Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Lift

This week's Friday Lift brought to you by the online crop at Jenni Bowlin Studio forum. One of the challenges was to find inspiration at the JBS Pinterest boards. I found this amazing layout by Lisa Dickinson and had to do something similar. I am in love with this layout for several reasons:
1. I used ton of scraps
2. I scrapped those recent pictures of Eli that otherwise would remain in pixel state for very long time.
3. I told the story.
Supplies: patterned paper (WRMK, Jenni Bowlin), chipboard letters (Making Memories), chipboard buttons (Jenni Bowlin), sticker (Jenni Bowlin), vintage buttons, twine

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I did this layout few days ago based on Shimelle's sketch but waited for better weather to take a nicer picture. Today I realized that the better weather is probably not going to come any time soon and I will have to post what have.

The little cutie in the pictures is my friend's daughter. I combined several Jenni Bowlin papers from old kits and did some fussy cutting. Some papers are 4 years old but I still love them.

Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Company), patterned paper (Jenni Bowlin, Crate Paper), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), buttons (Foof-a-la), heart sticker (Colorbook), pin (Jillibean Soup), tags (Making Memories, Jenni Bowlin), letter stickers (Sassafras Lass), distress stickles (Tim Holtz) tag, ribbon, felt heart, twine

I made this layout as part of Jenni Bowlin online crop and I have few others to share and few other are still want to do. The challenges are open till October 30th so I still have few days left.

Happy Halloween frame

Finally I can share a project I made for Fiskateers blog! Rebecca sent me new limited edition Happy Jacks border punch and a simple plastic frame. Here is what I made. You can read how I made it on the Fiskateers blog.

Supplies: plastic frame (Staples), patterned paper (MME, Bazzill Basics), letters (Heidi Grace for Fiskars, KI Memory), key (Martha Stewart), corked vials (Tim Holtz), bingo card (Jenni Bowlin), border punch (Fiskars), scallop punch (Fiskars), bats (Cloud 9), doily, twine

 It was fun to do something different!

Monday, October 24, 2011

How many kangaroo (pictures) is too many?

Simple double page layout. I had probably 20 or so pictures from our visit to Australian park in Israel many years ago. Mainly kangaroos in different poses :) I picked 7 and made this layout. (Sorry it is not lined up in the picture. I am terrible with taking pictures of double layouts) I was searching for papers or stickers with kangaroos or Australian animals and even thought about buying a kangaroo die. I am glad I stopped myself. I googled a logo of the park and printed it on a cardstock. Some punch action and I had an embellishment to use on my layout.

 Supplies: cardstock (Paper Studio), patterned paper, chipboard (Colorbook), letter stickers (Doodlebug), felt (Queen & Co.), pearls (K&Co), border punches (Fiskars, Martha Stewart)

The question is - what to do with the rest of the kangaroo pictures??

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Autumn memories

 Another layout based on Shimelle's starting point. This is how my starting point looked like. Pardon the terrible picture and my dirty craft mat.
And this is how it ended. More layers, punched scallop circles, journaling tag and a glaze pen. Oh, and some twine. It looks like I caught the twine bug. I don't care. It makes me happy.

Supplies: patterned paper, journaling card (WRMK), scallop punch (Fiskars), glaze pen (Sakura), twine

I used the beautiful WRMK Autumn Splendor collection for this layout. It is 20% off now at Scrapbook Express! I am off to scrap more autumn pictures.

P.S. I signed up Kollete's Giving Well class at Big Picture Classes and I am loving it so far! I already got an idea for few gifts. It is not too late to sign!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Lift

For today's Friday Lift I am going to share a layout based on Meg's layout she did for Scrapbook Express. I liked the grid and the banner in the middle.I moved the title to the upper left corner and added small hearts to the banner. All papers are from Cosmo Cricket UPcycle paper kit. I already did several layouts and card and still have tons left.

Supplies: paper stickers (Cosmo Cricket), letters (Anna Griffin), journaling card (Jenni Bowlin), pen (Sakura), hearts (Colorbook), pearls (Kaiser Crafts), twine

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday Trio on Wednesday

New sketch is up on Tuesday Trio blog and this week's challenge is butterflies. I adapted the sketch for my one picture layout. I didn't feel like I need to add journaling, I already scrapped the rest of the pictures from the same day. This layout will go into Lila's album and the first layout is in our family album. Now, as I write this, I think I will go back and add few notes on the back of the layout about where the picture was taken and how much I loved the dress she is wearing. Just for Lila to know.

