Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween Art | Jillibean Soup

Hey there, I ave been stash / scrap busting lately and the oter day I created this fun Halloween  decor piece with some Jillibean Soup scraps.

It is a cute and cheerful addition to my Fall decor items!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ringed Jack-o-lantern | Free Digital Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing my monthly free cut file with you today! Because Halloween is quickly approaching and I am feeling spooky today's share is a ringed Jack-o-lantern!


As always, click on the image to be taken to my download page.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Halloween After Party | Noel Mignon

Happy Saturday!  I am sharing a new page over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!   This week the DT is embracing another challenge given to us by our DT coordinator, Meridy, which is to "scraplift" a fellow DT member or one of our Facebook Group Members.  I chose to do the latter, and this is the layout that I created.

I poked around the albums and photos in our Members Facebook group just loving the inspiration!  It took me a little while to narrow it down but finally decided on this page by Julie Evers.

I stayed pretty true to the inspiration layout, with the exception of pushing my main focal area over to the right, just so slightly.

Here are a few close up of my design elements.

I am loving the embellishments in the Noel Mignon Falloween kit, the puffy stickers and wood buttons from American Crafts are so cute!

And let's not forget the sweet painted wood elements!

Darling die cuts and fun patterns papers from Bella Blvd.

And spooky clips and flair too!

I have created another process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:  Bella Blvd patterned paper - Pumpkin Day and Casper from the Spooktacular collection;  Pebbles patterned paper - moonlight, jackolantern and hocus pocus from the Trick or Treat collection; Bella Blvd ephemera and clips; Echo Park chipboard and washi; American Crafts wood buttons, wood shapes, flair and puffy stickers; Heidi Swapp glitter alphas. (from my stash: Hemptique twine, Mr. Huey's black mist,  Sharpie pen)

Thanks so much for visiting!

Winter Puddles | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there! It is mid month and that means I have a new sketch and layout to share for Stuck?! Sketches!

First up let me share the sketch.

I had fun with this sketch, and creating it.  I read on the blog of one of our past participants, that she dislikes sketches with circles and she doesn't like to work with circles, so I thought it would be great to use another shape to reinforce how versatile sketches really are.

I created this page that features our grandson splish-splashing in puddles last winter.  He was so cute, and loved it so much.  I think he thought he was being cheeky but we were all super entertained watching him and it was well worth a little laundry!

Back at the beginning of the month, I attended a crop and prior to going, I printed out some sketches, photos and built myself a stash kit. This is one of the layouts created with that kit.  I began creating my kit with an Echo Park winter themed patterned paper in teal, green and navy and went from there.  You can read more about how I built my stash kit and how you can build one too in this post, if you wish.

Anyway, I digress (as usual), Since I went with a fairly bold patterned paper for my background, I kept other patterns to a minimal - just a few little banner shapes, a tag and simple small layers behind my four photos.

The snowflakes and the word "puddles" were cut on my Silhouette, the snowflake is a Silhouette store file.

These glittery alphas are so old, which is why they had to be a part of my stash kit! Or maybe I should call it a de-stash kit.

The little words "run", "leap", "play" and "laugh" are from a rub-on by Kaisercraft that I have probably had almost as long as I have been scrapping, so even though it is just a start to this sheet it was nice to use some of it!

When I got home from the crop, I added some Smooch Spritz and messy stitching to this layout to finish it off.

Supply List; Smooch Spritz in "Ice Rink", Simple Stories "snow fun" patterned papers; Heidi Swapp "Christmas Marquee love" patterned paper; American Crafts cardstock; Martha Stewart twine; Lawn Fawn wooden snowflakes; Crate Paper acetate frame; Studio Calico patterned paper; Evalicious flair and clip; Kaisercraft rub-ons; K & Co. glitter words; misc washi; Freckled Fawn epoxy sticker.

You should really consider playing along at Stuck?! Sketches, we have two fabulous sponsors offering prizes for this challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting today, I hope you pop on over to Stuck?! Sketches! to see what the DT has created!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Stash Kit

Hi there!  I went to a crop at the beginning of the month, it was one of those fabulous 12 hour deals!  I got two pages done! I am calling it a win, don't burst my bubble, ha!  I had so much fun socializing - it was great not to feel like a shut in for one day!  So many of my scrappy friends were there, I was able to share so many long over due hugs!

I am guessing you are not visiting my old blog to read about my hugging habits!  I did however, have a point for this post! haha!  When I was deciding what to pack, I at first thought I would take my October Noel Mignon kit and then I thought about taking a couple of my Simple Stories collections but then I decided to make a Stash Kit!

It was fun to shop my own supplies, with the goal to use up some of my left over goodies.  I specifically tried to pick things that were one offs or almost gone, to clear out some space in my storage units.

I started by printing out some sketches, and then choosing and printing photos for each sketch.

I printed sketches and photos for 8 layouts - not sure who I was fooling by thinking I would even get close to getting that much done!

After printing my pictures, I started creating my kit, I pulled this snowflake paper by Simple Stories, shown below.  It is an older collection and I only had a few scraps left.

I really like the teal, navy, green, grey and taupe colours in it, but wanted one more colour for pop. So I pulled this second pattern paper with the same teals and green but also with a pop of red.  It is by Heidi Swapp and is only an 8 x 8 paper from a Christmas line (for the marquee things) but it worked perfectly so I added that to the basis of my kit.

Then I went through my stack of patterned paper and pulled all of the one (or two) offs that I had amassed and coordinated with my colours in the inspiration patterns.

