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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Despicable Me Party Layout

Since my family went to see the new Despicable Me movie this weekend, I thought I'd take a break from my London vacation layouts and create my final layout for my son's Despicable Me birthday party. I started out with a sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap, added some really old papers, and topped it off with a leftover minion from the batch I designed for the invitations.
Recipe:
The Summer Stack patterned papers (DCWV)
Dutch Blue, Hollyhock & Honey cardstock
Dutch Blue, Hollyhock & Honey ink
Black marker
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artistry cartridge: balloon
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #132
Challenges: Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge use old paper from your stash (mine is 10 years old +!); Colorful Creations color combo (mine has a bit more green than the original color combo, but hopefully it's close enough); Fantabulous Cricut Challenge anything goes

For the Minion recipe, see here!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

London from Above Layout

I'm not exactly zipping through my London layouts, but they are slowly getting done. Here's another one from our trip to St. Paul's Cathedral. Having injured my knee right before we left on our trip, I was not up to climbing the 528 steps to get to the Golden Gallery on the exterior of the dome, even with a great view like this in store, so my hubby took lots of pictures for me to scrapbook instead! Many thanks to my Splitcoast Stampers buddy Lela, whose layout I scraplifted, although I made some modifications to fit my panoramic pictures.
Recipe:
Jennifer's Hand Alphabet & Take Note stamp sets
Jackson Level 2 papers
Juniper, Glacier, Barn Red & Colonial White cardstock
Juniper, Glacier, Barn Red & Cocoa ink
Barn Red marker
Barn Red Bigger Brads
Colonial White brads
White Daisy baker's twine
Bronze shimmer trim
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banner
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: notebook paper
Challenges: Splitcoast Stampers Tour de France challenge 4 (pick a favorite layout and scraplift it); Lasting Memories outdoor adventures challenge (okay, this may be cheating a little, but these pictures were certainly taken outdoors, and it was quite an adventure to get to the top, so  . . . ); Scrap Our Stash tic-tac-toe (I chose the column on the right, with twine, stamping, and a banner).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

All Around the Cathedral Layout

I finally got to work on some scrapbooking today after several weeks away, and these postcards from St. Paul's Cathedral were beckoning! I already had an intro page plus a pocket page with some journaling for St. Paul's, so I kept the writing on this one to a minimum. In keeping with my previous page, the title is inspired by the song "Feed the Birds" from Disney's Mary Poppins. The interior of the cathedral was as beautiful as the exterior, and we really enjoyed our tour, but since you couldn't take pictures inside, we had to purchase some postcards from the gift shop. I used my July sketch from Splitcoast Stampers for the design, and adapted it to create a row of arches with silhouettes from the life of Christ in them. I also created a pocket on the left hand page to hold the extra postcards. All the postcards are mounted using photo corners so that you can slide them out and see what's written on the back.

The sketch:

My layout:
Recipe:
Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment patterned paper
Cashmere, Lagoon, Sapphire, Glacier & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon & Glacier ink
Gold brads
Photo corners (Pioneer)
Cricut New Testament cartridge: life of Christ figures
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, arches
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch17Jul
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Oh the Places You'll Go challenge (we went to St. Paul's, of course!); The Studio Challenges No People (although there are statues and die-cuts of people, there are no living people on this layout, quite a change for me)


Friday, June 23, 2017

Feed the Birds Layout

When I think of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, the song "Feed the Birds" from Disney's Mary Poppins movie is the first thing that comes to mind, so I made sure we took some pictures of the pigeons when we were visiting St. Paul's! This is my first St. Paul's layout, accompanied by a photo storage page, and features a few pictures of the exterior. For the bird die-cut next to the title, I actually used a quail cut, but I snipped off the plume on top of his head so he resembled a pigeon.

Here's my journaling card for the coordinating pocket storage page. I started with a sketch but changed the orientation to fit with my other photos. FYI: the dots on the ground are supposed to be bird seed, not bird poop! I realized after I added them that there could be some confusion there. . .
And these photos of the exterior of St. Pauls will also go in the pocket page.




