Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Little Red Wagon #170

Happy Wednesday everyone! We have a fun challenge this week at Little Red Wagon.  Rosanne wants us to create something with a jar die or image.

I adore mason jars!  In fact, I have a whole collection of them!  I love using them for different crafts or as decorations around the house.  I even use them for holding some of my scrapbooking items in my scrap space!

So, the first thing I wanted to do with this challenge was to use an actual mason jar.  I thought it would be fun to fill one with candy and create a little Valentine's Day gift.

I went to the store and picked up some red and white jelly beans and filled a small jar with them. Then I created a cute little tag to go along with it.  I started with a digi image of a mason jar that I printed on Kraft cardstock and then I simply added a couple of hearts and a sentiment. (I was inspired by a design I saw on the Internet - but I can't remember where I saw it.)

I tied some yummy red and white ribbon around the jar and then added the tag to the ribbon :)  Now I just have to decide who to give it to...

I really hope you decide to play along this week!  Be sure to link up your project on the Little Red Wagon blog - I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Little Red Wagon #169

Our challenge this week at Little Red Wagon is from Regan.  She wants us to use text on a project.

No problem! I had this great paper from Fancy Pants and an adorable digi image from Saturated Canary that I wanted to use, so I put the two together and created this card.

The background paper has text on it, so it fit the challenge and I loved the other two papers that were a part of the collection so I used bits of them as well. 

Of course, I used my Copic markers to color the image.  I have to admit that I am really having a love affair with my Copic markers lately!  I am sure you can tell that by the last few cards I have made!  I just love sitting down and bringing an image to life as I add the color to it. 

Do stop by Little Red Wagon to see what the other girlfriends have created for this challenge.  I am sure you will be inspired to create something of your own using text :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Oh My Word! Blog Hop With Two Scrapbook Friends

Welcome to the Two Scrapbook Friends Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from Shelby’s blog. If you didn’t, you might want to start at Two Scrapbook Friends, so you can read all about it and you won’t miss any of the great inspiration along the way!

My word for 2013 is GIFT.  I truly believe in my heart that everything good in life is a gift and I want to try to be more aware of that this year. I don't want to take anything for granted, but I want to live each day with the awareness of all the good that surrounds me and to be thankful for it.

With that in mind, I created a layout based on my word.  I started with a photo collage, something that I have never done on a layout before!  The photos represent a very small sampling of some of the gifts in my life; family, friends, sunsets, flowers, interesting places and pretty things.

Then I pulled out some papers and chipboard from Fancy Pants The Good Life line - one of my all-time favorites!  I created my background by using one of the pattern papers and stitching it to a piece of red cardstock. 

From there I did a light splattering of paint and started layering strips of the pattern papers. Then I added the photo collage that I matted in black.

After the photo was in place, I just had fun with all the little bits and pieces that I added to my layout.  I love digging through my stash to see what might work on a page.  For this layout, I found a doily, a couple of wooden hearts (that I painted to match the layout) and of course some buttons.

The chipboard frame that I used on the title was part of the Fancy Pants collection.  The title was cut on my silhouette.  And there you go!

Now remember, in order to be entered to win:

1.   Leave a comment on all the blogs as you go and then go back to the Two Scrapbook Friends blog and leave a final comment there by Monday, January 21st, by midnight.
2.   To have a second chance to win, send YOUR special word that inspires you in 2013 in an email to Put "Blog Contest" in your subject line.
3.   Create your own design based on your special word and upload it to our Gallery and Forum before February 28 at 11:58 pm, and receive 10 Forum Buttons towards gift certificates in the store!
4.   Check back at the Two Scrapbook Friends Blog on January 22nd to see if you are the prize winner. (Winners will not be contacted personally.)

If you haven't done so already, be sure to stop by each of the following blogs and leave a comment! Also, be sure to leave a final comment on the Two Scrapbook Friends blog.

I really hope you enjoyed our Blog Hop and that you are now encouraged to choose a word for yourself for 2013.  I also hope that our creations will inspire you in your scrapbooking as the new year starts.  

May this be a year of special memories for each of you

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Little Red Wagon #168

Our challenge this week at Little Red Wagon is to make something with a repeated shape.  I started with a sweet little image from Sassy Cheryl that had this fabulous star and I then repeated the stars on the side of my card.

Of course I used my Copic markers to color the little guy and then I paper pieced the star.

I also used star shaped buttons on top of the die-cut stars as well as using star patterned paper!

Wow - now I am really seeing stars! I hope you join in the fun this week at Little Red Wagon!  Also, be sure to see what the other Girlfriends created for this challenge.  I am sure you will find some great inspiration as you visit their blog.

I'm sharing this on Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday Blog since I used one of her images :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator - January 2013

The purpose of our Inspiration Elevator challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow.  

The start of a new year is a great time to look ahead to all that we hope to happen in the future, but it is also a good time to look back at where we have been.  We thought we would do the same thing with our creative process.  So, this month we are looking back over the last year and sharing our Top 10 Favorites - some of the designs that reflect growth or success in our creativity.  

Here are my Top 10 of 2012, in no particular order.  If you click on the title of the layout, it will take you to the original post where you can find more details :)

This is still one of my favorite layouts ever.  I love the Kraft background with the contrast of the black and I adore all the eclectic bits and pieces that went into this layout.

I really scrapped outside the box with this layout.  The creation of the burst background (without a template) using a variety of papers and stickers, was a creative delight! 

I like the framed background on this layout and I especially like the addition of the corrugated paper.  The simplicity of the repeated title has real eye-appeal for me and the journaling on this page, which was part of the challenge, is what makes this layout extra special for me.

