Friday, December 21, 2012

MWM Jade 3

Well, this may be my last layout until 2013.  :-(  That makes me kind of sad, but I need to pack/pick up my scrap room for Christmas.  That is going to be QUITE a project.  Of course, I had to do ONE MORE layout.  I mean, I had too much purdy stuff sitting around, I just couldn't resist.  So I grabbed the sketch for's MWM Jade 3 and got to work.

Kevin's school had a Christmas concert recently.  Though the lighting was bad for picture taking, it was so fun to see him up there singing.  We had been hearing the same line over and over from Christmas Jubilation, I was glad to finally hear the WHOLE thing. 

One of my Christmas presents (to myself) had been getting the Santa Sacks from October Afternoon.  I used elements from Holiday Style I received in the sacks to make this layout about the concert.  I also used the Stampin' Up Scoreboard and Diagonal Plate to make the green background paper (with a little SU Illuminate ink around the edges).  Kiwi Lane's Paisley Place 3A & 3B and Adorn 3A templates made adding the finishing touches easy.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Monday, December 17, 2012

PGC #22


Are you ready for the holidays?  I'm sure not.  But I will get there.  I have no choice, right?

I am really finding that my paper crafting is my sanity during this time.  I was happy when Charissa asked The Paper Girls to do a neon challenge this time.  I feel like I'm tapping into my childhood with the neon colors, and I love it.  When I found some neon washi at Michael's, I knew it was PERFECT for this time around.

For the challenge, I made a card for our neighbor, Ally, who was celebrating her 5th birthday.  I used washi to create the background, as well as the 5.  I layered washi on some vellum paper and cut it with my Cricut so I didn't have to go back and try to cut those little edges without cutting the vellum.

I hope you enjoyed this quick post today.  We'll see you in the New Year for more fun Paper Girls Challenges and lots of other exciting activities.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Kiwi Crew for me!


I'm so happy I can finally share a secret I've been keeping for a few weeks.  I proud to say I am part of Kiwi Lane's first ever Design Team.  Everyone would have chuckled if they saw me when I got the email asking me to be part of the team.  We were in the car and I nearly woke my sleeping kids up with my giddiness.  I was literally bouncing in my chair!

Kiwi Lane's templates are awesome.  They really help speed up layouts - allowing you to see your sketch laid out before you even start cutting paper.  You have seen some of my layouts using KLD templates lately.  Let me show you one more:

I used Tags, Scallops, Cascade Trails, and Bracket templates to create this layout with some family photos from our trip to Florida this summer.  The paper and embellishments are from Authentique's Fresh collection.

Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to become a follower...I will be giving some prizes away very soon!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Meeting Fredbird


One of the things I was looking forward to while my hubby was gone was getting some crafting time.  With my son home sick for 2 days, this just hasn't happen.  So this morning, I declared a little Mama Sanity time!

I've had these photos sitting on my craft table for a few months.  I keep trying to fit these into different sketches, but nothing worked.  So today, I just went for it!  I'm still working on my confidence of doing pages without the safety net of a sketch.  In the end, I'm happy with how this came out.  The hardest thing for me was to incorporate a signed picture of Fredbird that my son received on a visit from Fredbird to his preschool.  So I gave up trying to put it on the page, and "hid" it on the envelope behind the picture of my hubby and son with the Cardinals' mascot.  I will also be putting more journaling in the envelope, including how Fredbird "dissed" me because I was wearing a Dodger shirt (in the most funny way possible!).

I am still hoping to sneak a little more craft time in tonight.  I still have some projects I want to finish around the house before hubby gets back from his trip.


