Sunday, October 26, 2008

New reveals

So weekends are the days when my DT layouts appear and I can post them on my blog. So first on Page Plans. This weeks sketch was this lovely creation by Lesli:





Here is my take on the challenge. The lovely little lady is my daughter Caden Lily. This was one of her 2-year-old pictures. Such a cutie but boy, is she a little onery spitfire. Oh, and sassy too. I guess she gets it from me. I say she gets it from my grandpa (her great-grandpa) Woody.
That stitiching took me forever, WHEW!

And if you looked at my tutorial I did a few posts back on Medallion flowers, you will see them right here on this layout.

My other DT layout was for Basic Grey Challenges. Saturday there is 7 hours later than here so I am always surprised to see it up already on Friday evening. This weeks challenge was to "get shapely by using squares, circles, rhomboids, triangles, etc on your creations :), and of course to use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creations." Here is my shapely layout that I came up with. I used the Archaic papers, letters, chip stickers,rub ons, and buttons. What else could I use on this layout! The various orange and dark green circles were made with a Cuttlebug die.
Thanks for looking!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Kristen

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Fun!

So I finally got a chance to do a 2 Sketches 4 You card. YAY!! I have always stopped in to see what the latest sketch is and never get a chance to play. Well this time I played! My card is based on Laura's sketch 11. I noticed that the DT did pop up cards so I though I would too. I love pop up cards! They are such fun! I just got the Paper Dolls cartridge for my Cricut. There is so much cool stuff on this cartridge, like little Halloween monster costumes and a picket fence (which you'll see below). So here is my card (actually and invite) that made.

This is the front of the invite. I embossed the letters using my A-2 Cuttlebug embossing folders.


This is the inside. The haunted house isalso an A-2 Cuttlebug embossing folder. I colored it with different colored gel pens.


The inside at different angles to see the pop up monsters. Aren't they cute... I mean spooky.


Aren't those the funnest fonts for the invite information. The top is called Gypsy Curse, the middle section and RSVP is called Tremble and the "Best costume..." is called Blackmoor. I'm sure I Googled free fonts and found them that way.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A quick post

Just wanted to share a card I made for the CPS Sketch #87. I had lots of fun with this one. The leaf is chipboard that I painted brown. Then I used my Moon Glow Glitz Spritz (various "fall" colors) and sprayed them all over the leaf. I then drew some lines through the leaf to give it that "leafy" look. Then I added a thick layer of crackle glaze on top of that. The paper is Stampin' Up's Washington Apple DP.


Thanks for looking!
Kristen

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

An Overwhelming Feeling

I have way too many challenge blogs bookmarked. So much so, that I have suddenly become overwhelmed with all of them. I can't possibly do all of them but I really, really want to. I know I can't because there are not enough hours in the day to do them all. And so, I found yet another challenge blog and bookmarked it. It is the Mothers & Daughter Creations blog. I found them at SCS and checked them out. This weeks challenge was an inspiration piece. A very beautiful black coffee mug with reddish and turquoise blue swirls and birdies. I thought I'd give it a try. I also thought I would use the sketch for the Friday's Free for All Challenge #10-Crisp and Clean Sketch on Embellish-It. A very gorgeous sketch done by Julie. I used Scarlet's Letter paper collection from Basic Grey and I am thinking of adding into this weeks Basic Grey Challenges. I added some Pacific Point SU cardstock to bring out the blue color in the mug. Instead of birdies I added and dragonfly (he's flocked) and a beetle. I also sprayed Moon's Glow "Desert Moon Endless Sky" Glitz Spritz all over the black paper to pull out the blue color from the mug too. I also used Glitz Spritz the wings on the dragonfly. This is what I came up with.

Thanks for looking!
Kristen

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My new layouts for this week

My layouts for this week are up and now I can share them here on my blog. The first layout is for Page Plans. Check out this weeks LO sketch and card sketch an give them a try. Write up a comment and have a link to your card or layout so we can all see what you came up with. On top of the sketch we needed to come up with a Halloween layout to share. I used a picture of my daughter from 2 years ago. She was a fairy princess and this was about the last time she wanted to be "girly" for Halloween. Last year she was frog and this year she will be a dinosaur. At least the dinosaur costume is a pretty purple and green so it is sort of "girly". I wanted to focus on the color of her costume in this layout which was a hot pink. My Pirate Princess papers by Rusty Pickle were a perfect fit.


My next two layouts were for the Basic Grey Challenges Blog. These are my first layouts for them on the DT. This first is one I made using the Ambrosia line from Basic Grey. We also had to incorporate stitching into the layout. Thank goodness I had just gotten some Bazzil Stitch'z templates. They came in very handy! The pictures are ones I took at White Sands, New Mexico on our family trip there this summer. The kids had such a fun time running up and down the dunes.


