards for a gift for a recent grad.  Take a look:

Next I needed some kind of holder for these cute cards so I made a cute notecard holder that looks like this:

If you want to know how to make one of these, check out the Club Scrap video on YouTube HERE.

This is what my holder looked like flat:

It is super easy to make following Tricia's directions in the video.  I made mine a little bigger than hers.  My original square is 9 inches and my holder is 1/2 inch thick rather than 1/4 inch like hers.  I also found it easier to score on a scoreboard rather than with the ruler and bone folder.  But this little notecard holder rocks!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

G45 "Twelve Days of Christmas" Cards

Here's a look at my latest obsession.  After moving to Iowa, I signed up for classes at my LSS--mostly as an excuse to get out and meet people.  I took a few classes using G45 papers, and that inspired me to stop hoarding and start using the G45 collections that I already have.  So here's what I made with last year's G45 Christmas line "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  I'd love for you to leave a comment and let me know which is your favorite!  Thanks!

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month blog hop!  If you have just come from Lala's blog, you are on the right path.  This month we are featuring a fabulous alphabet set called "Circus Alphabet."  Take a look:

If you love the look of doodling, but aren't 100% confident in your own ability to doodle letters and numbers, then this is the set for you!  Take a look at how I used this stamp set on the cover of my art journal:

I stamped the letters with black archival ink on a piece of tissue paper and colored them with Copic markers on the BACK of the tissue paper so that the black ink wouldn't smear.  The journal cover was already painted and stenciled, and I painted with white acrylic paint over the bright colors of the background where I wanted my title to go so that it would show up.  After all the paint was dry, I tore the tissue paper around the image and adhered it to my book with soft gel medium (matte).  Last I doodled and stamped all over the book.  What do you think?  Personally, I'm delighted with the way it turned out!  Leave me some love in the comments, and then hop over to Lala's blog for her SOTM creation.  Happy hopping!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


And welcome to the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month blog hop for June!  If you have just come from Judy's blog, you are on the right track.  This month we have an earth-shattering stamp set called "Kaboom!"  Take a look:

This set has so many images to play with, you hardly need paper!  Here's my card:

It's ALMOST a one-layer card.  The stripes across the bottom are a zip strip from the Jubilee paper pack, and the arrow is actually stamped and cut out--mainly because I added it at the end thinking that I needed something to focus attention on the sentiment in the center.  This was a fun and simple card to make.  Really it only took me about 5 minutes once I had played around on a few scraps to see where I wanted my stamping to go.  Do you like it?  Let me know in the comments before you hop off to Teresa's blog!  And THANKS for hopping with us!