Thursday, May 30, 2013

Operation Write Home Blog Hop Candy Winner!

I had really hoped to have a cute little card to go with today's post...but it's been super crazy around here and I am just one day away from completing LOAD513 (Layout a Day) the focus has to be on scrapbooking for the next 48 hours.

I'd like to thank everyone for all the super sweet comments that you left on my blog and welcome the new subscribers who signed on to follow my journey. I promise to get back to a more balanced mix of cards and scrapbooks once this month has ended.

Although I started out using the widget....for reasons I won't bore you with, I couldn't quite get it to work, I went the old fashioned route and had my sons pick a comment sheet from a bowl. The winner is...

These cards are great. I like the Some Odd Girl stamp. Of course the patriotic one is always a great color combo. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie, please email me at slbuller at fullchannel dot net with your snail mail address and I'll get your goodies out to you.

Have a great day.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Thanks Coach!

Thankfully my son's spring soccer season has ended and we get a 6 week reprieve from soccer until practice for the Fall season gets underway (of course, there is a one week soccer camp squeezed in there).

So wanted to create a quick card to give to Matthew's soccer coach. It's been a long year...the team lost every game in the Fall, gained some new players and better skills during the winter indoor season, and won the U11 division for the definite progress thanks to some great coaching.

Supplies: Neenah Solar White cardstock, stencil from The Crafter's Workshop, Distress inks in Broken China and
Peeled Paint,Sentiment die cutout from My Creative Time, Soccer player cut from Cricut Sports Mania cartridge.

Remember, there is still time to enter my Operation Write Home Blog Hop giveaway. Jump back to Friday's post to see the goodies, and enter to win on Saturday's post. I'll be choosing a winner on Thursday and will post results here on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop (with Giveaway)

Hi and welcome to the 2013 Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop! If you've just stumbled upon my blog, you can click on the picture above to return to the start of the hop. I am so excited to be taking part in the hop this weekend. I'll keep it short since I know that there are more than 100 blogs to visit today.

The theme of this year's hop is Thank You cards either for the soldiers themselves (Any Hero cards) or for them to send home. I created one of each. 

First up is my Thank You card for the soldiers to send home to their loved ones featuring a digital stamp found over at Some Odd Girl.  The OWH sketch I used was #134.

Supplies:  Teal cardstock by Bazzill, patterned paper from Follow Your Heart-Be
Amazing collection at My Mind's Eye. Digi stamp Guitar Cody from Some Odd Girl colored with
Copics (BG000, BG18, E51, E53, E55, R00 and Y19). Doily die from Spellbinders.

Next up is my Any Hero card based on OWH sketch #78. I used traditional patriotic images and colors in this simple, but heartfelt thank you to our soldiers. 

Supplies: Cardstock from Bazzill. Stamp from Hero Arts, white embossing powder, ribbon from Celebrate It.


Scroll down to Friday's post to see the Blog Hop candy that I will be giving away to one lucky visitor and then come back and leave a comment below to be entered to win! 

Thanks for joining me today on the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop! I hope you are feeling inspired to make a card for our soldiers.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Operation Write Home Blog Hop This Weekend & a Giveaway

Get ready this weekend for another amazing Operation Write Home Memorial Day blog hop. There are more than 100 blogs signed up on the hop and I am super excited to be participating this year instead of just watching from the sidelines. I started making cards for OWH last year and my goal is to send in 300 cards before the end of the year (twice what I did last year).  Getting ready for the hop was the perfect way to add some samples to my OWH box.

And to say thank to all of the folks that visit my blog regularly and the new folks that will be stopping by over the weekend, I am going to do my very first giveaway. I've got this adorable little prize pack for one lucky reader. 

If you would like a chance to win this prize, leave me a comment on this weekend's blog hop post. If you are a follower of my blog (or sign up to follow my blog), feel free to leave a second comment on my blog hop post letting me know and you'll have 2 chances to win! I will pick a winner and post the results here on the blog on Thursday, May 30. 

Good luck!


Monday, May 20, 2013

LOAD 513 Pages from Days 18-20

The days of May are flying by thanks to LOAD 513 (Layout a Day). I am still loving the challenge but must admit that this weekend I sort of hit a wall. The prompts are getting more difficult for me. fortunately I seem to have an endless supply of photos, so as long as I can keep the creativity flowing for 10 more days, I should be able to complete the month on schedule.

First up is a layout I did for Day 18 where the prompt was Jealousy (as a motive for crime). I didn't quite know where to go with this one, so I ended up journaling about my relationship with my cousins who grew up in the same town as I did and who seemed at the time to "have it all." It was a bit of a stretch...but overall, I like how the layout came out and I am glad that I was able to scrap this photo since I don't see my cousins much any more.

The prompt for Day 19 was based on the best selling Sue Grafton novel A is for Alibi. I used a play on words to capture some photos from my father's side of the family...the Almy's. I am so glad that my father found these photos. I was close to his Uncle and Aunt growing up and remember them fondly so having a photo of them before they passed is great. And he was even able to find this rare photo of HIS grandmother (my great grandmother Almy) that was an added bonus. I am loving how I am able to capture some of the family history and preserve it so my kids will know about their ancestors when they get older.

Today's post (Day 20) was about Suspense. Again, I struggled to find a photo that would capture the essence of the prompt. But then I thought about anticipation and this shot popped into my head. We've had a somewhat difficult year this year and so I was more than eager to end 2012 and welcome in the New Year. So the suspense of finding out what 2013 had in store was the perfect way to document today's prompt.

Now for those of you folks who are sick of seeing scrapbook layouts...have no fear. I have a couple of cards coming up this weekend since I am participating in the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop! And if you check back in later in the week keep your eyes posted for my first ever giveaway! I've got some great cardmaking goodies to giveaway to one lucky reader.

