Monday, March 2, 2015

Picture This Challenge Blog Design Team Call!

I know, I know..........My poor neglected  blog!!  Lots has gone on that has kept me away. We moved into an apartment and were without internet for quite some time, then my laptop up and died and I have been doing everything from my phone until my one of my wonderful boys bought me a tablet with a keyboard for my birthday last month!!  I have pretty cool kids if I do say so myself :)

I've been around tho! On Facebook some and Instagram A LOT! Still scrapping away!  I made myself a promise when we moved that I wasn't going to go overboard with DTs and  I would only participate in challenges I loved and that would inspire me.  Then I saw a DT call for a relatively new challenge blog called Picture This.Picture This.  I think so far I have played with all of their challenges....so fun!! They give you a recipe , or a list of ingredients, to include in your layout. So much fun for me and really helps me to not only use my stash, but to think outside of the box a bit.

So since I love em so much I'm applying for the team....wish me luck!!!  The DT Challenge layout I'm about to share called for a couple of things.  1 Photo, Photo Corners and Splatters........sounds like the makings of a killer  boy layout to me!!
I have tons of little bits and pieces of the Crate Paper "Boys Rule" collection remaining so I tried to use a bunch up any way possible....lol.  I loved this collection so much I just couldn't bare to toss any of it out.  I made my own photo corners by cutting  couple of triangles and adding around the photo edges......the photo also has one of the awesome tranparent overlays that come ith the collection.  My splatters are there (love white on dark cardstock) and the one photo is of Brandon (big kid) and Jesse (little kid) when they were just lil fellas.

Please check their blog out if you haven't already found them! I promise you will love playing along just as much as I do! And check out the DT call!! You can't make it if you don't try!

I'll be back soon I promise! I'm trying to figure out how to revamp my blog via the tablet....lol.  And if you are on instagram look me up! My s/n there is Teenabugg!

Have a great day!!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Let's Get Sketchy BH1Chelsea

You can read my post in it's entirety HERE


Lets get Sketchy BH1 Wendi

You can read my full post HERE






Lets Get Sketchy BH1 Michelle


Forgive my lack of chitter chatter.....I made one huge post here......and I could only link it once.

Lets get Sketchy BH1 Melinda

Silly me putallof my layouts in one post and it won't let me link to the same post.....ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! So.....here is BH1Melinda...
her twist was to add stitching....
fake stitching,,,,,
You can read my lengthy post here if your interested....I'm too tired of typing to go thru the story of my layouts again.....lol

A great big buncha LGS Blog Hop Challenge pages.

Whewwwwwwww!! I can't believe I actually done most, if not all of these!!! I have scrapped my poor little fingers to nothing but inky little nubs :)
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In case you are wondering what I am babbling about (which I am sure if nothing unusual) Let's Get Sketchy is celebrating turning 2 this month with lots of fun challenges, Blog hops, giveaways and lots and lots of fun and inspiration!!! I always enjoy their challenges and try to play when I have the time. But lately life has been really chaotic and I haven't beeen able to scrap as much as I would like. So I sat down last night and today (beats the heck out of housework!!!) and knocked these out. GO ME!!! I'm not like my bloggy friend Julie-Tucker-Woleck, who can sit and do like 3000 layouts in a weekend. It can take me DAYS just to find my stuff!! I at least have it all centrally located now, its just in several boxes and 2 gallon zip-loc bags with no rhyme or reason to my storage organization.  The Fly-Lady would fly right on out of my house pulling her hair out and I'm sure Mary Poppins would utter several four letter words if she saw my mess. And let's just say "Golly" is not on that word list.......ahem :)

I'm slightly confused (Surprise!!!) about some these challenges because some had the same sketch but may have added a twist. I didn't do one for the sketch and one for the twist......sorry! So I will post these and link em up and hope I don't screw it up along the way!

You will have to look over me, I'm scrap/slap happy......I think the glue gave me a buzz!

Ok......ready or not hereeeeeee we go!!!!!

First I have BH1 Carol and this sketch.
 There was a twist added to this one by Brenshevia (BH1Brenshevia) to use four of the follow colors: Kraft, Black, Pink, Blue and Red.

I did manage to work them both together but my take on the sketch is wayyyyyyyy out in left field. (it happens sometimes....lol)

This is my son Jacob with A girl he dated a year or so back. I can't keep track anymore, he dumps them before I can scrap them.....lol. I love the photo tho!
 So my base is kraft and the cut out words are backed with some tone on tone black patterned paper from Crate Paper Restoration. Actually, all of the papers are from that line. The papers have blue and pink in the pattern. I added a Crate Paper jeweled bobby pin and flowers from American Crafts, Wood veneer I won and it was part of a Cocoa Daisy kit. The "love tag" is from MME and the beaded butterfly was a gift from a friend. Love how this one turned out! 

Next!!
This Sketch on Melinda's Blog (she turned hers into a card and its amazing!! I never considered that!!)
BH1Melinda
And my take....
Pardon the crappy cropping!

We have had LOTS of snow here this winter which is WEIRD for our area!! I found the snowflake photo on facebook and loaded it to instagram. I decided it would be perfect for a layout :)   I think the twist here was to add stitching, I faked it with a white pen but its barely noticable....kraft seems to ust suck white up like a sponge.

See?

