Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dawn's Summer 2013 Summer CHA Picks

As Mary Jo discussed last Wednesday, the summer CHA show was just held.  Because I have so much in my stash, this year, my "must have"-list was on the short side.  In alphabetical order (I'm a nerd...sometimes it shows more than others), here are the items that caught my fancy:

1. The Basic Grey 2014 Calendar

photo courtesy of kellygoree.blogspot.com
After skipping 2013, Basic Grey has brought back the calendar kit.  Every year, I make my husband a calendar for his office at work, so this makes me especially happy.

2. Cosmo Cricket Show Toppers

photo courtesy of cosmocricket.typepad.com
I think these are so unique and clever.  I have a small collection of antique mason jars that are sitting in boxes because I just wasn't sure what to do with them...until now.  The inside of the lids also have hooks for hanging small items inside the jar.  So cool.

3.  Lawn Fawn Into the Woods

This is my favorite of all the fall lines I previewed online.  I think the mix of orange, blue, brown, and green is just perfect.  In fact, I already have this on order:

photo courtesy of lawnfawn.blogspot.com
4.  Lawn Fawn Peace Joy Love

Hands down, Lawn Fawn was my favorite this CHA; I'm only ordering two paper collections, and they make two of them (number three I'll introduce next).  I love Christmas lines, and this one just makes me happy.  I'm in love with that blue!

photo courtesy of lawnfawn.blogspot.com
5.  Simple Stories Say Cheese

My last pick is a line that's just perfect for documenting a Disney vacation.  And coincidentally, I happen to be going to Disney World later this year.  ;)

photo courtesy of simplestories.typepad.com
So, those are my top picks this year.  What lines or products have caught your eye?

P.S.  Tomorrow is the second Big Picture Classes Pajama Party.  It's totally free and there are prizes!  Click here to register.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Some New Cards

Hello Nesters!

Are you ready for a "Christmas in July" card?  

I don't normally start my Christmas cards in July (although I probably should) but I made this for another design team I'm on.  The adorable image is from  Eureka Stamps and is digi 34801.  Here's a close-up photograph.

Here's a birthday card I created using another Eureka Stamps image.  I colored this image in and then fussy cut it out and attached it with pop dots.

Here's a close-up photograph.

Here's a card that's a little different.

I used a large sentiment from Floppy Latte as the main focus of my card.  The flowers are fussy cut from some Basic Grey patterned paper.

Here's a close-up photograph showing the dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I've given you a little card inspiration.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CHA Summer 2013

Hi, Everyone! It's Mary Jo here today sharing a few links to places on the net where you can see some of the new product releases coming out for this season's Craft and Hobby show.

1. Scrappypedia
This site has a pretty extensive list with photos and links of most of the new lines. I noticed that Crate Paper is not there, which is a company I am personally interested in. But I think there is something for everyone!

2. Two Peas in a Bucket
There is a fun Social going on over at 2p's with a special message board, challenges, chats, and videos sharing peeks at the new product!

3 Christine Urias (Shopping Diva)
Lots of great photos of product and project examples in her flickr photostream from the actual show going on right now.

4. Jill Sprott's Blog
Jill has two fun posts titled "Dear CHAnta" instead of Santa, listing what she wants most from CHA this time around. :) You can see them Here and Here!

5. My blog (Scrapbook Treehouse)
And finally, I have a top ten list of my personal favorite product picks, which you can see on my blog. I have to add that even though I love all of my picks, I am definitely going to limit what I buy!
I am trying to use up a lot of what I already have on hand before bringing anything new home with me.

So how about you? Have you been checking out the peeks? What is on your "must have" CHA list?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July

Maybe it's just me, but lately I've been feeling the urge to start my fall + Christmas projects.  Perhaps it's been all the CHA sneaks with the new product lines, or maybe my brain has finally realized that I need to start in the middle of summer if I even have a chance of finishing everything on my to-do list.  Either way, I've been starting my holiday crafting.

I'm almost finished a mini-album for my husband that will be either a Christmas or birthday gift for him (his b-day is early January, so it's not a long wait in between).

And I've just started my December Daily album.  I hope that doesn't seem to crazy.  :)

I ended up using Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday Collection from last year, along with one of their Sn@p binders.

