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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pep Rally Card for Cheerleading

My dd has her first pep rally as a jv cheerleader tomorrow. Very exciting for her. She has a secret sister who is a varsity cheerleader, and they will be swapping treats before the pep rally tomorrow. I made this card for my dd to give to her secret pal - naturally in a clear envy so everyone can see it and be envious (LOL).
The background of the card is a "hot pink", but for some reason, it didn't scan. The blue and gold are the school colors. Her secret sis loves pink. That is why I made a pink card, plus if you know me, I love to go outside the box and use a non-traditional color palette. It just makes it more fun. The "RAH!" is from a cheer transparency of my own design.
Inside the card it says "U R Cheerific!". The "Cheerific" is from my tranpsarency and the U R are KI blue icicle letters. It looks really cute. They are over the pink stripe paper you see on the front.
FYI this is a 6x6 card.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

CS Aug 2006 Retreat

Just back from the CS 2006 Aug Retreat. What fun that was! Met some terrific ladies and had alot of fun. Here is a pic of Lynn, me and Julianne as pirates. What in the world would possess grown women to dress up as pirates? Perhaps that is one of the powers of CS??? These two cool chicks were on my floor as well and great fun. I met Julianne last year, and she is a doll.
We made many great projects during the retreat. Can't talk about it now because we pinky swear not to until the other two retreats are over (Sep and Oct). It's hard, but our gift was so great and definitely needed. And our kit...oh la la. Ain't saying nuthin' else. We even made one thing that I have never done before which I have proudly been showing off. So how is that for vague?
Some of my crew were: Lynn and her sis, Mary, Anastasia (whose name is just way too long LOL), Julianne, Kim, Jill, Pat & Woody, Nancy, Laura, Angie, and Jen, and my roomie, Mandy. If I forgot to name anyone, it is just a momentary lapse and I apologize.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A new Halloween Layout

I think I was in a small slump over the summer. Last Friday I went to a crop at my lss. That is always a good way to get over a hump. Although, I thought I had lost my creativity and talent with a couple of the lo's I did. They just needed some doctoring up when I got home so I fixed them right up on Saturday with all my goodies in my scrap room. To quote my husband, "you sure have alot of stuff!" OMG, he has no idea. I told him it really was nothing compared to some of the sb rooms I have seen!
I had to scrap today, too. These were some photos I had printed out over the summer from film I shot last year. Sound typical! I blew one up because I really liked the colors. To get this to post, the colors are kind of washed out. I do apologize for that. It loses a little from that. I turned to my trusty color wheel to select colors to accent the orange in the pumpkins and really bring out the Halloween!
I just had to use my newest stamps that I got 1/2 price from Hobby Lobby earlier this summer. It's such a fun font. The card stock is CS, and the light patterned paper and tags are from Daisy D's Attic Collection, which I just adore. My brad is a dark copper, which brings out the paisly outline in that paper. I used an orange Brilliance pad to make the pumpkin obnoxious since we do buy the biggest pumpkins we can find for our money.
Now I just have to figure out how to get to a crop with what I really want to use without bringing everything but the kitchen sink. And truly I could bring that, too, cuz I would probably use it!
I'm thinking about bringing my SEI paper to crops. It is color wheel based, and would go great with some photos I have in mind to do.
I'm about to leave for the CS 2006 August Retreat. I can hardly wait. At first I was a little disappointed that Tim Holtz wasn't coming. He is such an artist and so inspiring, but I know that talented crew up there in Wisconsin won't let us down. I'm sure I will have much more to say about that.
Oh, I did finish my dd's cheer album for last year at the crop so that is very constructive and did knock out a few more pages for my Hawaii album. I only have about 100 more photographs to go, but they are mostly scenery. I'm thinking of doing like a postcard collage type lo for the rest of those photos on each page. I think that will work and bring out my pics while still telling my story.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sponge Bob Hinged Lid Photo Box

My secret pal also received this hinged lid photo box. It was a design from Club Scrap, that I changed the dimensions on to be able to hold 4x6 photos. I made two of these for my sil for Christmas with a rectangle cut out of the lid so you could see the contents inside. They turned out so well, my brother thought I bought them somewhere. I'm not sure this one was that fantastic. I got the fabric and the characters from a swap I was in a while back sponsored by my friend, Dana, a very talented scrapper.
The top, spine and bottom are three pieces of chip board with one piece of fabric holding them together. The inside is made folding a 12x12 piece of paper. I like to cover everything with modge podge so it doesn't get ruined. Isn't it cute? I liked it, but I have a very silly sense of humor.

Altered Book Project for Secret Pal

I have a secret pal for a retreat I am going on this year. It was supposed to be a card swap, but I just am card challenged. I made her some other stuff, including this altered book made from a real book. For those of you who are offended by defacing of books, you better not read on cuz it starts with an exacto knife and gets worse.
I took a hard back book I bought for fifty cents from a local thrift shop. I cut out the pages leaving only the covers and the spine. I then covered the book cover, both inside and out, with paper. I saw this in a book I got from the library about altered art. The spine was reinforced with book binding tape, although you can use tyvek envelopes like you get in the mail. We love to use our scraps, don't we! I sewed in my signatures with waxed linen thread and used beads as a fun accent. I tore the paper for my signatures to give some added texture as I am a very tactile person. I hope my secret pal liked it. I left it really undecorated so that she could alter it to suit her personality. That is something I like to do.