Not layouts, but cards. Made 8 of them actually, inspired by challenges at ScrapShotz's Spring Fling crop. Two of the cards were for the special ScrapShotz Gives Back Challenge. Thanks to all the scrappers that completed the challenge ScrapShotz made a donation of $165 to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Here are my creations:
For the Gives Back challenge I choose to do 2 cards instead of one layout. The challenge was to have flowers in your creation somewhere, somehow. For the first one I used a big prima whisper flower that I got in a RAK. I didn't even know what the flower was called until someone commented on it in the gallery. :) I made the card for my in-laws. FIL was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February. Since then he has had surgery and has just completed the last of his post surgery treatments. He is finally at home and doing well.
My second card for the Gives Back Challenge was also inspired by another challenge to make a transparency card. The front of the card is actually a transparency with a strip down one side of it to hide the side of the picture that is underneath and the sentiment that is inside. When you open it up you see the other side of the picture, and also the inside sentiment. There are flowers on the pattern paper I used. I made a card for my DH telling him that I am proud of the good son he has been to his parents through this time.
I got the idea to make the tranparency card from Virginia's "Lighten Up for Spring" challenge. She gave great instructions on how to make a transparency card. The paper I used for this one was part of a beautiful RAK I received from Nonie as a prize for another ScrapShotz challenge a while back.
Heidi challenged us to make a "Pocket Card" and she provided a link to a pattern to download to make a heart pocket. I didn't want to download anything and I wasn't feeling hearts right then so I went searching for different pocket card ideas and I found Brittany's Double Fold Card Class. Love this! You use a single 8 1/2 x 11 double sided paper to make a card that has two pockets. My DD and her friends love going to Tim's so I decided to make the card for her and attach a Tim's card to each of the tags in the pockets. The paper I used for this was part of a RAK I received from Sisterhood of Scrap as a prize for a challenge a while back.
Heidi's "It's Finally Spring Challenge" was to use a page map sketch. Loved this sketch!
I loved Heidi's "Punch it" challenge to use only plain papers and to use punches to add pattern to a card, but I was kind of limited because I only have one size of punch to use. I made up for that by using different sized needles to punch different sized holes. Not great, but okay.
Inspired by Jen's "April Showers" challenge I used different sized objects around my kitchen to stamp different sized circles on the papers in an attempt to make the look of raindrops in puddles. Jen's challenge was to create a card inspired by rain and I've always been fascinated with the ever widening circle pattern that is created in puddles when rain drops fall in them.
For Jen's "May Flowers" challenge she challenged us to use a photo of a flower on a card. I used a photo DD took last year of my crocuses.
I had a great time creating this weekend! It felt good to be back at it. I had been in a scrappin' slump for some time and I wondered when I was going to get out of it. I missed creating. I think what kicked me out of my slump was entering ScrapShotz HotShotz Cardz contest. I didn't even make it into the first round of the contest, and I was a little disappointed at thatm but I really think that I would have missed the fun this weekend if I hadn't entered the contest. It was the kick I needed right then.