Friday, December 31, 2010

Join in the fun all this month at Cookin' Up Creations!

The new year is here … and the Cookin' Up Design Team says,


Let's face it, we all have a scrappy stash …. things that we are hoarding, forgot we had, never got around to using … yeah, you know you have it, too! And if you're like us, you may have gotten new supplies and tools as gifts or maybe you hit the after-holiday sales; and we all know that Winter CHA is just around the corner, when the scrap companies will be releasing NEW designs!

The Design Team members will be using OUR stash all month to make way for all the new goodies that have come or are yet to come our way. You'll see how we are whittling away our stash in our Design Team reveals throughout January. And you can join us by using up your own stash in the Blue Plate Special challenges. We'll be focusing all month on ways to use what you have to make room for more .... well, stuff!

So … we know you have some stash (don't we all) and we know you are eying all those new supplies … so join us as we say “OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

This week's reveals

For this week's reveal on the  Cookin' Up Creations' blog, I used patterned papers and felt die cuts from the Kris Kringle line by s.e.i. to create a Christmas themed layout. I used a journaling spot (cut in half) and a cute little bird from Ormolu, an Etsy shop.

My youngest granddaughter was so excited to help "duckowate Aga's twee". I love these photos because they show Anna's pixie-like personality.

Sketch #139 at Nuts About Sketches features a fabulous arch across the double pager. I used photos from a theme park in Shenzhen, China paired with "Gypsy Market" papers from 7Gypsies.

If you're looking for a good challenge, be sure to check out this week's "Blue Plate Specials" at Cookin' Up Creations Forum. If you complete 12 of the December 1-31 challenges by January 2, your name will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize from Nikki Silvis Scrapbooker. There's a new challenge every day, with Monday as a "catch up day". Don't miss the fun!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Holiday Blog Hop!

This is stop number SEVEN on the  the Paper Secrets Holiday Blog Hop. I'm so glad you are here!

You should have arrived here from Julia's  blog. If not, then you may wish to start at the beginning, with Kristi's blog, and proceed through each of the 25 participating blogs, then on to the Paper Secrets forum, for a chance to win one of three fabulous prize packages. 

I created this Advent treat calendar to share with you today. The base is a 24-cup mini muffin tin. Each square is 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches in size and is held onto the tin with  magnetic tape strips. 

(The best light this morning was outside, so this is hanging on the porch railing!) 

Here's a close up of some of the detailing

and the magnetic tape strips on the back. They are self adhesive, but I added a bit of glue to make sure they hold tight as the squares are moved.

I want to note that the squares and the buttons are all held on with magnetic tape, which means everything is removable. I used this same tin for my Halloween candy tin; just removed all of the elements and changed it over to Christmas! 

The papers are Basic Grey, the cardstock is scraps from my stash, and most of the cute Christmas figures were cut with the Cricut Lite "Jolly Holidays" cartridge.  I punched the holes for the ribbon with a Crop a Dile. These are easy and so much fun to make! 

Don't forget to leave a comment on all 25 blog posts and in the Paper Secrets forum for your chance at winning one of the prize packages. Your next stop will be Julie's blog.

If  you get lost, you will find a complete list of participating blogs here. Thank you for stopping by; have fun on the rest of the hop! 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Monday's reveals

Monday's sketch #138 at Nuts About Sketches featured some fun circles! I paired the sketch with some night time city photos from Hong Kong. I loved the lights, colors, noises, people in the busy city of Wan Chai, where my colleague and I stayed in 2005 when we attended a trade show there.

At Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbooking Forum, the design team is working this month with beautiful papers, embellishments and other products from s.e.i.; stamps from Marks Finest Papers; and journaling tags from Ormolu etsy shop. This week I created two cards using s.e.i's Kris Kringle line.

The first one is a non-Christmas card that also features stamps from Marks' Apples and Camellia stamp set.

And the inside:

The second card also utilizes the KrisKringle papers and a felt sticker, as well as a cute tag from Ormolu.

Be sure to come back Friday and check out the Paper Secrets Holiday Blog Hop. The blog starts at 10 am PST Friday, Dec. 10 on  Kristi's blog; be sure to visit and leave comments on all of the blogs and then post back at Paper Secrets for a chance to win one of three gorgeous prize packages!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fabulous Friday!

I can't believe how quickly the weeks seem to fly by, from Halloween through the new year. Christmas is only 3 weeks away! My Christmas shopping is started, but haven't gotten the tree up or decorated yet. Maybe this weekend .... the 3 to 6 inches of snow that's being forecast for our area should put me in the holiday mood, huh?

