Friday, May 27, 2011

Cherished Moments - DT Reveal

It's time for our 3rd and final challenge for the month at Sketches in Thyme, and this one is an Open Challenge! Now, how does an open challenge work, you ask? It's easy to play along! Just link up a new creation you've made for this challenge using ANY SKETCH, try out a sketch from a favorite blog or maybe create your own. As long as you use a sketch you can enter the challenge!!  I used this wonderful sketch from Pagemaps for my layout.

Frosted Designs is also having there next challenge BBQ/Picnic/Outdoor games.  Our favorite outdoor game and fun thing to do in the summer is play in the pool.  The pic is of my kids and I last summer in the pool.  I loved the bright colors of our swimsuits, plus when I think of summer I think bright and cheery, so I used fun bright colored papers to make my layout.

Challenges: - end 5/31x - end 6/7 (tool - punch)x - end 5/31x - end 6/10x - end 5/31x - end 6/8x - end 6/3x - end 5/5x - end 5/10x


Erin R.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cherish the Moment - Card - DT Reveal

I have a wedding this Saturday, and I have been on this card kick for a little while, so I thought what a fun thing to give someone for their wedding, a beautiful handmade card.  I used the wonderful cutter file from RSMobely Designs (file RM00142) that is full of fun flowers.  I altered a bit from the original design, I layered them with an extra smaller layer and distressed the paper more, but the flower shapes, center, and the leaves are all from the cutter file.

I found this cut little tutorial over at Frosted Designs for a fun little card, and on that card are the cute little hearts to represent the bride and groom.  On her card they are larger and the center of attention of the card, but i so wanted to use that idea for my wedding card.  So I added the little accent of the hearts to the side of the words.  They are super easy to make, just punch or cut hearts in white (2) and black (1), cut the sides of one of the white hearts off to make the tuxedo vest shape.  I then used a black sharpie marker and added dots and a little bow tie, then used pearls down the center of the white heart for the bride heart.  Put them together and poof, a cute little bride and groom.

The bride's colors are yellow, so that is the reason for the yellow flower and the touch of yellow flowing in the card.  All the papers in this card are cream or black cardstock, I then just used ink and stamps to create the newspaper look, the lace trim on the tag, and the yellow in the flower.  I then just tucked some tulle and a couple of pearl pins behind the flower, and done!!

For the inside of the card I wrote a lovely sentiment and repeated the bride and groom hearts, but on a larger scale.

Challenges: - end 5/30 (pearls, flowers, paper piecing)x  - end 5/30x - end 6/8x - end 6/7 (tool - punch and stamps)x - end 5/31x - end 6/1x - end 5/28x - end 6/8x - end 6/1x - end 5/29x - end 5/28x end 5/31x - end 6/4x - end 5/31x - end 5/5x - end 5/31x

Erin R.

Cherish - The Paper Trail GDT Kit Reveal - Challenge #6

The Trail Makers are having a month long crop and I get to host the 6th challenge as their GDT for the month of May.  So head on over to Trail Makers and play along!!

For this challenge you need to use paint.  You can paint an item, splatter paint on your paper, use paint and water to distress your papers, or what ever you can think of as long as it includes paint!!  I love to use paint on my projects as it adds so much dimension and extra softness to the look of the project.

For my example I used glimmer glam paint in brown to paint the word cherish (wonderful Dusty Attic piece from the May The Paper Trail Kit).  I then also used pink acrylic paint to make the splotches on the brown background paper to match the pink splotches on the Little Sprout blue swirl paper from the Trail Makers Store.  I then also used water and a light brown acrylic paint to wet distress the reddish/pink background paper from the The Paper Trail May Kit.

The pic is of my son one day when we were playing on the playground.  The Little Sprout paper line (borders at the bottom, blue swirl paper, and paper paper the heart butterflies are punch from) are all from The Paper Trail Store were just perfect for this picture.

