Friday, April 29, 2011

Join us for a spring blog hop and crop!

The Cookin' Up Creations Design Team invites you to attend our Put Some SPRING In Your SCRAP" blog hop and online crop to celebrate spring and National Scrapbooking Day.

The hop begins here on the Cookin' Up Creations blog at 9 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 4 and continues through Friday night. The hop will wind through the design team's personal blogs, where we will have some spring projects that we can't wait to show you. Be sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs to be entered into a prize drawing.

The Put Some SPRING In Your SCRAP online crop begins Friday afternoon, May 6 on the Cookin' Up Creations forum and continues through Sunday night, May 8.  We have some great challenges and fun games planned for you; and you will have until Monday night to complete your projects and post them in the gallery. There could be a prize or two also (just sayin' .....)

So put it on your calendar now and join us for some fun!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

And the CROP CHEF is ....

The votes are in, the points have been tallied, and our new Cookin' Up Creations CROP CHEF is ....


Our contestants earned points by completing challenges, being named a Fan Favorite, playing games and through a variety of other activities. 

Nicole earned a total of 56 points to be named our winner.
Heather Robertson came was runner up with a total of 46 points.
JanetM was third with 43 points.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all of our CROP CHEF contestants and fans. There were some truly awesome layouts created, and we enjoyed having each and every one of you participate. 

B is for Bunny! And other fun stuff!

As a fledgling designer, it's kind of strange to be doing a reveal of one of my own kits. Wanda & Penny H created such gorgeous layouts - they're a tough act to follow, but here goes. This kit was inspired by springtime but still intended to be used for everday pages. This first one, spotlighting my little great nephew (is it great or grand, I'm never sure) and great niece on the occasion of her first visit to the Easter Bunny.

Next, poking a little fun at myself and my crazy hair, is me with my wonderful sister-in-law during a recent vacation that we took together. While the photos may not be the greatest, the memories sure are.

Each month I make a new desktop for my computer. Something that will make me smile! Here's my funny, DD with her friend's mouth on her phone. Came out pretty good!

And finally, my two little nephews playing in the sand during that same magnificent vacation.

Thanks so much for checking out my layouts. Happy scrappin'!
B is for Bunny is available (30% off all of April) at Scrapable if you want to capture your own memories!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Layout of the Week - 4/27/2011 - Sandy Liles

Okay, so it's my turn to pick a layout this week, and I have to admit, that it's taken me all day to do this! I am being completely honest when I tell you I'm glad my turn doesn't come around very often.....Seriously, have you all checked out the amazing & beautiful creations that have been uploaded into the gallery recently? You seriously need to do so!! It's just sooooo hard to pick "JUST ONE"!

Well, I finally narrowed my choices down to three and had Garrett pick the winner.....we chose this adorable layout by Sandy! Apparently Sandy had a little Easter surprise this past Sunday, and has already scrapped about it....I love her papers choices on this one, and not to mention the fact that we ALL LOVE baby kitties.....anyways, she even used the sketch posted by Penny Noel too! Awesome, awesome job Sandy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DT Reveal 4/26

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.  ~Hal Borland

And Spring has arrived and oh what a spring it has been!  Keeping with the freshness of April, we have many new fresh reveals to share with you today.   One of our sponsors this month were Best Creations  which has an amazing Blog if you haven't checked it out.  They provided us with tons of glittery papers and stickers for our exploration.  Our second sponsor this month was The Living Room Floor - an Etsy store that gave us tons of cute quotes cards to spice up our layouts and cards.

Our first layout comes from Barb.  She created a beautiful layout using Best Creations Easter papers. 

Cassy chose to use Best Creations Let's Celebrate papers and stickers and a 7 Gypsies tag album to create a Birthday Planner.

Jenny used The Living Room Floor tags to create her title for this beautiful layout!

Jo used the Best Creations line to create this amazing layout!

She also used The Living Room Floor tag for this "Grumpy" layout.

And finally Tamara used The Living Room Floor tags and Best Creations stickers to create these adorable cards.

Monday, April 25, 2011


The votes have been tallied ... and here are the  CROP CHEF " Challenge #6 "Fan Favorites":

First place ....... 5 points ...... Patti (KSJ351)
Second place.... 3 points ...... Heather (scrappin_in_alaska)
Second place..... 3 points.......Janet (JanetM)

And here are their creations:




Congratulations to the "Fan Favorites"! Thank you to all the contestants and to everyone who voted.

This is the final CROP CHEF challenge and "Fan Favorites". We hope that you had as much fun playing as we had in presenting the challenges!


Watch for an announcement right here, in just a couple of days .... fun new event coming up!!!!

Make Up Monday 4-25-2011

Happy Monday! Jo here and as I look back on this past week, there were so many great challenges that I want all of you to go back and pick one (or more) to do!!!

On Tuesday I challenged everyone to do a photo which we place a smaller photo on top of the same one in a larger size!!

Tamara asked us to use 5 fancy trims on our What's New Wednesday Blue Plate Special:

Transformation Thurday was all about getting messy as Jenny showed us some videos and asked us to make a canvas:

Sandy joined us this week for a Friday Focus on Transparent Elements: Here is her cute layout:
On Sketchy Saturday, Penny Noel gave us this great sketch!

and her layout:

And on Sunday, Cassy asked us to get our inspiration from CUPCAKES! Yummy!!

Here are her two cute cards...

Have a great Monday and remember....These challenges count toward a great BPS Prize!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

CROP CHEF Challenge 5 -- Fan Favorites!

