Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Cuties

Good morning Gal Pals! Hope your week is going well.  Glad we're on the downhill side now.  Looking forward to the weekend and a little time in the craft room.

While catching up on the PaperCrafts blog this morning, I found a link to a cool DIY blog that had these cute, cute, cute Easter printables.  I download them and will use them for our Easter dinner at the neighbors.  Thought I'd share just in case you thought they were fitting for your table too.

Take care.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gratitude Journal

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, here's a pic of one of the pages in my Gratitude Journal / Memory Log.  I did this to experiment with some scrapbooking techniques I've been wanting to try.  It felt a little safer and less intimidating doing that experimentation on a small page format and something that was for my eyes only.  I know Staci always laughs at me when I say this, but somehow a 12x12 page just seems to scary.  I can handle a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card front just fine and even this 5x7 doesn't scare me.  But put a 12x12 in front or me and I just freeze.  Weird, huh?!  Better get over it soon as I've got lots of pictures to scrap and lots of memories and stories to capture.

3 days and counting :-)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


This was my first "stash busting" item submitted to my Gal Pals for review, suggestions and "what-were-you-thinking!" giggles.  Here's some of the great suggestions:
  • Separate the words from the corresponding face - an "Ah-Ha moment for sure! Can't believe I never thought of that!  Geez Julie, you really can color outside the lines if you want to!  There are no paper crafting police!
  • Use the faces as centers to flowers or in place of a letter "O"
  • Use the words as part of your journaling

I've been keeping a Memory Log / Gratitude Journal in my DayTimer - just experimenting with other forms of memory keeping.  Some of the pages I treat like little scrapbook pages (I'll post one of those tomorrow) and some I just doodle on.  So I decided to use one of the Brad-itudes as part of the journal.  I kind of like the splash it gives the page - don't you?

P.S.  Forgot to mention yesterday that I posted a new page on the blog that holds our shared stamp sets and who has what.  Here's the link.  You can get to it from the left-hand side of the page under the "Stamps and Tools to Share" section, the link labeled "Shared Stamps - Who Has What".

Monday, March 24, 2014

Getting Ready

This is a scrapbook page I did a few years ago.  It's the title page to what is our Travel Album. I stole the title from one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.  

It seemed fitting to revisit this page as we spent a good portion of the weekend planning and list-making for our upcoming trip to Hawaii.  

Hope you all had a good weekend too.  

(More on the Harold and the Purple Crayon theme of this page to come. . . )

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Opposite of Messy

Yesterday's post was all about being messy.  So to balance things out for the week I thought I'd share a Pinterest board I stumbled on that's all about clean craft rooms.  After looking through the pictures I think you'll agree the board's title is just perfect -- Craft Room Envy!!!

By the way. . .did you know there's a Gal Pal's Pinterest board??  Hope you'll be a Follower!  I've got lots yet to post but it's a start.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Messy but Fun!

Good Morning Gal Pals!  Great seeing you yesterday - so much fun!  

Since Val and I got a little messy yesterday - she with her sprays and me with my glue stick - I thought I'd post a few of the pictures from the Mixed Media class we took together a couple of months ago.  It too was messy but so much fun.  Above is my finished "piece of art" :-)

The woman who taught the class is an art teacher from the Bitterroot (Sadly, I can't remember her name right now).  She was a great teacher - so encouraging, urging us to just jump in and make a mess.  Loved that! Here she is preparing our paint palettes.

You can see from this next picture what a mess our work table was.

And here's a picture of Val before she got messy.  Bet you wish you had that apron on last night, huh?!  Or rather a vinyl table cloth!  I'm secretly kind of glad you left your mark on the South Conference Room!  I hope it stays there forever ;-)

And finally here's some pictures of the instructor's mixed media work.  I can only hope that someday I might be able to produce something as beautiful as some of these.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Luck of the Irish to you Gal Pals!  Are you wearing green today?

Isn't this quote/graphic cute?  Found it on the PaperCrafts MoxieFab blog.  If I can figure out how to reduce it down to a normal card size, I think I might use it as a quick and easy card front for next year -- (too late to send cards to the family this year).

