Thursday, November 29, 2007

A BIG toot for me!

Paper Crafts Magazine has requested one of my cards for an upcoming special stamping edition of their magazine. I'm so excited to be in one of my favourite mags and still a bit shocked!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Guess who's on the new DT at Scrapbooker's Club House?

That would be ME!

I'm thrilled to have been selected for a four month term over at Scrapbooker's Club House.

If you haven't checked out their web site and message boards, you should. There are lots of challenges each month, prizes and a bunch of great ladies.

I look forward to creating and inspiring everyone over the next several months!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Being together is the best gift of all

I recently saw a super cool layout posted on Vicki Boutin's blog and I knew I had to create my own version. I did this layout for the November quote challenge at Scrapbooker's Club House.

To make the tree I layered circles of paper from a few different Scenic Route collections. The bottom of the tree trunk was hand cut and I also cut the tree on the left out of the kraft paper sheet also from Scenic Route.

I added a chipboard bird from Maya Road (which was crackled using the new Tim Holtz/Ranger Inks crackle paint), some prima flowers and some Just Johanna stamps to finish off the layout.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Jazzing up a wine bottle

This was one of the make and take items demonstrated at the Scrapbooker's Club House on line crop this week. What a fun addition to add to a bottle of wine that you are giving as a gift or what about if you were giving bottles of wine out as a wedding favour; you could do a cute thank you tag!

I used some scraps of Bo Bunny paper, added a bow and some flowers and stamped Enjoy with a Heidi Swapp stamp.

If it's something you might be interested in trying out, you can get a copy of the template here.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A couple of scrap paper cards for the Caardvarks rubon challenge

Here's a couple of cards I did using the scraps from my altered ink storage case I did a few weeks ago. I also used rub on sentiments which coincidently is a perfect fit for the new Caardvarks challenge.

The papers are from the Basic Grey Lilykate and Gypsy lines. The chipboard flowers were made using the Cuttlebug layered flowers dies.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A few cool altered items!

As part of the rainbow crop over at Scrapbooker's Club House this week, I learned how to make two very cool altered items. It's not too late to join in the fun as the challenges are all due Saturday night.
The first one is an altered binder clip that you can use a photo stand (put the photo between the two silver parts). The clips are available in the office supply section (or from you desk drawer at work LOL!!) The only recommendation I have is to pick papers that have black in them OR paint the clip before you start. I did a winter theme on mine. You could also use it as a magnet for the fridge by adding some magnetic strip on the back.

The second project was to create a small altered file folder pocket album that is made out of one regular office file folder. The folding directions and link to the original project can be found here at Taylored Expressions. I used some really thin Christmas papers that worked really well. Thicker papers may make folding difficult.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm feeling blue today

Scrapbooker's Club House is having an on-line crop this week and tonight I worked on this card. The challenge was to create a card using only blue and white.

I ran a DCWV card through my Cuttlebug. I stamped some snowflakes with white Staz On on a piece of transparency and attached to the bottom. I added some Queen and CO. felt snowflake trim and a large felt snowflake from Ms. I added some blue bling and a really old metal word from my stash that happened to match absolutely perfectly. TFL!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Scrapbooker's Clubhouse Sketch Challenge #4

Here's my take on the sketch challenge for the Scrapbooker's Clubhouse Blog contest. The challenge was to use the sketch for a Christmas themed page and use Non-Traditional Christmas colors.
The pink scallop paper is MM Noteworthy collection, the rest of the papers and the die cuts are Anna Griffin. Other materials: MM letters, HS ghost snowflakes, HS letters.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Welcome back Mr. Mojo :) !

I seem to have finally got my layout mojo back. I finished TWO layouts yesterday.

Both of these were for challenges over at Scrapbooker's Clubhouse. If you looking for a really friendly site with lots of great challenges each month, you really need to check them out.

The first layout was a challenge to create a layout using Christmas lyrics as a title. I found this great old photo of me from the 1970s with a snowman and went with "in the meadow we can build a snowman". The paper is Urban Lily. There's lots of other stuff on this page: chipboard letters from Scenic Route, Heidi Swapp ghost snowflakes, rhinestone brads, Queen and Co. felt, 7 Gypsies seal stamp, trim and lots and lots of Stickles.

The second layout was for the "So Thankful" challenge. I did this layout using Daisy D's papers from the Harvest collection. This is the first fall themed layout I've ever done and the colours are so wonderful to work with. For embellishments on this layout I used: Fancy Pants and Queen and Co. felt, flowers, die cuts from the Daisy D's paper line, buttons, MME journalling block stamped with Prima stamp, silk leaves and flowers, . The title was cut using QK Studio font and MM rubons.

Friday, November 9, 2007

My altered ink pad holder finally done!

Remember back in the summer time when I was so excited to find the mother of all thrift shop finds.....that solid wood cassette tape holder (click link to see the before photo)?

Well, I finally got around to scrapafying it for my room. I painted it white (which was no easy feat LOL!) and then use some Basic Grey papers from the Lily Kate (blue) and Gypsy (green) lines to alter it.

Because I have to insert and remove the ink pads I only added some pretty stuff to the sides. The chipboard swirls are Maya Road that I painted green and then created my own covered chipboard flowers with some Cuttlebug Dies. I also added some periwinkle ribbon to the front to pull it all together.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My first completely stamped card

When I was at the Creative Festival in Toronto a few weeks ago, I pick up this gorgeous new botanical background stamp from Chapel Road Art Stamps. I've never made a 100% stamped card before and I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. I definitely want to get some more large background stamps in the future!!

The other stamps on the card are Gel-a-Tins, Tin Box Creations (sentiment) and Technique Tuesday. I used green chalk ink and the cardstock actually is an identical match IRL to the ink (the scan is a bit off in colours).

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Wanted: One Arizona title page.

On Friday night, Mary, Angie and myself met at Holly's house for a little cropping. Of course there was more chatting going on than work but I did manage to complete this layout yesterday when I got home. This will be the title page for my Arizona layouts.

I've had these Cosmo Cricket Wanted papers for a while but some of my recent Arizona and Boston vacation photos go so well with these papers. The papers and chipboard are all Cosmo Cricket, the brads are Making Memories and I used the 7 gypsies journalling stamp.