Congratulations to Gloria/Grammachurch! You are the winner on my blog of the fall blog hop. Please e-mail me your address at laurie dot cashen at gmail dot com so I can get your washi tape out to you!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Welcome to the Fall Blog Hop! If you didn’t get here from Devra’s blog, you might want to start at the beginning (Mandi’s blog) to see all the fall goodies we have planned. In case you get lost, here is the list of blogs:
Mandi - mjskraze.blogspot.com/
Amanda - www.lovejoypaper.com
Megan - creativitybymeg.blogspot.com/
Robyn - cozienookhomestead.wordpress.com
Devra - www.mycreativeview.blogspot.com/
Laurie - tulip-scrapper.blogspot.com/ You are here!
Cassie - allsmilesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Christy - myscrapbookevolution.blogspot.com/
The only direction we had was to make some-thing fall-related. It could be a scrapbooking layout, a card, mixed media, fall decoration, etc. Just something fall. I thought and thought and thought. What could I do that is something totally different from what I normally do? Mixed media on a layout? No. A card. Too easy. I remember seeing people decorate their mantles with banners. That’s it! A fall banner!
As this is the month of giving thanks, that’s what I went with. I love how it turned out. Of course I used my Silhouette Cameo—that one machine has transformed the way I go about crafting. I got the banner from the Silhouette store, but it was one-dimensional. So I offset the entire banner by 1/4”, using a barn red cardstock from Close to My Heart for the base. The plaid is from Bazzill, and the ink for all the edges (because that’s what I do) is Tim Hotlz Distress Ink from Ranger Industries.
Here is my version of a thankful banner:
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Your next stop is the extremely talented Cassie! I hope you have enjoyed your time here, and have a blast through the rest of the hop! Thank you for stopping by.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Since November is all about Thanksgiving and being thankful, I have started a Grateful Blessings photo journal for the month. I am writing about one thing every day that I am grateful for. This can be something as being grateful for the members of my family who have been or are in the military to my hairdresser for always knowing what I want even when I don’t. I am using a Simple Stories Snap Album for this journal and Becky Higgins digital Project Life Fall kit.
Again, I used my Silhouette Cameo for the title, a Jolee’s flower, Recollections leaves, and some WRMK washi tape as corners.
What do you have to be thankful for this month?
Monday, October 28, 2013
After what seemed like two weeks of dense fog and totally gray days, the last couple of days have been fabulous! Cold, yes. But the sun has been out, and it’s just gorgeous out. I got up early (well, early for me) this morning, and saw this view of Mount Baker and the Skagit Valley from our deck:
Mount Baker is in the distance in all her splendor. I feel blessed that we live in an area where the landscape is so breathtaking. Those are blueberry bushes in the fields—I love the color of these plants in the fall. The red is so brilliant! I can almost tell the age of the plant by the color red it turns!
That’s it for this post. I just wanted to share the view from our deck with you.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Okay, I’ve played with modeling paste, and this week I ventured off into fiber paste. My scrapbooking group set up a challenge to scrapbook about friendship. I immediately thought of this picture of my BFF Chris. We e-mail or talk almost every single day—you see, I live on the Pacific side and Chris lives on the Atlantic side of the good ole United States.
Since I wanted to mimic the ocean’s waves and the sand, I tried fiber paste, then colored it with inks. I used a curvy, wave-like stencil. I wanted to make the paste more wavy, but I just couldn’t get the hang of it.
I also did a quick spray of mist, mimicking the ocean’s mist. I don’t know how people do it, but I can only put down a heavy mist. Maybe I need to take my page outside and mist in the driveway and hold the mist further away? I might try that this weekend.
Anyway, here we are after dipping our toes into the very, very cold Atlantic Ocean.
I had been saving the shell wood veneers (Close to My Heart) for the perfect layout, and this was it. I put my Silhouette to good use, too. However, thinking it through, I probably should have stuck with one title. But other than that, I kind of like it!
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Another sign of fall for me is tea. I love having a cup of Tazo Sweet Cinnamon Spice Tea in the evenings after dinner. I grew up drinking Lipton tea. We would have it every night for dinner. Hot tea in the fall and winter, sweet tea for spring and summer. I still have our family teapot and love it. I was prompted by both the CSI: Color, Stories, & Inspiration and ScrapStuffz blogs to create the following scrapbook layout about my teapot.
For ScrapStuffz, I was inspired by the fall colors and the warmth those colors created. Fall is tea time for me, and I love nothing better than to sit and relax with a hot cup of tea.
For CSI, I followed a LOT of the prompts. It was difficult getting the color teal in there, but I was able to put pops of the color in with the arrow and stars. The rest of the colors are all in the leaves and the teapot diecut. Even the shimmer around the journaling spot comes from the CSI prompts.
I really went out of my comfort zone again on this one and experimented a bit more with modeling paste and colors. This time I used various inks to color the leaves and the tree branches. I really love how the leaves turned out, and of course used my Silhouette with the teapot diecut. To give it a little pop of color, I used a blue-ish teal on the stars and arrow.
I really enjoyed making this layout and can safely say that modeling paste is going to keep making an appearance on my layouts—not every layout, but on some.
