Monday, April 30, 2012

Creativ Festival wrap-up

Had a great time at the Creativ Festival this past weekend.  If you are crafts enthusiast then spending some time at Creativ is a fabulous way to be inspired.

I had loads of fun spending time at the Scrapbook and Cards Today booth with Catherine, Vicki and Sarah-- as always you ladies are a hoot.   Congrats to SCT for reaching 11,000 Facebook fans this past weekend, if you are not already a fan, here is the link to LIKE them, and then be ready to play 'Let's make a deal' to celebrate!

Thank you to all who joined me for my mak'n take at the Paper Arts Park- you all left a little glittery and sparkly!

I did manage to get a little bit of shopping..who can resist the temptation...tee hee. 

Love the look of stitching on cards and pages, so I heard that using heavy weighted fibre like embroidery thread with a thinner sewing needle will achieve the best results-okay got it! no more excuses not to use my machine more.

This totally CAUGHT my eye at the Lens Mill fabric store.  So pretty!  I resisted the temptation to buy at first but broke down the next day so and a yard of it came home with me.  When I was making the purchase at Lens Mills, the gal asked what I planned to do with it and I answered I answered 'not sure'.  hmm...just to pretty to pass up! 

As's all about having the right tools right?  These Westcott scissors are wonderful! They were on clearance (half price!) at the Memory Keeper . They cut beautifully, the large handles are super comfortable, and the blades are titanium and cut through heavy paper like a breeze.

And lastly, being a true die-cut girl at heart, I made a little dent in my long wish list of Memory Box dies.  I love their designs, so delicate and sweet.   This one caught my eye...I think it would be wonderful for Christmas cards...never too early to get a head start on them.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sketch Support One Page (April)

Today I am sharing my project using Sketch Support's One Page sketch.  I would describe my scrapping style as clean and simple and I am definitely more comfortable in creating 1 page vs. 2 page layouts.  When I saw this sketch, I fell in love with it...hmm...I seem to say that with every one of Allison's sketches, tee hee..but really do love this sketch.  It's a one page and it has hearts (love my heart theme).

I like how the photos in the sketch overlap one another making the photo block connected.  I printed the photos with a white border so that they would really contrast with the brown background.  I also opted to not use pattern paper behind the photos making the photos look like frames on a wall.   I just used two strips of My Mind's Eye Lush paper to ground the layout.  You might have noticed this same pattern paper, I've used it on 2 previous projects here and here  and it matches perfectly with the t-shirt worn by the Birthday Girl cutie!

I use my computer for journaling on the a scallop diecut . Tip: I use washi tape to position the diecut label on my paper before running it through my printer.  Washi is so inexpensive and it is removable so I use it all the time to tape things down. 

Don't forget to check out Sketch Support to see all the other creative inspiration from the gals on the team.

Here are a few more photos of the other 'live' party guests:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Paper House

Hope you had a chance to craft this past weekend. I spent most of Saturday helping Anna with her French project.  She was assigned to design, build and then present the house items in French.
This is her 'Ma Maison'.

I mainly helped with the construction and she chose all the finishes.  We used a xerox box cover for the house and divided it into rooms.  I used foam core to construct the walls and floors.  TIP:  I had first used the hearty foam core by Elmers (about 5 bucks for a big sheet) and could not get a straight cut for the life of me, my exacto knife could not cleanly cut through both outer card stock and foam layer.  So I switched to foam core I bought at the dollar store (Dollarama) and it cut like butter with an exacto knife.  Much easier and much cheaper- win win for sure.

We re-purposed some items from her Littlest Pet Shop collections (she has parted with many of her younger toys but she still loved her LPS's -good thinking, she must have known it would come in handy).  Some items were made with modelling clay and the remainder we used styrofoam and foam core.

It is no surprise Anna spent most of her time and effort designing and decorating her own room.  Do you see alot of scrapbooking items?  She has FULL access to all my supplies.  When she gasped "Mom...I love these Doodlebug flocked brads, can I use them?'  Honestly a few years ago I would have gently diverted her to something else but I embrace the USE IT NOW mentality.  Like many of my crafting supplies, I collected them saving them for a special occasion but I come to realize the present time is what is special.  We used beautiful graphic Shizen papers for the walls and floor covering.  She made lamps from Maya Road trinket pins, we made our own mirror with Bazzil Mirri paper.  We used brads on the wall for decoration. I thought she did a fantastic job with designing her room- modern, graphic, and funky!


Living Room


Game room

So that was my crafting I have to rest my poor fingers...used the hot glue gun a lot- man that stuff is hot and hurts when you accidentally get some on you.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Allison Davis Travel Sketch book

We have a winner for Allison Davis Travel Sketch book!

The randomly drawn winner is Sarah, who left the following comment:

I love your take on the sketch! It's nice to see some scalloped edges! My dream place to travel to I think would be Europe...I can't narrow it down, but definitely Europe! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win! I'm a follower!
Congrats Sarah, please contact me (email on the side bar) so  I can mail your prize out to you!
Thank you everyone for playing along, have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Friday! Just wanted to share a pretty tag by Rolita using washi tape using.  She incorporated some of the washi tips in my previous post, you can read more about it here.  Thanks so much for sharing this Rolita!

A quick reminder that I will be randomly drawing for a winner for Allison Davis Travel Sketch Support book, there is still time to enter (until Midnight tonight) and all the details are posted here.  I will announce the winner here tomorrow, good luck!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Moose be your Birthday!

Just wanted to share a quick card I made for Scor-pal's blog hop with Operation Write Home.  These are cards sent to troops who then use them to write home to their loved ones.  We were asked to submit cards that would put a little giggle in your tummy.  We were to avoid over embellishing, ie. minimize the use of lumpy and bumpy elements.  I used the Scor-pal tool to quickly create a simple random embossing grid , perfect when you don't want something so flower-y like most embossing folders are.

The stamp is Riley Moose stamps coloured with Copics. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Scor-pal and Market Street Stamps

Happy Monday!  I first like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to all the lovely ladies that joined me in my workshops and mak'n takes at Scrapfest Kitchener this past weekend!  You gals were amazing students, hope you keep crafting !  Thank you to Lisa and her dedicated Scrapfest team for all your hard work in putting together the best Canadian paper crafting venue ever!  Oshawa we come!

...back to regular crafting programming...

Scor-pal and Market Street Stamps are having a week-long blog hop where designers from both companies will share some fabulous projects...and of course there will be prizes up for grabs too! All the details about blog hop and giveaways are on Scor-pal's blog!

Today my project along with Diane Zechman was first up on the Scor-pal blog.  I used Market Street Stamps Comfort Food Collection.  I created a 3-pocket fold card that would be fun to accompany some baked treats.  The multi-tiered pockets are fun way to include a note card and some delicious recipes.  I created full step-out instructions on how to create the triple pocket card on Scor-pal's blog here.

Supplies: Scor-pal, Market Street Stamps, American Crafts pattern paper, EK Sucesss punches, The Twinery.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sketch Support Blog Hop

Good morning!  I am so excited to take part in Sketch Support's first blog hop this year.  If you are just reading tuning in here, I suggest going to Sketch Support's blog to start at the beginning. 
Sketch for the blog hop

Design team members were all given the same sketch and of course in Sketch Support fashion we all have our own interpretation! A chance to win a fabulous grand prize by Sketch Support is up for grabs as long as you enter a comment on Sketch Support's and each designer's blog that is participating in the hop.  Also, some team members will be hosting a separate prize give-way (with their own requirements) on their individual blogs.

For my personal blog giveaway, I am excited to give away Allison Davis's new Travel Sketch book!  This travel sketch book is loaded with inspiration and ideas galore to scrap your travels plus there are helpful journaling tips along the way.

To win the Travel sketch book from me, please be a follower of my blog  (just click the 'follow' button on the side bar) and include in your comment what your dream or favourite travel destination is...easy peasy!  I will be closing my giveaway on Friday April 20, midnight EDT.  A winner will be randomly drawn and announced here on Saturday April 21.  Good luck!

Here is my page based on the blog hop sketch.  I used journal tag pages from My Minds Eye Lush collection.  There were 2 of the same diecut journal tags in the book so I bookend them behind the photo to make it look like one piece all the way through.  Instead of the journal block on the left I used it in the middle in between the photo blocks.  Looking at this page make me hungry for those tasty beaver tail pastires! Hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the sketch.

A little bit about me.  I have been scrapbooking for 8 years and it has really been my passion and creative outlet ever since the first day I learned to cut a photograph in a circle with a Creative Memories consultant.   My family is always my inspiration to scrapbook.  I am a night owl, some of my best ideas are created at the oddest times!  Here is a photo of my scrap space, it is in my basement.  Everything is on open shelves because I have to see my supplies to create.  It does tend to get messy but in a good creative messy kind of way!

