Laurel's Sassy Ipodabella Card
Sparkle's Yummilicious Watermelon Card
Sue's Sweet Mother's Day Card
Jenn's Lovely Thinking of You Card
My Sample :
I added in some bamboo as well. Papers and stickease from BFF paper pack and also a sheet of retired Cozy B&T. Lots of embellies just here and there, I think everything on here is CTMH. I love these close ups of Caitie and her messy face and journaled about how she always manages to look cute whether she's dirty or clean, her hair done up or still crazy.
And here's my card for the Hanna challenge. I was pretty obsessed with doing this one, not only because you can possibly win a free set, but mostly because I hadn't played with my Hannas in a long while. This Hanna is my favorite! I really like how this card came out too, it's the first time I haven't pieced her outfit with this stamp set. CTMH CS used, the colors are Blush, Holiday Red, Ocean, and Breeze. The challenge was to use three colors (I forget the SU names), and Blush and Holiday Red (or Cranberry, it looked pretty close in the pics) fit pretty perfect but the blue seemed right inbetween breeze and ocean so I just put them both. Spot on Backgrounds used for the background red on blush and Friendship Wordpuzzle for the flower center. The blue flower is by doodlebug, the pink by prima and the ribbon by CTMH. Hanna colored with CTMH markers and highlighted with the white gel pen.
Here's the card I made with the image Linda sent me while she was my SS. I thought it was so pretty but really hadn't a clue what to do with it for the longest time. So I decided to just start by coloring it. Colors were Spring Iris, Lilac Mist, Amethyst, Kiwi, and Key Lime. Then the rest just seemed to fall together. It made a pretty large card, 6x6, but also gave me a chance to use the Spring Beauty Mother's Day sentiment which is pretty long itself. Everything but the image is CTMH.
And this one was to use the scraps that have been sitting in my cubby slot that I use to hold my stamp scrubber and foam pad. They kept getting in the way so I finally decided to just use them up. I'm not quite feeling it with this card, probably because it was made after my mojo was already used up on the others, but at least the scraps got used and it's fairly cute ^_~. Besides, I can always use more thank you cards. So these three cards were what I was up to before I got Sparkle's email and went 'oops!'. Not an hour later I also got one from Jena warning me of the search party on the CTMH forums for the color challenge, lol. And here I thought my color challenges weren't really a big deal!
Lattebella for the BCC24 challenge - Colors are Ocean, Baby Pink, and Watermelon. I was worried when I was coloring her that she wouldn't come out right since the colors looked really really dark while I was coloring, but she dried just fine :D I highlighted her with the white gel pen and this time tried shadowing around with the marker. Stamps used were Spot on Backgrounds and Cottage Floral. The sentiment was printed from my computer using CAC Pinafore.
Ipodabella done for the BCC23 - Clover Meadow, Heavenly Blue, Star Spangled Blue; and the BSC24 Sketch challenge. I did a Sophie than a Riley with this sketch and finally did a bella for the challenge, lol. Prisma glitter on her jacket, purse, and ipod. Both of my images for these cards were RAKs from Sparkle ^_~. And if you didn't already know, she hosts the Bella color challenges on SCS in the bella forum. Come check it out and play!
Using some retired CTMH B&T. Colors are Clover Meadow, Sunflower, and Black. Riley colored in with CTMH markers and then highlighted with a white gel pen. Accents are a silver hinge and then the square brads. Pretty simple, the best part was coloring in Mr. Moose ^_~
And here's one of my catching up bella cards. Done for both the Bella Color Challenge #22 and Bella sketch challenge #23. Friendship Blessings stamp set used and Gardenbella. Frosty gold big eyelets with some simple dotted pink organdy for embellies. So that's what I finished up with tonight. Well, I also finished coloring in another Riley (the one roasting marshmallows) but I don't have time to make another card before bed time ^_~.
Audrey thinking the goodies in the box are for her ^_~. Thank you so much, Sparkle!! (Can you tell I can't say it enough)
Sparkle's Lovely Mother's Day Card
Marcia's Distressed Flower Card
Jaime's Sweet Snail Mail Card
Sue's Fun Balloonbella Card
Jena's Mom Layout
Mary's Road Trip Layout
My example :
Stamps used were Spot on Backgrounds and Paradise. Lots of distressing on this card - sanding, scoring, ink distressing, tearing, and edge distressing. The glasses were stamped in barn red and colored in using my blending pen and ink pads. Have fun playing!
Monday night I received some blog candy that I had won on Diana's blog, one of my SBS4 sisters. It was a treat to get this card a little stamp set in the mail since I had totally forgotten about winning anything on her blog. I had started organizing my scrap stuff for the gazillionith time. If I'm not playing with my scrap stuff, I'm organizing it, and it was wonderful to take a break from that to open this envelope and receive some fun snail mail.
