Sunday, January 30, 2011

Come and join the design team for a Blog Hop starting at 9 pm (eastern time) Wednesday, February 2. Each of the team members will be cookin' up a special project to show you on their individual blogs. We'll be celebrating LOVE!! Please come and be inspired.

And we invite you to join in the fun at our “Stirrin' Up a Lil' Love at Cookin' Up Creations” Weekend Crop, starting at 7 pm. (Eastern time) Friday, February 4 and continuing through Sunday evening, February 6. We'll be offering some challenges to inspire you, and some games just for fun, with a few fun prizes too!

The blog hop will begin on the Cookin' Up Creations blog, will move through the design team members' individual blogs, and then back to the Cookin' Up Creations forum -- just in time for the weekend crop. 

Don't miss the fun when we're “Stirrin' Up a Lil' Love” all this month at Cookin' Up Creations. Our Blue Plate Specials this month will be all about love – romantic, parent-child, favorites ….. a brand new challenge every day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

January reveals ....

Wow, I've gotten a little behind in posting .... first there were the holidays, then some family things, and then the 'creeping crud' -- some kind of cold/sinus yuk that's been going around. I substitute teach, which means that I come into contact with kids who are coming down with or just getting over colds, coughs .... so glad I got a flu shot last fall!

Anyway .... Shawn has been treating us to some wonderful designs on Nuts About Sketches. This was my design for week #143, with photos from Christmas weekend in Chicago with our younger son:

For week #144, I used some of my favorite photos from younger daughter and son in law's engagement photo shoot back in October 2009. I literally let a handful of buttons drop onto the layout and adhered them where they fell:

Sketch #145 last week was a wonderful two page sketch, with room for tons of photos. But I already had some photos that I wanted to scrap, of my youngest granddaughter's offbeat fashion sense; so I used just one side of the sketch:

This month at Cookin' Up Creations, our theme has been "Out With the Old, In With the New" as the design team scraps our stash.last week, Last week, I couldn't resist scrapping a photo of granddaughter Anna in her snowflake sunglasses. I used Glitz Design papers, Glitz and Prima embellishments. I also included a wonderful littlefelt owl from Lucismiles, an Etsy store crafter who has been kind enough to sponsor our design team this month. May I present Baby GaGa:

I also used a felt heart embellishment from Lucismiles on a birthday card (which I gave to my mom last week):

Both My Sketch World and Cookin' Up Creations have several challenges going this month (with prizes involved!) Here are a couple of my favorite creations for those.

My grandson Cameron loves taking karate lessons! I did this layout as part of My Sketch World's One Hour Photo Challenge. I am a slow scrapper by nature, so I'm really pleased that I was able to come up with this in just one hour:

And a few cards ... 

Have a great weekend! 

Monday, January 10, 2011

And the "Best of the Rest"!

I posted my 10 favorite layouts of 2010 last week; but I was busy with other, non-layout projects too. Here are 10 of my favorites from the "other stuff":

1.  One of the happiest and biggest events for our family in 2010 was our younger daughter's wedding. I kept myself busy during the months leading up to The Big Day by creating a series of displays to fit into 5 x 7 acrylic easels for the reception tables. This is my favorite:

The biggest challenge in creating those displays was keeping them flat so they would slip into those easel frames -- no easy task for a "lumpy bumpy" scrapper like me!

2. Last year, my older daughter created an adorable Advent calendar using a mini muffin tin. I used the idea for a Halloween treat container:

3. I always loved Halloween when my kids were young, and I still like creating fun decorations and cards. The papers and embellishments are so much fun to work with! This year, the Cookin Up Creations design team were given acrylic albums to work with by Midnight Oil Scrapbook Design, our October sponsor. This is what I did with mine:

4. I used the mini muffin tin idea for my own Advent calendar this year:

5.  I found some long forgotten vintage collage papers in my stash, just in time for a vintage card challenge at My Sketch World. I love this one so much I haven't been able to bring myself to give it to anyone!

6. The Halloween in Wonderland papers from Graphic 45 were great for cards, including this one for one of my granddaughters:

7. Did I mention I love making Halloween cards?

8.  My husband's aunt celebrated her 80th birthday, so I used a photo of her and a friend in their younger days to create a card for her. Crate Paper Restoration is one of my favorite lines of 2010;

9. I picked up the cutest Quickutz tree die and used it to make Christmas cards for friends. This was my favorite of the bunch:

10. This one was really simple, but I liked the effect of the big flower and the embossed stamping:

 Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top 10 Favorites of 2010!

