Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Paper Variety - Challenge #61

Good Wednesday morning. And Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I hope everyone has a wonderful time with family and friends during this holiday. All of the kids will be over for dinner tomorrow, then I leave with Willie for a huge agility trial in Springfield, MA this weekend. Should be lots of fun, with lots of things to see.

It's time for the new challenge at The Paper Variety. And we have a very versatile prize this week. A random participant will receive a $20 gift card to an online store of her choice. How fun is that?

The challenge this week is a photo challenge. There are so many options with this photo - the colors, leaves, nature. Make sure to let us know what the inspiration was for your project.

I created a card using the colors and leaves. I just loved the colors and really had to go with that.

I hope you will join us this week and let the photo inspire you to create.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #36

Good Sunday morning. We have been having great weather this weekend on the east coast. I hope everyone is enjoying some relaxation and family time.

It's time to for the new challenge at Birthday Sundaes. We have a great sponsor this week too. Karen's Doodles is our sponsor. Be sure to check out the awesome images she has. One lucky participant will get 3 digital images of her choice.

Our challenge this week is to use old, neglected stash. Karen provided the design team with 3 images to choose from to use on our projects for this challenge. I chose Bigsby with a gift.

The only item that is not from old stash on this card is the kraft card base. The patterned paper is from at least 4 or 5 years ago. The white card stock was in my drawer of white cardstock scraps. And the yellow and red cardstock are from my stash of colored cardstock. This was a really fun card to put together.

Be sure to check out the great cards the rest of the design team created. I hope you will visit your old stash and share with us a new creation using some old products.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pet Palooza

Today was the 24 Hour Challenge at Scrappin'-n-Chattin'. Everyone who would like to play posts 3 collections we have. The host, April, then chooses 3 different sketches and picks out who will decide for whom what collection to use and which sketch to base a layout on. My friend Ashley chose for me.

I used Echo Park's A Walk In The Park Collection and SnC's Sketch #1, which is from Got Sketch, #132.

It was a great sketch to work with. All of April's selections were awesome. And here is what I came up with:

I used some photos from May of this year when I got to meet my friend Kristie in real life. It was an awesome day and so great to meet Kristie, Mike and Amber.

I am also entering this page into this week's challenge at Lasting Memories. The challenge is to hide your journaling. I have a tag connected to the ribbons on the right side of the photo spot. I wrote some details about the day on it. I am also entering this layout into this week's Frosted Design's Fabulous Friday challenge which is to include die cuts on the project. I used the die cut swirl and some flowers from the EP kit and I cut the piece for the title from the Elegant Edges cartridge.

Thanks for looking...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lola Loves Harley

I had to create my 52 Weeks Challenge layout tonight. I'm finding that the week after trials, I have hard time getting my layout done early. So I had it planned out in my mind, and put it together tonight.

I loved the sketch at Sketches in Thyme from November 10th. So I had to use it....

I used only papers from the Home is Where the Heart Is, Mind's Eye collection. I really love the wonderful colors in this collection. I am using this layout as my entry into the Masking challenge at Scrappin'-n-Chattin'. I cut the dog's paw from the Paper Pups cartridge and sponged over it with an orange ink pad.

The page is all about how Lola really loves Harley. The journaling explains how she was an only child for most of her life. Then Lukie, Katie and I invaded her life. She accepted all of us, but she really didn't fall in love with Luke and Katie. Then we got Harley. She wasn't sure about him at first, but he won her over. Lola and Harley have a special relationship. She only loves him. She accepted Willie and Tessa, but she doesn't go out of her way to be nice to them.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #35

Happy Sunday. I hope that everyone is enjoying some down time. We are away at a trial this weekend, so not much relaxing.

Being Sunday, it's time for the new challenge at Birthday Sundaes. We have a very interesting challenge this week. The challenge is to create a birthday card, with a birthday sentiment on the front, and include a tree on your card.

To create my card I used my Echo Park A Walk In The Park collections, both my 6x6 and 12x12 collections.

This card was so much fun to put together. Check out the creative cards the design team created with trees. I hope you will get creative too, and share with us your card this week.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quality Daddy Time

Happy Wednesday everyone. I hope your week is flying by and that you have some scrappy plans for the weekend.

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Variety. This week's challenge is all about family. Create a paper project that includes a family member title or the word family.

And we have an awesome prize for this week's random winner - Echo Park's Winter Park collection kit!!!! I am soooo jealous.

I created a layout for my project this week. I followed this month's monthly sketch at Scrappin'-n-Chattin' to create my page. This sketch was created by my friend Theresa. She is such a wonderful sketch designer.

As I scroll through photos when choosing a what to scrap, I always stop at these photos of the doggies napping with Stew. They sure know their job.

I hope you will join us this week at TPV. Hop on over there and check out the awesome family projects the design team came up with.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Little Sweetie

I really wanted to get a layout in for the challenge at Paper Lovin' Gals. The inspirational photo has some wonderful colors and shapes.

