Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!


I have a couple of cards that I had on the American Crafts blog yesterday along with the very talented Leslie Ashe.
 Both created with the Pumpkin Patch line.  This little pumpkin card was cut with the Silhouette...if I had to do a ton of cards, you could with this one...cute, simple, and fast...LOVE!
Well, nothing like doing this the day before...put my Cameo to work and cut out some bats with "from Emma Roebuck."  And after the first batch...finally changed my mat out and put a new blade in for some cleaner cuts...realized it's been since the beginning of the year since I changed it out.
 Then I realized I didn't have enough candy for tomorrow night (if we get back early enough to hand out candy) and for school the idea of "goodie bags" ended up being a small little bag of candy.  I think parents will be happy about that though.  Emma looked at it, and said some kids don't like this teaching her the lesson of "it was the thought that counts, dear."
We've had a couple of fun weekends with Halloween fun...which for Emma is her favorite...last year and now this year, she is kind of not too crazy about Trick or Treating at night...I think she really is scared...and I would be too...there is a house down the street that is VERY creepy, music, smoke, lights...all out...and we stay clear.
Did get to start on the cover of the Halloween mini album using October Afternoon's first ever Halloween thrilled about that!  I think I bought everything from the collection!
And very happy to see Halloween Cadbury cool!  Instead of yellow yoke, it's green!
Be safe...and have a Happy Halloween or Fall Festivities!!!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Emma is 1 - American Crafts 5th and Frolic

I've finally had a chance to dig into the new American Crafts 5th and Frolic...gorgeous designs, patterns and colors.  I was able to mix in some old Dear Lizzy with it (the Fair ribbon, the tag, the foam letters, and that brad is from the Sketchbook line)
 Love the gold accents with the stickers (the gold key is from the Remarks sticker book).  Used the stamp set to stamp on vellum.
 Added more texture on the top using the sewing machine to follow the lines of the design.
Time has gone by too fast...these photos were one week after we were home from China.  Our adoption in China, was about 2 weeks after her birthday.  So just one week, exactly, we celebrated her birthday with just close family and then, believe it or not...went out to each for Chinese (I wasn't too thrilled about that having eaten it for two weeks, but it was what we agreed on)

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Mickey Pumpkin and Project Life Week 38

Happy Monday, and I cannot believe that Halloween is this Wednesday...November will be here soon!  Seems like we were just in Summer.  

I have a fun, Fall/Halloween layout I can share that was published in the Fall 2012 issue of PaperHaus. I used mostly My Mind's Eye with a little Dear Lizzy and the flair is from Little Boo & Pie.  I was kind of proud of myself for carving this Mickey in the faux pumpkin.
And I've got my Week 38 Project Life I have tried to keep very little embellishments, so trying to keep this big book flat.  But embellishments and I cannot be separated...very difficult to do.

Keeping with the flow from Week 37...lots of stamping, use of the Silhouette, washi tape. 
A few close up was National Talk Like a Pirate day...Emma dressed for the occasion ;)
The weather was still not cool, but not sooo hot that you could enjoy it.  Emma got her own tap shoes and tried them out in her ballet/tap class that day. 
 And ever since having Emma, we decorate for the holidays way earlier than we used started decorating for Halloween before it was October.
 Working on some Christmas cards this week, those won't be seen until the end of November.  But will have some Halloween cards on the American Crafts blog this week to share soon as well as another American Crafts layout using the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Cards and Project Life

Sophia, please email me at with your name, address, and the current collection available from Carta Bella that you would like.  CONGRATS!

I am not certain exactly when it happened, but I became a cardmaker.  Cards were never my favorite things to make.  I wanted to use my stash and new products on layouts, mini albums, or other projects, but not cards.  But I'm addicted now.

