Monday, July 30, 2012

Nuts About Sketch #224

Today a new sketch was revealed at Nuts About Sketches.  I had a lot of fun working with this sketch and getting messy!

I started my background by using my star mask and masking a large circle in the center for my main photos.  For the circle frame I punched some border strips, pleated them and then sewed them onto the page in a rough circle shape.  I have seen some awesome "drippy" pages lately and decided this would be a great page to try it on.  I used two orangey colored mists and used a paintbrush to make the drips.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Basic Grey
Stickers- Basic Grey
Punch- EK Success
Ink- Clearsnap, Tattered Angels
Embossing Powder- JoAnn Crafts
Stamp- Westrim Crafts
Journal Spot- Pink Paislee
Pen- Zig
Buttons- Jesse James
Screen- Crafter's Workshop
Font- Joint by Pizza Dude
Software- SCAL
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Thread- Coates and Clark

Friday, July 27, 2012

Oh Baby!

I'm here tonight with a quick post of a card I made last night for a baby shower I am attending tomorrow.  I used the current sketch at Unscripted Sketches.  This week was a "piggyback challenge" week and the extra challenge was to include an animal on your project.  I used the cute little fawn from the "Cindy Loo" cartridge for this one.  I also did this for Mini Challenge #3 for the My Scraps Got Talent II contest, which was to use twine on your project.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #223

It's Monday, so that means another Nuts About Sketches sketch! This week is a two pager so I decided to use it for my calendar page and Project 12. This was the last project I made using my June Counterfeit Kit.  I wanted to have a red, white and blue color scheme, but I also wanted to use up the paper from my kit, so I decided to put a twist on it and add some green, which goes really well with my photos.  Most of the embellishments on this one were pulled from my stash.

I am using the right hand page for the calendar.
Thanks for stopping by, you can check out what the rest of the team made with the sketch here.

Cardstock- Bazzill, American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Imaginisce, Provo Craft, Scenic Route
Die Cut Letters- Creative Memories
Rub Ons- Bo Bunny Press
Stickers- October Afternoon, Bo Bunny Press
Brads- Basic Grey
Ribbon- Michaels
Ink- Clearsnap, Ranger
Mask- Crafter's Workshop
Pen- Creative Memories
Tape- Target
Punch- Marvy
Gromlets- We R Memory Keepers
Colored Pencils- Koh-i-noor
Circle Cutter- Creative Memories

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Scavenger Hunt 7-22-12

I am back with some more photos this week! I didn't take as many this week (this is a good thing, my July folder has a lot in it!!), but I was able to get all of the prompts.

Wrapped ... or unwrapped. Here is a photo of Will unwrapping one of his birthday presents last Saturday.

Time Together
Nothing says togetherness like a train in the pool... or something like that. We spent the day on Monday at my in-laws with Rick's older sister and her kids. Here are my kids with one of their cousins.

Tell Me a Story
Another one from Monday, Grandpa telling the kids a story before nap time.

Love or Couple
We had the privilege of being present at the Baptism of one of our friends' babies last night. Here she is getting the water poured over her head.

Will loves being tossed in the air, so this was a scene that was duplicated many times on Monday.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Little Miracle :)

I have a new layout to share, it is also a bit of an announcement. :)

 Yes, I am pregnant! These ultrasound pictures are from 7 weeks ago, I am due January 24th, 2013! I did this layout for a couple of challenges.

 The first was Challenge #2 for the My Scraps Got Talent contest.  The challenge was to use the sketch below and do some distressing.  I turned the sketch and added another photo.  For the distressing, I roughed up and inked some of my paper edges and spray and splattered some ink.
The other challenge was at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.  The prompt this month was "created beauty."  There is nothing more beautiful than new life, so I thought it was a good time to get these ultrasound images scrapped.  Here is a close up of my journaling so you can get a better idea of our journey to this pregnancy.

The other part of that challenge was to include some stitching on your layout.  I ran a zig zag stitch down the edge of my pink paper to tie it together with the other papers. For the two large hearts, I used embossed grungeboard that I first colored with white Distress stain and then inked with green and blue Distress Ink to accent the embossing.

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- KI Memories, Creative Imaginations, Paper Adventures, Provo Craft
Punches- EK Success, McGill, Marvy
Paint- Ranger
Ink- Tsukineko, Ranger
Spray Ink- Studio Calico, Tattered Angels\
Rub ons- American Crafts, Colorbok
Die Cutter- Cricut
Cartridge- New Arrival
Sticker- American Crafts
Journal spot- Jillibean Soup
Pens- Sharpie, Marvy
Grungeboard- Advantus
Tags- EK Success

Monday, July 16, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #222

It's Monday again so that means another Nuts About Sketches sketch. I again really enjoyed working with this sketch, it made my layout come together so easily.

