Friday, January 30, 2015

A freebie Silhouette Cut File - Retro Arcade

Hi there!

I am sharing a free Silhouette Cut File with my friends at Boys Rule, after creating these little guys they reminded me of characters you would find in retro arcade games, so that is how they got named.
click on the image to be directed to my download page

Don't you think these would be fun with googly eyes?!

Thanks for visiting! 

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi thre!

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

Pop on over and check out the great DT reveal, and the winners from the January challenges!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hugs for You - Your Next Stamp

Hi there!

I did a little colouring at a recent crop I attended, I really need to find more time to colour - I am a little out of practice.  Anyway, I used this cute stamp that I recent purchased from Your Next Stamp,.

When I had time last night to create a card, I noticed that YNS had a sketch and colour challenge.  I decided to play along with the sketch portion of the challenge, this is what I created.  Isn't that stamp too cute, and so versatile.

I was trying to make her a redhead like my sister, but didn't quite get the shading and highlights right.  Next time!

I used some pretty MME papers to make the card base.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Perfect Paint Colour Tutorial for Boys Rule Kit Club

Hi there!

I promised the other day that I would be back soon to share how I got the perfect paint colour for the wooden stars on this page, well today is that day.

So here is what I did....

Since it is difficult to always have the perfect paint colour on hand I keep a good supply of basic white paint - so grab some for yourself and some spray mist in a colour similar to what you would like your finished product to be and you are all set.

Spray mist had a nice deep pigment, so it colours the white paint really well.

You do not need a lot.

And it doesn't make the paint overly runny.

It paints up nice and dries quickly, giving a nice opaque finish to the wood star. 

Which means you can add your element to your page rather quickly, and even add a bit of Sharpie doodling!

Alternately, you could opt to not completely mix the two products completely together and you will get a mottled look when paint, this is super fun too.

Thanks for visiting today!

Stamp Storage Tutorial for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

A couple of months ago I was fortunate to get a craft room again, after our eldest son moved out.  It is a good sized room which is great.  Getting it set up and organized is an ongoing project.  Recently I spent some time organizing some of my stamp collection.  It is now much more user friendly and I have already used them much more than I was because they are more accessible.

So I thought I would share with you how I organized them in case this is something that you are struggling with too.

I picked up these fabulous stamp sleeves by Avery Elle from ScrapMuch? {actually the ladies special ordered them in for me and I know they would do the same for you;)}  I had done a bit of research before requesting them, but was still pleasantly surprised at how great they are.  They hold a lot too.

I was mostly focusing on the stamps that are on the desk in the photo above, these are stamps that I have slotted for use while scrapbooking for the most part, like stamps to add details to backgrounds.

And the stamps in the top drawer in the photo below.  This drawer is slightly larger than a shoe box and it is crammed full of stamps in all kinds of packaging and sizes.  Which makes storing them a challenge.

In order to make it easier to see the contents of the sleeve, I knew I wanted to add a white cardstock insert.  I measured the sleeve and trimmed down some inexpensive cardstock  so that it was slightly smaller than the sleeve.

This what they looked like with the inserts.

Then I got busy popping in my stamps.  In some cases it was as simple as sliding in the whole stamp set, on the acetate that came in the original packaging.  Stamps like this one from Lawn Fawn, didn't even need a "cheat sheet" because they have black colouring on them. I slipped the label from the packaging in behind the white cardstock, in case I needed the information for future use.

And this sleeve with a mixed bunch of foam cling stamps, is easy to see what is inside as well.

But some of my stamps, I have had for a long while and no longer have the packaging.  Plus the stamps are designed such that it is hard for me to tell exactly which ones they are once inside the sleeves.

So I turned to Google for some help and printed images of the stamps, to put into the back of the sleeves.  In some cases I was able to download the package label, so I have all the information, other times I was only able to get an image of the stamp, but that is okay too.

You can see that I was able to put two stamp sets into the sleeves for some of my stamps.  And I have a bit of room in some of my sleeves to add in another stamp or two.

Some of my stamps are just random small singles, so I grouped similar stamps together and stamped their images onto the cardstock insert that I put into the sleeve for a quick visual reference.

I have a few stamps sets with coordinating dies.  The dies also slipped right into the sleeves, keeping them organized together.

Look at this large pile of Ziplocs (my old not functional system) I have to reuse!

I also have an empty bin and drawer!

All these stamps now fit nicely into one bin!  I originally bought two sets of sleeves and they come 25 to a pack. I have a few sleeves left, which is perfect since I just bought new stamps!  I know I will be ordering more. 


It is really nice to get this project done!  I am slowly working on organizing more of my scraproom, so I may have more shares in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow Fun - ScrapMuch? Bo Bunny

Hi there!

I promised that I would be back to share another page using the beautiful Altitude collection by Bo Bunny.  I had a lot of fun creating this page.  It was actually created for something special but it didn't pan out so I get to share it here now ;)

I used some vintage photos of my husband and started this page by creating this fun cut file.

I love that the buttons for this collection are adhesive backed, it doesn't get any easier than that!

The chipboard accents have great details like this one with a gem in the centre.

And the colour variations in the purples and teals are goegeous!

Combining cut files and stickers to create a title adds extra fun factor!

It is a little hard to tell in this photo but I added glitter to the snowflakes in my background.

