Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thank you for hopping!

Many thanks to my friends who participated in the "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" Blog Hop last week! Although I still haven't gotten a good start on my holiday cards and crafts, the hop and the crop on Cookin' Up Creations were lots of fun.

And now .... for the winner of my RAK:


Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
18
Timestamp: 2012-07-25 14:41:21 UTC


and the winner is ....

Blogger AlteredDiva said...
Such a cute little idea Barb! I love the shape! Thanks for sharing! I already follow your blog faithfully! ;)

Thanks again for visiting my blog and for "hopping" with us last week! If you are participating in the Christmas in July Crop, you have until midnight tonight to finish your projects. If you haven't visited, go here to catch the challenges ... 



Friday, July 20, 2012

Why yes, I like Prima ....

(note: if you're here for the Cookin' Up Creations CHRISTMAS IN JULY Blog Hop .... you will find that below the following post. Just scroll down for a look at my holiday album and the link to continue on the blog hop! Still plenty of time to get in on the "holiday" fun!)

.... how could you tell? The owner of Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store, asked me to design a couple of layouts using Prima's Fairy Belle collection. I love the big graphics, which lend themselves either to using them "as is" for gorgeous backgrounds, or to fussy cutting and multi layering.

These are my final two layouts (I think; but who knows, I still have some scraps left ....) using the collection. This one was for a scraplift challenge at Cookin' Up Creations -- I borrowed the idea of the doily, the ribbon and lace border, and the glittered title from the scraplift subject. I also added a bit of Stickles and Liquid Pearls to some of the paper details. The layout features my mom, who looks like a cream puff but actually is one strong woman under there:


(I have to admit I cried a little when I wrote the journaling. I really am proud to be her daughter.)

My oldest daughter and her family recently returned from a week in Walt Disney World, and among the photos was this gorgous one of Heather in front of the atrium gardens at their hotel. She's been working really hard the past few months on "getting fit", and I think it shows big-time; she looks fabulous!


I made the rose with a Spellbinders spiral blossom die; the bottom flower with several scalloped circles, also cut with a Spellbinders die; and the turquoise one by combining several Kaiserkraft blooms. The only fussy cutting on this one was a small butterfly, which I popped over a larger one on the background paper.

I love Graphic 45 papers for the same reason I love Prima! For this week's Nuts About Sketches reveal, I used leftovers from last fall's Tropical Travelogue assignment for the local store. For the diamonds, I used a Cuttlebug die that I bought for $2 a while back at Big Lots.


Here's a look at the design:


Need a jump start on your holiday crafting? or maybe just a reminder that the summer heat won't last forever? Then head on over to the CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROP at Cookin' Up Creations! The fun starts Friday, July 20 and goes through Sunday, with challenges and games. And you'll have until Wednesday evening to complete your challenge projects. The blog hop continues through Sunday; check it out below for a chance to win a little RAK.

Have a great weekend -- and stay cool!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's the CHRISTMAS IN JULY blog hop!

Welcome to the CHRISTMAS IN JULY blog hop, hosted by the Cookin' Up Creations Master Chef Challenge Team! If you have been following the hop, you should have arrived from Annie's blog. If not, please start at the Cookin' Up Creations blog so you won't miss any of the fantastic holiday projects and Christmas crafting inspiration the "chefs" have cooked up for you!

Today I'm excited to show you the little Christmas mini album that I just finished as a gift for my mom. Our four children and their families are scattered across four states, and with everyone's work and school schedules, it's not always possible to get together at the same time. We had a gathering one weekend with older daughter and her family; and another weekend with younger daughter and her family, as well as our younger son. Our older son and family, were unable to join us. I took photos of each person who attended either gathering, and made them wallet sized. Then I grabbed some We R Memory Keepers "Peppermint Twist" papers and chipboard embellishments, ribbons and other pretties left over from holiday crafts past, and decorated a cute house-shaped Maya Road chipboard album. Here's what I came up with:

This is what my book looks like closed:


Here's the back and the front covers:


And here are the inside pages:





I used a tacky glue, spread over the area of the board book where I wanted the paper to go, to attach the patterned paper. I made simple templates from scratch paper for the house body, roof and chimney. I sanded the edges a little bit after the glue dried and lightly rubbed Antique Linen distress ink over the board book edges. A little Stickles here and there added some shine. Mini albums like these are fun and easy to make because they usually can be made from the scraps and leftover embellishments from other projects. My mom loves little books of photos -- more so than larger framed ones, because they take up less space -- so hopefully she will like this one!

Because I like to "play Santa", I'm giving away a RAK including a package of flowers and an assortment of pretty ribbons. To be entered into the drawing, 1) leave a comment telling me which Christmas craft project you would like to get a jump-start on NOW; 2) become (or already are) a follower of my blog. I'll announce the winner next week.

