Friday, April 30, 2010

Monochromatic Blue Butterfly

This blue monochromatic, fun card I made to be entered into Caardvark's Celebrating Core'dinations challenge.  This is such a fun challenge! 

Supply list:
Sanded Butterfly layer:  Core'dinations Aquarium Butterfly
Card Base:  DCWV;  Cuttlebug folder: Swiss dots; Spellbinders die
Flowers: Prima;  Jewels: Kaisercraft
Ribbon: my stash

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Best Way to Know Life is to Love Many Things

Betsy Veldman at who is one of Paper Craft's Go To girls has a sketch that she would like us to use to make a card.  I flipped the sketch upside down and thought it turned out pretty well. I used two Cuttlebug folders on this simple card! I hope you like it!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco

I am entering this fun layout in a color challenge.  The fun colors in this Crate Paper Lemongrass collection expresses the pure joy of eating a Ghiradelli cookie sundae.  If there is anything better than their chocolate, it is their chocolate chip cookie!  I hope you enjoy this layout! It was a fun one to create!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Me at 45

This is for the XOXO challenge blog whose  April sponsor is Snobby Walrus.  I scraplifted  Jennifer Matott's Layers!  It is sort of a Me at 45 layout. I never scrapbook about just me-so this was so much fun. It is a much different layout than I normally do.

I also added a section on the origin of my name which was a challenge by Noel Mignon.

Owl on Green

I created this fun little card for the 

Etsy Inspired Challenge #85 - Bee Things challenge!  My inspiration was the 

pygmy cactus owl, day limited edition print:

pygmy cactus owl, day limited edition print

Monday, April 26, 2010

1995 Playing with Mom's Easter Decorations

I made this for ScrapFit challenge 18!  The instructions were to use Jillibean Soup. Check.  You were not to have a title. Check.  This was fun!

All of the patterned paper is Jillibean Soup.
Cardstock was DCWV.
Jewel in sun is Kaisercraft.
Grommets are We R Memory Keepers.

 I thought I had the two pages together on one "line" but when I posted it, they separated. One of these days, I will figure out how to take a GOOD picture of a 2 pager, but until then...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Twins circa 1967

Supply list:
except tiny brown paper, dark pink paper and tiny piece of lace

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Monochromatic Aqua Uptown Girl

This aqua monochromatic, fun card I made to be entered into Caardvark's Celebrating Core'dinations challenge.  This is such a fun challenge!  A note about the butterfly:  I used ink, water and salt on a glossy piece of cardstock before punching out the butterfly!

Friday, April 23, 2010

2010 Spring Break Memphis

I didn't discover this great challenge site until this week! So, I whipped up this layout in a hurry.  It is for the XOXO challenge blog whose  April sponsor is Snobby Walrus.  I scraplifted Robin Gibson's Butterfly!  This was so much fun!

You'll have to forgive the poor photography on this! I'm still working on getting a good, straight picture. I had crumbled the paper on this one and didn't straighten it back out before taking the picture!

I used a Cuttlebug folder for the edges of the layout and the picture's background paper (which I painted with Adirondack copper paint). I made my own shimmery mists (one yellowish gold and the other a deep pink) which I spritzed on the background paper and the flower.  The flower is a similar style to Robins, but I put a shimmery brad in the middle. This was so fun and quick!!

Monochromatic Green Hydrangea

This GREEN monochromatic beauty is the card I made to be entered into Caardvark's Celebrating Core'dinations challenge.  This is such a fun challenge! I used a piece of green embossed Core'dinations card stock as my focal background paper.  It is so much fun to use. I sanded it and roughed up the edges.  It sure handles well!!  I used Hero Arts' hydrangea as the main image and also used it very subtly on the card base and in the background of the piece where I stamped my image.  I put some stickles in the center of each little flower within the hydrangea.  I hope you like it! Green is my favorite color so I sure do!

