Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hey, Rickey...

you're so fine; you blow my mind! Hey Rickey! Lime Rickey! Ok, so not exactly the way the song goes, but this Basic Grey really does blow mind.

This month my design team kit from Right at Home Scrapbooking contained the fun and fabulous Lime Rickey by Basic Grey! Super fun colors and patterns. I love how versatile this paper is. Check out these three layouts all made with Lime Rickey and all from products at the store.

I just love how each layout has its own style even though all of them are Basic Grey Lime Rickey. In fact, I used the Collection Pack complete with cardstock stickers and alphas. Be sure to grab up some of this fun paper from the store! I'd love to see what you create.

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Two For Tuesday

No, not two layouts, but two challenges. This layout is based on sketch #23 at The Scrappiest and on this week's challenge at Scrapping Out LOUD!

I LOVE this sketch: the white space, the layers, the multiple photos. It worked well with this Sassafras Lass paper. It's very versatile. You should pop over to the blog and see the rest of the DTs take on it...fabulous!

For this week's Scrapping Out LOUD! challenge, we were to use a newspaper embellishment. I made chipboard stars by Mod Podging some newspaper on cardboard and then die cutting out some stars. I then Glimmer Misted and outlined them. To make them pop a little, I put a colorful brad in the middle. Some of the other DT members were even more creative than I, so be sure to go take a look! You'll be digging out your old newspapers for sure.

Be sure to upload your layouts at The Scrapppiest and Scrapping Out LOUD! to be eligible for their July prizes!

Happy Scrappin'

Friday, July 24, 2009

Grab your wallets!

Wallet-sized photos, that is! Today's sketch at So Sketchy! contains five of them. The original sketch calls for five photos in a horizontal orientation, but I had my heart set on these vertical birthday photos. They matched the paper perfectly!

The photos are of my mom's 60th birthday. Wow, I can't believe she's 60 because she doesn't act or look like she's 60. Of course, I'm not exactly sure how 60 is supposed to look or act. LOL! She was a little bummed about the whole affair, so my immediate family threw her a little surprise party at my house, complete with a homemade cake and presents. That cheered her right up! I wasn't too pleased with the quality of the photos. Terrible light in my dining room. But I just had to scrap such cute photos!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Cherry Hill; Brads: Sassafras Lass Dainty Dots; Butterfly Die Cut Border: Bazzil Just the Edge; Chipboard Alphas: Craft Fair Ladybug Fabric Thickers and Charcoal Dolce Fabric Thickers; Flowers: Bazzil; Rub-on: Lilly Bee; Buttons: Autumn Leaves; Floss: DMC; Stick Pins: Maya Road; Dew Drops: Queen & Co.

Be sure to check out the sketch HERE at So Sketchy! And email Alison your creation, so she can add it to the July Slide. And, who knows? Maybe you'll be the lucky winner of the July prize.

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I'm in LOVE...

with my own layout! Is that ok? Don't you just love it when you enjoy the process AND the product? Well, it started with some super cute paper. Webster's Pages Sweet Cherry Pie, bought especially for some July 4th photos way before I even had any July 4th photos.

Now as if the paper weren't cute enough, would you look at that sketch. Liz over at The Scrappiest really outdid herself this time. Wallet photos, white space. LOVE it!

But wait, there's more. To add to cute supplies and an awesome sketch, I had even more inspiration by way of this week's challenge over at Scrapping Out LOUD: So DIstressed OUT! Distressing is so hot right now in the scrap booking world, and it's so much more fun than stressing! So how about using some distressing on this week’s layout! I inked, scrunched, sanded, tore, roughed up, and crackled. Whew!

I must say a little thank you to Liz for the sweet petunia stamp that she sent me. Do you see those little yellow flowers? Yep, made with the stamp. I never would have bought that little stamp, but I can think of a thousand ways to use it now that I have it. Thanks, Liz!

