Thursday, July 8, 2010

Scan this puppies!!


Alright SO I am a BIT excited. I installed, and set up the new printer to go with the laptop. Yeah I know, it's been done before, BUT let me tell you using a 9 year old computer, and a printer that HAD a scanner copier on it, but it didn't work didn't allow me the proper love that I now share for this one.

It's a HP Photosmart C4795, nothing fancy, when we got the laptop it was a deal tossed in, normally $100, we paid $40. Let's just say I feel quite the fancy pants right now. It's not the copy/scan/print that has me all excited, well maybe, but the scan part is something I haven't done in, plus the new touch screen is pretty wicked cool.

And now that I'm scrapbooking I can scan in my layouts, note that my 8x8 size pages will scan in nice and pretty... not sure how the 12x12's will work... anyway till then, enjoy my cute dog book above, and some layouts I did for my boxers, Maggie and Sophie.

(be prepared to say "aww")

(note you can click on the photos to see them bigger)
This is a comic that SO explains me and my girls to a T! They are known for destroying everything, especially Sophie!!
This one may be hard to read but this is where Sophie spend her time when I'm in the kitchen, right under my feet. She doesn't always beg, she just hangs out there. So when Ed and the kids are off playing, while I cook, this is my assistant.
When it's cold Sophie goes under the blanket, does the famous dog circles, and sticks her little face out. Awww....

Oh some one was in BIG BIG trouble. Now Sophie will destroy any TOY or NON food item, Maggie on the other hand is the food bandit.

I was SO mad because this was ALL the rice cereal I had left for Alex, till I was going shopping again. So what do I do? Grab my camera!

She had such a white beard from it all too!
And she knew she was busted, because she went right to her kennel (which is NOT used for punishment, but her safe spot and her bed) and wouldn't even look at me! Bad Maggie!! (but SO cute!)

Hope you enjoyed some of my fun pages. Next is the cat book!

JCat McGack

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Let's start with my first Stupid Sock Monster, I was reading a magazine and found a kit you can buy in stores, so I went a hunting one day on a coffee buzz kid free afternoon.

I came across just what I wanted. John Murphy's Stupid Creatures. I bought it and quickly took it home to play.

The box, which is a great box. Seriously, it's a flip top kinda box, so I can keep it forever, store Stupid Creature parts in it, and what nots.

The box includes a very detailed book, with different Stupid Creature patterns, stuffing, socks, needles, buttons... maybe some other stuff too... can't remember.

But I like that ugly is key. So the jacked up strings, two different sized ears, and such are ok... I made the above guy 13 months ago. For my son, Alex's first birthday.

Sadly I haven't really sewn much since, but I had to go to birthday party last weekend, and so since I am broke, I made another for Gavin's 2nd Birthday...
It took a bit of this and that, LOTS of notes in the book, some socks, ribbon and buttons, but these guys are fun, and getting better as I go.
This mess was supposed to be Gavin's going with the whole 4th of July feeling, but his crotch ended up in his neck... and well I moved on... (he will always have a home in my art room though)

Here is my sewing station, with my other creatures nearby for help, my stacking boxes full of sewing notions and tools.

I had help from my assistant Chloe, she loved the red ribbon

And these two are for future projects, they are $1 socks I bought at Jewel Foods, last winter. I did play with the pink and purple one for my 4 year old daughter Mia, I will post a picture soon. I think the orange one will be for me!

Happy sewing everyone!

JCat McGack

The begining...

Once apon a time I was a wee little girl. And since the begining of my time on this planet, I remember an art/craft/sewing room in any house I've lived in.

My mom always made it a point to have me involved in projects, to sew our clothes, to make our toys.

I've dabbled in sewing, painting, anything crafty or that requires a glue gun, glue stick, modge podge.

I took all 4 years of H.S. art class from basics, to the simple art for the LD kids.

I draw, sketch and paint in my spare time. I also did paper mache' masks for a while. Well I did till I found rubber stamping.

Paper crafts have taken over my world of art, I found rubber stamps with my mom when we were visiting St. Augustine Florida. From there we bought and loved to stamp, but it wasn't until I found Stampin' Up that I truely fell in love.

From there I found scrapbooking. And mind you I held back. I tried, and often said "Oh I am in BIG trouble if I get into this scrapbooking thing. I just know it" well trouble found me, and I have been addicted ever since.

I joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator 6 years ago this September. I love the company they have the best stamps, and their quality and prices can't be beat.

As of now, I am in the mood to move on. I want to be my own company. I want to share me, my ideas and my crafts. So today is the day that "JCat McGack's" is born...