Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Activities Challenge at Scrap and Stamp

The newest challenge at Scrap and Stamp is to share a fall activity or sport layout. Just add any stamped element, traditional or digital to your layout and you will quality for the challenge prize drawing. The sponsor this week is Wil Feda Designs and you could win two digi's of your choice! So pull out all of those fantastic fall photos and get to scrappin! and remember you now have two weeks to complete a challenge layout! So no excuses...

My layout is a blast from the past, only a year ago. This is a fall layout of my family last halloween and one of our favorite fall activities is carving pumpkins.

In fact we just carved some last night, so that layout will soon be arriving via the blog to be sure. Oh and Gabe is a terrific little turtle this year, wait until you see how cute this costume is! Happy Halloween to you and your families, enjoy!

Fantastic Fall Getaway

So Scott and I got to indulge for the first time ever in a weekend to ourselves to celebrate our third anniversary. We had planned on a cabin in Hocking Hills but opted for a Bed and Breakfast instead. I was excited since I had never been to a B&B, but didn't really know what to expect. We went to "A Georgian Manner", outside of Logan, Ohio and it sits right on Lake Logan.

Who knew a place like this existed in Ohio? We are so happy to have discovered such a treasure. This place is pure elegance indoors and outdoors. From the beautiful victorian decor inside to the immaculately kept grounds outdoors, it was full of wonderful surprises.

Our room was lovely, so romantic with it's own private balcony and extraordinary view. The food was exceptional, breakfast was way beyond what we had expected.

Being right next to Lake Logan makes the Manner such a unique experience. We enjoyed watching swans, ducks and herons all weekend long. We fished the lake and used the Manner's canoe for a sunset cruise, it was so peaceful that it is hard to describe.

The owner's were such a delight too, we so enjoyed talking with them. They answered every question we had about the area and gave us inside information on all the best activities and restaurants in the vicinity. Overall I must say that this was the perfect place to disconnect from the rest of the world and reconnect with each other. We are already planning a return visit for our anniversary next year.  Just wanted to share a positive experience!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Painted Frame Tutorial at Scrap and Stamp

This week at Scrap and Stamp there is a tutorial on how to paint a frame on photos. It is sooo easy and the results really add punch to your photos. Just pop over to the blog and join  in the fun, you now have TWO WEEKS to complete a challenge! That's right we have made a few changes on the challenge blog and extended deadlines for chalenges.

Also this weeks sponsor is Hambo Stamps you can check them out here.  They are providing the prize for the winner of the challenge!

Here is my take on this weeks challenge. A lovely layout made especially for my Mother. Check out this photo from her senior year, isn't she beautiful! Anyhow I wanted to thank her for all that she does for our family and for being such an extraordinary example of how a christian woman should be. Lots of her favorites on this layout: Pink, Amazing Grace and lots of flowers. Thanks Mom, I love you.

Material Used: Jillibean Soup/Kraft Staples- White Macaroni, ruler twill & corrugated buttons; Studio Calico/Anthology- woodgrain paper; Prima/Breathe- flowers & diamond pattern; K & Company/pink gingham; American Crafts/White Ribbon Roses; Colorbok/journal envelope and tag; Martha Stewart/Flag Pennant; Alphabet stamps; Making Memories/green gingham; pink gemstones;  misc. buttons

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stitching Challenge

Do you like to add real sewing or stitching to your layouts, or are you like me and would rather just stamp them on? Either way you should give the challenge over at Scrap and Stamp Saturday a try! Stitching and a stamp is the only qualification for this week.

Our sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles and you can check them out here. They are offering some digis as a prize this week.

Here is my layout it is titled "Farm Fascinated" and was inspired by a trip to the pumpkin farm last fall. I adore this photo of Gabe, his whole face is lit up by excitement. So much fun that day was.

So let me know what you think!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Moxxie Fab Pleating Challenge

So there is a new challenge posted over at Moxxie Fab World blog and it is to use pleats. Soooo I actually have done a double layout using their new autumn line. I pleated my ribbon border to add texture. Love these colors and the photos are so perfect- they are from Scott's parents visit last fall. We had such a great time when they were here and really tried to embrace fall in Ohio. A visit to Leed's Pumpkin farm, a hayride and a day trip to John Bryan State Park. I love fall.

My Sketch at Scrap and Stamp

This week at Scrap and Stamp they are featuring a sketch challenge by yours truly, me. So you simply must play along! Remember from now on, you have two weeks to complete the challenge, so no excuses. The sponsor this week is Inktegrity Digital Images, be sure to check them out. Here is the sketch, it can be interpreted however you like as long as you add a stamp to it.

This is my take on the sketch, of course another double layout.

This layout celebrated the last day of school campout of my teen daughter and her friends. Love the Bo Bunny Sun Kissed lines explosive colors and playful patterns. They had a blast by the way.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Color Room - Palette #26

Ok, so I fell in love with the newest color palette and sketch at the color room. Check it out here. Here is the sketch and palette below:

I knew I had to play along and my wonderful husband allowed me to create all day Saturday. I instantly pictured a layout for Aspen celebrating her 15th year. So I called it "Fab 15" and used patterns and a style that I thought Aspen would like. I was right she loves it, it is very much my core shabby chic style and I also love how it turned out.
Materials Used: Coredinations/Red cardstock base; Jillibean Soup/Clove of Fresh Garlic-Pasta Fagioli (red text paper); Pink Paislee/Love Potion-Cupid Collection (red flower & rosebuds); Pink Paislee/Front Porch-Bayberry Cottage (houndstooth); Daisy D's/Pintuck Antique Black (title black mat); Me & My Big Ideas/#5956 CC-170(black flourishes); Glitz Design/Digital CD Season 3-Hot Mama (Zebra & Earrings print); Fancy Pants/Silver Snow-Christmas Magic (gray pattern); Jillibean Soup/Herbed Houndstooth Alphabeans (Title stickers- Fab 15); American Crafts/White Roses & Netting; Queen & Company/White Pearls; Stickles/Red & White Glitter; Jillibean Soup/Red & Black Bean Stalks (black ribbon); White cardstock (journal tags); Computer font Journaling/Rockwell; Unknown/Black flower stamens; Fiskars/Scallop border punch (corners)

So using Aspen as inspiration really allowed for a fresh layout combination. I would have never thought to mix so many patterns otherwise. But I just love how it turned out, especially her beautiful smile. So let me know what you think!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Alaskan Cruise & Hope Jacare Digital Stamps

Doodles by Hope Jacare Digital Stamps are the sponsors for this weeks challenge over at Scrap and Stamp. They have some really cool images that are so easy to use. In fact, for the first time ever, I used one on my layout below. The "Boat at Sea" image on each side is from their website. I just used craft markers to color them in and added eyelets for the portholes. This week's challenge is "Anything Goes" so that means any type of layout with a stamped image will qualify so join us this week and maybe you will win 3 digis of your choice.

Here is my layout for the week, it is for my parents and their Alaskan Cruise they took last year. They had a wonderful time. I hope to take an Alaskan Cruise someday, in fact Alaska is in my top five places I want to see in my lifetime.

Have a fantastic weekend! And be sure to join my list of followers for email updates whenever I post!