The votes have been tallied ... and here are your CROP CHEF " Challenge #5 "Fan Favorites":

First place ....... 5 points .....................   Nicole (nbrenna)
Second place....  3 points .....................   Heather (scrappin_in_alaska)
Second place..... 3 points (tie)................. Janet (JanetM)
Third place ...... 2 points ......................  Jeannine

And here are their creations:





Congratulations to the "Fan Favorites"! and thank you to all of our CROP CHEF contestants.

Thank you also to everyone who voted!

The final CROP CHEF challenge deadline ended at midnight Thursday. Voting is going on now in the forum through Sunday night, April 24. Come on over to the forum to see the entries and to vote for your "fan favorite"!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

LOTW~ Jeannine

Here is our pick for the layout of the week! I loved all the pattern papers she used. The hidden tag, a swirl and journaling strips all makes this a wonderful layout!

CROP CHEF Fan Favorites -- Challenge 4

And here are the picks for the CROP CHEF Challenge 4 "Fan Favorites":

First place ....... 5 points ..................... Nicole (nbrenna)
Second place.... 3 points ..................... Lisa (monalisa)
Third place ...... 2 points .................... Janet (JanetM)

And here are their creations:




Congratulations to our "fan favorites"!

Thank you to everyone who participated in CROP CHEF Challenge #4 and to everyone who voted!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

CROP CHEF Fan Favorites -- Challenge 3

Our CROP CHEF competitors are awesome! It's been so difficult voting for "Fan Favorites" because there are so many wonderful creations.

Here are our Fan Favorites for Challenge #3:

First place ....... 5 points ..................... Nicole (nbrenna)
Second place.... 3 points ..................... Heather (scrappin_in_ak)
Third place ...... 2 points .................... JanetM

And here are their creations:




Congrats to the Fan Favorites! And a big thank you to the CROP CHEF contestants and everyone who voted. Stay tuned for the Challenge 4 winners

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Design Team reveal for April 18

This month are showcasing two sponsors...Best Creation and The Living Room Floor (an Etsy store).

Best Creation offers a wide variety of creative products for all of your paper crafting desires. They carry foam adhesives, patterned papers and stickers for all of your special occasions, holidays, and memories, and of course, their infamous glitter cardstocks. From their unique products to the gorgeous pages of your scrapbook, Best Creation offers the latest in fun and creative supplies for you! Best Creation products enable you to share with endless creative possibilities, and capture the best memories of the past and present for you or that special someone.

Our Etsy store this month is The Living Room Floor

Please make sure that you take the time to check out each of our generous sponsors this month! And stay tuned for some amazing creations from your Design Team here at Cookin' up Creations using these exciting products donated by our sponsors. 

Now for the reveals........


This week I was inspired to make Easter cards for my granddaughters with my BUNNY LOVE papers and stickers by Best Creation. The girls are going to love the glittery details on some of the papers!

I used my own cardstock and some felt embellishments from Sassafras Lass that I bought on sale a while back for the first two cards. Both cards are very similar because they're going to sisters, and I want to spare their mom the argument "but her card is better than mine!"



For the third card (because I have three granddaughters) I used a little blue bird stricker from Hobby Lobby. Don't you just love the assortment of patterns and colors in this paper collection? 


The circle and scallop circle shapes were cut with Spellbinders dies. the design sketch is from My Sketch World.


For my layout this week, I chose to use My Living Room Floor's journaling cards to set off my title and record this moment of my daughter's first night dance at TBJHS! They actually dressed up so I chose two of their cards to set off my layout. I also finally used my Pink Paislee patterned papers, some DCWV chipboard embellishments and much more to bring out the silver in her dress. 



I just found out that a former co-worker is pregnant and is having a I had that on my mind when trying to decide what I was gonna do this week. I finally settled on altering some old CD's into a mini baby album! (remember all those discs AOL used to send??? I saved them!) There are no pictures right now, since it's NOT for any of my babies, but you'll get the idea! Used The Safari Boy Collection from our sponsor Best Creation, various ribbons, and a button! You'll also notice that I interspersed some of the journaling cards in between the CD pages...a great way to get a little more "real estate" in the book since she will be able to add small pictures to the backs of those too!







For my first card this week, I paired two black and white journaling tags from The Living Room Floor with some birthday embellishments to make this fun card. I love how the black and white contrast with the bright pink of my cardstock. 


I had an extra present, so I stuck it on the inside of the card for an extra touch. I also used some tiny letters from Basic Grey and Divine Twine.


My second card is made with the Jubilee line from Best Creations. The sparkle in these papers really makes for a fun card. I love how the papers with the tags and accents are also printed on the back. I used some scraps from the tag page to create some butterflies and tied them with Divine Twine.



Here is my layout created with these cute journal cards from the Living Room Floor. These kids are so dang cute, they could match anything I put them by. I added some plain cardstock rectangles around the photo with some bling and a chipboard title from I can't remember. KI ?


There are some exciting things underway now, and more planned for May, at the Cookin' Up Creations Forum. Come on over and check it out! 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday again...

and you guys know what that means!!! Make-up Monday!!!

On Tuesday, Jenny found a tutorial for a wax resist technique...and it was fun!!!!

On Wednesday, Jen challenged us to use PURPLE!

Thursday, Barb gave us a potluck challenge and gave us the choice between posting our Crop Chef Challenge #5 layout in the Thursday Thread or choosing a Transformation Thursday challenge from the past month.

On Friday, Barb gave us an Alphabet Soup challenge...mixing up two or more different fonts in the title work.

Cassy got inspiration for Saturday's sketch from a wine bottle!

ON Sunday, Tamara gave us an awesome page for inspiration!

Here's her take on it!

Hope you've enjoyed all the inspiration!