Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby Album - Splish Splash

Hi everyone.  I am continuing to work on putting together my friend's baby album and I'm on a bit of a roll.  I always find that my friends with kids have at least one picture in their home of their baby in bath, so I made this layout to commemorate the "fun in the tub."  This layout was really easy to pull together and I primarily relied on Everyday Paper Dolls and New Arrival

(2) Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized at 12 x 12"
(2) Blue textured cardstock from American Crafts sized at 11 3/4 x 11 3/4"
Photo Mats
   Kraft cardstock sized at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2" and  4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
   Patterned paper sized at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4"
"Splish Splash" welded on Gypsy using Alphalicious sized at 4.62"
Rubber Ducky from New Arrival sized at 2.08" and 1.62"
Lotion bottle from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 4.23"
Brush (cut in kraft and white paper) from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 3.62"
Sponge from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 4.08"
Bathtub from New Arrival sized at 6.85"
Towels  (cut in blue and white) from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 6.69"
Shower girl, robe and towel from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 4.08"
Baby in tub from New Arrival sized at 3"
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights Chalk
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - White

Monday, March 28, 2011

Baby Album - So Sweet

Over the weekend I started working on a baby album for a girlfriend of mine who is expecting her second child, a little boy named Reid. I find that designing layouts without pictures is really difficult for me, so this project will be a good challenge and really push me creatively.  Although I have some ideas for the pages I want to make, the majority of the album will likely be made up as I go or until I run out of ideas.  The idea for this page started with the train from New Arrival.  I knew I wanted to use the boxcars to write out Reid's name and keep with the images from the cartridge for the rest of the layout.  For an initial page, I think it turned out alright. 

Black card stock from Recollections sized at 12 x 12"
Green textured card stock from American Crafts Spring collection sized at 11 3/4 x 11 3/4"
Scalloped square from Storybook sized at 11" using Teal card stock from American Crafts Spring Collection
"So Sweet" sized at 3.12" from Sweet Treats.  It was cut out twice, once in black and once in purple to create shadow effect.
Train sized at 3" from New Arrival
Bottle sized at 2.75" from New Arrival
Rattle sized at 2.76" from New Arrival
Safety pins sized at 2.88" from New Arrival
Photo Mats
   Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2"
   Green cardstock sized at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4"
   Purple cardstock sized at 4 x 6"
   Satin Ribbon from Michaels
American Crafts Thickers chipboard stickers
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - White
Creative Memories fine tip pen - Black

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Yesterday, my parents celebrated 41 years of marriage.  I always find it funny that when I call each year to wish them a happy anniversary, they down play their years of marriage and joke that they have no choice but to stay together because who would want them after all these years.  I had a hard time initially coming up with a design idea, however, I knew I wanted the card to be funny. So when I came across the salt and pepper shakers in the From My Kitchen cartridge, an idea came to mind.  The card is very simple, but the sentiment reads "They've been together forever!"  On the inside of the card, I wrote "Just like the two of you."  Cheesy? Yes it is, but comes from love so they'll love it!

Card Base: Kraft card stock from Recollections sized at 5 x 5"
First Layer: American Crafts yellow textured card stock sized at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4"
Second Layer: American Crafts pattered paper sized at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
Image: Salt & Pepper shakers from From My Kitchen cartridge sized at 3 1/4" using Bazill Swiss Dots paper.
Sentiment sized at 4 x 1/2"
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights Chalk

Monday, March 21, 2011

Birthday Bash Blog Hop Winner

Good morning.  I want to say thank you to everyone who particpated in the FIF Birthday Bash Blog Hop this weekend; the design team worked very hard to come up with a varierty of projects and we are truly blessed to have wonderful friends who support us.  Now for the fun part.  The winner of the American Crafts mini albums and Bazzill card stock is Melissa (Moe Creations).

Melissa said...

Your layout is just adorable, great job! TFS

Melissa, please send me an e-mail with your address and I'll get your prize to you.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Flaunt it Friday's Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Happy Friday and welcome to the Flaunt It Fridays' Birthday Bash Blog Hop! If you are here from Lisa's blog then you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the beginning please click here to go directly to Flaunt It Fridays.

For this week's challenge we were asked to "flaunt" the bunny with present image on page 27 of the Birthday Bash cartridge.  Since I don't own that one, I used the bunny image on page 7 of Simply Charmed and pulled together a 2-page layout to give as a gift for my friend's daughter's first birthday. The other elements on the page come from Once a Upon a Princess.  The birthday party will be later this month and I wanted to give my friend an easy way to remember the occasion.  I've never created a layout where I didn't have pictures pre-selected so this was quite a challenge for me.

