Monday, January 30, 2012

Good Stuff

I have another fabulous Nuts sketch for you. This one is absolutely fab. Check it:

I just really love this one. Love the photo and title areas, the way the embellies highlight it all and the stitching look. Which I'm a huge fan of, but hate pulling out the sewing machine so don't do very often. Well, guess what! I pulled it out for this one.

And I had a blast! After adhering all my pp pieces (w/ inked edges of course) and photos. I pulled that heavy machine to my kitchen table and just had fun. Big stitches, not so big stitches, I followed the sketch for the most part and then added more because... well, I had to right? lol (I even mended a few other things around the house that have been waiting for me, crazy I know) Then I added my title, embellies and journaling.

Which is all about how I love that my kids like to snack on fruit and veggies. What better way to document that, than photos of my 2yr old chowing down on apples, grapes and celery?

Don't forget to go check out the rest of the dt's examples here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Holly Jolly Christmas Eve & Perfect

I've got 2 layouts for you today. First off we'll start with today's NAS #197 sketch:
Lots of photos can fit on here. I didn't have quite that many so I made a larger title area and I had a few that I made a little skinnier and one that I needed to be a little wider, so I switched the journaling area to the top so my wider photo could go along side my skinnier photos. It made it so the photos weren't squished in there somewhere. :)

Here's my layout:
This is Christmas Eve with my brother, his family and my parents. I realize the journaling is a little hard to see, but it's mostly just listing what the kids got from each other. Love some good times with my family!

I used the Holly Jolly Echo Park line again. (really loving these papers) I had a blast playing with the cardstock stickers to create my title area, I layered journaling cards to make the journaling space long enough and used a few fun border punches. I did some inking with black and added a little bit more detail to some of the stickers with my Stamping Up markers. Pretty quick and easy layout.

Next I have January's Scrap Our Stash challenge. This month the challenge is "New". I chose to go with newly printed photos, some new supplies my awesome daughter got me for xmas and to use some punches in a new way.

So the cute white cs, green pp, green with white polka dot ribbon and stickers in the bottom right corner were all picked out by my dd. Everything else is much older stuff from my stash.
The photos are from this year's tree assembly production and I used a border punch to make the red 'ribbon' look for the bottom strip. Then took the little curls that were punched out and added them around the circle. I also used a glaze pen I've had for quite some time, but haven't done much with. Looks really great in person, but hard to see here. :) Lots of sparkly fun tho!

Products: Best Creations paper, Kaisercraft ink, Stampin' Up markers, Fiskars and Martha Stewart punches, Sakura glaze pen, Karen Foster and Me and My Big Ideas stickers, Elmer's glue spots and Tombow tape runner.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gingerbread house

Have you seen today's NAS sketch yet? #195 Isn't this a fabulous 2 page layout?:
I just love all that space for a fun, cute title, tons of journaling space and you still have room for 11 photos! Wow!

So here is what I put together with this sketch:

We bought a gingerbread kit this year, the kids had a blast making it and tasting it. They were very proud of their creation even tho it leaned and slid. (I think we'll come up with our own version next year) Jayse had a blast too, which was why he was eventually removed to the bath where he could play and have fun without being yelled at for being in the way, knocking things over or eating the best decorations.

I am falling in love with this Recollections colored cs I recently picked up. I sanded it to make the embossed design show, added the fun Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas pp's, then cropped and added my photos. I didn't want to make some of my photos as small as the sketch called for so I just left them the size I wanted. Then I put on my title using Thickers from American Crafts and the alphas from the EP kit, added snow with the DecoArt snow writer and added stickles to some of the snow and 'Sweet &' to make them sparkle a little. Last I outlined 'Yummy' to help it stand out more, added some stickers and journaling cards from the EP kit, journaled and finished it all off with the cute little .'s from the Amy Tangerine Thickers that have x's on them, so I could use them as faux stitching. Love that!

So I left it out on the table for the snow and stickles to dry properly and that's when Jayse decided to add his little touch. See that big, dark brown ink smudge on the journaling? Yep. He also inked most of the faces in the photos, but luckily that all wiped off. I decided he was right about the ink on the journaling, tho, and added a little more for good measure. ;)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Do you love sketches?

Then you'll be interested in this:

NAS Sketch Team Search

Deadline: January 31, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
I am looking for dedicated design team members for a term running from March 2012 - August 2012.

All details can be found on the NAS blog here.
Shawn is wonderful to work with and her sketches are just awesome! Good luck to all who apply. :)Ange

Monday, January 2, 2012

Winter Wonderland

Happy 2012 everyone!
What better way to start out a new year than with a FABULOUS NAS sketch?? I can't think of one either. So here is my take on this awesome sketch:

This was the day we went up to get our xmas tree. The whole family went and Jayse just had a blast, even tho it was SOO cold. Love seeing my little guy happy. :)

I used some of that so totally awesome Echo Park Winter Park line. Love it! Used kraft as my background, inked my paper edges, added the pp, stickers and marker lines. Then used the snow writer from DecoArt, but didn't do it in the most efficient way so I ended up dragging my hand through some, fixing it and adding 'snow' smudges in other places to make it look like I did it on purpose. Happy accidents right? Finished up with my journaling.

Great way to start off a new year if you ask me. Thanks for stopping by!

Fairy Dust