Sunday, October 30, 2011

32 Card Worshop Using Elemental

My mom recently asked me to create a bunch of cards to use for a business event, so I used a template designed by talented CTMH consultant Amber Hanson to come up with the following card set! I combined papers from the Elemental Level 2 pack with some random stamped paper, and threw in a bunch of shapes cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. I used a lot of different stamp sets and tried to list them all, but I may have missed a few.

Hooray Bouquet, Say It In Style, A Little Everything, AP Seasons, You and Me, It's Your Day, Jingle Borders & Holiday Hoopla stamp sets
Elemental Level 2 papers
Desert Sand, Pacifica, Sorbet, Cranberry, Craft & Colonial White cardstock
Cranberry, Pacifica, Sorbet, Creme Brulee & Desert Sand ink
Sorbet ribbon
Creme Brulee grosgrain ribbon
Natural hemp
Colonial White ric-rac
Twill ribbon
Chocolate buttons
Liquid Glass

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LOAD #16 + Week 43 Layout Linky - Evening Playtime

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't been able to keep up with my Layout a Day Challenge this month. I guess I underestimated our commitments for October. I am still trying to complete some more layouts, however, so here is layout #16. I'll call it my daily LOAD just to keep it simple. I used a revised version of Stars Above from Imagine for the pattern. One of the October challenges from the Heart 2 Heart blog was to create a layout with a story on it. This is mine!

Did you know there is no patterned paper on this layout? That's right, I created all the "patterned paper" using a few supplies. First, I stamped trees and snow using Versamark ink and an embossing pen, then I embossed it with White embossing powder. I brayered Sky ink over it. Next, I stamped more trees using the Versamark ink, embossed them with clear powder, and brayered over them with Outdoor Denim ink. I ended up with multiple shades of ink showing through, and I love the effect. Hope you can use it on a layout.

White Daisy, Outdoor Denim & Kraft cardstock
Versamark, Sky, Outdoor Denim & Desert Sand ink
White & Clear embossing powder
Outdoor Denim brads
Embossing stylus
Sanding block

***If you are participating in the 52 Layouts Challenge, please use the link below to link your layout to this post. You have until Friday at 11:59PM PST to post your week 43 layout. The link will allow you to post a title and thumbnail that link to your site, where we can see the layout in all its glory!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

LOAD #15 - 5 Daredevils

Michele at Split Coast Stampers challenged us to go pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, and I think this layout definitely qualifies! I was also going to use it for the Heart 2 Heart weekly challenge (use a number in your artwork), but I realized it contains non-CTMH product, so I will have to do another layout for that challenge. The pattern is Conclusion Combo from Imagine. I wanted to include a Vineyard Berry button on the layout, but I didn't have any, so I used Liquid Glass to attach cardstock to the back of a clear button, a great way to make a button coordinate with any color combo.

Playful Caps, Playful Lowercase & Playful Numbers stamp sets
Traditional Christmas papers (KI Memories)
Vineyard Berry & White DAisy cardstock
Vineyard Berry & Grey Wool ink
Grey Wool marker
Bubblegum embroidery floss
Craft buttons
Liquid Glass

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LOAD #14 - Field Notes

I'm still a few days behind on this LOAD thing, and I may never catch up, but I'm gonna crank out as many layouts as I can before the month is over. Here's a tongue-in-cheek one featuring my brother and his girlfriend. The journaling reads: If I were to compare my brother and his girlfriend to bears, I would have to say that Joel is a grizzly and Erika is a teddy bear! In keeping with the theme, I turned the spinner to Wildlife Sighting, and I added a bear sticker. The pattern is the right hand page of Three Part Harmony from Imagine.

Back Country Level 2 papers and My Stickease
Outdoor Denim, Barn Red & Goldrush cardstock
Outdoor Denim ink
Outdoor Denim marker
DE In Color - Adventure
Natural hemp
Edge distressor

Sunday, October 16, 2011

LOAD #13 - 4 Generations

Two posts in one day? What is the world coming to? LOL! As I mentioned on my previous post, I am trying to catch up on my LOAD, so here's another layout I cranked out this week but didn't post because of computer issues. For this one, I went back and used EMS Sketch 29. I also pulled out the stamp of the month from September (Limited Edition), and had some fun using it to create the tag and journaling box. Love that it only cost me $5. BTW, you really have to click on the picture and enlarge it to see the cute faces from the Family Ties stamp sets. Adorable!

