Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Day In The Sun

It's one page sketch week over at Sketch Support.  And you know that is my favorite week, because I am a one page kinda girl!  Sad thing is I KNOW I wrote a post for this before, but I must have deleted it.  So this is like deja vu...hee hee.

On this one I just made a few changes...rotated the sketch, changed the picture sizes and added more layers.  

Supplies - Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Fox Park Forest, Brilliance, Gee Whiz); My Mind’s Eye (Catch a Wave, Beach Huts); Sassafras (Line Up); Studio Calico (London Calling) Buttons: My Mind’s Eye; Mini Alphas: Sassafras;  Vinyl and Chipboard Letters:  American Crafts; Twine: The Twinery Baker’s Twine (Cantaloupe) Chipboard Sun: Basically Bare; Adhesives: Scotch, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives;
Tools: Martha Stewart Border Punch


This is a Basically Bare chipboard sun that I just pieced some pattern paper on and then weaved the twine thru the rays.  This served a dual purpose...it was decorative and it covered the seam where the papers met from the rays to the center.  
I know the sun technically doesn't have a bow, but I thought it looked cute!

I got an Instax camera for Christmas and haven't really had a chance to play with it.  This day, I decided I was going to at the very least, get each of the dogs....this was before Sheldon came along!

I think I need to get that Instax out more!  I do think that you need more than one on a layout, just because they are credit card sized.  

Well, that's it for me.  Have a fun, creative, wonderful day and weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Nikki Sivils and The Twinery Blog Swap

So, did you get in on the steal over at ScrapbookSteals.com yesterday?  That Dear Lizzy collection is so fun, I hope you did!  Now, for today's posting......

Fun stuff going on over at the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog and The Twinery blog!  We are doing a blog swap, so we got to play with Twinery goodies and they got to play with Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker goodies! Make sure and head over to both companies blogs...they are having giveaways!!! 

I didn't realize how much I missed being on The Twinery team until I started working on this layout.  And yes, I know it doesn't mean that I can't add twine to anything that I am creating, but it was a bittersweet moment!  Ok, enough mushy stuff!!  On to the layout!

Remember this sneak that I showed on Saturday?


Here is the entire project!  I originally was going to do a card for the blog swap...but ended up with a layout that I love instead.  
Sometimes change is good.

Supplies: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, Punch Outs-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker 
(Messages Collection); 
Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine (Flax); 
Adhesives-Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives, and Fabri-Tac
Pen-Zig; Punch-Martha Stewart

I LOVED the Flax color when I put it with this striped paper in the collection....it just seems to melt!

Sorry, this photo looks blurry, but it's not...I don't know what is up with it...maybe the file is corrupted.  

That is my blog swap project completed and completely shown!  Be sure to stop by both the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog and The Twinery blog to check out all the fun projects!  

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Guest Blogging at Scrapbook Steals Today!

Back in December, I was asked to guest blog over at the ScrapbookSteals.com blog.  You might be familiar with them, because they have ran a couple of Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker specials.  But, if you aren't sure what ScrapbookSteals is...it's just what it says!  Scrapbook supplies at great prices....who doesn't love a bargain? 

I was super excited when I found out I was working with American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection!  This collection is their steal for this morning, so you better grab it while you can!  I only was asked to create a couple of projects.  I ended up with three and more in the works.  The colors are soft, bright and somewhat muted.  I know that probably doesn't make sense, but that is the best way I can describe it!  LOL 

Let's get to the projects I created with the collection!  I built both my layouts starting with the Phrase Garlands (SMILE AND LOVE) and went from there. These were great because you can slide the letters together and adjust them!   


 Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection from ScrapbookSteals
Supplies not in the ScrapbookSteals Deal: Adhesives-Fabri tac, Tombow, and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch-EK Success border punch

Silhouette Cameo with the following cutting file


Clouds
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 LOVE LOVE LOVE these flowers!  And I had to cut that camera from a 12 x 12 sheet that is in the collection and at it to the cluster!

