Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas is Coming

I am one of those people that feels that Thanksgiving needs to be over before I can start on Christmas...however that does not apply to my Christmas cards.  I've been making my Christmas cards for years now, and it's one of those projects that has developed a life of its own.  My list is up to about 100 people, so I need to start early!  I came up with a relatively simple design this year..and it includes the new Platinum Shimmer twine from The Twinery!  Take a peek..

I was excited to use some techniques I used in my recent "Motography" class by Jessica Sprague and Heidi Swapp.  The class was all about taking pictures with your smart phone, and they worked with a bunch of apps.  I used the Phonto App to write on my picture and a PSE template given to the students as part of the class to convert a 4" x 4" photo onto a 4" X 6" template so that you can send it out for printing.  It made life so much easier not to have to print my own pics!!!

I used a couple of different collections from Simple Stories for my card, the green papers are from the Snap Core line and the newsprint and red papers are from Handmade Holiday.  I made the little tree by cutting 3 different sized MFT Doilies, folding them in quarters and putting them together to form the tree. The tree trunk is a small piece of woodgrain Washi from Freckled Fawn.

 And the perfect finishing touch... a little bow of Platinum Shimmer Twinery Twine!  I love the sparkle  factor!

That's all for today.  Head on over to The Twinery to see other creations using the new Platinum and Gold Shimmer Twines.  Now that the holiday has officially begun for me, I guess I'll need to go do some shopping!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Quite the Spectacle

I was going through some files and realized I never posted this layout I created forthe DT over at  Right at Home Scrapbooking in September featuring Fancy Pants Off to School collection.  This is such a fun line, and as soon as I saw the "Too Cool" paper with the glasses, I knew exactly what picture I was going to use!  My daughter is the only person I know that was excited to get glasses...but if I looked that cute in glasses, I guess I would be excited too!
 I based my layout on Sketch #222 from Creative Scrappers.  I love how this sketch lets me feature all of the great patterned papers in this collection.  I created some little flags using the tab stickers and some pins.

I'm in love with the whole "negative space" concept, and used that on some of my background pieces.  Of course I had to use the punched pieces as well, so I scattered them around the page.

That's all for today...I'll be back Friday with my Christmas card!!  Enjoy the week and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Creative Scrappers Sketch 236

Hi Everyone...I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.  I'm back with Creative Scrapper's Sketch 236...such a fun sketch by Heather Leopard.  Here's her sketch:

And here's my take on her sketch.  I basically stuck with the sketch as is...exchanging some arrows for the "spritzes" and using 2 smaller pictures instead of one.  I used some Studio Calico Yearbook... a new favorite of mine to showcase these pictures of my daughter on her first day of High School. 

I added one of my Evalicious badge buttons to the circle...I'm in love with these badges!  They add the perfect touch.

In addition to the arrows... I used one of the SC Yearbook wood veneer speech bubbles that I colored with some distress ink.

That's all for today...I'll be back later this week with some goodies for Right at Home Scrapbooking...I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kitty Love

Hello my name is Kathy and I'm a Crazy Cat Lady...Yes, I admit it, I just don't see it as a problem.  So I will continue on this path with another layout featuring the very squishy Rosie kitty.

I love this picture of Rosie.  It's from last summer when I was laid up with a back injury...she spent every day with me, keeping me company.  I used Echo Park's Everyday Eclectic papers and stickers.  I love the colors and patterns!

I created a little banner using the Rounded Banner MFT Die namic.  I punched hearts in the middle and kept the negative space.

That's all for today...I'll be back this weekend with sketch # 236 from Creative Scrappers!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Rare Two-Pager

I'm breaking new ground today... first a two-page layout, which I NEVER do...and a Christmas-themed layout before December 1st!  Yes, I am one of those grouches that needs to get through Thanksgiving before I jump into Christmas!  Let's just say I was inspired by the fun Echo Park This and That Christmas Collection given to me to work with by Lisa  over at Right at Home Scrapbooking.

Of course, the layout stars my two spoiled brats...who absolutely believe that Christmas and all the decorations that go with it are all about them.
I created the little tree using MFT Dizzy Doily Die namics in 3 sizes.  I folded them in quarters then glued them together.  The tree trunk is some fun Bella Blvd Washi tape.

