This month I decided to participate in a fun challenge on The Scrapping Turtle forum called the "March 5x5". Five people participate and receive five different items that have to be used on a layout or card. Pam D. sent all of us the black embossed cardstock, the dark pink glitter paper, the pink zig zag piece, two flowers and two buttons. All I added was the cardstock and the chalk ink. I am calling this card "Tic Tac Posie".
A while back Joanne tagged me, but I haven't yet gotten around to replying. So here is my reply (sorry for being so slow Joanne). I was tagged in the 4th Folder/4th Photo game. So I went into my photo files, found the fourth folder (which happened to be from 2002) and here is my fourth photo.
This is my Mom and me, taken on my wedding day (could you guess?). I love this photo of us. It was taken in the front yard of the Golspie house not long before we left for the church.
I'm still here. I've been working on several different projects in the last couple of days, but none of them are ready to share yet. I've got little touches and things that need to be done before I can post them. I also have several things that are just waiting for photos right now. Hopefully I will get those done very soon. Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!!!
The Scrapping Turtle has this fun mystery challenge every month. They gather some scrapping items together in a bag and the challenge is to create a layout using at least one of every thing that is provided. I'd thought about participating for a couple of months before I actually bought my first Monthly Mystery Challenge Kit. The first one I completed was in February -- I created Simply She from the supplies provided in the kit.
I had so much fun participating in the challenge that I also picked up the kit for March. My layout "Wishes" was created from the March kit.
I'm looking forward to picking up April's kit so I can join in the challenge once again.
Okay I was wrong .... my last post wasn't the last IceCROPades challenge. The Scrapping Nook had one final challenge for us this weekend. We had to decorate a toque. Since I don't wear hats of any kind normally, this was a challenge for me lol!!! I had a toque put aside just for this crop, but it disappeared on me. Finally found this one, but it had big yellow letters on it. I got it free years ago at a teachers federation rally --- it said OSSTF, which is the secondary school teachers federation, so I've never actually worn it. Anyway I turned it inside out, added the lace, the ribbon flower and netting, and some little sick flowers. Voila --- one decorated hat .... and one rather silly picture of me.
This was the 20/20 challenge. 20 pieces of paper (I used two pieces of cardstock and 18 different patterned papers to make the flowers) and 20 embellishments. This took a bit of thinking on my part and some preplanning, but I'm happy with the results.
1. American Crafts Thickers
2. Colorbox ink
3. 3D Title (Me & My Big Ideas)
5. seed beads
6. photo corners
7. Alcohol Inks
9. American Crafts ribbon
10. The Robin's Nest Dew Drops
11. Me & My Big Ideas rhinestone flowers
12. Karen Foster Scrapper's Floss
13. 7 Gypsies key
14. crystal heart
15. wood flourish
17. Colorbok chipboard
18. My Mind's Eye journaling tag
19. Ranger Stickles
20. Ranger Liquid Pearls
For the record, I am proud to be one of the nuts!!!!
The Scrapping Nook IceCROPades challenges have kept me thinking this week. Here are two more that I have completed.
I Won was for the Stash "Stew" challenge. We had to use 2 cardstock, 6 pieces of patterned paper, 9 buttons, 5 brads, 1 ribbon, 2 chipboard, 3 rub ons, and 1 non scrapbooking item.
The flower card was created for the Easy As Pi challenge. Everything we used had to be in quantities of 1, 3 or 4. I have 1 prefolded card, 1 piece of cardstock, 1 pattern paper, 4 rectangles, 1 flower and 3 buttons.
I have three more challenges completed for the IceCROPades crop at The Scrapping Nook.
Oh The Places You'll Go is my Dr. Seuss book title inspired layout for the "I Meant What I Said And ..." challenge. We had to use a title of a book by Dr. Seuss. This one is my favourite. I used Bisous PDQ paper for this one. Love that paper!!!
If I Had 3 Wishes is for the "Wish Upon A Star" challenge. We had to use at least 1 big star or 2 little stars. I kept this one simple, because that's just how it seemed to want to be.
I created the Because You're Special card for the "Stamp of Approval" challenge. We had to use five different stamps. Boy that was a challenge for me :)
This is a busy week at The Scrapping Nook for the IceCROPades crop. It is our last week, so we have a bunch of challenges to do. Here are the four that I've done so far.
If is my layout for the "If" challenge. We had to use If as our title and journal about If. I was instantly inspired to use some of the lyrics of the Jim Croce song Time In A Bottle to begin my journaling. I love the Bisous PDQ paper. It looks so awesome with the added Stickles and Dimensional Pearls to give it some added sparkle. The heart was a wooden one I picked up months ago. I used Staz On ink on it to give it the nice red colour.
