Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy

So here is my Core'dinations Creative frenzy, as all of you know there is not a project that goes by that does not have Core on for this re-application....I had to prove that this ol dog still has new tricks. So for this first layout, I used my Cricut to carve a pattern into the paper. I used the lowest pressure setting and repeated the circle\diamond pattern over and over. I then lightly sanded the design to reveal my custom Core pattern paper.

For this layout I used my handy dandy kitchen rolling pin with cuttle bug strips to emboss the sides and add fun and playful embossing. 

For this last layout, I wanted to see all the great details of one of my favorite Core'Impressions Collections, Color me Happy. Keepin it simple with layers, sanded to show of the wonderful words and design.

 Keeping my fingers crossed that my journey with them will continue because


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunny Saturday

So today will be another quick post sharing a card that I made for my brother in law. The sunshine has got me thinking summer, Oh I know it is only spring but the dream of the summer sun is so tempting. Our family really enjoys camping and I just booked our spot for the annual camp out, so I was inspired to create this little camp fire happy birthday card.  

The pattern papers are all from October Afternoons Campfire collection and check out how perfectly this SRM sticker fits into that cardstock sticker. I am sure getting a lot of mileage out of those stickers!!

Hope it is sunny where you are, have a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It is that wonderful time again!

 I have been on the design team over at 3 Scrappy Boys for a whole year now and it is that time again!!
They are having there DT call, you can get the details HERE. I have loved being a part of this great team and inspiring place but after much thought and inner dialogue, I have decided to step down. With the building of the new house, other design projects and more things to come. I needed to take a bit off my plate, so that I can keep a clear head and not get to overwhelmed.

This is the last layout from the March Main Kit. I really wanted to do a soft palette layout with this. I laughed this morning when my Mom looked at it and said "what have cows got to do with it??" and I said "well, other than I like them, cows make milk and milk helps a body grow. " So there you have it folks totally relevant right?

And don't forget today is Day 2 at Imaginisce  they are Blinging the Mini with more great ideas using the i-rock.


Monday, March 21, 2011

i-rock, fun with fabric

This week at Imaginisce we are featuring ideas and techniques with the i-rock, so welcome to my post for the Fun with Fabric blog hop. 
For my project I created this one of a kind onesie,  it was a really inexpensive project. I purchase a plain white onesie from the store and then created an apple silhouette on the front using a hand drawn and cut template. I then created a little beret to match using my i-top and a canvas sticker from the berrylicious collection.
Voila here is my beautiful little ballerina!
So head on over to the next stop on the blog hop, for more fabulous ideas on how to make the most of your i-rock.

Lydia {you are here}

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day

Hey there everyone, just a quick post today to wish you all a happy Saint Patricks Day. Hope the end of the rainbow in just over the hill and you each find you own pot of gold!! I put together this little card, I have been experimenting with my copics again and used this cute little Imaginsce rainbow was just perfect {from the berrylicious line}. I did not have a leprechaun so this is my good luck fairy!!

Products used Core'dinations Cardstock, Pattern Paper by Imaginisce and fairy stamp by Stamping Bella and sentiment by SRM stickers

Today is the start of the click it with cricut with Imaginsce and Cricut. A fabulous combination!! The Blog has the cutest little cards so hop over to the end of the rainbow and check it out!!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

BIG News

I cannot speak highly enough about being with the Core-dinations Design Team, this has been the most incredible gig ever, they are super generous, wonderful to work for and the creative possibilities are endless, I mean really what does not go with cardstock. So now it is your turn to put your name in the hat and apply to join the team.

Core’dinations is looking for 8 to 10 design team members to help show off the many wonderful techniques that can be done with their ColorCore Cardstock. Term will run for one year; May 2011 to April 2012.
Design Team Requirements:
- 3 projects each month which primarily feature Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstocks with supply lists so that they can be featured on the Core’dinations’ ColorCore Cardstock blog.
- Occasional projects which involve product exchange with other manufacturers (e.g., Jillibean Soup, Helmar, Fiskars, My Stamp Box).
- Regular project submissions to magazines for publication purposes.
- Promoting Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock projects, giveaways and blog swaps on personal blogs.

Application Process:

- Step One: Design and then post three projects in one posting on your personal blog on or before Friday, April 15th at 4:00pm EST. These projects may include layouts, cards, altered items, and other such paper crafts and should focus on the use of Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock. Entitle the blog posting “My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy”. Feel free to include step out photos or step-by-step instructions of any techniques that you used that you feel need highlighting.

- Step Two: Send us an email with a link to this exact blog posting: Please ensure the link is to “My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy” posting and not just a link to your blog. It makes it much easier to find, especially if you post frequently on your blog. Please include in your email your name, mailing address, and phone number. You may also include a resume of your publications and current design team obligations (if applicable).
- If you have any questions about the application process and/or design team requirements, check out the facebook page we will try our best to answer your questions there.

Design Team Perks:
- FREE Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock and tools (of course).
- Payment for printed magazine publication, catalogues, and CHA assignments.
- Access to a private design team message board where we share challenges, techniques and publications calls.
- Additional product due to product exchange with other manufacturers.

If you love cardstock, I hope that you'll try out. These guys really don't care if you are a super star or not.........I was a complete greenhorn when Core'dinations picked me up. I had only been blogging for a few weeks and a couple of pubs under my belt and they gave me the chance of a life time. So if you are on the fence, take a chance you never know!!



