Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Love App-tually | Imaginisce

I am up on the Imaginisce   blog today, sharing my page as part of the IM DT.  This layout was created for our "Social Media" themed week!

Since my youngest son and I are currently residing about 3 hours away from my husband, we use social media a lot to stay connected.  We call and text each other several times a day, but my youngest is at school all day long so we have to work a little harder to keep him connected with his dad. Skyping during dinner, as often as possible, is an easy way for them to have time together. I am so grateful that we live in a time that it is super easy for us all to have daily contact!

One night while we were having dinner and skyping, I snapped a photo as I knew that this would be something that I would ant to document.  And as it turns out it is perfect for this weeks theme! The photo is a little dark as it was taken during the winter months when it is dark before 5pm, but the memory is still important.

I began my page by deciding on a title, which was a little tricky for me at first, but then it hit me and I ran with it!

Because my title had the word "love" in it I decided to use this cut file that I created, and had lots of fun filling in the heart with colourful patterns from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection.

Because I was so excited about my title, I worked on that next. Which is a little unusual for me.

I layered my photo over some vellum and a die cut  and cut apart tag from the same collection. Then I added some simple embellishing.

I decided to go bold with my journaling and use it as a main part of my design, then I embellished around it as well.

A few strips of pattern along the bottom of my page finishes it off!

Supply List:  Par-r-rty Me Hearty patterned paper, Thickers and puffy stickers; American Crafts cardstock and vellum; Staedtler fine tip felt pen.

Thank you for visiting friends!

Monday, June 27, 2016

$2500.00 Carpe Diem Planner Giveaway |

Yes you read that right! is having a huge Carpe Diem planner giveaway!  5 lucky winners will be given a $500.00 Simple Stories Bundle!

You have until August 20th to enter, pop over here to enter.

Good luck and thank for visiting!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sharing Your Joy | Tag

I have a little tag to share with you today,  I created it to adorn a baby gift that I made a while back.  I chose hot pink striped wrapping paper for my gift and wanted to make a tag that coordinated with it.  I also wanted to get super messy!

So I pulled out all of my hot pink stuff, which not surprisingly was very limited. But I did have one flower, a wood butterfly and some bling as well as some distress ink.

I began by applying Gesso to my die cut tag, then added some Distress Ink using the packaging technique.  Once that was dry, I stamped the entire tag with a music sheet background stamp.

Finally, I layered on some texture paste using a heart mask from Clear Scraps.

After that it was just a matter of layering on some flowers, bling and the butterfly.  I didn't have a suitable baby stamp but this sentiment from Your Next Stamp worked out quite well!

I also did not have any hot pink ribbon, but loved the look of this soft pink tulle wrapped around the package.  I coloured white satin ribbon with pink Distress Ink by running the ink pad over my ribbon until it was a consistent colour (2-3 times).  I let the ribbon dry over night and then heat set it with my iron. Boy did it ever look pretty!

All in all I loved the way it turned out!

Supply List: America Crafts and misc. cardstock; Market Street background Stamp; Evalicious banner stamp; Your Next Stamp sentiment stamp; Prima and misc flowers; Recollections painted wood butterfly; Kaisercraft and misc bling; Tim Holtz Distress ink sin pink and grey; Versacolor ink in brown; Tim Holtz texture paste; Bazzill leaves; Clear Scraps stencil; Art Alternative clear Gesso; misc ribbon and tulle

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Exciting News | Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits

I am just popping in really quick this afternoon to share some super fun and exciting news!

I am so lucky to have been invited to join the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kit Club design team!  My term official begins at the start of July and I am looking forward to sharing projects with you her and on the Noel Mignon blog, using Noel's gorgeous kits! Actually, Noel offers two kits a month, one is geared towards pocket style scrapbooking and the other is for traditional scrappers.  I will be on the traditional scrapbooker team.

Here is a little peek at the July kit....

Is that not a super juicy summer kit??!!  I am so excited for mine to arrive and to dig in!

If you would like a closer look, DT coordinator Meridy Twilling  has created an unboxing video that you can check out here.

Thanks for visiting today!

Super Teacher | Card

I am sharing a card that I created for my sons teacher today.  He is a young guy and this is his first full time position as a teacher in Canada, though I understand he taught over seas for a few years.

Timothy loved him and we hope he gets to return next year.

I tried to create a cut file that looked like a phone booth for this super guy to be flying out of.

I couldn't resist putting him on a wobbler!

Supply List: Whimsie Doodle digital stamp; American Crafts, Xpressit blending paper and Recollections Cardstock; Copics ( B12, B16, B18, T4, T6, E000, E01, E11, Y23, E33, E35, E37, R24, R27, R29); clear Wink of Stella

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Imagine | Just for Fun

I had some free time to play last week, I wanted to play along with a couple of challenges but then I thought I should make better use of my time and do some DT layouts for July.  I have a busy month in July so working ahead is a good call.  But then I squeezed out a couple of hours another night, and by squeezed out I mean I stayed up until 1 in the morning 3 nights in a row! HA!  I have finally managed to photograph my layout so that I can share it with you! 

I have been loving making colourful layouts lately, but used this opportunity to do something a little different, and I love the way it turned out.  I used a sketch from The Studio Challenges, I stuck to it pretty closely except for two things, first I shrunk the centre focal area just a bit as I am loving using smaller photos right now, and secondly I added an extra bit of paper along the bottom to fill in a bit of the extra white space that I created by shrinking my focal area.

More than Words challenge site requested the use of the word "Imagine" which I used in my title, and for us to "Get Messy".  I did this by added Distress Inks and drops of mist on my background.

I found some great cork elements in my stash and I love the texture they offer.  I also used these hexagon chipboard elements which I coloured with  Copic markers to tie them in to my page.  You may know by now that I love using Tim Holtz rub ons as a background element, I just adore the way it looks

I searched the net for a quote / phrase with the word "imagine" in it that spoke to me.  Then I found this photo of my son walking into the lake with one of our dogs. It seemed just a little dreamy and perfect for the quote.

I added stitching in a few spots, because I love the texture it adds and how it seems to fill in someting that is missing.

Here are the links to the challenges I am joining in on, in case you want to play, too!

More than Words Challenge Imagine and Get Messy

The Studio Challenges sketch

Clique Kits anything goes challenge

Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned paper and enamel dots; American Crafts cardstock and clip; Tim Holtz distress inks and rub ons; Mr. Huey's mist; Copic Markers; Steadtler pen; Sharpie;  Freckled Fawn cork elements; Creative Embellishments chipboard; Fancy Pants puffy word sticker; Teresa Collins label stickers; Hemptique button twine; misc buttons.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dad's Perfect Day | Imaginisce

We are still celebrating fathers, over on the Imaginisce blog and I wanted to create a page to document my husband's favourite past time, fishing!  Which he loves even more if one or more of our boys goes along with him!

The Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection has some great elements that worked perfectly for a fishing page!

I used an old sketch of mine as a jumping off point for my page, and had some fun with triangles and these great masculine colours!

I added stitching around each triangle for a bit of texture.

I love using tags on my pages, as they are a great way to add in a bit of twine, cutting one or two from the cut a part sheet in this collection is a super easy way to facilitate that!

The little fish puffy stickers couldn't be more perfect!

And this fun phrase, cut from the bar code strip of one of the papers is so perfect, too!

Supply List: Par-r-rty Me Hearty patterned papers, stickers and puffy stickers; Hemptique twine; American Crafts cardstock; Steadtler pen; Mr. Huey's mist.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day Card take 2 | Long Sentiment

I have a second Father's Day card to share today, I really intended to have fun with this card as I was super excited to create it.  But it was one of those days when none of my ideas came together in reality as well as they did in my head, and I have user error with my trimmer and could not cut a straight line to save my life!

Anyway, even though it took  ona different direction, I am pretty pleased with the way that it turned out.

I was inspired by this quote that came across my Pinterest feed.

Although I modified it slightly to suit my own purposes.

I matted everything in black to help it pop off of my mixed media background, created with the packaging technique and some Mr. Huey's.

I created this custom silhouette cut file of my son and his girlfriend's little boy, by altering the contrast on a photograph and tracing it in my Silhouette software.  So fun!  I can't wait until he sees it!

I wanted the sentiment to be the main focal point of this card so I kept everything else pretty minimal.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Go Wild | Stuck?! Sketches

It is time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! I created a pretty clean and simple sketch for this challenge.

I love the small photos, but off course you can always modify things to make it fit your own style.

