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March 31, 2012

Robert Frost

Robert Frost was an amazing poet. I have been thinking about him and maybe it is because one of my family surnames is Frost. Maybe that is why I love poetry and love writing it as well :)

Here is a beautiful poem written by the famous man. Hope you enjoy it as I did! Consider adding poems to your crafty projects this weekend!
Deb♥

A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Robert Frost

March 28, 2012

Cricut Magic

I don't use my Cricut enough, sadly I admit. I decided it was high time I cross the room, lol, and use it again though and I am so glad that I did. I love cut out 12x12 paper and thought about making my own using the Cricut. It worked as you can see by the frame around my daughter in this layout. You just turn your "real dial size" on and cut away at any frame shape you may have on hand. This was a little intricate so I had to be very careful, but I liked how the frame turned out and now I know I will be trying this again soon :) TFL and have a great day! Deb♥

March 27, 2012

New Groovy Chick Bursting Onto the Scene!!!

There are so many aspects of this layout by Pat that I love! The corrugated birds, the doilies, the color, etc... The layers are amazing too! Take a look and I know you will find things to love as well!!!
Deb♥


I did this page of my hubby & the grand kids. I used MME Miss Caroline papers,cut the flowers from a studio file on the Cameo & inked them. The corrugated birds are from Jelliebean.

March 23, 2012

Spring Blog Hop!!!



Welcome to the Fiskateers Spring Blog Hop. You should have arrived today from the blog of my Fiskateer sister, Tracie 8436 http://www.tinymightstales.blogspot.com :)

If not and you just stopped by then be sure to hop on over to out start here:
http://www.fiskateers.com/blog/

For those who are wondering what is a Fiskateer then let me encourage you to see for yourself by looking into what I feel is the most special online community on the web. Those of us who are gathered there do so first and foremost based on our love of Fiskars Products. It is there where you will find inspiration in many areas such as paper crafting, sewing, gardening, and so much more not the least of making some of the best friends across the planet!!! Check in with one of our current leads who will be expecting you by clicking http://www.fiskateers.com/join/. They will tell you what you need to know to become a Fiskateer too!

We’ll be hopping all weekend , March 24th and 25th to welcome Spring! I LOVE SPRING!!! Our official closing time is 11pm CST. P.S. Be on the lookout for prizes, but please be sure to follow instructions carefully :)

You may also go over to former Groovy Chick Kelly's Blog for a complete list of all of the Fiskateer bloggers :) and you can also continue on the hop by checking out my Card Lifter Fiskasister Pam's blog next!


OK, let me show you the Fiskars product I decided to use for my project!!! This is called Framed in Love and it is a Border and Corner Punch. It is so easy to use and I created an Easter Basket decoration using just the border side of this one. Thanks for coming by and seeing what my new favorite punch, several sheets of paper, a little bunny, candy, plastic eggs and tons of glue sticks can do and have a very Happy Spring!!!








Welcome to Our Newest DT Member~Pat!

I am pleased to announce that we have added a new designer to our Groovy Chicks team! Meet Pat, a wonderful designer who I am sure you too will love as much as I do :)
Deb♥




















Hi I'm Pat, I live in VT with my husband Dale. We have 2 grown sons, a daughter- in- law, 2 precious granddaughters & a Shih-Tzu. I started scrapping when our 1st grand daughter was born 10 yrs ago. Once I figured out what I was doing, I knew this was the hobby for me I was in love!
I love learning new techniques, chatting with other scrappers & I love sketches.
Then I realized as my granddaughters got older & were looking through their albums, we are not just putting pictures on pretty paper we are documenting "our history". This is our lives, our joys, our tears, the good, & the bad for all future generations to see.
I am proud to be a scrap booker. The keeper of our history.

March 22, 2012

Goodbye Fall!

With Spring just around the corner I am so eager to see all the newborn baby birds starting their new lives and beautiful flowers blooming! Before that happens I thought I would try to finish up scrapbooking any leftover Fall photos like this one. My daughter has a model's pose and sometimes it is really nice to sit back and take note of that :) She is really pretty in this picture which makes me think of the word "ideal". It is an ideal photo of her and an ideal setting :)I used some flowers from Hobby Lobby to recreate that Fall season and let the picture do the rest.

