Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our First Ski Trip Together Layouts

This is a couple of 8x8 layouts of the first time my boyfriend and I went skiing together. I love that skiing is a hobby we can share!
I love the torn paper look on this layout! It reminds me of snow. I entered it in the paper tearing challenge at Frosted Designs and the distress challenge at Little Red Wagon. I also entered it in the snowflakes challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge and at KL Stampin N Scrappin. I also entered it in the Christmas challenge at Pollycraft Challenge,Belli challenge, and Papertake Weekly. The challenge at 3 Clovers was Christmas with no red or green. The Crafty Calendar Challenge was to show weather and I went snow for this one. I also entered in the Allsorts Challenge for the Christmas song, "White Christmas." The challenge at Christmas Blog Challenge was no Christmas stamps and no Christmas patterned paper. The monthly challenges at Creatalicious Challenge and Cute and Girly were for winter/Christmas projects.

I'm thinking about putting the date or some journaling underneath the picture of us together, so I will add that pic once I get it done. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Slide Rock and Sedona Scrapbook Pages

These are more of my 8x8 scrapbook pages. These pictures are from a trip we took to Sedona. The challenge for the Alphabet Challenge Blog is F for Flowers, so this first page has a red flower with a souvenir penny as the center: I love this color combo and it fits perfectly with the Quixotic Challenge challenge: Kraft and Red. The Little Paper Shop also has a red, brown, and kraft color challenge.

I distressed, tore, and chalked the edges of this layout so I am entering it in Little Red Wagon Challenge #3: Distress It Up.

I have used paper tearing in several of my Sedona layouts and that was the challenge this week at Frosted Designs
Thanks for stopping by!

California Vacation Scrapbook Pages

I thought I would share a few of my scrapbook layouts. This is going to be a gift album for my boyfriend (as soon as I get it done-LOL). These are pictures from our trip to California for my birthday. The challenge at A Spoon Full of Sugar is to use pink and brown. I think the sand color counts as a light brown, right?The Design Dollies are challenging us to create a watery themed project. The theme at Crafty Catz is Celebration and the layout below is of my friends, my boyfriend, and I celebrating my 22nd birthday. The challenge at Incy Wincy is anything goes, but they do have a nice sketch I would like to use someday!
The challenge at Practical Scrappers is stitching. I love the look of real stitching, but I usually just grab a gel pen and do some faux stitching. The heart above has some stitching that I doodled with a silver pen.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Welcome Baby Allison Gift Bag

This is a gift bag that I made for my cousin Sarah's baby shower. Her baby girl is going to be named Allison and her nursery is decorated in pink and brown with butterflies. I thought I would enter it in a few challenges as well:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Safari CD Envelope

This is a little envelope for a mix CD that I made for one of my friends. I used my Cricut and the ZooBalloo cartridge for the animals and PaperPups for the "Best Friends" sentiment and Home Decor for the leaf. I cut the CD envelope using Cricut Design Studio and a .cut file from Capadia Designs (http://capadiadesigns.blogspot.com/2008/04/cd-envelopes.html). I also decided to enter it in a few challenges:
Above is a picture of me feeding a giraffe at the zoo here in AZ. I really do love giraffes! They are such gentle giants. Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at creation! I always appreciate your feedback and sweet comments!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy (Belated) Halloween!

Here is a little circle card that I made for Halloween. The flower cut is from Plantin Schoolbook, the Boo is from a Cuttlebug folder, and the paper was from the Target dollar bin from a while back. I am entering it in the Just Buggin' challenge this week- "Something Frightful." I also entered it in Kelly Jo's Color Chef Challenge which was black orange, purple, green, and white. I also entered in Crafty Calendar Challenge's first challenge- Autumn. Papertake Weekly's challenge was Spots and Stripes and I would say this card has plenty of stripes! Trimmie's Craft Challenge, Secret Crafter Saturday, and Crazy4Challenges all have a Halloween theme this week so I entered all of those challenges. Creative Inspiration Challenge was to doodle on your creation, so I have happy halloween, doodled in silver pen around the edge of the card.

Hope everyone had a very safe and happy halloween this year! Thanks for stopping by! I will leave you with a pic of me as the wicked witch of the [south]west! If you haven't tried FaceinHole.com it is a very fun way to waste some time! ( :

PS- I am having some difficulty with the links for some reason and so here are the links to the challenges:








Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blue Christmas Without You!

