Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Artist Trading Cards #2

Hi Friends! Just a quick post of some ATC's that I made from leftovers of the My Creative Scrapbook November Main Kit. The images are from Lunagirl ( I LOVE her image cd's & have several of them). I also used that awesome EK Success Parisian Edger punch for the border! Simple & Easy!
Thanks for taking a peek!
Lynn :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cake Slice "Party Favor" Wheel

I made this using "left-overs" from the My Creative Scrapbook November Main Kit that featured the Teresa Collins Friendship Collection.

These card stock favor boxes held together with a ribbon, are the perfect addition for any get-together & can be made to suit any holiday or occasion. I saw this on BHG's online website & thought it looked fun! I have changed a couple things as I found the original instructions to be a little vague.

Patterned paper (scraps), adhesive or 2 sided tape, ribbon, straight or hat pin, bone folder or scorer, 13 sheets of 8.5 x 11 card stock in colors of your choice, topper decor.

The pattern can be found at:
Cake Wheel Pattern
*Open the pattern & save it to a word file. I enlarged it approx 200%

*Print pattern on 13 sheets of card stock ( 12 sheets for boxes & 1 as a template)

*Cut 12 boxes along SOLID lines. Also cut slit on end flap
*Score, using a bone folder or scoring tool all dotted lines of the pattern... scoring makes the folding a breeze!
*Fold box along the scored lines & secure with some adhesive on side & bottom. ( I used 2 sided tape).
*Fill with some yummies & tuck end flap into slit.

*Using remaining card stock pattern, cut out section that represents the cake top. This will be used as a template for the printed paper ( see below)
*Cut 12 of these from the printed paper. I cut mine approx 1/4 inch smaller on all sides so the card stock could be seen as a border. I also inked the edges of the cake wheel a bit.
*Adhere to top of cake wheel.

*Place ribbon around slices to hold boxes together. Then using a hat pin pull ribbon snug & pin together. This makes for a "quick" take apart!!

Top-off cake with topper decor to match your theme/or embellies! I just set mine on top!

There ya go!! I am looking forward to seeing how you decorate your cake slide party favor wheel! Have Fun & thanks for visiting!!
Lynn :D

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Creative Scrapbook Guest Designer " OLD FRIENDS"

Wow what beautiful papers!! The November Kit from My Creative Scrapbook features the yummy "Friendship Collection" from Teresa Collins. I have had this photo of my Grandma (right hand side) & her friends & was just waiting for some papers... I seen these & thought "YES!!". I altered the pic to give it a blue tint. I think that helped hide the some of the graininess from enlarging the photo.
I cut a ring using to hold the photo as a frame. I always gravitate toward circles in my layouts!! I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the black card stock under the pic & added a rub on to the photo. The little pink lettering was cut from one of the quote boards in the kit.

My title work was done on the PC in a Word document. I just spaced the font far enough to be punched with a circle punch, printed on 12x12 paper that I cut down to 8.5 x11, then adhered each letter to a larger black card stock circle. I inked the edges with Distress Broken China ink & added some pink Liquid Pearl drops. The letter "toppers" are from KI memories & are a glitter border sticker that I cut & placed on top. I then used some foam squares to mount the letter to the layout & to give it some depth. The PC is a great place to make title work!

The circle is trimmed with a die cut made with a Sizzix die on my Big shot.I The chipboard flowers are also part of the Teresa Collins collection. I added some Liquid Pearl pink droplets scattered about the background to bring some color to the layout.
I had sooooo much fun with this layout!! I just love old photos , don't you???
Thanks so much friends for taking a peek!!!

