Thursday, July 28, 2011

A little peek ...

Happy Thursday everyone!

For today's layout I decided to use the Lifestyle Crafts Splash cookie cutter dies from the LC Tropical Splash release plus give you a little peek at one of the new dies from the Lifestyle Crafts CHA release.  The photos are of my son at Myrtle Beach, SC in July of 2006.

The new Lifestyle Crafts release includes 30 different nesting shape die sets.  On my layout today, I used 3 of the dies from the Nesting Frame 2 set which includes 8 dies total.  The dies are sized so the you have a perfect mat for each of the frames. I used 2 of the dies to frame my stamped quote and I used the smallest die as a tag for my date. You will be able to check out and purchase all the new dies at Scrapbuggy within the next week or so.  Be sure to sign up for the Scrapbuggy Newsletter so you will be notified as soon as the dies arrive.

Carolee's Creations patterned paper
Bazzill cardstock
PSX stamp
VersaFine and Tim Holtz Distress inks
LC Splash  DC-0146
LC Nesting Frame 2  DC-0175
LC Hello Goodbye font

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day.


Friday, July 22, 2011

CPC July Blog Hop

It's blog hop time over at Christian Paper Crafts.  This month's theme is "Retro and Vintage".  I decided to do vintage with a twist.  I used some current photos on a layout that has a vintage feel.  I used photos from my son's intermediate band concert in December 2009.  Unfortunately he played in his last concert this spring as he decided that he didn't want to continue band in high school.

The papers are from the Graphic 45 Curtain Call collection. I distressed and inked the edges of the tan background cardstock to give it a more vintage feel.  I covered the cardstock behind the bottom right photo with Tim Holtz tissue tape.

Graphic 45 Curtain Call paper
Bazzill Cardstock
Tim Holtz Symphony Tissue Tape, Journaling Tickets, Distress Ink, Staples
QK Studio-mini font
QK Musical Notes border die  CC-BDR-071
LC Arrows die  DR-0093
TIm Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes Die

Come join us on the Christian Paper Crafts Blog Hop. The hop is open to members and non-members and there are some great prizes to be awarded.   Just click here to get started.  Make sure to go down to the bottom of the post so you don't miss any of the great projects.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Castle

I'm having so much fun playing with the Lifestyle Crafts Tropical Splash release, especially the sand castle die.  Sand castles are not just for beach pages.  Cut one out using some bling and glitter cardstocks and some foam tape and you have...

This is a photo of my son and I at Disneyworld during our Summer 2008 Florida vacation.  Cinderella's castle is in the background.

Lifestyle Crafts Tropical Splash Sand Castle Die
Lifestyle Crafts Tropical Splash Tiki Alphabet
QK Storybook Alphabet
LC 12" Flourish DC0023
EK Success Swirly Sparkle Patterned Paper
Bazzill Bling and Coredinations Gemstones Cardstock
Glitter Cardstock
Sandylion Epoxy Sticker
Pleated Ribbon, Gems

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CPC Gems of Inspiration #2

It's time for another Gem's of Inspiration Challenge over at Christian Paper Crafts.  Due to some changes in the challenge schedule, the July Gem's of Inspiration didn't get posted on the 1st Thursday of July as previously scheduled, but you still have lots of time to complete this challenge.

Here in the U.S. we recently celebrated Independence Day, commonly known as the 4th of July. A little U.S. history…The 4th of July is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with all things red, white and blue, fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

This month’s inspirational gem comes from the 4th of July. Let this gem inspire you to create a layout incorporating one of the things commonly associated with July 4th. Your layout doesn’t have to be about July 4th at all, just about one of the things that is associated with the 4th. It could be a layout that incorporates red, white and blue, a picnic layout, a family gathering layout, a baseball layout… whatever you are inspired to create.

I was inspired by this gem to create a red, white and blue layout of our visit to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA.

K & Co. Americana Patterned Paper, Stickers & Borders
Divine twine
Quickutz Nesting Stars
Quickutz Chandelier Font

I can’t wait to see how this gem inspires you.

Please link your creation to the CPC blog post here.  Use the keyword GI02 when uploading your layouts to the CPC gallery. If uploading elsewhere, please use CPC GI02.

Beginning this week,  the Christian Paper Crafts scrapbook challenges will move to Fridays.  There is a different challenge each week and you have an entire month to complete the challenge.  The next Gems of Inspiration Challenge is August 5.   All challenges are posted on the CPC Blog.  Subscribe to the blog here so you won't miss out on any of the fun.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ODBD July Scrapbook Challenge

You still have plenty of time to enter the July Our Daily Bread Designs Let Your Light Shine Scrapbook Challenge.  This month's challenge is a fun one involving circles and colors.  Your challenge for this month is to create a layout of any size using at least one circle, Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, and your favorite color or a color in your photo(s). Your circle(s) can be included by using embellishments, the way you cut a photo, etc. Have fun!

