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Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 2011 Sketch Blog Challenge

Hello!! Thanks for stopping by :). Today brings you another project featuring the latest sketch challenge from The Scrapping Stamper. I mixed it up this time around and did a card using her sketch instead of a layout. Since my Christmas cards still are not done, I thought this would be a perfect chance to get one more done. Here is her sketch this month:
Here's my take on her sketch: The details are fairly simple for this card. I used Coredination Paper for the card base (Scarlet) and layered that with Bazzill (Vanilla). The Christmas papers are by My Mind's Eye from the Merry Days of Christmas collection. I think this came out in 2010. I have a ton of it in my stash as I really like this line. The papers really coordinate together nicely. The Merry Christmas sentiment is by Just Rite and is included in the Sparky and Friends set. I love the new Just Rite cling stamps! Nothing beats really nice cling rubber stamps. I used Tim Holtz's Walnut Stain for my ink. His ink has become my "go to" ink lately as it is perfect for so many projects! The pendant was punched out using Stampin Up's Pendant Punch set. Lastly, of course I can't have a project without bling! The little red rhinestones are by Kaisercraft and add just the right amount of sparkle.

That's it! Fairly simple overall. The most challenging part for me was cutting all of the pieces to fit propery on the card front. I hope you'll give this sketch a try on your next project. Be sure to stop pay The Scrapping Stamper's blog and leave her some scrappy love. Have a wonderful weekend! Come back soon :).

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Card Class

Hello!! I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged. I have been so super busy at work and home life but I am determined to bring this thing back to life!! I am very fortunate to have TWO brand new scrapbook stores open up locally in the last few months - Whimsy and Easy As Cat Soup. I am super excited that they BOTH have allowed me to start teaching at their stores. My next class will be at Easy as Cat Soup on December 3, 2011. This will be a Christmas Card Class featuring the three cards below. These cards feature the new Winter Twig line by Little Yellow Bicycle. If you'd like to sign up for the class, you can reach Easy as Cat Soup at (864) 964-2777. The cost is just $18 which includes all supplies (you'll just need to bring your basic tool kit). Hope to see you there!!





Monday, September 26, 2011

Fancy Paper Crafters Winner Announced

Hello! I recently posted a refer a friend giveaway on Fancy Paper Crafters (http://fancypapercrafters.ning.com/forum/topics/fancy-paper-crafters-giveaway). We were offering up these three fabulous Spellbinders dies:



We gained several new members thanks to your support in getting our name out. If you missed out this round, don't worry as we will be giving more goodies away in the future. Without further ado .... we have a winner!! Congrats goes to Stephanie King!! Stephanie was referred by an existing member Kimberly Hellams. Kimberly will also receive a goodie from me for her support :). Keep your eyes on the message boards for future giveaways (http://fancypapercrafters.ning.com/forum). Happy crafting!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

September 2011 Sketch Challenge

Howdy! I am loving the cooler weather we have been experiencing over the last couple of days. It makes me look forward to all the great fall colors that are forthcoming. My scraproom has been an absolute disaster and I am slowly working my way through it to get things back in order. I've got lots of stuff for sale and just need to find the time to try to sell it all LOL! I did stop for a bit and played with the latest sketch challenge by Shannon White (http://scraplady324.blogspot.com/). I've always wanted to try using crimped paper in a layout and I really enjoyed it! Here is Shannon's sketch this month:


Here is my take on her sketch (in case haven't guess by now, I usually don't vary a lot from a sketch LOL):


No real deviations this time other than removing some of the journaling/title information. I don't usually do "titles" on my pages as I include the information in the journaling section instead. This allows me to be a bit more creative with the layout itself and not so stuck on coming up with a title. Anyway, the details are fairly simple. Paper includes Basic Grey Lemonade Collection (Frosted Berry and Pink Fizz) and some random scraps of vellum I had in my stash. The cardstock is a knock off version of Bazzill. I went to a scrapbooking convention recently where they were selling 5 lbs of paper for $19.99 (do you have any idea how much paper you can get for 5 lbs?! - a lot let me tell ya!). I used my Fiskars Star Burst Squeeze Punches to create the "bursts" under my photos. The bling (I wonder if I will ever again make a layout without bling :)) is from Recollections and Diamond Dew Drops (and the little black dots used for the center of the bursts were also purchased at the convention but I have no idea the vendor name as it isn't on the package). Lastly, I used my Fiskars paper crimper to add dimension to the layout.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend :). Happy scrapping!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fancy Paper Crafters Giveaway

Have you seen these new Spellbinder Nestabilities and Shapeabilities that have been popping up in stores? They offer the most cutting and embossing detail in dies available in the market today. Cut, emboss and stencil all your craft projects with these unique die templates! Want to know how you can WIN all three of these? Check out all the details on the Fancy Paper Crafters Ning website here: http://fancypapercrafters.ning.com/forum/topics/fancy-paper-crafters-giveaway.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 2011 Sketch Challenge

