Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Love Games Layout

Hi there! I'm so happy to share with you my first post as a Glitz DT member. As the fall draws near, life around here finally seems to slow down and go back to normal. I know you all must be as excited as I am to get your hands on the new Glitz releases. As I wait patiently for my DT box full of new CHA goodies to arrive, I will share an older LO I created using one of my favorite collections, Love Games.

This is my beautiful sister. I did lots of machine stitching and misting here to go along the collection's fabulous girly grunge look.

Love the 'Play Fair or Lose' sentiment so I covered it with crackle medium to make it stand out. Here's a few close-ups.

Supplies used:
Glitz Design "Love Games" Paper: Polka
Glitz Design "Love Games" Paper: Scorecard
Other Supplies: Black Cardstock, Petaloo Flowers, Red Acrylic Paint, Raven Glimmer Mist, Ranger Crackle Medium,Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink, Lace from my stash

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a Glitzy scrappy time!!!


Monday, August 22, 2011

New Blog - My Creative Sketches

My Creative Scrapbook is happy to announce a new addition... My Creative Sketches! On this blog we will run monthly sketch challenges and contests and award prizes! We are so excited to bring this blog to you.

These challenges and contests are open to everyone. You do not have to be a Kit Club Member to play along. We just want to see everyone use our sketches. The Deadline for this month's challenge is Sept. 15 (midnight est time).

There will be 2 Random Draw Prizes for this Challenge...Yes 2...and both Random Draw!

This is the first sketch, so fun and beautiful!

Here's my take on the sketch... I used all Prima on this one. I pulled an older collection, Strawberry Kisses, which is vibrant and colorful!

Here's a couple of close ups of the beautiful embellishments.

Be sure to visit My Creative Sketches, there's lots of inspiration and great prizes to be won! Have fun scrapping!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Preschool Mini Album

It's hard to believe summer is almost gone! Spending the entire day with my kids has been great, we've had so much fun! I'm kind of dreading the arrival of the fall because it means that I will go back to work and the daily hour-long commute that comes with it! Most importantly, Emily will be starting first grade!!! It seems hard to believe but kids do grow by the minute!

With that said, I thought it was about time I finally scrapped Emily's preschool photos so I created a mini album. Because most photos of Emily's preschool years I have include lots of other children, I photographed the mini before including those photos.

I used the Learning Curve collection by Bo Bunny along with a few bits from Cosmo Cricket, Maya Road and 7Gypsies. The cover of the album is a small three ring binder by Close To My Heart I had in my stash for ages. I thought I'd keep things simple so I can actually get it done before Septembe, not too many frills here!

Thoughout the book, I included a few pockets and envelopes with cute library cards inside for journaling or photos.

The yellow double mat above opens to reveal space for two more photos.

The striped Bo Bunny trim frays like crazy so I burned its edges with a lighter.

The cute pockets are by 7Gypsies. They are such and easy way to include some interactive fun to your minis!

I removed part of the adhesive of my chipboard pieces with baby powder. This will allow me to slip a photo on the mat later. Good tip to remember whenever you're making a mini without photos.

I plan to photograph Emily's diploma and graduation ceremony program and print them onto cardstock so I can store them in this cute Maya Road craft envelope.

Ever go home with a few too many pencils from Ikea? I sure do, here's what I did with them! The trifold next to the pencils opens up to provide space for four photos where I'll have Emily's pictures with her teachers.

I have three journaling cards here which I adhered with an eyelet to be able to swivel them and have more space to journal and place photos. The little report cards are by Kaissercraft and I thought they would be perfect for writing the names of Emily's best friends.

The adorable light bulb charm (along with the two others in the front cover) came from an Industrial Chic set from Michael's.

That's all for today! I hope I have inspired you to scrap some back to school memories. Happy scrapping!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I have exciting scrappy news to share with you from My Creative Scrapbook, if you love sketches and amazing prizes you are going to love this!

My Creative Scrapbook will be having a new blog reveal on August 22nd at Check back so see our first sketch and design team layouts and the prizes you can win......we have prizes, prizes and more prizes to give away.

Here is a sneak peek............shhh don't tell......of one of our prize packages......NEW CHA product from Grants Studio's.

We just can't wait......see you on the 22nd!!!

Corrugated Cardboard Two Ways, a video tutorial

Hello everyone! I'm back to share with you a tutorial on how to incorporate corrugated cardboard into your projects and layouts. I used cardboard in two of my main kit designs this month and created a video to show you just how I did that.

I hope you enjoy watching!

MCS Augut Main Kit Reveal

Happy Saturday to you all! I have for you today the layouts I created with My Creative Scrapbook's August Main Kit. This kit was full of beautiful, bright papers and fun embellishments just perfect to document summer memories.

My first layout includes lots of images I hand cut out of the patten paper as well as some chipboard stickers. I really like that some of the papers in this kit are bright and fun while others offer a more vintage and softer look. Here I have a couple of photos of Dylan I took while he played in front of an old building across the street from Crayola Factory last month. He was so excited so I titled the page Ready 2 Play.

I used white paint to ink the edges of the blue pattern paper, corrugated cardboard to mat the photo and some machine stitching.

Next, I scrapped a photo of Emily and a friend at a recent playdate. They were enjoying the pool and sunshine. I just love their toothless grins! As usual, I did lots of machine stitching and distressing to create texture.

A tutorial on altering corrugated cardboard for the circle in the background will follow shortly. I also used puffy paint on the flower for an added touch.

For my next layout I used the die cut paper included in the kit along with Glimmer Mist in Sun Sisters. I seem to be reaching for that color very often lately, so sunny and bright! I love polka dots and this red pattern paper was just perfect for these photos of Emily munching on juicy watermelon.

I used a large EK Success border punch for the scallop borders, hand stitching and lots of paper distressing.

My last layout uses muted colors in the kit. I love this photo of my kids feeding the ducks, so serene! I really loved the Simple Stories papers and embellishments included in this kit, the perfect combination of vintage and soft.

My did some really light masking using a punched paper border and a bit of layering.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have fun scrapping!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Quick and Easy Frosted Flowers Tutorial

I don't know about you but I love frosted roses. This month's LE kit at MSC included a package of beautifully frosted Prima flowers. I wanted to recreate the look to add more sparkle and dimension to the other roses. This is what I did:

-Nonstick mat
-Flowers to be altered
-Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer
-Diamond Dust (found in the floral section at your local craft store)
-Glossy Accents
-Heat gun

1. Ink the edges of the flower very lightly. Leave stems on for easier handling.

2. Spray your flower with Vanilla Shimmer spritz. This will give your flower a wonderful, colorless shimmer and will cause the edges to 'bleed' adding a more natural two-tone effect. Dry your flower with a heat gun.

3. Apply Glossy Accents in random spots.

4. Roll your flower on the Diamond Dust and let air dry. This may take 20 - 40 minutes depending on how much Glossy Accents you applied. Try and be patient here if you use the heat tool, the crystals can burn and become opaque.

5. This is what the finished roses look like. Love it! Hope you guys try it!