Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sarah's April Reveal

Hello everyone and Happy Spring!!! Yes, it is finally spring here. It is going to be over 70 degrees today I am just so excited!!! And there couldnt' have been a better time for the April Thrift shop kit to land on my doorstep. I have always loved October Afternoon, but this kit just blew me away! The patterns and colors are perfect for spring and are so versatile. And with so many embellies to choose from I only needed to add a little ribbon from my stash to complete my layouts.

So my first layout with this gorgeous kit had a spring theme. This is my sweet daughter Frances walking outside for the first time in her new spring jacket. I punched from butterflies using my Martha Stewart punches from the patterned paper to give it that spring theme.

All the lace patterns on the paper reminded me of clothing so I chose to use the paper for my this shoe shopping layout. I used the addon letters to make my title- "Every girl needs new shoes" and the addon floss to to through my buttons and pattern paper. I used some stitching too to resemble the laces on the shoes.

for my last project I created a quick little card using my leftover scraps. Isn't it darling? And

I have lots of paper and embellies left and two more layouts in progress on my scraptable to share with you later this week. Happy Spring!! - Sarah

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jenny's Thrift Shop Reveal

OMGoodness, I lurve this kit. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!! But, life got in the way of me playing with it on Saturday when it arrived on my porch.and I couldn't start playing with it. I was finally able to dive into its goodness just yesterday. and, I completed FIVE pages in one day. So, here we are...

I seriously could have cranked out even more if it weren't for these pesky kids who live with me. wink. Hope you got yours!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

First Reveal for the AWESOME April Kit!!

Hello everyone, Susan here. I am so excited to share my creations using the April kit featuring October Afternoon's Thrift Shop. This is one versatile kit. There are so many color combinations that can be achieved. I have had so much fun with it. I got my kit on Saturday and had 4 layouts completed by Sunday morning. I have more in the works (at least 3, maybe even more!) This kit just keeps on! Yeah, I did purchase ALL of the add-ons, but who could resist!!

It is great to scrap older photos because of the vintage vibe! For my first layout I went way back to when I was 4!!
"Fond Memories"

I chose this photo of my brother and I on the beach in Grand Isle, LA. I blew it up to an 8x10. I wanted it to have lots of impact. The color combo I used here is one of my favorites-yellow, bird's egg blue, and red. It is a combination that pops! I used strips of paper on both sides of the photo. I inked everything with Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink. I also tucked a piece of the blue paper that I cut around the shapes to resemble scallops under the strips on the left side. I used the journal stickers off of the sticker add-on sheet down the bottom left side of the photo. For the cluster at the bottom right I layered a MME ticket, stickers from the OA sheet, a piece of the blue paper that I cut the entire floral piece from, a JB button threaded with the red twine and a butterfly punched from the red cardstock in the add-on. I added the title with the OA sticker letters at the top left along with another sticker and a butterfly.

For the second layout I have scrapped my sweet little girl when she was 3 at the beach in Gulf Shores, AL.

This one uses kraft cardstock as the base. I punched a few scalloped circles here and there and backed them with different OA papers. I created the scalloped edging with black cardstock and my apron lace punch. The cluster at the bottom left of the photo features one of the alphabet cards. To it I added a few stickers from the OA words sheet, red twine, some of the flowers, a JB button, and one of the K&Co frames that I cut apart and used around the edge of the alpha card. The title is from the flocked black add on sheet. I added a few stars from the sticker sheet just plopped down randomly. I drew lines and journaled directly on them. The blue cardstock that backs the photo helps it to pop off of the page.

Okay, for layout #3 I went back to my wedding day. This is me and my little cousin, Haley, before the start of the ceremony. "Little Haley" now has two children of her own, YIKES!
"Almost Time"

I used the OA pattern paper as a background here. Love this stuff!I layered three different papers in the center along with the photo. I also used the blue border sticker from the add-on sheet along with the floral one at the bottom. Cluster #1 at the bottom left of the photo used stickers form OA sheet, green twine, the GCD studios acetate lady, a ticket, decorative pins, a flower I made from the word paper, and a few initials. Cluster 2-The title with the black flocked letters, a round sticker from the add-on, a K&Co frame, and a piece of kraft left over from the "You" layout that I inked with faded denim distress ink. Cluster #3-top left-- a small piece of the blue border sticker, another piece of leftover kraft, and a word sticker.

