Tuesday, November 27, 2012

December is coming!

Wow, where did the time go?  Has it been a month since I last posted?  I need to be better, I can be better than that!

Thanksgiving came and went.  We had a great time with family on both sides of the family.  December is right around the corner and with that brings the December Daily project.  I did this for the first time last year and I loved it!  I tried doing Project Life a year or so ago and just couldn’t keep up.  But doing December seems quite do-able.  So here’s the start to my album this year.

December Daily 2012 cover 

The album is from Teresa Collins as well as the paper.  Twine from The Twinery.  Alphas and number are American Crafts Thickers.  The snowflake is velvet paper from SEI cut out using my Cricut.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Birthday Tradition


A Birthday TraditionA Birthday Tradition 5A Birthday Tradition 4A Birthday Tradition 3A Birthday Tradition 2A Birthday Tradition 6

Having all these pictures in a row really shows the color is off!  Sorry, There seems to be a shadow that I missed when I was taking the pictures of this LO and I didn’t do a very good job in PSE fixing the color.

Supplies:  Echo Park paper.  Stampin Up ink and scallop circle punches.  Basic Grey buttons.  The Twinery.  DMC floss.  American Crafts Thickers.  Amy Tangerine brad.  Want2Scrap bling. 

16 Today

Well, that’s the title of this layout, but it’s not “today” that she’s 16.  Smile  That was back in June.

Supplies:  Echo Park Paper and brads.  SEI brads.

16 Today

16 Today 316 Today 2

Monday, October 22, 2012


1616 2

I saved a couple of stars from Harley’s birthday cake knowing that I would use it on a scrapbook page!  It’s a good thing I did because purple scrapbooking supplies are a hard to come by!  Well, at least in my stash they are.  I had hardly anything purple! 

Supplies:  Bazzill cardstock.  MME pattern paper.  Basic Grey button.  Stampin Up journaling pen.  Mr. Hueys mask.  Smooch Spritz.  American Crafts Thickers.  The Twinery.  Glue Dots.

You are not Shy

You are not shy 1You are not shy 2You are not shy 3

Supplies:  Echo Park paper and alphas.  Tim Holtz distress ink.  The Twinery bakers twine.  Micron journaling pen.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I Love the Sun

I Love the Sun

Supplies:  Echo Park paper and stickers and title tag.  Stampin Up ink and journaling pen.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our Family

Our Family

Supplies:  Allison Davis sketch from Scrapbook Generation.  Basic Grey paper, stickers and alphas.  Stampin Up journaling pen.  Tim Holtz distress ink.

Raft on the River with a winner!

A couple weeks back I purchased a small bag of mini popsicle sticks.  I’m on this craze right now trying to figure out different ways to use them.  When I pulled these pictures out I knew right away that I needed to make a raft out of sticks!  The background paper is from Heidi Swapp.  It’s that color resist paper.  This is the first time I have used it, it’s pretty cool!

Raft on the RiverRaft on the River 3Raft on the River 4Raft of the River 2

Supplies:  Heidi Swapp paper.  Echo Park paper,stickers and alphas.  The Twinery.  Cosmo Cricket chipbaord letters. Tim Holtz distress ink.  Stampin Up ink and journal pen.

And now for a winner from the blog hop!!  Congrats to Jordan!!  Message me at Club CK or send me an email at thepopsicletree(at)gmail(dot)com with your address and I’ll get that prize to you!

BloggerJordan said...

Hey :) I love your LOs! Esp. the outlining of the letters. I don't have a favorite number of photos to work with. I am all over the place. I also loved Devra's LO. She tilted everything and it looks great!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Beach Beauties

Beach BeautiesBeach Beauties 3Beach Beauties 2

Supplies.  Echo Park paper and stickers.  Want 2 Scrap bling.  American Crafts DIY Thickers, Smooch Spritz.  Trendy Tape (or washi tape) from Queen & Co and Target.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blog Hop!!

Hello and welcome to our blog hop!!
You should have come from Heather's Blog.  If you didn’t then you’ll want to start at the beginning at Amanda’s blog so you can follow along.
Each of signed up to create a layout with a certain number of photos. My assignment was to use 3 photos in a layout.  It’s not very hard for me to use a few photos since I have 5 kids.  I have LOTS of photos to use.
The papers and embellishment stickers were all from Basic Grey.
To help my alphas and the cog sticker stand out a little more against that busy background paper I used a dark brown pen and outlined them all.  I wish I had take an before and after picture of the outlining.  It really does make a difference!
Around the blockAround the block 2Around the block 3

And because I've been able to get a little scrapping done, I have a second layout to share.  I used Echo Park’s “Note To Self” paper for this LO.  I inked around just about everything with Tim Holtz distress ink, I felt it was fitting for a dirt layout. Smile  The yellow twine is from The Twinery and the brads are from Recollections and SEI 
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Thanks for stopping by!!  Your next hop is Colleen's Blog.  I’m sure she has a fabulous layout to share!!  Also, scroll down on her blog and take a peek at her Lake Superior layout!  Very cool with the stitched rays!

