Friday, April 29, 2011

Reveal and project updates

The blog hop starts at 9 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 4 on the Cookin' Up Creations blog and goes through May 6. The crop starts Friday evening on the forum and continues through Sunday night, with challenges, games and maybe a prize or two. Come on over and join us! 

And now for some reveals and general showing off ... 

I've missed posting the last two reveals at Cookin' Up Creations. We worked with paper collections from Best Creation.  Each design team member was fortunate enough to receive a different collection; and I was thrilled because I worked with the Bunny Love collection. My project in the week before Easter included cards for my grandchildren. This was one of them:

The little felt duck and chick are by Sassafras; the papers and stickers were all from the Bunny Love kit. The design was the April 1 card sketch at My Sketch World

My last project was a a layout with photos of my youngest granddaughter. 

I cut around the bunny's ears and the top of one egg in the border on my background paper so I could put the big circle behind it. I added stickers to the tops of the bows on the eggs and the daffodils for more dimension and added a chick sticker to the little parade on the border. The design was based on a sketch from the Sweet Peach Crop Shop's anniversary party on the kit club's blog

I've been participating in as many of the challenges as possible for Sweet Peach's first anniversary; this layout answered a challenge to scrap a baby photo. The lovely girls are my two daughters, who are 10 years apart. My older daughter had been so afraid of getting another brother (she already had two); so she was thrilled that the newest baby was a girl. The sketch is from SundayLDesigns. 

And yet another challenge -- this one was to use the posted sketch:

and yet another challenge -- to create a scene on the layout:

This one also satisfied a challenge on Cookin' Up Creations to layer a photo over a larger copy of the same image. I loved the effect of doing that on the photo of Anna on the slide 

The owner of the local scrapbook store, Scrap That Moment, asked me to work with Prima's Moulin Rouge papers for "prom season" display layouts. Here's what I came up with:

I used a sketch from Sketch Inspiration. The prom goers are my oldest daughter and her (now) husband at her senior prom back in 1996. This one also answered a challenge on CUC to use the color purple. 

This one was based on a sketch by fellow Cookin' Up Creations design team member Cassy Suszek. These gorgeous women are my youngest daughter and her bridesmaids:

I just finished this one today for anniversary sketch challenge #2 on Sweet Peach Crop Shop blog:

and the fun starts next week on My Sketch World:

Ten layout and card sketches will be revealed Saturday, May 7, with a whole week to complete them. And did I mention games and prizes? 

Thanks for looking; have a great weekend! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

My first projects for Scrap That Moment!

I am a happy camper; the new scrapbooking store in town, Scrap That Moment, is officially open. Lynette has some wonderful papers, a whole wall of cardstock and other great things in store for you. She has beautifully restored one of the old buildings on our historic Main Street. Now you can see the original tin ceiling in all its glory, as well as her newly built photography loft. And the hand painted zebra print ceiling in the crop area is worth the trip all by itself!

I'm on the design team for the store, and my first two layouts are on display there now. I worked with the Class Act line by TPC Studios:

This page uses "Phrases" and "Next Step" from the Class Act line. These papers are double sided,  which I love. I used WorldWin cardstock for the background, the mats, and to die cut the border, flowers and title. The lovely woman in the photo is my oldest daughter picking up her college diploma.

I used the flip sides of "Phrases" and "Next Step" for this layout. I fussy cut some of the mortarboard and diploma motifs from the "Next Step" paper and added them to the design; also cut and matted a couple of the phrases. Again, this is WorldWin cardstock (a dream to work with!) The stars and title are cut with Cricut cartridges and edged with Craft-T Metallic Rub Ons. This is a cream that adds just the right bit of shine. This is my third child, Jeff's, favorite pose from his senior portrait shoot.

I've also been working with the fabulous "Moulin Rouge" line from Prima Marketing; those will be ready for display later this week.

Have a great day!

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's a very blustery day

here in central Illinois! Reminds me of that beloved Winnie the Pooh book of the same name. I think this is one excellent day to stay inside and scrap.

It was so much fun to have my layouts up on the Sweet Peach Crop Shop blog last Sunday; thank you so much for the kind comments there. I created this layout using the April "Sweet" kit especially for last Sunday:

I totally love the Emma's Shoppe papers from Crate Paper! Those crocheted flowers and the felt cupcake were handmade and sent by friends; aren't they adorable? Here's a close up:

I used the "Juicy" kit for a layout of youngest granddaughter enjoying the swing at the park. This kit has the greatest mix of papers from various manufacturers -- I used My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose and Pink Paislee Daily Junque. 

In response to a Sweet Peach challenge to use product packaging, I used the backing from those yellow Studio Calico Notions tissue rosettes as a photo mat. If you look closely, you can see some of the cute vine logo below the photo. I added the buttons, adage ticket and tiny alpha. The ribbon and trim were from the April Embellishments kit.

I used the same Juicy kit for a quick and easy layout using this tutorial by Nathalie.

 I added my own alphas and chipboard stars (which I covered with Stella and Rose paper). The other papers and the star charm are from the kit; papers are Jenni Bowlin, Bella Blvd and Basic Grey. See, I told you there are a lot of lines in that one kit! 

And Monday was reveal day at Cookin' Up Creations. This month we're working with papers and stickers from Best Creation and tags from The Living Room Floor. I used photos from oldest daughter's boys two years ago for an Eggs-tra Easter page:

A new scrapbooking store just opened in town, and I am a happy camper! Not only is it great to have a store in town again, but I'm on the design team. So happy for an opportunity to display my work locally! I have my first assignment in front of me .... 

Thank you for looking! Have a great weekend 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I'm the featured subscriber ...

... on the Sweet Peach Crop Shop blog today!

The kit club is featuring the work of a different kit subscriber each Sunday in April as part of Sweet Peach's first anniversary. I was so excited, flattered and thrilled when Corrie invited me to share my some of my projects using her awesome kits.

You can find the post here!

A big, huge THANK YOU to Corrie and the Sweet Peach team!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Saturday!

The past week was a productive one for me, scrap-wise. The design team at Cookin' Up Creations is fortunate this month to be working with paper kits from Best Creations, as well as tags from Etsy artist The Living Room Floor. This paper is adorable with a sprinkling of glitter and fabulous pastels. I used photos of grandson Cameron from two years ago combined with a sketch from My Sketch World to create my April 4 reveal project:

The CROP CHEF challenge is going great, and we're now on the third challenge. I presented the second challenge Monday. The "ingredients" and techniques lists for all the CROP CHEF challenge were chosen by, which has made for some interesting combinations My ingreidents included a border, lace, a clock or clock face, and old book pages. My technique was inking the edges of at least two papers and I added a bonus to dangle something for a bonus point.

A fellow design team member, Cassy, sent me this kit of Pink Paislee Queen Bee as a gift. It is so perfectly elegant and I couldn't wait to get this layout done:

My clock was created with a Stampin' Up stamp and Staz-On ink, stamped onto a transparency and then cut with a Spellbinders circle die. I made the flowers from old dictionary pages and tissue paper spritzed with homemade yellow spray and glitzed up with a bit of Stickles. Here are a couple of close ups:

And I couldn't wait to play with the new Sweet and Juicy embellishment kits from Sweet Peach Crop Shop. I am a subber to the Juicy kits, but this month I couldn't resist the Sweet and the embellishment kits. Soooo pretty!

 My first two layouts using these kits will be featured this Sunday, April 10, on the Sweet Peach Crop Shop blog. Corrie asked me to be a part of the kit club's first anniversary celebration as the subject for the week's Subscriber Sunday. I was thilled, flattered and excited to be included. Would love for you to check it out Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by; have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Scrappy Giveaway!

