Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hey Bloggy Buddies!! ... need a Voting favor for a friend!! (Please)

Friday Mashup

Vote For your Favorite Theme for a challenge!!!

My bloggy buddy and fellow DT sister,  Michele, from Michele Hearts Paper submitted a theme idea for the Friday Mashup Blog and MADE THE TOP 4 with her idea!!

Now there is a voting poll in the top right corner of the The Friday Mashup Blog with hers being the

The Roses and Circles

It's pretty cute what her idea is... it would be called "Ring around the Rosie" and you would create a project with just roses or just circles or MASH it UP and create a roses with circles creation.

Would be so kind to take a minute and hop on over and cast your vote for the above theme??  
Voting closes tomorrow at 12 noon EST

Thanks all!!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lasting Memories Ch. 44 - "Recycle on your Layout" - Ferry Boat 12 x 12 Layout

Hi Gang!!!  This week at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges... we have a pretty simple Challenge for you.  Once I personally realized that I didn't have to wash Milk Cartons or Aluminum Cans to participate (Ha!)... I had all kinds of ideas pop into my head.. for really... I think I "Recycle" on almost every layout I create.  Recycle, Re-Use, Re-Purpose... this means... attack your never ending SCRAP stash, use those small ribbon pieces, ticket stubs from concerts, fronts of cards that were given to you... the list is really never ending!!
I think I need to RECYCLE the past couple of days :-)... for I am a little late submitting this.. but better late than never.
Here is what I came up with...

The recycled Aluminim Foil for the sunglasses...

Close-up of the journaling and the piece of Recycled String that I added...

Other than the Letter Stickers for the title and the photos themselves... I TRUELY recycled everything on this layout.  Every bit of paper used is from my scrap stash.  Even the background paper behind the pictures is left over from the "Congrats Card" I just made for Monday.  (Scroll down to see that post)

Mr. Sunshine is hand cut.  The rays are just strips cut the same size.  I got that idea from the August issue of Scrapbooks Etc. (on the cover).  The sunglasses are using the 1 1/4" and 1" circle punches.. then placing the foil behind.  (I'm pretty proud for thinking up that idea!!!)  The frame is hand cut.  The Water is punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch and the 1 3/4" circle punch is varying places to make it look like moving waves.  The clouds are punched with the regular size scallop circle punch and the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  The Life Buoy is from the "Life is a Beach" Cricut cartridge.
So... if I can do this... YOU CAN TOO!  Come join us over at LMCH CH 44 and show us your recycled layouts!!  The Design Team has all kinds of ideas to share with you as well. 
You have until Saturday 9:00pm EST to ENTER!!!

I am also entering this layout over at the Getting Scrappy Challenge 11 - Get Punchy!!  Well as you can see from above.. I used all kinds of punches.  You also need to include a Cricut or SVG cut somewhere on the layout. (Life Buoy)

And finally... I am joining the Linking Party over at You had me at craft - Made it myself Mondays where you can link up with others and have fun sharing your stuff and visiting some new friends!!

Thanks so much for sticking with me through this longer than usual post!  :-)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Picture Perfect Creations Ch. #63 - A CONGRATS card that almost wasn't...

The colors for the PPC 63 color combo challenge really jumped out at me this week.  It's that glorious Poppy Parade that gives me smiles.  I immediately had an idea for a 4th of July creation... but had second thoughts when I didn't think I should substitute the traditional "Blue" with Basic Grey.  So my little stars are taking on a new meaning for a well deserved Congratulations card.

And the Color Combo...

Come on over to PPC and show us what you can do with these colors.  If 4th of July crosses your mind... then go for it!!  :-)  I still may on a different project.  As usual, the Design Team has some fun ideas to share with you!  Lots of wonderful inspiration.
Hope to see you!  And remember... any kind of crafty creation, paper or not, is allowed.  Just use these colors. It's also your chance to earn a fun "Winner or Runner-up" badge for your blog to show off to your friends!!  So why not?? 

Supplies:  Mostly Stampin' Up
Cardstock:  Poppy Parade, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Poppy Parade DSP
Stamps:  Happy Greetings
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Basic Black, White gel pen
Embellies:  5/8" Basic Grey satin ribbon, white brads, Decorative XL punch, Large Oval punch, 1 1/4" square punch
Cricut:  George and Basic Shapes (Stars)

Monday, June 20, 2011

PPC-CC Specialty Challenge #7 - Photo Inspiration!! Friendship Card.

Good Morning Monday!!  I hope everyone celebrated Father's Day with a special Dad, Husband, Son, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather or a good friend yesterday!!!  Even though there are days we may think we can live without the guys in our lives... we really can't!!  :-)

It's time for a SPECIALTY CHALLENGE #7 at Picture Perfect Creations...crafty challenges!!! What do you see in this photo??  The colors, flowers, teapot, teacup??  Let us know by showing us what you can create!! 
And here is my inspired Card...

Whether it be a paper or non-paper project... come on over and join us!!  Would love to see what you all come up with!!  The Design Team has some very fun creative things to share with you as well!! 
I  used an older sketch from Inkspirations 65 - Where you can see my matching "Thanks a Latte" card HERE.
Thanks for stopping by to visit!!
CardstockSU Pear Pizzaz, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pawsitively Prints DSP
StampsMy Time Made Easy - On Display
Embellies: SU Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Neutrals Collection brads, scallop border punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, Circle Cutter from Creative memories

Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Count Your Blessings" - Lasting Memories Challenge 43!!

Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day!!  Today (and all this week) at Lasting Memories we have a photo inspiration challenge for you to try!  I think these are the easiest challenges.. for you can take the content, the colors, the meaning... just about anything that inspires you from this photo to create a layout and play along with us!!  Here is the photo...

Here is my take...

I used the colors for my inspiration and the simple fact that these two little "Blessings" are here and thriving in a big part because of their Daddy!!  Just a simple reminder to remember the very simple things in life and "ALWAYS COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS"... both big and small!!!
Hope you find some time to join us this week at Lasting Memories.  Stop by and check out what the talented DT has to share!!  We all did a different take from the inpsiring photo.  It's fun to see how we all think a little different. 
Submit your layout for a chance to earn an "I Was Featured" or "I Made the Top 3" badge to proudly display on your blog!  (Some weeks we do have prizes.. you just need to keep visiting to find out.)  :-)
Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Supplies:  All Stampin' Up

Cardstock:  Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Jersey Shore DSP
Stamps:  Whimsical Numbers, Well Worn Alpha, Quirky Alpha
Other:  1/4" grosgrain white ribbon

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Reminder and MORE GOODIES added to "Chick n' Scrap's" Blog Candy!!

Hey Friend and Followers!!!  In case you missed it the first time around... check out the top right corner of my blog for a Chance to win a HUGE pack of prizes over  with Jessica at Chick n' Scrap.
The above picture is EVEN MORE goodies to win because she surpassed 350 followers.  Now she is just 2 away from 400.. with the potential for goodies to be added to the already big stack!!

All you have to do is be a follower and leave her a comment on her post at the top of her blog with your contact info in case you win!
She will choose the lucky winner on June 17th.

Want another chance to win?
~~Post about this giveaway on your blog and link it back to Jessica's blog.
~~Put her giveaway on your sidebar and link it back to her blog
Make sure you leave her a comment for each entry
~~Want another chance??...send a new follower over to her blog and have them comment that I sent you.
So.. if you do all the above... including saying that I (Michele F. - Scrappin' Fish) sent you... that is 4 chances to win!!
Good luck!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

PPC-CC 62 - Cheery Friendship Card

Good Morning!!  It's time for the next Color Combo Challenge at Picture Perfect Creations - Ch #62.  It's a bright and cheery and Springy!!!  I love these colors!!
Here is what I created...

Here is the color combo...

I followed the Mojo Monday 194 sketch as my guide.. .but didn't enter it.  But.. gosh.. as most of you know if you ever need a sketch idea... I love all of theirs.

Hope you find some time to join us this week.  Check out what the DT created over at PPC.  As usual.. lots of inspiration and wonderful ideas!!
Thanks for visiting!!

Supplies:  All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted
Cardstock:  Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red DSP and Daffodil Delight DSP, Whisper White
Stamps:  Punch Bunch
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Garden Green
Embellies:  Sweet Stitches big designer buttons, Bakers Twine, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, 2 3/8 scallop circle punch, scallop circle punch, scallop border punch, 1" circle punch, white gel pen, basic pearls

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lasting Memories Layout Ch. 42 - Create your own background using a punch!!

Hello friends!!  Today I am excited to share with you my layout for our next Lasting Memories Layout CH 42  that is happening right now!!  We were asked to create our own background using a punch!  I decided to make a "Scene" with my punches for my Hiking Wallace Falls layout.

The clouds are punched with the scallop circle punch from Stampin' Up and then cut in half.  I outlined the puffy part of the clouds with a brown marker to highlight them a little better.
The Trees are punched with the Double Photo Corner punch from Stampin' Up and then layered on top of eachother to create the "Tree top." 
Left Page (Closer view)...

Right Page (Closer view)...

Everything else is cut by hand with paper cutter, craft blade etc.  I had alot of fun puting this together.  Normally, I would go right for my Cricut on something like this... but thinking outside the box and using punches was great.

I am also entering my layout into the "Fun In the Sun Ch." 9 over at Whimsical Wednesday .  Besides showing "Fun in the Sun", you also have to include STAMPING on your layout.  I have a couple stamps above and below 2 of the photos.  "Way to go" and "Bee Happy." 

Believe it or not... this was an almost 80 degree day.  We headed for the Trees, Hills and the Falls!  Our first hike with our kids that we didn't have to worry about Baby packs, Jogger strollers or complaining.  :-)  Lots of water, snacks and stops to check out everything around us.  They made it 4 1/2 miles to the Mid-Falls point. We will wait a few years for the trek to the top.  It's another 4 miles one way and very steep switchbacks.
All in all a fun accomplishing day and I am happy to share with you.

Head on over to LASTING MEMORIES and show us what you can do with a punch on your background paper!!  The Design Team has some wonderful ideas to show you!!
You have until Saturday, June 18th 9:00pm EST to enter our challenge!!
Thanks for visiting!!!

Cardstock: SU Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Woodlawn Walk DSP (the 1 inch strip)
Stamps:  Picture This (Stampin' Up Hostess) I would like to thank Ashley over at All I Create for this fun set that I won!!
EmbelliesSU Hodge Podge Hardware, K & Company Alpha Woodgrain stickers, atd My Momenta vibrant alpha stickers,  SU Scallop circle punch, double photo corner punch
InkSU Chocolate Chip, Really Rust

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wonderful 300 follower giveaway over at Chick n' Scrap!!


Hey Friends!!
HUGE 300 Follower Give Away with Jessica over at Chick n' Scrap .  There are 4 ways to win! 
  1. Become a Follower of Chick n' Scrap
  2. Post about the Giveaway in a new Blog Post with a link back to her blog.
  3. Post about the Giveaway on your Side Bar with a link to her blog.
  4. Tell a Friend to visit, have them become a follower and have them say WHO sent them.
Make sure you leave a comment for each entry on her "Giveaway" post.

For any of my Friends/Followers that decide to follow Jessica at Chick n' Scrap, please tell her that I sent you. (Thanks)

I highly Recommend that you check out Jessica's work.  I have been following her from the start.  Not only are her projects very cute... but what intrigued me the most is that she started her blog to challenge herself to create and post something crafty each and every day!!  She has done it thus far!!  Even multiple posts in one day.  She is a very inspirational blogger buddy!!
You will not be sorry for visiting!

Monday, June 6, 2011

PPC-CC 61 - Thank you Card

Gosh these weeks sure do seem to go fast!!  We have had some really nice weather the last few days... so not inside much.  It's about time!!
It's Monday again... which means it is time for another color combo challenge from Picture Perfect Creations...crafty challenges.  These colors stumped me.  I had an idea to scrap a Hiking Layout... but couldn't get the pictures to print the way I wanted them.  So when in doubt... use flowers for anything and I am always needing Thank You cards.  So with that said... here is what I came up with.

Here is the color combo...

I was able to use these colors to a tee... except I did not have "Cajun Craze" INK... so you see ** "Really Rust" as my substitute.  Pretty darn close.  (You are welcome to do the same.  Use substitutes when necessary.) And remember... Andy kind of crafty project welcome!! 
I would love to see what you come up with this week.  Grab a cup of coffee and head on over to the PPC Challenge Blog for challenge # 61.  The DT's have done it again with their wonderful creations!!
Hope to see you!!
Have a wonderful Monday!!

All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Really Rust **(See note above in post)
Stamps:  Short and Sweet, Goody Goody Gumdrops
Embellies:  Subtles Brads, Earth Elements Brads, 5/8" grosgrain Certainly Celery ribbon, 5/8" Whisper White Satin ribbbon, Scallop border punch, eyelet border punch, modern label punch