Next up a banner of a project!  LOL  Sorry, I just had to say that, I couldn't resist.  I like puns and I try to use them when I can. I usually think it's "punny"!  And this banner only took me about an hour!  That includes my sewing machine getting jammed up in the bobbin area and I had to get the tweezers involved!  I was kind of excited, Carleen really liked this when I showed her!  I think she may hang it in her office!


 Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection from ScrapbookSteals
Supplies not in the ScrapbookSteals Deal: Adhesives-Fabri tac, Tombow, and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch-EK Success border punch; Ribbon-May Arts and Unknown
Sewing Machine

Silhouette Cameo with the following cutting file

Build a Banner Set
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Panel One up close

Panel Two up close

And Panel Three up close

And my last project, another layout!  I think I am going to end up scrapping those puppy pictures over and over.  This one I had to blow up, it was just too cute!

 Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection from ScrapbookSteals
Supplies not in the ScrapbookSteals Deal: Adhesives-Fabri tac, Tombow, and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch-Jenni Bowlin tab punch and ticket border punch; Pen-Zig Micron in Black

Silhouette Cameo with the following cutting files

Build a Banner Set (this is a different one than above!)

Additional Cutting File not in Silhouette Store
String of Hearts Banner

I just added some stitching with my pen and then I popped up the faux stitched hearts to make them stand out a little more.  And if you have a die cutter that will cut Kerri's kits..go, go QUICKLY and get them.  I have some and I have used them over and over!


Font I used was Helvetica at 72pt.  I then welded the words together.  American Crafts papers cut like BUTTER in the Silhouette!  

Thanks for stopping by and I would love it if you went over to the ScrapbookSteals.com blog and left me a little love!  And you might as well pick up the steal!  It's cute and you KNOW you want it!  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy To Be You....Little Yellow Bicycle Fun

I have to say amazing good blogging week for me...I have things that are schedule far in advance, I don't know what to do with myself!!!  This is going to be short though, because it is late and I am tired! I am not even linking supplies!  WHAT?!  If you want to know ask...basically all Paradise collection by Little Yellow Bicycle!



Love these little birds!

These flowers were screaming for a "garden" to reside in...
so I made a little flower bed!

And I wanted to do something fun with the title work, so I came up with this!

That is it from me tonight because, I HAVE to go to bed!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sneak of some things to come this week!!

Update on the Basically Bare giveaway..a winner was drawn from new design team member, Frank's blog!  


I usually do not do "teaser" posts, but this is going to be a busy week with some fun stuff coming up that I am wanting to show, but cannot show the entire projects yet!!

So here are a few sneaks to make you want to come back and visit to see the complete projects, at least I hope you will.  

For a fun guest blogging post!

For a fun blog swap with two companies I absolutely love!

For a fun sketch coming up!

For a layout that I did for fun!

And see, you thought that I hadn't been doing anything!  Fooled ya!  I have been busy, just haven't been able to post them all!

I will see you later in the week!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Meet Sheldon!

Is this posting going to have crafty things in it?  Nope....well, a crafty thing might have lead to this post.  That puppy mini album I made....well, we ended up with one of the puppies!  Totally not planned, but totally the thing to do at the time!

Meet Sheldon, our new Cardigan Welsh Corgi.  He is named after Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory (one of my favorite shows).  The funny thing is, Carleen came up with the name Sheldon.  Then after about a day, she realized that Sheldon's last name is Cooper and that the puppies dad's name is Cooper!  I keep telling everyone...meet Sheldon Cooper and she keeps saying "It's Sheldon!"  So, I say Cooper is his middle name.  LOL

Our friend that had the litter, Laura, took this picture of us before we left her house.

Yes, one blue eye and one brown eye, which makes him a 
mismark for the show ring....lucky for us!

