Monday, January 31, 2011

Class started today with Karen Russell

Today began my class with Karen Russell SnapShots of a Good Life I have been waiting for a year to get in the class. I had found out at the Rusty Pickle retreat in Utah about this awesome class by Kim Garner. Thanks Kim!!! That was in November 2009, well I was able to sign up November 2010 and today begins the first class. I have already learned some valuable info. yeah in just a few hours and want to share these pics tonight shot just playing around. Oh course my subject was fast at!

Dusty peeping around the pantry door, the flash was used in this one

Raw shot and no flash, I love this one.
I will try to continue to share as I get better...wink! Hope everyone has a fabulous week. Cyber Hugs, Dawn

Sunday, January 30, 2011

An Etched Copper Bracelet and an End to a Decade at All About Scrapbooks

Etched Copper Bracelet and Paper Beads
Beads made from Websters Pages

Close Up of Etching

The gang that was invited to the closing
some of these ladies were the "original"

Pic with Bob and Rogene

Nancy and her stool
she would sit on this stool every time she was in the store
the gang signed it and gave it to her
very emotional moment
We all love ya Nancy!

Now you can sit on this "famous Nancy stool" forever!!

Bob and Nancy

Of course good eats
Had a sweet time despite the tears

Tara who has worked here since the beginning
We will all miss Tara, Bob, Rogene, and the rest of the gang

The end of the sign forever


         Hi all it has been a busy one....starting with the Friday night store closing closings, such a sad sad evening.  My journey with All About Scrapbooks began in the early 2000 I would go in to buy my papers for my altered arts and cards. I was not a scrapbook just a stamper and would use the papers in my arts. I continued to shop until the end...yeah I even spent money there on Friday night.......We will all miss this wonderful place to shop, share ideas, make friends, and just relax.  This particular location has been open for over 12 1/2 years. Bob and Rogene have had three scrapbook stores in the area and this was the last one. Bob and Rogene feel it is time to enjoy their family even more, they are expecting a grandchild.
        I had began teaching at the store in February of last year right after Rusty Pickle closed their doors. I am now just waiting for the next door to open. I will miss teaching at the store most of all I have meet some wonderful beautiful people along the way. Several of these friendships of become very strong and meaningful. As the decade ends I only hope and wish the best for Bob, Rogene, and Tara....and the many others that the store closing will impact. Thanks so much Bob and Rogene! Weeepy eyed......
        A little on the bracelet it is a etched copper bracelet and the beads are hand made paper beads using the Webster Pages papers. I also sprayed them with a shine sealer. I love fisheys and of course anything beachy...hope you like it. I buy all my jewelry supplies at . Have a wonderful week and cyber hugs, Dawn Gallop

Friday, January 28, 2011

Putting On the Ritz Meets St. Valentine

Putting on the Ritz Meets St. Valentine

Close Up
Looks so yummy!
Note the one to the right has so many hugs and kissses (Dusty) overloaded, lol!

They just look so pretty

Go Ritz!


My Little Chefs

Chocolate Chopping

Cooper pours in the chocolate

Cooper stirs after first warming in the microwave
Look at Dusty he is wishing it is his turn

Dusty stirs the chocolate after the second 30 second warming

This is a bonus tip you can add flavoring of your choice today the boys said they wanted
to add vanilla so the did
Depending on the flavoring such as the oils only add a drop, then if you add an extract add 1/4 tsp.

Dusty adds the peanut butter they wanted to add creamy today
but we have added chunky too
your choice

Cooper adds the peanut butter
Dusty is sampling

Cooper dips away they love this
those little fingers work so well and not only are they learning
they can even count
the crackers

Cooper sprinkles on the "Ritz"

