December 26, 2013

CSM Photoprompt - SOUS Diecut Challenge *Snowflake*

Hello there!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge is to use a snowflake.

And as luck would have it, I started doing the Canadian Scrapbooker Instagram Challenge to take a photo a day for all of December. So, I combined the two challenges and made my own "December Daily" mini album and decorated it with lots of snowflakes.

I used some leftover supplies from my Christmas cards and some 3x4 journaling cards that had been sitting in my stash for a while now.  The supplies are too many to list, but the main manufacturers are Echo Park, Fancy Pants, Cosmo Cricket, SEI and Elle Studios. The snowflake diecut is from the Going Places cartridge.


This is my first "December Daily" type of album and it's been a lot of fun! The Canadian Scrapbooker photo prompts have been great! Of course, I'm not finished with the album yet, since the month isn't over, but I have kept up so I hope to finish. I don't always have a great track record for that. HA! 

Be sure to check out all the beautiful photos on Instagram at #csmphotoprompt  And if you want to see the rest of my photos, my username is scrapbookdiva1966.

And now it's your turn! We'd love to see what you can create by uploading your project using a snowflake diecut over at the Stuck On U Sketches Blog.

Merry Christmas and all the best to you in 2014!

Thanks for looking,

December 12, 2013

Snowman Love - SOUS Diecut Challenge *Ornament*

Hi there!

This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge was to use an ornament.

I collect snowmen and my house is FULL of them at this time of year. I didn't want a diecut snowman to overshadow my photos, so a Christmas ornament was a perfect choice.

Papers: Echo Park, Basic Grey, American Crafts Pow Glitter; Diecuts: Lori Whitlock, Always in My Heart font; Punches: McGill, Martha Stewart; Miscellaneous: Tattered Angels mist, metallic thread machine stitching, unknown metallic string, Fancy Pants alpha stickers
I got the inspiration for this layout from the December Sketchy Challenge from Canadian Scrapper Magazine. I just so happened to have a bunch of paper scraps on my desk leftover from creating my Christmas cards. When I saw the sketch, I knew that this would be the perfect solution to use them up, rather than toss them. This turned out to be a quick and easy page.
So, now it's your turn! I know it's difficult to find time to scrap at this time of year, but for me, it helps keep me sane. Even if it's only for 15 minutes, it's nice to do something just for me!  So, why not join us and create a page with a diecut ornament and share it on the SOUS blog? We'd love to see it.
Thanks for looking!

December 5, 2013

Explore Victoria, BC

Hi there!

I actually scrapped something other than for Stuck On U Sketches! I recently took a trip to Victoria, BC for a work conference and I wanted to get the story down before I forgot the details.

I just love the October Afternoon "Travel Girl" line. And this little girl sticker was perfect for this page!  And I'm so proud of myself that I didn't hoard her. I actually put her on a page! This is a sign of personal growth, I think.

Papers: Bazzill Basics; October Afternoon, Fancy Pants Designs; Embellishments: October Afternoon, Fancy Pants;
Stamps: Jillibean Soup; Cutfiles: Kerri Bradford Designs, Two Peas in a Bucket, Pacifico Font; Fiskars border punch;

I created the photostrips in Photoshop so that I could get more photos on my page. I used my Cricut and SCAL to cut numbers from a Kerri Bradford cutting file for Project Life and it worked perfectly to mark my photos to my journaling. As you can see, I had a lot to say. HA!

I had a lot of ephemera (maps, brochures, etc) that I collected, so I placed an old manila envelope behind the patterned paper to create a pocket to hold it all. I cut it to fit and adhered it to the navy cardstock and the map paper. Now I can just tuck in the maps, etc. without losing anything too far down.

Thanks for looking!


November 28, 2013

Hat Trick - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Numbers"

Hi there!

This weeks Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge is "Numbers". And as luck would have it, I had the perfect opportunity to scrapbook the number 3.

Hockey season is upon us and my daughter, Julia, is playing her last year of hockey. She has never scored a goal in all the years she has played. Until last weekend. And she not only scored once, but she scored three times in one game.... a "hat trick". SO EXCITING! I had to scrap the story right away!

