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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cherish Layout

Although I love these photos of my son, they were not easy to scrap! I wanted to go with fall colors but was struggling with the pink fence in the background, so I finally decided to ignore it and just use some papers I liked. Pretty sure it was the right decision, because I love how it turned out.
Recipe:
Olivia & Twitterpated Level 2 papers
Cocoa, Garden Green, Barn Red & Cashmere cardstock
Cocoa, Garden Green, Barn Red & Cashmere ink
Black marker
Burlap ribbon
Green grosgrain ribbon (Michaels)
Wooden craft buttons
Baker's twine
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title
Stripe embossing folder
Challenges: Studio Challenges photo inspiration (I was inspired by the fall theme, the burlap, and the wooden buttons); Scrapbook.com Music challenge (I used lyrics from Tim McGraw's song Humble and Kind to remind me to not take loving my son for granted)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Santa Claus is Coming Layout

Now that Thanksgiving is over and my house guests have left, I have a brief lull in the craziness of life and am trying to get a few layouts scrapped. My goal is to finish 2013's layouts before 2017 hits. I only have a few to go, so wish me luck! Here's the first of (hopefully) several for this week.
Here's the journaling card that will be inserted into the accompanying pocket page. I used this sketch from the Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style challenge blog, but I switched it up a little to fit my horizontal space.
And here's the completed pocket page:
Recipe:
Santa Claus, Trim the Tree & Save the Date stamp sets
Mistletoe Level 2 papers
Colonial White cardstock
Cranberry, New England Ivy, Garden Green & Versamark ink
Black marker
Carmine & Mahogany Shin-Han Twin Touch markers
Silver metallic marker
Silver embossing powder (JoAnn Craft Essentials)
Sparkles Holiday Shapes
Red shimmer trim
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: trees, stars
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: oval
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Sep3
Challenges: Lasting Memories Glitter & Glam (I used sparkles, glitter tape & silver embossing); Heart 2 Heart Changes (I journaled about a change of venue for a Christmas party); Use Your Stuff Christmas card or scrapbook page

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

So Happy Together Layout

Gotta confess, I only know one person in this layout, but when I asked my hubby if he wanted me to scrapbook his office Christmas party, he said, "yes." So honey, this layout is for you!
Recipe:
Snowhaven papers
Traditional Christmas paper (KI Memories)
Black & White Daisy cardstock
Glacier ink
Clear craft buttons (I backed them with paper cut from the Snowhaven kit)
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, snowflakes
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: cursive "happy"
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #117 (for the left page)
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart anything but a card; Lasting Memories  any shape (I chose snowflakes)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

O Christmas Tree 2013 Layout

I got a chance to scrapbook today and it felt good to get back in the groove! For this layout, I pulled out an older sketch from my blog (see the link below if you'd like to use it, too) and added leftover scraps from my Pear & Partridge kit, plus a cut up journaling card from the coordinating Picture My Life line. A few Cricut cuts and a pretty organdy bow helped put the finishing touches on the layout.
Recipe:
Distressed Backgrounds & Typeset stamp sets
Pear & Partridge Level 2 papers & PML cards
Kraft, New England Ivy, Olive, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Cashmere, Desert Sand, Smoothie & Olive ink
Black marker
White gel Pen (Sakura)
Cranberry organdy ribbon
Pink Glitter Dots
Fiskars scalloped border punch
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: O, Tree, ornament frame
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Christmas
Cricut Artistry cartridge: tree tag
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 30
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Get Your Kraft On challenge; Lasting Memories Circles challenge

Monday, November 21, 2016

White Pines Embossed Christmas Card

I haven't been posting much on my blog this month, but I have been crafting! Last Friday night was my Christmas card workshop so I've been busy designing cards and cutting out all the pieces for my gals. One of my cards took me a while to design, but once it started coming together, I loved it. Hope you do, too. I used an emboss resist technique to stamp the trees and stars on white cardstock, and then sponged over the embossed images. After wiping off the excess ink from the image, I was left with a pretty scene as a focal point for the card.
Recipe:
Back to Nature, Christmas Love & Holiday Jingle stamp sets
White Pines Level 2 papers
White Daisy & Kraft cardstock
Sapphire, Desert Sand & Versamark ink
Clear embossing powder
Blue grosgrain ribbon (Michaels)
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Holiday Color challenge (no red or green on a Christmas card)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Deck The Halls (SVCC 2013) Layout

