Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CASE Study #124, CAS-ual Fridays #86, The Paper Players#129

I'm getting kinda spoiled...My husband had an early day last week, and he also came home early yesterday.  Both days he worked on math with the girls (story problems - not my thing), freeing up a couple of hours for me in the afternoon.  So, of course I was sitting by my desk making some cards.  Yesterday, as I was sitting there, he came up to me as he was walking through to the kitchen and says playfully "Are you enjoying yourself?"  I was like,"Yes, I am...thanks for asking." :) 
Here is one of the cards I worked on yesterday...

This week's inspiration from the January muse, Amber Kemp-Gerstel, over at CASE Study:

Plus the current challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays:

...and this sketch from The Paper Players:

Equals this card from me:

This card was so quick and easy.....unlike story problems.  Honestly, I maybe able to figure a story problem out, but don't expect me to explain to someone how I got my answer :)

The card, however, is pretty self explanatory.  So much so, in fact...I will just leave you with the supply list:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Whisper White)
Stamps - Stampin' Up! (Birthdays Count); Fancy Pants (Summer Soire)   
Ink: Stampin' Up! (Rose Romance/Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana/Summer Sun, Basic Grey)
Ribbon - Stampin' Up! (Certainly Celery Grograin, White Organdy)
Rhinestones - Stampin' Up!
Tag & Sticker - American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Neapolitan)
Baker's Twine - Bloomerie (Etsy Shop)
Button - Unknown

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Monday, January 21, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch! #11, Tuesday Trigger: Sweet Dreams

More challenges!  I wish I had something more interesting to blog about, but, nope.  This is as interesting as I get, folks....

This week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

Plus the current Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World:

Equals this card from me:

I couldn't get this die out of my mind when I saw the sketch.  I know it's a bit over sized, but I think that I made it work.  We won't talk about an envelope, though...maybe this will just be hand delivered :)

I feel like I'm using this color combo a lot, lately.  Not only does it keep coming up in challenges, but it seems like the majority of any new products I buy has at least one of these colors.  I'm not complaining, though...I really like them!

Supply List:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Baja Breeze, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White)
Stamp - Stampin' Up! (Best Yet)
Ink - Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso)
Patterned Paper - Lily Bee Design (All Spice 6x6 pad)
Die Cut Accent - Colorbok (Antique Paperie)
Die - Stampin' Up! (Lattice)
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug (Cane Back Chair)

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Retro Sketches #47, Dynamic Duos # 37, Inkspirational Challenges #4

This week's sketch from Retro Sketches:

Plus these colors from Dynamic Duos:

...and this challenge from Inkspirational Challenges:

I didn't do a full CASE of this card, but I was inspired by the strip being a 'negative' element, and so that is what I incorporated into my card...

Equals this card from me:

Super dark/overcast day today, so.... not very great photographs.

I love it when I'm browsing challenges, and some of them just seem to fit together perfectly.  I don't really have to do any thinking...it just all falls together.  I do admit, that I don't always love the results, but at least I didn't waste a whole lot of time on it...ya know?  There's nothing worse than spending a ridiculous amount of time on a project, and hating the outcome.

Supply List:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Whisper White, Basic Black)
Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up (6x6 Designer Series Paper - Ruby Red)
Stamps - Stampin' Up! (Fabulous Florals); Heidi Swapp ( i love you)
Ink - Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red, Basic Black)
Punches - Stampin' Up! (Curly Label, 1/2 inch hole, border,corner)
Rhinestones - Stampin' Up!
Button - Making Memories
Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Embroidery Floss - unknown

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Runway Inspired #27, The Paper Players #128, Unscripted Sketches #193

Couldn't pass up participating in these....

This week's inspiration from Runway Inspired Challenges:

Plus these colors from The Paper Players:

Base on this sketch from Unscripted Sketches:

Equals this card from me:

I used a blender pen and ink pads to color in the flower stamps, it gives it kind of a water color look.  I'm sure I'm not the first one to come up with this technique...but I started doing it any time I didn't have a marker in the color that I needed.

I once again combined inks, this time to come up with a color close to Daffodil Delight.  I inked up with More Mustard, tapped it off once on scratch paper, than tapped it onto Barely Banana.  Not as close to the real color as I would have liked, but it worked.  It probably would have been closer if I had used So Saffron, but I can't find mine.  I'm sure my 2 year old knows something about that.....

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!:

Cardstock - Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Stamps - The Art of Life, It's Your Birthday
Ink - Basic Grey, Pacific Point, Early Espresso, Barely Banana, More Mustard

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Colour Q #172, Retro Sketches #46

Yay, another post!! I am REALLY trying to get into a routine, so that I can make time for challenges.  I do enjoy it so much, and it gives me the kick in the butt that I need to actually use my supplies :)

This week's colors from ColourQ:

Plus the current sketch from Retro Sketches:

Equals this card from me:

I was super excited to use a couple of stamps that I love, yet hardly ever use.  The flourishes are probably one of my favorite sets, except I have a hard time incorporating them into projects.  I was glad that I thought of this set right away when I saw the color inspiration photo.

