Saturday, April 25, 2009

With beautiful weather...

you don't get much scrapping done! However, I managed to squeeze in these challenges for the BPM crop with ends officially tonight.

This layout of my DD was for Tara's Rustic Challenge. I loved her idea of using corrugated cardboard, so I went with that and lots of Prima goodies.

This next layout is for another one of Tara's challenges called the "Overkill Challenge" in which you go overboard with an item. I chose to use buttons, but don't think I still managed to put a dent in my I've been wanting to scrap these pictures of my Collin for forever. I still can't believe he'll be seven years old in a matter of months!

And then I whipped up a quickie card for my MIL's birthday and added Audrey's Embossing 101 Class Challenge to it. I love stamping and embossing when I think to do it.

We're off to my nephew's 3rd birthday party. That little guy is just too cute and I love getting new pictures of him because he's a ham in front of the camera.
Have a blessed day!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Now that's what I call fun!

I've seriously never seen so much wonderful response to an online crop...seriously (as my son always There was so many goodies added to the Back Porch Memories' gallery that it was overwhelming to keep up. Those ladies did GREAT and so did my fellow DT members with their challenge creations.

My only layout challenge was called "What's the Weather Like Today?" You had to create a layout using some sort of weather element on the page.

Next I have two "class" challenges going on that end on the 25th, so there's still time to take part in those and many others on the boards. Make sure to go check them out!
I have a flashcard mini album challenge class:

and then a file folder organizer class challenge still open till the 25th

There are still many challenges going on this week, so stop by and play! Back Porch Memories' Virtual Crop

I participated in a few of the challenges. I wanted to do more, but it just seems time and my kiddos don't cooperate with me...oh, well! They do go back to school tomorrow, so I plan on doing a few more of them throughout the week

For Audrey's "Color Theory" challenge I played with colored pencils, gamsol, and my new Hero Arts stamps -- Love that Bird!

Then I made another card for Michelle's "Better than Hallmark" challenge in which you had to use black and white with a splash of color.
As you can see, I'm loving that new Spellbinders label die I just bought. Can't get enough of it,

Then the last one I participated in that is still going on for the week, is Lisa's "Scraplift with a Twist" challenge in which you have to scraplift the person who posts above you -- that was fun! I scraplifted a gal named Sherry and her Rex layout from the gallery. Thanks for the inspiration, Sherry!

I had started on one more, but Collin begged me to take him to Chuck E. Cheese. I just couldn't resist my little man's pleas, so I put down the beautiful paper and walked away. It was hard...let me tell you! But seeing that smile on his face was more important at that moment...paper can wait; right?

So if you read this blog and you get a chance, stop on by and participate in the ongoing challenges. Remember, there's a chance to win a 6-month subscription to BPM as the Grand Prize in it for ya! (Can you believe that!! Paula is amazing!!)

Nighty, night for now!

Monday, April 13, 2009

A friendly reminder!

This Friday will be the start of our Spring Fling crop at Back Porch Memories. Come one come all to play along with all our great challenges and games. Look at what the grand prize will be!

Back Porch Memories Spring Fling Crop
It’s official. Back Porch Memories is having an online (virtual) crop via our message board! You can stay in your jammies all weekend long and we won’t tell. Very Happy

Noon EST Friday, April 17 – Midnight Sunday, April 19 (with extended deadlines on some challenges and projects until the following Saturday, April 25 at Midnight EST)

A crop to beat all crops! We’ll have plenty of challenges, classes, games and more! Be sure to keep checking this forum for more details, including class material lists (to be posted no later than the weekend of April 10th).

FREE!!! Tell all of your friends and be sure to snag our crop blinkie.

Our grand prize? A FREE 6 month subscription to Back Porch Memories Kit Club. WOW!!! Shocked Other Prizes include Back Porch Memories Gift Certificates, mini books, embellishments and other assorted scrapbooking goodies. Very Happy

Make sure to stop on by to join in the fun!

Friday, April 10, 2009

My favorite time of the month!

It's the design team reveal for April's Back Porch Memories' kits. I just love seeing what the other designers do with the Medley and Solo kits.

Here are my layouts that I created for the month using the Solo kit which features the oH So PrEtTy WRMK Tiffany!

See that loopy flower? I learned how to create one from the AWESOMELY talented Jana Eubank. She illustrated how to create one on Noel Mignon's Tips and Techniques Blog.

I got the idea to create one of these cute little card box thingies from the incredibly talented Kimberly Crawford. She showed the one she created on her blog filled with candy treats instead of cards. I wanted to make one for Easter to hold some of hubby's treats. Here's the inside of mine.

You can find the cool PDF or SVG file (used with the Cricut) at The Cutting Cafe along with many other neat items!

Lastly, here's a layout featured in the upcoming newsletter. I took over Jana's Layout in 15 Minutes {or Less} article for the month while she did the monthly member sketches. Fun stuff!

The rest of the uber talented gals' work can be seen in the gallery. Make sure to check it out by clicking HERE
I'm off to chill on the couch as my day at work kicked my butt!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Something to make you laugh

With Easter upon us, I was looking to send cards. Well, I'm running out of time for that, so I came across Jib Jab's ecards. Now you have to pay a subscription fee to use their site when it used to be free. Bummer! But I did figure out a way to download this funny video to share...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April Challenge

It was my turn to host a challenge at Back Porch Memories this month. My challenge is to "mask"! I ran across two packages of unopened Heidi Swapp masks while purging for a garage sale that I participated in. I didn't want to get rid of them, so I decided a challenge was in order. Here's the layout I created with the HS alphabet along with cranberry MM paint. I outlined the letters with American Crafts black gel pen and a yellow Copic marker. Fun stuff!