Thursday, January 27, 2011

Zach - Cool Dude ~ Sketches In Thyme ~ Fern's Sketch No. 3!!

Hello!!! It's Thursday and that means it's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Sketches In Thyme!!!  This week we have an "OPEN" challenge and that means you can use any sketch you like, but you need to upload the sketch with your layout..   And this week I have a little surprise for you all... I designed my own sketch, and here it is...
I had so much fun designing this sketch and I will have some more to share later...  If you like this one, please, feel free to use it!!!

For my layout I decided to use this cute photo of little GS Zach that my DD posted on FB...  She had just cut his hair and is looks adorable.... especially with those little monkey shoes!!!!  He did great as long as he had his own comb!!!  lol  Too cute!!!  I even used some of my old, old, old, paper stash... and some scraps... 

Here are a few close ups:
Here you can see my distressed edges, buttons, Glitter Butterfly stickers and it's hard to see but there is a transparancy overlay under the buttons....  see the leafy vines? 

The title is a sticker and I used stickles on "Dude".  You can see the glitter in this close up better!!!

Here is my the flower and another glitter butterfly sticker... along with one of the distressed corners..

Here is the brown lace and the MS Daisy Fan punched border..

And here is a hidden tag with the date....

And here is the tag pulled out.... I left it blank so my DD can journal what happened...

And here is my sweet little GS Zach sitting there with his little monkey shoes on...  So cute...  You can also see another decorative border punch with the MS Double Edge Punch.

Here is my list of scrappy things I used:
Powder Blue CS
My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus Collection
Scrap scraps
MS Double Edge Punch
MS Deep Edge Punch Daisy Fan
Flower and Vine
Stick on letters

Be sure and check out the other beautiful layouts from the Mavens and then go find your favorite sketch and play along....  Remember this is the last chance at January's fabulous prize!!! 

Thanks for dropping by!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Savannah - kindergarten - Sketch Along Tuesday-Frosted Designs

Hi everyone!  It's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Sketch Along Tuesday-Frosted Designs...  And this weeks sketch is designed by our own Li-bee-ti... and it's a beautiful CAS design that you can do sooo much with!

As you can see I turned my photo and switched the strips with ribbon and florishes..  I also used the left side of my paper so that the pretty design from the paper would show..  This is GD Savannah's kindergarten picture and was taken a couple of months ago!!!

Here are a few close ups

Here you can see the MS Border and Corner Punch and the MS Butterfly, Lace, Rhinestones, QuicKutz Florish and the SU Ribbon...

And here you can see the white paint I used under "Savannah" so the letters will show up better...  The letters are glitter, which you can't really tell by the photo...

Here is Savannah's signature.. added Jan. 30, 2011.
Here are a few challenges this will qualify for:
Sketch Along Tuesday-Frosted Designs ~ Sketch
Everybody-Art-Challenge ~ My favorite thing(s) (where do I start-- I love BoBunny Papers, MS Punches and of course my little GD!)
Flutter By Wednesday ~ Open Challenge

Now, you're probably wondering where my journaling is.  Well, I didn't journal on this one, because I am going to get my little GD to write her name on it in her own handwriting... They didn't come over this weekend, so she hasn't signed it yet, but when she does I will be switching the layouts out...  I think it's going to really be neat to look back on when she grows up!!! 
My scrappy list
Bo Bunny Jazmyne Collection ~ Noteworthy
SU Kiwi Kiss CS
SU Bravo Burgundy CS
MS Butterfly Punch
MS Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punch
SU Ribbon
Quickutz Die
Decorative Button
Glitter Letters
SU Oval Punches

Thanks for dropping by and be sure and check out the other beautiful layouts over at Frosted Designs..  We have a beautiful prize, so be sure and play along with us and upload your creation so you will be eligable... 

