Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bo Bunny Hopping Into the CP Store....

and into the Design Team's hearts!

Croppin Paradise is excited to have the newest Bo Bunny releases, including Whooligans, Noel, Learning Curve, and Cambridge. These collections, with their coordinating embellishments, are perfect for capturing the memories of Halloween, Christams, Back to School or any event in between!

Trish, Nubia and Lisa scrapped on the "Learning Curve"......

Trish

Nubia

Lisa

While Joan and Andrea went "old school" with "Winter Joy" and "Block Party".....

Andrea

Joan

Make sure to check out the Bo Bunny product in the Croppin Paradise store! (and make sure to share YOUR creations!)



Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weekly Challenge 9/20



I had so much with this challenge and I absolutely love what I created . . .I hope that you will create something that inspires you whether it be something that is for the upcoming hliday (Halloween) or really something that speaks to your heart . . . I want you to create a piece of home decor that you can proudly display in your home . . . something that will bring you great joy and just make you feel good all over!



Weekly Sketch 9/20

This is the sketch for this week:  I can't wait to see what you do with it!


This is my take on the sketch:



Supplies found in the CP Store:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Taking Themey Papers and Using them on Everyday Pages

I happen to be a big sucker for themey papers that come out. Halloween is always a favorite of mine, just because I know I take lots of photos, and Christmas, I LOVE to use it to make cards, and always have a boat load of photos to scrap. But how many times do you look at themey papers and just think, but I don’t have many Easter photos, or I don’t take pictures are Valentines? So why should I buy themey papers? For this article, I did just that. I took themey papers, and grabbed my most recent stack of printed pictures, all from this summer, and used some of the latest released themey papers.

For these two pages I used the Echo Park Happy Halloween papers to create two totally different pages. The top one is some photos of my kids and nephews that we took at the baseball game we went to in July. I looked at the colors in my nephews shirt and saw it worked perfectly with the colors in the Halloween lines. That is a great way to stretch themey papers: use photos with coordinating colors.





This second page also used the Echo Park Happy Halloween line, the colors of my son’s shirt AND the lighting in the background matched the papers perfectly. This was a photo that was taken while we ate dinner out one night. Now even though the skulls are kinda more Halloween, it works with boy pages. Also I used the haunted house gate sticker, to add some texture on the page as an accent. So: See what patterns match with your photos to coordinate.


This page used the super fun Everybody Loves Christmas line from Echo Park. This line has lots of non traditional colors: pinks, aqua, lime green, and yellows. It made it very easy to create a non themey layout. I even used the Merry sticker for my title “Merry Smiles” and the “Joy” sticker to add onto my page for fun accents. So don’t be afraid to USE some of the themey embellies and just add them onto your page.


Now this line was probably the hardest to not create a themey page, since I used the VERY traditional Merry Christmas line from Echo Park. I choose to just stick with the reds and browns, instead of adding too much green, so my page didn’t look too Christmas related. The photo is one of the kids at a miniature golf park, but I love the browns and how they add lots of richness on the page. I even used the snowflake paper to make a ribbon pleat, but you can hardly tell with a non themey page, that’s what I used. The circle with the wording “4ever” is actually an ornament without the ornament top showing on it.


I even created two Happy Birthday cards with the left over scraps from the two Christmas lines that I used. Both cards have themey elements, but don’t have an overall themey feel to them, so they can be used for just about any occasion. The snowflake on the bottom one can be pulled off as just a flower accent, and the top card just has a rich color feel about it, instead of screaming holidays and Christmas.




So, next time you see those themey lines, just remember, you can always stretch your papers and embellies and use them for more than just holiday pages and cards.
Have fun creating..
Wendi Robinson

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Niki Sivils Scrapbooker Reveal!

Hello Croppers!

Have you seen the beautiful new papers and embellishments arriving daily in the CP store? If not, you should go grab them up before they are gone!

One of the newest releases to hit the store's virtual shelves is by Niki Sivils Scrapbooker. You can see them all Here! These new lines are full of fun and whimsy and perfect for any of your scrapbooking projects!
The CP Design Team took the newest Niki Sivils Scrapbooker products for a test "scrap" and here is what they created:
Trish

Nubia

Mara

Lisa

Joan

Andrea

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to stop in and grab your Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker paper and embellishments before they are all gone!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Weekly Sketch 9/13

This week I have chosen this Page Maps sketch as our inspirational sketch for the week...






And this is my take on it...





