Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Some Creative Card Therapy

It's true, creating does heal and feed the soul!

It's my second week battling this low grade winter cold, you know the one that just sort of lingers in the background, not potent enough to put you out of commission completely but you still need to take Advil throughout the day to numb the aches and pains.  In other words....just feeling BLAH!

I turned BLAH into FA LA LA LA by crafting the blah blah blues away!  

I set out initially to make a few tags/cards but then it sort of turned into a higher volume production, LOL! I shopped from my stash for anything Christmas and just piled it on my craft table and went from there.  Here is the result of my craft therapy (there is no rhyme or reason why I shot one card/tag individually vs grouping them in case you are wondering)

The supplies are mostly My Minds Eye, Fancy Pants, and of course my go-to fav diamond wrap bling!

I think I ended up with about 2 dozen tags/cards,  I'm liking this kind of therapy!  

I'm going to group a few cards/tags along with a Timmies cards for teacher's gifts. 

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Scrapbook and Cards Winter Issue!

Woo hoo! Today is reveal day for the winter issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today.  You can download or view the entire magazine here!

I have a couple of winter cards in the  Card Maps section!
Had awesome time working with Fancy Pants papers, embellishments and Paper Smooches stamps!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Crop and Create Winnipeg registration this weekend!

Super excited about Crop and Create Winnipeg!! Registration starts this tonight!

Here is what you can expect from Crop & Create Winnipeg :
  • 24 hours of cropping time with over 3ft of table space per person
  • two delicious evening dessert buffets
  • a gourmet soup/salad/sandwich lunch on Saturday
  • A-MAZING prizes from our industry partners
  • special make n’ takes and teacher meet and greet
  • event challenges
  • a coordinated attendee kit "goody bag" you will be talking about for a while!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Starstruck on you!

"love that you are a geometric shape"
"love that you will cut through chipboard, fabric, felt, etc."
insert thought bubble..."sigh..just so many possibilities with you.."

insert some REALITY now!

Okay, okay, I know it's just a border die but honestly it's an awesome border die designed by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.  What I find special about this border die is the wide layer of stars that are cut out in one roll through.

Here a couple of ways that you can use this border die on your paper projects.

I have a gazillion glassine bags (so after this post I have a gazillion minus a few now, lol).  I cut the stars along the top of the bag and you could definitely use this as cool envelope on your project.  For something different I cut the bottom off so that the glassine bag becomes a sleeve which would look fantastic slipped over some pattern paper just for a little extra delicate layer.

For the card below I dry embossed the glassine bag, again just for little more texture in the layering. Here's a close-up of the card:

The pattern papers are Echo Park For The Record 2 collection:

Grab an envelope, seal it first and then roll it through the star border die to create a fun edge along the top of your envelope which you can use as a journaling pocket on your scrapbook page.

This scrapbook page records a history project that Anna created last school year.  She was so proud of it, it was displayed in our living room from last Winter to this Spring.  Then it got moved to the basement for the Summer-Fall.  So now that it has almost been a full year we decided it was time to let it go but she will have a fond memory of her project with this scrapbook layout.

Papers on this layout are also Echo Park For the Record 2 collection.

I hope you are inspired to give border dies a try and maybe I did a wee bit of enabling, tee hee. 

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Crop and Create Moncton!

Crop and Create Moncton registration opens tonight and guess what...I'll be Moncton bound!!

I am so excited to meeting some new paper crafters and teaching along side some amazing teachers, Vicki Boutin, Kelly Goree and Nicole Harper!  Here are the details for Crop and Create Moncton.

 I will be teaching 2 classes in Moncton.  Here are some sneak peeks:

We'll play with beautiful My Mind's Eye pattern papers and have so much fun creating three double page layouts!

You know I can't get enough micro-fine glitter, learn about making beautiful embellishments and be inspired by all things shimmery and sparkly!

Looking forward to Spring 2014! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The past, the present, and the future.

I am sorry I have not been blogged lately, it has been really crazy here lately so I hope it's okay if I summarize into one post.

The past.

After an amazing time at Scrapfest Oshawa in October I had to funnel all my creative capacity into creating a Starbucks frappuccino costume for my daughter.  She had been very patient with me the entire month of October as I was super busy with prepping for Oshawa Scrapfest and I had taken on a client album at the same time.  With just 6 days prior to October 31 I had to sharpen up my sewing skills.  It turned out to be a 'community' effort.  I was having difficulty creating the cup pattern, I wasn't getting the right girth in the cup so my friend Mary (who has a fashion degree) gave me some advice on pattern making and voila a perfect sized cup was in the making.  And my friend Myra (who is very wise) advised the froth had to be lower below the neckline so that it would not look too 'clowny'.
Armed with such awesome advice (thank you gals) I hunkered down and got to work.  With 2 days to spare before Halloween night I finished the Mocha frap and matching loot bag.  Here is a look at my cute Starbucks Frappuccino!  She was thrilled!

I had mentioned taking on a client album.  The final count was 276 individual photos in the finished album! yup you read that right 2-7-6 lots of photos. This album was created for a man so lots of graphic and typography in the design.  Creating a masculine themed album definitely challenges you creatively because you can't rely on the fancy frills of flowers, borders, cutesy things etc.