This layout has been done for several days, but I had a hard time scanning it due to the thickness of some of the embellishments. I finally ended up taking a picture of it, and that came out much clearer. I love the Sparkle and Shine collection that CTMH came out with a few years ago, and you'll find quite a few pieces of it on this layout.
Recipe:
Spot On Backgrounds & Tiny Typewriter Alphabet stamp sets
Sparkle & Shine Level 2 papers and Complements chipboard
Juniper & Whisper cardstock
Juniper, Whisper, Ruby & Slate ink
Black marker
Ruby baker's twine
Silver shimmer trim
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: photo corner, scalloped circles
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 30a

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Tree Checklist Layout

Can't believe I'm already scrapping Christmas pictures! Oh wait, these are pictures from 2013 - LOL! Hopefully I can finish up the rest of December 2013 before 2016 ends, right? I had to dig deep into my CTMH stash to find wood grain paper in order to play along with Heart 2 Heart's wood grain challenge, but I finally came across a woodsy print from the Back County paper pack from 2009; how's that for a blast from the past? I used a whole sheet and combined it with the Pear & Partridge Christmas papers and Picture my Life cards. My design went through several modifications before I was finally done with it, and I'm still not sure it doesn't look lopsided, but I'm just going to keep moving and call myself happy this memory is in the album.
Recipe:
Checklist & Moments in Time stamp sets
Back Country & Pear & Partridge Level 2 papers
White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, New England Ivy & Cashmere ink
Black marker
Pear & Partridge Picture My Life cards
Cranberry baker's twine
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
Red sparkle trim
White Pines badge button
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: pennants
Pattern: The Memory Nest Make It Monday #73
Challenges: Use Your Stuff challenge #238 - Mixing Up the Stamps (I used two stamps for the checklist and the little red checks on it)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Carving Memories Layout

I hadn't played along with the Let's Scrap sketch for a while, so I decided to give it a whirl. I really liked the squares on either size of the sketch and thought I could do some fun things with them! I pulled out the Jeepers Creepers paper pack plus the coordinating accessories, and added a few die-cut pieces using my Cricut cartridges. The title was a happy accident; I cut out the letters on the Cricut and, when I pulled off the negative space piece, I actually liked it better than the separate letters. Love it when something like that happens, don't you?

Recipe:
Jeepers Creepers Level 2 papers & Complements
Slate, Pansy, Tangerine & Black cardstock
Black, Gypsy & Goldrush ink
Black marker
Jeepers Creepers washi tape
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, Eek!
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: fence
Challenges: Lasting Memories favorite fall activity challenge;  Picture This! mood board inspiration (The Halloween colors were a perfect match for these papers)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gratitude Layout

For this layout, I used one of my older sketches and played along with the October scraplift challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Sharon challenged us to scraplift a card from the SCS gallery; I actually lifted elements from three separate cards! This card inspired me to do some coloring using my Shin Han markers, something I'm not very comfortable with, but I had fun experimenting anyway. This card inspired me to combine a larger title with a fancy font and a smaller subtitle with a plain font. And this card inspired me to add embossing, leaves, and ribbon to my layout.
Recipe:
November Word Puzzle, Recipe Box & Blessed Beyond Measure stamp sets
Pathfinding & Splendor Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate & Goldrush ink
Autumn Terracotta marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
Shin Han Twin Touch markers
Chocolate grosgrain ribbon
Leaf punch (Family Treasures)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: leafy flourish, frame
Pattern: EMS Sketch challenge 9
Challenges: Lasting Memories elements of nature challenge - harvest fruits, leaves

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Unlock the Fun Layout

I just love challenges because they inspire my creativity and help me go in directions I may not have otherwise thought of taking! For this layout, I played along with a bunch of challenges. Lasting Memories inspired me to use fall colors (oranges, browns, reds), even though this wasn't a fall layout. The title, clock, and key elements were inspired by the Scrap Our Stash October book cover challenge. Rochelle Spears wanted to see tags or tickets on our layouts; I could have gone with either for this layout, but decided the key tag worked better for my theme. I'm filling in hosting the Splitcoast Stampers' Stash Busters challenge, and I picked the following items from my list: 2 or more patterned papers, stickers (keys, locks, clocks, title), something metal (studs, brads), twine. The list also contains felt and chipboard, so feel free to play along at SCS if you think you can throw at least three of those items onto your next layout!
Recipe:
Sarita & Proplayer Level 2 papers
Desert Sand, Chocolate, Goldrush, Cashmere & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Chocolate, Goldrush & Ruby ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Coffee marker (Zig)
Chocolate baker's twine
Durable Artisan Studs - antiqued gold
Antiqued gold brads (Making Memories)
Love Letters rub-ons
Color Ready cork alphabet
Nostalgiques Keys & Locks stickers (Rebecca Sower)
Layer It On Borders - clock stickers (Creative Imaginations)
Timberline Assortment wooden shapes - arrow
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: notched rectangle, key tag
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Sep3