Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park Layout

Here's the first of several layouts featuring Rocky Mountain National Park. We actually visited there on two separate days while vacationing in Colorado, but I accidentally left our camera in a parking lot in Steamboat Springs, so all the photos we took on the first day were gone. Sad but true. Fortunately, this national park is just beautiful, so the pictures from our second day (with a brand new camera) pretty much made up for the ones we took originally.
Dreamin' Level 2 papers
Autumn Terracotta, Pacifica, Bamboo, Crystal Blue, Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock
Autumn Terracotta, Pacifica, Crystal Blue & Chocolate ink
Pacifica marker
Durable Round Studs - Antiqued Gold
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title letters, scalloped border, photo corner
Pattern: Let's Scrap 4-20-10

Monday, October 29, 2012

Flowers Whisper Layout

Someone on Splitcoast Stampers asked a while ago if every scrapbook layout needs to be titled. Although I generally do title my layouts so people can see at a glance what the main "theme" is, I think sometimes it's okay to not do a title. In this case, since this is a continuation of my previous Yampa River Botanic Park trip, I just used a quote where I might normally have added a title or journaled a bit.
Flower Pot & Limited Edition stamp sets
Dreamin' Level 2 papers
Autumn Terracotta & Buttercup cardstock
Autumn Terracotta & Chocolate ink
Autumn Terracotta brads
Pacifica brads
Autumn Terracotta ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: EMS Sketch 34

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Yampa River Botanic Park Layout

I loved scrapping these photos because they are so beautiful! My hubby took tons of pictures of this botanical garden, and just looking at them makes me feel so peaceful. Hopefully my layout communicates the beauty and serenity of the place.

Glamor Lowercase Alphabet stamp set
Daydream Level 2 papers
Tulip, Spring Iris, Topiary & Colonial White cardstock
Spring Iris & Tulip ink
Fancy Cuts Botanicals
Craft buttons
Spring Iris & Tulip embroidery floss
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: flourish
Pattern: Let's Scrap 2-23-11

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Moonlight Card 6

The final card for my Moonlight workshop. I decided to just emphasize the Smokey Plum on this one. The design on the patterned paper reminded me of crosses, so I thought the sentiment worked well with it. A special thank to my hubby who told me I needed to do something more with the butterfly (the wings were originally plain) and thus inspired me to stamp the design on it!
Card Chatter - Sympathy & Universal Backgrounds stamp sets
Moonlight Level 2 papers
Smokey Plum, Olive, Black & Colonial White cardstock
Smokey Plum, Olive & Versamark ink
Black marker
Black embossing powder
Olive button brad
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterfly

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Moonlight Card 5

One more Moonlight card, and my workshop prep is almost done - woohoo! This card was a happy accident. I had tried using the pennant on another card, and it wasn't working. As I put it down on my desk, it ended up on top of a black scrap of cardstock and the green banner piece. I looked at it and decided to run with it.  Love it when that happens. The card background is actually a collage of stamps from different sets that I assembled on a block.

I have been trying to create a card with just black and orange all week so that I could play along with the Dynamic Duos color challenge.I do have a touch of green in there, but I'm going to enter it anyway, not because I think I'll win, but more for the fun of being able to say, "I did it!"

Artiste Birthday, For Every Occasion, Casual Expressions, Card Chatter - Birthday & Happy Birthday stamp sets
Moonlight Level 2 papers
Goldrush, Black & Colonial White cardstock
Goldrush & Black ink
Black button brads
Cricut Artiste cartridge: pennant, banner

Moonlight Card 4

Still plugging away designing my Moonlight card workshop, and I thought I'd try to do this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge: Halloween or pumpkins. My ladies did not want Halloween, so pumpkins it is! I used an image from last month's stamp of the month, Fall Favorites, plus a sentiment from A Friend Like You. The card has lots of space at the bottom, so my gals can stamp whatever they want as long as it fits.