Challenges: - end 5/31x - end 6/8 - end 6/7 (tool - punch) - end 5/31x - end 6/10 - end 5/31x - end 6/8

Erin R.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Link up Love Party With K Andrew - Brandon 6 Months

I have just found this great idea at K Andrews site at Getting Cricky, it is a link up party.  We get to see other people's blogs and get out there and meet some great people who love to craft just like me!!

So we are supposed to post a favorite project of our, and this is one I did not so long ago, but have not posted it as of yet.  This pic is of my son at age 6 months.  I got this great paper and looking at it I saw that it looked so much like his little outfit.  I then got this great sketch from Swirlydoo, and it took off from there.  I hand drew and cut the vines, but then I scanned them and turned them into SVG files for my Cricut.  I also revamped the flowers by using ink and mist and adding a fun center to each of them.

Challenges: - end 5/30 (flowers, ribbon, punches)x - end 5/24x - end 5/24x - end 5/24 (swirls, six months)x - end 5/20 (inspired by my son's outfit)x - end 5/27 (old- flower centers, new - paper)x - end 5/27x -end 5/29x - end 5/22x - end 5/20x - end 5/30x - end 5/26x - end 5/30x


Erin R.

Fun in the Sun - DT Reveal SiT

Sketches In Thyme (SiT) has a new face and a new team for our new challenges!!  The new format for the challenges is as follows: each month SiT will bring you 3 challenges, the first 2 will be sketch challenges using our very own Sketches in Thyme ORIGINAL sketches!! Our 3rd challenge of the month will be our tried and true open challenge- no sketch provided; you use your own sketch, find a favorite from another blog, as long as you use a sketch, you can join in!! All 3 challenges will run for the entire month, so you'll have PLENTY of time to put our sketches to good use! Each participant will be entered in our monthly drawing, we have some fabulous sponsors lined up for you!!

The 2nd sketch for May is from our own Tiffany, and my take is below.   The pictures are of my friends son and his dog Goldie playing around in the backyard on fun and sunny summer day!!  They were the best of friends, never to be parted!!

I tried my hand at paint splatters for the first time, and it turned out pretty good.  I also have fun using my cricut to make the words sun and the sun itself.

Challenges: - end 5/25 (Sun) - end 5/27 (old - paper, new - paint tech)x - end 5/30x - end 5/30x - end 5/28* - 6/1x - end 5/20x - end 5/23x - end 5/26x

Erin R.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thank you Card - DT Reveal

I made a fun thank you card for my son's Pre K teacher.  She was been so wonderful this past year. You can really tell when a teacher loves what he/she does, and my son's teacher is one of those great teachers out there!!  So here is a huge thank you to all of those teachers out there..........THANK YOU!!

I find that using a 6x6 size is easier for me, since I am so used to working in a 12x12 format.  I find cards hard for me for the unusual shape, but working in a 6x6 is a fit for me!!

Clear it Out has a wonderful challenge out there right now to color.  So the challenge for the next two weeks is to show your projects using any coloring mediums.  I am not a huge stamper, but I have so many, so I broke out this really cute flower stamp I have and tried my hand at coloring it in.  I have never done this before, and it was so easy.  I do not have any special markers (copic or the like), so I used my Bic marks a lot markers and they worked fine.

Frosted Designs also has a challenge going on right now to used trim or ribbon.  I used a pink ribbon to run across the bottom of the card, and then I added a little bow at the corner of the "thank you" tag.  I am horrible at bows, but I think my little bow here turned out pretty good!!

I went for a simple, sweet, clean look of the card, because I wanted the idea of "thank you" to stand out.

Challenges: - end 5/27x - end 5/30 (flowers, ribbon, punch)x - end 5/25 (spots) - end 5/24x - end 5/28 (old - paper, new - stamp and coloring)x - end 5/27x - end 5/21x - end 5/29x - end 5/22x - end 5/20x - end 5/26x - end 5/30x


Erin R.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spring is in the Air - Sketches4All Blog Hop

Welcome to the “Spring is in the Air “Blog Hop
May 11th-May 18th.

