Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hooray!

I am SO excited today!  I actually got picked for the top 3 at the Case Study challenge blog!  I am very, very happy about this!  If you'd like to see the card it's actually the next post down.  :D  So I'm just excited about that today.  I haven't gotten a lot of scrapping done this week, I've had one of those summer colds - yuck.


I did start working in my Smash book a little bit.  I added some quotes that I wanted to remember to the first page, I put a pocket right at the beginning to hold cards and bigger items, and then on the next page I actually started "smashing" in some various things.  I think this is such a neat catch-all concept.  Granted if you have a bind-it-all or a cinch, you could easily make one yourself, but I don't have those tools and I think $12 is worth it for the shear convienence of it already made up.

I love the little pockets.

This is a favorite Mark Twain quote and I think it works great in this book.

Various things - I can't wait to dig through my drawers for more stuff that I know I've stashed away.

So that's it for today.  I hope to have a new card for you guys tomorrow.  Thanks to all my new followers!  It really makes my deal to read all of your wonderful comments!  As always, Happy Scrappin!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Case Study Challenge 45

Here's the card that I designed for the Case Study Challenge this week.


I am pretty happy with this one! The bike and sentiment stamps are from Unity's itty bitty line, which I love. I colored the bike with watercolor pencils and then added some stickles and gems for some sparkle. The clouds are from Papertrey Ink and I added stickles to those as well. I think the little picket fence really pulls the card together and that was actually out of a little desktop pink flamingo kit someone gave me a few years ago. You never know where you'll find scrapbook inspiration!

I also wanted to comment on my trip to Big Lots today. They had a lot of stamps there and they were mostly $2 each. So I picked up a few and some Martha Stewart ink pads. Go check it out! I've been pretty happy with my big lots finds recently.

That's it for today! I hope everyone has a great weekend and of course, Happy Scrappin!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge 87

Today I have a card for the challenge over at The Play Date Cafe. These were fun colors to work with and I love how the card turned out. Here are the colors:


Here is the card I created. I used this great stamp from Hampton Art for the focus of the card. I heat embossed it in white for emphasis on the red background. Then I trimmed the edges with some decorative scissors. The blue behind it is embossed with my cuttlebug. Then I used some metal trinkets on the edges that I found at a little vintage shop I like.

I love how it turned out! The colors really seem to pop on the grey cardstock. And of course, that stamp is just stunning.

I also thought I would show what I do to the backs of my cards. I had two custom stamps made and this is one of them. Sometimes I will write the date on there as well. But I love how this stamp completes the card and people always know it was handmade, which is great. I got these made by a person on ebay who has all sort of designs.

So that's it for now. Hope you enjoyed it and as always, happy scrappin!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Smash!

So my local scrapbook store got their second shipment in today of the Smash line. I was very excited to see these! I think these are great idea books. I know you can use composition books, but I like that the pages in the Smash books are sturdy cardstock and are already decorated. I have a ton of little things in my top desk drawer that I plan to smash. Things like quotes that I've found that I don't want to forget, little images and drawings, fortunes from cookies, cards, etc.

So I bought two of the books - the red doodle book and the pink pretty book. All of the books are really cute. The pink book I am going to use as my idea smash book. The red one I am saving for a special project. The hubby and I are going to try to get pregnant soon and I think this Smash book will be perfect for a pregnancy journal. It will be easy to smash little trinkets in, hospital bracelets, ultrasound photos, doctors cards, etc. Plus I will have a place to write down interesting things like cravings, or baby names I like. I can stick photos of ideas for the nursery or things that I would like to buy for the baby. I think this will be easy for me to do with little time and it will be really neat for people to look through! I am totally excited about it!

Anyway, all the little accessories are too cute as well. I basically bought one of each thing they had. There were a few items that I wanted that weren't available so I'll have to pick them up later - the bands to hold the books closed when overflowing and the little pink and white paper clips. I love this idea and I think it's perfect for those with little time. This won't change the way I scrapbook, I will still have all my pages and do my card making. But this is a great, artsy way for me to save ideas and journal without worrying too much about it. If I really enjoy this I might invest in a Cinch or Bind-it-all. But for 12.99 for these Smash albums and all the work done for you, I think that's hard to beat!

Until next time, Happy Scrappin!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

I am so behind this year on Father's Day. I just got my cards done so they will be late. But - I am really happy with them!


So my first step was to use the new Tim Holtz embossing folders that I got to create the backgrounds. Then I used a sanding block and a distress tool on it. The car paper is by Graphic 45 (totally loving their papers!). I used Ditto stamps for the Father's day sentiment both inside the card and out. A few scraps of ribbon and some metal gear embellies finish off the cards.



I am so thrilled with these cards. I know that my Dad and Father-in-law are going to love them. I am so glad that we are getting some more masculine papers and embellies out. A few years ago it was tough to do a card for a guy!


For the inside of the cards I just attached on more car image and the stamped sentiment. I thought this was visual enough and yet still simple. It also leave a bit of space for writing.


So that's it for today! I hope everyone enjoys the day and celebrates time with the dads in your life! As always, Happy Scrappin!