Wednesday, October 31, 2012

awe: A lAyout for Sketch Inspiration & Scrapping Everyday Miracles

I think this may be the final layout about our vacation to Culebra Island, Puerto Rico!  Whew!  There was so much to see and do that I took a ton of photos!  One of our favorite activities is pictured here:  iguanan watching at Mamacitas Restaurant for lunch!  These iguanas are tree-dwellers, herbovores, diurnal (sleep at night like humans), curious, and yes, they can swim!!! 
I am just in AWE of the miracle of the infinite variety of God's creation, and that is the miracle many of us miss - especially when we are looking at lizards!  Most of us don't think they are beautiful, but I sure do! This layout was inspired by Challenge 21: Fall Miracles at Scrapping Everyday Miracles & a ScrapTwist to use paint!  I used the negative leftovers from a child's game to paint green acrylic polka dots, much like the tiny dots of color on the iguana skin - if you get really close! 
The layout was created around Sketch #344 at Sketch Inspiration!  I love using 2 photographs and all of the geometric elements! 
I used these products to create my layout:
Bazzill cardstock
Apple Barrel acrylic paint
American Crafts brads & photos corner brads
October Afternoon font stickers
American Crafts thickers title font stickers
Jillibean Soup green twine
recycled twill ribbon

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We: A Layout for Let's Get Sketchy

I love this photo of my sweet husband and our youngest son holding hands and walking away from me.  I created this layout based on the October Week 4 Sketch (Sketch #34) at Let's Get Skletchy! I love all of the opportunities to use geometric shapes, and focus on 1 special photo!  I distressed heavily around the edges of the first 2 layers of paper, and added some whimsy with flax stitching!
I used these products & tools:
Bo Bunny paper
Bazzill cardstock
The Paper Studio chipboard font letters
Martha Stewart punch
Sew Easy Tool
October Afternoon font stickers
We R Memory Keepers XActo knife

Hawk: A Layout for Sketches in Thyme

I created this layout for the Sketches in Thyme Sketch #90 Challenge!  I loved the simplicity of this sketch, but I was still able to use 2 of the same photo of this beautiful thin-shinned hawk, a threatened species on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico! 
I used all papers from the Simple Stories Year O Graphy collection, as I am doing our whole Puerto Rican vacation in this line.  The brads are from CTMH, title by American Crafts thickers,  tiny font from Adorn It,  and I used a Martha Stewart punch.

Animal Encounters: A Layout for Scrapping Everyday Miracles

I created this layout of 3 animals based on the beautiful Pagemaps sjetch provided by Scrapping Everyday Miracles!  I used lots of green to complement the iguana and the foliage, and orange to accent the land crab!  I always love a sketch with several photos - you know me - I take too many! Below is the link to the challenge!
For this layout I used Bazzill and CTMH cardstocks, Simple Stories Year O Graphy collection, October Afternoon font stickers and American Craft thickers.  I also recyled the natural ribbon twill strip from some bedding I purchased!  It came wrapped around the quilt with a tag attached, and it was silly to throw it away!  The green burlap netting was purchased at a convention, and I do not know the manufacturer!  Brads are from CTMH!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Moments: A Layout for Sketches in Thyme

Moments:  Yes they are truly what we remember!   I created this layout based on Sketch #89 from Sketches in Thyme!  I was fond of this layout because I was able to use 3 photos!  You guys know I take way too many of my Ezra, so a multiphoto sketch is my fave! I also liked the contrast of circular and rectangular elements!
I used October Afternoon font stickers, American Crafts thickers in vinyl, CTMH brads, Recollections circle die cut, Quick Quotes PowderPuff chalking ink, and everything else is Simple Stories!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2 Stars: A Layout for "Let's Get Sketchy October Week 3"

I really enjoy usingseveral photos on a layout, and this sketch was just right for our starfish adventures in the Caribbean!
My Minds Eye Lime Twist die cut
Simple Stories Year-O-Graphy cpollection
Bazzill cardstock
American Crafts thickers in vinyl
Close To My Heart white brads

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"boy" layout for 4 Crafty Chicks & Quick Quotes

I created this layout using the Quick Quotes Friday Challenge 20 Sketch for inspiration!
I included a quote about boys by Robert Powell on the 3 tags in the top right corner.  I also used the Powder Puff Chalking Ink Mocha Mama around the whole edge of my gold cardstock, and brushed the ink all over the surface of the chipboard tags!

I used 3 identical chipboard tags, that I trimmed into banners and brushed with Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Inks Mocha Mama. I was thrilled to participate in this challenge because I pulled out my little box of blank tags, and used these 3 that I have had for maybe 7 years?  Yay for using my stash!
To create this layout I used these supplies and tools:
  •  Bazzill Cardstock
  • Simple Stories Year-O-Graphy collection
  • Jenni Bowlin calendar tags
  • The Paper Studio chipboard alphas
  • Jillibean Soup green burlap twine
  • October Afternoon font stickers
  • Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking ink
  • American Crafts metal photo brads
  • Prima distressing tool
  • Spellbinders square scalloped die
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • green ribbon and tags from my stash

Friday, October 12, 2012

Let's Get Sketchy: October Sketches 1 & 2

I really had fun using lots of my scraps for the long banners!
Let's Get Sketchy October Sketch Week 2
And for this one, I was able to use lots of scraps, too!  And I always enjoy using a unique piece of fiber, like the woven burlap strip! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Win the October Papercrafts Magazine!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I Won in The Top 3 at Sketches in Thyme!

I won in the Top 3 at Sketches in Thyme! 
Here is the layout I created and entered into their challenge:
Here is their original sketch that I worked from:
Don't you just love their sketches?  Please go check out their blog, and get involved in a
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