Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's So Hard to Keep a Secret!!

But I am SO HAPPY that I can share my BIG Secret with you...I will be joining the Sketch Support 2012 Creative Team, along with 19 other very talented Ladies!!  It's actually been a secret since I applied, because I didn't tell anyone or share the layouts anywhere that I submitted.  I figured my chances of making the Team were low, with so many creative Ladies trying for the Team.  But to my surprise, I received an email from Allison Davis this past Saturday inviting me to be a part of the 2012 Team!  After I did a little happy dance, I sent back a quick response of YES!!  I can't wait to kick-off the new year working with Allison's amazing sketches and the returning DT members and the new additions to the DT!

Here are the returning members:

Carolyn Wolff
Christine Chain
Christy Arthur
Janette Kincaid
Jennifer Larson
Jill Sarginson
Katrina Hunt 
Lynette Jacobs
Megan Bickers
Melissa Bell
Noey Hunt
Shari Thurman
Suzanna Lee

And the new additions:
 
Andrea Friebus
Cherie Nymeyer
Michele Edwards
Penny Grimsley
Sue Althouse
Virginia Nebel

I hope you will check out the amazing work by everyone coming in 2012!

I would also like to share the three layouts I sent in with my application:

Add-On Sketch #9:

 
Card Sketch #11:


Two-Page Sketch #21:

 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ready for Some Heavy Metal??

The days of adding just paper and stickers to our scrapbook pages are a thing of the past!  These days, there are so many fun products and great ideas that can help add texture to our pages.  Have you ever thought about adding Metal to your pages??  If so, or if it's a new idea you want to try, then come join us this week at Frosted Designs for our Fabulous Friday challenge...using Metal on your layout or project.  There's a variety of ideas for using metal from metal tags, flowers, metal letters, wire, pins...just be creative and have fun.

Our family went to the Blue Angels Air Show a couple of weeks ago and I got a great pic of my hubby and son looking at one of the planes.  I thought this would be a perfect challenge to use on this page.  I have some of the EK Success tags (one of my favorite products) and I just popped out the center piece of paper, to leave just the metal ring and added them as an embellie to my page.  I also had some cool nail-head brads from Recollections that were a perfect compliment to theme of my page.


So come join along in the fun this week and you could have the chance to win an amazing prize from our Sponsor, One Stop Card Crafts.

Products Used:

Paper:  October Afternoon & Bazzill
Tags (Metal Rings):  EK Success
Brads:  Recollections
Letter/Journaling Stickers & Mini Market Stickers:  October Afternoon
Embroidery Floss:  Janlynn
Pen:  Sharipe

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

I hope that everyone enjoys a great Thanksgiving today!  We will be spending time with family and stuffing our faces!!  We can be thankful everyday, but it is nice to have one special day set aside each year to stop and reflect on all of the things we are really thankful for.  From our family to yours, have a blessed day everyone!!

 

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Little Ballerina

My 5 year old started taking Ballet for the first time this year, back in August.  During the month of November, the parents are invited to come into the classes for observation.  I got to go into her class and snap some pictures last Monday.  I was amazed to see how much she has learned in a few short months...especially since she hasn't taken dance before.  She is definitely still a 5 year old little girl and still working on her coordination...but there were definitely moments when she was very graceful in her movements.  It was hard to get great pics in the studio, with the artificial lighting and all of the movement.  But I think these were some of the best and really showed those moments of what she has learned.

I decided to take on the Weekend Warm Up #18 challenge at ScrapFit and use stamping on my layout.  I have a ton of stamps and ink, but don't use them as much as I should.  The black flourishes are stamped with the Black ink pad from Stampin' Up and I wound some baker's twine around the swirls for a little more texture.  I also used the Stampin' Up Vanilla ink pad with some bubble wrap to create a little more depth on my background paper.  This was one of my first times to use a lighter ink on a darker colored paper and I really like the way it turned out.  I used the 11.17 sketch from Sketchy Thursdays on this one, too.




Products Used:

Paper:  Echo Park, Ho3, Bazzill
Stickers:  Echo Park
Ink:  Stampin' Up
Mini Round Gems:  Recollections
Pen:  Sharpie
Paper Crimper:  Fiskars
Baker's Twine:  The Twinery
Punch:  Marvy
Buttons:  Michael's
Font:  CK Believe

Friday, November 18, 2011

A BIG Surprise!

Earlier this week, I was contacted by my friend and fellow Club CK Peep, Erika Hayes.  She has been hosting a Weekly Challenge at Club CK for over a year now, known as the Issue Challenge.  The concept of the challenge, is taking inspiration from each month's magazine and challenging the players to use that inspiration in their project or layout.  I have been playing along since the first challenge and haven't missed a week yet!  These are great ways to get out of your comfort zone and find a jumping off point in your creativity. 