My Creative Scrapbook Guest Designer "SO PRETTY"

When I opened the My Creative Scrapbook November Kit & seen the Teresa Collins Friendship Collection.. I knew I wanted to use this photo! It is a picture of my daughter-in-laws bridesmaids & I think it worked wonderful with the friendship theme of the kit . All day long everyone was commenting that they looked "so pretty"... thus the title!!
I wanted to make the layout pop so I used lots of bling & my old card stock!
I used the Fiskars Sunburst border punch to punch the edges of the background paper. I inked the edges with Distress Worn Lipstick ink & adhered to black card stock. The black letters are Pink Paislee... but seemed a little lost, so I mounted them on pink card stock, then cut & "Stickled" with Fruit Punch Stickles. The "ring " is also Teresa Collins & was included in the kit.

The Friendship quote was cut from the printed paper & doubled matted. I added some gems to the corners for detail.

I did quite a bit of cut work in this. I use Cutterbee scissors.. I highly recommend them!! This was cut from the printed paper & was originally black & white. I inked it a bit with the Worn Lipstick ink & then added the Stickles to highlight!
This was actually a very fast layout & came together so easy! The kit is awesome & I was so honored to be considered... much less chosen!!
Thanks friends for taking a peek!!!
Lynn :D

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Creative Scrapbook Guest Designer "FARAWAY FRIENDS"

Hello Friends! I was lucky enough to be asked to Guest Design for My Creative Scrapbook using their November Main Kit that features the Teresa Collins "Friendship" line. This was quite an honor & I must admit I was a bit humbled!!
The inspiration for the layout was a photo of my mother as a little girl with her friend! I wanted to play on the friendship theme... so all of the layouts are about friends! My mom was born in 1922, so I figured she was around 5 or 6 in this photo! I am amazed how the older photos are so much better than the ones from the 70's & 80's The photo paper quality is amazing!

The Friendship line is blue, white & black, however I wanted to play with the masks that can with the kit , so I tossed in some red card stock. I used the Tim Holtz mini mask & some Black Soot Distress ink for the masking. I then used this masked card stock to accent the wonderful papers. I also placed some of this behind the Teresa Collins clock transparencies. The flower was made from the same papers & had a Petaloo silk base for some dimension.

I used a Fiskars Threading Water punch for the punched border. The papers come with such wonderful quotes & I wanted to use these! So I cut one out, inked it a bit with Distress Fired Brick ink & it filled an area that was sort of empty!! I also added the same punched border for continuity.

The photo frame is made from 2 main items, The paper part is cut from one of the quote boards. I added a cut KI memories glitter sticker in a pattern around the frame. A Bo Bunny rub-on was applied to the pic for some much needed detail!
Thanks so much friends! I will be posting more from the kits... so do not get tired of me!!!

You guys are the best!

Lynn :D

I Am Here To Live Out loud

Hi Friends! The inspiration for this layout is a photo of my Mom taken in June 2009. As many of you may remember my Mom was very sick in the spring... and a few months later she looked fantastic!! She is 87 ( soon to be 88) & is an amazing example of "living out loud". I used the June kit from My Creative Scrapbook that featured the Lily Bee "French Couture" papers. I thought the colors worked wonderfully with the pic!
This was also my first attempt at sewing on a layout! I know many of you do this on a regular basis.... but I had some HUGE fears to overcome! You have to look close... I have stitched around the layout on the printed paper! /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ :D

I cut a couple scalloped edged papers to place under the photo. I then inked the edges with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. It has to be on of my fav's in the Distress Inks line. I matted the photo to match the ribbon & distressed it with Walnut Stain ink. The title is kit included Pink Paislee "Captivating" chipboard alphabet. It had quite a bit of letters. That is a fairly long title & I still have leftovers for another layout! The bling flourishes are from a double pack Zva Creative self adhesive crystals. I placed them in a mirror image to use as a base to the photo!

The flowers were really easy. I cut then using various dies & papers from the kit plus card stock used in layout. The leaf & fern punches are both from Martha Stewart. I folded the leaf down the center & ran the fold over the ink to give it the leaf vein. All flower layers were inked with both Walnut Stain & Spiced Marmalade! The flower centers are brads from Creative Imaginations & came with the kit. I added some bling around the border, a few scattered small Retro punch flowers & wahhhhlaaah .... done! It was such a joy to do this layout of my Mom!!
I want to thank everyone for visiting! It is so nice to share with my scrappy friends!

