Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Day After Christmas!

What inspires you to scrap? Seeing this sweet photo from my older daughter of my grandsons and their dog inspired me to dig out the Christmas paper. At the same time, I saw a fantastic sketch by Mary Pat Siehl on the Burlap and Buttercups blog. The papers are Fancy Pants Traditions, paired with Crate Paper Snow Day chipboard and some Stickles for a little sparkle


Today is my official Christmas holiday from work; hoping to get a bit of scrapping done. Have a great day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A "Sassy" board book

I created this book for Scrap That Moment , a wonderful new scrapbook store here in town. The book is the "Sassy" Mixables Album from Clear Scraps; so much fun to work with! The patterned papers, most of the stickers and embellishments are from the "Off to School" collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  The papers are so versatile -- great for so much more than school related projects. The ribbons are from Creative Imaginations and May Arts.

I adhered patterned paper to the back of the first acrylic panel, then added the title and stickers with foam dots to the front of the panel. This little album included three acrylic and three chipboard pages. 



The Off to School collection included some fun stickers, and most of them were not limited just to back to school photos. 


Those stickers were even more fun when layered! I used Staz-On ink around the edges of the acrylic panels; loved the effect. 
The line also has some really fun chipboard banners, stars and other self adhesive shapes. I would swear I'm not really "into" banners, but I loved these! 

For the circular collage on the right page, I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Nestabilities dies to cut a circle out of scrap paper to the circle; adhered the photos to the scrap; and then used the circle die again to cut the collage into the round shape. I loved the way it turned out! It's always a thrill when an experiment turns out well, isn't it? 

 The Fancy Pants papers are two sided, which is fun when you're working with acrylic pages.  That sticker on the bottom said "School is Cool" but to make it work for this book, I simply covered it up so it just said "Cool". 

In addition to "not being into banners", I also swore "I don't do mini books"; but this year, I've done several and decided that I like doing them. The book is still on display in the store; looking forward to bringing it back home soon! 

Our children visited us for the holidays either last weekend or on Christmas Eve, and my mom joined us for both; so today is a quiet Christmas for my husband and me. I'm making sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast, then I think the day will be spent scrapping, reading and napping -- not necessarily in that order. 

Have a wonderful holiday season! 



Friday, December 16, 2011

I've been scrapping .... really .....

I'm not sure where the time has gone, but I can't believe how long it's been since I did a "real" blog post! I've been scrapping .... really .... but just haven't gotten over here to post. That's unusual for me, since I;m usually more than happy to share my recent projects!

Have you seen the "Christmas Emporium" collection by Graphic 45? It's so gorgeous -- the photos online don't begin to do it justice. I love the subtle, yet rich vintage colors and images. Lynette, the owner of Scrap That Moment here in town, asked me to design some layouts for display in the store. I did three:


Here are close ups of the fussy cutting in the lower right and the little "ornaments" I created by die cutting circles from the toy--patterned paper:




I drew my own templates and hand-cut the banners for this layout. The faux ribbon was created by inking and wetting a strip of patterned paper, then hot-gluing it to a scrap piece of cardstock and adhering to the layout. It's a technique from fellow Inspired To Scrap design team member Kate Vickers.



Inspired To Scrap hosted a month-long "Fast, Flat and Fabulous" class, and I created several class examples but couldn't post them (other than on the class forum) until after the class was over. Stacey, the owner of Inspired To Scrap, allowed me to present a lesson on using big, bold graphic prints. I used several examples, but this was the one I created especially for the class using the Corinne collection from s.e.i.


This lesson involved one of Stacey's fabulous sketches, plus tips on "creating" custom buttons using rub ons and die cuts:


This was for a lesson on using limited supplies, plus another of Stacey's sketches:




And this one was a quick layout in response to a current Blue Plate Special challenge on Cookin' Up Creations. There's a new challenge every day (except Monday), with a prize drawing at the end of each month.







Monday, December 12, 2011

Do you love scrapbooking challenges? Do you enjoy chatting on forums and making new online friends? Then you may have what it takes to be a member of our Master Chef Challenge Team at Cookin' Up Scrapbook Creations

Cookin' Up Creations focuses on our Blue Plate Special Challenges, and we want YOU to be a part of it! We offer a NEW challenge each day except Mondayon our forum, with a prize drawing at the end of the month. We are looking for five to six team members for a six-month term.

