Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday to.........


Hi All! If you're hopping over from another Simply Obsessed member blog, MY WARMEST WELCOME! To my awesome blog friends who take time to visit me, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! Hop along and get ready for some major eye candy! (Note: blog hop officially starts at 6 pm today, August 16 PST). So check back later and everyone should have their projects ready to go!

To (mostly) keep with the theme, I've created some new Birthday craftiness! The first is a layout I made using photos from my Mom's birthday last December. My sisters and I nicknamed her "Lady." I've always thought addressing someone by "lady" sounded funny. "Thanks for your help, lady." or "Hey lady, do you need help with your bags?" just sounds funny! About ten years ago, I was called "lady" for the very first time by this little boy (I was 23 at the made me feel soooo old). It also cracked me up! That day, I saw my Mom and immediately started calling her "hey lady" especially when she thought being called "lady" didn't sound so bad. By the end of the day, she sounds kinda weird. We laughed and laughed...and the name stuck!

I created this layout almost entirely using the August Obsession Kit from Simply Obsessed. I love the turquoise add on ribbon I bought!

The ghost clock is awesome and I'm loving the fabric flower and hat pins. I love kit clubs because I am able to play with scrappy awesomeness that I wouldn't normally buy or use!

I purchased these corner stamps too. I love them! I can't wait to use them on cards.

He he...those sequins make me giggle! Soooooo CUTE!

Here's another close up for your viewing pleasure!

My poor hubby is always stuck at work, so he isn't able to make it to a lot of the birthday dinners we have :( One day, he'll have a dayshift job...I hope!

Scrappy Numminess used:

textured card stock - Pinecone - Bazzil

"tailored" pp -French Couture - Lilybee

Alphabeans card stock stickers - bean brown - Jillibean Soup

die cut frame - Lilybee
turquoise lace - May Arts

white sequins - Clarice Inc.

leaf pins - Maya Road

brown velvet stitched blossom - Maya Road

ghost clock - Heidi Swapp

assorted buttons - Foof Ala

emotion clear corners stamp - Heidi Swapp

self-adhesive bling borders - jet- Heidi Swapp

Color Box fluid chalk inkpads - chestnut roan
Pigma Micorn 03 journaling pen - #49 Sakura

Now, the next couple of projects just kinda "happened". Between creating my Blog Hop layouts, I would clean my space and I came across a few scraps here and there. The following 2 cards were then fashioned out of scraps I found in arms reach! No kidding! How cool is that?

It started with my daughter handing me a stack of yellow flowers (see below). She had snipped off the points on them. They were actually part of a stack I had given HER which were reject flowers! I had run a bunch through my die-cut machine (Sizzix Big Shot) and some of the points were cut off. Instead of trashing them (guilt guilt guilt)...I immediately gave them to my daughter and said "look what I made for you"! He he.....boy am I happy I gave them to her! I love what she did with them! little blossoming crafter!
Since these were scraps, I can't quite remember where they came from so I'll just tell you what I remember. That green button is Making Memories, the die cut book flower is actually cut from a vintage book...I sell them on my Etsy Store...I know I keep on putting these flowers on my projects...I hope you all aren't too sick of them...I JUST CAN'T STOP USING THEM! They creep into my projects! He he! It's a phase, bear with me, one day I'll grow out of it!
At the top right hand corner, I layered a rub-on over a larger rub-on.
The solid pieces of cardstock are from Stampin' Up! (old olive and not quite navy).

Okay, on to the next card...which, in keeping with the Birthday theme, IS a birthday card. This too was created from scraps within reach. I really like the way this one turned out! I found that butterfly lying there, ALL INKED and ready to be fancied up! I just inked the edges and added the extra flower, button and tulle!

"Celebrate You" is actually a rub on.

That ticket stub looking piece that says "tru frnd" is actually one of the hostess stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! catalog. It's a set of 6 stamps (called "Admit It") which you can only earn as a Hostess. Go HERE for information on being a Hostess. Don't live near Bothell, Washington? No problem, contact me and we can talk about a Virtual Catalog Party!

And my final project to share was created using Diana's sketch at Sketchy Thursdays! This girl's sketchin' skills are ROCKIN'! Every week, I'm drawn to the sketch! Sometimes, I'm not able to get time to create, but I peek at it and always feel inspired! FYI, she's having a DT Call! So, if you're interested, apply! The current sketch challenge is going until end of day Wednesday, so if you wanna participate, create a layout using the sketch below and go to Diana's blog and link up! The winner gets a RAK! Diana has been awesome with supporting Etsy Shops, so if you would like to contribute a RAK, I'm sure she would love to hear from you as well!

Here's my layout!

This is a layout of photos from my 9th Birthday in 1985. Three of my childhood friends were in the photos: Mary Lou, Jeanette, and Christy. We spent the day at Chuck E Cheese. This was one of my most memorable birthday parties, thanks to my Mom and Dad.

Here's the sketch:

I got to bust out my July Obsession Kit from Simply Obsessed! LOVE IT! Lovin' the Lime Rickey!
The day I took the pictures, it was overcast. I did my best with Photoshop....but it's still a little dim. Today, it's sunny out....silly Washington weather!

I used bits and pieces off some pp I had (Sparrow by Jenni Bowlin). I liked how it looked aged (faux vintage...he he)!

Here's another one of my vintage die cut flowers from MoMoStamper Store! NOT faux vintage! I used a real vintage books to make them. They are a mix of a botany book and a vintage novel.

Another fun angle. I'm practicing my PICTURING skillz! I'm going to earn the right to buy one of those nice camera' golly...followed closely by earning the money...or getting the DH to buy it for my bday next March!
For those of you that would like the supply list:
Most items used were from my July Obsession Kit - Lime Rickey - from

blue textured cardstock - DCWV
Red Numbers - Creative Cafe - Creative Imaginations
Howdy Doody printed cardstock - Basic Grey - Lime Rickey
May Arts twill teal ribbon
red/black Sparrow printed paper - Jenni Bowlin (the scraps used to journal on)
Girl Fiday cardstock stickers - Sassafras
Lime Limeade rub-ons - Lime Rickey - Basic Grey
Lime Rickey chipboard stickers (shapes, alphas) - Basic Grey
black chipboard stickers - Remarks series - American Crafts Thickers
vintage die cut flower - MoMoStamper Etsy Store

Okay, giveaway time! Up for grabs are two things! I will consider all comments posted from now until 8 am Wednesday morning (August 19).
One lucky person will win, by random drawing (winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 19, 2009):

The first item is 2 chipboard top note pieces (raw chipboard) like in the photo below (not decorated):
I will be selling some chipboard Top Note pieces in my store soon, so check back! I will also be selling cardboard Top Note pieces and Top Note Mini Book Kits with printed papers, embellies, ribbon, and more! Save me to your Etsy favorites and click back to visit!

To see the mini book featured above (project idea for this chipboard cover, CLICK HERE).
The second item is a set of these:

They are also for sale on my MoMoStamper Etsy Store. CLICK HERE for details on this set and other pictures.
To enter, leave a comment below. If you wish, tell you get your photos developed!

The party has only begun! This week, join the fun at Simply Obsessed for the "Greatest Crop On Earth"! I am also very excited for the NEW September Obsession recently released. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE YUMMINESS! I'm sooooooo excited because....guess what color is here there and everywhere throughout the kit?????? TURQUOISE!


Remember, the crop stars Monday! Have fun, crop and celebrate Simply Obsessed's 2nd Birthday!

Ready for the next blog on the hop? Next up is Julie (scrapnmom). Find her at this link

Thanks so much for stoppin' by! I hope you had fun!