Monday, December 13, 2010

TPE Winter Wonderland

Because of the busy holiday season we are only having one challenge this month at The Pink Elephant. All the teams created something with a Winter Wonderland theme. That is actually a perfect theme for around here, our area was hit with 15" of snow this weekend so everything looks like a Winter Wonderland around here. I decided to scrap a photo from the photo shoot my husband did last week with my nephew (who is home on leave) and his girlfriend.

Be sure to head over to The Pink Elephant to check out what the rest of the team made.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ella's Pink Scrapbook #28

It's time for another scrapbook challenge over at The Pink Elephant This week's challenge is a color challenge; red yellow & blue. I'm still working at those Alaska pages & Im still on my daily index pages. So that's what this layout is, it's from our day at port in Juneau. You can't really see it in the circles at the bottom but it says day 5 and June 23 I did the numbers in a lighter ink and the camera didn't pick that up. I've been taking on a pretty simple style with my layouts lately, I think it takes me longer to do a card then a layout these days.

Be sure to head over to TPE to see the other design team work and if you decide to participate we'd love to see your work too!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Quick Christmas Card

Hero Arts was doing a 90 min. scramble challenge this afternoon. They announced what you had to do for your card and you had 90 mins. to create a card. This challenge was to create a card using a non traditional Christmas flower. I immediately thought of my new Tattered Florals die I got. I cut those out of some tissue paper then stamped them with the Hero Arts script stamp with Vintage Photo dye ink. I then sprayed it with spray adhesive and sprinkled on some mica flakes. I used the Hero Arts Fabulous Flourish as my background image using the Mahogany dye ink then rubbed some Vintage Photo onto the background too. I topped the card off with a Hero Arts sentiment adorned with some twine, and a snowflake with a little jewel in the middle of it.

Here it is, I finished it in about 1/2 hr, well within the 90 mins! Love the scrambles they do.
Now it's off to do a little bit of scrapping before heading out to some friends for the evening.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tutus and Party Hats

My great niece recently celebrated her 1st birthday and I had great fun making her gift! What little girl doesn't like tutus? Well ok, maybe she wasn't as excited about it as we were :) And I just couldn't resist making a cute little birthday hat. So here's some pics from the event.

Here's the tutu and party hat, cute I know!

And a close up of the party hat
Brinley showing off her new tutu (she actually wasn't real excited about it, but it's so cute!)

And Brinley in her party hat. She wasn't very excited about this either, she didn't keep it on very long.

There you have it, a cute girl, a cute tutu and a cute party hat!

I've been thinking about making up some of those cute little party hats to sell in my etsy store. Of course I think about a lot of things but real life seems to always get in my way of my fun crafty life.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ella's Pink Scrapbook - Challenge #26

This week's challenge at The Pink Elephant is a Child Theme challenge. I decided to scrap another layout of my sweet little great niece, she's such a doll & it's fun doing the girlie pages.

Be sure to stop on over to TPE to check out the rest of the Design Teams work.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Some Christmas Cards

I was working on some Christmas cards for a class I have coming up in November and decided to just make a bunch and choose 3 from what I made. These 3 are the ones that aren't going to be done for the class. Lately I have had 2 manufacturers that I just love love love, Hero Arts & Tim Holtz. These cards showcase that.

This first one was a pretty simple one using some Hero Arts stamps. I love the black, red & white combo.
Another Hero Arts stamp, I did the emboss resist technique with this one where the stamp is embossed and then I rubbed the Tim Holtz dye ink over the images. I also used my cuttlebug for this one, my #1 go to tool for cards! The other thing I am loving right now is the wrinkle ribbon (hand dyed seam binding) looooove this stuff!
And lastly is this ornament card, not sure Im digging this one so much. I used Hero Arts again (love the music notes background) some Tim Holtz dye inks for the background and then some crackle rock candy. The ornament is cut out from grungeboard (love), crackled then inked up with some alcohol inks. I got impatient waiting for the paint to dry so I used my heat gun which gave the effect of the deep crackles, I think for this application finer ones would have been better.

That's it for now. I have a birthday party for a special little girl (my great niece) who just turned "1" & Im hoping to get some cute photos of her with some things I made for her so I will share that later on.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Im recovering from a little weekend getaway to Door County, and what a beautiful place to visit! We stayed at a B&B, did some sight seeing and shopping. I can't wait to go back! I did score some goodies at a craft sale that was going on at a church there. I picked up two good sized bags of vintage trims, ric rac, and seam binding. I'll have to get a pic of them to share so you can all drool :) I can't wait to use some of them on some cards and layouts.

I thought I'd share a card with you since I have been bad about sharing lately, we'll see if I can do a little better with the blogging :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ella's Pink Scrapbook Challenge #25

This week's challenge is a recipe challenge; use the color light aqua, a patterned paper and embellishment. I chose to do a page of my sweet little favorite great niece (I can say that cuz she's my only great niece). I spritzed my paper with some glimmer mist in the two corners and also used it on my aqua flowers. This photo doesn't show the title very well, I'll have to see if I can get a better photo later. It says "princess Brinley" and that she is :)

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's layouts at TPE

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Flood of 2010

We have been hit with a flood here. Fortunately where I live we weren't affected, my parents have lots of water down by their dock and will have some clean up to do they live on a hill so their home wasn't affected. Unfortunately there were a number of people evacuated from their homes because of the flooding from the Wisconsin River. They're calingl this the 100 year flood so it was something magnificent to see.

