Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3 New Layouts :)

I have been swamped lately! I feel like it has been forever since I posted a layout. I've been working on several things that I can't reveal yet...but I'll be able to post some of them on Friday.

Some great news to share...I am now a member of the Paper Issues Design Team! My friend Sara from ScrapFIT is also a member there, so I'm so excited to be working even more with her and our wonderful leader, Cassie. There are so many amazing scrappers there...I hope I can keep up with them!

I stumbled upon a few new blogs recently, and one of them was having a Design Team call. I figured, what the heck? I created the required layouts and sent them. Who knows if I'll make it, but I'm super happy with my work that came out of the application process! They're all from different sources of inspiration.

The first layout was based on this color palette. This was my first time staying within a certain color boundary. It was intimidating at first, but as I got into it, I loved it!

I used lots of Smooch Spritz (LOVE that stuff!) and created my background. I would never have thought to use these colors together, but I love the look! I'm usually into brighter colors, and this was so out of my comfort zone, BUT...I'm glad it forced me to try something new. And look at the awesome results! I love how it turned out! (I lifted this layout from one that Sarah Mullinax created...she is so talented!)

I keep seeing all of these cool transparency-type patterned circles in different layouts, and I have I made my own. I simply found some patterns in the Clip Art of Microsoft Word and printed them onto transparency easy!

The next layout was based on this sketch:

I used red, yellow & purple since those are the base colors in the layout...or at least the colors that pop out to me.

I embossed the red my Cuttlebug :) I also did a lot of zig-zag stitching at the top & bottom.

The last layout is based on this magazine ad:

Here is what I came up with...I'm happy with the end result. I wasn't too sure about the titles all over the page, but I think they're perfect for this!

I punched some little circles, sprinkled them all over the page, and misted everywhere to create the background. Such a fun & easy way to make patterned paper! I already had this frog made, and I had to use it since it matches the one on Reese's pajama top. I also went to town with my doodling's amazing what some scribbles can do to a page!

Thanks for stopping by for a vist! Stay tuned for more pages coming up in a few days :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Once Upon a....Sketch

I just stumbled upon a great new challenge blog! Once Upon a....Sketch just picked its design team and will be starting up new challenges & sketches twice a month.

It looks like it's going to be a LOT of fun! I just wanted to help spread the word. Check out this awesome giveaway they're already having!!!! I'd love to win it :)

Be sure to go check it out...I can't wait for the first sketch!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Horses & Trees...

Here are a few quick pages I feel like I threw together. Sometimes pages take forever and sometimes they don't. I am not really happy with either of them. I had the ideas of how I wanted them to look and they just didn't turn out like I'd hoped.

These pictures of Reese horseback riding at school were so cute, and I wanted to put a lot of them onto one page. I knew I wanted to use a cute little horse from the Create a Critter cartridge (because they're just too cute to pass up!)...and while the horsie is adorable, the rest of the page is just....ahhhh...okay. Definitely not my favorite. It's kind of plain...but I didn't want to overshadow the pictures because they're pretty busy.

I cut my title with my Cricut and then embossed them. I also tied some "hay" around a few of the letters. That part I think is really cute :)

Again...another "blah" page. I had this cute idea of doing a tree layout, since Paige is falling over in the pictures...and I wanted to use "Timber" as my title. But the colors just didn't gel and the landscape scene just didn't go like I'd hoped. It looks rather elementary to me, and I'm not happy with it. But, it's done, and the pictures are the most important part, anyway.

I've been working on several other pages for Design Teams, and also my Guest Design spot at Scrap-A-Little on April 1st. Hopefully my "mojo" will return and I'll bust out some great layouts!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Paper Variety - Jana Eubank sketch

I was so excited to see that Jana Eubank created a sketch for The Paper Variety's latest challenge! Jana is my favorite scrapbooker...she is so talented, and everything she creates is just beautiful! I jumped at the chance to complete her latest sketch :)

Here it is...

And here is my layout. I misted the background with a light pink and used Basic Grey's Sultry line. I stamped a few extra flowers on the background and then stitched over the petals. I've become a stitching fool lately!

I made these pleated petal flowers from patterned paper circles...SO easy to make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ScrapFIT #40 - Super Sketch to the Rescue!

It's time for another ScrapFIT workout!! YAY!! We all get stuck from time to time so there is nothing better than a sketch to help pull you out! This is a one of a kind sketch from Liz at The Scappiest! Use this sketch to inspire your layout!

Here is the sketch:

And here is what I created. I couldn't resist these photos of my daughter's crazy hairdo one morning! The little owl inspired me to use some cute MME owl papers. I also created another owl on the branch using my Hoot n' Holler Cricut Lite cartridge. I love how this turned out!

Be sure to check out the ScrapFIT blog to see what the wonderful DT made...there are some awesome creations there!

This Workout and Workout #39 end on March 31st and then we will select the winners of these 2 amazing prizes from Workouts #39 & #40!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cute Girlies

Here is a quick page I completed. I have a few other pages in a few days it will be time for another ScrapFIT reveal :) I'm also working on some guest design layouts for Helen Croft's Scrap A Little blog next month! It's also my husband's and my 11th anniversary this weekend, and my girls are on Spring Break! So needless to say, I've been busy...but a good busy!

Here is my quickie page...I had fun making these cute little flowers. They're so easy! I created my background with mist and chalk...the yellow is chalk. Super fun and easy to work with :)

These flowers are so easy to make...gotta love handmade embellishments!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays 3.3...

