Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This is the last week of the month and that means that this is the last reveal from the Design Team using our current sponsors!

We had three very generous March Sponsors! Please make sure you visit their sites, and if possible, give them your business!

Our March Sponsors were Gel-à-tins™ Clear Stamps and two (2) Etsy Stores - P.S. It's in the Details and Cute Tape! This month, we showcased an assortment of items as each of the girls were given different stamp sets, different Japanese Washi Tapes, and even different paper embellishments from our very generous sponsors!

Now for the reveals.......


This week, I created two cards using the awesome products from our sponsors:

For the card on the left, I used two colors of washi tape from Cu-te' Ta-pe' to make flowers; the "leaves" are folded pieces of tape. The middles are folded Primas. I ran a "Text Me" tag from P.S. It's All in the Details through my printer to add a sentiment, then topped it with a Scenic Route rub-on. The papers are by Basic Grey.

For the "Whoo Loves You" card, I started with an adorable tree-printed tag adorned with buttons, also by P.S. It's All in the Details. I added a glittered owl, also from the same sponsor, and some October Afternoon alphas. The musical notes were stamped with "What's Your Note" stamps from Gel-A-Tins. I also added another owl to the inside of the card:


For this week's DT Reveal, I was to create an altered item. I was inspired by P.S. Its All in the Details calendar spots and chose to make an altered Growth Chart. I used a measuring tape and attached a piece of 4 x 6 chipboard covered with multiple papers and embellishments. On each one, I embellished the chipboard with distressed Calendar Spots, ribbons, trims, Crate Paper journaling spots, KI Pearls, and of course the story of the Three Little Pigs. I also created some Tim Holtz roses - my first attempt but they turned out ok - and highlighted them with some micro glass beads. Thanks for looking!


I have truly enjoyed working with this month's sponsor products. Thank you for allowing me to design for you this month.

Supplies used: Pattern Papers: SEI and Basic Grey / Tag: Jillibean Soup / Letter Stickers: Basic Grey / Flower: Prima- I think / Cloud: P.S. it's in the details[/size]


I have really enjoyed working with the Calendar Journaling cards from P.S. It's in the Details. But today, I did something a little different with them. I knew the colors were gonna be perfect for these pictures of Harrison at the Bowling Alley...so I used the journaling cards to create a banner! Yep...I cut 'em up! But I LOVE this page! Could be my new favorite!!! :)

I added some scraps of Scenic Route and I think that die cut piece was Pink Paislee...correct me if I'm wrong!! And these fun foam alphas are becoming a signature thing for me!!!


For my cards this week, I had some fun using the What's your Note Stamps from Gel a tins. I also had a chance to use one of their rectangle stamping blocks. I loved the size and feel of the block..especially for stamping a background design where you want to do different angles with your stamps.

I used Echo Park For the Record papers, MM tiny alphas, Divine Twine and some buttons.


Here is my layout for this week. I used some older KMA paper and added the cu-te-ta-pe around the edge for a border look. I also used a P.S. it's in the details tag behind the photo to give me a yellow edge. some letters, lace, a brad, flowers with studio112 pearl centers and a clock sticker from Sports and more.

"a moment in time"

We hope you enjoyed all the reveals this month!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Make-Up Monday...3-28-11

Good Morning everyone! Hope you all are having a great start to your week! Here's a review of last week's Blue Plate Special Challenges!

Tuesday: Kimberly provided a link to a Paper Rose Tutorial and challenged us to use roses on our project...here's her page...

Wednesday: Tamara issued a "play on words" challenge...encouraging us to tell a story on our pages.

Thursday: Jo altered a chipboard circle that was part of the packaging for a new dry erase board she bought! Pretty clever!

Friday: Jenny had us focusing on using frames on our page.

Saturday: Tammy provided an awesome sketch! Here's her take on it!

Sunday: Cassie provided a link to a site that inspires her and wants us to go there and base our page on something that inspired us!

Remember, to qualify for this month's BPS Prize, you must complete a minimum of 12 challenges issued for the month...you've still got a few days!

Hope you'll join us this week for lot's of new challenges...including the first challenge for our Crop Chef competition!!! It's gonna be fun!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Do YOU have What it Takes?

