Saturday, October 23, 2010

My New Favorite

And of course it's a lift! LOL! I love Susan Weinroth's blog. It's full of fun, bright colors, creative layouts, & even awesome quilts (which I'd love to make one day but don't really know how to sew so that could be an issue! LOL!). I think all of her pages are great but I really loved one that she did recently for Studio Calico. I didn't have any of the papers or supplies that she used but I did copy the design with what I had. I love the result! It's my new favorite!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I've been busy!

I've been really working on organizing my scraproom so that I can spend a bit more time creating and less time hunting and searching! LOL! I showed my brad organization results a few posts ago but I've also done all of my flowers, buttons, & clear stamps.

I took all of the flowers out of their jars/bottles (Remember those cute bottles Prima first came out with? Cute but they took up SO MUCH room!) and sorted everything by color. All of the tiny ones went into a plastic bowl like container and the larger ones went into small ziplocks which I sorted into index card file boxes. I have one of each for each color and it takes up much less space than all of those assorted bottles and jars.

Most of my buttons were already sorted by color in a hardware type drawer unit (Thank You Pitts Hardware! LOL!) but I still had an entire box of random bags, packs, jars, etc that needed a home.

These were the only Prima bottles that didn't get tossed. They were just too cute to get rid of so I repurposed them for some special buttons.

Not bad, huh?

I'll share pics & details of my clear stamp storage soon!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Simply Obsessed October Kit Projects

Although this kit is "Back to School" themed I created 3 non-school related layouts. That just proves how versatile it really is!

With a little creative layering I was able to cover up any mention of "school" on the papers allowing me to use them on a vacation page. The white "patterned paper" on this layout is actually the packaging from the Pink Paislee Canvas borders & I used a patch I purchased at the museum as my title.

Another vacation layout from the Railroad Museum. Once again I used the packaging for my white title/journaling block. I cut the letters on my die-cut machine from the red patterned paper. I thought the zipper border looked really railroad track-ish (It's a word! LOL!) so it was perfect for this page. I turned the + sign a bit and made it look like a Railroad Crossing Symbol.

The Fleur De Lis was a perfect accent for my layout about the Superbowl game played by the New Orleans Saints. And of course this event had to be documented! It was the first time in 14 years of marriage that my husband watched a football game! LOL! He said that he wanted to see what all the fuss was about! LOL!

Friday, September 17, 2010

I was on a mission!

I love brads and have an enormous amount of them! To find the one I want to use I spend forever digging through piles and packages! Not anymore! Check out this amazing transformation!

I'm still working on all the tiny brads. I'm sorting those by color also and storing them in those tic-tac like containers.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Simply Obsessed September Kit

I am so happy to be back on the team at Simply Obsessed and what an awesome kit to start with! I love anything with distressed edges so these papers are right up my alley! And the colors of this kit can really go with a wide variety of themes.

I used a piece of Core'dinations Cardstock on this one to add a bit of texture. The butterflies matched Addyson's dress perfectly.

On this next layout I was inspired to use song lyrics as my title because of the music print flower. The chipboard letters (LOVE), twill, & dark blue cardstock are all from my stash. I really liked the heart die cut in the kit but the print on it was a bit distracting for my page so I used it as a template and cut my own. I can now use the original on something else.

I created the music print paper by tea-dying (with I guess technically I "coffee-dyed" it! LOL!) a piece of cardstock. Once it was dry I ironed it flat and stamped the music onto it. Add a little ink around the edges and you have a nice vintage looking piece. (And it smells good too! LOL!)

The flower was a bit big so I took the back layer off and will use it on something else later.
I collect vintage cameras (Aren't they the coolest?!?) and the die cut/journal spot in the kit couldn't have been more perfect for this page! I cut it apart so that it would fit in with my collage better. The houndstooth print just screamed "vintage" to me. The small letter/number stickers are from my stash. This is actually just the left side of a 2 pager--still working on the other half.

This next piece is just a fun little wall-hanging I came up with. The images & butterfly are from the kit and the rest is just bits & pieces I had lying around. I cut the crown from the MME die-cut sheet & adhered just the edges to make it 3-dimensional. I added Stickles to both the crown & the butterfly (The butterfly immediately curled under when I applied the Stickles so proceed with caution.)

As you can see this kit is very versatile and can be used for most anything. I hope to be back in a day or so with a few more layouts--I have 3 started!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Sorry I'm a bit behind at getting my winners posted.

