Friday, January 28, 2011

Remember the Challenge at Pixie Dust Paperie??

I posted about the Pixie Dust Paperie Challenge HERE. The challenge is to use this sketch by Kirsty Vittetoe :

The challenge runs from Jan. 20, 2011 to Feb. 5, 2011! You can win a $20.00 Girft Certificate to the Pixie Shop!! Sounds like a fantastic prize to me! So I created a wall hanging that is based on the sketch and something I saw on (here is a link to her beautiful creation). Mine is not magnetic. I cut the outside shape with my Cricut and SCAL2 Software using a file on the Kutups font and a piece of scrap paper. Then I traced the shape onto my chipboard and cut it out with an Exacto Knife and scissors. I arranged all the pattern papers I wanted to use on my Cricut mat and once again cut the same shape. Then adhered each piece to my chipboard. I sewed around the edges. I was a little nervous about using my sewing machine on thick chipboard, but it worked like a champ :) I also saw a tutorial online for these ribbon flowers and I had to try to make some, they look really cute (if I do say so myself). Unfortunately I cannot find the blog I originally saw them on. I did a search for Ribbon Loop Flowers and it brings up several sites for making them if you are interested. The finished size on this 11 1/2"x 11 1/2" I think that about does it. TADA!

Thanks for stopping by to have a look. Have a fantastic day :D

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jingle Belle's Christmas Card Challenge #4

It's a color challenge this week over at Jingle Belle's. The colors are Light Pink, Dark Pink and Lime Green. I found some K I Memories papers from a looooooooooooooooong time ago that used this color palette (YAYNESS! Let's hear it for paper hoarding!!). I got this one done a later than normal, but in time nonetheless. Thanks for stopping by to have a look and I hope you day is happy :D

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Economy....

......has claimed another victim. Scrapper's Gallery, the scrapbook store I worked at has gone out of business. The owners hung on as long as they could, but in the end they made the difficult decision of closing the store. Saturday was the last day. I will miss it greatly. I will miss being greeted by people who knew my name upon seeing my face. I will miss the colorful walls of papers, ribbons, and flowers. But most of all I will miss our customers, who came in week after week to share their love of paper.

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Here's hoping I see the open door when it reveals itself to me.

I love this blog!

If you've ever had difficulty choosing colors for your craft projects (or anything else for that matter) then do yourself a favor and check out Color Collective by Lauren Willhite. She uses imagery to showcase color palettes. There are some real stunning combos over there! Be inspired and create :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pixie Dust Paperie Challenge!

I was visiting Lauren's blog today All the Good Blog Names were Taken and she alerted me to the fact that Pixie Dust Paperie is having a sketch challenge, complete with giveaway! I thought maybe you might want to join in the fun too, so I am posting it here. Soon to be added is a photo of my creation using their sketch:

Now all I have to do is make something :) HEad on over to Pixie Dust Paperie and get all the details!! See you soon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Create Daily

My BFF Jeanne and I decided we needed to remember to create something everyday. So we each made ourselves a sign in case we need reminding :)
I cut the tree using my Cricut and SCAL2 Software. It was a free file from ummmm, I can't remember O.o I will do some research to find out and get back to you.
ETA: Here is a link to the free Svg file I used for the tree.

I have been creating, alot actually. I am just lazy when it comes to taking photos of my creations and then editing them and then uploading. You know what I mean, right? Surely I am not the only one??!! Here are some of the cards I have been making for Birthdays this year:
Hope you are having a fantastic day!! THank you for coming by to check on me :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Jingle Belles Christmas Card Challenge Week 3

This week's challenge is to use acrylic paint. I used Silver acrylic paint on the edges of my cards in place of ink :) I had so much fun making the 1st card that I decided to keep going and made 2 more! The snowflake card (made with my Cricut and SCAL2 Software) doesn't count towards the challenge since I didn't incorporate paint onto it, but it does count towards my end of year count :) If you haven't joined in yet over at Jingle Belles , by all means click this link, or this one and start right now :)

Thanks for looking and have a fantastic day!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hey Cupcake Card

Seeing if you were paying attention LOL. Me n Sarah Transforming at Target last summer :)

