Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Winners, winners, winners . . .

Yes, I said "Winners . . ."  But before I get to that, I just want to say a big "THANK YOU"  to each and everyone of you who participated in the "Banners" blog hop.  It's because of you that it was a tremendous success!

I also want to say "THANK YOU" to everyone for their kind and thoughtful comments . . . they mean so much to me.  It's one of the reasons I'm honored to be on CropChocolate's Design Team . . . you have been so encouraging in everything I done so far.  And you all know, I was a bit nervous at first because I felt we had some pretty big shoes to fill.

Okay, enough of my rambling on and on . . . I seem to do that a lot, don't I?  lol :)  As I was going thru your comments, I noticed that my "Followers" increased from 54 to 71 in just 2 days . . . WOW!!!  So due to this overwhelming response, I decided to give away one (1) blog candy for each increase of 5.  So in addition to my 1st blog candy,  I'll be giving away an additional three (3) blog candies . . . what can I say?  I LOVE to give away blog candy!!!

But before I announce the winners, I want to also let you know that I'm trying to decide which advice to take for the "Summer Fun" layout . . . since I just got all the comments printed yesterday and have been busy getting things in order for my upcoming surgery tomorrow, I'll announce the winner (or maybe winners) for the "Advice" contest on Monday August 6th, along with a picture of the final layout.  So please come back to find out if you were the one whose advice I followed . . . I have to admit, there was a lot of GREAT advice and I may follow 2 or 3. :)

Okay, on to the winners . . . . .

{{{drum roll, please}}}

First winner . . . . .
Julie Odil  

"Great projects! I love how you used tickets for a banner. How clever is that? OK, for what to do with the last layout. I'm into spattering ink right now. The upper left corner seems a little empty. I think a couple little droplets of a matching ink color would solve your problem. Some Glimmer Mist or similar product -- but I don't usually spray them, I flick them instead -- more control that way."
Second winner . . . 
Caryn S
"Great use of banners in all your projects. Maybe for the last project, something small in the upper left hand corner to balance the string in the the opposite corner? I wouldn't put something big like a journaling block there because you don't want to overfill your page. just something like a little button or brad or even another twine squiggle..."

Third winner . . . 
Monchan :)
"I love the balance and color combinations of your layouts! :) Thanks for some fun ideas. For the layout, it is great, but perhaps a sunshine-yellow mat may "complete" the look and let the picture be more of the focus? :) I also how you let such a mundane but whimsical inspiration be the basis of your card. :)"

And the Fourth winner . . . 
Victoria S
"wow i love your card nad teh 2 layouts! def gnna PN them! for the last one i owu ssay that you dont need any more embellishments -i would just fill that empty space with a little mist or flecks of ink.. splatter effect. i also like the suggestion of inking the edges msyb with white. i was thinking just extend the white craft ink or paint a little further under the round patterned paper to balance it some
but it is gorgewous just as it is...
i am following you"

Please send my your real name and mailing address via email    OR you can PM me on CropChocolate at clayton528.    Once I have everyone's info, I'll get these out in the mail . . . as most know, I don't drive and because I've had nothing but problems with my local PO, I have to go into the main PO which is 20 miles away.  Which means I have to get a ride . . . so it's just easier if I do all of them at once.  I hope you all understand . . . and if I don't hear from someone within a week, I draw another name after trying to contact them again.

Once again, THANK YOU for all of your kind comments and words of encouragement.  And remember to keep an eye out on Monday August 6th to see whose advice I took and who will win a super special blog candy. :)

Till the next time I'm up in the night.  Kathy

Friday, July 27, 2012

"Banners" away . . .

