Monday, June 14, 2010

Ready for some summer fun?

Then you won't want to miss this weekend's crop over at Simply Scrapping Crafts!!!! It's going to be a summer fun filled weekend with games, challenges, tutorials & prizes galore!! Please come over and join the group here where you will find all of the challenges and games posted!! Be sure to tell all of your friends and spread the word because this is a party you don't wanna miss!! For event times and details please check out the flyer above and the group :} See you there!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Almost done!!!

With the school year that is ;} Tomorrow is Cameron's last day as a 6th grader and I can't wait to NOT have to get up before 6 am and leave the house by 7am to get him to school anymore!! It was killing me! Then, on Tuesdays & Thursdays Finley would have Pre-school too so, we would go back to the house for about an hour and then out the door again! Enough about my hard life right?

I've got some more scrappy goodies that I managed to get done over the past week or so. Over at SSC the girls are coming up with some incredibly gorgeous projects to feast your eyes on for sure! Please come and stop by here and check out all of the yummy inspiration!! Remember, in each group we are giving away RAKS to the projects we choose that's most creative!! Also, for each project done for a challenge you are entered into the random drawing to become Designer Of The Month and receive a whole lot of scrappin' goodies from Miss Judy herself! That's cool right?!

I'm so glad I decided to be apart of the Simply Scrapping DT because they are the most incredibly talented & awesome girls around! Love it!! Nothing but creativity and NO DRAMA!!! It's so nice to not have to deal with daily DRAMA!! Thank you so much SSC!

This card below I made for Paper Scraps Challenge Week # 2! You had to make a tree made out of butterflies! How cool is that?! I went a little nuts on mine, but we all know I'm a little nuts so that's fine. My blade was really dull on my Silhouette so I had to basically cut everything 3 TIMES!!! This was the most time consuming card, but sooo worth it!! I put little Swarovski Crystals in the center of each butterfly and tied a bit of string in a bow to make it more whimsical. I'm not sure I'm liking the flourish button bird, but had no time to take it off. Hope you like it!

This first layout I did for June week #1 of Sketchy Saturdays challenge over at SSC that's up now. The girls are enjoying their HUGE lollipops Daddy gave them so I thought this would make a really cute layout. I used some older Making Memories paper along with a Fancy Pants transparency at the top. Of course, there is lots of stitching and color! I think it turned out really cute!

This one I had done for May week #5 Sketchy Saturdays at SSC too. These are some of the very first pictures I took with my brand new Nikon D3000 camera!! I sooooo love my new camera! It takes awesome pictures for sure! Don't the girls look so cute together? I think so! I stitched a circle and put different size die cut butterflies with brads around it. I chose to use two black & white photos so the colors wouldn't compete so much. I also wrapped some yellow and white ribbon around a Pink Paislee chipboard border for some added interest. I love the way it turned out and it's completely different then I had originally planned it to be. Love it!

Below is the very cute altered frame I made for Finley's Pre-School Teacher Mrs. Marti. I just die cut some flourishes and added some other little goodies and it was easy peasy! She loved it so much because the picture was of the whole class. I really enjoyed doing this for her.

Sometime within the next couple days I'll post some of the awesome pictures we took at the Baltimore Zoo. Got some really great shots of the animals. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and I'll be back soon with more yumminess! TTFN!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Soooo excited!!!

There has been so much going on the past few weeks that I thought I would just wait and post it all together for ya!

First, I'm so very excited to say that I have been asked by the owner, Miss Judy, of Simply Scrapping Crafts to join her DT!!! How's that for awesome!! I am co-leading the group Sketchy Saturdays, and will also be designing for the Paper Scraps & Wacky Wednesday Groups as well!! I'll be busy, busy, busy for sure, but it's good and fun busy so that's ok! Please come over and check us out because I'm sure you will have a blast with all the challenges and other fun stuff over there! You can check out the main site here. You can also go directly to the Sketchy Saturday Group here and check out all of May's challenges, including a brand new awesome sketch that's been posted this morning! I'm so very blessed to be able to work with all those fabulous ladies over at SSC and I'm having a blast doing it!

