Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Layout of the week 12/28/2011

For the layout of the week I chose this wonderful Christmas Layout by Barb P.
I love the papers used, the picture is precious and the journaling is super. The layout is clean and festive and love the little tag in the corner. Great job Barb.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Make-up Monday Dec. 26th

Here are last weeks challenges:
Tuesday- challenge was to use paper piercing
Wednesday-challenge is to use punches
Thursday-challenge was to fussy cut
Friday-Challenge is to use outdoor pictures
Saturday-Challenge is to use this sketch
Sunday-Challenge is to post a favourite Christmas photo and then show us a project that you make using the photo
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LOTW Natalia!!!

The gallery has been so busy lately with all the wonderful challenges that everyone is creating....
which made it very hard to pick a layout of the week....but I spotted this cute layout by
and knew it had to be the one.

I love the way she did her title and her take on the sketch was perfect!!!  

Check out more of her work and all the other goodies at the

Monday, December 19, 2011

Make Up Monday December 19, 2011

Are you ready for Christmas yet? We're definitely in the spirit on the Cookin' Up Scrapbook Creations forum! All of our Blue Plate Special challenges can be adapted to holiday scrapping, card making or gift giving, and many of our Master Chef Challenge Team and forum members are doing just that!

We've been revisiting challenges from throughout 2011 this month and putting our own "twist" on there. Here's a recap of the past week's challenges:

Last Tuesday, Nicole challenged us to use some type of mesh -- scrapping mesh, dry wall tape, an onion bag, anything we could find -- and gave us this example:

On Wednesday, Tamara brought us a challenge to use hat pins. Here's her layout:

Bev's Thursday challenge gave us flowers and bling! Here is her example:

On Friday, Jan focused on distressing and shared her layout:

Amy brought us the Saturday sketch and this example:

On Sunday, Tamara brought us a challenge to use banners OTHER than the traditional triangle shape; she used hearts:

And this past week, we had TWO Hors d'ouevres Tray challenges! The first was from our December Chef of the Month, Rebecca. She challenged us to decorate a purchased ornament, and gave us these examples:

And just a few minutes ago, the Master Chef Challenge Team posted the December "Scraplift a Member" challenge. We scraplifted this beautiful layout by forum member Melody Miller:

These are just one week of our Blue Plate Special challenges -- there is a new one each day except Monday (and occasionally on Monday too!) A layout, two cards or another project will count for each challenge.

If you complete 15 or more of the December challenges by January 3, your name will go into the drawing for the Dessert Tray prize -- and this month it's a gift certificate generously provided by our friends at Scraptastic Club -- check out their amazing kits!

And please be sure to join us on the Cookin' Up Creations forum every day for conversation, scrapping, challenges and friendship!

Have a great countdown-to-Christmas week!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

LOTW - 12/14 --- Michelle

Who can resist Donald Duck?  Not me, that's for sure! I was immediately drawn to the bright colors in Michelle's layout as well as the playful feel that the frame adds.  Fun, fun, fun!

Congratulations on Layout of the Week Michelle!!!
You can view more of Michelle's work by visiting her gallery HERE.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Want to be a member of our team?????

Do you love scrapbooking challenges? Do you enjoy chatting on forums and making new online friends? Then you may have what it takes to be a member of our Master Chef Challenge Team at Cookin' Up Scrapbook Creations

Cookin' Up Creations focuses on our Blue Plate Special Challenges, and we want YOU to be a part of it! We offer a NEW challenge each day except Mondayon our forum, with a prize drawing at the end of the month. We are looking for five to six team members for a six-month term.

Your responsibilities will include:
-Presenting a “Blue Plate Special” challenge once a week 
-Posting regularly on the forum message board and initiating at least four new topics each week
-Posting comments regularly in our members' gallery
-Assisting with and participating in special events, such as crops, blog hops and special challenges
-Promoting Cookin' Up Creations on your personal blog, Facebook and wherever else allowed

We offer you the opportunity to showcase your work and a chance to expand your creativity through participation on our active, dynamic Challenge Team. Challenge Team members are eligible for the prize drawings. All past and present members are encouraged to reapply.

