Friday, June 29, 2012

Me And Sarah at CHA

Chevrons are everywhere and today they are on my page!  And I am still going with scrapping some older photos.  

This is my good online buddy Sarah, who I adore!  We finally got to meet at CHA this past winter and it was one of the highlights of my trip.  (We won't talk about me trying "plan" how I was going to get a picture with Martha Stewart if she was there....I had an entire plan!)  When we both weren't so busy, we chatted online all the time.  Now, we are both swamped and get to it occassionally.  Miss this girl bunches!

This Jillibean Soup collection, Coconut Lime, was the one collection I bought at Palooza.  I fell in love with the bright colors and of course the pink!  P.S.  I know the title is bad grammar, but I already had it down before it dawned on I left it!  

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Jillibean Soup (Coconut Lime); Die Cuts-Jillibean (Coconut Lime); Journaling Strip-Elle's Studio; Letters-American Crafts and Jillibean Soup; 
Twine-May Arts; Doily-Wilton; Punch-EK Success; 
Adhesives-Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives and Fabri-Tac

A fun little touch with the doily under the die cut!

Journaling...and I made a mistake, so I just made it work!

That's it for me tonight!  I am off to bed.  I really should be packing up the scrap stuff, since I am going to scrap at a friend's house tomorrow night, but I guess I will do that on my lunch break and after I get off work! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Bean-Cocoa Daisy Layout

I am starting to scrap some older pictures, just because I haven't scrapped them yet and keep putting them off.  I think I need incentive to scrap the older ones, because I have worked hard to get my photography skills better and the better the picture, the bigger the urge to get it on a page and scrapped! I just have to keep in my head the following..."it's ok if the picture is not perfect, it's still scrapable."  (I may have just butchered that word, but spell check is saying no....ha)

This is one of those pictures from July 2011, when I made my first trip to CHA.  And Chicago was in the middle of a heatwave.  I was not a happy camper and I was a sweaty mess....while Jennifer Priest and Suzy West were looking fresh as freaking daisies!  That would be why the picture with us is on the small side and the Bean picture is big!  hee hee

Supplies-Pattern Papers-Jillibean Soup (Spinach), LilyBee (Lemonade and Hopscotch), Simple Stories (Bingo/Stripe), American Crafts (Amy Tangerine Saffron Study), My Mind's Eye (Howdy Doody Ledger); Stickers-Pink Paislee (Prairie Hill), Jenni Bowlin (Hodge Podge Playful); Washi Tape-Queen and Co.; Hello Tag and Pink Tag-Ormolu; Chipboard Letters-Jillibean Soup

Not in Kit-Journaling Tag-Elle's Studio; Adhesive-Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives; Punches-Martha Stewart Button Punch and border punch, Twine-May Arts

The fun sticker from Pink Paislee and the cute little Ormolu tag.

Just a shot of the journaling and you can see how horrible I look!

Had some fun playing with my title...

So, my motto is going to be get the pictures scrapped!  And that it not to say, I might just need to be in the mood to scrap them.  Maybe that is what I should use my Cocoa Daisy kits for, scrapping my older pictures?!....hmmmm...let me think on that one.  I will get back with you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Three, count them...THREE layouts!

It's a layout share today for me...three of them that are up on the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog.  I usually don't post this many all in one day, but just decided to go for it!  I had few detail pics that I didn't put up over there, so I thought I would post all the pics here.

I did all these three layouts the same day and did not realize until after that I mixed the alpha stickers on all of them.  So, they are all perfect examples on how to mix those alpha stickers...these are all Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker alphas, but this goes for ALL alphas...whatever you have in your stash...mix those babies up and have some fun looking titles for your pages!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Stickers and Die Cuts-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Exit Here);  Buttons-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Cute as a Button Burlap Buttons); Adhesive-Scotch, Fabri-tac and Scrapbook Adhesives 

Why yes...Higgins IS howling in the bottom picture!  

Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Stickers and Die Cuts-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Noah);  Buttons-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Cute as a Button Burlap Buttons); Punch-EK Success; Adhesive-Scotch, Fabri-tac and Scrapbook Adhesives;  Sewing Machine

Playing off the star theme...

Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Stickers and Die Cuts-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Noah);  Buttons-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Cute as a Button Burlap Buttons); Punch-Fiskars; Adhesive-Scotch, Fabri-tac and Scrapbook Adhesives;  

Love this effect and I need to remember to do it more. 

Hee hee...cute snail...I had to use him!!!

Whew, biggest share post I have done in awhile. Makes me tired to think about it!  

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Hello-Cocoa Daisy June Kit

Well, I truly am loving the Cocoa Daisy kits!  Granted, I might have a sheet here or there of some of the paper that has come in the first two kits, but it's paper I love so it's ok!  