Monday, December 3, 2012

PGC #21: Lots of Pictures Challenge


I hope the past couple weeks have been good to you.  We've been on a roller coaster during these past 2 weeks in our house.  My husband went from having Achilles surgery scheduled for this past Thursday to starting a new job today (needless to say, surgery was cancelled).  It is going to be a big adjustment for all of us after having him home for the past 15 months, but we'll adjust.  (Shhh...don't tell him I'm kind of looking forward to him being back to work so I can get a little more crafty time while he is gone.  ;-) )

But, let's get back to our regularly scheduled blog post...  First off, I want to say thank you SO much to everyone who participated in the Holiday challenge.  We had 127 ENTRIES.  WOWOWOWOW!!!  That's simply amazing and so inspiring to all of us!

The Paper Girls Challenge this time was to use lots of pictures on your layout.  I thought this would be a great time to do a layout with the pictures of the "Girls" from the Scrapbook Steals Crop this past October.  It was great to meet (or see again, as the case may be), some of the Paper Girls.  Sheryl, Amber, Erica, Heather & I were all there.  I just wish Charissa, Charity, Judy and Kyla could have been there too!  That would have made this page complete!

This layout was made using Studio Calico's Sock Hop kit (November's monthly Club kit) and's Coral 9 sketch.  I liked how the variety of colors and patterns kind of represent all of our different personalities and crafting techniques.

Thank you for stopping by.  I would love to have you as a follower of my blog, if you aren't already.  When I hit 100 followers, I will do another prize giveaway.  Heck, life has been so unpredictable lately, I might just decide to do a "Surprise Blog Candy" treat.  And I hope to have more posts for you come 2013.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

KLD November DT Doodles

So you order pictures from Costco, and they won't be ready until tomorrow, so what is a girl supposed to do?  Why, scrap some other pictures you have, of course.  That's what I did today.  Kiwi Lane Designs presented their November DT Doodle Challenge.  I loved their 2 page sketch, but I started with the single page layout.  Kevin and Dan had a great time carving pumpkins this year.  Kevin picked out the designs - the spider for him and the smiley face for his sister. He had no fear about digging out the seeds and "guts" from inside this year.   

To make this page, I used the following KLD templates:
Strips Set 3 inch
Scallops 1A
Holiday 4T
Holiday 5T

The paper and black letters are from my October Kit and the transparency sheet is from It's The Little Things by Fancy Pants.  Add in some Studio Calico star wooden veneers and AC Flair and Thickers, and viola!  Here is my pumpkin page from this past Halloween.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to jump on and wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I hope you had a great day.  Ours was full of family, food, fun and football.  I also wanted to share this quick card I made with Kiwi Lane Design templates as a Thank You for our host today. 


Monday, November 19, 2012

PGC #20: Winter/Christmas Theme

Wow!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week - at least in the US.  Where has the time gone?!?  Before you know it, it will be Christmas.  Ack!  Amber brought The Paper Girls a great challenge to bring us into the season - create a project that is winter or Christmas themed.

I recently started following's challenges to go along with their monthly kits.  Though I didn't use the kit for my layout, I did use one of their October sketches to make my page.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

These pictures are my son, taken when we lived in Montana in 2008.  (As you can tell, I don't scrap in order.)  I just loved the look on his face as he was trudging through the snow. 

Crate Paper's Peppermint works perfect for my winter layouts.  I also used some Kiwi Lane Design templates to help determine the size circles I wanted to use, and cut the curve and black dotted acetate stripe in the middle of the page.  I admit to using some Lifestyle Nesting dies to actually cut the circles.  There is NO way I can cut a "straight" circle.  Once I knew the circle size I wanted, I then cut snowflakes from the Winter Lace Cricut cartridge using some silver metallic paper.  Some miscellaneous Studio Calico embellishments & brads from my stash to completed the layout.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week. 


Saturday, November 17, 2012

BasicGrey Warehouse Haul

I love ordering surprise boxes.  I'm not sure why.  I guess because it feels like Christmas when I open them.  The BasicGrey Warehouse boxes were no exception.  I actually ordered 2 so I could get free shipping. 

Here is box 1:

This had a wide variety of papers and collections in it.  A lot of the paper was single sided, which is fine with me!