Hi bloggers,
          Yesterday I received this awesome email from a man who is the social media for Kraft foods asking if I would like to enter my "Putting on the Ritz" recipe from December Recipes. Well I was so excited I could hardly think. Could you believe that.... was in! Had to let everyone know last night too. Thanks Ritz!! Well I did enter that is posted here, so stop by and rate it!!! I already know several of the bloggers made this sweet recipe back in December because they sent me the emails....thanks everyone.
He wanted to let all the bloggers know they could enter in the wonderful contest. The Ritz Cracker Facebook Page has all the details...and guess who is the "man" Guy Fieri..yeppers!! Love love love that guy...he has two wonderful cookbooks too and you know it, I have them. I also have the dvd's from the show. We have even been to several of the diners. Last night I even saw the advertisement for the about sweeeet!!! So today to promote the contest on Facebook, I added another way to make these fabulous "Putting on the Ritz" snacks. The prize packages are AWESOME~~~We make them all year not just for the winter holidays.
Wanted to include the recipe again...jic your new to the blog.....
Putting on the Ritz2 sleeves of Ritz cracker
1 cup of peanut butter no need to measure just spread on and sandwich
1 whole bark of chocolate (white or dark)
Wilton sprinkles or choice
Chop chocolate into small pieces using a knife and place in microwave safe dish, spread peanut butter onto crackers sandwich style, melt chocolate in microwave starting at 1 minute then 30 seconds then 15 second intervals stirring between each cycle of cooking. Once melted stir well at this stage you could even add flavoring oils if you chose to...I don't on these usually but have added  peanut butter oil flavoring but really no need.  You can use candy dipping tongs but trust me your fingers work just fine and the children will like that! Now lay on tray or Parchment paper sprinkle with sprinkles of choice. Can place in freezer to harden or just sit on counter until chocolate is firm. Package for gift giving or enjoy!! Super easy!!  
The boys certainly enjoyed today and I think Coop could have eat more, but I keep them to one and a small glass of milk for their snack...they love them. So now enter you recipe...and can't wait to hear about it. Take Care and have a sweet weekend. Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

On Fire....Encaustics and a Forbidden Necklace

Relax and Enjoy.....
Encaustic Painting

Forbidden I call it
Love love it!!
Copper Enamel Piece

           I am up late once again...have had a super busy week..feels like a roller coaster ride at this point....I keep yelling "hey dude....let me off" okay not really but this has been so weird with the medicine change, my BP's have been sooo high crazy...this med is just not right for me. I have been so hyper.....yesterday alone I cleaned my whole second floor top to bottom and mopped all the floors and waxed......okay do ya get the picture. I am already a busy body.......and this new medicine has not helped. But hey I have got a lot done and super fast too.
           Even with all the wild crazy cleaning I had to get my creative time in too, so last night after everyone was asleep I made the necklace. It is a piece of copper, I enameled with Thompson Enamels, which Ornamentea sells! Yes! Then using the goodies I got from put it together. I was so excited about the necklace I ran down to show Amanda..she was still awake, 17 and said here try this on...first thing she said was it is like.....I yelled out FORBIDDEN??? She said yes! Perfect...she loved it instantly. It looked so gooood on her. I opened up my Etsy store yesterday....although I have been shopping on there since 2007....I never have really had the courage to sell any of my creations, although I sold a many a many a many pieces in my ceramic/pottery days. I had a craft show every weekend , well as much as I could. So I said I can always try. I am always worried with the babies it can be hard. So we shall see, it will take me time but now is the time! So as I get moving with it....stuff will increase in the store. Don't laugh now that I have only one piece on! I move slow....
          Today was even just as crazy with the new medicine, Cody was home sick, and I would run from the studio back and forth. He is 13 but when your sick you need all the help you can get. So far the babies are good!!! I felt like playing with the encaustics today...I made this piece in like 10 is sooo much fun and I just love the colors. The bicycle is Silhouette Sd cut and the coaster is from a restaurant. The Flat Tire beer. I love how it turned out.
          Well I am getting soooo sleepy now...just maybe I can sleep tonight. Cyber Hugs, Dawn

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

~Timeless~ a Layout Using Basic Grey and Found Objects

A father and a son are Timeless from the beginning of time till the end of time.
Used the Donna Salazar it! (that has made my distressing so EASY)
I have used alcohol ink mixed throughout
The frame Timeless Moments was in this months Swirlydoos by TPC
Look at the hot air balloon my hubby picked up for me from Ornamentea
I even used this awesome new tool Beverly bought for me
The We R Memory Keepers Heart Distress tool

