29 June 2011

Time for the MEN in our lives-Play along!

OK so you may have noticed that I am doing a lot of pink things lately, well that is because my MAIN kit was mostly pink, grey and cream. Well I was also in charge of putting together a single page kit that was themed in FATHER'S DAY. What a nice change of pace for me this month, as I thought I may puke if I had to see pink again LOL! I am NOT a girly girl by any means. Nothing wrong with that, but it is not me. So here is the kit I put together, the sketch I choose for us to work with and the layout I did. I hope you play along and use the sketch, please link me in the comments!

This layout is of C and my Dad last year about this time when we were home visiting for a bit. They were inseparable and although it is NOT Father's Day themed, it is about my father and his relationship with C. I did change a few things from the main sketch but the most noticeable is that I did my journaling on a tag and hid it behind one of the photos. The circles I included are not 2 inch, but 1.75, I did not like them down the entire page like in the sketch so I made them just around the main portion of the layout. I did add some blue thickers from my stash since I was not in love with so much black on the page. There are LOTS and I mean LOTS of staples on this layout, yes I was having fun with my Tiny attacher LOL!

27 June 2011

The "I's" have it..........blog hop time!

Before we get started on the blog hop, I need to announce the winner of my blog candy from the Jumpin June Bug Swap. Random.org choose comment 10 which is CAMMI! Please send me your mailing address so I can get the candy out to you later on this week! NOW it is time for the Counterfeit Blog Hop!

Good morning! Three more days until I am 30! WOW! I hope you came from TRICIA, aren't her creations wonderful!? If you are just happening upon me then please start here at the Counterfeit Kit blog hop for some awesome inspiration and so much more! When you are done here you will go visit the magnificent JESSICA.

This month we were challenged to do an "I" statement page. For more information on this please check it out HERE. I decided to focus my page on journaling use most of the prompts that Susanne provided. I wish my handwriting was better, but don't we all? I still think it is important to include it.

For this page I used one of the chipboard mini album pages from my add on (I did not end up making the mini for a friend, I did some other things). I painted it with white acrylic paint, stamped polka dots with brown acrylic paint and then used the eraser of a pencil on my desk to do the bigger pink polka dots. It was very messy, something I usually do not do! Pink chalk ink edges the side. 1.75 and 1.5 inch circles (9) house my journaling and some embellishments. I FINALLY used the awesome pink pleated ribbon YAY! On the side of the photo (which I will have hubby take on my 30th birthday) are some word stickers from my main kit that remind me of me right now. The thickers for the title are grey, but they came out looking black (sorry about that!). Lots of bling and my trusty Martha Stewart butterfly punch using scraps from my kit (more bling on their bodies) and we are done! VERY girly but I like it!

26 June 2011

Shabby chic is growing on me.

If you are here for the Jumpin June Bug Blog Hop please scroll down one post!

Looks like I am getting better and better at this shabby chic/vintage/distress style since lately ALL of my swap partners are into it! Gives me lots of practice! Although it is not my favorite style it is nice to step out and try it and have it go semi right! The following items I made for my Secret June bug on the cricut message board. She received them awhile back so I hope she liked them like she said she did. Here we go.

I found these super cute and small notebooks at Joann's a while back. They are Kraft colored and have a burnt looking papers inside.
It is hard to tell but I used the Viva Decor pearl pens on this one, but smeared it all over for a pearly shine.
This was the first time I had tried to do two step crackle, it came out alright I think.
This is another altered luggage tag from Michael's dollar bin that I turned into a bookmark of sorts. I sure hope Terri liked them as she said her favorite colors were green and brown right now. I tried to do her style, I hope I got it right. I also included some fun store bought goodies, picture below.

25 June 2011

Jumpin June Bug Blog Hop!

Good morning! Welcome to the Jumpin June Bug blog hop. This hop is comprised of ladies that were in a swap on the CMB together.I hope you enjoy all the summery creations they made. If you happened here from DGirlLV you are in the right place, if not please start at the beginning HERE.

