Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

2010 was my most creative year yet in part thanks to the motivation and kind words I received from so many of you. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and gallery and leaving such sweet comments, I really enjoy reading them. You all mean a lot to me and motivate me to continue creating and sharing.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

And now, in no particular order, here are my 10 favorite projects of 2010:

Wishing you a happy and safe New Year's Eve celebration.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Layouts

Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the days leading up to the New Year. It has been pretty snowy around here and I have been loving every minute of it! Because I have a few days off from work, my intentions were to catch up on my holiday layouts, so far it's been pretty slow. Here's what I came up with...

For my first layout, I used Webster's Pages Waiting For Santa collection along with a Christmas music sheet I printed from the Graphics Fairy. This photo was taken last year, it was Dylan's first visit with Santa, so sweet!

I abused my gold paint dauber here and inked everything in gold, even the flowers!

For this page, I used papers and embellishments from the Sweet Season collection also by Webster's Pages. You probably know by now how much I love all things Webster's! LOL! I really liked the non-traditional colors used here. Who would have thought to use purple for Christmas?

I used Ranger's Liquid Pearls to highlight the beautiful shape of the paper and tucked some Prima trim underneath. To make the lace look old, I simply dipped it in a mixture of Old Lace Glimmer Mist and water.

Lastly, I created this page using the Fairy Flora collection by Prima. It's a summer range but I inked a couple of doilies and used poinsettias to make them fit my theme. The design comes from this month's Prima BAP sketch available in the Prima's blog. I also colored the bling bird cage red using a Zig pen.

I'm off to put my kids to bed now. Hope to work on a holiday mini album and share with you soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday filled with love, health and laughter! Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Mind's Eye Sketch

Can you believe Christmas is only 9 days away?! I still have a ton of shopping to do but took some time away to play with My Mind's Eye sketch for this month. It was a great one!

I used Portobello Road papers from the Lost and Found collection to make this layout of Dylan. Here he is when he began crawling. I just love his big, bright eyes and beautiful smile!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your beautiful comments. I really appreciate them and enjoy reading them! Hope your Christmas preparations are going a lot smoother than mine!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Coordinates Collections December Blog Hop Challenge - Add Sparkle!

Happy Monday ladies! Just a quick post to remind you to stop by the Coordinates Collections blog to take part in the blog hop challenge this month. The challenge leaves you much room for creativity as it is simply to add sparkle to your layouts. Here's a LO I created using this month's Frosty Porch kit featuring Crate Paper Snow Day and Basic Grey Jovial papers which are very fun and whimsical.

To add sparkle to my LO, I sprayed all of the papers with Glimmer Mist in Glacier and added Martha Stewart tinsel glitter to the Pink Paislee alphas included in the kit.

So, don't forget, you have till December 20th to gather your scrappy supplies and get in on the fun! Click here to go right over to the challenge post!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ready for Christmas?

I don't know about you, but December pretty much sneaked up on me! I was still finishing up some fall pages when I turned around to see that the world had turned to a holiday land! I'm so inspired by the sights and sounds of the season to create some holiday projects but first, I thought I'd share with you some autumn layouts I created recently.

The first one is of my daughter Emily at her preschool's Thanksgiving Pow WOW last year dressed as an Wampanoag child. I used the Webster's Pages Wonderfall collection.

The flowers were made by layering petals cut on the Cricut and so was the title. I hid the journaling tag behind the photo and used a butterfly as a pull. All of these butterflies were actually clipart printouts I found on Google and printed on ivory colored cardstock. To make the border, I simply cut a bunch of scallop circles on my Cricut machine.

For my second LO, I also used some Wonderfall papers as well as a load of other pretty layers to scrap this cute photo of my son Dylan. I found the harvest-themed music note paper on my go-to website, The Graphics Fairy. The paper doily was distressed a bit with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Just a tip when adding layers to your LOs, gather all the elements you think would complement your page and add them without adhering anything down. This would leave you some room to make adjustments. When you're happy with the look, take a photo with your cellphone and then you'll remember what you inteded to do!

The last LO I'm sharing with you today was created with Webster's Pages Hollywood Vogue collection. It's really not a fall themed collection but I built my design around the purple sweater my daughter is wearing in this picture. The brown leafy trim and the cork tile title help complement the photo.

That's it for today!  Hope I helped inspire you to create! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Vintage Attic Reveal At Coordinates Collections

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing with you the projects I created for Coordinates Collections using this month's Vintage Attic kit. The kit included papers from the Restoration collection by Crate Paper and Curio by Basic Grey. I added some chip pieces to complete my projects.

For my first LO, I scrapped a photo of my daughter two years ago jumping on the leaves. I used the Prima mask included in the kit to make my own pattern patter behind the Basic Grey solid sheet. The wood veneer alphas were fun to color with distress inks (I used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo).

For my second LO, I used a photo of my son when he was seven months old. He loved his car walker and did nothing but giggle and laugh whenever he was in there. For some reason I thought the cards on the back of the add-on Crate Paper sheet would coordinate nicely and built my design around them. The alphas are from last month's kit. As usual, I distressed and inked all the edges of the papers.

My last project with this kit was a friendly card using Restoration again. This fabulous shape came from my favorite Cricut Cartridge of all time, Sentimentals. The lace strip border was punched out of the paper using a Martha Stewart punch. Some twine and a button offered the finishing touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! To see what the other design team ladies created with this month's kits, click here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vintage Inspiration All Year Long

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. The weekend is not over yet so I thought I'd share a 2011 calendar I made using the Steampunk Debutante collection by Graphic 45 and lots of Tim Holtz and 7Gypsies embellishments.

I absolutely adore all things 'vintaj' but with two sweet little peanuts to scrap for, I don't get to use my vintage supplies as often as I would like. I thought I'd make this calendar and keep at my desk to be inspired all year long with this wonderful collection reminiscent of strong women who are hard working and industrious yet soft and feminine.


Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week!!