Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HoneyBee Showcase - Patriotic Mini Album

Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the hive!  On Monday, HoneyBee June shared her Patriotic Accordion Mini Album with us, and today the rest of the swarm will be sharing their versions.  Above is my 4 inch album for my new granddaughter's first 4th of July!
                                                                          Betty Brett
I have done this type of album as portable brag books before, and they are such a delightful surprise when opened, as they give a lot of surface for photos and journaling.
Here is one side, decorated with a few stamps and embellishments.
And this is a close-up of one section of the other side.  These fun albums can be made as long as you want, allowing for small event presentations, or scrapping a whole summer's worth of fun! 
They are very easy to make, and lots of fun to decorate.  Kids love being involved, too!  Won't you make one this week, and share your holiday celebration with us? 
                                                                           Judy Ford

This is my version of Honeybee June's Patriotic Mini album over at Betty Bee's Buzz. I did 2 extra "pages". I plan to give it to my oldest grandson, Brock to put pictures from his adventure with his dad on Father's Day to MIS Nascar races! The good news is he can use both sides!!! Great tutorial June!!!                                                                    here it is closed!

                                                                       Judy Ford
I also made a version for grandson Jackson. His I made with the same papers from my stash as for big brother. I used the cardboard shaped mini album that I got quite awhile ago from Michael's.
will plan on putting his Nascar viewing pictures in his!!
Now you've seen mine.... link up here at Betty Bee's Buzz and show us yours!!



Thank you, June, for a simple and cute challenge for this week!!..Unfortunately, today was not such a good day, and after my doctor appointment around noon, I spent most of the rest of the day in bed.  So, it's my fault that I put off until the last minute to do my album.  I did get it done except for the inside embellishments.  Nina will be visiting me in a couple of days and this will be a fun project to finish up with her help.
Now it's your turn!  Create a patriotic mini album, of this style, or any style you choose, and link it here.  If you don't have a blog, you can email it to BettyBee's Buzz at, and we will be happy to link it for you! 

Have a wonderful and safe holiday to our friends in the USA.  Everyone else, we love to hear from you as well, and please have a great weekend, too!  We'll see you back here on Monday with a  color challenge for next week.... any guesses what it might be???  HA!


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Motivational - Patriotic Mini Accordian Album

Happy Monday, and welcome to our Monday Motivational!  We hope you had a great weekend, and are ready to head into the craft room for some fun projects!  Did you miss us on Friday?  Well .... most of us were together on a crop, and "somebody" got so busy hosting, that she forgot all about getting the post done!   She hopes you will forgive me (er....) her!   Let's get on to June's Mini Album for this week!  It's a great old style revisited!

   July 4th is right around the corner.  Why not document your family barbeque or fireworks fun with a quick and easy mini book?
This is what it looks like when opened:
Now it is ready to just add pictures!

1.  Covers:
Cut 2 @ 4 1/2" squares of chipboard; cover in 5 1/2" squares of decorative paper.

2.  Inner pages:
Cut 3 @ 8 1/2" squares of card stock for inside pages.  Score horizontally, diagonally, and across one diagonal (from bottom left to top right).  Adhere the top left square to the bottom right square of the previous 8 1/2" square.  Repeat.

3.  Assemble book:
Adhere 30" ribbon to the inside of the back cover.  Glue down the bottom right square of your inner pages.  Now glue down the top left square to the inside of your front cover.

4.  Decorate!
Cut 3 3/4" squares of decorative paper, then glue down as photo mats.  Cut some along the diagonal and adhere on triangular spaces.  I like to leave some triangular areas blank for journaling.

I hope you will give this a try.  The HoneyBees will be posting their versions on Wednesday, so be sure to check back for more inspiration :)

We also wanted to share a bit of BUZZ in the BIZZ that can't wait until Friday...
AC Moore Stores are hosting a very special event for creating cards for our Soldiers and Sailors.
East Coast Retailer Serves Up and Delivers Patriotic Sentiments Plus Summer-Long Freebies
WHERE: All 135 A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc., (NASDAQ: ACMR)
WHEN: Wednesday, June 29th from 3-6 p.m.
HOW: With the goal of creating 10,000 original, hand-crafted cards for our U.S. Troops and families overseas, A.C. is hosting one of the world’s largest patriotic parties and in true democratic style, local customers also get free gifts all summer long.
DETAILS: In support of celebration of military families and the United States’ 235th birthday, the east coast retailer is opening all 135 stores and will provide all the supplies necessary to make original cards that express gratitude to our troops, creating one of the largest simultaneous celebrations in the country.
Patriotic momentum continues with massive free giveaways in every store on every hour, “Make and Take” crafts and family-friendly, true blue demonstrations. For those who dress up in a patriotic way, a 10 percent discount will be given toward any purchase. Citizens can also give back by bringing a non-perishable food item and A.C. Moore will deliver to local Mother’s Cupboard.
Contact: Patti Thomas 312.919.0898

See you on Wednesday! 
Happy creating ~


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

HoneyBee Showcase ~ Food, Glorious Food!

Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the HoneyBee Hive!  There are some mouth-watering morsels to share with you today!  A Recipe, A Layout, A couple of Cards, and plenty of Eye Candy to inpire!!  Bring a cold, refreshing lemonade and sit a spell!

This is my version of Queen Bee Betty's Monday Motivational.
This is a Recipe Swap I was part of at  the Cricut Website.You can get the recipe on my blog.

Judy Ford

Another of our summer time favorites is Tropical Angel Lush!

These cuties are going to be consumed tomorrow by my mother's Sunday School class at their weekly luncheon!


When I think of food, sweets pop into my mind first. On a hot summer day, I crave watermelon or ice cream. I perused my Cricut cartridges for a food item, and I found this ice cream sundae. I added the sentiment, which seems especially appropriate today. Today is my 20th wedding anniversary!

Here is a close-up so you can see the embossing and glossy accents a little better. More details on my blog :)


Hello Everyone!!
Once again, when I read what our challenge was this week, I knew what I wanted to do. I totally slipped with getting my layouts done of Joey and Elizabeth's wedding and this was a perfect time for me to finally get the cake layout done. As some of you may remember, they had their wedding on October 31 and though it was formal, there was some fun Halloween thrown in.

The flourish on my layout was cut using Accent Essentials.

                                        I love their cake, but more so, the cake topper!!


Okay girls, I got a little lazy this week. (Besides that, I was having a touch of creators this is the best that I could come up with  As you all know, I have been into the berries lately, making delicious jams and cobbler, so what did I chose to work with, but an image from Stampin'-Up! called "Fruit Stand".  The sentiment is also from Stampin'-Up! and that is the Yummy set.
If my image looks a little rough, it is suppose to, as I did the Cracked Glass technique and distressed my label.  I hope you will share a recipe or something with us this week pertaining to food.
                                                                       Beth Ullman

Now it's your turn to share something fresh, delicious and yummy!  Create a project of your choice featuring "Food, Glorious Food" in some fashion, then link a post from your blog or gallery, or send us an email and we will post it for you.  We know blogger has been a bit difficult regarding comments lately, but we do appreciate you trying!

Happy creating!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Motivational ~ Food Glorious Food!

Welcome to the hive for our Monday Motivational!  I must admit that I rarely feel like there are coincidences... Just wonderful things that are meant to be!  Well, it has been many weeks since we decided that our theme for this week would be "Food, Glorious Food"... it's been a song from long ago that sticks in my head, ever since my kids and I did a church "Road Show" with this theme, and you know how music has such an impact on your life... especially happy times! 
Now the fun part for today... I was doing some research, and find that our friends at Splitcoast Stampers had a great Virtual Scrapbook Night this weekend all about food, too!  Plus, I just signed up for a recipe swap over at Paper Phenomenon, which is happening next week!  Food is everywhere! It IS glorious!

This weekend I made the most yummy cupcakes, and I wanted to share the recipe, plus a little tutorial with you.  These are CUPCAKES WITH A KISS!    My daughter, Tori is the undisputed Cupcake Queen, and she shared this quick and easy addition that made a mouth-watering delight!  Let's cook up some fun!

First, you will need a regular cake mix, of your choice of flavors, and the ingredients to prepare it according to the normal directions.  You will also need one Hershey's Kiss for each cupcake.  I happened to have a wonderful assortment of flavors on hand, and that made for a delightful smorgasbord of choices!  Unwrap the Kisses, and place the little paper "flag" inside the cupcake liner so it sticks out the top.  Fill 2/3 with batter, then gently press in one Kiss, and bake as usual.  No need to add additional time.  The Kiss will sink in and give a super surprise center!  Let cool and frost.

For my recipe card above, you will see that I did the recipe on my computer, and used Crafty Secrets adorable recipe birds stamps.  They were stamped with Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black for the two at the top, and London Fog for the one over the lettering, creating the illusion of it being in the background, and not obscuring the typing.  All images were colored with Copic markers. 

Create a cupcake topper with two punches, sandwiching a toothpick in the middle, using foam dimensionals.  Can you see the Kisses flag here?  This is a plain Kiss... the Dark Chocolate say "Dark", the Almond say "Almond", etc.  There are LOTS of different flavors... I had 7 different kinds today!

Here is my cupcake dessert stand for Father's Day, featuring the Necktie downloads from Shindig Parties To Go that we Buzzed about last Friday!  Didn't they turn out SO CUTE?! 

