Monday, November 29, 2010

My Little Carnivore

My eldest daughter, has always been a carnivore.  Ever since she was about 18 months old, she has loved meat!  She's quite messy about eating it (even now at age 9) and it drives my husband crazy!  So this particular dinner, I happened to glance over at Mike and after seeing what a mess he was making, told him that he wasn't allowed to scold her any more!  So I got a couple of pictures of my two messy meat eaters!

This week I'm working on some Christmas present albums, that I can't show yet!  So I'll be cycling through a few pages that I've completed in the last few months. 

This page is actually quite simple.  There are no extra techniques except for the stamp in the corner.  I love a simple layout!

Have a great day!

Paper:  Stampin' Up!, Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Stampin' Up!
Accessories:  Urban Tapestry stamp set by Stampers Anonymous

Saturday, November 27, 2010

You Want A Zerbert?

As I prepare this post, I'm sipping my Cinnamon Spice Herbal Tea, the baby is napping, and the older two girls are out playing in the snow!  I love having a quiet moment!  Up here in the Yukon, they often plough the snow into a big pile in the middle of the road (weird, right?), especially on a quiet street.  So my girls have their sleds out in the street where they keep climbing a 12 foot pile of snow and sliding down it!  All the neighbourhood kids are out there taking turns!

I prepared these two pages at the same time.  They are for seperate albums, but I find if I can make the pages similar from photos of a single event, it makes things a lot easier for me!  I found this paper quite a while ago.  A friend and I split the paper pack (remember that day, Karlene?).  The layout is fairly simple.  I tend to keep it simple for my girls' albums.  It was inspired by Allison Davis' sketch found here.  I say "inspired by" because I really didn't follow a lot of the sketch.  I just found that it gave me a good jumping off point in putting my layout together. 

Besides the slightly different colour palette, the main difference between the two is that on the first page, I sponged the edges of every piece of paper.  I was trying to decide which I liked best.  I think it just depends on the mood of your photos.  For these, either works.

I hope you all have a delightful day!

Paper:  Stampin' Up! Cardstock, DCWV Safari Kids Paper Pack
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Accessories:  Circle Punches, Cuttlebug Babyface Alphabet

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tattered Flowers Layout

Has anyone finished their Christmas shopping yet?  Has anyone started it?  I've been frantically trying to finish my shopping because a lot of our presents have to be shipped up here to the Yukon.  We've shopped locally for as much as possible, but there's only so much you can do with such limited options!  I think I've just about got it finished though!

This is another version of Allison Davis' sketch found here.  I changed the sketch a bit.  I moved the journal box to accomodate my bigger embellishments.  In one of the comments, someone asked what a sketch was.  A scrapbooking layout is a combination of photos, paper, and embellishments.  The sketch is a drawing that outlines the placement of all of your elements.  It can take a lot of guess work out of putting your layout together!  A really good sketch will even have measurements written out for you.  All of Allison Davis' sketches have measurements.  They are so easy to work with!

Instead of pulling out my sewing machine again to stich on this layout, I did faux stitching by poking holes in the paper with my paper piercer and then drawing on the thread with my white gel pen.  I stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs in black, and outlined it with the white gel pen to make it stand out a little more.  The flowers were a bit more tricky.  I cut out the Tattered Flowers with my cuttlebug, stamped them with Urban Tapestry and black ink and rolled each petal over a pencil to round them.  Then I inked up the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and finished off the flowers with rhinestones. 
Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle, Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Stampin' Up!, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Stamps:  Stampin' Up's Baroque Motifs, Urban Tapestry by Stampers Anonymous
Accessories:  Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Kaiserscrapbook Rhinestones, White Gel Pen, K & Company Ribbon, Paper piecing tool, Sizzix Alterations - Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers

Monday, November 22, 2010

Autumn Owlies

My entire family slept in until 8am this morning!  What a nice change from the 5am wake up calls I get from my baby!  We had no where to be since we homeschool and my husband has a day off.  So it was just a nice start to the day! 

