Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Dawn here with a quick post - I'm sharing a couple last-minute Halloween decorations with y'all today.

Since the arrival of pumpkin season makes my heart happy, I've been decorating a few - inspired by pinterest!

First, I painted this pumpkin...

...inspired by these monogram pumpkins.

I also pulled out the bling to make this guy...

...inspired by these sequined pumpkins.

I don't carve my pumpkins anymore (I leave that to my husband and boys) because I like to leave them out until Thanksgiving.  The little ones will come in the house, but I'll probably leave the big guy out on our front porch.  They make me smile.

To celebrate the holiday, I also created this little guy:

I'm not much of a digital scrapbooker, but I love creating graphics and home decor prints.  For this piece, I used Lori Whitlock's Fall Fling Paper and Elements(how adorable is the pumpkin with the heart inside?!?).  

My personal version is scaled at 8x10 so I can frame it.  I am one of those people who change out my frames for the season (I stock up on the Virserum series by Ikea) husband just shakes his head.

That's it for me today. I'm off to make a last-minute run to the grocery store before the big night tonight (can you ever have enough candy?).

How about you?  Do you have any last-minute fall decorations to share?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Slowly but Surely...

I am getting there. Working on a page using the sketch I from last week's post *Here*.
And I have the picture to prove it!
It's a layout in progress. Just need to add the journaling, title and a little more embellishing. But I have the title written on there that bag to the right so I don't forget it. There is also going to be some gold on this layout (see the rub on's also to the left). Or at least that is the plan :)

I will say that instead of using the Elle's Studio Cameron line for this page, I went in a different direction.
My October Paper Bakery kit came...
and I decided to use that instead. I think it was that triangle paper from Webster's Pages in the upper right corner that pushed me in that direction. I love that paper! And it's featured prominently on my page. I also get the "Project Life" kit known there as Capture 365.
Here is a look at it. Fun, huh? :)
And here they are spread out on the counter to my left as I work on my page. I also have a few other pieces from previous kits like those Simple Stories alphabets on top. I like when kits can be mixed together!
So I should have a completed page to share next week. Keeping my fingers crossed! Life can get pretty busy around here, and before I know it, the week has come and gone.

I also want to share the new "issue" at Paper Issues. Right now the theme is "Fallin' For You".

You can link up any projects with a Fall/Autumn or Love theme for a chance to win the "At Last" line by Ruby Rock-It. You can see all the details here!

And next Wednesday, look for my completed layout!
For all who celebrate, "Happy Halloween!"

Friday, October 25, 2013

Instagram Fun

I'm in love with Instagram!  I love the 4" x 4" photos that I get printed out too.  They remind me of the "old days" and the Polaroid pictures.  Those Polaroid's were a miracle in a box!  I'm thrilled to see everybody liking the "old look" again.  Of course you know what "they" say?  "Everything old is new again".  LOL

Instagram prints are so much fun to scrap with too.  The square format actually makes it easier (for me) with picture placement.  I used to edit a lot of my other pictures to make them square.  Haha  Now I don't have to do that anymore.

Here's a picture of some of the Instagram pictures I've had printed.  (Only a scrapbooker would take a picture of some pictures.)

Here are a couple of adorable Instagram pictures that my daughter took of my grandson Asher.  He was "helping" us decorate the yard for Halloween.

I used this picture to create this layout:

It's a digital layout, but I've done lots of paper layouts too.  I used BMU_HallowsEve digital collection for this layout.

Here's the other Instagram picture of Asher:

I thought I'd have a challenge this week (with a RAK of course).  Leave a comment telling me what you think the title for the above photograph (for a layout) should be.  ("Take the passy out of your mouth" doesn't count.  Haha)  To be completely impartial ~ I'll have my hubby choose his favorite title.  Can't wait to see your comments and title suggestions.

Don't forget to stop over at our Facebook page!  

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Time to Play!

In last week's post, I challenged myself to use more gold on my projects.
Well, I haven't quite made it yet.
My scrap space was such a mess, that I needed to clean it first.
I usually like to give it a good cleaning at least once or twice a month. This includes moving everything and dusting. Plus I had several big piles that needed to be put away.
My space in this photo is actually so much better than it was. :)
The only real pile left is some new product I received in my last Paper Issues package. That little pile to the left doesn't count. There is always a little pile sitting in that try. Usually mixed media stuff or little embellies I want to remember to use.
And on my actual work mat, I have two projects I am wanting to get started on. The pile on the left is from a recent assignment I created for Crafting Ireland magazine. I am going to use the leftovers to make a few Christmas cards. Notice anything gold? :)
And on the right are some leftovers from the Elle's Studio Cameron line. I made a layout a few weeks ago with it. While I was cleaning my workspace, I came across the photo of Evan and I from this summer. The colors seem to work well with that line, so I may as well scrap it, right? I think I might use this sketch I found at The Paper Bakery by Juliana Michaels for that page.
But I will just use one photo instead of two, and flip it around since the photo is vertical. It should still work. And the stars in this sketch are perfect! In fact, the last layout I used this line on has stars, too.
So I think this sketch will be perfect!
Now I have two challenges I am working on!
1. Create a project using gold.
2. Use the sketch. (if you do, you can link up *here* to be entered in their drawing for a gift card)
And I could probably add a third challenge - use the scraps from another project to create a card or layout.
What do you think? Which should I start with first? :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October Color Challenge

While I love winters in south Georgia, I really miss the autumns from up in Pennsylvania.  I miss the cool, crisp air, and the beautiful colors of leaves on the trees.  Today's post is inspired by those falling leaves.

I want to issue a color challenge inspired by those Octobers in Pennsylvania.  I've created a Pinterest board with some colors that feel like fall to me:

The blue you don't see so much in nature, but I liked the contrast it provided to some of the other colors.  (By the way, all these colors are from Sherwin-Williams.  I'm not affiliated with them in any way...I've just been visiting their site lately as I ponder whether to paint my foyer/great room/craft room in Pottery Barn's Cupola Yellow.)

Back to the challenge though...I'm going to make this one easy.  Create a card, or layout, or project based on at least two of the colors pinned on my board.  Then link the project in the comments here or to our Facebook page.  I'll leave it open for two weeks, and I'll feature the projects on the blog in November.  There may even be a little prize involved.  ;)

Before I go, I want to share one more color-related item.  I found this online color challenge from the folks at Pantone.  It tests your color acuity (though I suppose it's only as accurate as your monitor).  I took the challenge, and here is my score:

Apparently, I can differentiate between colors really well.  I guess that's a good trait in a scrapbooker?  :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

I'm A Little Bit Digi This Week

Hello Nesters and Happy Friday!!  

Last week I showed you cards and this week I'm going to share some of my latest digital layouts.

This first layout was created for a "Frame Challenge" at one of the scrapbooking sites I belong to.  My sister, niece and great niece recently came for a visit and I had to use this picture of my daughter and niece taking "selfies".

A lot of the pictures I took of them looked like this.  Haha  The digital collections I used for this layout are dmogtstad_BeachParty and the background is from Echo Park_Fall Fever.  

This one was created for another site as well and I actually created it for a Grandparents Day Challenge.

This is my mom and dad and I took these pictures the first time they *met* Braden.  Braden's now 9 years old.  I used Bo Bunny_Mamarazzi Digital Collection. (I must point out that the cute little jute bow is from dmogstad_BeachParty.  I bought that kit partly for that cute little bow, because I KNEW I'd use it a LOT and the FABBY frame.)

One more ~ I created a collage and then put it on a layout.  These are some more of the pictures from my sister's visit.

I used Becky Higgin's Project Life Turquise Edition digital papers for this one.

So, have you tried your hand at anything digital?  It can be pretty daunting ~ especially when you're first starting out.  I've pretty much taught myself everything I know and I feel like I know very little at times.  There's still SO much that I want to learn how to do.  

Don't forget to stop by the Craft Your Nest Facebook page and "like" us.  We chat over there too, so be sure to check us out.  If you're a digital scrapbooker (part-time like me or full-time) I'd love to hear from you!  If you've tried "hybrid" scrapping, I'd love to hear about that too.   I'll have some "hybrid" projects coming up in the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

All That Glitters is Gold!

Gold is such a hot trend in scrapbooking right now, and I think it is a favorite of mine.
I was watching *this video*

over at 2 Peas in a Bucket by Jen Kinkade from the "Scrap Your Stash" series that really makes me want to do a page using more gold. In fact, her challenge is to  "use *GOLD* in a prominent way on your next project"

I mean I have used gold a few times.
Like this layout...
which I pictured so differently than it turned out. But it's done and using gold washi tape, glitter thickers and a gold misted star.
Then I created this page...
Using metallic mists on the kraft colored butterflies. The middle butterfly is sprayed with a gold mist by Studio Calico.
And my last page using a bit of gold...

was a more recent page using a tag with gold chevrons on it from a Maggie Holmes ephemera pack. If you look at Jen's layout and video, she uses the same tag. And her page is gorgeous.

So I am thinking, I want to do another page using mostly gold. Or at least more gold.
Anyone with me? :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Paper-Pieced Pumpkin

If you've read this blog for a while, you know that I am just a little bit in love with fall, so I have another fall home decor project for you.

A couple weeks ago, I shared some fall crafts that had caught my eye.  I was especially inspired by this leaf wall art.  Since I am slightly obsessed with all things pumpkin (save pumpkin pie...go figure), the leaf wall art became this creation:

To create this little guy, all you need are a couple sheets of patterned paper, some baker's twine, and adhesive.  For added dimension, I inked the edges of the paper and embossed them (using the woodgrain folder from this set), but those steps are completely optional.

You can access my template for the pumpkin here (it's saved as a pdf).

A few notes:

I would suggest cutting just outside the lines on the template to allow for the overlap between the pieces of the pumpkin.

I used extra-thick foam dots for the middle piece of the pumpkin to raise it just a smidge higher than the two sides.

I adhered the baker's twine with glossy accents.  Click here for a video I created on how-to make the loops.

Here's a close-up pic:

Please share if you make one of these pumpkins - I'd love to see your creations!

Friday, October 11, 2013

WCMD Creations

Did you get any cards made for World Card Making Day?  I got a few made thanks to an online crop that I attended.  I got some Halloween, Christmas and birthday cards made.

Here are the Halloween cards.

I made this one for a shaped cards challenge:

This one was actually for a Halloween card challenge:

This one was for an embossing challenge, but I decided to make mine a Halloween card:

This one was for a monochromatic + 1 color challenge:

I made this Christmas card for a recipe challenge:

And last, but not least, this one was for a "stash" birthday card challenge:

So I was pretty happy with what I got accomplished.  I have my Halloween cards ALL done and I've made a pretty good dent in my Christmas cards, too.  We can always use a couple of extra birthday cards too, can't we?

How about you ~ are you getting ready for the holidays yet?  I know Halloween is literally just around the corner, but how are you doing with your Christmas cards?  Are you still shuttering at the thought?

Hope I've sparked your creativity a little today and I'll see you next week.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Layout

A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to be inspired by Pinterest, and I took my challenge literally. As I was trying to decide on a project from my Scrapbook Inspiration board, I realized that I actually liked the grid design of the board itself...
There was a challenge over at Two Peas in a Bucket in the Stashbusters thread to use "I Heart" in the title or do a page about favorites. So I decided to combine my challenge with that one and came up with this layout...
I think the hardest and most time consuming part was typing the journaling. Well that and trying to get my photos to stay flat. I am finding that I am not super happy with the Instagram printing source I have been using - Kanvess. The photos actually didn't seem to be cut straight and they roll up on the edges. It is really hard to adhere them to my pages.

But it's a page I am glad that I did! How about you? Has anyone taken me up on my challenge yet?
Would love to see your projects if you did either here in the comment section or on the Facebook page.

