Sunday, January 31, 2010

Adornit Lapreal

Last month, I won myself a prize over at the Adornit blog. Those lovely ladies sent me the entire Lapreal line. Beautiful!!!

Loves the Bath: This little guy is sooo happy in the tub. He could spend hours in there if I'd let him. Shivering and wrinkling. This Christmas he got a new set of tub toys and it is even harder to lure him out of the bath now. One toy, in particular, is a purple octopus that he lovingly refers to as his "accident." He even requested that I take photos of him playing with it.







I am so proud of myself for finally fiddling with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder that I bought several months ago. All the fabulousness that Jana Eubank has been posting at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog has really inspired me to give it a try. So, to make my title, I first used my MM Slice Animal Crackers cartridge to cut out some 2 1/2" letters. Then, I ran those letters through the Sizzix with the embossing folder. To keep those cuties from blending in too much, I backed them with white. I was so thrilled with the result that I repeated the process to make the hearts.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon . . . I have another sneak to post!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Early Spring Cleaning

Outside, buds are appearing, the sun is shining more regularly, and the air is a bit less chilly. Do you feel it? I do. And I am embracing it wholeheartedly. Notice the design team area of my sidebar? I did a little Spring cleaning to make way for a new venture, which I'll be teasing you with for a couple of weeks until I can reveal all the details. The first sneak is posted HERE.

One of the design teams that I said farewell to was The Scrappiest sketch challenge blog by Liz Chidester. LOVE her sketches and all the fun gals over HERE. I'll surely miss them and will continue to use her sketches, such as this layout with sketch #49.

Easter Morning: These Easter photos from 2009 have been in my photo bucket for a while. The Studio Calico Homefront kit that Liz sent was just perfect. The yellow paper really made me feel like scrapping Easter. Those woodgrain alpha stickers didn't hurt either. Oh, and do you see my new Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Got that for Christmas. Thanks, Mom!





Thanks for stopping by. And please stay tuned as I reveal more about my new venture!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Blooming in March . . .

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. . . at a NEW website near you!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lucy Bird Easter Layout

Imaginisce's Lucy Bird collection just beckons Spring! And I don't know about you, but I am ready for Spring.

Easter Goodies

Not only do I love the bright colors and fun embellies in this collection, but I also LOVE the packaging. It is a tone-on-tone dotted yellow. My butterfly punches and rub-on tag are both created from this packaging. What a treat!

At some point, I will put these new Imaginisce goodies aside and scrap something else. We'll see! See you soon.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Another One with Scooter

Imaginisce's Scooter's Vacation is such a fun line . . . the colors, paper flowers, sticker stackers, chipboard, ribbon, rub-ons. How could a girl go wrong?

Paradise Found





The camera paper, stickers, chipboard and ribbon were perfect for scrapping these school photos of my two year old. I didn't want to scrap them--since he didn't smile in a SINGLE picture--but this Imaginisce line changed my mind. I love it when that happens!

Had fun making some more I-Top brads, this time with paper. Speaking of the I-Top, Tim Holtz created a You Tube video using the I-Top brad maker and his Sticky Back canvas. WOW! You can see it HERE. Caution: You will want both of these products. LOL!

Ok, off to clean house, so I can sit at my scrapbook desk all night! My mind is reeling with ideas. See you soon!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

MORE Beach Pictures

What's a girl to do when she goes on vacation to the beach and takes 287 photos? I mean, seriously, all 287 of them are fabulous. And I'm not biased, of course.

And the reason I pulled them out again? Imaginisce's Scooter's Vacation, of course.
Paradise Found




My favorite part of this layout is the rub-on circle. I have trouble with rub-ons, and I just love how this came out. A close second are the brads covered with pieces of denim from an old pair of my toddler's blue jeans. Oh, and let's not forget about that cute chain attaching my little luggage tags. It's leftover from some old chipboard.

I'm scrapping again tonight, via conference call with my friend Frances, so hopefully I'll be back soon with some more fun Imaginisce projects! Until then, take care!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Imaginisce's CHA Releases **SUPER LONG POST**

Imaginisce has some fab-U-lous things happening for CHA. Five new collections. Three new brad daddies. And one new tool. But before I get to all of that, here's a little something that I made with one of the new collections, Lucy Bird. The colors are so bright and bold, just perfect for Spring.

