Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sketch N Scrap #54

No foolin' it's a new month again ALREADY!!! Yikes, where is the year going?  Here is my newest sketch up at Sketch N Scrap:

And here is the layout I created based on the sketch:
Supplies Used: Patterned papers: Glitz, Crate Paper, Echo Park; Cardstock: Stampin Up;
envelope: Fancy Pants; stickers: Fancy Pants; cut outs: Echo Park; buttons: Stampin Up

These are pictures of my handsome son before his winter concert last year. He looked so handsome in his tux!  I hope you will find time to play along with us this month at Sketch N Scrap Creative Embellishments is our wonderful sponsor this month who is offering a $20 gift certificate to their store!!!  You will definitely want to play along for a chance to win. Their chipboard shapes are the best and they have such unique pieces that I have not seen elsewhere!  Check it out HERE!  Not that I want time to fly by any faster but if you think this month is a great one at Sketch N Scrap wait until May...we will be turning 2 years old and  are hosting another month long birthday bash filled with TONS of challenges, prizes and loads of inspiration!  
So stay tuned for even more fun and inspiration!  Make sure and follow us on the blog or on Facebook so you won't miss out on all the fun! 
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

His No.1 Fan!


Good morning!  I hope everyone is enjoying our fun filled Favorite Things blog hop!  Today I wanted to  share with you some more scrappy inspiration using the Elle's Studio Love You More collection pack:
I loved this picture I snapped on my cell phone of my son and my niece while at Fuddruckers celebrating her 6th birthday, but I was having a hard time coming up with a fun title for my layout.  I was looking at all the little cut out blocks on one of the papers when I saw the "No.1" and then the title came to me....No. #1 Fan!!!  Because this little gal is for sure my son's No. 1 fan! I decided to "fancy" up the title a bit by using a chevron envelope I received a gift card in on my birthday: 
I mounted the No.1 cut out on a piece of pink paper included in the collection and then used another cut out for my "tag" to come out of the envelope, I included journaling inside the envelope by adding a piece of white cardstock under the "I think you are perfect" cut out and journaling my thoughts on it. I used a Studio Calico wood veneer heart to act as a sort of pull tab for my hidden journaling.  This collection is so versatile and the two cut out sheets are perfect embellishments to dress up your layouts in a fun yet inexpensive way!  If you are like me and can't cut a perfectly straight, here is a little tip...ink the edges of all your cut outs and the ink blurs any imperfections in your cutting technique!  Enjoy your weekend and have fun on the Frosted Designs Favorite Things Blog Hop!  Did you know that ALL Elle's Studio is on sale at the Frosted Designs store from now until Monday????  What a deal, you will not regret buying any of the Elle's Studio collection packs!  To get your 30% discount, just enter code PL30 at checkout!  To visit the store go HERE!
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Frosted Designs Favorite Things Blog Hop


Hello crafty friends and welcome to the Frosted Designs "Favorite Things" Blog Hop!!! As most of you know, March is National Craft Month!!!  What better way to celebrate our favorite time of year than with a "favorite things" blog hop?!?  We are so excited about all the fabulous items in store that we wanted to share with you how we use them on our projects!  Our Design Team has put together some AMAZING projects just for your viewing pleasure :-)

If you've arrived here from Joni's blog, then you're in the right place!  If not, please start the hop at the Frosted Designs Blog here!
As you hop along, be sure to visit each Design Team Member's blog for wonderful inspiration and creative ideas on how we use our favorite products!!! While you're there, be sure to leave them some love!!!  Each member will have a "scrambled" word in their post... (*HINT* The word will be a Frosted Designs Product!!!).   Unscramble each one from the line-up below and send them to Brandimatos@gmail.com!   After you've completed your "hopping", come back to the Frosted Designs blog and tell us how much fun you had!!
I had a hard time deciding on what my "favorite thing" was from the Frosted Designs store, after all there are SOOO many awesome goodies to choose from!  But finally I settled on washi tape!!  I have TONS of washi tape and had not been really using it but more like accumulating  hoarding it!  So I decided to put my wonderful Trendy Tapes from the Frosted Designs store to good use!  Here are a few things I came up with:
Use your washi tape to decorate your embellishment storage!  I keep all my buttons and bling by color in these handy containers but I have to pull them out to see what color is what, not anymore! Now I can tell what color is in each container based on the color of washi tape around the container!

