Friday, February 05, 2016

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | February 5 2016

I have a new sketch to share with you all today!

This one was created for ScrapMuch?, and my monthly two pager.  You should pop over and check out their DT reveal!

Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Heart Shaped Lollipop Wrap | Free Cut File

As promised I am sharing a freebie cut file for the Heart Shaped Lollipop Wrap, that I created as part of my February 1st reveal for ScrapMuch?.

As always click on the image to be taken to my download page.  This file is available in Silhouette, SVG, PDF and PNG.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Cupid's Arrow Toothpick Embellishment | Tutorial

I am sharing a super easy and fun tutorial today to create your very own Cupid's Arrow toothpick embellishment.

For each embellishment you will need two punched or die cut hearts and 4 chevron arrows (as shown) which can be die cut or fussy cut and one toothpick.

Score all of the chevron arrows along the centre.

Start adhering a couple of the chevron arrow pieces together.

Add the toothpick to the centre and then adhere the remaining two chevron arrows.

You should end up with something that looks like this.

Now adhere the hearts back to back at the other end of the toothpick.


See super easy!

Here is a page that I used this technique on (recently shared).

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Sketching for Scrap the Boys | February 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, February 01, 2016

1st Bath | Stuck?! Sketches DT | Scrap Our Stash GDT

I have a new layout to share today; created for the new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches and for the inspiration photo and stash challenge at Scrap our Stash as I am guesting over there this month!

I started my page by choosing a patterned paper for my background and added in some blue and brown water colour paints, then I added in big globs of white paint here and there.  I also stamped on some circles with CTMH Star Spangled Blue ink and an Impression Obsession stamp and added in some water droplets with a Lawn Fawn stamp.

I machine stitched the circle element.

Then I layered up patterned papers and my photos.  I used some Tim Holtz rubons here and there, which is my favourite way to use them. Then I added in a bit more machine stitching.

I also added on some stamped journalling areas, and used my Dear Lizzy date stamp, then I finished off the whole page with some sprinkles of black Mr. Huey's.

Next I raided my embellishment stash and added in stickers, wood veneer, flair and a clip.  I also added in a stamped and coloured crab (this is an older stamp from Imaginisce).  My friend Jinny is always using stamped images on her layouts and she is inspiring me.

This is the sketch that I created for the challenge which goes live today, over at Stuck?! Sketches.

Both Heartfelt Creations and A2Z Scraplets are sponsoring us at Stuck?! Sketches this month, you should definitely play along for your chance to win!

Scrap our Stash is posting this "Book Inspired" Stash Challenge. They are challenging us to find inspiration from the book cover and also want us to add 2 + hearts to our pages.

I found inspiration from the colours in the book cover; as well as the animal (moose) inspired me to scrapbook about an animal.  I printed out three photos of our dog, from a few years back when he was a pup - they are just perfect!  But don't tell our pup that he is an animal - he thinks he is a people!  This challenge runs until the end of the month and is a great opportunity to use up some of your stash and get creative with this book cover!  You could also consider combining the Stuck?! Sketches and the Scrap our Stash challenge for more fun! 

I am also linking up this page to The Studio, who is having a patterned paper background challenge.

Supply List:  Leows water colour paints; DecoArt white paint; stamps from Impression Obsession, Lawn Fawn, Teresa Collins and Imaginisce; Memento Tuxedo black ink; CTMH Star Spangled blue ink; Copic markers (R22, R27, R29, R46); Sharpie fine tip in black; American Crafts Precision Pen in brown; Mr. Huey's black mist; Dear Lizzy date stamp; Bo Bunny patterned paper; Tim Holtz rub-ons; stickers from Fancy Pants Designs, Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Carta Bella, Jillibean Soup; Adorn it; and Simple Stories; Heidi Swapp word sticker; Evalicious flair, wood veneer and PL card; Studio Calico wood veneer stars; misc. clip and googly eyes.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Pirates for a Day | Imaginisce Sketch Challenge

There is a sketch challenge happening over on the  Imaginisce  blog today, I created the sketch and a page to share!  Here is my sketch:

I created a page to hopefully inspired some of my readers to play along, I had the cutest photos of my son and his kindergarten bestie, taken while both families were vacationing in Disney together, that I was itching to use with this collection and I think that they are just perfect for this page!

I stuck pretty close to the sketch, but did add an additional embellishment cluster at the top left.  I just couldn't resist!

This cluster at the top of the page was created by making a small banner out of stickers that I stitched on and then I pop dotted a large die cut piece over top.  I love this die cut it is just so pretty!

I layered my title over a fun die cut shape, that tucked nicely beneath the semi circle that was cut into my patterned paper.  The skull and cross- bones were stamped with Memento ink and coloured with a few grey Copics to give it some shadowing.  I am not usually one for the twirly thread look, mostly because I can't seem to make it look as nice as other scrappers do, but it worked on this page.

