Showing posts with label Cosmo Cricket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cosmo Cricket. Show all posts

Thursday, November 17, 2011

She's "fwee" Today!

My baby girl turned 3 at the end of October, which is soo hard to believe!  I was inspired to scrap the photos of her blowing out the candles on her cake by this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch and the Happy Day collection sent to me by Simple Stories for being their guest designer this month (THANKS for having me). Check out those projects in yesterday's blog post.
Supplies: Simple Stories Happy Day Collection: Let's Party, Flash Cards papers; Signature Elements 2x12 & 4x12 Title Strip Elements, 12x12 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers; American Crafts Thickers "Stroll"; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Alphas in red/cream; Kaiser Craft Tiny Alpha Stickers "Toffee Apple"; Mister Hueys Color Mist in Lemonade; homemade blue mist; Shimmerz miniZ "Bed of Roses"; Zig marker in Chocolate; misc. red/white/blue twine; Martha Stewart punch; Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro; small wooden clothespins; misc. thread.

The papers and bits from the Happy Day collection were such a perfect fit, from the colors to the celebration sentiments.  I just love how so much of it is done for you and helps take a bit of the guess work out.  Don't get me wrong, it took me a while to determine which particular papers to use, layering, placement, etc but all in all it came together pretty fast.

To get the paint splatters more "clumpy" than spritzy I unscrewed and removed the spray nozzle from the container.  Then I flicked it with my finger.  It's still an unpredictable pattern but it's usually right where I want it.  To get the circle ring, I sprayed some of the mist into the cap, turned it over and pressed it on the paper.

I had the red, white and blue baker's twine but I really wanted a bit of yellow so I laid it out and then misted it a bit with the yellow.  I love how it came out.

The rest was layering, punching, gathering and stitching. Here's the sketch that inspired my layout above. 

Make sure to head over to Sketchy Thursdays to see the prize that's up for grabs from Lindy's Stamp Gang for playing along this week.  Oh and guess what, we're "off" for Thanksgiving so you have two weeks to play along AND they'll be drawing 2 prize winners instead of 1!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Finding our way through the Corn Maze

If you've been following along, you probably know how much we love out annual trip to Dewberry Farm.  There's a pumpkin patch, jumping pillows, petting zoo, tons of rides and so much more, we always have a blast! There's also a corn maze.  We always go through it but we never finish it. 

A couple of us on the Imaginisce design team were give an assignment.  It's called the Art of Journaling.  That's all we were given as guidance.  I took the assignment very literally.

Supplies used: Imaginisce Happy Harvest colleciton - 003337 (Autumn Splendor), 003338 (Apple Crsip), 003339, 003342 (I Love Fall), 003353 (Fall Friends Icon DieCuts); i-top 2.0 small & medium brads, 18 & 22 mm punches; Bazzill Basics (Navel); Copic Sketch Markers in YG63, YR07, Y17; Kaisercraft Tiny Alpha Stickers (Toffee Apple); Cosmo Cricket Ready - Set - Chip adhesive chipboard alpha - Red Line (Used the negative space); green rafia; misc orange and chocolate ribbon

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 I put a lot more focus on my journaling than I normally do and I got a bit creative with my Copics.  Here's what I did.  While sketching out my layout, I purposefully set aside about 1/3 of my "white space" for the journaling. I put the layout all together and then I wrote out my journaling on a scrap piece of paper.  I chose certain words I wanted accented.  Then I took about half of those and drew a box around them. I took the other half and wrote them in different font.  This was my guide for spacing on the actual layout.  Once I had it how I wanted it I drew lines on my layout in pencil and starting writing with my chocolate marker.  Once dried, I erase the pencil lines, drew my boxes and just randomly started coloring. 

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I also used the new Imaginisce i-top 2.0 tool that I recently got. I have to tell you that I just love the new i-top.  It's just easier to use and the rubber grips at the top are much improved.  Like I said, it's just easier, not that the other was hard.  :)

Did you notice that the brads I made are made from rafia?  I wanted to try to mimic the corn maze. Being on the DT (and actually just in general), I am all about trying new things with the tool. Here's what I did:
  1. I punched the disk out of green paper, applied adhesive to the paper with the goodies Glue Arts sent me and then I pressed the rafia to the adhesive.  I was so happy at how well it stuck to it!
  2.  Then I cut the snipped the rafia, cutting around the circle as well as between the crevices.

