Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I am the December COLOR ME DAISY guest designer. I received the kit on Monday and by Monday evening I had created 3 pages. I could not resist the PURE YUMMINESS of the papers and embellishments. Here are a few sneak peeks -- just to tease you a little. ENJOY!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rock your VELLUM

Take a look at a page I created recently for a contest. I used multiple strips of pattern paper and clustered embellishments around the photograph. I also ROCKED the vellum on this page. Give it a try.

I know vellum – the very word “vellum” -- can put fear into a scrapbookers heart. But fear not ladies, I will tell you about a very quick and simple way that you can incorporate vellum into your layouts. First, select a plain sheet of vellum. I purchased an inexpensive package from staples and have had it for forever. You will also need embossing powder (I like white), embossing ink, a stamp, and a heat embossing gun. Second, select a stamp that you like and using the embossing ink, apply the image to your vellum. Quickly apply the embossing powder to the moist stamped image. Shake off the excess powder and then use the heat gun to seal the powder. Be sure not to overheat the vellum, as it will easily scorch. Slowly and patiently heat the powder. At this point you are almost done. You can cut out the embossed image (as I have done here) and adhere it to paper or directly to your page. So, there you have it another simple trick up your sleeve.

You have seen this page before -- but it is another example of stamping with embossing powder on vellum.


Friday, November 7, 2008

My MacBaby is all better!

Yea! I was starting to experience extreme withdrawal symptoms without my MacBook Pro. Now, I have it back and I am so relieved.
Well, I have so many images that I have not loaded but perhaps I will start with a few of my favorite Halloween pics.

Perhaps you have noticed my Halloween banner in the background -- it was so fun to make. Here is another pic of it without the distraction of Batman and a Transformer.

I love using my family room mantle as a place to display my scrapbooking-home decor projects. And since Halloween has passed I took down the banner last night and replaced it with a Thanksgiving sign.

This was really easy to make. I found an old board in the garage and my creative wheels started to turn. I covered the board in gesso, then painted it with my Making Memories black paint. I also lightly brushed on some brown, gold and cream paint. I sanded a lot between each layer of paint. Once completely dry, I used my Heidi Swapp "New Orleans" foam stamps. I ended up with a little extra space on the end so I created an embellishment for the right corner. Lastly, I placed buttons all along the bottom because I wanted a splash of color. Easy as 1-2-3!
So the lesson is....look around your home for stuff that you can repurpose or reuse for a scrapbooking or home decor project. If you are anything like most scrapbookers that I know you have a massive stash of goodies just waiting to be used. So break them out and put your creative juices to work.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I voted -- America is BEAUTIIFUL!

We made HISTORY -- all of us together -- one people -- one nation -- one United States of America!

WOW! America is beautiful and I am ever so proud of her today. There are really no words to express my feelings and thoughts. It is overwhelming. I do keep thinking about Big Ma, my great grandmother, who supported and took care of her family in Birmingham, Alabama in the middle of the twentieth century. I know that she is smiling today. She is smiling with me.

To all of you in the USA and around the world -- I believe in the inherent goodness of all people and last night HOPE won ..... we won and I am full of joy.

Now, on a very insignificant yet sad note, my laptop is gravely ill and until I get it back from the repair shop I am unable to load some of my favorit pics. Please wish my macbaby a very speedy recovery.

Be well all,