Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our Christmas Card 2013....documented!

Over at Sketches in Thyme, we have this fun sketch this month.  I took the opportunity to scrap this past Christmas' card using it.




Also I'd like to share this layout I did using Elle's Studio line.
About the only shot you'll get of me in the ocean...lol!!



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Happy Friday - fun things today!!

Today is a new challenge over at FROSTED DESIGNS ... this challenge is to use something "clear" on your project.

For mine, I used Studio Calico Printshop collection and the word "silly" on the right side is a transparent die-cut...

Also, I wanted to share the final layout that I did using Fancy Pants Timbergrove.  These snow photos show the last 4 years of Joseph's annual "day of snow play".


And over at SKETCHES IN THYME our sketch this month is this one:


I was really intimidated by this one at first...but I totally love how my layout turned out.



Friday, March 21, 2014

Frosted Designs Blog Hop!!!

Hello crafty friends and welcome to the Frosted Designs "Favorite Things" Blog Hop!!! As most of you know, March is National Craft Month!!!  What better way to celebrate our favorite time of year than with a "favorite things" blog hop?!?  We are so excited about all the fabulous items in store that we wanted to share with you how we use them on our projects!  Our Design Team has put together some AMAZING projects just for your viewing pleasure :-)

Today I'm going to share a layout that I created using one of my all-time favorite items in the Frosted Designs store.....those fun UmWOW Studios chipboard pieces.  Today, I used the DIAMONDS to create a snowflake on my layout!!!  The blue dots are Stickles.  The same Stickles are also rubbed on the chipboard snowflakes.

I have also a Jillibean Soup Mini Placemat (the white box with the quote)...
it was a great "title starter" and is actually the item that I used to inspire the entire layout.

If you've arrived here from Jean's blog, then you're in the right place!  If not, please start the hop at the Frosted Designs Blog here!
As you hop along, be sure to visit each Design Team Member's blog for wonderful inspiration and creative ideas on how we use our favorite products!!! While you're there, be sure to leave them some love!!!
Each member will have a "scrambled" word in their post... (*HINT* The word will be a Frosted Designs Product!!!).   Unscramble each one from the line-up below and send them to Brandimatos@gmail.com!   After you've completed your "hopping", come back to the Frosted Designs blog and tell us how much fun you had!!

My scrambled words ares :  LIDYSONU KNI 
(HINT* It's located under "Mixed Media" in the FD store here (http://frosted-designs.com/collections/mixed-media))

Now, what would a blog hop be without some AWESOME prizes?!?  By sending in your "unscrambled FD products to Brandimatos@gmail.com, you will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:
Creative Embellishments is offering a $20.00 Gift Certificate to their store full of detailed chipboard pieces and rubber stamps!!!


AND

Regina, from The Cutting Cafe, is also sponsoring THREE full sets of your choosing to her online store!!!!  It's FULL of cut files and digi stamps for EVERY occassion!!! 


Barb is also offering a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the Frosted Designs Online Store!!!  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below to be entered into the drawing!!!!




As usual, there are some housekeeping rules:
1.  Visit all the blogs and leave a comment so we know you were there!  Not to mention, you don't want to miss all the wonderful inspiration along the way :-)
2.  Before you leave each blog, look for the "scrambled" word and write it down.  Once you have visited each blog, you should have 12 different products found in the Frosted Designs Store!
3. Finally, come back to the Frosted Designs Blog and tell us how much fun you had!!!  Email your unscrambled words to Brandimatos@gmail.com!
4.  HAVE FUN!!!!  After all, that's what this is all about :-)

Here is the Blog Line-Up in case you get lost:

Joni - You are here
Lisa - Your next stop!!!

So what are you waiting for?!?  Let's get hopping!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

I'm SUAVE today...

Today is my post day over at Frosted Designs....
Here is my post!


Hello, Joni Parker here today wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day if you celebrate that and a Happy Monday if you don't.

Today I wanted to share a few layouts that I created using the Authentique Suave collection that we have in the Frosted Designs store.


I really loved the woodgrain on this paper and knew I had the perfect photo to match!!  The paper has a cute little mustached man in the corner that I didn't want to use, so I covered it up with a banner and a wood tag that I inked/distressed.   I added some of the stickers from the collection, along with some Sugar Dots and UmWow Chipboard as accents.


On this one, I was inspired by the little card that says "This is what Handsome Looks Like"!!  I easily found a handsome photo of my son to use for this one!!  Then I cut other pieces of patterned paper to approximately the same size as the title card and rounded the corners and layered them to the right of the photo.  A few sticker accents and a white pen border to finish up a cute and simple layout.


For this one, I liked the "Rock and Roll" sticker and the "Like Father, Like Son" sticker, so I found this photo of my husband and son in California posing for me at the Pacific Ocean.  I realized after I had the photo and papers attached that it needed something for the background....so, I decided on the brick look using a mask.  So my trick for this after I've attached the photo is to use that "extra 4x6" photo that comes in your photo packs...you know the one that is advertising something (or I've used a photo out of my pack that I KNOW I'm not going to scrap).  Anyway, lay that over the "real" photo and you have a perfect cover-up so you don't accidently get ink on your photo.  For the bricks, I just used a stiff stippling brush and dabbed it on an ink pad and then dabbed it into the mask for a nice soft effect.  I also added Sugar Dots and UmWow Chipboard and a Maya Road clip to this layout for a few fun accents.


