Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 1 of the Mothers and Daughters Creations First Annual Mothers and Daughters Traditions Blog Roll

Thanks for joining the very first Mothers and Daughters Creations Mother’s Day Traditions Blog Roll. You can find all of the exciting details about this blog roll on the main Mothers and Daughters Challenge Blog, where our own Mother and Daughter Team of Linda and Tam will be sharing some very special Mothers Day memories and traditions.

This week Cathy is hosting the weekly card challenge for MDC on her blog, The Seaside Rose Cottage, and she’s offering some sweet blog candy – think key lime and strawberry.

Be sure to visit Cathy’s blog for the challenge details and a chance to win some blog candy. You can also see some more terrific cards that Melissa and Leah made for the challenge on their blogs.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mothers & Daughters Creations Scrapbook Challenge ~ Scrapbook for a Cause

Be sure to head on over to MDC Challenge Blog to check out their weekly scrapbooking challenge! The month of April is a special time in co-owner, Tarmara's, family because it is Autism Awareness month. A lot of what happens in her family centers around Autism, and they always like to join along with other families and Autism organizations to speak out and bring awareness to their cause.

This week we want you to step up on your own soapbox - take a moment to scrapbook about your own cause! Maybe your life has been touched by someone with cancer, or MS, or even Autism. What have your learned from them? We want to hear all about it!

Here is my layout for this challenge:
I used paper from Best Creations and bling from Zva Creative.

I also wanted to share a few I cards I created using the kit I created for Challenge #5 for the Urban Anthology Design Star Challenge. You can see my kit in this blog post. :)

Thanks for looking! Have A Great Day!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Good Tuesday Morning!

Good Morning, Fellow Bloggers!! :)

It's my day off & I wanted to share my last project for the Urban Anthology Design Star Contest. For this challenge, we had to create a "kit" & then design 2 projects showcasing the kit we created. :) This was a fun challenge & I was amazed to see the kit I could create from just my own stash!

So... Here is my very own kit... "Subtle Elegance" ~ When I looked at this kit the first thing I notices was the subtleness of the colors, then all the swirls, flourishes, butterflies & flowers made me think “elegant”. Hence the "Subtle Elegance" name!

My Kit Includes:

4 ~ 12” x 12” Pieces of Patterned Paper
(1) We R Memory Keepers White Out Collection – Explore Roam (2-sided)
(1) We R Memory Keepers White Out Collection – Explore Meadow (2-sided)
(1) Basic Grey Ambrosia Collection – Citrus
(1) Basic Grey Ambrosia Collection – Winsome
4 ~ 12” x 12” Pieces of Bazzill Cardstock
(2) Flat Broke (brown)
(2) Blind Date (blue)
2 Sets of Alphas
(1) Pkg. MME Magnolia Collection – Sundance Rub-Ons
(1) Pkg. Making Memories Glitter Letter Stickers

1 Maya Road 2-Ring Layer Mini Book
Assorted Embellishments:
1 Yard – Sugar & Spice Blue Flower Trim
Assortment of Prima Flowers
3 Best Occasions Adhesive Bling Flourishes
3 White Pearl Corsage Pins
6 Making Memories Chloe’s Closet Collection Canvas Brads
24 Making Memories Chloe’s Closet Mini Button Brads
Assortment of Chipboard Shapes (circles, scallop frame, flourishes & flower)
1 Journaling Block (Crown) – Mfr. Unknown
Kit Details:

This is Project #1 ~ Miss Purr-sonality (Used 100% of kit supplies except for Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Helmar 2-Step Crackle Medium & Making Memories Paint)

Layout Details: (Individual gems were cut from one of the 3 Best Occasions Adhesive Bling Flourishes.)

And this is Project #2 ~ "My BFF's" Mini Album (Used 100% of kit supplies except for Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Making Memories Paint & various border punches.)The photos in this album were taken by my oldest dd, so the quality is not quite perfect... but they are her friends, so that's what matters.

Project #2 - Details:

So now we all get to wait to see who is chosen for the Urban Anthology DT! :) I don't expect to make it, but I really enjoyed these challenges & stepping outside of my comfort zone! Good Luck to all who played along!
And don't forget to be watching the Mothers & Daughters Creations Blog beginning on April 30th for our 1st ever Blog Roll!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What A Beautiful Sunny Saturday!

Good Morning, fellow bloggers!

It's a BEAUTIFUL day here today! It's supposed to get into the high 80's today!!

I wanted to come & share a few projects I've been working on the past week or so for the Urban Anthology Desgn Star Contest.
The first is for a bonus challenge. We all had to create sketches for a previous bonus challenge, and for this challenge, we had to choose one of the other designer-hopefuls' sketches & create a card!
I chose the wonderful sketch that Kimmy (lostinadream) created!

I love the "sun burst" background! I saw it as a great way to add color & dimension to the card, without making it too bulky for mailing! Also for this challenge, we had to have at least one hand-cut element on the card.