Well hello again! Are you all enjoying your summer? I, for one, could do without the heat and humidity of the South! I've enjoyed having a bit of time in my scraproom though to get out from the heat. This month's sketch challenge by Shannon White (http://scraplady324.blogspot.com/) was fun for me to work with. I had these couple of pictures from when my youngest niece was born and I thought they worked out perfectly for this layout. This pushed me outside of my shell a bit as I don't normally do baby layouts since we do not have human children (only fur-babies). Anyway, here is Shannon's sketch this month:

And here is my take on her sketch:

I followed it relatively closely this time around with just a few alterations. I couldn't get my second picture small enough so I just kept it larger and just made a slight variation to suit my needs. Overall, you can certainly "see" the sketch in my layout - which is the point right?! :) The details for this layout are pretty simple. The decorative papers that create the base of the layout and some of the strips behind the photos are by Best Creation and are a part of their relatively new line called Bunny Love. It is intended to be used as Easter paper (hence the name Bunny Love) but I think it works quite nicely for baby layouts given the colors. I snagged that paper at my local scrapbook store, Scrapnesia. The other paper is all by Coredinations (Buttercup, Grassroots, Exotic Orchids and Royal Orchid). On the strips behind the photos, I used a Martha Stewart border punch (it worked really well on this thick paper!). The little bit of bling (you know I love my bling!) is by Zva. The remaining items are just a few various buttons, some pop up dots and computer journaling (Kristen ITC font).

Well, thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to give some love to Shannon White on another fabulous sketch.

Until next time ... Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 2011 Sketch Challenge

Hello fellow bloggers! I hope you all are enjoying the start of your summers. It has been crazy hot here in SC which has kept me indoors as much as possible (I hate summer with a passion as I can't stand being hot). It's time for the monthly sketch challenge by Shannon White, The Sketch Lady. This sketch was meant to focus on the "burst" in the background. I have never worked with a burst like this and decided to alter mine to a "flower" to fit my pictures. Here is Shannon's sketch this month:
This layout was included in a scrapbook I made for my oldest niece as a graduation present. She was such an adorable kid (and gorgeous young lady now) and I couldn't resist using these pictures of her and my nephew. It's hard to believe that she's already graduating (where did the time go?!). I kept the layout as simple as I could as I didn't want to overwhelm these cute pictures. Here's what I came up with this month:
The details on this layout are quite simple. The purplish decorative paper is by Sandylion and is part of the Disney Fairies line (Fairy Dust). The pink decorative paper that I used as the base for the whole layout is by Moxxie and is part of their Easter line (Pink/Purple). These papers were purchased at my local scrapbook store Scrapnesia. The cardstock is by Bazzill and is Berry Blush (pink) and Purple Palisades (purple). My scrappy friends will be shocked to see that I actually used stickers but I'm finding that the nicer stickers like these actually help a layout instead of making it look like stickers threw up all over the layout LOL. The phrase stickers are by Me and My Big Ideas and are part of the Forever Celebrate collection. Last but not least are the little pearls in the upper right hand corner. I'm in love with all forms of bling and you will rarely find one of my layouts that doesn't have it. These are the Pearl Stickers by Recollections.

That's it for now folks! Be sure to stop on by Shannon White's blog and leave her some scrappy love. Happy scrapping!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

May 2011 Sketch Challenge

Hello blogland! Wow! Life sure has been crazy busy for me lately. I can't believe how fast time is flying by. It's time once again for the monthly sketch challenge issued by The Scrapping Stamper. Shannon White designs her own sketches each month and sends them out to her sketch team to see what we can come up with. Here is the sketch for this month:


I love love love double page layouts. This one was a bit of challenge for me as I don't typically have any lap over between my pages (meaning, there's not normally anything like pictures or circles that cross between the middle part of the layout). However, now that I challenged myself to give this a try, I discovered that I really like the way it turned out. So, without further ado, here's my take on her sketch:


Want the details behind this layout? I used my favorite circle cutter by Creative Memories. The decorative paper is part of the Show Choir line by Moxxie (purchased at a LSS - Scrapnesia). For the cardstock, I used Cranberry and Melon by American Crafts and French Vanilla by Bazzill. The flowers are also from Bazzill - I love fabric flowers! The bling is from Zva Creative (Number CR-01CB-118). For my flower centers, I used Robin's Nest Dew Drops - Dark Vanilla and various buttons from my stash. I used the Broadway font in Word for my journaling.

Well, that wraps up this month's challenge. Be sure to check out Shannon's blog and leave her from scrappy love :). Until next time ... Happy scrapping!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fancy Paper Crafters - April Fun

The swaps and challenges for the month of April have been posted over at Fancy Paper Crafters. You can check out the swaps here: http://fancypapercrafters.ning.com/forum/topics/april-2011-swaps and the challenges here: http://fancypapercrafters.ning.com/forum/topics/april-2011-challenge. We've got lots of fun stuff going on so be sure to check it out today!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Sketch Challenge

Well, it's that time of month again ... time for the monthly sketch challenge issued by The Scrapping Stamper. Shannon White designs her own sketches each month and sends them out to her sketch team to see what we can come up with. Here is the sketch for this month:


This one was so much fun to play with and was super easy to follow. Sometimes I use sketches that are just too busy and have way too much stuff going on that it makes it very difficult to decipher. I end up getting frustrated and tossing out the whole project and starting over. Here's my take on her sketch this month:


Want the details behind this layout? It's pretty simple ... I used Bazzill Chocolate Chip as my base and part of the picture mat. I used Coredination cardstock for the yellow and the orangish part of the picture mat. The title was from an old stack of stickers (my scrappy friends will be shocked that I actually used a sticker but I just thought this one fit so perfectly for this layout!). The bling at the top of the photo is by Bazzill as well and the bling paw print is by The Paper Studio. Last but not least is the patterned paper which is part of new BasicGrey Max & Whiskers collection that I purchased at Scrapnesia. This has quickly become my new favorite line of paper for the billion dog photos I have.

So, that's about all for this time around. Shannon also created a super cute blog badge but I can't figure out how to get it on my blog LOL. I just can't seem to learn blogger very well no matter how many tutorials I read :).

Hope you enjoy my layout! Happy scrapping :)!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thinking of You Card

I'm posting again already :) ... I'm quite proud of myself LOL. This little card was special ordered by a friend of mine. I take a lot of pride in my work and hope that I have earned a new customer. In case you didn't know, I have my own company, Fancy Paper Company in which I create specialized cards, invitations, scrapbooks, etc. This card is also serving another purpose ... Katie Cotton, owner of Paper Makeup Stamps, has set up a new Facebook business page for Paper Makeup Stamps. She's got a little contest going on to feature her stamps. Whichever card receives the most "likes" under the Feb Fan Favorite Contest will receive a $20 gift certificate! I've submitted my card and would very much appreciate you "liking" my card. Please click HERE to vote and "like" my card ... voting will end March 6.



So, the details of my card are pretty simple. I found this general sketch on the Split Coast Stampers website. The brown card base is paper from Papertrey Ink. I love the smooth cardstock that they offer as it is perfect for cards! The olive cardstock is by Core'dinations but I cannot recall which specific color I used as it was from my stash. The orange cardstock was from Bazzill. I used one of the new embossing folders from Tim Holtz/Sizzix that I purchased at AC Moore on the olive cardstock. I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the orange cardstock. I am really loving the border punches lately! The decorative paper was also from my stash but I think it is by October Afternoon. The stamps are from Paper Makeup Stamps. I used the Mudslide color for the ink by ColorBox (the newest archival dye ink). I really love this ink as it stamps a lot like StazOn but doesn't require the specialized cleaner.

Well, that about does it. I hope you like it! Have a crafty day!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sketch Challenge

Hey y'all! Wow I am so falling behind on my goal to post more on my blog this year! Here's a little post for the monthly Sketch Challenge being put on by Shannon White over at http://scraplady324.blogspot.com/. She creates her own unique sketches and provides them to a group of her fellow scrappers. This was the sketch for the month of February:



This month, I took the traditional approach to scrapbooking and made a 12 x 12 layout. Since we do not have any human children (yet!), I of course had to scrap my furry baby girl, Freckles. I had lots of fun with this sketch. She loves chasing lasers and these are a few pictures I was able to snap quickly before she ran off after it. Be sure to check out Shannon's blog so you can see all the samples using this fabulous sketch!



Happy scrapping!! :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sketch Challenge

Shannon White over at http://scraplady324.blogspot.com/ is hosting a Sketch Blog Challenge each month. She creates her own unique sketches and provides them to a group of her fellow scrappers. This was the sketch for the month of January:



I decided to do this sketch using digital scrapbooking since I'm just getting into it. I had so much fun!! I can't wait for next month's challenge :). Make sure you check out Shannon's blog HERE.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Digi Scrap Project

So, one of my goals for 2011 is to learn how to digitally scrapbook. I don't think that I will go total digi as I've got too much money invested in my current supplies. Also, I like to "touch" and work with actual product and just don't get this doing digital stuff. Anyway, this first layout was done using completely free stuff I found on the internet. I have no idea where it came from as I downloaded it a while ago. This is a super simple layout since it's only my first try. Anyway, just thought this was a fun way to ring in the New Year. Freckles (dog below) and I send you all a big Happy New Year wish!!