Scraplift Challenge at Crop Addict!

I am so excited!!!! For my last challenge at Crop Addict as the Featured Designer of the month, I contacted Jaime Warren...my Scrap Idol...to ask her if it was OK to use the layout below to scraplift. Her layouts always inspire me with all the extra little goodies she adds and looks so effortless.   And I just love the photos she takes of her kids.  Maybe someday I will be able to do something close to what she does!!! She quickly emailed me back and told me that she would LOVE for us to use it!

So, I got to work on mine! Hoping that I would come close to creating something as wonderful as she did! With everything going on in my life right now I decided to create a page of me...which I never do! I actually found it therapeutic! And I am not too upset with how the picture of me came out that I took the other day! (too much light, but!!!!)
Supplies used: 
pattern paper-Echo Park Dots and Stripes, May Crop Addict kit
embellishments-Echo Park, K and Co.  

Now it's your turn.  You go create a page of whatever you like that will make you feel good using Jaime's page! You have until July 2 at 12 AM PST to get it posted in the June challenge gallery and then make sure you post it in the forum for us to see too.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Thought I would share my technique for this month too! I haven't unpacked my Big Shot yet, so I was fooling around with my embossing plates and some sand paper one day.  It really creates a cool texture on your paper.  It's very easy to do.  Just lay the embossing plate underneath your paper with the bumpy side touching your paper and sand away.  You do want to be careful that you stay away from the outside lines of the plate so you don't get the lines in it.  I also found that if you use a finer sand paper, you don't have as much trouble with the outside lines.
Here's a few pics to help see what I did!

Here's another page I created that I used the embossing plate, sanding tool and Coredinations cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by today! Stop by Crop Addict and see what's going on there!
Have a scrap happy day!


Bountiful Blooms Stone Coasters

It's my turn to post on Facebook today using TaDa products.  I decided I would create some tumbled stone coasters using:

Here's a picture of what they all look like completely finished.  So that I didn't have to spray matte finish on them, I used pigment inks from Memento and a Stampin Up' black journaling pigment marker.  Then after that I placed them in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.  Please be aware that your ink will fade.  If you want to use any type of ink on them, you will need to spray matte finish on them and then you don't have to cook them. 

Here's a close up of  LOVE!
When they come out of the oven, let cool and then I used felt to put in each of the corners with my Tombo  wet glue.

Next, I used one of the snippets and clippets to create a tag.

And used a Stampin' Up! stamp to place for you on in my Memento black tuxedo ink pad.  Tied with a ribbon and VOILA...all done!
I already gave them to a friend! She loved them!
Make sure you check out Ta Da Facebook page and CK Facebook page today for lots of FUN.
Hope you are having a scrap happy day!


ExTrA ExTrA Read All About it!

First off, tomorrow TaDa will be participating in a special event on the Creating Keepsakes Facebook page. They will be giving away lots of product, including some TaDa goodies, to celebrate reaching over 40,000 fans on Facebook! To participate you need to go to their Facebook page for details (http://www.facebook.com/CreatingKeepsakes), and then become a fan of TaDa’s on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/TaDa-Creative-Studios/314011578631?ref=mf)

And guess what....I will be posting a great project with you tomorrow on facebook! Can't wait for you to see it!!!
Secondly, CHA is fast approaching, which means…NEW RELEASES ARE ON THE WAY!!!! Ta Da will have lots of fun new stuff to share over the next few weeks, so be sure to stop back often to see sneak peeks of what’s in store. We will be starting on July 1st!

43 Years with June's Paper Trail Kit

I know I don't thank my parents enough for all that they have done and do for me! So, with this anything goes challenge this month here at Trail Makers I decided to showcase my parents.  This picture was taken almost 2 years ago on Valentine's Day at my little brother's wedding.  Dad's eyes are all squinty and goofy looking, but if they weren't I would think something was wrong because he truly is a a big old goofball.  He comes off all gruff at times, but he's just masquerading that cupcake of a heart that he has.  Mom looked gorgeous in that dress.  I was so happy that she found something that she felt great in.  She truly deserves it! This is a couple that truly belongs together who have raised 5 children!
They truly are heroes that the world doesn't know much about...hopefully this puts them in the limelight!

