Monday, May 26, 2014

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 53

     "Happy Memorial Day" doesn't sound right.  It is really a solemn occasion, a day to remember those who fought for our country.  I think we can be happy that so far we have won!  But the cost has been high, many lives lost, many injured.  I am happy to live in a country worth fighting for! 

      This is my entry for PaperCrafters Corner this week.  As anyone who has been to my home can attest, I love the Red, White and Blue!  This little lad is from a clipart disk called Honeyville.  I layered him onto the sheet music digitally, printed it out, die cut and inked it.  I think this is called "hybrid" papercrafting.  :o)  I popped the sentiment, and punched the border with the Fiskars Sunburst punch.  The blue strip on the right is actually attached to the inside of the card.  I used a Bic marker to color tiny pearls for added interest.  God bless America!  
     Here's the inspiration from PCC.  You've got all week to play.  Strangely, I had a little extra time today to play.  Oh, yes, it is a holiday.
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 53 Inspiration Piece (image)
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week Fifty-Two!

     I'm loving!  It is just the inspiration I have needed to get me to complete projects on a regular basis AND to make use of my blog!  :o)
     Here's this week's challenge:
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 52 Inspiration Piece (image)Hexagons!!!  I knew that was the direction I would go as soon as I saw this.   I love my Fiskars hexagon punch and my Lifestyle hexagon dies.  Although I'm not a quilter, hexagons make me think of quilts, probably because they fit together so nicely.  I used that idea to add a page to DGD's page-a-month album.  I'm not doing this chronologically, so I'm not quite as far behind as it may look.  Here's my completed project. 
Thanks for the fun, PCC!

Friday, May 16, 2014

A huge giveaway!
There's still time to enter this one!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Mondays – Week Fifty-One!

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 51 Inspiration Piece (image)
Magazine Monday Inspiration
     I may have said this before, but I am so glad to have found  I can enter the challenges using supplies I already have.  With this weekly challenge, I can even keep up. . . so far!  
    I used my wide format Canon Pro-100 (a $50 steal!) to print the picture directly to 12x12 photo paper.  I cut the borders with Martha Stewart punches and got a work out cutting letters from Sizzix alphabet dies.  (Those were also a steal at $9 a set, and I use them a lot.  Oh, I do love being a thrifty crafter!  LOL!  Actually, I don't save anything.  I can just buy lots more stuff!)  A couple of purple rhinestones and lots of stickles finish this off.  I'm filling in the months on DGD's page-a-month album. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Mondays Week 50 & DCWV May Stackaholic Card Challenge

     I loved being a Fiskateer and miss that active blog so much, but there was one--and probably only one--disadvantage of playing there:  Challenge entries could not be posted anywhere else.  Now I have a new challenge for myself:  combining challenges!
DCWV May Card Sketch
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 50 Inspiration Piece (image)
Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Challenge #50
     I started with an idea in my head for my hubby's birthday next month, but completely changed direction.  I still stuck with the idea of numbers from the Monday Magazine challenge, but went with the year to make a graduation card for my great-nephew.  (OMGoodness!  I am getting so old!  Some of the greats are already graduating from college!  We will have great-greats before long!)
     Devin's school colors are blue and white.  I found just the right papers in DCWV's Tradewinds matstack and Tradewinds Cardstock matstack.  (One has prints.  One has coordinating solids.)  The solid is beautiful glitter paper, but that didn't photograph well.  The circular elements are Spellbinders "Cogs," and the numbers and letters are cut from Sizzix dies.  The stamp is from JustRite Stampers. 
     On a personal note, with my son and his sweet wife going through a painful divorce, we have been on a rocky and chaotic road of late.  So thankful to have Jesus to lean on and papercrafting as a therapeutic tool.  Time with grandchildren leaves me exhausted, but makes my heart smile. I received a beautiful bouquet today for Mother's Day.  I've already eaten part of it, the chocolate-dipped pineapple and a couple of huge chocolate-dipped strawberries!  Then my tummy smiled, too.  Thank you, Daughter Dear!  xox

Monday, May 5, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner NSD Challenge 5, Event Stories

Well, I was able to do the first and the last challenge, just barely.  Time is my enemy!
I had to dig out some old photo albums from the days before I had digital to find pics of one of our favorite events ever.  We've done lots of big golf tournaments and photographed the celebrities, but this trip for Donnie will always remain a highlight.  May I present 1999 Special Olympics World Games in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina!  (It was so hot and humid that only the African athletes who were use to the heat actually ran a full marathon.  For safety sake, the others were cut to a half marathon.)
     Background paper is DCWV Spring stack, but it's mostly covered.  The foil letters are also DCWV. 
     Donnie recently moved to a group home where he is very happy.  I think I will frame this and take it to him for his room.  :o)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

NSD Challenge 1 at

     Two days in a row!  Hey, this could be habit forming!  I do love to papercraft and I do love to blog!  I must move these things up my priority list!  They make me smile!
     The first challenge for National Scrapbooking Day at PaperCrafter's Corner is "Childhood Memories."  Although the picture I scrapped was taken the year before I was born, it brings back wonderful memories of my mom's large family, cousins by the dozens and wonderful holiday get-togethers.  I also am reminded that no matter how big the occasion, how fancy the dinner, there were always cold pork and beans on the table.  And I still love them!
     The papers I used were mainly from DCWV's Dear Jane and Metallic stacks.  I used the sketch for DCWV's May Stackaholic Challenge. 
     It was fun to get a theme or an idea from one place and a layout from another.  I've never done that before. . .at least that I can remember.  I love such great inspiration, someone else helping me get the creative process going!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Magazine Mondays, Week 49

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 49 Inspiration Piece (image)     PaperCrafter's Corner has a fun weekly challenge.  I'm still new to it, but enjoying it so much.  I never thought about magazine covers as a source of inspiration.  I love a new way to look at things. 
     I received the Doodlebug Design/Sizzix "Welcome Home" stamp and die set in the mail the same day the challenge came out.  That made the creative process a little easier. 
      I used DCWV's beautiful Shimmer Cardstock Stack for the sky and Canvas Matstack for the grassy part.  I loved unraveling the edges!  I went to my Roy G. Biv scrap bin and paper-pieced the houses, a relaxing way to spend the afternoon!
     Thanks for looking.
Inside of A2 card