If you arrived here from Kim’s blog your on the right track. If you happened upon my blog  and would like to play along start at the beginning over at Stacy’s blog.

The Design team is using this wonderful pagemaps sketch and my layout all seen below.

My Take on the Sketch

Pic of my friends son growing plants in his Pre K class

To win:
1. You’ll be in the running for the grand prize if you create a layout based on  the sketch and use the 5 items found on five of our blogs. There is a picture of the grand yummy prize below. Please make sure your layout is new as of May 11th.  When you have completed your sketch make sure you upload your sketch to this discussions thread HERE.

2.  If you decide not to participate in the challenge and only find the  5 scrappy items you can enter to win the second prize.  A $10.00 gift certificate to ScrappyJo’s store. After you find all the scrappy items DO NOT POST THEM ANYWHERE send them to  to Fia at  The participants who decide to do the sketch can also send the words they found to the email address and have a chance to win  the 2nd prize as well.

3.There will be  additional challenges with other chances to win some yummy goodies. They will be  posted daily  from May11th- May18th at sketches4all make sure you look for them in the special events section and upload them in the gallery. I will be hosting my challenge on May 13th so be sure to check it out at the Special Events section at sketches4all.  There is another fun challenge up right now hosted by Fia . You can go HERE to check it out there’s a yummy RAK! There is a lot going on so if you have any questions you can ask them here or at Sketches4all.  I hope to see you come join in on the fun!

If you get lost below if the full list of the Blog Hop!
Stacy starts the hop:
Erin: (You are here)
Christy: (Next Stop)

Challenges: - end 5/25 (stitching and stickers) end 5/30x - end 5/20x - end 5/26x

Erin R.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

For mom - Sketches4All DT Challenge

In this challenge you are to make a card, layout, tag, or other papercraft project where you include banners.  The banners can be any type you wish, just add a banner to your project somehow!!  Please upload your project to the Sketches4All site and the winner gets a fun little RAK from me!!  You may enter as many times as you like!!

I wanted to make a card for my mum this mother's Day.  I am not a card maker, it is not my area, but I am starting to really like working in a 6x6 or 5x5 format for cards, it is like making a mini page without a picture!!

On this card I loved the paper so much that I let it shine, but just adding a few small light touches to brighten up the paper.  I wrapped yarn around the strip and tied a simple knot to hold it together.  I then layered little words about my mum on top of the words "dedicated to the world best mom" then added the punched butterfly to accent it off. I also love the idea of sewing the buttons onto a page, it really finishes it off and gives it a really clean neat appearance.

Challenges: - ends 5/11x - end 5/13x - end 5/10x - end 5/20x - end 5/11x - end 5/13x - end 5/15x - end 5/18x - end 5/30 - stash (used up buttons and yarn)x - end 5/13x - end 5/20x - end 5/18* - end 5/16x - end 5/12x


Erin R.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

You Make Me Smile - Trail Makers GDT/Sketch Inspriations Reveal

This week The Paper Trail is sponsoring the the sketch challenge site Sketch Inspirations.  So head on over to Sketch Inspirations and play along for a chance to win a great kit from The Paper Trail.

Using this great sketch from Sketch Inspirations I created this fun layout of my friend and her family just before they went to church one Sunday.  The papers are  the Nikki Sivils Rainy Day paper from The Paper Trail Store.  The are so cute and fun they just went perfect with these family photos.

I altered the sketch a bit, I pulled the three pictures down to the bottom of the page and added a longer scalloped border across the entire bottom of the layout.  I then used all the flower and circle embellishments on the sketch as my guide for the kite, clouds, and buttons I added to my layout.  

Challenges: ends 5/11x - end 5/12x - end 5/10x - 5/20x - end 5/13x - end 5/30 (used up buttons and yarn)x - end 5/17x


Erin R.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Frosted Designs National Scrapbook Day Challenge

I am a Winner!!  
I entered this card in the Scrap it forward Challenge and I won!!

