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Friday, July 27, 2012

Here are a few of my favorite links, and products, and I just wanted some where to put the links as I am too lazy to look them up everyday! Enjoy!
American Crafts
Crate Paper
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

He loves me, He loves me not.... Girl Layout, Wedding layout, Baby Girl layout, Frugal Scrapping, Ribbon, Redo, Reuse, Punches, Beads, Vellum, Brads

This layout features my daughter, and my granddaughter on my daughter's wedding day.  While my daughter was posing for these photos she didn't have a clue that my granddaughter Madison was picking apart her bridal bouquet. It was just too funny! It was just like she was saying: He loves me..He loves me not... while picking apart the flowers.

You can find a larger image of this layout HERE

This is not a new layout for my blog, but some how during one of my editing spree's I deleted it, (I am talented that way!) so I am re-posting it now.  This layout won 1st place at our local fair. I was SO excited to win, and it was rumored that my head barely fit into some doorways afterwards! I'm still trying to track down the rumor's source but I'll keep you updated.

This layout also features a lot of frugal scrapbooking techniques, which are a favorite technique of mine! The clear flowers on the left are really mirror holding clips, with jewel toned brads inserted in the centers.  

The tiny lace flowers were cut from a little girl's lace hair bow, (and yes they were a PAIN in the you know what to glue down) and the other flowers are either Offray appliques, or sewing accents  from my old quilting, and sewing days. 

The beads around the main photo, were from a necklace. I also used a corner rounder on all the photos, and most of the pattern paper. This was a fun layout to complete, and I still enjoy looking at it! Be sure and leave me some of your frugal tips, and suggestions I always enjoy reading them!
Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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July Photo Challenge- Blue and green
This is my photo for a recent photo challenge at Two Peas General Photography forum .  The challenge was to show various shades of blue, and green. Yeah I know you thought the challenge was to show "how not to weed a flower garden" fooled ya!  If that was the case I would have been the winner hands down, but alas this was a different challenge!

This photo was taken of my flower garden right at dusk.  I love how the light made all the green leaves look blue, but still kept the yellow of the flowers intact! I'd like to be able to say I did this intentionally BUT that wouldn't quite be the truth!  The real truth behind this photo is the challenge was almost over, and I had to run out nearly at dusk, and quickly snap a photo if I wanted to play along! Yes, I know I am SO organized!

I'd like to report that I won, but someone actually had a better photo, and probably better planning skills, so maybe next time! I did learn however what a photo at nearly dusk looks like, so all was not lost!

As a side note these flowers were grown from seed that my dear neighbor gave me, and they have continued to come back year after year, despite their oblivious neglect!  Gotta love that!
 Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Monday, July 23, 2012

July Photo Challenge - Black and White Portrait 

This photo was taken for a photo challenge at Two Peas General Photography Forum.  The challenge was for Black and White portraits.  My grandson Matthew was a perfect subject for the July photo challenge, as I loved this photo, but more importantly I had already taken it a few days before the challenge was over, I'm such a planner....not.....

While it looks like he was actually eating a hot dog, we were really out feeding ducks that day, and this was "day old bread" that he was just hamming it up with! Let me assure you however he IS this enthusiastic with all of his food normally. Trust me this kid can EAT!

This photo was taken in color, and I used this free downloadable program Picasa to edit it into a black, and white format.  I have used this program for years now, and I continue to love it! It has lot's of other features that can enhance, or correct many of your photos, and if you are like me you need all the help you can get!  I am not paid by this company to endorse this product, I just really love it, and find that it meets almost all of my editing needs.

Here is the same photo in color, each format has something to offer in the way of expressing emotions in a photo, and I will probably print one off in each format:

And here are the lucky recipients of that bread, who showed equal delight in gobbling it up!

Alas, I didn't win this challenge either but tomorrow's another day, with more photo opportunites! Happy Scrapping! Love Penny

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Shoot for the Moon card 

For this simple little card I used the Fiskars Celestial corner punch, it has a punch for a star, moon, and sun. I used both the star, and moon corners. I will however give you a tip about this punch, line it up, and use this punch upside down. This will make it a LOT easier to properly line up the correct corner positions, and guaranteed to save your sanity. (I was already a lost cause, but it may save you!) I fought it for a while before figuring this out, and then it worked beautifully. 

Since I used brads on the front of this card, I covered the inside of the card with another sheet of paper, to cover the brad backs. I think this gives the card a much cleaner appearance on the inside, and makes it look like you know what you are doing...LOL 

The vellum quote reads:
Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land in the stars" by Les Brown, and I think it worked beautifully with the punches.

Fiskars Celestial corner punch
black and yellow cardstock
Vellum quote - unknown
black brads
Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Madison, When Life Gives You Lemon's Make Lemonade

The challenge was to use a fruit, or fruit colors, and make a layout using them. I chose "Lemons", since I wanted to use this photo of my granddaughter Madison, and the face she made reminded me of someone who had just taken a drink of something sour!

I used a lot of my older stash to make this layout, including the black "Makin Memories" stickers, the background green pattern paper, and the lemonade die cuts! It always feel's great, to use thing's that I have had for a long time.  
The lemon featured in the top right hand corner, was really a refrigerator magnet, that I removed the magnet from. The tag was supposed to be a gift tag, but I just dressed it up with a few drink stickers, and then added the journaling block, and pipe cleaner. 
The "bling" squares on this layout came off a Christmas  ornament, that I had bought just for that purpose.  It probably had over 50 of the square's, on it for $1.00! I just peeled them off the ornament, and then stuck them right on my page, they didn't even require anymore adhesive!
To make the banner I actually used part of some previous packaging, that I cut into strips.  The part that I used was the portion that showed you which patterns were included in the packages.  

The journaling reads: On vacation in Florida, Madison had just taken a big drink, when we snapped this photo!  I love the look on her face, it was priceless! 

I hope you enjoyed this layout today! Happy Scrapping, Love Penny

Supplies for this layout included:
Green Pattern paper - unknown
White and yellow cardstock
Miss Elizabeth's Stickers - UPC 7169300088
Wilton white bow - UPC 7089618518
Beary Patch - Die cuts (Lemonade pitcher and glass) 
Makin Memories - Black stickers
Elmer's glue stick
Large Lemon shape - Kitchen Magnet
Circle Tag- Gift tag from Target
Jewels - These I took off a Christmas ornament that I had bought just for that reason, it had over 50 squares on one ball! 
3 - word accents on located at the bottom of the page - Cook Bookin
Pipe cleaner
Sewing thread
Yellow brad - Recollections

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Today was a great news day! I just received an email, that another one of my layout's, will be featured in the August 2012 issue, of "Scrap N Art"!  That make's two in a row for that magazine, and I couldn't be more pleased! Hope you had a great mail day too! Happy Scrapping, Love Penny
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