Sunday, November 29, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving weekend.  I hope your holiday was filled with family and loved ones. Mine has been pretty quiet. I had dinner at my sister's house with a few family members. Then we all met up at my nieces for dessert. I avoided the shops and malls on Black Friday and stayed home putting up the Christmas tree and decorations.
I spent part of the weekend in my craft room making another pocket mini album using the Simple Stories Claus & Co. I have oodles of pictures to share with you so sit back and get comfy!

 This album measures 6 x 6 with a 2 3/4 inch spine.
 Top view - it has 6 pages
 I created a pocket on the inside front and back covers.
 I used bits and pieces, enamel dots...

 chipboard stickers and frames...

 pockets and tags...

 I created a waterfall folio which will hold 7+ pictures...

 Lots of places for journaling your pictures ..
 More chipboard frames and tags....

 another pull-down for additional pictures

 Back cover with more tags and photo mats.
And each page has a 5 x 5 photo mat ....
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your kind comments are appreciated!
That's it from me. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. It's back to work tomorrow for me!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Softly falling...

Good Sunday morning to you. Chicago land had our first snow fall of the season yesterday. It actually started Friday night and snowed all through the night and all day Saturday. I live south of the city so we did not get as much accumulation as those north of me. I got around 5-6". I love the first snow fall - especially when it is over the weekend and I don't have to drive in it!

Speaking of snow fall, my first Christmas card of the season I made using Stampin Up's embossing folder Softly Falling.  This is so beautiful and so many different ways you can use it.

I took a piece of white cardstock and embossed it with the Softly Falling folder. I punched out some stars using Stampin Up's silver glitter paper and adhered them to the white cardstock around that beautiful poinsettia flower I made. Can you believe this flower was made with one punch? It's called the Festive Flower Builder punch. Love it! I'm going to try it next using vellum. I sprinkled fine silver glitter around the edges of the leaves.

I die cut the word peace using the same silver glitter paper, tied some red and white twine around the white cardstock and topped the bow off with a button. I then adhered this to a red 4 x 5.5 card base.

Now that I am finally in the mood to create, I think I'm going back to the craft table to see what else I can make with all my new goodies!
Enjoy the week ahead~

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Twas the night before Christmas waterfall album

I have another waterfall folio album to share with you today. It's a new style for me and I had so much fun putting it together. I am on a mission to use up all my older Christmas paper packs before I start buying more!
This album is using an older Graphic 45 paper line - "Twas the night before Christmas".
I have lots of pictures to share to sit back and enjoy!

This is the front cover - measures 8.5 x 11 and the spine is 3/4" x 11". It has a magnetic closure.

I used a decorative filigree from Butterbee Scraps and added the red gemstone to the center for some bling.

 I did not add too many embellishments to the front cover as the pattern paper is busy enough.
This is a picture of the album when opened. This album will hold up to 43 pictures!
 Starting with the left side of the opened album, the photo mats open vertically.
 I kept the embellishments to a minimum to prevent bulkiness and I wanted to make sure it would stay shut with the magnetic closure.

 Chipboard and cardstock tags and stickers were only adhered on one side, The reason for this is to be able to slide a full size picture behind the chipboard tag.
 The largest photo mat can hold a 5x7 picture!

 You can't see it in the pictures, but I added red stickles to all the holly berries.
Here is the right side where the mats are horizontal:

I found this style album on Arlene Cuevas' blog. Here's the link to her Snapguide tutorial.

That is it for me. Time for me to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather we are having in Chicagoland!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

#1 Fan

I'm popping in this beautiful Sunday evening with a couple masculine cards. One is for a birthday and the other is just to have on hand!

The cardstock is a rust color - not sure who the manufacturer is but it brought out the rusty color in the pattern paper which is October Afternoon. I used the Hearth and Home framelits from Stampin Up and Happy Scenes stamp set to make the window scene. Tied some gray and white twine around the bottom with a bow and button to top it off.

 This next card uses papers and stamps from Graphic 45 Good Ole Sport line. I did copy this off of a Pinterest board. I changed it up by adding the stars and stamping directly onto the green cardstock.

This card is going to a coworker next week. He is a big sports fan of every sport out there! His dream is to be a sports announcer for a radio station!

That is it from me. It's late and time to start dinner on this Sunday evening. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Turn back time

Welcome November! And with the time change, I'm up at the crack of dawn writing this post for my little blog.
I can't seem to put away the Halloween papers! Here is one last card I made using supplies from Stampin Up. I saw a very similar card on Pinterest and cased it.

I love the spider web doilies from Stampin Up.

White, black and tangerine cardstock from Stampin Up along with the Lots of Labels die and Witches' Night photopolymer stamp set. Ribbon, twine and button are from my stash.
And last weekend we celebrated my little nephew's 9th birthday. When it comes to making a child's birthday card, October Afternoon is one of the paper lines I turn to. It's been so long since I used their papers. I forgot how much I love them.
I inked the edges of my Kraft card base and layered a couple of pattern papers from the Cakewalk collection. I topped it off with a self adhesive flag I put together from the collection along with one of the shape stickers. And lastly, the cardstock sentiment from the die cut shapes.

Enjoy your week ahead!