Your responsibilities will include:
-Presenting a “Blue Plate Special” challenge once a week 
-Posting regularly on the forum message board and initiating at least four new topics each week
-Posting comments regularly in our members' gallery
-Assisting with and participating in special events, such as crops, blog hops and special challenges
-Promoting Cookin' Up Creations on your personal blog, Facebook and wherever else allowed

We offer you the opportunity to showcase your work and a chance to expand your creativity through participation on our active, dynamic Challenge Team. Challenge Team members are eligible for the prize drawings. All past and present members are encouraged to reapply.

Submissions will be taken through Sunday December the 18th, 2011 at 9:00 pm EST. Challenge Team members will be notified no later than December 23rd, 2011 via email. Your position will begin immediately after your acceptance. Your “official” term will begin on January 1, 2012 and end June 30, 2012.

To apply:
Send the following requirements to tammy@cookinupcreations.com. Please put "Design Team Entry" in the subject line.
-Your name, address, email address and contact information
- A paragraph or two about yourself and your experience in scrapbooking and paper crafting
-Four recently completed layouts and two cards or other paper crafting project 
-Links to your personal blog and online gallery
-A paragraph about why you wish to join our team 

Each applicant must have at least 25 posts on our forum. We would like to have the opportunity to get to know you before making our decision, and encourage you to share your work with us, and for you to become a part of our online Family here at Cookin' up Creations. 

We encourage each applicant/participant to check out our Blue Plate Special Challenge Forum, and familiarize yourself with it, and how it works. 
*If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

Best of luck to all applicants -- this is a GREAT site and team! 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 1!

Okay, so I am a little behind in starting; but I love Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of Christmas series and I'm hoping to get to all twelve this year!

Here's Tim's tag:

Now, I didn't have the grungeboard, dies and a few other things that Tim used for his tag -- but as Tim himself says, he provides the inspiration and we can run with what we have. So ... with that said, here's my version:


I used a manilla tag from an office supply store; sprayed it with homemade blue shimmering ink; embossed it with a Cuttlebug Textile folder and rubbed Ranger Distress Ink in Broken China over the embossing, then wiped some off; and around the edges. I ripped music paper from Flair Designs, inked it with Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress Inks, and adhered. The swirl is a Grungeboard Element, inked with various distress inks (not sure what I used; I inked it a long time ago and never used it) The little branches are a Martha Stewart punch. I made a rosette with a border strip of paper by My Mind's Eye; I could have used my Tim Holtz Sizzix rosette die but didn't want to haul out the diecutter. I don't have the pine cone die, so I cut a circle, then spiral cut it; ripped the edge of the spiral and rolled up like those little spiral roses that some of us make. The pine cones were dabbed with Ranger Distress Stickles in Rock Candy and dipped into glitter; I also glittered the top of the rosette. The PEACE is a chipboard word, I think from  Maya Road but not sure. The stick pins are Maya Road. I painted it with silver glitter paint from Plaid; got it at Walmart. The pearl strip is from Hobby Lobby, and the ribbon is left over from a used up kit. I didn't buy anything special ... but then, it was 10 pm on a weeknight in small town, so not a lot of shopping options anyway!

I made one HUGE mess on my work table and had loads of fun.

Friday, November 18, 2011

We've moved!

After spending the past two and a half months planning, purging and packing, we finally moved into our new home about three weeks ago. We still have a few boxes to unpack (mostly framed photos and room decor that will most likely stay in the boxes until after Christmas, so I can put up the tree and the holiday decorations this weekend or next) but it feels and looks like "home". And I'm happy that I have a scrap room of my own here; it's a bit smaller than the old one, but with a couple of bookcases and a nice little walk-in closet, everything "fits".

Here's my new creative space:

My work table, next to an eastward facing window that catches the morning sun:


We had a couple of bookcases that we no longer need elsewhere; love having all of my albums in here


And a little walk in  closet that holds scrap stuff, Christmas decorations and a few other miscellaneous things, along with a maple desk that belonged to my mother in law:


 For the past couple of weeks, I've been working on layouts for the Fast, Flat and Fabulous" class at Inspired To Scrap. The class is going on now until the end of the month, and we're having a great time!
We also have our usual monthly challenges on the forum. I completed this one for fellow design team member Kate's challenge to mix alphas:


I also used this week's sketch at Sketch Inspiration.

This layout was not one of my lesson samples for the "Fast, Flat and Fabulous" class, but I did create it in response to one of the other lessons. This grid design was great for hiding my less than perfect photos from "Boo at the Zoo" with Wonder Woman, also known as Anna, my youngest granddaughter. I just cropped the photos to 2 3/4 inches square and used the best part of the shots.


