Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm in the Cricut Magazine!

Finally! The November issue of the Cricut magazine is now available! My "Baby Twins" layout is on page 109!!! I am over the moon excited! Having a craft project in print has been a goal of mine for awhle although I am sorry to say that I seldom submit. I finally did ... and was pleased to be accepted.  Thank you, Northridge Publishing!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday sketch and a new layout!!

This week's sketch is from Enchanting Creations Magazine. Complete your take on it and submit it to for a chance to win some goreous PION Santa II Papers .

While you're here, let me share some CT work that I did this weekend that features a photo of my Mom and 2 of my Aunts.  It is not the most flattering photo of them but I wanted to get it scrapped some time! Also, I've been wanting to do the butterflies en masse thing, so I took the opportunity to do it! Papers are from Kaiser Craft's BonJour collection, available soon at Flying Unicorn Store.  

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sweet Moments ~ SOUS Die Cut Challenge ~

Sooooo .... do you know what day it is? My favorite day of the week ... Friday! Made even more special by our Stuck on U Sketches reveal! This week it is the Die Cut team's time at bat and our lovely hostess, Nanne, has chosen "Fence" as our challenge.   So, we want to see some die cut fences from you .. on any kind of projects .. be it a layout, card, mini or altered item. The sky is the limit. The only criteria is that it be a new project.

Well, I cheated a little on mine because I had this awesome die cut paper that I have been dying to use that is cut in the shape of a fence! How could I pass this one up, right?!  So, I paired it with some yummy Webster's Pages (Country Estates) and a wedding photo (are you sick of them yet?) and away I went.

The Webster's paper has a gazebo on it and of course, I wanted for that to show because Maddie and Marcos were married under a gazebo. I split my fence and offset it to both sides. Then I added in some flowers, ribbon and a pearl flourish. I cut my favorite butterflies from Gypsy Wanderings and trimmed them with some flat-backed pearls. While I had the Gypsy on, I cut a photo mat from A Child's Year.

Here are a few close-ups:

This is another one of those pages that looks so much better IRL than on the computer monitor. It has a bit of a different look for me .. maybe it is the colors .. but I do like how it turned out. I was going to let this challenge pass without participating but I'm glad I changed my mind.

I hope that you, too, will pick up the paper and join in our challenge! If you haven't made it over to our site, please visit soon and see what all our designers have done! You will have 2 weeks to complete and upload your project. Also, please remember that you still have another week to complete last week's sketch challenge! Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Enjoy the moments ~ SOUS original Sketch ~

Happy Friday, pals and gals! This one is super special because we have another Original SOUS sketch by our very own Leah Schaeffer. Let's give her a high five! It was such a fun sketch to work from and I think that you'll love it!

Here it is again:

And here is my take on it:

I had this great new photo of  2 of my dgds to scrap and decided to have a little fun with it and with some yummy new paper by Bo Bunny called Welcome Home. (Speaking of Bo Bunny: I recently won a give-away from them and received the most gorgeous Christmas papers and embellishments in the mail. They were so generous. Thank you, Bo Bunny!)

Okay, I digress, sorry. Along with the papers I wanted to play with some of my favorite Dusty Attic pieces, the title and the lamp post. I painted the one brown and the other white, then coated it with some Rock Candy Stickles.

Here are a few close-ups.

The title piece was painted with Tattered Angels Chalkboard in Decadence.  I love this saying and will have to order more of this one!

The lamp post was simply painted with some Folk Art Warm White, then distressed with some Chestnut Roan and finally brushed with Rock Candy Stickles. I added a flower to dress it up a bit more.  Then added some beige papers where the globes are.

Here, I framed the bottom of my photo with some gorgeous ribbon from Pink Paislee. Then used one of my remaining Prima vines and added a mix of florals. The large white flower was a BoBunny flower from last years Olivia collection. The white and green flowers are Recollections and the tiny flowers are from Flying Unicorn .

Well, I will keep my post short today .. but hope that you will get a chance to play along with the sketch this time. Can't wait to see your inspiration!

Friday, October 7, 2011

SOUS Die Cut Challenge ~ TREE~

Hey, everybody! Did the week fly by for you like it did for me? Now that Fall is here, I kind of wish time would slow down a bit so I can enjoy the cooler (yet not cold) temperatures! Seems that the craft stores are all really busy with selling Fall things to decorate our homes .. and our projects. Love it!

Speaking of .. this week at Stuck on U Sketches we have another Die Cut challenge. This week it is to use a "tree." Well, I was really sweating this one because I couldn't come up with any great ideas. I have to wonder if my Cricut is now only useful for titles and flowers .. we shall see.

But as I was looking at some of my dgd Maddie's wedding photos, there was a lovely Bradford pear tree in bloom, so I got the idea to scrap one of her photos and use a tree (SYI) on my page. I also cut out a gazebo using my Freshly Picked cartridge .. but in the end simply used it as a mask instead of adhering it to the page. I used Smooch Spray that really turned out great as far as defining the gazebo shape and making the page shimmer. My photo mat was cut with the Sentimentals cartridge.

There is lots of distressssing on the page both with water as well as my Distrezz-it-all and my Distress inks. I folded back a few places to let a white doily show through. There are some paper curls at the top of the gazebo to give the illusion of trailing vines.

These yummy papers are a mix of Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride and Once Upon a Springtime. For product. I've used some Websters Pages trim and netting, Prima florals and Recollections pearls. Then I finished off my page with some small butterflies cut with my Martha Stewart punch.

Here are a few close-ups:

I think that just about wraps it up! I hope that you will visit the rest of the designers at Stuck on U Sketches and see what they have done. Then .. we hope that you will be inspired to add a tree to your project and upload it to our site. There is some awesome blog candy there .. you don't want to miss out! 

Thanks for coming by. Love that we have such a great, supportive online  community that can inspire and lift one another up. Have a fabulous weekend~

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Flying Unicorn's October Kit of the Month Reveal

October first, really? But .... the good news is that it is now time for the October kit "Pursuit of Happiness" to go on sale at Flying Unicorn online scrapbook store . And scrappers, this one was so jam-packed that I've done 5 major projects and still have stuff left over to do more, whew!

I hardly know where to start with showing you what I did with my kit because every project became my fave! But here goes ... 

"Imagine the Possibilites" .. love this page~

"Dream" ~ Did this page with my scraps!


An explosion box birthday gift for my sweet SIL. Inspired by my friend and former teamie Sandy Windsor. You can visit her at Details by Sandy.   I've wanted to make one of these for a couple of years now but needed a little push! Thanks, Sandy!

The Off the Page item this month is a TicTacToe box/board by KaiserCraft but I saw it as a window pane and went to town creating a Fall scene! Love love love how this turned out.

And lastly for today is the mini-album that I have started for my dd to keep photos of her step-daughter's baby girl, Peyton. Sorry I couldn't get a better photo of this! There are more pages but ..maybe I will share them tomorrow since this is already such a long post!

Didn't I tell you this kit is packed with endless goodies? You had better order yours today. They do not last long!

And don't forget that today marks the beginning of Scrap-o-ween at the Flying Unicorn Forum! Click on the photo on the right-hand sidebar to go directly to it in the Forum! There are daily games, weekly challenges  and a month long Amusement House. Should be tons of  fun! Hope to see you there! Also a 13% savings on all individual items in the store using coupon code SPOOK.