Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happiness is...

Another layout scrapped!

Happiness is also a WHOLE ENTIRE COMPLETE summer alone with Mr B at our cottage in Canada! We had a few visitors, but mostly we enjoyed each other's company exclusively. And it was a stellar summer!! Hot, (doors and windows open night and day) NO mosquitoes and very little rain!! I'm pretty sure it doesn't get any better than this!

This photo on this layout is not from this summer but it perfectly sums up how I feel about this summer. Happy. Content. Satisfied. Together.
I did this layout for a few different challenges. For a challenge to use "Happiness is" at the Love is in the Details summer online crop, and for the Paper Secrets Rahel Menig scraplift challenge, as well as the Bird is the Word challenge to use the word "Share" and finally for ScrapFit's weekend warm-up #14 challenge to use buttons!

Thanks for stopping by! We're packing up the cottage this week, but not just for the winter. For TEAR DOWN! Finally! Hoping to be rebuilding this winter and back here next summer to enjoy running water and mouse-free living after 10 years! And of course cruises on the lake on the paddle boat.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Guest designer!

I'm honored and excited to have been asked to be a guest designer this week at Colorful Creations!

This challenge blog is one of the most active and dynamic sites I've come across! You definitely want to go check them out and dive in and play along too!!

Here's the sketch I worked with

And the resulting LO. I used some of the new Audrey line from My Little Shoebox for this layout. It's so sweet and soft and wonderful to work with!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

What have I been doing out here at the cottage, all alone you ask?

Well, let me show you!!

This one was done for a challenge at Love is in the Details - to use something from nature as a mask, and using a Monday Mixer sketch challenge at Colorful Creations. The photo was one from a hike through Muir Woods Redwood forest in Northern CA.

This LO captures a bit of both things I've been able to do lately! Scrap and read to my hearts content!! Need to reduce that stack if I think I can buy any more books with a clear conscience!! The masking was done using a Bella Blvd chipboard letter set, with all the alphas punched out, of course. I did this layout for one of the summer online crop challenges at LiitD - to use at least 2 or more techniques on a layout - in this case, the misting, inking, sewing and splatting.

And another challenge at Colorful Creations. This one to do 2 do-it-yourself embellishments. In this case, the tissue paper flower (7 Gypsies), and the canvas clouds(Claudine Hellmuth Ranger Inc sticky back canvas and My Mind's Eye paper).

Thanks for stopping by to check up on me; I know you've been worried! The bears have been poking around but so far we haven't had to have a showdown!

Monday, September 12, 2011

So, yeah...

I've been making some cards. Cards are such nice little canvases to combine pretty things on, don'cha think? These are mostly for some challenges over at Love is in the Details. The added b0nus is a fresh stash of cards for various occasions!

This one is using one of my singed satin flowers I've been making like cray zee.

And a bicycle stamp card (SO many cute bicycle stamps out there right now.)

Here's a cute masculine birthday card.

I'm loving the stained wrinkled seam binding ribbon lately too!!

And finally this thinking of you card that meets the challenge of using a bird and a swirl stamp as well as (some more of that nice) ribbon and bling.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've seen something to inspire some paper crafting of your own!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Some Moxie Fab!

This was the Tuesday trigger at Moxie Fab this week and the colors just hung on to me all week! How could they not really, sitting out here, surrounded by blue water and sky and green forest?You'd think I'd be getting tired of it already, but I'm not!

And I used this card sketch from Card Patterns for some more inspo.

All this great inspo, and this card pretty much made itself!
The papers are Basic Grey and Studio Calico, the flowers, leaves and frame are Prima; I misted the blue 7Gypsies ribbon with Atmosphere Mr Huey; the alphas are Bella Blvd and I totally forget where I got the green trim from. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Challenge Day!!

Head on over to Crop Suey to get your inspo for the September challenge! This month we're prompting you to use your numbers. Get all algebraic on us!

My layout is done using two photos of my boys, an attempt to duplicated a photo taken many years ago. 1996. In a campground on Prince Edward Island. And 2011. At our cottage in Ontario. Many things have changed but the jammy face is still the same!

Don't forget to link up your LO at Crop Suey, for a chance to win some fabulous shwag!!