Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lily Bee Sketch Challenge #8

So, I want some ideas from YOU (who ever is reading this!) about what you would like to see/hear on my blog.  Sometimes I feel like I "talk" too much and other times I wonder if it is not quite enough.  I don't know if you just come for the pictures (which is FINE!), to hear what I have been up to, or just come and visit in your regular blog rounds.  This is you chance to tell me what you want to see....why do I think I am going to get like ONE response to my question?!  Hee hee.....

I went and cropped last night for the first time since January and we had so much fun.  There were five of us, but as loud as we were you would think there were more...wait Siri was there on three peoples phones!  

I got two layouts done and here is one of them (can't show the other one yet!) and it's for the LilyBee sketch challenge that ends tomorrow.  I was cutting it close to get it done!

Supplies: Pattern Paper-LilyBee (Double Dutch); Journaling Tag-LilyBee (Double Dutch); Letters-American Crafts Thickers; Flair Button-{a flair for buttons} (Etsy); Pen-Zig; Adhesives-Scotch ATG and Scrapbook Adhesives

I have had these pictures since about the time I started scrapbooking!  So they have been printed about three years and have been carried around waiting for me to use them.  I thought the Double Dutch collection had a fun summer vibe to it and would look great with them.  Here are a few more closeups.

I have bought a TON of these little flair buttons from {a flair for buttons} Etsy shop.  They are so cute and I have to "stay" away, because I know she has more fun designs out now and I need to use these more!  And I tried every angle to get the glare out, but it was the time of day I was taking the picture I think.  

Well, I think I am going to hit the bed early tonight.  Late night of cropping this girl isn't used to anymore!  Have a fun Monday.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Toy Pile

You know those little things that happen and you don't give them much thought?  Well, this is where this layout comes from.  Jetson is constantly dragging toys out in the backyard from the house.  The other day, I walked out and he had them all in a pile.  I KNEW I had to capture that moment, because it is a true Jetson moment!  

I used the one page sketch from Sketch Support this week and changed surprise there!  I didn't change as much as I usually do, but just added more than the sketch originally had.  

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Happy Days);  Stickers: Echo Park (Happy Days); Chipboard: Echo Park (Happy Days) Adhesives: Scotch, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. (KOTM March 2012); Punch: EK Success; Pen: Zig Micron

And that stamp from Unity Stamp's KOTM was screaming at me to use it!  So, I thought it would be a fun addition to add up in the corner.  I stamped it on the pink and then re-stamped it on different papers and cut out the pieces.  I did pop up the circle and the star to make them stand out.

That is my take on the sketch for the week!  Head over to Sketch Support and grab it for yourself. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Too Cute Layout using Glue Arts and Nikki Sivils!

The Nikki Sivils DT got some cool goodies from Glue Arts, since they are a cross promotional partner of ours!  This week the Glue Arts team has been playing with Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker goodies over on their blog!  You should REALLY check each day out!  Glue Arts Blog.

I have always liked the Glue Glider Pro, but I also got some Extreme Adhesive Squares and U Cut It 3D Foam....LOVE the foam!  

Supplies: Pattern Paper-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Audrey); Button-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker; Cardstock-American Crafts: Adhesive-Glue Arts (assortment); 
Punch-Martha Stewart; Pen-Zig

Silhouette Cameo and the following cutting file


I used the foam here to pop up the saying.  Notice that my mushrooms have vertical lines?  Well, I had scored the entire sheet of paper on the other side, but I still felt like I could use these!  I think it gives them a little something!

I used my Cameo for the title, this is a premade one in the Silhouette store that I could see using on lots of projects.  I used the U Cut it foam to pop it up.  I wasn't sure about the heart vined paper for the title, but after I cut it out, I really liked the little hearts!

Be sure to stop by both Nikki Sivils and Glue Arts blogs today...there are prizes at both if you comment!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Altered Books with Messages

I have a ton of projects from CHA that I haven't shared yet here on the blog and this is one of them.  I love how these turned out!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Messages); Books-Hobby Lobby; Adhesive-Matte Medium Gel

I will give you a little tip on covering them.  Measure your paper, cut it (I left extra and trimmed with an exacto knife) and then apply the matte medium gel to the book, not your paper.  Then you will lay your paper down and hold it for a minute or so, to make sure it's stuck! 