Remember the more times you join us for Sketch Along Tuesday the more chances you have to win...  Can't wait to see your take on this great sketch!!
Have a wonderful week!!
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Disneyland - 1999 ~ SOUS Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!!  Happy Friday...  It's time for another fun sketch over at Stuck On U Sketches and this one is from Patti Hutchinsen...
As you can see I used the general design, but definitely made it my own.  Instead of using 3 photos, I decided to use a panoramic photo of me and my DH standing in front of The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland while on a family vacation back in 1999..  And since it was my husband and I, I wanted to use a heart instead of a circle...  Hope you like it!!

Here are a few close ups:

Here you can see my distressed edges, the beautiful lace frame I picked up at Creative Keepsakes Convention this last September in San Marcos, the heart chipboard that was in one of my Swirlydoos Kits, Chipboard letters, Stickles (turquoise), Bazzill Cardstock Borders (black) and Cuttlebug Vine..

I'm really trying to stay with my New Year's Resolution and do some journaling on my layouts......

And here is a Petaloo -Velvet & Lace Peach Flower, Prima Vine, and Prima Say it in Crystals Swirl with Lace-Black..

Here are a few other challenges this will qualify for:
If The Shoe Fits ~ Friendship -- I don't have a closer friend than my DH
Alphabet Challenge Blog ~ L- Lady - I consider myself a lady, sometimes
Charisma Cardz Challenge ~ Magic Numbers ~  Summer, 1999
Raise The Bar ~ N.E.W. (Nesties, Embellishments and White)
Paper Cutz Challenge ~ It's your choice
Fun at Fairy Knoll ~ Chocolate

Here is the scrappy list of things I used on this layout:
SU Basic Black CS
Basic Grey - Max & Whiskers Collection - love this paper!!!!
Petaloo - Velvet & Lace Peach Flower
Prima Say it in Crystals-swirl with Lace
Chipboard Heart ~ Swirlydoos
Chipboard Letters
Stickles ~ turquoise
Bazzill Die Cut Cardstock Borders
Serena Sullivan Die Cut Frame from CKC

Be sure and check out the other fabulous layouts from the girls over here!!  And then why not give it a try?!!  We would love to have you play along with us, if you do, be sure and upload it so we can all see it!!
Have an awesome day!!!
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Birthday cards for DD and DIL ~ NiceCrane Designs

Hi everyone!!  Just a quick post today...  It has been raining for 2 days now and I am so ready to see some sunshine!!!  Today we are celebrating January Birthdays... Tomorrow is my DD Amanda's B-day and a week from tomorrow is DIL Angela's B-day...  Here are the cards I made... 2 very different looks but I really like both of them....  Both backgrounds are from NiceCrane Designs digital collage and scrapbook products... and are from the Distressed Phonebook collection...  aren't they beautiful!!!  I really didn't have to do much because the background is so beautiful... If you get some time, you will want to check out the different designs they have... The are beautiful!!
Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Amanda's extreme workout ~ Sketches In Thyme

Hi everyone!!  Today we have another wonderful sketch for you over at Sketches In Thyme and this one is from Sketchabilities....  Look at all of the wonderful layers!!
I decided to use this layout for some cute photos I took of my SIL Jason, taking Colten and Savannah on a go-cart ride...  but he gets stuck in the sand...  Savannah was so cute trying to pull him out, but didn't get very far, so Amanda went to help her out...  It was too cute!!!

Now here are a few close ups of my layout

Here is my beautiful butterfly... I picked this up at Hobby Lobby and I added stickles and jewels... and then added the Prima Say It In Pearls...  You can also see some of the distressed edges!!!

I journaled on Webster's Pages, added some BoBunny Trim, and an antique metal button with a decorative brad on the top!!

Here you can see the Petaloo Canterbury Magnolia Blossoms and The Making Memories Bling Frame.  This is a glitter frame that I toned down with copper stickles and then with the Webster's Trim...

My scrappy list of things I used on this layout!! 
Bazzill Cardstock ~ Dark Brown
Making Memories ~ Noel Collection
Graphic45 ~ Botanicabella Collection ~ Birds in Paradise
Webster's Vellum and Die Cut Papers
Petaloo Canterbury Magnolia Blossoms
Making Memories Bling Green Frame
 Stickles~ copper
Webster's Designer Trim
 Sticker letters

Be sure and visit the other Design Team layouts... and we have a couple of awesome Guest Designers so please check out their beautiful creations as well...  We also hope that you can play along with us this week... Here is the fabulous prize we are giving away this month..

