Monday, June 20, 2011

Winner winner chicken dinner!

I'm not sure where that expression came from, but .... I am a winner!!!! Glue Arts and Crate Paper teamed up for a giveaway on Facebook over the weekend. The only requirement was to post a comment about the colors used in your wedding. I was the winning post! The new Crate Paper Portrait Collection will be coming home to me, as well as a Glue Arts Pro and refill. What a way to start off the week!

Today was another reveal day at Cookin' Up Creations.  This layout was inspired by a quote challenge on the Burlap and Buttercups blog, posted by design team member Nathalie.

"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one."
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"~

Some more of the photos from the Quad Cities Botanical Center seemed appropriate; combined them with Basic Grey papers, as well as some trims from one of our sponsors. The Ribbon Jar. The crochet lace brought out the violet in the iris, and the green in the ribbon perfectly accented the foliage in the photos.

It also qualifies for a challenge by Crop Stop design team member Michelle to use some nature themed motifs. Let's see ... butterflies, a bug, greens and flowers ... 

The Birthday Bash is still going strong at Cookin' Up Creations! The challenges will continue through June 30 ... still plenty of time to join in. Several of my layouts fit various challenges.

This week's challenge on The Paper Variety called for two different fonts in the title. The layout also fits a challenge on Scraptastic Kit Club's blog to use a summer theme and to alter an embellishment in some way. What says summer more than sunglasses and bikes? And I covered some ugly chipboard buttons in paper to match my layout. 

Those two shady characters are my sons back in the summer of 1987. They were seven and two. The lovely young lady is my oldest daughter, who was nine. I love scrapping those old photos -- the photo quality often is lacking, but the memories make them worth preserving along with the stories.

Thank you for looking -- have a great day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A little experimenting ....

This week I decided to try something a little different with the latest Sketch Inspiration sketch. I used just a couple small pieces of patterned paper, and a few rub on's to create the design. Not sure I'm entirely happy with the result, but at least I tried something that's just a little "outside the box" for me:
That's my mom in the top photo. When I was taking pictures, she told me "That camera of yours always makes me look so old!" Yeah, right. I want to look as good as she does when I'm 80 years young .... This layout also satisfied one of the challenges for the Birthday Bash 2.0 Celebration at Cookin' Up Creations. There's still plenty of time to join in the fun. We have a new challenge nearly every day, with the whole month to complete them; some fun games; and some great prizes up for grabs ... so what are you waitin' for? Check it out!

I've been playing along with the "My Scrap's Got Talent" challenges at My Scraps and More and loving it! Last week's challenge was to use the great sketch designed and posted by design team member Chelsea. I found a favorite old photo of my boys, taken in July 1986 and paired it with the June "Juicy" kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop. The papers were perfect! I used a couple of small items from my stash, but most of the things on the layout came from the kit.

I have NO idea what they were diggin' for, but they sure were having a good time!

And finally, I can post this layout. I created it as part of a telephone scraplift at Cookin' Up Creations, but I couldn't show it until all of the participants had finished their lifts. This was so much fun!

Tonight is a scrapping night; I hope you also get to do something fun this weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How "revealing" ....

... Mondays, that is! 

This week for my design team reveal at Cookin' Up Creations, I salvaged a little chalkboard from my scrap closet. I used another digital design from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs for this adorable paper pieced bear:

The paper flower and the paper piecing are hiding some gouges and dings. This board will come in handy in my kitchen for notes. 

I'm one of the designers for the new scrapbook store here in town, Scrap That Moment. Lynette, the store owner, wanted a couple of layouts in time for Father's Day using this golf themed paper by Karen Foster. My husband and I went out to the golf course after dinner Saturday night to get these photos. 

 I love the One Hour Sketch Challenges at My Sketch World! We always get a few hints -- for this one, we knew we needed these photo sizes, a big circle and a border. I had been hoarding this lovely die cut from the LYB Twig line, so the sketch challenge gave me the push I needed to use it:

I substituted all last week at a local child enrichment center and day care -- in the toddler and two year old room. I loved working with the adorable little ones and the regular staff, but at the end of the day, I was tired! Not much scrap happening last week. I have a couple of days off this week, so hoping for a bit of mojo. We are in the middle of the Birthday Bash at Cookin' Up Creations, and I want to tackle some more of those awesome challenges. Plus ... My Scrap's Got Talent at My Scraps and More, the June challenges at Inspired 2 Scrap, and some fun ones on the Burlap and Buttercups blog.  And  I have TWO new, untouched kits that I need to break into!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Just a few projects ....