Recipe:
Striped paper (MME)
Chocolate, Cashmere, Whisper, Sunset & Black cardstock
Chocolate ink
Brown and Black markers (Zig)
Tan ribbon (from my stash)
Cricut Noah's ABC Animals cartridge: title, bird
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tags
Cricut Artiste cartridge: border
Pattern: Let's Scrap 6-15-17 sketch (left side only)
Journaling Card Pattern: Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style #75
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 Birds of a Feather challenge

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gear Up Father's Day Card

I had to whip up a quick Father's Day card and decided to use stuff I already had on my desk. I had cut out a bunch of gears as decorations for vacation Bible school (Maker Fun Factory, anyone?), and thought gears went great with a masculine theme, so I used the left-overs and added some stamped gears and a sentiment. Easy peasy, but hopefully Dad will like it! I even stamped a coordinating envelope.
Recipe:
Gear Up, Holiday Tags & Marquee Uppercase stamp sets
Clover, Sunflower, Dutch Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Ruby, Desert Sand & Dutch Blue ink
Cricut Artiste cartridge: gears
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 Father's Day theme; Fantabulous Cricut Challenge masculine/Father's Day theme

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Exploring London on Foot Layout

My husband and I recently took a trip to London as a treat for surviving and enjoying 25 years of marriage, so I got a bunch of photos printed up and am going to try to scrapbook them all before I forget the details of our trip. Here's the first layout! We stayed at the Portobello Hotel, a cute boutique hotel in Notting Hill, and every day we would walk to the Notting Hill Gate tube station, about a ten minute walk. It wasn't quite as fun walking back to the hotel in the evening when we were tired, but we did get to know Kensington Park Road pretty well. For the layout, I tried to recreate the feel of the street where the hotel was located. The facing page will be a photo storage page with six photos of the area, so I will post them here so you can get a feel for our whole trip!

The weather was gorgeous so all the foliage was looking its best.



My hubby really loves trees so we took lots of pictures of the beautiful trees in London!


Recipe:
Around the Block stamp set
Sky, Garden Green, Goldrush, White Daisy, Slate & Black cardstock
Black, Garden Green, Goldrush, Whisper & Bamboo ink
White gel marker (Sakura)
Gold metallic marker
Black marker
Shin-Han Twin Touch markers
Cricut Artistry cartridge: house
Pattern: EMS Sketch 31

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Up a Lazy River Layout

I'm back! It's been two months since I posted a layout, but hopefully the mojo will continue flowing and I will have lots to share this month. I'm starting scrapping my London vacation today, but first here's a Yosemite layout that I finished up this morning. The pictures aren't the best, but I had fun scraplifting this layout from Trish at Splitcoast Stampers. The way the frames were laid out really caught my eye, so I tried to duplicate that, along with the circle and the photo placement. Thanks for the inspiration, Trish!
Recipe:
Back Country Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Outdoor Denim, Barn Red & Whisper cardstock
Outdoor Denim & Olive ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Marine Blue Shin Han Twin Touch marker
Outdoor Denim & Olive craft buttons
Olive & White embroidery floss
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title
Challenges: The Studio Challenges recipe - I managed to include hand sewing, fussy cutting (the trees), frames, and buttons


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm still here!

I've always been frustrated when a blog just stops posting and no explanation is given, so since I haven't posted in over a month, I thought I'd just pop in and let everyone know I haven't given up bloggin! April and May have been extremely busy months for me, with my daughter's birthday party and a two week trip to England to plan, and now I'm recovering from jet lag while catching up on all the things that happened on the home front while I was gone. Throw in my husband's and my birthdays and Mother's Day, plus starting up a new Bible study and joining the worship team at church, and you have the recipe for slight exhaustion. Scrapbooking is still on my mind (I have tons of pictures from London to scrap), but I'm not feeling very inspired at the moment. All that to say, I'm on a little break but will be back at the beginning of June with a new sketch for everyone! Enjoy the rest of May.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Glacier Point Layout