The Lucky Girl  Crafts - Forever Love Kit, which is packed full of beautiful papers and embellies and is perfect for any scrapper... Remember the more times you play the more chances you have to win... 
Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Joy ~ Sketch Along Tuesday - Frosted Designs

Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's pretty cold down here in Texas, so I bet it's freezing where most of you are..  Stay safe, warm and healthy!!!  And since some of you can't get out, why not just do a little scrapping!!  Boy, I would if I could!!  Anyway, today is Sketch Along Tuesday over at Frosted Designs and Diana has come up with a fabulous sketch!!  When I saw her sketch I knew it was perfect for another Christmas layout..  But, you don't have to use it for a Christmas layout, there's so many possibilities as you will see from some of the other design team members.... and a we also have a couple of pretty awesome guest designers this month....  be sure and check out there beautiful work, too!!!   Okay, so here's the sketch:
I wanted to scrap this sweet photo of my little grandkids taken at Christmas..   Here are a few close ups
Here you can see the Colorbok adhesive word (Joy),  Making Memories Trim (Flutter),  7 Gypsies Pearl Ring Dangles and a little bit of my stitching......

Here is the Petaloo Floral (these are going to give the Prima a run for their money.... I love these!!!), some more stitching, Organza Ribbon and BoBunny letters.

Here you can see a Prima Antique Mistletoe and the beautiful BoBunny paper...

and here is my decorative journaling block cut from more BoBunny paper, sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Distressed Ink, and add at piece of the Petaloo Floral.. You can also see some more of that beautiful Making Memories Trim..

Scrappy list of items I used
My Minds Eye ~ Lost & Found -Union Square "Moments" Die Cut - the red frame.
BoBunny Noel
Petaloo Floral Embellishments
7 Gypsies Pearl Ring Dangles
Prima Antique Mistletoe
Making Memories Trim (Flutter)
Colorbok Adhesive Word (Joy)
Sparkle Adhesive - red glitter - frame around the photo
Organza Red Ribbon
Sewing machine

Thanks for dropping by and be sure and check out the other design teams layouts...  We would love for you to play along with us,this is this months prize.....
WOW, wouldn't you love to win this....  remember the more weeks you play, the more chances you have to win this fabulous prize!!
Can't wait to see your interpretation of this weeks sketch!
Thanks for dropping by!!
Happy Scrapping!!
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

16 x 20 Canvas Project

Hi everyone, hope you are well and staying warm on this cold Sunday!!  This is definitely the kind of weather to scrap and that's just what I have been doing...  My DIL Angela wanted to know if I could do a layout using a beautiful poem that her brother wrote about Christmas as the focal point.  I have never scrapped using anything but a photo as the focal point before, but I wanted to give it a try..  She also provided me with a few older photos and a few newer photos of her and her brothers, their families, and her parents... a total of 8 photos!  Well I knew I couldn't get it all on a 12 x 12 without making everything so small that it would be difficult to read the poem or to see the photos clearly..  So while I was debating on how to proceed, I came across this beautiful Noel Kit from BoBunny, which uses a 16 x 20 canvas.. OMGosh, this was perfect..  I think the hardest part was re-arranging the photos and deciding where to add the bling and chipboard embellies...  The chipboard embellies came with the kit, and the bling are from my stash...  I couldn't be happier with this Kit.  It was perfect for this project and I would love to get a few more, but, looks like a lot of other people like it too.  I've been checking back with them and right now they seem to be out of stock.. 

