Monday, April 30, 2012

Hello There, Handsome My Mind's Eye

I made this layout for the Scrapbook Steals Amethyst #10 sketch.
The randomly drawn prize for this set of 10 sketches is worth over $200.00!!!!
I know this layout needs a little something extra so I'll be working on that.
I used a bunch of My Mind's Eye Dilly Dally Papers and some American Crafts

Have a great day!

Friday, April 27, 2012

9th Birthday Owl Card

My beautiful, baby girl turned nine yesterday!! It seems like it was just such a short time ago when she was wee little babe with dark brown hair and chubby little legs.
I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, Tessa is such a sweet girl. She really tries to help others and make everyone happy (sometimes not so much with her brothers ;)). She's always willing to share and play with smaller children. She hates dissappointing anyone and tries to do her best always. I'm so grateful to have a girl in our family that likes shoes and drawing unicorns. 

I made this card with a bunch of different washi tapes for Tess. She loves pink and purple.

I popped up the balloons with foam squares and added a glue dot to the back to hold the twine in place 

I stamped the stomach of the owl on the yellow washi and then x-actoed it out. PERFECT! I also cut a slit with my x-acto on the top and bottom of his wing so the twine could go behind.
Hope your weekend is a blast. Getting ready for a baby shower today. Have a super day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carlsbd Caverns Spring Break

We took a trip to Carlsbad Caverns and enjoyed some family time. We stopped in Roswell and availed ourselves of their wonderful FREE museum. The picture above is of the actual launching pad that Goddard used to set off his liquid fuel rockets. It was fascinating.
Since its initial emergence, the Roswell Museum and Art Center has grown into a 50,000 square foot facility that includes twelve galleries dedicated to the exhibition of art and history, the Patricia Lubben Bassett Art Education Center, and the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is southern New Mexico’s preeminent museum, lauded for the quality of its exhibitions, programs, and collections.
They have artifacts from the Conquistadors to the most amazing Native American beaded clothing
Georgia O'Keeffe...sigh
Ocotillo plant outside the visitor center in Carlsbad.
Our little familia
Jim White, age 16, explored the cavern with his homemade wire ladder. When he grew older, most people did not even believe such caves existed. He gave many of the rooms their names, including the Big Room, New Mexico Room, Kings Palace, Queens Chamber, Papoose Room, and Green Lake Room. He also named many of the cave's more prominent formations, such as the Totem Pole, Witch's Finger, Giant Dome, Bottomless Pit, Fairyland, Iceberg Rock, Temple of the Sun, and Rock of Ages.
Until 1932, visitors to the cavern had to walk down a switch back ramp-sidewalk that took them 750 feet below the surface. The walk back up was tiring for a lot of visitors. In 1932 the National Park opened up a large visitor center building that contained two elevators that would take visitors to the caverns below. The new center included a cafeteria, waiting room, museum and first aid area.
We walked more than three miles of steep switchback trails...kinda glad we didn't have to CLIMB back out and got to use the elevator. We spent a good five hours on the tour. It was awesome and don't forget your sweater. It's cold ;)

Whale's Mouth
Lighted formations
Looking through an arch of stone to the opening of the Big Room
In 1985 a very distinctive method of exploration was invented. In a dome area 255 feet (78 m) above the Big Room floor not far from the Bottomless Pit, a stalagmite leaned out. Using a balsa wood loop with helium-filled balloons attached, the explorers—after several tries over several years—floated a lightweight cord that snagged the target stalagmite. Once the cord was in position up, over, and back to the ground, a climbing rope was pulled into position, and the explorers ascended into what they named The Spirit World. A similar, smaller room was found in the main entrance corridor, and was named Balloon Ballroom in honor of this technique.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shimmer Sheetz and Microfine Glitter

I made this card for the scrapbook steals MCM sketch #81. I colored the images using my prisma color pencils and odorless turnpentine to blend. The foil sheets were embossed with my cuttlebug and then rolled over with white paint.

I am loving my new microfine glitter that just makes the images shine when they're in your hands.

