Thursday, December 27, 2012

January Birds of a Feather Kit

Happy Thursday, All!
We are slowly getting back to normal, after all the holiday chaos. I so love this time of year, but by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the stress is usually overwhelming! 
In between all the shopping, baking and gatherings I did manage to find some time to scrap with the stunningly beautiful January kit from Birds of a Feather
Before I share my layouts, I want to share the January kit with you:

Retail Value - $39.26
Birds of a Feather Price - $35.00
Glitz Design "Cashmere Dame" Collection
2 Sheets Honeycomb
2 Sheets Chevron
2 Sheets Cherries
1 Package Paper Garland
honeycomb chevron cherriesgarland
My Mind's Eye "Sweetest Thing" Collection
1 Sheet One of a Kind
1 Sheet Simply Lovely
One of a Kind Simply Lovely
American Crafts
1 Sheet Glitter Cardstock - Tuxedo Black
1 Package Thickers - Custard Black
7 Pieces Glitter Mini-Brads - Black
glitter stripe thickersbrads
BoBunny Press
1 Package Zinnia Blossoms - Buttercup
Jenni Bowlin Studios
1 Package Plain Chipboard Elements - Hexagons
Pink Paislee "Portfolio" Collection
1 Package Photograms
Doodlebug Designs
3 Pieces Braddies - Bling Cherries
May Arts
1 Yard 3/8-inch Center-Stitch Ruffle - Black
1 Yard 5/8-inch Solid Plaid - Yellow 
ruffle plaid
Ruby Rock-It Bella Basics
1 Sheet Sugar Candy Glitter Cardstock - Yellow (dots on paper shown in white to show pattern)
sugar candy
Bazzill Basics
2 Sheets Whirlpool

See, I told you this was a stunning kit! Now, I want to share my current creations using this kit.

This first layout evolved around the Pink Paislee Portfolio Photograms frame. The minute I saw this one, I knew I HAD to use it on a layout about Little Man.
Once I got started, I went with the hexagon theme in the background paper, cutting my own out of various papers from the kit and extras. I also used the Jenni Bowlin small chipboard hexagons to add contrast and dimension to the layout (some of the smaller hexagons are layered on the Chipboard and others were created using the chipboard as a guide, but not layered on they are flat)
To finish off the layout, I layered my "T" with the "Hello Handsome" circle that I cut from the Glitz Design banner and I was finished.

And a couple of close ups:

My next project is a (GASP) CARD! I started out using a super easy card sketch from Kimber McCray, and then the card morphed from there. I LOVE the red gingham paper with the bathing beauty (available in the extra paper) so decided I would use her on the card. I fussy cut around the banner pieces, to give it some interest, then added the washi tape accented circle and my sentiment. Can I just say, this is one card that I am totally in loving? And, it didn't take me hours to create ;)

And a close up:

My last layout is one that I created for a tutorial. I took some of the naked Jenni Bowlin chipboard from the kit, covered it with glitter and then sealed it with Glossy Accents. This was such a fun layout to create, and as you can see, I'm a little obsessed with hexagons right now ;)

And a couple of close ups:

As you can see, I've loved working with this kit, so far. Remember, if you haven't picked up the kit yet, there are still a few available. 
Also, we love to see your creations at Birds of a Feather Kit Co. You can always share in our GALLERY and/or over at our FACEBOOK page. 

Have a wonderful Thursday!


Friday, December 21, 2012

A Blog Hop Winner and a Few Sneaks

Happy Friday, Everyone! 
Today is our first day of Christmas break and there is lots of holiday baking on my To Do list :)
Before I jump headfirst into all that fun, I want to take a moment to announce the winner of my Blog Hop drawing. 
I threw all the names into a hat and had Zack draw out a name. The name he picked is Ms. Janet!
Janet, you will receive a code from me (in the next few days) for your $10 gift certificate to the Birds of a Feather Boutique! 
Now, one last thing: Amy has started posting sneaks of the stunningly beautiful January Birds of a Feather Kit and I want to share them with you. I currently have the kit sitting here on my desk, and trust me: You NEED this kit!'s beautiful!
Okay, off to do lots and lots of baking. Enjoy your day!

Friday, December 14, 2012

It's Time to Hop 'n Crop at Birds of a Feather Kit Co.

Happy Friday and Welcome to the Birds of a Feather Winterfest Crop 'n Hop! Hopefully, you have been directed here from Nicole's blog. If you are just visiting (and weren't directed here from Nicole's blog), please join us for the complete Blog Hop and Crop. All you have to do is start HERE, hop from blog to blog,and finish up at the Birds of a Feather blog. To make it even more fun, we have a super interesting progressive layout challenge planned for you. IF you complete the entire Hop, you leave a comment on each participant’s blog, you complete the layout challenge AND you get it posted in the gallery by midnight on Sunday, December 16, you will be eligible for a FAB SCRAPS-Christmas Collection: Spiral Bound Book ($20 value)

 FAB SCRAPS-Christmas Collection: Spiral Bound Book. This book is the perfect starting point for any mixed-media-style journal or scrapbook. Inside are twenty full-page and six half-page sheets that are ready to capture your special memories. Add photographs and keepsake memorabilia then journal and jot down notes to create the perfect memory book! Overall measurements are 10x7-3/4 inches. The full pages are each 10x7 inches; the half pages are 10x4 inches; and the spiral binding has a 1 inch diameter. Each package contains one book. Embellishments not included. Imported.

