Thursday, December 23, 2010

All About Boys

Last week, the ScrapTiffany girls showed their Girl Power. This week, it's All About Boys. A tough one for me since there are more girls in my life than boys. I have one brother and one sister who collectively gave me three nieces and only one nephew. Most of my cousins are girls. I have only two uncles and five aunts. I currently have one daughter and am expecting another daughter to arrive in June. That's right!! We are pregnant again and found out earlier this week that the bun that's been baking is a GIRL! You see, I know "girl," but it sure was fun creating for a boy this time.

I also made this with CPS sketch #198 in mind.
I'm posting this on a different computer than I'm used to, so I cannot really tell how the colors look in this photo. Sorry if it's wonky.

There's a new design team coming your way for ScrapTiffany next year. Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oh no she didn't...

Yes, I did! I pulled out the paper crimper for this layout. This week's ScrapTiffany challenge was simply titled "Girl Power." A crafter using her "old school" tools is quite powerful :) So is my daughter's stubbornness.

At my mom's house, we pulled out this walker for my youngest niece to use. Of course, Audrey wanted to take it for a spin, too. She took matters into her own hands since I wouldn't put her in it.

The label around my title was solid, and I cut the middle message out. And "stubborn" wasn't catching your eye, so I traced around each letter with a brown marker to give it some depth.

I pop-dotted the sassy circle and tucked some ribbon behind it to give it some flair.

I also made this layout for the My Mind's Eye challenge #18: "It's a __________ thing" The sketch is from their challenge, too. Everything is from their "quite contrary" line except for the brown cardstock and the ribbon.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Handmade Flowers

Leave it to ScrapTiffany to challenge me so much that I get a backache... AGAIN!! The challenge? Make handmade flowers. I know, everybody's doing it....... except me.
So, I stole Jennifer Yates' handmade flower idea. I saw it here at Pebbles. She didn't leave any instructions, but I was certain it was so easy to recreate. Yeah right. I couldn't figure out how she got her loops to go in a circle. (Upon a second look at Jennifer's, I see that she attached her loops higher up. I attached mine at the  end with ZOTS.)
I was beginning to like my half flower, especially when I had it positioned to bleed off the page, but I couldn't get the rest of the card's design to work with it. However, peeking out from some ribbon wasn't hideous, so I went with it.

This card was also made for the Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week Birthday Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Do you make your own flowers? Are you a floral thief like me? Show your stuff over at ScrapTiffany.

GS 68

This week's sketch had me stumped until I started pulling out some pretty papers. 

I knew right away that I wanted the sentiment piece to be a pull-out tag of some sort that the recipient could use later.

I fussy-cut two butterflies from patterned paper, smeared some stickles on and rolled the wings with a pencil once they were dry. Then I layered them for dimension.

Here's the tag pulled out. The recipient can just add a name in white ink at the bottom and stick it on a gift.

This card was also made for the Card Creations: Favorite Occasions Week All Occasion Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

So come on... Get Sketchy.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I've had another project published in an online magazine. This time it's with ScrapStreet magazine. The best thing about this online mag? It's FREE! Click on over right now. My project is on page 37, and here's a direct link to it. If you scroll to the bottom, you can go to other pages. Take a look around.

Friday, December 3, 2010

GS 67

I'm finally back in the swing of things. Going away for 3 weeks and then being hit with Thanksgiving throws this girl off balance. Plus, there's some other stuff going on that I can't wait to share with you soon.

Here's this week's Get Sketchy sketch:

So many options, right? Well, I saw a caterpillar when I looked at the sketch. That made me think of a baby card, which made me think of our dear friends who will welcome their first baby at Christmas!!
Everything but the Kitchen Sink is hosting their last challenge this week: TEXTURE. In honor of such a great challenge site, I had to play along. I added a different texture for each segment of the caterpillar's body. Starting with the head, there's heat embossing, dry debossing, glitter, flocking, dry embossing, and a slick SRM sticker. FUN!!! I want to make another one with primary colors.

What do you see in this sketch? Get crafting and show us at Get Sketchy.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Food and Paper Crafting

This week's ScrapTiffany challenge was titled Food/Recipes.... completely open to your interpretation. I like that! I whipped up a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies for my daughter's teachers and put them in thus cute bag.

Because it is the way I do most things, the cookies AND the bag were extra simple, but a unique enough presentation that her teachers were quite impressed.

Click here for the recipe for the cookies: (Sorry no picture. The cookies didn't hang around long enough to be photographed.)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Holy Crepe Paper

Once again ScrapTiffany has a doozy of a challenge for you: Use crepe paper in a project! I already had some bright green crepe paper left over from a birthday party, so it made me think of Christmas wreaths.

This is a mini paper bag that I found in my stash. I made a glue circle on the bag, crunched the crepe paper like I was pleating it, then placed the top half of the paper onto the glue. Once the circle was completed, I folded the bottom half up to make the wreath look fuller. Next, I glued on a bow and used my i-rock for the sparkly holly. The sentiment is an SRM sticker.

Crepe paper is a very inexpensive product, so if you don't have any in the house, go out and get some. Then post your project in the comments section at ScrapTiffany. We can't wait to see what you can create.


We're changing things up a little this week at Get Sketchy. Each designer was challenged to find some inspiration in her house for a card.

I used this wall hanging in my bedroom as my inspiration:

And here's the card that resulted from it:

Whatcha think?

What's in your house that gets you thinking creatively? Make a card and post it at Get Sketchy.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Did you notice?... and blog hop winner!

Oh boy, what happened to my blog?!?!?! I guess the ScrapTiffany Holiday Blog Hop brought more visitors than my itty bitty blog could handle. Nice problem to have!! And I'm thrilled to have gained some new followers. Welcome Girls!!

I'm not sure how I feel about this new look, but it's better than photobucket logos, right?

I used to chose a winner from the ScrapTiffany Holiday Blog Hop. It's Jen, who said:
I love this idea!! Super cute and looks pretty easy to make. I would love to make a pink one.. :)
I'm now your newest follower!! Yipee
I just love the sparkle... Stop by and visit me sometime at my
November 9, 2010 1:23 PM  

Hey Jen, I need you to email me at we3braxtons at gmail dot com before the weekend gets here to claim your prize.

Sadly, I haven't gotten crafty in a month!!! I've actually been away from my home for 3 weeks and have had some roller coaster experiences. All in all, I'm just thrilled to be home and staying put for a while.... but just until Christmas.... ug!

I'll get crafting soon. That's the nice thing about being on Design Teams. They get you motivated to craft even when you just ain't feelin' it on your own.

Friday, November 12, 2010

GS 64

I love the all-occasion card!! You can never have a stash too large. I think "smile" is the perfect word for the front of an all-occasion card because you can finish the sentiment on the inside. For instance, SMILE..... it's your birthday. Or, SMILE...... you did it! Or even, SMILE.... it can't get any worse.

What can you do with this sketch? Link up your card at Get Sketchy.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

ScrapTiffany Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the ScrapTiffany Holiday Blog Hop! If I'm your first stop, you'll want to click here to go to the beginning of the hop so you don't miss a thing. If you hopped here from Rebecca, then congratulations! You made it to the end!
For my Christmas project, I wanted to keep it simple and quick because the holidays are complicated and time-consuming enough. This sparkly little door hanger/tree ornament is a sweet little touch of festive decor.

I started with a die cut word from grunge board. I brushed on a thick coat of clean white paint, and immediately poured on two colors of glitter before the paint dried. Once it was dried, I punched a hole to thread this gorgeous Teresa Collins t-drop charm. Then, I adhered some ribbon to the back so it could hang from a doorknob or evergreen branch.

Nothing fancy or difficult, but certainly cute and extra sparkly hanging in your house at the holidays.

Now, for all your hopping efforts, I have a GIVEAWAY for one lucky U.S. resident. I'm not sure what all will be in the prize pack, but it will include a retired Stampin' Up stamp set and some Sassafrass Lass papers. Just leave a comment on this post by next Monday, the 15th. And spread the word!!!!

Hop back to the ScrapTiffany blog to end your journey.

Friday, November 5, 2010

GS 63

When I saw this week's sketch, I immediately thought of the cute little flash cards from Sassafrass Lass. I ordered their mystery box and received two packs of them!

(Sorry I can't get this image any clearer, but go to the Get Sketchy blog to see it.)

All the supplies are from my Sassafrass Lass mystery box. Very cute stuff!! Definitely a good purchase.

Friday, October 29, 2010

GS 62

Do you ever get stubborn in your papercrafting? You know, where you are bound and determined to use certain products not matter what? For this week's sketch, I got stuck on wanting to use flourishes and a big flower. I think it would have turned out better if I was more flexible and willing to change my plan.
And it was so hard to photograph that shining silver embossing.
Okay, enough complaining.
Here's the sketch, get craftin':

Friday, October 22, 2010

GS 61

Check out this week's sketch:

So many possibilities right? Here's my creation:

It's a trifold card, and the ribbon is holding it closed. I adore this BoBunny Petal Pushers line. The best part of all is that I won these supplies from Kristen Swain's giveaway. She blew me away with the amount of stuff she sent to me...... so generous!

Well, off you go to Get Sketchy, so you can upload what you've done with this sketch. Can't wait to see!

Friday, October 15, 2010

GS 60

For this week's Get Sketchy sketch, I used some of my winnings from Imaginisce: Apple Cider. So cute!!!

And it was my first time using the zigzag stitch!! I'm not afraid to sew on my projects anymore! And those orange gems were applied with the i-rock..... such a fun tool.

Here's the sketch girls!
This card also fits the Color Throwdown Challenge #114. You've got until Sunday to enter that challenge. Hop to it!

What is Scenery?

This week's challenge at ScrapTiffany was to scrap your scenery photos. I don't take many pictures of scenery, so this challenge was hard for me until I remembered my husband's photos from his deployment to the UAE. They're of buildings. My husband wasn't confident that buildings can be considered scenery since they are not natural, but I searched a few places and found this definition of scenery: the general appearance of a place; features of a landscape. These buildings ARE the general appearance of Dubai, so work with me on this one :)

I included a little hidden journaling on the layout, too. The sketch is from My Mind's Eye Challenge #16 to use black.
Do you take a lot of scenery pictures? Scrap them and link your layout up at ScrapTiffany.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I'm Published

I can't believe it! One of my cards is published in the current issue (#10) of Scrapbook News & Review. It's my very first publication, so I am over the moon about it. Woo hoo hoo!

Friday, October 1, 2010

GS #58

Not to brag or anything, but I'm really proud of this card. You see, it's kind of shabby chic-ish and that style is my nemesis!!! I love the look of shabby chic so much, but I struggle to execute it well.

BUT, I think I rocked it just a wee bit this go-round.
Yea? Yea? I hand-stitched AND machine-stitched on a card for the first time EVER. Such a good feeling! However, I think I'll put my shabby chic shoes back in the closet for now. Don't wanna jinx it.

Oh, here's the Get Sketchy sketch I worked from:

The prize this week comes from Stamping Dragon Designs. Come on... get crafting.

Use Your Scraps and Make Moxie Fab Scallops

We've all got 'em. And we all have the best intentions when we save them, but hardly ever use them. Challenge yourself to use your scraps, then post what you've done over at ScrapTiffany.
Here's what I did:
The very first giveaway I won when my addiction began two years ago was a Christmas pack of products from Me and My Big Ideas. I had some scrap paper left over from this collection (I made ornaments two years ago), so I punched out a bunch of circles and laid them out in an offset scallop pattern.
I got the idea to use scallops from the Offset Scallop Gallop Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
I had ideas to add a Stickled star, some ribbon and other goo-foos, but in the end a simple rub-on made this a sharp, clean and graphic card.

Whatcha think? Am I Moxie Fab? I'm dying to be one of these days!

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Winner

The first winner that picked has not contacted me, so let's see if winner #2 ever comes back to my blog :)
The new winner is Angie!

Angie said...
Happy birthday! THose cupcakes look soooo good!
Alright Angie, the ball is in your court. Email me by the weekend please. You can find my email after you click on "view my complete profile" under my picture.
I'll leave you with a card I made with Jillibean Soup's Atomic Soup line.

Oh, and ScrapTiffany's challenge this week is to use your scraps. I'll show you my card on Friday!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Get Sketchy #57

Does this sketch jump start your creative mind or what?!?!?!?! I saw this a few weeks back and couldn't wait until I could play with it. I thought I'd end up with the cutest, brightest polka dot card ever, but when I sat down to create, THIS is what my hands made:

It makes me smile!!
What can YOU do with this sketch? Link up your card at Get Sketchy because this week's prize is quite wonderful!!

A girl after Daddy's heart

Four photos on one 12 x 12 layout. Can you do it? The gang at ScrapTiffany wants you to give it a try. You know, I don't like sharing my scrapbooking with you since it's kinda rough, but I do love a good challenge. Here's my take:

I used my rockin' i-rock tool to create the heart.... so fun and blingy. To give it a "finished" look, I channeled my inner Kathy from the Daily Marker and added some dots with a silver Sharpie. LOVE THIS LOOK!!! I'll be using it often from now on.