Supply list:
Card Base:  Bazzill Basics Paper Pear Crush
Next layer:  Core'dinations CE Amazon Seeding (love this one)
Next layer:  Bazzill Basics Paper Kiwi Crush
Next layer: Making Memories
Stamp:  Hero Arts Hydrangea
Ribbon and spiral clip: CTMH
Ink: CTMH (Clover Meadow and Garden Green)
Fiskars: Corner Punch

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hearts on Grey

I created this fun little Hi! card for the Etsy Inspired Challenge #84 - Cose Dolci.  Cose Dolci's little felt bowl was so cute.  I wanted to make a simple card.  To give it a little something extra, I chose to work with an embossed Core'dinations background, and I decided to emboss some of my little hearts with a couple of Cuttlebug folders! I thought it turned out pretty well!  This week's sponsor is Caffinated Cropper so whoever wins this challenge is pretty lucky!

Supply list:
Card base: unknown (stash)
background paper: Core'dinations, CE Weathered Tin Mixed Dots
hearts:  various scraps including Core'dinations, CE Amazon Seedling
hearts cut from Cricut (some embossed with Cuttlebug folders)

Ink and stamp: CTMH

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wood Grain card

I had fun creating this card with wood grain! I made it for a Cards magazine challenge.
Supply list:
Papers: Cosmo Cricket
woodgrain card base-Nutmeg Maple  
yellow and green-Garden Variety
Stamp: Unity, Delightful Moments
Diecut cloud:  Sizzix
Rectangles:  Spellbinders in Sizzix machine
Twill ribbon: CTMH
Rickrack and buttons: my stash (vendors unknown)

UPDATED POST:  4/24/2010 My card was on the Cards magazine blog: It was so fun to see my card there with all of the other fantastic creations!! Yeah!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

1994 Tiger

I created this layout for a Page Maps Couture Cardstock challenge.

Supply list:
Yellow cardstock is Couture cardstock
hand-made shimmery concoction out of reinkers and gold pearlex
stamp: CTMH
rhinestone and brads:  Kaiser
argyle embossing on black paper: Sizzix embossing folder
Crafter's Workshop template used during misting

Monday, April 19, 2010

1965 Twins

Dahlia Outdoor Pillow, 20"

I created this layout for the Bo Bunny challenge to Grab an Ad and use it to inspire a scrapbook layout! I used Flutter Butter and Clover Dot for this challenge.  The only other items I used on the layout were some fun green crochet flowers that my friend made me and some hand-made flowers that I made out of Bo Bunny paper and then misted with a home-made shimmery concoction made from reinkers and gold pearl-ex.  I hope you enjoy this layout as much as I enjoyed making it.  It is of my mom and grandma holding me and my twin sister when we were babies in 1965!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

200804 Dream Big

I did this layout for a My Mind's Eye challenge based on the song Dream Big by Ryan Shupe and The RubberBand.  These pictures were taken in 2008 during my niece's sophomore year in high school.  I thought the song fit very well because teenage girls have so many challenges to face these days.  They have so much more to deal with than I did as a girl.  This tribute is a reminder for my niece to always Dream Big!!  If you have never heard this song, I put a link to it on the song title!

Supply list:
Papers:  My Mind's Eye, MMEBK1
D R E A M: My Mind's Eye, Wild Asparagus
Brown swirl: My Mind's Eye, Snowed in Accessory Sheet
Birds: My Mind's Eye, Bohemia "Blossom" card kit
  NOTE:  I used this brown swirl with the birds to show how sometimes you have to shift your dreams, but you should still aim high and keep flying!
Border:  My Mind's Eye, Laundry Line Coastal "Curious" Chipboard Borders
Flowers: Prima
Dream Grommet: We R Memory Keepers
Pearls: Mark Richards
Scallop edge on paper: Fiskars

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bass Guitar--Hand Made by Steve and Mitch

Here is a layout I made out of Little Yellow Bicycle's Generation Z.  It definitely tells a story!  It shows my teenage son, Mitch, making his very own bass guitar with his Dad. I hung the banner/chipboard elements from a real guitar string.   I used black and white photos because I thought the Christmas colors in the last photo would clash with the cool colors of the Generation Z paper!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tennessee - May 2000 Mitch and his little Bear

I scrapped some old pictures of Mitch holding a little bear we got him on our trip to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.  These pictures were pre-digital, so the quality isn't as good as it could be.  The colors are more vibrant in real life, also!  I used a Sketch 193 over at Scrapbook Challenges.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Mom Gardening

The picture of my mom and brother was taken many years ago.  I created it to share my mom's love of gardening.