Now, on to some more craziness! My son Cameron had to have a Colonoscopy and Endosopy last Monday at John's Hopkins Hospital. He did ok, but it was pretty brutal for him to go through the prep and the procedure itself. They ended up taking at least 5 or 6 biopsies to send off to Pathology so we will have to wait and see what they found. During the procedure they did find that he had Gastritis and also a problem with bile flowing backwards when it shouldn't. There is a technical term for that, but I can't pronounce it let alone spell it! We are hoping and praying that he does not have Inflammatory Bowel Disease like me. He has started on his new medications, but they tend to make his stomach hurt even more so we will see how long these last for him.

I will be back later with a few pictures of my latest work including my example for the Sketchy Saturday Challenge that's up! I will also show you a picture of the frame I altered for my daughter's pre-school teacher Miss Marti! It turned out so cute! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed the holiday! TTFN!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

It's official!!

I'm a brand new member of the Colorful Creations Design Team on Ning!!!! How exciting is that!?! It hasn't been officially announced yet on the site, but I just had to post real quick about it because I'm so excited! What a great Mother's Day gift huh!? Be sure to come on over and check us out. There will be lots of challenges and the girls a super nice over there. You can check them out here.

I made a quick card yesterday for my neice's birthday. I used it for a challenge over at SSC as well. You had to use the same shape at least 6 times so I used a pennant stamp from The Stamps Of Life by Stephanie Barnard. I think it turned out cute!

That's it for now! Hope you have an awesome Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother's Day weekend!!

Hope all the moms out there have a well deserved fabulous Mother's Day! I will spend my weekend getting crafty and with the family of course :} I've got some more goodies to show ya so, sit back and relax and take it all in!

I've got some more exciting news to share with you! I'm gonna try out for another DT over at Colorful Creations on Ning! They are an awesome group of girls over there so go and check them out here. If your interested in the DT Call you will need to hurry up and get yours in because it ends this Saturday night May 9th at midnight! I've got my fingers crossed :} On to some crafty stuff!

Below is a layout I did for a challenge over at Simply Scrapping Crafts on Ning as well. You had to use multiple of the same photo so I used some smaller black & white of the larger photo in this layout. It's of my daughter Finley sitting pretty on our porch for our Christmas pictures. This isn't the actual picture we used for Christmas, but it was a good one of her. I used mostly K & Company Carolyn Gavin Specialty paper, KI Memories lace cardstock, Fancy Pants stamps (hearts) rub ons & chipboard, Prima flower, Quickutz Silhouette (title). Love the colors on this layout!

This is a card also for a challenge at Simply Scrapping Crafts on Ning. We had to use accordion folding somewhere on a card or layout. I chose to use it in a border & as leaves above the flower. I used Kaiser Craft papers lace flower, pearl brad, lace ribbon & rub ons, Bazzill cardstock, Quickutz Silhouette rose shape for the flower. I cut out the individual rose layers on the Silhouette in two different sizes and then distressed and inked the edges. Then, layered them in different directions and attached them in the center with the pearl brad. Easy peasy!! Totally dig the colors on this card!! Now, who to give it to? You know your getting it Lisa don't worry!!

This next one was so fun to do because it only took about 30 minutes to complete! That's right people.....30 minutes!! That is a record for me for sure!! For NSD over at Simply Scrapping Crafts the challenge was to create layouts or cards in 2 hours and get them posted before the next challenge went up. I only could do 2 of them and this is the first one. Here we were on our familymoon (honeymoon) in Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean. What a gorgeous place!! I chose black & white photos so they wouldn't compete too much with colored papers. The huge floral stamp is from Inque Boutique, as well as the bottom corner one. The paper is from a Scarlet Lime Kit. They are awesome kits and you can check them out here.