This first photo was taken Thursday evening after we had received about 6" of rain, we were thinking at this time the river might rise a little bit more than it was at this point

This was Saturday morning, my dad was checking things out, hoping the river had crested, it hadn't yet.
And this was Saturday late afternoon pretty much at crest.

We drove around Saturday and took some pics, this is a stranded car at a gas station under water. The river is actually way in the background way out past the yield sign.

One of the damns with the water just roaring.
A couple of businesses along the river, not a good situation for them.
This was one of the bridges that was kept open, there's another one just up the river a bit that was closed.
The river is receding and now it's time for clean up and recovery. It's unbelievable how much can happen in a weekend.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ella's Pink Scrapbook Challenge #24

It's time for another challenge over at The Pink Elephant. This week's challenge was a Back to School Theme challenge. This one was a bit of a challenge for me because we don't have any children, so I dug into the archives and found a class picture from grade school and decided to scrap that. This photo was fun to look at, I was able to actually pick out a few of my classmates. I'd love to have them all written down. I also used some of The Cutting Cafe Back to School digital images on my layout.

Here's the layout (the photo is a bit discolored from being in one of those magnetic photo albums)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ellas's Pink Scrapbook #22

This week's scrapbook challenge over at TPE is a color combination & sketch challenge. We created layouts with the colors green, yellow & white along with this sketch

I will admit I have been struggling some with getting my layouts completed and putting them off til the last minute. I had a completely different layout in my mind for this challenge. I was going to do some pictures from the balloon rally I was at this past weekend. After digging through my paper I came across some Reminisce monkey paper that I have had for awhile which was perfect for this challenge. So, I went through my pictures and found some cute photos of my great nephew to use. I think the saying I found in the sticker set is rather fitting "Sitting Still Is Not My Thing". This layout was super quick and super easy which is usually not how they go for me :) the style is simple, I had a hard time not adding more stuff, I think it turned out ok though.

Be sure to to stop on over to The Pink Elephant to see what the rest of the design team came up with.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Hoot of a Birthday

I picked up the sizzix owl die and couldn't wait to create something with it. I picked up some mini composition books the other day on sale so I covered one of them and put this cute little owl on it. Cute as this little book was and how much I wanted to keep it myself I decided to give it to my niece for her birthday.

I needed to make my niece a card too so I put this one together to go with the little notebook. I love this owl, love the October Afternoon paper and love the dyed seam binding ribbon. Don't be surprised if you see lots more of these items in my projects :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Christmas Card

The new Hero Arts stamps have arrived at my local scrapbook store & I just had to get my hands on some of them along with a teacher's set for me to use for an upcoming class. I started playing around with them along with some Tim Holtz distress inks. I think my favorite stamps from this Christmas catalog are the music background and the fabulous flourishes. I love the old aged feeling of this card along with the dyed seam binding and vellum music.

Check back later this week, I've got some other creations to share with some more Hero Arts Christmas stamps.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Masculine Birthday Card

I have a masculine birthday card to share with you today, this was one I made for my brother's birthday last month. I come from a family of car fanatics so this Great Impressions stamp was a must have. I used some core'dinations cardstock on this card, I love this stuff when I want some extra texture on a card.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ella's Pink Scrapbook Challenge #20

I've got a layout to share this week. I've been slowly getting back into some scrapbooking again. It's been so hot that being in my scraproom in the basement is a nice way to keep cool.

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge along with some fabric on our layout. Here's the sketch
I decided to scrap some more photos from our Alaskan Cruise last year. I had some burlap laying around that I decided to use as my fabric, I just stitched it onto a piece of cardstock.


Head on over to The Pink Elephant to see the rest of the design teams work.

I've been working on a bunch of cards lately along with some class work that I'll share with you a little later on.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ella's Pink Scrapbook - Challenge #17

Hey everyone, Im back with another layout this week for The Pink Elephant Challenges. This week's challenge was to use some memorabilia on you layout like old ticket stubs or brochures or menus that you've picked up to scrap along with your photos.

It's been another crazy week for me so I pulled out an old layout I did awhile back from our honeymoon. We visited a muscle car museum in Sieverville, TN. I thought the brochure was so cool with all the pictures of the muscle cars on it that I used it for the top and bottom borders of my layout. It's a simple layout as were most of the pics from the museum (how much can you do with TONS of car pictures lol).

Here's the layout

Muscle Car Museum

I am really really hoping to get back into a scrapping routine soon so I can get more accomplished and share. Be sure to check out the rest of the teams fabulous layouts this week at The Pink Elephant

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm still here :)

Things are starting to settle down now for me, our duplex is remodeled and rented and the other unit is also cleaned up, painted and rented too! Now I get to do all the stuff that piled up during the month of working on the rentals like house cleaning, gardening and cleaning and organizing my scraproom!

I did squeeze in some time to do a layout for last week's TPE layout challenge and a birthday card too. Hopefully I'll get caught up now and get back into some regular scrapping.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ella's Pink Scrapbook - Challenge #11

This week's challenge at TPE is to use black & white photos with any color combination. I decided to do another page for my Alaska album. The pics are from our first formal night on the ship. I wanted to get a two page layout done but that didn't happen this time so that'll come later with pics of the rest of the gang. When I saw the chandelier paper at the lss I just had to have it, didn't know what I'd use it for but I had to have it lol. It was just one sheet and I didn't get any coordinating ones so I had to make the best of it. I added some stickles to my title & the stamped flower border to match with the glittery chandelier. The little spoons & forks are little brads, aren't they cute!


Be sure to head on over to The Pink Elephant to see all the fabulous samples the rest of the design team made.

I probably won't have much to share the next couple weeks since we're working on one of our rentals but one never knows I might dig something up to share.