Saturday, June 25, 2011

Playing with 7 Gypsies!

I've set aside my layouts for a little while and I'm having a ball playing with some other projects this week!!! First it was the Exploding Box for my Let's Scrap challenge and yesterday I played with the 7 Gypsies Printers tray I've ordered a couple of months ago!

I started with inking the sides and front of the tray with StazOn Timber Brown ink to give it a vintage feel. I decided to use Bo Bunny's Timepiece collection papers for this project, because I wanted it to be all about our little family. Some Making Memories butterflies, Stampin' Up bling, Paper Loves Glue etsy shop ribbon, making memories pin, Prima lace flowers and an altered Maya Road chipboard piece later and this is what I created:















I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this turned out!!! I was hoping for something great, and I'm not dissapointed . . . (no modesty here today!!!)


Here are a few close-ups:

































































Maybe I need to order a few more of these trays ~ they are super easy to make and loads of fun!

Have a great weekend and happy scrapping!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm HOSTING CHALLENGE 101 @ LET'S SCRAP!!!

It's my turn to host the weekly challenge at Let's Scrap this week . . . and it's a FUN one!! I'm doing a little tutorial on Exploding Boxes. If you've never made one before, then you're missing out!!! They are super easy to make and make great gifts for family and friends.

For the challenge I made a little box for Ruan to celebrate his 16th Birthday. I got a little emotional while making the box because I can't believe my baby is turning 16 already!!!

Here are some pics of my project:





















































































































I just love the end product!! I used My Mind's Eye Lime twist collection papers, stickers and die cuts!

I would love for you to come and join us this week at Let's Scrap. I have a nice prize up for grabs!! Come and play!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New photo challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles!!

It's Wednesday and my turn to host the "Capturing Everyday Miracles" challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles!

This challenge is about sharing God miracles and blessing through your camera lens. It can be anything that touches your heart and soul!! This is the place where you can share what you think God are blessing you with in the here and now!

I shared some of our holiday pictures and how each one of them showed me a different way of how God is all around us, taking care of us and loving us!! To make it each for you just click HERE to go to the SEM blog!!

I would really LOVE it if you would play along with us, sharing with us your picture!

Just click on the Inlinkz button at the end of the post to link up your photos. I can't wait to see you blessings and miracles!!

This week @ Let's Scrap!

The new sketch is up @ Let's Scrap and this one I LOVE!!!! It's a fun sketch with a wonderful border to play with!!! And let me just say how much I LOVE Echo Park Summer Day collection as well!! They worked perfectly with this layout and the pictures. The colours and patterns just shouts fun & summer!!! Here is Cheri's gorgeous sketch:










And here is what I came up with. I used pictures from my friend Mari's little boys 2nd birthday party!










Paper ~ Echo Park's Summer Days collection
Cricut used for the squares, circles and banner
Stickers ~ Echo Park
Buttons from my stash

I love how the border turned out. It works perfectly with the photos and it really gives the LO a fun feel! Here are a few close-up shots from the LO!























The DT girls really rocked this one. Hop on over to the Let's Scrap blog and check out all the gorgeous layout! We sure hope you'll play along with us this week, there is a great prize that's up for grabs! Also, check back on Friday at Let's Scrap for the DT challenge! It's my turn this week and I'm doing a little tutorial & challenge with an exploding box. They really are fun and oh-so-easy to make, and make wonderful gifts to friends and family!

See you soon!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Layouts to share!

At this stage, for some reason, I just want to scrap!!! I'm having loads of fun playing with my stash! Today I was able to complete 2 layout. For the first layout I used sketch #225 from Sketch Inspiration I wanted to do this layout for a long time and I really pleased with how it turned out! Here is the sketch:
















And here is my layout based on the sketch!
















Paper ~ Bo Bunny's Gabrielle collection
Alphas ~ American Craft and Webster Pages

The second layout is all about Monique. She recently had a photo shoot with a friend of mine and I really wanted to scrap those beautiful photos! This time I used sketch #161 from Creative Scrappers.