Submissions will be taken through Sunday December the 18th, 2011 at 9:00 pm EST. Challenge Team members will be notified no later than December 23rd, 2011 via email. Your position will begin immediately after your acceptance. Your “official” term will begin on January 1, 2012 and end June 30, 2012.

To apply:
Send the following requirements to tammy@cookinupcreations.com. Please put "Design Team Entry" in the subject line.
-Your name, address, email address and contact information
- A paragraph or two about yourself and your experience in scrapbooking and paper crafting
-Four recently completed layouts and two cards or other paper crafting project 
-Links to your personal blog and online gallery
-A paragraph about why you wish to join our team 

Each applicant must have at least 25 posts on our forum. We would like to have the opportunity to get to know you before making our decision, and encourage you to share your work with us, and for you to become a part of our online Family here at Cookin' up Creations. 

We encourage each applicant/participant to check out our Blue Plate Special Challenge Forum, and familiarize yourself with it, and how it works. 
*If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

Best of luck to all applicants -- this is a GREAT site and team! 

Make-Up Monday 12/12/11

What another fabulous week of challenges we have had here at CUC!  Don’t you just love having a second chance at completing a challenge that you so very much wanted to do the first time, but you just didn’t have the time to do it?   This month we are giving you the chance to do just that as we revisit some of the wonderful challenges for this past year…

On Tuesday Tamara revisited a challenge originally posted by Jo that challenged us to use paint on our project.  Tamara shared two fantastic Christmas cards with us that she used paint on:

Wednesday,  Bev went back to Cassy’s “Sew Cute” challenge and challenges us to sew on our project.  Bev shared her stunning LO with stitching on it:

Thursday rolled around and Barb brought back Jan’s “War of the Roses” challenge in which we are shown how to create border strip rosettes.  Barb created an elegant Tim inspired tag for her example:

On Friday Jo brought back Karen’s beading challenge.  Jo challenges us to use any size, and style of bead on our project and she definitely inspired us with her stunning LO:

Saturday is personally my favorite Challenge day because it’s sketch day.  This week Jan brought back a sketch from Creative Scrappers that was originally posted as a challenge here at CUC by Tammy.  Jan’s LO really pops and really makes me want to find the time to use this sketch!

Our final challenge this past week came on Sunday and was posted by Barb.  She choose my art inspired challenge that was posted to be inspired by one of four paintings I had chosen.  You can see the painting here in this thread: [url=http://www.cookinupcreations.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=8159]INSPIRATIONAL SUNDAY 12/11/11[/url]

Barb created these cute Christmas cards to show how she was inspired by the art work:

We hope that you all are enjoying revisiting some of our favorite challenges from the past year.  And we can’t wait to see what you all create while be inspired by the DT and their takes on the challenges.  Don’t forget to upload your projects into the CUC gallery and link them to the appropriate thread for it to count towards your entry into the monthly prize drawing!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

LOTW Dec 7.. congrats to Beth Camp

Congrats to Beth Camp for Project of the Week. It is just too cute and perfect this time of the year when we celebrate xmas. Reindeer that are just too cute, the tiny bird is amazing and the tag finish them off. And who wouldn't love a touch of candy for a treat. I know my grandkids would love these. Happy Holiday

Monday, December 5, 2011

Make-Up Monday Dec. 5

Well, this past week we ended out the month of November & all our food related challenges & we began December where we're revisiting some of our Favorite challenges from the past months. So, here's your recap:

Tues. 11/29--For today's challenge, we are celebrating the chicken by including a bird on our layout (on the patterned paper, embellishment or photo). To celebrate that lovely browned skin, we will distress the edges of at least one of our papers.

Wed. 11/30--My what's new this Wednesday is WATERCOLOR!!! I spied on someone's blog awhile back (can't remember who right now) a layout where the scrapbooker used watercolor paint to add color to her page and I really liked the look. So I dusted off my cheap watercolor set that I've had forever and gave it a go and here's what I came up with.

