Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Shiver me Timbers | Imaginisce

Today is a big day for me; it is my first reveal over at Imaginisce!  I was so excited to get my first DT box and as luck would have it I had free time to create, and then I got a case of nerves and I was terrified to make that first cut!   In the end I turned to my stash of sketches to help get me through my nerves and create this first page

I am so lucky to have some pirate themed photos of my youngest son, taken at Disney's Pirate League experience. This Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection is so perfect for this event, but I have lots of others ideas to use more of this fun collection down the road, too!

This week we are having a handwriting theme at Imaginisce, I added handwritten journaling, which is a no brainer.  But I also created a custom cut file of my handwriting for the title, using my Silhouette software - so fun! I used some fun puffy stickers to dot my "i's".

I trimmed this tag out of the Par-r-rty patterned paper and hung a little 'charm' on it with some button floss.  Can I just tell you how mush I love these charms, they are foam backed - so nicely dimensional.

Although I am using a die cut for my title, I couldn't resist adding a subtitle using the fabulous teal Thickers that coordinate with this collection!

I created a little cluster of embellishments on the right side of my photo, using this adorable skeleton pirate (could he be any more perfect?) and a "charm", a sticker as well as some puffy stickers.  I finished it off with the die cut flag that I altered with two little punched holes and a tooth pick, positioning it as if the pirate were holding it.  I couldn't help it, the cuteness just consumed me!

I finished off my page with some machine stitching and a bit of teal Mr. Huey's.

Supply List: American Crafts cardstock; Imaginisce Par-r-rty Me Hearty patterned papers, stickers, puffy stickers, die cuts, charms and Thickers; Hemptique button twine; Mr'. Huey's mist; Staedtler pen; Dear Lizzy date stamp; Memento black ink.

I can't wait to share more with you, thanks for visiting today!

Needle Storage | Tutorial

I often use a needle when scrapbooking, maybe to add a few stitches here and there or to sew on a little embellishment like a button, clip or wood veneer piece.  And I frequently lose my needle in my pile of scrappy stuff that I am working with.  The other evening I decided enough was enough and came up with this quick and easy Needle Storage Tutorial to share with you, and to keep me from losing one more needle!

I used this pretty little milk glass bowl that I had in my collection, but any little bowl or dish will be just perfect for this.

I have some of these magnetic sheets (from the dollar store) in my stash.  I use them for a lot of things, but never what they are intended for, lol.

I grabbed a circle die that matched the size of my dish.

And ran the magnetic sheet and die through my Cuttlebug.  You could always trace the bottom of your dish onto the back of the magnetic sheet and trim it by hand, if you do not have a manual die cutting machine.

The nice feature of these magnetic sheets is that they are self adhesive.

Now just adhere the magnetic piece to the inside bottom of your dish.

And gather up all those pins and needs that you have scattered around.

And dump them into your pretty and functional little bowl.

Look, you can even hold the dish on its side and the needles stay put!  This is particularly great in case you ever knock your dish over!

And it looks so pretty on my desk!

This makes me happy - it really is the little things!

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | January 22 2016

I have a new sketch to share with you today!

This one was created for ScrapMuch? and it is their last sketch challenge for January.  I hope you pop on over to check out the DT inspiration and play along!

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alpha Sticker Tip

Today I am sending you over to ScrapMuch?, to see my tip  tutorial of the week!  Check it out here.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, January 18, 2016

More Exciting News!

You are not going to believe this!  Because I sort of still don't  ....

I was invited to join the Simple Stories Design Team!!

You should pop by the Simple Stories blog to see the big team announcement! I am feeling so incredibly lucky!  Maybe I should start buying lottery tickets!  I can't wait to start creating, I love Simple Stories!

Thank you friends for visiting today!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Champ! | Stuck?! Sketches

That latest challenge is up at Stuck?! Sketches and I am sharing my layout today!  You know those pages that are so fun to create because you pull random elements from your stash, from a variety of manufacturers - and then it just seems to all come together and all those random elements look so happy all nestled together on one fun page. 

Yeah this is that page for me.  It happens when I have time to just create and am not working up against a deadline, when I can leave the page and come back to it, or when I can just putter and play.

