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! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A new favorite!

What's your favorite layout? Mine often is the one that I've most recently completed. Right now, I'd have to choose this one as my current fave! I used the September 16 sketch on the Citrus Twist blog, along with the August Tropical Heat kit. I added my own ribbon, doilies and tiny type.  For the little circle accents, I used various sized punches and foam dots. The photos are granddaughter Anna meeting Goofy's son, Max (how many of you knew Goofy had a son? I didn't!) at the Surf's Up character breakfast at our Disneyland hotel.



My daughter's mother-in-law took this photo of our 5 month old grandson eyeballing a Cabbage Patch doll -- which bears a remarkable resemblance to baby Hamish, right down to the expression. I used the September 9 sketch from the Citrus Twist blog, along with papers from the July Beach Cruiser kit.




I used one of my favorite Scraptastic Club kits (featuring Amy Tangerine Sketchbook by American Crafts) combined with Monday's  Nuts About Sketches sketch for this layout of  Anna sampling the dessert tray at her Princess character dinner. You really can hear the ocean in the white chocolate molded shell! (At least, you could until Anna ate the tip of the shell)


I used the July 4 mini kit (a bonus for subscribing to the monthly kits) from Citrus Twist for a quick layout. The lighting in this photo wasn't the best quality, and at a larger size the photo may have looked grainy; but it works at a small size. The sketch is from the September PageMaps as part of a challenge at Cookin' Up Creations.


I made several cards for display at Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store. This one includes papers from Graphic 45's Bird Song and a stamped frame from Our Daily Bread:


I used Prima's Fairy Belle collection and another frame stamp from Our Daily Bread:


These cards use the Tim Holtz Ideology Seasons Masks and also are on display at the store.  I used paper from Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers and Bella Blvd's Too Cute to Spook, as well as May Arts ribbon:


Thanks for stopping by -- have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Friday!

After a couple of rainy days, we have a gloriously sunny day here in Central Illinois. Unfortunately, I have to go to work in just a couple of hours; but meanwhile, I plan to get outside and putter around in the yard a bit.

Whatever would I do without kit clubs and sketches????? I love kits because the designers already have done all the work of coordinating papers, embellishments and other extras so I can just pick up my kit and get to work. And sketches save SO much time in deciding placement, design, and so on.

This was my layout for sketch #230 at Nuts About Sketches. Everything except the buttons and title alphas were part of the July Summer Picnic kit from Scraptastic Kit Club. I cut the title with the Baby Face font dies from Cuttlebug. These are photos of the Pixar Parade at Disneyland:



I used a Pagemaps sketch for this layout, as part of a Blue Plate Special challenge at Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations. (There's a new challenge every day, with a monthly drawing for a great prize. This month it's a gift certificate to Flying Unicorn) When I subbed to Citrus Twist Kits back in July, I received a wonderful little Fourth of July kit. The top photo shows my son-in-law, with Anna on his shoulder, heading into California Adventure Park and Cars Land.


Everything is from the kit except the stars (from Walmart) and the title alphas. I splattered some white paint, thinned a bit with water, onto the Heidi Swapp background paper and then sprayed with a bit of Shimmer Spray. Loved the way the shimmer looked on the dark paper! I cut out two compass motifs from the paper (hidden by the photos) for future use.

With the Disneyland trip and last weekend's Homestead Festival (with visits from both daughters and their families), I have loads of photos. That's just fine, because I have several kits from Scraptastic and Citrus Twist (including the August Tropical Heat, which arrived earlier this week) just calling my name. Hoping for a little scrapping time and mojo this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great weekend!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Double pagers!

I used to scrap double page layouts almost exclusively, so I could get all the photos from one event onto a single layout; but then moved away to doing multiple single pagers for each event, etc. However, Shawn at Nuts About Sketches does some awesome two page sketches! Here are my takes on the last two weeks of sketches:

For sketch #228, I used a mitered strip technique borrowed from Nathalie . The papers and most embellishments are from Citrus Twist's July "Beach Cruiser" kit.


I was fortunate enough to accompany my youngest daughter and her family on a trip to Disneyland in late August. We spent 3 1/2 days in the Magic Kingdom and Disney Adventure (wishing we had had more time so we could take our time and hit ALL the attractions). My camera decided to have a "lens error" issue the entire time, but I still managed to get some cute photos; and I'll be snagging more from my daughter's PhotoPass CD when it arrives. There will be many more layouts, but here's the first one, using Nuts About Sketches' #229 and the What's Up collection from Basic Grey:


The photos were from a visit my 4 year old granddaughter and I made to Minnie Mouse's house in Toon Town. A fantasy face painter, who had no business during the early entry hour, offered to give her that "princess mask" paint for free as a demo to drum up business. When I asked Anna if she wanted to go inside Minnie's house, she asked "Will she mind?" I told her that's why Minnie left the door open. She loved the house, but the "dishwasher" held a special fascination.

Although August was a "slow" month for me, in terms of scrapping, I did complete a few others but had to hold them until after various reveals, etc. This one was part of a "Telephone Scraplift" at Cookin' Up Creations. I used My Mind's Eye "Be Amazing" for these photos of my 11 year old grandson at the lake:


The owner of our local scrapbook store, Scrap That Moment, gave me some Graphic 45 "Bird Song" samples from CHA and asked me to make two layouts for display at the store. Now that Bird Song is arriving in stores, I can post the layouts:

I've scrapped this photo of my mom feeding the birds in a zoo aviary, but I thought it fit with the paper so I scrapped it again. I love the colors and motifs of this collection!

 I had a lot of trouble photographing this one, for some reason; but the red border goes all the way around the layout. Graphic 45 is just made for fussy cutting, and I had a blast cutting and layering a variety of motifs. I crackle painted the fussy-cut birds to hide a couple of small tears that occurred when I cut them out:


The store also recently stocked Best Creation's glitter cardstock, and it's a dream to work with! Had to add some to this layout:


I also used a hydrangea stamp from Our Daily Bread, which the local store also recently placed in stock.

Thanks for looking -- have a great weekend!