Saturday, March 31, 2012

Instagram inspired.......

What a horrible no good week!
This week that was just bad from the get go. We didn't have computers for the two days at work... What was supposed to be a smooth transition from one update to another, just plain wasn't. Which led to the rest of the week playing catch up. What a relief to walk out the door Friday evening.

If only I could play with paper as my "real" job instead of my "fun" job. As a wise Dr. I work with would say..... "If wishes were fishes, we would all have our poles in the water". Love it!

After all the frustrations of the day, the reports and files I needed to work on at home just weren't happening. Instead I pulled out my challenge folder and went to work with a little creative escape.

I am totally in love with the instagram photos that smart phones offer, really makes me want to update my android to a newer version. The instagram photos inspired the edge treatment on my creation today.

This page started with a sketch on the rock paper scrapbook blog. I recently stumbled upon her blog and am looking forward to more challenges Ashley has to offer. You can find her blog at

Here's the sketch....

My Take...

Papers are from the CTMH victory line. I sponged ink around the edges to get the "instagram" effect around the page. Then stamped a border stamp from the Victory WOTG stamp set with White Daisy ink around the edges of the page.

Stamp sets used....
Vintage Type

Victory WOTG stamp set.....

Embellishments used........
Round Durable Studs and Foundry Number Plates

Now, off to do the paperwork and reports that need to be done for the "play" job.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Baseball Layout

With Tyler graduating in just over 2 years, I REALLY need to get to work on his school albums. When I found this sketch challenge on the get picky blog , I instantly thought "BASEBALL". Love when that happens :).

The original sketch......

My take.....

For the background I used a retired piece of pattern paper from the Sweetheart collection. I used a 5 x 7 photo collage, added a little fake stitching, and cricut letters from the Street Sign cartridge. A super easy and quick page.

Another one checked off the to - do list.

We have had a pretty mild weekend at the Highland house. Well, if you count 3 extra 12 year old girls here for the better part of the weekend mild. HA! Only 2 words to describe that situation..... Loud and Giggly! Which would be why Tyler quickly found a friend to spend the night with. As soon as he heard Emily was having 3 friends over, he was quick to act on getting away from the giggling girls. Can't say that I blame him :)

You can find the get picky blog at . For some reason, I cannot seem to figure out how to put a darn link on here. If someone could tell me, I would surely appreciate it!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blog Post Winner!!!

As promised, I had Emily pick a random number for the $31 in Free CTMH products. She chose #17. The 17th comment posted during February was......

OLENA on February 9th. Congratulations Olena, email me at and let me know what you would like! You can browse the products online at

Here is another page I made during my scrappy weekend this past weekend. I used sketch #197 from The Creative Scrappers blog over on the left. This one also fits into the color challenge on the creating keepsakes site. The challenge was to use Red, White, and Brown. I would have never chose this color combination, but absolutely love the results!!!

I must say, I love the technology of phones nowadays. Silly me, I forgot my camera when we were visiting family over Christmas. This picture was taken with my phone. I think it turned out pretty good, especially since it was printed in 5 x 7.

These papers from the Pebbles Fresh Goods line are so addicting, I love the Kraft background. All of the other supplies are CTMH. The Heart and Label are the Irresistibles Persnickety Journaling Spots. They have the coolest resist on them. They start out white, sponge on some ink in whatever color you choose and the pattern shows through. FUN!! Here is a little picture of them before inking.

Sorry, the picture is a little wonky (is that a word?).

The only stamping on this one is the faux stitching with the Stitched Together stamp set (C1459). Much easier than pulling out a sewing machine.

Today is the beginning of spring break. Emily is already making plans for each day. I have a feeling the food bill will easily triple this week. She has 6 friends coming over tomorrow for a hiking adventure. Normally it is still quite cold during spring break here in Michigan. We are about 40 degrees above average this week. Crazy!!!

I had better run and start packing for tomorrows crop / workshop night at Scrapbook 101. Looking forward to catching up with everyone!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Finally a page

Thank you for being patient while I had to take a break from the blog. I haven't forgot about the blog candy for February and will be drawing a winner tomorrow. I am going to have Emily help me make the drawing slips and do the drawing. She likes to do the drawings for me and I am happy to have her help.

I finally was able to squeeze in a little scrappy time this past weekend. Of course, I printed off a slew of challenges to take with me and went to work. I did manage to make a dent in the pile, but have several more on my to do list for this weekend. Yay! It looks like I finally have a nice little pile of artwork to share with you over the next few days.

This page of sweet little Hazel was inspired by the Imaginisce sketch contest over on the page maps blog. If you have never checked out the page maps blog, it is surely worth your time. is the place to go.

I used papers from the Close To My Heart Lucy line. Love the pinks and greens in this set. Perfect for girl or Easter pages.

The doily and border were cut with the AP cartridge then edged with a little stickle bling. The stamped doily image and the quote in the bottom right hand corner are from the Beautiful Friendship set (B1400).

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your evening :).