Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Where oh Where

Can you believe this is the last day of January?  Where, oh where, does the time go?  
If you are like me, you can't wait to see what the design team has in store for February.  But, until then, I have another project using the Ready, Set, Go kit.Time to bake
I can't believe that this was the sixth project, fifth 12x12 layout, I made with the kit.  It was so packed full of yummy goodies.  I did throw in a few flowers from my stash this time.
I just loved the wooden alphabet in this kit, and this time I used spray ink to color them.
Well, gotta run!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Happy Monday

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I know I did.  While I didn't get as much done as i had hoped, we had beautiful weather and I spent some great time with family and friends.

I managed to sneak in a little scrappy shopping at Your Memories Here.  I couldn't resit the chance to order the new Tim Holtz Distress Markers, and a Prima Grab Bag.  I also found a bit of time to play with the February kit from The Sampler.  I know you are gonna love this kit!

Well, since I can't show you anything from the Sampler quite yet, I thought I would share some more Christmas layouts.  Try and get them all in before Valentine's Day!  hee hee

These photos were taken on Christmas.  Phil working in the kitchen, the table set for dinner and the Buche de Noel we made for desert.  If you look closely at the photo, you can see some fun fondant pieces I made with my new Cricut Cake.
  I used lots of older papers from my stash to complete this one, most from an old kit from Inspired to Scrap.

Well, it is just about time to hit the pool, so I guess I should run!  Be sure and stop by tomorrow for a project from The Sampler.



Thursday, January 26, 2012

So Behind

I don't think I had realized how behind I was on sharing projects until I really stepped back and looked.  I guess I was so busy with school and Lili that I totally have been forgetting to share.

So, without further ado...

A little art!   One cold day when Lili was here I decided she might enjoy painting with a mixture of shaving cream and food coloring.  My children loved it when they were younger....Lili?  not so much.  She doesn't enjoy messy play much.  Oh well.  Aisnley did!  lol
I used my Sizzix framelitz stamp/die cuts to make the fun paper flowers and butterfly.  Mixed with a few scraps of Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe...so cute and so much fun.
Look at that face!  She was having the time of her life.  I guess 10 isn't too old for messy play.  She must take after her mom, hee hee.
 Speaking of messy play.  I love it!  Inks, paints, mod podge, modelling paste!  be still my heart.
I really am not much of one for resolutions, but this year I would love to get my pages into albums and get rid of some of the excess scrappy supplies I have.  I used this for yesterday's Ideas for Scrapbooker's post. 
Well, Back to work.  I still need some help deciding which Prima kit I should purchase from Your Memories Here, so if you get a chance to take a look here......



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Your Memories Here and a Question

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share with you my latest project made with my Prima grab bag from Your Memories Here.  I still can't believe how many wonderful things I received in my box....and how many more I still have.
Here is my sweet niece, Lili.  For the last 3 weeks I have been watching her during the day while my sister searched for daycare after her recent move.  We have really enjoyed having her in our home.  It sure is different having a toddler again.  So much fun.  And so many great photo ops.
I love all the gorgeous goodies that my box had.  Papers, art tiles, butterflies, flowers, resins, trims, bling...oh my!
This box has given me so much to play with these past few months.  And yet, there is always more.  I am forever digging in to find more treasures.

That said....Winter CHA is upon us and Prima has released its sneaks of the lines.  And I can't decide which I must have.  So, I am asking you to help me.  Kristina is offering complete kits of each of the six new Prima lines in the store as a pre-order.  I think I have narrowed my choice down to these two...

What do you think?  Am I more an Almanac girl or a Nature Garden?  hmmmm, I so wish I could get both! hee hee  Be sure to check out both of these as well as the other four collections for  pre-order at Your Memories Here.

Well, gotta run!  Be sure and leave me a comment with which I should get?  Thanks



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Tuesday

Hi everyone!  Here are a few more fun projects I made with my January kit, Ready, Set, Go!
Reasons i love you

The little jar was so cute.  I still have the second jar that may be perfect to fill with hearts for Valentines.
Be sure to check out this months kit and all the other goodies at the Scrapbooking Supplies r Usstore.  And don't forget the sketch and card challenges.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Sampler Sketch Challenge

Holly made up this super cute sketch for the dt over at The Sampler to play with this month.  
Here is my take...
You can hop over to the blog to see the other dt members takes on the sketch. 
And, now it's your turn to work with the sketch and there's a prize involved.  Simply create a LO following this sketch and upload it to The Sampler FLICKR Group.  You have until February 19th at 11:59 PM eastern to enter.  No purchase is necessary to play along.  A random winner will be selected to win a prize from The Sampler
Good Luck!!!!



