Thursday, December 29, 2011

Here's to a bright and creative 2012

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We are finally seeing some snow these past few days in Southern Ontario leaving our roads lightly cover with a layer of snow turning to ice so I thought it would be best to stay at home, avoid the malls, avoid the errands and spend some time at my craft table (twist my arm!).

I have been wanting to play with these stamps I picked up a few months ago.  They are called Dreamerland Crafts and are sold exclusively at Pointer Scrapbooking.  The images are really whimsical and so adorable.  I am not sure if the characters (there is a boy and a girl) have names yet although I think the girl looks like a Heidi don't you think? (wink wink! owner of Pointer's is Heidi, coincidence!). is a quick card using the Sunflower Flight stamp.  Wishing you a Happy New Year and may there be some creative crafting in the future!

Cheers! Virginia

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Joy!

Here is a super quick and simple little card I made with Jillibean Soup Christmas Chowder and the Martha Stewart branch punch.  Jillibean had a perfect sized ring diecut and the branches are wonderfully delicate to make this lovely wreath and  I can't seem to get enough twine these days. yum! 

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas filled with love and joy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Peek-a-boo card

Happy Monday! Just 5 more sleeps away until Chistmas. Wishing you lots of excitement and anticipation for a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter and love.

I was honoured to take part in Scrapbook and Cards Today Christmas Countdown.  To view all the beautiful and inspirational ideas, you can see them here:

My card was featured on Day 6. I created a peek-a-boo window card to reveal a family photo or festive wishes. 

  Here’s how to make your peek-a-boo card. The dimensions below will make an A6 card measuring 6 ¼ x 4 ½ inches.
1) Place your 6 ¼ x 4 ½ paper along your scoring tool surface. Score at 3 ¾ inches.

2) Rotate 90 deg. left.  Score at ¾ and 3 ¾ inches stop at the horizontal score line from previous step.

3) This step is optional. Turn the paper over, you can smooth out the extraneous score lines shown in the circles by gently burnishing them with the scoring tool.

4) With scissors, cut from the edge to the vertical score line and fold the flap back. You have just created your peek-a-boo element.

5) Adhere to the card base (a 6 ¼ x 9 inch base folded in half) and embellish.
Supplies: Jillbean Soup.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cascading Matchbook mini with Authentique

Ho, ho, ho...just 7 more sleeps until Christmas!! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Today, Scor-pal is partnering up with Authentique. I'd like to share with you a cascading matchbook mini album.  I used Authentique's beautiful Splendid collection which was perfect for the family theme.  It is really easy to make, here are the steps:

You will need three 4 x 8.5 double sided pattern paper pieces (I used plain cardstock in my step outs so for clarity). Score each piece once at 3.5, 4.25, and 5 inches and fold on the scored lines.  Nest each page in the same order and you will see that the pages cascade.  Staple or stitch in the middle to bind the booklet.

To make the matchbook cover.  Score a 4 x 12 inch paper at 5, 5.25, 10.5, and 10.75 inches.  Valley fold at each score line.  Adhere the cascading mini booklet by using adhesive on the back of the booklet only and position it in the matchbook cover.  Use a magnet or velcro on the right flap as the matchbook closure.  Decorate and embellish as you wish.

Here are some close-ups of my mini album.   Authentique's diction words are fabulous, you get so many sentiments and words on a sheet and I love sprinkling them throughout the booklet.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to start at Authentique's blog and hop along for some more projects and inspiration, leaving comments along the way for chance to win!  Winners will be announced on Scor-pal's and Authentique's blog.  Good luck!

Supplies: Scor-pal, Authentique pattern paper and embellishments, Sizzix and Lifestyles dies

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Getting Organized

Do you need some last minute gift ideas, here is a little tutorial to make an organizer for take-out meus...could be for other 'loose' papers, you know the stuff in your your kitchen or home office drawers that becomes a dumping ground for all things miscellaneous?   All you need are some office folders with pockets, pattern paper and embellishments.   

I use double pocket folders from Staples, they are inexpensive and come in many colours. 
Take each folder, measure from the right edge and trim it to 6 ¼ inches wide.  Tip: if your trimmer cannot cut through the double thickness of the folder, open up the folder and trim each pocket page individually.
You will end up with  two pieces from each folder and the open end each pocket page is on the spine side of the album.   Save the scraps from the file folder cuts to punch out tabs that are adhered along the side of each pocket page before adhering your pattern paper.

In my example, I chose to use pattern paper on both the outside and inside of the panel pages.
On the inside panel pages,  I used 2 papers- the top portion measures 6 x 7 ½ inches and is tucked just under the pocket.  The lower portion measures 6 x 4 ½ inches.  If you are using a different brand of pocket folders, these measurement may vary. Raid your stash and use up all that beautiful paper and trims you have.

I bound the album organizer with the Zutter Bind-it-all.  I love that all my ‘stuff’ is neatly filed in this organizer.  Take-Out has never been so easy! You can make all sorts of different themed organizers- think recipes, school schedules, inspirational clippings from your favourite magazines etc. 
Have fun!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas #13

Ahh just kidding...there is no Tag #13, boo hoo, so instead I'll share a photo of all my 12 Tags together.   All the tags were made from supplies I had so it really challenged me to look through everything, I even pulled out items that were marked for the Garage sale, definitely makes me look at my supplies in a new light.

