True Beauty Layout – Bo Bunny Layout Challenge

Bo Bunny has a wonderful sketch posted for their challenge this month, so I knew I just had to play along! I selected this photo of Madison that I’ve been meaning to get to. It’s so hard for me to get a good picture of her unless I catch her by surprise…even then, it’s hit or miss…when she poses for the camera, she tends to plaster an odd smile on her face (like so many children do!) or when trying not to have a fake smile, she won’t smile at all and therefore appears sullen when she’s not. My one and only daughter is also full of attitude, so it often shows in her photos. lol 😀 I happened to catch her just right in this pic, so I figured it would be perfect for the BB Sketch. The Gabrielle range was perfect w/the purple of her shirt, so here’s my take:

Materials:

Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers
BB Gabrielle chipboard stickers
BB Gabrielle layered chipboard
BB Gabrielle layered stickers
BB Gabrielle Cardstock sticker
BB Gabrielle Trinket
Distress Inks
Hero Arts crocheted trim
cream seam binding
Inkssentials white pen

Adhesives:

Helmar Adhesive Runner
Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar Acid Free Glue

Tools:

2 different Fiskars border/edge punches

Based on the BB challenge sketch:

TFL! Entries are due on 7/28/11 around 4pm eastern (see the countdown clock next to the inlink button for exact deadline). If you’d like to link up your take on the sketch, CLICK HERE.

4 Sassy Lil’ Cards

A while back, I found this awesome site with some really fun card sketches. It’s called Sassy Lil’ Cards and it’s been sitting in my faves complete unused. Until now. It’s taken a while to get to this point, but I’m actually starting to really enjoy making cards! I remember when I posted my first few card creations, I felt the need to preface it with…”sorry, I’m still learning”! Though I’m still not where I’d like to be, I’m no longer embarrassed to show my latest pieces. 😀 I think it helps a lot when you get to work with such wonderful sketches. They’re great for beginners beceause they give you a jumping off point and they’re great for seasoned card makers since they mix things up a bit. I love the versatility of sketches!

Sassy Lil’ Cards has such a wonderful variety of sketches and since I actually found that I had a block of time last night, I decided to go ahead and create using their four most recent sketches…the ones that are due tonight before midnight. Here’s what I came up with for their May 7th sketch:

As you can see, I rotated it for my take on the challenge for this Welcome to the Neighborhood/New Home card.

<materials:

Crate Paper Neighborhood 6×6 paper pad
CP diecuts
CP diecut stickers
CP Layered Chipboard
paper doily
Iridescent medium
American Crafts cardstock base

Adhesives:
Helmar Zapdots
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac

Here’s what I made for the May 14th sketch:

I’m also entering this one in the current Crate Paper color challenge due June 12, 2011

Materials:

Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe 6×6 paper pad
Creative Elements mini roses
American Crafts card base
Distress Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze

Adhesives:

American Crafts This to That foam dots
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac

Tools:

EK Success bracket and label punch

This one is from their May 21st sketch:

Materials:

Crate Paper 6×6 Portrait paper pad
CP diecut sticker
CP layered chipboard
CP Portrait trim
Bazzill cardstock base

Adhesive:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

And finally, my last card for you today was created using their May 28th sketch:

Materials:

Crate Paper 6×6 Toy Box Paper Pad
CP diecuts
CP diecut sticker
CP layered chipboard
CP Toy Box trim

Adhesives:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zapdots
Helmar Liquid Scrapdots

If you’d like to take a look at the sketches I used for these cards (this post was already photo heavy, so I didn’t post them) click the dates for the sketches and it’ll take you to the individual posts w/the sketches. TFL!

Buddies – MME Sketch Challenge Entry

For this layout, I again combined 2 challenges. There’s an awesome sketch by Anam Stubbington for the My Mind’s Eye Blog Challenge 23, so the basic layout is based on that sketch plus the final NSD Challenge on Paper Secrets is to create a layout with 3 handmade flowers, each made with a different technique. Now the real challenge was the fact that it’s a boy layout and I needed to create flowers that go with the page but didn’t seem girly! Here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

MME Stella & Rose Hattie “Family” Pinstripe Paper
MME S&R Hattie “Buddies” Argyle Paper
MME S&R “Family” Silk Tie Paper
MME S&R Hattie trim
MME S&R Hattie brads
MME S&R Hattie title
MME S&R Hazel paper (for one flower)
Echo Park For the Record paper (for one flower)

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Cosmo Cricket Gluber
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac
Helmar Zap Dots

This is the fab sketch my layout is based on:

If you’d like to enter the MME sketch challenge, entries are due by Thursday, May 19, 2011 midnight MST. TFL!

Paper Secrets NSD Challenges are still open

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! The Paper Secrets National Scrapbooking Day challenges are still open! If you happen to find a lull in your day, stop on by for some great challenges w/awesome prizes. Entries need to be received by 11:59 pm PST tonight to be elligible for prizes. Don’t worry though, if you miss the NSD challenges, there are also 4 May challenges posted that aren’t due until the end of the month! So far you’ve seen my examples for the recipe challenge and the sketch challenge. Now it’s time for me to share my examples for the color combo challenge. Our very talented Amy, has challenged us to use the Turquoise, Red and White color combo on any project of our choice. You can do a layout, card or tag!

Though I love the colors and have used them in other color combos with ease, I tend to shy away from this trendy and very popular color combo. It’s everywhere in the previous CHA releases. You’ll find it with Lily Bee, Crate Paper, Webster’s Pages, Cosmo Cricket and I’m sure many others! What is it about turquoise and red together that I have trouble with? After quite a bit of thought, I’m relatively certain it’s a simply that they are both such bold colors. Well, if for no other reason than the fact that I like to step out of my comfort zone, I just HAD to participate in this one! My last project was a layout and the next one requires it to be a layout, so for this challenge I went with both a card and a tag. Here’s my take:

Materials (card):

American Crafts white cardstock
MME Kaleidoscope 12×12 papers
MME Lush2 trim
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Booklet

Adhesives:

Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

Materials (tag):

WP scraps
MME Kaleidoscope 12×12 paper
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Booklet
WP Chipboard button
twine
seam binding
Punched paper scrap

TFL!

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