Okay layout # 4 goes back to 1971. I love these photos with my two brothers.
"The Way We Were"

The background is green cardstock from the add-on. A wide strip of floral paper, a strip I used my large scallop punch on were placed slightly off-center. I matted the photos on black, added a pleated ribbon I used some of the blue stripe paper to make.Also contains some border stickers, a, pins, and cut-outs from one of the papers. i used the small word stickers down the right side of the wide floral paper. My favorite element on this one is the kraft envelope. I attached it to the back with a glue runner and let the flap come over to the front. Inside is a journal card with all of my nostalgic memories about these pics! I used a JB button as the other side of the closure since the other is adhered to the back of the layout. I also inserted one of the shapes I cut from the paper. The title used ledger stickers and the multi-colored alphas that came in the kit.

See what I mean---VERSATILE! And wait until you see how completely different the other layouts I have in the works are! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this kit! I hope you were able to get yours because they are now sold out!!( Just heard, Heather ordered some more, so hurry and go get yours!!) I hope I inspired you and I will be back with more because I intend to use this kit until there is not one scrap left, LOL!! Have a great Monday, Susan

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hi again!

Hello again friends! Can you believe we're here at the end of the month already!!!
March has been a really fun month for me!
Like I said in one of my other posts I was on a roll this month!
Totally LOVED March's kit, totally!!

Here's the last of my reveals for this month!

Supplies used:
Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Lucky Me jewel stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Lucky Me Stripe papers, Offray ribbon, JilliBean buttons, Fiskars punch, CM corner rounder, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me chipboard stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Lucky Me Blue Geometric papers

Supplies used:
Bazzill cardstock, CM corner rounder, Offray ribbon, JilliBean buttons, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me cardstock stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Dots papers, Pop dots, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Rub-ons, Computer font Gaudy Old Style

I enjoyed this line SO much! You better believe next month is going to be kickin' too!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Jenny's March Photo Challenge

Alright. Pull up a chair. Lean in. I'm going to tell you something. I like rectangular photos. Yep, I do. And not just fancy rectangular ones, but the sizes that come STRAIGHT out of my photo printer. I don't even crop them. Now, now hold your gasps down. I do use 4 by 3's and 2 by 3's besides my 4 by 6's. You know what? I'm not ashamed to admit it either. I like the clean crisp lines these shapes provide me when I'm gettin my scrap on.

Guess what I did? I made a layout WITHOUT my favorite sizes/shapes. I used squares! You may have seen a peek of this one when I was asking for an extension on one of Ronda's fabulous challenges. So, my challenge for you today is to use square photos on a layout. Please link me up. I'd love to see.

Sorry for the short post. I'm keeping the Twinnies occupied in the backyard while my hubby finishes packing. He deploys today for Afganistan. Prayers are always welcome. Enjoy your Thursday.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Misty's March Title Challenge!!

SOOOOOOO Sorry this is late today! My internet service was out all day!! AAAAHHHHHH!!!

I have a title challenge for all you Simply Obsessed Gals out there!!! Make a Layout using a NUMBER WORD in the title. NOT a number...but the actual word spelled out. Below I did a layout about my daughter and her {FIRST} boyfriend.

When you get it it here or put it into the SO Gallery so that we can alllll see your beautiful creation!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sarah's March LO Challenge

Hello all, Sarah here with a layout challenge for you.

I love the look of those cute little banners I see all over on layouts and cards. Perfect for a birthday celebration layout, right? Exactly what I thought! So I created this little banner from scrap patterned paper and raffia. I can't get enough of the raffia right now. I have been putting it on everything!  I decorated the banner with flowers and hearts and then birthday candles. I even attempted to put the title on the little flags. In the end I decided the banner looked cute just as is. I guess some times simple is the best way to go. I tried to go easy on the embellishments on this layout too to keep the attention on the extra cute birthday girl. I also used one of the March sketch's from Scrapbook Challenges for a little inspiration.

So my challenge for you this month is to create a banner. It can be big or small, plain or embellished, it's up to you. We would love to see it to. Upload your creation to the simply obsessed gallery when your done.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Color Challenge Time!

Hi, Susan here with your color challenge. This month's challenge is to use the colors red, pale yellow, blue, and white. These colors just pop so well together. Take a look:

Now for a little layout inspiration from yours truly:

I hope you will play along and post your take in the gallery. Have a wonderful Thursday, Susan

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ronda's March DT Reveal!!!

