Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February Card week at Sketch Support

Hi! it's card week over at Sketch Support.  Here is the sketch, isn't is adorable? Some fabulous ideas have been posted over at the Sketch Support website.  I made a couple of projects with this sketch and look forward to sharing soon!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mark your calendars for Scrapfest Kitchener

April 13 to April 14, 2012-- circle the date in red on your calendar, program your phone, do whatever it takes so you don't miss out in joining the thousands of other paper crafting enthusiasts who are going to  Scrapfest Kitchener!

I'll be there with bells on!  I'm so excited and honoured to be teaching along side other fabulous instructors such as Vicki Boutin, Sue Sykes, Caroline Lau, Cathie Allan, Tara Thynne, and Christy Riopel at Scrapfest Kitchener.

Registration for the classes, vip passes, and crops open on Wednesday February 15.  Mark that date too!

Friday, January 27, 2012

New! Sketch Support Books by Allison Davis

Woo hoo! There are 2 Sketch Support books that Allison Davis will be releasing, here is what she has to say about them:

"After the popularity of Sketches for Scrapbooking: One-page Sketches, volume one, we knew we wanted to do another quickly. The book is filled with 30 one-page sketches that have anywhere from one to eighteen photos!

The new travel sketches focus on two-page sketches using large numbers of un-cropped photos (think lots of 4 x 6 photos!) and larger areas of journaling than our regular sketches. There are also sketches that include enlargements and most of the photos that are cropped are 4 x 4 (the easiest crop!). Don't worry if you aren't a traveler, these sketches can be used for any topic!

Both books will be available at the end of January."

Allison is giving away a copy of these books over at Sketch Support.   Hope you can check it out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The journey to black belt layout

Today I'd like to share with you my layout based on this week's inspiration at Sketch Support.

I have been wanting to scrap Anna's karate belt accomplishments but was sort of stumped on how to go about it.  This sketch totally unblocked my mind and I saw the light!  The vertical stripes would represent the belt colours and the stars on the side are a great motif to mimic Ninja stars which they do use in her training.

My variations on the sketch were to keep the vertical stripes the same width and I machine stitched the edges to look like the stitching on her belts.  The different sized stars are cut out of balsam wood- yes real balsam. I bought some wood business cards from Lee Valley Tools and these run through diecuts like butter.  I stamped and Asian script on some of the stars.   I omitted the large star in the background and opted for a kraft paper background with a notebook border punched on the edges to represent the study and dedication required of Karate. 

For some whimsy I included a digital stamp from The Greeting Farm and coloured the belt red with copic markers. The stamp image on my page is actually a combination of 2 stamps.  See below, I used the head from Anya (the girl in the middle) and the body of kicking Ian.  Then the light bulb when off (again)...with digital stamps I can actually flip Ian to kick the opposite way and now I have 3 'bodies' to use. Neat eh? 

One last note:  If someone is making a list out there on what inkjet printers work well with Copic Markers here is my experience:

HP 8500 - REALLY AWFUL..heat setting doesn't make it any better
Canon i9900- Good, and Excellent if you want to heat set before colouring.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out the other amazing projects over at Sketch Support.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MFT and Scor-pal Blog Hop

Happy Tuesday! thanks for stopping by, hope you are enjoying the ideas and inspiration you have seen so far. 

Today I am sharing  with you my Accordion Flip Train mini-album.  I used my Scor-pal tool to create the mini train album and some gorgeous MFT stamp and diecut sets (Cloud Trio die,  Homespun Birdhouse set, Contempo Cage and stamp set) to embellish.  I love the bird motif so as soon as I saw these 2 sets on the MFT website & knew they would be so much of fun to play with!

The Accordion Flip Train is a wonderful way to tell your story.  There are so may pages to include your photos and journaling.  In my example, the story is this beautiful baby boy named Jayden, combined with the sweet birdie theme...a perfect match!

