Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February 2012 BPS Prize Package is Provided by....

the Paper Bakery Kit Club

Sarah with The Paper Bakery Kit Club was quite generous this month and has offered the BPS Challenge Winner for February 2012 a $15.00 Gift Voucher to the Paper Bakery Website.

And here's a little word from Sarah Hill, the Owner (and designer) of The Paper Bakery Kit Club -

Have you heard of The Paper Bakery Kit Club? If not, you're missing out!! I work hard to create amazing project kits just for you.

The Paper Bakery has been created to share the love of unique ideas, vintage items, and inspiration with others through user friendly kits, detailed instructional sheets, add-on kits, and coordinating handmade goodies. In the world of scrapbooking today, the choices of supplies and ideas can be overwhelming, but The Paper Bakery is here to provide you a no-brainer solution.

We offer several ways to enjoy our kits each month. You can get your project kit for just one month OR become a member with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription! You can also get your add-on kit for just one month OR become a member with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription!

If you don’t need the full Project Kits, we also offer Add-on Kit Subscriptions for 3, 6, or 12 months.

We are a unique and inventive scrapbook club featuring project kits with a twist. No matter where you live, you too can create amazing scrapbook projects, complete with supplies and detailed instructions. We use “out of the box” materials and teach you to use these materials in a fun way.

The Paper Bakery kits offer you a wide range of options. You can create the project in the kit using the instructions, change it up a bit and add your own flair, or use our design team Gallery to create your own project!! The monthly add-on kit always coordinates perfectly to create a project using both the project kit AND add-on kit.

Prize Donation: $15 Paper Bakery gift certificate.




Monday, January 30, 2012

Make-Up Monday 1/29/12

Happy Monday y'all.  I hope that you guys have been enjoying these challenges to use your stash!  I know even though I haven't gotten a lot done, that I have had a blast.

Don't forget you have until Friday February 3rd to get your projects loaded and linked for the January's challenges so there still plenty of time.

Now, on to the challenges!

On Tuesday, We were challenge by Jeannie to use all those forgotten items you have in the stash like glitter, inks, markers, flocking,eyelets, ect..
She gave us this awesome example LO that she used glitter, flocking and eyelets on:

On Wednesday, Jo challenged us to use one of my personal favorite items!  She challenge us to use any small alphas we have.  EEK!  I LOVE this challenge.
Jo shared a beautiful LO of one of her daughters with a wonderful piece of advice to "Enjoy Life"

When Thursday rolled around, Rebecca was up.  And let me tell you, she challenged us to step out of the box and use a stamping technique she showed us.  She sprayed mists into a bowl and used things like a small measuring cup and the lid to her glue to "stamp" circles on her LO.  And turned out fabulously!

Friday focus was brought to us by the ever fabulous Tamara this week.  She focused on those unusual embellishments we have in our stash such as a mini clothespin, bottle caps, a vacation treasure, 3D items, something sentimental.
Check out her adorable LO using bottle caps:

On Saturday, our fearless leader Tammy challenges us to use scraps.  And she found the perfect sketch for us to do it with too. 

And if the sketch intimidates you a bit like it did me at first glance, check out Tammy's example because it will make you think "WOW!" and show you that you can do this sketch:

On our final day of the week, Sunday, Patti challenges us to find inspiration in something we just "happened upon"  in our daily travels and gave us a wonderful LO showcasing some sunflowers:

I hope that you guys have been inspired by the DT in some sort of way this week.  And don't forget there is still plenty of time to get these challenges completed before the February 3rd deadline.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Layout of the Week -- Beth Camp!

Today I chose this layout by BETH CAMP as the Layout of the Week in the Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations Gallery:

Beth created this page in response to a challenge by Master Chef Challenge Team member Bev, to use an 8 x 10 photo on a layout. Beth showcased this adorable photo simply and beautifully with her choice of colors and embellishments.

Great job,  Beth!

Be sure to stop by the gallery and leave Beth some love; and then visit the forum and check out the Blue Plate Special challenges. And while you're there, be sure to sign up for our NEXT CROP CHEF competition, beginning Feb. 2!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Are YOU the next CROP CHEF? Come and find out!

Do YOU have what it takes ... to be the NEXT CROP CHEF? Come on over to the Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations Forum in February and find out! 

Our second annual CROP CHEF competition begins Thursday, February 2 on the 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! 

There are a total of six challenges (on Thursdays and Mondays) over three weeks. Forum members will vote on their favorites, and points will be given. There will be other fun ways to earn points. At the close of the competition, the participant with the most total points will be named CROP CHEF! 
There will be a prize package and the opportunity to be CHEF OF THE MONTH on the Cookin' Up Creations forum. More information and details are available on the forum; and sign-ups are underway now. Everyone is welcome! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Make Up Monday 1/23/2012

Good Morning everyone and welcome to another Make Up Monday!  How's that stash coming?  Can you see a dent in it yet?  Well maybe a recap of last week’s challenges will help with that.  

On Tuesday Jo challenged us to use twine and showed us several ways to incorporate it on to our projects. I love this Christmas layout of Ms. Izzy! 

On Wednesday Rebecca challenged us to use tags in a new way on our projects and supplied us with this cute Halloween layout of her boys when they were young.

On Thursday Sandy challenged us to use circles to add a little pop to our pages and supplied us with this handsome layout of her son Blake as inspiration.   You can find the tutorial for the border here.

On Friday Amy had us focus on using up all those left over alphabet letters and supplies us with this clever little piece as inspiration.  WTG Amy!!!

On Saturday Barb challenged us with this sketch she found over at Creative Scrappers.

And this lovely layout of her older daughter’s wedding.  Beautiful layout Barb!

