WOW!!! So I haven;t been around much the last couple of weeks... I fell ill and was literally out of commission for a bit... but I am BACK!!!!! And I have soooo much to share with you!!! I hope you'll stay for a bit and enjoy the show :-)
Enjoy the Journey
First on the list is a layout for this week's "Journey" Challenge over at Scrap your Story. The challenge is to create a layout of a journey, mine being a recent trip to Grand Cayman with some of my family. This is a picture of my father and I at a local beach. This is my first out-of-country vacation EVER with my father and a treasured one at that!!! I also used this month's first sketch and color challenge from Sketches With Color. Here is the sketch and color combo:
And here is my layout:
We haven't had much sun this week with Tropical Storm Andrea over our shoulders so the quality isn't fantastic but it will work :-)
I flipped the sketch 180 degrees to accomodate my photo. Papers are by Cloud9 Design, SEI, and DCWV. I also used real seashells from a trip to Picnic Island last year to dress up the layout!!! I added a piece of burlap for the trunk of the tree and stamped the sentiment from a Tim Holtz pack. Oh, I wish were there again :-) Hahaha!!!!
Father's Day Card Tim Holtz Style
Speaking of my father, I also created a Father's Day card for my NEW monthly Card Challenge over at 2 Broke Girls Challenges. My challenge this month is to create a card using metal ( We all know it's one of my all time fav embellies!!!). My dad is an avid hunter and sportsman so this was very fitting!!! Here is what I came up with:
The papers, buckle, and brads are by Tim Holtz, as are all the inks I used to "distress" the edges! The stamp is actually a dollar stamp I purchased from Joann's quite some time ago. I also used this card as my entry for the "Honor a Guy in Your Life" Challenge over at Sketches4All. You merely need to create a card, layout, altered, or any other paper craft project that honors a guy in your life!! Easy, right?!?
Another challenge I host over at Sketches4All is my monthly Tag Challenge. This month, you need to create a tag with some sort of pocket on it. I had some "funky" papers lying around by DCWV that I couldn't wait to play with so I put them to good use :-)
Here is my tag :
Isn't this adorable?!?!? I used several different papers and alphas, as well as stamps, flowers, and liquid pearls. I mailed this to a friend that I haven't seen in some time to put a smile on her face :-) I included ten "tickets" in which I stamped the backs of with a "quote" or word, then filled in the front with details from our past!!!
And lastly, I added a quote to the back which was perfect for our "relationship"!!!
She Dances to the Beat of Her Own Drum
Another of my challenges is my "Technique" Challenge over at 2 Broke Girls Challenges. This month, your challenge is to create a project using mixed alphas. I used SEVERAL different colors and fonts to really dress this up!!! Here is my page:
These papers are from a Recollections paper pack I've had for forever and never seem to be able to use. This is my youngest daughter on a recent trip to Sea World where she used the drums as a resting spot while the rest of the family played them!!! Just like her mother, I swear!!!! Hahahaha!!!!!
The alphas are from various brands, including K&Company, MME, The Girls Paperie, and Thickers. I colored some of them to match the theme. She's just so rotten!!! Hahaha!!!!
I also have my monthly challenge over at Colorful Creations where this month's challenge is to create a project using shapes. That's right... Your basic elementary shapes... Circles, squares, hexagons, etc... And really use them!!! I chose to stick with circles, and use the first June Sketch from 2 Broke Girls Challenges to complete my layout. Here is the sketch:
And here is my creation:
I used papers by Cloud9 Design and punched several different circles out of them using various size circle punches. Then I added several circle stickers with words, adding liquid pearls around them so they would "stand out". The paper was actually plain and I added all the rub-on flowers on the corners for detail. A strand of pearls also frames the photo but it is very hard to see here. I was also excited to use my new MS punch to create the die-cut behind the photo, for which I also added liquid pearls around the leave "stems". This is my oldest daughter when she was three years old. Lovely isn't she?!?!?
Sweet Fun using Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection
Okay... This is one of my MOST favorite layouts of all time!!!! I mean, that I've made anyway!!! I just LOVE playing with the Dear Lizzy paper line because it's just so sweet and, well, fun!!!
I created this for my sketch over at Colorful Creation's Sketch A Thon last month. I used an original sketch by Tabitha Triplett.. also one of my MOST favorite sketch "makers"!!! Any who, here is her sketch:
And here is my take on it:
Isn't it just too stinkin cute?!?! I mean, not to toot my own horn but I LOVE how this turned out!!!!
I flipped the sketch a quarter turn clockwise, then fussy cut a picture of my daughter from our recent trip to Jamaica and "placed" her inside the jar.
I also used my mini heart punch and punched several hearts out from different papers from the collection. I folded them in half and adhered them to the paper.
I cut a sunburst using various papers from the collection, added coordinating ribbon, chipboard, and Polaroids. The "fun" chipboard is by Heidi Swapp and the burlap flower from The Little Yellow Bicycle. Finally, I added a few 3/16ths eyelets and threaded some paper string by Tim Holtz through the holes. Voila!!! There you have it!! All my little secrets revealed... Hahahaha!!!!
Well gang, I want to thank you sooo very much for stopping in... Stay tuned for a follow up post with tons of inspiration for card making!!! I've been super busy lately and still have so much to share with you!!! Have a LUCKY day :-)