Monday, September 23, 2013

No cardstock? No problem!

Last week's challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog was to do a layout using no cardstock. It really wasn't difficult to do. For this layout, I used the Summer Fresh line by Simple Stories -- it was featured in the July 2012 Scraptastic kit, and I ordered an extra set of the patterned paper because I thought it was so cute. 

The design is this week's sketch (#284) from Nuts About Sketches. So perfect for these fun fair photos of my youngest granddaughter at our annual hometown celebration. And I finally found a place to use that adorable closeline banner sticker! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Design your own kit?

Scraptastic Kit Club's September 12 challenge was to "design your own kit" and use it for a layout. I pulled pieces from my Scraptastic January kits and some assorted things from my stash. Here's what I started with:

And here's my finished layout:

I used the Spellbinders dies to cut the foil into gears, and made paint splotches on the Hambly screen print with alcohol inks and a blending tool before adhering to my layout. I used acrylic paints to color the cork chevrons. Not really my typical style, but I liked the effect!

If you're looking for scrapbooking challenges and inspiration, join us at the Cookin' Up Creations forum! There's a new challenge every day through September 25; and each completed challenge earns you a chance in the prize drawing at the end of the month.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Scraplifting myself!

The September 5 challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog is to scraplift one of your own layouts. Right away, I thought of this one from last month:

I used a sketch from Citrus Twist for the original layout. This time, I used the Scraptastic August "Found a Boy" kit and a photo of my oldest daughter's family at Universal Studios. Here's my scraplift:

This time the photo is bigger and the layout more streamlined. Love it!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Just under the wire ....

The deadline for the August Scraptastic Kit Club challenges is at 11 p.m. my time tonight; so I completed this layout in just under an hour. The challenge is to use punches creatively. I used three different punches to punch strips from the same color cardstock as the background, then laid them down to add some texture. A couple sprays of color mist, some paper and a few embellishments, and a big splashy title ... and I'm done!

Here's a close-up of the backgrtound detail:

The photos are compliments of my oldest daughter, from her family's trip to Disneyland and the San Diego area last month. I used up some scraps and bits and pieces from other projects, plus a set of Thickers that has been in my stash for who knows how long.

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!

Monday, September 2, 2013


I completed the August sketch on the Scraptastic Kit Club blog -- with two days to spare!

I combined design team member Susan Stringfellow's awesome sketch with the Scraptastic August Found a Boy kit and add-on, and a photo snagged from my older daughter's Facebook page. My two girls and their families recently vacationed together at Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I had to scrap it!

And if you love challenges, check out this month's Blue Plate Specials at Cookin' Up Creations! We're going BACK TO SCHOOL all this month, with daily challenges and a chance to win the Dessert Tray prize drawing at the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great week!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Two challenges with one layout ....

I used the sketch challenge at Citrus Twist this week for a layout featuring a photo of my oldest daughter, who often gets told that she looks like Gwyneth Paltrow. She says, "I don't see it ... but THANK YOU!" The circles, which were painted with mists and the straw end of the caps, also answer the first August challenge at Scraptastic Kit Club.

August has been a good scrapping month so far. Here are a few other August creations:

I used an August Pagemaps sketch for this one:

And this fabulous sketch was drawn by my friend Bev Code, a fellow challenge team member at Cookin' up Creations. Come and join us for our Board Game inspired challenges all this month on the forum!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Challenges and sketches ...

... I love them both! In fact, I rarely scrap a layout without involving either a sketch or a challenge, or both. It seems that extra little inspiration is what I need to get started.

I used the weekly sketch at Citrus Twist for this layout, along with the June CT kit, "Boardwalk". I cut the clouds with my Cricut and the Graphically Speaking cartridge, Loving those little cork  arrows and chevrons by Studio Calico!

This was my design for Sketch #272 at Nuts About Sketches. The paper collection is Basic Grey's What's Up? Some of the photos are mine; others are from the Disneyland PhotoPass photographers. 

And this layout is my entry for the June 27 sketch challenge on the Scraptastic Kit Club blog. I went back to the April "Every Day is Like Sunday" kit -- one of my all time favorites! I've managed to make at least a half dozen pages from the kit (also bought the add-on, which gave me more papers and embellishments) with plenty for a couple more.  I just had fun with this layout -- used a mask and gesso on the background, dripped a little yellow acrylic paint around, cut the fence border with Cricut's Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge and the ladybugs with Doodlecharms cartridge. (And I almost stole that froggy statue from my mom's yard -- isn't he just the cutest??)

Everything came from the kit except some cardstock and those Maya Road kraft doilies. They've been in my stash for at least two years, so it's time to use them up!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This week's layouts

Scrapwise, it's been a quiet week, but I did manage to finish a couple of layouts.

The first features sketch #270 from Nuts About Sketches, along with the May After the Storm kit from Scraptastic Kit Club. Taking photos in a dark auditorium is always really tricky. My stage shots are less than perfect, to say the least,  but I included them anyway because they help tell the story.

 I copied this from Scraptastic design team member Susan Stringfellow, who also embossed her word diecut with a woodgrain folder and then inked it. Mine also is sprayed with kraft glimmer mist for some shine.