Now onto the blog candy....

For this hop I am giving away two American Crafts 6x6 mini albums and 6x6 a pack of assorted Bazzil Basics Paper. 

To enter this giveaway, leave ONE comment under this post by midnight on Sunday, March 20. Make sure to leave a way for me to get in touch with you. (If you leave your email address, spell out "at" and "dot" to help avoid e-mail spammers.) If you aren't already a follower or email subscriber, I would LOVE for you to sign up, but it's not required! Our hop will run all weekend long and I will chose the winner on Monday, March 21. You must leave a comment on every design team member's' blog to have a chance to win the Grand Prize Giveaway which is the Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed Assortment from FIF sponsor Peachy Keen Stamps. The grand prize will be on Sandra's blog! You will have all weekend to complete the hop and we will draw the winner sometime on Monday or Tuesday.

Flaunt It Friday's (Start Here!)

Thank You so much for taking the time to hop with us for the Flaunt It Fridays' Birthday Bash Blog hop we can't wait to see how you "Flaunt" your Bunny this week at FIF.

Your NEXT STOP is Pam.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Preserves Thank You Card

Happy hump day! I hope you all are having a great week and looking forward to the weekend.  Today's project is a quick thank you card.  I spent last weekend visiting my good friends Ashley and Nick and their very cute daughter in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Since I had to fly into another town an hour away, Ashley's mom and sister were kind enough to pick me up from the airport and drive me back to town.  On the ride back, Ashley's mom was asking me about my favorite types of food and, more importantly, my favorite type of seafood (fried shrimp - so bad for you but so good). That evening we went over to her house for dinner, and all of my favorite foods were laid out for everyone to eat.  To say that I was in heaven was an understatement.  I sat down last night and pulled together a quick thank you card using From My Kitchen.  I've had this cartridge for awhile, but rarely use it so I was so glad that I could pull it out for the occasion.  In addition to being a great cook, Ashley's mom also makes her own fig preserves so the jars images were perfect in addition to the title. 

Card Base: Kraft cardstock from recollections sized at 5 x 5".
First Layer: Purple textured cardstock from American Crafts' Spring collection sized at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4".
Second Layer: Bo Bunny Double Dot paper sized at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2".
Image: Jars sized at 3 1/4" from From My Kitchen.
Title: Preserve sized at 1 1/4" from From My Kitchen.
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper Stamps - Family and Friends stamp set.
Ink: Colorbox Chalk - Chestnut Roam.
Chalk: Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights.
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White.
Black Pen.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays - Upcoming Blog Hop with Blog Candy!

Blog Hop

Happy Friday! Ordinarily, I would be posting a Flaunt it Friday's challenge today, but we have revamped the format and modified our challenges from weekly to bi-weekly.  So, if you haven't had a chance to participate in our recent challenge using Twinkle Toes you have one more week to get crafting!  I also wanted to let you all know that next Friday, March 18, we will be having a blog hop featuring the Birthday Bash cartridge.  All of the women on the design team have been working hard to get their projects ready and I would so appreciate it if you all would stop by next Friday and check out what we have in store.  In addition to my projects, I'll also have a giveaway so please make sure you enter to win.  Have a great weekend and I'll talk with you all next week.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ladybug Thank You Card

On Monday, I was talking to my friend at work about her daughter's birthday party.  The theme of the party was centered around ladybugs and they were prevalent in the inviation and the cute gifts for the kids that attended.  Notably, the ladybug on the invitation came from the Walk In My Garden cartridge. Needless to say, the party was a success and our conversation turned to the topic of thank you cards. I suggested that she make the thank you cards and just keep it simple for mass production purposes. At the end of the conversation, I offered to create a prototype card that would be easy to make. I went home that evening and whipped up this little card (using only scraps!) in about 20 minutes, which is a record for me. 

Case Base: Black cardstock  from Recollections sized at 4x4".
First layer (sky): sized at 3 3/4 x 3 3/4".
Second layer (grass): Martha Stewart grass punch.  Cut at 1/1/2 x 3 3/4".
Image: Ladybug sized at 2" from Walk in my Garden.
Image: Sun sized at  1.51" from Doodlecharms.
Image: Cloud sized at 2.22" from Everyday Paper Dolls.
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - White.
Sentiment: Tiny Tiny Wishes from Stampin' Up.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Just For You Card

Ever since my Simply Charmed cartridge arrived, I have been busy playing around with the all of the great images. One of my crafting goals this year is to push myself creatively when designing. For this card, I decided to make a 5x5 card, rather then the standard A2. I also incorporated a shaped layer in addition to my typical mat layers. The result was this fun tree card paired with a "Just for you" stamp from Stampin' Up. I have to laugh that even though spring has arrived, my card is already channeling the arrival of fall.