Happy March! I love that Spring is right around the corner! This months kit sure puts me in the mood for flowers, sunshine, butterflies, and warmer weather!!
Though a St.Patrick's Day theme, this kit can be used for any everyday event as well! LOVE the colors in this kit!!! Be sure to check the SO store and pick yours up today before they are ALL gone!!! :)
"Lukey Me"

"Lucky Me" CARD

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Revealin' it!

Hey everyone! It's Elizabeth and I'm here to talk to you about the kits!
That's right March kit!!! It is chalked full of yummy goodies!
You are just going to love it!
The kit is extremely lucky and if you grab one and the add-on you'll find yourself creating like a mad woman!!! LOL. I know I was this past weekend!
I created 5 layouts total with this kit and there was still more supplies!

Here are the first two I created

Supplies used:
Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Tiny Stripe papers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Yellow Daisies papers, Bazzill cardstock, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Lucky Me cardstock stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Lucky Me jewel stickers, JilliBean buttons, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me clear cut shapes, Prima green roses, Offray ribbons, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Rub-ons

Supplies used:
Bazzill cardstock
Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Lucky Me Plaid papers, Fiskars punch, American Crafts Vinyl Poolside Thickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Green Tiny Dot papers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Lucky Me jewel stickers, Offray ribbons, CM corner rounder, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me chipboard stickers

This kit was pretty filled with St. Patrick's Day themes. However I wanted to take it in a different direction and let my inspiration come from the colors of this wonderful kit!

Remember as you create, don't limit yourself to thinking inside the box, instead think outside of it!


March Guest Designer!!

It has been a long time coming! Jamie aka gr82banAUTiger is March's Guest Designer! She does awesome work and I couldn't wait to see what she did with the March kit, but before I show you her fabulous work lets get to know her a little bit better!!Here are some questions I asked her:

1. Where do you live? Weaver, Alabama. It's a teeny, tiny, little speck on the map right outside of Anniston, AL (which is almost exactly half way between Birmingham, AL & Atlanta, GA).

2. Do you have any kids? Yes, I have a son, Mason, who will be 11 this month (March 26) & a daughter, Morgan, who will be 3 in July.

3 Do you have any pets? Yes, until very recently we had a zoo! We now have 2 cocker spaniels- a blonde female named Scarlett & a black & white male named Rhett, a turtle who's name changes as often as my son sees fit (I think it's name is Squirt or Crush or something like that from Finding Nemo), & a goldfish named Dorothy (just like Elmo's fish). We just got rid of a cat who my son named Aubie, but my daughter lovingly dubbed "Caa" (that's cat in Morgan-ese), 2 birds that never had names, & a hamster (Spongebob...or was it Patrick?...Who knows?!) We are still trying to get rid of the male cocker spaniel because he's as dumb as a rock.

4.What was the last book you read? I do NOT read unless I absolutely have to. I have things around here that I don't fully understand how to use them because I won't even read the directions! The last book I read would probably have been whatever was assigned for summer reading in the 11th grade. I don't remember having to read any in college.

5.Do you like to cook? Do frozen tv dinners count?

6.What's your favorite food? Peanut butter oreos are food, right? If we are talking about an actual meal, I'll take a steak & baked potato anytime!

7.Do you have brothers and sisters? I have 1 half brother & 2 step brothers, but no sisters. All of my brothers are much older than me. My youngest brother is 7 years older than me, so I was kind of like an only child growing up. For most of my life, I was the only child living in the house.

8. Which sport do you like? Is it necessary that I answer this one? College football!!!!

9.Have you ever lived in another country? Nope, I've only lived out of this state for about 2 months.

10.Have you ever met a famous person? Yes, I met Travis Tritt in a guitar store in Nashville one time. He happened to come in there while we were looking around. I also used to be a HUGE Reba McEntire fan when I was about 12 or 13 & I got to go backstage & meet her once at a concert in Atlanta.

11.How do you spend your free time? Scrapbooking, of course.

12.What super-power would you most like to have, and why? I'm not sure about super powers, but I'd love to have a remote control that controlled my children! I'd wear stop, pause, & mute out within a week!
That was so fun getting to know a little bit more about you, Jamie!!

Now here are her works of art with the March Lucky Me Kit!

