Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Let's Scrap 7-31-13

Wow it is the last day of July and here in Illinois we have been getting fall like weather all week!  I do not mind it all because the fall season is one of my favorites but the kids have not been very thrilled about it!  With it being Wednesday it means that it is time for another Let's Scrap sketch!
I created a one page layout using the left side of the sketch and was so excited to use the Maggie Holmes products I just received from Memory Works!  I have been wanting this collection for some time now and finally was able to order it a couple weeks ago!  I love the patterns and colors in this collection and the fabric frames are just adorable!  She is becoming a top favorite for me and I am so excited about her new product!  Have you been keeping up with all the new product released at CHA?  What is your favorite line and or designer?  Here is a look at my layout for this week and I really love this photo of myself and baby Eli James I just had to use it up in a layout!

I used all Maggie Holmes products except for a  few products from Close to My Heart that I just received the other day as well.  The stamp, cork arrow and the enamel dot!  I also added some Color Shine splats in teal.  I just have a hard time completing a layout and not adding some type of color splats!  Our sponsor this week is Fancy Pants Designs and they have a fabulous prize pack for the weekly winner!

To be entered into the draw you must have you layout posted to the gallery no later than August 6th at 11:59pm by the main page clock!  Please head on over to Let's Scrap to check out what the rest of the Design Team has created using this week sketch!  I hope to see you all linking up this week!  Thanks so much for stopping today and have a great day!!

Challenges Entered
TTCRD-Anything Goes
Pin and Tack-Spark Your Creativity Now #11 Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Paper Bakery Sketch#9

Well July is almost over and August will be here in just a couple days!  You know what that means...back to school shopping and my BIRTHDAY!!!  Well as I always cringe at the thought of getting older I am very excited because this year for my birthday I bought myself an early gift and that is a class at Hannah's Home Accents with the fabulous Teresa Collins!  I can not wait to get my hands on some of her new line and to meet her in person!  I will have details on my blog about the class along with photos next week but for today I have another fabulous sketch from The Paper Bakery
I decided to use up some of my I{HEART}SUMMER collection from Simple Stories to create my layout and only used one photo.  I added some stamping with a new stamp set from My Creative Time called Things I Love and their very cute Stitched Camera Die!  I had fun with this sketch and I love this photo of our sweet Eli James!  He loves to be outdoors in the sun watching his brothers and sister run around!  I know he can not wait till he can run around after them!  Until then mama gets to carry him around and get all the loving I can while he is still little!  Here is a look at my layout....
Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you can play along with this fabulous sketch #9 from The Paper Bakery!

Challenges Entered
My Creative Time-Summer Themed Challenge

Monday, July 29, 2013

retro sketches #74

Hello Friends!  It has been awhile since I last posted and I feel like I have been away from my desk for so long!  I went to a crop over the weekend and I was able to get a lot of crafting done!  Felt so good to get that much time to just do what I love!  I created a card with the August Simon Says Stamp card kit using Retro Sketches #74 
I just love this sketch so much and was so excited putting this card together!  I used  Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to create the sky and stamped my new Cartoon Cloud Background stamp from My Creative Time in White Daisy Ink from Close to My Heart!  It is hard to see in this photo but there are faint white clouds in the sky.  I really like the way the sky came out and I am in love with this new cloud stamp!  I die cut a couple clouds using an Amuse Studio die and popped them up with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the March Simon Says Stamp card kit and inked in VersaFine ink.  My card came to together very easily and I just love the look of it!  The colors in this months Simon Says Stamp card kit are fabulous, take a look...
Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you enjoyed my card!

Challenges Entered
Quick Quotes-Add Dimension 
Five Simple Things-Inspire Me Fridays 113 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge-Anything Goes

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Christmas In July Blog Hop!

Welcome to “Christmas In July” Blog Hop! So glad you can join us!

If you are coming from CARLA, then you are in the right spot. If you just happened to stumble upon my site or your reading this via e-mail, please start at MIRANDA'S BLOG so you don’t miss anyone’s amazing projects!

Have you started on your Christmas Cards and/or your Christmas Decor yet?  Well we will be showcasing some Christmas projects to help you get in the mood! In addition to seeing some awesome projects, there is some blog candy available too!  Miranda will be giving away a Michael's or JoAnn's gift card.  Winner's choice!  To be eligible to win the blog candy, you must leave a comment on each stop in the hop telling us what is your favorite summer time activity!  Be sure to leave a comment on each stop because the winner can be chosen from any of the participants blogs!

For my project today, I created a few Christmas cards!  I started with just one but ended up creating 2 more!  I used a variety of supplies from my stash to create my projects and my favorite has to be the snow flake die from Stampin Up!  It is such a fun and beautiful die! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Sweet Mini Shoot

Hello Friends!  Today I am here here to share something a little different today, non crafty related, but still so cute!!  Our sweet and sassy little niece just turned 4 and I took her out on a mini photo shoot to take her 4 year photos!  I had so much fun with her and let me tell you that she is a natural!  She needed no instruction from me on how to pose!  She was so full of great poses, great faces, and tons of laughs!  Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

Now is she not the cutest little 4 year old?  I took a ton of photos on this day but these three here are a few of my favorites from the shoot!   Please let me know what you think!  I am no pro but being behind the lens to document life is what I love to do!  Thanks so much for stopping today and have a fabulous day!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Get Whale Soon.

Well I have been creating all kinds of goodies this week and today I have a card to share with you that I created yesterday afternoon.  I have had the stamp set and matching clearlit from Stampin Up called "Oh, Whale!" for awhile and I think it is just the cutest but really have not had any reason to make a card with it.
 Until I saw the challenge for Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Blog
Curtain Call is a new challenge blog that will present a new inspiration challenge on the 1st and the 15th of each month.  Here are a the guidelines
- Create a new project (card, scrapbook page, 3D item) based on the inspiration photo
-Post the new project on your blog or other public gallery that directly mentions and links to the current challenge here at Curtain Call.  Feel free to copy and paste the inspiration graphic in your post; however, it is not required.
-Complete the Inlinkz section using a direct link to your project before the curtain comes down on each challenge.
-The curtain closes for each challenge after 10 days, so please link your projects by the 10th and 25th at 8 a.m. CDT/CST.
Here is a look at the very first Curtain Call inspiration photo and challenge
I really love the colors in the photo and the anchors!  So I went to town creating my card and used sketch 302 from Mojo Monday that has been sitting on my desk!  Here is a look at what I came up!
The blue bag and yellow shorts really stood out to me so I knew I wanted to use these colors in my card along with a gold anchor.  I love the way it came out and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Thanks so much for stopping today and enjoy your weekend!  
Challenges Entering
Sister Act Card Challenge-Anything Goes
Pin and Tack-Anything Goes
DL.Art-Thankful Thursday Anything Goes

Friday, July 19, 2013

Paper Bakery Sketch #8

Happy Friday my friends!  Does anyone have any big plans for this weekend?  A movie, a party, or maybe some camping?  Well today I am here to share with you a layout I created for The Paper Bakery Sketch Challenge #8!  I have had our pictures from our Yogi Bear camping trip sitting in my desk drawer forever and I thought the "Days of the Week" kit from The Paper Bakery would be perfect with my photos!  We had so much fun on this camping trip and we hope to make another trip soon!  Here is a look at Sketch #8..
It is another fabulous sketch from Juliana Michaels and I went right to work scrapping my photos with this sketch!  The papers that came in the kit are beautiful and I love this one I used as my background from Glitz Design! 
I used only a few things from my stash to add to this layout and everything else came from The Paper Bakery Kit!
In the sketch there are two circle elements and I tried so many different pieces to use and nothing was making me happy so in the end I took my pen and just drew them in nice and messy!  I took some white distress stain and some aqua acrylic paint and with my finger traced around the circles and that made me happy! 
I hope you enjoyed my layout and  please drop by The Paper Bakery and join in on this fabulous Sketch Challenge!