Card base: Kraft card stock from Recollections sized at 5 x 5".
First layer: Patterned paper from DCVW Citrus paper stack sized at 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".
Second layer: Patterned paper from DCVW Citrus paper stack sized at 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Third layer: Scallop 2 from Lacy Labels sized at 4 1/2" cut on kraft card stock.
Fourth layer: Scallop 2 from Lacy Labels sized at 4" cut on orange textured paper from American Crafts.
Image: Tree 2 from Simply Charmed sized at 4" using textured paper from American Crafts.
Ribbon: Satin brown ribbon from stash
Sentiment: Tiny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin' Up.
Sentiment Base: Modern Label & Word Window Stampin' Up punches.
Inkadinkadoo Chalk - Bold Brights
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

I have never been very good at accepting a compliment, so I have to say that I was really blown away when Joni and Suzyque Crafter were kind enough to send me this blog award. When I started this blog in 2009, I created it solely as a place to post my projects and track my own progress as I began this crafting journey.  I wouldn't have ever thought that others would follow the blog and leave such sweet comments of enouragement.  And for that, I just want to say thank you. Well since this award has some rules, let get on with the fun!

The Rules
1.Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this

2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

Things About Me
1. I'm a Virgo.
2. My favorite color is black.
3. My favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs.
4. I like to sing in the car and shower - loudly!
5. I am not a very good cook, but I'm working on getting better.
6. I have been crafting since 2004, but purchased my Cricut Expression in August 2009.
7. I love to travel (and then share my scrapbook pages here).
8. I'm planning a trip to Paris this year.

The 8 Bloggers I'm Sharing This Award With
1. Sharon at MeeMees Creations
2. Christina at Card Creations & More by C
3. Lauren at Lauren's Creative
4. Lori at Scrappin' My Stress Away
5. Tomianne at Just What I Can Squeeze In 
6. Beatriz at Amazing Grace
7. Michelle at Meesh's Pieces
8. Jessica at Scrap Obsess with Jess

Friday, March 4, 2011

Flaunt it Friday's Challenge - Fish Card

TGIF! Over at Flaunt it Friday's, our featured cartridge for this week's challenge is Twinkle Toes.  This cartridge has a number of  very cute dance-themed images, but also includes some cute non-traditional images that are also just as versatile.  I chose to make a shaped card on my Gypsy using this super cute fish image. Thanks for taking a look and make sure you play along with us and submit your own creation.  For as much as the team loves designing, we really love seeing what you all create!

Base Layer - Scalloped circle from Accent Essentials cut at 4.12" and welded with Gypsy.
First Layer - Circle from Accent Essentials cut at 3.53" using Bazzill Swiss Dots paper.
Second Layer - Circle from Accent Essentials cut at 3.53" (cut in half) using Bazzill Swiss Dots paper.
Image - Fish from Twinkle Toes cut at 3" using American Crafts textured cardstock from the Primaries collection.
Inkadinkadoo Chalk Bold Brights (chalk used on the fish)
My Pink Stamper Stamps - Punny-licious
Ribbon from Michael's

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Simply Charmed Birthday Card

Happy hump day!  I have been working through my list of scrapping-related projects for the month. One of the top projects on my list is to create a birthday card for my friend's daughter's first birthday.  I recently purchased Simply Charmed and I love the image of the chick in the hatched egg.  I initially threw this card together as a way to pair it with a My Pink Stamper stamp set I had lying around unused, but then realized that this would be a great birthday card.  I popped up everything on this card with pop dots for added dimension. I also cut out the chicks feet and used them to create a dimensional flower in the lower right hand corner.

Card Base: Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized A2 (4" x 5 1/2")
First Layer: Patterned patter from DCWV Citrus paper pack cut at 3 3/4" x 5 1/4"
Second Layer: Patterned patter from DCWV Citrus paper pack
Image: Chick Egg cut at 3" using paper from American Crafts Primaries collection and Bazzill Swiss Dots
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper Stamps Punny-licious
Sentiment First Layer: Circle from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 1 1/4" using Kraft cardstock
Sentiment Second Layer: 2" Circle punch from EK Success using DCWV Citrus paper pack
Sentiment Third Layer: 1 3/8" Circle punch from EK Success using DCWV Citrus paper pack
Ribbon from Michael's
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
Color Box Fluid Ink - Dark Brown (around edges of patterned papers, card base and image)
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights Chalk (around the chick and egg)