I love the pictures she used for this LO! I also love how she cut out the shapes from a piece of pattern paper and used them under the pictures to balance things out!
Oh this one is just adorable! I love her waves of different paper she used! And the series of photos are just too cute!!

She is ahead of the game with this super cute Father's Day card! Very masculine don't ya think?

Great work, Jamie! I am so glad you were the Guest Designer this month!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sarah's "Lucky" March Reveal

Hello everyone and happy March. First of all I have to say just how stinkin' excited I am to be back for my second term at Simply Obsessed! This is seriously the best team, best kit club and best scrappy place there is. I am so honored and grateful that Heather asked me to come back and work among this super talented group of girls. Well enough about that! On to the kit reveal............

Every month I say this is the best kit yet. And yep, I am going to say it again this month :). The March Lucky Me kit is just so fun! Even my husband commented on my projects and said how much he liked the colors. I would never pick out these colors on my own. I always go for pinks and reds. Good thing I have Heather, because I love the projects I created with this kit. That's just one of the reasons I love the kits at SO so much. I find so many great products that I would have otherwise overlooked if not for the kit. Plus the kits are always jam packed with amazing products!

My first layout is of my husband, my daughter and I. We were fooling around with the self timer on the camera and took these goofy pics. I cut out the swirls on the patterned paper to make embellishments and used some chipboard and thickers from my stash.

All right, I'll admit it. I couldn't resist adding some pink to this layout. I don't like it when people think Frances is a boy so I thought a little pink would solve that. Aren't those prima roses the cutest? I wanted to use them as is because I thought they looked so cute like that. I tied them with a pink ribbon to make a rose bouquet.

I usually don't like making cards, but I love the cards I made with this kit. I tied some raffia around each to give them fun dimension and used the cool Jillibean soup buttons.

After all this, I still have tons of product left too! I am saving it for photos of our traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner that I make every year on St. Patty's day. YUMMMY! Have a great one- Sarah

Sketchity Sketch!

Hey there Elizabeth here. I'm gonna try to jump start your mojo!!!
With what you say? A sketch! Yeppers, a sketch!

Sketches are often a really great way for us to find our mojo, get a jump start on a challenge, and just stretch us and help us get creative! Feel free to take this sketch and make it your own. Whether you follow the sketch to a tee, or change it up a bit make sure you have tons of fun with it! That is what a sketch is all about!!!
So here is the sketch I created! I sure hope it inspires you!

Supplies used:
Bazzill cardstock, CM corner rounder, JilliBean buttons, Offray ribbons, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me clear cut shapes, Little Yellow Bicycle foil alpha's, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Plaid papers, Fiskars punch, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me chipboard stickers, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me Denim Dots papers, Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg Autumn papers, Pop dots, Pounce Wheel, Computer font Browallia New, Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me cardstock stickers, DMC floss


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Susan's Lucky Reveal

Hi everyone! I am so excited to share my work with you as an official member of the Simply Obsessed design team! I need to thank Heather for giving me this wonderful opportunity. The March kit featuring the Little Yellow Bicycle Lucky Me line is just wonderful! The colors are absolutely beautiful not to mention the wonderful little crocheted clover. This etsy find is oh so sweet! I also purchased the ribbon and bling add-on. Anyway, on with the reveal!
For the first one I wanted to do a masculine layout featuring my son Kyle. He graduated last year and is doing well with his job, etc. I decided to use an oversized black and white photo of him I took one day after work.

I used some of the striped paper under the photo as well as the brown ribbon from the add-on. Over that I layered the little shamrock border sticker. I created a cluster of embellies on the lower right corner of the photo. For the cluster I punched a large circle and a medium scalloped circle from some of the green coordinating paper. I outlined and inked these to help them pop a bit. I used pop dots and layered them with a clear cut clover, I Love You sticker, a threaded button and that adorable little clover. I used rub-ons to create the title "You Dream Big." I also made a little border above the top left corner of the photo using some of the stickers.

I really love this second layout. Bryn posed for these one afternoon in her new sundress. The colors coordinated perfectly with these papers.

I used two papers and stitched down the center to form the background paper. I used one 4x6 photo of Bryn matted with the plaid paper. This photo is popped up with pop dots. Next to it I placed three 2x3 photos. I added a cluster at the top left corner using punched circles, stickers, and a cute little button.There is also a little hidden journaling tag that sticks out at the bottom of the little cluster. To create this I just cut a rectangle, punched a hole, tied some ribbon and wrote my thoughts down. I tucked it behind the photo and used a little piece of bling to hold it in place. There is another cluster at the bottom right using stickers, buttons, bling, and the little prima roses that I inked with some brown distress ink. I added one more little sticker at the top left of the wallet photos.

