Friday, August 24, 2012

Another Little Accordian Album

Yes, I have another little accordian album to share for Pink Saturday via , this one I made on April 12, 2007 - had to pull an "oldie" as we are still unpacking from our move last week.  For the first time in 15 years I am NOT living in Cincinnati, just a "step" outside of it in West Chester, Ohio - half hour drive via expressway from our old home.  So far, so good and I FINALLY HAVE MY VERY OWN CRAFT ROOM - YIPPPEEEE!!!!  So now I get to go shopping for work table and storage - love this aspect of it!!

Anyway, my oldest daughter, Morgan - now a junior at OSU - is,  an always has been a SHOE DIVA!!!  Since the day she started walking and discovered the heels in my closet, she has been putting her feet into shoes of all kinds!!!  I decided the day before I left for the weekend crop that I was going to make a little mini album to record a fraction of her shoe hoard!  So, I had her pull a few pairs out and model them while I snapped photos; Morgan was 17 at the time.

I used a variety of fonts for the title on the cover - this is a great way to use those left over pieces from various sources - (wood, metal, mail box, plastic, chipboard, sticker)  love the look it achieves as well!  'SHOES FOR ALL HER MOODS

Unfortunately I do not remember the manufacturer of the album - which really doesn't matter since it was clearanced out when I bought it $1.00 at Hobby Lobby. (I DO remember all the great deals I find - ha ha)
As you can see the front cover had that sweet little hinged door on it, so I covered the inside with a close-up of Morgan steppig into her cowboy boots an wrote the quote inside the "window" "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" , felt it was appropriate...

This type of mini album 5" x 7" is a great way to use up bits and pieces of paper, embellishments and to showcase a "collection", etc.

Morgan's well worn Converse an the dictionary card went well with them, used some brads to add texture to the circle pattern on the paper.  The Hot pink boots with the "built-in" sock was a birthday present from her grand-ma!!  I was shocked when I saw them, but have to admit, the girl "rocked 'em".   I had a piece of scrapbook paper with various words on it which I cut out,  HOTTIE, added the flowers and the piece of paper - all matched the pink of her boots very well.

Another word from the paper "Playful" and added a piece of ribbon as a belly band with the flower and brad - simple little embellishments.

I loved this TARGET gift card when it was given to me for my birthday and KNEW I'd be repurposing it after the funds were used.  Liked it here - FREE embellishments are all around you, just look at things differently - gift cards, clothing tags - so many are too artistic to just throw away!!!

The "wrapped in warmth" chipboard was perfect for these "eskimo" booties that were so popular then.  Artistic definitely describes Morgan, whether it is with her art, singing or acting in plays - those shoes saw many performances on the stage of Oak Hills High School.  A little piece of ribbon again used as a belly band with a small safety pin I added beads too, plus some prima flowers.

Variety of shoes in style - the high heels w/ paisely print fabric, the red pointy flats, and the sequin covered heels from Christmas/New Years - so modern, so NOW - so THEN! 
Last the black ankle boots and the iconic Cowboy boot - yes, she is FEARLESS in my eyes!!!

Here's to a fun Pink Weekend and hopefully the LAST of the unpacking in our new home - I'm sick of cardboard boxes - that is, unless one comes to me in the mail filled with scrapbooking goodies!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Posting for Pink Saturday at and Passion Parade at

I came across this cute little round mini accordian cardstock in my stash - completely forgot I had it - an decided it was time to add decorative papers and embellishments:

The original accordian color is that salmon color you see on the page hinge above.  It came with this tin an I added the pre-cut circle to the top.  Originially the album fit perfectly inside, but with all the embellishments now the lid will not click in place, but will stay with a ribbon tied around it.

As you can see I used papers that are a combination of soft pink, light blue and a manila shade.  I loved the papers for their variety of designs and graph like paper all mixed together.  Each of the 12 sides is decorated differently using the papers, buttons, rhinestones and some clock faces.

Used Prima flowers, buttons, rhinestones, fussy cut the clocks from scrapbook paper and the background paper is one piece.  Same with the center page, single piece of background paper an applied individual letter stickers for "remember" and flowers and rhinestones.  Last page I used a word block and flower.
(oops, sorry just realized the pic is upside down, oh well...)

I just love the ledger looking paper!!!  Lots of buttons that I threaded paper "ribbon" through an a few more flowers.

Here I used a a couple of little tags and a photo frame.

Last three pages, more flowers and rhinestones.  This was an easy little project and very happy how it turned out!  Creating a mini album does not have to be a daunting task, just enjoy yourself, start out with a nice little stash of items that go together and go from there. 

Hope this weekend you find time to be creative!

