Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Geranium Love

The geraniums in the front yard have been such a treat, continuously blooming, relatively maintenance free, and large enough that the rabbits are leaving them alone, to bloom in neon brightness in the winter air.  
I used this picture for a Camera Challenge at Oscraps to demonstrate "scale".  Zooming so close I could capture the dew drops on the petals, lit by the sun.

Geraniums Scale Challenge 
Credits: All from Anna Aspnes: FotoBlenz Template 5, ArtPlay Palattes Strawberry Preserve, Sophistica, Seafoam, Winter Frame Transfers, Magic FotoBlenz Album

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Upping My O'Game

This week marks the start of a big event at Oscraps, the 12 Days O' Christmas!

Not only am I excited (and a bit confused still) about all the things going on, but I am one of the people responsible for blogging about it!

Cause...I don't have enough to do :-)
(I should be gluing tiles to a birdhouse roof right now!)

It doesn't start until December 1, but the first order of business was to get my Cheeri-O Christmas cheer on. Here is the pic of Megan and I from Thanksgiving, all dolled up with the help of Maya de Groot's Santangles kit.   I especially love that button tree!

Holiday Avatar 

I've been looking forward to using this adorable Santangles kit from Maya, available at Oscraps

Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekend at the Artsy Craftsy's

One would think that with a 4-day weekend, there would be lots of artsy craftiness going on.  Well, there was some, but somehow too many other things got in the way of being totally immersed in being artsy craftsy.

I did however get a couple more potholders made...I just love crocheting with cotton, even if I or no one else ever uses these.  There is something about the feel of the thread, the saturation of the colors, the regularity of the variegation (how is that for an oxymoron?), that is somehow wonderful to have in one's hands.


I also finally got started on mosaicing that little birdhouse.  How cute is this??  I used some of the Murano glass millifiori tiles from, well, Murano, around the opening, some glass and ceramic around the edges and to create some stylized flowers on the sides, and cut some iridescent china to give a more random look to the center area.

Mosaic Birdhouse

And I did take lots of pictures, including an wonderfully dewy and sunlit spider web on one of the pine trees in front of the house,

Spider Web

and an unexpected and gorgeous day lily in the front yard. Lily

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Week

Keeping up with my weeklies, I did something different this week.

For the past two weeks, I had created one layout with one photo of the day, so when it came time to do the weekly, I used that layout as one side, and put the remaining 6 pictures on another page.

But this week, with various challenges, I scrapped two pages, each with single photos of the day, the AnnaLift featuring the view of the sunset on the 9th hole on Tuesday November 22, and the member spotlight challenge from Oscraps featuring the fall leaves pictures from Monday, November 21.

AnnaLift 1125 Quiet Nov Rot Challenge Leaves

I didn't really want to repeat these photos in different layouts, but didn't want 3 different layouts for the week.  So I decided to combine them!  Yup, just laid one right over the other, and with other a few minor adjustments, got this wonderful combo!  I added a couple things...a background photo of a poppy from the facing page, a twig (from Anna Aspnes Twiggy 1) and the week title.

Week 46 Left

This left me just 5 pictures to place on the facing page, which is almost always easier to manage than all 7 on one.  Besides the wonderful views, highlights of the week were Thanksgiving dinner and homemade pecan rolls.
  Week 47 Right 
Additional credits: Anna Aspnes Artsy Layered Templates 19 and 38, ArtPlay Palette Ablaze, and Maya de Groot Home Sweet Home.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Quiet Moments

Another weekly AnnaLift, this one for the week starting November 25, gave me the perfect opportunity to use my photo of the day from November 22, of the sun setting on the 9th hole.  I didn't think it was the best photo at the time I took it, and I tried taking another, but with similar was definitely getting too dark to take pictures.

But it reflects what was going on the 22nd of November, a Tuesday, finishing up a round of golf just as the sun is setting behind the houses on the left side of the 9th hole.

When I saw the inspiration layout from Zalaine I knew I had the perfect photo. I also happened to have the perfect kit, the same Anna Aspnes Art Play Pallette Saffron, providing the lovely yellow background.

Here is my interpretation:
AnnaLift 1125 Quiet 
Additional credits: Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palette Sophistica, ArtPlay Palette Festive, ArtPlay Palette Encapsulate and Artsy Layered template No 19

Serendipitous Leaves

These leaves were so beautiful, they deserve more than a single showing.  Here is another capture of the beautiful fall leaves using Jenn Labre's Serendipity Kit at Oscraps.

Fall Leaves JLabre Serendipity
Additional credits: Anna Aspnes Artsy Layered Template No 37, Anna Aspnes Twiggy No 1

So many beautiful papers, color and elements!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Oscraps Family Collab & Jen's Christmas Kits

The latest collab kit from Oscraps and available today for Black Friday  is called Family, and so I of course thought of Natalie, especially with all those pinky purple colors.  This is Natalie dressed as "Natalie Zoe" for Halloween.

Hat Halloween Oscraps Nov Collab

The huge collab kit is free at Oscraps with a $10 purchase through the end of the weekend.