Friday, October 9, 2009

All Things Grow With Love

Hello Friends! The inspiration for this layout is my sweet niece Christy & her hubby Richard! We were gathered celebrating Richards 40th birthday & I was able to snap a pic of them together without the kids! That does not happen too often LOL!!
I used the August Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook featuring the Basic Grey Lemonade Collection. Everything came in or was made with contents of kit with exception of black card stock & blue bling! I used an awesome sketch by Liz Qualman. I do not often use sketches, but her sketches inspire me!!
I made the black scallop die cut using the "Quick N Easy "scallops technique from a couple posts ago. I then layered with a circle that was inked with Distress Broken China ink. The hearts are chipboard covered with printed paper, inked & bling-ed a bit! The large LOVE is Basic Grey Wilma raw chip letters & is hanging from Websters ribbon.

The flower is Prima & was included in the kit. I adhered the branch to follow the circle so it would have some "flow. The butterfly was inked with Ranger Pitch Black Alcohol ink. I placed some paper scraps behind the chipboard to fill in the wings.

I punched hearts & mini flowers from the papers & added them to the die cut! The "all things grow" are adhesive letters from the Lemonade collection. I inked them with Distress Black Soot, as they were originally pink. The arrow bling is made by "Glitz". I also used this as the butterfly trails.
This was such a fun layout to do!! I love the papers & were perfect for the photo! Thanks to all my friends who stop & visit!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

One Room School House

The inspiration for this layout is an amazing photo of my Grandma at a rural Missouri one room schoolhouse. The photo was used as proof of my Grandma's age. She had no birth certificate & this was considered documentation of her age. She was born in 1897 & was 13 year old & in the 8th grade when the photo was taken in 1910. The children look so much older .. they all had to do hard hard work at that time. She is on the far left leaning against the school.
I have had the picture for some time, but was waiting for the perfect papers. If you notice in the picture you can see the dried leaves & dirt roads . When I opened the September My Creative Scrapbook main kit I knew it was perfect!! It features the Pink Paislee Amber Road Collection papers! Are they not yummy??? Love em.

This was really a very simple layout to do. The fabulous chalkboard die cut is made by Collage Press. It was originally a 12" die cut that I cut down to size to act as a "frame" for my black card stock matted photo. After I adhered the photo I added some Prima black crystal flourishes around the edges. The tree is a Pink Paislee rub-on that I rubbed on clear plastic & cut out with my CutterBee scissors. The rub-ons on the photo are also from the same pack!

The letters are Thickers & were included in the kit. I punched the background paper with Fiskars Lace border punch. I love this punch for vintage. I inked the edges of the papers with both Distress Frayed Burlap & Distress Aged Mahogany. The small deco swirl is a Cuttlebug die that I cut with my Big Shot.

The flowers are kit included Prima's that I took apart added the burnt orange & black layers to make them pop! The apple was from a RAK from & is made by EKSuccess. I inked it & added the little distressed 1910.
This was a super easy lo to do! EVERYTHING but the apple was from the kit ! I had such fun with this lo! The papers & picture did all the work!! Thanks so much for taking a look! Always nice to hear from friends!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Quick N Easy Budget Friendly Scallops

Hi friends!~ I have had several people ask me how I have made some of my scalloped papers & I thought I would share how simple it is to do! The supplies are very basic : paper, spool of thread, circle template ( in this case I used a bowl! ) ,marker & scissors.

First mark the spool for the size scallop you would like & be sure to take the mark up the side of rim a bit. I chose to male this one pretty much down the middle.

I then place the bowl on backside of paper & trace.
Place your spool on the traced circle with the mark touching the tracing on both sides & draw around the spool top.
Next move the spool over to the end of the first scallop again with marks touching traced circle. Draw around & continue this around circle. Adjust the size at end if off a little bit!
Next cut with those awesome CutterBee scissors!

