This card is another one in a series of cards by Renae Roberts, one of my dear scrapbooking buddies. She has been published in Papercrafts magazine several times now, currently in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue (on page 18) if you want to see more of her work.

We both love the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line.  I love the bright colors and modern designs in the paper.  The patterned paper in this card was made entirely from that line in the 6x6 format. She says that she used the outside of letter stickers to scribble the "hi" sentiment.

Thanks again, Renae, for sharing your cards with us!!

 
 
Here is another beauty from my good friend Renae. Almost all the elements of this card are from the My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing collection. I love the way the flower stamp is the same as the design on the paper. Renae did a good job masking the stamp design so the 2 different stamps (flower and stripes) work perfectly with each other and fit together correctly.

The paper is from the MME Tangerine Sweetest Thing 6x6 paper pad. The sticker is from the Sweetest Thing label stickers and stamps come from the Hello Sweetest Thing set.


 
 
This lovely card was made by one of my best friends, Renae Roberts, or Nae. When I first coaxed her into trying scrapbooking she told me she was "not creative". As you can see she was way wrong. Once she got into this creative outlet she blossomed and now tries things I would never think of. Unfortunately we now live in different states but we can still scrapbook together like we did last night via Skype. It was so nice to hear her voice and to talk with someone who is as passionate about scrapbooking as I am!

You will be seeing more projects from Renae as this blog progresses. She has willingly volunteered to share her current creations with me to share with you. One of her cards is in the current (Jan/Feb) issue of Papercrafts magazine on page 18. Good job, Renae!!!

For this card, Renae used paper from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine 6x6 Sketchbook paper pad. She handcut the letters to make the sentiment.

 
 
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Here are two cards I made this week using the Mojo Monday card sketch for this week. I know I've said this before but it sure helps having a good blueprint to start with to boost my creativity.

The card on the left ("you and me") I made for a friend using the Studio Calico Darling Dear line. The "you and me" square us from the Darling Dear "Temple" paper. The camera washi tape came in this months Studio Calico scrapbook kit, I think it's from Studio Calico. The letter stickers are from Basic Grey.

I made the other card, on the right ("here missing you"), for a co-worker friend who has been off for awhile. Wanted to show her that we miss her at work. I really like how the red and grey colors and patterns look together. This card was also made entirely from my Studio Calico scrapbook kit for January except for the chevron gray washi tape which is from my stash and is from the My Minds Eye Indie Chic line. The chipboard is from Studio Calico.

 
 
For this week's Mojo Monday sketch I made 2 cards: one a thank you card for a guy and the other for a female. I like how they turned out. Love the colors and the overall look of the male thank you card.
 
 
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My friend Renae and I decided to experiment by making the same card twice--one with 12x12 paper and one using paper from a 6x6 paper pad--to see if there was a difference in how the card turns out. Here are the cards I made. I think for this set of cards I liked the way the 12x12 card looks: the yellow is more vibrant in the larger size.

I used the Crate Paper Storyteller line for these cards. The only thing not from this line are the letter stickers which are from Lily Bee. I also used a sketch from Mojo Monday to help get started.

 
 
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Here is another sampler I made for my demonstration board. When I first saw the Konnichiwha line I fell in love. Guess I'm partial to anything even remotely Asian (you get that way after you adopt a cute little girl from Taiwan).

I thought the designs and writing on the papers were Chinese but when I got the line I figured out that it was Japanese. Still think the line is fabulous.

Guess I'd better get busy and actually use more of this line!!

 
 
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I love that my little girl, Grace, loves to come down to mommy's room to be creative with me. This particular day she was busy coloring and suddenly stopped and wanted to make a card with me. She got up on my lap and we decided to make a card for her kindergarten teacher.

Grace helped me pick out the papers and decided what she wanted the card to say. (She says that recess is her favorite part of the day at school. Ha!) She put all the letter stickers in place and then we started working on the inside. As you can see below, she is an expert at drawing her favorite Star Wars characters.

I just enjoy spending time with her doing something creative!!





 
 
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This is a card that I have had sitting on my desk for forever cause I couldn't figure out how to finish it. The card itself is from a Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) set, the flocked label from Making Memories and I had used a Stampin' Up sentiment stamp for the "for you". It wasn't until I added the white Basic Grey letter stickers and the little heart from KC&Co. that it turned from blah to perfectly cheery.  Turned out great.

You know how you have those projects that sit around because they seem to be missing something (maybe you don't but I have a good sized "finish me" pile that every once in a while I wade through and see if the creative spark speaks to me)--keep playing, keep experimenting. My husband likes to remind me that whoever gets one of my cards won't know how long I labored to get it just right or that they won't see how maybe design-wise the card isn't perfect. They will just love the finished project and the sentiment behind it.

After I finished this card I decided to give it to my mom, cause she's the best!! Love you mom!

 
 
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I am working this week on a display board to take to crops and parties to show people the newest scrapbooking products that I am selling as a Memory Works consultant. Every day for the next week or two I will try to post a 8x8 sampler that I made to showcase the different manufacturers and supplies that Memory Works sells.

The idea for the display board came from the Memory Works consultant site but I quickly made it uniquely me. Since the fall/winter 2012 catalogs just came out I didn't have a ton of the newest stuff but I substituted some of the "older" stuff (which is just now coming out around my area) since I had plenty of that and will change out the newer stuff as I get it. After I post all my sampler pages I will post a photo of my finished display board.

This Take a Hike line from Simple Stories came out at a great time for me. My family spent weeks in Montana over the summer and this line, along with Summer Fresh (both from Simple Stories) will be used to make an album documenting our time there. More on that later...

I love the "under the stars" 4x6 cutout. We didn't go camping during our time in Montana so I didn't need to save it for our album but it made me laugh each time I saw it so I had to use it for the display board. I love the variety of alphabets that are included with this kit--woodgrain, bright orange, small brown and green. So much that you can do with these paper