Friday, February 26, 2016

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | February 26 2016

I am sharing my last sketch of the month for ScrapMuch? today!

Thanks for visiting and I would love to see you play along at ScrapMuch?!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

1 Good Turn | Imaginisce

I am so happy to share a new Imaginisce DT layout here today!  We are continuing on with sharing loads of inspiration with the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection and I am loving that the DT is showing so many unique was to use the collection!  You should definitely be following along with the Imaginisce blog!

We are talking about Random Acts of Kindness this week, so I thought I would share this little story with you all.  My husband, our youngest son and I made a big move this past summer.  Our neighbours directly across the street have been so welcoming to us; showing us the ropes around the neighbourhood and we have even enjoyed a couple of evenings in each other's homes.  They know my husband is out of town during the week, so they phone over a few times a week to check on our son and I, although they don't really let on that is what they are doing ;).  Then when we got into the snowy season, the gentleman started showing up with his plow!  I return the favour by baking for them.  It is not much but it shows our appreciation. We are so lucky to have found such great neighbours!  I wonder what he will say when he finds out I scrapbooked about him!

I began my page by layering the photos onto layers of patterned papers, then I stitched on the subtitle using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy stitching template (you can find a tutorial on my blog here to see how to use this template to create other words than the words that are actually on the template). Finally, I added the main title using the Par-r-rty Me Hearty Thickers.

Once I knew where this focal area was going to sit on my page, I added some Gesso to the background before adding in some light icy blue water colour paints.  Once that was dry I flicked on some darker blue water colour paint.

For my embellishing I used some cute charms and puffy stickers.  I also stamped and coloured this compass and fussy cut it out to adorn my page.

Next I added some strips of paper along the top and finished the page with my journalling.  I really love the look of these torn and aged paper die cuts, and they allow for lots of space to journal.  I use a fine tip Sharpie to journal, as these die cuts are slightly slick and I am impatient about waiting for regular ink to dry so I inevitably smudge it.  The Sharpie eliminates the drying time!

Supply List: Imaginisce Par-r-rty Me Hearty patterned papers, stickers, puffy stickers, die cuts, charms, stamp and Thickers; American Crafts cardstock; We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Template; DMC floss; Sharpie; Memento black ink; Leows water colour paint; Tim Holtz distress ink; Hemptique button twine; Copic Markers(C2, T4, W3, E29, E27, E11, Y26, Y28); gold Spica pen Signo white pen.

Thanks for visiting today!

DIY Gift Bag | Tutorial

How about a quick and easy DIY gift bag?  I needed a smaller gift bag the other day and didn't have one.  But I do have a plethora of paper! 

So I grabbed this pretty polka dot sheet from the Amy Tangerine's Better Together paper pad and got busy making one.

First you will want to fold over your paper a few inches.

And then you will fold the other side over so that there is enough of an overlap to add adhesive.

Your paper should be looking like this.

Now run some adhesive inside the seam and adhere the two sides together.  Be careful not to get adhesive on the inside, you do not want to seal your bag closed in the middle.

Now you will have  basically a large tube.

Now fold up one end a couple of inches and score.

Open up the flap that you just created and press one side towards the middle.

Repeat for the second side.

Next you will fold up the bottom flap.

And fold down the top flap.

Adhere the two flaps together and you are finished.

So this is basically your finished bag, but of course we have to have some fun!

So once you fill your little gift bag, we can add some embellishments.

You can fold or roll down the top to seal your bag.  Which ever suits your fancy.

I opted for some neat folds.

You could of course, just staple or adhere your bag closed.  However, a couple of punched holes gies you the option of tying on some ribbon.

I had one little scrap of this pretty striped ribbon that I have been hanging onto forever.  Probably because it was meant for this project. ;)

I dug through my scrap die cuts bin (Do you have one of these? You really should they are perfect for crafting in a hurry! I use mine for cards, tags and gift packages, not to mention layouts.) and found a few pretty pieces that I could combine to make a quicky tag.

