Saturday, May 31, 2008

More Sketches for you

Here are some of my recent sketches:

This one is the June sketch challenge that I posted on the Coconut ScrapShop MB.  :)  I am drawing from all the entries that us this sketch and post it here on the mb for an awesome RAK.  This is what I am RAKing.  
And here are a few more for inspiration sheets I have done for The Coconut ScrapShop:

If you do any of these sketches...let me see!  :)  Share them with us.  

RAK, Party, Prizes and Guest DT Spot!

Bare with me, I got a lot to tell you.  :)  All good stuff that you will want to hear.  

I am on vacation!!! 

 As you are reading this I am on my way to the Grand Canyon...then to California!  Disneyland here we come!  Yeah, I am so excited!  To keep the blog going while I am gone, I am doing a few things.  First, I have scheduled posts!  So there will still be several entries while I am gone.  So keep coming back to look over my blog.  :)  And second, I am having a RAK!!!!  Everybody loves RAKS, right!  This one is especially special because the item I am giving away is pretty much SOLD OUT everywhere!!!  But I have one here and it could be yours!  That's right...I am giving away the brand new Love, Elsie Recipe Box to one lucky winner.  Here's what you need to do to get entered in to win it: post on your blog a comment about this RAK or my blog (with a link) and then leave me a comment here.  :)  Easy enough.  If you do not have a blog, then post in a group or another site about it and leave me a link.  :)  I will have the drawing for it on June 9th when I get back, and I hope to have lots of comments.


Come join us at The Coconut ScrapShop as we reveal the new, secret manufacturer: Black Market Paper Society in our June Kit of The Month. {This new manufacturer is so underground, they don't even have a website yet!} Sunday, June 1st, the Coconut ScrapShop's Design Team will be hosting a Private, reveal party at our forum/message board. You must be a registered member to participate, so come over now and get registered so that on Sunday at 4:00 EST you can chat with the DT and see this gorgeous new paper and kit.
$100 in prizes and a GUEST DT SPOT up for grab! :)
Coconut Showdown June 9th to July 4th! Come get creative with us! Contestant will be judged on: Creativity, Photography, and Overall Design/Appeal. So beginners are WELCOME! There will be no eliminations, just lots of coco'nutty creative fun! The Overall winner will receive over $100 worth of Coconut Product and a Guest Design Team Spot for the month of July! During this time period a new challenge will be given every Sunday. Scrappers like you will be able to win prizes, products, RAKs, and other fun goodies through out the month of June.

So remember....

* Sunday, June 1st: Private Reveal Party: Coconut ScrapShop MB
* Sunday, June 1st Coconut ScrapShop's June Kit: Black Market Paper Society goes on sale!
* June 9th to July 4th: Coconut Showdown: Coconut ScrapShop MB
* July 5th, Grand Winner of Guest Design Team Spot and $100 worth of product announced!

And Don't forget to leave me a comment here for your entry into the drawing to win the new Love Elsie Recipe Box.  :)  

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Glimmer Mist Technique

Have you tried Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels yet?  I love it!  It looks great on chipboard and grungeboard.  I have used it on paper accents too.  The Glimmer Mist comes in all sort of colors, although you may have to search for your favorite colors.  :)  My local scrapbook store does not carry them, but you can find them online.  ScrapLovers has some here.

This week I played around with their new screens.  These are templates you can buy to use with your  Glimmer Mist.  Although
you could use whatever stencils or templates you already own.  I have plenty of them for both scrapbooking and quilting.

First thing, when you lay out your product that you are going to use the glimmer mist on, make sure you cover the surrounding area.  If you are one of those people who do not like ink on their fingers, I suggest you wear gloves.  :)  Me...I always have ink on my fingers.  

Then just spray over the template.  :)  I moved mine around to use around the whole page.  Once you are done, just go rinse the template under running water and dry with a towel.  Then let your paper or product dry.  You will notice that I do have small globs that came out.  I didn't mind it though...I thought it just added to the design.  

Here are my finished projects:  

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New LO

So I cleaned my scrap room this week.  :)  And I was so inspired that I did two LO's and a card last night.  Here's one of the LO's:

The other LO and the card I will post tomorrow, because I want to type up a tutorial to go with them.  :)

Oh, and here is the scoop on the Black Market Paper Society (for those of you who have asked)...

I have their catalog.  There are 4 lines:  "Ebony & Alabaster" (black and white collection), "Letters from Paradise" (bright and fun...absolutely gorgeous!), "Lucky 'n Love" (yes, it is a "love" collection but it is not pink or red!  It is brown and teal, and looks like a lot of fun!), and then there is the "Let it Bloom" collection (urban chic colors with more flowers).  

The Coconut ScrapShop has the "Letters from Paradise" line and it is already shipping out!  I have ordered it myself and as soon as I get it, I will get some pages done to post (I am really excited about this collection).  

And the Lucky 'n Love line will be in the June kit at the Coconut you won't want to miss that!  :)  I will have pages to post soon with the June kit.  

Monday, May 26, 2008

All the Buzz

Have you heard the buzz about the Black Market Paper Society?  It's a new company....they were at the last CHA...their papers are GORGEOUS!!!  But just try and google them, you won't find much.  They don't have a website because they are trying to create a buzz...a story about their stuff...the appearance of a product on the "black market."   It's crazy!  I don't know of any other scrapbooking company that has done something like this.  The plan is to not advertise???  Doesn't that sound a bit crazy.  Yet it seems to be working.  I have seen two threads now over at 2peas talking about it and wondering where to buy it.  What do you think?  Good idea?  Bad idea?  Genius?  Are you intrigued?

{Want to know where to get some?  I know} 

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cards :)

Just realized that I never posted my cards that I did at the beginning of the month when  I did the card workshop at my church.  Here they are: 

This one is hard to see because the actual card is white.  Sorry.  I should have outlined it or something.  Also, the design is not my own.  I came across a card like this a while back online and copied it into my idea folder...but neglected to save the info so I could give credit to the appropriate person for the sorry!  

Such a simple card, but people really enjoyed this one.  :)  

So sorry for the poor quality on this one.  I just scanned it, but because of the 3' didn't scan well.  I should have just took a picture.  Oh well.  :)  Anyways, it was a fun workshop with great response.  Our next one won't be until we do Christmas cards.  

Week 3 of Up and Running

I can't believe we are already 2/3 of the way through the Up and Running with Photoshop class with Jessica Sprague.  I have really learned a lot so far.  :)  I am thinking of signing up for her next class too.  Well here is this week's work:

All credits: Jessica Sprague (and her team).

Credits: Template--Jen Caputo, Papers--Rhonna Farrer (Boys kit on 2peas)

Credits: Template--Jen Caputo, Papers--Dana Zarling (Average Joe kit downloaded at and Amy Teets (Whitie Tighties), Stitching: Amy Teets (Sunporch kit)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

More SL Reveals :)

Here's the last of my May "reveals" for ScrapLovers.  :)  

All papers and die cuts are from the "Beloved" line by Tinkering Ink. They can be found here. Other products used: Calendar Punch-out, Sticker, and Felt border by Creative Cafe. Those can all be found here. And of course, I used paint. Lately it seems I can't make anything without adding a little bit of paint. :)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Blog Candy Winner

To all who entered...THANK YOU!  I hope to see you return to the message board there, we would love to have you stick around.  :)  And we have RAKS there that you can win every month for completing challenges.  

And the winner is....

Anonymous lavendarrose29 said...

I signed up and posted the five posts. I love the May kit. The montkly one I'm in stinks. I wonder if I can get out of it.

May 13, 2008 3:11 PM

YEAH!!!  Congratulations!  Send me your address and we can get this out to you.  :)  My email address is  

More Digital

** I will do the drawing for the Rusty Pickle kit tonight, so if you haven't had time to do it yet...there is still time.  :)  **

Here is my work from week 2 of the Jessica Sprague "Up and Running with Photoshop" class.

