Pet Inspiration Card Challenge at LCOM!

Emily has challenged us to create a card using some anything Pet to inspire us.  I am late with my challenge.  I feel like a hermit.  Since school has started, I go to school and teach and come home and figure out what I am going to be doing for the next day.  I am drowning in schoolwork, housework, scrapbooking.  Calgon...take me away!!!! Anywho...I chose to use some of my old DCWV paper laying around and threw some of my Echo Park Sweet Summertime letters on it with a frilly little doggie ribbon, which is a piece of SU ribbon.  Hope you like it.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT has done with this challenge over at LCOM this week and enter your card for a chance at Guest DT this week.


A Sketchy Affair At Trail Makers

I am so proud of myself.  I have finally accomplished something that I have NEVER done on any layout before.  What is that you say? I used many different manufacturer products on one page.  I am the kind of gal who picks up a kit and uses all that's in that kit.  Well, I didn't do it this time and I really like how it turned out.  My husband is also pretty pleased because he says I NEVER scrapbook him or my son, so this one's for you honey!!! They are pictures of them from Boy Scout Camp this summer.
Don't you just love sketches?! They give you a springboard to start with and allow your creativity to flow.  When Karen posted this I knew exactly what pictures I wanted to use and then thought...Hmmm!! How am I going to make my papers work that I have left from my kit work for a boy kind of layout?

But, I did it!!! I used the Little Yellow Bicycle Fresh Print Clothesline Backyard/Backyard Ledger and the circle that I used for my journaling is the Come Together Ledger/Backyard Trim.  It was perfect for journaling because it had the lines on it already.  You can find these two pattern papers in the Paper Trail store.  This line of Little Yellow Bicycle is very versatile!!
From my stash I used:
Echo Park Sweet Summertime letters and stickers
White Bazzill CS
Kraft Bazzill CS
Sassafras Lass border
Stampin Up swirly rubon
Green ricrac...unknown
Memento Ink
A technique that I used on my Kraft paper that I like to use to bring more color to my cardstock is to run my ink pad over the cardstock.  Just lightly run the ink pad over the cs and then sand if you desire.  It just gives you a little more texture on the cs and doesn't look so plain.
Thanks for looking! Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch this week at the blog!!!


LCOM Shoe Inspiration Card Challenge

Can you believe Mel over at LCOM actually wears these shoes.  I can't even imagine! I would kill myself in them! She posted this picture as inspiration and then our challenge was to create a card and tell what our inspiration was. 
So here's mine:

My inpiration was obviously the color of the flower.  The heel was so large, so I decided to create the greeting large.  I rounded the corner of one corner like the front of the shoe.  Oh and do you see how the prima swirl is all brown and pearls are kind of brown looking.  Well...I used a brown sharpie marker to color in the diamonds and my brown chalk ink pad to run across my pearls.  What a difference it made!!!

I used pink taffy glimmer mist and coral to create this color prima flower.  I also took my coffee glimmermist and sprayed it on paper and then put my finger in it and placed it on my flower just to get a few glimpses of brown. 
Cardstock-Stampin Up
Stamp-Stampin Up
Flower and swirl-Prima
Ribbon-Stampin Up
Ink-Stampin Up, Colorbox. Tattered Angels

We hope you'll join us this week in creating a card using the boot image as your inspiration. Have your card posted here by Saturday August 28th at 8PM EST. Then winners will be posted here on Sunday the 29th. If you are the lucky winner - you will receive a Guest DT spot with the card team for the week of September 5th and a 15% off your next order in the LCOM store.


Our Backyard Friends

These are our friends that come to visit us each afternoon or evening in our backyard.  WOW! It is so amazing.  We finally got some great pictures of them tonight and I just had to share! Craig stood right outside the sliding glass door in our bedroom and took these! 20 steps off the deck and we would be touching them. Yes! That's how close they are!

The babies enjoying the apples on the ground.

Mama and babies eating the apples.

Just Mama!

Only one of the babies!

Thanks for looking!!! Hope you enjoyed looking at a little part of my world!


Birds/Butterflies/Bees challenge at TrailMakers

This is what the paper looked like to begin with.  Do you see the holes around the outside edge.  Well, I had the "great" idea that since there were already holes around the outside I would crochet a scallop edge around the outside.  So, I went to AC Moore and stood there in the aisles looking for a matching yellow forever.  I finally asked this stranger who was looking at yarn too if she agreed with me about going with white and she said yes.  I'm not too shy!!! Then I went to the needle section and ugh...I dreaded this because I knew I was going to need a small needle.  I had an F at home and it wasn't small enough to fit through the smallest hole.  I ended up buying a size 1 hook.  Yeah...that's a size that you use with doily thread and I used it with yarn.  Now do you see why I put the word great in quotes. LOL!!! It took me a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG time to finish it. 
But I think it was so worth it!!! Wow! I am so happy with it! Here it is!
From the Papertrails store I used the Little Yellow Bicycle Clothesline diecut paper and the Jenni Bowlin tags.
From my stash I used scraps of cardstock, yarn, glimmermist ( golden terra cotta, patina and lemon zest), watercolor crayons, American Craft letters, Martha Stewart chunky glitter, Crystal Effects, Stampendous Doodlebugs Clear Stamps

One technique I used was I sprayed the finished scallop piece with the lemon zest glimmer mist.  It was easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Another technique I used was watercoloring and then blending in with a blender pen.  After that I put crystal effects on and then added Martha Stewart thick glitter to some areas and let dry.

Here's an upclose of the Jenni Bowlin tags that I used from the store that I sprayed with glimmer mist golden terracotta, patina and lemon zest.  And here's my bee!!!

And it drives me crazy when I have to squint to see what the journaling says on people's pages, so....here's mine...
Thanks for looking! Can't wait to see your creation with a bee, a butterfly or a bird! You can use any or all of them to create a layout this week. They can be in your patterned paper designs, they can be stamped, or paper punched, or even fussy cut from something!! Your imagination is the only thing limiting you!!! I just know they will be amazing!!!

You have until 5pm(EST) on Saturday, Aug 21st to link your creation!


LCOM Fabric Card Challenge

This week Dani challenged us to use fabric on our card.  I used a piece of felt and also a piece of polka dotted black ribbon as my fabric.  This paper is Upsy Daisy pattern paper.  It is the Oodles of Doodles paper.  I have had it in my stash for like EVER!!!! I cut funky pieces out of the white cs and then mounted my different pattern papers underneath the white cs. I stitched around the red pattern paper, but my sewing machine was giving me a fit for some reason and then I sanded and inked the edges of each piece of pattern paper and the white cardstock.  Hope to see you play over at LetsCapture Our Memories this week.  I'd love to see  your take on the challenge.
Cardstock-Stampin Up
Paper-Upsy Daisy Oodles of Doodles
Stamps-Stampin Up
Thanks for looking! Talk to you again tomorrow!!!


Shape Challenge...Circles at TrailMakers

Karen sends us a goodie box every month and then we use products for our challenges.  When I saw the Fancy Pants Rusted Sun in my box I was so excited I could hardly stand it, but I usually hoard it and don't use it.  I really hope I did this paper justice with this picture and the way I chose to use it.  Hope that you will participate in the challenge this week.  All you have to do is use circles on your layout.  That is easy peasy lemon squeezy!!! Here's all the details!!!
Here's what I used from The Paper Trail store:


Fancy Pants Rusted Sun Umbrella

Fancy Pants Rusted Sun Cards

Fancy Pants Rusted Sun Suit Up

Kraft cs Bazzill


Fancy Pants Rusted Sun Element Stickers

My Mind's Eye So Sophie Charming Forever with You Calendar Card

( I folded it where the calendar starts and cut the piece that was hanging off. I actually journaled on the inside then. I didn't want it sticking up when I took the picture.)

Here's a close up :

Other Items used:

Golden terracotta glimmermist

Colorbox fluid chalk ink pad Chestnut Roan


I used the golden terracotta glimmermist to spritz across the kraft cs before the pattern papers were on there. Once I got the layout almost finished I wanted more on it, so I sprayed liberally really close to the paper and used a paper towel to wipe it. I really liked the effect. It looked like a golden tea stain.

Thanks for looking!


LCOM Die Cut Card Challenge

Head on over to LCOM and participate in the challenge this week...it's use a die cut...any kind of die cut!!!  I decided to get my cricut out this week and I also got a little crazy with my glimmermist too! My card looks so much better in person!!!Get your card posted by Saturday August 14th at 8PM EST. Then winners will be posted on Sunday the 15th. If you are the lucky winner - you will receive a Guest DT spot with the card team for the week of August 22nd and a 15% off your next order in the LCOM store.

Cricut cartridge: Give A Hoot
Cardstock: Kraft cs Bazzill, Garden green, real red, summer sun, close to cocoa and very vanilla Stampin Up
Ink: GlimmermistTattered Angels Golden Terracotta, Coffee Shop, Olive Vine, Patina, Coral and Midnight Blue, Memento Tuxedo black and SU Chocolate Chip
Stamps: On Your Birthday
Banner: Sassafras Lass


Another Back to School Project

Can you say CAUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTTE? Isn't this adorable? Krisi amazes me with her templates and the ideas that she comes up with sometimes.  Don't you think this would be so nice to give to a teacher and put a pack of gum, a bag of peanut butter m&m's and a bottle of advil on the first day of school.  Attached with a note as long as your breath smells good, you have sugar and drugs....you'll make it through the day! Have a great first day! I would love it if I got it!!!:) You can buy it here!

Here's mine! I actually used my Fancy Pants All Fall paper.  Don't fall over now.  I do have a tendency to hoard me some fancy pants.  I hardly ever use it on layouts or projects, but I made up my mind that I have to start using it.  And this backpack was so cute I just had to!!!

the front:
the side:
Paper-All Fall Fancy Pants
Ink- bashful blue stampin up classic ink
Embellishments- printed all fall fancy pants chipboard, stampin up ribbon and jumbo eyelets
Thanks for stopping by!!! Hope your headed off to buy yourself a template and go make one for your child's teacher!!!


Trailmakers Recipe Challenge

Head on over to Trailmakers Challenge blog and get your entry in.  The challenge this week is a recipe challenge:


Markers (for coloring, journaling, etc.)
Acrylic accents
Kraft cardstock
Stitching (machine, hand, or faux!)
For this week's challenge you will pick at least 3 of the following items and use those on your layouts. If you use ALL 11 items, make sure you leave a comment and point them out to us and you will be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the week for a $10 Gift Certificate to the storeThe Paper Trail.

You have until 5:00 pm (EST) on Saturday, Aug 7th to use the Mr. Linky at the trailmakers blog to link your project to this week's challenge. Because this is a prize week, I will have the DT girls help me pick a winner and that person will be announced on Monday 9 August.

Here's my take on the challenge:

My base is Kraft cardstock.

The rest is Sassafrass Lass Amplify papers, letters and flowers. The red letters are October Afternoon and the piece of blue cs is Bazzill.

K=Kraft cardstock

Techniques: I sanded, inked distressed the edges of all pieces of pattern paper and cardstock. The blue bazzill cs has a white gesso coating on it that I wiped with a wet rag, so it wasn't so bright.
Can't wait to see what you create!!!


MFT Flower Design Challenge

I made this for the MFT Design Challenge.  You needed to include flowers on the card or layout and use MFT product.  I have had this October Afternoon paper laying on the chair in the kitchen that I haven't taken to my stamp room that Tanya sent me from LCOM.  Tonight while I cooked supper I planned out my card and cut my paper.  I had to be really careful when I was blending the watercolor crayons not to hit the black outline because of it being a digital stamp.  So, I 'm not thrilled with my coloring.  I should have used my markers!:)

Stamps- My favorite things Digital stamp...think pink
Paper-October Afternoon pattern papers, Stampin Up Kraft cardstock
Inks-SU watercolor crayons, Color box Chalk brown pad
Accessories-doily ribbon from stash
Thanks for stopping by!


Embossing Challenge at LCOM this Week

So, over at LCOM it's embossing anyway you want dry, wet...just as long as it is embossed.  I was late with my challenge this week because I was on my way home from Georgia last night.  I decided to take a peek over at 2sketches4you and look at the sketch to do my card this week.  That way I didn't have to think too much!!! It's been awhile since I've played along! I need to start getting back into doing it every week.
Here's Kazan's sketch.
And here's my card(the first take)...
Have you ever said when you are finished with a card...that card needs something else!!! Well, this card I said that to myself as I took the picture.  I came upstairs put it on my blog and it bothered me even more and more, so I came to the realization that I couldn't just keep it like this...I had to fix it!!!

Here's my card... final take!!!!
And of course...how do I fix all my cards that are missing something....RIBBON!!!! It's amazing to me how that bow in the open space changes the whole look of the card!!! LOVE it!!!
As I said Anita challenged us over at LCOM to do some embossing anyway we want.  I dry embossed my black piece of cardstock and wet embossed my greeting with versamark and my black embossing powder.  You know I broke all the matchy matchy rules that I try to follow usually.  I never mix stripes and polka dots, but I like it!!! Now if my kids would try to put stripes and polka dots on, I would tell them to go and change!!! LOL!!!  Hope you'll stop on over and see Sherri Thompson's card and the rest of the DT's cards and decide to play along.  You could be our next GDT member for the week of August 15th.  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Bazzill cardstock: turquoise and black
Pattern paper: october afternoon
Stamps, ribbon and embossing powders: Stampin Up
Accessories: basic grey flowers, jenni bowlin crepe paper and flowers.