Thursday, July 25, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Sketch Challenge

Today's feature on Practical Scrappers is a sketch challenge.  I loved the sketch Liz came up with.  It is so such a fun layout, and perfect for a layout of my Road Warriors (including me).  I did flip it 180 degrees, so I could use my new "road" washi tape from Freckled Fawn on the layout - it only seemed appropriate.  :-)

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it, using my July Gossamer Blue kit...
Thanks for visiting me today.  See you tomorrow with some more fun stuff!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Emerald, White and Royal Blue

Today's feature at Practical Scrappers is to use Emerald, White and Royal Blue.  When I heard this, I KNEW I had to dig into my Kate & Co papers by My Mind's Eye.  The colors of the Oxford Lane collection is perfect for this challenge.  I also loved My Mind's Eye's July Sketch Challenge - make sure you check it out.  And the whole color scheme worked great with some more of the photos from our shoot with Stephanie Watkins.

Here is my layout:

I have a confession to make on this one!  When I was doing my masking/mist layout for Practical Scrappers a couple weeks ago, I had a lot of misfires before I got to that final layout.  This is background paper was one of them.  I used Studio Calico's Blizzard Mr. Huey to create the background, but it just wasn't working with what I had in mind so I set it aside.  I KNEW I would be able to work it into something.  ;-)  I think it worked great here.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

PGCB #36: Watercolor!

I'm a little late posting this.  Yesterday, The Paper Girls Challenge posted a new challenge: using watercolors on your layout.  If you haven't seen all the beautiful work put together by The Paper Girls, go check it out

For my layout, I used a sketch from Simple Sketches as a jumping off point (excuse the pun).  I absolutely loved the sketch and I will be using it again!  Have you ever heard of Peerless Watercolor Papers?  They are these amazing little sheets that have some highly concentrated pigment embedded on it.  I got them in the mail right before we left on vacation and I've been itching to try them out!  It is amazing how much paint is on the little sheets.  I used some Stampin' Up Bridesmaid paper that had some vertical lines embossed on it.  They really stand out when I applied the watercolors to it.  A few diecut circles, some stamped water splashes, and my Kiwi Lane templates, and I have a fun layout about my son learning to dive.  :-)


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

And We Have a Winner...

Congrats to Marisa Torp!  You won my 100th post contest.  Send me your address and I'll mail out some goodies to you shortly!
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Tags

I was having a fun time combining a few challenges with today's layout.  First, Practical Scrappers is featuring the 10 Thing team (that's me) using tags.  You can see the tag I stamped with "Hello Love" to highlight my honey.

The starting point of this layout was the Aquamarine 1 sketch on (seen here).  I'm also fulfilling one of their Birthday Challenges, but using 4 washi tapes on this layout.  The papers are from the Studio Calico July kit.  The other embellishments are from the Gossamer Blue July kit.  (Yes, I'm mixing it up a little here.  ;-) )


Friday, July 12, 2013

Kiwi Lane Designs: Let's get shrunk!

Whew!  Busy day here at Mama's Sanity.  I'm also up today with a quick Weekend Whimsy project at Kiwi Lane Designs

I love the Paradise templates from Kiwi Lane (well, I love them all, really).  When I saw they were the featured templates for July, I though, how fun would it be to make necklaces for my kids?  And I knew the washi from Downtown Tape would make a great accent on the necklaces.  So I found some shrink paper hiding in my stash and went about to making some necklaces.  I love how they came out.  For a more details about how I made these, check out the Kiwi Lane blog today.

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Practical Scrappers: Project Life Kick Off

Today is the kick off of the Practical Scrappers' Project Life team.  Before we left for Florida, I knew I wanted to kind of a hybrid style scrapbook for the trip.  I am going to do project life pages about each day in the front and traditional scrapbook pages about the special moments in the back.  Every book needs a cover page, right?  So here is mine.  I may tweak it as I work on the book, but for now, I'm happy with it! 

It is a simple design, but I didn't want to cover up too much of the sunset.  I printed a 12x12 photo (you can do this at Costco if you don't have access to a widepath printer) and simply cut it to fit into Becky Higgins' page protector.

Don't forget, I have a giveaway going on.  Make sure you click here!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

100th Post Giveaway!

Wow!  I can't believe it my 100th post!  To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway. 

How about some of KaiserCraft's Needle and Thread collection?  I have this 6.5"x6.5" pad, as well as some of their great embellishment to send your way. 

Needle & Thread Paper Pad 6.5

You have until Tuesday, July 16th to enter.  I will announce the winner on the 17th.  Good luck!
Due to shipping costs, this contest is only open to my US and Canadian fans. 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Practical Scrapper: Card Sketch

 Are you in need of a quick card?  Practical Scrappers has one for you today.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:
If you liked the little card I made using Stampin' Up stamps, you will be excited by the news I have to share.  Starting August 8th, I'm will be part of a new design team:

I'm excited to be a part of this new group!  We have a lot of great ideas and projects in the pipeline.  I'm so excited, I'm going to host a giveaway tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Misting

I love using mists.  You have probably seen them show up on a lot of my layouts, whether as little splatters, or even drawing with straw from the spritzer. 
When the topic came up today on Practical Scrappers, I jumped at the chance to do a layout.  I thought it would be fun to use my mists to create a title on my page. I had some Heidi Swapp mask letters that I used to create this title.  One thing I learned (the HARD way) is to make sure the letters are stuck down REALLY well before starting to spritz.  After the mist dried, I outlined the letters with a black marker and then pulled up the mask letters.  There was some bleed under by the mists, but I am really happy with how it came out.

Monday, July 8, 2013

PGCB #35: 3 Journaling Cards

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!  Ours is in full swing here.  Sorry I've been a little MIA on my blog lately (I'll be making up for 2 weeks off with LOTS of new projects coming!).  We were in Florida for a fun filled family vacation.  It was a wonderful time and I took a TON of photos.  You will be seeing a lot of them over the next weeks...or months.  ;-)  And here is the first...

There is a new challenge today over at The Paper Girls Challenge...using 3 journaling cards on a project.  Can you find them on these project? 

I wanted to show that journaling cards don't have to be just for journaling.  I cut 3 from Crate Paper's The Pier Accents and Border pages:
  • The geotag with the journaling (which was actually cut out from the full journaling card)
  • The yellow "Happy" tag
  • The pink square with the white scallop circle behind the geotag and the beach ball, also from The Pier collection
I also used Scallop templates from Kiwi Lane Designs to add a little color and patterned paper (all from the Gossamer Blue June kit) to the page.

See you tomorrow with another fun new project!