Wednesday, July 24, 2019

I'm Still Here...Scrapping!

It has been FOREVER since I've had any time to put up a blog post and seems even longer since I had time to craft. But I did manage to squeeze out my layout for the DT over at Stick It Down for July.

This month, we were given another great sketch to work with which really helped me pull this one off. And I just happened to have snapped these photos that day of the pups getting all dolled up (and muddied up) on the 4th of July.

So even when life is really busy, you can still scrapbook. I hope you join us in this month challenge. Our sponsor this month is Cheapo you might even win a prize.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Spotlight Scrapper Sticks it Down

I'm just over the moon to be featured over on the Stick It Down blog as the single page design team "showcase" layout for the single page team. It's been a little crazy this month, but I love how easy it is to scrapbook using someone else's creative sketch. And this month sketch is one of my favorites. Perfect for any celebratory layout, this is definitely a design that I will be using again. Like my other posts for Stick it Down, I stayed pretty true to the original sketch...why mess with perfection? The banners and the circles made for such a fun backdrop and I let the photos I needed to scrap dictate the overall color scheme and selected papers that would match nicely.
This month, our sponsor is Spiegelmom crafts...a fun specialty sequin mix shop based in Racine, Wisconsin.  Jody, the owner has some wonderful sequin collections, free cut files, twine and embellies, and these gorgeous, fun shimmer paints (that you might remember I used on my Memorial Day parade layout here. I use sequins on almost all my layouts and finding a source of new mixes was such a treat! Make sure you check out her store.

I started off printing a pattern onto my 12 x 12 white background. (I just searched blue checkerbox wallpapers and found so may to choose from). I love my new Epson Workforce 7710 printer since now I can load my scrapbook pages in, giving me lots more options for my designs. In the original sketch, there was some journaling in the upper right hand corner and I realized after I started building the banner background that I should have just printed my journaling out on the page. Oh time. These pictures were from 2015 and didn't need a lot of journaling to explain them. Sometimes just getting photos scrapped is enough.

I used dies from my collection and lots of scrap paper to create the backdrop and then just started gluing the shapes down. It really couldn't have been easier.
I hope you are inspired to play along with us this month over at Stick It Down. We are seeing more and more new friends join us each month and the inspiration is really phenomenal. Can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue....but my Layout is Green!

We have an adorable single page scrapbook sketch to play with over at Stick it Down this month, designed by my friend Melissa. Like last month, this sketch is another great one to use up your paper scraps...and we all know that we have lots of paper scraps!

This summer, we had some family photos taken during our son's senior portrait session. We hadn't had a family photo done in many years and they came out great. Our friend Cynthia of Sea Green Photography, did such an amazing job and we had many great shots to choose between. 

Instead of using this layout with a Valentine's color scheme, I let the colors in the photo helps that blues and greens are my favorite to use on layouts anyway.

I cut the heart shape with my Cricut Explore Air 2 and then began cutting banners and arrows out of scraps of blue and green papers that I had in my stash. It really couldn't have been easier to do.

This month our sponsor is Scrappin' Happy Studio. Jenny, the owner, has an adorable Etsy shop where she sells FLAT flair, which are the perfect embellishments for scrapbook pages, pocket letters, and even cards because they don't add too much bulk and provide a nice little focal point for your designs. I ordered the SMILE flair that you see here...but I removed the pop dot that it came on so that it really would lay flat. It's just the right pop without distracting from the photos.  I am definitely going to be ordering more flair from her now that I've seen them in person. 

I hope this sketch has inspired you to pull out your paper scraps and play along with us this month. Your layout might just win you a guest design spot or maybe even a little flair from our sponsor, Scrappin' Happy Studio

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Conie Fong's Angel Wishes

As a design team member for Conie Fong Art & Design, we get early peeks of all the wonderful designs she is working on. And I can tell you that she has been super busy these past couple of weeks...designing beautiful new digital images for all of us to color. 

Today, I am sharing with you Angel Wishes. I decided to take an unconventional approach when picking colors for her. I wanted her to look a bit more like a fairy and love how she turned out, despite a bit of an issue after refilling my E00...hopefully it's not too obvious.

The colors I chose for her include:

     Hair:  E57, E35, E33
     Face:  E11, E21, E00, E000
     Blue:  BG05, BG01, BG000
     Yellow:  Y13, Y11, Y00
     Green:  G05, G02, G00

For the next few days, Angel Wishes is on sale in Conie's shop for $1.50. That is such a steal for a precious image like this make sure to stop over and pick her up. 


Monday, February 4, 2019

Love Me Some Bella Bears

Conie Fong has been a roll, producing several new adorable Bella bear images just in time for Valentine's Day. 

The first one I'm sharing today is called Bella with Hugs. She actually comes in a set of three images. I chose the Bella holding the heart with the word "Hugs" in it...but you can get the heart blank or with the word love you can use them for so many occasions...not just Valentine's Day.

Here are the Copic colors I used to color her:
           Bella:  E27, E23, E21, R20
           Heart:  R59, R29, R27
           Dress:  RV17, RV55, RV52

The second card I am sharing, features Conie's newest duo Bella and Benji. Aren't they just adorable? This image would be perfect for your Valentine's Day or anniversary cards.

These are the colors I used for this card:

Bears:  E27, E23, E21, R20

Jeans:  B95, B45, B41
Pinks:    R85, R83, R81
Reds:   R59, R27
Table:  C5, C3, C1

I just love these little bears...they are some of my favorite to color. I hope you'll stop by Conie's shop and get yourself some bears to love. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Love Is in the Air with Bella

Conie Fong has released three new images this month featuring one of my favorite little characters...Bella, the bear!

Today I am featuring a diorama card I made starring Bella Bouquet...perfect for any celebratory card that you might need to make. (If you click on the link for diorama card you'll be taken to a tutorial from Becky's Place blog that I used for my card design).  This tutorial was included in my new card tutorial book created by my new friend Regina. It's so fun to have new card folds and designs to practice. 

The colors I chose for Bella and her blooms were:

Bella: E57, E35, E53, R20
Flowers:  BV04, BV02, BV00
                  R85, R83, R81
                  Y08, Y04 Y00
                  BG53, BG01, BG000
Greens:  YG17, YG13

How cute it this? If you head over to Conie's Etsy store, you can find Bella Bouquet on sale for a limited time as well as some of her other new Bella images. I'll be back in a few days with more Bella beauties to share with you. Until then...happy crafting!


Monday, January 14, 2019

A Little Snowy Fun!

This is my second post today, so if you came here looking for the Stick it Down January sketch challenge, you can find it here

As many folks around the country have been enjoying their first snowstorms...we have avoided the snow so far. Fortunately, the only snow here I have been dealing with is on the card I am sharing with you today featuring one of Conie Fong's newest images called Snowy the Penguin--Let it Snow.  Isn't he adorable?

When I want to keep the background simple, I love creating puffy clouds and since the artist has drawn in snowflakes into the design, it seemed perfect.  There are lots of tutorials on how to create this look, but basically I just sponged some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink over a Lawn Fawn cloud border that I die cut. It couldn't be simpler.

Then I set about coloring up Snowy with my Copic markers. I kept the color palette fairly simple but you could have a lot of fun coloring his sweater and hat and scarf any number of colors. Whatever suits your fancy. Here I used:
       Penguin: C7, C5, C3, C1, C0, C00 and YR68, YR04
       Blues:  BG02, BG01, BG000
       Purples:  V15, V12, V000

I finished the card off with a sentiment from the Cool Tag Banner Sentiments stamps set from Your Next Stamp that I thought went perfectly with the card and it makes a nice general all purpose card to have on hand this winter to let someone know that I am thinking of them. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are staying warm...wherever you are. 

Happy New Year from Stick it Down

It's a New Year and I'm back today to share a new layout that I created for the January Stick it Down sketch challenge. I just love this sketch. It's so could use almost any photos or papers to make this work. I just happened to have some of this year's Christmas photos sitting on my desk so that's what I went with.

I created my triangle corner slightly smaller and offset from the edge of the page to allow for more white space. It was just a personal preference...and I'm not sure why I did it that way, but I love how it turned out.

This is also a great way to use up scrap pieces of paper. I raided my stash for some red and green papers and found plenty from used Paper Studio paper packs to pull this together.

This month, our sponsor is Cheeky Studios. Here's a little bit more about them:        Cheeky Studio was created for all your scrappy needs! Tuesdae is the designer/artist
        and BAB is the techie. Together we are Cheeky Studio! Born from a crazy concept of doing
        what we both love. It is our hope that Cheeky finds its way into your scrapbooks, art projects,
        pocket pages, and planners. We are thrilled to bring these products to you and hope you
        enjoy them as much as we do! Find us at 

                         FB: Cheeky Studio
                         FB Group: Cheeky Studio Group
                         twitter: cheeky_studio

We'd love to have you play along with our challenge this month. So hop on over to the blog and link up your projects. 