And who knows, maybe my little leprechaun friend will make a bunch of copies and tape them on my teammates' office doors with hopes of bringing out plenty of Irish smiles today ;-)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thank God It's Friday!!

I don't know about you but this is kind of how I feel.  What a week!  Sure am looking forward to a little R&R and more specifically a little time in my craft room.

Made this card for my Dad for his birthday.

And then made this version for my uncle, his twin, aka "Daddy Bill".  

I kind of messed up on his - or should I say my Copic marker messed up - it dumped ink all over as I was coloring the recliner.  So I did a little trimming and "presto!, magic!" a creative deviation was born.  Can't really decide which version I like??  How 'bout you?

Have a great weekend Gal Pals.  See you back here next week.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hearts Come Home

My Honey-Bunny is coming home tonight - YEA!!!

Thought I'd share the birthday card I made him back in December.  It looks a little busy here (maybe it was in real life too??)  I tried to do more layering and textures than I normally do and use up some of the metal embellishments in my stash.  Also wanted to use the heritage 6x6 paper pack I bought a long time ago because it reminds me of all the genealogy work he does.

Getting near the end of week.  Hope you enjoyed the beautiful day yesterday.  Maybe we'll have another today?  Let's hope!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sympathy Card

This post is for Mona. . .

Remember when we were splitting up the stamp sets and talking about how the "Serene Silhouettes" set is really great for sympathy cards?  Well I saw this one on Splitcoast this morning while looking through the Clean and Simple Card Challenge gallery from last week and thought I'd share it here in case you missed it.

Not only do I love that stamp set, I love how it looks with a neutral color palette.  Plus I'm sure you have a "scrap" of ribbon that you could use and some brads in your "stash".  More "busting" to be done! :-)

Looks like we might be drying out a little today - thankfully!  Have a good one!  See ya' back here soon.

Monday, March 10, 2014

100+ days is WAY too long

Happy Monday Gal Pals!  Hope you had a good weekend.  

Can't believe it's been over a 100 days since I've posted anything.  Guess I just needed a blogging break.  But there's been a few things I've found out on the Inter-Google over the last few weeks that make me say. . ."I need to share that with my Gal Pals!".  Plus truth be told it makes me feel close to you when I write to you before heading off to work :-)

So here's a little something I found while surfing and sipping coffee this morning.  It's in the theme of Stash Busting - using leftover patterned paper, ribbon and embellies for gift wrapping. Kind of cute, huh?

Stay dry today.  See you back here soon!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Go Griz!!!

The 113th "Brawl of the Wild" is tomorrow.  Prediction. . . .Griz 31 - Kitty Cats 14.

Carved Pumpkin Inspiration brought to you by our beloved "Craft Master" Mona!  

Have a great weekend :-)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Autumn Blessings

I've been itching to play with my new Gina K "Grateful Hearts" stamp kit.  And was also missing the story telling of our lives.  Kind of my own version of the Project Life stuff that's been sweeping the scrapbooking work.  It's been well over a month since I've written the family so I decided a letter was way overdue.  Love how this turned out and had so much fun doing it.

The Gina K kits are pretty nice.  It has a bunch of stamps in the kit, coordinating cardstock and patterned paper and some ribbon and brads.  And is packaged in a nice plastic box.  Pretty good deal I think.
Maybe you can see the kit details in this pic? . . .

See you at the shop tonight!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Crafter Xtra-ordinaire!

How dag-gum cute is this little guy?!  He's part of the backing fabric for this adorable quilt Mona just finished for her daughter's new baby boy.  As always we were blown away by her talent.  And we loved, loved, loved! the colors.  Lucky baby to have such a crafty Grandma!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Flat Brads

The Universe must want me to have these!  While I was surfing my favorite blogs over morning coffee today, I found a link to a new blog with some fun cards on it and happened to notice the flat brads on one of the cards.  Thankfully the blogger did a great job of listing her supplies and I linked over to the shop carrying them.  Looks like I'll be doing a little online shopping tonight!

Had a good time at the shop last night.  Hope you have a good day today!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Baby Webster

Hi Gal Pals!