I wish the pictures did it really is pretty. Hope you're having a sweet day.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spoiled Rotten

 I used My Mind's Eye Dilly Dally on this layout. Also amethyst #9 sketch from scrapbook steals.

off for an awesome weekend with family. have a great one!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

School Layout: All Ready

A little back to school layout with my boy. This is based on the Amethyst #7 sketch by Kyla Dawn Norris.
need to fix enthusiasm

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Delight in the little things MCM #80

I made this card for the Scrapbook Steals Monday Card Madness #80 sketch. I love these colors together

I spritzed some of my homemade paint spray onto some seam binding and tied it into a bow.

The stamp is from Studio G and I love the sentiment.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Little Miracle

 I've been going back and scrapping some older pictures of my baby boy that I want to preserve. I began this layout over a week ago and there was just something missing
 (I got a wonderful suggestion from a friend for a banner). I used some washi tape and folded it over a piece of twine.

I love stars for little boy layouts.

You can go to my video tutorial that I made for the Scrapbook Steals How To'sday here to see how I made this washi flower.

Layering washi over patterned paper is a good way to get a double amount of goodness

Punching out shapes from the base paper is always a fun way to give dimension to your layout. I hope that you all are having a great week!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Little Bird

I wasn't going to share this card because I've done better coloring but I love the rest of this card and how the white dots came out on Ms. Birdy. I like how simple yet girly it looks.

I just layered strips of edge punched paper and inked the edges. I hope you are all having a super day. chose comment #39 which was anonymous so I picked the one underneath it from Janet S.
Janet-please send me your mailing info at mistrav @ yahoo . com
Have a super day!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Scrapbook Steals April Blog Hop

WELCOME to the April SCRAPBOOKSTEALS blog hop!!
Today's steal is so AMAZING!!! 

I was overjoyed to receive a pad of MISS CAROLINE DILLY DALLY in the mail from the Steal Network to create with! It's so fun and cute too. 
I quickly dug into the paper and began by covering an over sized clothespin. I added some ink and flowers and voila-a recipe holder that's perfect for my kitchen.
Next, I used a mix of the papers to make flowers for this batch of ATCs. Sweet, little spring treasures to trade with friends. I love the wood grain papers that come with this set. The red polka-dotted paper made me swoon too.

And finally, I made this sweet little gift basket to be filled with goodies for a friend. I hope you enjoyed this morning's eye candy and don't forget to leave comments along the way to be entered to win a 
$20.00 gift certificate 
  1. ScrapbookSteals
  2. Misty Buck:  ------ You are here
  3. Michelle Philippi:         ----GO HERE  
  4. Stephanie Umpleby:
  5. Kerys Sharrock:
  6. Jennifer McDermott:
  7. Emily Lanham:
  8. Brenda Smith:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Getting Happy Mail

Is there anything better than getting something handmade in the mail?!?!? Well, maybe sloppy kisses and bear hugs from my kiddos and holding my husbands hand as we sit side by side on the couch....but seriously...this warms my heart.
Thanks Kristy!!!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

My mama, MY HERO, my heart

I made this layout to honor my mom. She has been my rock. She raised my brother and I on her own (my grandma and grandpa were big helps back when we were younger). She was a waitress for as long as I remember. When we moved to New Mexico and I was in high school she started taking classes at the local college branch. She earned her associates in accounting while working at a factory that built futon frames and other pine furniture. She never shied away from hard work and taught us to pray always. She has been  abused and faced so many trials through her life but she has remained a rock for me.

My mom married when I was in college. Soon after I had my first born she and my step dad adopted an 11 year old boy in Arizona. I now have two brothers to call family :). Recently my stepdad passed away and my mom has been dealing with some major health struggles of her own. I hope when she sees this layout it reminds her of how far she's come and how amazing she's done.

I just want my mom to know that I know I'm the best person I can be because of the lessons she taught me. As we celebrate the Ressurection of our Savior I hope that we can all feel a rebirth of our own goodness and kindness and do our very best for those around us.

Have a blessed Easter and enjoy your family.