Saturday, April 27, 2013

Let's Celebrate! CMC Challenge

I discovered yesterday that the Color Me Creative Classroom is celebrating their 3rd birthday this weekend with lots of challenges ahead! I am super excited about this because for Mother's Day, I'm going to be able to register for my first set of Copics classes with their current BOGO sale!!

For this challenge, the theme of the project had to be CELEBRATIONS.  I found the Anya Celebrates stamp set by The Greeting Farm perfect for this challenge.

I haven't had any kind of training with my Copics, besides a few online YouTube tutorials. I colored Anya as follows:

Hair: E50/53/55
Skin: E000/00/R20
Khaki Pants: E31/35
Shirt/Shoes: YG03/25
Gift: BG02/05, V12/15/17

To add some sparkle to the bow and barrette, I added Lavender Stickles.  The image and sentiment are both stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  To pickup on the aqua background, I added a SP in Color button (in Aqua SeaGlass) and Blue Lagoon Twine from We R Memory Keepers.  White gel pen stitch marks are added to the yellow card base layer.  

The paper I used for this project was from a coordinated birthday stack from my stash that I found somewhere on clearance and the card base is Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Cardstock.

Both the stamped image and the sentiment banner are raised with foam tape to give the card added dimension.  Here's a close up of the card:

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just A Little Note - Fun with Inks! Trends Challenge

Using only leftover paper scraps, I pieced this card together for the next SP & Company's Trends Challenge, "Fun with Inks!"

I used the new Scapmaster's Paradise in Color ink, Ocean Waves.  It's hard to tell from the photograph, but the darker green layers in the card are actually kraft paper covered in the Ocean Waves ink.  I also used Ocean Waves for the sentiment and for the brushed ink edge of the white layer.

The paper is Echo Park's the Perfect Summer, from April's monthly kit.  Red polka dot washi tape, an Ocean Waves button with blue lagoon twine, and white gel pen stitch marks finish the card off nicely.

Supplies: Just a Note stamp set; Ocean Waves chalk ink; Echo Park Paper, the Perfect SummerWe R Memory Keepers Blue Lagoon Twine, Ocean Waves button

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Happy Everything - Birthday Banner Card

I got my April monthly kit in the mail yesterday from SP & Company and decided I would use it for a birthday card I was going to make for my co-worker -- who's birthday is on Monday!

The design came from a card I saw on Pinterest.  It was a great opportunity to use my new Big Build a Banner 2 stamp set.  I stamped the scallop banner in various inks, including Scrapmaster's Paradise newest color, Ocean Waves.  The Big Build a Banner 2 die tools made cutting the coordinating paper from Echo Park's, The Perfect Summer so easy!

One thing I did that is not that noticeable in the photograph above is that I covered the kraft layer with the Ocean Waves ink.  The kraft paper by itself didn't seem to flow with the rest of the card, but with the ink applied, I think it ties together better.

The sentiment came from the Bold Sentiments I set and is stamped in Memento Lady Bug.  The top red layer with the banners is raised up to give the card dimension.  The banners are stitched together with twine. Stitch marks with a white gel pen finish off the edges.

Here's another look at the card.

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Inks (from left to right): 
Memento - Paris Dusk, Lady Bug, Cantaloupe
Scrapmaster's Paradise In Color - Ocean Waves

Echo Park - The Perfect Summer
Gina K Designs - Pure Luxury Cardstock, Red Hot
Kraft Paper

Big Build a Banner 2
Bold Sentiments I

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Blessings

Here are two different birthday cards using the same stamp set with different colors.  This is the first time I've using Anya Celebrates by The Greeting Farm.  She's such a large stamp, that there wasn't much room left on the card front.  I actually had to put the sentiment on the inside.  I added a stamped background using the sun in the Sunshine Emma stamp set to fill the card. 

The suns are stamped with Memento Dew Drop  in Cantaloupe and Lady Bug.  I added "Xmas Red" Stickles to the barrette and to the bow on the gift.  I added stitch marks to the brown layer with a white gel pen.

I really liked how this card turned out so I created another birthday card using more teals and oranges.

The suns on this next card are stamped with Memento Dew Drop in Tangelo and Dandelion.
Since this Anya was more centered on the white card stock layer, I felt like something was missing in the lower right corner.  To fill the void, I added some orange washi tape and added a "clown fish" orange button with a small yellow bow.

On this card, I added "Waterfall" Stickles to the barrette and bow.

Once again, I added the sentiment from Anya Celebrates to the inside of the card.

If you received this card in the mail, would it make your birthday special? 

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Pure Happiness Is... Baby!

I wanted to create a card that I could enter into SP & Company's color combo and trends challenges this week.  The colors to use in this week's challenge are:

Aqua SeaGlass
Light Pink

I also like cards with a dual purpose so I used this opportunity to create another baby card for my sister.  She's having another baby shower in two weeks.  Since she doesn't know if the baby is a boy or a girl, I thought the Aqua SeaGlass and Light Pink could go either way.  I only wanted the card to have a hint of pink and blue.


The "Pure Happiness Is" sentiment (stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa) came in a prize package I received from SP & Company.  The paper is from Echo Park's Bundle of Joy - Boy collection that came with the March kit.  I used the Big Build a Banner I die tools to create the layered banner and had a sample stash of the new Scrapmaster's Paradise in Color buttons... shown in sandcastle and flamingo pink.  I pulled the white foamy alphabet stickers and ribbon from my long standing crafty stash of embellishments.  I also love how the score lines add visual interest to the front of the card... which helps draw attention to the sentiment.

UPDATE 4/17/13:  Check out my new Trends Challenge Winner badge (I've added it to the right column of my website).  I just received word that this card was selected as the SP & Company's Trends Challenge winner for Banners & Flags!!