I altered the sketch a little bit to make it work for me! Here's my LO:









Paper ~ Bo Bunny's Vicki B. collection
Punch ~ Blue Hill
Bling ~ Cosmo Cricket
Butterfly ~ Maya Road altered with Tattered Angels glimmermist and Rangers Glossy Accent

That's it for today!! I'll be back tomorrow!

Challenge 2 is all about the little Blessings!!

Yes, it's already time for challenge 2 over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! Elizabeth wants us to look and recognize the everyday little miracles in our lives! So many came to mind ~ being healthy and happy, having a blessed marriage, beautiful children, a life full of adventures! But I wanted to scrap about our home being such a blessing to me! It's hard to find a good compound to live in here in Saudi Arabia. Housing are expensive and the good one's even more so. We were lucky to find a great compound that the company was willing to pay for!! It's such a HUGE blessing to have housing and utilities paid for by the company. It really allows us to save money for the future! And I love our home, how temporary it may be, because this is the place where we as a family live, love, laugh and grow together!! Scrap twist for challenge 2 are to use a banner and the following quote on your layout: How blessings brighten as they take their flight! - Young
Here is my layout for challenge 2!







Paper ~ Echo Park's Life is Good collection
Punch ~ Hearts from Fiskars and border punch from EK Success
Stitching ~ SewEasy stitch piecer tool and floss
Buttons ~ Basic Grey
Sticker ~ SRM
Die Cut ~ Tim Holtz

We would love for you to play along! You can upload your projects to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog to stand a chance to win a $20 GC from Ringo Craft! Good luck, and I can't wait to see the everyday miracles in your life!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quick Post to Share!

We're back after one F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S little vacation!!! I'll share pictures in a later post today to make you all drool!!! It's just so beautiful in the Maldives and we really enjoyed every moment! On to scrapping . . .

I'm late in posting this weeks Let's Scrap card sketch, but it's such a fabulous one by Debby that I still want to share it with you! Here is the sketch first and my card to follow:

















I used scraps from Bo Bunny's Sophie collection to make my friendship card! I just love the sentiment!!!

















I was in a scrappin' mood yesterday so I was checking out all the diffirent challenge blogs on the web to find one that would have a sketch/challenge that would work for me. At Creative Scrappers I found this gorgeous sketch . . .

















And at Soul Scrappers Shazza has this GREAT music/lyrics challenge using the John Farnham song "You're the Voice" . . . it's such a beautiful song that really spreaks to my heart! I used both the sketch and the song as inspiration to create a layout for Monique. It seems that my daughter is a bit lost these days and I wanted to convey to here that she's the voice of reason in her own life! Here is my layout with so close-up's!

















Paper ~ Crate Paper Portrait Collection
Flowers ~ Prima & Websters Pages
Alphas ~ Crate Paper & American Crat
Chipboard accents ~ Crate Paper
Buttons ~ Crate Paper
Brads ~ Crate Paper
Punch ~ EK Success





That's it on the scrapping front for today . . . I'll be back soon with some vacation photos!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

This week's sketch @ Let's Scrap!

I quickly wanted to share with you this weeks Let's Scrap sketch before DH and I left for a little vacation to the Maldives . . . I'm so excited!! This will be the first vacation ever that we take without our children! I'm a little nervous about that . . . 2 teenagers alone for 6 days?? Luckily we live in Saudi Arabia in a compound so not to much trouble for them to get into!!!

This weeks sketch is ideal for lots of picture . . . and with lots of pictures I really mean A LOT!!! Cheri has designed this sketch with a flip out page and a little booklet under the main photo to hold more picture and journaling. This is what this weeks sketch look like:











For my layout I did the flip out page but not the booklet! If you new to the flip out pages you can learn more about them HERE. And for the booklet you can see Michelle's tutorial HERE.

