Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Reveal for ScrapMuch? ~ Carta Bella

Hi there!

My October ScrapMuch? DT kit was loaded with Carta Bella goodies! I had so much fun playing with the great fall colours of the "A Perfect Autumn" collection and came up with these layouts....

 Aren't these colours just perfect for playing in the leaves?

 I love this twine, also from ScrapMuch?.

This collection has a fabulous sticker sheet that is just perfect for all things fall.  I used a lot of them on my pages.  But there was also a really cute scalloped strip in a pretty red colour.  The scallops had little holes die cut into them.  I used the "holes" as an embellishment on this page, sort of like you might use gems or sequins.

I cut up several of the stickers to better utilize them on my page, for example this banner sticker was larger but I only need a small piece, cutting it up allowed me to save a bit for another project.

This page uses the current sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.  I also used some ink, paint and masks to create a bit of texture on the background., as well a some stitching on the circular paper element for more texture.  I love the rustic feel of this twine, just perfect for fall!

There are several cute little critter stickers on the sticker sheet!

Layering up stickers add extra impact.

Some stickers, I stuck onto paper and cut around them, then pop them up with pop dots.

 There is always room for twine!

 I just love the way the colours pop off this acid green cardstock! The red scalloped sticker is the one I reference earlier in this post.

 Gorgeous leaf stickers layers with a die cut button.

The tree sticker was so cute, and die cut nice a close to the image.  So I fussy cut the deer sticker to take him off of a square shaped sticker.  I like him a lot this way.

And this tag sticker is just perfect for a title!

For my last project I whipped a little card to show you how easy it is to create a card with the 3 x 4 cuttables on the back of one of the patterned papers.  That and  a sticker and a few scraps and you have an instant card.

The next time you craft I challenge you to create a card before you clean up your scraps, it is a great habit to get into to increase your cards stash and you will feel like you are getting free cards!

Thanks for visiting!

What a perfect Day ~ Stuck?! Sketches ~ Carta Bella

Hello there!

There is a brand new sketch challenge up on the Stuck?! Sketches challenge site!


I used all Carta Bella goodies on this page which I received from ScrapMuch? as part of my DT kit, with exception of the American Crafts cardstock, twine, and various inks and paint.  I will be sharing this page and a few more creations on a second post today for ScrapMuch?.

Here are a few close up shots:

And here is the sketch:

For this challenge Stuck?! Sketches is partnering up with Color Me Scrappy, who are further challenging you to use this gorgeous fall colour combo to create with.  If you play along with both the sketch and the colour combo you can link up with both challenge sites, for a chance at extra prizes!

 For this challenge Stuck?! Sketches has two fantastic sponsors!  7 Dots Studio is offering a $20.00 gift certificate to one lucky participant!

AND ScrapMatts is offering 2 large pieces of chipboard (a $20.00 value) to a second lucky participant!

used both our sketch and the colour challenge:

You have until October 29, 2014 at midnight EST to link up at  Stuck?! Sketches to be in the running for one of our prizes!   All prizes will be drawn randomly using to pick a number.

Feel free to combine this sketch challenge with other non-sketch challenges, such as colour challenges.

Please post a link back to Stuck?! Sketches on your blog entry for our challenge.  We would also love for you to share the sketch, too!

Thank you for visiting, I hope you decide to play along!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Freebie Silhouette Cut File - Super Star Arrow and Background

Hi there!

I am sharing a freebie Silhouette cut file with my friends over on the Boys Rule Kit Club blog, and I thought you might like it, too.

I hope you like it!  I would love to see what you do with it.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What if your photos are dark and your papers are light - Tutorial - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I am up on the Boys Rule Kit Club blog today sharing a tutorial, so it is a no brainer that I share it here, too!

I actually created this tutorial with the last kit.  It came about because of some photos I was scrapping at the time, but I didn't have a chance to share my technique yet.  So here goes.

