Sunday, July 5, 2015

Together Layout

With July 4th just past, there are a lot of red, white and blue crafting challenges floating around. I didn't have any July 4th photos so I grabbed a picture with those colors and started scrapping. The background of the photo was really distracting (can anyone say lawnmower?) so I tried a new-to-me technique; I converted the background to black and white while keeping the people in color. I also played along with a few other challenges, so be sure to check them out at the bottom of this post.
Just Be You stamp set
Ruby, Outdoor Denim, Kraft & Colonial White cardstock
Ruby, Outdoor Denim & Desert Sand ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Colonial White brads
Ruby chevron ribbon
Enamel stars
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, stars
Cuttlebug embossing folders: CTMH Stripe, Swiss Dot
Pattern: Stick It Down July single page sketch
Challenges: Color My Heart Ruby, Outdoor Denim, Kraft & Colonial White color challenge; Frosted Designs Red, White & Blue with a Twist (my "something old" is all the product and my "something new" is the technique of recoloring a photo); Picture This Red, White, & Blue + 1-2 photos + stars; Rochelle Spears July tic-tac-toe (I chose the column with brads, stars & striped paper); Lasting Memories Together theme

Friday, July 3, 2015

Shower Layout

This layout has been sitting on my desk for weeks while I was busy with other things, so this morning I bit the bullet and got it finished! It was inspired by this layout, and I added a few embellishments to round it out.
You Are My Happy Alphabet, Chocolate Alphabet Small, Picture Perfect & Spot On Backgrounds stamp sets
Brushed Level 2 papers
Canary, Pixie & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon, Creme Brulee, Blush & Pear ink
Lagoon baker's twine
White Daisy brads
White Daisy Photo hangers
White Daisy organdy ribbon
Flamingo Dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banner, scalloped border, hearts, tags

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Super Duper Dad Card

I've been making lots of cards this month but I forgot all about making a Father's Day card until this evening, so I had to wait until my hubby was in bed to start crafting! Thanks to a loosely interpreted sketch from Retro Sketches, I had a basic design. My husband loves to take the kids to the skate park, so I immediately thought of using the Later Sk8r papers for the card. Does anyone remember the scene in The Incredibles where Mr. Incredible asks his kids how they are doing after a wild car ride involving almost crashing the car, and his kids respond, "Super duper, Dad?" This Picture My Life card totally reminded me of that, so I built a Father's Day card around it!

Later Sk8r Level 2 papers & Picture My Life card
White Daisy cardstock
Whisper, Slate, Pear, Lagoon & Black ink
Black marker
Black hemp
Licorice Opaques - black
Dymo label - black
Cricut Artiste cartridge: dad
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Man Oh Man challenge; Use Your Stuff Color Me Happy challenge (my hubby's relationship with my kids makes me happy, so I used a favorite color combo of blue and green to celebrate it)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Love These Moments Layout

In the days when we didn't have a reliable babysitter, it was usually easier for my hubby and I to take the kids with us when we went out. This layout demonstrates a funny case-in-point when we ended up having Valentine's dinner with our kids.
Love Life stamp set
Heartstrings Level 2 papers and My Complements stickers
Cranberry, Blush & Whisper cardstock
Cranberry, Blush & Whisper ink
Black marker
Slate washi tape
Blush brads
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border, hearts
Pattern: Heart 2 Heart Sketch 7
Challenges: 1-2-3- Get Scrappy June tic-tac-toe board (I chose scalloped edge, washi tape, metallic element); Lasting Memories happiness theme (it inspired me to add the "happiness lives here" sentiment to express how happy my hubby and kids make me)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mr. & Mrs.Wedding Card

Today I turned from making teacher appreciation cards to doing a wedding card for a couple from my church. Someone had given me a wedding themed paper pack, so I started with that, plus a card sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap. I switched up some of the layers on the sketch while keeping the general configuration the same. Since I have no idea what the couple's wedding colors are, I decided to go neutral and elegant.
The sketch.

