Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Winner of my Blog Candy from the PIT DT Blog Hop

Here are the last two close-ups of the individual triangles that made up my CREATE banner for the Pages In Time Design Team blog hop. I used the Crafty Secrets Domestic Goddess assortment of products; Petaloo Flora Doodles; and from the Pages In Time monthly kits: patterned paper and alphabet.
drum roll, please:
and the winner of my blog candy is:
SANDI SMITH !!!!!!!!!
Congratulations, Sandi!
Sandi, there's a tab at the top of my blog entitled Contact Me.  If you click on it, it will take you to my email addy.  Please email me your snail mail addy.  I'll get your prize out to you!
A list of all the PIT Blog Hop winners is located in the Forum at Pages In Time.  There's a link to PIT on my right sidebar.  
Thanks to everyone who took the time to hop, leave comments, and become followers.
Next event is the Pages In Time Back to School Crop the weekend of Sept. 10-12!

Monday, August 30, 2010


Whew! That was a whirlwind tour of the Pages In Time Design Team blogs over the weekend! I'm grateful that so many of you stopped by and left such encouraging comments! I mentioned Saturday that I'd love to have 7 folks choose to  follow my blog-- a total of 100 seemed like such a nice round number! And just look what all of you have done for me!!! Woo woo! 

Today we're gathering up the winners so that we can announce them tomorrow at the Pages In Time site. Just one more day of an-ti-ci- pa-tion.....

In the meantime, here's what I made with my Crafty Secrets postcard:

Since I love to share, here's the postcard I'm giving away: This one says, Make yourself at home. Clean my kitchen.  And, you'll be pleased to notice that I added to the prize, as promised!!!!!!! In addition to the Crafty Secrets sticker page and Webster's Pages Bloomers trim, the winner of my prize gets:  Vintage items: BINGO card and one marker; 2' of orange ribbon and 3' of purple ribbon--both from spools boasting a Woolworth's price tag.  Non-vintage items: 1' of satin bat trim; 1' of loopy orange trim; 1 lilac blank card and envelope; 1 green blank card and envelope.

And here are two more close-ups from my vintage Fifties banner:
I'll show the last two close-ups of the banner tomorrow and announce the winner of my blog candy as soon as it gets posted in the Pages In Time forum!

Friday, August 27, 2010

CREATE BLOG HOP from Pages In Time

It's finally here, our first EVER Pages In Time (PIT) Design Team Blog Hop!  And it's a very special hop indeed.  Each Design Team member created a triangle banner in her own special style for this weekend event.  It's just one way of getting to know each of us a little better as you visit our personal blogs.

There are 9 PIT stops all together.  Each of the 7 Pages In Time Design Team members is offering a prize on her personal blog.  That gives you 7 chances to win!  Karen, the Pages In Time owner, is PIT Stop #8.

PLUS PLUS PLUS:  If you hop along and become a follower and leave a comment on each of the 8 blogs,  AND if you go to Pages in Time--Main Page and leave a comment in Blog Hop End found in the Announcements/Shop News section of the forum (you won't be able to miss it), you will be in the drawing for this grand prize given by Karen:

I'm PIT stop #2 on the CREATE Blog HopIf you came directly to my blog, I hope you'll hop back to our Design Team Leader, Barbara, because she has a stunning banner you just won't want to miss!  Then hop back here to sign up for my prize before you continue the hop.

Here's the banner I made.  Did you guess correctly from the sneak peeks?  I went with a campy, fifties theme.  Details are at the end of the post.
I made scallop punch accordian flowers because in the fifties things still were homemade.  I remember coming home from first grade telling my mom I ate the best school lunch in the cafeteria--fish sticks--and asked if she'd buy them for us to eat at home.  She was aghast.  Everything she cooked was from scratch--no processed food.  It was years later that we got to try those frozen TV dinners with aluminum foil lids that you baked in the oven--no microwaves back then!

The prize that I'm offering is some Crafty Secrets supplies: a sheet of stickers and a vintage post card to make: (the image and chipboard) and one foot of Webster's Pages bloomers in turquoise.  The winner of my prize will be chosen by random drawing.  To qualify, you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post by midnight Sunday Aug. 29, CST.  Winner will be announced on Monday, August 30, 2010.   I'm very close to 100 followers.  If  this hop brings me 7 additional followers, I'll add a little something to the prize.  As a follower of my blog, you'll be able to keep up with all the happenings I'm involved in over at Pages In Time.

From here please hop over to PIT stop #3, Lacee. She's created a fantastic banner.

Should you get lost in cyberspace, here's the blog hop order:
Helene--you are here-that's me, 2amscrapper
Karen, owner of  Lasting Memories Pages In Time store blog
PIT Pages In Time ning site

And be sure to join us Sept. 10 -12 for the Back to School Crop.
Make Pages In Time your PIT stop for creativity.

