Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Treats Tag

The kid's in my son's class are writing letters of appreciation to the unsung heroes of the school (like the maintenance staff) and I was asked to make little tags to go on the accompanying treat bags. I think the room mom probably just needed something printed off the computer, but I couldn't resist the chance to get creative! I couldn't go too crazy since I had to make 12 of them, but I managed a few fun Cricut cuts and a little bit of coloring.

Santa Claus stamp set
Desert Sand, Topiary & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Topiary & Cranberry ink
Taffy marker
Gold gel pen
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: scalloped mat

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Grand Canyon Shuttle Layout

I sneaked off to my craft room to get in a little scrapping time this morning, and this is what I came up with. I had some random pictures of my son and me on the Grand Canyon shuttle, plus a photo we took of some deer grazing right by the shuttle stop, so I combined them with a sketch from Sketches in Thyme, plus a few other challenges, to create a fun layout of that special moment.
Noted Backgrounds stamp set
Mistletoe creative Basics paper
Sky, Cranberry, New England Ivy, Kraft & Colonial White cardstock
Cashmere ink
New England Ivy marker
Tulip Craft buttons
Natural hemp
Cranberry organdy ribbon
My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment (notebook paper)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: circle, tree overlay, scalloped border, tag, title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: arrows
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #135
Challenges: 1 2 3 Get Scrappy #17 (I used the third row down - buttons, tag, light blue background); Clear It Out Challenges (use the color blue and ribbon or twine); Use Your Stuff color challenge: red & green (I used several other colors but lots of red and green)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Yavapi Layout

My last layout for November, squeezed in just before the end of the day here in California. I'm going to be doing a whole series of layouts from a driving vacation we took to Colorado in 2011, including our stops at the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde, so here's the first installment, with pictures from the Grand Canyon portion of our trip. I haven't been using my stamps very much lately, so please notice I actually inked up a stamp for this layout!
Timberline stamp set
Free to Be Me Level 2 papers
Red, White Daisy, & Teal cardstock
Crystal Blue ink
Crystal Blue marker
Lagoon houndstooth & Honey triangles washi tape
Durable Triangular Studs - silver
3-D foam tape
Pattern: Nuts About Sketches Week 345
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart No Rules (except use CTMH products); Little Red Wagon washi tape

Saturday, November 29, 2014

K Open House Layout

Heart 2 Heart had a "no ink" challenge this month, and it was funny how much I kept wanting to reach for the ink once I knew I couldn't use it. However, with the help of some retired CTMH product and a few challenge inspirations, I made it through! I went a little old school for the look of the layout, but hopefully you like it.
Zippidee Level 2 papers
Cranberry, Honey & Indian Corn Blue cardstock
Cranberry grosgrain, satin & organdy ribbons
Cranberry & White Daisy brads
Cricut Artiste cartridge: award circle, title
3-D foam tape
Pattern: Conclusion Combo from Imagine
Challenges: Child's Play Hot Wheels challenge (I was inspired by the color scheme plus the circle behind the Mattel logo); 1 2 3 Get Scrappy challenge board (I used the middle column - more than 1 picture, more than 2 ribbons, more than 5 brads); Heart 2 Heart no ink challenge

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ready. Set. Go. Layout

School pictures aren't really that much fun for me to scrap because it's a challenge making similarly posed pictures look different and fresh. Anyone else have the same problem? However, with the help of a sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap and a few other challenges, I created a layout that hopefully frames this school photo well! I was running short on Olive cardstock so I used an old trick and brayered Olive ink over White Daisy textured cardstock to create the frame for the photo.
You & Me Level 2 papers
Olive, Chocolate & Creme Brulee cardstock
White Daisy textured cardstock
Olive, Chocolate & Creme Brulee ink
Woodgrain washi tape
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, hexagons, apples
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap Inspired By #11
Challenges: 4 Crafty Chicks Die-Cuts challenge; Lasting Memories Only One Photo challenge; Heart 2 Heart No Embellishments challenge; Splitcoast Stampers' VSBN school photo challenge

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wet Layout

Believe it or not, there is no patterned paper on this layout! Heart 2 Heart's November scrapbooking challenge is to design a layout that uses no patterned paper, so I used an overlay from the Artbooking cartridge, cut it out of cardstock four times, and mixed and matched the pieces to create the arrow piece on the left of the layout. Fun!

