Monday, January 31, 2011

Friendship Challenge

I made this card using some new cat stamps for the frienship challenge at The Paper Variety. Each part of the cat's body is a different stamp so you can stamp him in all different poses.

The Scrappiest Sketch Challenges

The Scrappiest was celebrating their 100th sketch last week with a new sketch each day. Here are a couple I have completed so far.
Sketch 103

Sketch 100

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Silhouette Giveaway on Scrapbook Express Facebook

I don't have a Facebook account, so forgive me if the terminology is incorrect here. If you do have a Facebook account, be sure to like Scrapbook Express to be entered to win a Silhouette!

Silhouette Give-away

Where: Scrapbook Express
When: Monday, February 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Scrapbook Express fan? Get a friend to like our page and mention you in a comment and you will receive an additional entry in our Silhouette Give-away!! We will randomly choose a winner from our Facebook Scrapbook Express Fans.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I was this week's winner at The Paper Variety.

This was my entry using their sketch.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

More Challenges

I have been scrapping challenges like crazy this month.

Here's a layout of Saffron with Sketch no. 139 at Creative Scrappers. I combined it with the Winter Wonderland challenge at Scrapbook Express.

I used sketch 17 at The Paper Variety for this layout.

Finally, I used the January 1st sketch at Stuck Sketches for this layout.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Scrappiest Sketch 99

I used sketch 99 from The Scrappiest Blog

for my layout about the Spanish Steps in Rome.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Banner Tutorial

Here is my tutorial featured this week on the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog.

Banners are all the rage and, by the looks of some of the collections that will be revealed at CHA Winter 2011, they will continue to be a popular item to use on your scrapping projects. Here's one way you can make the banners yourself.

Determine how wide and how long you want your banners, then cut a rectangle of pattern paper the size of your width by double your length.

Fold the rectangle in half and mark the center of the width of the rectangle with a pen or pencil.

Place your scissors on this pen mark and cut to the right and left to form a triangle.

Place the banner pieces on a piece of twine, ribbon, floss, etc. (I decided to use the fabric ribbon from the Newsprint Wrap for my banner instead of pattern paper. This ribbon is already creased in half, so I just had to cut the width and cut into triangles) and glue the two sides together with Inkssentials Glossy Accents.

Here's what the banner looks like once all the pieces are attached to the twine.

Here is my card using the banner. I used a sketch by Agnieszka Piskorz from the Bo Bunny Blog.

Bo Bunny Cambridge Collection
Newsprint Wrap
Bo Bunny Chunky Charms Brackets & Swirls Chipboard: Dark Denim
Bo Bunny Paradise Jewels
Cosmo Cricket and Basic Grey letter stickers
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan

Check back tomorrow for Julie's challenge!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Circle Challenges

I worked on a couple layouts for some different challenges yesterday and they both had circles.

The first layout, Cheers, is a photo of Tom in Quebec City with my favorite polar bear beer, and uses sketch #137 from Creative Scrappers.

The second layout, Printer Bed, with cute Saffron sleeping on the printer in the sun, is using this week's sketch at Sketch Inspiration. I also combined this with the Fuzzy Friends challenge at The Scrappy Tree and the Use Your Stash challenge at Scrapbook Daisies to use two pattern papers, 3 brads, 5 buttons, a border, letter stickers, sewing, and a couple embellishments. That's a lot of stuff!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


It's been a while since I participated in some challenges but thought it's about time to start again. This is a picture of me and Hailey on the deck on Christmas day. I used Sketch 97 at The Scrappiest Blog and combined it with the weekly challenge at Scrapbook Express to make a photo frame.

Friday, January 7, 2011

2010 Top Ten Cards

Since I chose my favorite layouts, I thought I should share my favorite cards too.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ad Challenge at Scrapbook {Express}ions Blog

It's my turn to host this week's challenge at Scrapbook {Express}ions blog. I hope you'll join us in the challenge.

This week’s challenge is to be inspired by a page of an article from Food Network Magazine. When I saw this page, I thought it would be perfect for a scrapbook layout.

I liked the photo placement and used that on my layout.

Basic Grey Jovial 12×12 Paper Pack
Basic Grey Jovial Woolies
Circut Expression, Joys of the Season and Graphically Speaking Cartridges
My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Collection: Princess Trims
American Crafts Black Cardstock
SEI Chalk Ink: Tiffany
Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink: Charcoal
Bo Bunny Mama-rzzi Buttons & Bling

Your Challenge: Create a 6×6 or larger layout inspired by the page of the article. Scrapbook Express will be giving a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant from this month’s challenges. This is the second challenge for the month of January. There will be 4 challenges this month. Members can submit one entry per challenge giving them up to four chances to win the $25 gift certificate. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 28th, 2011. Projects must be new for this challenge. Projects cannot be combined with any other Scrapbook Express forum challenge. By submitting to the challenge, participants give the right to the Scrapbook Express Blog team to post pictures of their entries on the winning announcement post.

Participants must have a account (it’s free) and will need to join the Scrapbook Express Flickr group. Participants should upload their projects and tag them with the corresponding challenge date seJAN6. (It’s important that it is tagged). View the projects, chose “Send to Group” then “Scrapbook Express”.

Participants will have until the following Wednesday at midnight MT (Jan. 12th for this challenge) to upload entries for the current week. In order for a gift certificate to be given, there must be at least 15 different entries for the month.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 Top 10 Layouts

It was hard to pick just 10 of my favorite layouts last year, but I think these are the ones . . . at least for the moment.

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