Monday, February 27, 2012

Life is But a Dream...

Hello! I am thrilled to be sharing my first project with you as a Quick Quotes Designer!

Quick Quotes has so many gorgeous lines of paper out right now and I couldn't wait to get started with designing with them. First up... Tin Type! This line is gorgeous!  The colors and designs are fabulous! Now, when I first saw this line, I thought boy. Everything about it seemed masculine to me. Well, one thing you should know about me is that I like to do the unexpected! So, I challenged myself to make a "girly" layout using this line! And I have to say, I love the results! 

I used a square punch to cut a few squares out of each of the Tin Type papers. Because these are double sided papers, I ended up with twice as many designs! Love that! I inked the squares using Mocha Mama and Green with Envy PowderPuff Chalking Inks. After adhering them to the cardstock background, I used my sewing machine to stich borders on the squares. I matted my photo with a piece of burlap using brads to hold the photo and burlap together.

The butterfly is from the Butterflies Bag O' Chips. I love, love, love these chipboard embellishments! They are light weight and with the butterfly, I could bend the wings up to make it appear as though it is ready to fly right off my layout! I colored this butterfly quickly by using the Mai Tai PowderPuff Chalking Ink. I also used the coordinating phrase from the Tin Type Line. I loved the journaling prompt it gave me. I have a daughter who as major dreams (seriously, if you listened to her, you would never know she is only 9!) and this was perfect for her layout!

Here you can see all the different patterns used! Gorgeous! I also wanted to tell you about the flowers I made. I took a page out of a very old book and inked it up with the Lemonade and Mai Tai Powderpuff Chalking Inks. I then spritzed the page with water and wrinkled it all up. (Warning... the paper will be fragile and tear easily so scrunch with care!) I straightened the paper out and let it dry. Once it was dry, I cut out the flower shape, added a smaller flower on top, denim behind and secured it all together with a brad.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Quick Quotes Supplies used:
Tin Type Paper Collection: TI100, TI200, TI300, TI400, TI500
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Lemonade, Mai Tai, Green with Envy, Mocha Mama
Bag O'Chips: Butterflies

Other supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Burlap and Denim fabrics
Flowers: Michaels 
Machine Stitching
Journal Pen: Copic

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shape it up!

Happy Friday everyone! Do you have any scrappy plans this weekend?! Frosted Designs has a challenge to whip you into shape!! Okay... that might be a bit extreme but our challenge this week is Shape it up x3! We would like to see you take a geometric shape (circle, square, triangle, etc.) and use it at least 3 times on your card, layout, or project! I was seriously blown away by what our design team did with this challenge... make sure you head over to Frosted Designs for some amazing inspiration! Here is my layout...

This was so much fun to do... I used circles multiple times and I also used 3 rectangles (the pictures) for my shape it up challenge! The paper is from Simple Stories... have I told you yet how much I love their paper?! This is the Days of Summer line! Love it!!

The photos are from our camping adventure this summer! My entire family (parents, sisters, brother in laws, neices, nephews, brother...)  went on this trip because this is how my parents wanted to spend their 50th anniversary. I know what you are thinking... seriously?! I know if I make it to my 50 yr. anniversary, it is going to be more of an Italy, Australia, Africa kind of trip!! lol!!

We would love to see you play along with us at Frosted Designs! Be sure to link up your project for a chance to win this week's prize! Click HERE to get the details!

Have a crafty weekend!

Barb  :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Birthday Cards!

We have a few birthdays coming up in our family so I thought I would get a jump start on making the cards. I recently picked up the Simple Stories Happy Day kit and oh my word!! It has so many great papers and journaling cards and stickers and.... you get the idea! So, after playing around a bit, here is what I created!

This card was quick and easy to make! I love that this paper line works well for masculine cards as well as feminine. Sometimes making cards for the men in my life can be challenging but this line makes it so easy!

This card was a little more challenging but well worth the effort! I used one of the transparencies that came in the kit. I cut a rectangle just smaller than the transparency from the front of my card. I then glued the transparency to the back of the cut out. I found an extra large journaling section and cut out the middle and glued this to the front of the card.

 I pop dotted the title "celebrate" and the cupcake to the front of the card. I then added some details to the inside of the card. This is the part that was tricky because everything can be seen from the front.

I wanted a place to write a message so I added a flap with room to write under the banner section. I also added some swirls for the cupcake and a happy birthday message! When it was finished, I was thrilled with the way it turned out! I really wish I could show it to you IRL... it looks so much nicer! Hopefully the people receiving these cards like them!

Have a happy Tuesday and a great week!

Barb  :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Best Recess and Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you to everyone who played along and hopped along during our Frosted Designs Love Is In The Air Blog Hop! I want to welcome my new followers... it's great to see you here and hope that you enjoy the things I share!

It's Friday and that means that there is a new challenge at Frosted Designs! This week we are asking you to use Brads and/or Eyelets on your cards, layouts and projects! Here is a layout I created that uses a variety of brads!

I used brads from several manufacturers on this one.... Making Memories, Fancy Pants, and K&Co.!

We would love to see what you can do with brads and eyelets.
Link up your project over at Frosted Designs for a chance to win this weeks prize!

And as promised... I have a winner from last week's blog hop!

Congratulations to Angi Barrs!

