Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Party Time

I bought the Creating Keepsakes Party Time kit last year. I created one layout using it, and then put it away. For CKC, I printed some birthday photos to use with the remainder of the kit if I got around to it. I never used it at the crop, but I felt like being creative last night (without that much effort). There is something about following a kit when you like the example layout; it makes scrapbooking so easy. Since I already made a layout with this kit, I was out of the green pattern paper, so I substituted one that I had in my stash. I had enough of everything else.

Here are my two layouts:

I supplemented the kit with twine for the banner and some of the buttons, stamp ink for the edges of Joined the Club, and pennants on And Many More. I also used staples to attach the two border strips.

I really love how these papers worked together. They are from different brands, too: Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, Bella Blvd, and Jillibean Soup.

Monday, June 24, 2013

CKC Crop Til I Drop!

Friday and Saturday, we had the CKC here in town! I attended the Friday and Saturday night crops and the Creative Color Techniques II class. I also went to the Queen & Company trunk show and got lots of goodies! I took a mini album with me to work on at the crops. I completed about 2/3rds of it on Friday and finished it up on Saturday! I also added my pictures to my classroom layouts. Sunday was put away all the stuff day. Uh, I went a little overboard! I feel pretty good about it though because as I put things away, I found items in my stash to donate.

I didn't have to work today, and I was still feeling very scrappy! I did three layouts! Whoo-Hoo!

At the Friday night crop: Sarah Dunford, Me, and Rachel Ninen. We had so much fun! Here's the book I was working on.

 At the Queen & Company trunk show, I came away with all of this great stuff!

Here's a picture of the PILES I came home with. I won a few things, but most was purchased! I managed to put it all away some how!

Here's how I organized my Queen & Co straws. This is an apothecary jar I had colored pencils in.
 Here are my layouts from the Creative Color Techniques II class:

In this class, we used gelattos, an ink pen, and spray ink. I love how fun it was to "paint" the canvas banner!

 For the Happy Days layout, we used alcohol inks to color the bling. We also used souffle pens to dot buttons, color the letters, and to create faux stitches on the buttons and clouds. We used gelattos as water paints for the banner, flags and butterflies.

And now for Monday's layouts! Wow, I have to say I had a very productive 3 day weekend!

This first layout has a polka dot background inspired by Frosted Designs and uses a sketch from Paper Secrets:

Next, I created this layout using a sketch from Page Maps as a challenge listed on Scrappin' Peeps membership board.

My last layout was inspired by a sketch on Paper Bakery:

The only full sheet of pattern paper I used was on the first layout for the background. The other pieces were scraps!
Whew, I'm tired, but so happy to be so scrappy!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

You Made Me Laugh

For Father's Day, I sent my dad a gift through 1-800-Flowers. It came wrapped in a green ribbon, which my dad wore as a sash! He told me about it, and then wore it again to take a picture and send it to me by email. He knows better! That makes it up for grabs to, here it is! I don't think he liked that I tagged him on FB so his friends could see this, too:)

I thought the sketch challenge on Page Maps was perfect for this photo. I used Tattered Angels glaze on the wood vaneer birds, Mr Huey spray ink on the branch, and I just inked the edges of the vaneer circle and Good Times expression with Color Snaps chalk ink.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Every Day You Are My Sunshine

My "little" boy who is now 15 is my daily dose of sunshine! I love it when he starts his day in a great mood. This has become most of the time; the only day he isn't ready for school is Monday! Gee, he's already getting the Monday bug like us.

This layout is inspired by challenges on Scrap Our Stash, Paper Issues, and Color Me Scrappy. I used the grid-like aspect of three photos and one as black and white for the Color Me Scrappy challenge. For Scrap Our Stash, I used the sketch, a pre-made journaling card that I converted into a tag shape, and twine. For Paper Issues, I used photos from Instagram.

Here's my layout using all the inspiration above! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Here's a couple more pictures from the spring exhibit at the Bellagio. I used silver Heidi Swapp Color Magic spray ink on the background. I found the definition of Fanciful on a die cut, and I thought it was a perfect description of these over-sized ladybugs at the garden.

I used glittered AC letters for my title, and I turned Studio Calico wood vaneer hearts to create arrows. I love how they look on the trim leading to the main photo. My last "little" touch was the EK Success border punch on the red dot patterned paper--fanciful!

Sunday, June 9, 2013


I completed this layout around the inspiration of a foam stamp I've had for a while but never used! It was included in a Lisa Bernson Gratitude mini album kit. I plan on completing the kit at the CKC in two weeks, so I thought I would practice on this layout. I also used a sketch from Frosted Designs.

Here's a close up of the details:

The 1+2=3 is partially stamped on a die cut with a wood vaneer heart attached. The die cut matched my cardstock, and I like how it's a subtle lift.

My Happy Place with Color Me Scrappy

June's first challenge at Color Me Scrappy is a good one! Using a purple color scheme--not many select purple on their layouts very often, at least I don't!

Here's the color scheme and the sketch to use with it:


Here's my layout for the challenge:

 I had fun adding some extra purple to the cloth flower. It was off-white, so I misted it with some purple spray ink. I added the circle mask element with Memories Direct ink sticks, so I could control the colors.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

All Star Son

There is a tough challenge on the Paper Bakery blog right now! It is a sketch with big banners along the top and the bottom.

It reminded me of baseball pennants! I keep a stash of baseball theme pattern papers which I thought would be perfect for this sketch:

I ended up using 9 different patterned papers on this layout! I think they blend well together with their edges inked.


Here's a close up:

I used mambi stickers that came with some of the papers above. Other baseball papers were from Best Creations inc.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


This weekend I participated in the Frosted Designs' blog hop. This blog hop added a layout challenge! Whoo Hoo! The challenge is to use the following sketch and at least three items or techniques on the list.

 First, here's my layout:

 From the list, I included Misting, Layering, Distressing, Inks, Die Cuts, Cardboard, Pattern Paper, and Dylusions Spray Ink.

I also included 5 brads for the Scrap Our Stash "All About Our Guys" challenge.

I added Queen & Company trending tape for the Love My Tapes "Masculine Layouts" with tape challenge.

To distress the papers, I used my Making Memories paper edge scraper. It is my favorite tool now! You just put the paper in the scraper slit and distress it to the level you want! You can put little nicks in the edge of the paper and it roughens it up just right, especially on boy pages! I also distressed the black arrow brads by sanding off some of the paint.

I misted the background page with Studio Calico Mr. Huey spray ink in Warm Calico and Dylusions white. On the brown layer, I only used the Warm Calico, and on the small hexagon I just inked the edges. Each of the cardboard stars and the torn cardboard is misted with the Dylusions white.

If you haven't completed this blog hop, you still have time! It runs until June 7th. It was a lot of fun to get a little messy with my boy layout and just see how many things I did on the list. I completed the layout without looking at the list, and just checked the things off afterwards! It is very easy to use at least three of the things on the list. I ended up doing 8!

Cuttlebug embossing/diecutting
Dylusions spray
Seam binding
Metal Embellishments
Masking tape
Pattern Paper
Embossing (dry or heat)