Also, Paper Issues has a new "issue" on the blog this week. It is a Halloween challenge and the prize is a set of Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists. They are really gorgeous mists. I just received five of them in my most recent package. The only thing you have to do to be entered in the contest is to link up Halloween projects on this post. They can be new or old projects.
Next Monday is my day to post to the Paper Issues blog, so I will be looking for linked up projects to feature. Hoping to share some familiar faces :)

Thanks for stopping by the Nest today!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's The Weekend!

Hello Nesters and Happy Weekend!

I've had so much "life" going on lately and I apologize for not even posting last week.  :(

I have managed to get a little scrapping done though ~ here's a "scary ATC" that's based on a sketch by Brenda Ragsdale.

This is a little bitty thing ~ just 2 1/2 " x 3 1/2", but I love challenging myself to work on this tiny canvas.  This is actually an ATC that I created digitally, using Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor Collection.  I created it, printed it out and attached it to a piece of black cardstock.  

Here's a fall layout that I created for a design team reveal at another site.  

This is a picture of my six "grandbabies" that I took fall before last, but I love it so much that I pulled it out again.  You can see that my youngest grandson was a tiny little guy and he just turned two.  I used Echo park Times and Seasons for this layout.

Here's a card that I recently created for an embossing challenge.

I ran the beige cardstock through my Cuttlebug, using this cool gear folder that I recently purchased.  I did a lot of distressing and wound the black twine around the cardstock before I attached it to the dark patterned paper on the front of the card.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Still Working...

on my Pinterest challenge from last week. This one right *Here*!
Here is a little peek at my layout in progress. I had to finish another layout before I could start this one. But I think once I get the journaling done for each photo, it will come together pretty quickly.

Also wanted to share two chances to win scrapbook gift cards from two of my favorite scrapbook sites.
Paper Issues is giving away a $20 gift certificate to their store. The only requirement is to link up a summer layout or project by October 6th on *This Post*. That's it!

And The Paper Bakery  has regular sketch challenges by the fabulous Juliana Michaels. I have made quite a few layouts using her sketches. Here is the current sketch...
It's pretty fun! And they give away $10 coupons to the Paper Bakery site to one lucky participant of the sketch challenges each month. You can see the post on their blog *Here*.

Another favorite site that I love to visit is Two Peas in a Bucket. Especially for the bi monthly Stashbusters challenges and the free Scrapbooking Videos. 

 Are there are places that you visit regularly for scrapbook inspiration?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy October!

Hellos, Nesters!  I am so happy that it's October - I know I've mentioned it before, but I love fall!

Today I've got a quick (and hopefully fun!) post for you.  Some of you may already know about the 100 Days of Holidays that Better Homes and Gardens does in the fall.  They send daily emails that run from late September through December with all sorts of holiday inspiration.  The ideas range from home decor to crafting to food - and it's free!

Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite ideas that I've seen this year.  There's a definite theme happening here; I'm the first to admit that I have a slight pumpkin obsession.

First up are these adorable candy corn pumpkins.  They recommend spray paint, but I think acrylic would work too:

click here for details
The next two are similar.  I actually painted "Welcome" on a pumpkin at our house last year.  Because I didn't cut the pumpkin, it lasted through Thanksgiving!

click here for details

click here for details
I think the monogrammed pumpkins are too cute!  And since my last name starts with an "H", these seemed very fitting:

click here + here for details
Now, for some crafty adorable is this guy?  They recommend using an old book, but I know I have more than enough scrapbook paper to replicate this design:

click here for details
I think this would be an adorable (and easy) project to complete with kids:

click here for details
And finally, I think the simplicity of these leaf frames make them perfect fall decor.  In fact, you may just see a piece inspired by those leaves on this blog in the near future.  :)

click here for details
I hope you found some inspiration in these pictures.  Do you have any fall ideas that you'd like to share?  Please link in the comments or over on our Facebook page.

Before I go, I want to mention a couple things.  First, this is not a sponsored post; I just wanted to share some design ideas that have caught my eye lately.  Also, the links under the photos will send you to the projects on the Better Homes and Gardens site.
Images by Freepik