Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sunday Sketch

It has been a while since I played along with a sketch challenge. This one recently caught my eye, over on the Studio Calico blog. They do a 'Sunday Sketch' challenge every week and this is the latest edition. A very simple sketch, with so many possibilities.
Here is my take. 12 at twelve. A list of twelve things that B is enjoying at the moment. I was inspired by a couple of different things when creating this layout. First I like the idea of splashing/dripping the Mister Huey's Calico White misting spray instead of spraying it on the layout. The white really 'pops'! Second, I got the idea for (remember inspiration comes from everywhere) the woven strip square in the center from a potholder. Remember those ones you use to make as a kid? The ones made with the cloth strips and the plastic loom. I think my mom still has some of the ones I made as a kid.  I actually saw one of these little potholders hanging in a co-workers car, It brought back those childhood memories and new creative inspiration. Fun!
Speaking of inspiration...this class starts tomorrow:
So excited!
Happy Scrappin;!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Studio Calico Fun

I love to create. A bit obsessive about my scrapbooking at times. I just have the need to create everyday. I love the process. The idea, the story, the pics and the papers. I had a lot of fun creating a couple more layouts with the Story Hour. kit from Studio Calico. The first one is pretty simple. This one really is all about the pictures and the story. Since my dad retired, he has become quite the wood worker. He has already built a hutch, a rocking chair, and some beautiful deck chairs. All are awesome, but this toy truck and trailers was the coolest. Bryant and my dad built this from scratch over school vacation:
Here is another layout, just for fun, of our sweet kitty Theo. Love him to pieces!
I also had fun using SC's Memoir 6X6 papers & Memoir chipboard buttons for this Fall layout of our annual trip to the farmstand I use to go to as a kid.. The colors of this collection really drew me in. I am all about matchy-matchy and this line matched the pics perfectly:
I also used the Memoir papers & buttons to make this pretty card for a co-workers baby shower this past week.. I love these colors!
Love all things Studio Calico.
Looking forward to playing around with some of the new stamps, masks & mists I just got.
More to share soon.
Happy Scrappin'!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Scrappy Happy

Yay! My Studio Calico Story Hour kit finally arrived. It was a bit delayed per UPS, but it is here now. I have already created one layout and I have 2 more in progress. My first layout with Story Hour is below. One of the cool ideas I got from Amy Tan in the stretch your kit class was to scrap a collage photo. I order these all the time and often have them framed on my desk. I never thought to scrap them, but what a cool idea to get multiple pics on a layout. I also like the new trend of 'confetti' on layouts. It is such a cool fun look. This layout is all about our trip to Boston last year for the Red Sox opening weekend. We went to the second game of the season (not quite opening day). A great time was had by all!
A new idea book/magazine started in January. The issues are specific to one artisist. When I heard about these last year, I subscribed right away. The first issue is all about the fabulous Teresa Collins
.My issue just arrived yesterday. Yes, a bit late, but that is a story for another time. This issue is awesome and filled with amazing projects. I am look forward to future issues featuring Donna Downey, Kelly Purkey, Heidi Swapp, etc. You can check it out HERE 
Happy Scrappin'!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

...and even more...

...Stretch Your Kit layouts. I think these may be the last ones, because there are really just bits and pieces left of this kit. So sad, but my new Studio Calico kit (finally) arrived yesterday. It is awesome! I can't wait to create with it! In the meantime here is a layout I did with some of the pretty backsides of the paper. The colors of the Boardwalk kit were mint, lime, cream, white, khaki, but the backsides had some fun pink, blue and brown. So I created this girly page. I made some fun hand cut embellies. I handstitched. I used acrylic paint and I scrapped pics of me. A fun, colorful girly layout. So fun!
This is a layout about my son, Bryant's new Winter coat. Our Winter has been so non existent here in New England, that I almost did not even buy him a new coat this year.I say almost, because I could not pass up the awsome deal on this cool grey with lime striping snowboarders coat I saw at Sears after Christmas. It was a steal, but I did not know if he would get a chance to wear it this year. That is until it snowed last week, He got to wear it one day and now we are back up in the 50 and 60 degree temps. It did really make for some fun pictures and a great layout:
Class was fun, but it is over. I am looking forward to the next one, which is Kelly Purkey's Sketch 4 class. So much scrappy inspiration. Come play along. Class starts April 1st over at Studio Calico.

Happy Scrappin'!!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

...and more 'Stretch Your Kit' fun, plus my blog hop winner!

One of the challenges for the Stretch Your Kit class was to recycle an item of mail. Whether it be junkmail, a sales flyer, etc. Just be creative. I chose to use the tiny padded envelope that the earrings I ordered from etsy came in:
I used more scraps from my Studio Calico Boardwalk kit and made a cute little mini book. Here is the front cover:
Inside I used kraft paper for the pages and more colorful scraps for the page tabs. The little book is all ready for pics and journaling:
Here is the whole cover, front and back. I stitched all around the edges and also used Sass paper edges on my binding. Just a bit of color pop. Fun!
I decided to treat myself with the March Studio Calico kit, It has been a while. It's called Story Hour. Love the color combo. Good boy colors.  I think it will be great for some fun Bryant layouts. Ha!
The blog hop over at Let’s Scrap is over. So many beautiful cards were made. I loved them all! But, alas, only one person can win. So without further ado, my winner is:
Look at the beautiful card she made:
Congratulations Girl!
Enjoy your RAK!
Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Stretch Your Kit-Part 2

I have to say, that I really am getting alot out of this kit. That kit being Studio Calico's Boardwalk kit. So glad I finally cracked it open. I have been having so much fun. Here are a couple more layouts that I did with it. The pic of Bryant in this particular layout, I took last Fall. Just an everyday pic, but he looked so cute that I had to do something with it. Right? The pretty Sass cloud paper made the perfect background and all the green cut up strips (along with a bit of kraft) made the perfect frame. I also cut out some of the star flowers  from the Basic Grey paper for jus a littlle something extra. I loved the result!
Another one of my favorite things from the class is how Amy and Jen J use lots of colored strips on their layouts. I saw this loose weaving idea in a magazine and thought that I would give it a try. I also wanted to use the lime bakers twine and brads that came with the kit, so I created a little frame around the main photo. Bryant bought a little tree bud home a few years ago and he and his Nana planted it next to our home. It continues to grow a little bit every year.. We look forward to years from now when it is a big strong tree.
This post would not be complete with out Mama's favorite meow.
It has been like having another kid
I love him so!
Happy Scrappin'!!!