Monday, April 30, 2012

CKC Goodies Part II

With a weekend to play with the goodies from CKC, I've been busy creating.

My first project upon return was layout #1 that I started in the class. My first quick-fire creation wasn't cutting it. That, and I wanted to use some of my new goodies and fit a second page with more pictures. So I re-did it with the paper they gave us and some of my new stash.  The "be happy" is letterpress: get excited.

Materials: Sui Sui 12X12 Konnichiwa Paper by Basic Grey, Daisy Mae 12X12 Pb&J Paper by Echo Park, Pb&J Layered Stickers by Basic Grey. Notice that the floral vellum is layered over the floral cardstock.

Under the picture on the right page, you'll see a shadow (above). I put all of the cards from the shower into a single envelope and glued the envelope between the matted black&white pictures and the patterned paper from the class (the reversed side). The pictures are popped-up now by about 1 cm, and the cards are easily accessible. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

CKC Manchester 2012

It's CKC Machester time, and I went!

The Shopping: description and goodies

It was my first Scrapbooking conference, and it was loads of fun. Mainly for the shopping, but the people were wonderful too.  

The 2 big shopping vendors were s.e.i. Crafts and Embellish It! (class review below). Embellish It! was the ONLY vendor in the entire place to sell basic, solid Bazzill Basics cardstock. S.E.I. was having a super sale, and their stuff was superb and cheap. One place sold loads of fibers and ribbons. Another exhibitor sold inks. There were several places with just stamps. One just for washi tape. One sold October Afternoon and Amy Tangerine items. Loads of quirky places sold scrapbook die cuts. That only begins to cover it. I was there for hours.

Right at the entry to the Vendor Faire

Some of my new stash

2012 Latest and Greatest with Basic Grey: description and review

The only class I took was the 2012 Latest and Greatest with Basic Grey class. There were 100-300 people taking it. Only about a dozen of us were new students. The teacher, Shelby, was adorable and energetic. She started the class saying that people either love it or hate it.  That seemed an exaggeration to me. I loved her. The examples weren't my favorite, which was a shame, since they give you the paper pre-cut. This is what they were guiding us to create:

As you can see, the layouts were not really my style, so I kinda went my own direction based on the pictures I brought and the colors in/papers from the layouts. 

Apparently most people don't bring their own pictures. I did because a) I didn't know people didn't and b) I can't imagine making a scrapbook page without knowing which pictures I will use. For me, it's all about the pictures! It seems rather silly to me to just paste pictures on pre-made pages. That's not personal or artistic at all. But to each their own. It seemed tons of people loved it. And I would take the class again: it was a lot of fun, the women around me were delightful, funny, and super nice, and it was a real challenge to come up with 4 (ok, 3) original pages in an hour based on the papers and supplies.

So, what did I do in an hour with their pictures, supplies, and instructions? These:

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                                         4.    I didn't do this one.

I like to break the rules. More to come later!! It's nap time!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coucou ray cards

Back in February, my friend commissioned me to make her a set of my ray cards with "Coucou" on them. "Coucou" means, "hello" in French.  She is a bold, dynamic, sharply intelligent woman who's not afraid of color, patterns or life. You can get a feel for her style at her blog, La Rue Neuve

I did my best to make each card a reflection of her personality. (Hopefully, I did a good job!) There were 10 in all, but the photos were taken in a rush as they were going out the door. So, sorry! There are only 4 shown here!


The materials were from my stash. Some were modern; some really old.
Forgive the terrible quality of photos. Again, I was in a rush!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

4th of July DoublePage Layout

I'm starting to gear up for summer. Perhaps it's a bit to early, but I'm starting to plan my summer trips back home to good ol' South Carolina. Gosh, I miss the heat. And Hillbilly day's got heat. Sticky, sticky heat. Which, frankly, is what the 4th of July should feel like.

This page is a little kitschy, but so is Hillbilly Day.  

Materials: Map paper is Road Trip by Reminisce; Grid paper is Peachy Keen/Cool Cat by American Crafts; Embellishments are "American Made" by My Mind's Eye; Font is Sail; Sketch Template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership

 Note: Before my family freaks out, I should clarify that Hillbilly day and the
mountain house are in Mountain Rest. Walhalla is where my granddad grew up.

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Yesterday, Deb from My Craft Room Creations, honored me with the Liebster Blog Award. I absolutely admire her work and am honored that she chose me as one of her 5. Thank you Deb!

'Liebster' is German for 'dearest'. The award is a 'share the love' arrangement, given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here's the to-do list of any Liebster award recipient:

Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
Reveal your five blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
Copy and paste the award on your blog (see above).
Hope that those you award forward it to their favorite bloggers.

...And here is my list of award recipients:

1. Meghann- Scrapbooks: an inspiring scrapper with an obvious background in interior design.
2. Amber- Vintage: blogger, shop owner, and excellent fiber crafter who spotlights TONS of vintage shops
3. Elena- Cards: clean designs and gorgeous photos
4. Chunyuan- Cards: always beautifully done
5. Franciska- Scrapbooks: I can't understand a word she writes, but she is an amazing scrapper, photographer, crafter, and life-lover.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Crafty, Happy Easter

I hope you're having a wonderful day! We certainly have!

Mr. Handsome (i.e. Tom) and I made some appetizers, and my sister-in-law put together the rest of the the meal to allow her mother the day off. The finale consisted of a moist chocolate cake covered with sprinkles. Holidays should have happiness.

I decided to create a centerpiece of floral branches, dangling paper eggs that I cut from patterned paper with the 3 Easter Eggs pattern by Lori Whitlock. Truly, this was a super simple craft with lovely results. You can do this for any holiday or celebration as long as you have paper and an appropriate die cutting machine (or are willing to pull out your scissors).

Materials: 2 branches from flowering trees; 1 sweet tea pitcher or vase; Silhouette Cameo & the 3 Easter Eggs pattern by Lori Whitlock; baker's twine, patterned paper (I used Work in Progress by American Crafts, Sunny Sunday/Sprint Flings and Easter Things by Bella BLVD, and A Tisket a Tasket/Sprint Flings and Easter Things by Bella BLVD). Don't forget to water, or the flowers will deflate in a day!

May your spring be lovely!