Saturday, August 30, 2008

A couple of layouts to share

I *finally* got in a little creative time last night, and was so excited to pull my SD4u September kits back out last night! I sat down at my table and immediately became totally consumed and before I knew it, it was 2:00 am and I'd completed a layout. I love when a project just falls together like that! This layout features all my favorite guys: The hubby, my adorable little nephew, my big brother, and of course, pops:

The star in the bottom left corner is actually made from clear acrylic...I simply glued a piece of patterned paper onto the back using zip dry and stuck a button in the middle and now it has some great dimension!

And as if that wasn't wonderful enough, I woke up this morning and realized there was nowhere I had to be for a change. I headed straigh back to the table, and had another layout finished before noon...bam! (it's for the September newsletter that's not even out yet, so shhhh! This is totally on the sly!)

My Photosmart is almost out of ink, so the color is a little jacked up in the photos...but you get the idea. I stuck them down with removable tape, so as long as I get over and get a new ink cartridge sometime today, I should be able to swap them out without much trouble.

In other real life news, I've been so completely, insanely, barely-have-time-to-sneeze busy. I gotta tell ya, now that I'm not working anymore, I sure am working a lot! Creative Imaginations has got me coming in to help them get ready for Scrapfest, so I've been packing kits and running errands. The week leading up to a big event like this just always gets a little many last minute things to remember! In between that and babysitting a bit for my brother, I am helping Melissa unpack and shelve the gazillion boxes she's been getting in at the Scrapbook Garden from CHA! In a nutshell, I'll just say that *somebody* went a little nuts witht the Ranger and American Crafts...*cough-coughmelissacough-cough*

And when I do finally get home at the end of the day, I have been desperately trying to find time to design a new class for September, but so far I've just been too pooped! And the coming weeks aren't looking any less hectic....lots on the agenda work wise. Maybe if I drink enough coffee, I'll grow another pair of arms. Stranger things have happened, right?

Monday, August 25, 2008

If you needed

A little smile today, this oughta do the trick!

I spent the afternoon with this little peanut today, and though we had a little play time, he must have had a busy weekend growing, because he was pretty pooped out and slept most of the day. I actually found myself wishing I had my SD4U September Zach's Life kit with me to help pass the time! But soon enough I found myself home and at the scraproom table, and I was able to finish both of these:

I think the last 4 layouts I've made have been "boy" layouts without a single flower or butterfly! Honestly I didn't think I had it in me....who knew?

Ok, off to's getting late.

thanks for checkin in on me!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Kit Happy

And who could blame me? Just look at September's awesome SD4U kit featuring the Vita Bella paper line from Little Yellow Bicycle:

The colors are so rich and vibrant, and the patterned papers have a touch of foil in them, which is really cool. And once again, in true SD4U style, the bag this kit comes in is ready to bust at the seams from all the goodies packed inside! It features some funky Kaiser rub-ons, an entire chipboard alphabet, Creative Imagnations flex words, and ginormous bling, just to mention a few things. I'm just getting started working with this kit, but I'm excited to share what I've done so far:

And because SD4U's kits have been such a hit and selling out each month, they've added a bonus kit this month to boot! It features more Little Yellow Bicycle, but this time the line is Zach's Life with it's bold orange and navy color combo. This kit features an arrow shaped board book from Maya Road, Kaiser paint, Thickers Alphabet, coordinating cardstock stickers, and more! Check it out:

I'll be ripping into this one after the weekend, I can't wait! I have some big plans for those cool acrylic pieces!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Hector!!

I love you hunny...cheers to a cerveza-and-golf-filled weekend!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Looking for some motivation?

This is straight from the SD4U Message Board, and is guaranteed to kick the creativity into high gear:

With Summer Scrapfest quickly coming to a close, do you find yourselves wondering what we’ll be doing with our free time the rest of our summer nights without a fun, SD4U challenge? Well, have no fear, because we’ve come up with a plan to keep you motivated and going strong! Each week, beginning August 11th, alternating members of the design team will be posting different challenges! We’re calling it "10 Weeks of Fun", and it’s sure to be just that and a whole lot more! Make sure to stick around and join us, and you could be the lucky winner of the Grand prize of a Guest Designer spot for November plus $50 worth of product from the SD4U store! Other prizes will be awarded, too, and your participation as message board members will be crucial in choosing the winners!The SD4U team is looking forward to all the fun, and we hope to have you join in!

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Come on over and register if you haven't already. Then join the girls and I in some exciting challenges, and maybe win a prize or two!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Butterfly Kisses

That's the name of the Itty Bitty Scrap Shack's August kit featuring Jenni Bowlin's Tangerine Dream patterned paper and jam packed full of beautiful butterflies:

There is butterfly patterned paper, die cut butterflies, and even an acrylic butterfly stamp from Autumn Leaves! The teal and coral color combination is exciting and a little different, and the the finishing touches encourage lots of attention to detail. Here are a few layouts I've made with it so far:

I think I've had the most fun deciding how to embellish the different butterflies! For this one, I cut one of the larger butterflies from the patterned paper. With an embossing pen, I traced and colored in the spots on the butterfly that I wanted to sparkle, then sprinkled some glittery embossing powder on and heat set it. And as a bonus, it turns out the embossing pen turned the paper a little blue underneath the clear powder...I love those kind of *mistakes*!

These butterflies were made from the Autumn Leaves stamp in the kit. I stamped these guys onto some white cardstock using teal ink. When it was dry, I simply traced the lines with my Sakura Clear Star gel pen for a subtle shimmer, and added a couple of rhinestones along the body. I attached them to the page with a dab of glue behind the body only, and bent the wings upward so the could *flutter* around the page.

Ok, I may have gon a little glitter crazy with this one, but the technique is fun! I took one of the diecut butterflies and cut out each of the upper wings. I covered them with diamond stickles and set them aside to dry. With another diecut butterfly, I covered the bottom set of wings with a coral ultrafine glitter using a glue pen. When that was dry, I simply glued the separate set of wings on top of the original set of wings using just a line of glue on the inner edges so the wings could pop up off the page. I added some fruit punch stickles to add polka dots to the upper wings, and a couple of rhinestones along the bottom set of wings.

In other blog news, I have been tagged by Alice and will be back with my exciting life trivia...try not to explode with excitement...

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2008


It seems like I have been trying to plan my next class forEVER. First I was super busy, then I got a horrible case of scrapper's block, then I got super duper busy again. The stars just never aligned just right, and I sat on this beautiful, summery Scenic Route paper and adorable chipboard packages from Inque Boutique for months! Well finally, the creative gods parted the skies, and reigned down some scrappy time and energy upon me and behold, my next class was born:

It's just an itty bitty little thing, but it really packs a big punch. Believe it or not, inside is room for 6 photos and some journaling! It's going to be a super fun little class, with snacks, prizes and lots of great chicks. Here are the details:

Where: The Scrapbook Garden

When: Saturday, August 23rd

Time: 11:00

Price: Just $20!!

I'll be back to post a materials list and some other stuff a bit later...I've got to run. I have a date with the cutest little guy...