Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Have a Dino-mite birthday part 2!

Well, I had to come up with a replacement card for my nephew's birthday since the one I originally made was picked up for publication.

Since I only had about 15 minutes to make the card, this is what I came up with. I printed the sentiment on the computer and then stamped the Dino on the card. I used my new Nestabilities dies for the scalloped border.

The paper and dino stamp are all from the Basic Grey Archaic collection.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Reflect layout

This was my layout for round 2 of the Iron Chef contest at Scrapper's Haven. You may recall the ingredients were: paint, sewing and stickers.

I used paint to distress the edges of the photo and on top of the embossed paper, the title was made with Scenic Route stickers and you can see the stitching around the outside. Those gorgeous stamps above the ribbon are from the Rummage Bin collection (Time to Stamp) by Cornish Heritage Farms.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A simple shadow box

I've seen a number of butterfly shadow boxes or altered canvases around these days and I decided to make one for the wall of my scrapbook room.

I bought a naked wood shadow box from Dollerama and painted it white. I stitched around the outside of a piece of K and Co sage green paper and added some Scenic Route stickers for the Dream title. The butterflies are from Cuttlebug and I added some Stickles to the middle.

Oh and this was for round 2 of the Iron Chef competition at Scrapper's Haven. The ingredients were stickers, stitching and paint.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Oh how I love birds and swirls!

Here's a card I created using my brand new and much sought after Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder.

This was the card I also created for round 2 of the Iron Chef competition over at Scrapper's Haven. This week's ingredients were: paint, stickers and sewing.

I used paint to distress the edges of the paper and brushed it lightly over the top of the embossing. The stitching is around the edges and of course I used my favourite MM stickers.

The bird and bird house stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes Pretty Birds).

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 25, 2008

A whole lot of paisley!

I think when I designed this card I must have challenged myself to put as much paisley pattern as possible LOL!

This is another card I created for the Cornish Heritage Farms backgrounder challenge week. I used the paisley backgrounder stamp on the bottom of the card and I also stamped on the button with Staz On ink.

I ran the top of the card through the Cuttlebug and added some Doodlebug paisley paper for good measure.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hello card

This is another card I created for the Cornish Heritage Farms Backgrounder challenge week.

For this card the challenge was to use a partial backgrounder stamp on your card. On this card, I added ink in different intensities on the paisley backgrounder stamp. Then I stamped onto my patterned paper.

Although the paper I chose was a bit on the busy side, the technique still worked well and I can see doing this technique more often.

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms (Paisley backgrounder and Kim Hughes Tag You're It)
Papers: Bo Bunny
Flower: Bazzill

Good Luck card

Here's a card I created with my leftover Rusty Pickle Lucky papers from the kit I received from Scrapper's Haven.

I used a Cornish Heritage Farms backgrounder stamp (Victorian) on the top paper to give it a more Celtic look. These backgrounder stamps from Cornish are so cool. They are a great way to change up the look of your paper in many different ways. Check them out!

Supplies: Papers: Rusty Pickle Lucky, Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms, Studio G, Stickles, Prima flowers, button, lace, ribbon

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another turtle card (Hot Shotz round 3 card)

Here's another card I did with April's Stamp of the Month from Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes Tyson the Turtle). Isn't this a fun stamp set?!?!

This is also my entry for round 3 of the Hot Shotz card contest at Scrapshotz. It was based on an art inspiration piece that was posted in the forum. I used the shapes on the art piece as inspiration.

Papers: Basic Grey Phoebe
Other: Prima and American Crafts flowers, MM brads, Stickles

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cornish Heritage Farms Backgrounder hello card

Here's a card I made that features more stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms. I did this card for their Backgrounder challenge week.

I used the Lined Paper backgrounder stamp on the top and stamped the sentiment (Kim Hughes Scripty Words) between one of the lines.

I stamped one of the Kim Hughes Pretty Bird stamps onto patterned paper and cut it out (this is a new technique for me and I really think it looks cool!).

Finally, I used my Paisley backgrounder to stamp on the button with Staz On ink (again another new technique for me).

I really had fun and learned a lot about using backgrounders during this challenge week. Thanks CHF!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Check out this awesome peek!

I was recently selected to be an "apprentice" at Scraphoria. I will be a guest designer for two months and at the end of the contest period, one of the three "apprentices" will be added to the Scraphoria team!

I received my May kit and WOW, it's beautiful! I can't wait to show you my creations and to work with the next kit. Here's a little peek to keep you going until the 1st of May!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hot Shotz Cardz contest

As if I haven't been busy enough this month, I've entered into Scrapshotz's Hot Shotz card contest.

