Thursday, September 24, 2009

Have you done the challenge?

I finally got around to making a card for my own challenge.  Life has been busy!  Maybe you're feeling the same way.  You've got just under a week to complete this one.  Don't forget that you could win a prize.
Here is what I made.  We're celebrating my nephews' birthdays as well as my own Nathaniel's on Sunday so I had to make some cards.  Perfect, I knew what to do.  Make a monochromatic card.  It didn't turn out the way I pictured it, but I do like it.

I used textured cardstock in Indian Corn Blue, a bit of paper from Serendipity paper pack, Outdoor Denim cardstock, ink, brads and spiral clip, Heavenly Blue cardstock and ribbon.  The stamp sets are Robot Power and Charmed lowercase.  So now it's your turn.  Create a card or other project using just one colour, with different shades.  Post a comment with a link to your project and you're officially entered in the challenge and could win the prize.
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My First Club Layout!

Here it is, the first layout we'll be doing on my First Fridays club night, which also happens to be my first club.  I'm totally excited about getting together with my customers on a regular basis.  You can click here to go to my website's calendar and get more details.  Even though the sign-up deadline is past, I have a few spaces left so you can still be a part of this.

So here's the layout.  I got the idea from Denise Panhorst, just changed it up to use Twitterpated Paper.  The technique we'll be doing is called stamp rolling.

The absolute deadline for attending this club night, on Oct. 2, is this Friday.  So don't delay!

Monday, September 21, 2009

All-Sorts: Christmas 2007, I know I'm really behind!

I had so much fun making this little album.  It's our new All-Sorts Chipboard album.  It's the same size as our clear acrylic album so you can mix and match pages.  I didn't do that with this one, but I just might later.  A lot of the ideas for these pages came from albums made by consultants who attended the Leadership Convention in July.  I'm grateful for those who posted their work on our consultant artwork bulletin board.
I've used Sweet Home paper, Level 2, some Chocolate ribbon and waxy flax, lots of felt from both sets (The new one is full of adorable images!), Top Coats photo overlays, rub-ons, including the new glitter ones, and some images from the exclusive stamp set with the Sweet Home workshop kit and Grow with Love.  I think that's it.

Here are the rest of the pages:
My nephew, Ben, on the left and my son, Nathaniel on the right.  Ben had open-heart surgery a year ago in June, so this photo is before that.  Actually this was just days after they found out about the holes in his heart.  I made an album for his parents about the whole experience.  If you'd like to see it, you'll have to ask!

My crazy nephews, Ben's older brothers.

Nathaniel with his Oma, my mom.

My kids with Opa.

My daughter, Arianna, with my sister, and the two cousins side by side.

Back page. If you want to read the journaling, just click on the image to see it larger.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Congratulations to our Challenge Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my last challenge, which was to create a piece of work using only the base and stamped images.  I randomly chose a winner and that person is Leisa!  We didn't get any layouts created, but stay tuned because I'm still planning to do one for you.  I've even chosen a photo.  Leisa, you'll need to send me your address so I can mail you a prize.  I've decided to give you a couple of cards I made recently, but they are a part of my September SOTM display, so you will have to wait until October to get them.

I guess you're ready and waiting for this month's challenge.  This one may not be as difficult or challenging, but then again, it might be.  I want you to create a project with one colour.  You may use multiple shades, but there should only be one colour.  I'll make up a card to show you what I mean as soon I can.

Now that September is here, my dear daughter will be starting JK on Wednesday!  She's very excited and I can hardly believe that the day is almost here.  The neat thing is she will be attending the school I taught at before she was born.  It's a bit like going home for me, except that there are lots of new teachers.  It's been very interesting seeing the school from a parent's perspective now. 
My sweetie is really starting to get curious about Mommy's job and the creating I do.  She decided one day that it was her toy monkey's birthday, her Little People monkey.  Since she had been talking about making a card with me, I offered to help her make a birthday card for her monkey.  She was over-the-moon!  She chose her stamp, inked it up and stamped it herself.  Then she chose the paper, which is just some old stuff I let her play with.  The ribbon came from the Michaels dollar bin.  I bought it for her long ago.  We had lots of fun putting it together and she has had fun using it to celebrate Monkey's birthday over and over.

The monkey images and inside sentiment are from Life's a Jungle.  The Happy Birthday is from Say It In Style.  I look forward to many more cards and layouts made with her.
And did you know that our new Idea Book is live?  Yup, you can now click on the image in my sidebar and go see the entire Idea Book on my website.  Check it out; it's beautiful!
Happy Creating!