Saturday, November 30, 2013

Scrapbook Circle Challenge #65... My Life this Year

I started getting Scrapbook Circle Club kits last month, and I have to say I've been really creative since starting my subscription. I really like the mix they include and they have challenges up on their blog that I am LOVING. Their kits come with exclusive stamps every month, and this month the challenge was to use the "Thankful For" stamp that came in the kit. All the supplies on this layout except the sequins which were in my stash (*cough laying out on the table*cough) and I put together this layout. 

I am SO HAPPY with how this turned out! and to think it all started with that little circular stamped image.

I know you've seen another layout recently with those Basic Grey Feathers, but to me, when something like that comes in a kit, a supply that I've already bought and used, that just means I'm getting the right kits for me :). I think you'll see them on another project or two, I have some left from the package that I bought, I put all the ones from the kit on this layout. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that cloud paper... yumalicious! 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #70, Take 2!

I am definately enjoying the Polka Dot Lawnscaping Challenge!
I pulled out my Creative Girl paper pad by Cosmo Cricket and then used the Happy Hanukkah set from Lawn Fawn. Oh yes, There are some sprays from Tattered Angels and some Distress Paint in Pewter. LOVE that stuff! I sprayed some crepe paper and used it under the sentiment banner. LOVE using crepe paper in my crafting. This is my favorite Hanukkah card so far this year!
It also has just a couple of peeks of glitter tape because I'm practically obsessed with the stuff right now! OH.... that polka dotty circle paper... it came out of the Simple Surfaces paper pad by Cosmo Cricket, I almost forgot to let you know! Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Paper Smooches Challenge November 18-24!

I'm getting in just under the wire for this challenge, mostly because I had to clean up my craft table to find space to make a card! I'm using my Scrapbook Circle November Kit for this because Therewas paper in there that was perfect for the challenge.

This week was a Cool Shades Challenge and here are the colors:

Here's my card:

I love paper piecing this little gnome, he just makes me smile! I used my copics for coloring his clothes and beard (um and skin). The papers and 3x4 cards came from the kit, that scrap of doily and the tag were just on my desk. I love how this little card turned out. Thanks so much for looking!

Have you played along with one of these challenges lately??? 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #70, Take 1!

I adore the polkadot/ star snowy background from the Let it Snow set of Lawn Fawn Stamps. So when I saw Challenge #70 was Polka Dots I couldn't resist making a card from this set, and since I needed some on hand I also used the Happy Hanukkah set.
I used a kraft cardbase that I had on hand, Some fine White embossing powder from Inkadinkadoo, some paper from the new Cosmo Cricket Creative Girl 8x8 paper pad, some scraps of a piece of paper from Glitz Design's Yours Truly Collection and two Wilton brand doilies. I stamped the Menorah in Spice Tin colored Ink (Jenni Bowling for Ranger Dye Ink) and then filled in the flames with gold stickles. I also brushed around the edges of the doily with the ink and REALLY swiped the inkpad on the doily I layered underneath the first one.
This card is fairly simple, I then stamped Happy Hanukkah on a scrap of the Glitz Design paper and embossed, then cut the flag end and adhered it to my card. That background is simply one of my favorties. I think it's so fun and versatile!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Decorating...Hanukkah!

This year I decided the front door needed a hand made wreath... I have been trying to use up stuff in my stash, AND I haven't made a start to finish video for you in a while, so I decided to make one about the wreath. Please to enjoy!

Still photo of wreath:

Thanks for taking a look, and if you liked the video please comment, rate and subscribe!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Do You Realize?

I seriously love the Glitter Girl Video Series over at the TwoPeas youtube channel!
This week's episode #96, had a challenge that included using a sketch for a layout. I thought this sketch would be perfect for a layout about my going to see Flaming Lips this year with a friend of mine at the Merriweather Pavillion. All things I had never done before:
Gone to MD for a concert.
Gone to Merriweather Pavillion.
Seen the Flaming Lips live.

So much fun...

