Monday, March 30, 2015

Love to Scrap is turning two!

The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog is turning TWO this month! To celebrate, we're excited to bring you our "We're Turning Two" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by AuroraWings! Come hop with us for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the AuroraWings Etsy Shop!
As you hop, collect letters at each stop and be sure to leave each designer some love. Once you have collected all the letters, unscramble them and email your guess to - then all the correct guesses will be entered into the drawing for the Aurora Wings gift certificate!
My letters are N and Y.

All of the LTSCB designers are using 'two of something' on our inspiration projects. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up a project using 'two of something' for an EXTRA entry into the drawing! **Be sure to use the same email address to email your guess and to link up your project so we can make sure you're given two entries into the drawing!**
I used the Rose Corner digital stamp from Aurora Wings for my wedding card.  This is such a pretty image and could be used on cards for so many different occasions, or even on scrapbook pages.  I colored the image with Copic markers, then cut around the outside edge of the image for a little interest.  My "two of something" are two diecut corners - one in the top left and the other on the bottom right under the image. The card front was embossed with my Cuttlebug and a dotted embossing folder and I added just a bit of clear Wink of Stella shimmer to the highlighted areas of the roses and leaves.

Here are your blog hop stops:
Brenda (you are here)

We hope you are enjoying the hop and if you get lost along the way - or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun - head over to the Love To Scrap!Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning!

Happy Hopping!

I'm also entering this card into the Sentimental Sundays challenge to use Spring flowers and a sentiment, and the anything goes challenge at The Pink Elephant challenge blog.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Grandma Lillie

My paternal grandmother passed away many years ago. She was a very shy person and didn't like having her picture taken. When I was going through some old photo boxes the other day, I found a wallet sized photo that was taken during a fund raising photo shoot at our church.  I enlarged the photo to 5x7 and created this page. (love this photo!)

Even though I don't use a lot of flowers on my pages, I thought a floral corner grouping would be a nice touch, especially with the punched eyelet border around the photo.  The green heart leaf vine is a diecut from the Cricut CTMH Artbooking cartridge.  The buttons on the tag at top left came from my Grandma's button tin.  I always loved to sort through all the buttons in that box when I was little, and that tin was passed down to me. 

This is for the March die cut challenge at Stuck On You Sketches, with a theme of "In the Garden", and is based on a sketch by Bev Code at Turtle Soup

Have a wonderful day!

Here's a card that was completely done with my Cricut Explore.  The frame is from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge, cut from flowered paper with a strip of yellow behind the heart cutouts. The sentiment was written with the Explore and a fine tip Cricut pen.  The font is Flash Thin Font from Lettering Delights.  I added a double loop bow for a little accent.

This is for the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge to use a frame.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wishing you a bright & sparkling holiday!

I know we're a lot closer to Easter than Christmas, but I just finished a card for a couple of Christmas challenges.

The background was done with the embossed resist technique, in Catherine Pooler's recent class on using dye inkpads.  The sentiment and images are from Mama Elephant's "Polar Pals" stamp and matching die set.  I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the penguins and some crystal Stickles to the snow and sky.
This is for the current "F is for Frosty" challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges; the inspiration photo challenge at Tis the Season (I was inspired by the colors of blue, white, red; and the star) and the anything goes challenge at Christmas Card Challenges.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

April showers quilt

I have a wrought iron quilt holder that holds a 12" square quilt block, and every month I change out the quilt for a monthly or seasonal one.  Since I didn't have one made for April,  I experimented with the Cricut Explore and cutting fabric.  The image is included in the Design Space subscription; it's from the Classroom - April & May cartridge.

The fabric was 100% cotton, with Heat 'n Bond Ultra ironed to the back.  The Heat 'n Bond side was placed on the regular grip Cricut mat, and the fabric was cut using the fabric setting on the dial.  The fabric cut really well; just a couple of little places where I had to snip a thread or two.  The hardest part was getting the fabric off that mat with the backing paper attached. There were a couple of places where the backing paper stuck to the mat. Next time, I'll use the Cricut spatula to help get the fabric off the mat.

After assembling and stitching the block, batting and backing together, I quilted around the image and then added a few silver sequin "raindrops" and added a little Rock Candy Distress Stickles and clear glitter to the blue raindrops, just for a little sparkle.  I'm entering this in the Die Cuttin' Divas Spring project challenge, and the Cut It Up challenge to make anything but a card, with a Spring theme.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sketch #102 is up at My Scraps & More !

It's time for a new sketch at the My Scraps & More Sketch blog!  This fabulous sketch is from Ashley Horton: 
I made my photo slightly larger than the sketch, and did groups of circles instead of single ones, but really stayed pretty true to the design of the sketch.  That's what's so great about sketches - they give you a starting point and you can work from there to fit your photos and style!  I'm not the best hand at adding paint splatters, so a few of the drops on this page ended up a little bigger than I intended, but I just added a few more small drops of white paint close to the large blue drops and it ended up okay.

Link up your page to the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog for a chance to win this month's prize:  a Basic Grey Prism collection!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Challenge #50 at Love to Scrap

Time for another "Anything Goes" challenge @ Love to Scrap!  Any theme, style, colors you wish, as long as there is at least one rubber or digital stamp used on your project.

Here's my card for the challenge, using the "Purrrfect Together" digital stamp from All Dressed Up Stamps, one of our sponsors for this challenge.

I wanted a mostly white kitten, so I just shaded around the edges with a warm grey Copic marker and then used three shades of yellow Copics on her bow.  The background paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, and then I added some pearl hearts.  The scalloped oval is a Cricut cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge.
We have three sponsors for this challenge:  All Dressed Up StampsDRS Designs,  and Leslie Turner, who is the driving force behind the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog!  Link up your creation to the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog for your chance to win one of the sponsor prizes!
I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week (use animals on a project) and the Moving Along With the Times bingo challenge (I used a diagonal row of die, image, pearls)