Sunday, February 26, 2012

On a roll!

I can't remember the last time I completed THREE layouts in two days! I already posted the first one yesterday; but here are the other two.

I used the sketch and challenge -- to use hexagons -- by Heather Landry on the Scraptastic Club blog. The photo is from 1979; the story behind it is that I was the first girl in my dad's entire extended family (and perhaps my mother's, also) to earn a four-year college degree. My dad called graduation day "the proudest moment of his life." The papers are Lily Bee Memorandum. I also added three border strips for the challenge on the  Burlap and Buttercups blog.

This layout is for display at Scrap That Moment, the local scrapbooking store. I used Sketch #196 from Creative Scrappers  as inspiration. The papers are my current favorite line, Tropical Travelogue by Graphic 45.

I cut around some of the flowers in the floral patterned sheet and removed the inside portion. Next, I sprayed and ink splattered the blue cardstock, then adhered the floral frame over it. The edges were sanded a bit, which caused the paper to look a little lopsided, but oh well! The misting was inspired by the fourth challenge -- to use mists or inks -- on the Scraptastic Club blog. I also used paint on the blue flowers from Kaisercraft. I painted them with blue glitter paint; when they dry, the paint gives them some texture so you can scrunch and mold them. Some orange Stickles gives them a little "rust" color, too.

For a "make your own embellishment" challenge at Cookin' Up Creations, I created the green paper and net border. First, I used the bottom of a drinking glass to trace big circles, then cut out and sanded the borders. I spritzed the paper with a little water, scrunched it up and smoothed it back out, then adhered it with folds and wrinkles to the paper background. The netting is actually attached to the back of the photo, then dotted with Firefly Stickles for some extra bling. The photo is adhered to a piece of scrap corrugated cardboard, then adhered with foam tape.

I added more fussy cut flowers, some G45 tags, and of course, more Stickles.

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Scrapping inspiration!

Recently, Cookin' Up Creations challenge team member Patti posted a challenge to create a layout about someone who inspired us. Immediately, I thought of my paternal grandmother, Josephine Belle. I had been wanting to scrap the vintage "flip sides" of Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue collection and prove that it's not just for photos of Maui and water. And last but certainly not least, I was itching to use Sketch #195 by Kristine Davidson of  Creative Scrappers.

Here is the result:

I created the frame by cutting out the four motifs in the middle, then distressing with great gusto and adhering it over the postal background. I worked on this during a 6 pm to midnight crop at Scrap That Moment, the local scrapbooking store; and with some encouragement from my companions, I threw away my usual caution when it comes to distressing, crumpling and layering papers.

The journaling is hidden behind one of the layers only because I couldn't think of where to place it. Hidden journaling isn't in my usual arsenal of techniques, but I do like how it turned out.

This posed formal portrait is the only photo I could find in my collection, but she was anything but formal. She liked to have a good time and loved to laugh. For titling, I went with the first phrase that popped into my head when I thought about Grandma: Live, Love, Laugh. Here's the journaling:

She survived diphtheria. She lost her husband and two of her four children. She never had a lot of money. But Grandma loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. She was the first one there when her neighbors needed help. She loved weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties, even funerals where she could visit with friends. She played washboard in a hillbilly band. She loved to laugh and never lost her sense of humor.

Grandma often joined us when we brought out the crayons and coloring books at her house. She sewed, knitted and crocheted. Although she has been gone nearly 20 years, I think she would have enjoyed seeing herself in my scrapbooks. She would have approved the gorgeous paper patterns, but maybe have chided me on messing them up with distressing, inking and tearing. And this woman LOVED her bling, so she would have been happy with the Stickles.

And on a side note .... I won a copy of Kristine Davidson's first ebook, Creating With Sketches!!!!  You can check it out and order your own here. I can see myself happily using this ebook for a long time to come. (Thanks to Juliann Marchant, who drew my name in the giveaway on her blog)

Thanks for looking -- have a great weekend! 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Finally .....

I had two layouts that needed to wait for reveal dates before I could show them off. That's always really hard for me, because I love to post my recent work here and elsewhere!

This layout was my entry for the Nuts About Sketches design team call. Ed the cat has this rather annoying habit of sitting in front of the door as though he wants out; but when we open it for him, he runs -- only to come back and meow at us a few minutes later. One day, after a light snow, I shoved him out onto the deck to see what he would do. As predicted, within 60 seconds he was standing on the other side of the door, meowing to get in. Hence these photos, and this layout:

The papers are Avalanche by Upsy Daisy; the diecut paper is Basic Grey.

I created this layout as part of a "telephone scraplift" at Cookin' Up Creations. I love these because you see only the layout of the person who preceded you; after all of the layouts are revealed, I'm always amazed at how different the ending interpretation is from the beginning layout! I took a photo of a squirrel who likes to play in the tree near our deck. He just sat there and looked at me; pretty darned cooperative, really. the papers are LYB's Twig line.

