Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sketcing for Boys Rule | October 1, 2015

HI there!

I am popping in quick today to share a sketch that I created for the October 1st sketch challenge at Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Sorry I am a little late in sharing this, but you can play along until the end of the month, go here to link up.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | October 2, 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing a new double page sketch today.

This sketch is for the newest challenge over at ScrapMuch?, I would love to see you play along! Go here for all the challenge details.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Epic Hockey Hair | Stuck?! Sketches | Simple Stories

Hi there!

It is reveal day at Stuck?! Sketches, and I am excited to share my page with you!  Here is a look at the sketch that I created for this challenge...

And this is my take on it, using some of the amazing SO RAD collection by Simple Stories, are you loving this collection as much as I am?

We have two great sponsors for this challenge:

I hope you decide to play along, as we are also looking for guest designers from our entrants!

Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned paper, stickers and brads; Mr. Huey's White mist; Little Yellow Bicycle canvas and burlap stars;  Heidi Swapp wood veneer; DMC floss; Copic Y08 and Y15 (to alter the colour of my brads); misc. brads; American Crafts precision pen; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (on wood veneer).

I am also entering the following challenges:

Use your Stuff challenge blog - markers and inks ( I used mine in a subtle way)
Come and Get it Challenges - Clear it out (I used some old Little Yellow Bicycle Stars)

Thanks for visiting!

ScrapMuch? Monthly Reveal | Something Wicked | My Mind's Eye

Hello there and Happy October!

Can you believe we are already this far into the year? I am a little shocked, but also looking forward to all the fun things October has in store for us, like fall fairs, pumpkin patches and trick or treating (though to be honest, I do not even know if they do that in our new neighbourhood - there are like 5 kids - something to look into I guess!)

Anyway, as you would think I got to play with some super fun Halloween goodies for today's reveal for ScrapMuch?, and I am just loving the "Something Wicked" collection by My Mind's Eye!  Have a look at what I got:

This paper pack is just the right size with 6 double sided papers, some are even glittery!  It also includes a glittery alpha set, which is super sticky and a fun stickers sheet!

This set of pin back flair is super cool, I am loving that this is the perfect collection for kids and adults of all ages that enjoy Halloween fun!

I also received two Tim Holtz products and I know you are going to want to get your hands on these!

This stencil was too fun to play with!

And these skull embellishments are super wicked!


I started out creating this two page layout, because I loved this orange paper with the dolled up skull! I tied my two sides together by having an orange paper on the right side of page one, so that the colours flow nicely across to page two.  I also used the glittered stripe paper and the paper with skulls with orange glasses on both sides of the layout to also help tie the pages together.

As you can see I played with the stencil on the background on both sides and followed up with some orange Glimmerglaze sprinkled around.  

After that I added my title and a bit of embellishing.  I added a button, twine and thread from my stash to complete the layout.  I wanted a little something to help the button stand out a bit while shuffling things around on my desk trying to decide what to use, I noticed that the sticker sheet has a lot of negative space, so I grabbed a punch and got busy!

The sticker sheet has a great texture, almost linen -ish, so that adds a bit to my page as well.


For this page, I began with the pattern with the large random circles of various black and white patterns on the solid black base.  I trimmed a half inch off one side and the bottom, distressed the edges and then sewed it to a piece of cream coloured cardstock, using a couple of different stitches.

I covered a couple of the patterned circles on the background and added an extra one to bring in some orange, as this paper was originally black and white.

Then I layered up some fun patterns under myfocal point / photo and began embellishing.  Along with the stickers and flair from the kit, I added buttons and silver sparkly enamel dots from my stash.


The stickers in the kit screamed Halloween decor to me and since I have been wanting to do something like this for a while, now seemed like the perfect time!  I sent hubby on a while goose chase for some interesting looking bottles, and he found some great ones!  Homesense, 3 for $11.00 - gotta love that and the man!

After adhering the stickers to the front of the jars, I poured in water coloured with food colouring.

I used a couple of the little Tim Holtz skulls to top of 2 of the bottles.

The third, and largest bottle, had a metal loop on the top of it, which I tied a braided tassel to, created from bakers twine.

Then I adhered a skull to the bottom of the tassel.

I know that these fun jar will be a part of our Halloween decor for years to come.  I can simple dump out the water and refill again next year.

Supply List: My Mind's Eye patterned papers, stickers flair and alphas; American Crafts cardstock and buttons; Your Next Stamp enamel dots; Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Glimmerglaze; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Doodlebug twine.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I loved sharing my creations with you!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Minimalist Altered Canvas | Tutorial

Hi there!