I did make some holiday tags this week for a swap, using one of Tim Holtz' "12 Tags of Christmas 2009" for inspiration. It was great fun inking and stamping the papers and cutting out the birds and branches!

The bird is a Spellbinders die and makes a great cardinal or blue jay, depending on the color of cardstock you use.

Monday was the December sketch reveal day at My Sketch World. Although I'm on the Layout Design Team, this month I created a card instead using Lucy's fabulous sketch and a new Quickutz die that I bought and couldn't wait to try. This was just so much fun to do! The Happy Holidays is from the Cricut Lite Jolly Holidays cartridge. That cute little button is a Cuttlebug die.

Be sure to join us on My Sketch World Forum for some great layout and card challenges this month. For each challenge you complete, you get an entry into the drawing for a great prize package. Now how cool is that?

Monday's reveal on the  Cookin' Up Creations blog was the last one using products by our November sponsor, Midnight Oil Scrapbook Design. I used a PageMaps sketch as my inspiration (and also as one of the Blue Plate Special challenges on the site) and created a layout of our little dog, Coco. I cut a piece of the paw print Intricacy laser cut paper from MOSD and used it as a scalloped edge on my design.

This dog is really difficult to photograph, so I was pleased to get this many photos from her recent "photo shoot" while she sat on my husband's lap (Coco is a bit of a 'Daddy's girl')

In December, the CUC Design Team will be working with papers and other products from SEI, Marks Finest Papers (I received some truly awesome stamps in my package!) and tags from Ormolu Etsy Shop. And the Design Team has planned a whole month's worth of fabulous Blue Plate Special challenges for you, so be sure to come on over to the Cookin' Up Creations Forum and check it out. This is going to be a great month!

This week's sketch #137 at Nuts About Sketches was so much fun to do! There were some creative shapes and double banners, which took me a bit out of my usual comfort zone. I used yummy Sassafras Indie Girl papers for a layout of photos from "Boo at the Zoo" with youngest granddaughter and her parents.

I have more photos to scrap, so I'll do a second page later and turn this into a two page layout.

And last but certainly not least .... be sure to catch the Paper Secrets' Holiday Blog Hop, from Friday-Monday December 10-13! The hop begins on Kristi's blog.  I am #7 on the blog route, and I'm working now on a fun holiday project to show you. Be sure to visit all 25 blogs along the way and leave a comment at each one, plus the Paper Secrets site, for a chance to win one of three fabulous prizes!

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great weekend!

Friday, November 26, 2010

This week's reveals!

So ... did you have a good Thanksgiving? Hope it was filled with fellowship, family and friends, food and fun! My husband and I traveled to his brother's house, along with two dozen friends and relatives, for a wonderful feast. As always, the holiday week started off with Monday reveals. 

 Monday's design team reveals at Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations featured products from Midnight Oil Scrapbook Design. I designed two cards this week. The first one used a piece of floral Intricacy die cut paper that I saved from an earlier layout, coupled with patterned paper and chipboard stickers from Chatterbox and epoxy stickers from Colorbok:

The second card featured part of a layered laser cut border design, dressed up with Stickles glitter glue. I used tags from a MOSD embellishment kit for the balloons.

My Nuts About Sketches reveal for this week was a two pager based on Shawn's Sketch #136. I always love Shawn's double layout sketches because they always help me get in lots of photos without feeling that it's too crowded. The photos from this week's sketch were taken at the farmer's market in Rochester, MN last month. The papers are Jillibean Soup and Girls Paperie. 

This layout also was the subject of my "What's New Wednesday" challenge at Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations. The newest issue of Creating Keepsakes'  Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks was full of ideas for using stamps and ink on your layouts. I wanted to use kraft cardstock for the background on this layout, but it needed a little oomph! I used a background stamp, a collage stamp and two colors of ink to stamp a mat for two of the photos. 

I started by cutting out a "template" from a piece of copy paper in the size I wanted my mat to be; placed it on my background paper; and stamped with green distressing ink and my background stamp.I overstamped onto the white paper to make sure that I filled my mat area.

Next, I stamped with brown ink and the collage stamp. Again, I overstamped onto the white paper and turned my stamp to use different parts of the design.

It still wasn't enough of a punch, so I used watercolor pencils to color in the designs and lightly went over them with a damp cotton swab to blend the colors for a watercolor effect. This is a close up of the completed mat with photo:

This was lots of fun and something that I definitely will try again! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Re-purposing that themed holiday paper

We all have it somewhere in our stash -- the leftover paper from holidays past. Do we wait for the holiday to roll around again, only to forget to use it, or do we pass it up for this year's new goodies? 