I added some colour to my white cardstock base using water colour paints and the "packaging technique", so fun!  Then I went back when the paint was dry and added in some pale blue Mr. Huey's mist.

I have had these chipboard hexes in my stash for a little while now and it was time to use some up.  I coloured them dark blue with a Copic (why haven't I done this before) such a quick way to add some colour.  If you do not have Copics, try Sharpies!

I have been trying so hard to add journaling to my pages lately.  A BIG birthday later this year is reminding me that I may not be around forever - forever is creeping up on me! ha!

I am in serious heart with the look of these distressed rub on numbers from Making Memories (yes that is how old they are - the company hasn't even been around for years) I think I bought them in the first year or two of my scrapbooking journey.

Here is the sketch that I created for Stuck?! Sketches, I really hope that you consider playing along.  We have two amazing sponsors giving away prizes.  If you haven't already you should check them out.  Just click on the logos to be taken to their sites.

Supply List:  American Crafts Cardstock and vellum; Leow's water colour paints; Mr. Huey's mist in powder blue; ephemera from Jillibean Soup and Fancy Pants Designs; papers, stickers and enamel dots from Simple Stories; round tags, wood veneer and flair from Evalicious; flair from Badges and Buttons; tumbled glass Distress Ink from Tim Holtz; chipboard hexagons from Creative Embellishments; Freckled Fawn cork arrows; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; Making Memories rubons (so so old); R46 Copic marker (to colour some of the wood veneers); B39 Copic marker (to colour the hex chipboard); Black fine tip Sharpie; grey Staedtler pen.

I am so glad that you visited today! Thank you!

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | January 15 2016

Happy Friday!  There is a new sketch challenge up over on the ScrapMuch? store blog, I created ths sketch for them.

I hope you pop on over and check out the DT creations and play along!
Lovely that you popped in this morning!

PS I will be back shortly to share my latest sketch for Stuck?! Sketches, and a layout too!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Keep Warm and Snuggle Up | Free Printable

I have been having fun changing out the art in my little frame that sits in our living room, with the seasons and holidays.  I created this little printable the other day as I made the switch from New Years Eve decor to winter elements.

Thought I would share.  You can download a few different sizes by clicking on the image below, they range from 3.5 x 5.5 to 8.5 x 11, and one includes a framed effect.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Imaginisce Design Team Intro

Today is my turn to me introduced on the Imaginisce Blog!  I hope you pop on over and check it out!

Have a creative day!

Dry Embossing Large Page Elements | Tutorial

The other day I wanted to add some dry embossing to a larger element on a layout that I was working on.  I wanted to add a frame to my page that I had die cut using my Silhouette.  The piece was twice as wide as my embossing folder so I knew I would have to emboss it one side at a time, but it would not fit through my Cuttlebug, so I had a bit of a predicament.

I pondered how to "press" my element in my embossing folder for a minute and came up with this.

As mentioned, I could only emboss half of my piece at a time, so I lined up one side in the folder

and then I pressed it with a rolling pin. I did not have to press very hard at all to get a good impression.

Here is a little peek at the first half.

Then I adjusted my die cut and repeated for the second half.

 Now with both sides done, it looks great, and took no time at all!

Here is a look at it on my page.

And this is a full shot of my layout.

I can see me using this tip for small embossed pieces too, why haul out the Cuttlebug for little jobs??!! Or maybe you do not have a Cuttlebug but like the look of dry embossing, hmm got you thinking didn't I?

So glad you stopped by today!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Fun 2016 | Free Printables

I thought I would change things up a bit and offer a free printable opposed to a cut file this month.  These 3x4 cut apart cards are perfect for documenting your winter memories on both traditional layouts and pocket style scrapbooking.  There are 6 of them in the collection and they all print up on a single 8.5x11 paper.

This printable is available in JPeg and PDF formats. Go here to get them. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Sketch Challenge | Imaginisce

Guess what?  I am sharing a new sketch today!!  I have been asked to share sketches for a monthly challenge at Imaginisce!!  How lucky am I!  I can't wait to see all the amazing entries!  At the end of each month a winner will be drawn to receive some goodies!  Here is the sketch! 

