Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blinged Out Visor

It's another day of the Imaginisce Rockin' ROCKS release. For today, I blinged out a $1 visor I got at Target (I think).  I used the new i-rock stencils - Large Flourishes and Bracket & Border. It comes with the stencil, the rocks and the flowers. This will be perfect for the beach this summer or maybe I'll break away from my scrapbook table and play a little tennis but probably not. ;)

For the center of the flower I made a small black silk flower and then put a black rock in the middle. It's hard to see in the pic but it looks great in person.

Make sure to stop by the Imaginisce blog to see what some of the other design team did and enter for a chance to win your own new set of ROCKS!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cherry on Top Please

Are you a fan of bling?  If so, you have to check out the new i-rock embellishments that are being released today from Imaginisce. The new colors and textures are super fun and I'm pretty sure I can't live without these little beauties.  Check out this card I made using one of the new stencil kits, called Bracket & Border, and the new glitter Hot Rocks.
Supplies: Imaginisce Enchanted Papers, i-rock tool, new Hot Rocks glitter rocks, Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge.

I'm not sure if you can really see the glitter in the photo above but it's there and it just adds the extra touch of sparkle every cupcake sprinkle deserves.  I used the paper strips to anchor the card and then I used the stencil border to mimick the white cupcake frosting and put a red glitter hot rock on the top center of each to look like a cherry on top.

To make the cupcake, I cut the blue paper in a rectangle and then accordian folded it. Then I cut the top of the cupcake and the cherry from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge.  I covered the cupcake top with white lace to make it look like white frosting and went to town with ALL the new glitter hot rock colors to add the sprinkles.  The cherry on top was super fun to do. There are two sizes that the hot rocks come in so I covered the cherry with the larger ones and then filled in the empty spaces with the little rocks. Lastly, a little ric rack trims out the cupcake.

Here's what I used but you have got to visit the Imaginisce blog to soo ALL the new rocks that were released today.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to visit the Imaginisce blog today to see what some of the other design team gals did with their new ROCKS and check out today's giveaway!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Street {graffiti} Artist

My girls love to play with sidewalk chalk but this particular day, they had sidewalk paint and a paint stick.  I captured these pics of Miss Reese going to town painting the street. The end result looked like graffiti but they had a blast!

I used the Hello, Sunshine kit from Scrapbook Circle that seems to keep going like the Duracell bunny and the photo placements from this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch. I also drew inspiration from a layout by Mou Saha that was included in February 2011 CK magazine.

UPDATE: this layout will be added back in January 2012 when it comes out in Creating Keepsakes!!!!!!

Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Hello, Sunshine kit: Crate Paper Neighborhood Collection - Block Party, Visit, Garden papers, Border Stickers, 12 x 12 Chipboard Accents; Crate Paper Portrait Alphas labels; Echo Park For the Record Alphas; American Crafts thickers white (inked with CTMH Outdoor Denim blue)

Here's the sketch. Visit the Sketchy Thursdays site for more sketch inspiration from their amazing design team and to play along this week for your chance to win a great prize from Everyday Scrapbook.

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.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Some Day...

Amanda over at The Studio asked us to create a page that focuses on PLAY. This could be in the form of photos of your kids playing or you could 'play' with a new technique or colour combo on your page. Use your imagination!

Supplies from May Scrapbook Circle kit: Emma's Shoppe Collection - Dolls, Books, Inventory and Accent Cuts papers, 6x6 ribbon, phrase stickers; Girls' Paperie Karlee chipboard alphabets monochromatic. Not in kit: Emma's Shoppe die-cuts, Adornit multi red tiny alphas, Tattered Angels Mists in Brick Red and Pearl.

I chose to focus on several things "play" related.  The most obvious is my daughter playing dress-up by sporting her big sisters shirt or maybe she was playing football or perhaps she was playing kitchen because of the apron. I'm just not sure but I do know that she was sooo cute and she was having a ball!  I also chose to play with mists to alter some of the alphas that came with the May kit from Scrapbook Circle.

I needed to do something to make the cream/black alphas show up against the cream background of the bracket.  I sprayed them all at once with the brick red mist. I let them sit a few seconds and then turned them over onto a paper towel to soak up the saturated mist.  I only let them soak on the towel a mili-second because I didn't want it to soak up too much of the mist.  I like how they turned out.

