Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'm a messy scrapper

I am a slob when I get on a roll with things. I don't just work on one thing but maybe 3 or 4 things at a time. My scrap & card area is in the hallway. There are some really great built in desks, bookcases, and cupboards in the hall outside my kid's rooms. They will be their desks for homework and studying when the get older. So for now it is my area that I have really outgrown. My wonderful husband said I could have his office. He never uses it so YAY!!! he will take his desk and other things down to his brewery office as soon as the brewery office is finished. You should see it down there, disastrous! But that is another story. So when he can take his office furniture down I can order some Ikea and Container Store furniture that will work perfectly for my new scrap room. I can't wait. But for now I have "spilled" out into the dining room table. I took a picture of it so you can see what a slob I can be. Will this change when I get a new scrap room, NO! But it will be in it's own room and not the dining room or other areas of the house, like the kitchen counter which has adhesive all over it and I really need to get some Goo Gone and clean it up.
Pretty messy but not too bad as I look at this picture. I've seen messier!

On to my Page Plans reveal for this week. We were to use nontraditional colors in a Christmas themed layout or card. I have pretty much scrapped all of last years Christmas pictures. I have found some more to use for some future layouts I need to make so that's good. I decided to use some winter pictures I took last year of my daughter playing out in the snow. She was wearing her lilac colored winter coat and though that would be the color theme I would use for the layout. It is so fun! I love how it turned out. The sketch this week was made by Chris. Isn't it just lovely!

The paper came from Michael's , I used my Cricut for the lettering, and my Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder.

I made a dozen or so cards yesterday. Some for Christmas and some for birthday and none for me (they are for some friends of mine). I took some pictures and wanted to share. You can see when I get on a paper kick I will make a bunch of cards with that paper.




I wanted to say thanks to Susanna Boyd for the 2 shout outs at Card of the Week. I really appreciated it and it made my day. For those that don't know about Card of the Week. It is a super blog and A super community. Please check it out and see all the wonderful creations that people have made. Also some fun contests going on too right now. I am hoping to give one a try.

I still need to post my holiday house. I will do that later this week. In the meantime, have a great Sunday and a super week.
Kristen

Friday, November 28, 2008

Basic Grey Challenge reveal

I had to really think about this challenge at Basic Grey Challenges.

"For this weeks challenge we would like to see an Aperture in your creation, It can be any shape, size or quantity that you like ( for those of you not familiar with an aperture, An aperture is a hole or opening that acts as a window on your creation), And of course not forgetting to use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creation."

First, I wasn't sure what an aperture was. Then Martine very kindly let me know what one was. She thought about doing something different for a layout challenge but I thought, "no, I can come up with something." So I decided to not just do a single page but a mini album. The album is by Tinkering Ink. It is called a Peek-a-boo album and features all kinds of "apertures". It was a lot of fun to make but I have to say you really need to think about where you are going to place the pictures as well as all the little embellishments and rub-ons and such. The album also has acrylic pages inside of it so that added to the challenge of placing everything in the right place. So I took lots of pictures of it so you cold see all the cutouts and the acrylic layers too.





So that's it. It was a lot of fun to make. I am planning on one for my son. I just need to figure out a theme.

Kristen

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

a quick post

Just a quick post while I have a moment to post my Basic Grey Challenges layout and my Page Plans layouts for this week.

My Page Plan layout as based on a lovely sketch by Chris. I wasn't to sure where to start on this layout. Once I finally settled in on the papers I was going to use it just fell into place.

The pictures were taken at White Sands National Monument just outside Alamagordo, New Mexico. The kids can't wait to go back there again. White Sands is infamous as the place where the first atomic bomb was detonated.

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This week at Basic Grey Challenges, "we would like to see some embossing on your creations, it can be heat embossing, dry embossing or even a combo of both :) its entirely up to you :), and of course not forgetting to use at least 1 item from BasicGrey on your creation."

So with that said I used my A-2 embossing folders and added texture to some of the paper pieces in my layout. It is a little hard to see in the pictures, but it's there.

The picture was taken outside the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. Lots of cool fossils to look at there. We will be going back again when we drive up to visit Grandma and Grandpa.

Basic Grey Challenges is looking for two new design team members. If you are interested then please check them out.

Well have a great rest of the week! For those of you in the States, have a great Thanksgiving feast with your family and friends.
Kristen

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Awesome card kit!

