Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oh shoot! Apple Juice....Sketchy Thursdays reveal

The story goes like this....on our way home from the grocery store one day, I realized I had forgotten apple juice.  And outloud I said "Oh shoot, Apple Juice!".  Oh course there were little ears in the back seat, and then she repeated "Oh shoot, apple juice".  Since then everything is "oh shoot!  Apple Juice".  Charlotte loves to play grocery store and if you ask her what she is going to buy, she says "apple juice".  If you asked her what she wants to drink: apple juice.  And then while playing grocery store, she will spontanelously look up with a surprised expression and say "Oh Shoot!  Apple Juice!"

I used this weeks sketch by Sketchy Thursdays

I am so in love with all the new Crate Paper lines!!!  I have been working with them like crazy for a class at my LSS.  The farmhouse line was perfect for this page.  I also added an apple from last years back to school line.

The brown background paper had a cross stitch pattern vibe to it, so I decided that I wanted to cross stitch on the page.  I used a paper piercer to punch holes in the hearts on the bottom and then I crossed stitched it with a single ply of floss.  I also hand stitched the circle around the apple and the zig zags on the top of the photo.

The first of the month is coming up which means lots of reveals, and I can't wait to share!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A winner, an announcement and some Authentique LO's to share...

I owe you a winner for the Magpie Kit Club August Kit giveaway!!!!  The random # generator chose #3....which is JOANNEK!!!!   YAY JOANNE!!!!!!

And I am so excited to announce that I will be continuing on as a DT member at Sketchy Thursdays!!  I just can't get enough of the ST sketches....they are my most fav!!!  Go check out all the other wonderful designers, too!!

OK, and here are some pages that I just want to share, both using Authentique. 

This first I did based on a sketch by Kristin at Memorable Seasons.  I also combined it with a challege at Scrapdango to use hexagons, the color green, and woodgrain or florals on the page.

I create my background, I made a mask for misting using SCAL.  There are some basic shapes in SCAL, and I used the hexagon pattern and arranged them on the 12x12 mat like I wanted them.  I cut the shapes from a 12x12 piece of scrap cardstock and used it as a mask for my background.  The color didn't show up as dark as I wanted, so I went back over some of the areas with a light brown ink.

Have you ever read "A Sense of Wonder", by Rachel Carson???   Love that book....

This next page I created because I am making a kit to sell at my LSS using Authentique paper.  The two layouts shown here and THIS ONE will all be included in the kit.

At first this page felt a little simple to me, but then I popped up some of the diamond paper and added buttons, and I was really happy with it!

It is so strange how my perception of feeling of what "family" is has changed with each child that I have had.

OK, so that was just a quick share!  I am working on a lot of things to share over the next couple of weeks....

Monday, September 19, 2011

NEW Glitz Designs Release!!!!

Today I get to share some more layouts with some NEW and old Glitz goodness.

I loved the warm tones of this photo of my daughter, so I wanted to highlight that with the same color combo on my page, with a few hints of black and white.  (The title of my page has to do with the fact that I can always tell that the wheels in her head are "spinning", and she is calculating and thinking how to get away with things!  :)  )

The golden yellow paper didn't have much pattern in it, so I stamped lightly with a notebook pattern stamp and a postage pattern stamp in black and brown.

To create the tears in my page, I laid out where I wanted my photo, and then just sliced a few lines around it with an exacto knife to start the tears.  I then folded and rolled by the slits to expose another piece of patterned paper beneath.

I made the flowers using a paper rose tutorial much like THIS ONE, but with different punches.  I added a bit of stickles to give them some sparkle.

On Wednesday of last week, I got an AWESOME package on my doorstep!  A huge box of new Glitz Designs latest releases!  They are all so absolutely beautiful!

I have been saving these photos specifically to use on a page with the Beautiful Dreamer line, but I used a lot of the blues and yellows from the Vintage Blue line, too.  So many of the phrase and sayings in these lines are gonna be perfect for all my baby photos and photos of my little girl. On the journaling tag, the writing area was a bit darker, so instead I printed my journaling on vellum and cut it to fit inside the tag.

Thanks for joining me today!  I can't wait to dig into some more of the new goodies!!!


Glitz Designs Patterend Papers from "Love Games"
Glitz Designs Cardstock Title stickers "Laced with Grace"
Gllitz Designs Peek-A-Boos "Laced with Grace"
Glitz Designs Cardstock Journaling Stickers "Love Games"

Dream Every Single Day
Glitz Designs Papers: Vintage Blue "Motif", "Polka", "Rose", "Stripe"
Glitz Designs Papers: Beautiful Dream "Polka".
Glitz Designs Journaling Stickers "Vintage Blue"
Glitz Designs Epozy Stickers "Vintage Blue"
Glitz Designs Trims "Vintage Blue"
Glitz Designs Glitzers "Vintage Blue"
Glitz Designs Whatnots "Beautiful Dreamer"
Glitz Designs Peek-a-Boos "Vintage Blue"
Glitz Designs Epoxy Sticker "Beautiful Dreamer"
Other: Punch-Fiskars; Ink-Ranger; thread

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays and ScrapFit BLOG HOP!

