Sketch This #68

Hey everyone!  Happy Tuesday to you!  I don’t know about you all, but I’m in a pretty good mood right now.  I’ve just come home from shopping and lunch out with Glammie.  Nothing like a little retail therapy to cure all that ails you, right?  And we even managed to find a few sales, and that makes things even better.  Needed to find some pants for Peter, as now that the weather is getting cooler in the morning, we’re starting to think about pants again.  Went through his dresser and discovered he was down to one pair of khakis and one pair of jeans that still fits.  That’s just not going to cut it.  We found a couple of jeans on sale for him and now I’ve just got to try to twist his arm to try them on, which is a whole other struggle in itself.  Also found a couple of clearance shorts, so snagged those up, too.  Found one small thing for Nik, and picked up a little something for myself while we were at it.  I am SO excited about my little find……..but I’m not going to tell you all yet.  The thing that we found leads into other things that are needed to complete the whole look… know how that goes. (I need to stay away from Pottery Barn).  Glammie and I decided that we can try to make this project ourselves, and that’s what we are going to work on this afternoon when Nik gets home.  Hopefully I can show you all tomorrow!!  Tee hee!  I’m practically giddy.  Hope it turns out half as cute as the display at Pottery Barn.

But before I go get Nik, I want to share my card for the Sketch This blog this week.  Sketch #68.

So cute, isn’t it?  Here is my card.

I’m sure you all are not in the least bit surprised to see a Halloween card, are you?  I’ve got Halloween on the brain.  It just makes me happy, and……..I used up some old, old scraps for this so I feel thrifty, too boot.  The paper is from Reminisce and KI, and that spider……my gosh is he ever OLD.  It’s from a die-cut sheet from Carolee’s that my friend Kathie gave me years ago.  Feels good to use it finally.  I did some machine stitching around each piece of paper, and gave the spider a hand-stitched web.  I free-handed a little speech bubble and stamped the greeting with my tiny Hero Arts alphabet stamps.  I always feel good when I break out my stamps, too.  Yup….it’s a feel good kind of day.

Time for me to get started on that new project.  Wish me luck!

Have a great day everyone!


Random Chaos 30

Here we are marking another milestone over at the Random Chaos challenge blog. Janelle amazes me with her creative weekly challenges, and here we are on challenge number 30 already! Way to go, Janelle!! I feel really honored to have been able to play along for all 30 weeks, and look forward to each new week. Well………except for that dreaded no patterns week. 😉 But now that that is behind me, it’s smooth sailing from here on out!

This week’s challenge is to use an over-sized photo on your layout. I have always liked the look of that, but rarely enlarge my photos very much. I really love that Janelle’s challenge pushed me to actually go ahead and do it. I am really happy with the outcome. But that could be in large part due to my subject matter. Take a look.

You recognize this guy, right? This is the primitive wooden Jack O’Lantern I splurged on last week. Could NOT resist it. Thought it’s vintage, shabby goodness would compliment the beautiful papers from Webster’s Pages really well, and I’m so pleased with the result. Think the patchwork effect gives this page a real homespun charm to it. All the paper on this project came from the two new lines from Webster’s called Inspired and Reflections of Nature. From the Reflections line, I used the front and back sides of both the Amber Waves and the Chestnut Mocha papers. From Inspired, I used the Bountiful paper for the dark brown strips at top and bottom, and I cut the word “Inspiration” from the sheet for use in my title. Love the gorgeous script. For the chipboard letters in the title, I covered them with dictionary paper and aged them slightly with a Ranger distress ink pad. I also stamped one journaling strip with Hero Arts letter stamps and added a couple of Chatterbox ribbon ties for a final touch.

I just love fall! Think it has to be my most favorite season. Anyone else think so, too?

Have a great day everyone!

The Dreaded Random Chaos #27

Well, this is the ONE!  This is the one challenge I have been dreading ever since the Random Chaos blog came into existence 27 weeks ago.  For 27 weeks I have been crossing my fingers and hoping that this wouldn’t be the week……..that it wouldn’t be this.  Please don’t let it be this. Please don’t let it be this. Please don’t let it be this.  But this week, it was.

