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!