Saturday, April 27, 2013

My Favorite Color Is Purple

I find I don't use much purple in my scrapbooking. 
Not sure why. Maybe its a lack of cute purple supplies?  
That's why this stack makes me happy: 
The colors are just BEAUTIFUL!
I think I have a new  another favorite :)

We had to stop and snap a picture of this beautiful rainbow while walking around Central Park in NY. 
Not much journaling needed here. There's no story, it's just one of those moments that get stuck in your memory and deserve to be scrapped. After all, this might have been a once in a lifetime view for me :)  

The beautiful gold in these papers is just lovely. 
I used the Luxe rub-ons here and the Uncharted Waters gold alphas.

Once I had these papers out, I decided to upcycle a used thread spool and turn it into a pin cushion.
Now that I can display my pins, maybe I'll remember to use them, huh? 
and I'll have a pop of purple in my craft room :) 


Here's how I did it: 
1.Took the stickers off the top & bottom and punched a circle of the same size from the Violet Leaf stack. I used an iCraft adhesive sheet to cover the circle with adhesive. This will be the bottom of the spool. 2.I turned the spool over & grabbed a handful of polyester stuffing. I used a skewer to stick the stuffing in the openings making sure I didn't put too much in so the paper didn't pop out the bottom. 3.I cut a felt circle the same size as the spool and and a circle of purple fabric about an inch bigger than the felt. I sewed around the fabric circle like I did with these yoyo flowers but left the edge around the spool and secured it with more thread. 4.Finally I cut a rectangle piece of paper to go around the spool and used the iCraft adhesive again to make sure the entire piece was covered in adhesive. 





You can make the top as puffy as you want by adding more felt & stuffing on top 
of the spool under the fabric. 
I just LOVE this purple & gold stripe pattern :) 

In case you're not familiar with the icraft adhesive, this is what I keep talking about:  
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

So Happy Here

Vacations are usually exhausting. 
It's rare for us to get a picture where we look happy and relaxed. 
This is one of those rare moments :)


Paper- DCWV Sweet Blossom stack 
Wood Veneer- Studio Calico & Freckled Fawn 
Washi- Bella Blvd, Glitz, Freckled Fawn 
Flair- Paper Bakery 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

All About the Journaling

Turkey was the biggest surprise in the Mediterranean cruise my husband and I took 2 years ago. I thought I wasn't going to like it as much as other more 'famous' places like Athens or Venice. However, Turkey had the nicest, most polite and respectful people. Istanbul and Kusadasi  were the cleanest and most friendly of all our stops. 

It was funny because a year later my husband and I were trying to get a group picture in times square in New York and even though there were many, many people all around us, only one person offered to help us get a picture. He was Turkish.

Anyway...back to the story here. My husband and I were walking out of the port in Istanbul and we weren't really sure how to get to the tram stop, but we knew it was walking distance. So we just started walking, we noticed we were being followed so my husband turned around to look. It was an older man, he smiled and told my husband "yeah, I'm following you. I wasn't sure which way to go and I said "that guy looks like he knows where he's going.'" haha! So we started talking and walking.

His name is Johannes, he's from South Africa and was exploring Istanbul on his own because his wife had been there a few times already so she stayed on the ship. After we got to the tram station we couldn't figure out how to work the machine because it was only in Turkish, so a nice security guard helped us purchase our   tokens.Johannes snapped this picture for us and we rode with him to the tourist information center to get some maps. After that, we parted ways and he went off exploring on his own. 


On our way back to the ship, we were hoping to bump into him again and wonded if he made it back safely. We saw him the next day and met his wife. He told us about his adventure in Istanbul. He stopped traffic for an old man who was crossing trying to cross the street. In return, the man offered to show him around the city and take him over the bridge to the part of Istanbul that's in Asia.What a cool adventure! 

The moral of the story:  Its nice to have someone help you out :) 

Thanks for visiting ;) 

Coral Couture Stack 
Ledger stack 6x12 
Cardstock quotes (warm brights) 

American Crafts: 
Dear Lizzy date stamp 
Everywhere Thickers 

Recollections camera washi tape 

The paper bakery-You've Been Geotagged Flair Set 

Maya Road- Capture this memory from tags rub-ons

Monday, April 8, 2013

100 Days of Tombow!

To celebrate their centennial, Tombow is donating $10,000 in product to the Council for Arts Education. Tombow will donate $100 for each of the 100 participating bloggers. This cause is especially important to me :)

You all know me as a crafter and today I want to share with you that I am also an educator. I hold an M.A degree in Early Childhood Education and I'm a preschool teacher. Through out my schooling and career, I have been an advocate for arts education. My passion is color. I teach through my passion and my classroom is full of paint and color. When Tombow asked me to participate in their 100 Day program benefitting the Council for Arts Education, it was a great fit!