And on Sunday Bev wrapped up the week by challenging us to use 8x10 photos as our inspiration and supplied us with two layouts of her granddaughters. Nice work Bev!!!

Be sure to stop by the forum to see what we have in store for you this week!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LOTW - Kimberly

What I love about this LO is how Kimberly used her picture to tell the story of lost and found, using the negative of the letter in the title to add more interest (great way to stretch your alphas), and her journaling.  Congratulations, Kimberly on a great LO and having the LOTW.  Be sure to leave Kimberly some love in her gallery and while there be sure to view some of her other great work.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Make up Monday 01/16/12

This week we had a whole lot of fun here using our stash! So many clever ideas have helped us use our supplies in so many great ways! First on Tuesday we began the week with Patti showing us how to revamp an old page kit. What a fabulous idea for all those kits we have just sitting under the table.

Her project went from this:

to this:

On Wednesday Barb challenged us to make use of our button collection:

Thursday we learned how to elaborate on our layouts with these beautiful flowers made by Amy:

Friday we focused on choosing our own theme to create a layout with Bev:

Saturdays Sketch Jan showed us another fabulous sketch:

and Sunday we ended this week with Inspiration from Jeannie to use up those page kits we have stashed in every corner.

Now here is your chance to try out some of these great challenges that we shared with you this week!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday's feature -- Artist Trading Cards

Welcome to the new Friday's Feature at Cookin' Up Creations!

Do you love trying out new ideas and techniques? I know I do! On Thursday, Master Chef Challenge Team member Jan gave us a challenge to create Artist Trading Cards (otherwise known as ATCs), either as a stand-alone project or to use on a layout or on cards. Many of us on the Cookin' Up Creations forum had little or no experience with ATCs, so this was indeed a challenge. Jan kindly provided the link to a tutorial, and this beautiful example of her own:

Master Chef Challenge Team member Bev rose to the challenge beautifully:

Forum member Beth created several ATCs for this layout:

To see more examples from forum members, and to join in the challenge yourself, check out the forum thread at http://cookinupcreations.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=108&t=8555&start=10 Our challenge team offers a new challenge each day except Monday; complete at least 15 of the January challenges by Feb. 2 and your name will be put into a drawing for a $20 gift card to the scrapbook kit club or online store of your choice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


This week I chose this layout by Cassy. It's just a FUN layout! I love the colors together & all the cute little embellies....especially the woven elements. And her mixed title letters......way to use up those alphas, Cassy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Make Up Monday 1-9-12

We are using up our scrappy stash this month and this week's challenges are full of great ideas to do just that!!

On Tuesday, Bev shared a tutorial for an accordian card and a sketch that can be used for cards or layout.  Here is one of her examples...isn't it great??

On Wednesday, Jeannie encouraged us to take those old chipboard pieces, stickers, flowers or embellishments and add glitter, stickles or other bling to make them new again!
For tutorial Thursday, Jan shared a video on how to make Altered Trading Cards (ATC's).  Her example combines stamping and inks:

For Friday's Focus, Rebecca asked us to journal on our layouts.  She shared a special memory on her layout and used her stash to  make this wonderful layout:

For this week's Sketchy Saturday, Tamara shared this sketch by Pamela Young
and used up some of her scrappy goodies to create this cute layout:
And for our Sunday Inspiration, Sandy gave us some photos of some beautiful diamond necklaces and asked us to add some bling to our layouts.

So dig out your old products and create some new projects!! 
 To qualify for the monthly drawing, please create 1 layout, 2 cards or 4 ATC's.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Layout of the Week - 1/4/12 - Patti Schmitz

I kinda had a few layouts in mind for LOTW this week and wanted to come home and sit down and look at them all again, but before I got that far, Patti had uploaded this absolutely adorable layout of her granddaughter....

I love everything about this layout! Love the title, the colors, the arrangements of the beautiful pictures....but mostly, I love, love the flower and how it matches the headband. Awesome job Patti! Congratulations on having the Layout of the Week.

Please make sure you stop by the gallery here and leave some love for Patti, and while you're there, leave some love for the other SOOOOOO very deserving layouts and creations in the gallery as well!

Congratulations again Patti

Monday, January 2, 2012

The first Make Up Monday of 2012!

Good morning and Happy New Year!

I have the honor of bringing you the first Make Up Monday of 2012. We ended the old year and brought in the new with some awesome challenges.

Last Tuesday, Jan brought us a sanding technique. She made this great card to demonstrate:

Karen's Wednesday challenge was to use stick pins on our layout, card or project. Here is one of her lovely examples:

Tamara brought us the Tutorial Thursday challenge. She used her own handwriting on her title for this layout:

Friday's Focus, brought to us by Sandy, challenged us to use two or more different alphas in our titles. Here is her layout:

Our Chef of the Month, Rebecca, brought us the final Sketchy Saturday -- and the final Blue Plate Special! -- of 2011, using this sketch by team member Sandy:

And here is her lovely example:

Amy rang in the New Year with the challenge to weave a background with leftover strips of paper. It was a great way to introcue our January theme of "Out With the Old -- In With the New", which focuses on using our stash. Here is her innovative example:

If you complete at least 15 of the December Blue Plate Specials, your name will go into a drawing for a $20 gift certificate from the Scraptastic Kit Club. Jessica has some fantastic kits, and the new January one will be posted soon; surely a prize worth trying for! You have until Friday, January 6 to complete and post your December challenges. 

Meanwhile, the January challenges have begun! You can check them out each day at the Cookin' Up Scrapbooking Creations Forum. The January prize will be announced soon. We also will have another exciting announcement -- the Winter 2012 Master Chef Challenge Team will be revealed! 

Don't miss the fun. Head on over to Cookin' Up Creations forum today!