June 25, 2012

Rainy Days and Mondays.....

always get me down! 

OK. Not always, but on this very rainy and stormy day, after a very rainy and stormy weekend, this song seems applicable!

But, not one to sit around and mope, I spent the morning finishing this page. It's based on the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge which you can find here.

When I saw this sketch, I knew I had the perfect photo and elements to go with it. The pointsettas are leftovers from my Christmas cards. For some reason when I made them, I thought I needed 75. Ummmm. I needed 45. (smacking forehead softly). The flowers are made by embossing the Hero Arts/Basic Grey outline stamp in white on watercolour paper, then colouring them in with Tim Holtz Distress stains and spraying with Glimmer Mist. You can't see the glimmer in this photo, but in real life it is so pretty!

I used the elements on the sketch by "squishing" them to the left side of the page, and I put the title on the flowers to condense everything together. I like that the flowers hid the table legs and my too short table cloth. ;)

Papers: Fancy Pants Design, Basic Grey, Watercolour paper; Stamps: Hero Arts/Basic Grey, My Stamp Box, My Minds Eye, EK Success; Alphas: LilyBee Designs, American Crafts Thickers; Misc: Tim Holtz Distress Inks & Stains, My Minds Eye Pins & Button, Glimmer Mist, Ranger Stickles, Stampin Up embossing powder

June is a busy birthday month, and here are a couple that I made. This one is an example of turning a mishap into something wonderful. I was trying to adhere the button on the butterfly using Glossy Accents, but the nozzle was plugged. I gave it that one extra squeeze and the thing exploded everywhere!! So, I spread it out on the butterfly to give it that lovely glossy effect. Very lovely in real life. The bottom of the card is made with scraps cut at an angle and adhered. A great way to use up those small pieces!

Papers: Echo Park, Bazzil Basics; Diecuts: Cuttlebug and Martha Stewart punches: Misc: Vintage button, We R Memory Keepers floss; Prima Marketing rhinestone, ribbon, Hero Arts Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Festive Berries)

This card was so quick! The little journaling spot is printed on the paper, so all I had to do was stamp a sentiment on it. Love that!

Papers: My Minds Eye; Stamp: KaiserCraft; Prima Marketing Flower, Unknown pearls and twine, Glimmer Mist

And just for kicks, here are the Carpenters!

Well, I'm off to see where I can use 26 leftover pointsettas. Maybe I'll challenge myself to use them in a non-Christmasy way. ;)

Thanks so much for looking!


June 18, 2012

I Can't Wait to See Where This Goes

Happy Monday!

The premise for this page has been circling in my head for quite some time, now. My son is at a cross-roads in hockey and I just wanted to get all the emotions down on paper. But, I didn't really want the whole world to see it, so I decided to do hidden journaling.

I'm a little bit sad that this is the last of my Bo Bunny Mamarazzi paper. I think I have one sheet left, but this line was one of my absolute favorites and I've loved every page made with it.

Papers: Bo Bunny, Dream Street, Bazzill Basics; Die Cut, Brads: Bo Bunny; Stamps: My Minds Eye, Sassafrass; Punches: Martha Stewart, McGill; Jenni Bowlin/Fiskars; Alphas: Bo Bunny, Lilybee Designs, Crate Paper, Websters Pages, October Afternoon, Prima Market, Making Memories; Misc: Tim Holtz tag, distress ink, Dymo label maker, photo corners

Here is the inside of the journaling card.  It's just a card that flips open. I'll cut a slit in the page protector so that we can open it, but the journaling will be protected. The tag under the photo is from Little Yellow Bicycle.

And here is the card I made for my husband for Father's Day. It's just a quick and simple card made with Echo Park's Times and Seasons line. I must be in a dark place, because suddenly I'm inking everything in black. ;)

Papers: Echo Park, My Minds Eye; Stickers: Echo Park, October Afternoon, Bo Bunny; Stamp: Kaisercraft; Misc: My Minds Eye felt diecut, twine, Fiskars decorative scissors

Thanks for looking!


June 4, 2012

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Happy Monday, everyone!

I just love it when a page falls together! This page took me only two hours. I so wish I could be productive like that all the time! Especially, when I have a very special event subject. Usually, those special photos cause me a lot of anxiety, which in turn, makes the creative mojo come to screeching halt.

This is my daughter's first driving lesson after getting her learner's permit. I took the photo with Instagram on my iPhone and I just love it!

I used Echo Parks This&That Graceful line. Oh how I love these papers! There is a little bit of Charming thrown in there, too. I love how both lines coordinate. I think it's these pretty papers that took the focus off the special photo and I was just able to play.

Paper, Diecuts & Stickers: Echo Park; Car die-cut: Cricut "Going Places";
Alphas: Thickers, Echo Park, Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, Brad: My Mind's Eye

And here is a page that unfortunately took me much longer to create. I started it during the Two Peas  NSD Colour Challenge. That was a month ago. *sigh* It just wouldn't come together, for me. I like it now, but I was getting pretty tired of working on it. 

I cut the hexagon detail using a Kerri Bradford digital diecut and my Cricut and SCAL. I love Kerri's stuff and it cut like a dream on my Cricut, even though it's a pretty small cut.

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Basic Grey; Alphas, Echo Park, Reminisce, Pink Paislee;
Embellishments: My Minds Eye, October Afternoon, Echo Park;

And speaking of Cricut, here is a sign I made for a parade float for our annual town festival this past weekend. For the last 12 years, my group of friends enters a parade float. We put a lot of work into it and I received many compliments on my sign. It's made with SCAL and various digital diecut files. We have such a blast, together and I'm happy to report that we won Best Overall! ;)

The paper is a bit warped because it poured rain the whole parade, but I can attest that the colours of the Bazzill cardstock never ran and even though the poster board deteriorated, and the glue let go, the cardstock actually held up quite well! Good to know for archival purposes, I think.

Thanks for looking!