Friday, January 31, 2014

Holy Land Experience Layout 2

Completed another Holy Land Experience layout today. I realize I kept these layouts very simple, but I really couldn't figure out what else to add to complement the photos. On the flip side, the photos are scrapped and in my album, so that's a plus for me! Sometimes I get so caught up in the design that I forget it's okay not to add the kitchen sink to my layout, if you know what I mean. Looking back at even the simplest of layouts will bring back memories, and that's what counts.

Felicity stamp set
Huntington Level 2 papers
Champagne, Cashmere, Chocolate, Cocoa, Desert Sand & Olive cardstock
Cocoa, Desert Sand & Olive ink
Cocoa marker
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: palm tree
Pattern: EMS Sketch 52

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Holy Land Experience Layout

I've been meaning to play along with the 5th Week Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and finally got my act together to do so! This challenge is posted whenever there is a fifth week (M-F) in the month, and the December one combined a sketch, a Variety Challenge, and a twist (use a stamped image). I had to put my thinking cap to get all three in one layout, but I managed it! I cut the title using my Cricut and two photos. I had never cut photos on my Cricut before, and I was surprised how easy it was - no slipping or ragged edges.
Bethlehem stamp set
Pemberly Level 2 papers
Slate cardstock
Slate & Black ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Gold metallic marker
Durable Square Studs - Antiqued Gold
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: SCS Sketch 200

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SCS Variety Challenge 200 - Eaters of the Cake

It's time for a Variety Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, and I'm so excited to be hosting the 200th challenge! Who wants to celebrate with me? Join in the fun by playing along with our challenge using the link below.

SBVC200 - Mixed Messages
For today's challenge, I want you to use stamps, markers, die-cuts, your computer, etc. to create a title or journaling spot on your layout. Sound easy? But there's a catch: you have to either use at least three fonts, or intersperse symbols or pictographs amid your regular fonts. If you are creating your title or journaling by hand, you can use cursive, printing, all caps, or outlined letters (just to name a few ideas) to get the look of various fonts.

I decided to use both options, so I added some pictures to my hand written journaling, plus I used Tiny Typewriter, Polka Dot Alphabet & Felicity stamp sets to create the title. I always struggle coming up with titles for birthday layouts (how many times can you use Let Them Eat Cake?) so the title is a play on Michael Crichton's book "Eaters of the Dead."
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet, Polka Dot Alphabet, Felicity, Take Note, Perfect Fit - Birthday & It's Your Day stamp sets
Zippidee Level 2 papers
Bamboo, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, Honey & Colonial White cardstock
Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, Honey & Desert Sand ink
Desert Sand marker
Honey Triangles washi tape
Cranberry conchos
Natural hemp
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: number border, tab
Pattern: Let's Scrap 10-30-13
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart CTMH challenge (C = cardstock & cake, T = tab & washi tape, M = metal conchos, H = hemp & happy); Frosted Designs Polka Dot challenge; SCS Stash January Busters challenge week 2

Friday, January 10, 2014

Babycakes Birthday Card

My Babycakes card workshop is tonight, so I wanted to show off a few more of the cards I created. I'm still trying for a non-baby look for this set of cards, and I think I succeeded on this one. I also discovered that if you stamp on seam-binding ribbon, it looks pretty distinct at first, but by the next day, it pretty much bleeds together and you end up with a vintage looking ribbon. Not exactly what I was going for, but I can live with it!

Chantilly & Celebrate the Everyday stamp set
Babycakes Level 2 papers
Buttercup, Sunset, Chocolate & White Daisy cardstock
Buttercup, Sunset, Chocolate & Slate ink
Color-ready seam-binding ribbon
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: scalloped circle
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners, star
Spots & Dots embossing folder (cuttlebug)
Pattern: Retro Sketches #96

Thursday, January 9, 2014

For Always You + Me Card

My 22nd wedding anniversary is this weekend, and my husband is going to be out of town. I wanted him to have something special on the day of our anniversary, so I made a card this afternoon and slipped it into his suitcase! I was treading the fine line between showing him how much I love him and not wanting him to be embarrassed if he opens the envelope while a bunch of guys are standing around, so hopefully this card strikes that perfect balance.
February Work Puzzle & The Gift of Love stamp sets
For Always Level 2 papers
Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, Black & Slate ink
White Daisy organdy ribbon
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: all die-cuts
Challenges: Mojo Monday Sketch 327, 4 Crafty Chicks bows challenge

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Perfect 10 Layout

I am a pretty simple scrapper, but I always envy those who can layer multiple items on a layout without it looking messy or distracting from the pictures. Well, I decided to try some layering, since it's the new year and it's a great time to try new things, right? I went a little die-cut crazy and probably wore my poor Cricut out (at least for the morning!), but I like the result. I still kept it simple in terms of patterns, but hopefully that will be something to work on as the year progresses. Let me know what you think!

