Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's May!!!

And that means its my May kit reveal!!! I LOVED this kit! The mix of colors were really speaking to me this time around and I enjoyed creating each of these layouts!

Isn't this kit lovely!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Susan's May Reveal

I can't believe we are almost in May and that school is almost out! As a teacher I eagerly look forward to this time to catch up, enjoy my family, and reflect on my year of teaching. I can't wait for it to arrive! Speaking of arriving, I was so excited to receive my May SO kit featuring the Crate Paper Pink Plum goodness! The colors are just beautiful! So, I HAD to get ALL of the add-ons! I had a great time working with this kit and here is what I came up with:

This first layout features photos from our Easter egg hunt this year. My daughter is the youngest of all the grandchildren and no one wanted to hunt with her. Her Pappaw stepped up to the plate and made it quite the contest. The photo on the left is the countdown where he told her "Ready, Set, Hunt" which I used as the title! He had her laughing and they had the best time and so did I watching them. She is one lucky girl because she has the very best Pappaw! I hand cut some embellies for this one ( sun and clouds). I really love this one and can't imagine ever forgetting this awesome memory. I am so glad I have it captured for her in the future. It is just too wonderful to let pass by!

For this next one I used a photo that fit Misty's photo challenge-Take a picture that doesn't show the face. I took this one from the back of my subject as she was finding an egg hidden in the bare crepe myrtle tree. I love this photo and the bare branches add so much to it. The journaling reflects on the delight I find in enjoying the wonderful person my daughter is.

Lastly I did a vintage type layout of my parents. The photo isn't the best, but I love documenting the memories. They are on their way to my dad's senior football banquet at Springhill High School in Springhill, LA in February 1963! I look at my dad and see my youngest son Ryan. They share so many traits. I need to do a layout about that fact! Anyway, this one has some fussy cutting. I used one of the patterned papers and cut the floral pattern from it so that the brown card stock would show through. I think I pulled off the vintagy feel.

The fourth layout I completed with the kit is for my challenge that will go up in the forum on May 3 and I think it may be my favorite of the bunch! Can't wait to share it with you! Be sure to join us as the entire Dt will have challenges to get you scrapping! Oh yeah, if you haven't already, hurry over and order up this beautiful kit. You don't want to miss it! Have a great Monday! Susan

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ronda's DT May Reveal!!!

Happy May! (well almost!)
I can't believe we are already about to enter the 5th month of the year! I just love the springtime with all of the beautiful blooming flowers, and butterflies! This months kit is PERFECT for your Spring or Easter pictures! Or you can even use this kit to make GORGEOUS Mother's Day cards! ;)
There are beautiful colors of plums, purples, shades of pinks, oranges, and brown! Such a beautiful combination of color! Not to mention the emnbellishments that coordinate perfectly with this stunning kit!
YOu will drool over the handmade flowers and brads, and the glittered butterfly! Beautiful!
Here is what I did with May's kit using Crate Paper Pink Plum.

"She's So Charming"
I've been taking a photography class, and these are some practice shots of my youngest daughter. She was very good about letting me practice on her! I used the big glittered butterfly here, and made swirls with the little "pebbles" that came with the kit, and added some Cinnamon Stickles for more bling!

"Be You"
This is a photo of my oldest daughter. She is unique, and I'm so proud of her for being who she is no matter what. I added the decorative clip from the kit, and brought out the yellows by adding some Jenni Bowlin butterflies from my stash, and some alphas.

"You Are Special To Me" CARD
I thought this card would be perfect for someone special! And these papers and cardtock stickers were perfect for a quick and easy card! :)

Sarah's Pink Plum Reveal

t's almost like Heather put this kit together just for me- LOL! It has all my favorites- the colors pink, brown and orange, butterflies, flowers, handmade brads, cardstock stickers, and more!!! I couldn't ask for anything more! I love, love, love this kit!

