A Scraphappy Southernbelle

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

Hey guys! Happy New Year! I hope all of you have a fabulous holiday!!!
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Monday, December 27, 2010

A New Year's Treat

Hey yall! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas holiday!!!

I have a project going up on 'She's A Sassylady' blog today and I wanted to share the pix with you here too! If you would like more info on how I made these, you can do so HERE.

These are gift boxes for New Year's filled with gourmet coffee/cocoa. I hope my family/friends will like them!

I used my Cricut Gypsy to create these. I also used some of my favorite Helmar Adhesives: Helmar 450 Quick Dry and Helmar Zap Dots.

I hope you have a fabulous day! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Scrappin'!
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas!!! Enjoy your time with friends and family!

We are in the process of trying to move, so I might be MIA for a bit, but I will be back!

Happy Scrappin'!
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

SFTIO DT Reveal #5

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share my last SFTIO (Scrapbooking From The Inside Out) DT reveal for this month. Well actually, this will be my last SFTIO layout ever. My DT term ends at the last of this month. I have really enjoyed working for SFTIO. Their kits are AMAZING and getting to know all of the wonderful ladies over there has just been the icing on the cake! I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity! A big thanks and hug to Rachel and Nancy over at SFTIO for all they do! It has been a pleasure working with you!

This is a really simple layout and very purple. I don't normally use a lot of purple paper. I actually hate the color purple, but I was in a rare purple mood the day I did this page. I tried to pop in shades of cream and red with this page...all inspired from the fabulous December 'Wonder' kit from SFTIO. This page is of my nephew, Carter. This photo was taken last Christmas as he was enjoying a Christmas present he had received that first day. I love this photo! He is so cute! I used my Cricut Expression die cutting machine to cut the scalloped square shaped paper in the background. Everything you see on this page is from the kit, with the exception of the red cardstock. I used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots on the flowers, Helmar Zap Dots to pop up the ticket, and the Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner for the rest of the adhering.

 These clear flowers were from the kit. They are different from anything I have ever seen, but I like 'em!
 Alpha's are from Sassafras Lass...
Thanks for visiting my blog today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Scrappy hugs!
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

SFTIO DT Reveal #4

Good Morning! Happy Saturday to ya! I have another SFTIO (Scrapbooking From The Inside Out) layout to share with you today. As you may already know, SFTIO is a kit based club based on scrapbooking your emotions. This month's kit is themed around 'Wonder.' I love love LOVE this kit! The papers and embellies in it are yummo!!! Love 'em! But of course you already know this because you've heard me chattering about it all week, right?! LOL.
Today's layout is about a subject that has been on my heart for years...babies. My husband and I would love to start our family and have kids, but we are still waiting. It is the most frustrating thing I've ever dealt with and I know many of you already know that. This is not my first page on babies. But scrapping about it helps me a lot. I don't know if we ever will be parents, but in the meantime, hope is all we have and I have to scrap that hope!
This page features patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. I love all of the MME papers in this kit! They are just beautiful! The coral pink color in the floral patterned paper looks exactly like my bridesmaids dresses when I got married, so I was particularly fond of that sheet of paper. This page features more artwork found by our DT Coordination, Nancy, over at SFTIO. I love this artwork. The lady in the picture just looks like she is deep in thought and pondering. I love the mask she is holding too. The journaling for this page is hidden on a tag that pulls out from behind the photo. The photo is under a frame that came in the kit. I popped up the frame with Helmar Zap Dots so that I could slide the tag out from behind the photo. I cut the tag on my Cricut Expression die cutting machine using the Plantin' Schoolbook cartridge. I used the Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner for adhering all of my paper and Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the blue trim. I did a bit of paper tearing on the edges of the cardstock and used leftover patterned paper behind the tears. I love the pop it gives to the edges. Here is my page:

'I Wonder...'
 Up close of the artwork...
 These alphas are from American Crafts.
 I adore this blue trim that came with the kit! It is just beautiful!
Okie dokie, I have one  more SFTIO layout to share with you and I will do that tomorrow. I hope you'll join me for that!

As always, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog! Have a fabulous weekend!

Happy Scrappin' to ya!
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Friday, December 17, 2010

SFTIO DT Reveal #3

Happy Friday Everyone! TGIF! The weekend is here! Yay! I don't have anything planned except cleaning the house, but I'm still glad it's the weekend! Today I wanted to share my SFTIO DT Reveal #3. This month at SFTIO (Scrapbooking From The Inside Out) we are focused on 'wonder.' The December 'Wonder' kit is so awesome! If you would like to check that out, go HERE.