I used lots of Echo Park goodies on my page from a variety of collections.  I have been making a point of going through my stash of sticker sheets when I create to try to use up some of them.  I even moved them so that they are within arms reach of my new desk space.  (I will share more about my new crafty space once it is finished, well more finished.)

I kept my page pretty clean and simple, sometimes it is fun to just KISS!

And it makes for an easy transition back into crafting after a few weeks break.  I created another page the same night that I created this one, that was quite a bit, well, quite a bit more! ha!

I added in some stitching to give some texture to my page while still keeping it pretty simple.

My journaling was my final touch.

I hope you join us for the challenge!  We have two fabulous sponsors offering prizes!

Supply List:  Echo Park patterned papers, chipboard, brads and stickers; October Afternoon sticker; Bo Bunny alpha stickers; Basic Grey enamel shapes; Mr. Huey's mist; American Crafts and Bo Bunny cardstock; American Crafts Precision Pen;

So glad that you stopped by! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Father's Day Card | Silhouette

Several months ago I created a card class for the ScrapMuch? Spring retreat, one of the cards was a generic masculine card, suitable for any occasion.  I custom designed this fish cut file just for the card class.

When it came time to make my husband a Father's Day card I could not resist using the fish cut file, since fishing is his favourite past time!

Supply List:  American Crafts and Recollections cardstock; My Mind's Eye patterned paper; Hemptique twine; Simple Stories enamel dot; Sharpie; Versacolor ink..

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Suns Background | Free Cut File

Hey friends!  I am hoping to continue on sharing cut files on at least a monthly basis with you all, continuing on with the tradition that I was doing with my friends at ScrapMuch?.  So if you used to grab them there, be sure to follow my blog to continue to get them.  You can always check my Cut file page here and on Pinterest here.

I hope you enjoy June's freebie!

I used this file recently, on a page that I created for Simple Stories, you can see it here.

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sunshine & Happiness | Simple Stories

I am sharing two pages today on the Simple Stories blog that I had so much fun creating!  Oh my, the Sunshine and Happiness collection is the epitome of summer joy, I just love it!

Happy Times with You

My husband and I tried kayaking for the first time last summer when we borrowed a tandem kayak,  we loved it so much that we just bought our own kayaks! We have a motor boat as well, but I am a real chicken in it so I love that we both enjoy kayaking together.  I wanted to document this start in our kayak adventures.

I had the idea for this layout to create a channel between two pieces of paper that sat a little lower so that I could tuck embellishments into and under the channel. Yes, you know by now that it is all about loads of embellishments for me!

In order to not use a million pop dots to raise the two pieces of yellow patterned paper up enough to facilitate my vision of creating a channel, I punched out all of the chipboard pieces from this chipboard sheet and used the negative piece to raise my papers on either side of the channel, by cutting it into pieces.

From there I filled in more embellishments around my photo focal area.

And created a title with a combination of die cuts and stickers.

I added a bit of pink polka dot sticker to balance the pink in my layout.

I also used some washi like stickers to adorn the very bottom of my layout, I loved that I could easily draw some pattern down there with these stickers.

A Cup Full of Sunshine

My youngest son favours lemonade as his beverage of choice, and frozen lemonade is just the icing on the cake!  So of course, this needs to be documented!

I started my layout by creating the sunshine background and filling in some of the centres of the suns with pretty patterned papers.

I knew I wanted to use this glass of lemonade on my layout but worried I made a mistake in choosing the soft teal colour for my background because the die cut did not stand out enough against it, but I rectified that by clustering some other die cuts and stickers around it. I love that there are no mistakes in scrapbooking and an embellishment or two can solve so many problems!

I layered die cuts, stickers, chipboard, bradz and enamel dots under and around my photo focal area.

And tucked in a bit of journaling.

Once again I layered stickers and die cuts to create my title.

Supply List:
Sunshine & Happiness 7200 Collection Kit
Sunshine & Happiness 7227 Bradz
Sunshine & Happiness 7228 6x12 Chipboard
Sunshine & Happiness 7229 Bits & Pieces
Sunshine & Happiness 7231 Enamel Dots
Sunshine & Happiness 7232 4x6 Stickers
Other supplies: American Crafts cardstock and Hemptique button twine.
Thanks so much for visiting today!