Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Crafters Digital Art Center

Just a quick post today.  I made a card for a progressive challenge at the Crafter's Digital Art Center.  It is all about creating and crafting with digis.  I definitely recommend checking it out if you do either. This is the first  progressive challenge I've entered as well.   Every couple of weeks we are sent new digital images to create with.  For the first challenge, I chose to use this beautiful digi by Anne's Digital Art.




Isn't the image so darling?  I had so much fun playing with my Copic markers when I colored it.  Lara really, really wants all my Copic markers.  LOL.  Guess Crayola just isn't cutting it.  The paper is G45's On the Boardwalk collection. The flowers and bling are from Prima.  I added a little sparkle to the butterfly with some Tattered Angels Chandelier Glimmer Glam.

I have linked my card to Make it Monday Link Party.  This is a great website where you can show off a project of yours to other crafters, as well as get some crafty inspiration from other bloggers.

I am also entering it at Simon says Stamp and Show where the challenge is "Anything goes".

Have a good one!

Denise

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stamping Monday Challenge at Paper Playtime

It's Monday... time for another great challenge at PAPER PLAYTIME.  We are so glad you are joining us for our AUGUST STAMPING MONDAY CHALLENGE! Our theme for this challenge is VACATION.

How to play along: Make a project with the theme of VACATION using a Stamped or Digi Image/Sentiment. Easy Peasy! So for all you Cricut Lovers out there – you can still play along by adding a STAMPED sentiment. And for all you DIGI Lovers out there – use any Digi image or sentiment on your project.

You can enter as many times as you'd like as long as all your entries are NEW projects and NO backlinks to previous blog posts.  


Here is my project for this week.  The darling little bird is a digital stamp from AI Factory.  I thought she could use a little hat too :)  It is part of their Little Birdie Collection.  You can find their store here.


The sign was cut from my Disney Classics Cricut cart and the vellum quote is from Quick Quotes.

Doesn't it make you wish Summer break wasn't over?  I'd like to be laying by the Sea right about now...

Have a great day!  

Denise

Friday, August 26, 2011

Moments

Today I have a layout using some of my stash.  I received this gorgeous paper two or three years ago at a Quick Quotes Private Reserve weekend.  If you ever get a chance to go to one, I highly recommend them.  I've been to two.  

It's hard to tell by the picture, but I totally blinged out this layout.  There is bling all along the largest brown square square.  I also colored some clear bling blue with a Copic marker and put them all along the title of my layout (Moments).  It's very sparkly :)  The beautiful clear three dimensional flowers are from Pink Paislee.  



I used a great sketch from Sketch Inspiration.  It is a Ning site that has a new layout sketch up every Sunday.  They always have great prizes so you might want to check them out if you haven't already.

I am also entering my layout in the following challenges:
Sketches In Thyme - Open sketch challenge
CropStop challenge - Anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie - Lots of Sparkle
Creative Cutter - Splish Splash (water)

I also got a blog award yesterday from Carri at Double Click Connections.  Carri is super talented and shares amazing Cricut projects almost every day.  I feel very humbled to have been chosen from her.  Thanks Carri!!!



As part of this award, I have to answer the following 12 questions and pass this on to 6 people.  Here are the answers to my questions:

Name your favorite color? 
Pink (but not on clothes)
Name your favorite song?
Good life from One Republic (It rocks!  I'd put it on my blog if music didn't irritate people.  So upbeat! )
Name your favoirte dessert?
Creme Brulee
What wizzes you off at the moment? 
Nothing right now... hmm that's strange ;)
Your favorite pet? 
My 9 year old Shitzu Simba
Black or white? 
Black (who picks white?)
Your biggest fear? 
home invasion, What can I say?  I'm married to a cop.
Best feature? 
Sense of humor
Everyday attitude? 
Have fun
What is perfection? 
a warm sunny sky and my family around me
Guilty pleasure? 
What isn't a guilty pleasure these days...I guess diet coke
When you're upset? 
If I'm really upset I'll clean up the house while stewing.  And then my house is clean and I'm not so upset anymore :) 
 
I'm sending this off to some new and old blogging friends.There are other gals who I'd love to give this to but either I ran past the 6 person max or they had already received this award.  (Stacy you know I'd put you first but you got this fabulous award from Carri too)  I wanted to pick some fabulous bloggers that somehow hadn't received this award.   These wonderful woman are so supportive of me.  They leave me sweet comments even though I've been such a bad blogger this Summer.  Having two kids home made it really hard to visit my blogging friends and leave comments.  Heck, I had a hard time carving some me time to scrap.  But these gals still left me sweet comments letting me know that I was still in their thoughts.  These women are so awesome.  If you don't already know them (they have all been around the scrapping blogging world for quite some time) you might want to click on their names and get to know them.


Caro
Staci
Angi
Cindy
Jinky
Barbara

I'm pretty sure I'm preaching to the choir but I am so happy I stumbled on this amazing world of online scrappers.  There are so many people I've met who I consider friends, so many awesome giveaways and challenges, and even better, so many design teams which I have joined and enjoyed creating for.   I always said I'd never blog... thank goodness I don't admitting mind when I'm wrong.  Blogging is pretty darn cool.

Hope you have a crafting weekend,

Denise

Best Witches

School just started but I'm ready for Halloween!  We LOVE Halloween here.  I just love dressing the kids up in cute costumes and the kids love to stuff themselves with candy for days on end.  Okay, I like that part too ;)

So when my bff Stacy gave me this gorgeous Pink Paislee paper, fiber, and stickers last weekend, I quickly made a card with it.  My favorite part is the broken fence border from Martha Stewart that I borrowed from her.  Think I'll be needing it.  I can't remember who the stamps are from (also borrowed).


I used a card sketch from Sketch Saturday for inspiration.

It's Friday!  Time to celebrate... Who Hoo.  Whose scrapping this weekend?  I am definitely hoping to carve out some time.

Be sure to stop by Stacy's blog too when you get a chance.  She has 5 Tim Holtz giveaways going on right now to celebrate her bday.

Have a wonderful day :)

Denise

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Celebrate LIfe

Hey gals.  Today I have a layout using Sketchabilities Aug 15th Sketch.  After I turned the sketched, it was perfect for a couple of St. Bart's photos I wanted to scrap.  



The photo was taken during a cloudy evening, right before we went to a 5 star restaurant for dinner with friends on the island.  The sunset photo was our view from the condo we stayed at.  I used the colors of the sunset picture to inspire my layout.  The background paper, flowers, leaves, ribbon, and bling are from Prima.  Aren't these large blooms gorgeous?!  The dotted card stock is BoBunny and I punched a couple of them with a MS border punch.  The butterflies were from some old BG chipboard which I added Stickles to.  The vellum quote says, "You make me HAPPY when skies are gray".  I tried out a new vellum adhesive runner I had received and sorry to say I don't like how it shows up.  From now on, I am going to stick to Helmar's V2 spray because I know that it doesn't show underneath the vellum.  Finally I added a couple rub-ons from CTMH and Imaginese.  

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:

Sketchabilities - sketch
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything but a card
CropStop challenge blog - Anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes

Hope you all had a wonderful day.  It's almost Friday!!!! 

Denise

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sweet Smiles

Today was Nick's first day of school but we really stretched out our Summer break for as long as we could though.  We flew out to see some friends in Las Vegas and just got back yesterday at 10 p.m.!  It was awesome.  Tons of swimming and playing for the kids, and lots of scrapping time for me and my bff Stacy :)  Today is her birthday but we celebrated it a couple of days early.

Here's one of the layouts I made of the two kids horsing around.


Of course I had to add lots of flowers, bling, pearls, and a bit of lace ribbon to it :)  I also used Stickles all along the edges of the Prima flowers on the left hand side for a little extra sparkle.

I am entering my challenge in the following challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs challenge - Anything but a card

Have a wonderful night.  Chris and I are starting a diet (ewe) today so I'm off to make South Beach's Chicken Capri.

Denise

Monday, August 22, 2011

Treasure box and card



Happy Monday!  This week at Crafter's Companion USA blog we are showing off Crafter’s Companions' Humphrey the Elephant stamp sets.  These darling elephant stamps are so versatile and great for any kind of paper project you might want to create.

Today I have a beautiful treasure box and matching card to share with you.  We visited my bff Stacy and her family over the weekend and I talked her into making a treasure box as well.  (You have to wait to see it till next week on the Crafter's Companion blog though.)  It was so much crafting and laughing together all weekend long!



I created the treasure box using the Ultimate Crafters Companion toolBoxer board, and The Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD.   The Advanced Construction Techniques DVD made the the treasure box amazingly easy to create, as I just followed along using the step by step instructions on the video. Once I was done making the treasure box, I added some layered flowers, pearls and cream colored lace ribbon to the base and lid of the treasure box.  The lid stays closed with a little bit of velcro.  Everyting looks better with flowers and pearls, don't you think?  These boxes would be perfect with some homemade goodies inside and given to someone special.