Then I attached the brad using my i-top like I normally would with paper of fabric. It was a bit bulkier but it held extremely well!

I want to show you one more thing...I made the title by tracing the negative space of alphabet chipboard. I did this because I didn't want to detract from the photos or the journaling but it could also come in handy if you are running low on alphas.  If you're like me and haven't cleaned up your scrap stash lately, you probably have some alpha chipboard laying around somewhere.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

She's Growing Up Too Fast!

My oldest daughter turned 8 on October 1 and all I think about when I think of her age is how fast it's gone by.  Seriously, too fast. 

We took the family out for a birthday celebration and let her choose the restaurant.  If you know my daughter, you would understand how WONDERFUL it was that she wanted to get so dressed up, from the headband to the fancy shoes.  Then, she was willing to pose for these photos...AMAZING, trust me!

Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Fresh Picked October 2011 kit: Pebbles Fresh Goods Windows Display paper, Pebbles Fresh Goods Embossed Masking Tape Stickers, Crate Paper Textile 12X12 Random Collection Paper, Fancy Pants School Days No.2 Pencils paper, Studio Calico Scrap Pad, Pink Paislee Sawdust Wood Alphabet, Girls' Paperie Tiny Alphas Tinsel, .05 black pen, Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro, Close to My Heart Red Ink

I created this layout with the Scrapbook Circle Fresh Picked October 2011 kit and this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch.  This layout was a total breeze to pull together. I mean, I had to put some thought into the photos and sizes and do some fussy cutting and place everything "just so" so it still took me a while but not as long as usual.

The alphas are actually wooden alphas that I inked red and then stamped over in blue, using different stamp designs.  I love how they turned out.

What I don't love is how messy they made my layout, AFTER I ADHERED EVERYTHING TO THE PAGE! You see, after I glued everything down I wrote all my journaling.  When I was done, I looked at my layout and this is what I saw:
[insert GASP! here]  I looked around my page and as suspected, there were red and blue random smudges here and there.  I looked at my arm and yep, my palm and arm were covered in ink. I washed it off again and again and again. 

I debated on adding "artistic" smudges to the rest of the layout but it wasn't going to work and wasn't the look I wanted so I resigned myself to start over. FUN...NOT! Most of it came off the page easily, except the border at the top that ripped and the alphas and hearts that I glued with super ultra bond glue.  Can you hear my sarcasm as you read this?

Yay for me (again, sarcasm)! This is what I get for scrapping under the influence (of seasonal allergies) and being impatient waiting for the ink to dry. Luckily, I was able to salvage it but like I said, I did have to re-work the whole thing. Oh and I looked at my arm again 4 hours later, and I found a distinct backwards "ro" that I missed in my initial scrub-down. And there's still traces of ink on my hand and fingertips too.  [ sigh ]
Thanks for looking today. Tell me I'm not the only one who has had to re-make a layout for one reason or another.

Now head over to Sketch Thursdays and play along with us! You could something great from Let's Capture Our Memories

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Slice of Paradise...Bon Voyage

I have so much to share with you today!

First, I am soooooooo excited to say that I've been invited back to serve on the Sketchy Thursdays design team! I just love those gals and the sketches they create each week are AH-MAZING! I've said it before, but I'll say it again...I feel so lucky and honored! See the announcement and who else made the team HERE!

Second, below is my take on this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch. The reveal happens to coincide with my reveal for the new Imaginisce collection, Bon Voyage.  These photos were taken on our first trip to Turneffe Island Lodge several years ago. The island is a 1 1/2 hour boat ride from Belize City to the southern tip of Turneffe Atoll. They spoiled us by picking us up on a helicopter and it was exhilirating and sooo breathtaking.  See that little island? It's so intimate and I think you can walk around it in 5 minutes.  We've been three times (by boat now) and have plans to return again (hopefully soon). If you are a die hard scuba diver, this is the place for you!!!
Supplies: Bazzill White Cardstock, Imaginisce Bon Voyage Collection - Postcard from Afar 003378, Incredible Journey 003380, Stateroom Baggage 003377, First Class 003375, Travel the World Chipboard Sticker 003388, Destination Die Cuts 003390
Make sure to play along with Sketchy Thursdays this week for your chance to win goodies from Your Memories Here!

Third, I also created more fun things for the Imaginisce reveal...some I am showing today (see below) and some I am reserving for an upcoming date that I will be "hogging the blog" over at Imaginisce - a 2 page layout and a mini travel album!

