Friday, June 25, 2010

I think summer's here!

We've had upper 80's to 90+ temperatures, lots of humidity and RAIN again this week. A big old storm Wednesday night caused the fire alarm at hubby's workplace to go off, and he had to go out there in the pouring rain to turn it off and make sure the building was secure. Had to wait, though, until the rain let up a bit -- the downpour was so heavy outside of town that he couldn't see where he was going. Our A/C is getting quite the workout. I do laundry and dishes either late at night or early in the day when the temps are cooler, so I don't heat up the house any more than necessary; and forget running the oven!

It's been a good week to stay inside.

There are several great crops and challenges going on right now -- First, there's Summer Camp Rock 3 at Scrapbookdeals4U, with a weekly challenge based on a rock song or artist. Then there's the month-long First Anniversay Birthday Bash at Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations. And this weekend, check out the Summer Lovin' Mini Crop at Simply Obsessed Scrapbooking! I love challenges because they give me great ideas for layouts that otherwise I might not have done, and sometimes they get me to reach outside my comfort zone and try new styles or techniques.

My kit addiction has gotten worse, and to justify buying NEW kits, I've challenged myself to use some of my older ones this past week or so. This one used a February 2009 Basic Grey Bittersweet kit from Paper Posies. The only things not in my kit were the ribbon, rhinestones and the little white flower. I diecut the brown letters and the stemmed flowers but I used cardstock from the kit.

The next two are done with more recent kits from ScrapbookDeals4U and TopShelfMemories.

This one is Bella Blvd's Estate Sale. The inspirations were a sketch from Sketch Inspiration and a SD4U challenge to use a Lady GaGa song in the title or journaling. This cool chick is my oldest granddaughter at age 2 months. She's 12 now and still knows how to rock the sunglasses look.

That was actually the second attempt at the Paparazzi page. The first time I completed it, I didn't like it. I mean, I really loathed the way it turned out. So I carefully removed the photos, title and star, then rearranged them and added a couple of new things. So much happier now!

And this one is Green at Heart from Basic Grey. It's such a bright, happy line with all of these juicy oranges, pinks, yellows and green. Don't you just love that little beaver sticker?

These pictures were taken at the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt/Jockey International Fountains in Kenosha, WI. The Jockey company is headquartered there, and Ms. Steigerwaldt's family is(was?) principal owners. She was president/chairman of the company for 25 years and was a very smart and successful businesswoman. The charity she started have built these family centered fountains in Kenosha, Sarasota and maybe other cities. They're the ones with the flat fountains coming out of the basin, and kids can play in them. Looking forward to visiting when they're turned on!

I've done a few cards too -- another great way to use up that older paper! This one, using Wild Saffron papers from K $ Co., is my favorite:

The bottom front of the card is scalloped; the red underneath actually is part of the inside of the card. I've never tried that before, but I liked the effect. The lady bug is pieced from a pattern on Scrapbooks Etc's website. It's going to a friend who was in a nasty car accident a couple weeks ago and is recovering from several broken bones.

We've got a break in the weather today, but more rain is predicted tonight, and more 90+ degree weather for the weekend. Stay cool!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Put your piggies in the puddle ...

So how long as it been since you played in the puddles after a rain? My 2 year old granddaughter Anna was visiting and was fascinated by Tuesday's pouring rainstorm. As it lifted to a drizzle, she wanted to go out and "see the wain". She was fascinated with the water pouring down the eavespout:

Then when the rain stopped, she wanted to go out and see the puddles in the yard and driveway.

After announcing "Wook Aga, it's nice and warm!" she decided that hopping was the thing to do.

Then she decided I was missing the true experience. "Aga, put your piggies in the puddle," she commanded. Here's proof that I did.

"Hey Aga, this is fun!"

Right after that, she sat in the water, decided squishy pants were not fun, and it was time to go in.

These photos will be finding their way onto a layout soon ...