Here is the LO:

I combined Cut and Paste by Amy Tan with some Wild and Free by Glitz Design and Recorded by Allison Kreft, my fav new thing which is Glitter Tape by American Crafts and some REALLY OLD THICKERS that I am so excited to use. Some various sequins and Art Anthology Mists and boom, I'm done :). I did use a photo collage rather than two 4x6 photos as shown in the sketch and I did turn the sketch on it's side but I love all the movement and color, it really brings to mind everything that was happening on stage in the concert!

Thanks so much and I can't wait for you to see the projects I have in mind for this week. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Simple Card with a Standout Sentiment

I was so inspired by Lawnscaping Challenge #69 that I made yet another card that could have fit this category. It was too late to enter, but I still wanted to share:

I guess you can tell I was in a hurry to take this pic as well....
I don't know what it is about working the closing shift that makes me so much more tired than opening, anyway it's Saturday and it is a working Saturday for me, I have a layout in a partially put together from a sketch stage staring at me on the table and I know I'll finish it over this weekend and this card here has inspired some more that are just bubbling away inside my head so I'm going to be very crafty on my days off I feel. 

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beautiful Living City

When I first started scrapbooking in 2008 I subbed to a kit club. It was called Bad Girls and it was completely AWESOME and inspiring. It really helped me learn to do whatever I want on a page or in a minibook because basically the designers there used anything they liked and found inspiring and the kits included found objects and antique ribbons, etc.... Fast forward through them shutting down and me moving and I finally decided I might like to try out another kit club. Mostly because sometimes you get things in kits you might not normally buy on their own and for the fab mix of products picked out for you to work together. Also sometimes I am crippled because I can't just buy every single thing I want right now! Um, and this helps :).
After googling kit clubs I found the October 2013 kit at Scrapbook Circle and signed up for a 2 month membership. My favortie thing right now is that I am CRUSHING this kit! I have made three layouts so far and have my fourth planned and I think after the fourth I will have just some bits and bobs to add to my stash, the papers in this kit were to die for. Here was my first and second... now for the third:

I used the sketch challenge from Scrapbook Circle for November for the creation of this LO. That rainbow paper from Glitz Design's Wild and free collection makes me so happy! There is journalling on the LO so don't think I skimped on you ;). I'm not sure I ever would have gotten any of those ADORABLE little Allison Kreft bags without getting them in the kit but I love how it looks peeking out from behind my freehand half circle. And I am loving those Canvas stickers from Pink Paislee.

What have you been making lately?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

One Year Ago

(Post written 11/11/13)
I moved to Virginia from Memphis, TN one year ago today. That move was one of the most significant things I have ever done. I am a very happy person. To celebrate I spent my morning scrapping a couple of layouts. One I wanted to just do a lot of journalling about how I feel about the move. The photo in this layout is recent. Made when I went to see the Flaming Lips in concert in Maryland. There are some leaves that I cut freehand from scraps of Glitz Design papers and I did use one sheet of shiny silver Bazzil cardstock for a couple of them. I used papers from Wild and Free by Glitz Design, stickers from Cashmere Dame, Yours Truly and Wild and Free by Glitz Design. I also used a Paper Layer from the Yours Truly collection.
Here is a closeup of those feathers... I am SO PLEASED with the way they turned out! All of the paper (except the cardstock and paper layers) came out of the October 3013 kit over at Scrapbook Circle.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #69 ... #2

So I just had to make at least one more card for this week's Lawnscaping challenge! This week's challenge is about letting Sentiments Shine!

I pulled out a bunch of stamp sets: Sweet Christmas; Let it Snow and  Yeti, Set, Go. The background papers are Glitz Design from the Vintage Blue 6x6 pad and Yours Truly. Some American Crafts Glitter Tape and the bling was just left over from another project and was laying on my table... the yard was in packaging from an order I had placed with Lawn Fawn. The card base is just a plain kraft card base that I inked up with a calender type stamp from Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters Stamp set.

Here's the Card I created:

I accented with some burgandy stickles! LOVE glitter that doesn't rub off ;).

Have a great day!

Lawnscaping Challenge #69... #1

I am really inspired as of late and I'm wondering, is it the time of year... the colors of the fall and the changes in the leaves and sky are just awesome right now and I am just really really into getting scrappy right now. I am REALLY missing my scrappy friends from Memphis as a big group of them are getting scrappy in AK this weekend and I SO wish I could have joined them.

Anyway, I have my first entry into this challenge. I know I will have at least one more entry as I was inspired while making THIS card to make another one :).

My background paper is Glitz designs, from the vintage blue 6x6 pad and my navy blue paper is a scrap left over from the glitz yours truly collection. I LOVE that navy blue and I'm almost out :(.

The challenge this week is a SENTIMENT challenge. I used the Say Cheese; Yeti, Set, Go; Let it Snow; and Making Frosty friends for this card. Oh, and if you haven't tried Glitter Tape from American Crafts, you NEED to!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hugs and Kisses, You and Me, Always and Forever

This is what my table looked like at 8am Thursday morning :). I had pulled out supplies to make a minibook that I needed to have ready before I left for work.

I needed a gift for a non-scrapping friend so I dug through my bag of goodies from the yardsale I went to at Scrapbooks Plus. That bag is where I found the covers. They are Teresa Collins bracket shaped book covers and 4x6 photo sleeves by bind it all. I covered the outside of the covers in a sheet of 12x12 paper from Yours Truly, the inside of the covers are covered with some Glitz Paper Layers, then I used embossing powder to edge the book covers. I used Stickers and elements from the Yours Truly collection to lightly decorate the photo sleeves because the person I'm gifting the book to isn't a scrapbooker. I inserted papers from the Vintage Blue 6x6 paperpad into the photo sleeves. I LOVE how this book turned out... oh and to boot I decorated a recycled brown bag with a tag decorated with some leftover stickers and some lace from my stash. I was in a rush to work so my pic of the bag is terrible... but my book, I took the time to make a video so you could see it's cuteness :).

Here's the quick shot of the bag... too bad I had to go to work ;)

Thanks so much for looking and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge take 2 Nov 4-10

The Challenge this week over at Paper Smooches is TREND WATCH.

Here is the Inspiration photo:

I loved the idea of taking a sentiment and making diagonal stripes across with it. So I pulled out some supplies, heavy on the ink this time and made this card.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Paper Smooches Sparks November 4010 Challenge

This week's challenge over at Paper Smooches Sparks is a TREND WATCH:

Here's the inspiration photo:

And here is my take:

They are also having a DT call right now so if you like their stamps, why don't you apply... I know I am ;)

Eighteen and a High School Graduate

More pictures from my 18th birthday/high school graduation. I hardly ever make a two page layout, but I didn't really feel like these pictures needed tons more layouts for the rest of the story, so I borrowed the idea of photostacks from Heidi Swapp and finished them out.

I am in love with the Persimmon collection from Basic Grey right now. I bought it a few weeks ago and I think there are four pieces of whole paper left and very few scraps. I have made three pages so far with it and none of them fall or Halloween.  I think these two work well together to be side by side in an album. I made a video so you could take a look at the photostacks, they are so simple, and I really have a good amount of journalling on these layouts.

Here are some closeups from each page:

And here is the video so you can see the photostacks close up:

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and have a look. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Flashback... to 18.

So to start the month of being thankful off right, I'm going to post this layout that I made using Basic Grey products from Capture (um look at that awesome acetate film wheel) and also Persimmon. My LSS Scrapbooks Plus had 1 Persimmon kit left and I grabbed it up! I LOVE the colors in this line (um they are all my high school and fav college football team colors. I have some photos from my 20th HS reunion that I think I might scrap with this line as well.
So this is me, at 18. I graduated on my 18th birthday and I so wanted to stop time and stay in high school. I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and I felt like things were moving so fast. I love those bg feathers. They come in paper, metallic paper which is thick and canvas with prints from the line added. I added one Thicker in that awesome gold foam and some sprinkling of Heidi Swapp Colorshine spray in Gold Lame' (YUM).