Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reveal Day at Sketchabilities!!!

It's October 30 and you know what that means!!!  No, not one more day until my birthday (well, it is, but that's not the reason to this post!)  Reveal Day at Sketchabilities!  

Here's the sketch: 

And here's my take on it!  Since this is posted Halloween weekend, i felt it only appropriate to do a Halloween layout!  These pics are of my girlies and my niece and nephew taken a couple of years ago.....Mara~Little Dead Riding Hood, McKenna~Ghost, Micah~Witch, Jacob~Ninja, & Jenna~BumbleBee! 

"The Spook Crew"

And the candy corn border is just something fun to put around the picture (it's not a part of my layout) given the holiday!!  Now, go create a layout using this sketch, post it, and copy the link to Mr. Linky back at Sketchabilities!

Now, be sure to come back tomorrow to wish me Happy Birthday! ;)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sketch #33 @ Sketchabilities!!!

Holy cow, I just looked at the last time I posted something on here....1 month and 1 day ago!  Wow, time flies!!  October has definitely been THE busy month for pictures!!  I can hardly keep up with the editing!  But, it's all's where I want to be! 

Well, today is Reveal Day at Sketchabilities!!  Check out this awesome sketch by owner Karan Gerber.  So stinkin' cool, isn't it?!  

And here's my take on the sketch! 

Yes, that's McKenna.....many, many years ago.  She's so tiny!  I'm thinking it was in 2004 or 2005.  I'm such a horrible Momma for not knowing for sure! She was at the Pumpkin Patch with her preschool class.  Guess I was just waiting for the perfect sketch to come along to scrap these photos!  LOL!!

We'd LOVE for you to play along with us!  So, go and get your scrap on, create your version of this sketch, upload it and link it HERE!  

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oh, You Make Me Smile

My Digital Studio layout made based off of sketch #23 at Sketchabilities!  My precious McKenna Wee.  The camera LOVES this kid!!  


Monday, September 13, 2010

Yay for me!

I <3 sketches.  I really, honestly do.  So much so I don't think I could scrap without them.  When a sketch grabs me, it totally puts me in the mood to scrap.  With the sketches at Sketchabilities, they all grab me.  Seriously.  I'm not just saying that for PR for Sketchabilities!  LOL!  PR you ask?  Why yes.....check this out!  (copy and pasted from the Sketchabilities blog)

So for our next 6 month term, we have a total of 20 Designers...
yes i am very excited about that
We have 9 returning Designers and they are
Sheree Power
Aubree Greenspun
Shawn Lahr
Amy Kilgore
Simona Montanari
Heather Leopard
Jenny Chesnick
Sarah Buck
and myself, Karan Gerber
our 11 new Designers are:
Stacy Rodriguez
Julie Comeau
Elizabeth Carney
Helga Vergara
Martine Labelle
Elisa Viarengo
waiting on one reply
Yara Freytes
Kelly Birrell
Hayley Turner
Carly Gannon

If you remember correctly, I was on the Cardabilities sketch team at the beginning of summer.  LOVE the Cardabilities sketches!  Thought I'd give the Sketchabilities a try!  I'm sooooooo excited!!  My term starts in October and runs for 6 months.  Stop back by and check in often!!  

Lark Ranch

Fall layout we are doing in club for September!  Using the GORGEOUS Autumn Spice DSP from the Holiday Mini.  I love this paper!!  I'm going to have to snatch some more of this DSP up before it retires for good in January!  Enjoy! 

No, those aren't "fangs" coming off the bottom of the pumpkin stamp on the journaling's a shadow from the pumpkin because it's 3D.  One of the things you can't help getting sometimes when you're photographing the layouts in a bunch of natural light! LOL!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Little Dead Riding Hood

Halloween layout we are doing for September club using the awesomely awesome Nite Owl DSP from the Holiday Mini!  I was forced to try a wheel, so I used Haunting Hill jumbo roller for the bottom of the layout and the stamp set House of Haunts for the spooky tree on the journaling block.  TFL! 

Saturday, September 11, 2010


And the third layout from July Club.....using Presto Patterns Specialty DSP with a brayer in Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake!  LOVE this paper!!!  


Friday, September 10, 2010

Back to School

This digi layout was made using sketch #24 at Sketchabilities!  I love those sketches....just my style.

The title for this one is also using one my newly downloaded free fonts!!  


{My Girls}

This digi layout was made using sketch #25 at Sketchabilities! 

I recently was turned onto downloading free fonts....OMG!  I'm totally addicted!  The title for this layout used one of the new fonts I downloaded yesterday!  I'm a FONT FREAK!!!   



The second layout we did at Club in July!  First time for me scrapping "vintage", my sister, and my Grandpa Fooks circa 1982!  We used the DSP Newsprint and Broadsheet Alphabet for the title.  Enjoy! 

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Kenna & Dad

This is a layout we did for Stamp Club in July using the DSP Love Letter.  The flower embellishment was made using the heart punch!  Cute, huh?!  


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Smile & Shine

And yet another digital layout I did at the crop!  I <3 digital!  I'm a convert!  


Monday, August 30, 2010

Always YOU

Another layout I did at a crop on Saturday using My Digital Studio!  TFL! 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy 8th Birthday, Micah Jo!!

Oh, my goodness!  Today I officially have an 8, 9, and 10 year old!  Sounds kind of cool, doesn't it?!

On her birthday wish list....a puppy, a netbook, and an American Girl doll.  Sure, no problem.  (whatever!) She's getting money from everyone.  That way she can decide what she wants to spend her money on.

She wanted to have her birthday party in Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Shane's garage with all of her cousins over to play and she wants a jell-o cake.  Done, done, and done!  She at least gets that part of her birthday wishes! 

So, in honor of the birthday girl, I'm sharing a digital layout I did at a crop with the My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Photo Hunt Challenge progress!

I'm a little over halfway done with the Photo Hunt Challenge!  I was editing the photos I have so far and I'm so excited to show them off!!  I just hope i can get the rest of the photos done before the end of the month!

Going to take pics of some layouts and post tomorrow since I have a day off!  Check back!


Friday, August 20, 2010


Every month at the downline meeting at Tiffany's we all take turns doing different things....being swap hostess, bringing snacks, sharing, and doing a make-n-take.  This month is my turn for the make-n-take and this is what I came up with.  I LOVE that new DSP Presto Patterns!  It's a little intimidating due to the fact you need to do other techniques to make the pattern show up.  I decided to make a quick and easy little card showcasing that paper and using a brayer.  Here's what everyone will be making! 

I was a little nervous about the color combo.  I got it from the Color Coach, but it was making me nervous.  But, I love the end result!  That's why I love that Color Coach!  I would never have put these colors together, but they totally work!  I used the stamp set Butterfly Prints.  TFL!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Swap card for Saturday!

Saturday is the downline meeting at Tiffany's!  Here's the card I made for the swap....criteria: "thank you" card with one In Color.  I was an overachiever with 3 In Colors! LOL!  Used one of my favorite sets from the new IB&C called Aviary.  Just a bunch of birds and different birdcages, but they are too flippin' cute! 


Monday, August 16, 2010

Birthday Invitation!

I whipped up my darling little daughter's birthday invite using My Digital Studio (Stampin' Up!) and it was so stinkin' easy!!!  Take a look! 

Cute, huh?!  If you want to try MDS, give me a call and I'll get you all set up!  

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Hey, all!  Sorry I've been MIA for awhile.  July was crazy busy around the Birrell household!  But, stay tuned, because I'll start posting some of my latest creations again starting this week!

Several of my friends have been participating in these Photo Hunt Challenges.  I've decided to throw my hat in and attempt it for the month of August!  Be sure to check out my photography blog on August 31 to see all of my 20 entries for the month!

Later, all!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

On a Pedestal

This was a card we did for Stamp Club at the request of Susan after she saw a card I did for a sketch for Cardabilities.  I just had to change everything to SU stuff!  She has good taste, that was one of my favorite sketches i got to work with.  I purposely used the set On A Pedestal to show the girls that you can step out of the box and use stamps with other things than what the stamps come with in the set.  And, they got to play with the color spritzer which was a big hit!  Anywho, TFL!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Birthday Wishes

This was a monochromatic card I did for a workshop and did double duty as a Stamp Club card as well!  I used a stamp set out of the Summer Mini called Watercolor Trio, which is beautiful and has gone over so well!  Used up some retired In Color of Bermuda Bay, which will be missed!  TFL! 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wedding swap card!

And another swap card I made for Tiffany's monthly downline meeting.  This swap theme was Wedding.  Very clean and simple card.  I used a new set out of the new catalog from the Level 3 Hostess set called Occasional Quotes.  The bird is stamped with the pretty flourish from Vintage Vogue.  Enjoy! 

Friday, July 09, 2010

Father's Day swap card

This was a card I made for the monthly downline meeting swap I attend at Tiffany's house once a month.  The theme was Father's Day cards.  I used the stamp set Trendy Trees.  Steve said it still wasn't manly enough!  I have such a hard time making man cards!  TFL! 

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Happy Together

Another card I used for the same workshop a couple of weeks ago PLUS it did double duty as a card we did for Stamp Club!  I used an adorable little set called Happy Together that I got FREE during Sale-A-Bration this past March!  I LOVE FREE! :)  TFL! 

Monday, July 05, 2010

Eastern Blooms

Clean and simple card I made for a workshop a couple weeks ago!  Totally CASE'd from a card I saw in the new catalog, but using different stamp sets.  Enjoy! 

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