Monday, December 28, 2009

Scrapbook Obsessions January Kit

I admit it, I had never heard of Best Creation till the January Kit at Scrapbook Obsessions was revealed. Check them out! I was amazed at the full range of paper lines, anywhere from uber cutesy to demurely nostalgic! J.R. chose this really Chinese line for a black, white, and red January kit. Here are two layouts I created with this kit.

Several sheets in this collection are variations (fonts if you will) on the character "福." Google translates it to "good fortune" or "happiness." Google omits the best translation: "blessing." After all, the Beatitudes in Chinese uses this character 福.

Whoa, when did I become a linguist and an expert in Chinese-to-English translation? I don't think so! Moving on... Blessings are indeed all mine... I broke out the Pagoda cartridge to cut the flowers and traced the edges with stickles.

A'ight, with a dragon yay-big on the paper, can I really not use it on a layout about the ultimate place for which the dragon is a symbol? The picture is of Tai He Palace in the Forbidden City. Behind us on the marble reliefs are dragons galore :) Does this layout hurt your eyes? LOL. Does the word 俗气 come to mind?? LOL.

Dotted stickles for a border: I used a Bazzill bling template to do this. It was quite convenient.

There will be more with this kit, I'm thinking Chinese New Year cards and some wedding cards, we shall see...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I Believe in Santa Claus!

It's time for another Rusty Pickle challenge. I am glad for these challenges as I continue to make dents into my enormous RP stash. If you weren't scrapping six some years ago, you wouldn't recognize these RP papers. I used paper from Girly Girl and RP Holiday line from 2005 (or is it older?) These papers still make my heart go jumping wildly crazy. Can that Santa BE cuter? RP trim, rubons and stickers. And of course, a layout is no longer complete without some spritz spritz spritz, lol.

When DH was five years of age, he figured out by scientific deduction that since there is no physically possible way that Santa visits every house in the world delivering presents, he must not be real! We are hoping that she will figure it out on her own one of these days.

Merry Christmas everyone! May Santa bring you lots of goodies tonight :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I Wish You Joy

I remember my first Christmas 22 years ago... I entered Dakar Academy just in time for the home stretch to the Christmas season and winter break. With no English, no understanding of anything American (or non-Chinese for that matter), I was caught up in the middle of the "Season's preparations." And what exactly was "season?" All that a dictionary reveals pertains to spring, summer, autumn, and winter...

So there I was, in the middle of the season, hearing for the first time all the Christmas songs, learning to sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." I had to look up "hark", "herald", and "angels," and that's just the title of the song, let alone the rest.

It would be a few more years before this babe in the manger and the man on the cross would capture and enrapture my heart. So in this season of celebration and contemplation, I wish you and yours immense joy as well as profound peace.

This is a really easy to make banner I created for Purple Cows, for detailed project instruction, find it here. Merry Season to you! :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

CPS 147 and 146

I've been a scrapping fool this weekend! Who would have thought a hobby could have so many deadlines and goals associated with it? One of the many goals in the upcoming year is to be more consistent in participating in card making challenges. So as soon as the CPS 147 challenge went up, I did it! I even used my Paisley cartridge to make the blue flower! LOL. When will I ever be good at using my Cricut and its cartridges? Oh what a hobby this is, so much accumulation and so little time... I misted again. Some of my blogger friends are masters at misting, you know who you are, and thanks to their consistent inspiration, I keep at it, at least the liquid stash is getting liquidated almost daily. Hmm... that is a bad bad pun, isn't it? :)

This is a card made with the CPS 146 sketch. I'm too late to enter this one into their weekly drawing, but that's okay. I now have one more card to give to the neighbors!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Purple Cows Holidy Ideas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Purple Cows Holiday Ideas blog hop! You can start at the beginning here. As you hop, you'll be seeing some fabulous ideas by the PCI designers! When you get to the last stop of the blog hop, you can then leave a comment to be eligible for a wonderful Purple Cows Prize. How fun is that?!