This is the very last project I made while I was at Scrapbook Generation's ScrapaPalooza (300 croppers...mad fun) on Saturday.  Cropping from 8:30 am till 10 pm is so fun and a little hectic.  I usually don't get around to starting until about 10 am to scrap and then I did a couple of demos and taught a couple of mini classes with Nikki for Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker.  But I still managed to get four layouts and this card a lot of socializing and a little shopping.  A girl has to shop, right?!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Simple Stories (Summer Quilt and Bingo/Stripe), LilyBee (Lemonade); Tag-Ormolu Flappers (Cocoa Daisy Exclusive); Wooden Flag-Jillibean Soup; Ribbon-May Arts

Not in Kit:  Cardstock-American Crafts; Adhesives-Scotch ATG, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch-Martha Stewart; Stapler-Tiny Attacher

Love these little flappers!

I will be back tomorrow with some layouts to share.  I need to finish recovering from Palooza!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Spring Projects

These are the remainder of my Little Yellow Bicycle Cycling Team Hello Spring projects.  I hadn't posted them here yet, so I thought I had better get on it.  Again, I am not listing supplies as most everything is from the Hello Spring collection or are misc. items that I used.  Hope you enjoy these! 

An altered canvas using a partial sheet of paper and then the Paper Flower kit from LYB and some other of the embellishments. 

A quick card....I am in love with this card!  That felt flower is so fun. 

A layout about the two foot tall gnome I found on clearance at a local bargain store...9.00!!  Also, I did instructions for this layout and they can be found here.....Instructions

Those are all my projects now. I loved the colors of this collection and all the fun embellisments made me want to use them everywhere!  Thanks to LYB for having me on a Cycling Team again.  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Note To Self

Hope everyone had a good Father's Day weekend.  We road tripped to C's Dad's house for the weekend.  This was Sheldon's first big overnight trip and he did great.  And to top it off, we dog sat the "cousin" Prospect.  This is Prospect and he is such a great dog.  He was my bed buddy!

And Jetson seems to be doing better with Sheldon around.  He is not, by any means, a "normal, happy-go-lucky, well adjusted" dog but he has improved so much.  I truly think the competition has him on his furry little toes!  He doesn't really like men very well, just because we aren't aren't a ton of them...but he just jumped right up in C's brother's lap while he was dropping off Prospect!

And I was having an OFF weekend on taking pictures.  The living room (and that darn couch!) are hard to seem to get anything to take right/focus.  But my outside pics weren't the greatest either.  I don't think I was "in the mood or zone" to take pics!

Just a quick Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker layout to share with you for today.  I am at the point..I have stuff done, but can't show it again.  So, I am filling in with some CHA projects that I haven't show.  This layout I did at the hotel the first night I was there.  We needed some filler projects (not many..only 2!) and this is what I came up with really quick and with limited tools and supplies.  The size is 8.5 x 11 and is  size I do scrap occasionally when I am in the mood to do something different. (not listing supplies either...too tired...but it's the Messages collection)

Made a "border" our of a scalloped circle punch and just layered them.

That's all from me right now.  I hope to update on Wednesday!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Meeting Sheldon....a Basically Bare/Momenta layout

Last week Basically Bare and Momenta teamed up to do a little swap and I was one of the lucky design team members that got to participate.  I hadn't really ever worked with Momenta papers, so I was definitely curious about them.

I was sent the fun Kaleidoscope collection to work with, which with it's bright colors, was RIGHT up my alley.  The papers are heavy weight and textured.  I figured the black paper would work best for a background after laying out my pictures.  Basically, I started at the top of the layout and worked down.  

Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Letter Stickers, Journaling Tag, Buttons and Clear Embellishment-Momenta; Banner Pieces and Fanciful Frame piece-Basically Bare; 
Jute and Ribbon-May Arts; 
Ink-Prima; Embossing Powder-WOW; Embossing Pen-Zig; 
Adhesives-Scotch, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives

The small pennants are some of my favorite Basically Bare embellishments.  I doubled them up here by trimming them down and then stacking them on one another.  

I wanted to use the clear embellishment, but I also wanted to anchor it so that it would be seen.  I took one of the solid pieces from the Basically Bare Fanciful Frames, covered with paper and then using an embossing pen went over some of the flowers in the pattern.  Then I sprinkled some embossing powder over them and heat embossed.  

And they sent so much stuff, I decided to do a card.  I decided a girly general card would be fun with the pattern papers and the Sew Vintage set from Basically Bare!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Journaling Tag, Buttons and Clear Embellishment-Momenta; Sewing Machine and Spool-Basically Bare; Ribbon-May Arts; 
Ink-Prima; Foam Letters-American Crafts 
Adhesives-Scotch, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives

I just had to put that flower on the machine!  LOL  

And I had been wanting to do the spool like this for awhile, but just didn't have quite the project in mind.  The card fit with it perfectly!
(p.s. I have no idea what happened with the pic being blurry??)

So, there are my projects that I did for the swap.  I had fun doing them and working with the papers.  The hardest part was getting the angles on my banner string just the way I wanted them! 

