Friday, December 28, 2012

Hiking Go-semite! ~SOUS Die Cut Challenge~


Hiking Go-semite!

 Happy After Christmas! hehe! We have the neatest Die Cut Challenge at Stuck on U Sketches....I deer-ly love Christmas! How cute is that, right? And oh dear...the deer, so many darling designs available these days! 

 Well I was super inspired by this challenge, however my idea was not a holiday project...but since it does include a deer, I thought I'd go ahead with it! I've got a ton of details here so let me get to it...




The title is a mix of Scrabble pieces and some cork letters. My Cricut title is a mix of Boys Will Be Boys (go) and Cuttin Up. I also added in a Basic Grey label sticker and heat embossed a little deer and mushroom (an older value set I got on sale at Joann). All the clouds are from Create a Critter.


 Here I've added some grass from Create a Critter. The sweet little deer is from Cindy Loo. And the RV badge is from Campin Critters. I've done some background stamping on it and added Crackle Accents to the white on the car. I also added a die cut, vacation stamp and some brads from my stash.


 Here is another badge, another critter from Cindy Loo and more brads and another embossed BG label. Similar elements added to each part on this double layout to keep it consistent.
 The wonderful woodgrain paper and the fussy cut woodgrain doily are both from Recollections, Today Tomorrow Forever. The blue strip of paper is Basic Grey Hopscotch.


 I simply can't get enough of this part of the page....I'm sure I'll find a reason to do this again! Both the branch (though a tree that I moved to cut only part of it using my Cricut Gypsy) and the birdhouse are from Cindy Loo. I stamped a Hero Arts woodgrain on the branch and added more punched butterflies. I adore this little birdhouse...popped with some acetate between that shows through the windows.


 I used a good number of Distress Inks; Walnut Stain, Stormy Sky, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy and Pine Needles.

 This was an extremely time consuming project but incredibly worth it since these photos are such treasures to me!

 Hope you all get to play or at least come see what our DT did with this challenge...see you soon!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Another Wedding Page ~SOUS Sketch~


Wedding

 Eek! I'm a day late posting! But let me tell you, yesterday I squeezed in some grocery shopping...a whopping $300 since it had been at least 3+ weeks since I've shopped since everyone had been so sick, followed by a Dr appointment for me and then 2 holiday parties at school! It's no wonder the last thing on my to-do list was blogging! Right?

 Well glad I remembered because it would be a shame not to share this sweet layout...another one for my now completed wedding album, which I'll have to share in its entirety sometime soon! 

 Sandi Clarkson designed a wonderful layout sketch for us this time at Stuck on U Sketches and it simply turned out some incredible designs from our Design Team...you'll have to check them all out! 




 I've used an American Crafts line, Dear Lizzy Neapolitan for some of this as well as well as Fancy Pants, It's The Little Things (dark floral and birdies).
 I also layered in some diecuts from Papertrey Ink, Turning a New Leaf (cut in a music print from AC).
 I so enjoyed putting this page together and adding small details like some twine, a brad in the center of the camera (circle punched from the pattern paper). And lots of Stickles!

 I've done an extremely limited amount of crafting this last month but was able to do a bit of baking and made some cute, but super quick tags....thought I would share those today as well...




 I hope that all of you friends are READY for Christmas! Can you stand it, it's almost here! Hurray! It is raining and pouring here today...Christmas music is one, all the house tree's are lit and it is feeling all holiday here! So I guess that means it's time to start the cookies...

 See ya soon! Merry ALMOST Christmas! hehe!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Memories Like This ~SOUS Dec 19 Card Sketch~


Memories Like This

 Who's ready for Christmas? I am....and then I'm not. I am ready, gifts have been done for awhile but then if the day comes, then the day's done and I like to hold onto this holiday for as long as I can! Ya know? But I am so looking forward to spending the time with my family. I had been extremely sick this past week, close to being hospitalized with the flu, strep and scarlet fever. I am still pretty tired and don't feel back to normal, but finally feel well enough to care about the holiday again! Now if I could only get the energy to do some baking...

 Well today is a card sketch day at SOUS and it's a neat one...here's the card I created...



 Ho! Ho! Ho!
 Speaking of Santa...here is the big guy and I in Virginia City during my wedding anniversary trip. This is the day I started getting sick.
 I'm surprised I didn't get a little "treat" from Santa...he was very flirty! LOL! He had an elf as well...my husband said they were the parolees of the South Pole! Haha! But too fun not to snap a photo! Sadly I didn't take any other photos...I wish I had...