I was Cryping (me+Jeanne+Skype+crafting=cryping aka good times!) yesterday with Jeanne while we worked on this week's Jingle Belles prompt. We also worked on some more cards, ok I finished 2 cards and Jeanne finished like 20 or so in the same amount of time. AND I needed inspiration (aka copying a card I saw in a magazine, only with different products ;) for the second one. I cut my base paper 7"x6 1/4" so it will fit in a standard size envelope. I decided it was worth trying making this size because I always have these envelopes on hand and they are super cheap to replace. I always run out of invitation envies and then forget to buy them O.o I think I am gonna go grab another cup of coffee and then start working on another card or even a scrapbook page! Thanks for looking! I hope you have a super dee duper day :)

Jingle Belles Card Challenge #2

This is my card:
"So this week's Jingle Belles Prompt comes from the song ... Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas ... which to us inspires making cards that feature Inchies and Twinchies (2" squares) in the design (or perhaps a twinchie-sized gift tag). "
I punched these reindeer from a sheet of Christmas paper put out by LIttle Yellow Bicycle with a 1" punch. Oh and my bestest friend Jeanne inspired me to make a card that will fit in a standard size envie! I liked working in this size. I believe I cut it 7"x 6 1/4". I also heat embossed the stamped greeting on this baby! I need to get some brown embossing powder, STAT! If you haven't already started playing along with the Jingle Belles, I encourage you to do so. The idea is to create 1 Christmas card a week and be ready to mail them come December. I need all the help I can get, maybe you do too? It's really fun too, in case you missed the other links, check it out here :)
Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 7, 2011


My son Chris graduated from Navy Bootcamp today!!! I am so proud of my boy :D

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A blog award :)

"Dawn at Lost in Paper Scraps - Met Dawn (and Jeanne too) on the first Yahoo group I ever joined. Dawn you seem to always find the bright spot in life and your optimism and sense of humor cheer me up when I am down. Thanks so much for sharing your light with others! "
-Lora Washburn

Wow! What can I say? Thank you so much Lora. You made my day.

Lora's award has motivated me to pass this award on to some people who inspire me.

Jeanne- I can't say enough about you GF. You enhance my life in so many ways, it's impossible to list all the reasons you inspire me. For being who you are is the best way I can say it :)

Bob Canada- You draw the coolest characters and make it look effortless. You inspire me to draw. I also love your posts on The Walking Dead TV Show!

Amber Alvarez- Your artwork has a way of making me smile, even it it's just a toaster. How do you do that??!!

Jingle Belles- Motivational? YES! After MONTHS of no new posts to my blog, this Christmas Card Challenge Blog got me motivated not only to create a card, but also to post it! Kudos to Lauren and Stef!!

Thanks guys for doing what you do.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thank You Pink Elephant!

This Perpetual Calendar Tutorial posted at The Pink Elephant couldn't have had more perfect timing. I am currently trying to finish all the Birthday cards I need for a year of birthdays. What better way to keep track of when to send these cards than with this handy dandy calendar! I think my new favorite color is green. I just love it so much!
I used Basic Grey Nook and Pantry paper and stickers for this one. I printed out the calendar pages (the pdf is available for download over at The Pink Elephant!). They spray painted their clothes pins but I just used Stazon Timber Brown ink. It was faster and I don't have any spray paint ) O.o Thanks again Pink Elephant, for a great tutorial!! Also, thank you for stopping by to have a look.

Monday, January 3, 2011

I made more cards!

I decided I need to make all the Birthday cards I would need for the new year. So I will resolve to mail them to the people I made them for on or before their actual Birthdays! Here are some I whipped up the last couple of days:
My daughter Sarah bought me the cutest stickers that I just had to use for Valentine cards! They are small (3 1/2"x 2 1/2"). I enjoyed working in the smaller size. I wonder if the Post Office will let me mail them? Anyone know what the rules are on this?

Jingle Belles Card Challenge Week 1

I am participating in the Jingle Belles card challenge. There is a banner on the right hand side of my blog if you are interested in making 1 Christmas card a week using their challenges as a starting point. The idea is to have completed Christmas cards in plenty of time to send them out next Christmas. I cheated a little and made two of these guys for the first challenge of "Something Old, Something New". My "old" is the paper. They have been in my stash for YEARS! The New is the mini scallop punch I just got by EK Success. I couldn't wait to use it. Thanks for looking!!