I created this card using the Bon Voyage line and cut the compass with the Cricut Going Places cartridge. I have no idea why the ribbon looks lighter in the's a perfect match :-o

My last reveal today is a pair of luggage tags. I used them on a recent trip and it made spotting my bags super easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rheagan's Bunny Days

The girls look forward to their yearly visit to a local photo studio to play with the bunnies. It’s so hard to believe that Easter is just a few days away and we haven’t even taken the kids to see the Easter Bunny yet.

I have used the Hello Sunshine kit from Scrapbook Circle to it's fullest. It's just packed with so much srappy goodness and it's definitely my go-to stash.  When I got it in the mail I immediately chose my inspiration for this layout when I saw the Crate Paper Neighborhood collection chipboard, specifically the Easter Egg Banner so I set it aside and saved it.

The Egg banner is what inspired this entire layout; well that and Easter coming up.  I used the April sketch from Crate Paper and everything just fell into place so quickly with this layout,  giving me more time to prepare for this weekend’s festivities. I'm betting we'll visit the  Easter bunny on Friday.

Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Hello, Sunshine kit: Crate Paper Neighborhood Collection - Block Party, Garden, Visit papers, chipboard stickers; Bo Bunny Ad Lib, twine, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type.

I hope you have a great Hump Day.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hopscotch & A Tag

I love these One Item Wonder challenges the design team over at Scrapbook Circle is given. My item this month are these fun little chalkboard tags from the Hello, Sunshine kit. 

I used the first tag for my journaling on the hopscotch layout below. I also had fun with the playing cards from the Bella Blvd Family Dynamix papers and used the numbers and shapes to correspond with the hopscotch pattern.
Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Hello, Sunshine kit: Bella Blvd. Family Dynamix Mother's Day and Game Night papers; Cosmo Cricket Upcycle Bling Bling; Bo Bunny Ad Lib paper; Crate Paper Neighborhood Sticker Borders and Chipboard Accents; Canvas Corp Chalkboard Tag; white Uniball Signo broad pen.

I used the 2nd tag as a gift tag but I might even add it to a card or just add it to a cute little bottle or jar of goodies for someone special, I haven't decided. I misted the white and blue twine with yellow to give the blue a more green shade to match the blue-green in the caption and also to give the white a pretty yellow tint to match the bird and flower.
Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Hello, Sunshine kit: Canvas Corp Chalkboard Tag; Crate Paper Neighborhood Chipboard Accents, sticker borders and block party paper; Bo Bunny Ad Lib, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas, white Uniball Signo broad pen.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Special {Pre-K Graduation} Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Did you remember to wear green today? I did my St. Patty's layout for last week's Sketchy Thursdays reveal so I thought I'd pay tribute to this fun holiday by including something green.

It's a Sketchy Thursdays kind of day and oh how I have loved my time on the Sketchy Thursdays Design team! Did you know they are having a DT call and that tomorrow is the deadline to get your app in? What are you waiting for?

This week's sketch was PERFECT for a few of the photos I had of my oldest daughter's Pre-K graduation. So not only did I have a great sketch to work with but SRM Stickers sent everyone on the design team some great stickers and I got graduation ones, along with several others. I have plans for lots of cards and several more layouts with those babies!

Back to the Pre-K graduation - they were so cute singing their heart's out up on the stage. Check her out!

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Social Club Collection: Jazz, Cocktail, Blue Eyes, Elements papers, Borders, Chipboard Stickers; SRM Stickers - Sticker Sentiments #51013 Congratulations; Paint - Americana Tuscan Red, Folk Art Midnight, White with Olive, Chocolate and Blue re-inker mixed to make green.
Come play along with us this week and show us what you got!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Day at the Park

We usually join daddy on 1 or 2 of his business trips to Orlando each year and turn it into a Disney weekend for the girls. The girls LOVE staying at the hotel near his office because they have a breakfast buffet every morning and a pull out sleeper sofa. Oh the joys of being a kid. When daddy goes to work, we usually hit Lake Eola Park at least once. It's a nice stroll around the lake and the play area is really great. Here's a couple of pics of Rheagan climbing one of the huge jungle gyms there.

This layout is a scraplift of a layout submitted by Debbie to Scrapbook Circle's Facebook page. Each month we select a few layouts that have been posted to our Facebook page and the design team does their take on it. To see the original layout visit today's blog post on Scrapbook Circle. Here's my rendition of it. Thanks for the inspiration, Debbie!

My layout:
Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Happy Days kit - Basic Grey Hopscotch - Playground, Kissing Tag, Skip to My Lou Papers & Tabs; Cosmo Cricket Alphas; Not in Kit - Basic Grey "draft" paper and CTMH On This Day stamp.
Debbie's original layout using the January 2011 kit:

Here's what I incorporated from her layout into mine:
  1. Grid Paper
  2. The banner & twine
  3. Hearts
  4. The small bracket
  5. The placement of her photo (I turned her journal spots into additional photo spots)
  6. Her flower embellishments

Thursday, February 10, 2011

ME & My Shadow

Can I just tell you how cute my little baby girl is??? She and I were waiting for her sister and daddy to ride Goofy's Barnstormer ride at Disney World last December and there was this cute little house/play area. She was walking all around and checking things out and I was just snapping pics of her being cute. I honestly can't remember registering in my mind that she was doing what she was doing.  It wasn't until earlier this week when I was looking at some other pics of her at Disney  at this same locale that I realized she was making hand puppets and playing with her shadow.  These pictures became instantly priceless and were perfect for this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch. I used the January kit from Scrapbook Circle, which has the perfect paper combos for what I had planned. Check out how darling she is.

Supplies: Scrapbook Circle January kit - Fancy Pants Love Birds Collection: Strips, Circle of Love, Sending My Love, LB Element; Glitz Love Nest Demask; misc. embellishments. Non-Kit Items: Bazzill Basics Caribbean Breeze; Girls' Paperie on holiday labels; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alphas; American Craft Thickers - Sprinkles & Vera Vinyl Letter Stickers

I had a hard time with the title because I wanted it to say Me and My Shadow. Then I wanted it to say Minnie and her shadow but it doesn't quite have the same ring as Me & My Shadow so I combined the two by using a large M and E and squeezing "inni" between the two. Then came the delimna of using "my" or "her". I ultimately went with "my" since the primary focus of the squeezed up "MinniE" reads like "ME" from a distance. I like my decision...what would you have done?

Make sure to check out what the other design team girls did with this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch and play along for your chance to win a yummy package from Pink Ninja Addicts or for your chance to become the Sketchy Thursdays FAVE!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Walk to Remember

Wow, 2 posts in one day. If you missed my news this morning check out my 1st post from earlier today.

I am SOOO happy to announce that I was selected to be on the Scrapbook Circle Design Team for the next 6 months. I loved their kits so much that when my girlfriend, Audrey, told me about the DT call I sent my application right in. I got my first kit, Happy Days, about a week ago and OMG it is AMAZING.  We have got some great things lined up for the month of February and I don't want to give too much away but be on the lookout for some HOPPIN' good opportunities to get your hands on your very own kit.  Until then, I'm gonna kick off the 1st project of February with something we like to call One Item Wonder.

Do you ever get something and WONDER what you will do with that ONE ITEM?  I am here to show you today what you can do with the transparency that came in February's Happy Days kit.  I also created this layout for the February Crop Suey Challenge, which is to use 9 different types of items on a project.

The dreaded transparency (actually, I am really fond of these but I felt it needed dramatic effect). The one I was given to work with is the yellow framed one on the bottom left with red metallic graph lines inside.
And now my layout:
Supplies: Pink Paislee Sweetness Pretty Lace Paper, Glitz Hoopla Polka Paper, October Afternoon Modern Homemaker Cheery Pie Paper, transparency, Basic Grey paper labels, Staz-On, Cosmo Cricket Alphas, Ribbon

 So, check out how I did it and then head over to today's blog post at Scrapbook Circle to see what Diana W did with her transparency (and to leave some LOVE):
  1. I took my x-acto knife and cut out the inside of the transparency to make a frame and adhered it to the photo to draw attention to the cute little kiddos.
  2. I stamped a swirly image using black staz-on to the leftover transparency.
  3. I cut out 4 scalloped circles.  The transparency is SUPER thick and my punch would not penetrate it so I hand cut them. It doesn't have to be perfect because of what you will do next.
  4. I took my heat embosser to them and melted away.  They ended up curling up A LOT so while they were still warm I just kind of scrunched them in my hands. Disclaimer: use gloves to avoid heat injury.
  5. I re-heated them if I didn't like the way they looked when cooled and it worked like a charm. Some of the transparency turned white, I guess where I applied the most heat and I really liked the effect.
  6. Once I was happy with them I applied them to my layout - 1 as an accent on the middle right and the other 3 are stacked on top of each other on the bottom left. 
Here's a close-up of the stacked "flower":

How cool is that?  And did you pay attention to what my 9 items were? I used Pattern Paper, a Photo Corner, Journaling, faux Lace Borders, a Transparency, a Label, StazOn Ink, Ribbon, a Button, Flowers, Alphas. Okay, so maybe I used more than 9 :) Make sure to head over to Crop Suey starting on February 5th to learn more about the challenge and how you can enter for a chance to win the prize from our fabulous sponsor.

And what are you waiting for? Lisa still has a few of the February Happy Days kits left so get yours hands on one while you can. :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Still in the Christmas Spirit!

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! We had plenty to eat, Santa arrived with loads of goodies for the little ones and we enjoyed lots of family time together. It was also my mom's birthday so were celebrating many wonderful things! If only we could have taken her out to eat somewhere (besides the always open on Christmas day Chinese stereo-type).

Here's the last Sketchabilities sketch of 2010. Take a look below at my take on Karan's fabulous sketch and the wonderful DT reveals on the Sketchabilities blog. I created this before the holidays so it's still all about Christmas.

Supplies: From the Scrapbook Circle kit - Crate Paper North Pole Collection - Sleigh Bells, Snow, Pine and Frosty papers; CTMH cream cardstock; Pink Paislee Expressions chipboard aphas in Limeade; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabets.

Thanks for looking! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

1st Birthday!

Well I guess you could say I am a bit behind on scrapping the "main events".  These can be quite a daunting undertaking.  You see, I scrap more "moments" than events, I think because the events usually mean an excessive amount of photos.  This particular event was my baby's 1st birthday (she's 2 now).  I was overwhelmed with the amount of photos I took on her birthday so I separated them into themes - presents, cake, family.  I decided to tackle "cake" first. I still had lots of pics and I didn't want the layout to look cluttered so when I saw this week's Sketchabilities sketch I had an idea.  First, here's the sketch and the layout.
Supplies: Sassafras Serendipity "Hog Heaven" - Chirp Chirp, Pinstriped, Lots O'Luck papers; Hog Heaven Journal/Tag Stickers; Hog Heaven Sweet Treats cardstock Stickers; Tattered Angels Pink Bubblegum and Spring Rain Glimmer Mist; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas; American Crafts crocheted flower; Queen & Co Felt Fusion; My Mind's Eye Twine

There's actually 12 photos on this layout.  I made a sort of mini album by cutting 2 strips of cardstock and then folded them evenly like an accordian.  I put the photos in the appropriate sequence on the folds.  I have 3 on the front and 3 on the back of each set. 

I used the very last sets of folds to journal on... 

I glued these cute little buttons on the top flaps and tied some twine around it.  I'm thinking I'll cut slits in the page protector so that people can untie it to see the photos instead of having to pull out the entire page. 

I also free-hand drew the balloon and then misted the background paper and the "1". The mist was a homemade mix of purple "gypsy" re-inker and Ranger Perfect Pearls "Blush" that I misted in a mini mister tube.  Then I used self-adhesive felt fusion for the balloon string. The felt typically runs in a continuous loop in the same direction, like in the upper right corner, so I cut it up and turned it around to give it the effect of floating in the air, hence the cloud. I LOVE clouds on my layouts, btw. The banner is actually made from the decorative cutaway trim that came with some of the coordinating paper. I just cut it up, free-style hand cut the purple starbursts and then applied alphas and then more twine.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cute Little Chicks: Coordinates Collections November Blog Hop Challenge, Sketchy Thursdays and ScrapFIT

The kids were at their grandparents this weekend so I had the chance to go on a couple of dates with the hubby but between that and sleeping in, I scrapped away in my new scrap room! I promise to post photos some day. ;)  So, I've got quite a few new layouts to post.  The one for today combines 3 different challenges:
To meet the challenge requirements I used photos that actually include hexagon shapes (how perfect was that?), plus burlap and then I fussy cut hexagons from paper from the Scrapbook Circle November kit. I love the paper and embellishments combos that Lisa puts together. And the sketch was just the inspiration I needed to put it all together!!

Supplies: Crate Paper School Spirit Collection - Ruler and Chemistry paper; misc. burlap; Jillibean Soup corrugated shapes; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas; Basic Grey archiac alpha stickers; Martha Stewart baker's twine; Tattered Angels Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist; Glossy Accents; CTMH Chocolate Ink; misc. buttons
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