Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Life and Cards

   Like I said in yesterday's post today's post was going to be late. This morning was bad everything that could go wrong did. Woke up at 6 to get ready for my eye doctor appointment to check my contact lenses. While I was getting my contacts in I heard my parents saying the less than three year old refrigerator broke. All of all frozen food was throwing (bone broth, berries, eggnog, coconut water, etc.) Luckily, we have another refrigerator so we saved as much as we could and put it the other one. After all that, we kept calling the eye doctor because the roads were bad and wanted to make sure they were open.  They finally opened at 30 minutes before the appointment but we got it moved to hour and half later. After that, I noticed lost my contact in my bad eye. Looked for a half hour couldn't find it canceled the appointment and ordered a new one. Half hour later I found the stupid contact lens got the appointment back. Went to it, found out I need a newer prescription and a better fitting lens. So next week I am getting a new set and will be back there in two weeks for another contact exam. $300 and one irritated dog later the refrigerator is fixed. 
  
   Now onto the promised cards.
   When I saw this sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap I knew I wanted to do it. It is such a simple design it was easy to translate it in layers. 

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Webster's Pages),  doily (Doodlebug), sequins (?), rub-on (Studio Calico came from their kit club), tag (Elle's Studio), diecut (American Crafts), and enamel dots (My Mind's Eye), punches (EK Success and We R Memory Keepers)

   I have been in the mode lately to finish off 
This card sketch is from Scrapping Everyday Miracles. 

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), patten paper (Crate Paper and Close to my Heart), doily (Doodlebug), tags (Elle's Studio), diecuts (My Mind's Eye), journaling card (Project Life), sequins (Hazel & Ruby) and staple.

   Thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to try some of these challenge sites. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

3 More Layouts

The first sketch layout I am sharing is from Scrapping Everyday Miracles 
   This layout is of photos of my mom in 1955. 
Supplies: pattern paper (Echo Park, Crate Paper and Bo Bunny), stickers (Echo Park and American Crafts), doily (Doodlebug), chipboard (Crate Paper), mist (Heidi Swapp), ,ask (The Crafters Workshop), pen (Project Life), punch (We R Memory Keepers)

   Close-ups. 


This sketch is from Let's Get Sketchy 
   This page is of my mom in the 1960s. Yes, she is wearing skis on that little snow pile.
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Carta Bella and The Paper Studio), sequins (Fancy Pants Designs), stickers (Carta Bella), wood veneer (Studio Calico)

The final one is from Sketches in Thyme
   This page is documenting my eye health journey for this month. I am sure there will be more eye layouts in the future. The photos were taken of before  and after I got contacts.
Supplies: pattern paper (LilyBee Designs, Crate Paper, and Echo Park), doily (Doodlebug), stickers (Elle's Studio, Studio Calico and SRM Stickers), stitching template (American Crafts), embroidery floss, wood veneer (?) stamp (glitz Designs), ink (Stampabilities) flair (Studio G), marker (Faber-Castell), journaling card (Project Life), diecut (My Mind's Eye), sequins (Hazel & Ruby)
  I am a huge fan of hidden journaling. I love keep my personal feelings hidden on pages.
   I used vellum stickers for "vision"  because it blends in and it makes it hard to see. It seemed perfect since I am scrapping about eyes.

   Tomorrow, I will share some of the cards I made. However, I have an eye doctor appointment in the morning so it might be late posting. 

Two pages for Two Challenges

   Since the New Year, I have been on a scrapping kick for challenges. I was in a middle of a design team vacation due to holidays and I thought the perfect way to spend it was to play with a lot of different sketch challenge sites.  
   In this post I will just share two of the many layouts I have done. 
Sketches In Thyme #137 

   This page is of my mom and a friend before heading to their dance recital. 
 Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Studio Calico and Crate Paper), washi tape (Studio Calico, Echo Park and Doodlebug Design Inc.)stickers (American Crafts, Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants Designs, My Minds Eye, Carta Bella and Echo Park), diecuts (American Crafts), doily (Doodlebug Design Inc.), Stickles (Ranger), mist (Heidi Swapp and Tattered Angels)


   Stuck On Sketches Jan 1st sketch reveal 

   This page is of my mom during her modeling shoot when she was a little. 
 Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (My Mind's Eye, The Robins Nest and Crate Paper), diecuts (American Crafts and My Mind's Eye), ink (Prima), gelatos(Faber-Castell), dollies (The Paper Studio and Doodlebug Designs Inc.) wood veneer (Studio Calico) and cipboard (Crate Paper)

Thanks for stopping by and I am sure more projects will be posted super soon.

p.s. I am wearing the contacts now with little to no  irritated eyelids now. I am going to the eye doctor this week still for another eye check-up. I am have a funny feeling a lot of those are still in my future due to keratoconus is a progressive disease.
   Now, my family have to get use to seeing me with no glasses. Every time I am not they think I don't feel well.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Winter Hiatus

