Archive for July, 2008

Yesterday was my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Here’s the card I made for them and how great was my timing – they got it in the mail yesterday!

I saw somewhere that you can get cute champagne glass dies for a QK, I so need to find that, because these took forever to make! I rarely use my stickles (I’m not much for bling), but found good use for it here in the glasses.

The cardstock is Bazzill and the patterned paper is Diane’s Daughters. The heart is made with a QK die.

The sentiment is in Finnish and says simply 40th wedding anniversary. The letter stickers are silver coloured and made by a Dutch company called Peel-Offs.

Thanks for looking!


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A new card

This is a simple card I finished in a hurry for a friend’s newborn baby. In hindsight I would have preferred a square card, but oh well. And how cute is the name Merrick?

The cream cardstock is an unknown brand, but the two shades of green are from Bazzill. The swirl is from a clear stamp set by Heidi Grace and the teddy bear is by Panduro, I think. The golden brads are Reprint. The ribbon was bought at a local market place here in Grottaferrata, Italy.

There are a ton of birthdays coming up in August and September so I think I will head on over to Splitcoast and check out the sketch challenge for this week and see if I can’t get a few done this week.

Thanks for looking!

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Who’d have thought that I’d feel compelled to start blogging, not on one but TWO separate blogs? Not me. But, here I am, starting my second blog in just a few short months. I haven’t given up on my first blog – far from it – but what I want to do with this blog is so very different that I didn’t feel that I could mix it with the expat and/or mommy experiences that I write about on the other blog.

I love scrapbooking. It’s an obsession, really. I have always loved photography, heck, I even learned how to develop films back in the old days when digital photography was still unheard of. I have many, many albums of photos, neatly organized by year, or sometimes by event. Then came the day, Christmas Eve 2003, when I received my first digital camera. I was so happy, I snapped away like a crazy person. A few yers later, after the birth of my first child, I realized that I had thousands of photos on the computer, on CDs and backup disks, but not a single new photo in an album. How sad.

On a parenting message board I learned about scrapbooking. Heureka! I googled it, read some magazines, learned more, found Two Peas in a Bucket, and before I knew it, I was ordering my first shipment of supplies. The first layouts, well, they weren’t very good. In fact, looking back, they are quite horrid. Unbalanced, badly executed and lacking in style. That’s Ok. I think I’ve gotten better since then and we all have to start somewhere, right?

About a year ago I made my first card, a birthday card to my husband. It was instant love! Whereas I can (and usually do) spend many, many days working on a scrapbook LO, a card is normal done in a day. Instant gratification! Better than chocolate, I tell you! Plus I don’t have to spend time agonizing over the card selection in the stores, trying to find a card that isn’t too cheesy, too lame or just plain wrong. I am happy to say that I haven’t bought a single card since! Just like scrapbooking, making cards is something I’m getting better at all the time. No every card is a source of pride and joy, but I do learn something each time, be it about colour combinations, stamping, or the design itself. My favourite site for cardmaking and stamping is Splitcoast Stampers and I try to play along with the weekly sketch challenge.

So, I want to use this blog to show what I create, both scrapbook LOs and cards. Feedback is always welcome and friendly pointers are gladly accepted.

Thank you for stopping by!

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