Supplies: cardstock (Core'dinations), patterned paper (Heidi Swapp), die and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), butterfly template and small punch (Fiskars), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), tab punch (McGill), letter stickers ( Bazzill), vintage button, twine

Come play with us!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

For you

While I am waiting for Tuesday Trio blog to post the new sketch I will share the card I made using a sketch from Bo Bunny blog. I used some scraps from Bo Bunny Midnight Frost collection and Martha Stewart snowflake punches. The jewels and the pearls are from Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss.
Supplies: patterned paper, stickers, pearls, jewels (Bo Bunny), die and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), snowflake punches (Martha Stewart)

I couldn't resist and signed up for Giving Well class at Big Picture classes. It sounds so much fun. I hope I will find time to play along.

Gilad Shalit is home

Since last Tuesday, when I first heard about the coming prisoner swap I couldn't stop thinking about it and just prayed that nothing will go wrong. I didn't let myself be too happy before Gilad was reunited with his family. Today he came back home.
Gilad Shalit speaking to his family on the phone following his release, Oct. 18, 2011.
Photo by: IDF Spokesman's Office
1940 days in Hamas captivity. Welcome home, Gilad!

Monday, October 17, 2011

One for the polar bears

Another layout I made for The Scrapbook Store. I was given few papers from La Banquise line by Canadian manufacturer Harmonie and matching brads. The paper has cute whimsical drawings of polar bears, seals and snowflakes. I printed 4 polar bear pictures from our visit to St. Louis zoo in 2006. Glad to have them in my albums - it feels great to make a dent in my zoo pictures. We always take gazillion pictures on our zoo visits.

Supplies: cardstock (Core'dinations), patterned paper, brads (Harmonie), stamp punch (Fiskars), letter stickers (Bella Blvd), distress stickles and distress ink (Ranger)

I added broken china distress stickles to the scallop circle to add a little sparkle.

The "postage stamps" are punched out with Fiskars squeeze punch.

Sadly, I didn't take pictures of another layout I did for the store. I will have to wait till it comes back to me to share.
Tomorrow is Tuesday, that means another Tuesday Trio sketch and I hope to be able to share a special project I did recently. I can give you a hint - it is orange :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Scrapbook Store layouts

Few weeks ago I was asked by Beth form The Scrapbook Store if I want to design for the store. I didn't have to think very long, I was thrilled! Especially because now it is the closest scrapbooking store in my area. Unfortunately it is 40 minutes drive. 2 scrapbooking stores in Milwaukee area closed their doors in the past year. This is really sad. But, The Scrapbook Store is a great one. It has new owners and it moved recently to a new location. They carry the latest and the greatest products and they have the cutest corner with TV and kids toys that Eli loves. I really want to attend one of their weekend crops, the crop area looks very inviting.
I was asked to work with Authentique Blissful papers and Crate Paper Farmhouse. I loooooved the Authentique papers. The color combo of grays and yellows with a touch of pink is so elegant. I was looking for some nice pictures and found those pictures of Ella taken before Passover dinner. All flowers are cut from a sheet of patterned paper. Lots of paper curling, punching and layering here. I made another layout and card from the leftovers and still have few tiny pieces left that I can't throw away. Yes, I love this paper.

Supplies: patterned paper, die-cuts, letter stickers (Authentique), scallop trimmer blade, border punch (Fiskars), pearls (Zva Creative), stamps (Technique Tuesday)

This next layout is using Cratepaper Farmhouse collection. I struggled with this layout and I am still not sure if I like it. I used a lot of adhesive borders and stickers. The red number and letter stickers are by Bella Blvd.

Supplies: patterned paper, stickers (Cratepaper), letter and number stickers (Bella Blvd), twine

I stopped by the store yesterday to drop off another project and saw my layouts displayed in the frames by the product :) 

I am going to share another layout I did for the store tomorrow.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Lift

I am enjoying the series of Friday Lift posts on Dafnie.Design and decided that I want to join the fun. Time to get inspired from all those gorgeous layouts that I am pinning like crazy. Every Friday (or almost every Friday) I will share a lift based on a layout that I love. My first lift based on Dafnie's layout that she lifted from a layout on Octobetr Afternnon blog. I liked Dafnie's layout more than the original and came up with this.

Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts), patterned paper (Heidi Grace), stickers (banner, birds - Heidi Grace, heart - Bella Blvd), letter stickers (Bella Blvd), border punch (Fiskars), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), jewel (Doodlebug)
I used Heidi Grace papers and stickers from Jo-Ann, Bella Blvd letter stickers, Fiskars border punch and twine. The edges of the photo and the papers are lightly sanded.

Love those little banner stickers with gems!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shimelle's sketch of the week

I believe I still have few hours left to post my take on Shimelle's sketch of the week (see no 1 in my list). I had those cute pictures of Eli with my friend's son. It is fun watching them together. They are very different but they started to pay attention to each other and play together. I really hope they will grow up to be friends.

Supplies: patterned paper (WRMK, Crate Paper), stickers (Crate Paper), raindots (Cloud 9)

Here is another layout based on Shimelle's sketch that I did a while ago and didn't have time to post.
Supplies: patterned paper, chipboard (Pink Paislee), circle punch (Fiskars), border punch (Fiskars), 3D stickers (K& Company), liquid pearls (Ranger)

I added some interest to the patterned paper with liquid pearls. Love this stuff!

Did it ever happen to you? You did the challenge but missed the deadline to post it?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Trio sketch 88

It is still Tuesday, right? At least where I live there is still 6 and a half hours of Tuesday left. I am going to share the layout I did for Tuesday Trio challenge blog. It is based on sketch 88 and the challenge this week was to use something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Old: pictures and Heidi Grace papers and stickers
New: fabulous Fiskars Bubbles border punch - my new favorite!
Borrowed: I borrowed Eli's sorting toy to stamp the acrylic paint circles. I wanted to add smaller circles so I took a marker from his art box and stamped small circles with the marker cap.
Blue: paper and letter stickers.

I love scrapping old pictures. Maybe they are not the best but they bring back good memories.

Supplies: cardstock (American Craft), patterned paper (Heidi Grace), embellishments and stickers (Heidi Grace), journaling stickers (Jenni Bowlin), letter stickers (Sassafras Lass), border punches (Fiskars), acrylic paint

I would you to play along with us! You can win 4 digital stamps from the Tuesday Trio sponsor Crafty Sentiments Designs! Check all details here.

Monday, October 10, 2011

10 things

Since I returned to the blogosphere and noticed several fun things that people are doing on their blogs. One of them is 10 things on 10th hosted by Shimelle. This month I decided to jump in. Since it is my first time I will list 10 random facts about me.

1. I am a helpless procrastinator. 
2. I am not a morning person. I do not like waking up early (before 7:30 am is early for me)
3. I am finishing the 4th and last week of boot camp at my local YMCA. The weekday classes start at 5:45am. This is tough for me! (see no 3)
4. I am addicted to magazines.
5. I am addicted to reading blogs - 217 subscriptions in my Google Reader
6. My favorite drink - tall Startbucks latte. No sugar.
7. I am thinking about my next scrappy projects when I am driving or just before I fall asleep.
8. I love Autumn - the colors, the fresh air, the leaves make me happy.
9. I am knitting a pair of fingerless mitts - it is looking cute if I may say so.
10. In 4 days I will be 40 years old.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Authentique card sketch

I made this card for Authentique card sketch challenge. I used Fiskars border punch for the paper strip in the middle of the card and Martha Stewart punch for the butterflies.

Supplies: patterned paper, diecut embellishment, letter stickers (Authentique), border punch (Fiskars), butterfly punch (Authentique), pearls (Kaiser Crafts)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Orange blog hop winner

It is time to announce the winner of my Orange Blog Hop RAK
The winner is .... Kelly Sas that said:
I will definitely give your heart banner idea a try!!! I love the card and I love banners. Thanks!
Kelly #6558
Congratulations Kelly! I will contact you though the Fiskateers message board!
Thank you all for very kind comments!

Authentique - new favorite?

Recently I had a chance to play with new Authnetique paper. I can't share the first layout that I did but from the scraps I made another layout and a card based on the sketches from Authentique blog. Here is the layout.

Supplies: cardstock (Core'dinations), patterned paper, diecuts, letter stickers (Authentique), chipboard letters (My Mind's Eye), border punch (Fiskars), twine, vintage buttons, staples, paint

I used my new Fiskars border punch and few vintage buttons. I am in love with this color combination. The papers were such a pleasure to work with. I think I found my new favorite manufacturer!