For this hop, the Scrap Chicks decided to do a Progressive Layout Challenge. Each of us has something special to add to the original sketch, posted by Kristin. My special touch is to make your title using mixed media and/or mixed alphas. Super easy, super fun, and a GREAT way to use up your stash.

Here is my layout, to this point. So far, I've used Kristin's sketch, added Nicole's stitching and finished with my mixed media/alpha title. 

Here are a couple of close ups:

If you check back after Sunday, you will be able to see my entire layout (using the rest of the Scrap Chicks' additions).

Since this Blog Hop is part of the Birds of a Feather Kit Co.Winterfest Crop, I've got a special treat for one lucky person who comments on this post: a $10 gift card to the Birds of a Feather Boutique! Since we are Hopping all weekend long, you have until Sunday night, at midnight, to leave me a comment. You do not have to be a follower of my blog, but if you like what you see, I'd love for you to stick around and become a follower.

Okay, it's time to hop on over to Amy's blog to continue on with the fun! Remember, if you finish the entire hop, leave a comment on everyone’s blog, you complete the challenge layout (and get it posted in the gallery by the deadline) you are eligible for that darling FAB SCRAPS prize! Enjoy the rest of the crop and I sure hope you will join us over at the forums for a weekend full of scrapping, games and fun!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winterfest Crop 'n Hop

It's Time to Crop 'n Hop at Birds of a Feather Kit Co.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hello, Old Friend....My Blog.

Hello, Old blog.
It seems like every time I set my mind to updating and staying on top of this blog, something enters the picture and all my good intentions rush right out the window.  So, I say it now, I'm sorry I've been neglectful, and hopefully things will work themselves out very soon and life will get back to an even keel. 

Like always, whenever I am away from my blog, I have still been scrapping. I absolutely LOVE working with Amy's kit, over at Birds of a Feather Kit Club, and this has been one amazing team of women to work with the past few months. 
This first set of layouts was created using the August Birds of a Feather Kit. I really loved that I could get so many different looks with just one kit!

I created this for a tutorial, and also as a special layout for Zack. He's growing up so fast, and I see our time quickly slipping away. This picture was perfect for this layout and the message that had been weighing heavily on my mind. 

This layout was just so fun to create! I found the title on a layout over at Pinterest, and knew I had to use it. I then went looking for a picture and instantly knew I had to use this older one of Jon and the kids. I've never scrapped with it; it's not "perfect", but it reminds me a of time when life was a lot simpler for all of us. 

Some close ups:

This next layout was created using pictures of me and Taylor. Jon took them right before she was born, right after she was born and the day after her birth. This was a bittersweet time for me, since I knew she was my last baby. 

And some close ups:

This last layout using the August kit was created for the color challenge. I used this older picture of Jon and the boys (from 2002) and just had fun playing with the different shapes, patterns and colors. 

This next batch of layouts were all created using the October Birds of a Feather kit. Note, it's TOTALLY different from the August kit and yet it's still AMAZING!

This first layout is of Mr. Toby. He is actually sleeping, on his back, in Zack's arms. 

This next layout is a special one for Kal and his new kitty, Shadow. I LOVE how the blue polka dots seem to make her eyes really pop.

This next layout is one I did for a tutorial on making the folded chevron. It was so much fun and I loved playing with all the patterns and colors. I would have never picked these papers, especially together, but once I had them in hand, I LOVED what I was able to create! 
By the way...that folded chevron is so fun and easy!

And some close ups:

This layout was created for a shape challenge. I had so much fun using these older pictures of Zack and using all those circles.

And some close ups:

This last layout is one of my favorites. I really loved the diamond shapes in the paper, and fussy cutting them and piecing them back together in a random pattern was the perfect touch for this layout. 

And some close ups:

 This last group of layouts were all created using the October Birds of a Feather kit. Again, it's totally different from the September kit....and the August kit.....and the July kit.....(I think you get the point :D )

This first one is a double and I used the October sketch over at BOAF to create it. I LOVE the blues and greens in this kit, so went with the dark navy for the background and the mix of patterns.  The chipboard banners were created using the chipboard banners and buttons, offered as an extra with the kit

And some close ups:

I really love the sentiments that came on one of the Jillibean papers, so decided to create a card. It was super easy to create and I love that I was able to use scraps to create it. 

This next layout is a favorite of mine. I think it's because this picture was taken on our anniversary, back in 2005, and because the picture is just so "us". And, to be honest, I LOVE all the pink and that chevron paper.

And some close ups:

This next layout went in a totally different direction then expected, and I'm still not sure about it. Somehow, it seems to be missing "something"......
However, it did use a favorite picture of Jon and Taylor, so I think I'll keep it ;)

And some close ups:

This next project was created for another tutorial. I decided to make this cute little gift card holder for my mom. It was super easy and fast to create, and it was another great way to use up those scraps. 

This next layout is of Mr. Toby. I love this Bazzill embossed cardstock, so decided to use it for my background. I then grabbed a fun sketch that I had pinned over at Pinterest and started creating. 

And some close ups:

And this is my final layout using the October kit. Since I went all blues and greens with the last layout, I decided that totally pink and girly would be perfect for this one. Plus, I LOVE that OA floral paper. 

And a close up:

 Whew...I am tired, but it feels good to finally have time to catch this blog back up. Here's to hoping it's not another month before I blog, again.
Have a blessed night!