Sunday, August 28, 2011

The end of summer . . . not really . . . but it is and I know it. I think that each year the end arrives earlier and earlier.

Ten signs that summer is ending:

1) Back to school sales
2) The bottle of aloe is empty
3) No more ice cream truck music
4) Its getting darker earlier
5) My skin is starting to dry out
6) The evenings are getting crisp and cool (unless you live in Texas).
7) Sweet corn is everywhere
8) and I just realized this one . . . the mall, the movie theater, and just public places in general have all changed. All those pesky, ill mannered teenagers whose parents dump them off (as if public places are a daycare for hormonal teenagers) are gone because school has started.
9) Summer items are seriously discounted
10) My flip-flops from Old Navy are paper thin

Creative road blocks happen to the best of us. You want to scrap but that design you have in your head is looking pretty boring.  I’ve found that there is nothing like a great sketch to get my mojo flowing. At My Sketch World you’ll find not only a stimulating monthly sketch on the blog, but access to past sketches that are sure to inspire you.

I used these sketches by Lucy Chesna (MSW) to get my mojo flowing:

My take on the sketch:

My take on the sketch:

My take on the sketch:

My take on the sketch and my first canvas work . . . and I love the way it turned out!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Woot Woot!  I just found out that I got picked to be a layout designer at My Sketch World.  I am so honored to be a part of this amazing design team!  Can I say I'm beyond excited!!!

August Sketch:

My take on the sketch:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I have to confess . . . I have had a long love affair with manipulating paper.

Whether it’s completing a layout for a scrapbook, working on an altered art project or making an ATC, I never underestimate what the creative imagination can bring to reality.
Every once in awhile I complete a project that really excites me! And although this cake was easy to make (but time consuming), I think it has a certain WOW factor because of all the little details.

I used my Cricut machine to cut the cake and the flowers and my Cuttlebug machine for the embossing. The more I play with my Cricut machine the more I discover what it can do
. . . amazing!

Each piece of cake is an individual box which can be filled with sweet treats and/or little goodies.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Well I did it . . . I applied for two Design Teams within the last two weeks.  Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed . . . and saying a few prayers.

Here are three layouts I completed this past week using sketches from My Sketch World.

Hello Sunshine
pp - Simple Stories, My Minds Eye, Cosmo Cricket &amp, Pink Paislee
cs - Bazzill
ink - Ranger
string - Hardware
button - Notions
butterfly - Jenni Bowlin
brads and photo turn - ?

I flipped this sketch to make my pictures work for it.

cs - The Paper Co.
pp - BoBunny and Reminisce
die cut stickers - Reminisce
ink - Ranger
ribbon - Notions
letters - Thickers
Machine Stitching

pp - Melissa Frances
die cuts - Melissa Frances
cs - Bazzill
Flowers - Imaginisce
felt - Imaginations
chipboard - Maya Road
bling - Prima
paint - Making Memories

. . . and I completed my first layout on a canvas and I just LOVE how it turned out!  I can only give you a sneak peek now . . .