Monday, March 28, 2011

Card for Mojo Monday 183

Hi, folks!

Here's my card for Mojo Monday 183.  The sketch can be found at this POST.  Do visit them for some wonderful card sketches and join in the fun!

All the patterned papers are from Crate Paper (Toybox, Emma's Shoppe);  flower is from Prima; stamp is from Technique Tuesday; Tim Holtz Distress ink; trims.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Card for Mojo Monday 182

Hello there!

Hope your weekend was great.  Or quiet.  Or just relaxing.

Here's my card for Mojo Monday 182

I like the sketch a lot!  It's simple and yet it has Oomph! and really fun to make.

I just love this Maya Road sentiment - Keep calm and carry on.  Everytime i see it, it gives me a push (sometimes big, sometimes a little) to keep going.  Here's the complete set:

That's why when i learned that it's one of the new arrivals at Made With Love, i immediately asked my sister to please, please, please head on over there and get one set for me.  Would've done it myself, but got some hyper toddlers to look after.  Thank heavens for sisters! :)

Material List:
Card base:  Kraft cardstock;
Patterned papers:  My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose - Gertie 6X6 pad;
Trim: My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose;
Stamp:  Maya Road
Ink: Versa Mark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Scrappin Studio Sunday Sketch for 6 March

Hello, folks!  It's Friday once again.  Weekend's here!  ...Uh-oh! That means Monday's just around the corner and it's back to school for the kids again.  But let's do enjoy the weekend first :)

This sketch is for Scrappin Studio's 06 March Sunday Sketch:

Here's my take for this week:

Title:  Peek-a-Boo!

It's about my baby who loves to be covered with pillows and asks us to do the "finding."  Can you tell if it's a boy or a girl?  :)

Here are the close-ups:

As you may have noticed, i've pop-dotted the pink circles on the red frame to give a tiny bit feel of the picture subject hiding :)  i've also pop-dotted under the red frame and some i've directly pasted on the yellow paper under it.  The idea actually came from an "accident" - i've removed a mistakenly-placed foam dot which lifted the yellow paper off the base.  So i "hid" it with a pink circle and the idea took off from there.  Neat accident, huh? :)

For the title, i wanted to give it some "eyes" and again foam-dotted some alphas on circles.  What's more was i ran out of space placing the title (couldn't take the alpha's off anymore, else the torn-paper scene again) and i had to do a "creative countermeasure" (the term "countermeasure" is a norm for me during my techie days, so even now i still use the word to mean "solution to the problem" hehehe! Sshhh...i even use the term when i think of how to calm my sons' tantrums harhar!)  Anyway, it's why i turned the two O's into eyes.  Can you also see the eyes on each side of the "a?"

This has been a fun sketch and would like to thank Scrappin Studio for providing this, hence giving me a chance to create another precious memory.

All the papers, embellies, everything in this layout is from the February kit Candy Shoppe.  I just love the papers in this kit!  Am finding out now how great Studio Calico combines papers and bellies in their kits.  Makes it a lot easier for newbie me to put layouts together.  Before i subscribed, i was really having a hard time, and my color-combos were really, really off!  And there are a lot of layouts that you can put together with the kit!  Another big Thank You to Studio Calico and Scrappin Studio!

Oh, by the way, it's my youngest son in the pic.

Thanks so much for looking!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Layout for My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge #21

Hi again, dear readers!

This time it's for the Layout Challenge #21 over at the MME blog. The sketch is as follows:

They have great sketches at MME!  Am a fan :)

Visit their blog to see the fabulous creations from the DT.  The Lush2 collection is exactly it - Lush!  The papers are so rich, rich, rich in texture and i just love how they feel!  Would actually feel like crying if i cut them up.  But the DTs have made great projects with the collection that would make you hasten cutting the papers up hahaha! 

Anyway, here's my humble take on their sketch.

Title:  Celebrate My 2 Boys

In the original photos, my boys were wearing red, so i opted for them to be in B&W for this layout, to match the colors of the only Stella & Rose papers that i have :)  I mainly used the Hazel papers for this, and some Gertie and Mabel, and some from the old lines.

Here're some close ups.

In this one, i've to add the (darker) 'S' to the Hattie die cut "My Boy" by writing and imitating as much as i could the style of font used.  I've actually cut out the phrase from a bigger diecut with lovely doily-like patterns around it as i couldn't make the color, although blue, connect with the rest of the papers that i used.  I then layered it on some papers and used the frame from the "Silly-Playful-Happy" diecut/title that is in the middle.

Also in the above photo, you might notice i've also randomly pop-dotted some circles i've cut from the Hazel Lovely Adorned paper.  This is mainly to cover the white space in between the doily paper i used as border; at the same time to give dimension and some layers to this area.  Plus, great practice for fussy-cutting too hahaha!

