Friday, May 31, 2013

Always & Forever

Hi there,

Well, it's officially June 1st!  I'm still up!  Eventually I'll wander off to bed....

I have a layout to share that was submitted at Soul Scrappers for their Cooking up a 50/50 page Challenge (CUCC16).  The challenge is to create a layout using 50/50 and to use 2+ photos.
You can see the challenge here.

Here's what I created:
I really wasn't sure about this challenge.  How in the world would I create a 50/50 page?  I've never worked with anything like this before.  Well, the example page that was posted for the challenge looked pretty cool... so I gave it a try.  I also created a 50/50 matting behind the photo.  And I used two photos.

The photos are of hubby and I in July of 1986 and the heart shaped photo is us in July of 2010.
I thought it was pretty cool how I "stumbled" upon these photos!  :)

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Prima Flowers
Other Flowers
Glitter Gems:  Home Made
Glitter Sticker Heart
Journaling Heart: daisyd's
Sharpie Marker

Here's a better look at the two photo and the bling under the larger photo.

The page title clear sticker was added under the photo.

Here's a portion of my flower cluster.  Amongst the flowers I tucked the journaling heart and also added a smaller glitter heart sticker.

Bling was tucked in and around the flowers.  Glitter gems were added for each flower center.

 Love these glitter gems!  They're so pretty!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Card and A Tag

Hi there,

It's time for me to post my June Challenge at Sketches 4 All.  This month I've chosen to make a card and a tag as my examples... using "fabric." Most of us have some sort of fabric lying around... and well, this is your opportunity to put that fabric to use and create something spectacular!  That's right... it could be something spectacular!!  Just imagine what you could make with satin, silk, canvas, cotton, knit, twill, linen, nylon or acrylic.

I hope you'll hop on over to Sketches 4 All and check out all the fun challenges going on for the month of June.  And... there's also super fun weekly challenges too!  You're sure to get inspired.
And... you can see my challenge here.

Ok, here's my "Thinking of You" card and "Celebrate" tag:
I used canvas for the flower on my card.  Under the circle of lace is a circle cut from satin fabric.
The base of my tag is fabric and below the flower is lace fabric.

Supplies used:
Paper: K&Co., White Cardstock
Canvas Fabric
Silk Fabric
Ink: Memories Madonna Blue
Perfect Pearls Mists: Sunflower Sparkle & Heirloom Gold
EK Success Border Punch
Petals (Hand cut)
Sketch: Page Maps (June 2008)

 Under the lace flower center I also added a silk fabric circle, which hides where all the petals come together.

I thought I would have a hard time to punch the corkboard.... but it was a piece of cake!  I love punching corkboard!  It's so cool!  I also misted it too.

the petals were misted... and I was hoping to get a good view of it...

 Supplies used:
Striped Fabric
Lace Fabric
Glitter Gem: Home Made
Clear Sticker Sentiment

The clear sticker was added on top of the lace.  Ribbon was added above and below the lace... hiding the lace edges.

Here's a closer look at the flower and glitter gem.  Aren't these gems the cutest?  A bow was added at the top of the tag.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Don't forget to head on over to Sketches 4 All and check out all the challenges... and mine too!  :)

Baseball Layout & a Tag

Hi there,

Welcome to the world of weird weather!  It was beautiful most of the day... in the 80's!  Then the really dark clouds rolled in, along with high winds and heavy rains.  There were warnings on the radio constantly... then we lost the TV & radio!

I think most of you know by now that I scrap to MUSIC!  Talk about the "still of the night!"  Good grief!  It's just way too quiet!  I could sing, I guess... but that doesn't sound very good!  :)

Here is my 8th Song Challenge at Colorful Creations (junesong8).  You can see my challenge here.

The song I chose is "Centerfield" by John Fogerty.

Here are the lyrics:

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today!
We're born again, there's new grass on the field.
A-roundin' third, and headed for home, it's a brown-eyed handsome man;
Anyone can understand the way I feel.

Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench;
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out.
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio;
Don't say "it ain't so", you know the time is now.

Yeah! I got it, I got it!

Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes;
You know I think it's time to give this game a ride.
Just to hit the ball and touch 'em all - a moment in the sun;
(pop) It's gone and you can tell that one goodbye!


Here's a photo of John Fogerty:

 My challenge is for you to use a word, several words, song title, a verse or the whole song on your project.  Your project can be a card, tag, layout, mini album, digi or altered item.
The challenge runs until June 30, 2013.

I decided on a layout and a tag to show the versatility of  the song.  Even though the song is about baseball, there are so many other words that can be chosen for your layout, tag, card, etc.

Here are a few examples of the words you could use:
"beat the drum"
"hold the phone"
"the sun came out"
"I'm ready to play"
"headed for home"
"look at me"

This is our son playing baseball his Senior year of high school.  I previously posted other layouts of him playing baseball.  I take lots of photos... so there will more layouts in the future!  :)

He did well to stick it out for the whole season even though he despised the sport!  I despised it as much as he did... and I went to every game too!  I'm proud of him for doing such a "good" thing for the school... just so they could keep this sport going.

I chose the word "game" from the song lyrics, which is part of the sticker on the upper photo... and I also used the word "game" in my journaling.

Supplies used:
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Colorbok
Baseball Stickers
Sharpie Marker
Chipboard Corner Flourish
Silver Color Mist
Square Title Letter Stickers
Sketch: Page Maps (Feb 2007)

The corner flourish was misted with a silver color mist and adhered in the upper right of my page.

The baseball stickers were added on the burlap.

The page title was added onto a banner.

Journaling was added in the lower right.

A strip of burlap was added across the page and some of the strings were pulled out to distress it a bit.

I added a clear sticker on the top left photo.

Here's the tag:
I used a clear sticker for the sentiment on the tag, using the word "fun" from the song lyrics.

Once I got the papers chosen and layered on the tag, it was embossed.  Ribbon was stapled at the top.  Various flowers were added surrounding the sentiment with my home made glitter gems in the centers.  The outer edges of the tag were inked.

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Stampin' Up! Border Punch
Darice Embossing Folder
Clear Title Sticker
Ink: Vivid! Teal
Glitter Gems: Home Made

Here's a closer look at the flowers and glitter gems.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you'll visit Colorful Creations and check out all the fun challenges going on for the entire month of June.  :)


Hi there!

It's FRIDAY!  And it's in the 70's today and the sun is shining!  Woo Hoo!  This makes for a FABULOUS Friday!  :)

Except... on a sadder note... I didn't make it to the next round (Week 22) at Colorful Creations for their So You Think You Can Scrap Challenge.  My layout wasn't "spectacular" and I kinda had a feeling it wouldn't get the votes needed to remain in the running.
But... it was a very FUN 21 weeks and I guess I need to be happy that I actually made it for this many weeks.  Ho hum!

Anyhow, this is the last layout submitted at the Colorful Creations  for their May 31 Sketch-a-Thon (Anmay).  You can see the challenge here.

I'm HAPPY to say that I've completed ALL the sketches for the entire month of May!  And it was super fun too!

Here's the final sketch for May 31st:

And this is what I created:
This is a photo of our grandson's cute little legs/feet.  He was not a happy camper to have mud all over his feet, between his toes.  But he had fun following his Uncle Andrew around up until this point.  :)

Supplies used:
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Colorbok
Clear Stickers Title
Sharpie Marker
Gems: Home Made
Wilton Color Mist

The flowers and leaves were misted with a silver color mist... which "toned down" the bright green of the leaves.  The circles were distressed.

A closer look at my home made gems.

Clear sticker letters were used for my page title.

 I added the journaling in the lower right of my page.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pretending to Like Baseball


I have another layout to share that was submitted at Colorful Creations for their May 30 Sketch-a-Thon (marcimay).  I know... it's not the 30th just yet (only 15 minutes longer).  But the challenge was posted, so I added my layout.  You can see the challenge here.

Here's the sketch for May 30th:

Another sketch I loved working with!  I'm not big on so many circles, but I gave it a whirl and this is what I came up with:
I totally love how this layout turned out!!
This is our son playing Baseball during his Senior year of high school.  A sport he absolutely dreaded... but he did it anyhow... just so our school could keep the Baseball program.  He's such a kind hearted boy!

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Cardstock Square Letters
Sharpie Marker

I matted part of my title and then added the remainder of the title in a curve below that.

I distressed the journaling, matting for part of the title and the cardstock strip which goes through the middle of the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday!

I have a layout to share that was submitted at Colorful Creations for their May 29 Sketch-a-Thon (janetmay).  You can see the challenge here.

This is the sketch:

I absolutely LOVE this sketch and had so much fun creating this layout:
This is our lovely niece when she was 7 years old.  

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, Other
Gold Cording
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
Embroidery Embellies/Badges: KaiserCraft
Glitter Gems: Home Made
Perfect Pearls Mist
Pink Shimmer Mist: Home Made
Wilton Color Mist
The banners were embossed and gold cording placed randomly over them.  I turned the tips up a bit for some dimension.

The background was misted with several different mists.   

I received these as part of a prize package I won.  I absolutely love them!  They were perfect for my page too!  How cool!

I placed the bird on top of one of the larger flowers.

Here's a portion of my flower grouping.  Some of the flowers were layered with leaves tucked under the larger flowers.  Glitter gems were added in their centers and randomly around the flowers too.

All the hexagons were embossed using several different folders.  Embossing them added so much texture to my page!

Here's a better look at the misting, embossed hexagons, and glitter gems.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

These are the Days to Remember

Hi there!

A beautiful day today and the sun was shining!  So I decided to enjoy the sun and weed one of my flower gardens.  Then the black flies found me!  Good grief... I had blood running down from behind my ear where one latched on good!  Those things are vicious!  Thank goodness I got it done in quick time!  But not quick enough to escape all the bites from those little horrid creatures!  Ugh!  This was my last chance to get it all cleaned out... because we're in for more rainy weather for the next several days.

Ok, now for a much more pleasant subject... scrapbooking!

This layout was submitted at Soul Scrappers for their Sketch Challenge (SC65).  You can see the challenge here.

Here's the sketch:

And the "extras" to add on your layout too:

- Misting
- 5 Buttons
- More than one word title
- 2 Flowers
- 1 Photo

Here's what I created:
Yes, this is me!  I was 35/36 weeks along.  I'm wearing the maternity dress that I made... and sadly I outgrew it shortly after that!  I still had a month to go in my pregnancy... and I got lots bigger!

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Prima Flowers
Glitter Gems: Home Made
Color Mist
Perfect Pearls Mists
EK Success Border Punch
Rick Rack
Sticker Title

I followed the sketch and added all the "extras" on my page.
Here's my misting area.  I started with a mist that was too light, so I added more until I could actually see the misting!
To the left of the photo I added a punched border and rick rack below that.

The sticker was one long title, so I cut it and matted them onto pp.  

Love these flowers and the pastel buttons fit so well with my page.  And of course, I had to add some of my home made glitter gems.  :)
A closer look at my page title.

Thanks so much for stopping by!