Having the month of October just whiz by, brings me to 

The present.

I'm am under a pile of scrapping goodness kitting for my classes at Cropfest Cambridge this coming weekend!  Looking forward to returning to Cambridge for a fun time! Video links to my classes can be seen at the Cropfest website here.

Lastly, the future.

More scrapbook teaching is in the works which I'm very excited about, can't wait to share some sneak peeks very soon!

I don't have any crafy deadlines in the immediate weeks ahead so I'm just going to take it easy and have fun with this:

I love the organic look of these oversized burlap bags ( I bought a few from Creative Bag when they were on Clearance for just $1!) and thought it would be fun to decorate them with foam stamps, rag flowers, buttons, etc...whatever I have in my stash!  This bag would fit 12 x 12 sized items perfectly, hmm...what do I know is 12 x 12, lol!

Anyways that is what is going on in a nutshell, I am also going through a bit of technology crisis-- my computer, my printers, and just recently my phone has decided to give up on me all at once! So I'm in the middle of a technological transition which I absolutely dread, i just want these things to work when I press the button, ya know!

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Graphic 45 and Scor-pal

Graphic 45's Bird Song collection is made up of beautiful Asian inspired motifs.  I created a 12 x 12 page by layering a few patterns and fussy cutting out some tags and lanterns.  I used the Scor-pal tool to create the half rosette by scoring a 10 x 1.5 inch strip in .25 inch intervals.

This layout celebrates a very special memory when we were in China and my daughter was  presented with a gift from China's Cultural Affairs Minister.  A booklet of finely silk stitched Asian symbols of the Chinese Zodiac.

Supplies: Graphic 45 Bird Song collection, Scor-pal tool, American Crafts card stock.

This is my last assignment with the Scor-pal creative team.  It's has been a fabulous and creative journey, I've learned so much from the gals on the Scor-pal DT these past 2 years and I'll definitely be a fan and stalker of the Scor-pal blog! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Oshawa Scrapfest Wrap Up!

Had an awesome time at Scrapfest Oshawa this past weekend.  Thank you to all the ladies who joined me in my workshops, you gals are amazing,  I am so appreciative of all your support and I hope you enjoyed your time playing with a little paper and glue!  Just want to remind anyone who took my workshops that if you wish to receive my class pdf instructions, just email me!

Here are a few pics, love the photo of my youngest participant, only 7 weeks old!  So nice of you to help your mommy!

Thank you to my awesome TA's, Mary Anne and Myra, you gals are the best.  Lastly, thank you to Lisa and your Scrapfest team for another amazing event!  Looking forward to Cropfest Cambridge next month!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Punch it with chevrons!

I love border punches and when I first saw this EK punch on the store shelf I immediately snagged it because I was in search of a zig zag edger.  With much anticipation I tried it out and then realized it was not an edge punch but an actual punch out (yes, totally my fault in not reading the packing correctly!).  I have to admit I was a little deflated but after a few punches my buyer’s remorse instantly took a turn for the better.  This punch is awesome in cutting out the cute chevron borders so clean,  exact and precise- I love it!!  Here are a few cards I made using this punch:

Punching out a few chevron borders from coordinating pattern papers is a quick way to ground your card with style:

Use the punch border on opposite sides of your paper mat to create a slot that you can thread a wide banner through it for some added interest:

I couldn't resist a spooky Halloween card by making this oogly spider, super easy peasy!

I'm so glad I gave this punch a second chance!
Have a great day!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cutest Pumpkin Ever

Ten months ago yesterday this world was blessed with the arrival of a sweet angelic little boy, you can see this post here.  Today his big eyes, beautiful smile and happy spirit will melt anyone's heart in an instant.   Happy 10 months little guy! xo

This page combines something old (Fancy Pants winter paper), something new (Echo Park Fall Reflection paper) and something adorable (obviously, the baby!).

Thanks for stopping by, Virginia

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day!

Hey there, did you know today was World Card Making day! Hopefully you can carve a little time out of your busy weekend and play with a little bit of paper and glue!

I always like to have a stack of birthday cards on hand.  I chose my 'bread and butter' go-to supplies like punches, buttons, and some twine!  I found an amazing package of journal birthday cards at Michaels, love that they are bright, cheerful and so easy to use.  

Here are the cards I ended up making in jiffy and now my card stash is stocked up again!

Happy World Card Making to all!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Apples- so sweet!

It has been a great year for apple orchards this Fall here in southern Ontario, the fruit has been bountiful and sweet.  Here is a peek at some great memories at the orchard last weekend.  This layout came together super quick.

Some of my tips that can make creating a page easy peasy! I print out my photos at home and I absolutely love my Epson PictureMate.  Yes- cost per photo is a little more expensive but why print 100's of images when you only need a few to create a page.  I can resize and print white borders around my photos and the quality is top notch.  Photos with borders instantly pop them off the page  and saves paper in matting them.

With some circle punches you can inject some fun and colour to your background, still loving the chevrons so I used some leftover My Minds Eye papers in my stash.  The apples are Martha Stewart punches so cute!

I take photos of signs where we are and this makes for an instant title!

Have a wonderful weekend!