Another Re-Run Challenge!

Here's the last re-run challenge taking place over at Trail Makers Challenge Blog this month. This challenge was all about birds, bees, and butterflies and we would like to see another round of projects using these very versatile creatures!!
Here's what I came up with for the challenge when it originally posted...
this has to be one of my all time favorite layouts!!!!

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

Whatever your little hearts can dream up for a project - show us!! You have a little more than a week left of the month to get your projects in for a fun prize! Just add your projects to the link at TrailMakers and voila - you are done!!!!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!


July How-to's for Crop Addict

This was such a quick and easy card to put together using the July Kit from Crop Addict. 
I just LOVED the end result.
1. Paint star chipboard with blue acrylic paint and set aside to dry.
2.  Place sticker strips on white 51/2 X41/4" cardstock.
3.  Place small Adorn It Let Freedom Ring letters on card.
4. Attach star with pop up dots and place tissue paper flower inside with red sticker dot.
5.  I also put 3 dots on after Let Freedom Ring with my fine point Sharpie marker.

This is the day Jeremy became a Boy Scout.  He and his pack worked so hard to complete the requirements they needed to become a Boy Scout.  I know Daddy worked hard too as their leader. 
All supplies except for the compass stamp, the Smooch Spritz and the ink pad 
1. Prepare your cardstock by misting on the Tattered Angels compass stamp.  I used Smooch Spritz log cabin.  Cut 11 X11.  Mount on Abby Road My Mind's Eye pattern paper and sew around the outside edge.  
2. Distress with Charcoal Colorbox ink pad.
3.  Cut out scallop from Cricut cartridge.
4. Cut My Mind's Eye pattern paper to 41/2".  Attach to layout and distress with Charcoal Chalk box ink pad.
5. Doodle around the outside edge between sewing and edge of cs/pattern paper.
6.  Place scallop on edge of cs and pattern paper.  Sew down using straight stitch.
7.  Attach embellies(pattern strips of paper, quote and circles).  I popdotted the circles to give a little more pizzazz.
8.  Sew around the edge of the pictures.
9.  Attach letters.(these were from my stash)
Thanks for looking.  If you have any questions, just let me know and I will try to explain better.

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Christmas in July with TaDa!!

Today it's my turn to post on TaDa's Facebook page.  I thought I would share the new Christmas lines here and also my projects that I made with this line for CHA for a little Christmas in July!!! Have you seen the new lines that Mary and Annette have created? They are so yummy and so many possibilities!!!
Check out how this paper has a great pattern on the front that is fun and playful, but then on the back there is a more sophisticated pattern paper that matches and goes so well with the front!!!

Here are the laser cuts that coordinate with them...
they all come in 12X12 or 6X6

The FAB stamp set...

And last but not least...the sticker sheets known as the Stickies!!!
One for scrapbookers...

and one for cardmakers...

pattern paper-Frozen Tozen from TaDa Creative Studios
cardstock, ink and stamp-Stampin Up
embossing plate-Sizzix

A little tip...After I run my card through the Big Shot with the embossing folder, I like to take a matching stamp pad and run it over the raised images just to add a little more pizzazz to the cardstock.  

pattern paper-Frozen Tozen TaDa Creative Studios
cardstock-Stampin Up
tree sticker-Frozen Tozen Stickies from TaDa Creative Studios

These two card were very simple to make.  Cards that you could make a few of in an hour or so! Isn't now a great time to get started on your homemade Christmas cards? Do a little every month from now until Thanksgiving and then all you will have to do is address them over Thanksgiving vacation. And VOILA...you will have created a part of you to send to all your friends and family!!!  Hope I have inspired you to get started and I am sure it won't be long before stores will be carrying Frozen Tozen! And if you haven't stopped by the Ta Da Creative Studios website in a while, be sure to do it! 
It is just FAB!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
Are you going to go make some Christmas cards?


Card Sketch at LCTS

Here is Rusha's sketch for this week over at Lets Capture These Sketches.

I love it! I think it is so versatile and easy to use!!!

And here is my take on the sketch...
papers: Sassafras Lass Anthem
stamp: digital from Some Odd Girl, Inkadinkado
ink: Memento black tuxedo and Copic, bic and sharpie markers
embellies: Sassafras Lass

Every year at school, I change my "theme!" Last year I did owls in my classroom.  This came out so cute and my saying always is..."Reach for the Stars!!!" I'm wondering if Kristy would design a digi stamp or stamp that has a boy holding onto a star? Then I could color 22 of these babies...one for each of my kiddos!

If you get a chance why don't you show us your take on this sketch by linking it here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you are having a scrap happy day!


Sketch Challenges at Trail Makers!

At Trail Makers, Karen has had some sketch challenges over the last year.  For this re-run challenge, pick one sketch and create your own version of it. If you are really on a creative roll- you are more than welcome to submit for each sketch! Make sure when you submit that you tell us which sketch you used and any unusual or distinct changes you made to it!!!

This first sketch was done by one of our former DT Members - Amarilys Doria.  Isn't it great? If you use this sketch call it Amarilys' sketch!

Here's mine from this sketch challenge...
On this layout, I used a lot of Once Upon a Springtime from Graphic 45.  You can find a bunch at The Paper Trail here.

This was one of our DT application sketches so if you use this one call it the DT sketch!

This one is from PageMaps from one of our challenges last fall!

And here's mine...
I used Little Yellow Bicycle Clothesline line to do a lot of this page.  You can still find it at The Paper Trail here if you want some.

Also - feel free to turn these layout sketches into a card too - using the photo part for your sentiment or other image- that will really show us your creativity!!!!!
Remember with sketches you can use the image as it is or you can flip it or rotate where you put stuff - and if it shows a flower, well you can interchange it with a butterfly or a star or whatever else you can come up with! The creations with these sketches are endless and limited only by our own creativity!!!! Have fun with it!

You have until the end of the month to submit your creations and be eligible for a great prize!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a scrap happy day!:)


Practicing Copic!!

So yesterday I decided that I would try my hand at practicing using the Copic markers that I do have along with pairing them with the Bic and Sharpie permanent markers that I have too.  I am finding that by jumping in with two feet and just fooling around with it to find out what feels right and looks right to my eye is really something you need to do to feel more comfortable with them.  It's not like using watercolor pencils or the watercolor crayons.  It really is a total different feel even though some of the concepts may be the same. 

Here's my first one...
cardstock-Stampin' Up!
pattern papers and sticker-Crate Paper
ink-Memento Black Tuxedo, Copic, Sharpie and Bic Markers, crumb cake from Stampin Up!
stamps-Autumn Leaves Stampology, unknown...cupcake
accessories-Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam on the icing of cupcake

You can see I have some smudges from the red copic, but I didn't think it was too bad.

And here's my second one...
I decided to play along with Some Odd Girl this week and complete the challenge of using the DT's cards as inspiration.  I decided to use Robin's card and Kristy's card as inspiration.  I changed mine up a little and turned it, but it has the same sketch concept.  
cardstock-Stampin Up!, PaperTrey Ink
pattern paper-Graphic 45 (from several different lines)
ink-Memento, Stampin Up!, Copic, Bic and Sharpie Markers
stamp-sentiment Inkadinkado

Here she is all colored in.  I was so proud of the finished project.  I can understand why people have totally fallen in love with the Copic markers.  I can't wait to do more of it.
 So, have you taken the plunge and tried out the Copic Markers yet?
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you are having a scrap happy weekend!


Trail Makers and The Paper Trail

Trail Makers has a new design team.  Karen has added to the team.  Here are the team members!

Trail Makers Design Team:
Karen Garbacik - Owner - Karen's Blog
Sandi Johnson -  DT Leader - Sandi's Blog
Krystle Thomas - Returning member - Krystle's Blog
Tanya Lamo - Returning Member - Tanya's Blog
Yara Freytes - Returning Member - Yara's Blog
Jessica Goodpaster - New Member - Jessica's Blog
Marilyn Rivera - New Member - Marilyn's Blog
Sara Zenger - New Member - Sara's Blog
Shannon Morgan - New Member - Shannon's Blog
Tenny Kusuma - New Member - Tenny's Blog

We are taking the month of July off, but Karen has some rerun challenges up for you to do.  You know the oldies, but goodies! This week it's Multiple photos on a single layout...
 This week you need to go back to September 2010 when this one originally aired and work with multiple photos on a single page layout. The original "episode" asked you to use 4-6 photos on a single page layout and we are hoping you can do it again!!! These photos can be cropped smaller, cropped into different shapes or just plain printed smaller!!! But, if you are feeling extra creative maybe you are able to actually get all four photos on this layout in the original 4x6 size!! That could be a real challenge, eh??

Here is my layout from the multiple photo challenge...
Supplies I used from my inspiration kit at The Paper Trail are my capella brown buttons and then I used capella falsetto, capella bravo, capella libretto and capella venetian papers for my page.  I also used my capella micro mono stickers to put Friends on my photo.
The only thing I used out of my own stash this time were circle punches, American Crafts letters and the lace punch.

