Monday, November 30, 2015

Merry & Bright | My Mind's Eye

Hi there!

I had a little time last week to create this just for fun layout but no time to blog, so I am  popping in quick today to share my page.

I used some Christmas photos of our youngest son, taken last year, and some of my My Mind's Eye stash of goodies.

I played with a Christmas Ornament cut file that I created along with a fun title.

I used some papers from two non Christmas themed collections (Market Street and Collectibles)  and then added some Christmas-y touches with embellishments from two Christmas collections (Vintage Christmas and Christmas on Market Street).

I created some holly by stitching some leaves onto my page and using enamel dots from Doodlebug as the berries. A little hand written journalling tells the story.

I created a super quick cut file for my title and cut it from white cardstock, I went for a white on white look but also added in a bit of green water colour paint and gold Heidi Swapp Colour Shine.

A few strategic gold embellishments from My Mind's Eye and Simple Stories helps to reinforce my holiday theme.

This flourish cut file is from the Silhouette store, I love flourish cut files but do not often use them, so it was nice to add one to this page.

More gold from My Mind's Eye and Simple Stories and well as the gold paper ornament hangers. This gold paper is from Fancy Pants.

My Mind's Eye chipboard and enamel stars.

All the ornaments were cut from the background paper and then I added strips of a variety of patterned papers in behind.

I am loving these slightly nontraditional colours for my holiday page, it was so fun to mix things up a bit! 

Supply List:  My Mind's Eye patterned paper, pocket cards, stickers, ephemera, chipboard, gold glittered epoxy stickers, enamel stars and arrow; American Crafts cardstock and vellum; Doodlebug and Simple Stories enamel dots; Leow's water colour paints; Heidi Swapp gold color shine; Fancy Pants gold paper, misc. bakers twine; swirls and holly leaves from Silhouette store; ornaments and title cut files created by me.

Thanks so much for visiting! 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | November 27 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing a double page sketch with ScrapMuch? today ....

... this is actually the first sketch for their December challenges I hope you decide to join on the fun!

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Button Bracelets | Tutorial

Hi there!

I am sharing a simple button bracelet tutorial today. I know that you likely have a great button stash, and this is a fun way to use some of them up.

You will need buttons and twine.

It is a great activity to do with kids, and they can even quickly make a few for friends for the holidays.

Feed the twine down through the button holes leaving a loop to push the tails though.

My son's school has been focusing a lot on friendships and kindness lately and I think this is important world wide.

Knot the ends.

This would also make a great activity to do with the kids while they are off on winter break. Especially if the weather is not conducive to going out to play.

fasten around the wrist with a simple knot. Not too tight.

You could even add a couple of beads on either side if you like. Festive colours would be great, too!

Thanks for visiting, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Card Class | ScrapMuch? Fall Retreat

Hi there!

I thought I would share a couple of the classes that I created for the recent ScrapMuch? fall retreats, maybe is mall doses so that I do not overwhelm you!  lol!

Today I would like to share this card class, each card holds a gift card, so they are perfect for holiday gift giving, I custom created cut files for each of these cards, I like to do as much cutting ahead of time as possible for my class attendees so that they can just play and chat!

Stocking Card

This first card has a lift up flap and is basically just a pocket that holds the gift card.  The trick is to place adhesive along the edges of the stocking as well as pretty much dead centre to keep a gift card from sliding all the way down to the bottom of the stocking.

File Folder Card

Once you remove the belly band of this card, the file folder opens to reveal a pocket that will hold a gift card. You can see the pocket being demonstrated below, as I have tucked the belly band into it.

Penguin Card

I had so much fun creating this card, I actually created two versions for the gift card pocket part of the card.  We used only one - maybe I will share the other version at a later date.  The pocket is created via a slit in the card that holds a gift card (it is a little hard to see in the photo below but I think you will get the idea.

Sequin Pocket Card

I have used versions of this card before, the gift card sits in the middle section of the card and practically pops up as the card is opened.  However this is the first time that I have added a sequin pocket to the card.  I showed my attendees how to create one with my Fuse tool, from We R Memory Keepers.  I am a huge fan of this tool!

Present Card

There are a variety of this type of card around, most predominately the flower pot one, however I wanted to create one that looked like a Christmas present.  When you slide off the lid of the "box" the gift card is revealed, it is sitting in a slit on the white cardstock attached to the lid.

Thank you for visiting today, I will be sharing more of my classes soon!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | November 20 2015

Hi there!

I have a new sketch to share today, this one was created for ScrapMuch? :

It suggest two 3" x 6" horizontal photos, just to spice things up! But of course you must make it your own!

You will definitely have to pop over to see the DT reveals, they are fabulous!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Button Glam | Tutorial

Hi there!

I am sharing a super simple way to glam up your buttons today!

How about a little tulle pulled through your button for a fun and easy glammed up look?

All you you need a little coordinating tulle. (I don't know why the colours look different in this photo, it was taken at the same time as the others and it is the same button, promise).

It can be a little tricky to pull the tulle through the buttons holes so I have a little tip for you.

Try pushing a loop of sturdy button twine through the button hole, from front to back, then feed the tulle into the loop.

Pull the twine gently back through the button hole.

Ta da! Repeat for next hole, alternating inserting the twine through the front and back.

Such a cute look!

I think it looks great nestled in with other embellishments on this layout that I recently created.

Here is a little look at the whole page.

What do you think? Will you be incorporating this technique into a project one day soon?

