Friday, September 30, 2011

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge 9-30-11 Fussy Cuts

I guess everyone can tell by the layouts on my blog, that I really love to photograph and then scrapbook my son, Ezra! And much of what he wears, and what we do involves bright colors! So here we are at our local amusement park, Tweetsie Railroad, on one of my favorite rides: The Merry Go Round! I am really not sure the difference between a carousel and merry go round, but we sure do love them!

As a very thankful member of the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Design Team, I was challenged to do fussy cutting! For this layout, I cut out the 5 clouds from a piece of My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Out of The Blue "Smile" Float Paper, and the 2 carousel horses from a piece of Best Creations, Inc. Looops and Scoops paper. Boy, those carousel horses were very fussy!!! LOL!

I added Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Faded Jeans with a stiff bristle brush to the top edges of the clouds, and adhered them with foam circles! For the horses, I also adhered those with foam, and for a "Twist" of fun, I used Lime Twist baker's twine, 2 strands twisted, for the poles of the carousel! I hope you like it!

My best tip for fussy cutting -- use a pair of sharp, fine or microtip scissors! It will save you time and frustration! Keep an eye out for a new challenge each Friday at Frosted Designs!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We Can Fly

Here are more photos of my sweet boy, Ezra on his first outing to Tweetsie Railroad in the Summer of 2009! I know we will both be glad when I am finished with this series of photos! I must have taken 200! :)
My Recipe for This Layout: Cardstock: CTMH, kiwi, and Ocean (SCRAP),Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Lime Twist, Out of The Blue Playful Galaxy Paper, Fly A Kite Fly Paper die Cut, Fly A Kite Spring Stars Paper (SCRAP), American Crafts Junior Defense Embossed Orange Dot Paper (SCRAP), Bazzill Phoenix Swiss Dots (SCRAP), Orange linen (SCRAP)All STARS and ARROWS are cut from punches: Fiskars and Martha Stewart, and all are cut from SCRAPS! Fiskars puffy font stickers, Celebrate It ribbon in lime green, Buttons and sewing thread from my stash, Singer sewing machine, Xyron Sticker Maker. Zots clear adhesive dots, 3M sanding block for distressing
I am entering this layout in these challenges: Scrappion Mojo September Terri's Sketch Challenge Ooh-La-La Creations Challenge #89 Punches/Dies (Star and Arrow punches) HeartSong Inspirations HSI Challenge #17: Ribbons/tags (Lime green ribbon border and tails on top left button) Dream Valley Challenges #16 Buttons (orange and turquoise buttons) Whimsical Wednesdays Anything Goes Wed. Sept. 28th Love To Crop Friday Challenge Sept. 23rd - Scraps (Argyle print, green polka dots print, striped strip, turquoise strip, orange dotted strip, red dotted strip, star strip and all stars and arrows are SCRAPS!) You Had Me At Craft Made It Myself Mondays Week 16 My Sheri Crafts Challenge #69 Sew Simple (Real stitching with white thread and sewing machine, and faux stitching with white gel pen on punchedd elements.)

I hope you like my layout, and please become a follower of my blog! Thanks a bunch, Roberta

Monday, September 26, 2011

all you

I had a lot of fun making this layout about my youngest son, Ezra and I on an outing to our local theme park. It also sparked some sadness as I chose my title inspired by the song, "Yellow," by Coldplay. This was one of my oldest son's favorite songs in 2000, and he later passed away in 2001 at the age of 14. Hearing this song again, and thinking about how much he would have enjoyed his youngest brother was heartbreaking. This photo is a closeup of my very old blue chipboard title that I distrressed and attached together!
Here is a closeup of my ticket-title! I cut several sizes of tickets on my Cricut, and layered them until I was happy with the look!
This is a closeup of the multitude of hearts, buttons, and glitter dots on the side of the layout. I just love these 3 bright colors!

I created this layout using these materials: Bazzill cardstock, Phoenix swiss dot & CTMH cardstock, Ocean American Crafts Cardstock: Junior Defense embossed dot

Patterned Paper, Lime Twist, Go Fly A Kite, My Mind's Eye

Cricut Cartrides, Carousel and Plantin Schoolbook

Fiskars Puffy Stickers font Blue Alphas

Chipboard font from my stash

Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots

Buttons from my stash

Offray Microspool felt ric rac

Martha Stewart border punch and liquid glue

I am entering this layout in these challenges: Sketchabilities #55 Designed 2 Delight Saturday's Challenge - Die Cut Divas (2+ Die Cuts: hearts & ticket) Scrapbook Express Final Weekly Divas Challenge, Any past weekly challenge: July 27-August 2 Big Shape (rectangle patterned paper) A-Z Challenge, letter "B" stash (very old BLUE chipboard) ScrapFIT Weekend Warm Up #14: Buttons (orange buttons) Scrap It With A Song New Challenge: Coldplay "Yellow" (I was inspired by the lyrics especially, when thinking about my littlest son in these photos, and remembering my oldest son, Corey, who loved this song when it was released in 2000. In the song, the artist sings about bleeding himslef dry for his subject, and as a parent, I know exactly how he feels. I would do anything for my children, and I appreciate the chance to express that through this song challenge!) Stuck on You Sketches Sept. 23 Die Cut Challenge :Heart (All the red, turquoise and orange hearts) Make It Monday #56


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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Share, Fun Times

