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!