Friday, December 10, 2010

Candy Anyone?

This is an actual chicken feeder turned candy dish {never used for chickens;)} that I decorated for Christmas this year. I used Cookbookin's line called Sugar and Spice along with a bright gingham ribbon and a couple glittery snowflakes. 

I also decorated the "back" so that if the whim hits, I can turn this around and have a bit of a different look.
And just in case you were wondering what my little chicken feeder was wearing last is a shot of that. These papers are from Cookbookin's Cookin' up Memories collection.

Hope this season of joy is truly joyful for you all and that you are ALL working on the Holiday Sketch Challenge...okay, so you don't have to worry about THAT quite yet, remember it is not due until January 31, 2011. NEXT year!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

November Winner~~~

The randomly chosen winner for November's Sketch Challenge is KATHY!!! Congrats to you Kathy, email me your address and I'll get your prize right out to you. Thanks again to all who entered!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Sketch Challenge~~~

Maybe you have noticed, I am posting the sketch challenge this month on the second instead of on the first...there is a reason for this! This month we have a very special sketch from Cheri O'Neill over at Let's Scrap and it is a TWO page sketch! Isn't it FANtastic!?!?!

I loved working with this sketch for my Thanksgiving Menu layout.
Every year I waste time hunting around through my computer looking for my Holiday I decided to go ahead and make layouts this year for my scrappy cookbook so I could find them more easily. Each year we have a special dish or two but this layout lists all the "Must Haves" for each Thanksgiving at our home.

I used several different Cookbookin' papers for this layout as well as their stickers, some cardstock, and some random trim that I picked up at Michaels for the twig sprigs;).
I just ADORE this little oven sticker from Cookbookin's Harvest Kitchen collection. All the goodies baking away inside it that sweet little oven...
I find it so very important to keep perspective and appreciate what I have at this time of year. That thought was the inspiration for including Cookbookin's beautiful "Count Your Blessings" sticker. I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and if the busy-busy craziness of the Holiday season starts to get to you, just take a deep breath and count your blessings. It can't hurt...;)

Your challenge this month is to use Cheri's two-page sketch to create a cooking/eating/ food themed layout. This time, just so no one feels any pressure, you have TWO months to complete your project and link it back here in the comment section. {Are you seeing a pattern?} Yes, you may choose to do only one side or the other of the sketch in case you are not a two-page layout person. HOWever, if you do complete a two-page layout, you get two entries into the drawing AND if you use any Cookbookin' product on your layout you get an extra entry that way as well. So, if you do a two-page layout using Cookbookin' product anywhere on your layout you get THREE entries into the random drawing. Good luck and happy scrapping.
And up for grabs is this incredible Gourmet Holiday kit!
Check back tomorrow to see who wins the November prize!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Entries~~~

Thanks so much to all of you who entered the November Sketch Challenge. Here are the amazing entries qualifying for this month's random drawing!

Alicia's colors and flower folding just knocked my socks off! Of course, anything featuring beignets would get me anyway...but seriously, isn't this just fabulous!!!
Kathy is sharing some comfort food this month. YUMMMMMMY!
Joan has a cute story about this little guy on her blog. Loving those animals!!!

Annie got hers in just under the wire! She flipped the sketch and I just LOVE how it looks this way! 

And finally we have one layout featuring Cookbookin' Papers!!! Suzanne gets two entries into the drawing!!!

Good luck in the drawing, and yes, there are still a few more hours to enter. You've got until midnight tonight!
Happy Scrapping~

Thursday, November 25, 2010


This year, one little word sums up what I am grateful for: Family.

This is a wall hanging that I made a couple months back and I have been waiting for just the right time to share it with you all. I hope this Thanksgiving Day finds you surrounded by the family you love and that perhaps this project inspires you a little too.

I started with an Adornit Family Frame kit and spritzed the edges and the parts that would show with a bit of brown Maya Mist. Then I began covering it with my favorite Sweet Summertime paper, Sunflowers!
I simply used some glue to adhere the paper.
 Then I got to work filing, sanding, general distressing...
 I was going for an antique look so I added LOTS of inks!

Once I had the backing completed I set to work on the family cutout.
 Again I was really going for that antique look so I used some distress ink on all the papers.
 I used my trusty no measure, just hold up in the air and see if it fits method for backing the individual letters. For some letters I used photos, for others I used some classic Cookbookin' papers.

Finally, I adhered three photos to the wooden cutouts that hang from the family plaque. I printed all my photos in sepia and even sanded them a bit to give even more "age."

To finish off my project I added a few Sassafras buttons, Prima flowers and checked ribbon. 

~~~May you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving~~~

Monday, November 15, 2010

Get dressed!

Designer Joanne Trinidad Thompson has really outdone herself this time! Just check out this incredible dress form she decorated with Cookbookin's Modern Market collection!
Jo had lots of fun altering this metal dress form. She said it was like playing dress up, but with paper. She pleated strips of paper and wrapped them around the frame. It looks just like material!!! Chenille yarn forms the skirt, some beaded black fringe trims the bottom of the skirt and tied at the waist is some beautiful black satin ribbon. 
Jo used the coordinating papers from Modern Market to create these gorgeous handmade flowers.
After forming the flowers she added some black bling accents. Aren't these just magnificent flowers!!!

The Modern Market line uses these bright festive colors that Jo thought would be fun to incorporate into a non-cooking project such as this one. We hope this beautiful project inspires YOU to think outside of the box when using our wonderful papers.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

October Winner!!!

I used an old-fashioned approach to choosing October's random winner...the old names in a pot trick;) My trusty assistant was diligent in his duties even though the pot was just about too heavy for him to hold. Nonetheless, he performed his duties perfectly while I snapped away!

Congratulations SANDY! Email your snail mail address to LotsToScrap at gmail and I'll have your prize shipped right out!

Monday, November 1, 2010

~November Sketch Challenge~

November? Really??? Already? Time has just been zooming by for me lately. Here we are in November and that means it is time for a new sketch challenge. This month Julie Bonner has designed a fabulous sketch just for us!
AND Cookbookin' is providing yet another wonderful prize kit. This month's PRIZE is the ADORABLE Sugar and Spice Collection:

How about a little DT INSPIRATION to get you off and scrapping?

Joann used a fun theme for her recipe, a crop at her local scrapbook store! These paper's are from Cookbookin's Mom's Diner line.

Jennifer used some Sweet Summertime.

Jennifer's complete supply list:
Paper - Cookbookin'
Buttons - American Crafts, unknown
Twine, Ribbon - Creative Impressions
Felt - Joann's
Alpha Stickers - Basic Grey, October Afternoon
Ink - ClearSnap

And finally, I used the Gourmet Holiday line:

Here is my not so "secret recipe" for super easy Stromboli;)
Just click on the picture to make it BIGGER.

I LOVE Cookbookin's "Market Fresh" brads that I used for my flower centers. Just the perfect little unexpected touch~

My challenge for you is to create your very own layout {or card} based on Julie's sketch.  In order to be entered into our drawing your project must have something to do with cooking, a recipe, eating, a restaurant, food, a get the idea! AND ~If you use Cookbookin' product somewhere on your project I will enter you in the random drawing TWICE! Happy Scrapping!