Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Sketch Site


A quick post to give you the news of a new sketch site called "Sketches With Color."

Sketch With Color

Go on, what are you waiting for?  Check it out!
This could be the site you are waiting for to get those photos scrapped!  Or maybe you need
a little "push" to get back into scrapbooking?  Give it a try.... what have you got to lose?

Some info about the site:
This site was created to combine sketches with color combinations to help you get those
photos scrapped and to have fun while doing it.  
Their challenges will be be-weekly and will run the entire month.  Challenges will consist
of various sketches, colors and perhaps even twists.

Here's a few samples of what the challenges could be:

Sketch + Color
Sketch + Two Colors
Sketch + One Color
Sketch + Color + Twist
Sketch + Player's Choice (anything goes)

Does this sound like fun to you?  If so, I encourage you to just pop in and see if this is the site
for you.  You'll be happy you did.  :)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Here's my layout for today

Hello there,

Happy Halloween!  :)
The Trick-or-Treaters will be out full swing shortly. 

Today's post was submitted at Colorful Creations
for their Guest Designer Sketch Challenge (gdtoct).

This is the sketch:

And here's my take on the sketch:
I had the top photo on my craft room wall and when I came across this bottom photo I knew
I had to create a layout about "the tricycle."

I kept the tricycle.  My hubby is always wondering WHY I want to keep all this stuff.
Well, this is the reason why.

This cute little tricycle was purchased for Andrew when he was just a little guy.  The photo was
taken in 1995 when he was 3 years old.

Ten years later, our grandson came along and the top photo shows him riding the tricycle in 
2005 when he was 3 years old also.

These photos are truly priceless and I love this layout!

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV
Canvas Fabric
Tag Templates: Paper Pizazz
Circle Clips
Various Brads
Silver Circle Tags
Mini Clothespins
Sharpie Marker
Border Sticker: Creative Imaginations

 I used canvas fabric for one of the banners and for the tag by the photo.  I knew I wanted something other
than paper for the banners and this matched perfectly.  I "roughed up" the edges a bit.

 The tags were also cut from canvas.  I used the circle clips on the ends of the tags.

The circles were also cut from canvas with the ends shredded.  I used a silver circle tag, and
various brads to add onto the circle with a mini clothespin added also.

 Here's a closer look at one of the circles.

The chipboard was in various colors, so I peeled off the top layer and used the
chipboard title as is.  Love this look!

For this tag, I used a circle clip as well as a brad for the center.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Libby  :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Capture the Joy of one Happy Girl

Hi there,

So glad we didn't get much of hurricane Sandy.  Misty rain off and on and some wind earlier
in the day.  Unless tonight brings more rain....
I'll take the rain over the snow!!

Now on to my post for today.
This was a submission at Let's Scrap
for their weekly sketch challenge.

Here's the sketch for this week (10-24-12)
provided to Let's Scrap by Becky Fleck (Pagemaps).  The deadline for submissions is
October 30, 2012. 
Here's the sketch for this week (10-24-12)
And here's my layout:
 I wanted this layout to be extra special because the photos are my faves!
It took me a LONG time to get it just the way I wanted... and I love it!  :)

These photos are of our daughter and grandson.  The larger photo on the right was taken
after her graduation from Basic Training.
The side view photo on the left was the photo I took just before we walked into the
Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
The photo of Lynn with her son was taken while we were enjoying all the fun shops and
Cafes along the River Walk.  They wanted a photo taken in front of the falls.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV
Sheer Wire Ribbon
Sheer Silver Ribbon
Silver Metal Ovals (recycled belt)
Fiskars Border Punch
Large Heart: Traced & hand cut
Tiny Hearts: Negatives from border punch
Rectangle Stickers
Sharpie Marker
Creative Memories Decorative Cardstock (traced & cut)

I found these rectangle stickers in my stash.... and couldn't believe they actually matched
my layout exactly!!  I adhered them onto the silver cardstock and added a gem onto the
ends of each block.