Here's another fun thing i did.  i wanted to somehow incorporate the word "celebrate" in the layout, but i don't have the proper font or color or alphas available.  Can you guess where i took the "celebrate" letters from? :) 

Yes,  it's from the label "Stella and Rose" on these lovely-lovely papers!

I've cut part of the "o" from "Rose" to form a "c." Then i took an "o" from "Rose" on another paper and glued it on one of the "l's" in "Stella" to make the "b."  Put them all together and so i got to "celebrate," and i really did feel like celebrating once i put them all together (done in the wee hours of Wednesday morning).  It's like Tim Gunn's "Make it work" moments :)

In the photo below, is another story.  i've initially wanted to mat the photos on tags.  But when i was putting them together, i felt like they were loose on the page. Being a newbie, i grappled how to go around it - arranged and re-arranged everything.  So i thought to and told myself that this doesn't have to be an award-winning, prize-topping layout (although 3 collections from MME would be a lovely birthday gift!).  And from then, i relaxed and just had fun with it. 

And so came the idea for the t-shirts! Hahaha! i folded the ribbons down to where i covered the staple with a piece of paper, and voila! --- a collar! Then i added a strip of paper on each side to form the sleeves.  I find them cute and so apt for my boys.  The shirt-tags look like they're hanging on a closet, ready to be worn.

Have misted parts of the paper using stencil pattern that i thought matched one of the Hazel papers (the Mother "Ledger" paper), although i didn't get to use it in this LO.

Material List:
Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Hazel, Gertie, Mabel
Titles/Die cuts: Stella & Rose Hattie, Mabel; Quite Contrary; So Sophie
Distress Ink: Tim Holtz
Glimmer Mist, Screen:  Tattered Angels
Kraft Cardstock

I definitely had fun with this layout and would like to say a big THANK YOU! to My Mind's Eye for providing such a wonderful sketch.  This challenge has taught me so much how to work with what i have on hand.  Love-love-love MME!

Would love to hear what you think about the LO.  Comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Thanks for looking!


Card for My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge #21

Hi, dear readers!

This is for Card Challenge #21 over at the My Mind's Eye blog.  The sketch is as follows:
I love MME's sketches!  Am a newbie at cardmaking and scrapbooking, but i find great inspiration from their sketches.  More importantly, they give me a chance to create something...very nice (for cards)  ...and (for scrapbooking) a chance to document moments in my wee life in a manner that is very pleasing to the eye (or my eye, at least; heehee!).

This is my second time to join the MME challenge.  Quite frankly, after the winners were announced for the previous challenge, i can't wait to see the what the next sketch is.  Am always visiting their blog. Daily. Ok, like several times a day :)

So here's my li'l ol' card:

The papers are from the Stella & Rose Hattie collection, from a 6x6 pad.  The 12x12 version of these papers are so gorgeous and has very nice texture!  When i was at my LSS, i didn't know which collection to get first.  I actually wanted them all (but the wallet couldn't quite agree harhar!), so i opted for the Hattie pad, thinking the colors would be great for my two boys.  The patterns are very nice!  The card looks a bit masculine, with respect to the color combo, but the doily patterns somehow take that effect off a bit.

Some close-ups.  Here's a view from the side.  I love the effect of these doily patterns on top of the other :)

Another view of the front.  The big circle, big doily, small doily all pop-dotted on top of each other.  I wanted to put tiny blings on the centers of the middle doily line, but ran out of MME blings with the color i wanted :) but am pleased how it turned out :)

Material list:
Patterned papers:  MME Stella & Rose Hattie Collection (6x6 pad);
Bling: MME Fine and Dandy True Blue bling
Sentiment stamp:  Inkadinkado
Card base: Bazill cardstock

Would like to know what you think.  Suggestions are most welcome  :)

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Card for Mojo Monday 181

Hi, dear readers!

How's your weekend going so far? Great, i hope.

Am back again after non-scrapping for several, several days, and it felt like it's been way too long.  Been sick for some days and well, life happens :)

Anyway, am glad to be able to do this card for the Mojo Monday blog.  It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's contest time!  The sketch can be found at this POST.  They always have inspiring sketches that make me want to do every card available :)

And so, here's my humble card:

Here are some close-ups:

The flowers are actually light blue in color and in a different hue from the pattern pallete so i inked it white with VersaColor to somehow make a match.

All patterned papers are from the Prima Madeleine collection and are from the 6x6 paper stack.  The 12x12 version of these papers and all the other collections are so gorgeous!  Also from Prima are the blings, the flowers, and the stamp.  Cardstock is from Bazill; puncher is from Martha Stewart.

There's a prize in store with the first sketch of every month and i can only hope (hope, hope, hope!) to partake of it (shy smile) one day - fabulous stamps!  There are so many wonderfully gorgeous cards submitted everytime and that just shows how there are lots of very talented cardmakers out there.  And that's a great thing!

Thanks for looking!