Goldrush, Cranberry, Topiary, Crystal Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue ink
Goldrush, Cranberry & Crystal Blue markers
DE Monograms "W", "E", "T"
DE Quotes (talk bubble)
Goldrush, Cranberry & Topiary Craft buttons
Cranberry, Topiary & White Daisy embroidery floss
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: overlay, arrows
Pattern: GrandDiva's Creative Corner 11/1/14 (left hand page only and I used a large block of arrows instead of three banners)
Challenges: Clear It Out Anything Goes challenge + use 3 of the same thing (I chose buttons); Rochelle Spears Tic-Tac-Toe challenge (I chose the "toe" column and used chipboard alphas, a chipboard talk bubble, and 3 buttons);

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fun & Sun Layout

Splitcoast Stampers is having another Virtual Scrapbook Night (well, weekend, actually), and I couldn't resist joining in on some challenges. For the Group Pictures challenge, I started with a sketch from Let's Scrap and added a group picture (not a very good one, but it has people in it who I want to remember) plus a bunch of supporting pictures that show what we did that day.

Capture the Date stamp set
Octopus and stripe patterned papers (from my stash, source unknown)
Indian Corn Blue, Bamboo, Sweet Leaf & Desert Sand cardstock
Indian Corn Blue, Desert Sand, Sweet Leaf & Outdoor denim ink
Vellum (The Paper Company)
Star Spangled Blue marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Sweet Leaf craft buttons
White Daisy baker's twine
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, waves, frame, umbrella, journaling tag
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dot
Pattern: Let's Scrap Sketch 11-5-14
Challenges: 4 Crafty Chicks Bingo challenge (I chose column "O" - buttons, embossing, dies/punches. twine)

Monday, November 3, 2014

EMS Sketch Challenge 60 - SBTS

Another sketch coming your way, this time with little pictures. I'm a big-time 4" x 6" scrapper, so this is a bit of a departure for me, but hopefully it works well for my fellow scrappers out in Blogland! As always, have fun, change up what doesn't work for you, and please leave a link to your completed layout so I can see how you used the sketch.

The Sketch:

My Layout:
Florentine Level 2 paper & My Stickease
Sky, Desert Sand, Indian Corn Blue & Colonial White cardstock
Indian Corn Blue & Desert Sand ink
Chocolate marker
Tan sparkles
Cricut Wall Decor cartridge: title
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart No Stamping challenge; 4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes challenge

Please link your completed layout here by 11/30/14 at 11:59 pm PST!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Star Wars Miniland Layout

One of our family's favorite things to visit at Legoland is the Miniland exhibit, so I loved scrapping some photos of the Star Wars section of Miniland!
Proplayer Level 2 papers
Kraft cardstock
Desert Sand, Slate, Ruby & Black ink
Durables triangular studs
Ruby glitter buttons
Ruby washi tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: Sketch 'n Scrap Inspired By Sketch #10
Challenges: Little Red Wagon Kraft cardstock challenge

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Treat Layout

This week's Stashbusters Challenge over at Split Coast Stampers caused me to pull a few item that I haven't used for a while out of my stash. I have tons of chipboard (especially alphabets) and buttons, not to mention stacks of paper, so thanks to challenge hostess Ann for inspiring me to dig these items out and get some on a layout. Everything on this layout (except the Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock) is retired Close to My Heart product; I'm taking some time off from being a CTMH consultant due to my family situation, so hopefully I can clear out my stash and be ready for new products when I re-enlist!
Fanfare Level 2 papers
Cranberry, Dutch Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, Outdoor Denim & Sunny Yellow ink
Outdoor Denim marker
DE Monograms chipboard ("T", "R", "E", "A")
Cranberry, Sunkiss Yellow & White Daisy embroidery floss
Cranberry, Outdoor Denim & Sunny Yellow craft buttons
Outdoor Denim spiral clips
Cranberry & White Daisy plaid ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrow, star
Pattern: EMS Sketch 33
Challenges: Lasting Memories Trick or Treat challenge (I used the word Treat for my title); Heart 2 Heart Guilty Pleasures challenges (yes, food is my guilty pleasure!)