Sunday, December 30, 2012

Make Up Monday 12/31/12

Today is the last day of 2012!!!  What a great year!!

Here is a recap of our last challenges for the month of Dec. We hope you enjoyed this month's theme of Toyland:

We start our week off with Wednesday as there was no challenge posted on Christmas Day.

For Wednesday's challenge, Annie asked us to create a project featuring a loved one or yourself with their or your favorite toy. It can be an actual toy or an item they/you love to play with. Everyone has a favorite!

Here is her layout of her eldest's daughter's first Christmas:

For Thursday, Annette offered the challenge of  using sheet music paper, musical notes of some kind on you layout.She also asked for some sort of hand doodling on our layouts somewhere.  Take a peek at her cute layout:

Don't forget the previous weeks' challenges plus the bonus Hors d'oeuvres challenge!!!

Tomorrow we start a new month of challenges!!!  
Happy 2013!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

LOTW - December 27th, 2012

This weeks Layout of the Week goes to our very own Annette and her oh so cute bowl of snowman ornaments! I fell in love with this layout as soon as I saw today's challenge. I love the big circles behind the photo, the border at the top of the layout as well as the banners in the top corner.

Congratulations on LOTW Annette!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Make Up Monday -- Christmas Eve Edition!

Here in Santa's Toyland, the BIG DAY has arrived. It's Christmas Eve, and the elves are scurrying to get everything packed and the reindeer ready for Santa Claus' ride around the world to bring toys to all the good girls and boys. 

While Santa makes his list and checks it twice, let's check our list of challenges for the past week:

We started on Technique Tuesday with Tamara's kaleidoscope challenge to cut a photo or image into squares for a kaledoscope effect. Here is her layout:

On What's New Wednesday, Cassy paid tribute to the See 'N Say toy by asking us to include a pie chart and an arrow on our project. Here's her example:

Michelle's Toss Up Thursday challenge asked us to include Santa himself in our project. Here's her example:

Jo asked us to "Paint by Numbers" for this week's Friday Focus. Her challenge is to use paint or chalk on our project in some way. Here's her example:

On Sketchy Saturday, Jan shared this sketch from the Studio Calico blog and asked us to use it for either a layout or card; we also may include a list in honor of "Santa's making a list ...." Here is her layout:

Sandy wrapped up the week with her Sunday Inspiration challenge featuring Raggedy Ann and Andy. She asked us to use red as a dominant color and to include red and white stripes on our projects. Here is her example:

There's still time to join in the fun with our Blue Plate Specials! For every challenge you complete, your name goes into the drawing for our Dessert Tray prize. So pour some egg nog, gather your scrap stuff and join us at Santa's in Toyland. Can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

LOTW 12/19/12 Beth C!

This week's layout of the week is not a layout!!

It is this cute set of nesting boxes made by Beth Camp!!

Here is a peek at them when they are unfolded!!

For all the information on how to make them, Click Here!!  They are based upon a great tutorial and example by Annie C.

Love It!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Make Up Monday...Santa's Watching..

How is your visit to Santa's Toyland??  There are some great challenges.  In case you have missed some here they are again.

Technique Tuesday 12/11/12 Dress Up  : Jo challenged us to “Dress Up” our layouts

What's New Wednesday - 12/12/12 - Hot Electronics!: Annie challenged us to make a layout with a loved one with electronics

Toss Up Thursday - 12/13/12 - Nesting Toys! Annie challenged us to make a great nesting box

Focus Friday 12/14/12-Sandy wanted us to focus on the Fischer Price telephone.  Her challenge was to use a phone on your project.

Sketchy Saturday 12-15 Mr Potato Head:Annette challenged us to think about all the parts for Mr Potato Head and use one someway in your title for your layout. Example- Eyes/see/look, Nose/smell/sniff, Ears/hear/listen, Mouth/smile,teeth, Hats, etc. Like the title for the layout. Also to use this great sketch

Sunday Inspiration 12/16 -- Christmas Wishes!: BarbP challenged us to scrap about a wish that came true for you or someone close to you

Be sure to upload your layouts in each thread.  Santa is watching, make sure you get them uploaded on time.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Layout of the week 12/12

Here is my layout of the Week!!!

Beth Camp!

I am just in love with the little froggy on this page.  It goes great with the background paper.  Great Job!

Be sure to check out our Toyland challenges this month.  Santa is watching.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Toys, Toys, and More Toys!

As you know at CUC, this month our Blue Plate Special is Santa's Toyland.  I love the jog down memory land of the special toys that I received as a child and the challenges are just as inspirational.

