Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Sketch World Sketch-a-thon!

It's almost time for it!
The My Sketch World Sketch-a-thon that is!

Lucy will be posting brand new sketches from Feb 1st to Feb 20th. You will have till March 2nd (12AM PST) to upload your creations in the gallery and into the Sign-In Thread.

Hope you will join us starting February 1st for challenges, sketches, fun and games!

Life Captured!

Over at My Scraps & More I am hosting the Project 12, or Life Captured, as we are calling it. I am going to be posting a 2 page sketch every month to use with the previous months photos. The challenge for this month was to create your cover page for it. Here is mine:

Would love to have you play along with us!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Let's Get Sketchy Week 4 Sketch

It's Monday! That means there's a new sketch up at Let's Get Sketchy! This is my last sketch to play with as a guest designer :( I want to thank them for having me this month, it was such an honor!

Here is my layout:

and the wonderful sketch:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy Wednesday!

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! Where did Monday and Tuesday go?!
It's so cold here, but I am not complaining, after all, I do live in Wisconsin, it's suppose to be cold!

It's Wednesday, that means I am up on the My Scraps & More Blog. I finally played with October Afternoon Cakewalk Collection and I have to say, I love it and this is my new favorite layout of mine:

The colors are so fun! I tore paper for the borders on top and bottom, added stitching, brads and paint spatters to the polka dotted background and embellished with cute stickers from the collection.
There's still a few days to play along with our ONE LITTLE WORD CROP on the message board. Hope to see you there!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Let's Get Sketchy!

It's Monday and as guest designer this month I have a layout up at Let's Get Sketchy!

Here is my layout:

and the fun sketch:

Hope you will play along with us this week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Hello and happy weekend!
I am up on the Just Imagine Blog today and just wanted to share a card I made using the Kreaxions 4 in 1 Punch #310 here also. I layered the negative part on top of the positive part for my border. It just gives it a little more punch, no pun intended, lol!

Celebrate (1024x745)
Thanks for sharing your weekend with me!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy Friday!

It's Friday! Know what that means? There's a new sketch up on the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog! Woohoo! For my layout, I used an older line of Echo Park, and added some misting and stitching. Speaking of Echo Park, Tammi just got the new Scoot and Photo Freedom lines in the store!

Here's my layout:

And the fun sketch by Tammi Bennett:

Also, My Scraps & More is now on Pinterest! Come pin with us!
My Scraps & More is having a fun online crop this weekend, January 18-20!! I would love for you to come and participate with me. There will be many challenges, fun games and a lot of prizes to win! Visit their forum to get registered. Once you are there, sign up for the crop and please make sure to say that I sent you!! Hopefully we can all be a lucky winner!!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Scraps & More Kit Reveal

Hello and happy Wednesday!
It's my reveal day up on the My Scraps & More blog today!
Just wanted to share my projects using the One of a Kind kit from the My Scraps & More Store.

First, here's the kit:

One of a Kindkit contents

(2) My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing "Noteable"
(2) My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing "Special"
(1) My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing "Doily"
(2) My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing "Fond"
(1) My Minds Eye Miss Caroline "Token"
(1) Crate Paper Little Bo Peep "Alcie"
(!) Crate Paper On Trend "Fad"
(1) Crate Paper Little Boy Blue "Leo"
(1) Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour "Sour Salt"

(1) pkg Bella Blvd "Punch Chevron" Designer Tape
(1) October Afternoon Mini Market "Sherbet" Alpha stickers
(1) Bo Bunny "Love Story" Cardstock sticker sheet
(1) Crate Paper Black alpha stickers
(1) My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing "One of a Kind" title
(3) Pink Paislee Valentine tiny tab (varies per kit)
(1) Exclusive sketch (not pictured)

My first layout is of my daughter all dressed up for Homecoming, I fussy cut the "One of a Kind" title out of the title block and also fussy cut the doily. I added some glimmer mist, paint, stitching and washi tape.

My second layout is of my wedding day. I added some punching, glimmer mist and paint to this along with another fussy cut doily.

and lastly a card:

I still have lots of papers left to make more layouts or cards. You can find all of Tammi's wonderful kits here in the store. This kit is so versatile and can be used for just about anything!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy Tuesday!

I am filling in on the Just Imagine Blog today and wanted to share my layout here as well.
Hello and happy Tuesday!
I used the Kreaxions Punch # 903. I punched with no insert to create my flower border on my page:

My Family (1024x1016)

This photo of Greg and the kids was taken on our trip to see Bev:)
I used a sketch by Wendy Antenucci, some Fancy Pants papers and embellies and added some stitching and pleated paper borders.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me!

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow.  You can see last month's challenge on my blog here.
Since the start of a new year often prompts us  to look back and ahead, we thought we would do the same creatively. This month we were challenged to look back over the last year and share with you some of the designs that reflect some growth or success in our process.

