Friday, July 18, 2014

Button, button ...

Who's got the button(s)? That's the question asked by the third July challenge at the Scraptastic Club blog.  This week's challenge is to use buttons on a project. I dug out my "button jar" and added a few to this layout:

Each year, the Quad Cities Botanical Center in Rock Island, IL., hosts the Flamingo Follies. Local artisans take pink plastic lawn flamingos and turn them into wondrous creatures. This one was a fabulous play on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover and was my favorite. My mom and I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the gardens, viewing the 75 or so flamingo creations and enjoying the new children's garden.

This layout also will be featured on the "Potluck Friday" challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. We have a new challenge each day, Monday through Friday. Every completed challenge earns you one entry into the prize drawing at the end of the month. Come on over and join in the fun as we celebrate "TV SHOWS" through July 31!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's July .....

... and that means new challenges on the Scraptastic Club blog! I'm loving the July "Either Way" kit and add-on with its bright colors and playful patterns.

The first July challenge called for using natural elements. I used a burlap heart, arrow and star, as well as some burlap-patterned alphabet stickers:

The second challenge included using a BIG photo. This photo of granddaughter Anna, taken by a Disney photographer at Disney World, was perfect for the challenge. Again, I used the Either Way kit and add-on:

Speaking of challenges, the Cookin' Up Creations forum has added some new challenge categories to its weekday "Blue Plate Special" challenges. We now have Meatloaf Monday (recipe challenge), Taco Tuesday (sketch challenge) Soup of the Day Wednesday (scraplift challenge), Take Out Thursday (a focus challenge) and Potluck Friday (using your stash). Each completed challenge earns you an entry into the monthly Dessert Tray prize drawing. So come on over and join in the fun!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Featured on the Citrus Twist blog!

Citrus Twist Kits owner Trina Craig introduced some new weekly features on the Citrus Twist Blog this month, including Wednesday's "A View From Our Gallery". I am proud and excited that my layout with the June 29 sketch, was chosen as the first layout to be highlighted!

This is the layout, using the June Citrus Twist kit:

Citrus Twist posts a sketch by Kasia each Sunday; scrappers have until the following Saturday night to post their layouts. Each week, there's a random prize drawing for a $5 gift certificate from among the members who posted layouts. I love Kasia's sketches, and I also enjoy winning those certificates to put toward kit "extras". And their kits are always amazing. 

I went back to my April Citrus Twist kit for this layout, which is dear to my heart because it's in memory of my brother-in-law, who died in May 2013, and his wife, who died last month. They were one of the most devoted couples I've ever met and both left us way too soon. I've always loved this photo of them with their beloved border collie, and it's how I want to remember them.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two more Scraptastic challenges ...

... and another fun sketch from Susan Stringfellow! I loved the big sun motif and the circles in this month's sketch challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog.

My son and his fiancee recently enjoyed a trip to sunny Mexico; and I couldn't resist snagging a few photos from Facebook. (Honestly, that's the only way I get photos of these kids sometimes!) I still had some papers from last July's Rock Lobster kit, which seemed appropriate for the photos. I also had a piece of yellow dotted paper from an even older kit, which made a perfect sun:

I cut the sun, circle, banner and little palm trees with Cricut files. The alphas were from some my stash, also.

I also completed the second challenge on the Scraptastic blog, which was to use punches. I need a birthday card for my grandson who is turning 9 next week, so I dove into the Daylight kit and pulled a few punches.

I made the frame for the shaker box using a 2 inch square punch. I punched the square, then cut the paper around it to the size I wanted for the frame. The little button at the left actually took a scalloped circle, 1 inch circle and 1/2 inch circle punch, along with that cute little froggy punch from the Target bargin bins. I used a notebook edge border punch for the bottom.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For the love of Disney ....

I love scrapping Disney park photos, even when they're not my own! So far, I've scrapped some of my own from a trip in 2012, as well as photos from trips by both my daughters and their famliles. I never grow tired of Disney!

In May, my youngest daughter and six-year-old granddaughter enjoyed a "Mommy and Me" trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, leaving Daddy and two-year-old brother at home. They came back with some delightful photos that have kept me scrapping for the past month, with the promise of much more Disney scrapping fun.

