May 7, 2018

International Scrapbooking Day 2018!

Hi there!

Happy International Scrapbooking Day!  Or weekend! Or even week!

I love participating in all the online challenges that websites and stores come up with for this weekend. This year, I used challenges from Paper Issues and Shimelle Laine's Facebook pages. 

The first challenge is a combined one using Paper Issues' "Tools of the Trade" and Shimelle's "Use words over a floral".

The supplies for this page are from Pink Paislee Pick Me Up.  The cut file is from Paige Evans and I backed it with strips from the papers. Then, I used my sewing machine to add some stitching along some of the cut lines.
I wanted the egg to have a place to sit, so using my fringe scissors, I cut some "basket" grass and using the smooshing technique, I distressed the paper with Distress Oxides and gesso. The embellishments are also from the Pick Me Up collection, and the word "love" is from One Canoe Two.

For my second layout, I used the Paper Issues challenge of "S.P.R.I.N.G.". That is to use something from each of the letters in the word spring.

For the challenge I used a Stencil, a Paper clip, Ribbon, Ink, Nuvo Drops and Gold accents.

This is also made using the Pick Me Up collection.  I love how this collection can be made to look differently by how you use it!

If you are a scrapbooker, I hope you had a chance to celebrate International Scrapbooking Day.  But, it's never too late to play along with the challenges.  It's a fantastic way to be inspired.  Thanks Paper Issues and Shimelle!

Thanks for looking!

April 27, 2018

Scrapshotz April Kit - Project share #2

Hi there!

I'm excited to be sharing my second set of projects made with the Scrapshotz April Kit featuring 1 Canoe 2 Twilight.

This month the Design Team is using the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine April Sketch for inspiration.  Here is my take on the sketch.

I changed it up a bit by using five photos instead of three, but other than that, I stuck pretty closely to the sketch.  The large flower die cut really balances out the five photos and draws your attention to the title. All the other embellishments are from the kit, except the word stickers which are from Pink Paislee Pick Me Up.

The kit includes the matching stamp set from the Twilight collection and for my second project, I wanted to make a one layer card with it.

I started with a piece of 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock and my Distress Oxide inks in various colours. I stamped the flowers and leaves in a random pattern, then used my diecutter and a stitched rectangle die to cut it down.  I then mounted it on a piece of pink cardstock and then on a white card base. The sentiment was stamped with an Altenew phrase stamp and some rose gold embossing powder.  To finish it all off, I sprinkled it with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Be sure to check out the complete April kit in the store.

Thanks for looking!

April 23, 2018

Scrapshotz April Kit - Projects #1

Hi there!

Today, I am sharing two layouts made with the beautiful Scrapshotz April Kit featuring 1 Canoe 2 Twilight.  Oh, my!  These papers are just gorgeous!!

The kit includes a specialty water colour paper, and that was the one I had to start with. I will say that there is a bit of a learning curve on this paper, but I am so happy with the effect. Unlike most water colour, this paper has some kind of coating on it.  I tried to use the technique of adding water first to a section and then add the watercolour paint.  However, it would just pool and not sink in.  I figured out that it works best just using a small amount of watercolour paint and no extra water.  I don't have very fancy paints (just Michael's brand), so that might have been the problem.  And it was difficult to keep the paint from covering the gold resist areas.  So, after hours of painting, this is the hot mess I got.

I was in deep now, so I kept going.  Using a very small paint brush and water, I cleaned up the resist areas. It was painstaking.  LOL! But it worked like a charm.  Once it was all dry, I fussy cut the entire design from the white background and mounted it on a piece of the patterned paper.

The flower was a lot of embellishment already, so I just added a few of the die cut embellishments included in the kit. The butterfly is fussy cut from one of the cut apart sheets. The alpha title is made from Pink Paislee Pick Me Up Thickers and mini tile stickers from my stash. I added some black splatterssequins and some Stickles to finish everything off.

I was pretty spent working for hours on the first layout, so my next page needed to be quick. That's when the large print paper comes in handy.  I have to admit that I think this paper is so beautiful, I was tempted to just put in in a frame and use it as art.  ;)

The nice thing about using a paper like this, is that you don't have to make the page too complicated.  I didn't want to hide it with a bunch of "stuff". The photo is mounted on some patterned paper and cardstock and embellished with some of the diecuts.  The little wood veneer fireflies are so darn cute!! I added some gold Heidi Shine and some Nuvo drops from the kit to tie in the "fireflies" from the grass area on the paper, to the cluster at the top.  I used a few word strips from the March kit to finish everything off.

I just love the projects I made with this collection.  Be sure to check out the April kit in the Scrapshotz store for all the details.

Thanks for looking!