I don't have most of the specific colors from the color challenge.  So, I used More Mustard, Pink Passion, and for the Poppy Parade ink (I had a small piece of cardstock) ....I stamped on Tangerine Tango first, and then tapped it onto Real Red.  I think the color came out pretty close.

Supply List (all supplies are Stampin' Up!):
cardstock - Basic Grey, More Mustard, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
ink - Pink Passion, More Mustard, Basic Grey, Real Red, Tangerine Tango
stamps - Triple Treat Flower, Finest Flourishes
embossing folders - Perfect Polka Dot, Square Lattice
other - rhinestones, rub on

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Monday, January 14, 2013

CR84FN #70

Just a quick card to share today. I went on an impromptu trip to JoAnn's with my MIL and SIL, and got a new embossing folder, and some Spellbinders dies. So, of course I had to make some time last night to play with my new toys :) I didn't take a lot of time to browse the challenges, so I'm just linking up to one blog today...

This week's colors from CR84FN:

My card:

I probably should have used a different color for my 'aqua' color...this is what happens when you create things in low light.  This morning, when I went to photograph it...I noticed in the natural light that Marina Mist is more blue than aqua, and I probably should have gone with Baja Breeze, or maybe Soft Sky. But, I had fun with my new tools, so that's all that really matters, right? :)

Here is my full Supply List:
Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Marina Mist, Whisper White, Crumb Cake)
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye (Lost and Found 2)
Stamps - Stampin' Up! (Birthdays Count)
Ink - Stampin' Up! (Crumb Cake)
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug (Cane Back Chair)
Die - Spellbinders (Fancy Tags Three)
Border Punch - Fiskars
Die Cuts - Colorbok (Antique Paperie)
Button - Making Memories
Baker's Twine - Bloomerie (Etsy Shop)
Other - Stampin' Up! (Pearls, ribbon)

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

CASE Study #123, Mojo Monday #275, CAS-ual Fridays #85

I have 2 cards to share, both inspired by....

This week's inspiration from the January muse, Amber Kemp-Gerstel, over at CASE Study:

The reason why there is 2, is because I was making a card for combined challenges from CASE Study, and Mojo Monday.  I messed up my stamping a few times, and then decided to use one of the cast offs to submit for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

This Week's sketch from Mojo Monday:

Card #1:
Most of the products on this card are from the February 2011 MemoryWorks Express kit.  I have quite a bit of it left over...I just don't really make Valentine's themed projects. Here is the break down by manufacturer..,

Supply List:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Whisper White, Close to Cocoa)
Stamps - Stampin' Up! (All About U)
Ink - Stampin' Up! (Rose Romance, Close to Cocoa)
Patterned Paper - Fancy Pants (Love Birds); Pink Paisley (Pretty Lace)
Punches - Stampin' Up!(small heart, ticket corner, 1/2 inch circle)
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up! (Vintage Wallpaper)
Ribbon - American Crafts (pink); Stampin' Up! (taupe)
Letter Sticker - American Crafts (Patchwork)
rhinestone - Stampin' Up!

This week's challenge from CAS-ual Fridays:

Card #2:

Can you tell what I did wrong so I was unable to use this for my first card?  I started stamping the hearts too high :)  So, I set that piece of white cardstock aside. I went back to it later and made this.

Supply List:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler)
Stamps - Stampin' Up! (All About U); Heidi Swapp (you)
Ink - Stampin' Up! (Rose Romance, Close To Cocoa)
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up! (Vintage Wallpaper)
Rhinestones - Stampin' Up!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Creative Scrappers #241

I'm getting there...2 more pages to do in Oliver's 2 yr. album, then I'm moving on to Owen's 6 yr. album.  My goal is to get that one finished within a couple of months, so that I can finally finish poor Oskar's baby book.  Anyway, here is the inspiration for today's page....

My page:

Supply List:
Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Whisper White, Ballet Blue)
Patterned Paper - Die Cuts with a View (All About Boys: orange star, plaid, square polka, blue fleur de lis); The Paper Studio (solid green polka)
Stickers - The Paper Studio (100% Boy, A Boy's World)
Letters - American Crafts
Brads - American Crafts
Baker's Twine - Bloomerie (Etsy Shop)
Buttons - Unknown
Journaler - Stampin' Up! (Close to Cocoa)

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Giddy Up! : Stuck Sketches

I'm on a roll!  It won't last long, though, I'm sure....as we will be starting school back up next week.  I actually am anxious to get back to it, I just wish there were a few more hours in the day! I'm still trying to finish up my son, Oliver's 2 year book....it's almost done.  Just a few more pages to go.  I used a sketch from  Stuck Sketches to do the page I'm sharing today...