I am sharing with you a winter wonderland layout using the Purple Cows Click Blade 2803 and partner products by Imaginisce. I love this scallop click blade as it creates just the perfect and subtle edge on the green cardstock serving as a mat for the rest of the layout.

The temperature here has been hovering over zero degree Fahrenheit recently, and there's nothing wonderful about that! Today's highs will reach the 20's, heat wave! Maybe this weekend we shall finally be able to do something fun outside. I typically just take a few pictures and go back inside. Have I mentioned how cold it is around here? ugh!
I'm keeping this short and simple for you, so you can now hop on to Kryssi's blog to continue the fun.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Adornit Mini

This little mini is created with Adornit's Family Heritage collection, one of the two brand new lines! It was fun and easy to put together with the cardstock and clear stickers. I used some miscellaneous photos for this little guy. I really do love making minis.

This Thursday, Purple Cows' DT will be doing a blog hop!! I'll be posting something then!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Friday Friday

Yesterday, First Born's school was in lock-down mode for two hours. There was a man with a sawed-off shotgun in the office building across the street from her school. Thankfully, no shots were fired, no one was hurt and the man was arrested. Authorities said that the school was never in any danger, but still... At least by the time I found out, the kids were already home bouncing off the walls, but still...

I misted again and that's why I'm posting an otherwise boring layout, lol. I flipped over the Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg chipboard elements and "sprayed out" these little clouds. I also sprayed some Tim Holtz color wash on the curly bracket. Let me also gush over the fun fun fun Crate Paper chipboard embellishments.

Close up of my fun little clouds and the white outline is done using souffle pens.

That's it for now, I hope you have a great weekend and I hope to get a lot of scrappy things done!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

CPS 145 and More St. Nick

This is almost too hard to believe but I managed to get a CPS card done in the same week that the sketch is posted!! I am motivated by the fact that I "need" a few cards to give away for Christmas and that I want to use up the St. Nick BoBunny kit! That will be a first for me too: to use up a kit of any kind, lol. I also think I will stash away some of these cards for next year's United Way auction!

So with my new camera, I took this picture with flash and all! It's either that or wait until Saturday when sunlight and I are home at the same time. If you think I'm being dramatic, here are the actual statistics for Dec 10, 2009: sunrise 7:41 AM; sunset 4:31 PM. Oh, it's depressing!

And speaking of glittery snow, I think we got 8 inches overnight. This Shanghai girl does not like it here in Minnesota!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Adornit, Things I Love

Adornit by Carolee's Creations introduces two new collections with their Things I Love catalog: Family Heritage and Lapreal. I am so delighted that Georgana thought of me to try out these new papers and embellishments! So my weekend crafting included these two layouts using Adornit's brand new lines.

Lapreal is such a wonderfully soft line with a touch of whimsy. I think it would be perfect for heritage photos. And it is also perfect for scrapping little girls in cute winter hat :) I created a sticker border on the left hand side and some of them are popped up using 3-d adhesives.

I'll sneak this in here: if you think my close-ups are looking better, let's just say Santa came early and dropped off a new camera for me :) More on that later though...

I used the Family Heritage collection for this quick layout with a Becky Fleck sketch.
I permanently popped up the wings of this butterfly by placing a small 3-d adhesive close to the center where it is "brad'ed" to the layout. The butterfly is a sticker from this collection and I layered a Heidi Swapp ghost butterfly over it.

Check out Adornit's blog for other creations with these new lines! I'll post my mini and card another day here!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hello St Nick and Willows

The willows are having a blog hop and I'm not missing out this time! How appropriate that I have a couple of projects to show from Scrapbook Obsessions' December 09 kit! It's Willow Traders after all, the place where all things kit-related are discussed! Oh my goodness how fabulous is the St. Nick line by BoBunny? I am particularly in love with the vibrant colors and that avocado lime green in this line! Here's my DD wearing a Christmas dress in July. I let her. I mean look at the dress, as if she could wear it here in Minnesota when it is actually Christmas time!