I have shared this page before, but I really didn't get into the nitty gritty of it. As you can see my photo is very dark and these papers are so light and fun.  I really wanted to pair the two, and when I first pulled this page together it just wasn't quite right. So I used a couple of tricks to make them mesh a little better.

First up, I added a white border to my photo, a white mat would work, too.

Then I doodled .... everywhere... with a fine tip black marker.

I traced around just about every element on my page,

 And added some black journaling, too.

Now my lights and darks mesh, my photo doesn't look like a black hole in the middle of my page and I am much happier with the result.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am sharing this sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today., I hope you will pop on over and see what the amazing DT has created with it and stay to play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Organizational DIY Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a fun little organizational DIY to share today, that also includes a bit of recycling! How can we not love that, right?  And it has the added bonus of using chalkboard paint!  Am I the only one with that addiction?

To start with you will need your chalkboard paint and a foam brush, plus several smallish recycled jar lids.  Jam jar lids are a good size, but really you can use any size you like.

No go ahead and start painting, the firm coat will look a little rough.

After 2 or 3 coats it will look great! Let dry about an hour between coats.  When you have your desired coverage, let dry for 24 hours.

Now it's time to condition your mini chalkboard, go ahead and rub it all over with your chalk and erase.  It is now in perfect chalking condition!

The last step is to punch a hole in the lid.  You can do this with a nail and hammer or by using a drill, whatever suits your fancy.  It  is rally not hard to pierce these little lids.

Now string it up with your favourite twine, chalk on your label and you are set to go.  How is that for super easy?

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour

Hi everyone!!!

Blog hops are so much fun and they’re a great way to find inspiration! So when I was asked by Diana Poirier, to be a part of the Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour, I was honoured and excited! I design sketches for one of the teams Diana designs for and I always love to see her creative take on them!

Thank you Diana, for including me in this tour!

Here are a few questions we were asked to answer:

1. What am I working on right now?

Along with a few DT reveals, I am working on a tutorial for ScrapMuch?.... 

and another for Boys Rule Kit Club... 

A sketch for ScrapMuch? that will be revealed later this week....

and a freebie cut file that will be shared on the Boys Rule Kit Club blog next week...

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
It can take me anywhere from an hour to a few hours to complete a page, depending on how detailed it is.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Aside from pretty papers, which are always high on my priority list, I am loving playing with paint and stencils.  My love of layers is unlikely to ever change, likewise for buttons and inky edges.

4. How does my creative process work?

If I am doing DT work for ScrapMuch? or Boys Rule it always starts with fabulous papers, I then decide if I will be working with a sketch and will pick photos that mesh with both the papers and the sketch.  If I am creating for Stuck?! Sketches, then the sketch is the starting point and pictures come next.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Typically I am inspired by scrappy products, but I  also use Bloglovin' to follow a kajillion a lot of blogs.  I love to see what scrappy friends are creating with and what subjects they like to scrap. 

6. What is my signature style? 

Layers, and more layers, I love layers.. but in a clean and simple way.  Though I do like to add dimension and texture with mists, ink and paint.  One might think this makes my pages heavy or super mixed media-ish.  But really they are pretty simple.

Now it’s time to tag another scrapper and one that I find inspiring.

I hope you will find her as inspiring as I do.

 Jayne Morgan

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stuck?! Sketches Reminder

Hi there!

Just popping in quick to reminder you to play along with our sketch challenge over at  Stuck?! Sketches.  This is our second sketch of the month, and while we are still celebrating our anniversary, this sketch is being run like our usual challenges with two fabulous prizes!

Did you know that our second sketch of the month receives less entries?  I am guessing this is because scrappers are tight on time. Which makes for a good argument to combine our sketches with a mood board or colour challenge, like this one at ScrapMuch?.  Anyway, I mention this because if you play along with the second sketch you have better odds of winning, and that is a good thing, right?

Here is the sketch.

So glad you visited, hope to see you link up at Stuck?! Sketches