Whew, this is exhausting.
Higgins and him playing...look close, Sheldon is leaping thru the air.

Ekk...he is getting close....

ha ha, you can't catch me....

see, I am cute...you just don't realize it...let me show you!

So, there is the reason I haven't been crafty over the weekend, or I would have had something fun to show you!  But I think puppy pictures are pretty fun!  



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Watch Out...Double Page Layout!

Yep, it's a double page layout from me!  You know they show up occasionally on here, you just never know when!  

This is the sketch over at Sketch Support this week and my take on it.  I changed some things, moved some things and basically made it my own, like I usually do!  I am going to apologize in advance, I am not linking the Silhouette files I used.  I am trying to get this posting done quick and I don't have time to go back and find them to link them.  IF you want to know what I used, just leave me a comment and a way to contact you and I will let you know!  

Supplies - Patterned Paper, Stickers, and Die Cuts: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Noah Collection); Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. (S.M.A.K Jan. 2012); Ink: Jenni Bowlin (Spice Tin and Chili Powder) Adhesives: Scotch and Scrapbook Adhesives; Tools: Silhouette Cameo with Silhouette files, Martha Stewart Border Punch

And I did a few detail shots for you also!



A little stamping, die-cutting, punching and just placing embellishments here and there, I finally came up with the layout I liked!  And this Noah collection from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is a fun one to use.  I LOVE the yellow paper and I keep grabbing for it all the time!

Have a great day!  

Monday, March 12, 2012

Some Little Yellow Bicycle fun and a Girl's Night Out!

I love Little Yellow Bicycle and I got my hands on the Paradise collection finally.  So, you know I had to play some!  Everytime I see a new LYB collection, I fall in love all over!  And I found these these little 4x4 canvases at Michael's in a 9 pack on sale!  So, I still have 6 of them to alter.  I like them because they are thicker on the sides.  You need to cut the paper pretty much at 7 inches square to cover the canvas with one sheet.  I just did the ends like I do with wrapping paper to make them neat. 


I love the color scheme in this line, the pink pops against the other colors!


Supplies: All Pattern Paper, Embellishments and Stickers-Little Yellow Bicycle (Paradise collection);
Canvas-Michael's; Adhesives-Fabri-tac, Matte Medium Gel, Scrapbook Adhesives; 
Jute-American Crafts; Ribbon-Michael's

Here are close ups of each of the panels....




And Saturday night was girl's night out with one of my favorite 14 year olds! Ms. Riley asked me to go to the Jeff Dunham concert with her and we had a blast!  hee hee, her mom played chauffeur for us and dropped us off after dinner and then we just texted when the concert was over.

Here we are waiting for the concert to start and trying to get a picture.  I had my big camera, but I was afraid that they would take it away, so we were just using the cell phone.  



Epic fail on my part though...I was to make sure that no shirts with bad words on them were bought.  I manage to do that and Riley even said she couldn't get a couple of shirts because of that.  BUT, I let her get the Walter doll that she wanted!  Whooopss.....he says about 6-8 phrases...one of which is what the shirt had on it that she couldn't buy!  LOL  Oh well, her mom wasn't too mad!

DST sucks, I am just going to say that...and with that I am going to bed!



Thursday, March 8, 2012

"hi" Card and Whoo hooo!!!!

As you might know, the card sketch is up over at Sketch Support this week.  I actually wasn't planning on doing it and just left it kind of sitting by my work area aka messy table in the front room that no one can walk thru.  *they can, but I would want someone to call before coming over*  Anyway, the sketch is a fun sketch, but I have felt like I just haven't gotten caught up since being gone to CHA.  

Do you ever just sit at your work area and try to figure out if you really want to create or not?  I was having one of those nights.  Then, I happened to look down and saw these dress forms from Basically Bare.  (and yes, I am loving their stuff since I finally got my hands on it!)  Since getting them from a win on Facebook, I have tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with them.  mmm...undone card sketch + fun dress form = just might be pretty cute!

