Thursday, January 29, 2009

Valentine's Day cards quick post

Just wanted to post some of the Valentine's Day cards I am making for someone. The first card features the Medallion flower that I made a tutorial on a few months back. You can find the tutorial here.







That's it for my very quick post. Watch out for my Page Plan and Basic Grey Challenges reveals this weekend.

Kristen

Monday, January 26, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge

So I thought I would give the Cuttlebug Challenge blog a shot for the first time. The challenge was to use one of Becky Fleck's sketches. I love her sketches and use them a lot when I am making a card or scrapbook layout. I really like this sketch and I have used it before.

This is the sketch (by Becky Fleck) we are to use for the Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge #15.



Here is one card I made for the challenge. I pulled out all the flower dies I own and started cutting away. I stamped "Happy Birthday" on a piece of Tim Holtz Fragments and attached it to the card.


This card is probably taking the sketch to it's extreme. I layered all the elements on one side of the card. So you would start at the Sun and scan down to the clouds, the ship, the big fish, and then finally to the seaweed. I used all kinds of Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders. It was really fun and I have been wanting to make something with the pirate ship die for quite a while now. But this is going to make a super cool birthday card for a little boy.



So I'm not sure if I can have 2 cards in this challenge so I'll pick the pirate ship card for the official card of the challenge.

That's it for now.
Thanks for looking.
Kristen

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Reveals for this week

I had to get up early to get this post done. This is my favorite time of the day. No one is up and the house is quiet. I can think about what I am going to do for the day (or for the week if I'm lucky).

For Basic Grey Challenges this week... "we would like you to follow a recipe, you can of course add more embellishments etc to your creations but please make sure to use all of the ingredients in the recipe on your creations, and of course not forgetting to use at least one item from
BasicGrey."

Here is the recipe:
Ingredients
2 Patterned papers
1 Button
1 Ribbon and Bow

Did I mention the prizes this week? You will need to go a check them out.

So I made a small 6 x 6 layout this week of my daughter for the challenge.



For my Page Plans layout this week I was a little panicked about. Not the sketch, it was great, but the subject. We were to do a layout for Valentine's Day featuring adults. I don't take pictures of myself of my hubby very often. It's all about the kids for me. And I didn't have any "cutsie, love-dovey" ones of us to work with. I decided this was time to dig out the wedding pictures. I wasn't a scrapbooker back then so all my weeding pictures are crammed into a picture album and that's about it. I also decided this was the time to try my hand at a little digital scrapbooking too. I really don't an to go out and buy all kinds of "wedding themed" papers and embellishments. Yikes! $$$$ So I thought digital would be the way to go. So I tried out Adobe Elements and played around with it. I still have no idea what half of the features available are on Adobe Elements. I really need to get a book on it. But it was fun and I am going to continue to play around with it.

Here is this weeks sketch by Chris.




And this is what I came up with.


Not too bad for my first digital layout. But I do need lots of practice with it still. That will be the fun part, hopefully.

This is the final week for the Slice contest at Page Plans. The contest is open to everyone so please go and check them out. I thought I would list the rules here as well.

The rules:

1) Pick any 2 sketches from the Page Plans catalog (it doesn't matter if they are both cards, both LO's or one of each).
2) Now create something wonderful (entries must be new work - nothing previously done)
3) Please send us a link or downloads by 7PM Saturday, January 31st. (You have a whole month) - let us know which sketch numbers you used.
4) Send to Page Plan Email - pageplans@gmail.com

This contest is open to everyone!

We will create a poll for everyone to begin voting on Sunday, February 1st. We will have the poll run for seven days - during that time everyone can vote for their favorite Card or LO (one entry each day).

The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 8th. We will also select our March Guest Designers from the entries we receive.


Please feel free to share the give-a-way news with you friends and family! Let them know when voting begins - they can stop by and vote for their favorites too!



I wanted to share a birthday card I made yesterday for one of Garrett's classmates. I don't get to make cute and pretty princess cards very often. My daughter, Cady, is quite the tomboy. If she sees a princess or Barbie or baby doll she will let you know her disapproval of them. I wish I could find some very girly dinosaurs out there. She loves dinosaurs! But I love how the card turned out and his classmate, Zoe, seemed to like it (and her mom really liked it too).



Well that is all. I have some more Valentine's cards to post later this week.

I hope everyone has a great week!
Kristen

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Faux Mosaic Valentine's Day Card

I just wanted to share my card I made for a challenge over at Split Coast Stampers. It is a faux mosaic technique I just had to try. It took a lot of time to do and I am going to try and figure out an easier way to do this technique. We'll see. But I thought the sentiment for this card was kind of funny too. It's from my new Papertrey stamps I just got a couple of weeks ago. I also used my BG Blush paper I still had from last years Valentine's Day stash.


Well I am off to make more Valentine's stuff. Thanks for stopping by.
Kristen

Sunday, January 18, 2009

It's warming up here...