Pick my favorites of the year? That was a lot harder than I thought it would be -- honestly, I love most of the pages I produced this year. Lots of memories here -- a wedding, trips to the zoo and the pool with grandkids, holidays, birthdays, little moments and big ones. My list of favorites will change every time you ask me! 

With all that said, here are my Top 10 Favorite Layouts of 2010 ... right now:

My oldest daughter and her son on Mother's Day; Ethan's face is priceless! 
(photos by Dustin Twing)

Our cat, Ed -- after three years of never leaving the house, he discovered the great outdoors last summer

Ethan couldn't resist imitating the turkeys at a wildlife park 
(Photos by Heather Twing, Kaycee Eklund and myself)

My youngest granddaughter makes a friend at the beach on Lake Michigan

This is my favorite! Anna and I played in the rain after a summer storm -- she wanted to "see the rain" and pretty soon we were wading and squishing our toes in the mud. Haven't had that much fun in the rain for ages!
(Sketch by My Sketch World)

Left side of the layout ...

... and the right 

My husband dancing with our daughter at her wedding reception -- the song choice may have been a bit offbeat but was perfect for the two of them, as the journaling explains
(Photo by Tiffany Doubek Photography; Sketch by Sketch Inspiration)

More phptos from the wildlife park with three of my grandkids and my daughter
(Photos could have been taken by myself, my daughter, my grandson or granddaughter; not sure anymore who took which one, just that I love 'em)
(Sketch by Nuts About Sketches)

 My youngest daughter and her new husband chose "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson for their first dance at their wedding reception. Do you think they remembered there was anyone else in the room?
(Photo by Tiffany Doubek Photography)

This Santa has been present at the mall in Rochester since my grandsons were babies. He is, quite simply, the best Santa ever! My daughter sent me the link for this photo and I knew right away that it would be perfect with this sheet of paper.
(Sketch by My Sketch World)

This layout was the answer to a challenge to compare photos of the same person from one year to the next. The lovely young lady is my middle granddaughter, Shelbie. 

Thanks for looking! Have a great day 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Reveals and Christmas layouts!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas and holiday season. We celebrated with my mom, our daughters and their families the Saturday before Christmas and visited with our son in Chicago over Christmas weekend (the guys went to the Bears game Sunday afternoon while I shopped and enjoyed a wonderful massage at a lovely spa on Michigan Avenue -- "The Magnificent Mile"!)

The resulting photos already have given me material for design team reveals over the past two weeks. At Nuts About Sketches, sketch #141 was a lovely double pager and was great inspiration for this layout of Christmas with the girls:

This week's sketch, #142, inspired this layout highlighting my vintage styled ornament collection:

Today was reveal day for the January "A Team" sketch at My Sketch World. I've been working with the "Holly Jolly" line from My Mind's Eye for all of these Christmas layouts, and there was this one glorious piece of paper with the perfect Santa graphic. My older daughter sent me a link to her holiday photos, and among them was a great photo of her boys with the Santa at their local mall. The same Santa has been there every year since her older son was a toddler, and he's simply the best Santa EVER. A mall salon curls his hair and beard for him each morning, and he is dressed in leisurely clothing because he's not "at work" yet -- and that big red suit is his "work suit". I simply love this layout:

At Cookin' Up Creations, the design team was fortunate to work in December with products fro s.e.i., Ormolu (an Etsy shop) and stamp sets from Marks Finest Papers. One of the more unusual items in my box was a "My Own Monster" iron on transfer set from s.e.i. and I had the most fun building this cute little character:

and then THIS little character broke a snow globe, covering her pretty Christmas dress in glitter and water; so for the rest of the evening, she paired the shirt with her new tutu:

Is she not a budding fashionista?

Other December releases at Cookin Up Creations included these little cards. I used s.e.i. Kris Kringle papers on both; the bottom one also features the lovely Camellia stamp set  from Marks Finest Papers:

And since I had enough s.e.i. Kris Kringle paper left for one more layout, I created this one with a photo that my daughter took of her younger son. Cameron was talking with his Elf on the Shelf, Junior -- perhaps asking Junior to put in a good word for him with Santa?

Have a great day!