Thursday, February 28, 2013

Glitz Designs *BLOG HOP*- Color Me Happy!

Welcome to the Glitz Designs "Color Me Happy" blog hop! 

This week on the Glitz Blog, the DT has been featuring the bright and fun "Color Me Happy" collection, and today we are doing a hop where one lucky winner will recieve the entire collection! The blog hop will run until the evening of March 3rd, when the winner will be chosen. The winner will be chosen from all the comments on all the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have!

The starting point of my page below was actually the little phone stamp from the Color Me Happy stamp set.  I had this photo of my little guy talking on the phone to Grandma (Ah-Ma), and used the phone stamp to inspire my design.

I cut the circles out of white cardstock using my electronic die cutting machine and some cuts that I created in SCAL2.  Inside the large circle, I used the number stamps from the "Love You Madly" collection and randomly stamped the numbers around.  The I embossed a few of the numbers with colored embossing powders, and stitched around the edges of the large circles.  I cut out the polka dots from the patterned paper and placed them inside the smaller circles.

I just layered some Paper Layers, What-Nots, Journaling Stickers, and Giant Rhinestones around the photo.  The phone and the "hello" phrase I stamped and heat embossed with black powder.

On the top and bottom edges of the page, I added a swipe of a roller stamp, a bit of washi, some modeling paste through a star stencil, and a few mist splatters.

As a little something for my blog followers, I am giving away a little goody bag of some Glitz embellies!!  One follower will receive this huge bag of trims, rhinestones, journaling stickers, epoxy stickers and more!  I will choose a winner sometime Monday, March 4th.

Here is the order of the blog hop.  Be sure to leave comments on each blog to increase your chances of winning!!

Glitz Design -
Lea Lawson -
Audrey Yeager -
Camilla Ekman -
Gerry Van Gent -
Janna Werner -
Karola Witczak -
Laurie Schmidlin -
Lisa Andrews -
Mou Saha -
Nicole Harper -
Nicole Martel -
Noel Culbertson -
Rommel Okuma -
Teresa Kline -

Thanks for hopping and Stay Scrappy My Friends!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spring in the Studio-Paper Issues Blog Hop ftg. Studio Calico

Welcome to Paper Issues “Spring Into the Studio”  Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from Anna's Blog.

If this is your first stop, be sure to head over to Paper Issues to start at the beginning!

I have always been a Studio Calico fan!!  I love the unusual and unique patterns and color combos in their collections!  I have a few pages to share using some recent lines!

When I first saw the Darling Dear collection, I fell in love with the colors!  I thought it was a great collection for boys, so of course I used some photos of Kyler.

For the past 6 months or so, he has had this habit of dumping his food on his head and trying to wear his bowl as a hat.  Most of the time its when he is finished, but it is still a mess.  As my journaling says, I probably shouldn't have laughed the first time he did it.  And then I probably shouldn't have continued to take photos every time, either!  :)  We would always say to him "It's not a hat Ky Guy!"

Anyways, because I had so many photos and they had lots of details and colors, I wanted to center them on the page and keep the design somewhat simple.

The photos are on a piece of vellum from the Darling Dear collection, which is on a piece of grey patterned paper, and then just layers of strips on the top and bottom.  I did machine stitch the vellum to the papers with some green thread and distressed all the edges of all the strips.

I have to admit that I HATE using drops of dark orange or red mist because it looks like blood!  But this color of Mr. Huey (Orchard) was perfect for the colors in the embellishments.

OK, so next is a page that is totally opposite than the previous, using the new Sundrifter collection. I know I am going to be using this collection a lot for my spring and summer photos.

This is Charlotte last spring visiting the Easter Bunny!  Sh was all smiles when she saw him and kept telling me how soft he was after she hugged him!

I actually used a piece of paper from the SC "Abroad" collection for my background (the white circles reminded me of eggs). I toned it down a bit by doing a white wash with some gesso.  Then I used a flower stencil and some modeling paste to create some 3D flowers, and then some splatters of pink paint.

A few stickers tucked here and there and a bit of stitching, too!  This layout was based on a sketch from the My Scraps & More Sketch blog.

So thank you for hopping with us today!  And here is the order for the hop:


Be sure to do the following to be eligible for the giveaway!

1. Like Studio Calico on Facebook {tell them we sent you}
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment

Stay Scrappy My Friends!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mixing Old with New Glitz!

It feels like yesterday that I just received a box of Glitz goodies containing the Cashmere Dame, Yours Truly, and Hello Friend collections.  And then soon after, another wonderful box arrived that had Color Me Happy, Uncharted Waters, and Love You Madly.  Not to mention the stash of all the older lines I have, too!

So its time to put these collections together and MIX AND MATCH some of that old with the new!

Look at these two characters!  Kyler is starting to copy EVERYTHING Charlotte does, especially the things she's NOT supposed to be doing!  I love when they laugh and play with each other.  I played around with some photo actions and adjusted some levels to give this softer feel to my photo and to tone down the colors a bit.

I cut the white heart of the paper and just left it like an open die cut.  You can see in the background I used the woodgrain Roller Doodle stamp and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I layered a Glitzer sticker, a Giant Rhinestone, and some washi tape, each from a different collection!

A few little banner pieces, bits of garland, and some rows of machine stitching for texture.  There are 5 different collections just in this photo alone!  :)

Navy has been one of my favorite colors to work with lately.  I took a floral print from Uncharted Waters and found that some prints from Yours Truly and Beautiful Dreamer were perfect matches! 

A few months ago, Charlotte started saying that EVERYONE was her "Best Friend Ever".  Well how perfect is it that there is a sticker that said that in the Hello Friend collection.  And of course, this photo is of her and her BEST FRIEND EVER, Froggie.

Again, some more stitching for texture and interest, and a Rhinestone just because....

I used some stencils and navy and teal colored inks for the flowers on the right side of the photo.  Some stickers layered and pop dotted off the page.  Items from Beautiful Dreamer, Yours Truly, Hello Friend, and Love You Madly!

And finally a stitched Peek-A-Boo with a layered sticker.  4 different collections here:

Mixing and matching is so much fun.  I literally pull out a whole bunch of things that will go together and then narrow down my choices until I get a good mix of collections, but that will work great together on a page!


Today Layout:
Love You Madly Stripe Paper
Color Me Happy Bits & Pieces Paper
Color Me Happy Chalkboard Paper
Happy Travels Polka Paper
Yours Truly Glitzers
Cashmere Dame Glitzers
Love You Madly Journaling Stickers
Love You Madly What Nots
Love You Madly Washi Tape-hearts
Hello Friend Title Stickers
Hello Friend 6x6 Paper Pad
Yours Truly 6x6 Paper Pad
Hello Friend Stitched Garland
Color Me Happy Giant Rhinestones

You Are My Best Friend Ever Layout:
Yours Truly Motif Paper
Yours Truly Polka Paper
Uncharted Waters Bits & Pieces Paper
Uncharted Waters Damask Paper
Beautiful Dreamer Stripe Paper
Beautiful Dreamer Journaling Stickers
Hello Friend What Nots
Hello Friend Layered Stickers
Beautiful Dreamer Epoxy Stickers
Love You Madly Title Stickers
Uncharted Waters Giant Rhinestones

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reach for the Sky- GCD Studios "Special Delivery"

The "Special Delivery" collection is so diverse!!!  There are boy things, and travel things, and flower things, and all kinds of things in this line!  I used some papers that had some blue and green in them to pick up on the blue in my photo and to give an "outdoorsy" feel.

On the background, I did a whole bunch of stitching up and down on the page.  I love the texture it adds.  I fussy cut some of the diamond shapes from patterned paper and had them trial up the page diagonally.  My background was a bit to stark white, so I "dirtied" it up a bit with some grey ink.

The stars I punched out with a small punch, and the large flower I fussy cut and turned up some of the petals a bit to add dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Snow Angel

About 5 days after we moved into our house, it poured snow...a good 10-12 inches, maybe even more!  While we were outside playing, I tried to teach Charlotte how to do a snow angel.  I told her to lay down and move her arms up and down, so she put them in the air, and then back down to the ground!  :)  She got the hang of it after a while!

I created this page for the focus on Triangles today at Practical Scrappers.  I wanted to do something different, and after a bit of thinking and brainstorming, I decided to create a burst pattern out of triangles.

If you would like to download the FREE SVG file for this burst pattern, CLICK HERE.

I simply played around and skewed them, and then formed them into a burst shape.  I the pattern out of some plain white cardstock, backed the openings with patterned paper, and then misted the cut pieces and glued them to the page.

To add some more texture to the page, I embossed some vellum and then cut out the circle shapes and just scattered them on the page.  A few more funky die cut snowflakes with some epoxy sticker centers and a bit of white thread for texture and movement.

I have to say I am kinda in love with this page!  I love it when you have a vision in mind for a layout, and it comes out the way you planned!
Stay scrappy my friends!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Creative Scrappers sketch #248- Staying Warm!

Only a few more sketches left at Creative Scrappers! I had some fun with the speech bubbles on this sketch!

One morning I was putting away and sorting some hats, scarves and gloves, and of course the kiddos had to "help".  They wore them more of the morning and just played in the them!  It was so cute.

I knew I wanted to do something with my die cutting machine, so I just cut a whole bunch out of my background paper. I saw a technique at 2 Peas basically about layering die cuts over paint.  I loved the way that the paint squished through the cut outs, so I tried it on my page with some Art Anthology paints.  You can see that the bright shimmery areas are the paint.

I added some wood veneer bits, too, and smushed them into the paint, too.  Then just a few splatters and some other bits of paper here and there.

I just had the most WONDERFUL weekend with some awesome awesome scrappy friends!!!  I can't wait to share our good times with you!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Friday, February 15, 2013

February Inspiration Elevator...OLW-START

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow.  

This month, our challenger was the super talented Lisa Spiegel. Lisa lives in California with her family and this month she asks us to think about our growth in 2013. This is what she wrote:

"Create a layout about your One Little Word. You know, the word that we scrappers choose in January upon which to reflect for the year. This word should have special meaning to you and be selected for it's potential to help you reach and grow...the only hard must use a photo of yourself and add journalling to the layout explaining the significance of the word..."

I hope you will join the rest of our Inspiration Elevator team to see what word best reflects their plans for change and growth in 2013.

So I thought a lot about my OLW for this year, and it was a bit hard to choose because I have so much going on in my life right now (which makes me wonder how much what we are experiencing NOW influences the word we choose).

The word I chose is START. We just moved back to central NY, and although the sites are the same, our lives are much different.  We are going to have to start a lot of new things: start new jobs, start new school for Charlotte, and I wanted to REstart doing things I used to do, like working out and getting together with friends.  Also, I have a tendancy to procrastinate A LOT, when it comes to projects, even scrapbooking, but I know that if I just START, even with no particular goal in mind, I will get something accomplished!

OK, about my page.  I used the February kit from My Scraps & More, which included some MME.  I wanted to add a bit more color, so I used some light green mist on the background, and went over some areas with some modeling paste.  I then machine stitched over it with some teal thread.

I fussy cut some of the black doilies from the MME papers, and used some letter "A" stickers (for me name!  :)  ) around the page.  Instead of journaling, I decided to take a whole bunch of synonyms for the word "START", write them on bits of paper, and scatter them on the page.  I really like some of the other words, but START just seemed easier!

I have usually been adding an Art Journaling component to my IE posts, but I just didn't get to it yet this month!  But it WILL get done this weekend!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

Stay Scrappy my friends!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ribbon, Lace, Flowers, and a KISS...Valentine's inspired pages! :)

Hello everyone!  We are smack dab in the middle of the "Love is in the Air" Valentine's Crop at My Scraps & More.  I wanted to share a few pages that I created for the crop.

A few weeks ago, we went to the mall and they had free Carousel rides for the day!!  What a happy surprise.  We went on about 3 or 4 times, and this time, Kyler wasn't nearly as afraid!!!  He actually laughed a bit!

I LOVE working with this Crate Paper "Fourteen" collection, and I haven't even used it for a valentine's page, yet!

This challenge for this first page was to use lace and ribbon in a creative way.  I took some old ribbon from my stash and made a little "bow" of sorts.  I wrapped it around a piece of scrap paper and cut the ends, then glued a larger piece of ribbon in the middle.

I love the yellow accents in this collection, and I used the chipboard tag for my journaling.

A few peeks of lace here and there under the photos, too, and some more layered chipboard and papers.

My next challenge is called "A Dozen Roses", and you simply had to use 12 flowers on your page!  :)  I LOVE LOVE this page, and have really been into this Soho Garden collection from AC.  I think it didn't get enough is a great collection!

This is my night time cuddle buddy, although sometime he gets annoying because he won't get off, even if I push him away.

This is a bit more simple page for me.  I just used a paint "splat" stencil and some charcoal ink, and then machine stitched a yellow circle behind my photos.  Then some fussy cut flowers and layers of colorful chipboard stickers.

I had to add the feathers because Boo Boo has caught a few birds in his day...

And last but not least, a "KISS" challenge (Keep It Simple, Scrappers)...which is kinda hard for me to do!  This page had only 2 pieces of patterned paper, one photo, one background paper, and three other types of embellies.  Oh, plus all the ink and paint you want! :)

Whenever I ask Charlotte to look at the camera, she looks for just a second, then distorts her face and starts doing goofy things.  This is the split second between the times she looks and right before she goes all goof-ball.

I cut a bunch of the chevron pieces apart and stapled them together.  Then I fussy cut the flowers and scattered them on the page with some colored epoxy dot stickers.

On my background, I used a stencil and some pink ink to create a subtle hexagon pattern.  It was a bit too bright, so I went over the page in some places with a bit of gesso.

You still have plenty of time to join us at the crop!  Come check out the message board!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Grandma & Me- GCD Studios "Sunkissed"

I think summer is my favorite time of year, and I always have a ton of photos of just doing everyday things, like blowing bubbles!  :)

The ampersand paper from the "Sunkissed" line was the starting point for this page, although the bokeh paper reminded me of bubbles, so I had to use that, too! 

On the background, I used some punched circles, and some machine stitched circles as well, to add to the bubble theme.

I cut out the ampersand and outlined it with a black pen.  I used it as a spot to ground my title.   A few fussy cut flowers are scattered here and there around the page, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Audrey Yeager GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In the Details-GCD Studios "Indian Summer"

Is it bad that I missing having an infant because I just love infant photos so much???  Especially the black & whites.  This photo is almost 2 years old, and I love the little details of a baby.  All the wrinkles and bumps and soft fuzz...*sigh*

I cut out the pod shapes from patterned paper from the "Indian Summer" collection and arranged them on my page.  Then I machine stitched around them following the layout of the shapes.

I fussy cut a whole bunch of flowers and cut some stems with my die cutting machine.  I folded them and layered them to give them dimension.

Some simple journaling strips that I cut into banner shapes and outlined with a thin black pen.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Audrey Yeager GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal