Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stuck on U Sketches 100th Sketch Blog Hop!


 Hi all! Welcome to my blog!
 I know the Stuck on U Sketches blog hop is going to take some serious time this week so I'll keep my text short and sweet so that you can be on your way!
 But thank you for coming by...stay til the end, I've got some great candy to share today!

 And here's our centennial sketch that I got to design! =)

Here's what I did...

  Papers~ DCWV The Great Vacation  (blue plaid, yellow airplane, arrows print and also prints for the diecut arrows) DCWV Edumacation Stack (orange, yellow glitter, red) and DCWV Generation Tech green game controller print)
  Die Cuts~ Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Store- super kid, shield and arrows
  Emellies~ Stickers Echo Park- A Boys Life, brads O'Scrap, ribbon (yellow star and blue pom pom), Bo Bunny gems and Christmas Red Stickles

 Wow, I said I'd keep this short, a miracle for me! So want a treat from ME to YOU? How about a $10 giftcard to the Silhouette Store? I'd love for you to be a follower and obviously leave a comment so I know you were here! LOL! Come back a week from today and I'll have a winner to announce! So see you then?

 You can find the info for the hop on the SOUS site but here's our just came from fellow co-leader Sandi's blog and you'll be headed to our first Design Team member, Wanda
 Here's the list though for the hop...remember, you've got a week so don't freak out! LOL! Hop closes midnight on Thursday (EST USA) February 7th, blog hop winners will be posted that following Friday on SOUS and each DT members personal blog.  See you then... you go...
Your SOUS Leaders

to our always fun and super talented design team
Tracey K.
Tracey G.
and Andrea

And thanks to our awesome sponsors~
Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons
The Cutting Cafe
Whimsical Designs 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Where have I been?

 Ok ladies, I have been really absent! Sorry! But let me share a little peek of one of the reason's why...
long story short, my hubby gets a new Harley...I get to redo my scrapbook room! Yay! I can tell you which one is more exciting, if you don't know! LOL!

 We went to camp a week ago and I have meant to share the photos but am having computers problems and can't upload my camera right now! Bummer!

 Then, as if all this isn't enough...sick again! Both little ones have colds and my daughter started running another fever (twice this month alone) and so we took her to the doctor and she has a double ear infection. We're also watching Cody closely to make sure he doesn't have pink eye, we think it may just be drainage from his congestion. Gross! 

 Okay I go! There's lots to do to get ready for Friday's big blog hop at Stuck on U Sketches!

Friday, January 18, 2013

2 Families Become 1 ~SOUS Sketch Layout~

2 Families Become 1

 Happy Friday! As you visit me here today, I'll be on the road for a family church camp in the Santa Cruz mountains, California! A beautiful redwood forest close to the beach. Talk about being in the Lord's temple, I'm excited and equally nervous how my 3 year old is going to do! LOL!

 Well this layout marks my very last from my wedding album and this one just may be my favorite! Today's sketch challenge for Stuck on U Sketches by my bestie, Nanne is just awesome! A very easy sketch to use! And the girls did incredible projects...OH MY!

 Since I am running late to get this show on the road...I'm going to keep the text at a minimum, not easy for a chatty girl like me!
 You can see most the details for yourself but I'd like to point out how incredible the inked edges turned out with the glitter paper...the combo was just the neatest!

 Ok, here's the deets...

 Paper~ Recollections Today Tomorrow Forever, black cardstock.
 DieCut~(blue woodgrain shape) Cricut Once Upon a Princess
 Inks~ Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain Distress Inks (Banner; Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters)
 Embellies~ Canvas Corp (Hobby Lobby) canvas, metal dies; Banner Builder- Papertrey Ink.
Basic Grey canvas tag, Cricut Cindy Loo for letter dies, stickers Echo Park, Heart stickers Walmart, buttons and twine from my stash. Smash by AC and another Papertrey die.

 There was a lot... =)

 Well, I am outtie! I'll share photos from my weekend next week! I'd also like to put a shout out for my best friend and her wife delivery their first baby any MOMENT! =)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jack's Birthday ~SOUS Card Sketch Jan 16~

Jack's Birthday

 Hi friends! Happy Hump day!
 I hope you are all doing well...and healthy!
 Oh my, the cold and flu season has already been really tough on our house as we're onto another cold!
Ack! Achoo!
 I was able to get a card made and luckily took a quick photo but I didn't turn out so well, hope my editing makes it a wee better.

 My card today is for our current card sketch at SOUS designed by Ms. Nanne. It's a good one!

 I also had a great time mixing up my DCWV stacks for this...