Each week there is a challenge posted and members of the board vote on their favourite cards for the week. Each week someone is eliminated. The last card maker standing is the Hot Shot and will be published in Canadian Scrapbooker and receive a prize package.

These are the two cards I did for round 1 and round 2 (thanks to everyone who voted for me by the way!!). I have advanced to round 3 so far!!

My first round card on the left (the brown one) was created for the challenge to use a technique on your card. I used dry embossing, inking, distressing and hand cutting.

My second round card was created for a recipe challenge. I chose from a list of card "recipes" for items you had to use on your creation. For my "recipe" I had to use 3 patterned papers, dimensional tape, embellishments cut out of the paper, metal and rubons. Hopefully more rounds to follow :)

Say hello to my new friend Tyson the Turtle

Cornish Heritage Farms is having a week long "Backgrounder Blitz". Each day there is a new challenge for using their wonderful backgrounder stamps.

This is the card I did for Saturday's sketch challenge. I used the Notebook backgrounder stamp and the April stamp of the month combination (Tyson the turtle and the sentiment stamp).

The stamp set is available until the end of the month so be sure to check it out bc it's sooooo cute!! I think Tyson is a boy turtle but I changed mine to a girl :)

Supplies: Stamps are all Cornish Heritage Farms, Basic Grey Pheobe papers, prima flowers, bling, Stickles.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Another Dream Street layout

Hopefully you're not sick of this paper line yet but the funny thing is that in addition to my DT kit from the Scrapping Turtle this month, I also got the exact same papers as part of my Scrapper's Haven kit for the month! But hey, I don't mind as these papers are so nice to work with. Please excuse the horrible photo but the colours are dark brown with cream....couldn't get the photo to adjust well.

This is a bit of a more graphic style layout with only a few embellies as I wanted the photos to be the focus of this layout.

Supplies: Dream Street Rue papers, American Crafts felt flowers, Ms ribbon, dollerama rhinestone brads, QK Studio font,Flair number stickers.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tooty, toot!

I got a request today for a card for September's Cards magazine.

It was actually the one I made for my nephew's birthday so I guess I better make another one before we see him next week LOL!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

First Holy Communion

I found these three photos of my brother and I at my first Communion and knew they would go perfectly with the Dream Street Rue papers that came in my April design team kit from the Scrapping Turtle.

Because the quality of the photos wasn't great I had to do an 8 x 8 layout that I will add to my book of me.

The title box was cut out of the "Affection" sheet from the Rue collection that comes with various boxes that can be cut out for use on cards or layouts. I used my Quickutz lace die to line the outside of the box and the title was created using Quickutz Blossom font. The large brown flower is by Bazzill.

You can find the papers here at the Scrapping Turtle.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Est 11.27.05 layout

Here's another layout I did using the Dream Street Rue collection from the Scrapping Turtle I cut the damask pattern out of one of the papers to layer under my photo.

I used the word blocks from the "Affection" paper to create a title of sorts and the title at the top of the page was cut out using the Quickutz Studio font. I added some hand cut damasks from the paper along the side and finished it off with a large flower and hat pin (my new obsession LOL!) and some ribbon.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's reveal time!!! Sassiness is Happiness

Well, it's the 15th and time to reveal my DT creations for the Scrapping Turtle for this month!!
I love this picture of my brother taken back in the 80s and I've been wanting to scrap it for a long time.

The Dream Street "Rue" papers I worked with this month from the Scrapping Turtle were just absolutely PERFECT to go with this photo.

I cropped the photo into a half circle and hand cut the floral like designs out of the paper to wrap around the photo.

In my stash I found an old We Are Memory Keepers chipboard shape that said "Sassiness is Happiness" and I knew it was just perfect for this layout!

You can get the full collection of these wonderful papers here at the Scrapping Turtle. The papers are double sided and cardstock weight. They even have a full line of papers that are perfect for mini books! Stay tuned for the rest of my creations with these amazing papers :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

King of the Hill

This is another layout I did for my Guest Designer spot at Scrapper's Haven.

I chose to work with the entire line of Rusty Pickle's Lucky line and picked up the new Gel-a-Tins crown stamps. These two products are FABULOUS together and this is the layout I came up with.

Paper: Rusty Pickle Lucky
Sticker: Rusty Pickle
Stamps: Gel-a-Tins crowns
Chipboard letters: Dollerama
Letter stickers: Scenic Route, EK Success Mini letters
Other: Stickles

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Moment of Reflection

I was selected to be the Guest Designer for April at Scrapper's Haven.

This is the first of the projects I designed from some of the supplies I chose to work with. I did some stamping and wet embossing on this layout using the fabulous new Gel-a-Tins Big and Wild things stamps and combined it with some awesome patterned papers from Kaisercraft.

