Friday, July 29, 2011

Oh Brother!

I am scraping (that is scraping as opposed to "scrapping") in under the deadline of a challenge going on now at Paper Patch Crafts.  Once again there was a sketch presented to go by to put together a layout with the theme of "Children".  Here is what I created:

These are my wonderful sons.  It's nearly impossible to get these 4 to settle down long enough to take a picture.  It rather reminds me of how it was like when they were little boys.  Some things never change.  I am impossibly proud of this bunch and love them to pieces.  Let me introduce you.  On the far left is my 2nd oldest son, Brandon.  He and his wife will be proud parents this coming October.  The 2nd from the left is my oldest son Jeremy.  He is the daddy of our little "Brinnsen" that there have been so many pictures of on my blog in the past year.  The 2nd son from the right is my baby boy Trey.  He still lives here at home with me.  Thank goodness!  The son on the far right is my 3rd eldest son, Jordan.  He is in the Coast Guard, married and living in Washington state.  I don't get to see nearly enough of him.  There you have it!  They are a lot of fun...noisy, often rowdy and irreverent and always full of fun and laughter. 

If you would like to participate in the challenge there is still time.   Follow the sketch below and then pop over to Paper Patch Crafts and submit your layout!  Can't wait to see yours!

Materials Used:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Scrapalicious Challenge #13-Sketch

Hello and welcome to the Scrapalicious USA blog challenge!  This week we have another sketch for you to follow.  Here it is:

This one was a bit hard for me but I think you will all knock it out of the park.  Please create something using this sketch and link it at our blog for a chance to win a prize from Scrapalicious USA.
Here is what I created:
Items used:
Assorted bling and Ribbons

There are some changes coming up to our design blog in the next week.  Starting August 1st, be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Birthday Card and...I was a Top 3 Winner!

Yay me!  I was a top 3 winner at:

Thank you team for choosing me!

I have another card to share with you today.  I entered a birthday card swap at Paper Patch Crafts recently and it was great because it was also the same week as my grand-daughters 1st birthday so I made all my cards and hers too.  Here is what they look like:

Pretty cute, huh?  How can you go wrong when you are using Mo Mannings digi images?  Of course I colored them with my copic markers...really need to get busy on those tutorials again.  Anyway, thought I would share. is my beautiful grand-daughter enjoying her first birthday cake!

Tomorrow is the last July Challenge for Scrapalicious USA.  Changes are a-comin' over there and I think it will be a lot of fun.  The designers are going to have something fun to share with you every weekday.  We hope you will pop over everyday and see what's in store.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Scrapalicious Challenge #12-Anything Summer

Hello and happy Wednesday!  Today the Scrapalicious USA design team will be offering you the opportunity to join our challenge of "Anything Summer".  If you would like to participate for a chance to win a wonderful gift certificate to Scrapalicious USA, simply follow this link: ScrapaliciousUSA Blog.
Here is what I created to share with you today.

The image is from Mo Manning.  I love her images!  The  Prima flowers, spellbinders, pearls and Copic Markers are all for sale at Scrapalicious USA.  I will provide links below.  I also wanted to mention that the silver rose flower was created by me, and I have instructions for that in the video at the end of this post.

I will also be entering this card in the following challenges:
Black and White with 1 contrasting Color-Mo's Challenge Blog
Use a Digi - KB Challenges
Through the Garden gate   Stamps R US
Summer   Lollipop Crafts
summer flowers  Scrappy Frogs

Items Used from Scrapalicious!
Copic Markers C1,C3,C5,C7,C9, R81,R83,R85

And here is a video tutorial on creating the silver rose I used in my design:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My Little Dog-Bronte Kisses

I have a special little card to share with you today.  The artist, Maurie Manning, is collecting for by donating this adorable digital stamp for only $1.00.  You can get this cute stamp along with 3 sentiments if you follow this link.  While you are there...look around!  I found so many adorable and affordable digi's there I bought a bunch more that I will be sharing here in upcoming posts.  In the meantime, here is what I created to share.

I colored this digi 4 different ways.  Here are the other 3 that I have not as of yet made into a card.  But I thought I would share them all within this post as well.  I hope you enjoy.  As always, I would love and appreciate your comments!

Scrapalicious Challenge #11-Use a Bear!