Check out how the other design team members at The Studio chose to PLAY with their layouts and PLAY along with us for your chance to win the April prize that's up for grabs!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Strike a Pose

My daughter, she loves to strike a pose. I snapped these pics of her one day when I was actually trying to snap some pics of my littlest daughter in her little strawberry outfit.  These photos below were totally accidental and impromptu and totally exemplify my oldest.  This week's Sketchy Thursday sketch was too perfect for this photo sequence.  I love that they are including more 2-page layouts BUT don't let that scare you away...you can totally choose to do a one pager and still be eligible for the prize.

Supplies: Little Yellow Bicycle Twig Collection: Woods, Wood You Be Mine - Sky, Diamond Dust, Leaf a Note papers; chipboard stickers embellishments; crepe paper lace stickers; cardstock stickers fresh verse.

I had bought some Little Yellow Bicycle Twig collection  but couldn't quite find the right fit for them...until now. The colors were soo right and the sentiments were even better.

Make sure to take a look at what some of the other design team members did with this Sketchy Thursdays sketch AND play along for a chance to win a great prize from Sweet Peach Crop Shop!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bundle of Joy Brag Book Mini Album

It's Day 3 of the Imaginisce party celebrating the release of it's new collection, Little Cutie.  I've been playing around with this line and it is TDF cute.  Did you see the card I posted yesterday? I love that you can use it for a little baby BUT I also love that it can be used for non-baby scrappiness too.

As usual, the DT has created some incredible projects that are posted on the Imaginisce blog and they will be giving away a collection or two, three or four! Make sure to head over there AFTER you see the first project I created with the "girl" line of the collection.

I made this cute little "Bundle of Joy" brag book mini AND I made a video tutorial below so that you can make one of your own. It's so super easy and I can think of so many other reasons to make more.

The inside of the album.
 A glimpse at the fussy cutting detail and i-rock bling:

Supplies: Imaginisce Little Cutie Collection: Baby Doll, Sweet Baby and Beyond Precious papers, Die-cuts; Petal Roller, Roly Posies; Martha Stewart Scoring Board; misc. ribbon.

And here's the video tutorial: 

Now head over to the Imaginisce blog to see what the other design team members created and to learn how you can be eligible to win your own collection.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Little Bundle of Joy Card

What better way to celebrate the birth of a new collection than to throw a party??? Imaginisce has released it's new line this week and it's called Little Cutie.  There's a boy version and a girl version of papers, stamps, die-cuts, stickers, chipboard elements and more.  It's seriously adorable.  Today, we are focusing on the little boy line. 

With a lot of fussy cutting and LOVE, I made this little card.
Supplies: Little Cutie Collection - Little Man paper, chipboard stickers; misc. baker's twine.

I had so much fun creating this card.  The sentiment is actually affixed to the inside of the card and shows throught the front through a window I cut out. I mentioned before that it includes lot of fussing cutting...all the little items hanging from the twine "clothesline", the scallops and the window were all cut by hand.  It's just what I do.  I had the white/chocolate twine and it just wasn't popping against the white background of the card so I misted it with some blue (Spring Rain) mist.

I lifted the items hanging from the clothesline with pop dots and hung a sock and bear over the sentiment window.  Then I curled up the scallops for dimension.

I can't wait to give this card away to someone special I am thinking of.

Of course, there's so much more you could do with this line other than baby so head over to the Imaginisce blog to see what the rest of the DT did PLUS, you have two chances to get your hands on your very own collection.

Monday, April 11, 2011

You Are Oh So Cute

I know I've said it before but I have to say it again...I LOVE this month's Scrapbook Circle kit. It just seems to never end. I've made about 5 or 6 layouts and projects and there's still so much left to play with and trust me I will use it all up!  I had the pleasure to lift a subscriber's layouts recently.  I just LOVE Sara's original layout and kept my version pretty close to hers. 

Here's my layout:

And here's Sara's original layout.  THANK YOU for letting me lift you and for the great inspiration!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gone Fishin'

It's a new term with a new team and a new sketch over at Sketchy Thursdays! I'm soo excited!!!!! A few of us from the last term are still around and the new gals' designs are simply AMAZING so make sure to head over there and welcome them to the team and play along this week. More details about this week's prize is below.