Friday, August 3, 2012

STAMPAWAY CONVENTION & Pink Saturday & Passion Parade

Happy Pink Saturday to everyone, if you haven't found my blog through Beverly's Pink Saturday Blog Hop, please go visit all the others via her blog at: or take a look at Passion Parade over at

Today is the annual STAMPAWAY CONVENTION here in Cincinnati, Ohio at the newly remodeled an expanded Sharonville Convention Center!!!  I've been anxiously awaiting this day since I missed it last year because we were moving.  I am prepared with my stash of ATC's to trade with all the others waiting for the doors to open at 9am; my youngest, Kerri will be trading her ATC's as well!!!

This is one of the ATCs I've made quite a few of that I will be trading.  I used a white gem cardstock for the background, stamped the lovely face using ColorBox brown ink and applied Tim Holtz distressing embossing powder in dusty concord to her.  Heated it up and once it dried and cooled scraped away the fine particles for the "distress" look.  Used Tim Holtz tissue tape on the right side and bottom an I inked those to "age" it with ColorBox chestnut roan ink.  Next I stamped a Michael's $1.00 spot stamp: typewrite with the words "write your own story" using StazOn jet black. I stamped just the typewriter image again, separately on card stock an cut it out and then used pop dots to adhere over original stamped image. (I love giving my cards dimension, depth) I added a touch of ColorBox rouge to her lips, the two metal brads in the corners and finished off with inking the edges all the way around with the StazOn jet black again.  Im pleased with the final result and hope others will be too.

Very excited because Tim Holtz will be here demonstrating all day long - the man is so charismatic and amazingly talented - so inspiring!!  Wish my step-mom could be here too, but she is vacationing, lucky her, or maybe not so luck since she's missing this FUN convention - ha ha.

Off to create more ATC's, hope everyone has a Fun Pink and Creative Weekend!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Amazing Display For Pink Saturday

This past week we took a spontaneous trip to New York an along the way we went through, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.  In Baltimore, Maryland we stopped at the Baltimore National Aquarium and came across this amazing display towards the JellyFish area:

Look at all those shades of PINK!!!

An, another piece of art my oldest daughter, Morgan recently created:

I wanted to keep it, but then again, I want to keep the majority of what she creates.  This however, she is selling in our Etsy shop.

Hope everyone has a FUN PINK SATURDAY and you enjoy all the links at

Our last night, before heading home, we are spending it in Pennsylvania, so good night and enjoy the PINKS!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Hello an welcome to another post for PINK SATURDAY, so happy that you stopped by an I am eager to share some of the pages from a new SMASH BOOK  that I made over the past two days.    I'm very pleased with how the entire journal came out and especially with the copies I made onto vintage dictionary pages of my daughter, Morgan's sketches.  I asked her to draw me her version of Alice in Wonderland, and she sketched the scene above!  ONe flower with curling lashes and the other showing its "disgust" of Alice.

The page on the right is a very thin side "pocket" that I attached the butterfly wing to.  It extends the pocket's hold on items behind it, with the help of the paper clip.  I also created the butterfly tag using the negative of stickers and DITTO ink spray.

This page I glued all the tiny butterflies to the edge - they hang over for a nice border, then added the black washi tape as well to make their color "pop".

Some Tim Holtz grungeboard letters used as a mask and more DITTO ink spray was all it took to transform this originally plain page. 

Another one of Morgan's original sketches that I copied onto a vintage dictionary page.  I really love the look of this and will be doing it more for the next smash books I create.

The left side is simply a copy of a chipboard piece which I half glued in to create a "tuck-in" for the journaling papers.  On the right, although its a little hard to see is a pocket page made out of a much larger plastic page protector.  I secured the sides I had to cut to make it fit with glue and Tim Holtz tissue tape.  Behind it is another page, just a piece of scrapbook paper with multiple designs, perfect for more journaling along with whatever you want to "smash" onto the page.

Large journaling tages which I taped at the top for flip up use, an a piece of decorative paper which is actually recycled from an old calendar, an a mini tag attached with colored paper clip.

Here is another example of a thin side pocket then I added the butterfly/moth to the bottom for more "holding" spot, an added the stamped tags.  On the right I stamped the bird cage, put down some strips of washi tape then hit it with the DITTO ink spray and pulled the tape up to create a one of a kind journaling page.

And this is a rubber stamped image I cut out and turned into a "tuck-in" spot.  I purposely left the image uncolored for the recipient to personalize it.  A quote is added at the top along with some journaling spot tags.  The right just a piece of scrapbook paper.
The journal has 26 pieces of paper for 52 sides of SMASHING on an it comes with more paper and a bag filled with smashing bits and pieces.  I am selling this in my Etsy shop an hope to list more homemade Smash Books this coming week.  Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you find other inspiring blogs at and please stop back soon.  Have a fun weekend!