Papers: Bazzill Basics; Jillibean Soup; Embellishments: Jillibean Soup; Fancy
Pants Design; Pink Paislee, American Crafts Thickers; Cricut: Printing Press; 
Art Supplies: Studio Calico Mists; Gesso, gold metallic thread;
This is such a fun technique that I've wanted to try for a long time. I first cut out the large three from a piece of cardstock. Then using that as a template, I adhered every number three I could find in my Thickers stash on a second piece of cardstock. Once all the space was filled up, I painted over them  with some gesso. This allows some of the colour to come through but gives the mist something to stick to as some of the Thickers are glossy, glittered, or vinyl. I made sure to do the same procedure to the title Thickers at the same time, so it all matches. Once it is all dry, then I adhered the top piece with dimensional adhesive. The process takes a bit of time, but it's a lot of fun!

I did a fast and rough machine stitching with gold metallic thread around the diecut three to finish it off and give it more definition against all the small threes. This page is quite a bit bumpy and a bit warped from the mist and gesso, but I don't mind. Once I put it in the album, it won't be as noticeable.

Be sure to check out all the cool projects that the Design Team created over at SOUS. We'd love to see what you create using diecut numbers on your projects.

Thanks for looking!


November 14, 2013

Apple Picker - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Food"

Hi there!

Today's Stuck on U Sketches  to use a die cut depicting "Food".

When I got this challenge, it just so happened that I glanced out my window and saw our dog Miley, standing on her back legs, eating apples from our apple tree. Of course, I missed being able to take a photo of that because as soon as she saw me, she stopped eating and wanted attention. But, after a few (ok a lot!) of attempts at getting her to just sit by "her" apple tree, I got this lovely shot.

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Echo Park, Jillibean Soup; Cricut: Plantin Schoolbook, Type Candy;  
Embellishments: Studio Calico/American Crafts, Echo Park, Elle Studio, October Afternoon;
Misc: Tattered Angels mist, gold thread, floss

I just loved this diecut paper from Jillibean Soup that received in a kit. I thought it had a garden trellis feel to it. The apples are made with the good ol' Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, cut from three different layers of cardstock. Easy peasy!

Now it's your turn! Why not stop by the SOUS blog and check out the other fun pages the ladies have created. And be sure to upload your projects showing "Food" shaped diecuts. We'd love for you to join us!

Thanks for looking!


October 31, 2013

Newsflash - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Create a Banner"

Hello there!
This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge was to "Create a Banner". And being a hockey mom, my brain went immediately to a sports banner.  And as luck would have it, my son was recently in the local newspaper for hockey. So, why not combine the two???
Papers: Bo Bunny, Echo Park; Embellishments: Echo Park, Teresa Collins, American Crafts,
Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Jute, typewriter

A while ago, I signed up for the Art Class by Wilna Furstenberg over at 2Peas. Such an incredible class!  The black paper with the doodles is a technique from the class where I painted a piece of cardstock with blackboard paint and then doodled over it with a white gel pen. I really like how it frames the newspaper article.

Since newspaper deteriorates so quickly, I scanned and printed it on acid free cardstock. This allowed me to resize it as well, since the article was quite large.

The banner is a Two Peas In a Bucket cut file. It originally said "Right Now" but I wanted to use this as my title, so I changed the words to "Newsflash".  The remainder of the banners are just hand cut. 

And since Nick has been in the paper a few times already, I thought I should have a place to keep them all. So, I decided to make a pocket page with the leftovers. The pages are kind of a double spread, but not really.

Here are the two pages side by side as they will appear in the album.

So, now it's your turn. Be sure to check out the SOUS blog and see all the beautiful banners the ladies have created. And we'd love to see the banners you create!

October 17, 2013

First & Last First Day of School - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Autumn Goodies"

Hello there!

This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge was to use "Autumn Goodies" (or anything Fall related). I thought that was the perfect theme for Julia's last first day of school photo.

Papers: Echo Park, Studio Calico, Bazzill Basics; Embellishments: Teresa Collins, Echo Park, Crate Paper, Simple Stories; Alphas: Simple Stories, Thickers, Echo Park, Blessed Day font; Digital Cut File: Echo Park Leaves; Miscellaneous: Fiskars Notebook punch, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, jute

I love doing comparison photo layouts. And in my book, this is as good a reason as any. I can't believe my baby girl is starting Grade 12!

I received the Fall Reflections Collection from Echo Park in a kit club. It's not usually my style, but the  more I looked at the embellishments, the more they fit this layout and everything about my girl. She loves squirrels and flowers!! The chipboard includes a letter T. It's probably for Thanksgiving, but I wanted a J. So I turned it upside down, trimmed it up and turned it into a J.

