Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pink Sketches Sketch #3

Be sure and check out Pink Sketches this week to see sketch #3 and what the rest of the DT did with it! Gorgeous pages!! Way to girls! Here is my take on the sketch. I used Making Memories and BasicGrey papers, Prima flowers, KI Memories lace cardstock, Doodlebug trim sprayed with glimmer mist, Tim Holtz Grungeboard hearts, painted and covered with stickles, and American Crafts Thickers.

This was also my first attempt at more than just basic photo editing, and I love how the picture turned out. Thanks to Martha and her awesome Photoshop tutorial at Creative Scrappers, I was able to take her instructions and use a free download of Gimp to make the focal point of my picture in color and the background in black and white.

Here is the original photo:

And after editing:

Pretty cool, huh? Be sure and check out the Photography Tips & Tricks forum at Creative Scrappers for more tutorials!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A couple of pages...

Have I mentioned how much I love the September kit from Kit 'n' Kaboodles? I adore these Black Market Paper Society papers in rich browns, turquoise and green. Also included in the kit is a sheet of white Hambly frames, Thickers, Petaloo flowers, buttons, twine and some Grungeboard. Here are a couple of pages that I can share with you from this kit. I'll have some more projects soon.

I was so surprised to receive this blog award from Sophia, an amazingly talented scrapper on the Pink Sketches DT. Thank you, Sophia!!

How sweet is that? The rules for the award are - (1) The winner can put the logo on their blog. (2) Link the person you received your award from. (3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs. (4) Put links of those on yours. (5) Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.

Even though Sophia already hit them, I am renominating the Pink Sketches girls! Each of them are amazingly talented, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know them in the short time we have been on this DT. I need to link their blogs on mine anyway, so here they are:


Yeah, I know the rules say at least seven, but rules are made to be broken, right?

I hope everyone has a fun-filled Labor Day weekend! Thanks for stopping by and check back in on Sunday for the next Pink Sketches reveal!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lots of Scrappy Goodness!

Well, if you are looking for some inspiration, today is the day! Check out Pink Sketches for the reveal of Sketch #2. The DT did an amazing job with this sketch! Click here to see what they did. I hope you will join us this week and share your interpretation of the sketch. Be sure and email it to Kelli so she can post it in the Pink Gallery. Check out what readers from last week created with Sketch #1.

Here is my page for Sketch #2. I used Fancy Pants papers, Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts Thickers, Petaloo embossed velvet butterflies, Stickles, embroidery floss, and a Heidi Swapp flower behind the journaling block.

Also be sure and check out the reveal of Sketch #14 at Creative Scrappers! This is Team B's last sketch as the new DT starts in September. This week's sketch is from Cherie Averill, and here is my take on it. I used some Wild Asparagus papers, Petaloo flowers, and Making Memories, Doodlebug, and Maya Road ribbons and trims.

Be sure and check out the latest multiphoto challenge at Crop Addict this week. I have chosen a sketch from Shawn Lahr for this challenge. Click here to see the sketch this week. Here is my page using Scenic Route paper, Bazzill cardstock, Heidi Swapp, Prima, and Making Memories flowers, and American Crafts Thickers.

Journaling reads: "One of my favorite things to do is just watch the two of you play together. I love lazy, hot summer days like this where you are both happy and free. You aren't fighting over toys or pushing each other down. You are just happy to be together without a care in the world.

If I close my eyes, I can remember those days. I love that feeling I get when I think about what life was like back then - no responsibilities; no worries; no one expected anything of me other than to just be me. I hope that you two continue to just play, to be carefree and happy.

Someday you will close your eyes and remember these days - running around barefoot in the yard and laughing. This is what true happiness feels like, what it looks like, what is smells like. Thank you for letting me experience it all over again."

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have had a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Crop Addict Multiphoto Challenge

I have another sketch challenge posted this week at Crop Addict to get you scrapping multiple photos on your pages! This week's sketch is courtesy of Jodie Kautzner. Be sure and check out her blog for more awesome sketches!

For my page, I used Fancy Pants papers and ribbon, Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts Thickers, Making Memories chipboard, Grungeboard, and Stickles.

I would love to see your take on this sketch! Be sure and post your page in the August 16th sketch challenge gallery. Have fun and happy scrapping!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pink Sketches launch and Kit 'n' Kaboodles kit

Today is the launch of the new sketch blog, Pink Sketches! Please go and check it out and see what the Design Team created with the first sketch. It was a really fun sketch for work with, and if you use it, email your layout to Kelli to be entered into a drawing for a Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate! Here is the page I created with Sketch #1. I used Pink Paislee and Wild Asparagus papers, American Crafts Thickers, Prima Say it in Crystals, and Bazzill and Prism cardstock.

The September kit is now available at Kit 'n' Kaboodles! I am totally in love with this beautiful kit and have already been playing with it! It is chock full of gorgeous papers from the Black Market Paper Society - When the Weather is Fine collection. It also contains crushed velvet cardstock from Doodlebug, American Crafts Thickers, Hambly Urban Chic white frames overlay, Petaloo embossed velvet flowers, Grungeboard, and so much more! Hurry and order your kit now before they are gone!