I can't help it!  I'm just not ready for winter yet!  I want to hang on to fall as long as I can!  Of course, here in the Yukon, it's been winter for a month already.  In fact it's snowing yet again right now!  Oh well, I can live in the fall through my crafting!  What is your favourite season?

This card was made using Allison Davis' Card Sketch.  This was the first card sketch I've ever tried!  I changed it just a little by making the centres of the circles off centre.  It just seemed to match the feel of the owlies a little better!  Also, the card just seemed to work better by putting the sentiment on the inside.  I think the inside is almost as cute as the outside!  The first time I saw those Owlies from Stampin' Bella, I just knew that I wanted to try them!  I bought them right away, but then they waited in my cupboard for the right project!  This is the first time I've brought them out.  I know, I can't believe I waited that long either!  Instead of colouring in the owls, I stamped them on coordinating patterned paper and cut them out.  It was a lot of paper-piecing, but I think the end result was worth it! 

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Paper: Imiginisce - Apple Cider Paper Pack, Stampin' Up! Cardstock
Stamps: Bella Stamps Branching Out Owlies
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Tools:  Circle Punches, Inkessentials Accent Enamel

Saturday, November 20, 2010

First Snow Layout

It's true, we had our first snow up here in the Yukon on September 23rd!  I thought it was just gross!  Of course it was beautiful, just early.  My daughters, however were so excited!  Even though their snow gear was all packed, they put on whatever they could find and ran outside!  We homeschool, so we were able to declare it a Snow Day and spend the whole day playing outside.

The layout is one of  Allison Davis' sketches!  This one was really fun to do!  I'm starting to reach for sketches more and more while planning my layouts!  They are so easy that it makes the rest of the layout go quickly!  If you really like her layouts (and I do!) you can purchase Allison's sketch books here.

The background paper on this layout is Stampin' Up's Presto Patterns.  I just love Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper!  It comes in white with the pattern embossed on the page.  You can use ink, watercolour, or Spritz products and techniques on it and the look will change every time!  It's a lot of fun!  On this one I sponged a few different colours of ink to make a soft pattern that matches my other paper.  I actually pulled out my sewing machine and did my first ever stitching on a layout!  I stitched the blue paper onto the background paper.  I wish it showed up in the picture a little better.  (I'm hoping for a new camera for Christmas!)  After making and sponging the snowflakes, I covered them with Versamark and embossed Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder all over them to really make them sparkle. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day!  

Paper:  Stampin' Up!, Little Yellow Bicycle, Basic Grey
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Stampin' Up!
Tools: Cricut - George Cartridge; Cuttlebug - Baby Face Font; Spellbinders - Create a Flake Two Die
Accessories:  Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Have I Said I Love Tim Holtz?

I can't help it!  I completely addicted to all things Tim Holtz!  I made this card while playing with my new supplies!  After stamping the images, I just ran the ink pads over everything!  The butterflies had more ink than the other items.  Then I covered the butterflies with Inkessentials Crackle Accents.  The fibers were just a remnant from my stash, but the wrong colour.  I ran the ink pad over them a couple of times and then they matched!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Paper:  Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry, Stampin' Up's Short & Sweet
Accessories:  Grungeboard - Nature, Grungeboard - Plain, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations - Elegant Flourishes, Inkessentials Crackle Accents, Hodgepodge Hardware by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Remember the Tire Swing?

I was browsing die cuts when I saw this Tire Swing Tree die by Cottage Cutz.  It was so cute I had to make one!  I remember swinging on a tire swing as a child!  My friend had one at her house and we loved it!  We would play for hours just on and around that swing! 

The card is actually quite simple.  I drew out the pieces on the patterned paper, cut them out, and sponged ink on the edges.  After placing all the pieces, I outlined the parts of the tree with Lime Green Stickles.  The tire is made out of Grungeboard (I love that stuff!) and run through my Cuttlebug with the Mesh Embossing Folder.  Then I inked the heck out of it using Tim Holtz's Black Soot Distress Ink.

