Friday, March 25, 2011

Do you have what it takes .....

.... to be CROP CHEF? Come on over to Cookin' Up Creations and find out! 

Our first ever CROP CHEF competition starts Thursday, March 31 and will continue through April 18, with a new "recipe: challenge issued each Thursday and Monday. This is a non-elimination challenge. Competitors earn points for participation; and forum members also will be able to vote for their favorite each week. The participant with the most points at the end earns the title of CROP CHEF! The prize? A guest design team spot for May, including design team reveals, hosting challenges and participating in our blog hop and crop. 

Check it out here ... and may the best "chef" win! 

This week I hosted the Sunday inspiration challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. The challenge was to use a song title on your layout. I chose the old song "Just Dance" for these photos from 1985, when my oldest two children took dance and tumbling lessons. They're now grown up with children of their own -- who are going to LOVE these photos of their parents, don't you think?

The papers are Echo Park's For the Record . The sketch is from Scrapbook Challenges.

And for this week's reveal at Cookin' Up Creations, I paired October Afternoon papers with  a page from an old piano book and some products from out sponsors to cover a wooden easel frame:

I used What's Your Note stamps from Gel-A-Tins and pale blue ink to add some details to my die cut label and the sheet music. The flocked and sticked leaves are from P.S. It's all in the Details. I pleated some green   washi tape from Cu-te' Ta-pe' t underneath my crocheted lace to add some color.

I finished a couple other projects also for future reveals. Spending the next few days with the Ghostbuster from the first layout and her family in Minnesota, so hoping for a little scrapping time while I'm here.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The latest reveals ...

This month the Cookin' Up Creations Design Team is working with some fun products from Gel-A-Tins Stamps, Cu-te' Ta-pe' and P.S. It's all in the Details. I created a layout featuring my youngest granddaughter and her beloved Pink Puppy, who has been her constant companion since she was five months old. 

Note Puppy's progression from that soft pink to the dirty nose to the well-loved dinginess. I was reminded of the quote from The Velveeteen Rabbit: "When a child loves you for a long, long time, then you become real". The cute birdie tag is from P.S. It's All in the Details. I made the green striped flower with Japanese washi tape (great stuff!) from Cu-te' Ta-pe'. And I used stamps from the Gel-A-Tins "What's Your Note" kit to stamp along the bottom border, since they went so perfectly with the "Love Notes" print. The papers are My Mind's Eye, Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee and October Afternoon. The sketch is from Pencil Lines

We're still "Mad About Sketches" at Cookin' Up Creations! Every day this month (except Mondays, our recap and catch-up days) we are featuring a different challenge based on a sketch. There's still time to join in the fun! 

For my first reveal as a member of the Card Design Team at My Sketch World,, I used s.e.i.'s Moonrise papers to create a Mother's Day card. I love the beautiful foil accents in these papers! The green border is adhered to the inside edge of the card. The labels were cut with the Labels One dies from Spellbinders on my Grand Calibur -- love it! 

I used the sketch from the March 1 reveal at My Sketch World for this card:

This month at Cookin' Up Creations, the Design Team launched a new challenge --Scraplift A Member. We chose a layout by forum member and design team alumna Amy Bunner - see her layout here. We had a great time lifting Amy's layout; here's mine:

That's my grandson Ethan at Great Wolf Lodge, humoring his younger brother by hanging out with him in the kids' area. The papers are Making Memories, Advantus, Little Yellow Bicycle and Basic Grey. The die cut edge is from another sheet by Advantus; I cut out the middle design and used just the edge. I made the acrylic frame by printing, stamping and painting on a piece of acrylic that came in a package of acrylic stamps. I also used this layout for last week's THaW (Three a Week) banner challenge at Willow Traders. I cut mine from a sheet of Advantus patterned paper and backed it with red cardstock, then cut it with pinking scissors.

Also for a THaW challenge, and as the example for my Technique Tuesday "Let's Paint!" challenge at Cookin' Up Creations, I used a Nuts About Sketches design (the right side of Week 152's sketch) for this layout:

The papers are Little Yellow Bicycle and Basic Grey. The compass was cut with the Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge. I used blue glitter paint to add some sparkle to the waves. Again, I printed, stamped and painted on a transparency to create a frame. It adds a bit of definition to the edges of that water photo, without taking too much attention away from the shot. That's Ethan again at the water park. He doesn't always like to have his photo taken, so I was happy to have two layouts featuring just Ethan. 

Up late tonight working on a layout for tomorrow's Inspirational Sunday challenge. We had a bit of an issue with our kitchen sink tonight -- picture water spewing from the pipes underneath -- so I fell a bit behind in my plans for the evening. The layout's nearly done, and then it's time to call it a day. 