On top of the ribbon I added an oval metal ring with a heart on top of that.

I added small strips of ribbon along the bottom left photo and two tiny hearts which
were the negatives from the border punch.  So cute!!

I folded a tan piece of ribbon and adhered silver ribbon on top.

I also used the tiny hearts on the bottom of the larger photo.

The wire ribbon was cut into a banner with a metal ring on top.

The scalloped border was traced from the Creative Memories decorative cardstock.  Rather
than use the cardstock, I just trace it onto the paper I choose.  Then I can reuse the
fancy cardstock shapes over and over again!  :)

Gems were added (one by one) all along the border.  The tiny hearts were added
randomly onto it.

A closer look at the metal oval rings.  I overlapped them and adhered them with hot glue,
to make sure they would say put!
These loops were actually from an OLD belt that I found while searching for something else.
I immediately got to work taking the links apart to use on a layout!

Another view of the scalloped border, gems, hearts, loops and ribbon.

Ribbon was folded and added along the top.

This is the right side of my layout.

Have a wonderful day!
Libby  :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

She's My Baby...

Hi there,
Well, the rains have begun and the wind is supposed to be picking up tonight.
Hurricane Sandy is hitting tonight and through the next couple of days.

I'm so proud of myself for finally completing the layouts for my two challenges coming up!
Yay!  Now I can work on a few other challenges on my list of things to do!  :)

Today's post is a layout that was submitted at Soul Scrappers
for their She's My Baby Song Challenge (SLC14).
I chose a sketch from Rochelle Spears.

Here's my layout:
This is a sweet photo of me holding my little baby girl!  Each time I look at this photo
I can't help but smile, seeing her cute little chubby face and hands!  :)

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Colorbok, Other
White Tulle
Sheer Pink Ribbon
Sticker Word Blocks
Sharpie Marker
"Baby" trace and hand cut

 The word "Baby" was traced from a die cut onto white cardstock and hand cut.
Rather than cut the centers out, I traced the centers onto patterned paper, cut out and
attached onto the white cardstock.
I found these cute sticker blocks in some alphabet sheets, adhered them onto cardstock
and journaled onto them.

I cut a strip of tulle and tied it in three places with sheer pink ribbon.

Since there was so much greens, blues and yellows, I wanted to add a touch of pink
for a more girly look.  This large flower was tucked under the paper so only the petals
were showing.

Thanks for looking!
Everyone who's in the vicinity of hurricane Sandy, please stay safe.
Libby  :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thankful For...

Hi there,
It's a beautiful day out today!  A bit cooler because of the winds soon to come as well as
the heavy rains.  But still a nice day!

Although I still haven't gotten much done in my craft room today either... I am starting to feel
the "crunch" to get layouts and write ups completed for my challenges!  I already have the
ideas... but I seriously need to work on my layouts!  Actually, one layout is complete and I'm working
on the other one.  It's just taking more time than normal to get them done!  Yikes!

For today I have three layouts that are all Colorful Creations submissions.

The first one was for the Give Thanks Crop.  Since I was participating, I chose to continue with the Fall Theme and title it... "Thankful For..." (fallthanks).  Simply create a layout using fall colors about what/who you are thankful for.

Here's my write up:

What are you thankful for?  Husband, children, grandchildren, neighbors, animals, craft stores, your home... the list can be endless!
Using your idea of a "Fall Theme," and adding whatever embellishments or techniques you would like, tell us about what you are thankful for.  Maybe you don't want to use embellies or new techniques... and that's ok. 
Maybe you want to do a listing, or you just want to journal some things.  You don't even need to add photos if you don't want to!
Just have fun!

This is my layout.  The sketch design is my own.
I am thankful for LOTS of things.  I have wonderful friends and a great family.  It was easy to
choose the photos but it took me awhile to come up with the layout.  Eventually it all
came together.

The upper left photo is of our daughter and grandson.
The bottom left is of a dear friend and I.
The top right is of my sister and I.
The bottom right photo was taken while on a family vacation to visit my sister and her two
daughters (my 2 nieces, my sister, the Guinea pig, my hubby and our son).

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, DCWV, Other
Canvas Fabric
Flowers: Hand cut & edges shredded
Fabric (under photos)
Rick Rack
EK Success Border Punch
Sharpie Marker
Bows: Made out of threads from fabric
Flower Centers: Decorative ribbon cut into circles
Glitter Leaves
Font: Cricut Opposites Attract

 When the fabric under the photos were shredded, some of the strings came off, which were
used for these two cute bows.  A border punch was used across the top of the layout as well
as ribbon.

 Rick rack was used along each side of the layout.
These glitter leaves are the cutest!  I layered several and added the canvas flower on top.  The edges of
the flower were shredded.  The negative punches were used for the top of the flower with a small
circle cut out of decorative ribbon for the center.

This photo give you a closer look at the fabric under my photos.
I used a border punch for the brown strips along the sides with a yellow strip of
ribbon across the top and rick rack along each outer edge.

Here's a closer look at my grouping.  Love how the flower turned out!

The next layout was for the C. C. Plus 1 Challenge (BCA2012) using
White + Pink + Use a breast cancer slogan.  I chose a C.C. sketch.

Here's my layout:
I knew exactly which photos to use when I saw this challenge!  These photos are of my
dear sister running in the Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure.  She's the first one in both photos, with the
white t-shirt and cap.  So proud of her for participating in these runs!  Such a great cause too!

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Colorbok
"Race for the Cure" Logo: Online
Font: Cricut Opposites Attract
Pink and White Lace Fabric
Circle Punch
Large Circles: Traced & hand cut

For the double-colored letters, I printed them out twice, layered one on top of the other, figuring
out where I was going to place the letters and lightly penciled a line.  I cut them and then used
the pink on the white paper and white on pink paper.

Lace fabric was used to cover the white cardstock in the center.
The edge of the lace had a cute sculpted edge, which I trimmed around and cut a strip off
each color and layered them along the bottom of the page.

All I had to do was Google "Race for the Cure" and a finally found something with the
logo that I wanted!  I printed it out on cardstock and cut it out then adhered it onto my page.

A closer look at the layered sculpted lace edges.

I used a small piece of white lace to cover the cardstock center for a cute look.

The last layout was submitted for the C.C. Recipe Challenge (RachRECIPE04).
The "recipe" to use on your layout:
1. Halloween theme
2. The color orange
3. Minimum of 2 photos
4. Use the word Spooky/Creepy/Scary/Bizarre/Kooky
5. Create your own element
6. Tearing/ripping

I used a C.C. sketch.
Here are a few photos of me dressed up as a jailbird for Halloween.  Three of us
girls at the agency where I used to work usually dressed up every year... making our own
costumes.  Although this costume wasn't hand made, it still is fun to dig out and wear
every now and again for Halloween!

The photo on the left was taken at home, before I left for work.  The middle
photo was taken by someone at work.  I'm holding a banana as my "gun!"
The photo on the right is Julie (the bum), me, Tamara (the clown).

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Other
Paper Tearing
Sanding Block
Rick Rack
Pop Squares
Pumpkins: Hand Made (detailed below)
Fonts: Cricut Stamped & Cricut Opposites Attract

I did all my paper tearing along the left side of the layout.  Orange ribbon was
added on the top layer.

I layered orange rick rack and ribbon along the black strip of cardstock.

 How I made my pumpkins:
I used two different materials for the pumpkins.  One was made using a roll of self-adhesive
aluminum and the other with thin metal sheets.
They were traced and hand cut.  I used the end of a pen that no longer worked to draw
the lines.  The pumpkins were then painted.  I used a Stampin' Up! pumpkin face stamp, once
the paint dried.  Finally, since the paint scraped so easily off the metal and aluminum, I sealed
them with Decoupage.

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday.
Libby  :)