Spring Banner: These papers brought to mind so many fun paper piecings that I decided to do them all for my banner. However, they were a bit top heavy so I had a hard time figuring out how to hang them. I may need to do some more tweeking on that. But I really LOVE each fun shape.



















You may remember seeing Scooter's Vacation here a couple of weeks ago. I'll have a layout with that collection in a couple of days. But just this week, Imaginisce revealed three more collections: Live Loud, To Love & Cherish, and Splash Dance.











As if that's not enough CHA goodness, Imaginisce is also introducing three new brad daddies--magnets, buttons, and badges--for the I-Top brad maker. Ladies, you WANT this tool. So versatile. So fun! Just ask Madge, that cutie patootie cartoon character who represents Imaginisce.






Wait, not done YET....Imaginisce is also releasing a NEW TOOL at CHA. It's a secret, sort of. All I'm saying is that it involves bling and it is HOT. Really, I can't say anything else but I am sure you will LOVE it!


I don't know about you, but that's all I can take for one post. Tee hee! Blog ya later!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Doing a Little House Haunting



Goodness, isn't today's sketch over at The Scrappiest some kind of cute? I spent a good bit of time digging through my stash and my photos trying to find just the right pictures and embellies to do this sketch justice. And then it hit me, my big boy giving my little boy advice on the front porch of the first trick-or-treat house complemented by a big ole paper pieced haunted house.

First House




Everything on this layout except for the alphas and the Basic Grey chipboard came from my October Noel Mignon kit, The 31st. I have already scrapped at least three layouts from this kit and I'm still digging into it. Her kits are HUGE! I'll probably still be able to mix it into next year's layouts.

Well, if you get a chance to head on over to The Scrappiest, you won't be disappointed. There's a ton of inspiration from the rest of the design team AND a Studio Calico Home Front kit up for grabs.

Thanks for dropping in! Blog ya later.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

One Last Ride

Well, after the gifts were ripped open, the ham nice and glazed, the decorations boxed up, and the children amazed, I had time to sit down at my scrapbooking spot and finish creating with the design team goodies I got. Tee hee! Here's two more layouts with the Collage Press Joyride that Lisa from Right at Home Scrapbooking sent me.



Merry Christmas: Yet again, I made a scalloped circle with punched 1" circles. To make it a little different and to bring in some brown, I zig zag stitched around it. Fortunately, the chipboard set came with a title and those cute clouds and airplane. All I did was add some dashed lines around the clouds to make them pop a little.



Flurry of Fun: Collage Press chipboard sheets are fabulous! I just popped these snowflakes off the sheet and then sprinkled them throughout this layout. Add a few threaded buttons, a tag, four circles, and a title and you end up with a fun snow page. I love all the white space on this layout. It lets the Bo Bunny dotted swiss cardstock really shine!

That's all I've got for today! Hope to be back real soon with projects that'll make you swoon.

Ok, seriously, no more rhymes. Blog ya later!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Uh Oh...I'm in Trouble

I learned how to create sketches in Microsoft Word today, and oh my is it fun! With a little help from my friend Frances, I was able to create my sketch, convert it to jpeg, and then save it as an image. YIKES! I've already made four. I thought I would share one here.

I just loved that I was able to make the sketch in color and with pattern to distinguish between the elements. It's a happy sketch! Tee hee. Feel free to give it a whirl if you are so inspired.

GOOD NEWS!!! I was asked to design for a second year at my favorite local scrapbook store, Treasured Memories in Lafayette, LA. Janet has chosen this group of fun, fabulous group of ladies to be on the team this year.

Frances Sylvia
Liz Granger
Paula Arabie
Tanya Joseph
Carol Gatza
Franny Bobbit


Thanks, Janet, for allowing me to hang out with you guys and play with all that scrappy goodness for another year. LOVE ya'll!