Sparkle is what I came up with for the Art challenge. I was inspired by the colours, the sparkle and the squares in the provided inspirational piece. I used a lot of Stickles on this one and my arm really didn't like me for it. Never try to do a lot of Stickles when your arm is already in pain.
This card was a scraplift of Tashers' card in The Scrapping Nook gallery. It is for the "Can I Get A Lift" challenge. The original card has stamped flowers, but I opted to use a chipboard one and a leather one. I'm quite happy with my version.
I Am Woman was created for the "I Am Woman" quote challenge. I love this picture of my Grandma taken on her wedding day. The Bo Bunny line looked awesome with the picture. I used several of my fabulous Fiskars punches on this one.
We are off to see Michael W. Smith in Hamilton in May!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!! I know it will be an awesome experience. Being with so many people raising praise and worship to our Lord and Father is so powerful!!!! So incredible!!!!!
I just hope that the new headache medication works so that I can really enjoy the show ...
I managed to finish three more IceCROPades challenges for The Scrapping Nook yesterday. I have one more that I need to get done today - hopefully this afternoon if things go well. Here are the three that I have finished.
I made this card for the Fabric Lift challenge. We were shown a section of fabric and had to take our inspiration from it. I used some Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye papers for this one. I'm not sure what I will use this card for yet, so the sentiment will be added later on the green paper.
A Thing of Beauty was for the "It's a Beautiful Day" challenge. While I am not a huge fan of winter, I do find something beautiful in icicles twinkling in the sun. It's like they are a work of art. I did the snowflakes on my Quickutz and accented them with my Gelly Roll Clear Star pen.
Just Splash is my response to the Spring Forward challenge. Nothing says Spring like splashing in puddles --- at least to me anyway :) This was an old paper from my stash. I accented it with 3D Crystal Lacquer.
Now I guess I better get to work on that remaining challenge.
I'm so excited!!!!! Michael W. Smith is coming to Hamilton in May!!!!! Gary said he will take me to see him!!!! I can't wait!!!!! I really needed this pick me up right now!!!! Something wonderful to look forward to :)
One of the IceCROPades challenges at The Scrapping Nook this week was to use the colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). I discovered this wonderful We R Memory Keepers Over The Rainbow line of papers at Michaels on the weekend and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. I hand cut some of the flowers in order to tuck the photo behind them. I added some Stickles to the flowers to give the layout a little more bling. Love this photo of Sara from last summer.
This week we have a few more challenges to do than usual for the IceCROPades crop at The Scrapping Nook. Of the challenges we've been given this time, I have two done so far. Here is the second one.
Just Hanging Out is my interpretation of the Sketch challenge. We were given a cool sketch from Pencillines.com. I used some brand new Kaiser paper and my 3D Crystal Lacquer on this one. The large photo was printed onto cardstock, since I don't have any photo paper that is that size. This is the first time that I have used a photo that big. I think I might try it again some time. The photo of the layout really doesn't do it justice.
Have you seen this awesome stamp company? They have some awesome stamps that you just have to check out. Go here to visit the store. If you like what you see, then you'll want to check out the My Stamp Box blog for a chance to win their fabulous blog candy. The contest is open until March 31st.
Ally has an amazing My Stamp Box blog candy on her blog as well this month. Go here to find out how you could win a stamp set of your choice for FREE!!!! Gotta love that!!!!
I subscribe to a bunch of different blogs so that I can receive updates in my inbox whenever something new is posted. One of those blogs is Craft Critique. I love reading the reviews of different products so that I am better informed before I buy. I especially love the pros and cons summary that is included with most posts. I've even discovered products I didn't even know existed through the Craft Critique blog. The reporters really try out the products so that you are getting their real opinions, not just something they read on a company website. The other great thing about it is that they review products for a variety of crafts, so if you aren't into scrapbooking or cardmaking you still might find products relevant to your craft. Head on over and check it out. I know I've learned a lot by reading Craft Critique.
I'm having a little trouble finding my Mojo this week. It seems to be eluding me, but I did manage to create this card for the Spring Bling IceCROPade challenge at The Scrapping Nook. I found this little bag of seed beads while organizing my scrap room and thought I'd give them a go with this card. I actually think it turned out pretty good. Now if I can just find the motivation to get the other six challenges done by Thursday I'm good to go :)
While going through some images on my computer I discovered some photos of some projects I completed for a design team call last fall. I realized that I never actually posted these projects even though I had intended to do it. I didn't make the team, but I had a lot of fun with these layouts, cards and altered canvas. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
I have the urge to share something fun and silly so here goes. I got this off of a friend's Facebook page and thought it was entertaining enough to share. Perhaps I am just in a strange frame of mind LOL.