Before I get to my challenge inspiration,  I have some great news! Remember a couple weeks ago I shared that I was the Guest Scrapbook Team Member at Our Daily Bread Designs for July and August. Well, I was asked to join the ODBD Scrapbook Team!!!  So now I'll get to share my ODBD creations with you for the rest of the year.  Praise God for His continued blessings!

For this challenge I created a 12x12 layout using a photo of my son and my 2 nieces. I used the colors of their clothing for my layout colors.  I cut my main patterned paper into a large circle for the background of my layout, and I stamped a scripture from ODBD Scripture Collection 6 on a smaller circle which I tucked under a patterned paper strip. I also used the new ODBD Large Scrapbook Words to embellish my page.

Sei On the Coast Patterned Paper and Chipboard Shapes
ODBD Scripture Collection 6 and Large Scrapbook Words
Karen Foster Designs Sticker
Quickutz Nesting Circles CC-SHAPE-14-024
Quickutz Santa's Workshop (tag die)
Basic Grey Buttons
MAMBI and Queen & Co. Gems
Tim Holtz Staples

To see all the challenge guidelines and how you can win a $25 gift certificate to the Our Daily Bread Designs store click here.  The challenge runs through Sunday July 31st, 6 PM EST.

I hope you decide to play along.  I can't wait to see what you create.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Scrapbuggy Challenge #4

It's time for a new challenge over at Scrapbuggy.  This week's challenge is a color challenge. This time, your challenge is to create a card in the colors of coral and aqua.  Card design and theme are up to you but you must use any shade of coral and aqua as your main color scheme.

Here's my card to inspire you...

Sei On the Coast Patterned Paper
White Lace, Button, Brad
Pearl Glimmer Mist
Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist
Colorbox Chalk Ink
Lifestyle Crafts Wildflower
Lifestyle Crafts Special Delivery

To enter your card, go to the Scrapbuggy Challenge #4 blog post here and link your card using Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post by midnight July 31st.  All entries will be entered into a drawing to win the adorable Exclusive Buggy Designs Ragdoll die.  (Buggy Designs dies can be cut with all the popular die cut machines.)

I hope you decide to join us in this challenge.  I'd love to see what you create.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

More Fun With Tropical Splash

I'm lovin' the cookie cutter Sunset die from the Lifestyle Crafts Tropical Splash release.  It comes in 5 separate pieces that you can mix and match to make your own border scene, so it's really versatile.  On my Sunset layout I cut the border strip out of  a water patterned paper to go with my photos of a sunset over the water.

American Traditionals Patterned Paper
Bazzill & Coordinations Cardstock
American Crafts Journaling Tag
Lifestyle Crafts Sunset Die
Lifestyle Crafts Rings  DC0067
Quickutz English Rose Font

For my second project I used the Palm Tree Frame die to decorate a "bon voyage" gift box.  The box was made with the mini pizza box die.   I cut the Palm Tree Frame in 3 different colors of cardstock and pieced them together to add a little detail to the frame.

Bazzill Cardstock
Colorbox Chalk Ink
Lifestyle Crafts Palm Tree Frame Die
Lifestyle Crafts Tiki Alphabet
Lifestyle Crafts Mini Pizza Box 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Rainy Day

There's nothing worse for a middle-schooler than rain on the first day of school.  Your Mom makes you wear that yucky raincoat and sometimes carry an unbrella and you can't stand at the bus stop and catch up with you schoolmates.  However, a rainy first day is the best for a scrapbooking Mom.  You see, in middle school you are just NOT allowed to go to the bus stop EVER.  And for you to be seen taking pictures on the first day of school,  how embarrasing and uncool.  However it is cool to be driven to the bus stop on a rainy day. So this scrapbooking Mom was able to sneak pics (from the car window) of her middle-schooler getting on the bus on the first day of school.

To title my layout I used the Exclusive Buggy Designs April Showers die and the Merry and Bright font.  I think the little boots are just too cute.  This 4x4 die also includes a folded umbrella.  I applied Glossy Accents over the puddle and raindrops to give them a "wet" look.

