Sunday, May 27, 2012

Crowned Week 4

I just finished up my entry for week 4 of Scrapdango's Crowned contest and I'm pretty excited to share it. The challenge was to create a LO with song lyrics as the title. I chose Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" for this page about some fair fun. I really love how it turned out. These older papers from Frances Meyer were the perfect color and the edge distressing added just enough interest. I topped it all with some Thickers by American Crafts and tiny letters from My Little Shoebox.

The contest is winding down... Only one more week left! I'm a little worried about this last week because the challenge is issued tomorrow and is due the last day of May... which gives me about 3 days to get it done. I'm up for the challenge, though!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Recently I enetered a month-long competition at Scrapdango. The winner gets a guest DT spot. I'm currently in week 4 and competition has been fierce. The other ladies have come up with some gorgeous creations. For the first week, the challenge was to add bling to a layoout. I don't get into a lot of sparkly on my pages, but I found that glitter glue and glittery ribbon worked well on this Christmas page.

Week 2's challenge was to create something for a mother. Since Mother's Day was just around the corner, I made a mini-book of my kids and their sports for my mom. It's made out of just one sheet of patterned cardstock. The cut and fold method is called ox-plow pamphlet. I love how this one turned out and so did my mom when I gave it to her.

I had a tougher time with week 3's challenge. This time we could use no patterned paper, only solid-color cardstock, which could be altered with stamps, etc. Very hard for me as a patterned paper addict! I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out though. This one features Little Yellow Bicycle rub-ons, dry embossing, button and ribbon flowers, and a few pieces of some handmade paper I made while teaching high school.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Crafty gifts

Lately, my financial situation has dictated that I make more gifts than buy them. And that's ok with me since I love making things. So for my aunt's birthday, I made her a purse-sized journal (yes another book!) with one of my favorite classic stamps from Stampin' Up! and a birthday card with American Crafts papers. I also used this sketch challenge from Sketches4All for the card.

And because it was Mother's Day, of course I had to make mother something to celebrate the day. The card I made was also for another challenge on Sketches4All. I made a gift, too, but that will be for another post ;)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

April Sketch

J recently got braces and I thought this sketch challenge found at Sketches4All was perfect for the picture I took. I used Collage Press and Basic Grey papers along with Foofala rubons.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Teacher gifts

When I finished with my student teaching, I wanted to show my mentoring teachers my thanks with a token of appreciation. For my elementary placement, I didn't have much trouble coming up with an idea for a gift to make. I saw quite a few framed crayon monograms on pinterest and thought that would be a great gift for an elementary teacher. I printed out a big letter "C" in my favorite font, Garamond, on a pale, dusty green cardstock, spent a good hour cutting pieces of crayon in a rainbow order and glued them onto the "C." I used some Making Memories rubon letters for the name underneath.

I had a little more trouble coming up with a good idea for my secondary placement. I didn't think a crayon monogram was appropriate for a high school teacher and couldn't find much in the way of idea on the internet. I eventually decided to make a sketchbook using my Zutter binder. I purchased a drawing pad at Michaels and cut the pages to a smaller size. After decorating the chipboard covers with mostly Basic Grey Mellow, I punched and binded the covers along with the sketch paper with the Zutter binder.