Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gr 6

My little blog is getting dusty from lack of posts recently, so time to change things!

I'm almost recovered from my happy scrappy weekend away.......I'd like to say I'm all rested and rejuvenated but the sad fact is that I'm getting too old to handle the 'scrapping till 2am' scenario!  Good job I only had to last 2 days!!

Good news is I have some crafty endeavors to post.

Today I'm blogging a fairly simple page I created using the November 15th Sketch over at Stuck?!.

This impresses myself in two ways:

#1. It's a current Sketch and therefore qualifies for entry into their contest........this does not happen with me very often as I set out with good intention to enter these things, then finally post a month later!

#2. I've actually scrapped this years school photo (one of them anyhow!) and we're still in 2014.......monumental I'd say!

Gr 6

Here's the Sketch and before you try to figure out any resemblance to my page, I did rotate it 90 degrees CCW to accommodate my photo. 

Close ups include.......

a Silhouette cut circular caption, and a background panel, together with a little stitching - real and doodled.

Another cool little Silhouette cut (decorative circle) and a metal 'Smile' brad I found in my stash.

Finally, I mixed up the title.......part wood alpha's, part Silhouette and one of my current badges/buttons.

I am all over these things right now.....can't get enough of them!

Love the papers btw.......Creative Agenda from Echo Park........gorgeous bright colour scheme but not too in your face, and grounded by that great Navy blue.

OK that's about all so I'm off to link up this baby.

Have a great day,

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - The 3 Amigos

Hey there, are we enjoying our Winter Wonderland here in Canada and the States?


I can honestly say I'm sick of Winter already and we haven't even started the season yet!

Anyhow, one thing is sure to cheer us up.......a new Sketch over on the Scrapmuch? blog and a little inspiration from Team B too.

Here's my effort this week:

The 3 Amigos.

This photograph brings a smile to my face every time I see it.

It was taken as we were on route to our very first camping expedition this last Summer.  The car was soooo ridiculously packed that no-one could move an inch!  I turned to take a snapshot of the three passengers in the rear and they all seemed to be posed perfectly.  In reality, I think they had no other choice as they were cramped into that one position for the whole journey!

For my background on this page, I have chalk ink stippled through a stencil to add a few more random lines on there, then distress ink to create the coffee mug stains.

Two of my favourite types of embellies.......wood and buttons/pin badges.

Finally, I decided to create an envelope flap kind of thing to represent the top portion of the sketch.

Talking of the Sketch, here is this weeks fabulous inspiration provided by Laura.

Feeling inspired to run to your crafty space?

You have 9 days left to enter your own interpretation of this or any of the November Sketches.  Just link up over on the Scrapmuch? blog to be in with a chance of winning.

I'm off this weekend for our annual awesome scrapbook retreat with the Scrapmuch much fun and hopefully a little productive too!

See you next week,

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Winter's Tale

This is a second and rather late in the day post from me!

If you're looking for this month's Inspiration Elevator challenge.....please scroll down or click here.

Otherwise stick around as I have another layout to share.

The reason for my late appearance is that firstly, I've been meaning to share this page FOREVER, and secondly, I wanted to submit it for the upcoming edition of the Let's Get Sketchy Get Inspired magazine, and the closing date for that!

Last minute of course - no surprise for me!

Anyhow, let me get on with some details.

This layout happens to be the first page I created using my recent DT Kit from Two Scrapbook Friends.  This time around I had the pleasure of working with the yummy new Christmas collection from Simple Stories......Cozy Christmas.

I loved the combination of woodgrains, glittery prints and traditional red, green and gold colour schemes throughout.........visions of a log cabin Christmas come to mind.

I had one of my 'struck with inspiration whilst lying in bed moments' for this page which if nothing else, usually means the outcome is interesting!

A Winter's Tale.

I do love how this turned out - pretty close to what I envisioned in my head for a change!

There's obviously lots (and lots!) of torn layers including patterned paper, corrugated paper and zipper trim from Maya Road.

I happened to have a few zipper pulls in my stash, so I added one of those too along with a little faux stitching.

There's 'snow' on there, in the form of Martha Stewart Texture Paste and a Tim Holtz stencil.

Lots of layers were provided by a few patterned papers, enamel dots, and the ecclectic die cut pack you can find with this collection.

As you can see I also trimmed the photo into a 'tag' shape to add a little interest.

Finally, the simple title was cut using my Silhouette and layered with glitter cardstock.

That's about all.......probably one of my faves for this year I think.

If you are local and would like to create your own version of this page, Two Scrapbook Friends are holding a workshop at 6.00pm on Wednesday 3rd December where you can do just that!  You can contact the store for more details or to reserve your spot.

So, onto the second reason for my late post.

As mentioned, I am submitting this page to the Let's Get Sketchy Get Inspired Magazine in the hope that I may get lucky and achieve another publication.

This is an awesome online publication full of lots of inspiration from crafty gals far and wide.  I was totally over the moon when the last edition was released and yours truly found she had made the cover!!

Totally honoured and thrilled to bits!

Anyhow, the next edition will be brimming with seasonal goodies, so my page will be submitted to their 'Mood Board' challenge.

Here is said board:

Fingers crossed but I look forward to the next issue regardless.

OK, I think that's just about covered everything so it's time for PJ's and a little snack for this gal.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you next week,

Inspiration Elevator - Fun In The City

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 on Facebook .

 This month's challenge is issued by the creative Katherine Sutton. Katherine has a fabulous, eclectic style where she showcases all kinds of mediums and keeps the focus on her great photos. This month she has a warm seasonal challenge for us. Here it is in her own words:

" 'cos Autumn is all about layers of leaves and layers of jumpers (in the northern hemisphere) I would like to challenge you to add lots of layers to your page....this could be layers of paints, inks, stamps, papers, glassine paper, acetate....lots of lovely layers."

So, I myself love to use layers on all of my pages whether it's a clean and simple look, or messy mixed media kind of thing..........they're a fairly easy way of adding depth and interest to your layout.

For this months challenge I decided to push myself further and get creative with my layers.

Here's what I ended up with:

Fun In The City.

As you can hopefully see, I got and oversized 8"x12" photograph developed at Costco and layered it behind a mask I cut using my Silhouette.

It provides a funky little backdrop and is the perfect accompaniment to my smaller photo, as this is the view of Toronto's cityscape from where we had our fun day out on the Islands.

I added another little cluster of layers down in the left corner of course......

And finished things with a title, again cut using the Silhouette.......I couldn't resist a hand doodled outline!

That's it from me but we encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month: here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!

Why not give the challenge a try yourself? Then pop by our Facebook page and share with us what you created!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Little Red Wagon #263 - 50 Shades of ?

Good morning.

Here I am bright and early with this weeks challenge over at.........

and NO........we have not altered the tone and theme of our challenges at Little Red Wagon, as my title may suggest!  That's just my feeble attempt at a little witticism whilst presenting a challenge for 'Monochromatic' creations this week.

For anyone who's unsure of exactly what I mean, I'd like you to choose one colour for your project (neutral whites, creams, black etc. are also allowed) then create using a variety of shades in your chosen hue.

Just to be is not mandatory to use 50 shades!

For my sample I took the clean and simple route and created a single layer card, although in reality there's cardstock, ribbon, patterned paper, foam dots, and more cardstock so I guess it's not one layer at all!

However I did make a head start on my Christmas cards so this makes me happy.

It's pretty difficult to tell from the photograph but I added a little glitter too, which also makes me happy!

However I'm also a little sad, as this will be my final challenge for Little Red Wagon.

I've thoroughly enjoyed my time serving on the Design Team over the last couple of years, and I have been grateful for the constant source of inspiration shared by my fellow Girlfriends and those who have participated in our challenges.  However life's busy schedule means it's time for me to move on.

I hope you'll be able to join us with this weeks challenge.  Just remember to link up over on the blog and check out what the Girlfriends have been up to this week.

Have a great week, and I'll be back again pretty soon,


Friday, November 7, 2014

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - Welcome to Brownies

Good morning.

It's time for a little more Sketch inspiration over on the Scrapmuch? blog, and today Team B is up which means a new layout on here from me.

I feel as though I haven't scrapped for ages (well 2 weeks anyhow!) so it felt good to 'get back in the saddle'!

Here's my offering..........Welcome to Brownies.

I have certain Girlfriends who hate white backgrounds so this one's just for them!

Everything is pretty straight forward really........layers and doodling......

The title is made up of stickers and alpha tiles I fussy cut from a sheet of the PP, then popped with foam dots.

Finally, dew drops and sequins.  I've had a little run of using sequins recently and I blame it on the fact that I won a Doodlebug collection pack a while back.  There's 12 mini jars in there, so of course I have a colour to match every single project I create!

Papers are from the Hopscotch collection by Basic Grey from a few years ago.........I haven't used Basic Grey in eons!!

Here's the wonderful sketch by Laura Whitaker to get your creative juices flowing.

Why not join us by creating your own interpretation.......just link up over on the Scrapmuch? blog to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Have a great day........I'm scrapping the day away tomorrow so hopefully I'll have a few more projects that might be Blogworthy!

Enjoy the weekend,

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Little Red Wagon #262 - Home Is Where The Heart Is

Good evening.

Here I am catching up on this weeks post for............

Carolyn has chosen this weeks challenge and gone for a 'Home is where the heart is' kinda thing and I'll admit........I struggled with this one!

I couldn't quite decide which way I wanted to go, as it's open to your own interpretation.  So after ummming and errring for quite a few days, I happened to catch sight of a little colouring my eldest daughter had toiled over.

An image from Saturated Canary that was completed coloured in red, white and, blue.


I shamelessly copied the idea of an 11 year old and came up with this........

Created in the colours of my Homeland.......the red, white and blue of the Union Jack!

So, are you feeling a little crafty!  Why not create your own interpretation of this weeks challenge and link up over on the Little Red Wagon blog.  The Girlfriends have some crafty goodness waiting there for you too.

I'll see you bright and early in the morning for this weeks Sketch-y Friday over at Scrapmuch?

Till then,
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