Saturday, November 29, 2008
I just realized that I do have a few creations that I haven't posted here. They were all inspired by challenges in the Apprentice Game at Love Bug.
This one was inspired by an ad challenge. We also had to use at least 5 pictures and no patterned paper. Here's what I came up with:
This one was also inspired by an ad inspiration challenge:
This one was inspired by a progressive challenge. I've done a few of these porgressive challenges before but this was the first time where we had to post pictures of our progress as we went along, and I really liked that. Our first step was to gather the supplies, then we had to cut them according to instructions. Then we had to adhere some according to instructions. Finally we had to put it all together in a layout. It was really fun to do.
This challenge was to use the posted sketch by Traci Boutilier. For this layout I used pictures that Little One took of me a while ago.
This was a challenge to scraplift a layout by a fellow Newfoundlander, Joe. Once again I used a picture that Little One had taken, this time of her big sister.
One more layout and news bulletin before I sign off for the day. :) The layout below is featured on the Sisterhood of Scrap blog today. It was completed especially for them as a sample of the Becky Fleck sketch they are featuring today.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The layout above was inspired by a few different challenges that I came across this weekend. At Scrapbooking Fanatics Friday Night Crop, the first challenge was a sketch challenge to use the Becky Fleck sketch posted. I loved the sketch and found the perfect pictures for it. At CompuPro Scrapbooking they had an "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" crop happening and one of the challenges was to use something real and something fake on your layout. I used a real piece of chipboard that I inked yellow, but I also traced the chipboard onto patterned paper and cut it out and used that underneath the chipboard. Also, I used a real leaf embellishment, but I also traced around the leaf onto two different patterned papers and cut those out and used those too. Sisterhood of Scrap had a Blog Crop happening and one of the challenges was to use an embellishment cluster. That inspired me to put all the embellishments together in the layout.
The pretty bow below was inspired by a couple of challenges too. ScrapShotz has a monthly Scrappy Hour and in this month's scrappy hour on Friday night Virginia shared instructions on how to make a paper bow. A Make 'n' Take challenge in the crop at CompuPro this weekend included much the same instructions so this morning I finally found the time to follow the instructions and make the bow. I made it pink for my Little One, whose third birthday is today. This is a real easy project and I will be making more. I'm hoping to find the time to try making a smaller version.
The rest of my creations from this weekend are all meant to be Christmas tree ornaments but truthfully I will not be using them on my Christmas tree. Maybe it's because DH is fire chief but I'm leery of putting paper ornaments on a tree along with Christmas lights. It may be a perfectly safe thing to do, but I'm not willing to take the chance. I may try to incorporate them into decorations elsewhere in the house, such as hanging from swags in doorways, where they will not have any chance of being near any source of heat. We'll see.
The circle globe below was also inspired by a couple of challenges. A while back Lil' Scrappers had a 5th Anniversary Celebration Crop. I didn't get a chance to do any of the challenges at that time but I did record them to hopefully come back to later. This weekend one of the challenges in the CompuPro Crop was to make a Christmas Ornament using 10 circles. This reminded me of Carla's Make n Take challenge in the Lil' Scrappers crop, except you had to use 20 circles. I followed the instructions in the Lil' Scrappers crop and made the creation below. I my try my hand at the other instructions later. Someone in the CompuPro Forum mentioned that they've seen these made with photos and I'm thinking I'd like to give that a try, if I find the time.
Friday someone in one of the forums I frequent, I can't remember which one, pointed out this Christmas Photo Ornament blog post. I had to give it a try and my creation is below. I'm not thrilled with it, but I may try it again. This one was a bit of a rush job just to try it out. It's real easy to do and she gives the instructions in her post.
Later in the weekend a bonus challenge in the CompuPro crop was very much like the photo ornament, except it's just made with patterned paper and the instructions are a little different. The creation below was made for that challenge. It would look much nicer with double sided paper.
