Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Butterfly fairy princess

Do you know what a butterfly fairy princess looks like? What she wears? How she wears her hair?

Katie decided she wanted to dress as a butterfly fairy princess for the birthday party tomorrow afternoon. The kids decided to go in costume.

Katie asked me if I'd make her a dress. Since I had no idea what a butterfly fairy princess wears, I had Katie draw me a picture. This took place on Monday and the drawing was pretty elaborate. I tried to think of a way to make this simpler.

I still had Melissia's dress from when she was a Maid-of-Honor for her cousins wedding. I am using the skirt. Check back later for a picture of the finished dress. Then you'll know what a butterfly fairy princess wears.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Here's the last layout from Jim's nephew's wedding Y& reception. I did this one for the color challenge at ScrapTastic, plus had to use flowers and bling - not a hard thing to do, especially on a wedding layout.

Play all day

here's a layout using the sketch at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. Used up a lot of scraps on this one and played with my mask, sprays and paint.

Pictures are of Katie and Melissia at Disney Blizzard Beach water park.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

summer fun

Sketch #232 at Sketch Inspiration.

Pictures from Disney Blizzard Beach water park. Using a lot of scraps and bits and pieces from several lines.

Political Friends

Jim's Grandmother, when his Grandfather was in the SD legislator. I doubt they even have clubs like this anymore since so many wives work out of the home.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Pictures from our vacation to SD last summer. This layout was done for the color challenge (red, white and blue) at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking.

thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Pictures of Melissia from August 1979 on the front steps of our house in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

This was done for a recipe challenge at the Sizzlin Summer Scrap party at Scrap-Tastic.

1} only pp, no cardstock
2} use border punch (on blue pp)
3} summer photo
4} butterfly
5} have fun

I was able to use up a bunch of miscellaneous scraps for this one, love that!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pixie Hollow

I've been busy with painting Katie's bedroom. It all started when she got some Tinkerbell sheets from Melissia for Christmas. Got me to thinking that we should design her room around the fairies. After talking it over with Katie and making sure she wouldn't want something else in a few months we decided to go for it. She and I each drew (without looking) what we thought Pixie Hollow would look like. I was really surprised how much our drawings were alike. I took some things from both our drawings and a little bit from some books and designed her room. The fairies are wall decals. I still need to find curtains - she wants fairies, of course!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


I used the sketch at Design Dollies for this layout of my MIL. I'm not absolutely sure why the photo was taken, but I think it was for her school staff picture as she was a Home-Economics teacher.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Layout done for the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking blog challenge, "Use your Stash". We were to use the following:

5 Boarder Strips
4 Patterned papers
3 Mist Colors
2 Photos
1 Boarder Punch

The pictures are when Melissia and Jennifer stayed at my Sister's family in Miller, SD. They went to the Old Settlers Picnic. Melissia participated in the turtle race and the water balloon toss. The picture of her holding the turtle was in the local paper. June 1987

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Pictures of Jennifer taking swimming lessons in 1981. Layout done for the color challenge at Design Dollies - using orange, yellow, aqua blue and white, perfect for those summer pictures.

Supplies used:
pp - DaisyD's, Paper Salon
alphas - Basic Grey
journaling spot - Shabby Chic
rub-ons - k-i memories
brads - Stampin Up!
sticker label - Pebbles
felt flower and sticker flower- Stampin Up!
trims - Chatterbox
chipboard flower and die-cut circle unknown


Picture of me, brothers Larry and Dave holding baby chicks - note heat lamp behind me. 1957

supplies used:
cardstock - Stampin Up!
pp and die-cuts - Cosmo Cricket
spiral clip - Stampin Up!
chipboard frame - Tattered Angels
rub-on - Basic Grey
wild things tag - Bella Blvd
rick rack - sewing stash

Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, June 6, 2011

celbrate 1

Melissia's first birthday cake.
supplies used
pp - My Mind's Eye and unknown scraps
die-cuts - My Mind's Eye
chipboard # - Stampin Up!
flowers - Prima
button - unknown
brad - Stampin Up!
metal charm - Pebbles
shaker bubble - Pebbles

Sunday, June 5, 2011

bunny card

I lifted a card made by Adina at Design Dollies.

bunny stamp, inks and cardstock - Stampin Up!
pp and die-cut flourish - My Mind's Eye
ribbon - unknown

good-bye butterflies, hello sun

We are redecorating Katie's bedroom. Painting over the stamped butterflies. Creating a mural of Pixie Hollow home for the fairies. Here is the morning sun (on the east wall of course) peeking in to wake her up in the morning.