I ordered this very awesome and gorgeous card kit the other day. It got here so fast and yesterday I had a chance to play and make some cards. The kits are from Dream Designs by Iralamija. And also check out her wonderful blog (iralamija) for lots of card inspiration. Just some gorgeous things to look at there. I will be keeping my eye out for more kits to come out by her.

So here are some cards I made with this wonderful kit. There are just a few embellies (the snowflakes) that I had that I added to some of the cards. All the sentiments I added were rub ons or stamps.
This one is going to be for my hubby.





Aren't those papers just so gorgeous!! I love them.

Keep an eye out for my Page Plans and Basic Grey Challenges layout reveals this Sunday.

Have a great weekend!
Kristen

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm dreaming of Christmas cards...

...and I'm not sure if that's a good thing. Especially when they wake me in middle of the night. I think of the layout mostly and I have to think about something else. I try and think about other things, like what I need to do this weekend, or errands I need to run, or my favorite -- Orlando Bloom, he is such a cutie and very nice to think about at 3AM . I think I need go watch Pirates of the Caribbean now. Anyway, before I do I have more cards to share. This week at 2 sketches 4 You are two great sketches to play around with and make some wonderful cards.

The first two cards I made is based on Laura's sketch #13. I really like this sketch because it is very easy to make wonderful cards. Simple and elegant is always good! I will be making a lot more Christmas cards based on this sketch. (Actually I have, I just didn't post them all here.)



I don't think I can grow weary of that Santa stamp. I just love it!


The next sketch is from Kristen (isn't that a great name). It was a fun sketch too!


Again I did the foil leafing behind the Merry Christmas epoxy sticker and attached it with some glue dots. It really makes it stand out more and has a very elegant look to it.


Page Maps is having a November card contest. Check them out and make a card. I made a few. Now I just need to pick one out to submit for the contest. I am working on the latest CPS sketch too. It is another one that will just be great for a Christmas card. So I will try and post it by the weekend.

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
Kristen

Monday, November 17, 2008

On a role...so far

I have 10 things I need to do, all at once of course. I am working on boy birthday cards right now and I think I am nearing the end of that phase. Next will be girl cards and I need to get in a girly card making mood. So in the mean time, I will work on some more Christmas cards. One card I made last night was using Taylored Expression Cupcake Challenge #42. I haven't done a challenge there for a while and I really liked the sketch this week. So why not make a Christmas card. I had lots of fun using my foil lattice and gold leafing . I used the leafing behind the Merry Christmas epoxy sticker. Which no longer makes it a sticker so I used some pop dots instead for a little dimension.

Here are some gift bags (with tags) I made using my Cricut.


And here are some more boy cards using the super fun Granola line from Basic Grey. I used sketches from CPS to make these cards.


My hubby things the elephant looks a little crazy. Crazy but cute!

Tomorrow is supposed to be warm and sunny. I am planning a trip to the zoo or the botanical gardens with the kids. A near 70 degree temperature day in November needs to be taken advantage of for a day of fun!

Thanks for looking and have a great week.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Busy Busy time of year

So I was checking to see how many Christmas cards I needed to make exactly. I need to make 78. Ahhhhhh!!!! That is me screaming my overwhelming scream. O.K., I'm not too overwhelmed. I have 40 made already and I have around 20 disassembled cards just waiting to be made. I am also making up some birthday cards too for a friend (and for me too) that needs some. So I have lots to show today.

First is my layout for Page Plans this week. The sketch was done by Lesli and we were to to a Thanksgiving theme. I don't really take a lot pictures at Thanksgiving time. I just am busy and forget I guess. So I thought I would do a layout on what I am thankful for--my family.


The papers came from a Me a & My Big Ideas Cornucopia Paper Pack. Such fun papers! And lots of felt leaves, gold, silver, and copper skeleton leaves I have had for a long time now, and glittery leaves. A fun fall layout!

My next layout is for Basic Grey Challenges called For the Boys.

This is from Martine. "This weeks challenge is to create something for the boys, i can hear the shrieks all the way over here in Northern Ireland lol, i know exactly how you feel, men's cards are just too darn tricky but this is a challenge blog after all and that's exactly what we are doing, Challenging you, so good luck and remember that your creations must contain at least one item from BasicGrey."