I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Then the colors sparked an idea, which led to me check out how much of my Basic Grey Olivia collection I had left.

Well, I had enough, but what subject? I wanted to find a 1 photo sketch. Under pressure, since PLG contest ends tonight, I couldn't remember a lot of sites to check for sketches. I found that Sketches in Thyme posted the new members of their design team today. In the post was the sketch that was used for the dt call. I loved it.

And the subject for a girly line of paper - why Tessa of course.

I played off the colors and the circles in the inspiration photo. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

In Character

I really wanted to do a layout for this week's challenge at The Paper Variety, since it's my off week. The challenge is to create a humorous paper project.

I really had a hard time trying to figure out what to do. I didn't think I could find any humorous photos for a layout. I was trying to think of a humorous card. Then, as luck would have it, Jackie posted a funny photo of my son, David on Facebook. He was playing is video game, while wearing his helmut from Iraq. He had to be in character after all.

I also wanted to use a sketch. I really loved the one for this month's challenge at Artful Delight.

I want to try to get all of the monthly challenges done at the Yahoo Group Scrappin'-n-Chattin' this month. So I incorporated the color challenge into this layout. The challenge is to use brown, red and gold or yellow on the page. Other colors can be used, but most of the colors have to be brown, red and gold.

The papers are from various Air Force collections I have. The cardstock was from my stash, as was the gold vellum I used for the stars. The Thickers are actually from the November Artful Delight kit. I can't wait to really get into that kit. I am using this layout as my entry into the 52 Week Challenge this week at SnC. Week #45. I cannot believe I have been able to create a page every week this year. I imagine that's what's helping to keep my sanity.

Well, it looks like I may be getting out of cooking dinner. So I better do at least some type of housework, and ponder my other projects for the week. I hope everyone has been able to get crafty this weekend too.

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #34

Good Sunday morning. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. The weather here is cool, but nice. We are recovering from the stress of the week and enjoying the end of Stew working 2nd shift. Hopefully this will have been the last week that he will have to work it. I can handle the weekend 2nd shift work, but all week is tough.

It's time for the new challenge at Birthday Sundaes. Today is a special day. It Tracey's birthday!! Happy Birthday!! And she is offering the prize for this week's challenge. Be sure to stop by her blog to wish her a Happy Birthday!!

The prize Tracey is offering is this cool Christmas themed pack from Kaiser. How fun!!

Oh, and the challenge this week is to create a birthday card, with a sentiment on the front. Nice and easy.

I wasn't sure who I wanted to create my card for this week. I have been increasing my collection of digital images, and decided on a cute little doggie with a heart balloon from Bugaboo Digi Stamps. I thought the image would make a cute card for Stew's birthday, from the doggies.

I am going to enter this card into the current challenge at Cards for Men Challenge #22 which is to include an animal on your card. Now I just have to remember I have this card. Stew's birthday isn't until February.

I hope you will share your birthday creation with us this week. Be sure to check out BS and the wonderful cards the design team came up with.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hoppy Christmas

I have spent a good portion of the day setting up my new printer/scanner in the scrap room. This led to some more organizing. And I even completed a couple of scrappy project.

I would like to share a Christmas card that I completed today. I followed this week's challenge at Christmas Card Challenges. The challenge is to create a Christmas card, with the added challenge to use Liquid Applique. I used a digital image I got from Pink Cat Studio, Christmas Frogs on Candy. I thought this image was so cute. I highlighted the balls and brims of the hats with Glossy Accents. I've never used it before and I really, really love it. I didn't think it would dry well, but boy it sure did.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happiness is..... SNOW

I am so disappointed. Stew's working 2nd shift this week and I really had wanted to create each night while he was working. I didn't even make it the first day. I was so wiped out, I just ate and went to bed.

But today, I was able to put together the page that I had wanted to do last night. I used a photo of Tessa from over the weekend. It was her first experience with snow. And she LOVED it!!! This one photo really excited me. I printed 4 copies of it already. One will be framed and hung in the bedroom, 2 small ones are in each of our offices at work, and the 4th I had to scrap.

I had the title picked out Sunday. It was going to be used as my last layout entry into the October monthly challenges at Scrappin'-n-Chattin'. This challenge was to use the words Happiness is in the title. Watching Tessa play in the snow over the weekend made it clear that this would make the perfect title. Unfortunately, I didn't get it done in time to enter the challenge. But that's ok. I still love the title for this layout.

I saw this week's sketch at Sketchy Thursdays and loved it. I thought it would work well for this page.

And as luck would have it, I got a package in the mail today. Last week I saw a deal at for Echo Park's Little Boy and Little Girl Collections. I have had Little Boy for a while and LOVE it. I didn't get Little Girl, because at the time I had limited girls photos. But after we got Tessa, I had to get it and the perfect deal came along. I actually got both collections.

Thanks for looking. I hope everyone on the east coast has recovered from the weird weather from over the weekend. I'm hoping to be able to get creative at least Thursday and Friday. We will see. Thanks for stopping by.