Monday, May 30, 2011

A reveal and a sneak peek!

Today is "reveal day" at Cookin' Up Creations; this will be the last with the Diecuts With a View paper stacks. The whole team has had a great time working with these designs; and I am still loving the "Colorful Life" stack!

I started with inspiration from the DCWV Idea Gallery, but put my own spin on the design. I loved this big bicycle graphic, so I cut it into strips for more interest and mounted on WorldWin cardstock. The bottom strip is from a different pattern; I added a few white circles with bubble wrap and acrylic paint to tie it into the top pattern. The gears are cut with Sizzix and Spellbinders dies and inked, spritzed with Frost Shimmerz spray, and/or edged with Craft-T Metallic Rub-Ons cream. The boys are two of my grandsons; are they not handsome?

The June reveal at My Sketch World is not until Wednesday; but I am so excited about my designs this month that I decided to show a sneak peek of my layout:

I'm on the Card Design Team this term, but for the summer there will be only one layout and one card sketch a month instead of two, and we can volunteer to do both. I love Lucy's sketches, so I signed up for one of each. I have a real phobia about working with Webster's Pages; the designs are so gorgeous that I am always afraid of not doing them justice. A friend once told me to "get over it -- just close your eyes and start cutting!" I did keep my eyes open, but I managed to cut into not one but TWO pieces of WP for this layout. I'll be back later in the week to show my completed layout and card.

Have a great Memorial Day -- and be sure to thank a soldier or a veteran for his/her service to our great nation.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Another scrappy week!

The Design Team at Cookin' Up Creations is still working with Diecuts With a View paper stacks this month. I used a layout and tutorial o the DCWV website as inspiration for this layout using paper and rub ons from the "Colorful Life" collection:

I cut a 3/8 inch margin off the patterned paper on all four sides, but cutting around the larger elements and leaving them intact. I double matted that onto green and blue cardstock. I matted a photo and cut around some of the design elements so I could slip the photo underneath. The title is a DCWV rub on over a Pressed Petals chipboard tag. 

I participated in a one hour layout sketch challenge on Inspired 2 Scrap and ended up with this layout, using a Sweet Peach Crop Shop kit from November. It helped a lot to have a kit with the papers and embellishments already coordinated for me; and that rose net lace lent big impact in a hurry.

I created this layout for another challenge at Inspired To Scrap, using a Sweet Peach Crop Shop kit from April. I converted the center photo to black and white to fit in with the 1950's wallpaper vibe of this paper from Echo Park's Off the Record collection.The sketch is by Liz Qualman for Sweet Peach. 

My Scraps & More held a sketch challenge crop, and I managed to finish a couple of projects for that. This one uses a sketch by design team member Chelsea and is based on a color palette given in the challenge. The papers are Cosmo Cricket's Salt Air line. Don't you just love those bright, juicy colors? Everything came from the Sweet Peach May Sweet kit except the green flowers and rick rack. I had fun using some border punches and Spellbinders dies. The gingham print flower was made by punching, folding and adhering a few circles. Loved how it turned out! 

And the challenges continued ....

This one was created for a menu challenge on My Scraps & More and  for the May 21 Blue Plate Special on Cookin' Up Creations. The sketch design was by digital team member Penny Noel.

And this one was for the cellebration challenge on My Scraps & More; the sketch design is by Rascelle of the My Scraps & More design team. 

Is anyone having trouble accessing Blogger from a laptop computer, or have your followers list, follow this blog button and list of blogs you follow disappeared? That is all happening to me today. (It happened before I changed my background, so I know that's not it!) I can log in from the desktop dinosaur, so that's what I will have to do for now. My followers appear, disappear and then reappear .... hoping that this time they will stay!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Birthday Bash 2.0 at Cookin' Up Creations!

Please join us during the month of June as we celebrate our 2nd Birthday  at Cookin' up Creations!

The fun starts June 1 and will last all month long with daily challenges, games and some special surprises. And there will be prizes from sponsors including Nikki Silvis, Reminisce and more. Come on over now to register and sign up for Bingo. And when you come over, tell 'em I sent ya! 

