Monday, September 27, 2010

Nuts About Sketches #128!

Monday is reveal day over at Nuts About Sketches! Here's sketch #129 -- it's a great one for getting lots of photos onto a two page layout:


 I turned the sketch upside down so my photos would "tell the story" as you move clockwise around the layout:


I was amused to watch the reaction of the young ladies to the tossing of the bouquet at my youngest daughter's wedding, and then to see the difference when it was the guys' turn to catch the garter. The girls dove for that bouquet like feeding time in the shark tank, while the guys almost took a step back to avoid catching that garter. My son snatched it out of the air because it's bad luck for it to hit the ground; he has no plans to tie the knot himself any time soon, in spite of the folk lore that he who catches the garter (or she who snags that bouquet) will be the next to marry. The papers are Pink Paislee and GCD Studios

And speaking of papers ... here's a great chance to win the adorable Echo Park Halloween collection for yourself! Stop at Sketches4U and leave a comment. That's it -- easy peasy! -- and you will be entered in the drawing for that prize pack. 

Have a great week! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Yes, I believe in fairies ....

...or at least this little one who visited with us last weekend!



I had picked up a fun set of pink fairy wings and a matching wand at Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago, much to granddaughter Anna's delight when she and her parents were here for the weekend. I couldn't resist taking pictures of her playtime, and then of course I had to scrap them.

The first layout was done during a one hour sketch challenge last Saturday at My Sketch World forum. Anna actually "helped" me: I gave her a jar of flowers and asked her to find a pretty one for me. She had a great time dumping them out and putting them back in the jar. The second layout is based on a sketch by Heather Landry, and was part of the THaW (Three a Week) challenge at Willow Traders.


During her visit, Anna also "read" us her version of the Dr. Seuss classic, "Green Eggs an" Ham." Her version started:

"I am Sam. Sam me am.
I do not LIKE gweasy ham."

She went on to talk about "on a twain, on a pwane", and shook her little fist a time or two for emphasis.

The design elements -- two photos, the little scattering of buttons at the top and the grid stamped on the right side -- were inspired by an ad posted on Sweet Peach Crop Shop's Blog. And, as part of a challenge at The Scrapping Spot, I created it with NO patterned paper.


This layout was created from Sketch #127 on Nuts About Sketches. It showcases some of the vintage inspired touches my youngest daughter found to accessorize her wedding gown, using some really yummy Crate Paper Restoration papers (maybe my favorite of the new lines)





This will be one of the blog hop stops! Looking forward to creating a Halloween project to display during the hop.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Just a little experiment ...

I wanted to enter the Sketchabilities challenge to use sketch #26 to create a layout and for a chance to win a wonderful paper collection kit. I pulled out some vacation photos from 1995 what a blast from the past!) and papers from LYB's Boardwalk collection. While I was creating I decided to go for the "Use Your Stash" paint challenge at The Scrapping Spot also. The next couple of hours entailed a lot of mess, a little frustration, and three tries at making my own background paper, until finally I came up with this:


I used bubble wrap to "stamp" around the layout with white acrylic paint, and then with both blue and green glittered paint. he two-tone alphas were stamped first with a lime green and then a blue lagoon cat's eye inkpad; then I stamped over them with Staz-On ink in teal and glazed them with Glossy Accents.

You can find Karan Gerber's fantastic sketch here.

I couldn't help but scrap that photo of the giraffe from last week's post:


Sometimes scrapping is a good way to record the not-so-happy memories and coming to terms with them. The 25th anniversary of my dad's death passed recently, bringing with it a lot of long forgotten emotions. To deal with those thoughts and feelings, I created this:


Eric' Clapton's beautiful "Tears in Heaven" came to mind and really fit the way I was feeling. And scrapping this really did help me come to terms, once again, with some hurt and to remember the love and good times.

The Spooky Blog Haunt is coming!!!!!




I'm so excited -- I'm going to be a stop on the hop! The Blog Haunt will start first at Paper Secrets; more details to follow soon! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Just a note ...

 ScrapbookDeals4U, one of my favorite kit clubs, is now Scrapbook Daisies! Martha is still offering great kits, and you'll find the same friendly members and talented design team  --along with  a fresh new look to celebrate the opening of Martha;s bricks and mortar store.  Be sure to check out the new website!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I love Mondays ...

... because that's the day that the weekly Nuts About Sketches sketch is revealed! This week's sketch is a fun two-pager:






It was great for scrapping some of those zoo photos from Labor Day weekend. I thought some of my photos were a bit dark; and normally I would try to counteract that by putting them against a light colored background. But I read in the current Creating Keepsakes Tips & Tricks that scrapping darker photos against a dark colored background actually makes the photos seem lighter. So, when I chose my Basic Grey Green at Heart papers, instead of picking out one of the lighter colors, I went with a red-violet background -- totally out of my comfort zone! But CK is right .... that background really does bring out the light in my photos.




Be sure to check out the Nuts About Sketches blog to see what the other design team members created using this week's sketch!

Friday, September 10, 2010

My mama the bird woman!

Today marks the beginning of the three-day Homestead Festival here in town.It's a weekend of good old-fashioned family fun. I'm a bit disappointed that none of the kids or grandkids will be here, but my mom and I are looking forward to Saturday's parade.

Speaking of my mom .... Last Sunday was absolutely gorgeous here in central Illinois, so the two of us decided to visit Niabi Zoo. It's about an hour's drive from her house and is a wonderful little zoo. We arrived about 10 am and started the rounds of the various animal exhibits. The best story of the day happened at Lorikeet Landing ...

