Sunday, August 28, 2011

Slow Sync Flash

In our photo challenge at we are using a technique called slow sync flash. It's where you use a slow shutter speed...and the flash goes off toward the end of taking the photo. It gives some really cool background effect while keeping the main subject in focus. Here is a website with some neat examples. And here is my attempt at this earlier today in the late afternoon/early evening when the sun was going down. I am spinning as I am taking the picture.

Friday, August 26, 2011


This is the last day for the Big Idea Festival, and here is my layout for Day 12's inspiration PLAY. It's been a fun freebie class. I may of forgotten to tell ya, that for each day we were provided the inspiration word, and journaling lines to use on a layout, what we did with it was up to us...I always erased the journaling I just don't like the looks.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


This my day 11 inspiration for EMBRACE in the class I'm taking at Big Picture Classes. Loving the inspirational words, and sad that it is about to come to an end!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Day 10 of the Big Idea Festival class that I'm taking...hope you are not getting bored with me posting the layouts...I'm having fun with the inspirational words...and want to share!

Ahhh...I can remember this moment clearly, as if we were back in Anchorage Alaska, August 2004, a little after midnight. I used one of my favorite quotes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This is my Day 9 layout from the Big Idea Festival class, inspiration is FREE...and I use the word to share with you, that in my FREE time, I design and make craft kits for the ladies at our summer Rallies.

Monday, August 22, 2011


WOW I'm in shock...its already been a week of class...this is my Day 8 of the Big Idea Festival class, with the inspiration word LIFE...I am so surprised that I've kept up.


This is my Day 7 layout for the Big Idea Festival, free class that I'm taking. The inspiration word is CHERISH. This is a dedication to my nephew who, after suffering with brain cancer for 10 years, passed away this summer.


This is my day 6 layout on the Big Idea Festival word inspiration class.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Female Birthday Card

This card is also a scrap lift of one of Susan's cards, that I use for the Birthday Card Swap that I hosted for my local SB group. The base of the card is folded with the fold at the bottom to make the base of the card a pocket, and the verse is on a seperate cardstock that fits into the pocket with only the flowers at the top peaking out!

Male Birthday Card

This Birthday Card is a scrap lift from a birthday card that Susan taught at our RV Rally...I used this card for the swap that I hosted with my local SB club. The card is cut on double sided striped/brown paper. I opend up my template card flat and traced onto the patterned paper, then cut and folded in half on the front left hand side of card. With the inside color being mostly dark brown I inserted a white square sheet of paper with my birthday wish printed on it.


This is my Day 5 of the Big Idea Festival word inspiration class!


This is my Day 4 layout for the Big Idea Festival word inspiration class!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Alcohol Inks

I love using Alcohol Inks.  I have a lot of different color of inks
but I always seem to use the blue ones.  :-)


Day 3 of the Big Idea Festival, using inspiration word Less


Day 2 of the Big Idea Festival Class using for inspiration the word Wonder

Monday, August 15, 2011


This is the Day 1 - Share layout that I made at the free class at Big Picture Classes! Each day for 12 days we will be sent a template file and a word for the day to scrapbook inspiration from the word. Thanks Kathy for sharing the information about this freebee class as I think it will be a fun one...I hope if you girls are taking the class that you will share your layouts!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Feminine and Frilly

Happy Birthday Everyone! This is my submission to Betty's swap. There's a lot of paper cutting and I can now pleat/fold flowers in my sleep, but what girl can't resist flowers?

Without using a scoring board, the flowers took some time folding. Instead of cutting out the petals, I used a hole punch on three pleated layers at a time. Medium ZOTS work well to hold the middles together. For added insurance, I glued a 1 inch dot to the backside and used double tape to adhere to the card.

Here are the pieces for the birthday card: floral and dotted paper, green border, pleated 3 inch flower and paper ric rac trim. The greeting banner was stamped in purple ink then embossed with clear powder. Two punched flowers and a glitter brad make up the center of the pleated flower. I left the brad tabs out flat to mimic green leaves. The paper doily was inked first with a maize color, then a bamboo color ink. The ink pad itself was too heavy so I used a sponge.

The card idea and Serendipity paper pack is from Paper Wishes.

Don't forget to use extra postage when mailing.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cute Little Gift Bags

Here are some of the cutest little gift bags that are really easy to make. The paper bag is made from your decorative paper cut from a rectangle 15.5 in wide x 8.25 in tall. The finished size is 5 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide by 3 inches deep. You will need scissors, craft tape(sticky on both sides), decorative paper, thicker cardstock for inside top flap of bag to make it stronger, rivets, rivet punch like the BIG SHOT and ribbons or cording. When you are reading the directions, they go with the picture directly below them. 


Make pattern: Cut plain paper 15.5 inches wide x 8.25 inches tall. This will be your guide. Make markings as shown in picture. Horizontal lines....1.25 inches from top, 2 inches from bottom. Verticle lines starting from left edge...4.5 inches, 3 inches, 4.5 inches, 3 inches and 1/2 inch from right hand edge.

Cut your patterned paper 15.5 inches wide x 8.25 inches tall. Fold bottom edge up 2 inches and top edge down 1.25 inches. Place on pattern making left and right edges even with pattern. Make your folds at 4.5 inches.......

Then a 3 inch fold............

Then another 4.5 inch fold...........

Then another 3 inch fold...............

Then fold up the last 1/2 inch.

Open up and unfold top and bottom flaps and adhere outside edges with double sticky tape or glue. The 4.5 inch end will overlap 1/2 inch and meet at that 1/2 inch fold.

Make sure all four edges have a good crease.

Fold bottom flap like you would do if you were wrapping a package.

Adhere with double sticky tape or glue. Make sure you don't put the tape on the white part...or when you fold the bottom will have a sticky section on the inside of your bag.

It should look like this when you have it taped down.

Cut 2 pieces of thicker cardstock(I used the dividers from my box of Lipton tea bags) at 4.25 inches x 1 inch. You will adhere these with tape inside so that when you fold down the top edge, you'll have a stiffer thicker top which will make the bag more sturdy when you add the rivets and ribbon.

Adhere to the inside of both 4.5 inch front and back with double sticky tape or glue.

Put double sticky tape on the inside and fold down to create finished top of bag.

Crease and fold your bag like you would a lunch bag.

Now you are ready to put the rivets and the ribbon handles on. I used the BIG SHOT rivet tool and the larger rivets.

Cut a piece of paper 3 inches wide, or use a ruler and mark where you will put your rivets with a marker or pencil. For the picture below, I cut a paper 3 inches wide and marked on the outside edges on the paper bag with a black marker about 1/2 inch from the top edge(denoted by arrows in the picture below). This is where I will punch the holes for the rivets.

Line up your hole punch for the rivets.........

And punch your holes.

Now add the rivets

Cut 2 ribbons or cording 14 inches long each. Make a knot in one end of each ribbon and thread it from the inside to the outside and back through the second rivet to the inside again.

Tie another knot on the end of the ribbon and repeat for the second handle.

Voila! Here is your finished gift bag! You could add a little scalloped tag or rectangle tag to the handle to customize for birthday, thank you or whatever occasion.