My Scrap's Got Talent!

Tammi and the design team at My Scraps & More are hosting 8 fun weeks of challenges and games, looking for the first "My Scraps" talent star! The first challenge will be issued June 3rd and the last one will be issued on July 29th. (we will take a week break from July 22nd-28th) A new challenge will be issued each week, This is a non-elimination contest and everyone is welcome. 

Sounds like my kind of fun! go on over and check it out; and please tell 'em on the sign in thread that I sent you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

A "challenging" weekend is ahead ....

I love scrapping challenges!!!! And lucky me, this weekend there are two great crops going on.

Inspired 2 Scrap  has a great crop going on now until Sunday, with lots of fun challenges, games and prizes. You will also find a great design team and friendly people! Go here for the "Walking on Sunshine" Crop.

I already created three layouts for this one, two with photos that I took last week at the adoption hearing. (Some of them also fit challenges on Cookin' Up Creations and My Sketch World; love it when that happens!)

This one was for a "seven layer" recipe challenge: cardstock, patterned paper, photo(s), title, journaling, flower(s) and ribbon or twine.  I used the May kit from the Scrapping Spot, featuring Bella Blvd Family Dynamix line:

The other was a challenge to use NO cardstock and to use the posted sketch. OK, no cardstock? This was truly a challenge. I used the May Sweet Peach kit featuring Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe, along with a Basic Grey distressed patterned sheet and a little Echo Park. I have to tell you, this is my new favorite page:

 What are mambo shoes? They are shiny, shiny shoes that make a great tapping noise when you run around singing  mambo, mambo, MAM-BO!"  while you stomp and "shake, shake, shake". Everyone needs a pair!

I used photos taken by my oldest daughter for this one. The challenge was to frame a page. I used the March kit from The Scrapping Spot featuring MYLB's Twig line. Don't you just love those colors? 

This is one of the rare layouts that I created just for me, not for any challenge, no design team reveal, etc. I used a sketch from the latest Creating Keepsakes magazine and a Sweet Peach kit from last fall. At first I was trying to make an ornate, "fancy" layout and it just wasn't working. I pared down the papers and embellishments -- much better! Now the photos are the stars and not my fancy scrapwork. 

There were TWO design team reveals last week. The first was Monday on Cookin' Up Creations. I have been working this month with DCWV's "Colorful Life" paper and used one of the designs with big, bold graphics for this layout:

I used a craft knife to cut around the pink butterfly so I could slip the photo underneath. Otherwise, I trimmed and distressed the edges, mounted on black cardstock,; added gesso with a dry brush to my photo edges, matted and added a quote; sanded the chipboard letters and called it done. This paper has some great touches of glitter that I don't know if you can see here.

Note: We offer a different Blue Plate Special challenge each day at Cookin' Up Creations; and if you complete 12 of the monthly challenges by the end of the month, we will enter your name into a drawing for the prize. This month we are giving away the May kit from Scraptacular. Check it out on the CUC forum! 

I'm on the card design team at My Sketch World; my part of the team reveals on the 15th of each month. Here's my card using this sketch:

I was so excited because one of my cards from last week was chosen as one of two projects of the week at My Sketch World. The forum is loaded -- and I mean LOADED -- with fantastic scrappers, so this it was a true honor to be singled out for this card:

I'm looking forward to maybe a trip to an area Botanical Garden with my mom this weekend, and of course scrapping. How about you? Hope you do something fun -- have a great weekend! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Looking for some scrapping fun this weekend?

Check out the Sketch Crop at My Scraps and More!

Here's the invitation from Tammi, the owner and administrator: My Scraps & More is having a Grand Opening Sketch Crop! All of the challenges will be a sketch with a twist! There will also be games and chances to win some great prizes!! Our crop will start on May 20th but look for pre-crop challenges to start soon! You will have until May 25th to get all of your challenges completed and posted into the proper thread. This is going to be a ton of fun and really hope that you will join in!!
(all pages need to be newly created for this crop and can not be combined with any other challenges posted)

Go here to read more! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

An official "big event" for our family!

