June 2014

June 2014

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sketch N Scrap Birthday Bash!!!

Hello and welcome to Lucky Flutterby Creations!!! My name is Brandi and I am honored to be a member of Sketch N Scrap's NEW card design team!!! 

I hope you're enjoying Sketch N Scrap's month long birthday bash!!! There are soooo many different challenges to spark your creativity and tons of opportunities to win some fabulous prizes along the way!!! 

Of course, I am having a wonderful challenge for you as well!!! Ever done any "paper piecing"?!?!  Want to give it a try?!?!  Well, here's your chance!!!!  It's easy, peasy... Promise!!! You can use regular stamps, digi stamps, paper punches, or anything else that floats your boat!!! 

The simple explanation is to stamp (or print, cut, punch, etc...) the same image on several pieces of paper  and then "piece" it together any way you please :-)  Here's a quick video because if you're anything like me, you need to see it to get it!!! Hahaha!!!! 

Since we are celebrating a birthday here, I decided to create a birthday card using Simple Stories 24/seven paper line and this week's sketch #101 from Deconstructing Jen.  I kept it very simple, merely stamping the image on two pieces of paper, then putting it together!!! Here's a little inspiration for you:

As you can see, this is something very simple and can be used on any paper or craft project!!! I stamped the "gift" on two pieces of paper, then cut out the base and glued it atop the other.  Here's a close-up:

You can do as much, or as little as you like... As long as I can see it, you're in it to win it!!!  I will provide a fabulous prize to one randomly drawn person at the end of the challenge!!!

As usual, there are some housekeeping rules...
1.  All projects must be NEWLY created as of today, May 21, 2013.  
2. You must become a follower and leave a comment below.
3. Your entry for this challenge can be a card, layout, altered, or ANY other craft project your heart desires!!!
4.  You can not combine this with any other challenges here on Sketch N Scrap.  Combining with challenges outside of the site is fine.  
5.  Post a link to your project from any online gallery below.
6. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!!! After all, that's what this is all about :-)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Scrap Your Story Challenge #12

Happy Friday gang!!! Ready for another exciting challenge from Scrap Your Story?!?!  This week's challenge is stamping and boy, did I have fun with it!!!!  I combined this challenge with Janet's NSD Sketch #8 over at 2 Broke Girls.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

I  started by using some gesso, distress stain, and various flourish stamps to create my background.   Then I layered it up with papers by MME and Bo Bunny Mamarazzi 2 paper collection.  I also used Heidi Swapp stamps to make "words" around the page: "Fabulous", "Hello", "Remember Today" and "Having a Great Time" were all stamped with Stazon ink in random places.   The embellies are also from the Bo Bunny collection, aside from the bigger stars next to the word "Smile" which are grungeboard that I embossed and inked with distress inks.  There's a lot going on here but I think it turned out wonderfully!!!!!  

I also made another page with a picture from our recent cruise vacation!! This was taken at the port of call in Ochos Rios Jamaica.  This is my Aunt, Uncle, Father, Step Mom, Husband, and daughter, respectively.  I also created this for Sketch #5 at 2 Broke Girls.  Here is that sketch:

And my page:

I used papers by Momenta, and the top one by K&Company.  I cut the cardstock stickers into banners for a little more detail.  The die-cuts are from The Girls Paperie, "silver anchor" by Jolees, and wooden ticket by Tim Holtz.  This truly was "The Great Escape".  Actually, the greatest of them all!!!!! 

And last, but not least, is a card I made for my Mother In Law for Mother's Day this past weekend using the May 15th Card Sketch from Sketch N Scrap.  I received some papers and embellies by Pink Paislee Cottage Farms collection and they were perfect for the "type" of card I was trying to make!!! Here is the sketch:

Staying true to the sketch, I merely added some detail with layering (one of my fav things to do!!!) and embellies.  Here's my creation:

Pretty?!?  I put one of my Martha Stewart punches to work, added some ribbon, pins, and button by Prima.  Easy enough!!!! And I LOVE the look!!! 

Well gang, that's all for today!!! Don't for get our month long BIRTHDAY BASH over at Sketch N Scrap and month long SKETCH A THON over at Colorful Creations!!! Plenty of inspiration to get those juices flowin' and bring home some prizes while your at it!!!!

Thanks soooo much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Let's Get Sketchy in Paradise!!!!