Hand-Cut Items: Flower burst in the top right corner, Flower in the top right corner & flourishes around stamped image... all hand-cut from the BG Patterned Paper. The flourishes were traced from a doodling template, then hand-cut. Sunburst background was sort of like a paper-piecing... I had to measure & cut both the dot paper & solid pink, ink them & piece them together & stick them to the orange paper then finish assembling the card from there.

Supplies used for this card:Basic Grey (Romani) Patterned PaperStamp was purchased at AC Moore, but the manufacturer's name is too small for my eyes! LOLSakura Souffle' PensTim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)Stampin' Up Clear Embossing Powder (Image was stamped then heat embossed to add texture... more texture was added by filling in the flowers with the Souffle' Pens)

For the next challenge, we had to create a multi-photo layout that incorporated two innovate & unique techniques... not easy! LOL The two techniques I used were to create an "etched glass" look on an extra acrylic album sheet (used on the "overlay" over the photo on the left page) & use it as an overlay. And, how to jazz up basic, boring, die-cut letters & shapes, using embossing & stamping (used on the title, flourish & circles... these were all cardstock/paper die cuts... not chipboard!).
My layout is an 11 x 8.5 2-pager for my Winery album.

Here are some of the design details from this layout...

Supplies:Bo-Bunny Patterned Paper & Die Cut Circles & Flourish; Prima Grape Vine Leaves; Misc. Floral Wire; Misc. Mosaic Beads; Glass Etching Stencil or any stencil (you can even make your own!); Stampin’ Up Emboss Puff “Whoolly White” Embossing Powder; Stampendous Deep Impression Clear Embossing Powder; Top Boss Embossing Pad; Color Box Gold Pigment Ink; Heat Tool; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain); Kaiser Pearls White; Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink “Eggplant”; Extra page from 6x6 Acrylic Album; Misc. StampCraft Glue

Here are links to slideshows of the tutorials for both of the above mentioned techniques used on this layout. To view each step, just click on the photo in the slideshow.

Jazzing Up Die Cuts:

Creating "Etched Glass" Effect on Acrylic:

Well, I think that's it for today! Thank you for visiting!!
Have A Wonderful Day!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MDC Art Inspiration Challenge & Fun Announcement!

It's time for another Mothers and Daughters scrapbook challenge!

I have a really fun announcement to share with you, but FIRST I want to share this week's challenge! This week we're having an inspiration challenge based on ad art... all you need to do to join in is find a magazine ad that is NOT related to scrapbooking and use it as inspiration for your layout!

Here is my layout inspired by this challenge, as well as the 3rd challenge for the Urban Anthology Design Star Contest! We needed to think "green" for this challenge. I used an old CD, which I covered with patterned paper & added it to my layout for dimension. I also used a seed pack from the seeds my daughters help plant, and stick pin that I've had since I was a young girl.

I used sei's Dill Blossom collection for the base of my layout.

I was inspired by turning this ad sideways. :)

And now for the fun announcement from the MDC Challenge Blog...

Our very own designer, Cathy Weider has organized MDC's very first blog roll! This will begin April 30th and will culminate on Mother's Day with a gallery of entries from designers and visitors alike. The theme, Mothers and Daughters Traditions, promises a bouquet of fabulous projects - cards, scrap book designs, gift and packaging ideas, altered projects, and much, much more.

Beginning on Thursday, April 30th, grab your cup of tea or coffee and a sweet roll and join us for our daily posts. We'll share fabulous projects, memories, and recipes, inspirational ideas for journaling scrap book pages and writing personalized messages for cards, and the secret language of flowers. Create a card or a treasure box, embellish a picture mat or a scrap book page, test your knowlege of trivia, or simply share a memory and you could win some of the fabulous blog candy we'll be offering each day. Sweet! Be sure to keep posted for further details!

And here is one more layout I wanted to share that I created for challenge #2 for the Urban Anthology Design Star Challenge.

These are the only two photos I have of my grandmother with my 2nd daughter, Emily. It is the one & only time she got to meet her before she passed away. I've had these photos for nearly 13 years, and have finally been able to sit and journal my feelings. TFL!

I used the Making Memories Animal Crackers collection, a mix of Prima flowers & Bazzil chipboard letters & flourish.

Have A Wonderful Day!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Time for Another MDC Scrapbook Challenge!

Good Morning!! It's a rainy Wednesday morning... perfect for staying in & creating!!

It's time for another fun Mothers & Daughters Creations Scrapbook Challenge!

It's pretty simple to play along this week - we invite you to click on the designer's pictures at the right of the MDC blog to check out their blogs and enjoy their work! Choose a favorite layout and scraplift it! Please be sure to share your creation in the comment section & let us know whose layout inspired you!

Here is my layout from this challenge, using some great Jenni Bowlin Papers....

I was inspired by one of Mia's beautiful creations (as were all of the designers who participated in this weeks challenge!!)

TFL & Have A Great Day! :)