Monday, December 26, 2011

A Snowy Surprise and a Baby Album

A Snowy Surprise and Baby’s First Day!

Welcome Winter! I am here to share a winter themed layout that I did using some Beautiful Dreamer and Dance In the Sunshine papers from Glitz Designs. 

I have always loved light pinks and aquas on snow themed pages, and the colors that my daughter is wearing just fit perfectly!  In October, we traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and there happened to be snow on some of the mountain tops one chilly, early morning.  It was absolutely beautiful to see.  My daughter hasn’t seen much snow before, so it was quite a surprise to her when she picked it up and felt how cold it was!

On my background, I stamped a whole bunch of snowflakes and then heat embossed them with some clear embossing powder.  I then misted the page a bit with some white spray mist.

To make the large snowflakes, I used some of the elastic ribbon with the pom-pom ends and just drew a snowflake shape with some glue onto cream colored cardstock.  I added bits of the ribbon and then hand cut out the design.  And a little Stickles makes everything sparkle!

When my daughter was born in 2009, I made a mini album documenting her first day, so I had to do the same with my little guy that was born this past July.  I used two different chipboard albums and combined the pages which were different shapes.  On some of the pages I backed them with papers that better matched my color scheme.

On the cover I machine stitched around a transparency and then tightened some aqua tulle around the front tied with an aqua pom-pom trim.

I chose a few of my favorite photos from the day and a whole punch of my favorite phrase stickers and whatnots from the Glitz collections. 

I also layered in some of the Peek A Boos transparncies in between the pages.

I added some journaling strips on each page, but told the entire story in the journaling box at the end of the album.

I am so glad that I got to document this wonderful day for us all to remember!

Supplies-Snow Surprised:
Glitz Designs “Beautiful Dreamer, Houndstooth” paper
Glitz Designs “Beautiful Dreamer, Toile” paper”
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine, Birds” paper
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue Trims”
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue Peek A Boos”
Glitz Designs “Teeny Alphas White Type Stickers”
Other:Punches-Martha Stewart, Fiskars, The Paper Studio; Alphas-American Crafts; Stamps-Close To My Heart; Embossing Powder-American Crafts; Spray Mist-Studio Calico.

Supplies-Kyler's First Day:

Glitz Designs “Dance in the Sunshine” Chipboard Album
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine-Damask” paper
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine-Floral” paper
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine-Polka” paper
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine” Title Stickers
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine” Epoxy Stickers
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine” Glitzers
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine” Trims
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine” Peek A Boos
Glitz Designs “Dance In the Sunshine” Whatnots
Glitz Designs “Beautiful Dreamer” Whatnots
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue” Chipboard Album
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue” Peek A Boos
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue” Giant Rhinestones
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue” Glitzers
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue” Epoxy Stickers
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue” Titles Stickers
Glitz Designs Teeny Alpha Pearl Stickers
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue” Journaling Stickers
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue- Stripe” paper
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue-Rose” paper
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue-Motif” paper
Glitz Designs “Vintage Blue-Floral” paper
Other: Punches, EK Success, The Paper Studio, Martha Stewart; Paint-Ranger; letter stickers-Sassafrass Lass.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

This little piggie....

I can't believe that my baby is 5 months old already! I took this photo when he was about 6 weeks old and it seems like just yesterday!

I used some beautiful new papers from some Pink Paislee collections, Vintage Vogue and Nantucket.

I splattered some paint on the background and machine stitched a square aroun the photo area. I also machine stitched some of the words in the word search! Can you find them? :)

I fussy cut the circle patterned paper and some flowers, too. On the flower centers I added some beads for a bit of texture and bling.

I loved the little pop of black on this page, so I went with a black journaling spot for a change with some white pen lettering.

Well we are off for the holidays and I have a few scheduled posts here and there, but in the meantime, have a VERY Merry Christmas!

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 8, 2011

Little Yellow Bicycle Cycling Team reveal! Wonder & Wishes...