How about a little sneak peek at what I have been creating with this kit?

I'm such a tease, aren't I? I'll post the full reveal when the boss lady gives me the ok! Hope you all are having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

An invitation and some good news!

Tomorrow is the big day! The brand new sketch blog, Pink Sketches, launches tomorrow with the reveal of the first sketch and the new Design Team creations! Please come on over there and join in the fun for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Two Peas in a Bucket store!

I am also very excited to be able to announce that I was asked to remain on the Design Team at Creative Scrappers for another term. I am thrilled to be working with all of the other amazingly talented ladies that made the team. To see the rest of the team, click here.

And last, but not least, Kristine, owner of Creative Scrappers, has opened an online store and is now selling altered project kits and layout kits. She has asked me to be one of her layout designers! Be sure and check out the kits. They are gorgeous! Thank you, Kristine, for asking me to join you in your venture!

That's it for me today. I'll be able to post my first layout for Pink Sketches tomorrow. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A card, a blog award, and some ramblings...

Here is a little birthday card I whipped up the other night using some of the gorgeous Crate Paper Blue Hill collection, some Prima flowers and crystals, American Crafts ribbon, and the sentiment is a Crate Paper rub on.

Roz, one of my friends from Kit 'n' Kaboodles, gave me an award! It's called the WYLDE WOMEN award and the purpose of it is "to send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy". Isn't that lovely? Thank you, Roz!!

The rules are:

You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you.
Make sure you link to their site in your post.
Link back to Tammy's blog so that she can go to visit all these wonderful women.
Remember the Purpose of the Award.

I am giving this award to:

Carol - A dear friend of mine who now has a blog so I can give her an award lol! She is such a talented scrapper and a wonderful woman. I love chatting with her on the phone and on the boards. She has amazing strength and continues to spread joy despite everything she has been through.

Chris - I love her passion for scrapping! She always makes me laugh, and I am amazed at her willpower in her quest to make lifestyle changes to improve her health. My hat is off to anyone who can give up caffeine cold turkey! Way to go girl!

Kim - This girl has a heart of gold. Her crafting talent is beyond amazing, and I am just in awe of everything she posts on her blog. In chatting with her, I have discovered that she and I have a lot in common, and if we lived closer to each other, I know we would be inseparable.

There are so many other people that I would like to give this award too, but I need to get some work done tonight!

Monday, August 11, 2008

More KnK August kit creations

Here are a couple more goodies from the August kit at Kit 'n' Kaboodles. We received a white Sara Surfaces 8 1/2 x 11 portfolio in our kit this month, and I turned mine into a place to store sketches that I have printed out. I used the KaiserCraft papers in the kit to alter the outside of my envelope. For the closure, I glued a washer to the back of the Prima flowers to make them stand up off of the portfolio and give me a place to wind the embroidery floss. I then attached them to the portfolio with the KaiserCraft decorative brads in the kit. I tied embroidery floss to one of the washers and then secured it shut by winding the floss around the flowers in a figure 8 pattern. I used cardstock from the kit and cardstock add on to create the dividers to fit inside the portfolio. They are labeled by number of photos to be used on the sketch (i.e. 1 photo, 2 photos, etc.). I used the 7gypsies stickers in the kit to label the dividers as well.

And here is a little card I made with the kit too.

And I am so excited to say that one of the layouts that I created using this gorgeous kit is going to be published in the January/February 2009 issue of Memory Makers! This will be my first print magazine publication, and I am beyond thrilled!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Creative Scrappers Sketch 12

It's Sunday, and that means another reveal at Creative Scrappers. It is actually the same sketch that was used for last week's reveal. Scrappydonna won the sketch design contest, so both DTs worked with her winning sketch. Click here to see all of the DT creations this week. For my page, I used papers from Fancy Pants and Doodlebug, Bazzill cardstock, Fancy Pants chipboard swirls sprayed with glimmer mist, KaiserCraft wood flower, American Crafts Thickers and a white American Crafts pen.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

So excited!!

I happened to stumble across a new sketch blog, Pink Sketches the other day, and saw the call for the Design Team. I am loving sketch blogs right now, and really enjoy being on the DT at Creative Scrappers, so on a whim, I submitted my application to the owner, Kelli. I just found out tonight that I made the team!! I am so totally surprised and excited, and I cannot wait to get started with our first sketch! The live launch of this blog will be on August 17th, so be sure and check it out!

Take the next mulitphoto challenge!

It is time again to take the multiphoto challenge at Crop Addict. For this week's challenge, I used a sketch from my friend, Chris Pozzi. You have until August 16th at midnight PST to upload your take on the sketch in the August 9th sketch gallery. Here's the sketch:

Here is my take in the sketch. I used Fancy Pants papers and chipboard, Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts Thickers, black Cat's Eye ink and a black Zig pen.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope everyone has a great weekend!