Friday, April 27, 2012

Finally Friday!

I am SO glad it's Friday! How about you?

My second post on the Scraptastic Club blog is up this morning. I've enjoyed being the April guest designer there and working with the Great Adventures kit. Besides the two layouts I posted a couple of weeks ago, I made two more layouts and two cards.

The "Curious" Planks paper from My Mind's Eye was a great background for this picture of my grandson Ethan feeding a giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I love the bold, yet muted colors of the American Crafts Chap collection and the cute stickers.

I needed two birthday cards, and once again the papers in this kit really fit the bill. This one was for a grandson. I used a bit of foam tape to pop out the sentiment sticker (which I backed with cardstock) and the punched circles.

And this one was for a son-in-law. The "notebook paper" is cardstock that I embossed with a Tim Holtz folder, then punched with an EK Success notebook punch. Finally, I crumpled and inked it.

I was down to scraps and leftover stickers, but wanted to scrap these cute photos that my daughter took of grandson Cameron and his "bubble beard". I always save ALL the scraps from a kit; it's easy to just throw them into the bag. They come in handy for making punches and embellishments. That's what I used for this layout, along with Sketch #204 at Creative Scrappers.

I've also been working with two collections from 3  Bugs in a Rug for display at the local scrapbook store, Scrap That Moment. It's been so much fun to use with photos that I took of my youngest granddaughter and new grandson. Look at the cuteness in this "Blast Off!" collection -- it has rockets, little space guys, adorable aliens .... perfect for a photo of  2-week-old Hamish sleeping, along with a quote from Eda LeShan:

On the girlier side, the One Fine Day collection has flowers, bunnies, adorable little owls and these fantastic juicy citrus colors. I love this photo of Anna telling "Bapa" how to play Candyland. This was my layout for Monday's Nuts About Sketches' sketch #210.

The One Fine Afternoon line also was perfect for a picture of Anna at the park on Easter Sunday.  It was also my take on the April Scraplift a Member challenge at Cookin' Up Creations.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a fantastic weekend!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Oh Nuts! .....

.... that's a good thing on Mondays, when the weekly designs go live on the Nuts About Sketches blog. This was sketch #209:

I used the left side for this layout, featuring a few "poses" from granddaughter Anna:

This layout also fits the second April challenge on the Burlap and Buttercups blog to use at least five different patterned papers. All of these were from the B and B April kit -- love the bright colors!

We visited Anna, her new baby brother Hamish and their parents last weekend, and you will be seeing a few of my photos on layouts soon :). This one is my husband holding his newest grandson, with big sister proudly beaming at his side:

I used a Pagemaps sketch -- it's for a contest on the Pagemaps blog, and the prize is some goodies from the new Bella Blvd baby collections! Go here to enter. The papers are 3 Bugs in a Rug's new Blast Off collection. The pinwheel was so much fun to make. This layout's on display at our local scrapbooking store, Scrap That Moment.

Next weekend I'll have my remaining projects for my guest designer spot on Scraptastic Club. Loving that Great Adventures kit 

Thanks for looking; have a great weekend! 

Friday, April 13, 2012

No more waiting ... he's FINALLY here!

Some things are just worth waiting for! Our newest grandson, Hamish Dean, finally arrived at 2:40 a.m. Monday, April 9. He weighed nine pounds and is 20 inches long. This is the first photo I took of him, still in the birthing pool with his parents:

Hamish (pronounced hay-mish) was born underwater in a birthing pool at his home, surrounded by low lights, soft music and an abundance of love. He was 11 days overdue, but my daughter trusted her midwife and her instincts and held out for the home birth experience that she and her husband had planned. It was a wonderful experience, and I'm so grateful that I was able to be there. My weekend trip extended into 10 days as I waited for him to arrive, but it was so worth it! His older sister, Anna, already adores him, as do the rest of us.

I made a 5 x 7 framed announcement for my class room at work, using a photo I took when he was about 10 minutes old:

The patterned papers are from Bella Blvd's Baby Boy line. The crepe paper trim is handmade from Dot & Whimsy, who kindly sponsored the challenge team this month at Cookin' Up Creations. Come on over and check out the ways the team used this fabulous fringe!

We're traveling to Wisconsin this weekend so "Bapa" can meet our new little guy. You can bet there will be plenty of new photos to scrap very soon!

Meanwhile ..... I'm very pleased and honored to be the April guest designer at Scraptastic Club. I'm working with the fun Great Adventures kit, which is perfect for scrapping photos of my grandsons.

Today on the Scraptastic blog, I posted two layouts, each featuring a grandson. This one is Ryan, who does not like having his photo taken and told me "Just ONE, Grandma!" The only things on my layout that aren't from the kit are the button and the spray mist. 

Six year old Cameron, unlike his cousin, was more than happy to pose for his mom's camera to show off his first lost tooth (or lack of it):

The kit came with a book of stickers with cute sayings. I layered a couple of them and added alphas from my stash to make a BIG bold title. 

Thanks for looking and have a fantastic weekend!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

... and STILL waiting ....

... but hopefully not for much longer!

Our seventh grandchild has missed his due date by 10 days, but we expect that he will be making his appearance soon. I have been in Wisconsin since a week ago Friday waiting for him, and since I thought he would be here a bit sooner I didn't bring any scrapbooking supplies. I've had to content myself with coloring with Anna and taking pictures of her. She happily obliged with a few candid poses (these are totally unedited, since my photo editing software is all on the desktop at home):

Last month, our local United Way hosted a fundraising "Chair-ity Auction" featuring chairs painted and decorated by area artists. My School Age Program kids and I were honored to be asked to paint a wooden "teacher's chair". I provided some design assistance, but two of my fourth grade girls came up with the overall motif. The major part of the work was done by about two dozen students, ranging in age from 5 to 11.

I am so pleased to show you these photos of our chair, which we called "A Child's World":

 Front of the chair. Three of the children sponge painted blue over a white chair for the background. The kids used freehand painting, stenciling and masks to create the scene. I painted the rainbow slats but the idea came from one of my students:

The motifs represent the varying age levels and talents of the children, but each of them did his or her very best work:

One of the kindergarten boys free painted that adorable red bird, one of my favorite elements of the whole design:

They also insisted that the back of the chair should be beautiful:

I told them that every artist signs his or her work with pride:

I wish I could show you the photos of my kids at work, but center policy prevents that. I was so proud of their efforts and the lovely results!

Next week, I guarantee there will be some new layouts here. Have a great Easter (I am thinking that the Easter bunny may be bringing us a very special gift indeed here ....)