Today I have a layout to share with you that is doing double duty for me. I used the Echo Park Summer Days collection from SoCal Scrapbooks. I used several patterned papers, rub ons(which I never use but these were great!), brads, stickers, and even made my own third ice cream cone. I used the cover sheet where it shows all the items in the kit, cut out the little striped/polka dotted ice cream cone, backed in card stock and pop dotted with the other two ice cream cones that were just stickers in the set. I was pretty proud of myself for using what I had and making it work!

Your next stop on this blog hop is my awesome friend Doodles. Happy Summer!

This other layout is also made using the EP Summer Days but I do not like it so much. I just could not get it to work the way I wanted but hey it is done right?

Hmm did you think I forgot? Did ya? NOPE! Blog candy! Here you go, three sets of metal Making Memories charms and a BNIP Inkadinkado alphabet stamp set. All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered, follow only if you want to. I will draw a name on Monday morning and post, the winner will have two days to get me their mailing address or I will pick a new one! Happy hopping!

23 June 2011

Get in shape!

Circles, squares, stars oh my! Today the challenge at Counterfeit Kit Blog is to use a shape and have it be the center of your layout. Well I could not pick just one shape, I picked two! Can you tell which ones? Yep, circles and brackets. What do you think?

I made the lollipop flowers and the centers are velvet brads. I did add the ribbon, and the letters that spell "training" but they were from past kits so it is OK! I tried a new "ribbon" technique, do you think it looks alright? I can't wait to see what shape you choose!

21 June 2011

Father's Day cards, may offend

Here are the two cards I made for my Dad and my FIL. My Dad used to have a license plate with the "Sofa King" phrase on it. (Say it fast!), so that is his card and the one with the airplane is a simple one for my FIL since he is in pilot training now (recreational). I hope they liked them.

19 June 2011

Quick fast and cute-just my style!

Here is the last thing I made for my friend. It is a 5.5 by 4 inch notebook that my friend Jamie made me. I altered it with scraps from my June Counterfeit kit. I am so happy that I FINALLY use that beautiful lace/pearl trim! I think it was the perfect touch. The "R" and tiny letters are from my stash of other kits.

17 June 2011

It's a Girl-Scrapbookpal.com

Good morning. Today I have a special to me layout to share with you. Today (June 17th) we are celebrating my good friend's third baby girl with a baby sprinkling. A sprinkling is where we all get together to celebrate the new addition to be but instead of gifts of clothes etc we do consumables (diapers, wipes etc).

I made this page for all the guests to write their words for the new baby to be on the onesies. I will, of course, be taking pictures so when I get them edited and printed I will add them to the white spots.

This month Scrapbookpal.com sent the designers the awesome Viva Decor Pearl Pens and Scor-tape. Now me being a novice on anything not in big box stores, thought Scor Tape was like a foam tape but I was wrong. This stuff is strong, like gorilla strong! I used it all over this layout, to string the ribbon for the faux clothes lines, to adhere the bigger polka dotted ribbon towards the bottom and eventually will use it to permanently adhere the clothespins to the layout once the words are written. If you have not tried this tape I highly recommend it. You can find it here and with free shipping over 25.00 what are you waiting for?

You will need the following to make this quick and simple layout:
Cricut Expression
New Arrival cartridge
ATG and adhesive
Scor Tape 1/4 inch
Viva Decor Cream pearl pen
Chestnut roan ink pad
ribbon of your choosing
pattern paper
Brown, white, Kraft and pink card stock
polka dot stamp

1. Make the following cuts in the colors indicated using the Cricut Expression and New Arrival cartridge:
8 Onesies in pink at 2.5 inches
Title: It's a girl at 3.5 inches in pink, Shadow same size in brown

2. Adhere shadow and title cut using ATG tape or other adhesive of your choice. Stamp the title and clothespins using chestnut roan ink and your choice of a polka dot stamp.