P.S. Stay tuned for the announcement of the RAK winner. Coming later today!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Three cards for you

First card is based on Tuesday Trio sketch 87. I used some black and white punch outs from Colorbok pad mixed with old Basic Grey paper. It came together so quickly!
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics), patterned paper (Basic Grey), die cut embellishments (Colorbok), label (Jenni Bowlin), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), raindots (Cloud 9), ink

You can see what other Tuesday Trio Design team members did with this sketch and submit your take here.

Next two cards I made for Scrapbook Express. This one is super easy, based on Pagemap sketch that diva Kelly used for her card challenge. I used some old Making Memories Just Chillin papers. They are now 25 cents a sheet. I love them and used them on many many projects. The letters are handcut from the same lined paper that is on the left of the card. I didn't want to cover the cool doodling so I used a vellum to make my label for mounting the sentiment. The chipboard butterfly is from the same collection. 

Supplies: patterned paper (Making Memories), butterfly (Making Memories), die and diecut machine (Liefestyle Crafts), raindots (Cloud 9), vellum

For this card I used the new Autumn Splendor collection from We R Memory Keepers. It is a trifold card with 2 windows. I can't wait to use this collection for autumn layouts. The weather is gorgeous here. We have plans to eat lunch outside and I hope we will come back with some beautiful pictures of Eli playing in the leaves.

Supplies: patterned paper, stickers (WRMK), dies and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), circle punches (Fiskars, EK Success), button (MME), smooch accent ink (Clearsnap), distress ink (Ranger)

Speaking about cute paper, are you following the new releases? I just saw that Bella Blvd. announced their new releases: new miniatures stickers, Spring Flings and Easter Things, Winter Wonder.
I love the bright colors. Looking forward to seeing them in the stores.

P.S. One more day to enter my giveaway below. Thank you very much for your comments. I really appreciate them!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Orange Blog Hop

Today is October 1st and today I am joining the Orange Blog Hop where members of Fiskateers, a community sponsored by Fiskars, is sharing their passion for crafting.
If you have come from My Pink Mexico you are in the right place. If you never heard about the Orange Blog Hop before I invite you to start from Fiskateers blog and hop along the links. There are more than 30 bloggers, I am sure you will find some great inspiration and maybe even a chance to win a prize or two ;-)

I am going to show you hot to make a banner using a heart punch. Banners are not going away, they are great addition to any layout or card. Today I decided to make a card in honor of the World Card Making Day.
To make the banner, I start with 5 hearts that I punched using Medium That's Amore squeeze punch. I folded each heart in half and punched a tiny hole with the hand punch. Now I could string them onto a piece of twine.

For my card base I cut a 4"x6" piece of orange paper and punched all sides using my favorite Lace and Lattice Corner and Border punch. I mounted it on a piece of just slightly bigger green paper using foam adhesive. Now I could tie my banner.

I let the banner fall naturally and added a tiny piece of foam adhesive under each heart to hold it in place. Like this:
The only thing that was left to do was to add a sentiment sticker. Super easy and cute.

Here is another heart banner that I made using Large That's Amore Squeeze punch and another one here where I used both sizes of punches.

So what do you think? Is it something you would like to try? I would love to see it!

Next stop on the hop is super talented  Queen Kat ! I know you are up for a treat there!

But wait! Before you go, I have two things to add. Obviously, being with Fiskateer almost from the beginning (I am Fiskateer #351), I have a very nice collection of Fiskars tools. The best part - I use them all the time. I tag my blog posts with Fiskars tools that I use. You can see that on the left side of my blog. So if you are looking for ideas how to use your punches, border punches or maybe your USX, I invite you to stop and explore.

And here is the very very last thing. I have a new pair of my favorite Fiskars scissors, Medium Music note punch, Hero Arts bicycle stamp and a pillowbox full of orange and green treasures. This all can be yours and here is how.
1. Leave me a comment
2. Become a follower or tell me if you are already
3. Tell me which layout or card that I made you like the best.(You can see all recent layouts and cards in my flickr gallery, that will save you some time)

You can get up to 3 chances in the random drawing. I will leave this open till October 5th and will draw a winner on October 6th.

Now you can go :) Enjoy the rest of the hop!