This page is called 'Constantly Amazed By You' and is about my hubby, Brandon. Brandon is constantly amazing me with his charm, tender heart, and work ethic. He is such a good person and I am so grateful that he chose me. I love him more than anything on this Earth and this page is just for him. This page features patterned paper and embellies from Cosmo Cricket. The white dotted shaped paper in the background is Core'dinations. I cut it with my Cricut Expression die cutting machine and SCAL software. If you are a SCAL user and would like the svg file like this, shoot me an email at aymee810@yahoo.com and I'll be glad to send it to ya!
I also brought in a bit of stitching with my sewing machine and some lace from my scrappy stash. All patterned paper is from the kit. The alphas, with the exception of the red one's, are in the kit as well. I pulled those from my own stockpile of alphabet stickers. Those are also Cosmo Cricket. I adhered the majority of this page with the Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner. I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive for attaching the lace and Helmar Zap Dots to pop up the die cut that the title is on. I also used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to adhere my flower.
I had to take these pictures inside due to the weather, so it is a little dark. I hope you can see it ok though.

"Constantly Amazed By You"
 The border below the picture is also Cosmo Cricket and from my own scrappy stash. I added some purple pearls from Queen & Co as well. The flower and the tickets are from the kit. This picture was taken in the Smoky Mountains National Park this past spring.
That's all for me today! See ya tomorrow with the next reveal! Have a fabulous day!

Happy Scrappin'!
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas In Dixie

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday to ya! I have a new post going up on the Helmar Blog today and I wanted to share my layout with you here too. If you would like more info on this page, you can view that HERE.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Core'dinations
Patterned/Glitter Paper: Best Creations Inc.
Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts
Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts
Dew Drops: The Robin's Nest
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Thread: Coats & Clark

Here is my layout...
 Me and my family...we had so much fun at the Dixie Stampede!
 Some faux paper pleating...
I hope you all have a wonderful day!!! Take care of yourselves and Happy Scrappin'!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SFTIO DT Reveal #2

Hey yall! I hope you are having a great day! It's so chilly here and windy!!! Brrr! I hope I don't blow away! LOL! It's so windy in PA and when it's cold, it just makes you shiver to the bone! The hubby and I have a very important appointment today and I am so excited!!! Woot woot! I hope it goes good!

In the meantime, I wanted to share my DT Reveal #2 for this month at SFTIO. This months theme is 'Wonder.' For more information on the kit and about SFTIO, you can see the post below this one. This layout is more personal and not as chipper as most of my layouts, but I think it's very therapeutic to scrap your thoughts/feelings/etc. every once in a while. This layout has to deal with something that has been bothering me for quite some time. I don't mean the layout to come off like most people might think when they read the journaling. It's just with my husbands hectic schedule, we never see each other anymore. Our time spent together is few, far, and in between. I sometimes feel like we are falling into a rut and drifting away, but I know that we both love each other more now than we ever have. And I don't mean to complain. He is such a hard worker and I know he has to be gone to make money. I am VERY thankful for everything he does for our little family, but I still can't help feeling lonely at times. So this layout is about my 'concern' and how I want to try to make the most of the time we are together and find the passion we share together again.

For this page, I used more artwork provided by our DT Coordinator at SFTIO, Nancy. She always sends the best artwork that she finds online.  When I first saw this picture, I knew exactly that I wanted to use it and how I wanted to use it. I think it conveys my journaling very well and I just love the colors in the artwork. All patterned paper on this page is from Websters Pages. The chipboard, alphabet stickers, and flower are all from the December 'Wonder' kit as well. The blue pearls are from my own scrapp stash. I used the Helmar Quick-Fix Adhesive Runner for the majority of the page. I used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to adhere my flower and chipboard. Here is my page:

 Isn't the Prima flowers in this kit amazing? I love the feathers on this one!
 Journaling. This journaling is on a Websters Pages die cut.
 I love the black/white patterned paper in the background with the ladies in hats on it! So me! LOL. I inked the chipboard with some black ink from Stampin' Up!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you have a fabulous day! I have a Helmar Blog post going up tomorrow and will share that with you here as well. Then on Friday, I will continue sharing the SFTIO stuff!

