Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Cards!

During this Thanksgiving break I've been having some good hybrid inspiration, and I did 2 more cards!

Credits:

Template by Winkasheart

Dear Santa by Cecile Designs

Font: Handwriting- Dakota


Here's the printed out version (I brushed it with Mod Podge too):


I actually like this so much that I was thinking about making an ornament out of it, to hang somewhere in the house!

And here's the other card I did

Credits:

Very Merry add-on by DeCrow Designs



I used the add on by DeCrow Designs to the gorgeous collab kit Very Merry by Britt-ish Designs and DeCrow Designs.
I really love the colors and elements in that kit!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hybrid Xmas Card

I did another card for the It's In the Cards challenge at ScrapMatters.

Here is the digital card I prepared:

Credits:

Template by Kari Stamps

Funky Stems and Very Merry Add-on by Britt-ish Designs

Fonts: Eutemia, Existence


I used the add-on to a gorgeous Christmas kit by Britt (in collab with DeCrow Designs) that I really would love to have: Very Merry. I haven't received my coupon from SM yet, and unfortunately the 40% discount for Black Friday has expired, but I hope I might get it either today or tomorrow (30% off) since the kit is $6.95 and I'm getting a $5.50 coupon. It's such a gorgeous kit!!!! I really hope I can snag it!

Anyway, here's the actual card:


I really love the colors!!
I used Mod Podge to finish the embellishments and to glue the papers together and the snowflake; I used glue dots to stick the little brads and the big one, so they have some 3D feel. I did not brush the Mod Podge over the papers, and I really love how the elements stand out since  Mod Podged them!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Call and Black Friday Plans

Polka Dot Plum is having a CT call!!!!! Check it out here.
I would love being in their CT.. I've been drooling over their kits, especially the seasonal ones!
So I'm keeping my fingers crossed until next week!

DH and I are on a terribly low budget this year, so we don't really have any Black Friday plans (except we have to buy a futon/sofabed/air mattress for when my family comes to visit us for Christmas!) so it looks like we won't have much fun tomorrow..
There's a lot of scrap sales on the web too, and I hope I get my coupon at ScrapMatters (YEAAAH I reached my 60 points so I get a $5.50 coupon) in time for the sales.. Fingers crossed!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so happy I get to stay home for this long holiday! I have quite a lot of work to do, but it's just good to be home. :)

Yesterday was DH's birthday! Here's the card I prepared for him (not my best hybrid production, I must admit..):

Credits:
Template by Scrappy Kate
You Say It's Your Birthday add-on by the ScrapMatters Design Team
Funky Stems by Britt-ish Designs

but I'm quite happy I went for some experimenting for the inside of the card:

Credits:
You Say It's Your Birthday add-on by the ScrapMatters Design Team
Template for pop-up by Claire Skeps

We celebrated with a nice dinner and a beautiful Thanksgiving themed cake:

Credits:

Shabby Fall and Harvest Spice by Shabby Princess

Got a Date Strips and Funky Stems by Britt-ish Designs


I did this for the Grand Theft Layout so I scraplifted this LO by One Happy Mama.

When I saw this cake at the store, I simply couldn't come home without it!! This turkey is just too cute! :)
I scrapped this page quite in a rush, but I love how it turned out! Especially, I love the flowers + buttons!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One month to Christmas!

Wow: -1 month to Christmas! I'm so excited!!
I'm actually happy Thanksgiving is almost here, so this means I can put up the Christmas decorations soon! ;)

I finished the calendar! Here's the cover I prepared.


Credits:

Welcome home by Erica Zane

Funky Stems by Britt-ish Designs


Today however was a pretty bad day for us! We had a (minor) car accident: DH was driving, and an elderly lady backed up from a driveway directly into our car!! :-(
Luckily, the damage is minor (we are so glad she didn't hit the side of the car, but only the fender), and our car is really old, but still we were so upset!

Tomorrow is DH's birthday!! I did a card tonight but it didn't really turn out very well.. :-S I'll post pics tomorrow!

Almost done!

I did the missing 2 months for the calendar so I'm almost done now! I just need to finish the cover.

For the month of October I used a LO I did previously and replaced the pictures with a photo of us. I just loved this LO too much and I thought it would be perfect for an autumn month.

Credits:
Green paper from BeautyFall add-on and template by Scrapmuss Designs
Other papers and 2 leaves from Autumn Sweetness add on by C├ęcile Designs
Leaf from Beautiful Blessings add on by Haynay Designs
Razzle Dazzle Alpha (recolored) by Britt-ish Designs

Finally, May is done too. I did this one from scratch!

