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!