Cardstock and vellum – Couture Cardstock
Patterned paper, chipboard, photo hangers:  Cosmo Cricket
Brads - unknown
Ink – Close to My Heart
Corn, tomato and carrot embellishments- handmade by me

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lemon Yellow Sunny Card

Etsy Inspired Challenge #83 - The Mouse Market

Springtime Lemon Chiffon Cake (1/12 scale)

I found this cool challenge where you take an image from an Etsy site and then make a card inspired by it! I love Etsy--my husband is an artisan that uses Etsy, too!  So, naturally I decided to play along.  I was inspired by the lemon creation you see above to create this sunny little card! My friend made me the sweet little white crochet flower so I was excited to use it in this card!! Thanks for looking--I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Memphis - She loved; They loved

We went to Memphis for a couple of days over Spring Break this year.  My favorite part of the trip was the zoo where we got to see two adorable panda bears!  We are so spoiled with having the free St. Louis zoo so close to us that most zoos have a tough act to follow. But, the Memphis zoo had a lot to offer so we had a really nice time there!  We all really enjoyed the new Teton Trek which had grizzly bears and wolves.  The only other thing we really did was hang out downtown for a little bit.  We all enjoyed the music on Beale Street.  

This layout is a bit unusual for me as I have basically made two layouts in one.  The SHE (loved) on the left side is very feminine with flowers and butterflies in soft colors.   The THEY (loved) on the right side is very masculine with a grunge feel.   

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Live Laugh Love to Play -- 1995 pictures of Mitch

Loving going back to my son's baby pictures and creating fun layouts for challenges!  This is in honor of Mitch's 16th birthday which is coming up on Wednesday!!! I have entered it into a Cosmo Cricket contest!!! If you enjoy my work, will you please consider following me? Thanks!

Cosmo Cricket
Lil' Man Silly Sam (both sides)
Garden Variety (dots)
Chipboard:  Ready Set Chip Blue Line and Red Line
Swirl is a die cut from Dutch Girl
Buttons are vintage from my mom's stash (the only non Cosmo Cricket item)

Tools used: Cricut to cut and Cuttlebug folder to emboss P L A Y
Culuzzle to cut both circles
Cricut to cut hearts and chipboards

Friday, April 9, 2010

1995 Spring Photos-Mitch

I used Sketch Inspiration #118 to create this fun layout from 1995. I am entering it into a paper popsicles challenge.  I hand-made a flower and put a heart- button in it. I also made my own shimmery mist out of alcohol ink, re-inker and pearl ex. You can see that I used a butterfly mask when I misted my page. It is strange to use so much pink in a boy's layout, but the beautiful flowering tree that spring is a big focus in this layout! I only have the one child--so I have to get girly stuff in there sometimes!! :-)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Altered Egg

I made this for a ScrapFit challenge!  I used Jillibean Soup patterned paper (three different sheets but six patterns).  I had to go to St. Louis--two hours away from my house--to Archivers to get it, but it was worth it!!! :-) I really like the quality and design of Jillibean Soup's papers!
I hope you enjoy my little project!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Elephant Birthday Card

This is my second post today. Please take a look at my Fish Card that I posted earlier!!

American Crafts: Dear Lizzy badges
American Crafts: patterned paper:  spring & summer teapot (front and back)
American Crafts: ribbons
American Crafts: pen is Galaxy Marker in Rocket Red
Sizzix: sun
Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots folder
CTMH: Elephant stamp
Cricut: Balloon
EK Success : decorative edge border

Fish Card

I have two posts today!  I had fun making this card.  I bought some handmade-recycled paper at an art store in St. Louis last weekend.  I used it to make this Fish Card which I made based on the sketch from CPS Challenge #161:

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Chocolate Bunny in Yellow and Green

This morning, I created this Chocolate Bunny card to celebrate Easter.  I had a couple of challenges in mind when I did this card.
I got the color scheme from Color Throwdown #86

I got the sketch from CPS Challenge #160:

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