Template Inspired by Ashley by Britt-ish Designs
Orchard Blossoms (some recoloring) by Amy Sumrall
Font: Eutemia

If everything goes as planned, tonight I'll finish the cover and place the order!

Friday, November 21, 2008

November

I'm so glad this week is over!!! I'm SO tired and finally tomorrow DH is coming back home! It has been a long week indeed.

Tonight however I scrapped another page for the calendar and I have only 2 months to do now!!
I did this LO for the Word Up! challenge at ScrapMatters (we had to use words from  a given song in our page).

Credits:
Ice Garden collab kit at Digital-Crea (some recoloring)
Funky Stems by Britt-ish Designs
Fonts: Scriptina, My Own Topher

For the calendar, I obviously replaced "Love you more" with "November" and I also took out the buttons- they're a bit distracting I believe. I was uncertain whether to leave them in the LO above, but I left them in in the end, maybe only because I lost some time recoloring them.. :-P I'm still not sure whether I prefer them there or not - another good reason why I'm eager for DH to come back, because when he's not home I don't have anyone to ask suggestions for my pages to! ;)

April

I was tired last night, but I did another month for my calendar!
I lifted jemenifer's On the First Day of Christmas (so I did this for the Grand Theft LO Challenge at ScrapMatters). And I also double-dipped partecipating to a challenge by Sugarplum Paperie on using repeated elements! :)

Credits:

Whimsy Doodle by Amy Sumrall and Sugarplum Paperie

Little Bits by Sugarplum Paperie


So now I'm left with 3 months to do!! Yaaay!

I'm loving the weather here this week. We've been having lots of snow, and I just love it! Walking from the parking lot to work yesterday morning was magical, and I couldn't stop smiling! :)
It looks like it'll be the same this morning, because some fat snowflakes have started falling, and I'm about to get ready to leave.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Calendar

Christmas is near so it's definitely time to work on my Christmas gifts. I decided a few months ago that I would prepare a calendar for our parents and my grandmother, so I can give them something that I really like, done by me especially for them, and I can even have fun in the process of creating it! I will have it printed so I only have to prepare the figures I want for each month.
Until today, I'd been stalling because I couldn't really imagine what I wanted the calendar to look like.
But now, I finally figured it out: each month will have a LO with a picture of us (so both our families will be pleased! :) ). I've already found 7 LOs that can work and made the assignments to months.
But that left me with 5 months still to do, and not very many decent pictures of us (I already scrapped the best, and I only want to use pictures taken in the last year or so..). Anyway, now the goal is near and I feel it will be ready soon. I'm actually liking it very much!!

Tonight I realized I needed a page for the month of December, so I pulled up last year's pictures and I sadly discovered that there is only one of me and DH together, and it's out of focus! :-/
So I tweaked the picture a little, kept it smallish, and did a LO I'm *very* pleased with. (While I was at it :), I did it for the template challenge at Scrapmatters - we also had to journal at least 5 sentences).
Here it is:

Credits:

Template by Jeni Hopewell

Christmas Future kit by Linda Cumberland

Glittery stars and hearts (recolored) from About A Girl by Scrap'It Designs by Brianna Cox

Pinned and Dated (recolored) by Fei-Fei's Stuff

Font: My Own Topher


Of course, there is no journaling on the version that goes in the calendar, only a pretty alpha writing "December".
8 months done, 4 to go! :)

This week we've had quite some snow, and cold weather: winter is finally here. I love snow and I had forgotten how beautiful it is at night when there is so much light because of the snow. I really love to live here!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wordart

I did a LO for the Saturday Special challenge at Scrapmatters. We had to do a wordart for our LO. I believe I never did one before, and I don't usually put wordarts in my LOs, but I love how this LO turned out!
I actually spent a lot of time getting the colors right, and then the wordart flowed out pretty quick and natural.


Credits:
Template Inspired by Ashley by Britt-ish Designs
Summer Lovin' collab kit by Ellie Lash and Pineapple Plantation Designs (some recoloring)
Font: 1942 Report

The orange doesn't have anything to do with the colors in the picture, but I tried it out and liked it, and could not force myself to take it out! ;)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Deer LOs

This weekend I worked on 2 LOs about the unusual morning visits the deer paid me last week. :)
I used the beautiful kit Welcome Home by Erica Zane, which is given as a gift to all subscribers at ScrapMatters! :D

I did the first LO for the Tuesday Template challenge:

Credits:
Welcome Home 
and template by Erica Zane
Heart border from Abundantly Blessed by Andilynn DesignsFont: FG Bonnie's

and the second LO for the Roadmap to Scrap challenge, these were the instructions:

  1. 1 Edge to Edge Photo
  2. 1 Frame
  3. Stitching
  4. 1 or more Fasteners (paper clip, staple, etc.)
  5. 1 or more Ribbons
  6. a Brush or Stamp
  7. 1 Element of your Choice (choose wisely…there can only be one!)
  8. No alphas

I actually started scrapping this page first, but when I got to instruction #8, "no alphas", I realized I needed to do a 2 pager, since I cannot do a LO without alphas! :)

Credits:
Welcome Home, deer brush from Woodland Fantasy Add-on by Erica Zane
Green ribbon, safety pin (both recolored) and frame from Peace and Quiet by Andilynn Designs and Britt-ish Designs
Font: CK Cursive, My Own Topher


We got the first snow of the season here today, and more is coming. The streets aren't white yet, but everything else is, and it looks like it won't be long before the streets get white too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Autumn LO

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I did a LO for the Tuesday Template challenge at Scrapmatters. In addition to using the template provided, we also had to scrap about some of our blessings.
So I did a LO on the beautiful colors of autumn. We love living here!! :)

Credits:

Green paper from BeautyFall add-on and template by Scrapmuss Designs

Other papers and 2 leaves from Autumn Sweetness add on by C├ęcile Designs

Leaf from Beautiful Blessings add on by Haynay Designs

Classic Date Stamp, Bead-aholic alpha (recolored), Razzle Dazzle Alpha (recolored) and string from String Theory by Britt-ish Designs

Font: Note this


It took me forever to arrange every single leaf, but I love the result! :)

Deer Walk

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I lifted a beautiful LO by Nathy and I did a monochromatic LO. I love how it turned out!!

Credits:

Parisian Love Collection by Cinnamon Designs

Ribbon from Pretty Grungy by Scrap'it Designs by Brianna Cox

Swirly Alpha by Andilynn Designs

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Last Halloween LO

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Here it is:

Credits:
Black paper from I'm A Dreamer, Halloween paper from A Halloween Nightmare
Add-on, Date Stamp Classic by Britt-ish Designs
Yellow paper and cat sticker from Jeepers Creepers Add on by Jeni Hopewell Designs
Wordart pin by Mandi Nickell 
Fonts: My Own Topher, Cold Night for Alligators, CK Rugged, Nightmare

Lazy Weekend

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I'm feeling lazy this weekend, so spending it scrapping sounds perfect to me! :)

I did 2 LOs with Bree's new kit, Pretty Grungy.


The second LO I did has 3 versions of the same picture of the previous LO, but with some different blending techniques applied. I did it for the Saturday Special challenge at SM.

Generally I don't scrap much with grungy kits, but I love this one by Bree and I love these pages I did!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Trick or Treat

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I did another Halloween LO (and this leaves me with only 1 more to go) for the Word Up challenge at SM (we had to use a definition of a noun in our LO).

Credits:
Purple paper from Pretty Grungy and orange paper from Ferntree Fairies - Scrap'it Designs by Brianna Cox
Stick from Halloween Freebie by creashens
Hat (recolored) from A Halloween Nightmare Add-on by Britt-ish Designs
Trick-or-treaters ahead Wordart by Mandi Nickell
Pumpkin flower by Franziska Altmann
Fonts: Rock Show Whiplash and My Own Topher

The gorgeous purple paper is from Bree's latest kit Pretty Grungy (see post below) and I thought it was simply perfect for Halloween! ;)
I downloaded a few new fonts for these Halloween LOs and I'm so happy I took the time to look for them!! I think they totally make these pages! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pretty Grungy

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Bree has a new kit out! Can you believe that girl??? Not only am I delighted to have another kit to play with so soon, but it's also gorgeous!!!!!
Check out those amazing worn papers!!

Go snag it at ScrapMatters  or at Snapandscrap!

Another Halloween LO

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I did another Halloween LO. I have two more to do and them I'm done.
I did this for a Roadmap to Scrap challenge at SM. These were the directions:

  1. Use more than one photo
  2. At least one photo needs to be framed or matted
  3. Build a cluster around your focal point photo (can include elements listed below)
  4. Use a 1:1 ratio of patterned paper to solid paper (for every pattern, you need to use a solid)
  5. Include one fall/Halloween element, even if it's not fall-colored- a leaf, a pumpkin, a ghost, etc
  6. Include at least 1 ribbon
  7. Use an alpha in your title
  8. Journaling is a must!

and here's my LO:

Credits:
by Britt-ish Designs:
Don't Hold Back template, Date Stamp Classic, Razzle Dazzle alpha, black paper and button from I'm A Dreamer, white/orange paper from The Bright Side Add-on, ribbon and glitter from A Halloween Nightmare Add-on;
Orange solid paper from Treats by Becca Bonneville;
Patterned paper from Halloween Freebie by Syrin;
Orange button from Creativity by mgl Scraps;
Fonts: Nightmare, My Own Topher.

LO Backlog

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I've made a few LO in the past couple of days but didn't have time to post them here. So I'll remedy right now!

First let me show off a fun LO I did for the challenge at Sugarplum Paperie. I love how it turned out!

Credits:
Everything by Sugarplum Paperie:
Whimsy Doodle (collab with Amy Sumrall), Glitzy Bits, Little Bits.

Next, there's a LO I did at the Speed Scrap hosted by Britt yesterday night at ScrapMatters.
I was very tired, but Britt's unusual first instruction made me want to stay till the end. And it was totally worth it!!
These were the instructions:
  1. You have to use a template. Find one that works for the pics you want to scrap. There are no rules on number of photos.
  2. Place your photos and basic papers into the template. Use at LEAST one pattern paper.
  3. Add at least 1 frame. You can add more.
  4. Add something black. Anything black will do other than text. Text doesn't count.
  5. Use a repeating word somewhere on your page. Be creative.
  6. Let's title our page now. Use more than 1 alpha.
  7. Time to finish up!! Journal if you'd like to. Don't forget to date your page. Embellish however else you'd like.
And here's my LO:

Credits:
Don't Hold Back template and Razzle Dazzle alpha (recolored) by Britt-ish Designs
Giant kit by Digital-crea.fr
Glitzy Bits by Sugarplum Paperie

Finally, I started scrapping our Halloween pictures, and I did this for the photo challenge at SM.

Credits:
Glam-o-rama Paper Pack, A Halloween Nightmare Add-on and Razzle Dazzle Alpha by Britt-ish Designs
Font: Leichenhaus

Yes. It took me forever to do the extraction. But that cute lil' bat deserved it! :-)
More Halloween LOs to come soon. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lavender Mint-Berry Cream Blog Train

Welcome to my blog and to the 4th stop of the Lavender Mint-Berry Cream blog train!

To celebrate Bree's new kit, Lavender Mint-Berry Cream, some of the Scrap'it Girls have created some gorgeous quick pages for you!
But let me remind you that you can get this fantastic kit


at Snapandscrap and at ScrapMatters, along with all of Bree's creations.

So here's the 2 quickpages I created for you:


you can get them here.
ETA (8/2009): thanks for your interest, this freebie is no longer available.

Please leave me a message if you download, and have fun! ;)

The next stop on the blog train is Rachel's blog.
If you happen to get lost, just go back to Bree's blog to find a list of all the stops.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fun LO and some news (coming up soon)

I did a LO for the Tuesday Template challenge at ScrapMatters and I had so much fun!!

Here it is:

Credits:

Template by Jeni Hopewell

Funky Love add-on mini by Megan Turnidge

Razzle Dazzle Alpha by Britt-ish Designs

Font: My Own Topher


The news is that I created my first 2 QPs, with Bree's new kit Lavender Mint-Berry Cream, and they will soon be available for you, along with some other gorgeous QPs by the Scrap'it Girls! :) Just be patient and wait a couple of days.. ;)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Lift

I did a LO for the scraplifting challenge at ScrapMatters (it's called Grand Theft Layout :) ).
We had to lift our choice of LO by kkklatt, and I picked this beauty here.

Here's my lift:

Credits:
Peace and Quiet - Britt-ish Designs and Andilynn Designs

I made this to match this page. I really love this kit!!

ScrapOrchard CT Contest

ScrapOrchard is having a CT contest.
For the first assignment, we were provided a (very cute!!) kit and had to create 2 layouts.

Here's what I did:
Credits:
June Bugs - ScrapOrchard Designers
Fonts: My Own Topher, WC Wunderbach Mix Bta.

I don't know how many people will pass to the 2nd round, nor do I know how long the process is to get into the CT.. Anyway, since I love SO and I love challenges, I'm doing my best to stay in till the end! ;)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy DSD

Happy DSD everyone! I didn't do much since I didn't have much time to stay at the computer (DH and I spent a couple hours in the garden this morning to gather leaves!!), but I did get a couple kits with the special sales.

I also did a LO for the Saturday Special challenge at ScrapMatters, on white space.
I used Bree's new kit, Lavender Mint-berry Cream, it's just adorable!!

The page really came together in no time, but I spent lots of time on getting the photo presentable. The picture was really bad and washed out because of the strong light. After struggling to get the levels balanced, I had to give in and acknowledge I couldn't fix it. So I just changed the saturation, duplicated the photo a few times and changed the opacity, and used a textured background for it.
I'm quite happy with the result and I think it's really suited to this page!