I used LilyBee's Memorandum line on both layouts. Anna's costume clashed with traditional Halloween paper, but the Lilybee paper had a nice autumn feel and went perfectly with the colors in my photos.

For the November card sketch at My Sketch World, I created this card for my grandson Ryan's 12th birthday. The papers are from Dream Street Papers and have been in my stash for a while.


Tonight I have a mixed media album from Clear Scraps on my table, along with some Fancy Pants "Off to School" papers. The finished project will go on display at Scrap That Moment, the new scrapbook store uptown. I also still have some Halloween photos of two of my grandsons to scrap. What's on your scrap table this weekend?

And last but not least ... a sonogram of my newest grandson, who is due around the end of March 2012 (he will be our 7th grandchild and he tips the scales in favor of the boys -- there will be four grandsons when this baby arrives):


Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another mini album ....

This month at Inspired To Scrap, the design team has been featuring a free series on mini albums. I shared mine last week, using mini file folders and featuring faux epoxy letters. Inspired by the work of my fellow designers, I also created a little 6x6 chipboard album for my youngest granddaughter. The features fun, bright animal prints from Canvas Corp, along with a little Bella Blvd and Fancy Pants.







Usually I take photos of everything I scrap -- but I was in a hurry to get Halloween cards sent out to the grandkids, so I didn't take photos of the ones I made. We're in Wisconsin today, getting ready to attend Boo at the Zoo with our youngest granddaughter. Looking forward to scrapping some cute Halloween pics next week! We've moved to our new home, things are still in boxes but I will be digging out those scrap supplies ASAP.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

"Fast, Flat and Fabulous" class starts Tuesday!

November 1-30- “Fast, Flat and Fabulous!” --  This fun new class starts Tuesday at Inspired To Scrap, with a  full month of inspiration to help you create quick pages that look great with products you already have. The Design Team will be presenting pages and ideas with embellishments no thicker than a button in this fun class! *Look for a few new sketches sprinkled in along the way! We’ll have sharing, prizes and encouragement along the way.There will be a class PDF sent out after class ends with all of the information presented. To register, go to Inspired To Scrap! 



Saturday, October 22, 2011

Where does the time go????

I feel as though I'm meeting myself coming and going lately (to use one of my grandmother's phrases). Between a split work shift and moving, it seems that time for scrapping and relaxing is at a premium.

I created a mini album for a free class that's going on now at Inspired To Scrap. I made a mini file folder album, using a summer kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop  and a template from the book Outstanding Mini Albums. The photos are from an afternoon at the pool with my older daughter, her family and my younger daughter's little girl.
I presented a tutorial on making those faux epoxy letters. I used the same technique for the butterflies on the last pages.





You can see the entire class and all of the Design Team members' albums and tutorials here



I also finished a layout for a challenge at both Inspired To Scrap and Cookin' Up Creations. This is my oldest granddaughter when she was not quite 2 years old, telling our then-young dog to "Shh, go sleep doggy!" Ironically, that's exactly what poor Pepper was trying to do when this little girl kept bothering him.


I'm still in love with the "Le Cirque" line from Graphic45 and created a card and a set of Artist Trading Cards for Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store. This is the card:


and the ATCs:




Finally, my card for the September card sketch at My Sketch World, using the Blackbird line from last year by My Mind's Eye:


Next week I will post another mini album (this time created for Scrap That Moment and Canvas Corp) and the result of my first-ever designs working with Hambly Screen Prints. Have a great week!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Is it spring already????

For the past few days, we have had gorgeous weather -- sunshine, blue skies, and temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's. It's hard to remember that it's the beginning of October and not May!!!! We're in full packing mode (hoping to move into our new home next weekend, if all goes well) but I've been able to set aside a little time to scrap. It's kind of my little oasis of calm in the middle of a hectic week.

This layout was based on a layout by Jennifer Larsen, which in turn was based on a sketch by Allison Davis on the Sketch Support blog. I loved the grid design, the white space and the way in which Jennifer's layout used minimal paper and embellishments but still managed to look fabulous. Here's my version, featuring photos of three of our grandchildren during our recent hometown celebration. The papers are s.e.i.'s Corinne collection.


I used a sketch by Lucy Chesna of My Sketch World  for this layout of my older son when he was a year old. I've had this photo in a little frame for the past 30 years; I've always loved it because it's just so typical of his sunny disposition at that age. I used the remainder of my June Juicy kit from  Sweet Peach Crop Shop kit -- great way to use up some scraps!


