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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wedding in the Family!!!

Today I want to tell you a little bit about an exciting event in my family.  I do have a couple cards to show you, so read along and we will get to that.  But first about some people I love dearly!

This past Saturday we had a wonderful event in our family.  My nephew, Joel, got married to a really lovely girl, Renee.  If you have been following my blog for a while, you have seen some of the projects I have done for my "almost niece"  well, now she is officially my niece!  We are so happy to have her as part of the family!
This is a picture I took of my very handsome nephew Joel.  I can't believe he is a married man.  It was only a little while ago that I remember him telling my parents and his "Aunt Kristie is going to marry that man, she's in love with him"  that was about 25 yrs ago.  Now he is married, WOW!!!
Here is Joel with his bride, Renee.  Isn't she beautiful?!?  And she is as sweet as she is beautiful.

The wedding was held at Camp Turner, which is a group camp at Allegany State Park, in the southern part of New York State.  The wedding ceremony was held outside and the weather cooperated, the temps were in the 60s and it was a gorgeous day and a beautiful wedding. I can't wait to see the photos they had taken by the photographer.  They went to some beautiful areas in the park for the formal shots. 

I took over 400 pictures myself during the wedding and reception.  Some of them turned out great!  I'll share some of them at a later date.

The reception was fabulous!  Renee made so many things for the decor!  They all turned out gorgeous. Being a crafter, I know how much time and love she put into everything she made and all of it was beautiful.

Dinner was excellent and the dancing was amazing.  I dance a LOT and had such a great time!  This is the first time I've danced in years and this new hip made it all possible.  Can you tell that I had a wonderful time at the wedding? 

Now for the projects I have to show you.  I made two cards for the wedding.  One that Dave and I gave them and one for our son, Jaryd, to give them. 
                          
This is the card I made for us to give them.  These are the colors of their wedding along with a little accent of purple.  Just beautiful, love the combination.  In fact, if you have been following, you have seen this paper here before.  I had the beautiful vellum in my stash waiting for just the right project.

I hand drew and cut a heart template and traced it onto the vellum.  Once that was cut, I ran it through my Xyron.  I find this to be the easiest way to adhere vellum and not show the adhesive.  I adhered the vellum heart to the turquoise card stock and hand cut around it to give it just a bit of an outline.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card. 
The inside sentiment, as well as that on the front, were printed from my computer.  I signed our names to the blank piece that you see on the bottom.  I love how this card turned out! 

This card was an odd size measuring about 5"x5.5" which meant that it didn't fit into a standard sized envelope.  My solution was to take an envelope that was 5.25"x7.25" and cut it down a bit.  I sealed it shut and formed a new flap at the side.  I then attached two hearts to the front of the envelope and wrote their names on one of them.  Turned out beautiful!
                           
This is the card I made for Jaryd to give them.  He said he wanted something that was nice, but not all flowery and frilly.  He was happy with this one. 
I found some purple paper in my stash and also some vellum with gold flowers. I ran that vellum through the Xyron to attach it to the purple paper.  The sheer ribbon was tied around this piece and attached with foam tape to a standard sized cream colored card.

The heart was cut from cream card stock and sponged with brown ink and the small 'crystals' attached to the side, then onto the card with foam tape.

When I was getting the "Congratulations" stamp out to use on the inside of the card, I found this "Love" stamp and had to add it to the bottom of the card.  I thought it really completed the card.
Here is a close up of the beautiful design on the vellum and the ribbon I used.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like the cards.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I love feedback!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Annual Pumpkin Hunt layout

First let me apologize for the quality of the pictures today.  There is no natural light at the time I'm taking them.  The weather just doesn't want to cooperate with me these days.  Can't take layout pictures on a cloudy rainy day.

I have my second "Annual Pumpkin Hunt" layout to show you today.  These pictures were taken after 'the hunt' when we went to dinner.  We had such fun at Quaker Steak and Lube, having dinner, acting silly and laughing a lot.

Isn't this just the cutest picture of my Mom on the bottom of this page?  I just love it.  She will be 86 in November and I think she looks just great, don't you?  Anyway, I digress.  The leaf on this first page was made using a Creative Memories journaling template.  I just traced it and cut it out.  The buttons on both the pages are from my stash, I believe I got them at Joann's ages ago on a clearance sale, but I don't know what company they are from.
                              
