Showing posts with label Sketchy Thursdays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sketchy Thursdays. Show all posts

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blogiversary Blog Hop!!!!!

Diana Fisher is celebrating her 3 year blog anniversary by giving the anniversary gifts to YOU — the readers! Hop on through the Blog Hop to find prizes and inspiration along the way. 

Plus, there's a chance to play along with us! Use the sketch Diana made, link your entry back at her blog, and you could win a $30 shop credit to Scrapbook Circle. 

I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful Blog Hop!   I first "met" Diana through Sketchy Thursdays a few years ago.  We have served on a few teams together and I have always adored her work.

As many of you know, Sketchy Thursdays closed down earlier this year, and I miss it dearly.  But Diana's sketches are still appearing here and there and it felt so good to work with one of her sketches again!  Here is the sketch that she has created for this hop.



I immediately knew what photos I was going to use because I have had them sitting on my desk for a while now.  I had a hard hard time finding papers to go with these photos because of the colors in the photos (dark hunter green and sunshine yellow???  ugh).  Anyways, I finally decided on the light teals, greens and yellows of the Crate Paper Pretty Party collection.




I had one extra photo than the sketch called for, but I fit it in.  I also played around with the size and arrangement of the triangles for a LONG time until I got what I wanted.  I like how the triangles help your eyes move to the photos.

You have until April 30th to complete the hop and link up your sketch challenge entry to be eligible for the hop prizes!  There are many other prizes to be won, too, so please check out all the blogs and then finish up at Diana's.

Corrie Jones {http://corejones.blogspot.com/}
Audrey Yeager {
http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com/}
Antonia Krajicek {
http://www.greenhornedunicorn.com/}
Shannon Bogan {
http://agirlcalledchicken.blogspot.com/}
Lisa Swift {
http://lisarukinswift.blogspot.com/}
Julie Tucker-Wolek {
http://thetuckerwolekclan.blogspot.com/}
Jennifer Ingle {
http://justjingle.blogspot.com/}
Tessa Buys {
http://precociouspaper.blogspot.com/}
Ashley Horton {
http://ashleyspaperdoll.blogspot.com/}
Sara Zenger {
http://sarazenger.blogspot.com/}


And just for stopping by today, I have a GIVEAWAY to one lucky follower!!!  I have a whole bunch of the NEW Amy Tan papers to giveaway (from the Sketchbook collection).  Stay tuned for a photo, but in the meantime, please just leave a comment and I will choose a winner on April 30th!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Farewell Sketchy Thursdays!! :(

I am so sad to hear the announcement today that Sketchy Thursdays blog is closing down. ST has been one of my favorite sketch sites for a few years now. I am so so sad to see that they are closing down, but I totally get it. Maintaining such a great site requires a lot of hard work and time.

When I look back at some of my favorite pages, they have come from Sketchy Thursday sketches. And again, this weeks' is no exception...this is a fav of mine:

I did a little photo shoot in early december with the kids in a Santa hat.  Thse photos of Kyler came out so adorable...my brother said he thought he looked like the Elf on the Shelf, and that's all I can think of now when I see this pic!


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I used the beautiful Peppermint collection from Crate Paper..I love these bright colors.  I wanted to use a lot of green to contrast the red hat.  The collection has little bits of navy in it, so I used some navy paint on the background...helps bring out his eyes. When I saw the Night Before Christmas phrases on the paper, these ones fit so perfectly!



The banner is actually from the sticker border sheet. I mounted it onto cardstock, added some twine, and popped it with pop dots.



Lastly, I wanted to share another page that I did for the Sketch-a-thon going on over at Memorable Seasons.  I use a sketch from one of my favorite sketch artists, Jana Eubank



I used my kit from this month featuring Basic Grey Picadilly (I needed a little break from Christmas stuff!).

These photos of Charlotte swinging on the big kid swing brought back so many memories from my childhood and that's what the journaling is all about!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A few things going on

I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of things here at home. The decorations are now all put away, and the house is starting to come back together. I really haven't scrapped that much in the past 6 weeks and I am having serious withdraw!!

