Friday, May 28, 2010

Layout #32

I love how this layout turned out! I don't know, I think it's the colours, or maybe it's my beautiful baby girl! This will be the third page of her first year calendar. I used a pattern from Reflections called Bottom Border - Title, and I subbed in some journaling for the third photo.

Supplies (all Close to My Heart): White Daisy cardstock, Classmate Alphabet and Chocolate Large Alphabet My Acrylix stamp sets, Exclusive Inks stamp pad in Black

Other: BoBunny and unknown patterned paper, Staz-On ink in Black, Creative Memories black pen
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Colour Me Monday

Jeannette Lynton, the founder of Close to My Heart, puts out a colour combo every Monday at her blog (see the link over in my sidebar) and she comes up with the most amazing projects to go along with each one. This week's combo was super tough for me. It was Autumn Terracotta, Garden Green, New England Ivy, and Crystal Blue. I almost gave up on it completely, but I perservered, and this is the result! I also used a sketch from over at 4x6 photo sketch blog. What do you think?

Supplies (all CTMH): White Daisy, Garden Green and Crystal Blue textured cardstock, Dazzling Die Cuts (letters and flowers), Exclusive Inks stamp pad in Crystal Blue, patterned paper (reverse side) from Boom-di-Ada Level 2 paper pack

Other: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Blue, Creative Memories pen, and unknown date stamp

P.S. - this is layout #32 of 120 for the year!
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Card for SPCC #49

I went to Smithers last weekend, and they actually have a scrapbooking store, so I bought some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. It was funny, we were just coming to the end of our trip, everyone else had bought themselves a treat except for poor li'l Mama, and so I dragged the whole troop into this store so I could "browse". Well, let me tell ya, it was the quickest browse ever, because I had the husband harping on me ("Here's some hockey paper, buy this so we can get outta here!") and my daughter making all sorts of suggestions ("Mommy, they have some pretty paper here!") and the baby wanted to be fed and my son wanted ice cream at DQ. I grabbed the Glimmer Mist and the ladies at the store actually complimented my husband ("Usually the men don't come in here!") and got the heck out before the you-know-what hit the fan! This is the first project I made with the Glimmer Mist, and it was a lot of fun! The colours for the SPCC colour challenge this week are: Green Galore, Only Orange, and Bermuda Bay, so I used as close as I had for this card. To make the flowers, I just misted some cardstock with water, crumpled 'em up and stuck 'em on there, and I had a leftover scrap of glitter paper that I thought would make some great grass. Ta dah, there you have it, a happy little card!

Supplies: Close to My Heart White Daisy card base, For Every Occasion My Acrylix stamp set, and Exclusive Inks stamp pad in Crystal Blue, Creative Memories orange cardstock, Versamark Ink, unknown clear embossing powder and twine, Doodlebug Designs lime green sugar coated cardstock, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Blue
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Pipe Dream (layout #31)

I've been doing a lot of scraplifting lately, but this layout is entirely my own! I've wanted to do a layout with these old passport photos for ages, but we are total nomads, so everything gets shuffled around and misplaced. I finally found all three pairs and kept them on my table until now. Thank goodness they're safe now! The story is just too funny. We really thought we were going to make a fresh start in Australia, without even any jobs to go to, which was just really far fetched and risky with a little baby. But it's funny to look back on this crazy dream of ours and see how far we've come as a family since then. Who knows, maybe one day, it'll happen!

Supplies: unknown cardstock, Scenic Route patterned paper, lined paper from my journal, Creative Memories green and orange fine tip pens, Sakura Jelly Roll white pen, Galaxy green bullet-point pen, Giggle Caps My Acrylix stamp set (Close to My Heart), Versamark Ink, and unknown clear embossing powder
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Layout #30

Just a quick post today - I feel like I have soooooo much to do around the house! This layout was inspired by one I saw in the July 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes, and I love how simple it was to put together. Two beautiful photos, a few patterned paper strips, staples and brads, a mixed media title (totally stolen from a magazine, only I can't remember which one!), some journaling, and I'm done!

Supplies (all CTMH): patterned paper from Animal Cookies Level 2 paper pack, Exclusive Inks marker in Tulip, brads, Delightful Alphabet My Acrylix stamp set, Exclusive Inks stamp pads in Tulip, Desert Sand, and Indian Corn Blue

Other: Creative Memories letter stickers, other letter stickers, and staples
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Layout #29

Here's a layout I finished the other day using Close to My Heart's Backcountry paper pack and stickers. I thought they worked perfectly with the theme of the page. The sketch is another one from 4x6 photo sketch blog. I'm really loving all the sketches there! This was our first family camping trip, and the kids were just so cute! Here's how Ailis fell asleep after one of our fishing jaunts.

Supplies (all CTMH): Backcountry Level 2 patterned paper and My Stickease, Giggle Caps My Acrylix stamp set, Exclusive Inks marker in Cocoa

Other: Versamark Ink, unknown clear embossing powder

Shoot, I just noticed I put 2010 instead of 2009! I'm going to change that right now!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Layout #28

This is a TOTAL case from a Creating Keepsakes layout. (Not sure which issue, sorry!) Anyway, it was a lot of fun because I used my sewing machine again, this time to make a grid for my stamped images, and also because I got to use almost all of the images from my Dream Big stamp set. Aren't they cute? (Brenna's not too bad, either!)

