Saturday, November 20, 2010

Scrap Camp

I wanted to share some layouts that I did at my crapbook retreat last weekend.  My scrappy girlfriends have been getting together at what we call "Scrap Camp" for close to 8 years.  We gather in a lodge at a campground in beautiful Albion, Ca.  We each take turns cooking one meal and we do need to bring our own bedding and bring in firewood, but we pretty much have the run of the place.  We love it.  Almost all of us have Cricuts too so we share carts and other supplies.  This time I spent alot of time helping some newbies with their bugs and Gypsys since I am the resident Cricut expert.I got 15 pages done.  This first one is from my son's first sleepaway camp this last July.  I was lucky enough to get some pictures since I followed the bus to the camp to bring some chaperones home.  It actually turns out that this is the same camp I worked at in college, just with a new name.  The background paper is from Die Cuts With a View Eco stack, the trees are a sizzix die that my friend leant me, and I used some ink with a blender pen to enhance them, the stems were colored with my Smooch chocolate ink.  The sweet little raccon is from Give a Hoot and the tent is from Camp Out.  Most of the other paper is just scraps from the stash.  The title was done with Pooh Font on some ivory paper, then inked, chalked and doodled. 
This layout was inspired by one I saw on a blog and I forget where.  I used my photo app on my Gypsy to store some projects to scraplift.  The blue background is DCWV but not sure which stack.  it has some shimmer to it.  The black and white print is from the paper i got from the Scrapmaster.  The black circles are DCWV All dressed Up stack and the blue ones are papers from Cosmo Cricket DeLovely mini pad.  The title is Plantin Schoolbook, then embossed with my Cuttlebug and sprayed with Vanilla Smooch Spritz.  Flowers are a random assortment from my stash, and the black one started out white but was inked.  The black flourish was one given to me by my Not So Secret Sister from the Cricut Messsageboard.

This one was another scraplift.  Background paper from Scrapmaster, blue pattern is My Mind's eye and the pumpkin was a scrap that I stole off my mom's table when she wasn't looking(shh don't tell her).  The banner was made with triangles from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge that were stretched out on my Gypsy.  The title is Hello Kitty Font the round feature.  I added some twine and some stickles to finish it off.   

This layount was fun to do.  You all know I am not a stamper but since my friends are I ended up doing alot of it this weekend since I was free to play with their goodies.  I made this background with Pretty in Pink cardstock from Stampin Up, a flourish stamp from Close to my Heart (from the westwern flourishes set) and two colors of ink.  The scalloped border was made with my Martha Stewart heart punch around the page edge punch.  I just covered the hearts with some more pink, then used another piece of purple over that.  I embossed that with my Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder using a technique I learned on Tim Holtz's blog to emboss a 12 inch strip.  My most favorite part of this though is the grandfather clock.  I made this on my Gypsy.  i first placed a clock from the Nursery Rhyme cartridge (that none of us own) on one mat, then went to another mat to place shapes to recreate it.  I made it much simpler than the original.  I mostly used the George cart, but used the clock from Locker Talk for the layer.  The mouse is from Doodlecharms.  This was also my first time welding a title long ways using the Storybook cartridge.

This layout also uses paper from Scrapmaster.  The title is (I think) Sans Serif and the adorable little pumpkin is from Smiley cards.  I had cut a candy corn from the cartridge for my mom to scrap these same pics and real;ized I should have done the same here as it matches my daughter's face in the candy corn cutout.  The eyes were too tiny to cut so I used some tiny black pearls. 

This one I used a sizzix die for the zig zag border, some random papers that have been in my stash forever and the George font.  I think I might go back and add some little soccer balls, stamped and punched to the straight blue border, what do you think?
On this one I wanted to match the Graduation announcements I had made here.  So I used basically all the same papers and just added the pink background from that Scrapmaster stack.  The title is all from Locker Talk and done with my Gypsy.  I plan to journal in the red box.  The funny thing about this is that I did not have enough of the purple for the title so I had to cut a piece out of the back ;eaving a gaping hole.  good thing noone will see it. 
This one I used ivory cardstock and some easter pages that i got on clearance at Beverly's for 10 cents each.  The flourish stamp is embellished with some doodling, coloring and bling.  The title does not show well here, but I cut brackets from Plantin Schoolbook and then hand wrote the words {Easter Baskets} on one page and {fileld with love} on the next.  The basket and eggs are from Doodlecharms.  I also used my piercing bugs for the first time.  I used a ruler to keep them straight, then used the holes for my faux stitching so it would be even.
This one was a burst on inspiration I got while scrapping all alone at 1 AM.  I told the other girls I would go to bed as soon as I finished the other page I was working on, but then this just came to me and I had to get it down before I forgot.  The font is Cricut Keystone, the large aple was done at Fit to Page on the Expression from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  The pencil is from Smiley Cards and if you look closely you can see that it wrote "2010"  And yes I know the {K} is missing.  this is not due to lack of sleep but rather lack of glue.  You can barely see the glue residue where this fell off.  Unfortunately I do not own this cart, nor do I have any of that paper left so I will need to fix this somehow. 
 Papers here are some more 10 cent easter stuff and more DeLovely.  Eggs are from Doodlecharms and I stamped the title.
This last one the papers are some I boughht at Joann's on a trip to my mom's last summer.  The title is from Sweet Treats and is enhanced with stickles.  The purple cardstock is from the stash and I used EK success candles edge punch and Martha Stewart loop punch.  I colored the flames in with Pumpkin Smooch.
Here is a close up of the tone on tone border I made by combining two different stamps on one clear block

