Tuesday, July 5, 2016

You Are My Purpose and creashens Announcement

Hope everyone in the US had a great 4th.  Ours was low-key, because well, the dogs don't like fireworks and we don't like to spend the money on them! And as a bonus, Carleen and I both didn't feel that great this weekend.  So old movies on the couch and some episodes of Fixer Upper.

We are still trying to get into a routine here.  It's not so easy, let me tell you.  The puppers seem to be doing ok.  Sheldon has gotten a little more serious and Jetson has become a little more barky (that's putting it mildly!).  Ella is doing ok and her cart will come this week.  Hopefully I can take some video of her in it and post it here.

Announcement!  After doing the "Old Friends" page of Higgins and Cooper, I shared on creashens Facebook page.  Then I noticed she had asked about people doing hybrid.  So I took a chance and messaged her.  I am trying out the fit for the next couple of months, and I think I am going to like it.  Her shop is at the Digital Press HERE.  So, I thought I would share a project done with her "Purpose" kit today.

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Supplies-Digital Kit (Purpose)-creashens; Doily, Enamel Dots-Doodlebug Designs; Twine-May Arts; Paper-Epson; Adhesive-Therm O Web; Silhouette Cameo and Software

Still trying to figure out a quick process for me as far as putting a hybrid layout together.  I usually print all the papers in the collection that I think I will use.  I usually don't print the solids, just to save on ink, but if they will work for something then I will!  

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For this layout, I put all elements into my Silhouette software and made them into print and cut files by pulling them in, tracing and grouping the trace.  Then I piled them onto a blank 8.5x11 file in Silhouette (note, having trouble with Silhouette and the wide format) and save them in the folder I have the kit.  That way they are ready to go whenever I want to use them and I just need to resize them.  I think this will work well in the future.

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This tag, I just erased the "twine" from the top of it and then covered the area with my own little bow!

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And I love this title!  Trace and then print and cut and I was done.  It would look really cool foiled with DecoFoil also!
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Ok, short and sweet today.  I am doing this post before work, because I hit the bed early last night!  Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Here and Now-Hybrid Layout

I am just going to say it.  It's hard, so hard for me to blog right now. I know it will get better, but honestly, I am forcing myself to do this blog post.  Just to have some normalcy and some routine would be good for me I know.  We miss Higgins terribly, but in the meantime we are worried about Ella and her back issues.  We are now waiting on a cart to get here for her to help her get around better once we can get to that point. 

I had a crop to go to this weekend, along with projects that were due and needed to be done.  I didn't want to go, but I did.  I had a few pictures printed before packing for the crop and these were a couple of them.  I just cannot do a layout or post one of the dogs for this post.  Too hard.....

The June Storyteller Challenge for Just Jaimee was to use our choice of a template for a layout.  Score, I can do that and it was perfect since I really wasn't in the mood to think about anything.  I love how this layout turned out. 
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Supplies: Digital Kit-Just Jaimee Storyteller June 2016 VIP subscription; Cardstock-American Crafts; Paper-Epson Premium Presentation Paper; Silhouette Cameo with Print and Cut; Adhesive-Therm O Web

The June Storyteller collection from Just Jaimee over at The Lilypad was the perfect kit to scrap these photos of Lauren graduating from high school.  Honestly, when I looked at the pictures after I took them, I was trying to figure out how the heck I was going to scrap them and what I was going to scrap them with.  Even though the theme is a little nautical for the kit, it works!  And the blues/reds mesh well together!
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I have a hard time using 3x4 cards on my layouts.  If you want to know the truth, I think it's because I like to pile stuff on my layouts and the cards just don't seem to fit in the mix!  BUT, doing hybrid I can shrink those cards down to a size that will work!!  That's what I did with this "here and now" card. 

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Also thank you for the condolences on Higgins.  And if you just weren't sure what to write or say, I totally get that too.  Bring on Tuesday. 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Higgins 10/2002-6/10/2016


You were the bestest boy we could ever have. You came into our lives when we thought we didn't want a puppy, because Fannie was older. You (and Marla) proved us wrong. It took three weeks and you had Fannie chasing you around the yard and showing you the ropes of living here. You stole our hearts and souls with those blue eyes and funny ears. "look Mom, the dog is wearing a hat" is one of the most favorite things I have ever heard said about you when the boy was talking about your ears. 
Some thought you couldn't be a therapy dog, well they were wrong. You were so great with the Alzheimer's patients and kids. 
Agility, well, you wanted that on your terms and for fun...screw that competition stuff and rules. 
Lawn mower, you thought the mower needed help by herding it around the yard. The mower needed to be shown were to go and you were leading the way. 
Scrapping buddy, the best of them. You knew how to keep momma company with all the paper and even get into her storage to tell her she didn't need more, that you needed that for your space!
Costumes, bring them on. They were fun and you loved the attention you got wearing them. You would get so mad if we brought one home and did NOT put it on you. You did everything to please us, and you didn't even have to. You had our hearts from the very beginning and will always have them no matter your absence. 
There are so many other things, things we are too upset to remember, things we want to just keep close and things you will continue to teach us about how to enjoy everyday. 
Fly with those Batman wings and cape, run free and tell Fannie and Toby about how you kept us all in line and helped heal hearts in the process. We love you sweet boy and will see you again soon.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Old Friends-Scrapping With Liz June Blog Challenge

Hey there!!  The June blog challenge is up over at Scrapping With Liz and YOU need to go grab the template and play along!  This is a fun template and a great one for your to practice with or even attempt to do a digital layout if you want!  You can grab the template HERE.

