Monday, April 30, 2012

You Are Near (Little Yellow Bicycle Saturdays)

This was another hard page to work through. I'm thinking my mojo has left the building because I haven't had a page (or a card for that matter) come easily to me for some time).

This is my mom, on the beach in Cape May, NJ during my sister, Morreen's wedding weekend in 2000. She got married on April 1. Yes, April Fool's Day, because she and her husband are fun and silly and pranksters like that. Hey, the guy proposed to her wearing a jester's costume, complete with tights, OK? LOL! I added text and flower rub ons to the background paper. I like how they blend in with what's already on the paper. The title came from a reading at my mom's funeral.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

My First Car (My Little Shoebox Destinations)

(Based on a sketch by Lisa Dickinson)

Here she is, in all of her glory, my first car — a 1971 Saab 99. My mom scrimped and saved $900 and bought it for me around 1981. We even dressed up the worn seats with black seat covers topped with black-and-white tuxedo bow ties around the head rests. It was a fun car to drive (especially when gas was only $1.38!) but it broke down...a lot. One time I broke down on the highway on my way to work (back when we didn't have cell phones) so I climbed an embankment next to a bridge, walked to the closest house, and asked to use the phone. Isn't that what we all would do? I definitely wouldn't do it today, nor would I ever let Alexa do something like this! Turns out the house I went to was owned by the uncle of a friend of mine. Small world, right?

So, do you remember your first car? Do you have a picture of it? Think about doing a page about it. :) Have a great day!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sharing an Organizing Tip

A while back I received a sample pack of five Pocket Tab envelopes by Avery. They measure 5 1/8" x 8 5/16". I gave one to Tom, one to Alexa, and stuffed the rest in my desk drawer because I didn't know what I wanted to do with them. I recently found a great use for these (and I asked Tom and Alexa for the ones I had given them, LOL). When I create, I cut things that I end up not using because they didn't work or I change my mind. In the end I have a little pile of bits and pieces which are hard to store (and then find again later). Now when I scrap, I put these pieces in an envelope and store the envelope with the collection I happen to be using. They're also great for when you're down to just a few pieces of chipboard or other embellishments. Just thought I'd share this little tip because I know everyone is always looking for a way to be better organized. :)

Linked to Tip Me Tuesday on
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Saucy Asian Meatballs

So, I was poking around on Pinterest (yes, again, LOL) and saw that my friend Meg had pinned some delectable looking meatballs. Of course I had to take a closer look so I clicked on the link and I was sold. :) I went right out and bought all of the ingredients (well, the ones I didn't already have on hand) and made them (despite the fact that we had something else planned for dinner). I cooked up some brown rice and broccoli to go along with these and they got an enthusiastic three thumbs up!

Oh, and just as we were about to start eating, I said to Tom (his fork poised and ready to cut into a meatball), "Wait! Don't eat yet. Your plate looks really good and I need to take a picture." Yes, I did that to my poor husband. :) You'd think I was a food stylist or something.


1 lb. ground turkey
1 t. sesame oil
1/2 c. Panko or breadcrumbs
1/4 t. ground ginger
1 egg
1 1/2 t. minced garlic
1/4 c. thinly sliced scallions


2/3 c. hoisin sauce
1/4 c. rice vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 t. sesame oil
1 t. ground ginger

Preheat oven to 400°. Need parchment covered baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well combined.

Shape into 1-1 1/2” balls. Place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.

While the meatballs are baking, stir all of the sauce ingredients together in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Once the meatballs have finished cooking, add them to the saucepan and gently stir until covered and hot.

Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions, if desired.

Original recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

On the Cusp of Turning Eleven (Simple Stories Fabulous)

Alexa is chomping at the bit to go to middle school and she's equally excited to be turning eleven. What is she hoping her eleventh year will bring? A cell phone, being able to stay home alone and being able to use the stove/oven unsupervised (not sure about these two, but we'll work on it, LOL). She's actually shading her eyes from the sun in this photo, but to me it also looks like she's scouting out what's ahead so I thought it was a good one to use for this layout. I used mostly Simple Stories Fabulous on here, but the alphas are Bella Blvd. and the frame is by My Mind's Eye.