And if you are an Aquarius....have you just been having the weirdest weeks ever with things going wrong or just plain weirdness?  I know some of you answered me on Facebook....the last two weeks have just been ICKY...and yes I yelled that!  I am blaming Venus transitioning over the sun for it.  I am glad that is not happening anytime soon again!  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Chevron Card with My Mind's Eye

Debbie at Scrapbook Generation, had given me some GREAT scraps that were left over from some of their kitting expeditions to see if they would work for my June card/tag class projects.  When I got them, I didn't really have anything in mind, but after surfing for a bit and pinning I decided that a chevron card might be fun to teach and fun to give.  I was in a "circle" type of a mood when I did the tag and I created the entire tag on my lunch hour! 

Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts; Pattern Paper-My Mind's Eye (on the Bright Side); Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine (Shore); Punches-EK Success Circle and Corner Rounder; Adhesives-Scotch and Fabri-Tac

So, luckily, I am ready for my class...since it's Thursday! I am going to get all caught up on blog posts tomorrow night for here, so there will be some updates later this week for sure!  Sorry for the short post, but I am about to fall asleep!  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What a crazy busy weekend...

It started Friday and hasn't stopped.  A not so good day at work, a photo shoot after work (NO, I don't really do them...this was a favor!) for some fun girls. Then Saturday, a hair appt. first thing and then the dogs pet modeling photo shoot with UTurn Studios (LOVE LOVE April).  Today, bra shopping first thing..yes I know, but hey something has to hold them up!   Then a Target run and grocery store run. 

My plan was to scrap today, but yes...that did not happen.  I got sucked into my book that I am reading, Denver Cereal.  I had downloaded it free from iBooks and just hadn't read it yet.  I started it probably a couple of weeks ago. When I got to the end, this is what I read....."the story continues at"???  I was like huh?  So, I go to the site and find out that the story does continue and it's over 200 chapters!  I am at about 140 something and am on a mission to get all caught up.  A new chapter comes out ever week and yes I am addicted! 

This boy turned FIVE months old on the 6th!  Can you say big boy?!  

I have scrappy stuff to show, but quite frankly I am too tired (or just don't want to) edit the pictures, so I will get some of those projects up a little later in the week.  I have a Basically Bare project or 8.5 x 11 layout that I did with some My Mind's Eye, and some Nikki Sivils goodies also.  Plus I will have my card and tag that I did for my class this week.  

So, I leave you with this picture of sunflowers that I took while I was looking around in the park before the photo shoot.  The lighting was GREAT and I was just happy these flowers were there.  A lot of the flowers have bloomed early this year because of the weird weather...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Spring Team Debut

Finally, it's here, it's here!  I can share my projects with the Hello Spring collection from Little Yellow Bicycle!!!  I got a little carried away and created a ton of projects...2 layouts, 2 altered and then 2 cards.  What can I say, you know I love LYB. Thank you to Liz, Peg, Sharon and everyone over at Little Yellow Bicycle for having me back on a cycling team.  I hope I get to do it again!

Please head over to the LYB blog when you get done here, as I am not going to show all my projects here today.  I also have step by step instructions for a layout that I have done over there! 

(Note-I am not listing out supplies, since they will be over on the LYB blog for each project. All LYB product is from the Hello Spring collection. I will be listing misc. items that I used that are not LYB products here)

This is one of my layouts that I made.  I love the die cut paper, but truly, sometimes I have a hard time working with them, because there is not a straight edge....weird right?  I knew I wanted to use the decorative edged cardstock pieces in some way on the page, but I just wasn't sure how...I made a pocket, by layering a couple of them together and then placing my photo on top.  Then, I could just tuck journaling into the pocket.  

Misc. Supplies:  Twine-The Twinery; Adhesives: Scotch, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives

I was happy that when I trimmed the picture out, I had left it like a wide polaroid.  This left me a perfect spot to place that banner and then accent it with The Twinery twine.  

I love the pink bird!  I had to use her somewhere!  The tail feathers are wire!

Just a shot of the chipboard, dimensional and phrase sticker I used.

I knew when I saw the 6x6 mini pad that I wanted to figure out how to use the hello strip on one of the papers.  So, I made my card size a 4 x 6 and built from there.  I made the banner strips, lined them how I wanted them and attached them to a strip of cardstock that is hidden.  Then I attached them to the card.  This kept them straight and in the right order..and made it easier on me!

Misc Supplies:  Cardstock-Core-dinations; Ribbon-May Arts
Adhesives-Scotch and Fabri-tac

Honestly, I am not too sure about this one!  It's a fun little door hanger that you could put on your front door or it would make a great quick gift.  I love the "blinged" out tree though and that was the part that took the longest.  I think it may be the ribbon, but I didn't really want to use white.  And I didn't seem to have any other that would match...GASP.  
 Misc Supplies:  Ribbon-Michaels; Adhesive-Scotch, Scrapbook Adhesives and Fabri-Tac

I hid my pop dots under the colored letters on the word friend.

I used the clear pieces mostly on this...and I love those swirls and it was a perfect trail for the butterfly!

Ok, so now, RUN RUN RUN...or actually CLICK over to the LYB blog to see my other three projects. While you are there you could say hi and it would make me happy!  And don't forget to grab the instructions for the layout over there in case you want to recreate it!