Friday, September 19, 2014

The SRM "September" Challenge

 There is still time to play along in our September challenge at The SRM Challenge.  I have two dear friends born in September and they both love candy corn!  I purchased two packages at our local grocery store, then covered up the grocery store label with pretty paper and an SRM sentiment sticker, then added ribbon.
Play along in any one, two, three, or all four of our challenges this month for a chance to win a guest designer spot or this terrific prize package:
Here is a close-up of my lid:
(Supplies:  SRM "Happy Birthday"sentiment; Echo Park "Victoria Gardens" paper; various Bazzill card stock; Stickles for the "flame"; ribbon; Cricut "Birthday Bash" cartridge)

Happy Friday!

3D Breast Cancer Awareness challenge at Cut It Up

In order to promote 3D mammography, our challenge this week at Cut It Up is to create a card for breast cancer awareness that has a 3D element.  This owl was printed and die cut using a Silhouette Cameo.
I fussy cut a few layers and popped up on foam tape to create a 3D owl.  I also used glossy accents on his irises for a 3D effect.  Other supplies include:  Echo Park paper "Head Over Heels"; SU card stock; Tim Holtz "worn lipstick" distress ink.
Our sponsor for this challenge is As Cute as a Button.  You could win a $20 coupon code if you win!

Now it's your turn to create a 3D project for breast cancer awareness; you could make a side-step card, an easel card, a card with a pop-up element...use your creativity!  Link your project at Cut It Up challenges.  See you there!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pretty in Pink Layout

Working my way through 2006 and my really old stash.  For this LO I used QuicKutz "Tangerine" font for the initial, Lelly Panacci alpha stickers, and Making Memories "Cosmopolitan" paper collection.  I can't believe how adorable my girls were...I can say that, right?  Here is the right-hand page:
Here is the layout side-by-side:
Fun stuff...these sweet faces are keeping me motivated to catch up.  And using up some really old stash is gratifying too!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Country Colors challenge at Cut It Up!

 Reminder post:  at Cut It Up we have a color scheme challenge!  We are looking for cards, layouts, or projects using the colors of a country you have visited or would like to visit.  I would love to visit every state in the United States!
If you are a blog follower, you may know that I am diligently working on getting my scrapbook of my girls caught up.  Here is July 2006!

 Here are both pages together:

Enter your color scheme project...remember to also use a die cut somewhere on your creation...and you could win a $10 gift card to Kadoodle Bug Designs:

I am anxious to see your take on this challenge.  Link up at Cut It Up.  You have until September 17th to play along.  I hope you win!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jean's Birthday Blog Hop

Happy Surprise Birthday Blog Hop, Jean!

I "met" my blog friend Jean seven years ago through my dear friend Tracy.  Tracy told me how much fun it is to read Jean's blog and also that Jean and I have a lot in common; so it was easy to become cyber friends with Jean.  We started trading blog comments, but more often now emails, phone calls, or Facebook messages.

Jennifer, another friend of Jean, asked some of Jean's friends to create a page for a birthday book that Jennifer would compile.  This blue poppy sheet is my page!  I used three Hero Arts stamps and I tried my Faber-Castell chalk pencils for the very first time.   (Thank you for enabling me, Katie Brooks!)

Happy Birthday, Jean!  (Today is also Tracy's birthday...happy birthday, Tracy!)

paper:  kraft card stock
ink:  Memories black; Versamark clear
stamps:  Hero Arts
color:  Faber-Castell PITT Pastel Pencils blue/green

Monday, September 8, 2014

Little Tangles Sketch challenge

Little Tangles has a sketch challenge this fortnight and it is a good one.  Wanna see?
I just had to play with one of my newest Neat and Tangled stamp sets, "Sailmates."  I also combined it with my N&T "Sunburst" stamp.

Neat & Tangled stamps: "Sailmates" (heart, sailboat, sentiment); "Sunburst"
inks:  Tim Holtz "Barn Door" distress ink (heart); Memories yellow; black hybrid ink
Copic markers:  Y11, Y15, RV29, B14
banner die:  PTI
chevron paper:  Fancy Pants "Time for Spring"
glossy accents (heart)
button brad:  Bazzill Basics
foam tape

You have until Sunday, September 14th to play along.  Link your project here.  Are you anxious to play along and don't have any N&T stamp sets?  There are free N&T free digis available for you to use!