More Black Friday digi-goodness, several new kits from Jen Maddocks Designs, which I combined into this fun page featuring that wonderful neon geranium in the front yard (doctored a bit with Instagram).

Christmas Geranium JM 
This page combines Quilt Templates 3, I'm Festive Alpha, Holiday Words, Holiday Cheer, Christmas Grunge and Ode to Joy, all new by Jen Maddocks and available at Zig Zag Scraps.


Thursday, November 24, 2011


I have been trying to get out for a quick walk/run in the morning, to get the blood flowing and get some fresh air. It helps so much to keep me from getting stiff, bored and cranky. 

On Monday of this week I was rewarded with the most beautiful morning, crisp and fresh after a washing rain, sky clear and blue, colors brilliant, and not too cool to boot. The colors of fall leaves blazing  against a blue sky is just not something I can resist. I've used the photo for the last of the November challenges at Oscraps, and to express my Happy Thanksgiving wishes. Nov Rot Challenge Leaves 
Credits: Anna Aspnes: Artsy Layered Template 37, Floral Art Brushes, ArtPlay Palette Encapsulate, ArtPlay Palette Sophistica, ArtPlay Palette Ablaze, 12x12 Script Tease Overlay Learn, Winter Frames Transfers.  Maya de Groot The Art of Journaling, Jennifer Labre Gratitude, Katie Pertiet Thankful Word Art

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Week 46 in Review

I'm keeping up, I'm keeping up!   Week 46, Nov 13 to 19, brought beautiful fall weather, a new back door and window, better to see the view, some craftiness (some little ones are getting gnome arugurumi for Christmas, and beautiful fall color!
Week 46 Right 
Credits: Anna Aspnes FotoBlenz Template No 11, with ArtPlay Palette Festive Moments and Snow Paperie

Whoops, once again there are only 6 pictures here...the 7th is featured on my Twilight "Crush" page.  I used the same overlay on both pages to tie them together. 
 AnnaLift  1118Twilight Week 46 Right

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Starting Up Verona, Coming to the O!

Now that the scrapping of Orvieto is complete, and oh by the way I did order the book of Orvieto and Padova, at 40% off!, next up is Verona.

I've already done one page for Verona, of the love graffiti in the courtyard of Romeo & Juliet,
R&J Inspiration Challenge

and used the picture of the locks  on the bridge over the River Adige for a 2nd page,
Verona Ode to Love 

but Verona must start with this photo of having spritzes on Piazza Bra. Verona Cin Cin 

I bought this Anna Aspnes template expressly for the purpose of scrapping this photo of sipping spritzes in Verona Italy :-) 
Credits: Anna Aspnes: Artsy Layered Template #28, ArtPlay Palette Barren Sunrise, Magic FotoBlenz Album #1 P 17, ArtPlay Palette Sunshine Bouquet, ArtPlay Palette Seafoam  

And while on the subject of scrapping, I have to mention an upcoming event at Oscraps about which all us Cheery-Os are very excited!
Coming soon!
You won't want to miss this!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend at the Artsy Craftsy's

I'm really liking these weekend posts, as I get to exhibit much more artsy craftiness than during the week.

This weekend was full of holiday prep, but that doesn't mean there wasn't craftiness going on in the house, oh no, quite the opposite!

First up was a trip to see Twilight Breaking Dawn (for Ms AC et moi, Mr AC ran errands), taking pictures in front of the big cardboard cutouts, and scrapping the pics as an "AnnaLift" scraplift about "Crushes".

AnnaLift  1118Twilight
(Credits - Anna Aspnes Artsy Layered Template No 38, Winter Frames Transfers, ArtPlay Palette Ablaze from The Daily Digi, ArtPlay Palette Sophistica, ArtPlay Palette English Rose, ArtPlay Palette Poppy, ArtPlay Palette Special One, ArtPlay Palette Barren Sunrise)

Next up was making the 4th and final toilet seat cover, in time for National Toilet Day on Saturday!  I am thrilled with how cute it looks, bringing more great color to the Mickey bath!
Mickey Bath

The big accomplishment was completing the chicken placemats for the kitchen.  This is the fabric that Ms AC so sweetly bought for me from StoneMountain & Daughter.  I measured and drafted and thunk till I figured out the Table Graces pattern, made a sample, then successfully executed it 4 more times.  I LOVE how they look!  And all the fabric came out of the stash (and coordinates with the Mickey toilet seat cover).

And there in the center of the table is my new little succulent garden, purchased at the Craft Market at the country club on Sunday.  There are 5 adorable little plants in it, in a lovely yellow and black bowl.