Meanwhile, here are a couple from the past week:

Ryan was unusually agreeable to having his picture taken the day we went to Kenosha:

My older son Jason (Ryan's dad, coincidentally) made this little popsicle stick frame for Mother's Day in Cub Scouts and put a photo of himself at age 2 on there. It hung on my fridge with magnets on the back. I wanted to preserve it, and the challenge at ScrapbookDeals4U was to mat a photo with something other than paper. So ...

I did have to remove the two sticks on the back (with the magnets attached) so it would like flat on the page.

Thanks for looking -- have a great weekend!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Welcome to my Scrap Room!

After a few years as a catch-all junk room, the former play room/fourth bedroom in our house has become my scrap room. I love it! Here are a few pictures:

This is what it looks like from the doorway. The old couch is there mostly because it's heavy and difficult to move, plus it's the only place to put it, but I like having it there. The granddaughters like to sit and chat while I'm scrapping.

Gotta love the built in shelves in one of the closets:

Love having this banquet table so I can leave my Cricut and sewing machine out where I'm more likely to use them.

Walmart had these big plastic storage bins on sale after Christmas -- just the right size for kits and paper.

And every scrap room should have a scrappy cat -- mine is Ed (his full name actually is Oedipus T. Cat, thanks to my very dramatic daughter who owned him first; but I refuse to open the door and call out "Here Oedipus!" so he's just Ed. He doesn't mind) He thinks that couch is there especially for him, by the way.

Ed and I have been hanging out in there a lot this week, especially on rainy days. The birthday bash at Cookin Up Creations is going strong, and so is Summer Camp Rock at Scrapbook Deals 4U. My ATG tape is disappearing fast with all the great challenges I've been finding there and elsewhere!

I love the look on my daughter's face in this photo -- it was taken during the first dance at her wedding, when her little girl joined her and new new husband (in her comfy jammies! by the end of the evening I was wishing that I could have worn mine!) The design is based on a sketch at by Trisha at Sketch Inspirations. I stamped, inked and misted the flowers. Love those uncolored Primas -- too much fun!

The challenge was to use the title "Birthday Boy(or Girl" for a layout. I found these photos from 1996 -- the kids decided our dog needed a birthday party. He tolerated the hat, even letting them put the elastic string under his "chin", but after a while he hid under the coffee table. Used the original photos since they scanned horribly, and I figure they are safer on my layout than in the box that I found them in. The sketch is by Lucy Chesna of My Sketch World.

Another challenge called for us to scrap our nickname. This was one of several that my Dad called me when I was a child. The sketch is by Liz Qualman.

... and another fabulous sketch by Lucy Chesna! These photos were taken on my oldest granddaughter's first birthday in 1999. Again, these are original photos. This layout also answers the requirements of Workout #21 on ScrapFIT blog to use a machine and/or punchs. I used my Spellbinders Wizard to make the frame for the middle photo.

And I finished this one last night, using a sketch by Rachel Hall for A Million Memories. As soon as my daughter Heather sent me the link to her Mother's Day photos and I saw these, I knew I had to scrap them. Can't you just hear Ethan .... "Oh, Moooooooooooommmmmmmm!"

Tonight the local chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a wine and beer tasting fund raiser, with hors' doeuvres and other goodies. Looking forward to that! Hope you have a great weekend too

Friday, June 4, 2010

Did I mention ...

that I love challenges? And there are a couple of great month-long challenges right now:

Cookin' Up Creations just launched a month-long Happy First Birthday Bash Celebration. The forum is full of friendly, talented members. You'll also find great challenges and fun games on the forum there. The May Flowers month long challenge just ended and was lots of fun. (I am also thrilled to be this month's "Chef of the Month" there.) And Paper Posies hosted a week-long fifth anniversary celebration in May.

And ScrapbookDeals4U kicked off its Summer Camp Rock! That's in addition to the twice-monthly design team challenges and a total of three monthly sketch challenges. You won't want to miss it!