I love getting to SHARE memories and such fun times with my littlest son!
I love the big smile on my sweet son's face in this layout! We were riding on the "convertables," and Ezra, at the time only 1 year old, was "driving" on this local carnival ride!
Below is a detail photo showing many of the embellishments and elements I included for the various challenges I entered this layout in!
Last, is a closer shot of the photo of my son in the cars! This is always one of his favorite rides, and we visit on a weekly basis in the summers! My Recipe for This Layout:
  • Cardstock, Desert Sand, Ocean CTMH
  • Cardstock, dark ocean strip, Recollections
  • Patterned paper, Plaid and flourish, Sarsparilla Paper Pack, CTMH
  • Patterned Paper, turquoise bandana, Martha Stewart
  • Patterned paper, brown gingham and turquoise grid, Fly A Kite, My Mind's Eye
  • Patterned paper, turquoise micro-dot, Out of the Blue, My Mind's Eye
  • Ric Rac, felt, Offray ribbon
  • Stamps, Friendship Word Puzzle, CTMH
  • Brown ink, Distressing Ink, Ranger Tim Holtz, Vintage Photo
  • Brads, Twilight, CTMH
  • Pen, American Crafts, .05
  • Adhesives, Scotch ATG and Foam Dots
  • Font Chipboard , hemp string, buttons and ticket - my stash ________

I am entering this layout into the following challenges: My Time To Craft: "L" is for (My Little Boy) Little Red Wagon: Repeat After Me, (Fun Times) DYSU 38: Duo (2 sets of double matchng buttons, and 4 sets of double stamped phrase) SouthernGirls Challenge: 28 Anything Goes Scrapbookers Anonymous: September Challenge: Chipboard "Share" Bird is The Word:September 11: SHARE Scrappin' Everyday Miracles: Capture the Moment and stamping (Fun Times & Memories) Paper Creations Ink: Challenge #9 Buttons or Bows (I used both!) Belli Challenge #126 String (Hemp) Moving Along WIth The Times Challlenge #117: 3 Design Papers, 2 Embellishments, 1 Photo (5 patterned papers by CTMH, MME & MS) (Buttons, Ric Rac, Brads & String) and 1 photo! 2 Sisters Challenge 58: Gingham or Plaid (brown gingham paper and plaid paper) LolliPop Crafts Challenge #49: Anything But a Card Scrappin' Mojo: Stella's Theme Challenge: Combining The Old With The New: (Old chipboard from 2003? and My Mind's Eye Lime Twist papers from 2011) Scrappin' Chics September Challenge: Carnival/Fair (My son is riding the track convertable cars at our local Tweetsie Railroad carnival!) Sketches in Thyme Spetember Open Challenge (I used Sketch #53) Craft Us Crazy: Challenge 17 Goodbye To Summer (Our summer weekly tradion is a trip to our local amusement carnival, Tweetsie Railroad! They Close in October, and Ezra is waving goodbye in the photo!) Make it Monday Anything Goes #55 _____

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Friday, September 23, 2011

All Aboard!

Here is another layout in my series on our summer adventures at Tweetsie Railroad!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge 9-16-11: Punches

Welcome to my entry for the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge 9-16-11: Punches

As you may have noticed, I am very partial to creating layouts, and I am partial to my youngest son as my focus. So, I was thrilled when I got to create layouts using punches, because I had just begun to sort and crop all of the photos from our first trip to Tweetsie Railroad. And.....I recently purchased a Martha Stewart Border punch in choo choo train for a steal at a big box chain craft store! SO.....all this to say I was excited to get started on these layouts!

The photo above shows a secrtion of the choo choo border punch in a teal cardstock, inked with Distressing ink, and adhered to a black backgroud.
On the top layout, I cut a 12 in. strip of teal paper, and punched continuously, end to end. I left the remaining section of cardstock that resulted from the punched strip. I then applied this as a bottom border for my layout.
This project was created using the Sarsparilla Paper Pack , and coordinating Stickease stickers from Close To My Heart, our sponsor!
The layout below also incorporated the same punch, but I chose to punch the entire width of the top of my 12 x 12 in. cardstock base, and create only a decorative top edge, rather than a border strip or a decorative edge on all 4 sides of my background cardstock!

I hope you'll try out some of those punches you have already, or branch out and purchase a new one you have been wanting to try, but haven't! We love to see your creations ar Frosted Designs!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge 9-2-11: Flourishes

Welcome Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge Seekers!

This is my first project as a design team member for Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday team! The challenge this Friday is to create a project using "flourishes." I chose to try out some positive and negative images of flourishes I cut with my Cricut.

I cut these flourishes using the Cindy Loo cartridge, and lightly added Stickles in "Pumice Stone" to the pink flourishes!
If you are interested, I used s*e*i* Bright Blossoms patterned paper, Watermelon and black cardstocks from Close To My Heart, and Grey cardstock from Recollections. Chipboard front stickers are American Crafts thickers in Jewelry Box, Silver flowers are Boutique Fleur by Recollections, pink flowers are from Prima, and inked with Watermelon ink from CTMH,rose cluster flower is a Mulberry Paper Flower from Boutique Fleur by Recollections and also inked with Watermelon. Ribbon is "Beauty" by Satin Sensations Morex, and finally, the silver glitter gem is by Recollections.
**I can't wait to see what you create with flourishes for Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday!**