Friday, May 06, 2016

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Birthday Bag | Challenge Project

I am playing along with a few challenges today with this little gift bag that I created.

I loved colouring up this sweet Whimsie Doodles digi and practicing colouring hair! I thought I would be fun to give her a home other than a card, so I die cut a little gift bag to put her on.

Now she is front and centre of the giving!

Supply List: Whimsie Doodles digital stamp; Bo Bunny cardstock; Copic Express Blending paper; Basic Grey patterned paper; Sharpie Ultra fine pen in brown for tag sentiment; misc. ribbon and buttons; Hemptique twine; Copic markers in the following colours - RV32, RV34, E000, E01, E11, R20, Y04, Y08, Y23, E33, E35, E37, C5, C7. C9, BG01, BG000.

I am entering into the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon  - anything but a card
Simple Create Too - For the Ladies
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes / Use Ribbon
Crafty Friends - all things cute
Fussy and Fancy - female birthdays
In The Pink - Pink / for a child or baby
Incy Wincy - clean and Simple

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

6 x 6 Paper Pad Storage | Tutorial

Today I am sharing a storage tip for 6 x 6 paper pads.

I have always sort of kept them in this basket, purchased from Ikea many years ago for napkins.  It is the perfect size.

But things got a little unruly when I was trying to corral scraps along with the paper pads.

So I picked up some of these medium sized Ziploc freezer bags, they are the perfect size too~

The pads fit nicely into the bags, with covers intact, so I can easily see which pads I have at a glance.

All the small scraps that I like to keep stuck nicely inside as stay with the original pad, I love that - no mess!

I can even tuck coordinating embellishments inside the front of the bag, too!

I just love when my storage is tidy, it makes my space feel a lot less chaotic.

I thought I would share a bonus tip, too.  I love these Pebbles rubons for my cards, especially when I am creating in a rush and do not really have time to stamp. I keep my stash all together on a small jump ring.

And then tuck it into the side of my 6x6 paper pad basket.  That way all my card making stuff is together when I need it!

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Sketching for Scrap the Boys | May 1 2016

I have been invited to share a couple of sketches over at Scrap the Boys, I would love for you to pop on over and play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Surf's Up Sketch Challenge Layout | Imaginisce

There is a new sketch challenge up on the Imaginisce blog today.  I created this sketch for the challenge:  We would also like to see you use ribbon or twine on your project.

And this is my take on it, using the Sunny collection:

I usually take the camera on the boat with us, and snap hundreds of pictures just to get a few good ones.  These photos taken at the tail end of last summer are just perfect for today's sketch!

As you can see, I turned the sketch to better suit my photos. I also added an extra layer to my background, but otherwise I stuck pretty close to the sketch.

I built some fun and vibrant layers, combining colours and patterns to coordinate with my photos.  I punched this text strip of paper to reflect the scalloped piece in the sketch.  I also added stitching for easy texture.

I backed this acrylic piece with white cardstock to use as my title, the tag pieces were hand cut from the cut apart sheet.

Fun summery embellishments from the ephemera pack and Thickers  (from the Par- r - rty Me Hearty Collection) to document the date add detail to the lower left corner of my page.

The puffy fish and black gem on this page are also from the Par- r - rty Me Hearty Collection.  They work well and I really wanted to pull in some black on this page.

As a last step I added a bit of Ranger texture paste that I tinted with a soft teal Mr. Huey's to mimic splashes of water, or at least that was the goal anyway!.

Supply List: Imaginisce Sunny Collection patterned paper and ephemera; Imaginisce Par-r-rty Me Heart Collection stickers, Thickers and puffy stickers; American Crafts cardstock; Ranger Texture Paste; Mr. Huey’s mist.

Hope you play along with us!  Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting! 

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Weekend Adventures | Stuck?! Sketches

It seems it is either fest or famine on this old blog lately.  I have had lots to share today and have one more now!  I am hoping to post creative stuff a little more regularly in the coming months.  In the meantime, I have a sketch and layout to share for the newest challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches!

I do have to apologize for this sketch being so similar to the one that I created for Imaginisce this month.  I created them at separate times and didn't reference what I had already made up thus far this year.  Oh well, there are some slight variations and I guess it is what it is, lesson learned - check my files first!

Here is my take on this sketch.

We were so fortunate to have so many beautiful places to hike within a short drive of our last home, in the city, spending time together enjoying nature is a family favourite, and these two love a good stream!

I began my page by adding clear Gesso to the background and then adding in some green mist via the packaging technique.

Next I added the corner patterned papers and did some machine stitching for fun texture.

I added several layers of pattered papers behind my photo and then began tucking in stickers, tags ephemera and wood veneer pieces here and there.

I used this great Heidi Swapp wood piece that I had in my stash and have been anxious to use up for my title.  It is coloured with a Copic marker and paired with some small alphas stickers.

I love adding rub-ons to my pages, and this one by Kaisercraft is no exception.  I love it even more nestled in with some other fun elements.

My last steps were journaling and a sprinkling of teal Mr. Huey's mist.

We have two fabulous sponsors this month so be sure to play along!

Supply Lists: Simple Stories patterned paper and stickers; Kaisercraft rubons; American Crafts Clip; My Mind's Eye button; Hemptique twine; Heidi Swapp wood veneer; Mr. Huey's mist; B21 Copic marker; Jillibean Soup stickers ad ephemera; Art Alternatives clear Gesso; Versacolor charcoal ink; Sharpie felt tip marker; Staedtler pen.

