Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bathing Beauties

For the most recent pencil lines sketch (# 231).  This is my Mom on the beach (probably around 1931 and most likely Rockaway Beach in NY.  I'm gonna try and get more details to add (to the back).  My mother is the little girl front row -- far right.  My great grandmother is center back row.  Don't you just love the suits and the bathing caps.

The flowers are prima flowers from my scraps.  I used doilies to make the flowers are bit more 3 dimensional.  REally like how they came out.  The buttons are antique mother of pearl from my darling sister-in-law.  She just told me she has oodles more to give to me -- heading for a visit soon!

Products -- 

Graphic 45 "On the Boardwalk" -- Borders
Prima Flowers - "Flights of Fancy"
Bazzill -- Swiss Dot Mud Puddles 
Recollections -- Decorative Brads
Websters Pages -- Petite Papers -- "Hollywood Vogue & WonderFall"
Tattered Angels -- Blue Skies Glimmer Mist

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sketchy Thursday -- Rod the Bod

Here is my take on the 3/24/2011 sketch from

Me & Brendan at a recent hockey Carolina Hurricanes Hockey game where Rod Brind'Amour's jersey was retired -- #17.  The hurricanes beat the Flyers (always a good thing!).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Look Sharp

Sketch 230 from

Brendan (my 13 year old son) & I getting ready to leave our house to head to a Hospice Fundraiser. We had such a fun time.  I included our tickets -- I thought they were interesting looking.

Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi Stripes
Black & Green Cardstock
Thickers Chipboard Alpha - Peacock
Stickles - Frosted Lace
Prima Say it in Pearls - Green
Misc Journaling blocks
Machine Sewing
Making Memories - Edge Scrapper


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is very special to me.  I am seriously proud of my Irish Roots.  Most of my family came over from Ireland during the potato famine into NY.  How brave they were!  I went to an Irish Catholic College where we got St. Patrick's Day off every year.  I've marched in the NYC parade 3 times.  What a blast.  

23 years ago today I met my husband in an Irish pub.  How cool is that.  McGovern's Irish Pub in Newark, NJ.  

And 15 years ago my darling son -- Brian Patrick entered the world 9 weeks early at a mere 4 lbs!  No worries, he's now just shy of 6 feet tall and still going!  

It's gonna be a great day to be Irish!!  

For each petal on the shamrock.
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Day 10 @ 365 card challenge --- the theme was "trendy".  I guess it can be subjective -- but I browsed some recent mags and noticed lots of ribbon layering -- so that is what I choose.  Again, I need a few extra St. Pat's cards so I stuck with that theme.  The center of the flower is actually a button that can be recycled and used.  

Keep it Simple

Day 12 - 365 card blog challenge

Keep it Simple.  The challenge was to use only patterned paper, one embellishment, & a sentiment.  Since St. Patty's day is quickly approaching and I'm a few cards short -- I figured I better go with that theme.

Fun that this entire card is made from items I recently received in a swap --- SWEET!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Walking Down the Aisle

I'm busy working on my wedding photo's -- my 20th anniversary will be celebrated in October.  My photo's are in a sticky album -- and they are sad & lonely in there!  

This lo is based on the pencil lines sketch found below.  Thanks for the inspiration.


Black Cardstock
Signo White Pen
Thickers Rainboots
Bazzill Cardstock -- Fern
Sizzix Big Shot Embossing Folder -- Vintage Wallpaper
Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers
EK success extra large flower punch
EK success retro large flower punch
Rhinestones -- treasures by shabby chic
Creative Memories Simply beautiful 12x12 paper
Antique Mother of Pearl buttons (given to me by my darling sister in law)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Arch Card

Day 7 -- 365 card challenge.

Today's challenge was to create a card using an arch.  That threw me for a bit.  But I decided to create a card that reminds me of the window over my front door.  And right now I'm treated to all the flowering trees when I look out the window.  I also added a window pane (though you can't appreciate it in the pic.  


Basic Grey -- Wisteria
Misc. Cardstock & Ribbon
Brads -- Michaels
Flowers -- Hero Hue's Art Flowers

Monday, March 7, 2011

Super Sketchy Sunday

Day 6 @ 365 Card Blog Challenge --- Below is Sunday's Sketch.  I love this sketch.  This is so many variations that are possible.  

Here is my take on the sketch.  

