Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1st Christmas Layout

Good Morning to you :) We took over Zachary's 1st year album last night to our son and daughter-in-law's place and the album was well received, just the look on their faces while looking through the album sure does make it all worthwhile :) Well a 1st year album needs a 1st Christmas Layout:

This is probably the 1st layout I did in quite awhile that wasn't made up entirely of my counterfeit kit, but I did get a bit of it in  and on the layout with that journaling tag and the puffy ribbon attached to the tag :) I pulled out my Christmas box full of Christmas related paper and found this fun kraft style snowman paper for the double page layout. The first Christmas title was a laser cut I had gotten from our local store a few years ago just for this project.
 The left side of the layout is to mat the main Christmas picture and journaling of the day by his mom.
The right side includes the mats for other pictures of the other grandparents, we are the 3rd set of grandparents and usually are the last to see the kids over the holidays, but made sure to include the 2 Christmas pictures that I had from that visit in the center of the layout.
The journaling tag did come from the tag cutout sheet that was in my April Counterfeit kit  (totally forgot that I did cut that out and added it to the layout I just covered up the image that was on there with a Christmas sticker from the dollar store Christmas Laser Saying stickers pack.
 Here I fussy cut a strip of cardstock to have that word border a cross both pages of the layout and another sticker

 The plaid and the holly paper both came out of that Christmas box full of paper too.
Lots of stickers used throughout the layouts.

I feel pretty good that I was able to get this book accomplished (a goal for this year), I spent my free time on Easter finishing up the album with this 2-pg layout and 7 other pages that were mainly just done up as pre-made pages and all Katherine needs to do is add the pictures and the journaling.
Thanks for stopping by today and stop back tomorrow for the Counterfeit Kit challenge-April blog hop.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wow! I made the Top 3-Stuck On U Sketches

Good morning you all, I have something that I want to share with you: I made the Top 3 over at Stuck On U Sketches. Wow I couldn't believe it when I noticed my layout on the post I was reading the other morning. God has blessed me well this past week, I praise him for the creative gifts he gave me.
I made the Top 3 with this Double page layout:

This was from the post on March 31 you can see it here, I had a fun time using their sketch to make the layout as well as using Creative Pointe's cutting file for my big title and some Silhoutte cutting files to balance the layout out :)
You all have a great day! I'll be posting a bit this week I had a very crafty day yesterday and got 9 layout pages done to finish of the 1st year album I've been working on.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Road Trip-LO 3- Antique Tractor Exhibit

Happy Easter to my bloggy family, I hope you are enjoying the day with God and your family. I whipped up this layout last night.
Do you know the secret to getting a layout done quickly? I sure do, I use a sketch to help me out and at Counterfeit Kit challenge blog this month that is one of the inspirations. So I seen this sketch when I was perusing my email and knew it was a good one for these 3 pictures it's from Sketch-N-Scrap.

I tried to follow along with it pretty closely.
 I sprinkled some dots that I had left over from a cut and added glossy accents.
 The journaling spot is from the Vintage Transportation PL core kit, these have been sitting on my desk from a project that I did last month so it's nice to put them to use and it works well for these layouts.
 I used the time face paper for one of the backgrounds and wanted to make sure that some of it came through the layout. I added a sticker from the Colorbok-Antique Paperie Clear Stickers w/Gems pack.
 The luggage tag added the date of the event, final destination of heading home and some final thoughts of the day that didn't fit on the journaling tag added CTMH bakers twine:Grey Wool. Next to the tag is another journaling spot from the same kit, sure does explain our feelings of the trip and gives it a nice little title to the page.
This is the overall center section of the layout, I used papers and washi tape from my April kit. These were the last pictures that we took that day and thought it would make a great layout to tie it all up.

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you all a blessed Easter, we had wonderful blessings this week that we have praised God for :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Road Trip-Bark Peeler's Convention

Hi you all and Happy Easter Weekend to you. We got some cute photos of this year's annual Easter Egg Hunt but that will be told another day in another layout. The layout I have today is a 2-page layout of a Road trip my husband wanted to take after seeing the article in the paper:
I started this layout the beginning of the month at the church's craft day. The left side of the layout came together pretty easy:
 I had grabbed a border set of punches that I got at a yard sale and this was the first I used them. I really could see why they were in the sale and I will most likely putting them in a sale at our house too. But I did try them out and what I found out that it doesn't pinch the edge but punched a pattern on the paper with a 1/4" edge to it. Well that wasn't what I was looking for but we are the creative bunch and I decided to cut it down the middle of that punched part and I was surprised to create this border that actually looks like a sawtooth edge-a win for my layout :) So this side has a few pictures of the grounds and the museum. I added some of the trinkets that we got there-freebies in a bag.
The right side didn't come together so easy for some reason. I pulled it out again last night and I think went together relatively easy, the first time I was using a layout from a magazine and last night I was winging it and that may be the difference for me getting it put together. This side holds the newspaper clipping that my husband took out of the paper, our tickets and a few more pictures of the museum. I also included a couple of journaling cards from the PL-Vintage Transportation core kit. Thank goodness I wrote something about this day prepared for the layout with the goodies from the trip. Some close up shots:
 The goodies we got
 The border and the letters that were the negative of a car cut that I did on my cameo, you'll see that in a future layout. Doesn't that edge look like the teeth on a saw blade, God was with me that day to help me through this idea :)
 The pictures of the museum and one of their model of the sawmill and up close shot of the mill. Yep wish they would of had more information on the people that lived there at one time, I have one G-G-grandpa that may have been a lumberman.
 The newspaper clipping and the tickets
 The journaling block
And this block was cut down just for the city of arrival and a bit more journaling that I didn't fit on the above block and it also brings over some of the red from the left side layout to give a full triangle design element. I have a few more pictures from this day that will form at least 2 more 2-page layouts and a single one too. This was done with my April Counterfeit Kit.
Speaking of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, they have plans for National Scrapbooking day-May3 but will be extending it that whole weekend, but right now they only posted about no details yet, so I'm looking forward to doing that. Do you have any plans for National Scrapbooking day?
Have a blessed Easter...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Funday Friday #46- A Sketch

Yep it's Friday and that can only mean that it is Fun-Day Friday Challenge over at Jo's Scrap Shack! Hello and welcome to my blog, today our sponsor this week is StampArt Designs by Kathryne, This weeks challenge: is a sketch:
And this is my take on the sketch:
 I used my March counterfeit kit to make the card with the included SU doily stamp that I had found in a drawer all ready to use on this card and the flower is from my stash.

 I used 3 Twenty Crafts 'Simple Sentiments' stamp set for my sentiment. It's been crazy busy so I didn't have a chance tonight to do anything with the inside, but this is for a birthday in August so I got plenty of time to do something with it :)

Now it's your turn. The prize is a 5 pack of digis from StampArt Designs by Kathryne . Please stop by Jo's Scrap Shack and check out the challenge and to link up what you make! Here are some simple rules.

Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,

Using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. 3 entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements

Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.

The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only

You have until April 25th by 6:00Pm (eastern) time to link up.

All winners will be announced on Monday, April 28th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Birthday Card for a Princess

Happy Birthday Isabelle, today is my G-daughter's birthday and she just loves princess stuff. So when I seen this card in the Silhouette store I had to get it:
here is another view of the card:
Isabelle's favorite colors are pink and purple so I made sure to use a variety of it on the card. The teal cardstock and the pink pattern cardstock (B side) came from my March counterfeit kit the flower paper came from Mind's Eye-lime twist 6 X 6 pad that I have next to my craft desk that I can grab a piece of the scraps when I need it. The purple and lavender cardstock came from my purple drawer of loose papers.
Mary from CardzTV has an excellent tutorial on how to put this type of card together (that is what I used to put it together :)
 I used Star Dust stickles on the cuts to give some glitter to it. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from my stash and so is the foam pieces scattered about came from Walmart.
 This is a Lori Whitlock design for the Silhouette store: Design ID #56157

I have linked the card up at The Memory Nest: Share Your Crafty Creations

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Spring...CCChallenge #32

Good morning and welcome to Spring! that is the theme of today's Challenge over at Creative Cutting Challenge. This is what I did for the theme:
I used this sketch for the inspiration of the layout:
This month over at Counterfeit Kit challenge they are also inspiring us to use sketches with our kit, so I took the sketch and this is what I created today using Creative Pointe's MOM Flowers cut file for the center section of the sketch:
MOM Flowers
 I flipped the title to the top
I added a border to the top and bottom using the butterfly washi tape, I used a tag that was cut out of a cut-out sheet added the letters from the Sweet Day pack and some blue bakers twine from my stash,  a quick glimpse at the daffodils on a Recollections:Laugh-journal card pad and a glimpse of the flowers for Creative Pointe's cutting file with the Spring letters outlined in black ink and glittered with Star Dust stickles.
As you can see from this picture I outlined 2 of the flowers in blue gel pen.
  and I added extra photos for 2 of the blocks.
My journaling about spring is scattered about the layout. I used Colorbok xy&z sticky stax journaling tags, I also used making memories Simply Stated: Spring rub-ons throughout the layout about my feelings of spring and a sticker from the Sweet Day alpha stickers sheet.
And a quick add of the paper clip in the shape of the arrow pointing to the moments that matter the most sticker :)
Won't you join us over at Creative Cutting Challenge:
Now we're ready to see YOUR SPRING SVG (or similar) creations.
Please make sure that you follow our very simple rules to enter this challenge.  
(1)You MUST use a SVG or similar electronic cutting file in your project.  CRICUT CARTRIDGE ONLY ENTRIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.  Please make sure that you mention somewhere in your post what part of your project was created with a cutting file.  Entries that do not fit this basic requirement will be deleted.
(2)  NO BACKLINKING.  This has always been our rule but we've noticed that it has not been followed lately. Going forward, backlinked projects will be deleted. 
I have included this layout in the following challenges:
Scrap our Stash April challenge: Spring color and the use of paper clip, journal card (I used for a picture frame) and one 3D embellishment- the die cuts or the tag with the bakers twine would both fit this.
Lasting Memories #186: It's the Little things that matter the most-I think the LO fit's this well :)