Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Big Gift...a Guest Spot for The Paper Variety!


Oooohhh, I am so excited to be hear with y'all today! Why, you may ask? Because today is my reveal for The Paper Variety as I'm their Guest Designer for their current challenge...yay! I am so excited about guest designing for them...they have super fabulous challenges & a great DT too. Their challenges are always inspiring as well, which really gets my creative mojo going & that's a plus! So this week over at The Paper Variety the challenge is to create a birthday project that includes a banner. You can visit the challenge HERE! You know how much I love my banners & it doesn't hurt that they are very trendy right now. Plus, they are so easy to make - especially with scraps! Which is exactly what I did here...this entire page, with the exception of the cardstock, was made using some of my fave Cosmo Cricket scraps. I save everything, unless its extra tiny, cause you never know when its gonna come in handy. And scraps are always perfect for whipping up a banner of even the smallest size!


Another thing to note is that I was honestly challenged with this LO. For some reason which I do not know, I am totally uneasy with birthday LO's & find them more difficult to me than any other LO. Weird, right?! I don't understand why but I do know I felt so happy to get a birthday LO finally completed thanks to The Paper Variety! Especially since this LO features our son during his 15th birthday party this summer...as you can see he got a very big gift. A brand new drum set which was well over a thousand smackeroos, but which the majority of friends & family chipped in on. We believe in his God given musical ability so much & are so proud of him. He plays multiple instruments including trumpet (which he started on thanks to school band), guitar, bass & drums! However he primarily plays drums in a band with his friends & let me tell you, he is GOOD! Especially because this awesome kiddo, while having had guitar lessons, has never actually had a drum lesson! He has played for five years (we got his first set for a 5th grade graduation present) & can just hear a song and then play it which is definitely a gift from God! Thanks for putting up with me and letting me brag y'all! LOL!


Supplies
Cardstock - Recollections
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket (odds & ends, upcycle, in the garden, joy ride)
Tiny Type - Cosmo Cricket 
Red Thickers - American Crafts
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (walnut stain)
Baker's Twine - Doodlebug
Eyelet - We R Memory Keepers
Journaling Pen - Sakura Jelly Roll
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue


Now, I would love it if you would hop on over to The Paper Variety & join in the challenge! You'll have lots of fun, as well as the opportunity to win a fun prize, be a featured artist, or even when a guest design spot like I did! I'll also hopefully be back in a day or two with another fun post for Paper Issues because we have a new & super fun linky party going on with a back to school theme! We're calling it Learning Curve! So visit Paper Issues HERE to find out all the details in the meantime. Until then, Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my LO into the following challenges!
The Paper Variety - Birthday w/a Banner
Lasting Memories - What's Your Secret + DT Entry (hidden journal tag!)
Creative Inspirations - Lots of Layers
Southern Girls - Through the Decades (chose the current decade for a teen birthday!)

8 comments:

Karen Wilson said...

Wow Crystal! This is gorgeous! So crisp and clean looking. Love your secret idea! Thanks for joining us at Lasting memories and good luck!

Ashley said...

Great job on your layout! LOVE your banner and secret! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories, and good luck with the DT Call!

~Ashley
LM DT

Michele F. said...

Such a fun layout Crystal!! I know what mean about Birthday layouts. I have the same trouble with Christmas. I have really great papers etc... but always veer to scrapping something else first. This turned out wonderful and I love your hidden journal tag. Good luck with the DT with us at Lasting Memories!!
Michele
LM DT Member

Sandy Ang said...

congrats on your guest dt for them. you look much too young to be 34

glassgraffitix2 said...

Great LO! Love you secret! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

Sarah said...

I'd never know you have problems with birthday LO's; this one is awesome! Thanks for sharing at CI Paint. Hope you will join us again. Hugs, Sarah

Hannah said...

Great LO Crystal. Great to have you join the TPV team this week, I hope you enjoyed it :) Gorgeous bunting and layering :)

Alicia said...

Great LO! Thanks for joining in our "Through the decades" challenge at Southern Girls.
Alicia xx

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