Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thinking in Three's!

The  latest challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog is to use embellishments and elements in groups of three. I used the January "Baby It's Cold Outside" kit from Scraptastic with a few extra things from my stash, along with a sketch from Susan Stringfellow, to create this layout:

I used three clouds (cut with my Silhouette Cameo), three wood veneer snowflakes and three teal "pearl" dots. This will also be the example for my upcoming challenge on March 19 at Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbooking Forum. This month we're "MAD ABOUT SKETCHES", and we're thrilled that Susan graciously gave us permission to use 25 of her sketches for our challenges. The cute music flair button is from Joyful Moose Etsy shop, the prize sponsor for March. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Another Scraptastic challenge!

Scraptastic kicked off its March challenges last week with Nathalie's Tic Tac Toe board. I chose the combination of using yellow, two different alphas and wood veneers. I used a sketch by Susan Stringfellow of SketchSavvy and the March Scraptastic "Lost in My Mind" kit. This is my youngest granddaughter scrapbooking; she takes it very seriously!

The buttons, glue die cut rosette and wood veneer bird were from my stash of leftover embellishments from past kits. 

Also completed so far in March:

We're celebrating "MAD ABOUT SKETCHES" all month long at Cookin' Up Creations, with challenges featuring sketches by Susan Stringfellow! I used this fantastic double-page sketch with the February main kit and add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits to commemorate my oldest graanddaughter's 16th birthday last weekend.

 The beautiful flairs are from the Joyful Moose Studio:

I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist blog and the February main and add-on kits for this layout. Felt almost like a bad grandma for snapping that bottom photo before we helped him out of his "questionable situation"!

This, too, was created using a Citrus Twist sketch and the February kit and add-on. Another grandson, another humorous situation:

I love the look of sunbursts on layouts but always hated the work of cutting them out on my own. I found this one in the Silhouette Studio store; it's actually held together by a center circle (hidden behind my photo). All I had to do was trim a little bit and glue down.  

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Using hearts!

The challenge this month on more than one forum or blog has been to "use hearts". Well after all, it IS February with Valentine's Day smack in the middle!

I made these Valentines for my two youngest grandchildren, just in time for Sherri's challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog! I was fortunate to receive a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, and I've been having too much fun with it! For this first card, I used Scraptastic's February Feel Again kit papers and cardstock. The adorable bear, with her little bee costume and heart antennae, was cut with a Silhouette file. I also cut the sentiment alphas with the Cameo. 

I used another Silhouette file for this "wheelie" cute car Valentine for my youngest grandson. This time, I used papers from Scraptastic's Mr. Big Stuff kit. The sentiment was part of the car file; the heart banner was separate. 

I made these earlier in the week for the other five grandkids. All involved the Cameo and were tons of fun to make:

I used paper scraps from some almost-used-up kits for these 'angry-style bird" cards. I designed the birds myself using very basic shapes with the Silhouette Cameo software. I'm hoping my older three grandsons like them (and hoping they know "who" the birds are supposed to be)"

 These are for my two teenage granddaughters. They're 13 and 16, so I went for "pretty" more than "cute" for them. The papers are from the Feel Again kit.

The cards also work for various challenges at the Flying Unicorn scrapbooking forum and for the LOVE IS IN THE AIR Blue Plate Specials challenge theme at Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbook Forum.  Here's a layout about something I love -- the sight of grandchildren's shoes near our door. I used the January kit and this week's sketch from Citrus Twist Kits.

Thanks for looking -- have a wonderful Valentine's Day and a great weekend! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

First Scraptastic challenge for February and a Nuts About Sketches sketch!

Scraptastic Club's first February challenge  by Nicole Nowosad was a fun one -- use a quote from someone in your photo as a title for your layout. I had the perfect photos of my youngest grandson and his "Bapa" (his grandpa, my husband) There were several of little Hamish's quotes, most noteably "Ah, Bapa" as his grandpa picked him up, and "pat, pat, pat" as he patted Bapa on the back with his little hand. Then there are "uppies" (pick me up) and "huggy". 

I used Sketch #204 from Nuts About Sketches  and the "Mr. Big Stuff" February kit from Scraptastic Club. And I had way too much fun creating that viewmaster reel with my Silhouette Cameo. 

This also features the Mr. BigStuff kit, a PageMaps sketch, some Cameo cuts and that cute little blonde guy on his first day at his new day care center. I created this one for a challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. Our theme this month is LOVE IS IN THE AIR, and there's a new challenge each day through February, with a prize drawing at the end of the month. Come on over and check it out! 

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nuts About Sketches!

I really loved this week's sketch (#302) at Nuts About Sketches. It gave me a chance to play with my Silhouette Cameo and break out the brand-new January main kit from Citrus Twist Kits. The photos are from my daughter and feature my two youngest grandchildren.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hello, I'm back!

My poor blog has been very neglected the past few months, but one of my New Year's resolutions is to post regularly again.

What motivates you to scrap? For me, I find inspiration in challenges and sketches. The Scraptastic Club blog  offers a new challenge each Thursday (there's a drawing at the end of the month for a $20 gift card to the club's store). Last week, design team member Tracy Banks' challenge was to scrap on the diagonal; she even made a process video to demonstrate! Here is my diagonally-inclined layout:

I received a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas (so excited!) and used it to make the title and the heart confetti.

The Citrus Twist Kits blog offers a sketch challenge every Sunday morning. I adore Kasia's sketches! There's a weekly drawing for a $5 gift certificate, which sweetens the deal.  This is my layout using the January 19 sketch and the December Citrus Twist kit:

And I have to mention that all of these photos were snagged from Facebook. I snag photos from all of my adult children's pages, and they're pretty tolerant of finding themselves and their families as the subjects of my scrapbook layouts.

I'm the design team coordinator at Cookin' Up Creations, which offers daily Blue Plate Special Challenges. This month's theme is ScrapLIFT Your Stash -- we're scraplifting layouts from the site's gallery, as well as using up some of the stash we've accumulated over the past year. Each completed challenge earns you an entry into the Dessert Tray drawing at the end of the month.

So far this month, I've completed these layouts for Blue Plate Special challenges:

Use a neglected tool (mine was my Creative Memories wavy paper cutter), with photo by Amy Runge:

Use circles and stars on your project:

Make little layers of paper and embellishments:

Flying Unicorn is another of my favorite sites. In addition to gorgeous monthly kits, there are how to's, monthly challenges and a weekly sketch challenge. There are various lovely RAKS offered as prizes for the monthly challenges, and a $10 gift certificate to the store for the weekly MoJo Monday sketches.

I did this layout for a challenge to pop up several page elements:

This layout also was created for Nuts About Sketches, a wonderful sketch blog. I found Shawn's site four years ago when I was just really getting into scrapping, and right now I'm in the final few weeks of my fourth term on the design team. Many of my favorite layouts have started with one of Shawn's sketches; and she does excellent double-layout sketches! This is one that I completed with photos from our family Christmas gathering:

Thaks for stopping by; have a great day!

Monday, September 23, 2013

No cardstock? No problem!

Last week's challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog was to do a layout using no cardstock. It really wasn't difficult to do. For this layout, I used the Summer Fresh line by Simple Stories -- it was featured in the July 2012 Scraptastic kit, and I ordered an extra set of the patterned paper because I thought it was so cute. 

The design is this week's sketch (#284) from Nuts About Sketches. So perfect for these fun fair photos of my youngest granddaughter at our annual hometown celebration. And I finally found a place to use that adorable closeline banner sticker!