 Papers ~ The Celebration Stack (banner, birthday ticket and red mat)
                The Great Vacation (car, plaid, road sign)
 Embellies~ brads, button, American Crafts twine, and Webster Pages letter stickers
 Embossing~ Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots and Stars
 Ink~ Distress Ink, Walnut Stain

 Thanks for visiting...see you Friday!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

2 Day is Gr8 ~SOUS Die Cut Challenge, Switch a Roo~

2 Day is Gr8

 Oh, this is an exciting day!!!!!!!
 Since I started crafting in late 2007 I have been using only my Cricut Expression, then my Imagine machine, which I rarely use. Too lazy for the amount of trouble shooting always required for that. 
 Well this Christmas Santa surprised me with a Silhouette Cameo! Holy Jingle Bells!
 So happy!
 Days of looking online for images to get, playing and upgrading the software and here's my first creation!
 (oh my gosh...legions better then the crap I did with the Cricut in the beginning, LOL!)

 And, what a great something to share for our newest Die Cut Challenge at Stuck on U Sketches!

 Our super fun challenge.... Switch a Roo!
 Use a die cut in place of part of your title! How neat! Need ideas? Check out what our team created! 

 I started with this background "confetti" cut from the Sihouette store and knew immediately I wanted to do a background and this idea hit me! =)

 Our designers at SOUS this month had an extra challenge of trying to use up scraps. So I was able to pull some out to create the rainbow background and the rest of the elements on the page.

 Papers~ American Crafts (textured), the rest randomness from my scrap collection
Stamps~ Papertrey Ink- Banner Builder and die (toothpicks added to make my own flags)
Punches~ Martha Stuart butterflies
Embellies~ buttons and brads

 An easy but time consuming project...and fun too! But one of those "easy" ones that totally trashed my crafty space! LOL!

 Ok, thanks for visiting...


Thursday, January 3, 2013

You Hold My Heart ~SOUS Jan 4 Sketch~

You Hold My Heart

 Oh my goodness, I'm so thrilled to be sharing the layouts I've designed this month for Stuck on U Sketches. These are the last two projects I made for my now completed wedding album. I'll share it with you after that last page is shared though, so you have to wait a little longer! =(

 I adore the sketch and am very excited to share it, I rotated the sketch but stayed pretty true to the design. 

 As I mentioned earlier this week, I will be trying a new way of doing my text here and how I share the details of my projects. I just thought it was maybe time to switch things up. It also has to do with me getting better and keeping a notebook that I jot down what I'm using as I'm making a project...since anyone that's been following me for awhile will know that I often forget what I used! hehe!

A bit of a bummer that the beautiful glittered printed paper didn't imagine lots of shine! All the flowers are glittery!

And here is that rotated sketch! =)

My project details~

Paper~ Recollections- Today Tomorrow Forever (adore the layers of prints! the woodgrain florals are amazing!)
Embellies~ Prima- Say It In Crystals, Websters Page Trim- Hollywood, and The Girls Paperie brads- Elise.
Flowers~ Petaloo, Recollections
Stamps and Dies~ Papertrey Ink, alpha die (hi) and Fabulous Frames (stamp, sentiment, die)

A couple more details, the fussy cut title piece was also stamped with a flourish and dusted with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls. And lastly, there's a tiny scroll on the page where I've written a little love note to my husband...this is also the very last page in the wedding album so I thought that was fitting.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Celebrate & Wish Big ~SOUS Card Sketch~

Celebrate & Wish Big

Hi friends! Happy New Year!

Can you stand it! 2013! Am the only one that finds that oh-so strange? Cause I can remember freaking out the year 2000! Ah, the 90's were the best!

Ok, getting far from topic now...let me reign it in...

So starting the new year off right...we have another crafting challenge for you at Stuck on U Sketches!  A fabulous card sketch from super duper talented girlfriend, Nanne! I adore what the team has made and hope you'll have a chance to stop by there and see for yourself!

My project is a wee different from the sketch but obviously inspired by it!

I'm thinking of doing things a bit differently this year with my blogging and so I may as well start now. Normally I do a good of chatting with written details of what I used. I think I'll try some posts with more of a list of products and see how I like that.
Please let me know what you think as well! Here we go...

Paper~Basic Grey Curio
Stamps and Dies~ Papertrey Ink; (top to bottom) Basic Labels and Angled Labels Die, Mat Stack 4 and Die, Heart Prints Die, and sentiment; Half & Half
Embellies~ pearls
Ink~Walnut Stain, CTMH Hollyhock

Hummm, kinda like that! =)

Ok friends...see ya in just a bit, I'm thrilled to share my layout for Friday! See you then!


My Favorite Projects from 2012!

My Favorite Projects...

 So I thought I'd share my favorite posts projects from each month of last year...I'll keep the text short and sweet and share some links if you'd like to go back and see more detail from each one...
 Links for the blogs shared under each photo are on my sidebar, just take a peek if you'd like to go to that site directly.




(Cutting Cafe)





For real...a good can look at them all here! You won't be sorry!


(ABC Challenges)



(ABC Challenges)

(for participation in some challenge blogs)


Travel Life's Roads Together



(ABC Challenges)



Another month that's got to much to choose from...take a peek here!


(ABC Challenges)










(SOUS, just posted at the end of the month...)

 Hope you all enjoyed....

 Happy New Year! Here's to many more crafty pursuits this year!