Want to win a prize??  Who doesn’t!!?  Just leave me a comment and tell me how many photos you like to use on your layouts, is there a magic number??   But wait!!  I also want you to visit all the blogs in our hop and tell me something fabulous about one of the other layouts you saw.  I’ll draw a winner on Monday!
Here is what you could win!  Who loves Echo Park??  Me me me!!  How about an entire pack of Note To Self?!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Special Day

I started this layout at my Wenatchee Crop (Wannahatchanegg, inside joke).  Finally, 2 months later I finished it.

The pictures are from the day Spencer was baptized.  It was such a beautiful day outside that I was able to get pictures of all the kids that morning.

A Special Day

The paper is from Basic Grey. Some of it is from the Piccadilly line. The “flowers” are stamps from Stampin Up, Delicate Doily, used with Stampin Up ink. The button is from Basic Grey

The Mud Pit

Another mud layout!  I told you I had lots of pictures.  And this isn’t even the last of it!  Check back on Friday during the blog hop and I’m sure you’ll see another layout with mud pictures!

I used Echo Park paper, Tim Holtz distress ink.  The alphas were from a different Echo Park line than the paper. 

The mud pit

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

You make me happy

This layout sat on my desk for nearly 2 months.  I had such a hard time figuring out a title and how to finish it.  Sometimes I love some of the pictures so much that I’m afraid I’ll not be happy with the layout when I’m done and it will ruin the photos for me.  But I’m loving the way this one turned out and I’m very happy to finally have it done!

You make me happy

I believe the paper is from MME and Basic Grey (I didn’t write it down and it was a while ago).  The stars were cut using a Big Shot die cut.  Washi tape (flag) from Queen & Co.  Alphas from Cosmo Cricket and Thickers.

It’s just a little MUD!

I have quite a few pictures of my boys playing in the mud pit in the backyard.  It’s quite an adventure for them.  Thank goodness for bathtubs!

Have you ever used popsicle sticks on a layout?  I had to buy some larger, tongue depressor size sticks the other day and came across the tiny ones I used in this LO.  I thought they were so cute, I couldn’t resist!  I’m sure there are dozens of ways to use them on a page!

It's just a little mud

A little bit of Tim Holtz distress ink and a Stampin Up pen to give them some wood grain and viola!  Clothes line poles!It's just a little mud 5

I inked most everything on the page including the letters.  I also used some Tattered Angels glimmer mist to add a little messy to the Lo.  It’s all about the mud!It's just a little mud 4

Be on the lookout for a blog hop on Friday!!  There will also be a giveaway here on my blog so be sure to stop by!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

One Bright Layout!

Have you ever had a layout that you didn’t really like after you made it but then the more you look it gets better and better?  Well, that’s how I felt about this layout.  I took a class sponsored by Queen & Co. at a Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention.  I took the class because the class description was about using twine.  Twine is so fun to use and there’s so many fun colors!  Well, I got to the class and was handed this packet of goodies with all these super bright colors in it.  Not generally my favorite.  Wasn’t sure exactly what I didn’t like about it but it just wasn’t my favorite.  At any rate, I enjoyed the class and the techniques they shared and even one a spool of twine!!  Woo hoo!!  I love winning stuff!!

So, this layout sat in my scrappy bag from CKC for many many months until I decided that I really should finish it.  I was lucky to find some pictures from boating that would work perfectly with the bright colors on the layout.  I had actually finished this layout a few months ago and it just sat there in my scrap room waiting for it to be photographed and then put in an album.  When I pulled it out I realized that I really did like it after all!!  It’s growing on me!  Maybe the awesome smiles on my boy’s faces gets my attention more than that bright green paper.  It’s all good because now I like this layout when at first I didn’t care for it much.

I love summer sunshine

I love summer sunshineI love summer sunshine 2I love summer sunshine3

Everything with the exception of the journal spot is from Queen & Co

Watering again & again & again


I love banners right now.  Are they still “in?”  Doesn’t matter, I’m still using them anyway.  I love the little something it gives the corner of a layout.  And hexagons, they are everywhere and they can be really fun!  These were hand cut from some MME paper, I like the way the kind of flow across the page.

