Wednesday, July 21, 2010

State Fair

Well 4-H interview judging is over. The results are in. Our 4-H club has had another banner year with 5 kids going to state fair and everyone did a great job with their projects. Two of the State Fair participants are our son Jimmy and our niece Arizona.

Jimmy is going to State Fair in Shooting Sports Shotgun. Here is a picture of Jimmy and his shotgun.

Arizona is going with her sewing project "Clothes for Middle School"  here is her in the outfit she sewed.

Congratulations Arizona and Nadine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As you all know my I was helping my nieces ARizona and Nadine with their
4-H scrapbooking project. Yesterday was judging and both girls did very well. Nadine got a 91 (Silver) on her project and Arizona received a 99 (Gold) and second place in the county at the Jr. (ages 9-13) Level. The girls were facing some very stiff competition in their age group. The other judges were very impressed with both girls albums, and their knowledge. I was helping judge the class as we had over 40 participants to judge, though I didn't judge either of my nieces. I was impressed by how great alot of our younger participants albums looked. The younger groups albums were better than several of the older participants, guess you are never to young to learn scrapbooking. I was also impressed at amount of interest in the project, we even had a 14 year old boy take the project. I would love it if one of my boys took the project next year.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Another Page Down

I have added another 2 pages to Robbie's book.  At this rate he might actually have a decent looking scrapbook when he graduates in 10 short months. For this Layout I used my Reflections Scrapbook Program from Close To My Heart.  I loosely based the Left side on the Title Topper-Heading, I cut my paper to the dimensions then laid out my pictures until I came up with a suitible arrangement.  Th Right side is the Sampler-Photo checkerboard, adjusted a little to fit my pictures.

Left Side
Right Side

Materials Used
Cardstock, all CTMH Ponderosa Pine, Cranberry, White Daisy
Inks - Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, New England Ivy (grabbed by accident)
CTMH Holiday collection Buttons
CTMH Stamp Sets - Baby Steps, The Works Alphabet
Ribbon LSS

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dillon's Own Layout

My 11yo son has been watching me and my nieces work on their scrapbooking projects for 4-H, and has once again decided that scrapbooking could be fun.  Today while I was helping the girls Dillon came in and begged to make his own layout.  So after the girls left, I let him pick out pictures and paper for his layout.  He decided to do a Layout of his Dog Jazmine.  Of course him being a country boy he dug into my stash of Camo paper.  He then decided that he needed Orange mats for the pictures, he used my limited supply of Close To My Heart Orange cause "it Looked like Hunter Orange" according to him.  Dillon Cropped all his pictures by himself, he also cut the mats, and applied adhesive to the pictures.  He had me put the pictures on the mats because he couldn't get them to center right. The Title is a sticker I had in my stash, though I stamped the heart from A Love in Holiday Red on the Colonial White Cardstock before we laid the sticker down.  Dillon then decided he wanted the Heart on each end of the piece with Jazzy's full name on it.  The name is stamped in Ponderosa Pine using Giggle Caps and Giggle Lowercase.  The Pick of the Litter and Too Cute are more from my stash. We stamped the Hearts on the Cardstock in Holiday Red before we put the Stickers on.  I had to laugh though, we had the Layout all ready to stick down when all of a sudden Dillon goes "Wait, I need to put a box with writing about Jazzy on the layout."  I laughed because he has heard me constantly reminding the girls that they need to journal on their layouts, and it is something they are constantly trying to avoid.  And here is my 11yo son insisting we put on the Journal Box.  So I gave him a sheet of paper and told him to practice writing what he wanted to say.  As he is trying to think of all he wants to write and I am reminding him that he needs to write it really neat, he asks me if he can do it on the computer.   I of course said yes and he ran into my computer and typed up the journaling, he even chose a cool looking font for the Journaling Title, and he chose the orange color for the type. 

Here is his completed Layout

Left Side

Right Side

     As much as I enjoy helping my nieces work on their scrapbooks, It is definately more fun when one of My Boys decides that he needs to create with Mom.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Card using Veranda

Things have been a little crazy around here, I am filling in for a girl at work who is on vacation.  I am coming home with little energy left to do little else aside from the typical nightly chores.  So I decided to post some artwork I have completed recently but hadn't posted yet.  Here is a card I made 2 months ago for my brother's wedding.  I used Close to My Heart's Veranda Level 2 Paper Pack, Colonial White Satin Edge Organdy Ribbon,  Just Blooms Spring Blossom paper Flowers, Filigree Charms, Follow Your Heart Stamp Set, Curly Sentiments Stamp Set, Creme Bruleee, Sorbet, Juniper and Black Inks, Colonial White Cardstock, Juniper Cardstock, Creme Brulee Cardstock

Here is a close up of the front label I used the Rock-n-Roll Technique on the flowers and on the Hummingbird.

Hope ya'll enjoyed this little card, hopefully my creative juices will be flowing again next week.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thumbs Up!

I am continuing to move right along on Robbie's album.  Having Arizona and Deanie around to motivate me helps alot.

Last night I finished the Layout of Robbie's Broken thumb.  I had a hard time with the title for this one, I was leaning towards "Pain heals, Glory lasts forever", but when I told Robbie & Ken they voted for "Thumbs Up" since Robbie had his left thumb in the thumbs up position for nearly 7 weeks.   I had fun with this layout, cause I took the pins that were in the Thumb and used them to create a "bug eyed alien" for the layout.  The entire time the pins were in Robbie's thumb I kept thinking it looked like his finger had eyes, and since Robbie wouldn't let me draw a face on his Thumb, I gave the eyes a face on the layout.

Here is the completed layout.  I used my Reflections Scrapbook program to help with the Layout ideas.  I used Title Topper-Basic for the Left side and Quartet-Condensed for the right side.

Here is a closer look at the left side, this has the x-rays of the thumb after they inserted the pins.  the Dr. Gave them to me after Robbies Surgery.  I scanned the original x-rays and printed them out on photo paper to put in his book.

This is a close up of the "Bug Eyed Alien"  I made it using the pins that were in his finger.  When the Dr. removed them Robbie insisted on keeping them and I decided that they would make a great scrapbook embellie. LOL

This is the Right side.  It has pictures of Robbie's thumb with the pins in and Robbie with his cast.  He wouldn't let me get a picture of his face, He said that since I wanted a picture of the cast not his face he could hold his arm in front of his face.  (Boys!!!!)  Robbie had to take his cast off every night and clean around the pins, so i got the Thumb Pictures one night after he had cleaned it.

Materials Used:  All are CLose To My Heart Products unless otherwise specified.

Game On - Star B&T
Serendipity - Bamboo B&T
Black, Cranberry, Colonial White Cardstock
Twill Ribbon
Cranberry Brads
Rustic Alpha
Grey Wool Ink
Black Marker
Tulip Chalk (for Alien Cheeks)
Liquid Glass
Foam Tape to pop up Alien