Last, but not least, those cute clay buttons are compliments of Stephanie Hart at My Little Bit of Whimsy! I won her blinkie contest last month, and she sent me a set of these. HOW cute! Thanks, Stephanie!

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

So Splashy!

Today's sketch at So Sketchy! is designed to make a splash! Check it out HERE. As soon as I saw it, I thought of this fabulous We R Memory Keepers paper and my cutie-patootie in the splash pool. Now that's a good combination!

I went a little splash crazy on this layout. One sheet of the We R Memory Keepers paper was full of red and yellow paisleys that looked like splashes to me. Soooo, I cut them out, doodled on some outlines, and pop dotted them onto the page. Then, I brought out the Crystal Accents and glopped it down like water droplets. Even on the photos! To finish it off, I added a Glitz bling title and some Dymo journaling.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Scrappin'

P.S. Toot....toot! This layout was in the Top Ten at Two Peas! Wooo me some Alison Cope sketches!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Fun Sketch

Over at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks, sketch #29 is a fun one, featuring one photo, layers of patterned paper, curves, and circles. You can check it out HERE. This week's prize is sponsored by one of my very favorite kit companies, The ScrapRoom. This week's winner will recieve not one but two kits and a stamp set. Awesome!

For this layout, I used Bo Bunny Press Grease Monkey paper and cardstock stickers and a chipboard title from Me and My Big Ideas. Have you seen those at Michael's? Super cute!

Well, that's it for today. Short and sweet...I have a summer cold, and it is wearing me out. A week of this is enough. Normally, I scrapbook after putting my two-year-old to bed. Not this week. The cold medicine knocks me out at about 9:00. Such a lightweight!

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Are You Kidding Me?

So, this is what my husband found when he went to check on my two-year-old who was supposedly napping. After snapping a few photos, we went to work cleaning up an entire bottle of lotion and half a bottle of powder. NOT fun!

It's a good thing I scrapbook, or else I wouldn't find anything remotely funny here. But since I do put pictures in albums, I'll have a great time reliving this one. Ahhh, the terrible twos!

Wee, Wee, Wee!

Well, as you may have noticed from other posts, we have one active two-year-old living in our house. He is always on the go, digging in cabinets and drawers, and generally making mischeif. We have to hide the remotes, so he won't take the batteries out.

He loves to gather up all sorts of random things throughout the house and tote them around in gift bags, Target bags, baskets, etc. We haven't bought him too many toys because he'd rather play with what he digs up in the house. BUT when we saw this Little Tikes shopping cart, we knew he'd love it.

This fun sketch is #21 at The Scrappiest. Go see it and some other great takes on it HERE. Liz has a wonderful prize this month from Scenic Route.

I completed this layout for Challenge #4 at a la Carte. Here's this week's menu:

1. Use turquoise, red, and yellow.
2. Use a popsicle stick.
3. Use a clear embellishment.
4. Use a circular layout.
5. Use a number in your title.
6. Use a handcut embellishment.

I used everything but the popsicle stick. It's a little harder than it looks. Give it a try and you might just win this month's great prize. Go check out the other designer's takes on the challenge HERE.

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cast Away

Our challenge this week over at Scrapping Out LOUD! is to use paper casting. And my what a neat challenge it is! You create an embellishment with toilet tissue. After several mistries, I finally figured it out and came up with a pretty neat embellie. Take a look.

I just love this picture of my husband and me on the beach in Gulf Shores. My eight-year-old, the budding photographer, took it for me. We were plenty relaxed after five days of sun and sand and ocean breeze. Our kids had such a great time and were so well-behaved that we want to go back every year. Can't wait!

My flower center was stamped onto wet toilet paper and then let dry for a day. Then I cut it out and attached some pebbles and a pearl to try to make it show up a little better. In person, it doesn't look quite so washed out.

