Saturday, February 26, 2011

Get to Know the Sketch Support Design Team Blog Hop!

It's time for the first ever Sketch Support Blog Hop!!!!  You probably started at the Sketch Support site and found your way here!!  If not, hop over to there and start from the beginning!!!  (and I will have the full list and links at the bottom of this post!)
So, we have some questions to answer

When it comes to paper crafting I am.....
Messy, unorganized and fly by the seat of my pants!
Where do I craft?
In the living front of the front door!!  Really....I usually put my table up every night....but lately, I have been a bad girl!
When I am creating these are the things I have to have around me...
Ott number one in the house isn't great.  My first one died and I went out and bought another one the very next day!  And border punches....I am addicted!
When I am not creating you can find me....
Either on the computer, taking a nap, or  watching Glee! 
When it comes to sketches....
I usually change them up a a bit...but it gives me a jumping off point! 

On to the sketch!!!!  Here's what we were given to work with....... 
(you can download the sketch over at Sketch Support)
And here is what I came up these puppy pics of Jetson...this was his first or second day home.......

 Supplies:  Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew Collection; Jillibean Soup Corrugated Alphas in Red and White; Maya Road tag; Unity Stamp Happily Ever After KOTM; Ippity Kit Love in Return; The Twinery Baker's Twine in Cappuccino; Martha Stewart border punches; 
Studio Calico Mists in Calico Cream and Applejack; Memento Ink's; Scotch ATG

If you look closely...I just basically used the second page of the sketch...but changed it up slightly.

Ok, giveaway time!!!!  I have the following to give away to one lucky person that leaves a comment on this post!!!  There is only ONE condition, you MUST leave me a way to contact you.  If there isn't a way.....I can't ship your prize to you.  So.....what's the giveaway???  The giveaway ends at 9 PM Central Time on Sunday evening.

 A copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking Volume 7!!!!  
a sampling of twine from my Twinery will not be like this picture...this is the Sampler pack that you can get from The Twinery.  I was just showing the yummy colors!!!!!
Ok, I am going to give you the order of the hop...make sure you comment on everyone's blog....there is a prize that you will want to win!!!!

Sketch Support Blog

Ok, so hop to CAROLYN'S BLOG to meet her!!!  You are going to love her!!!!!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Twinery.....a Layout and Friend with Flair!

Let me preface this blog posting....I SWEAR I have done other layouts that AREN'T of the dogs!  LOL LOL  But I can't show them is going to be doggie overload on the blog here for a bit....and I haven't done any cards, so that's not even going to help!  LOL

It's Friends with Flair Friday with Unity Stamp Co.!!!!  So, I have a layout that I created for The Twinery with a little stampin' going on!!! The Twinery baker's twine....well, let us just say is HEAVEN!!!  And this layout has twine all over it!  

And...if you stop back by this weekend, starting on Saturday..there might just be a giveaway of a Sketches for Scrapbooking and some The Twinery baker's twine......hee hee.

 Supplies:  The Twinery Baker's Twine in Mandarin and Lemondrop; Echo Park Summertime; Unity Stamp Co. Whereever You Go KOTM, Scotch, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives

some close ups:
and here's a Unity Deal going on right now....

That's it from me today...check back on Saturday...Sketch Support blog hop is going on...our first one!!!  And there are a few prizes to giveaway also!!!!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Silly Boy

I was scanning thru trying to figure out what I have posted from CHA and what I haven't.  Some of the things I don't have good pictures of and I am waiting for them to get back to me so I can retake the pictures!  

But as I was scanning, I found that I never shared this layout that I had made for Sketch Support on here.....just sneaks!  So, I figured I would post it!

Supplies:  Cardstock-American Crafts, Pattern Paper- Sassafras Monstrosity, Stamp {ippity} by Unity (Book It) Cording-  American Girl Pen- Sharpie Fine Point Ink-  Memento Dye Ink Adhesive- Scotch and FabriTac

The rolled paper technique is easy...just cut a piece and roll!  This layout I did in record time for me...I think it only took me about an hour....most of that was trying to figure out the pattern paper and where I wanted it!  
That's it for me tonight....I actually created a layout this evening and a I think the mojo is finally coming back a little!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Jeston Layout!

