Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday!! What a busy week. Here is a sketch I drew a few weeks ago with pictures of Carter in mind. He has so many funny facial expressions and I wanted to include them all in one layout. This sketch can be used for so many things. It could be a recap of your summer or just a fun weekend. If you use this sketch and want to show it off email it to me at and I will put it up on the blog and enter it in the drawing for the scrappy RAK. Here is how I used the sketch. Look at those cute little faces!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Crate Paper-Brook Collection Product Review

What I liked:
Love the colors! I like that it is versatile enough that it can be used on boy or girl layouts. It has some great patterns and even the solid colored papers have great designs that can be used as pattern paper. I love the quality of the paper. The kit that I got included alpha's and title stickers and some great die cuts.

What I didn't like:
My only complaint was that it was impossible to find in my area. I first found it while I was in Texas and only bought a few sheets. Once I started using it I knew I had to have the whole collection.

How I used it:
I used the papers and chipboard on my "Top 10" layout for reasons why I scrap. I did add some stickles to the chipboard pieces to ad a touch of bling. I haven't used it on anything else yet. Boohoo!! I just don't want to cut the papers up. I am hoping to use it soon. Crate Paper is very addictive, I have two more collections on the way that should be delivered today!! Way to go Crate Paper!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Weekly Round Up

This week was a busy week but I did manage to get a few things done.
This layout is of Carter he was having such a blast picking dandelions for me thinking they were flowers.

These cards I made with inspiration from the email from Archivers. I decided to make up some extra without a sentiment so that I am always prepared with a card ready to go. I used only scraps to make these. I love how they came out.

My Sketches...Your Layouts

You met the challenge and here are you beautiful layouts!! This week we had 4 entries for the sketches I drew. The winner of the RAK will be selected at the end of the month.

This sketch was done by Nancy, you can find her at
This layout was done by Ria, you can find her at

These two were done by Megan, you can find her at

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Product Review

This week I will be reviewing the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

What I liked:
Everything!!! They are so versatile! You can use them so many ways and on virtually any project. One of my favorite techniques is to ink the edges of a paper or chipboard. I love how it drabs things up and gives it a vintage distressed look.

What I didn't like:
Nothing! I have every color and I love them all!!!

How I use it:
I use distress ink on probably EVERY layout or card that I work on. I love to use it on the edges of photos as well. I think it puts a bolder edge on projects and creates so much depth. I have also used it on a craft sheet with a mini mister to make unique backgrounds on pages or tags. I have found that setting it with a heat tool not only helps it dry faster but it also brings out the colors. On this layout I used the distress ink EVERYWHERE!! I inked all the edges of the papers, photos, and I even inked the chipboard.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekly Round Up

This weekend the Mojo flowing big time. Here are the pages I can share for now. Don't worry you will see the others eventually.

Beauties: This page I did for day 9 of the 10 day sketch challenge. The twist was to use bling and as you can see, I did!!! It is not often I get to do a girl page and use a bunch of bling!! I loved it.
123 Jump: This page is for week 2 of the monthly sketch challenge. The twist here was to use summer pictures.

Chasing Sarah: This page is another layout for the 10 Day Anniversary Challenge of the Monthly Sketch Challenge. The twist was to do a count down. So my twist was 5 pictures, 4 papers, 3 embellies, 2 ribbons, and 1 journalling spot.

This card I did for the Card challenge of at Fiskateers. I lifted this off of Sandy.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fridays Sketch Challenge (a little early)

For the first Friday Sketch Challenge we are going to do something a little different. I am going to give you the sketches I drew this week. I want to see what you can do with them. If you do a page with any of these and want to show it off email a picture of it to me. I will be posting all the pictures next Thursday. Depending on how many pages get emailed I may even have a little RAK to send out. So get scrapping and email me at All pictures need to be received by Wednesday 8/18/10. Hope you enjoy the sketches.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A quick shout out . . .

A quick shout out to my dear friend Debbie aka I-Blog-For-Bling . . .

A huge thank you for all your help here on my blog! Shoot, "HELP" is not even the right word! Help would imply that she helped me revamp my blog! When in truth, she has done it all!!! She is the one who has come up with new ideas and redesigned. She is awesome!!!!

So, Debbie, hats off to you and for all the work you have done here! I appreciate it so much!

Love you girl!!

Inkadinkado:Circles & Dots-Review

This week I will be reviewing the Circle & Dots stamp set from Inkadinkado.

What I liked:

I liked that you can overlap the images and they blend together perfectly. I also like that it creates a fresh young look.

What I didn't like:

Honestly there wasn't anything to not like.

How I used it:

I used different colors of Timmy's distress inks (Gotta love Timmy!) to stamp on my background paper. I just placed them at random and in different colors. I love the effect that it had and because of that, I didn't feel the need to embellish the layout any more than that! It was the perfect touch. I liked is so much that I made 2 Thank You cards after using the same technique. Check out my layout of the boys and their ring pops below.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekly Round Up

I want to send out a big Thank You to my friend Clara who got me this Paper Loft Dude collection. I love the colors and think the collection goes perfect with theses pictures I took last fall. I have had such a great time creating with these last week. The pages were inspired by the sketches from Jami's Monthly Sketch Challenge at Last week marked the 1 year anniversary of the challenge and to celebrate there was a new sketch each day. With my busy schedule I was able to complete 5 so far. Check them out.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Back in the SCRAP of things...

I have heard the rumors...I am now here to tell you what really happened...

I was abducted by aliens and taken to their home planet, where they stripped me of all powers of communication and creative juices. They held me hostage until my friend, Debbie aka I-Blog-For-Bling, came to the rescue and paid the ransom and told them that I had been denying my blog way too long. They didn't have a choice but to release me!!! She is very convincing!!!

That is the real story! Seriously!!! No way that I could even make this stuff up!!!

So, I am back!! I am ready to share some new changes to my blog and even some layouts that I have had been working on prior to my kidnapping!!! I am still on the the DT at Thankfully Groovy Deb was very understanding of my little predicament!! Please stop by there and check out what we have been doing and thank Deb for me!!

So new features coming to my blog are:

Mondays will be a weekly round up, where I will show all the projects I have been doing in the past week.

Wednesdays will be a product review to help aid your addiction to all the scrappy goodies the world has to offer.

Fridays will be my own version of a sketch challenge. I will draw up a sketch and show you what I did with it. If you want you can even send me the pages you did with my sketch and I will feature them here on my blog.

Blog Candy!! We all love goodies in the mail right....well leave a comment on any post and once a month I will choose one and send you something fun.

Last but not least is we are going to be posting the challenges from the challenges here with a link so you can participate as well.