Friday, June 28, 2013

~Purple Passion Party Time~

Happy Friday! 
It is raining like cats and dogs here again and the flowers are loving it!

On that thought...I'm showcasing a flowery card I created for my niece Lindsay's birthday. 
She is a young lady who enjoys good times with family and friends! 

I don't see too many creations incorporating the color purple, so this is what I came up with. 

I decorated the inside too, but...(you know me!)I did not get a pic before sending it off. 

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Prima,Doodle Deux~patterned paper
Inkadinkadoo,Morphic Flowers~clear stamp
Scrappy Cat,Birthday Wishes~clear stamp
VersaMagic,purple hydrangea~chalk ink
Martha Stewart~butterfly punch
Queen&Co~black pearls
?~washi tape,ribbon

Have a fun weekend!

Happy Crafting!

aka The Rebel Blogger

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hello Sharon!

I am thrilled today to share an awesome card created by a lovely lady, Sharon Klumph :)

I had the pleasure of working with Sharon on occasion before I retired. We had some fun times...I just love her sense of humor! 

Sharon does not have her own blog, but that does not mean she loves paper crafting any less than those that do! 

Meet Sharon:

"Hello all from the beautiful rural setting of Mercer, PA. home of the County Seat. I have lived in this area since I was 3 years old and can truly call it home! My husband and I have 5 children and 6 grandkids, who are the light of our lives! God is good. I began papercrafting after my daughter told me I needed a hobby and my husband bought me a Cricut Expression for Christmas 6 years ago. I attended a card making class with a friend and found myself at our local craft store, Pat Catan's, that very same week to get supplies to recreate a card I made. I was instantly addicted to cardmaking. To me, cardmaking is like being in kindergarten again...cutting, coloring, glueing (since there was no kindergarten in my town when I went school, I am in my second childhood!!) I walk into my craft room and feel an overwhelming sense of peace and relaxation. Hope you enjoy my creation! God's best to you today!

Sharon created this card for a graduate headed to Baldwin Wallace. 
Sharon thought "Oh dear, what to do...what to do, this graduate was involved with wrestling, football, and baseball!" 
This is her idea...incorporate all three sports into one shirt :)  
And now, drum roll please...                                           

Sharon altered a scrub shirt stamp from Toomuchfun Rubberstamps onto cardstock and used StazOn ink in saddle brown, then fussy cut to look like a t-shirt. 
She adhered seam binding from her stash for the neckline. 
The bumble bee eyes and wings were enhanced with Artful Stamper in White Perfect Puff. 
She used the Wild Card Cricut cartridge for the team name on the back of the card. Inside phrase is from the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge. 
She used a TLC stamp on the sleeve. The thoughtfully handwritten greeting was used with a Gelly Roll pen.

Front View

Back View

Inside View

I love the altered shirt idea and great detailing! 
Thank you Sharon for sharing your talent  :)

I also have some great news...Sharon has accepted my invite to become an occasional contributor on Cindy's Paper Creation! Yeah!!! Fun, fun, fun!!

TTFN and 

Happy Crafting!

aka The Rebel Blogger

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Worlds Best Grandpa ~ Authentique "Cherish"

Happy Sunday to you!  

I'm pleased to bring to you a fun and easy scrapbook layout incorporating the Authentique "Cherish" Collection that I won from one of their giveaways. 
I love the soft, vintage, nostalgic look to this collection!

I started with an MME Organic specialty glitter paper by Jen Allyson. 
I used the "Cherish"cut a parts and patterned paper for the title, Worlds Best Grandpa. And the cut a parts for the sub-title, Treasured Memories.
The photo is matted on top of the soft green and brown, striped paper also from this collection! 
I framed the photo (my husband & grandson walking in the woods behind our house) with a premade scalloped die cut I bought on Ebay and inked the edges. 
The chipboard brackets and small frame are from my stash...I inked them, then heat embossed x2 with Ranger Super Fine clear embossing powder. 
I finished this layout incorporating two wooden buttons from Bella BLVD. 

Hope you enjoyed...
Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!

aka The Rebel Blogger

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Make A Wish!

Good day to you!

I was interested on the reason of why we make a wish and blow out the candles on our birthday cakes. 
So I did a little research. 
This is what I found...

The History Of Why We Blow Out Birthday Candles
Putting candles on cakes can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks. It was their special treat to please the goddess of the moon, Artemis. 

They baked round honey cakes to symbolize the moon and decorated with lit candles to represent the moonlight to please him. 

The celebration was enhanced by the idea that the smoke from the flames of the candles would carry an offering up into the sky where they believed Artemis lived.

The tradition of lighting candles for birthdays continued in Europe. Candles were sometimes kept burning all day on a person's birthday, as a celebration and to ward off evil spirits. 

In Germany, one big candle was placed in the middle of the cake. The birthday holiday was known as Kinderfest, a celebration of the holiday but also an occasion to keep careful watch over little ones who were supposedly more vulnerable to evil spirits on that day.