The owner of Scrap That Moment, a wonderful new store here in town, gave me some of the gorgeous Tropical Travelogue line by Graphic 45. I love the sun drenched colors! I created this layout for display in the store (and hoping to get a couple more done)

I fussy cut the fabulous lady with parasol from patterned paper, backed her with cardstock and adhered over the same motif on that paper strip at the bottom of the page to make her stand out. I used Craft-T metallic rubs on her parasol for a bit of shine.

And just because I love Stickles, I used several colors throughout the layout. My favorite was the Yellow on the centers of the hibuscus blooms:

The design is based on Sketch #4 from the February Sketch A Thon at My Sketch World. There are 15 card and layout sketches posted now, and you have until March 3 to complete as many as you can. There are some lovely prizes involved!

My youngest granddaughter (and her parents) will be in town this weekend to celebrate her fourth birthday, so I'm hoping for a few new photos to scrap soon.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Can you see my heart?

I've been in major Valentine card making mode this week! These are going to the grandchildren. I didn't buy new Valentine's themed paper this year; instead I raided my stash and found things that I thought the kids would like. There IS a heart on each one, though!

The first five were based on past sketches from My Sketch World. The forum and blog both have a button to click to view past sketches, which come in handy when I get "stuck" for ideas. The papers and cute animals are all from past Basic Grey lines.

 I found the inspiration for this one in the gallery and added it to my Pinterest board. It's for my oldest granddaughter, who at nearly 14 may be getting too old for cute puppies and chickies.

The Sixth Anniversary Sketch A Thon is going on throughout August at My Sketch World. There's a new sketch each day, alternating between layout and card sketches. I made these cards as part of a swap with a group of scrapbooking friends.

For a recent challenge on Cookin' Up Creations, we were asked to do a makeover on a past layout. I chose to "make over" this layout from 2006, when I first started scrapping.

I kept the photos and the idea of the two different fonts for the title. The original used foil replicas of some of the coins I kept from Hong Kong; in the updated version, I used the actual coins as well as a pair of souvenir chopsticks from a lunch stand at the convention center in Wan Chai.

Here's my updated version, based on a sketch from Nuts About Sketches:

The NEXT CROP CHEF contest is continuing at Cookin' Up Creations; you can see the Challenge #1 Fan Favorites and check out the latest challenge (as well as all of our monthly Blue Plate Special challenges) on the forum

And .... do you love Echo Park? Then you will want to visit my friend Ange's blog for a chance to win the Holly Jolly Christmas Collection! Hurry though -- she's closing the entries at midnight Sunday, February 12. 

Thanks for looking; and have a Happy Valentine's Day! 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Scrapping to the challenge!

I presented the Blue Plate Special challenge this morning at Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations. Our theme this month is "In the Kitchen", so we're using food related challenges. My challenge theme is SWEETS! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm seeing a lot of recipes online for fancy sweets such as strawberries dipped in white AND dark chocolate (tuxedo strawberries), chocolate desserts and other culinary concoctions.  My challenge is to use at least two of the following colors to represent these tempting treats -- black (dark chocolate), brown (milk or semi sweet chocolate), kraft or tan (caramel), cream or white (white chocolate or cream) and red (strawberries); PLUS the word "sweet" in the title.

And here's my example:

It just so happens that this layout also fits the bill for the second February challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog! The challenge is to do some fussy cutting to create a "die cut". I cut the "Charming, Adorable and ever so sweet" label, as well as the attached music banner and bird, from a piece of Lost & Found paper from My Mind's Eye.

And ... the page also qualifies for the February Sketch A Thon at My Sketch World! I used the February 4 layout sketch for my layout.

Don't you just love multi-tasking?
Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hooray -- I made the team!

.... the Nuts About Sketches Design Team, that is!

This will be my second term on the team; my last was September 2010-February 2011. I love Shawn's sketches, so I'm happy to be My good friend Rebecca made the team, too, which makes it all the more fun!

I was fortunate enough to present the first of six NEXT CROP CHEF challenges yesterday at Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations. We use to choose our required elements for each challenge, taken from a master list of more than 150 items and techniques.

My "recipe" included dotted patterned paper, photo of a pet or other animal, doily, punched shapes, a bottle cap or other metal item. Required techniques included double matting my photos and making a photo corner out of ribbon. Here's my resulting layout, featuring my "granddog" Izzy:

I'd never made ribbon photo corners, so that was a fun new technique. I found this tutorial, which helped.
The NEXT CROP CHEF contest is underway now at Cookin' Up Creations, and it's not too late to join in the fun. It's a non-elimination contest, with plenty of ways to earn points. The person with the most points at the end of the contest is our NEXT CROP CHEF and will receive a prize package, as well as being a guest design team member in March.

Now that the January sketch class is completed at Inspired To Scrap, I can show the two layouts I made as class examples. Stacey's sketches are always fun to work with. My design team term there is ended also; thanks to Stacey and to fellow DT members Kate and Julia. It was a blast!

If you love layout and card sketches, then check out the annual February Sketch-A-Thon at My Sketch World! There's a new sketch each day, and some fabulous prizes are up for grabs.

I've also been in card making mode this week; here are a couple:

Thanks for looking. Have a fantastic weekend!