Finally we are getting into the 50's here. Later this week it will be 56 degrees. I'm thinking play time at the park for the kiddos. So after this nice and long weekend I have gotten around to posting a few things.

For Basic Grey Challenges this week "we would like to see you use one (or all even if you want to) of these fabulous illustrations which have been designed by our own fabulously talented Kim , (Only people taking part in this challenge are allowed to use these images (for now anyway) and of course when the challenge is over you can continue to use them if you wish but please remember that these images are copyright to Kim and should only be used according to her terms of use), oh and course not forgetting to use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creation :).

Kim is just so talented and I decided to make a Valentine's card for the challenge.

The papers, chipboard stickers and glazed brad are from the new BG Bittersweet collection. I used a sketch again from the brand new Inspirational Card Sketches blog. It sure saved me some time when creating this card. The "P.S. I love you." stamp is from Papertrey. I colored in Kim's wonderful image with my SU Pastels and a blender pen.

My next sketch challenge reveal is from Page Plans. The awesome sketch this week was done by Chris and we were to do a Valentine's Day theme focusing on children.

And here is my layout. I don't really have any pictures from Valentine's Day last year. I think I scrapped most of them already. But I saw this picture and knew it would work perfectly of my daughter and the kitty she just loves so much. She always wanted to hug the kitty. Even now, she knows the kitty likes to have a "nice pet", she still wants to sneak a hug in. Sierra (kitty) is not as resistant anymore.

I decided to do an oval rather than a circle. I printed out some oval shapes I made with AppleWorks on my computer and then just traced around the the picture and cut it out. I didn't do such a hot job cutting the ovals out, so I distressed the edges quite a bit. It gives it a much softer feel. The papers are (mostly) from MME. The "Love" is chipboard from Basic Grey and the heart for the letter "o" was flocked in red. I used a piece of Tim Holtz Fragments and colored it red using alcohol inks and then just used some silver colored letter stickers on it.

One more card I wanted to share was one I made using some more of the BG Bittersweet collection. It's a pretty big card, just under 6 inches. The heart I pieced together, again, with some flower petal shapes I had. I embossed on petal and stamped into it and the other petal I used some gold leafing on it. The large brown embossed heart in the center was made using some brown and red Coordinations cardstock. I ran it through my Cuttle Bug and lightly sanded it to bring the red color out. this was the first time I used Coordinations so I am pleased with how it turned out. I think this may be a potential "hubby" card for Valentine's Day.



I received another blog award from one of my Basic Grey Challenges teamies, Heather. Please check out her blog, Rica's Haven. She makes such gorgeous stuff!!


So to keep the award going on and on I need to pass it on to 7 of my favorite blogs. Do you know how many blogs I consider my favorites? You should see my blog bookmarks. I even have them categorized into sub areas. And I think I add a new one almost everyday to my list. So I am passing this on to...

Well I hope everyone has a great week!
Kristen

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Twist at Page Plans

We had a fun little twist on our card and layout sketches today at Page Plans. The card sketch was to be used by the layout team and the layout sketch was to be used by the card team. This was a great challenge and it really show versatility of the sketches. So here is what I came up with for Sunday's card sketch.



I just love using white chipboard letters and coloring them with Distress Inks (or whatever is handy).

Thanks for looking and happy hump day!
Kristen

Monday, January 12, 2009

More Valentine's (this is not the end)

So I am in full Valentine's Day card mode. I just got my new Basic Grey Bittersweet papers and embellishments on Friday and yesterday I cracked them all open and started making so cards. I got some new Papertrey Ink stamps too and so I decided to start having to creative fun. The card I made Sunday was based on a sketch from a brand spankin' new sketch challenge blog called Inspirational Card Sketches. There is a call for 6 new design team members. So if that sounds like fun then go take a look. How fun to start a brand new challenge blog. I've always thought about doing one. But when things slow down maybe I'll give it more thought. Does it ever really slow down though?? So I thought my new Bittersweet papers, my new stamps, and the sketch would be perfect for each other.

So here is the sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches.


And here is my card.


The hearts, the "Hugs & Kisses" and the multiple xoxoxo's are the Papertrey stamps. All the paper and glazed brad are Basic Grey. I used lots of Distress Inks and my nesties. The card base is from Paper Source (which is just such an awesome store to buy stuff from, by the way).

I also got an award from one of my fab teamies, Kim, at Basic Grey Challenges this past week. She is the sweetest. Check her blog out, Paper Babe.

The rules of accepting this award are:-

You have to give it to 5 others and link to those people as well as who gave it to you. Those 5 should also pass it on to another 5 people. Plus you have to write down 5 things you are addicted too.
Just 5 things, huh!!

Well #1 is patterned paper, I have way too much. Well no I don't! You can never have too much!! OK I've calmed down.

#2 Would be alphabet stickers. I just love have a variety to choose from for my layouts and when I don't want to drag my Cricut out.

