Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Little Red Wagon #239

Happy Wednesday!  Jayne has posted a great challenge at Little Red Wagon this week.  She wants to see some buttons and bows.

I used some die-cuts that I created with some cardstock and my Silhouette (I just love that machine!).

I added a couple of buttons to the wheels and then I tied a pretty little bow at the top of the card.

Let's see those buttons and bows this week ladies!  Create something using both and then link it up at Little Red Wagon.  We always love seeing what you create :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Little Red Wagon #238

In keeping with current trends, Rosanne has challenged us to use a feather on our project this week at Little Red Wagon.  Feathers are really popular now and I had lots of fun deciding what to do with this challenge.  I have some craft feathers in my stash, but I decided to die-cut a couple and add them to a card.

I began by creating an embossed background and then I splattered some ink on it.

Then I added my feathers, a bow and a sentiment.  I love the simplicity of it!

Now it is your turn.  Create something using a feather and link it up at Little Red Wagon.  Also be sure to see what the other DT Girlfriends creating using a feather - I am sure you will be inspired :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator May 2014

We are beginning a new season of Inspiration Elevator (our 3rd year!) with some new designers, familiar faces and amazing challenges. Our main purpose with IE is to challenge ourselves and each other to take our creating to the next level. To inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane. You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our BLOG and catch us on Facebook and Instagram (soon!) too.

This month we welcome my good friend Shelby Koehler who is joining us as a Guest Designer. Shelby is a very talented scrapbooker who is famous for her creations at Two Scrapbook Friends where she creates kits and other inspiration for their very busy store. We are so thrilled to have her joining us!

It was my turn to issue the challenge this month so I tried to make it fun! 

"Currently. That is the topic for our next challenge!

Social media and digital cameras inspire us and make it easy to capture the everyday and that is the reason for my challenge. It used to be that pictures were only taken of special events or during vacations. Now, photos are taken all the time. Whether or not we agree with the number of photos that people take now, it is fun to document an ordinary day. It is interesting to capture a moment in time and I am sure we will enjoy looking back on it someday.

So, I want you to pick a day, grab your camera and take a few pictures of your surroundings. I want you to document what you are currently: Eating, Reading, Loving, Wearing, Listening, and Hoping. I would like you to include the date on your design, the complete list and at least one photo. Otherwise, make it your own and have fun!"

I wanted my layout to have a bright and clean look to it. I decided to work with Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection and Simple Stories DIY Boutique. I love the crisp look of black and white mixed with color and both of these lines offer that.

I decided to include three photos on my layout; spring flowers, my favorite slippers and the book I am currently reading.  I added the pictures to frames cut from the pattern paper and then I matted each with cardstock.

My trusty date stamp allowed me to note the day and I used a journal card to document the six items.

Some amazing foam alphas from Amy Tangerine were used to create my title and I diecut a cloud from pattern paper. 

I also created some fun clusters around the layout, including some stickers and epoxy sprinkles.

Here's a complete list of all our designers this month including some new faces! Please welcome Jayne Morgan, Katherine Sutton and Wendi Robinson as regular creators.  We sure are lucky to have them creating and challenging us this year. We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!

Shelby Koehler - Guest Designer

We would also like to say goodbye and a heartfelt thanks to those leaving us this month: Laurel Seabrook, Cathy Harper and Laura Whitaker. We have been inspired by your challenges and your designs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Little Red Wagon #237

Jan has posted a fun challenge this week at Little Red Wagon!  She want us to use a charm on our project.

I searched and searched and finally found a little heart key charm to use on my card.

I paired it with a sweet quote from some leftover paper I had sitting on my table, then added a couple of sequins and some twine.

Now we want to see what you do with a charm!  Be sure to link up your project at Little Red Wagon for a chance to be featured on our blog.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Little Red Wagon #236

Oh!  It's Wednesday! One of my favorite days of the week!  Each Wednesday a new challenge is issued at the Little Red Wagon blog in hopes of inspiring you to play along.  This week I am challenging everyone to create something with spots.

This is the card that I designed.

I used lots of fun polka dot papers, some pretty buttons and a stamp for the sentiment.

Now I would love to see what you create!  Just design something with dots or spots and then link it up at Little Red Wagon.  Also be sure to visit each of the DT blogs to see what they created.  I am sure you will be inspired by their awesome designs.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Two Scrapbook Friends National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop! You should have started the Hop at the Two Scrapbook Friends Blog and arrived here from Tracy's blog.  Didn't you just love her repeating photos and elements!

If you got lost along the way, here is the list of blogs participating in the hop:

S = Amanda
C = Jayne
R = Tracy
A = Joanne (you are here!)
P = Carolyn
P = Christa
Y = Shelby

My letter is "A" and my technique/element is Anything Textured. I just love texture on my scrapbook pages!  I love the dimension and the feel that it adds to my designs.

Here is the layout that I created using lots of texture.

I began by adding a pattern to my background paper using a stencil and some texture paste. 

Then I splattered some teal paint over the same areas to pull some colour from my pattern papers into the background.  All the pattern papers are from a gorgeous collection by Amy Tangerine called Plus One. 

I also added some sequins, foam alphas, a wooden heart and some buttons to my page. All items that are perfect for adding additional texture.

A fun addition to my design was the use of cheesecloth.  I just cut a piece and placed it behind my photo, letting it show in a few places.  Cheesecloth is a great way to add texture to a layout!  

I also added some machine stitching in a couple of places.

If you haven't tried using texture on your pages you really should!  It adds so much interest to your layouts.

And now you should hop over to Carolyn's blog. She has a great scrapbooking technique to share with you!

Remember to leave a comment on each blog as you go. This way you will qualify to be in a draw for a fabulous Blog Hop prize. Have fun hopping!

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