This week on Spunky Scrappers the prompt is "what inspires you". (Brianna, I apologize for posting a bit early.)
I found this topic a bit intimidating but used the prompt over on Dreamgirls to help me out a bit: "List It!"...make a top 10 list. OK, then, 10 things that inspire me it is!!
I had a lot of fun making this layout. It's an amalgam of all the different things that inspire me.
So, let's see: 1) "Them" - my family. 2) Sketches. (Bet you can't guess which sketches inspire me the most, LOL.) 3) Texture - and I tried to add a TON of texture to this layout. I really like a touchy-feely element to my layouts. I want you to want to touch the layout, although heaven help you if you actually TRIED to touch one of my layouts, LOL. The brads that say "texture", some fun, tactile trims, a soft, wispy feather, the bottom edge is heat embossed with rough silver embossing powder, curled and wrinkled masking tape, plus lots of other dimension throughout. 4) My doodled, zebra stripe flourish says, "Let my mind wander..." I swear my most favorite layouts and cards were all born either in those few minutes right before you drift off to sleep or in the shower.
5) Scrap crap - I often design a whole layout or card around a papercrafting element that caught my eye...patterned paper, a pretty flower or rhinestone flourish, ribbon, a stamp, etc. 6) STRESS - it's stamped several times on the clear acrylic clock face (another Dreamgirls challenge requirement - a clear element). I've come to realize that no matter how much notice I have on my DT stuff, I'll always end up leaving it until the very last moment. But it's sometimes that stress that frees my creativity. I just go with the flow instead of agonizing over every little detail.
7) Popular culture, such as music lyrics or current fashions or even good ol' Miss Barbie herself, the epitome of current trends. 8) Words - a quote, a prompt, a title, you get the picture.
9) Color! Color plays a big part in my layouts. It sets the mood on the layout and sets MY mood for how I approach making it. If I'm not "feeling" the color combo, I have a very hard time working with it. It blocks me, so to speak. And, yes, these are real crayons. Luckily they're not any thicker than some "normal" scrap elements so they shouldn't do too bad in the scrapbook itself.
And, finally, #10 which is probably the most employed element of inspiration for me: "...but mostly I just throw something at the paper and see what sticks." (This is just killing me, too. I meant to say "stuff" instead of "something" but under the influence of restless children the mind acts like a text messenging program sometimes and annoyingly fills in a word before you know what happened.) This is represented by the hot pink paint splat, which was one of the first elements thrown down on this entire layout. I am so jealous of those people (you know who YOU are :):):):):):):):):) ) who can instantly envision what their layout will look like, grab all the appropriate products, and get it all put together in under an hour. That just doesn't happen for me! I start with an idea and as I'm building the layout I grab items I think will work. Probably 75% of them don't actually make it on the final layout. (And 50% of those lately haven't made it back to their homes, either...my scrap area is a MESS!)
You'll notice a bunch of different fonts on this layout, too. A) THAT is so me, too, and B) that's the third element in the Dreamgirls challenge.
So, there you have it. What inspires me. And, yes, the layout is a giant mess of stuff but then again...that's so me.
Jump on over to the Spunky site to show us what inspires you. While you're there, take a look at what the team made for your inspiration.
This is based on a card sketch by Diana! Today over on the Sketchy Thursdays blog we're having a Second Chance Challenge using this sketch:
Can you tell that the square the martini is on is all shimmery? I covered it in VersaMark Dazzle and clear embossing powder.
We skipped our regular Sketchy Thursdays sketch this week due to turkey day but decided to do a card sketch Second Chance Challenge (SCC) instead...we figured 'tis the season for making holiday cards so we thought we'd give you a little extra incentive to get moving! And how's THIS for incentive:
Yep, that there is a 12 pack of Copic Sketch markers brought to you by our awesome sponsor iCopic.com. They're up for grabs to one lucky winner for this SCC. Just hook up your creation (it doesn't have to be a card...just be based on the sketch) to Mr. Linky in the Sketchy Thursdays sidebar by 11:59pm EST Wednesday, 12/2 for your chance to win.