Thurs. 12/1--This month we are making the challenges super easy on you by choosing some of our favorites from this past year. One of my favorite challenges that was posted on Thursday (way back when it was called transformation Thursday) was the altered toilet paper roll gift card holder. It was posted on January 27th. You can see the original post HERE and here is what Cassy had to say about it:

For this weeks TTh, I was reminded of how much everyone loved the gift card holders that I made for birthday gifts etc. a few years ago and since it was so simple to do, I thought that I would share this idea with you today. A tp roll is perfect for holding a gift card. It is exactly the right size and all you have to do is flatten the toilet paper roll, cover it with pp, I like to trim the edges with some deco-edge scissors, and then embellish to your hearts content. I like to crease the edges with a bone folder to finish everything off. You can add a tag to attach the card to or just slip it in the gap.

So now here is my take on this challenge:
 Fri. 12/2--Todays Challenge was originally created by Barb! Just like Barb... I love all the fun birds that are in so many of the scrapbook products. So your challenge is to use a bird on your project!
Here is my example...

 Sat. 12/3--I have to be honest and admit that Sketchy Saturday is my all time favorite challenges that we post here at CUC. There are not a whole lot of them that I miss. And when I do, it's because I have a lot going on at the time and just can't seem to find the time to do them. So when I found out what the theme for this month was I was so excited because it meant I would get to go back and doTHIS FABULOUS SKETCH CHALLENGE that was posted by Jo way back on my wedding anniversary, May 28th:

 I love Liz Chidester's sketches. But sadly never got around to completing this one when it was first posted. So I finally had my chance to get it done. Here is my take on the sketch:

 Sun. 12/4--One of my favorite inspirational Sundays came from Tamara. She found this sketch/layout and loved all the white space it had...that it focused on the "Main Dish"

 and she made the following (very cute) layout...

So my challenge to you is to scraplift this layout and see what you can come up with....if you want to go the thread and see what everyone else came up with...it is here:

http://cookinupcreations.com/phpBB3/vie ... 111&t=6230

I will be posting my example later today.....

Enjoy your main dish and remember...1 layout or 2 cards will put an entry into the monthly drawing for that $20 gift card!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December 2011 BPS Prize Package Sponsor is....

.....provided by Scraptastic Club

Jessica with Scraptastic Club was quite generous this month and has offered the BPS Challenge Winner for December a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the Scraptastic Site.

Be sure to check out the forum for all the details.

December 2011 Chef of the Month - Rebecca Vandyke

Cookin' Up Creations is pleased to announce that our "Chef of the Month" for December 2011 is our very own. . .Rebecca Vandyke

Be sure to chcek out the forum to learn all about Rebecca!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Layout of the Week 11/29/11 -- Sherriscraps!

When I logged into the gallery at the Cookin' Up Creations forum, this layout by Sherriscraps caught my eye right away:

I love the composition, the mix of patterns and colors, and that big bright photo. The title also made me smile! Please leave Sherri some well deserved love here!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Make up Monday for November 28th

Good Morning.. Week in Review on Make up Monday
We are going to start with Technique Tuesday with Nana Karen. She supplies us with a great template for a flower... and many different size options. It's beautiful when all made up.

And here is Karen's layout using it. What a fabulous accent for any page. Beautiful layout.

New Wednesday is with Nicole. She really put on her thinking cap for this one.... PICTURELESS.
I am still working on this one. She was very creative and shared her all time favourite Kraft mac n cheese. Sure would love to see what you come up with.

Tutorial Thursday is with Sandy. She is sharing the art and creation of using White on White. What amazing inspirational photo and her card is stunning.

The card is layers and layers of white... so soft, elegant and beautiful.

Focus Friday with Amy .. Eat your Greens. What a great array of greens there are in the photo.

Below is Amy's fabulous circles design layout with just too cute photos. .. and look at all the green.

Sketchy Saturday with Tammi is called Ingredients.

What an amazing mix of colour, texture and many elements. Everything you'd find in a layout.
She supplied us with the Sketch from Page Maps below.

And here is her amazing layout with lots of colour, fun layers, great elements. Love the title and photo.

Inspiration Sunday is Lattice Top Pie with Jo. Amazing lattice style pattern in this pie photo to inspire us.
And here is her fabulous layout created through this inspirational photo. Great strips and fabulous soft fun layout.
Sure hope you enjoyed what the DT put together for you this week. Be sure to try a few of these neat ideas when your crafting. Would love for you to share them with us.