Friday, July 31, 2009

Almost Weekend!

I picked up an adorable mini kit by Britt for the mini album I'm working on, and I'm totally in love with this kit!

So I used it for a page that I can show off right now! ;)

Gretchen, staple and hanging clip from Fairchild and Word Circles by Britt-ish Designs
Alpha from Sprinkler Party by Mickey B Designs and Man in the Moon Designs
Font: Pea Summer Funkyness

I'm so glad the weekend is almost here! :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Busy Busy!

I have been really busy this week with lots of projects! I am working on 3 hybrid projects (OK, one is a card so fairly easy, but the other 2 are mini albums so that means a lot of computer AND cutting time ;) ) plus getting a bunch of LOs done! Unfortunately, I cannot show anything quite yet, but I will soon.

I also got my page for round 3 of the Battle of the Creative Teams at DSA done. That was a painful one, because our team had to come up with a long list of items to scrap with, and we had to use them all on our page, and nothing else! But a day later I must say I'm quite happy with my page. ;)

10 papers: Desmond and Molly, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Oh So Happy!, Comical, Hula Monkey, Shape Up
9 circles: Children's Day
8 staples: Desmond and Molly
7 buttons: Little Bunny Foo Foo, Shape Up
6 stitches: Shape Up
5 ribbons: Little Bunny Foo Foo
4 frames: Little Bunny Foo Foo, Crayon Brush Set 1
3 pictures
2 fonts: Pea Stacy's Doodle, My Own Topher
1 alpha: Shape Up

Yeah, I know you don't believe it, but there really is all that stuff on there! :D

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

$2 Tuesday!

It's Tuesday, and if you know Mari, you know what it means: big savings with $2 Tuesday!!! ;-)
She has 7 (yes, seven!!) great products for sale today:

Two collab kits with Sarah J, Cool Summer:

and Winelands:

a super cute album set

a very useful date sticker set

this incredible collection of journaling bits - you'll be using this over and over!

and two adorable winter kits, Snow Kisses:

and Magical Wonderland:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Time to Vote Again!

Round 2 of the Battle of the CTs is over and our team of Big Pimpins rocked it again!
We had to pick a musical theme, so we decided to each scrap our favorite song, and we also chose a common color scheme.

Here's my page:

All by Amy Sumrall!! :)
Paper from Shape Up
Elements from Cutieful Doodleful Youville collab with Polka Dot Plum
M - Oh So Happy!
y - Little Bunny Foo Foo
s - Cutieful Doodleful Youville collab with Polka Dot Plum
o - Shape Up
n - Scribble Alpha
g - Children's Day

Fonts: Orator Std and Pea Olson
Photo actions by Pioneer Woman set 1

and here's the thread with all of our entries.

So please go VOTE for the Big Pimpins right now! There's no need to register, just click and vote! There's only time until Tuesday 7.28 at 11.59 PM so do it NOW!

Weeks 28-30

I was all caught up last week but didn't post, so here I am posting the past 3 weeks:

Hodge Podge 11 and 13 by Gina Marie Huff
Photo stamps from Project 365 #2 by Sugarplum Paperie
Perfectly Scribbled Alpha from Enjoy the Moment by Sahlin Studio
Font: Note this

What Every Girl Needs - Folded and Hodge Podge 13 by Gina Marie Huff
Photo stamps from Project 365 #2 by Sugarplum Paperie
Just Add Water Combo Alphas by Sahlin Studio
Font: Note this

Hodge Podge 13 by Gina Marie Huff
Photo stamps from Project 365 #2 by Sugarplum Paperie
Enchantment bonus alpha by Britt-ish Designs
Mini Glitz alpha pack by Plum Dumpling Designs
Font: Note this

Where Does the Time Go?!

I don't know how the weekend flew by so fast! I didn't really do anything special, and I didn't get many pages scrapped either!