Everything on the page is from the June kit except the homemade flower that I made and sprayed with glimmermist.  I really hope that you will find the time to scrapbook and show us your projects! Can't wait to see them!   So glad you stopped by today! 
Happy Trail Making!!!


Weekly Challenge at Crop Addict

Today marks the first day of summer, so this week's challenge is to create a summer layout. Here's mine that I created with the June Crop Addict Kit.

Post your layout in  the June Weekly Challenge gallery by Monday, June 27th @ midnight PDT and be sure to link it back  in the forum too! Can't wait to see what you come up with.


Banner Challenge at Crop Addict

This weeks challenge at Crop Addict is to create a banner on your layout. For this layout, I just cut some of the circles in half that are in the June Crop Addict Kit

Post your card in the June Weekly Challenge gallery by Monday, June 20th @ midnight PDT and be sure to link it back  in the forum too! Can't wait to see what you come up with.


Masculine Card Challenge

The June Kit from The Paper Trail really is very conducive to Dad pages and cards! In fact, I think it's just PERFECT.  Here's my Dad's Day card that I made.  I decided to try something a little different and make a tag card.  I cut it at 51/2 X 4 1/4" and then cut one corner off.  After that I flipped over what I cut and laid it on the other side so it would be even.  Too cool! All supplies are from the kit except the ribbon, the jumbo brad and the metal clock.  Those Kaisercraft miniletter stickers are perfect for greetings.  Because they are so stark white what I did was take my chalkbox charcoal ink pad across them to give them more of a vintagey feel.  Don't you just love Coredinations cardstock.  Karen put some in the kits this time.  Take a look at the black.  I love how the kraft comes through the black cs when I distressed the edges and then sand it.
Have you made your Dad or husband a Father's Day card yet? Now is your chance! Just think you can make one, then get all kinds of scrappy love for posting it at TrailMakers Challenge Blog and then give it to your Dad or hubby who will just LOVE that you took the time to make a handmade card!
Did you see that Karen is having a Design Team Call.  Hurry and apply...you don't want to miss it!
Hope you are having a great scrappy day! Thanks for stopping by today!


A Summer Invite with Ta Da

Can you believe it's June already? Well, yesterday marked my last official day as a third grade teacher for the year! My summer has started, so to celebrate I wanted to create a summery card and what better way to do that then to use the Sizzlin' Summer collection!  Here it is!

Stop on over to Ta Da's blog today to find out how I made it!
Have a scrap happy day!


June Debut Project for The Paper Trail!

Here's a picture of June 2011 Kit from The Paper Trail!
Better hurry over and pick it up before it is too late!

Time Flys By so quickly doesn't it? It's so amazing how quickly they grow up.  It just seems like yesterday I was changing diapers, strapping them into car seats and lugging that heavy baby seat everywhere! I thought The Paper Trail June Kit with the clocks was absolutely perfect for these pictures.  Look at that metal flower in the middle of the paper flower...isn't it gorgeous?! That comes in the kit too!


Crop Addict June 2011 Projects

Here's the rest of my projects for this month made with the
June 2011 Crop Addict Kit and the Kit Option.
There's really a nice variety of embellies and papers in this kit!

Thanks for looking!
 Make sure you stop on over at the forum and take part in the challenges this month, have some fun conversating a little and share your work with us!
 It should be fun!
Have a scrap happy day!

June Crop Addict Challenge

Here's what you have to do for June's Month Long Crop Addict Challenge! Create a layout with the theme of friendship! This should be so easy! :) I decided to create a layout of my daughter with her buddy photo from track! Go on over to Crop Addict and link your photo to the thread! Can't wait to see what you create!
All supplies except for the little brown scallop are from the June 2011 Crop Addict Kit!