Sunday, June 26, 2011

Punched Out Borders - 4th Great Grandfather Page

I got the ancestry / scrapbooking bug yesterday.  I have been researching my family tree for years and I have lots of information all in a drawer and in my computer. 

I sent away for records from the Department of Defense for my 4th great grandfathers service in 1865.  They sent me back a great package of information including a picture (not great but a picture nonetheless).  The package also included his marriage & death certificates, discharge paperwork as well as his correspondence with the Department of Defense in regards to his pension.

There was so much information that I had to organize it by date so I could figure out the story.  I have been itching to do this page for a long time but I knew if was going to be time consuming.  Once I got organized it wasn't so bad.  The journaling block on the page at the top is the story of who Otis Hemenway was based on the information I have in my family tree software which prints out a nice genealogy report that I adjusted in Word.  I have quite a bit of information and documentation for him, which trust me is not the case with most of my other family members.

Here is my finished page for my 4th great grandfather on my mother's side...Otis Hemenway.




So onto the page details:

I used the new stampbooking CD from the TJ newslettter.  This is such an awesome CD and has so many wonderful and inspirational tutorials.  I used the punched borders technique.

I scanned the photo and printed it at Walgreens as a black and white.  I used vintage photo distress ink on it so it would look more like my layout.  I scanned and printed his marriage & death certificates and discharge records on my printer.  I used antique linen, vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks to make them look, well, vintage. 

I can't wait to add this page to the family tree book that I made for my mother that keeps growing and evolving.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Inspired! Magnolia - Cuttlebug Highlights



Well, it's almost July and time again to start making Christmas cards.  Here is a card I made for the I Brake For Challenges challenge blog.  I used the cuttlebug highlights technique from the Emboss & Die CD.

I colored the magnolia image with copics.  I punched the flowers and leaves and added some stickles for bling...

Other challenges:
Colour Me Creative Classroom Challenge "folds"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Antique Glimmers meets Splash N Stick - Digi Darla




I was feeling "Distressy" today.  I have been taking a new class on Suzanne Deans creative classroom to learn how to color with distress inks.  I also watched some Tim Holtz youtube videos and just had to pull out my distress inks. 

The background is Antiqued Glimmers (one of my favorites).  I colored this DigiDarla freebie with copics.  I used faded jeans, broken china and tumbled glass distress inks with sea glass glimmer mists.

I used my copic refills on the splash n stick butterflies.  I did this "something blue" card for the DigiDarla challenge that has just been extended.  Why not come join us...


Afterthought:  I am going to enter this card into the I Brake for Challenges challenge.


Thanks for looking!  Have a crative day...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Technique Junkies - Stampbooking Blog Hop!!

Good Morning Friends and Fellow Junkies!!

I feel so very honored to have been invited to play along with the talented Technique Junkie DT on this blog hop. The Technique Junkie Newsletter Designers, along with some very talented Spotlight Stampers, are proud to bring you a special Stampbooking Blog Hop!

During this hop, our designers will be using techniques from the recently released TJ Stampbooking CD. The CD contains 75 inspiring tutorials in .pdf format. As you will see, these tutorials are fun and versatile.
You will find more information about the CD and how to order your own copy here.

Here is my page, now for the deets…




The picture is my friend Sophia’s little girl Zoe. She is 9 months old and this is her baptism picture. We decided to take some pictures for her invitations but she was not as cooperative about smiling as we hoped. However, we did get this priceless photo, she is definitely a cutie. Zoe’s room is decorated with a ladybug theme so I decided to do this page with ladybug paper to be able to give it to Sophia to hang in her room. What a fun page to do as I don’t have a little girl to do cute scrapbook pages of.

The technique that I used was the wrapped mats technique. What an easy technique with fantastic results. I really think I will use this one A LOT!!

Paper: Bazzill
Designer Paper: The Paper Company
Brads: Stampin Up!
Prima Flowers dyed with distress ink (brick refill, mustard seed refill, spun sugar stain, peeled paint stain)
Ladybug stamp: Magnolia colored with copics (R29, R22, R21, R10, C9, C7, C5, C4)
Glassy Accents on ladybugs
Cricut Expression - Printing Press ® cartridge
Rhinestones: Queen & Co
Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Now if you’re hopping along in order up next is the amazing Hetty Sanders. If you started your hop with me or you get lost, here is the list for you to follow. In order to start the hop at the very beginning, hop on over to the TJ Designer’s Blog and visit Judy Jackson

Be sure to leave a comment for Jane Bosi to be entered into the drawing for your very own copy of the TJ Stampbooking CD. Hoppers will have until June 17th, to leave a comment on her blog to be entered into a random drawing for the prize. Make sure to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY too :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a most creative day !!!!!



Chris Dickinson  links to
Ann Clack links to Spotlight Stamper
Beth Norman links to Spotlight Stamper
Tricia O’Bin links to
Hetty Sanders links to
Donna Duquette links to Spotlight Stamper
Regan Seifert links to
Holly Brown links to
Pat Huntoon links to

Monday, June 6, 2011

Color Sandwich - Dustin Pke Dragon Bday


This cute little digi dragon is from Dustin Pike. I colored him with copics and put him on a Color Sandwich...LMBO...

That is actually a new technique from the technique junkies June newsletter. I used distress inks.


I wanted him to look like he was breaking out of the purple part of the paper.

I am entering this into a challenge over at Pike's playground called "Its a boy thing".


This card is for my nephew Sam who likes scary things...of course because he's a boy :)

TFL...Have a wonderful evening...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fathers Day - Dude Time Doodles Challenge



Here is my last but not least fathers day card for my hubby from my son. We got a good laugh and thought how perfect...he loves his office....LMBO.



I used the TJ Newsletter out of the nestie box technique. The digi is from Bonibleaux Designs for the Dude Time Doodles Challenge Blog. The challenge was to create a masculine card. I colored it will copics.


I also am entering it into the distress challenge over at Copic Creations. I used Distress Inks while he was still in the spellbinder to create a distressed look. I sanded the sides of the DP to make it look a little distressed as well.

I added a little faux stitching as well.




Under the Weather - House Mouse Non Stick Color

I love house mouse designs and I have a bunch that I purchased that I have yet to ink up...I found the house mouse challenge 96 "For the love of the game". The challenge was to use Green Bay Packers colors on a card. I decided this was perfect.

I used this months TJ Newsletter technique called Non-Stick Color for my background. Made me feel like it was the wind swirling...


I colored it will copics...of course...hopefully I will start to branch out and start putting my prismacolor pencils and distress inks to more use. I am going to be taking a course with Suzanne Deans Color Me Creative classroom...which is where I learned how to color with my copics...love learning new things :)

Anywho...thanks for looking...have a great day!