Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hi...So we have a new challenge blog that I am thrilled to be a part of. It's called a Crafting Start . It's all about the basics. So if you've never paper crafted but would like to, or just need some help with new techniques...this is the place to be! We will have all kinds of tutorials & ideas. This weeks challenge is digi stamps and weve got a great place to get them- and since they're free...Well who can resist that? Not me!!! So I Picked this adorable owl made by Dawn.

Cute right? Here's a close up of an owl I colored:

The "feathers" are much easier than they look...

And this is my card:

Wait for it....

Ok well you saw that coming right? If you're older than say 8 you probably did! (This is a joke my 9 yo son loves to tell except when you say "Tank who?" He says "You're Welcome")

Looks complicated right! Not suitable for a beginner you think... well you'd be Wrong! It's super easy! I'm working on a tutorial & hopefully I'll be posting it soon.

Bye for now!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Clear it Out Challenge-Trims

It's time for a new Challenge over at Clear it Out and The Challenge is "Trims"! I know if we're crafters, then we've got a bunch! (I know I certainly do!) So go ahead & use some up and show us your project. Here's mine:

The winner of this weeks challenge will win a $10 gift certificate from one of my favorite ETSY Shops: Creating is Fun... (That's where the trim on this page came from!)And even better Martha is offering a coupon code in that same shop for 50% off! Just use coupon code MOVE50. (I'm not sure how long this promotion will last so you might want to jump on it!)I can't wait to see what you do with your pretty trims!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party Starts Tomorrow!

I just signed up for this class with Shimelle after seeing it on her blog just yesterday (or was it this morning?) Anywho, TrueScrap starts this Thursday, Starring one of my Favorite Scrappers-Lain Ehmann...She has put together such a wonderful lineup! I can hardly wait... & best of all My DS will be in school for most of it & I have a sitter for some more so I can actually concentrate on it this time!-Back on Topic (Sorry LOL)...TrueScrap had a pre-event "Virtual Crop" and there were some challenges including one of Shimelle's to use one of her sketches. I picked this one:

And here is what I made:

Shimelle did a class at the first True Scrap this past April & I loved it so when I saw the Pretty Paper Party...I just couldn't resist. For one thing "Pretty Paper Party" It just sounds so Pretty and as you know Pretty things are my favorite...Yes I know some "Boy Mom's" say that because they are "Boy Mom's" they have to have things like "Dirt" as their favorite color, since everything seems to end up that way anyway...but for me I've discovered that Pretty Girly things tend not to get touched as much (ewww Mom I can't take that water Bottle! It's pink!)...So if it's pretty &/or girly it stays nice, or at least I can usually find it when I want it! So My favorite color is Purple & if it's sparkly so much the better!

That is why I am really looking forward to this class. I have a Ton of pretty papers just waiting to get used on pretty layouts. (Maybe I'll even find out how to use them on Boy pages). I'll try to keep the blog updated as it goes on, but you know I'm not so good at that...

And on Tuesday it will be time for a new Challenge at Clear It out and I've got a Very Pretty Layout all set for it...See you then.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pre-Informal October LOAD Blog Hop Winner:

And the winner, thanks to random number generator is: Comment number 3 which is LCSmithSAVED. I guess we'll be swapping LC.  Thanks for the great comments everyone.

I am off to Scrap & Play in Omaha & will be driving all day tomorrow, so that's all for now. I'll share some cool goodies when I get back.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pre-Informal October LOAD Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Hop.  Here is the whole blog lineup:

You are Here:     Katrina:  
Next Stop:          Christie:  
I am Katrina, also known as kskreations on Flickr which is short for my little crafty business Katrina's Kreations.  I am a widow & a mom of one, my DS Ryan who is turning 9 the 17th of October (I can't believe how fast time flies).  Do you already feel like you know him from my Layouts?  Feel like I've been scrapping my whole life, I did some scrappy kind of things with magazine pictures & cutouts of certain hearthrobs when I was a young teenager, in 1994 I did a whole album from a vacation I took in an old magnetic page album with only photos and ephemera I collected on the trip.  I started doing what we think of as scrapbooking when I did an album for my parents 30th Anniversary in 2001, and then started scrapping again after Ryan was born in 2002. When my husband died in April of 2003, it gave me an even greater motivation: preserve his memory for my son.  I haven't done a whole lot of pages about him recently, but I do at least one every LOAD-it's like Therapy for me.
I have been very busy working on the layouts for the Mother LOAD this month and will only have a few days off before Our Informal LOAD starts the first of October.  This will be my 4th LOAD including the MotherLOAD and I have enjoyed Every Single one so much!  