I'm about halfway done so far, and I've really been enjoying the process.  It's definitely much less stressful working this far in advance.  Here are a couple peeks of the pages I've started (I've decided I'll add stickers + small embellishments later):

I think my next project will be for Halloween + Thanksgiving.  I'm sort of in love with pumpkins, and I've got my eye on this stacking chevron wood pumpkin from Pebbles in my Pocket.

How about you?  Are you working "out of season" on any crafty projects?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer Creations

Hi Nesters.  Are you enjoying your summer and scrapping summertime projects?  I'm sharing a couple of new summertime digi layouts and a card with you this week.

This is a digital layout that's based on a sketch by Susan Stringfellow and I created it for a challenge on another site.  I used Echo Park Today's Story digital patterned paper and elements.  My daughter took this Instagram photo and I just love it.  It's three of my six grandbabies, Alyssa, Asher and Ava.

I took this Instagram photo recently, of two of my grandbabies, Braden and Alyssa.  I created this layout from a sketch by Pagemaps.  I used digital patterned papers and elements by dmogstag_BeachParty.

This card isn't digital, but I did use Echo Park Sweet Girl patterned papers and elements.  Have I told you lately that I love Echo Park paper and digitals?  LOL  This card was created for another site and is based on a sketch by Jackie Edwards.  I loved the fact that it had lots and lots of yummy layers plus a banner!

Thanks for stopping by this week and be sure to come back on Monday for Dawn's post. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Issue at Paper Issues!

Just want to share that Paper Issues new issue has gone live on their blog with a blog hop and chance to win a gift certificate from their sponsor Pretty Little Studio.

All the details on how to participate are Here!
In addition, if you have any projects featuring nature as a theme or Pretty Little Studio product, you can link those up on the Paper Issues blog post for a chance to be featured on their blog.
If you do link up, be sure to let me know in the comments here and I will pick someone from our "nest" to be featured next Monday!

I will be back next week with a post on some of the new releases for this summers CHA (Craft and Hobby) show in Las Vegas. Lots of cute product will be hitting the market next month!
See you then :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Nerdy Card + Video

Today I'm back with a how-to video.  This is my first time making a video with my new camera, so there's definitely a bit of a learning curve happening on my end.  :)

I'm currently enrolled in Summer Card Camp 2 at Online Card Classes and that inspired me to make a card for y'all today.

I've had this stamp set from Unity for a while now, and decided to create a card around it:

Here's the video walking through my process:

I hope you enjoy.  I'll see you next week here at the Nest!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Friday!

I hope you're all having a terrific Friday and have some fun things planned for the weekend.

I thought I'd share some of my new projects with you today.

I created this fun layout of my grandson Asher.  His mother actually took this picture of him just "doing his thing" in the backyard.  When I decided I wanted to scrap this picture, I started looking through my digital stash and decided to use "curiouser & curiouser" as well as "discover" and "imagination".  Of course, a two year old almost always has "fun".  

The digital collection is BMU_Junk_Trunk patterned papers and elements.

Here's another new digital layout.

This is a layout of my youngest granddaughter, Alyssa.  She's showing off her "mad bow tying skills" (her words.  LOL)  I used Echo Park Sweet Girl digital patterned papers and elements for this one.  This layout is based on a sketch by Susan Stringfellow.

Here's a card that I just finished, using adorable summer images from The Cutting Cafe.

I used blue paper on the base on my card (for the sky) and made my own "sand".  After I colored in the images, I fussy cut them out and attached them with pop dots.  I cut the summer sentiment out and inked it all the way around and also attached it with pop dots.

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you next week.

~ Cheryl ~

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Freebies: 4th of July Edition

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July celebration last week.  We had a special time: my nephew, my aunt, and my cousin and her two boys were all down visiting for the week.  There were six boys between the ages of almost 5 and 10 - it was crazy fun! :)

I was away from my computer for much of the time last week, but I did see a couple cute (free!) printables that I want to share with y'all today.

The first is from one of my favorites, Persnickety Prints.  They have a set of 9 4x4 cards that are perfect for 4th of July layouts and decor:

Two Peas also has a free Independence Day-themed set.  Just click here to add this to your downloads:

And one more - Paper Coterie has summer prints in a free download.  You can choose from two sayings and six different colors!

I hope you enjoy!  I'll be back next week with a layout (or two) to share!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Project Life Pages

Hello and happy Friday!