Jillibean Soup -- Diced Tomatoes
Bazzill Cardstock -- Bitter Chocolate
Marvy Brush Marker -- Chocolate
$1 stamp from Michaels
& Scraps

Glimpse the Past

One of my major undertaking in scrapbooking (besides the children, daily events, vacations, etc, etc) is to try and scrap my family's vintage pictures.  My mother's side has boxes of wonderful old pics.  I only have a handful of my Dad's, but they are precious.  

Here is my father (the older boy on the left) with his 2 sisters, his younger brother, and his mother.  I have only one or 2 pics of my grandmother.  I'm thinking this could be Easter Sunday.  My father looks about 8 years old -- so this must be around 1930-31.  

I was glad to use the paper that I cut the circle out of.  I've had it in my stash for quite some time and never could figure out how to use it.  It's a burgundy with embossing on it.  But I love the way it frames the photo.  

Hospice Fundraiser

This past weekend was the annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for our local hospice.  We had 4 tickets -- Kevin is not much of a party guy so my son Brendan escorted me.  We had a blast.  I can't wait to scrap this pic.  The colors are gonna be fun to work with.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Layout Randomness (Is that a word).

I'm always in awe of people who are so up to date with their scrapping.  Well to cut myself a break -- I didn't start until 3 years ago.  So to quote a famous line from Animal House, "I've got a lot of catching up to do"!

Here I span my husband circa 1958 to my son circa 1996.  I find it fun to jump around -- keeps me on my toes.  

Here is my darling son Brian meeting his grandparents for the 1st time.  Sadly in my pre-scrapbook days I was bad about noting dates. That doesn't happen anymore!  Brian is about 6 weeks old -- the grandparents came down from NJ via train (they didn't fly-- oh my).  

Fancy Pants -- About a Boy
EK success -- triangle punch
Zing Embossing Powder -- Leaf
Bazzill cardstock -- Lemon Lime
American Crafts Ribbon
Flowers are handstitched.  
Journaling Block is hand cut.
Rubon's from Michaels (so cheap and soooo easy to use). 


This is my husband, Kevin sitting for his one year old portrait.  I really struggled scrapping this pic.  I have pulled it out multiple times over the last year.  The pic is in the frame from the studio -- I think it was sealed with crazy glue.  I was afraid of trying to remove it that I would damage the pic. The frame just stymied me.  I hate the color of it.  So finally today I decided just ignore the frame and scrap it as a neutral.

The layout is a lift of a October 2010 sketch.

Bazzill Swiss Dot Cardstock - Mud Puddles
Creative Memories Circle Punches
Creative Memories Wavy Ruler
American Crafts Ribbon
S.E.I. Granny's Kitchen Patterned Paper
S.E.I. Granny's Kitchen Alpha's & Journaling Block
Misc. Brads

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fun with Fabric

Day 3 @ 365 Cards -- the challenge today was to have fun with fabric.  But with a twist.  The idea was to use fabric to apply paint to a card.

I used a mesh fabric to apply red paint to white cardstock --- the result kind of reminds me of enamel ware.


White cardstock
Apple Barrel Acrylique Paint -- Plaid  -- Red
Stampin' Up -- Jewelry Punch
Stampin' Up -- Happy Birthday Stamp
Tim Holtz Alterations Die -- On the Edge
EK Success -- Extra Large Flower Punch
EK Success -- Retro Large Flower Punch
Stampin' Up -- Embossing Folder
Creative Imaginations Marah Johnson -- Gems
American Crafts Ribbon -- brown gingham


Friday, March 4, 2011

One of a Kind

Day 4 @ the 365 Card blog -- today's challenge was to make a card and use the sentiment "One of a Kind".

Pick 5

Day 2 at the 365 card blog.  The challenge was to use these 5 items.
1. Favorite Color -- Orange
2. Favorite Technique -- Embossing
3. Favorite Embellie -- Flowers
4. Least Favorite Color -- Blue (I use a lot of it but in real life it's one of my least favorite colors).
5. Favorite Card Size -- 5.5 x 5.5 

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

365 Cards -- Day 1 of this year's adventure -- White Space

The goal today was "white space".  The idea is to keep all the embellishments inside the blacked out area's of the sketch.  I'm using all scraps with the exception of the cute little felt bunny -- a cheapie sticker I found at Michael's.  TFL