Saturday, June 21, 2008

Weekly AMM challenge - it's clean!!

Part of my weekly goals that I set over on the AMM boards was to clean up my desk area... Okay - it's clean (for now :-).....

If you look hard - you will see my new Cuttlebug which has been a much anticipated purchase of mine. Thanks to my galpal bubbajack over at cafemom (Jessica :-) for selling me her extra one at a super duper discount!!!

Sorry some of the pics are crooked - I'm a wee bit sleepy at the moment...




































Now - on to the next project...........

Cosmo Cricket DT Call...

I love the vintage and distressed look of all of the Cosmo Cricket lines. I made this LO to submit for their design team call that ends tonight :-) I have been so sick and the twins have had the same yuck - so this is all that I could get accomplished. I hope their creative team will have the time to surf my blog to see some of the other projects that I have done... hint hint...
Okay - here it is:

These pictures are of my darling dogs Maggie and Kenzie. Maggie is so dark though - she just looks like one big lump laying on the couch. That's what she is usually doing - so that is rather fitting...

I used my Cosmo Cricket kit that I purchased on QVC earlier in the year. I also had the opportunity to use the new Hello Sunshine papers that I just purchased - they were perfect for my puppy girl's pics!! The colors are so rich and complementary - and totally gender neutral which is a good thing for our family.... Everything on the LO is CC except for the black chipboard title and the white c/s used for matting (and of course the usual paint, ink, etc.). Since I didn't have any CC flowers - I got creative and made a dahlia out of punched circles of the matching paper. These are very easy - you just punch a bunch of circles and fold in the edges - then adhere in a round formation to form a Dahlia....






Lot's of inking, edge distressing, and folding going on in this one. I love the adhesive ribbon that came in my QVC kit - I was able to fold it as I laid it down to add to the dimension. I carried the dotted theme throughout the page - gotta throw on the paint whenever I can :-)




















Thanks for checking in ladies- I hope to scrap like a maniac as soon as I am feeling better....

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Patterned paper challenge...


I entered this LO I made in a challenge over at AMM. We were challenged to create a layout using a piece of patterned paper as your inspiration for your layout. Basically "casing" the paper as your layout... Here is the paper that I chose - which I was bought to originally use for the LO with this pic - but I am glad that I didn't because I really like the 3d results better....












Here is my completed LO using the tree for inspiration -
I stuck with the Kraft paper background - but ended up adding the orange die cut ppr for more color. (Color is my middle name :-).....


I stitched the brown pipe cleaners onto the page with emboidery thread and glue dotted cut leaves for added dimension. Lots of edge fingernail distressing and tearing on this page - but surprise, surprise - no edge inking.... I traced the bare chipboard letters with my white gel pen for added interest.






Some closups of my page:


The quote I used is by Herbert Hoover, "Children are our most valuable natural resource". I think it is a great quote and very fitting for the picture. I have been holding on to (okay - hoarding) this picture for quite sometime. I finally decided to use it - and I am happy that I did cause it is one of my favorite pics of Sammy - just playing outside and having fun. The lighting was perfect for photos that day - just before sunset in the Fall.

Thanks and happy humpday to all....

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rusty Pickle Sketch Challenge...


Hello weekend scrappers! This is a layout I made tonight for a sketch challenge at AMM. The challenge was to use at least 80% Rusty Pickle products with the sketch. Well, I only had 1 piece of RP paper and a RP file tab minibook kit that came with buttons. But I didn't let that stop me! Everything is RP except background c/s, ink, paint, and I punched using their paper. I printed my journaling on their little LOVE tag with my PC.



Here is the sketch that I worked with....

Look ladies - no brads or ribbon - astonishing, isn't it?!?!?! It's killing me not to go back and add them - but I think I really like it the way it is. No need for my usual overkill....






















I have been working diligently on cleaning out my basement to allow for a scrap studio. I have staked my claim to the 700 sq feet on the left side of the house. I figure since I am doing all the cleaning, organizing, arranging, and painting that it is mine! It is coming along nicely - and I will post pics soon - I promise! I can't believe I actually have enough stuff to fill it up though, what does that tell you?? Well, I am putting in a couch and a TV - so not every single sq inch will be with scrap stuff, but pretty close :-)
Merry Sunday to all!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Meet Bella....


For Jen D's SFYTT this week - she challenged us to use Bella Stamps if we had them. Fortunately, an online friend had supplied me with some images from a swap - so I was able to make this card....

I couldn't watercolor because the image because it was not on the right type of paper, and I wasn't sure if the ink was stazon or not. So I just improvised with a chalk and marker combo. I don't really like how it came out that much - but that cupcake makes me hungry just looking at it!







I really liked using my sparkly red brads on this card. I seem to always tend to go with the plain brads - so I am breakin' out the glitter!!










Family what nots:
It was an interesting day at home today with school being out for the summer. The boys were full of you know what and vinegar - I swear.... Here's a few tidbits of conversation that went down today:


Mom: "Jake, you better eat that grilled cheese sandwich that you begged me to make you!".
Jake: "Well, I didn't know you would take me seriously and make me one!"

Oh - and- it gets better....

In the car driving, kids in the backseat. I had to stop abruptly at a yellow/ red light.
Jake: "Two words mom - slow - down!".... Of course with a manly tone in his voice...
Sam: "Three words mom - slow - down - woman!!".... With an even manlier tone...
Well at least they are learning to count nicely....

Jake begs me to give him watermelon with his dinner. Upon finishing his meal, I find all of the watermelon still on his plate. He says, "Mom, I just wasn't feeling the watermelon today..."

Out of the mouths of babes I guess - sigh.........

Thanks and happy hump day to everybody!!