Friday, September 23, 2011

Birthday & Anniversary Cards - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Without even thinking I often tend to use a combination of browns, greens and cream when I'm doing a vintage look on a card or scrapbook page.  When the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog asked what color combos do you use I was surprised to realize I had just used these colors again!

I recently had 2 cards to make for men, and I always turn to Distress Inks for that masculine touch.  The first was a birthday card that I used CTMH stamps on, stamped in Vintage Photo. I used green Distress Ink on the cardstock and then I brushed the edges with the Distress  paint.  I tore a piece of green mulberry paper around the edges and layered it with a recycled stamp, cut around the edges with 'postal' cut scissors and stuck on a couple accessories.

For my husband, for our 6th Anniversary I used the same color combos, cream, green & brown and layered patterned paper cut with a torn paper look and stamped in the center with a CTMH stamp.  I sponged distress ink on the paper and over the Spellbinders pocket watch die cut to accent the embossing and color coordinate it to the rest of the card.  The Heart 2 Heart blog also had another September challenge to use die cuts on your projects!

We ened up going to Cirque du Soleil Ovo show for our Anniversary night out and it was wonderful! It was my first time going to one of their shows and I was in awe at the work that must go into the production of this.  We don't get out too often together, so this was well worth it!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yummy muffin recipes!

Had to share these really good muffin recipes!  I love using my i-pad to search for recipes in the kitchen...

These are amazing! Taste like cake :) yummy

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I love the coconut and flax seeds in these.  I actually made them without the topping and they were really good!

Banana Bran 'n' Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping

Final Page Mothers' Day! and more....

I finally finished the last of the Mothers' Day 2010 scrapbook pics :) See previous post for the second page and a link to the first!  Well, I think with fall settling in I'm finally feeling like settling down to do a bit more scrapbooking.  Of course, then there's Christmas coming up, crafts & cards to make, those cute crocheted baby slippers I'm working on, oh yeah, the Snow White costume... Well, I will fit it in somewhere :)

My 2 beautiful girls! Love u
 For the following 2 pages I had used a computer program to add pictures to a page and then chose to print them 8x12.  It was a quick and easy birthday layout simply layering them on some primary colored cardstock and adding a few stamps/embellishments.

I figured I just had to use this beautiful paper (I think Websters), which had been in my stash for a while.  We have a local farm attraction nearby and since we spend a lot of time there I wanted to do a 2 page layout.  I used distress inks to make a background sponged on white cardstock and then some Inkadinkadoo bug/butterfly stamps to stamp over the sponged areas.  I highlighted with gel pens and popped them up with foam dots around the pages.

This paper was so cute on the back I actually scrapped the other side (see below).
 These printed pages were perfect for an amusement park layout!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sketchy Thursday 9.1 Sketch Challenge - Sweetest Day!

I've almost gotten my craft room back to normal.  There is one cabinet still in the garage.... of course behind other boxes from our move, so I'm anxious to get it out and back into my space!  I feel like I finally have a bit of time to sit down with my scrapbooking and want to make use of it over the next few months before baby comes.

Sketchy Thursday had a beautiful sketch this week and I decided to take advantage of it to finish a layout for Mothers' Day 2010 (yes, I'm behind..) I actually used their sketch a while ago to do the first page of this layout (click here to see that).  I used the Pink Paislee Sweetness Collection, which is so beautiful, it's hard to cut up the paper! I used 2 photos in the space and cut part of one of the papers for my title "Sweetest Day". I didn't want the title to stand out too much, as I have a more distinct title on page 1 of the layout. I used Distress Ink around the edges of the papers and a glitter pen to make a subtle outline of the title. I love the CTMH Coffee Stain stamp and placed that in the upper left corner, stamped with Distress Ink, and I inked white paper flowers and placed a pearl in the center and placed them on the left side.