Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pictures for Photo Wall

I put together some pictures and frames to send to my brother. He wanted some help decorating his room (he was just recently stationed in Hawaii).  He wanted to use photos I had taken from places he has also been.  I converted all of them to black and white so there was some consistancy with all 9 frames. Here are two of my favorites!

Photo of a sand dollar taken at Port Aransas, Texas.

Rainbow near Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend National Park.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fall Card Swap

I am really excited to post my cards for my first card swap!! I joined Splitcoaststampers to participate in some swaps and have fun trading cards with some very talented people.  I hope everyone enjoys my cards - it has been a lot of fun planning and making them.

I really enjoyed making this card. I used vintage book paper to frame the orange cardstock, as well as the squirrel and leaf blocks.  The orange paper was sewn onto the vintage book paper to add a decorative edge.  I stamped the squirrel and leaf onto some cream fabric and then sewed them onto the book paper as well.  All of the stamps were purchased at Archivers.

I think this card is my favorite fall card that I have made. The small leaves were embossed onto the background cardstock using Ranger's copper embossing powder.  The small leaves were parts from the Archiver's stamp sets.  I also used vintage book paper as a background for the ribbon.  The maple leaf stamp (Rubber Stampede: Small Maple) was purchased from Hobby Lobby and also embossed with Ranger's copper embossing powder. I think my favorite part of the card is the circle cut-out that swings open to reveal a sentiment (an idea I got from one of the booths at CKC - San Marcos).

CKC- San Marcos Scrapbooking Convention

My favorite crafty buddies :) My aunt and sister-in-law came to visit and attend the CKC - San Marcos convention. We had so much fun shopping and taking a class.  I saw so many neat ideas for projects and cards. Couldn't wait to come home and try some out!

We took the Creating Keepsake's "A Peek Into My Week" class.  Made a really cute album to document the happenings of one week. I chose to start mine on the first day of fall (one of my favorite days of the year) and now all I need to do is print out a few pictures to slip into the pockets. I love the way it turned out!

Album details

View of Day 7.  The left side of the album for each day was made into a pocket to store momentos and photos. I used both sides to record the happenings of the day.

Nashville AFS Conference

My husband and I along with other graduate students at Texas State University traveled to Nashville, TN to attend the national AFS conference (end of August - first part of September). The conference and hotel were located in the downtown area and we were within walking distance from the river and some neat restaurants. Preston presented some results from his Ph.D. research and we saw some neat talks.  We both had a great time!

Another wonderful bonus while we were there... cool, fall weather!  It was a wonderful break from the Austin heat and it a treat to walk around in a jacket and jeans.

Baby photo

I have started to edit some newborn photos for a friend. This one is one of my favorites so far. Such a cute little guy!