My Family Scrapbook

Monday, July 12, 2010

I Was Inspired!

Some times a die will lay on my scrap table begging me to use it. I have to be inspired and need the right project to use it on.

I love the Dies Direct "At The Beach" die but I did not have any pictures that were water or beach themed. I can't tell you the last time that I went to a beach.

A friend of mine is always using the term "Is it beer thirty yet?" Which always makes me laugh. She does that when she is tired of being at work and is ready for home. Well I am always telling her "it's five o'clock somewhere! One day we had the exchanged and a little light bulb went off and I could not get home fast enough to see if these dies would work for this idea and low and behold they did.

So I am sharing with you the "It's Five O''clock Somewhere" Clock!

I used the following dies: G42 Grunge Ovals, C143 At The Beach, FS109 Optimistic 3/4 Font, FS107 Optimistic 1/2 Font.

This was a fun and easy project to do and I had to laugh when I got it done because of the way the project came to be. (And how my daughter tried to take this and keep it for herself!)

Sometimes you just have to let loose and have a conversation with a friend in order to be inspired.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


More Little Gifts

My husband's office decided that it was time to show everyone in the office how much they are appreciated, because let's face it, without the office help the receivables, pay outs, pay checks, and tax forms would never get completed.

Each of the techs were asked to bring in one small gift for an office girl and they would put all of the gifts in a hat and let the girls blindly chose a gift. These gifts should not be expensive, just a little something to tell them "Thank You" for a job well done.

I was stumped at first but then told my husband that I would make an old stand by. He agreed and I made 5 of these (because Jr. Legal Pads come in packages of 5.) He took one to work and then I have extras for other little gifts.

These are nothing more than a folder made from cardstock with a Jr. Legal Pad adhered to the inside and on the opposite side of the fold a triangle to form a pocket for business cards or receipts.

To decorate the front of the folder and the inside pocket I used the Dies Direct Daisy Chain Border Die. This die can be used single (as on the pocket) or doubled as on the front of the folder.

These make wonderful teacher gifts as well.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Friday, July 9, 2010

Crossword Puzzle Time

Dies Direct out did themselves with the Lattice 1 Die!

I love this die and it just reminded me of the small blocks on a crossword puzzle or the spots on a Scrabble Game!

I decided while I was making Birthday Cards to see if their smallest font, the Micro Mini Font, would fit inside these blocks... and they do! That made the wheels turn a little bit and then I wanted to figure out which sentiment to use. It didn't take long to find out where to place the letters and then I needed some small hearts and their Mini Book provided the perfect sized hearts!

This was a lot of fun to make and could be made into any sentiment for any occasion.

You are only limited by the number of squares and what you want to say!

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Looking At Things A Little Differently

I can't leave things alone and when I get a new die I want it to be able to be used in many ways or for something other than what it was intended for. It makes the die more "valuable" to me.

When I looked at the Large Window Grid from Dies Direct I saw a Tic Tac Toe Board! I wanted to play! So I did...... with just a few snips of the scissors not only did I make a travel Tic Tac Toe Board for my nephew too play with in the car. I also made this card. X's and O's scream love and I don't need a reason to tell someone that I love them. So when I gave him the Tic Tac Toe Game I made a card to go with it.

I didn't take a picture of the game but it is all magnetic so that the pieces wont' get lost and small tin make not only a great back for the game but also a great storage container.

I used: Large Window Grid (FRM 113), Optimistic 3/4", and Optimistic 1/2" Fonts.

The front of the card:

And then the inside of the card:

Have a little fun with symbols and find a new use for some of those dies.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Card

Seems like every time I turn around I need a Birthday Card so I am trying to make a few to have on hand. It seems like everyone looks forward to the handmade cards these days.

For today's card I used the Dies Direct Large Window Grid. This die is an A2 size and is perfect for a card front. I used a pair of scissors and with just a couple of snips had a place for my sentiment (and that sentiment could have been anything!) I completed the card with purchased flowers sprayed with Glimmer Mist and half pearls for the center of each. (Easy as pie and faster to make!)

Whip up a few cards in advance and use what you have on hand.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer Is Here - But My Mind Says Spring

I am longing for the weather that we had in April and May. I love that time of year when it is cooler outside and the Spring flowers are blooming. Since I am in that frame of mind I am also scrapping that way as well.

I am sharing a card today that once again uses some of the Dies Direct new dies. (I would use some QuicKutz but there aren't any new ones to use!)

For this card I used: Lattice2 (frm115,) 2x3 Pretty Petal (A166,) and Bird on a Branch (A168.) The die cut "Spring Has Sprung" is done with a computer program that I own called Make The Cut that works with my Cricut Machine and that is my own handwriting.

This card could be made with any sentiment on the front... from "Happy Birthday" to "Thinking Of You." I have a bunch of Boss Kut Dies and even a few of the QuicKutz Sentiments Dies that would would be perfect.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !