Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The One with the Wedding Invitations

As promised, I am back to share the invitations that my soon to be Sister-In-Law and I worked on and put together on Saturday:

And a peek at the inside:

We were inspired by this beautiful invitation on Pinterest:
But I love the way Josh and Amanda's turned out even better! She chose a beautiful champagne shimmer on ivory paisley for the card base, with a shimmer vellum top page, I helped her pick out a beautiful green sheer ribbon, and she picked a gorgeous bronze/ivory shimmer paisley cardstock for the "G" monogram. I cut out the "G"s with my Cricut expression and Tie the Knot cartridge at 2", and set the paper size and Auto fill, and let my machine do its cutting magic! Still love my Cricut! We used my Crop a Dile and Fiskars trimmer to cut and punch several at a time, and they came together pretty quickly! Thanks to Amanda, (who chose the gorgeous materials from our local JoAnn's) we had such a fun afternoon making something beautiful!
My brother and his gorgeous fiancee:
If you would like to see more of the engagement photo shoot I did for them, it's on my Photography blog here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Couple Of Pages for Creative Scrappers

I think I have made pages for all of the sketches this month(except the one that just posted yesterday)! Wow!
Sketch 190:
 The layout I made:

A Closer Look at the flowers and bling flourish:

And Sketch 191:
My layout, "Snow Friends",

 A closer look at my handmade flowers-I made these with hand cut scraps of the sheer ribbon from my January Counterfeit kits, and snowflake button centers:
 And my chipboard snowpeople-I put these together from my ancient stash, and dressed them up with Pebbles glitter dots, buttons, and Glossy Accents:

Thanks for dropping by-come back tomorrow for a peek at the wedding invites I helped my SIL-to be make this past weekend!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Santa's Lap

This week, we were challenged by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge:

Challenge #3: Confetti Challenge - use confetti on a project!
So, I used sketch#192 from Creative Scrappers:
To make this page: 

A closer look at my "confetti", circles,and bits from the chipboard and stickers in my January Kits:

Papers are Basic Grey and Lily Bee, journaling spot from Master Forgers swap, vellum envelope, chipboard Thickers, black Maya Road rub-ons, printed journaling strips,Fancy Pants stickers, a Basic Grey Little Black Dress canvas circle, a tag that I inked, and a red gem Recollections brad.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Christmas Joy ( And Farewell to Another Sketch Site)

I was saddened to read that another of my favorite sketch blogs would be saying farewell-PencilLines has been a favorite of mine for several years now. But I do understand how life moves on and takes you in different directions. They will be missed, however!
Here is the sketch that I chose, #264:

My Layout:

I have gotten several older Christmas pictures scrapped with that huge Christmas kit I put together, YAY!
Background and die cut papers are from the Lily Bee Christmas Town collection, sheer ribbon, candy cane and presents layered stickers from WM clearance, green ribbon and journaling spot from our Master Forger's swap, Christmas tree and "Joy" rub-ons by Facy Pants, and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Snow Angels

When I was little, one of my favorite things to do when it snowed was to make "Snow Angels" (and Snow Cream!yum!) My kiddos aren't too different-they love the same things! I took a card sketch from Simon Says Stamp, and loosely followed it to make this page:
My layout:

Supplies I used were all from my January kits:
Basic Grey Blitzen "Jack Frost", Bazzil Tawny cardstock, the blue and white "medallion" , I fussy cut from the GCD Studios Sofisticated Frost paper, large chipboard snowflake, white paper doily, Tim Holtz tissue tape, Jolee's letter stickers, and some ancient white letter stickers from my stash, and a Scenic Route journaling spot.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sparkle and Shine

I love using sparkly scrapbook supplies, it suits my girly side very much!! So, when The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog gave us this challenge,
Challenge #2: Glitter Challenge: Find some fun ways to add some sparkle to your project. Or just blow some glitter around your room and call it a day.
I had no problem!
I used this sketch from Creative Craft World:

And here is what I came up with:

For the sparkly bits-the flower is edged with Stickles, it has a gem center, and the letter stickers for the title "Beauty" are nice and sparkly in real life. You can see the kits these goodies came from here:
Love these pictures of my mom and little sis!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Releases at The ScrapCake

I have been watching all of the new releases coming out, and one of the companies that I am watching is doing a giveaway! Check out the gorgeous new collections released by The ScrapCake:
"My Private Happiness" is my favorite, but I love the soft, muted tones of "One Moment In Time", too!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter Wonderland

I made a layout for the current Elle's Studio Sketch:
My Layout:

A close-up of the adorable little Maya Road Velvet Posie, twine, and chipboard bit:

All the supplies I used were from my January kits:
Lily Bee paper, black/gray paisley print, stamped canvas piece from our Master Forger's swap, Fancy Pants Rub-ons, Pink Paislee Mistables trim, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type, twine, chipboard, Maya Road Velvet Posie, Pebbles Aqua Glitter Candy Dots, and an Elle's Studio jounaling card that I included in my Digi Add-on from this set:

Awesome Blog candy!

Over at http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com/. Check it out!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sketchy Thursdays *Last one!

I was saddened last week to see that this is the last Sketchy Thursdays sketch. I have so enjoyed playing along with this fun blog, and being inspired by the terrific sketches! I had to play along with them this week, and say farewell!
Here is the sketch:

My Layout based on this sketch, "Love":

A Close-up Of my Embellishment cluster:

When I saw the sketch, I was immediately reminded of the "Love" paper by MME in my January kit. I chose another photo of my husband and myself from our honeymoon (almost 10 years ago), and I added red cardstock for the photo mat, a heart shaped doily that I inked with Barn Door Distress Ink, and layered with a button tied with twine, a Maya Road Vintage Trinket, and black lace from the Little Black Dress kit from Scraptastic Club.

Friday, January 13, 2012


That is what I thought this morning when I saw the new challenge on the CKCB blog this morning! You see, they didn't tell us (the DT) that they were going to give this challenge, but I was just getting ready to post a layout for it anyway! They challenged us to use this sketch from Creative Scrappers:

And I created this layout for the sketch:
 A Closer look at the detail:

Most supplies I used were from my "Cozy Cabin In The Snow" kit, and a few were pulled from my "Christmas Memories" kit, and I added in a few bits from my scrap paper file. I love the combination of blue and red for a snow layout!I cut the huge snowflake into 2 pieces to make them "bleed" off of the page, and I made the white snow flakes on the blue patterned paper stand out a little extra with extra dots from the white glitter Thickers I used for the title.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Case Closed!

For today's layout, I played along with a fantasic and fun new color challenge with a twist:
CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

It is such an interesting and unique twist on a color combo challenge! I love it!
My layout:
I had the colors in my "Cozy Christmas" kit already, so this was a great way to use them! Evidence I included:bow and lacy (the snowflake under the rosette) element. For the Testimony:I journaled a rhyme on a tag.
Patterned paper is Basic Grey, die cut paper is from Target $1 spot, die cut tag and snowflake using my Cricut and SCAL, red&white twine, green and black ribbon, and my favorite element is the rosette I received in a 2 Peas swap:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Your Special Day

Today's layout is another from my stack of pages that I completed last week. I started with this month's sketch from Artful Delight:

I also took inspiration from the Paper Variety:

My Layout:

What could be better for a runway inspired challenge than this yummy Basic Grey Little Black Dress Collection (from Scraptastic Club's Little Black Dress Kit)? For the "kiss of color" this lovely light aqua swirl paper and embellished stick pins from my January "Cozy Cabin kit", and I layered aqua and white flowers with a decorative brad for the center.
If you would like to see more about the "Something Blue Bridal Shower" I threw for my little sis with lots of handmade/paper crafted touches, I blogged about it here:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Forever Love...

Just sharing a layout that I created this past weekend, using the current sketch at Sketchy Thursdays, and combining it with my current Pinterest Inspired Challenge at Sketches 4 All.
The Sketch:

The Inspiration from the Pinterest Inspired Challenge:

And, last, but not least my layout:

And a close-up look at the little details that make a layout special:

I love this photo taken of my hubby and me on our honeymoon, we looked sooo young! The supplies I used: Background is Crate Paper, Bazzill cardstock, red Recollections pearl brads, Petaloo velvet flower, felt heart accent I received in a 2Peas swap, white paper doilies, Heidi Grace Chipboard stickers, red and white twine, journaling spot from Meridy in our recent Master Forger swap. This layout actually came together pretty quickly, thanks to my January kits!The only thing I had to add was the felt accent!
If you are inspired by my Pinterest Challenge, please come play along at Sketches 4 All!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sketch Challenge at Sketches 4 All

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend! I did! I had some time to myself to scrap this past weekend, and it was such a treat! I have to say, this month's Counterfeit Kit really seems to suit my style, because I am really enjoying scrapping with it, and the pages just seem to flow so easily! The page I am sharing with you today is one that I did for a sketch challenge over at Sketches 4 All .

The sketch:
(Isn't it gorgeous?)

My Layout:
 A Close-up of my embellishment cluster:

Everything I used for this layout came from my January Counterfeit Kits. The background, photo mat and paper strip under the Mistables trim is Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper, along with a piece of diecut paper from Target's $1 spot, and I added a piece of light green swirl print paper tilted under the photo mat. The snowflakes were cut from a transparency, using my Cricut E and SCAL (still love what my baby does for me ;-) ), and then I dabbed it with a pearl paint dabber to make it stand out. The title is made up of Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Stickers and Basic Grey letter stickers, which outlined with a thin black Sharpie pen to make them stand out. For my embellishment cluster, I covered a large white chipboard snowflake with glue, then silver mica flake, used a ZVA crystal swirl, then layered the glittered snowflake with light blue chipboard snowflakes, an embellished button, and a little eskimo girl from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Chip Sticker pack. I added a pink "ticket style" journaling spot, some {crooked} hand-journaling, and I was finished! I have to say, that since I had that moment of self-discovery when I was sharing my favorite layouts from last year, it feels a bit easier to scrap! I don't feel like I am "wandering without a map"-I know my style now, and what I like in a finished layout, so it helps me to make decisions much more easily as I am putting my pages together. I have been inspired to find my style ever since I read about how Melissa found her style-and it was refreshing to find mine!

Now that you've seen my take on the sketch, won't you come and play along for a chance to win a 6x6 Echo Park Happy Days paper pad&Thickers? And while you're there, check out our guest design team call for February?

Friday, January 6, 2012

It's Time to Counterfeit Again!

Yay! One of my favorite parts of the month!! Yesterday, The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog shared the new kit for us to be inspired by, and today, the Master Forgers are having a blog hop to share our kits with you!
The kit club that they chose for our inspiration this month was http://www.cocoadaisy.com/, and we had some FANTASTIC kits to be inspired by! Here are the Cocoa Daisy kits:
Amber Snowflake:
 Cocoa and Marshmallows:
 Frosty Windowpane:
 Sunshine and Snowflakes:
 Merry And Bright:
I was very inspired, especially by the color palette-I loved the cool blues and the warm yellows and golds, with some black cream and brown thrown in to make it feel more vintage.
Here is my Main kit for January, "Cozy Cabin In The Snow":
Papers :
Basic Grey Blitzen "Jack Frost"
3 Double Sided patterned papers from GCD Studios Sophisticated Frost paper pack
1 sheet yellow/gray borders from DCWV Lemon Flower stack
Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe "Books" (back shown)
My Mind's Eye Lost&Found Market Street "Love" Beautiful
MME Lost&Found Portabello Rd "Buddies" Perfect
MME Lost&Found Portabello Rd "Families" First Class
The Paper Studio Joyous Greetings Snowflakes
MME Lost&Found Union Square "Home Sweet Home" Love
Lily Bee Christmas Town "Night Divine"
Basic Grey Origins "Mud Mask"
Lily Bee Christmas Town "Santa's Workshop" (back)
brown houndstooth pattern paper
Lily Bee This&That Brooch
MME Colorful Christmas "Bright Stripes" (back)
DCWV Lemon Flower yellow lattice and gray/black gloss paisley
Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Dew Drops"
The Paper Studio small polka dot black and gold
Anna Griffin yellow gold geometric print
Tim Holtz Embossed Resist Kraft dictionary page
Lily Bee This&That "Teacup"(back)
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses "Rooftop" (back)

Basic Grey letter stickers
Jolee's Bling letter stickers
Pink Paislee Mistables trim
various sizes paper doilies
3 rolls sheer wide ribbon from WM's clearance aisles
MAMBI embellished cardstock letters
May RD Vintage Trinkets
Handmade vintage stick pins I received in our Master Forger's Christmas swap (thanks, Meridy, they're BEAUTIFUL!)
Handmade rosette
Flower and pinwheel from 2Peas swaps
silver mica flake
Pebbles Glitter Candy Dots
chipboard snowflakes
ZVA Creative bling flourishes
die cut tags
hand dyed "Sunshine Yellow" and "French Vanilla" shabby seam binding
black pipe cleaner

And I have so many christmas supplies, and haven't even started scrapping pictures from Christmas Day yet, (and it's so much fun to make up these kits!) so I went ahead and made myself another Christmas kit .
My kit, "Christmas Memories":

Black and Gray paisley
Red and Cream Damask print
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses "Thin Ice"
3 die cut papers from a Target $1 spot pack
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses "Peppermint Twist"
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses "Evergreen"
Lily Bee Christmas Town "Town Tree"
MME Holiday Damask
The Paper Studio "Jolly Holiday"
The Paper Studio "Christmas Gingham"
light green swirl
The Paper Studio "Christmas Tree Polka"
Lily Bee Christmas Town "Christmas Window"
Lily Bee Christmas Town "Sleigh Ride"
Lily Bee Christmas Town "City Sidewalks"
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses "Finial" (back)
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses "Reindeer Games"
MME Colorful Christmas "Winter Wonderland" (back)
Light green with berry branches
Dark red vintage christmas collage print

Lily Bee Christmas Town Die-cut frames
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses letter stickers
Pink Paislee Father Christmas punch-outs
die-cut envelopes, kraft, and vellum-red,white,and green
4pkgs Holiday Time Christmas Embellies fromWM clearance aisle
Maya Rd black rub-on letters
Partially used sheets-dark red chipboard Thickers, Tiny Type Alpha stickers
6"die-cut shimmer vellum snowflake
Martha Stewart fabric covered brads
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Chip Stickers
Fancy Pants Tradition rub ons and stickers
mini banner, pinwheel, and rosettes from 2 Peas swaps
2 sheets Scenic Route journaling spots, Recollections red gem/pearl brads, stamped canvas squares, kraft journaling spots, red,green,and brown baker's twine bundle, pkg of leaves and christmas ribbons, and embellished buttons (all from our Master Forger's Christmas Swap)
Maya Road Velvet Posies
red and tan gingham ribbon
2 cream colored crochet trims
Tim Holtz tissue tapes
2 sets of stamps by Inkadinkado: Folk Christmas and Holiday Expressions

And I pulled a few digi supplies and stamps into a folder to use if needed:

And, since I was lucky enough to win a gift card to Scraptastic Club, I purchased one of last month's kits, Little Black Dress, which I will also be using this month (cheating, I know, but I saw several of the same things in  one of the inspiration kits, so you know I have to use it!):

Now, Here is the list of blogs for you to hop to for more great kits and inspiration!! Your next stop is Milissa!

Guest Designer: Van Nguyen http://likethecar.blogspot.com/
Margie http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com/ *YOU ARE HERE*