As a scrapbooker I am inspired by many things, photographs, stories, products or a combination of these. 
When Tombow sent me this: 


I was inspired by the calm colors of the pencils. I grabbed a sheet of cardstock and started to color inside the circles of a misting mask. Having fun with the pencils. It was so relaxing to just color! 
I love the sketched look the pencil lines give the circles :) 
I lightly colored in all the circles in the mask, then I went to my picture stack to get a photo that would look great here. I found this beautiful serene shot of one of my dogs. He is awesome. The Best :) 
Rescued from a dog pound and always so grateful! He just wants to be loved!...ok and is important to him too! :)  

The soft colors called for something earthy to be part of this LO, so I grabbed a sheet of DCWV self-adhesive cork. I used it to mat the picture and to cut out some chevron type arrows. With all the earthy elements I decided to bring in some metal. I grabbed a strip of the DCWV Glitzy glitter cardstock stack. This is my favorite gold glitter cardstock. It's so pretty! Here's a close up: 

Told you it was pretty! ;)

I used my tombow markers to color the wood veneer pieces. This particular color is Horizon Blue. 
I also used the wood veneer pieces as a stamp. You can see a stamped arrow and asterisk 
 up close in the picture above. 

I adhered everything with the Tombow adhesive dot roller except for the flair. I used a Tombow power tab for that. Oh! and a Tombow glue stick for the letters. 

I used the Cool Gray 5 from the marker pack to write my journaling and stamp the date. 

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Recap of the supplies: 
Irojiten Colored Pencils- Light grayish tone 
Soda Shop Dual Brush Pens
Dot Adhesive stamp runner 
Power tabs  
Glue stick

Silky Neutrals stack 12x12
Self-adhesive Cork 6x6 
Glitzy Glitter Cardstock Stack 12x12

Studio Calico: 
Sudrifter Circles Mask
Arrows and hearts wood veneer 

Freckled Fawn: 
Wood chips-Stars and Such 
Wood chips- Hearts

Paper Bakery: 
I Woof You Flair Set 

American Crafts: 
Dear Lizzy date stamp

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Maya Road Warehouse Sale Box April 2013

This is what I got this year, love it as always :)
Just in case you're interested find the sale here. They go fast! 

Don't Hide the Gift In a Box!

I made a card and bracelet for my friend. I realized the scalloped edge of the card would be perfect for holding on to the bracelet. I love to display a gift when I can instead of boxing it up. Although decorating the box can be fun too :) In this case, the gift was easy to display! 

The bracelet is very simple to make. It's 3 lengths of chain with ribbon woven through one of the chain segments. The 3 segments are connected with a jump ring on each end and the closure is added to the jump rings as well.

 I had no idea how to make the ribbon stay, so I sewed it using gold thread on each end and added some clear polish to the ends. Please let me know if you have a better way to make ribbon stay on a jewelry project :) 

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Scalloped paper - DCWV 'striped matstack'  
Sentiment- DCWV 'warm brights quotes' 6x6 stack 
Gold matting for sentiment- DCWV 'foiled brights' 6x6 
Flower-  Colorbok  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A couple more Dear Lizzy LO's

Mixing up Dear Lizzy Neapolitan and Lucky charm collections trying to use up some of my stash :) 

I entered this one in the Glitter Girl challenge for last week "Title free tales." 
I did it just for fun and I didn't feel I needed a title or journaling. There's no particular story to tell. Below the photo I wrote 'Exploring Mykonos, Greece' and stamped the date. 

 On the other hand this one's got both...

Can you spot the Pelican? 
He says 'hello' :) 

The banner paper reminded me so much of this little town because it was just as beautiful and colorful and that's not represented in these pictures. 

I'm currently on Spring Break, so I want this week to slow down!  Hope you're enjoying your week :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

I couldn't resist!!!

I Just HAD to title this "Must Lean On Me" and tilt that A. 
And you wouldn't believe what song started playing on Pandora 
as I placed the title on the page...
'Lean On Me' 
It was SO freaky!


I titled it this way because our guide told us 'come on' take that picture that 
everyone has to take when they visit. Pretend you're holding up the tower. 
So we listened and we did. It was tricky with so many, so many people around. 

I used this sketch which is the stack-a-holic challenge for April at DCWV

I made my circles with twine using these adhesive dots 
and some household items to wind the twine around. 
Oh yes, this is The Fiesta stack from Joann's.

Hope you join the challenge this month :)