Here's a couple of cards I had up on the Lily Bee blog this week using their journaling index cards.  I have no super great word to say how much I really love these journaling cards.  They just make cards and layouts come together quickly.  I used them as a little pocket.
 I no longer worry about bulk or things going over the edge on cards.  If I mail them, they'll go in a bubble wrap envelope.  This one is a simple, clean design.
 And this one is a lot more frilly with more details.  But I still used the top of it to hold little tags tucked in that I cut with the Silhouette...the flower as well.
 And had another scrapper comment that the idea of using the journaling cards as a pocket would be a good idea for Christmas, tucking in hot chocolate packs, etc.  I like that idea.
And I'll be having lots of posts showing Project Life from the past several weeks.  I decided to add more cuts from the Silhouette, more washi, and more stamping.  
A few detail shots.  For us here, it finally is not as hot and you can enjoy being outside more, wish the summers here were like that.  I'm really trying to keep all the weeks down to just one page, unless there was a huge event, like a vacation or something.
 I had gone to my local scrapfest, but only used a couple of photos and still included the day to day from that week...but also Dennis' it's all there, just condensed.
 I am more selective of what photos to tell the story of the week...the "Emma's Chocolate" had to go in there from Pinkberry...Emma doesn't like the new Chocolate Hazelnut so the store set aside some regular chocolate for her and even put her name on it!
Hope everyone has a great weekend, and cooler weather!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall Splendor

I was so excited to have my first assignment up on the American Crafts blog yesterday.  I got to work with Pumpkin Patch.  It was a perfect fit for me, because I really do love Fall.  I think these were my favorite Thickers so far...they are not really big, very narrow, and can fit a lot on a page.
The page started with the cardstock and the graph pattern paper as the base...then I layered strips of other pattern paper...then I cut several leaves from the same pattern paper, just used both sides.  Stitched some zigzags down the middle of them and then tucked here and there
 The photo was taken by me while we were in Virginia for Thanksgiving last year.  A different but similar photo in color was published in Creating Keepsakes for rules of third.  
And for the second project, I decided to do a card.  This collection can really go both ways...Halloween or Fall/School related...again there's those absolutely favorite so far.
This card started out with three of the pie charts...but I really wanted to include a better focal point, so I felt that using just one pie was better, all cut with the Silhouette.  I put different pieces of pattern paper behind parts of the pie, layered some stickers and another die cut from Silhouette.  I did cover up the focal point, and added some mist splatters...thought it added some fun to the card.
Have you done any Fall scrapping yet?  I am ready to do more!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gauche Alchemy Guest Designer for October - 2nd Project

So excited to be able to share my 2nd project I made as a guest designer with Gauche Alchemy using the Money Shot kit.

I wanted to make a frame to show off the layers of paper, plus have something about photography to hang up.  I thought about doing the “Keep Calm and ‘Snap’ On.”  But as you could tell from my layout “Pre-School Rocks,” I am really liking the word bubbles. 
This came together quickly with just tearing different sheets of pattern papers from the kit and a few from my stash...layered some vellum on top, then stitched them together, no glue at all to hold them together.  I only glued the layers at once to the frame.  I love to pop dot everything, so that Snap word bubble got popped up, then the die cut camera from the reverse side of the Hambly paper went below it.  But I had to pop dot the heart and the ‘on.’  
Then I started tucking in here and there.  A little tiny piece of vintage paper with the 35¢ got adhered under the vellum (and if you notice it is a circle as is the flower and the circle around the ampersand, all this helps the eye to go around)...the strip of the punchinella behind the snap word bubble and to the left; and the wire screen got tucked behind the papers on the right.  Cut up tiny pieces of the lace and placed them in a zig zag pattern from top to bottom...very subtle, but such a vibrant color...the zig zag and color make your eye go from top to bottom and vice versa.  Added some of the rubons and washi tape to the top of the papers between Snap and the Camera.  Added the ampersand off to the side and on top of the Snap.  Felt like it needed to stand out more.  So misted the ampersand and used a circle cut from die cutting machine to place around it.