For the seam binding on the books, I cut strips and then border punched on each side to give some detail to the binding.  I decided the books needed a little more, so I add some of the cut-ups from the collection.  


Once I had each book done I applied the matte medium gel all over each book and used it as my sealer. I love the stuff because I didn't make a mess!  Which if you know me, is a miracle in itself!  

Have a wonderful Monday, well, as wonderful as a Monday can be!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Glamour with LilyBee Design's Buttercup

Well, I managed to put those scrappy goodies I picked up to good use!  It was FUN to just sit and create without a deadline or needing to make anything in particular.  I think it gave me a little creative boost that I needed.  And don't take it the wrong way...I LOVE DT work!  I love the challenge of creating with paper that I might not have picked out or that I want to come up with something not like the other DT members or something they hadn't thought of.  Plus it gives me a little extra "humph" if I am in a slump.  

But, sometimes there are paper lines you just fall head over heels in love with and LilyBee Design's Buttercup is one of those collections for me.  I love the blues, greys and yellows...they make me happy and serene all at the same time!

Supplies: Pattern Paper-LilyBee (Buttercup collection); Die Cuts-LilyBee (Buttercup collection);Stickers-LilyBee; Chipboard Letters-American Crafts Thickers; Ribbon-Hydrangea Hippo Etsy; Ink-Jenni Bowlin; Adhesive-Scotch ATG, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch-EK Success; Pen-Zig

Silhouette Cameo with the following files/fonts
(Pacifico font at 72 pts.)

viewmaster die cut

I ended up cutting the viewmaster file in half after I pieced it together.  I imported the file and just cut the size it was.  Next time I would make it smaller, since I had a different idea for it than what I ended up doing!  I am still trying to figure out exactly how big to cut things!

I love the grey on yellow for this title, but I still needed the word to stand out a bit more.  I just traced with a pen around the wording after everything was adhered down on the page.  And I loved the looped ribbon with everything.  

And that is my fun page!  I am itching to get the paper back out already!  I have a couple of Sketch Support projects that I need to do, so there is a chance you are going to see this paper again!  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Winner for Sketch Support Blog Hop

Wow, Monday totally got away from me and it was midnight when I realized that I needed to pick a winner for the blog hop!  Sorry everyone!

The winner of the One Page Sketches for Scrapbooking Vol. 2 and some yummy Twinery twine is.......

Hello Katrina, this is a very fun layout! Great color choices. Love all the layouts of your doggies. They are so cute! 

Congrats Laurel!!  I will be contacting you for your shipping address here in a bit!!

On the scrappy front...nothing!  I have BOUGHT stuff, but not really created anything that I can show!  Here is some of what I have gotten....

I think I am going to play with this first one tonight...I have been in love with it since CHA!
pic from LilyBee for all LilyBee collections

pic from A Cherry on Top

But, in case you were missing pictures of the are some!  I don't have any of Ella...she wasn't cooperating with the camera!

Sheldon was not happy I had the camera in his face!  But he is growing!!

Jetson and Sheldon do this A LOT!  
I am glad I happened to have the camera in my hand!

Couch Potato Higgins....I took a bunch of pics, trying to get the lighting right...and he just laid there!

And now...I am off to play with my new goodies!!!!  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Welcome to the Sketch Support Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Sketch Support blog hop!  We have been wanting to do a blog hop for awhile, but we were trying to find a time to do it.  Finally, we all agreed that this was it!  And I have a prize for you also!

We all worked with a one page sketch, but it can easily be converted to a two-page or a card.  Here is the sketch that Allison gave us to work with.........

So, if you have been here before, you know I like to change the sketch.  It is rare that I do the sketch exactly!  What I came up with isn't exactly how I started, but it's how I ended up!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Bo Bunny (Ad Lib); Stickers-Bo Bunny (Ad Lib); Letters-Bo Bunny and American Crafts; Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine; Punch-Fiskars;
Adhesives-Scotch ATG and Fabri-tac

Some close-ups of the tags.  I just used manila tags and covered them 
with the pattern paper.

I added some of the tiny stickers in the collection to the pictures as accents.

Allison also wanted us to answer some questions, since you are getting to know us!

How long have I been scrapbooking?  
3 1/2 years!

Why did I start scrapbooking?            
It started because of Nikki Sivils and just GREW from there!