Hey there and Happy Friday (again!!!).  I just have a quick layout to share that I made for a sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy!!!
Here is the 1st May sketch:

I flipped the sketch a quarter turn clockwise to accomodate my photo and began to play!!! Here is my layout:

I started by laying down cut up strips of paper in the starburst design, and removed every other one.  Then I used Blue Glimmer Mist and sprayed all over!!! I LOVE how it came out!!! After adding my photo, I just went to work on embellishing!!!!
I actually used canvas behind the photo and frayed the edges for a "beachy" type look!!! The papers are by K&Company,  and flowers by The Paper House, Martha Stewart, and Recollections.  I had some glittered Thickers lying around and thought them perfect for the page!!!!   
As you know, my family and I went on vacation recently and explored the islands of Grand Cayman and Jamaica!!!! It truly was paradise :-)  This is a picture of my daughter taken in Grand Cayman.  Look at that water!!!!  

Well, thanks for stopping in my friends and have a LUCKY day :-)

Scrap Your Story Challenge #11~ Playing with Simple Stories, October Afternoon, and Pink Paislee!

Happy Friday gang!!! Yep, it's time again for another great challenge over at Scrap Your Story!!!! This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and here is the sketch:

I had some photos of my youngest daughter at my oldest daughter's birthday party last year that I've really been wanting to scrap.  I also received a fabulous prize pack of October Afternoon papers from Melinda over at Let's Get Sketchy that were absolutely PERFECT for this challenge!!!  Here is my "finished product":

She really is just too cute!!!! I told you the papers were perfect for the photos!!!! The collection is called "Fly A Kite" and really is great for "summer" type photos, even though this was taken in mid December!!! Gotta love Florida!!!! Hahaha!!!! I put my Martha Stewart punch to good use and added some embellies by Soft Spoken to finish this off.  Truly a beautiful girl :-)

Thanks to Fia over at Sketches4All I was also able to purchase the 24/Seven paper collection by Simple Stories and I just had to play!!! My oldest daughter was awarded Terrific Kid at her school so I figured to use this line for the pics!  This page was entered into Tabitha's Sketch challenge for the National Scrapbooking Day mini Sketch A Thon over at 2 Broke Girls.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout:

I flipped it to accommodate the photos and added random embellies from the kit.  I cut up some hexagons from a paper in the collection, then added them to various areas around the page.  I also used pop-dots on some to add depth!!! 

Another challenge this week is my Twisted Thursday weekly challenge over at Sketches4All where this week's challenge is to create something using only two colors and a stamp.  I decided on a card for my friend's wedding last weekend.  Here it is:

I made a standard A7 card and used a corner punch to accent it.  I pop-dotted the frame around the center for added detail.  I stamped the sentiment and images using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, then cut out the champagne glasses, colored them in, and pop-dotted them for added effect.  I truly am happy with how this came out!!!

And last, but certainly not least.... For my monthly Tag Challenge over at Sketches4All, I decided to "Add A Tag" to a card!!! The challenge is to add a tag to anything... A card was perfect for this one though!!! 
I've been playing quite a bit with the Pink Paislee "Secret Crush" collection and made this beautiful tag/card combo with it!!! Here it is:

I made the tag first, adding various embellies from the paper kit, a Prima heart-shaped button, wooden clock by Recollections, ribbon, twine, and various flowers.  I then made a very simple card and added this to the cover with a mini "clothespin"!!!  Isn't it just lovely?!?!?

Well gang, hope you have a Happy Friday!!!! Thanks for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Just a Reminder....

Hey gang!!! I just wanted to remind you of a few things....

First, Sketch N Scrap's Birthday Bash starts with a BANG on the 7th!!!  Lots of prizes and challenges stop in and check out all the fun that's going on!!!  Also, be sure to check out there monthly sketch challenges as this month's prize is a $25 gift certificate to The Scraproom: An AWESOME Kit Club that specializes in helping you get more pages done!!! Each monthly kit provides you with the latest and greatest in scrapbooking products with enough paper and supplies to get at least eight 12x12 pages done!!! Sounds good right?!?!

Sketches4All also has a FABULOUS sponsor for June's Father's Day challenge (details to come!).   Love Bug Creations will be donating a $15 gift certificate to one lucky winner!!!  They have so many different choices of ribbon to choose from that you can't just stop at one!!! Stay tuned for more details :-)

Don't forget about Colorful Creations MONTH LONG Sketch A Thon either!!!! There's a new sketch posted every weekday to help you get those photos scrapped!!! 