It has been an absolute joy being on the Sketch Support team this year.  I really love the monthly assignments along with the creative freedom to interpret the sketches.  I am so inspired by all the other uber talented girls on the team.  My favourite sketch I have worked with so far is the add-on sketch in March using banners.  Here is the link to read more about it.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Hope you have fun hopping to the other gals, your next stop is the very creative and talented Ashley Horton!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Festive tag using Hambly Washi tapes!


Love, love, love washi! They are pretty, delicate, and so easy to use. I think I have succumbed to yet another paper crafting addiction oh my!
Here is a festive tag I made using everything washi by Hambly- check out the fun background, banner/pleats/border, and pretty rosettes/flowers.

Create washi  borders with your punches:

Apply the tape slightly away from the paper edge to preserve as much tape width after punching. 
Keep the pretty washi border punched out as is OR gently peel away and offset the tape to create a double border effect.

Make pretty washi ribbon pleats:

Got ribbon? dig into your ribbon stash and combine it with some washi. The sticky washi tape on the top half makes it easy to adhere to paper leaving the ribbon on the bottom perfect for making pretty pleats.  After you've made your row of pleats, just use more washi as a decorative trim on top.

Use washi to make pretty flower blooms:

Make pretty washi centres in your ribbon flower.  Apply washi to satin ribbon.  Gather and pleat in a circle to create a beautiful soft flower.

Jazz up pleated rosettes with pretty washi patterns:

I still love making pleated rosettes and it is so easy to beautify them with washi!

Diecut the pleated rosette first and then apply a straight line of washi across the length.  Keep the pleat at the beginning/end of the rosette free of washi as you need to place strong adhesive on these ends to secure the rosette together.  I love how the washi creates a beautiful centre in the rosette.

I hope this gives you a few more ideas on fun ways to use up your washi tape collection. Enjoy!
Supplies: Hambly washi tape, Sizzix diecut, EK success border punch

Monday, April 9, 2012

Webster's Pages- Country Estates

Hope you had a wonderful Easter spending some time with family and of course consuming a few chocolates!

Do you ever had a jolt of inspiration at the oddest times?  I did yesterday.  Exactly at 7:52 pm I was prepping my class kits for Scrapfest and then my eyes rested on some beautiful papers by Webster's pages on my TO DO pile.

Maybe I needed a diversion from the 'assembly line' so I pulled out the papers, thought about it, starting cutting and voila a 2 page kit emerges.  It started out as a wedding inspired theme with the gazebo but titled 'you are a beautiful person' this 2 page kit can celebrate anyone special in your life.   The papers are by Webster's pages and the creme base has a lovely floral glaze texture (hard to tell in the photo).  The layout is sprinkled with some Maya Road sheer labels.   This 2 page kit is available at Younique along with the others in the previous post here.

Okay..really gotta get back to kitting and prepping...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Scrapbook Page Kits

I can't believe that Scrapfest Kitchener is less than a week away!  Looking forward to being in the company of thousands that love this craft!  Can't wait to visit all the retailer booths, catching up with friends, meeting new people, teaching my classes and mak'n takes... and maybe squeeze in some scrapping at the crop (if i'm lucky!)

These next few desk will continue to look like this...little piles of pre-cut papers in preparation for my classes and mak'n takes.

Heather, owner of Younique, will have a large booth at Scrapfest and asked if I could design some time  page kits for her.  (these kits are limited in quantity, if you can't make it to Scrapfest, feel free to give Heather a call and she can set one aside for you, her store is in Guelph)

3 page Baby kit- Oh sweet baby love, this 3 pages kit is designed to record the journey of your baby bump (ultrasound images) to your precious bundle of joy and all the moments in between.  The colours are soft green and pink.  Add in some My Minds Eye die cuts and you will create a beautiful celebration of the arrival of your baby girl or boy!

2 page Hockey kit- Game on! With all the action shots you are sure to take at the hockey rink you will find plenty of ways to use them with this kit.   Create two goal zones, a fun large banner across the top, and add your photos to capture and remember the fun.  My favourite element is the large banner across the top, the kit includes numbers for the year '2012' .  You can definitely customize them to show the score of the game, add more colours to match your team uniform, or even add extra photos right in the banner.

4- page Disney kit- It really is all about the Mouse and his friends.  This 4 page Disney kit is bright, colourful, and happy!  The fun factor is so high with this kit that you will be guaranteed to relive the magic of Disney.  The kit comes with Disney chipboard, Disney ticket stickers, fun flocked papers and more!