Life is Sweet . . .

Here I am again with this week's CAS Scrapbooking challenge! I *love* the sketch this week!!! This one came together pretty quickly. I was inspired by some paper I picked up yesterday at my LSS and thought it would accent this photo perfectly. I used my Marvy mega scalloped square punch to punch out pieces of the pretty Basic Grey patterned paper from the new Lemonade collection. I used PTI Raspberry Fizz cs for my base, SU! Kiwi Kiss cs to mat my photo, and PTI Aqua Mist cs for my title. The large cherry stamps are from the Unity June KOTM and the small cherry stamps are from a tiny Basic Grey stamp set. All the stamping was done in SU! retired Purely Pomegranate ink and the large cherries were colored in using Copic markers. The "life is" portion of the title is from the same tiny Basic Grey stamp set and the "sweet" stamp is from the Unity May KOTM. I really love how this page turned out! Thanks for another great layout, Jennifer!!!

The Morning After . . .

Hiya! Yesterday was Hip Hop day at Unity Stamp Co and they issues a couple of fabu challenges. I actually had a chance to participate so I am sharing my creations here today. Both of my projects feature stamps from the June KOTM. The first challenge was to use the colors Pink and Green on your project. I pulled out this patterned paper from PTI and decided it would go nicely with the tea pot image. I stamped the image in PTI Berry Sorbet ink and colored it in using Copic markers. I wanted to put a little twist on my card so I made it into a teabag booklet. The button holds everything closed and inside there is a little pocket holding a teabag - too cute!

The next challenge was to create a project with a holiday theme in honor of yesterday's new release stamp set. I love, love, love this pear tree image and matching sentiment so I just had to use it here!!! I used Copic markers again to color in the image on PTI Vintage Cream cs. To add more of an aged look I dabbed my Chamomile tea dye ink pad all over the image panel and some PTI patterned paper. I then created a mat for my image using PTI Pure Poppy cs and my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. I cut the patterned paper into strips and adhered it to the PTI Spring Moss card base. I hope you like the projects I had to share with you today! Enjoy the rest of your HHH Hop!!!

Artisan Award pages . . .

So apparently we are allowed to post our non-winning Artisan Award entries now. I decided to enter the contest at the last minute, with no real hopes of winning but as a challenge to myself. I will admit to being a little disappointed at not getting that infamous call but there were many other talented stampers who also didn't win so I decided to forgo the pity party and just be happy with the projects I made. I thought I'd start with sharing the scrapbook pages I submitted. The first is a 12 x 12 page featuring my daughter's school picture from Kindergarten last year. I used patterned paper from the Hand Drawn hostess bundle and Baja Breeze Patterns collection. Colors are Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze and Whisper White. Stamps are from Define Your Life and Defining Alpha. I also used the spiral punch, chipboard brackets and clips assortment as accents and handwritten journaling.

For my next page I used an 11 x 8 1/2 orientation. These pictures of my daughter were taken at a playground set up during the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot at Walt Disney World a few years ago. Stamps used are from the Trendy Trees set. Colors are Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip. I also incorporated some chipboard letters, machine stitching, and computer journaling.

My third page is 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. This photo of my daughter was taken when she was about two weeks old. I used patterned paper from the Sweet Slumber specialty ds collection. Colors are So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White. I stamped a sentiment from the Sweet Little Sentiments hostess set and embossed it in white. As accents I used buttons from the Button Bouquet and Button Latte collections and computer journaling. I loved this page so much that I attempted a similar version for a Unity Stamp company challenge a few months back. I will peek in soon to share with you the cards and 3D projects I entered in the Artisan Award contest soon. Thanks for stopping by . . . *wink*

CAS again . . .

I'm back with this week's CAS Scrapbooking Challenge. I love the sketch that Jennifer provided for us to work with. So much so that I actually flipped it and used it to make-up last week's "anything goes" challenge. For both pages I used the Tropical Travel collection by Making Memories. The cs I used is Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo, the new 2009-2010 In Colors from SU! I also used some American Crafts ribbon to create my borders. These pictures of my daughter were taken last summer on our Disney Cruise. Do you think it has taken me long enough to scrap them??? I am hoping to be able to complete a few more pages for our vacation album this summer. Wish me luck . . . *wink*

It's summer . . .

Well, you may have noticed that things have gotten a tad quiet here lately. School is out and for me that means that summer is in full swing. I am hoping that will give me some more time to paper craft, and so far that has been the case. I have been busy with lots of other things too though and while I have been creating I haven't been able to find much time to blog about it. For example, here is a page I made for Jennifer Buck's CAS Scrapbooking Challenge - two weeks ago! It has just been sitting waiting for me to photograph (which I finally did yesterday, along with some swap cards for the NMBS Group) and blog it . . . *sigh* Anyway, here it is. Not sure if I like how it all came together but I really wanted to use my pretty new Cosmo Cricket papers from the Early Bird collection. This photo of my daughter was taken on her 2nd birthday. I used a stamp from Unity Stamp Co. for my title. Lots of distressing and a pleated ribbon detail finish off the look. I have been playing with some new SU! goodies recently and I hope to have another project to share with you soon! Hope you are enjoying summer as much as I am . . . *wink*