Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LOTW - 7/27 Natalia

As soon as I opened the gallery this morning this layout by Natalia jumped out at me.  I don't know if it was the bright colors against the white background or the use of mists.....either way, I love it! 

Congratulations on LOTW Natalia!!!

Be sure to check out Natalia's layout in the gallery and leave her some much deserved love.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Make Up Monday 7-25-11

Whew...what a week.  If you are like me, the summer seems busier than the school year. Well, we have been busy here too.....

This week we had lots of fun challenges offered by the Master Chef Team...

On Tuesday, Tamara asked us to remember the movie. Knight and Day and use nigh time photos as a photo border.

Then on Wednesday, we were asked by Amy to be like the Duggar family on 19 Kids and counting and be thrifty...and use things we might find at a thrift store. She also gave us great examples of October Afternoon line "Thrift Store" to further inspire us. Here is her layout on which she used a piece of the pattern from her wedding dress...

On Thursday, Barb shared her great idea that came from the movie "Forest Gump" In the movie, Forest's mother shared their home with several borders...and so we were asked to use her techinique of making a fabric looking border from so patterned paper.

Friday's Focus by Bev asked us to draw upon the show Baby Einstein to focus on shapes and use a crimper to add even more texture to our shapes and titles...

And on Saturday, Tammy shared a sketch from Creative Scrappers to inspire us.

Since she was focusing on "Dirty Jobs" she also asked us to make the layout a little dirty with some ink or distressing...

And on Sunday, Jan reminded us of all the yummy stuff on the Food Network and challenged us to do a layout about food and include a list or recipe.

Enjoy your Monday and remember there is a great prize package from SEI up for grabs among those who complete 15 challenges this month!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

LOTW Kimberly July 20.. congrats

This simply made card popped out of the gallery at me... the colours of the patterned paper are bright and fun. The layers of accents, the image and the cute dotted ribbon are perfect.... everything compliments each other.
Congrats Kimberly... be sure to stop by the gallery and leave here some lovin'.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Make-Up Monday 7/18/11

What another fun-filled week of Challenges we have had this past week.  I hope that you guys are enjoying these tv/movie themed challenges as much as we are.  And we hope each one is able to inspire you and spark your creative juices in some way.  And now, let's review the past weeks challenges...

On Tuesday, Nicole used Shirley Temple's Curly Top to challenge us to create a curled edge on our projects:

Next we had Bev challenging us with the movie Stitch.  Hmmm, I wonder what that challenge was.  Oh Yeah!  It was to Stitch on our project.  Of course she didn't make it that easy on us because we also have to include 4 animals or critters of some kind to our projects as well.

On Thursday we had Jan inspiring us with The War of the Roses and shared a tutorial on how to make paper Rosettes.  How fun are these! 

For the Friday Focus, Jo used the movie Homeward Bound to challenge us to remember our pets (or any animal for that matter) and added the twist of adding some sort of handwritten note..whether it be a letter, handwritten story or a list.

Saturday's sketch was given to us by Karen, who used a Sketchy Thursday sketch and the movie Sleeping Beauty (which so happens to be my FAVORITE Disney Princess).  Of course with an inspiration like that, it could only mean one thing...the photos had to be "sleeping" photos.
Here is the sketch:

And here is Karen's LO:

Our final challenge of this past week was brought to us by Nicole.  And she used one of my favorite TV Shows as inspiration...Psych.
Her challenge is to be inspired by a theme song when creating the title for our LO.  Here is here LO:

Make sure you check out the inspirational Sunday challenge from 7/17 to see what she wasn't being completely honest about.

Don't forget that you only have to complete 15 challenges to be entered into the wonderful prize, which is sponsored by SEI this month.
So what are you waiting for...go get scrappy and get those projects uploaded and linked for your chance to win.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Layout of the Week -- July 13, 2011 -- Bev Code!

When I opened the gallery at Cookin' Up Creations this morning, my eye immediately was drawn to this lovely layout by Bev Code (beecee).

I love the way the color photograph stands out against the black and white page elements. I love the variety of patterns that Bev used -- she makes black and white anything but boring! And then there are those gorgeous details, like the stitching, the bling flourish and scalloped edge on her circle.

