Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sooooo Excited! I was chosen as a Lasting Memories Design Team Member!!!

Hello!!  Just a fun "Invitation"... but SUPER exciting post for you.  I am thrilled and honored to share that I was chosen as a Design Team member at Lasting Memories!!!  I have been following and participating in this Scrapbook Layout Only Ch. blog for some time now... and now get to INSPIRE others (Like YOU) to join us!!  I am so so happy about my new adventure.
Please come on over every SUNDAY for a new layout challenge!!  It's always something different and fun!!
Would love for all of you to join in on this weekly adventure with me!!  Most weeks are for fun, where you may earn a "Winner" "Top 3" or "I was Featured" badge to proudly display on your blog!  Some weeks they have prizes!!!! 
If you have himmed and hawed over whether to scrap those photos... now is the time to get started!!  The Design Team members have awesome work to share and many different talents.  Something definitely for everyone!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lasting Memories Ch. 35 Sketch - 12 x 12 Layout "AAHH!"

Happy Thursday everyone!!  Which means almost the weekend!!  The title of my layout is how I feel right about now!  I feel relieved that I completed the 4th challenge LMCH 35 during the month of April to qualify for the Lasting Memories Layout Challenges DT call.  The "Aahh" title is actually my kiddos screaming with glee and fright while riding the caterpillar rollercoaster at the Fair over this last summer.  Pretty funny.  If I don't get the DT... I still plan on playing along with their challenges... for I have completed pages for my books.  A good feeling right there.  They have kept me motivated with some fun stuff each week.
Here is my submission: (Photo needs to be taken in natural daylight for better idea on colors)

And here is the sketch I was to follow...

Instead of embellishing the bottom right corner of the main photo... I chose to use a smaller photo of the kids in action.  It really tells the whole story!!  I giggle every time I look at it.  The title is a cute paper pieced caterpillar out of circle punches... and the rest is pretty self explanatory.  Hope you like.  Thanks for stopping by.  Any feedback VERY welcome!! Nighty night!!

All Stampin' Up... unless otherwise notes.
Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Yo Yo Yellow, Only Orange, Glorious Green, Tempting Turquoise, whisper white.
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange, Glorious Green
Stamps:  Quirky Alphabet (Title), Big Pieces (colorful border across)
Other:  Basic Rhinestones, Various circle punches, googly eye (Not Stampin' Up), hand drawn face, antennas and legs.

Monday, April 25, 2011

PPC 56 Color Combo Challenge - Baby Boy Card

Happy Monday to you all!!  I hope you all had a fabulous Easter Sunday!!  I know I did.  We have a Color Combo challenge for you today over at PICTURE PERFECT CREATIONS... crafty challenges.  You can do so many different things with these colors... as our Glorious DT have displayed quite well for all of you to see!!!  I hope you consider joining us!!  Creations are due Monday, May 2nd at 10:00am EST.  So you have all week!!!  Here is what I am sharing with all of you... a sweet little baby boy card. 
Here is the color combo to follow...

I followed the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 98.  Which I have to say... I absolutely love!!  I will be creating another card using this sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Come join us at PPC this week. We would love to see you!!!

Supplies Used:
Everything Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock:  Not Quite navy, Pear Pizzaz, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Nursery Suite DSP, Pear Pizazz - In color DSP
Stamps:  Slice of Life, Short and Sweet
Ink:  Not quite Navy, SU Markers... navy, real red, pear pizzaz, baja breeze
Other:  Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons, 1/4" Navy grosgrain ribbon, scallop border punch, circle/oval cutters, colored pears from Hero Arts.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Birthday Card for my Daughter - PPA90 & Birthday Sundaes Challenges

TGIF!!  Although from Birthday celebrations moving right into Easter's all becoming a blur!!  A FUN blur.  :) I was in last minute rush mode yesterday and wanted to make a card for my Daughter's B-day.  She is my number one fan and critic!!...So I knew she would love one of Mommy's creations.
I used the sketch challenge from PPA90 - Pals Paper Arts as my card design and I am also playing along with the Gals over at Birthday Sundaes Ch. 5 - "Anything Goes"

These are my daughter's favorite colors and the little girl stamp (from Hero Arts)... I could not resist.  It made me smile and my daughter loved it so!  She said it looked like her.  
So there you have it.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Supplies: Stampin' Up... unless other noted
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Whisper White, Brights DSP
Ink:  Melon Mambo, various Stampin' Write Markers to color in little girl
Stamps:  Something to Celebrate (sentiment),  Hero Arts (girl)
Embellies:  Brights Collection Brads, Neutrals Collection Brads, Scallop border punch, Oval cutter, Corner rounder punch, circle punches.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

"FOR YOU" - Simple Card (and other happy things)

Happy Happy Thursday to you all!!  I have many reasons to be happy today.  The most important... it's our daughter's 8th birthday!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BRIANNA!!  Coincidentally... I am also being featured/introduced on my new Design Team Challenge Blog PICTURE PERFECT CREATONS...crafty challenges.  I was to choose one of my favorite color combos and share a creation with all of you.  Here is what I did...
Here is the color combo...

I own a big stack of the color Old Olive!  I think every color accents it wonderfully!  For both feminine and masculine cards alike. 
There is a FUN EASTER CHALLENGE going on RIGHT NOW over at PPC.  Hop on over and enter your Easter project!  Any kind of project, any supplies used very welcome!!  Most importantly have fun and show us what you've got!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Supplies for my Card: (All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.)

Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP.
Stamps:  One of a Kind
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry and SU Markers to color in flower stamp.
Other:  Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon, small/large tag punch, embossing dots and swirls templates, silver cord, scallop border punches, scallop circle punch, circle cutter,

Monday, April 18, 2011

PPC Specialty Challenge # 6 - EASTER THEME!!

Hi everybody!!  Today over at Picture Perfect Creations - crafty challenges, we have an EASTER theme challenge!!  Any type of Easter Theme project is welcome!!  Layout, Card, 3-D craft, Quilt (I could go on an on.)  So COME ON OVER and show us what you can do. Each week a "Grand Creation Winner" and 2 "Grand Creation Runners Up" will be chosen!  It's always fun to be recognized and to earn that "Special" badge for your blog.  I know I have alot of different crafty followers... would love to SEE you over at PPC!!
The other Design Team members did some fabulous stuff!!  Come take a LOOK!!

I chose to scrap a 12 x 12 layout of our kiddos coloring easter eggs last year.  Ohhhh how they grow up.  But those smiles on their faces never seem to get any smaller.  They are so proud!!

For my layout, I also followed the Sketches in Thyme Thursday Takes 44 sketch and I am entering it in the Lasting Memories Ch 34 (Easter) for their DT call.  These are Scrap layout challenges.  Fun to check out for all of you AVID scrapbookers!!

Thanks so much for looking!!  Have fun getting those Easter projects created!!

Mostly Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Green Galore, Crumb Cake, Rainbow Sherbet DSP, Whisper white, melon Mambo DSP from the Brights pack, Daffodil Delight, Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise

Embellies:  Sweet Stiches Designer Button, Twine, Basic Pearls, Brads- neutrals collection Cricut Carts - Storybook & Easter 2010

Sunday, April 17, 2011

TOP 3 at Lasting Memories & BFB Award!

Good morning to you all!  Just a quick note to let you know that I was picked as TOP 3 at
 Lasting Memories!

Of course that makes me extra happy.  If you are a die hard scrapbooker... go take a visit!!!  They just started an "Easter Theme" challenge TODAY!!  You play for the honor of possibly being chosen as the top 3 and some weeks they have prizes!  Well worth your time!!!

I also want to Thank Jenn from Scrap-A-Tude for my Best Friend Blogger Award!!  She does all kinds of different paper crafting.  Cards to COOL cookie baskets that I just recently saw!  Fun things to look at!!  Thanks Jenn!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Waterskiing 12 x 12 layout - Lasting Memories Ch. 33

HI all!  I have a Fun layout to share with all of you.  I'm in the mood for summer... and this did it for me.  This is My Dad and I waterskiing at our frequented summer vacation spot 2 summers ago.  My dad is 63 in these pictures... and he skis like he is 18.  He's still GOT IT!!  And everything I have learned about waterskiing and driving the boat... I learned all from him!!  Thanks Dad!!  I am entering this into the Lasting Memories  33 "Journaling" challenge.  And also for their DT call!!  I love the band Bon Jovi... and in the corner of my layout I put some of the lyrics from the song "Have a Nice Day"  that describe how I feel when I am out on the water skiing.  Like nothing else matters for those mere 10 minutes. 

I'll be back with more later on the details of the supplies and more pics... gotta rush to soccer games
Happy Saturday all.
I also need to mention that I sort of followed Sketch 3.10 from Sketchy Thursdays but did not do it exactly.  It helped me to get started if anything.
Left Page

Right Page

Close-up of Journaling

CardstockSU Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Pink Passion
Other PaperSU Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' Kit - The 2 patterned papers
EmbelliesMaking Memories Puffy Letter stickers, random chipboard letters, SU tempting turquoise brads, small circle punch, Hero Hues "Bling."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thanks a Latte! - Card - Inkspirations sketch Ch. 65

Boy could I use a Latte right about now!  It's still rainy and yucky where I live.  Oh well... more time to accomplish inside stuff.  I am putting together a Coffee/Tea themed gift basket for an auction at my son's school.  Making a few of these cards plus another that I may post later.  I found the sketch over at Inkspirations Challenge Blog.  It is perfect for what I am trying to complete.  Thanks so much for your thoughts/comments.

Cardstock:  SU Whisper White, Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Pawsitively Prints DSP
StampsMy Time Made Easy - On Display
Embellies:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Neutrals collection Brads, Scallop border punch, scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Creative Memories circle cutters.
Ink:  Basic Black, Poppy Parade

Monday, April 11, 2011

PPC-CC #55 - A simple THANKS card.

Happy Monday morning!!  Boy is mine starting out with a bang!  Without getting too detailed... let's just say my life as a "Soccer Mom" has just turned into a Team Mom for 2 Teams and possible Assistant Coach for 1 Team.  Ohh boyyyy!!!  I played soccer all of my life (minus the last 7 years)... but I think I will be juggling a bit.  On other things... here is my First creation as a new Design Team member for Picture Perfect Creations - Crafty Challenges.  I have never put these colors together before... and I like the way they roll so well!! Come on over and join us and check out all of the fabulous DT's creations!! You have until Monday 10am EST to submit your project.
Here is the color combo to use...

Supplies:  All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock:  So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Stamps:  Slice of Life, So Happy for You
Ink:  So Saffron, Not quite Navy and Real Red (don't have riding hood red)
Embellies:  Basic Pearls, Regals Brads asst. 5/8" so saffron grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch, modern label punch, small oval punch

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rollin' into Spring 12 x 12 layout

Ahhh... with all this rain and colder than normal temps, it is a little gratifying to complete a layout all about Spring!!  Here I am sharing with you the moment that our Daughter tried her brand new 6th birthday rollerskates for the first time.  She was pretty timid at first... looking for the grass most of the time... knowing if she fell, it wouldn't hurt quite as much.  But she got better and better and more daring and adventurous as the afternoon went on. 
I used the color combo from PPC Crafty Challenges 54.  A new challenge starts tomorrow... so I sort of got this one in under the gun.  I am also entering this into Lasting Memories Ch 32 - Spring is in the Air as a part of their DT call.  I missed the "Prize" time for the challenge but am attempting to accomplish all 4 challenges for the month of April.  (Wish me luck)

And the color combo to follow...

All Stampin' Up ... unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Ice Cream Parlor DSP
Embellishments:  Ice Cream Parlor button pack, Big disigner buttons - sweet stitches, neutrals brads collection, white gel pen, basic black stampin' write marker, corner punch, scallop punch, 2 3/8" scallop punch, XL decorative label punch, large oval punch, 1/4" black grosgrain ribbon, basic rhinestones.
CRICUT:  Cheerful Seasons (Cut Title at 2" using shadow and word features)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Break & I am a new Design Team Member for Picture Perfect Creations!!

Good weekend to you all!!  I have not been in my craft space much of the week... with very good reason!!  The kids have been on Spring Break, have watched a few movies, played a few games, nursed terrible colds, celebrated a few birthdays, kids have started soccer, Hubby and I actually had a date night and we all had a small family bike ride today!!  My good bloggy friend, Michele from Michele Hearts Paper would highly approve of this blog post.  She is an AVID bike rider!!  Go check her out as well... she does wonderful Cards!!  (Hi Michele!  :-)  )

I also get to announce to all of you that I was just chosen as one of the new Design Team Members for PPC - Picture Perfect Creations challenge blog.  I am very excited and can't wait to share my creations.  So much inspiration to check out and get your creative juices flowing.  Their challenges start every Monday!  Would love for you to stop by and play along!!

Since I don't have a crafty project to share with you tonight, I'll share some fun pictures from a few days this week that simply make me smile and remind myself of WHY I scrapbook as much as I can and WHY life is pretty darn WONDERFUL! Enjoy!!

Ahhh... kiddos are growing up.

My son and I.  A little cloudy and chilly... but we didn't care.  Yes we need to invest in some helmets (us adults)... but I was going sooo slow that my bike came out of gear.  Pretty non-strenuous!!

And again!  All smiles!

 Hubbs and Son.  :-)

Daughter, Hubbs and Son

Daughter WAY up there. 

And finally... Thank you and WELCOME to all of my new followers over the last few weeks.  It's fun to receive fun comments and meet new friends.  I think I have stopped by most of you... but if I have missed you somehow... please let me know so I can come say hello!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wish Big Birthday card - CQC 78, Mojo 184 and Birthday Sundaes Ch 3

Good morning all!  It's a month of BIRTHDAYS around here!  Here is another card I have to share with you.  This is one of my all time favorite color combinations and I really like how this one turned out.  I have to admit though... as I was finishing this up last night, I thought this looked a little more like a wedding card.  I liked this stamp so much.. .I had to use it... and I surely wasn't going to start over.  The person I am giving this to is "Elegant" and "Beautiful" it fits her personality to a tee.  My daughter just said "Mom, it will work."  :-)
I used the color combo from over at Colour Q Challenge 78   and the sketch from Mojo Monday 184.  I highly recommend both of these challenge blogs for inspiration and a challenge.  It's my first time playing at Colour Q (after paroozing it for months) and the Mojo Monday has been one of my favorite GOTO places.  I am also entering it into Birthday Sundaes Challenge #3 (Anything Birthday).  I just recently found this challenge blog through one of my new followers Kreative Kristie,  and it looks like a fun one.  Go take a look and participate!!

Cardstock: All SU.. Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery DSP (from Love Stories simply scrappin'), Kraft, Early Espresso, Welcome Neighbor Designer paper pad,
StampsSU Short and Sweet,
              My Time Made Easy On Display (first time with this one and LOVE.)
InkSU Chocolate Chip, SU Markers (Pink Pirouette, Basic Brown, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo)
OtherSU Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brads, Basic Pearls, Border Scallop Punch, Circle Punches, Flower die-cut from Love Stories Simply Scrappin'. Crumb Cake (Kraft) Seam Binding Ribbon.

Have a wonderful Sunday!!