Sundays are usually my lazy crafty days... that's why this is my third post today! I still have so many autumn projects I want to complete, but I couldn't resist making a quick Christmas card. I always look forward to Christmas months and months in advance- it's my favorite time of the year! My boyfriend and I are big skiers so we are both excited for ski season to begin! Here we are on our ski trip to Flagstaff, AZ this past February: I used my Cuttlebug for the snowflake and best friends embossing. I used my paper trimmer as a guide to create the embossed lines. For the flower I used the same technique I used on my first challenge, but in this case I used a different flower from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I inked the embossing and edges and added some accent dots to the sentiment with a silver gel pen. This was a simple and quick card but I thought I would still enter it in a few challenges.
  • My Time To Craft- "Quick and Cute" was the challenge this week at My Time To Craft. This card was so quick and simple and I think the big handmade flower gives it that cute touch. The creative team over there are looking to add a few more crafters to the design team. I would be so happy to be a part of their wonderful blog so I put myself into the running! I know I may not have a ton of experience in the card making department but I have always loved creating something from the heart and sharing my creativity with others. There are so many amazingly talented people out there in the blog world so I am really honored just to be able to have someone consider me for their design team! Wayne Gretzky said it best, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take!" I only wish I had time to make a few more for the DT call- so hopefully they will take a look at some of my previous projects! ( :
  • Cuttlebug Spot- The challenge this week was "monochromatic" and I decided to go with all blue with a little silver in the brad and the pen doodling.
  • Crafty Creations- This is my second submission to the Crafty Creations site and I definitely think I followed their "Blue" challenge with this one!

Thanks for taking a look! I always love to hear your feedback! ( :


Miss Ya!

Doesn't this card make you miss the sunshine of summer? Its HOT here in AZ right now, so I can't really complain about lack of sunshine, but I do miss my cousin! She moved to Kansas and its been much harder to stay in touch with her so far away. I made this card for her and thought I would enter it in a few challenges as well. Here we are on the beaches of Mexico a few years back! For this card I used the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and my Cricut to get the cute sandcastle, seashell and sand dollar. I also used the Paper Pups cartridge for the "Miss You" sentiment. The stamp is "Hope&Grace- Sing" from The Greeting Farm. This week I noticed that a lot of the color challenges were similar color so I am entering this card in several of them:
  • SPCC- The colors for this challenge were Bermuda bay (which I used for my sky), brocade blue (which I used for my ocean), and whisper white (which I used for my sand dollar and waves)
  • Pollycraft- The colors for this challenge were tangerine (which I used for my sun and sunshine rays), turquoise (which I used for the sky), and chocolate (which I used on the guitar and to accent the sandcastle)
  • Color Throwdown- The colors for this challenge were baja breeze (which I used for the sky), chocolate (which I used on the guitar and to accent the sandcastle), Sahara sand (which I fittingly used for the sand...lol)
  • Crafty Creations- The challenge this week was to use blue. I used shades of blue for the sky and the ocean.
  • Stamp Something- The challenge this week was to use some bling. It is difficult to tell in my pictures, but I used a glitter pen to outline the flower in my beach gal's hair and the shells have a subtle shimmer. The sweet stamp is from The Greeting Farm. I would pass out from excitement if I actually won the copic marker prize. I used colored pencils to color my image and I would love to actually get to use copics on my next project! I'm still a newbie so I won't hold my breath lol! ( :
  • Our Creative Corner- The colors for this challenge are soft suede(which I used for the sand), sage shadow (which I used for the sky), blush blossom (which I used on the adorable "Hope and Grace-Sing" image from The Greeting Farm), and handsome hunter (didn't use this one... hope that still counts for the challenge!)
  • Whimsy Stamps and Everybody Art Challenge- The challenge for both of these sites was to use punches. I used a circle punch for the sun and just cut off the overhanging edges. I used chalk to add a little shading.

Well~ That's a record number of challenges for me! Thanks for checking out my latest creation! As always, I love all the comments!


Blast From The Past!

The challenge at Scrap Your Crap this month is to post some old layouts. It's fun to look back at some of my favorites...
  • My first job at a smoothie shop when I was 15! (Gotta love the decorative edge scissors!)

  • My 8th grade graduation: (I loved embossed paper back then too!)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vegas Layouts Using Soda Can Embellishments

I recently scrapped some of my Las Vegas pictures from 2007...I am sooo behind on scrapbooking! Thought I would share them and share a little economical tip for embellishments. Most of us have aluminum cans around the house from soda, beer, energy drinks, etc. If you have a Cuttlebug and some dies you should try this tip out: This title "Friends" is made from aluminum cans cut with my CB alphabet dies and my Cuttlebug. (The F is not so crooked in real life it just got bent a little when I took it out of the protective sleeve)
Here is the second page of my Vegas layout. These pictures are from Fremont Street. If you have not been here to see the Fremont Street Experience I highly recommend it!
I made the "FUN" title and the heart using my CB dies. For the F and the N I used the negative image from the FRIENDS letters I had already done. I glued the card themed punches onto the heart for a more Vegas style: All you need to do is just cut the can as shown below- BE CAREFUL not to cut yourself though! The edges can be a little sharp. Discard the top and bottom of the can and use the panel cut from the side with die cuts, embossing folders and even some punches!
I find the tall-boy style cans (like Arizona Iced Tea and some beers) are better for the large embossing folders. Here is some of the embellishments I made using my Arizona Iced Tea and Dr. Pepper cans. Some of my Dr. Pepper cans had a football style so I used the colored side instead of the silver.

