Friday, May 31, 2013

Sketch with a Twist challenge!

I hope you are enjoying my kit challenge and the sequel to my kit challenge!  You can find them HERE and HERE....there is still time to play along as the kit challenge ends today at midnight but the sequel has been extended until June 14th!  Today I have a sketch challenge for you.  Here is the sketch:
But there is a TWIST to go along with this challenge!  Besides creating a layout or card based on this sketch you must use ONE or more of the following twists:
1) Use a theme of SUMMER
2) Use two or more alphabets on your layout
3) Use a die cut paper on your layout or card.

Here is my example using the sketch with a twist:

Supplies Used: Patterned paper: Simple Stories Summer Fresh, die cut paper: KI Memories; stickers:
Simple Stories Summer Fresh; alphabets: Doodlebug & American Crafts Thickers

I used all three twists on my layout, summer themed (picture taken on the 4th of July and using Summer Fresh collection by Simple Stories), two alphabets AND a die cut paper for my circle. 
Here are the rules for playing along:
1) Create a layout or card based on the sketch above
2) Use at least ONE TWIST on your layout or card
3) link up your entry using the Inlinkz button below
4) ONE entry per person
5) Deadline to enter is June 14th at midnight CST
6) Layout must be new as of May 31st (no backlinking)
7) Cannot be combined with any other Sketch N Scrap challenge (but combining with other sites is fine)
8) You must include a link back to Sketch N Scrap and My Creative Endeavors in your post
Entries following the above rules will be entered into the drawing for this set of washi tapes:
(International players welcome but will be asked to pay shipping on their prize)

You can earn extra entries into the drawing by doing the following:
1) participating in the kit sequel challenge HERE
2) liking Sketch N Scrap on facebook (HERE) ~ make sure & leave a comment below that you are a new facebook fan.  If you are already a facebook fan then make sure & share your layout for this challenge on our facebook page so we know you are a fan already.
Good luck in the drawing!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birthday Bash Kit Challenge ~ The Sequel!

I know a few of you joined me in our frst Birthday Bash challenge at Sketch N Scrap which was to create a kit out of your stash. I enjoyed seeing everyone's lovely kits & have been inspired to create even more kits from my stash since then, it is getting addictive! If you haven't joined us yet there is still time! You have until May 31st to participate, you can find out all the details HERE  Now how about we stop drooling over these lovely kits & put them to good use? Today's challenge is to create a layout or card using the kit you made from our previous challenge.
Here it the layout I created from my kit:
Supplies Used: PatternPaper: My Mind's Eye Collectable, Boy Crazy, Echo Park About a Boy & Pebbles Seen & Noted; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye;  washi tape: Bella Blvd; Alpha stickers: Basic Grey & Thickers by American Crafts: Sticker: Pebbles Seen & Noted; flower: Little Yellow Bicycle; twine: unknown

Now for the rules:
1) Layout or card must be NEW as of May 7th, 2013
2) Entry cannot be combined with any other Sketch N Scrap challenges (but other site challenges are fine)
3) Entry MUST be created from the create your stash kit (details HERE ~ if you haven't created one do that first)
4) 90% of your project must be from your kit ~ here I used everything from my kit but the Thickers, twine and enamel dots.
5) Link up your entry below~ entries not linking back to my blog will be disqualified.
6) You may enter more then once for more chances to win
7) Deadline to enter is June 14th at 11:59 pm CST
8) I will draw a prize winner on June 6th  EDIT: please note I have extended this challenge to June 14th at 11:59 pm CST!!!  Another change of note: I am also combining entries for this prize draw with my Sketch with a Twist challenge, so for another chance to win an entry into the washi tape drawing please play along with that challenge as well!

I loved the bright colors in this kit plus I also enjoyed playing with the red dotted washi tape by Bella Blvd that I included as an embellishment with my the prize you are playing for is a set of two lovely rolls of washi tape by Websters pages!  I love the cameras and the bright yellow, yellow is hot this season and I am really diggin' it!

Wouldn't these tapes look great on your pages?!!!!  You can't win if you don't play, so get busy creating and link up below! Remember you can enter as many projects as you like and each entry gets you ONE entry into the prize draw!  Good luck and don't forget to stop by Sketch N Scrap each day in May for a new challenge!  Also don't forget the Guest Designer challenges going on right now! You can find more info on these calls HERE and HERE
Good luck and Happy Scrapping!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sketch N Scrap Card sketch #2

I am so excited to share Sketch N Scrap's #2 card sketch with everyone today! It is such an exciting day because it is my friend and co-owner Kelly's debut sketch!  Kelly will be sharing layout sketches with us starting in July as well.  Didn't she rock this sketch?  You can visit here blog here to leave her some love!

