Thursday, October 27, 2011

Two Favs-The Twinery and Little Yellow Bicycle!!!

Hey everyone!  I am SUPER DUPER excited to be able to represent The Twinery design team in this blog hop with Little Yellow Bicycle.  If you are some of my regular readers, you know I love Little Yellow Bicycle, so when I was asked about doing this I almost screamed out loud!  

So, you probably came here from The Twinery blog, if not you need to head over there!  Both companies have prize packs for commenters!!!  I will put the details below!

We all got to work with the "Hello Fall" collection from LYB and this has to be one of my favorite collections from them.  I love the colors, embellishments, and well basically all of it!!!

So let's get to the projects!  I did three projects, a layout, a card and a wall hanging!  I can't decide which is my favorite, but you know I love my altered wall/banner projects, so it's probably that one!  

(NOTE-I am going to list out supplies at the bottom of my post for each project instead of underneath them like I normally do)

This was up over on The Twinery blog as my feature.  I used the Cappuccino twine to make a trail for the leaves.  To do this, I just used a little liquid adhesive and glue where my loops were and then just covered the area with a leaf.  

I also sanded the corrugated cardboard squirrel to give him a little interest and a little highlight!

Next up is my card (yes, I am saving the hanging for last!)  This card was quick, I made it in a little under 15 minutes by using one of the quotes and that wonderful felt flower that LYB has in embellishments for the collection.

The quote was actually a 12 inch strip that I just cut into sections and the same with the scalloped border.  I used the same Cappuccino twine on the card as I did on my layout.  And I love those little leaf stick pins!  I kept trying to put them everywhere, I didn't care if they were going to work or not!

And finally my wall hanging!  I had thought about making a mini album, but at the time I was creating, didn't have quite enough pictures that I wanted to use, so decided on this instead!  I was glad that the mini didn't work out after I got this completed.  I already had one person try and "steal" it!  LOL

I took one of the LYB banners and detached all the little elements and then used the Cappuccino twine as the hanger!  Those accordion flowers are in an embellishment pack that has all kinds of fun things to make flowers out of...die cuts, strips, etc.  I just used my Martha Stewart scoring board to make my score marks, so that I could fold easier!   Also, that orange strip is a crepe border strip that is in an embellishment pack also and I just ruffle folded it and the glued it down.  

(I totally made up the "ruffle folded" term....maybe I will start a trend!)

For the center panel, I played a little off my layout with the trail for the leaves. I used the Mandarin twine for the trail. I really wanted to use that tree and the corrugated cardboard leaves and that was how I decided it would work.  I also used a big swirl chipboard piece that LYB has in the chipboard elements as a mask and misted the yellow paper with some orange.  You can see it if you enlarge the picture.

I also sanded the leaves like I did the squirrel, but then misted them also, to give them some color with the same orange mist and then some blue mist that matched the papers.

And here is my last panel.  To make the owl strip I cut it from the 12 x 12 sheet that had the border strips on it, then I border punched below the owls.  And then backed the open border strip with some of the paper that I had cut from the top of the owl strip.  

So, you want to know how to win???  Look below!!

You all have several opportunities to win prizes
There are just 3-4 blogs to visit each day, and
when you do, leave a comment
to be entered to win.

For additional opportunities to enter
and win, drop by The Twinery blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Supply List:  Any LYB products are from the Hello Fall Collection

Link to Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Fall Collection   HERE

Link to The Twinery Baker's Twine used               HERE

Layout: Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine in Cappuccino; Pattern Paper-LYB; Corrugated Shape-LYB; Canvas Border and saying: LYB; Cardstock Letters, Leaves  and Tree-LYB; Stick Pins-LYB; Chipboard Word-LYB; Chipboard Letters-American Crafts; Punch-Martha Stewart; Die Cut (grass)-Cricut Expression w/Gypsy and Martha Stewart Seasons Cake Cartridge; Adhesive-Scotch ATG, Fabri-tac and Scrapbook Adhesives

Card:  Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine in Cappuccino; Cardstock-American Crafts; Pattern Paper-LYB; Quote-LYB; Felt Flower-LYB; Adhesive-Scotch ATG and Fabri-tac

Wall Hanging:  Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine in Cappuccino and Mandarin; Pattern Paper-LYB; Chipboard Album-LYB; Chipboard, Die Cuts, Flowers, Acetate Shapes-LYB; Cardstock Borders, Quote, Die Cuts, Letters-LYB; Crepe Border and Fabric Tape-LYB; Mists-Studio Calico; Adhesives-Scotch ATG, Fabri-tac, Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch-EK Success; Tool-CropADile 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My First Subway Ride and a Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker Giveaway

Do you ever just hit a wall with your scrapping?  I admit it, I do.  I would love to say that I don't, but I do.  I think that I "have" to come up with something new or that I really really need to change the sketch so that it looks nothing like the sketch.  It's a habit that I just can't seem to break.  