Traditionally, it was believed that the blowing out of candles indicated one's prayers to the gods. The practice of making a silent wish and then attempting to blow out all the candles so the wish might be granted originated from this idea.

Some cultures believe it is bad luck to blow out the candles until after the evening meal is eaten.

Now you know!!

Trying to create a masculine themed card/scrapbook layout is a little challenging for me :(   
No flowers, no ribbon, no flourish can sometimes be somewhat 'boring' to my eyes. So this is what I came up with for my brother's birthday card. 

Scrappy Cat ~ Birthday Wishes, stamp sentiment
ColorBox ~ Chestnut Roan, chalk ink
Signo ~ White, pigment ink pen
We R Memory Keepers ~ Cream Soda, twine
Buttons, patterned paper and raffia ribbon from my stash!

Hope you like my bit of history and the card that inspired it!

Oh, one important sister said she left a comment on a previous post which I did not get any notification to approve (bad google!) 
So if anyone has left comments that were not posted, please know that I would not purposely delete any of your kind and generous comments! 

Thank You for stopping by
Happy Crafting!!

aka The Rebel Blogger

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dad's Vintage Scrapbook

My father made a scrapbook 57 years ago, of his 'tour of duty' in the Air Force. 

He was stationed in Germany, and also visited Spain and Holland. He was around twenty five years of age at that time. 

His scrapbook consists of black and white photos, of course! 
The pages are all black cardstock and he wrote his memories in white ink. 

It's slightly worn on the edges...that distressed look we all impersonate!! The photos are surprisingly in good shape. 

He has told my siblings and me some very fond stories about his 'tour of duty' and what it was like to be there.
Dad had the opportunity to revisit Germany again in 2008, at the ripe age of 77! 

I am glad that he had that chance to rekindle some of those memories. 

I feel honored he had kept these memories and documented them to share with friends and family. 
I am quite sure not very many men scrapbooked in those days??!! 

I have his scrapbook tucked safely away in a box along with my mother's vintage scrapbooks too!
I will treasure them forever! 

For Father's Day, I am giving Dad this picture frame I created incorporating a photo that was at the very beginning of his scrapbook, and under it, are the words... 'The Author' in white ink! 

This gift will bring some of those memories back to him once again.

Graphic 45, French Country ~ patterned paper, stickers and chipboard

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

I truly appreciate your kind comments! 

and Happy Crafting!

aka The Rebel Blogger

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Happy Anniversary and a Anniversary OOPS!!

Happy Sunday! 

Here in Northwest Pennsylvania it is a comfortable cool day with the sun popping in and out from behind the clouds.

I would like to share a fun card I made for my brother and his wife for their anniversary.

The tutorial is from LilseewtpeaVideos on Youtube. 

The top part is embossed with the Sizzix Swirly Vine. 
I used Cricut Accent Essentials to make the hearts.
Stamped and silver heat embossed Happy Anniversary with Fiskars All Year Greetings. 
The glitter cardstock for the base and hearts and ribbon from my stash.

Now this is my OOPS!! 
I created this easel card for my sister and her husband way back in March, but for some reason I forgot to post it!  
I don't remember all the details.  
I do know I used dimensional glaze adhesive on the letter stickers and the patterned paper is Organic Glitter by My Mind's Eye.

Happy Crafting!
Thanks for Stopping By! 

aka The Rebel Blogger

Sunday, June 2, 2013


My Purrrr-fect Special Kitty?!

I have heard of some very special dogs that are able to 'sense' and warn their human epileptic owners before a seizure is about to happen. 
I do believe that some animals have so much love, and a special bond with their owners that this 'sense' is real.

Chloe was not a real lovey, dovey cat once upon a time. 
She did not like to be held and favored being a loner. 
She would let you pet her on her terms only.

She would sleep with me occasionally, more so in the winter. 
And if she did...only by my legs or at the corner of the bed.

We noticed some gradual changes in her taking place in the fall of 2011, around the time I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October of that same year. 

All of a sudden Chloe started to sleep by my head. 

If I sat down, there she was, on my lap! 
We could pet her without her getting that 'attitude' and taking off to be alone!
Her demeanor has improved greatly, especially these past few months! 

Today, she is no longer that same cat! 
Chloe is now my shadow!! 
She begs me for undivided attention by 'getting into my face', and sitting in front of the computer screen.

If it gets past 10 pm... she is meowing at me to go to bed!

She has this routine when I get into bed...first she is on my chest staring down at me, purring away, rubbing my face. 
I think she would let me rub her all night! 
Then...when I have had enough, she will lay on my pillow with her head on my neck. 
Still purring all the while. 
She now will not move for nothing! 

It is a rare occasion that I can get a good nights sleep without my shadow Chloe by my neck!

I created this layout of Chloe about a month ago. 
The picture of her face was taken a couple of years ago. 
For some reason (due to my lack of photographic skills!) her fur looks tan, but she is silky white!! 

Could Chloe be one of those special pets and have that 'sense' ? 
I'm thinking so!


Happy Crafting!

aka The Rebel Blogger

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