Artsy Urban from GCD Studios

Not sure if you've seen the new Artsy Urban Collection by Melody Ross for GCD Studios by now but if you haven't you need to head on over to the GCD Studios website to check it out. It's so lovely - the colors, the patterns and the embellishments, oh my! There are just so many fabulous embellishments in this collection and I just can't seem to get enough of them.

I wanted to share this layout that I created with the new collection. A picture of me and my sweet boy Darian. Love this boy so much!

I used all sorts of goodies on this one including some of the die cut borders, chipboard flowers, transparent shapes, and vintage brads.

And I am loving these inspiration cards as well. They have the perfect words for what we want to say but so often cannot find the words ourselves. Love them!

This collection should be in your Michaels store by now (I know as of 2 weeks ago mine had bits and pieces and were expecting the rest shortly). Thanks for stopping by!

November Nook Cards ...

Just wanted to share some cards that I created with the November Kit from My Scrapbook Nook. I have had a lot of fun playing with this kit and these beautiful Lily Bee papers. I wanted to add some cards to my stash and play with some pretty Prima flowers and swirls while I was at it.

You can see my new Martha Stewart "deep edge" border punch on the first card. I just purchased this punch and couldn't wait to use it. I love how deep it cuts the border - lots of fun! Most everything you see here is included in the main kit at My Scrapbook Nook or as an add-on (except the Maya Road kraft label). Thanks for stopping by!

1979 ...

I wanted to share another layout I created with the November kit from My Scrapbook Nook. I decided to scrap an older photo for this one ... a MUCH older photo! LOL This is my older sister and I way back in 1979. I'm about 4 years old here. Can you guess which one is me? And check out those dresses and that couch! Oh baby!

I love the rub-ons that come with this kit especially this "the story..." one. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to do some hidden journaling. I created a tag pocket using my Cricut Expression and the Tags, bags, boxes and more cartridge and slipped a journaling tag inside.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

November My Scrapbook Nook Kit and GCD Studios Sketch Contest

The November kit from My Scrapbook Nook features the Audrey Collection from Lily Bee. Truth be told this is actually the first time I have ever used Lily Bee products. The papers are really pretty, the colors and patterns are rich, and the rub-ons are just fabulous!

I created this layout as part of a class at My Scrapbook Nook (a monthly feature in the forum). You can see all of the step by step photos and instructions here if you'd like to play along.

Lots of fun add-ons available with this kit (like the chipboard letter and gold studs you see below both from Prima) ...

I'll have another layout from this kit to share soon so be sure to check back with me.

In the meantime don't forget to enter into the sketch contest currently being held over at the GCD Studios blog. You can win lots of fun goodies! As always, thanks for stopping by! :)

Got Sketch 91

Just wanted to share my contributor layout for Got Sketch? blog this week. I used some yummy Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend papers here. Love the color scheme and the fun retro prints!

I took these photos of Brandon at one of Darian's football practices. I swear this boy loves anything that moves. He's the best at making "vroom" noises and will get down and dirty (as you can see from the pictures) to be one with his trucks! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies used:
The Boyfriend Ribbon
The Boyfriend Borders Paper
The Boyfriend Tube Socks Paper
The Boyfriend Study Hall Paper
The Boyfriend Art Appreciation Paper
Mustard Typo Chipboard Thickers

How 'bout a mini?

So I don't really consider myself a "mini gal" in that I rarely (read as never lol!) make mini albums. I think this is the second of third mini album I've made and probably the first that wasn't from a class kit. I don't know why. I guess I feel kinda intimidated by them. But the dt gals from Black River Designs decided that one of our projects this month should be a mini album so I took the plunge and here it is!

What is a "brandonism" you ask? Well let me tell you! My little guy Brandon comes up with the craziest, wackiest, silliest things some times. I love his "kid logic" and how things just make sense to him even though they are so off the wall to me. I had been sharing these "brandonisms" on my facebook page for the last month and decided it was the perfect subject for my mini album.

A quick look at the inside pages. I know you can't read the journaling but if you click on the image it should show bigger and you'll be able to get a glimpse of some of the silly things my boy says. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
Black River Designs Midnight Blooms
Black River Designs Pink Wildflowers
Black River Designs Ribbon Stripes
Black River Designs Spiro Art
Jillibean Soup Really Red Alphabeans
Jillibean Soup Kraft/Red Circle Journaling Sprouts
American Crafts Spinach Nutmeg Glossy Chipboard Thickers
Scenic Route White Blue Grid Background Paper
Jenni Bowlin Reverse Black Tiny Circle Alpha Cardstock Stickers
Sassafras Green In A Stitch Buttons

a whole week ...