Family Ties Adult, Family Ties Children, Hodgepodge Alphabet, Chocolate Alphabet Small & Limited Edition stamp sets
Evensong Level 2 papers
Vanilla Cream cardstock
Olive, Vineyard Berry, Tulip & Sorbet ink
Vineyard Berry marker
Sorbet ric-rac

LOAD #12 + Week 42 Layout Linky - Make It Merry

I'm trying to catch up with my LOAD for the month. We'll see if I can make it with all I have going on the next two weeks! Here's another Christmas layout, this time using a sketch from the Nuts About Sketches blog. I chose some more of my non- CTMH stash of Christmas papers that I'm trying to use up. After seeing them for the past three years, I'm getting a little tired of these papers, so thankfully they are almost gone.

Recipe: Jolly Dot papers (Creative Imaginations)
Desert Sand, Sky & White Daisy cardstock
Holiday Red ink
Clover Meadow marker
Jolly Elements stickers (Creative Imaginations)
3-D foam tape

***If you are participating in the 52 Layouts Challenge, please use the link below to link your layout to this post. You have until Friday at 11:59PM PST to post your week 42 layout. The link will allow you to post a title and thumbnail that link to your site, where we can see the layout in all its glory!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Sketch Challenge 9 + LOAD #11 - Hot Springs

Due to major computer problems the past two weeks, getting this sketch and layout to the point where I can post it has been a challenge, so hooray that it's finally here! I designed the sketch with the idea in mind that the large photo collages can consist of any size photo combination you choose, all neatly contained within the box except for one break out. For example, I used mostly 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" photos, but you could place a large 8" x 10" on the left hand page and a combo of smaller photos on the right hand page. Have fun creating and let me see what you come up with.

The Sketch:

My layout:

Stardust Level 2 papers
Moonstruck, Bamboo & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand and Heavenly Blue ink
Cork Color-Ready Alphabet stickers
White Daisy Dazzling Diecuts
White gel pen (Marvy)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Why no LOAD?

Did you notice the lack of layouts on my blog this week? Well, I was working on doing a layout every day, but I was getting bogged down by the computer problems my primary computer was experiencing, plus I had a deadline for the Heart 2 Heart sketch challenge looming and I couldn't figure out a way to create a sketch with my regular program not accessible. The problem is finally solved, and I am trying to finish my layout for H2H in time to get it posted tomorrow! Then I will try to get back on track with posting my LOAD, although I don't promise to catch up with the days I missed. Check out my blog tomorrow to (hopefully) see the new sketch and layout.

Monday, October 10, 2011

LOAD #10 - Jingle

I think I went a little crazy with the bows on this layout! I started with one, and it just took off from there. Does anyone recognize the pattern I used? It's Sketch #32 that I posted last month. I'm building up a big enough library of sketches that I can refer to them and reuse them without it seeming like I'm using the same ones over and over. Love that! The layout has a space for journaling, but since it's all personal family stuff, I'm going to finish it later. By the way, still no fix for my computer, so you may be seeing very low-quality photographs of my layouts for a while. Bummer.

Holiday Jingle stamp sets
Caboodle & Lucky Level 2 papers
Outdoor Denim & White Daisy cardstock
Sorbet & Pacifica ink
Sorbet marker
White Daisy organdy ribbon
3-D foam tape

Sunday, October 9, 2011

LOAD # 9 - A Few of My Favorite Things

When searching for a title for this layout, I was caught by the look of delight on my sister's face as she opened her present. Obviously, she received something she really loved, so I felt the title would be perfect. The layout uses two sketches from my prior sketch challenges: #26 and #30. It's always fun to reuse sketches in a new way! I didn't have a stamp set that I just thought went just right with this layout, so I fussy cut the Christmas presents from the B&T paper with all the presents.

Trinity Alphabet
Jingle Level 2 papers
Olive cardstock
Tulip & Desert Sand ink
Cork Color-Ready Alphabet
Kraft Color-Ready Borders
Heartfelt Wonder & Heartfelt Whimsy die-cuts

Saturday, October 8, 2011

LOAD #8 + Week 41 Layout Linky - December 25th

I sometimes struggle with titles for layouts, especially with subjects that I scrapbook a lot (birthdays, holidays, soccer games, etc.), so I was really happy when the inspiration for this title landed in my lap. I pulled out a set of Christmas stamps and the one I decided to use had December 25th on it. I've never used that as the title of a Christmas layout, so problem solved!

Just for the Holidays, Today's Date, Friendship Alphabet Small & Friendship Alphabet Large stamp sets
Outdoor Denim & White Daisy cardstock
Barn Red, Desert Sand & Topiary ink
Honey marker
Gold gel pen (Sakura)
3-D foam tape

***If you are participating in the 52 Layouts Challenge, please use the link below to link your layout to this post. You have until Friday at 11:59PM PST to post your week 41 layout. The link will allow you to post a title and thumbnail that link to your site, where we can see the layout in all its glory! Note: please do not post from a password protected site that will require us to input a password before viewing.