How was your Mother's Day?

Mine was great! My mom was here for dinner on Sunday, and I heard via phone from three of my four kids. Our youngest daughter, son in law and granddaughter came from Wisconsin. But the best thing was the day after: My son in law's petition to adopt my granddaughter was granted! We knew it would be, but it was so nice to actually hear those magic words. My husband, my son in law's parents and Il were there for the hearing, and I took a few photos afterward. My son in law isn't big on having his picture taken, but Monday the man just couldn't stop smiling! He so wanted this to happen, and he truly deserves to be her "forever daddy".

Anna stood up in the court room right before the hearing began and belted out, "Hey everybody! the game's about to start!" Afterward, as her parents tried to explain to her what had just happened, she said "You belong to me now, Daddy!" She was more excited about her new dress and her "mambo shoes" than she was about the court date. (If you have never had mambo shoes ... they are shoes that make lovely tap tap tap noises when you dance. And oh yeah, they have to be shiny patent leather, too!) 

Are they not a beautiful family?

In spite of Mother's Day and the excitement of Adoption Day, I did get a bit of scrapping in! I used the May kit from The Scrapping Spot for two layouts. The subject of the first is my youngest daughter (Anna's mommy).

This is the Bella Blvd Family Dynamics line; so cute! I cut the sun and clouds with my Cricut and the journaling spot with my Grand Calibur and Spellbinders dies. The sketch is from Nuts About Sketches.

And this one is Anna, playing "kickety kick ball" in the yard on Mother's Day. The sketch is from Sketch Inspiration.

There were three birthdays in our family in the first half of the month, so I've been in card making mode.  These balloons were cut from a scanned and printed copy of an old puzzle postcard that I picked up in a local antique mall. The gears were cut with a Sizzix die. This was for my son in Tennessee:

And I love using the "Sewing Room" Tim Holtz die from Sizzix on cards. This one went to my daughter (a very big week for her -- Mother's Day, adoption day and birthday!)

At Cookin' Up Creations this month, the design team is working with products from DieCuts With a View. I used  bold images from "The Colorful Life" collection on two cards for Monday's reveal:

Have a a great weekend and a fabulous week!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Blog Hop WINNER!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cookin' Up Creations "Put Some SPRING In Your SCRAP" blog hop last weekend.

I used to find the winner of the RAK that I offered -- these Martha Stewart doily lace butterfly stamps:

And the winning number: Post #3:

Blogger Katie said...

GREAT page! I am now following your bloggy too!
May 4, 2011 8:48 PM

Congrats,. Katie! Please go to the forum and send me a PM with your address, and I will get those stamps sent off to you ASAP. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy NSD weekend -- and Mother's Day too!

There are some great crops, contests and sales going on this weekend in honor of National Scrapbooking Day. What are you doing to celebrate?

We're hosting a weekend-long crop at Cookin' Up Creations. You will find all the info here.  We have at least four new challenges and two games planned for each of the three days; and the deadline for completing and uploading your challenge creations isn't until midnight Monday night, May 9. (We also hosted a blog hop earlier in the week; you can still hop for a chance in our prize drawing; just scroll down to the post below for more info)

My Sketch World is kicking off its week-long crop today with card and layout challenges -- and a week to complete them! And if that isn't enough to keep me busy, I will be checking out  challenges at some of  my other favorite sites, too.

And then there's Mother's Day on Sunday.  My mom, my youngest daughter and her family will all be at our house for Sunday dinner. Not sure what I'll serve for the main course, but I already know dessert will be Strawberry SHORTCUT Cake from the Neeleys of the Food Network. It's one of my favorite dessert recipes. You can find the recipe here.