Here is box 2:

This one actually had more double sided paper, and doubles of each paper.  I have to admit, this was probably my favorite of the 2 boxes.  It has elements of Nordic Holiday (which I was drooling over last year) and the stamps that I ALMOST ordered a couple weeks ago.

Thank you BasicGrey for having these boxes for those of us that couldn't make to the Utah sale.  I am one happy girl!


Monday, November 5, 2012

PGC #19: Thank You!

Thank you for making our Paper Girls Challenge Blog Hop such a success.  I hope you enjoyed everyone's altered art.

I can't believe we are in November already.  What a great way to start the month at The Paper Girls Challenge with a Thank You challenge.  This one was an easy one for me.  If you have followed this blog, you know that I use A LOT of's MidWeek Mojos for my inspiration.  Recently, Kristy Lee (the source of most of the MWM inspirations) moved from to Kiwi Lane Designs.  I wanted to do a page as a Thank You to her for inspiring me to start scrapping.  Without here, we wouldn't be here.  ;-)

I recently started getting the kit of the month from  They have a huge variety in each kit - which made pulling together this fun layout easy.  Ironically, when I got the kit, I thought I would never use this background paper from Basic Grey.  And wouldn't you know, it was the first one I used!!!  I added some color to it with my glaze pens.  I love the pop at the bottom of the page.  A few fussy & Cricut Cuts, a washi photo matte (yes, that black and gray background is made up of washi tape), a few Amy Tangerine elements and some stamping, and I think this is a fitting page for Kristy - considering it was one of her sketches.  Hee hee!  Yes, I know the chevron arrows are a little wonky on the top stamp, but that actually fits quite well.  Kristy HATES to stamp, so I think the imperfection works great.

Thank you for stopping by!  Remember, you have until Saturday, Nov. 17th to link your Thank You projects to The Paper Girls blog. 

If you aren't a follower here already, I would really love it if you were.  You never know when a little blog candy might be thrown your way!


Monday, October 29, 2012

PGCB Fall Blog Hop

Thank you for hopping along for The Paper Girls Challenge Blog Hop. We are so excited to do this again. This time we are bringing you some altered projects.  Scroll down to the bottom to see the prize we are giving away for participating in this hop.  Happy hopping!

PS - Also make sure you are a follower of this blog.  When I hit 100 followers, I will do a drawing for some blog candy!

Here's the Line up:
Kristy MacKeen<-- You are Here

There is my project for the Blog Hop. I have always wanted to do an advent calendar for my kids for Christmas. I was so excited when I saw this drawer set that I knew I wanted to use it to make the calendar.  I am new to the whole Altered Art scene, but I really wanted to give it a try, so I jumped in with both feet and made the calendar!

This turned out to be a Stampin' Up project, without me even trying. I used their Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper, the 1/2" punch and a lot of Modge Podge.

To make the covers for the drawers, I cut 1 3/8" squares, then used the 1/2" punch to make the "finger hole" for the drawer.

After a little distress ink and a lot of Modge Podge, here is how the finished drawers look. You might notice the numbers don't look like the stamps in my "tools" picture. That is because I had a happy surprise in the drawers when I started to cover them. I didn't realize there were number stickers in one of the drawers when I started the project. So after coloring all the stamps from 25 & Counting (Stampin' UP) and punching them with the 1" sqaure punch, I realized I liked the included numbers better. Oh well. It was good practice in coloring little stamps.

Looks like my little guy is ready to see what is inside... ;-) One more month buddy, one more month.

The Prize:
Fancy Pants' Designs To the Moon Kit

What do you have to do to participate?
Want to win? Get one entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and finally become a follower on our blog (all are required for an entry). It's simple, you get to see some fabulous projects and you know you want to!

Want to have more fun after seeing all of the inspiring projects? Join in! Link up an altered project you created and you will get an extra entry for the prize!

You have until November 4th at 11:59pm (MDT) to comment and submit your altered projects. Winner will be announced on Monday, November 12th at 9 am MST!

