Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thank You

Just finished this card today. I used an old card sketch from SketchThis. 2008 is basically over and one of my New Year's resolution for 2009 is to double my blog posts or even to exceed it. I didn't really get into posting 'til later in the year. So 84 postings for 2009 here I come! Anyways, hope everyone has a safe and FUN New Year's Eve!! Thanks to those who visit my blog, love all your comments and support. Talk to ya next year! ~Joanne

Handmade Christmas Cards

I just wanted to share some pictures of some of the handmade cards I got this holiday season. My sister Patty who is very talented, made me this card, inside was a coupon for my Christmas gift:

Several of my scrap cousins sent me these, they are awesome:




Another talented person is Cori, my design team buddy:

Thanks to all my beautiful cards ladies!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Finally Done!!

Well there it is. Wow this is the most I've ever posted in one day, geez. I'm on a roll, lol. Anyways, here's my last clipboard specially for Andrew. I tried to keep it as masculine as possible for a tween. I guess rhinestones would have been too much...well, j/k. Also here's the matching card.

Matching Card

I decided to create a card with the leftover scraps. Not really Christmas theme, but still cute, hehehe.

1 down...

1 more to go. I finished one clipboard. This one is for Samantha (aka Sam). She's like a mini-me, I gave her my old graphic tees that are too small, so we pretty much have the same taste. Lots of layering with the modge podge medium. In order for me to get around the metal clip, I cut vertical strips of paper, which really made a difference in getting around the nooks and crannies.

The heart and wings are Tim Holtz's Grunge board. I used acrylic paint and then spritz some glimmer mist, iridescent gold.

To personalize it with her initial "S", I used Tim Holtz's Grunge board again. Used the same technique of painting with acrylic paint and then I spritzed on glimmer mist, red velvet. The other letters are American Crafts Thickers alpha stickers. Now on the final clipboard project...stay tuned.

Hurricane Jojo

This is embarrassing but I'm gonna show it anyways. This is what happened to my scrap workstation when "Hurricane Jojo" hit. Actually it still looks that way. This is what you call last minute handmade gifts. I had the bright idea of making altered clipboards for my cousin's kids, and this is my first try at it, I know good one huh? Well they're not finished as you can see, but they will be I promise. Stay tuned for the finished results. And good luck to those who are in the same boat as me!!

Birthday Wishes

This past Sunday was my friend Cat's birthday. We spent the day at the O.C. swapmeet and had lunch at Bamboo House. Here is the card that I made for her. I truly love the look of acetate cards. The flowers I used were from Prima, Fabric Fancies and I forgot what the lacy thingy one is called, lol. I stamped an image of a flourish using white Stazon. Last I added bling and some "stitching", eventually I'll graduate and use real thread.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gift Card Holders

I am in gift card mode. There is a great tutorial on how to make the foundation of this little project, check out Angie's tutorial video on youtube, or her blog. Once you learn the basics the sky's the limit. I made a variety of different occasions:


Thank You

I made all of these for my Aunt Rosemary. Hopefully I provided her with lots of options to choose from. Thanks Angie for the inspiration!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Busy Weekend

It's crunch time for handmade gifts this holiday season. This past weekend I decorated some gift boxes for my design team gals at the Scrapping Lounge. On the front of the box I had embossed their initials and used gold and copper embossing powders. Here's a great tip, buy Christmas decorations after the holidays at a real great discount and take them apart to use as embellishments on gifts. I had bought this "sugar coated" wreathe for a steal like 3 years ago and i just pick at it litle by little, LOL, talk about thrifty!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Yummy Weather....

for scrapping!! It's pouring outside but it's nice and toasty inside. One thing about being unemployed for the moment, you don't have to go outside when the weather is icky like it is. I get to stay in my pj's and scrap all I want. I need to finish some Christmas cards (thought I was done). (Doorbell rings in the background) Oh mailman, gotta go!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Stocking


@ScrappingLounge the Design Divas were assigned to make their own "handmade" Christmas stocking. I got this red velvet stocking at Big Lots for only $2! Wow what a bargain! With some pipe cleaners, Prima flowers, paper from My Mind Eye's Christmas Glitter Stack and some imagination...voila!


Friday, December 5, 2008

Woohoo! My First Blog Award!

I have been presented two blog awards from Bona. It's my very first, hehehe.

The rules are:
1). Display the award on your site.
2). Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3). Give the award to 8 more people.
4). Notify them of receiving the award.
5). Advise them to pick it up at your site.

Following is the translation of the Portuguese words and the rules for the award:
"This blog award invests and believes in proximity -(creating friendships)!" [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy]. These are the other words to be included with the award:
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these awards are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
Please give more attention to these bloggers!
Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who must choose 8 more and include this written text into the body of their award.

The following recipients are:
1. Cat
2. Cori
3. Michelle
4. Sandra
5. Tammy
6. Patty
7. Dawn
8. Angie

I've been tagged!!...again

I've been tagged by list 4 answers to questions about me.

4 things I like/love about my husband/boyfriend:
1. He's my #1 Fan on all my crafty creations.
2. He challenges me on what's for dinner (i have to eat also, so i need to learn how to cook)
3. He has the greatest smile and dimples.
4. He loves to snuggle....awwwwww.

4 jobs I've had:
1. Bath & Body Works/White Barn Candle Co.
2. First Capital Mortgage
3. Inter Mountain Mortgage
4. Scrapping Lounge

4 Movies I have watched more than once:
1. Notebook
2. Tropic Thunder
3. The Lake House
4. Bridget Jone's Diary

4 TV Shows I watch:
1. Real Housewives of OC
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Ugly Betty
4. America's Next Top Model

4 People who email me regularly:
1. Cat (moostly chat)
2. Vivian (mostly chat)
3. Patty
4. JoAnn's Mailers

4 favorite foods:
1. Thanksgiving Dinner
2. All Mexican Food!
3. Sinigang (for you flips out there)
4. Rice

4 places I want to visit:
1. Europe
2. Figi
3. Tahiti
4. Australia

4 things I am looking forward to in the coming year:
1. Getting Published (scrapbook stuff)
2. Getting a "real" job
3. Paying off credit cards
4. Winning the Lotto

4 people I tag:
1. Patty
2. Catherine
3. Bona
4. Kristina