Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Sneaky Peek!

The Snobby Walrus August kit is about to hit the Snobby Walrus Store, and you're gonna want to be in line, because this kit is truly summer-licious!!! It's got some gorgeous, unique accents as always, as well as some amazing, hard-to-find products from a fabulous French company (who?! you'll have to stay tuned to find out!)'s a sneak peek of what I created with it:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

TCR #15 and Sundry Items...

I've been busy with the bi-annual "Clean-Out-My-Stash-To-Make-Room-For-New-CHA-Goodness" process...MUCH easier this time around with an actual organized craft space!

I've been compiling my CHA list, of course...which include lovelies like:

Pink Paislee Faux Bois Mini:

Dear Lizzy Enchanted:

Glitz Scarlett:

Prima Trim:

MME Lost & Found:

Jenni Bowlin Buttons:

Crate Paper:

Wow, I'm SO excited to get my hands on all this great stuff! What are your CHA faves so far? I'd love anyone who'd like to enable me further. ;)

This week I participated in The Color Room weekly palette challenge...a unique palette for me that I'd never done before:

Fuschia and Purple with Aqua and Butter-Yellow? Who knew! :)
I really ended up loving what I came up with...using a pop of each color to create this:

Wow, THIRTEEN years married to this wonderful man?! I can hardly believe it!

These flowers were stamped with a newsprint stamp from Scarlet Lime, then cut with scallop scissors, folded over, and spiral-wrapped. The paints I used were acrylic robin's egg blue, Smooch Ink in Grape Soda, Glimmer Mist in Cosmos, and Shimmerz Spritz in Chickadee...LOVE it all!

And one more layout...using up stash goodies from American Crafts , Cosmo, and Hambly, with lots of die-cutting and embossing using my good ol' Sizzix:

Love this photo of my daughter-and-mom, enjoying a good book at Barnes & Noble. :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More Picnic Projects!

First of all:

Dear Sinus Infection,
you're a jerk. Go AWAY.


Sooo...heh, between teary-eyed headaches, I'm posting the rest of my projects from the oh-so-vintage-fabulous Snobby Walrus July kit, Lakeside Picnic:

This Fancy Pants flocked damask transparency is my new FAVORITE paper ever! I love it so much and NEED more. Seriously.

This next layout is a bit quirky design-wise, but I love it...had fun cutting the Sass paper to bits, and ADORING the luscious color of these Prima blooms:

Last and FAVORITE, this one with Glitz Kismet paper. I made the flowers out of notebook paper from my recycle bin, and aged them a bit with the Smooch Spritz in Spun Sugar. Plus, check out the cool Spun Sugar effect on the white how it pooled in places and came out with a very metallic/copper vibe:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Rooster Reveal and Giveaway!

**ETA** Winners for the giveaway have been announced on the Midnight Rooster blog HERE (hint: my winner was Rebecca!)

It's already that time again...time to reveal this month's kit at Midnight Rooster!

This month's kit is called Earth Party, and it is SO very lovely! I love the gorgeous mix of soothing colors in this kit, and the exclusive handmade items in this kit are some of my FAVORITES so far from Midnight Rooster...rolled-fabric flower accents, TWO sizes of banner stamps, and some adorable clay buttons!

Here's my first-and-favorite layout with the kit:

LOVE how well the Jenni Bowlin butterflies coordinated with the Prima paper and the unique trim in the kit.

Misted up the background and the handmade flower with Lemon Maya Mist and Sea Glass Glimmer Mist...and check out those adorable exclusive clay buttons! I want a whole package of those little toadstools!

This next layout is another fave...the photo colors are looking darker online for some reason, but IRL the whole look of this layout is much more neutral. :)

The clock-hands from the Cosmo chipboard set made a great layered accent with yet another hand-rolled flower accent. And the Moda fabric?! Love it so much...used pinking shears to cut it into circles and stitched it onto the page.

The next two layouts turned out, um, not exactly what I had in mind, heh...but I love lots about them, especially the memories they capture. :)

This one is the opening layout for this year's vacation album...our first long trip-by-car!

Loved putting together little clusters with the Cosmo chipboard, and using the last of the three luscious handmade I LOVE writing long column journaling on a ledger background. :) And this mickey-eared photo of my girls makes me smile so much.

The last layout makes me happy because I think it documents possibly the ONLY photos I have of just my brother and me (Note To Self--take MORE sibling photos!):

To create a more distressed-and-neutral look for this page, I heavily sanded the Cosmo accents.

Lastly, a simple little card...adore these cute little helicopters, and also used the small banner stamp here:

Ok, so are you still listening?! Here's the giveaway!!!

You could win this sweet mini-kit from Midnight Rooster:

Crate paper - Paper Doll, Katie
American Crafts - Dear Lizzy, Lazy Ladybug
American Crafts - Dear Lizzy, Sunny Spot
Jillibean Soup - Egg Drop Soup, egg yolk

Stamp - Purple Onion Designs
Fabric - 6x11
Lace Ribbon - 1 yard
Label Stickers - Jenni Bowlin
Mini Mark Rub--on's - American Crafts

Answer this question for me:

What are two of your go-to embellishments that you just can't live without?

The giveaway closes Sunday night, and the winners will be announced on the Midnight Rooster Blog at the beginning of the week. Good luck! :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Featured Member at YSS!

I'm so excited to finally share that I was the June featured member over at Your Scrapbook Stash!

Thanks so much to the owner, Erica, for the honor, as well as for the gift certificate and prize package! :)

I created this layout (re-post) with DeLovely, Prima, and Maya Road products from the YSS store:

And here's another (one of those super-quirky ones with random bits of twine and lots of messy misting) that makes me smile, made with more mists, Delovely, twine, trim, tape, and Melody Ross Artsy Urban paper:

Finally, here's one featuring the Melody Ross Artsy Urban (love those lacquered butterflies!) as well as some Jenni Bowlin butterfly stickers, Tim Holtz tissue tape, and more Prima pebbles and trim:

Thanks again, YSS, for featuring me this past month!
For lots of inspiration, challenges, sales, and fabulous design-team inspiration, go check out the YSS blog HERE.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Independence Day Decor...Snobby Style!

I had absolutely NO Independence Day decor in my house this year, so I was really excited to make something to hang on the
wall from the latest Snobby Walrus kit, Lakeside Picnic:

I took the artisan-label packaging from the Jenni Bowlin chipboard buttons in the kit, and added a couple more from my stash. After altering all three with JB paper, May Arts rosette ribbon, and Smooch Spritz in Spun Sugar, I attached them with corduroy brads and hung it up next to my kitchen-sink it! :)

The vintage images from Altered Pages were distressed with ink and a dot embossing folder, and I curled the edges a bit and attached them with dimensional adhesive.

A perfect little addition to my summer it was easy and fun to make.

And here's my first layout with Lakeside Picnic:

Used Smooch Spritz in Spun Sugar, Shimmerz Spritz in Sapphire, and Glimmer Mist in Passion Red...then outlined the frame-mask with my chocolate Copic Spica the result! :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Snobby Lakeside Picnic Debut!

Light up the BBQ and grab a cold beverage, it's time for the
Snobby Walrus July kit, Lakeside Picnic:

My FAVORITE things in this kit (which are many) include FABULOUS May Arts rosette ribbon, Smooch Spritz in Spun Sugar, an AWESOME Americana-themed crossword paper from Glitz, and some great vintage patriotic images from Altered Pages!

Here are my sneaks:

Visit the full DT gallery for this month's kit HERE.
Great stuff, love the Americana vibe so much in this kit!

For those celebrating this weekend, Happy 4th!