My next venture is into fiber paste. I love fibers, so why not fiber paste?
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I’ve been really liking the look of “artsy” scrapbooking, so decided to venture out of my comfort zone and try it. My DD and I love to go to the craft store and find new items (okay, new to me) to play with. Last week we found modeling paste and fiber paste. Ooooh, fun! I think—or would it be too much of a hassle to use and to clean up?
This week I decided to try the modeling paste. I used Tattered Angels and Studio Calico masks. I didn’t have a spatula, but found my Cricut spatula worked great. I was a bit impatient and used my heat gun to dry the paste some, but decided to put it aside while I worked on another page. I came back and thought, “Hmmm, this needs some color,” so got out my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, put the stencils back down, and sprayed way. It worked like a charm!
As you can see, this was my first attempt and I was just playing. The layout is definitely not as artsy as those I have admired, but it’s a start, and I hope to become better at using these mediums.
Again, my apologies for the shadow—that’s what happens with my scanner and I can’t figure out how to fix it.
Oh, and the cleanup was a breeze. I just used baby wipes to clean the stencils and spatula. I was definitely pleased with this aspect!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Dad’s 80th birthday party was a smashing success! The only thing that could have made it better is if Mom could have been there. Dad’s sister Wilda came from California with her daughter Karla who just moved from Denver to Portland. Dad’s brother Clyde came over from the Tri Cities with his son Dale. And of course, Roy and Butch and their wives drove up from Kelso in the motorhome. Nieces and nephews showed up with their parents—sister-in-law Margaret and brother-in-law Joe. Friends from near and far and old and new came to wish Daddy happy birthday.
I used my Silhouette to make a birthday banner for Dad:
Can you see what I did wrong? The banner itself turned out beautifully . . . but apparently I was a bit dyslexic when I put it together. Aw, well, nothing is perfect! I can fix it easily for the next time I need a banner.
As you can see, we were able to spend some time on the deck. Don’t they all look great!
Here’s a picture of the next generation:
And a picture of the next generation:
When Karen was in high school, Daddy chaperoned their Washington DC trip. These girls were at a Girls’ Weekend at the beach house, but stopped by to say happy birthday to Daddy:
We had a spaghetti feast, with lots of food and drink to go around.
The next morning, the family all came back for breakfast! All-in-all, I think Daddy was happy and enjoyed himself. I thought it was an absolutely fantabulous weekend!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Wow, I can’t believe it—my Dad is turning 80! I offered to throw him a birthday party, and he jumped at it. In 80 years, he’s never had a birthday party. In fact, the first party in his honor was the 51st anniversary party I threw Mom & Dad several years ago.
So enter in Dad’s guest list. Not so bad, considering probably only half will come. Nope. Only one person on the list said they won’t be able to make it, and others are bringing extra family (which is fine—I expect my relatives to do that). All said, we’re going to have around 40 people in our home. And ten are staying at the house overnight, and four more at a hotel nearby. That means breakfast for everyone! What was I thinking?
The Uncles (Dad’s brothers) will be here with my aunts, and one of Dad’s remaining sisters will be up from California with her daughter. So lots of family and lots of friends. I bought more tables and chairs today. Yikes!
I’ve decided on a menu of spaghetti and Costco/ Kirkland lasagna for dinner. My will be aunt is bringing garlic bread, and my cousin will bring fruit for breakfast. I’ve got stuff for a Caesar salad, spaghetti with meatballs, and vegetarian spaghetti. My wonderful sister-in-law will be holding down the kitchen for me so I can mingle with the guests and take pictures. Of course I will have to take pictures!
Here is the picture I sent out on the face of the invitations:
In the picture on the left, that’s my Uncle Roy and Dad (the shorter one). I love the picture on the right with Dad looking up at Mom with so much love in his eyes.
I started the day with 17 items on my to-do list for the week, and was actually able to knock off 10 of those items! Woot woot!
I think I’m in pretty good shape for the week. Although the items on the to-do list are time intensive, if I tackle two a day, I’ll be set!
Wish me luck!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Well, my Camp Wanna friends are encouraging me to keep up my blog—they all do, so I should be able to do it.
I’m going to start with this layout of my DH and me. Yes, Mr. Wonderful is blurred out—his preference. This is also to let you know that in any layout I do that Mr. Wonderful is in, he will be blurred out. (Hey, if the Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, can call her DH Marlboro Man, I can call my DH Mr. Wonderful.)
This picture was taken in the early 2000s—our deck was done and looking good. I was much younger and much skinnier! Isn’t it always that way? But this is a look of pure love. I wish you could see the look Mr. Wonderful is giving me. It’s not the normal “Did you really do that?” I look at this picture and see his love for me. My love for him is obvious, don’t you think?
The circles on the ruler indicate the year we were each born. Cute, huh? I originally made this layout for a Chinese Whisper challenge over on Scrappin' Peeps which is a message board for us displaced ClubCKers. What is funny about it, is I was the last person to do the layout (total of five or six of us participated in this group), and my layout turned out to be very close to the original!
Wish me luck in keeping this up!