Also playing along in the following challenges:
Berry71bleu-Anything Goes

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Who does not love a good action movie?  I know I do and I was excited when I read the challenge for this week over at Red Carpet Studio!  If you are not familiar with Red Carpet Studio they are a movie themed challenge blog.  They post a new challenge every Sunday and end the following Sunday at 11:00pm CST.  Challenges alternate between card and layout challenges.  This week is a card challenge week inspired by action movies.  The challenge is to use Action Wobbles on your card and I am so happy I just happen to have a bag of them in my stash of goodies!
I created a very simple card using a stamp set from The Stamps of Life called bubblegum4me.  I used all scraps to create this card and I am excited my pile of scraps on my desk is getting used up very well these last few days!  Here is a look at my "Bubble"Licious card.
Thanks so much for stopping and have a fabulous day!!

Challenges Entered
Lawnscaping Challenge-Paper Piecing
The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog-Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Let's Scrap 7-17-13

It is Wednesday my friends and do you know what that means?  It is time for another Let's Scrap sketch!  This week is a card sketch but you could easily turn it into a scrapbook layout!  Here is a look at sketch 7-17-13

I Love, Love, Love this sketch!  As soon as I saw this I knew that this was going to include some gold stitching, some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and bright colors from Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook line!  Here is a look at my card
I ended up using a piece of Dear Lizzy vellum and stamped a birthday sentiment from my April Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I stamped it in VersaMark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder from Amuse Studio!  I love their gold embossing powder and I think it goes perfect with the splatters of gold color shine and gold stitching!  I just can not get enough of gold these days!!  This week our sponsor is Scrapbook Factory
To be entered into the draw you must post your layout/card no later than
July 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm (by the main page clock).  Here is a look at the amazing prize pack for this weeks ramdomly choosen winner! 
 Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you can join us this week and upload your project using this fabulous sketch from Let's Scrap!

Challenges Entered
The Pink Elephant-Feminine Birthday Theme
TTCRD-Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pin it Challenge

Hello Friends!  Hope you are having a fabulous day so far!  We are in a bit of a heat wave here in Illinois so I am staying nice in cool in my craft room getting as much crafting done as I can!  I created a card for the Simon Says Stamp Pin It Challenge using my Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit.  I mentioned before how much I am loving this months kit well I actually love them all!  I have never been disappointed with one of my kits!  The price is great and it is jam packed with so much product and a full stamp set!!  Here is a look at my card..

I inked up some of the white cardstock in the kit with two different  stamps from the kit and then cut that out with a banner die from Papertrey Ink.  I used the colors Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, and Island Indigo from Stampin up.  For the cupcake frosting I used Melon Mambo from Stampin Up and Chewing Gum from Jenni Bowlin.  For the cherry on top I used some Hero Arts ink in Punch and then covered with Red Stickles!  I hope you enjoyed my card and that you will join me and link up your project at the  Simon Says Stamp Pin It Challenge! 

Challenges Entered
Simon Says Stamp-Pin It
TTCRD-Anything Goes
Great Impressions-Anything Goes 
The Pink Elephant-Feminine Birthday Theme

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Card Share

Happy Friday everyone!!  I have a sweet birthday card to share with you using Simon Says Stamp July card kit!  I absolutely love this months kit and the stamp set is perfect for creating birthday cards.  I used everything in the kit to create my card except for a piece of white embroidery floss and a some bling.  I used  Cardabilities sketch #78

This card will be perfect for my nieces birthday that is coming up very soon!  If you still have not had a chance to check out Simon Says Stamp Card Kits here is a look at this months kit!  Have a great weekend!

