Friday, August 29, 2008

Enabler Alert!!

Cornish Heritage Farms is offering DOUBLE points this weekend. The promotion runs from Friday, August 29th, 2008 (12amMST) until midnight (MST) on Monday, Sept 1st, 2008.

So if you fill your carts this weekend you'll be on your way to free stuff twice as fast ;)

For those of you unfamiliar with the point program at CHF, you can find more info here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A sort of scrappy related post

I went to the Canadian National Exhibition last weekend with my friends, and while I was in the Arts and Crafts building I came across a booth selling some really nice pillows, throws and purses. So I splurged a bit and bought myself this purse. I think the scrapper in me was attracted to the colours and patterns (hence the reason I'm sharing it on my blog LOL!). The purse is made by a Toronto area artist: Carole Trembley. You can check out her beautiful creations here.

Now I just hope it doesn't look like I'm carrying a pillow on my arm ;) What do you think?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's actually sunny, but here's a card for a rainy day

Even though I'm in the midst of my scrapping room overhaul (and it's definitely NOT coming along too quickly LOL!) I decided to clean off my desk and finish a few projects last night. I started colouring this My Favorite Things image a while ago and finished it off last night with some scrap "junk" from my desk (o.k and maybe floor too!!).

Supplies: Papers: Imaginesce, Stamps: My Favorite Things, Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers for the colouring.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Some cupcake invitations

One of my friends asked if I would be willing to make her a bunch of invitations for her grandmother's ONE HUNDREDTH birthday. How can I say no to that!! After looking through my gallery she liked some of the cupcake cards I made a while ago and this is what I came up with. The only bummer was that I had to stamp, cut and colour over fifty of the Hero Arts cupcake stamps.

Supplies: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Provocraft papers, Hero Arts cupcake stamps, Copic markers, Kohinoor pencils, Stickles, rhinestones.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mocha Chica is in da house!!

Well, the Kim Hughes Mocha Chica paper is now available for sale at Cornish Heritage Farms!! Although I haven't received any yet, I can't wait to get my hands on this fabulous paper. Aren't the colours wonderful?

In addition to the paper, there is also a mini Mocha Chica stamp set available. This stamp set is a perfect addition to the Pretty Birds set.

You can order the paper here, and the stamps here.

For some awesome inspiration, be sure to check out the CHF galleries for the paper and stamps here and here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

to.die.for Lobster rolls

Here's the last of my projects from this month's Scrapping Turtle kit.

I know this is a bit of an odd topic for a layout but I was looking through my photos from a trip to Boston and came across this one. I thought the colours and designs reminded me of the papers I had sitting on my desk so I printed it out and went to work on the layout. Doesn't it make you hungry???LOL!

Once again I used Basic Grey Euphoria papers. I have to admit that when I first saw this release from Basic Grey, I wasn't thrilled with it. I'm not really "into" pastel-y or papers with lots of purple. But when I got my box from the Scrapping Turtle, there are actually several papers in this collection that aren't as girly as the others and could easily be used for non-feminine layouts. So if you didn't really think you'd like them, take another look!

Papers: Basic Grey Euphoria
Chipboard Stickers (vine and swirl): Basic Grey Euphoria
Letter stickers: Basic Grey and American Crafts
Stamps: Basic Grey journalling stamps
Punch: Fiskars Threading water (scalloped)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Oh baby!

Here's an altered baby frame I made with the scraps of my August DT kit from the Scrapping Turtle. This would be a quick and inexpensive (yet cute!!) gift idea for a baby shower.

I took a plain wooden frame from the dollar store (or they carry them at Michaels as well) and covered with base paper from the Basic Grey Euphoria collection. I finished it off with some ric rack, buttons, ribbon and a flower.

The cute little animals are from the Baby Love set by Cornish Heritage Farms. The shapes were stamped onto scraps of patterned paper and cut out. I added some Stickles to the cut out images for a bit of sparkle.

Papers: Basic Grey Euphoria
Flowers: Prima
Stamps: Baby Love set from Cornish Heritage Farms
Other: Stickles, buttons, Offray ribbon, baby pin, ric rack

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mark you calendars!!

As you may know, Cornish Heritage Farms just released 8 x 8 pads of Thomas Kinkade paper. There is a beautiful Christmas line and a masculine line. You can have a close up look at these fabulous papers and some of the designer samples here and here.

So that brings me to my next announcement.......Becky Olsen, CHF Marketing Director, has designed a simple and wonderful gift bag project for you. Becky will be hosting this class Tuesday August 26th. Sign up and supply information can be found here.

We hope you'll join us for a fun night of getting ready for the holidays!

Monday, August 18, 2008

She's one cool chick!

Well, it's past August 15th and it's time to start the reveal of the rest of this month's projects from the Scrapping Turtle. For this layout I used papers and the chipboard stickers from the Basic Grey Euphoria collection.

You may notice some purple swirls on the background paper. I used the one of the fabulous Scrapblocks (Scroll) from Cornish Heritage Farms and stamped in purple chalk ink. These 6 x 6 rubber stamps are great for customizing your backgrounds or adding a touch of design to your papers. You can check out all the different scrapblocks available here. The Scrapping Turtle will also be selling these awesome stamps so be sure to keep your eye out for them.

I stamped a few birds from the Kim Hughes Pretty Birds set (also from Cornish Heritage Farms) onto some scraps of the Euphoria paper and cut them out. Stamping onto patterned paper is a quick way to create custom embellishments without the added work of colouring in your images.