My card!
Bonnie Bell Wedding papers (MAMBI)
For Always Level 2 papers
Black, White Daisy & Desert Sand cardstock
Black & Desert Sand ink
Pearl Opaques
Cricut Artiste cartridge: bridge & groom, Mr. & Mrs., circle

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Splendor Thank You Cards

I completed all my teacher cards yesterday (woohoo!) and am finishing up the support personnel cards today. I decided to make cards for my son's bus drivers who got him safely to and from school every day, plus I always thank the crossing guard who helps my other kids get across a busy street in front of the school. I started with a sketch from Retro Sketches, but I turned it upside down to create a little scene, and I made two variations of the same card. Can't decide which one I like more!

The bus driver card!

The crossing guard card!
School Rocks & Thank You stamp sets
Splendor Level 2 papers
Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Buttercup & White Daisy cardstock
Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Buttercup, Black, Cranberry, Topiary, Heavenly Blue & Bamboo ink
Honey, Black, Cranberry, Buttercup, Heavenly Blue & Bamboo markers
Silver Metallics marker
Black grosgrain ribbon
Woodgrain washi tape
3-D foam tape

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Good Times Teacher Card

I am on a roll with end of year teacher thank you cards. Here's my second design, using really old patterned paper (it came in my consultant kit when I signed up for CTMH in 2008!) and a sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges. I took some liberties with the sketch by tilting the skinny pieces and adding a circle, but hopefully you can still see it's the same sketch.

The sketch:
My card:
School Rocks & Thank You stamp sets
Good Times Level 2 papers
Sweet Leaf, Buttercup & White Daisy cardstock
Twilight, Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Sky & Black ink
Twilight, Buttercup, Chocolate, Bamboo & Cranberry markers
Yellow grosgrain ribbon (Offray)
3-D foam tape

Chalk It Up Teacher Card

I woke up this morning to the realization that tomorrow is the last day of school and I need to make ten cards for teachers, bus drivers, and the crossing guard! I managed to get one done already and I kept it simple since I have to duplicate it for three more teachers. Off to work on some more cards. . .
School Rocks & Teacher Appreciation stamp sets
Chalk It Up Level 2 papers & My Complements sticker
Sorbet, Lagoon, Black, Flaxen & White Daisy cardstock
Sorbet, Lagoon, Black & Flaxen ink
Lagoon & Creme Brulee markers
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: arrow, circle overlay, circle
Pattern: Stick It Down June card sketch
Challenges: Little Red Wagon Use It Up (To make my card, I grabbed the Chalk It Up papers and stickers that have been sitting in the box since they were delivered a while back!)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Diver Layout

Heart to Heart has a warm vs. cool challenge that we can interpret however we like. I decided to go with cool colors (blue & green) and a neutral (grey) for the bulk of my layout, with a little splash of warm (red) to keep things interesting!
Pennant Alphabet, Spot On Backgrounds & Under the Sea stamp sets
Later Sk8r Level 2 papers
Slate & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon, Pear, Outdoor Denim, Cranberry, Slate & Whisper ink
Later Sk8r Picture My Life cards
Lagoon, Sweet Leaf, Outdoor Denim & Cranberry markers
Cranberry brads & spiral clip
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: pennants, frame
Pattern: EMS Sketch 55
Challenges: Sketch-n-Scrap & Kelly Holifield's 3 patterned papers challenge (there are only 3 patterned papers on this layout but it looks like lots more since I used the PML cards as well!); Use Your Stuff Dots & Stripes challenge

Friday, May 29, 2015

Buddies Layout

Michelle from Sketch-n-Scrap's design team posted a challenge to use more than three groups of three on a layout. This sounded like fun, so I got to work and was pleased to be able to incorporate the following sets of threes:
• 3 patterned papers
• 3 colors of cardstock
• 3 colors of ink
• 3 brads
• 3 punched hearts on each page
• 3 stickers
• 3 die-cut arrows
• 3 lines of journaling
Heartstrings Level 2 papers and stickers
Chalk It Up Level 2 papers
Cranberry, Lagoon & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, Lagoon & Bamboo ink
Ocean marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
C'est La Vie Buddies die-cut (MME)
Cranberry brads
Heart punch (EK Success)
Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge: arrows
Pattern: Stick It Down May double page sketch
Challenges: Stuck on U Sketches die-cut arrows; Splitcoast Stampers Stash Busters (brads, per-printed die cut, punched item)