This layout was the second one I did in only about 30 minutes! Crazy I tell you! This is of my boy Cameron. I used some old school Chatterbox patterned paper, Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey chipboard, Fancy Pants chipboard star, American Crafts Alpha Letters, & Cosmo Cricket letter "C". I used the same Chatterbox patterned paper on both the star and letter "C". Very quick & easy! Love it!

This is one of my favorites for sure! This was done for another challenge during NSD weekend at Simply Scrapping Crafts. You had to use as many of 5 techniques as you could. I used all 5 which were rolled paper, starburst flower, distressing, stitching & a really cool flower border at the bottom there. The papers are from My Mind's Eye Penny Lane, flower & swirl stamp from Fancy Pants, border from We R Memory Keepers, title stamps from Unity Stamp Company, & Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Love these colors and this was so fun to do.

This was a really quick card I made again for a Simply Scrapping Crafts challenge. You had to use your favorites and the sentiment had to express love. Everything is my favorite in my craft room so this was a bit difficult to narrow down so, I just kinda closed my eyes and grabbed things that worked! The paper, ribbon & buttons are from a Scarlet Lime kit, butterfly stamp is from Unity Stamp Company, Jewels from K & Company, cardstock of course Bazzill. Great easy card with lots of color!
Well that about wraps it up for now! I hope to do some more yummy stuff this weekend and be able to share by early next week. Have a great Mother's day and we'll chat soon!!! TTFN!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I've been a busy bee!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was very tiring and busy as usual. My son Cameron had his first soccer game of the season today and he did great! It was nice to get out there and watch him play again. Today was my Hubby's birthday and he spent it working :{ I had lots of time in my craft room this weekend so that was nice for a change. I made a layout based off of a sketch from this really cool site called Let's Scrap over on Ning. It's a challenge site and they have lots of great inspiration to get your mojo flowing! They are having a DT Call over there until April 16th so I thought I would give it a whirl! You can find the sketch and information about the DT Call on the main page of the site.

Below is my take on the sketch. This is of my daughter Finley and when she got her face painted like a butterfly. The title is "Flutter Wonder" and that's the title Finley chose when she saw the layout. I thought it was a great choice! I used Basic Grey Kioshi paper, chipboard flowers from Making Memories, K & Company flower stickers, Inque Boutique butterfly stamp, cut all die cuts on my Quickutz Silhouette. I also used some 3mm Swarovski Crystals for the circle on the bottom left and on the butterfly. I think the papers really bring out her eyes :}

Below is the card I made for my awesome Hubby! Happy Birthday baby! This is for the April 2010 week #1 Card Challenge over at Simply Scrapping Crafts on Ning. It's hard to see, but I made it on a clear transparency background. I used American Crafts papers, Fancy Pants clear acrylic circle, star & sentiment spot, Unity Stamps, The Stamps Of Life by Stephanie Barnard & Inque Boutique, random buttons, stitching & ribbon. I used a piece of mercerized cotton to tie on the star. Hubby loved his card and then I promptly took it away to get pictures and upload it! LOL!

Well that's it for me for now! I'll be back as soon as I have some more yumminess for you! TTFN!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Some more yumminess!!

Hope everyone's Easter was just fabulous! The weather we have been having the past couple days is just divine! My girls and I are just loving it! My youngest little girl has grown very fond of eating sand, very large amounts of it too! Oh well, it will come out the other end some time right?
I am blogging about a bunch of my layouts & cards that I have done over the past few months to kinda catch up from the little break I took :} Hope you don't mind, but I figure let's get all the past projects out of the way so we can start focusing on the newer stuff I'll be doing and maybe start some really cool challenges!! I give only the best RAKS away over here so you will want to keep your eye on this one baby that's for sure! So, here goes!

I so love this layout below of my baby girl Lilyann, or Pudge as we like to call her. She was 10 months old in these pictures and they are my favorite of her and those baby blue eyes!