Thanks for coming by today!
Deb♥



March 21, 2012

Gift Giving

A gift made with one's hands is one of the best I feel. I am sure the recipient will love what Tammy has done here today. FYI Tammy...there are never enough lol!
Deb♥

My mom gave me this picture of her friend's great-granddaughter and asked me to make a page we can frame for her. I love to cluster my embellishments...so much so that I always have to ask my daughter if I need more, 'cause in my head I ALWAYS need more LOL! And she always is honest and tells me when enough is enough ;) I used stuff from my stash...the scalloped paper is Making Memories, there are some K&Company embellies, and the rest I don't know :) Thanks for looking, Tammy

March 20, 2012

Scraps to Treasure

Saving scraps seems to be important to most paper crafters and if not then take a look at what Jean created. Using scraps can be such an expense saver!!!
Deb♥

I love to use 6 x 6 papers as well as scraps to make thank you cards. I have never been good at nor liked fussy cutting but I am trying to do more of it. Sketch from Capture these Sketches.


March 19, 2012

Let's Talk Alphabets

I remember a few years ago when I just HAD to have these alphabet letters. They have a knight feel to them and so I decided they would be great in my family tree album showing the cousins together. Of course as is so often the case, there were not enough of them. Considering it came from a store that is closed and like mentioned earlier they are a few years old, I chose to use them still. They came in a chipboard pinch card so there is a negative left behind. I simply traced the letters that were missing and added my own design to them that would blend them more easily with the letters which are there. I like the way it turned out and plan to keep using the negative again :) TFL!
Deb♥


March 18, 2012

{{Sticking Out Your Tongue}}

This really made me LOL. Read on...
Deb♥

I had such a fun time with this card! The digital stamp is WS Aubrey from The Greeting Farm. I thought she was so cute and I just loved her sticking her tongue out . . . just a tomboy like me! I used my copics to color her but then decided she needed a little bling so I added some stickles to her necklace!

I used the spellbinders to cut and emboss Aubrey's background. Of course in true Heather style, I had to distress up the edges of the papers. Add a fun little dotted orange ribbon!

I had recently been to the Extraordinary Women's Conference. One of the speakers was talking about how she would wave her duster around the house and yell . . . "Devil . . . you are not allowed in this house!" It was soooo funny at the time!!! So I made this card for the girlfriend that I went to the conference with. The inside said "Sometimes you just need to stick out your tongue and tell the devil to get out!"

March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We have a perfectly green layout from Penny that we are sharing on this special day!




















We also have one from Michelle!
























Here is one from Jean and what she would like to share about it:
When my son was in Kindergarten, the teacher had a day of fun on St. Patrick's Day. The leprechaun wrecked havoc in the room, left them treats, they ran around school looking for him, etc. For years after that Rob built traps using Lucky Charms for bait. That leprechaun would play tricks in Rob's room but always left him treats. To this day I buy him St. Patty's day goodies - usually anything green I can find:)








Hope you are having a nice day without pinches ;)
Deb♥

March 16, 2012

Water FANatic

My girls and I love the pool and the beach, but I did not realize that they both would enjoy being on a river as well. I allowed them both to try being out there the summer of 2010. I can see by the expression on Kristen's face that she enjoyed herself. Adventures make this a fun world to live in :)
Deb♥

March 15, 2012

A 2 Pager from Jean Today :)

My 7 year old daughter recently asked me why the scrapbook stores still had Christmas stickers, etc out. Well that was a perfect moment to explain to her how in our scrapbooking we work on many albums at many times, and/or because we may just be getting to Christmas photos. She does scrapbook some, but I am busy preparing her to become a scrap-a-holic in the future so knowing that is important right? LOL!


I think you will see that in Jean's Christmas layout that she is busy getting caught up and creating wonderful projects using our one and only Heather's sketch from February 10th too!
Deb♥

I used Heather's great sketch for another layout for my Christmas album. We always head north 2 1/2 hours to visit my mom and sisters. This year we decided to go on Christmas eve day instead of Christmas day. It was less chaotic and made the visit more fun. This sketch allowed me to scrap many photos at once!


