Friday, May 28, 2010

Just one today ...

I just completed this one for the blog grand opening celebration at Top Shelf Memories blog. Be sure to check out the new blog and the great kits in the Top Shelf Memories store!

I took the photo last summer at Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan. I just loved the sweet shot of the horses waiting for their food!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Scrapping this weekend???

I know I am! The sun is shining into my scrap room window, and Ed the cat is already in his usual spot on the couch (having already been booted out of his most favorite place, the top of my desk under the window). I've got a list of challenges and sketches, and a pile of photos, along with a couple of new kits. Sooooo .... after a few household chores, lunch with my mom and a walk with Coco the dog, you know where you can find me this weekend!

I've got tons of wedding photos (980 to be exact -- but who's counting?!) on disk, thanks to photographer Tiffany Doubek. My mom had been wanting a four-generations photo for a while, so younger daughter's wedding was the perfect time to get one. Here we are, in our dress-up best:

The layout was inspired by sketches both from Robin Wade at Cookin' Up Creations and from Sketch Inspiration. I used the "Final Days of Summer" kit from A Million Memories. Those beautiful girls include (from left) my granddaughter Shelbie; daughter in law Candi; my mom, Lois; my older daughter Heather; the bride, my younger daughter Kristen; me, holding granddaughter Anna; and granddaughter Kaycee.

The May Bloomin' Good Time challenges continue all this month at Cookin' Up Creations. The next two layouts are my answer to a color challenge. The papers are Green at Heart by Basic Grey; love the bright, juicy colors and happy patterns! This line was featured in an April kit from ScrapbookDeals4U. I took the pictures last weekend when we visited the newlyweds at their new home in Kenosha. Granddaughter Anna wanted to show us "her park", "her ducks" and "her lake".

This sketch is from design team member Kat Glossop at A Million Memories, and was my take on a challenge offered there this month. The daisy border was cut from one of the patterned papers.

This one is based on a sketch from Inspired Blueprints. Again, loving that Green at Heart! I also love my circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders for cutting those accents and title block.

And if you love challenges (and kits!) as much as I do, be sure to visit the Top Shelf Memories blog for a grand opening party through May 28! Taryn has some lovely kits for sale there (the one featuring Green at Heart is chock full of papers and goodies)

And ... don't know how I missed this! My "First Dance" layout was named Layout of the Week for the week of May 3 on the blog at A Million Memories. The AMM design team is amazing, and there are some extremely talented scrap artists who post there regularly; so I am really honored and excited to have one of my layouts featured. I posted it here a few weeks back, but here it is again:

And, as if that weren't enough, my "A Day in Sunny South Haven" layout was chosen as Layout of the Week over at Cookin' Up Creations! Again, what a thrill and an honor to have one of my pages singled out from among some really talented artists.

Thanks for stopping by. You know where you'll find me this weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Rain, rain, go away ....

After a few nice days last week, we had three days of rainy gray weather. The sounds of thunder, wind and rain were loud enough to wake us up at about 3 am Thursday. It was also enough to mess up our telephone land line service. But our yard is nice and green!

Ed the cat loves the "new" scrap room. A desk sits right under the window, and I usually find him sitting on the desk enjoying the morning sunshine. He's also very interested in the contents of my various storage unit drawers. I managed to move him over long enough to create a couple of layouts this week. Cookin' Up Creations is hosting a month-long "Bloomin' Good Time" Challenge, which has been a lot of fun so far!

Each of the two sides of this double pager was created in answer to a challenge. I am really loving these Crate Paper Brook papers! More photos from our trip last summer to southwestern Michigan:

I used a foam stamp and Versamark watermark ink to stamp the flourishes onto the maise-colored cardstock. It added some interest without overwhelming the photos.

I mounted the photos for this one onto a block of vanilla colored cardstock, then adhered the block to my background cardstock.

More photos from the Michigan trip, using Basic Grey's Green at Heart papers. This is such a happy, fun paper line!

The tutorial for the flower on this card (birthday card for my husband -- thought I could get away with a flower if I used some "masculine" colors!) is on Becca Fleeken's blog and was posted on one of the Cookin' Up Creations challenges. The slide is chipboard sprayed with blue Glimmer Mist:

Cookin' Up Creations is also hosting a create a flower challenge this month. Here are a couple of my "creations":

Here's hoping the rain stays away for the weekend!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Back to scrapping!

The National Scrapbooking Day challenges across the internet were great! I'm moved into the bedroom-turned-scrap room "more or less", much to Ed the cat's delight. He likes nothing better than to hang out on the old couch in there; or better yet, to sit on my desk and look out the window or knock my small tools over the edge and watch them fall to the floor. He and I need to discuss his behavior.

In the past week, I've completed five layouts and three cards. And as usual, each of them is a response to at least one challenge.

This picture is more than 20 years old. The little guy on the left is my third child, with the kids next door. I don't know where they got those snazzy hats, but the boys sure thought they were cool. I used a sketch by Robin Wade on Cookin' Up Creations, and a kit from A Million Memories.

My 4 year old grandson, Cameron, was up early the day of my youngest daughter's wedding. Then he missed his usual nap. At dinner time, he just couldn't keep his eyes open. He took a snooze and then found his second wind, and he was quite the little dude on the dance floor. You just know he's going to hate this picture when he's older! I used a sketch from Sketch Inspiration. The kit is from Paper Posies; the challenge on PP was to use same-color cardstock and border punches to create a background, as shown in the current issue of Scrapbooks Etc. I do love my border punches!


I took these photos of my oldest dd, Heather, who was matron of honor for youngest dd last month. The sketch is from PageMaps, and I scraplifted a similar layout by ScrapbookDeals4U design team member Heather Bowser. The papers are from SBD4U's new Thrift Shop kit. (That is Heather's little guy snoozing in the layout above)

Granddaughter Anna wore a dress for her mommy's wedding that her new daddy's sister wore in their aunt's wedding; then their cousin wore it in the sister's wedding. Each little girl's name and the date she wore the dress is embroidered into the hemline. The sketch is by Stacy Cohen and the kit is from A Million Memories.

Paper Posies had a challenge to scrapbook about your purse and its contents. I was thinking about how my purse contents reflect my stage in life. The sketch is by Kristine Davidson from the SD4U design team.

I needed a few cards, so I used sketches from Inspired Blueprints and Cookin' Up Creations.
The first is for older ds's birthday. I used Spellbinders dies to cut circles from old dictionary pages, then scrunched them, sprayed with glimmer mist and stacked into a flower.

I used Spellbinders dies and a Martha Stewart punch for the flowers on this one, for my youngest dd's birthday:

And this one is for my mom. I made the rose from grosgrain ribbon. Staci Taylor posted a tutorial on A Million Memories forum. The papers are October Afternoon's Thrift Shop, so much fun!

Have a great weekend!