Do you have what it takes … to be CROP CHEF?

Our first ever CROP CHEF competition begins Thursday, March 31 on the Cookin' Up Creations forum. This is a non-elimination challenge! Entrants earn points through their participation; and the person with the most points at the end of the competition will be named CROP CHEF!

A new challenge will be posted every Thursday and Monday morning from March 31 through April 18. Each challenge will include a list of ingredients and technique that must be included in your layout. The Thursday challenges will be due on Monday evening; and the Monday challenges, on Thursday evening. Forum members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. The top two favorites will get extra points; but EVERYONE receives participation points, and there will be other fun ways to earn extra points.

So ...do YOU have what it takes??? Get ready to COOK UP SOME GOODNESS! The first challenge will be issued Thursday, March 31 in the Cookin' up Creations forum.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March Reveal - Designs by Krista Snow Fun

Well, snow is not in the greatest supply in Mississippi, but occasionally, we do get a little. Of course, those are few and far between! But, I did have a few old pictures of Bryce playing in the snow from two years ago, so I used them with this cute kit!!

For this layout, I used a landscape photo I had taken and blended it into the background paper.

And for this one, I decided to use these fun papers for an Easter layout!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Layout of the Week 3-24-11

For this week, I chose this page by Kimberly! I love the papers and colors she used, the rounded corners, AND the stickled paper edges! (did you notice that?!?!) Great page Kimberly!

New feature: Scraplift a Member!

This special challenge is brought to you today by the entire design team. We're really excited to bring you what we hope will be a recurring feature: our "Scraplift a Member" Challenge!

The design team as a whole chose one layout from our gallery for our scraplift. The layout that we are scraplifting today has wonderful clean lines and great aesthetic appeal (in other words, we love the design and think it's really pretty!) We loved the way the designer used her various elements. The design team members all agree: we LOVE this layout and had a great time lifting it!

We chose this layout by "momoffive" AMY BUNNER:

And here are our versions of Amy's layout:

I loved Amy's photo and paper composition. Her design really allowed the photograph to shine! I started out following her design, then made a few changes to accommodate my patterned papers. I wanted to show certain parts of that background map paper by Making Memories. I also made changes in the title treatment because my alphas needed some extra oomph! to show up against the busy Basic Grey Oliver patterns. I wanted more of the top area of my background paper to show on the left, so I positioned my design farther down on the paper; so I added a banner on the right side. And of course, I changed out the pretty feminine papers and flowers for something a little more boyish for my grandson. Last, I set the background over a die cut paper by Advantus to add that final pop of red.  Here's what I came up with:

I completely loved Amy's beautiful layout!  The colors were perfect and I loved the design and the flowers along with the journaling spots.  I used that same design in my layout called Paper Bag Princess.

The title was inspired by a children's book "Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch.  It is a story about a Princess who falls in love with a Prince.  To make a long story short, while she was saving his life, she got really mess with her hair everywhere and soot on her face and the Prince refused to have her until she made herself presentable again.  She of course would have nothing more to do with him but Peyton's face here along with the tiara, made me want to call her the Paper Bag Princess.  For the layout, I used Bo Bunny Press papers, walnut ink, cricut butterflies, gems, pearls, and of course "paper bag" letters.  I hand-drew the letters and cut them out, crumpled them, and then sanded them.  The title Princess is on a transparency.

The first thing that caught my eye about this page was the color combo...then all the layers!  I really wanted to go with the same colors, but it just ended up not working out for me.  So I have a more colorful interpretation...I use papers from a MME stack of papers called Complete Boy.  I traced a BG chipboard star onto some cardboard and cut that out...I added a little white paint to it to "rough" it up.  I cut the tickets with my Cricut and SCAL using a free SVG file I found.  I used AC Thickers for the title.

I loved all the layers and different edges on the papers of the original layout so it was very easy to scraplift!!  Since I don't have many border punches, I tore my papers instead.  I used some  papers from the Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate line plus some Prima flowers and lots of chalk to create my version.

