Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CLOSER - Scrap Our Stash April Sketch Challenge { & Video! }

Guess What Day It is....?? Hump Day...woot, woot!Sorry, that is what my kids say every Wednesday morning...they love that crazy camel.

This is the LO I did for the latest Scrap Our Stash Sketch Challenge on their Blog!

This is the sketch which I stuck too pretty closely,
although it may be hard to see since I had so many patterns going on!

I also made a video showing my process from Start to Finish.
You can check it out here by clicking the video above...or on my YouTube Channel HERE.

For the stash part my papers included the large background piece fromDear Lizzy, the piece of striped paper from Amy Tangerine that I stampedon and the 6x6 My Mind's Eye behind the photo.

For embellishments I used several pieces of ephemera from Heidi Swapp,
the vellum hearts slide frames from Crate Paper and the gold banner flag from Studio Calico.
I used a couple chalkboard labels from American Crafts to help make my title pop!
The title letters are with the awesome gold foil alphas from Pinkfresh Studio...
my DT reveal for the Pinkfresh Blog is in a couple weeks!  Very excited!

You have until April 29th to link up your entry to be eligible for the prize!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FRESHFULLY - Be Real at Scrapbook Circle

This is a page I shared on the Scrapbook Circle Blog last week.  I am sharing a page I created using some of my recent Instagrams and the April kit, Bucket List.  I don’t do Project Life, not yet anyway, but love Instagram!  I love my DSLR camera and admit I should carry it with me more, but my phone hardly leaves my side.  So, I use Instagram a lot and love all the apps and filters too.
These photos were great because it was the first piece of Spring from our garden that I cut and brought into our house.  I love going to a florist shop or getting flowers from my sweet husband, but there is nothing like growing your own blooms to enjoy!
I knew I wanted to use these photos and the piece of Amy Tangerine paper, that has some watercolor like areas on the corner in a green and yellow.  I tried to add onto that and match the colors by watercoloring yellow up the paper.  I wanted to keep the page light and crisp, so I kept the colors to white & grey, yellow and a bit of green.  I wanted to use one other color to really give an impact and chose the bright pink to help tie in the acetate letters.  I wanted just a touch of the hot pink, so little punched butterflies were the perfect amount.

Finally, I stamped one of the phrases in the roller stamp, part of the ‘Places To Go’ Add-on kit several times under the photos.Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

TREAT? - Scrapbook Circle Recipe Challenge #73

Scrapbook Circle has a new challenge!  It is a Recipe Challenge where the
'ingredient' amounts are the part of the challenge to much fun and a great jumping
off point for a layout!  This was my take for the DT Gallery using the April 'Bucket List' kit.

The"recipe" for the Challenge is  large photo 3 patterned papers a pinch
of wood veneer a dash of die-cuts!  There are so many fabulous patterned papers 
included in this months kit.  It was hard to choose, and at first, I was afraid it 
might be too much!  I do think the larger picture and printing in black and white was the
right mix for the page...I used the 3rd patterned paper to make the paper flower.

I cut out a large circle from vellum and added the wood veneer on top of it to point
towards the photo.  And I really had to hold back from adding more die-cuts...
I maybe had more than a dash, but there are so many lovely choices!  I love the way it
turned out and the fact that Lola actually "posed" and held still long enough is a miracle!

One of my favorite parts of the kit are the acetate letters...I love the font and the colors and
the package comes with so many in each color,it was perfect for making an ombre title!

Check out the original post on the Scrapbook Circle Blog and all the details about the Challenge!
You have until April 30th to enter your project to be eligible for the prize.
I can't wait to see the creations that come out of this fun idea!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

you make me HAPPY - Kreative Koncepts April Color Challenge

The 15th of the month marks a new color challenge up at Kreative Koncepts/Scrap Friends!

One of the best things about a color challenge like this one for April, is that you can decide how
much of each color to use, which will dominate the page, etc.  I think this is a great way
to make a powerful statement with one of the colors...
That is how I tried to use the purple color from the color chart, as a punch for the hearts and raindrops.