And just like that we are done, and our little gift bag is all ready to give away!

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Car Card | Simple Stories

I wanted to send a congratulations card to my sons sweetheart as she recently got herself a new car!  So I created this bright and colourful one.

This fun stamp I have had for a while, I love it but do not often use it.  I started by adding some yellow water colour paint to a piece of water colour paper for my background.

Then I paper pieced the car, I added in a hint of Copic marker in grey for shading.

Then I added in some Simple Stories patterned papers and embellishments to finish off my card base.

Supply List: Papertrey Ink Enjoy the Ride stamp set; Simple Stories DIY Boutique patterned papers, burlap stickers, and brad; Simple Stories Say Cheese II enamel dots; Leows water colour paints; Artists Loft water colour paper; Hemptique button twine; Copic Markers ( C2, C0); Memento Tuxedo black ink; misc. button.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Welcome Little One | Baby Card and Gift

I have a new baby card to share today, created for a friend that had a baby boy this month!

The little whale is a Silhouette Studio cut file which I designed the rest of the card around.

I used the Silhouette to "write" the sentiment and then coloured inside the outlined letters with a Copic marker to fill it in.

I also crocheted this blanket for the little one, I hope he likes to snuggle with it :)

This blanket is made from a fine cotton / acrylic yarn.  I do not like to work with acrylic only yarn it feels icky to me.  Plus the addition of the cotton helps the blankets last a long time. The acrylic makes it easier to launder, it is a win win I guess.

Card Supply List:  Lawn Fawn patterned papers; Recollection cardstock; Hemptique button twine; Copic marker BG72; misc. button and googly eye.

Thanks for visiting! 

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | February 19 2016

I am sharing my weekly sketch for ScrapMuch? today!

I really enjoy this sketch and hope to use it soon myself!

Thanks for visiting and I would love to see you play along at ScrapMuch?!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

DIY Mini Stamps with Wood Veneers | Tutorial

Today I am sharing a fun little trick to make your own mini stamps using wood veneer shapes!

Other than some fun wood shapes, you will need adhesive and a wine bottle cork.

Simply adhere your wood veneer onto the end of your cork, creating a handle for your "stamp".

If your cork is in good shape you can attach a wood shape to either end.

Now ink up your newly created stamp and have fun.  The wood piece will initially absorb lots of the ink so get it nice and juicy for better stamping coverage.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Life in Color | Simple Stories

Hello, I have been so excited for today, so that I can share my very first post as part of the 2016 Simple Stories DT!  I played with the "Life in Color" collection for both of the pages that I created for this reveal and let me tell you, it does not disappoint!  I am a long time hard-core Simple Stories fan, largely because each release includes so many fabulous patterns and embellishments - that there is something for everyone in each gorgeous collection!

My first layout is called "view life in colour" and I definitely went bold with this one!  The page documents  a summer day spent on our boat and checking out the sights, my youngest and my husband really enjoy being out on the water.  I opted for a central focal area for my photo and layered up several of the beautiful patterned papers beneath it.

My favourite part is always the embellishing, embellishments can truly take a layout to the next level.  I love layering up a variety of types of embellishments for impact.

Note - I was fortunate enough to have this layout published in the Summer 2017 issue of Creative Scrapboker magazine!!

With fun elements like wood veneer pieces, bradz, washi, chipboard frames, clips, die cuts, chipboard, enamel dots and two types of stickers I could have just kept adding and adding goodies!  I may have had to tell myself to walk away at one point! ha!

I really wanted to use black enamel dots so I pulled them from the Carpe Diem scrapbook collection, I just thought they would pop really nicely off of the yellow base paper. I was right, they look fab!  I am also so in love with the clips Simple Stories has added to their collections, the designs are great and they are so unique! (You can see one on this page above the photo, it is wood-grained with a heart on it.)