And guess what??!! If we get 60 or more players, we'll add this to the prize:
Another Copic set - this one the adorable atyou Spica glitter pens!! That's a chance to win TWO Copic sets!! TWENTY-FOUR Copic markers in all!! That's some serious holiday yumminess!!
So, go, hook up your creation and then tell all your friends to do the same so you can have your chance at winning BOTH sets!!
Hope all of you from the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving. I'm STILL full. Ugh!
So are you pro or anti Black Friday? I'm mostly anti except there are a couple really good deals out there this year. I'm writing this Thursday evening so I'm trying to decide if they're good enough deals to venture out and take my chances that what I want is going to be in stock by the time I get there (even if it's right at open, KWIM?).
Well, today's Friday so it's Unity Friday Friends With Flair!!!!
This is from the Love Is In the Air set, one of my favorites:
The doodle-y surroundings are inspired by this card by Sleepless Imagination, this week's EtsyInspired shop on the EtsyInspired Challenge. Only the hot air balloon and the "Birthday Wishes" are stamps. The rest I doodled. (And after reading some of the comments, I want to note that I did not notice it looked like the Pepsi symbol! Completely unintentional. I'm a Coke girl, all the way. That's so funny!)
The EIC, incidentally, is being sponsored this week by Torendi!! Don't forget to use coupon code THANKS for 20% off your Torendi orders starting tomorrow thru Sunday! Those orders also enter you in a chance to go to winter CHA! More info, HERE!
And speaking of sales...
Have you SEEN the deals going on over on the Unity site this weekend??!!! O. M. G. they're spectacular! Click HERE to check them out.
Hope you have a great Friday!!
Be sure to check back here tomorrow for a fun new Sketchy Thursdays challenge. It's a great one just in time for the holidays. I'm just sayin'!
Details: Unity Stamp Co. stamps; StazOn ink; The Paper Company paper; Markers - Marvy, Stampin' Up!; Zig Millennium pen; Michaels ribbon.
Just use coupon code THANKS and the 20% off will automatically be taken off your purchase.
So who wants to go to CHA???
The Torendi girls need your help! We want to "hire" you to come and walk the floors of CHA with us in January and help us decide on what is "trendy" enough for Torendi to stock up on!
How do you apply?
Everyone who makes a purchase between NOW and December 21st will automatically be entered for a chance to go to CHA*. Make two purchases, double your chance and so on. It's just that easy! The new "employee" will be announced December 22nd, just in time for some extra holiday cheer!
*(Torendi is not covering airfare, hotel, meals or any other travel expenses. We are just providing you a pass to get into Winter CHA to have some fun with the torendi team!)*
The CHA "VIP" will also get a guest spot on the Torendi blog to tell everyone about the experience, new products, and all the Torendi fun!
For this week's challenge, the Pink Ninjas Design Team is swapping places with the Candy Shoppe Designs team. So, when you hit up the Ninjas blog on Wednesday, don't be alarmed...the CSD girls will be posting their creations over there that day.
And today, the CSD challenge is all Pink Ninjas. Check it OUT! We really rocked the challenge: The Bold & the Beautiful. Here's our inspiration:
We were to use at least 3 clashing patterned papers, with a BOLD title, and this color scheme:
Here's my interpretation:
Oh, Yeah! Definitely MY Kids.
So, whadaya think? I've got some rockin' skull-filled black, white, and silver DCWV Rock Star Stack paper, some vintage-y, beautiful pink & black Glitz Designs paper; and some sweeeeeeeeet, little girly, lacey, sparkly lollipop DCWV Sweet Stack paper.
