Sunday, February 6, 2011

ANNs 2010

We decided to move, so i had to sell a house, buy a new house, dejunk, pack unpack, dejunk again, now its 2011.  So no i didnt create a ton of scrapbook layouts, but i did create some. I covered a few journals, made some cards, and ATC's.  I will post a few pics of my favorites of the year.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sweet Goodness Girls Valentines Corsage Package Recieved

I got my package from my partner, Shara, today for the Sweet Goodness Girls Valentine Corsage Swap. I so loved the anticipation of waiting for it to come. My first Valentine of 2011.
Look at the little people she created. Almost like those Waldorf Bendy dolls (I hadn't though about using those on the corsage)
A wonderful candy cane heart, Hershey kisses and two boxes of candy hearts.

Just look at his haul I got. I just love Swap Mail.... So much bliss in one little box is pure heaven.

I couldn't get this last little goody to focus well but it is a rock that says "smile." Oddly enough it is my favorite part of the package and it has been snagged by my oldest to be put on the downstairs nature table and the corsage is now proudly displayed on my daughter's upstairs holiday display table. And our first Valentine is there too.
Thanks Shara...I really liked the corsage and you are just so creative. It was a privilege to be your partner. I can hardly wait to hear how you liked the one I sent. I think that is the best part of a swap, awaiting the response of the one you sent your heart and soul encased in a bit of handmade goodness. No wonder they call the swap group, Sweet Goodness.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentines Corsage Swap with Sweet Goodness Girls

So here comes the rebirth of this blog. Finally after a crazy fall for both Ann and I. Ann moved.... (Sniff, Sniff ) to WA. And thus we both have kind of gone through a dry spell. Hopefully that will be done for a while.
Here is my package for the Sweet Goodness Girls Valentines Corsage Swap. So above is it all wrapped up to be mailed. A cute fabric box from World Market and a cute little V-Day Tag/Ornament And a Heart tin with some Chocolate.

Open the box with the corsage nestled on some wood shavings. I loved those so much better than some plastic filler.

And the corsage with some vintage music, ribbon, and bling.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

When Heather Talks...Ann smells a Challenge!

Recently (I) Heather joined up on Swap-Bot, cause I have been doing some swaps online lately, and have enjoyed them immensely so I wanted to do some more regularly. One particular swap, is a Big International Journal Swap. I really want to do this, but as I am preparing to fill it, collecting things from here and there and then thinking about all the cools things I was going to put into...I just didn't want to part with it. But I like the idea of having a commitment to more than just myself, but the thought of sending it off and never seeing it again, just made my heart ache! So I decided to make two. One for me. One for my partner. After all, wouldn't after looking over it a few times, admiring some techniques or other goodies...wouldn't it in the end just be clutter for that person? In the end do you really want to keep something that is filled with all the thoughts and likes of a stranger from possibly half the world (or more) away? Perhaps... I make find my partner to be a kindred spirit and they would over time care for such a journal...but I am not sure the likely hood of it. But in the end it isn't like this journal that I will get will come from a close friend in whom I genuinely care about and so the journal will be loved. This is a huge project and also very unique and personal to the person who created it. So I was discussing this with Ann today over the phone and we opted to do this ourselves. I am committed to the project on Swap-Bot now, as it is passed the drop out deadline, but we are going to do this project in vintage Cousin style.

Here's how we are going to do it. Perhaps you might want to do a virtual craft along with us...your choice. Ann ran out this morning to Ross and bought some $4 journals. (You could make your own, but we are going to alter ours). Basically we are going to decorate the outside and perhaps some insides for each other with the deadline of July 15 to get that done. After all, we gals have lives that go beyond our paper studios. Then swap them and fill them up. (Questions are posted below) and then swap again just to look at eachother's answers. Then give them back and keep our own personal journal about ourselves. Perhaps this will meet our desires to scrap about our lives personally, but we have yet to do as a part of our paper crafting goals this year. We both liked the idea of antiquing and adding some vintage to the book we decorate for each other. I look forward to seeing our creations and have complete trust in Ann's talents...After all... Ann is my Jedi Master in scrapbooking.
Now I want to make it clear and give CREDIT where CREDIT is do. This isn't our little concoction... here are the origins to this swap. And we want to thank them for their creativity.



You'll take a composition notebook...or something like it (with a >lot of pages) and do the following below. Must do ALL of them!!