2 Broke Girls Challenges is also providing a $20 gift certificate to an online store of your choice!!! To be entered to win you must play along in the sketches this month and post them in the challenges!!! One lucky person will be drawn at random for the prize.  Stop over and say hello!!!!

Well gang, that's all for today!!! Thanks for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Scrap Your Story Challenge #10~ A little of this and that!

Happy May everyone!!!! It's been a super busy week since coming back from vacation... I'm trying to play catch up on everything and it's keeping me moving!!!

It's time for another weekly challenge over at Scrap Your Story and this week the challenge is to scrap about your "favorite" anything.  This could be your favorite picture, person, place, food, etc.  I chose to scrap my favorite picture of my oldest daughter and me that was taken about four years ago.  She was constantly taking her hair out her ponytails and letting it go crazy!!!! So here we are... with her crazy hair and all!!!!! Hahahaha!!!!  I was actually able to combine TWO sketches to make this page: The first one is  sketch #7 by 2 Broke Scrap Girls for their National Scrapbooking Day mini Sketch-A-Thon.  Stop in and check out all the wonderful sketches for some creative inspiration!!!!  I also used Sketches With Color May 1st Sketch Challenge.  I turned their sketch a quarter turn clockwise to accomodate my page.  The challenge also requires the use of THREE colors from the following color palette:

I decided to use "Poppy Red", "Nectarine", "Sunflower", and "Alloy".  

I used papers from the Simple Stories "Oh Snap" collection.  This page is a very busy page and something I don't usually do but I just kept going and going and well... you get the idea!!!!  I also used papers by American Crafts "Dear Lizzy" collection, and embellies by K&Company.  I got the idea for the clothesline at the top after browsing Google for something entirely different!!!!
Doesn't she just look soooo stinkin cute?!?!?

Next on the list is a keepsake box that I am making for my Mother-In-Law.  I've only finished the top so far but you're sure to see more throughout the month!!! I completed the top using Sketch #5 by 2 Broke Girls for their National Scrapbooking Day mini Sketch-A-Thon.   This is also my inspiration piece for my Twisted Thursday Weekly Challenge over at Sketches 4 All.  This week's challenge is to create a project using wood... and there's plenty here!!!! Here is what I've done so far:

I received the Pink Paislee "Secret Crush" paper collection as a prize last month and couldn't wait to dive in!!! The papers and embellies are oh so beautiful!!!  I also used a wooden frame I found at Michaels and various embellies by American Crafts.  

Last month, I was also completely SWAMPED working on 80 wedding invitations for a client.  The invites are very detailed and it took me FOREVER to finish all of them!!! I also made the envelopes, Save The Dates,  and return cards.  It was a very busy month!!!!! The colors for the wedding are purple, black and white.  Here is the invitation they requested (it's actually the same I made for a bridal shower in the past!!):

There are several pieces to make this come together and a lot of detailed work involved.  I started by cutting and scoring 80 A2 cards, then embossing them with the "Swiss Dots" embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  I also had to cut all three layers of the bride silhouette  embossed the top piece (80 times!!!!), then added a small piece of black ribbon and a rhinestone.  I cut and rounded the purple cardstock and outlined it with a silver sharpie for more contrast.  I stamped the sentiment on the top right and the stars on the bottom left in Ranger Archival Ink, then added three rhinestones to the center of the stars.  The ribbon was added last and simply wrapped the cardstock and tied a bow!!!! And voila... There you have it :-)

I was also asked by my Brother-In-Law to make a Spiderman Birthday card for a seven year old.  Not really something I would normally do but he's family!!!! I've been wanting to try more "boyish" stuff also because most of my things are very girly!!! After looking at TONS of images online and on Pinterest, this is what I came up with:

I started by heat embossing the spiderwebs on the blue cardstock with white embossing powder.  I also used a roll on spider stamp I had in my stash and rolled it across the top with Versamark ink.  The image was something I came across online and I just matted it with red cardstock, then outlined it in black.  The titles were also printed using PowerPoint.  This card was SOOOOO simple to make and it actually came out pretty well!!! 

Also, DON'T FORGET..... Colorful Creations is having a month long Sketch-A-Thon with a new sketch every day so go check it out!!!!

Well gang.. I think that's all for today!!! Stay tuned for more details about SketchNScrap's month long Birthday Bash!!!! TONS of chances to win fabulous goodies!!!!!! Thanks for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)