I designed this little card for display at the local scrapbooking store, using a card sketch by Lucy Chesna. The acrylic dress form from Clear Scraps was so much fun to work with!


The Worldwin cardstock works wonderfully with my dies and die cutter. Love it! The zebra print is from Canvas Corp; so is the green and white print that I used for my lollipop flowers. I dressed up the clear dress form by first stamping it with a little Studio G stamp and Staz-On ink, then coloring with Ranger alcohol ink. I gathered a bit of lace and added dots of Stickles (in Lagoon, my new favorite Stickles color!) and some little pearl stickers. I covered brads in Versamark ink and then in holographic embossing powder for a little extra bling.

This month at Inspired To Scrap, Stacey and the Design Team are offering a free inspiration class on Mini Albums. Stacey's little travel album is featured this week and is so cute; be sure to check it out! Right now I'm working on my mini; it's coming along nicely so far. Here's a sneak peek:


Thanks for looking; have a great week!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hooray for the weekend!

The past week has just seemed so long, and I've had little time to spend scrapping. I've been looking forward all week to a little time by myself in my scrap room, just in time for all the World Card Making Day challenges and events online.

Again this week, I used the Graphic 45 "Le Cirque" collection for some serious fussy cutting. This time, the subject was a family portrait at our youngest daughter's wedding last year. It already had been a long day when we started posing. By that time, we were all getting a little tired of "smiling pretty" for the camera. One grandson didn't want to be in the  photo and, in fact, was not in the first two shots. The younger kids were distracted, we were all looking every way except at the camera, and my new son-in-law probably was looking around for the exit door .... A year later, I love this photo more than the more perfectly posed ones, because this one is "us."


The layout was based on a sketch by Heather Landry from the Scraptastic Club blog. Other supplies include the striped paper by Fancy Pants, Peeled Paint Distress Stickles by Ranger (over the title letters), various other Stickles colors, Carolee by Adorn-It alpha stickers, and Worldwin cardstock. I used this layout as the example for my October challenge on Inspired to Scrap: you can check it out here!

I finished this one last night using some scraps from Basic Grey's Hello Luscious line and a ledger paper from My Mind's Eye. The photo is a copy of my parents' wedding photo, taken in 1955. The sketch is from Sketch Inspiration. (Sorry for the rotten photo of the layout; for some reason, it would not photograph well and I finally just gave up.)






Finally, I just created this card for my October challenge at My Sketch World. The challenge is to take inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night".  Here's the painting:



... and here's my card:


The village is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die; the tree is from the  Cricut Lite Bloom cartridge; and the cat and raven are from Spellbinders. I used gesso for the wisps of fog, and acrylic paint and Stickles for the highlights and the moon.

Thanks for looking. Have a fantastic World Card Making Day and a great weekend! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Here's what I've been up to ....

Have you seen the new "Clementine" line by Cosmo Cricket? It's totally adorable, with cute retro patterns and graphics. Lynette, the owner of Scrap That Moment (the new store here in town) asked me to scrap a few layouts with it. Here's what I came up with:

The Clementine papers were perfect with these black and white pictures from 1962. This month, one of the challenges at Inspired To Scrap is to "put a slant" on your layout. (By the way, there's still time to get in on the fun and get your name into the prize drawing, too!) Love the flower and butterfly stickers too! 


My youngest granddaughter, Anna, had her face painted at the fun fair over Homestead Festival weekend but didn't feel like posing; so I caught this "cheeky" shot. I adore that paper pattern with all of those little retro stamp motifs! 


And this one ... I loved that green floral paper and "had" to do a layout with it. Kept this one clean and classic; it was tough to refrain from adding more embellishments! I did add a little Stickles to the flowers, just for a bit of bling.


My Sketch World hosted another One Hour Sketch Challenge last Saturday night; this is My Mind's Eye Union Square, with a little bit of Basic Grey thrown in. The printed canvas stars are by Jillibean Soup:



This one just makes me happy; it's the Le Cirque line by Graphic 45, another display layout for Scrap That Moment. There is a ton of fussy cutting and layering; I used foam tape to give the curtain and some of the elements more dimension. And I used a ton of Stickles, especially that beautiful turquoise "Lagoon". The photo is from 2001 when I took my youngest daughter, who was 13, to a weekend clowning event near Columbus, OH. I also used this one for my example on a Blue Plate Special challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. The challenge? Use bold colors and a "loud" print!


Thanks for looking -- have a fantastic weekend!