Monday, November 30, 2009

I did it! {Cards 28, 29, 30}

Day 28:

New theme, same design as this card
Day 29:

Color scheme inspired by adorable decos at Target.

Day 30:

Whew! Well, there they are. 30 Cards in 30 Days. When I began this project, it was just a fun little way to pass the time of November (to get to December, of course!), and because I like to fall flat on my face with these kind of commitment-laden, daily obligation type of challenges. It was also with the hope that I would find the perfect card to duplicate as my own Holiday Card for '09. Well, I didn't fall on my face (though I had to play catch up. a lot.), and our perfect holiday card is not in this mix. I will be sending each one of these cards out this year, along with a few others I have come up with (I'll share those later this week).
Now for December: I'll be sharing the progress of my December Daily (though it probably won't be daily). Happy December!

Holiday Cards {almost there} days 25, 26, 27

Coming into the final stretch, and I really want to be done with these before the stroke of midnight tonight. But in case I don't make it, I'm posting what I have so far:

Day 25:

Day 26:

Day 27:

A visit with the Easter Bunny

I know this LO is a bit seasonally inappropriate, but the photos fit the design of the page. This week's challenge on the Playground is using negative space (the space around and between an image). This can be the backing to chipboard pieces, sticker sheets, stencils, the leftover from a diecut. Originally, I was thinking of using the negative space as a mask, but let's just say that pairing a way too sticky sticker sheet (even after I rubbed it onto my denim jeans repeatedly) with homemade glimmer mist (which gobbed up my mini-mister and turned it into a mini-dripper) just did not go well.
Onto plan B: a sheet of chipboard left from SU! On Board Lots of Letters. I trimmed it down to 8x8, painted it with two shades of green paint, and filled the 1 3/4" circles with photos, papers, and embellies.

What can you create with the negative space you've got laying around? Whip something up and post it at Method Playground by Monday, Dec. 14 for a chance at a RAK from Amanda.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holiday Cards {22, 23, 24}

I am still here, I am still making cards, I am still catching up, and I am still behind. Wish I could offer some excuses: too much turkey, busy watching the Macy's Parade, taking photos for our holiday card, recovering from too much turkey, shopping, going to pilates in an attempt to undue the effects of too much turkey, surfing the net for the best shopping deals, researching mini video cameras {settled on one and it's on its way as an early Christmas gift--yippee!}, decorating the house for the holidays, catching up on sleep, reading this book, trying to eat all the boys' Halloween candy before Christmas. Yeah I wish I had a better excuse for you, but there really isn't one to explain how I got so darn behind in this project. Well, here's what I can share so far:

Day 22

Day 23:

Day 24:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Logan Speak

The sketch for this layout comes from Page Maps. Becky does an amazing job of not only creating a great sketch but also adding in so many details that the only thing you have to think about is what to plug in where (note her staples, strips of PP, and stitching drawn on the sketch; yeah, I pretty much copied the exact placement of all those!).
Luckily, I had tucked a scrap of paper with a photo of Logan on which I had written a few of his pronounciations. As much as I thought I would remember every moment of their babyhood, I'm glad my realistic side knew to write things down so that it could be turned into scrapbook pages.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My story is a simple one

This month's prompt at Point Blank Period was to
tell your story, use three photos, and put them in a grid or photo mosaic.
I've had this Basic Grey paper in my stash for over a year now. With three boys, I rarely get to play with pink. But the PBP challenges are all about me (or you, if you play along, too). That's what I love about them. This month, I haven't been able to make too many LO's, but I didn't want to miss the PBP challenge--it's a small way to create for myself and tell my story.
I've decided that every page I do in this album will contain a butterfly.
Title: my story is a simple one
Journaling reads: girl is born. girl grows up happy. girl meets boy. girl falls in love. girl marries boy. girl has babies. girl creates life. girl makes dreams come true.
So what's your story? Write it down. Make a LO. And post it at PBP.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holiday Cards {day 21}

Snowflakes are punched from the clear backing sheet from stickers (I save these crazy things!). Love this punch--it cuts like butta. Brushed them with Mod Podge (which I like to call Modge Podge cause it's just funner to say) and sprinkled them with fine glitter. So simple.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Cards Day 20

I just picked up the Martha Stewart snowflake punch the other day, so these flakes are sure to be floating onto lots of cards to come. I've got some glitter ones drying as we speak. The background is stamped with SU! French Script in Kiwi Kiss, inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and spritzed with Tsukineko Walnut Ink. The letters are stamped and cut from red paper.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Cards Day 19

Day 19:
Quite possibly the simplest card ever: watercolor splotches of red swirled with watercolor crayons, and a simple stamped sentiment. Doesn't really get any easier than this.
Inspired by the end papers in a children's book we picked up from the library yesterday:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

December Daily Progress

I think the most difficult part of this project is coming up with 31 unique numbers for the pages. I pulled number stamps & chipboard numbers from my stash, but then moved onto game pieces and other sources. In the coming weeks I will be on the lookout for numbers in my mail (think postage stamps from cards, and junk mail).

Here's what I have come up with so far:I will use a Dymo label maker for a couple, and will end up computer generating some, too.

