Friday, April 22, 2011

My First Mini Album

In an earlier post, I mentioned I am working on my first-ever mini album. It's taken me a little longer than expected, but I've completed several pages, so I thought I'd give you a look. Keep in mind, I still haven't added any of my pictures because the good pictures of the trip I am documenting are on my BFF Kim's camera.

The album is about my recent trip to NYC with my best friend, Kim. Neither of us have been in the city in years. Honestly, you'd think we lived half way across the country instead of just a few hours away, but I hadn't been to NYC since I was pregnant with my son and he'll be 12 in July! Yes, I know shame on me, but we had such a great time, I know we'll be back soon.

This is us at the Top of the Rock and that's the Empire State Building in the background. It was a cold day, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky and you could see the entire city.

This is the cover of the mini album. The paper is all from Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 line. I love all of the vintage colors of the paper. It was perfect for our trip. I made the lollipop flower myself and was amazed at how easy it was to do. I just cut out four different sized circles and then spritzed them with water and crumpled them up. Then I just stacked them on top of each other and secured them with a little brad.

I also really liked the little banner at the bottom. It says..."for the rest of the story." What's funny is this is actually just a little phrase that's at the bottom of each of their papers. I thought it would be cute for the album since it was documenting out trip.

This is page one. I wanted to keep it very simple. Obviously I'll add a picture into the black frame. I cut out the camera from the Create a Critter cartridge and the little sticker is from the Circa 1934 kit.

On this page, I created a little pocket using a legal sized envelope. I covered it with paper from the collection and then used my 1 1/2 inch circle punch to create the little notch at the top.

Inside I added a frame to include some more pictures and some journaling about the weekend. The tag on top of the pocket is from the collection. I added the "Good Times" from a Fiskars stamp I own. And, in case you can't tell, all of the edges are inked with the Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to add to the vintage feel.

This is another pocket page created with a piece of 12x12 paper. I found the tutorial on YouTube by searching pocket pages. You actually create three different pockets, two in the front and then one on the left side. I thought it would be perfect to hold some of our ticket stubs, receipts, and miscellaneous things we grabbed along the way...see the little Magnolia Bakery business card? Yep, we stopped and had a little cupcake treat.

See my little cupcake tag? I originally made this because on our way home from NYC, we stopped in Hoboken to visit....

Buddy, the Cake Boss! Unfortunately, this is as as close as we got because the line to get inside was more than two blocks long!

So there you have it, the first couple pages of my first-ever mini album. I hope to have the rest completed soon and will be sure to post them once I do.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Some Bunny Loves You

"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail...."

This bunny from the Simply Charmed cart is just adorable. I'll admit, the little paw prints are a pain in the you know where, (You've been warned) but the overall look makes up for it. :) I made this card for my nephew, Kail.

The patterned paper is from DCWV's Nana's Kids mat pack that I got last summer. Because I don't own a Gypsy, I had to cut the paw prints and face two separate on the pink paper for the paw prints and then again in an ivory piece of scrap paper for the face because I wanted to use my Peachy Keen Wide Eyed Kids stamps. I thought this would help it look like a little boy dressed in a bunny costume.

I inked around his face a little with some Distress ink to give the face some shadow. I also inked around the carrot to help it stand out a little. The "Some Bunny Loves You" was printed on the computer and then I notched the edges so it would look like a banner.

Now I just need to get this in the mail and hope it gets to Kansas by Saturday!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Birthday x 2

Okay, so the deal with these cards is that I wanted to make a card I had seen on Kristina Werner's blog. It's a fairly basic card, but while the look is fairly gender neutral, it's not too cute for an older boy which is where I tend to run into trouble now that my son is in "Tweendom." And for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of visiting this mythical land, it's ruled by an evil King called, Puberty and his moody minions! LOL!! So anyway, the paper is all from the Life of the Party line by Basic Grey. I bought the 6 x 6 paper pack because I knew I really only wanted the paper to make cards. The "happy birthday" stamp is from the $1 bin at Michaels and I used Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The candles are just thin strips of paper cut from the sheet that i then added dimensionals to pop them up. The flames are just cut free hand on some scrap paper. Now onto card #2. As you can see the card uses all of the same papers and elements but with a few tweeks to make it just a little bit different. I used a different "Happy Birthday" sentiment. This one is from My Pink Stamper's Friends and Family set. I just stamped it several times down the one side. Then I used chipboard stickers for the "2" and the "U". The white "2" is a Thicker from American Crafts and the "U" is from the Lemonade set at Basic Grey. Then I just used my white gel pen to hand draw a frame around the card. That's my take on some more masculine birthday cards. Do you have trouble making cards that aren't too cute?

Hello...Is this thing on?

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted something here. Sorry about that! I missplaced, ie...lost my cord that connects my camera to my laptop so I haven't been uploading anything. Yesterday I brought home my camera from work and am borrowing the cable from that for the weekend. :)

So what I have been making? Well...I've actually been trying out some new techniques and have even been making my first mini album! My BFF and I took a recent weekend trip to NYC and I thought it would be the perfect way to document the trip.

Here's a sneak peek of the cover. I'm using Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 for the majority of the album....see my lolipop flower?

I also have been making some Easter cards and projects which I will probably post first since Easter is next week. Nothing too complicated, just some cards and gift boxes for my son and nephew.

This is my "Sweet Chick" card. Obviously, this isn't for my son or nephew! LOL. But, I wanted to make a simple card and I saw this on Edna's blog, Create with Expression and just loved what she did and wanted to make something just like it for a good friend of mine. I love her cards and ideas...check her out if you haven't!

The chick is from Simply Charmed. I used my Wide-Eyed Kids Stamps from Peacky Keen for the Eyes and just like Edna (see, I told you she has great ideas) I used Glossy Accents on the bill and feet. And of course the "Sweek Chick" stamp is from my Punnylicious set from Robyn at My Pink Stamper.

Its suppossed to rain here tomorrow so I'm going to try and post some Happy Birthday cards using Life of the Party by Basic Grey.

Happy Friday!