Wednesday, December 28, 2011

All Aboard Layout

My boys love trains, so I always seem to have lots of train pictures to scrap. I tried to be creative this time by paper-piecing the little train. Hope you like!

Cherry-O Level 2 papers
Crystal Blue, Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate ink
Wooden craft buttons
Chocolate embroidery floss
DE Monograms "a", "l", "b", "o" & "d"
Chipboard letters "a" & "r" (Doodlebug Designs)
Nutmeg Brown acrylic paint (Plaid Enterprises)
Scalloped border punch (Fiskars)
Pattern: Understudy from Imagine

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Time to Relax Layout

Simple layout that I predesigned in Studio J and then created using supplies on hand.

Classmate Alphabet stamp set
Magic Moments Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Indian Corn Blue & Colonial White cardstock
Magic Moments Scrapbooking Kit My Stickease
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Heart punch (EK Success)
Pattern: Dramatic Fashion from Cherish

Merry Christmas

From a poem by G.K. Chesterton, I think this sums up the Christmas story!

"And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Benihanas Layout

For this layout, I got to combine an old and a new favorite. The old is my Wishblade, which I used to cut the title. After my computer crashed in October, I never re-installed the software for my Wishblade, and then I had to figure out how to make it work with Windows 7 - ouch! Finally got it up and running, so you can expect to see some more Wishbalde-cut titles from me in the near future. The new is the Art Philosophy cartridge for my Cricut, which I used to cut all the dragonflies. I then stamped the dragonflies using images from the "This Way" stamp set. Love that look. It's Christmas Eve and my hubby took our boys out for the day, so I'm off to create some more layouts. Merry Christmas, everyone!

This Way stamp set
Fanfare & Felicity Level 2 papers
Sky, Chocolate, Bamboo & Colonial White cardstock
Pacifica & Sky ink
Pacifica marker
Colonial White ric-rac
Chocolate craft buttons
Waxy Flax
Pattern: Creative Rhythm from Cherish

Friday, December 16, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Sketch Challenge 11

I finally climbed out from under my mountain of Christmas cards long enough to create this sketch and layout for the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog. It's simple, featuring only three photos, but you could always replace the long photo at the bottom with a series of 3" x 3" photos. It also uses some pennants, something I haven't experimented with much yet. I cut the shortest pennant out using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, and then, since you can't cut longer pennants using the cartridge without also having them wider, I used it as a template to cut the longer pennants. The title and snowflakes were also cut out using the AP cartridge. There are so many fun shapes on that cartridge that you could use to fill in the asterisks from the sketch. Have fun creating, and don't forget to link your artwork to the Heart 2 Heart blog so everyone can see it!

The Sketch:

My Layout:

Wonderland papers
Bamboo & Colonial White cardstock
Twilight, Crystal Blue, Chocolate & Bamboo ink
Twilight marker
Pearl Opaques
Stickles (Ranger)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Life is crazy but wonderful!

Okay, I haven't signed into my blog in so long I had to look up my password! How sad is that? Life has really been crazy lately, so I haven't had a chance to scrapbook yet this month. I am in the midst of a Christmas card making frenzy. I'm making our family Christmas cards that need to be done, addressed, and sent by Monday, and I am making cards to sell at a Christmas boutique tomorrow. Just wanted to take a moment in the midst of all the busyness to check in with my scrappy friends. The next Heart 2 Heart sketch will be posted on the 15th, so I'll complete at least one layout this month! If you haven't had a chance to try out last month's sketch, you can see it on my November 15th post. In the meantime, hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, and don't forget to take time to experience the wonder of Christmas.