Friday, June 3, 2011

not Scary

Sorry the picture isn't the best, the sun is so bright today. These are pictures of our girls in October 1985.

This week's challenge on the Scrap Attack blog is to used the colors orange, brown and yellow.

I used sketch #283 at Splitcoaststampers, Thank you for the inspiration Sally.

Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


This layout is done for the Trifecta at Design Dollies. We were to use their sketch, technique - folding and colors were brown, pink, blue and white.

These pictures are of Melissia trying to be gentle with Whiskers 3 week old babies. Bandit, Honeycomb and Cornflakes. July 1979

Saturday, May 28, 2011

celebrate you

Photos from 1984, Melissia's 6th birthday. I used sketch 121 at The Scrappiest.

Supplies used:
cardstock - Stamping Up!
pp - Love Elsie, Reminisce
alphas - American Craft thickers
bling - Queen & company
flowers - Prima and unknown
stickers - Reminisce
chipboard - unknown
mist - Tatterned Angels
stamp and ink - Stampin Up!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Girly Girly friends

Layout done for the ad inspiration challenge on the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking blog.

Melissia, Ginny & Emily dressed up then went around the neighborhood "selling" (giving away) pictures they had colored. June 1984

Supplies Used
embossed cardstock - Love Elsie
pp - Reminisce
stickers - Reminisce, Bella Blvd
bling - Prima
brads - Queen and Co, Around the Block
Rub-on - Rusty Pickle
journaling spot - Ellie's Studio
felt - Fancy Pants

going WEST

I used sketch #221 at Sketch Inspiration.
Pictures taken at Wall Drug backyard on our vacation to South Dakota August 2010.

Supplies used:
pp - Basic Grey, Dream Street
clock transparency - Teresa Collins
alphas - Making Memories, Heidi Swapp rub-ons
ribbon - Basic Grey
brads, button and felt flowers - Stampin Up!
chipboard - Maya Road
epoxy sticker - Little Yellow Bicycle
journaling stickers - Bella Blvd

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I made the fabric flowers using a tutorial at Back Porch Memories. These were super easy and fun to make. Papers are Basic Grey.

'twas the Night Before Christmas

I used some old alpha stickers to create the "ABC" strip, really helped to tone down the background.

Julie and Jim in 1958. Love Jim in his bow tie and vest - so cute!

To - You From - the Goehrings

I used die-cut notes to mask off the cardstock.

Christmas picture card of Julius, Kathryn, Julie and Jim. This one isn't dated, but I'm guessing 1957.

Friday, May 20, 2011


May 13th Scrap Attack Scrapbooking blog challenge - Scrap your stash
something old - papers, embellies, chipboard, rub-on
something new - lily bee alphas
something borrowed - punch from DD
something blue - bling on tree

Photo from 1965 is of Jim, his parents, sister Julie and brother Bill at his Dad's office in the National Bank of South Dakota.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love the game

These pictures are of Jennifer in July 1986. Journaling: Jennifer loved playing on the Taco John's softball team. She may not be a great player, but she will always love the game.

supplies used:
pp: Basic Grey, Scrappin Sports, Dream Street
journaling spot:
chipboard heart: Maya Road
inks: Color Box
paint: Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Gingersnap and watered down acrylic paint for splatters
alphas: Collage Press
softball brads - RAK from Lauri at SAS
clear stickers unknown

Monday, May 16, 2011


Katie offered the use of her plain white headband she had received in a make your own jewlery kit for her birthday. We used a Heidi Swapp glitter kiwi flower and a medium green flower (brand unknown). The jewels are by Paper Studio.

This headband had a rhinestone missing.
I covered up the spot with unknown brand of flowers from my stash and antique shank button (removed shank) for the center.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Back Porch Memories Online Crop

Back Porch Memories Online Crop
Friday, May 13 @ noon EST - Sunday, May 15 @ 6 p.m. EST (main weekend)
May 16-21 (extra time for SOME challenges to be completed)
Each challenge, game and class has its own prize! Plus we're giving away a six month autoship subscription to Back Porch Memories Kit Club Shocked

t-ball team

Here's my take on the sketch from the May 6th Scrap Attack Scrapbooking blog challenge.

Supplies used:
cardstock - Stampin Up
pp - Crate Paper and Scrappin' Sports and More
arrow - Scenic Route
alphas - Sassafras Lass
stamped star - Stampin Up
baseball brads - Hot off the Press (RAK from Lauri)
ticket - Maya Road
rub-on - Basic Grey
stickers - Bella Blvd

This is Melissia (youngest daughter) playing her one and only t-ball season.

Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I've really slacked off on my blogging - sorry about that. I've had some trouble with my eyes - got gel and drops for the dryness from the eye Dr. Several creams and prescriptions from the dermatologist - just hope this all clears up.

Here's a project Katie helped me with - her Easter dress. She chose the pattern and fabric. Plus she sewed the hem in the petticoat herself - I think she's going to be very crafty!

She was to busy with the egg hunt to pose for any pictures.

It turned out adorable, don't you think?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Queen of Hearts Crop

This past week-end I participated in the Queen of Hearts crop over at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking.

There were 8 fun challenges and because of the offer by my awesome DH to take Katie to the birthday party of one of her friends on Saturday I was able to complete them all. There were also several games and impromptu challenges. If you missed this one, come on over to the board and check out the monthly challenges. That way you'll be around for the next crop.

This picture still makes me laugh.

1} This was a menu challenge.
My menu:
Appetizer - Butter Poached Lobster Salad - die-cut paper
Side Dish - Steamed Spinach - 1 photo
Main Course - Beef Wellington - embellies my choice
Dessert - Molten Mocha Cake - pink
Beverage - Shirley Temple - journaling strips
Mandatory Item: Hershey Kiss - heart

2} We were to do some type of paper folding - I made the paper flower, hadn't done this type before and it was easy and fun. Papers are by Dream Street.

Pictures are of Katie opening her gifts after her birthday party - the favorite was her first Webkinz, a black kitten she named Ava and loves to this day. Ava sleeps with her and often goes on adventures with us.

3} For this challenge we were to use "love" in the title or journaling. This picture is of DH's nephew and his bride. The papers are by Cosmo Cricket.

4}More wedding pictures - we were to use a love song for the title or journaling.

5}We needed to find something in our stash we didn't like and alter it to work for our layout. I had the Stampin Up! silver star brad I wanted to use, but it was to shiny for this distressed layout - so I rubbed it into the Staz-On Timber Brown ink pad.

Pictures are of us feeding the donkeys in Custer State Park, South Dakota.

6} Another hand made paper embellishment, the heart flower. After a couple failed attempts, I really like how this one turned out. Great way to use up some of those odd scraps of pp. Papers are Basic Grey.

7} We were to use a playing card or card element on our layout. I chose a heart, since I was trying to get these wedding pictures scrapped.

8} Scrapping someone or something that has stolen my heart was an easy challenge in some ways, my family means a lot to me and I have a ton of pictures - the hardest part was deciding which pictures to scrap. These pictures are of Katie and me at Disney in 2007. Papers are 3 Bugs in a Rug.

To top it off I won two of the impromptu challenges and one of the games. But, the best surprise was getting the "Queen of the Crop" charm, who doesn't want to be Queen? I've already spent my gift certificate on some items from the Pre-order section. Thank you to Lauri and the fabulous Design Team for putting together this fabulous crop.

Now I need to get back to scrapping so I can use up some of my stash before this next order comes in.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, February 4, 2011

We've Finally Arrived!

There's a new challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking that just might become my favorite - Scrap Your Stash. I've always liked recipe challenges and love the possibilities of using up stash to make room for new stuff, plus it seems to work no matter what pictures I'm ready to scrap next.

Supplies used
pp - Little Yellow Bicycle "Pack your Bags" and Basic Grey "Periphery"
Sticker #'s - LYB
ribbon - LYB
Buttons - Stampin Up!
Border Sticker - LYB
metal circle clip - Stampin Up!
stickers and journaling note - LYB

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hat vs Books

Here's my layout for the February contest at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking.

Supplies used:
cardstock - Stampin Up!
pp - Little Yellow Bicycle "Pack your Bags"
alphas - American Crafts thickers and Basic Grey
stickers - Little Yellow Bicycle
filmstrip - Tim Holtz
spray - Tattered Angels "coffee Shop"
brad - unknown (from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking kit)
button - unknown

February contest

From the Scrap Attack Scrapbooking message board:

Ready to take your imagination for a ride?? Well Little Yellow Bicycle has partnered with us by sponsoring our February contest! LYB never disappoints me and I am head over heals in love with their new collections that just debuted at CHA! They are a great company that offer scapbooking supplies for all levels of crafters.

I’m sure you will love their collections as much as we do so we’d love to see what you are creating using their beautiful lines. Regardless of your scrappy level, everyone is eligible to win as we will be pulling a winner at random. Speaking of winning…Little Yellow Bicycle has donated 4 YUMMY prize packs! Listed below are the details of the contest:

• Your layout or project must contain at least 75% Little Yellow Bicycle products on it (you may use any collection you like.)

• Your entry must be new and made specifically for this contest.

• 1 entry is allowed per person and this is open to US and Canadian designers.

• Deadline for entry is midnight PST on February 28, 2011 with a winner being announced within a week.

Please email your submission and contact information to ScrapAttackScrapbooking-at-msn.com with Little Yellow Bicycle contest in the subject line. You are also encouraged to share your work with us on our blog, message board or Facebook page but please make sure you first and foremost email your submission.

If you are in need of Little Yellow Bicycle supplies, we have a store stocked with wonderful collections. You can stop by the Little Yellow Bicycle section of the store to pick some up!

Good luck, I can't wait to see all the wonderful layouts/projects submitted! Thank you Little Yellow Bicycle for being a wonderful partner and sponsor for us!
If you are in need of Little Yellow Bicycle supplies, we have a store stocked with wonderful collections. You can stop by the Little Yellow Bicycle section of the store to pick some up!

Good luck, I can't wait to see all the wonderful layouts/projects submitted! Thank you Little Yellow Bicycle for being a wonderful partner and sponsor for us!

Make a difference

A layout for the Design Dollies trifecta - sketch, doodling (doodled circles) and colors of blue, red, white and Kraft.

Supplies used:
pp - Scenic Route and unknown
cardstock - Stampin Up!
journaling spot - Paper Trunk
felt flower - Fancy Pants
corduroy button - Stampin Up!
brads - Stampin Up!
die-cuts and felt circle - Chatterbox
chipboard - unknown
buttons - unknown
Magic Mesh

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How cold is it?

I used the sketch # 104 at The Scrappiest.

Supplies used:
cardstock - Stampin Up!
pp - Bo Bunny and Basic Grey
silver cord - Stampin Up!
bling - Prima
alphas - Glitz and American Craft Thickers
chipboard - Bazzill

Monday, January 31, 2011

playing Dragon

This layout was done for the POTW #3 at Scrapbook Challenges.

Pictures of our DGD playing with my 2 teenage nephews when there were here for a visit in 2008.
Supplies used:
cardstock - Stampin Up!
pp - DaisyD's
Rub-on - Stampin Up!
mini alphas - Stampin Up!
alpha stickers - Collage Press
chipboard - Deluxe Designs
sheer paisley - Maya Road
mediums - Shimmerz and Tattered Angels

Saturday, January 29, 2011

visit with Santa

This layout was done with a lift of the POTW #1 at Scrapbook Challenges.

Supplies Used
pp - Scrapworks, Basic Grey, DCWV and Imaginisce
cardstock unknown
alphas - AC Thickers and Adornit teeny alpha
felt } - Fancy Pants
metal clip - Making Memories
thread - DMC
lace from stash
Bingo card - Jenni Bowlin
chipboard hat - Maya Road
paint and felt from stash