Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween!!

Hi Everyone -  Tonight is "Goosey Night" here in my little neck of Northern NJ. I don't know many places around the country/world that call it that. Some say "Cabbage Night" or "Mischief Night" -but it is Goosey Night where I live!

Since tomorrow is Halloween - I want to share a "SPOOKY" kind of layout I made for a class I taught at a FUN scrap weekend, last week.  I will also be teaching the Water Distress/Tearing Technique at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo's's weekend event THIS weekend - and they will have KITS for sale at the event - and ON LINE - while supplies last!!!

I JUST LOVE Graphic 45's SteamPunk Spells, and I think the Water Distress/Tearing Technique helps to make this layout and the colors of the papers POP!

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I also used Punchinella, Ranger Distress Stains, Feathers, and Chipboard Gears which I made SPARKLE with  Zig's Wink of Stella Brush Glitter in Clear - this stuff is SO HOT!!  LUV IT!!

I hope you like it!  Call the store 201-818-7060 if you want a KIT  $25.00 +shipping - while they last!


Thanks for stopping by!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hollywood Studios

Hi Scrappy friends - this is a layout I created using Overlays from Mary Inness at  

The overlays are the royal blue color.  As you must know by now, I need lots of pattern and "STUFF" going on on my layouts so I have to admit, I found the overlays a bit challenging.

I knew I wanted to use the white, yellow and blue swirl paper, and some of my photos didn't quite fit in the frames on the diecut, so I used the paper to fill in the gaps, and also as part of the background.  I had some Mickey Head confetti pieces from our trip that I added too. 

I really had fun with these layouts - I hope they inspire you to give overlays a try - they are really a unique way to personalize and capture your special memories.

Check out Mary's website - and LIKE her Facebook page  Original Overlays  to see more of her products.   Tell her Sherri Caramico sent you :-)

Now take sometime for yourself and get creative!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hawaiian Nights

I want to share another layout I made using the sketch from
Scrap-a-Doodle Doo's October Sketch Challenge with you.
I really love this sketch and had lots of fun using it more than once.

I created this layout to showcase 2 of my favorite photos from our 30th Anniversary Cruise that we took just about 1 year ago, in October 2012.  We sailed on The Disney Wonder, from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands, and back.  It was a 14 night cruise, and it was an AWESOME TRIP!

The photos show Phil and I with our 2 new friends and tablemates, sitting at "our table" in one of the nightclubs on the ship, and then Phil and I dressed up for the Halloween Party.  To say that we had a GREAT TIME, would be an understatement.

I loved using Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue Collection on this page.  I used a piece of black Bazzill Cardstock for the base, I inked the edges of it with Tarnished Brass Ranger Distress Stain. Besides lots of papers from the collection, I used the coordinating stickers, along with chipboard elements.

I Love all the colors in this G45 Collection and their vintage tropical feel.

Thanks for stopping by!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hawaiian Mixology Fun!

I had a great scrappy weekend at my favorite LSS  Scrap-a-Doodle Doo, creating and laughing with friends.   I actually finished 3 - YES - 3 layouts!!  - I think that is an all time record for me!!

I want to share one of them with you now. 

The 2 photos on this page are actually the same shot.  I love duplicating photos in different sizes on a layout.  It was taken aboard our 14night Disney Wonder Cruise to Hawaii, in October of 2012, where we celebrated our  30th Wedding Anniversary.

Disney held drink "tastings" throughout the cruise ( for adults of course!) and on this day, we attended 2 of them!  First a Bloody Mary tasting - then this one, a Hawaiian Mixology "Class."

Needless to say, we didn't "learn" much - and our little section of the class was "shushed" a few times!!  - REALLY!  LOL!! - Like those other people were actually going to learn how to mix  ( and then remember how to make)  Hawaiian Cocktails after drinking 5 of them, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!!   Besides, our bartender, who by the way was VERY NICE, kept telling us (with a bit of a heavy accent,) that we didn't shake some of these drinks - we should instead "STEER" them, and proceeded to show us a "Stirring" motion.

Anyway - as you can see, we had LOTS OF FUN, and LOTS OF LAUGHS.........

