6/6 Summer Morning 12x12

As many of you know & for the many of you who don't know . . . I was a Creative Memories consultant for 10 years. I kept my stamping of cards and creation of 3-D items separate from CM. My albums were strictly CM with just a very occasional image stamped here or there.

For years, I struggled with wanting to join Stampin'Up . . . but not being able to because of my Creative Memories business. Then, one day, my husband was visiting with me in my office and said, "You know, I don't see one single thing in here that tells me you sell Creative Memories, but it sure does look like you sell Stampin'Up!" That was when the light bulb went off and I decided to follow my heart into Stampin'Up. I've been a SU demonstrator now for nearly two years and I love, love, love it!! But, I have almost completely given up scrapbooking. Oh, I shouldn't say completely . . . I do digital albums with my oldest daughter and we send them off to CM. Easy peasy . . .drop and drag . . . you're done.

But, my SU customers occasionally ask me if I ever scrapbook with SU products. I have to hang my head and say, "Not really." Oh, I've made the simple and sweet page or two here and there, but nothing consistently. That may be about to change!

I found a blog called Stamp & Scrap and they posted their very first challenge today. How wonderful for me! I've been dying to start working with the new IN Colors that I got in my Sneak Peak order. The challenge was to make a page with a summer theme, use at least two stamps and follow the sketch which I've posted above for you to see.

True to form . . . I'm terrible at following sketches. I just couldn't stand all that blank space off in the upper left hand part of the sketch so I filled it in with a journaling box. I also wanted to use my BIG Inspired by Nature flower stamp so I kind of blew the small doo-dad-like-dealy-wheely-thing on the upper right. But, who CARES?? It got me SCRAPPIN' again and I think that was the whole point of the challenge!! And, I LOVE it!! I especially love the swirls connecting my boxes across the top . . . I love the ribbon and how the middle picture is accented with the scallop edge punch. And, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED using my IN Colors!!

Doesn't the Crushed Curry title show up awesomely on the Razzleberry Lemonade patterned paper? That ribbon is Crushed Curry, too. Love that color! I made the title with my Big Shot using the Naturally Serif Alphabet die. I find that the best way to apply these letters is with a glue pen. Stampin'Up sells a Two-Way glue pen, but I found that to be a little big. I had another glue pen by Sailor that worked like a charm. It really is like a ball-point pen! The best way to apply ribbon is to run a strip of SNAIL adhesive down the back of it and set it on, carefully, right where you want it. I put the faux brads on with little squares of Sticky Strip.

This is a close-up of the journal box. The little butterflies come from a Hero Arts sentiment stamp. I just inked up the tiny butterfly with my Rich Razzleberry In Color marker. How did we ever get along without In Color markers?? The little dots are from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Backgrounds and they are stamped in Crushed Curry. The swirl is made with the Big Shot machine and the die called Swirly. The dark accent paper is Rich Razzleberry. (soooo yummy!)

Here is a close up of the flower I created using the In Color markers in Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry. The stems were inked up using the Always Artichoke maker. Isn't it to die for?? The sentiment is from Hero Arts. A little tip: To make my edge stand out against the mat, I used a sponge dauber in Crushed Curry on the sides of each box and then followed that up with a teeny tiny Rich Razzleberry edge that I made with the side of the Rich Razzleberry marker. It doesn't have to be much to get the "pop!"


Stamps: Inspired by Nature (111656), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (114996), sentiment from Hero Arts
Paper: Crushed Curry (115319) available July 1, Rich Razzleberry (115316) available July 1, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (115675) available July 1, Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Crushed Curry (115659) available July 1
Accessories: Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614) available July 1, 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), Scallop Edge Border Punch (112091), Sponge Dauber (102892), Big Shot Machine (113439), Naturally Serif Alphabet Die (113453), Swirly Die (113456), Serif Essentials Die to make the S (113464), Always Artichoke Maker (105113), In Markers (116329) available July 1: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Sticky Strip (104294)


Alex said…
This is a gorgeous page Kay - I totally love it!!! How fabulous!!! Way to ROCK the challenge - I am sooo glad you stopped by and played!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex
MaryR said…
completely amazing journaling and outrageously gorgeous page! you ROCK the SCRAMPin world, just like I knew you would! What a great page, and love these new In Colors - so yummy!
RenĂ©e said…
This is a gorgeous scrap page! I love the colours!! and I'm with you, I make tons of cards with SU but I rarely scrapbook ... need to get back at that!
Chris said…
this is beautiful! love the colors you used...those stamps are some of my fave from su! thanks for playing along with us!
Regina said…
beautiful! I love the stamps you used. thanks for playing along at SSS!
Nikki Bond said…
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Those new in colors are fabulous...I can't wait till Mr UPS comes on Thursday...hehehehe....you did a fabulous job with this sketch! {SMILES}
kay - i love this layout! You did a FAB job with the colors and your interpretation of the sketch!! LOVE IT! oh wait I said that already!! YOU ROCK!!
Banu said…
Very nice layout. Loved it.
Pamela said…
Great layout!!!
Great! I love how you filled up the page!
Fabulous page Kay! I'm so glad you decided to go with SU!...you inspire us all! You are obviously a seasoned scrapper, and I hope you'll be doing and sharing more!
Katy said…
beautiful page!! Great colors!
Jen said…
Fabulous layout...love the colors and photos!
Cheryl KVD said…
Beautiful page!! You did a wonderful job!!!
Melissa said…
Oh, be still my heart! This is absolutely stunning! Well done and thanks for playing along with us!

Many Blessings,
Mandy said…
Look at those COLORS! The journaling is also PERFECT! I love your varying font sizes. :) Great page!
Catrules said…
I love your page!! It is awsome!!! Just beautiful!!
Erin... said…
This is gorgeous! Beautiful flowers and colors!! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us at SSS:)