3. Ink all edges of the onesies with chestnut Roan Ink.

4. Using Kraft Card stock as your base, adhere the pattern paper strips (6X12) to the middle of both pages. Adhere polka dotted ribbon using score tape to the bottom of the pattern paper strips.

5. Cut, ink and adhere two 4X6 photo mats (actual size is 4.25 by 6.25).

6. Using scor tape adhere thin brown ribbon to make a faux clothesline; first clipping the stamped on clothes pins in place. DO NOT adhere the clips or onesies to the page until you get the guests to write down their thoughts.

7. Using the cream Viva Decor Pearl Pen accent the photo mats with pearls, and use for the center flower in the title "It's a Girl".

8. Using white paper, cut 1/4 or smaller strips, ink all edges. Use these as journaling spots beside each photo mat. Ink all edges of Kraft card stock. Enjoy!

Pink, Pearls, bling and butterflies!!!

Remember these from Michael's dollar bin? They are letter hooks. Well I altered this one to go with the tag and bottle cap sign. My friend loves pink, pearls, bling and shabby chic. I think I got it. I hope she likes it!

15 June 2011

Bottlecaps and Butterflies

I have a few (OK a LOT) of these awesome bottle caps from Maya Road in my stash and I decided to make one into a sign of sorts for a friend. To start I cut a circle on my circut that fits into the bottom of the cap. Glossy accents works wonders for this whole project by the way. It is hard to tell in this picture but I even used my Tim Holtz hammer thing (what is the correct term for it?) to detail the middle butterfly. Lots of paint, bling, glue, pleated ribbon, circles, ribbon, twine and a pearl topped stick pin and there you go! I hope she likes it! I loved the saying!

13 June 2011

I love......

This month I am so excited to share with you the creations that I made using the wonderful Viva Decor Pearl Pens from Scrapbookpal.com. These pens rock, they go on without a mess and ROUND OUT no flicking/flipping the bottom to get them to settle into domes! AND they are only 4.79 a piece and one tube lasts me forever! There are 24 colors that Scrapbookpal.com is carrying so go check them out!

So I decided to use the pens and create a double page 8X8 layout for a good friend of mine. She will use this in her book of me and her colors are ONLY brown, pink, white and cream. It is a pretty simple layout, pretty self explanatory but I used the Viva Decor Pearl Pens to dot the journal strips and to make faux photo corners where she may put pictures. I only used the cream and ice white on this layout but all the colors are amazing! I love the extra touch they give and that they are hard like pearls!
Do you see the title? Those are chipboard letters that I painted pink and covered in glossy accents, they give it a sheen/shine. Everything was inked with chestnut roan ink and I used ATG and Zig glue pens to adhere almost everything. I hope you like it.

11 June 2011

Tag shabby chic style

So as you can see this is NOT my normal style and I want to thank JAMIE for helping me with it. Everything to make this tag came from my June counterfeit kit except for the tag, it was one of the dollar plastic (hard) luggage tags from Michael's (I found them on clearance for .10 after Christmas WOOHOO!) and the brown pearl flourish. The best part was the fun I had painting that pretty Maya Road canvas flower! Now I had to use LOTS of different adhesives, but E6000 seemed to do the trick! I hope who I made this for loves it! I tried to match her style as much as I could.

06 June 2011

Copy, Copy, Steal-It is the sixth!!!!!!

Good Monday morning! Are you still excited from the reveal of the kit we copied this month? Do you love it? Hate it? So so?

Well let me be honest (when have I ever NOT been right?) I was NOT thrilled about it. It did NOTHING for me and there is no way I would buy it BUT with the help of my awesome design team sisters I was able to make it work for me. That IS what it is all about right? If you have been following me for a while you know that so far my kits have been MASSIVE, I mean I get about 15 plus layouts and some altered projects out them. I make them this big because (with the exception of design team work) I ONLY scrap from the kit for the whole month. Yes I do add from my stash but the majority, I would say 90% of it, is from the kit. It keeps me focused and I am able to have a more unified look in my books, if that makes sense.

