Friday, July 19, 2019

Family Friday

I've been sorting though photos and found a couple I had put away for a scrapbook page. My mom had a photo from a 1955 that I've seen since I was a kid. She's sitting on a moon while visiting Lake Erie. We also have a photo of my husband's mom and dad sitting on the same moon at Buckeye Lake, a resort area in Ohio. I've always loved these photos.

We were visiting a museum a couple years ago and saw an exhibit on the popularity of these moon photo booths in the 50s. They had a moon to pose with, of course every one of us posed with it. I made sure to print my daughter's photo in sepia and then made this page of my mom and my daughter. It makes me pretty happy!


I went with a book and star paper I had in my stash because I felt it was perfect for the story of my two favorite women. I used pink glitter photo corners, because it needed a little fun. The photos sixty years apart and my mom is 19, while my daughter is 23.

I'm also sorting through my mom's pics and she has these in her collection. The guys I don't know and will have to ask if she knows. The left pic is her mom, her grandma and her two great-uncles. My grandmother is about 15 here after they came to America from Hungary, about 1906. I love finding old pics of family. But they are definitely fragile. 



They're photos that have had details painted onto them, which is something some photographers did. I think because their photos weren't that good! Just a guess. Maybe they thought it made them look better. I'll have to research a bit and see what I find.

Happy Friday!
Chark

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Guess Who's Guesting at a2z Scrapbooking?

Surprise! It's me! I was invited to join in the monthly challenge at a2z Scrapbooking, Sparkle and Shine, which is right up my alley, so of course I said yes!


For this project, I used alcohol inks and the lift off ink pad to make two panels with the Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring Cling Stamp. I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire.



You can head over to a2z Scrapbooking to see more details on how I made this and to find out how to enter the monthly challenge or buy some of the supplies I used!

Happy Thursday!
Chark


Friday, July 5, 2019

It's a Purple Kind of Day

I put together some cards from some die cuts and colored pieces I had sitting around and I noticed they all have a purple and blue theme. And they all have wings. Must've just been that kind of day when I sorted through my stuff and put them together. 


This card uses the butterfly die from Stamplorations. I swiped this Mermaid Ombre Hero Arts ink pad on coated paper (slightly shiny paper for laser printers) and die cut the solid butterfly. Then the intricate die is cut from black. If you don't have layered bg dies, Jennifer McGuire has a way to do the layered look anyway here.


This card uses the same solid butterfly die and I just layered strips of glittered cardstock behind it. Love the sparkle. I think now that I should've dry embossed the white panel, but now I know for next time.


This card base is light blue and I've added a Unity Stamp angel that I colored and fussy cut. She takes up the whole card! The background I die cut from a piece of painted and doodled art that I didn't like, but it works just fine here.

That's if for today, but next week I'll have more glittery goodness to share when I guest design for a2z Scrapbooking!

Happy Fridsy!
Chark

Monday, July 1, 2019

July 4th Fun and Games

The 4th of July is just days away and if you're wondering how to throw together a fun get-together, I've gathered a bunch of easy ideas for you. And if you don't celebrate the 4th, maybe you'll find something fun to try anyway!

I love this easy craft because if I like one thing, it's glitter...and if you add crafty tapes, I'm extra happy. I could see getting one wooden background and substituting different washi tapes for the seasons, a heart for Valentine's Day, a star for Christmas, etc. It's easy to remove and I'm betting you have some themed washi you could use. Head to No. 2 Pencil to see more.


If you want the kids and the adults to get in on the fun, you can get the supplies for this craft and set up an outdoor craft station to make popsicle stick flags. You can go here to Giggles Galore to find more directions.


If it's hot like it is here in Ohio, here are some cooling games to play at your party, including a Duck, Duck, Goose game called Drip, Drip, Dunk that uses a cup of water. Buzzfeed has some dry outdoor games in this link as well. I'm loving the Yard Yahtzee.


No gathering is complete without delicious treats, so add one or more of these recipes to your menu for red, white and blue fun! These whoopie pie cookies from Fun Squared look easy and delish!


If you're more of a fruit-for-dessert person, why not make these fun kabobs? Fork and Beans has a watermelon "cake" idea too.


I also love how delicious this drink looks, though I'd add a festive blueberry or flag topper.


What if you're not in the mood for a party? Then I suggest popping in your favorite themed movie (Independence Day, Jaws, 1776, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), making some holiday popcorn and enjoying the air conditioning.


Happy July!
Chark





Friday, June 21, 2019

First Day of Summer

Happy First Day of Summer, friends! My favorite season, though I can do without droughts or 90 degree days :)

I have this cutie and super fast card to share. This one uses a Doodlebug panel, some Stickles and Lawn Fawn rainbow paper. I popped up the panel and it's all ready to go!


And butterflies mean summer to me, so here's a Stamplorations butterfly die card, with glitter paper behind it.


These are  both super easy cards and glittery, which I'm all about.

Here's a fresh peach cobbler recipe which I love! Fresh peaches, corn on the cob, berries with whipped cream, bbq chicken on the grill...summer is a fab time for food!



Happy Friday and Happy Summer!
Chark

Friday, June 14, 2019

Take Some More Tea


“Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
"Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I love Alice images and these four characters get the quirky Vera Lane touch over in her store. 


So, of course, they're in my digi collection. Seems like every time I visit the Etsy store, I find more delightful stamps I need.

I used Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils just to see if I liked how one looked over the other. But I like both products and I have fewer colors in the Polychromos, so I used more Prismas.


I love all of them and their expressions, but this caterpillar! So stinkin' cute...though I think he's  offended at that word.


The Mad Hatter looks quite mad here...and totally okay with that.


If I see Alice or Dorothy products, I usually have to buy them, even though I have so many already. I prefer the Oz books and movie to Alice, but the quotes in Alice are wonderful. Graphic 45 has reissued their Wizard of Oz collection and I think I'm going to go look for it right now!

I've probably shared this, but one of my fondest memories of playing with my kids was the day we made a little Alice in Wonderland tea party and had bunny cookie cutter sandwiches and edible tea cups (made with white chocolate and muffin papers like these below). We drank milk from the cup and then ate the dishes!



Happy Friday!
Chark