Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A gift for my Dad - 16 x 16 framed layout for Scraptastic Club and Scrapfit

Boy do I ever feel like I have been absent from the blogging world!!  It's just been a few days... but as with all of you I'm sure, we had such a busy, yet very fulfilling Christmas holiday time!!
I have a fun layout to share with you today.  This is 16 x 16... which I have never done this big before.  I don't know if I've ever really seen this size??!!  I just knew that I had four 5 x 7 photos that I basically didn't want to take too much from when cropping.  When putting this all together, I just had to "Enlarge" my thought process.  :-) 
My Dad turned 65 this year... and as you can see from the pics, this guy is non-stop.  He is probably more active than most 25 year olds.  And not only is he active, but he is very successful at what he does... and I don't really see him slowing down anytime soon.  He gives me all kinds of inspiration.  So... I wanted to commemorate how unique he is from the majority.  My mom suggested... so I went with it.  And Thank you to Karen and Denise for your opinions on my title choices!!

I based my layout from a challenge over at Scraptatstic Club .  This is for the December Challenge #2.
You had to: 
Make a special page about 1 person.
With at least 4 pictures
And the person's name in the title 
I'm hoping to complete their 3 other challenges.  But thank you to them for pushing me in the right direction so far.

I am also entering this over at Scrapfit - Weekend warm-up 21.  Just link up one of your favorite layouts.  This is definitely at the top of my list!!

And... just another subtle reminder that over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges... we are into the 2nd week of our "Holiday Cheer" challenge #69.  We are having a DT call and we have a Giveaway!!  Woo hoo!!  LOTS of reasons to get your scrap on and show us what you got!!  Hope to see you!! 

Patterened paper from Bo Bunny
Cardstock from Stampin' Up - Basic Black. Soft Suede, Creamy caramel 
Random letter stickers for Title & "65" from K & Company
Journaling quote from computer plus star wire clip from stash
Large and Petite tag punch from Stampin' Up
Basic Black brads from Stampin' Up 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LMCB #69 "Holiday Cheer!", A Giveaway and a DT CALL !!!

Hello!!  You want to read this post... for there is ALOT going on over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges this week and next week!! 

First off we are having our last challenge for the year!  Show us what you see with this inspirational photo...  There is a fun sketch too... but you are not required to use it.
  And you have until the 31st to get your entries in!  Link up HERE.   
  We also have a little twist to add this challenge! In keeping with the Holiday Cheer, we're doing a Christmas Giveaway. How do you enter? Play along AND leave us a comment and tell us about one of your favorite Christmas memories and/or a favorite family tradition.  Here is the WONDERFUL giveaway from Wendy !!
What a great package of goodies!!  You can't win if you don't play!!

But WAIT... we have one more reason to play along for the next almost 2 weeks!! 
We are having a DT CALL!!  I have to say.. I HIGHLY encourage you to try out for this DT!  We are a fun bunch of gals.  Karen is such a fantastic blog organizer!!  Lots of  fun things coming your way for 2012 and most importantly... it is a fantastic way to get your photos on paper OFTEN!!
Here are all the specifics:

  1. This term is 6 mths - January to June 2012
  2. LAYOUTS ONLY please
  3. You will be required to join our Yahoo group which is where you'll find all upcoming challenges
  4. Comment on all DT member entries each week
  5. Comment on as many entries as you can
  6. Host at least one giveaway - whether it's from you or a sponsor you find
  7. Challenges run Sunday 8am EST to Saturday 9pm EST
  8. If you can't join a challenge, just please let us know, there's no stress here!!! We do ask that even if you can't make the challenge, that you post a link to our challenge that day on your personal blog
  9. HAVE FUN!!!
Okay everyone!!  So a LONGER running challenge, a GIVEAWAY if you play, and a DT CALL!!  Can't wait to see you join us... and good luck with it!

I'll be back a little later with my actual layout for this challenge.  Have a great day!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

PLG #10 - Inspirational Photo Challenge - "CHRISTMAS TREATS"

Happy Happy Thursday!  It's time for Paper Lovin' Gals Ch. #10!!!  10??  Really?  I feel like we are just getting started... but challenge number 10 has approached us.  If you haven't checked out this challenge blog yet, I highly suggest you do so.  This week there are some CUTE projects to show you from the Design Team based on the below photo!  So come see!!!!  And then we would LOVE to see yours!!

And here is mine...

Which I have to say... is another ADORABLE Card I made at a Stamp club with my neighbor!  So.. Yes I made this... but not my idea!  I love this color combo... and this is all Stampin' Up Products.  This is the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set.  (I must own!!) and the Snowburst embossing template and then Garden Green and Bashful Blue for the cardstock.  And then of course the glorious white satin ribbon.

I hope you all are having wonderful Holiday days!!  10 days until Christmas!!  So how appropriate... come join us for PLG #10!!  You can make any ol' project you like.. based on the inspirational photo.  Card, Scrapbook page, quilt, apron, wind chime, bake some goodies???  The list is endless!!
You have until Tuesday 12/20 @8pm PST to link up!!
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

LMCB #68 - "Winter Wonderland & Use Snowflakes" ... and a PRIZE!!!

Baby it's COLD outside!!  It has been cold enough to snow around here for that last 2 weeks... but no moisture in the air.  So just low temps, dry lips and frizzy hair!! ;-)  But I do have a layout to share with you for the newest Lasting Memories Layout Challenge #68.  This week's theme is "Winter Wonderland" and most importantly... we want to see those SNOWFLAKES!!

This is the first snowfall for us last year.  It happened right before Thanksgiving.  We only got about 3 1/2" total... but enough for the kids to get excited both at night and early the next morning!

AND... for this week's LMCB #68 challenge... there is a PRIZE to give away!  By little ol' me!!  So you must play with us this week!!  Two 6 x 6 mini decks of patterned paper from
"My Minds Eye" and "Cosmo Cricket."
You can enter as many times as you want.  If you submit 3 layouts, that is 3 chances to win!!  So get scrappin' and visit the wonderful Design Team and their creations to get your creative juices flowing!!  You have until Saturday, 12/17 @ 9pm EST to link up.

I am also entering my layout in the 1st of 3 sketches for the month of December over at Sketches in Thyme Thursday Takes #62.  I always enjoy their sketches.  And here is that sketch...
2 of my photos are horizontal, so I varied the sketch a bit to stretch across the page and to drop my journaling down below.

And... I am submitting this layout to the The Paper Variety's  anything goes challenge!!  It's their last challenge of the year.  So they are going out with a bang.  They will back in January with fun things to share.

Hope you can settle down from the hustle and bustle of the Holidays and join us this week... especially since I am helping Santa out a little early and giving away a prize!  Have a great week and see you soon!!

DSP and Embellies are all from Basic Grey "Nordic Holiday"
Letter stickers are from Reminisce and Stickopotamus
Cardstock is from Stampin' Up - Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Basic Black & Whisper White
Scalloped dotted ribbon from Stampin' Up

Thursday, December 8, 2011

PLG #9 - Photo Inspiration "Home for the Holidays"

It's Time for Paper Lovin' Gals challenge #9!!  What inspires you in the above photo??
Show us and link your creation HERE for PLG #9.

Happy Thursday all!  I absolutely LOVE this picture.  I had all intentions of doing a 2 page scrapbook spread... but ran out of time.  It's a busy week!!  But I can still attempt my layout.  So in the meantime, I am sharing with you another card that I completed over the weekend at a Stamp a Stack.  It's nice to have a neighbor that is now an SU Demo.  Creations and Ideas are flying between our doorsteps!!
My inspriration from the photo is the SNOW and the RED and White in general.   

Hope you can join us and show us your "Home for the Holidays" creations!  The Design Team had some awesome stuff to show you.  Go visit HERE.  Have a fabulous Day!!

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP (All SU)
Stamps:  Punch Pals (All SU)
Embellies:  Polka Dots embossing folder, scallop edge border punch, modern label punch, large oval punch, 1" square unch, Postage stamp punch, 1/8" taffeta ribbon in real red. (All SU)
Ink:  StazOn Black, Markers:  Black, real red, garden green, daffodil delight, pumokin pie (All SU)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lasting Memories Ch #67 - "Sentimental Journey" (12 x 12 x-mas Layout)

Good Sunday morning!  I am finally feeling like I've got my craft craving fulfilled!  2 creations in 2 days!  Yay!!  I'm in a Holly Jolly Christmas mood... so I hope you all don't mind seeing Holiday themed crafts for a while!!  Which brings me to share with you the next challenge for Lasting Memories Layout Challenges!!

LMCB #67  is all about sharing a favorite quote or sentiment on your layouts!!  Here is my layout to share... 
I honestly had never heard of this quote... but saw it and knew exactly the photos I could use with it.  It is so ever true!!  It reads... "Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."  I loved it!!  These are photos of the first year that BOTH kids could decorate the tree together.  This was 2 years ago.  They of course can only reach 4 feet high... so we had to do some "Moving around" when they were not looking or our tree would have been bery bottom heavy!!  I love the innocence and excitement that kids have with the tree!  I will never forget how I felt growing up!  The exact same!
Sooo... go check out what our fabulous Lasting Memories Design Team has to share with you for this week's challenge! 
I hope you can find time to come play with us!  All entries are due Saturday 12/10 at 9pm EST HERE!!  Hope to see you!!

CardstockSU Real Red, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, So Saffron.  Patterned paper from Me & My Big Ideas.
EmbelliesDotted Ribbon border punch (SU), Red/White Baker's Twine (SU), Holly Berry Bouquet button (SU), Dimensional stickers (Jolee's)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I'm Playing Catch Up - Paper Lovin' Gals Ch # 8 "Colorful Christmas"

Fa la la la la.. la la... la. la!  Whew!  Boy have the Holidays hit my house ever so hard this last week!!  Lots of shopping, decorating, tree hunting...and that's on top of normal life.  We've got house lights to string up and x-mas cards to get out in the mail.  I know it's only the beginning of December... but our calendar tends to fill up fast... so getting 'er done so I can enjoy the Holiday and keep crafting too!!  :-)  With that said... I am few days late sharing with you the next challenge for Paper Lovin' Gals.  It's a very bright and colorful christmas photo inspiration!!  Show us what you SEE in the above photo and link up to PLG #8 by Tuesday 12/6 at 8pm PST for your chance to be honored with being a "Winner" or 1 of 2 "Runners up."
Here's is my take on the photo...

It's a gift card holder for one of our recipients this year on Christmas Day.  The main cardstock is from Stampin' Up... Not Quite Navy.. .and the rest of the elements are from a Stampin' Up Retired Simply Scrappin' Kit.  I apologize.. I don't recall the stamp set.. for I borrowed it. 

Please go visit and check out what the wonderful PLG Design Team has to share with you.  So much inspritation!!
I hope you all find time to join us between now and TUESDAY 12/8 8pm PST!!!
Happy December!!