Now I don't usually do a whole lot of prep.  I have a gazillion photos in boxes in my studio or in my PSE Organizer (Or both sometimes) so I often just let the prompt inspire which page I do that day, but I wouldn't be able to do that if my photos weren't organized.  I haven't taken LOM, (but I do have the book Photo Freedom) so most of my photos are still stored chronologically.  
I have a big 12x12 album that all my LOAD LO's go in, then eventually I will move them to the individual albums they belong in.  I have several that are as follows:  Ryan's Baby Album (separate from the baby book but you knew that already right), Then 2 more Ryan Albums (one is full), which have pages from various ages.  An Album about my husband & my memories of him. I have an all about me album which has a surprisingly large number of pages.  I have a travel album, a disney album, and a misc for those pages that don't fit anywhere else, & a couple albums with no particular theme from when I first started scrapbooking.   

My Scraproom is my favorite place in my house, except that it usually looks like a paper truck exploded, so I am going to work on cleaning it up & organizing before LOAD starts too.  My supplies are mostly sorted by color.  I do have a whole bunch of binders with themed embellies stickers etc.  And some file drawers with themed paper.  (I have really been breaking into it a lot this month.  I have only done 1 digi layout so far, which is very unusual for me.)  I always make it my goal to use my stash & not buy anything new for LOAD.  It doesn't always happen, but I certainly have enough in my stash to keep me busy for a couple of years...even if LOAD was every month.  Sooo for those of you who have read this whole thing, if you want me to share some of my stash with you, leave me a comment saying so & I will randomly pick somebody (or depending how many comments I get maybe a couple somebodies) to share with.  I've got some great stuff, I promise, even if some of it is getting a little bit old, I also promise not to share anything I wouldn't use myself.

Enjoy the rest of the hop and enjoy LOAD.  I look forward to seeing all your wonderful pages. As well as hearing all the wonderful comments.  You are all so encouraging I just love it. Thank you so much! While I'm at it, Thank you Leslie for all of the hard work you have put into organizing the LOAD and Lisa for organizing the hop.  And of course, THANK YOU Lain for putting us all together in this wonderful community!!!

If you are interested in some of the place I get ideas for my LOs (besides from ScrapHappy) check out this earlier blog post: journaling & inspiration made easy.
Your next stop is  Christie:   Be sure to stop by and show her some love.

See you October first.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Clear it out

It's Clear it out Challenge time again:  This week our challenge is to Alter something.  Our Sponsor is Karen's Needle. She is giving away a treat bag of some of her lovely crocheted flowers to one fortunate person who participates in the challenge.  Here is my Item:
Oops sorry, That's part of my sofa table.  Here's my Item:

 I crocheted those little pansies myself. It was such a pretty pattern.  A  little lace. a bit of ribbon,  a couple scraps of ecru cardstock, 3 acrylic tags,  some stamps & some Tim Holtz Distress ink and you have a little photo holder or place setting holder.  I enjoyed making it so much!  Don't forget to check out the Clear it out Challenge blog & link your project for a chance to win. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Studio (AKA Scrap Room)

I am in need of an organizing makeover in and I thought if I blogged about it maybe I would be more committed...Especially since I've been doing the MotherLOAD and using it every day...well we'll see.
My studio is Beautiful, when it's neat & tidy, but there's only space for one to work & I like to scrap with my friends too.  It's also frequently in a state of chaos.  I think perhaps my system is so complicated that I don't want to put things away, Or maybe I'm just lazy in that way because I'd rather be creating, but who wouldn't right?
Well here are some pictures.  Let me know what you think!

A PSE panorama of the South end of the Room
PSE Panorama of the Counter area

The Walk in Closet
My Themed Embellie Binders & Acrylic Stamps

 Now you might be thinking it looks great what's the problem?  The problem is that it never looks this good, in fact right now I can barely walk in there.  So Anyway I've blogged about it so next time yo see me ask if it's clean. Okay? Maybe then it will be.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

LOAD Again Finally, Hooray!

So it's been  a crazy summer, and I don't know about you but I'm sad it's over (although glad that school has started yay!). I've been so busy that I haven't posted in a while. Instead of continuing to Suffer from LOAD withdrawal (ever since May), I've been taking the MotherLOAD at Big Picture classes-(Lain has never let me down yet) and yesterday being the first of September it was the first day of the LOAD portion.  ScrapHappy is doing an informal LOAD in October (If you don't know about ScrapHappy, you really should check it out), so I am going to get a whole lot of Scrapbooking done in the next 2 months.  Here is my Layout for today (Click on it for a bigger image):

I thought I'd share the journaling on here since it's the only way anyone will be able to read it:

So here's the story:
Since we have been learning Nepali for a few years now we decided while we were in New Jersey to visit the Hindi congregation in Edison.  (Hindi & Nepali being very similar so the Nepalese can often understand Hindi. And we got to wear our Sarees-Bonus!). So we went to the English meeting in Middletown in the morning and Dad came with Rebecca Lynn & I to the Hindi meeting in the Afternoon. (Ryan stayed with Grandma & Aunt Linda to can tomatoes).  After the meeting we met so many warm, loving brothers and sisters.  They even put us in touch with some who were at Bethel, & in the Hindi Congregation in Brooklyn. We also asked some sisters where the best places were to do some shopping.  I wanted a Kurta Sunwal- (aka Salwar Kameez) because, not being built like a woman from India, I never can find one in Colorado that fits me, And Rebecca Lynn was hoping to find a new one as well. We also mentioned this to a very helpful brother named Jay.

Apparently after we left Jay told his wife Olive.  So while we were standing looking at a menu in a restaurant, Olive called Rebecca Lynn.  When she found out where we were and that we had not ordered yet she said “come outside and wait there…we will come get you.” When they got there they told me to leave my car where it was.  Olive said that if we went shopping by ourselves “You are foreigners here, they will rip you off.” They first took us to a different restaurant. After speaking in Hindi to the woman behind the counter he told us-“Two meat entrees with rice are $10 and 2 vegetables with rice are $7.  Drinks are in a cooler over there.” After a few conversations with other customers, Olive found us a nice table. Once we had our food & beverages & were sitting, Jay said “We are going to a return visit and will be back for you soon.  If there is anything else you need they will take good care of you here.” And boy did they! For one thing they refused to take our money! Several times we tried to pay and they would not let us. We wondered if Jay had sneakily paid for us, but we found out that he had not. The entire staff came out to talk to us at some point or other.  They brought us dessert too. I felt like a celebrity.  I suppose they all wanted to know what these two white women were doing there, and in sarees no less.  Near the end of our visit a man from Nepal, who it turns out cooks the Chinese food (Wish we’d known about that sooner, sorry Dad), came out and talked to us. So we were able to practice our Nepali, and we went back later and gave him the What Does The Bible Really Teach Book and an invite to the Hindi Convention.  He gave us his number & address, and we gave it to Jay & Olive. Oh and the food was delicious, but too spicy for Dad so he couldn’t eat very much.

Olive came back without Jay (Their call had turned into a study & she left him & another sister there). She took us to several shops.  In,  walk around, look a bit “You don’t see anything you like-lets go” On to the next one…The last place she took us was a little shopping center that had 3 different shops, so she dropped us there & went back for Jay.  When they came back We found what we wanted.  Rebecca Lynn’s was marked $130 and the 2 I liked had no price at all on the tags.  Olive told us to let Jay negotiate the price. So Jay starts the negotiation.  He asks her to give them to us for $50 each.  The lady shakes her head no vigorously & says “I honest lady, give you bottom price see (pointing to a sign advertising a 14th anniversary sale) my shop here 14 years” She shows us how good the material is and talks about that it is quality work, and the embroidery & pattern woven in make us agree. But she would not go low enough for Jay.  They start talking (sometimes almost shouting) in Hindi.  (Rebecca Lynn understands a bit because it is similar to Nepali) This is approximately what was said:
He says “Don’t rip them off”
She tells him “They are Americans they have lots of money”
“They are servants of God, they don’t have any money”
“They can’t afford that they have no money”
 “God will bless you if you give them a good deal”
We are starting to think it’s too much & she won’t go low enough, not to mention being somewhat embarrassed, okay mortified, by what he is saying about us, so Olive & I start to walk out the door.  She calls us back and shows a price on her calculator (so her other customers can’t see what a good price she’s giving us I suppose) of $75 each.  Now that we could manage, since we really did like the outfits very much. 

After all of that Jay gave her an invitation to the Hindi District Convention in Brooklyn and she says she might come.So I guess it was friendly after all.

When we got home and told this story to Mom & Aunt Linda we were laughing so hard by the end we could hardly stand up.  All in all it was a wonderful experience and I hope we can go back next summer.

And here is yesterday's page:

 And a Closeup:

Hope You enjoy.  More soon Including a new Challenge at Clear It Out on Tuesday.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clear It Out

I have joined the design team for Clear It Out! Check it out here:
On the first and third Tuesdays of every month there is a new challenge...and even prizes. Here is my card for the "Anything Goes" challenge:

The Hot air balloon is a Glitterbabe digi stamp. You still have until Monday to enter. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with...See you there.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cards & other Pretty Stuff

First up a reminder that there's still time to comment on my One Little Word post for May and be entered to win!

Edited 5/16 My projects below were picked so that I am the DT Spotlight Designer today Yay!  Thank you Jenn! 

My items for this month's SCF-DT were made from these Beautiful digital stamps by Lil Ellaboudy-Design at mygrafico.  The set is called Natural Beauties:

I was so inspired by how lovely they are that I just kept on making more, and even a scrapbook page (Look at my last post to see).

