Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Challenge Word at Bird is the Word - Memory

I just finished a layout using my Echo Park Metropolitan Dots and Stripes that I chanced upon the Bird is the Word Challenge Blog.  The next challenge word is Memory.  It was a very welcome coincidence that I got to use the Technique Tuesday Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards stamps for this particular LO.  Since the stamp I used specifically made mentioned of the word memory, I got myself an entry for Bird is the Word, my first ever.

My take:

Title: Your Are My Most Favorite Memory

Since I made some booboo in not pressing the stamp evenly, I kinda messed up the most important word for this challenge.  To remedy, I made use of Glitz Teeny Alpha to sort of highlight the word "memory" (wink).

Its been a while since I used my Cuttlebug embossing folders.  Thought of using it in this page and did some distressing. I guess it helped in adding some dimension to my page. :D

Supplies: PP: Echo Park Metropolitan Dots and Stripes; Stickers: EP Dots and Stripes: Dies: Sizzix TH Alterations Filmstrips Frames, Mini Paper Rosettes, Cuttlebug Allegro Embossing Folder, Quickutz Vine; Transparency Clock by Maya Road; Stamps: Technique Tuesday Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards, Hero Arts Old Letter Writing, Inque Boutique Travel, Inque Boutique Story Boards, Tattered Angels Tattered Traveler Clear Stamps; Prima Bling and Flowers; TH Distressing Ink in Fired Brick; Versa Fine in Onyx Black.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sketch # 92 is Up at Little Shop of Sketches

Another inspiration, this time from equally talented Ashley Van Etten of Little Shop of Sketches, is already up at LSS.  

Sketch # 92

Don't you just love those circles? I am biased with layouts dominated with circles.  They evinced enough accent on the page and it gives that feeling of lightness or bubbliness. . . or is it just me because I associate circles with bubbles (lol).

For this sketch I used the funny picture of my son who seemed to have been shocked for whatever reason and the coordinating pattern back from October Afternoon, which has been sitting around in my stash for quite a long time already.  I guess those cute monsters perfectly matched with the oh-so-scared face of my son and provided the needed story. 

My take:

I love those plastic pair of eyes which I purchased from one of those cheap Japan stores.

Rolled the paper to make those extra snooping monsters be seen.

Supplies: PP: Echo Park Metropolitan Dots and Stripes in Navy Small Dot, Teal Large Dot, Teal Small Dot; CS: AC; Border: EP Dots and Stripes sticker elements; Alpha: Glitz Design Black Round Teeny Alpha and Jillibean Soup Alpha Beans; Stamp: Technique Tuesday Life in Pictures by Ali Edwards; Ink: Versa Fine in Onyx Black, TH Distressing Ink in Weathered Wood; Rub-on: Scenic Route; Others: October Afternoon Coordinating Pattern Back Night Light Shapes.

I am sure you can come up with the cutest interpretation.   Please upload your take at LSS' ning site.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

1st Sketch Challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge

The talented Anne Pennington, co-DT at Little Shop of Sketches, created another challenge blog, Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge (AFSC).  Challenge blogs are always welcome by scrappers as they never fail to provide inspirations when none seems to work.

The first challenge at AFSC is up.  You have to create something fun or humorous.  A sketch is also provided for those who are up for the fun.

My take:
Title: One Fun Day

I cut out the pictures of my son (the kite series) to create a 3D effect (just trying).  I made kites and clouds for that light and fun day feel. 

I used the Sizzix Alpha Graffiti for the title.  Run a running stitch and distressed with Distressing Inks in Mustard Seed .