Have a great Sunday! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Card for the Crop Stop Challenge

Just under the wire!

The challenge at the Crop Stop blog this week was to create a card with flowers and butterflies. This one was so much fun! The papers are October Afternoon Farm Fresh. The butterly was punched from Creative Imaginations paper with a Martha Stewart punch.  I used Shimmerz Sparkle mist to add some subtle glimmer to my vintage Easter image from Cora at Clearly Vintage blog. Please excuse the funky lighting; it's nearly 11 pm here!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Favorite Things contest!

Today is the last day to enter the "Favorite Feature: contest at These Are A Few of My Favorite Things. I thought I would jump in there with this layout, featuring my youngest granddaughter's big brown eyes and thick lashes:

The paper is Fine and Dandy by My Mind's Eye. The border is a canvas strip from Little Yellow Bicycle. Rub ons, Heid Swapp; flowers and swirl, Prima;alpha, American Crafts (pink) and Adorn-It; dies, Spellbinders (shapes), Quickutz (bird) and Cuttlebug (brown alpha); stamps, Imaginisce and Autumn Leaves.  

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Saturday!

Today has been really laid back here. The wind has been pretty fierce, so it was a good day to stay inside. I finished my layout for Monday's reveal at Cookin' Up Creations and took a photo of my card for the Tuesday reveal at My Sketch World. Next on my list are a few challenges, both at those websites and elsewhere. 

I can't show you the reveals yet for next week, but here are a couple of other recent projects. This layout was part of a challenge on Cookin' Up Ctreations to scrap a relationship between two persons other than myself AND to change out the center of a flower. My layout concerns my sister in law Marcia and her special relationship with Anna, my youngest grandchild. Aunt Marcia and Uncle Rich brought Anna a toy tea set at Thanksgiving .... who do you think is having the most fun here?

I used a little pink doodad off an old barette as the center of my flower in the lower right corner. The papers are Sassafras Indie Girl. The flowers are Sassafras and Prima. The alpha is American Crafts; ticket by Tim Holtz for Advantus. I used a tiny heart punch to punch out a few hearts from blue cardstock; they fit perfectly over the hearts on my paper anbd are secured with mini pop dots. I used a small  flower punch to cut centers out of some of the stamp motif paper and did the same thing. I love the added dimension the punch outs give to the page. 

These two cards were part of last week's reveal at Cookin' Up Creations. Oure sponsors this week are gel*a*tings stamps and two Etsy stores -- cu-te' ta-pe' and P.S. it's all in the details. 

I used a decorated tag from P.S. it's all in the details for this card of encouragement, and printed my quote using my computer and printer. It coordinated perfectly with the Glitz Design papers and my big Prima flower, which I jazzed up with some microbeads. I pleated some green striped tape from cu-te' ta-pe' and topped it with a line of rhinestones for the border.

This was a quick little card using Echo Park papers and a cute little chick sticker. The notes are stamped with the "What's Your Note" set from gel-a-tins.

Both of the card sketches are from My Sketch World. 

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great week! 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I love Sweet Peach kits!

I finally took some time this morning to break into my February "Juicy" kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop! The Sweet Peach kits always have such a great assortment of patterned papers and "just enough but not too many" embellishments.

I had this photo in a clip on my desk, and had been wanting to scrap it; and this was the perfect kit for it. The photo of Mike and I was taken at our youngest daughter's wedding last April. Just goes to show ... we still "got it"!

PapPrima newsprint rose and bling swirl, a Tim Holtz button, a piece of lace, and mini alpha stickers from Cosmo Cricket. Everything else came from the kit, including the fantastic sketch from Liz Chidester.

Gotta run; we're heading to Wisconsin in about an hour to spend the weekend with our daughter and her family. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

We're mad ....

... about sketches, that is!

Join us all month long at Cookin' Up Creations for some mad, mad challenges -- all based upon sketches. We hope you'll be Made About Sketches too!

Not so fast ....

Last week, I noted that my term on the layout design team at My Sketch World had come to an end. Well, that much was true; but sketch artist and site owner Lucy Chesna has asked me to continue, this time on the card sketch design team. I'm a big fan of Lucy's fabulous sketches, and I love making cards, so of course ... I said yes. I'm pleased and honored to be a part of the continuing MSW team.

And speaking of My Sketch World .... here's more creations from the 5th Anniversary Sketch-A-Thon, which ends at midnight (PST) on March 3.

 There are 20 layout and card sketches in all; and you can still get in on the fun. Every sketch that you complete and post by the deadline will get you one entry into the drawing for several great prize packs. Check it out!