Wednesday I was in for a definite surprise. Sparkle, who has this knack for always cheering me up, sent me this adorable bella card which I love. It smells delicious, scented with coffee! I'm more of a tea girl when it comes to actual drinks, but I LOVE the smell of coffee. I go down the aisle at the grocery store just to breathe in that wonderfully enticing aroma. Coffee flavored chocolates are also a fav. She also sent me some cute Riley images which are PERFECT for my BIL, who I have the hardest time making cards for. But he loves moose, is an avid camper/hunter/outdoors man, so these are just perfect! I really need to check out the Hanna site again since I haven't been there in ages to see all the cute new stuff and make another wish list, lol. I know they have a ton of stuff I want just from seeing all the adorable creations Sparkle makes with them. She also sent me some lattebella images! She's been on my list of to gets since she came out. Her and yogabella, and well a lot of others, lol. Wednesdays are my long days because they are Paul's long days and I'm home all...... day....... long....... alone with the kids....... without a car. It was particularly tough this week since Caitlyn is out of school for teacher's training, so she was going crazy not having school all week. I was so surprised to see an envelope from Sparkle in the mail that evening and after reading the note she left me in the card it turned my bad day into a good one. In fact, I felt so much better that I made this layout despite all my stuff not being finished organized (trust me this just does not happen, ask my hubby, lol). I used life delights and Pammie's #4 OOYB challenge for the inspiration. The title was reminiscent of how I felt after reading Sparkle's card.
And then yesterday I got this sweet thank you card in the mail from Alison, one of my SBS4 sisters that I sent a birthday card to earlier this month. The paper is so fun and I've never seen one of these little sparkle things she has in the middle of her flower before. It looks like a sticker, but it has a thin metal rim around the edge.
I know I usually post things sooner and post more often, but I haven't been on my computer the past couple days. It's actually been rather nice. Last year April it was common for me to only get online once a week. Of course I didn't have my blog back then, or visit any forums, or even surf. It's easy to get drawn into using a computer every day, and it's very refreshing to have it off for a couple days. It might become habit with this nice weather. We've gone to the water park twice this week already and it's only April. I've read another novel... I didn't like it through almost the entire thing, but the ending made up for it all, lol. I've already started another and have Twilight to read after that. It's been so nice to get back into reading again. I sit on the swing outside with my cup of chai tea and read my book while the girls play. The weather has been up and down but good for the most part so we spend a lot of time out doors now. Evenings have been exhausting since I spend most of that time cleaning up instead of trying to fit it in during the day, so creating has not only taken the backburner to my organizing, but ordinary chores as well. Hopefully that will change soon as I get back into the swing of things. I've finished cleaning out most everything now and ended up with three big bags of stuff to be donated. We'll probably drop them off tomorrow and then I'll feel normal again. Or at least as normal as I can be, lol.
Sparkle's Cute Monkey Card
Jenn's Fun Hippo Card
Sue's Pretty Flower Card
Jena's Adorable Bed Head Layout
My sample :
Uses Nursery Bash and Spot on Backgrounds stamps (just for the dotted elephant). I paper pieced all the elephants mostly because I wanted them to come out pretty solid and bright, but I don't have the markers and my colored pencils didn't quite match the way I wanted. I darkened their ears and toes with pencils then outlined them in gray for a little depth. I used my white gel pen to highlight the ballon which was also pieced from CS. Pink background is embossed with the Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots folder and rickrack is from the Creative Basics packet.
And I've been fine and around the past half week in case anyone was wondering. Thursday and Friday I was making these cute Bella swap cards.
I had to make 21 of these. I was putting them off and putting them off, lol. I signed up to do this CTMH/Bella swap in January and they are due at the end of this month. It's a good thing I procrastinated though, since I got to use up some of these cute Creative Basics papers that come out in May in the summer CTMH catty. It comes with 8 double sided papers each of 2 designs and 8 yards of rick rack. I don't really have a lot of use for 8 of the same paper so it was perfect to use for these swap cards. Now I just have a few sheets of each design ^_~. I only used a scrap of Olive CS and 1 sheet + a scrap of Buttercup CS and the rest was all creative basics papers (one side is patterned the other side is plain). I wanted them to be cute but simple enough for me to not go crazy having to make them. Coloring was what took the longest. Coloring one bella is fine and I have fun with that. Coloring 21 is another story, lol.