Be sure to check out Bev's layout in the gallery at Cookin' Up Creations and leave her some much deserved love. And you can try your hand at creating your own black and white layout by taking Bev's Sunday Inspiration Challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations forum.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hi Everyone

I never got a chance to say hi and let you how excited I am to be on the Master Chef Challenge Team... Everything has kinda been happening at once so I have been a frazzled to say the least.  That is all behind me now... so I am excited to scrap and share my creations with you.  As many of you know I am an American but I live in Norway above the Arctic Circle right now.  What is funny is that there is a different scrapping style here in Norway than in the States.  Everything is very antique and victorian... lots of layers... so my style is definitely inspired by the scrappers here but at the same time I am heavily influenced by American scrappers... so in the end I guess I fall somewhere in between.  For my" I am" layout I wanted to go for a cleaner look... I somehow still found a way to fill up the whole layout.  When I first heard that we need to make a layout centered around "I am..." I thought I am a mom first and foremost these days.  So that is the direction that my layout took...   

Have a great day and Happy Scrapping!!!!!

Make Up Monday

We've had some awesome challenges this past week.....hope you take a little time today to catch up on the ones you haven't done yet!!

Who doesn't love a good wedding? The brides are seem to glow as they walk down the aisle to say I do in their beautiful white gowns, but that's not why I chose this movie. I could say it was because it stars Andie McDowell - a Carolina girl like me. Yep, Andie was born in Gaffney, SC and studied at Winthrop before dropping out to become a model. I really liked her in this movie but I would have to say that my two favorite Andie films are Harrison's Flowers and Green Card. But enough about Andie McDowell. I'm sure by now you're ready to see what this weeks technique is so you can get on with the challenge. So without further ado.

Now you can make your very own corrugated letters by simply die cutting your letters and running them through your Fiskars Crimper. Here's a link to a photo tutorial I found over on the Coredination's Cardstock blog. ... ial-xyron/

And here's my layout.

Ogres are like onions...they have layers!!!

This is one of my favorite lines from Shrek!! There are so many new embellishments out there...and they all have layers!!

So my challenge is to use layers. Whether use a new purchased embellishment, you just layer a lot of papers or use a layered embellishment like my lollipop flowers, or use any combination of layers!!!

Welcome to Tutorial Thursday and my first challenge for Cookin Up Creations. Since our theme this month is Movies/Television I have chosen the PBS television show Victory Garden. I love flowers and this show does visit some fantastic gardens.

My challenge for you is to create a layout using at least one flower from this tutorial ... owers.html
I have three and I did use a medium weight pattern paper for my flowers, I created one with the middle stem flower and the other 2 have brads for the center.

Here is my example:

I loved the television show Sanford and Son when I was growing up. The characters were an older gentleman, Fred Sanford, and his son Lamont.Together they operated an antique and junk shop in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. They may have lived in a different area of the country, with a much different background than mine. But they had the same crazy relatives that every family seems to have, and I knew these people. They made me laugh every week.

The Sanfords knew about the value of things that may be considered junk or scrap. Today, I want to focus on those little scraps of patterned papers that all of us seem to accumulate and hold onto, and sometimes even board. Your challenge is to use up some of those scraps that you've been saving.

Here's a layout that I made using scraps from other projects. All of the papers and most of the other elements came as part of a kit.

Happy Saturday all. I hope that you all are enjoying our tv/movie marathon we have going on here at CUC right now.

This morning I'd like to take you back in time to the great decade of the 80's. A decade where some of the best movies ever were created. One of those being Pretty in Pink. So my challenge to you is:
1. to use the following sketch (created by me)
2. Use pink, it doesn't have to be a lot but does have to be visible
3. Show case some sort of relationship

So without further ado, your sketch (sorry it's a rough draft because I didn't have time to redo it on the computer):

Hey hey the movie I picked is none other than Yogi Bear, your favorite jelleystone attraction! hey boo boo are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin? I'd say we could get ourselves some awfully nice stuff there in these scrappers picnic baskets! What do you say we comfiscate what we can!

So are these two just a couple of silly ol bears? or what? My inspiration and challenge to you is to do a layout using silly photographs.
Last Thanksgiving while my brother was in France proposing to his new wife, I was tending his cutest little one and Grandpa is her favorite. Whenever they are together she always makes him hold I asked her where is Grandpa's eyes, nose, mouth? In this layout she is pointing to them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

LOTW-July 6-Barb

Goodness gracious...I KNEW I was going to have a hard time with this... right after the big crop finished up...with all the amazing stuff in the gallery to look at. But this one totally jumped right out at me this morning! I love everything about it. Of course, I'm a sucker for little kids & especially keeping record of the cute little things they say. I'm always on my sister telling her to 'write that down' so you don't forget in years to come! I'm also lovin' all the decorative edges on all the papers.....very pretty & feminine. Be sure to give Barb some love & while you're in the gallery.....check all the other goodness there & share some love with everyone!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Make Up Monday -- July 4, 2011

The daily Blue Plate Specials are back! This month the Master Chef Challenge Team is saluting television shows and movies through their challenges. 