Hope you had a good Veterans Day today.  Although Cricut Man had to fly back to Alaska which made my heart a little sad, I did end up having a good day and a productive one too.

After a couple of hours of house chores, I spent the rest of my time in the craft room and made this scrapbooked picture frame for Baby Webster - Wenonah Jane Webster - who will actually turn 8 months old this week.

Kelly, one of my teammates, was pregnant when we left for Florida this spring and had the baby while we were gone.  I had such good intentions of getting the gift done as soon as I got home but sadly that didn't happen.  And then it seemed that the more time passed, the more I struggled with the design inspiration.

But Kelly, who is UM's Writing Center Director, and I have been talking recently about family story telling and particularly about the stories of the women in our lives.  Just the inspiration I needed.  

I made these "pages" to insert in the frame, but included a formatted journaling page on the back of each page with the hopes that as Kelly changes out the pictures in the frame as Wenonah grows, that she'll write some of her thoughts about her baby girl on the back of the page and slip it into a 5x7 photo album as part of her own memory keeping. 

I cropped up the photo birth announcement Kelly sent this spring and dug through my paper stash for coordinating colors of purple, pink and coral.  I don't have much baby paper but found some really pretty papers in my Stampin' Up papers and 6x6 paper packs that coordinating perfectly.

I had so much fun pulling out embellishments.  Some pearls to highlight the corners of the picture.  Used a clear button on top of some patterned paper tied with some baker's twine.  Found a cute little metal flower from SU.  Used my file label punch and a Tiny Tag "Love" stamp to tag the photo.  Found some pastel mini-diaper pins and a pink metal heart to finish off the embellishing on the first page. 

I used one of the fonts from Free Font Friday (CK Amour) and started each journaling page with a "W", the first initial of her first and last name.  Changed the font color to Sahara Sand to match the colors on the pages.

I love Winnie the Pooh quotes and thought this one I found on a Pinterest board was perfect.  I covered a chipboard heart with another patterned and added a small metal embellishment to balance the metal on the coordinating page.  The little bird on the leafy branch was a part of the original announcement but I cropped it to use as an embellishment.  I pulled out the purple from that to anchor the page with a textured purple paper I had.

There was some yellow-green in the clip art/quote - which in my perfect world I would have liked to change - but that wasn't possible.  So in order to balance the color on the pages I introduced the same color in the center of the metal flower and in the color of the "Love" stamp on the coordinating page.  "Color Balance" - is that really me talking?!  It's amazing how much I'm learning from all the scrapbooking videos I've been watching lately!  WhooHoo!  Maybe I'm ready to tackle my Grandmother's scrapbook afterall?!

See at the shop!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dangling Bats

Hi Gal Pals!

Wanted to share a link to some really cute Halloween printables from Paper Crafts.  These bats are cute on their one but can also be made to hang down from a doorway, although I think the patterns are too pretty to be scary.  There's also some other cute Fall and Halloween quotes here from Creating Keepsakes.

Hope you have a good day.  See you tonight.


Monday, September 23, 2013

An Honorary Gal Pal

He's not a female but he is my favorite "Pal" (next to Cricut Man of course!). 

Wonder if he approved of this card?

Happy Monday!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Better With Age

Playing around in the craft room today with some new Gina K stamps and paper I bought a few weeks ago.  This stamp is called Better With Age and the papers are from the Grateful Heart kit.  I used the current Fusion Card Challenge sketch.  Did some Copic coloring which was fun, although I'm realizing a need more wine colors.  Used one of the $1 stamps from Memory Lane to emboss on the purple card stock and then used the Sanded block stamp from Stampin' Up for the bottom panel.  Just thought it looked to plain with just cardstock.  Liked the way it turned out.  Hope you're having a good weekend.  Off to see the Griz Game now and will be going to the Shawn Mullins concert later tonight.  Fun day for sure.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Something New

Good morning Gal Pals and Happy Friday!

Just wanted to share an email I received yesterday about the new Cricut Stamps which match their cut files.  Kind of fun!  I plan to check it out soon.  Hope you have a good weekend.