Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sweet Peach Mini Time + Sketch Challenge

November's Juicy kit at Sweet Peach Crop Shop is a fabulous mini-album kit, featuring a cool Basically Bare album, and the Dance in Sunshine collection from Glitz Designs:











































The Sketch Challenge this time around features a couple of sketches...one for the cover and one for an inside set of pages:



I'd LOVE for you to play along...you're welcome to use a Sweet Peach kit OR your own supplies!
Feel free to modify either sketch for a card, a layout, or a mini-album of your own.
To join us, check out the challenge HERE.
For my album, I fell in love with this transparent accent from Glitz:





























Inside the album, I included photos, quotes, and thoughts that highlight those things & moments that I'm so grateful for this past year.






































I used some fun Prima masks on the cardboard and canvas pages, as well as Tattered Angels in Aloha Green, Medallion, and Mauve'lous...perfect matches for the Glitz paper.






































I used a great little tutorial from the Elle's Studio blog for the faux-instax look...love it.












































Inside each of the smaller envelopes, I created these little flip-books.  They each contain 8 burst-mode photos of my daughters twirling in the backyard, and are put together slightly-offset to make them easier to flip through.
The kids LOVE how it they can "see" themselves in motion!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thankful...

Thankful for a wonderful holiday spent with family, food, music, and fun!

Here's my latest layout up on the Epiphany Crafts blog...fittingly titled "So Grateful".



































Lots of Tattered Angels misting, glamming, and glazing here, with Inchworm, Bordeaux, Northern Lights, and Pearl:



























As always, I'm GRATEFUL for you blog readers...thanks for taking the time to pop in and say hi when you can.  Your sweet, kind comments are very much appreciated.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Get Picky with OVALS!

This month's sketch challenge over at Get Picky is a doozy...check out all these ovals:


For this sketch, I wanted my layout theme to be a complement to the ovals, so I went with photos of a bubble-blowing summer day:




































Rather than crop my photos in the classic Creative-Memories-ovals-of-old, I decided to put a little twist on it in Photoshop.  I cropped my photos into ovals, making sure not to leave out any important photo detail, and then printed out the photos with a rectangle frame around the oval.



























I finally busted out my order of the Amy Tan line from American Crafts, which has some great circle and oval products that worked great for this layout:




























To play along, check out the sketch post over at the Get Picky Blog...entries are due by November 28th, Sydney Time. :-)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Epiphany Fest!

Last month, Epiphany Crafts debuted their new BLOG...full of daily inspiration from the design team!

Here are the projects I've showcased so far, full of Spooky & Harvest fun:



































With the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Heart 25 Tool and the Epiphany Crafts Button Studio Heart 14 Tool, I made these cute Oz accents...don't you just love the Magic of Oz collection from Graphic 45?!  Perfect for my little Glinda-the-Good-Witch.


















































Next up, spooky decor & gifts:

This was such a quick & easy addition to my Halloween decor, and a big hit with the kids!
I took an oval frame and outfitted it with a body & legs made from Cosmo Cricket paper.
The Epiphany Crafts vintage settings and layered flowers were perfect for the spider's eyes...for an extra touch, I painted some paper with glow-in-the-dark paint before using it to make the Epiphany eye accents:



























This gift bag was the perfect container for some Pumpkin Spice hot cocoa...and quick & fun Fall gift:





























































Next week is Thanksgiving here in the U.S...definitely time for Harvest table ideas:



























This $1 Michaels frame spruced up nicely, with a woodgrain stamp, some Best Creation harvest products, and a great dimensional title using the Round 14 tool again...I'm in love with these little crows:




































These blank notecard placeholders are going on our Harvest Table...ready for each guest to fill out with Thankful Thoughts:



























Coming up this week on the Epiphany blog, look for some Grateful projects during a cross-promotion with a favorite art-medium company of mine!  :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Winner + New Challenge!

Hey all, I'm behind but slowly catching up!

First and most important, my Get Picky blog hop WINNER is.........

Kerry, who said:
Kerry said...
Great LO, the colours are bright, the photo's are fun. On my wish list anything I can put on a page is great, I like to try new things.
CONGRATS, Kerry, you're my RAK winner!!! 
Please email me with your address so I can send your RAK on its way.

Also, a GIGANTIC thank you to all of you who left sweet blog hop comments...it was wonderful to read each one, and they were ALL greatly appreciated.

The next Get Picky challenge is already up, and its a gorgeous inspiration photo:


 Love this...the colors, the sheer fabric, the stack of hatboxes, the large blooming flowers.

I took these elements, and came up with this:

It's difficult to see in the photo, but there is sheer green netting stitched down behind the photo cluster.
I added spool accents to mimic the hatboxes, along with floral fussy-cutting, lots of color, and lots of black-and-white.


If you'd like to play along, go check out the details and other DT gorgeousness at the Get Picky blog.