Credits on 2nd LO (first LO is all Jessica Sprague):
White paper and stitching--Amy Teets; Borders, Gaffer tape, Cardboard elements, and Stamped Moments brush--Katie Pertiet; journaling tag--Jennifer Pebbles; Star and Circles brushes--Rhonna Farrer. Fonts: Cracked (title) and CK Weez Bold (journaling).

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More BLOG CANDY!!! :)

The supply list (all comes with kit) is HUGE! Here are the highlights:
  • 6 x 6 chipboard album
  • all the papers
  • felt
  • tule
  • fibers
  • twine
  • pipe cleaner
  • lots of buttons
  • quote sheet on transparency
  • directions
  • metal binding rings

At the Coconut ScrapShop, we recently started our own message board.  You can find it here.  To be entered into a drawing for this awesome kit, you will need to go to the message board and make 5 posts.  It is easy, there are several threads that are just questions, so you can just go and answer some.  Oh, and don't forget to introduce yourself while you are there (that counts as a post).  After making 5 posts on the board, come back here and post a comment letting me know that you have done this.  :)  I will have a random drawing on Friday, May 18th, and one lucky winner will get this free kit.  :)  

GOOD LUCK!!!  :)  

And check here for even more blog candy (a gift certificate!).  

ScrapLovers Reveals

This month's ScrapLovers DT work is sponsored by Tinkering Ink.  We got to work with their new "Beloved" line.  You can buy it here.  Here are my first two layouts:

In addition to the papers, die cuts, and letters from Tinkering Ink, I used labels from Jenni Bowlin, felt "ribbon" from K & Company, lace and 3D paint.  Thanks for looking.  :)  Look for two more LOs with this line on the 20th.  

Monday, May 12, 2008

Learning Digital

I have decided to take the "Up and Running with Photoshop" class offered by Jessica Sprague.  I had been wanting to for awhile, and the timing was just perfect for this one.  I will never be a full-on digital scrapbooker...I love the hands on too much, but I often do pages that would be considered hybrid, and I think that learning photoshop would greatly increase my current scrapbooking skills.  :)  So, as we approach week two of this Up and Running course, I thought I would share with you what I have done in week 1.  :)  It has been fun!

Friday, May 9, 2008

The Rest of HOF

Want to see the rest of my HOF layouts?  I have saved the best for last, at least in my opinion.  :)  These are my personal favorites.

This one was for the journaling assignment.

Supply List

  • Patterned Paper--Creative Imaginations (pink scallop), My Minds Eye (main paper), and Basic Grey (flower)
  • Cardstock--The Paper Studio (white frame and words), Stampin’ Up! (heart)
  • Pens—Creative Memories (brown), American Crafts Metallic Marker (colored words: Be Nice) and Uniball Signo (white)
  • Stamp (heart)—Fancy Pants
  • Paint—Making Memories
  • Ink—Stampin’ Up! (White Craft Pad)
  • Computer Software Program—Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10
  • Sewing Machine Thread—unknown
  • Embroidery Thread—DMC
Journaling Reads:
 Being nice…caring about people…serving others…it is my passion.  I choose to live this way.  But it goes beyond passion and choice…it is a lifestyle.  It is a way to impact the world and help others.  By helping others…I help myself.  By being nice to others…I learn to like myself.  I try to always see things from other’s points of views.  I try to always help out when I can.  Love one another…it is not a cliché…it is the answer.  It may sound cheesy, but can you imagine how much better the world would be if we all displayed more kindness…more love for each other?  This is the legacy that I hope to leave for my children…if I can teach them to be nice—then I have accomplished much!!!  {Gal. 5:13}
This one was just "my favorites" (assignment).  I really love this one, though it is quite simple, I think it is a good representation of my style.  :)  

Supply List

  • Cardstock—Bazzill (Tan bling cs behind transparency), The Paper Company (green)
  • Patterned Paper—Basic Grey (letters)
  • Paint—Making Memories
  • Hambly Overlay
  • Font—CK Toggle
  • Letters--Quickutz
  • Rub-on’s – Fancy Pants and Basic Grey
  • Computer Software Program—Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10
  • Cheeky Flat Clips—Making Memories
  • Embroidery Thread—DMC
Journaling Reads:
Both of my boys love Hot Cocoa, but only one of them tends to get it all over his face.  
And lastly,
This was going to be my crafty combo until I actually read the rules and realized it was supposed to be a non-layout.  J  But that’s ok, I loved it so much that I thought I would include it in with "my favorites."
Supply List

  • Cardstock—Stampin’ Up! 
  • Brads—Making Memories, Queen & Co, JoAnn’s ScrapEssentials, Spare Parts
  • Paint—Making Memories
  • Patterned Paper—Basic Grey
  • Fabric—Moda, Kaufman, and Maywood Studios
  • Letters--Quickutz
  • Markers—American Crafts Slick Writer (to outline), Stampin’ Up! (journaling and lines)
  • Computer Software Program—Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10
  • Computer Font—Bernhard Fashion BT
  • Embroidery Thread—Prism
Journaling Reads:
I am proud…I mean this in 2 different ways.  First of all, I am very proud of my mother, for opening her own quilt shop.  She catches a lot of slack for all the time and $ she has put into this—but this is her dream—she has always wanted to open one.  And she is so good at it—the way she pays attention to the little details of everything in the shop.  And I hear the customers talk of how much they love her shop!  And, secondly, I am proud to be a quilter myself…in times when it may not be popular.  
Tell me what you think!  :)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

My Coco'nutty Creations

Here are the pages I made with the May kit from The Coconut Scrapshop.  It is an awesome kit!!! Check it out here.  

Monday, May 5, 2008

Creative Adventures Album

So I was SUPER busy this past weekend.  But I managed to do Erin's Creative Adventures "class" online at Creating Keepsakes for National Scrapbook Day.  I did it LATE on Saturday evening.  :)  But I had been following along all week.  It was so fun.  The project was a mystery, so on the first day we were told to pick out a ribbon that we liked, and our whole project would feature the ribbon. Then she told us we needed to go buy black illustration board and black duct tape.  I went and did it.  Then it was time to buy cardstock and patterned paper that matched the ribbon we had picked out.  It really was so fun, we had no idea what we were making.  I am thinking that this would be a fun thing to do on my blog or on one of the boards I am on.  :)  Anways, here is what my final project looks like:

{Click on photos to view them bigger. } 

I followed the same theme.  Erin's was Then, Now, and album of "Me."  I did the Past, Present, and Future "Me".  I did it a little different though, in that I made it more of a journal, with less focus on photos and more on where I have been, where I am, and where I am going along the concept of "me." Other pages included journaling on religion, money, parenting skills, and personal views.

I put the date on the back.  I think I may add a current photo of me right above the date.   I am really happy with the way this project turned out.  

To see Erin's project, the instructions and the videos, visit her blog.  It was should do it too.  :)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Don't add...Take away!

Want to see another LO from my HOF entry?  Well, here it is.  This was for the "Inventive Technique" assignment.  It was really hard coming up with something that hasn't been done before.  And, to be honest, this has probably been done before.  You know people do it and then put paper or something behind it, but my challenge to use is to leave it blank...don't put anything behind it.  

Thought process/inventive technique:
* To me, this page still looked like it needed something a little more…I thought about adding something to it, but then decided instead to take away from it.   And after taking it away…I added nothing behind it…I left the empty space in the middle of the page…and I love it.  

* Another idea to try--when I looked at my word strip stickers that I wanted to use...I didn't find enough that I thought worked well.  But I did see a "Discover," so I cut it and made the word "cover." 

Supply List
  • Patterned Paper—My Minds Eye, BG, and DCWV 
  • Cardstock-- Stampin’ Up! (circles)
  • Sticker—Tres Jolie (border sticker, under picture), Marcella by K (word stickers)
  • Rub-on’s—Creative Imaginations and Basic Grey
  • Ribbon—Stampin’ Up!
  • Chipboard—Rusty Pickle
  • 3D Paint—Scribbles
  • Embroidery Thread--DMC