I had intentions of adding a journaling tag somewhere on this layout but then decided to just blend the journaling in with the paper.  Can you see it?  It’s on the stripe paper. I found a Stampin Up pen that nearly matched the blue stripe!  I love the way it turned out.Watering againWatering again2Watering again 3

Supplies:  Bazzill cardstock.  MME patterned paper.  Stampin Up banner punch, Stamp & Write journal pen.  Fiskars dot border punch.  American Crafts Thickers.  Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type.  Echo Park jewel and pearl brads.  DMC floss.

Friday, September 28, 2012

We have a winner!!!

Thanks to those who stopped by to check out my tutorial. 
And the winner is NaDell!  I'll get that to you soon!!
Happy Friday everyone!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial & Giveaway!!


Ok, here we go!  For one entire bag, outside and lining, you’ll need one yard of fabric total.  The bags I made for my kids I just used one color for the whole thing.  For this tutorial I used the leftovers from those bags.

First, cut 2 pieces that are 16x12 inches.  You will need two for the outside, two for the inside.


Cute 2 pieces for the handles.  13x4 inches.


Next, with right sides together pin the two pieces together.  You will do the same for the outside and the lining. 


I stitched everything with a 1/2 inch seam.  Sew three sides of the bag (outside and lining).  Start at the top, go down a side, across the bottom, up the other side, leaving the top open.


This next part is probably the most tricky, but it really is easy and makes the bag look great!  At each bottom corner of the bag you will pull the bag apart so that the side seam meats up with the bottom seam.067

Hopefully this picture gives you a better look.  If this is stressing you out, by all means, just don’t do it.  You will still have a great bag!  But once you learn how, it’s a simple trick that gives bags a wonderful finished look.068

Once you have the seams lined up, pin it flat and measure 1 1/2 inch from the corner.069

Mark a line that is perpendicular to your seam using chalk, a pencil or a pen.  It won’t show when you are done anyway.  Then sew across on that line.070

When  you finish both corners this is what it should look like.071

Another look at the sewn corner.072View of the corners after the bag is turned right side out.


Ok, you should have sewn both the outside and the lining of your bag.  Take the OUTSIDE of your bag (if it’s different from your lining) and make sure it’s turned right side out.  Your lining should be wrong side out.  Put the OUTSIDE BAG inside your lining.  Right sides should be together.  Set that aside for a little bit.074

Now for the handles.  Fold your strip in half lengthwise, right sides together and stitch the long side, 1/2 seam still.076077

After you have sewn both pieces turn them right side out.  This handy little tool is called a Fasturn.  It is the neatest little tool!!  My Mom bought it at JoAnn’s probably 20 years ago!  Slide your tube of fabric over the metal tube, push the long pin thing with a swirly point up into the fabric so it grabs it and then just pull it out the bottom.  Makes turning things like this so simple and quick!! 


After you have turned both handles, iron them flat.  I like my handles with the seam in the middle but you can certainly have the seam at one edge.082

Back to the bag.  Match up the side seams and pin.083084

To find the placement for the handles I measured 2 inches in from the side seam and place a pin to mark it.  085

Fold your handle like this…..086

and then slide it in your bag BETWEEN the lining and the outside.  So you should have, lining, handle, outside, outside, handle, lining.  For your handles to be facing the right direction (seams inside) the seams should be facing up (touching the lining).  Pin those in place and pin all around the top edge of your bag.087

Now sew around the top edge of bag but leave an opening (shown between my fingers) on the end of bag by side seam.  Should be between the handles on one end.088

Sew around the top.  Be sure to leave that opening.089

See my opening between my fingers?090

Now you can start turning your bag right side out.  This picture just shows it halfway done.091

Voila!   All the way turned inside out!092

Just grab the handles and push the lining inside the outside fabric.


You’ll want to pin the little opening closed and then pin all around the top edge of the bag.


Then topstitch the top edge of the bag.  This helps keep the top flat and the seam at the top so it doesn’t keep curling over.  097100

Now you have a finished bag!  Can you see the topstitching?  Just gives bags a wonderful finished quality.101

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope this was an easy tutorial to follow.  You could make a bag like this any size you want with the same process.  And you can make the bottom of the bag larger by increasing how far from the corner  you sew across (for your squared bottom).  Just remember that if you make the bottom larger (squared off) you might want to add some inches to the total length you cut out to begin with. 

Please let me know if you have any question!!

Happy Sewing!

GIVEAWAY:  Who doesn’t like winning stuff?  So, since I already made 3 bags for my 3 boys, I’m giving this bag away!  Leave me a comment and I’ll enter you in for a random drawing.  I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday evening, September 27th.