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Friday, March 30, 2012

Fresh tomatoes!

 Here is my take on March's one page sketch from Sketch Support.  March was all about banners and Allison's sketch inspires a great way to incorporate banners onto your page, you can hop over to Sketch Support blog to see all the fantastic ideas created by the SS team this week.  For my take on the sketch I kept to the vertical element of the sketch but instead of banners I chose vines for a garden feel.  I love the wood grain paper and chevron patterns from My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side collection.

We enjoyed fresh and juicy tomatoes from my garden last summer, can't wait to start digging and planting again!




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy 6th Birthday SCT

Have you seen the Spring's issue? Oh my full of fresh ideas...you can download the entire magazine for FREE from their website.  Quick...go read it now!


Wishing Scrapbook and Cards Today a wonderful 6th Birthday.  Wishing you much success and looking forward to always being inspired for many years to come.

Here is a birthday card I made for my friends at SCT.  They are having birthday celebrations all week on their blog:

Supplies: My Mind's Eye "On the Bright Side" paper collection

I like to to have clean sewing start/finishes on my projects.  This is how I avoid loose ends on the front of my projects:





Friday, March 23, 2012

Sketch Support- Flags

Happy Friday, hope your work day goes fast today!

It is Sketch Support's Add-on week and the theme is flags.  I love flags and banners so when I saw this sketch I decided to make a vertical banner element out of a photo.  I chose a photo with a scenery so that I wasn't going to be chopping people up, lol.  Here on this layout I have used American Crafts Campy Trails paper.

The photo shows Anna at the top of Moon River falls.  This is a popular destination by boat, we had heard Moon River might be closed due to low water levels but we decided to go check it out anyways.  So glad we did because to our surprise, water levels were fine and we were the only ones there!  It was awesome to have this gorgeous landscape all to ourselves.




If you have a chance, hop on over to Sketch Support to see some fun ways the DT has interpreted this sketch.


Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scrapfest Cards Class- sneak peeks

I can't believe that Scrapfest Kitchener is only 3 weeks away, woo hoo! 

Here are some sneak peeks into the Scor-pal card class I am teaching at Scrapfest.  We will be playing with fun and cheerful My Mind's Eye papers from their birthday Hip Hip Hooray collection.

Learn some great ideas using the Scor-pal tool, add in some Hip Hip Hooray plus giveaways- we have a recipe for fun!  Plus...you know me...I don't like to waste all the bits and pieces so I have included bonus instructions/supplies to create 5 additional cards.  This makes a total of 10 cards you can make from your class kit.  You will be ready to send lots of birthday cheers to family and friends!

There are still a few spots available in this class, to register you can find the details here.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I am a croc!


If you are looking for the American Crafts/Scor-pal blog hop, the details are in this link

Sunny Greetings!  Yes I am a croc gal.  Admittedly these are not the most fashion conscience foot wear but I love them.  We are a croc family.  At our marina, you cannot miss us, we are the family with the colourful shoes!  Given the summer like weather we are having, yuppers..I'm in my crocs!


Supplies for this page are Simple Stories (100 days of Summer collection)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

American Crafts and Scor-pal Blog Hop


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  You should have landed here from Suzy Plantamaura's blog, I hope you have enjoyed the fabulous inspiration along the way.  If you have stopped by my blog first, you can start from the beginning of the hop over at the American Crafts Blog, link is here.
The American Crafts collection I am using today is the beautiful Garden Cafe.  Such beautiful and vibrant florals in this line!

The project that I am sharing with you today is called the Never Ending card.  This project that will most surely have you and everyone flipping, turning, and folding the flaps every which way.  There are many tutorials you can find on the internet, just type 'never ending card' in your search engine.  The key to making this project is using 4 equal sized rectangle pieces.  The rectangle's length should be double it's width.  For my project , the rectangle pieces each measure 4 x 8 inches.


The scoring instructions are as follows:

Score each rectangle piece at 2 and 6 inch marks.

Place 2 rectangle pieces (with score marks lined up vertically) and edges together.
Place Scor-tape at the corners (keep the adhesive within 2 inches from the corner edges)

Place the other 2 pieces (with scor marks lined up horizontally) right on top of the first layer.  Press at the corners for adhesion.  You have just made the base of your never ending card.  There are so many nooks and crannies to decorate with pretty pattern paper and embellishments.