Papers: Basic Grey Euphoria
Chipboard flowers: Basic Grey Euphoria
Glitter letters: American Crafts and dollar store
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Scroll Scrapblock, CHF Pretty Birds set
Buttons: Doodlebug
Mini stickers: Making Memories

Friday, August 15, 2008

Rounding up another So Sketchy card!

Today's So Sketchy card sketch is another round card. I love experimenting with "odd" shapes of cards for something a bit more unique.

This is a nice quick and simple card made out of a bunch of different Making Memories products (papers, rub ons and ribbons). The background paper and die cut glitter circular tag is from the Making Memories Noteworthy collection, the large background bracket, the flower and sentiment on the circular die cut are all rub ons from the Chelsea collection. The ribbon is also from the Chelsea collection.

I finished the card off with a paper pieced birdie stamp from the Kim Hughes Pretty Bird set from Cornish Heritage Farms.

P.S. I'm in the middle of overhauling my scrapbook room (e.g. it's so messy I can barely see the floor or desk LOL!) so that's the reason my blog posts are a bit scant compared to usual. I figure I'll be up and running full throttle by the end of August. In the mean time I have a few other projects to share in the upcoming days.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Upcoming FREE on-line class at Cornish Heritage Farms

One of the things I enjoy most about the CHF forums and gallery is the GREAT information and inspiration available for paper crafters of all levels. Did you know that starting in July, CHF started offering free on line classes? I've had the opportunity to participate in a few of them myself and they are a fabulous way to learn new techniques!

On Tuesday August 19th, designer Lesley Langdon will be hosting a class on creating a lovely set of tile coasters using stamps from the Rummage Bin Primitive Christmas set. All of the supplies you will need as well as more information for signing up can be found here.

Even if you don't have this particular set of stamps yet (but you really *need* to get this fabulous set LOL!) the tips and techniques shared in this class are still very informative.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A little peek

Here's a little peek at some of the projects I've been working on for the rest of my August kit from the Scrapping Turtle.

Stay tuned Friday for the full reveal!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

It's time for me to let out a REALLY BIG toot!

I'm absolutely ELATED (and still a bit shocked) to announce that I have been selected to join the Design Team at Cornish Heritage Farms!

As my devout readers and my scrappy friends know, I really LOVE using CHF stamps in my designs. So, when they had their recent call out for a designer I decided to give it a shot.....and low and behold......I've been asked to join their team!!

This is really a dream come true for me and I'm really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity.

Until I get cracking on some new projects, you can see all the projects I've created thus far with my CHF stamps by clicking on the "Cornish Heritage Farms" tag at the bottom of this post.

Eeeeekkkkkkk, I'm still giddy with excitement :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Some blog candy on Sheetload of Cards! Show us what you got

Sheetload of Cards is giving away a fabulous prize package in conjunction with the August newsletter. The grand prize features a Fiskars Threading Water punch. What do you need to do you ask?

Well, all you have to do is show us the cards that you created using the August "recipe" from the Newsletter. More details can be found here.

Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

This is the card I created for the So Sketchy blog this week. Be sure to stop by the blog to see the other DT creations!!

To create the scalloped circle shape, I punched out a whole lot of small circles and glued them around the outside of a circle. Then I created the card base using my coluzzle and circle template and mounted the scallop on top. One trick you might need is that in order to make the card stand up, you have to mount the base towards the BOTTOM of the card front.

The stamps on this card are from Cornish Heritage Farms Kim Hughes baby love set. I stamped the giraffe onto brown paper and cut it out. The sentiment and the butterflies are also from the set.

Supplies: Papers: Imaginesce, Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms, Ribbon: Offray, buttons and lace: general craft supply, Stickles.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Feeling Euphoric!

This month for my Scrapping Turtle DT kit I received a nice big pile of Basic Grey Euphoria papers and chipboard stickers as well as some of the new Doodlebug papers (including some of the flocked and glittered sheets----yumm!!) and buttons.

This is my first project I created using the kit. I took an old sheet of Fancy Pants 12 x 12 chipboard I found in my stash and traced the large flower frame and hand cut it. Then I arranged a few different sheets of the Euphoria paper to fill my frame and added the photo. I used a circle cutter to trim my papers and photo to fit inside the frame.

I wanted to incorporate some of the chipboard Euphoria stickers I received into my design and the large flower from the sheet reminded me of a snowflake. After playing around with it's placement for a while I decided to put it smack dab in the middle of the frame. I added a felt snowflake and a Doodlebug button to the center.

I cut my title out of a sheet (QK Diesel font) of the new Doodlebug glittered paper and arranged it around the inside of the circle. Finally I added some Stickled (is that a word LOL!) dots around the entire outside of the frame. IRL it's pretty glittery which doesn't show well in the photo.

Friday, August 1, 2008

August Sheetload of cards is available!!

It's August (man, where did the summer go???), which means another issue of Sheetload of cards is available. This month we received some fabulous stamps from My Favorite Things (aka MFT). I've been admiring these stamps for a while so I was thrilled to have received this mini set to play with. I ended up finding out that a store in Southwestern Ontario carries them (Stamp Art in London, Ontario) and I picked up two other sets (yippee!!).

This month's sketch was very easy to work with and would be a fabulous design for using with all those little scraps. Be sure to download your issue today. A list of all the products I used in these two cards can be found in the August issue.