Of course, had to do some fussy cutting. What day is complete without tedious, unnecessary OCD cutting? I cut along the guitar border on the Rock Star paper, cut around some of the stars to frame the pics and the skull to disappear the lace border behind, and of course, around the lace border and lollipops. Sheesh! I'm obsessed, I tell ya!
Details: Paper - DCWV, Glitz Designs; Alpha Stickers - American Crafts, Paper Adventures; Stickles; my trusty Cutterbee scissors!!
So, you simply MUST check out the CSD blog to see what the other Ninjas did. As expected, THEY ROCKED IT!!
And I'd love to see you play along with this prompt this week. Hook your creation up to the CSD blog by December 8 for your chance to win a Vintage Styled Apron from BOOJIBOO! They're so cute, you just have to play along!!
It's me again! Monday's are so chock full of fun, eh? At least in the virtual scrapping world.
This week's SPCC color combo is a very unique one:
My initial reaction was, "COOL!" And then I tried to make something with these colors...LOL. I don't know why I had such a hard time because I really do absolutely LOVE this combo.
Of course, my first instinct was to pull a piece of kraft paper as the base, but somewhere along the way I ran across the gorgeous Pink Paislee die cut paper I ended up using because it very closely matched the certainly celery and very vanilla colors. (And how funny is this??!!! Both Diana and I used this same piece of paper and posted it to our blogs at the same time!! Great minds think alike, LOL! WHY is she all the way across the country from me??)
The pic above better represents the actual color of the layout but this one better shows off the gorgeous die cut paper shape:
This pic also better shows the stitching along the edges of the paper, too. My first attempt at the stitching resulted in this:
Apparently the first thread I attempted to use was too thick and stiff and it kept freezing my machine and ripped the paper. Boohoo!
The adorable house stamp is from jillibean soup. Both the stamp and the Pink Paislee paper came with my Lil Scrappin Mama October kit which I so loved.
Details: Paper - DCWV, The Paper Co.; Basic Grey cardstock alpha & trim; SEI buttons; Dymo labeler.
Head on over to the Spunky Scrappers site to see what other members of the Design Team made.
And check out our NEW MEMBERS of the Design Team!!! Woohoo! What a great expanded team!
Aaaaand, we also have a Spunky blog now! AND flikr site for YOU to PLAY ALONG WITH US!!! Aw, come on! Come play along. :o)
On another note...do "little things" ever get you just all riled up and you have a hard time moving past them? I'm just so irritated right now about a message someone wrote on my wall on a ning site that I'm a member. Someone I don't know. It said, "Thanks for being a jerk in that chat room." I've not been on that site's chat room, EVER, nor have I been in a chat room anywhere in ages. I know that shouldn't bother me, right? But it just does. Which irritates me more.
OK, well, there's my rant for the day. Grrrrrr.
Here's looking forward to a better rest-of-the-day.
I made quite a few layouts last weekend for The Studio's charity:water event that I haven't shared yet. Here's one of them.
March 2011 issue
This was for a challenge by Jen Jockish to "Use What You Have" on your craft table. I could make TONS of layouts with just what I have on my table! Besides a tray of current fave papers and a bucket of fave stamps, I have a little tray where "extra" stickers, stamped images, ribbon fragments, diecuts, etc. land. It's overflowing!
Every embellie you see here except for the letter stickers in "discover" were in this tray: a couple of Silhouette diecuts I'd painted and heated a while back, some flowers used as masks for mist on my "I Collect Dust" layout, a fragment of my stamp blotter, a ribbon fragment, and a Dymo word that just didn't work out.
These are some die cut "center" pieces (the parts you're supposed to throw away) and a little mirror (in which you can see my camera reflected).
Details: DCWV paper, Diecuts - Silhouette, Cricut; Michaels ribbon, Dymo tape; Prima flowers; Paint - Ranger, Making Memories ; Stampin' Up! blotter; Hero Arts stamp; StazOn ink; Darice mirror; Glimmer Mist; AdornIt letter stickers; staples.