I can't wait to receive my $25 gift certificate to the SP & Company Store.  There are so many new product releases for April that I'm sure I'll be able to put the prize to good use!!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Giraffe Baby Shower Card

To go along with the baby shower theme and to coordinate with the teal scrapbook album cover that was my gift, this is the card I created for my sister.  I got the idea from a card I saw on Pinterest.

It's actually a gate-fold card using the giraffe from the Create A Critter cartridge and a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background.  I added orange Stickles to the ears and some lace ribbon.  The sentiment is from SP & Company's Bold Sentiments I stamp set.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Look Who's One! Baby's First Birthday

Normally, a layout would include photographs but instead I created this layout for my sister's new baby who is due to arrive on or around June 14th.  This was the final page of a scrapbook album I created as a shower gift that documents events during baby's first year. They are waiting to find out the sex of the baby too so I tried really hard to keep the page gender neutral, playing off the colors of the background.

I used the Big Build a Banner I stamp set and die tools from SP & Company for the "Look Who's One!" banner.  Although it's hard to see, the banner is raised with pop dots to give the page added dimension.  I also discovered toward the end of my album that the lines from the Scallops & Lines stamp set in coordination with the Mini Card Creations II stamp set work perfectly together for the journaling area.

Since this layout incorporates Banners and Flags, it was also another opportunity to enter the SP & Company's Trends Challenge ending on April 16th.

Wish me luck!!  I usually stick to cards, so it was a big undertaking to delve into these scrapbook layouts.

Feel free to check out my other related posts:
Baby Album Part I
Baby Album Part II

Baby Album - Part II

As promised, here are the remaining pages of my sister's baby album.  These pages are dedicated to the baby's first holidays... beginning in July through the first year.  The baby is due June 14th.

I used SP & Company's Scallops and Lines and the Mini Card Creations II stamp sets for journaling options.  On the Christmas layout, I used the Happy Banners stamp set with coordinating die tool.  For the First Birthday layout, I used the Big Build a Banner I stamp set with coordinating die tools.  I added stitch marks around the photo placeholders with a white gel pen.

Independence Day & Labor Day 
Halloween & Thanksgiving 
Valentine's Day & St. Patrick's Day 
Baby's First Birthday - Look Who's One!!

I'm very happy with the way the album turned out!  Now I just need to go back and make albums for my two kids -- now ages 5 and 1.  :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Baby Album - Part I

My sister loved the scrapbook album I gave to her as a gift at her baby shower this weekend.  Now that she has it, I can add the layouts to my blog.  The SP & Company Scallops and Lines stamp set really came in handy.

I wanted her to be able to include some information from the pregnancy, as well as the birth of her baby, and memories from the first year.  She'll be able to document milestones, doctor's visits, and baby's first holidays.  Her due date is June 14th.

I also added 4"x4" placeholders that would easily fit Instagram photos.

Here is the album, page by page:

The Story of Me 
All About Mommy & Daddy
Mommy & Daddy are Having a Baby
Baby's First Ultrasound
Showers of Good Wishes
Mommy is Glowing and Growing Too
Before and After Photos
Hello World - Welcome Baby - The World Around Me 
New Baby Photos
Baby's Homecoming - Giraffe Theme Nursery
All of Baby's Firsts
First Bath & First Tooth
First Haircut & First Road Trip
Routine Doctor's Visits - Through Month #2
Routine Doctor's Visits - Month #4 & Month #6
Routine Doctor's Visits - Month #9 & Month #12
To see the holiday layouts during the baby's first year... more will come in my next blog post.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hello World: Sneak Peek of Scrapbook for Niece or Nephew -- Coming Soon!

So we've had a lot going on this week but on top of all of that, I've been under a tight two-week deadline to get my first complete scrapbook finished -- to give to my sister for her baby shower on Sunday.  I finished the book a couple of days ago and it turned out really great!  I am so excited to give it to her!

Unfortunately, I couldn't keep it a surprise.  When we visited a few weeks ago, I discovered she had already bought an album.  I had to tell her I was planning on making her an album as my gift.  I offered to make her an album and fortunately, she totally loved the idea! The big reveal will still be somewhat of a surprise on Sunday.  I have only given her two sneak peeks so far... this layout included.


My sister is a big fan of Instagram so when I decided to put this album together for her baby, it made perfect sense to add placeholders that would fit 4x4 Instagram photos (i.e., the yellow square above).  I wanted to make it easy for her to just fill in the info and add a photo or two.

This layout here is dedicated to the page when the baby is born.  I thought "Hello World" was a perfect phrase to use since I incorporated details of the birth with documentation of current events, prices of common goods, etc. from "the world around me".  I got the idea from a baby book we received when our daughter was born.   For example, you can say who the President was, add popular movies or TV shows, or document the price of a gallon of gas or the cost of a postage stamp.

I also tried really hard to keep this page gender neutral since they are waiting to find out the baby's sex.  See the shower invitations I made here.

This was also my first chance to use SP&Company's Big Build a Banner stamp set and coordinating die tools.  Which are super great, by the way!  I colored the banners with my Copics.

Since this week's Trends Challenge at Scrapmaster's Paradise uses banners and flags, I've also decided I'm going to use this layout for my entry.  Wish me luck!

I am really proud of the way this page turned out!  It's one of my favorites in the entire album!

UPDATE 4/9/13: When I designed the album, I tried to coordinate pages that were opposite from one another.  I cut out the baby bottle and carriage on my Cricut Expression and used SP&Company's Scallops and Lines stamp set for journaling.


Here's a larger view of the opposite page:

In ten more weeks, my new niece or nephew will be here! Can't wait!!