For Technique Tuesday, Annie was inspired by legos and challenged us to use our tiny paper scraps to create a background for our layouts like she did here:
On What's New Wednesday, Sandy remembered puzzles from her childhood and challenged us to create a puzzle type layout using at least 4 different patterned papers on your project and a current trend this year of using either the color mint, border papers, or a fox on a layout.  Here is her amazing example:
In Toss up Thursday, Barb challenged us to create a layout inspired by musical toys like she did in this cute layout:
For Focus Friday, Annette remembered the game of Yahtzee and challenged us to create a layout with numbers and a score card like she did here:
Tamara was inspired by alphabet blocks and asked us to create a layout based on this sketch from GCD Studios:
AND the layout needed to have lots of squares or blocks in it like she did in this layout titled "Birds of a Feather."
And finally for our Sunday Inspiration, Michelle challenged us to be inspired by paper dolls like these:
and create a project, card, or layout that had a paper piecing on it.  She created these cute cards with some adorable paper piecings:

Remember, each challenge that you complete enters you into a drawing for the final prize this month!  Can't wait to see your beautiful work!  Happy Monday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LOTW 12/5/12 {Jan}

I have to admit that I LOVE Jan's scrapping style. She uses a lot of clean lines (and that's right up my alley) mixed with a lot of hot trends and to me, that makes her layouts pop in the gallery. This week I am choosing one from the end of last month that she uploaded because to me, the whole thing rocks!

 I love how she took the pre-designed BG paper and added her own personal touches to make this layout. Honestly, had she not told us about the paper being pre-designed I would have never even known because it is so Jan's styles.

Congrats Jan on being featured this week!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Welcome to Toy Land

We have now wrapped up all of our fun challenges in November. Our theme was Home is Where the Heart is.  The Design Team gave us some amazing challenges and sample layouts to inspire all of us.

Now, all December long we will be celebrating Toy Land. The challenges for this month will all be based on Toys for past and present.

We hopped on our Pogo Sticks and got things started on----
12/1 - Sketchy Saturday with Michelle. Toys!!!!
She asked us to find inspiration in the sketch below (she found it on What a Beautiful Mess Blog). Along with the memory of the joy and anticipation of Christmas approaching. Hoping that Santa will bring you a Special toy.....You know the one you want so much!

This is her beautiful sample.

12/2 -- Inspirational Sunday with Jo. Playing by Yourself!!
She asked us to find inspiration in those moments when a love one or even ourselves needs to just be alone and have some quite or maybe not so quite playtime. Whether it's on a phone app like her daughter or maybe with you favorite toy doll, car, or action hero.

Here is her  Lovely Sample layout.

What a wonderful way to get things started. I hope that you join us in all Toy Land! Now a Sweet video with the beautiful voice of Doris Day....Enjoy.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

LOTW - Wedneday, November 28 - CASSY!

Yes I know it's not Wednesday but go with it!  Okay so layout of the week goes to...........

drum roll please......................

 CASSY........aka AlteredDiva!!!

When I spotted this layout in the gallery a couple of weeks ago my first thought was, oh how cool! I love the torn corrugated background as well as all the other little techniques she used to create this one of a kind layout!

Kudos Cassy, and congratulations on LOTW!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Make Up Monday 11/26/12

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday!!!  We had another great week of challenges here at CUC!!!

 On Tuesday, Annie gave us a great challenge of making a mini album using name badge protectors:

On Wednesday, Barb asked us to remember our traditions and create a layout that focuses on those traditions.  Here is her layout featuring the tradition of baking cookies together:

Thursday's challenge from Annette asked us to create a layout based upon a photo of someone who is near and dear to our hearts...
Here is her layout of her grandmother:
For Friday's Focus. Tamara asked us to use a photo of our home for our layout..

For Sketchy Saturday, Jan used a piece of Basic Grey paper as her "sketch"

and here is her layout:
On Sunday, Cassy asked us to take inspiration from this coffee table book:

and here is her layout:

And remember, every challenge you complete earns you a chance in the prize drawing for November!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Layout of the Week - Sherri Priest!

I have to admit it's always so hard to pick just one layout for The Layout of the Week....I seriously dread it when it's my turn...but a girl must do what a girl must, man up and just pick one!

This week I picked this layout by Sherri as I just love everything about it....from the colors, to the beautiful little girl, the theme (yay - Christmas is coming) and I even love the hexagons (still a big fan of them!).

Congratulations Sherri on having the Layout of the Week!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Make Up Monday 11/19/2012

Welcome to another Make Up Monday! Can you believe it -- Thanksgiving is this week! We've been loving the "Home Is Where the Heart Is" challenge theme this month. Remember --- the last challenge this month will be November 25, then you will have the rest of the month to get your challenges completed. Every completed challenge will earn you one entry into the Dessert Tray prize drawing!

We started off the week on Technique Tuesday with Annette's Fiesta Ware-inspired challenge to draw our own ideas from a dinnerware set (our own or one we remember) and to make a large embellished tag to use on our project. Here is Annette's layout:

What's New Wednesday brought us Tamara's challenge to use something that's new to us (less than a year old) and to include photos of our family's breakfast experience. She created this layout of breakfast at a French toast buffet with her hubby:

For Toss Up Thursday, Cassy asked us to include a quote or definition about friendship on our project. Here is her creation:

Michelle's Friday challenge focused on Thanks; she asked us to create thank you cards and to include some kind of hand doodling on them. Here are her examples:

For Sketchy Saturday, Jo remembered the clothing her mother sewed for her and asked us to use some type of sewing on our project, as well as this PageMaps sketch:

We ended our week with Cassy's fun Sunday Inspiration challenge. She included the link to a tutorial for making "sliding door cards" filled with candy. Here are her examples:

This week, we also had an Hors d-oeuvres Tray challenge by Jo, including a link to a tutorial, for making lovely gift boxes like this one:

Have a great week!