Challenges I am entering
Love to Scrap-Anything Goes
Great Impressions-Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack-Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Let's Scrap 7-10-13

Hello Friends!  Can you believe we are already in the middle of the week!  I have been busy cleaning my crafty space and destashing this week and I have found some great 12x12 papers that I forgot I had!  I have been putting together small kits for myself to scrap and I am going to share with you a layout I did last night with one of my kits!  I used the current sketch from Let's Scrap as my inspiration for my  layout.  Here is a look at the sketch
I created a one page layout and used the left side of this sketch as my inspiration.  The kit I created has a lot of scraps and papers from Heidi Swapp and a piece of 12x12 glitter paper from Close to My Heart.  I also added some color shine and used one of Heidi Swapp's stencils.  The pictures are of my oldest son and I when we lived in California.  Here is a look at my layout
I had a lot of fun creating this layout and my hands were very inky and full of teal paint when I was finished!  I love to get inky!  Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you join us this week at Let's Scrap and create something fun with this sketch!!  Our sponsor this week is Fab Scraps and they have this fabulous prize for the weekly winner!

Challenges I am entering
Red Carpet Studio-Layout using one or more stars
Simon Says Stamp & Show-A Little Stamping

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Embellish Me Happy July Challenge

Hello Friends!  It is time for another challenge from Embellish Me Happy!  This Months challenge is to create a project about  what you celebrate during the month of July.  Here in America we celebrate the 4th of July!  What do you Celebrate?  It could be anything, a birthday, an event, graduation, whatever it is scrap it, create a project,  ATC, smash book page you name it!  Here is a look at the layout I created for this challenge!  I used a picture taken on the Fourth of July in 2003!  We were in our back yard waiting for the fireworks to start!  We lived very close to where the fireworks went off every year so we could enjoy them from our backyard!!
I used some old Close to My Heart papers I had in my stash some embellishments I had sitting on my desk from previous layouts and some Thickers for my title!  Great way to use up my stash!  This month our sponsor is Scrap Stuffz
Now if you are into Project Life, and I know a lot of you ladies are Embellish Me Happy has a great Project Life Challenge this month!  This month’s challenge is to create a Project Life journal card with sewing on it…you can sew a design, a word, whatever you want. 

Both challenges are due August 10th 12am EST!!! Please post challenges Via In Linkz in order to be eligible for the prize.  I am looking forward to seeing what you will create!!  Thanks for stopping!!

Challenges I am entering
Red Carpet Studio-Use one or more STARS
Love To Scrap-Anything Goes
Scrap It Girl-Red, White and Blue
Berry71bleu-Anything Goes

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday, Monday!

Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me.
(The Mamas And The Papas)
Hello!  Just thought I would share a little bit of one of my favorite songs from The Mamas And The Papas on this Monday morning!  Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a super cute card share!  My crafty mojo has been in hiding this last week and every time I go down to work on something I draw a blank and end up cleaning and destashing!  So today I found some challenges and a sketch and went to work!  I started out at Heartstring Designs  new community and found the July Gallery Challenge Anything "Summer" Goes and I used this sketch from Retro Sketches 

Here is a look at my card..
I created a square card and used papers from the Simple Stories I{HEART}SUMMER collection and a stamp from Simon Says stamp.  Here is a list of a few other challenges I am entering my sweet little card into.
Thanks so much for stopping today and have a great day!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Let's Scrap 7-3-13

Hello friends!!  I am here to share a new sketch from Let's Scrap.  My Design Team term is coming to an end soon with Let's Scrap and I have had a fabulous time being a part of the team!  They are holding a Design team call and you can find all the info on their website HERE!  Here is a look at this week's sketch
I used the left side of this sketch for my inspiration and used papers and embellishments from Simple Stories I{HEART}SUMMER Collection!  This has been one of my favorite collections from Simple Stories and I am having so much fun creating with it!  Here is a look at my layout
This week's sketch is sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs and they are giving away three digi stamps of your choice to only lucky winner!  Make sure you link up your projects by July 9, 2013 no later than 11:59p.m.   Can't wait to see what you all can come up with using this sketch!!