The next is a 6 x 6 layout that I made of my sweet little kitty Sierra Blue. I have had her since she was 5 weeks old and got her when I was in Grad school. She is 13 1/2 years old now. She scared me the other night. She likes to lay next me in bed when I'm asleep sometimes. I woke up and needed to get up so I was trying to make her move. She kept flopping over on me. I finally realized something was wrong and flew out of bed. She couldn't move her back legs at all. It was like she was paralized. I'm thinking she had a stroke or I laid on her. So I scooped her up and sat her down on the floor. Then she was fine. Walking around and playing with a string I was moving around in front of her. So I don't know what was going on. Maybe her legs fell asleep (like they were numb) and she just needed them to wake up. Maybe I was sort of laying her, but I don't think so. I'm such a light sleeper and I am very sensitive when she is right there to not roll on her. So now I am noticing that she is not very coordinated, especially when she is playing, so maybe she has arthritis settling in. I wll just have to keep an eye on her. Maybe we'll visit the vet this week. Anyway, I took some pictures of her a few days after all this happened. She found a patch of sunlight in the dining room to take a snooze. She looked so relaxed I just had to disturb her and take some pictures.

I used the Euphoria Basic Grey papers for this layout. I have this vertical scrapbook album made by Glue Art and Paper Studio that you can hang pages from. I have a 6 x 6 and a 12 x 12 one. Then I just have them sitting on display around the house. You can alter them and do all sorts of things to them to make them beautiful. Check out the link above. There is a link on that page to their online shop. They have some incredible things to alter and a gallery to show off their stuff. So check them out.

I hope everyone has a great week!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Kristen

Friday, October 17, 2008

A tutorial

So I have seen these medallion flowers all over the place. I believe that I first saw them on the Martha Stewart Show (yes, I watch it sometimes LOL!). After lots of searching on the web I did find the show I watched. It was embellished gift bags and they are super cute!

So I don't own a Scor-Pal (yet) and I don't have those rotary paper cutters that can do fancy edges. I am simple girl after all (yeah, right!). So I thought I would do a tutorial on how I made these flowers using some basic material that I think we would all have.

So first thing you need to get are the materials. Designer/patterned papers, kraft edger scissors/deckle scissors, bone folder, 1/4 inch red liner tape, 1 inch red line tape (not shown in the picture), paper cutter



This is just a picture of some of the Kraft Edgers I have. Plus I'm not sure if people actually call these edgers. So I thought a picture would say it best.


First, cut a strip of patterned paper 1 1/4 inches by 12 inches.
Next cut along the edge as close as possible with you deckle scissors. I like to score a line just 1/16 from the "long" edge of the paper and cut a long that. I use the score line as a guide. When you are done cutting you should have something that looks like this.



Now this is the part where you may want to take a Tylenol. Don't stand hunched over your desk doing this or your back will hurt (like I do). Especially if you are doing more than one flower. The kitchen counter is a good place. Score along the paper every 1/4 inch. You can also score along the peaks or valleys of your deckled strip of paper which should be fairly close to 1/4 inches.



Your strip should look like this.


Then begin the process of folding the scored back and forth like a fan fold.

Once it is all folded attach a piece of the red liner tape to one end and attach to the other end. Make sure they line up together(the peaks/valleys of your folds line up with each other.

Then you will have a circle.



Place the deckled side down and gently push the circle down until it lays flat.



Bring the middle together so there is not a large hole in the middle of your flower. Turn it over and attach a piece of 1 inch red liner tape to the back. Covering the hole and make sure that it is pushed down so that it is holding the flower together. I also put so Zip Dry glue in the center hole and clamped it together with a bag clip to dry. If you have a better way to hold it together by all means do it that way and please share here in the comments section what you used. I also used the liner tape so I could peel the back off a adhere it to my project directly.


Finally, decorate your flower front however you'd like. Used punched circles or scalloped circles, buttons, brads, whatever you'd like. You can also vary the length of the strip of paper you use. So instead of 12 inches try an 10 inch strip. This will vary the size of the flowers. Don't try and alter the 1 1/4 measurement too much. I tried a two inch strip and I couldn't push it down.

Here is the finished flower.



Here is a card I made using these fun medallion flowers. The card I made is for the latest Caardvarks challege-"Score"-which is to make a card using a scoring technique.



I almost have my layout done using the flower I made to show you this tutorial. Keep an eye out for it. It will be on Page Plans Sunday the 25th. I'll post it here too.

This layout won't be posted for much longer I just received an email saying it will be published in the March/April issue of Scrap N' Art eZine. So please check it out in the March/April Issue of Scrap N' Art eZine. There is a link that says "Download!" at the top of the page to download the issue when it comes out. You can see a sample on a Valentine's card I made. Here is the link.
Thanks so much for looking.