One highlight of our Yosemite visit was a trip to Glacier Point to check out the beautiful views. I scrapbooked a few favorite photos on this layout and then added twelve more photos to a photo storage page. I'm hosting the monthly scrapbook challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, so I created this layout for my Stash Busters challenge to use 1 piece of ribbon, 2 colors of cardstock, 3 photos, 4  pieces of bling, and 5 patterned papers. Feel free to play along with us!
Recipe:
Skylark Level 2 papers
Colonial White & Kraft cardstock
Lagoon, Sweet Leaf & Desert Sand ink
Snapshot Complements
Hopscotch PML journaling card
Mocha Opaques pearls
Lagoon ribbon
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title

Monday, April 3, 2017

Exploring the Southwest Layout

For my new Splitcoast Stampers Sketch for April, I actually started with a layout and loved it so much, I decided to create a sketch so I could use the arrangement of the photos again! I know this is a picture-heavy sketch, but you can always delete a few photos if you don't need that many.

FYI: I'm also hosting a month-long scrapbooking challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, so if you need some inspiration, please head on over and check out the fun!

The sketch:
My layout:
Recipe:
Diverse Backgrounds stamp set
Lucky Level 2 papers
Bamboo & Sky cardstock
Desert Sand, Sky, Outdoor Denim & Olive ink
Chocolate marker (Zig)
My Crush Wildwood Assortment "Documented" card & stickers
Enamel and Glitter Duos blue dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: heart
Cricut Alphabet: title

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cat Party Card

My daughter asked for a cat party for her birthday, so the first step was making her invitations. I started with a cute card sketch from Atlantic Hearts challenge blog but, since I wanted to go vertical on my card base, I tightened up the design by moving the circles together. The card went through several revisions and I ended up simplifying it a bit because I just couldn't face hand cutting glitter tape for 30 cards (can anyone relate?) but I'm pretty happy with the final result!
Recipe:
Fanfare, Welcome Baby & One Way Borders stamp sets
Laughing Lola Level 2 papers
Slate, Whisper, Crystal Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue, Thistle & Black ink
Black & Gold Metallic markers
Purple Glitter Gem
Cricut Artistry cartridge: banner
Cricut Chore Chart cartridge: cat
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 banner or sign challenge

Monday, March 27, 2017

Taft Point Layout

Taft Point at Yosemite is a bit of a hike, but always offers amazing views that make me glad I went! I created the base layout at my scrapbook retreat, but it needed some extra pizzazz, so when I got home, I decided to play along with some challenges to add punched borders, chipboard, and baker's twine.
Recipe:
Everyday Celebration Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf & Dutch Blue ink
Dutch Blue marker
Chocolate baker's twine
Nutmeg Memories chipboard (MME Indie Chic)
Cricut Stone Script cartridge: title
Fiskars scalloped border punch
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 2
Challenges: Scrappy Friends Bingo challenge (I chose the row with border punch, green, ink, chipboard shape & twine); Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge chipboard & something old from your stash (my old was the papers I've been hoarding for at least five years)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Washburn Point Layout

Yosemite is so beautiful that all our pictures are naturally beautiful as well! For this layout, I chose to accent the blues in the pictures by using blue cardstock, blue ink, and patterned paper with blue and earth tones. The butterflies were a playful touch inspired by the March More Than Words challenge.
And here's my layout. I also used a stamped quote from Helen Keller about "beautiful things."
Recipe:
Beautiful Things & Treasure Life stamp sets
Dreamin' Level 2 papers
Pacifica, Crystal Blue, Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock
Pacifica, Crystal Blue, Sky, Chocolate & Desert Sand ink
Black marker
Cricut Jasmine cartridge: title
Cricut Artistry cartridge: butterflies
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: flourish

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yosemite 2012 Layout

It feels like I've scrapbook Yosemite pictures many times before, so it will be a challenge to keep this batch of pictures from our 2012 vacation looking fresh, but I am going to give it a try! Here's my intro page for the vacation, and I included a fun little envelope with hidden journaling about driving to Yosemite and our first stop there. Any guesses where these photos were taken?
And here's the open envelope with the card:
Recipe:
Beautiful Things stamp set
Huntington Level 2 papers
Whisper & Colonial White cardstock
Olive, Desert Sand, Chocolate & Cashmere ink
Sap Green, Clay & Cerulean Blue Shin Han markers
My Crush Wildwood Assortment
Chocolate Organdy ribbon
Chocolate metal arrow & brad
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #269

