Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sketch N Scrap card #116

It's time for our last sketch of the month over at Sketch N Scrap!  Wow! This month has flown by, seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year!  Here is the sketch I created:

And the card I created using the sketch:
Supplies Used:  Cardstock- Stampin' Up Whisper White & Rose Red; Pattern Paper- Photo Play Vintage Girl from The ScrapRoom February Flavors of the month kit; doily- Stampin' Up; embossing folder- Stampin' Up; sticker- Photo Play Vintage Girl from The ScrapRoom February Flavors of the month kit.

I loved the papers in the February ScrapRoom Flavors of the Month kit this month!  This left over sticker made the perfect sentiment for a card for a good friend!  To check out The ScrapRoom kits for February make sure and visit The ScrapRoom store! I hope you will find time to play along with us this month at Sketch N Scrap, you have until February 28th at 9:55 pm CST to play along for a chance to win our amazing prize!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Flavors of the Month kit- Photo Play Vintage Girl!

Time to share another layout with you today that I created using the February Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom!  Here is the amazing kit:
Every month The ScrapRoom also has a fun sketch challenge along with other inspiring challenges for the members to play along with.  This month it was my turn to create a sketch for us to play along with!  Here is the sketch I created for the February Jump Start Sketch Challenge:

And here is my layout using the sketch and Photo Play Vintage Girl
Supplies Used: card stock: white and rose- from my stash & black- from my kit; Patterned Paper: Photo Play Vintage Girl- from the kit; stickers: Photo Play Vintage Girl- from the kit; Ephemera: Photo Play Vintage Girl- from the embellishment kit; dies: circle and scallop- from my stash (Stampin' Up); cameras: cut from one of the kit papers; enamel dots- My Mind's Eye- from my stash.
As you can see I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  I had a lot of fun fussy cutting these cameras from one of the fun papers in the kit, they made the perfect embellishment!  I also used one of the quote circles from the embellishment kit for my title, fast, easy and super cute!  Here is the fun embellishment kit for this month:

 These papers were perfect for the photos of my BFF's dear sweet daughter's first day of school this past Fall!  She growing up so fast, I remember when this adorable girl was born, how time flies!   Make sure and come play along with our sketch challenge this month at The ScrapRoom, we can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The ScrapRoom Flavors of the Month kit- Simple Stories Romance

I'm back today to share another fun double page layout with you!  This time I am using the Simple Stories line Romance from the February Flavors of the Month kit.  This kit is perfect for  your Valentine's Day, wedding, engagement, or love themed layouts!  It is so pretty, the name Romance is the PERFECT name for it!!!  Here is the entire kit:
 Here is the Simple Stories Romance mini individual kit:

Here is my layout using the kit:
Supplies Used: Pattern Paper: Simple Stories Romance- from the kit; ephemera: Simple Stories Romance- from the kit; stickers: Simple Stories Romance- from the embellishment kit; letter stickers: Scenic Route- from my stash; ribbon & gold cord: Stampin' Up- from my stash.
I thought this line was perfect for pictures from my brother and sister in law's wedding!  I still haven't finished documenting this event, so many pictures from such a special day!  These colors are so soft and gorgeous and the ephemera and stickers that come with the kit and in the embellishment kit are so fun to use to embellish your layout- especially the banner sticker, this one was my favorite!  Make sure and check out The ScrapRoom blog to see all the beautiful double page layouts created by the other DT members!  And if you want your own kit you can purchase it HERE!!!  I also highly recommend the embellishment kit, it's so versatile and if you love embellishments like I do you won't regret getting one for yourself!! 

Happy creating!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sketch N Scrap's Queen of Hearts crop!!!!

Happy weekend!  I hope your weekend has included at least a little crafty time!  We are cropping again over at Sketch N Scrap!  We started our Queen of Hearts Crop yesterday and today I am sharing Challenge #2 with our croppers!  Today's challenge is to create a card using Sketch #19- here is the sketch:

And here is my card using this fun sketch:
Supplies Used: cardstock: Stampin' Up- whisper white & basic black; Patterned Paper: Echo Park Just be You; enamel dots: Elle's Studio; doily: Stampin' Up; sticker: Simple Stories Romance; punch: heart- Stampin' Up; glitter paper- CTMH.