I have been wanting to create several "art" pieces for a while now, and recently I got around to knocking one of these off my to do list!

This canvas in very minimalist and focuses on the font, the one word says it all!

I used some of my chunky chipboard Thickers stash (they are easier to paint over than the other styles of Thickers), Zip Dry (to secure the Thickers and make sure they stay stuck), Gesso, and white paint.

After securing the alphas and letting the glue dry, I painted the whole thing with two coats of Gesso, which acts as a bonding agent for the paint as well as a primer.

And then I added two coats of white paint, to make sure it was good and covered.

I am loving how it turned out, I am working on a gallery wall for my family room, but at the moment htis piece is hanging out int he living room!

Thanks fro visiting!

Monday, September 28, 2015

No. 30 | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Hi there!

I am sharing a new page for Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits today, using some of the September and October kit.

I was recently sorting through an unfinished mini album that I started about a hundred years ago, thinking it would be nice to have one spot for one photo a year for each child - to see how they had changed.  I don't know why but I didn't continue on with it.  Anyway, I came across this photo of my eldest son taken a lot of years ago, I have to look back in some old albums but I am going to guess he was about 8 or 9 (he just turned 26), I love this photo and I thought it would work really nicely with the Kaisercraft elements in the kit.

I started my page with the thought that I wanted to add some Gelatos to the background with my Tim Holtz Splatters stencil, so I began by building up the patterned paper layers behind my photo.  I adhered them all together but did not adhere them to the background page just yet.  First I eyeballed where the photo would sit and then I added the Gelatos using a water brush and the stencil.

Once that was dry, I added my photo and patterned paper layers, and then the fun part begins!  Playing with and layering up embellishments.  Although, this page is pretty light on the embellishments.

I did dig into my stash for a few things, do you remember these Tim Holtz rubons we got in a previous kit?   Well I love them - a ton - but had sort of forgot that I had them, so it was great to play with them again!

I used them to create my title, my sons jersey number was 30 - he was a goalie and in our league goalies were always number 30.

As you can see, I also added these rubons randomly around my page - it is my favourite way to use rubons.

Along with stickers from the kit and my old rubons, I added in a few buttons from my stash to pull out the maroon of his jersey, and this die cut word "boy" that was in my "junk" bin.

The tag and Polaroid die cut were also in my "junk" bin.  I also used the Gelatos to colour the wooden Heidi Swapp arrow, I mixed all four colours from the kit to create a maroon colour - that was fun! I have to go back to this layout and add the date, as I mentioned I still need to look that up, but I really like to look of the layered stickers over the tag. It might seem odd, but I usually add my mist last, as was the case for this page.

This boy is definitely a unique soul, probably why he played net - goalies area  different bread of people!  Man do I love that kid, quirks and all - I would love to still be watching him on the ice.

Supply List - from the Boys Rule Kit:  Kaisercraft Scrap Yard papers and stickers; cardstock; Gelatos; Heidi Swapp wooden arrow.  Non Kit elements: Tim Holtz rubons, Tiny Attacher, and stencil; DMC floss; misc buttons and die cuts; Mr. Huey's mist in black.

Thank you for visiting today!

Happy Thanksgiving Pumpkin | Free Silhouette and SVG Cut File

Hi there!

I have a free cut file to share today!
click on the image to be taken to my download page

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch?! September 25 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing one last single page sketch for September with my friends at ScrapMuch?, then I will be back in October with a whole new set of sketches.

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Button Tack DIY | Tutorial

Hi there!

I am sharing a little quick and easy tutorial for ScrapMuch? today.

If you are anything like me then you might also be a collector of buttons!  I love to use them on almost all of my projects so I tend to buy them when I see colours that I like - which is pretty much all the time!  As I have been working on getting my scrap room in order I thought I should put some of my button stash to good use and use them to embellish my room, too!

Today my plain Jane cork board tacks are getting a bit of a makeover with a little bit of Glossy Accents and some pretty buttons.

It is so easy and I am sure I don't need to tell you how to do this, yup just add adhesive to the back of the tack and set it on the button.  It is so nice that they sit flat it makes drying so much easier.

If you put them on a little tray with a piece of waxed paper to protect your tray you can move them out of your way while they dry.  Drying time = playing time, right?

Here is a little peek at a few, I can't wait to use them!

Thanks for visiting today!