To create the matching 6x6 card, I used my Ultimate Tool to cut layers of matching paper.



The sweet stamped image of two friends sharing some ice cream is the Humphrey stamp set Friends Forever.   Using Copic markers, I colored my stamped image and chalked around the white cardstock with purple chalk.  To create the sentiment, "I treasure you", I choose a font I like on my computer and printed it out on vellum paper.  I finished it by adding matching flowers and a bit of pearls along the bottom. 



I am entering this in Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge which is to use ribbon on your project.

Hop you all have a great Monday!  

Denise

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sugar and Spice

I saw the cutest sketch over at Artful Delight and knew I wanted to use it with this beautiful picture I had of Lara.  The picture of her is of her very last day of school.  Since I wear sunglasses when I'm outdoors, Lara loves to wear hers.  Since it was her last day I let her take her sunglasses to school :)


The fabric tag in the bottom right says Sugar & and Spice and everything nice.  I think she looks really cute but a little sassy in the pic, so the tag worked for me.  The flowers and bling are Prima.  Isn't the big one awesome!  I love all the glitter and bling on it.  The tree is a CTMH rub on.  The cool faux wood paper is American Crafts (as is all the other paper as well).



I am also entering my layout at Simon Says Stamp and show challenge blog where the challenge is to use Bling.


We are crazy this weekend but I'll be back on Monday with a new Crafter's Companion post.  Have a great night!

Denise

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Huge 12 x 12 Paper Giveaway (open to U.S. residents) and winner

Hey everyone,

As we get ready for school to start next week, I'd thought I'd have a giveaway.  I went through some of my random pattern papers and purged just over 125 sheets of 12x12 paper to give away.  There are patterned paper, kid paper, vellum 12x12 sheets, specialty paper, some stamps, stickers, and a few random embellishements.    



Pretty cool, huh?  Since this giveaway is SUPER heavy, the contest is only open to U.S. residents.  Sorry all my international friends.  It would cost me a fortune to ship it.  To win :

1. Be a follower of my blog AND post this pic in your blog w/ the link (sidebar is fine) or in your facebook.  After posting it in your facebook just copy the blub and paste it in your entry.

Extra entries:

I am the Design Team Coordinator for Crafter's Companion, so you can get extra entries by doing any of the following.

2.  Become a facebook follower of Crafters Companion USA.
3.  Follow Crafter's Companion USA's Blog.


Alright, so that 3 chances to win.  Please leave one comment for each thing you do, up to 3 comments max.  Any comments that do not meet the above will be deleted.  I will pick a winner using the random generator on Saturday, Sept 3rd.

Also, the winner of the Domestic Goddess die cuts is


1 
Babe O'Mara said...
Oh, I'd love to win these clever sayings. Thanks for the chance.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net
August 12, 2011 3:13 PM 

Have a great day!

Denise


Monday, August 15, 2011

Paper Playtime Anything goes challenge

Paper Playtime has a fabulous challenge this week... Anything goes!   The design team got to play with some of their fabulous digital images.  I chose this sweet school image to get to Nick on his first day back to school.  (Though not in his lunch box b/c it's not cool!)  The apple card shape was cut from the Wrap it up Cricut Cartridge.




 Whimsie Doodles is offering a $10 Gift Certificate to their online store to one lucky participant in this challenge so you definitely want to participate!





Today is the last full week of Summer break for Nick.  (Lara doesn't go back to preschool until the first week of Sept).  I have to say that this Summer was the faster ever.  Seems like I blnked and it's over.  While I am looking forward to having lots of scrapping time, I am sure gonna miss having the kids with me.  We had so much fun this Summer.  I'm off to enjoy the day :)

Denise

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I got published in SNR's newest issue!

Look what I got in my email today!  Whoo Hoo!  SNR picked up a layout I submitted for the newest edition that came out today.  I am sooo excited about it :)