Happy Scrappy Hugs! :)
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SFTIO DT Reveal #1

Hey yall! Happy Tuesday! Long time, no blogging for me. I do apologize. This is just a crazy time for me right now. I'm dealing with a lot of changes and then the hubby got sick. But I am working on catching up. I am so ready for the holidays to be over!!! I don't mean to be a Scrooge, but I am just not feelin' the spirit this year. This whole year has been a tough one. I am ready for 2011! I hope some major changes will come my way. I need change! But anyways, let's get back to scrappin'!!! I haven't been scrappin' near as much here lately. I miss it so much, but just haven't had the time or haven't had the mojo to do so. But I hope the mojo will spark back up after the holidays. In the meantime, I wanted to share my DT work for this month at SFTIO (Scrapbooking From The Inside Out). As you may know, SFTIO is a emotion based kit club. Each month the kits are themed around one emotion. This month we have...'Wonder.' Let me tell you, this kit ROCKS!!!! It is my favorite by far! It is totally glam and right up my alley! If you want to check out the kit, go HERE. It is filled with goodies from Cosmo Cricket, Websters Pages, My Mind's Eye, American Crafts, Sassafras Lass, Pink Paislee, GCD Studios, Prima and much more! So awesome!

My first page is called 'Awestruck.' This page focuses on how I love being a girly girl! I am 'awestruck' by anything with frills, lace, bling, bows, etc. I just love it all and would dress up fancy every single day if I could! This page was one of my more favorite to create with the kit because I love the color combo and of course the houndstooth patterned paper. All of the patterned paper seen on this page is from Websters Pages. I love that stuff!!! I printed off the artwork. Our DT Coordination at SFTIO, Nancy, always provides us with the most amazing artwork that she finds and I just love to use it! When I saw this piece of artwork, it spoke to me immediately. I also pulled in a bit of stitching with the use of my sewing machine with this page. The 'leaves' on the flower are handmade with some ribbon I found in the kit. And of course....notice the peacock action on this patterned paper!!! Ahhh! Yall know I have a thing for peacocks! I wish I could have a peacock themed blog! Tee Hee!

Of course, what page is complete without my favorite Helmar Adhesives?! I used the Quick Fix Adhesive Runner for the majority of this page. I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry and Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots on my flower. Here is my page:
 Isn't this artwork the cutest?! I love it!
 Here is my flower that I made the leaves on I mentioned earlier. And check out that awesome brad in the center of the flower...also included in the kit.
I'll be back tomorrow with DT Reveal #2! I hope you'll join me!

Have a fabulous evening! As always, thanks for visiting my blog! Happy Scrappin'!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Few Basic Christmas Cards...

Hey yall! Happy Wednesday! It has been one of those days for me. My poor hubby, Brandon, has come down with the stomach flu and is very sick. So I have been taking care of him all day. But once he went to bed, I sat down at my scrappy desk to create a few Christmas cards. Due to time constraints, this years Christmas cards are going to be very basic. I usually like to take my time and do my best with my Christmas cards, but this year, I just do not have the time. So I tried to make some pre-made, pre-printed card bases look as Christmassy as I could. I hope my friends and family will like these. I stamped the sentiment 'Merry Christmas' on the inside of each of these cards with a stamp from The Paper Studio. I also stamped on the back of the envelopes these will be sent in. For that I used a stamp from Studio G that says 'From Our Family To Yours.'

"O' Christmas Tree"
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base: The Paper Studio
2. Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View
3. Patterned Paper: GCD Studios (I think....), Pink Paislee
4. Pearls: Queen & Company
5. Trim: Chatterbox
7. Border Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
8. Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
9. Die Cut Software: Sure Cuts A Lot (Craft Edge), My Scrap Chick

This tree is a paper pieced file from "The Night Before Christmas" set from My Scrap Chick. I used Zap Dots to pop it up for some dimension.
 "Here Comes Santa Claus"
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base, Cardstock, Ribbon: The Paper Studio
2. Patterned Paper, Border Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
3. Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger)
4. Pearls: Queen & Co
6. Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
7. Cartridge: Trim The Tree

This was the first time I used my new 'Trim The Tree' cartridge. I love this cartridge...so fancy schmancy!
 "Ho Ho Ho"
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base, Cardstock: The Paper Studio
2. Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger)
4. Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
5. Die Cut Software: Sure Cuts A Lot (Craft Edge), My Scrap Chick
6. Face Stamp: Peachy Keen Stamps
7. Ink: ColorBox (Clearsnap)

