Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WOYWW #289

Good morning everyone!  Wednesday has once again rolled around and I am showing you another picture of my desk.  I have been so caught up in the Christmas hustle and bustle that I almost forgot I'm supposed to show you what I have going on in my little world.  Like everyone else I seem to be in a dead run right before the holiday and I'm having to make lists so I get everything finished on time.

Now if you are a bit confused by this; each Wednesday we take a photo of our desk and blog about it then link our blog to Julia's blog.  Then we can visit each other and it becomes the world's largest blog hop ever!  I love visiting everyone and seeing all you have going on!

I will have a bit of time on my hands over the holidays and I've decided I will work on a mini album for me!  I'm using the Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary papers and I brought out my Cinch and bound this one!  I will tie ribbons down those wires I think.  I'm just working on the cover of the album and my sign says Memories. I'm in the process of making some flowers that match the pink in the paper. I can make this one as frilly as I like!  These albums are still a learning process for me so I just take my time and I plan to make all the flowers myself. I'm already planning my next one.  A Heartfelt Creations album is next on my agenda!

Well that's it for me this morning.  I'm off to visit as many of you as I can!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #22...Have a Nice Trip...

It's really hard to believe that we are on our last challenge for the year, but here we are.  Challenge #22...Have a Nice Trip.  Many of us travel round the holidays, so let's celebrate our adventures!  Dig into and find some items that are vacation or travel themed.  Do you have a hoard of cruise ship ephemera?  Do you have a box of transportation stamps?  Do you have a stash of camping themed papers? Or piles of Disney embellishments?  Show them off!  Create a vacation or travel themed project for us!

As I have gotten older, I don't travel nearly as much as I did while I was young but my destination of choice was always the beach!

Our sponsor again for the challenge is Spellbinders Dies and I used several on my project.  I love, love, love Spellbinders and use them on almost everything I make!  I created a card using the Graphic 45 By The Sea collection and it's a pocket and tag card.  The red and white checked tag is a Spellbinders die, as well as the flower petals and the swirls under the flower.  And let's not forget the corner piece.  I will list all of them in the supplies section at the bottom of this post!

The lucky winner of this challenge will receive the following:

How wonderful would it be to find these in your mailbox?  So get busy and create a project about travel or vacation and show us your stuff!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Design Team:
Supplies List:
Spellbinders Dies (Rose Creations, Large Labels, and Corner Flourish)
Seam Binding
Graphic 45 papers
Gold Pearl

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Quick and Simple Card......

Christmas is bearing down on us and I'm rushing to make a couple extra cards just in case I forgot someone.  As I get older sometimes I just forget.  I don't like it but it is a part of who I am these days. Old age is definitely not for the faint of heart!

This is pretty straight forward in that there are not a lot of bells and whistles.
Just plain red card stock and a white die cut with a pretty red ribbon.  I am trying to learn to tie bows with my Bow-It-All and this is the second one I have done.  I think I am going to love this thing and it will be a great help to me in the future.
The die cut is from Anna Griffin the Fretwork series.  I love it!  Anna has just become my go to girl.  I'm re-discovering all her products and love all the elegant details of her dies.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday #288

It's Wednesday and I'm here to share my desk with you.  If you are wondering why I would be showing you my workspace it's because every Wednesday we all get together and take a photo of our space then blog about it.  Then we go to Julia's blog and link to her blog hop and then we can visit each other and see what we have going on in our lives.  Julia has all the instructions and rules listed at the top of her blog so it is really easy to join in.  We are a group of crafters from all over the world and we share our space, ideas and thoughts with each other on Wednesday.

This was taken yesterday afternoon and it still looks the same this morning.  I've been working on a card and it is going to have a blue flower.  You can see I'm working with Graphic 45 paper...By The Sea.  I will share the card with you next week.

Now I'm off to join in at Julia's blog and begin my visits.  Keep the coffee hot and I will be through to see you as soon as I can.  Come join us; we always love seeing new faces!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Mini Album.......

I have always loved the idea of the "mini-albums" but have shied away from them in the past. Well I have just embraced them!  They are definitely a lot of work and much blood sweat and tears go into them I fear!  My grandson got to take a once in a lifetime trip to Alaska this past summer and I wanted to preserve the memories for him and make a keepsake for him.  So I jumped in with both feet and began the process.

The following pictures are just taken on my desk and not in the light tent and please excuse the quality of some of the photos.  I wanted to keep this album un-fru-fru since Spencer is a very manly guy!  So I tried to keep all the bling down to a minimum.

I found this digital paper and thought it very appropriate; so it became the front and back cover for the album.  I used rawhide string to attach the metal emblem and to hold the album together.  

Right inside the front cover I printed his itinerary and a photo of their first stop (Tok, AK)  Pretty straight forward and I did some corners using die cuts.

My very first pull-out.  I put two pictures of the beautiful cabin they stayed in while visiting Tok.

I was able to store 6 photos in this folder.  I printed a picture of Alaska for the front cover of the photo folder.

This was a brown paper bag that I folded and covered with paper.  It made two pockets for photos and tags.  I love this idea!

See the half circle cut out of the red sheet?  It is to be pulled out and there is a picture on that as well.  I found lots of ideas for this on YouTube.  There is always a video there for whatever you want to learn about!

I used mostly Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport papers and think they made a great background for most of my photos.

I tried to stay true to the fact that I didn't want this to be all dolled up with lots of flowers and ribbons which is my trademark.

The back page has another two pockets to hold a little tag about his flight on July 15th.  to Alaska.  Also the larger pocket houses the extra photos I printed out for him to keep.

So there you have it.  There was a lot of work that went into this album and my grandson was really impressed that I took the time to learn to make all these ways to store his photos.  I think he will enjoy looking at this little treasure for a long time.  

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