Favorite time of day to scrapbook and how often?
Well, I would have to say at night, because that is usually when I am most creative...I try to scrap at the least 3 times a week, but that is counting a weekend day, where I might scrap all day!

Where do I scrapbook and what does the space look like?
Ha ha, in the front room, I drag out my table!  I set it up between the recliner and the couch and by the front door.  I do have stuff "stored" in a room, but there really isn't enough room to scrap in there and I like being out in the rest of the house!

Favorite thing about sketches?
Well, sometimes I just get stuck!  And that's the truth!  They are a great jumping off point and I rarely follow a sketch exactly, because I want to make it my own! 

Favorite sketch from Sketch Support?
Here is the sketch and my layout that I did for it...I have actually used this sketch twice...I just can't find the other layout! (one page for June 2011)

I am giving away a volume of Sketches for Scrapbooking the one page version, since I am a one page gal!!!!  And I am also throwing in some of The Twinery baker's twine!  I love this stuff and think everyone should have a chance to work with it!

Leave a comment here, but you MUST LEAVE ME A WAY TO CONTACT you......if you do not, then I will pick another winner.  You need to leave me a comment by Sunday night at 11:59 pm.  I will pick the winner on Monday and announce it on Monday night.  (sorry, I am a working gal and that is the quickest I can get to it!)

Here is the hop order and where you should go next.........NOEY'S BLOG
Thanks for hopping along with us!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Whoo Hoo Friday the 13th!!! And a card!

I LOVE Friday the 13th's when they happen!  They have always been lucky days for me...maybe because I was born on the 13th!  I am always, usually, in a super good mood on them and the day is always fun!

Ok, I just had to throw that out there in case you didn't realize that it was Friday the 13th!  You have been warned!

I had a card up over on the Basically Bare blog  yesterday and I thought I would share it here.  I will admit, my favorite thing to do with chipboard is to cover it.  No question on that one!  I am learning how to embellish a little more and I think the Cuttlebug is going to get some extra usage also!  

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-The Paper Loft; Chipboard Stroller-Basically Bare (Welcome Little One); Tag-Maya Road; Twine-Stampin' Up; Punch-Fiskars (Apron Lace); Pen-Zig; Adhesive-Scotch and Fabri-tac

Tools-Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots embossing folder

I covered the wheels first with paper and then I ran them thru the Cuttlebug.  I LOVE how easy Basically Bare chipboard embosses....and I didn't feel like my Cuttlebug was straining to get it thru either.

Everyone I know is expecting girls or just had girls, so this card will be in my stash ready to go!  

Come back tomorrow, we have the Sketch Support blog hop happening and you are going to want to see what everyone has done and we also have some giveaways!

Have a WONDERFUL Friday the 13th!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fly High with Paradise and Sketch Support

The first week of the month is always card week over at Sketch Support and I don't think that I have missed a card sketch yet!  I always love a starting point for a card, because I am admitting that sometimes I just get stumped!

The other girls have done a fab job with this sketch, so make sure to go over to the Sketch Support site and check them out also!

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (Paradise); Cardstock: American CraftsButtons: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker; Adhesives: Scotch and Fabri Tac; Ribbon: Hobby Lobby; Punches: EK Success, Martha Stewart

The stripes in the sketch just reminded me of scraps for some reason, probably because they were small.  So, I just cut some strips-adhered them to cardstock-then punched them out.  This would be fun to try on the Silhouette with some bigger shapes!  hhhmmmm...ideas are forming!  

That's it today!!! I am always not sure to write at the bottom of my postings if I pre-schedule!  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fun Candy Tubes

I had another post up over at the Basically Bare blog and now I get to share these with you here!  I have had these tubes for awhile and just never got around to using them.  Carleen was "going thru" some stuff in the room where I keep some things and found them!  (overheard was..."wow, it's like going to Michael's in here" ha ha!)

So, I decided to dress them up with some fun Basically Bare goodies, paper and twine!  To get more detailed instructions on what I did, you can check out my post on the Basically Bare blog.  I went into depth over there.

Supplies: Pattern Paper-Echo Park (Little Boy and Summertime); Basically Bare Embellishments (Gears #1-Blossoms-Sew Vintage-Buttons-Arrows); Pens-Zig Memory and Fabric Markers; Paint-Zig Painty Markers; Button-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker
Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine;  Ink-Smooch in Taffy; 
Adhesive-Fabri-Tac and Scotch; Tool-CropaDile; Candy Tubes-SRM Stickers

One for a boy and one for a girl!  Here are close ups of the boy one....

