Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review

   This past year has been filled with lots of work. Most of them I shared here but a few projects never made it here. In other words, some of the 12 favorites of 2014 will be something new to see to some of my readers. 
January:  This page was one I did for Simple Sketches . 

February: This is one project I never shared here. It is a mini notebook that I made for Fancy Pants design team call. I used my favorite collection from the for it, Trendsetter. 

March: This is a card I got published in Life. Paper. Scrapbook magazine. 

April: This page was a Child's Play Challenges design team reveal. Even though it has been over 8 months I created this I am still loving it. 

May: This page was from my big scrapbooking weekend on National Scrapbook Day. 

June: This page was a Scrapbook Challenges sketch reveal which I submitted for Get Inspired publication. This was my first layout in a magazine. 

July: I was super busy working so my crafting time was limited. I think I ended up creating the hoop art the day before Independence day. 

August: I bet you can tell why this page is my favorite for this month. That is right it is the subject. I love my goofy dog. 

September: This page was for Scrapbook Challenges reveal. 

October: This month favorite was a sewing project. Buster's alien halloween costume. He came in second at the costume contest. 

November: This page was a Scrapbook Challenges sketch reveal. I love that I used papers up that I have been hoarding keeping for 5-ish years. 

December: This was a no brainer at picking this month's A gift bag and date ornament I made for Crate Paper's holiday challenge. I created this with no holiday theme items, The reason was I don't have any by Crate Paper. Plus, for an add challenge I only had papers from them to work with. 
 Here is a close-up of the ornament. 
Be sure to check their blog today to see  y project posted over their. 

Hope you have a safe New Year's eve and here is to a new year. God Bless.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Scrapping Christmas

   Even though, I document December in the dec. daily album I still scrap it for my yearly albums. Because I still had Christmas Eve photos on my flash stick I printed out extras so I could scrap them the next time I played in my studio.
I used a sketch from Stuck?! which I believe is the first time I am playing but I am a long time follower. That is what happens when I am caught up on design team work. I get to play on sites I follow. I am also linking this up to the current issue at Paper Issues. 

Here is the sketch I used. 
 Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (American Crafts and Crate Paper), washi tape (American Crafts and October Afternoon), stickers (Lillybee Designs, My Mind's Eye, Studio Calico and Glitz Designs), stamps (7 Gypsies), inl (Stampabilities),doily (The Paper Studio), gems (THe PAper Company), chipboard (October Afternoon), wood veneers (Studio Calico), punch (Fiskars), pen (Project Life),and modeling paste (Liquitex)

That little ornament I hand cut from a Crate Paper non-Christmas line. 

   For Christmas I got this cool new mask from Prima. It is a doily and my mom knows I am huge doily fan. Thanks, Mom.
This is probably a record for me on scrapping Christmas photos. I think the reason was that I only took a handful and took a movie for 30+ minutes.
Hope you are enjoying your last 2014 week.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dec. Daily

This year, I decided to do another album to document the days leading up to Christmas. Even though I never completed last year I still wanted to do it. This year was very low so it was easy to keep up-to-date. I didn't have any design team projects, home decor projects, or really any handmade gifts to make (just a sweater I knitted for Buster, two dog toys, a scarf and cocoa mixes). Plus, feeling not like Christmas here made for the less work I would have like doing. 

   Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share a little peek at my Dec. Daily album. I took a Sn@p album from Simple Stories and decorated it. 
I ended up using products from a lot of different holiday collections that I only had scraps of. Now,I am almost out of all holiday embellishments and I did use up a lot of paper scraps.
 I also add a CD case to my Dec. Daily albums so it can hold a disc that I burn with all of the dec. photos and videos.
 The spread is of the first 2 days of Dec. Our tree top broke on day one.
 This is days three and four. I started Buster's sweater on day three and wrapped gifts on day four
 Day nine I made my favorite Christmas cookie, Gingerbread. Those went by so fast this year tha I had to make two batches.
 The 21st I rewrapped a gift (long story on that), and decorated the table.
I am happy to say this year album's will be done shortly. I just have to finish the 24th and 25 pages. I already have the photos edited.
I am linking this up to S.W.A.T. extra winter fun challenge

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Just taking a break before I have to start cooking. I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
We did get a little dusting of snow Christmas eve night but it was gone by the morning. So this year it is a green Christmas which seems so wrong for Michigan.
God Bless and enjoy the holiday. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry & Bright Holiday Card

  Just taking a little break from my holiday preparations to share with you a little Christmas card I whipped up last week. I used this sketch from Scrapbook Circle and I am entering it into the S.W.A.T Christmas card challenge. I am also entering this in Paper Issues current challenge.
 Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Heidi Swapp), washi tape (American Crafts), stamp (Studio Calico), sticker (My Mind's Eye) ink (Stampabilities), doily (The Paper Studio)twine (Timeless Twine), punches (EK Success and We R Memory Keepers) and pen (Project Life)
I love using my card scraps to create a matching envelope seal. It just gives a slight hint of what to expect.
   Now, I better get back to my holiday To-Do list. I want to make mint truffles tonight. I already made the fluff this afternoon. Then, I have a scarf for my mom to finish, a ball for Buster to sew close, to my Dec. Daily page for today, ornaments to make, etc. I am still debating if I will have time to make a skirt before Christmas Eve. I almost forgot, I have to bathe a little pooch.
One thing I hope I get for Christmas is Snow. I don't feel like Christmas without it. It is raining at the moment and it felt so wrong looking at Christmas light without the cold white stuff.
I would like to say Merry Christmas to all my blog readers and friends.
God Bless,

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Pretty Lights- Child's Play Challenges

This is the last Child's Play layout I will be posting. Child's Play Challenges has decided to shut it's doors. For this last challenge the theme has to do with a great classic kid's toy I wished for. 