Here's one that I'm very happy about:

In the Summer Time by Juno Designs
Font: Pea Olson

using In the Summer Time by Juno Designs:

I really love those bright colors!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

It's Here!!!!!!!!!!

Wohooooo! I cannot believe it yet but I have a new lens!!!!!!!!
I'd been thinking about getting a 50mm lens for several weeks, and yesterday DH brought me to try it out. We tried both the f/1.8 and the f/1.4. And then... we got the 1.4!!!!!!! The price was actually very good and we decided to go for the extra stop since I'm going to need it in low light situations.
I'm in heaven right now!!! ;)
So of course last night I scrapped some pictures taken with the new lens. This is for the new Roadmap to Scrap challenge at ScrapMatters, with these instructions:
  1. I want you to choose 3 photos for this layout - ONE of them (the focal photo) should be turned B&W or sepia. Feel free to get creative with selective tinting, too, if you'd like.
  2. Your background must be predominantly WHITE. It can have a subtle texture, but I want to see a white background!
  3. Choose three more patterned papers to use as you wish on your layout.
  4. The focal photo needs to be "hung" on the page from a metal embellishment of some sort.
  5. You can embellish however you like, however, I want to see the same embellishment repeated at least three times. You can use different sizes of the same element, but the same one should show up a minimum of three times (think visual triangle!)
  6. Please add some bling - I love bling and I've gotta see some of it on your page!
  7. Title your page with a black or white alpha (or maybe a black AND white alpha).
  8. Journal your page in a handwritten font of your choice and don't forget to include the date!

Land of Fantasy by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio
All Stitched Up Alpha by Chelle's Creations
Mini Glitz Alpha Pack by Plum Dumpling Designs
Font: Pea Olson
Photo actions by Pioneer Woman set 1

I love this kit by Britt and Krista, it's just gorgeous!

I also used 2 new alphas out today - I'm such an alpha junkie, and these are just so cute!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fun Kits!

Amy has 2 new kits in the store today, and they're both adorable!!

The first is her collab with Polka Dot Plum, Cutieful Doodleful Youville - it's great to see this back in the store!

And the other kit is the brand new Hula Monkey - it's soooo cute!

Here's a little hybrid project I did with it:

Hula Monkey by Amy Sumrall
Font: Pea Stacy Fancy

AND the good news is that the DigiChick is having a sale, everything is 30% off until Sunday - including these 2 beautiful new releases!!! ;)
(and, if you're subscribed to TDC's newsletter, check out the 40% coupon for Amy's store until the end of the month!)


I finally had some time last night to play with one of my favorite kits by Mari Koegelenberg, Luvbug:

I just LOVE the color palette!!
And here's the page I did with it:

Luvbug by Mari Koegelenberg Creations
Hearts by Sugarplum Paperie
Font: Pea Olson
Photo actions: Pioneer Woman Set 2

And everything it the store at the DigiChick is 30% off until Sunday, so go take a look at Mari's store and splurge!!


The hybrid challenge I'm hosting at ScrapMatters is finally live, so I can share the project I did for it. I'm so proud of it!! ;)

I used the gorgeous collab Tropical Escape by Erica Zane and Mari Koegelenberg for this frame. You can find it at ScrapMatters and the DigiChick.
I actually chose this kit because it matched beautifully the Prima flowers I had just bought! ;)
Physical supplies: wooden frame by Michael's, Mod Podge, glue dots, buttons from Wal-Mart, beads, Epson matte presentation paper, Prima flowers.
I got the idea for sticking the the beads on the buttons from the CK blog and I love the result! So pretty!

Getting Ready for Christmas...

Artscow had a sale a couple of weeks ago: a deck of personalized cards, only $6.99 including shipping. Since my parents love to play cards, I thought this would make a perfect gift for them! I'll actually use it as a stocking filler for Christmas! :)

Here's the cards:

I decorated them with pictures of my parents, their initials and a few elements in theme. :)
I used the gorgeous Jackpot by Britt-ish Designs for this - just perfect!

