May 29, 2014

Look Who's Hot in the KI - SOUS Diecut Challenge *Circles*

Hi there!

This week,  the diecut challenge at Stuck On U Sketches is to use circles. I have to admit, I'm not big on circles. I use them once in a while as an accent, but I don't often make them the centre of my layout. But, I had these photos on my desk, right beside a bunch of scraps from the Basic Grey Capture line, so I just started cutting circles. And here's the final result.

Papers: Basic Grey, Fancy Pants Design, American Crafts; Diecuts: Spellbinders, George Cricut Cartridge, Vaudoo font; Stickers: Stamping Station, Basic Grey, American Crafts, Two Peas in a Bucket; Embellishments: Teresa Collins Brads, Tim Holtz paper clips, Tiny Attacher; Stamps: American Crafts; Washi Tape: 7 Gypsies, My Minds Eye
There's nothing earth shattering about this layout. This was a story I really wanted to get down and I love how many scraps I was able to use up! I found that using the Spellbinders was a lot faster and easier than using my Cricut. And some of the smaller circles are punches - even faster and easier!
So, now it's your turn! Why not create a project using circles and upload it to the blog over at SOUS. Your name will be entered to win a prize from our monthly sponsor, Scrapbook Circle. (Ironic, isn't it? HA!)

This will be my last project for Stuck On U Sketches. I have decided to take a break for a while and focus on my kids before they leave me, forever! ;)  I want to thank Leah and Nanne for the wonderful opportunity.  It's been a lot of fun. And you never know. Once the kids leave home, I may be begging them for my spot back!

Thanks for looking!

May 15, 2014

Hydrangea - SOUS Diecut Challenge *3D*

Hi there!

This week's Stuck On U Sketches diecut challenge was to create something that was 3D. This couldn't have come at a better time for me, as I am in the middle of doing a major redecorating of my living room.  And I love incorporating my love of paper crafts into my home decorating. And it's no secret that I am totally inspired by Pinterest. So I was really excited when I came upon a pin for this website: .

The website includes a free SVG file for the blooms and the leaves and the instructions were so easy to follow. I cut three sheets of blooms and before I removed them from the cutting mat, I painted the centres of each bloom with watercolours and then let dry. A little glue gun work, some wires and voila! Pinterest success! Once the flowers were done, I needed a pretty vase to put them in. Pinterest to the rescue, again. I painted this old flower arrangement vase with Elmers glue, food colouring and water. Another success!

So, now it's your turn. Why not create something with your diecutter that is 3D and upload a link to the SOUS blog and your name will be entered to win a lovely prize from our monthly sponsor, Scrapbook Circle.

Thanks for looking!

May 1, 2014

This Boy @ 17 - SOUS Diecut Challenge "Tree"

Hello there!

The die cut challenge this week at Stuck On U Sketches was to use a tree. And since I did a page all about Julia last time, I thought I should do one about Nick. But unlike Julia, Nick doesn't take a bunch of selfies that I can steal, I mean use, for scrapbooking. So, after a bunch of begging, I was able to stage a photo shoot of him beside the tree in our back yard and of the six photos he let me take, I settled on this one. Ah. Gotta love teenage boys!

Papers: Basic Grey, Bazzill Basics; Cricut Cartridge: Storybook, George, 2Peas digital cutfile; Stickers & diecuts: Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, Studio Calico; Badges: 2Peas in a Bucket, American Crafts; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers, Echo Park; Misc: Studio Calico mists, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, My Minds Eye washi tape, Ranger Distress Ink
I'm really enjoying this type of "you are here" journaling. It's nothing fancy and it's easy to write, but it really does say who Nick is, right now. And I think these are the pages that we will look back on, someday and really remember what he was up to.
I know this diecut from Storybook is actually called a branch, but the tree in our backyard is a big willow and I think this diecut really looks like the shape of our tree.
And I have been hoarding these Bo Bunny word stickers for probably 5 years. They matched the Basic Grey Capture line perfectly. I just love using old supplies with new supplies!

So now it's your turn! Let's see what you can create using a diecut of a tree. Submit it to the SOUS blog and you could win a great monthly prize. And be sure to check out all the lovely work the other DT girls did using a tree. It will inspire you!

Thanks for looking!