This will also qualify for a few challenges out there--
Alphabet Challenge ~ J for journey  (I see this as a journey from childhood to adult)
By The Cute and Girly ~ Bling It On
Craft Your Days Away ~ Anything Goes
Rainbow Lady's Challenge ~ It's New To Me  (working on canvas)
The Crazy Challenge ~ All Things New (BoBunny Canvas Kit)

Thank you for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Colten ~ Stuck On U Sketches Challenge

Hi everyone!!  I don't think I have to tell you it's Friday, but I do want to tell you that it's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches!!   And this weeks sketch is from PageMaps

and it has a lot of possibilities...  I switched the photo and the title/journaling side because of the way Colten was facing...  The photo of GS Colten was taken December 30, 2010 and the weather was in the low 70's..  I kept the kids that day because daycare and school was still closed for the Christmas holiday...  Colten was having so much fun playing in the sand, he didn't even notice I had taken his picture.. If he had noticed, he would have turned his head or put his hand over his face!!  He just doesn't like his picture taken!! 

Although I don't have a lot of intricate details on this layout, I hope you enjoy the following close ups... 

here you can see the Dusty Attic Chipboard, part of the distressed edges and some of the punched borders..

Some more of the punched borders, distressed edges and chipboard letters.

file tab, distressed edges, punched borders..

and here you can see the 7 gypsies chipboard pieces..

Here are a few other challenges this will qualify for:
By The Cute and Girly ~ Bling it on... I added rhinestones
Creative Inspirations ~ Something new 
Fab 'n' Funky ~ Anything goes
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything goes with an option of lace
The Shabby Tea Room ~  Welcome to 2011 ~ use 11 elements

Here is the scrappy list of things I used on this layout:
Bazzill Cardstock ~ burgundy
BoBunny ~ Noel Collection......  I Love this collection!!!!
The gold paper is Basic Grey, don't know the name..
My Minds Eye ~ Lost & Found Collection- under photo..
Tim Holtz Distresser
MS Daisy Fan Border Punch
MS Garden Trellis Border Punch
Cuttlebug Floral Borders
Dusty Attic ~ Birds on Limb
7 Gypsies Bookends
Spellbinders Nestabilities ~ Large Deckled Rectangles
Tim Holtz Distressed Inks
Chipboard letters from stash
McGill File Tab Punch
Black Rhinestones

Be sure and check out the fabulous layouts from the other Design Team Members...  And we would love for you to play along..... remember you have 2 weeks..  Be sure and upload it so we can see it!!
Thanks so much for dropping by..
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

WooHoo ~ I"ve Been Published!!

Hello everyone!!!  I've had wonderful day so far... I received an email from Scrap n' Art Magazine telling me that my layout was published in their  Winter 2010-2011~ Holiday Issue!  WooooHoooo!! 

and check out page 56!!! 
 I was so surprised and very excited when I saw my layout!!  This is an amazing magazine full of tips, beautiful cards and layouts...  and I just had to share!!
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!! I know I will!!
Come back and visit me anytime!!!
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Tutorial ~ Dec. 26th

Hi everyone, I did this tutorial over at Frosted Designs last week and you might have seen it there.. If you did I hope you enjoyed it and if you didn't I hope you give it a try... 
This is a quick and easy way to add a little sparkle to your layouts and/or cards by using die cuts and glitter and a few other household things!

Things you will need:
Cardstock Paper
Die Cut Templates or Punches ~ I'm showing you a few different samples.. You can also use cuts from your Cricut Cartridges...
Packing Tape
Glitter ~ I used Martha Stewart Sugar Coating Glitter

Punch or cut out your images...

Now comes the tricky part... Take a piece of the tape, sticky side sure you don't get your fingerprints on the part of the tape you're going to put the glitter on or it will show... now with the right side up, stick the die cut on the tape..

sprinkle glitter over the die cut. Press the glitter with your fingers down into the cuts/holes..

Now brush off the glitter and with your scissors cut around the image as close as you can... and here are the results...

And here you can see what I did with the ornaments... I added lilac glitter on these..

A quick and easy way to add bling!!!!  I love it and I hope you do too!!
And you can see the layout I did with the butterflies here..    If you haven't visited Frosted Designs, please do, you will find all kinds of inspiration from the Design Team  and we have challenges for everyone!! 
Thanks for dropping by and come back anytime!!! 
Have a wonderful day!!!
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