Papers: Kaisercraft (Sanctuary and Refuge)
Bazzill scalloped edge cardstock as base
Stamps: Gel a Tins Wild Things (new large stamps and small set)
Stickers: Scenic Route
Rubons: Making Memories
Other: lace, buttons, crocheted flower

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Iron Chef....the main course finally done!

So I finally finished the layout portion of my entry for round 1 of the Iron Chef contest at Scrapper's Haven. You may recall the "ingredients" for this round were chalk, glitter/glitter glue and black and white paper.

I was trying to think of a more unique way to use chalk on my layout instead of just distressing so I finally figured out to chalk the white side of a sheet of KI lace paper (I love the soft look this gave) and I set the chalk with some hairspray!. For the glitter component I added some Stickles to the chipboard letters and Stickle-fied those cut out ball like flower thingies on the right hand side. Oh and I'm quite sure I've seen someone do a similar design with the journalling spot and the cut out flowers but I have no idea where I've seen it.

KI lace paper, KI black and white backround paper, MM 5th Avenue papers and journalling tear out, Dollerama chipboard letters and EK Success stickers.

Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Have a Dino-mite birthday!

I made this card for my nephew's 5th birthday this weekend. He's obsessed with dinosaurs so I'm sure he'll love it.

The sentiment stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms Kim Hughes Tag You're It set. The papers are all from the new Basic Grey Archaic line. The top of the card was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Psssstttt.....wanna see a peek?

I've been feverishly working on my design team creations for the Scrapping Turtle for April and man I'm in LOVE with the kit that Hanna put together for me.

The papers are a "Dream" to work with and so far I've finished three layouts and an altered item! The big reveal will be on April 15th but here's a little peek to keep you going. Oh and I'm super excited to be working with/using my Quickutz again. I've been ignoring it a bit lately.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Iron Chef contest week 1

I'm participating in the "Iron Chef" contest over at Scrapper's Haven. Basically it works just like the TV version where each week the best scrapbooking "chefs" advance to the next round. This week the secret ingredients are: chalk, glitter and black and white paper.

OK, glitter and black and white paper are no problem but about a flashback to five years ago LOL!

So the task is to create a layout, a card and an altered project using the ingredients. So far I've finished my card and the altered item.

For the card I used the chalk to create clouds for the background. Then I added some glitter (Stickles) to the clouds and to the ground hills that I made out of black and white paper. I used my newish Hero Arts tree stamps on this card.

For the altered item I created a monogrammed tin that holds a set of monogrammed notecards. I used the chalk for distressing and I added glitter to the embossed portion of the white cardstock.

Now I just have to finish my layout before the deadline (I'll post it later). Wish me luck!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

A few exciting things on the horizon....

....I'll be doing a couple of Guest Designer stints in the upcoming months! Once I have more details, I'll let you know and of course I'll be posting my completed projects here.

Oh and I got my designer kit for April from the Scrapping Turtle this week and I am IN LOVE with the papers and kit that Hannah put together. The big reveal will be on April 15th but maybe I'll post a bit of a sneak peek on the weekend :) In the mean time there are PLENTY of fun new things available in the store!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Some more Scenic Route Lynden

Here's another layout I did with my scraps from the Scrapbooker's Club House April kit using the Scenic Route Lynden line.

Papers and die cuts: Scenic Route Lynden
Letters: Dollar store, Heidi Swapp plastic letters
Stamps: 7 gypsies, Inque Boutique
Other: buttons and stickles

The April Sheetload of Cards is now available!

Just a reminder that the new Sheetload of Cards newsletter is now available for download.

For those of you who are not familiar with this wonderful FREE publication, each newsletter contains a card making sketch with full cutting directions!! Although I don't have any samples in this month's edition, look for more of my work in upcoming issues.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Oh Cuttlebug fans....

I was blog surfing the other night and came across this blog entry that has lots and lots of links to really cool Cuttlebug techniques.

Be sure to check it out for lots of ideas for the 'bug.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Page Maps layout

I was thrilled to be asked by Becky Fleck to create a sample layout for the April newsletter at Page Maps and this is the layout I created.

This layout is 8 x 8 (a size I don't normally work on) and uses papers and embellishments from the K and Co. Smitten line. The swirl stamp is from Inque Boutique. The journalling is an excerpt from the lyrics we used for our first dance (Push by Sarah McLachlan) and reads "You're the one true thing I know I can believe in, You're all the things that I desire you save me you complete me, You're the one true thing I know I can believe".

You can see the sketch and rest of the month's layouts on the Page Maps website.