So, what have you been doing this weekend??  Me...I might have gotten up this morning and then fell back asleep on the couch.....let's just say after a shower it was about 12:30 pm!!!  

The last week  has been SO SO non-productive in the scrapping department.  I call it---CHA postpartum depression....after giving birth to all that creativity for CHA, my mojo is now depressed!  It is slowly coming back...and I actually scrapped last night for the first time in a week.  

I thought I had shared this layout, but I can't find where I I thought I would post it tonight.  I love this picture of Jetson....this is one of his favorite activities in the backyard. And the lighting was perfect for this...and caught it totally by accident!
Supplies:  Echo Park Little Boy Collection, Unity Stamps, Memento Ink,
EK Success border punch, Offray ribbon, burlap twine, Scrapbook Adhesives
and Scotch ATG, Sewing machine, Rhonna Farrer Digi overlay

This was the layout that made me decide to get a new sewing machine!!!!  I had a hard time sewing everything on here...and I LOVED the look!!!!!
My blog post is up over at Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker along with some work from Rae, Linda, Lea, and Karen.  Go check it out and leave them some love!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Blog...where did it go????'s here!

So, I had a card up over at Sketch Support for the Add On sketch on Monday.  If you didn't get a chance to see it, here it is.
Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Pattern Paper: American Crafts, City Park;  
Ribbon: May Arts;  Adhesive: Scotch ATG and Fabri Tac; 
Punch: Stampin’ Up; Other: Sewing Machine
I created the word collage in PSE, just because I find it is easier to make my fonts the size I want them, by either shrinking or enlarging the text box that I have made.  
In other news....I went and saw Gnomeo and knew it was coming...since I like gnomes!!!!  Cute, cute movie and Elton John fun is that!!!  It's what I wanted to do for my birthday!!! 
I have been busy with my photography class.  I LOVE the way Maggie Holmes teaches...she makes it SO easy to understand how to shoot in manual.  I am already getting shots that I would have never gotten on auto!  And here are a few that I am going to share!!!  These are all unedited and straight out of the camera (SOOC).  Except for the last one...I shot in RAW and adjusted the white balance very little.....

Well, that's it for me tonight.....I am hoping to get my scrappy groove has came to a screeching halt!....ekkk..... not a good thing!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day is coming...are you ready???

Me....not so much!!!!  I think it's because my birthday is right in there and I am more excited about my birthday than Valentine's Day!!!!  

But, I whipped up a quick card today, just to get in the spirit.  Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker Sugar Cookie collection is PERFECT for Valentine's or any other sweet day you want to make a card for!!!
Supplies:  Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker Sugar Cookie Collection, American Crafts Cardstock,
American Crafts white marker, Scotch and Scrapbook Adhesives.
This card was super quick and I love it!!!  hee hee and I took the picture in AP mode!!!!  Getting to manual one step at a time!!!  I even knew I had to adjust my ISO because of the lighting.  whoo hooo

Well, I am off to scrap some more!  Enjoying my vacation!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Photography Class....My progress

Taking a little break from posting a scrappy project today!!!  I am going to post some pics from my photography class.  I am taking Maggie Holmes beginner photography class to learn how to work my camera and shoot in manual.  Scary, huh??  It is for me....heck, I am an airhead as it is...throw in a bunch of settings and it's a perfect combo for disaster!!!!  

BUT I want to learn to take better pictures, so this is going to help me do it!  So far, I am not too's just getting it all to work together.  
First assignment that we had to post was to capture motion....well, as you know...blizzard here, so no taking the camera outside to do anything!!  The house is rather dark so I had to get somewhat creative.  Here is what I came up with:

If you really want to see them, click on the pictures to make them's kind of hard to see since I had to resize them. 

Cool huh??  I stopped water!!!!  You can't tell, because the collage is smaller to fit on the blog...but there are water droplets above the measuring cup that you can see too!