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monument Valley Layout

So close to finishing my Colorado vacation scrapbook! Here's my next to last layout . . . We spend a few hours at Monument Valley, but since we came during the windy season, there was so much dust in the air that it was hard to see anything.
Recipe
Flight of the Arrows & Friendship Alphabet Small stamp sets
Back Country Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White cardstock
Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Barn Red ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim & Colonial White craft buttons
Outdoor Denim& Autumn Terracotta maker's twine
Circuit Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 42

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blastoff Layout

One of the kids' favorite activities from Elliot's Despicable Me birthday party was making and launching their own rockets. For the layout showing the event, I used the right half of the Splitcoast Stampers March sketch, and added some fun details like a stamped rocket blasting off to the moon and a countdown to launch.
Recipe:
Atomic Caps, Atomic Numbers & Outta This World stamp sets
Animal Cookies Level 2 papers
Honey, Sunset, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock
Dutch Blue, Tulip, Sunset, Whisper & Slate ink
Dutch Blue, Black & Gold metallic markers
Carmine & Clay Shin Han Twin Touch markers
Red enamel dots
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: rocket
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrows
Challenges: Lasting Memories Lots of Number + Birthday themed layout challenge (I was inspired to add the countdown to my title)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Villains in Training Layout

No party would be complete without games, so for my son's Despicable Me birthday party, we planned games around the idea of getting ready to be a super villain! We created an obstacle course for the kids to conquer, plus we had a few other games based on the movie, like the unicorn horn ring toss inspired by Agnes' love of unicorns. Using the left side of the March sketch I had made for Splitcoast Stampers, I created a layout featuring a few pictures from the game time and then added a photo storage page with a few more pictures.

The sketch:
My layout:

As part of my photo storage page, I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme, Project Life Style to come up with a journaling card. I wanted to include a photo, so I rearranged and resized some of the elements of the sketch, and I added that adorable unicorn die-cut and a quote from Agnes: "He's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!" As you can probably tell, the birthday boy got the honor of wearing the unicorn horn for the ring toss. He wasn't thrilled, but he was a pretty good sport about it!

The sketch:

My journaling card:

And here's my completed photo storage page:
Recipe:
Atomic Caps, Atomic Lower Case & Spot On Backgrounds stamp sets
Animal Cookies Level 2 papers
Honey, Dutch Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Dutch Blue, Tulip, Honey & Sunset ink
Dutch Blue, Black & Gold metallic markers
Cricut ZooBalloo cartridge: unicorn
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrows
Heart punch (EK Success)
Challenges: Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog anything goes (I used several Cricut cuts!)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What a Boy Wants Layout

For my son's 9th birthday, he really wanted a Despicable Me party, complete with themed games, decorations, and cupcakes. And of course, he was thrilled to receive lots of presents to delight a young boy's heart. Instead of writing down each gift and giver, I decided to have him pose next to the person who gave him the gift, figuring that would be a more meaningful memory than a list. I just scrapbooked a few of the photos, and put the rest in a photo storage page. The layout ended up being pretty clean and simple, but I will always enjoy the funny expressions on my son's face!
Recipe:
Fanfare Level 2 papers
Canary cardstock
Pacifica ink
Pacifica & Black markers
Elemental envelope & tag
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title & stars
Pattern: Lasting Memories March challenge sketch (birthday layout using sketch)
Challenges: Bitten by the Bug 2 birthday challenge

Friday, March 3, 2017

EMS Sketch Challenge 64 - Cliff Palace Layout

I took a week off scrapbooking to enjoy some time with a few favorite books, but I'm back with this month's sketch challenge. It's a single pager with room for four uncropped 4" x 6" photos. The style is similar to a pocket page layout, but there is some overlap in order to fit in a bottom border and a photo mat. Hope you enjoy the sketch, and please link up your completed layout below so I can ooh and aah over it!

