Friday, July 30, 2010

New Pool Layout

This layout is a little bit different from my usual style. I wanted to use some sketches from the Split Coast Stampers sketch challenge, and this one (#245) caught my eye because the wavy lines reminded me of the water in a pool. Once I figured out how to make my wavy lines, the rest was pretty simple! Enjoy, and I hope this inspires you to have some fun in the sun this summer.

Extreme Caps stamp set
Heavenly Blue, Star Spangled Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand ink
Desert Sand marker

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fishing Layout

I feel like I have been MIA on my blog for a week! Aren't thing supposed to calm down so we can take it easy during the summer? Not a chance in our home. I have been doing some scrapping, though, so here's my latest layout. I have no idea where that water paper came from (Creative Memories, perhaps?), but the rest is from CTMH. I just realized that the stamped fish on the left hand page looks like it's flying. I was going to draw some movement lines so it looked like it had jumped into the air, but I forgot. Too lazy now to re-scan it, so I guess you get a flying fish. LOL! Don't forget, you have until July 31 to leave a comment regarding your favorite piece of artwork from my blog, and I'll be picking a winner for blog candy on August 1.

Dream Big, Family Ties Adults, Family Ties Children, True Happiness, Headline Alphabet Large & Tiny Typewriter stamp sets
Felicity papers
Water paper (unknown source)
Desert Sand, Bamboo, Cocoa, Chocolate, Brown Bag & Colonial White cardstock
Brown Bag, Cocoa & Crystal Blue ink
Twill ribbon
Crystal Blue brads
White gel pen (Marvy)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I realized I have reached 50 followers, and I think that calls for a celebration, don't you? If you are a follower, please leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite piece of artwork on my blog and why. You can go back to the beginning of my blog or pick something as current as yesterday. I will have a drawing on August 1st from all the people who commented, and the person who wins will get some blog candy. Haven't decided what yet, but don't worry, it will be something good! Have fun.

Monday, July 19, 2010

EMS Sketch Challenge 15 - Spa Day Layout

Getting today's sketch posted has been a comedy of errors! I had a sketch ready and photos printed, but as I was trying to figure out what papers to use for the layout (a princess party for a friend's daughter), I realized that the Daydream paper pack from CTMH would be perfect for it. The only problem? I never thought I would need it, so I have to order it. Maybe you'll see what was today's sketch and layout next week. In the meantime, I whipped up a new sketch and created a layout. Unfortunately, I didn't have any pictures printed, so I had to fake it by adding them to the layout after I scanned it and cropping out the portions where the flowers should slightly overlap the photos. Not really fun, but at last it's done.

The Sketch:

My Layout:

Friendship Alphabet Large stamp set
Bella Level 2 papers
Olive cardstock
Smokey Plum ink
Cocoa marker
Spring Blossom Just Blooms
Pink paper flower (American Crafts)
Clear craft button
Olive embroidery floss
Creme Brulee Bigger Brad
Scalloped scissors (Fiskars)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Too Cool Layout

Okay, I know my title makes it seems that the layout I created is too cool, but really, that's just the layout title! Whether the layout is cool or not, I leave to your judgement. I love these pictures of Adrian playing in the pool with his cousins, so I wanted to create a layout as cute as they are. Hopefully I succeeded. I got a jump start by using CTMH's digital design center, Studio J. I was able to pick out a paper pack and test drive it with my photos before cutting a single paper in real life. If you haven't tried out Studio J, take a peek. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do. I decided to change things up a little from the digital layout I created, and I noticed that the Dimensional Elements In Color - Organic (wow, that's a mouthful), originally designed to coordinate with the Twitterpated paper pack, look pretty great with the Caboodle papers I had chosen. The pattern I used is Sweet Symphony from Jeanette Lynton's book Imagine.