Thank you for sharing a little "holiday cheer" with me! Your next stop is Cassy's blog to see what winter wonderland creations she has waiting for you! And be sure to join us on the Cookin' Up Creations forum this Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, for the CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROP! You will find more holiday inspiration, some challenges to get your Christmas crafting mojo started, and some games just for fun. See you there!




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CHRISTMAS (in July) IS COMING .....




Sure, the temperatures outside are rising and it's the middle of summer ... but if you're like me, you always intend to start your Christmas crafting several months ahead of the holiday season, and then never seem to get around to it. Then you're stressing over cards, gifts, and so on the last few weeks before the Big Day.

This year, get a head start with the CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOG HOP AND CROP! The Master Chef Challenge Team members will be hosting a blog hop beginning at 10 a.m. eastern time Wednesday, July 18 and continuing through the weekend. They'll be posting some projects to inspire you. The hop will start on the Cookin' Up Creations blog. I'll be the third stop on the hop, and there will be a chance to win a RAK from me.

The crop will start Friday morning, July 20 on the Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbooking Forum and continue through the weekend. The team will be offering up some great challenges for cards, tags, layouts and other projects; and there will be plenty of games, just for fun!

And be sure to check out our Blue Plate Specials, with a new challenge each day throughout the month. July's theme is "Nursery Rhymes".

See you at the hop!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Another sunny July day!

It's kind of sad when temperatures of 85 to 87 degrees seem "cool" by comparison to last weekend's heat wave, but we're enjoying a brief break from the heat. We grilled and ate outside earlier in the week, and the flowers are loving the sunny but mild days.

This week I scrapped photos from the afternoon that granddaughter Kaycee and I spent in Lake Geneva, WI., on the way home from my younger daughter's house (where Kaycee had visited for a few days). We were greeted with a summer downpour just as we were trying to feed the parking meter system, but otherwise had a pleasant afternoon with a little sightseeing, shopping and, of course, lunch.


I used a sketch from Inspired To Scrap and patterned papers from s.e.i.'s Corinne collection. The title was cut from a postcard I picked up with other tourist information; I just popped it out with some foam tape and matted it onto a frame cut with Spellbinders dies. 

Kaycee was also the star of this layout using a sketch from Nuts About Sketches and the gorgeous Fairy Belle collection from Prima. 


My older daughter and her family recently returned from a week at Disney World. They stayed at the Polynesian Resort and enjoyed a character breakfast at Ohana, where they found "Stitch" to be every bit as naughty "in real life" as he was in the movie "Lilo and Stitch". I used another Inspired To Scrap sketch and borrowed a couple of her photos:

Everything except the buttons came from the Faded Jeans kit, available at Scraptastic Kit Club

CHRISTMAS IN JULY?!?!
Cookin' Up Creations is hosting a CHRISTMAS IN JULY blog hop next week, July 18-22, and a crop July 20-22. We'll be showcasing holiday projects and hosting challenges to help you get a head start on your holiday crafting. 

Thanks for stopping by; have a GREAT weekend! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

We're having a heat wave ...

Good morning!

Here in central Illinois, this is something like the 6th day of near-100 degree temperatures, with heat indexes of up to 110. Needless to say, we are avoiding outdoor activity during the better part of the day. Watering plants and any other outdoor chore early in the morning; by 9 am. it's been about 85 degrees and still nearly 90 when the sun goes down. It's been a good week to stay inside and scrap, that's for sure!


Last weekend, at the start of the current heat wave, I finished three layouts. Two of them were pretty quick ones, but fun nonetheless. This one was created with a sketch from the current class at Inspired To Scrap. My oldest daughter took these photos of her son meeting my youngest daughter's new baby boy. I just love their faces!



This one was for the summer  design team introduction at Cookin' Up Creations, using a sketch from Creative Scrappers. These adorable young folk are my seven grandchildren:


The owner of the local scrapbook store, Scrap That Moment, asked me to create some layouts using the new Fairy Belle Collection by Prima. The papers are soooo gorgeous, and just right for indulging in some fussy cutting and layering. For this layout, I had a cute photo of granddaughter Anna and two little friends backstage at their dance recital -- adorable girls but awful background. I ended up cutting it into a silhouette and mounting it on patterned paper:



Lynette, the store owner, is always generous in giving me at least two sheets of each Graphic 45 or Prima pattern so I can cut and layer. I cut a "frame" from the "Summer Dream" pattern; then I cut some of the flowers and the fairy from a second sheet of the same pattern and layered them over the ones on the frame. I inked and curled the edges of the flowers first for extra dimension and added some Stickles for shine. 



I just love doing that with Prima and Graphic 45 papers! Yesterday I finished another one using the Fairy Belle Collection and a Nuts About Sketches sketch. I can't show it until after Monday's reveal, but here's a sneak peek:


Have a great weekend, and STAY COOL!!!!!