The lorikeets live in a free-flight aviary. At the entrance, the zoo employee asked, "Would you like to buy a cup of nectar to feed the birds?" Now, I have to admit that birds freak me out a little bit and it's all I can do to walk through the aviary; no way do I want to do anything that causes the birds to get up close and personal. But my mom, bless her heart, loves to feed the animals. She says "Okay!" and pulls out her dollar bill. In we went, Mom holding her little cup in one hand and her purse in the other. We were among the first visitors, so the birds weren't full of nectar yet .... and they wanted the stuff Mom was holding. First one bird landed on her arm, then two .... one on her shoulder ... until eight of them were sitting on my mama and diving for the nectar. She looked a little nervous, but when the zoo assistant asked if she wanted her to take the cup, Mom said no, she was okay ... and held onto it until it was empty. Gotta hand it to her, for almost 80 she is one brave cookie! The only thing she said when we came out, "I was afraid one of them would poop on my head!"

And yes ... I got photos .... and yes ... I scrapped them ....


The sketch is by Heather Landry from the Scraptastic kit club design team. Papers are Pink Plum from Crate Paper.

For me, the highlight of the day was seeing the baby zebu, who was born just seven hours before our arrival. Her little legs were a bit shaky as she toddled along with her mama. She got tired and lay down to rest, while the cow  licked licked the baby to stimulate circulation and to let her know her mama was near. Too sweet!


The design is inspired by sketch #100 at Sketch Inspiration.

And my favorite animals have to be the giraffes. Right now, Niabi Zoo is home to a male, two females and their babies -- a male born in December and a female in April. I love their spots, their long necks and knobby knees, and their faces. They are odd and beautiful!


Thanks for stopping by -- have a great weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Nuts About Sketches #125!

The new Nuts About Sketches sketch is up -- and so are the new design team's creations! Here's the sketch, as posted on the NAS blog:



And here's my take on it:


Be sure to check out all the layouts by the talented NAS design team!

The September 1 sketches went up last week at My Sketch World; this was my completed layout:


The MSW layout and card design teams have posted some great new challenges for September on the My Sketch World forum; go here to check 'em out!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

What a lovely Saturday!

The weather here is glorious! We finally have a break in the heat and humidity -- mild 70's here, with a nice breeze. Love it!

The past couple of weeks have been busy ones, scrapwise. I've always loved and participated in challenges, which have "due dates"; but design team work is a whole new world. So far, I've met each deadline with time to spare. Right now, I'm looking forward to my Nuts About Sketches design team debut on Monday.

Here are a few from the last couple weeks:

This was my layout for my NAS design team application, using Shawn's sketch. When I was growing up, my mom would give me advice -- which I would ignor. And the thing is, she was almost ALWAYS right. That really made me mad. Now, after years of experience, I appreciate her wisdom and her insight. At nearly 80 years old, she is still almost "Always Right". Here's to you, Mom:




For the introduction of the design team and "guest designers" at Cookin' Up Creations, we were asked to produce a layout about ourselves. Now, I scrap from my point of view about everyone but myself, so this proved to be a little bit of a stretch for me. I combined the assignment with a CuC challenge to use a posted ad as inspiration.


When my oldest granddaughter, Kaycee and I visited my oldest daughter and her family in Minnesota, daughter Heather and I took the kids to Oxbow Park, which has a nice little zoo of native Minnesota wildlife and domesticated livestock. Kaycee borrowed our cameras to take a few pictures and was pretty taken with the chickens. The subject matter and title were her idea and she already has scrapped her own page; so I scraplifted from Kaycee. 


I created this one for a THaW (Three a Week) challenge at Willow Traders. The layout was based on a fantastic sketch from Ellen Gudge, owner of Treasured Scrapbooking. This is my granddaughter Anna splashing in the children's fountain near the marina in Kenosha. It looked like so much fun that I wished I had brought extra clothes so I could run through the fountains too!


Anna loved the goats at the zoo. The sketch is by Shawna Webster for Cookin' Up Creations. The little goat was cut from the October Afternoon Farm Fresh paper and used like a sticker.



Normally I think yellow is a difficult color to work with; but just look at all the YELLOW layouts I've done lately! Must be all of that sunshine, huh?

This photo is from 1986. My third child was 1 1/2 years old, and the older two had joined him in the baby pool on a hot day. It's one of my favorite pictures!


My youngest daughter posted this photo on her Facebook page of Anna at the county fair, along with the quote: "Moo -- I'm a pig!" It was so delightful that I snagged the pic from her FB page. The sketch is by ----- and was for another THaW challenge.



Another old photo, this time from Hilton Head, S.C., in 1995. I used the fabulous kit that I won in a THaW challenge from Up the Street Scrapbooking, compliments of owner Tara. (Her kits are truly gorgeous!) The alphas and transparency were from my stash.



And a few cards ...


Thanks for looking; have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We're live!

Today's the "reveal day" for the layouts from the September 1 sketch at My Sketch World. All I can say is, what an honor to be included on the MSW design team of talented and creative artists! It's amazing that all six of us on the "A Team" started with the same sketch, yet came up with such diverse layouts.

Check out the slide show on the blog to see the team's takes on the sketch, as well as the "A Team" Card Designers' creations based on the September 1 card sketch.  The "B Teams" will follow on September 15 with their takes on the mid-month sketches.

Meanwhile, this is the sketch:




And here's my first Design Team layout for My Sketch World:


You can also see the sketch  at My Sketch World blog or at the MSW forum. Speaking of the forum, the ABC Summer Challenge is winding up, but there are new challenges from the Design Team, in addition to the layout sketch challenges. Come on over and join the fun!