Amy got off to a great start with her "American Pickers" challenge to use vintage inspired items on our layouts. She created this lovely layout as an example:


Barb's "Sketchy Saturday" drew from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" for inspiration. In addition to the sketch, she challenged participants to feature water photos and the color blue or green, as in her example:


Bev's "Inspirational Sunday" challenge celebrated family events such as the movie "Family Wedding". She invited us to do a black and white only layout using photos of a wedding or other family celebration. Here is one of her beautiful examples:


This month's prize package is brought to you compliments of s.e.i. We hope you'll join us for the Blue Plate 
Special challenges and a chance at the prize. Have a great Fourth of July and a healthy, productive week.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Hi ya'll, I am so glad to be a part of the MasterChef Team here at Cookin Up Creations, I am looking forward to a great term and I hope to challenge you all with great challenges.
I am Karen aka nanakaren I am the mother of 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and they are often the subject of my layouts. There is never a dull moment in my life and I have also become an avid card maker thanks to all the birthdays in my family.
I have been a crafter for over 40 years and my daughter introduced me to scrapbooking several years ago and I have loved every minute of creating with all the wonderful papers and embellishments that are available to the artist. I also love to create some of my own embellishments from crochet flowers to paper flowers and whatever strikes my fancy and of course I usually find a special place for them on one of my layouts or cards.

Friday, Friday, Friday!!

Jo here and I am wondering what is better than a Friday before a 3 day weekend?  Not much I say!  What makes this an even better Friday is that I get to announce that I am one of the continuing members for the Master Chef Challenge Team at CUC!!   A little about me...I live in Southern California with my husband of almost 21 years and our three teenagers. I also have 2 dogs and a menagerie of other pets too! I love to take pictures of my kids and pets... and anything else that will stay still long enough for me to click! I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom which has allowed me to help my children through their school years, support my husband in his career, work in my garden and have the opportunity to participate in my love of scrapbooking. This should be a fun term with lots of amazing designers to work with!!

Hey Hey Hey.....

it's me Jan.  In case you didn't know I'm a Carolina girl born and raised.  I live in a small town in South Carolina with my husband Jack, our son Kyle, 3 dogs and 2 cats.  To say we have a houseful would be an understatement, lol........but they do give me plenty to scrap about!   You will also learn that I have a passion for paper crafting.  I've been dabbling in some form of it most of my life. It started in kindergarten with a few sheets of colored construction paper and glitter and has advanced to what it is today.

Here's a layout of me celebrating my 46th birthday with one of my favorite pooches. 

I'm so happy to be here and I look forward to sharing my passion of paper crafting with you!

Friday Focus for 7/1--Very Vintage

Since the theme this month is TV shows/Movies.....I chose 'American Pickers'. The hubs & I love watching this show & we ahve tons of antiques decorating our home. I just love all things old & vintagey. So, can you guess where this is leading? My focus today is on all those nifty vintage style embellies out there. I want to see you guys using some of these vintage style items on your layouts. There are all kinds of possibilities......old book pages, buttons, bits of lace/trim, postage stamps, pins, charms, old memorabilia/ephemera, etc.....

Here's my example.....

First of all the pictures are OLD (I was 9 years old in these photos)...I used an old book page as a photo mat......I found an old card of buttons that were my Grandma's.....I used the buttons along with the card the buttons came on......that mom & little girl were just too cute to toss! I also used another part of the button card for my journaling spot & for the title ('Time'). I hope y'all enjoy this challenge.....I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!!

Hi....Glad to be here!!

Hey everyone. My name is Amy & I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA...Walton's Mt. country for those of you who are familiar with the show. My hubby, Clay & I have been married for 24 years & we have 5 wonderful kiddos. Chris (22) just recently graduated from Liberty University, Ashley (17) will be starting LU in the fall, Jon (16), Michael (14 in just a few weeks) & Alli (12). All of them have been will be a little quieter for me this fall with only 3 school-aged kids at home. But maybe that will give me some more scrapping time. One can hope, right?! I'm excited & looking forward to serving on the team here at CUC. I've always loved anything crafty & have been scrapping seriously for about 12 years now. When I'm not scrapping, I love to read & crochet.