I cut the Echo Park leaves with my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot and bent them upwards to give them more texture. Then I inked them and adhered them to my page with a glue gun. The glue gives the leaves a bit of dimension and they certainly aren't going anywhere!  With all this layering, you need an adhesive that is strong.

So now it's your turn! Show us what you can create with autumnal diecuts that you create on the SOUS blog.
Thanks for looking!

October 3, 2013

Magical Selfie - SOUS Hocus Pocus Diecut Challenge

Hi there!

This week our Stuck On U Sketches challenge is to use a Hocus Pocus Diecut (or something magical). Well, this selfie of my daughter seems magical to me. And what's more magical than a fairy??

Papers: Bazzill Basics, My Minds Eye, unknown vellum and metallic; Embellishments: My Minds Eye, American Crafts; Studio Calico; Miscellaneous: water colour paints, metallic thread, sequins; Dicuts: KLDezign, Blessed Day
Since the photo is so simple, I thought I should keep my page the same way. I started with a water colour heart and then I sewed over it a few times with metallic thread. The fairy is from KLDezign. I cut her from the grey woodgrain paper from My Minds Eye and used dimensional adhesive to match the layered stickers from My Minds Eye.


This is a pretty simple page for me, but I wanted to keep the focus on Julia's cool photo. I kind of messed up on the journaling and I resisted the urge to start all over again. I just couldn't figure out how to fix it without adding more elements to the page and I didn't want to do that.

So, now it's your turn! Show us what you can create with a Hocus Pocus theme and add a link at the SOUS blog.

Thanks for looking!


October 1, 2013

He Shoots, He Scores!

Hi there!

Here is a page I did for the latest workshop at Two Peas In a Bucket Glitter Girl's Survival Guide.  I love Shimelle Laine's classes and this is no exception. 

One of the chapters was to use my stash. I had this photo in my printables folder for almost a year. I just didn't want to tackle it, because I had a lot to say about it and well.... you know about me and hockey phtoos. :) But because of the challenge, I pulled it out and got to work.  

Papers and Embellishments: Teresa Collins; Bazzill Basics, Echo Park; Alphas: Echo Park,
American Crafts Thickers; Journaling Cards, Echo Park, Simple Stories, Bo Bunny, Little Yellow
Bicycle; Miscellaneous: Distress Ink (Black Soot), Dylusions Spray Mist, Studio Calico Date Stamp

I used a bunch of border strips: some chipboard and some paper and four journaling cards!! Still too many in my stash, but it feels good to have this photo scrapped and some supplies used up!

Thanks for looking!


September 30, 2013

Birthday Card - Yvonne

Hi there!

I just have a quick post today of a card I made for my friend, Yvonne. I hadn't made a rolled flower in a while. The fad of them has kind of faded. But, I love how I was able to coordinate my flower with the rest of the papers. I'll have to remember to do this again. And I used a very old Making Memories journaling spot! Woohoo! Hoarding pays off, one more time!

Papers: Neenah Cardstock, Pebbles, vintage book, Making Memories; Diecuts: Two Peas in a Bucket
digi cut file, Laina Lamb SVG, SVGCuts; Stamps: Kaisercraft; Brad: Echo Park

Not sure how I'm going to get the card in an envelope, though. :)
Thanks for looking!

September 19, 2013

Moving Up - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Stars"

Hello there!

It's been a busy couple of weeks around here. Hockey season has officially begun. And my 16 year old son has moved two hours away to play Junior B hockey. We have been on the road to watch games and to see him A LOT! But we are proud and excited for him at this new stage.

So in honour of hockey season, I figured what better way to use this week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge of "Stars" than to do a hockey layout. Now, if you've read my blog for a while, you know how I don't like doing hockey pages. And this one, is using photos that are almost a year old. So, since Nick's on a new team, I figured I better get these photos scrapped.

Papers, Die cuts & Embellishments: Teresa Collins; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Cricut Cartridge: George, Base Camp; Stickers: My Minds Eye, Simple Stories; Printable Tab: Two Peas in a Bucket Digital; Metallic watercolours

Using Design Studio and my Cricut, I cut the little stars in the Teresa Collins chalkboard paper, sprinkled it with metallic water colours, sewed around the edge with metallic gold thread, then mounted it on dimensional adhesive to give the shadowed look. The journaling card between the photos is also adhered with popdots. It's a very dimensional page and it looks so much better in real life! :)

Be sure to check out the SOUS blog and check out the beautiful creations that the very fabulous design team has on display there.