The rub-ons are Creative Imaginations Karen Russell
the film is Tim Holtz
The birds are cut from Silhouette SD
I sewed on the paper with a jean needle and my Janome Sewing Machine

The balloon is from and note the found rusty nail
and the rusty piece of metal

The Papers are Basic Grey Curio
The journal pieces are cut from nickel and stamped
Note the balloon masks

Title cut from Co'redinations Paper using the Silhouette SD some shapes I welded together
the spiral is wire

Stamp By Stampers Anonymous
Photo altered

Flourish welded together in Silhouette SD
The small clocks are old faces from found objects
The large clock is a Blue Moon charm

          Hello again, sorry it has been awhile since I was able to post anything.....we finished up the school history day project and he took it in on Friday. It took us so long and I would get so bored helping, I know right! I had to learn just as much.....if not way more it seemed....and as the project mom I have!!! Amanda, me and Cody both worked a solid week on it and even more in just bits and pieces...I have pictures so I do hope to post asap. My computer photo card reader is I am only loading up the bare minimum at the present.
          Saturday I had a most wonderful time, I was in an art class all day and when my hubby picked me up he took to a romantic dinner...what a wonderful day. Sunday I did some afternoon cleaning and we went to the Bj's and picked up snacks for the school lunch......Monday I spent the morning with the boys at my blood pressure Dr. and my oh my was that craZY!! lol! She said my bp was not staying consistant and wanted to try me on another type med......YUK! I hate switching it is awful....not knowing the side effects and the with drawls (they say there are none) yeah....right! I have been feeling weird all day! I just feel edgy so we shall see.
            I had started on this lo while working on the "famous hx project" like I said I got bored at times...would quit and wonder into the Narnia of scrap topia......all where this project began. I was playing with the photo and wanted to see if I add this???? or this???oh yeah I was so liking it! The pic just felt so old fashioned and I just knew the Basic Grey Curio Collection was the perfect paper and it is! I love this line!
I just had such a great time with this know I love to distress! I better run I have been working on this post since around 4 pm today.....the boys had so much homework. I made a quick dinner but I tell ya no matter how quick, clean up takes foreverrrrrrr! LOL!!! Have an awesome week! Cyber Hugs, Dawn

MAKE SURE you note that I have a new web address now it is
I went ahead and did the dot com now when someone ask me about my blog it will be so easy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog Challenge A Sketch and A Sweet Baby Boy

Sweet Baby Boy Dusty

The ring was cut at 2 from B is for Boy

The Plane was cut from B is for Boy at 2 1/2, note the stamping in the trail behind plane.

The Sketch is Jana Eubank

Hi everyone it feels like forever since I was up here, but not really. I have been helping my son on his school
project what seems like forever now. I have learned just as much and really feel like
WOW! They sure didn't teach all that when I was in school.
So hopefully I will be back in the studio creating some magic
in a jiffy!! He has to turn in his project Friday.
My dear friend Bev came out Monday since she had off from work,
I was gonna just keep wprking on the project but she made me wanna
scrap, so I did! It felt sweet!
I decided to do the weekly challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog.
Weekly Challenge #16 which reads as follows:

Weekly Challenge #16: Cute As a Button Sketch Challenge!

Babies are definitely “cute as a button” with their sweet little faces and tiny features. In honor of our Baby Theme, this week we challenge you to create a SCRAPBOOK PAGE or CARD using the sketch below. Your project doesn’t need to follow the sketch exactly, but it should be apparent that you used it as inspiration. Feel free to turn it on it’s side or move elements to fit what you are doing. In addition to using the sketch, we also want you to incorporate STAMPING and BUTTONS (of course!).
Project must be newly created for this challenge and must include atleast 2 different cuts from any Cricut cartridge to qualify. This challenge is open to Cricut Circle Members only. Submit your entry using the InLinkz tool found at the bottom of this post. Please post your full name along with your entry. You must submit a project to be entered into the drawing. Entries are due by 11:59 pm MST on Thursday, January 20th, 2011. This week the winner will receive $25 added to their account OR their choice of ONE of the following cartridges: Freshly Picked, Give a Hoot, Rock Princess, or Wrap It Up. Prize will be shipped within 4 to 6 weeks of Winner announcement.