This one is for the June 12 challenge on the Scraptastic Club' s blog to use a "feminine" kit for a "masculine" project or vice versa. I had thought of the May Daylight kit, with its blues, greens, and yellows, as a kit to use for scrapping boys. However, there were a few B sides of papers with flowers and tiny dots; I used those to scrap this photo of my daughter and granddaughter meeting Ferb of "Phineas and Ferb".

When I saw this photo that my daughter had embellished with the Hollywood Studios border, I thought of old postcards from my childhood. The postcards usually said "Wish you were here" on the back, so I chose that for my title. I used the May kit from Citrus Twist kits and a sketch from the CT blog.

The June Citrus Twist sketch and another sketch from the CT blog (Kasia is a wonderful sketch artist!) inspired this layout with my granddaughter meeting Sofia the First, a Disney Junior character. The patchwork effect was inspired by a layout created by design team member Gina Rodgers.

The June "Best Day of My Life" kit from Scraptastic inspired two more Disney layouts (so far). The girly colors and some added embellishments were perfect with the photos! A sketch by Alda Stevens of Flying Unicorn inspired the first one. I made the watercolor background by scribbling with water based markers onto an acrylic block, spritzing lightly with water and allowing some of it to run off, then "stamping" on the paper. 

This one was inspired by a layout from design team member Carol Monson:

Scraptastic design team member Sherri Funk used her Cameo to cut a design into her background paper, then backed it with patterned paper; so I scraplifted her idea for this layout using the April "Worth Wondering" kit and add on. The dinosaurs and volcano are cut files from the Silhouette Online Store; the title is from Paper Piecings by Nikki. This is out of my usual style, but so much fun! 

And because I hadn't done a two-pager in a while, I found a sketch by Susan Stringfellow and used the November kit from Citrus Twist Kits. My daughter took these pictures at the Perfectly Princess Tea, hosted by Aurora and Rose Petal of "Sleeping Beauty" fame. The little guests received a tiara, necklace, bracelet and other gifts, including that beautiful 18-inch doll. Everything was served on pretty china, and each guest received one on one time with Aurora. As expected, this was a highlight of their trip. 

As expected, there are many more Disney photos from this trip to scrap. My scrap room also is full of kits and products just begging to be put to use, so I should be in Disney mode for some time to come.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day! 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thinking in Three's!

The  latest challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog is to use embellishments and elements in groups of three. I used the January "Baby It's Cold Outside" kit from Scraptastic with a few extra things from my stash, along with a sketch from Susan Stringfellow, to create this layout:

I used three clouds (cut with my Silhouette Cameo), three wood veneer snowflakes and three teal "pearl" dots. This will also be the example for my upcoming challenge on March 19 at Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbooking Forum. This month we're "MAD ABOUT SKETCHES", and we're thrilled that Susan graciously gave us permission to use 25 of her sketches for our challenges. The cute music flair button is from Joyful Moose Etsy shop, the prize sponsor for March. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Another Scraptastic challenge!

Scraptastic kicked off its March challenges last week with Nathalie's Tic Tac Toe board. I chose the combination of using yellow, two different alphas and wood veneers. I used a sketch by Susan Stringfellow of SketchSavvy and the March Scraptastic "Lost in My Mind" kit. This is my youngest granddaughter scrapbooking; she takes it very seriously!

The buttons, glue die cut rosette and wood veneer bird were from my stash of leftover embellishments from past kits. 

Also completed so far in March:

We're celebrating "MAD ABOUT SKETCHES" all month long at Cookin' Up Creations, with challenges featuring sketches by Susan Stringfellow! I used this fantastic double-page sketch with the February main kit and add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits to commemorate my oldest graanddaughter's 16th birthday last weekend.

 The beautiful flairs are from the Joyful Moose Studio:

I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist blog and the February main and add-on kits for this layout. Felt almost like a bad grandma for snapping that bottom photo before we helped him out of his "questionable situation"!

This, too, was created using a Citrus Twist sketch and the February kit and add-on. Another grandson, another humorous situation:

I love the look of sunbursts on layouts but always hated the work of cutting them out on my own. I found this one in the Silhouette Studio store; it's actually held together by a center circle (hidden behind my photo). All I had to do was trim a little bit and glue down.  

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!