Some of my fellow DT members inked or chalked their casts to make them pop a little. You can check out their creations HERE. Also, there's a link to Danielle Flanders' tutorial on toilet paper casting. If you want to stretch your scrappy creativity, this is definitely a challenge for you. And heck, you end up with a neat, super cheap embellishment. AND you may even win a great prize from Life Preservers.

Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Blown Away!

Sketch #28 is up at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks, and I am absolutely stunned by the amazing talent of my fellow design team members. Each and every layout is beautiful and inspiring. You MUST go check it out. The prize this week ain't too bad either, I tell ya. Anyhoo, here's my humble little take on the sketch.

I just love this Crate Paper...such great colors and patterns. And I was excited to be able to use so many of the different patterns. How great is that die cut paper, hun? I liked the paper so much that I didn't feel the need to do much embellishing. Just some Prima packaging, brads, and alphas. Nothing fancy.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had a wonderful Sunday. Be back soon!

Happy Scrappin'

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fabulous Friday

Ok, so I know it's Saturday, but I have some fun news from Friday. Ellen Sosnoski, design team member at Core'dinations, pea-mailed me last week or so asking if she could post my "In the Dunes" layout on the Core'dinations blog. Of course, hun?

Well, it went up yesterday as their Fabulous Friday Find. Soooo neat to be discovered like that. Go check it out HERE. And take a look around while you're there. Their designers have some really neat ideas for using their cardstock. And it sounds like maybe some CHA sneak peeks are going up Monday. Oh, I just love CHA time. Makes my heart go thumpity-thump when I see all the new scrappy goodness coming our way.

Have a happy Saturday! I know I will....Frances is coming to scrapbook at my house later today. I'm hoping to get my hubby to take some photos of us holed up in my scrapbook room, eating Rotel dip, and drinking frozen daiquiris. Hint, hint, honey! LOL

Be back soon with some layouts to share!

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

So Sketchy's in Full Swing

Here's my third layout for So Sketchy! design team. Have I told you how much I love Allison's sketches? Please do go to the blog and check this one out. You'll also find some amazing designs by two of my Sistas, a picture of July's amazing prize, and a new star sketch that will knock your socks off!

Supplies Cardstock: Bazzil; Patterned Paper, Chipboard Stickers, Pebbles: Pebbles, Inc.; Ribbon: American Crafts; Journal Spots: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard Frame: Technique Tuesday; Stick Pins: Maya Road; Other: book pages.

Mr. Independent here did NOT enjoy the swing ride at Gulf Shores' mini amusement park. He couldn't figure out how to get out of it or make it go faster or whatever else he wanted it to do. His faces were cracking me up! Nevertheless, his dad and I enjoyed watching him ride all the different rides. He was strapped in. We got to just stand there for five minutes. Hey, don't judge.......this is one ACTIVE two-year-old here. LOL!

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Pinch of This and a Dash of That

Today's challenge at Scrapping Out Loud is to scrap about a favorite recipe, whether it is a family recipe, a new recipe, one you made up yourself, or even a dish at a restaurant!

Here's my take. My eight-year-old's favorite breakfast "recipe" is a cup of cereal (preferably Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms, which I rarely buy), a cup of whole milk, and a sippy bowl. He has become such a talented "chef" that he can make it himself. Oh yeah, that makes a momma happy!

All supplies for this layout came from the Five Foot Two kit at Noel Mignon. I have been swooning over her kits for some time now, but I finally broke down and bought one. And, let me just say, they are soooooo wonderful. All mixed and matched and bright and vintagey. I still have tons left, too!

Now, let's look at that punched border for just a second, shall we? When I first bought the Martha Stewart lace border punch, I thought it might be a little fussy for me. Then, when I tried to use it, it didn't show up so well and was really hard to ink or outline. Sooooo....I did some stitching in the first row of holes that were already punched and WOWZERS! now I love it. Martha Stewart has got it going on, I tell ya!

