Monday, February 28, 2011

It's Monday and that means ...

... reveal day! I love posting my completed work, so I always look forward to Reveal Mondays.

At Cookin' Up  Creations, the design team has been working all month with products from Scrappin' Sports & More, as well as Etsy crafters Shintashop and The Crafty Pearl. This week I was inspired to create a layout and two cards.

I used the sunny yellow May calendar paper from Scrappin' Sports & More as the background for some photos from a long-ago family vacation. I added a sunflower tag from Shintashop that seemed to be made just for this paper and these photos! I added patterned paper by Little Yellow Bicycle, American Crafts and October Afternoon alphas, and some assorted buttons (which I also added to the sunflower tag for added fun). The Fresh Air embellishment is from the Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge. The sketch is from Sketch Inspiration.


I loved this tag from Shintashop so much that I used it as the inspiration for a birthday card for my grandson. He's going to be 10, and hopefully he will appreciate the corny pun. The papers are October Afternoon and the sketch is by Lucy Chesna at My Sketch World:


I used one of the cute little felt button embellishments by The Crafty Pearl on this little card, along with papers from Tim Holtz Alterations. I haven't included a sentiment, but I think the card would be appropriate for a Valentine, a feminine birthday or "thinking of you" card, or a welcome for a new baby girl.



Next up is my layout for Nuts About Sketches' sketch #150. I remember the old fashioned windmills that powered wells on farms, and still dotted our local rural landscape when I was a child. Today, we have windmills of a different type -- there are several wind farms in our area, harnessing the wind to provide electricity. I've wanted to photograph them but never seemed to have a camera with me when I've driven past. Last month I was on the road early on a Sunday morning, heading to Wisconsin to meet up with my daughters and their children for a weekend at the Dells. The sun was coming up on this farm near Rochelle, IL, and my camera happened to be in the seat beside me. So, I pulled over to the side of the interstate, rolled down my window, leaned out and took a few shots. This is a bit different from my usual scrapping style, but I'm pleased with the result:


The papers are Little Yellow Bicycle's Fresh Print Traveler line; I fussy cut two of the flowers to use as accents.

Thank you, Nuts About Sketches and Shawn!
The page above is my last design team layout for Nuts About Sketches. I'm a big fan of Shawn's sketches, and it's been a pleasure and an honor to serve on her team. NAS will continue to be one of my go-to inspiration sites.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sketch A Thon and Challenges!

There has been no lack of inspiration or motivation this week, between the Sketch A Thon at My Sketch World and the ongoing Blue Plate Specials at Cookin' Up Creations. The Cookin' Up Creations Design Team has done an outstanding job this month, presenting some interesting and fun challenges. Taking inspiration from an article in the current issue of Paper Crafts magazine about the popularity of hot air balloon motifs, I created these cards for a "What's New Wednesday" challenge:

For this one, I used a map from the back of an old dictionary (picked it up for $1 at Goodwill) and combined it with Jillibean Soup patterned papers and hot air balloons cut from Webster's Pages.


The balloon on this one is from the Cricut "Summer in Paris" Solutions cartridge. The papers are Scrap Within Reach's "Industrial Park" collection.


Meanwhile at My Sketch World, all the sketches for the Sketch A Thon have been posted (20 of them in total!). The fun continues, though -- the deadline for uploading your creations is midnight (PST) Thursday, March 3. There's still time to get in on the fun and the prize drawings! Since I need several birthday cards in the next couple of months, I concentrated this week on the card sketches.

For this one, I used the frame and dictionary flower that I created last week (and showed in an earlier post) along with DCWV's Garden Party and Creative Imaginations papers, for a birthday card. My oldest granddaughter will be 13(!) in a couple of weeks, and I thought that deserved a grown-up card.


I colored the bling with alcohol ink; tea dyed the tulle; and sprayed the tulle and babies' breath with a little homemade gold shimmer spray.

I used another card sketch to make some mini cards that went into RAK packages. These were made with some of the last scraps of MME's "Bloom and Grow" line.


Unfortunately, I needed to send a sympathy card to a friend on the passing of her mother. I used another sketch for this one, created with Colorbok papers. The die is by Spellbinders, and the flowers are a Pink Paislee rub on:


And because I love the Webster's Pages hot air balloon motifs, I used them on another birthday card, again with a piece of a map. The papers this time are Fancy Pants' "About a Boy". The clouds are a Spellbinders die, exclusive to The Scrap Mart, my favorite place to buy dies online:


Today I'm working on a layout for Monday's reveal at Cookin' Up Creations. I spent way too much time pushing papers and photos around well into the night yesterday, so today it's time to just "get 'er done". Then I can get back to the fun sketches and challenges. What's on your scrapping agenda for this weekend?

