April 29, 2011

Best Buds-SOUS reveal April 29th

I just realized that this is the last sketch reveal for April..wow, how fast time flies !
We chose a semi simple, but yet elegant sketch to celebrate the end of April.. I loved it and was able to once again, add my own twist to the sketch.. The butterflies inspired me so much, that I wanted to add flowers !!..LOL yea, what else is new right?..LOL
so, here is my take on our sketch:
I wanted to keep the background colors real simple with greys and light browns and then the color actually coming from the flowers and butterflies.. Thought that they would stick out a bit more.. I absolutely love how this layout came out.. 
The photos are of my daughter Amber and her doggy Tudor.. These pics were taken last summer at her boyfriends summer cabin, they were out boating and then fishing.. She no longer has Tudor because she realized that she didn't have enough time for him and now he is owned by a young couple with two small children that have lots of time for him.. They loved him the minute they seen him.. He is a real sweetheart!!

 here is the sketch that I used to create this layout:
I made a journaling tag instead of just writing directly on the layout.. this way I was able to print out the text with my computer instead of my own handwriting..LOL

and for a few close ups of the layout:

and for the supplies used:

Cricut cartridges:
Home Decor: Scalloped circle (shadow)
Home Accents: Butterflies (shadow)
George and Basic Shapes: Circle
Nates ABC's: Font (Best Buds)

Papers: DCWV Linen Closet
cardstock: light blue, white and brown

flowers and leaves by: Iamroses
pearl brads: Papermania
Liquid pearl (white)
String of pearl(off white)
Martha Stewart deep edge punch
Pearl drops: Prima E-line
Hat pins (2 with pearl)
Tim Holtz distress ink: Vintage Photo
black fine tip marker for faux stitching..

alright ladies.. that about does it for the list of supplies.. I'm always afraid I forget something..LOL
I certainly hope you get a min or two to stop by SOUS this week and join in on the fun.. As you know, us girls would love to see your take on this weeks sketch..
Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving me some love.. I love to read your comments so don't be afraid to share..
Hope everyone has a great and creative weekend..

April 21, 2011

Summer Beauty-DT for Generations Crafting

For this layout, I used Bo Bunny's Vicky B papers, cut the big circle with my cricut then added the pink lace trim and the string of pearls.. I then added a smaller doily behind the photo mat and yet again, added pink lace and string of pearls to that.. Glued down the "Stop & smell the flowers" and then started clustering my flowers, starting with the biggest green one and working my way out.. The title font stickers are Basic Grey and the white flowers and leaves are by Iamroses..  The flourish I cut using my cricut..

and for some close ups:

These new Primas are absolutely mouth watering.. 

well ladies.. that does it for me for this post..
I want to thank you all so very much for stopping by and looking.
I certainly hope I have inspired you to grab your Primas and get cooking up something creative today..
If you dont' have any primas yet, do stop by Generations Crafting and check out what a wonderful selection she has !! 
Have a great and creative week..

April 19, 2011

Sketch Along Tuesday Reveal for April 19th

Its Sketch along Tuesdays at Frosted Designs again today.. Wooo Hoo!!.. We have an original sketch by Debbie Burns.. I loved it !! 
I've been dying to make a masculine layout for the longest time now and when my son Adam handed me his school pics, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.. 
I created some gears a few weeks back and this was the perfect opportunity to use them along with some chains, screw head brads and other metal embellishments I found in my stash.. I love the way this layout turned out..
I also found some Graphic45 papers in my stash and thought those would be perfect for this layout..
 Here is the sketch:

best part of these sketch's is that you really can make it your own.. feel inspired to create your own masterpiece.  :)

and for some close ups:

and for supplies used:

Papers by : Graphic45
Cricut: Gears(SCAL) even though you can create you own with you DS, I tried and it will works great..
Corrugated cardboard
paints: black and red
Tim Holtz crackle paint (white)
Tim Holtz distress inks: Vintage photo
black ink by: Stazon
Tim Holtz stamp: film Strip
Metal Arrows: 7Gypsies
Screwhead Brads: product manufacture un-known
Key: K&Co
Safety Pin: Tim Holtz
Chain: Tim Holtz
Little Car Charm: Horizon
Black Burlap: craft store find
word stickers: Young and unique
Alpha stickers: Basic Grey

I think that does it for the list of supplies.. While making this layout, I realized I need to find me some more metal embellishments.. These were so much fun to work with and it really took me out of my comfort zone..Which was such a nice change..
Well ladies, I certainly hope you like what I've created.. My 16 yr old son was happy when I showed it to him.. I got a positive "a-huh!"..LOL  
Thank you all so much for stopping and do stop by Frosted Designs and join in the on Sketch Along Tuesday Challenge..We'd love to see what you can create using the same sketch..
Hope everyone has a great and Creative rest of the week..

April 15, 2011

ZOOpendous Day- SOUS reveal

Wow!! Those two weeks by like a blink of an eye... But, I always love our reveals over SOUS and this week we have a wonderful sketch by Liz Qualman.. 
I decided to make some of my own embellishments this time and I'm glad I did.. Got to play with my new Mother's Day Bouguet cartridge.. Lovin it!!
anywho!! here is my take on this weeks sketch:

I used K&Co Tim Coffey's Designer Paper.. and the vine I hand made along with the flowers..
The photo is of me and my kids eating lunch at the Helsinki Zoo back when we first moved to Finland..

our sketch this week is:
and for a few close ups:

I followed Sandi's flower tutorial over at S.O.U.S that she had along with her Memory box tutorial.. covered the tips of the flowers with glossy accents and then dipped em in Diamond dust..

And for supplies used:

Papers by : K&Co Tim Coffey's designer colleciton
cardstock: Brown, yellow and white

Cricut cartridges: 
Mothers Day Bouguet: Flowers
A Childs Year: Title font
Doodlecharms: lunch bag

Leaves: Iamroses
vine: hand made
(wire, flower tape)
Glossy Accents
diamond dust

inks: Tim Holtz distress ink: Broken china
Color box inks: green and brown
Computer journaling
black ink pen for faux stitching
white gel pen for dots
pop dots
tulle fabric
Butterflies are hand cut from the paper collection

that about does it for this Friday.. Thank you ladies so much for stopping by and taking a look..Do stop by SOUS and check out what the rest of the design team have created and do join in on the fun this week..

April 13, 2011

Little Wild Flowers-DT for Generations

ladies.. I promised a few more posts using Prima's awesome and beautiful flowers and I plan on keeping that promise.. 
This is another layout I made for Generations Crafting..

 I used Basic Grey "Green At Heart" paper collection and mostly Prima flowers..
I added the doily for the trim to give it some more flair and then added the string of pearl with glossy accents.. best stuff cause it dries clear!! 
All the pink flowers are Prima's and then the little white ones I found at my craft store and the leaves are by I am roses..  The title stickers came with the "green at heart" collection..  Oh and I added a little hat pin with a charm on it that says "play".. The photos are of my Amber when she was first learning how to walk.. Gosh, that seems like ions ago..(don't tell her I said that..LOL)
and for a few close ups:

Thank you ladies so much stopping by today and having a look at what I've created..
I hope you all have wonderful rest of the week...
but, before I sign off, I wanted to remind you that SOUS is having its Friday reveal just a few days away.. Hugs

April 10, 2011

Famili Mini Album

Sad to say, its Sunday and tomorrow starts yet another work week :( 
But with a nice relaxing Sunday comes time to create..So, I was asked by my co-worker to make her mom a mini album and she handed me a bunch of pictures of them when they were little.. After going though the lot, I decided to make a Family mini .. Thought it would go best with the photos I had to work with..
and so.. Here it is:
This is a  6x6 chipboard mini album.. I bought some Bo Bunny refills from Floren over at Generations Crafting cause they really are inexpensive and they are so easy work with.. no cutting chipboard or punching holes, Hallelujah!!..LOL

lets ge to the insides:
the tag says: All because two people fell in love.. I added crackle accents to the tag.. it blurred the text just a little bit.. not sure if thats normal or not.. but I stuck with it.. then on the right I added three small journaling tags.. she can write down all kinds of memories on there..
once you flip the little memories page, you get to this page.. and the tag says: "Love makes a family!".. This is my co-worker when she was a baby with her mom and dad..
Here I added another photo of her holding the babydoll and the journaling says "Thank heavens for little girls!"
then their is an accetate tag, which also has a photo of her and her mom..
flip the accetate tag and this is what the little pocket opens up to..
their are photos of her with her grandparents and then the top is of her and her dad..
the tag says "A grandparents love is forever!"..
She said they are no longer with us, so I'm sure this will be a very special page for her mom.
On this page, she had some photos of them (siblings) dancing and thought it was an absolutely adorable photo.. I added the text "Together, its the place to be!"..
and on the left had side is a flip open photo matt , where I have added a photo of all three kids.. and it says "Yours, Mine and Ours!".. and I also added a pull out tag onto the side, where she can fill in more of the photos details..
for this page, I found a photo of them playing in a berry field.. so, thought it was a nice picture to add since it has her grandfather in it as well.. and the text says " A family that plays together, stays together!"..
the right side is an accetate page, which I stampped some images on it and added bling.. with a photo of all three kids together..
flip the accetate page and you have an envelope pocket page.. Inside is a photo of to go with the berry field photo and I added a journaling spot on the inside as well.. 
and for the very last pages..
on the left is a birthday page  and is says " another year older!" and on the right, a christmas page with all three kids together and it say s" Through out the years!"..

I thought these photos were the best selection for this mini album.. It really was difficult to create this using someone elses photos, since they are her memories and not mine.. I hope she likes this mini cause I love it!!
It was a lot of hard work and took me a long time to complete..
I want to thank you all so much for stopping by and taking a look.. It really means a lot to me..
Have a great week and creative week everyone..
Spring-e Hugs :)

April 7, 2011

Prima Flower DT project for Generations Crafting

Was I surpised when I got a surprise package from Floren Boynton over at Generations Crafting and when I opened it, it had a bunch of beautiful Prima flowers in it.. I contacted Floren and she asked if I would create something with them.. yeah, I'd Loooooove to..
I love flowers, so it was my pleasure...LOL
For this layout, I thought to use the orange flowers and then then some of the little orange roses, which I thought were brilliant and so cute..
I used a plain white carstock base, added a Websters Pages dye cut which I had cut , then added brown cardstock for the photos mat with a yellow one on top of that.. Hand made a vine, first I added the leaves and then adding the Primas after I had wired the vine to the layout
(makes it easier to postition the flowers this way)..
finally adding a few ribbon blows and pearl drops.. Oh, and the very last thing I did was clear emboss the butterflies (which I stamped) and then using Tim Holts distress inks: Mustard seed and Vintage photo, I inked all around the edges of the white cardstock, wipping the excess ink off of the embossed images with a paper towel..  "Summer" is cut from the Storybook cartridge and the "lazy Days!" are stickers from Basic Grey.
I think this came out pretty cool looking..

Here are some close ups of the layout:

For supplised used:
Papers by : Websters pages
cardstock: White, brown and yellow
Prima Flowers: small roses
Prima Flowers: Large flower
Prima Flowers: Medium Orange flowers
Vine: hand made from crating wire and green flower tape
Pearl drops
string of pearl
Time Holtz Embossing ink
Tim Holtz Butterfly stamp
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Tim Holtz distress inks: Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo

Cricut cartridges:
Storybook: title "Summer"
Basic Grey font stickers: title "lazy days of"

Well, that should about do it for this weeks DT project for Generations Crafting, but be on the look out, there are more to come in the next few weeks.. I can't wait to share them with you!!
Do stop by Generations Crafting cause she's got an awesome selection of Primas..
Thank you all so very much for stopping and taking a look at what I've created..
Hope everyone has a great and creative week..

April 6, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Challenge reveal

Happy Hump day everybody :)  I love Wednesday almost as much as I love Fridays.. and this week I have an extra reason to love Wednesdays.. Its reveal time over the new challenge blog known as "Whimsical Wednesdays!"..  This week we were challenged to make a layout that was either Spring or Easter themed and it had to have a critter or insect on it...and So, here is my take on this weeks challenge...LOL
I appologize for the dark picture, but its been none stop raining here in Finland with absolutely no sunshine whats so ever!! but that can only mean one thing right? The snow will melt and all the pretty spring flowers will start blooming!! 

Now, I dont' have any photos of my kids with the Easter bunny, since I live in Finland and its just not possible here..So, I had to come up with another idea.  I'm sure you all figured out that I dont' scrap myself much (almost never) and when I thought of what to create for this challenge,  the title to my layout just kind of popped into my head and everything just forward from there..
I love the silliness of this layout, its soooo me!!

here are a few close ups of the layout:

 And for Supplises used:
Cricut cartridges:
Country life: clothes line, lady, horse and fence, chickens, mouse and wash tub
Pooh and Friends: grass, clouds and tulips
Doodlecharms: ladybugs and sun
Stretch your imagination: title "spring"
Cindy Loo: title " I ain't no, chicken!"
George and basic shapes: large background circle

Cuttlebug and Dots embossing folder
Inks: Tim holtz: Mustard seed and Peeled paint
Inks: Verca color: pink and light blue
Chalks for shadowing

Papers by : Do Crafts "papermania" Rose Garden
pop dots
and zig two way glue stick

That about does it then!!
I want to thank you ladies so much stopping by today and looking at what I've created for Whimsical Wednesdays' and I certainly hope this layout put a smile on your face, cause it sure does for me!!
Hope everyone has a wonderfully creative rest of the week..

April 5, 2011

Words to Live By- Frosted Designs Reveal

I have to admit, I'm having the best time playing around with all of these different sketches and really opening my eyes to all of the many possibilities that these sketches can bring..
for instance this one I used as my design team project for Frosted Designs Tuesday's sketch challenge..

So, here is my take on this weeks sketch:

I really wanted to make of these fabulous ruffled banners that our very own Annette over SOUS was kind enough to share a tutorial for.. Kudos to you Annette..!! and if you love them as much as I do, just click
HERE and it will take you straight to the tute...
So, instead of cutting a scalloped border, I made the ruffles.. Love them!!

I always try to make these sketches my own and get inspired by them.. Because I added the roses on the bottom border, I had to move the flower cluster up.. and then wanted the title to reflect the writing on her t-shirt which says " I love being Awesome!"..so, I added the big arrow..
by the way, that t-shirt fits her like a glove..LOL

here is the sketch I followed:

super cute sketch, don't ya think.. Lots of room to play around with..
and for a few close ups of the layout:

Here is a close up of the title and flower cluster.. oh and I love this photo of her ..I'm her best Facebook stalker, I'm always there looking at possible photos I can nab..LOL
and you can also see in this pic, how I emboss stampped some flowers in the upper corner, heat set them with clear embossing powder and then inked over them with Tim Holtz distress inks..

Here is a close up of the ruffled banner with the roses, which are by prima.. love them!! so super cute..

and a fuzzy close up of the t-shirt..LOL
she was coming to work( we work together) and I snapped this pic of her before she got dressed in her work uniform..

 and for supplies used:

Papers by: K & Co
Cream, green and brown colored cardstock.
Flower stamp by : inkadinkadoo
embossing ink by : Tim Holtz
Clear embossing Powder
heat gun

Old book (thrift store find- $0)
Suade-Glimmer mist
brown ink: Versa color

Small Yellow roses by Prima
Big flower by: Prima
tiny green leaves by: Iamroses
thin rope
pearl drops by : prima
small yellow flowers by: Reprint

George and Basic Shapes:  Oval and arrow head
Plantin schoolbook: leaves and title font
Cindy Loo: scalloped circles for the ruffled banner (3") and flourish

Tim Holtz distress inks:
Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen and Scattered Straw..
Ink applicator

Well my lovelies.. that does for me for today..I hope you aren't too busy enjoing spring to not stop by Frosted designs this week and join in on the Sketch Along Tuesdays challenge.. 
Thank you all so very much for stopping and taking a look..
Hope everyone has a great and creative rest of the week..

April 1, 2011

*Whimsical Wednesdays Blog Hop*

Hello and welcome to the Whimsical Wednesday Grand Opening Blog Hop. We are glad you could join us. You should have arrived here from Jessica's Blog. If you just stopped by to say hi you can start at the beginning of the blog by clicking HERE..
 Here is the project I created for this blog hop :
Don't you just love Graphic45 and their new Once A Upon A Springtime collection is to die for..
So for this layout I distressed the edges and inked mostly all of the papers.. Added a few branches that I cut using my cricut expression, added the flowers and leaves, then finally the pearls.. 

Here are a few close ups of the layout:

Please be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, the talented Design Team have some wonderful projects for you.  There is also such fun grand prizes, in order to qualify for those you must leave a comment on each blog in the hop. You will have until Sunday(April 3rd, 2011) night at midnight (Eastern time) to leave a comment on all blogs.  

Babbette from The Kraft Outlet is sponsoring our hop. In addition to giving one lucky winner a $10.00 gift certificate to her store she is offering something for all of you. From April 1 until April 7 enter the code BLOGHOP at check out for 10% off your total purchase and must be used between April 1st and 7th..
and  Whimsical Wednesday will be choosing a winner for their grand prize of: A bundle of shabby crinkled ribbon donated by: Prairie Bird Boutique:..  
Thank you for stopping by today and your next stop is Kim's blog, just click HERE..
Alrighty ladies..Thank you all so much hopping by !!