I decided to use all kinds of papers, layers, and a combination of stickers that I had in my stash for this layout.   The layout was all centered around and started with,  the Reminisce Luau paper and the BIG Coconut Drink sticker, that I received as a great give-a-way at a previous Scrap-a-Doodle Doo Weekend event.  I loved how the cherry in the sticker (bottom right corner) complimented the red in my hubby's shirt in the photos.  I decided to mat the photos in red too. 

Since I only had 1 piece of the Luau paper - I cut out the Tiki God and leaves, leaving the bamboo frame.  I glued that to a piece of peach paper from Basic Grey's Marrakech Collection - the other patterned papers were from my stash too and from different manufacturers.  I used the back side of the center of the Luau paper too.  See the strip with the coconut drinks behind the big Tiki God - and the tags.  

All of the edges were distressed to roughen them up - and then inked with different colored Distress Stains.    I also am lovin' using twine or string, and hanging little banners/flags from them - I think the twine used on this layout plays off of the piece of burlap I used - don't you?

Thanks for stopping by -  I hope I've inspired you to play with lots of layers and textures and HAVE FUN documenting your memories!

~ Sherri

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Sketch Challenge "SAY CHEESE!"

Hello my Scrappy Friends!

Can you believe it is OCTOBER already!!  - Here on the east coast there is already a chill in the air and crisp cool mornings are upon us!

I created an "Inspiration" layout for Scrap-a-Doodle Doo's October Challenge - PLEASE head on over to their BLOG and check out this cool sketch!  I hope you will be inspired to play along too!

THE DOO is going to take it easy on us this month and is only using a ONE PAGE CHALLENGE Layout this time. You can even use up some of your scraps for it - but I opted to break in my NEW GOODIES from Simple Stories "SAY CHEESE" line and kicked the sketch up a notch for ya!

I still have lots of photos left to scrap from my 50th Birthday trip to WDW back in September of 2011 - talk about time flying!! LOL!! - so I broke open my "purple bag of goodies" from my favorite ON-LINE and Local Scrapbook Store  - Scrap-a-Doodle Doo - and had a BLAST using my new "haul" of Simple Stories "SAY CHEESE" papers and embellishments!!

Here is my take on the sketch - What do you think?

I JUST LOVE this paper line - well - I kinda LOVE most ALL of Simple Stories paper lines - but combine their GREAT products along with a DISNEY Theme - and YOU KNOW I'M SOLD!!

Above is a close up showing how I layered their chipboard elements, along with fussy cut papers, (the camera which was added with foam dots for added dimension) stickers and even a brad.  I inked the edges of the camera with Ranger Distress Stain - Picket Fence (white.)

Here is 1/2 of the 4"x6" Transparent Overlays that was included as a "bonus" in the 12x12 Collection pack.  I cut it in half and used "MAGIC" as the title. I glued it on by adding straight line glue dots under the black letters. If you look closely, you may be able to see where I added the Clear ZIG Wink of Stella to each of the small white dots - it makes really it sparkle "in person!"

Above you can see where I added the top half of the 4"x6" Transparency, on top of the other paper elements.  I also added some of the stars from the chipboard collection on top of the transparency for added interest too!

Below is the complete list of ITEMS USED:  (Click on the underlined words/links to find them at THE DOO!)

Bazzill Black Cardstock
Bazzill RED DOT Cardstock
Simple Stories Say Cheese 12x12 Collection Kit - using:
#3306 "Believe"
#3314 "2x12 Border, 4x12 Title Strip Elements"
Fundamental Cardstock Stickers
Expressions Cardstock Stickers
4x6 Transparency photo overlay ( Bonus included in the 12x12 Collection Kit)
Say Cheese Sn@p Cuts
Say Cheese Chipboard Stickers
Say Cheese Sn@p Cards
Say Cheese Decorative Brads
Ranger Distress Stain - Black Soot
Ranger Distress Stain - Picket Fences
Zig Wink of Stella "CLEAR" Brush

If you'd like to purchase any of the above products, head on over to the store's website, or just click on the links above.

I hope the layout above and this sketch has inspired you to give The Doo's OCTOBER SKETCH CHALLENGE a try!   So come on - and get Scrappy With It!