Friday, August 28, 2009

Make and Take A Flower for Fab Pages!

Happy Birthday Simply Obsessed!
We had a great time at the 3-ring circus themed birthday crop on the forum! Hope you were able to play along! (if not, you can still check out the challenges, they are so inspiring!). I made the birthday hat below for our blog hop! Since making it I have gotten some questions about some of the elements on it - so I thought I would share... I used a LOT of crepe paper on this project! -
The ruffle around the bottom is crepe paper that I sewed around the edge of the hat and then "snipped" with scissors. The other crepe paper element is the yellow "flower" around the number 2. I made this using a fun technique I learned a while back from Got Sketch 101 with Valerie Salmon and Jana Wilson at Got Crafts? .

You will need the following materials:

crepe paper
a die cut circle - you choose the size, mine is about 3"

dry adhesive

button/brad/something for the middle
Next you will need to unwind approximately 6 inches of crepe paper and begin to fold it in half long-wise (see below)

Cover your circle with dry adhesive (like Tombow, Duck, Kokuyo) and then carefully wind the folded crepe paper around the circle filling in as you go.

Tear off the excess and then add a button, brad or some other item as your "center".... viola! This is a fun and easy embellishment that can really add some cute kick to your next project!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturdays Cheap Deal Kit

Happy Saturday! I hope you are all having a great weekend.
We are in the middle of a moving yard sale! We only have less than 2 weeks left in our house until we move! I am excited!

Here is todays kit! If you missed out on it last month now is your chance to get a great deal on this super cute kit!!

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fridays Cheap Deal Kit

Good Fabulous Friday Morning!
Today we have the colorful Basic Grey Lime Rickey kit

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursdays Cheap Deal Kit

Another day Gone! I can't believe it's Thursday already this week has gone by too fast.

Todays kit is the Glitz Sparrow kit

Have a Great day ladies!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wednesday's Cheap Deal Kit

Hello Ladies,
You ready to see what today's kit is??
Well, wait no more!
The super cute Pink Paislee Enchanted
Have a super fab day!!

Tuesday Cheap Deal Kit

Good Morning Ladies!

Here is today's cheap deal kit! Probably one of my favorite kits!

Jenni Bowlin & Graphic 45

Have a great day!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Winner of the PARTY Banner

And the winner of the party banner is...


Congrats Crystal! Have fun with it!

Mondays Cheap Deal

Hello Ladies!

Let's get this PAR-TYA Started! It's 3 of my boys birthday today - YIPPEE!! So, what a great another great excuse to have the party spirit! heehee

Today up for 40% off is the CratePaper Prudence kit. Go here to purchase it!

Make sure you check out the rest of the past obessions for 30% off! Another kit will be 40% off tomorrow!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday SO - Blog Hop

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday You,
Happy Birthday Dear SO!!
Happy Birthday to you!

I am so glad you are all here to help us celebrate SO's 2nd Birthday - Circus style!
All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog that you HOP to! Starting here and then hop to Abbie's Blog and continue on until you have finished. Every time you leave a comment you will be put in a drawing to win this banner that I made just for 1 lucky SO Blog Hopper!

Don't forget the crop that starts tomorrow (Monday)and lasts all week! The DT has some really awesome challenges and games!
A birthday party wouldn't be complete without presents. So, my present to you is to have a SALE!! Waahooo!! Also, starting tomorrow all past kits will be 30% off BUT watch the BLOG each day for a kit that will be 40% off for that day only! How can you pass that up?
Well, that's not all! There will also be birthday grab bags - YIPPEE!! I have filled up grab bags with fantastic deals with your favorite scrappy supplies. All grab bags are priced up to 40% off some might be more. So, pick up one or grab a few! And wait for some happy mail to come to you! Once they're gone, they're gone!

A circus always has a train to bring the circus to town. So, HOP on the train and head to the next car which is Abbie!

My BAD!!

The blog hop will start at 6:00pm PST NOT 6:00pm CST!!

Sorry, for the confusion! I really don't understand the whole time zone things anyway! haha

Saturday, August 15, 2009

September Kit Release

Just look at these beautiful colors in the Gypsy line from Bo Bunny! I love the oranges and turquoise and browns - I so love the color combo!!

Check out all the add ons here.

Don't forget to check back at 6:00 pm CST on Sunday for the first ever SO blog hop! I will post my project for you - and this is the very project that you could win!! Just leave a comment on every blog for a chance at the prize!

