Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Online Crop

Hello, hello!

I'm not sure about you, but I don't have a local SB store close by anymore. A three hour round trip drive to the closest one makes it a difficult for me to get out for crops. I mostly crop at home by myself or on occasion have a few friends over for the day.

I head online to join in with challenges, layout sketches and challenge blogs. One place I hang out once every other month for a weekend crop is at scrapbooknerd.com/forum.

We have until midnight March 21st to link up to the most recent challenges in the Luck of the Irish crop that started this past weekend. I created one of the challenge for the event and I have been able to join in on two other challenges so far.....

This layout is for an ingredient challenge, it's all about hot beverages. The hubby & I love one of the local cafe's we have called Jelly. They have awesome baked goods including, bread pudding, which is a favourite.

I made this card for the Green colour challenge. I used washi tape on the lower part and a few die cuts from a Jillibean Soup collection.

This next layout is for the Lucky challenge. The idea for it came to me last week during some conversations with my sister. We were reminiscing about my mom and how good our childhood was because of her. My dad was a big part of it too, they were both very involved. 
To keep this short... we both feel very lucky.

I hope you can stop by the SN forum for a peek, maybe pick a challenge and link your project. I'm on deck next week for some creative team projects so I'm not sure that I will get to more challenges during the crop but I'm saving some for a later date. :) 

Happy Tuesday, see you next time. 
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Card share

Hello again blog & friends,

I've been using my Silhouette again, I still think it's an amazing tool....let's just say
I am very happy with that purchase :)

I finished a few cards yesterday, for the SN design team with a new digi cut file from ScrapbookNerd.com. The file is Free!

I'm really enjoying water colouring and using gold on my projects right now. 
I fought the gold trend for a while but there are so many great products out. Resistance was futile. :D 
I even bought some glittery gold embossing powder again. 
Does anyone heat emboss anymore? No? 
Well it's something I have gotten back into with my card making. 

Any-who here those cards I keep typing about...

I combined the digital cut files with the Geek is Chic stamp & die set from MFT Stamps. I think they work perfectly together.  If you get the file and finish a project with it you can link it up on the SN blog, they have a link party going on. You can find that by clicking here.

On a side note, I am really ready for winter to be over. I feel like we have been hibernating this winter. I enjoy the winter months but it's just time get outside without my boots on. I want my sandals back!!

Thanks for stopping by, if you still are reading my blog after such an extended period of inactivity.
I really appreciate you visiting.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

Blog hops are so much fun, and I haven't been apart of one in a while. They are a great way to find inspiration and to be introduced to new scrapbookers. Thank you, Fleur, for including me in the blog tour! You can visit Fleur and her amazing blog here.

Now it's time for me to answer the blog tour questions:

1. What am I working on right now?
I just finished some DT projects, just cleaned my desk and I am ready to start
a small wall decor item for my home.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Well... I know I am a slow crafter and I enjoy the process of choosing papers & embellishments for my projects. Several hours for sure. I remember timing myself once, and I was close to 2 hours. 

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I always find myself buying flair badges but I don't use them all the time. :) 

I still love using a plain cardstock for my backgrounds. It can be dressed up with 
so many things and in so many ways.

 4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I think I have two ways of working. One; I start with a photo and choose papers and other items & I'm not concerned with matching them to my photo. Two; I do start with some papers/collection. The colours and cute embellishments can spark an idea that I want to run with.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?I love blogs & I read them everyday. I also go on Pinterest quite a bit. Other crafter's keep me inspired, there are SO many talented crafter's out there. I also have my favourite on-line forum (ScrapbookNerd.com) and my crafty friends.

 6. What is my signature style? 
I do Love a simple design, ya know not overly embellished. Some of my favourite projects have a linear design too. But I am not just in that box of neat, clean, linear crafting. (Oh yes I am. I'm in that box...big time) I LOVE to get messy in my art journal and on canvas. My simple & clean follows me there too.

Now it's time to tag a few scrapbookers I follow. 
I hope you will find them as inspiring as I do.

Ms. Vicki Murray over at The Picky Princess http://thepickyprincess.blogspot.ca

Thanks for stopping by today I can't wait to hop along and get inspired.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A not so unexpected long break

Ha! That's an understatement. ;)

Hi ya!
I have been a busy bee over at ScrapbookNerd.com. Blogging, crafting, chatting and more. I really do spend a lot of time over there and my poor little blog was neglected. I'm not even sure I still know how to use blogger any more. It has been over a year. Yikes!

Well a lot has happened in that year, some happy and some so very sad. Such is life I guess.
Ups, downs and every which way. It's going to take some time to get back into the swing of personal blogging again and I think it's time to give it another go.