Fall Favorites & A Friend Like You stamp sets
Moonlight Level 2 papers
Black, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Smokey Plum, Goldrush, Olive & Versamark ink
Sweetleaf & Desert Sand markers
Black embossing powder
Colonial White brads
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped circle

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Moonlight Card 3

My friend Maria has been bugging me for weeks that I really need to get a kitty. She's even taking to posting pictures of darling kittens on Facebook, hoping to tempt me to take the plunge. So far, I've resisted, but I couldn't resist this cute kitty die-cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge. This simple card was created in honor of Maria, my cat-loving buddy! I added a little bit of baker's twine to it, so I am entering it into the Southern Girls Tie a Ribbon Around It challenge.

Word Balloons & True Happiness stamp sets
Moonlight Level 2 papers
Goldrush, Black & Colonial White cardstock
Goldrush & Olive ink
Black baker's twine
Cricut Artiste cartridge: cat

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Moonlight Card 2

Another card from my Moonlight workshop. I'm having fun designing non-Halloween themed cards using a Halloween paper pack. I'm entering this card in the Little Red Wagon challenge to use a bow on our project. I may not have used a very big bow on this card, but multiply it by 32 cards (how many my ladies will end up making during the workshop), and I used up all this ribbon!

Casual Expressions & Flower Pot stamp sets
Moonlight Level 2 papers
Olive, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Smokey Plum & Goldrush ink
Olive ribbon
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Cricut Artiste cartridge: frame

Friday, October 19, 2012

Moonlight Card 1

I am in the process of designing a card workshop using the Moonlight papers, and I was having a hard time finding inspiration. All the cards and layouts I saw were Halloween themed yet none of my ladies wanted Halloween cards, so I had to get creative!  I knew I loved the owl paper, so I decided to put something together using owls, and here's the result. The sentiment is just a little bit silly, so I thought it would be perfect for the kid's card challenge over at Annabelle Stamps.

Spellbound stamp set
Moonlight Level 2 papers
Black, Grey Wool, Smokey Plum & Colonial White cardstock
Smokey Plum & Goldrush ink
Colonial White craft button
Autumn Terracotta embroidery floss
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border, branch
The sentiment was printed on my computer using the Curlz MT font.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Heart 2 Heart Sketch 20 - Alpine Visitor Center

The latest Heart 2 Heart Sketch is great for featuring a panorama picture while leaving room for some standard size prints. One thing I would recommend is using a small print for pieces A, D, and G, since the pattern of a larger print gets lost behind the banner. As always, please feel free to adapt the sketch to meet your needs, and post a link to your completed layout on the Heart 2 Heart blog so we can enjoy it!

The Sketch:
My Layout:

Beautiful Things & Friendship Alphabet Small stamp sets
Back Country Level 2 papers
Olive, Barn Red, Crystal Blue, Outdooor Denim & Colonial White cardstock
Olive, Barn Red & Crystal Blue ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim brads
Colonial White embroidery floss
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners

Friday, October 12, 2012

Some Like It Hot Layout

For my final hot springs layout, I had lots of fun with the title. I cut the whole thing out on my Wishblade using Vanilla Cream paper, then I sponged the smaller letters in Taffy ink, and the larger one in Taffy and Goldrush. Does it look hot enough? I also played along with the following challenges:
Annabelle Stamps:
4 Crafty Chicks: use a tag
Let's Scrap Scrap Your Stash #21: use 4 patterned papers, 3 colors of cardstock,  4 die-cuts & 12 blingy things.

Update: This layout was the weekly challenge favorite over at Annabelle Stamps!

Florentine Level 2 papers
Olive, Goldrush, Cocoa & Vanilla Cream cardstock
Goldrush, Cocoa & Taffy ink
Heartfelt Wonder felt die-cuts
Cocoa grosgrain ribbon
Mocha Opaques
Chocolate embroidery floss
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge: doilies, tag
Wishblade: title, used Script MT Bold & Goudy Stout fonts
Pattern: Let's Scrap 2-2-11