Friday, October 7, 2011

LOAD #7 - Little Gifts

It's been a while since I had to photograph a layout in order to post it to my blog. Can I say that I really miss my scanner?! Hopefully my hubby can get the other computer fixed before he leaves on a trip this Sunday, or I will be one sad mama. Well, at least you can still see the layout okay, and you can always click on it to see more detail. The pictures are of various members of my family of origin as we opened stockings on Christmas Day 2007. I'm almost done scrapping 2007, so most of the layouts I'll be posting for the next week will be family Christmas. Hope it gives you some ideas as you head into this year's Christmas season.

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Traditional Christmas papers (KI Memories)
Topiary, Sweet Leaf & White Daisy cardstock
Vineyard Berry ink
Watermelon & Vineyard Berry markers
White grosgrain ribbon
Red ribbon (Offray)
Red ric-rac (Craft Essentials)
Edge distressor

Computer Malfunction

Although I have today's layout finished, I am holding off posting it because the computer to which my scanner is hooked up has crashed - again! Hopefully I can either get the scanner hooked up to my hubby's laptop, or I will use my camera to photograph my layout. Look for my LOAD # 7 post later today.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

LOAD # 6 - Go Train Go

I got the idea for this layout from the October 2011 issue of Scrapbooks Etc, page 104. The original layout was 8 1/2 x 11, but I just adapted it for my 12 x 12 scrapbook size. I cut the train out using a friend's Cricut cartridge but can't remember which cartridge.

Traditional Christmas Papers (KI Memories)
Black & Tulip cardstock
Pear ink
White gel pen (Marvy)
DE Stars
Irresistibles Lots of Dots

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

LOAD #5 - Party for Mom

My mom has the misfortune to have a birthday right before Christmas, so our family has to make a special effort to be sure her birthday isn;t lost in the bustle of Christmas. Here she got her special cake, but in the spirit of the season, it's a Christmas-themed cake. Poor mom!

It's Your Day & A Typeface stamp sets
Fanfare Level 2 paper
Honey, Pacifica, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Honey, Pacifica & Cranberry ink
Pacifica marker
Cranberry & Pacifica brads

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

LOAD #4 - Marionette Show

Another clean and simple layout, although I did emboss the stars on this one.

Charm Uppercase Alphabet, Charm Lowercase Alphabet, Christmas Story & Shining Star stamp sets
Bamboo & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, Black, Bamboo & Versamark ink
Cranberry & Black markers
Gold embossing powder

Monday, October 3, 2011

LOAD #3 + EMS Sketch Challenge 33 - Deck the Halls

Anybody interested in a sketch? This one has spots for 8 photos, 5 standard size 4" x 6" and three 3" x 4", but you could probably replace the smaller photos with two cropped 4" x6" photos if you wanted to. If you use the sketch, please let me know how your layout turns out. I realized I forgot to add the fancy border across the lower section of the page, but you can see it looks okay without it.

The sketch:

My layout:

Adorn-able stamp set
Mistletoe papers
New England Ivy & Cranberry cardstock
New England Ivy ink
Black marker
Stickles (ranger)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, ornament, holly

Sunday, October 2, 2011

LOAD # 2 + Week 40 Layout Linky - Snowbaby Layout

Can you believe we're already at the 40th week of the month? Wow! the older I get, the quicker the years seem to fly by. Today's layout is clean and simple, but I love the photos of my son enjoying the snow. Sometimes I like to let the photos shine without much in the way of accessories. Hope the pictures make you smile.

Chocolate Alphabet Large & Chocolate Alphabet Small stamp sets
Kraft & White Daisy cardstock
Moonstruck ink
Moonstruck marker
Milepost Shapes
Cricut AP cartridge: brackets

***If you are participating in the 52 Layouts Challenge, please use the link below to link your layout to this post. You have until Friday at 11:59PM PST to post your week 40 layout. The link will allow you to post a title and thumbnail that link to your site, where we can see the layout in all its glory! Note: please do not post from a password protected site that will require us to input a password before viewing.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

LOAD #1 - Sledding

It's the first day of the month, and I am in the mountains at a scrapbook retreat! I'm getting quite a lot done, so here is my first layout for the month. For the background, I cut out some snowflakes on a Cricut using the Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH, and I used them as masks around which I sponged Lilac Mist ink. I placed a snowflake border and a few individual snowflakes on the page as well. Off to a good start on my LOAD, and I hope a few people want to play along with me. If so, I'll check out your blog daily for your latest layout, and please do the same for me. This will be a hard challenge considering how busy I have been lately, but I think I can, I think I can!
Recipe: Cocktail Alphabet & Notice the Details stamp sets Mistletoe paper White Daisy & Indian Corn Blue cardstock Indian Corn Blue, Lilac Mist, Cranberry & Desert Sand ink Sparkles