So, then I started getting excited about doing this stopping motion thing!!! (note....I have NOT captured the dogs yet...too hard to do inside currently!)
So then I decided I wanted to stop snow!!!!!!  My favorite weather condition!  You can see in this next one better...the flakes were a little bigger and since C had a dark color coat on it shows up more!
The last part of our assignment was to work on making "blurry" backgrounds or bokeh!  This is fun!!!  I wish I had known this with the Christmas lights out, but this year maybe I will play some!!!!
And if you are wondering....those are C's pottery pieces!!!  Aren't they cute?!  Funny, I uploaded to Facebook also....and it wanted me to tag the white face!! 
Well, I am on vacation for the rest of the week, so I am going to enjoy my time off.
Anyone been to a CKC??  I am getting to go in April!!!!!  It should be lots of fun!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

An Altered Canvas for FWF

It's my Friends with Flair posting for Friday!!!  It's Unity goodness all thru the hop, so make sure you start at the beginning!!  Which you will find here....Unity Blog.  Look for the blinkie along the way and you could be a winner!

Here is the altered canvas I made for Sketch Support.  This was based on the card sketch for this week.  
Supplies:  Unity Kit of the Month for Jan 2011, K&Co. Sweet Nectar Paper,
Ranger Paint Dauber,Mod Podge, Martha Stewart Punch, 
Maya Road Ribbon, Memento Ink, Lace Unknown, Smooch Spritz

A little closer side view

My first canvas....I think I will be doing more!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I am getting ready to go to a crop tomorrow....wish me luck on getting ready!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wanna Kiss???

Breaking news.....we still have snow!!!  hee hee...sorry, I couldn't resist!!  I think I am going to have to get creative for awhile..I usually take my project pictures outdoors....yeah....I guess it's a good thing the front walk is shoveled somewhat!

I usually don't go for sketch challenges for blogs too much, etc.  I do play at the Play Date Cafe occasionally, but I am not an avid challenge contestant!  Today, while on Facebook I saw the sketch challenge for My Little Shoebox.  I love their stuff and I always forget that I do have some! (I think it's because I hoard it!)  So, I decided earlier today that I would play along.  I think the deadline is Feb. 3, so I am cutting it close!!!

Here's the sketch if you are wondering what it looks like:
The dog belongs to Valeri and Dan and his name is Chase...and yes...he does like the game of chase!!! He is a big goofball and I managed to snap these really quick when we were over there one day.

 Supplies:  My Little Shoebox The Sky's the Limit-Whoo Loves You-Lil' Critter-
Letter Stickers and Alphas, May Arts Ribbon,
Jenni Bowlin paint, Scotch, Fabri Tac, and Scrapbook Adhesives, 
Sewing Machine and Stampin' Up border punch

So, there is my entry for the challenge!  I had fun doing the page and think I need to not "hoard" my MLS paper all the time!!!

I am up over at Sketch Support on Thursday!!!!!  I can't wait for what I made to's something totally different for me!  So, go by and check it out!!!!

Off to clean up my mess!!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's Raining, It's Pouring....Well, Snowing.....

It's almost over....the "Blizzard of 2011".  It's been great fun with all the hype....really wish I hadn't had to go to work.  I should have taken vacation!!!  Had I went to CHA...well, I think I would have been stuck for a few days!  

Here is a pic of each of the pups out in it!  This was after I got home from work, there was a little sun out, so I was able to take some pictures.  I had Carleen taking pictures while I was at work today!  
Ella trying to get back to the house!  Making a run for it!

Higgins being goofy and not wanting to get left outside...I am surprised I caught this shot!

Jetson....who has to drag toys least he brought it back!
This was outside around 1:30pm
I am really wondering what it is going to be like in the morning....if this all hard freezes...well, there are going to be some cars that are going to majorly bottom out in the ruts!  

On the scrappy front...I have taken a break the last couple of frenzy of activity for CHA and during ScrapaPalooza I think took all my mojo!  But here is a layout I did that was at CHA....this came together quick thanks to all the cut ups and strips in Nikki's collection.  This is from the It's Raining, It's Pouring.
Supplies: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker It's Raining, It's Pouring collection,
American Crafts Thickers, Stampin Up punch, 
Sande Krieger Photo Overlay (Two Peas)
Fabri Tac, Scotch, and Scrapbook Adhesives.

I love this collection...LOVE....the rain boots are so cute!!!!  and I just love all the papers....great for even "non" rainy layouts!!!! 

Stay warm if you are in the blizzard area!!!!!  Biggest snow event in 99 years!!