The sketch:

My layout:
Recipe:
Passages Level 2 papers
Cocoa, Bamboo, Garden Green & Brown Bag cardstock
Cocoa, Bamboo & Garden Green ink
Black marker
Dreamer charms
Natural hemp
Burlap ribbon
Tumbled Stone Alphabet stickers (All My Memories)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: sunburst, curved arrow, pennant
Cricut Artistry cartridge: arrow
Challenges: Use Your Stuff  #253 Use a favorite sketch (my most recent sketch is always my favorite!); Scrap Our Stash March tic-tac-toe board (I used the left vertical column, and it really helped me get some stuff out of my stash pile, so thank very much!)


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Parents vs. Kids Layout

As I was preparing to scrapbook yet more photos of our trip to Mesa Verde, I thought it would be fun to go a different direction from the nature-colored palette the subject matter suggested, so I played along with a couple of color challenges to come up with a black/white/red layout. The title idea sprang from the long-suffering look on my son's face in the bottom photo; he plainly wasn't as excited about visiting ancient ruins as Mom and Dad were!
Recipe:
A Typeface stamp set
Animal Cookies & For Always Level 2 papers
Tulip, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Black metal tag
Black & White embroidery floss
Black baker's twine
Black gingham ribbon
Decor Journaling Spot
Heart brad (from my stash)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title, hearts
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, circles
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: triple hearts
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #122
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 Red + White challenge; Another Colorful Creation Black & White + One challenge (I chose red as my third color); Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Ali's stitching challenge, I stitched a line through the hearts plus added Xs to the bottom picture)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

At the End of the Day Layout

When I first got these photos developed, I had no idea how I wanted to scrap them, but a sketch from the Memory Nest and a couple of challenges (check them out below) came to my rescue!
Recipe:
Life is Sweet, Charming Cascades & Star Power stamp sets
Clementine Level 2 papers
Whisper, Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Twilight, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Saddle & Twilight ink
Twilight marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Twilight brads
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artistry cartridge: pennant
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Day circle, sunburst
Pattern: The Memory Nest Make It Monday sketch #81
Challenges: Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - use the word Today; Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Christine's stars challenge, I stamped stars on my background cardstock and traced over them with white gel pen, plus I added 3 die-cut stars)

Crafty thought for the day!

Can anyone relate?!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Time Goes By So Slowly Layout

I was invited to be the single page guest designer at Stick It Down this month, and although I didn't have any single photos I wanted to feature on a layout, I thought the circles in the sketch could easily be converted into photos. I combined the sketch challenge with the February VSBN Music challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, Sharon wanted us to use lyrics from Unchained Melody as inspiration for a layout, and when I noticed the lines about "Time goes by so slowly," they seemed like a perfect title for a road trip layout! Anyone who has ever traveled hundreds of miles with young children knows it sometimes feels the trip will never end, right?

Here's the sketch:
And here's my layout:
Update: This layout was featured on the Use Your Stuff blog!
Recipe:
Cherry-O Level 2 paper
Slate, Outdoor Denim & Twilight cardstock
Slate, Outdoor Denim, Twilight ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim grosgrain ribbon
Later Sk8r Picture My Life cards
Timberline Assortment wooden veneers
Cuttlebug embossing folders: Wicker weave, Swiss Dot, CTMH Chevron
Crist Artistry cartridge: title
Challenges: Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (For Arianna's 3+ photo challenge, I used 4 photos); Use Your Stuff Bingo challenge: I used the bottom line across, tucking 3 journaling cards behind my main photo, and adding 3 wood veneers, ribbon, and lots of embossed circles.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Battleship Buddies Layout

I love these photos, from the intent look on my older son's face to the huge grin my younger son is sporting, so it was a pleasure to scrapbook them! I went with a color palette of blues with touches of grey and yellow, and added some nautical touches like the knotted "rope" and the waves because my boys were playing Battleships.
Recipe:
Timberline stamp set
Babycakes & Proplayer Level 2 papers
White Daisy textured cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Slate & White Daisy cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Slate & Buttercup ink
Natural hemp
Cobalt circle bling gems (Jolee's Boutique)
Yellow enamel dots (American Crafts)
Liquid Glass
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars, teardrop
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: waves
Pattern: Creative Scrappers Sketch 303
Challenges: Lasting Memories' Celebration of Love challenge (I chose to celebrate a special moment when my boys bonded over a game - love when that happens!)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Remember NHM with Emily Layout