Here is my layout for this week . . . some more Korean pictures! This is all about our trip to the border between North- and South Korea! It was such an interesting experience to be standing in such a sad place. This is truly something I will never forget! The first picture is with the flip out page closed:













Paper ~ DCWV Neutral Stack
Punch ~ EK Success
Alphas ~ DCWV
Stickers ~ Crate Paper
Die Cut ~ Tim Holtz

And here the flip out page is open:











And some close-up's:























There you have it!! Now I'm off the sip fruity cocktails on the beach!! See you soon!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's our first challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracle!!!

First of all . . . THANK YOU to everyone who has HoPpEd with us to kick off this new and exciting challenge blog!! It means so much to us to have you here and to share God's blessings & miracles with each other! The blog hop winners will be announced on the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog on Wednesday!

Before we get to the first challenge, I want to share with you what you can expect to see each week on Scrapping Everyday Miracles

*** Challenges will be posted on Mondays on the 1st and 3rd Monday! We have some wonderful challenges celebrating God"s little miracle and blessings with a scrappy twist!! These are thought provoking but fun challenges!

*** Capturing God's Miracles will be up every Wednesday where the DT members will share photos they captured in that week of a everyday blessing or miracle that they witnessed! There will be a link for you to share your pictures with us as well!! I can't wait to see what God's doing in your life!!!

*** Praise Posts every Friday . . . It's the little things that can encourage someone else so much!

*** Tutorials & Techniques every 2nd Monday of the month ~ because we love to learn more about scrappy stuff!!!

*** Inspiration Posts every 4th Monday of the month. The DT will share what inspires their layouts . . . if it's a sketch, an advert, a project they've seen on-line, a song, etc!! Inspiration for scrapping projects can be found everywhere!


WOW . . . That's a lot of information!!! Now we can get to the fun part . . .

CHALLENGE 1! It's all about the Little Things!!!

We want you to focus on your own everyday miracles!!! What is an everyday miracle you ask? An everyday miracle is something maybe you would have overlooked... something maybe we havent looked at that way before... or something simple that reminds of us of how great our God is... It is that hug from God that says I'm here.... It seeing God in the simple things... everyday He has miracles all around us we just need to take the time to look!!

The scrap twist for challenge 1 is to use computer journaling and paint or mist on you project!

Please link your layout to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles
blog by June 30th.... and you could win a prize from our lovely sponsor Crafty Girl.... remember to stop by and check out all their fun products. You can win a $15 gift certificate to the Crafty Girl Craft store!!

For me the love we have for each other as a family is a everyday miracle! It's something that carries you through each day! But I want my children to understand that the love I have for them . . . unconditional love . . . comes from God! (1 John 4:7) Because of His love for me and my love for Him, I have love in abundance to give to them! For me this is so powerfull!! God's love truly is a everyday miracles if we choose to accept it in our life's!!!

















Paper & title stickers ~ Basic Grey
Tags & Heart ~ Cricut
Paint ~ Dusty Pink

Use the InLinkz link on the Scrapping Everyday Miracles
blog to show us your project and to stand a chance to win! I'm so excited to see your Everyday Miracle!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Cute Card and a Challenge!

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I had to make a card for a friend and when I stumbled across this challenge at The Paper Variety I decided to enter this one for this weeks "Tutti Fruiti" challenge! I've never used fruit on a layout or a card before . . . and we all know I'm not a great cardmaker . . . but I just had to give it a go! Here is what I came up with!

















Paper ~ Echo Parks Summer Days
Punch ~ EK Success
Twine ~ My Minds Eye
Rub off~ Kaisercraft
Cupcake cutting file ~ The Cutting Cafe
Glossy accent by Ranger

And here are the close-up's!!

























Thanks for dropping by!! Remember there is still time to hop along with us at Scrapping Everyday Miracles!! You will find lots of inspiration from the DT ladies and some great prizes!! Blog hop ends Sunday June 5th @11:59pm!