Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 16 (Wednesday)

Time to gather the other supplies you'll need for this week's page.
1 12x12 piece of cardstock for your background
3 or more scraps of patterned paper that goes well together & goes with your background
a couple scraps of ribbon and/or borders - paper or sticker
optional - 8 gems, rhinestones, brads, etc.
optional - sewing machine (or sew easy, paper piercer, stitched rub ons, or a pen!)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 16 (Monday)

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was good - hectic and too short of course - but I'm so excited because it's my hubby's last weekend away!  He's starting his own practice and will now be home weekends, nights & holidays!  Yippeeeee!  BUT, that will mean a lot less scrappy time for me...
For this week's Mystery Scrap, you only need one photo and it's a small one.  Mine ended up being a 1 3/8 square.  There are quite a few options for how to do this week's page.  I used a 1 3/8 in square punch.  If you have a 1 3/8 circle that would work, too.  Even better if you also have a 1 1/2 circle.  A scallop circle would work too - any punch that's somewhere between 1 & 2" would work.  If you don't have any punches, you can create squares using your paper trimmer. Check back Wednesday for the next step!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 15 (Friday)

This page was inspired by (scraplifted) from this one by Tammy at Your Memory Connection.  Pennants are so popular right now and I have the scallop punch that she used.  It looked like a fun & easy & page & I was looking for a way to do a page that would highlight 3 portrait sized pics of my older daughter.   These are my favorite pictures of her in forever and were taken during the intermission of younger daughter's preschool graduation.  Apparently they key to getting great pictures with natural looking smiles is NOT trying to get two of them to smile and pose at the same time!  Now I'll have to try the same thing with the younger one! Anyway - I changed the placement of the title & the journaling a little bit to fit with the papers & title stickers I chose and I added a couple little tiny punched hearts at the last second, but I'm pretty happy with the end result on this one. Hope you are with yours as well.

I would LOVE to see what you come up with - so please join my Flickr group & post a picture of your layout with the Tag Mystery15.

Journaling says: I adore these pictures of you because I can see the beautiful baby (with the adorable dimple) that you were, the sweet & outgoing little girl you are, and the bright, confident & lovely young woman you will become.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 15 (Wednesday)

Supplies you will need:
1 12x12 piece of cardstock
patterned paper 1: 7.5"x9"
patterned paper 2: 12"x3.25"
patterned paper 3: 12"x 1" or 12"+ length of ribbon
title - stickers, chipboard, stamps, cricut letters
2 border punched pieces of complimentary colored cardstock
3 punched pieces (any of the above patterned papers or cardstock (scallop circle, circle, something symmetrical) or paper to cut into triangular/pennant shape
length of string or bakers twine

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 15 (Monday)

For this week's page, you will need 3 portrait oriented 3"x4" pictures. 
Your title can either be several small words or one or two larger ones.
Journaling space will be about 2.75"wide x 2" tall. See you Wednesday for the next step!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Card

Well, I'm taking a short break this week from Mystery Scrap - BUT will be back with another round next week.  If you are new to the blog - check back to a recent week and pick any week to start playing along!  In the meantime, I thought I'd post a super simple Father's Day card that I copied almost exactly from this card.  I'm about 150% sure that neither my Dad nor my Father in Law will be checking my blog, so not worried about ruining the surprise!
If you are a stamper and you have never been to splitcoaststampers, it's worth the (virtual) trip.  This website - or maybe I should call it a community - is one of the best resources out there for ideas for cards, treats, and even scrapbook pages.  If you like Stampin Up! stamps, you will get lost here for hours at a time - but it is certainly not limited to Stampin Up!  When I buy a stamp set, I always check out splitcoast because you can look by stamp set and see pictures of cards that other people have made using that same set.  Over time, the way I purchase sets has even changed because of splitcoast.  I used to go through the catalog and see what caught my eye.  Now, I spend a lot of time browsing blogs & if a card really grabs me, I may go see what other people have created with the same set.  Once I see three or four cards that I know I would scraplift (with stamping it's called CASE - stands for Copy & Share Everything) then I will consider buying a set.  Anyway - pick a set that you have or are interested in - go to the gallery, click on Stampin Up, then on the letter that the set name begins with, find the set name and have fun perusing!
There are also forums where you can ask/answer questions, a ton of challenges, swaps, tutorials - it's really an amazing resource.  Another thing I love to do there is look for treat ideas for my kids' classes at school or little goodies for teachers... I typed in the search box Valentine Treat and here is one of the cute ideas that came up... Invitation ideas, favors, birthday party goodies, you name it - you can find it here.
I regularly will type CAS in the search box - which stands for Clean and Simple.  That is definitely the style that speaks most to me.
One last fun thing - as you are looking through the various galleries, find a card that really knocks you out and look to see if the creator has included their blog in their signature - this is a great way to discover blogs by people with a style that you really like. Chances are if you really like one of their designs, you may like a lot of them!  So - if you haven't already becoming obsessed with Splitcoast, go check it out - you will not be disappointed!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 14 continued