Thank you, My Sketch World and Lucy!
My term as a "Layout Designer Diva" at My Sketch World officially has come to an end. Thank you to Lucy Chesna for 1) creating her fabulous sketches and sharing them with the rest of us and  2) for choosing me to be a part of her team for the past six months. It has been a truly great experience. I'll miss being a part of the design team, but the fun doesn't end there! I'll still be jumping into the challenges, games and chatter. :)

Have a great weekend, and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday reveals!

Happy Monday!

We're waiting for a predicted snow fall today -- nothing like the beginning of  the month, though (thank God!). We should be getting somewhere between 1 and 3 inches of snow. And actually, I won't be upset if it happens to miss us .... Is it spring yet?

We're having a great time at Cookin' Up Creations as we continue working with the papers and stickers from Scrappin' Sports & More. As soon as I saw this adorable fishing patterned paper with the big red and white bobbers, I knew I wanted to scrap it. The problem? No fishing photos ... none, nada, zilch. My older daughter came to the rescue, sending me a link for her 2007 vacation photos. An hour later, I was picking up my order at my local Walmart with photos of her and her family fishing in South Dakota. I used a sketch from the latest issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine and treated the bobber graphics almost as photos.  And I kept my embellishments to a minimum, to let the graphics and the photos take center stage.




This week's Nuts About Sketches design is this fabulous two page sketch.


I had some photos of my granddaughter "making someting PWETTY!" in my scrap room for her Mommy and Daddy, but I only had a few photos, so I used just the right side of the sketch. And since I am soooo ready for spring to be here, I pulled out my Echo Park Sweet Summertime kit:



I signed up a while back for an embellishment swap at Cookin' Up Creations, in which each of us provides six sets of handcrafted embellies that could be used together on a project. I couldn't decide between two themes, so I did three of each. My first is a vintage theme. The frame is made from the back of a used up notebook, then painted and crackled. The fluffy flowers are cut with a Sizzix die from old dictionary pages. The rosette is  pleated paper; the technique was in this month's Scrapbooks ETC. The butterfly is cut with a Spellbinders die. And the birdcage is from Cricut Lite's Bloom cartridge.



My second set featured a cute owl family from the Cricut Lite Hoot N Holler cartridge. (You can tell by an earlier post that I LOVE this cartridge!) The label, circles for the flowers and the clouds all were cut with Spellbinders dies.  (The clouds are exclusive to Scrap Mart.)



I was in a mood to experiment over the weekend, so I played with the "chipboard" frame idea and dictionary flowers some more. Here are some of the variations in the flowers, adding more or less spray ink and Stickles:




I combined a frame with a flower, a bling flourish (dyed with alcohol inks because I didn't like the clear rhinestones with the crackled frame), some tea-dyed tulle and glimmer spray babies breath:




Just a couple of reminders -- there is a new "Blue Plate Special" challenge every day (except Monday, when we recap all of the challenges from the previous week) at Cookin' Up Creations. Our design team tries to offer a little something for everybody -- and you could win the monthly Dessert Tray prize package! Be sure to check it out here.

And the Sketch A Thon continues at My Sketch World. All 20 of the sketches are posted for February 1-20, and you have until midnight (PST) March 3 to complete and post them to the gallery. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs! and the sketches are awesome.

Have a great week!

Friday, February 18, 2011

I've been published!

Anyone on ANY of the forums that I frequent or on Facebook probably already knows by now that my layout "Time Out" is in the April issue of Scrapbooks ETC. I'm just a tiny bit excited about this!!! It all came about last May when I created the layout in response to a challenge on the Paper Posies forum, based on a challenge by SBE contributing editor Leah Fung to "use punches creatively". I combined that with Sketch #122 on Sketch Inspirations. Then, just because I like to show off my layouts, I uploaded it to the SBE gallery. And forgot about it ....

..... until I received an email message September 1 from Leah Fung, asking if I would be interested in having my layout published. Oh, let's see .... YES????? and now, nearly six months later, it's published! See page 12 of the April Scrapbooks ETC, and there it is, with my little tips and all! Here is the layout:




Recent Reveals

At Cookin' Up Creations this month, we are fortunate to be working with products from Scrappin' Sports & More. I used baseball-themed paper and added some feminine touches to highlight a photo from the summer my husband coached our youngest daughter's softball team:


 For the February 14 reveal  (Sketch #148) at Nuts About Sketches, I created this layout using the Scraptacular February kit:


And speaking of Scraptacular, I do have a post up on their blog with all the layouts I created with the fun February kit, featuring patterned papers by My Mind's Eye (Fine and Dandy) and Fancy Pants (Love Birds).  I've already posted the layouts here, except for this one:


So far I've created seven pages and a couple of cards, with materials left for at least a couple more. Having a great time as guest designer this month!