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Baby...it's Cold Outside

It is too...stinkin' freezing here today.  I am ready for more beautiful weather.  Yesterday we were playing in the sun,...today you couldn't force me out there.  We are even supposed to get rain that can be measured in inches over the next few days!  Crazy weather!

Well, speaking of cold, and winter..let's talk about Christmas.

Here are Brighton and Mackenzie, cuddled up together on Christmas evening.  The were sitting together in a large chair, opening the last few presents and enjoying all the family who had come for Christmas dinner.  So sweet, and so fun.  I am blessed that my children are so close.  They seem to actually like one another!  lol
I used more, older papers here (I am trying desperately to reduce the stash).  This time Basic Grey.  I threw in some coordinating chipboard
 and some Prima alphas.
And you know I had to add a few pop dots for extra dimension.

Well, back to work.  Headed out for Cirque du Soleil later this afternoon.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mixed Media

Hi everyone!  I hope where ever you are today you are warm and dry.  I know that many parts of the country are experiencing crazy weather.  Here we are having record lows at night and are expecting tons of rain.  If only the cold rainy days allowed me more time to play....sigh

I have been finding little bits of time here and there to play and one of my new favorite things to play with is mixed media.  I have made a few "She Art" girls, which are tons of fun...but sometimes I just don't have the time to commit to a canvas.  That is why I decided to start an art journal as a fun place to play with techniques and textures.   I think I will use it as a place to make pretty things, practice my sketching and maybe even get things off my chest. (warning...this is gonna get long, hee hee).

I began with a simple watercolor notebook I picked up at Michaels with my coupon.  I covered it with some scraps of older Prima watercolor papers that I colored with my Glimmer Mists and other Prima paper scraps.  I added bits of fussy cut butterflies, tons of rub ons, and a few pieces of chipboard.  Inks and paints blended it all together.  My Claudine Helmuth multi-medium keeps it all together.
The first super fun technique I decided to try was using my Goosebumps Texture Spray from Tsukineko.  On the cover I used it as a resist.  This was so fun, and easy.
  After placing my papers I layered my mask and sprayed the texture spray.
 I continued on with different paint mediums until I got the look I liked.
I found that the Goosebumps gave my paper a fun, waxy like appearance, so I tried just spraying this little card from my grab bag papers with it directly.
 And here my card is with the resist applied.
 On the first interior page I once again used the Goosebumps as a resist.
 The technique was the same as for the cover.
 I found I need to hold the mask down securely and to spray evenly if I want a nice resist.
Lucky for me I wasn't too worried.  hee hee
Well, I am sure there will be lots more to share in the coming weeks.  For now tho...my niece wants the computer and if you have ever had a two year old in the house...I am sure you understand why I need to go.

Stay warm and safe.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Sampler and Ainsley

Hi everyone, today I want to share a few recent projects I have made using the Ready, Set, Go!!! kit from the Sampler.  I found some older photos of Ainsley and couldn't figure out why I hadn't used them.
Shop till you drop

Day at the museum
Everything on both these pages, except for a little Glimmer Mist on the journal square and the Studio Calico mist I used on the blue polka dot paper came from the kit.  The colors in this kit are so warm and inviting and I love the many options the Coredinations card stock offers.  This kit is packed full of goodies for you to play with.  There are so many alphas, assorted chipboard pieces and extra ephemara you can stay busy for hours.

Be sure and check out this month's kit and all the other goodies in the Scrapbooking Supplies R Us store.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th...

oooohhhh, spooky!  lol  Luckily for me, I am not superstitious.  You want to know what I am instead?  I am not exactly sure what the word is, but....

Yep, that is the stack of scrapbook pages that I need to put into albums.  I do not like putting them into albums...that is not the fun part!  So, I make the pages and then I throw them into a box.  sigh

I would much rather scrap.  And talking about scrapping.....
I made this with the Button Box kit from Scraptastic.
 I love this photo of Mackenzie.  She just looks so happy.  I think that her hair may be turning red.
Everything but this cute little vinyl piece (from Pink Paislee) and the alpha came from the kit and add on.  So super cute, and super fun.

Well, gotta run.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ruby Wednesday

Hi everyone...sorry I am a little late with today's post, but my models were being uncooperative. (This project needed to dry overnight).

I don't know about you, but as the mom to two daughters I have hosted my fair share of sleepovers and birthday parties, so I am always looking for fun things for the girls to do as well as party favors.  Let me just say that as the children have gotten older the idea of dollar store toys has become less and less popular.  So, we have often turned to a fun craft project, something the girls could make and take home, as a double duty purchase.