I love the bright colors of the Free to Be Me kit from CTMH, so I enjoyed using them on this layout with the addition of a kraft background so they wouldn't overwhelm the photos. Our family has been to the Natural History Museum so many times that I wasn't sure how to accessorize this layout without being repetitive from past layouts, but I managed to pull out a few embellishments that I hope work for the theme!
Recipe:
Alphabet Solos T & H, Atomic Caps & Atomic Lowercase stamp sets
Free to Be Me Level 2 papers
Free to Be Me embossed cardstock
Kraft, Lagoon, Pomegranate, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Lagoon, Pomegranate & Flaxen ink
Black marker
Remember wooden veneer (Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Collection)
Stuck on You Puffies (heart)
Junebug Puffies (water droplets)
Trinkets Wooden Shapes (arrow, flower)
Cricut Noah's ABC Animals cartridge: deer
Cricut Art Philosoph cartridge: butterfly, leaf
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: friends forever brackets
Pattern: Let's Scrap February 1 sketch

Monday, February 6, 2017

U Have My Heart Layout

I have been feeling frustrated by a set of three random photos that I kept pulling out and putting away because I couldn't figure out how to scrap them, so today I decided to create my own challenge and see where it took me. Since it's February, I'm doing a word play challenge by adding an element to the layout for every letter in the word February. Here's my list of what I finally added:
   F – Flight of the Arrows stamp set
   E – Embroidery floss, EMS Sketch 13
   B – Brothers Chevron patterned paper, Boy's Pocket die-cut
   R – Ribbon
   U = "U" chipboard
   A – Arrows
   R – Ric-rac
   Y – Yellow enamel dots
It ended up being fun as I pulled together papers and embellishments from at least five different manufacturers, and I love how it all ended up melding together without being too matchy! If you enjoy this challenge, feel free to play along and leave a link below to your completed layout.
Recipe:
Flight of the Arrows stamp set
Brothers Patterned paper (Echo Park)
Cashmere, Chocolate & Sky cardstock
Cashmere, Twilight & Buttercup ink
DE Monograms chipboard "U" 
DE Arrow chipboard
Sunset grosgrain ribbon
Yellow ric-rac (Jo-Ann's Craft Essentials)
White Daisy embroidery floss
Yellow enamel dots (American Crafts)
2nd Avenue Boy's Pocket & Star die-cuts (MME)
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, heart
Challenges: Lasting Memories Hearts and/or arrows (I used both!); Use Your Stuff hearts challenge

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day 2014 Layout

It's the month when we celebrate love, so I created this lovely sketch for Splitcoast Stampers that showcases two pictures embellished with hearts and a hand-holding couple. I had some Valentine's Day photos in mind to use, and I pulled out my Cricut Artbooking cartridge to die-cut the couple. My pictures were taken at a dinner theater, so the gold dotted vellum seemed like a good accent for the bright lights, but it turned out I had no other gold paper. I improvised using gold embossing power around the photos and on the circles, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. Hope you like it, too!

The sketch:
My layout:
Recipe:
Spot On Backgrounds stamp set
Enchantment Paper Fundamentals - Pomegranate
Free to Be Me Vellum
Black, Pomegranate & White Daisy cardstock
Pomegranate & Versamark ink
Black marker
Gold gel pen (CM)
Gold embossing powder
Licorice Opaques
Organdy ribbon
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: silhouette couple, hearts
Cricut Artistry cartridge: tie
Challenges:Lasting Memories All in the Name of  LOVE challenge (L - Licorice Opaques, O - organdy ribbon, V - vellum, E - Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, embossing); Bitten By the Bug 2 Valentines / Love challenge; Heart 2 Heart Falling in Love challenge