Have I mentioned that I love that avocado lime green color? I believe so. For this card, I misted the TA frame with similar colored glimmer mist. Then I glittered it with some clear glitter. Put the Martha Stewart border and corner punches in use here and lightly brown misted it the paper. I am really unhappy with how the stamped sentiment looks, oh well, I can't have it all.

Well, thank you for stopping by and I hope a fantastic weekend awaits you!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Season Has Begun...

December... in less than 20 some days, it'll be winter solstice!!! The darkest days of the winter are still ahead, but hope is just beyond that, brighter days will come again, lol...

I do not send out Christmas letters or cards via mail, but I do enjoy making them. The neighbors will do some gift exchanging so I have made a couple of cards for them. I love this adorable line by Imaginisce! It is so so so cute!

Of course, time to fully put in use the Christmas Past collection of Graphic 45. Instead of finding ways to use this line for other occasions, it's time to use it for Christmas stuff! I even used Maya Mist on the paper, it looks pretty fantabulous!!

That's about it for now, I hope to take some pictures of layouts this weekend when it's light outside. See, that's why I obsess about winter solstice and its timing, lol.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some Play...

I took the past Friday off from work. It was the first time since I entered the workforce that I took off the day after Thanksgiving. I cut stuff out using my Cricut and the kids glued things together. That was exhausting. Then in the afternoon, I took them to Children's Museum for five hours. I allowed myself a break from the camera, indeed, it was so much easier!

I did manage a layout on Thanksgiving day using sketch 47 of 52 sketches 52 weeks.
I misted the PP using the yellow Maya mist, it looks surprisingly good, definitely adds a little texture to the layout. I love what Pearl said "updating my looks!" YES!! I misted the Technique Tuesday chipboard but I liked the natural cream color better so I just flipped it over to use. I also machine stitched on the layout. I must have felt very ambitious.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! I am looking forward to the Macy's parade, three NFL games, and a fantastic meal with my second family, the Andersons. I plan to have a bite of turkey and plate(s) full of candied sweet potatoes. I am not kidding! I don't kid when it comes to food!

I thank you my readers. I don't know what draws you to my blog, but I thank you for visiting, frequently or occasionally. I appreciate you! Here is a card that was published in Scrapbook and Cards Today Fall 09 issue. I dedicate it to you!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Experimenting with Maya Mists

I was introduced to Maya mists by the wonderful people of Studio Calico. I've been trying to play with it and learning as I go. One thing is for sure, Maya mists' saturation level is high. Of course, I'm totally heavy-handed, just look at this layout! That background cardstock is a light green! I am still adjusting from glimmer mist where I do need to spray and spray and spray and spray.

I made my own mask here. I laminated this ziggy-zaggy Collage Press diecut and used an exacto knife to cut. This essentially created three masks, one of which I used in my layout below. I know I could just use the diecut paper as the mask, but now that it is laminated, it can be used over and over, at least in theory!

This one is based on a Scrappiest sketch again. I am so glad to use some fun products and put a slight dent into the ever growing stash, lol.

Oh yes, Martha Stewart's deep edge punch! I got this one because it was the last one on the shelf. I figured that it was popular for a reason, so I "needed" it. *LAUGH!* Here it looks like a fence to me, appropriate eh?

Lastly, I have another layout where I did some Maya misting. This is definitely the most personal layout I've made and it took a long long long time to conceptualize what I wanted to express with it. I will never pretend to be an artist, but I feel like I caught a glimpse of what artists perhaps go through, the process of translating thought into art form... So I share a peek with you and you can see it in Scrapbook Trends August 2010.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Home Bakin'

Nearly two years ago, I jumped into the "challenge and contest" world. One of the first challenge sites I came across was Noel Mignon's. She happened to be doing "parts of the speech" challenges! How intellectual can it get? Love that!! I jumped in right away with the preposition challenge and with some serious beginner's luck, I became the Preppiest! LOL. The prize was Noel's debut and add-on kit. I still have it all together neatly on one of my shelves several layouts and two years later.