International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.
Have a great time Hopping!!

If you want to get an extra entry for the drawing simply make an altered project and use the linky tool to post your entry to The Paper Girls Blog. We are looking forward to seeing some wonderful creations!

***Also, the winner for Challenge #18 will be posted next Monday (11/5) at 9 am MST***

Monday, October 15, 2012

PGC #18: A Picture Inspiration

Welcome back for the 18th Paper Girls Challenge.  Sorry this post is a little late.  After returning from Salt Lake City, I crashed last night and didn't get chance to write my post.  It was so much fun being in SLC for the weekend.  I got to meet 4 of my fellow Paper Girls, some for the first time.  I'm just sorry that I didn't get to meet the other 4. 

I love the photo Judy gave us to work with for this challenge.  The colors are simply beautiful - some of my favorites, for sure.

I created this layout with some of American Craft's Gardenia papers and Pebbles letters.  I loved how the colors from the inspiration photo worked for my 8x8 photo of me and my daughter. 

Thank you for visiting. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

PCG #17: Transparencies...

Wow!  What a challenge from Charissa on The Paper Girls Challenge - using a transparency or acetate on a project. 

I saw this tree on my Stampin' Up Window Sheets and thought it would make a great masculine card.(you can never have too many of those).  I attached the window sheet to the printed paper with the 3 brads.  The twine keeps it from "swinging" around. 

Here's what I used:

Stampin' Up:
  • Window Sheets
  • Festival of Prints
  • Tiny Tag stamps
  • Jewelry Tag punch
  • Twine
Studio Calico:
  • Tweets wood veneers
Misc. brads

Thank you for stopping by.  If you like any of the Stampin' Up products I use, you can buy them by clicking Shop Now on my Stampin' Up site:

I can't wait for the next challenge - because I will be able to work in it with 4 of the other Paper Girls at the Crop in Salt Lake City the second weekend of Oct.  Very excited to meet/see some of them again!


Monday, September 17, 2012

PGC #16: Baby Mine

I loved Heather's challenge on Paper Girls Challenge - do a project about your baby, whatever that may be.  That was easy for me.  I had just printed 2 pictures of my "babies" from our recent family vacation.  I love how Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook papers worked for these picture.  I used the 6x6 pad to make the "quilted" background so I didn't have to waste 12x12 paper.  ;-)  After I figured out my grid, I went to work doodling around the squares.  I have to say, this came out as one of my favorite layouts I have done lately.

I can't believe my "baby boy" just recently kindergarten (he is growing up too fast...).  To see the frame I made to commemorate that day, scroll down or click here.

I'm so glad you stopped by. If you are new here, I would love it if you would click that little "Follow" button over there on the right. When I hit 100 followers, I will give away a little blog candy. Now, who doesn't like candy? ;-) And for every increment of 50, I will add another prize. How does that sound?
Don't forget you have until Sept 29th to link up your "My Baby" layout to The Paper Girls Challenge site.  Happy creating!


Friday, September 7, 2012

WRMK Guest Spot


Welcome to Mama's Sanity!  I'm so glad you stopped by.  If you are new here, I would love it if you would click that little "Follow" button over there on the right.  When I hit 100 followers, I will give away a little blog candy.  Now, who doesn't like candy?  ;-)  And for every increment of 50, I will add another prize.  How does that sound?

I am so excited to be featured on We R Memory Keeper's Facebook page today.  I love their products.  I was lucky enough to go to Chicago in July and help with one of their classes at CHA (the MAJOR trade show for crafting manufacturers and buyers alike).  I was thrilled when they asked for guests, and am humbled that I am the first in their series of Facebook Guest Designers. 

For this spot, I was sent Hall Pass to work with.  This was perfect for me since my oldest just started Kindergarten.  I loved the colors in this kit.  They work great for both boy and girl pictures.  There is so much variety between A & B sides, you could easily use this paper for more than just school projects.

