Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Are you excited?  Are you ready to rush through homework and dinner and face painting and photo-taking so you can tromp around the neighborhood dodging cars and hay rides to go trick-or-treaing?  Yeah, me too!

In the meantime, how about a little scrappy inspiration.  Here's a Halloween card that I have up on the Jillibean Soup blog today.

31 Card

Oh, and I also want to mention how excited I am to have my scrap space featured at Northridge Publishing's Create blog HERE. In addition to scrap spaces, they've also got some great tutorials and awesome Fall cards this week.

Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Anderson Farms

Yesterday was a beautiful day at the pumpkin patch!

Happy  Sunday to ya!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Recipe Challenge

For my last Scraptastic Kit Club project, I teamed up with design team member Michelle for a little Halloween Recipe Challenge.  You can see all the challenge details HERE.  For my project, I chose to create a decor piece.

This was such a quick and easy project, which is just my style.  Anyhoo, I already had this plain wooden 8" x 10" frame.  I used some Tim Holtz Stain from the kit to actually stain the wooden frame.  I can't believe how rich and multi-tonal the color is.  Then, I added some paper to the insert, a die cut, a couple of spiders, and some twine.  All the embellishments were in the kit.  LOVE that!

So, after you take a TON of Halloween photos this weekend, head over to the Scraptastic blog HERE and participate in our challenge.  We'd love to see what you create!

Happy Halloween!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Fall Family Photo Shoot

It was a glorious day yesterday.  Sunshine and Fall colors abound.  So after church, I decked everyone out in some Fall colored garb and loaded 'em up for a little drive.  We went south to Chicot State Park and had a fall family photo shoot.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pics for our family who visit the blog.




This park offered so many great spots for taking photos.  I ended up shooting at least a hundred.  And soooo many that I like.  Lots of scrappy material.  And lots of pics for the grandparents. 

Have a great day!  See you soon with something scrappy.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Pair of Punkins!

A perk of being Scraptastic Kit Club's October guest designer was a discount on her fabulous kits.  Couldn't let that go to waste, now could I?  So, I bought her Halloween kit, which is stuffed with Authentique and My Mind's Eye.  Yummers!!!  Here is my first layout with that kit.

Pair of Punkins

I used the My Mind's Eye October layout sketch (found HERE) as my inspiration for this one.  I liked that the paper placement was a bit different.  Gotta get out of my box sometimes, ya know?

Jessica put an entire sheet of thsoe super cute Doodlebug black alphabet stickers in the kit.  LOVE them!  I liked them so much that I wrote out the entire date.  I couldn't find a place to put it, so I curved it around my embellishment.  Love how that turned out!

I have one more Scraptastic Kit Club project to share with you, but it'll have to wait until the 27th for the Halloween Recipe challenge.  Hope you'll check it out!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

OCTOBER Hello Thursday

This past Thursday was the release of a TON of new cartridges by ProvoCraft.  All of the new carts and a ton of sample projects were posted HERE at the official Cricut blog.  Here's one that I made using the new Go Canada cartridge.

I {Heart} Canada Card

Oh. My. Goodness.  How cute is that little beaver?  I just love his little buck teeth and that he's just waving away.  Too cute!  The cartridge also has a really cute moose head on it.  Both of those critters alone were enough reason for me to love the cartridge.

I cut the large maple leaf at 5" from a piece of Bella Blvd Sophisticates paper.  And then I cut the little beaver was cut at 4", embossed one layer with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, and layered him up with some foam adhesive.  And finally, I cut a 2" maple leaf, added one of Imaginisce's glam rock hearts in the middle, and attached it on top of a toothpick to create a flag. 

Even though the cartridge has a lot of Canadian motifs and phrases (and I live in Louisiana), I do plan to use this cartridge.  The alphabet that comes on this one is super chunky and cute.  And, there are several motifs that would work well for scrapping some of my husband's Alaskan work photos -- an Igloo, polar bear, snow shoes, and moose.  And the maple leaf could work for many of my Fall pics.  Oh, and . . . well, you can see for yourself by checking out the cartridge at the Cricut blog HERE.

Well, happy Saturday to ya!  I'll be back Monday with another Scraptastic Kit Club layout.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Create A Card Treat Pockets

Happy Friday!  I'm so excited to share my first Doodlebug project with you.  This week's blog projects focused on the Create A Card system, and here is what I created.

Treat Pockets

For my pockets, I chose to use four Halloween colored Square Grid Cards.  I LOVE the little tab up top!  To create the pockets, I used some Terrifically Tacky Tape to close up the bottom and right side.  Then, I just adorned each one with Monster Mania papers, stickers, die cuts, brads, and rub ons.  Simple!

I can't wait to share these with the fam at dinner on Halloween night.  Won't they look so fun on their plates?  Eeek!  Good times.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Working the Wood Grain

My sweet fella painted a bird house for me for Mother's Day in 2009, and I finally scrapped that photo.  The layout is up on the Jillibean Soup blog today, and I thought I'd share it with you here. 

Wood Worker

Love all those patterns, especially the wood grain.  Isn't it perfect for a layout about wood working?  Oh, and check out the woodgrain patterned chipboard letters.  Ca-UTE!

I just LOVE Jillibean Soup patterns.  So much so that I included 11, count 'em, ELEVEN patterns on this one layout.  Oy . . . chill out scrappy lady.  LOL!

And here's a fun Fall card, also using some Wood Grain papers.

Ok, so just a little woodgrain on this one, but lots of other fun Fall papers.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

60-Minute Madness

Today at the Imaginisce blog we are featuring projects made in 60 minutes or less.  I whipped up a Christmas Advent Box.  In 60 minutes.  Really.  I was a bit surprised myself.  LOl!

Santa's Little Helper Advent Box

I picked up this kraft advent box at Hobby Lobby for $12.99, and I used my 40% off coupon, so it was a steal!  Then, I covered each 2" x 2" drawer with a piece of Santa's Little Helper patterned paper.  This step took about thirty minutes.  What helped speed things up was when I discovered about half way through that I could use a one-inch circle punch to cut out the little notch at the top of each square.

Oh. My. Gosh.  I LOVE that giant bow.  Pretty fun stuff, hun?  EASY.  I cut four 2" x 12" strips.  I looped the first two and attached them together the the folds.  Then I wrapped a 2" x 4" strip over the center.  Then I notched the other two and attached them to the bottom of the bow.  I attached it all to the top of the box and then curved the tails and attached them on the sides.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a good day.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Little Sunshine

This month I have the pleasure of guest designing for Scraptastic Kit Club.  Jessica puts together some fabulous kits.  I've been working with her Blissful Sunshine Kit, which is stuffed with Authentique and My Mind's Eye.  Lovely!  Here's what I've created so far.

Pink Ribbons

My boys' school participated in Breast Cancer Awareness month by allowing the kids to wear blue jeans and pink shirts for a $1.00 donation to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  My youngest didn't have a pink shirt, so I made him and his brother a pink ribbon with some scraps.  They were too cute!  And the perfect excuse to take a picture and scrap with some pink.

Happy and Cute

My oldest son is growing up so quickly (don't they all?), so I love it when I capture a nice picture of his sweet, smiling face.  This picture was taken during a break from a game of HORSE in the driveway.  You just never know when you can get a good picture, hun?

Aren't the colors in this kit just beautiful?  And I really liked all the Authentique and My Mind's Eye die cuts.  Such fun to layer and cluster.  There are just a few of these kits available HERE.  

Thanks for stopping in today.  I'll be back soon with some projects from the Witching Hour kit.  Eek!  It's cute!