So I dug out the border punch, ribbon, jute, Fabri Tac, and some of the older Amy Tangerine papers that I had stashed away....about 45 minutes later here is what I came up with....



Supplies - Patterned Paper: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine); Cardstock: American Crafts; Letters: American Crafts; Cardboard Dress Form: Basically Bare; Adhesives: Scotch and Fabri Tac; 
Ribbon: May Arts, Hobby Lobby, Unknown; Bling: Michael’s; Punch: EK Success

And I debated about that dress form, because it is cardboard...and I was thinking of other things I could do with it!  LOL  But everything kind of reminded me of Paris, fashion, etc.  Could have been because I was watching The Devil Wears Prada also?!  hee hee, BUT I AM SO GLAD I DID BECAUSE.........



And I made the design team for Basically Bare!!!!  I am under the "Scrap Star" category over on the announcement.   I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  There is so much enthusiasm right now, I just know it is going to carry over into all our projects!


Thanks for stopping by!!!!



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March Card and Tag Class at Scrapbook Generation

It seems like I just posted the one for February, but we are on a schedule now.  If you are local, the Card Party class is held the second Thursday of every month.  My area is "tools, techniques and whatever else I come up with"!  Three teachers, three cards, three tags and lots of fun.  According to Debbie, we are one of the most popular classes at Scrapbook Generation!

My tool for this month is the Jenni Bowlin ticket border punch.  I am going to show how to create that little row of tickets on the front of the card.  It's pretty easy, you just punch each side of your strip, making sure to line things up.  The trick is getting the right width of your strip, but I have it figure out that it's the little mark right before the 1 inch on my Fiskar's trimmer!  Don't ask me "what" the dimension is...I am only good with 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 marks!  



Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts; Pattern Paper-Pebbles Fresh Goods; 
Brad-Doodlebug; Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine (Cappuccino and Blossom); 
Adhesive-Scotch, Scrapbook Adhesives and Fabri-tac; 
Punches-Fiskars/Jenni Bowlin Ticket border punch and Tab punch


Don't forget to comment on my Basically Bare Final Exam posting!  You could win the entire Winter CHA release.  You have until March 15th and then Basically Bare will be picking one winner and announcing them on March 16ht.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that I pass the exam.  There are VERY VERY talented people that are in the running and I am honored to even be a finalist!

I will be back later in the week with my card from Sketch Support!  

Monday, March 5, 2012

Exciting News...Basically Bare Announcement

First of all, yes, you have been seeing a LOT of Basically Bare on my blog.  It's because I finally got my hands on some, had some time to play, and fell in love.  All about the time I fell, Basically Bare announced a design team call.  I thought about it for awhile and then decided I wanted to apply.  If I hadn't fallen in love with the product, I would not have applied, simple as that! I work  with products I love, keeps me happy! So, I am over the moon exicted to officially be a "Contender" for the final team!  This is my "Final Exam", so here it goes!

Stick with me....there is a prize, BIG PRIZE involved and you can win a bunch of goodies from the Winter CHA release that Basically Bare debuted at the show!!  Keep reading!

I was asked to pick three Basically Bare items that were my favorites and what we might make with them.  Now this is hard, because Basically Bare has so many fun products.  After looking thru the all the goodies, I narrowed it down to the following.....



The Mixed Media Tabbed Album is a great size, because it's BIGGER than most of them, so you have more room to work (or play!) on a page...like a "mini" size scrapbook page...OR you can use bigger pictures than I did for my Puppy Party mini.  Since I have started shooting all my pictures in manual mode with my Nikon, I thought it would be perfect to showcase some of my favorite shots that I have done on a bigger scale!



Hee hee, with the reason I just told you above, I HAD to pick this Paparazzi Set!  It would be the perfect embellishment on those pages!  I think I need more than one set though...I can see it...A fun pattern paper camera that is different on every page!  and hey, these would TOTALLY end up on a lot of my layouts too!