Thanks for looking!


September 5, 2013

My Happy Place - Gate Diecut SOUS Challenge


This week's Stuck On U Sketches challenge was to use a gate diecut. Well, I didn't use a gate, but I used a fence. And I'm going to call that close enough. ;)

Papers and embellishments: Teresa Collins; alpha stickers: American Crafts Thickers, Prima Marketing, Teresa Collins; Cricut Cart: Stamped; Cuttlebug embossing folder: woodgrain; White Signo Pen

I thought a wooden fence would be great for the subject of my layout. But, I couldn't find an SVG file nor did I have one on a Cricut cart. So I made my own with Cricut Design Studio and the Stamped cartridge. I welded the number sign (#) a couple of times in the Shorty creative key. I flipped a couple around so that it wasn't perfect; just like an old wooden fence. I cut it from kraft cardstock, then ran it through my Cuttlebug using a woodgrain embossing folder. I inked it with distress stain and voila! - a wooden fence. I fussy cut the drapery from some Teresa Collins diecuts which dressed it up a bit.

So, now it's your turn! Why not join us at the SOUS blog and show us what you have created with a "gate" diecut.
Thanks for looking!

August 22, 2013

In the Pink - SOUS Borders Diecut Challenge

Hi there!

This week's diecut challenge from Stuck On U Sketches was to use borders. I have had this set of freebies from Creating Keepsakes Magazine forever! I'm not sure if they are still available on their website, but if you wanted to scraplift this page, any borders will do.

I wanted to scrapbook these photos of my friend and I at a scrapbook retreat we attended this spring. And you know I love that ombre effect, so this was the perfect challenge for that.

Papers: Echo Park, Bo Bunny, Crate Paper, Lilybee Design, Bella Boulevard, unknown scraps; Stickers & Diecuts: Making Memories, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Echo Park, Bella Boulevard, My Mind's Eye; Brads: My Minds Eye; Rhinestones: Bo Bunny, Glitz Design; Studio Calico wood veneer; Stamps: Pink Paislee, American Crafts, My Minds Eye, Scraptivity; Twine: American Crafts, Silver thread; Mists: Tattered Angels, Mr. Huey

Doing a page like this is a great way to use up some old supplies. I spent some time going through anything pink in my stash. And I'm pretty happy to use up some older supplies like those Making Memories photo corners and glittered flowers.

Be sure to stop by the Stuck On U Sketches Blog to see what the wonderful ladies have designed this week. And why not play along, with us?

Thanks for looking!


August 19, 2013

A Wedding Card

Hello there!

Can you believe it? I am making a blog post that is not a design team assignment for Stuck on U Sketches.  I haven't done that in forever! Summer has been a busy time for us and the only scrapping I seem to get done is for assignments.  But, I had to create a card for a wedding we attended, so I thought I would take a photo and post it!

Papers: Neenah Cardstock, October Afternoon, Crate Paper; Chipboard: Simple Stories;
Miscellaneous: twine, button, Crate Paper sticker, glitter,

I admit it. I love "potty people". But I thought I would dress up these Simple Stories chipboard people and glitter them up for the wedding. I just peeled off the adhesive backing and sprinkled glitter over it. So, the people are really upside down but applying glitter this way is quick and easy. I would say mess free, but it's glitter. It was everywhere. LOL!

I cut the "Mr and Mrs" with SCAL/Cricut and the font is Blessed Day which I downloaded from I LOVE this font and will be using it again, I am sure.

Thanks for looking!

Hopefully I will be back with other non-design team work very soon!


August 8, 2013

Miley & Jukka - Furry Friends SOUS Diecut Challenge


Glad you could stop by!  This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge is to use a "Furry Friend". Well, I didn't have to look to far to be inspired by our own furry friends, Miley and Jukka. 

A few months ago, this thread on Two Peas in a Bucket caught my eye. Like lots of other scrapbookers, who have been scrapbooking for a long time, I have a large supply of much beloved Chatterbox papers and stickers. So, when I saw the challenge, I made a Chatterbox kit for myself pulling out some papers, chipboard and stickers. But, I never got around to using it.  Then, as I was planning this page, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pull it out and put it to work.

