Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Little Red Wagon #252 - Girl Power

Hi there, it's Wednesday which means another challenge over at........

and this week Tracy would like to see some Girl Power which means dig out everything girlie..........bling, flowers, lace, sequins etc. etc.

Here's my effort:

Yep, lots of girlie goodness right down to the glitter on her dress.

This little cutie is coloured with Copic's and I wish I could tell you where the image is from but......I can't!

It's a stamp I've had forever and I have no clue who made it.  My guess is Some Odd Girl but who knows?

Why not join in with our girlie challenge this week......just link up over on the blog and don't forget to check out what the rest of the Girlfriends have been up to.

I'll see you soon,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - T.O.

Good morning.

I have a layout to post today as it's Sketch-y Friday once again over on the Scrapmuch? blog.

Laura has created another awesome sketch for our crafting pleasure, as follows:

My page is another creation that took on a life of it's own.......certainly not as I envisioned, but I think I quite like the quirky result.


Hmmmm a spaced out bubble background........

 and a smiley face sun.......

I'm not quite sure what I was thinking (or drinking!) when I created this one!

The whole inspiration for this page started with the idea of creating a skyline, which I cut with my Silhouette, then added some doodling to create more of a cityscape.

I do love the view of the city in this photo.  It's always a fabulous photo opp when you're crossing over the lake on a ferry, to get to Center Island........gorgeous views!

That's it from me so why not get your craft on and join in with one of our Sketch-y Friday challenges over at Scrapmuch?

You have a week left to get creating with any one of the four sketches this month, and as always there's a prize involved for one lucky soul.

Have a great weekend......we're packing up ready for a Morgan camping expedition.

The first (and probably the last!) of the year!

See you next week,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Little Red Wagon # 251 - Confetti.

Good morning!

Finally, I'm here bright and early on a Wednesday morning for this weeks challenge over at.......

The reason of course, is that it's my turn to host and to be honest, I couldn't really think of a witty title so straight to the point it is!


I'd like to see you use whatever you like......bling, paper, sequins etc. to create the look.

For my sample, I'll be the first to admit it's not all that 'confetti' like!

You know when you have an idea in mind, then start to create and it sort of takes a life of it's own?

This was one of those.

I got a little carried away with the pearls and Liquid Pearls which started to remind me of the topping on a cake, so I went with a sprinkles/confetti kinda look instead!

The sweet little image there is one I've had for eons, but still super cute from By Lori Designs and coloured with Copics.

To make up for my confetti/not quite confetti sort of thing, I decided to decorate the inside of the card a little too.

Why not join in with this weeks challenge, cause I'm sure you'll probably have more success!

Just link up over on the blog and don't forget to check out some inspiration from the rest of the Girlfriends too.

Have fun and I'll see you back here Friday,

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator #26 - Time(d) To Change

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.

You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook .
We are thrilled to welcome back as a guest designer with our team, the uber creative and wonderfully artsy Misty Russell!

This month's challenge is issued by the amazing Jayne Morgan. Jayne mixes classic styling with fun and funky embellishments and artistic mixed media touches. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:

Time(d) to Change
It's no secret amongst my crafty friends that my biggest hang up when scrapbooking is procrastination. Being a perfectionist can certainly benefit the end result, but quite often, we worry so much about the outcome that we forget to enjoy the process! On a couple of occasions when I've had to complete a tight deadline for DT calls or assignments, I've been forced to throw caution aside and complete a page within an hour. This for me in itself is a miracle, but the most surprising part was that I not only thoroughly enjoyed the carefree process, but the end results have been some of my most favourite pages. Here's lies the inspiration for this months challenge - I'd like you to gather your photo's, papers and a collection of supplies you think you may need, hibernate to your creative space and take 30 minutes to create whatever you like.........not a minute more! Contrary to what you may think, the pressure is off here. Chances are the final result will not be your best ever project as the time constraint is a little extreme (!), but it's a well known saying that creativity flourishes when we are willing to take risks! Enjoy the process. I did say all of that at some point in my madness!
I then took the next couple of weeks to panic - too scared to start my own challenge!  I think this was my way of allowing my quota of procrastination before I even started! Lol

Anyhow, when I did eventually jump in, it was with two feet, paint, Molding paste, stencils, Glimmer Mist, ink and stamps!