Thanks for reading this super long post.  And if you just scrolled through the pictures....well that's okay too!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hot chocolate on a cool day

It is finally starting to feel like fall here in Northern Cali.  I have been craving hot chocolate, but alas I am trying to shed some unwanted pounds so I had to settle for Slusser and his steaming mugs instead.  The base of my card is American Crafts textured cardstock, the white is my good old Waklmart stuff and I don't know what the pattern is but I love it and I got it from my friend The Scrapmaster when she was getting rid of an abundance of stuff in her scraproom.  The snowflakes are brads from the stash and I finished it off with a bit of inking, and a button and twine from the stash.  the tag is hand cut.  The image and sentiment are both from Inktegrity.  Did you know if you order right now, Joni will give you a free gift with purchase which happens to be the most adorable customized train digis.  This card is for the challenge over at our design team blog.  Go check it out for your chance to win $5 to the Inktegrity store plus a custom train name of your own. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's release day at Inktegrity!  You are going to adore this lineup of adorable penguins.  I created this card with Star Hana.  She is perfect for Christmas or to tell someone that they are a star.  This also fits our challenge this week which is to use ribbon and flowers.  The shaped card was cut with the Cricut Wild Card cartridge, the circle from George and Basic Shapes and the marquee shape behind Hana from Storybook.  I also used my Gypsy and Plantin Schoolbook to make the fan flower.  I know you have seen these and there is a Tim Holtz die to make them.  But did you know they can also be done with a border punch?  I had created an Apron Lace style border on my Gypsy awhile ago, so I cut that for the flower and scored it after every hump.  I also used my new I-rock on this that I picked up with my 50% off Michael's coupon this week. So would you like a chance to win Hana or some other digi images from the store?  Go to this post and tell us who your favorite star is for a chance to win Hana.  Play along with the challenge here  for a chance to win $5 to the store. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas Cards

I don't usually start on Christmas cards this early, but a friend had asked me to create some things for an auction/fundraiser.  Her nephew has Lyme Induced Autism and the family has no health insurance.  The Drs bills are getting to be way to much for the family so they are holding an All You Can Eat Spaghetti dinner and Auction.  This friend has seen some hair bows that I made( I haven't posted them here because I am just getting started and not really thrilled with them yet) and asked me to donate some.  I told her I would but then decided to also offer something that I know I'm good at.  I made 3 sets of blank cards.  The first set includes this swirly Christmas Tree from the Christmas solution cartridge that I got as part of the free gypsy download promo.  The white cardstock is from Walmart, the red is Wausau brand and I used Vanilla Smooch mist on the Swiss Dots embossed portion.  The green is Bazzill and the bling is from my stash.  I used a stamp from Close to my Heart for the tag as well as a scalloped circle nestie.  I made a belly band with the leftover red paper to make a pretty package for these. 

I used the same cardstock from the previous cards and added some patterned paper from last years American Crafts Christmas pack.  This cut was also from the Christmas solutions cart.  The marquee shape was altered on the gypsy from the Storybook cartridge and embossed with Divine Swirls and also sprayed with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. I added some Champagne Glitz Stickles and some grosgrain ribbon to complete these.

 This last set also uses white cardstock and American Crafts paper.  I also used a sheet of pink Gemstones Coredinations.  The snowflake is once again from the Christmas Solutions cartridge.  I did hide the contours to make this a blackout shadow.  I added a pearl from my stash and some Liquid Pearls as well as some Stardust Stickles for the snowflake.  The ribbon is from my stash and I used a scrap of the pink for the base of it. 


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Euphoria and a sweet little card

Well I am still on a World series high.  I would like to think that this will not be the last time in my lifetime that I experience my team winning, but I know for some people(the ones who have been waiting since the Giants came to town in 1958) this will be it for them.  We went to the parade yesterday and the atmosphere was electric to say the least.  I laughed, I cried, I cheered!  Each and every moment of that day will be cherished in my family forever.  San Francisco really knows how to party, from the players riding in those famous SF trolleys, to the signs the fans had created, to the orange and black beach ball that made it's way through the anticipating crowd, these memories will have to be scrapped.  I know that a one or even two page layout will never be enough.  These memories will need their own album so if you have ideas for me, please share.  And if you are interested in seeing more of my photos from the parade please see my Facebook page.

Well, alas, life must return to normal at some point.  At least normal for me is something I love.  I made this sweet little card for the Inktegrity sketch challenge this week.  I hope you will all play along.  Ths sketch is super fun and very versatile.  This image was a freebie over the summer and the way I discovered Inktegrity.  Head on over and check out the challenge.  I used some new goodies that I got from Stampin' Up.  I am really loving this club that I am in.  The papers are from the Sweet and Sour Specialty pack.  The cardstock is a scrap from my stash.  The flowers are also random things from my stash with Stickle accents.  I used the Smooch Vanilla Spritz over my image to give it some shine.  This picture looks like the ink smeared, but I can assure you that it did not.  It is just hard to get a pic with all that glitz. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

World Champions

This is the hat that I am buying my husband.  That's right, the San Francisco Giants are now World Champions!!!!  If I am not around for a few days it is because I am still celebrating.  You had better believe that I will be in San Fran when the boys return with the trophy.  Can't wait to scrap these history changing moments!!!!!