If you have some irregular cutting, you can even it out using a nail file!
I then ink the edges to give it a finished look. You can make the scallops as big or as small as you would like by using different size spools & marking them in various spots.
It's that easy!! You can also use it on straight edges, hearts, background layers etc. Here is couple samples that I have done with this technique. I have used it MANY times!!

Thanks so much for stopping by & taking a peek! I love to share & am happy to hear your ideas too!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Enjoy The Little Things

Hi friends! The inspiration behind this layout is this pic of my son Nick & I at a family get together! The reason I love the photo so much is because of the crooked grin on Nick's face! My father, who passed away 20 years ago when Nick was only 8 years old, had that same crooked smile! Every now & then when Nick gets tickled about something... that grins pops up! When I seen this photo it brought a huge smile to MY face & happy memories of my Dad! It really is a little thing, yet brings me so much joy!
I used Basic Grey's Marrakech papers. I love the rich colors to that collection! I thought they worked really well with the photo. The design is very basic. The background paper was punched with a fiskars scallop punch & the edges were inked with both Distress Spiced Marmalade & Nick Bantock Prussian Blue ink. I have posted about the Nick Bantock inks before.. they are AWESOME. They are made by Ranger ( Distress, Tim Holtz & Adirondack), and are rich rich jewel toned inks.
I made the flower using paper layers & card stock cut from various punches & dies . The edges were inked with the Prussian Blue & the Spiced Marmalade. I added a EK Success Fern punch for foliage.

The letters are Basic Grey "Sweets" that have been inked with Ranger pitch black alcohol ink. I think the double matted pic really helped bring the blue from the pic into the layout.

I hand cut the large scalloped paper layer & inked the edges. I punched some small Retro flowers and adhered them to the dips in the scallops! Orange bling was used as the flower center! This added a much needed detail!

I love the Rusty Pickle flourishes that I inked with the Pitch Black alcohol ink. I then added some blues flowers & a couple bling accents.. and Wahlah done!
This was such a fun layout to do! I am so happy to share my Dad & Nick's grin with my friends! Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Let's Do Fishy Face"

This adorable picture of my niece Anna & daughter in law Stephanie was this inspiration for this layout! It was Anna's B-day party & Stephanie brought a huge pink & orange glittery, glittery, glittery fish with huge eyes & lovely long lashes!! It was the hit of the party! Glitter everywhere ... and tons of fun! Anna was "posing "with the fishy & kept saying "Let's do fishy face"!! Ironically both girls had on pink & orange clothes just like the fish!
So when the August 2009 My Creative Scrapbook kit came in the mail, I KNEW it was made for this photo! The kit features My Minds Eye, Adventure Series "Fruit Flavored" line of paper! They scream summer fun!
The flowers were made with both Prima paper flowers & cardstock punched with various dies & punches. I added some cardstock punched branches ( Martha Stewart spooky branch) to the flowers to give a "sea weed' feel to the layout. The edges of the background paper was punched with the Fiskars Effervesance punch & inked with both Distress "worn lipstick" & "spiced marmalade' ink. Kit included buttons were placed in corners with a touch of bling. They are made by Bo Bunny Buttons n Bling.
The "bursts" are from a McGill punch with a touch of bling for the center. The title letters are good old Thickers ( also from the kit). They were originally white, however I inked them with 2 shades of Ranger alcohol ink- watermelon & sunset orange.

I matted the pic with pink cardstock & added a blue punched border. I wanted to include a couple fish, so I dug through my old stash & found some old Sticko stickers that I adhered to blue cardstock & then cut leaving a small cardstock edge. This seemed to make them more of an embellie. I inked the edges with Adirondack pool ink & mounted with Glue Dots.
What a fun layout to do!! Such a great memory too! My sister is still finding glitter! Thanks for sharing your time with me friends! I appreciate it very much!


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