See ya ladies!!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Anna's August Photo Challenge

As scrapbookers, we are first and foremost photographers. The pictures we take determine the subject & style of our layouts. Any one of us can take straightforward photos, seeing the world head-on & leaving little to the imagination. So I want you to try something different - angles. Get out your camera & photograph the world below & above you. You'll be amazed at what you see.

This is my nephew Landon. He loves to be photographed & I thought it would be much more fun to shoot some photos of him from my point of view (always looking down at him). This is always his view of me too (looking up), but it's the angle that makes the photo much more interesting. Children make great subjects for these kind of photos, so grab your kids, tower above them, & take some fun photos.

Aiming our cameras upward can also open our eyes to the world around us a bit more. I just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. & fell in love with all the amazing architecture there. I was busy taking plain old straightforward pictures, when I looked above me & was amazed at what I saw. The view above me was much better. So I started shooting away, taking more angled photos of this building at Arlington Cemetery than any other place we visited that trip. Buildings & even the signs attached to them make great subjects for these kind of photos. So drive around your town or vacation spot & angle your camera up - you'll love the view!

Now it's your turn! Let's see what you come up with. Be sure to post your pictures here!

GD Elizabeth Technique Challenge

Technique Challenge"Memorabilia Pouches"

I had hair clippings from my daughter's first haircut that I saved and wanted to incorporate into a layout. I wanted a way to attach it to the layout without it falling off the layout or getting loose. I took one of the embellishment bags from my August kit and one of the Lily Bee punch outs cut in half. I trimmed down the bag to fit inside the punch out. I machine sewed around the edges of the plastic pouch. Then I was able to attach the sealed pouch to my layout. I really like how it is clear and you can see what is inside, but it is also backed with a pretty pattern. Use this technique to house items you want to safely display on a layout...coins, ticket stubs, tags, small toys, pressed flowers, etc.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ladies and Gentelmen!!

Please prepare yourself for the GREATEST crop on Earth!! It all begins on Sunday the 16th at 6:00pm CST right here on the SO blog with a super fun blog hop! Followed on Monday with a week long crop! It is going to be the BEST CROP EVER!! I can't believe the Super fun challenges the DT has come up with! Come join us for all the fun and games!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Lindsay's August Reveal!

I absolutely fell in LOVE with this August kit! Each product and element is so beautiful. My first layout is the one I created for my August challenge. You must use both color and B&W photos and you must pull the color scheme for your LO from the colors in the photo. I can't wait to see what YOU come up with!

I just LOVE this picture of the twins on the Fourth of July! Avery loves wearing sunglasses and these were no exception.

I used the Damask rub on as a layer over my patterned paper and cardstock. I love the subtlety of it!

I also loved the trims in this kit - you all know that I love my trims!

I loved this picture that I took of my Dad with Patrick and Michael. They are watching those little snake fireworks in my aunt's backyard. My Dad lived with my Mom, my siter, and I for so long - it's so nice to see him enjoying "Time with his Boys!"

I loved these pictures of Avery smelling the daisies in our front yard. She visits them each day and always comments on how pretty she thinks they look. I love using sketches and used Sketch #53 from Creative Scrappers to create this LO. I was drawn to the scalloped square and I love the effect!

I wanted to use a piece of the background patterned paper to punch out the daisies, so I cut out what was left behind the orange scalloped paper - I love using EACH and EVERY piece! I also used the sequins with some Kaiser Pearls to create the center of the daisies. The October Afternoon Wildcard of the little girl in the garden was perfect for this LO!

Thanks for looking! I KNOW you all will love working with this kit as much as I did!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sarah's August Sketch

Good morning again! This month my reveal day was the same as my sketch challenge. Yay! More reasons to scrapbook! So I decided to use the leftovers from my August kit (I have sooo many) and create another LO. The reds and blues reminded me of the 4th of July so I thought these pictures of my daughter on the 4th would be perfect. I had four pictures I wanted to use, but they didn't all fit even with cropping so I left out the fourth picture in the sketch and used a big 5x7 instead.

Thanks for looking!

Sarah's August Reveal

Good morning girls! Hope everyone is having a great start to their day. I have to say I fell in love with the August kit the moment I saw the pic on the SO website. I knew exactly what photos I was going to use. So without further ado.... Here is my August Reveal. Thanks for looking!