Frosted Designs is having their first ever Online Crop to celebrate National Scrapbook Day, May 6th - 8th!  

There will be games, quick scraps and challenges with plenty of opportunities to win some great prizes!! Mark your calendars... you won't want to miss any of the fun!! Please friend us on Facebook since we will also be playing there. The more people who play along, the more fun we will have!! 

I am hosting a challenge and it starts now!!  For my challenge you need to create a project that has 3 different basic shapes cut out of paper.  Your choice of basic shapes: square, rectangle, circle, star, heart, oval, triangle, and crescent.

Let's use those punches, cutters, and/or scissors.

You can also include other shapes, you just must have 3 basic shapes on the card (hint the base of your project counts as a shape!!)

Here is my example:  The basic shapes I used were square (3 of them actually layered on top of each other, but only counts as 1), circle (in the green), and rectangle (the strip along the middle bottom).

For playing my in my challenge you could win the fun little RAK!!

Head on over to Frosted Designs to post your project.  You have until Midnight Wednesday May 11th.

Challenges: - end 5/10x - end 5/11x - end 5/13x - end 5/14x - end 5/15x - end 5/18x - end 5/13 (used up old prima packaging)x - end 5/13* -end 5/18x - end 5/14x


Erin R.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Trail Makers Month Long Crop Prize!!

This one is easy! Help us get the word out about the month long crop  at Trail Makers! All you have to do is post on your blog about the crop on your blog and/or facebook.  Then come back and link where you posted it! You have until Sunday, May 8 at 11PM EST for a chance at an RAK!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Friend of Mine - DT Reveal

The Paper Trail Kit Reveal - Challenge #1
I was lucky enough to be a guest designer for The Paper Trail for the Month of May.  For this month there are many challenges to enter and the first one is a color challenge!!  For this fun challenge at The (Paper) Trail Makers it was to use these colors:

They go perfect with the May kit which includes the new Nikki Sivils Rain Line, they are such sweet and adorable pages.  The colors screamed to me fun and fresh, so I used pictures of my friend's son and his first dog Goldie.  They were playing around in the backyard and Dustin tried to ride him like a horse, so cute!!

Using a sketch from Pagemaps I created the fun layout above.  I love to stitch on my layouts, it adds such a wonderful look to the page.  I also love those Nikki Sivils buttons, so cute!!

I also love to use layers of borders.  I used a regular punch scallop border on the bottom, then a strip of Nikki Sivils umbrella paper, then and orange/yellow cardstock to cut the final border trim at the top using my Cricut and a cutter file.

I used these wonderful cutter files are from RS Mobley Designs (File # RM00145) to cut the border, I then took yarn and wove it through the holes in the cut border.

This layout was also created for the challenge at Clear it Out.  The challenge going on right now is all about ribbon/fibers.  I love to try and find fun uses for the fibers I have, so I love the idea of weaving the yarn through the border.

Challenges entered: - end 5/6x - end 5/7x - end 5/7x - end 6/1x - end 5/7x - end 5/12x - end 5/7x - end 5/13x - end 5/14x


Erin R.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Duck - The Paper Trail May Kit Reveal - GDT

I was chosen to be the guest designer for the month of May at The Paper Trail.  This kit is full of wonderful lines from Fancy Pants, Nikki Sivils, and Dusty Attic just to name a few.  They are full of such wonderful distressing and rich looking colors, they just go perfect with these sweet photos!

These pics are of my friend's son when he was about 2 years old.  He loved playing with the ducks, chasing him all around, until they ducks turned on him and started to chase him, hence the title "DUCK and run".

I did not have the perfect chipboard for my title, so I painted the letters with acrylic paint to it would match (they started out big bright bright multicolored chipboard pieces).  All the edges of the papers are inked with a light brown chalk ink to give it that soft and rustic look.

Challenges entered: - ends 5/6x - end 5/6x - end 6/1x - end 5/7x - end 5/7x - end/5/5x - end 5/7x


Erin R.

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