I used a Fancy Pants transparency and added some goodies to it like stitching around the photo collage. I used some fabric behind the main photo and made it pop out a bit from the rest of the photos. I used Fancy Pants papers, rubons & crochet flowers with stick pin, Autumn Leaves stamps, American Crafts thickers that I inked up to match better, some Inque Boutique little paisley stamps and little odds and ends from the Fancy Pants collection I used.

The next layout of my daughter Finley used such a neat photo editing technique called color isolation I believe. I took a black & white photo of her and went into my ACDSee Photo Editor and made only the blue of her eyes show through. You take two of the same photo, one color on the bottom and one black & white on top, and lay ontop of each other and then use the eraser tool to erase the area of the top photo to allow the colored portion of the bottom photo to show through. Isn't that neat? Very simple to do and gives a very cool effect! If you happen to try it please do send me a photo of your project so I can see how it turned out :}

I used Daisy D's paper, Making Memories ribbon, Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters hat I painted to match, the large flower, pearls on the letters & butterfly ribbon are from a Scarlet Lime kit, and I used my Quickutz Silhouette to cut all the fancy borders and finally added stitching and my journaling around the outside. Love it!

My boy, my boy, my boy! What can I say, I love my boy! This has to be one of the best photos ever taken of him. He usually runs when he sees the camera, but he was in a good mood this day so I got lucky!
I used pretty much all Basic Grey paper, stamps & letters. I used Daisy D's rubon around the picture and Making Memories brads. Stitched around the outside of the layout and around each square and distressed the edges too. So handsome he is!

This is what a typical lunch time is for Pudge....all over the place! How can you not love that face though! This is what happens to her lunch when she is done, or she just doesn't want it, take your pick.

I used Cosmo Cricket papers, Fancy Pants rubons, and cut the borders with my Quickutz Silhouette. Love to layer everything and give it dimension as much as possible. I'm a very visual person so there must be lots of color & texture! Yummy!

That's all I'm gonna do tonight but, don't despair I'll be back with some yummy stuff again soon! Oh, and a little something exciting if your a fan of Glitz Designs, they are having a small little DT call! Check it out here! You bet I'm going to apply because I'm no fool! Love them! Again, check out Scrapbook Challenges over on Ning too for some great inspiration, as well as Simply Scrapping on Ning too! Lots of great challenges and a great group of ladies over there too! I'm off now to create and hope you all have a great night! TTFN!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Been a long while....

Since my last post, but I had to take a break and catch up on life for a bit. I'm back in the swing of things and can't wait to show you some of what I've been up to lately. Been having alot of fun doing some challenges over at Simply Scrapping It's a great site with lots of challenges to keep you inspired. You can check it out here. On to the good stuff!

The layout below is of my son Cameron and his "Cat That Ate The Canary" smile he always gives. You know he's done something wrong if you get this smile that's for sure!

I used everything from the Scarlet Lime January 2010 kit here. Love her kits! You gotta check them out because they rock!

Below is a layout I just did for a color challenge over at Simply Scrapping and I think it turned out pretty good. It's of my dog Shank, who we love so much. The name shank was given to him by his previous owners, not one we would have chosen, but we call him Doodles instead. I used another Scarlet Lime kit mostly from May 2009 kit here. Isn't he adorable! This is the best picture I've ever been able to get of him because he's really scared of the camera for some reason.

Below is a card I did for another challenge over at Simply Scrapping for a color challenge. I used scraps of My Mind's Eye, Prima flower, I think the stamp was The Stamps Of Life With Stephanie Barnard located here called Thanks2you, Die cut border, sentiment spot & card base all done with my Quickutz Silhouette. Love the colors on this card and hope to be able to paint the inside of my house some of these colors. So bright and cheerful!
That's it for right now, but I'll be back tonight or tomorrow with more goodies to share! Another great challenge site is Scrapbook Challenges and they are a group of really nice girls. They are having a DT Call right now and the link above will take you there, but you will need to sign up and become a member to check it out on Ning. Also, don't forget to go and check out Simply Scrapping also on Ning for awesome challenges and great inspiration! Hope everyone had an awesome Easter! TTFN!