1. REAL Name:
Heather Lori Ann-Marie Haggett
2. WITNESS PROTECTION Name (mother and father's middle names):
3. NASCAR Name (first name of mother's dad, first name of father's dad):
4. STAR WARS Name (first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name):
5. DETECTIVE Name (favourite colour, favourite animal):
6. SOAP OPERA name (middle name, town where you were born):
Lori Ann-Marie Woodstock
7. SUPERHERO Name (second favourite colour, favourite drink, add "The" to the beginning):
The Pink Margarita
8. FLY Name (first 2 letters of first name, last 2 letters of last name):
Hett (could be a good fly name)
9. STREET Name (favourite ice cream flavor, favourite cookie):
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chocolate Chip (mmmmm sounds yummy!!!)
10. PORN Name (first pet's name, street you grew up on):
Punky Bee (hmmm ... might work)
11. GOTH Name (Black and the name of one of your pets):
12. STRIPPER Name (name of favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy):
Strawberry Peanut Butter Cups
Hmmmmm ... after all that, I think I'll stick with Heather.
I managed to finish this week's challenges from The Scrapping Nook. A couple of them really made me think and I wasn't sure for awhile whether I'd come up with an idea for them. But I did eventually and now they are done.
Hedgey is for the Tell Me About The Birds & Bees challenge. We had to use at least two types of bugs or birds (I used bees and butterflies) and one nature item (leaves). Hedgey was a gift from a very special lady named Lori. I love him!!!!!! He sits on a shelf where he can watch over all of us and keep us all safe. Thanks Lori!!!!!
Labour of Love is my creation for the "Ad" dictive challenge. We were given an image of paint cans on the wall of a building, with one of the cans on it's side "spilling" the paint onto the parking lot below. I took my inspiration from the paint cans and the spilled paint. I decided to doodle my journaling and title, and I'm actually happy with the results. I also finally was able to use my pain can Quickutz die --- LOVE IT!!!!!
For Sara resulted from the It's February challenge. We were required to use the colour purple, two hearts, one flower, a flag and a photo from February. I kept this one simple, but it still looks nice.
My Doctor Who layout was completed for the Pbstttt You've Got a Secret challenge. I struggled with this one. I had no idea what I was going to use. Then I thought of my Doctor Who obsession and this layout is what I ended up with.
I finally finished two layouts that I started back in January. Both were waiting for pictures, and one was waiting for the bling as well.
Butterfly Kisses was designed by Lori at The Scrapping Turtle for our January Quickutz Anonymous class. Isn't it beautiful??? I love Lori's work and enjoyed putting this one together. The photos were taken February 16th, 2009 and were our attempts to capture some sweet kisses on camera.
Winter Magic was a class kit from Two Scrapbook Friends. I've been waiting to take just the right photos, but it didn't seem to be happening. All the photos we've taken of winter this year either have the children in them or are of icicles. So I finally went back to last year and found these photos taken on January 1st, 2008. I love the look of fresh fallen snow on trees and bushes.
Two Scrapbook Friends held another wonderful online crop this weekend. There were six great challenges as well as an I Spy game. Sadly I am not that great at solving Karan's riddles for the game, but I did very well on the challenges. I actually had a lot of fun doing them (of course!!!).
Joanne gave us a wonderful colour challenge using my favourite coloure -- purple!!!!! We were allowed to use the colours in a very pretty container of flowers that she posted. I made a card, using some paper from my stash. I cut out some of the flowers and pop dotted them for dimension. My grandma would have really loved this card I think.
Carolyn's challenge was a circle challenge so we had to use circles in some way on our creations. I created a card using a tutorial from the internet that Debi from Kentucky posted on my Cricutlovers group. I love this little card - it was so fun to make and I got to use my brand new Kaiser owl paper!!!!
Karan posted two sketch challenges - a single page and a double page. Both were awesome sketches. I was quite pleased with how these layouts turned out. Bloom uses the My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow line -- beautiful papers. A Dab'll Do uses the new Bo Bunny Mechanic line, as well as a die cut paper from Colorbok and some Scenic Route arrows.
Patti gave us an ad challenge. I used the colour scheme as well as the general layout of the ad in my layout. These papers were from my stash.
Patti also gave us a lyrics challenge. We had to use the title of a song as well as some of the lyrics in the actual layout. I've been wanting to create this layout ever since I first heard the Rascal Flatts song. I think of Gary every time I hear it. I used some more of my new Kaiser papers on this one too.