 I stuck really close to the sketch because I really liked it just the way it was.  I did split the larger photo into two so I could get another shot on the page.  I used my Cricut to cut out the diamonds which was so fast!  The chipboard elements ( and most of the patterned paper I used) came from a Close to My Heart project pack I picked up a my church's garage sale last month.  The chipboard starts out cream and has the resist images on it.  I inked up the pieces first with light blue ink, then with green.  I didn't like how the blue looked, so I pulled out some light blue Glimmer Mist and a paint brush and painted that over the center of the pieces.

The current challenge at Frosted Designs is to use stamps. After I had the patterned paper laid out, I thought the cream cardstock was a little stark so I decided to pull out some Fancy Pants corner stamps.  I first put light blue ink on the stamp and then went around the edges with the green for a multi-colored effect.  For the journaling block and caption under the center photo I used some journaling stamps on vellum to make them blend in more with the background.

Cardstock- Close to My Heart
Patterned Paper- Close to My Heart, Basic Grey, Crate Paper
Stamps- Fiskars, Fancy Pants Designs
Ink- Tsukineko, Tattered Angels
Chipboard- Close to My Heart
Stickers- Fiskars, Creative Imaginations, Basic Grey
Rub-ons- unknown
Brads- Close to My Heart
Vellum- The Paper Company
Pen- Sharpie
Cartridge- Cindy Loo, Cricut Classic Font

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 7-15-12

I have been taking lots of pictures again this week, so I was able to pull together 5 shots for this week's scavenger hunt.

It has been hot out lately so we have been spending lots of time playing in water. On Wednesday, we went to the zoo with some friends to play in the splash pad area there. Here is Ellie and our friend Annie by one of the spouts.

The hot weather has not been very good to the flowers... well, my flowers anyway, so this photo is from May; irises in my in-laws' backyard.

More water, keeping my little guy cool and "fresh."  This photo was also taken on Monday, his birthday so he is a "fresh" two-year-old... you can take that however you would like.  :)

We spent last Sunday at my sister and brother-in-law's house and their neighbor brought over a horse for the kids (and anyone else who wanted to) to ride.  My mom was the eighth (and last) rider.

This is another shot from last Sunday, my oldest and her second cousin playing together.  With 5 little kids around, the day wasn't always very calm, but I thought these two playing together in the dirt quietly seemed pretty calm.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My Scraps Got Talent II

My Scraps and More currently has a contest running this summer called My Scraps Got Talent II.  There are layout challenges posted each week as well as mini challenges.  I had done a couple of the mini challenges a in the last couple of weeks for some cards, but I finally got around to doing one of the layout challenges.  Challenge #5 was to use the sketch below along with 3 different punches for a layout.

As you can see, I added a couple of photos instead of having a large photo on the left side.  I also played around with the embellishment placement.  For the background, I wanted something subtle, so I used a Crafter's Workshop mask and three colors of Glimmer Mist: Blue Skies, Slate, and Golden Terra Cotta.  To balance the extra photos, I felt the title and journaling should both be moved to the right side of the layout.  As for the three punches, I used a scalloped circle punch, a border punch and a flower punch.  These are the photos I entered in the county fair competition in 2010.  I didn't win any ribbons, but they do look nice together on a scrapbook page!  :)

Cardstock- Bazzill, American Crafts
Patterned Paper- My Mind's Eye
Mask- The Crafter's Workshop
Spray Ink- Tattered Angels
Ink- Tsukeniko
Pen- marvy
Punches- EK Success, Marvy, Tonic
Gems- Prima, Hero Arts, Target
Die Cuts- K and Company, My Mind's Eye
Canvas- Prima
Rub ons- Making Memories, We R Memory Keepers, American Crafts
Sticker- Fiskars
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Cricut Classic Font
Sketch by Julie Bonner

Happy Birthday Will!

Will's 2nd birthday was Monday, but we are celebrating with family today.

 I made a card for him using this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I made two so that I could contribute one for the "I Feel the Love" project this month which is to make children's birthday cards for Sheffield Place which is a shelter for homeless women and children. Each month the staff throws a birthday party for the kids there. If you want more info, click on the link above. The Cooking With Cricut blog's challenge this week is to make a card for the IFTL project, so I put my Cricut to work. I used papers from Echo Park's Little Boy collection (with the exception of the green polka dot paper, that is Doodlebug) and my "Boys Will Be Boys" cartridge. I switched the side of the sentiment and thought it would look cool as a flag so I added a toothpick as the pole.

We had a water play date with some friends on Monday. We had much and Elmo cupcakes. Here's a picture of the cupcakes.

 For his cake for his party today, Will wanted a tractor. So I went online and we picked a coloring page of a bull dozer. Will is also a big fan of M & M's so I decided to incorporate those as well.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #220

Hi all!  Today is Monday and that means a new sketch at Nuts About Sketches!  This week we have a sketch with space for a 5x7 photo. I decided to use Ellie's class photo from preschool this past year. I'm really glad I got this one scrapped now because I still remembered everyone's name! I used mostly Bo Bunny Learning Curve papers and stickers on this one. For the side strips, I decided to fussy cut the book stacks from a sheet of patterned paper. Can you believe Rick called me crazy when he saw me carefully cutting out those books?! Yeah, me too, in fact that was my initial thought when the idea came to me, but I am glad I decided to do it! I also used the book paper for the striped strips.
I found a font that matched the words on my patterned paper for the names underneath the photo (which I have blurred, but you can see it in the words "front row", "second row" and "back row".

There is a design team call currently out for Nuts About Sketches for the September through February term. You can check it out here.

Patterned Paper and Stickers- Bo Bunny
Cardstock- Close to My Heart
Rub Ons- Scrap Works
Ink- Clearsnap
Buttons- Oriental Trading Company, Jesse James Co., Rusty Pickle
Gromlet- We R Memory Keepers
Font- Century Schoolbook

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 7-8-12

I took a ton of photos this week and was able to easily fill the prompts this week for the Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Today the link up for the hunt is here.

I experimented a bit with taking photos of my in-laws flag on the 4th of July. I decided I liked the angle of this one.

View From Above
I know I could've been a lot more creative with this one, but I just love this shot of Will and his grandpa in the pool.  I bought that "puddle jumper" life jacket for him earlier in the week and he loved it!  He was so comfortable in the water with it and was even able to float around on his own with it for a bit.

I kind of forgot about this one until I was preparing my photos.  Again, I could have done something more creative, but I ended up using a mosaic filter in Photoshop Elements on one of my flag photos.

Something Tiny
We went to the horse track today and one of the races was the "Weiner Dog" championship.  I guess a Daschund isn't necessarily tiny, but it is in comparison to the horses that are usually racing on this track!

Little Miss Addy getting ready to jump in the pool in her polka dot swim shorts and pink and blue life vest.  I love kids' swimwear!

Ramblings and Photos

Saturday, July 7, 2012

This Week's Cards

I "only" had three cards to make this week, I actually managed to make a couple of pages as well! Today I am sharing my cards.

This first card is for my brother-in-law who celebrated his birthday on the 4th of July. I have made red, white and blue cards the last few years so I decided to mix it up this year and go with a different color scheme. I used the final sketch from Card Patterns (sniff, sniff). The stamps are from the Close to My Heart set I bought at the church garage sale. I am really enjoying these stamps! I used a tear drop shaped inkpad to ink the "party" stamp and I guess I didn't to a very good job of inking it evenly, because I got a bit of a distressed look when I stamped it. I'm okay with it though because I think it looks like denim. The large dark blue block I ran through my Texture Boutique and then edges with some white Distress Stain.

Next is a card I made for my brother and sister-in-law for their anniversary, also on the 4th of July. Again I decided to forgo the red, white and blue and this time I went for a more "romantic" color scheme, using the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection. I used last week's card sketch at Let's Capture These Sketches.  I cut the layered flower out using my Cricut and the Cindy Loo cartridge.  I sprayed two of the layers with  Golden Terra Cotta Glimmer Mist to make them stand out and then sprayed all of the layers with Perfect Pearls Mist.  The scroll is Grungeboard that I sprayed with white Mister Huey mist and then Perfect Pearls Mist.  The small flower I fussy cut from some patterned paper.

Finally I have the card I made for my sister-in-law whose birthday is today.  For this card I used this week's sketch from Mojo Monday.  I tried a technique on the scrolly piece of paper, but it didn't work how I was hoping it would, so I ended up with a kind of mottle red, blue, and silver effect on glossy cardstock.  The flower and sentiment I stamped with Versamark and then poured purple embossing powder over it.  I wanted to add a touch of red to it so I brushed off the purple in places (before heating it) and then poured red embossing powder over those areas.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 7-1-12

I didn't take a ton of photos this week, but I felt like most of the prompts were pretty easy, so I really wanted to participate in the Scavenger Hunt. This week Sarah is hosting because Ashley had her baby- Yay!! Here are my photos for the week:

This photo is not from this week, in fact it isn't even from this year, it is from last year on the 3rd of July. I don't have much for sunset photos, and this isn't a real vibrant sunset, but I love the light pink you can see starting to appear.

My three kids giggling together after the youngest went down the slide at the park. It's so fun to see them playing together and getting along!

Hanging Around
Ellie hanging upside down while swinging.  Yes, I love swing photos!  :)

Funny Face
This is what you get when you ask and almost 2-year-old to make a funny face... I think it's a little scary!

I struggled quite a bit with this one and this photo is kind of a stretch, but there is a lot of space between Addy's feet and the ground...

Ramblings and Photos