Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches, indeed!

My friend Rebecca  sent me the link last week to Sassy Lil' Sketches, and it's already become one of my favorite go-to places for layout design ideas. I used the July 28 sketch (with a few modifications) for this layout featuring photos of my daughter's adorable new "teddy bear" puppy.

The yellow background was inspired by Burlap and Buttercups "I've Got Sunshine" challenge; the papers are from Crate Paper's Portrait and Neighborhood,  Cosmo Cricket's Odds and Ends,  and October Afternoon's 5 & Dime collections and Sassafrass "Foldies". This layout also fits a Blue Plate Special Challenge at Cookin' Up Creations to scrapbook a pet. I guess a "granddog" counts, huh? 

Back to the scrap cave! Thanks for stopping by 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sneak peeks!

Right now, I have two layouts that I created recently but can't share just yet. I love sharing my layouts and other scrap creations on my blog, Facebook page and elsewhere, and waiting is really, really, REALLY hard .... So until I can show you the complete layouts, here are a couple of sneak peeks:

This one is part of a Telephone Scraplift at Cookin' Up Creations:

.... and another for the August sketch reveal at My Sketch World:

Happily, I did complete TWO layout this week that I can show now. This one was for a Layout Tag on Inspired 2 Scrap:.

Aren't those photos a scream? That's my six year old grandson, Cameron, at the pool a couple of weeks ago. During the last rest period, he curled up under his towel and fell asleep. My daughter (who happens to be Cam's mom) took these photos. I used my June "Juicy" kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop for this one. For the background, I used Challenge #47 from the Scrapfit Challenge Blog to use yellow and a clock on a "summer-time" layout.

I used this week's sketch (#230) Sketch Inspiration:

I presented a Blue Plate Special challenge on Cookin' Up Creations this week to use mist on a layout. (We're doing a television and movie theme this month; my inspiration was the movie "The Mists of Avalon") For the background, I misted with walnut ink spray over a Tim Holtz mask. I also used metallic gold paint on a piece of plastic mesh to add some grid marks to the right hand side -- here's a close up:

I haven't stayed up late to scrapbook in a while, but I think I will tonight. There are still several of the July Blue Plate Special challenges at Cookin' Up Creations that I want to complete. Have you seen the BPS challenges? If you complete at least 15 of the July challenges by the deadline, your name will be entered into a drawing for a wonderful paper collection from S.E.I.  (Personally, I have my eye on the Fair Day paper pad ....)

Thanks for looking; have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

This one cracks me up ....

When I go to my youngest daughter's home in Wisconsin, I travel along I-43 from Beloit to the Lake Geneva area. I pass this sight along the way, and it always makes me chuckle. So the last time I was passing by, I pulled over to the side of the road and took a photo. And then there was a challenge to scrap something "silly', so .... here ya go!

The sketch is the July 14 entry from Sassy Lil' Sketches. The papers are Scrap Within Reach and Dreamstreet Papers. The gold foil is from WRMK. I overcame my fear of misting and used it -- lightly, timidly and sparingly but it's there! Had a blast inking and heat embossing the stars. And I distressed and inked some of the papers just for fun!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I love visiting .....

... but it's also great to be home!

I spent a wonderful four-day weekend with my oldest daughter and her family in Minnesota, accompanied by my youngest granddaughter (who belongs to my youngest daughter and lives in Wisconsin). We visited the Minnesota Zoo , where we saw the penguins and the dolphin show; enjoyed street music and bought fresh local veggies at the farmers market; went swimming; walked to the park and Dairy Queen. We also met Izzy, the new "grand dog" -- an adorable teddy bear (bichon-shitzu mix).  I took scrapping supplies but never really got around to scrapping, but I did take quite a few photos that will be showing up on layouts soon.

Since my oldest daughter has two boys, she enjoys the occasional "girly fix" with her niece. They had fun splashing each other in the kiddie pool:

This layout was the example on my Blue Plate Special challenge today on Cookin' Up Creations. I used this week's sketch from Sketch Inspiration for the layout design; and a paper technique by Kate Vickers as shown on the Inspired to Scrap forum. The title came from Christa's challenge to use a "summer song" title on the forum at My Sketch World.

The sketch and the inspiration for this layout came from Master Chef Sandy Liles at Cookin' Up Creations.  My youngest two grandkids enjoyed a spirited game of their own design; both of them "won", which is always a good thing! For Scrapfit's Workout #48, I "put a bird on it" -- a sticker on a button -- and a quote that I love -- "Play is the work of children" by Bob Keeshan. For those of you over a certain age, you may remember him as the beloved "Captain Kangaroo".

Scraplift a Member at Cookin' Up Creations
I am so excited to show you this layout -- finally! The Master Chef Challenge Team at Cookin' Up Creations chose a layout by member Rebecca in MI to scraplift. We do this periodically and since it's a surprise to the original artist, we keep our creations under wraps until the big reveal.