See sketch above by Jana Eubank

I had some trouble getting my pics printed but of course Amanda came to the rescue.
The cuts are from Straight From the Nest border at 3/4
B is for Boy the plane and toy, plane at 2 1/2, and the ring at 2
The title is from Nursery Rhymes cut at 2 1/4
The tag is from Straight From the Nest at 2
The pp's are Little Yellow Bicycle,
Helmar glues,
Tim Holtz distress inks,
and RP buttons.
Bev even brought out Preserves Cart. for me!!
Thank YOU Beverly!!
Take Care All and Cyber Hugs,
Dawn Gallop

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vampiress Amanda ~Creative Imaginations Paper~ Blood and Roses Challenge

Vampiress For the Blood and Roses Challenge
The pp is Creative Imaginations
The gate is from October 31st Cricut Cart

Petaloo Flowers and Prima

Stickles added to the Flowers and Title
The flower with the spider I handmade

The Title was cut with the Cricut and the Gypsy (welded) from the Happy Hauntings Cart.
I added paint to drip down
The roses were sprayed with Tattered Angels Raven

Hello again,
Last night I couldn't sleep, so I decided I would scrap a page. Checked out for a challenge,
I had checked this one out when she posted it and thought, this is a awesome one.
I started with a pic of Amanda, and edited it to look scary.
The challenge states,
So therein lays the challenge: Create layouts that are out of your comfort zones. Come on over to the dark side!

This month’s challenge topic will be Blood and Roses. There was an old vampire movie called this and I thought it sounded like it could be an interesting theme. Feel free to interpret the title any way you wish to.

Let your imagination and your dark side loose! Have fun! I can’t wait to see what you all will come up with!

Perfect! Amanda's favorite colors are black and red and her room is solid red and she has zebra sheets.
This page is perfect for her.
Within minutes I found the perfect paper from Creative Imaginations.
They came from past Swirlydoos kits.
I created the title using the Gypsy and Happy Hauntings Cart. from Cricut

The lollipop flower I made, the flowers are Petaloo, and Prima.
The paint is red and black acrylic paint watered up and dripped from the top.
The gate is cut from the October 31st Cricut Cart.
I didn't feel so peppy this morning but hey I got a scrapbook page done.
Have a wonderful week!!
Cyber Hugs,
Dawn Gallop

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Say It With Letters Heart and Wings ~Je t'aime~

Say It With Letters Heart and Wing

What an adorable shape, and oh so many ideas to do with this!!

The papers are IOD Creative Imaginations

Prima Pearls

The Je t'aime was cut from the Silhouette SD and the Eiffel tower from the Cricut

I love how it turned out perfect for the I love you!!

Hello everyone, I have been on a roll this week. I was able to meet some deadlines for calls, and start on a major school
project with my son Cody. History Day Project 2011.
We have been four times already with so many different topics.
Fun but very challenging.
So if I go mia for a few days you will know why..LOL!

The heart and wing  are from Say It With Letters Etsy Store.
They are so wonderful to alter and super great gifts for birthdays,
anniversaries, and baby showers.
You can view the Say It With Letters Blog HERE.
There are many tutorials, and awesome ideas to inspire you.

I used the Creative Imaginations IOD line pp to cover the heart and wings.
The Je t'aime was cut from the Silhouette SD.
The Eiffel tower was cut from a Summer In Paris Cricut Cart at 3.
The pearl swirls are Prima.
I inked the sides with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks, old paper.
The paint on the side is the Old Paper Crackle paints by Ranger.
The glue I used is Helmar Scrap Dots.
I hope you like it.

Have a Beautiful Inspired Day!!
Cyber Hugs,
Dawn Gallop
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