For this one, I started with my photos...2 pictures of my son sliding down a sand dune at the beach.  I kept the photos together vertically since one of the photos is kinda hard to tell what he's doing...the other photo helps to understand what's happening without having to work to figure it out (or at least that was my goal..lol!).  I added mists to the background and found a couple of fun stickers that worked with my theme.


A fun thing to note about this collection is that I never used Alphas from my stash for any of these layouts.  The set comes with 3 different alphas and I found that they all worked perfectly for my layouts.   Also, I only  pulled cardstock from my stash to mat one photo...these patterns were so useable and perfect and the solid colors were so perfect I didn't need to add any solid cardstock.  I did pull embellishments from my stash though, as I mentioned in each layout description.  I wanted to mention that though since Alphas, Cardstock and Embellishments are typically things I add from my stash, and realized that I really didn't need to do that this time since the papers the alphas are so perfect!!!














And ...at Sketches in Thyme this week, we had this fun sketch:

And I made this canvas of my newphews:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Science Project

So, sometime in the future these photos will ultimately make it onto scrapbook pages, but for now I needed Grandma and Grandpa to see them and they don't do facebook, but they do know how to check my blog...so here are Joseph's Science Fair project photos:






Friday, February 28, 2014

Frosted Designs....I'm hosting the challenge


I'm hosting the challenge over at Frosted Designs this week!!!

it's a Punctuation or Keyboard Symbol challenge ..

Use a punctuation mark on your card/layout. Can be in the title/sentiment or as an embellishment. 

PERIOD, COMMA and APOSTROPHE do NOT count (sorry, too easy). 
Here are some ideas: Brackets {} or [] , Parenthesis (), Question Mark ?, Hashtag #, Quotation Marks"", Ampersand &, Percent %, Dollar Sign $ etc....

I used Studio Calico Printshop for my layout...I was inspired by the stickers Smile and etc...
then I had my main title Photogenic and etc... (using AMPERSAND as my symbol)  

The large script transparent etc (lower right) was not showing up very well on my layout, so I turned it over and added blue Stickles to the back-side...took a day to dry and I love how it pops color with the contrast of the orange ampersand!!

Supplies used from the store:
Studio Calico Printshop Paper Pad
Studio Calico Printship Die-Cut Scripty Words
Studio Calico Printshop Transparent Die-Cuts
Studio Calico Printshop Stickers
Stickles Glitter Glue
 photo Joni_zps65154bff.jpg

Monday, February 17, 2014

Yesterday's post...revisited and fixed!!

I had some trouble with the last few layouts on this post yesterday due to some HTML code issues...I fixed them so now I.m going to repost the whole post...

This week was my turn at FROSTED DESIGNS .. I decided to share 2 layouts that I did using Studio Calico line, PRINTSHOP:

Here's my post:


I'm loving playing with the Studio Calico Printshop collection...there are just so many different colors and patterns...the possibilities are endless....

Here I used several different patterned papers in the same color tones and accented with black cardstock. 

I used a few stickers and die-cuts (clouds, mini-heart, arrow, hello banner and camera).  
The "YOU" die-cut actually says "You and Me"...but I cut it apart for this layout.
And I love using the "extra space" in my photos for titles ... We all know it's the sky, so it's just a fun way to enhance that space!!


I also wanted to share another one with this line.  A very simple one where I used one of the busier patterned papers in the collection and then using the Heidi Swapp Stencil,  traced a few of the hearts with a pencil and then went over the outline with Stickles.
There was one spot on the background paper that said "Air Mail" and that didn't fit my theme at all, so I just covered it up with a little of some matching paper & added a doggie clip & some quick info.

I love how stencils/masks have endless possibilities too!!



And...over there we are also sponsoring a challenge blog called Scrap Our Stash (I used to be on their DT...for a long long time...and I love them... they're a blast)...  but I played along with their sketch for the 2/15 challenge:




And...for my DT at SKETCHES IN THYME our current sketch for 2/15 is:

And using that inspiration, here is a canvas that I made of my nephews...

The End



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fun things!!!

This week was my turn at FROSTED DESIGNS .. I decided to share 2 layouts that I did using Studio Calico line, PRINTSHOP:

Here's my post:


I'm loving playing with the Studio Calico Printshop collection...there are just so many different colors and patterns...the possibilities are endless....

Here I used several different patterned papers in the same color tones and accented with black cardstock. 

I used a few stickers and die-cuts (clouds, mini-heart, arrow, hello banner and camera).  
The "YOU" die-cut actually says "You and Me"...but I cut it apart for this layout.
And I love using the "extra space" in my photos for titles ... We all know it's the sky, so it's just a fun way to enhance that space!!


I also wanted to share another one with this line.  A very simple one where I used one of the busier patterned papers in the collection and then using the Heidi Swapp Stencil,  traced a few of the hearts with a pencil and then went over the outline with Stickles.
There was one spot on the background paper that said "Air Mail" and that didn't fit my theme at all, so I just covered it up with a little of some matching paper & added a doggie clip & some quick info.

I love how stencils/masks have endless possibilities too!!



And...over there we are also sponsoring a challenge blog called Scrap Our Stash (I used to be on their DT...for a long long time...and I love them... they're a blast)...  but I played along with their sketch for the 2/15 challenge:




And...for my DT at SKETCHES IN THYME our current sketch for 2/15 is:

And using that inspiration, here is a canvas that I made of my nephews...

The End