Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

We had such a good time trick-or-treating. Hope you all did, too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hello World

My little ones love to take a bath in the "big tub," the whirpool tub in our master bedroom. They get so excited when I agree to fill it up, add some bubbles, and turn on the jets. I don't blame them....I enjoy a good soak myself. LOL!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bo Bunny, Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Flowers: Prima; Title Tag: Crate Paper; Brads: Crate Paper; Pearl Flourish: Prima; Punch: Martha Stewart; Mist: Tattered Angels.

This layout is based on my last So Sketchy! sketch for October. You can see the original and Jen's layout HERE. Thanks to our sponsor this month, Let's Capture Our Memories. All the Crate Paper and flowers and brads came in my kit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


What do you get when you mix canvas, a Prima iron-on, and some 7 Gypsies? A mummy-fied double-page Treasured Memories Design Team Halloween layout, of course. *giggle*

Boo, I See You: This is my October design team layout for Treasured Memories, my local scrapbook store. We were given seven products: canvas, Tim Holtz distress Stickles, a Prima iron-on, a Prima felt stem, a Prima pebble, a 7 Gypsies book cover and tag. As soon as I saw the large, green iron-on, I thought of a Halloween layout.

I ripped the canvas into strips and then made a mummy. He's a bit large, hun? That's because I wanted to use my Prima pebble for his eye. It had a beautiful butterfly on the back. I scraped it off and used a piece of Prima stem for the pupil. Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Supplies: Cardostock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee; Chipboard: Basic Gray; Book Cover, Bingo Tag: 7 Gypsies; Buttons: Basic Grey, Daisy D's; Glitter: Tim Holtz Stickles; Iron-On: Prima.

I tried to tuck the bingo card tag in a bunch of nooks and crannies before it dawned on me to cut it up. I decided to make some funky bats. For the bat heads, I used some Basic Grey Eerie chipboard skulls, with an eye-ful of distress Stickles. Bwah....hah....hah!!! Scary!

The stars are die cut from the canvas. One of the challenges was to use the canvas three ways, so I've got the mummy, the stars, and the tied strips on the book cover photo mat. The other challenges I completed were (1) to handcut a design--the bats (2) buttons--spiders and near the moon and (3) stitching--the mummies mouth.

Well, this was such a fun layout, and I can't wait to find out what Melissa has in store for our last assignment!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sharing the Love with Imaginisce

Just wanted to share my love for Imaginisce since they were so kind as to share some love with me last month. As you may recall, I was featured on their blog last month. Well, they sent me a ton of goodies to say thanks for allowing them to showcase my layout. No, thank you, imaginisce! I absolutely LOVED everything in my box, which included their new lines Let's Roll and Polar Expressions. Here are some projects that I created.

On the Move: Is there any other way to describe a two-year-old? My little man is busy, busy all day. All night, too, if I'd let him. I especially loved the mirror stickers in this line. The little plane was just perfect to pull my title right across the page.

Hello Teacher: For my thank you card, I used my last bits and pieces of the Teacher's Pet line. For the pencil top, I used the packaging of the felt die cuts. LOVE it when I can use the cute manufacturer's packaging.

JOY Door Hanger: I decided that I needed to have this wonderful Christmas paper hanging in my home for the holidays. I covered some chipboard mittens, embellished with the sweet glitter 3-D stickers, and attached it all together with some wire. Easy, yet so festive!

Thanks again, Imaginisce for all the wonderful goodies! Looking forward to more fabulous lines from you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nine in '09

This week's sketch at The Scrappiest was perfect for some photos of my son with his birthday cake. The sketch calls for a grid of four patterned papers topped with a grid of photos. And I just happened to have four photos featuring four different birthday boy faces. Check it out.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil; Patterned Paper, Die Cut, Chipboard Alphas: Scrap Within Reach; Star Stamp: Hobby lobby; Mustard Ink: Staz On; Ribbon: Michael's.

LOVE this paper by Scrappin' Within Reach. It's called Industrial Park. Gears, plaid, and polka dots. Soft greys, bold navy, and warm mustard. I've had it in my stash for a long time, so I was very excited to finally use it. There's a fabulous gear die-cut buried beneath all those stars. Gotta love a die cut!

Ok, new favorite foam stamps. The big stars on my layout were stamped with a .99 cent foam stamp and some mustard ink. The stamp really soaked up the ink and gave me a great solid star. I enjoyed them so much that I went a little crazy stamping and stacking stars. I'm back to Hobby Lobby to see what other shapes they have. Oh, and to get more Staz On, too!

Be back tomorrow for a fun blog hop reveal for Scrapping Out LOUD!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The "Punkin" Patch

Yesterday, we went to the pumpkin patch. The weather was glorious, sunny and mid-60's. All the fat, squatty pumpkins greeted us kindly. Aren't they sweet?
So, my toddler's plan was to get as many pumpkins as he could carry even though all week long, he declared that he needed "just one punkin." It's never just one, is it? LOL!