The last layout I have to share has lots of "white space."

I used two different patterned papers to create a background. I cut off one side of the die-cut paper and let it stick out from under one side. I layered a ribbon over this and tied a little bow near the bottom. I created a cluster at the top left of the photo using a punched circle, stickers, buttons, and a clover I cut from the other side of the die-cut paper.The title went at the bottom of the pic. To tone down the bright green here I applied a little stazon black ink to the letters before placing them on the layout. The journaling was done on a little label sticker(not included in the kit) placed near the bottom of the page and under the ribbon. The last little touch I added to balance the layout was a couple of scraps of paper and a sticker that I stitched to the top left corner of the layout.

AND I still have lots left to play with. I intend to work on another layout or two this weekend using the kit. I will repeat myself here---the colors in this kit are just wonderful! So you know you NEED one! Well, that is all for me today. Make sure you check back tomorrow because there will be another reveal for the March Kit! You don't want to miss that!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Jenny's Lucky March Reveal

OMGoodness!!! I'm SOOOOO excited to be here with you today. It's my very first reveal as an official member of the uber fabulous Design Team here at Simply Obsessed. I'm so honored that Heather loved my work enough to let me share it with you for the next six months. March's kit is chock full of Little Yellow Bicycle's Lucky line. It also includes some of those fabulous new Jillibean soup buttons. These buttons are so different from your other buttons! Don't froget the cool crocheted shamrock (an awesome Etsy find) and the Prima flowers.... ahh.

I got four layouts done and still have a pile of stuff left for some more scrappy goodness. The first layout mixed 4-5 pp's and some of the cool clear embellies with some handmade flowers. You know you're digging all these cool flowers we're seeing popping up everywhere. I made a lollipop flower and a few box flowers with several of the LYB's pp's. Love how these turned out.

Oh yea, I made some banners with some scraps of the diecut paper and 2 rub-ons.

For this next one, I hacked the diecut paper into 3 pieces. I used the 2 outer sections and filled in the center with my photo and another scrap of pp. I edged the sections with strips of pp and border stickers. Used lots of pop dots on my title and the embellies (grouped in 3's around my photo). I love that button up top with all that texture!

Simple, simple. Love the Prima flowers ala blooming tree. My pleated paper draws the eye to this sweet photo of my Sassy with the bunny. I do this on a majority of my pages. It adds so much dimension. I added 2 more pink elements to balance out my dd's top. I love how this burst of color is so surprising with the blue/green color scheme.

The two items of note in this last one are the shamrock element in the lower right corner. I forget when I make up funky details, that I have to photograph them, as well. This shamrock is on popdots yet floats against the open circle cut through the base papers. It so doesn't photograph well. Also, I hate to throw away scraps (yep, I'm a hoarder), so I used the other piece from my curve that I used on layout #1. so the curve here in turn inspired all those gosh darn circles.

That's all for today. Check back tomorrow for another Reveal Day!

Misty's March Reveal

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be joining Simply Obsessed as an official Member of the AMAZING Design Team! Today is my very first reveal with the MAGNIFICENT March kit, "Lucky Me", featuring Little Yellow Bicycle...and WOW~WOW~WOW! This kit ROCKED my WORLD! It is SOOOOOO versatile and will cover a wide variety of topics...not just St. Patty's day!

In this layout " ..LUCKY...", I focused on the blue and green colors to create a baby layout. I did use that little crocheted clover that comes in the kit...isn't it just stinkin' adorable! I used a punch to make the tiny white flowers and my cricut to make the vines.

In "BLISS", I did a punched blue bonnet that I pieced together. I have been wanting to do this for a long time...and this kit finally gave me the inspiration! I used white and blue cardstock for the petals and inked the top with green to create the off colored top of the blue bonnet. I used my cricut for the leaves. For the butterfly, I trimmed and heated one of the clear shamrocks to get it to look like the butterfly...I then used dimensional paints to create the black body and outline the wings.

And last is a traditional "Good Luck" card.

Thank you all for looking! Be on the lookout for another reveal tomorrow! This kit is FANTASTIC...and there are soooooo many things that you can do with it!