Saturday, March 27, 2010

Separation Anxiety

My husband says I have too much scrappy stuff. It's taking over. It's everywhere, all the time. Can't really say as I blame him... I do have a lot of stuff. In going through a few of my drawers the other day I came across tons of stuff that I have never even opened!! Brand new product, just waiting to be used. The problem is, every month I get new (the latest and greatest) product from Kit 'n Kaboodles. Additionally, in these trying economic times it's becoming harder and harder to justify hoarding all of it. You can see my dilemma. So, hard as it is, I have decided to part with some of it. My loss can be your gain, if you are interested at all in some extra product for a great price I have four listings (so far) on eBay. So the product may not be the newest to hit the scene, but it's new! Go take a look :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

KnK April kit....

...and isn't it lovely?! All kinds of fun things in here.... Prima, Little Yellow Bicycle, BoBunny, and Webster's are the core elements of this kit and I just love all the beautiful springtime colors! Jules did a beautiful job putting this together. Today happens to also be my first reveal with this kit, I've created two very different layouts to share with you. The first I used the LYB papers with a coordinating reverse-side of one of the Prima papers. I cut the butterflies from one of the lace-cut cardstock pieces in the embellishment add-on, and the Petalooo vines are from the March kit add-ons (I couldn't help myself, they just matched too perfectly!). Add some lovely photos of my daughter watering the flowers and there you have it, a sweet and simple springtime layout. :)
I focused on the BoBunny die-cut sheet for my next layout though you'd almost not even notice it. I wanted to do something different with it, so instead of using the whole sheet as a backdrop for the layout, I cut out the entire middle of it and just used the edge. I layered it over a different piece of cardstock and did a little trimming, then stitching for some dimension. I was then free to cut out a few of the cute elements from the leftover paper (the birds and birdhouse) to use as embellishments. I kind of struggled with the rest of the layout... I initially had three pictures to use but every way I arranged them just seemed to overpower the page. The end result was way out of my comfort zone but overall I am happy with it.
Make sure you head over to Kit 'n Kaboodles to check out what the rest of the designers are doing with this beautiful kit! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

KnK March kit reveal #2..... part 2

The rest of my reveal with the March kit. I have really enjoyed working with the heritage photos! This one is my dad, I love that I was able to scrap photos of both my mom and my dad at about the same age, with the same kit. The colors just worked out that way!

I was going for sort of a patchwork baby blanket type of look on this, whether or not I succeeded is up to interpretation, but I am happy with the way it turned out. Thanks for stopping by, and check back often 'cause the April kit at Kit 'n Kaboodles should be revealed soon!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Happy Crop Day!

Welcome to the last stop of the Kit 'n Kaboodles/Creativity Boutique Bunny Hop Crop BLOG HOP!! If you've happened upon my blog first and would like to participate in the blog hop for a chance to win a scrappy-cool prize, you need to start here to find the full instructions.
Today also happens to be my second reveal with the Kit 'n Kaboodles March kit so I'm going to share some of it here, with you! This is my second layout with the kit and could not be happier with the way it turned out. You know how you have photos that you really want to scrap, but they are so special to you that you wait... and wait.... and WAIT for the perfect line of paper to come along? Such was the case for me with this photo of my mother. This is her portrait taken at six months old, and I don't think the colors could match any more perfectly. I scanned the original 8x10, downsized it, and printed it onto the self-adhesive canvas paper from the kit. The texture the canvas paper lends to the photo is just stunning!
I used a PiggyTales barn-door (I love this double-door!) for a tiny bit of journaling specifics, and used elements from the Shabby Green Door canvas Stitch-its (the tiny tickets) as well as from the SGD patterened papers (postcard and journal-spot). FYI -- the "1875" was already printed on the paper....this photo was taken in 1945 which I have written on the left-hand side of the journaling. I figured I better say something about that or my mom might wonder why I was trying to make her 50 years older than she really is LOL!!! Some sheer ribbon from the kit holds the doors closed.
Altering the Petaloo flowers was really fun! Keep in mind, these flowers are stark-white to begin with. I stamped on these first (with the gorgeous vintage background stamp -- also in this collection by Shabby Green Door -- found in the embellishment add-on kit), then "dirtied" them up a little with some VersaMagic chalk ink in Wheat. Then I painted some Pearl medium over the top of the flowers, this gave them a beautiful shimmery coat while still allowing the stamp to show through.
I used TH Tattered Rose Crackle Paint and TH Antique Bronze Distress Stickles all over the place too.... you can see the paint but a lot of the Stickles get lost in the photos. Trust me when I say it adds a really nice touch, the butterfly in the upper-left as well as several other elements are all pretty and sparkly :) Both of these mediums really add to the overall vintage feel of the layout.
Be sure to check out the Kreative Kaboodles blog often for really great ideas from the rest of the design team at Kit 'n Kaboodles and Creativity Boutique! We have a great group of diversely-talented ladies who are just waiting to share some inspiration with you.
I hope you had fun on the hop! If you've got your sentence completed, sent me a private message via the KNK/CB message board or send me an email. Your name will be thrown into the hat, and we'll announce the winner of the blog hop in a few days. Happy hopping!