Last week was another crafty, scrappy week, starting off with the Cookin' Up Creations design team's weekly reveal on Monday. This month, our sponsor is Diecuts With A View, who provided each of us on the design team with a different collection. I hit the jackpot with "Colorful Life" -- it is full of big, bold graphics, eye popping colors and a hint of glitter. Fellow design team member Jenny Rickard offered a challenge in April to do a collage, and I was hooked. So for my reveal, I chose big graphics from two "Colorful Life" patterned papers. I had the messiest, happiest time building a background on my canvas with torn papers, stamped music, acrylic paint slapped on with a foam brush and glittered paint sponged through a piece of mesh. The result was "Song Bird":

This is a close up of the bird image:

Collaging is just too much fun -- I highly recommend it!

I've also done some more traditional layouts and cards, too. All have been created as examples for challenges I've offered, and/or answers to challenges by others.

This was created for the Cookin' Up Creations blog hop earlier in the week. The button tree idea came from a layout in the June Scrapbooks ETC:

A little close up of the tree:

This one is based on a Nuts About Sketches design and was created for a Cookin' Up Creations challenge to use cupcakes as an inspiration in some way. Look what Cam and his mom made!

Another Nuts About Sketches sketch design; this one was for a challenge to stamp or ink on a background. I sponged paint through a piece of mesh.

And the challenge for this one was to do a layout about rain in some way. These water features reminded me of a rain downpour.

The new Tim Holtz "Sewing Room" die that I ordered a while back came in -- and I love it! Here is one of my cards using it (the scanner didn't like the lumpiness and blurred it a bit) I stamped on the dress form and colored it with pencils and ink. The die includes the dress form, spool and button

And this one was created just last night for my challenge that I posted tonight for the crop at Cookin' Up Creations. The challenge is to use a handmade flower; I did an easy but cute posey out of three circles:

Thanks for stopping by; Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Welcome to the Spring Blog Hop!

Welcome to the “Put Some SPRING In Your SCRAP!” Blog Hop, hosted by the Cookin' Up Creations Design Team. If you have been following the hop route, then you should have come from Tamara's blog. If not, and you would like to follow along the complete blog hop itinerary, start at the Cookin' Up Creations Blog.

One of the sure signs of spring is seeing children playing outside. On Easter Sunday, our youngest daughter and her family visited in the afternoon. We gave 3 year old Anna a set of soap bubbles and funny googly sunglasses. Since it was a beautiful spring day, we went outside and watched her enjoy the bubbles. She even let us play a little bit. 

Of course, I took photos. And of course, I created a layout with them:

This is the left side:

and the right:

The button tree idea came from the June issue of Scrapbooks ETC. I cut the trunk with the Bloom Cricut cartridge and added little circles, flowers and buttons.

It was a fun and quick way to make an adorable accent for my layout. The papers are Crate Paper and Studio Calico. I used punches for my circles; the little flowers are Cosmo Cricket from a pack of Butterflies and Doilies. Those big lollipop flowers are Jillibean Bean Blossoms. Ribbon is Crate Paper. Cardstock is Stampin' Up and Bazzill Basics. Buttons are various from my stash.. I used the Spellbinders Labels One Grand Nestabilities die for the brackets and journaling spot. The design is a sketch from My Sketch World; it's featured in designer Lucy Chesna's e-book. 

Here's YOUR chance to win!
Please visit all six blogs on our Put Some SPRING In Your SCRAP! Blog Hop itinerary, and be sure to leave a comment on each one – as well as the Cookin' Up Creations blog – to be entered into our random drawing for the blog hop prize. The blog hop continues through midnight Eastern time Friday, May 6.

AND ....  if you become a follower and leave a comment, I'll put your name into a drawing for my own little RAK. Wouldn't you LOVE to own this cute Martha Stewart Doily Lace Butterflies stamp set?

And don't miss our “Put Some SPRING In Your SCRAP” Cyber-Crop starting Friday, May 6 on the Cookin' Up Creations Forum and continuing through Sunday evening, May 8. You will find some awesome challenges and fun games; and maybe a prize or two. So put it on your calendar and celebrate SPRING and National Scrapbooking Day with us.

And now for your blog hop ….. please proceed to Nicole's blog. She is the Cookin' Up Creations CROP CHEF winner and our guest designer this month and is immensely talented. 

Thank you for participating, and have fun!