#3 Coffee--have to have it or I will have a massive headache in the afternoon.

#4 My computer. I have had withdrawals from it when it's been broken down. This computer I have now has not down anything yet (knock on wood). But I get very irritated and grouchy when I get online to check something out.

#5 Gum--I just need to chew gum all the time. Weird, I know.

So I need to pass this blog award to 5 of my favorite blogs. Let's see I have more than 5 but here it goes...
Lorie
Angie
Mariska
Heidi
Mothermark (Cindy)

Well that is all for today. Have a great week everyone!
Kristen



Well thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Reveals & some naughty (but nice) Valentine's cards

I wanted to share my layouts this week for Page Plans and Basic Grey Challenges (BGCB) for this week. I have been so busy again, working on Valentine's stuff, design teams things, figuring out Photo Shop Elements for a digital layout I want to try out and making gift cards and brochures for a hair and nail salon that I frequent. I thought it would be calmer after the holidays. I think it was for 3 days and back to all the "busy-ness".

This week for Page Plans we had a great double layout for out sketch this week. I used to to do double and multiple page layouts all the time when I first started scrapbooking. I used the same papers and elements and everything just matched so well. I have to laugh at how I used to do things. I think my scrapbooking has definitely evolved significantly. I wonder if I should go back and redo what I have done? Have you ever revamped a layout because it just wasn't your style anymore? That would be quite a daunting task. But back to the Page Plans layout...I made 2 of them this week. The first was a single page layout I made to show the versatility of the sketch and the other layout was actually 2 pages. They were lots of fun to make.


Here is the lovely 2-pager by Chris.




Isn't bubble wrap so much fun. Not only for the kids but for me too. I love the Heidi Swap Ghost letters. I embossed them in my Cuttlebug with the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder.

Remember to take a look at the contest at Page Plans. You could win a new Slice. What fun toy to have fun and play with.


For Basic Grey Challenges this week I made a 6x6 layout of my son, Garrett. This weeks challenge was to use chipboard somewhere in your layout or card. I used to flower petals from some Stampin' Up chipboard elements. On one petal I used some really thick embossing powder and then stamped into it with a diamond patterned background stamp. The other petal I coated with glue and adhered some multicolored gold leafing to it. Then I layered the petals to look like a heart. I want to make a similar one with a picture of my daughter, Cady too. I used Basic Grey Blush paper and a rub-on that came with the Blush card kit.


These are a couple of Valentine's cards I have made this week. These obviously aren't for the kids. They are very risque and were lots of fun to make and embellish. The pattern is from Stamp Owl's Studio blog. There are also lots of these cards at Split Coast Stampers in the gallery to look at as well.









Well that is all for today. Have a great week and hopefully I'll have some more to share later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by.
Kristen

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year and new reveals

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations. We went out with friends to an awesome Italian restaurant and had such a great time. We came back to our house with desserts in tow and had a champagne toast. It was lots of fun. On New Year's Day we kind of just relaxed for most of the day watching the Tournament of Roses Parade and various Bowl games. I was happy to see that New Mexico's float in the Parade won the Bob Hope Humor Award for most comical or amusing float. It was rather cute. For dinner we had crab legs with all the fixin's. It was yummy!

So Basic Grey Challenges is back in full force again. To start the new year we were given a sketch for this weeks challenge. I had all intentions of making a layout but time slipped away too quickly so I made a card instead. I used Periphery papers and thought they would be perfect for this bridal shower card I needed to make.



I had lots of fun with my Page Plans layout this week. You can also see by the layout that I am ready for summer to be here. I had gotten this fun paper from Luxe a while back. I hadn't really dreamed of using this particular sheet for a layout of my son but it fit so well with his outfit. The photo is one of way to many I had taken for his 5 year old pictures. The fab sketch was created by Lesli.



I just love how the wire circle turned out and I am so glad I bought that basket full of sand dollars years ago. They really have come in handy in some of my layouts and cards.

So how would you like to win a new Making Memories Slice?? Check out the Page Plans blog to see.

Some news to share. I received an email a few days ago and I am going to have a layout published in Scrap N' Art scrapbooking & paper crafting eZine. It will be the March/April issue. How exciting is that! So be sure to check them out. I just got the latest issue downloaded onto my computer so I will be browsing through it later tonight. Anyway, I am supposed to have the layout removed by February 1st so please check it out at this earlier post on my blog before I pull it off of there.

What New Year's resolutions have you made for 2009? I haven't quite narrowed it down. But last year I picked one thing to do for 2008 and I really stuck to it and will continue on with it. It was to try and recycle more items instead of throwing them in the trash. Now the recycle bin is always filled to the brim and we only have pickup for it every other week. I am hoping it will become a weekly pickup soon. But since I focused on recycling I have noticed that we rarely pull both trash cans to the curb every week for trash pickup. So I will have to pick my one thing to do for 2009 pretty soon.

I hope everyone has a great week!
Kristen