And it looks pretty good when it's spinning. :)
Friday, November 21, 2008
The something old was the chipboard and patterned paper I used for the letters and journaling pieces. They were actually a part of a RAK that Jackie sent me a long time ago. The new was the rest of the paper and materials and the picture which was taken just a couple of days ago. The borrowed was Carla's sizzix that I used to make the letters. Sorry for still having it Carla. I promise I will bring it back. :) The blue is the bit in the picture and the bling I glued in the letters.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I love this mini albums. I'm made them before and I will make them again.
This is a neat little gift bag that I will definitely be making again too. So easy and so nice!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here's what I created for this challenge - a gift set of tree ornaments and a jar to store the ornaments in:
This is what the jar looks like closed. It is a slightly wider, though shorter, than standard mason jar. I covered the jar with patterned paper. The title on the cover is a rebus meaning "O Christmas Tree".
This is a picture of the jar lid off showing the ornaments stored inside. It acutally holds 4 ornaments, but I think a couple more could fit in there too.
The ornaments are made from the sealing lids of a standard sized mason jar. I glued two such lids back to back for each ornament, securing a hanging loop of ribbon in between the lids, and trimmed the edge by gluing a thin ribbon around it. One side of each ornament has a photo of a different Christmas tree from past years. The edges of the photos are inked and the photo is adhered to a circle of cardstock before being glued onto the lid. The other side of each ornament has an origami Christmas tree, made with patterned Christmas paper, glued unto a circle of cardstock before being glued onto the lid. The storing jar is a larger size mason jar. I cut circles of cardstock to glue to both the outside and inside, so you wouldn't see the actual bottom of the sealing lid when you opened the jar, of the sealing lid before securing the sealing lid to the outer rim.
This is a picture of the origami tree side of one of the ornaments:
Each ornament has a picture of an actually family Christmas tree from a different year on one side. It is really neat to see how different they are. I meant to take pictures of each ones but my batteries died and I hadn't thought about it again until just now. This is a picture of the photo side of the same ornament as above:
I decided to hang them on a tree to give an idea of what they would look like hung on a tree. I think they look pretty good.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The picture is of my oldest son and my oldest daughter all dressed up for last year's youth Christmas formal. Our youth pastor's wife is a photographer and she took pictures of all the kids.
See the flower in the layout? I made the biggest layer with patterned paper. I just took one of my few big prima flower and traced around it on the back of the paper and cut it out. Then I went around the edge of the petals with an embossing tool to make it curve up. I then topped it with a prima and a button. Isn't it neat!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here's what I wrote in my description: "This layout was inspired by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Tourism ad. The colors and the placement of the colored item inspired me. Also the doodles made me think of my little one and the words on the ad "Check More Off" made me think of a check list. I searched on line for a "what your Child should know at" list to use. The list I decided to use is actually for 3.6-4 year olds and she's not quite 3 yet but she's already mastered most of the list. I printed the list and cut it up and made it into a little booklet at the bottom of the layout and checked off the things she's mastered. The booklet is held closed by a fancy paper clip I got in a RAK. You can remove the paper clip to check out the different lists in the booklet. The strip of children holding hands across the top of the page was actually on the list I printed off and I just cut it out and inked the edges. The picture is actually a flip up that reveals two more pictures. The pictures are all of Little One enjoying YouTube all by herself. She shocked me when she did this a few weeks back and I had to get pictures of it. They fit in perfectly with the layout. A funny...I had misspelled "already" when I wrote it on the layout and had to cover it up with the correct spelling. Then it struck me how perfect it is to highlight that word because she does know so much of the list already, so I decided to ink the edges of that and make it stand out."
Here are some close ups:
The skills booklet closed:
The skills booklet opened:
The picture flap opened to reveal more pictures:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I absolutely love how it turned out! This is my beautiful DD and the picture is actually one that she took of herself! She's not only beautiful, she's talented. :)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The picture is oneour youth pastor's wife took of our youth pastor cuddling with his new born baby girl in her hospital bassinet, and the journaling is something that he wrote in a thank you note. The rebus is the title - Head Over Heels in Love .
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have a couple of layouts that I would like to share, but I can't yet.