Materials used to make my banner:
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage: Kitchen Time Cuts, Kitchen Mail, and Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps for the vintage images and sentiments
My Mind's Eye Pretty Please Spring Papers for some of the accordian flowers
Basic Grey Eskimos Kisses for some of the accordian flowers
From the Pages In Time Kit:
American Craft Thickers Cupid Patterned Chipboard Letters
Prima patterned paper: Flights of Fancy Collection: Ladybug

Link to banner template that I used: triangle banner template to make 6 pennants from one 12 x12" sheet
You Tube has tutorials for the accordian flower made with a scallop punch.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Summer of '53


Yup, it's me along with my brother and sister and my mom, photos taken in the early 1950's at our first family home (apartment before then) in northern Illinois.
This is the August 19 Pages In Time sketch that I used:
The pinwheel flowers are DT Lacee's tutorial challenge this week in the Pages In Time Group:  Do It Yourself Because You Can.  The big pinwheel flower has a 5" base.  The smaller one has a 4" base.  This is the first time I made pinwheels!!!!!  YAY!!! I made two!!!!

From my stash:
Pretty Little Studio: Vintage Tags: Little People mounted on chipboard circles for dimension
vintage BINGO number for the year
K&Co brads for the flower centers
My Mind's Eye Pretty Please Spring papers: polka dot for house

From Pages In Time:
Base: Melissa Frances: Trixie (turquoise with blue undertones to better match the vintage tags)
Bo Bunny: Petal Pushers Blossom Die Cut (PIT Design Team extra);
Kaiser Craft rhinestone script (PIT August kit)
Bo Bunny: Sophie Collection:  Sophie Stripe for the pinwheels (PIT previous kit)
white glitter flourishes

Here is the Pages In Time sketch posted today:
Have fun creating!  Don't forget to come back this weekend for our Pages In Time Design Team blog hop with prizes offered!!!!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

More Photos of the Rosebud Card

Here is another photo of my card for several challenges.
The main post is below.  The theme is based on an inspiration photo from the Shabby Tea Room, and the color palette also is from a Simply Scrapping Crafts card challenge using this color palette and a garden theme.  I was not happy with the photo for the Shabby Tea Room Challenge. I'm still learning with my phone camera.  I'll submit these photos for the rest of the challenges.  This photo is taken with the card flat on the table. I think you can see the details better. For the corner flourishes I used Prima Center Kisses and some misc. flowers and pearls from my stash. The oval scallop is cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities a couple of times so that I could sandwich the dress in-between and curl the dress up on one side for a 3-D effect.  The left side is Webster's Pages green crochet trim and a Paper Studio Spare Parts Buckle Slide decorated with pearl stickers.  Patterned paper from the girls' paperie. After cutting the patchwork pieces I wanted to use, I mounted them on white cardstock, then inked and wet distressed.  More materials used are in the post directly below.

This is a close-up of the great Red Lead Story Stamp: A Sweet Spring Story. After I stamped and cut out the dress, I highlighted the circles with my RV02 Sugared Almond Pink Copic marker and cut the sleeve lace and dress back to form it around the wire hanger (also purchased at Red Lead). I added a small ribbon rose by Offray to the waist. Here's a close-up of the 3-D effect for the Gingersnap Creations challenge:
How am I doing with my camera?  I think I'm getting it figured out!

Pink Rosebud Card

The Shabby Tea Room cottage rose photo inspiration
Midnight Madness MMSC67
Simply Scrapping Crafts August Week 3 card: color palette
Gingersnap Creations 3-D challenge

ANW Crestwood Solar White Cardstock
Copic RV02 Sugared Almond Pink
Red Lead Paperworks: Story Stamps: A Sweet Spring Story (dress) and black metal hanger
The Girls' Paperie: Paper Girl patterned paper: Vintage Patchwork
Recollections Pearl Stickers
Webster's Pages Designer Trim: Your Life Beautiful
Paper Studio Spare Parts: Buckle Sliders

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mark Your Calendars for the PIT DT BLOG HOP

The Pages In Time Design Team will be having a blog hop August 28-29, 2010. We have created some beautiful projects! There will be RAKs and I have heard talk of prizes! You won't want to miss this! So mark your calendars! Here are some sneak peeks from the Design Team (hmmmmm, which one is mine?????):

I've been busy with eating my way through our town's Old Settlers Days celebration which officially marks the end of summer and start of school.  Saw a good band each night.  The homemade floats in the Kiddie Parade were awesome.  One pronto pup (corn dog), lemon shake up, rib eye sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, and 2 (count 'em-2) funnel cakes later, I'm ready to settle into the fall routine (although one too many funnel cakes may prevent me from settling into my fall clothes).  You saw this layout posted earlier this summer of my kids when they were little enjoying the Old Settlers rides.
I've also changed up my blog look and Playlist until the Halloween version shows up mid-September.  I've organized the challenges I want to enter.  And for added inspiration here's this week's Pages In Time sketch.  Don't forget if you create layouts from the sketches and post them in the Pages In Time Thursday Sketch Group, you may win a prize from Karen, our PIT store owner.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fair Ribbons