I had so much fun creating this card using ALL SCRAPS!!  I really wanted to use this sticker I had left over from my February ScrapRoom kit featuring the Simple Stories Romance line and since I didn't have any paper from that collection left over I was happy to find the scraps from my Echo Park Just Be You collection coordinated perfectly!  I also had this heart left from a previous Valentine's Day card I made last week, so this card came to together very quickly.  I love how it turned out and most of all I know I will be using this fun sketch again real soon!  You could use a heart, star, or really ANY shape to replace the doily!  I hope you will join us at the Queen of Hearts Crop this month, it's going on until February 28th so there is still plenty of time to play along!!  Hope to see you in the crop room!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

100 Paper challenge!!

This is a post I intended to do the first of the year, but as often is the case even the best laid plans will get way laid at times when life gets in the way!! Such was the case here!  I had planned to do a monthly update and start the challenge on January 1st but here I am just now posting about my fun challenge!  But better late then never!  I originally learned about this challenge 2 years ago from my crafty friend Lori but while I did take part in this challenge in 2016 I didn't do a very good job of keeping track of my papers so I am not exactly sure how many papers I ended up using (my last count was 39 but I know I did use more then that) but nonetheless this challenge was really an epic fail between me not keeping track and not being intentional about using my papers!  This year I am kicking it up a notch and starting the challenge anew!!!  One thing I realized was I didn't have the right tools or organizational structure to really track my progress or keep my papers at my fingertips!  The other issue was I got tired of the same 100 papers (lol) and since I am for the most part a seasonal scrapper (I scrap Summer pages in Summer and Christmas layouts at Christmas time) I decided to allow myself to change up my papers as the seasons change.  Hey, it's my challenge so I can make up the rules I want!!!  So with all this said here is what I have come up with:  I have purchased a Totally Tiffany cart to hold my 100 papers for this challenge:
I have picked the following collections to start my challenge with: Simple Stories Winter Wonderland. American Crafts Sweater Weather, Echo Park Winter Park, Echo Park Wintertime, Fancy Pants Frosted, Simple Stories Love & Adore, Echo Park Head Over Heels, Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine, Jillibean Soup Healthy Hello, Carta Bella It's a Celebration, Simple Stories Happy Days, CTMH Whimsy, CTMH Fundamentals Basics, & Crate Paper Wedding Line (not sure of name).  This is a grand total of 138 papers!!  As you can see many of these are Winter or Love themed for January and February, starting in March I will revamp my paper choices and remove those Winter/Love lines I didn't use and add some Spring papers to take their place.  Almost all of the papers I added are more then 3 years old, but some are more current and ones I want to use up due to storage issues (not enough room in that manufacturers Iris container any more lol!).   I have started a Carpe Diem planner this year and I have made this insert to keep track of the papers as I use them:
 My goal is to use 100 papers in ONE YEAR, so that is about 8-9 papers a month!  Of course some months I will use more then others so the plan is it evens out!  
Now for embellishments- I have a lot of older embellishments to use up as well (don't we all?) and I have organized them in the bins/drawers on the opposite side of my cart:

Here is the close up of the cart bin I am using for my Winter/Love season:
 I have all the basics like cork hearts and washi tape to fit my themes PLUS I have sorted embellishments that go with the various lines into the bins so I can easily locate them as I work.  I have also selected a few stamp sets I want to use either more or for the first time and that fit my themes/paper lines.  I hope to "bash" 15 items out of this bin each month!  Here is my insert for my planner to help me track this goal:
So far I was able to use up about 5 papers in January which was not a very good start! I did end up bashing 10 items from my cart in January which was a better start but still I didn't hit my goal!  So it's a new month and I am hopeful to come closer to my goal each month!!  You can see my original post about starting this challenge in 2016 HERE!  Now all goals are easier to achieve if you allow yourself a reward for working hard to achieve that goal! So each month I will be posting about my progress and picking a reward for meeting mini goals along the way to help me be successful in achieving my MAIN OVERALL GOAL: To use up 100 patterned papers!!!!  So I will start now February 10th and do my first update on February 28th then starting with an update on the last day of each month to track my progress for the month.  My goal for this month is to use 8 papers and 11 embellishments in my bin!!!! Which is an increase from January.  My reward for this month will be: A Simple Stories traveler's notebook cover from their new releases. You can see the new releases HERE...now to just decide which one I want, they are all so cute!  So who is going to join me in this fun challenge?  Comment below if you would like to join me and we can keep each accountable and motivate each other! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February Flavors of the Month Kit- Crate Paper Main Squeeze

The February Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom is full of scrappy goodness again this month!  Here is the kit:
 The kit I used for today's layout is the Crate Paper Main Squeeze kit, here is it is:

And here is my layout using this kit:

Supplies Used: Cardstock- white from the kit; Patterned Paper- Crate Paper Main Squeeze from the kit; Enamel hearts- Crate Paper Main Squeeze from the embellishment kit; ephemera- Crate Paper Main Squeeze- from the kit; puffy stickers- Crate Paper Main Squeeze- from the kit; word love- from the embellishment kit; letter stickers (puppy)- Basic Grey- from my stash; black pen - Zig - from my stash
I was so excited to get this adorable little embellishment that says "I woof  you", I knew immediately I would use these pictures of my sister in law and her sweet fur baby Junior!  Junior is no longer with us so all the more reason to scrap these pictures!!!  Make sure and visit The ScrapRoom blog to see the other layouts the DT created using this amazing kit!!  You can also purchase your very own kit in The ScrapRoom store!!  I can't wait to see what you create with this amazing kit!! Happy creating!

Monday, February 5, 2018

The ScrapRoom Flavors of the Month kit- Crate Paper Good Vibes

Have you seen the amazing February Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom yet?  It is amazing!  Here is the entire kit:

Today I am sharing the layout I created using the Crate Paper Good Vibes part of the kit.  Here is the Crate Paper Good Vibes mini kit:

And here is my layout using the kit:
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper- Crate Paper Good Vibes- from the kit; frame:Crate Paper Good Vibes- from the kit; enamel word- Crate Paper Good Vibes- from the kit; ephemera:  Crate Paper Good Vibes- from the kit; stickers: Crate Paper Good  Vibes- from the embellishment kit; number stickers: Paper Trunk- from my stash; cardstock: Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink- from my stash.
I love these pictures take way back in 2005 of my son at the Animal Kingdom Park at Disney World! He had so much fun with those drums, and wasn't to bad at them I might add!  This kit has such a fun vibe, I know you will love it!!  Make sure and head over to The ScrapRoom blog to check out what the other DT members have done with this amazing kit!  You can get yours at The ScrapRoom store!!  Happy creating friends! 

Card Sketch #116- Sketch N Scrap

Today we launch our first card sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap!  This sketch is by Heather and is SUPER fun, I love ovals!!  Here is the sketch:   

Here is my take on the sketch:
Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up- Rose Red, Basic Black & Whisper White; sticker: from The Flavors of the Month kit at The ScrapRoom- PhotoPlay Vintage Girl; die- stitched oval by Stampin' Up; stamps: CTMH (quote) and Stampin' Up (happy birthday); ink- Memento- Tuxedo Black; gems- CTMH gold glitter gems; embossing folder- Stampin' Up
I had so much fun making this card!  I loved this rose sticker and new it would look perfect with this fun oval!  I love the colors of this card and felt the embossing gave it such a vintage look!  I really love my embossing folders, they give such texture to your projects!  This one is one of my all time favorites!  You have until February 28th to play along with our sketches at Sketch n Scrap!  I hope you will find time to join us this month!  Happy creating!