My favourite was Tag #8.  I never would have thought my favourite tag would be steam punk inspired but I absolutely love how it all came to punk. crazy!

My favourite technique I learned was from Tag #11.  The water misting over a distress inked background.  The water marks are so subtle and will definitely try this again.  Guess what...I like embossing now...yup! I loved how the white snowflakes turned out on the tag and I'll be stocking up on different coloured embossing about turning over a new leaf!

I hope you enjoyed peeking in my crafty world these past 12 days..thanks for stopping by!

p.s.  Just in case you were wondering about some older dated posts showing up here. I have been doing some blog housekeeping, I am transferring some of my projects from the Scrapalicious blog (which I will turn off by the end of the year) to this blog.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas #12

Today is Monday and the last of 12 days of amazing inspiration from Tim Holtz.  This was an incredible journey to follow and thank you to Tim and his team for their heartfelt dedication in bringing it LIVE to us everyday for the past 12 days!  I loved viewing the links to galleries and blogs around the world, to see so many people create with their hands and heart is really something I haven't seen before.  I left messages on people blogs in UK, Greece, Europe, France etc..I hope some of the blog translators worked!

So here is my Christmas Tag #12.  I loved Tim's inspiration of the silvers and blue theme.  He showed an amazing printed tissue tape, gotta find that!  I didn't have many of the supplies he used but I took inspiration from his tag to create a light, white, Wintery scene.  For the tag base I used basic Christmas tissue and modge podged it onto the tag and then stamped with Hero Arts Script stamp.  I used Faux Snow glitter on the tree diecut and Glitter Ritz Robin's Egg blue on the bird.  Tim shared a really easy way make the flower puff (I only had plain white not printed tissue) .  I finished the tag with a wide sheer ribbon on the bottom.  The sun has finally peeked out today , it has been so gloomy this past week, so I hope you can see the sparkle! 

Here is Tim's Christmas Tag #12, you can see his amazing tutorial on how he creates it on his blog:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas #11

Following along Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas and seeing all the amazing links to his blog gallery how can one not be in a festive spirit.  Even with the lack of snow here in Southern Ontario, getting our tree today always is  a highlight in our family preparing for Christmas.  We will be decorating it tomorrow night!

Tim's Christmas tag 11 is very jolly, love the Santa and he used shrinky plastic to create his holly.  I love his spritzing of water on a distress inked background to create bleach like water spots.

The background of my tag is a mix of Distress Ink colours peeled paint and tumbled glass.  I used the same blending foam that had both colours in it, not sure if it would work but I do like the minty blue/green background.

I downloaded this adorable vintage image from the Graphics Fairy.  I clear embossed the entire image and fussy cut it out and used Stickles on the tree.  It is hard to tell from the photo but the image has a clear glossy coating and I white embossed with the snowflake stamp (TH Mini Holidays stamp set). I matted an acrylic tag over the sentiment for the glossy look (in lieu of the shrinky plastic) , and finished the bottom of the tag with 2 colours of twine.

 Here is Tim's Tag #11, and he shows how to create on his blog here:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas #10

Here is my take on Tim Holtz's Christmas Tag #10.  He used a really cool technique called packing tape transfer.  I didn't have any packing tape but have tried this technique and I agree it is really easy and the transfer is amazing to use.  I didn't have a music scrip background stampe so I went to my favourite vintage image blog Graphics Fairy- she has an AMAZING collection of vintage images.  I downloaded a vintage Santa and sheet music, printed the images from my computer, and gave them a once over with Vintage distress ink.  I spritzed a little glimmer missed too on the background.

I applied Glitter Ritz transparent glitter over Santa and placed this under an acrylic tag and popped it up on pattern paper by Authentique.  My metal word WISH was bright red so I coloured it with a black copic so the end result is like a burnt cranberry.  The holly leaves I diecut from Authentique pattern paper too.

All the ribbon I have used on all my tags are May Arts ribbon.

Here is Tim's Christmas Tag #10 and the steps are on his blog on how to create it:

*new* page kits

I have not been posting too many scrapbook pages lately (just having too much fun with my DT blog hops and taking part in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas).

I am excited to share some new layout kits that I put together recently.  These kits are available at Younique,  in limited quantities, so if you see one you like please drop by Younique or contact Heather soon.

First, is a 4 page kit layout using Simple Stories Generations.  This paper collection is wonderful because it is all about family...the reason we all start scrapbooking right?  I created 2 pages and then there was just so many more ideas that I kept going and the final result was four pages.  The collection is classic, traditional and will suit any family celebration event.  As with all my kit designs...the materials, colour photos, and instructions are all included and you can always add your own personal touches.

Next, to celebrate your fun Winter memories ahead, I used some Basic Grey Luscious paper to create a cheerful 2 page Winter layout.  Incorporated in the kit are winter-y elements like mittens and snowflakes, and other diecuts.

Again, using more of the Basic Grey Luscious collection, here is a 2 page kit of everything girly, sweet, and whimisical. 

Lastly, there is another Winter/Christmas 2 page kit but unfortunately I did not take any snippet photos to show you (sorry my bad!) before dropping off the kits to Younique.  This kit is really versatile (for boys or girls) and includes rub-ons, 3D emebellies and is designed to fit 12 plus photos!  The layout is clean and simple, white, blue, and a touch of red pattern paper.

Happy scrapping!