Monday, January 31, 2011

Winter joy :)

Nothing says "Winter Joy" like new pajamas - right?!

I used the current sketch at Sweet Peach Crop Shop for this page.

These are my cousin's little cuties - Gabe sporting Toy Story's Buzz and Woody pjs and Lucy decked out in Tinkerbell ;)

I just love how it turned out! The colors are not traditional but compliment the pictures so well.

I substituted the tags in the sketch with a bracket journal box and some deco squares :)

I paired this layout with another one featuring a few "outtakes".... after all getting these two to sit together for a picture took A LOT of bribing hehehe. I used a sketch from The Scrappiest for this one.

Again, I substituted the tag for a bracket journal box. Love the scalloped die cut paper!

Here is how the pages look together :)

I'm also linking them at Sketches in Thyme for their open sketch challenge.

Thanks for looking! Hope you're having a great week.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yarn Flower card :)

Have you been drooling over all of the new CHA releases? One of my favorites is Jillibean Soup. They have so many cute embellishments! One of which are these "bean blossoms".

I thought I would give it ago and try to make some myself :) I really like the result!

The challenge at Fantabulous Cricut was to use a "neglected" cartridge. Well dusted off Plantin Schoolbook to cut my circle bases for this flower. This one is cut at 2 1/2" which was the perfect size.

I used scraps of Basic Grey's "Green at Heart" (one of my all time favorites from Basic Grey) and added a white border with my Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch. The "If friends were flowers, I'd pick you" sentiment was printed on my computer.

Thanks for looking! Let me know if you try it :)


Friendship Challenge at The Paper Variety!

Are you ready for another fun challenge? This week, I have a quote to inspire you at The Paper Variety:

Let this piece of wise decor inspire your creativity with a friendship card, layout or project. Use the quote as your journaling or sentiment - or substitute your own favorite friendship saying.

I am so excited to announce a new sponsor to The Paper VarietyCrop Chocolate!! They will generously award this week's prize to one lucky submission.

Wow! That's sweet enough to share with a friend ;) Be sure to check back Friday for more information on Crop Chocolate!

I created a layout that will eventually become a gift to a friend - so I kept parts of it a surprise and excluded the photo and some of the journaling ;)

I love these papers from Sassafrass Lass "Mix and Mend"! I hope to see how this quote inspires you at the Paper Variety this week. There is a GREAT prize to win!


Cricut Cardz Challenge #59

The new challenge is up at Cricut Cardz! Create a valentine card for a child. I made mine using the cute ladybug on Create a Critter. I kept it super simple in case I decide to make 25 of these for my students :)

Stop over and see what the rest of the design team created and link up yours today! :)


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Card Crazy :)

I spent this week replenishing my card stash and playing along with a lot of fun challenges. The best part is ALL of these cards were made with cardstock/patterned paper scraps :)

This card was inspired by Mary's cupcake challenge. I also did some faux stitching for Design Dollies element challenge. I used my Create a Critter cartridge for this one.

Next was a sketch challenge card for Let's Scrap. I used my Basic Grey "Green at Heart" 6x6 stack scraps.

I also used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme. I used scraps from my My Minds Eye "Fine and Dandy" layout from a few days ago.

The challenge over at The Cuttlebug Spot is to create a project based on a child's game. I picked one of my favorites!

So, I made a "Sorry you're under the weather!" card using Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.

I used my new to me Sweethearts cartridge that my friend Sue picked up for me when Michaels had that ridiculous 9.99 sale! Thanks Sue! I made a quick card for my friend how got engaged over Christmas. Love the  DCWV glitter stack paper for the diamond :)

And lastly, but not least! lol .. I used the same cartridge for Cristina's black/white/gray only color challenge. This time I made a wedding card.

Okay! I think I'm set for a few days on cards ;) What did you work on this weekend? Leave a link so I can check it out! :)


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Shopping Down Town

Posting on a Tuesday morning? Yep, it's a snow day for me! And I've already finished a couple projects ;)

I made a double page using my FAVORITE Basic Grey's "Wander" collection for a spread in my San Francisco anniversary album. My hubby was there for a business conference, so during the day I wandered (get it? hehe) downtown to do some shopping.

I created a collage of pictures of all of the high end stores I was just in awe of! I kept it clutter-free with a white background. I created a little city scene with patterned paper scraps I had leftover and chipboard pieces.

