Saturday, February 26, 2011

Creating Keepsakes Convention Nashville Info!

Hi Ladies!

I'm so excited about this upcoming event. Creating Keepsakes Magazine will be hosting a convention in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. It is scheduled for August 5-6, 2011, so we having plenty of time to save up some spending money and plan a scrappy weekend getaway!

Are you asking yourself, "Why do I want to go all the way to Nashville to scrapbook?" Here's what's in store for you at CKC Nashville...
crops, prizes, classes, freebies, fun, scrapbooking celebs, food (including a Haagen Dazs Ice Cream shop in the resort). And did I mention shopping? Yes, tons of your favorite scrapbook vendors will be there with all the latest and greatest products as well as some make-n-takes.

The class and activities list will be available on April 10th and online registration opens May 4th. They have two show specials if you register online. If sign up for two classes/activities, you get a one day free admission to the vendor hall. If you sign up for three or more classes/activities, you get two days free admission to the vendor hall.

Currently, the Gaylord Opryland Resort is running a special on room rates. The rooms are limited and the special lasts only until July 4, 2011. Be sure to call to make your reservation and tell them you'd like the special CKC room rate. The regular rates are $200+ a nite. The CKC special rate is $139 per night. Contact Info: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville TN 37214. (615)889-1000

You can click on the link in the title of this post to go to the Creating Keepsakes website and read more about this great event. It's going to be so much fun. I've already booked my room! I hope to see everyone there!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Has Spring Sprung?

Is it too good to be true? Could all the icky, snowy, cold weather be over? Even if it isn't, there's a page in my scrapbook where it's always springtime. Keeping in mind that I'm way behind on my scrapping, these photos were taken back in 2004 when my husband and I went on a mini vacation for our one year anniversary. Keith is a dynamo with a camera. He took the three square photos of these beautiful pink lilies.

I bought some Basic Grey paper a while back and I've been dying to use it, but didn't know with what. This is the Sultry collection. Don't you just love the colors? They just scream happiness and spring to me. I wanted to play with my iRock tool, so I added a swirly-curly photo corner with some bling. I needed a floral embie for my page and since I didn't have a silk lily on hand, I decided to make one out of paper. I used a Heartfelt Creations leaf die to cut the individual petals. I inked, stippled, and dotted the leaves, then I added LOTS of "Sassy Shimmer Spritz" in Sassy Hot Pink. (The recipe is on a previous post.) I used Art Glitter Designer Adhesive to hold the green beads and the stamens in place. It dries totally clear. Need easy flower parts, check the bridal section at your local craft store for stamens.

Other projects on my scrapdesk at the moment include a pumpkin carving layout and three really cool card class projects. Don't forget, card class is March 5th at Messiah Church in the fellowship area from 9:30-11:30. Don't miss out on the fun. RSVP today by email or just comment on my post. We'll also be cropping from 10-6 and I'll be hosting a Cricut Swarm and doing a tips and tricks session as well as a Make the Cut demo. Wanna learn to make some awesome flowers? During the crop, I'll be doing a few flower tutorials as well!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ugly Paper Or Cute Card...You be the Judge!

Hello Everyone!

I was catching up on some cardmaking the other day (lots of birthdays coming up) and trying to think of something different to try in order to challenge my creativity and ward off boredom. I was digging through my patterned paper tub and found some Tinkering Ink paper that's a few years old. To be perfectly honest, I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it. The colors are bright and garish, the flowers are huge and kinda Picaso-like, and it's just not my usual style, which could possibly be the reason that it's still sitting in my paper tub taking up space.

So my challenge was to use a piece of ugly paper and make it into something I like. As I looked at the paper, I realized I was drawn to the pattern (like old wallpaper) and the aqua color, but it needed a cool, flirty color to update it. Like hot pink! So after adding a border strip, a bit of ribbon, some flowers, and bling, I was quite pleased with my finished product. But I didn't stop there. Why not take it a step further and decorate the inside of your card? I just love playing with my new iRock tool, so I added even more bling to the inside.

So at the end of the day, as I lay my head on my pillow, I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there's one less piece of ugly paper in the world;)

Until next time, Scrap Sassy!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sketchy Fun With Card Patterns

Hi Everyone.

I found a really great site that offers a weekly dose of inspiration. Whether you're just in a momentary rut or enjoy a dose of constant creativity, this is the place to go. They also have a "Super 6" contest. To participate, all you need to do is create a card using their weekly sketch and leaving your link. Here's Sketch 101...

I really had a lot of fun using this sketch. So much fun in fact, that I made two cards. For my first creation, I decided to use a DCWV Mediterrean Cafe Paper Pack that I got out of Mom's purge pile. We always go through each others purges before we actually get rid of something.

I've been wanting to try some pleated paper on a card and I thought this card was the perfect opportunity, which is why I used the pleating technique on my second card as well.

This one just screams girly to me. I love the polka dots! These papers were another Mom purge. The ribbon I used was American Crafts. I've had it in my stash for years and it was patiently waiting for this project to come along. I added mini pearls to the scalloped circle for a little extra wow factor. Totally Cutesy!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Scrap Sassy!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

February's Finest...Our Card Class & Crop

We had an awesome bunch of ladies and lots of fun at our monthly card class and crop. We worked hard on all our projects...

Our theme for February was "Love is in the Air" and so was the creativity... We began with a treat bag and topper perfect for your sweetheart...

Since owls are popular this year (and because I've always adored them) we did an "Owl Love You Always" card, complete with googley eyes. We also had a soft and sweet card with a lovely heart and a bit of tulle. I just love the texture the tulle adds to it. The "yellow rose" card we worked on was an off-the-wall bit of inspiration I had a few weeks ago. I picked up a spool of yellow ribbon at Michael's and as I was browsing the cardstock section, I noticed how pretty the grey and yellow looked together. Plus I needed a very pretty birthday card for my mother-in-law.

I made this "Bama" card for my husband as a joke, and having so many friends laugh about it, I thought I'd share the love. It didn't disappoint. Our special "Alabama Crimson Tide" cards were a sure hit. We also had an Auburn Tigers version (not shown).

Matter of fact, even an Auburn fan or two was seen making a "Roll Tide" card. (Your secret is safe with me Kim. I'll never tell.)

I just want to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful, crafty ladies I got to spend time with on Saturday. Each and every one of you terrific ladies brings joy to my life and I am blessed!

Until next time...Scrap Sassy!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blog Hop Time!!!

Hi Everyone.

I'm so excited to be participating in my FIRST EVER blog hop. I put up a cutesy, special project that I made recently mixing both old and new CTMH products together. Some of you will recognize the Veranda paper (It's one of my all-time faves) and the mocha Opaques for one of the flower centers. I used my Cricut and Make The Cut software to cut out the card bases themselves on the new CTMH kraft it!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll have another project up later today using the new Wings's soooo pretty.