Hello, fellow scrappy bloggers! I'm sharing my latest Sketchy Thursdays layout. I love how the sketches are so different each week...I really look forward to Thursdays :)

Here is the sketch:

And here is what I created. I used papers from the Cosmo Cricket Everafter line. I think I bought the pack at Michael's last year on clearance! It also has the Girl Friday line...what a great deal! I used a Martha Stewart border punch...LOVE those! Reese was acting silly in the bathtub one night...I just am amazed at how gorgeous she is, even during bathtime!

Here is another one I did the other day. I was in the mood to STAMP, STAMP, STAMP! So I started with a white piece of cardstock, pulled out lots of my $1 stamps from Michaels & different colored inks, and went to stamping. I didn't use ANY other paper! I was also in a rainbow mood, so I used lots of colors.

I stamped the hot air balloon and little rainbow at the bottom and colored them. Then I glazed them with Glossy Accents to make them look glassy...and I added some glitter :) For some reason, I wanted to challenge myself to not use ANY paper. I used some embellishments and did some minimal stitching, but the rest is just stamped patterns.

Even this flower is stamped...and I cut it out.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches 3/7 Reveal!

Woo Hoo! It's Monday the 7th, and that means it's Reveal Day at Sassy Lil' Sketches! This month we were lucky enough to get to play with some of Nikki Sivils papers, and let me tell you, they are SO adorable! I got the Max & Mollie line...the cutest little skunks ever!

Make sure you hop on over to the SLS blog and check out the DT's work. Here is the sketch:

And here is what I made:

Come on over to the SLS blog to enter your layout for a chance to win an AWESOME prize from Nikki Sivils!! Go check it out!!

The March digital sponsor is:

To be eligible for the March layout sketch prizes, your layout must be linked below by April 5th at 11:59 PM EST. To be eligible for the card sketch prizes, your cards must be linked on the card sketch blog.

Specific rules regarding both Sassy Lil' Sketch challenges can be found our "SLS Rules" page.

*The layout paper prize and the card prizes are open to US residents only.

The digital prize is open to all US & International residents.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bye-Bye, Santa...

I finally finished my Christmas pictures! I am so desk was buried in red & green. This means I've officially scrapped all of my 2009 photos! Well, I do have a few more from December to scrap, but they're not Christmas related. I've packed away all my holiday papers & embellishments until I get to Christmas 2010. That will take a know how I like to scrap in order :)

Anyway, here are a few pages I've done recently. I used this beautiful sketch by My Mind's Eye's Anam Stubbington. She is a sketch master! I love the bracket at the bottom.

Here are my girls with Santa at the mall last year. Paige smiled, but Reese did not want to sit there. I told the photo girl to hurry up because Reese wouldn't sit there long. She looks so excited, doesn't she?! LOL! For this page, I used some papers from a Martha Stewart pack made for punching...the pack was basically strips of paper. I tore them and layered them. I used a piece of Bo Bunny for the bracket. I love this page, although I am ready to get to some spring pages now :)

I used one of Jana Eubank's sketches for this Christmas page. I love Jana's sketches and her work! Check it out HERE.

I used a mirror image of the sketch. It's Santa at Reese's school last year. I had Paige with me, so she sat on his lap, too. As you can see, neither one was too thrilled about seeing him! I had to get the picture anyway :) I used some DCWV papers. I love this color scheme! It's very wintery, but not over-the-top Christmasy, if you know what I mean. In Florida, we don't have much of a winter, and we surely don't have snow, so I don't get to make many "winter" pages.

I glittered up my snowflakes, and I love the result! I used the Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge to cut them.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My first published layout, Sketchy Thursdays & more

I'm beyond thrilled to see one of my little ole layouts in an online magazine!! has SO many wonderful ideas and projects to share.

I did this layout months ago but couldn't share it until it was published. Here it is!

Please visit Magazine to see my layout along with MANY other AMAZING creations!! It's so mind boggling how creative people are!

I also did this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch...I'm really almost finished with my Christmas pictures, I promise! LOL! Just a few more.

Here is the sketch:

And here is what I made. I used some Bazzill cardstock and papers from a DCWV Christmas stack. I LOVE my EK Success big border the scallops & circles! I played around with a flourish stamp and white ink pad...I hadn't done that in a while. I've been in the mood lately to tie cute little bows on buttons lately :) The little Merry Christmas Santa is actually a gift tag that was on a gift from last year! I saved it because I knew it would look adorable on a layout one day :)

And here is one more Christmas page I made. I used one of my Martha Stewart Punch-Around-the-Page punches...LOVE those! (Thank you, Michaels 50% coupons!)... I used papers from MME's Winter stack, and some Kraft cardstock.

I used my Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge to cut these snowflakes, and then I used some old microbeads to give them some dimension. I've had these beads such a long time, and I hardly ever use them. I love the look they give!

I cut the banner from cardstock, stamped a tiny circle design on the triangles, added some stickles, stitched some red floss to hold it together, and finally added some cute rhinestones at each point. So easy and cute!

I based this last layout on this sketch from The Scrappiest:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ScrapFIT #39 Glitter & Glam!

It's time for a brand new workout at ScrapFIT! This workout is all about things that are sparkly and glamorous. There are so many things you can use to make your layouts, cards or other projects glimmer and shine--glitter, embossing, paint, stickles and more! Now for the glam--make your creation fun & feminine. Make it soft and frilly or bright and blingy!!

Here is what I made...

I used all the glittery and blingy things I could :) I made my own "stickle" flourish on a transparency and then cut it out. I used rhinestones and stickles on most of the hearts.

I stickled the pink Thickers and then decided to up the bling factor and sprinkled on some fine clear's so sparkly in real life!

Come on over to ScrapFIT and link up your work for your chance to win a fantastic prize from The Paper Trail!! Check out this awesome prize...

You can also win this FITkit!

See you there!! Thanks for stopping by :)