Friday, May 25, 2012

My Winnings!

For the second year in a row, I celebrated National Scrapbooking Day (May 5th) on The only difference between last year and this year is that I was a grand prize winner this year! The challenge was to make a Time Capsule mini album and 5 winners were chosen at random to win a $600 box o' scrappin' goodies!!  My box arrived today and I decided to show you everything in a series of videos. I have to apologize for the poor sound quality and, if you know me, it sounds like I'm not super excited. I assure you, I have been counting the minutes until this beautiful box arrived; I just had a very stressful day (week!) at work. I am so grateful for being chosen as a winner and for every thing inside this box. Thank you SO much!!  TIP: the lower the volume playback, the better the quality.

Here are some pages of my mini album:

So, here is the HUGE box that UPS dropped off while I was at work! 

And here are 5 separate videos of me opening everything. I hope you get some of the same enjoyment I had while opening the box!! Again, I'm sorry for the sound quality.

Monday, May 14, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

Peachy Keen's challenge this week is a sketch challenge. You can see the sketch here. My project today was inspired by a prize I won at Peachy Keen's recent release party. Aren't these froggies the cutest?! The set is called Happy Lil' Froggies and they sure make me happy! The sentiment is from My Creative Time's Turn That Frown Upside Down set and it's stamped on Emma's oval stitched die. The sun was cut from Create-a-Critter. I'm also entering this into the Simply Crafts Challenge. This month's challenge was to use that adorable sun from CAC. This is my first time entering  Glora and Pam's Simply Crafts Challenge. I always want to and am so glad I finally did. They are both so inspirational.  For the dew drops, I colored a piece of white cardstock with the same color I colored the frogs in and punched them out with a hole punch and glued them to the colorless dew drops. I love those clear dew drops. It makes it so easy to match any color I want. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Penny Black Saturday Challenge: 201

This week's theme over at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog is In The Garden.  I had so much fun creating this card. I wanted it to be a little different, so I created the image on the inside of the card and framed around it. I created the card using my Gypsy. I recently acquired some more Copics and I'm practicing using them. They are definitely addicting. I think I've reached a turning point in shading. It's not good yet, but it's not hideous. LOL. Those butterflies are Penny Black stamps. That cute little flower on the bottom left is from My Creative Time's All Around Everything Accessories set. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Throwback Thursday Challenge: Frames

This week's Throwback Thursday challenge with My Creative Time was to create any project using a frame. I couldn't pass up another opportunity to use my new Penny Black stamp set. Isn't he adorable?! I colored him with Copics. I need to take a class. I did have a lot of fun with this challenge. For my circle frames, I used Mini Monograms.  I'm sorry I didn't use any MCT stamps :(.  I just had a vision with this cutie and had to go with it. LOL.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Organization Tip: Color Chart

I have been wanting to do this for sooo long and last night I finally did it! I used a 2 3/4 circle punch and punched out a circle of every single color cardstock I own.  Most of it is Stampin Up! but I have a handful of Papertrey Ink in there. I keep my paper organized in generic plastic paper holders, about 24-30 of them, but I don't have enough for each individual colors. Some slots have 2 or 3 colors in the same family and it makes it so difficult to know exactly what I have. The lighing in that area of my craft room isn't very good either, so when I'm trying to match a patterned paper, it becomes more of a chore than fun.  Well, all that is changed now! I'm SO proud of myself! It took me about 2 1/2 hours last night, but I'm all set. Now, as I get new colors in, it will take no time at all to keep this up. I used my computer to print out all the color names, then punched them out with SU! Word Window punch (one of my all-time favorite punches ever!). Anyway, I feel so organized now. I also wanted to do it so I'll have the color name on the actual cardstock because it is very hard to keep track if you buy assorted packs. Next, I want to do this with my SU! patterned paper. I want to write down what cardstock colors it coordinates with because I never remember. Luckily, I only have a few DSP packs. I highly recommend doing this if you haven't already. Although, knowing me, I bet everyone already does this and I'm just waaay behind. LOL.

Here are some more pics:

Happy Mother's Day: Terrific Tuesday Challenge

Mommy, if you're reading this blog post...stop. Your Mother's Day card is pictured below.  hee hee.

The challenge over at Scrappy Moms Stamps was to use the Forever Young cartridge.  I had so much fun making this card!  I used paper from My Mind's Eye: Ooh La La and Lime Twist: Life of the Party. These two stacks complement each other SO perfectly.  Here's the Lime Twist pad:

The circle sentiment is from Emma's newest release: All Around Everything and the stamped flower in the center is from the All Around Everything Accessories set. These sets are a must have!  The combinations are endless. Of course, that's Emma's Scallop and Stitched circle die.  Now, I LOVE all of Emma's stamps and dies, but I didn't purchase her latest flower dies. I'm not that into 3-D flowers. But, after seeing her projects and her fabulous Design Team's projects, I wanted a 3-D flower for this project and was sorry I didn't puchase the set. I'm an instant gratification kind of gal so decided to try layering some flowers from my Cricut to get a similar look. I chose a flower from the Forever Young cartridge. I had to do some snipping, but by and large, I love the way it came out. I made a pom-pom from twine for the center. The "mommy" on Emma's oval stitched die is from Pink By Design Our Mother's set. Isn't this card so beautiful?!