This page is one of my favorite Inspiration Elevator layouts!  It has many of my signature elements on it, including paint splattering, stitching and a clean, airy feel. 

I love pink! And for that reason alone, this layout is a favorite of mine!  That, and the fact that my sweet niece, Emily, is on the page!

Uncluttered, simple and a great color combination makes this layout a stand-out for me! Plus, it was the first layout where I created my own title using my Silhouette Cameo!

The reason I chose this layout, is that the photo and the papers seem to have such a great fit with each other.  They work so well together that you would think they were made for each other!  I also like all the embellies I added and the balance of the page.

This layout typifies a major trend in scrapbooking this year - barn-board pattern paper!  It creates such a natural, earthy feeling background and I love how it worked with the orange and teal color scheme on this layout.

This layout challenged me to 's-t-r-e-t-c-h' my creative process as I truly have become a single-page scrapbooker!  I like the fun, bright colors and how I maintained a clean look on the page, while still having fun with paint, stitching and a banner cluster.

Pure fun! That is what this layout is for me! From the photos and the paint splatters, to the ripped paper pieces and the stitching, I truly adore this layout! Everything on this page seems to have captured the spirit of the photos!

So, there you have it!  My Top 10!   I hope you will take the time to see what my Inspiration Elevator team mates chose as they reflected on this challenge. 

Thanks for looking ~

Thursday, January 10, 2013

You Will Go Far

I have a bit of catching up to do!  I have a few layouts that I completed last year but I have not put on my blog yet.  One of them is a layout that I created with product that was sent to me from Canadian Scrapbooker.  When I agreed to be featured in their Passport to Creativity article (Winter 2012 Issue), I was asked to create a layout using an awesome collection from Studio Calico - Abroad.  

This was a travel themed collection, but I didn't have any travel photos that I felt inspired to work with.  Instead I used the collection with some photos of my niece, Sarah, that I took this past summer.

I titled my page "You Will Go Far" and my journaling reads:  Sarah - you are such a beautiful girl and your future holds endless possibilities!  Always remember to JUST BE YOU and you will go far."

I stayed true to my clean style, while at the same time I had fun with some of the embellishments.

I especially loved the wooden transportation pieces - how adorable are they!  I also added a clip with some twine and I used my Dymo Label Maker (I really have to use that more often - I love it!). 

Thanks for looking ~

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Little Red Wagon #167

It's Wednesday already!  That means that it is time for another fun challenge at Little Red Wagon.  Janice has issued the challenge this week and she wants to see some bling and/or glitter on our projects!

I decided to start by working with a sweet angel image that I colored with my Copic markers.  Then I added some Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter to her wings and the heart.

I also added a Blingage Clip from Teresa Collins that I found in the very bottom of my wagon!  It had a clear gem, but I added a bit of blue Copic to it so it would match the image.  I then added a sweet little gem next to the angel.

I worked with lots of layers, a paper doily, a swirl cut on my Silhouette and some of my favorite ribbon.  Then I also did a bit of machine stitching and inking with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Last, but not least, I stamped a little postage stamp image on the card.

Now, be sure to stop over to the Little Red Wagon blog to see what the other Girlfriends created this week.  I am sure you will be inspired :)

Friday, January 4, 2013


I had this photo from Spencer's high school graduation party that I have always wanted to put onto a scrapbook page and I was finally able to do just that.  It is one of my favorite pictures of him and I decided to use a black and white version for my layout.

I also used this sketch from Creative Scrappers - it was perfect for highlighting my single photo.

I used my Silhouette to cut the circle and ring for my page.  Then I dug into my stash and used a mix of papers that seemed to go together. It was fun combining the different bits and pieces!

My favorite things on this layout are the little wooden elements.  They fit the design so perfectly!

I finished the page with a splatter of Mister Huey's mist and some pen detailing around the border.

Thanks for looking ~

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Little Red Wagon #166

Welcome to Little Red Wagon's first challenge of 2013!  I am hosting the challenge this week and I want to see some fun New Year's cards!

I decided to try using a printable for my card for this challenge.  I printed out the sentiment and then combined it with some matching papers that I had in my wagon.

A little bit of ribbon and a button with twine gave the finishing touch to my clean and simple card.

Why not join in the fun at Little Red Wagon?  Make up a New Year's card and then share it with us by linking it up!  We would love to see what you create.  Happy New Year :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Books Read in 2012

This post is for my own reference :)  It is the list of books that I read in 2012!  Most of them were really good and some opened my eyes to things that I would not have thought about otherwise - different cultures, human struggles, etc.  I owe some of the books I read to the Book Club that I belong to.  We are currently reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and I am totally enjoying this literary classic.

2012 Book List:

The Mercy by Beverly Lewis
The Judgement by Beverly Lewis
The Thorn by Beverly Lewis
The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry (BC)
The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
Love Finds a Home by Janette Oke
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (BC)
Love Takes Wing by Janette Oke
Love's Unfolding Dream by Janette Oke
Love's Unending Legacy by Janette Oke
Love's Abiding Joy by Janette Oke
Love's Long Journey by Janette Oke
Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany (BC)
The Last Child by John Hart
Learning to Breathe by Karen White
Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky
Unplanned by Abby Johnson
Love's Enduring Promise by Janette Oke
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
We'll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark (BC)
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford
Peony in Love by Lisa See (BC)
Rainbow's End by Irene Hannon
I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White
Wherever Lily Goes by Sherry Boas
Until Lily by Sherry Boas
The Time of my Life by Patrick Swayze (BC)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
After You by Julie Buxbaum
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (BC)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer and Barrows (BC)
Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Words by Ginny Yttrup

BC = Book Club Pick

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