It has been a long long long time since I've done another Noel Mignon challenge, but the latest challenge of "home cookin'" once again motivated me to scrap. The Nook and Pantry line from Basic Grey must be used while it is still hot out of the oven, lol. I guess having pictures that suit the challenge helps since I am never a print-as-I-go type of gal. And lastly, I really really wanted to enter the College Days challenge with Deana, but I failed her, so I'm making up with this challenge and layout.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Roar for MME Challenge

Here's a confession, I have at least four inches of MME paper in my stash. Yes, I know it's a lot, but I am excused because MME is an extremely productive manufacturer. For example, their latest Amber Road line, that's gotta be at least two inches of paper if you get it all! What is inexcusable is letting the papers sit! So I needed this MME blog challenge like the desert need the rain (ugh, who sings that song? lol).

Who else just LOVES that dinosaur paper? Here's another confession, I printed more photos of Dinoland USA than I would have typically because of these papers! lol... Here I used this photo of my DD in Dinoland for a purpose other than the trip album. When it comes to scrappy papers, I am very comfortable using boy"ish" papers on my girls. It's just like clothes, no one is going to point out the truck on my DD's shirt and say, "That's for boys!" Same thing holds true for scrappy papers. I'm an equally opportunity paper employer!

I want to mention that the cardstock I used here is Prism's China, and it matches amazingly well with the grays in this MME line.

I'm pretty pleased with my frugal self here for using the "Abbey Road" strip and trimmed out the "Roar" for the title. LOL. I've done that previously with MME's "Tres Jolie" line, and cut out "tres jolie" and accented layouts of my children. Jolie et parfait, merci MME!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ready, Set, Graphic 45

This month, Graphic 45 and Tattered Angels are doing a blog relay. This layout is one of my contributions. A while back, Pearl encouraged me to participate in the Scrappiest sketch challenges, so I did, and this was based on a Scrappiest sketch.

The glimmer mist I received from the product swap were very very light in color, so I just sprayed some on cream cardstock and waited for it to dry. Once dried, I used my Purple Cows laminator to flatten the paper, and then I stamped the TA butterfly onto the glimmer misted paper. I did two butterflies to layer them, it looks okay. It probably (or definitely) doesn't go with the ice-cream thing, but I work with what I was given, lol. Did anyone notice the new Martha Stewart combination punch in action here? I really can't get enough of her punches!

I hope your weekend is merry and bright! Speaking of that, if you are here for the Adornit blog hop, please scroll down! Cheers!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adornit Blog Hop

I am excited to participate in another round of Adornit Blog Hop!! It was so much fun when I participated in the hop in July. The project I created back then will be published in Creating Keepsakes magazine's January 2010 issue!

Enough about the last time, this time, you can get started at the beginning for the entire blog hop.

I made a very simple card for the Merry blog hop. I don't send out Christmas cards/letters but I do give out the occasional card to neighbors and friends. So I hope this one will bring some holiday cheer to someone! Other than the Prism Papers cardstock, everything I used on the card is Adornit product.

I felt that a simple card is probably a bit too light of participation, so I am including a layout from last month when I guest-blogged for Georgana and Adornit. I think it can qualify as both merry and bright, lol. Gosh, who else love these non-parallel stripes and those precious dots!?

Well, that's about it from me, I hope you enjoyed my projects. Next up, please visit Janelle Jones and her lovely blog and project!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

To School!

As soon as I received the Report Card line by October Afternoon, I had to sit down and scrap these photos of DD off to school for "real." I used a Becky Fleck sketch, exclusive to BPM's guest designer's search. I do *heart* sketches!! I don't have much else to say except that I love this layout so I'm very excited to share it!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My NFL Story

If push comes to shove and I must identify the reason why I scrapbook, I will tell you it's because I love to write and I think I'm relatively good at writing.

