Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE challenges???

So, have I told you how much I LOVE scrapbooking challenges? I love how they get your creative juices flowing and your rear in gear! I have found so many great challenge sites lately that I'm like a kid on too much candy! The trouble is, though, that 1) I don't have enough scrap time in a day to do all these challenges (but oh, how I wish!) and 2) I'm waaaaay too slow a scrapper to meet and keep up with all the submit deadlines! But, you know, I'm going to try to 'suffer' my way through! LOL! :)

Here's a layout that I did for three different challenges. It's a layout using pics taken a few years ago of my step-grandson taking a spin in his new sweet "ride" he had just got from Santa a couple of weeks before.
First challenge it meets is a sketch from Twisted Sketches and the twist was to use chipboard. My chipboard pieces are the black circles which I thought simulated the look of the tires on my step-grandson's truck. The second challenge it meets is the one issued on Practical Scrappers to use eyelets. As you can see, on my "tire" circles, I used silver eyelets. I was hoping it'd somewhat copy the wheel rims on the truck. It would have looked better, I thought, with a couple more eyelets per circle, but unfortunately, that was all the silver eyelets I had. And the last (but certainly not the least) challenge is the one over at Scrap Challenge Masters Daily Grind challenge which was to use pictures from an outdoor everyday (not special or holiday) event.

Here's some other layouts that I've done recently but have not posted yet. One is of my son when he was in Kindergarten and the other is one of my stepson when he was in the middle school choir. These pictures go way way back! No, I'm obviously not a chronological scrapper, ha ha! The third layout is of a photo taken just a few weeks ago of my step-granddaughter when she fell asleep in the baby seat that's ready and waiting for her new little brother who's due any day now. She's so sweet!

And just for the record, I do enjoy other crafts besides scrapbooking, even though I don't show them here much. I also crochet, and here is my latest crochet project. It's a kitchen set of a dishcloth and scrubbie. The variegated cotton yarn is by Lily Sugar 'N Cream (I got the big cone at Wally World) and the white yarn on the back of the scrubbie is a nylon yarn, typically used for plastic canvas (at least that's what the package said). It's really kind of stiff, great for a scrubbie, but not so great for my hands and fingers. By the time I was done with one, I'd have to take a break from the nylon to give my fingers time to recover! I made myself a set and loved them so much that I made both of my neighbors a set, too. I made a little gift bag and everything! I'm lucky to have some of the greatest neighbors who are always doing nice things for us, so I wanted to do something for them, too.

Friday, June 4, 2010

More challenges and A Graduation!

Hi, again! Thought I'd share a few more creations!

Here is a card I made for a couple of challenges.

First, I used a sketch from a challenge over at
Twisted Sketches, and the "twist" was to use rub ons. So, the "Precious" part of the sentiment is a rub on. I don't really own that many rub ons, but not sure why. I really do like them, but for some reason, just don't stash that many. I suppose I use them as fast as I get them! The card also is for a product challenge over at Practical Scrappers which was to use acrylics, vellum, or transparencies. So, the rest of the sentiment, the "Welcome" and "Baby," are transparencies. Well, technically they're not. They're actually cut out from those clear guide sheets you get with your acrylic stamps. When I moved my stamps storage to clear CD cases, I no longer needed these guide sheets. I thought I could cut them up and use them as transparencies, and they work great! On the word "Baby," I simply colored the letters from the back with a Prisma marker before running it through my little Xyron X. (I love when I can attach transparencies that way, it gives an even coverage of adhesive so you can't see it!)

Here's another card I made based on the same sketch at Twisted Sketches. I guess I really liked that sketch! The reason for two baby cards is that it seems there's been a little population explosion in my corner of the world! But, that's okay! Babies are sooo cute, and they're really great when you can hand them back to their parents when they start to cry! LOL! :)

Speaking of 'babies,' my 'baby' just graduated high school last weekend. He's not a baby anymore! I'm so proud of him! Here he is all educated and graduated!

Isn't he cute in that figure flattering man-gown? :) And where there's a graduation, there's graduation gifts, right? So, being the thrifty crafter that I am, I decided to make the Thank You cards that my son will send out. Well, just as soon as I can get him to sit still long enough to fill them out! You know how guys are about such things! Here's a sample of the Thank You cards I am making. (FYI: his school colors are dark green, dark blue, and silver. As if you couldn't tell by the aforementioned man-gown, right?!?)