I had fun with some Maraschino twine from The Twinery..first I "hung" some MFT Christmas Ornaments, then I created a garland to go along the top of both pages using some punched shapes and the Maraschino Twine.

That's it for to pack for my weekend Scrap Retreat with the ladies from Right at Home Scrapbooking...I simply cannot wait!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Smart and Beautiful

I'm back with a layout I created for the DT over at Right at Home Scrapbooking.  I got to play with some of the For the Record 2 - Tailored collection from Echo Park.  This is a fun collection, great colors and patterns.  The pictures are from my daughter's 8th Grade Academic Awards last spring.

I fussy-cut the flowers around my journaling spot from one of the papers in the collection.


The stickers in this collection are great, lots of flowers, journaling pieces and word stickers to embellish with!

  I'll be back later this week with another layout for Right at Home!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Creative Scrappers # 234

I'm so excited to have my first reveal for Creative Scrappers!  We had a FAB Sketch by Kiki Halbert... Take a peek...

And here's my version of her sketch...I pretty much stuck with it as is...

These pics just make me laugh...they are my daughter and friend entertaining themselves on a slow afternoon by taking "selfies" with their cell phone...very silly...I used the fun new Portfolio collection from Pink Paislee...this line is has TONS of fun coordinating embellies and the colors and patterns are awesome.

I was happy to be able to use one of my new Whimsy Camera pins...I've been holding onto these for a bit, waiting for the perfect chance to use them.  I also got to use some of my Evalicious stash again...this "Fun" badge button was just perfect for my layout!

The coordinating chipboard pieces with the Portfolio line are very cool...they come all white, but have a resist pattern on them so when you ink them, you get chevrons!  Make sure to stop by the Creative Scrappers Blog to check out the awesome reveal from the whole team!  I'll be back next week with some DT stuff from Right at Home!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ready, Set, GO!

We got some fun Amy Tangerine Ready, Set, Go goodies in our take home kits from the Layout Workshop at Right at Home Scrapbooking last month.  I'm very much in love with this collection!  It's full of fun shapes, colors and patterns.  I thought the line would be perfect for this picture of my daughter from our cruise last spring.  She's doing the "Charlie's Angels" pose with our dining wait staff.  These guys were a lot of fun!

I love all the little cardstock shapes that are part of Ready, Set Go...they're so cute!  I also used on of my new Evalicious badge buttons...LOVE everything Evalicious.  If you're not familiar with this company, check out their stuff.... great badge buttons, tags, tabs, stamps, journals...a very fun place.

I loved the little journaling tags, so I made a pocket behind my picture to hold one.

Thanks for looking today...I'll be back Sunday with my first reveal for Creative Scrappers!  Can't wait!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Layout Workshop - November

Boy, this year has flown...I can't believe we're already into November, and I'm thinking Christmas!  This month's Layout Workshop project started the gears turning...what to get everyone for Christmas, cookies, cards....I'm not ready...anyway, I did get to play with some fun Santa's Workshop papers from the bright and cheery colors!

These pictures make me smile...they're from 2005.  Caroline heard Santa's sleigh bells on Christmas eve, and she even found one out in the snow.  That was it for the evening...she decided she'd sit in front of the fire place for the entire night :). 

I made a cute little ornament using an MFT Christmas Ornament Dienamic and some Twinery Twine.

It's a fun layout, hoping the ladies will like it!  This month's Layout Workshop will be held at Right at Home Scrapbooking on Friday, November 9th at 7:00pm!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

MFT Fan Club-November

Happy November everyone!  Just wanted to do a quick post to show you the layout I created for this month's MFT Fan Club over at Right at Home Scrapbooking.  I got to play with some Lily Bee Victoria Park.  I love the fun colors in this collection.  They went perfectly with the crazy "selfies" of my daughter and her good friend. (again, I'm so happy for cell phone's the only way I get pics of my teen and her friends these days!)  The title is BFFLs...for those of you not into text lingo...Best Friends for Life...

I based my layout on a sketch from the Lily Bee site back in August (here) I used some of the Flag Stax Die namics and I'm in love with the new Sunflower.  It's great for layering and dimension! 

I actually did some "spritzing"...I know, brave for me... and LOVE the little hearts floating across the page!

That's it for today, I'm back soon with more layout from Right at Home and my first reveal for Creative Scrappers!