Use washi tape to decorate containers for small gifts!  Here is an extra embellishment container filled with swap items for a special friend!  To make the heart on the top of the container I placed strips of washi tape side by side on cardstock then punched it out with my heart punch.

Here is a plain jane metal container that I decorated for another scrappy friend! Inside a bunch of handmade envelopes, flowers and a gift card to her favorite scrapbook store!  And she can use the container later for storing her embellishments.

Use washi tape on your cards in place of paper! 


Now, what would a blog hop be without some AWESOME prizes?!?  By sending in your "unscrambled FD products to Brandimatos@gmail.com, you will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:
Creative Embellishments is offering a $20.00 Gift Certificate to their store full of detailed chipboard pieces and rubber stamps!!!


AND

Regina, from The Cutting Cafe, is also sponsoring THREE full sets of your choosing to her online store!!!!  It's FULL of cut files and digi stamps for EVERY occassion!!! 


Barb is also offering a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the Frosted Designs Online Store!!!  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter on the Frosted Designs Blog to be entered into the drawing!!!!




As usual, there are some housekeeping rules:
1.  Visit all the blogs and leave a comment so we know you were there!  Not to mention, you don't want to miss all the wonderful inspiration along the way :-)
2.  Before you leave each blog, look for the "scrambled" word and write it down.  Once you have visited each blog, you should have 12 different products found in the Frosted Designs Store!
3. Finally, come back to the Frosted Designs Blog and tell us how much fun you had!!!  Email your unscrambled words to Brandimatos@gmail.com!
4.  HAVE FUN!!!!  After all, that's what this is all about :-)

Here is the Blog Line-Up in case you get lost:

Lisa  (YOU ARE HERE)

So what are you waiting for?!?  Let's get hopping!!!!  Your next stop is LORI, but before you go here is my scrambled word is:  SRAT CFONITET (HINT* It's located under "Chipboard and Wood Veneers" in the FD store here (http://frosted-designs.com/collections/chipboard)
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sketch N Scrap Card sketch #22

It doesn't seem possible that our last sketch for March is going up today!  March Madness is soon to give way to April showers and before we know it summer will be here in full force!  Here is Sketch N Scrap's last card sketch for March by me:

And here is my card based on this sketch:
Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; sticker: Echo Park; jewels: Queen & Co;
Washi tape: Queen & Co and Bella Blvd; ink: Stampin Up; stamp: Stampin Up

I'm on a mission to put to good use all my wonderful washi tape!  I had originally thought of using ribbon for this card design but decided that my colorful washi tape would dress this card up and give a wonderful summery feel to chase away my winter blues!  Stay tuned tomorrow for more ideas on how to use your washi tape!   I hope you will find time to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap before the month is over! Up for grabs is a $20 gift certificate to Scrapooks.com!!!!  Just think of all the washi tape you could buy! Details on how to play along are HERE....make sure and link up your project using any of our five sketches by March 31st at midnight CST for a chance to win!  

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Inspired by Challenge #3


It was my turn to create the Inspired by sketch for Sketch N Scrap's Inspired by challenge this month. Here is my sketch: 

For those new to this challenge, each month we take a layout that "inspired" us and create a sketch based on this layout.  This month's layout that inspired me to create the above sketch was by DT member Lissa Mitchell.  Here is her lovely layout: 

And here is my layout based on the sketch:
Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers, Dream Street Papers, Webster's
Pages Recorded; alphas: Simple Stories & American Crafts Thickers; stickers: Simple Stories;
button: Recollections; journaling blocks: Making Memories, Jenni Bowlin & Evalicious;
washi tape : Queen & Company