Basic Grey Olivia papers, letters, stickers

http://www.croppinparadise.com/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_description=1&keywords=basic+grey+olivia

Prima Flowers

http://www.croppinparadise.com/prima-flower-roosevelt-collection-carow-p-33616.html

Core Impressions cardstock

Maya Road stick pins

ZVA Pearls



I know a lot of you scrap 12 x 12...as I usually do, but I enjoy creating different sizes or you can stretch the sketch if so desire...be sure to link your creation back to the sketch thread in the forum as well as the monthly challenge thread for your chance the monthly drawing!

September Guest Designer!

At the end of August, Croppin Paradise was proud to announce the winner of our "Camp Paradise" summer event!

Kristin Fougeron


In addition to some fabulous prizes, Kristin won a chance to join the ranks of the Croppin Paradise Design Team for the month of September! and we couldn't be more excited! Kristin's style is fun and fresh and sure to inspire everyone!

Here is a bit about Kristin:
I'm married to my hubby of twenty one years, I have two rowdy boys, love to read other peoples blogs, go on adventures, cook, craft, and am a reality show junkie. I'm a sucker for a little romance or a sappy chick flick. I would say my scrapbooking style would be organized chaos and I would say that this hobby has become a way for me to connect with others, express myself, preserve memories and relax.

and of course we wanted to get to know her even better, so I dug into the hard questions....

- Nickname?
My husband calls me Kris
-What does your name mean?
I have no idea ....
-Favorite Summer memory?
Playing in the backyard with my sister
-Favorite TV shows?
Any kind of reality show ....the trashier the better ..makes me feel like my life is normal ...
-In the car- ac or windows?
AC for sure ....I live in Texas ...no way are those windows going down ...
-Favorite food?
Mexican food all the way ....
-Favorite colors?
I seem to be wearing a lot of black lately ...
-Favorite sounds?
You are probably suppose to say "your kids playing" ...so lets go with that ...
-Favorite smell?
When someone else has cooked something to eat ...
-Favorite thing to do on a weekend?
Duh ...scrapbooking...
-How many rings before you answer the phone?
Two because then you can see on caller id who is calling..
-Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate all the way or any way you want to fix it
-Is the glass half-empty or half-full?
Half-full
-Which one, Coke or Pepsi:
I use to drink Diet Coke all the time but now I am a Crystal Light FREAK!!!
-Are you a righty, lefty, or ambidextrous?
I am a lefty...
-What's under your bed?
I do not even want to know ...
-Have you ever been skinny dipping?
Yes ...
-One pillow or two?
One
-Favorite Movies?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
-Favorite type of music?
Current top hits
-Word or Phrase you overuse:
"The Bomb"
-Piercing or tattoos?
Both

and finally, here are a couple of inspiring layouts from Kristin!
Be sure to come by the Croppin Paradise forums and say "hello" to Kristin and join all the great new changes the Croppin Paradise Design Team has made to our challenges and content!

See you there! :)
Trish

Monday, September 6, 2010

weekly sketch challenge

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day. I have just been laying back and relaxing, trying to fit a bit of scrapping in. For those of you who are spending the day scrapping maybe this little sketch challenge can help boost you along.


I used the MME Alphabet Soup line. It can be used for more then just baby layouts. Don't forget to post your layouts in the Sept. Master thread for your chance to win a $15 GC or a chance to be a Guest Designer!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Changes!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE Fall!

Back to school,
leaves changing,
weather getting cooler,
daylight savings time begins!

Fall brings lots of changes, and there will be no exception to that rule here at Croppin Paradise!

The Design Team will be bringing you new challenges and fun activities beginning this month on the Croppin Paradise forum.

Here are some of the changes you can look for:

SQOTD and QOTD will be brought to you by the same person for a week at a time! - Get in those threads and answer their questions, it is a great way to get to know everyone!

Completing the Weekly Challenge and the Sketch Challenge each week will continue to earn you a chance to win the monthly $15.00 GC; however, the CP team will be inviting the monthly winner to join them as a GDT Member! - That person will be asked to design a couple of projects using CP store items and weigh in on how they enjoyed them.. The GDT Member for the month will also be highlight on our blog and in the forum and asked to host the SQOTD/QOTD and a weekly challenge during the month.

Each week the CP DT will offer up a class! These classes will be aimed at everything from how to put together a simple layout to how to execute exciting new techniques! (I have some book binding techniques on my mind to share with you all!)

We will continue to pick one of our members fabulous projects from the gallery each week to highlight for the Layout of the Week, so keep em coming!

And finally, watch out for us on Facebook! We will be posting layouts and other exciting news on the CP wall for all to see! If you are not currently a friend or fan, you will want to be sure to become one!

Please let your friends and anyone else who enjoys this fabulous hobby about the exciting events here at Croppin Paradise; because the old addage, "the more the merrier" holds true! (unless you are in an elevator or a small bathroom!)
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xoxo
Trish
Design Team Coordinator