Monday, July 29, 2013

The Tap Dancer

Hello and Happy Mojo Monday! 

While I was making this, the thought came to mind.... I have never done a layout of myself! You may ask yourself why?!  
The answer is.....there are not very many pics of me to be had. I have always, absolutely, positively detested getting my picture taken! 
Any of my family members will attest to it. 
The profile picture for my blog and Google+ is about as good as it gets!!


I started with Bazzill card stock and sprayed it with Mister Huey's color mist in Sunshine and Inky Black. 
Layered with Graphic 45 French Country-Montage and some of Authentique-Blissful  paper pack. 
Used an EK Success punch on the corners then adhered tiny pieces of black glitter cardstock behind them. 
The Prima flowers and a delicate see through leaf were attached to a chipboard ring adorned with black satin ribbon. 
The chipboard ring circling my face (UGH!) is adorned with gold satin ribbon and the hatpin is made by Christina Griffiths at card-making-magic.com
The title was cut from the Cricut Ashlyn's Alphabet. 
To finish this layout I added some metal art pieces from K&Company.

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This picture of me and fellow tap dancer's was in my mother's box of keepsakes. 
She had it tucked nicely in my baby album. 
You can tell by the look on my face, even way back then, I was not happy getting my picture taken!

I can remember my mother bragging about this picture. 
If she was here today, she would of been so proud of this scrapbook layout!



If you feel like giving my blog some love, it would make my Mojo Monday even more mojo!!
  
                            
As always....Happy Crafting!

TTFN!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thinking of you

Hi!  
I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Okay...there is a delicious, wonderfully pleasant aroma coming from my kitchen. It's distracting me from my work at hand. All I can think about is dinner!

My hubby is frying up some freshly picked green peppers. We absolutely love this time of year, fresh veggies from the garden, and just picked corn on the cob! I am in heaven right now!!

A quick post today as I don't want to miss dinner! 

Found this card while organizing my scrapbooking magazines. Someone (not me!) happened to lay it on top of them and it was lost for awhile :-(
I made it earlier in the spring. I remember it was a drab and dreary day. The cheery, springy colors in the paper helped brighten the day and my mood! I am so loving this paper collection!


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Recipe:
DCWV, The Spring Fling~patterned paper and cut apart label
Fiskars~border punch
Cricut, "Just Because" Cards~cartridge
Fiskars, All Year Greetings~clear stamp
Crystal Stickers, Mosaic Cream~bling
Flowers~my stash



Hope you are having a fantabulous summer so far and don't forget to enjoy the sweet earth's bounty!!


Happy Crafting!
TTFN!



Monday, July 22, 2013

Why Christmas In July?

Have you ever truly wondered...why Christmas in July?

The earliest known occasion to make the phrase 'Christmas in July' literal was in July 1933 at Camp Keystone, a girl's summer camp in North Carolina, which celebrated with a Christmas tree, gifts, and a visit from Santa Claus!

In the southern hemisphere, winter falls in July. Therefore in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, in order to have Christmas with a winter feel, Christmas in July events are held. 
In the northern hemisphere, some people throw parties during July that mimic Christmas celebrations, bringing the atmosphere of Christmas but with warmer temperatures. 

In some western countries, July has a limited number of marketing opportunities. In the United States and Canada, there are no national holidays between the first week of July and Labor Day, leaving two months with no holidays. Therefore, to justify sales, shops will sometimes announce a Christmas in July sale! 


My mother always started her Christmas shopping in July but never really said why or if she did, I forgot (no surprise!)....now I know...she was a smart and savvy shopper! 

So, on that note... I don't start my Christmas shopping in July but I have actually started making my Christmas cards and tags earlier this year since I now have more time to hang out in my little crafty space! Does that count??!! 



INGREDIENTS
The Paper Studio, Old World Winter ~ patterned cardstock
Fiskars ~ border punch, circle punch
Snowmen, sentiment, ribbon and button from my long lost stash!



Happy Crafting!
TTFN!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Freedom Farms Market

For quite sometime, my sister, Tracy has been talking about a reality TV show on GAC that she wanted me to watch, called Farm Kings. It is about the King family and their farming life in Butler, PA, which is located about 25 miles from my home. They also have a bakery, a cafe and a farm market.

Well, guess what was on my sister's list of to do's when she came up to visit...yep, you got it right...we went to the King family's Freedom Farms Market!


Freedom Farms Mission Statement:At Freedom Farms we strive to provide the community with the freshest, most nutritionally dense food in our local area. Our goal is to be the community’s new standard when it comes to fresh meats, just picked produce, tasty baked goods, and family friendly service. At Freedom Farms, we truly are Born to Farm.


Their chickens, cows,and pigs diets are all natural. They are all pasture raised and free of antibiotics and hormones! :)



Pete King (pictured below with my sister) makes a tomato basil pie that's to die for!!  

Tracy & Pete (The Human Harvester) @ Freedom Farms Market

Check them out on Facebook here Freedom Farms.


One final note...I am speaking for myself of course...mama bear Lisa King has some good looking sons!! 



Good Luck to The King Family!




TTFN!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fluttering Butterflies

Hi folks! 
Cindy here, with another creation!