That clean, modern design is Liz's sketch #20 from The Scrappiest. I just LOVE the three wallet-sized photos....a new favorite of mine right now. I replaced the big arrow with two tags, and I expanded the circle. I LOVE circles, and the bigger the better. Don't you think? Be sure to go by the blog and see the other design team's takes on the sketch as well as the July prize by Scenic Route. Why don't you give it a try?

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back later this week....I have another So Sketchy layout coming up. It's a good one, too!

Happy Scrappin'

Friday, July 3, 2009

A Real Man

This month at Scrap the Boys we were instructed to be inspired by the saying, "Real men don't eat quiche." We were to scrap photos of our boys or men being not so masculine. You know maybe their secret thing for pink, them in some girly dress-ups, makeup, flowers in their hair. We all have those photos that make us think “hmmm . . . that will be a good one for their 21st birthday party.” The criteria was to start our title with “real men (or boys) don’t . . .” Here's my take.

My toddler is totally addicted to his pacifier. So much so that when he lost every single one of them, I had to run to the Wal-Greens to get new ones. [We'll fight that battle a little later.] The only ones they had in 18+ months in his brand were pink. I didn't have the time or desire to search all over town for masculine colored pacis, so I bought the pink ones. People got a kick out of Mr. Rough and Tumble sporting a pink paci. I decided to take a photo of him for his dad. I mean there he was in some Real Tree Camo pajamas and a pink paci. Gotta make a dad proud, hun? So glad I got to scrap them, too.

I have been holding on to this Pink Paislee paper forever, loving it but thinking I'd never be able to use it. Amazingly, the colors matched my photo perfectly. The butterflies are cut from a KI Memories lace cardstock piece. The black flourishes are Hambly cutouts. To make these pop, I've used some Me and My Big Ideas chipboard lables . . . LOVE them! Then to girl it up even more, I've embellished the butterflies with stick pins and big black jewels. Big suprise that I journaled with the Dymo, hun? I'm telling you . . . it'll be a while before I put that thing to rest.

Anyhoo, head on over to Scrap the Boys for more great inspiration on this challenge. It's the debut of the new design team, and it's a good one. Check out the prize for July . . . it might just make you want to scrap some "girlie" photos of your men or boys, too!

Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Red, White, and Blue All Over

In the spirit of the Fourth of July, I have two red, white, and blue layouts to share today. Neither of them is an Independence Day layout...those will be up next week after all our fun festivities....but the colors have me thinking about our all American holiday!

First, I have my take on Challenge #3 at a la Carte inspired by a Fourth of July Picnic. Take a look at the menu HERE. I incorporated all six items. Ahem...overachiever. Hee, hee! I kid. Last month, so many of our talented members used all six menu items, so I was feeling the pressure to do the same. Anyway, here's my take.

So, how do you like that itty bitty crab paper piecing? When I found the pattern HERE, I just couldn't resist. I was going to put French knots on the top of his shell, but I was afraid I'd mess him up. I'll save that technique for another time. Ya know, the next time I make a giant crab for a page!

What I did do was paint the chipboard letters for the word celebrate. They're the same as the ones I used for sand, but I wanted more orange on the page. Super easy, and it allows me to incorporate older letters.

Also, I'd like to share a layout that was published in the June edition of Scrapstreet Magazine. It was featured in an article about journaling. The challenge was to use just one part of speech. I used a string of verbs to describe my toddler's adventures playing in the puddles! I just love the color scheme, too.

I just love the Imaginesce paper mixed with the Sassafras Lass. Mixing it up is fun stuff! What I really enjoyed doing was punching and curling those flowers. Ooooo...dimension....that makes me happy! And I'm pretty glad that Jillibean Soup is sooo generous with the journaling sprouts because it might be a while before I get tired of them. Uh-oh, I'm just noticing that this is pre-button-threading days. How much cuter would those buttons be with a little black thread in them? Isn't it funny how our scrapbook styles and tastes just a few weeks even?

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Scrappin'