Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stretch Your Kit

One more day!

I love color combo pallettes. Especially ones that come with a photo for inspiration. I find a lot of great ones on Pinterest. I am not sure where I found this one, but it drew me in. Or maybe it was the pic of Marilyn. I don't know, but I loved it.
 Then last Summer Studio Calico came out with this beautiful kit called Boardwalk. It was perfect. I loved it. I had to have it. Then I did what a lot of us scrappers do, I hoarded it. It was so pretty and I had big plans for it, but then it just sat in my stash. Well, until now that is. For the month of February I have been taking Amy Tan (& friends!) 'Stretch Your Kit' class over at Studio Calico. It has been awesome! They are actually using The January kit, but I am using this one. I have created so many projects with it so far and I am also collecting so much inspiration.
The pics in the layout below have been just waiting to be scrapped. I met some great new friends at Teresa Collins' Inspiration Unlimited event in Vegas last year ( I can't wait to see them all again this year. Teresa too!) Anyways, I got some great pics of us all and I wanted to always remember the fun we had.

One of the cool things from the class that I tried on this layout was Kelly Goree's idea of using little rolls of scraps. I really like how it looks behind my title.
I also liked Jen Jocksich's idea to use lots of tiny scraps. It really really looks so cool and colorful.. It really made the pics of my kitty 'pop'. He likes to be everywhere that mama is. Yup, he loves mama. Ha!
This class has been so fun and I have gotten so many cool ideas. I have a few more ideas to share. Even more to create. Yes, there is still a bit more of the kit left. Woo Hoo!

Happy Scrappin'!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Treating Myself

We don't really 'celebrate' Valentine's Day in our house. Meaning we don't buy gifts on just that day. It really is just another day. That doesn't mean I can't love me, myself and I by buying some things that make me happy, right? I thought I would share a few things that I have treated myself to lately....

I came across the the coolest new scrapbook magazine at my local Barnes & Noble last.month. It is called Scrap 365. I loved that it was fresh new artsy styles from people that I had never heard of. There are so many creative people out there, but it always seems to be the same people on DT's and being published. Don't get me wrong, they are all very talented, it is really nice to see some fresh faces (at least to me). It is a little price-y, but I am worth it!
I found this cute little basket on clearance at Michael's. It brightens my desk and makes me smile
I recently saw a give-away on Shimelle's blog for these sweet earrings. Alas, I did not win, but I did check out their etsy shop and I had to buy these:
I love happy mail! You can check out their etsy shop for all kinds of cute earrings.
Speaking of happy mail, these awesome Supahfans shirts finally arrived from my friend Kevin's Boston store. Better late than never, right? I am bummed about the Superbowl loss, but I still love my Pats!
Check out what is new from Tim Holtz! Ranger Ink Distress Markers! They are so cool! I already pre-ordered them:
And boy do I love this little guy. I know I did not necessarily buy him, but he has been a true gift to our family.  Even when he is being a pain in the butt.. I mean really, look how cute he is...
Still got a a few crafty things in the works.
The Let's Scrap Blog Hop is still going strong.
There is lots of time to still play along.
I am also working on some layouts for the Amy Tan/Studio Calico Stretch your Kit class.
I have also finally got my hands on some new scrappy goodies, that I can not wait to play with.

Happy Scrappin'!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Super Hero Fun

If you are looking for the blog hop, just go HERE

I saw the cutest..umm..I mean coolest thing on pinterest via the fabulous Kelly GoreeOne of the great things about pinterest is that a creative idea is pinned and re-pinned, so eventually one of your friends may find something cool and just by luck, it may catch your eye. This is how I discovered these awesome Super Hero Valentines :
They are so colorful and fun:
Easy to make and fun to receive:
I admit, I came across the idea a bit late (2 days before Valentines Day!), but I thought that they would be fun to give out to my co-worker friends in our morning meeting today:
Who doesn't love a superhero (and candy!)?
So cool!
So happy I came across this idea.
So  fun to make.

Happy belated Valentines Day!

Happy Scrappin'!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentines Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It all starts with a sketch

If you are here for the blog hop.
Check out the prior post

Whether it starts with a sketch I have stumbled across or one that I have come up with myself, it always seems to be the best way for me to start the creative process. The sketch below I put together from ideas that have caught my eye and I mashed them together with some ideas of my own.
Thus begins the creative process.
I had the pics of B.
I knew that I was going to use the beautiful Journey line by Authentique
I had my sketch.:
Here is what I came up with:
I mixed and matched the letter stickers for my title and used matching twine to stitch the arrows:
I got the idea for  the journaling strips from the little papers that stick out of hershey kisses. Fun inspiration is everywhere!
I loved the result!
Bryant is surrounded by all kinds of music.
I love that his tastes reflect all kinds.
The pic of him wearing a Beastie Boys shirt and a cowboy hat was such a perfect example. The pic was not even planned, but it was perfect all the same.
Gotta love that!

Happy Scrappin'!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oh Hoppy Day!

Welcome to the Let's Scrap Leap Around the World (card making) Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Michelle Looi’s blog, then you are at the right place. There are 50 blogs participating in this hop and a whole month to play along, so do not feel overwhelmed. I am actually stop #39 on the list. If you would like start from the begining, then just go HERE.
Ready to begin? Here is the Let's Scrap sketch that I am showcasing. So simple, yet so many possibilities:
I made a few different examples, starting with this one. Here I flipped the sketch upside down and used lots of pretty girlie colors:
Here is a colorful Spring-y version:
Here is a neutral-monochromatic version:
and...what about the guys? Here is a version made just for them by flipping the sketch sideways:
This is a fun tag that I made with the sketch for my sons upcoming Birthday:
See how versital this sketch is! I flipped it all kinds of ways and used it for all kinds of cards!
Now for the best part. Want to know what you are playing for?  Some very cool papers from Simple Stories called Year-O-Graphy, some assorted bakers twine, some bling, some pretty (matching) glittery cardstock and some black foam thickers letters. I know I will add more to the RAK by month end. I love to give away scrappy prizes!
Here is how easy it is to enter for my random draw:
-Become a folower of my blog
-Be or become a member of Let's Scrap. It's easy, just click HERE
 -Leave a little note to let me know that you were here
For another chance to win (yes, you get 2!)
-Make a card from the sketch that I have posted
-Upload it to the gallery at Let's Scrap and tag it 6-16-10,  LEAP39. So mine would be 6-16-10 comma space LEAP39.
-Leave a comment with a link to your card in the Let's Scrap gallery
-The hop ends at 11:59 pm Central time on February 29.

So what are you waiting for?
A whole month to play along.
Lots of great sketches.
Lots of creattivity.
Lots of chances to win great prizes.
So many blogs to visit.

Your next stop will be Here. Go check out what Chriss has in store for you!

Happy Scrappin'!!!