A Million Memories just unveiled the June sketch challenge. Check it out! There are also some great sketch challenges at Sketch Inspiration, Inspired Blueprints and The Everyday Scrapper.

So, all these challenges have the mojo positively revved up right now. Here are a few that I finished in the past week or so:

Hooray -- my album for our anniversary trip to Michigan is finished! This was the final page that I completed for it. The sketch design was inspired by an ad challenge posted by DT member Heather at SD4U. The papers are October Afternoon's "Farm Fresh":

Oldest daughter Heather sent me the link to some photos she took on Mother's Day, and so far I've done three layouts with them. The sketch is by Robin Wade, DT member at Cookin' Up Creations. The papers and flower embellishments are Basic Grey "Origins". Aren't her little guys sweet?

These photos were from Mother's Day (maybe taken by her son Ethan?) but the layout is celebrating Heather and Dustin's 9th wedding anniversary (and 15th anniversary of their first date -- Heather's prom!) last Tuesday. The sketch is from Trisha at Sketch Inspiration . Papers are Basic Grey Offbeat. I cut out some of the motifs from the paper and used pop dots to add some dimension.

The third one is Cameron on the swings, with a page design inspired by an ad challenge by DT member Jen at Cookin' Up Creations. The paper is Cosmo Cricket's "Halfway Cafe and JilliBean Soup. The little birdie stamp is by Imaginisce

A sketch by Robin Wade also inspired this layout. My grandson Ryan loves dinosaurs, so I took him and my mom to Kenosha to visit daughter Kristen and to see the mammoth bones on display at the public museum. Ryan usually hates to have his picture taken, but he was happy to pose with the recreation of the mammoth as its skeleton would look if it were all put together. The thing is, by the time I stood back far enough to get all of the mammoth model, Ryan doesn't show up well. I put the photo into black and white, then restored color to Ryan, to make him show up a bit more. His sister, Shelbie was here last weekend and helped me out with this layout. We decided to title it "Where's Waldo?" because it reminded us of the books. And we added an arrow (which Shelbie painted for me with a sponge brush and acrylic paint) so you can find him. The papers are Basic Grey Archaic (of course!)

Shelbie and her sister spent a rainy day making cards for their mom's upcoming birthday. I took pictures and created a layout of them working under Ed the Scrap Cat's watchful eye. The paper is Fancy Pants from a while back.

This one is a scraplift of a layout by member "Babydoll" at Cookin' Up Designs. The photo was taken on a family vacation to Hilton Head, South Carolina back in 1995, either before or after a dolphin-watching boat ride. This could have been titled "Are We Having Fun Yet?" The boys hated to have their pictures taken, they were hot, etc. The photo wouldn't scan well, so I ended up using the original. The fading and scratches that it accumulated over the years sort of add character. The papers and chipboard stickers are Scenic Route; the title is by Me and My Big Ideas.

I realized after I completed this one that I have two layouts from daughter Kristen's wedding entitled "Lovely". But all of the girls truly were lovely. I used a sketch by Trisha at Sketch Inspiration. The papers are Bella Blvd's Estate Sale; I sprayed a white organdy flower by Prima with glimmer mist and glitter spray. The "stem" is a chipboard flourish painted with FolkArt Extreme Glitter paint and a foam brush. I used a Prima packaging as a stencil for that little flourish in the top corner. And for extra dimension, I cut out some of the motifs from the papers and pop dotted them - I like doing that!

I made several cards for the online crop at Paper Posies -- the first was a scraplift of DT member Shemaine's design. The papers are Fancy Pants.

This was a quick card using Basic Grey Mellow paper; I cut the "flowers" and leaves out of the paper, folded the leaves up for dimension -- and there are those pop dots again.

And these three were part of a challenge at Paper Posies: pull out what's left of a kit and make as many cards as you can in one hour. So I grabbed what's left of last summer's Bloom and Grow kit from SD4U -- I've done half a dozen layouts and several cards, these three below, and I still have some papers and pretties left!

Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend