Sunday, February 20, 2011

Boo! Layout

Happy Halloween! Alright, so I'm a little behind on my scrap booking, but who isn't?! So after all those projects with pink and hearts, I've moved to black and orange. I'm trying to "up" my layouts and learn new ideas and techniques, so I used a layout mat from a great book called 'Imagine' by Jeannette R. Lynton. I highly recommend this book to new and intermediate scrappers. And I love it even more because all the designs are for two-page layouts! Now, that's not easy to find.

So, the background papers are basically the same as they were laid out in the book. Of course I picked my own paper and patterns, which are from the Fancy Pants 'Alice In Wonderland' collection, My Mind's Eye "Boo To You' and Papertrey Ink. Then I added my own embellishments die cuts and stitching.

One thing about this layout that I really like is the tree which actually is on both pages. I got the tree from the Mini Monsters cricut cartridge and used my Gypsy to increase the size...what do you think? 'Boo!' is from 'Mini Monsters' as well.

Left page. I heat embossed a Unity Stamp with some black embossing powder from Tim Holtz. I think it added some nice dimension and texture to the page. The journal pocket is a die cut from Papertrey Ink.

Right page. A new idea that I used on both pages of this layout was to add some eyelets to the pictures and then tie a piece of ribbon to them. The ribbon is from Stampin'Up!

Here's a close-up of the heat embossed stamp. Isn't it cool!

Of course there are plenty of buttons on this layout (Stampin'Up!) along with twine from (PTI).

All in all I'm happy with the end result. I'm hoping to continue learning and growing, so stay tuned as I promise to share everything I learn with you. And perhaps you'll learn something along with me, or just see something cool you'd like to try. Either way, thanks for stopping by. I'll see you back here soon.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you are having a wonderful day! I have to admit Valentine's Day is not my favorite holiday and pink is not a color I use very often, but this year, well who know why, but I've used a lot of pink and created a lot of Valentine's Day projects. My Valentine this year is my handsome, perfect and incredibly intelligent 5 y.o. nephew, Micah. If you've ever been to my blog before I'm sure you've seen him since he's usually the center of all my layouts! If not, there's a picture of him on the left sidebar.

I've been making goodie bags for my nephew, to take to his Kindergarten classmates during each holiday this year, so of course Valentine's Day is no exception. I went super simple this time and used the pillow box from 'Wrap It Up' along with a circle punch, heart punch and some inexpensive ribbon I found at Michael's.

Here's a picture of a few of the boxes.

And then we thought it would be nice to make a little something for Micah's teacher as well. I picked up a few of these $1 mailboxes from Target and thought I'd decorate one for her. I used Martha Stewart's Valentine's Day paper pack to cover my mailbox. The pink ribbon is Papertrey Ink along with the flower dies and pink button. I used the Tim Holtz 'Paper Rosette' die and topped it with a heart shaped Martha Stewart punch. I think it turned out really beautifully and I hope she enjoys it. Of course I put a few little treats inside for her as well!

This mailbox is for my nephew. Red is his favorite color, mine as well, so I focused primarily on the colors red and black. The pattern paper is Bo Bunny 'Crush Collection' and the black cardstock is Bazzil. The red ribbon is PTI, as is the die cut. The hearts are from the MS punch and I used a circle punch as well. The "love" stamp was in the dollar bin at Michael's and I used red embossing paper to make it sparkle. I think it turned out really fun and not too girly, lol. I know he's going to like it and that's the most important part.

I hope you have a wonderful day and are surrounded by people who love you, because really that's what we should focus on today. I truly appreciate every one of you who takes the time to stop by my blog, and as always, I hope you like what you see and perhaps find some inspirations along the way. Thank you!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Holy cow another post!

I blame it all on Papertrey Ink (PTI). They keep having these contests with the most amazing prizes, and you only have 2 days to get them see where I'm going. It's also fun because I'm trying new techniques and getting fresh ideas.

The challenge on Friday was to "Think Big". Make a project that incorporates something mega-sized! I don't have a lot of stamps so what could I do to make the stamp look bigger?...make the card smaller, lol.

I used the cricut cartridge 'Tags, Bags, Boxes and More' to cut this tag envelope. It's great because it can hold a little note or space to journal for a scrapbook layout in the back. I cut 2 matching tags, sized them slightly smaller, to use as a layer and one to write my message on and slip inside. The die cut, stamp, twine and button are all from PTI.

I decided to add the red button because I'm going to use this tag envelope as a little Valentine for my Dad. Oh, how sweet! Could you ask for a better daughter?...let's not really ask, lol!

Thanks to those of you who have stopped by to look at all my posts this week. I appreciate your support and encouraging comments.

3 Birds With One Stone

It's almost Valentine's Day... and this week I managed to design one card that I'm going to submit to 3 different challenges! I'm pretty excited about it.

Challenge #1-Throwback Thursday at My Creative Time
  • Emma challenged us to create a project using the 'Wild Card Cartridge'- the card base and layers can both be found on that cartridge.
Challenge #2-Scrappy Mom's Terrific Tuesday Challenge
  • For this challenge we were asked to create a project using 'Simply Charmed'-the "LoveBug" and all her layers are from this cartridge.
Challenge #3-Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge 45
  • Here's the sketch we were given to work with, which I used to design my card.

On the inside of my card I used a $1 stamp from Michael's and a second heart that I cut out from the 'Simply Charmed' cartridge.

I almost forgot to mention that my adorable love bug is on an Action Wobble. She's too cute when she's shaking her "thang"!

  • Bazzil textured cardstock for the base of the card, cut at 5-inches
  • Pattern Paper-Bo Bunny 'Crush Collection'
  • Solid Cardstock-Papertrey Ink
  • Love Bug-'Simply Charmed' Cricut cartridge, cut at 2.75-inches
  • Circular layers cut at 5.82-inches (sized on my Gypsy)
  • "Love"-stamp from Papertrey Ink and embossed in red
  • Vintage Crinkle Ribbon in Scarlet Red from My Craft Spot
  • Peachy Keen Stamps-Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. I'll see you back here tomorrow with a couple of Valentine's Day projects.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Papertrey Ink-Make It Mondays

Hello. As most of you know if you've spent any time at my blog, I love Papertrey Ink (PTI)! And this week I've already shared a few cards I created for some wonderful challenges they have going on, you can see there blog here. Well, they are starting a new weekly challenge called 'Make It Mondays' where the designers will share new techniques or favorite things and then ask us to create our own version.

This week we were challenged to create a "Go-To Sentiment" card. Isn't that a great idea?! Well what better card to have on hand than a birthday card, in fact I really could have used one last week! Since I'm still building my collection of stamps and learning about this whole card-making hobby, I decided to keep it small.

This card is 4 x 4-inches. I used PTI fine linen cardstock and ribbon as well as Harvest Gold pattern paper from PTI 'Distressed Dots' paper pack. The sentiments are from several different PTI sets, all related to birthdays of course!

I'm really looking forward to seeing what else this wonderful company has in store for us this year. If you want to see this particular challenge go here and join the fun, or stop by next Monday for a new challenge.

As always thanks for visiting my small piece of the blog world. On Sunday/Monday I'll have some Valentine's Day goodies to share with you. Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Papertrey Ink Color Challenge

Hello. Here is my second entry for Papertrey Inks Color Challenge. This time I decided to use Maile's favorite color combination which is kraft, fine linen, lavender moon and harvest gold. The card she created is below.

I challenged myself to keep this card simple and understated. I'm so used to using bright colors and patterns, so this is a change, but I like the way it turned out. And this is the second card with no cricut! Crazy.

All of the supplies are from Papertrey Ink, except the embossing folder which is Sissix. Oh and I used a Martha Stewart heart punch.

Thanks for stopping by, see you back here soon.

Papertrey Ink Color Challenge

If you haven't heard Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 4 year anniversary! They are generously giving away some amazing prizes. Honestly I was hesitant about submitting a project because there are so many amazingly talented women, but I made a decision this year to put myself out there more. I really want to improve and becoming more active in contests seems like a great way to get my foot in the door.

Here's the challenge: Today we are issuing a special color challenge. Each of our talented Design Team members selected their favorite Papertrey color scheme to work with above. Your challenge is to pick one (or two, or three or ALL of them!) to work with.

I chose to use Lisa Johnson's favorite color combination of pure poppy, kraft, spring rain and vintage cream. All of the supplies are PTI, except the pattern paper with is Fancy Pants 'Wishful Thinking'.

I hope you enjoy this card. Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Challenge Entries

Hey bloggies! I wanted to share a couple of projects I completed for two different challenges. The first one is Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #44 with a twist you can see the sketch on their site. The twist is to use monochromatic colors, as well as white or black as needed.

Well of course I knew I had to include a peachy face, so then what? I recently purchased a flower die from Papertrey Ink (PTI) and decided it was time to pull it out. All of the paper and ribbon is rasberry fizz from PTI as well. The punch is by Martha Stewart and the adorable peachy face is from the 'Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment' absolute must have! I found the Valentine stamp in the dollar bin at Michael's and used some white embossing powder to add a little extra dimension. To make the card a little extra special I added an Action Wobble to my flower, so fun!

I think the card turned out pretty well. This is my first submission in a Peachy Challenge.

Next up I created a project for the Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge. We were asked to use at least 4 Cricut cuts and include something edible in the design. I found this fantastic scepter box on the 'Life's A Party' cartridge and knew I had to make one. I cut the box and all the layers at 10-inches. The paper is a combination of Martha Stewart, BoBunny and PTI. I inked all the edges of my cuts with Rose Red Memento Ink. The stamp I chose is one that is included in a Martha Stewart punch. I also embossed it with white embossing powder and I love how it pops on the red cardstock. The ribbon I found at Michael's in the holiday section.

I really hope you enjoyed these projects and may even find some inspiration to start your own Valentine projects and maybe even put yourself out there and enter some challenges. Thanks so much for stopping by! As always I love your comments and support. Take care!

Spring Layout

Hello SassyLady friends, this is Kate from Sassy and Scrappy. I bought the Mother's Day solutions cartridge a couple weeks ago and decided I HAD to use it. I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed by the variety of flowers, but they seem to all mix and match really well. I also used some ribbon from my fellow Design Team member Kimberly at My Craft Spot and I absolutely love it. And no, she didn't pay me to say that, lol. In fact, I didn't even mention who I was when I placed my order. So check her ribbon out here!

I started by trimming my blue patterned paper to 11 x 11-inches and gluing the center down to the white 12 x 12-inch paper. I didn't apply adhesive close to the edges of the blue paper to avoid "gumming" up my sewing machine.

Next up were the flowers. I picked 4 different flowers and cut 19 varying sizes. Here they are before being layered and embellished.
After layering the flowers I decided to add glitter. I used liquid craft glue and used my paintbrush to apply the glue to the edges of the flowers. I applied the glue fairly liberally and to each layer of the flower. Then I sprinkled the flower with some Martha Stewart glitter. Of course, you could always use Stickles as well.
And here's the end result. I think the flower looks "sugared" now. Isn't it fun!

Next up was some tearing. I know it's not easy to tear pretty paper, but you should give it a try at least once. It's kind of therapeutic, actually! I hold the paper down with my left hand and tear with my right. That way I can control how much of the paper is torn.

The next step was adding ribbon. I used a small amount of removable adhesive, it applies small dots and definitely disperses less glue, which I figured was a little safer for my sewing machine. I didn't adhere the ribbon straight down, hopefully you can see the folding in the picture below.

And here's what it looks like now, I really love how it turned out. As you can see in the picture below, I also inked the edges of my torn paper.

Next I started assembling my layout. Here is a fun close-up of some of the flowers and my journal tag.

I wanted to keep the layouts pretty simple on these 2 pages because I didn't want to have too much going on. I didn't want to detract from the pictures (to be added in the future) or the flowers. Here's the left page, with a little journal tag tucked into the flowers.

Right page. I love how the flowers add so much dimension, and the little worm is just adorable.

  • Cardstock-Bazzil (white)
  • Pattern Paper-Fancy Pants 'Wishful Thinking'
  • Bird-'Simply Charmed' cut at 2.25-inches
  • Worm-'April Showers' cut at 2-inches
  • Tree-'April Showers' cut at 8.50-inches
  • "SPRING" banner-'April Showers' cut at 2.5-inches
  • Flowers-'Mother's Day Bouquet' cut at 1.25, 1.5, 1.75 and 2-inches
  • Buttons-Papertrey Ink
  • Ribbon-My Craft Spot (Denim)
  • Buttons-Papertrey Ink
  • Peachy Keen Stamps-'Character Face Parts' and 'Wide Eyed Kids'
  • Journal Tag-Die Cut from Papertrey Ink
I had a lot of fun putting this layout together and I hope it gives you some ideas and inspiration. As always, thank you Sheila for letting me share my work on your blog. I hope you'll come visit me at Sassy and Scrappy for more projects and fun.