Here is my card made with the sketch:
Supplies used: Pattern paper: Autumn Leaves & Pink Paislee; cardstock: Stampin Up;
punch: Stampin Up embossing plate: Stampin Up; sticker: SRM stickers; twine: Doodlebug

I am working on using up some older stash and a bag of scraps that just has to get smaller or it is liable to explode one day covering my entire room in a bunch of paper! lol! I had enough scraps to make two of these cards exactly the same just different sentiments, it felt good to use up some of my pretty scraps I couldn't bear to throw out! I hope you will find time to join us at Sketch N Scrap, you have until May 31st at midnight CST to submit your card for a chance at a $25 gift certificate to

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sketch N Scrap #33

I hope you are enjoying our awesome Birthday Bash challenges at Sketch N Scrap!  Today we get back to our "regular" programing with a fun one photo sketch by sketch artist Brenshevia

Here is my layout:
Supplies Used:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist and Scenic Route;
Chipboard, die cuts, wood banner: My Mind's Eye; Letter Stickers & bling: Making Memories.

This is a picture of my nephew enjoying his new swingset with his cousin.  Love the look of pure joy on his face, he LOVES playing outside!  He is all boy this one.  I hope you will have time to stop by Sketch N Scrap and paticipate in one or more of our Birthday Bash challenges or some of our regular sketch challenges! Everyone who participates in this sketch challenge gets one entry into our random prize drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to The ScrapRoom!  Don't forget to play along with my Use your Stash kit challenge, you can find out all about it HERE.  Lots of fun inspiration all month long at Sketch N Scrap!  See you there and happy scrapping!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Sketch N Scrap!

Happy Birthday to us!  Sketch N Scrap is turning one today and we are not just going to be celebrating today....NOPE we are celebrating everyday for the rest of the month!  That means LOTS of inspiration, lots of fun, lots of eye candy and the best part...LOTS & LOTS of prizes!   Now on to our first challenge:
How many of you drool over all the lovely monthly kits offered by various companies each month? I know I have!  I started scrapbooking in the late 90's and I have developed quite a hoard of supplies, I often joke I could start my own store! lol!  It seems I have LOTS of collections in my hoard where only a few papers or embellishments remain and so I just put them aside as there isn't a whole lot left to play with.  One day I needed a yellow paper to go with some pictures I was scrapping.  I found a nice yellow chevron paper but needed some coordinating papers as well, so I started digging in my stash and realized that MANY of the papers I had in other collections went perfectly with my yellow paper...(I was actually thinking of going to Michaels to pick out some papers to match it when I decided to dig in my stash!)  But sometimes I just don't have time to dig in my stash for a few hours looking for matching I decided to create my own "kits' of matching papers and embellies from my that when I sit down to scrap I can get a lot done and not waste time "digging" through my stash!  I actually made up two of these kits in less then an hour. I figure as I find things that will go with these kits I can add on to them.  This kit I call Bright Eyed has Echo Park About a Boy, Pebbles Seen and Noted, Basic Grey Hey Boy, My Mind's Eye Collectable and My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy papers as well as TONS of embellishments from companies such as Scenic Route (oldie but a goodie), KI Memories, SRM stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle, American Crafts (thickers), Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Bella Blvd (washi tape), and A Flair for buttons! It is packed!!! 
Here is a close up of the papers: (side A)

 The other side (B)

Now here is my challenge for you.  Create your own "kit" from your stash.  Use the following recipe:
8 patterned papers
5 pieces of cardstock
2 alphabets
4-10 flowers - can be punched, handmade, store bought etc
2-3 sets of stickers (not letter)
Bling- pearls, rhinestones, stickles, glitter, sequins etc
3 misc embellies- i.e. doilies, journaling cards, chipboard, washi tape etc
Have fun with it! Get inspired to use up some of your stash!  Now what is in it for you besides the motivation to use up some of your hoard plus mix up some older products with newer ones?  Well, how about a PRIZE?  Each person that shares a link to their kit in the comments section below will get ONE entry into a random prize drawing for the following mini "kit":

This kit features papers by Fancy Pants, Glitz, and Autumn Leaves, KI Memories, plus stickers from Fancy Pants Be You collection, butterflies and journal tags from Jenni Bowlin, envies from Sticko, fibers/ribbon from Fancy Pants and misc buttons and flowers!  Enough to create at least 4 or more layouts!
Don't forget to share a link to your kit in the comments section.  Deadline is May 31st at midnight CST, I will announce a winner on June 1st!  Don't forget to follow us everyday for the rest of May on the Sketch N Scrap blog for MORE chances to participate in some fun challenges with lots of prize opportunities!
To see my second kit I made up from my stash called BLUE BAYOU please visit the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page!  Don't forget to LIKE us to stay up to date with all our Birthday Bash challenges!
Happy kitting!  I can't wait to drool over all the fun kits you create!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Card Sketch #1