I have had a busy, fun filled week! 

My sister, and two nieces were here from Florida visiting. Everytime she comes home, she has a plan for everyday.

One of those days was a sleepover at my brother's. He and my sister-in-law just bought a new home...with a pool!! The weather has been unbelievably hot and humid, so the cool water was a wonderful treat!

It also happened to be my sister-in-law's 60th birthday on Sunday. 

So, of course I want to share the card I made for her, incorporating her favorite color. 



The butterfly tutorial is 
 from beccastamps


Recipe
Martha Stewart ~ butterfly punch
Fiskars ~ flower border punch
Scrappy Cat ~ clear stamp
K&Company ~ adhesive gems
StazOn ~ black ink
? ~ scalloped stencil template
ribbon and patterned paper from my stash



Thanks for stopping by
and 
as always,
Happy Crafting!

TTFN!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Scrapbooking Scraps

Happy hump day to you!
Cindy here with some happy stuff...


I not only got published once but twice in our local community Weekly Bargain Bulletin!!  :-) 

After I sent a pic of my scrapbooking layout of my granddaughter and invited Jamie to visit my blog, she asked to also publish the picture frame I created of my husband for the next week's publication. 





It's not a national magazine but, hey... we all know that it just plain feels good to share your creations. Sending a big thank you to ScrapbookingScraps By Jamie! 
Woot, woot!!

Thanks for stopping by...
Happy Crafting!

TTFN

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Here Comes The Bride..

Hello Everyone,
Sharon Klumph here today! I hope you had an enjoyable 4th of July and celebrated our nation's independence and freedom! Even though we have our problems, we are still the best country in the world, blessed by God since our Founding Fathers!
I used my freedom on the 4th to relax in my card room and created this Wedding Card, already on its way to California to Drew and Tish Pletcher, my cousin's son and bride! I hope you enjoy.







I chose Core'dinations Cardmaker Series, Lavender Pearls cardstock for the layers along with Image+ cardstock in White.

Layers were die cut with SIZZIX BIG KICK using SPELLBINDERS NESTABILITIES, MAJESTIC ELEMENTS, RADIANT RECTANGLES. I used Wax Paper with die cuts to easily remove them when cut. (What a HUGE help this is!)

Card was edged with PAN , Violet, #470.5

I used my SCOTCH ATG with Adhesive from Scotch and ZIG 2-Way Glue, as well as Pop Dots for layering. 

Inside sentiment is a stamp from STAMPIN' UP stamped with MOMENTO black ink and embossed with RANGER Clear embossing powder. 

Embellishments are a sequin strand from STYLIT SEQUINS (SEQUINS INTERNATIONAL INC.)and Pearls both from Pat Catans.

I love my ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD by WeR Memory Makers. This valuable tool allows me to create many, many sized envelopes using cardstock on hand! I embellished the front with pieces cut from one of the layers of the Nesties!

I recommend this technique, as it is a challenge and turns out so pretty. Takes a little time, but well worth it in the end! This is what this girl did on her Birthday Weekend! (Played, played, played!) Who says you cannot play at this age?

Play while you can,







Saturday, July 6, 2013

Who Screams for Ice Cream?

Hello! 
This is one of those posts that has nothing to do with scrapbooking, cardmaking or any other paper craft.
Please, just roll with it and do not judge me. 
I am posting today to share something with the world and to relieve myself of this terrible burden.


I have two addictions!
  
Yes,I must confess, not only am I addicted to paper crafting but... okay, here goes....it's....ice cream!






Now that the truth is out in the open, I am feeling less stressed! So now I can tell you about my ice cream of choice! 
The one, the only....





EDY'S® Ice Cream - Grand Drumstick is the ultimate, most addicting ice cream I have ever had! It should be outlawed!! It is soo delicious! 







I feel I must lay it ALL out on the line.
I have more to confess...

I have been having late night jitters and the only fix that helps is just a couple of spoonfuls of ice cream. When my body reaches that point, it does not matter what kind or brand. The minute it touches my lips...it's sweet dreams for the me!




Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?


Hope you got a little chuckle with my story of true confection!


TTFN

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

...just because

Hello! 
Hope your week is overflowing with endless creative mojo!

Today I am sharing a card I created for my friend and truly the best co worker ever to be had! 
She called herself the 'good cop' at the office, and I was known as the 'bad cop'.  
I, being the slightly more aggressive type and she tends to lean towards the passive side. 
It worked out quite well for us, we made a great team!
I don't miss the 9 hour work days but I do miss my 'good cop' !!  :-)

I made this card with the Cosmo Cricket ~ Baby Jane Collection using the 6x6 paper mini deck and the ready-set-chip stickers. 
The faux stitching was created with a black LePlume marker and the Hot Off The Press- Easy Stitches stencil. 
The sentiment was stamped with Fiskars All Year Greetings clear stamp and a little square ink pad by Rubber Stampede that I have had for many years.


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I did make a matching envelope but oops, no photos....again :-(   Too, too many oops (senior moments) lately!  I guess I get too anxious or something, wanting to get my creations mailed out to their recipient...


Have a fantabulous and safe 4th of July!

TTFN 
and Happy Crafting!



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