I just love this picture of my nephew and my brother at the pumpkin patch last year!  Isn't he the cutest in that cowboy hat????  I also adore how the DT took this sketch and made it their own, if you go HERE you can check out all the wonderful work the DT did with this sketch and see how different each and every layout is! I hope you will be inspired enough to play along with us for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Scrapbooks.com donated by DT member Monique!  Check out the details at Sketch N Scrap and have a WONDERFUL week!
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

My First Counterfeit Kit ~ Spring Smiles


I have been enamored of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog for quite some time but have never taken the time to play along, but this month I decided I had WAY to many papers from misc lines that needed to be paired up in a kit.  After all, what is a girl to do with just one or two lonesome papers from an ENTIRE scrapbook collection....well, I'm certainly NOT going to toss them so I needed to put them to use...and what better way then to make a kit out of these poor orphans!  This month they are counterfeiting this lovely February kit from Cocoa Daisy: 

Here is my counterfeit kit:
I have papers from Echo Park Happy Days, All About A Boy, Here & Now, Bundle of Joy, Sweet Girl, For the Record 2, My Mind's Eye Kate & Co, Cut and Paste and American Crafts Amy Tangerine Ready, Set, Go.  What a mix huh? Here are just the papers closer up: 
I got almost ALL of these papers at the Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine TX a few weeks back.  One booth had papers for 10 cents a sheet and I dug through with my scrappy buddy Kelly and picked out about 50 papers! Kind of funny they coordinated well enough to make a kit! I ended up adding in more papers then the Cocoa Daisy kit because I liked them all and couldn't cut any, so I figured why not make it a "deluxe kit"!   For embellishments I have : letter stickers (Thickers and Paper Trunk alphas); wooden buttons, resin flowers from Maya Road and from one of my fav shops: Skyline Paperie, wood veneers from Elle's Studio and Studio Calico,  flairs from A Flair for Buttons, cut outs from Elle's Studio, We R Memory Keepers and the Skyline Paperie shop, washi tape from MME, Stampin' Up, Bella Blvd and Recollections, and chipboard from MME.  I decided to name my kit Spring Smiles because when I see this kit I think of Spring! I am normally a earth tone kind of gal so this is a little different then my norm, but I am lovely this fun color palette! Now if I could just fall back and gain an extra hour tomorrow instead of losing an hour so that I could find time to squeeze in some crafty time to play with my new kit!  I hope you will find time to create your own Counterfeit Kit this month!  Stay tune...projects to follow!

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Joni's Punctuation challenge!

Have you seen the newest challenge up at Frosted Designs?  Your host for this challenge is Joni and she has challenged us to use punctuation somewhere on our project!  I know I have a TON of &'s just lying around and not being put to good use....so when I saw this challenge I immediately thought of my newest &amp, a wood veneer one by Elle's Studio and I knew it was perfect for this challenge!  Here is my layout for this challenge:
Supplies Used:  Elle's Studio Everyday Moments Paper collection Pack, Elle's Studio Love You More Paper collection pack; Background paper by MME's Cut & Paste line;  Wood veneers by Elle's Studio Everyday Moments collection and Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party collection; Elle's Studio Love You More cutouts; doilies by Martha Stewart; flower by Maya Road; Letter Stickers by Jillibean Soup.

For this fun layout using pictures of my SIL and youngest nephew when he was just a baby (he's four now!) I used Sketch 259 by Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers.  It was a fun sketch and one a bit out of my comfort zone but I had fun with layering all the embellishments and the Love You More line by Elle's Studio is perfect for this!  As added incentive ALL Elle's Studio in the Frosted Designs store is on sale through March 3rd at 30% off!!!!!!!!!  Also included are Studio Calico, the new 7 Dots AND Simple Stories!!!!  You better RUN to stock up ladies, this is a GREAT deal!  Don't forget to go check out what the other DT members did with this challenge, lots of great inspiration to be found HERE!  Hope your weekend is filled with scrappy goodness and sunshine! 

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