This Santa is another paper pieced file from My Scrap Chick. I believe it a $1 download...can't beat that. I made this one especially for my nephew Carter. I knew he would like to probably take the Santa Claus off the front and stick it somewhere.
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base, Ribbon: The Paper Studio
2. Chipboard Stickers: American Crafts

This one was the most basic card I made. I had this put together and ready to go in like 10 minutes.
 "Pink Reindeer"
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base, Cardstock: The Paper Studio
2. Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
3. Trims: JoAnn
4. Border Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
6. Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
7. Die Cut Software: Sure Cuts A Lot (Craft Edge), svg file of deer made myself

I think of all the cards I put together today, this one is my favorite. I just love the pinks/greens and the little cutesy deer. And of course if it has trim on it, I'm sold.
 Here's a pic so you can see the dimension the trim gives...
 "Santa's Sleigh"
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base, Cardstock: The Paper Studio
3. Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
4. Cartridge: Trim The Tree

Another card I made with the new 'Trim The Tree' cartridge. I wish they would put this on the Gypsy update already though. I had to cut this one out like 3 times to get it right. As where if I would of had my Gypsy and this cartridge on it, I could of seen before I cut and not wasted so much paper. So I definitely missed my Gypsy on this one!
 "Iced Iced Baby"
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base, Cardstock, Ribbon, Trim: The Paper Studio
2. Patterned Paper: GCD Studios (I think...)
3. Border/Corner Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
4. Glitter Glue: Stickles (Ranger)
6. Die Cut Machine: Cricut (Provo Craft)
7. Die Cut Software: Sure Cuts A Lot (Craft Edge), My Scrap Chick
8. Face Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps
9. Ink: ColorBox (Clearsnap)

These little gingerbread men are having an icing fight I reckon' and I think it is just too darn cute! I giggled the whole time I made this card. I know exactly who I will send this to...a certain young man with a sense of humor like mine....or at least I hope so! LOL! These gingerbread men are from the 'Gingerbread' set of svg's from My Scrap Chick. I think it was $19.99 for the whole set, but was on sale when I purchased it.
 "MC (Merry Christmas)"
Supplies Used:
1. Card Base: The Paper Studio
2. Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View
3. Die Cut Card: Jenni Bowlin Studio
4. Chipboard Alphabet: American Crafts
5. Pearls: Queen & Co

This was the last card I made today. I was going for a simple, clean look. I had a certain person in mind when I designed this one. Her home is very simple, but elegant and I hope this will look good in her home for the holidays.
So that is what I was up to all day. I need to get these sent out and that will be one thing marked off my holiday checklist. I hope you have enjoyed these. Again, they are all super simple but were fun to create!

Have a wonderful rest of your week! Happy Scrappin'!
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Helmar Holiday Hop

Hi guys! Helmar USA DT Member, Aymee Gandy, here on this beautiful, but chilly Sunday and I would like to welcome you to my blog!!! I hope you are having a fabulous day so far! I am so excited today because we are kicking off the Helmar Holiday Hop! Yay!!! I've been waiting on this one for weeks and just can't wait to see all of the festive craftiness my fellow Helmar DT Members (and a few surprise guests artists) have in store for all of us! There are lots of yummy prizes to be given away so make sure you visit each blog on the hop AND leave a comment while you are there for a chance to WIN!!! Also, be sure to check out the Helmar Facebook page for even more chances to win! AND something I am particularly excited about...the Helmar UStream classes! You can check out the information for those HERE. So let's get to hoppin'!!!

If you are just joining us and would like to start at the beginning of the hop, go HERE to visit Tracy's blog.

 Otherwise, if you have been hopping along with us, you should of arrived to my blog from Gayle Martin's blog.

For my project, I will be highlighting the following fabulous Helmar Adhesives:
 For this hop, I have created a bit of holiday decor' to display in the dining room of my home. I love to make my own decorations for my home and this one was really so fun and easy to do! I have created a wall hanging that spells out the word 'Noel.' For my wall hanging, I first stopped by my local dollar store and picked up these awesome 6x6" wooden frames for drum roll please.....$1 each! You can't beat that, right?! I was so excited about that find. I love it when I can score a good deal. After I purchased them, I rushed right home to start on my project. I just could not wait to put my Helmar Adhesives into action on this one!