Next.......this sketch on  Michelle's blog......twist use bling. I blinged it to death!!! lol
BH1Michelle
The same sketch on Jaqui's blog with the twist to use 2 of the following...distressed edges, masking,inking, stamping, layering, border punches,flowers or doodling. 
(BH1Jaqui)
I have the bling, flowers and lots of layering.

All of this is American Crafts, from "My Girl" and another one I can't remember at the moment :( The "family and Love" are Thickers, as are the hearts....I'm not sure where on earth the bling came from.....Flowers, AC, And I added a Project Life card....just cuzi recently won them and wanted to use it....lol. OH!! The lil butterfly  and arrow is Heidi Swapp!!

The photo is of my cousin's girls, Beth and Nevaeh....so sweet!! :)

NEXT!!!
(this is like the post that will never end ain't it? lol)

This sketch from Wendi's blog  with the twist to use and older, hoarded collection from Melissa's Blog  Easy....I got bunches of those!!!
(BH1Wendi and BH1 Melissa)
 I loved this sketch and one of my favorite lines is Echo Park. So I used About A Boy. And the Boy I scrapped is my now 13yr old Brandon when he was 2......I miss those days!!! :)
Again, its a little different but the inspiration is noticeable I think! After all of the girly stuff I scrapped today I was dying to do a nice grungy, messy boy layout! I painted over the wood background paper and let some of it peek thru...it looks way cooler in person! I splattered a bit and this is one of absolute fave layouts! AC thickers and  AC remarks and an AC flair bit round out the layout.....lots of fun to do this one!!!!

Ok....last one I PROMISE!!!! I know I'm killin ya :)

This one is from Chelsea's blog with her added twist to use a paper clip of some sort..
(BH1Chelsea)
 I decided to scrap my cousin Tonya, she is going to be soooo surprised!!! I steal photos of her kids from facebook all the time. I saw this one of her and fell in love with her. She is such a sweet person despite being related to me.....lol.  For this one I stuck pretty close to the original sketch.
Everything here is AC as well except for the cluster of Project Life cards and the sheet of blue vellum I have had since the dawn of scrapobooking.. Even tho this one is a pretty feminine layout I really love it because the soft colors go so well with the black and white photo. The paper clip is the heart shaped "love" at the top corner of her photo.

Thats it!! Aren't you glad? lol. I'm hoping I got em all but if not I will do better next time....I hall not be defeated!!!!! So much fun even if I didn't get linked ti;l the last minute!!!!!!

If you are still here, thanks for visiting :)

Have a great weekend!!!
Tina




Sunday, March 2, 2014

Destashing some Crate Paper

Happy Sunday my friends!

I'm a little sad today because I had so hoped I was going to be able to share tons of pix taken with my cousin and out visit today, I woke up this morning to a text saying they were heading back home early because we were having some storms and things can get scary when it storms in the mountains. So maybe next time :(  Luckily they love this area and go to the mountains several times a year....so I will see her before the year is out!!! The important thing is they made it back home to Ohio safe and sound!!

I stayed up late last night and did a little scrapping with some Crate  Paper goodies I dug out. They are having a Boy's Rule challenge right now and I really would love that collection!! But I am on a self imposed shopping ban. Yes it's killing me.....lol. SO many great boy collections out there right now that I can't wait to get my hands on and this one is at the absolute top of the list! I dug and dug and came up with bits from Restoration, Toy Box, and School Spirit and tossed it all together.  And I even came across 2 cans of Crate Barrel letters that I had forgotten I even had! My letters were all different colors and didn't match the layout at all so I simply painted them white.

Most of you know I have an adult son with Autism. I rarely scrap him because he is so hard to get a photo of.Typically he doesn't like to be touched or make eye contact. If there is a flash involved he freaks out and he has no patience for me telling him, "Hang on....one more pic!!" But I got really lucky with this photo and a great moment on camera of him and Jesse (my youngest) actually hugging! And Matt is smiling!!!! I think it lasted about 2 seconds.....lol. I'm fast on the draw with my camera.....lol.

I laid this out and arranged and rearranged a billion times and finally decided I didn't like the plain dark Bazzill Cardstock background and flicked whit paint all over it to grunge it up a bit. And again I am layering and layering cuz it helps me destash and I love it.....lol. 

This layout has a lot of dimension that you can't see from this angle, so.....
Typically I use foam squares. But I really had so few letters left and  LOTS of periods and odd stuff I will never use, so I used them under my layers to lift them up. I do this sometimes with leftover foam Thickers and stickers I want to pop up....works great!
The journaling is a quote I found but really have no clue who to credit it to. But I felt it was perfect because Matthew is non-verbal. He can't even communicate with sign language.
It reads "love doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be true"  And even tho Matthew can't express his love we feel it, and hopefully he feels ours as well. From the looks of the their faces in the photo I'd say he does :)

In addition to the contest at Crate Paper I'm also linking up at
Creative Inspirations It's a boy thing
The Sisterhood Of Crafters One for the boys
Simply Create Too Shop your stash (everything here is over a year old)
Crop Stop Share your creations
Little Scrap Pieces  Show it off Saturday Linky Party 
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Thanks for dropping by! I appreciate your visits and the comments! I have plans for LOTS of scrappy projects this week BUT we all know how that goes.....lol. 

Hugs n stuff!
Tina