At My Sketch World forum this month, design team member Ann challenged us to use our holiday or themed paper for a purpose other than the theme for which the paper was intended. And that worked perfectly with Monday's reveal at Cookin' Up Creations. The sponsor this month is Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs, and  I had the pleasure of working with their heart Intricacy laser cut paper. I teamed it with some leftover Fancy Pants Valentine's Day paper for a Halloween layout of my youngest granddaughter in her butterfly costume:

"Blackbird" is a Halloween line, but it also worked with photos from an afternoon picking apples and pumpkins with my oldest daughter and her family:

Monday is also reveal day for Nuts About Sketches, and I created another Halloween layout with Sketch #135. The papers are the fabulous "Blackbird" line from My Mind's Eye, and the handsome young Ninjas are two of my grandsons:

Last weekend I signed up for the One Hour Layout Sketch Challenge at My Sketch World; then I was 15 minutes late to the challenge! Normally I'm a slow scrapper, but I really, really wanted to finish the challenge, so I created this one in about 35 minutes.

We needed a card to send to my husband's aunt for her 80th birthday. We happened to have this cute photo of her and a friend as young women, which I copied and paired with Crate Paper Restoration papers.

Want to win a mini-kit from Little Red Scrapbook? Then go here!  You have until Sunday at midnight (EST) to post and enter at the Cookin' Up Creations Blog! Good luck!

Friday, November 12, 2010

These are just TOO much fun!

I found this tutorial on making burlap sugered flowers earlier this week, and  I haven't been the same since! These are just too much fun to make , and now I have glitter in my hair and seed beads all over my craft room. I did make a couple of adjustments to Lorinda's directions in the video: Instead of Mod Podging the back, I ran a piece of cardstock through my Xyron 500 and stuck it to the back of the burlap to stabilize it, then cut it with a Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die by Sizzix and my Wizard. After that I colored the burlap and then added rhinestones, beads and glitter.

Here are a few of my creations:

I used light natural colored burlap for all the flowers. I used a variety of different media to color the different burlap flowers.  Then on each one,  I added  center rhinestones using Alene's Tacky Glue (it's clear and it's cheap), more glue and a ring of seed beads. I used a toothpick to add glue on the edges of the petals and dotted on the petals, then shook glitter from the kiddie crafts section at JoAnn's over each flower -- some lightly and some more heavily.

Stamped with a script stamp and sepia ink, then rubbed with a pink cat's eye ink pad. I think I spritzed it with Krylon spray glitter too:

Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels and a little less glitter. 

Fired Brick distress ink and lots and LOTS of Martha Stewart chunky iridescent glitter:

Spritzed with a homemade spray mist (made by combining water, blue food coloring and some pearlized pigment powder in a spray bottle), centered with a Prima flower center and a dusting of fairy dust glitter:

The green flower on the tag below was painted with FolkArt Extreme Glitter acrylic paint in Peridot. The tag is just some scraps, a stamp and some ink:

What am I going to do with the rest of these? I have no idea! but I'd better figure out something because I've made quite a few and probably will make more. 

Have a great weekend! 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Show and Tell!

Have I mentioned before how much I love Mondays?

Monday is always reveal day, and we all know that I love to show off my work. So here goes:

This was Week #134 at Nuts About Sketches, and once again Shawn's sketch was amazing. She totally rocks the two-pager! (And this week there is a prize -- if you create a layout using the sketch and link it to the blog, your name goes into a drawing for a fabulous kit from My Paper Treehouse. How cool is that?!?)

Here's her sketch:

... and here's my layout:

Along with Mondays, I also love Halloween papers and embellishments, so I was thrilled to have thee photos from my older daughter to scrap. The papers are My Mind's Eye "Blackbird". 

And it is also reveal day at Cookin' Up Creations, and I am so excited to show you my creation this week. Our November sponsor is Midnight Oil Scrapbook Design, and among their products are fabulous acrylic albums in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs. I chose a 4 x 6 accordian album this month and paired it with photos, again, from my older daughter and her family. (Yes, she seems to love Halloween too, doesn't she?) 

I used the Blackbird papers again, paired with Pink Paislee labels and all sorts of goodies from my Halloween scrapping stash. To see photos of the individual pages, go the the Cookin' Up Creations Gallery

It was my turn on Cookin' Up Creations yesterday to present the "Inspirational Sunday" challenge for the Blue Plate Special. This week I challenged participants to "think yellow" and use that color on any project. The Specials are offered every day except Monday; and if you complete at least 15 of the November challenges by the end of the month, you can win a great prize! Check it out here -- we love new participants! 

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great week! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Sunday!