This week, Sketchy Thursdays and ScrapFit have teamed up to bring tons of inspriation and a lot of chances to win some prizes! 

Here's how to win some prizes:

1. Comment on the Sketchy Thursdays post for the 9/15 challenge to win a $10 gift certificate to Diana's store!

2.  Create a link up a project for the Sketchy Thursdays sketch, and someone will be randomly chosen to win a kit from Burlap and Buttercups (th normal way to win at ST..)

3. Comment on the post at Scrapfit.

4. Comment on the ScrapFit designers blogs!

OK, that's a lot of chances to WIN!

So Sketchy Thursdays has provided the sketch, but ScrapFit has provided the challenge: scrap about friends!

#52- F Is For Friendship: Friends are the family members we pick out by hand. Let's dedicate this week's layout to a special friend(s). Show us who you hang out with or call when you need to vent!

Because this theme was about friends, my good friend Heather (who is also on the Sketchy Thursdays team) and I decided to do something fun!  A few weeks ago, our girls got together for some fun splashing and swimming at our community water park.  So we decided that since we both had to use this sketch, that we'd scrap photos from the same event!  We both chose photos that we loved from the day, and the separately created pages based on the sketch.

Here was my take on the sketch and theme....

I used some yellow cardstock and a transparency from Fancy Pants "baby mine" collection, which I won a few months ago from their blog. 

I actually used a PROTRACTOR (first time since college physics) to measure and draw my "rays".  I then cut them out of the transparency and glued it to the cardstock and stitched the rays with a zig-zag stitch.

The other elements are also from Fancy Pants..the Beach Babe collection.

This was so fun!  Go see what Heather did for her page and be sure to check out the blog hop!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chevrons and Hexagons, and Amy Tan for my LSS!!!

This month for my classes at Scrappn' Savvy (my LSS), we are going to be using the Amy Tan line by American Crafts!  Although we don't have the entire line in the store, I still love the bits and pieces that I got to work with!

At Practical Scrappers today, there is a feature post about the trend of using hexagons and chevron prints on layouts.  I LOVE this chevron printed FABRIC paper in the Amy Tan collection!

The filmstrip element I printed off the internet, then cut the frames out and backed it with a transparency! I love the way it came out! I added this element in for a challenge at Scrapdango this month.

 (don't know what's up with these wonky colors.....)

I also used some polka dot fabric paper, too!  I die cut the title area with my Big Shot and then hand stitched around the outside in orange thread.

This next page is also for my class and based on a challenge at Scrapdango, too!  The Amy Tan line has these adorable little leaves that I stitched onto my page with bright pink thread.

It's hard to tell, but I stamped a few more flourishes on the page to make it flow across the page.

I also love how I did the title on this one, too!

And last but not least, we are doing this page that I posted a few weeks ago!

My class in this Thursday, and even if you can make it to class, call and sign up for a kit!!!  The store phone is 281-288-7289.  There are only 5 left!!!  THANKS!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A baby lives here...

Over at Memorable Seasons, we chose one board member to be the Member of the Month.  Each Design Team member goes to the MOTM gallery and chooses a layout to scraplift.  The other members of the board can scraplift the MOTM, too, and earn draws for the monthly prizes! 

This month's MOTH was Jenny, and this was the page that I created. A few months ago I won a drawing on the Fancy Pants blog, and they sent me their "Baby Mine" collection, and that is what I used for this page!

There is so much baby stuff around this house, it's not even funny.  I swear that baby clothes and blankets and burp cloths miraculously appear in the dryer. 

The chipboard alphas are some OLD Basic Grey ones that I misted with some navy Maya Mist.

I just LOVE the printed coffee filters in this collection.  And I am not much of a "theme-y" scrapper, but i couldn't resist this baby bottle....too cute!

And here is Jenny's original layout...

If you aren't a member of Memorable Seasons, you should go sign up!  It is a fantastic message board and store!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Magpie Club Sept REVEAL and KIT GIVEAWAY!!! (kit photos added)

This post is coming to you a little late, but it is here nonetheless!  I want to share with you the three pages I did with the Magpie Club September kit!

First of all, I LOVE bright and bold colors, and this kit is packed with them!  Plus, some of my favorite manufacturers: Crate, Cosmo, and Pink Paislee (plus lots of others!!)

You can CLICK HERE to see the full contents of the kit.

So this was the first page I did and I have used this black and white striped paper before in tiny quantities on previous pages, but I thought I'd try it out as a background, and I love the way it turned out!

This is my mom and Charlotte and I. Charlotte wanted us to all paint our "neals" (that how she says it...:) so we all painted them the same color. She is so cute when you tell her to sit still and blow on them to dry.  But no matter how many coats I put on, it always seems to come off the next day.