On this second page I used one of the Leaf stamps from QKR Stampede that was left from the ones I made for my other Pumpkin Hunt layout.  The little pumpkin was made using the Cuttlebug.  Flowers are from my stash and as usual I have no idea what company they are from, sorry about that.  The little journaling tag is from a set from Paper Crush that I got at Tuesday Morning, I do love that store. 

I'm not sure about this layout, I think it still needs something, but I don't know what.  Have any ideas?   Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by, come back again soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Let's Talk Turkey Blog Hop

Welcome to the QKR Stampede Let's Talk Turkey Blog Hop!  If you are coming from Jessica's blog, you are in the right place!  Great project she has posted isn't it?   If you have come to my blog first, you will want to go start at the beginning of the hop at the QKR Stampede Blog.  You won't want to miss a single post from our design team.  If a link doesn't work somewhere along the line, have no fear, you can go back to the QKR Blog and click on the link from there.  Be sure to go to each blog, leave a comment and then go back to the QKR Blog and comment there that you have gone through the entire hop.  There will be a lucky winner who will receive a $20 gift certificate from QKR Stampede.  So be sure to comment on all the blogs for that chance to win.

So let's see what I have to show you today.  I thought I would give you an example of a way to use stamping on your scrapbooking layouts.  Stamps can be used in so many different ways, but I think most of us think of them as something to be used on cards.  That isn't their only use, as you can see here.  On this layout I used the Leaf stamp from QKR Stampede.  I love this stamp, as there are so many different ways that it can be used. 
This layout is about my very favorite fall activity.  Going on our annual pumpkin hunt.  We have been doing this since my kids were very young, they are now 18 & 20, but they still love this day out with Mom and Grandma. 

For all the leaves I gathered all kinds of scraps that were in fall colors, including some patterned papers, some of which were polka dots and paisleys.  I stamped them with the Leaf stamp, using Black Onyx Versafine ink.  I then 'fussy cut' all the leaves.
I usually start my layouts by positioning the photos, but this time I knew where I wanted the leaves, so I put them around the bottom of the pages.  Some of them I attached with my ATG Tape Gun, some I attached with foam tape to give a bit of dimension.  Next, I placed the photos and added the text.  The "Fall Fun" is a mix of chip board letters from a few different sets.   The "Annual Pumpkin Hunt" was cut on the Cricut Expressions with the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  The "2010" was done with some rub-ons from my stash.  I added a few more leaves to the layout and I love the finished project.

I hope you like my layout and will consider using some stamps in some of your scrapbooking too.  I'd love to hear what you think of my layout, so please leave me a comment and become a follower if you like. 

Now from here you will want to hop on to Carol's Blog - Stamp Alley and see what wonderful project she has to show you today, it is sure to be inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired in some way, come back soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thanksgiving place cards

In today's post I'm showing you some place cards to be used for Thanksgiving.  They were all stamped onto white card stock with Versafine Black Onyx ink then colored with watercolor crayons.  
All three of the images are from QKR Stampede.
The "I'm thankful for..." and the names were printed from my computer then the image was stamped and colored. 
This first one I used the beautiful Rose Label which measures 4 1/4" x 2 1/2"  I have this image mounted onto dark brown card stock.
For this Second place card I used the Thanksgiving Feast stamp which measures 2" x 2"  I mounted this one on a gold colored card stock. 
                                   
This third place card was made with the Leaf stamp, which measures 3" x 2" and is one of my favorite fall themed stamps.  Although it could be as easily colored green and used for a spring or summer purpose.  This one is mounted onto rust card stock. 
Here is a picture of the three of them together.  Although they are different sizes, I think they would look beautiful on any Thanksgiving table.  Variety is the spice of life you know.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have been inspired and have enjoyed seeing what I have created.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow, October 22nd, for the QKR Stampede Design Team Blog hop.  This will be my first time participating in the blog hop.  I'm sure you will be inspired by the projects the team has planned to show you.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall leaves and Happy Birthday

It is a beautiful fall day here in the Buffalo, NY area.  Sunny and about 60 degrees.  Personally, I'd like it about 10 degrees warmer, but in this area it would be a little unseasonable, but that would be fine with me.  It has been gorgeous though, let's hope it continues.

