Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! I have been waiting for the new year to begin for a couple months now. I am hoping that it is a happier year for us.

I have a couple things to share with you. First of all, I want to announce that Moongirl is my winner from My Favorite Things Blog Hop. You can email me your mailing address at hmmdes@hotmail.com so I can send you a prize.

Second of all, I wanted to share some of my past favorite layouts. They will be more recent layouts since I had computer problems this year & lost some of my pictures. So here are a few of my favorites in no particular order.

I was able to get my photo taken with Claudine Hellmuth & Mario Rossi at Scrapfest. Always had fun there.

Blues Clues was one of our favorite cartoons when my son was little. He also enjoyed their toys.

This is one of my recent layouts that I made for my cousins wedding album. I do not really do New Years resolutions but this is a goal for me to finish her album as soon as I can. I have been working on it for too long.

Hope everyone has a safe & Great New Year!
Happy Scrappin!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are enjoying the holidays with family & friends & good times.

I wanted to share a Christmas gift that I made for my mom this year. This was a special gift just for her.

When my boyfriends mother passed away last month from Lung Cancer, my mom took it hard. When we were going through photos for the collage to put up at the funeral, I found a picture that inspired me to make this gift.

I had the photo enlarged & mounted. I decided to put it in a shadow box & decorate it. My boyfriend helped me out with some ideas. His mom collected Boyds Bears & had them all over the house. There were resin figurines, stuffed animals & lapel pins. I picked out 2 small resin Boyds Bears & put them in the shadow box.

The title, purple flowers & cheerleader bear were put in the shadow box for a special reason. There is a story behind them.
The purple flowers were from my boyfriends mom's funeral. I let them dry out & then sprayed them with hairspray to help hold them together. They were still pretty fragile though. I glued them down with Fabritac. That was the hardest part of putting the shadow box together. The title started out because the 2 women are my sons grandmas but also then remembered my son bowled in a team tournament & they called themselves The Grandmas. Of course, his 2 grandmas were there to cheer him on. Hence, the cheerleader bear & also when he wasnt doing so good with bowling, they would threaten to bring pom poms to cheer him on.

I glued Prima resin corners & butterflies in the shadow box. I added stickles to the butterflies to lighten it up a bit. The picture of the shadow box didnt turn out real well since we have had winter gloomy days.

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & share this special Christmas gift.

Happy Scrappin!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December Blog Hop

Happy December everyone! I cant believe it is already here. Another thing that is already here is  "My Favorite Things" Blog Hop at Child's Play Challenges.

If you didnt start at Child's Play Challenges, you will want to go there first to start the blog hop. If you came here after visiting Adele, you are at the right place.

So, here's the drill...
1. Visit each blog along the hop and leave a comment so we know you were there
2. Come back to Child's Play Challenges when you are done and tell us that you completed the hop
3. Create a LO based on a favorite play thing (include a photo of it if you can or tell us what it is) and link up to our special "blog hop" linky
4. Very important!...become a follower of Child's Play Challenges
5. If you are on Facebook, like our page  https://www.facebook.com/childsplaychallenge

You have until December 24th to complete the hop and enter your LO for a chance to win!  We will announce a winner before the new year.

I will also be giving away a prize to a fellow U.S. scrapper. All you have to do is become a follower or let me know that you are already a follower of my blog & leave a comment. 

My layout is for My Son's Favorite Thing. His Big Wheel. He loved Big Wheels so much that he had 3 of them by the time he outgrew them. His Grandma would buy them at Rummage Sales & he could care less that they werent brand new.

I decided for the blog hop that I would do a mixed media page. I do like to dabble with stencils, gesso, gelatos & inks.

I brushed gesso with a foam brush onto the background paper. Black Soot Distress Ink & a chevron mask was also used on the background paper. I colored the Prima heart gears with a Red Gelato & Black Soot Distress Ink. Cranberry,Black Diamond & Yellow Stickles were used on the DIY Thickers. I also used a Heidi Swapp stencil for the green dots which were made from Tim Holtz crackle paint. I colored the Heidi Swapp heart embellishments with Barn Door Distress Stain. The yellow corners were made with part of a stencil & yellow pastel studio acrylic paint by Claudine Hellmuth.

Thanks for hopping with us at Child's Play Challenges. Doreen is your next stop. 

Hope you enjoy all my scrappy projects that comes from My Crafty Heart