Thursday, June 19, 2014

Scrapbook Pages to Deliver to Scrappin in the City

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted. Life is just going by so fast. 
I am doing my best to keep up and document all the special moments but instead of just rushing to get it done, I am making a point to live in the moment.  I will scrapbook it all later, when life slows down.  Oh but never fear, I am still snapping those photos!!

This past week I have been working on some pages to send down to
 Scrappin in the City !
I love having a challenge in my scrapbook process.
I just seem to do better with a deadline looming over me. 
 On this first page, I use Heidi Swapp's "Favorite Things" papers, along with some Thickers, and Colorshine.
I really enjoyed splattering color shine for the first time. I love the way the spots glimmer! 
I bought  a few packs of these Jellibean Soup cut outs with the intention of just cutting them down and using them "as is". What I found is that they make great stencils! They probably won't last very long since they are paper, but I love how they turned out on these pages.
Here is a close up of the label. I'm sorry it's blurry. I think it is time to buy a new camera!

On this next page, it's hard to see in the photo, but I actually embossed the letters for the title after I Color-shined them. I just lined them up on the stencil, taped them in place with washi tape (so it was easy to remove). I flipped them over and put them up against a window (I don't own a light box) and began embossing with a round tip tool! Easy and even though it doesn't show very well in these photos, in person, it is so cute and adds dimension!

On this next page, I used a Tim Holtz stencil (a real one, not paper) and stencil around the outside edges. Using the same blue and brown ink pad I colored my Heidi Swapp Numbers and Color Magic alphabet letters.
In the top corner, I used a scrap piece of a Heidi Swapp Memory file and a different style of her color magic alphabet letters. In case you couldn't tell, I am a huge Heidi Swapp fan!
I added a few more stamped sentiments and this was a really quick and simple page to make.

This next one has to be one of my favorite pages just because we had such a good time at this party!
I enjoy the memories this page brings back!
I again used one of the Jellibean paper stencils to make the Happy Happy and then just cut the stencil off and used it for the last Happy! I love how it turned out!!

So there you have it, a few more pages to send off.  I hope it won't be so long in between my posts from now on, but who knows, so I won't make any promises!
Happy Scrappin!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Layouts For Scrappin' in the City

Here are a few layouts I worked on last night to take to Scrappin in the City!

I am still not completely satisfied with my own hand writing in this first layout but I am choosing to embrace my imperfections. I finally realized it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!
Thank you Nester and Stacy Jullian for that!

 I used plain white card stock and craft paper as my base for this page. With a little brown ink, crinkled edges and stitching, the page takes on a whole rugged look.
 The accent papers are from the Teresa Collins "Hello, My Name Is" collection.
 I love the thickness of her papers!
 I sprayed some black color shine on some Heidi Swapp Color Pop ephemera stars
and banners to give it a little more of a  masculine feel. 

My next layout is all about my oldest daughter's first real home that God provided for her family.
I fell in love with this blue polka  dotted paper from the moment I first laid eyes on it.
 Bella Blvd is quickly becoming one of my new favorite lines. 

Sorry for the quality of the photos.
 I used my phone and edited them in Instagram but they will do for a quick post!

 On this page I also used a little gold  Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the tags to give it some pop. 
The letters are again Bella Blvd.  Don't you just love the muted baby blue color! 

I am still working on filling up my latest mini album!
 I will post more photos soon. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Heidi Swapp Meets Teresa Collins

If you have ever visited my blog, then you know I am a huge fan of
 Heidi Swapp and Teresa Collins!
 I love them both.
 They each have their own unique style and wonderful products but they are very different from each other.

This past Wednesday, Heidi Swapp posted a new video on My Craft Channel.
She added a new twist on the old "back to back" binding technique. 
She added more pages and then made a Mod Podge spine. 
 It was designed to be a cake stand piece.
Watch the video here.

Since you know I  have this terrible addiction to making mini albums, then
 of course,  you know I had to make one! 
I also needed to create one more design piece for this month to take to
Scrapping in the City.

I  only had one problem...
 Our Micheal's doesn't have any of the current Heidi Swapp paper pads. 
 Scrapping in the City usually has some Heidi Swapp product but
 they did not have any of her new paper lines.

 What they do have  is the brand new line
by Teresa Collins 
"Hello, My Name Is"

So, here is what you get when a Heidi Swapp idea meets Teresa Collins papers...

First, you get a big mess on my work table!!

Then, second,  you get a really cute mini album!

This mini is no where near finished,
 but I can't wait  to get busy fill it with tabs,
 stickers, photos and of course, lots Heidi Swapp of banners!

Oh and just so you know...

Stampin' Up ink color Cherry Cobbler matches the Teresa Collins red perfectly! 
It works great on Heidi Swapp's Color Magic ephemera set too,
 tying all of it together beautifully!

I really love the Mod Podge spine idea too.
 I may be doing this technique on all my back to back albums from now on. 
Even if I cover the spine, it seems to be stronger and it holds together beautifully!

So there you have it, another mini! 
I will post more photos of  the finished album later.

In the words of Heidi Swapp,

Go make pretty stuff!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Our Favorite Ham Casserole Recipe

This recipe has been our family's favorite for 28 years now.
 I started making this dish when Dale and I were stationed in Bossier City LA.
He was in the Air Force and we were newly married.
 I knew absolutely nothing about cooking or being a wife.
Fortunately, God placed us in an apartment complex with other
young military couples who were all in the same boat.
 They were all new to this marriage and cooking thing, just like me,
and we all shared recipes and learned from each other. 
I even had one sweet lady from Texas
(I can't remember her name)
invite me come to her apartment and let me watch her make
 chicken and dumplins from scratch!
You can find that recipe

The recipe I want  to share with you today is our all time
favorite recipe from our time in Louisiana.
I have made it at least once of month for the past 28 years.
 It's so simple, so good and kids just love it.
I love it so much because I am a pasta freak!
If I were ever limited to eating one type of food, I pray it would be Pasta!

Okay, here is what you will need...

                                             1 pkg Egg Noodle, cooked with salt and drained
                                             1 cup chopped Ham (any kind will do)
                                             1 8oz block Monterrey Jack Cheese chopped 
                                             3/4 cup milk
                                             2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup 

Mix all together in a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 until bubbly, around 40 minutes.

This is so so simple and so good.
I hope your family loves it as much as mine!

Proverbs 31:15
" She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her handmaids"