Over at Memorable Seasons this month we are having a Sketch-a-thon... 20 sketches throughout the month. Stop by and check it out!


One of my sketches that I posted is this weeks Sketchy Thursdays sketch.



And here is my take using my kt this month from Memorable Seasons featuring Basic Grey Picadilly collection.




I kept this page pretty simple because I wanted to focus on my photo. The colors in the papers complemented my pic really well.

I also have ome other pages to share that I did a while ago but haven't gotten around to posting. I made them back in November for a crop at Cocoa Daisy, but I am just getting around to posting them now! I still have a few more that I am working on, too.

Charlotte is really starting to like to play dress up, but she seems to only like bottoms and doesn't wear tops! She also just recently learned to ride her tricycle, too, so these are some things that she has been into lately...
I had to make this page really Girly since these are Girly things! I used some older papers from The Girls' Paperie.
I made a tulle flower to kinda match her skirt in the photo. What's more Girly that tulle?
I also did some subtle stitched circles in the background and splattered with some orange maya mist.


And lastly, a page that reflects what's been going on lately in this house!  I finally feel like we are at some sort of "normal" rountine.  Well, not toally normal, but at least somewaht predicatble.  We have a loose schedule, and naps and feedings are starting to come at regular times.  I love this page.




For my title, I actually hand wrote the word "normalcy" on some patterned paper and then cut it out with an exacto knife.  I really loved this technique and I am going to do it again!

Since this was kind of a boyish page, I added in lots of little metal bits.  I haven't used brads in forever.  I hope they make a comeback because I have a ton!  If you didn't notice, these papers are actually the Peppermint collection from Crate Paper!  So versatile!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays and lots of Echo Park

My kit this month at Memorable Seasons contained the Echo Park Times & Seasons line which has so absolutely fantastic colors!!!!  I thought the teal, moss, cranberry, and navy would be perfect for a Christmas page, and so was this weeks sketch at Sketchy  Thursdays!  Here is my page:

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And here is the sketch:




I splattered some navy Maya Mist on the white background and zigzag stitched on the teal and red background squares. Then I made a tree shape with some green paper squares with my photos.

I added some little pearls and some twine to decorate my tree!


I also created this page for this months Member of the Month scraplift challenge at Memorable Seasons.  It was a lift of a page by Laura Cox (scrapaddict4). 

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This is my dad when he was about 5 years old (1952ish), we think!  He looks so much like my brothers when they were little1  I love the teal and green together with the cream and the black to old the "old time" feeling.  "You're the Bees Knees" is something my dad would totally say!  :)




And lastly I have a layout that I did a few weeks ago.  I love the trend of using shapes like diamons, chevrons, hexagons, and zig zags on pages right now, so I posed this challenge at the MS message board for this month.  Here is the page I created using chvrons made from triangles.

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I continued the chevron theme by using a zig zag punch on the top left and some zig zag stitching along the top right edge.

I realized after I photographed this page that I forgot to write my journaling...duh.  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!!!  Head over to Sketchy Thursdays to participate in this weeks sketch challenge, and head to the Memorable Seasons forum to see all of this months challenges!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays 12.1..and some good news

Seriously???  December???  Already????  I haven't even finished my advent calendar yet!  *sigh* so much to do so little time!!!

I haven't been that active on my blog the past two weeks, but lemme tell ya, I've got about 10 layouts to photograph and upload!!  :)  They will all be appearing over the next couple of weeks.

I never mentioned the good news that I recieved a couple of weeks ago....I was selected to be a part of the Little Yellow Bicycle Cycling Team!!!  I will be working with the Wonder & Wishes collection.  I just got my box of goodies two days ago, and it is FILLED with gorgeous gorgeous things!!  It was like an early Christmas.

Well here is this weeks sketch at Sketchy Thursdays:




I started subscribing to Scrapbook Circle kit club again!  I really missed their kits!!!  I used lots the November kit on this page.

Kyler wasn't really into fall that much.  :)  He was a bit too little. I tried to lay him in the leaves to get a few photos, but he hated the crunching sound and started crying. But he did enjoy just looking at one simply bright leaf! 