Hodgepodge Alphabet stamp set
Caboodle Level 2 papers
Sweet Leaf, Buttercup & White Daisy cardstock
Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Sorbet & Crystal Blue ink
Sorbet marker
Metal rimmed tag
Dimensional Elements In Color - Organic
Winter craft buttons
Sorbet Ribbon Rounds
Sweet Leaf embroidery floss

Monday, July 12, 2010

EMS Sketch Challenge 14 - Aquarium of the Pacific Layout

Another Monday, another sketch challenge. I'm posting this one rather late in the day, but I wanted to finish my layout to go with it yet I was having a hard time with it. Finally got it done to my satisfaction, and I took several liberties with the sketch, but I'm okay with that! In honor of two colors that are retiring from CTMH's lineup this fall, I used Ocean and Orange on the layout. I don't use these colors a lot, but I sure am going to miss having the option to use them! To create the background, I used a technique I saw earlier this week on Nona's blog. Thanks for the inspiration, Nona. As always, you can click on the pictures if you want to see a larger view of them.

The Sketch:

My Layout:
Hot Diggity, Dream Big, State of Mind, Building Block Alphabet & Felicity stamp sets
White Daisy Textured cardstock
Desert Sand cardstock
Desert Sand, Ocean & Orange ink
Ocean marker
White Daisy ricrac
3-D foam tape

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Splendor Card Workshop Part 2

A few weeks ago, I posted pictures of the cards I was going to be doing for a workshop this weekend. Well, this week I finally got busy and finished the other cards for the workshop. The ladies really loved doing this workshop, and it was lots of fun to show them how many different looks you can get using just 1 color of cardstock plus 2 pieces of B&T paper.

I used the Mojo Monday Sketch from July 5th for this card:

This is a scraplift of Jayma Malme's card for Heart2Heart Challenge 9:

This uses the pattern Delightful Dots from the Wishes card book:

This was inspired by a challenge from the CTMH Virtual Convention plus Mary Vogel's class on using alphabet / number stamps:

This uses the pattern Done right from the Wishes book:

Best Wishes, Hot Diggity, Tiny Typewriter Alphabet, Happy Birthday, A Posy, Simple Stitches & Friendship Alphabet Small stamp sets
Splendor Level 2 papers
Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Topiary, Goldrush & Moonstruck ink
Colonial White brads
Chocolate Bigger Brads
Chocolate Ribbons Rounds
White Daisy Just Blooms
Big Pinks paper flowers
Liquid Glass
3-D foam tape
Scalloped scissors (Fiskars)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Cat's Meow Card

Hi everyone. I am officially sad today because I am not at Close to My Heart's consultant convention. I've been checking out tweets, blogs, the consultant bulletin board, and the virtual convention in order to keep updated with all the fun activities and great products that are being showcased, so I'm really excited about our new idea book that will be released in September! The virtual convention includes on-line classes, and I just finished one about using alphabet stamps. Seems like a no-brainer, but I got a lot of cool ideas. I was inspired to create this little card. The outside features a cat made of alphabet stamps, plus the letters U and R (you are. . .), while the inside says "the cat's meow."

Building Block Alphabet, Field Trip Alphabet, Classmate Alphabet, Friendship Alphabet Small & Noted Backgrounds stamp sets
Silhouette Level 2 papers
Colonial White, Sweet Leaf & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Black & Bamboo ink
Black, Desert Sand & Topiary marker
Circle metal edged tags
Sweet Leaf Ribbon Rounds
Scalloped scissors (CM)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

EMS Sketch 13 Layout

I just finished my layout for Sketch Challenge 13, and here it is. It will be the title page for our vacation to Yosemite in 2006. We hadn't arrived yet, but we took some pictures at the hotel we stayed at along the way, so I wanted to scrapbook them and tie them to our trip, thus the title. I just can't get enough of the Splendor papers. They go so perfectly with so many pictures, and I just love the happy feel they evoke in me!

Summer Wishes, Gear Up, Cocktail Alphabet & Classmate Alphabet stamp sets
Splendor Level 2 papers
Colonial White cardstock
Topiary, Moonstruck & Goldrush ink
White Daisy brads
White Daisy Mini-Medleys

Monday, July 5, 2010

EMS Sketch Challenge 13

I'm back from vacation and have a new sketch challenge for you today. I haven't finished the layout that goes with it, but I'll post it when it's done. As always, feel free to get creative, move things around a little, and have fun. Let me know what you come up with.

The sketch: