Thursday, April 30, 2009

Color Combo #120

Janet Perafan-Babar, CCG's DT coordinator, provided this week's brilliant color combination. It was just the combo I needed to complete a layout featuring pictures of my oldest taking the plunge and moving out on her own. It's bright, funky, and I love the results. These are just a few of the pictures I could get of Brandi's big move day. Our youngest had the hardest time with it, but thankfully, in the end, he had accepted it better knowing he was getting his big sister's old room. I used quite a bit of Cricut die cuts from various cartridges, i.e., Doodlecharms, Wild Card, Going Places, My Community, and Storybook. This was a very fun color combination--I really needed that yellow this week and it went well with the photos--for us that was one of the hottest days this year. I also used some Heather Bailey patterned paper, Sassafras Lass buttons, and MM tiny alpha stickers with Heidi Swapp journaling spot.

Check out what the designers and featured member, Lisa Saunders (Lisa Funky Fairy), did with this combo-- If you want to participate in the challenge, follow the link. Post your layouts there by Sunday to be eligible for the monthly RAK.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April Provo Craft Projects

Hello, all! Hope you've been enjoying your area's springtime weather. It's been a little chilly here this week, which I enjoy, but I think the kids want it a bit warmer. This month's Provo Craft assignment was to use the Home Decor Solutions Cricut cartridge. I made a stacked box set, some framed art, and a card. The stacked box set and frame were found locally in a second-hand store. The stacked box set was originally decorated with a Christmas theme. I used a 2-inch square from Plantin SchoolBook Cricut cartridge with my Cricut Expression set on autofill mode, and cut out several pages of squares, so that I could decoupage the squares over the Christmas theme. Then I used wordart from the Home Decor cartridge with shadow and blackout to decorate each box. I really like the look and feel of this wordart--something I think is appealing to everyone's eye. Now onto the framed art--Because the frame had a metallic edge to it, I chose to use some foil cardstock by American Crafts. This cardstock is really great to use in conjunction with the Cuttlebug and embossing folders. I found a package of it at Michael's--about 30 sheets, three each of 10 metallic colors--great bang for your buck. The inner window of each panel was embossed using orange foil cardstock, embossed using the Paisley embossing folder with Cuttlebug. I then used the Home Decor Cricut cartridge to cut some bugs and wordart, again using the blue, gold, black, and red foil cardstock. I think this would look really great in a boys room, a garden patio, a green house, etc. Those bugs are too cool! For the card, I used Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge and DesignStudio software to weld the scalloped square into a card base. Then used Home Decor for the elegantly embellished frame and wordart. That's a picture of Raiden when he was about three days old. It was originally taken using my son's cell phone, so I played with it a little in Photoshop until I liked the way it looked and printed it out for the frame of this card. Hope you like my projects--I sure had fun making them.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Color Combo #118

It's Designer's Challenge week at CCG.  Yours truly was the designer and I had a blast coming up with this combination.  I so hope you like it and hope it inspires you to scrap those Easter photos taken this past weekend.  The featured member this week is Angelica Turner.  Angelica and the designers did a fabulous job with my combination.   Head on over to CCG and take a peek at how they interpreted the challenge (see sidebar for link).  In my layout I used pictures taken of Gwendolen a couple of years ago, before and after an easter egg hunt.  The cuts were from the Graphically Speaking, Home Accents, and Stretch Your Imagination Cricut cartridges with basic brown Cricut pen.  

Well, hope you all have a wonderful, carefree week.  Things are going to be a bit hectic around here.  My oldest daughter, Brandi, is moving out on her own this week and we'll be helping her ease into her new apartment.  We're very proud of her.  She's not moving too far away, within a couple of miles, so it won't be too bad.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Color Combo #117

The very talented Revlie Schuit is the guest designer this week at CCG.  She's come up with a tasty combo.  I love the soft blue and edgy green meeting up with that fun shade of red.  The names of the colors are spring green, blue easter egg, white bunny and tsourgrisma red. Here's the layout I came up with.  When the kids were out on spring break this year, we took a short trip to Fairy Tale Town.  This is a beloved, affordable local attraction that has been around for fifty years.  The attractions there are based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes.  When I was a child, every kid in the Sacramento Area would go to this park on a field trip with their school--it's right across the street from the Sacramento Zoo.  I went there, my husband went there, I guess every adult I know in this area went there, too.  Then when I had children, I took them there.  It was quite the nostalgic trip.  Not only for me, but for Brandi.  She's going to be 19 this Easter.  She jumped at the chance to go with me again and dragged her boyfriend along who actually hadn't been there.  I hope you all have a happy, fun-filled, magical Easter.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.