Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Midnight Rooster Sneak and Blog Challenge.

Lots going on at Midnight Rooster this coming month!
First, check out this chance to be a Guest Designer:

more info available on the MR blog
Up next, DECEMBER sneaks, which you'll have to go HERE to see for now...
Ok, ok, don't tell...but here's one little sneaky here:

Lastly, if you haven't checked out my MR Blog Challenge yet, here's the scoop...create a project using the pattern-on-pattern layering trend, here's my sample:

That's all for today...off to take another whiff of our first LIVE christmas tree in a decade!  We picked it up this morning, and I cannot get ENOUGH of that fresh fir-tree scent...bring on the holiday cheer! :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stash-Supplies Favorites Layout...

It's that time of year again...the end of the year when I look at my ever-growing stash of scrapbook supplies and resolve yet AGAIN to use it up so I can have room to buy all the new CHA goodies that will debut in January!
This weekend, while packing for a crop with friends, I challenged myself to pack my most beloved older stash products and finally make something I love with them.  :-)

Here's one project I completed, using stash items like an old Sass bunny, years-old pink paper, 2 of my fave older alphas from OA and AC, a random KI Memories clear accent word, and some vintage trims and buttons.

 Also, I might be kind of obsessed with my Tattered Rose crackle paint, heh:

It felt great to use up all these oldies-but-goodies on a project...I'd love to hear/see what YOU'VE been making with your stash lately!

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Mind's Eye...

I was able to play along with the My Mind's Eye blog challenge last week, the theme being "Lessons Learned", along with this sketch:

 Using a mix of old-and-new MME stash, here's what I came up with:
I used the "lost and found" leftover paper strip as part of my title for this "self-portrait" style layout.

Still LOVE these Tres Jolie papers so much...sprayed them with some great shimmer after making the flowers with them.

Love this So Sophie die-cut paper...twisted the sketch up a bit by splitting the die-cut paper and moving the photo-cluster part down on the page.

This MME polka-dot paper and muted floral paper (for the butterflies) are some of my past MME faves...

Finished off the layout with these shimmery mini-flowers and some twine.

Thanks for the great theme and sketch, MME!  :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Winner Winner, Rooster Dinner!

Ok, is that title way too lame?!  :)

But, YAY, it's time to announce the winner of the mini-kit for November!  Drumroll.....
Lizzie G, who said:

lizzie g said...
love your work...:) a favorite memory from Childhood would be playing with my dolls. i loved being a little girl i still do. every christmas i got a new baby doll to add to my collection, i still have everyone of them.

CONGRATS, Liz...don't forget to email your address to me so your prize can be on its way to your door!

And thanks to everyone who left comments with their memories...I really loved reading them and thinking of more of my own...it really seems it's so often the simple things that stay with us, doesn't it?  Good stuff.

I'll leave you with a simple, nostalgic layout of my sweet mom as a child.  This layout is the first in a continuous gift-album that I gave to her for her birthday.  I hope to fill it with many of her favorite childhood memories! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gettin' Picky...

I finally got to play along with Get Picky's challenge this week!
The inspiration for the challenge looks a little (or EXACTLY) like this:

LOVE this, the twists, the swirls, the colors, the apothecary jars, the candy dots...yummy-gorgeous!

Here's my multi-photo take on this challenge (PLEASE excuse the shadowy nighttime lighting, heh):


I had SO many photos from this special sweet-shop, so I really wanted to showcase those and add a few fancy accents to finish it off.

Drew these little apothecary jars, and "filled" them with yummy sweets...

Made this little lolly with clay, and finished it off with some stripey twine and Pink Paislee polka-dot tape (my favorite!)

Thanks so much for the DELICIOUS challenge, Get Picky team! :)

Whippoorwill Reveal and Giveaway...

I SO much enjoyed this month's Midnight Rooster kit, Whip-poor-will.  What a darling and nostalgic name too; I remember my grandma singing a song about a whip-poor-will when I was a child...

Let's get straight to my reveal:

This Homeroom paper from CP was a perfectly distressed backdrop for the calm, beachy effect I was going for on this page.

I added some chalkboard mist in Apricot to "shabby up" the Primas, and had fun creating a dark, patina effect on the PP Artisan Element frame (using Charcoal and Dragonfly mist and Ocean Soul Smooch).

Ahhhh, I could really go for a sit&read on that lanai right now, heh...

Next up:

Again with the shabby flowers, and I tried to mimic the distressing on the brick wall and transfer that onto the Artisan Element:  tans, peach, black, gold.

3rd up:

Brought in some SUPER old vellum from my stash to help unify the blue/purple/red color combo  in the photos...love this list-style journaling about my girls' unique personalities.

This month's awesome cutlery stamp was perfect for a Thanksgiving invitation:

Lastly, I created a little digital title that I housed in a "plate" and completed with the stamp cut-outs.
The fabric worked great as a "tablecloth" of sorts, and I LOVE those kitchen-themed arrows from the SC paper!


Ok, ok, so let me get to what you're all really here for, LOL, the GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm in love with that fabric. Really, really in LOVE.  And check out that stamp!
To win this beauty, please leave a comment on this post, answering this question, since I'm in a nostalgic mood today:

Share one of your very favorite childhood memories with me.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I really appreciate the sweet comments many of you have left. :-)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Peeky Time...

Wow, it's almost time for the full reveal of Midnight Rooster's November kit!  Lovely, elegant, shabby, and vintage...what's not to love?!

Here's my peeks:

Glimmer-misted and Smooched Pink Paislee and Prima   

More shabby-paint techniques & awesome ledger paper

Stamp of awesomeness!  :)

This trim is luscious.

More stamp-fun, plus my favorite-ever saffron lace makes a 2nd appearance.

Look for the full reveal this week, as well as the upcoming mini-kit giveaway!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sweet ReTreat...

Here's a yummy layout, my 3rd layout from the retreat I enjoyed recently...again, really diggin' the mix of old-and-new stash!  Here I used some really old KI Memories, Colorbok, October Afternoon (LOVED that alpha font!!!) and Hambly, with a bit of newer Prima, Pink Paislee, AC, and Websters, plus a scrumptious clay button I made in my Fimo-phase! :)


Used Sharpie Paint Pen, some Lemon Maya Mist, and some Bubble Gum Shimmerz.

Can't imagine EVER tiring of that Martha butterfly punch! :)

Sticking with the cupcake theme, here's a quick birthday card I made for one of my retreat-friends...we bonded over cupcakes at the retreat, LOL, so I couldn't resist:

 That Bella Blvd cupcake paper is still my fave-to-date of all things sweet!