Welcome to CropChocolate's "Banner" blog hop hosted by the current Design Team.  You should have arrived here from Christina's blog. If you stumbled across this blog hop, please feel free to go back to the beginning to Amber's blog to join us.  The blog hop will run till 8am MST July 30.  The CropChocolate prize to be announced July 31.  To be eligible to the main blog hop prize, please visit each blog and leave a comment . . . it isn't required to comment on each and every blog (except for the last blog and on The Crop), but some of the blog owners will also be giving away their own blog candy.  So please make sure to follow instructions carefully on each blog.  Once you get to the end, you will be directed by to The Crop where you ARE required to leave a comment in order to be eligible for the main prize.   I will also be giving away some blog candy . . . not one (1), but two (2).  One of which will be my own little "contest" which I'll tell you about in a little while.  So make sure to follow the instructions that will be at the end of this post to eligible.

When we decided to do "banners" as our theme for the blog hog, I had so many ideas going through my head.  Banners can be used for anything from home decor to cards to scrapbook layouts . . . the possibilities are endless.

So I decided to do not just one (1) project, but three (3) projects showing different ways I use banners . . . while it took me awhile to get on the "banner" wagon, I seem to use them in almost every project I do now.  But since I had never used more more than one type of banner in a project, so I decided  I would used two or two types of banners in each.  One thing before I begin, for each project I used Walnut Stain distress ink and Snake Tape from CropChocolate.  And all supplies are from CropChocolate unless otherwise noted.

Anyway, the first project I did was a card . . . I had been sitting out on my deck enjoying the first cooler weather in weeks when I looked out past my clothesline with our pond & sky in the background.  So I decided to use that as my inspiration:.  I used banners for the clothesline and for the pond.  I even tied my twine in bows at the end since that's how my clothesline is hooked up.  Here's what I came up with:
"Quite Contrary" 6x6 paper pad by MME
"Sprouts" by Jillibean (twine)
Tan cardstock by Echo Park
White cardstock by Echo Park
American Crafts pen
NonCC:  misc. ribbon from stash

My next project is also showing how to use two types of banners.  I used tickets for one banner and then used two (2) much bigger banners for a photo mat/background.  Here's what I came up with:

"Note to Self" paper collection by Echo Park
Funday twine by MME
NonCC:  mini clothespins and pop-up glue dots 

My next project not only shows how to use banners as a title, but to also use it in two different spots on the page.  Here's what I came up with:
"Hello Summer" paper collection by Echo Park
White  Echo Park cardstock
Picket Fence distress stain (part of background)
Funday twine by MME
"Beach Babe" cardstock & chipboard stickers by Fancy Pants
NonCC: White Thickers and Pop-up Glue Dots

I got inspiration for this from a layout I had seen online a few weeks ago.  But I feel something is still needed, but for the life of me I couldn't figure it out . . .  I tried to find it online again to not only see what the other person did, but also so I could give some sort of credit.  But I couldn't find it.  So I thought I come to you to advice. I thought I'd make it a little "contest".  So in the comments, please tell me what you think I need to do and, if your advice is what I do (including leaving it "as is"), you will be the winner of some blog candy.  If there are 2 or more people with the same advice that I use, I will draw names between those people.  

Now for other blog candy I was talking about earlier.  To be eligible, please become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave a comment that you've done so or anything you would like to say . . . but please keep it clean.

Thanks so much for joining us.  So now that you are done here, you can hop on over to Brenna's blog.  Following is a list of the blogs participating in this blog hop if you want to just jump around or get lost.

Hope you have a "banner" a time.  Kathy

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Focus Group #4 - July project

A couple of things before I start on my post.  You have probably have noticed I've been "hinting" about a blog hop this week.  I just got the go ahead to send out an invite.  So please come back on July 27th for a "Banners Away" blog hop that CropChocolate's current Design Team is putting together. :)  Not only will there be a main prize from CC for participating, but some of the individual blogs will also be giving away their own blog candy.  Make sure to follow instructions to be eligible for each one.  The blog hop will start with Amber's blog on Friday, July 27th. So come join in on the fun and get to know the current DT a bit better.

One more thing, today on The Crop my 1st Design Team project will be posted.  Our assignment was "ombre" which is shading from light to dark.  So in addition to the shading,  I also did a technique I call "burnt edges".  To find out more about it, stop on by.  Here's a sneak preview of what my project looks like. 
So again, stop on by The Crop on CropChocolate to see the whole project and for instructions.  I'll be posting a picture of the whole project tomorrow.   So keep an eye out for it. 