One of them is the one I completed for the second challenge in the Cre8ive Idol contest. The layout I created is a gift for your youth pastors, who recently had their first child. I want to give the layout to them before i post it on my blog for the world to see. I've been meaning to give it to them for days now, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
The second one is one that I completed for a game of layout tag. I love layout tag! I am actually waiting for my turn in another couple of games on different boards, but I already did my layout for one game almost two weeks ago, but the game is not over yet and you can't post your layout until the game is finished and all the layouts revealed. Hopefully I'll get to do that tomorrow, or the next day at the latest.
The other one is the layout I was up til 1 o'clock last night finishing. It was for the third challenge in the Cre8ive Idol Contest. I'll be able to post that one tomorrow after the reveal tonight.
That's the only scrapping that I've managed to get done lately. I've been so busy with life that I haven't had a chance to do more, much as I'd like to.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here's what I did:
And here's what DD did:
I absolutely love her layout! She caught that frog just half an hour before the contest started and decided she wanted to take a picture of it to use for the contest. She took the picture herself! I helped her come up with the title and I love the layout! She's so talented and creative!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Here's what I did for the challenge:
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Why bother joining a contest that you have no chance of winning? Because I love to be challenged! What motivated me to join this contest is the fact that there are no eliminations. You can participate the whole way through without having to worry about being kicked out of the contest. In my mind, I am a winner because I am participating.
The challenge lasts 5 weeks, and we're already into the third week. I will be posting the layouts I created for weeks one and two in the next few days.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I am going to be so busy this month trying to meet the NaNoWriMo challenge that I won't have much time to put much thought into my blog posts but I am going to try to post something everyday.
Anyone else want to join me in this challenge? I'd love to hear from you if you do.
On World Card Making Day Wendy, at Scrapbooking Fanatics, posted a contest for everyone to post cards they made during World Card Making Day and she had a draw for a winner. I was the lucky one drawn and here's what I got:
My name was also picked for a random prize for participating in the week long World Card Making Day celebrations at Creative Scrappers, and here's what Kristine sent me for that:
Thanks, Wendy and Kristine!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Color Personality Challenge
Chocolate Cake Challenge
Pick a Color Monochromatic Challenge
Gives Back Challenge
Color by Numbers Challenge
Metal Mania Challenge
Progressive Cards Challenge
Same Card 5 Colors Gift Set Challenge
Monday, October 13, 2008
This is the card my son's girlfriend made. It was her first time doing anything like this and she really enjoyed it. Hopefully we'll get to do it again soon. She added a stamped greeting to the front of the card and inked the edges. The tree top is made from two stamped snowflakes, one pink and one yellow, layered on top of one another and then a bit of bling added to the center.
We tried putting a stamped greeting on the inside but the stamping didn't work that well so we had to improvise. We decided to line the inside with the same patterned paper used to make the tree, in part to cover up the botched up stamping, and then stamp the greeting on a peice of paper and stick it on the patterned paper. She also punched a snowflake from the patterned paper and added that to the white paper. I love how it turned out!
This is the card my sister made. She liked the look of the tree tilted. She also used punched snowflake for a tree top and decided to punch some snowflakes from the front of her card for an added touch.
She used patterned paper and then white paper on the inside of her card and added the punched snowflakes from the front of the card to the inside of the card. I the finished look!
As I mentioned in my previous post when I shared the card that I made, I played with the measurements because I like to make my cards to fit normal letter size envelopes. Here is my card again and here are the measurements I used for my card:
The card base is made from a piece of 7 x 6 1/4 card stock scored at 3 1/2 to make a 3 1/2 x 6 1/4 card, the perfect size for a normal letter size envelope. Then I adhered a 6 x 3 1/4 piece of cardstock and a 5 2/4 x 3 piece of patterned paper to the front. To make the tree I used 6 squares of patterned paper - 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch, 2 1/2 inch, and 3 inch. The trunk of the tree was made with a 1/2 x 1 1/2 cardstock. The ribbon is 3 3/4 inches and is tucked around the cardstock adhered to the front of the card. I also used three small Glitter Glamour snowflakes to add a little bling.
I'd love to see your creations if you decide to give it a try.