Monday, July 27, 2009

Challenge 50 - Cookie Cutters

While you're waiting for all the new CHA goodies to hit the stores, let's find a few "new" things to do with your current supplies. Everyone's got at least one cookie cutter lying around - right? Well, let's get creative with them!

Your challenge is to use cookie cutters in creating your layout. You can interpret that however you wish. Tell us how you used them when you link up your layout.

Are you kids getting restless? Put them to work, too! Give them some cookie cutters and playdoh or let them make their own creation along side you.

Just link up your layout by Sunday, August 9th to be eligible for a RAK. Since it's summer and taking the kids anywhere takes me three times a long, I'm going to give one lucky participant a gift certificate to Studio Calico.

Here's what the team did:


I had several star cookie cutters in different sizes, including a large one. I used them two ways: stamping onto paper with Tim Holtz's Distress Paint and tracing around them and making Shrinky Dinks. I chose to use Distress Paint because it comes with it's own brush and it was easy to "paint" the edges of the cutter. For the smaller Shrinky Dinks, I stamped them with Staz-on ink before shrinking.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Challenge 49 - Simplify

I don't know about you, but I feel overwhelmed alot of the time... by my to-do list, by housework, by my kids. Sometimes, I even feel overwhelmed when I sit down to scrapbook! There are so many products out there, and sometimes I drive myself nuts trying to find the perfect embellishments.

When that happens, and I feel like my products are ganging up on me (!), I try to simplify. What do I REALLY need? Some paper. Some photos. The rest is all just icing.

So here is your challenge.... SIMPLIFY.

Specifically, I mean you need to limit yourself this way for this challenge:

(1) You may use cardstock (however much you need) and ONE sheet of patterned paper (double-sided is ok).
(2) You may use as many photos as you like
(3) You may use pens, markers, pencils, paints.
(4) You may not use any other embellishments unless you make them with that cardstock or patterned paper.

Remember that simple does not have to mean plain ... you can do alot with a sheet of patterned paper - I swear! After this challenge, go back and use chipboard, stickers, jewels, the works. But for right now, give it a try. Simplify!

This challenge concludes at Midnight on Sunday, July 26th. Link us up here or send us an email to qualify for a RAK donated by Piggy Tales ... A complete collection of one of their newest releases, Row, Row, Row Your Boat:

To see more of this collection, go to:

Jen's Layout:

The title was made by doodling inside some leftover Piggy Tales Chipboard letter forms.

Deborah's Layout:

This Sassafras Lass paper is double-sided and border on the bottom of the paper. Deborah used her Slice to cut the flowers and letters.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Challenge #46 - Envelopes - Slideshow and WINNER!!!

I'd like to express my appreciation for all of the BEAUTIFUL PAGES submitted for Challenge #46 - Envelopes!!... You have out-done yourselves AGAIN ladies!! Stunning... Simply inspiring... Thank you all again!!

And, now for the WINNER... Drumrole please!...

... BEC!! You are our winner for Challenge #46 - Envelopes!!... Congrats lady!!
Please e-mail me ( with your e-mail address, so I can send you out the code for your FAB Gift Certificate for URBAN ANTHOLOGY kits... Plus, Kari, the owner has offered an added bonus of a DISCOUNT CODE, so your GC will go a bit further in the UA store... WOO-HOO!!!
Congrats again and thank you to all of the ladies who "played" along!!