Okay, on to my post . . .  A few weeks ago, I submitted a project for CropChocolate's Focus Group #4 and got the 1st "assignment" soon afterwards.  We were to create a project using our favorite book as inspiration . . . boy, did the ideas fly back and forth between all of us.  From children's books to adult romance books. At first, I thought of using one of my daughter's favorite childhood books and then I thought about using "Amish Knitting Circle by Karen Ann Vogel" where one of the ladies knits as she casts off her prayers . . . I thought about maybe a prayer jar/journal where I'd put my prayers in.

But after giving it more thought I decided to use MY alltime favorite book . . . the Bible.  With that in mind, I started coming up with ideas on how to use it . . . from a layout about my faith . . . to how my daughter prayed as a child . . . I even thought again about a prayer jar/journal by using 1Peter 5:7 "Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares about you" . . . well, the options were endless.  I finally decided to use one of my favorite verses from 1Cor.  "Faith, Hope, Love . . . and the greatest of these is Love. 1Cor 13:13"  and using a picture from my wedding.  Here's what I came up with:

"Hello Spring" mini theme collection by Echo Park
"Fresh Flowers" from Springtime by Echo Park (pink)
green bazzill cardstock
"Dear Santa" rhinestones by MME
Fancy Pants rub-on alphas
Slice ("Faith", "Hope", & "Love")
Cameo ("but the greatest of these is")
Xxyron create-a-sticker maker
Walnut Stain distress ink
Snake Tape

While I was writing up my supply list, I discovered that this layout ended up being 100% CropChocolate products. :)  It's a very simple layout, but I think  because of the verse it needed to be simple . . . otherwise, it would distract from it.  What do you think?  Now that I've finally scrapped one of my wedding pictures, the others are calling to me.  So as soon as I get more of this paper and other paper to coordinate, I'll finally get my wedding scrapbook finished . . . I know, "About time!"

Till the next time I'm up in the night.  Kathy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Challenge #23

I'll be posting several times this week . . . not only catching up on posting my challenges and my July FG project, but I'll be posting my 1st Design Team project for CropChocolate and there will be a blog hop starting on the 27th.

This week's challenge on CropChocolate was a fun one . . . well, they are all fun, but this one really came together quick for me.  In fact, I was the 1st one to post my project . . . a first for me since I usually don't finish mine and get it posted till the last day or so.

So for Challenge #23 "Patterns Galore", this is what we were told to do "Its summer, a time of freedom and less restriction. For this week's challenge, use 3 patterned papers any way you want to. Let your creativity shine like that summer sun and layer up those patterned papers on a card, layout, an altered project --whatever your creative heart desires."  

So keeping with the "summer" theme talked about, I decided to scrap a picture of my daughter from our first trip to Florida in 2007.  We had rented a condo right on the beach of PensaCola and had a balcony overlooking it and the ocean . . . it was on the Gulf side of PensaCola.  Because of this, my daughter was out playing in the sand every chance she got . . . morning, noon, and night.  I just love this picture of her  . . . such innocence and not a care in the world other than trying to make a sand castle.  And also going with the summer theme and since it was a "beach" picture, I decided to use "Splash" by Echo Park along with a few other items from other collections.  (I love how the Echo park collections work so well with each other.)  Here's what I came up with:


CC Products: 
"Splash" paper collection by EP
"So Happy Together" paper by EP (red)
Funday twine by MME
Blue liquid pearls
Slice & Basic Elements cartridge (circles)
Cameo (scalloped circle)
Walnut Stain distress ink
and Snake Tape

NonCC: Liquid Pearls (Pumpkin, Daffodil & Ivy Green); and Pop-up Glue Dots

I was inspired by a LO I saw online awhile back, but there wasn't a name with it (if anyone recognizes it, please let me know because I try to give credit when I get inspiration from someone). I forgot to print it and all I could remember was the circles and red scalloped circle.