Click HERE for the original Blog post with the Challenge details and all the other DT takes on the challenge

I had decided at the beginning of this DT that all my color challenges would be using a black and white photo...that makes it easier to me to not be limited by pattern or colors in the photo.  In a way, this background paper is a bit of a cheat since it has 3 of the colors in the pattern itself.  I wouldn't normally do
that, but I love the way the colors are washed together and it felt Spring-ish too.

I was inspired to use the clouds and raindrops from this Pink Paislee stamp set.
I chose the phrase "you make me happy..." and I heat embossed it in white in the middle of the page.
I used other hints of the blue, green and yellow in the cluster of chipboard frames under the photo.

I didn't want this to be sad because obviously, my son brings so much sunshine into my life,
so I decided on purple raindrops...they would provide that punch from the one strong color
and something a little unexpected.  I also wanted to add the hearts like it was raining love...
sappy, I know.  That is what my little man does to me.

Go check out the BLOG and be sure to link up your project for everyone to see and to enter the challenge!
Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

#insta love - Mixed Media Studio Calico class

I have been taking the Mixed Media class going on now at Studio Calico and it has been very inspirational...
I love to play with medias on my pages anyway, but a fresh outlook is always welcome...
and some of the colors combos the girls use are just divine...

This is an instagram photo of this giant bucket we keep outside of soccer balls, footballs, tennis balls for the dog, lots of outside stuff at the ready!  Which is a sure sign of Spring!  Finally, thank goodness!

I love all the hand stitching, but haven't done too much of it before, I loved the pop of black in this
tag to go with the die cut from my Silhouette and the blacks in the photos.  I used the technique that
Anna Maria teaches int he class to apply a thin layer of gesso on your cardstock, then wet it and
drop watercolors or mist onto the wet paper, adding a second color when the first is almost dried.

I think it will take lots of practice, but I loved the colors with the striped paper from
Studio Calico.  More than anything, it is fun to play, no pressure, just playing with
papers and paint and some fabulous embellishments!

Thanks for checking it out!  Happy Monday!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

FIND SOMETHING - Scrapbook Circle DT Choice April

This is a fun layout I did for my DT Choice using the Scrapbook Circle Bucket List-April kit!
I used this framed pattern paper basically as a sketch and cut photos and pieces of the kit to fit into
different frames of the background paper. 

I painted behind the 'framed' pieces that I wanted to highlight with the vellum journal cards I cut
into pieces.  I used lots of pieces of the kit and cut them to fit into various frames, stickers, alphas,
stamps, etc.  I love the way it turned out...I think the subtle colors are still the highlight while
the black and white photos stand out and draw your eye to the right side of the page.

I had to use this die cut vellum card, but I didn't want to take away from the pattern in the
framed paper, so I cut it into strips and glued or sewed it to various frames in the pattern.

So much of the kit is a really vibrant mix of hot colors, pinks and greens and then there is
also a bit of it that is the same color wave, but muted, subtle and these are those colors...
so lovely and pretty.  One of my favorite aspects of Scrapbook Circle kits, such a variety.

 Thanks for stopping by and if you want to see the original post at Scrapbook Circle,
check it out HERE, and make sure you check out the other DT members pages in the Idea Gallery.

Happy Saturday and weekend!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

CELEBRATE - Scrapbook Circle April Sketch!

Awesome sketch from Diana Fisher this month at Scrapbook Circle!
And the prize, even more awesome...check it out HERE!
Obviously, the rest of the DT was loving this sketch too, so many cool interpretations!

Diana also made a free cut file of these circle for the Silhouette.
You can download it HERE.

I didn't use Diana's studio file but used some of the cut files that are part of the April kit-Bucket List instead.
These numbers and the circle with the heart.  I made them all different sizes and cut them out of some
of the grey cardstock in the kit.  I also used the exclusive April stamp and stamped it repeatedly in
lots of aquas and greens.  I also used another cool cut file of this chevron pattern and matted
my photos to it instead of using patterned paper.

My favorite part of the kit this surprise, it is the gold hearts from 
Studio Calico and the gold arrows from Freckled Fawn.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you will check out the sketch and participate!
Upload your LO to the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page or to the comment part of the blog post.
You have until April 23rd and the prize is fabulous!

Have a great weekend!
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