That said, I did end up using the papers for a school project - a frame for one of the few smiley pictures I snapped of my son on his first day of school.  This started out as a plain $1.50 wooden frame from Michael's.  To the amazing Hall Pass papers, I added a little ink, some Modge Podge Matte and a couple screws, and here is what I got:

I was a little nervous with this being one of my first "altered projects".  I think the biggest compliment I got on this was, "Wow Mom!  That's awesome!" from my little guy.  I'm glad I was able to do a frame he likes, to showcase his big day. 

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you will continue to visit.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Bebes - Pearl 8

I had to share this page. There is a lot I love about this LO. Starting with using paper I never thought I would. I love the Miss Caroline collection from My Mind's Eye. The colors are my colors for sure. I love the "wreath" (or snowflakes). It totally reminded me of hearts when I cut it. And last, but not least, I LOVE this picture of my two kids, my bebes, which aren't bebes anymore. :-(

Thanks again to Scrapbook Steals for the wonderful Pearl 8 sketch.

Thanks for taking a peek at one of my new favorite layouts.  Be sure to come back tomorrow and see a special project I did for one of my favorite manufacturers...


Monday, September 3, 2012

PGC #15 - Big Picture

So what's the big picture?  Do you have a big picture you want to scrap?  Then the challenge over at The Paper Girls Challenge is the one for you.  I love Erica's challenge to use a picture larger than 5x7. 

Here are 2 layouts for the challenge today:

The first layout uses a 3"x 9" collage.  I absolutely love my son's expression when he realized there was a hippo right behind him on a recent trip to the zoo. 

Now you may be scratching you head on how this next layout fits in the Big Picture challenge.  Well, the background is actually a picture I took of the shale in Glacier National Park, then printed onto a 12x12 piece of paper to use as a background for this page.  I call that the ultimate big picture for a scrapbooker.  ;-)

Happy Labor Day everyone in the US and happy end of summer to everyone everywhere.  I can't wait to see all the pages with Big Pictures posted over at The Paper Girls Challenge!

Monday, August 20, 2012

PGC #14 - Let's Get Messy!

Welcome back for another Paper Girls Challenge.  What a fun challenge from Amber - Let's Get Messy!  For me, that is an easy challenge.  I always seem to find a way to get messy when I craft.  I used to tease my son's teacher - you can tell if I've been crafting while he is in school, I'll have ink all over my hands!  ;-)

I have had this picture of my daughter sitting on my desk waiting to scrap since April.  I thought it was such a precious picture of her, that I wanted to find the right layout to scrap it with.  And Scrapbook Steals came through again, with their Pearl 5b sketch. 

This started as a plain white piece of paper.  I LOVE the wood grain look that is so popular right now, so I thought I would try my hand at making my own with some of my Tim Holtz Distress Stain.  Well, that turned into a BIG MESS.  When I pulled the top off the bottle, the whole thing jerked, and spilled about half the bottle on my paper.  YIKES!  I was able to pour some of the stain back in (yes, that was how much spilled!) and then took a dry paint brush to spread it across the paper.  I think it worked out ok.  Then I added some splatters from my Mister Huey's and Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mists for a little color and pop.  I don't think it could get much more messy than that!!!

The frame around my picture is from the Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge.  My girl is really into pink and bunnies, so I thought this was perfect! 

I hope you enjoy!  We will see you back on Labor Day with another great challenge!


Monday, August 6, 2012

PGC #13 - Happy Birthday!

Thank you Judy Stech for the Birthday Challenge this time on The Paper Girls Challenge.  It couldn't have come at a better time.  My youngest nephew just turned 18 (YIKES!  That makes me feel old...), so of course, I needed a card for him.  My goal is to not buy a card, and so far, so good.  But, I have a hard time making cards for men, much less an 18 year old!  I wanted to do a card that had a lot of impact, without a lot of "gee-gah", as my sister-in-law calls it.  So I took this opportunity to try a fun new technique (at least to me) for his card. 
Using masks is all the rage, so I wondered how it would look as an embossed background.  So I grabbed my Studio Calico Bubbles mask, Versamark pad, American Crafts Zing Powder in Opaque Denim, and Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Peeled Paint, with a little blue painters tape and set about to giving this technique a try...