Friday, July 6, 2012


You woulnd't know it looking at this photo on the Ohio River that its 101 degrees and about 107 with the humidity factored in! 9th day in a row of temps well over 98 degrees, this is out of the norm for Cincinnati!!!
Makes it hard for my brain to be creative, especially when I'm longing to work on a scrapbook page and some art journal pages!

Since I've not created this week, I decided to pull out a mini accordian album I did a while back - actually never completed it, bad me! It is just a random compilation of photos of my 2 daughters together over the years.  The great thing - the color scheme is PINK and green, ha ha!!

I kept this album simple by using paper scraps and various flowers, jewels, etc. from my stash.  Put just a little on each page to make them unique.  The "she loves to..." card I had Morgan and Kerri each write on.  I should ask them what their preferences would be now!
This is the cover, as you can see I have yet to add a photo on there or possibly more embellishements or a poem about sisters, can't decide.  The clear plastic tags on the flower read:  you  me

The left side is a photo from Morgan's high school graduation - afterwards - the right side I've yet to put a photo there, oops, looks like a rhinestone has fallen off, probably due to this heat!!!  I made it so a page or whatever will slide under the paper strap.

Well, looks like these are the only photos I will be able to share of the accordian album since I've been trying for a couple of hours to load pictures from my new iPhone to the computer and for some reason the photos continue to come out turned sideways.  Even after I edit them they are sideways when I try to load them to my blog; all except for these that are shown here. UGH - no idea what the problem is, I've only had this phone for a week and still learning with it.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Pink Saturday and ATC's

span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Happy Pink Saturday to everyone, looking forward to visiting majority of the blogs linking up and hope you will visit here.

Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week I spent in an ATC making frenzy with my youngest daughter, Kerri and my step-mom.  We were creating ATC's to swap at the 20th annual STAMPAWAY CONVENTION here in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 3rd.

The story behind "DIVE INTO SUMMER" is:  this was originally a 5" x 7" art journal page.  I liked it so much that I decided to copy it at 50%, so perfect ATC size of 2.5" x 3.5"  The original page I created the background using glimmer green, ocean blue and a lavender purple mix.  Next I applied the seagrass magazine clippings and the rhinestone seahorse.  The lovely little mermaid is an image from Saturated Canary by Krista Smith, which on the original did not have the glitter effect.  I gave the entire page a coat of glimmer modge podge.  After I made the copy I reapplied the glimmer modge podge, and cut out the images of the mermaid and seahorse which I have "raised" using foam pop dots.  I applied iridescent Stickles to the mermaid to really make her stand out an used H2O white paint for "pearls" in her hair.  The bottom of the card I applied a mixture of green Flock and copper glitter for the ocean floor. I wrote DIVE INTO SUMMER in a wavy motion to simulate the ocean waves.

This is 'Bon Voyage" which I made by making a partial copy of a piece of scrapbook paper I had, applying to an ATC blank card.  Next I stamped Bon Voyage in black ink and used clear embossing powder on it. The bird is from my Cricut machine an I had cut it out of white cardstock, then I used Ditto blue glimmer spray on it and backed it with black cardstock.  The branch is  also from my Cricut machine.  The birdcage is from a piece of scrapbook paper which I clipped out and used H2O gold paint on.  The butterfly is from a hand punch that I applied iridescent Sprinkles to. Both the bird and birdcage are raised with pop dots an I finished the card off with walnut Cats Eye ink for the edging.

I am So PROUD of Kerri, this was her original concept, I just helped fine tune it a little.  She came up with the green scrapbook paper for the background an used a piece of decorated acetate for the topper - she was going to frame the card completely with it, but that turned out to be "overkill".  She still liked the idea of framing, so after picking out an anime image she decided to "frame" her. She also added the little piece of music then asked me, "what else?"  We decided on the Tim Holtz tissue tape to edge it and the two little flowers and pink rhinestones to bring out more of the pink on her.

This one is also by Kerri, who happens to LOVE Halloween.  I had that wonderful spiderweb rubbestamp which she wanted to use.  First she used charcoal chalk on the ATC blank then stamped the web in black - she has since decided she will clear emboss the webs on the other cards - and she settled on this anime sketch. Kerri said she was pretty but looked a little "evil" too. She stamped the 3 spiders and used the red pearls to "highlight" them an also added the red pearls to the top and bottom.  A gold pearl as an earring finishes the card.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Pink Saturday and make sure you visit others at

If you will be in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 3rd, come to the Sahronville Convention Center off of I -75 for the BEST stamp convention in the country an if you get there before they open at 9 am, you may find me outside waiting to get in an swapping these cards!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

New Art Journal Page

This page started out with a background of an art journal page from a magazine, there was a little text and some watercolors used, they appealed to me and got me inspired to create.