This was a hard task to do since my creativity level has changed throughout the year. I have grown so much because of this IE group. These ladies are so talented and they have pushed and fueled my creativity! For this I am so thankful and I am looking forward to being pushed even more this year!

My first page I created for the December IE challenge, FEAR. This challenge really made me think about my fears, most of them are for my kids. Things have changed so much from when I was a kid... drugs, schools and all the bad people out there. It really made me think about the world we live in. I know that amoungst all of the bad, there is so much good and I hope and pray that the way I am raising my kids, they will only see the good side. I added some stamping to my layout because I fear that and don't do it as often as I should:

My second layout I did for a color challenge at MSW. I usually struggle with color challenges and this one was no exception! I had to dig REALLY deep into my stash to find these papers, they are really old! I am so glad I found these as they almost went in the recycle bin years ago! I love how this one turned out! 
This 3rd layout was also created for an IE challenge. The topic was a belief or value. I Believe in being honest and hate when I am lied to, so that's why I made this layout. I love the long title and also because it's a layout about who I am.
My 4th layout was created for a sketch challenge at My Scraps & More. The sketch was pretty simple and I wanted the layout to focus on my son playing in the lake, so I kept it simple as well.
Layout 5 was created for my challenge here at IE. My challenge was to use an imperfect photo or 2. Normally we as scrapbookers, use only the perfect photos, but I wanted to tell the story that normally would not have been told.  This layout has pics of my kids on the escalator at Lambeau Field. They didn't care about the home of the Packers, they just wanted to ride the escalator! LOL!
My 6th layout is a self portrait of my daughter. I have a hard time with background papers that have something printed on them, like these banners. So I challenged myself to use it and added lots of layers and distressing.
I picked  layout 7 as one of my favs because I have the hardest time scrapping with purple. I feared adding the purple paint to my paper edges thinking I may screw it up, but I love the look!
Layout #8 was created using a sketch, but can't remember who's it was. The sketch was also combined with a challenge to recycle. This was right up my alley as I so believe in recycling! I used a plastic piece from packaging, added some mist and place it behind my photo. I also used the negatives from a few stickers and used it behind my title and date.
My 8th layout is of our dog, Bender. He loves the snow! I choose this layout because I love the painted and inked title letters and this is a totally me layout with lots of stitching!
I choose this layout for my last choice because it's not often that I use a photo from a phone, but I love this one my daughter and her friends took at school! I also have been pushing myself to leave more white space on my layouts.
I hope you will take the time to see what my Inspiration Elevator team mates chose as they reflected on this challenge. 
Cathy Harper

Thanks for taking time to visit me, I really appreciate it!

Monday, January 14, 2013

365 Cards

Hello and happy Monday!
This is my last post of the day, or at least I think it is, lol!
I have been playing along at the 365 Card Blog and just want to catch up with posting my cards I made.

I still have a one from last year, hanging my head in shame...

Day 306:

Day 3:


Day 5:


Day 6:


Day 7:


Day 9:


Day 13:


I am hoping to get some of the other challenges that I skipped done this week.
Have a wonderful day!

Boys Rule!

I played along yesterday with the sketch over at Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits Blog. I loved this sketch and had so much fun playing with it!

I whitwashed the background paper to tone it down a bit and added stitching and paint spatters to keep the eye moving on my layout:

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me!

Let's Get Sketchy Sketch

There's a new sketch up on the LGS Blog and as a guest designer, I got to play with it! I love these pictures of Bender that Sierra took:

and the sketch:

If you get a chance to play with this sketch, I would love to see it!

Monday, January 7, 2013

A TOOT for me!

Woohoo! I am guest designer at Let's Get Sketchy this month! I am so excited as their sketches are so much fun to play with!

Here is my first layout:

And the sketch:

Hope you will join in on the fun and play along with their sketches.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me!

Friday, January 4, 2013

My Scraps & More Sketch Blog

Hello and happy Friday!
There is a new sketch posted at My Scraps & More Sketch blog today. It's a fun one by Kristine Davidson!
Here is the sketch:

For my layout, I used an older line by Echo Park and kept it simple to show off the fun, summer colors:

To win the January prize of the My Scraps & More January kit "You are my Happy" complete at least one layout from our sketches 10, 11, 12 or 13. The deadline to complete and link up your page for this sketch is January 31, 2013. 

Hope you will join in on the fun!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy Wednesday!

I am  up on the My Scraps & More blog today with a layout of Austin and his cousin, Brett. I love this pic of the two of them together. I used Pink Paislee Portfolio Collection for my layout:

I added lots of layers and stitching and some washi tape on this. Love the outcome!

Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit my blog, it means alot!