Thursday, November 27, 2014

Basic Grey- November guest designer

I have been a long time fan of Basic Grey and when asked if I was interested in creating a few projects as their November guest designer, I enthusiastically said 'YES!'  I was sent their Vivienne collection - a gorgeous collection of fresh florals with some cozy hues of browns and pinks.

My Mom recently took the plunge in getting her very first smart phone.  Anna is giving Mom a quick iPhone lesson on how to text and use Suri.  It was very endearing to watch them together.

For my 2nd project I created a page to record a very special memory of some very delicious treats.  Fresh butter, baguette and macarons delivered from Paris!  This girl was in heaven, so sinfully delicious and something I will always remember.

Next I created a couple of cards all-occasion cards.  I really love the thin acetate chipboard patterned frames, they are wonderful to work with and adds a beautiful clean-lined see-through backdrop to the cards.

Loved all the delicate wood-veneer shapes ands sayings for instant dimension and texture.

I also answered their  Basic Grey's'Baker's dozen questionnaire, you can read the survey why I prefer brads over eyelets. Just scroll down to the end of their blog post here.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cropfest Cambridge wrap-up

Thank you Lisa, Sandra and Lorna for another awesome time at Cropfest Cambridge.  I saw many happy ladies enjoying their weekend of cropping, creating, laughing and enjoying a few sweets from the Candylicious buffet!

I taught 2 classes on Saturday and let me just say, you ladies are 'da bomb'!!  You gals rocked the projects and I hope to see you again soon.  Here is a pic of some creativity in action, love seeing an organized mess of srappy goodness!

Thank you to Sandra for helping me out with my classes, appreciate your help so much!

Next up is Scrapfest Kitchener 2015!-  So happy and excited to be invited to teach there again- I already have a few class ideas swirling about!

Stay warm, have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sequin it!

Hi! I was up on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog this week and shared an idea to make your own  sequinned embellishments.  All you need are your sequins and some packing tape to start, yes you read that correctly, packing tape!

Sprinkle out some sequins and use the packing tape (sticky side down) to pick them up.  Then gently flip the tape over so the sequins are facing up.

Trim out a small piece of card stock that matches the colour of your sequins. 
Apply clear scrapbook adhesive onto the card stock and then press this onto the sequins. Mush it down a bit so that it adheres to the sequins.

Essentially you have just created a sandwich of sequins between the packing tape and card stock.
Run this sandwich through your steel rule die to create your die cut shape. 

You may have to use a little bit of liquid adhesive to secure a few sequins that may have come loose from the die cutting process.

Voila! a pretty sequinned embellishment is ready for your project. The packing tape gives the leaf a nice glossy sheen and also keeps the sequins contained when the card is sent in the mail.

There are some very tiny snow flurries dropping as I type this so I know and feel (brrr...) Winter is just around the corner.  

Mark December 5th as this is the day SCT's Winter Issue is going to be released! Oh yay, I think that is a good day to whip up some hot chocolate and enjoy the issue in your comfy PJ's!

Monday, November 3, 2014

November PageMaps!

November greetings! New scrapbooking sketches are up over at PageMaps!  For this month's layout I chose an 8.5x11 sketch!  I love creating 8.5x11 pages and I still feel that you can keep your photos and story the focus of the page even with a smaller starting size.

I dug into my stash of pattern paper and just pulled out papers that I thought would go together, in the end the pattern papers are from Crate Paper, Pink Pasilee and BoBunny.  I used the stamp set from  Let's Chat-Penny Black, love the circle scribble swirls of this stamp set.  This set is so versatile for all sorts of projects.  I read somewhere that Ranger Archival inks work great with acrylic stamps so I wanted to test that and yup, the images came out really crisp and clear!