Lindsay's August Challenge!

I love pages created using color AND B&W photos. The mix of images really draws the eye around the page and emphasizes the photos. I chose to use this photo of the twins on the Fourth of July for this challenge:My challenge to you this month is to,
  1. Use a color AND a B&W photo on a layout.
  2. Pull the color scheme from the colors in the photo.

I used the amazing August Lily Bee kit for this layout and I will share it with you tomorrow for my reveal! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hello Ladies,

I wasn't sure that I would have time to play with the August kit in time for reveals but I have a whole week dedicated to scrapping at my sisters and I was so excited to play with the kit!

Here is a LO of my BEAUTIFUL daughter, Bailey. I made some flowers with the scrap paper and used sequins as little flourishes.

This is a LO I have been wanting to do for a VERY VERY long time. My dad passed away 8 years ago and my kids never got to know what a great guy he was. When we went to his grave this past June I had them sit by his grave so I could take pictures.

Just a little card I made.

Thanks for looking!!

Abbie's Reveal

Good Morning everyone!!

What a lovely kit this was!! I really loved the beautiful paper in this kit; I had a hard time cutting into it!!

I used to be the kind of gal that would always ALWAYS start a page with a good neutral piece of cardstock for the background on my page and go from there.

But lately I have been enjoying using a bold print!! It is addicting I tell you!! It gives the page so much detail and "oomph" just by making that mall change! ANYWAY,

Here is my first page! I took these picture of Gavin the other day and i just LOVE Them!
I cut/tore small pieces of paper and stitched to create a patchwork like border on the two sides:

and i had a LOT of fun making the "1" which is also a candle. Here's a closer look at the sequins that come in the August kit. Pretty huh?
Here is a picture of Gavin on the day of his birthday party. I shared with all of you in the forum the shirt I made him for his party. I was COMPLETELY inspired for this page from the shirt. I thought bug party=bees= honeycomb.. the rest is history:)
I busted out the embroidery thread and had fun stitching this bee. I added a fun ribbon trail (ribbon from stash).
And lastly, I am TELLING you that i just kept looking at this kit and wishing a could blow it up and put it all over my walls!! it is SO pretty and SO my style! I just LOVE it!!

I took my favorite pieces of the kit, that i had left over and made this frame to put in my home. I just started glueing and pasting and didn't stop till I liked the result:)

You can see the damask that came in the kit. I chose to put it on the music paper because it has a subtle, yet notable effect! LOVE it!

Thanks for stopping by!!! Make sure to keep checking back to see the rest of the reveals!!

**for those of you on the hunt for tickets to the crop, here is one:

Leave comment first to redeem it:) congrats!!**

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August Reveal by Trish!

Hello Obsessed Members and Admirers!

I have to say that when Heather revealed the kit for August I was so excited! The colors and patterns in this kit are amazing! The papers and embellishments are very versatile and lend to creating pages for any season! - but to me, they said "fall" (or maybe it is because I am already gearing up for the changing leaves, cooler weather, back to school and lots of Halloween fun!).

I created these three 12x12 pages using my kit and some extras from my stash and I still have 2 more projects sitting half-finished on my desk and enough for at least 2 more and some cards! This kit is packed! Go buy one before they are gone!


GD Elizabeth's August Kit Reveal

I ust loved the vintage/shabby feel of this kit. The mix of blues and reds was perfect too! Lily Bee is such a fun new company and I had a great time playing with their products.

"Happy Birthday" Card

A birthday card in honor of Simply Obsessed 2nd Birthday. The journaling blocks are perfect for cutting up to be used for a message on a card. Used some scraps of one of the papers to piece together a little banner.

"Swing Song" Layout

I loved these pictures I took of my niece on the 4th of July. The sheet music paper that was included in my kit with the "swing song" was a perfect background layer for these pictures.

"1st Haircut" Layout

My three year old daughter finally just had her first haircut. Yes, she didn't have much hair until she was 2! The colors in the photos were a bit distracting, so I converted the pictures to black and white. I saved the clippings of hair that were cut. Instead of taping them into her baby book, I wanted to incorporate them into a layout without having them fall out. I used one of the punch outs as a background and machine sewed a plastic pouch to enclose the hair.

Watch for a technique challenge on how to make this cute pouch, that Elizabeth made, later on this month

Great work Elizabeth!!