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 5, 2014

SRM Stickers Apples/Harvest September Challenges

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It's time for the September challenges at The SRM Challenge blog.  And guess who our guest designer is this month?  My sweet friend Amy Tsuruta!

Choose your inspiration; there is a color challenge, a photo inspiration challenge, a theme challenge, and a sketch challenge.  Choose any one, two, three, or all four challenges to enter to win some SRM goodies.  Just remember to use at least one SRM product on your project.
The inspiration challenge caught my eye.  School just started yesterday in my area and I made this for Julia's teacher.  A box full of dark chocolate raisins and dark chocolate Hershey Nuggets with almonds!  I used three different SRM stickers on my project and the acrylic box can also be found in the SRM store.  I can honestly say that I have never had a sturdier nor easier to assemble acrylic box than this one.  I have purchased from various companies in the past, but now I will only purchase my acrylic boxes from the SRM store.  Terrific quality!  Thank you, SRM Stickers.

My sentiment is from the "Sticker Sentiments/Thinking of You" sheet:

And both the thin yellow border sticker and green loopy border sticker are from "We've Got Your Border/Bright" sheet:
Link up your project using SRM Stickers at The SRM Challenge.  I hope you win the prize package!

Happy Friday!

International Day of Peace die cut challenge at Cut It Up

 It's time to Cut It Up and this time we have a color scheme challenge!  We are looking for cards, layouts, or projects using the colors of a country you have visited or would like to visit.
  This was an opportunity for me to scrapbook a couple of panoramic pictures.  I cut the strips of red, green, and navy to mimic the flags of both Italy and France.  I Cricut cut the leaning tower of Pisa (Destinations cartridge) and the Eiffel Tower (Wall Decor and More cartridge) both at 4".

Enter your color scheme project...remember to also use a die cut somewhere on your creation...and you could win a $10 gift card to Kadoodle Bug Designs:

I am anxious to see your take on this challenge.  Link up at Cut It Up.  You have until September 17th to play along.  I hope you win!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

March 2006 Best Friends layout

What could be better than twins and best friend girls?  I am scrapbooking away...I found this page that I had made years ago, just waiting for photos.  I just had to make a companion page: 
I was tickled to use some very old Making Memories rub-ons and alpha stickers and a scrap of ribbon from my black& white scrap ribbon jar.  Niiiiiice.  I have a huge container of rub-ons and my scrap ribbon jars are very full, but I love it when I use bits up :)

Here is the March 2006 layout in total:
My girls are playing on my rocking horse in my parents' basement!  It has held up pretty well :)

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SOS Don't Crimp My Style challenge

The SOS (Shopping Our Stash) challenge this week is to use your paper crimper.  This really appeals to me because I feel energized when I use old stash.  For this challenge I dusted off my crimper, my SU lattice-trellis die, and these pink primas to make this card.  

And I used some new stash too:  a sentiment from my SRM "Thank You" sentiments sticker page.

My card is a CASE of a CASE.  My original card is in this November 2010 post :)

Thank you, SOS, for another terrific challenge.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

February 2006 Layout

A little my previous post (in which I finally finished scrapbooking my girls from 2005) I mentioned I have 3 goals:

My Scrapbooking Mission Goals:
  1. Work towards catching up on my scrapbooking.
  2. Use old stash up.
  3. Shrink the pile of partially completed layouts and work them into my scrapbook album.
I had already completed a January 2006 page which is the last page in the previous scrapbook.  On to the rest of 2006!  In my basement stash of really old stuff I found a 12x12 album that came with some papers and sticker sheets.  This is my first page of the new album.  I am tickled pink that I have been able to scrapbook these two Valentines in their radically different red outfits.  (The colors in this page look better in real life.)

The striped scrapbook paper, alpha stickers, and tab stickers all came with the new album (from Michaels.)  I added the dark brown Bazzill card stock and white Thickers for my title.

Happy Tuesday!