I was also inspired by another cute  stamp  this one is the Pick a Flower stamp by JD Digi Designs, also at my grafico. 

The challenge blog at A Day for Daisies had a challenge about babies last week and I made this card:
And although I missed the cutoff for entering it in the challenge, I still wanted to share it, cause it's so Purty.  The poem continues inside & is called "Time Well Spent" by Joanna Fuchs.

In other news, One of my Items on Etsy,  the Elegant Silk Scarf was chosen to be included in Plum Creek 22's Medley of Teal Delights treasury.  I am so honored.  Thank you!

Elegant Silk Scarf

I will be back with more LOAD pages in a few days.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

More LOAD Layouts

I have had a busy month so far & it promises to get busier still.  Ryan's last day of school is the 23rd (Whose idea was it to make the last day of school a Monday?) But here are the pages I promised to share:

Day 6 This started as a companion page for day 5-but I wanted to use all the pics.  (Can you tell the title is "Smoke" from the smokestack on the train?) The prompt was about alignment.

Day 7 (was also National Scrapbooking Day cool right!) I used some of the prompts from BPC's Creative Crop to make this page. As well as scraplifting the idea (but not the design) from one of the other LOADers.  Scraplifting was the prompt.

Day8 (Beginning of Color Week) prompt was to use Color to enhance the page's topic

I got to use up an old ScrapJammies kit from 2006 (not quite the waythey designed it though close), and used the Red & bright patterns to show the effervescent personality of my kiddo.

Day 9 she showed us a really neat ColorScope from Paper Source, & told us to pick a color we were drawn to & make a page. This color is called Papaya, and don't the peacocks pop off the page?

These pics were from Ryan's field trip to the zoo.  I asked him to write what he wanted to remember about the peacocks, and he made the cute doodle & wrote peacock (in his adorable 2nd grade spelling) over & over.  It really added to the page.  I also used a sketch from Lisa Day's 28 Days of sketches class at BPC.

Day 10 was to use a color combination from nature.  I used the colors from the peacock pictures I used the day before.

Don't you just love these butterflies!  They are from a set called Natural Beauties by Lil Ellaboudy Designs at mygrafico

I used a sketch from the CropStop Challenge Blog.  As well as the LYM challenge for this week. Which was to scrap the "gadgets" you use in everyday life. So this page about my Computer & PSE.

Day 11was Black & White:

I completely love this page!  I already had the B&W pic with the feet in color, & just hadn't figured out how to use it yet.  This was the perfect challenge.  And don't you just love baby feet?

Day 12 Pick a color you DON'T normally use on a page & combine it with a favorite:

I don't use green much except as a small accent, and though I Love pink, I don't use it that much either, so I had fun with this one. I also used the ScrapHappy sketch for May, adapted of course.

Day 13 I didn't really follow the prompt instead used another of Lisa's sketches:

A very busy page, showing the highlights from the zoo trip.  I wanted the focus to be on the story rather than any particular picture. And Ryan colored the snake because it was his favorite  out of all the animals we looked at.

I haven't done today's page yet.  Stay tuned for some more next week.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

LOAD Day 5

Wow it's day 5 already & I haven't posted any layouts for you so here they are all in one shot:

Day 1 prompt-Basics, just Picture, Paper, Title, & Journaling 

 Day 2 Prompt: Contrast (show it using something other than color)

She said if you're going to contrast by making the element big- make it really big- so I did

I also did this week's LYM prompt here, which was to use a timeline. Tried to do some different things with this one, using a clustering technique I learned from TrueScrap (BTW truescrap2 is coming in OctoberYay!!) & bulky flowers don't scan too well, but I think it still looks okay.  Here are close ups of each side:

Day 3 prompt was Emphasis, Emphasize one thing over the others, don't try to emphasize everything not sure I did too well with that:

These are from Field Day- Just last Friday-Here are the  close ups:

Day 4 Prompt was white space again, I didn't leave too much white space, but I was in a bit of a hurry & used a template:

Close ups again- (BTW look how little Ryan was!):

And Day 5 prompt Visual triangle:
My nephew Aaron has just learned to crawl

Not sure why but this LO took nearly as long as the timeline one, probably because I really wanted to use the triangle to showcase those gorgeous Eyes, and so I fiddled with it a lot.

And when I finally looked at the LOAD message board this morning, I discovered that I won a prize on Day one from @thebigbluebarn...(not for the LO but for leaving lots of comments, I haven't had time to do that as much since that day, but hopefully tomorrow I can catch up on the LOs I've missed this week)I am really excited!! I will do my best to keep sharing my pages with you, at least weekly, the rest of the month. & speaking of prizes, don't forget to check out my May OLW blog hop post-There's a giveaway & you have until the 22nd to qualify.