Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Winner and a Pinterest Challenge!

In my last post, I shared the layout I created from my stamp challenge to use three stamps on a project. Mandi joined in and shared a project as well!
She used three different stamps on her card from one set. The candle, part of the sentiment and the word Happy.
So Mandi, send me your address at and I will get your stamps off to you! :)

I had a lot of fun challenging myself to use my stamps.
And as I was pinning a layout to Pinterest the other day, I realized that I have a lot of scrapbook inspiration on my boards!
What better challenge this week than to look to my Scrapbook Inspiration board for my next project.
Here is a link to my board if you want to get a peek at what I have pinned so far - Scrapbook Inspiration Board.
I am not sure which pin I am going to use yet, but I will be sure to share in the next week or two.

Are you on Pinterest? Do you pin a lot of scrapbook projects?
This week, I am challenging you to pick a project from either my board or one of your own to inspire you or even to scraplift!
Make sure to link up here or on the Facebook page if you do, so I can feature you. And I may just have another giveaway :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Hello Nesters!  Dawn here, with a quick page walkthrough.  As a little background...this summer my cousin and her two boys were able to come down for a visit - and I have a ton of pictures from that week waiting to be scrapped.  With the start of the school-year, and vacation, and the never-ending cold that we keep passing around our family, I've been having a hard time fitting in time to sit down and scrap.  (Anyone else like me?  It always seems that my crafty time gets pushed to the back-burner when life gets crazy.)

My husband finally told me to sit down and work on a page - the chores will wait.  (I really do love that guy!)  I happened to have the September "We Are Family" kit from Scraptastic Club sitting on my desk, so that's what I used for this page.

This is actually the kit + add-on (you can see the full contents at the website if you're interested).

I pulled out a couple photos (to be honest, I just grabbed these from the top of the stack) and then selected any paper from the kit that I thought may work (I ended up only using three sheets though).

I narrowed my photos down to two.  I don't often scrap a landscape and portrait photo on the same page, so I chose the two portrait photos and returned the landscape to the pile.

I also started playing with paper placement.  I usually spend a few minutes moving my patterned paper around before I glue anything down.

Once I was satisfied with my paper placement, I inked my edges and starting adhering the paper to my layout.  I added pennants from the die-cut sheet to both sides of my photos and then put a strip of washi tape along the tops of the pennants.

Here is the page with the title and a few stickers added.  I wanted to keep this one simple, so I just added some enamel dots to finish things off:

It was really nice to sit down and finish a page.  Now, I just need to motivate myself to complete the three other half-done projects sitting on my desk!  :)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Happy Friday!

Hi ~ Cheryl here and I have my "Card Chick" hat on today.  It's no secret that I love Echo Park ~ both paper and digital.

Here are two cards I made this week using the same EP collection yet they look quite different.

The first one is a birthday card.

I fussy cut all of these flowers out and then "stacked them" using lots of pop dots.  Here's a close-up picture:

I just love the look of these all stacked up.  I made the sentiment on my computer ~ cut it out ~ then inked it.

Here's the other card I made using the same collection.  Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card this week.

This time, I fussy cut several doilies out of patterned paper and stacked them.  I also made my own journaling strips.

Here's a close-up of the doilies:

It's never fun to make a sympathy card, but sometimes it's necessary.  I actually finished this card on the inside to make it more personal.  I found a very moving poem on the internet and printed that out and added it to the inside of the card.

I hope I've provided a little inspiration for the next time you need to make a card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I Did It!

I completed my own stamp challenge this past weekend while scrapbooking at Archiver's with a friend. :)
I had a photo in mind and pulled three stamp sets out that would coordinate because of my weather theme. I have never used the two stamps on the right. One is from The Paper Bakery's  August kit. The other is from an ancient Studio Calico kit. I picked the older October Afternoon set because of the cloud at the top. That stamp set is from back when they were actually a kit club and not a manufacturer. So it is old! :)
And here is my layout...
As you can see, the cloud stamp image is at the top with a mistable cloud and my weather forcast image. Then I placed the third stamped image on a pop dot at the bottom of my journaling. I also used a Pinstripe gray mist droplets on the page and to color the cloud embellishment. Here is a photo of my layout in progress that I had posted to my personal blog and Facebook...
You may notice that I pretty much kept the top part the same, but later after seeing this photo decided to cut the date strip. I just wasn't liking how the letters looked on it.

My Journaling:
I have to admit that severe weather makes me a little more nervous these days than it ever has in the past.
When I looked out my office window and saw the sky in this photo, my first thought was "ominous". Then I had to check the weather website and radar.
Because it seems that the weather has gone a bit crazy these last few years. There are more severe thunderstorms, more tornado warnings and more damage due to bad weather than ever before.
Cities have been devastated here in the Midwest. We have had a car smashed by a tree during a thunderstorm. I know I am a little  more wary when I hear that bad weather is coming! 

So how about it? Anyone else have a project they would like to share using three stamps? Either post a link here or share it on our Facebook page and I may just have a little RAK to send to one lucky person. :)
Here are a few extra stamp sets that I have to giveaway from The Paper Bakery...

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What I Did on Vacation

Do y'all remember having to write those paragraphs back in grade school?  

Last week (and the week before last), my family took a much-needed vacation.  Since I've been sorting through hundreds of photos to send to Snapfish, I thought I'd share a few pics from our trip.

First, we visited Main Street...

Then we met up with these characters...

And my husband got cozy with this goofy guy:

 My boys had lunch with some of the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood...

That last guy liked us so much, he even gave us some dessert*:

We got to see fireworks over a castle:

We even went on a safari to meet up with this fella:

It really is the most magical place on earth!

*True story: while walking through Fantasyland, a cast member approached me and asked if we had time for a story.  We stopped, and she told us that Winnie-the-Pooh went looking for honey, but he found something else, and that he'd like to share his find with us.  She then handed me 5 spoons wrapped in napkins.  A second cast member then walked over with this giant sundae and told us it was a gift from Pooh.  We love you Winnie-the-Pooh!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Catching Up

I hope you have a great weekend planned.  Mine is going to be fairly quiet but sometimes that's a good thing.

I've been trying to catch up (and scrap) some of the many pictures that I've taken and received lately.  

This first layout is four of my six grandkids ~ Braden, Asher, Ava and Alyssa at Lake Okeechobee.   My daughter took this picture and I thought it was so cute and perfect with this Carta Bella Alphabet Junction digital collection.

This next layout is my youngest ~ Asher ~ getting his hair cut the other day.  I used the Echo Park "Scoot" digital kit.

Here's one more layout ~ it's Asher at our neighborhood park.  He's fascinated with this huge tic tac toe game.  I used Echo Park again ~ this time "Playground".

Well, that's just a drop in the "scrapping bucket" of how many pictures I have.   As well as my DSLR, I have a phone that takes amazing pictures and my daughter takes a lot of pictures too.  She sends me all the pictures she takes so I'll have them in my gallery.  It's easier to get to them when I get ready to start scrapping.

I'll see you again next Friday.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Challenge on Hold...

due to a super busy weekend and then getting sick.
Last week I posted a challenge to try and use three or more stamps on a project.
And I obviously did not get to it.
Our weekend was just too busy, and now I am pretty sick.
Not sure if it's a cold or allergies, but I am a little frustrated by it.
So you have one more week to join in if you would like.
You can see the post Here!

On a positive note, I did get to see one of my favorite bands at a music festival (LouFest) held here.
Alabama Shakes was here, along with several other acts. Mike and I went both Saturday and Sunday night. We ended up seeing The National, Jim James, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and a little bit of the Killers. There were thousands and thousands of people there. Plus, being outdoors that much it's no wonder I am not feeling good. But it was fun and worth it. :)

I will have to do a scrapbook page about it. Maybe with stamps, don't you think? :)
See you next week!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Scrap Your Passion

Cheryl here ~ I hope your weekend is off to a good start.

I thought I'd share a 2 page layout with you this week.  This is based on a sketch by Page Maps and was a challenge on one of my message boards this week.

The challenge was to scrap something you were passionate about.  I'm passionate about a few things, among them, my grandkids, photography and scrapbooking.  I decided to create a layout incorporating all three of these passions.

Here's what my 2 page layout looks like and if you'll click on this image, it will open up larger.  I'll post each page down below, too.  I used Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi digitals patterned paper and elements.

Here's the Pagemaps sketch:

Here's a bigger picture of the left side:

This is made up of some of the layouts I've done of the grandkids over the years.  It was really hard to choose just nine!  I'm going to make more pages like this because I just love how it turned out!

Here's a bigger picture of the right side:

Again, I used Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi.  I should have made my own title and called it "Cici-Razzi" (which is what the grandkids call me).  But I really wanted to use the title that came with the kit.  LOL  

What's your passion and are you scrapping it?

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Stamp Challenge!

I am not a big stamper. Generally you will not see me using stamps on my projects except for the occasional card. It's not that I don't own stamps. I do. Not a huge amount, but enough that I feel I really should put them to use more often.
My stamp rubber stamps are in this drawer...
with my ink pads hiding underneath...
although those are both older photos. I do have a few more rubber stamps and ink pads now. But they all still fit in this drawer. That Making Memories stamp tin is in another drawer these days.

As for my acrylic stamps and blocks, the larger stamp packets are in this basket...
I also have a few misting masks and envelopes in there as well.
And this little tin from the dollar spot at target holds my mini acrylic stamps and my inking tool. Which I am proud to say I have used and not let go to waste. :)

So in the next week, I am challenging myself to use my stamps on a project.
And I am challenging you as well to pick at least three stamps and use them on a card, layout or other crafty project!
I will share my project here on the blog next week, and hope you will share yours in the comments here or on the Craft Your Nest Facebook Page. I would love to feature them on the blog, too.

See you in a week! :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Paper-piecing, Paint, and Pumpkins!

Last week I mentioned how much I love autumn.  Well, today I'm back with more!

I started with this adorable stamp from Unity, some more paper from the Witch Hazel line, and watercolor paint (along with a couple Copic markers and StazOn ink in jet black):

I stamped my image a couple times on each sheet:

Initially, I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the music note paper as an accent; after stamping once on that page, I knew it was going to be too busy for this piece.

I chose one of the ledger stamped images as my background and trimmed around it.  I then colored in the fence, grass, and pumpkin stems with watercolor ink:

Next, I cut a ghost from a second stamped image on the ledger paper; I cut the pumpkins and patches for the ghost out of the orange print:

I adhered the patches to the ghost with liquid adhesive and then adhered the ghost and pumpkins to the background with pop-dots:

I used the Copic marker (in toner gray T3) to outline the background image and used the colorless blender to soften the lines.  Next, I stamped the sentiment on the same ledger paper and trimmed that.  Both pieces needed a little something to define the edges, so I took an edge distresser (circa 2006?) to scruff them up a bit.

Because I really wanted my image to pop, I adhered the background paper on top of the glass:

To finish it off, I pulled out the pop-dots and attached the image + sentiment to the background:

And it's done!  Maybe it's me, but that little ghost just makes me smile.  :)

Images by Freepik