Now let's see if I can resist until Christmas to give them to my parents.. ;) I'm not sure when I'll see them, so it does look like I'll have to wait a few months.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Curly Page

I've always admired pages that have a curly border and I finally have made one myself, thanks to Sya's templates! ;)

Completely Curved by Sya's Blueprints
Enjoy the Moment, Snipettes: Life's a Beach and Just Add Water Alpha by Sahlin Studio
Fonts: Pea Stacy Doodle and My Own Topher


We've been living in this house for a year and a half but we keep seeing new animals. :)
Even though we'd spotted them before, this month was the first time we were able to take pictures of foxes.
And recently we've seen herons too. I took a gorgeous picture of a fox and a heron (must scrap that soon!) and here's some closeups of just the heron. It's really a big bird! :)

Weeds and Wildflowers has a new reward system: you get a point for each challenge you take part in, and 10 points are worth a $10 GC!
This is my first LO with the new system, it was a template challenge:

Template by sbaird
Papers from A Better Me, Flowers from Playing with Wire - Spring, Stitching ABC's Burlap by Gina Marie Huff
Font: My Own Topher

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

$2 Tuesday

Mari Koegelenberg has gone crazy and her entire store is on sale for $2 or less for $2 Tuesday!!!! Today only, look at the amazing deals you can grab for $2!!

Need any suggestions? :)
Well, why don't you check out Luvbug

or Hooty Toot


or Happiness...

But there's so much more for sale!! You can find her store here, and remember this offer is for today only!.


I'm here to show off two pages from last week that I'm very proud of. The gorgeous kits at ScrapMatters really inspire me!! :)

Enjoy the Moment, Striped Candy Alpha and Worn Cardboard Strips Alpha by Sahlin Studio
Font: Pea Olson

This next page was done for the new My Story Matters challenge, about growing up:

Fairchild and Teeny Tiny Christmas Alpha by Britt-ish Designs
Font: SS Whimsy

I have one more page from the weekend, I'll post it later.

In the meantime, don't forget to VOTE for the Big Pimpins here (see post below), today is the last day to vote so do it now! You don't even have to be registered to vote, just click and you're done!

Monday, July 20, 2009

I need your VOTE!

Along with 4 fellow CT members, I'm competing in the Battle of the CTs at DigiScrapAddicts for Amy Sumrall's fabulous team! We're the Big Pimpins and we rocked the first round.
For the first assignment the team had to use negative space and pick a color theme: we picked the rainbow as our theme, but we did much more than that! We even coordinated our pages so that they all form a rainbow:

How cool is that?? ;)

Here's my page:

All by Amy Sumrall! (even the picture, LOL! This is her DD Sophie)
Paper from Children's Day
Orange flowers from Whimsy Doodle (collab with Sugarplum Paperie)
Blue flowers and grass from Little Bunny Foo Foo
Brushes from Crayon Brush Set 1
Font: Pea Aimee

I scrapped a picture of Amy's DD Sophie because we all scrapped pictures of children in the grass. ;)

So now it's time to vote for the first round! Go here and vote for the Big Pimpins!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

All Is Quiet...

I know I haven't posted much this week, but this doesn't mean I haven't been scrapping! ;)
I just cannot show the pages just yet, but there's one that I can show using the new collab by Mickey B Designs and Man in the Moon Designs, out today at ScrapMatters, Sprinkler Party:

I had lots of fun playing with whis colorful kit! And looked at that water filled alpha - adorable!!

Template by Jeni Hopewell
Sprinkler Party by Mickey B Designs and Man in the Moon Designs
Font: Note this

There's also some GREAT news at ScrapMatters: there's a huge sale on all Christmas kits! AND there's many new Christmas kits coming out today too, and those are on sale as well!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Calendar Templates

Have you started thinking about a calendar for 2010 yet? If not, this is the right time! You don't want to do it at the last minute, when Christmas is coming and you have thousands of urgent things to do.
Mari has a gorgeous set of CD calendar templates for you, to make things easier! It's such a nice idea for a Christmas gift, too!