You have until the end of the month to submit your layouts to Mr. Linky at www.trailmakers.blogspot.com and be in the running for a fun prize from The Paper Trail!


Road Trip to Syracuse!

When I got an email awhile back about there being a Copic certification in Syracuse, NY, I contacted a couple LCOM forum friends and asked if they would like to join me.  I was so excited when they said YES! and also signed up to go to the Copic Certification and were accepted.  
As the weeks approached, I found myself becoming giddy yet nervous at the same time.  Meeting two people, spending 3 hours with one of them in car and about an hour with the other  that I had talked with on the forum after talking with them only on-line.  Lots of what if questions went through my mind, but for some reason all of those dissipated very quickly because I was just way too excited.
First, I picked up Joyce in Bloomsburg.  I'm not blonde, but because I was a bit nervous ....I am sure her husband was a bit worried that she would be traveling 3 more hours with me and then I had to bring her home safely on Saturday.  I was just having such a horrible time FINDING them!!! When they were right there! (LOL!!!)  After about an hour traveling with Joyce, we stopped at Red Lobster for lunch. Driving into the parking space, I drove too far up and hit the curb...what a goof I am!!!  I talked the shrimp bruschetta up like there was no tomorrow. She had eaten 2 pieces of it and I tried one.  Oh my...it was aweful!!! The bread was so soggy.  Joyce had it taken off of the bill ( she was very nice about it) and the manager was asking us if she could get us some dessert!!!  Then on the way back to I81, I ran a stop sign...whoops! I saw it, but didn't stop! Not sure why! Thank God no one was coming! Joyce says...you just ran that stop sign! We talked the whole way up and didn't seem to have much trouble talking and conversating the whole way there.
At Exit 6 on I81, we picked Susie  up.  It is near Bighamton, but some little town like Chichango...that might be it.(not sure)  We picked her up at a Burger King and now all 3 of us were getting to know each other.  After I talked on my cell phone as we were driving in New York, I learned that it was against the law.  Whoops!!! 
We arrived at the hotel, unpacked and found that there were some scrappy spots we needed to check out!  Without the GPS, we would have been in big trouble!!! It's sad that so many of the local scrapbook stores are closing, so we ended up at Hobby Lobby and AC Moore.  We ate at Olive Garden and didn't have to wait for more than 5 minutes.  WOW...that was a surprise!
Back at the hotel, we went to the lobby breakfast area and used Joyce's stash of Copic markers coloring away and playing a little! What great fun!!!

Here we all are...(left to right)
Joyce, Sandi and Sue

Then the big day arrived...we got to meet Colleen Schaan.  What a great presenter! It is so obvious that she is a teacher.  Funny, personable, and a little anal retentive (LOL!) I learned so much about the Copics and am so excited that I am now certifiable! I need to practice some more...LOTS more!!!
Colleen and me

The trip back seemed to take FOREVER!!! It's always like that though isn't it!? 
Hope that you can go on a scrappy adventure with some scrappy friends!!!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Just So Beautiful from Ta Da!!!

I've been wanting to scrap this picture of Kati for a long time. You know how you just seem to wait for the "perfect" paper to go with the picture. Well, I think I finally found it!

I whitewashed my background paper by taking a wet paper towel and pouring gesso into it. Then I just rubbed it over my 12 X 12 pattern paper to give it more texture and lighten the background up a little.

With CHA around the corner, we always want to see what's NEW and WONDERFUL out there, but remember to check out all the old and wonderful things that Ta Da Creative studios has. For this layout, I used the Whirly Gig collection...

So glad you stopped by today!Hope I've inspired you a little! Make sure you check out all the great scrappy stuff on the Ta Da blog too! Have a scrap happy day!



Ta Da's Sneaks!

Oh Wow!!! It is such an honor to be on Ta Da's DT right now! The sneak peeks that are on the blog today are just FANTABULOUS!!!! Here they are for you to see and why I am so excited about each one of them!
Aren't these colors amazing!!!? It's what we see all over the place! The bright colors just draw me to this paper and really make me think about the wonderful things my friends do for me!!!

This is just too cute! I can't wait to get a hold of this and scrapbook my winter pages.  I can see how you could even scrap some Christmas pages too! Don't you just love the name?

And last, but not least!!!
Again, I love these colors! They go together so nicely! Gears and plaids and camos and don't forget texting! They just shout boys, but I can see that this collection could be very versatile.
Make sure you go and check out Ta Da's blog and give them some love! 
Didn't Mary and Annette do an amazing job?!!! Are you dreaming of what you want to do with this paper too?