Monday, April 26, 2010

Sketch 62

Happy Monday, time for more sketch fun! Isn't that the best way ever to chase away the Monday morning blues? I just adored this week's sketch at The Scrappiest! I had been wanting to use the ever popular banners on a page, but really had no creative ideas to do so, so when I saw this sketch, I was so excited to use my new Jenni Bowlin banner stickers that I recently purchased, as well as my new October Afternoon Fly a Kite papers that I won on the October Afternoon blog! These papers are just divine, they just SCREAM Spring don't they?! And since no stores I have visited have these papers yet, I really feel lucky! This is another layout completed towards my year long goal of finishing my Disney album...I think the reason I didn't finish it is because I was trying to use only Red, black and yellow papers for my pages...but yet, this picture just needed more springy colors, and these papers were perfect! Hope you can participate with us at The Scrappiest this week, because it is your last chance to enter to win the awesome Paper Poppy Kit company kit! So what are you waiting for you better get busy! LOL! Have a great week everyone, I will be busy completing my DT work for my debut on the Practical Scrappers blog next week, so check back soon for some fun stuff!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Little Sketch Book

I was so honored to be a guest designer today on Liz Qualman's sketch blog, My Little Sketch Book. I almost couldn't believe how today's sketch fit my style! I even convinced myself she must of designed it specifically for me! LOL! I have wanted to scrap these pictures for awhile now but was having a hard time doing a one page layout with all 3 photos, and stretching it to a 2 pager didn't work either, so when I saw this sketch I knew that I could use them FINALLY! All papers are by October Afternoon and are from my September 2009 Personalscrapper kit. The stickers are also October Afternoon from the Cherry Hill collection, that I won on the October Afternoon blog recently. Those mini letters stickers are the new October Afternoon stickers that were also in my prize package (lucky me huh?) The red foam stickers are Thickers. I hope you can take a few minutes and drop by Liz's blog and see what the other two designers did with the sketch, they are AWESOME, leaving me wondering "why didn't I think of that", just goes to show you how one sketch in 3 different hands can turn into something totally different! Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend and tune in tomorrow for another fun layout!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Round and Round

This is a fun layout I created for several reasons, first being I set a goal to scrap all my Disney trip pictures in 2010 (just a mere 5 years after the trip), and secondly, Erica at Personalscrapper challenged us to scrap a page with at least 3 4x6pictures on it (and her prizes rock, keeping my fingers crossed I win)! This page uses the March Personalscrapper kit featuring My Minds Eye papers..the journal box is by Elles Studio, the sticker(laugh) by We R Memory Keepers (and donated to the cause of a balanced page by my great croppin' buddy Janelle) and the sticker letters are Thickers! Simple page, but I really loved these pics of my son taken on the teacup ride at Disney and thought these bright fun papers captured the mood! So go challenge yourself, try to add more pics to a page, you know you have enough! LOL! Enjoy your weekend everyone! Tune in tomorrow, because I am a guest designer tomorrow at My Little Sketch book and can't wait to share my layout with you!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Exciting News!

I am so excited to announce that I have been choosen to be a part of the Practical Scrappers Design Team! Practical Scrappers is a fun challenge site that encourages you to use your STASH! Each week a new challenge is issued and you are challenged to create a project using the featured item for that week. This week it is Floss, Fibers and Ribbons! Now, that is a challenge for me, I have a drawer full of these and yet rarely use them on a project! So hop on over to Practical Scrappers and try your hand at this week's challenge, get inpsired by all the lovely creations the current DT has created for this week's challenge and use that stash! I am so excited to be part of such a great site and even more excited to get to know the other DT members. I have listed links to their blogs on the sidebar, so go check out all their awesome work and join me in congratulating them on their newest challenge!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sketch 61

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! It was rainy all weekend and even today here, so it was perfect scrapping weather! I have to say, this week's sketch from The Scrappiest, is just a blast to work with! I love circle sketches! For this sketch I added extra pics and a journaling block in the place of one picture. The circle paper I used had a scalloped edge around it, but since this was a masculine page I just cut it off and saved the outer border for another project! Yes, I save ALL my scraps! I used Bella Blvd's Camped Out line of papers and bits'n piece for the embellishments, this is a piece of 12x12 paper with a bunch of elements on it (the journal box and all the little words and circle in the upper left where from this sheet) is priced the same as a piece of paper, but you can get a BUNCH of embellishments for your project for under a $1 WOW! The circle paper is from Crate Paper's Lemongrass line. The stickers are of course, Thickers! These pics are from last Thanksgiving when we went to feed the ducks at a nearby lake and the boys decided to fish! Don't forget to play along with us at The Scrappiest for a chance to win a Paper Poppy Kit Company kit!! Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sketch Inspiration

I got a chance to play along again this week at Sketch Inspiration! I loved the sketch this week and was also inpsired on this page by Practical Scrappers' challenge to use bling. I must admit, I rarely use bling but was inspired to use just a wee bit on this page...I still have trouble using a lot of bling! LOL! The papers are from Basic Grey Green at Heart from this month's Personalscrapper kit, really loving these papers. The buttons are from Scenic Route (they matched perfectly), the photo accent from Making Memories and the letter stickers are from Making Memories and American Crafts. The felt flowers and butterflies are cut from a Queen and Company border from a past kit, that I only had scraps left and then I added Kaiser Craft bling...I took a Queen and Company class at CKC recently and learned a lot of tips for working with their felt products! I can't wait to finish up the pages we made and share them with you, they were really adorable! Hope you have a chance to play along at Sketch Inspiration, I'd love to see your interpretation of the sketch!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sketch 60