I started by decorating the inside of each frame. I chose some Christmas themed patterned paper from GCD Studios for the inside each frame, I adhered this patterned paper with my Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner. Next, I used my Cricut die cutting machine and cut out ovals for my letters to go onto. I embossed each of these ovals with the 'Snow' embossing folder using my Cuttlebug. Next, I added alphabet stickers from American Crafts. Next, I knew I wanted to attach my frames together to create a wall hanging. So I pulled some basic red grosgrain ribbon and used my Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the frames together with strips of ribbon. I have to say that the Helmar 450 Quick Dry is one of my personal favorites to the Helmar line of products. It is quick drying and has a hold that can't be beat! I know I can count on it to keep my projects together. I highly recommend it to anyone!

Here is my wall hanging:
Also, I decided to add a small bow to each frame. To adhere these bows, I used Helmar Liquid Scrapdots...another product that I just cannot do without!

I hope this project will inspire you to get crafty with those fabulous Helmar Adhesives! I promise this really was so affordable, fast, and fun! I love the way it looks in our dining room and I can't wait to make more of these as gifts for my friends and family this holiday season!

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting my blog! I hope to see you again soon! AND have a Merry Christmas!!!

Up next on the hop...the very talented Erika!!!
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Happy Hoppin'!!!
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas At The Gandy's

Hey yall! Happy Friday! I took a little break from scrappin' and spent the whole day yesterday decorating our house for Christmas. We live in a small apartment and it is a challenge to decorate. We do not have a lot of room, but I try to make it look as cozy and Christmassy as I can. So I thought I would take a minute to share our decorations with you today. It's not much, but I worked really hard....about 12 hours yesterday.

At first, I was not going to put up our Christmas tree. As I said, we do not have the room and since we always go home to AL for the holidays, I haven't put it up the past few years. But I just had to this time. I had to nudge it up next to our entertainment armoire in the living room and it was a tight fit, but it sure did make a huge difference. The living room looks so festive now. I decorate most of the house in blues/silver/white and snowmen. Here is our tree:
 This is the ornament my in-law's got for us this year. Isn't it the cutest? Thank you Vicki and Kenneth! I love you guys!
 Top of the tree. I have used these for many years and I think this will be the last year I use them. They are showing their age, but still look nice. I think next year I may go all out and do the tree I've always dreamed of....a peacock tree. Yall know how I love 'em! So stay tuned for that! Tee Hee!
 I put a collection of different snowmen on the top of the entertainment armoire.
 My Snowmen Smore stuff...I purchased all of these at Cracker Barrel a few years ago. I need more Smore stuff!
 This window was purchased the 2nd year Brandon and I spent together as a married couple. I got it at a Christmas arts and crafts show in Birmingham, AL. These snowmen inspired many projects in my home. It is a vintage window that had been painted. I added some blue fabric to the back. I hung this over our couch.
 Another item I purchased at the Christmas show. We love things like this and are big on putting our name on things...LOL.
 I decided to do something different in the dining room this year. Instead of the usual snowmen dishes with blue accents, I did the exact opposite...bright reds and greens. I will put out the snowman dishes in January. I purchased the deer centerpiece at a flea market in Tupelo, MS. The wreath at the base of the deer is a great find I picked up at Big Lots...only $20 bucks! The dishes are actually my Valentine dishes, but I gave them new life on this table. The wine goblets came from The Christmas Tree Shoppe and were $1.99 each. I wish I had all red and green decoration to put inside the china cabinet in the background, but do not...maybe next year.
 The deer has red sequins on it. It is so pretty at night. It shimmers when you walk past it when the light reflects off of it. It is a tall centerpiece, but just what I was looking for on this table.
 Individual place settings
These green chargers came from Hobby Lobby and were $2 a piece I believe. I love me some Hobby Lobby!!!! I'm adding some green napkins to this as soon as I can go to the store and pick up some. The little red circles that you see next to the plate are the napkin rings.
 Put more snowmen stuff in the kitchen. The blue altered ice skate was bought at the same craft fair that I bought the window at.
 More stuff in the kitchen. I bought the 'snowman' scale at the craft fair in Birmingham too. I love this piece! It has 'snowballs by the pound' painted on the top.
 I hand painted these oven eye covers to match all of the snowmen stuff.
 Why yes, I decorate my bathroom for Christmas too...LOL! :)
So that is our home for the holidays. I turned on our Fabreze Scent Stories with a Holiday Home Disc in it and it smells so festive! This has inspired me...I'm back to scrappin'! I hope you have enjoyed our decorations. If anyone puts their decorations up on their blog, give me a shout! I'd love to see them! :)

Have a fabulous weekend! Happy Scrappin'!
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