March 13, 2012

Making Rosettes

Have you tried making rosettes? I have seen a die for one of the Sizzix machines with Tim Holtz, but they can be done without all of that. Let Michelle share :)
Deb♥


I have made paper rosettes only once before doing them on this page. Not sure why it took me so long to try them out! I love how they came on on this page. I used a Close To My Heart paper kit called, Lucky. There are a few tutorials out there. But I just cut a strip of paper, scored every 1/4", then accordion folded and attached the ends together. Using a wallet photo I had left from Holiday photos. I placed all my embellishments and journaling surrounding the picture allowing for the "negative space".

March 12, 2012

A Wedding Day in Penny's Life :)

Take note of Penny's tip for dollar store flowers. I too have done what she suggests and you will find that it is a money saving tip!
Deb♥

This is a layout of my daughter Sequita and my granddaughter Madison, on Sequita's wedding day.


For this layout I used the following items:
Sketch was taken from here:
http://blog.basicgrey.com/?p=1857
Pattern Paper:
Basic Grey - Urban Couture - URB-363 Pashmina
Basic Grey - Perhaps - KISA - PER - 738
String clasp:
Basic Grey - string clasp - 542631
Stickers:
Basic Grey - 551152
Word Brad:
Studio K Basic Grey - 564688
Inks:
Tim Holtz Ink- Vintage Photo - TIM - 19527
Studio G Ink - WM 0028 Lime Green
Fisker's Paper trimmer - the really old one, I still love and use it even though I have several more that are more expensive!
Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Stick - 4021
Cardstock:
1 sheet of 12 x 12 Dark Green Cardstock
5 tiny strips of white cardstock for journaling strips.
K & Co. Border strips (these came in a pack, and I have found that I use the "wrong" side of these as much as I used the "right" side.
Flowers:
Floral Garden - Silk flowers 967173- 1109 (I purchase almost all of my silk flowers from either Dollar Tree, or Dollar General, and just remove them from the stems, and use them on my layouts, much cheaper than the more expensive one's that are for scrapbooking.
Small hole paper punch
Ribbon:
This is actually 330 Wrights Hem sewing tape - Seal Brown 092
Assorted brads - unknown
Assorted jewels - unknown flea market find
Pop Dots
Zots glue dots
1 small sheet of mulberry paper

I started this layout by cutting one of the background papers almost in half, and then cutting out some of the background flowers and popping them up off the main background sheet on the layout with the pop dots.

Next I tore strips from the dark green cardstock, and the rest of the mulberry paper to form the lines on the layout, along with the K & Co. border strip, and held them in place with glue and brads.

I then added the mulberry paper, as a photo mat, and placed my photo.
I cut and placed the "hem" tape, using brads and glue.

Next I free hand cut the butterflies, and inked their edges, and placed the jewels on the butterflies with glue dots. (If you don't want to free hand cut the butterflies, you could use stickers, or a cutting machine to make yours.)

Next I cut and inked the journaling strips, and added my journaling.

Then I inked the flowers with the lime ink, in order to make them match the layout colors, and added them to my layout with brads. (They appear brighter in the photo than they actually are.)

Then I added the string clasp and title stickers.

The journaling reads:
Sequita and Madison, the 2 girls of the family now. Given the task as memory keepers, as most girls in families.

Now it's your turn to make a layout like this of your own! Happy Scrapping!
Love Penny

March 10, 2012

Big Boy's Birthday

When I saw this card made by Tammy I absolutely fell in love with her big birthday boy embellishment!!! It is just so sweet and the vintage stamps...I have not seen thos in like 30 years...and now I want some, lol! Happy birthday to Tammy's hunny :) and great job on the card Tammy!!!
Deb♥


My husband's birthday was this month. Cards for "boys" are sometimes harder for me to make...but when I found this chipboard vintage little boy (I've had him forever, finally got a chance to use him!), I knew he was perfect for this card. I put it on a base of children's writing paper, added some S&H vintage stamps and little pennant pieces, stitched along the side, and hand wrote the sentiment ;) TFL, Tammy





March 09, 2012

Friday Sketch with Michelle

Here is a new one from Michelle with one of the cutest puppy dogs...ever! Enjoy! Deb♥


March 08, 2012

Baby Days :)

I am delighted to share a project with you today made by Heather. Baby books are the best gift we as paper crafters can give to a new mommy or mommy-to-be. Heather has made an extraordinary baby album that is sure to please the recipient of this one. Way to go Heather!
Deb♥











March 06, 2012

ACROSTIC:Penny

The challenge was to create a layout that had an Acrostic Title or poem. In my case that would be the word "Adore".
This layout is of my boyfriend's mother and granddaughter. It was taken a few Christmas'es before she passed away. It was oblivious to everyone how much her granddaughter loved her!