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Colorful Creations

This week I was invited to be a guest designer for Colorful Creations and was given this wonderful Sketch to work with. I was thrilled to see that it was designed by my good friend Aphra, I find her sketches easy to use and I always love her use of circles.

Here is the layout that I did, I used the new animal crackers line from Imaginisce, it is perfect for my disney photos. great bright and playful colors.

Here is a close up of that fabulous Whimsy button and the little checked button was created with my i-top. The other trick that I used here and one that I use often is, buy white!! These photo corners, I bought a big pack of them in white and I just color them with my copics.

Check in tommorrow cause I've got some really big news you're not gonna wanna miss!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Round 2

Today is round two of this months challenge with Imaginsce. The challenge is to create something based on this sketch and the rules are
Incorporate the following game plan into your completed card using atleast 75% Imaginisce products:
1. Three Patterned Papers
2. Three Colors
3. Three Embellishments
(It's all about three's - well March is the third month)
I've got a couple of Birthdays coming up so I took the oppurtunity to make a card. Here is my creation! Be sure to pop over to the Imagininsce blog and check out more

fantastic examples of Melinda's sketch.

Also starting today on the Core'dinations Blog

Check out all the cool goodies the girls have come up with there too!! FANTASTIC!!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

3 scrappy boys March

This months main kit at 3 Scrappy Boys was packed with all sorts of Studio Calicogoodies, I love all the wood grain and the soft palette of colors with a pop of orange and yellow. For these layouts I wanted to include a lot of photos and I find the easiest way to do that is with a grid design or a collage. 
The first layout is a simple grid design, I printed all my photos except the focal photo, the same size and then filled in the gaps with pattern paper.

This second layout is an example of a photo collage, I put this together in Photoshop Elements and then print it as one photo. These were some of the pictures from my retreat at Wyldflower Scrapbooking B&B in Qualicum.

Also I love the fabrips by studio Calico, I made this little orange rosette with it and I love that it is self adhesive, so cool!!
I am in the process of booking my next trip here,they have a great deal on right now, so it was the perfect time to Scrap it!!



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Turning 5

I am happy to report that when I look out my window I see sunshine. Like so much of the country the winter blues have been hard on me, Grey skies, pouring rain, slush and wind are just down right uninspiring. Thank goodness for fun papers and color on my desk. This layout was created from a mix of old and new Jillibean soup supplies. I have had these photos in my computer since October and the second I saw the new blue and green Spotted owl soup, I knew they were perfect for these pics.

Love the new full page of stickers, so many to choose from!



Friday, March 4, 2011

Sharing some stuff from the heart

I am hoping my behavior is somewhat in the scope of normal, I don't know if it is the cold meds or just seeing my little ones sick, or a case of the winter blues, but lately I feel a bit on the sensitive side. I can't seem to get past how fast my babies are growing. It literally reduces me to tears to look at some of their baby photos. You see, I was one of those girls who grew up to fast, I was always looking forward, trying to get ahead. I was a good teen, but truly it was not one of my favorite times in life. When I reached my 20's I did my best to enjoy all life had to offer, College, World Travels, Shopping, Sports, Fun and Friendships, but I never felt like my heart was in it, I was always looking ahead.

the day my son was born, I feel like that was the day my life began. That was the moment I had waited my whole life for. That all the other stuff I had done was just checking things off "the list". Now here I am, right where I wished so hard to be and it is rushing by, we say that a million times don't we? I am trying harder than ever before to be in this moment, cherishing each time they say cuddle me, each "love you to the moon" and every blown kiss. All because, these babies of mine have grown into little boys and from there they will grow into teens and from there into men and then the place and time I wished so hard to be in will no longer exist.

 I actually told my mother once that when I became a Mom I would not be like her. She gave all of herself to us, she never left anything for herself.  When we all left home, we each took a piece of her with us and she seemed no longer whole and a bit broken. She then had to rebuild herself from the ground up. I said to myself I would not do that, I said I would save some stuff for me! I think the words that I used were " I will retain a sense of self" What I realize now is that she did't have a choice. We were her whole world........and these boys are mine. Motherhood is as wonderful as I dreamed and a whole lot more scary.

Here is a page for March, a good reflection of the mood I'm in.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March brought in with a whoop...

So let me describe to you all in 2 words why I have not blogged..........the flu. YUCK!! Goodness me that is awful, it hit our house like a hurricane. And this Mommy was wiped out with the rest of them.....It is one thing to be sick, but at the same time as 2 boys. Excuse me, can I pass!! When I am in my new home, I will appreciate 2 bathrooms so much more. Anyways on to the crafty portion of this post. On Oscar night my family celebrated my nieces 1st birthday. {I can't believe she's one already}. She is the most beautiful and charming little girl and I love her to bits. Anyways I got her a beautiful green tutu {oh yes you will be seeing that on a page in the future } and I made her this card.
This fairy stamp is by Stamping bella,  I don't get to do fairies very often, but I just could not resist these.  This pretty gal is colored with copics........I'm just learning to use them. The base of the Card is Core'dinations Gemstone, and the finishing touch is a hand made button by my little bit of whimsy.

Also because it is March 1st Imaginisce's newest challenge is up, and this time with a twist. The rules:

Use Melinda's sketch,
and incorporate the following game plan into your completed card using at least 75% Imaginisce products:
1. Three Patterned Papers
2. Three Colors
3. Three Embellishments
(It's all about three's - well March is the third month)
Heres the sketch!
Have fun and don't forget to link it up here, for the chance to win!

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