After making my own Ruby Violet jewelry, from the Your Memories Here store, I thought that the necklace kits might just be the ticket for these teens and tweens.  The price is just about perfect and they were super easy to make....

So, I tried it out.
I gave each of the girls a kit and let them go for it.  Having suggested designs (2 designs per kit) made it easy for the girls to put together.  All they needed was a bit of glue (once again we used my trusty scrapdots) and the included brads.
The girls were able to put them together easily with little assistance from me.  I did have to help feed the ribbon through the holes for the final assembly, but other than that and firmly squishing the brads.....
The Your Memories Here store has 6 different necklace kits available, and right now shipping on $45 or more is free!  With Mackenzie's birthday coming up in a few months, now will be the perfect time to stock up.

Thanks for dropping by.



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ready, Set....

Go!  Hi everyone, today I wanted to share a fun project I made with my new Ready, Set, Go kit from The Sampler.  This kit is so full of yummy colors and patterns, I couldn't wait to jump in and play.

What a long day at the library
I love the combination of browns and teal blues that this kit has to offer, the patterns are so fun. My favorite item in the kit though has to be the wooden alphabet.  I chose to left mine bare in this layout, but they are easily dyed to match your project using any number of techniques.
When I saw the chipboard piece with the little cut outs I immediately knew I needed to use some of the fun photos I have taken with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.  I have tons of these fun, little pics just waiting for a home.DSC_0033
Well, be sure and check out this months kit in the Scrapbooking Supplies R Us store, and be sure to check out the awesome card challenge and inspiration here for your chance to win an awesome package of goodies.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Sampler - January

Woo Hoo!!!  The full reveal of the Sampler's January kit, Ready Set Go is up and it is just amazing!  I have been having a blast playing with all the fun goodies...so much so that I used many of the large pieces of papers before stopping myself to ensure I had plenty to work with for this month's sketch challenge! (You know how much I love to layer papers.)  hee hee  Lucky for me, the kit is so packed full that I know I can easily get two more layouts and a few cards out of it, maybe even a little mini.....
Anyway....Hope you are having a great weekend...be sure and check out the new kit here.....and all the other goodies as well.



Friday, January 6, 2012

Hooray for Friday

I am so glad it is Friday...words can not begin to express how glad I am that tomorrow is Saturday and I can relax and sleep in....and SCRAP!  lol

Lucky for me, last weekend I had plenty of time to do that and so I have things to show you this week.  lol

First off we have Mackenzie baking cookies.  I used a sketch from Sketchabilities and my Echo Park Holly Jolly papers.  And a bit of splattered mist in the background.  This time Mr. Huey in Heirloom Blue.
I have been having so much fun lately mixing and matching my alphabets.  I love that so many collections are coming with different sizes and types of alphas...just wish they weren't flat stickers.  I still love a bit of dimension.
And here is Ainsley in her elf socks.  They are so cute with the fur cuff.  More Echo Park papers here mixed with a few leftovers from my Sampler kit from December.  Chevrons are supposed to be big this year, so I couldn't resist cutting them out of my paper.
And here are more mix and match alphabets.  This time mixed with some corrugated alphas from Jillybean Soup.

Well, while I have a few free minutes left of my nieces nap, I guess I should try and get something done.



Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Thursday

Oh goodness...I am still trying to get used to the new year.  We are off school until the 9th, and I just can't believe how fast the time is going by.  Of course, the days are filled as I have had my niece here every day while my sister looks for daycare.

Lucky for me, I still have found time to take a few photos of my projects so that I can share them with you.

I think I mentioned that this year I had set up 5 trees in our house.  Yeah, I know it is a lot, some (Mackenzie) even says a bit excessive.  But I loved it and all the rooms were so festive.  Of course, one of the trees in only 12 inches tall and two of them are only 4 feet.....

anyway.  I did a quick and simple layout with a photo from each tree.  I used some older Cosmo Cricket papers and a few odds and ends.  I even used some older gems that I colored using my Bic Mark-its.
Cosmo Cricket Wonder, Melissa Frances card, Prima and Authentique alphabets, Maya Road lace.
I also did a fun, fast page of the plate Ainsley made this year for Santa.  We had quite the assortment of goodies....peppermint bark, spritz cookies, frosted sugar cookies and toffee....I am sure Santa would have gotten some fudge had we not eaten it all before Christmas Eve.
Basic Grey Fruitcake and alphas, Jillibean Soup corrugated alpha, Martha Stewart punch, Seam binding, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Here I used some older Basic Grey papers with lots of yummy dyed seam binding.  I used different colors of green as there were so many beautiful shades in the papers. 
Well, I think I hear a two year old calling.