I am THRILLED to be sharing some projects with you from the Wonder & Wishes line!  When I received all the wonderful goodies that go along with this collection, I kept asking myself, “OK, do I want to photo of the tree? Stockings? The kids with Santa?  Our Christmas villiage?”  Truth is, this line is so versatile that you can scrap any holiday tradition with it!

My dad just visited recently and brought along some old family photos (by request, of course), so I decided to use some of the old Christmas ones that he had.

This first page is a photo of my grandparents from 1942 with their first born, my Uncle (they ended up having 5).   What struck me about this photo was all the tinsel on the tree!  I haven’t seen tinsel on a Christmas tree in years!  So I decided to go with the silver inspiration.  I splattered some silver metallic paint on my page and made some silver flourishes with some silver fabric wire.  For the rest of the page I wanted to stick with a pretty simple green and red color combo and this was the result!  I love the diecut paper pieces…perfect for adding just the right shapes to your page.

Another old photo for my 2nd page, too.  Not quite sure about the date but probably around 1950.  I  splattered some white paint on the kraft paper and added some machine stitching here and there.

This card kind of happened by accident.  I had laid the paper circle garland down on a piece of paper and it fell into a shape that reminded me of a tree, and voila!  I love the sentiment stickers…they are great for doing quick and beautiful Christmas cards.

The bright green corrugated cardboard elements add such great contrast against the deep red.  Here is a quick and simple card.
Lastly, I really wanted to use some of the canvas tapes and highlight them on a simple package.  I used some fabric glue to glue the little pom-poms on the ends of the twine to create a cute bow.

I want to thank everyone at Little Yellow Bicycling for having me as part of the cycling team! 
Wonder & Wishes Supplies:

Christmas Back Then

Patterned Papers: Christmas Text, Simple Stripe, Decorative Edge Cardstock
Chipboard Stickers-Words, Fresh Verse, Favorite Pieces
Journaling Cards
Clear Cuts Shapes
Stick Pins
Paper Flower Kit
Flower Button Dots
Jewel Stickers

The Stockings Were Hung
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Papers: Home For Christmas, Little Red Hot Dot
Chipboard Shapes
Corrugated Alphas
Twine Spools
Cardstock Stickers

Merry Christmas Card
Confetti Garland
Clear Stickers
Cardstock: Bazzill

Joy Card
Patterned Paper-Red Flourish
Corrugated Shapes
Paper Flower Kit

Gift Box
Mini Pom-Poms & Twine
Canvas Tape

Monday, December 5, 2011

Memorable Seasons DESIGN TEAM CALL

New Design Team members search

Memorable Seasons
is holding a Design Team search until Dec 31. A decision will be made by Jan 5.

Memorable Seasons is an on-line scrapbook store, gallery and message board dedicated to documenting all the seasons in your life. We are searching for one more designer to complete our team.

To apply, please email the following to
1.links to your online gallery, blog and/or resume, if available
2. your full contact information: name, phone number, email address, and mailing address. Include your message board name if you sign up for the gallery under a name other than your given name.
3. a short paragraph or two about why you want to be one of our designers and what you would add to our team
4. a list of your current scrapbooking commitments – other DT work, etc
5. and then attach the following items

photos or scans of 3 total projects to include
• your favorite layout
• one card
• one altered item or an additional card
We prefer those who are not currently on a design team affiliated with a store. Manufacturer, sketch site or kit clubs with no stores attached are okay. Additional details can be found here.

Design team members will receive a monthly kit sometime after the 10th of the month. You are required to create and share at least 4 projects using mostly the items in your kit on the 1st of each month. One of those 4 projects must be a card. You will also be required to choose a layout of the week, issue a DT challenge and post to the blog on a rotating basis with the other DT members. Other requirements include active participation on the message board, on line crops, occasional happy hour duties, creating a layout based on a monthly sketch and any other promotions that may come up. Term is 6 months with an option to extend by 6 more months and a limit of 1 year. If selected to join our team your initial 6 month term will begin in Feb 2012.

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!