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Sketch it Out!

 

Good Morning! I’d like to share a sketch with you today, in hopes that you’ll find it as inspiring for a page as I did. I based my sketch on a painting by the artist Diebenkorn.
 
The painting:

The Sketch:

 

My page:

I love the strips at the top of the canvas and along the sides and tried to get the same 'feel' with strips of scrapbook paper.

This is a picture of the boys from last summer--after visiting the Toledo Museum of Art, where they made these adorable 'dragon' creations. Riley was into the sound effects too. ;)

Thanks so much for looking! I'd love to see what you do with the sketch! Post a link here or send me a peamail!

Have a great day!

Stacey :)

 

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Mother's Day Card winner!

 And the winner is gr8chik!

You should see a credit in your bucket in the next day or so!

Happy shopping!

Thank you to all who participated!

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Community Contest

Hi! Sande Krieger here.

I'm all about getting ahead these days, and since I need to make up cards for my mother & mother-in-law, I thought it would be a good challenge for today. 

So, show me your mother day's card or cards. 

To win today's contest, simply upload a card to the gallery and check the corresponding challenge box. You have until 11:59 PM CST to upload your card!

Actually you'll all be winners - since you will have completed your cards early and can check that off your list! 

Here are some cards that the garden girls have done that inspire me. They aren't mother's day cards but I love their design ideas.

This first one is by Kelli Crowe.

The second one is by Robyn Werlich.

The third one is by Nichol Magourik.

 

 

 

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Product Spotlight - Making Memories Stamps

Good Morning Everyone!  Wendy here and I want to talk a little bit about this month’s theme, Stamping.  I am normally not a "stamper" but seeing all the layouts this month in the Garden really had me inspired.  I decided to break out some of my stamps that I have in my drawer and started to play around.  I've create tons of new layouts (not finished yet, of course)  with some of my Making Memories stamps I have!  I just LOVE these Stamps.  The New Just Chillin Boy and Girl stamps are so fun and full of awesome designs.

 

 

Look at that COOL butterfly up top and the row of stars!!  I can totally use that on a Forth Of July layout or a School themed layout.

 

 

 

Once again...look at those stars :)  And these wings.  Good for a boy or girl angel in my eyes :)

 

 

I also love their alphabet stamps they have.  The Classic Mixed Alpha is my favorite J

 

 

I used them here for my title in this layout:

 

 

I also LOVE this set:

 

 

 

These flowers and so pretty and check out how Cindy used them in her recent Garden Page.

 

 

She STAMPED ON METAL!!

 

And these:

 

 

From the Passport Line.  Aren’t they just perfect for any Travel Layout or Album?!  I love how Laura has been using them J

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!  It's 4:54 am here right now and I SO wish I could go back to bed but...I have to be to work at 5:30 :(  So for all you who are up, go back to bed...it's still dark outside :)

Have a GREAT day everyone!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sharing my Space: Robyn Werlich

Hi everyone! :) 

We recently moved...which is not fun when you have so much scrapbooking stuff! :) But, I feel like I'm finally getting settled in our new place and in my new scrapbook room. So I wanted to share some photos of my new studio with all of you. I apologize in advance that the photos aren't the greatest! :)

First, my room is in the basement so when you walk in my door, this is the view from the left side of my room.

Second photo is of on the right hand side of the door, I have a small wall on an angle so I put my Pottery Barn organizational cabinet on there. I hang up recent layouts on the magnet board and inside I have 3 spools that have a bunch of my ribbon on them, glitters, stick pins on the cork inside and other little jars with embellishments and such. I forgot to take a photo of the inside - sorry. All my buttons are organized by color in jars on top of the cabinet.

This is a photo of my closet. In my old house, my closet was 3x this size so I really had to cut back. Thankfully, there is a huge cold storage closet outside my room with lots of shelves that hold all my Stampin' Up! stamps and so much more. I'm trying to scale back and have just what I really use in my room. I'm gonna be having a huge yard sale this spring - so much stuff that I need to get rid of in that cold storage room! :) But, this is my closet...my ink pads, some background stamps and Hero Arts stamps I use often, tools, buckets with labels, ribbons and other random embellishments. Everything is organized in a bucket though and that has been so helpful. Still have some 'cleaning-up' to do in there.

This is a photo of my desk from the door view. I've had this Pottery Barn white desk hutch for years but always had it in Madisyn's room. The back was unfinished and I've always had my desk in the middle of the room and it didn't look good. But, this time, I decided to fix it and use it in my studio. I made a push-pin board and covered it with a beautiful blue/white polka dot fabric and glued it to the back of the hutch. It looks so beautiful! Sorry that it's hard to see in this photo. I also covered a paper mache letter in the same fabric (it sits above my apothecary hutch on the back wall there - by the metal letters on the top). So, it all coordinates really well and it's very pretty to see that fabric when you walk in the room.