I taped the mask to my mat so it wouldn't move as I inked the paper...

I inked the pad directly on the paper.  My pad is a little sticky, which I didn't count on.  It started to move as I was inking the paper.  I should have taped the paper to the mask or my mat - lesson learned.  ;-)  Luckily, it didn't really affect my final product.  ::whew!::

I wanted a two toned look, so I sprinkled a little of the Peeled Paint powder on one half, knocked off the extra, and then sprinkled the Denim on, making sure I overlapped with the green a little bit.

This is what it looked like when I got done with the powders, before I applied some heat.

And this is after I added a little heat.  You can't tell too well in this picture, but it came out better than I could have hoped - the blue is a smooth finish while the green has a rough finish.  Even better for the contrasting look I could have hoped for.

And this is the final product.  I added a few mini-brads, some Sassafras Lass numbers, and a distressed cut from my Cricut machine with a scrap of green paper I had sitting on my table.  The numbers/cut are popped up for a little extra dimension.

Thank you for checking-in.  I look forward to celebrating every one's birthday creations. 

Remember, the more followers I get, the more prizes I give away.  I will give away my next prize when I hit 100 followers.


Monday, July 23, 2012

PGC #12 - Mesh Bags

Now here is a challenge - use a mesh bag you get from things like fruit at Costco and use it in a creation.  Charity at The Paper Girls Challenge really threw one at us.  Not an easy challenge, but one that I was excited to try - and what a great way to upcycle.

I had some green mesh from some watermelons and yellow mesh from the packaging of some sand toys (that I had to save from hubby throwing out!) and I thought it would be perfect with the Ted Drews cup.  I went through a few incarnations of this yellow and green combo - from a braid to a twist - until I finally settled on the layered look.  I also think My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday's muted colors also played off the bright colors of the cup and mesh. 

And a huge thanks to for a great Pearl 2 MWM sketch!  I couldn't do these pages without you.


After I sent the picture to Charity for The Paper Girls Challenge's blog, I repositioned the journaling and outlined a few things.  Here is the new and "improved" LO.

Congrats to Beth D. for winning Challenge #11.  I will send out your prize this week.  Remember to follow The Paper Girls Challenge's blog for a chance to win some extra prizes!
Also keep recommending this blog to your friends.  I'll send out more blog candy when I hit 100 followers on Mama's Sanity!


Monday, July 9, 2012

PGCB Challenge #11 + a PRIZE

Today's Challenge on The Paper Girls Challenge was hosted by yours truly.  I'm sure I'm not the only one to have a huge drawer full of rub-ons.  I love how they can add a little pop to your layout, but it seems I always forget to grab them.  So I decided to challenge myself, and you, to dig them out and use them.

When I saw the border on Scrapbook Steal's MWM Turquoise 8 sketch, I thought it would be a great place to add some rub-ons.  And I thought these reminded me of Hailey's curls... 

Here are a couple close up pictures of the rub-ons.  I think the turquoise ones may be one of my faves.  It had a metallic sheen to them and overlayed quite well over the American Crafts Garden Cafe Collection.

These were some Basic Grey rub-ons that included the "bling".  I mean, what girl layout isn't complete without a little bling.  ;-)

I also wanted to include a couple previous MWM layouts I did with rub-ons.  The entire left side of the "this is my mommy" layout is made with rub-ons. 

 On the "just smile" layout, I used white rub-ons to add a little pop...

And as promised, a little blog candy for reaching more than 50 followers.  I used to pick a winner. 

Congrats Karen Weingartner! 

Please send me an email to with your address so I can get a prize out to you.  Keep spreading the word and I'll do another drawing when I read 100 followers.