Sketch A Thon continues

And the Sketch-A-Thon at My Sketch World is in full swing! There is a new card or layout sketch posted each day, Feb 1-20; and you have until March 3 to upload your creations for a chance at some fabulous prizes! Check it out here.  So far I've completed several of the sketches, including this layout using a Sweet Peach Crop Shop kit from November:

I also made some Valentines and birthday cards using the sketches. :








The little owls are from the Cricut Lite "Hoot N Holler" cartridge available at Walmart. They are just too much fun!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Blog Hop winner is ....

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in last week's "Stirrin' Up A Li'l Love at Cookin' Up Creations" Blog Hop and Crop! Tammy, the other Design Team members and I were very happy with the turnout and the level of enthusiasm that everyone brought along.

And now for the winner of my blog RAK:

I asked Random.org to choose for me:


Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
15
Timestamp: 2011-02-09 16:38:12 UTC

And 

Jan said...
Cute wreath, Barb.....and that layout is just beautiful! TFS.
FEBRUARY 4, 2011 5:22 PM

Congrats, Jan -- you are the winner! 

Your prize will be going out to you soon. 

Meanwhile, February's Blue Plate Specials challenges are underway at Cookin' Up Creations. There's a new challenge each day (except Monday, which is a Make Up day when we review the past week's challenges). You always have the entire month to complete and post your creations and get your name into the drawing for the monthly "Dessert Tray" prize. This month's prize is "Smaller than a Bread Box: kit generously donated by Apron Strings Designs:


Come on over and join in the fun! 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday morning reveal

It's been a great week and a fun weekend, with the ongoing Sketch-A-Thon at My Sketch World and the weekend crop at Cookin' Up Creations.

The Sketch-Thon is featuring a new layout or card sketch every day through February 20'; and the deadline for uploading all creations to the gallery is March 3. We have some fun games going, too.  Lucy's sketches are fabulous to work with; and there are some great prizes up for grabs! Be sure to check it out here. I used the sketches for a layout and a card, as shown in an earlier post; and I'm planning to dig into them big-time this week!

The Stirrin' Up a Li'l Love at Cookin's Up Creations crop continues until 6 pm Eastern time tonight. Several games are still ongoing, and we have a total of 10 layout and card challenges to inspire you. And if that isn't enough, check out our February Blue Plate Special challenges -- a new challenge every day! Come on over here to play!

I have just one Design Team reveal to show you today. Our February sponsors at Cookin' Up Creations are Scrappin' Sports N' More and two Etsy shops, Shintashop and The Crafty Pearl. I am one lucky girl to be working with all of their products.

My reveal for today used the "N' More" side of Scrappin' Sports N' More. My packet included some really fun papers meant for creating a calendar, and I used parts of those for two cards. On this one, I used the July paper with these fun fireworks. To add some dimension, I used a Martha Stewart cosmos flower  punch to punch little "starbursts", inked the edges and pop dotted them over the fireworks graphics. I added Stickles and rhinestones for pizzazz (well, it is fireworks paper, after all!) The other papers are from Marks Paper and Basic Grey. That fabulous homespun heart is from Shintashop; she makes the most fun tags!




And on this card, I cut one of the big heart graphics from the February paper, matted it with red cardstock and adhered it to a doily. The red hearts were cut with various punches. I added Stickles, ribbon, a punched border and Thickers letters. I also used that adorable little felt flower and heart embellishment from The Crafty Pearl. I love her felt designs!


This week, I plan to continue playing with Scraptacular's February kit. So many pretty papers in there -- perfect for Valentine's Day, yes; but also for lots of other occasions, or "just because".

Thanks for stopping by; have a wonderful week!

Friday, February 4, 2011

We're "Stirrin' Up a Lil Love" at Cookin' Up Creations!


The "Stirrin' Up a Li'l Love at Cookin' Up Creations" crop starts at 7 p.m. (eastern) tonight, Friday, with games, challenges and more. It will continue through Sunday evening, with new challenges and games each day. Please come over and join us!

If you are here for the Cookin' Up Creations Blog Hop, please see the post below.

SCRAPTACULAR GUEST DESIGNER! 

I have the honor of being guest designer this month at Scraptacular Kit Club, featuring papers from My Mind's Eye "Fine and Dandy" and "Love Birds" by Fancy Pants.  I'm having so much fun working with the fabulous February kit:



I previously posted  two layouts; here's another one, which shows that this kit is so versatile and can be used for more than Valentine's Day:


The layout design is based on a sketch by Becky Fleck, as shown in the Scrapbook & Cards Today calendar. Here's a close up of the left side:


and the right:

I added my own rick rack; the circle border and flowers were cut from one of the sheets of "Love Birds" paper; I used my own cardstock and border punch, and cut the little fish from felt with a Cuttlebug die.