No point doing anything by halves right?

Here's the result......

The Eye's Have It.

This page was inspired by the slightly odd (scary!) photo. I'm constantly finding stuff like this on my phone and camera, courtesy of my youngest DD.

As mentioned previously, I threw as much stuff as I could on here in a short space of time......watercolours, Molding Paste and stencils......

My heat gun and iron were kept in constant use trying to dry things quicker, and keep the page workable.

The basic design is fairly simple - mostly just rough cut strips of patterned paper. There's also a variety of random stamping, messy thread and definitely no time for any Silhouette cuts, so alpha stickers all the way for the title.

I clustered one final group of embellies in the lower corner, then drizzled with a little mist.

So.....the verdict?

32 minutes!

Tut tut, but in all fairness the last two minutes were mostly a bout of self indulgent procrastination - moving things around, then putting them back to where they were!

As hoped, the whole process was pretty liberating.  There's definitely something to be said for throwing caution to the wind and going with the flow.

Most importantly, I really did enjoy the process (although a little manic at times!), and my page will definitely take it's place in 'the book'.

Here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!  We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!

Jayne Morgan  -  that's me!

Meantime, if you've wanted to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at ann jobes at bell dot net

Now it's your turn to start the clock and get creating.  Don't forget to share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make!

Have a wonderful day,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Group Selfie

Well hello, how's it going?

I feel as though I've stuffed my face all weekend long (which is probably because I did!), so I guess I'm in need of a good detox!

Ha.....yeah right!  Unfortunately my idea of exercise tends to be one extra walk around the block for the puppy.

For now, I'll sit here in front of the PC......have to keep on top of things right?!

As promised, today I'm posting the second layout created from my Two Scrapbook Friends DT Kit, using the Family Patchwork collection from Adorn It. (You can check out the first here)

I do love the colour scheme in this line but for this page, I decided on a plain cardstock background.  I realize I really don't do that much these days (other than maybe using white), and when I do I feel as though the page is a little naked!

That means the perfect excuse to get a little messy on there!

Group Selfie

The design itself is fairly simple......I started by smearing a strip of Molding Paste Modelling Paste......oh I forget which one it actually was but you get the drift.....then dragged a grooved artist spatula through it.

Lots of random layered strips in the center, stickers too and some coffee mug stains here and there.

Two things I'm loving for embellies right now - wooden sequins and buttons/flare which I really don't have enough of!

This photo was taken during a day trip earlier in the year, when we took the ferry over to Center Island in Toronto.  When we get there my dear children usually convince me what a great idea it would be to hire one of the 4 seater bicycles for an hour, to tour around the island.


This was obviously snapped while we still had a smile on our faces and some feeling in our legs and butt!

Dog walking, it definitely is NOT!

The photograph wouldn't have been quite so chipper the next day I tell ya!

Have a great day and I'll be back on Wednesday once I've dug into that Little Red Wagon.

Till then,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - Enjoy The Little Things

Good morning again.......3 days in a row on here - I think it may be a record!

Today, being Friday, happens to mark a fabulous new Sketch and Challenge for you over on the Scrapmuch? blog.

Team B is up, which means a layout from me.

Enjoy The Little Things.

Pretty simple today, mainly because once I'd put the 'heart' panel on there I didn't like anything else I layered over top.
The background is cut with my Silhouette.

This is the second page I've done so far using my Simple Stories winning package, so I made good use of lots of stickers.

More here too, together with a journalling tag and some wording I cut from a sheet of PP.

It's funny how the little memories stick with you.

These photo's captured an impromptu moment when my girls made friends with a polar bear statue, at one of the locks along the Welland Canal.

We had decided to explore this massive feat of engineering during our mini vacation in May to the Niagara Region, never having been before (even though we've visited Niagara for what feels like a thousand times!).

I don't remember much of the workings of the lock explained to us at the Visitors Center, but I do remember the fun my girls had after discovering this guy outside!!