And then my older guy wanted the biggest pumpkin in the place. He could barely carry it. Do you see the grunt on his face? *laugh* Anyway, I told him I was not paying $16 for some old deformed pumpkin just because it was the biggest one. I told him how about he find the most perfect pumpkin. Nope, he set out to find the smallest. Stubborn.

Then, they finally sat still long enough for me to take one sweet photo.

All in all, I took about 30 photos at the patch, and I'll probably want to scrap every last one of them. *smile* Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Treasured Memories Time......Almost

My Treasured Memories design team meeting is Wednesday night, so I stayed up late last night working up my assignment for October. Once I started, I just couldn't stop. We were given a slew of challenges and challenging products this. I actually had to get out the iron to complete this one. Here's a little snippet of what I came up with.

Check back on Wednesday for the full reveal. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ooh La La For Him

This week's sketch for The Scrappiest features some fun scallops, two journaling tags, and two different-sized photos. LOVE it! Be sure to pop over to the blog to see more layouts and this month's prize.

Time 2 Nap: My layout includes two pictures of my little boy resting with our puppy. Can you see the puppy? He sort of blends into the big brown leather chair. Not the easiest spot for taking photos. LOL!

This layout is also inspired by this week's TIME Is Up challenge over at Scrapping Out LOUD! Since the days seem to be getting longer and longer, it would be nice to scrap about time. Maybe having loads of it or not enough! Perhaps a daily schedule or a saying such as 'time to reflect'. There are loads of clock, calendar and number products on the market, and I am sure we all have something time-related to use! Go check out the other layouts HERE.

Be back soon!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Caution: Rough Stuff Ahead

Hi again Scrappers! I'm back with three more layouts from Fancy Pants's fun and fabulous "Rough and Tough" line. Beware...all these masculine colors, grungy accents, and boy photos might cause a surge of testosterone. LOL!

New Wheels: I really played up the grunge on this one. I tore some paper, added some staples, scrunched up some ribbon, scratched up the glitter letters, and outlined all the doodling on the green paper. To make the stars, I drew them freehand on the back of the paper, cut them out, outlined them with a black Zig pen, and added some threaded buttons.

Not Giving It Up: As soon as I saw this lightning paper, I knew I'd be scrapping this photo of my pouting two-year-old. I had told him he had to give up his paci. LOL! I really wanted to use the stars glitter cut, so I put down some cardstock to make it show up. The adhesive is hidden behind the other strips of paper. And I chopped it up, so I could use it in more than one place. I love to cut up the stickers and such to make them go farther.

2nd Season: I experimented a bit with brads and embroidery floss on this one. I LOVE stars, so anytime I can add them a little differently is a good thing. To make the large number 2, I traced a sticker onto some black cardstock.

This new line from Fancy Pants is on the shelves at Right at Home Scrapbooking. This line includes glitter diecuts, transparencies, a journal book, ribbons, stickers, rubons, buttons and lots of double sided patterned papers. I'm off to work on some Fall layouts with Reminisce's new line. See ya soon!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Earth, no Puppy, Love

Today I've got another So Sketchy! layout for ya. This sketch includes a great big circle right in the middle of the layout, one four by six photo, scallops, strips of paper, and an oversized flourish. I made some minor the sketch, so be sure to check out the original HERE.

Puppy Love: Gosh that little puppy is cute, hun? I love watching him sprint across the yard, full spead ahead, ears flopping in the wind. I couldn't decide on one photo for this layout, so I made a collage. SUPER easy thanks to Wal-Greens. Have you seen that? You can create it and then print it and pick it up in an hour. The 5x7s are only $1.99! Can you tell that I really liked the Earth Love paper? I mean did I use every pattern or what?

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil; Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Earth Love; Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart.

See those alphabet beads? I've had them forever and rarely use them. But recently I was inspired by Sasha Holloway to pull them out again. LOVE how they turned out! The dog's name is on the butterflies. LOL! If you haven't seen Sasha's blog, ooooo weeeeee......good stuff!

Thanks to Let's Capture Our Memories for sponsoring us this month! The twill on this layout came from a pack of goodies they sent the design team. The rest of the fab supplies they sent are on an upcoming layout. So stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gone Batty!

The October challenge at A la Carte went up today. Since Frances and I have six kids between us, we decided to do a Halloween menu.

1. orange, black, green, and purple
2. paper piecing
3. glitter
4. a "monstrous" embellishment
5. 3 photos
6. a candy wrapper

Here's my layout, "Let There Be Blood." This one is about my son searching for the bloodiest Halloween costume he could find. He toted around a quart of fake blood, just in case.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee, Basic Grey; Glittered Alphas and Stars: American Thickers; Journal Tag: Pink Paislee; Bling: Kaiser Craft; Ribbon: My Mind's Eye; Pen: Zig. All included in Noel Mignon's October kit, The 31st.

I went a little "batty" with the paper piecing, I know. But I LOVE to paper piece. And how about those googly eyes, hun? Any technique that lets me use googly eyes is a winner with me.

If you want to play along with us this month, you have until November 13th to email your layout to Frances. Go check out all the details and the other sample layouts at the blog HERE.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More Imaginisce

I love Imaginisce's Teacher's Pet line. The colors and patterns are so much fun. I especially like the texture. So perfect for all my back to school photos this year.

