Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kiwi Lane Design: Ink Your Templates!

Happy Tuesday!

I'm up today with a fun Tip Time Tuesday at Kiwi Lane Designs.  I was surprised that we hadn't done the tip of using ink with the templates.  The thought came to me when I was doing my blog hop page.  I love the look of moving a Post-it Note around a background and inking it to make a cloud background.  I thought the scallops would create a great background using the same technique.  Head over to the Kiwi Lane blog for more details on how I made this page:

Thank you Stephanie (Stephanie Watkins Photography) for the great photos to work with.  They worked perfectly with My Mind's Eye Oxford Lane!

I also made a quick birthday card for my grandma with leftover MME paper and my Brackets 2 template.  I have mentioned how quick KLD templates make things, right?


Monday, June 17, 2013

May Arts Nautical Craft Challenge

I am very excited to be part of the May Arts Nautical Challenge.  If you aren't aware of how their challenges work, here is the quick version: they send out a call once a month asking for applicants.  Only 20 are picked.  I was very surprised when I saw my name on the list.

I have spent a lot of time around boats thanks to my grandparents, specifically my grandfather.  Every time I see nautical themed projects, I think of him.  I took this opportunity to work with some pictures of him from opening day of Balboa Yacht Club yacht club in Newport Beach, CA and his 90th birthday.  He was the oldest Staff Commodore on Opening Day and led the whole processional to start the event.  Watching this brought a tear to my eyes (and still does when I think about it).  The next day was his 90th birthday and our whole family gathered together to celebrate.  I live about 2,000 miles away, so it meant so much for us to be there. 


For my project, I worked with

Metallic Chain Cord 348-14-30;
Twill QN14;

I loved all these ribbons.  They were all so rich.  I have to say my favorite was the Metallic Chain Cord.  It is flat and lays great on paper.  It adds a fun sparkly touch to any project.  To create this layout, I started with the Peridot 7 sketch on ScrapbookSteals.com.  My plan is to frame this in a shadow box and hang it up on my wall of family portraits.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Layout Sketch

I had so much fun with the sketch today over at Practical Scrappers.  When I took these photos of my sleepy kids, I knew I wanted to scrap them together.  It is so rare that they both fall asleep at the same time anymore (mama kind of misses that quiet time!).  This sketch allowed me to do that! 

Here's the sketch:

And here is my take:

You may recognize the scallops on the side from my Kiwi Lane Blog Hop page.  In honestly, it was my test page, where I realized the scallops were too close together.  I knew I would recycle it, and here it is!  And those loops - they are made with some beading wire.  I love the affect it added!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Practical Scrappers: 10 Things - Vellum

Hi! Welcome back. Practical Scrappers is featuring projects using vellum. I love vellum. It is so versatile. I ran my piece of vellum through my Big Shot, using the Snow Flurries #2 Embossing Folder by Basic Grey/Sizzix. It gives an amazing texture.

Practical Scrapers: 10 Things - Bags

Today's feature on Practical Scrappers is using bags.  For this project, I emptied a glassine bag filled with arrows from one of my Studio Calico kits and filled it with some mini-confetti I had in my stash (some penny steals from Michael's I've had for years).

Using my Sweet Stamp Shop Cherry Blossoms stamp set (I'm entering this card in their Use What You Have Challenge), I stamped and colored the image.  Then out came the sharp pointy scissors and my Xacto knife to cut out the design so you can see the confetti shake through the card.  After filling the bag, I attached it to the white paper with some washi from my stash and attached it to my card base with some foam dots.

I'm also entering this card in ScrapbookSteals.com's Fussy Cutting Monday Craft Madness Challenge.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 10, 2013

KLD Blog Hop Winner

I'm so excited to announce the winner of my comment contest for the June Kiwi Lane Blog Hop:

This layout is so sweet and precious Kristy!!! I like that you show how you set it up with the templates! Love following your blog!!!
Congratulations Cathryn!!! Send me your address and your top 3 choices of KLD templates (I'll try my best to get you your top choice) and I'll get everything out to you soon!  You can send it to kmackeen1 at gmail dot com.

