Friday, September 27, 2013

Hi Everyone!  Today I'm the challenge host at Frosted Designs and the challenge is "Creativity with Texture".  I have used a stencil and molding paste for my texture.

I used these products......

To make this!  Check back later on to see the full tutorial.

Make sure you stop by the Frosted Designs blog to check out the other Designer's take on this challenge.  Also pop on over to the Frosted Designs shop to find these and other great products!

See you again soon!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hi Everyone!  I'm here with Artfull Crafts today and a few projects using Kaiser's St. Nicholas range.  This is such a lovely Christmas range with deep greens, reds and creams.  It also has a nice vintage feel to it.  We just experienced the first day of autumn here in the States and that means Christmas is coming not too far behind it.  The air is cool and fresh perfect for working with Christmas paper.

First for you is a wooden beyond the page project.  This wall art was really fun to work with.  I decided to just ink the "joy" making it stand out a bit more from the paper background instead of covering it with paper.

Second project for you is a layout.  I was pleasantly surprised this range went so well, even with a fairly colorful photo.  The framed paper was a fun challenge to work with as I am more drawn to straight lines.

Lastly, I have a card for you.  I am no card maker but this collection has so many great bits and bobs that it was quick and easy.

I hope you love this range as much as I do.  It happens to be 10% off in the shop right now.  Make sure you pop on over and have a look around.

That's all for now!  I'll see you back next month.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sketch Challenge

It's sketch challenge time at About A Boy.  You have until the end of the month to follow this sketch and link up your project to be in for the prize draw.

Use this sketch as your guide.  :)

See you again soon!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Beautiful Life

I'm really excited to share with you that Frosted Designs now has an online store!  Two here in the United States and one in Australia.  There are so many cool and fun products in there and more being added all the time.

I wanted to share a bit about myself for those new visitors and my "old" friends before getting to my project.  :)

*In the past 5 years, I have lived in 4 different States (currently living in Colorado) and overseas in New Zealand.
*My 13 year old has outgrown me by 5 inches!
*I am an avid photographer.  My favorite subjects beside my boys are clouds, sunrises, sunsets, and flowers.
*I have several globes, vintage cameras, metal flower frogs, and heart shaped rocks.
*Teal and white is my all time favorite color combination for anything from decorating to clothes to scrapbooking.  

For my first project, I picked the Beautiful Life paper pack.  It has so many fun papers in it and two 12x12 sticker sheets as well.  I love how this range can be used for either boy or girl.  

I've also used the heart confetti scattered on my page.  I really, REALLY love these wooden hearts and there are SO many in a package!  I will be stocking up on these and the other wooden embellishments.  

A few close ups.....

I love being on the Frosted Designs team and the store is now just an added bonus!  Make sure you pop on over and check it out.  

I'll be back later on in the month with a challenge!  See you then! 

Artfull Crafts

Hi Everyone!  I'm so excited to bring you my first post for Artfull Crafts with a couple of projects for you. I was so excited to receive the "Take Note" range from Kaiser.  I love the soft, natural colors and that this range can be used for a boy or a girl.   Even with boys, I find myself using flowers and flower paper on their pages and this range was no exception.  Our challenge this month is "Floral Fantasy".  You have until 30 September to participate and enter to win a lovely prize.

My first project is a layout of my oldest son Aron.  He is growing up so fast and it truly feels like "where has my baby gone?".  He has outgrown me in the last year by 5 inches!

 I loved the 12x12 paper that has all sorts of inspirational and encouraging sayings.  I used the chipboard coaster for size to cut out this particular saying from the paper.

I mounted my photo onto one of the chipboard coasters to elevate it on my page and wrapped it with twine.  I love how I can add a few flowers and this range still has a neutral feel to it.

For my second project I have used 4x4 chipboard coasters as my base.  I used more of the Take Note collection to cover three of the coasters and a photo on the fourth.  I love all the wee bits and bobs that go along with it.  Gathered Twigs is my go to ink at the moment as it is such a lovely color of brown.

This paper  from the Take Note collection was a perfect fit for the coaster.  I love that saying,  "sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart" and believe it to be true.

I absolutely love this ribbon and it was perfect to string my coasters together.  It is so beautiful and delicate looking yet sturdy.

I've added some Kaiser flowers on both end coasters along with tags from the collectables.

I'm busy working on my next project with Kaiser's St. Nicholas range.  Perfect for cozying up in my scrap room on this grey, rainy day.  Where I live in Colorado is having record rains and flooding so I'm staying put and dry.  :)

See you again soon!

Monday, September 2, 2013

September means Change

In my mind September has always been the month of change.  Weather starts to change to cooler temps (although right now we are experiencing close to 100* weather), leaves start to change, and routines change to settle back into school days.  There are even more changes in my life this month as we are moving to Colorado from Illinois.  New school, new town, new job, and new adjustments to make.

The designers at About A Boy are changing it up just a bit this month as well.  The challenge is "Black, White, and One other Color" and the change is the designers are doing a swap over challenge with the designers at About A Girl.  So for this challenge your project or layout can include a girl along with your boy.  Husband, son, nephew, grandpa....whoever your "boy" is.

I chose a photo of my youngest son Aden and I from a garage sale last summer.  He is very much an independent boy but he does love his mum.  And I love that!

I have always told my boys "you are my favorite".  It has become something they will say back to me.  "but I'm your favorite"....wink, wink.  :)  Love they enjoy it as much as I do.  My husband told me once that Aden really must be my favorite because I do more layouts of him than my other boys.  I pointed out that he is the youngest and will still let me take his photo.  The other two kind of give me that "really, again" face.  lol......

I used some old game pieces along with sticker alphas for my title.  Love the look of mixed fonts. The mask that I used for my misting was a plastic doily with some green crocheted bits around the edges.  I picked it up at a garage sale and knew that it would be perfect as a mask when the crocheted part was cut off.  I just love the pattern.

Come play along with us at About A Boy with the "Black, White, and One other Color" challenge.  Make sure you link up your project for a chance to win a prize and so I can check it out!