The sketch:

My page:

Obviously, my page is 8.5 x 11, so the first thing I usually do is eliminate white space. Most of the time I have to change the placement of the title and journaling, too. Here is what I used....

Supply List:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White)
Patterned Paper - Die Cuts With a View (All About Boys - green polka dot/stars); The Paper Studio (notebook, solid green/polka dot)
Stickers - The Paper Studio (100% Boy, A Boy's World)
Rub-Ons - Fancy Pants (Boy Phrases)
Brads - American Crafts (silver); Queen & Co. (colored)
Punches - Stampin' Up! (corner punch); EK Success (border bunch)
Letter Stickers - Lily Bee Design (All Spice)

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

CASE Study #122, CR84FN #69, and Papertake Weekly

If you're looking for the MemoryWorks Design Team Intro Blog Hop, you can find that post here.

Two weeks off from school means a little more time for me creatively. I know that's probably the opposite of what most people say, but seeing as I homeschool....this is what's true for me :) Sometimes it's nice to forget about things that need to be done around the house, and sit down to make something beautiful.  I knew right away it wouldn't take me long to make a card after seeing the current challenge from the CASE Study Blog, and things just fell together after finding the perfect colors from CR84FN. So, let's get on with it......

This week's inspiration from the December muse, Windy Robinson, from over at CASE Study:

Plus these colors from CR84FN:

Plus the Anything Goes challenge going on over at Papertake Weekly Challenges....

Equals this card from me:

I've had these flowers from Prima for awhile.  I bought 3 different varieties, because I just HAD to have them when they came out, then I never used them for anything. Soon after I bought them I figured out that I'm just not a Shabby Chic kinda girl. But, I busted them out for this card, and layered a whole lot of them together (gotta use 'em up!). 

I think I just might make several of these cards with different colored flowers, and a variety of sentiments...it seems to be a good way to diminish my flower stash :)  Anyhow....

Supply List:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (Whisper White)
Patterned Paper - Lily Bee Design (Allspice)
Flowers - Prima (Baby Girl)
Leaves - Prima (Artful Leaves)
Rhinestones - Stampin' Up!
Stamp - Stampin' Up! (Whimsical Words)
Corner Punch - Stampin' Up! (Ticket Corner)
Ribbon - JoAnn's Fabrics
Twine - Bloomerie (Etsy Shop)
Buttons - unknown

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Team Intro Blog Hop

Hi! My name is Kelly Holbrook, and I'm from Homer, MI.  I am 33 years old, have been married for 12 years, and have 5 awesome kids.  I am a stay at home mom, but I also homeschool 3 of  my 5 kids.  When I am not busy with that or scrapbooking, I also enjoy knitting, running, and photography.  I have been scrapbooking since 1998, and a MemoryWorks Consultant since 2006.  I would describe my scrapbooking style as Clean Lines/Eclectic.  I scrap 8.5 x 11, and I usually like to include at least 2 photos per page.  My go to supplies are tools, my favorites being punches, and embossing folders.  My favorite MemoryWorks brands are Lily Bee Design, Jenni Bowlin, and Simple Stories.  This is my 3rd year as a TeamWorks member, and I'm super excited about 2013!

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the 2013 Team-Works Intro Blog Hop...it promises to be another great year! If you are just joining us, be sure to go back and start at the MemoryWorks Blog....and if you get lost along the way, there is a Blog Hop Map at the end of this post. If you're right where you need to be, then I am excited to share with you some of my projects using some Simple Stories, and Lily Bee Design products.

You are Beautiful to me:

Simple Stories Fab{U}lous collection

Beautiful Girl:

Simiple Stories Fab{U}lous collection
Both of the previous layouts were done in under 15 minutes.  I love how the Simple Stories lines make it so easy to layer things together quickly, yet still have eye catching results...and with so many quick title options.


Lily Bee Design Allspice collection
I used the 6x6 paper pad  for this card. LOVE 6x6 pads :)

2.5 inch Office Binder:

Lily Bee Design Allspice collection
I make a lot of albums...so to save money, I always alter binders. Not only is it cheaper, but it also make them more personalized. It is also the main reason why I scrap 8.5x11.

That's it, I hope you enjoy meeting the rest of the team...

...and you're off to Cathie's blog!

 Blog Hop Map:
 MemoryWorks Blog  {start HERE}
Jenn Bidwell-Edwardson {you were HERE}
Kelly Holbrook { you are HERE}
Cathie Hollins  { go HERE next}

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