Friday, June 7, 2013

It's a Kiwi Lane Blog Hop!

Hi!  Welcome to the Kiwi Lane June Blog Hop.  If you are starting here, below is the list of participating blogs.  Be sure to hop through all the blogs...there is so much inspiration...and the more you comment, the bigger chance you have to win a $25 gift certificate to Kiwi Lane Designs.  Comments must be made by Sunday, June 9th at 11:59 MDT.  Some of us (like me) have additional prizes to win too!
  1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
  2. Omgits Emily http://omgitsemily074.blogspot.com/
  3. Kristy Mackeen - http://mamasanity.blogspot.com  <---- You are here!
  4. Heidi Trejo http://www.polkadotpixies.com/
  5. Brenda Smith -http://www.Theimperfectscrapper.blogspot.com
  6. Leslie Prinkki - http://www.scrapsofmine.blogspot.com
  7. Karen Weingartner www.paperheartcrafts.blogspot.com
  8. Ashley Newell - http://hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com
  9. Melissa Dehne- http://www.abitofscrappygoodness.blogspot.com/
Without further ado, here is the scrapbook page I made using my Scallop and Bracket templates.  I started by laying out my templates and a few key elements I knew I wanted to use:

After a little ink and a beautiful picture by my friend Stephanie, at Stephanie Watkins Photography, and here is the final product.

Kiwi Lane Design Templates: Scallop 2A and Brackets 2
Ink: Stampin' Up 2013-2015 In Colors
Washi: Freckled Fawn
Wood Veneers and Enamel Dots: Studio Calico
Paper: Up & Up (Studio Calico), Vellum (Studio Calico), Pink/Yellow (Echo Park)
Sugar Picks: Jillibean Soup

If you want more information on the technique I used to create the scallops on the bottom, be sure you check back on the Kiwi Lane blog on June 18th for my Tip Time Tuesday.  ;-)

Now, about that prize I promised.  I will pick one random comment left by 11:59 MST on Sunday, June 9th to win a set of Kiwi Lane Templates.  You must be a blog follower to win.


Practical Scrappers: June Card Sketch

It is graduation time around here.  Tomorrow, we are celebrating my nephew's high school graduation.  After seeing the card sketch for Practical Scrappers, I knew it was a perfect for a graduation card for him.  See if you can figure out his school's colors:


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Practical Scrappers: 2 Page Layout

Howdy!  Hope you are having a wonderful day.  I'm looking forward to a fun day with my family.  (Hubby is off of work today! YAY!)
Practical Scrappers is featuring 2 page layouts today.  I had fun combining 2-1 page layout sketches from ScrapbookSteals.com.  This is the Peridot 2 and 4 sketches.  You can find these sketches, and all the MidWeek Mojo sketches, here.  The challenge for me was to find a way to make these two pages cohesive with their different backgrounds - which is a huge challenge for me.  I had fun using similar patterns from my May Gossamer Blue kit to give it the look I wanted.  I think the patterns give it a fun look to match the fun (if not wet and booming) celebration on Memorial Day.


Monday, June 3, 2013

PGCB #33: Beachy Time

Is it really Monday again?!?  Time goes too fast!!!  I can't believe it is time again for another Paper Girls Challenge.  I love Heather's beach themed challenge.  I have a ton of beach pictures, but would you believe I decided to go with a card instead?!? 

Sweet Stamp Shop has started a Use What You Have Challenge.  I love Sweet Stamp Shop stamps.  They are so fun and whimsical.  I've had the Under the Sea set in my collection for a while and haven't used it.  So I decided this would be a great time - and a fun way to combine challenges.  I also used some Fancy Pants' Like Father Like Son paper, ribbon, and a ribbon slide that I've had in my collection for WAY too long.  My son picked out the Stickles to add a little extra sparkle to the card. 

I hope you play along with the Paper Girls Challenge.  You have until June 15th to enter your project on our website.  (Join in the Sweet Stamp Shop one as well!  They start a new challenge every Wednesday.  It is a great way to use some of your older stash.)

I'll be back later this week with some fun 2 page layouts and blog hop (and maybe even a little blog candy to go with it!).