I have to remember to tell myself that it's OK if I don't do something different every time.  I hit that wall this weekend, but I think it is slowly passing.  I decided to take a "break" probably until late week from creating and then pick back up.  Sometimes that just does the trick.

Wheeee, the weather is turning colder and I am super excited.  That means before long I can drag out the sweaters and snow will be on it's way soon! So different than the way it was in Chicago during July!  

Since I had my first subway experience, I knew it was one I was going to have to scrap!  So, while we were waiting for the subway to come I started snapping pictures.  For the layout, I changed them to black and white, but chances are I may scrap them again in color!  

This is the one page sketch over at Sketch Support this week (One Page Sketch-#14).  I didn't deviate much from it, but did try to liven it up a bit.  These Amy Tangerine papers were perfect and it helps that I had black and white pictures to use for the layout.  And before I forget, we have a product challenge with Simple Stories over at Sketch Support, so I will have another layout with Simple Stories products based on this same sketch!

Supplies - Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine Collection); Cardstock:American Crafts; Die Cut Embellishments: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine Collection);Journaling Tag: Maya Road; Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. (Just Circles) and Amy Tangerine;Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punches: Martha Stewart;Chipboard Letters: American Crafts Thickers; Stapler: Tim Holtz Stapler; Stitching:Machine

And don't forget that The Twinery and Little Yellow Bicycle have teamed up this week!  There are some prizes, so head over to The Twinery's blog and Little Yellow Bicycle's blog to get all the deets!  My date for my reveal is Thursday and I can't wait!!  So, here is a "peek" of one project that I have done!

AND did you see this??

Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is doing a giveaway on the Scrapbook Steals blog!!  Here is a picture of the prize you can win!!  You only have until Thursday, so you better hurry over!!!

With that, I am off for the night!  Have a wonderful Wednesday and I will be back on Thursday will all my Little Yellow Bicycle projects!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Put Me Down...a layout!

Oh geez...I don't know where the month has gone, or my brain for that matter!  I keep thinking that I have posted projects on here and I look back and I haven't!  Then I totally forget what day it is and about freak out when I do figure out the date, because it's is WAY later in the month than I thought it was!  Trust me, time does fly faster when you get older!  (ok, I am only 42, but still!)

This is one of my FAVORITE layouts that I have done for Sketch Support!  I had Carleen take these pictures super quick one night after work when the lighting was perfect in the backyard.  And Jetson is definitely a wiggle worm!  These capture his personality perfectly at times!

The layout was based on a one-page layout for Sketch Support (Sketch #13-the link to the sketch).  I had fun with it and just played around one night when I had some time!

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup (Dutch Mustard Collection); Transparency:Hambly StudiosKraft Elements: Hambly Studios; Ink: Jenni Bowlin Ink; Stamps: Unity Stamp Co-Jillibean Soup (Blossom Soup Collection)Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Twine: The Twinery Baker’s Twine (Buttercup); Letter Stickers: Jillibean Soup (Dutch Mustard Collection); Chipboard Letters: American Crafts Thickers

I love these little squares!  I haven't every really gotten to work with Hambly products until recently, but they are quite fun!  I thought they would be perfect to accent the butterflies!  And speaking of the butterflies, the orange one is a stamp that I hand cut.  I stamped the butterfly in orange on my layout and then stamped again on pattern paper.  I cut the pattern paper one out and placed it over my stamped one on the actual layout.  This left the trail on my layout and then I could pop dot my butterfly!  

Fun, fun, fun stuff coming up this week!!  The Twinery and Little Yellow Bicycle are teaming up and I am SO EXCITED to be a part of it!  You know I love both companies and I can't wait to show you what I came up with!!  My day is Thursday on The Twinery blog!  I will show one full project over there and then I will have two more to show here!!

Ok, time to clean up the mess I just left so I could come and do some computer work!  And then I am heading to bed!  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Twinery and Sweet and Sassy Stamps Hop!

Hey everyone!  I said I would be back with a hop this week and here it is!!  The Twinery is teaming up with Sweet n' Sassy Stamps for a blog hop!