In the project photos below I have inserted arrows to shows you the order and direction of how the flaps are opened.  
First- Turn flaps over sideways
 
Second: Turn flaps over at top and under at bottom
Third: Turn Side flaps to the back
Fourth: Flip flap over at top, and flip flap under at bottom
 
You are back to the beginning!  Flip again!

I have also included a quick video demonstration on how the card works on Youtube here:


The supplies used for this project are:

American Crafts pattern paper - Petunia pastries #35532, Poppy's pub #35542, :Lily's bakery #35534, Daisey's diner #35539, Clover cantina #35537, Rose's kitchen #35540

American Crafts embellishments - Mousse, Delish buttons, Meringue 3D stickers, Biscotti flowers, and Eclair glitter foam thickers

Scor-pal Scoring Tool, Scor-tape

Again, thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to leave a comment here and along the way for random draw to receive some fabulous prizes from American Crafts and Scor-pal.  In case you get lost along the hop, the full order of American Crafts and Scor-pal participating designers can be found at American Crafts blog.

Your next blog stop is Lilith Eeckels.

A random winner will be drawn from all the comments left throughout the blog hop on Friday March 23, 2012.  Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Embossing chipboard with Scor-pal's No More Shims mat

I love finding ways to re-purpose things and I came upon this kewl discovery when I was experimenting with Scor-pal's No More Shims embossing mat.  In the information pamphlet that comes with the mat you use the mat with the standard sandwich plates that come with your Big Shot or Cuttlebug to flatten bottle caps, emboss metal stencils, thin metal dies, fabric doilies etc.- essentially anything that has a bit of texture.


I didn't have any bottlecaps or doilies to emboss so I went exploring into my scrapping stash to see what else might work and the light bulb went on ..I grabbed some thick chipboard shapes by Maya Road.  Anxious to see if they would work with the mat I did a little happy dance when I saw the results...Eureka!  Imagine all the possibilities to customize your embossing backgrounds using chipboard shapes and alphas.   I like that you can emboss a certain 'spot' to fit with your card layout or theme and you can use the chipboard over and over again--no waste!



If you don't have any premade chipboard shapes..no worries, you can make your own.  I made a heart shape using my sizzix die and chipboard.  I embossed onto Co-ordination core card stock and sanded the outline a bit.



Pretty neat eh?  Is your mind thinking of all the chipboard embossibilities now? Have fun!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hola!

Spring forward! we are getting an extra hour of 'daylight' yay!...what a wonky Winter we have had here in Ontario...it was not that memorable so am looking forward to saying bye bye to Winter for good!



Just wanted to share with you a quick cheerful card I made for Sketch Support's card sketch last week.    This sketch was so versatile, I love the vertical lines and just made it a little more feminine by adding scalloped edges where possible.  The paper collection is Blue Vintage by WR Memory Keepers, it's an older line and I love the combination of pinks, blues, and purples.


I am missing staring at the underside of this palapa and ocean view from my beach chair, we were away in Mexico for a little R&R.  Wishing everyone a happy March break this week, hope you have fun enjoying some activities with the kiddos.



Friday, March 2, 2012

a Birthday Wish card with My Mind's Eye


I ((heart)) the new releases by My Mind's Eye...so very very beautiful.  I just love looking at the papers fanned across my table..weird yes but I know you all understand ;)

For this birthday card I used one of the wood plank pattern papers from Miss Caroline collection and punched a scalloped border to mimic the top of a wood fence.  I made and strung the banner across the fence and diecut some balloons and tied them to the fence with some twine. 

My inspiration comes from something that I thought would be cool to do on my Birthday- to hold a bunch of balloons in one hand, make a wish and let it go.  Have never done that and likely never will simply because there are many more important things to do on a Christmas Eve (lol) plus I wouldn't want the balloons to get in the way of the reindeer's important job!

The grid background is a stamp by Hero Arts and the Distress Ink colour is evergreen bough.

 
I placed the word 'wish' across the top of the fence,  another option could be adding the birthday age repetitively across as well.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Winner of Bo Bunny goodies

randomly drawn today is Kim who left the following comment:

"This giveaway looks amazing! I am glad you are on Facebook."

Congratulations Kim, please contact me (you can go to my profile link on the side bar for my email info) to receive your goodies!