I was really liking that cord from the trim with the beads that I did with the Pre-School Rocks had to do that again.  Did some outlining.  Adding some seam binding ribbon from my stash (attached with glue dots) and the velvet flower to add a little softness.  Then the last things I added were the cameras misted in yellow, the jewels, more beads, and the photo corners...and yep, one got pop dotted!
I love to have things that I've made hanging up in the house, and this is no seeing it in the hallway.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Paper Issues and Unity Stamps

The new theme is up at Paper Issues...think pink, think about you, think breast cancer awareness...anything you want...and it doesn't have to be pink.  I'm sharing a layout about my favorite yogurt place Pinkberry...nope, not a new you can link up anything new or old for the theme.
And saving the best for last...the sponsor for this theme is...UNITY STAMPS!
Unity will be giving away $50 worth of stamps to 3 winners!!!!
All you have to do to win is:
1. Like Unity on Facebook
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop
4. Leave a comment in this post that you did everything
5. Link up a project here for a Bonus entry!
A winner will be chosen on November 3

Paper Issues and Unity have a "co-hop" as well...start here for the hop.

Jen Albracht Erickson
Karen Maldonado
Mandy Kay Starner
Natalie Dever
Nina Yang
Renee Aslette
Shellye Proctor McDaniel
Shilo Miles
Stephanie Muzzulin
Thienly Azim
Unity Blog

And stop at the Paper Issues store for some shopping...get 20% off with code:  PATRICIA  

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Carta Bella Blog Hop

Welcome to the Carta Bella Paper Design Team Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Tamara Tripodi's blog.  Follow the blog hop list below to hop from one blog to the next. ONE winner will be selected from EACH blog (yes, each blog, so you have 5 chances to win) to receive a current Carta Bella Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the drawing, please leave a comment on each corresponding blog. All comments are due by midnight EDT on Thursday, October 25th to qualify. Winners will be announced on each blog on Friday, October 26th to be sure to check back to see if you won!

For lots of inspiration using Carta Bella products, here's the blog hop list:
Patricia Roebuck = Where You Are Now

I'm sharing a layout I did using Alphabet Junction.  Our friend, Merrin, was celebrating her birthday, and two of the other little girls who were born in the same Province in China got to come down and celebrate with us.  So that is why we call them "Spicy" girls because they were born in the Province of Hunan.
 I LOVE these colors...lots of complimentary colors.  So this layout was all about color and layers.  I cut out flowers with the Silhouette and layered those with the stickers from the collection.
Did lots of fussy cutting and layered those with more stickers and chipboard pieces around the photo...some messy mist splatters and stitching. 
I wanted to have one main photo of the girls playing dress-up...that photo was taken with my good camera.  The other two were taken with my iPhone...but I like to include more than one photo sometimes to tell the story.
Don't forget...leave a comment on each Design Team members blog for a chance to win a collection have 5 chances to win.  Good Luck!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jump & Jump

I have been very anxious to dig into more American Crafts goodies...and like all of the other lines so far I've played with, the Ready Set Go was so much fun to work with.  The hardest part was narrowing down what to use!
Love the warm colors from this line as well as the patterns.  Those blue/grey letters are my favorite I think...well, it all is!  I am ready to dig into even more, but not before playing with 5th and Frolic next.
These were photos from our recent Pumpkin Patch trip and shaping them to an arrow was inspired by Paige Evan's layout here.  I've always done either square, rectangle, or circles for photos...but I tried arrows this time...and I liked it!
When I shared my layout with the rest of the American Crafts team, some of the girls asked how I did the photos and nudged me to do a tutorial ;) So here goes...hope this makes sense...if any questions, let me know!  Very simple to do, don't be afraid to try it...and if you mess up, just hit the undo button!  Now I am ready to do more shaped photos...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Carta Bella Cards - Traditions (Edited with Blog Hop Winner)

(The Winner of the $15 Paypal transfer from the Lily Blog Hop posts is:  LEAH CROWE!!  Congrats, Leah.  Send me your email at and I will get your transfer to you!)

Another beautiful collection from Carta Bella called Traditions.

