Saturday, May 26, 2012

“best of the web” and a few more layouts

I’m rather excited, my blog My Scrappiness and Other Simple, Everyday Ramblings was just chosen as "Best of the Web" by, a popular lifestyle blog. How fun is that? I am so thrilled to have it recognized! When you have a chance, please head on over to and check them out. They also have an excellent Tip section too so make sure to take a look around for some great ideas. And if you’re hear thanks to, welcome! Happy to have you here!



I love the eCAL software you can get for the eclips. I wanted a specific title and of course didn’t have enough letter stickers to spell everything out. I just typed everything into the program, adjusted the height and font (Impact), and cut it out. easy-peasy! 


My little Spongebob! These photos are from a few Halloween’s ago. I actually made the costume. I took so many photos of him – an obscene amount really – in this costume and I haven’t scrapped any of them I don’t think. I was happy to finally get them on a page and I really like how it turned out. I have to say, I really like the little felt heart on there, I cut it from one of the hearts that comes with the Butterfly Kisses Alphabet set.

Other: patterned paper from my stash, felt, blue cardstock.

Other Stuff

It turned out to be another busy week. I worked on a new project and video for Create Scrapbooks (it’s for the beginning of June so keep your eye out for that). Thursday was my daughters last Orchestra Banquet, it was a great night! It’s tradition for the Senior girls to wear their Prom dresses again… they all looked so pretty!  Last night our home was invaded by eight 17 year old boys that sucked down all our pop and consumed more pizza than I thought imaginable. They all stayed up late playing video games (big surprise!) and are still in vary states of sleep on my living room floor. My 10 year old is in the living room trying to watch cartoons surrounded by sleeping boys, it’s rather amusing.

Today should actually be a pretty quiet day and I am looking forward to that. Next weekend will be hectic again (graduation!!!) so being able to sit and do nothing will be nice.

Okay – that’s all folks! Happy Saturday!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

the week that was…

Holy busy Batman! I am glad that’s over! Last week was one of those weeks we we’re so busy that I was really wondering if we were going to make it through. We always do but I never know just how we pull it off.


Monday. Confirmation for my oldest son. We are so extremely proud of him!

Wednesday. Senior Awards for my daughter. We are so very proud of her! I was not quick with the camera though so have no good photo. Taking photos in a low light area are not my forte.

Thursday. The last Orchestra concert of the year. Ever actually. These girls have been playing together since the 6th grade. That whole blink of an eye thing people talk about, it’s true.

Friday. Live Wax Museum at my youngest sons school. He was portraying Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, a famous Texas artist.

Saturday. All about the girl and Prom. Hair, makeup, photos. She’s so beautiful. I might have had a moment… sniff.

Sunday. My oldest son’s 17th birthday.


Monday. I pretty much took the equivalent of the day off, kept it low key, and rested. It was so nice not to have anything major going on.

AND… I kept up with LOAD the entire time. go me! I’m behind on sharing but that’s okay. It will happen eventually. I’ve got three new ones to share today.

love them


My three babies. Well, not babies anymore there’s a part of me will always think that. These photos are from a Valentine’s day… they never seem to mind the big ol’ box of chocolates!



I am loving the Thickers. I mentioned in a previous post that I bought them under the influence of Karen to step outside of my box. Now I can’t get enough of them!

Love this photo of my youngest and our dog, Daisy. Every morning they enjoy cuddle time. :-)

push ups


I must be getting brave because this is the second layout I’ve shared that contain photos of me in workout mode. Not my best look. It is however something that is a part of my life so they’re making a way into my scrapbooks.

Other: Washi-type tape (Target), Ad Lib Stripe patterned Paper (Bo Bunny), Making Memories Stickers, misc. patterned papers from my stash, red twine, wood hearts.

The week that was is officially over. We only have two thing going on this week… so it’s a light week. lol! thank goodness! 

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

celebrate 17 | tutorial

We’ve got a birthday in the house! I made this fun card for my oldest son who turns 17 today. I decided to use the Cupcake 3-D Die by Karen Burniston on the inside because the very first time he saw that one in action, he commented that he wanted a card made with it someday. Well, someday is here so it’s time for an extra special card.


To make this card, I started with a 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” orange card base. I created the card front first and then moved onto the inside.


To create the circle frame, I used two Circle Framelits. I used the 4-1/4” and the 3-3/"4” circles. I laid them on top of my cardstock, centering them, and then held them in place with Post It notes.


After a quick run through my Big Shot machine, I now have the frame I need and another circle piece that will be used on the inside. I went ahead and cut another 3-3/4” circle out of patterned paper.


Next, I cut the word “celebrate” using the Sizzlit Celebrate Set and cut a “17” using the Starter & Rockin’ Janie eclips cartridge (this is the base cartridge that comes with the Sizzix eclips machine).


Time to assemble the card front! I cut a 5” x 5” square out of white, outlined with a black pen, and glued it down to my card base. I glued down the patterned paper circle in the center of my card and then added the yellow frame. To finish off the front, I glued down the “celebrate” and the “17”.


Moving onto the inside, I added a 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of patterned paper towards the right hand side of the card to really make my cupcake stand out.

The less bulk at the crease the better, it makes the card easier to fold that way. Since the cupcake itself will be bulky, I made a vertical cut 2” in from the left. When I glued the papers down, I made sure to leave a thin space at the fold.


To create the cupcake, I followed the package instructions for the die and cut two tops and one base as well as four frosting trim pieces.


Following the package instructions, I assembled my cupcake and glued down the frosting trim pieces. For the main cupcake pieces, I used a strong adhesive since the cupcake does a lot of moving during the opening and closing of the card. To adhere the frosting, I used my regular glue pen.


I decided to have a bit more fun with my eclips machine so I used the Edges eclips cartridge to make two big scallop borders to go on either side of the patterned paper.


To assemble the inside, I scored the yellow circle I made previously as close to the center as possible, matched up the fold lines, and glued it down to the card base, on top of the patterned paper, using a very strong adhesive. Next I added the big scallop borders on either side of the patterned paper. I added the finished cupcake to the inside of the card using strong adhesive, right on top of my yellow circle.


No birthday cupcake is complete without candles! I used my Special Occasions eclips cartridge to cut a group of three candles out of white and then again out of yellow. I used a black pen to color in the wick, then I cut the yellow flame tips off, and glued them down on top of the white. To finish them off, I colored the backside using a yellow marker.


I added the candles to my cupcake using Glue Dots. Before I actually glued them down, I would half close the card and lay the candles in place on the cupcake, to make sure they didn’t poke out of the card base when it was closed.


I know my son is going to be thrilled with this cool cupcake card! I think it’s pretty darn awesome to have a kid that appreciates what I do, thinks the pop-ups are fun, and actually request them! Hope you like it too!


On a side note, he doesn’t request cake for his birthday, he asks for Striped Delight. If you haven’t ever tried it, I highly recommend it. Good stuff!

Happy Sunday! And Happy Birthday to my now 17 year old!