I like the clusters of circles, so I decided to create a border with a whole bunch of them and a few accordian flowers.  I love the light blue and orange and brown combo for fall pages!




OK, off to work on some pages!  :)  Happy December!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Some Thanksgiving Decor and a layout...

I used this month's store kit from Memorable Seasons to create some fun Thanksgiving decor for the house!  My challenge this week was to use this ad below from an old Real Simple magazine to create a project or layout. 



I really loved the simple line drawings arranged in these frames.  It reminded me that I had these stamps that I have always loved but never used.  They are some older ones from Imaginesce.  I stamped each leaf and the title on some cream cardstock and then cut black frames with my cricut and some are dies.  I arranged them on an orange piece of cardstock and added a ribbon below and its done!  Very easy and very pretty hanging in the hallway as you enter our house!



I was working with the bracket shaped dies and punches and started punching some patterned papers, too.  I decided that I was going to make some really simple place settings for Thanksgiving this year.  We are having about 12 people total...I can't wait...I love to entertain!


I typed up each persons name, cut it into a banner strip, added a piece of ribbon and then stapled it to the card.  I fussy cut some leaves for the front and made a simple tent for the back to make them stand up. 


And lastly, a layout to share.  I used a Sketchy Thursdays sketch from a few weeks ago. 



I just love these photos of Charlotte picking up acorns when we were on our trip to the Smoky's a few weeks ago.  But what I love most is the chipped nailpolish and the dirt under her fingernails.....just how a girl should be in my book!  :)  So that is what my journaling is about..

I used some Studio Calico papers and embellies.


It was a bit hard to find some papers that went on this page because of the colors in Charlotte's shirt...i really played around a lot until I found the ones I liked.  I used some FabRips and tissue paper and stitched them under the photo.



Of course some fussy cutting of leaves and circles.



And I really love the look of journaling strips....I need to use them more.



Last weekend was the online crop at Cocoa Daisy...I have done EIGHT pages so far!  :)  I can't wait to share them all with you in one post!  :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays..."Hello World"

My little guy is getting SOOO big!  We had his 4 month appointment today (shots=yuck  :(  ).  He grew 2 inches and gained 3 pounds in 2 months!  He is now in the 50%-tile!  Woo Hoo! 

He is getting so cute with his laughs and giggles and wants to sit up all the time to see what is going on around him.  I used these cute photos and this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch!



I was also inspired by the wonderful products in the September Scrapbook Circle kit, which I used to make this page.  Bright green, sky blue and orange are one of my favorite color combos right now.



I misted a bit with some OA Sprinkler's in "Brown Bag" and added some circles that I cut and punched from patterned paper.  I stitched over the circles to add some movement to the page.



A few Amy Tan bits an stickers plus a little banner are all the embellies I used.  I really like the simplicty of this page!  :)


This weeks sketch will last 2 weeks because next week is Thanksgiving, so you have PLENTY of time to enter!!!!  Have fun!

Tomorrow I am going to share some Thanksgiving projects I have been working on!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Worth Remembering....Sketchy Thursdays reveal

We had such a fantastic time on our trip and I have so many photos, but this is one of my favorites, and the first one I scrapped!  Charlotte had so much fun playing in the leaves, and really started doing it all on her own...I didn't have to tell her to lay in them or throw them of crunch them...she just started going at it.  She cried when I told her it was time to go.

I used this weeks sketch at Sketchy Thursdays:


I love the fall feel of the Crate Paper Farmhouse line, so I used it on this page.  I stuck to the sketch quite literally.


I have been using premade diecut titles a lot on my pages recently....it takes the guesswork out of having to come up with a creative title!


I used a small oak leaf punch and drew in some lines with a black pen.  The paint on the background I mixed to match the color of the leaves.



I wanted to pick up on the bright blue color of Charlotte's eyes, so I used the blue polka dot paper and a few other blue accents here and there.  This page was a bit simple for me, but I love the way it highlights my photo.


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