This release is 20% off today only, so snag it right away here! :)

ETA: you can find some inspiration on how to use these gorgeous templates here!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lovely Weekend

I spent a lovely weekend out of town with DH - it was just great, only too short! I took Monday off and came home mid-afternoon. We really had a wonderful time (and I took 3 GB of pictures in just 2 days - crazy!!), but I have so many things to catch up with this week!

Friday I managed to squeeze in the pages for my June monthly summaries for the challenge at the DigiChick, using Mari's gorgeous Happiness kit - perfect for these summery, colorful pages.

Template by missrubikscube
Happiness by Mari Koegelenberg Creations
Acrylic numbers from Hodge Podge 9 by Gina Marie Huff
Screws from Summer Fling by Britt-ish Designs
Font: Note this, Cooper Std

This is now the 6th month I've done with these templates, and I am not in the least bit tired of them! They're just gorgeous!

Oh, some more news: I didn't make it in ScrapOrchard's CT, but I must confess I'm quite relieved! I entered the contest because I cannot resist a good competition, and I had so much fun playing along with those lovely kits, but I must say I'm more than happy with the CT spots I have. OK, I'd still love to land a couple more spots for my favorite designers (hello, Minna!) and would die for a spot at TDC (*sigh*), but for now I'm more than satisfied (*thrilled*, actually!) with the teams I'm on - each and every one of them was a dream come true! I wish I could do more for each of my designers, because I really love them all. Alas, my time is limited, and while I'm not overwhelmed by my CT spots, they sure keep me busy! :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

4th July Page

When I saw the kit Old Glory by GG Digital Designs, I couldn't wait for the 4th of July to arrive so I could use it!

It's really a beautiful kit! And here's my first page using it:

Spread the Wealth Templates and Back to Basics Black Alpha by Denise Beatty Originals
Old Glory by GG Digital Designs
Date-Bits by Plum Dumpling Designs
Leaves from Girl Power by Chelle's Creations
Ladybug from Totally Buggin' by Britt-ish Designs and Mira Designs
Font: Pea Stacy's Doodle Script

I plan to do at least another page with the fireworks! ;)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happiness: Gift Set

Mari has a new gift set out today (and 20% off!) based on the gorgeous Happiness mini kit:

This gift set is so versatile and sweet! You can grab it here.


Amy Sumrall has a new kit out today, Comical: a collab with Laura of Simply Scraps (and she's a fellow CT member in Amy's fun team, too!). It's 20% off today and it's a hilarious kit:

I did this page with it and I had so much fun playing with the kit!

Template by gracesmum
Comical by Amy Sumrall and Simply Scraps
Brush from Children's Day by Amy Sumrall
Font: BadaBoom BB

I didn't actually take any picture while we were trying to retrieve my lens cap (too much drama!! ;) ), but I wanted to record this memory and using the journal tags was the best way to do it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Final Round

The final week of the CT contest at ScrapOrchard has arrived and I must say I'm glad it's over. It was tiring and nerve wracking, especially because I had to work on the assignments during the week, and with work and DH I was always worried I might not have time to do my best. Anyway, I posted my last page yesterday morning, and now I only have to wait until next Monday, when they announce the winners.

Lavender Morning by Lyndsay Riches, Megan Turnidge, Tracie Stroud and Wild Dandelions
Fonts: My Own Topher, Pea Stacy Fancy, Pea Stacy Doodle Script, Pea Olson

I don't love this page as much as the others I did for the contest.. I spent more time on it than I did on the others, too! :) I think because for the other weeks I had to stretch my creativity more, because I had to use kits I don't usually scrap with, so I ended up with pages that were totally me but not my usual pages at the same time.
The gallery is bursting with talent so I don't think I'll make it, but I had a blast throughout the contest and I got to try out my style with fantasy kits too.