Be watching in the next couple days for this week's Page Plans reveal and my first DT Basic Grey Challenges layouts.

Thanks for looking and I hope my tutorial was helpful.
Have a great weekend!
Kristen

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Halloween goodies

That last few days I finally finished up some really fun Halloween treat boxes and little wrapped candies for a client/friend of mine. It took me a few days to get them finished up but they turned out pretty cute. Now I need to find out if my kiddos will be having Halloween parties at school and make something super cute for them to give out. I also made up up some really cute tags too for her. I used my new designer papers from Stampin' Up. They really have some of the prettiest papers.








Some other new I would like to share is that an invitation I made for my daughter 3rd birthday this past July is going to be published! Woo Hoo!!! I am so freakin' excited! This is my first published card or anything for that matter. It is with Scrapbook Trend Magazine and will be featured in a new Invitation Ideas book they are going to be putting out in January sometime. I wish I could show it to you but I had to pull it off the blog. I will beable to put it back on a few months after the book comes out.

Be watching Saturday at the Basic Grey Challenges blog for a new challenge. I will post my first layout as a new DT there. I hope you can come by and play. Who doesn't like playing with Basic Grey?? Then Sunday stop by Page Plans and check out the newest and coolest card and layout sketches and give one a try. They are super fun too!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A brisk cool Sunday

Fall is definitely in air here today. Today was the last day of the Balloon Fiesta. This year we only had one out of four of the weekend mass ascensions. We also had a major accident with one of the special shaped balloons this year. It got caught up in the wind and was pushed into some power lines. That caused the lines to the propane tank to be severed and it burst the gondola into flames. It was horrific sight. The co-pilot was killed and the pilot was critically injured. My prayers go out to their families.

Garrett's birthday party was a fun time. The weather held out and they did get to play outside for a while and the birthday cake was absolutely delicious. But my little man had a great time.

So this weeks sketch at Page Plans was very challenging for me this week. I haven't made a circle collage with pictures on a layout before. But I made a little template on my computer and away I went with it. Also for this weeks sketch we had to a fall theme. Since fall hasn't really occurred here yet, I found some pictures from last fall of the kids enjoying a nice fall day outside on there club house swing set. So hop on over to Page Plans and try out the sketch this week, for a card or a layout, or both.


So today we have another birthday party to attend. It should be lots of fun too.

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

So here is my first layout for Page Plans as a member of the the design team. Of course it is a few days late but it's done and here it is. I am so excited to be on the team! I've finished next week's layout already. So be watching for that this coming Sunday on here and at Page Plans.




Some other exciting new I have is that I made it on another layout design team. I am on the layout design team for Basic Grey Challenges blog. Every Saturday a challenge will be posted and you can try it out and send a picture of your creations (using something by Basic Grey) via the the "Comments" link at the end of the post. Sometimes there are prizes and sometimes not. I think its fun to just challenge yourself and see what you can come up with. So check them out and see all the wonderful creations the design team comes up with week to week. I won't officially start until next week.

This week is busy, busy, BUSY!! Garrett's birthday is today. He is my 5 year-old boy now. Where has the time gone. He was my tiny little baby boy just yesterday it seems.
So he is having some cupcakes at school today and I will be joining his class for the celebration.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta started this past Saturday. See what I get to look out at out my window each morning (of course they are a little further way than in these pictures).

The photos were taken last Saturday by Ray Watt and can be seen on the official website (plus many more). You can actually go on the field where they launch and stand right next to the balloons as they inflate and eventually go up. It's especially nice to stand next to them at 6:30 in the morning because it's pretty cold in the mornings and the gas flame to inflate the balloon is nice and toasty warm. There is lots to do when the Fiesta is in town. Garrett loves the fact that his birthday always falls during the Balloon Fiesta some time and that the fireworks they have some evenings are just for him.

Then tomorrow my mom, sister, and my niece Brantley are flying in from Iowa to see the balloons and to help Garrett celebrate his birthday on Saturday with all his friends. I'm hoping the weather will cooperate but he will have fun no matter what. This year he wanted a Ben 10 birthday cake and party. He is so obsessed with that show.

Well I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Yay! for me!!!

Well I finally get to announce that I made it on a design team. I am so excited and so honored to have been chosen!! I am on the Layout Design Team for Page Plans. Please come and check the site out. There are lots of great card and layout sketches (and digital ones too) to do every week. I am looking forward to getting started with my duties there. Yay!!

Here are a couple of cards I made yesterday.





These are the layouts and cards that I submitted to Page Plans.









Have a great rest of the week!