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is a BIG thing here every year. I think it goes on for about 3 - 4 weeks and it's HUGE, literally.  There are things for kids of ALL ages to do.  We go every year but we really only go for the kids.  We do the petting zoo, pony rides, livestock show and the carnival. There's so much more that we just don't have the time or a babysitter to do. We ended this year's visit with a fun little fishing game where "everyone's a winner".  Here's some photos of Rheagan :fishing".
Supplies: Crate Paper Toy Box collection - Sports, Build, Playdate papers, border stickers and die-cuts; Jillibean Soup burlap chipboard alphas' Cosmo Cricket Tiny Alphas

Okay, this week's prize package is from Freehand Scraps so get over to the Sketchy Thursdays blog to see what's up for grabs!

Also, don't pass up this great opportunity - Scrapbook Circle is participating in the TRUE SCRAP event this weekend.  You should check it out - 12 classes, several make-n-takes, amazing instructors! If you can't attend the entire event there's a replay option. The GREAT news is that Scrapbook Circle is sweetening the deal - they are offering anyone who signs up through THIS LINK a $15 gift certificate good for anything on the Scrapbook Circle site. Visit HERE for more details.

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.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Under the Sea

Our favorite place to be...under the sea. Over at The Studio this week, Amanda challenged us to scrap a significant place. I knew immediately that I wanted to scrap a couple of photos of me and the hubs on one of our diving adventures and these papers from this month's Scrapbook Circle Hello Sunshine kit were perfect. The colors in the paper remind me of the colors of the sea and the buble-like flowers remind me of sea fans and bubbles. It just reminded me how peaceful it is underwater - no sounds but your breath, sea life doing their thing, beautiful coral, etc.

Often times towards the end of a long dive we start to get a little silly and take self-portraits, like these that I chose to scrap. These are actually the "normal" pics...we usually cross our eyes or take our regulators out to make a silly face or just do something super silly. Of course we always keep nature and safety our #1 priority.
Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Hello, Sunshine kit: Bo Bunny Ad Lib and Ad Lib Scribbles paper; Bella Blvd Family Dynamix Mother's Day and Sophisticated Short Stories papers; Tattered Angels Tattered Leather Mist; Imaginisce Petal Roller

This particular dive was at Turneffe Atoll in Belize at Myrtle's Turtle only about an hour or two after we encountered hammerhead sharks at The Elbow - yes, plural cause there were 3 and yes we had heard before that dive that they had spotted some earlier in the week and yes I still got in the water and yes, we actually swam in search of them. CRAZY! Here's a pic of the one who stuck around to check us out.
And some more silly pics of me underwater:

So who's ready to go diving with me?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Family = Home

I'm so excited to kick off April with my designer's choice reveal at Scrapbook Circle. This month's Hello Sunshine kit is AMAZING! It's packed full of yummy scrapilicious goodness. As I looked through the kit all these exciting ideas flooded my mind and I decided to start off with an altered project.

I bought this frame from the Target $1 section back in February with the sole intention of altering it. As I was looking through the kit, I also had this photo of my family that I had printed the wrong size for a recent layout that's posted below and well it just all came together. This will sit here on my scrap desk to inspire me!
The $1 frame:

Since the frame was plastic I sanded it down with my d-stress tool from Imaginisce. I traced the frame over my paper, leaving about 3/4 inch around the outside and inside. 

I cut the middle out with an xacto knife and it was ready to be adhered to the frame. I attempted to mod podge the front of the frame but it didn't stick very well so I whipped out my i-bond glue gun and it did it's magic without being lumpy like glue guns can do sometimes! 
 Once I had the frame covered I went to town with the embellishments.
Supplies from Scrapbook Circle Hello Sunshine kit: Crate Paper Neighborhood Collection: Block Party, Garden and Visit papers, Chipboard Accents, Border Stickers; misc. twine; Cosmo Cricket Bling

I started with the little houses and then I fringe cut some grass and rolled it with my petal roller, which worked perfectly. I fussy cut several flowers and 2 dogs to represent our pups, who are not pictured.  Did you notice the two little love birds that I perched in the tree? I added the "Home" banner, some twine, a flower to resemble the sun and that adorable little cloud, that I trimmed with white pen.

I like how it turned out. What do you think? Make sure to stop by the Scrapbook Circle blog today to see some other ideas that the design team has whipped up.