Papers: Chatterbox; SCAL/Dingbats: Kitty Cats, Can Dog; Chipboard: Chatterbox, American Crafts;  Brads: Chatterbox, My Minds Eye: Stickers: My Minds Eye, Simple Stories, Echo Park; Alpha Stickers: American Crafts Thickers, Fancy Pants: Miscellaneous: Kaiser Craft Stamps, Paint, Gold Embossing Ink, silver thread

Geometric shapes are all the rage lately, and I thought I'd use a modern technique to balance the older product. Otherwise, I had a tendency to want to scrap "old school" wit these supplies. I made the triangles with a Cuttlebug Harlequin die to cut diamond shapes, and then cut them in half. And gold is also making a come back, so I used some gold embossing powder on a couple chipboard shapes.

Be sure to stop by the SOUS blog and check out all the great submissions from the DT.

Thanks for looking!



July 25, 2013

Julia Enters the World of Cars - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Disney"

Hi there!

Can you believe summer is almost half over? I hope you have been making the best of the season.

This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge was to use anything to do with Disney. Now, I'll be honest and kind of freaked out when I saw that. We've never taken the kids to Disney and while my husband and I went to Disneyland for our honeymoon, those photos were scrapbooked long ago.

But, I kept the challenge in the back of my head for a while and then life threw me this perfect opportunity. My 17 year old, bought herself a car. :)

Papers: Simple Stories, Bazzill Basics, Unknown metallic papers; Diecuts & Stickers: Simple Stories; SVG files: KLDezigns, SVGCuts, Going Places Cricut Cart; Embellishments: Prima gems, My Mind's Eye brads; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Stamps & Ink; Pink Paislee, Kaiser Craft, American Crafts, Stampin Up!

When I started looking for ideas on how to scrap car photos, I stumbled upon SVG files of the "Cars" movie on KLDezigns and I thought the logo would be perfect for the title. I chose to use the car diecut from the Going Places cartridge instead of a Cars character, just to keep it a bit more grown-up.

Be sure to stop by the Stuck On U Sketches blog and check out all the beautiful projects that they have come up with.
Thanks so much for looking!

July 11, 2013

Canal Days Parade Floats - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Flourish"

Hi there!

Hope you are having a lovely summer. This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge was to use a flourish on our project. TheTim Holtz Sizzix flourish die was my first ever die purchase. I have loved it and used it so many times. I have many flourishes on many different Cricut cartridges, but this flourish is always the one I use. ;)

For this challenge, I used it on the title page for my Canal Days Parade Floats album.

Papers: Amy Tangerine (American Crafts), Bazzill Basics, Little Yellow Bicycle, Petaloo; Alphas: Simple Stories, American Crafts Thickers; Embellishments & Stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle, Die Cuts With a View; unkown buttons

The rosettes are from the Paper Crafting Kit by Little Yellow Bicycle that I received in a kit. When I saw them, I didn't think I'd ever use them, but then I discovered that they worked very well with the older Amy Tangerine collection and matched the parade theme perfectly. I love it when I can use newer product with old. And since they've done all the cutting and scoring for you, it took no time at all to do the rosettes. The glittered paper from Petaloo gave the flourishes a bit more pop and matched the glittered centre of the clear flowers from LYB.

So, with my title page finished, my parade album is now complete. Until next year when we do a new float. ;)

Be sure to stop by the SOUS blog to see all the other beautiful projects from the design team. And we'd love to see your projects using a flourish, too!

Thanks for looking!



June 27, 2013

Pink Lady & T Bird - SOUS Nifty Fifties Diecut Challenge

Hey there!

Glad you could stop by!  This week's Stuck On U Sketches challenge was to use anything to do with the 50's. When it was announced to the design team, I have to admit I did a little happy dance in my scraproom. I knew that this month, my group of friends was going to do a "Grease" themed parade float for our annual community celebration. PERFECT!

