Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I left you Friday with a layout before we headed out to Minneapolis and now I am coming back with another LO for you. This one I completed Sunday night for the weekly challenge at the Hero Club Blog. The challenge for the week was to create a window on your card or LO and I chose to create one on a layout. And to incorporate Hero Arts stamps, I stamped the window frame with flowers from the Clear Design: Four Dolls. I had the idea for this page late last week and believe me it was hard letting it sit in my head for the whole weekend before I could actually put the page together. I like the end result, but I may have changed the background cardstock color to help make the rest of the page pop more. I don't quite feel the pop with the current pinkish color. Oh well, in a bit of a time crunch for this one, but I will exhaust all options next time.
Stamp - Hero Arts
Flowers - Prima, Heidi Swapp
Flower bling - Hero Arts
Bird - Maya Road
Ink - Colorbox
Pen - Signo (white), Zig (black)
Other - Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cricut cartridge Keystone

Friday, March 27, 2009

Halloween Layout

I thought I would leave you here with another layout I created before we head off this weekend for Minneapolis. (The kids are so looking forward to this, should be quite the adventure.) Anyway, I know these pictures are from Halloween, but I'm sure you have caught on that I don't get my pictures scrapped on time. I don't feel I am very far behind though because my oldest pictures to scrap are from the fall. That isn't too bad considering how many pictures I take. Anyway I had an old kit from October from Scarlet Lime (awesome monthly kits) and the Halloween themed stuff in there was great and everything came from the kit to create this LO.

Products used:

Cardstock - Bazzill Basics Paper

Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket, American Crafts, Glitz Design

Owl - Maya Road (only thing not from this kit)

Stickers - Cosmo Cricket

Letter Stickers - Adornit

Journaling Card - Collage Press

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #1

I am so excited that Dawn McVey has started her own color challenge. I am always in awe of her creations and envious of how she can choose the best colors for all she makes. I hope I will be able to do all of her color challenges to come because I think they are going to be fun and very inspiring. Thanks, Dawn, for making this hobby more enjoyable.

Aren't these colors awesome? They look so vibrant and fresh. I kind of new right away how I wanted to use the colors but I did change a couple of things for the finished product. I had a stamped tree image with gemstones I was going to incorporate but decided on the flower instead. The flower gives the card more of a feminine touch and that is what I wanted to begin with. I hope you all like it and I hope I will be posting many of these challenges in the weeks to come.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Kristina Werner Color Inspiration #46

Hi all. I am back for another color inspiration and I am loving this weeks colors. I am always a fan of throwing in black with soft colors because it just makes everything pop. And it was the black that inspired this card that I made. I thought the black petals of the flower help it to stand out and draw your eye to the main focal point of the card, the flower itself. With it being spring now, all I can think about is flowers and I wanted to incorporate that into this card. Thanks for taking a look and I can't wait for next weeks color inspiration.
Products used: CS - Stampin Up!, Stamp - Hero Arts, Button - MME, 1 inch circle punch, Creative Memories, Scallop Circle punch - Stampin Up!, Scallop Border punch - Stampin Up!, Ink - Mementos, Ribbon - ?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

6th Grade

I knew I was forgetting to post a LO for you. I wanted to post this a few days after I posted Zach's school LO but I guess it slipped my mind. Anyway, here is Jordan's school LO. It is pretty simple but I still fuss and fret over everything that I put on my pages. So this page probably looks like it took only a half an hour or so, it really took over an hour, maybe even close to an hour and a half to fully complete. I love having my Cricut machine, it cut out the number 6 and the title for me. All I have to do is press a few buttons and it does all the work for me. Gotta love that!! I didn't do any journaling on the page, instead I listed all of his supplies for the school year. Much simpler for me and I like to go back and see how the lists change over the years.

Products used: CS - Bazzill, PP - BasicGrey, Pen - Zig, Cricut cartridge - Making the Grade & Teardrop, Glitter - Making Memories, Chipboard - ?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Here is the sledding album I told you about a couple of posts ago. This album was so simple and fun to do. Actually I really enjoy doing the mini albums because there is a lot less space to ponder over where to put pictures, embellishments, etc. The longest part to creating a mini album for me is picking the pictures and what order I want them to go in. What I really love about these albums is that I keep them in our living room for easy access and you can flip through them whenever you want to look at some pictures. How I decide to do mini albums is when I have a lot of pictures of one event. Sometimes it is too hard to narrow the pictures down to just a few so I decide to make a mini album to showcase all my favorite pictures of the day, holiday, special event, and so on.
Products used: Mini album - 7gypsies, CS - Bazzill, PP - October Afternoon, Rubon Snowflakes - October Afternoon, Snowflake with Brad - Making Memories, Crystal gems - Hero Arts