Happy Scrapalicious Wednesday!  Today the  Scrapalicious design team offers the challenge of creating something that contains a bear.  There are so many adorable bears out there...this should not be too hard of a challenge.  And who can resist something so cute and cuddly?  Well, on paper anyway...or the inanimate stuffed variety.  I have no doubt that the live version wouldn't be too overly cuddly.  But I digress...

The card I created today has loads of layers.  I had a lot of fun using all the cool products I received from the Scrapalicious USA store.  From my Fizzy Moon stamp to the prima can buy it all at Scrapalicious at lower prices than I have seen anywhere.  And let me introduce you to Trimcraft UK papers...oh, just let me get started.  These papers are heavy weight, rich textures and colors...the highest quality I have found anywhere.  I happily endorse them and will be buying more!

So, come join us at the challenge blog with your bear inspired project and pop on over to the store and see what all there is.  Tell Cindy that Shelley sent you!!

Items Used:
Spellbinders Eyelet Circles

Here are some challenges this card has been entered into:
Shelly's Images celebrate
Stamp Insanity  anything goes
Joyful Stamper Anything goes
Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges get punchy
Do it With Digis Include an animal
Sweet Stampin Challenges cute and cuddly
KB Challenges  something cute
Hooked on Craft  with love
Use it Tuesday you are an animal
Digital Tuesday Challenge spellbound
Bearly Mine  anything goes

Friday, July 8, 2011

Just Another Card

I made a going away card for my friend Jose that is leaving our team at work and starting a new job elsewhere.  It's fun to make these special cards for the department to sign to say their farewells, happy birthday's or congratulations.  It's also fun to receive a card that is crammed with so many messages and signatures...kind of makes you feel special.  It sort of reminds me of getting my school yearbook and all the friendly messages that are left by friends.

For this card I used one of those adorable Magnolia Stamps and some super cute Echo Park papers.  I got the supplies from TWO of my favorite online scrap stores.  I will leave linkage below if you are interested.

As always I colored the image with my copic markers.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love to use Copic Markers?  At the top of my blog I have a link to some videos I made demonstrating how I color with copics.  Please take a peek if you are interested!

Supplies Used
Assorted Copic Markers

Entered into this challenge:
Anything Goes - Craft Your Passion

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Scrapalicious USA Challenge #10-Border Punch and Turquoise

Hello again friends!  This week the Scrapalicious Design team has issued the challenge to create something that uses a Border Punch and the color turquoise.  That opens the field up pretty well!  I used an EK Success Border Punch called Double Crochet.  You really should check out the prices on the punches at Scrapalicious because this punch was ONLY $7.00.  I know!  I can't believe how great the prices are!

I was going to make a tutorial on how to create the frame I made for this card, but due to time restrictions I wasn't able to accomplish that.  There is a very good description at the video here though in case you were scratching your head how to make the corners work out with a corner punch.
Please come join us on our challenge this week.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Items Used:
Rubber Stamp:
Copic Markers:

Entered into the following challenges:
Die cuts and punches -Divas by Design
Pretty Blossoms - Creative Craft Challenges
oldie but goodie - Oldie But Goodie
Anything Goes - Sentimental Sundays
Flower Power - Tuesday Taggers
All About Flowers - Charisma Cardz

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Paper Patch Crafts Layout Challenge!!

It has taken me awhile to get organized enough in my craftroom to have enough room to work on a layout challenge.  When I saw the sketch Anne from Paper Patch Crafts had chosen for us this time I was worried it wouldn't be a very easy one.  Lots of layers and well...I just didn't think I could pull it off.  Wow, was I wrong!  It went together really fast and I love the colors!  Alot of the ease came in using the Echo Park "Summer Days" packet I bought from Paper Patch Crafts.  The colors are bright and fun and all coordinated so well together.  The packet even included some heavy weight stickers that were perfect for embellishments.  I look forward to using more from this packet.

As usual my photography leaves a little to be desired.  The background paper is actually a light lime color.  Someday I want to set up a better lighting system for my photos!!

Here was the sketch

The theme was "Summer".  I dug through some older photos I had of 2 of my sons, Jordan and Trey when we went out on the paddle boats at the park in Boise.  What a work out on the thighs.  Lots of laughs though and the boys loved chasing the ducks around the pond.

We hope you will come and participate in the challenge going on now.  The prize will be a complete packet of papers from Echo Park!  Please check it out NOW!!