And then the girl one....

Once I figured out my papers, these came together pretty quick...that includes even stitching on those fun canvas leaves!  LOVE those things!!!

Have a wonderful Friday!!  TGIF, that is definitely a GOOD thing!  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My first Basically Bare DT project..and Cycling Team Announcement!

It's finally here, I get to show my very first design team project for Basically Bare.  And it includes some fun pictures of Sheldon!  And it's a double page layout....what?!  I used a sketch from Sketch Support as my starting point! 

These papers are not my usual, bright colors but I had fun working with them.  They were in my design team box to use on some projects as a cross promotion.  I would definitely buy more of them if I like the colors!  They cut great on the Silhouette! 

Supplies- Paper: The Paper Loft (Easy Breezy collection); Chipboard and Acrylic Elements: Basically Bare (Happy Little Houses, Happy Little Trees, Birds); Letters: Doodlebug, K&Co. and American Crafts; Twine-The Twinery; Punches-Marvy, Martha Stewart, EK Success; Pearl-Recollections; Paint-Zig Painty Marker; Pen-Zig Millenium;  Marker-Zig; Adhesives: Fabri-Tac, Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives; Sketch-Sketch Support

Electronic Die Cutter-Silhouette Cameo with the following files:


Note-the grass is not page width, you will need to weld them together.  I cut it four times-two for each page.

Here are a few close-ups

Cardboard tree trunk, defined with the Zig marker then stack small (1/2) circles on top of each other layering and adding dimension to your tree!

This face kills me!! So Sweet!

Close up of that fun bird (or...he could be a duck!) and that kite!  I cut it from my Cameo and it was a free file a week or so ago!

AND here is a fun announcement that I have been waiting to share!!!

I was asked to be on the Hello Spring Cycling Team for the Hello Spring collection.  You thought you saw a LOT of Paradise, just wait!  These colors are RIGHT up my alley!!!  I am on the team with some AMAZING designers and I am quite frankly in shock!  Here is the list of the team!

and me!

I can't wait to get started playing with this was one of my favorites at CHA and is quite yummy!!!  I am so honored that Little Yellow Bicycle asked me to play again!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy 40th Birthday Nikki!!!!

Today is Nikki's 40th birthday and Julie organized a card event for her.  We did one last year also.  The girls on the design team made cards and are mailing them to Nikki.  They are all posted over on the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog.

Here is my card.  I REALLY wanted to do something with the Messages collection about her being old, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it!  LOL

Supplies: Pattern Paper-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Audrey); Cardstock-American Crafts; Stickers and Die Cuts-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker; Adhesive-Scotch, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch-Fiskars/Jenni Bowlin

So Happy Birthday Nikki!!!!  Thanks for being a great friend and just a great "boss"!  

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Sad Tale and a fun Card!

Want to hear my sad tale first?  Well, it's not "that" sad, but it is to me!  And when I went to post this card, I thought about my sad tale.  See that scalloped edge on the side?  It's made with one of my favorite border punches.  Well, used to be one of my favorites.  It BROKE!  It was jammed and I tried everything to get it unjammed...including the freezer trick...and alas, it did not work.  And I threw it away.  

I need to see if it is even still available, because I really really want another one! But I am glad that I got this card made before it broke.  (it broke on another project I will have up later in the month!)

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (Paradise); Cardstock: American Crafts;  Pins: Little Yellow BicycleChipboard: Little Yellow Bicycle (Paradise); StickersLittle Yellow Bicycle; Adhesives: Scotch and Fabri Tac; Ribbon: Hobby Lobby;
 Punches: EK Success;  Floss: DMC 

I know I have been playing with the Paradise collection A LOT, but the colors are so me!  And with once I start with a Little Yellow Bicycle collection, I can't seem to stop until I create about five or six projects with it!!

These pins are so fun, but I am such a klutz that I kept sticking myself!!  At least I kept my project clean!  hee hee

Fun stuff coming up later in the week, my very first post as a design team member for Basically Bare!  I can't wait to show you the fun stuff I got to play with and what I created!  Have a wonderful day!