I love it when my girls play dress up. Audrey has always loved socks, especially ones that aren't hers, lol. I used some of the new Sultry Basic Grey papers that I got yesterday to make this layout. I wish one of our LSS had the whole set as these are the only 3 patterns anyone has here and this is one of the few sets that I've really liked. I'm hoping someone gets Sugared in soon, it's the one I really love!
Using a Sept '07 Page Maps sketch as a base I put this layout together in a couple of hours last night. The most time consuming parts were cutting out the CS to cover the chipboard and then typing up the journaling and getting it to fit. A little off topic, I'll be dropping to junior consultant status with CTMH since my new crafting budget has been very much reduced now that we have a car payment again. It was a nice year and a half while I had it. ^_~ I'll still be doing the CTMH color challenges for as long as I have their colors as I still love lots of their stuff. It's just that CTMH was the most expensive part of my previous budget even with the discount and it's less costly for me to just buy from our local scrapstores since they have coupons and are always doing specials.
Stacy and Jenn gave me this award. Thank you girls, I feel very honored! I'd like to give this award to Deb, she always makes such gorgeous cards, and Kristy and Jules, they both have such amazing scrap pages with trendy new products! Thanks ladies, you have been a constant inspiration!
Stacy's Cute As A Button Layout
Sue's Beauty Flower Card
Sparkle's Summer Fun Riley Card
Jenn's Elegant Happiness Card
Jena's Sweet 'I love you the most' Layout
Using Whoopsidaisy papers and a Page Maps book layout. I wasn't too creative and just copied the sketch. Journaling reads 'Once there was a Princess... who had a lovely Crown. The bottom was too big for her, so she wore it Upside-Down!! Audrey you make such an adorable Princess!' Dotted pink ribbon and white foam letters not CTMH but everything else is. Playful Flourishes and Fairy Dust stamp sets used.
I have had such a fun time reading these birthday stories for the blog candy! Some of them had me laughing out loud ^_~ I had Caitie draw a name from Paul's cap. It was so silly because she wasn't sure what to do so Mich had to help her. If you look closely you can see in the background Audrey eating a muffin.... Caitie's muffin, lol!
And.... Leanne was the name she drew!! Congrats ^_~ Leanne, email me your addy and I'll get your goodies out to you! Here's what Leanne posted : 'Your pages are awesome! I love birthdays too. Mine is in April and sometimes it falls on Easter, which makes it extra special! I usually get to celebrate with all my family since we get together for church and dinner.' Thanks for sharing everyone!!
This one was actually the second layout I made for Cait's b-day but it will be the first one when I put it in the album. Uses CTMH CS in heavenly blue and blush, Minds Eye papers and matching transparencies and CS embellishments, CTMH embellies and ribbon, Thickers foam letters/numbers, doodlebug blue flowers, and prima pink flowers. I picked a Dec 07 Page Maps layout that I had used once before. I love this design with the circles and vertical photos and it uses up a lot of pictures as well. I tend to take pictures in the masses, lol.
Here was the first layout I did: Caitie's cake. Uses a new May PageMaps layout. I altered the layout just a tiny bit to fit with the photos I had. I used the same products as the other layout with the exception that I used heidi swap flowers and another unknown brand (the light pink flowers) instead of the doodlebug flowers. And yes, Caitie is LICKING her cake in the far right/top photo! We made sure to give her that piece first, lol.
And the last birthday layout using a Sept 07 8 1/2 x 11 double page layout from PageMaps. I just stretched the layout and used the extra picture I had to make it fit to a 12x12 size :D Audrey was making the funniest faces! It was so nice to scrap these. I adored these papers when I first bought them back in March and have been wanting to scrap these photos for a while. They also went pretty quick! I had forgotten how fast scrappin' is when you don't stamp anything, lol.
I LOVE to take pictures on birthdays. I never get those perfect 'opening the gift' or 'blowing out the candles' pictures but I usually really like the ones I do get which seem a little more candid. My favorite thing is watching my kids eat the cake. Of course they are a lot better at it now, but on the 1st birthdays we let them have their very own mini cake and just dive into it. Caitlyn hardly got messy with hers, she kept patting it and looking at us like "What do I do with this thing?" Audrey however had REALLY gotten into her cake. She had it all over her legs and feet, arms and face, it was hilarious!
Now for the blog candy :D Just a fun little package with some dp, shimmer CS, ribbon, a few flowers, and some of sweet chibibolie images from my stampingbella stamps that I got for Mother's Day. Leave me a comment on this post with something about birthdays; a story, your favorite thing about them, etc. You have until Monday night. Tuesday morning I'll have Cait randomly pick out a name from the hat. Please leave me your name in the post so I can get ahold of the winner easier ^_~ Thanks!
Sue's Sassy Emerson Quillin Card
Jenn's Relaxing Summer Card
Sparkle's Cute Domestic Hanna Card
These pictures are so funny. Caitlyn just cracks me up. She has always fought naps even as a baby. In fact she wouldn't nap unless you held her when she was an infant. Even though she's very stubborn (she gets it from both Paul and I, lol) the nap will occassionally win out ^_~. Uses the retired CTMH b&ts and a Jan '08 page maps layout. Foam letters for the title and velvet rickrak are various others, the rest is CTMH. To play use at least three of the colors and comment me with a link to your art so I can add it to this post ^_~ Thanks for playing and have fun!
