Monday, November 22, 2010

It has been awhile since I posted any new projects...well, it has been awhile since I scrapbooked.  I did finish this last night...

Your Smile

Your Smile by Rebecca Grinder

Fancy Free

I did this one last month for the local Craft Warehouse monthly challenge.

Fancy Free by Rebecca Grinder

Fancy Free 3

Fancy Free 2

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Craft Warehouse: Echo Park's Everybody Loves Christmas

I have gone gaga over Echo Park’s Everybody Loves Christmas.  A bright pallet of colors I love!  I couldn’t wait to create a bounty of Christmas cards.  Here is a sampling of my favorites and the others are posted on the slide show here. 

Reindeer Christmas Gift Card Holder by Rebecca Grinder

Add some dimension to a sticker by using some wiggly eyes and Liquid Applique.

Snowflake Christmas Wreath Card by Rebecca Grinder

I love to make Christmas wreath cards – and finding punches and stamps to make the greenery.  Green snowflake die-cuts work perfectly for the holly leaves.  I added some Liquid Applique, Stickles, and red rhinestones for the holly berries.

Tree Ornament Tag by Rebecca Grinder

This tag was my favorite!  I used a Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick to hold together my upside down heart accordion ornament.  I used the glue stick to coat the ornament with adhesive and then poured fine translucent glitter for a vintage sparkle!  I sprayed a fine coat of clear acrylic for good measure (After uploading these pictures to my computer, I noticed the ornament separating in spots.  To fix those problem areas, I used my Beacon's 3-IN-1 liquid glue and placed a bobby pin to hold the paper in place until the glue fully dried.)

Craft Warehouse: Basic Grey Pyrus & Wander

When the Craft Warehouse Design Team got this month’s assignment we were all so excited over these two new lines from Basic Grey!  The collections come with a variety of double sided papers with a vast variety of prints making them very versatile. 

Pyrus is warm and rich in color and texture.  I love the greens and golds…lots of pears, flowers and trees.  Very earthly.   

The Perfect Pear by Rebecca Grinder
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Josh and I spent our last weekend of the summer on a little adventure.  We took a country drive and ended our trip in the heart of Oregon Wine Country. Farm to Fork, a little restaurant at the Inn at Red Hills in Dundee Oregon, serves an amazing gourmet meal.  After our meal, we took our coffee and dessert outside to the outdoor patio where we enjoyed staring at the blue sky and soaked in the peace and quiet.

I inked some of the Basic Grey Basics Accents journal blocks then layered, layered, layered.

Basic Grey’s Wander collection is bold in color and style.  The line is obviously perfect for all of your travel, vacation, and big city pictures/layouts but I was impressed by this line’s masculine retro accent prints perfect for boy themes as well.   

Together Sky's the Limit by Rebecca Grinder
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To make the skyline I cut buildings from patterned paper, included the chipboard stickers as well as some of Basic Grey's basics stickers.  I used foam dots for a 3-D effect.  Although this layout took me longer than I expected, I had a blast and was thrilled with the final result!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Craft Warehouse Salem Scrap Club

There are those layouts you just enjoy the process even more than the end result.  These layouts were so much fun to create.  I got my hands dirty...literally stained my hands red.  So much fun! 


I used some of my favorite pictures from my Cannon Beach ladies retreat trip from last winter.  I never get tired of looking at them... they remind me of a weekend of pure relaxation.  They are a testament of God's grace.  He taught me a lot that weekend and I don't want to forget a moment.  I remember...the sunset, the peaceful sound of the waves hitting the shore, watching a dog play catch and chasing a ball in the waves, star gazing and seeing a shooting star with a couple of new friends, walking along the beach alone with my camera...I am glad I took so many pictures of Haystack Rock so I can often gaze upon the breathtaking scene.


Photobucket created these layouts for Craft Warehouse to use in the Salem Store.  Although this layout is made with a new Christmas line of paper, the picture I used wasn't taken during Christmas time and has nothing to do with decking the halls.  I just thought the picture's colors went so well with the paper.  Ha!

This picture does have a great deal of meaning behind it... it was taken at a women's retreat in Monterey, CA and this was the weekend I knew Josh was "the one" God had prepared me for.  This week, my husband and I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary! It feels like yesterday we said, "I will and I do" and then it feels like, as soul mates, we have always been together.  This picture represents that moment in time - the crossroad - God's promise being full-filled.  At age 27, He gave me the desire of my heart.



Sunday, September 12, 2010

Salem Craft Warehouse: Sept Scrap Club

Here is a sneak peek at some techniques I'll be sharing at the Salem Scrap Club this month.  For times and details check out Craft Warehouse's website here!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Craft Warehouse: Elegant Prima Card

Elegant Prima Card
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Prima flowers are so versatile and I enjoy taking them apart and layering and/or folding them to make my own look.  Sewing the stems is an easy way to add a special little touch to any card.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Craft Warehouse: Sassafras Indie Girl

Happy Day
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"All I want is a dress with puffy sleeves" — L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

I think Jen thought she didn’t play “princess” enough as a girl. She decided to make up for lost time and invited Sarah and me for a vintage dress-up photo shoot. The three of us haven’t laughed so hard! We dressed up in frills and bows and let Jen take pictures to her heart’s content. We had so much fun we want to plan another photo shoot soon!

I loved layering the border stickers and papers.  They work so very well with each other.

Prima flowers worked perfectly with Indie Girl.

Sassafras Applejack sticker letters fit well on the banners.

I used an X-Acto knife to cut around the petals to create some dimension in the paper.

Craft Warehouse: Sassafras and Prima Projects

Elephant Canvas
using Sassafras Applejack
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I hand drew this little elephant.  It was Josh's idea to stuff him with some cotton balls.

I stuck the stickers onto some chipboard and then cut them out to create this layered embellie.

Featuring Prima Marketing Flowers
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"Indulge your imagination in every possible flight." — Jane Austen

Sizzix's Tim Holtz Embossing Folders were used to give the paper some texture.

In the end I thought the layout looked like a large doily - perfect for this vintage style layout.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Together: National Scrapbook Day 2010

Papers mostly Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye

So this month's Craft Warehouse Scrap Club challenge was to use the papers above (most from the My Mind's Eye polka dot paper pad).  Ummm...yikes!  Do these papers even look like they belong together?  This, by far, was the most difficult challenge yet - but I made it work and finished this layout in record time!

See the purple circle under the single green rhinestone - that is how I incorporated that purple paper that didn't match.  Hey, I had to use everything in the kit - and I did!

Create Often

My sister inspires me with her creativity.  She uses the gifts God's given her in most everything she does. I wanted to do a layout that reminded meof this time in her life where she has been striving to Create Often!

Create Often by Rebecca Grinder
using papers from My Minds Eye, Cosmo Cricket, and Basic Grey
Letters from K & Co

I loved making this twist fabric flower.  I picked up some 3 in 1 craft glue and love using it with my paper/fabric combo crafts.  I think it works like a low heat glue gun minus the HEAT!

My Family

My little family... my darling husband and sweet miniature pincher, Cocoa, are so precious to me. 

I created this layout for the Craft Warehouse monthly Scrap Club challenge for June.  I love this line by My Mind's Eye called So Sophie.  There are so many fun masculine papers to choose from.

The Scrap Club kit came with a bunch of small squares of paper, which in order to get the most of, I cut them into strips and wove them together.