For this layout, I scrapped some photos of my fourth grader doing homework on the first day. Look how happy he is to be doing his homework. Cute!

I used my new Making Memories Slice to cut these scalloped labels. Aren't they fun? My hubby got me the Slice and three cartridges for my birthday! Good job, sweet guy!

And how about that naked chipboard? That was the challenge this week at Scrapping Out LOUD! Check out the other design team layouts HERE.

This layout was also inspired by this week's sketch at The Scrappiest. I love the three photos and the collage in the upper right corner. Check it out HERE.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Counting down the days

until Halloween! My kids are so excited about Halloween this year, especially my two year old. Since their dad won't be home for Halloween, we decided to let him in on some of the fun...picking out costumes, taking some photos, decorating the house, going to the pumpkin patch. Well, all this early preparation has left my kiddos eager for the big day!

This layout features of photo of my kids wearing their new costumes. My oldest wanted the scariest costume they had. I think he looks like a decoration on the porch. Tee hee! But he thinks he's scary. My little one didn't really care which costume he got as long as it had a hat. When my husband showed him the pirate hat and sword, he was finally ready to go.

Supplies (Noel Mignon's October Kit, The 31st): Kraft Cardstock: The Paper Studio; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey; Tags: Basic Grey, Etsy; Buttons: Daisy D's; Chipboard Alphas: Pink Paislee; Bling Spider: Basic Grey.

Today's layout has been brought to you by So Sketchy! This sketch is a fun one, featuring a big circle and three photos. I love how Allison shoved the circle up into the corner. For more takes on this sketch, pop over to the So Sketchy! blog. Jenn's and Zoe's layouts are fabulous!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Colors of Fall

This week's sketch at The Scrappiest went up today and boy is it a good one. I mean, really, all of Liz's sketches are fabulous, but this one really appealed to my linear nature. I just love it. Take a look.

For my layout, I did a mirror image of the sketch. That's the beauty of a sketch....make it work for you. The paper is from Bo Bunny's new Fall line. Sooo pretty! I just love the pink mixed in with the browns and oranges.

Supplies--Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Delilah; Chipboard: Buzz and Bloom; Brads: Bazzil, Making Memories; Flowers: Prima; Stick Pins: JoAnn; Alphas: My Little Shoebox, Thickers; Floss: DMC.

I was so excited to finally use this branch by Buzz and Bloom. I've had it in my stash for about two years. After some minor trimming, I was able to make it work. I just LOVE the result. And how about all those brads, hun? I was loving all the texture that they added.

How cute is that little owl? I cut him right off the tags that came with the line. And those cute pink leaf pins......THANKS Tanya, a fellow DT member at Treasured Memories. She picked them up for me on sale at Jo-Anns. They're just like the green ones by Maya Road but in more colors. Ca-ute! And, of course, I had to add some stitching. So I used it to attach the branch and outline the page.

Hope you're feeling inspired to play along with us this week. There's a great prize up for grabs--a huge kit full of Pink Paislee papers provided by our October sponsor, Scrapbook Circle. Just in case my layout's not enough to get the scrappy juices flowing, stop over at The Scrappiest to see the full DT reveal. Fabulous, as always!

See you soon!

Toot...toot....this was in the Top Ten at Two Peas in a Bucket on Thursday, 10/08/09. How fun! Thanks, ya'll!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Weekend to Treasure

This past weekend, my best friend Frances and I went to our favorite local scrapbook store, Treasured Memories in Lafayette, LA. We got to sit and scrap for three days. We had such a great time! We got to meet Beatriz in person....she's a hoot! Ask her what happened to her pants? Hee, hee! And we got to chat with Janet, the owner, and teachers Wendy and Connie. Sooo talented! And we got to hang with some FUN our table mates Crystal and Georgette.

Not only did I have a great time, but I got several layouts done, too! These first two are for Right at Home Scrapbooking. My deisgn team kit contained this great paper by Reminisce, Autumn Forest. The colors and patterns are just perfect for your Fall photos. My layout "Leaf Chaser" features my little man prancing around the yard without his shirt looking for fallen leaves. Trust me, with just two small trees in the yard, he had to look hard. LOL!

This next layout "Basket of Boys" uses Fancy Pants's Rowdy Boy line. The playful papers and grungy accents are great fun. I think I could use these papers for about half my photos. Oh, and that chain? It came off some Maya Road chipboard. Fun way to recycle, hun?

And finally, this layout "Nuts About You" is for this week's challenge at Scrapping Out LOUD! We were to create a scene and include hidden journaling. My scene was inspired by this sweet My Little Shoebox paper. Such fun colors and patterns. I mean pink and green trees. Ca-ute! What outdoor scene would be complete without some whimsical bookpaper butterflies? Yeah, I threw a few of those on there, too. I may have been pushing it a little with the pink clouds, but I got a little carried away. It's not too often that I get to use pink. LOL!

Hope to go back down to Lafayette real soon! Beatriz will be teaching another class in November. This time canvas books. Save us a table, ladies! Until then, happy scrapping!