I thought the colors were perfect for Easter so I chose to do two Easter layouts. The first is of Frances on her Easter Egg hunt. She had so much fun and carried her basket of eggs all over like they were here little treasures. I used the cricut to cut my title from the patterned paper and added some ribbon from my stash. You see I got online just a little too late to have the addons shipped with my kit :(. I am kicking myself for that! I would have loved to use that delicous add on ribbon. So don't make my mistake and hurry up and order yours. I noticed some were already gone.

My second layout is of Frances after Easter dinner. The Easter Bunny put some bubbles in her basket and she had never seen bubbles before. After dinner we went out to try them. She didn't quite get the hang of it. That's why there's no bubbles in the picture! I used the rubons on the side of my photo. I am usually afraid of rubons, but these went on so smooth. I also used some letter stickers from my stash. And look at those brads! Can you believe Heather made those??? She is just soooooo talented!

For my last project I made a wall hanging for my living room. It is an 8 x 8 chipboard page I had left over from an old chipboard album. I covered it with patterned paper and then embellished it with flowers and butterflies I cut out of the patterened paper. I also clipped on that gorgeous butterfly. I couldn't stand to have it hidden in an album somewhere. It was just too pretty. I used a picture of Frances and I from mothers day last year so I cut out the word "mother" from the cardstock stickers to fit across the photo instead of vertically. I used repositionable adhesive on my photo so I can change it out each year. I will add a new picture of us from this Mother's day in a few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your kit as much as I did! I have so much paper and embellies left over to make a few more layouts. I am going to save it for my Mother's Day pictures.

Misty's Photo Challenge

So many times, we get into this state of mind that our subject has to be LOOKING at the camera for it to be a GOOD photo. This is so very MUCH not true. Some of the most captivating photos that I have ever seen are NOT of a subject's face...but rather their back, or their hands or even their feet. The old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" is so very true...no matter what angle the photo is shot in.

Below, I have a few photos of the mini photo shoot that I did recently with my son and my nephew. They are both VERY country~fied little boys, very T-shirt and blue jeans, and they are best friends. I wanted to capture these things in photos, but I knew that these things were going to be lost with just a few "head-shots". Instead, I captured them in different angles, with their backs to me as if they were looking out over the country side. I took one of my son in his "Thinking Position" as he calls it with his head bowed and the hat covering his face...and I took one of their feet...to show the true nature of these 2 boys in ratty old blue jeans and worn out tennis shoes.
Yes, I took some of their faces also..but these photos were so much more captivating to me than the plain old "head-shot"

So...my challenge to you is...."Off with their Heads!" (or faces anyway!)
When you take your next photo, leave out the faces. Capture the essence without putting a face on it. Have fun with your camera and your subject...You will be GLAD that you did!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pinks & Browns & Bears, Oh My!! by Jenny

Hello all you Simply Obsessed fans. Jenny here with you today to share some of the projects I created with May's Pink Plum kit. I absolutely love playing with scrapbook kits. I love the challenge of creating something with a set pile o stuff. It really pushes me creatively. I also love kits because it makes me play outside of my comfort zone. It gets me to dive into a paper line or company, I may not have worked with before.

Simply Obsessed's May kit does not disappoint. This kit is flippin amazing. The richness of the pinks and browns and oranges is absolutely spectacular. And don't get me started on the B sides of the papers either. Heather actually made her own brads?!? I got the main kit plus the cardstock add-on (had to have the quicksand cardstock) and the ribbon add-on (check out the pink ribbon below) and the chipboard stickers. I know, I know ... greedy, greedy. With that said, I slammed out 3 layouts and still have a TON of goodies left to play with...

Check back tomorrow for even more inspiration. Can't wait to see what YOU create with Pink Plum.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Misty's May Reveal

Good Morning all you Simply Obsessed ladies! I have to say, when I got my kit in the mail on Friday, my mouth dropped in AWE of all of the gorgeous elements!!! This kit is flippin' AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I did not get as much done as I had planned for my reveal today...but that's ok...I will!! I have three completed layouts to share with you today...the rest will wait for a bit longer. =) Oh...all alphas are from my own stash. There were some manufacturer delays so my kit didn't have the alphas...but YOURS will..I promise!!

