Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Eatin' Dirt

This layout I did a while ago and just never posted, I think I was waiting on the enlargement, who knows. Anywhoo, it was really fun to do because it uses only cardstock... and some patience! I had so much fun stamping the green background, making the colorful strips and sewing them on, and edge distressing all the matts and even using a little white paint to make it look like the photos are distressed, too. All in all, one of my favorite layouts.

Not to mentions, pretty cute subject too! We tagged along with Daddy to a conference in Kansas City and found the cutest little ice cream shop. Hailey was intrigued by the "Dirt Cup" and when I showed her the "dirt" oreo's and worms :o) she had to try it!

Supplies: CTMH cardstocks Hollyhock, Orchid Bouquet, Sweet Leaf, Sunny Yellow, and Chocolate; Quickutz flowers; CTMH stamps; CTMH Hollyhock My Accents and Summer Medley; twine; machine sewing; CTMH New England Ivy Ribbon Rounds; Coluzzle File Folder template.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Blog Candy for your thoughts ~ Closed ~

Awhile back, I got an email announcing the search for submissions to the Quickutz Ambassadors Program and have finally decided to go for it! I have never submitted my work to anything before, not a contest, magazine, e'zine, or anything, so this is really hard for me. What makes it even harder is that I use alot of sketches and most of those sites state that you are NOT allowed to use those sketches for any kind of submission or publication. Adding to the frustration is that there isn't a LSS within two hours of me that sells Quickutz, so the likelihood that I will be chosen is null. But still, it can't hurt to just send it in. For this, I am supposed to send in a two-page layout (keeping in mind best use of Quickutz AND not using a sketch) and I cannot decide.

In the same week, I noticed that my favorite kit company, Kraft Girl Kits, is looking for some new Kraft Girls for their design team. For this one, I am supposed to send in 3 layotus and 1 non-layout that best represent my style.

I would be sooo excited to be chosen for either of these of these awesome opportunities. So, here is where the blog candy comes in... look through my gallery over there ---> and comment here with which layouts you think I should submit to the two DT calls. I have put together a nice little surprise box of scrappy goodness that I will randomly give away to someone just for choosing which layouts you think I should submit with each application! Cool huh? You have until Tuesday morning June 30th, 2009 at 10:00am EST.... Go!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cupcake Queen

Okay, so haven't finished (or even made a dent in) the monstrous amount of Christmas photos, but I have decided to move on to my 2009 photos. Yay! This layout is one of the few that doesn't utilize a sketch but somehow managed to look strikingly similar to another layout that I had scrap-lifted. Funny how that works. Like Granny says, there are only so many ways to cut a piece of paper so they all start to look alike :o) Oh well, it started out as my idea but ended up just being a memory of anothers.

Either way, I think it turned out pretty cute. Thanks for the title idea Becky, it turned out to be the perfect fit. And I finally used up those adorable little chipboard candles Granny cut out for me using her AccuCut. I painted them up using some Making Memories paint I scored last week from Tuesday Morning really cheap. The word parts of the title are, of course, Quickutz... would you expect much else from me :o) Maddie Anne Classic Lowercase and Abigail Grand.

The pink and green patterened papers are Basic Grey from Michaels and the Cloud paper is from my March 2009 Kraft Girl Kits stash, love it! The really fun part of this layout, is that I actually have 7 photos on this layout! The matts for two photos on the right page are cut double the height and folded (like a card) then I have three photos in the place of one footprint. When I go to put this in my album, I just use an exacto to cut a slit in the page protector and pop it out. You get the idea from this side photo.

PP: Basic Grey Euphoria, American Crafts Howdy
CS: CTMH Blush, Hollyhock, Sweetleaf, White Daisy
RickRack: unknown
Ribbon: Sweet Leaf Grosgrain
Buttons: CTMH Hollyhock My Accents
Thread: DMC Embroidery Floss
Quickutz: Maddie Anne Classic Lowercase, Abigail Grand
Paint: Making Memories

Monday, June 22, 2009

"4" at Build a Bear Workshop

I have really gotten into my eyelets again lately. Maybe it is due to my new purchase, a PiNK Crop-a-Dile II... too cute! I am not totally sold on its eyelet setting abilities though. The hole punching works great, but the eyelet setter is not working AT ALL! I resorted back to my good ole' hammer and metal setter for all 51 eyelets. Ugh! I think I am going to call We R Memory Keepers and see what they have to say?!

This side of the layout is loosely based on an olde PageMaps Mini Sketch that I just resized and tweaked a little. Turned out cute, but not as cute as I had envisioned.

PP: Scenic Route
CS: CTMH Cranberry
Scallop Edge is cut from Granny's Accu-Cut.
Stitching with DMC floss.
Buttons & Eyelets are from my old stash :o)

No sketch for this one, just kept re-arranging the photos until I liked them. I toyed around with doodling on this one all around the edge of the layout and on the letters, cute. BABW stands for Build A Bear Workshop. I cut the letters out of Grannys new Sizzix Font with chipboard and the cardstock. The circle pp on the far right is a journaling block that pulls out.

PP: Scenic Route
CS: CTMH Cranberry, Honey, Garden Green, and Dutch Blue
Buttons, ribbons, and big brads are from Granny, and her rack of buttons in glass jars, so jealous!

Oh yeah, I really in need of some girl time... so girls call me, lets scrap!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

You're Toad-ally Awesome!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there! Especially to my Daddy-O and my hubby! I love you!
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