Have fun! And link up here!

Friday, January 08, 2016

CHA Reveals | Imaginisce

I am so excited to start creating for Imaginisce! I was told that there is a box of goodies on the way to me as I type - eek!  I thought I would give you a little tastey tease of what sweet new lines they have in store for us....

... can you stand it!  Check out this full collection here, which is really more like two collections in one with both Pirate and Mermaid themes!!

And if that is not enough eye candy, check out this sneak...

... this collection is full of  bathing suits, cameras, bikes, pineapple, watermelon and more!  You can see all of it here.

Both collections boast a plethora of patterned papers, coordinating Thickers,  stickers, die cuts, and stamps!

AND, you have a chance to win one of these great lines!! Go here, hurry now, don't miss your chance to have one of these sets sent to you!  Good luck!!

Sketching for SCrapMuch? | January 8 2016

I have a new sketch to share with you today, this one is for the weekly challenge at ScrapMuch?.  Check out all the fab DT inspiration here.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Happy Layout with Stamping through Stencils | Tutorial

I love playing with my stencils and I enjoy finding ways to use them more often. Today's tutorial shows how to add an extra layer with stamps when you are stenciling.

Along with your favourite stencil, go ahead and gather an ink for your background and a darker ink for your stamping.  Plus a good background stamp, you can see I was indecisive when I gathered my supplies as I first picked both a bubble wrap stamp and a wood grained stamp - I did narrow it down to the wood grained stamp in the end.  I am also using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "bundled sage" for my background and Memento ink in "Tuxedo black" for my stamping.  I am working on white textured cardstock as my base.

I was working off of a sketch, so I knew roughly where to add my stenciling but it's a good idea to 'dry fit' things first so you know exactly where you want to lay down your ink.

The first step is to simply add your background stenciling, wherever you want it on your background.  I lifted my stencils so that I could snap a photo for you.

Ideally you probably want to leave your stencil in place and work on a section at a time.

Now ink up your stamp, no need to be overly careful.  In fact, a little randomness with the ink will give you a great effect.

Now stamp over your stencil onto your pre-inked  areas.  Try not to stamp over the edges of your mask.  You do not want any hard lines, so a little random is better.  I actually prefer to use my background stamps without a block and hold them in a slightly curled position so that only strategic areas hit the paper.  One day I will figure out how to photograph that!  I will likely have to enlist another pair of hands.

Here are a couple of close up photos to show you the effect you are going for.  Wouldn't a text stamp be great for this, why couldn't I find mine??

I ended up creating a page with this background that I created.  I figured if I was going to play I might as well join in on some challenges!  Check below for who I am linking up with.

Here are a couple of close up shots of my page elements.

One of the challenges that I am linking up with had a "hopes and dreams" aspect,  I have scrapbooked before about my husband and I being dreamers, but this time it is just about me - and speaks a little about my multiple dreamer personality.  Is that a thing?  It should be!  I journalled about dreaming about both going on adventures and never leaving home - both hold large appeal to me!

For one challenge I am linking up with the requirement was to document your personality - this is so super tricky for me.  I was going to put shy, which I am (painfully so) although those who know me well know that I can be aloud mouth - so I wondered how people would interpret that.  In the end I went with happy, although I hope this doesn't mean that I a saying I am always happy - hardly so - but it is something that I actively strive to be.

And one of my background.

I am linking up with the following challenges:

Clique Kits - anything goes challenge
Lime Citron - using both the colours and sketch  (I added in some pink)
More than Words - personality and selfie (see the challenge board below)

The Studio Challenges - Hopes and Dreams

Supply List - American Crafts Cardstock; Crate Paper patterned paper and chipboard; Fancy Pants die cuts; My Mind's Eye and Simple Stories enamel dots; Evalicious Flair; Tim Holtz distress ink; Memento ink; Staedtler pen; Heidi Swapp mask; Mr. Hue's mist in 'water colour' and 'manilla'; adhesives - Scotch ATG gun, Zip Dry, Tim Holtz tiny attacher.

Thanks so much for visiting today.