The winner of the "Scrap that Baby Sweet Summertime" blog hop is scrappinsmiles.

The winner of the Simply Obsessed birthday blog hop is Kelly Massman.

If this is you, please email me at bpitts76 (at) hotmail (dot) com with your address and I'll get your prize in the mail! Congrats!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scrap that Baby's Sweet Summertime Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrap that Baby's Sweet Summertime blog hop!!

Thank you so much for hopping along on our first ever blog hop! (The hop officially starts at 8 am EST and y'all know that I won't be up that early so I'm posting this now before I go to bed!)

If you didn't come from Dani's blog or you popped onto this blog and didn't realize we were blog hopping you need to go to Scrap That Baby and start the HOP! You will need to comment on ALL of the blogs to be eligible for the grand prizes listed on the main site. Plus so many of our awesome designers are giving away a prize on their blogs as well. You will not want to miss out. There are MANY, MANY chances to win!

Our theme for this blog hop is SWEET SUMMERTIME!! The members of our design team will be sharing fantastic summer projects, stories, tips or ideas for keeping cool and having fun in the summer with a baby along.

We've had a pretty busy summer and with Drew starting school on Monday, it's all coming to an end. We've been to the San Antonio/Austin area twice. We've had a big birthday party for Miss Drew. We've bought tiny school uniforms, a lunchbox, and lots of crayons for our big girl. Addyson has somehow transformed from a baby to a little girl seemingly overnight. I've battled numerous wars with the many critters that think they need to inhabit our home because theirs' outside is so dang hot. Don't worry! I'll not share any of those anyways! LOL! Drew got a swing set for her birthday but it's been too hot for her to play much. She did have lots of fun blowing bubbles before it got soooooo hot and of course I took pictures nearly every time. I made this page today with some of those pics. I busted out my new Echo Park papers and some super old KI Memories letters. Remember those ones that came in the cute mini soup cans?

Our blog hop runs from today, August 18th, until August 22nd. Invite your
friends to play for extra entries. You must comment on all the blogs for a chance at the main prize.

The Scrap that Baby blog will be drawing for prizes on Wednesday, August 25th! . I will also draw one lucky winner on Wednesday. All comments on my blog will be entered into a drawing for 2 sets of stamps.

The next stop on the blog hop is........ Gracie-Ann.

**Remember the hop doesn't officially start until 8 am and you must comment on all the blogs to be entered into the grand prize drawing.**

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Simply Obsessed!

Simply Obsessed is turning 3 and to celebrate we're having a blog hop!

You should have made your way here from Joyce's blog but if you didn't, go over to the SO blog and start from the beginning.

I'm not a huge fan of themey pages so my birthday layout isn't very traditional. I chose non-birthday papers to match my photos. I used 4 photos to represent Drew's 4th birthday. (Can you believe she's already 4? Wow! It does go by fast!)

I save all of my scraps but I'm terrible about not using them. They just pile up...everywhere! I decided to make a birthday card with the leftovers this time. (I used my new Big Shot to emboss the sentiment!)
In honor of SO's birthday I've decided to give away a little scrappy prize. Leave me a comment and I'll draw a name on Monday.
Now hop on over to Andrea's blog and see what inspiration she has in store for you!
And don't forget to check out the crop this weekend at SO! Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Prize, An Announcement, & A New Layout (or 2!)

My Last Scrapper Standing prize arrived from Memorable Seasons! Did I even tell y'all that I won? LOL! I did! I won the WHOLE contest! Wow! I've never won something like that before and I'm honored that my pages were liked well enough to win! A Sizzix Big Shot! How cool is that? And it's pink & black--so cute! Just pretend that I don't look so terrible in this pic! LOL!

I've dusted off my cape and have officially rejoined the design team at Simply Obsessed! I was a part of their team for nearly 2 years and it's great to be back. As part of our entry we had to create a new layout about ourselves. I have already done several serious pages about me and I'm just not that interesting so I decided to go a different direction. I went with the weird & quirkiness that makes me me!

And yes! I did take those photos of myself! And yes! I do look like an idiot! And yes! My 4 year old did make fun of me while this was occuring! LOL!

The 52 x 52 challenges have started back up after a break and this week's challenge is to use orange & green, stickers, & hand stitching. Here's what I came up with. The flowers & leaves are clear stickers layered onto paper & cut out.