Here is "Isn't she Lovely". This is my husband's Grandmother when she was graduating. I used the lacy ribbon from the add-ons to create the larger vintage lace flowers to match the smaller one that comes in the kit. I also did a bit of vintage corset style lacing for added dimension and to add to the vintag~y feel of this layout. The thickers did not come in the kit...they are from my own stash.

Here is "delight". I wanted to create a different look with the elements...something more playful and airy...which is not my norm at all...but I do like how it turned out. I used bubble wrap and turquoise paint to create the splashy look in the background and the water droplets. I also fussy cut the orange paper to create the look of swirling waves.

And here is "Precious" This is my friend when she was a baby...this is going to be a gift for her Mom for Mother's Day.This was inspired by Ronda's sketch. It is a bit different, but still maintains the basics. Thanks for the inspiration, Ronda! I did get all of the add-ons, which included all of the chipboard elements that you see here...and the thickers are from my own stash.

Thank you all for checking out my creations. This kit is AWESOME...and I know the rest of the DT will have some fabulousness to share with you also....don't forget to check back every day for another reveal!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April Title Challenge

Hello, Sarah here with a title challenge for you!

Now that all the major holidays are past us, I have so many pictures to scrap. It is so fun to get out those pictures and look through them. I am tempted to scrap my new spring pictures, but looking back at all the holidays and special days that have passed always gives me the inspiration I need to get a layout scrapped.

My challenge for April is to get out those holiday photos and scrap them and of course since this is a "title" challenge include the name of the holiday in the title. Here is an example layout of "My Little Valentine".

Have fun and I can't wait to see what you create! Please link them up in the Simply Obsessed forum and gallery when you are done.

Ronda's April Sketch Challenge!!!

Hey girls!! Here is my sketch challenge for you this month!!

And here is my Example!! Titled "Snow much fun!"
And the incredibly talented Susan did an example! Here is her take on my sketch, titled "Circa 1971" A-MAZING!!! Love it Susan!

Hope you girls are up for the challenge, and I can't wait to see your take on it!! :)


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Susan's Layout Challenge

Happy Spring everyone! I hope you are getting to enjoy this beautiful weather we have been having! Well by now you all know how much I LOVE the April Kit and how versatile I think it is and how much I love to scrap older photos using it! So, when I was thinking about my challenge I decided that this was the route to take. I also wanted to include a little scraplift angle to it since we are doing the Scrap Relay in the forum. So here is my challenge to you:
1.Create a layout using photos of yourself/siblings when you were very young.
2. Scraplift a scrappy person who is a real inspiration to you.

For my example I used a pic of myself when I was four at Easter. I used it twice, once in color and once in black and white. My layout is a scrap lift of one Stephanie Howell did of her girls. I love her work, so simple and fresh! Not to mention her sweet personality. I read her blog regularly.

"Four Years"

I hope to see many of you play along as I so enjoyed doing this layout about myself and lifting a layout I loved. Please link your creations to THIS THREAD in the forum. Give us a little background on the pics and tell us who your scrappy inspiration was! I look forward to seeing what ya got!! Happy Thursday , Susan

Speaking of Colors!

Hey there! It's Elizabeth here to talk to you about color.
Color plays such an important part in our lives, I simply couldn't live without it myself!
If you feel like I do, then while scrappin' you want to find the perfect color combos that you can when you are creating.
Sometimes though, its fun to put together a color combo that you don't normally or one that you don't do often. As of late the color schemes don't seem to be primary.
So I thought to do a color challenge and go back to the basics!
Primary colors make a statement all the while showing boldness and strength too!

So your challenge should you chose to accept it, is to follow this color scheme

These colors can work with just about anything! The skies the limit with this color combo, so I cannot wait to see what you create with it and how you chose to do this challenge!

Here is what I created using this color scheme:

If you participate, you can put it in the gallery and I'll draw a name for a winner of a RAK from me at the end of the month!!! Make sure that you put it in the gallery and also link it up to here so we can all check it out!

Some more shots:

Have fun and remember going back to the basics in the color wheel just might give you the jump start you need to create!