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Kristina Werner Inspiration Challenge #45

Here's another color challenge for this week. At first I thought this was going to be hard not having a real focal color pop out at me, but it ended up being pretty easy. When I saw these colors I instantly thought of classy, elegant, weddings, anniversaries, etc. I ran with those thoughts and created a card that can either be used as a wedding or anniversary card. Although this is not a color combo I would use a lot, I will be using more of this combo in the future for any cards I make to give them an elegant feel.
Products used: CS - Bazzill, PP - gcd Studios, Rubon sentiment - DCWV, Ribbon - Robert Stanley Collection, Pearls - Hero Arts, Adhesive - Tombow, Adhesive Foam Squares - Paper Studio

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mini Christmas Album

I got some mini albums about a month ago and I knew when I bought them what they were going to be used for. This one of course was going to be used for this Christmas album and the other one I bought was going to be used for a sledding album (I will show that one at a later date). Since I take so many pictures at Christmas time, I thought it would be better to put my favorite ones into a small album instead of making 4 or more 12X12 pages. It is just nice to keep a special holidays like this all on its own to easily go back to time and time again.

Products used: Album - Maya Road, PP - BasicGrey Wassail Collection, Journaling cards - October Afternoon, Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart, Scalloped punch - Stampin Up, Stickers - BasicGrey, Stamps(front page) - Stampin Up, Berry Brads and leaves - Making Memories, Ink - Staz On, Pen - Zig

Friday, March 6, 2009

Color Inspiration #44

This may be Kristina's 44th color inspiration challenge, but it is only my second post. I am addicted now and I truly hope I can keep doing all of these weekly challenges. It brings something new to the table for me and keeps me thinking and creating.

Colors for this week's inspiration.
Having one daughter among three sons, these colors are very appealing. I love anything that looks girly to me.

For this card I had some new Zing embossing powder by American Crafts that I wanted to use and I loved it. The color I used was rose and it worked perfectly for this week's colors. If you love heat embossing, it is worth it to pick up a bottle of their new powders, so many great ones to pick from.
Products used: CS - Stampin Up, Stamps - Stampin Up, Brad - Heidi Swapp, Ink - Colorbox, Scallop Punch - Fiskars, Dot embossing folder - Cuttlebug, Embossing powder - American Crafts, Ribbon - ?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Update on Color Challenge

Hi all. I just found out that Kristina Werner picked my card (post below this one) for the top 25 in the color challenge. I was so excited to see this. There were 200 cards made in total so I am truly honored because there were some great cards made. If you would like to see her post for the winners here is the link: http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/?p=874 My card is the middle one on the top. While you are there you might as well click on the other pictures to see the full view of the other cards created. There are some awesome cards, it is worth a peek.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Kristina Werner Color Challenge

I have finally decided to make a card for the Color Challenge by Kristina Werner. Actually I made a card one other time but this will be my first post for her challenge (I posted too late last time). It is so great to have the color inspiration like this because it helps you to look deeper into what you want to create. It can be a challenge sometimes to create something with this many colors hand picked for you, or should I say ones you didn't pick yourself. Thanks for the great challenge Kristina, I hope my creation lives up to it.

This is a photo of the colors we have to use for the challenge.

What fun! I hope I do this every week to keep my mind fresh with inspiration and beautiful colors. Hope you all have a great week.
Products used: CS - Stampin Up, Stamps - Stampin Up, Glitter glue - Stickles, Ribbon - American Crafts, Embossing Die - Cuttlebug

Sunday, March 1, 2009

3rd Grade

Here is a LO of Zach's first day of 3rd grade. I know that was back in August, but I just couldn't think of anything for his page. After you do umpteen zillion back to school layouts you lose a little creativity. When I lose fresh ideas for pages I like to turn to my Cricut diecut machine. I look over the cartidges I have to get some idea of what I would like on my page. And the funny thing is, I don't think I have put apples on any of my back to school pages yet. So there you go, an idea is formed. I paper pieced these apples. In case you don't know what that means, I first diecut the apple border in green, then in red and then in brown and after that is done, I cut the pieces how I like them and assemble them. Green was my background color, then I adhered the brown stems and finally I adhered the red apples. This way I show all the colors of the apple instead of cutting this apple border out in just one color (boring). For a little shine, I put some stickles glitter glue in the corners to make the apples look clean. Yum, appetizing. The LO turned out really simple, but I don't think it needs any more. And the list I wrote on the LO is the supply list for Zach's school year.

Products used: CS - Bazzill, PP - Sassafras & October Afternoon, Pen - Zig, Cricut Cartridge - Makin the Grade and Teardrop, Glitter glue - Stickles, Letter Stickers - ? (from Target $ spot)