Wednesday, April 21, 2010

So Much To Do ...

and so little time!  I have all these projects and photos to scrap and all these ideas in my head that I just can't wait to get out.  Sure, work and family keep me busy but I always reserve time every night to sit down at my scrappin' desk.  Now that I have it all organized I'm itching to whip up all these projects.  The problem is time because I need more than 24 hours in a day but since I can't change that I have to figure out how to whittle down my project list.  I seem to do better when I have a deadline and someone else is counting on me so I'm thinking about venturing out and submitting for another Design Team (if they'll have me).  I am specifically going to search out one that offers a monthly kit or goodies to play with.  I am thoroughly enjoying using up the hundreds of papers and embellies I have in my stash but I just ordered a kit from Noel Mignon (see kit below) and it was like Christmas when I opened it.  I loved the feeling of uncertainty and all the oohs and ahhs I was saying.  I would love to have that every month!  So I guess I'm off to find a new DT call.  And tonight I'll be finishing up some layouts I have in progress because I am dying to play with this new kit.
Noel Mignon Playdate Kit

Monday, April 19, 2010

What in the World

have I been up to?  I haven't posted in over a month but that doesn't mean I haven't been scrappin'.  Let's see, since my last post I headed to the West Coast for a business trip, then to the East Coast for a mini vacation to Disney World, I went on a scrapbooking weekend getawat, then I've dealt with the added stress of trying to sell our house, launch 3 huge projects at work and a very sick grandma and last but NEVER, ever least is quality time with my family.  So now that I've explained my posting absence, here's a couple of projects I've been working on.  I have more that I will post soon (once I take pictures of them).

Nuts About Sketches - Week 105 Sketch & Layout

The picture does not do this layout justice.  I handstamped the butterflies to look like the one painted on Rheagan's face.  First I stamped it in Bubblegum Pink, then I inked the outer edge of the stamp in Amethyst Purple and then I went back and added White Daisy in to the middle.  After that was dry I added bling on the body of the butterflies to represent the glitter on the butterflies.  Lastly, I hand drew and hand embroidered the antennaes and flying path.  I am confident that I will go back and sew along the edges of the tilted paper and when I do I will post the results.

Sweet Cheeks 
This is based on a PageMaps sketch from January 2010.  This was a random "moment" photo I took of Daddy & Reese.  I ripped the edges of the black paper.  I handcut the felt strip (as you can tell).  I made a small flower that I used as a guide to cut out each of the flowers, by hand.  I then needed to find a frame for the bottom photo.  Nothing I found fit or looked right so what did I do?  If you read one of my posts below, then you should know what I did ... I made one myself.  I drew the frame, cut it, stamped it, inked it and popped it up above the photo.  I really like how this one turned out.  

As I said above, I have a couple more layouts to post so check back later this week.  And come back again next Monday to see the next Nuts About Sketches sketch.  Here's a teaser for it.