Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Vacation Scrappin'!

Challenge:   Scrap your Vacation
July 23 - 29

Hello My Crafty Friends!
Today is my design team day with Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenges and our theme for this week is "Scrap Your Vacation".  I was lucky enough to have recently returned from a vacation with some extended family members to celebrate my niece's (who in our family is referred to as my "other daughter" and I am her "other mother") 30th birthday.  Yes, I know, I could I ever have a niece turning 30??  I'm pretty sure she is lying about her age to make herself seem older than she is!!

Anyway- since I just had a fun beach vacation with some special family members- this challenge was perfect for me to get some photos scrapped!  (I am embarrassed to say how long it has been since I have done ANY scrapbooking!).  So let's call this layout "simple scrapping" ! 
Here's a look at my 2 page layout:

This is very simple Scrapping!  I used my Silhouette, my favorite cutting machine these days- to cut some cute files. Some of the files were from the Silhouette America store, others were cut files I've found on line.
Let's have a few close ups of some of the photos and die cuts:

I thought this was the perfect title for my layout! 

 This adorable sun and cloud was a freebie from Miss Kate's Cuttables! 
Left page of the layout

  I thought the beach umbrella was so cute!
Right side of layout
This is from the Silhouette Store - I used the Sketch pens for part of this
and then cut the words "Life" and "the" from paper!
LOVE using my Sketch Pens!
My sweet niece (or "other daughter") my "sister" Judy and I!  
A couple of close ups of photos on the page.
Well, that wraps it up for todays post!  
I hope that you will "Scrap Your Vacation" and link it up to our 
Challenge Page! 
Please make sure your creation post has a link back to Cuttin' and Stampin'

Thanks for playing along we will be announcing the winners on August 2, 2013.

You can link your project HERE

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Christmas In July for Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenges Week #28

Challenge:   Christmas in July
July 16 - 22, 2013

Hello My Crafty Friends!
Seems like it's been a while since I posted.  I was lucky enough to get to take a short vacation with some extended family members and celebrate my niece's 30th birthday at the beach!  It was a nice, relaxing time- lots of sun and nice hot weather!  
How funny that my first Design Team post takes me to Christmas in July - the total opposite of what I was thinking of when I was at the beach!

I always think it would be an amazing idea to get started on my Christmas cards in July, but never seem to be in the mood to do it!  This Team Challenge at least got me thinking about making them!
Let's take a look at what I've created for you today! 

I created this happy little penguin from a cut from the Silhouette Store.  I added googly eyes to
give her a bit more character

 I decided she should stay cool this summer by sitting on a mound 
of snow that I just tore by hand and then glittered the edge.  I attached that to my blue embossed snowflake layer - and added in one separate snowflake with a bit of glitter. 

 I stamped the word "joy" in red ink to make it stand out a bit more and to tie in with her little red bow!
I pop dotted the penguin to give her a bit more interest, and the snowflake is 3 D so it has dimension as well.
Here is one more look at my finished card!

 Now it's time for you to dust off your Christmas stamps or die cuts and create a Christmas project!
We'd love to have you link it up and join in our challenge this week!

You can link your project HERE

Please make sure your creation post has a link back to Cuttin' and Stampin'

Thanks for playing along we will be announcing the winners on July 26, 2013.

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