Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Art Layout

I got two new Cricut Lite cartridges for my birthday...Recess and Playtime.  I know that they aren't exactly "new" cartridges, but they're new to me.  I love all of the little boys and girls on the Cricut Lite carts - they work so well with Peachy Keen Faces, and it's well documented on this blog that I happen to really love Peachy Keen faces.  
I know it's shocking, but I added stitching and doodling to EVERYTHING in this layout.  I'm just trying to, you know, expand my horizons and try something new.  ;)  

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
  • 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 turquoise cardstock
  • 6 1/2 x 11 Jack and Jill patterned paper
  • 3 1/2 x 11 1/2 striped patterned paper
  • 1 1/2 x 11 gingham patterned paper
  • (2) 1 x 3 jack and jill patterned paper
  • Photo Mats
    • 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 (4x6 photo)
    • 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 (3 1/2 x 3 1/2 photo)
    • 4 1/4 x 5 3/4 (4 x 5 1/2 photo)
  • Scalloped Circle sized at 7" from Birthday Bash
  • (2) Scalloped Circles sized at 1.75" from Birthday Bash (cut one in half)
  • "art" font & font shadow sized at 1 1/4" from Birthday Bash
  • "'11" font & shadow sized at 1" from Birthday Bash
  • Girl sized at 4" from Recess
  • Paint Palate sized at 2.72" from Recess
  • Crayon sized at 1.75" from Recess
  • Face Stamp - Peachy Keen 1 1/8"Princess Faces 
  • "Summer" sentiment from Scrappy Moms Sun Kissed set
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White & Black
  • Pink Ric Rac
  • Buttons
  • Hemp Twine
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Yellow Barite, Kunzite & Tourmaline
  • Patterned Paper - K & Company (I think it's called Nursery's from a kit at Michael's)
  • Sketch Inspiration
Thank you so much for stopping by!  

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This to That Tuesday Halloween Challenge

Thank you so so much for all of the sweet birthday wishes yesterday!  It's time for another This to That Tuesday Challenge hosted by The Digi Bistro.  This week's challenge is to create a Halloween themed scrapbook layout.  The design team used the brand new Halloween Town set from The Digi Bistro.  This set is super cute as is, but I wanted to give you a little different take on the cuts by using some Peachy Keen stamps.  I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to Halloween...or anything really scary for that matter, so I decided to put happy faces on everything.  
Halloween Town

You can link up your project HERE
For some more Halloween inspiration, make sure to check out The Digi Bistro Design Team's blogs.  
(You can find all of the links on the left hand side of my blog!)

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Hope you can play along with us this week!  I have another layout to share tomorrow...can you believe it?  

Monday, August 29, 2011

EAD Hop: "Warmest Wishes"

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone on the East Coast is safe after this weekend's storms.  I hope you are joining us today for the EAD Monday Hop!  If you arrived here from Joanna's blog - Scrap-making - you are in the right spot.  If not, head back to the EAD Designs Blog and start at the very beginning!
I used the new Skating Fun set for my card today.  How cute are these?  I used the snowflakes in the set to create a background paper - they look really pretty on the kraft cardstock.

Skating Fun

Did you see the sneak peek of what's coming to the EAD Designs Store?  If you are a fan of the Softpencil Studios digital stamps, then you will LOVE these!

The next stop on today's hop is Liz from Liz's Paper Loft
 I know she will have a beautiful project to share!

I hope you have a great week!  I will be back tomorrow for the Digi Bistro's This to That challenge!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Scrappy Moms Stamps - Terrific Tuesday!

If you are looking for my Digi Bistro "This to That Tuesday Challenge" Click HERE!

I am so happy that it is time again for the Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge - I wasn't able to participate in the last one, but I am back on track.  This week we are using the Straight from the Nest Cricut cartridge.  This is one of those cartridges that I felt like I HAD to have - my craft room wouldn't survive without it, and then I rarely used it.  I'm not even sure why...there are lots of cute images, so dust of those cartridges and get to work!  If you don't have Straight from the Nest, don't worry - you can still play along.  HERE is a link to the digital handbook, so you can see if you have a similar image on another cartridge.
You can link up your project on the Scrappy Moms Stamps site HERE!

I used one of my favorite sets for my project's an oldie, but a goodie!  If you want a basic stamp set with sentiments for lots of different occasions, this is a GREAT one!

Simple Sentiments
I altered mini composition book for my project today.  I found these at Target in a pack of two...I can't remember if they were 2 for a $1 or 2 for 50 cents, but either way they were pretty cheap.  I am planning on using mine as a journal...I am normally not very good at journaling, but I am vowing to give it another go.  

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This to That Digi Bistro Challenge

Happy Tuesday!  Last week the Digi Bistro designers played along with the "This to That" Tuesday Challenge, but this week you can play along too!  The challenge this week is to create a step card.  You can link up your project on Cher's blog, Cher's Studio.  The challenge ends August 29, 2011!

This is the first step card that I've ever attempted, so that was a challenge indeed!  If you've never made a step-card, you can obviously search YouTube for videos, but THESE were the easiest to follow for me!  I'm happy to inform you that this is one of those card folds that looks harder than it actually is...don't you love that?
I used the Hoppy Little Frogs set for my card! I even added some little wire springs, so my frogs would be extra hoppy!  

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Monday, August 22, 2011

EAD Hop: Personalized Lunch Set

Happy Monday!  I hope you are hopping along with the EAD Design Team today!  If you arrived here from Joanna's blog, Scrap-Making, then you are in the right spot.  If you have hopped here out of order, then make sure to head back to the EAD Designs blog, so you won't miss out on a single project!  
I know a lot of you have kids going back to school this week.  Luckily, I have a few more weeks before Nicole starts preschool.  She has to bring a water bottle and snack every day, and of course the school would like everything labeled.  I thought about getting some personalized things from Pottery Barn Kids, but that's awfully expensive for a three year old.  I instead found a few plain things, and personalized them myself.  This was my first project using vinyl, so I decided to keep it pretty simple.  
Did you know that EAD sells sheets of vinyl in 12 x 12 or 12 x 24 in tons of beautiful colors.  You can find them HERE!  The BEST part...well besides the fact that it cuts beautifully, is that each sheet comes with the transfer tape!  I am so happy with how they turned out.  I wish they would have photographed a bit better, but you'll just have to trust me.  :)  I want to personalize EVERYTHING now.  I'll let you know if I get more adventurous.  

The next stop on today's hop is Liz from Liz's Paper Loft!

Don't forget that this month's color challenge ends on the 25th, so if you haven't entered your project - you still have time!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Forgotten Cards...

So...last night I found a couple of cards that I had forgotten all about!  I made them a few weeks ago to be prepared for this week's Scrappy Moms Stamps sneak peeks.  It obviously didn't really help me out, since I completely forgot about making them.  
Image from Imagine's BEST FRIEND cartridge
One funny coincidence is that the first card was made using the print and cut feature on my Silhouette and the second card was made using my Imagine.  Now the artwork is hard to compare, but I have to tell you - the Silhouette does a really good job.  I purchased a graphic set and was then able to use the Silhouette's software to trace and cut out the images.  There are also a ton of images in the Silhouette's store that are already set up and ready to print and cut - I was just really thrilled to come across this set from Nancy Kubo.  (She designed the Create a Critter cartridge and her images always make me smile.)  

I had big plans to work on layouts this week and it just didn't happen.  I swear that every time that I post about what I am planning to do - it doesn't happen.  I know that I have totally slacked in posting the kids art projects.  I am planning one BIG wrap-up post, and after that I will only share kids crafts here and there.  I have come across some really cute fall crafts that I can't wait to try.  That's it...Happy Friday!  I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Having a Ruff Day?

I have another Scrappy Moms Sneak peek for you this evening and a look at a brand new set from The Digi Bistro!  How cute is that little puppy and she coordinates perfectly with the sentiment.  I'm not sure what's going on with the pictures this evening on blogger...I swear when I look at them in my editing software - they look great, but when I upload them here the sentiment on the bottom of my easel card is blurry.  I may try to upload better pictures in the morning...I swear that sentiment isn't blurry in real life. 
I decided to pop up the top layer of the dog house, so she could be sort of half in and half out.  Here's a look at the newest set from The Digi Bistro - perfect for all of you dog lovers out there.  
Furever My Friend

Raining Cats & Dogs
For even more inspiration using these two new sets - make sure to check out Corri & Laura's blogs!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Exciting News!!!

I am so excited to share with you that I am part of The Digi Bistro's Design Team!  Cher Evans designs some seriously adorable SVG files, and I know that you will love them as much as I do!  This is a brand new adventure into SVGs.  I finally took the plunge and purchased SCAL to use with my Silhouette.  (I have a Mac, so MTC isn't an option for me.)  

You can check out The Digi Bistro's Store HERE and Facebook page HERE!  Make sure to check out the Design Team members' blogs!

Lauren (me)

Every Tuesday The Digi Bistro will host a challenge and to give you a taste of what's to come - the brand spankin' new design team will be featuring projects using this fun color palette!
I had elaborate plans for a double page beach themed layout, but life had other plans for me.  Our air conditioner decided to stop working on Sunday evening (awesome), so I spent most of Monday away from my craft room.  Oh well...I do have a card to share featuring a very cute puffer fish.  
I used images from two different sets to create my card.  These sets are both soo stinkin' cute!
Under the Sea Friends
Beach Bum Kids Collection

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Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek #4

Happy Tuesday!  I have another peek of the brand new School Days set from Scrappy Moms.  This is such a cute set.  It's perfect for school themed layouts and there are so many great sentiments for teacher appreciation cards and projects.  (Can you believe that I used my Imagine for another project?  Me either...I'm pretty sure that it thought I had abandoned it completely.)
 This is such a sweet saying!
I don't normally do anything to the inside of my cards, this one definitely needed a little something.

Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mat sized at 4 x 5 1/4
  • ALL patterned paper and images are from the Better Together Imagine Cartridge
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps School Days set
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
Hope you are having a great day!