Monday, June 18, 2012

PGC #10 - A Photo Inspiration

Happy Monday Morning Everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful past couple weeks.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Subway Art Challenge on The Paper Girls Challenge.  It was so much fun seeing everyone's creations.

I hope everyone enjoys the challenge this time around just as much!  Kyla gave us this picture to work with.  I love how all the Paper Girls' projects were so different.  Unknowingly, we all took different elements to make our inspiration projects.

I gasped when Kyla posted the picture for us to work with.  It was so much fun...and right up my alley - the colors, the tiles, the flowers, everything.  For this layout, I wanted to play with the movement in this picture.  So I finally jumped on the pinwheel bandwagon and used my Big Shot to create this page with some Echo Park Happy Days 6x6 paper. Kevin really wanted to use some Stickles on this page, so he picked out the colors and they became the wind "turning" the pinwheels. 

I hope you enjoy this challenge as much as we did.  I can't wait to see what everyone creates.  I know I will be using this photo as an inspiration for a future page.  I'm thinking of hitting my scrap drawer to make a mosaic of scraps.  Fingers crossed!

Just a reminder, due to Canada Day and 4th of July, you have an extra week to create your masterpieces this time. 

I still have some blog candy up for grabs when I hit 50 followers!  Don't forget to click that little follow button.  :-)


Monday, June 4, 2012

PGC 9 - Subway Art

I loved Erica's challenge on The Paper Girls Challenge Blog using Subway Art.  Subway art is using the mix of fonts.  When I found the Easter phrases on my Word Collage Cricut Cartridge, I knew it was I wanted to work with.  I put one of the Cricut pens in my machine and told it to fill the page.  And then I grabbed my Copic markers and went to town coloring.  My son had fun picking out colros for me to work with. 

The trick for me was to put the pictures on and not cover all the Subway Art (and where the heck do I put a title on this page?!?).  The other challenge was waiting for my glossy accents to dry.  I know it is hard to tell, but the 3 eggs and the "Easter Egg Hunt" were "glossed over".  I am used to Montana's dry climate when I'm using this stuff.  Here in St. Louis, it took nearly 3 days for the big egg under the green backed picture to dry.  Moral of the story, use lots of little coats, not 1 heavy coat.

Thank you stopping by.  I can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Paper Girls Challenge #8

Welcome to our 8th Challenge with The Paper Girls Challenge.  The challenge this time around is using chipboard - either use it bare or cover it somehow.  Thanks Sheryl for pushing me to break out my chipboard.  I have such a stash of this stuff, I just needed the kick in the bum to use it.

Thanks again to the wonderful Kristy Lee at Scrapbook Steals for a fun sketch to work with.  I've had this picture on my desk waiting for a great layout to work with.  I have use chipboard in 2 different ways in this layout.  The first, and probably most obvious is the title.  I found these bare chipboard Thickers on a shopping trip to Tuesday Mornings (you never know what you can find in that store.  I have scored some major deals there!).  I loved that I could color them whatever color I wanted.  Well, for this layout, I thought the bare color was perfect!  ;-) 

I also found the hearts in my stash and thought they would be great with this sweet picture of my 2 bugs.  But I didn't want them bare, so I broke out my Studio Calico Mister Huey's and spritzed away.  I used Heirloom Blue and Plum Thumb and accented with Opaque White.  A pizza box makes the a great color catcher!  As you can see, this box is well used.  :-)

Kevin loves when I scrap.  As I was creating this layout, he was in my scraproom the whole time, helping me pick out papers and accents.  The purple Stickle accents were completely his choice.  I think they worked great here.  Now though, I'm looking at this layout and wondering if there is anything I should add.  Does that ever happen to you?  Leave me a comment, let me know what you think!

Well, I didn't hit 50 followers, so the blog candy is still up for grabs.  When I hit 50 followers, I will pick 1 follower to win a little sweetness!

Until next time! Cheers!