Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Wait

Surprise, another layout! ;)

This was for another challenge on Soul Scrappers. What has been great for me on my layouts that I’ve been working on recently, is that the idea or products are already there, I just needed the push/motivation to get it done. Enter this challenge and a page I’ve had in mind for almost a year is now done!

The EIC6 challenge was to incorporate black and white with any shade of blue. Since those are the Stallion/Peak wrestling colors this worked out perfectly!

I had told Jake my idea for this page and he said it should be easy to get the info together, but for me the hardest part was getting all the stats. ;) Luckily, Brady has a wrestling profile (when you register for tournaments it logs/records all of that) so I was able to figure it out fairly quickly, yay!

Brady puts in so much effort and energy into this sport and I’m so proud of his commitment, dedication and work ethic. Honestly though, the waiting is the worst! We can wait hours between matches some days and have spent 8+ hours at some tournaments on a Saturday. For wrestling up to 6 minutes per match and for only 6ish matches at a tournament that’s a lot of down time!

I hope he looks back on this and remembers his first year wrestling with fond memories!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beach Babe

I had so much fun playing with the sketch challenge last week at Sketchy Thursdays that I just had to join in again, especially after seeing the sketch!

This page went together super quick. I’m big on simple scrapping and the patterned papers help to lend a bit more flair to an otherwise simple page for me. This sketch is perfect for mixing and matching papers, and I loved these mixed with some pictures of Gwynie and our family at our neighbors house for a birthday party.

Here’s the sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. I did the photos a little different from the sketch to fit the photos I had on hand, but essentially the sketch and inspiration is there. This would also be really fun rotated!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For the Holidays

Welcome to Sketch Challenge #106 and  a Blog Hop to feature many of the wonderful Texture Sets from Skipping Stones Design!  If you just came from Katie's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Tosha Leyendekker, Kendra Sand and Windy Robinson to our team as Guest Designers! Jen Del Muro will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop! The DT is also being sponsored by Canvas Corp all month long with fun products and fantastic paper!

Here’s my take on this sketch! This sketch was was a little tricky for me, but overall it has a fun whimsy to it.

The background of distressed red dots was stamped with the Blocks and Borders - Dots, and a layer of super cute Canvas Corp stockings paper provides a fun base for the trio of ribbons. The gingerbread man doesn’t actually come from a Christmas set, but is included in the humorous set Funny About Men along with the sentiment.

Here’s the sketch for this week, we’d love to have you join in with us!

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Head over to Windy's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration! A full list of designers will be posted at the SSD blog!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cookies

When I wanted to get back into the scrapbook groove I immediately turned to my favorite scrapbook forum, Soul Scrappers. There are great challenges posted, loads of inspiration and a lot of super sweet ladies.

One of the recent challenges I dove into was a sketch challenge (SC45) that made this page super easy to put together. I rotated the sketch and came up with this:

These were taken in 2007 when we visited my sister Laci for Thanksgiving. Her and Gwynie made cookies one night and I’m glad this is finally in her book. :)

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Featured Friday!

It’s my turn today to share a card or two for SSD’s Featured Friday! All month long the DT is being sponsored by Canvas Corp, and another month long bit of fun is that all texture/background sets are on sale or $12.49!

I decided to combine those two awesome things for my Featured Friday post…check it out!

If you’re anything like me you value your precious time, and in many ways want more bang for your buck. Timeless Textures is such a versatile set! I absolutely love the musical score in this set and find that I can use it so many ways!

First up is a bright and cheery (super simple!)  birthday card. I wanted to play on the music notes with words that were in a song on both cards so they each mimic this idea. I’ve also included a mini bag and clothespin (Canvas Corp) to hold a little gift card for the recipient. The sentiment is from another texture set, Pumpkin Seed Sentiments.

Not only can you do birthday cards in any color, but you can also switch the colors and sentiment out to make Christmas cards! The sentiment is found in Christmas Song and ties in so well with the music notes.

Are you inspired to whip up some super quick cards today? Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Some recent pubs

I realized the other day that I hadn’t shared some cards that I’ve had published over the past few months.

I guess looking back at all of these cards I used some of my all-time favorites stamps, ha! :) One fun thing too, is a couple cards use background stamps which are currently ON SALE all month long at Skipping Stones Design this month! Each background stamp set is on sale for $12.49!

This card was published in Paper Crafts Card Creations 9 and was my first PC pub. I have been such a slacker since then to submit, but it is a fun process. I go in submitting spurts, and when I do submit I am genuinely thankful for that acceptance email. :)

This was the first card I made with http://skippingstonesdesign.com/products-page/best-sellers-and-1s/heartsong/ and I fell in love with the set!

CARDS published this one in their Create:Stamping issue.

This combines three SSD sets - Dandelion Dreams for the flowers (this set gets a lot of use, I love it!), Grunge for the wood grain background, and Healing Wings for the sentiment.

These have all been published in CARDS magazine as well.

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Another of my favorites, Stitched Stamps!

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More Dandelion Dreams, I can’t get enough of the silhouettes.

The only stamping on this was the background and it’s from Timeless Textures, again another of my favorites!

Make sure to check out the background stamps at SSD, or give the gift of an SSD Gift Card this holiday season!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Golf Cart

Jake will probably kill me later for sharing this (I kid, I kid) but it’s too good and scrapbook worthy to not document for generations to come. ;) Actually, he will probably laugh when he sees this and will just shake his head. True story.

Like most of the layouts I’ll be sharing soon, I’ve had the paper and embellishments all ready and waiting for me to just sit down and put together the page. This was no different, and it was a breeze to whip up with the Sketch Thursdays 12-1 sketch. I kept it super simple to let the story shine through.

The journaling reads:

Jake took Brady with him to a golf tournament for work and the day started out great, or so it seemed. On the first hole Jake pushed the gas on the cart, but Brady wasn’t hanging on. When the burst of speed hit B fell out of the cart, but Jake had no idea! He thought everyone waving and yelling at him were just being super friendly! B was fine, but told everyone what his Dad had done and told Jake “Don’t let me fall out again!” Jake will never live down the “Golf Cart Incident!”

Here’s the sketch!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Timeless Victorian

Fun title huh?

It’s another Tuesday and SSD has a great new line up of guests for December! This month we welcome Jen del Muro as our sketch artist, and Guest DT members Tosha Leyendekker, Windy Robinson and Kendra Sand! We’re also being joined each week by the Canvas Corp crew as the SSD DT is being sponsored by them so you’re sure to see some fun products on our cards!

Another fun treat this month is that all background sets are on sale for $12.49! This would be a great time to stock up on some of your favorites! :)

Here’s our first sketch from Jen!

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It was so fun going through my goodies from Canvas Corp! The fabulous scripty paper is from CC and I love how it lends such an elegant feel to the card. Since the background sets are on sale I stamped Timeless Textures over the flower from Victorian Summer to add some depth to the image.

I love how simple it is and how quick it was to put together! We’d love for you to join us this week and see your take on the sketch! Make sure you stop by the SSD blog to see what the rest of the team and our guests have come up with!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lagoon

December has made a sudden appearance and I’m still left wondering where this year has gone! I mentioned yesterday that I’ve been scrapbooking more this past week and have a few layouts to share today that remind me of warmer weather! :)

I used the sketch challenge from Stuck On Us Sketches which was based on a PageMaps sketch for my starting point.

The first two pages will be the beginning when I add them to Brady’s book so I wanted to keep that same order even though it’s the last page that is for the sketch challenge. ;)

The pages and embellishments are from an older MME collection Breaking Free (definitely using up some older product that I’ve been saving for these pics!) and it all worked out so well with these pics of the kids at Lagoon, our local amusement park.

For this first page the stars and the big top/coaster are rub-ons that I added to the page and then layered the other embellishments on.

Similar with this page, the circles are a rub-on with more pieces added from the collection.

This is the page that was done with the sketch (below) in mind. The journaling is about how this was the first year that Brady was finally tall enough (and brave enough!) to ride the big coasters. We actually rode his favorite coaster Colossus (in the first page) four or five times because he loved it so much.

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This sketch was really fun to work with and really gave me that inspiration to get going on this group of photos!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Scrapbook Slacker

True Confession Time…I have been a “scrapbooking slacker” this year.

Feel free to scroll past my long diatribe to get to the layouts ;)

A couple years ago I tallied over 80 layouts made, and this year I’ve made three. Yes, three whole pages. I even set myself a goal to work through the rest of the 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges this year and utterly bombed that because I haven’t done a single one.  Recently though I’ve been giving some thought as to why I haven’t scrapbooked. It boils down to a few things.

  1. I feel overwhelmed by how many pictures I have to get in my kids' scrapbooks. (They each have one per year.) I still have to develop so many pictures and I’ll see an even higher stack of photos to scrapbook. Crazy.
  2. Creating a card takes less than 15-30 minutes in most cases. A layout for me is twice as long or more, and then times that by two kids. Ugh.
  3. I am a simple scrapbooker. My layouts are purely for the family, but I feel like they should be so super good and complex and full of fun and trendy techniques and they are not. Lame.
  4. I lost the joy in it. Sad.

So with all that, I let myself be bothered by it, but I felt unmotivated and didn’t want to make the effort. Weird though as scrapbooking was what first got me into this whole papercrafting thing and the cards came much later. The turning point for me this past week was looking through some layouts I did last year. I had the “scrapbooking bug” and did a lot of layouts, and I thought they were some of my best pages. I had a blast making them and felt that joy all over again.

That was an entirely too long lead up, but it’s been on my mind and I appreciate you even more if you stuck with me through all of that. ;)

In order to “get back to it” I went into safe territory with this group of layouts to get things started. Every year (since Gwynie was in 2nd grade) I scrapbook the kids school photo along with their class photo. This is as simple as it gets because I try to keep it fairly consistent from year to year. Nothing fancy or spectacular. I also have them write their favorite things during that year. It is so fun to see some things stay the same, but to see changes and especially in their handwriting!

Getting caught up, Gwynie’s 6th grade followed by 7th.

The close-up of her favorite things. This was a little hard as this year she’s switched her “A’s” so kept wanting to do the new A. My fault for not getting her to write this out sooner. ;) Also, she spelled “Katy” right on her practice page but added an extra “t” this time, haha.

I used the About a Girl collection by Fancy Pants for both pages and added in some vinyl thickers accents and a few odds and ends.

7th grade, and I’ll have her add the journaling as she gets more into the school year. More About a Girl, but this was a  transparency that I just put over white cardstock. The chipboard accents are Basic Grey that I added bling to (lots and lots of bling) and also added to the transparency. Also, first year she won’t have the class picture since they’ll get year books! :)

Just for fun, I put together this little grouping of Gwynie’s 3rd-7th grade layouts.

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I realized I was super behind for Brady though since I had only done Kindergarten, and he started 3rd grade this year. Oops. Again, that motivation was lacking. When we did his handwriting for 1st grade I asked him to write as sloppy as possible and not worry about mistakes. ;)

I had purchased some of the Boyfriend collection by Cosmo Cricket forever ago and had been saving it specifically for these pics. Glad I am finally using it. ;) The little airplanes were from an American Crafts pack, and brads are SU.

He took the “make mistakes” literally and purposely did squiggly “z’s” and a backwards “p” on  pizza. He cracks me up. ;) PS – do you know how much I had to bribe these two to do this?? Before they’ve been pretty good about it, but this time they were so not about to help Mom scrapbook. ;)

Moving onto 2nd grade.

Same thing, I told Brady to be loose in his writing. I usually like to wait until the school year ends anyways so I really capture their handwriting at the time so now I’ll just wait a bit to get 3rd grade done.

The papers and embellishments were from a Crate Paper pack I bought awhile ago and the splotches were a random find in a bin at a craft store that I picked up in Florida last year.

Here is his close up of his favorite things and his handwriting. The thing that cracks me up the most is his special “S” because I remember doing those when I was in middle school, hahaha. ;)

Now for fun, here is Brady’s sequence, but I’ll have to add in his 3rd grade later once I start/get that one done. I wish I would have done this for Gwynie all the way through, but at least she is only missing Kindergarten and 1st grade.

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It was really fun working on these pages and seeing them completed! :) I have a few more I’ve been working on that I share later this week!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Song of Christmas

Hello and welcome back to another Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday! I neglected to post my card last week (it’s cold season, boo…) but I can’t wait to share the simple little number I whipped up with our fabulous sketch this week!

I love the quick and easy route when making cards so this sketch was perfect for just that! Your imagination can really run rampant with this sketch so feel free to interpret it any way you like. Because I definitely did. ;)

Instead of the sentiment flanking the center like in the sketch I chose to move the sentiment down and replace one side with this gorgeous ribbon. The images and sentiment are from Chrismas Song and the ribbon and brads are from our generous sponsor this month, Creative Impressions!

 

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Make sure to visit the rest of the DT and our guests to see their fabulous creations!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thankful for…

I have much to be thankful for and I’d be remiss in not saying how grateful I am for several people and opportunities I have in my life. My wonderful husband, amazing kids, family, friends and my great job are all such blessings in  my life and I’m truly thankful for the delight and/or challenges each one brings daily. ;) I’m also thankful that I have a fun hobby and I’m glad I was able to find one of my true passions in life.

I’ve been a bad scrapbooker this year (see a post later this week on that), but started to get the bug again to scrapbook and I made a few layouts over the weekend. This one was created with the use of a sketch from Stuck Sketches and was perfect to get me going again.

I used an older Bo Bunny collection (Beautiful Life) which included the journaling card and family circle. The leaves were in a Prima package, and the chipboard shapes/title are thickers. I also added a few mini safety pins, a corduroy button, lace and a scalloped strip of cardstock. I later journaled in the date (11/09) to the small circle.

The sketch below:

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Thanks for a great sketch ladies!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gracias

Welcome to Sketch Challenge # 102 and to showcase our Featured Stamp Set of the Month, Rustic Tiles!   Rustic Tiles is a versatile set, that you are about to see from our fabulous Design Team.  If you just came from Betsy's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today,start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Jimmi Mayo, Betsy Veldman and Jessica Griffin to our team as Guest Designers!  Chan Vuong will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

So let’s start off with the sketch and then I can show you the card and the photo that inspired it all!

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this sketch, but after looking at the Rustic Tiles set it clicked for me that the tile designs reminded me of the tiles we saw in our hotel and around the town on our trip to Puerto Vallarta earlier this year. A quick search on Pinterest gave me this photo below and I knew I wanted to recreate this look.

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I used glossy cardstock so that when I colored in the stamps with Copics it would really help the colors pop off the page. I used the photo to help guide my color choices and to mimic some of the tiles. The sentiment “gracias” was done with shiny black Thickers and the ribbon is from our sponsor this month, Creative Impressions. The orange was the perfect pop to mix with these colors and bring out the rustic feel. The rest of the DT will be using these products all month long!

Make sure to head over to Karen's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Santa

It’s time for another SSD Sketch Tuesday post!

Today I’ve turned the sketch into a layout, and that’s just one of the reasons why I love sketches! They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways to inspire you!

For the background I used the star from Christmas Swirls, and used a glue pen to add dazzling diamonds glitter. The ric rac trim is from Creative Impressions, a fabulous embellishment company with everything from mini paperclips and tiny clothes pins to luscious ribbon treatments. All of the team creations will be using something from Creative Impressions each week!

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Here’s the sketch, isn’t is fun?! Make sure to visit the SSD blog to take a look at what our guests and DT did with this sketch!