I was able to do two layouts with the same theme. This first one will go in our family album:

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Prima, Simple Stories; Diecuts: Miss Kate Cuttables, American Crafts, Simple Stories, Echo Park, Two Peas In A Bucket, Chatterbox; Stickers: Simple Stories, Echo Park, American Crafts; Stamps: American Crafts, Hero Arts, Misc: American Crafts floss and flair, Mr Hueys mist, Tim Holtz paperclip, Queen & Co washi tape, typewriter
And this next page will go in my Canal Days Parade Album:

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Sandylion, Paper Patch, Amy Tangerine; Diecuts: Miss Kate Cuttables; Stickers: Sandylion, My Minds Eye, Pink Paislee; Miscellaneous: Studio Calico wood veneers, Fiskars punch and patterned scissors, My Huey's mist, Heidi Swapp rhinestones,
The Miss Kate Cuttable Happy Days set and the Rock Around the Clock set were perfect for my theme!  I had so much fun making all the little elements. And I was able to use some really old papers and stickers from Prima, Sandylion and Paper Patch for these pages. I love being able to use up old stash. Makes being a hoarder pay off. LOL!
Here are some close ups of the diecuts:


Be sure to stop by the Stuck On U Sketches blog and see all the fun and fantastic projects the design team has made. And why don't you join in on the fun? Be sure to add a link to the blog post showing us a 50's diecut creation. We'd love to have you join us!
Thanks for looking!


June 13, 2013

Destination Nuevo Vallarta - SOUS Sun Diecut Challenge

Hello there!

This week's Stuck On U Sketches challenge was to use a sun diecut on a page. Well, since I just started our vacation album to Mexico, this was a no brainer for me. I chose to use the sun on my title page.

Papers: Fancy Pants, Bazzill Basics, unknown dotted paper; SVG files: Chic Tags, Kerri Bradford, Two Peas In a Bucket; Stamps: Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, Tinbox for Scraptivity; Embellishments: Fancy Pants buttons & brads; K & Co tag, Crate Paper postcard, Lilybee Design alpha sticker, American Crafts chipboard, Studio Calico wood veneer and mist, Simple Stories stickers, typewriter, unknown bakers twine and clothespin

I started off with making this photo collage from The Lilypad. It was such an easy template to use. Just copy and paste each photo into the template and print. Awesome! Then I cut out the sun diecut Project Life card from Chic Tags. I altered it a bit as the original had the word "sunshine" going down the side of the card. I found this scrap of yellow paper in my scrap pile. I've had it forever, but I liked how it had the speckled look to it that I was trying to achieve with the mist. Cool!

Have you seen the Crate Paper Pier Collection? They have layered stickers in the collection and one of them  looks almost like this one. I love it! My stamping is a bit goofy, but, that's okay. Don't look too closely, okay?


I have been on the look out for a typewriter forever and recently our office moved locations. Stored in the office was a beautiful old typewriter that was destined for the dump. I jumped all over it. I'm pretty sure my co-workers thought I was crazy. LOL! But, I've put it to good use on the geotag. It's going to be hard not to type on every layout, now. hehehe

Be sure to stop by the SOUS blog to see the other beautiful work from the design team. They have outdone themselves, this week. And why not join in the fun by leaving us a link to your sun diecut projects.
Thanks for looking!

May 30, 2013

The Very Grumpy Easter Egg Hunt - Bird Diecut Challenge

Happy Friday!

Our challenge this week for Stuck On U Sketches was to use a bird diecut. A subject for this challenge didn't really jump out at me. So, I started cruising my usual SVG web stores and I came across these grumpy looking chicks from Lettering Delights. The minute I saw them, I burst out loud because I knew exactly what I was going to do with them!

 Papers: Bazzill Basics, Lilybee Designs, Crate Paper; SVG's: Lettering Delights (For Peep's Sake), Lori Whitlock (Easter Candy Set); Alpha Stickers: American Craft Thickers, Echo Park, Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup; Glitter: Stickles by Ranger, Martha Stewart, Making Memories; Misc: American Crafts roller date stamp, Fiskars punch, Hero Arts enamel dots, unknown photo corners
I cut the chicks and jellybeans from coloured cardstock and then applied matching glitter to make them look more "Easterish". I love how cutesy the page looks in contrast to the dark photos of grumpy teenagers. ;)

Please be sure to check out all the lovely work the ladies have done at SOUS and why not submit a card or layout with a diecut bird.

Thanks for looking!