I added som paint of my own here an there, more like a whitewash, then added the piece of Washi tape down the middle and hand wrote: "Some days it's hard to get creative with an art" then used the word Journal I clipped from a magazine.  Used a clothing tag on top that i cut into a banner flag shape - which also served to get rid of writing on it not pertinent. I also whitewashed the tag, outlined the star and added the magazine clipped word. Used some DITTO red ink spritz in the center an below that a cigar "ring" with a fleur-de-lis on top and some paper buttons on the bottom, one with a safety pin through it.  This page came together slower than I had hoped, had some creative "blockage" going on, but finally finished it.
Time to work on another one!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Art Journal Page and Pink Saturday

Its Pink Saturday an I'm here to share my newest art journal page...

I used shimmer modge podge on the background and tried to do some masking with the fleur-de-lis and red DITTO spray - didn't come out exactly how I'd hope, but its ok, worked with it.  Added some pink Ditto spray up above, an washi tape, eiffel tower die cut, some anime images, silver sharpie and inked the edges. I also used parts of an old theater ticket for the center.

close up of the top of the page

close up of the bottom of page

Thanks for stopping by, please visit others' blogs who are joining in Pink Saturday over at Beverly's blog

Have a fun - pink Saturday!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Original Smashing Stickers

I've been having fun in my Smash book and have purchased a lot of Smash embellishments; as well as using my scrapbook stash.  My oldest daughter, Morgan sketches all the time an since we also have an Etsy shop, came up with a great idea.  I took some of Morgan's sketches, reduced them and copied to sticker labels for unique Smash stickers - which I am listing in our shop tonight: RoMoHoDesigns.  The cool thing - you get to color them in if you want using markers or colored pencils.   These can also be used for scrapbooking, as return address labels, cards, labeling items, mail art, journaling, etc.
We are also making more sheets with other graphics as well, coming soon!

Hope everyone's Monday is not as wet as our's is now.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


So happy to be joining in on my first Smashing Sunday over @  I have two pages to share that I created today - the first is light on items whereas the second is overly loaded - crammed it in, didn't want to do a two-page spread.

This one is about the Zines I've created to list in my shop
I found the typewriter on a piece of scrapbook paper and knew I wanted to use it in my smashbook.  Since I type up the text in my zines, liked the idea of the zine pages "coming up out of the typewriter".  Used a pieced of decorative masking tape just because I liked it and felt it had a "creative vibe" to it.  Used my Smash date stamp to stamp on the typewriter today's date and added a few other embellies.

Here's my stash of what I had planned to use on the next page - the overly crowded page of my daughter Kerri, at the Reds game with me and her friend, Jamie.  Most of the supplies I did use on the page.

Kerri belongs to her schools singing group, OVATION, and every April they are invited to sing the National Anthem at a Reds' Baseball game.  I took a few pictures of her and the group when they were shown on the jumbotron - game out pretty well.  The picture of Kerri - on the right - with her friend, Jamie was taken by an employee there as was the one of Jamie and me in front of the Ohio River on the outside of the stadium.  Kerri had to go with her school and we met her in our seats after her performance.

I created the rosette with the Tim Holtz Sizzix die and added a baseball sticker to its center.  Put Smash polka dot tape down both sides of the page with some red and white polka dot ribbon.  (Red and Black are her school colors)  I wrote in the journal block sticker and used it as a pocket for our ticket stubs.

I asked Kerri to write on the Smash journal spot about all the food the girls consumed.  Tucked in our photo reminder cards behind our pic and added a few baseball them stickers and stars here and there.  I normally do not LOAD my pages this much, but just felt compelled to do so for this Smash page.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a fun SMASHING SUNDAY!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Smashbook, Baseball and Pink Saturday

Posting for Pink Saturday over at Beverly's lovely and for Show and Tell Saturday at with my Smashbook page about my daughter, Kerri's baseball game as well as her singing group, Ovation singing the National Anthem at the Cincinnati, Reds baseball game last night, Friday, April 27th.

Used the pink baseball paper to represent the fact she is the ONLY GIRL on the team as well as in the BBA!!  Liked the black polka dot washi tape - carried on the "ball" team - used a piece of the K & Co. Smash tape of "who, where, when, why". Added a variety of baseball stickers - the main focus was the lineup card and a little journaling about the day.  (It was raining the entire came, very windy and cold, so didn't take any pictures- that's the beauty of Smashbooks, pictures aren't a "requirement".)