Chicken Placemats

Then there was some quilt hanging. At first I had vowed to hang my quilts better in this house, with nicer rods instead of sticks, etc. But here it is nearly 2 years later and only a couple quilts are nicely hung. So rather than continue to have bare walls and quilts all over the floor, a few got hung, with their old sticks. This one, good old Big Blossom Trio, is in the upstairs alcove (I need to fix up this alcove...some pretty new curtains, a comfy reading chair and a lamp, would be so cozy!) Big Blossom Trio

And along the hallway, Moon Spots and Moon Spots II, and you can just see the sides of the 4 Diane Phalen quilt prints, finally hung, and of course quilts on the railing and landing, but those have been there for a while.  It makes for a nice gallery effect along the hallway!
Quilts in the Hallway

In the sewing room, I decided to hang Vintage Frocks.  I gave the skirts a good pressing and it looks so sweet hanging there on the Provence Cream walls, above the ironing dresser, which has a new cover on the ironing surface (Mr AC did that for me last weekend).
Vintage Frocks

Mr. Artsy Craftsy set up his train this weekend! I have to admit I didn't think he would get to it, nor did I realize it could be done so quickly! I helped by glueing felt pads to the bottom of the saw horses to protect the carpet (yeah, glue gun used!).
Trains Toontown Station

Sunday, November 20, 2011

DigiMorph #4 Reveal

It's been so long since I did this layout, I almost forgot about it, but this weekend all 21 participants finished up the digi-morph and were all revealed.

I took this picture while stopped at a light on the Embarcadero after spending the night at Megan's and dropping her off to work at Pottery Barn,.  This was after attending the Design Spinge book signing at Anthropologie the night before.  It had been a warm and beautiful evening, and it dawned a warm and beautiful day.   It wasn't until I looked at the photo carefully that I noticed the San Francisco tour bus coming into view.

DigiMorph 4 SF 

Credits: Celeste Knight Weathered Frames, Agnes Biro Last Warm Day and Abandoned Office, Jen Allyson Notions Blue and Halloween Papers, Deana Rutter Necessary Office Paper, Karen Funk Shabby Valentine and In Bloom, Sara Schmutz Bicycle Ride, Jopke Designs and Jen Allyson Blog Hop and Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palette Find My Way.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ode to Joy, Ode to Love, Ode to Verona

Allow me to wax poetic as I show my latest scrapbook page of a pile of locks in Verona Italy and an awesome and vibrant new kit from Jan Maddocks Designs.

Ok, end of poetic waxing, for the images do all the work here...

The fine print...
This is a bridge in Verona over the river ... People profess their love by writing or carving their initials on a padlock and securing it to a romantic location.

Ode to Love 

Seen in many places in Europe...Paris (this photo from Paris Daily Photo...I know I have one, but couldn't find it, so perhaps it's just in my head),

Paris Locks

Along the Cinque Terre in Luguria, Italy...
Cinque Terre Locks

Cinque Terre Locks

And the kit... Ode to Joy by Jen Maddocks Designs debuting at Zig Zag Scraps today. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Grateful for the View

Still not tired of it, still want to take so many pictures of it, still scrapping it, my view of the valley!  This was taken from Morningside Drive while on a walk in the late afternoon last week.  I love how the whole valley turns golden with the setting sun.  It is indeed the good life we live up on this hill!

This picture was perfect to scrap with Jennifer Labre's new kit Gratitude at Oscraps. The gold, purples and burgundy were all the colors in the photo, and the elements perfect to convey how I feel about it.

Good Life View JLabre

I only wish I could have used a little more of the turquoise, but maybe next time.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

A couple of weeks ago, I saw something, somewhere on the web, about The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt.  I wasn't sure what it was all about, but I was intrigued.

The site Get It Scrapped sponsored a webinar with the author of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, Caroline Preston.  Caroline has one of those voices that you want to read you a bedtime story.  I was rapt, listening to her adventure and process in putting together this book.

As soon as the webinar was over (I listened patiently, while doing nothing else, for over an hour!) I purchased the book.  Caroline showed many pages during the webinar, and I thought she was giving away the whole deal.  When a very thick package arrived in my mail box this week, I wondered what it was...a book, but what book did I order that would be this thick?

Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

Then I opened it and began to marvel anew at this book. I have no affiliation, I just happened upon something that I think is so incredibly cool and creative and innovative and unique.  It is probably best categorized in the genre of graphic novel, but done in the style of a vintage scrapbook.

But this was not done digitally, it was done by pasting real snippets of vintage ephemera onto pages that were then photographed and made into the book.  I can hardly imagine the amount of work, and applaud this creative effort.

I am not done reading it yet, but it is hard to put down.  I invite anyone similar intrigued to go to Caroline's site and check out her info on how she created the book.  Oh and according to the author, much of the ephemera was purchased on eBay.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

eBooking Orvieto & Padova

Now that I am done with scrapping Orvieto and Padova, I thought I would put together a quick book and see if I could add up some discount codes to make it a good deal. 
As it turns out, I wasn't able to add up the codes, but I can still share the book and save it for another discount day. 
Only had to put together a few additional pages, a title page, of me sitting on the wall overlooking the countryside...
Orvieto Title Page 

... and front and back covers, which were just modifications of existing pages. I do hope I can a good discount, as this looks so yummy and colorful!
Orvieto Cover Padova Back Cover
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