... without a post. So sorry I've been a bad blogger. I have actually been super busy this week with scrappy assignments but of course it's nothing that I can share just yet. Don't you just hate when people say that, I know I do! ;)

I did make this Halloween tussie mussie for GCD Studios recently. I hope it's okay to share as it hasn't been up on their blog yet but I'm gonna share it anyways just cuz I wanna! LOL!

I think tussie mussies are so fun and pretty easy to make. You can customize them for any season or holiday and they look so cute hanging from your door.

Of course I will admit that this tussie mussie is now empty since those chocolates were just too darn tempting to leave well enough alone. :)

cutest little pumpkin

Just wanted to share another Halloween layout I created this week. Well I guess it's not technically a Halloween layout but a pumpkin picking layout. You know what I mean though right? lol! Used some more of the fabulous new Twilight Collection from Pink Paislee.

These are some older pictures of Darian in a local pumpkin patch when he was just 14 months old. Isn't he such a cutie? I have been trying to backtrack a bit and scrapbook some of my older photos since I stopped scrapbooking while the boys were really little I have a lot to catch up on.

Lot of fun dimension here with chipboard, die cuts, and lots and lots of pop dots. You can also see the staples from my new Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher that I just purchased a few weeks ago. I waited to purchase the tiny attacher for awhile because I just wasn't sure I needed it (hee hee - what's "need" to a scrapbooker right?). I finally decided to just go ahead and buy it and I've used it on so many different projects already. Love it!

Supplies used:
Twilight Punch Out Die Cuts
Horizon Twilight Paper
Sunset Twilight Paper
Dusk Twilight Paper
Nightfall Twilight Paper
Eclipse Twilight Paper
Limeade Expressions Glitter Chipboard Alphabet
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Back 2 School

Morning all! So I'm very excited to finally share this layout with you today. About a month ago I was asked by the super fantabulous Kelly Goree to contribute a layout for the Basic Grey October 2009 Newsletter. I adore Basic Grey so of course I jumped at the opportunity!

I was given a super fun sketch to work with and decided to go with a back to school theme since these adorable photos of Brandon were fresh off my camera. I used mostly the June Bug Collection with its fresh colors and funky patterns with some bits and pieces from a few other collections (alphas from Eskimo Kisses and Marrakech and chip sticker from Offbeat).

Be sure to check out the rest of the contributing layouts as well! :)

Supplies used:
Eskimo Kisses Chip Stickers
Fresco June Bug Collection Paper
Vintage Plaid June Bug Collection Paper
Ric Rac June Bug Collection Paper
Marrakech Chip Stickers
Offbeat Chip Sticker Shapes

World Card Making Day!

Okay so I know I am a day late with this post but we were out for most of the day yesterday and I just didn't get a chance to get this up on my blog. But as they say better late than never, right?

I wanted to share with you a few cards I created using the October kit from My Scrapbook Nook. This kit features all sorts of vintage inspired papers from Graphic 45 so I had to call on my inner domestic goddess for these. I really like how they turned out.

Everything you see here is available from My Scrapbook Nook either in the main kit or as an add-on except for the Jenni Bowlin tiny alphas (those are from my stash!). I still have lots more kit left and another project in the works that I hope to finish soon. Thanks for stopping by!

American Crafts and Pebbles!

Big news folks! American Crafts has purchased Pebbles Inc. According to the Studio blog (American Crafts blog) Pebbles will remain its own company under the American Crafts umbrella.

I love both brands and am so proud to design for Pebbles - I can't wait to see how this new partnership spells itself out over time. :)

Happy Halloween!

Yes I know I'm just a wee bit early but it is officially October today so I thought I'd share a halloween layout I created using some of the fantastic new Twilight goodies from Pink Paislee. Halloween is probably my favorite holiday (after Christmas of course) and I just can't get enough of this Twilight Collection. Paired with the new glitter chipboard alphas and you are all set!

Supplies Used:
Pink Paislee Nightfall Twilight Paper
Pink Paislee Sunset Twilight Paper
Pink Paislee Dusk Twilight Paper
Pink Paislee Horizon Twilight Paper
Pink Paislee Twilight Punch Out Die Cuts
Pink Paislee Twilight Borderlines Stickers
Pink Paislee Twilight Bella Brads
Pink Paislee Licorice Expressions Glitter Chipboard Alphabet