Thursday, September 29, 2011

Frogs & Peanut Butter

     I love participating in the DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge when I can.  I love the sketches that Erin chooses and it is always fun to look through my stacks to see what I can come up with.  My layout today used The Playtime Stack.  I hadn't seen this particular stack around here so when I came across it, I decided I needed it!  It is (as you may expect) very playful and fun.  I used some Thickers as well as some Basic Grey ribbon to add a punch of color and some WRMK brads for a little blingage.  I am thrilled with how it come together (and quickly I might add)!  The only thing that I would have done differently is perhaps putting some pop-dots behind some of the rectangles to give it a little more dimension.  My favorite part is the little bee that I added at the last minute and then hand stitched his little flying trail.  

Here is a close-up of the frog to show his dimension on the page.

 And a close-up of the little bee!
     One thing that I really liked about this sketch was the location of the journaling.  I wasn't sure if I would like it where it was located on the sketch.  As it was finished, it really grew on me though.  Something a little outside of the box for me!  Hope that you like the layout as well.
     I had asked a few posts ago if anyone would like to see some baking and I got a yes!  Since baking is my other hobby, I thought I'd share some of my creations here as well.  Pinterest has been the perfect place for me to find new recipes lately.  It is fun to see what others think looks yummy!  I found a recipe for a Peanut Butter Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter frosting and I thought it looked delicious.  I was not disappointed!  Here is a photo of the cake (not mine). 
Mine cake looked the same but the frosting got a little thick.  I think I'd add less powdered sugar next time.  I will also warn you in advance, this is not a light cake in any way!  Tons of buttery goodness!  If you'd like the recipe, click on the photo of the cake and it will bring you to the Tasty Kitchen site : )
Let me know if you make it and how it turns out.  Thank you for stopping by today!
Scrap Happy~Melissa

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mustache Anyone?

     I will be the first to admit that when I saw this mustache craze sweeping through the scrapbook world, I was skeptical.  How does one scrapbook a mustache?  Then, they just kind of grew on me!  (Figuratively, not literally of course.)  I had realized a while back that I really prefer a man with facial hair.  A good thing considering my hubby has always had some!  When I took this picture on vacation this summer, the idea of a mustache page came to mind.  So, I created this page for the mid-week mojo over at scrapbooksteals this week.  
     The darker black paper is covered in various mustaches and it is from Hambly Studios.  I wish it would photograph a little better.  Most of the cuts are done on my Silhouette along with some ek success mustache stickers I found at Hobby Lobby this week.  I also found the printed kraft paper at Hobby Lobby.  That 50% off of all paper packs or pads just about did me in!  I did get some good stuff though.  
     For my next layout I am trying to determine how to use a title that I have in my head with a great picture and accompanying paper.  I think I may need to shop my own selection and see what I can come up with!  Thanks for stopping by today!
Scrap Happy~Melissa

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthday Cards With Some Philosophical Nuggets Thrown In Post

     My baby turns seven next month.  (And just to note, I accidentally typed "three" just now instead of "seven," what does that tell you?)  Where do the years go?  Some days fly by.  Some days tick by with each second on the clock but the years, they just gather momentum and surge on.  I really have been trying to live in the moment that has been given to me.  I have become a big addict fan of Pinterest lately and I love finding something on there that inspires me.  Sometimes it is something creative, sometimes it is something that speaks to my heart.  Recently, I found this...
This is what I need to try to remember on a daily basis.  Enjoy the ride.  Easier said than done when I am chasing around most nights.  But, I need to remember that I wouldn't be chasing if I didn't have these three little people in my life so that alone makes me grateful!  Enjoy the ride.  Yes, I think I will : )
     Yes, I will get to some crafty stuff too!  I created my son's birthday party invitation based off of his most recent interest which is China.  He loves anything to do with China.  The food, the culture, the clothes, the animals, the language, you name it, he wants to know about it.  I thought it would be fun to have a Chinese themed birthday party.  I kept it very simple and used my Silhouette to get the shapes I wanted.  (Just to note, there are very limited cute panda cuts on the Silhouette).  
The inside has all of the necessary information along with Happy Birthday written in Chinese across the top.  Thank goodness Google knows how to do all of those kind of things!  He loved it and when he found out we were having Chinese food at his party he jumped around and hugged me saying thank you over and over.  Gotta love all of that enthusiasm!  
     My oldest was invited to a birthday party this weekend and since we got the "oh so original" gift card for a gift, I wanted to jazz it up a bit.  I made a tri-fold card based off of a card sketch by Kristy Lee at from a looonnnggg time ago.  (I can't find the link right now, I will link it later if I can find it).  