I've been subbing this week at the one of the local child enrichment centers (day care and learning activities) for one of the staffers in the toddler/two year olds room. The children are adorable and fun, but they do keep me busy! I've been worn out at night and content to just sit on the couch and watch television. I'm used to scrapping nearly every day, but that hasn't happened this week and I miss it. Hoping for a productive scrap filled weekend!

I do have a couple of things to share.

At Cookin' Up Creations this month, the design team is working with products from Creative Charms, The Ribbon Jar and Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. For Monday's reveal, I made two cards. For the first, I used one of the cute robot designs from Little Scraps of Heaven. The designs are available two ways -- files for SCAL to be cut with your Cricut, or a pdf for paper piecing. Since I don't own SCAL, I cut mine by hand and paper pieced it for this fun birthday card:

For my second card, I paired some vintage brads from Creative Charms with Garden Party papers from DCWV for a sympathy card:

We all know I LOVE challenges .... and I created this layout for two different challenges. Cookin' Up Creations is celebrating the forum's second anniversary with the Birthday Bash Celebration 2.0. There is a new challenge every day! This was for Day #3 -- two photos and two hand cut embellishments. It also fit the "My Scrap's Got Talent" Challenge #1 at My Scraps & More -- to use two photos and to distress or  mist on the layout in some way. I used white acrylic paint and a bit of glitter paint to "distress" the white water foam in the photos, to make them stand out more. I used the May Sweet kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop:

My hand cut embellishments were the stars (I traced wooden ones and cut them by hand) and a couple of fish tails that I fussy cut and adhered with foam dots to "pop" them up:

I created this one for the Scraplift A Member challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. The entire Design Team chose a layout by forum member Patti, and each of us scraplifted it. This one was my version. I also used it for a challenge at Inspired 2 Scrap to use journaling strips on a layout:

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Scrappin' is happenin' here!

As always on the first day of the month, the June sketches were revealed at My Sketch World. This month I did both a layout and a card, created with Webster's Pages "Postcards From Paris" line. I have difficulty using these gorgeous papers because I'm afraid of making the first cut; but I was happy with the way these turned out.

The little girl is my oldest granddaughter, at age 2 1/2, as flower girl in my oldest daughter's wedding back in 2001. I did some punching and fussy cutting here.

I did more fussy cutting with the scraps to make a card for the card sketch:

I love challenges! and are plenty of them going on right now. Inspired 2 Scrap has some awesome monthly challenges up right now; and My Scraps & More is hosting a "My Scrap's Got Talent" contest for the next 8 weeks, beginning TODAY! 

And on Cookin' Up Creations, we are celebrating the forum's second anniversary all month long with the Birthday Bash Celebration 2.0. There will be a new challenge every day, but you have until the end of the month to complete them. There will be a few special challenges -- I'm kicking off a menu challenge today -- and some games. And prizes -- did I mention prizes from some generous sponsors? Needless to say, we are in a party mood!

The challenges are great because they inspire me to create. This week I completed several layouts, all as part of a challenge somewhere.

I've been enjoying my April Juicy kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop; it's nearly gone! I used it to create this layout featuring two of my grandsons ...

... and this one, with my other grandson ruining his socks (and probably his shirt) dancing at my younger daughter's wedding reception last spring:

I made the star embellishment by covering a chipboard star with a piece from an ancient pair of jeans, then layered a punched paper circle with a clear button, a metal button and thread. The little stars were diecut from denim with Cuttlebug dies.

I found this photo today when I was looking for something else in one of my photo boxes, and it brought back memories of the Christmas when Care Bears were hot -- and sold out. I bought kits and made them for my two kids. I was afraid they would be upset because they weren't "real" Care Bears, but they were thrilled. I love these old fashioned papers in Echo Park's For the Record line. 


And I needed one more layout for a Blue Plate Special challenge at Cookin' Up Creations (so I could get my name into the drawing for the awesome prize kit this month!) so I created this one. I stamped the flower with dye ink:

The ladies with me are my older daughter Heather and our scrapbooking forum friend, Beth, taken two years ago at a Creating Keepsaks Convention (actually, at Applebee's that evening .... dinner with good company, a couple of perfect margaritas ... a fun night!) It is one of the worst photos of me, but the other two look great,, and it's the only photo I have from that night, so I put vanity aside and scrapped it.

Hoping for a bit of scrapping time this weekend, too --- so many challenges, so little time! Have a great weekend!