Some are only partial sheets, but if I can use them up it will be awesome!

Next up was cardstock.  I hardly use cardstock anymore (other than black or white) so I pulled lots of colours hoping to see my supply dwindle at least a little bit! I also tucked in some vellum just in case.

I went through all of my previously loved sticker and chipboard sheets and pulled anything that fit with the colours or themes that I would be scrapping.

I love rub-ons and have collected them for years.  Some I have never used, like the "simply irresistible" one - because I am hoarding it for the perfect page (yes for about 8 or 10 years)!  Time to make that page I think! 

Other rub-ons have been previously loved and I would like to finished them up.

Next I moved on to alpha stickers.  I so often use my Silhouette to cut titles and ignore my large collection of alpha stickers.  Crops are the perfect opportunity to use some up!

Once again I pulled the ones that went with my colour scheme.

Then I moved on to smaller embellishments.

I chose anything and everything that matched, was almost finished or hadn't been touched as long as it coordinated with the scheme or theme.

The very last thing I did was some digital die cutting, I cut some elements in several colours just in case.  I even created a few new cut files. 

Where I could, I cut from the centre of the cardstock and left a frame around the outside, I can use these for mounting / framing my finished layouts if they need a bit of extra pop!

I am super excited about my Stash Kit, and even though I only created two pages from it so far, I plan to continue to use it until it is substantially smaller.  I will be sharing my first Stash Kit layout on Saturday, so I hope you check back and have a look!  I am going to a retreat in November, and I will definitely be packing this kit!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Fall is in the Air | Noel Mignon

Happy Saturday!  You have probably picked up on it by now, Saturday's are my days to share over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!   I am so excited to be playing with a new kit, the October "Falloween" Kit is so full of goodness! If you missed it you can check out my unboxing video here on my You-Tube channel. The DT is embracing another challenge given to us by our DT coordinator, Meridy.  This week she has challenged us with a "Pumpkin Pie Challenge", so basically we can use the colour orange or a triangle / wedge shape.  You can see from my page, I jumped right in and used both!

I used the knife tool in my Silhouette Studio software to cut up a circle into pie shaped wedges to create the focal area behind my photos, then I cut each one out of a different patterned paper from the kit!

After that I added in some stitching down the centre of each wedge, except the plaid one, and then layered my photos onto a eighth patterned paper and tucked a leaf shaped doily behind it.

As you can see, I used lots of different oranges on this page!

The rustic twill ribbon in this kit is just so pretty and perfect, I used it to add some texture to my page by creating little layered loops with it.

The stitching in the ribbon is what inspired the stitching on this layout.

I hand cut a couple of leaves to layer behind this sweet wooded acorn element. 

I love these little cut apart phrases from Pretty Little Studios, I chose three that suited my photos and added little fish tails to one side before adhering them to my page.

I couldn't resist stitching "wind movement" onto my page for these cute chipboard leaves.  I knew that I wanted to do this for these leaves right away but couldn't decide what to do with a second set of leaves.

A few simple accents on the top left of my photos, adds some lovely pop.

I finished my layout by trimming down the background cardstock to 10 3/4" (ish) and added some more plaid patterned paper beneath it.  After adding more stitching, I embellished it with the other two chipboard leaves, a chipboard phrase and an epoxy button.

I have created another process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:  American Crafts cardstock and leaf doily; Pebbles patterned paper and wood elements; Bella Blvd patterned paper and ephemera; Echo Park patterned paper, chipboard and enamel dots; Pretty Little Studios cut apart phrases; May Arts ribbon; Twinery bakers twine (from the August Kit);  American Crafts vellum (from my stash) and brown Mr. Huey's (from my stash).

Thanks so much for visiting!  Be sure to stop by the Noel Mignon blog to see what the rest of the team is creating.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Adorable and Fun Ruby | Noel MIgnon

Hi there!  I had some fun busting through the last of my September Noel Mignon kit to create an extra just for fun layout!

I love this patterned paper from Simple Stories' Posh line and wanted to feature it on my layout.  So it became a background.  I used no other patterns on my layout, with the exception of a couple of tight layers behind my photo.

I embellished either side of my photo, keeping the entire linear centre of the layout as a main focal area.

As you can see my title runs right into an embellishment cluster tucked behind my photo.

There are also three tiny embellishment clusters in a triangle around my page.

The little beads, were pulled off of the flower that adorns my page, prior to adding the gold circular puffy sticker element.  I didn't want to throw them out so I sprinkled them around my layout.

I also added in some dots using the Ranger enamel accents from the kit.

As a final step, I added in some hand-stitching in gold along the lines of the colour blocking on the background paper, and some splatters of Heidi Swapp gold colour shine from the August kit..

This layout is a little different for me, but I really like the way it turned out and it was fun to bust through that kit!

Supply List: patterned paper from Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, Simple Stories, and Fancy Pants; Simple Stories epoxy clips, stickers and chipboard;  Fancy Pants puffy stickers and washi tape; Pink Paislee wood accents and buttons; Ranger enamel accents; American Crafts Thickers;  Prima flower and leaves; Crate paper candy hearts.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Make it a double | Sharing Sketches

Hi there!  I have another couple of sketches to share with you today,  created for a friend that runs an annual charity for a dance group.  I attended it on the weekend and it was a lot of fun! Since I often get asked for double sketches, I thought I would share it here.

Here is the card sketch, but I am sure you crafty people could use it for a layout too!

Have a great day!