I also got some insiration from the challenge at Scrap, Inspire, Create, although I didn't follow the challenge exactly! I had both a circle and texture theme and I used 3 photos per page, handmade embellishments, silver mesh ribbon, and 2 patterned papers.

Thanks for looking! ( :

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Dave!!

My wonderful boyfriend turned 24! I have not been doing too much crafting lately, but I did manage to make him a card. He LOVES the Greenbay Packers football team and even got me to watch football with him. That is the theme of this card. Here we are at the Cardinals vs Packers game:For this card I used my Cricut to create the card itself. The Paper Pups cartridge has a card feature and a lot of great greeting card sayings including this happy birthday one. I cut the star design from the Home Decor cartridge and added a green jewel star embellishment. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the green circle background under the sentiment and to emboss the dot stripes up each side. I free-hand drew a large football shape, cut it out and used the small dots CB folder to emboss it. I cut strips of white paper for the lace on the ball. I used my CB alphabet/number dies for Dave's name and the #24 (since it is his 24th bday.) I stamped, colored and cut out the cute little "Quarterback Ian." He is from The Greeting Farm. They have the sweetest little cartoon people and if love to stamp you should check them out! They have digital images too for those of us who are not the most skilled stampers. I inked the edges and dots with green ink and voila! I also made some oreo cake balls insead of a cake! Yum Yum!!


The challenge at Three Clovers is a back to school theme using numbers. This card reminds me of all those high school football games I used to go to with all my friends! Ian has a #10 on his jersey and the #24 is on there too.

365 Cards had an interesting challenge today! The challenge was to grab one challenge from June, one from July, and one from August and combine them to make a card. It was fun going back and looking at all the past challenges they have had! I used the challenges from Aug 29th, July 22nd, and June 19th. On Aug 29th the challenge was to use sports balls on the card. I used a football. On July 22nd the challenge was "you raise me up," which was a challenge about using raised elements. I used the star jewel and the embossing for my raised elements. The June 19th challenge was "say it with stripes." I used the dots stripe on each side of the card and stripes on the football.

The challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges was "windows." The birthday sentiment is cut by the Cricut in a window style.

Charisma Cardz's challenge is "Getting Sporty," which fits perfectly with the overall theme of my card.

THANKS FOR LOOKING! ( : I love all the positive feedback from everyone and any advice too so leave me some love! Thanks again!!

Katy D

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My First Challenge!

I found so many great challenge sites for scrapbooking/cardmaking today that I was inspired...not to mention that I am playing with my NEW CRICUT! ( : This card was originally inspired when I saw the challenge to use pink, black, and white on http://www.caardvarks.blogspot.com/. That is a favorite color combination of mine, so I thought it wouldn't be too difficult for me to come up with a quick card.

I also love the site http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/, which inspired me to do more than one challenge at once. This week's challenge on PIO is "Good Things Come in 3s" so I used 3 buttons and (mostly) 3 colors.

The inspiration for the giant flower was from http://bee-crafty.blogspot.com/. Their challenge was over the top. This flower is very 3-D and really jumps off the card. It wouldn't fit in an envelope, so I think that makes it a little over the top for a card. To create this flower I used my Cricut Expression and Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge. I just cut the flower out in 5 different sizes (I used 3",2.5",2", 1.5" and 1"). I then folded each petal in half to get the dimension. I inked the edges, glued them all together, and then added the button for the center. The "love," butterflies, leaf, ,and flourish are all from the Cricut Home Decor Cartridge.

The last inspiration that I got from all these wonderful scrapper challenge site was from http://abc-challenge.blogspot.com/. This challenge was "B for Buttons." I used a large black button for the center of my flower and two small white buttons for embellishments.

WooHoo! I am officially addicted to challenges! ( :
Thanks for looking!

Hoppy Birthday Cards with my Cuttlebug

Here are a couple of birthday cards I completed recently. I LOVE this frog die from Cuttlebug! (I use him all the time!) For this pink card I used the frog die from "GARDEN CREATURES" 2"x2" CB Die Set, The Crown from CB Kids Fairy Alphabet Die Set, the Make A Wish from the Happy Birthday CB embossing folders set. I sanded the embossed element to help it pop off the page. I used punches and a jewel for the flowers and ribbon to delineate the patterned and plain card stock.
I used my CB GARDEN CREATURES Die to cut the frog and used a lil pink scrap for the tongue. I used a CB embossing folder for the message Happy Birthday and sanded it to help make it stand out. I used the HIPPY CHICK alphabet die set for the name. I used some punches for the balloons and the stars.
I even used the embossing folders to dress up the envelopes... I'm not sure if you can mail them like this so best to use that only for hand-delivered cards! ( :