Anywho, Erika asked if she could use one of the sketches I've been working on as this week's inspiration for the challenge!  She wants to start incorporating a Player's Challenge too each month and I am so honored to be the first one to kick that off!  And if all of that isn't enough, she contacted me again yesterday afternoon and said that she had been asked to be the Contributing Writer for today's Creating Keepsakes Blog post, featuring the Issue Challenge for this week, which just happens to be my Sketch!  WOW!  I am still super-excited and excited for Erika for being today's writer!!

Here is the Sketch for the challenge and the layout I did based on it:

   

Products Used:

Paper:  Crate Paper
Stickers & Embellishments:  Crate Paper
Ink:  Memento
Thickers:  American Crafts
Teeny Alphas:  Glitz Design
Embroidery Floss:  Janlynn
Pen:  Zig
Brads:  The Paper Studio
Baker's Twine:  The Twinery

I would also like to share the sample layout that Erika created from the sketch, to post along with the challenge:


She did such a great job and I love how she added another photo and the fun way she did her title!  That corrugated heart is too, too cute!!

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

Can you believe that Christmas is a little over a month away??  Are you ready??  If you're like me, probably not!!  :)  I always have grand dreams of all of the crafty goodness I am going to get done during the Christmas season and usually if I make it through my Christmas cards, I am happy.  Well, this year I decided to get a head start on Christmas and get my December Daily album ready for all of the great pictures I'm planning to take!  What's a December Daily you ask?  Basically, it's a pre-made album for each day in December (mine only goes up to December 25, but you can do the whole month if you want to) and you can take a photo or photos each day and add them to your album.  It's a really fun idea that was originally started by Ali Edwards and once you are done, you have a great little mini to document all of the fun Christmas festivities!

I was able to create this album with 99% of supplies from my LSS, ScrapHappy.  I decided to go a little different route with this one and mix papers from the Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas line and Jillibean Soup's Christmas Eve Chowder line.  I thought it would be fun to mix in a little bit of the traditional Christmas look, with a little of the more contemporary and I love the way it turned out!  For the front and back covers of my album, I got some of the 8x6 acrylic sheets from the store.  These are great to decorate, and help protect the pages in your album.  The binder rings are also available in the store and I just used my Crop-a-Dile to punch through the acrylic and add the rings.  To create the base for my pages, I took some old cardstock and cut it to 8x6 pages and then cut and added my patterned paper to the front and back.  Once I had the bases, I added the numbers for each day and then started decorating.  Here is my finished product:





















I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made my December Daily and that you will take time to do one too this year!  There is no formula or directions, just have fun and start creating!!

Products Used:

Papers:  Simple Stories, Jillibean Soup, Tim Holtz, Teresa Collins
Clips:  Basic Grey
Stick Pins: Little Yellow Bicycle
Buttons:  My Mind's Eye
Chipboard Buttons:  Jenni Bowlin
Pearl Accents:  KaiserCraft
Letter Stickers:  My Little Shoebox & Doodlebug Design Inc.
Other:  Ribbon & Poinsettia Flowers

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Little Yellow Bicycle Cycling Team Project

WOW!  How excited am I today??!!  I get to share the two layouts I created for Little Yellow Bicycle using their Hello Fall collection.  First off, let me say how honored I am and how completely blown away I was when I was chosen as one of the designers for Little Yellow Bicycle's Cycling Team.  I was chosen along with four other talented scrapbookers to use the Hello Fall collection to create projects or layouts using these fun products. Here is a little bit about each of the layouts I created:

"A Harvest of Fun"
 
One of the great things about working with coordinating products, is how quick and easy your pages can be.  You don't have to sit for hours trying to pick out the products you want to use and lose time working on your pages!!  That's what I loved about this fun page, using the Hello Fall line from Little Yellow Bicycle!  It took less than an hour to get my page completed.  I started by cutting a scalloped frame in the Burnt Orange Knit paper and attaching it to my background Autumn Tree paper.  I then cut 5 inch squares from Golden Flourish, Harvest Rings, Green Splendor, and Walnut Knit.  Then I inked the edges of each of the papers to add a little more definition.  I created a grid with the 5 inch squares and then placed my photos in the center of the layout.  There were a few scraps of paper after cutting, and I used those to create a few border strips under my photos.  There are some adorable alphas included in the Family Tree kit I received, and they were perfect for using in my title.  I adhered each letter to a scrap piece of the Walnut Knit paper to make them stand out a little more against my background paper. Finally, I started adding some of the adorable embellishments in the Hello Fall line.  The Chipboard Shapes worked great on the right hand side of my page, and I decided to add a little bling to my border strips with the Jewel Stickers.  I finished my title off with the word "Fun", which was included in the Chipboard Sticker Words package.  There are so many fun banners and penants also included in this line, and I decided to balance out the left side of my page by adding several of the pennants.  For a little fun touch, I added one of the Clear Cuts Shapes to the center of the yellow pennant and attached it with a brad.  For my journaling strips, I just used a Desktop Publishing program to type up my journaling and printed it out on a scrap piece of the Autumn Tree paper.