Thanks for checking back in today!

Monthly Reveal | ScrapMuch?

I am so excited to share my monthly reveal for ScrapMuch? today!  I was just thrilled when I opened my kit and discovered that I had received the following papers, stickers and a sheet of a silver striped acetate specialty paper from the Seven Paper Collection called Goldie, put out by American Crafts


 sparkly black enamel dots by the Eyelet Outlet

I am so in love with this colour combo!  It strikes me as funny that I may not have paid too much attention to this collection if I was shopping on my own, mainly because of how much black and white there is in it.  But the A sides are so full of gorgeous colour, just perfect for pulling us out of our winter funk and  I thoroughly enjoyed working with it it.


For my first page, I chose to play with this fabulous triangular grid style paper, I just love it and it really holds it's own as far as interest is concerned so you do not need a whole lot of other papers. I have been waiting to scrap this photo that I snapped of the wall above the desk in my scrap room, taken after I had added a bunch of gold accents to my decor.

I couldn't resist adding this large glittery "create" word as my title, which has BIG impact and is oh so gorgeous! 

I knew I wanted this page to make bold and girly, so I created this large paper rosette from one of the vibrant patterned papers, and then nestled a few fussy cut flowers around it, adding enamel dots to the centres for extra pop!

On the other side of my photo, I added a few more fussy cut flowers, a doily and a couple of buttons from my stash as well as a little round ephemera piece from Jillibean Soup. I am sorry, I cannot remember where the flower pin came from, it had been sitting on my desk for quite some time waiting for just the right project to jump on to!

Now a gal can't have too much gold, so I added in a bit more using a stencil and some Heidi Swapp gold texture paste, it is so pretty!

I finished off my page by splattering some black Mr. Huey's mist around.

Say Cheese

I felt I should aim for a more masculine page for my next layout, but still wanted it to be fun, so I pulled out this photo of these three hams!  From left to right Timothy (my youngest), Dylan (my bonus grandson and the cutest little guy), and Jon, my middle son!  This photo was taken at my sons' house while we stayed there during March break a few weeks ago.

I love the look of the silver acetate specialty paper, and wanted it to be a feature on my layout, I cut two equal sized strips and layered them in reverse, one on top of the other and slightly offset to create a grid pattern with them.

I used the stickers and enamel dots given to me to accent my page, but also pulled some old My Mind's Eye ephemera (from a previous ScrapMuch? kit) from my stash to adorn my page.

This got me to thinking about how much I love new collections but we may not always be able to afford all of the embellishment packs that we would like, so switching it up is a good way to help make your embellishments go farther.  Like buying enamel dots and stickers with one collection and then wood veneer and ephemera with another,  and mix and matching the collections together!.

On Lake Time

Boy did the yellows in this collection ever speak to me, such a happy and sunshine-y colour!  And wow were the colours in this collection ever perfect for this photo of Timmy and I in our brightly coloured life jackets!  Even our t-shirts match!  I hope no one is getting board of my lake photos, I try to mix things up but this is a huge part of our summers.

I had this idea for this page, to use lots of patterns. So I die cut several different sized circles form a 5 x 12 piece of white cardstock.  Then I layered it over another piece of white cardstock measuring 12 x 12 that would act as my base page.  Next I sandwiched strips of a variety of patterns between the two layers.  Finally I added in some messy stitching within the circles for a bit of texture.

I balanced all of this pattern with some strips of pattern on the opposite side of my layout.

Next I determined where I wanted my photo to sit and then went in and added some white Gesso and water colour paints to peek out from behind it.

I was going to cut my title out of yellow cardstock but I already had a scrap of white on my Silhouette mat so I cut it our of that and coloured it with some Gelatos, it was so fun and easy and I love the look.

I embellished this page with some fussy cut flowers and enamel dot centres, some cork that I picked up at ScrapMuch? a long while back - one of which I painted yellow to coordinate with this collection  (I had been slowly using them up but as much as  love them I am glad to say this is the last of my stash - make room for something new!), the anchor ephemera is from Fancy Pants, you will also note small MME alphas and Tim Holtz rubons.

To finish off my page I sprinkled some teal Mr. Huey's around.

I also created this fun altered item for the ScrapMuch? booth at the recent Crop and Create event, it was super fun and quick to pull together.

The darling glittered word is by Pebbles, from their DIY line,, and came in a package of 6 chunky sparkly words that are perfect for layouts and other crafts.

I die cut the rest of the paper elements and adhered them all to this chalkboard heart that I picked up at the dollar store.  For about 15 minutes worth of work I created a super cute and inspirational home decor piece!

Supply List: American Crafts patterned paper, stickers and acetate paper; Eyelet Outlet enamel dots; Pebbles glittered words; Faber Castell Gesso; Leow's water colour paints; yellow Gelato; Heidi Swapp gold texture paste; black and teal Mr. Huey's; misc. buttons, doily and flower clip; MME, Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants Designs and Amy Tangerine ephemera; MME chipboard; Staedtler pen; Uniball Signo white pen; Studio Calico cork; MME mini alphas; Tim Holtz rub ons.

Thanks for visiting!