Also a steal from Susan -- stringing stickers onto a stickpin and inserting it into one of the cloud diecuts. This kit was just loaded with cute diecuts!!

And an idea from Jana Eubank -- adorning another of the clouds with a stickpin and one of the flairs from the kit.

I used this week's sketch from Citrus Twist Kits (check out their newly re-designed blog and website!) with my May kit and paper add-on for this layout. The kit really says "tropical island" to me, and since I have no tropical beach photos of my own, I stole one from my youngest daughter's Facebook page. She and her husband were fortunate enough to spend a week on St. Croix in March.

The sketch calls for photos to be cut into circles, but I changed it up and used some of the fabulous patterned papers from the kit, then laid the photo over the top. I'm totally in love with the Echo Park "Games" paper imprinted with those game spinners! It's from the "All About a Boy" collection.

There's a new Citrus Kit on its way to me as we speak ... looking forward to breaking into that this weekend or early next week. Thanks for stopping by -- have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Card tutorial

I wrote this tutorial for the Scrap That Moment store blog:

At Scrap That Moment, we love the Place in Time calendar cut-apart sheets from Graphic 45! This double-sided patterned paper is perfect not only for calendar and layout designs, but for making beautiful cards, too.

STM Senior Designer Barb Prendergast  found that with a little planning and careful cutting, she could use BOTH sides of one sheet of patterned paper for her lovely Bonne Fete card, which appears on today's Scrap That Moment Facebook Page.

She started with the March Place In Time Cut-Apart:

First, she carefully chose the motifs she wanted to use for her card. She used the post card; the square with the birds and nest; the postage stamps; the green pansy strip; and a part of the Bonne Fete border. She cut out ONLY those pieces, then saved the rest of the sheet.

Next, she turned over the paper and cut two strips -- one of the beige and lavender floral, and a wider one of the lavender check. She inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger Industries, then adhered to a 5 x 6 1/2 inch white cardstock card base:

Then she went to work on the rest of the elements. She used the Tim Holtz by Tonic Edge Distresser on the edges of her smaller pieces, then inked with distress ink. (Note: the little sponge finger daubers sold at STM are perfect for getting a soft aged effect!)

Next, she used her Martha Stewart by EK Success border punch on the edge of the Groovy Grape cardstock, then adhered the postage stamp strip. She used the Groovy Grape to back the bird motif also. She cut a Bonne Fete from the purple strip and backed it with green Kaisercraft cardstock; she also adhered the postcard to green cardstock.

To put the card together, Barb first adhered the pansy trip vertically down the side of the card. She adhered the postage stamp strip horizontally to the card, over the pansy strip:

Next, she adhered the post card image to the front of the card, overlapping both the pansy and postage stamp strips.

She punched a hole with a 1/8 inch hole punch (the kind you use for school projects or in an office), and tied ribbon through the hole. She used Ranger Industries' Pop It! foam circles on the back of the bird motif to attach it to the post card. Barb loves adding some dimension to her projects, and the Pop It shapes are so easy to use!

Last, she attached the Bonne Fete strip. Now for the fun part -- decorating! Barb used her punch to punch a small circle, then attached with a piece of a Pop It foam circle and covered with Glossy Accents to make a quick "button". She used Liquid Pearls and Stickles to accent parts of the patterned paper designs.  And here is her finished card:

I hope you enjoyed my little how-to! Have a great day

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Two days and three layouts ...

After working for the past SEVEN days in a row, I finally had yesterday and today off. I spent the time wisely -- in my scrap room, of course!

First I made this layout for Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store, using Studio Calico's Here + There and Sundrifter collections. The cute banners and my title alphas were cut with my Cricut, using Worldwin cardstock. Our five-year-old granddaughter was a "Puffy Cloud" in her recent dance recital, so the cloud printed paper was perfect!

I made this layout for yesterday's weekly reveal at Nuts About Sketches, combining this week's sketch #269 with the June "Funky Town" kit from Scraptastic Kit Club. The photos were taken after the recital, when my year-old grandson was having fun running in the grass after sitting through his sister's performance. I adore that Basic Grey pre-made banner from the Hipster collection!

For this layout, I used this week's Citrus Twist sketch by Kasia, as well as the May Citrus Twist kit. I was inspired by the background paper, "Clippings" from American Crafts' DIY Collection:

I cut the paper in half, then turned each piece to make the rays go outward on both the top and the bottom. The paper just screamed "tropical island" to me, so I borrowed two photos from my daughter's Facebook page:

I used a toothbrush and Vintage Photo distress ink from Ranger to add some darker shading to the paper, then sprayed lightly with Khaki mist from Tattered Angels and Desert spray from Mister Huey's. I also added an overall spritz of Mister Huey's Shine, which isn't visible here but adds a really sun kissed look.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Opposites Attract!

The third May challenge on the Scraptastic Kit Club blog is "Opposites Attract". I interpreted the challenge by placing triangles at opposing corners of my layout, and by putting banners also at opposing positions.

The photo is one that I stole from my son's Facebook site. He and his girlfriend are on the observation deck at the iconic Empire State Building.

I love this picture!