All the organization stuff on the walls are from Pottery Barn. The cups hold all my most used tools, tapes, pens, etc. It is so useful and I love having everything off my desk and right within reach. The apothecary cabinet on the back wall holds all my chipboard and other letters - each letter has it's own drawer.Each one has a little tag with the letter inside and some yellow string.

A close-up of my desk hutch - bowls hold my clear stamp blocks, adhesive, most use rubons that I love, some small tools. Above is a jar with all my spools of string that I've been using for years and can't stop! :) A red tin bucket that holds my scissors and rulers. A cute pear pin cushion for my sewing needles. A butterfly art piece that I made last year - each butterfly has a different technique used on it and it's so inspiring while I'm working and helps me to think of different things to do on my projects. My Stampin' Up! markers and some small bowls with small ink pads and things that I reach for the most. I love having this on my desk - it helps to keep me organized without a bunch of bowls and such on my workspace. Love that!

This is a view of the wall on the right of my desk: My Expedit bookcase from Ikea that I love! :) All my most-used papers are on the top shelves there - polka-dots, transparencies, vintage ledgers, die-cut papers, office lined papers, etc. It is all organized and so functional for me. Each bucket has a certain purpose: new product bucket, Hero Arts, die-cutting (sizzix large dies mainly), Stampin' Up!, rubons, chipboard alphas, chipboard shapes, etc. The good thing about moving is that I went through everything and put everything in the right place...it is so organized and it has made a huge difference for me. If you have any questions about anything, what things are, where things are, the way I do things, please let me know and I'll respond in the comments. :)

The white cabinets next to my Expedit shelves hold all my die-cutting materials, glitters, embossing powders, string and other random embellishments. All the drawers hold all my punches sorted by border punches, circle, square, scallop, and other. I use those things alllll the time! :) On the top of the cabinets is my Cuttlebug die-cutting machine where I do all my die-cutting. My sewing machine is always out as well, since I use it all the time. I have a bowl there for thread & paper scraps to be thrown away and some scissors for clipping the threads on my projects.

On the wall, beneath the lights there, I'm working on a grid to put up. I covered 3 of the canvas Making Memories panels (from a long time ago) with the same fabric that my polka-dot chair is in (just bought the yardage from Pottery Barn teen). And then I have 3 of the magnetic-mesh boards that I'm alternating between them. I still need to get 2 up (I messed up on the holes LOL). But that is where I will hang inspirational pieces and such.

This is the wall right when you walk in my room on the left - so while I'm sitting at my desk I look at it. It has a large hutch from Pottery Barn on the wall with metal buckets that hold adhesive and other things. The buckets on the top hold more Hero Arts stamps - flowers in one, saying in another, seasonal, etc. It works great. On my desk (from Pier1), are some inspirational pieces and my tv. The sides of the desk are shelves which on one side is glass jars filled with ribbons - each sorted by color in a jar. The other side is ideabooks/magazines, 2 buckets of Sizzix dies and some fabric bins. My clear paper trays are all stacked up on the right - they hold all my cardstocks sorted by color, chipboard sheets, and some other papers that I use very often.

So, I think that's most of it! :) There is a lot of stuff in there, but I love how it is all organized and so functional. It's a great space with lots of great lighting. I hope that you enjoyed it and that it inspired you in some ways to organize your own space. If you have any questions about anything, please post and ask here. I will update in the comments section. You can also always check out my blog to contact me: www.robynwerlich.typepad.com.

Thanks for checking out my space! Have a great week! :)

Robyn Werlich

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Organizational Tip

Good morning! Amy here today :)

Just like many of you, I have lots of patterned papers. I have struggled for a long time with a way to organize it but I have finally come up with a system that is working for me. I picked up a bunch of paper trays from the office supply store (Walmart and Target carry them as well). I stack them up and use those for my paper. They are just over 12 inches wide. They are not 12 inches deep however. So I use the cardboard sheets that come in my Two Peas orders to seperate them by manufacturer. This also gives the paper something sturdy to lay on so they don't fall out of the tray. Recently I bought a label maker to label the sides of my shelves next to the tray according to which manufacturer I have in the particular corresponding tray. So far, it's working great and it's so much easier to find a certain paper that I'm looking for. :)

 

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Weekly Challenge: Pop Dot It!

Hello!

It's Rhonda with this week's challenge -- to use pop dots or some sort of dimensional adhesive on your layout. Easy, right?!

Many times what makes a layout interesting is the layers and textures, and pop dots are a great way to get this look. They come in the form of Zots, or foam tape and basically just lift your element off of the page a bit. You can use them under photos, titles, borders, or embellishments. I have seen really creative uses of them where people have layered more than one piece of foam on some elements and created a 3D effect. Fancy!!

Here is my layout -- I used pop dots under the embellishments (butterfly and flowers):

Hope you join the challenge!! Be sure to check the Weekly Challenge box when you upload your layout to the gallery. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Have a great weekend!

Rhonda Bonifay

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Finally Friday - Fabric Brads

Good morning, everyone!

It's been a crazy week and I'm SO glad it's Friday! I can't wait for the weekend to start!

Anyhow, I have a simple card for you this week using Amy Butler fabric brads and some paper from the 12x12 specialty pack. I've been loving everything gray recently, so I adore the color in this collection. Plus, I got to try out the 4x12 cork adhesive-backed sheets from Quickutz. The best part about these cork sheets? You can use punches on them! I don't have a regular diecut machine (just my digital Silhouette), so I was so happy to see that I could use punches! :)

Enjoy the video! You can catch it below, or by clicking here to watch at YouTube. And don't forget to visit the project page in the Garden to see the other supplies used.

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Product Spotlight: 7 Gypsies Stamps

Hello, Peas! It's GG Margie Scherschligt, here. Mellypea's warehouse walks always make me wish I could snap my fingers and shop there in person. Fellow peas, if we were shopping side by side "IRL" at the warehouse, I would tell you to run to the stamping aisle and check out the 7 gypsies stamps that are on sale. Since we can't actually pysically do that today, I want you to click on this link and notice that 7 gypsies wants to make scrapbooking light and carefree for the scrapper like me-a scrapbooker that wants some guidance with journaling. www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/7gypsies/stamps/

 

This Kids stamp is a must for me. I have 4 school age children. The idea of filling in the blanks is very appealing to me at this quite busy stage of the year. This will be the first one I put into my bucket today. There are other choices that fit this same Complete journal format- Travel, Family, and Baby.

I love the way  GG Sande Krieger used these stamps in this gorgeous minibook. www.twopeasinabucket.com/cg_display.asp

Check out the ATC stamps here. www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/7gypsies/stamps/up-to-199/  GREAT DEALS!

I love the way the stamped word 'NOTE' becomes part of the title of this adorable layout found in the gallery by Maples. www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp

There are just so many choices in the 7Gypsies stamping section-oval, rectangle, certifiable, journal, and ATC. Enjoy shopping the sales!

 

Margie

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Digital Weekly Challenge Discussion - Create a Hybrid Layout

Good morning Peas! Holly McCaig here with my first digital challenge. Hope I'm doing this right!

My challenge for you this month is to create a hybrid layout. I created one that I could actually frame because I'm not a huge fan of lumpy things in my scrapbooks since I prefer digital. So, I figured that I could do real 3-d with embellishments with something I could frame in a shadow box styled frame. I had this one lying around for a few months after I grabbed it before my aunt put it in her garage sale.

Then, I covered the background with the Sassafras paper and cardstock. Since my frame was taller than 12 inches, I had to use ribbon to create a border across. Love the velvet feel of Making Memories ribbons!

The digital part is the lovely butterflies from Kate Teague. I LOVE these. It's not the first time I'll be using them either! I printed out a sheet of these and cut out two per the three butterflies shown. I taped one down flat and the top one is folded in half to give it a 3-d feel. Finally, I embellished them with K&CO fabric brads.

I debated on putting a title on this, but think it looks best with out. The beauty of this layout is that when I want to change it out later in the frame, I can trim this down to 12 x 12 and put it in a book if I want.

Now, create a hybrid layout using something digital in the 2Peas store and your favorite traditional products too. Like: ribbons, flowers, buttons, brads, etc. Get creative! See you at the chat on Tuesday!

Be sure to click this link to see the challenge with more detail shots and links to the products used here!

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Technique Discussion: Mixing Stamps and Patterned Paper

Hello! Tracy Miller here and my task today is to talk about a technique that I like and use. I always find that difficult because I'm really not a very "techniquey" scrapper. I just tend to use pictures and pretty paper and some embellishments just all stuck on the page - no fancy stuff. So, I went through some old layouts to see if anything jumped out at me and I saw this layout that I did for the rubber stamping theme:

I mixed rubber stamps - and in this case embossing powder - with a patterned paper background to give it a different look. In this case, I wanted to do a Christmas layout. I liked this background paper with the picture, and the picture had red in it, but I wanted to put in some green for the Christmas theme.

In this layout, I though part of the background seemed boring, so I added some stamped circles to make a pattern where there wasn't one before:

I'm so lazy that I usually just use black ink, which helps to tie the patterned paper into the black background I like to use. In this one, I just added a few stamps for a slightly different look:

And in this layout, I used the stamp to highlight some of the flowers and accent the journaling:

And in this layout, I complemented the pattern that was already there with stamps:

I got a lot of use out of that circle stamp from Fontwerks, didn't I?

So the next time you are working with some patterned paper and think it needs just a "little something," break out the stamps!

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Photography Challenge: Night Time Shots

Hi there, it's Kelly here!  I wanted to share a little about this week's photography challenge... night time shots :)  The photos that I've taken at night are some of my all-time faves because things just seem to look so stunning at night.

By setting your camera to take a long exposure shot, you can get lights to really sparkle and take the starburst shape like my photo above.  When taking night time shots, it's really helpful to use a tripod so there's no camera shake at all.  I often find places to prop my camera or set it on the ground, then set the timer so I'm not shaking the camera by hitting the shutter button manually.

I hope you'll join in the challenge and share your night time shots!  Be sure to check the challenge box when uploading your photos to be entered to win a prize from 2ps!  Have fun :)

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What In My Bucket.

 Whats in my bucket?  A lot. Ive been saving up for a while, but here are some highlights.

I really like these acrylic die cuts from Heidi Swapp. I have the dream dining room ones but the boy themed street smart die cuts are the next ones on my list.

Im a big fan of Heidi's masks and Ive overused the leaf ones so that they dont stick anymore. Gotta buy another set.

This next paper is probably my favorite ever. When I saw it pop back into the shopping section I was sure to get multiple sheets in white and in cream.

I recently saw Laura Kurz use these alphas by Bo Bunny on a page and I thought they looked fantastic. I really liked the look of this traditional font.

These adage tickets by Tim Holtz look so classic/vintage to me. I wonder if they're large like the other journaling ticket die cuts I own. Cant wait to see how they look.

And lastly, I am in love with all the new papers from Teresa Collins. She has a few different lines but Im especially drawn to the travel, love and family lines. Here are a few papers I have in my bucket.

Life Documented Paper. Love how they have the die cuts on the one side.

Life Measured Paper. Im totally digging the alphas on the backside of this page. 

Life Tags.

- Lisa McGarvey

 

 

 

 

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sketch it out!

Hello there!
Jamie here, with a fun sketch! Here’s the sketch:


And here is the layout I made with the sketch!



You can make this layout hold up to 9 photos. I made mine a single layout but am contemplating adding a few more, especially on the top left one that is rectangular. That would be a neat crop! The red dots form circles where I added embellishments, you can add whatever you’d like there.

If you get a chance to do this sketch, please post it in the gallery and leave a comment on this blog post so I can see it! I’d love to see this sketch interpreted! I'll post mine in the gallery right now, in case you'd like to see some of the products used.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend! 

Jamie :)

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Weekly Challenge: Scrap an Action Photo!

Hello, Everyone!
This week, I am challenging you to scrap an action photo!

How many times have you been doing an activity and said to yourself, "Man, I wish I had my camera out for this?!"

If your like me, ALOT, right?! 

So, this week, I am challenging you to just do it!  Instead of *wishing* you had your camera out, STOP! take a few minutes to run and get your camera, and then snap away.  It could be of you doing the laundry, cooking dinner, or just playing out in the yard with your kids.  Take that photo, and then scrap it!  I say it still counts as an action photo even if you do have to take five to get out the camera.  ;)

Here is my layout of me baking Christmas goodies:

On that particular day, I was rushing around measuring and whisking, and thought of how cool it would be to have a photo of me doing the holiday baking.  So I took five, ran to get my camera and tripod and started snapping away while I baked.  I used my camera remote, but you could also use the timer on your camera or just ask a child or spouse to take a few photos!

So get out those cameras and photograph an action shot, and then SCRAP IT!

Remember to check the Weekly Challenge box when you upload your layouts so it will show up as a challenge, too!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

:)
Rebecca Trump

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Finally Friday - Happy Birthday

Good morning, all!

This week's card has a bit of stamping, embossing, custom sentiment writing, and a whole lot of specialty paper from SEI. So pretty! I absolutely love the colors in their Mimosa specialty papers. And the part about them that I'm ridiculously excited about? Heavyweight printed cardstock! Yes, they have some solid card stock in the pack that is heavy enough for card bases. Awesome!

Anyhow, enjoy! You can see the project and supplies used over here. And if you'd like, you can catch the video over at YouTube as well. If you click over there, you can subcribe to the Twopeasinabucket YouTube account and each time you log into YouTube, you'll see the latest videos from the TwoPeas Garden Girls. So, head on over there, too. :)

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Seasonal Garden Theme Discussion

 This months stamping theme was so much fun! I loved having an excuse to use my favorite stamps and seeing what girls like Wendy (who claim to dislike stamping) did on their pages. I've heard people complain that stamping is messy, too involved or just no fun, but I can honestly say none of that is true! Stamping can be as simple or as detailed and involved as you want it to be. Here are some great samples of what a simple little touch of stamping can do for a page or card.......

By Laura Kurz

By Jamie Waters

By Shannon Tidwell

By Wendy Bretz

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

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Digital Weekly Challenge

Goodmorning all!  I'm about to head to bed here in Australia but wanted to share with you this weeks Digital Challenge.  

It is to create an art effect with filters.  

You can find lots of different artistic filters in Photoshop.  There are ink, paint, pencil, watercolor, and even cling wrap filters!  If you have Photoshop I KNOW you have played with them before making photos look weird and having fun!!!  So that's it, go have fun and play with some filters.  I played with my photo and used the filter "cut out".

Goodnight

Love Chelsea 

 

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1 product, 3 ways: maya road chipboard

good morning!  this is brooke and i want to show you three fun things you can do (quite easily!) with maya road chipboard.

so, i really love birds. and branches. and chipboard. enter maya road. perfect story. EXCEPT sometimes i get really lazy and don’t want to pull out the paint (etc!) to make chipboard extra cute. and then i realized (like so many others have done already) that i could just cover that cute chipboard with some of my favorite papers. easy peasy!

let’s talk layouts. chipboard pieces make really cute accents without needing to be the center of attention. i made this page about my adorable grandmother (in-law). she loves birds so i knew the little chipboard was a must. covered it in october afternoon, put a smidge of paint around the edges (with my fingers… i did NOT want to clean out a brush!).  and adhered it to the page. cute!



wrapping a present when you’ve run out of boxes can be tricky. for this, i simply sewed around the edges of large piece of kraft paper. added a little lilly bee and scenic route paper and, wait for it, maya road chipboard bird (covered in basicgrey) and what do we have?  super cute, super easy wrapping.



i really love plants. especially little ones in cute silver buckets. but with so many, they can be a bit boring. until… you guessed it… maya road chipboard bird. covered in really, really cute cosmo cricket and basicgrey paper.  glued to a wooden skewer and stuck in the bucket. instant makeover.



happy tuesday!

*brooke
 

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Sharing My Space

 Hello!  This is Shannon Tidwell and I'm going to share my space today.:)   I have shared my space in the past, but I got new furniture this past year so I thought I'd share again.  

 This is the right side of my room.  With the computer desk and work table.  I love having my computer at a separate place now.  It makes it easier to actually get things done!  My space is in our upstairs loft.  The other side is a playroom for the kids.  I think I showed it in my older post.  It's where I had to put the stuff that I needed out of these pictures though.:)  The door goes out to a balcony over our backyard.  Which is nice because when the weather is nice the boys can play outside and I can hear their fighting....so I know they are okay.

And this is the left side of the room.  I'm not going to show the closet over there.:)  It's a big walk-in closet and is sooo full.  I didn't have time to straighten it up today.  Maybe I'll come back and add a photo.

Love these shelves.  My albums fit perfectly.  Not sure what I'm going to do with this year's album though!


 Love these big canvas boxes.  They fit so much in them.  Plus baby girl toys in the bottom row!

 A couple of my desk area...

 

 Got this little drawer unit at Target.  It's perfect for holding pictures...and my sewing machine.  

 I use these boxes under my worktable to hold extra product.  I also have a couple filled with Maddox's school work and memorabilia.  The red magazine files have scraps and label stickers in them.  

 Alright, I had a little extra time this morning, so I thought I'd go ahead and take a picture of the closet.:)

The cart on the left houses newer papers and stuff plus anything I need to stash and get out of the way.  The buckets have spooled ribbon that I rarely use but needed somewhere to keep.  The shelf with the blue bins is full of older stuff.  It's organized by type for some and manufacturer too.  The red file holders have my paper.  It's separated mostly by manufacturer.  And on the right side of the closet is a basket shelving unit that I keep stamps and other random things in.  Was too messy to show.:)

 

Ok, I think that's all!  Please ask any questions!

Thanks,

Shannon

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User Spotlight :: Check out Justlulu!

With beautiful cards like this, I can't get enough of Justlulu's gallery!  I'm so excited to share her work with you in today's User Spotlight.  Justlulu joined the Two Peas community in 2005 and has been a creative and chatty member ever since!

Some of my favourites from her gallery are in happy spring colours, like these:

(Seriously, do cards get any cuter?!)

How gorgeous is that grey-navy-yellow colour combination?! To die for.

Cards like this make me wish Justlulu was my close personal friend.  Because seriously, could you HAVE a bad day if you received beautiful handmade hello cards in blue and green in your mailbox?  No, you could not.  It just wouldn't be possible.  Ever.

She even makes simple designs look nothing short of glam!  I love the stuff she does with glitter -- just enough to sparkle, not enough to scream.  Beautiful!

Aside from the awesome stamping going on on this card, I had to share it with you because I know we all like easy-to-follow directions in life.  Directions like 'eat cake'.  Easy to follow, and all ending in happiness!  Okay, I will follow directions and go eat cake, but ONLY because you told me to, Justlulu!

And just when you think this girl is all about the fabulous cards, she does this:

BABY FEET!

(excuse me while I pass out.)

So seriously, this is one girl to definitely add to your bookmarks!  Click here to see her full gallery and profile (check out her blog post on clever Stickles storage!), and click on any of the images above to leave her some happy praise on her projects!

Or if you have some crafty time today, why not make a page or a card inspired by Justlulu's gallery?  I did!  You can see my page here.

And of course, have a Happy Easter (or a happy weekend, if you prefer), Peas!

-Shimelle

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What's In My Bucket

One of the best things about being a scrapbooker is shopping for supplies! These days, unlike when I first started this hobby in 1999, there are literally thousands of selections to choose from when shopping for cardstock colors, paper patterns, ribbon widths, button sizes, font styles, stamping inks, die cut systems . . . you get the idea. For me, shopping is half the fun and the reward is seeing these products in completed layouts and projects.

Here are some of the things sitting in my shopping bucket right now:

I have about a dozen of these pens scattered throughout my house, in my purses, bags and in my car. I not only use them to journal on my layouts, I use them for everything else as well.

   http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/68443/ 

Love these new His & Her stickers and papers by Kelly Panacci. One of my scrapping goals for this year is to document more photos of my husband and me from our dating years though our married years prior to having kids. These stickers and papers will be perfect for just that.

     

How cute are these rub ons and stickers from the Night Light collection by October Afternoon?!!  My kids are 2, 4 and 5 and I think this collection is pefect for their ages. It's not too babyish and not too big girl/boy. Nor is it gender specific. Love the matching papers too. I have this one in my bucket - can't have enough striped patterned paper!

 

Journaling tags from October Afternoon. I'm planning on using these goodies to create a couple mini albums.

So that is what's in my bucket here at Two Peas. What do you have in yours?

Have a fantastic weekend!

Joy

 

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Weekly Challenge: Keep it Simple with one Major Product!

Hi guys! I hope you can take some time to participate in this week's challenge: Keep it simple with one major product!

Here is the page I did, using some of my favorite American Crafts stickers as my major product:

So pick out a favorite product, a product you've been waiting to use, or anything and use just it to make a page! I can't wait to see what you create.

Laura

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Finally Friday - So Grateful For You

Happy Friday, peas! Aren't you happy it's the weekend? I am. :)

Since we're a couple weeks into stamping month here at TwoPeas, I thought an all stamping card would be awesome! Well... not all stamping. I do have a bit of handwriting with a white pen, but other than that, it's all ink and stamps. :)

When you set out to create a card like this, the best things to do is sketch out some ideas. Because there aren't any layers or other pieces that you can move around, you'll need a specific direction to take--otherwise, you card can get pretty messy pretty quick.

Anyhow, enjoy! And be sure to check out an additional picture (and additional card) over at the page in the Designer Garden. And you can see the video over at You Tube as well.

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Community Contest Winner

Congratulations to the winner for our Community Contest yesterday, to make a layout showcasing some handmade flower embellishments:  walesk !!

 

Your take on the challenge was so cool!  We just loved how you made such pretty, layered flowers with: a digital kit, a little hand-cutting, and some colorful pearl accent centers!  The effect is just beautiful!  Congratulations!!!

Caroline and Tia  :0)

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Community Contest - Create a Handmade flower embellishment

It's spring! Who doesn't love spring? It's time for warmer weather and pretty flowers!

Today's challenge is to create a layout with a handmade flower accent. You can use any supplies or techniques to create your flowers - they just can't be "pre-made."

This layout uses flower shapes cut from lace cardstock, topped off with epoxy centers:

And this one has a bunch of flowers created by cutting freehand shapes out of patterned paper, layering them, and adding chipboard and stickers on top.

To win today's contest, simply upload a layout to the gallery and check the corresponding challenge box. You have until 11:59 PM CST to upload your layout!

Good luck and have fun :)

Caroline and Tia

 

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Product Spotlight: Technique Tuesday Stamps

Hi Peas!

What a lovely morning I"ve had going through the gallery! I've been searching for projects using Technique Tuesday stamps and I was just floored by the amount of creativity I've been seeing! Let's dive in, shall we?

by teriishere

Love the strong use of color here. I'm always drawn to unusual and unexpected color palettes.

by MFF

Everythig about htis layout is oh so cool. Love those kickin' red glasses and they way the stamps were used here. Ingenious!

by monica blain

Love the border stamp on this card. So pretty!

by iris_sparkup

I was really drawn to the black background on this layout. I'm really drawn to black lately! Love how this still feels so soft and girly even with all theblack. Perfection!

These cards and layouts are so incredibly detailed and gorgeous! Thank you all for your inspiring creations!

~Jan Crowley

The Queen of Quirk

 

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Organization Tip: Keep your favourite and new goodies at hand...

Hi Peas!  This tip isn't really a 'new' tip.. but definitely new to me!  I have never stashed my newest/fave 'go to' goodies separate before... until now!  I have to share this tip, because I just loooove how easy it makes sitting down and scrapping!  I am always reaching for my newest stuff... or obviously, always reaching for the stuff I like to use over and over.  So, instead of digging through assorted baskets and jars for that item I can not wait to use... I just pull out this fabulous Amy Butler tote onto the desk and go to town!

By the way.. these totes come in 2 yummy colours and you can find them here and here!

It is great for on the desk while working too... it is light, and soft.. perfect!!  This new little way of organizing some of my goodies has saved me soooooo much time in the past few weeks!!  

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Today is my little guy's birthday, so I better go blow up more balloons!  

Jen Johner :)

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User Inspiration: Karla Dudley

Happy Saturday Morning!

Nichol Magouirk here to share some user inspiration.

Today I want to share some gorgeous projects from the fabulous Miss Karla Dudley. I absolutely adore her style and creativity...pure eye candy!

The layout below totally inspires me to get out some tags and create. I love her creative use of all those tags along the bottom half of her layout and the tag sewn up at top and stamped with the date. Perfection. 

I am really enjoying 2 page layouts right now and I love seeing this creative 2 pager. Love the gorgeous black and white pic paired with bright fun colors and those embellished circles down the right side balance the whole thing out perfectly. So many crreative touches...

I love the simplicity of this piece plus the color combination. I am definitely going to use the green/black/white SOON!

I really like how she designed this page around a square in the middle, combining words + photos + product for a balanced design. The circles help break up the square and add such a fun touch. And look at those photo...SO cute!

The simplicity of this design really caught my eye + I love the unique take on the photo/paper strip at the bottom. 

Finally, check out this unique clear design layout. So clever and beautiful.

You can see more of Karla's amazing designs HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

 

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10 pm April Online Crop Challenge: Inspired by GGG PickleballChamp

It's the final hour of the April crop! Can you believe it? 

For the 10-11 p.m. hour: We thought it would be fun to see your layouts or cards inspired by April's Guest Garden Girl, PickleballChamp, otherwise known as the fabulous Miss Kandis Smith!

Kandis does absolutely stunning work and is an awesome stamper. You can frequently see her creations on the Hero Arts Blog, Scrapbook & Paper Trends Magazines and more. 

Check out these stamped layouts and cards she did for the GGG spot this month:

In order to win:

1. Create a layout or card inspired by the April GGG, PickleballChamp. Check out her work HERE.

2. Be sure to check the "challenge" box that goes with this contest!!!

3. You have until 12 a.m. CST to complete this challenge.

4. Have fun!

Good luck! We will randomly select a winner to receive some goodies from 2Peas! Yay!

To participate in the hourly chats, come check us out on the Garden Girl blog.

We can't wait to see your layouts!!!

Thanks everyone for coming out and playing this evening!!!

 

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9pm April Online Crop Challenge: Winged Friends

For the 9:00-10:00 challenge tonight, I’d love to see your creations using a winged friend!
Ie: birds, butterflies, bees or owls!

These little friends are becoming super popular in the scrapbook world, let’s see what you guys come up with!

Here are some fun examples from this month’s garden!



Be sure to upload your project (card, tag or layout) to the gallery and be sure to click that box where it indicates which challenge you’re joining! Mellypea will be sending out goodies from the wearhouse to a lucky winner!

Thanks and have fun!
Jamie 
 

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8pm April Online Crop Challenge: Stamping!

hello!! this is rhonda bonifay and i am hosting the second hour of tonight's crop. the challenge this hours will be to incorporate stamping into your layout. stamping is the theme of this month's garden, and there are lots of fun examples out there to use as inspiration (or scraplift!). i stamping -- and i collect them like crazy. i do love a little push to get me to use them more often, so this is your chance!! let have some fun!!

here are some examples of different ways to use stamps from this month's garden. first is a layout from jennifer johner. i love how she stamped the owls on white cardstock and then use them as accents on her page. so cute!!

the second example is from our guest garden girl -- pickleballchamp!! i could not love this card more. she used a stamp to create a background for her card. so pretty!!

this project is from chelsea parsons -- she stamped repeatedly on kraft to create bookcovers! i love it. you could also use the same method to make wrapping paper, too. so unique and such a great thing to do with your kids.

in order to participate, just create a layout (or card) with stamps, upload to the gallery, tag and related products, and check the challenge box. the challenge box will be under member challenges and called "8pm April Online Crop Challenge: Stamping!". the prize will be some fun goodies from the twopeas warehouse.

thanks for participating. if you want to join our chat -- click here!!! i will put everyone's name into a separate drawing that posts at least once.

rhonda

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7 p.m. April Online Crop Challenge: Use Multiple Photos

 Are you all ready for a fun evening?

I know that I am!  

Here is the first challengeuse multiple photos on a layout.

It can be a one or two page design, digital or traditional or a little of both...your choice!

Here are some multiple photo layout examples from the April 1st Garden to get you started:

Check out this darling layout from Brooke Starnes that incorporates FIVE photos in this cute grid design. Love it. You could even get six photos by replacing the embellishment square with another photo. 

Or how about this fabulous 8 1/2 x 11 layout from Jen Gallacher. Love how she used FIVE smaller photos on her page.

Check out this clean and simple page from Moon Ko. Love the simple stamping and the FIVE smaller photos she used. So cute!

If you're wanting to use lots of photos, check out this layout from Jennifer McGuire. She cut her photos into circle shapes and got EIGHT photos on this lovely layout. You could even replace some of the stamped circles with additional photos if needed.

Or how about his darling 2-page design from Miss Cindy Liebel that incorporates FIVE photos. So sweet!

This layout has TWELVE photos. Two - 4x6  photos and ten - 2x2 photos (I used a square punch) to get the smaller photos.

Finally, here's just a simple layout I did for one of the weekly challenges last month. I was able to get TWENTY-ONE photos on this simple layout.

In order to win:

1. Create a layout using more than two photos.

2. Be sure to check the "challenge" box that goes with this contest!!!

3. You have until 11 p.m. CST to complete this challenge.

4. Have fun!

Good luck! Mellypea will be awarding prizes and I will notify the winner they have won by Peamail!

Look for additional challenges posted here on this blog.

To participate in the hourly chats, come check us out on the Garden Girl blog.

I can't wait to see your layouts!!!

 

 

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Finally Friday - Loving Life

Good morning!

Do you ever start to make something--card, page, whatever--and then hate everything about it except one element? That's what happened to me while I was working on this week's Finally Friday project. I started making one card, but hated it. But I did like one part of it, so I saved it and worked it into a different card. Yay for saving it!

Anyhow, this week's card uses another stamp from the new Technique Tuesday stamp set by Ali Edwards, Loving Words. I absolutely ADORE this stamp set and could use it everyday! :)

Watch the video here below, or you can see it here at YouTube. And be sure to check out the page in the Designer Garden to see the full list of supplies.

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Weekly Challenge: Try something handcut

 

Try something handcut this week!

I cut these rain drops while watching TV one night and glue sticked them to the page for my own background.

A background, a title, an embellishment, a boarder - there are so many things you could cut by hand!

I can't wait to see what you make!

Hapy Friday!

kellicrowe

 

 

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1 Product-3 Ways: Stamps

Good morning, peas! Moon here again but this time, i'm using a product three ways. The product I'll be focusing on today is stamps! They are so versatile and super easy to use...

The stamp that i chose to use is from American Crafts Birthday Stamp Set.

The first way was by decoration a goodie bag. I used a watermark stamp and plain paper bag...

I just punched the eges and threw a little ribbon on top to keep the bag closed.

The second way i used the stamp was to make a birthday invitation postcard...

I used a little AC paper and embossing powder. I stamped the back using more of the Brithday Stamp Set and that's about it for the postcard.

The third way I used the stamp is by making a place card for the birthday guests...

I stamped this and then embossed it, cut the top half of the stamped section and folded over the rest so it can stand on it's own. Pretty simple, no?

I don't know about you but it always seems like birthday season is in full swing during the spring and summer months so i can't wait to do this for each of my girls' birthdays...

Have a great day, everyone!

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Theme Discussion: Stamping

Good morning! Jen Gallacher here today. Wanna discuss this month's theme of stamping? Have you tried stamping? It's so much fun--cathartic really. And here at 2Peas there are stamps available in every price range in every style (including digital stamps). So I wanted to share a few items from the Garden that really knocked my socks off.

The first is this awesome layout by Jennifer Harrison. One little stamp on this layout and it's PERFECT!

And then there's Miss Robyn Werlich. Man, that girl can stamp like nobody's business. Here's an example of her awesome work. Look closely, because she incorporates stamping all over the place:

And then I'm always a sucker for a grid layout so I loved this one by Amy Grendall:

And then finally, how about using a digital stamp like the one used by Kate Teague. Brilliant, huh?!!

However you decide to use stamping on your projects, you're going to love it!! :)

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Digital Weekly Challenge: Ad Inspiration

A perennial favorite this week...ad inspiration! Everyone loves this one, right? Choose an ad from a website, a magazine, take a picture of a billboard! The choice is yours. Either use the ad that I provided as inspiration or share an ad of your own choosing. Whatever you do, just create a page! And don't forget that participating in the challenge enters you in the weekly GC drawing - don't forget to check the challenge box when you upload though!

 

And as always, join us on the digital board for our weekly Tuesday chats...check the board on Monday for times!

 

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