 
Products Used:
 
HF-101  Autumn Tree
HF-106  Golden Flourish
             Harvest Rings
HF-103  Green Splendor
HF-105  Burnt Orange Knit
HF-104  Walnut Knit
HF-279  Chipboard Shapes
HF-310  Family Tree Kit (Letters)
HF-135  Cardstock Favorite Pieces
HF-308  10 Things Pocket (Pennants)
HF-165  Chipboard Sticker Words
HF-197  Jewel Stickers
HF-230  Clear Cut Shapes
 
Other:
 
Font:  Plantagenet Cherokee
Brads:  The Paper Studio
Pen:  Zig
Ink:  Memento
 
"Little Pumpkin Picker"
 
Since I had so many fun products to work with from Hello Fall, I decided to do a double page layout for my second project.  I began this page by getting my papers cut and layered.  For the background paper, I chose Delicious Autumn Text and then used Burnt Orange Knit, Golden Flourish, Harvest Rings, and Walnut Knit for layering.  Then I placed my photos and added the title and journaling area.  There are some great shapes and embellies in the Clear Cut Shapes package and I used two of the orange flourishes near my title and journaling block.  Since the flourish on the right hand side was over the Orange Knit paper, I decided to add the Golden Flourish paper behind it, to help it stand out.  I used some of the cute little leaves from the Cardstock Favorite Pieces package to scatter across the two pages and I outlined thiem with a brown Zig pen for more definition.  I decided to add a little bit of Baker's Twine, in matching colors, to give another fun element across the layout.  There are some adorable banners in the Mini Banner package and I LOVE the little owls that are included here and there in this line.  This banner was the only one I had and it was only 12 inches, so I decided to use part of it under the photos on the left side of my page and then used the remainder, for a little emphasis, under the landscape photo on the right side of my page.  I finished off the layout by adding the cute little acorn and tree from the Chipboard Shapes package.


 


 

Products Used:
 
HF-107  Delicious Autumn Text
HF-105  Burnt Orange Knit
HF-106  Golden Flourishes
             Harvest Rings
HF-104  Walnut Knit
HF-161  Crepe Paper Lace Stickers
HF-279  Chipboard Shapes
HF-134  Journaling Cards
HF-309  5 Things Envelope
HF-310  Family Tree Kit
HF-230  Clear Cuts Shapes
HF-135  Cardstock Favorite Pieces
HF-307  Mini Banners
 
Other:
 
Pen:  Zig
Baker's Twine:  The Twinery
Thickers:  American Crafts

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

No Challenge...No Problem!

A lot of times I get caught up in all of the great challenges that are out there and once my layout for that particular challenge is done, I think "well, what am I gonna do now?".  How about doing a layout (or two) just for fun...just because you want to...no strings attached...no requirements...no prizes awarded!  And that's just what I did with this layout!

I think the Farmhouse collection from Crate Paper is probably one of my #1 top favorites out there right now.  The colors are Autumn colors, which is my most favorite color scheme and the patterns are awesome, but subtle.  I think I need a whole "crate" worth of these!!  For this layout, I worked with one of the sketches that I created (specifically for this page) and finally got to use it today.



I changed up the sketch a little bit, by moving my title down and adding a little bit of journaling at the top of the page.  The flowers are just fussy cut from one of the papers and I cut the letters for the word "UP" on my Expression using the Arial Black font.  I used some baker's twine to add the little stitched "x's" for some texture on the page and finished it off with one of the wild cards from October Afternoon.

Products Used:  

Paper:  Crate Paper

Wild Card:  October Afternoon
Thickers:  American Crafts
Baker's Twine:  The Twinery
Pen: Zig
Font:  Arial Black

Sunday, November 13, 2011

So Transparent!

Do you ever use transparencies on your layouts?  They are a fun and easy way to add a new element to your pages.  You can layer them over patterned paper or plain paper for different effects and over white space in your photos.  One of the challenges this week at Club CK, was to use transparencies on a layout.  I have some great transparencies in the goodies I received from Little Yellow Bicycle for my Cycling Team project (which will be on the LYB Blog, this Thursday, November 17!!!).  Even though the transparencies are from the Hello Fall line, they blended in perfectly with the bright, fun October Afternoon Sidewalks papers that I chose for this layout.  If you've never used transparencies and are wondering how to attach them, here are several ways:  1.  Staple; 2. Use Brads; 3. Clear Adhesive; 4. or just use a regular adhesive and then add an embellie or something else over the adhesive to hide it.