You know darn good and well there are going to be pictures of the dogs and things I love, so the Cardboard and Chipboard Hearts set is perfect to embellish with also!  They also come in canvas and felt, so of course I would have to have those also!  And I told you right now I have a love affair with hearts, so I can picture lots of fun things with these!!!

As far as what other supplies I would use, well, I have no idea!! One thought is using a Little Yellow Bicycle collection, although I am not sure which one.  Since I love LYB, that is a very definite possibility.   I do have the problem of a LOT of Studio Calico kits sitting around so there is another option.  Plus, a lot of the SC kits would work well together as far as color palettes and I would have a wide rage of goodies to choose from.  And of course, there would probably be some Unity stamping in there some where!!

Now, you can pick up Basically Bare goodies from Scrapbook.com OR......

HOW TO WIN THE BASICALLY BARE GOODIES!
(which includes embellishments AND mini albums!)

So, now for the giveaway....I am not sure how many "contenders" there are, but here is what you need to do to win.  Comment on my post, this post!  It's as simple as that!  Basically Bare is going to pick one commenter to win a big ole grand prize pack of their Winter CHA release!!  Easy right, I mean you are already here?!  So you just need to make sure and comment and you are in!!!  You don't have to follow my blog if you don't want to...only if you love what you see!  No extra entries for that!  

You have until March 15th to comment and Basically Bare will be drawing the big winner from all the blogs in the final exam and announcing on March 16th!

Here is hoping I make it thru this exam.  Heck, I even have sweaty hands!  I hate tests!  LOL  

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Part Two of Puppy Party Mini


Are you ready for Part Two?!  I will say it was nice just to do something that was not design team related.  It almost "resets" my creative flow and gets me going again!  I do things that aren't DT related, but a lot of the time I may not post them, because I don't get pictures taken of them.  

These pages are just picking up where I left off in the previous posting.  Kind of like I put a bookmark in to come back to!

This page was a flap envelope and I didn't have enough pictures to fill up both sides.  So, I cut off part of it at the flap end, to make it fit my pictures.  BUT, then I slipped the flap end back over the shorter piece so that you could still see the flap!


See the flap?!  

LOVE this picture, it was one of my favorites that I took.

I wanted to use the acrylic arrow, but was trying to figure out what to do with it...decided that the word "chew" would be cute going down it.  

I am loving cutting hearts by hand right now!  What is up with that?!

Sweet Jody is in the bed by the crate.  He just got tired and went over by himself to rest.  

Mini Coop sleeping.  You can barely see, but there are actually two stars there.

I just wanted the back to be simple...it won't get looked at a lot anyway!

I had so much fun making this. I am on the hunt for bits and pieces to add to my next one that I attempt.  I wish sometimes that I was a "minimalist" when it came to my projects, but that is so NOT the case.  

Supply List
Supplies: Mini Album-Basically Bare; Pattern Paper-Echo Park (Happy Days); Tags-Elle's Studio; Letter stickers or chipboard-October Afternoon and American Crafts; Brads-Echo Park, Punches-Martha Stewart, Fiskars and EK Success; Ribbon and Jute-Unknown (out of my stash!); Twine-The Twinery; Stamps-Unity Stamp Co S.M.A.K kits; Chipboard and Acrylic Elements-Basically Bare (Frame, Stars, Arrows, Flower) and Echo Park; Felt Elements-Basically Bare; Flair Button-{a flair for buttons}; Manila Tag-Staples; Adhesives-Scotch, Fabri-Tac, and Scrapbook Adhesives; Ink-Jenni Bowlin and Memento; Doilies-Wilton; Mist-Mr. Huey's

Silhouette Cameo with the following files
Font used for Puppy Party wording is Pacifico which you can download for free from the internet.

Kerri Bradford-XOXO Kit  and Background Basics Kit

Silhouette Store Files
CUTE