Nicole is offering a chance to win a cute kit on her Scrap Me This blog. Go on over and check it out! The deadline for entering is April 30.

Go here to enter!

Nicole also has posted her entries for the CROP CHEF competition on her thread. She does beautiful work! 

Monday, April 4, 2011

March sketch challenge at Sweet Peach!

I am one lucky girl .... I have not one, but TWO April kits from Sweet Peach Crop Shop, PLUS the embellishment add-on! 

I used the Juicy kit today to finish the March sketch challenge on the Sweet Peach blog. The sketch by Liz Chidester was so much fun to work with and was perfect for photos of my grandson Cameron. The papers are from Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Jenni Bowlin, My Mind's Eye and Bella Blvd.  All of the papers are double sided, which is a nice bonus. TheBasic Grey "Little Details" star clip are part of the kit. The big ticket is from last month's Juicy kit, cut from Echo Park paper.  I added some random things from my stash to reflect Cameron's playful personality, including a metal clock face and photo turns used as "hands"; metal photo corners; a wooden 5; a chipboard star, which I covered in paper; a freehand-cut heart that I ran through a crimper; and gears and sprockets due with Sizxix and Spellbinders dies. I also used a dot pattern stamp to add a little interest. A few of the clocks in the Jenni Bowlin paper were punched out and popped up to add some texture. 

Oh, to be five years old  -- playing with your food is still acceptable!

Friday, April 1, 2011

What a wild weekend!

So much is happening scrap-wise, this weekend! The CROP CHEF competition is up and running at Cookin' Up Creations! The first challenge is up and it's a good one ..... the deadline for that challenge is Monday at midnight EST, so you still have plenty of time to enter. The remaining challenges will be issued on Mondays and Thursdays through April 18 -- a total of six in all. There are lots of ways to earn points -- and at the end of the contest, the person with the most points will be CROP CHEF?

The prize? A guest design team spot for May. So .... what are you waiting for????

This is also the birthday bash weekend at Paper Secrets. There are games and challenges going on through Sunday evening .... I'm hosting a Steal the Gift challenge Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Those women are WILD, I tell ya!

And ... the grand opening for the new LSS here in town is tomorrow from 10 until 2. I am fortunate enough to be on the design team for the store. So excited! Until it opens tomorrow, the closest LSS is an hour away. Can't wait to have one uptown -- within walking distance!

I did get some scrapping done earlier in the week. This one is the example for my Wednesday challenge at Cookin' Up Creations to use a doily or lace. The papers are Echo Park's For the Record, from the Sweet Peach Crop Shop March Juicy kit. The Diva is my oldest granddaughter and the photo was taken 3 years ago. It's still my favorite photo of her -- so posh!

The new April Blue Plate Special challenges are starting now, with a new one every day. Always so much fun! And there is a prize drawing at the end of the month (because we all love prizes and winning!)

And I made this quick little card in response to Lisa's card challenge at My Sketch World to use spring colors and a banner. I punched out tiny shapes and threaded them onto some embroidery floss to make my banner. The papers are October Afternoon. The March challenges are done, but the new April ones are just starting to go up on the forum, as well as the NEW April layout and card challenges. 

And these cards were my design team reveal on Monday at Cookin' Up Creations.

The papers are Basic Grey. The flowers and leaves on the left side are made with Japanese washi tape from Cu-te' Ta-pe' and centered with tiny Primas. The sentiment tag is a Text Me tag from P.S. It's in the Details. I ran it through my printer to add the verse and then used Scenic Route rub on for the title. On the right, the button trimmed tree tag and owl are also Details tags.

I do plan to scrap this weekend -- hopefully very productively! I'm the featured subscriber on Sweet Peach Crop Shop's blog on Sunday, April 10 as part of their one year anniversary celebration - very excited about that! And I will be offering the CROP CHEF challenge this Monday on Cookin' Up Creations; need to get my example done. And there are always challenges everywhere -- love 'em!

Have a great weekend!