Have a great Monday!
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Welcome to Diana Fisher's Blog Anniversary Hop

Diana Fisher is celebrating her three-year blog (Design by Diana) anniversary by giving the anniversary gifts to YOU — the readers! Hop on through the Blog Hop (participants listed below) to find prizes and inspiration along the way. 

Plus, there's a chance to play along with us! Use the sketch Diana made (see below), link your entry back at her blog, and you could win a $30 shop credit to Scrapbook Circle.

You have until April 30th to complete the hop and link up your sketch challenge entry to be eligible for the hop prizes!

Leave a comment here on this post and I will be choosing a random winner (on May 1st) to receive a package of Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Ephemera Flowers (from one of my favorite collections this year).

Here is the sketch Diana designed for us to use:

Here is my page:

As you can see, I stayed pretty true to the sketch although I didn't necessarily use the elements on the sketch. I used a doily in place of the journaling spot, opting to put my journaling on a tag behind the photo. I interpreted the triangles as a pleated banner border below the photo and I used only one photo, adding in an embellishment cluster instead of two more photos.

Here's a closer look at the doily. Stitched brown ribbon is threaded through the outer edge and I added pink pearls to the flower centers.

Here's the embellishment cluster in more detail:

A close-up of the title with some simple stitching added for interest.

Thanks for stopping by! Now it's time to move on and visit the next blog on the list:


Lisa Swift {} <--------------------YOU ARE HERE
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Sneak Peek: Free 2 Be Me (Little Yellow Bicycle Paradise)

Today I have a bitty sneak of a layout that will be fully revealed tomorrow (well, midnight EST tonight). :) It is based on a sketch by my friend Diana Fisher of Sketchy Thursdays and is part of a blog hop to celebrate the three year anniversary of her blog. If you love sketches (and even if you don't) and you love prizes, come on back tomorrow to see the whole layout and to participate in the hop. You'll see work by some wonderfully talented ladies along the way. Take a look at my sidebar to get more information about the sponsors of this fun event.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Grandma & Grandpa Rukin (Crate Paper Neighborhood)

These are my paternal grandparents, circa 1930s. I see so much of my Dad in my grandfather (I never knew him). I don't know why, but this photo just makes me smile. I think it's because my grandmother looks so happy. I pulled out some older Crate Paper Neighborhood for this and I've now officially used up every scrap I had. :)
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Card Share: Happy Fall Banner Card

The weather is still fall-like here, so I'm back today to share another fall card. This was quick and simple to put together. I used a few Queen & Co. speckled brown Rox to the word "fall" to add some sparkle and depth to the chipboard, a bit of ribbon trim to cover the seam of the scalloped paper and did some machine sewing too to add some interest to the banner.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Conservatory at Highland Park (Fancy Pants Be You)

So yesterday I wrote a bit about our visit to Highland Park and today I'm sharing a layout using one of the photos I took while there. I mixed a bit of older Basic Grey and 7 Gypsies in with the Fancy Pants Be You Collection. I like how the bit of black in the photo mat and text paper brings out the color in the photo and the other papers. :)
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Monday, April 16, 2012

A Visit to Highland Park


Highland Park, and its 150 acres, is home to Rochester's annual Lilac Festival. Depending on where you are from you may say lie-lack or lie-lock. I know I received a good amount of teasing when I first moved here for pronouncing the flower as lie-lack. Turns out both are correct, but what do Rochesterians know? LOL!

The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, our nation's foremost park designer. He also designed Central Park in New York City.

My youngest sister made a visit to us last weekend and since she has studied garden design and horticulture, we took her to the Lamberton Conservatory at Highland Park. The smell alone was intoxicating, but take a look at some of the photos I took. I was intrigued by the interesting colors and textures to be seen.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Let Me Go (Echo Park Note to Self)

I've fought this page for a long time now (the topic of it, not the creation) because the passage (on the tag) brings me to tears each and every time I read it. It is part of what was read at the unveiling of my Dad's grave stone. I'll let the words speak for themselves. The Kaddish/Mourner's Kaddish is a Jewish prayer said for people who have passed away.