I loved, loved, loved both of the sketches for last Monday's reveals! This was my layout for Sketch #133 at Nuts About Sketches. I incorporated an idea -- to outine the center area with marker -- from the current issue of Creating Keepsakes. The papers are Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers. The photos were taken by my older daughter, and those are two of my adorable grandsons!

Monday also was the November reveal at My Sketch World. The photos were taken on one of the hottest days of the summer, when I took my youngest granddaughter to the zoo. This was her first carousel ride. The papers and stickers are Echo Park.

Did you know that sketch artist Lucy Chesna and the MSW Design Team offer some great monthly challenges? Go here for inspiration. And this month, participants will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize pack -- one entry for EACH layout or card challenge you complete! 

Monday also was reveal day at Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Challenges! This month we are fortunate to be working with products generously provided by Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs. I used their Floral Intricacy laser cut paper, paired with Zinnia papers from Little Yellow Bicycle, to create a layout:

I cut out the part of the laser cut sheet that's hidden by the mustard cardstock; it will be used for a card later this month. 

The Cookin' Up Design Team offers a "Blue Plate Special" challenge every day except Monday (that's our catch-up and reveal day).  Check it out here!

I created these two layouts last week for the BPS challenges:

These two boo-ti-ful ghouls are my older daughter and son-in-law, dressed in their Halloween finery. The photo was taken by my grandson. Papers are from the fabulous My Mind's Eye Blackbird line. The background paper is by Sandylion. (I used a craft knife to cut around the fence on the background paper and then slipped the argyle paper underneath so I wouldn't lose any of the fabulous fence design.)

My husband and I spent Halloween weekend visiting our younger daughter and her family. We all attended Boo at the Zoo, where we were greeted eagerly by the four-month-old lion cub twins: 

Thanks for looking. Have a fabulous Sunday! 

Friday, October 29, 2010

A few cards and the Monday reveals

I love making Halloween cards for my grandkids, so I had a blast this week! I had leftover Pink Paislee "Twilight" papers from last year to work with. Then I added some Graphic 45's "Halloween in Wonderland" and My Mind's Eye "Blackbird".

Here's a slide show of the resulting creations:

I found a lot of inspiration in this month's "Blue Plate Special" challenges offered by the Design Team on Cookin' Up Creations. You can check them out here. And the arch cards were inspired by a challenge from Card Design Team member Cheryl on My Sketch World. (She even provided the template!) Go here to join in the fun! Check back often to see the ever-changing challenges and creations on both forums.

As always, Monday was reveal day both for Nuts About Sketches and Cookin' Up Creations.

This was my layout for Nuts About Sketches sketch #132:

This was the final week for the Cookin' Up Creations Design Team to work with Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics and stamp sets from Unity Stamp Company. All of us have had a wonderful time designing with the fun products so generously provided by both companies!  I created two cards:

This one used all three stamps in the "Berry Good Life" Unity set. I used a masking technique on the front to combine the sentiment with the basket motif and accented the design with Divine Twine:

 I combined a Unity stamp with the clock motif from Stampin' Up for the inside:

The other was a Halloween card using the twine with Graphic 45's fabulous Halloween in Wonderland line. I did a bit of fussy cutting and added paint and glitter embossing for extra pizazz:

And I used the tea set stamp and twine again on the inside:

Thanks for looking -- and have a BOO-TI-FUL Halloween! 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Some Halloween crafting!

I love Halloween papers and embellishments! They are just so much FUN! I have some Pink Paislee Twilight and a parts of a couple other lines left from previous years, as well as some fun stickers and such. But I just bought the October "Juicy" kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop, featuring the adorable Blackbird line by My Mind's Eye. I had to rip into the kit right away .....

My daughter used a 24-cup mini muffin tin last Christmas season to create an adorable Advent calendar treat container. It looked so cute hanging on her kitchen wall! I decided to adapt the design for a Halloween version.

This is what I came up with:

The only thing I bought specifically for this project was the muffin tin. Everything else was already in my stash. Each square is held in place by pieces of magnet tape:

The magnet tape holds the squares in place -- even when the tin is hanging on the wall -- but allows for easy removal to get to the treats inside.

This has been a pretty crafty week, actually. Yesterday on the Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbooking Forum, I presented the Transformation Thursday challenge by altering two cute miniature wooden birdhouses from a local dollar store.

This is what I started with:

And this is what they looked like when I painted the trim and covered them with paper"

All of this week's "Blue Plate Special" challenges at Cookin' Up Creations used a pink theme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I used pink papers and topped them with pink bows. Each of the houses received a different roof treatment:

This weekend I'm hoping to get my Halloween cards done (can't wait to work more with all the fun Halloween stuff!) and hopefully joining in an online crop or two. 

Have a great weekend!