Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday 11.30

Hello again, friends! This week at Frosted Designs our challenge is to use at least 5 buttons on a project or layout. This week our challenge is being sponsored by Creative Cuts and More! They were nice enough to send some of their amazing products to a few of us girls on the DT. I chose this cute little metal tin with cardstock accordion folded papers. I altered the tin using Tim Holtz Alcohol inks, as well as distressing and adding the metal piece on the outside.

Right now I am reading the most inspirational book “I Declare” by Joel Osteen. It has a declaration for each day of the month along with a short testimonial pertaining to that day’s declaration. I’ve been reading one each night with my daughters. It’s amazing how many nights these declarations have been exactly what one of has needed to hear that day. I chose a few of my favorite ones and put them into this tin as a reminder to be grateful for the good things in my life and mindful of the power of God in our lives.

Here is my little tin box:

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And a view of the inside:

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Sadly, I had more pictures to post on this, but they are on my desktop computer at my office and I knew I had to get this post in. We’ve transitioned from our home office to an outside location and all of my files are mixed up between my desktop and laptop. I need to work on getting everything in one place now since I’m using only a laptop at home now!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend. I am excited to be heading to Market Days in Wimberly tomorrow with my mother in law for some early Christmas shopping and browsing, as well as starting my December Daily, and introducing the kids to our Elf-Mr. Jangles tonight πŸ™‚ Be sure to link up your project to Frosted Designs for the chance to win a prize from Creative Cuts and More and also don’t forget to check out our post on our HUGE 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. There are a ton of prizes to win and some fun challenges going on all month long!

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday 10.26

Good morning all! This week our challenge at Frosted Designs is to use Paints, Mists or Inks on a card, layout or off the page project! How fun it that?! I LOVE using spray inks in everything from scrapbooking to mixed media projects.

In honor of this Halloween season, I created these little 8 x 8 canvases featuring these cute little trick or treaters! I used a lot of acrylic paints, spray inks, stencils, masks, and other bits and pieces of Halloween goodness that were lurking in my stash. This was such a fun project to do. I’ve been taking Christy Tomlinson’s Pumpkins and Cider Workshop, which is full of neat fall projects. She is so inspiring to me!!
Here are my canvases:

I call this one my Frankengirl πŸ™‚



And my Pumpkin Spice Girl πŸ™‚



I also created this cute haunted house scene that I featured on my Art Journaling blog, but figured I would share here as well. I think this may be my favorite thing I’ve created so far! I bought this plaster piece at Goodwill and revamped it into a scene for Halloween. I thought it looked kind of looked like a tombstone.



So have fun creating a project using paint and/or spray inks and be sure to link it up at Frosted Designs for the chance to win a super cute Halloween mini album kit from The Paper Trail!

Guest Designer!

Good morning everyone! I was invited by my very talented friend Ashley as Guest Designer for her monthly Sketch It Out challenge over at Club CK. Ashley creates some really fun sketches and I always enjoy her challenges with the twist every month. This was the sketch that she sent me to work with:


And this was my take on the sketch:


Supplies used: Patterned paper, stickers, alphas, journaling card-Echo Park; Ink: Ranger; Tag: The Paper Studio; twine-unknown; Washi Tape: SEI; Tape: 7 Gypsies; Pen: American Crafts

Here is Ashley’s layout:



As you can see, a sketch can be interpreted in completely different ways! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

Mother’s Day Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone and welcome to our Mother’s Day Blog Hop! I hope you will enjoy visiting all of the fantastic blogs and find some great inspiration along the way for your Mother’s Day projects. If you didn’t arrive here from Amanda’s Blog, please go back and visit her to start the hop. Now for my project!

I wanted to do something a little bit different this time instead of a traditional card or layout. I’ve been working a lot in my art journal lately and having the best time creating backgrounds and getting messy with paint, liquid inks,Pan Pastels, gesso, and scraps. And speaking of scraps, I created this piece completely from scraps that I’ve been saving. Recently I reorganized my scrap basket and cut all of the larger pieces down to 6 x 6 and then arranged them all by color. The smaller pieces all got tossed into a gallon sized Ziplock bag to use for projects like this.

And here it is:



I really loved building all of the layers and the colors on this. I used old French book paper, some airplane charts, cross stitch patterns, and scrapbook paper scraps. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon to buy it. (Love getting a good deal like that!)

And now for the exciting part…you can win this piece to either keep for yourself, or give to your Mom for Mother’s Day! If you would like to win, simply leave me a comment saying that you would like to win. Bonus entry if you become a new follower. And if you enjoyed this project, but don’t win..don’t fret! I am in talks with a local artisan to have it translated into a charm that would look cute on a necklace or bracelet. Hopefully I will have more details on that soon…if you’re interested in ordering one please let me know!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Your support, encouragement, and kind comments mean so much to me!! Now on to your next stop: Mandi’s Blog

Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesday 2.20

First I would like to say Happy Birthday, Baby Weston! My son is 2 months old today πŸ™‚

This week’s sketch at Frosted Designs was created by Roberta. The sketch was absolutely perfect to showcase a large single photo, and wouldn’t you know I just had ordered one from Shutterfly last week. πŸ™‚ At Christmastime, my daughter Natalie was chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Great Russian Nutcracker. The photo on the layout was taken professionally on opening night, and sadly I have no information on the source of the photo. I was disappointed though in the quality, so I decided to brighten it up by using bold colors and patterns which also mimic the colors and patterns in her costume.

Here is the sketch:



And here is my layout:



Don’t forget to use this sketch and link up your project at Frosted Designs for a chance to win this prize. You have until noon (est) Sunday, March 4th to link up your project.

“Love is in the Air” Blog Hop Winner and Valentine’s Layouts!

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the Frosted Designs “Love is in the Air” Blog Hop. I really appreciate all of the nice comments, and I hope you enjoyed “hopping” along to all of our blogs. Today I randomly chose a winner for a small Valentine’s RAK and the winner is:

Shaunery Wharton

Please email me at melissajohnson8 (at) gmail.com with your info so I can get your prize in the mail to you! Congratulations!!

Today I was blessed with a couple of well-behaved little ones (which has NOT been the case the last few days!). They let me get a couple of layouts done while they kept me company in the craft room. The room is a complete mess now since Sophie was “crafting” with me, but that’s ok. Sometimes we just have to ignore the mess and enjoy having fun and spending time together doing something we both enjoy. Baby Weston watched us from his little playmat while he catnapped and jammed out to his classical baby tunes :). In honor of Valentine’s day I created these layouts for the two younger kiddos. Here is Weston’s layout:



I used a Page Maps sketch for this layout, but ended up changing it up a bit (which I normally do when I’m using a sketch). I used Jenny Bowlin papers that I had in my stash. I really wanted to do a sort of masculine Valentine layout; I don’t want him to be embarrassed looking back at his scrapbook with his wife or girlfriend someday πŸ™‚ I think I’m finally mastering the art of scrapping a boy–I LOVE IT! I am also entering this layout in Scrapfit’s Workout #62, featuring XOXO.

This next layout is for my 3 year old daughter, Sophie. I was inspired by this layout that I found on Pinterest. Yes, I am a Pinterest addict. I changed it up by adding some doodling and a mixture of circles and hearts with some faux stitching. I altered the photo of my daughter using the BeFunky app on my iPhone. I love that app!



I used a bunch of old K&Co paper that I had from last year for this layout. I have been busy ordering new CHA goodies, so I’m trying to use as much old stuff from my stash as possible. I sense a big purge in the near future!

blog hop winner and a few layouts to share

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog during the Valentine’s Day blog hop. I appreciate all of the awesome feedback that I received!! I picked up some new followers, and I hope those of you who have newly subscribed will enjoy my projects πŸ™‚

And now for the winner…..I had Miss Sophie (my 3 year old daughter) randomly draw a winner and she chose PHOTOCHIC!
Congratulations, please email me your info and I will send that Smashbook your way!!

And now for a few layouts…I’ve really enjoyed participating in the Workouts at ScrapFit lately. For this workout, the assignment was to use a cluster. I’m not so good at clustering and layering, it’s a challenge for me. For some reason I never feel like it looks right. Knowing this, I kept my cluster rather small πŸ™‚

I used one of my Scarlet Lime kits to put this together, along with a few bits from my stash. I had fun playing with the BeFunky app on my phone to adjust the color and blur the edges of the photo of Sophie running down the path next to the San Antonio River last weekend.

This next layout I did just for me. Not for any challenge or anything in particular. I just really loved this picture of my baby boy πŸ™‚

Have I mentioned how much fun I am having scrapping a boy after so many years of scrapping girls?!!

See you all tomorrow with my Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays DT project reveal. Oh, and don’t forget later this week Frosted Designs is also hosting the “Love is in the Air” blog hop with some awesome prizes to be given away!

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