There are some very lovely prizes this week for this challenge so check them out!
I mixed paper lines and elements for this one-Blush and Archaic. Also there is a pocket where the giant paper clip is attached. I was going to slip some comic pages into it and have them stick out on the top. But silly me went "recycling crazy" and got rid of all the newspapers. I'll try and add a picture later today of the comics version when my hubby goes out into the cool crisp air and brings in the Sunday paper.

Now for my birthday cards. They have a boy theme to them as well. Two are even made with the new Granola Basic Grey line and would fit the card part of the challenge this week at Basic Grey Challenges.




Monkeys and transportation! Those just ooze "boyness". I have some more to make and then I will start on the girl cards, and work on the Christmas cards, and make some more layouts, oh and I forgot teacher gifts....nope, not feeling too overwhelmed yet.

Later this week I'll post a fun holiday house I made. It took some time to make but it will be a great addition to my Christmas decorations this year.

Have a great week!
Kristen

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The weekend is almost here

I feel like I haven't done much this week. I've had a weird stomach thing going on. Today I am much better. If I didn't know any better I would say I was having morning sickness. Wouldn't that be something. I have been working on Christmas cards this week. I just got a beautiful new stamp by Rubber Stampede. It has a close up of Santa and there are snowflakes in his beard. It is so pretty and I have had a lot of fun using it this week. So I went around and checked some card challenges this week and found a few that would work well for me and my Santa stamp. The first 2 cards I made were for Card Positioning Systems Sketch #90. Just a gorgeous sketch and I love the Christmas cards I made with it! I also thought the second card with the brown card base would work for the latest Caardvarks challenge-Chocolate. I didn't exactly do a chocolate (food) theme since I am trying to get 70+ Christmas cards done. I used SU Chocolate Chip cardstock for both card bases. I just need to figure out how to upload to their new way of submitting photos.


CPS #90


CPS #90 and Caardvarks Chocolate Challenge

The next card I made was for the 2 sketches 4 You challenge-Kazan Sketch 13 and also for the Caardvarks challenge as well. Here is the sketch by Kazan this week.


And here is my card.
2 Sketches #13 and Caardvarks Chocolate Challenge

It's been lots of fun making these cards with a lot of non-traditional colors. Browns and Grays really make great Christmas cards. Well that is it for now. Keep an eye for my Basic Grey Challenges and Page Plan layouts this weekend.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend!
Kristen

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Another beautiful day

Today will be cool but sunny and that is alright with me. Cold and sunny-Good! Cold and dreary, makes me want to stay in my pajamas all day. Which may sound good for some of you but I can't wear PJ's all day long. Stifles my creativity. I have been working on Christmas cards this weekend. I am in assembly line mode with them still. Hopefully I will finish up with the first batch tomorrow. As for my next layouts, I have them all finished in my head. Which is good because it won't take long to assemble them.

This week at Basic Grey Challenges is "to get all sparkly with your creations and show some glitter on your work." I am an avid Stickles user. I think I put Stickles somewhere on all my layouts usually. So this was a super fun challenge for me. I used some pictures from my son's 5th birthday party and used papers, rub ons, and fibers from the Cupcake line. I also had fun using my Cricut for making all the balloons. I still have lots of pictures from the party to scrap so that should keep me occupied until the end of the year.





My next layout is for Page Plans. The lovely sketch we used this week was by Chris.

I sort made a fall themed layout with this sketch. The picture was taken last month when my niece Brantley, my sister Kim, and my my mom came to visit for a few days. The kids were playing on the swing set and I just started taking pictures of them. I told them all to give hugs and they did just that for me. So sweet! This was the 3rd or 4th time they have gotten to see each other. We live over a 1000 miles apart so we try and fly to Iowa at least once a year to visit.

On this layout I had some fun with multicolored gold leafing on the the chipboard letters. I painted them first and the just tapped on some of the leafing here and there. I used my Cricut to make the big circle shape. It is such a cute picture of them!


Here is one of many Christmas cards I have been working on this weekend. I am hoping to finish up with this batch today. I used the card sketch from Mothers & Daughters Creations Sketch MDCC18 for this week. I just flipped the sketch to "its side" so to speak to make it work for my card. The "Merry and Bright" is a rub on by Stampin' Up and I put it on a piece of Tim Holtz's fragments that I dropped some Cranberry Adirondack alcohol ink onto and let dry. This is such a fun challenge blog and I hope to do many more of the sketch challenges from them.



Hope everyone has a great week!
Kristen