I was going to use Basic Grey Life of the Party but decided that I would hoard that for a bit longer.  Instead, I went with Bo Bunny It's My Party collection.  I was excited that there were pieces that worked with exactly what size I needed.  After I chose my papers, I referred to Kristy's card and realized that I chose the same papers as she did for her card.  A coincidence I promise but I thought it was rather funny!  For the inside of the card, I cut a little gift card holder on my Silhouette.  I then used some American Crafts rub-ons to say Happy Birthday on the outside of the gift card holder. All in all, I was happy with how it turned out.  And, it gave a little something extra so the gift of a gift card! 
     My plan to try to make all of my cards rather than purchase them is going rather well.  I wonder how much money I have saved doing that?  And, I get to use up some of the paper that I have been keeping on hand as well!  Winning all around.  
     Lastly, I've been baking a lot lately and I am wondering what you'd think about me throwing in some recipe blog posts here and there?  Craftiness and baking?  I don't know if I could contain myself!  Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by!

Scrap Happy~Melissa  

Friday, September 16, 2011

Home Team

     My youngest adores baseball.  I don't know how many countless hours he spent outside this summer throwing up the ball and hitting it with the bat.  He has his own roster in his mind, who is out injured, who has been traded, etc.  It is the first thing that he wants to do every morning.  Even on mornings like it has been lately at 43º!
     We got to several baseball games this year and he enjoyed every moment.  There is something about going to a game with a little boy that just warms my heart!  The really fun thing is that my parents are taking him to a game all by himself at the end of the month, just like they did with the older grandkids when they were his age.  I think it will be a fun time for all of them.  I love traditions!
     I created this layout using the sketch from Kristy Lee at  I changed it up a little to get the look that I wanted.
I feel that using Basic Grey's Oliver collection was really a perfect choice for this page.  I love how the green is carried out throughout the layout.  I cut the baseball border on my Silhouette, as well as the baseball.  I liked the fact that I didn't feel compelled to use the team colors as I sometimes do.  Overall, I am just really happy with how it came together.  
     I have a feeling that I will be scrapping more baseball pages as the years progress if the love of the sport continues as it has!  Hopefully I can keep creative with my layout about his favorite sport!  Thank you for stopping by today.
Scrap Happy~Melissa

Monday, September 12, 2011

Baby Love

     I seriously can't get enough of scrapping my sweet baby nieces.  I haven't been able to scrap baby girl layouts in a really long time considering my "baby" girl isn't a baby anymore!  I actually try to spread out my layouts of them so I don't do too many back-to-back.  They are just too cute!  The layout that I finished today us interpreted from a sketch at Sketch Savvy.
     At first I wasn't sure if I chose the right papers.  I thought that Echo Park's Little Girl might be a little more appropriate.  After I was finished, I liked it better though.  I ended up using the My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy collection.  The only thing I am not sure about is the pretty butterfly on the right.  Too pretty and not cutesy enough?  Let me know what you think.  
     Here is the sketch that I based the layout off of.  My favorite part is the upper right hand corner with the little pennants.  I put the girls' initial in each little pennant which officially made it my favorite part of the layout!  The sketches at Sketch Savvy are really fun and seem to fit with my style!  I am hoping to do more of their layouts soon.  If you happen to use this same sketch, post a link.  I'd love to see what you create!  Thank you for stopping by today!  
Scrap Happy~Melissa

Sunday, September 11, 2011

And the Winner is....

Mistylynn said...