So here is the kit at Burlap and Buttercups that I struggled to copy and make work for me this month:
I am not a huge Basic Grey girl, with the exception of the basics line and really do not own anything like these papers since they are not "me". This kit had 10 patterned papers, and included painted brads, chipboard frames, vellum butterflies, trinket pins, thickers, phrase stickers and flowers. It also has 2 yards of twine and some velvet ribbon.

Here is my kit:
  • I have :
  • ten patterned papers
  • some card stock glimmer and shaped
  • chipboard frames (three)
  • burlap flowers to replace the luscious bloomers
  • phrase stickers
  • thickers and alphabet stickers
  • chipboard butterflies instead of vellum ones
  • a few pearl pins instead of leaf pins
  • pleated ribbon
  • velvet ribbon scrap
  • bloomer ribbon because I need to use it up
  • pearls on a string
  • bling
  • a ticket or two
  • and some pink twine
In the Burlap and Buttercup ADD ON they had the following items:

  • 1 bottle Maya Mist in Raspberry Pink
  • 7 Gypsies Gypsy Tags, assorted styles
  • October Afternoon alpha stickers, Cupcake (chocolate)
  • BasicGrey's Hello Luscious Sticker Titles
  • 5 Crate Paper Sew Brads, assorted sizes and styles
Here is my version:
I added lots of bits and bobs, more bling and more letters. I will be using my kit primarily to make a mini and some other items for a dear friend of mine that loves pink/brown and distress. Do you think I got that look? Let's see I have some crochet flowers, lots of tickets, pearls, lace, buttons, charms, brads (velvet, corduroy, bling and pearl ones), journal spots, tabs, mini thread holders, and the mini album itself.I don't typically use what I call 'messy' materials (loose glitter, sprays, alcohol inks etc) so I did not include any in this kit.

I sure hope I got the distressed girly thing going on, what do you think? Link me up to your kit so I can drool over it! And this just goes to show you if I can make this work and step out of my comfort zone of cute, bright and clean lines SO CAN YOU!!!!!!

05 June 2011

For my nephews

Both of my nephews birthdays are within five days of one another. The oldest plays baseball and loves it and the youngest will be five and is the typical boy all about Star Wars, monsters, and trucks. I whipped these up to get them their birthday money. I love the little monster, he is so cute!

04 June 2011

There is no Dad like you!

I finished this up a few days ago but just getting around to posting it now. This is for my Dad. The year he was born Ford made the Edsel (my maiden name is Edsell) and he has always talked about it. However they only made a few hundred I think or maybe thousand, so it is almost non existent. I thought the slogan they had went well with what I wanted to tell him on his birthday.

03 June 2011

In my next 30 years

So at the end of the month I will be 30 years old. I am not sure how I feel about it but this Tim McGraw song has been in my head for weeks so I thought I would put it to good use and make a page about it. The little booklet was made with scraps of Kraft and leftovers from the Prima packaging (from the flourishes). I will journal on there and slip it inside the envie (isn't it cute!?!?). The booklet is 7 pages so there will be lots to say. I will add a picture of me on my birthday on the 30th. What do you think?

02 June 2011

Fearless at the Jump Place

So this is layout 14-15 for the May kit. I am so happy I got so many done, almost all my June/July pictures as those were busy busy months for us last year. These are from sometime in Feb of last year though but I thought the color scheme went well with the May kit I pulled. I challenged myself to use 2/3 or more of the remaining puffy embellishments on this layout. I am proud to say I used all but three of the embellishments. I made two little areas for them with the frames and some card stock, then used a LOT of frames!!! And look NO KRAFT! LOL!

01 June 2011

Girl time

I am NOT thrilled with this one. This is the one right before my mojo left, can't you tell? I got so frustrated with it that I walked away and never fixed it. We all have those right? Right? LOL! This is layout 13 I believe for the month.