You can see Rebecca's original layout, "Laugh", here. We all loved her use of white space, her placement of her elements so they all stood alone but yet were cohesive and worked so perfectly together; and her great photo. Here's my version, featuring LYB's Twig collection and a photo of my youngest grandson, Cameron, that his mom took on their recent vacation to Colorado:

Some of the elements came with the Twig line, but I made several embellishments for this. The clouds were cut with a Spellbinders die (exclusive design for Scrap Mart) and the zig zag, with a Sizzix die. I freehand cut the cirles for the lollipop flower and the triangles for the banner. The tree was cut with the Cricut Lite  "Bloom" cartridge, but I cut the leaves freehand. I turned the photo placement and filled up a bit more of my white space, but I tried to keep my elements as "separate yet together" as Rebecca did with hers.

Thanks for the inspiration, Beck!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

All aboard!

That's what my granddaughter was calling in the big photo below. She visited with us during the last weekend in June; we spent Saturday at a small but excellent zoo about an hour from our home. Her favorite part of the zoo is this train that takes you on a ride around the park's perimeter. The four of us -- me, Anna, my husband and my mom -- rode when we first arrived; Anna and I took a second trip before we left.

The sketch is from Sketch Inspiration.

My older daughter and her family vacationed last month in Colorado, and she shared her photos via Facebook. As soon as I saw this photo from their whitewater rafting trip, I knew I wanted to scrap it. Her younger son is the little guy in the middle, waving and looking totally cool and in charge in his sunglasses. 

My daughter, her older son and husband are those three people rowing like crazy in the front. 

Thanks for looking; have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Scrap happy!

I just love productive weekends!

I had an unexpected day off Friday -- I was scheduled to substitute for a vacationing teacher at the local child care center, but there were so many families starting their Fourth of July weekend a day early that the attendance was down and I wasn't needed. I used my time very wisely, I may say .....

I created two layouts for Scrap That Moment, the new scrapbooking store here in town, featuring Karen Foster's Wedding Day Collage paper and Together Forever stickers and Worldwin cardstocks. The first one includes some of Worldwin's gorgeous Petalicious shimmery cardstock. The photo is from my older daughter's wedding in 2001. I added some rhinestones to the "Love" letters on the paper; to the sticker and the flourish, which I cut with a Quickutz die.

The second one uses a photo from my younger daughter's wedding last year. The paper is the same, but this time I used teal and emerald papers to reflect her color scheme. I used Stickles on some of the bigger letters in the paper to add sparkle. I also used it to "decorate" the cake sticker, which is adhered with foam tape for extra dimension.

The border on both pages is an EK Success punch -- which, unfortunately, "died" shortly after I finished. It's one of my favorites, so I think it requires a trip to JoAnn's today ....

I also had some time to indulge in a few challenges (which I love!) The Birthday Bash Celebration 2.0 at Cookin' Up Creations comes to an end today, and I'm happy that I finished a total of 16 challenges over the past month. These two layouts were created for that celebration, as well as for Scrapdango's L.O.A.D. (layout a day) Challenge -- which goes on through the end of the month.

I used my decorative scissors on the bottom of photo mat for this one. Then I partially covered it up, but you can still see it in the close up. Using the scissors was an idea from a challenge at Scraptastic Kit Club's blog.

 I used a sketch posted at Scrapdango for this one. I love the way it allowed me to use this lovely paper plus some scraps of trim I had been hoarding. I used a color palette posted in a challenge by Angie Gutshall on the Inspired 2 Scrap forum -- the BG paper fit it perfectly:

Both layouts feature patterned papers from Basic Grey's Hello Luscious line and some other goodies from Burlap and Buttercups' June kit, as well as from my stash. The photos are all from youngest granddaughter Anna's recent stay with us.

I have the entire day off today also. Do I have things I should do? Why yes, I do. And I will ... but first, since I'm here in the scrap room surrounded by kits, tools and photos .... well, the dishes and dust bunnies can just wait awhile.

Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy July 4 weekend!

In honor of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations, the owner of Scrap That Moment -- our new scrapbooking store here in town -- asked me to design a couple of layouts using the Jordan Collection by Treehouse Memories.

My older daughter sent me this photo of her two boys at a monster truck show last year. It goes great with the red, white and blue papers! I used the new July sketch from My Sketch World:

The stars were cut from chipboard with Spellbinders dies, inked and then painted with silver glitter paint.

And this little firecracker is my youngest granddaughter, Anna. She was thrilled with her flag shirt and star shirt, as well as that little pinwheel (remember those? I loved those too as a kid!) The sketch is from Sketch Inspiration. The beautiful sparkly brads are from Creative Charms. 

I'm happy to be continuing on the Master Chef Challenge Team at Cookin' Up Creations! Each team member was asked to create an "I Am ...." layout as part of the new team's introduction. The papers are My Mind's Eye and Jenni Bowlin. Lynette Daniel, owner of Scrap That Moment, took the photo; she said I needed a new avatar photo and I suppose she was right!

After our month-long Birthday Bash Celebration at Cookin' Up Creations, the Blue Plate Special challenges are back! Today's challenge is to use this sketch from Nuts About Sketches, along with photos that involve water and the color blue or green. 

I turned the sketch and simplified it for this layout, using papers from Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye and Jillibean Soup:

I used a kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop; and also used a layout by design team member Angie Gutshall for further inspiration. I loved the way she used those little cloud stickers and chipboard butterflies. 

Thanks for looking; have a happy (and safe!) Fourth of July weekend!