You've been so busy!!! I love love your bird boy layout...and yes, I need to get my twine out of baggies for my sanity's sake :)

Misty, please send me your address at and I will happily get a little something sent out to you!  I just hope that you don't already have what I send you ; )Thank you everyone who left a comment!  I love reading them!  Please check in again soon!
Scrap Happy~Melissa

Friday, September 9, 2011

For the LOVE of Twine, New Layouts and a Giveaway! (Whew!)

     Hello!  Welcome to those of you who may be stopping by from the Scrapbook Steals blog today!  Thanks for taking a moment to check out my blog.  I hope that you become a follower and share some of your thoughts and ideas with me!
     (For those of you who just happen to be stopping by, just to fill you in...It is no secret that I love my bakers twine, particularly from The Twinery.  I have been lucky enough to get my hands on some of it already and have used it numerous times on my layouts.  Today, I have the chance to share some of my creations on the Scrapbook Steals Deal of the Day Site along with a storage idea.  Check out my blog contribution over there today and also enter to win some of this amazing stuff for yourself.  You will thank me later! : )
     Twine has quickly become one of my favorite embellishments to use on my craft projects.  It really adds that little finishing touch that is sometimes needed.  With so many different colors in my collection, I found that I needed a way to keep them from getting tangled.  After a several tries at various storage, I found that clip-style clothespins work really well for me (zipper close baggies however, not so much)!   I just thread the end of it through the metal clip and start winding the other end up. The last bit of twine at the end of the neatly clips into the "clippy" end for easy access.  I also write the color on the end so that I know what to re-order when I run out (and because the names of the colors are so fun).  

     I have created a few projects using twine (which you may have seen already on scrapbook steals) and I thought I'd share them here on my blog as well.  There are many possibilities of what to create using Twine.  My favorite way to use it is for banners on my pages.  It adds the color that I want but doesn't add too much bulk.  On the first layout, I also used the twine to do some stitching across the green border.  (Additionally, this photo was taken by my 6-year-old!)

 Here is another with a little twine banner in the corner...
And one more with twine wrapped around the bottom...

     It is also fun to use the Twine as the main feature of the project as I did in this card.  I do believe that this is one of my favorite cards that I've made!
     I thought it would be fun to share a few more general projects with you today as well.  I have been able to get some great scrapping time in recently.  I wish I could say that it happens while the kids are at school but I'd be lying.  I have a difficult time scrapping when my house is messy.  Therefore, my days are still spend cleaning and my evenings give me a chance to get crafty!  I need to figure out a way to make those daytime hours more creatively productive!  
     My first layout is one that I got inspired by from something I saw on Pinterest.  I love Pinterest because it gives me the chance to quickly peruse layouts that I find inspiring and then go and create.  A wonderful, inspiring place.  If you are new to Pinterest (essentially an online bulletin board), and need an invitation, let me know!  Here is the layout...
I used some Basic Grey for the above layout of my son reading to my niece.  I added a few clouds just on a whim and I think that is the part that I like the most!  I am still looking for a cloud punch but for now, cutting them out by hand is working pretty well!  
For this layout, I used a Mid-Week Mojo sketch from Kristy Lee at Scrapbook Steals as a springboard for my layout.  I had just bought the Portrait collection from Crate Paper and I thought that this picture would look really good with it.  I have been into cameos lately so that is really what sold me ; )  (On a side note, my Hobby Lobby recently started selling Crate Paper, Echo Park and October Afternoon!  Guess who will be visiting more often?!)  
My last layout was created using a sketch from Sweet Peach Crop Shop.  I had this adorable picture of my twin nieces and it was too cute to not scrap!  I used a lot of Sassafras Lass on the bottom and crepe paper for the little ruffle border.  I could seriously scrap those babies every day.  I love being an auntie!
     One last thing, why not do a little giveaway of my own today?  Become a follower and leave a comment telling me something that inspired you somewhere online today and I will send you out a little something (A surprise perhaps? Maybe some twine, maybe some stamps, etc.)!  You have until Sunday, September 11th at 8pm CST to leave a comment and I will choose a random winner at that time and post the winner here.  I am so glad you joined me today : )
     I hope that you were inspired in some way!  I'd love to have you stop back sometime.  Thank you for stopping in!  
Scrap Happy~