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!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

One kit, four layouts and counting ....

I've had a great time working with my March "Let It Shine" kit from Citrus Twist!  So far I've made four layouts with it:

I used sketches from Citrus Twist's weekly sketch challenge for the first three:

I used Nuts About Sketches' sketch #258 for this one:

The best thing is that they all look so different, even though nearly all the supplies for each one came from the same kit. And the other best thing is that I still have enough supplies left in the kit to make at least one more layout.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kit lover here!

Do you like scrapbooking kits? I do!!!! I love having someone else do the work of coordinating papers, embellishments and cardstock for me, and I love getting that box of goodies in the mail.

My current favorite kit is the February "Every Day Is Like Sunday" kit from Scraptastic Kit Club. It's just so pretty, with papers from Glitz Design and other manufacturers, and some really cool embellishments like the Glitz Design garlands. So far, I've made four layouts with it, and I have plenty of product left to make at least one more. Two of them, "Bunny Cake" and "Un.im.pressed", have been shown in earlier posts. Here are other two, both featuring 5 year old Anna:

I added Thickers from my stash to this one. Everything else came in the kit. This is  Nuts About Sketches sketch #260.

And this was Nuts About Sketches #256. I added the crochet flowers, alpha and stick pins from my stash:

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Yes, Please!"

Lynette Daniel, the owner of our beautiful local LSS, "Scrap That Moment", asked me to create a couple of projects with Amy Tangerine's "Yes, Please" collection by American Crafts. This is such a fun, bright and happy line! I have to confess that I used the designs on the back of the 12 x 12 collection pad as inspiration for my layouts, making a few changes along the way.

I really love the way this one turned out! The photo is from Disneyland's PhotoPass studio (my daughter added the fun border). My daughter, her family and I visited Disneyland last August, and the fantastic new Cars Land was a major highlight of our visit.

Since I had only the papers and not the chipboard or other embellishments, I improvised with fussy cutting from the pad. The striped "arrow" was cut from the strip at the top of the paper -- you know, the piece that often gets thrown away. I love when a company prints something along those strips. They make great page borders and accents! The medallion was cut with a Cricut; I think it's on the "Tie the Knot" cartridge.

And I'm happy with this one, too. The photo is from a business trip to a trade conference in Hong King back in 2005. I've scrapped the photo before, but it's one of my favorites because it was taken on a "fun day" of shopping in the Stanley Market shops and stalls, with an amazing lunch at this little sidwalk cafe. The world comes to Hong Kong, and we found the citizens to be hospitable hosts.

The pink arrow border is another one of those strips, as well as the "Super" underneath the photo.

I also made a couple of quick little cards:

This surely is more than enough to do the collection display justice at the store, but I can see more "Yes, Please" layouts and cards in my future scrapping.

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day

Thursday, April 4, 2013

1st April challenge at Scraptastic ...

... and it's to make a birthday card. Easy peasy!

I used the October Scraptastic kit, which was full of Echo Park's For the Record 2 and some other fun stuff:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Final March challenge at Scraptastic

The third and final March challenge at the Scraptastic Club blog is a wonderful sketch by Susan Stringfellow. It was so easy and fun to create a layout with it! I used the February "Every Day is Like a Sunday" kit, with a glttery alpha added from my stash:

Don't you just love the expressions on chef Anna's little face? Priceless!