Supplies (all CTMH): Blush textured and Outdoor Denim cardstock, patterned paper from Backcountry Level 2 paper pack, Exclusive Inks stamp pad in Outdoor Denim, Dream Big My Acrylix stamp set, White Daisy Edge Anchors and Photo Hanger

Other: unknown date stamp and ribbon, Little Yellow Bicycle journaling spot
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shhhh, this card's a secret!

It's my 11th anniversary on Saturday, and so I decided to try a different style of card. I saw this type on Vicki Wizniuk's blog, and decided to give it a try, and I love it! First, I random stamped some White Daisy cardstock, and it looks really cool, so I'll have to think of a way to use up the remnants. I used Black textured cardstock from Close to My Heart, which is a lighter colour on the other side, which is why it is greyish on the inside. I cut the card base first, before I realized it would be grey on the inside, but I like that too. So now I just have to write something on the inside to my hubby. That will actually be the hard part!

I used turquoise, yellow and black as my colours to go with the Design Dollies colour challenge for this week. Thanks for the inspiration, Dollies!

Supplies (all CTMH): White Daisy and Black Textured cardstock, Hearthrob My Acrylix stamp set, Exclusive Inks stamp pads in Twilight, Creme Brulee, and Black

Other: trim by Bazzill
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kicking Horse (layout #27)

This was a trip I went on BK (Before Kids), so it must have been 2001 or something. I went white water rafting with a group of people I didn't really know. I've had the pictures forever, but I didn't really know what to do with them. There were so many, I wanted to include a whole bunch, but not do more than one layout. Then along came the Close to My Heart Flip Flap Memory Protectors. These are 4x6 pockets with their own adhesive flap, and I just stuck 2 of them right on top of my page protector. So this layout has 11 4x6 photos! How cool is that? (I apologize for the glare, but I had to keep the pages in their protectors so you could see how the flip flaps work.)

For this one, I used a page design from the Creating Keepsakes May/June 2010 edition and colours from last week's Design Dollies colour challenge (pink, orange, and cream). We went away this weekend, though, and I didn't get it posted in time. I wanted orange letters for my title, but didn't have stickers, so I embossed them with clear embossing powder and then cut them out with a craft knife. I really like how they turned out! I also stitched my ribbon on with my sewing machine - that is so much fun!

Supplies (all CTMH): Hollyhock and Colonial White cardstock, patterned paper (pink) from Boom-di-Ada Level 2 paper pack, Giggle Caps My Acrylix stamp set, Flip Flap Memory Protectors

Other: American Traditional Designs patterned paper, Versamark ink, Creative Memories pen, unknown clear embossing powder, ribbon, and orange patterned paper
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2 Design Dollies Challenges in One

I couldn't quite manage the Trifecta with this challenge, but I did incorporate 2 challenges in one layout. I loved the sketch this week, so I used that, and I also did the elements challenge, which was a first for me, and quite tricky. The project needed to have three different patterned papers, a tag, something lime green, a red ribbon, and an uncoloured stamped image. Whew, that was tough! 26 layouts down for 2010!

Supplies (all CTMH): patterned paper from Rough and Tumble, Tinkering, and Stardust Level 2 paper packs, Black cardstock, and Natural Hemp, Moments In Time My Acrylix stamp set

Other: unknown red ribbon, scalloped circles, "celebrate" stamp, and chipboard tag, Creative Memories pen, and Beary Patch patterned paper
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

First Ever Stitching on a Project!

I got a sewing machine for Christmas from my parents, and I've hardly had time to even look at it, but after I started making this card, I decided it needed some stitching on it. I started playing around with scraps, and then I went for it. Can you see it around the edge? The ribbon was a bit tricky, and it ended up a bit crooked, but still, I'm pretty stoked! Can't wait to stitch on more projects! I wonder if I'll ever use the machine to sew fabric? The cool jeweled flower is a bit that broke off of one of Ailis's hair doo-dads, and it's been floating around my house forever. It fit perfectly inside the rhinestone circle frame, which fit perfectly on a round chipboard piece I've had and forgotten about for at least 3 years! Don't you just love using up scraps?

As on the last post, I was playing with using bright colours with Kraft cardstock for a Design Dollies challenge. I also used a card pattern from the Card Patterns Sketch blog (#61), but I think I missed the deadline for that one. It was a nice simple sketch, just what I like.

Supplies (CTMH): Exclusive Inks stamp pad in Smokey Plum, Say It In Style My Acrylix stamp set, rhinestone circle frame

Other: unknown card base, pink and Kraft cardstock, orange paper, ribbon and chipboard piece, jeweled flower from hair thingey
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Design Dollies Colour Challenge

For the past three school years, I've taken photos of Nolan on the first day of school. It's pretty cool to see how much he's grown and changed, and even though the school year is almost over, I can still remember the excitement of that first day!

So this week's colour challenge at Design Dollies is to use Kraft with bright colours. I only had a few scraps of Kraft, and using them on this layout, I decided that I need to buy some more Kraft paper, because it is pretty cool. I probably would have used white instead if it weren't for this challenge, so I'm glad I got to try something out of the ordinary, at least for me. I totally cased this layout from one in an old Creating Keepsakes magazine, from July 2009. When I nurse in the middle of the night, I go through all my old mags for inspiration. How's that for multi-tasking? This is layout #25 of 120 for the year!

Supplies: patterned paper from CTMH's Animal Cookies Level 2 paper pack (blue stripe) and Karen Foster (alpha), unknown Kraft paper and ribbon, Sandylion stickers, and Creative Memories pen
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