I know I am sure ready for summer! These pictures get me excited about taking the boys to the waterpark again real soon! It will be opening on Memorial Day weekend and I plan to head there for opening weekend, but I most likely will spend little time in the water as it will be too cool for me, but the kids will love it, the cold water doesn't seem to bother them! LOL! Since I take so many of my pictures in the vertical position, this sketch was perfect for me! I didn't even have to rotate it! LOL! I used my August Personalscrapper kit featuring Scenic Route Garden Grove with a scrap or two from the July kit featuring Fancy Pants Summer Soiree thrown in! The stickers are from Scenic Route Garden Grove and the letters are fabric Thickers! The chipboard flower border is by Making Memories, I got this border pack for a Christmas gift, and it has been a great gift, almost used it up! I hope you will play along with us at The Scrappiest this week, this sketch is super easy to use, plus the Paper Poppy kit company is offering up a kit as this month's prize! WOW! Aphra's kits really are packed with fun get your scrap on and post your link in Mr. Linky at The Scrappiest! Good luck!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Guy Rocks!

I am glad to report that my weekend crop was pretty productive (for me anyways)! I was able to get five layouts done and one 3/4 of the way done, just need to add embellishments and journaling and so my goal of SIX was almost met! I may be slow getting them photographed and posted, but I am so excited about them all, that I wanted to post one here tonight. This one is using the new Little Yellow Bicycle Gen Z and American Crafts Teen Angst lines that I recently bought and won respectively! This picture of my son at the Amazing Pizza Factory was horribly dark, but I was able to lighten it and if printed in black white it is not too the color version when it is lightened a weird halo like light is shining on top of his head! Be prepared for more of these lines, as I have more papers and picked up some embellies at Archivers this weekend, so I am planning on using them again, these lines are great for those tween and teen boys, and that is a hard crowd to find good paper lines for! Well, I am worn out, two nights of late night scrappin' has taken its toll, so I am off to bed but check back tomorrow, I will be posting my latest layout for The Scrappiest!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Hi everyone! I so ready to crop the night away tonight! I am hoping to get a bunch of layouts done but we will see, I am known for talking more than cropping! LOL! Here is a layout lift I wanted to share with you all featuring papers from My Mind's Eye that I got in my March Personalscrapper kit. I lifted Michelle Lindenmayer's layout that you can see here, I just love the owls, but didn't have that paper, so I goal is NOT to impulse buy just cuz I see a pretty layout! I've done that WAAAAY to much! I was also able to use up more of my old stash by using up an old EK Success sticker (Lazy Days of Summer)and those chipboard flowers from the dollar bin at Target that I got eons ago! The picture is one I took last Summer of my son and nephew that was a bit washed out with the sun, but by converting it to black and white it looks a bit better! Well, better get back to cropping, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Blog chain

I was tagged by my friend Star to be on a blog chain. If you haven't checked out her blog, go do it, it is just awesome, she posts some great layouts, and just to think I knew about her before she was a famous published scrapper! LOL!
I am suppose to list 10 things that make me happy:
1) winning blog candy! (just won over at the October Afternoon blog)
2) seeing my guy smile!
3) watching my team win (too bad that was just a dream this year) LOL!
4) reading a good book
5) painting my nieces toenails
6) see the trees bud out for the first time each spring
7) that first cup of coffee in the morning
8) going to the movies with my son.
9) going on vacation to a new place
10) Vala's pumpkin patch

Now I am to list 5 pieces of trivia about me: (which is more than you wanted to know I am sure)
1) I just got an MP3 player for the first time
2) I stink at reading maps
3) I only listen to talk radio when I am driving
4) I can't attend a sporting event without yelling (sometimes not nice things)
5) I really really want to go the Final Four before I die (wanna give me your tickets?)

Now I am to tag FIVE bloggers to continue to chain:

1) Pearl
2) Debbie
3) Kylie
4) Joni
5) Carly
Catch ya later !

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sketch 59

My goodness I am a day late and a dollar short this week as they say! LOL! Just getting around to getting this posted! Very busy around here getting ready for CKC! Can't wait for a weekend of scrapping time with my friend! Here is my layout that I made for this week's sketch #59 over at The Scrappiest! I used an old picture of my son with a car we got for TEN CENTS at a garage sale, boy did he get his money's worth with this toy! The papers and embellishments are by My Mind's Eye and letter stickers are Thickers (daydream) and Jenni Bowlin. If you use this sketch, don't forget to link up your layout over at The Scrappiest's blog, the prize this month is another awesome one!!! A kit from this awesome company! Now who wouldn't want to win that! Well, off to pack frugally, which by the way is hard to do when you are going to a crop...I mean what if you get there and decide you NEED that one embellishment or piece of paper you haven't used in THREE years! LOL! Have a good week everyone!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

No Foolin' Ryan is Six!!

Happy Sixth birthday to my nephew Ryan! We had a great time tonight celebrating his birthday at Joe's Crab Shack! The kids liked the playground area and the food was very tasty! We got him a GameCube and I think he enjoyed it...might be too excited to sleep well, even his little sis got into playing video games (shhh...don't tell her that her controller wasn't really hooked up) LOL! Aren't these the cutest kids ever? Can't wait to get my newest nephew in the pics, now that will almost be tooo much cuteness to handle! Have a Happy Easter everyone!