Ok - so sure enough - my brain was working a lot better yesterday and I was able to find it.  This was the page by Jenn McCabe in the Club CK gallery. It's not super-easy to search by a person, but I ended up finding something her username and then looking at her gallery. Club CK Gallery is an amazing place to find inspiration.  Look through based on theme, technique, layout size or many other options.  I look till I find one that I really like, then I look at that person's gallery.  Then, I'll look to see if I can find their blog!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 14 (Friday)

Fighting a bad headache and barely got my page finished tonight. I spent a few minutes trying to find the link to the Jenn McCabe layout in the Club CK Gallery that was my inspiration for this week. But, I think my brain is not working properly... Here is my picture and tomorrow or over the weekend when I'm firing on all cylinders, I'll try to link right to her page.  Mine won't do her justice and you'll see beyond a shadow of a doubt why I should NEVER try to doodle.  It's comical how bad I am at freehanding anything.  Was never a doodler in school and now you can see why!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 14 (Wednesday)

Supplies for this week's page include:
12x12 solid color cardstock for background (optional - another 12 x12 - one would be cut down to form a border).
random paper strips (coordinating colors) this could include paper strips, punched borders, border stickers, ribbon, etc
letter stickers for title (or chipboard, cricut letters, etc)
embellishments - 3 approx 1", 3 approx .5"
no specific place for journaling, but could add journaling tag, box, sticker, or handwriting in many diff places.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 14 (Monday)

So this is actually a live post this morning. I'm going to be hurtin' tomorrow!  For this week's page, you will need 4 portrait oriented pictures approx 2x4 (could be a little wider if you'd like) and they don't all have to be the exact same with, but keep them fairly close... I haven't actually done my page yet, but I'm picturing using 4 similar pics of the same subject.  See you back here Weds!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Not what I'd planned, but...

I hope you like it. We wanted to make a little something for Evan's teacher for the end of the year. So at the grocery store this morning, we saw these little candy bar bouquets that were so cute!  I figured we could do something similar so we bought the candy and everything else we needed was already in the craft closet.
Supplies include two types of full sized candy bars, wooden skewers, tissue paper, glue gun, vase, floral foam & Kissess.
Put kisses in the bottom of the vase.
Tuck a small piece of floral foam into the tissue paper as if you Then use hot glue (I used it on the Lo setting) to hot glue the skewers to the backs of the candy bars. were putting a gift into a gift bag.  Then put the foam & tissue paper into the vase down to the Kisses.

Then use hot glue (I used it on the Lo setting) to hot glue the skewers to the backs of the candy bars. Almost done...
Put the skewers into the floral foam at different angles & tie the base of the skewers & tissue paper with some ribbon. Voila!  It took about 10-15 minutes including cooling time for the hot glue.  I would definitely make one again, but I'd probably just do several - it was so easy & inexpensive.  Sorry the pictures aren't great - I'm not much of a photographer anyway, but I didn't have the energy today to find a nice clear spot and natural light!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 13 (Friday)

Does anyone have any scrappy plans for the weekend?   This week's Mystery Scrap is based on this page by Laura Vegas.

Here is my take on it...
When you've completed your page, post it to our Flickr Group so we can all ooh & aah over it!  Tag it as Mystery13.  And, make sure to check back over the weekend - I'll have tips for making the most of your alphabet stickers!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mystery Scrap Week 13 (Wednesday)

Ok - for this page, you will need:
12x12 piece of subtle patterned paper or solid color cardstock
strip of patterned paper 1"x12" plus another length of the same paper 1"x 4.25"
strip of another patterned paper a little less than 1/2" w x12"
border punched piece of patterned paper or solid color cardstock a little less than 1/2" x 12" (or ribbon)
title - chipboard, stickers, cricut letters or any combination of these!
Journaling block - subtle patterned paper or light colored cardstock ~ 2.5"x4 or 3"x4
Embellishments - 3 approx same size .5" or so
2 approx 1"-1.5"
random corner piece if desired... (this is hard to describe, so you may want to hold off on this part until Friday when you see the design)