   Lite Brite made me think of Christmas lights so I scraped some poor quality photos from a couple of years ago. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (American Crafts, Studio Calico and Basic Grey), tags (Bo Bunny, Pink Paislee, and Jolee's), doily (Sunny-side Bakery, The Paper Studio and Doodlebug Design)), stickers (My Mind's Eye, American Crafts and October Afternoon), journaling spot (?), washi tape (American Crafts), chipboard (Bo Bunny) and pen (Project Life)

   On this page I ended up doing two journaling spots on here. The first one is hidden due to the fact it was a lot to the story. Plus, writing this post I just realized it. LOL. I never said I was fully on the ball.

   The last journaling spot just was written on washi tape. It just name were each photo was taken.

   I am sad to say farewell to this inspiring team but I am glad I was able to be called a game player for a year. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Studio Canvas

   I rarely show my canvases on my blog. The reason I think is that it is a non-design team project and I feel that I always have a mile long to-do list  and not enough time to do just for fun posts. That will soon change. I want to start blogging more and not just assignments. 

   This summer I came across this quote from 

   When I saw it I knew I need to d o a canvas for my studio because over 50% of the time my studio is a MESS. That is the only down fall of having a room just to create in. You can close the door when it is a mess. 

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (Fancy Pants Design and Ruby & Hazel), stickers (The Robin's Nest, Pebbles Inc. and Making Memories), transparency (American Crafts), modeling paste (Liquitex), mask (Studio Calico), gelatos (Faber-Castell), washi tape (Ruby & Hazel), electronic die cutter and cartridges (Provo Craft), mist (Tattered Angels), sequins (Tree House Studio), gems (Bo Bunny), charm (?), pom-pom trim, sewing machine, black thread, canvas, and mini clothespins.  

   I first started by covering the canvas by covering it with paper. I then colored it with gelatos and mists. While, it was drying I stitched the transparency to cardstock and filled it with sequins.  The next step was doing the finishing touches. Modeling paste, trim, clothespins, gems, and a charm. The final step took a little time. I die cut letters and colored stickers black and adhered them to the transparency. The finish results were something I love and it now hanging proudly on my studio wall. 

   Here are a couple of close-ups. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Same Building, Really? - Scrapbook Challenges

This is the last sketch reveal for this year for Scrapbook Challenges. The great owner and sketch designer, Brynn Marie has given the design team time off to celebrate the holidays with our families. Be sure to catch Scrapbook Challenges at the start of the year with more inspiration.  This page was inspired by sketch #423
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio and Core'dinations), pattern paper (October Afternoon), sticker (American Crafts, Basic Grey and October Afternoon), washi tape (Scotch Brand), wood veneers (?), tage (Pink Paislee), brads (Recollections), stamps ( EK Success and Deep Red Rubber) and  ink (Stampabilities).

I used three photos of the same building over the span of a year.  The first photo is of what it looked like when my family bought it. BAD.
This is what it looked like after a few months we had it. BETTER.
This is what it looks like after we had it for a year. BEST. 
Close up on the title.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Double Five - Scrapbook Challenges Reveal

I posted this last week that my dad had a birthday the Sunday before  Thanksgiving. This means this is the fastest I ever scraped his birthday, usually it would be almost a year before I attempted his birthday pics. When I say the sketch 422 from Scrapbook Challenges I knew I wanted to scrap a layout about my dad. 
Supplies" cardstock (Core'dinations), pattern paper (Studio Calico, Webster's Pages and Crate Paper), tags ( Chic Tags, Studio Calico and Elle's Studio), die cut (Studio Calico), chipboard (Um Wow Studio), stickers (Basic Grey, American Crafts and My Mind's Eye), journaling cards (Project Life), punch (Fiskars), sequins (Studio Calico) stamps (Peachy Keen Stamps), ink (Stampabilities) wood veneer  (Maya Road) and pen (Project Life)

Close up on the title work.

Close up on the journaling.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hot Hot Hot - Child's Play Challenges

The first challenge this month from Child's Play Challenges has to do with one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Polar Express. I remember the first time I saw it was at NCG theaters. I loved it and the graphics are so life like that one would forget that it was animated. One My family's favorite scene was the Hot Cocoa scene.
Naturally, I thought of scraping by brother's love to cocoa and my take it or leave it love of it. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (American Crafts, Basic  Grey and Studio Calico), journaling card (My Mind's Eye), trim (American Crafts), sequins (Tree House Studio), stickers (Heidi Swapp and American Crafts), punch (We R Memory Keepers), wood veneer (Target), diy enamel dots, twine (Timeless Twine), ink (Quick Quotes) and stitching template (American Crafts)

I am still loving the stitching templates by Amy Tan. I don't think i will get tired of those things. 
The journaling card was from the antique collection by My Mind's Eye. I just inked the edges with chalk ink.

Be sure to hop on over to Child's Play challenges to see the full design team reveal.
Also, if you like these coasters they are for sale on my Etsy store.
Thanks for stopping by.