I took photos of my pages so far to share, but I will spare you the boredom (they're not much to look at yet), and the lousy photos. Instead, here's a summary of what I am using:
  • page protectors of various sizes and styles, trimmed down to fit (5x7, trading card, 8 1/2 x 8)
  • patterned paper in my color scheme--add a decorative edge to jazz it up
  • clear acetate (I cut them from some folders I had been saving), on one I will add a large scallop circle, on the other I painted circles using an empty Glue Dots roll as a stamp
  • decorative file folder
  • chipboard (see #23 above)
  • solid card stock cut into shapes (a circle and bracket)
  • a patterned paper bag from a store (one is from Panera. I cut it apart and folded one into a pocket, sewing along two edges). I'll also be using a Trader Joe's bag (I'm hoping their Christmas ones are in stores soon)
  • envelopes in various sizes (I made some using templates from the Paper Source)
  • patterned vellum
  • old holiday cards (some of these need mounting)
  • cardstock that's been stamped or embossed, folded, and stitched to create a pocket

Tomorrow's task: tackle the covers that will hold it all together. I'm thinking book board and rings, but we'll see...

Holiday Cards 17 & 18

Day 17:
Are you sick of these Cuttlebug embossing folders, yet?
The edge of this card is machine stitched with some Sulky metallic thread
I had leftover from my quilting days.
It's very cool thread,
and I bet it looks better on this card than it did on the quilt!
Day 18:
After I spotted this poor guy at How About Orange,
I knew I had my inspiration for today's card.
But what to put for a sentiment?
My first thought (and only, so far) was
"Hope your holidays don't bite!"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Method Playground

This week's Method Playground challenge is to use ribbon for your title. There are SO many ways to interpret this challenge.

For my LO, I ran some wide ribbon through my Big Shot, and handcut some into letters. Go check out what the Playground Girls did for their pages, then give it a try on your next layout. Don't forget to leave a comment at MP with a link to your page to be entered into a drawing for a RAK.

December Daily

No holiday card today, folks. I have been at work in the stUdio on a December Daily album. This project has been in the back of my head for a few weeks now, and since the start of Jessica Sprague's class Holidays in Hand yesterday, the holiday bug is biting hard (unfortunately, the shopping bug has yet to show his fangs).

So I set to work tonight gathering supplies, trimming things down, doing a bit of painting, stamping, and punching. Right now, I am just creating the backgrounds for the pages. Some are page protectors in various sizes, some are cardstock, or chipboard, or transparencies, a few are envelopes, and even holiday cards from years ago. My goal is to use only supplies I have on hand (I don't want to buy anything extra at this time of year).

The first thing I did was choose a color scheme; mine is red, kraft, white, cream, and a touch of olive, chocolate, and black. This really helped narrow down the selection process when going through supplies.

My December Daily will run the entire month of December (1 thru 31) so that I can include all the play that happens in the days after Christmas, as well as New Year's Eve. I will not be adding the numbers to each page until the day I put the page together, that way I can be flexible in choosing the page depending on what I want to record. Ali has some fantastic posts with loads of pictures of each of her blank pages she'll be using this year. You can also see last year's album here.

I'll be back tomorrow with some photos of my pages so far. And, um, I guess I'll be playing catch-up again with two cards for the holidays.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Cards no. sixteen

Sitting on my desk:

leftover rhinestones from a project I did with the kiddos in my son's class last week
+ tinfoil I had torn off the roll and didn't need
today's holiday card

A few dry brushstrokes of paint, and then a roll through the ol' Big Shot (I've been Cuttlebug-embossing-folder-happy lately) creates the background. It needed a touch of something so I stitched on a bit of crocheted trim.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Holiday Card {catch-up, again!} 12 through 15

And just like that, this girl is caught up again. But, hmm, there would be no need to ever catch-up, if one never fell behind (but really, what would be the fun in that?!). Anyway, here are the past three days worth of cards, plus one for today.

Day 12:
I'm starting to wonder if my sewing machine
misses sewing through fabric. . .
Day 13:
I upcycled a card from a few years back
to create the white squares in this window card.
I couldn't get a good pic of this one. The white is
embossed with "let it snow" and the snowflake is actually foiled.
Day 14:
Keeping it simple here: a few strips of paper,
some coordinating punched solid, and a touch of bling.
Day 15:
Inspired by this sketch (it's a loose interpretation as I borrowed
only half, but hey you take the mojo where you can get it!)

Whew! It feels really good to be caught up. I'm sure I'll get behind again before this month is over, so I can feel this good again!

Holidays in Hand

Jessica Sprague's Holidays in Hand class begins tomorrow. It's a freebie, and having taken her Stories in Hand one, I can assure you it will be a great one. Registration closes tomorrow night, so hurry your little selves over there and sign up!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

And the winners are...

I used the very high tech method of picking a name from a basket during a stUdio session with friends and the winners are {insert drum roll here}

Amanda Berens and Cory

Congratulations, girls!! Email me your addies, and I will ship these out to you!

Thank you to all for the super nice comments and participating in my giveaway!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Holiday Cards 10 & 11

Some happy cards inspired by my little art walk through the web last night. Love when art inspires art. I was going for a mix of textures, happy colors and a bit of whimsy.

Loved the look of JennSki's large monogram paired with a script.

The inside of this card would of course read, "From our home to yours..."
Getting happy with the paper piecings tonight!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inspired tonight

when I should just really go to bed! Blog hopping around and really loving the colorful, playful, happy art that I am finding (and thinking I need to play around with my Wacom tablet some more):

What's inspiring you?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Matryoshka Doll

Fiddling around with an ATC. Thought it would be the perfect small canvas to try out a mini Russian nesting doll sketch. She needed a bit of hair. She is painted on canvas with watercolor paints, and accented with Sharpie pen and Sakura Souffle pens. Fun, but I am so not a draw-er--need lots more practice!

Holiday Cards {day 9}

A stitched paper pieced tree, adorned with eraser stamped balls.
Patterned paper is My Mind's Eye
Cardstock is Stampin' Up!
That's it, that's all there is to this one! Oh, and a bit of thread.