Today is the debut of my first card sketch at Sketch N Scrap!  We will be having regular card sketches on the 5th & 20th of each month starting today!  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

Supplies Used: Patterned paper: Jillibean soup; Cardstock: Stampin Up Rose, Red, Kraft, Barely Banana,
chocolate chip; butterflies: Recollections; border punch: Stampin Up; ink: chocolate chip by Stampin Up
embossing folder: Paper Studio wood veneer; pearls: Queen & Co; stamp- Stampin Up All Holidays

I hope you will go check out what the new card design team did with the sketch!  Some amazing work HERE! I also hope you will play along with us this month.  For each entry you submit you get one entry into our random prize drawing at the end of the month for a $25 gift certificate to The ScrapRoom.  You have until May 31st to submit your entries.  Our big Birthday Bash starts on Tuesday...getting excited for all the fun challenges and hoping I can have lots of scrappy time to play along! 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy NSD!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!  I hope everyone got some creative time today! Did you participate in any challenges?  There are so many to pick from and many are going on into tomorrow or the next week, so there is still time to join in!  I was able to catch up on some fun things for our upcoming Birthday Bash over at Sketch N Scrap....can't share quite yet, but let's just say you won't want to miss make sure & follow us at Sketch N Scrap or tune in on May 7th as we kick off our birthday bash! Since I can't share anything I made today I thought I would share a layout I did last weekend. 
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: Pebblies Seen & Noted, Basic Grey Hey Boy, Scenic Route; stickers:
Echo Park About a Boy & Pebbles Senn & noted; journal card- Echo Park About a Boy;  Flair:
 A flair for Buttons; wood veneer shapes- Studio Calico;  letter stickers- Basic Grey; punch: Stampin Up

I actually completed this layout as part of a one hour fast scrap challenge over at My Scraps & More last weekend.  I must admit, that I did alter the layout after the fact just a touch...I couldn't find the letter stickers that are on the layout now during the hour challenge & just slapped on the nearest brown letters I could find which were HUGE & didn't look right on my I removed them & added the smaller Basic Grey ones when I finall found them (in a kit bag 1/2 hour later).  Then I added the stars and the two stickers banners on the right...but I did glue EVERYTHING down, journal and conceive of the layout in ONE HOUR!!!!  That is not easy for a slow scrapper like me!  I finally got this fun picture of my son & nephew scrapped...I have had it on my desk for almost 3 years now..but until these fun bright papers came along I really couldn't find anything I liked to use with it....more on these papers will be seeing more of them in the coming week (s).  Overall I am very pleased with how it turned out!
Now on to more scrappy news!  We are having a design team call at Sketch N Scrap , if you are looking to be part of a fun team creating 2 layouts a month, then please apply, no experience is necessary!  You can find out more about the call HERE.  Plus there is an awesome prize up for grab this month, The ScrapRoom is sponsoring us and offering a $25 gift certificate!  If you haven't checked out their kits, you need to!  Plus as an added bonus to our readers they are offering a FREE layout kit with your first kit shipment when you join their kit club!  Just enter Sketchnscrap at checkout to get your FREE layout kit!  I must say I LOVE FREE...especially free scrappy stuff :o)  Happy NSD everyone!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sketch N Scrap #32

Happy May everyone!  I don't know about you but I have Spring fever!  I am torn between staying indoors and scrapping or running around outside enjoying the perfect weather we have had the last two days! I had a blast playing along with our first sketch of the month and I know you will too:
Pin It! And here is my interpretation of the sketch:
Supplies Used: Patterned paper- Pebbles Seen & Noted, Fancy Pants Be You,  Cardstock: Bazzill
Letter stickers: Pebbles; Stickers: Fancy Pants; journal blocks: Scenic Route & flowers: Sassafrass

I love these pictures of my niece spending an afternoon with me crafting one late winter day.  We had a great time, she is a craft queen for sure, she can add a unique and creative touch to anything she makes! I ended up going with such bright colors as these are her favorites and I thought they set off the pictures well.  I normally don't use such bright colors but I really like how it turned out in the end! 
I am so excited to be celebrating Sketch N Scrap's first birthday this month!  We have LOADS of challenges,  heaps of inspiration and of course PRIZES!!!!  So don't miss out ~ challenges kick off officially on May 7th on the Sketch N Scrap blog!  But what about an early present?  I know when I was a kid I always begged to open "one" gift early on my here is your early gift ~ our May sponsor is THE SCRAPROOM and besides offering up a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner this month they are also offering each of our readers who sign up for a ScrapRoom kit subscription this month the chance to get a FREE layout kit with their first shipment!   WOW!  Just enter the coupon code Sketchnscrap at checkout to get your free layout kit!  Now that is my kind of present!  Also don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook to stay abreast of all the celebrations, challenges, prizes and inspiration this month and in the future!  Happy Birthday Sketch N Scrap!