And the past few days I've been on an organization kick. Usually I get the urge to purge every 3-5 weeks but I haven't since January and now I'm going crazy going through every room one by one and purging, reorganizing, and deep cleaning, lol. Yesterday is was our bathroom, the day before the girl's bathroom. Today I'm thinking I'll finish cleaning out my computer armoire which I started the other day and did the bulk of. Once I get into what my hubby likes to call my 'nesting' mood (No, I'm not pregnant!! Thank goodness, lol!), there's really nothing else on my mind but that so you won't see much if anything on my blog until I've satisfied my purging/organizing urge. ^_~
Sue's Adorable Jungle Card
Jenn's Sweet Cottage Floral Card
Sparkle's Super Cute Gator Card
Uses the Mixing Elements Cherish layout. I haven't used my Cherish in forever and I remembered that it had more layouts for lots of pics. This layout has 10 pictures and I had a really hard time trying to decide what to do with them. They are interesting pictures but not my favorite, lol. I kept it simple since there are so many photos. A quick but fun layout. Certain pictures are numbered and their captions make up the journaling on the right side of the right page.
This one uses CTMH papers and a Pagemaps (book) layout. I used some of those cute sparkle stickers from Linda, who was my SBS4 secret sister; CTMH ribbon and a scrap of some really, really old ribbon I had, lol; Rusty Pickle chipboard letters covered in the pattern paper, CTMH flowers, buttons, and brads; a sheet of floral vellum (you can't see it in the picture, it's the inside of the stitched square); and lavendar embroidery floss. This was the first layout I did. I was feeling like doing a baby page and these photos were already out. I had originally planned to use some more of the spring making memories papers, which is why the photos were still out, but opted to use the sugar and spice scraps I had instead.
by Emily Perl Kingsley
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting. After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says,
"Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy." But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.
I thought I'd open with the story that's in the layout. With Caitlyn her learning disabilities weren't something we found out as soon as she was born. Instead of hours later, it was a couple years before we noticed that she was different. It was difficult to accept and still is. I worry for her even though she's very functional. She's bright and funny, but has trouble comprehending things... sometimes simple things too. And even with Audrey being right on track where Caitlyn wasn't, and already catching up to her as far as speech and cognitive ablilties go, I love my Caitie just as much just the way she is. Audrey is Italy... Caitlyn is Holland... they are each beautiful in their own ways, and I'm blessed to have them both.
The layout used a modge podge of products: Mind's Eye paper and Transparency; Making Memories Papers, stickers, felt flowers, and die cuts; CTMH CS, stamps, brads, buttons, and flowers; and Primas. I also used another page maps book layout. The large body of text is actually where another picture is supposed to go in the design. A fun layout for me to do with all the cheery, bright colors, and one that let me express some feelings I have a hard time talking about and don't usually scrap about. The story I had found on Liane's blog, a link from Sue's blog.
This layout was the one I did after Conference was over :
I brought out my Imagine, which I hadn't used in a while and these papers that I had been sort of hoarding (just the flower one actually). Lots of journaling on how Audrey was trying to figure out how I turned the flashlight on and off for her and how she loved the flash on the camera. Uses all CTMH papers and CS, some CTMH embellies and then some Primas and rhinestones. The flower rhinestones I also got from Linda ^_~. Playful Caps, Homestead Alpha and Typewriter stamp sets used, the papers are from the Cutie Pie and Sweet Harmony packs.
Caitly is my little wild girl. She's definitely a whirlwind of delight and trouble! I was just looking to get the rest of these scrapped, there's eight photos, and found this pagemaps layout that worked quite well for the photos I had. This one is from the book. The pink dot paper is glittered on the dots. It's super cute though you can't see it in the picture. I used those fakey dew drops again and I know it looks like I used a ton (well I did, lol) but I still have hardly made much of a dent in that package! I used liquid glass to kind of draw a swirl on the page then just pressed the little drops into it to make the wind flourish thing. CTMH CS and paper flowers used as well as the Classic Alpha and The Works Alpha stamp sets. Chipboard from rusty pickle, covered with Lilac Mist CS. This was definitely a fun layout to put together!
Deb asked if you can use the cuttlekid dies in the cuttlebug. In case you didn't see my response the answer is yes! You can use dies from all the other different companies in your cuttlebug just by changing out which mats you put through the machine. The cuttlekids dies use the A, B, and C mats. In fact, the only dies I have so far are the cuttlekids ones. I'm pretty picky and use my cuttlebug mostly for embossing. And Mel wanted to know where I find the time to do all this. And the answer is I create.... after my kids go to bed! ^_~ They hit the sack early at 7:30 and then after that my hubby and I usually watch a flick or just talk while he plays video games and I scrap ^_~ Plus I'm usually up til late, like nearly midnight.