Angi... email ( me your mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you!
Have a great weekend!  :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Button Wall Art

Wow! It has been a busy week around here! But a good kind of busy! When I finally had a few minutes to sit down in my studio, I really wasn't in the layout mood but knew I wanted to do something creative. I started looking around and stumbled upon a huge tin of buttons that my grandmother had saved. When my dad and his siblings wore out their clothes (which they truly did.... if they out grew it, it got passed on to a sibling who then passed it on... you get the idea!) my grandmother would cut off the buttons and save them. Well, this was good for me because my mother passed this tin on to me and the buttons are amazing! The first night I had them, Lauren and I spent an evening just looking through them! Anyway, I got out the buttons and then found an old frame (that I had painted and sanded and inked!). I created a background out of burlap and got busy! This is what I created...

I made a B since that is the first letter of my parent's last name. I plan to give this to them. I think Dad will like it since all of the buttons belong to him and his siblings!

I added in a few epoxy buttons I made with my Epiphany Craft's button maker. I liked the way I could add some patterned paper to break up the solid colors of the buttons. To fill in some space, I used the pearls that I found in that tin of buttons!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to hop on over to Frosted Designs... we announced our new Design team earlier today!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Today is my day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am so excited! Today is my day to be announced on the Quick Quotes Blog! I would love it if you stopped by and left a nice little comment! You can get there by clicking HERE!

Thanks! Barb  :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Frosted Designs Love is in the Air Blog Hop!

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to the Frosted Designs Love is in the Air Blog Hop! I am the first stop on the hop and I am so glad you are here! This week, our challenge is to use the word LOVE on your card, layout or project! How sweet it that?! I recently picked up the new Echo Park Yours Truly Collection. I actually got it to make a few altered art projects for my daughter's Paris themed room but couldn't resist making a layout with it too!

I don't usually use pink when I do layouts that have my husband in them but I really love the way this one turned out! Would you like to win these papers so you can make your own "LOVE" layout?! Well... guess what! I am giving this set away!

This prize includes the complete Echo Park Yours Truly collection pack, Thickers white chipboard alphabet, ribbon and a package of brads!! All you have to do to be entered into the random drawing is become a follower and leave a comment! Easy Peasy!!
Also... to win one of the prize packs on the Frosted Designs Blog, you need to collect a phrase that you will email to Diana. ( The first word in the phrase is......

Your next stop is Debbie's blog and you can get there by clicking HERE!
If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list below or go to the Frosted Designs Blog! You have unitl noon (Central time) Thursday to complete the hop. If you enter a project in the challenge, you will be in the drawing for another prize! Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!
                        Barb - You are here!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Some Valentine's Love!

This week has just flown by! I have been really busy with projects but most of them can't be shared here just yet! But.... I do have a few cards I made for my daughter's for Valentine's Day. Would you like to see them?! (I know it is safe to post them here because they never check my blog!!)

The tag is hidden by the bow a bit in the photo but it says "Luv U"!

And here is my "XOXO" card!

I think they are perfect for my two oldest daughters and each card fits their personality! I will send these along with some goodies for Valentine's Day!

Would you like to win the papers I used for these cards?! Stop by tomorrow... it is the first day of the Frosted Designs Love Is In The Air Blog Hop! We will be giving away some great prizes on the Frosted Designs blog and then several of the designers are offering prizes as well! You don't want to miss it!!

And before I go, I wanted to share a few accomplishments this week!

My Winter Fun LO was featured on the Create blog this week! You can see it HERE!

And my Her Heart Belongs to Daddy LO was picked as a Top 10 on the DCWV blog. You can see it HERE!

It is always fun to create but sometimes it's nice to hear that other people like your work too!  :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Bestest Grandparents!

Happy Friday everyone! I can't believe it is February already! Where has the time gone?! I am a little happy and sad today... happy that my baby girl (who is actually  my oldest but will always be my baby!) is celebrating her 22nd birthday today! I'm a little sad because that reminds me that I am getting really old!! heehee!! Anyway.... Happy Birthday Courtney!

Now on to this week's challenge at Frosted Designs! We are challenging you to use ribbon and/or twine on your cards, layouts or project. I don't know about you but I have plenty of this laying around my office! My kids are so lucky to have such wonderful grandparents and they are truly blessed to still have all of them in their lives. Both sets of grandparents are healthy and love to do things with the kids! I found these photos of when Lauren was pretty little and we all spent the day at the zoo. For the layout I focused on my parents with Lauren and her cousins Brayden and Emmy!

The photo in the upper right is one of my all time favorites. Lauren wanted to feed the geese so bad but everytime one came near, she would be too afraid to hold her hand out. Finally, my dad went over and held her hand, assuring her that she wouldn't get bitten. Eventually she gave in and when that goose finally ate some corn out of her hand, she squealed with delight! It was such a tender moment! And I also love the photo of my mom walking with Lauren while she took her pony ride! Lauren loved having Grandma (instead of mom) walk with her! I love having these photos to document a special day!

Okay... enough about my family! Now we would love to see what you can do! Stop over at Frosted Designs to check out all the inspiration the Design Team provided and then link up your project for a chance to win this week's prize!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Kauai Layouts!

Even though we have had some amazing weather the past few weeks (70+ degrees), I am still longing to go to a beach! Last year, for spring break, we took the kids to Kauai and had the best time! So... I thought I would share a couple of layouts I created....

We actually got everyone to stand still long enough to get this family shot! Too bad Courtney and Kristin couldn't get away from their college classes to come along. We missed them not being there.

And this picture was taken one evening on the beach. Lauren and I were down playing around and started snapping a few pictures. I love her sweet smile in this photo! I really kept the layout simple. In fact, I didn't even use a title because I wanted all the attention on the photo and not on the embellishments. I think the papers worked great for the sunset!

Thanks for letting me share a few of my vacation pictures with you! I still have plenty of photos to scrap so I am sure you will be seeing more of this vacation!
Have a great week!
barb  :)
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