Well, that's it for today.  Tomorrow I'll be posting my July Project for CC's Focus Group #4 "Use a favorite book as inspiration". :) Also, I've been "hinting" about a blog hop this week and just got the go ahead to send out an invite.  So please come back on July 27th for a "Banners Away" blog hop that CropChocolate's current Design Team is putting together. :)  The blog hop will start with Amber's blog. So come join in on the fun.

Till next time I'm up in the night.  Kathy

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Time to do a little catch up . . .

Since today is my birthday and my family are giving me a little time to myself, I thought I'd play catch up on posting some of my projects I've done for CropChocolate's challenges.

For Challenge #21, we were to come up with "A home decor project or altered item using neutrals and one main focal color."  At first, I was a little intimidated with this challenge.  Most of my creations are layouts . . . once in awhile I do do something different.  But a home decor project or altered item?  My 1st home decor project was my "out-of-the-box" project for part of my submission for CropChocolate's Design Team and I can't recall right offhand the last altered item I did.  So on went my thinking cap . . . and while I was shopping I came across some clipboards.  I remembered seeing one on Pinterest that I knew I wanted to do because of the paper used, so I thought I'd give it a try.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Products
 Authentique Genuine "Friendship" paper
Authentique Gathering collection pad (blue background)
Stella & Rose 12x12 paper, trim, & cardstock stickers by MME
Bazzill paper flowers 
and Walnut Stain distress ink.

 NonCC: clipboard; MM paint in "Shopping Bag"; and "Say It with Crystals" by Prima

I'll be hanging this in my scrappy space once I get my shelves up and  know how much space I have left for decorating. :)

For Challenge #22, we were to "Create a project using pastels combined with dark bold colors and a bit of bling thrown in for good measure".  So once again, I went through my paper trying to come up with a color combination . . . thinking maybe I could find a patterned paper that had pastels and a dark, bold color and work from that.  I ended up finding some beautiful butterfly paper from the "Hello Spring" mini theme by Echo Park.  The butterflies were not only in pastels, but also a nice dark, bold turquoise color.  So going through my paper again, I found some coordinating colors (there were only 2 that came with the collection and were pastels).  I found a pink from "Springtime" by Echo Park and a dark, bold turquoise from "A Walk In the Park" by Echo Park.  Here's what I came up with:


 CC products: 
"Hello, Spring" Mini Theme by EP; 
"Fresh Flowers" from Springtime paper collection by EP (pink); 
"Blissful Day Boarder" from A Walk in the Park paper collection by EP (dark turquoise)
Dear Santa rhinestones by MME (red)
Walnut Stain distress ink
and Snake Tape

Non CC: Misc rhinestones (green) from stash and buttercup twine (mfr not on it)

I didn't put a picture on it right away because not only had I wanted to show off the dark bold color, I also needed to find the "right" picture.  I ended up printing a picture of my daughter on a horse at camp. I choose that one because every year, she used to get "spring fever" and couldn't wait to get to camp to ride the horses or to go see her favorite horse "Abby" at a friend's ranch.

Well, that's it for catching up on my CC Challenges.  What do you think?  I was pretty happy with how they came together.   Anyway, I'll be posting this week's challenge, either tomorrow or Tuesday . . . I already have it done.  In fact, I was actually the 1st one to post my project this week . . . a first for me since I usually post the last day or so. :)  And make sure you come back on the 27th for a blog hop . . . can't say anymore than that, but you'll have fun. :)

Till the next time I'm up in the night.  Kathy

Monday, July 9, 2012

Blog Hop Winners . . .

Before I announce the winners for the "For Those Left Behind" blog hop, I want to say "Thank You" to those who put together challenges for everyone to take part in . . . even though it was short notice, each and every one of you stepped up and knocked it out of the ballpark.  Each challenge was so creative and inspiring . . . which is why I feel the blog hop was a GREAT success.  Also, I want to say "Thank You" to all those who participated in the blog hop by either posting comments, submitting projects.  Every one of you is so talented and, again, I was so inspired by everything I saw . . . GREAT job!!!

Here's a few fun facts I wanted to share about the blog hop:
200+ pictures were taken
170+ projects were submitted
30+  people left comments on various blogs (pretty impressive
 considering how many went to "Spring Fling"
23 people submitted projects
11 participants did ALL 12 challenges

Okay, on with drawing the winners for the main blog hop prizes.   For the main blog hop prizes . . . .
Drum roll, please . . .

Haf2Scrap (Lucy) - $10 CropCredit 
NinaN - "Homemade" mine theme paper by Echo Park 
Mommyx2 - "Blue Jean" paper potpourri by Doodlebug 
Laura Ann Cox - Distress Inks 

If you will PM m on CC or email  me @ with your real name and address, these will be put in the mail to you.  As for the CropCredit, Lucy please send me your email address so the $10 CropCredit can be issued to you.

Now for the blog candy I was giving away . . . originally, I was only going to give away one (1) this time . . . but due to the overwhelming participation and because my # of followers increased from 47 to 53.  So I will be giving away 2 additional things of blog candy (one because it hit another increment of 5 and I'm now over 50 followers. (But, Sorry, the extra two will not be more Summer Edition Distress Inks.)

Karen N. - You are the winner for the set of Summer Edition distress inks
LinEmer - You are the winner of the 1st extra blog candy
wmitchell - You are the winner of the 2nd extra blog candy

One more thing, as I was going thru my comments and the projects submitted, I saw that we had a young lady joining us for the blog hop.  So I decided to send her some of her own blog candy . . .

Emma McAdams . . . she's Christina's daughter who wanted to play along 
. . . and she did a GREAT job!!!

Please either PM me on CropChocolate or email at with your real name and mailing address.  Once I get everyone's addresses, I will get these out in the mail to you.

Once again, I want to thank everyone for the participation . . . whether it was hosting a challenge, submitting a project, or just leaving a comment . . . without all of you, this hop would not have been a success.

Till the next time I'm Up in the Night.  Kathy

Sunday, July 8, 2012

This is what happens . . .

Hi, everyone!!!  Over at CropChocolate, they just offered (again) "For the Record" by Echo Park and it reminded me of a layout I did months ago when they first offered it . . . back in March? I think.  So I thought I would share it in case anyone was wondering what could be done with this collection.

Anyway, last winter I was going thru some old pictures and ran across one of my daughter after she had been sledding . . . she had gone "cheek first" which would have not been a big deal, but it had thawed and refroze the night before thus making the "hills" (actually snowdrifts in my in-law's dead-end street) icy and bumpy.  And even though I had already scrapped this picture years ago, it was calling to me to do another layout.  I had just received "For the Record" by Echo Park in an order from CropChocolate and I just knew I had to use it even though I had only ordered one (1) at the time. 

After some debating and wanting to stretch my one collection, I decided to go with strips and banners . . . a GREAT way to not only stretch my paper, but also to use up scraps.  I was able to use the front and back of each strip, thus giving me more patterns to choose from.   After going thru my alphas, I decided to use some black foam alphas (since they were soft - the opposite of what the "hill" was) along with the alpha stickers that were included in the collection. I wanted to emphasize that "this" and "sledding" in my title because to me they were one and the same and "cheek 1st" because that was the outcome. So I put brackets around "this", used the red alpha for "sledding", and used the same black alpha for "cheek 1st" as I did for "this" since it was the outcome . . . I said that already, didn't I?    So I cut and adhered everything together, but it still needed "something".  

Since this was about what happened (the scratches and cuts on her face), I wanted to somehow try to symbolize that on my LO . . . that's where the red rhinestones came in.  I scattered them on both sides of the title, at an angle to represent my daughter's boo-boos (as she called them).  Then I added a little bling next to the picture and at the bottom right corner . . . but it still needed one more thing.  I then put one more bling under a banner and a sticker strip under the bling at the bottom right corner . . . and, finally, I was happy.  

All I need to do then was to journal . . . and not wanting to take away from the banners, I did small journal strips so it wouldn't overpower the layout.  Here's what I finally came up with:

CC products:
"For the Record" paper collection by Echo Park
red rhinestones
Walnut Stain distress ink

Non CC:   black foam alpha by American Crafts

So what do you think . . . did I capture it right?  Some of the ends on my banners are supposed to "flip" up, but after being in my scrapbook for several months, they are a little flattened . . . I tried to fix it but it didn't work as well as I wanted.  So I apologize for it not looking "new". :)  Well, now you have an example of how "For the Record" would look head on over to CropChocolate and grab one for yourselff.  And since it was just offered Friday, July 6th, you still have 43 days left to grab one for yourself. :)

Till the next time I'm Up in the Night.  Kathy

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Projects for CC's "Left Behind" blog hop

Over at CropChocolate a group of us decided to do a blog hop where there would be a challenge on each blog for us to complete.  Once a project was complete, we were to go back and post a link of a picture of our project.  We were able to combine up to 3 challenges on one (1) project but had to still post it on each individual challenge.

I was trying to do a different project for each challenge.  And even though, the deadline had been extended, I did end up combining 3 challenges on project because I spent the extra time finding and printing pictures to go on my layouts.   I had also had 1 project that combined 2 challenges, but with the extension, I redid one (1) of the challenges.  Without further delay, here's what I did:

1st project -  This project is for Scrappy Canuck's challenge.   Her challenge  for us was to create a layout in under one (1) hour or a card in less than 30 minutes.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Products:  
"Summer's End" paper by Fancy Pants (from FP grab bags)
"Funday" rhinestones by MME 
"Dear Santa" rhinestones by MME
Walnut Stain distress ink
Snake Tape
NonCC Products:  "Summer's End" chipboard stickers; and  Misc. ribbon (from stash)

2nd projectThis project is for Karey2005's challenge.  The challenge was to create a project that has somehting on it that you would find in nature (like a flower, tree, frog, etc.).  Here's what I came up with:

CC Products:
"Springtime" paper collection by Echo Park
White cardstock by Echo Park
Blue China and Walnut Stain distress inks
Snake Tape
NonCC Products:  Layered butterflies and rosettes by American Crafts

My things you would find in nature are butterflies and the grass that I made from a strip of green paper using my "fringe" scissors by Martha Stewart.

3rd project - I used this project for 3 challenges . . .  ByBelle, Raebae, and NanCDru.  For bybelle's challenge, she wanted us to create a project of your choice; card, layout, home decor or altered item that has a handmade NON paper embellishment.  For Raebae's challenge, she wanted us to make a project celebrating the every day moments.  And for NanCDru's challenge, she wanted us to create a project using alcohol inks.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Products:
"Times and Seasons" paper collections by Echo Park
Cranberry alcohol ink
Denim spray wash
Rhinestones by MME
NonCC products:  shrinky dink plastic; PopUp Glue Dots; and "Platinum Pearl" Liquid Pearls

I made this layout for everyday moments and used a sticker for the title "Remember This".  I ran out of photo paper, so I'll put pictures on it later.  I used shrinky dink plastic for my "handmade" embellishment (the flowers) for bybelle's challenge.  I colored them with alcohol ink and spray ink (NanCDru's challenge). 

4th project - This project is for Beth488's challenge.  She wanted us to create a project using the American flag for inspiration . . . it could be the colors, 50 stars, 13 stripes, or a combination.  I decided to use the number "13" by putting 13 banners/flags on my layout.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Products:
"Times and Seasons" paper collection by Echo Park
"Funday" rhinestones by MME
Walnut Stain distress ink and Snake Tape

As you will end up seeing on my following projects, I had a thing for using "stripes" or strips of paper on my layouts.  Not only did it allow me to use more patterns, tt was a good way to use up scraps. :)

5th Project - This project if for Scrapaddict4life-Laura's challenge.  She wanted us to create a card using a journal box/card (EP collections has a great option) and bling of any kind . . . glittery brads, rhinestones, pearls, stickles, glitter, etc.  I ended up making 2 very simple cards.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Products:
"Build a card" by Imaginice (stripe card base)
Doodlebug cards (red card base)
"Sweet Day" paper collection by Echo Park (journal boxes/cards)
"Dear Santa" rhinestones by MME (red and light green)
Walnut Stain distress ink and Snake Tape