May 16, 2013

Live Out Loud - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Flowers"

Hello again,

This week's diecut challenge at Stuck On U Sketches blog was to use flowers. And when I saw that, I knew I would have to use my Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals die. When this die came out, I preordered it from the US and paid an arm and a leg for it. I've used it a bit, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. So, my personal challenge was to use that die!! ;)

Papers: Bazzill, Echo Park; Buttons: Fancy Pants; Paint: Folk Art, Plaid; American Crafts date stamp; Ribbon; My Minds Eye, Scraptivity, Offray, Font: Stencilia-A; Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals and Elegant Flourishes

I've had this Instagram photo of Julia on my desk for a while now, but I didn't know how to scrap it. And then PaigeTaylorEvans, a Garden Girl on Two Peas in a Bucket, did a video in April, showing how to lay ribbon underneath a diecut title. I fell in love with that technique and I had to try it out with that picture. I chose black cardstock to match the photo and with the ribbon underneath, I thought it had a neon feel to it, and the Everyday Eclectic collection from Echo Park suited the theme. (I know it's not neon, but it's the closest thing I had to it!) To make the paint splatters, I watered down acrylic paint quite thinly and splattered the paper with a long bristled brush.


I can't tell you how much I love this page! It's very different from how I normally scrap and yet it's not, all at the same time!
So, now it's your turn! Come upload your creations using diecut flowers at the SOUS blog. We'd love to see your work!
Thanks for looking!

May 2, 2013

World's Greatest Cat Mom - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Mom"

Hi there!

Happy National Scrapbook Day! If you are a scrapper, I hope you are planning a little scrapping time this weekend.

This week's Stuck On You Sketches diecut challenge was to use something to do with "Mom". Now, I could have done a layout about my mom or myself, but I did a little tongue and cheek page documenting Julia's relationship with her cat.

Papers: Echo Park, Crate Paper, Pink Paislee; Die Cut: The Lady Wolf SVG, CK Racer font; Stickers: American Crafts Alpha, Basic Grey, Echo Park, My Minds Eye; Stamp: Elle's Studio; Embellishments: My Minds Eye enamel dots, We R Memory Keepers floss, Coats metallic thread, photo corners, glassine envelope

To say that Julia treats Jukka like her baby would be a gross understatement! She even calls him "Baby". And Jukka LOVES Julia! He follows her wherever she goes in the house. Here he is getting a can of tuna to celebrate his 2nd birthday. It was his first taste of tuna and he didn't like it. HA!

This SVG is from The Lady Wolf Blog. Be sure to check it out. She has some cool SVG files for free! This particular SVG said Worlds Greatest Dad, but I just used my own font to cut out "Mom".

I was so excited when I went to the post office for work and our stamps where in this glassine bag. Right away, I pocketed the bag! ;) The journaling is written on the tags and then tucked into the bag. The photo doesn't really show it, but in real life the glassine just gives a very nice texture to the page. I can't wait until we need more stamps!

Be sure to stop by the Stuck On U Sketches Blog to see all the amazing work the other design team members created. And we'd love to see what you can create with a die cut of "mom". It can be the word itself or of a mom.

Thanks for looking!


April 18, 2013

Gone Fishin' - SOUS Diecut Challenge *Crustacean*

Hello there!

This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge was to use a crustacean. Ummmm, I have to admit that I had to dig deep for this one. :)  But, I figured I could add a cute little crab to a layout about my husband's fishing trip, this past summer.

He had taken quite a few photos, so I knew that it would have to be a two page spread and so I thought I'd make it look like Project Life. I managed to get 12 photos on onelayout! Woohoo!

Papers: Tim Holtz, Glitz Design, Fancy Pants, Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, Pink Paislee, Bazzill Basics; Cartridges & Files: Going Places, Plantin Schoolbook, Stamped, Indie Art, Jennifer Collector of Hobbies SVG; Stamps: American Crafts, Scraptivity, Unknown Alpha, American Crafts roller date stamp; Diecuts & Stickers: Fancy Pants; Buttons & Gems: Glitz Design, Fancy Pants, Misc: Unknown brad, Magic Mesh, Jute, American Crafts Flair, Embossing Powder
I have to admit that I love this litte crab! He fits right in with Brian's lovely orange coveralls. You can find this SVG file and many other ocean creatures at Jennifer Collector of Hobbies. The steering wheel is from the same collection.
The stamp on the tag is one that I created from two different set. The original stamp, said "Eat, Sleep, Camp". Using some sharp scissors, I cut off the top and bottom off the stamp and substituted the word "Camp" for "Fish".  Unfortunately, I purchased the stamp set at a garage sale, and I have no idea who the manufacturer is. But, they are very similar to ones Hero Arts or Studio Calico make.
So now it's your turn to submit your crustacean diecut creation to the SOUS blog. We can't wait to see what you will come up with for this challenge!
Thank you for all your kind words. They mean more to me that you will ever know.