The journaling on this layout reads:

A=Always loved you no matter what you did.
D=Devoted to family and friends.
O= Openly loving, and quick with her hugs and kisses.
R=Ready to help out, with anything you needed.
E=Enjoyed her life even when it became difficult to live.

The supplies I used for this layout were:

Pattern Paper - Basic Grey - Sublime Collection Confused ACS - 055
Cardstock - DCWV - Light Tan, and two small pieces of black
Tag Alphabet Stickers - Sticko SP - RSN - 12 Rebecca Sower
Cameo - Flea Market find
Punches
Oval - McGill
Photo Corners - Martha Stewart
Rick Rack - Trim tex - G1-114
Lace - Flea Market find
Assorted Brads - Some were from Recollections




March 05, 2012

ACROSTIC: Jean

This year WINTER means to me Walking In Natural Trails Enjoying Rockford. We have walked in and around the trails of our town several times. We also stop and share a hot dog with Bandit from the corner hot dog stand.


March 04, 2012

ACROSTIC: Heather

My GUYS can definitely Get Under Your Skin but that's because they can go straight to your heart! I love my guys!! As much as I wanted a little girl, I have 5 extremely loving and wonderful guys! (If you don't know, Guy is our last name!)

I used Scenic Route paper for the majority of this layout. The hearts were punched using a Fiskars punch and as you can see, I also used the negative from the heart punch also for my subtitle. I pop dotted the hearts to not only give some dimension to the layout but also make them stand out against the circles. I used a creative memories punch for the circles. Added some brads around and some lettering by Cosmo Cricket.

And of course, no Heather layout would be complete without some tearing of paper and some distress ink!!!



March 03, 2012

ACROSTIC: Michelle

My son never stops moving! I guess that's why when I first read about this challenge I knew it would fit him perfect! Now the only problem was getting pictures of him. This summer he was introduced up close and personal to his favorite things...TRUCKS! Using the word Trucks only explains a small bit of his obsession. I just caught him on camera with the kitchen chair pushed over to the back door. Watching his world drive by or in action. Poppy has a pick-up "Big Ruck" and a tractor. Uncle Brian has a few Tractor Trailer with various trailers; Box, Logging, Flatbed, etc. There are also a number of heavy equipment machinery; a Loader, Excavator, Harvester, Sanding Truck and multiple attachments too!
So, my son always has his ears perked and ready to see what is going on!

Poppy's Ruck is something that my son needs to get in at least once a week! If he can get a chance in the Truck or the Tractor (K=Kubota) before nap time I usually have to get him asleep next to Poppy! His imagination has turned my kitchen into a farm and a corner chair is his "Big Ruck!"

Popped up the letters for "TRUCKS", which I stamped using Close to my Heart Posterboard Alphabet and then stamped with a diamond plate background stamp. I pulled out my Sizzix Embossing folders. Used the Diamond Plate to embossing the mats and journaling.

March 02, 2012

ACROSTIC: Tammy

Fantastic

Unexpected

Nonsense



That's my acrostic to describe these photo booth pictures my hubby and I took at the fair this year. Sometimes I can be too quiet, I think he was surprised at the outcome of these ;) I used Echo Park paper and stickers. The small letter stickers are My Little Shoebox (unsure of the bigger letters). The transparent frame I believe is Colorbox, and I used a "notebook" style EK border punch, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, and misc. tags and frame. TFL, Tammy


March 01, 2012

March Acrostic Challenge by Groovy Deb♥

Happy March! I am so excited that spring arrives here in only a few weeks :)

Let's talk about the challenge that I presented to The Grooviest Chicks ever for this month :) I asked them to create layouts using an acrostic in any way they wanted. According to Wikipedia this is the definition of acrostic in case this is all new to you:

An acrostic (Greek: ákros "top"; stíchos "verse") is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message.

Fun yes?

Here is what I did with mine using pics from my dad's 76th birthday...you will see that I took part of the word birthday and made little pennants using those letters to the right. We would love to see what you can do with this challenge so feel free to email me or leave a link to your blog showing me yours :)



Keep watching over the next few days for all the renditions the girls come up with!
Deb♥

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