If you feel like a challenge yourself, why not get creating and link up over on the Scrapmuch? blog.  There's a prize involved as always.

Here is this weeks Sketch:

Have a great weekend......we'll be celebrating my youngest daughter's Birthday, so there will be food involved (yum!).

See you next week,

Thursday, August 7, 2014

So Happy

I'm trying to catch up on blogging a few layouts I've created over the last few weeks, all of them from DT Kits for Two Scrapbook Friends.

I'm starting today with my first layout using the 'Family Patchwork' collection from Adorn It.

Some of the patterns in this line are a little more 'themed' than I would normally choose to create with, but it does have an awesome colour scheme running throughout which I love.......grey, pale blue, yellow and snippets of chalkboard here and there.

So Happy.

As you can see, most of the background work is done for you with this particular piece of patterned paper.

I layered a mixture of paper strips and stickers to the center group, then added another banner for the title using some more of the co-ordinating stickers.

I dug out my white opaque of my all time 'go to' favourite tools and added a little faux stitched border to the photographs.  A Maya Road paper clip fits in nicely too.

White pen to the rescue again to create some random background circles.......the odd dew drop is dotted here and there also.

It's funny that compared with the bounty of elaborate embellies on the market, the simplest things (a pen!) can make me happy!

That's all for today's page but I'll be posting the second layout some time next week.

In the mean time, I'll see you tomorrow for a new Sketch-y Friday Challenge over at Scrapmuch?.

Till then,

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Little Red Wagon #249 - Embossing

It's that time of the week again where we need to be digging into those wagons............

....and this time around Jan would like to see a little embossing.

Or a lot, the choice is yours really!

In fact, you even get to choose whether you'd like to take the wet or dry route, if you know what I mean?!  Just make sure there's at least one variety on there.

I thought I'd go with the old 'stamp', 'powder', 'heat gun' method, just to get back to my roots.

I guess wet embossing could be considered by some as a little old school these's one of those things like eyelets and brads that we forget about as newer and probably cooler embellies are released.

So, I'm presuming this girl must just be a little old fashioned cause I've never really given up on the eyelets, and wet embossing has made a comeback in a few of my layouts recently!

Here's today's card: abundance of embossing powder!

Lot's of fussy cutting too........told you I was an old fashioned gal!

I happened to have one single flower left over so waste not..........

Why not join us for this weeks challenge as I'm sure you have a few embossing folders and powders tucked away in your stash?

Just remember to link up over on the blog, and check out what the Girlfriends have created for you this week.

I'll be seeing you tomorrow as I have a few layouts still waiting to make an appearance.

Have a good one,

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sketch and Crafty Challenge with Two Scrapbook Friends - Hello Summer.

Well hello there.

As we are just over half way through Summer break, I hope you are all managing to fit in a little crafty time to yourselves?

The first of August means it's time for another Sketch and Crafty Challenge over at Two Scrapbook Friends, and yours truly is responsible for delivering the goods.

As always, there are two parts to the challenge so here is Part One of this months task.........The Sketch:

Please feel free to add your own personal touch and make it your own in whichever way you choose.

I used a fabulous summer collection of papers for my layout from Simple Stories - Good Day Sunshine......perfect for capturing all those Summer memories.

I was fortunate enough to win this whole collection of papers plus all of the embellies from Scrapbook and Cards today during their National Scrapbook Day giveaways!  Lucky me, but you can find them all over at TSF.

There's such an awesome array of embellishments, chipboard, journal tags, acetate overlays and stickers included in this collection.......pages really are made easy!

This leads me nicely to the second part of this months challenge - the Crafty element.

I'm making things pretty easy for you this time around as I would like to see you capture some of those Summer snaps on your creation.  This may be in the form of vacation pics, BBQ's, food, summer activities.....the choice is yours, just bring on the sunshine!

As always, Two Scrapbook Friends have a prize to give away but please remember, in order to qualify and be in with a chance of winning, you must use both the Sketch and Crafty element of the challenge.

You can check out all of the rules and link up your own creation over on the TSF blog.

That's about all except to say.....have fun!

Till next time,
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