These little white circular puffy stickers are meant to be loose pearls, of the pirate treasure variety, however I am enjoying using them sort of like one would use an enamel dot.

I stitched the scalloped patterned paper into place to add a bit more texture.  I also added a bit of straight line doodling.

For the cluster towards the bottom of my page I layered stickers, some with and some without pop dots, and die cuts along with a fussy cut tag and a fun anchor shaped charm.

I just love the fun look of this page, and I really enjoyed mixing the feminine and masculine elements from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection, which helped me coordinate my page to the photos!

I hope you consider playing along, use the sketch and the colour red or pink, you have until the end of the month to join in!  Thank you for visiting today! (And thanks to my friend for letting me post these sweet pics of our kidlets!).

Supply List: Imaginisce Par-r-rty Me Hearty patterned papers, stickers, puffy stickers, die cuts, charms, stamp and Thickers; Staedtler pen; Memento black ink; Copic Markers(C00, C1, C3); misc. thread.


February Reveal for ScrapMuch? | Fancy Pants

Today I am sharing my February projects that I created for ScrapMuch? with you, I received some of the "Happy Place" collection from Fancy Pants Designs; six different patterned papers and some really pretty flair.  I whipped up a quick graphic so that I could show you exactly what I played with from this collection.

I also received these super fun alpha stickers, which are a prefect size and almost transparent, so they look amazing layered onto other elements. I love all four of the colours!

To round these elements off I added the following things from my stash.

Come on people this is why we crafters hoard goodies, look at how perfectly these stash items work with this collection!  All supplies except for the pink ink, tooth picks and Heidi Swapp gold colour shine were purchased from ScrapMuch?.


For this first page that I created I had an idea of a cut file that I wanted to base my page around, so I got busy creating the cut file and everything else sort of fell into place.

I wanted this page to be about my people (don't judge the dog thinks he is a people), so I needed to fit five photos onto the page, as I really wanted each of them to be individual pics. My photos measure 2x2 but having them sit all in a row they have a lot of impact and do not really appear to be too small.  The added bonus is I was able to print them all on one 4x6 piece of photo paper!

I love this text paper so it was a must for a background, I added a bit of all three of the mists shown above and then layered on my other elements.

To help my white die cut stand out on the background paper, I backed it with a solid heart cut from the reverse of a second sheet of the text paper.  Then I layered tiny patterned hearts between the solid heart and the die cut piece.

I layered a contracting pattern and a solid at the top of the page and added a bit of decorative stitching.

The embellishing on this page is pretty simple, I used a couple of the flair from the collection and a couple of fun DIY embellishments to finish of my layout.  I will share tutorials soon showing you how to make the 3D arrow heart embellishment as well as the clear sequin tag.

I must mention that I so love how the Amy Tangerine alpha stickers look on the clear tag!

Lastly, I trimmed out some words from the text paper to create my journalling, it is a super fun trick!


I couldn't resist doing a somewhat Valentines / Love themed page of my sweetheart and I, because it is February.  However these papers are so perfect for everyday scrapbooking and I so love their fresh colours.  

I chose another great bold graphic paper for my background and layered a contrasting pattern and solid paper along the right hand side, again adding in some machine stitching with black thread for impact.

I created my title by capitalizing on the text on the background sheet and adding in some of those fantastic Amy Tangerine alpha stickers.  As you can see they fit in perfectly.  I had a little fun using the  number 2 in place of two letters, just because I thought I was cute!  I machine stitched over the alpha stickers, they do stick really well, I just couldn't help myself - the machine was out!

After getting the background and title all ready, I spent some time fussy cutting a bunch of flowers and leaves from one of the patterned papers.  The paper is gorgeous on it's own but I guess I was in the mood to fussy cut.  I got a little carried away and so there is a ton of little flowers tucked here and there on my page.  I also added in a ton of little sequins to break up all of the layers of papers.


These little cuties are so quick and simple to make, watch for the free cut file later this month!

Since I was feeling all lovey dovey (sitting in my scraproom all by myself! ha!) I decided to see if I could create a couple of Valentine cards with this sweet collection.


I used my Silhouette to add the sentiment and arrows, as well as to cut out the hearts.  The hearts were stitched on so that the sides could "float".


I added a little machine stitching on this card for texture and used a die cut heart and the Amy Tangerine alphas to create a sentiment.

Well that is it from me for today!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Supply List: Fancy Pant Designs patterned papers and flair; American Crafts white cardstock and bakers twine; We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool and waterfall sleeves; Amy Tangerine alpha stickers; Mr. Huey's mist in Heirloom Blue and Amarillo Yellow; Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine mist; CTMH Hollyhock ink pad; Staedtler felt tip pen in grey; Lawn Fawn sequins; misc. toothpicks and black thread.

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!