Be back tomorrow with some layouts. Woo hoooo!!! Blog ya later!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Seasons Change

This month at 3 Scrappy Boys, I got the December Add-On Kit, full of Crate Paper Seasons, Hambly, Prima, Kaiser Craft and Bella Boulevard goodness. The fun, funky colors of the Crate Paper Seasons line reminded me of growing up in the 70s. I had a good time!

Wintery Home

Here's my home all dusted with snow, the first time since I was eight that we've had such a snow. Beautiful! I used some of my favorite items from the kit on this layout....the Maya Road envelope, the Making Memories copper butterfly and dragonfly, and the fabric. Ooooooo, that fabric is divine! And doesn't it make a lovely flower? I'll be posting a tutorial at 3SB on Monday. Please come!


Lil Mouth


Ooooo.....just love those squishy lips. And they look that way a lot because this little fellow never stops talking. He's a very happy boy. For this one, I used the Hambly overlay on top of a piece of kraft cardstock. To cover up the adhesive spots, I added some flowers cut from the "Summer" sheet. Each flower is also decorated a bit with brads. The little "Hi" word bubble is from the rub-on sheet, and the yellow scalloped border under the photo was traced from a Prima package. The Sassafras Lass woodgrain alpha stickers were from my stash.

A New Love


My nine-year-old is in LOVE with our mini daschsund. I love the middle photo where you can just see the adoration on his face. The "Love" paper was perfect for this layout. I added the Bella Boulevard fabric flower because the petals looked heart-shaped to me and it's just CA-ute! To add a little more dimension to the page, I cut out some more hearts and popped them up. The fabric, buttons, and alphas all came from my stash.

In 2010

This is my FIRST-ever layout that doesn't include a photo. In fact, I think I remember hearing myself I'd never do a layout without a photo. Never say never, right? I really wanted to document some of my family's resolutions this year, and I thought it would make a great title page for our family album. This layout was completely inspired by the "Rainbow" paper. Each resolution is added to the arc using a combination of Kaiser mini-alphas, Crate Paper rub-ons, and Bella Boulevard stamps. The clouds are also rub-ons, and the flowers at the bottom were cut from the "Spring" paper. I used up a good many of the Prima Eline pearls that came in my October kit.
"Girly" Gift Bag Tag


I used a Prima flower package and kit stash to create this fun bag tag for a friend who just had a baby girl. I love that the packaging already has a hole in it for attaching to the bag.

Oh, on a separate note, Melissa at Scrapz and Stuff has a great blog giveaway HERE. Let me just say.....Basic Grey!

Phew......that's all for today! Thanks for stopping by.

Blog ya later!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Magnetizing!

Imaginisce has just released some magnetic brad daddies for the I-Top. The design team made some fun little projects that are posted in the Imaginisce gallery HERE. For my project, I created a Travel Tic-Tac-Toe game using the Sweet Cherie line.



Since Sweet Cheri is Imaginisce's Valentine line, I made my little Tic-Tac-Toe game resemble a box of chocolates complete with paper cups for the magnets. Oh, and that big heart on the lid is made from packaging. All of Imaginisce's packages coordinate with the colors of the different lines. How fabulous is that?

Stay tuned for more projects from Sweet Cheri over the next couple of weeks.

Blog ya later!

Monday, January 4, 2010

On the Home Front

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you Studio Calico for sponsoring The Scrappiest this month. I received THIS in the mail. Talk about excited . . . I've never gotten one of their kits.

Holiday Tradition: For breakfast on Christmas morning, I make monkey bread for my eager kiddos. It's the one food that will tear them away from their stockings and gifts so that they can eat. And I think it's so pretty on the plate. Next year, I think I'll add red and green sprinkles.

Everything except the brads (Basic Grey Nook and Pantry), the puffy alphas (American Crafts Thickers), and the floss (DMC Embroidery) came in my kit. There's enough left for me to use with all three of my layouts this month at The Scrappiest, so you'll be seeing more throughout the month.

So how do you win your own kit? Simply use Liz's sketches to create your own LOs and link them up to Mr. Linky at the bottom of the sketch posts. She posts a new sketch HERE at the blog every Monday so check back each week and complete them all to improve your chances. You have all month long, so get scrappin'! The winner will be announced February 1st.

Blog ya later!