All the Details stamp set
Dotty for You Level 2 papers
Honey, Cranberry, Saddle, Black, Lagoon & White Daisy cardstock
Honey, Cranberry, Saddle & Lagoon ink
Black marker
Red Glitter Gems
Lagoon ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, circle, heart
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: all other die-cuts
Pattern: Let's Scrap 12-11-13
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart new beginnings challenge (I tried a new technique: layering); Stampin' Royalty birthday challenge

Monday, January 6, 2014

Adrian's 10th Birthday Layout

So I have to ask myself, will my son will ever forgive me for using so much pink on a layout celebrating his tenth birthday? Especially considering he had a Lego party! I really, truly wanted to go with a different color scheme, but three gals came to the party wearing pink, so what's a scrapbooking mama to do? Oh well, hopefully the aqua and yellow will balance it all out in his mind.
Trinity Alphabet & Heartfelt Birthday Wish stamp sets
Dream Pop Level 2 papers
White Daisy cardstock
Grey Wool, Watermelon, Lagoon & Sunset ink
Turquoise ricrac (Jo-Ann's)
Turquoise brads (from my stash)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: hearts
Pattern: Fab Fifteen from Cherish

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Babycakes Big Birthday Wishes Card

I love the ladies in my card-making club, but they frequently challenge me, as in the case of the Babycakes paper pack! My mission, should I choose to accept it: take a baby themed paper pack and create non-baby themed cards. I love a challenge, so with help from a sketch by Stuck Sketches, I got to work.

Although this is a layout sketch (and I will probably use it as such later this month), Frosted Designs is partnering with Stuck Sketches and wanted to see layouts or cards, so I turned it into a card. The Chocolate squares are actually leftover pieces from the window on this card (see the second card in this post), and I had saved them, hoping to use them this month. I tried to include the tags that are on the sketch, but the card was just too small. Any thoughts on the butterfly? Is it too random or should I leave it as is?
Framework Alphabet & Just a Number stamp sets
Babycakes Level 2 papers
Sunset, Chocolate, Buttercup & Colonial White cardstock
Sunset, Chocolate, Buttercup & Slate ink
Buttercup marker
Grey baker's twine (Recollections)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: balloons
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title rectangle
Challenges: Frosted Design sketch + paint, ink, or mist challenge (I used ink)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Babycakes Thanks Card

Today I started working on the cards for my upcoming Babycakes workshop, and found inspiration from this sketch from Retro Sketches:
Since I will be having about ten ladies at the workshop, and cutting a bunch of little pieces at a diagonal sounded like a big pain, I decided to stamp the bottom half of the card. I was inspired by this card, but used a new stamp set called One-Way Borders to stamp all the arrows. Popped up the center sentiment and added a bow, and it's done. Simple but I hope my ladies will like it!

One way Borders & Art Philosophy Tags stamp sets
Babycakes Level 2 papers
Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Sunset & Buttercup ink
Sunset marker
Chocolate grosgrain ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped circle

Thursday, January 2, 2014

LVFD Layout

Although I usually host the Stash Busters Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, I'm excited this month to have Lela as the guest hostess, and I can't wait to play along with her challenges! For the first January challenge, she asked us to use the following:
• 2 or more patterned papers that are over 6 months old (I used three)
• Washi tape (mine wasn't old but it was in my stash)
• Thickers, letter stickers, or title die-cuts (I fudged this one a bit by die-cutting my title on the Cricut)
• Corner punch or embellishment (this one had me puzzled until I got the idea to embellish a corner with knotted ribbon).
Thanks for a fun challenge, Lela! And everyone else, feel free to play along by clicking on the link above.
Fanfare Level 2 papers
Whisper, Pacifica & White Daisy cardstock
Pacifica & Cranberry ink
Pacifica marker
Cranberry & White Daisy grosgrain ribbon
Red glitter gems
Honey Triangles washi tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, stars
Pattern: Nuts About Sketches Week 298

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Plethora of Presents Layout

In case anyone is wondering, plethora means abundance or excess, which was certainly appropriate for the Christmas morning depicted in this layout. Our kids have lots of grandparents, so they received lots of presents! This was my last layout of 2013, and I am so excited that I met my yearly goal of 100 layout. Woohoo! Now I need to get started on my 2014 goal.
Cherish the Day & A Typeface stamp sets
Sparkle and Shine Level 2 papers & Complements
Ruby, Juniper, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Ruby, Juniper, Black & Slate ink
Ruby & Juniper alcohol markers
Black marker
Silver Metallics marker
Ruby Mini-Medley
Juniper & Silver washi tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: ticket, title cut-out, rectangles
Pattern: inspired by Stars Above from Imagine (but taken in a very different direction!)
Challenges: Color My Heart Color Dare #74 (Juniper & Ruby)

Update: I was a winner at Color My Heart for this layout!
Carmen Mitchell's photo.

EMS Sketch Challenge 52 with Guest Designer Amanda

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to the first EMS sketch of 2014. If one of your goals for this year is to get some scrapbooking done, you've come to the right place for inspiration. This month's sketch features 7 photos in an assortment of sizes, but feel free to change them up to whatever works with your photos. You have until January 31st to create a layout based on the sketch, post it online, and then link to this post. I will choose one scrapper's layout to be featured on my blog on February 5th, and that person will be invited to be a guest designer for the following month's sketch. Let's see what you can do!
Check out what guest designer Amanda has done with the sketch; she stuck with the original structure but adapted a few of the picture sizes, plus she took advantage of the banner areas to create little scenes that reinforced the theme of her layout. Thanks for sharing this darling layout with us, Amanda. If you want to see more of Amanda's work, check out her Splitcoast Stampers gallery!
Please link your completed layout here by 1/31/14 at 11:59 pm PST!