Monday, January 31, 2011

Outlawz Jan. 29th Scrapbook Challenge and a card or two

Hey peeps! How is everyone doing this fine evening? I gotta say I'm doing pretty good today :} I was just brought up to bed by my hubbie carrying me up the stairs and then ever so gently placing me on our bed. Yea, I know....TMI but it's not what you think. My back and hip were hurting me so he was nice enough to bring me upstairs so I could get some work done on the computer from the comfort of my bed :} Ahhh.......what a life indeed!

Today was good day....not too crazy.....not too busy.....not Finley had a sleepover last night and the moment her guest went home the phone rang and it was her Aunt Kathleen wanting to come and steal her for another playdate. Gotta love that! Hubby was working and I was left with Cameron. Got to work on a card and finished in under an hour!! That's unheard of for me! But I did it!

Know on to the good stuff. Over at The Outlawz we have a new challenge up for the Scrapbooking Group. The challenge is to use stitching/sewing and fabric! My two most favorite things to use on my projects! Love it! Below please see my example for the challenge. That's my Pudge (Lily) all smiles and laughs. Gotta love that little girl and I just wish she would stay a little girl forever! Tears!

I used mostly Crate Paper for this. The pink scallops in the background are actually embossed onto white fabric. I also used a touch a fabric behind the tree, on the flower and the wings on the birds, and also the banners are fabric stampes with Stamps Of Life stamps. I stitched everywhere and anywhere I could. I think it turned out quite nice don't ya think? I just love that little girl to pieces!

This card I made for the CAS challenge over at The Outlawz. Love how it turned out! I used some Fancy Pants rub-ons for the background, hearts and sentiment. Fabulous and easy! Under an hour people! It's a record for me! Just don't count on it happening again :}

This little number I also did for the CAS challenge over at The Outlawz, but for last week's challenge and the one above is for this week's. Used some Cosmo Cricket, Unity Stamp for the background of the birds, and Stamps Of Life for the birds, hearts and sentiment.

Can you believe it!? Two posts in one night! I also posted about The Moxie Fab Color Challenge before this post so be sure to check that out too. 

Hope you all have a fabulous night and a wonderful week! I'll be back soon with some more yumminess! TTFN!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Moxie Fab Challenge

Hey everyone! Here is the birthday card I made for Finley's birthday. I also made it for the Moxie Fab Bright & Bold Color Challenge over at Moxie Fab World. This is the first time I have entered a challenge there and can't wait to see who wins! I'm so in love with Color Inspiration For Card Makers Magazine from Paper Crafts! So much inspiration!!You can find the challenge here but it does end tonight! Sorry for the short notice!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I'm back! Did ya miss me?

It's been a long time since my last post I know, but life has a funny way of..well.....getting in the way. Had to take some time off from some things I enjoyed like being on a design team, blogging and taking part in challenges. With two of my kids starting Pa Cyber Charter school they needed my full attention, and so did my house for that matter. If anyone has ever tried to home school your children then you get what I mean. VERY TIME CONSUMING!!

As part of my New Year's Resolutions I hope to keep up with my blog a bit more this year and bring tons of inspiration to you. I can't promise how often I'll post, but I will promise to post much more. Deal?

All is better now and I am very happy to say that I have been accepted onto The Outlawz Design Team!! If you haven't checked out this new challenge community please do! I feel very blessed to be given this opportunity to work with some awesomely talented ladies! A bunch of them I had the pleasure of working with before and I'm very excited to be reunited with them again :}

I am a designer for The Scrapbooking Group over at The Outlawz and below you will see my first project completed for the swirls and butterflies challenge. This was so much fun to do and who doesn't like to work with butterflies and swirls? I hope you find some inspiration from my layout and decide to hop on over to The Outlawz and give it a whirl! There are several other awesome challenges there too that just might tickle your fancy.

Sweet Little Thing

I used mostly Crate Paper's Restoration Collection paper. Fancy Pants chipboard flourish, American Crafts Dear Lizzy metal butterfly and metal rose brads, American Crafts rose ribbon, Tattered Angels antique key, The Stamps Of Life butterfly2build set for the two dimensional butterflies, Sassafras silhouette brad, floral flourish cut on my Silhouette.

I did a couple of little techniques on this layout that I wanted to share. On the big chipboard flourish I used both Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in scattered sraw and Making Memories moss stain along the edges and then applied Tattered Angel's suede Glimmer Mist with a foam brush to even out the colors and give it a bit of sparkle too. Yummy! On the green floral die cut that sits on top of the large flourish I used a lighter green American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder. Once the powder was applied to whole die cut, I took a paint brush and brushed off just a little here and there so the darker base paper would show through in some places giving it some dimension. I stamped the butterflies with brown ink first and then stamped again with gold on top to give it more of an antique feel and I think it worked quite well.

Next up I hope to finish Finley's (my little girl that's not so little anymore) b-day invitations for a sleepover she will have soon. Her b-day was on January 13th and she turned 6, but we have her celebration later in the month or early the following month because of it being so close to Christmas. Hopefully I'll have those for you in the next few days. Until then.....TTFN!