The second page is more of the same, including some computer strip journaling.

This is how they look together! You can click to view it larger.

A few close ups of the chipboard...

Have a great day :)


Monday, January 17, 2011

Oceanfront Dining

It is another cold day here on the East Coast, so why not scrapbook some more honeymoon layouts? I used more of Tessa's new January Sampler and my Fine and Dandy by My Minds Eye papers.

I had a lot of scenic pictures of the oceanfront restaurant we ate at one evening. I printed one of them 5x7 because it turned out so beautiful!

The mustard colored felt and lace lollipop flower with the pearl center is exclusive to the sampler package. I used the 2 leaves that also came in the kit to embellish it.

I added interest to my circle mat by cutting small pieces from the sheer ribbon, making a loop, and securing with a brass brad. 4 feet of ribbon is included in the sampler - and Tessa packages it so pretty on a clothespin with a stick pin (which I am going to use on a future project!)

For the second page of my double layout, I used the current sketch at Artful Delight.

I created a collage of pictures from our meal, the view from inside the restaurant, and the sign.

I kept it simple with another flower from the kit - a cardboard flower dyed with daffodil shimmery spray and accented with a shiny brad. It matches the colors/mood of my page perfectly!

I brought the 2 pages together by using brass brads on the corners of the photos on the second page and small strips of patterned paper on my journaling box.

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Be sure to stop by Precocious Paper to see the beautiful embellishments she just recently updated for Valentine's Day! Gorgeous!

Happy MLK Day!


Sunday, January 16, 2011


Popping in from a busy weekend, to share a card I made today with this week's Cardabilities sketch!

I used Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl.

Hope you are having a good weekend!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Paper Variety is going PINK! :)

I'm SO excited to announce our sponsor for our 2nd challenge this year -My Pink Stamper!!!

If you are a cricut owner (or general paper craft lover!), then chances are you are familiar with Robyn's blog, fabulous video tutorials, and fun inspiration.  She has generously donated 2 of her new stamp sets - Love-a-licious and Winter Punnies- for this week's challenge!

So.. the challenge this week is:

I decided to make a lovey dovey scrapbook page with lyrics to one of my favorite songs.

You have until Tuesday at noon to link up your won pink/black/white project HERE.


Cricut Cardz Challenge #57!

I can't believe it's been so long since I've made a card!  Thank goodness there is a new challenge up at Cricut Cardz to inspire me :) The color combination is red, black, and white only. Anything else goes!

I used my new Boys Will Be Boys cartridge to make this fun birthday card.

This is a 4 1/4" square card {I need to make more of these!}. I used my cuttlebug "traffic jam" folder on the red background and inked over it with black. The bike was cut at 2 1/2". I embellished it with 2 black brads. A birthday sentiment from Inkadinkado and I called it a day ;)

Head over to Cricut Cardz to see what the rest of the design team created with these colors and link up your own red/black/white card!


Monday, January 10, 2011

*snow* not ferocious!

I couldn't wait to play with this latest sketch from Sketchy Thursday.

I used some sweet pictures of my puppy Jax and his Christmas toy - the Abominable Snowman from Rudolph! He was so protective of it.

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I mostly used Bo Bunny's Midnight Frost collection. So pretty!

I'm also entering this layout into a a few "snow" challenges. 

Speaking of which, you still have until noon Tuesday to enter The Paper Variety's snowflake challenge. And if you just miss it, stay tuned for the next challenge posted Wednesday :)

And with any luck, there is snow headed my way tomorrow!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy New Year!

There was a challenge tonight at Let's Scrap. Use any previous sketch and use a year in your title. I was inspired to scrap pictures of this past New Year's Eve. This is the sketch I choose.

I used Bazzill bling cardstock in black for the base layer, which is why it looks a little hazy. It has a really neat shimmer to it. The purple patterned paper is by Recollections. I used my new Martha Stewart "doily lace" punch on the border.

The second page is fun pictures of friends and celebration ;)

Here are the pages together. Click to view larger.

A few close ups..

The library pocket is also embellished with the "doily lace" punch. Inside holds our resolutions :) Also linking to Cristina's challenge to scrapbook your goals for 2011.

The outside quote says "It's about love. It's about compassion. It's about kindness and faith. It has nothing to do with LUCK. You get what you give, so give good."

Hope you had some time to scrap today, too ;)

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