I used Scenic route papers and embossed gold flowers on the buttons then used stickles in the center.  I also used an old card that I had with the words about the ocean.  I just cut it up and inked the edges to give it character instead of just placing the square on my layout.  Title is thickers.

This is me on a very small island in the Dominican Republic, when my DIL and I went whale watching.  They brought us to this island in  little boats, then put us in rowboats to go see the whales.  DIL was petrified.  We came back to this tiny island to have lunch.  It was an adventure for sure with quite the story to tell.  I am saving that for another layout.  LOL

Join us on the Cookin' Up Creations forum for our daily Blue Plate Specials and our surprise Hors d' oeuvres  Tray challenges like this one. Complete at least 12 challenges by the end of the month and your name will be entered to win the Dessert Tray prize this month -- this lovely kit from Premier Scrapbook Designs:

We're "MAD ABOUT SKETCHES" all month long in March. Every challenge is accompanied by a sketch. Come on over and join in the fun -- there's still time! All challenges are open through April 1.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DT Reveal March 21, 2011

Our sponsors this month Gel*a* tins, cu-te-ta-pe and P.S. it's in the details have brought some wonderful creations from our Design Team. Look what they created this week!


This week I created a frame using products from all three sponsors. It started with a wooden frame, which I covered with old sheet music and October Afternoon papers. I used the Gel-a-tins "Just a Note" stamp set to add some pale blue musical accents to my sheet music and my label. The pretty green leaves that accent my flower are flocked and stitched tags from P.S. It's all in the details. I pleated some green striped washi tape from Cu-te' Ta-pe' and used it underneath a piece of crocheted lace; I also made leaves with the tape. The label is a Spellbinders die cut and the sentiment is a Pink Paislee rub on.


For this weeks Design Team Reveal I was inspired by the Blue Plate Special Challenge to wrap my chipboard letters with tape. It was really easy to do using Cute Tape. Self adhesive and pretty! I decided to leave the chipboard letters with bumps to mimic the ripples in the water. I also used Bo Bunny Press papers, velvet ribbon, buttons and Cloud Nine bubbles.

Supplies used: Pattern paper: Making Memories, Crate Paper, Momento / Tree: P.S. it's in the details / Flowers: Jillibean Soup and Prima / Stamps: Autumn Leaves / Tickets: Sizzlit / Smooch Spray


I LOVED this tag by P.S. It's in the Details! This tag really reminds me of what we're seeing around here right now! So I decided to use it on a "Happy Spring" card! I used my Gel-a-tins stamps to created the top and bottom border. The only extras were the Studio G stamps for the title and the Studio G ink!

And as soon as I saw the elephants in the Gel-a-tins stamp set, I KNEW I wanted to use them for a baby card! I used Studio G ink and stamps again and added some ribbon and fiber that I had in my stash.


I love the leaf tag I received from PS. It's in the details so I combined it with some other flowers and leaves I had for this layout of my youngest with a butterfly that landed on her hair. I also used the Washi Tape from Cu-te' Ta-pe' to make three dimension stripes across my layout.
My papers and the transparency are from the Fancy Pants Simplicity line.

In this layout of my daughter's Bridals I used this beautiful tag from P.S. It's in the details. It changed out the ribbon in the top of it from purple to yellow so it would give my page a softer look. I love the moss effect on the edge, it gives it a 3-D look and it goes so well with the greenery she is standing by. I used the tag to put my journaling on and what a fun story to tell.

I also used an old piece of pattern paper from my stash. Added some new ribbon and a lock and key brad from Oriental Trading as well as making memories letters for my title..."under lock and key"

Monday, March 21, 2011

Make Up Monday 3/21

Our theme this month of course is Mad About Sketches.  Wait until you see the amazing challenges that our Design Team came up with for this week's Blue Plate Specials.  So, without further ado, we'll start with our Technique Tuesday.