It is super fun to use a variety of text in a title, for mine I combined a large chipboard piece and the mid sized alphas stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet, and I just love the way it turned out!  I am trying real hard to remember to add journaling to all my pages even if it is pretty basic.  Tucking the journaling into an embellishment cluster helps to pull it into my page.


My second page is called "lovely DAY captured", despite the way it looks with my reveal today, I do not always use a "framed base" for my layouts but I was so inspired to use many of the papers, so this was a nice way to be able to incorporate one more pattern!  I just couldn't leave one beautiful paper untouched! lol!

I really wanted to use three photos and frame them with some of the chipboard frames on this layout, which documents a trip with my son to a butterfly conservatory.  I designed my layout to highlight each photo, which also gives me lots of spaces to add embellishments - win win for me!

I used a combination of clear stickers and regular stickers to create my title. I removed the adhesive from the "DAY" stickers using baby powder so that I could pop them up with foam adhesive.  

How awesome are these wood veneer papers clips?  Love them!  I adhered a wood veneer butterfly to one for this page, I love the way it nestles perfectly within my signature ;) embellishment cluster.

Thanks for visiting today, I can't wait until my next share for Simple Stories coming up in March!

Simple Stories Supply List: from the Life in Color Collection - 5028 Chipboard Stickers, 5002 Fundamental Cardstock Stickers, 5003 Expressions Cardstock Stickers, 5027 Bradz, 5036 Clips, 5031 Enamel Dots, 5041 Wood Veneer, 5038 chipboard Frames, 5029 Bits and Pieces (die cuts), 5033 Clear Stickers, 5007 Here & Now patterned paper, 5006 Love this Life patterned paper, 5011 4x5 horizontal elements, 5012 4x4 & 4x5 vertical elements, 5008 Big Memories patterned paper, 5014 Teal Watercolor / Yellow Watercolor patterned paper, 5015  Coral Watercolor / Light Blue Watercolor patterned paper,  5005 The Good Life  patterned paper, 5013 2x12, 4x12 and 6x12 Page Elements.  from the Carpe Diem Collection - 6631 Enamel Dots

Other Supplies: Hemptique button twine, Staedtler felt tip pen, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and Tiny Attacher.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Snow Fun | Scrap Our Stash GDT

I am guesting over at Scrap our Stash this month.  Today I am sharing my contribution for their second challenge.

The challenge is two part, first a sketch and secondly a product / stash busting sort of portion where you choose one item from each section of the list.

I enjoyed working with the sketch, it was a good one with lots of possibilities!    I picked up this Simple Stories collection called  "Snow Fun" last winter knowing it was perfect for my boys.  Mostly because my youngest had a green winter coat!  That is how us scrappers work, right?

I stuck really close to the sketch, but opting to use small square cut-aparts from one of the patterned papers instead of  the suggested four small photos.  I did appreciate that the sketch did suggest smaller photos as my pictures did not turn out well from this event and printing them on a smaller scale helped to disguise their lousy quality. 

I layered in several of the Simple Stories stickers where possible adding pop dots behind some of them.

I also used some ephemera from Echo Park and enamel dots from YNS.

I moved my title (which was created from a combination of alphas and a sticker) up slightly so that I could add journaling to my page.

I ran the edges o all of my papers through white paint, and then traced / doodled around them with a black Sharpie.

For the stash portion of the challenge, I used a DEAR LIZZY date stamp, ECHO PARK EPHEMERA, and an Evalicious FLAIR.

Supply List: Simple Stories patterned papers and stickers; white and black Mr. Huey's mist; DecoArt white paint; black fine tip Sharpie;  Evalicious flair; Echo Park ephemera; Your Next Stamp enamel dots; Dear Lizzy date stamp; Memento black ink.

Thanks so much for visiting today, I hope you join in the challenges at Scrap our Stash
you have until the 28th to play along.