Come on... get scrappin'.

Monday, September 20, 2010

List of giveaways again

ScrapTiffany challenges you to create a layout with 4 photos! Can you do it? I'm gonna get cracking on this challenge tonight. I'll show it to you Friday.

In the meantime, here are the giveaways I entered today:

GCD Studios

Simplicity all week

Moxie Fab World

Pink Paislee

American Crafts

wee memories hurry this one ends at midnight tonight EST

***I also bought a mystery box from sassafrass lass today.

** And I'm still waiting to hear from BridgetL, my birthday giveaway winner. Where are you?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

GS #56

When I saw Sketch #56 for Get Sketchy, I thought of a tuxedo. But then I thought, "What in the world could I do with a tuxedo card? I don't know anyone getting married soon." Then it hit me!!! My anniversary is in 3 weeks!! So, I made this "handsome" card for my groom of almost 8 years. Totally love that man!

Get your supplies out and try this sketch:

The prize is from Clip It Up! You'll want this, so hurry up and get your sketch on.

Friday, September 17, 2010

ScrapLift Challenge and Winner

This week's challenge at ScrapTiffany was to lift someone else's project. I chose to copy Latisha Yoast's Halloween Elegance card in Card Style magazine ( a Paper Crafts Special issue).

I wanted to make my card a Halloween one, too, but I didn't have wide enough Halloweeny ribbon. So, I went for a girlie card instead.

I like it's simplicity, but I do think there needs to be a second layer under the ribbon like Latisha used, but I just couldn't figure out what to use there.

Have you seen a project that you would love to copy in your own way? Give the ScrapTiffany challenge a try.

I didn't forget to pick a winner from my Birthday Giveaway. Would you believe that chose #1?!?!?!?! Congratulations BridgetL!!! 

~BridgetL~ said...

Happy Birthday. Those cupcake would make anyone's day :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Rockin' Big News

I'm on the Get Sketchy Design Team!!
I love this challenge blog because every week they have the greatest sketches to get you motivated to create. And I just can't believe I'm a part of it all now. So stinkin' cool!
Here's this week's sketch:

And the sponsor this week is The Greeting Farm, so I got to use this adorable senorita to make my card.

It was my first time working with a digital image and it was soooo easy!!! I just opened the image in Word, resized it from the corner so it wouldn't stretch, and printed it on cardstock. Crazy easy.
I colored her with Prisma Color pencils using a technique that my BFF, Jennifer McGuire, taught me. Clearly, I need more practice. I don't really know how to shade.... I get the whole "pretend there's a light shining on the image," but unless I actually see that light, I don't know exactly which areas should be lighter or darker.

Now, head on over to Get Sketchy and create something wonderful!! And don't forget to enter my birthday giveaway here. You have until Monday!

No Patterned Paper

What a challenge!! ScrapTiffany wants you to create with only cardstock and no patterned paper. This was tough for me. I love my pretty patterned paper. And without it, my brain could only conceive a manly card. Thank goodness my Daddy's birthday is coming up.... in November. I'm ready now.

Is it a challenge for you to leave the patterned paper on the shelf? Give the ScrapTiffany challenge a try.

Supplies: Impression Plate and ticket stamps from PTI; circle Dad stamp from Ali Edwards; all CS is Stampin' Up; versamark ink and staz-on brown; distress embossing powder in weathered wood

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blown Away by Imaginisce

There have been tons of giveaways on the Imaginisce blog since before CHA (there's one big one going on now), and I was lucky enough to win twice. My prizes arrived Friday night and I was in shock over the amount of goodies in the box. Lori Allred of Imaginisce sent me three times as much product as I was expecting. Such a generous gift!!
I received lots of Cottage Christmas and Apple Cider, plus the i-rock tool and accessories. I'll show what I've been up to with the i-rock a little later.
I played with Cottage Christmas on Saturday.
I don't like showing ya'll my scrapbook pages since they're usually a mess, but I had to show you how sweet Cottage Christmas is. My skills don't do it justice. With the exception of the tiny "Christmas Morning" sticker, everything on this page is from Cottage Christmas.
Imaginisce sent me much more than any girl should hoard, so I'm sharing it with YOU! Remember my birthday giveaway? I'm adding some new Imaginisce gorgeousness to the pile. You have until Sept. 13 to leave a comment on the birhday post.