For Technique Tuesday, Barb challenged us to use paint to place emphasis to an element on a layout.  Here is her beautiful example:
In our What's New Wednesday thread, Jenny took her inspiration from a digital technique and created a folded paper background.  Check it out:
For Transformation Thursday, Cassy challenged you to alter something inspired by a rainbow for St. Patty's Day.  Here is her laminate album set:

In our Friday Focus, Tamara encouraged us to layer it up by using lots and lots of layers of patterned paper to add dimension and depth to her projects.  Check out one of her beautiful examples:
Our Sketchy Saturday challenge was followed up by a beautiful page from Penny.  It is a must see!
And finally, let's wrap up our week with a song.  A song title that is.  Barb encourages us to use song lyrics or a song title on our layout. 
So come join us for our weekly "Mad About Sketches" Blue Plate Special Challenges and become inspired!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Snow Fun by Designs by Krista

Hi there! Penny N here to share a little digi fun with you. This kit, Snow Fun by Designs by Krista, was really hard for me since I don't live where there is snow. I had one picture of my friend's son that she emailed me on their day trip to the local mountains, but other than that I had to improvise. I love the colors in this kit so I used the papers for non-snow pages and you can see that it works. Thanks for the fun, Krista! And Happy Scrappin' everyone!

Templates used for layouts from Aprilisa as part of the March Collab at Scrapable.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

DT Reveals for the week of March 14th, 2011

Morning all! Hope you are having a fabulous week so far! Here's what our DT came up with for you guys this week!

From Jo:
I just love all the cardstock embellishments I received from P.S. It's in the Details this month. I started my layout with two trees from her Spring Trees line and added a "Text Me" tag and an "It's a date" journaling card. The striped paper is actually part of the packaging from her collecting leaves embellishments which I decided not to use on this layout as they are so pretty on both sides that I want to use them in another way. I used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch to cut some little ones from the hidden edges of the embellishments(sneaky...I know!) I decided it needed a little something at the top, so I put some layers of blue and white striped Cute Tape in the corner and inked them so they would stand out more. I finished the layout with some Prima flowers, misc buttons and some trims.

From Tamara:
This first card is made using the cu-te-tape. This stuff is very easy to work with. I had a roll of blue and white checked tape. I placed it in different sizes on the edge of my card and added some prima flowers and making memorie brads and then stamped Thanks in the center. I also inked the edges and then decided to throw some bling on it.

P.S. it's in the details has some fun calendars to work with. I placed one in the center of my card and chalked in the date for my MIL's Birthday. It is April 19, 2011. She will be 87 and thrilled to receive a homemade card. I also used a sticker scallop edge and a couple of posies from SU and added the green gingham misc. ribbon. and then there is the Happy Birthday sticker that came in my creating keepsakes renewal subscription.

From Barb:
This week I gathered photos of my youngest granddaughter with her beloved "Pink Puppy" and created a layout to show how well-loved he has become over Anna's life. The adorable birdie tag from P.S. It's All in the Details worked perfectly with my papers from assorted manufacturers. Then I used the green striped tape from Cu-te' Ta-pe' to create a little pleated flower a'la Tim Holtz and his blog. Then I used some of the little note stamps from my Gel-a-tins "What's Your Note" set to highlight the printed "love notes" paper; they also coordinated with the bird's wings.

From Jenny:
I took a plain little notebook and dressed it up with some paint and the Cute Tape! For the butterflies, I covered a scrap piece of cardstock with the tape and then used a Quickutz die to cut out the butterflies. I used fun foam for the butterfly's body and for my title. A real quick way to dress up something!!!

From Cassy:
For this weeks Reveal, I used some Cute Tape and Gel-a-Tins stamps to create two adorable cards. For the first card, I used Dream Street scraps and stamped flowers using the Gel-a-Tins flower stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also covered the flowers with Glossy Accents and Glass Microbeads to give the flowers a shimmer. It turned out really pretty! For the second card, I used Cute Tape to cover paper scraps and punched a sun using a Sizzix die. Then I embellished with some buttons and flowers.

From Jan:
Supplies for the pink card: Cardstock: Bazzill / Pattern Paper: Basic Grey / Ribbon: Offray / Owl: P.S. It's in the details Etsy Store

Supplies for the blue card: Cardstock: Coredinations / Pattern Paper: Anna Griffin / Other supplies used: Dies: Spellbinder's and Quickutz / Owl: P.S. It's in the details Etsy Store

And from Joyce:

The DT has once again knocked my socks off with their creativity! Hope you can be inspired too!