Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Color Challenge-"Teddy Bear Love" Scrapbook Page

Happy Leap Day!  Yes, it's a special day because it only comes around once every four years, and my DH's grandson was born on this day.  Despite the jokes that he is only three, he turned 12 this year.  He's growing up fast for a kid that "only has a birthday every four years!"  LOL!

On a different note, I took a scrapportunity to make a page yesterday evening before starting supper.  I used a color inspiration challenge from Paper Secrets.  February's color challenge ends tonight at midnight, but you can find the challenge here.

The specified colors were white, black, red, and pink.  I couldn't resist these pictures of my baby in her red and pink tie-dyed onsie with her hot pink teddy bear.

Hope you liked this scrapbook page; maybe next month I won't wait until the last minute to finish Paper Secret's color challenge.  But I did admit to being a procrastinator, didn't I??

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sketch Along Tuesdays--Sketch #35

Today I really had some scrapportunity time so I went over to Frosted Designs for a little sketch inspiration!  I found their Current Sketch Challenge here, and got right to work!

I just loved these papers from Little Yellow Bicycle and knew I had to have them now that Kendall is in Kindergarten, and I have so much more school stuff to scrap about!  And I went Cricut crazy with this page, too, using "My Community," "George," and "Doodlecharms" cartridges.  These simple cuts worked great to highlight my little guy! 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Circus Themed Cards

Those Tu-Tu gift bags and the birthday party that went along with it inspired me to make some cute and colorful birthday cards.  So, using my "Carosel" Lite Cricut cartridge, I made a girl one (with tulle) and a boy one (without tulle, but with something every little boy will love--a cannon! LOL)

I sprayed the bear with a little shimmer spray from "Tattered Angels," and it blotched a little. Guess I need to practice with that stuff a little more! And I think the cotton candy brad from "Eyelet Outlet" really set it off!

Again, I used some brads from "Eyelet Outlet" that went with my bright color scheme.  I used up some scraps on these two cards, and now I have a couple of fun, bright birthday cards on hand--ready for a party!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Flower Encouragement Card

Hello all! I know, I was just here, right?  Well, I stumbled onto a challenge blog called Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges where each challenge is inspired by scripture.  I just couldn't resist making a card and entering it. There are just a few hours left, so you should check it out.  Find the challenge here.  Challenge #127 – 2 Cor. 2:16b was to use flowers, and here's my card with a stacked up flower.

The stamp is from American Art Stamp, and I colored it with Stampin' Up! markers.  The paper was scraps from my stash, and the flowers are also from my stash.  The photo corner brad is from Paper Studio.

I hope you enjoy this card, I always like to have some encouragement cards handy in case a friend is having a bad day or if they might need a little lift to their day!  Hope you have a good day!

Tu-Tu Party Gift Bags

I told you I was going to be busy sewing on Thursday.  My step-daughter talked me into decorating little canvas treat bags for her daughter's 10th birthday party.  I'm always ready for a little craftiness, even if it's not scrapbooking. So I had fun and was glad to help Lexy celebrate in any way I could!  Here's the finished project!

(Whisper: don't look thru the sewing machine at my messy craft table. I left everything out so maybe I can find a scrapportunity later today!)

This was the first of twenty! My step-daughter got the original idea from Pinterest.  They were really cute and more elaborate, but ours were just for the treat bag, so we kept them simple. After I did the first one, I made a little assembly line.  Want to see how I did it?  Here goes . . .

Starting with a roll of 6-inch tulle, I measured to width of the purses and decided that to get a gathered, ruffled up look, I would cut the tulle in 60 inch lengths.

Then I folded the tulle down lengthwise about a third of the width.  Then put in a basting seam that was about 5/8".

Next, gather it along one thread, and pin it to the purse.  Then sew it along the edge, and ta-da . . . it's a cute party treat bag.  She put candy and lipgloss inside to go with the "girly" theme.

Birthday girl loved the treat bags and actually her whole party was a success (as far as a 10 yr-old birthday party goes, anyway!)  Now maybe I can really find that "Scrapportunity" I was talking about earlier! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sweet Birthday Card

Today I needed to make a birthday card for my sweet little "step"granddaughter.  Her birthday is Friday, and tomorrow I'm decorating little goodie bags for the party. Her mother got an idea from Pinterest to put tulle around the top of a small canvas tote bag, and of course, she incorporated my help.  So of course I put it off, because I am a procrastinator! (They say admitting your problem is the first step to recovery, lol) So today I took a little "scrapportunity" to make this card.

I used the Cricut lite cartridge "Cupcake" for the cupcake and the word "party."  I used a cherry shaped brad and a star brad from The Eyelet Outlet, and border punches from Martha Stewart (presents) and EK Success (candles).  I added a little dimension with Ranger's Liquid Pearls to the topping.  The rest was unidentifiable- it was leftover scraps from my stash!

I think the birthday girl will just love it! A sweet card for a sweet girl!

I'm entering this card in the "Fabulous Friday Challenge" at Frosted Designs.  This week's challenge was to use brads or eyelets.  So, wish me luck!  This is the first online challenge I've entered!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mini Cards-Aren't they cute?

I've been working on some mini cards, again for the swapping site IASST.  I can't resist a card swap! I'm always needing a card when rushing around to get a gift ready or a little thank you out to someone, and if you have some on hand ahead of time, it sure makes it EASY on you!  Also with the swaps, you make six or so of one card and get back 6 different ones--Variety!

These are some of the ones I've done.  There are boy ones, girl ones, Christmas, Easter, baby, and Thinking of you. I don't know what is so fun about working in miniature, but I love it!

I wanted to hightlight the lamp card, because it's different.  This one has a generic theme, so I left it blank.  It could be used for a friend, moving, new home, or a wedding shower (maybe).

I used a stamp from Hero Arts that was in a set of three lamps.  I thought it was so cute and it inspired me to use some feminine touches like the ribbon (Paper Studio) and pearls from Melissa Frances. I lifted the lamp up a little with Stampin' Up! dimensionals.  I love those! They are just the right thickness.  The paper was just scraps, all the more reason to make mini cards is to use up those scraps!

So, now back to work for me.  I still need to make more mini cards!  That's my "trouble," lol- I had to sign up for all the categories! So I need wedding cards, sympathy, and thank you.

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it's off to work I go . . . well, until the baby needs me, that is!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My very first post!

Okay, here goes!  This is my first post, so please, bear with me!

There's not many scrapportunities going on around here today.  But I did finish some mini cards and embellishment baggies that I signed up for on a scrapbooking swap forum, called "It's a Scrapbooking Swap Thing." It's a place a friend got me involved in where I got "addicted" to their craftiness!  When I work on swaps for this group, I feel like I have my little scrapportunities! LOL

But since the baby is demanding attention, I'll share a page with you that I entered in a challenge on IASST. It's the cover page in my 2010 Year in Review Scrapbook.  And yes, I'm that far behind!

I cropped the original picture of the scrapbook page, because I took it with the page on my table with all my stuff around it.  If you look closely at the bottom, you can see my paper trimmer, lol.  Maybe I'll get better at taking pictures of my work for sharing, if anything more aware when I do!