Sunday, November 16, 2014

Good Friends

Hi!  It's time for sketch+stash challenge at Scrap Our Stash!!
 Our sketch is provided by Rochelle Spears (co-owner and admin at Scrap Our Stash).
The stash challenge is this:

"Thank Goodness For..."

Create a layout about someone that you are THANKFUL for and include 5 STASH ITEMS on your page that you are thankful for.

I created a layout about this group of friends that I am lucky enough to share my passion for scrapbooking with---Denise, Sheryl, Kimberly and Suzanne.

***My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste collection***

Several items that I am thankful for:
wood veneer
enamel dots
baker's twine
washi tape
oh...and let's not forget patterned paper!

Here is the sketch that inspired the design:

You have until the 29th of the month to link up at Scrap Our Stash for your chance to win.  You can use this challenge or the one from the 1st of the month
---or both!---and double you chance to win!  Good luck and happy scrapping!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Crash. Bang! BOOM!!

It's mid November and here I am with a new layout for Child's Play Challenges.  This one is about those little toy cars known as Hot Wheels.

***Echo Park All About A Boy collection***

I love just about anything miniature and Hot Wheels are no exception.  I remember my brother playing with these and him persuading me to get down on the floor and play with him.  I guess that prepared me for my future as I now have two boys and spent many back-breaking hours playing with them, too.  They have rather extensive collections of these cars and played with them constantly. But wouldn't you know that when I went searching for photos of them in action, this was the best I could find?!?  You can barely even see the's that tiny silver thing falling to the ground...hence, the title.

I had a lot of fun with this page.  I have to credit Echo Park with creating some of my favorite boy collections.  This one even had a race car included which was such a perfect compliment to my theme.  The misted/splattered background, though intentional in using it, provided an unexpected embellishment to the title area (the orangey-yellow trail).  It's just the way the paint landed.  I was actually disappointed at first.  Now I am so glad it turned out the way it did! 

You probably noticed my little wood stars again.  What can I say...they are the perfect embellishment every time and I just can't get enough of them!

All right.  Now it's your turn.  Go to Child's Play.  Check out the inspiration from the other design team members.  Then create and upload your Hot Wheels inspired layout.  C'mon...I know you want to!

Monday, November 10, 2014

November CREATE is here!

Oh what a happy beautiful day! 
 I am so excited to share the November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE with you!

In case you missed it, I have been invited to continue on with the new CREATE team through 2015!!  You will see the announcment in the pages of this issue along with introductions of all the team members.
To say I am over the moon excited would be an understatement!

HERE is the link to the latest issue of the best digital scrapbook magazine out there (I'm not biased or anything, right?!?)

I created a 2 page layout based on a sketch provided by Allison Davis. 
Here is a sneak peek:

***Bella Blvd Hello Autumn collection***

I also created a book mark based off of a card sketch.  
Another sneak peek:

To see the full reveal you will have to click on the link above and check out the magazine.  It's completely free to view or even download.  Now to use a well known quote, JUST DO IT!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Santa's Secret Spy

It's NOVEMBER!!  Can you believe it? I can't.
Anyway, it's the beginning of a new month which means I have a new layout to reveal!

I have combined three challenges to create this page.
First, Scrap Our Stash has a new stash challenge.  This one is a countdown and here are the specifics.
Create a layout adding the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers 
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers (year stickers)
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons (stamped tree, reindeer rub-on, 1+1=2!)
1 ~ Paint or mist (misted background)

Second and third,  Child's Play is doing a crossover event with Paper and Pixels Challenge Blog.
 The Child's Play portion of the challenge is a recipe.  You might notice that it's much like the countdown challenge above.  You use specific items named by the challenge host.
The recipe:
gold (mist)
animal (reindeer rub-on)
something older than 1 year (glitter alpha)
3 patterned papers (I used six)
bling (sequins)

 From Paper and Pixels we were given this photo as inspiration:
I took inspiration from the colors---red, green, gold and cream---and also the Christmas theme.

I was able to combine these challenges really easily with the use of a collection pack.  All my papers were already coordinated and I also had lots of cardstock stickers to choose from, in addition to some alphabet and number stickers. The hardest part was selecting the photo...until I stumbled upon this one in my stash.  It fit in with this paper collection from Echo Park perfectly! 

The sketch is one side of a 2 page sketch by Allison Davis for Scrapbook Generation.  It's from her 6x6 Paper Pad Class and is availabe for purchase and download HERE.  Turns out I did not use a 6x6 pad for this layout. Fortunately there were several patterns in this collection with smaller prints to make this work.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Christmas layout in November!  I hope I have inspired you to participate in some of these challenges---or all three!!  Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash, Child's Play and Paper and Pixels to see what other DT members have created for your inspiration and also to upload your layout for a chance at some awesome prizes!

Supplies:  Echo Park Reflections Christmas collection, American Crafts Thickers (green glitter), Stampin' Up Holiday Happiness set (tree), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (mustard---looks gold to me), October Afternoon rub-on (reindeer), Ranger Ink (gathered twigs and antique linen), sequins unknown (they are ancient craft supplies I purchased when my kids were little!).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The new (expanded!) CREATE Team!

The announcement is official...
I'm staying on the CREATE Team for another year!  

And look how we have grown..

I feel so blessed and honored to be among such a talented group of women.  You can go to the blog post at Scrapbook Generation to read a little about each member and what they bring to the team.  We will be sharing our first creations with you in January so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lava Molds

Ready to play with some color?  It's time for sketch+stash at Scrap Our Stash!

This time the stash challenge is to find stuff in your stash with these colors.  No, you don't have to use them all...just choose four (or more).  The only other colors you can include are white, black or kraft.  I 'll be honest here...I'm a little intimidated by these choices!

I gravitated toward the ones found in nature to showcase my photos.  I chose cypress, cognac, misted yellow, aurora red (which looks like a deep orange to me) and some small splashes of royal blue.  The blue worked out well since it pulled in the blue from the t-shirt my youngest was wearing that day.  

Here is the sketch created by Brenda Ragsdale:

As you can see, I followed thes sketch pretty closely.  I tried the vertical title but it just wasn't working for me.  Once I changed it to horizontal, the rest of my layout fell into place.

Child's Play also has a new challenge up!  We want you to be inspired by the children's classic tale of Alice In Wonderland.  For me, as soon as I saw these photos, I knew they were perfect for this challenge.  After all, Alice's story begins with her falling down a rabbit hole!  While these may not be rabbit holes, they are holes left behind by trees.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout and feel inspired to check out these two challenges:
Scrap Our Stash
Child's Play Challenges
Have fun and happy scrapping!!

10-23-14 Addendum:
I would like to share this layout with Paper Issues for their current issue
Woodn't You Know, It's Fall 
This layout is about trees (or at least, the ghosts of trees) which are wood, right?  And I have a few wooden stars on there as well.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I love October---and CREATE magazine!

Yes, yes, probably get tired of hearing me rave about Scrapbook Generation's CREATE  magazine but it really is THAT good.  And not just because I'm in it...ha, ha...

Anyway, here is the link to the mag: October CREATE

And here are some sneek peaks at what I have to share in case you are not convinced yet to check it out!

A two page layout for the October color challenge

A card from the October tag sketch

Do I have your interest piqued now?  Hopefully!  Don't stall any on the link above to check out the full reveal and also all the other beautiful creations made by the rest of the team.

Happy browsing!!