Other supplies:
KI Memories Patterned Paper & Ribbon
Bazzill Cardstock
Creative Imaginations License Plate
Jenni Bowlin Tiny Alphabets
Ranger Glossy Accents
QK Raindrops Die RS-0150

This year we'll be starting High School.  Maybe I should hope for rain LOL.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Castles in the Sand

I love all things summer and the Lifestyle Crafts new Tropical Splash release is fast becomming one of my favorite releases.   For my layout today I used 2 of the dies from the release, the Sand Castle and the Sunset.  What I love about the Sunset die is that it comes in 5 separate pieces so you can use a portion of the die, or the whole scene.  For this layout I only used the beach portion of the Sunset die.

After I die cut the pieces of the sand castle and the beach, I covered them with Mud Puddles sand before I assembled them.  It was a little messy, but I love the realistic look it gave to the sand castle.

Supplies used:
Cloud 9 Designs papers, brads and chipboard stickers
Bazzill cardstock
Mudpuddles Sand
Basic Grey trim & ric rac
QK Beach Shapes CC-SHAPE-12
QK Summer Shapes CC-SHAPE-11

You can view the entire release at Scrapbuggy.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Scrapbuggy Challenge

It's time for a new blog challenge at Scrapbuggy.  This weeks challenge is a layout challenge.  The challenge is to create a layout of any size and any theme using the following recipe:

2 yummy flowers
3 tasty buttons
Generous helping of polka dots
One fabulous ribbon
Mix together to create one delicious layout.

Feel free to use other items as well, just be sure to include everything in the recipe on your page.

Here's my page to inspire you...

Cosmo Cricket Lil' Man papers and stickers
Bazzill Cardstock
Ribbon - Jillibean Soup
Waxy Flax - Scrapworks
Staples - Tim Holtz
QK Supermarket Font
QK Nesting Flowers  CC-SHAPE-093-7
QK Flowers CC-SHAPE-094-2
Versa Magic Chalk Ink

To enter your page, go to the Scrapbuggy Challenge #3 Blog post here and link your page using Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post by July 17th.  All entries will be entered into a drawing for the Buggy Designs Exclusive Sports Die.  (Buggy Designs dies can be cut with all the popular die cut machines.)

I hope you decide to join us in this challenge.  I'd love to see what you create.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

More Exciting News

"You keep on blessing me, over and over again".   That song has been playing in my head all day long.  I am just so excited to announce that I have been asked to be the Scrapbook Team Guest Designer for Our Daily Bread Designs for July and August.  If you're not familiar with Our Daily Bread Designs,  please check them out here.  They make the most awesome scripture and image stamps around. Their stamps are cling mounted and they're purple, so you know they have to be good  (smile). ODBD is branching out more into the scrapbooking world and are starting to create stamps sets with larger images for scrapbookers.  The first of these sets is "Large Scrapbook Words"  which can be seen here. 

Today is the first day of the ODBD July Scrapbook Challenge.  I hope you'll play along, there are great prizes to be won.

Today I'm sharing a layout that uses a stamp from ODBD Scripture Collection 3.  The photo is of my son and I on our way to the Oyster Festival in Urbana,Virginia in Nov 2009.

Close to My Heart Majestic Blue papers
Bazzill cardstock
ODBD Scripture Collection 3 stamp
Ranger Adirondack ink - Espresso
A Touch of Jolee's stickers
Spellbinders Labels 8
Quickutz Scallop Border die
Making Memories trim
Want 2 Scrap self adhesive bling
Recollections flowers

Monday, July 4, 2011

And the Winner Is...

Thank you all so much for participating in my very first blog giveaway.

Without further ado, the winner is........

Jan Marie

Jan Marie said... And it's going to be your birthday too? Wow, congratulations, Gemiel on being named to the Design Team. I just know you'll be a blessing there are you use the gifts and talents the Lord has given for His glory! Thanks for the generous giveaway too! I have a Big Shot and I love Spellbinders dies!

Jan Marie, please e-mail me your mailing info and I'll get your prize package out to you.

To all of you I wish you a happy, safe, and blessed 4th of July.  I hope you have something fun planned.  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Where did the time go???

Last week was my son's 14th birthday.  Seems like only yesterday he was a little guy.  I took him shoe shopping a couple weeks ago and never would have imagined that it would be such an ordeal.  We went to about 5 stores before we found the perfect pair.  Guess that was just a taste of what's to come during the high school years...

BTW, smiling is just not cool anymore LOL.

Creative Imaginations Paper
Bella Blvd Super Stud Papers
Bazzill cardstock
Quickutz Label  REV-0147-S
Quickutz Running Shoe  RS-1001
Quickutz Chocolate Font
Waxy Flax

Just a reminder that you have until Sunday at midnight to enter my blog giveaway.  You can find the details here.