You've Been Published!
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Volume #4, Issue #8 is available for your viewing pleasure. Please read this in its entirety as many e-mail us with questions already answered here.
Please note the following:
1) You should be able to access the magazine by clicking on Magazine on the main menu on the front page. If it asks you to pay for a subscriptions, please don’t. This simply means that we either didn’t receive your username or our system went wonky again (nothing new there!). We’ll need you to send us your username. Please e-mail your request to helpdesk@scrapbooknewsandreview.com. Do not reply to this e-mail as it goes to a no-reply e-mail account.
2) To view the magazine, click on Magazine and navigate through all the areas of the magazine, from In Each Issue to Mixed Media, by clicking on the appropriate headings.
3) Please let us know right away if you don’t see your layout, card or project. We’re human, we’ll gladly admit it – sometimes things fall through the cracks but that doesn’t mean we fell out of love with you. We just need to know!
4) It’s important to note that some layouts, cards and/or projects were not published if we didn’t receive adequate supply lists or appropriately sized images.
5) If you do not like the quality of the image that you sent, please feel free to send us a larger .jpg file and we’ll swap it out.
Again, thank you for your participation; it’s because of you that SNR is so darn fabulous! We sincerely hope you enjoy the August issue as well as the other two available issues. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at the helpdesk e-mail address or submit a support ticket on our site. We’re here to serve.

They published this layout of Chris lounging around in St. Barts.  Just had to share it with you guys! 



Have a good night, Denise




Saturday, August 13, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge

Cath at Moxie Fab always has a gorgeous picture on Tuesday that is sure to inspire you to get crafty.  This week's Tuesday Trigger is this photo:



What a fabulous dress!  The different overlapping fabrics look so beautiful together.  I decided to create overlapping circles on my card with different designer papers, as well as make a flower with overlapping circles.  



To use some of my stash, I created the entire card from a Close to my Heart collection that had been neglected.  The quote reads, "{Creativity} is seeing the ordinary as extraordinary - Dewiit Jones".  What a cool quote right?  When I was done I made an Matching Envelobox to go with it, using my Crafter's Companion Envelobox board.  If you want to try this challenge out, just click HERE. 

I also want to inspire everyone to check out a quick video at www.marrow.org.  It is about how you can help save a life by getting on the bone marrow registry.  I received my first letter a few weeks ago. The letter stated I might potentially be a match to donate bone marrow for a 9 year old boy.  Unfortunately, after further testing, I wasn't a close enough match to help him.  I can only hope he will find another donor who is a better match for him.  Thinking of that little guy wanted me to bring some attention to the organization.  I've always found that paper crafters are very caring individuals.  If you'd like to learn more just click on the link above.

Have a great rest of your weekend gals!

Denise

You color my world

I saw this paint challenge at The Altered Alice.  It is a blog is all about Alice in Wonderland.  There is some seriously cool artwork over there.  I decided to get out my Cricut for this one.  I had the perfect cartridge for it, Disney Classics.  It has a ton of Alice in Wonderland images.



I painted or half painted the little Prima Roses red.  The eyes and tongue were just to small to cut on my Cricut, so I painted them with white and pink with a toothpick.  I was holding my breath the whole time, so afraid I'd get paint all over.  It's hard being a clutz I tell you.  The "you color my world quote" is a Close to my Heart stamp.  So perfect for the image.  The rose border is from Crafty Secrets' Greeting from Wonderland acrylic stamp set.

Hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday!

Denise

Friday, August 12, 2011

Domestic Goddess Card and Weekend Giveaway

I made a fun card today to give to my husband.  It's so perfect since he knows how little I enjoy cooking.  In my defense, I'm pretty sure I've never had to use a fire extinguisher.  Don't get me wrong, I do it to keep the kids eating right.  But I'd rather not.  Chris is in trouble in 20 years and the kids move out.  Lean cuisine or lean cuisine?   Maybe a little Kraft Mac and cheese occasionally.  As you already know, I just love the cheap kind you get in a box.  Yummy.


The quote in small print says, "Compaints to the cook can be hazardous to your health".  Love it!!  That's my kind of 50's woman :)  These diecuts come in long sheets and are FULL of hilarious sayings and pictures on both sides.  You can find Crafty Secret's store here I am going to get a ton of milage out of my mine.



I have an extra to give away to one of you gals.  Just leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner on Monday.

Hope you are having a fabulous Friday!

Denise




Monday, August 8, 2011

Fairyopolis gift box (and winner!)


I have a fun Fairyopolis birthday box for you.  Sometimes I like to make beautiful boxes with a sentiment and skip the card.  It not only saves money but the recipient always loves them (and often reuses the gift box which is fabulous).  I create my boxes with my Ultimate Crafters Companion tool.   If you don't have one, I highly recommend splurging on one :)




I make the box bases with two 12x12 paper from my Fairyopolis Paper Pad.  The scenic paper is from DCWV Bitten paper pad.  After putting down some flowers on the box, I added this darling fairy from the Fairyopolis Summer stamp set right onto the flower.  Finally I added the words, "Make a wish" which I created with my Cricut (Birthday bash cartridge and outlined it with white pen.