   Since the beginning of the New Year I have been on a blogging vacation. Even though, I haven't shared anything and it don't mean I have not been productive. I have created 3 cards, 1 altered item and 10+ layouts. I will be sharing everything within the next week.
   The reason why I took a break was due to eye health reasons. I have had my eyes checked at the start of the year and it was confirmed I did have keratoconus (coned cornea). I am currently trying out rigid contact lenses to correct the double vision (which helps 99%) but I hate them. My eyelids are so tender from wearing them that I am dreading the time of the day I need to put them in. Next week, I have a follow up appointment to see how they are working for me but at this point I am really want to ditch them and live with the double. I am also looking for alternatives and am considering a new treatment and getting these rings in my eye so I don't have to wear contacts. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review

   This past year has been filled with lots of work. Most of them I shared here but a few projects never made it here. In other words, some of the 12 favorites of 2014 will be something new to see to some of my readers. 
January:  This page was one I did for Simple Sketches . 

February: This is one project I never shared here. It is a mini notebook that I made for Fancy Pants design team call. I used my favorite collection from the for it, Trendsetter. 

March: This is a card I got published in Life. Paper. Scrapbook magazine. 

April: This page was a Child's Play Challenges design team reveal. Even though it has been over 8 months I created this I am still loving it. 

May: This page was from my big scrapbooking weekend on National Scrapbook Day. 

June: This page was a Scrapbook Challenges sketch reveal which I submitted for Get Inspired publication. This was my first layout in a magazine. 

July: I was super busy working so my crafting time was limited. I think I ended up creating the hoop art the day before Independence day. 

August: I bet you can tell why this page is my favorite for this month. That is right it is the subject. I love my goofy dog. 

September: This page was for Scrapbook Challenges reveal. 

October: This month favorite was a sewing project. Buster's alien halloween costume. He came in second at the costume contest. 

November: This page was a Scrapbook Challenges sketch reveal. I love that I used papers up that I have been hoarding keeping for 5-ish years. 

December: This was a no brainer at picking this month's A gift bag and date ornament I made for Crate Paper's holiday challenge. I created this with no holiday theme items, The reason was I don't have any by Crate Paper. Plus, for an add challenge I only had papers from them to work with. 
      
 Here is a close-up of the ornament. 
Be sure to check their blog today to see  y project posted over their. 

Hope you have a safe New Year's eve and here is to a new year. God Bless.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Scrapping Christmas

   Even though, I document December in the dec. daily album I still scrap it for my yearly albums. Because I still had Christmas Eve photos on my flash stick I printed out extras so I could scrap them the next time I played in my studio.
I used a sketch from Stuck?! which I believe is the first time I am playing but I am a long time follower. That is what happens when I am caught up on design team work. I get to play on sites I follow. I am also linking this up to the current issue at Paper Issues. 

Here is the sketch I used. 
 Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (American Crafts and Crate Paper), washi tape (American Crafts and October Afternoon), stickers (Lillybee Designs, My Mind's Eye, Studio Calico and Glitz Designs), stamps (7 Gypsies), inl (Stampabilities),doily (The Paper Studio), gems (THe PAper Company), chipboard (October Afternoon), wood veneers (Studio Calico), punch (Fiskars), pen (Project Life),and modeling paste (Liquitex)

That little ornament I hand cut from a Crate Paper non-Christmas line. 

   For Christmas I got this cool new mask from Prima. It is a doily and my mom knows I am huge doily fan. Thanks, Mom.
This is probably a record for me on scrapping Christmas photos. I think the reason was that I only took a handful and took a movie for 30+ minutes.
Hope you are enjoying your last 2014 week.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dec. Daily

This year, I decided to do another album to document the days leading up to Christmas. Even though I never completed last year I still wanted to do it. This year was very low so it was easy to keep up-to-date. I didn't have any design team projects, home decor projects, or really any handmade gifts to make (just a sweater I knitted for Buster, two dog toys, a scarf and cocoa mixes). Plus, feeling not like Christmas here made for the less work I would have like doing. 

   Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share a little peek at my Dec. Daily album. I took a Sn@p album from Simple Stories and decorated it. 
I ended up using products from a lot of different holiday collections that I only had scraps of. Now,I am almost out of all holiday embellishments and I did use up a lot of paper scraps.
 I also add a CD case to my Dec. Daily albums so it can hold a disc that I burn with all of the dec. photos and videos.
 The spread is of the first 2 days of Dec. Our tree top broke on day one.
 This is days three and four. I started Buster's sweater on day three and wrapped gifts on day four
 Day nine I made my favorite Christmas cookie, Gingerbread. Those went by so fast this year tha I had to make two batches.
 The 21st I rewrapped a gift (long story on that), and decorated the table.
I am happy to say this year album's will be done shortly. I just have to finish the 24th and 25 pages. I already have the photos edited.
I am linking this up to S.W.A.T. extra winter fun challenge