Sunday, February 28, 2010

PageMaps & Sassafras Card Contest

I know... I'm crazily entering contests today, but, really, since I am on a spending freeze, this is the only way for me to use up my product I have and get some new stuff. PageMaps is giving away a wee bundle of Sassafras Nerdy Bird, and since we all know that I am absolutely addicted to Sassafras, I have to enter! I went Sass crazy here, too...
Here's the sketch:
And my interpretation of it:
(P.S. Manda, this is the card you are getting for your birthday, so don't look if you want to be surprised! *wink*)

PageMaps February Contest

And the prize pack for this one is full of goodies!
Here's the sketch:
And my version... I went a little Sassafras crazy on this one, but, really, this is the only paper I could imagine doing this page with. The letters are from Miss Elizabeth's.

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Sorry I didn't get my sketch posted on Wednesday. I use Paint Shop Pro for everything and we updated our desktop to Windows 7... I haven't yet re-installed it & have no idea if it will even work with it. Luckily, I have it on my laptop, which also has SCAL & Design Studio on it, so I can use it. Unfortunately, until there is either something good on TV or Netflix sends out the disk so we can stream movies with our Wii, my laptop is at the mercy of being used for movies, since it is the only thing really portable enough to go into th living room. Anyhow, here is the sketch that I would have posted on Wednesday. The layout is also the one that I submitted to the House of Serendipity Event for the second week challenge.
For this layout, I used paper, photo corners & a journal spot from Sassafras (Sweet Marmalade collection), and a ric-rac die cut from Lily Bee and the little felt pieces are stickers from American Greetings that I picked up around Halloween. 

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to announce that I will be a Guest Designer at Scrap Your Crap in April... stay tuned for my layout I did for it :) I'll be doing some more scrapping today, so there could be some surprise layout and/or sketch shares... if I feel like it.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cheap entertainment

I think I have found one of the most addicting websites ever...

Have fun!

Friday, February 19, 2010

House of Serendipity Challenge #1

I am participating in the House of Serendipity Event and finally finished my first challenge, which was to create a layout using purple. This one was a little bit of a challenge for me in that I don't usually use purple. Now, don;t get me wrong, I love purple... in fact I love it enough to have amassed quite a stash of it, however, it never seems to go with the pictures I have. Luckily, I happened to have this great photo of my niece, Abby, dressed all in purple, and my layout just took off from there!
The paper on this is from Marianne Richmond. Most of the other stuff is just little bits & pieces I have received in swaps or picked up in the clearance bin somewhere with intent of using it on my pages sometime. The small flowers and wings on the title are Prima. I used my Storybook cartridge to cut out the title and the swirls.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Short but sweet...

Not much of a post today... I had to work today, so I'm a little tired.
Anyhow, I do have a sketch & a layout to share, as well as a video of my niece having a meltdown on Monday.

For the example of this one, I used mostly Sassafras,but also some miscellaneous chipboard & scraps I had laying around..

And, finally the video- I posted it on my Youtube. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Book of Weird

You may have noticed that every once in a while, I will post a layout that is a little odd. A layout of places and things that are a little off the beaten path. This is because our family has always been fascinated with strange & unusual. We enjoy visiting these places that have a bit of weird to them, or they may even be creepy to most. Two Christmases ago, my sister gave us a book called "Weird Washington" (because she knows that we are like this...) 

We decided that rather than just visiting these weird places, we would document them and put them in our own album, hence "The Book of Weird." Since then, we have made it a goal to visit as many of these places as we can, and are even adding some of our own that weren't in that book. 

Unfortunately, there is quite a unique challenge to undertaking this... there are very few paper manufacturers that cater to the strange and unusual. You certainly wouldn't have papers with cute little fluffy bunnies for a page about the site of the worst train wreck in United States history. I have been so stumped as to what to do with some of these pages that I was about to give up and just use plain cardstock just to get them done and over with, when it hit me- I do know a company that has some unusual designs: Sassafras!

This epiphany set off a whirlwind of scrapping and I was able to get three of the most difficult pages done! So, I thought I'd share. I'll post links that tell about these sites, so if you are interested, you can check them out as well :)

(On this layout, I also used some paper from Die Cuts With a View & a Sticker from 7Gypsies- the rest is all Sassafras!)

The Gum Wall (Yes, it's both attracting yet repulsive...)

I'll post more of these as I get them done. The spring & summer are prime times to get out and sight-see, so I'm sure you'll see lots more :) If you're interested in getting your own Book of Weird going, visit Roadside America for ideas near you !

Friday, February 5, 2010

This is what happens when I'm sick...

I'm still fighting this cold/ sinus infection/ bronchitis whatever it is... unfortunately, I'm not really sick enough to use a sick day from work, but I sure am feeling yucky. I have no energy otherwise, so I started to do a little scrapping, but I can't even concentrate on it. I was, however, able to get a couple new sketches done, so I am posting those at least *shrugs*. Hope you like them & I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Not today...

I hate it when days off go this way. I ran errands earlier, but I am in the process of fighting off this cold/sinus infection that I picked up somewhere. Anyhow,  I have had no energy to scrap at all today, so there is also no sketch. I will try to get one up by Sunday. I'm gonna kick this thing with lots of Nyquil, and a healthy dose of tea & sake.