Friday, March 23, 2012

Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my LOs!!  I truly appreciate you visiting my blog!

Random Number generated was 15, so Emily H, you are the winner of the CK Issue!! I will e-mail you!

thanks again everyone for playing along!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

CK March/April Issue Give-away!!

I am thrilled to be offering up the March/April Issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine for a randomly selected winner.  So, if you want to be entered into the drawing for this great issue,  please leave a comment to this post.  And check out the LOs that inspired me and my take on them!  I'll pick a random winner Tuesday night and post on Wednesday!

This really is a such a great issue of the magazine and has truly inspired several LOs for me!!
 issue:March/April CK Issue

Here is a link to the CK store where you can purchase this issue.

and a link to a CK on-line extras where you can find contests, dowloads and techniques based on this issue.


Now, in order to expand my creativity, I've made it a goal this year to do a LO based on every LO or idea from this issue.  There are so many great ideas and I'm having such a great time learning new ideas and techniques!!

  First, I have to share the LO I did based on Maggie Holmes super cute cover LO!!  I loved it so much - the colors, the sweet photo, the way she arranged her embellies!  Just beautiful.

Kiah in the Park - 1991

Next, I was also inspired by Kim Jackson's LO and the idea to use canvas.
Kim Jackson - "Chicago" (CK March/April Issue)

I didn't have canvas strips, but I did have a mini - canvas.  So I used that along with other canvas circle pieces for these fun photos of me with Erin and Kiah.  I also inked the edges of my canvas and added a rub-on.

Birthday with my girls - Feb, 2012

a close-up of the mini-canvas with rub-on added.

 I wanted to share this LO I created based on Michelle Wooderson "Natural Beauties".  Michelle used watercolor designs on her LO and so I wanted to captured this fun idea and give it a try

Michelle Wooderson - "Natural Beauties" (CK March/April Issue)

In a past life, I used to do a lot of pin and ink watercolor designs, so I pulled out my acrylic paints, watercolor paper and some cute christmas pen and ink drawings to create this LO.  It was really fun to be painting again and I know I'll have to give this technique a try again!

Christmas 2010
a close-up of the watercolored snowman

 Lastly, I want to share another LO that I created based on the great inspiration from this CK Issue.  I loved this LO by Stacy Cohen and how she created those beautiful glassine flowers.

Stacy Cohen - "So Happy Together" (CK March/April Issue)

 Well, I didn't have glassine paper, so I tried to come up with a way to "copy" this idea.  I ended up cutting the flowers out using spellbinder dies, coloring the flowers with alcohol inks and then brushing them with pigment powders like Stacy.  I did need to heat set the flowers and they took a long time to completely be set (a few days!).  I was pleased how this LO of my ODD and her boyfriend turned out.

So Silly - January 2012

I plan on continuing my creative journey with this CK Issue - I've got several more LOs tagged to scraplift!!

And make sure to check out these blogs.  These ladies are giving away a chance to win this issue as well. Here are links to their blogs and good luck in winning a copy of this great issue!!

              Laura Vegas:

Paper Craft Magazine:

               Erika Hayes:

       Piradee Talvanna:

        Joey Manwarren:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

wooo hooo!!  I just signed up for the BPC NSD challenges.  I can't wait!!