Last week, in my post, I told you that I had been challenged (by Mary Jo's post) to try Project Life.  I also showed you the Echo Park digital Photo Freedom Elements that I bought.  I promised you that if I could figure out my brand new Photoshop 11 that I'd have at least one page to show you this week.

Well, there was a learning curve between PSE 10 and PSE 11 (isn't there always??)  However, after watching a couple of pertinent tutorials on YouTube (such as "where are my layers" and "where is my photo bin") I figured it out.  I must admit ~ are you ready for this ~ PSE 11 is much more user-friendly than PSE 10!!!  You heard it here.  LOL  Once I figured out how to navigate it (because they have made lots of visual changes and "hidden" a lot of stuff) it IS easier.  

Anyway, I digress.  I said I was doing Project Life, but I guess what I'm really doing is Project 12.  It doesn't really matter ~ I'm just trying to get some pictures and elements on pages that correspond with the different months.

Here's the page I came up with for May.  I had fun with some of my (six) grandkids one day out in the pool. Look at those goofy boys ~ one with a spoon stuck to his nose and the other "posing" with a Pringles can.  Haha  

I just love these cute journaling elements that came in the 3 file set of EP Photo Freedom Elements.  All 12 months are included on different colored cards and some of the elements are smaller, like the arrow and "Good Times" and they fill in nicely in the smaller spaces.

I used white as the background and when the layout was all completed, I put a black border around it.

Here's the layout I created for the month of June.

The grandkids and I scrapped for a couple of days and we had so much fun!  What better way to document a month that by scrapping the kiddoes having fun creating.  I didn't use one of the month cards on this one, but wrote a title and included the month.

I made this layout black and just added the pictures and elements to that.  I think the black background really looks good with these particular pictures.  These pictures are some Instagram pictures that I had printed and they had those adorable double black and white borders on them.

Then I got even braver when I saw a Project 12 Challenge over on Turtle Soup.  Lisa is holding the challenge and posted this double page sketch.

Whoa ~ I don't do double page layouts ~ not in paper and most definitely not in digital.

Then I thought, why not try it?  So I did and I want to share my February Project 12 double page layout with you.

I especially loved creating this one (after I got over my trepidation of the double page) because I left the ice and snow and flew to Florida in February.  

Again, I used a black background (you fill it in with the paint bucket) and I used Instagram pictures again.  For an extra added touch, I used all white script writing to describe the two extremes in weather.

So there you have it ~ my foray into Project Life/Project 12 ~ call it what you will.  I had seen so much "hoopla" about it and didn't really think it was for me, but you know what?  It's quite fun and I've enjoyed documenting these months.  Will I faithfully do every month?  Maybe I will ~ at least some of them.

Have you given this a try?  Be sure to stop by our Facebook page and let us know if you have.  We love it if you'd share some of your Project Life/Project 12 pages with us.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Cheryl ~

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday America!

To celebrate our nation's birthday, I have a little gift to share with you...some free printable tags!  Simply click here to download these tags that were created using the American Tweeds collection from Persnickety Prints:

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dawn's Sketch and a Winner

Hi, Everyone! Mary Jo here on the blog today sharing a layout and a winner from my giveaway last week!
I decided to try Dawn's sketch and here is my interpretation...

I used the June kit from The Paper Bakery for my layout. Changed just a few things sketch wise so I could create and 8 1/2 x 11 page instead of 12x12, but I really like how it turned out. The colors are a little bold for me, and that is why I am trying kits again. I feel they really push me out of my comfort zone at times!

And now, the winner!

 MariaJune 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Just liked you on facebook
Maria! Please email me at mmrhoda@sbcglobal.net and I will get your prize out to you :)
Thanks to everyone who joined in and gave us a like or support. We really appreciate it!
Looking forward to doing more giveaways in the future!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

We Have a Winner!

A couple weeks ago I posted a challenge to use this sketch:

Today, I'm pleased to announce the winner of that challenge is Mandi!!!

Mandi created this adorable layout that was featured on the blog last week:

Mandi, please email me at craftyournest@gmail.com and I'll get that package in the mail to you!

I also want to remind you of Mary Jo's Giveaway.  Click here for the details on how you can win this:

But hurry - because the deadline is 6 pm Central TONIGHT!

One last thing - be on the lookout for a freebie from me later this week.  I'm working on a little something for the 4th of July to share with the Nesters.  :)

Happy Crafting!

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