EDIT: I keep forgetting to answer this question, lol. Mel asked what camera I use now for my pictures. I have a Fugi Finepix S700. It's a 7.1 mp with 10X opt zoom. I LOVE this camera and it came at a great price since I got it during Christmas. I wasn't sure if you meant photos of my kids or my art, Mel so I just answer both ^_~. I almost always use auto for taking pics of the kids. So far it's worked wonderfully! If I get in situations like when it's slightly overcast outside I set the flash to go off every time, the colors stay truer that way. For cards I make a backdrop with 2 sheets of white CS in my kitchen which has pretty good lighting. I use the super macro setting for those photos. For layouts I still use auto with the flash. I've been trying to experiment but so far that's worked the best. HTH!
I want to also give another special thanks to Sparkle for sending me this other very sweet package! I got both these RAKs yesterday evening and it was so uplifting! Thank you so much ladies!!
Now I did a bit of crafting despite everything that has been happening, so I'll just go down the line starting with Tuesday night and post/journal what's been going on. I'm warning you now, just like the title says this is going to be a huge fat long post.
Caitie and I spent Tuesday night putting this little basket together. Remember last week when Caitie was sick? Well she missed that entire week of school, which just so happened to be teacher appreciation week. The PTA had come up with some fun easy ideas for us to show how much we and our kids appreciated the teachers and had the classes pass them out the week before so we had clues on what to do. Well, since she missed the Teacher appreciation week I still wanted to do something special. So Cait, Audrey and I went out shopping. The girls picked the flowers, Audrey tried to overload the cart with tons of pencils and pens, and overall they had a really fun time getting little things for Caitie's teacher and her two aides. Caitie colored in the owls and I put together the cards. Inside I wrote a note to the teacher and each aide then let Caitie draw a picture and sign her name. I also found out the next day when we delivered the basket that Caitie has progressed so much these past 5 months she's been in school that she doesn't have to go to summer school. I'm so proud of her!
Wednesday I was in a scrappin' mood. This was the first layout I did. I had actually bought two sheets of different paper to use specifically with these pics, but they didn't look quite right with the pictures. So I ended up doing this and love the results!! Usually I like lots of color on my layouts but every once in a while I get in the mood to do clean layouts like this with lots of white. This was a very fun layout to make and I didn't even use a sketch. Paper from CTMH, Prima and CTMH flowers, CTMH clear buttons and bigger brads, and ribbon from my stash.
Sue's Cute Cottage Floral Card
Marcia's Lovely Flower Sentiment Card
Sparkle's Purrfect Kitty Card and Alpha Xi Delta Layout
Jenn's Sweet and Simple Thank You Card
Stacy's Adorable Baby Layout
Jena's Fun Sunshine Layout
The only place I used Kiwi was on the watermelons. I used a Dec '07 page maps layout to do this one and it was pretty rushed since I wanted to get the color challenge done and posted. Sweetness of Summer and Hodge Podge Alpha stamp sets used. The retired B&T and just regular CTMH CS for the papers. All the white accents and ribbon are CTMH. The foam letters, pink ribbon, and pink brads are various others. Thanks for stopping by and have fun with the challenge!
And yes things are going much better with the car now. Insurance is paying for however long we need the rental until the work is done on our car. As for my glasses, I went to see if they would let me buy the same frames and put my lenses in the new set since I had just gotten them in the fall and they did! In like 10 minutes too, lol. We've had a crazy day with me running errands and trying to shop with the girls and Paul trying to get everything settled with the mechanics and the insurance and then the birthday party, but it's been a good day ^_~. Thanks for all the support I've gotten in emails and comments while we've been dealing with these life hiccups. It's helped so much to keep me going and trying to look at the bright side!
This was the first one I made using the Tyson Turtle from CHF. The Owl stamps I have are also from Cornish Heritage Farms as well. In fact the party hat is from the Owl set. Uses the Good Times paper set and From Me to You stamp set for the sentiment.
And this was the one we ended up giving to the birthday boy. It's a bit simpler, but I think it worked better for him. Plus I was working like super speed to make this one since we were supposed to be leaving, lol.
I tried to go shopping for my Mom and MIL earlier this week for Mother's Day and just couldn't find anything that really popped out at me. Well Friday evening rolls around and suddenly I remember, hey! I've got a life delights showcase set still. Not only that but I had bought one of the 9x9 accordian albums when they were on that special $1 deal. So even though my mom's will be late (since I had to mail it out), I think it will be worth the wait. It's been 2 years since I've done any cute albums for anyone and both my mom and MIL have always loved the mini albums I've made before, so I printed out new pics from my digi camera to put these two together.
I made both this layout and the next one last night. I pulled out my Cherish and wanted to do something a little different with this layout. It's Gallery Collection, a very linear design. I added some layers and tilted two of the photos to break up the boxy look of the layout. I also changed out the cutting diagram, choosing instead to put what papers I felt should go where. I also turned the left page to be like the one in the example in the book. Uses More to Adore papers and stickease, and also a little bit of the hollyhock boomdiada paper. Everything but the cupcake stamp is from CTMH. The cupcakes are from Eclectic Paperie, I forget the name of the set but it's by stampendous.
This one was made using a new May Page Maps layout from the site. Also using More to Adore papers and stickease, these pages flew by since they were so simple. I love how it shows off the pics and how Audrey's adorable cupcake jammies are shown off. These were my favorite jammies when she was one. Whenever they were clean, I had her wearing them. They were also ultra soft too. In fact the reason I bought the cupcake stamp set from Eclectic Paperie was because it reminded me so much of these jammies!