Sunday, January 30, 2011

A quick sketch

Got a quick Sunday Sketch done...
Here's the sketch:
And my layout of it. For this layout, I used some old My Mind's Eye paper and some Graphic 45 for all the vintage signs. The swish is from Heidi Grace and the letter stickers are from Making Memories.
I'd love to see the take everyone has on this sketch :) Post a link in my comments so I can see :)
Happy Scrapping!

HMITM Challenge

HOP is on a brief few days respite from challenges for the Use Your Stash month (now extended into February!), so I thought I would try the weekly challenge at How Much is Too Much. The challenge is to create a layout using:

1 color (you can use a neutral color in addition to the one color if you want to)
1 die cut shape
1 bird, butterfly or wild animal accent
1 sheet of patterned paper (or less)
0 letter stickers
7 other items

I chose green with my neutral being brown/beige. For my 7 elements, I used rub-ons, stamps, Glimmer Mist, ribbon, a cardstock sticker, brads and a punch. The paper on here is from K & Co. Rub-ons are Colorbok. The Die-cut journal spot is My Little Shoebox. The stamps are from Michael's dollar bins & the Glimmer Mist is Spanish Moss.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


So, unfortunately I have no sketch today, but there are some layouts I would like to share. I did these for the Use Your Stash challenges at House of Paper. One think I really have been trying to do is use my favorite papers, instead of just thinking how much I like them when I thumb past them in my Cropper Hoppers. So, this week I have been digging into my G45 stash & using my Steampunk Debutante...

For this first layout, I used an awesome paper flower tutorial from Jinky's Crafts Blog. This is my variation. I paired the G45 with papers from K&Co. and houndstooth die cuts from Teresa Collins.

For this next layout, I used pretty much all G45, but threw in a little of Sassafras Indie Girl. The metal flowers and chain are from a necklace that I bought really cheap at Claire's (love it when they have dollar sales!) and took apart...
I do have to say, these challenges are really helping inspire me and get me scrapping! I suggest stopping over and checking it out :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

OMG the Goodies Just keep coming!

I don't know about anyone else, but with all the CHA sneak peeks that are coming out lately, it feels more like Christmas now than it did in December :) So far, some of my absolute favorites are (in no particular order...):
  1. BoBunny's Ad-Lib Line - Love that it all has this very Retro feel but still bright colors!!! And those puzzle pieces! I'm drooling over here!
  2. Graphic 45's Le Cirque - Anyone who knows me knows that I have an obsession for Circuses (or more specifically, the side-shows) and this collection has to be my #1 Must-Have of all of these new releases. I mean, how cool is this! It's all vintage circus banners! By the way, I also am in love with Once Upon a Springtime, but I already raided my LSS and nabbed all those papers...
  3. Echo Park's For the Record - This line is very quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite manufacturers (second only to my beloved Sassafras, of course) - their papers have all been beautifully coordinated & wonderfully versatile! I can't wait to get my hands on these...
  4. Webster's Pages- well, I tired to pick A line to favorite here, but I really like them all! The odd thing with these is they are all so beautiful, and it's easy to get overwhelmed with them and think, "Wow, what do I do, these are totally against my usual style." But really, they're not. As I have been finding by playing with my existing papers of theirs that I have, you really don't need to add much to make gorgeous layouts with them! And please do check out all the coordinating embellishments they have with these! They totally rock!

Now, so far, there have been no Sassafras sneak peeks  yet, but I am sure their new lines will be spectacular as usual. Unfortunately, I still have yet to get my hands on Mix N' Mend & Count Me In... nobody around here carries either of those lines, and my usually online retailers didn't, either :( Any suggestions? I'm thinking Ebay... 

I think I may have to set up a separate savings account for my scrapbooking addiction... 

I'll be back later today with some more layouts and a couple sketches because I am feeling super inspired lately. Must be that after-Christmas energy because lord knows I had no energy between Halloween & New Year's. 

Until then, Happy Scrapping!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New look!

I saw the big banner that Shabby Blogs had changed servers and that I needed to get my blog background again, so I decided to change things up a bit. I am absolutely crazy about damask, lately, so I'm glad they had this... I'll be posting more layouts tomorrow. No scrappy time today :(

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Challenge Day #2

I got two of the challenges done today:
Chiara's 2nd Challenge was to create a layout using ribbon & buttons. I did just the thing with this Easter layout. I used paper from Crate's Restoration line. The ribbon is just plain, white ribbon that I stamped with acrylic paint to create the swirl. I also stamped the "Precious" in the corner and traced it with Stickles.

The second challenge that I got done was Karen's Flower Challenge (#2 for those of you playing the home edition). This one gave me the chance to use some insanely old Daisy Ds paper in my stash as well as really pushing my limits (extra points for using flowers on a Manly layout). I also used some papers from K & Co. and chipboard from Colorbok. To make the flowers n here, I cut circles in three different sizes on my Cricut, sanded the edges, and then attached them together with a brad. After that, I sprayed them with a distressing ink and some pewter Glimmer Mist. While they were wet, I crumpled & folded them to distress them more.
I have also managed to finally finish our vacation album, so hopefully I will be able to post some of those layouts later :)
Happy Scrapping!