If you arrived here from Cathy McCauley's blog then you are on the right track!  If you didn't or just jumped in because you read my blog...head over to The Twinery's blog to start the hop!

Here is the set that I got to play with...the Wildflowers set.

  I was going to do a layout, but then just opted  on a card!  And here it is!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Echo Park (Summer Days); Cardstock-American Crafts; Twine-The Twinery (Honeydew and Mandarin colors); Stamps-Sweet n Sassy Stamps; Markers- Faber Castell Big Brush Markers; Ink- Memento Ink; Adhesive-Scotch ATG and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Tools:  Cricut Expression with the Art Philosophy cartridge. 

You are going to want to make sure to go thru the entire hop and comment on all the blogs!  There are a couple of prizes up for grabs....The Twinery's prize is a YUMMY Ultimate Color Sampler pack (valued at 25.00).  You can see it pictured below....

So you need to hop along now!  You are going to go next to Dina Kowal's blog from mine!  Make sure and comment!  You know you WANT that Ultimate Sampler pack!!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Segway Fun and a layout!

Whew, it has been a busy couple of weeks!  October, I think, if flying by quicker than September did...which is NOT good for me!  

Warning....kind of a long, catch up post ahead!

I took a few days vacation here and there this past couple of weeks and on Friday, we took a road trip to a nature park.  It is called Dogwood Canyon and it is a privately owned nature park.  So, there is a small few to get in, but it is totally worth it!  More on that below!!

The September Challenge over at Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker that I gave to the DT is to scrap a size you normally do not scrap.  For the card makers, I told them they could do an odd size card!  Come and play with us, the link about the challenge is HERE.    You still have until October 29th to get your entry in!  

Here is what I came up with, I scraped an 8.5 by 12...I kind of liked working with a different size like this and I will probably do more in the future!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (You're a Hoot Collection); Punch Out and Cut Outs-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (You're a Hoot collection); Stickers- Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (You're a Hoot collection); Corduroy Brads and Burlap Buttons- Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker; Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine (Denim color); Punch-EK Success and Martha Stewart Punch around the Page; Adhesives- Scotch ATG and Fabri-Tac

And a close up of the title work

I have always wanted to ride a Segway, but didn't know when I would get the chance.  Well, they have Segway tours at the park, so I signed us up...being the brave person that I am!  LOL  That is until it comes time to ride!  

Here are a few pictures from the day!  

There was a painting competition going on....can you see the painter?
Carleen at the Segway Area...wondering what I have gotten her into!

Carleen, with our instructor Randy, learning how to ride
Proof that I DID ride!  The waterfall behind us is beautiful!

Carleen ZOOMING down the trail!  

I did really good on the getting on and getting off.   I did lose my balance when I was learning and fell off! In front of a TON of people of course..... BUT then we went over a wooden bridge that we had to stay in the center of.  I was busy concentrating on getting to the end and when I did there was a bump that I was NOT prepared for....I ended up bailing (literally!) off and holding on to the Segway because it was heading down the hill, straight toward the stream!  Carleen was laughing her head off at me, but was trying to look concerned....I think Randy, our instructor, was thinking I was heading straight for the water!!  Those were the only two times I officially had to bail!  I just went slower than the other two most of the time!  Would I do it again?  YES!

Check back this week, I will be in a blog hop with The Twinery and Sweet and Sassy stamps!  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A little Apple Cheddar Soup for you!

I am almost all prepared for my next class at Scrapbook Generation!  I started on it as soon as I finished up the last class and could get over to get paper picked out!

I bought the Jillibean Soup collection, Apple Cheddar, for myself, but haven't had a chance to use it yet.  But since my class will be in November, I thought it might be fun to use. (Plus, I kept picking out "summer" papers, you know I like bright colors!)

So here is the card/tag combo.  We are going to use a combination of Martha Stewart punches, along with some of The Twinery baker's twine, Unity Stamps (which I already stamped the sayings!) and some Cricut cuts!  

Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts; Pattern Paper-Jillibean Soup (Apple Cheddar), Twine-The Twinery baker's twine (honeydew and caribbean); Punches-Martha Stewart and Marvy; Stamps-Unity Stamp Co.; Adhesive-Scotch ATG and Scrapbook Adhesives

Die Cutting-Cricut Expression with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  
Tag cut at 2.5 inches and the spiral flower cut at 4.25 inches

Well, that's it from me tonight!  I am off to read a book...or fall asleep...which ever might come first!!