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy - Stuck?! Sketches - Teresa Collins

Hi there!

There are just a few more days left to play along with the sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches  but I wanted to send out a little shout out to remind you to get your layouts linked up and share my page with you finally!  Please forgive my tardiness, I had a little scheduling mix up.

Anyway, here is a reminder of the latest sketch (though both sketches for January are still open):

And this is my page:

I had so much fun putting this page together, pulling in so many great elements from my stash!  I used papers, chipboard and stickers  "Nine & Co." by Teresa Collins as my main supply but the background page is Simple Stories.

The sweethearts in this photo are my eldest son, Chris,  and his "best gal" Merissa, as he calls her. They are cute together!  I gave them an album for Christmas with a few starter layouts, this was one of them.

I used a combination of sticker flowers and flowers that I cut from one of the patterns to embellish this page. The resin flowers are Recollections and I have been hoarding them because I love the colour!

You will also notice some Tim Holtz rub ons tucked in here and there. My favourite thing to to with rub ons.

You know me and my love for layers, there are lots on this page!

This amazing laser cut chipboard is from Creative Embellishment, It love it, it is so pretty and embossed in gold it is stunning!

So glad yo stopped by!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch?!

Hi there!

i am sharing this sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch?....

I hope you get a chance to pop on over to check out the DT creations and stick around to play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Friends & Skype - Jillibean Soup

Hi there!

I got a few minutes to play this past weekend, actually I was home alone for the first time in I do not even know how long - for four whole hours, while the men folk took in a hockey game!  So some tea, some tunes and some fun Jillibean Soup papers were on the agenda.

I have had these Spicy Social Soup papers on my desk for a while now, hoping to find time to play.  I thought this photo of my youngest playing Minecraft with friends via Skype was perfect for these papers.

I started by creating this background cut file and just played around from there, filling in random circles with thee fab patterns. Okay not so randomly filled in, I really tried to do random as I love the look - but my brain just can't go there - too OCD I guess.

I tucked in some journaling behind my photo on a little 3 x 4 cut apart card.

I used some great Jillibean sticker and die cut elements as well as some Simple Stories alphas to create my title.  Then I added in some Doodlebug enamel dots for fun.

More stickers and a wood button adorn the corner of my photo.

I also added some fun layers below my photo.  I wanted to add in as many of these great patterns as I could!

Have you seen the new Jillibean Soup goodies coming out of the recent CHA, I cannot wait to get my hands on some of them!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Covering Raw Chipboard - Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a new tutorial to share with you today, and I am trying, yet another format.  I am trying to find one that allows me flexibility and is easy for you to view and follow along.

I created a slide show to share with you an idea about covering raw chipboard, let me know what you think!  (Ignore the typo at the halfway point, whoops.)


Here is a still shot of the card that I created with my covered chipboard.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Be You & Be Silly - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I am sharing a new layout over at Boys Rule today, using the latest and greatest kit!

I kept my page layout pretty simple and then focused on personalizing it  with embellishments and special touches.

The earthy tones of the October Afternoon and We R Memory Keepers papers were just perfect with this fun photo of two of my boys goofing around in the tree in our backyard.  I love that they did a mini photo shoot for me this past fall!

I used some Distress Ink to "stain" these wood stars and then pulled out a gold paint pen and added some doodling.

I also added two colours of ink, in teal and brown, to the amazing Pink Paislee star.... I love them so much!

The enamel shapes from Doodlebug are so fun, but for this page the blue colour just didn't work...  my trusty gold paint pen fixed them up quick and easy!  Love that!  It is a great tip for stash busting, you can alter the colour of your goodies so you do not have to have every colour on hand.  Sharpies work great for this, too.

I also used my gold paint pen on the foam Thickers, just for fun, and these enamel shapes as well.  I combined the Jillibean phrase card with the Thickers to create my title.  The Jillibean card got a treatment of the same two colours of ink as the Pink Paislee star.  The original bright white did not really work for this page, I love how it turned out with the ink.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Our Weekends Look Like This - Evalicious

Hi there!

I am sharing a page sharing a page created for an Evalicious DT assignment, that documents what our weekends look like during the fall and winter.  For me watching our youngest play his sports is the best part of our chilly winter season.

I started this page by adding a splash of watercolour paint to the centre, giving my page elements a base to 'pop' off of.  I also added watercolour paint to the edges of my layout.

After centering my photos and the large tag for journaling, I got busy adding some fun elements.

I stamped and heat embossed this camera image as well as several hearts.  Both stamps are in the "Photo Shoot" clear stamp set, and are amazing!

Next, I layered several embellishments in a few areas on my page.  I love the way the traditional stickers, puffy stickers and badge buttons play off of each other.  And having all these elements available in the "Photo Shoot" collection makes my page very cohesive.

And let's not forget about the incredible wood veneer!

I doodled around most of the puffy sticklers on my page, I like the way it makes them pop and makes my page feel more fun.

Yes, I did use a ton of embellishments, I love that the collections are so full of goodies!  But I still have loads left for more pages!

Once I was finished embellishing my page, I added the stitching so that I could work my stitches around all the goodies on my page.

Evalicious Product List (click on the images to be taken to the shop location for each item):

Other Products: American Crafts Cardstock, DMC floss, Leow watercolour paints, Staedtler pen, Stazon ink.

Thank you for visiting today!