And I will bury my soul in a scrapbook, with the photographs there and the moths.
~Leonard Cohen

Friday, August 26, 2011

Scrap That! September Kit Reveal & Blog Hop

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the reveal of Scrap That!'s September "Birdsong" kit, as well as our great blog hop!
If you have just arrived here from Ivana's Blog you are in the correct place! If not, head back to the Scrap That! blog for the blog hop order and links.
Today I’m going to share with you my project using the Scrap That! Exclusive Pion Design “Birdsong” Kit.

Here is my first layout.

The papers in this kit are beautiful, shabby chic and soooo gorgeous, from PION Design.

Here is a closeup, beautiful pearl swirl bling, included in the kit.

As for my 2nd layout(my fave). Lots of layers and flowers. The photo is of my husband and I during our engagament photo session. Love this picture!

We also received a bottle of silver liquid pearls, that stuff is amazing! Great, quick way to add dimension to your layout.

Check out the gorgeous Dusty Attic Music border{DA0351} that comes in the kit.
As well as the beautiful Prima blooms! Who isnt a sucker for Prima blooms?!

Lastly, I created a card using my scraps. I had made a 3rd layout, but are you ready for this?! READY???? dog ate it! No seriously, my stinkin' dog demolished my project which the cats mustve knocked off the table. =( Never thought I would use that excuse as an adult..but my time has come. lol So it left me to create a card in place of the layout. =)

Before you hop along to Lisa's blog you will want my SECRET WORD, which is *KIT*.

**Remember, that there are FOUR prizes to win, and FOUR ways for you to enter.
1) First of all, you will need to visit all TWELVE blogs :) **This is important** Each blog will have a special word. As you hop be sure and write down the special word from each blog. Once you have all the special words they will make a sentence. You will need to email the SECRET SENTENCE to All correct sentences received will be entered in a draw to win the Dusty Attic Prize Pack. (Please note: Dusty Attic does not have a blog but just follow the link leave a comment on the forum thread in their community.)

2) Everyone who emails us with the correct secret sentence will be sent a short marketing survey. Once you have completed the survey you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Exclusive Pion Design “Birdsong” Kit.

3) If you want to enter to win the Grand Prize of a Pion Design Prize Pack, then head over to our COMMUNITY for details on our monthly challenge. The challenge will run from August 26th to September 14th so you have LOTS of time to post your creations. You can enter as many times as you like. You do not need to be a subscriber to participate. The more entries, the more chances you have to win!

4) Finally, if you post our blinkie on your blog you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Gift Certificate - super easy right? Just post a link to your blog in the comments the Scrap That! Blog so we can come visit :).

We hope you all had good fun hopping with us today, thank you so much for playing along! Watch the Scrap That! newsletter on September 22nd to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

Here is a list of the blog hop rotation to make things a bit easier for you hoppers.

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scrap That! Sept Sneak Peek

So here is your teaser ladies! The September Scrap That kit is amazing, so full of shabby chic goodies, this one is going to wow you like no other.

Be sure to join us on Friday for the full reveal as well and a fun blog hop, which starts at 10 am MST. There will be 3 GREAT prizes up for grabs.
And...some oh so inspiring Guest Designers!!!
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stuck?! Sketch Reveal-final Stuck?! Sketch layout

So it is with a heavy heart that I share my last Stuck?! sketch layout...

BUT what better way to close my term with them then to do it with a sketch created by ME!! Yup my very first sketch!!

Check this baby out!
Yup--I created that! Took me FOREVER too lol...trying to figure out Photoshop to try to add all the layers--oh BIG HEADACHE! lol but I loved the result.

And here is the layout that I created to represent it. =)
Chalk full of Prima, of course!

For the Dusty Attic{Wrought Iron Trim, DA0547), I inked it brown first then dabbed turquoise paint lightly over some areas.

Be sure to check the Stuck?! blog, they just announced their new Creative Team!

Lastly, I'd like to say thank you to Sara(creator of Stuck?! for giving the great opportunity to create with ur sketches for 2 terms. Its been an amazing adventure!

♥ Karen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Altered Jewelry Box

Let's start off by saying that- I am NOT a big person on altering items. Especially drastic alterations-I'd rather sit there and cut papers with my "little scissors"(as my co-worker would tease me about.) Well a few days ago, I decided hmmm I am going to buy an undressed small jewelry box to keep on the dresser, where I can keep my wedding rings and watch, which I use EVERYDAY. So i went to work on it...

And after hrs....of playing with this little round box...I stepped back and said "ok here she is!!"...

Here she is!!!..
I used Bo Bunny's Timepiece collection.
I embellished the lid with a few things, metal touches, softness from a Prima flower and some beautiful Dusty Attic wings(Wings #2, DA0500).

I must admit that I am very pleased with this little treasure of a box..hmmm maybe I will alter something else this wkened!

Well that is all.
Dinner then movie time!Goodnight!
See you next time ♥

Monday, August 8, 2011

Life's a Beach--{IOD}

So I was a very happy girl the other day-when I opened the door and found a box-with MY name it. Thought to myself..hmmm I haven't ordered anything. Oh wait!! It's from Sally and Creative Imaginations...meaning IOD!!

So I got to work on some stuff today!
This layout features IOD's Beach Cottage collection, this is one of the most beautiful beach themed collections I have seen.
Lots of paper layering on this. And used fish netting for the 1st time...loved it!!

The picture was taken at Flagler Beach in wish we were there right now!! Soon enough though... :p

I used lots of heavenly Dusty Attic on this layout. I altered the {Foliage, DA0506} with Olive Vine glimmer mist. So lovely.

For the title{Life's a Beach, DA0560}, I painted it with cream acrylic, then inked the lower portion with aqua and brown ink.

Ok, time to fill out the thousands of papers Nikki brought home from school today. Yay...NOT!

Tomorrow I shall be back to share an altered project with you, something I RARELY do, safe to say I do those projects like once in a blue moon, well today must've been that blue moon. =)
See you tomorrow.
Goodnight. ♥

Stuck?! Sketch Reveal-Bonus Sketch #1

Hey everybody!
I have a layout to share with you.

Its designed based on a sketch created by Stuck?! Sketches. This layout is 1 of my last 2 as part of their design team, I have had a blast creating on the team for 2 terms and I decided that maybe it was time to venture and do different things. =)

So here's the sketch:

Here's my layout. Featuring Prima -Surprise surprise there, right? lol. Moulin Rouge to be the dark, dusty colors in the line.

Here is a closeup of the largest bloom which originally a purple hue, but wanted a bloom that was more plum-ish/cranberry-ish in color. So what I did was, seperated the top portion of the flower and glimmer misted the larger flower then re-adhered the top smaller flower. Worked perfect, because I got the color I wanted.

That is all project-wise. Be sure to stop by Stuck?! to check out the other gals layouts using this sketch. Few more days and I will reveal my last Stuck?! layout.

Well that is it for now-I shall be back this share an IOD layout with you! ;)

See you later!
♥ Karen

Fisrt Day of 2nd Grade

Ok ok! So today was the first day of 2nd grade for my daughter-jeez she looked so grown up this morning. She was a bit hesitant about 2nd grade-worried that it would be much harder then 1st. BUT she did say she was excited about her new wardrobe-kid has more cute outfits then she'll know what to do with!

Here she was this morning, right before we loaded up and headed to school. She's such a beautiful, perfect-in-every-way little girl, with that dimple that just melts your heart.

Can't wait to hear all about her day, in a bit. ♥

Friday, August 5, 2011

Scrap That! Blog Giveaway

Scrap That! promised you a blog giveaway so here it is....... Simply leave a comment on the Scrap That! Chat Blog and become a follower of it as well, if you aren't already.

Posting our blinkie on your blog betters your chances of winning this beautiful vintage kit!

Prima Botanical Far Far Away
Prima Botanical From the Heart
Prima Botanical True Words
Fancy Pants Lilac House English Garden
Fancy Pants Lilac House Weeping Willow

Maya Road Kraft Envelopes
Bo Bunny Antique Lace Petal
Prima Flourish
Prima Flowers
Prima Leaves
Prima Ribbon
Glitz Love Nest Paper Layers
7 Gypsies Key
May Arts Ribbon
ZVA Paper Roses
Green Tara Satin Bows
Chipboard Frame and Flourish

That's it! Leave your comment by August 19th and we will select a random winner. Watch out for the newsletter on August 22nd for the winning name. It could be you!
Good luck!!
♥ Karen


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