 I've been busy today making fair ribbons. The idea is in the September 2010 Creating Keepsakes magazine. There also is an internet link to the five examples by Laura Vegas: It's in the Tips and Tricks article by Megan Heoppner.  Above is my vintage version using Jenni Bowlin products and some vintage seam binding.  Below is my first attemp at a fair ribbon using red, blue and yellow which is my color combo for this week in the Pages In Time Queen of Colors Group that I moderate.  I also put both of my samples in my Pages In Time Tags and Things Group.  I'm still learning how to take photos with my camera phone since my camera isn't working at the moment. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

My Chair

It's my turn as a Pages In Time design team member to create a layout for the PIT Thursday Sketch.
I used the 3rd and 4th papers in from the left, as well as the ribbon, found in the Pages In Time August Kit of the Month. The Sophie Collection from My Mind's Eye is absolutely beautiful and wonderful to work with. The paper actually is a dark plum with brown tones. Camera Note: My trusty Canon digital camera finally bit the dust. So this photo was taken with my camera phone. Taking the photo out in the sunlight makes the paper look much brighter. As you can tell from the kit photo, the paper is darker. 
I thought the PIT Thursday Sketch was perfect for my three wallet photos of my darlings in the velvet chair. As you can tell my the sketch, there is a lot of white space. I seized the opportunity to use this luscious patterned paper, concentrating just on the circle portion of the layout.

I used another Sophie paper to cut the circle which I edged in lace from a previous PIT kit. Also from previous PIT kits are the flowers and silver pearls. From my stash I added Webster's Pages alphas, a butterfly I cut from pp; and my vintage BINGO marker.

I used ATC backs for the photo mats, ran them through the Cuttlebug to dry emboss them, then distressed them with Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Ink in Weathered Wood with a touch of Dusty Concord. FYI:  weathered wood was a perfect match for the beautiful tree/bird pattern at the top of the Sophie paper.

The photos are from a professional photographer, Ken Meade (free advertising for you, Ken!). Each child had a photo taken in the chair, but as you can see they progressively got older before I got around to scheduling the next photo shoot!

What can you do with this sketch?  Any size layout or card made from the sketch, labeled as such, and posted at Pages In Time-- before the next Thursday sketch is revealed--gets put in the hat for one prize from Karen at the end of the month.  Here's the link to our Pages In Time ning site: PAGES IN TIME

Thanks for visiting!  Thanks to all the new folks who have chosen to follow my blog!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Don't be.  Having a little trouble with my blog today so I deleted my latest post.  Now you see it, now you don't.  Update:  I thought it was the last post that was the problem, but I'm still having trouble.  Maybe it's cosmic chaos in cyberspace and not me.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Background Music While I Clean the Scrap Room


I'm busy overhauling my scrap room and having art withdrawals.

Those who are visitors to my blog know that I'm always changing the blog background and my Playlist.  The song playing almost always matches the art I'm posting.

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley is at the top of my list and usually greets you on my blog except I changed to a fifties theme for August to go with this fun blog background from designer Penny Duncan.  I love all types of music.  To prove it, my other top fave song is Sarah Brightman's Pie Jesu.

I encourage you to hit the pause button on the playlist and take a moment to enjoy the You Tube video I have up of one of my favorite Lily Allen songs, Chinese.  I love listening to their version of the song Lily dedicated to her mom.

I could keep you here all day talking about my favorite songs but then my room wouldn't get clean, and I couldn't get back to making art!

What's on your playlist?

And if you're ready to make art, one of our new Pages In Time Design Team members, Maggie White, has her August Fantasy Challenge going which is to have as your title a movie or song title.  Click on my Pages In Time Design Team badge on my sidebar and become a member of our group. 

Here's the Pages In Time Thursday Sketch for August 5th to inspire you:

Big News:  Now in addition to moderating 2 other groups that I've had since January, I'm the Design Team member assigned to moderate the Queen of Colors group at Pages In Time.  I'm posting new color combinations each week to inspire your creativity.  This week we're talking about our favorite coffee and posting a color combo to match.  I love hazelnut/vanilla coffee, no cream or sugar.  So that would be various shades of brown, monochromatic looking.  Since I'm cleaning instead of scrapping, I pulled up this old layout from February 2009 to show my love of coffee:

I used coffee filters for the photo mat and to make the flower.  But I digress..back to cleaning the scrap room. And for those who know me, I'll be cleaning-- not rockin'-- around the clock to get it all done!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Enamored with Armor?

Everyone is having too much fun decorating the dressmaker's mannequin for this week's Tag Tuesday Weekly Challenge.  I wanted to play!  So I had to join in with my first contribution for Tag Tuesday.  (Tag badge with a link is on my sidebar). 

I positioned the pattern on this gorgeous Prima paper (Iron Orchid Designs: Angelique Collection: Heavenlies) so that I'd get the design I wanted.  After I cut it out and outlined it with black marker, I added some lace trim and metal flowers.  I used a broken necklace to create my own version of the hottest new jewelry trend, gold plated body armor, lining the chain up inside the paper's pattern.  I'll probably be trendy with the big cuff bracelets and ginormous rings, but not the body armor chains.  My little mannequin just will have to be fashionable for the both of us.

Here's the link to the challenge: Tag Tuesday Weekly Challenge
Here's the link to the pattern:  Mirkwood Designs

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