We were hit earlier this week with 12 inches of snow; my husband was out of town for a business meeting, and there was a two foot drift in front of my garage door; so I stayed inside and scrapped. I finished this layout during the "snow day":


I added my own buttons, flower and cardstock. I cut the journaling tag with Spellbinders dies and the bird with a Quickutz die. A little Stickles outlined the doily beautifully! The sketch is from My Sketch World and is part of the Sketch-A-Thon going on there now. Come over and check it out!

I used the kit for a couple of cards, too. The first one also is a My Sketch World Sketch-A-Thon sketch. The  adorable owl and balloons are from the Cricut Lite "Hoot and Holler" cartridge


For this one, I let the little heart punchies and rhinestones fall from my hand, then adhered them right where the fell. I added the glitter with Stickles.


I still have quite a bit of the papers from that kit left, so you can bet on seeing more creations using it! Thanks for looking -- have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We're "Stirrin' Up a Lil Love"!

Welcome to your sixth stop on the "Stirrin' Up A Li'l Love at Cookin' Up Creations" blog hop! If you are following the links from the beginning of the hop, then you should have come from Tammy's blog. If not, then please start at the Cookin' Up Creations blog to make sure you don't miss any of the stops -- and the fantastic projects -- along the whole route!


Today, I'm excited to show you my heart-y Valentine grapevine wreath, made especially for this blog hop. The wreath has been around for a while, and previously was a spring floral decoration (I think). I bought a bag of wooden hearts in the craft aisle, then used distress ink and a piece of sponge to stain the edges. 


Next, I used Mod Podge to adhere the hearts to the backsides of patterned paper scraps. After the glue dried, I cut around the hearts and sanded the edges smooth, then covered with a thin coat of Mod Podge mixed with a few drops of water. After that dried, I used my Crop a Dile to punch a hole in each. I tried to tie the hearts to the wreath, but in the end I used hot glue to adhere them in place. I finished with a few scattered little flowers.


And here's the finished product:








Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of working with the February kit from Scraptacular, a wonderful no-commitment kit club. This layout features a photo taken of my granddaughter and my new son-in-law, taken about an hour before my daughter and son-in-law's wedding last April. Such a sweet and tender moment!



Don't you just love background papers that do most of the work for you? The papers are from the adorable "Love Birds" line by Fancy Pants. The Scraptacular kit also includes papers from My Mind's Eye "Fine and Dandy" collection. 

This is the last blog on your blog hop. I hope you have enjoyed the projects that our Cookin' Up Creations Design Team members have stirred up for you! Please be sure to leave a comment here, and on each blog along the hop itinerary. Then, go to the Cookin' Up Creations forum  and post to let us know that you have completed the hop. Your name will be entered into a drawing for our blog hop prize! 

We also invite you to attend our "Stirrin' Up a Li'l Love at Cookin' Up Creations" crop this weekend on the Cookin' Up Creations Forum!

The crop begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday, February 4 and continues through Sunday evening, February 6. Our Design Team will be hosting some fun games, posting some great challenges ... and did we mention prizes? Be sure to come and join us! 

Want to win a little RAK from me?

Be sure to become a follower and post a comment below; I'll enter your name into a drawing for "a little something" from me!

Thanks for attending the Cookin' Up Creations blog hop! 



Just one more hour ....

.... till the fun starts!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Toot! I am guest designer this month ....

I am sooo excited to be the guest design team member this month for the Scraptacular Kit Club! Last weekend I was privileged to work with the fabulous February kit, feating My Mind's Eye "Fine and Dandy" and Fancy Pants' "Love Birds". It's perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime.

Here's one of the layouts I created:



The kit is available now at Scraptacular's store; and the design team gallery will be up soon with the February designs, including mine! 

Monday, as always, was reveal day at Nuts About Sketches. My layout this week features photos from a recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells with my two daughters and their children. The papers are Crate Paper's "Snow Day" -- which, coincidentally, were part of Scraptacular's December kit. The two younger children enjoyed the story time in the lodge's great room. Cameron at age 5, was delighted to meet and greet Wiley Wolf; three year old Anna, not so much.



COOKIN' UP CREATIONS BLOG HOP STARTS WEDNESDAY, FEB 2!

Be sure to visit the "Stirrin' Up a Li'l Love at Cookin' Up Creations" beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, Feb. 2! The blog hop begins at the Cookin' Up Creations blog, and proceeds through the personal blogs of all design team members. We'll be featuring Valentine's Day and love-related projects for your viewing and inspiration. See you there!


My Sketch World is turning five .. and we are celebrating!!!!!



My Sketch World is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a Sketch-A-Thon! In addition to a new sketch by Lucy Chesna each day, there will be games and fabulous prizes.

Be sure to join us on the My Sketch World forum! More information and links also are available on the MSW blog. You'll want to catch all the excitement!