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:


  1. Hope, I am so glad that you posted the link to your blog so that I could discover all the great scrapping techniques that you have been using!!This is a great blog and I have entered it into the top of my favorites list! I will go back to my CK issue with a "new eye" and see what ideas that I can enjoy using from it! Don't enter me in your giveaway...just wanted to compliment you on your blog and creative LOs'!

  2. Hope - no need to enter me in the RAK because I have that issue. WOW - love everyone of your LOs. I agree - this is a fabulous issue!!!

  3. fabulous inspiration! ... clearly, I need to get to the store and pick this issue up!

  4. So cute! That mini canvas is such a great idea!

  5. Thanks for a chance to win! I love the park layout!

  6. Absolutely adorable work, Hope! I especially love the mini-canvas!

  7. Love everything and your mini-canvas is just so adorable. It's great to hear you have started painting again. Keep it up!

  8. Love the canvas! What a fun idea!

  9. Great layouts! I love that so silly layout at the end. Great job!

  10. Love the LOs. Thanks for sharing.

  11. The natural beauties LO is my favorite. Thanks for offering this fun chance to win!

  12. Oh my giddy aunt have you been busy! Your layouts are fabulous! I think my favorite is your last one! :)

  13. So fun to see the different blogs and layouts!

  14. Replies
    1. Hi Emily - you are my randomly selected of the CK issue!!

      thanks for visiting my blog. Please e-mail me at so I can get your CK issue sent to you!

  15. Fabulous layouts!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  16. Great Layouts! thanks for the chance to win.
    vschnorr at zoomtown dot com

  17. Gorgeous LOs Hope you are truly inspiring I really love your blog and thankyou for the link at ClubCK forums! this is one I could comment on so I am thankful.

  18. Very inspiring! You did a great job. It is a big goal: a LO based on every LO in this issue! I should like to win for being inspired by the ideas in this magazine!

  19. Beautiful layouts! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Great layouts! And I love how you used what you have on hand!