Supplies: PP: Webster's Pages A Sweet Life (Home Sweet Home); Echo Park Sweet Summertime; Flower: Prima Via Flaminia Collection; Stamp: Technique Tuesday Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards; Inks & Mists: MR Maya Mists in Green; TH Distress Ink in Mustard Seed and Broken China; Ranger Superfine Embossing Powder (Clear), Versafine Onyx Black; Alphas: Sizzix Graffiti; Others: American Crafts Fieldhouse Fleece Blue Skies.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Echo Park "Fresh Face" Monthly Designer Call

My love for Echo Park ("EP") cannot be doubted as gleaned from the various layouts I have created using EP collections.  With its kit packed with coordinated patterned papers, alphas and sticker elements, one is surely saved from cracking her brains out and ravaging the entire stash just to come up with a perfectly matching page.  Since I discovered EP's Kit, I have fallen in love with any line that comes out.  Except for the limitations imposed by the availability of EP in LSS, I am always on the look out for EP's new releases.  I swear you can consumed everything in the kit up to the last layout possible.

When I heard of the search for EP "Fresh Face" Monthly Designer Call, I was so thrilled.  Imagine if I get to be accepted, I will not only get to enjoy what I love doing but I will get to showcase my EP projects and inspire EP lovers such as myself.   This is not to mention the free kit I will get from it, yay!  It's like getting my cake and eating it too.  There is nothing wrong about dreaming, right?

Below are some of the projects I created using EP's Dots and Stripes and For the Record lines.

Title: Ride Along

In this layout, I stamped on Technique Tuesday Let's Get in the Gear stamp in the four (4) corners of the page and embossed using a clear embossing powder to resist the distressing. 

Supplies: PP: American Crafts CS While and Yellow; Echo Park Dots and Stripes Navy Large Dot and Navy Small Dot; Mask: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Timeworks; Stamps: Technique Tuesday Get it in Gear; Technique Tuesday Life in Pictures by Ali Edwards; Mists: Maya Road Hydrangea Blue; Memories Mists Mango Lemonade; Rub-ons: Scenic Route Vacation; Dies: Sizzix Gear and Sizzix Loops and Rik Raks ; Alphas: AC Nutmeg; Lily Bee Designs ABS Stickers; Others: Versa Fine Onyx Black.

Title: Summer Fun & Beyond

As usually seen in my other projects, I love to mist using a mask with combination of colors that match the motif of the page.  Also, the manuscript background is likewise a recent style fave.

I made use of a Cuttlebug Design border frills, rolled and pasted them around to create the flowers.  I put them over prima flowers to match the color motif.

Supplies: PP: Echo Park for the Record; Screen Prints: Hambly Mod Circles & Scrapbooker's Sonata; Ink: Brilliance Olive; Versa Fine Onyx Black; Flowers: Prima and Cuttlebug, Inc. Paper Frills; Rub-ons: AC Spring & Summer Book One; Border Stickers: Crate Paper; Stamps: Hero Arts Old Manuscript: Technique Tuesday The Family Circle by Ali Edwards; Mask: Prima.

Title: Time Well Spent

Supplies: Patterned paper: Echo Park For the Record; Maya Road Sheer Clock; Maya Road B/W Tickets; Quickutz Die Vine; Prima flowers; Prima clock stencil; Glimmer Mist and Memories Mist; Buttons; Ribbons (from local store); 7 Gypsies tape; Stamps: Cloud 9 Design Simple Memories; Inque Boutique; Hero Arts Manuscript

Thank you for dropping by.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches Ebook is for grab!!!!

Few days back, I already posted here about the release of the Sassy Lil' Sketches Ebook containing no less than 70 sketches for layouts using one, two or multiple photos designed by the very talented Cherie Averill of SLS.  The Ebook also contains sample layouts based on these sketches.  

Good news! SLS is generous enough to provide me with one (1) copy for give-away.  Hence, I am coming up with a challenge to provide a layout based on any of the August 2011 Sketches at Sassy Lil' Sketches. Winner will have the Ebook as a prize.  Entries must be emailed at not later than September 1, 2011. Please indicate the specific sketch used in the subject portion. You can enter as many layouts as you want.  I tell you, the Ebook is fully packed with inspiration, hence, worth spending some eyebrow burning time to create that awesome layout.

You will find in the Ebook two layouts done by yours truly, one of which is herein posted.  I love this layout.  I was truly inspired by the assigned sketch and I am quite sure you will too.

I hope you find time to join this fun challenge.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Let's Ride at Paper Issues

Paper Issues' next theme is "Let's Ride".  Interpretation is always up to you.  The challenge is up from August 14 until August 27, 2011.  You can link as many projects as you want.

As for my interpretation, if you can call it that way because I just followed the theme to the letter, I made use of my son's picture taken during the time he was trying on his second bike given by his Ninang Connie (Godparent) on his second birthday.  

Title: My 2nd Bike (on my 2nd birthday)

I tried on stamping and embossing using a clear embossing powder to resist the distressing. It's been a long time since I first tried this technique and it's nice to get the chance to try it again.  Oh! I love how it turned out (again, based on my standards).  I guess this technique will be seen more in my next layouts. :D

The strips of patterned paper saved what could have been a booboo on my LO.  Since I tried to distress directly at the mid portion of the page, the distressing ink spread unevenly.  I guess there is indeed a wisdom to the advise to always start distressing from the edges to control the volume of the distressing ink.  Nonetheless, the remedy somehow fitted my style - cluttering of coordinated elements (lol).

Supplies: PP: American Crafts CS While and Yellow; Echo Park Dots and Stripes Navy Large Dot and Navy Small Dot; Mask: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Timeworks; Stamps: Technique Tuesday Get it in Gear; Technique Tuesday Life in Pictures by Ali Edwards; Mists: Maya Road Hydrangea Blue; Memories Mists Mango Lemonade; Rub-ons: Scenic Route Vacation; Dies: Sizzix Gear and Sizzix Loops and Rik Raks ; Alphas: AC Nutmeg; Lily Bee Designs ABS Stickers; Others: Versa Fine Onyx Black.

Thank you for dropping by.  Hope to see you at Paper Issues.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sketch # 91 is Up at Little Shop of Sketches

Loving all these DT duties.  Not only do they push me to go outside my comfort zone in creating layouts I never thought I could but they likewise force me (in a good way) to make use of my scrap materials I have been accumulating endlessly.

Little Shop of Sketches posed another challenge for fellow scrappers. . . another inspiration from Anne Wride Pennington

and my take:

Title: My Precious (you mean the world to me)

For a closer look at some elements used: corrugated paper cut into strips, lace formed into a flower.

Supplies: PP: Bo Bunny (still looking for the strip of paper where the specific line is written); Prima Flowers Eminence Collection; Alphas: Lily Bee Designs ABC Stickers: Dies: Sizzix TH Alterations Weathered Clock, Umbrella Man, Mini Bird and Cage Set; Technique Tuesday (By Ali Edwards).

Please do upload your take at LSS ning site for chance to win some rak. :D

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches Ebook

At Sassy Lil' Sketches, we are happy to announce the first Sassy Lil' Sketches Ebook has been released!
The Sassy Lil' Sketches Ebook features about 70 brand new sketches designed by Cherie Averill!
You'll find sketches for layouts with one, two, three & multiple photos! You'll even find double page sketches! Plus, sample layouts from talented designers that will spark your creativity!
Most of the sketches use standard photo sizes (4x6, 5x7, 8x10). To get extra mileage out of the sketches, switch it up! Use the sketches to create cards, double pagers, etc.! If you need ideas for "switching it up", check out the cards in the Sample Layouts section or stop by the Sassy Lil' Sketch blog on Saturdays.
The Sassy Lil' Sketches Ebook is available for online viewing or you can easily download and print it. It's your choice!
Visit to get the Sassy Lil' Sketches Ebook & get scrapping!

I'm so proud that Sassy Lil' Sketches found my two (2) submissions worthy enough to be included in this Ebook.  We hope this will give you enough inspiration you needed to start and continue on with this craft we all love.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cheery Lynn Designs

While browsing the net I chanced upon a design team call at Cheery Lynn Designs which is up until tomorrow only, August 14, 2011.  I got very excited because of the benefits that await those who will be chosen.  I checked their dies and they are truly and really to die for.  I love working on dies, thus, my generous collections of Sizzix dies.  It was only recently that I discovered the other available dies apart from Sizzix.  Unfortunately, our LSS do not carry dies by Cheery Lynn Designs.  If ever I get lucky, I can introduce these dies locally and I am sure fanatics will drool over the collections.

I made a layout using some of my Sizzix dies showcasing my style.  Hopefully, it will be considered sans the use of Cheery Lynn Designs (crossing my fingers) and despite the last minute submission of this layout.

Title: Living Life to the Fullest

Supplies: PP: Webster's Pages Life's Portrait; Prima; Flower: Prima Eminence Collection; Sizzix Dies: TH Alterations Movers and Shapers Mini Birds and Cage Set, Mini Branch and Leaf Set, Umbrella Man, Weathered Clock; Stamps: HA Old Letter Writing, Technique Tuesday Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards; Alpha: Lily bee design ABC Stickers.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Week 2 at Sassy Lil' Sketches

For all those challenge seekers, Week 2 Challenge at Sassy Lil' Sketches is revealed today.   As for me, I couldn't be more excited as this is my first ever submission as DT for SLS.  I sure hope I was able to do justice to the sketch.  You can visit the site for some inspiration.  I am sure you will be inspired as I was.

Week 2 Challenge:

My take:

Title: Kite

I have been relying much on Webster's Pages lately, if all else fails.  So far, I have not been disappointed.

Please do visit us at SLS and play along with us.  You have until September 5 to submit your take.  Other pointers for joining are found in this link.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 1st Challenge at Once Upon a Sketch

Been away from my scrapbook room for quite some time because of some missing mojos.  To address my lag, I went back to one of the few usual sites I frequent for some artistic boost, Once upon a Sketch, not only for the great sketches but for the love I get from the people there.  

August 1st Challenge is up.  The sketch provided great potentials and my right brain got the simulation it needed.

August 1st Sketch:

My take:

I am currently in love with the use of mix media to make the brick-like element as introduced by Ms. Iris Uy.  This was made by mixing gesso, pumice gel and paint of chosen color.  Spread it based on the desired shape.  Scrape the excess mixture to form parallel lines and vertical lines in alternate spacing for that brick-like look.   Special thanks to Ms. Karen Ngo for supplying my gesso and pumice gel.

 Journal: You Measure Up to a perfect day. We thank God for your for every single day.

Supplies: PP: Webster's Pages Your Life Beautiful; Border: Crate Paper School Spirit Collection; Sassafras arrow; Alphas: Lilybee Design ABC Stickers; AC Nutmeg; Stickers: Bella Blvd. Super Stud; MM Big Ideas Photo Slang; October Afternoon School House; Mask: TH Idealogy Time Works; TH Distressing Ink; Memories Mists in Mango Lemonade and Blue Martini; Gesso; Pumice Gel; Kaisercolour in Yellow; Imagination Project Coasters Circles Ocean; Stamp: Technique Tuesday Loving Words by Ali Edwards.

Thank for looking.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make a Splash Project is Up at Paper Issues

Paper Issues' next theme "Make a Splash" is on.  Interpretation is up to you. You can link as many submissions as you want.

Here are some of my layouts which would fit the theme.

1. Soar High.  This is my submissions to one of the OUAS's challenges.  This is one of my favorites.

2.  My Boys, Having Fun!

3. Time: Grateful Time.  I submitted this to Little Shop of Sketches.  Since the theme at Paper Issues matches with this page, I decided to submit this as well.

Thanks for visiting.