Friday, January 4, 2019

A Coloring Myself!

As many of you know I am on the design team for Conie Fong Art and Design and so each month I share a couple of her digital stamps that I've colored up...mostly with my Copics. The gorgeous designs are hers, but it's up to me to bring them to life.

So you can imagine how happy I was this month to find out that Conie had partnered with Alyce Keegan over at Kit and Clowder to provide images for this month's marker and pencil classes. I have been a member of the monthly classes for almost a year now, but I am ashamed to say that I don't usually get to color up the images in the same month that the classes come out (heck, sometimes I don't even get to the classes).

But I had extra incentive this month to finish the classes and I have set a goal (a New Year's resolution, if you will) to try to finish each of the classes and keep up with the new ones. One month down and now I am ready for the January classes.

If you are interested in learning more about the coloring classes makes sure to head over to Kit and Clowder. The classes are pretty inexpensive and each month the stamp designers give us a discount on their images to that they are cheaper than buying them direct. It's a win win!

So first up is the monthly Pencil class image. I colored her up using my Prismacolor pencils. I am definitely not as experienced with colored pencils and find it a much trickier medium to work with. But overall I think she came out pretty good. This image is called Crystal Fairy and you can find her here

And here is Conie's Sitting Pretty on Mushroom, colored along with the class instructions for the markers class using Copic markers.  

Thanks for checking out my cards. If you are interested in learning how to color, I hope you'll head over to Kit and Clowder. And if you sign up and want to use my name as a referral you and I will each get a $5 credit on a future class. It's a great deal and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.


Friday, December 28, 2018

It was a Very Cricut Christmas around Here!

I am embarrassed to admit that I had had a Cricut Explore Air 2 sitting on my desk for more than 2 years and had never done much more than turn it on. I don't know why...I was intimidated by it and the thought of trying to teach myself something was overwhelming. But as the holidays were approaching (ya know, cause I had all that extra time, lol), I decided it was time to bite the bullet and learn a thing or two.  

The funny thing is that the machine (and Cricut Design Space) are so super easy to use and I laugh know thinking of how silly I was to be scared of it. I watched a bunch of Cricut's tutorials and YouTube videos and then just started playing. I went from never using my machine to using it almost everyday. So I thought I'd share some of the things I created this holiday season.

The project that got it all started was gifts for my husband's staff at the office. He wanted to give them homemade cookies...but I wanted to give them something that they could use long after the cookies were gone. I found some ideas on Pinterest and came up with the idea to customize some glass jars with their names in vinyl. 

The first major decor project was the construction of my winter village. I cut the buildings from the Winter Woodland digital Cricut cartridge out of heavy duty posterboard. I covered the windows and door openings with velum so I could put some battery operated candles inside to illuminate the buildings.
I am in love with how this turned out. I found some fabric at Hobby Lobby that looked like a snow shag carpet, which was the perfect ground cover for the village. 

To decorate the window above the winter village, I created some vinyl window clings from ornament files from various Cricut cartridges.

This project was so easy to create and working with Cricut window cling could not have been easier. In theory, I should be able to peel these off and save them for next year...but I'm not sure if I will do that. Don't the windows look pretty from the outside? 

And of course, I had to give the glitter ornaments a try. I coated the insides with Polyacrylic and then sprinkled in some white clear fine glitter and let them sit overnight before replacing the top. Then I cut out the red sparkle glitter (from Joann's). The ornaments look much prettier on the tree with the lights shining through them. 

And because I was a little Cricut crazy during the holidays, it's probably not a big surprise that I've decided to put myself on a savings plan for the new year! We always spend more money that we want to at the holidays, but my crafty spending was a little bit more this year than normal since I was also creating home decor and gifts. So as my final project of the holiday, I created this little savings jar
that I can use for my pennies as part of the 365 Day Penny Challenge.

I also printed out a weekly tracker that I got here to keep me on track.

I'm so glad that I took the plunge and finally got over my fear of my Cricut. It really is a pretty remarkable machine. I can't wait until next Christmas. Maybe by then I will have learned how to use my new Easy Press 2 that hubby bought me and I'll be brave enough to try customized family PJs.  Stay tuned!