I used felt with the MFT dies and they cut through this material like butter!  I love the bird house, the birds, the bird cage and all the cute tweetie sentiments.   I also used the MFT cloud dies which are perfect sized cloud bubbles to incorporate sayings and journaling.

Here are some close-up shots of my mini:

Make a winged heart by using 2 bird wing dies.  The blue heart is hand cut and the negative outline I didn't throw out and used it below:

Here are the step-by-steps to make an Accordion Flip Train mini of your own!

Take a 9 x 12 inch paper and place on your Scor-pal tool.   Score at 4 and 8 inches.  Rotate paper 90 degrees right and score in the middle at the 4 1/2 inch mark.

With a scissors, cut along the two vertical score lines as shown and stopping in the middle.
 Mountain fold along the middle and accordion fold the panels.  Repeat again.

You should have 2 accordion flap pieces.

To make the train, take a 2 x 4 1/2  inch piece and score vertically in half.  Align the two pieces together and using scor-pal tape on the edges to adhere the connector flap

You have completed your Accordion Flip Train Album.  Have fun and embellish as you wish!

I have always loved using diecuts and repurposing them to create new shapes.  Upon looking at these two sets I saw ice cream cone, birthday hats, pennants, and cupcakes.  Scroll down to see what I mean.  With a few simple cuts of the basic birdhouse shape you can get a few uses out of this particular die!

 Make an ice cream cone shape by trimming from one edge to the opposite edge.

 Add in some cloud tops as ice cream scoops to make a perfect ice cream treat!

 Take the same triangle shape, add in the scallop border and little circle from the dies set and you have an instant birthday hat!

 Invert the hats and make a pretty pennant border!

Again, take the birdhouse, hand cut it in half, doesn't have to be perfect because it will be covered.

 Layer in a few cloud shapes and you've just created a yummy cupcake!
Thanks for hanging in to read my long post.  Now don't forget to leave a comment here (this may be the secretly chosen blog for the random draw) for a chance to win some prizes and then hop on back to the Scor-pal blog to see all the fab ideas from the designers playing along this blog hop! Good luck!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Lunar New Year

It's the year of the Dragon!  Spent the weekend with family enjoying traditional New Year's Eve meal with lots of chicken, fish, noodles, and dumplings..yum!  I also cleaned the house from top to bottom because the belief is that you shouldn't clean for at least 3 days after the New Year  to avoid sweeping away all the luck for the year.  Hey no housework...I won't argue with that!

New Year means new perspective.  My OLW (Ali Edward's One Little Word) this year is:

I chose my OLW last month because things were just a little crazy and I decided that it was time to keep life simple.  I need to simplify my goals, doesn't mean to lessen them, maybe it means to break them down into easy components and check them off one by one.  Simplify my possessions,  less is more , use what I have and stop acquiring new things just for the sake of it.  This applies to my scrapbooking.  I need to catch up on my family scrapbooks and memories.   Simplify scrapbooking...not every page needs to be  'perfect'.

Simplify and enjoy the everyday....sounds simple but sometimes is not always easy.  I'll look forward to working on this!

Some scrappy inspiration this week.

Check out the Sketch Support's one page Sketch.   Posted today are some beautiful projects, drop by the site when you can, new projects are posted daily.   I love this sketch and knew the minute I saw it would make for a perfect layout that I have been pondering how to create for quite some time...this is why I love sketch support...totally gives you the inspirational jump start! 

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be a fabulous blog hop with My Favorite Things and Scor-pal.  Definitely grab a cup of tea and hop along tomorrow for some fantastic inspiration and chances to win some fabulous prizes! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

And the winner of a Picture Keeper and SCT calendar...

using the random generator is Shari!  Congraulations Shari, please email (my email address is under my profile tab) me so I can get you some happy mail!

