Friday, September 28, 2012

How's the weather?

Here in north-central Illinois, we're enjoying some early autumn days of 70 degrees, with leaves just beginning to turn color. There have been a few leaves falling but so far, we haven't had to rake. The two apple orchards in our area have honey crisp, Jonagold and other apple varieties for sale, along with hand dipped caramel apples and fresh cider.

I haven't gotten any orchard pictures yet, but I did get some zoo shots last week when my Mom and I went to the Peoria (IL) Zoo. The zoo was blessed with a litter of four Amur (Siberian) tigers in late June, and the babies are able to be viewed in their outdoor enclosure on nice days. Two of the cubs are shy, staying close to their mother or inside the tiger house. The other two, however, are more adventurous and will come up to the fence and glass to study their guests. One little one "stalked" us, sneaking along the fence and then hiding in the tall grass. I was lucky enough to get a good photo through the glass, and of course I scrapped it:

I started with the Sept. 23 sketch on the Citrus Twist blog, created by design team member Carole. Everything on the layout, except the orange ribbon, a large shipping tag and some bits of washi tape, came from the August Citrus Twist kit, "Tropical Heat". Even the paper bag came from the kit -- it held kit embellishments and was perfect for holding the journaling tag. I used gesso to paint the background before adhering the paper and bag. The stars, "SMILE" and "Love This" were all CT exclusive stamps that came in the kit. How cool is that? I used a black pen to outline the title alphas after I adhered them so they would show up more against the gray cardstock.

I used a kit from Scraptastic Kit Club featuring Simple Stories; "Summer Fresh" line, for this layout. The photo was taken at a recent fun fair here in town; the two cuties are my grandson Cameron, 7, and granddaughter Anna, 4. (They're cousins. Since they live in separate states, they see each other only a couple of times a year but always pick right up where they left off, having fun together. Cam likes to be the "big kid" and Anna adores him.) I created the layout for a Scraplift challenge at Cookin' Up Creations

I love the muted yet vibrant color schemes of Simple Stories, and I loved this paper with its cute printed motifs. The only thing is that the notebook paper portion of the background sheet is printed on a slant, so the layout looks crooked in my photo! (It's not) It does give the whole layout an offbeat, fun feeling. 

The owner of Scrap That Moment, the local scrapbooking store, asked me to make a few more cards for display in the store. During a Friday night crop, I challenged myself to make as many cards as possible from this double-sided sheet of embossed paper by Best Creation, along with some scraps of Best Creation glittered paper, Worldwin cardstock and Ma Arts ribbon:

Here's what I came up with:

I also fussy cut some Graphic 45 Bird Song scraps and used them with cardstock, as well as two frame stamps from Our Daily Bread, to make these:

I'm hoping for a little continued scrapping mojo this weekend to work on a couple of layouts. I still have so many photos from Disneyland, the local Homestead Festival with my girls and their families, and a few others; not to mention a couple of gorgeous kits to play with. Doesn't get much better than that!

Thanks for looking; have a fantastic weekend! 


Nathalie said...

Wow! You are always so productive week after week!!! That Citrus Twist layout is my favorite but everything is fantastic... Halloween cards already, yikes!

Ange said...

Absolutely love your layouts! The style of the first one is so fun! And the cards are fab!! Love the BC's cards, super cute!

Barbara said...

Love the layouts, but those cards are FUN & FANTASTIC!!