Wednesday the HoneyBees will be ready to share all sorts of Food, Glorious Food with you, and we hope you will be thinking of what you will want to create to share, too! 

Until then....
Happy creating!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Buzz, Brag, & Bee Happy - Friday, June 17th

It's Friday in the hive and the HoneyBees have been buzzing this week!  This is our post where we share what's the latest BUZZ in the BIZZ, what there is to BRAG about, as well as sharing what we have to BEE HAPPY about in our hives.... and we always invite you to link up and share what's happening in your part of the garden, too!

  Happy Friday!  As we speak, my dh & I are flying to Vancouver, Canada to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  We will be taking a 7 day Alaskan cruise, then taking a train and renting a car, and riding a bus to Deadhorse, Alaska.  We hope to be able to dip our toes in the Arctic Ocean.  Brrrrrrr...


In keeping with this week's theme, pinwheels, I thought I'd share with you a layout I did back in the early days of my scrapping.  I started doing layouts when I found out I was to be a grandma..for the very first time!!!. This was done almost 8 years ago after returning from a cruise and  Nina was 2 months old!  Yes, there was a time when I was quick at getting layouts  You will notice, this was before the pretty papers, die cut machines, stamps, embellishments, etc..I was just learning that there was a section call scrapbooking in JoAnns and Michael'


Well, I have a couple of things to share this week. First off, I did this layout of my granddaughter and her dad dancing and call it "daddy's hands".

Next, I live in rural Virginia, so have been canning jams the last few weeks, and I have 4 blackberry vines that keep giving and giving and giving.......this is my second batch of jam.

Doesn't that look just yummy?!  I also made some cobbler on Sun. that didn't stand a chance with my crew.  They loved it!

Check out this amazing FREE download for Father's Day from Shindig Parties TO GO!!  This is one FABULOUS website!!  Everything you need is included here, from the banner to the paper to wrap the soda box in!  Amanda Parker has party decor for just about every kind of party you can think of!  

Also, I've done a tutorial video on making this cute 
Get Well-ephant Mini Album over at Digital Delights this week!  I hope you will check it out. 


Have a wonderful weekend, and we'll be back on Monday with another Motivational project for you!
Have a very special day with the Dads in your life!  Honor those who touch and influence the lives of children.  They are truly the greatest heroes.  Thank you Fathers!!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

HoneyBee Showcase- Pinwheels

Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the HoneyBee Showcase!  On Monday our HoneyBee Court gave us a great tutorial on how to make a pinwheel, and they are hot, hot, hot this summer!  The HoneyBees have come up with some delightful creations to share and inspire you!

  Pinwheels are so cool! I followed the tutorial that HoneyBee Courtney posted on Monday.  I cut a 3" square, then attached it with a mini brad.  My papers are Echo Park "a walk in the PARK" and my sentiment is a Punnylicious sentiment by My Pink Stamper.
  Pinwheels are hot right now...right up there with chevron patterns, seam binding, and baker's twine.  I hope you will give this a try.  They make a fun summer card! 


I love pinwheels and so do my for mine I used a sketch from Techno Stamper. She has a Monday Lunchtime Sketch every week.  I haven't played for awhile, but this sketch seemed perfect for a PinWheel.......all papers are CTMH, MS punch, and bling from Wal-Mart.

Well that's it for me and I am on time for a change! My life is getting back to normal.......Hope you will join us this week.  We would love to see your pinwheels and leave you some love.

When I found out our theme was going to be 'pinwheel', I knew exactly what I wanted to do!..I am so far behind on my layouts and thought a pinwheel design would give the layout an interesting block look to it. Of course, once I did Nina, I thought why not do Ian too! Using 12x12 doublesided cardstock worked out perfectly!

For pinwheels I went back to my quilting roots and dug into my old patterns. I used a bee stamp from Nature Walk set from Stampin UP. and randomly stamped two different background colors. Then I took my 1 1/4" square punch and punched out 8 squares of each color. These squares I cut point to point and reassembled on a background square for my paper pinwheel quilt. I added some freehand "bee fly trails" and some stick pins made with shrinky dink material and a Betty Bee Bow Maker BEEutiful Bow and tada "Just BEE Cuz" card is done!!!


I have made quite a few pinwheels for summer decorations, and what is more fun than having festive decorations for the Fourth of July?!  How about a Headband?!
Theses are 2 and 2 1/2 inch pinwheels.  The red and blue ones are Core'dinations paper that have been embossed with a Sizzix stars folder, then sanded to allow the inner core color to shine through.  The center one is edged in Gold Lame' Smooch ink. The medallion is from K and Co.'s Americana collection.  Add star brads, and you have an easy wearable decoration so you can show your colors the holiday

Show us your creations with a pinwheel.  It can be a card, layout, home decor piece, altered item, party piece.... what can you come up with?

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