6th project - This project is for Mom2tayandbay's challenge.  Her challenge was to make a layout with the theme of "Are We There Yet?:.  Didn't have to use that for the title, ut it should be something about raveling to your destination. Here's what I came up with:

CC Products:
"Great Escape" travel map paper by Making Memories
Black Bazzill cardstock
Green Bazzill cardstock
Cream Bazzill cardstock
Brown Bazzill cardstock
Making Memories Travel Embellishment Kit
Walnut Stain distress ink and Snake Tape (brads, ticket, & tape)
NonCC product:  chevron paper (there wasn't a name on it); and "Avocado" liquid pearls

I got my inspiration for this layout from my LSS.  I had seen a layout at my LSS using MM's "Great Escape" travel paper.  I wrote down the saying so I could print it on my computer.  I went through the my Bazzill cardstock grab bags and found some that would work . . . not a "perfect" match, but would do.  I also used Tim Holtz flourish die (as they also did in the one at my LSS) to help give it some "umpf).  How did I do?  :)

7th project - This project is for NinaN's challenge.  Her challenge was to use a pinwheel on project.  When I think of pinwheels, I think of fairs . . . city, county and state.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Product:
"Funday" paper collection by MME
6x6 "Funday" paper pad by MME
"Funday" wood banners by MME
"Funday" rhinestones by MME
"Funday" layered stickers by MME
Walnut Stain distress ink and Snake Tape
NonCC product:  Micro Glue Dots

Since I wasn't sure where my State Fair pictures were, I decided to do my LO without photo mats . . .   just use different sizes of the paper to "decorate".  Once I find my pictures, I'll probably print them in black/white or sepia tone for an antique look like the paper.  For the left page, I cut and curled the pinwheel paper for a different look.  I also used a distress tool to give my paper a different distressed look . . . the "Funday" paper is very sturdy/thick so it held up well.

8th project - This project is for Christina's challenge.  We were to create a card, layout or projct of choice celebrating either Canada Day or Independence Day.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Product:
"Glory" paper collection by Authentique
Walnut Stain distress ink and Snake Tape
NonCC product:  Misc. buttons and "Rouge" Liquid Pearls

When I was thinking of Independence Day, I thought of fireworks.  So I used how the fireworks looked in the sky for inspiration for my layout . . . how I cut and arranged my paper.  (I had seen on Pinterest a LO using buttons symbolizing snow falling, so why not paper for fireworks?) Since I have a hard time taking decent pictures of fireworks, I did print 2 pictures from the internet to help complete my layout.

9th project - This project was for my final challenge . . . Half2Scrap's challenge.  Her challenge was to use at least 3 different alpha on your project.  Here's what I came up with:

CC Products:
"Sweet Day" paper collection by Echo Park
Paradise Beach Alpha by Echo Park
Springtime alpha by Echo Park
Jenni Bowlin red rub-on alphas
Walnut Stain distress ink and Snake Tape
NonCC product:  Misc. alphas (Authintique-pink; 
MLS-green; Doodlebug-orange, black)

I saw the saying "Surround Yourself with people who are going to lift you higher" on Pinterest using a different alpha for each word . . . it was a piece of altered art.  When I saw it, I immediately thought of this challenge and wanted to use paper that had hot air balloons . . . I was thinking of Lime Twist, but couldn't find it.  I found some in "Sweet Day". So using a LO I also found on Pinterest, not realizing it also used "Sweet Day". So it worked out GREAT!  Since I wasn't sure what pictures I was going to use, I didn't put photo mats on this layout.

Well, that's it for for my projects for the blog hop (there were 12 including my challenge, so I had 11 challenges to do) . . . I had so much fun.  I think I did more layouts in the past week that I have in the past month. lol   I hope we do something like this again!

Till the next time I'm Up in the Night. Kathy