Not what you are all really waiting for...the winner of the my Envelobox Creator!!!  

The winner is ...        


8 
Nisson Family said...
I'm a facebook follower!

Thanks so much!
Pam
Simply-Pam.blogspot.com .

Congratulations Pam!   I know you are going to love your new tool.  I hope you share your creations with us on our Crafter's Companion facebook page.  

Have a wonderful week gals!  When school's back in session I plan to declutter my scraproom and offer up a cool giveaway :)

Denise

Crave the Wave Canvas

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Paper Playtime.  The new challenge is to create a project with water.  Living is Southern California, I always have lots of beach photos to use.  My son, Nicholas, had asked me to make something for his room.  I thought this cute photo of him, his sister, and cousin at the beach would be perfect for his room.  He just loves his cousin, Grace.


I bought the 8x10 canvas at Michaels.  They have really cheap canvas there.  Then I used some paint to cover it on a light blue.  The sand paper I made from a white cardstock.  I first sprayed it with a gold glimmer mist and then painted it with Chandelier glimmer glam which gave it such a sparkly gold color.  Finally I chalked up the edges with a brown chalk.  I added some small shells to finish off the beach look.  The wave paper is from American crafts and I used some Stickles to add a little bling to the top wave.

Lastly I used my Cricut to cut out the "Crave the Wave" saying and birds from the Life's a Beach cartridge.

Nick loved his canvas which totally made my day.

Make sure you enter Paper Playtime's challenge because we always have the best sponsors!

I will be back later today with my Crafter's Companion post and winner.  We are at Legoland today so I will post as soon as we get back with the winner :)

Have a fabulous day!

Denise

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Crafter's Companion Thank you challenge

We have another fabulous challenge over at the Crafters Companion Challenge blog.  August's challenge is to make a card or project thanking someone in your life.  I don't know about you but I can always use more thank you cards.  So that is what I made for the challenge.


For my card I used the White Bryony fairy from the Fairyopolis Autumn Stamp set and the Fairyopolis 12 x 12 Paper Pad.  I colored my fairy in Copics and then added Tattered Angels Chandelier Glimmer Glam to her wings.  The flower and leaves are from Prima and the "Thanks" stamp is from CTMH.  I just love making girly cards with fairies and flowers :)

I hope I see some of you gals over at the challenge blog.  You could win this amazing Clevercut 5-in-1 paper trimmer worth $49.95!



Also don't forget to enter my Crafter's Companion giveaway here.  You have until August 7th to win an Envelobox Creator.  This tool makes deep envelopes that are perfect for three dimensional cards.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Envelobox Creator Giveaway!!!!

I am so lucky to be the Design Team Coordinator for Crafter's Companion USA.  Their products are so innovational.  One of my favorite tools of theirs is the Envelobox board.  With this amazing tool, you can make envelopes any size and any depth.  This is so perfect for bulky or specialize cards, such as the Tea light card I posted about a couple of weeks ago.





Not only are their products wicked cool, but they are a really generous company.  They have given the entire design team an Envelobox to give away on their blogs to one lucky U.S. resident!  Here's how you can own this amazing tool.  Simply become a follower of Crafter's Companion USA challenge blog and leave a comment on this post.  You must do this to win.  If you'd like a couple more chances to win this post about this giveaway on your blog or sidebar and become a fan of our Facebook page.   For each of these things leave a separate comment here.  This giveaway will run for one week from August 1st through August 7th.  I will pick a winner using a random generator on Monday, August 8th.

Every single design team member is giving away an Envelobox board, so be sure to check out all their blogs as well to increase your odds of winning one of these fabulous tools.  You can find their blogs on the Crafter's Companion USA challenge blog.  

Girls Rock!


Happy Monday!  I have a fun double layout for you today.  When I saw the sketch over at Let's Scrap, I knew just the pictures I would scrap.   They are pics of Lara and her friend, Georgia, jamming w/ Guitars.  They are such cutie pies!


The paper,  ribbon, and rub-ons are from Cosmo Cricket.  I just love the bright happy colors of Get Happy :) The banners were cut from the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge.  The title and guitar in the middle of the silver heart are from the Rock Princess cart.  The heart is a piece of chipboard I cover w/ Silver Alcohol Ink.  I also added bling on the banners and randomly at the bottom of the pages.





The two stamps I used are from Whimsy stamps (Star and Rock chick) and I colored them with Copics.






Hope this inspired you to scrap a layout or two.  Have a great week everyone!

Denise