These were really fast cards to make...because they have the same design.
 They both have the same card base and the word circles.  The only difference is the first one has layers of pattern paper and stickers under the word circle...
...while this second one, has just stickers.  Besides cutting the word circles with the Silhouette, I cut out the leaves too...I felt like the design needed a little more and I love the way the big leaves flow with the design. 
 Both cards have a flower in the same position...same design, just something a little differences in embellishments for each one.  Really quick cards to put together.

Carta Bella Traditions:  Cinnamon Red/Sunset Gold Paper, Cloud White/Warm Olive Paper; Element Stickers, Kraft Cardstock 
Other:  Ribbon, twine, clothespin, wood veneer, tag

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Carta Bella Christmas Canvas

This went up on the Carta Bella blog last Thursday, and I want to share here as well.  This is a super quick canvas you can make to decorate your home for the holidays.  See the supply list below,  and please substitute any of the supplies for what you have on hand.
And if you are new to this kind of creating, it really is an easy way to get started.  Hope you enjoy!
Carta Bella Products:
Christmas Day:  Pattern Paper:  December 25th, Stripe, Evergreen; 6x6 Paper Pad, Brads, Chipboard Accents

Other:  12x12 Canvas, gesso, gelatos, gel medium, mist, twine (Please substitute the following if needed:  Plain White Paint instead of Gesso, Mod Podge for Gel Medium, Watered down mists or watercolors for Gelatos)

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Lily Bee Blog Hop

(Edited to add:  deadline for comments to be eligible for my prize will be today, Monday, the 15th.  I'll draw a winner for the $15 PayPal transfer tomorrow and announce then)

Welcome to the Lily Bee Design Team blog hop.  Lily Bee will be giving away a variety pack of 12x12 papers from all three lines for one lucky winner on the Lily Bee blog post.  To be eligible for the prize on the Lily Bee blog, please leave a comment on all the Design Team member's blogs. 
Patricia Roebuck <= You Are HERE
If you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post, I am also giving a $15 Paypal transfer to one winner.  Good luck!

And here is my layout for the blog hop.  I couldn't resist using mostly the Autumn Spice collection with just a teeny piece of the Persnickety (the smaller heart).  I was initially going to do a Halloween layout from Emma's first time Trick or Treating...but then as I printed the photos, I realized a layout about how much she loves this costume and still wears it even though she is 4 and it is a size 12 mos, would be cute to do...
If you know this song, sorry, as it will probably be in your head, if don't know the song, keep it that way.  It's an app about ladybug landing on different body's teaching kids to repeat the words, but learning the parts of their bodies...very cute, will entertain little ones for about 5 minutes or so, but the song will forever be in your head.
Most layouts have some kind of mist splatters lately...with some little die cuts and stitching...I can't seem to get enough of that.
Lots of layering of leftover pieces of pattern paper I had cut out from another project (don't ever throw away old pieces like that, they are so useful later).
I did something a little different with this layout and used two pieces of pattern paper as the matte behind the cardstock...and also added a big piece of ribbon using glue dots to hold it in spots.
Have a great weekend...leave me a comment, and I'll pick one winner for the $15 PayPal transfer.  Visit and leave comments on all the Design Team member's and the Lily Bee blog posts for the blog hop, and you will be eligible to win a variety pack of 12x12 papers from all three lines.

Have a great weekend...thanks for coming by!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lily Bee - About Yourself

I'm so excited to share a post on the Lily Bee blog with Leslie Ashe.  She joined me in a challenge to scrap about yourself.

We also used all three of the new Lily Bee collections.  My layout started with the photos from my iPhone that are part of me, my life, daily routine, etc.  The polaroid frame stamp from Persnickety was perfect to use a matte for each photo.
 Did some clustering...and more stamping with the Autumn Spice stamps...
One of my favorite layouts, and so glad I scrapped about myself.  Stop by the Lily Bee blog to see the products I used and the amazing layout Leslie did!  And I hope you join us for the challenge to scrap about yourself!

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