Thanks for sticking with this long post. Have a great night!


Friday, May 17, 2013

LOADs of Layouts

It's late and I am wiped out...but I am now so very far behind in posting the layouts that I've done for Layout a Day (LOAD 513) here's a quick glance at what I've been up to this week.

I am hoping to find some time in the craft room to get some cards made. I am going to be participating in the Memorial Day Bloghop for Operation Write Home, but only if I get to work on some samples. Make sure you stop by the hop because there are going to be lots of great cards for viewing and some blog candy along the way (including here on my blog).

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Just a quick note to wish all of the mother's out there a very happy Mother's Day. Hope you are loved and appreciated today.

Here is a quick card that I made for my mother. She is an avid gardener, so I knew she'd like this one. The inspiration came from this card on Pinterest (gotta love Pinterest when you need some creative assistance.) I wish I had thought to stamp and emboss the Mom sentiment in white...I think it would have stood out more...but hindsight is always 20/20.

Supplies used: Patterned Paper from My Minds Eye (ooh la la), Garden Soup cartridge for Cricut,
 Paper Smooches Graffiti alphabet stamps, Marvy Punch for flowers and button brads (Recollections, maybe?)


Friday, May 10, 2013

10 Days Down...21 to go

We're on day 10 over at (LOAD 513) and I am really enjoying getting back to scrapbooking...and I am finding it easier every day. The gallery of other people's layouts is so impressive. There are over 2,000 layouts to browse through and the talent is stellar.

Here's what I've been up to:

Day 6--Red Herring

This was a tricky prompt...but luckily the photos I have from Disney's Agent P's Worldwide Adventure worked great since the game was about following clues to try to find a villain.  This was fun when it all came together.

Day 7-- Why?

I chose to create a layout about my son's unfortunate allergic reaction while at Disney. Not sure why this kid has such bad luck. He always ends up injured, hurt or matter what we do. So this was a fun way to make light of what could have been a real bummer on our vacation.

Day 8-- Colonel Mustard

I decided to go with the color of the prompt today since I really didn't have anything else appropriate. Great to get the Thanksgiving layout completed and it came out better than I feared it might.

Day 9--Aww, shoot

The prompt today was another "weapon" prompt. Luckily I hadn't scrapped the photos from Frontierland in Disney I had one to play along with. I went a little crazy with the layering and the circles. It's a hot mess, if you ask me, but at least it looks different from my normal style.

Day 10--Study

Today's prompt encouraged us to think about studying or learning, or the library, or books. It's fun to see how everyone interprets the daily prompts. Such variety of topics from the same prompt. I scrapped some photos that my friend Cynthia took this winter for her photography final project. I don't often like photos of myself, but she did a great job and they deserve to be preserved.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

More Layouts from LOAD

Just a quick post to show what I've been working on the past couple of days. I am having such a blast with Layout-a-day's LOAD 513. The daily prompts are so creative and they really help me narrow my photos down and look for the stories that I want to tell. So here's where we left off:

Day 3-What's Cookin' Hot Stuff

Been wanting to scrap a story about my family's ridiculous obsession with Yorkshire Pudding. Back in the days when my grandmother was alive, there was far more drama in the  cooking process. But thanks to my mother's trip to a restaurant in Maine, we have found the perfect recipe and the perfect pans. The Yorkshire Pudding (or popovers) come out great every time.

Day 4--Greed

The day's prompt encouraged us to scrap about greed. Some people told a story about their collections/obsessions. I chose to use the prompt to tell the story of our Christmas morning surprise for the boys. 

Day 5--And Then There Were None

My story about the closing of my sorority house at the University of New Hampshire.

Thanks for popping by!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

I'm Still Here...and the LOAD Fun Has Just Begun!

So I mentioned in my last post that I was going to be focusing on scrapbooking for the next month as part of Lain Ehmann's Layout-a-Day (LOAD513). We're on Day 2 and I am loving it! Each night at 12:00 midnight, Lain sends out the prompt for the next day. I have been staying up just to get the prompt, which gives me the whole night to dream (or lie awake planning) what I want to scrap the next day.  Although all the prompts relate to the board game CLUE in some way or another, the first two prompts were fairly open ended, so it was just a matter of figuring out what and how I wanted to tell the stories. 

For Day 1, the prompt focused white, after the character Mrs. White. So you could scrap about something white, use all white or just white space, or perhaps scrap about the characteristics of Mrs. White the CLUE character. I chose to scrap about the white winter that we just wrapped up. Here's my layout.

Day 2's prompt had to do with a weapon. My weapon of choice was my paper piercer and I used it to create the border lines as well as the hand-stitched heart embellishment on the page. This layout was particularly special to me because it is one of the only pictures I have of my Nana (my father's Mom) and I. She died at a young age when I was only 3 years old and I wish I had had more time to get to know her. She apparently liked to collect things and was especially fond of I think of her often when I am in my craft room and using one tool or another to complete a project. I think Nana would have been proud (or slightly aghast) at the array of products I've amassed.

Lain has also challenged her Facebook followers to join her this month in a Use It Up use older supplies from our stash. So many of the items on both of these layouts are older and I am thrilled to be putting them to good use. I won't bother listing all the products I've used, but if you have a question about a particular product, just leave me a comment and I'll get right back to you.

For those of my viewers who are not into scrapbooking, I am going to combine posts every few days so you can skip right past them if you are looking for card designs. But if you've been neglecting your scrapbooks like I have and want a fun way to motivate yourself to dive back in make sure you stop by Layout-a-Day. It's a LOAD of fun!