Today I'm showing you a birthday card.  I love this leaf image (also available in digi form) from QKR Stampede and have been playing with it a lot.  As we all know, I have a huge stash of scraps, so I went to my scraps and found some fall colors, stamped the image onto them and cut the squares.  I then attached them to a piece of cream colored card stock.  I don't often ink edges, but in this case I thought it helped to soften the over all look.
 
I stamped the Happy Birthday with a stamp from the Happy Birthday set from QKR.  This is a great set as it includes 4 different sentiments.  I used the same scraps for the sentiment and it's layers, then attached it. 

I found this orange "ribbon" in my stash and attached it to the card stock and then attached the whole thing with foam tape to a piece of brown card stock, again from that famous scrap stash. 
You can see below that I used another piece of ivory card stock with inked edges on the inside. 

I hope you have enjoyed my post for today and that you will come back soon.
Leave me a comment and become a follower if you wish.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Please eat more oatmeal!

Today's card is a plea from a cute little turkey to eat more oatmeal.  This is another wonderful QKR Stampede image called Thanksgiving Feast.  

I stamped Thanksgiving Feast onto white card stock and colored it with water color crayons.  I printed the "Please eat more oatmeal!" from my computer.

For the card base I used kraft cardstock cut to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"  The image was trimed and adhered to brown card stock from my stash, then onto a green card stock, again from my stash.  Before adhering this to my card base, I attached ribbon (Tumblebeasts Ribbon Accents) around it, then attached it all to the kraft card stock with foam tape.  Last I added the orange button to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have been inspired and have enjoyed what I have shown you today, I sure had fun making it.  Leave me a comment and become a follower if you wish.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A chance at some blog candy!

My blogger friend Enfys is giving away some wonderful blog candy on her blog.  Enfys spends part of the year in England and part in the US.  Right now she is here in the US and is having her "Best of Both Worlds" give away.  Go to her blog and see what wonderful things you have a chance to win.  Just click on her name and you will be taken right to her blog. 
While you are there, take some time to look around her blog, she has some wonderful projects that will surely inspire you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thursday QKR post

Hi All! Today I am showing a card made with the Happy Tummy image from QKR Stampede. This is my first posting that will also be posted on the QKR Blog, I will be posting there every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Be sure to stop by the QKR blog often, as the design team will be posting daily with some wonderful projects to inspire you.

I love how this card turned out. First I stamped the image onto white card stock with Black Onyx Versafine ink, then colored it with watercolor crayons. I then stamped another image with Whispers red ink and cut out the top and bottom of the apple. Once I 'fussy' cut the image I glued the red 'skin' to it.


I created the apple card with my SCAL2 program and cut it with my Cricut Expressions. The Happy Tummy image was adhered with foam tape to give the card a little dimension and the dash lines were done with my White Ulitmate Gel Pen.


The 'Celebrate' is a Forever in Time Vintage Classics Rub-on.


For the inside of the card I cut a smaller apple with my Expressions from white computer paper and printed the sentiment from my computer, then adhered it with my ATG Tape Gun.


I hope you like this card and will stop back soon. Also be sure to check out the design team members who are listed at the right of my blog. Each one is linked to their blog where I know you will find some wonderful projects and lots of inspiration.


Thanks for stopping, leave me a comment and become a follower if you wish.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall card

Hi all! Today I'm showing you a card that I made with one of my favorite 'fall' images from QKR Stampede.

I stamped "Pumpkin Vine" onto white cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx ink. I colored it with watercolor pencils and trimmed it down. This card measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" with the fold at the top of the card. The 'fiber' at the top of the card is from a pack of Ribbon Accents - Wild West from Tumblebeasts that I won on this blog when she participated in a blog hop. Check out her blog, Larelyn does some really lovely projects.

Once it was adhered to ivory cardstock I drew some brown dashlines to set it off a bit.

I hope you like this card and will check out QKR Stampede to see what they have that you might like.

Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment and become a follower if you like. Have a better than average day!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!