This is where I found the Color Combo. Click the link to check it out!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April is here!

Hello everyone it's Elizabeth again for some April kit lovin' reveals!!!
I like the different elements in this kit this month, it had a lot of fun stuff it in!
I found myself going classic on my pages, quite literally. The kit reminded me of back in the day and that meant simpler so I kept them all pretty simple too!

Bazzill cardstock, CM corner rounder, Stickles, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Complete Set papers, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Collectors Item papers, Pop dots, Buttons from kit, AC Dear Lizzy ribbons, Maya Road pin, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Shape Stickers, MME Lush Alphabets, October Afternoon Thrift Shop word stickers, MME Quite Contrary Jack & Jill Cute tickets

Bazzill cardstock, MME Lush alphabet, October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers, Offray ribbons, October Afternoon Thrift Shop One-Of-A-Kind papers, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Shape Stickers, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Still in Box papers, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Last One papers, Pop Dots, Maya Road pin

Bazzill cardstock, CM corner rounder, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Near Mint papers, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Needs Paint papers, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Mini Market Stickers, MME Lush Alphabet, Computer font Tahoma, Offray ribbons, Maya Road pin, Flower from kit, Bird from kit

This kit was awesome and however way you see the kit when you get it, remember to work it to fit you! That's the beauty of kits!!

Happy Wednesday!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Ronda's April DT Reveal!!!

Happy Easter Weekend!! I really love this time of year where everything is fresh and new. The flowers are blooming and everything is turning green again! Lots of color popping up everywhere!!! Speaking of colors......You are going to LOVE the colors in this months kit!!!! #1 It's October Afternoon (huge plus in my book! :) #2 This kit will go with ANY of your photos, and #3. You will LOVE the colors!!
This kit is so versatile! Here is what I've done with April's kit!! :)

You Make My Heart Smile

Living the Good Life

Thrift Shop Notecard
Hurry over , and purchase your kit today, before they are ALL gone!!
Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Misty's April Reveal

Good Morning Everyone! Misty here, and I just wanted to tell you...it is a BEAUTIFUL April Fool's Day here in Texas...No Foooling!!

I am going to share my creations with you using the April Obsession... featuring the October Afternoon's Thrift Shop Collection. I was able to create 3 layouts and a card...and I still have plenty left to whip out another couple of cards or layouts!

First, I was inspired by the blue hues and wanted to do a "beachy" layout...so I did "REMEMBER". This is from our trip to the beach last spring. We had such a good time...and I want them to remember how great it was. Remember the old saying "Tie a string around your finger so you won't forget."...? Well, I did just that! I tied a length of that fabulous baker's twine around that hand with the finger pointing and pop dotted the hand up off of the page. I also used Diamond Glaze to create water droplets on the surface of the layout.

"Treasures of the Heart" was inspired by my daughter's daily gifts of tiny treasures to me. I am sure you all know exactly what I am talking about! The tiniest flowers that she can find, sometimes they are actually weeds...and every now and then, she will bring me a rock because it was "Beautiful". I love that she does this...and I wanted to remember it. The flowers stems are cut from my cricut and the flowers themselves are all hand created using various scraps from the papers in the kit. I created the ruffled lace using plain white cardstock and the MS apron punch. I pleated it and attached it all with dry adhesive, then hand stitched it to the page for security.

"ADORE" is a bit out of the norm for this kit I think. I wanted to do something that was a little different than the "vintagy" look. I used the clear butterfly overlay as my inspiration to create this layout. I used a quote that I love..."There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings". The butterflies and "ADORE" are cut with my cricut using paper from the kit.

And finally, I have a card. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the prints on the papers in this kit!!! I kept having fleeting images of my childhood favorite dresses, and of Shirley Temple!!! I could not resist the temptation to make this. The apron will lift up to reveal my inside message....which I have not created yet...because I have NO IDEA who will recieve this card! LOL.

Thank you all for taking time to check out my Reveal! I had SOOOOOO much fun creating with this kit! I know you will to....and I am pretty sure there are still a few left in the Simply Obsessed store if you want to hop on over and order yours now!