Journaling reads:

...You can love me most by letting hands touch
hands and souls touch souls. 
You can love me most by sharing your
happy occasions and multiplying the
goodness you do. 
You can love me most by letting me live in
your eyes, not in your mind.  
And when you say Kaddish for me, remem-
ber what our tradition teaches: Love doesn't
die. People do. So when all that's left of me
is love, give me away.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Card Share: Cozy Cuddle Days of Fall (Jillibean Soup)

Last month, I shared a peek of this card and now I'm able to show you the whole thing. :) Lots of Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar on here with a bit of Bella Blvd. thrown in for good measure. The temps outside right now feel like fall, even though it's spring. :)
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sweet & Sour (Echo Park Note to Self)

You know Katy Perry's song, Hot N Cold? I think parts of it describe tween moodiness just fine. Some days I have a sweet girl (those are the days I love) and some days she's sour (but I love her anyway). :)

P.S. I don't know why this is showing up so grainy and light. It looks fine when I'm done editing it. Hmmm...
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Card Share: Milestones (Back to School)

So today's regularly scheduled post has been interrupted by a request for the card I had posted for today. LOL! I guess I'll be showing it to you, in its entirety, in October instead. :)

Today I have a card share for you. It's a back to school card that I'll give to Alexa in the fall (she's going into 6th grade). I used office-themed items on here, like a file tab, notebook edging, pencil paper, etc. and I used a butterfly to symbolize her growing independence (I'd write more about that, but I'd start crying, LOL!) Have a super day!
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Thinking of You Button Card

One of Paper Crafts' March card sketches made me think of My Little Shoebox and their Cute as a Button collection. I mimicked the "stitching" on the patterned paper by using rub-ons on the top border and machine sewing around the sentiment block. All in all, a simple, but happy card. :)
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Rukin, You Move Your Lips (Simple Stories Yearography)

The title of this page comes from a comment my Dad's grade school music teacher once made to him because he had a terrible singing voice. LOL! Of course this didn't stop him from singing and making up silly, nonsensical songs for me and my sisters and then his grandchildren. I wanted to record the memory because it's a story he told often. :)
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Inde-'Pendant' (Jillibean Soup Sweet and Sour Soup)

We made our first visit to the Corning Museum of Glass two weeks ago. Alexa had a chance to make a glass pendant which was the only "hands on" glass making project they had. They had other projects but they were not as hands on as this was (the instructors did most of the "cool" work). She got quite the lesson in how to make the pendant and the different techniques that go into it. She was hesitant at first to work with an open flame (and a super hot one at that!) but once she donned all of the protective gear (safety goggles, Kevlar sleeves, and an apron) she was good to go. :)

Based on a sketch by Leah Farquharson.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I'm Pedaling as Fast as I Can :)

I can finally let the cat out of the bag and announce that I've been invited to join Little Yellow Bicycle's Hello Spring Cycling Team. I'm so excited to get to work with this fun and colorful collection! Please join me in welcoming the other members of the team as well (check out who they are and the LYB announcement on their blog today). :)
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Altered Project: Be You Photo Tray (Little Yellow Bicycle Paradise)

I don't do altered projects very often, but sometimes a design team call requirement (in this case, Little Yellow Bicycle) helps to push me outside of my usual comfort zone. I actually bought a couple of items to alter, but the photo tray ended up being more my style. I'm really pleased with the results. What is your favorite item to alter?

Here's a detail shot of the top left section. I snipped the heart off of a stick pin to embellish the "0":

A closer look at the bottom right panel:

And here's the bottom left section. The top portion (floral border with scalloped trim) is pop dotted to give it some dimension: 

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Linking to Blooming Homestead's Crafty Tuesday, 3/12/13.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Behind the Lens: Little Yellow Bicycle Paradise

So, how many of you can relate to the fact that you don't show up in your scrapbook pages nearly as often as the rest of your family? Come on, raise your hand. I'm raising mine. LOL! I'm always the one BEHIND the lens. Even though recording my family's history is my passion, I really need to remind myself that it has to be about me (doesn't that sound selfish, LOL) once in a while so my family (and future generations) know about me. So I challenge you today to do a page about you, on any topic whatsoever. If you do, I'd love to see it. :)
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Surprise: Dear Lizzy Neapolitan

Warm March temperatures brought a little surprise to our garden...daffodils. The funny thing is, I don't remember planting them. LOL! When I told Tom about it though, he said he transplanted a small pot I received as a gift a few years ago. They didn't come up last year so maybe they needed a year to settle into their new abode. Seeing them sure added a bright spot of sunshine to my day!
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