An online friend of mine, Fleur, from fleursbydesign.blogspot.com has asked me to join a scrapbookers blog hop. You can see her post here. I will be posting on Monday and asking a few crafty friends to join us in this fun blog tour.

Until tomorrow I have a few layouts to share with you.

This first one is about my niece Paige who loves to take selfies.

 Ms. Paige graduating from grade eight already.

And this special one is about 2 very good friends. 
All the layouts were made using the Teresa Collins - Life Emporium collection.

Well that's it for now. Until tomorrow friends. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Recipe for fun

It's my turn to set the challenge on the Use Your Stuff blog this week.
I am on a big canvas kick these days and this challenge came about because I was wanting to get my hands into some paint again.

The recipe for the challenge is to : add texture, use paint for mist and use a quote or saying.

Here's what I came up with...

I found the saying on Pinterest, a favourite spot to collect quotes.

Here's a detailed shot of some of the texture...
I covered the canvas with tissue wrap then painted the entire canvas turquoise.
I cut the words on my Cameo and stuck them to the canvas then painted over the top with two coats of gesso. Next I decorated with molding paste, stencils and more acrylic paints. After everything was dry I peeled off the letters to reveal the first coat of turquoise.

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A few layouts to share

Hey there,

I thought I would pop in and share a few layouts I made over the past few days. I have been busy in the craftroom because of several challenges posted over on the Scrapbook Nerd.com forum.

First is a layout for the Use Your Stuff current challenge - Use 4 different pattern papers.
I used Echo Parks - Here & Now collection for this page and it was inspired by a layout from the American Crafts blog.

Next is a layout is just finished today for a fun game of telephone that Scrapbook Nerd.com hosted in the forum. I used more of the Here & Now collection for this layout and it was so fun to create.
I just cut paper and used the stickers sheets from the collection. I love the way this one turned out.
So fun!

This next project is a mini canvas for a colour challenge also from the Summer Camp 
challenges. Check the forum out, they have prizes for all of the SC challenges.

There are a lot more challenges and I have a few more projects to share once I get some photos of them.
Have a great week and be creative :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Use Your Stuff challenge

It's Monday and there is a new challenge posted on the Use Your Stuff blog this week.
Lynne challenged us to use wood.

I decided to use some woodgrain paper and some wood bird veneers from Studio Calico.
Both the paper and veneers have been in my stash for a while. I hid my journaling in a little bag behind the snapshot tab in the upper left. I also used my Silhouette again to cut the banner, scalloped border and the great outdoors banner.

I cut too many small banner shapes so I made a card also. I need to do this more often, 
it was really easy and fast while all the supplies were out. :)
I used a layout from my EVERNOTE inspiration file. I forgot to link the site I found it on so I am unable to link it for you here :( 

Hope you can join the challenge this week. Head over to the UYS blog to see what the other gals made for this weeks challenge.

Friday, August 2, 2013

UYS and Christmas on the brain

Over on the Use Your Stuff blog this week Milena has challenged us to use twine.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

I've had these mini spools sitting around for over a year that I had bought for this exact reason.
The card was inspired by a very similar one I found on Pinterest. I would love to share the link for you but I can't find the pin. :(

I simply used a circle cut from an adhesive sheet. Wound the baker's twine around from the outer edge to the middle. Then wrapped a small stick with washi tape then added a bow. The grey paper in the background is from SEI and has been in my stash for over 3 years.

It feels good to use up some of the stash I have been hanging on to. Make me smile :)
Go forth and be crafty!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Love my Cameo

Hey there blogin' friends,

I'm late sharing my layout this week for the latest UYS challenge.
Here it is...

I made this layout with photo's from a date night at Dave & Busters 
(I won a jelly bracelet!!) and used the Cameo to cut the stars from white cardstock. 
I used washi tape covered circles to back the stars for a fun pop of colour.

Quite frequently when I use the Cameo, after its finished cutting, I think to myself.....
this machine is friggin' awesome. I can't say enough good things about it.

Maybe you can join us this week on the Use Your Stuff blog and take the 
washi tape challenge with us. Hope to see you there :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Challenge time

It's that time, there's a new challenge on the Use Your Stuff blog.
Barb challenged us to use this ad as inspiration for our projects this week.

I was inspired by the large photo and the smaller photo strip. I dug into my photo stash and decided it was time to scrapbook some photos from our honeymoon in 2001. They aren't the best photo's which is why I haven't scrapped them until now but they are the only ones I have so I'm goin' for it.

I used several old label sticker sheets from October Afternoon to create the border at the top of the larger photo. I {heart} those stickers.

Hope you can join us this week.