ShariJan 10, 2012 05:22 AM
Hi Virginia, I am already a follower to you blog. My upcoming scrappy plans are that me and 4 other friends are getting together for a Copic Crop at my house. Everyone is coming over and we are gonna colour our hearts out fo rhte day, so excited for play time! Thanks for the chance to possibly win your fab blog candy. (p.s. missing Scrapalicious a lot)
Thanks everyone for playing, stay tuned for more blog giveaways...I just love giving out candy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sketch Support- Snowman add-on

This week over at Sketch Support, it's creating your own snowman from this sketch.  I am seeing some fabulously creative ideas so far, drop by to check it out when you have a chance!  Makes me wish for some more snow!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Spring Pantone Colours

Good morning, it is rainy and grey skies today, need a little colour and cheer? Look to Pantone for their colour choices and what we can expect in the next few months.

Here is a little tag I created using Pantone's colour chart.  I love the bright pinks, oranges, and teal (not so much my clothes or home decor, hehehehe) but bring on the colour in problem-o!

Most of the tag elements are by Maya Road, (the pleated trim, crochet ribbon, and sheer tag). The dress form , Tim Holtz sewing room die, is cut from yellow felt.  I used 5 of the Pantone colours on my tag and tried to keep the background minimal and white to show off the colours.  The outfit is very bright...very Katy Perry-ish, don't you think?

Also wanted to mention the fabulous time had by all at Crop and Create in Markham.  Too many laughs and good times visiting with friends I had not seen in a while and meeting new friends is what I love about this crafting hobby.   It was wonderful to experience all the creativity and inspiration at one beautiful event.

Have a fantastic week!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Got Brads

I can't tell you how many brads I have- in all sorts of colours, sizes, and styles. I haven't used them too much lately so I thought I would share a few twists on different ways to use them. I do love that they are totally functional and practically, perfect for attaching embellies to your project but how about making the brad the embellie and the centre of attention?...move over Angelina Jolie- 'Brad' is the star today!!

You can read my full tutorial post over at the Scrapbook and Cards Today's blog, here are 3 different ways to use up your brads...can you spot 'brad'?

Just 3 mores sleeps until Crop and Create in Markham...woot! woot!  What better way than to spend the weekend being pampered at the Hilton scrapping, chatting, shopping, learning, and being inspired.  There are still some crop spaces open and a few classes are still available.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 9, 2012


Here is a quickie tag I put together with random supplies in my craft room. I ((heart)) Maya Road tag sheers. I use them all the time in my cards and projects. I like the graphic element as the base and I can build on it and layer as I go. The Hugs sentiment and heart diecuts are Sizzix, the little ticket tag is Jenni Bowlin and the button is finished with some twine. For the background I used ink blending and watermarking technique I learned from Tim Holt'z 12 Tags of Christmas. The script stamp is by Hero Arts. Whenever using supplies I ((heart)), no matter the theme or project, I am always happy creating it and without fail makes me smile.

So whatever crafty supplies you ((heart)), mix them all together and I guarantee you won't stop smiling!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Blog Giveway


With Winter school holidays coming to an end, it is time to get crafty and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than a little blog giveaway.  Need scrappy inspiration? The 2012 Scrapbook and Cards Today sketch calendar is fabulous to keep you on track and inspired all year long.  Take many photos? than you will want to have a Picture Keeper to back those precious memories.

I am giving away a new PK-8 Picture Keeper and 2012 Calendar!

How to win? Easy...just be a Follower of this blog (there is a little button on the right column) AND leave a comment here of what scrappy plans you have in the next while..a crop coming up, an album you are working on, taking a class...etc.   In two weeks time on January 22, a winner will be randomly drawn-  Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Card Week over at Sketch Support

Good morning!  I hope many of you are still enjoying your Winter break.  It is card week over at Sketch Support and there are some fabulous projects featured this week.  Hope you enjoy checking it out!

Here is my take on the sketch,  I rotated the sketch and used twine in place of the stitching element.  I circle punched snowflakes and added the birthday sentiment across the middle.