Happy Birthday Banner

Ready to mail the Happy Birthday Banner to my dear granddaughter. I hope she likes it and it is all she was hoping for. She got the treat bags with one minor problem. The crayons melted. Well, that’s not a real surprise since it has been so hot in Arizona that some airlines had to cancel flights. That’s just crazy to a Florida girl!
Here is a shot of the whole banner laid out on the floor.

A Fun Stampers Journey die was used to cut out the base from lt. blue card stock. Heat embossed the “scales” stamp on lower half, added mermaid washi tape and used some Fran-tage powder with gold flecks around all the edges.

I have a good sized stash of eyelets, which came in handy.
The mermaid stamp here is a stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I added a few little sea critters from FSJ and S’n S stamps to the final panel after the letter was pasted down.
I cut the name letters from glitter paper with the Cricut cartridge Hello Kitty Font to make it stand out a bit.

I won’t be there to see her celebrate her birthday with her friends but my heart will be there in spirit.


Friends Meet at Rialto

To celebrate Patti’s birthday I took the 4 of us to a restaurant in the Hilton.  Of course I had to do a photo shoot.  Here is the scrapbook page.DSCN2398_edited-1

The base is an old Stampin’ Up! sheet that was an In Color in 2005 I think.  Worked well here to blend these photos.  I used a bit of FSJ’s Denim Days, backed the photos with Oatmeal Cookie to keep the blue in the photo separate.  The pattern is a scrap from Jenny Bolin I think.  The FSJ banner was cut then stamped with Versamark do I could emboss this little stamp from the FSJ set.  I heat embossed the FSJ flower in blue, wanted it a bit darker, added rhinestones.  The circle photo and mat was cut with FSJ self piercing dies – how cool is that!  I wrapped FSJ twine, made a tag for the journaling (Dylusion stamp), added a Recollections flourish and called it done.

If you want to check out Kristy’s store for some of these supplies, please go to www.funstampersjourney.com/96  Don’t forget to use Kristina’s name when you sign in.

Fruity Fall and Hounds-tooth Birthday

Two cards today! I amaze myself – lol.  The challenge at Splitcost stampers for Friday was to make a fall card using fruit.  Well, silly me thought pumpkins were vegetables so I thought of the pack of French Country Graphic 45 and used that.j-fallBlessings

Later when I say others posting pumpkin cards I looked on the Internet for help to solve my quandary.  It’s a fruit.  Oh well, I like how this turned out anyway.  I used my Gently Falling leaves in the back ground.  I stamped off each layer so it would be softer and feel like a background.  The “blessings” stamp is done in black embossing powder.  “Fall” is stamped in black on a scrap, punched, and backed on some black punched pieces.  Love my More Mustard ribbon.

My second card for today is a CASE of a stamper who was honored as Queen for the Day on Splitcoast.  j-8702_houndstooth

I used Ruth’s basic design, changing the colors she used from red and black to Rich Razzleberry and Chocolate Chip.  Different stamp set, and I embossed the birthday sentiment.

Both went together fairly quickly, the time factor was deciding what to make.

December 24 th 2001

I worked on this double page layout for a challenge at Let’s Scrap.  The challenge was to use this add for inspiration.

Since I love Graphic45 this was too good to pass on.

I had some Graphic45 paper, Steampunk Debutante, and this fabulous Woman stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

I would have enjoyed staying with the yellow theme but, alas, not the colors in the papers I had.  I have also used some Basic Grey and Bo Bunny paper.  Most of the supplies are, of course, Stampin’ Up!, can’t work without my SU!



I think I followed the sketch quite well.  I love working with a sketch rather than starting from scratch with a design.  It gives wonderful direction and still allows for freedom of interpretation.

Since the inspiration advertisement didn’t inspire me to scrap Leia, I dug through the box of photos from the past and found some from Kristy’s 30th birthday.  Last night was the first time I was able to look at photos of my precious Joey and not turn away or cry.  For the longest time, to see photos of him would dredge up the pain of not having him here that I couldn’t bear looking.  It was my defense I guess.  So often during the day my thoughts fall on him, constantly remembering what he said or did, or would like or disliked.  Not that that has changed in the least, it is just now a days I am not crying as often and seem to be accepting that he is gone and thankfully out of his pain and misery.  It is still painful to know he is gone.  It is still painful to know I didn’t do more to alleviate the power his depression had on him.  But it is getting easier to accept that what I did or didn’t do through out his life, is done.  I can’t change a thing. I just have to keep on fighting my own depression and make the best of the moment.

I hope you like my layout using the sketch and the advisement inspiration.  Now, I think I’am really in the mood for some yellow paper!

Well I’m 64

I was a screaming high school girl when the Beatles came to America in ‘64.  Seemed like fun to visit their song to usher in my birthday.  To any of my visitors old enough to remember the Fab Four I offer this video.


After blowing out 64 little candles I served up portions of lemon meringue pie complete with colorful bits of melted wax.  The kids complained of hairless fingers after taking so long to light them all – lovingly of course.  (I can’t believe they actually lit 64!)

Needless to say I was surprised and happy.  Now I am officially 64!  Thanks to DD, DS and friends.