I did another hybrid layout with a kit from The Digital Press designer creashens called "Found".  I just love the whimsical feel to her kits!

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Supplies: Digital Kit and Elements-creashens; Letters-American Crafts; Enamel Dots-Doodlebug Designs; Punch-Martha Stewart; Adhesive-Therm O Web

I love how easy Liz's templates are to use.  I didn't really change it up much at all, just added some more stuff than it had!  I traced the arrow in my Cameo software, filled with a pattern from the digital kit and then print and cut!  BAM!

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I love this picture I managed to snag of Higgins and Cooper. It's like they are telling secrets!

Cooper is 11 and Higgins is our old boy at 13.5 years.  Cooper is Sheldon's dad and we have known him since he was a pup and has been a visitor here at our house several times. We just love his sweet nature!

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Aren't all those elements in the kit adorable!?!  I love these little butterflies/lightening bugs!  They remind me of both!

So go over, grab that template and start creating!  Make sure you link up, so that you are in on the giveaway!!!  Have a great Tuesday!!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Class of 2016-The Cut Shoppe and Shimelle

This is my next to last project for The Cut Shoppe.  I decided that I wanted to delve into some stuff just for me and it was time for someone to jump on board and rock the cut files!  The new DT will be announced soon and I cannot wait to see who made it.

The Graduate cut file set came at just the right time, since I know two girls that graduated this year! This is the layout for the first one. I didn't get to go to her graduation, because we were out of town, but managed to get to her party. The lighting was neon orange behind us, so I edited the photo quite a bit to tone it down and then just had to go with it and find paper that worked with it!

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Supplies: Pattern Paper, Stickers, Die Cuts, Chipboard-American Crafts; Flair-A Flair for Buttons Etsy Shoppe; Doily-Wilton; Enamel Dots-Simple Stories; Kraft Envelope-Maya Road; Adhesive-Therm O Web

And here's the image of the cut file I used
The Graduate

I just backed that cut file with some fun colors of pattern paper so that it would work with the photo better!
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Then I found a flair button that just seemed to fit with some of the colors and I loved the way it looked when I laid it on the page!
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And this top corner just needed some things to balance out the page, so I did a little cluster of goodies up in it.

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That's all from me today.  Be sure to watch for my last post for The Cut Shoppe later in the month.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Work Selfie-Maya Road

So, there was a day at work I was just being silly.  I actually think I took this selfie for some online crop that I couldn't participate in at the time and it was the only way I could!  You cannot really see it, but there is a TRex located in the bottom of the photo.  I might be a little TRex crazy right now!

This was up on the Maya Road blog mid month and I went totally opposite of how I usually scrap. I did a clean and simple (well for me) layout along with not a lot going on.  WHAT, you say?!  LOL  Hey, a girl likes to keep it interesting!

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Supplies: Pattern Paper, Stickers-Basic Grey; Enamel Dots-Pebbles; Banners, Flower, Resin Frame, Arrow Clip, Kraft Tag, Hello Flair-Maya Road; Twine-May Arts; Adhesive-Therm O Web

I love the new little acrylic tokens that Maya Road has.  It just fit perfect right where I put it with a little tabbed label underneath it.  (look close, you can see Tuesday the TRex!)

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And then I just made a little cluster over the "today" tag.  Not too much to it, but it took me forever fiddling with it to get it just right!!!

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It's almost Friday people!  And that means the weekend it coming, and after having three days off last week, I am going to need another weekend.  Happy Thursday




Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spring is In The Air-Scrapping With Liz


So, I am going to be brave and post my first full digital layout.  Yep, you read that right!  And NO this does not mean I will quit playing with paper, glue and all things touchy, feely.  It's fun to be able to just sit down, play and learn new things. Also nice to be able to do this if we are out of town at Carleen's dad's...just pack the laptop and EHD and I am scrapping if I want!  Some may not know this, but I actually started scrapping digitally and then went the paper route!  But, let us not look at my first few layouts, those are for very few eyes only!

One thing that is weird is I have no "close-up" shots to share!  That's the drawback with digital, basically one picture and done.   But easy thing with digital is that you can use a template and learn a little at you go along.  Main thing is just working with one layer at a time. 

I am already discovering a few favorites in the digital world that are becoming my go to supplies:  Scrapping with Liz templates (she is who got me started again!), Just Jaimee (love her stuff!), Mommyish (fun stuff, plus fun styles and actions), Fiddle Dee Dee Designs (she has some some fun templates also!), Amber LaBau (so excited, she is collaborating with Fancy Pants and will have printed collections!!!) and One Little Bird...to name a few!  

So here's my layout!  I used a Scrapping with Liz template that I will link below so you can take a look at it.  I honestly, was going to do this with paper, but didn't feel like printing out pictures, so did a digital layout instead!

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This was done with a kit from Mommyish called "Spring Has Sprung" and this Scrapping with Liz Template-Papers are Fun,  Here is a peek of all the templates in the kit.  I want to do them all in paper, because there are so many possibilities!!


Those layers on the right sided pages.  EPP!  Love!  So many fun things to do with these.  There  are some amazing layouts in The Lilypad gallery using these.  Yes, most of them (if not all!) are going to be digital, but they are so neat to look at!

Ok, that's all from me today!!  Have a great Tuesday!!!