Must decorate the front and back of your journal/notebook. Use stickers, decoupage the heck out of it, draw on it, show us >your personality! Absolutely NO one word answers for ANY of these!! Describe >as much as you can in detail!! Use pictures and drawings if you want to. SHOW US YOUR PERSONALITY!

Here's your list:

  • Write an introduction about yourself. Why not include a picture of yoursef?!?
  • Make a collage of items you'd like to have (wishlist of >sorts). Get your items from online print outs, magazines, >books, etc.
  • Write down your favorite recipe
  • Write down lyrics to one of your favorite songs
  • List 50 things that make you happy
  • What things do you think are beautiful?
  • List 50 books you have read. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ 50, write down a list of some you would LIKE to read.
  • What are some of your favorite songs? Why do you like >them so much?
    • What are some of your favorite flowers/trees?
  • List 5 happy memories.
  • Write down a time line of your day (woke up at 6am, ate >breakfast at 8am, etc etc).
    • Who are some of your best friends and why?
    • Write down a childhood memory that makes you happy
  • You've just won the keys to a brand new car!! What type >did you win?? Find a picture or draw one into that same page.

    • How would you spend a found $20 bill?
    • The Alphabet has 26 letters. From A-Z write something you like starting with each letter of the alphabet. WRITE EACH LETTER IN A DIFFERENT COLOR
    • List 10 of your favorite quotes.
    • List your TOP TEN favorite websites that you like to visit! What makes them your favorite?
    • Write out your TO DO list for today
    • Write out your shopping/grocery list of things that you need to stock up on or get or have run out of!
    • List 20 movies you like!
    • What is your favorite season out of the year and why??
    • Take a page, decorate it, paste an envelope onto it and put a little surprise inside.
    • Make a sticker page (put some cool stickers you like or have found onto a page in your journal)
    • What's In Your Purse?? (list and or draw or take a photo and print it off)
    • What are some of the things you wish to accomplish within the next 5 years?? (Can be anything small such as taking the dog for a walk every day, getting fit, or anything big)!
    • Do you recycle? What all do you recycle? How do you recycle?
    • What are some of your favorite vacation spots?? Name them.
    • If you won the lottery, what would you do?
    • Describe what your dream house would be like (maybe draw out plans for it)
    • Where do you like to go just by yourself, to get away from it all? Describe that place.
    • If you had $500 to spend in ONE SINGLE STORE, what store would you go into and what would you spend that money on??
    • If you won a all expenses paid trip to somewhere...where would you go and why?
    • What are your favorite sweet treats/Desserts/Candies??
    • List 15 of your favorite restuarants
    • Make an ATC or a Postcard and glue it onto your page. Make one like you'd be swapping it out to someone.
    • Doodle on a full page
    • List 10 favorite cartoons (new and old)
    • Write about your day today
    • Make a promise to yourself and write it out on this page in big bold colorful letters.
    • Who do you love and why?
    • Do you collect anything? How many items do you have in your collection? Describe where you got them and how.
    • When you were a child...what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now?
    • Describe your pets! If you don't have a pet, what kind of pet would you have if you DID and why? Include a picture or a drawing or a paw print!
    • What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?
    • The year is 3042. Describe what is going on in the world and what you see around you! (You're more than welcome to be as creative as you want to be)
    • List 20 different things you can see from where you are sitting right now.
    • The most amazing thing I have ever seen is....?
    • Decorate a page however you like...
    • Pretend you live in a far away place...could be space like or fantasy like...describe your place you live in, who you are and what you do.
    • List 5 of your favorite bath/body/cosmetic products you like to use.
    • Describe a project you are working on right now (could be for swapping, personal use, work, etc)
  • Describe how your day went today.

    *Write a haiku

    *Fill up the rest of your journal!!

    And we may enter in more questions and who know what these two crafty cousins will create.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Paper Bag Album Class- SMILE

I made this album for a class I was teaching on Paper Bag Albums at Church. Notice the much less adorned look of it. I plan on putting some pictures of the boys in it. I think it came out really nice even if it isn't as blinged out as I normally do on a mini album. Shows you that simplicity can be equally as nice.
The paper is Cosmo Cricket.

Frightfully Delightful

So here is a minialbum inspired by Marion Smith's Halloween Mini Album. You can watch her video and perhaps it will inspire you to make something too. Mine is Really CHUNKEEEEEY! I like em' chunky!
Made mostly with Making Memories Spellbound paper from a few years ago.


Here is my darling daughter around her first Birthday. So this is a scraplift from the Prima Blog. It is the last one in this post.
The paper is K and Co. Jubilee. And of course some Prima Flowers.