I used the 11.10 sketch from Sketchy Thursdays for this page.  I moved the title under my photos and the journaling area to the side of my photos.  I had to do a couple of repairs on this page!  I added the cloud, because my pen slipped when I was outlining the paper strips, but I think it was a perfect addition.  My second fix happened at the bottom under my title.  When I stamped my flourishes, apparently some ink got on my hand and I didn't know it!!  So, next thing I know, I had a print of part of my hand on the page!  The "E" in Babe and the butterfly brad worked to cover it up nicely though!!  :)  Sometimes mistakes help bring out a little more creativity!! 



Products Used:

Paper:  October Afternoon
Transparencies:  Little Yellow Bicycle
Brads:  Bazzill
Ink:  Memento
Trim:  The Paper Studio
Thickers:  American Crafts
Pen:  Zig
Other:  Acrylic Stamps

Friday, November 11, 2011

Butterflies and the Beach!

Welcome to Fabulous Friday everyone!!  Frosted Designs has a great challenge this week!  Join us this week in adding Embossing (Dry or Heat) to you layouts or projects!!  Our family went to the beach to spend the day with some of our other family members who were visiting from out of town.  The funny thing is, that my husband's cousin and his wife (who are close to our age) have 3 children that are all within months of our 3 children...they have 3 girls, and we have 2 girls and a boy.  When I snapped this photo of our middle daughter along with her "Cousin Counterpart", I knew it would be a beautiful photo for a page and adding the black and white filter made me love it even more!!  I got to use some of the gorgeous Farmhouse papers from Crate Paper on this layout.  I had so much fun with this challenge and knew immediately that I wanted to use my Swiss Dot embossing folder to make some beautiful butterflies for my page.  I cut the butterflies on my Expression and then cut the smaller shape of the butterfly and adhered the two together, before running them through my Big Shot.  I used some bubble wrap and Tattered Angels spray mist to create the background on my white paper.  Once the spray mist dried, I started building my page by adding the 5x7 photo and lining up the butterflies and then adding my title and journaling.  I saved the centers from the orange, outline butterflies and used those to scatter across my page.

 

Whether you are new to Embossing or have it mastered, I hope you will come play along with us this week.  You will have to chance to win an awesome prize from our sponsor, MoldMuse!!

Products Used:

Paper:  Crate Paper & Bazzill
Baker's Twine:  The Twinery
Spray Mist:  Tattered Angels
Thickers:  American Crafts
Tiny Type:  Cosmo Cricket
Pen:  Zig
Brad:  The Paper Studio

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some BIG EXCITING News!

Today I received an email from the online Magazine Scrapbook News and Review telling me that 8 of my layouts have been chosen for publication in their November 16 Vol. #4 Issue #11/12.  I am so excited to be a part of their Publication.  If you are a subscriber to the magazine be on the lookout for my upcoming layouts!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Feature on You!

Finally I am getting around to posting some of the amazing layouts I've spotted using a few of my sketches!  I am still so honored to know that so many of you like my sketches and are using them for your pages.  Hopefully, at the first of the year, I will be able to post a Sketch Challenge and offer up a little scrappy prize to a random winner.  So be on the lookout for that!

The first layout is from Regina Castillo:



How cute is Regina's page??!!  I love how she used the banner up top and added the word "Ride" to her penants.  Her misting is beautiful and I love the use of the gears to go along with the bicycle theme.  You can stop by and check out Regina's Blog, HERE.


Up next is a layout from the very talented Mia Castrillo:






Mia did an excellent job switching up the photo placement to add room for the adorable photo strips of her little one learning to roll over!  I love that she kept the large circle element behind her photos!  You can visit Mia's Blog HERE!


One of my fellow Club CK Peeps decided to try her hand at one of my sketches!!  Here is what Robyn did:



Robyn rotated the photos to fit her landscape photos and extended the single page sketch into a double page layout.  I love the wintry feel she created on her layout by using the white and blue color scheme and the fun title she came up with for her page.

And the final layout comes from Missy Whidden:






This is Missy's second time using one of my sketches and she does not disappoint!  I love that she decided to use the less than perfect photos from her daughter's Easter photo shoot and the film strip look was perfect for the theme of her page!  Missy always does an excellent job using bright colors and this layout is no exception!  Stop by and check out Missy's amazing work HERE.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing the work from these talented Ladies and I hope you are inspired by what they did!  Since I haven't posted any new sketches lately, I will share one with you today.  Feel free to use it for your pages, but just mention my name as the Sketch Designer and add a link for my Blog.  Let me know if you use it (or any of the other sketches) and I would love to Feature You on my Blog!