I fussy cut all the trees and flowers from the My Little Shoebox paper.  Yes, it took a while!  :)

 The heart is cut from the Bella Blvd paper and I added some glossy accents, which I haven't used on a page in a while...gotta get back into that cause I love the stuff...

This page is a little bit more of a simple design for me, but it was the story I was focused on.  My mom got Charlotte into the habit of closing her eyes in anticipation of a surprise, so when we are playing and she wants to give me something, she says "Close eyes mamma, close eyes".  But lately she has been messing up "ah-pu" (open) eyes and close eyes, so she tells me to "ah-pu" them when she really wanted me to close them.  Also, she has been closing her eyes when she has been if we can't see her anymore!  :)

OK, I totally messed up the stitching on this circle!   I tried to cover it up by adding additional circles that were messy, but now they all just look messy.  But I will embrace the imperfection...

Again, a lot more fussy cutting on this banner.  I think I could cut my LO time in half if I didn't do fussy cutting....

And lastly, when I saw this "hopscotch" paper with all the number on the Echo Park paper, the first idea that popped into my head was a "10 things" list. So I wrote a list of 10 things I wanted to remember about my little guy right now....(like those little toes...aren't they adorable??!)

When I made my class kits for the last class I taught at my LSS, I punched out some squares from some patterned papers and saved the "negatives".  So I used them as masks on some navy cardstock and sprayed with white ink.  The word "You" are some Studio Calico wood veneer letters that I misted yellow.

Oh, and MORE fussy cutting of all the numbers out of the paper!  :)

Well thanks for looking at my layouts, and now for a GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm gonna make you work just a bit for this one.  I am giving away the entire August Magpie Club Kit!!!!!!!

Here's what happened: I waited and waited for my kit in July, and it never came.  I had emailed Tara about it and she said she had sent it already.  Well it finally got here...ON AUGUST 1!!  It was postmarked sometime in early July....the box was ripped and crushed and it had obviuosly gotten wet because the writing was all smeared.  The condition was just awful.  But all the contents inside were in a plastic bag, and there wasn't a wrinkle in any of the papers!!!   But by then I had just had the baby, and just wasn't going to get to it, PLUS, Septemebers kit (the one featured above) was due to arrive soon, anyways!! 

SOOOOOO......I am going to give this kit away because I am just not going to get to kit.  But what I would like you to do is this: 

1).  Visit the following ladies blogs.  They are on the DT for Magpie Club.  Leave them a comment.  It can be on a post related to anything, but just leave them some love.  And I GUARANTEE that you will be inspired somewhere on one (if not all!) of these blogs.

2).  Come back here when you have done that and leave me a comment, too! 

I will draw a random winner on September 19th to win the kit!!

Thanks so much!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays-You and Me, and Memorable Seasons reveal!

Finally getting back on track with Sketchy Thursdays!  Things are starting to smooth out around here!  :)

I used my Sept. kit from Memorable Seasons which includes papers from Echo Park Victoria Gardens!  As usual, I stuck to the sketch quite closely...

This is a photo of my Dad and Charlotte outside of a church where we go for a pancake breakfast on the first saturday of the month.  I love the angle of this photo!  I was not the photographer on this mom took this photo...

Instead of fussy cutting these flowers out of the patterned paper, I used the stickers on the sticker sheet...saved me a ton of time!  :)  I pleated the music not paper and then stitched across the top.

The little bits in the top corner came from the journaling cards sheet of paper.  I like to pair a graphic/geometric pattern with the more floral prints.

I did two other pages with my kit from Memorable Seasons.

On this page, I used the text print paper, but I cut it out into squares and distressed each square. Then I arranged the squares into a rectangle and placed my photo on top.

I cut out the doilies from the doily print paper nad layered them and added a button and some twine.  The smaller one are stickers from the sticker sheet which I pop-dotted off the page.

I love some of the phrase stickers on the sticker sheet....perfect for my theme!!  :)

Lastly, since the paper in this kit are very flowery, I wanted to try and create a page that wasn't.  So I decided that less is more and went with a very simple design.  I was actually inspired by an ad challenge on the Memorable Seasons MB for this design.

Whoever coined the phrase "sleeps like a baby" abviously never had an infant in their home!  :)   My little guy was up every few hours and was not taking long sleeps at all!  I am happy to report that we are doing much better....he is actually going right back to sleep after his night time feedings now instead of staying awake wide-eyed and looking at all the fun shadows at night!  :)

I used some of the new Bazzill "Two Scoops" cardstock which has a different colored core.  I sanded the dots on the black CS to make them stand out a bit more, and I tore the top edge of the photo mat to reveal the core, too.

Speaking of Bazzill, I have an exciting exciting new venture brewing!  I can't wait to share!  :)  Here's a has to do with quilts and fish.....:)