So, what have I worked myself into a lather about, you wonder??  What on earth could possibly be so horrible??  Well, let me tell you.  This week’s challenge is to do a layout using only cardstock.  You may include embellishments as long as they don’t have a pattern.  Do you hear what I’m saying???  No pattern!!!!!!  Mama Mia!

Here is what I did.

My main strategy on this page was to cover it as much as possible with photos!  That left me very little space in which to deal with the cardstock only issue, which made me happier.  I then pulled out an arsenal of supplies to try to jazz up the remaining areas.  I used white paint on the background paper to make a frame for the whole page and also did some random dry-brushing.  I outlined the kraft cardstock with a white crayon, as well as using the crayon in a circular design behind the sun.  I then took my Hero Arts watercolor set and a very wet aqua-flow brush to paint blue over the crayoned areas.  That resist technique  gives a rather unique look that I think works well with this water page.  You can see the effect fairly well in the detail photo.  Used the Fiskars Threading Water punch on the yellow cardstock to make the scallop, and pulled out my trusty Bazzill stitching template that I got in my August Paper-Playground kit to make some more hand-stitched waves.  I am really loving that template.  The title and sub-title are made from a combination of rub-ons from Flair Designs and Reminisce and puffy letter stickers from Making Memories.

And now, after 27 weeks, my fears are finally over!  It’s done!  I did it!!!  I rose to the challenge and overcame my fears!  Take that, you little challenge, you!

Big cleansing breath…

A Friendly Challenge from Random Chaos

well guys, there is no official challenge this week at Random Chaos. That is because we are taking the week off to welcome 6 new designers to the Random Chaos challenge blog! I am very excited to announce the new members of the design team.

Juliana Michaels
Renee Lamb
Norma Kennedy
Amy Tara Koeppel
Carrie Ferrier
Danni Reid

Welcome ladies! I am so excited that this group of talented folks will be joining the rest of the team in our weekly challenges. I am familiar with the work of these ladies and I can tell you this… I know this team is going to ROCK!!

But in the mean time, those of us already on the DT felt like we would go through too much withdrawal without a good challenge this week. So, we all put our heads together and came up with our own friendly Random Chaos challenge. Each of us added one “criteria” to be met on our pages. That ended up being quite a long list, but SO much fun. Here is what each of us added to the challenge.

Ashley- scallops
Lia- a title with 4 or more words
Brandi- brads
Rachel- use the color green
Molly- embossing
Allison- stamping
Jenn- use handwritten journaling
Me- use 2 different ribbons/trims

Here is what I came up with.

I cannot believe how fun this ended up being! Although I didn’t find it difficult, I still had to concentrate to make sure I didn’t overlook any part of this challenge. I had to make myself a check list and mark them off as I went along! I am so glad that Allison and Molly included stamping and embossing. I started out as a stamper, and as you can imagine, I own an awful lot of stamps. But even so, I hardly seem to pull them out anymore. This challenge was just the push I needed, and I actually did a lot of stamping on this page. First, I used small alphabet stamps by Hero Arts to stamp part of my title and the subtitle. For the rest of the title, I lightly inked some chipboard letters by Basic Grey and then stamped them with some flourish stamps from Technique Tuesday. I embossed those letters with ultra-thick embossing enamel, which you can see fairly well in the detail photo. Lastly, I used a circular “best of times” stamp from Danelle Johnson for embellishment. The papers and scalloped stickers are from My Mind’s Eye. Brads are from both Lasting Impressions and American Crafts. My two different ribbons are from Making Memories and Fancy Pants. I also used a die-cut from Melissa Francis and clear accent stickers and felt flowers from American Crafts. Last item is a border rub-on from Cosmo Cricket.

Wonderful challenge, team! Thanks for the fun! Hope you all will play along!

Have a great day!