Thanks for visiting -- have a great day.

Monday, June 3, 2013

A quick card

I used the sketch from the  Scraptastic Kit Club Blog's second May challenge, along with the Sundrifter collection by Studio Calico, for a quick and easy Father's Day card:

Have you made a card yet for your dad/hubby/grandpa or other dads in your life?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Birthday Bash Celebration #4 !!!

Can you believe it -- 
Cookin' Up  Creations is four years old! Amazing how fast time goes. So, of  course we're going to have a party! We would love it for all of you come.  We're planning on partying all month long.

We have plenty of challenges, games and of course goodies. We've got things started with our first challenge. It's called what else -- Celebration. There will be a new Birthday Bash challenge every day throughout June.

We also have some fun games going as well. You can find those in the forum. In the next few days, our gallery will be filled with fantastic projects from our members and Master Chef Challenge Team. 
And yes, there will be prizes and RAKS. (We're having a birthday, but you get the presents!)

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Scraptastic layout!

I created this layout for the first May challenge on the Scraptastic Kit Club blog -- to use pennants and/or banners. I used the April 8 Days a Week it (I think I've made five layouts with it and I still have a bit left for maybe one more). I have to say that I heavily scraplifted a layout by Monique Liedtke, a talented Scraptastic Club member.

The alphas and googly eyes ae from my collection, and I made the stick pin with a corsage pin and a couple of beads.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


I love sketches and challenges -- and Scraptastic Club's fourth challenge for April featured a fantastic sketch by Jana Eubank! Here's my take on the sketch, using the April "8 Days a Week" kit:

The little banners are Teresa Collins "He Said, She Said" stickers that came with the kit. They answered a Blue Plate Special challenge over at Cookin' Up Creations. Love it when I can multi-task!

Here are a couple close-ups of the details:

Thanks for stopping by; have a great day! 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A productive month for scrapping!

At the beginning of each year, I set a scrapbooking goal for myself. Usually it's to scrap more layouts than the year before. This year, my goal is to scrap at least 10 pages a month (that't not counting cards and any mini albums or special projects). It was looking a little shaky at the beginning of the year, but I managed to catch up my monthly average in April.

There are three things that spark my scrapping mojo:

1) Sketches
2) Challenges
3) Kits and new products

.... and it's been a a great month for all three!

Last week's challenge on the Scraptastic blog was to use paint on a layout. For this page, the only "pink" paint mists in my collection are dark and more red than pink; so I made my own mist by mixing a bit of the dark pink mist with white acrylic paint and water. Voila! bubblegum pink mist to match my papers.

Usually, I use my Scraptastic kits for the challenges on the club's blog. However, this layout uses the April 21 sketch on the Citrus Twist blog, as well as the April kit.

This was actually the second layout I made from the April kit (which has been in my hands less than a week). Here's the first -- it was for a scraplift challenge at Cookin' Up Creations:

My grandson Ethan, who lives in Minnesota, isn't much for getting his picture taken (sort of like his grandma!) This amused expression was the best I could get -- but I love it! This just "looks like Ethan"; and the title came to mind immediately. The background is a Crafter's Workshop template, with distress ink sponged over it. And the khaki glimmer mist "drips" turned out just the way I wanted them. Love it when that happens!

And sketches .... I love being on the Nuts About Sketches design team! Not only do I love Shawn's sketches, but I know that I'll complete at least one layout a week for the weekly reveal. This is sketch #262 from last week, with my February "Every Day is Like Sunday" kit from Scraptastic. This has been one of my favorite kits EVER!

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A month for birthdays ...

Our family has three birthdays in April! That means that I've had some cards to make. Earlier I showed the one I made for my son in law, using Echo Park papers. Here are the cards I made for two of my grandsons, who also have April birthdays.

This one is for baby Hamish, who celebrated his first birthday. I used papers and stickers from 3 Bugs in a Rug's Blast Off collection:

For Ethan, who turns 12 this Sunday, I needed something grown-up, edgy and cool. I had some Kaisercraft Attitude! paper scraps left from a design project for the local scrapbook store. I paired them with a metal frame that I grunged out with distress embossing powders and some brads, along with a gold ink pen:

Normally I don't do much "special" with the inside of the cards, but I had a 4 x 6 panel left that I really just HAD to use:

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Computer guy in training ....

My son in law is a computer geek. He works for a power company's computer tech department, setting up and maintaining their computer systems and operation. Apparently, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree .... When my youngest grandson stayed with us for a few days, we found him playing with an old keyboard that we had slid under the desk. He was so cute and happy, pounding on the keys. I used the April "8 Days a Week" kit from Scraptastic Club  and Sketch #261 from Nuts About Sketches to create this layout:

The alphabets, rust cardstock and star button came from my stash; everything else was from the kit. I love the little typewriter flare, a Scraptastic exclusive from Ormulu.

I used the same kit for this layout:

The layout was inspired (well, more like scraplifted!) from Angie Gutshall, whose work I greatly admire. She presented a tutorial last week on Shimelle's blog on the mixed media painting that I used for my background. The alphas and Maya Road doilies were from my stash. And check out that flair, another Ormulu creation!

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!