Anyway, I'm off to get the kids to bed!  Have a delightful evening!

Paper: K & Company, Stampin' Up!
Ink: Stampin' Up!, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Accessories:  Grungeboard, Cuttlebug Mesh Embossing Folder, Lime Green Stickles, Pale Green Rhinestone Stickers by My Mind's Eye, Ribbon by Stampin' Up!

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Wild Emily!

To go with this page, I've got a super-cute Emily story to go with it.  If you know Emily, or as you can see from the photos, she doesn't sit still.  She's a very energetic little girl!  Yesterday, she started asking me about my honeymoon.  What did we do, was it boring, but why would you just hang out in the room, that kind of thing.  She was quiet for a few minutes so I though the conversation was over.  Then she says, "When I go on my honeymoon, I'm going to make sure there is a giant trampoline wherever we are going!  I won't be getting bored!"  Emily is 6 years old.  

For this layout I used a sketch from Allison Davis.  Her sketches are amazing!  What I love about her sketches is that you can get many photos on one page without it looking cluttered! 

The only technique that i used on the page is masking.  It's on the far right of the layout using Tim Holtz's Flourish Mask.

I hope you all have a delightful day!

Paper:  Basic Grey, Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Tools:  Tim Holtz Mask - Flourish; Cuttlebug Aplphabet - Harmony; Allison Davis Sketch
Accessories:  The flowers are something I picked up ages ago.  I can't even tell you who they're from!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Red-Grunge Flowers

This is another card I made in the hotel with my limited supplies.  I loved the masking technique I used in the last card to make patterned paper, so I did it again!  I usually scrapbook, but I couldn't bring the pictures and albums I was working on to stay in a hotel for two months!  But I've been working on some pages that I'll share soon!

I masked, inked and stamped the plain cardstock to give it that patterned look.  The Grungeboard is heavily inked up to make the colour really stand out.  The dots on the flowers are the White Enamel Accents.  I love that stuff!

I hope you have a delightful weekend!

Paper:  Stampin Up! Cardstock
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Stamps:  Tim holtz Stampers Anonymous - Urban Tapestry
Accessories:  White Enamel Accents by Ranger; Jumbo Brads by Stampin' Up!; Ribbon by K & Company; Tim Holtz Grungeboard - Nature

Friday, November 12, 2010

My First Post!

This blog has been a long time in the making.  I've been paper crafting for about 8 years now.  I've taught a lot of classes and sold many of my creations.  I took a 2 year break when I became pregnant with my youngest daughter.  I sure missed creating though!  My youngest baby is now old enough (20 months) that I can start spending a little more time in my scrap room!  I'm so excited to share my creations with you! 

Just three months ago, we moved to the Yukon!  Yes, we are very far north!  We spent two months in a hotel (and with three kids that was a real challenge!).  I couldn't stand not to create a little something while I was there.  My first couple of card posts will be the cards that I made in the hotel.  I had very limited supplies, but I was able to do a lot with what I had!  So, here's the first card I made.  Can you tell I'm a big fan of Tim Holtz?   

I layered the masks on the background paper and then sponged ink on starting with the darkest and moving to the lightest as I removed the masks.  I love the results!  It gives it a beautiful watercolour look!  I sponged in onto the Grungeboard bird and highlighted the wings with Smooch Spritz.  To make the ribbon match, I also covered that in Smooch Sprintz.  To add a little extra sparkle, I sprayed Glimmer Mist on the background paper and on the belly of the bird. 

Tools:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Masks: Timeworks and Flourish; Tim Holtz Grungeboard: Nature; Smooch Spritz: Navy Twinkle; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pearl; Tim Holtz Sizzix Die: Elegant Flourishes 
Stamps:  Stampin' Up! Embrace Life
Embellishments:  Ribbon by K & Company, Rhinstone Stickers from My Mind's Eye

I hope you all have a fantastic day!  I'll see you again soon!


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