So glad you visited today!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Poppy Remember | Free Silhouette and SVG Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing a new freebie cut file today, this design pays tribute to all of the veterans that we love.

Please click on the image to be taken to my download page, this file is available in Silhouette, SVG and PNG formats.

I hope you enjoy this file, feel free to leave me a link in the comment section if you create with this file and post it online, I would love to check it out!

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dreamers Gonna Dream | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

Today I am sharing my latest DT reveal and sketch for Stuck?! Sketches.

Here is the sketch...

When I create my sketches I like to mix up the number of photos, as well as the size and shape of the photos.  And sometimes the sketches look a little more feminine or lean towards masculine  of course all sketches are totally open for interpretation and I hope people feel free to scrap how they feel or what they want to.  Typically I scrapbook a fair amount of masculine pages, but once in a while I like to go girly, and this page is pretty much just that!

Over at Stuck?!, we partnered with Scrap it with a Song, who challenged us to use the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin for inspiration.  I know this song was popular waaay back when I was in high school, but I have not listened to it in many, many years. Maybe not since the last high school dance that I attended! ha! Although, I did see and enjoy this version of it a couple of years ago when it showed up in my Facebook feed.

So that became inspiration for me.  This photos was taken on New Years Eve last year.  New Years Eve can be a bit of an emotional night, as we look back on the year(s) past and give hope for our future. I always, always hope for peace. For me, for us and for our children and for the world as a whole. I rarely make a resolution but I definitely always hope for peace.  Last year most especially because our family was going through a tough time.

I loved this ephemera for my title, as my guy and I are dreamers, big time!  We dream about our children and our hopes for them, we dream about our plans for our house, we dream about trips we probably won't ever take - because you know something always comes up, but hey that is okay.  Being by each others side and having hope for our future and that of our children's is much more important.  But we aren't ever going to stop dreaming!

I had a bit of fun adding paint circles, paint drips and painted edges to my page.

Anyway, if you play along with us at Stuck?!, you have a chance to win one of our great prizes.  We are being sponsored by 7 Dots Studio and Freckled Fawn for this challenge. And if you play along with Scrap it with a Song as well, you have a chance to win their prize, too!

Supply List: Fancy Pants patterned papers and ephemera; Simple Stories enamel dots; Decoart paint; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine mist; October Afternoon button; misc. tulle.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I love it when you do!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | November 13 2015

Hi there!

I have a new sketch to share today, this one was created for ScrapMuch? :

It has a bit of a mixed media vibe going on, but of course you must make it your own!

You will definitely have to pop over to see the DT reveals, they are fabulous!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gelatos and Wood Veneer | Tutorial

HI there!

I thought I would share a quick tip using wood veneer shapes and Gelatos, today. For those of you that have not had a chance to play with Gelatos yet, you really should! They are almost like a waxy oil pastel, but they are water based. There are so many fun ways to use them and different things that you can do with them. You can use them on their own, apply them with your fingers, use a paint brush and water or a water brush - to mention a few. They are great for adding mixed media looks to your backgrounds and colour to neutral / naked embellishments.

For today's post I want to show you how Gelatos look on wood veneer.

I left one of the wood pieces natural and the second one I painted with Gesso.

After the Gesso dried, I added the blue Gelato with my fingers, rubbing it in to the wood. You can see that without the Gesso the Gelatos has a translucent look, and it is more opaque with the Gesso. Whatever your taste or preference, it is a fun way to customize the colour of neutral elements for your project!

Thank you for visiting today!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | November 6 2015

Hi there!
I have a new sketch to share today, this one created for ScrapMuch? :
You will definitely have to pop over to see the DT reveals, they are fabulous!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Mini Album Tutorial | ScrapMuch? | Simple Stories

Hi there!

While I was playing with the gorgeous Pumpkin Spice collection by Simple Stories, that I was given by ScrapMuch? for my latest DT Reveal, I could help but think "Mini Album" when I saw these papers...

So using two sheets of this particular patterned paper, as well as a bit more paper and some great Pumpkin Spice embellishments I set about creating a cute mini!

Have a look:

I started by choosing a section of this patterned paper for both the front and back of my mini and filed in other pages as I went along.

I tried to create a balance between photo mats and journaling areas.

I also embellished with die cuts, and stickers - popping up some for added dimension.

This mini and these papers are so perfect for anything fall, from pumpkin patches, to cozy sweater selfies, to chasing colours and coffee dates.

I had an extra bit of this pattern left over that I used to create this "fall" page.  I trimmed it a little shorter for some extra impact. I like the varying sizes of the pages.

The page on the right had these great phrases printed on it, I used the second sheet of the same pattern to cut out every second word and pop dotted them over the same words on my original page.

I used a scrap of coordinating pattern paper to create tabs in my album.

A lot of the die cuts, were perfect matches to the pattered papers, both in size and colour so in a few instances I pop dotted the matching die cut over the pattern for impact.

How cutd is the inclusion of a pumpkin recipe!

I took every opportunity to layer elements, you know how much I love that right?!

This seemed like the perfect place to say good-bye!

Once I had my pages created, I punched holes in each page so that I could join them together to form my album.

I played around with the alignment a bit, even used a template to check each page, to ensure that I didn't punch through anything important.

I toyed with a few binding options, and considered jump rings.

But in the end I opted for some pretty fibers from my stash.

What do you think? Wouldn't this make a sweet little gift?

So glad you visited today!