But scrapbooking for me must start with photos. Basically I mean if I have a story to tell but no photos to go with the story, that story doesn't get told on a scrapbook page.

So here's something about me: I love the NFL. The first time I watched a football game on TV, I was a college freshman. I asked, "How many quarters are there in a football game?" Before the echo stopped, I had an answer for my own question, lol.

As much as I loved watching NFL games, I had never been to one until Aubree took me to a pre-season game in August in Philly! So I finally have a picture that can be used with the story, and therefore a scrapbook page is born!

This layout is created based on sketch 77 provided by Creative Scrappers.

We March on with Nutmeg

Does it seem like I've done nothing with anything else except Nutmeg recently? LOL, that's not entirely true, but here's yet another nutmeg layout. I was trying for a much more different look than how it turned out. I misted again, but you can hardly tell, it looks more like olive colored cardstock in the end! I hand-stitched and I really enjoy that activity, but it is uber time consuming. In the process, I lost the needle for 24 hours, and we turned the couches upside down in the living room looking for it!! In the end, it was on my messy scrap table, ugh!

Who else loves Cosmo Cricket's ready-chips? Handmade embellishments are indeed precious and enviable, but I sure love the convenience of the ready-chips!!!

Happy Sunday everyone. I am looking forward to scrapping finally after a break of several days.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nutmeg Cards

Here are some cards for next year's United Way auction at work! I might even give out my good stash for next year's auction, lol, listen to me! Again I'm using the WIP kit and the lovely Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg line. I ordered a few more sheets and hope to use them this weekend!

This one I used a Tim Holtz mask and my new Maya Mist!! I love it!! The "ready-set" is a part of the "ready-set-chip" packaging of Cosmo Cricket's chipboard elements.

Here I misted the flower with the Maya mist.

I broke out the white Hambly tree grain rubon for this one. HEART Hambly!! My stash of screenprints and rubons will rival any of their DT member's stash, lol!!

Thank you folks for checking in with me all the time. I really appreciate you for visiting!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Into the Heart of Fall

November, the month of turkey and sweet potatoes eating has arrived. New scrappy pages can be shown! This month I have the pleasure of guest designing for WIP! Here is my favorite page from the bunch about my favorite summer dress of Second Child. I really love this layout, more than anything, it's because I really love these photos! I am grateful for this crazy obsessive scrapbooking hobby as it makes me take pictures nonstop! Sometimes I get a few that I really cherish like these...

Also, this month at the Prism blog, we will be displaying projects that "give thanks." My little card kicked off today. Stop by to take a look, thank you and good night/day!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat?

Brr... I'm still warming up from being outside for an hour trick-or-treating with the kids. It was my first time trick-or-treating ever. Watching my little dinosaur wagging her little tail on her huge derriere running toward people's doors is just hilarious.

This layout wraps up a week of Halloween projects. When it was announced that Memory Makers was shutting down, I was truly bummed. I guess I will forever be just a runner-up to the last Masters contest. This layout was published in the last issue of Memory Makers magazine. I still see the issue on the stands every time I go to Archiver's, and I'm reminded of this loss to the scrapping industry and to me.

I hope you all had a great Halloween! My kids will be enjoying the fruits of their "labor" for the months to come. Second Child handed me her trick-or-treat sack (courtesy of Macy's, lol) and said to me: "妈妈, 你拿着. 太重了!" (Mama, you hold it. Too heavy!) HI-LA-RIOUS!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Scrap Halloween with Graphic 45

This is a stretch, isn't it? I tried it on purpose, to use Graphic 45 papers in an unusual way, especially considering it's the Fashionista line for Halloween! I did this layout for the call for Halloween pages by Memory Makers back in March this year. LOL. Good try, Jing-Jing, LOL. It's not all bad, after all, the story of the bug costume has been recorded. I have to laugh though, talk about one incoherent looking layout, and I added a Cosmo Cricket bug to boot! LOL.

Don't forget the huge Purple Cows contest folks!! Help me win, please! LOL.