 Ok friends, thanks for visiting...hugs!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Oh Wonderful Boy! ~SOUS Die Cut Challenge Toys~


Oh Wonderful Boy!

 Hi all! Let me apologize now for the extremely short blog post. My anniversary trip was a bust last weekend, I'll tell you all more about it another time and since then we've all been sick. The most sick in the house has been me, not cool! I haven't been online in more then a week and am still not feeling the best so I am making this post a quickie...

 This is for the newest Die Cut Challenge at SOUS...T O Y S! fun! Right!


 I've used Echo Park paper and this fun boat is from Pack Your Bags. This whole layout is hugely important because it tells all about my little guy at this age, all the things he is into...so the first thing is the Titanic.

 I believe the pistol is from Wild Card 2 (which I borrowed). Lots of added stickers and brads and pearls. Really enjoyed adding details to these pages!


 There is nothing more beloved in this house then paper airplanes and boats, so adding them here was very fitting. Even my son told me how much he loved this page! He warmed his Mommy's heart with that one, thanked me for making this! Ah!



 Ok, well thanks for coming by...time for me to rest some more.

 ~Leah

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bridal Party ~SOUS Dec 7 Layout Sketch~


Bridal Party

 I'm going to make this a quick post for today as I am packing and getting ready to head out of town to celebrate my....

 Ba ba ba bummmmm.... 

 My 10th Wedding Anniversary!

 I'm sure other of you married gals can relate to my next comment. I simply don't feel old enough to even be married so long! I mean, I'm only...what, 25?  =)

 Well this little layout is for our Layout Sketch at SOUS and the design is by Sandi C. I really, really wanted to do the ornament thing from the sketch but needed a wedding page and so out this came. I'll have to save that idea for another time. 


 I've used lots of shimmer and shine on this page! Liquid pearls rubbed to create the metal finish on the locket and the wedding ring, both regular and Distress Stickles as well.
 All my cuts are from the Sweethearts cartridge, one I use often.


 I adore how these turned out, so neat in person with the Glossy Accents on the inside! I was so in love with the look of the inking on the edges of the glitter paper that I had to try it again, so you'll see that again. The look maybe one of my most favorite paper/inking combo's! 


 All these lovely papers are by DCWV, their last spring stack...I've used it a bunch and now the name has slipped me...

 I'll be back soon to report on my weekend, share stories (though not all of them~ wink!) and photos! So wish the in-laws good luck, cause they have the kiddo's this weekend and safe travels and I'll be back soon. Hopefully I'll work on putting a big post together with my completed wedding album...I hope he loves it and sees all I've put into it, it wasn't a costly gift but something given from my heart. I love him more then I could ever say....

xoxo ~Leah

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hello! ~SOUS card sketch~


Hello!

 Happy Wednesday! I don't know if I want this week to hurry up and be over or if I want it to drag on...
My little girl had been sick over the weekend and into her school week and in just a couple days my hubby and I are taking the kids out of town....and I'm so so worried that the boys are next to get sick, or me! Ah! So part of me wants to wait it out and make sure everyone is healthy before thinking about packing...

 But...onto happier thoughts! I have a fun card choke full of stamping card to share with you today for this month's first Card Sketch from Stuck on U Sketches designed by this months host, Sandi C! Really a neat one, make sure to check it out!


 Starting with the background pieces, I've stamped the chevron and then cut it out along the pattern. I thought that needed something more so on top I've stamped a text print and then inked all the edges. Both chevron and text are Papertrey Ink background stamps. The chevron square and label are stamps and dies by PTI, Fabulous Frames (a very most favorite stamp collection!) I also in the same ink as the text stamp stamped the tiny polka dots (also a PTI background stamps).


 Lastly I cut the title using my Lyrical Letters Cricut cart. Diecut using Turning a New Leaf for the branches (stamp and die). I also added some hand cut canvas leaves and punches butterflies.

 My inks were CTMH and I used coordinating Distress Stickle colors (rock candy, peeled paint and story sky).

 This little card is on my favorite list for now! Those ones are hard to give away! LOL!

 I'll back back in a few for my Friday post for SOUS...excited to share that one as well!

~Leah