Oct 30, 2014

October Sketchy Challenge...DONE!

Quick post to share my completed page for Canadian Scrapbooker's October sketch; designed by the talented Sue Sykes. This was a really easy sketch to work with and I didn't stray much from the original design!
I pulled out lots of Stampin' Up product to use, of course it plays well together making putting a page together so easy! My titles are cut from purchased SVG files from Wilna Furstenberg's site: my current "scrapbook crush" - I LOVE her style! Another trick to easy pages...having FUN friends who love getting in front of the camera! FUN pictures inspire FUN pages!

So get out that sketch and create! Even if you don't have time this month, the sketches all have a home on Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's Website...24/7!

Aug 1, 2014

August 1, 2014

August 1st already! Summer is moving right along! Here's hoping July's weather is a preview of August! So gorgeous, lots of sunshine...just WOW! Although I'd like it just a tad cooler, I won't complain because I'd rather this than -30C any day! Fortunately I can find air-conditioning at work and other places if I truly need  a break!

One thing about me and heat, it kind of sucks my energy, so I haven't been overly creative...too hot to sit in my craft room when the house feels like an oven. Still managed to get my "homework" done and worked on the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's August sketch.

Sketch Design by Sue Sykes.
For whatever reason this was a tough sketch for me...I'm not sure why. From start to finish it tested my abilities, guess that's why we call it a Sketchy Challenge! I saw it through and am satisfied with the results despite not wanting to use this design again.

I pulled out lots of Stampin Up papers: cardstock, patterned papers, and vellum metallics. I adore these metallic, pattered vellum sheets and can see lots of potential use! They are the hearts and stripes papers on my layout.

I like to try to use up some older pieces from my [ever growing!] stash along with new product. Here I pulled out some old Riff Raff chipboard and painted it with Viva Decor's Inka Gold paints [LOVE!] and some quotes I had left over from Tattered Angels - they just seemed to fit! Of course Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L keeps it all together...always!

Thanks for stopping by. Drop by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's Sketchy Challenge throughout the month to see how others have used the sketch or of course to upload your layout!

Happy August!

Jul 5, 2014

July 5, 2014

This has been a funky week! My works days are slightly changed as my boss is on holidays and then throw in a holiday on a Tuesday and I can't seem to remember what day it is! I missed two appointments because of this...I HATE MISSING scheduled events...it's so NOT me! Fortunately the weekend came and next week is all back to normal! Routine can be good.

July means a new sketch up on the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Gallery. This month's was another that I really loved.
I stayed pretty true to the sketch design although I opted for one photo instead of three. I really liked how it turned out and had fun putting it together.

I used the "Collecting Moments" collection from Fancy Pants; paper, stickers and alphas. I layered the page with papers, May Arts Ribbon, Magenta's chipboard die cuts, ink and stitching. I plan to add a bit of journaling with black pen around the center block, but haven't decided what. I may just list everyone's name.

This hot air balloon is a Heartfelt Creations stamp. I coloured it in with Stampin' Up markers and added a diluted coat of gesso the the top to tone the colours down. Ending up being just as I had hoped! The gears are from Magenta. I coloured them with Viva Decor's Inka Gold metal paint, I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE these paints. Once dry they love to be buffed for a gorgeous shine and the colours are beyond yummy. Bet you can't buy just one!

I wish I could make perfect ink splatters...but I can't. Who knew making a "mess" could be so difficult. Fortunately I have a wonderful stencil from The Crafter's Workshop that has gorgeous splatters. I have this stencil in a 12x12 and 6x6 version...it gets pulled out lots! LOVE IT!

To each of my Fancy Pants alpha stickers, I added three little dots for interest. I used smooch to get the job done, I love the stiff, small brush that comes with the bottle. So great for little details.

I hope in the craziness of our summer you get a chance to work with this sketch. I can see using it often.

Jun 21, 2014

Summer Solstice

Longest Day if the year! We'll get over 17 hours of daylight today here in the Edmonton area! You've got to love that! Last night we had a stunner of a sunset...almost a celebration to summer. I hope there are more on the horizon. I captured last night's from my craft room, through the window...I'd really like to get out with my good camera to capture one...but that means heading out in the car as my upstairs window is my best vantage point! Fortunately I had my iPhone handy!

While enjoying the view I finished up with my take on Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's June Sketchy Challenge.

I stayed pretty true to Sue Syke's sketch and am really pleased with the end result. I LOVE Simple Stories, and found their I {heart} Summer Collection was perfect for the feel I was looking for. I also used some Stampin' Up cardstock and Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L.

Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine features more Italy inspired layouts in the Summer Issue, you should check it out!

I'm off to enjoy the remaining 8 hours + of daylight...Happy Summer Solstice!

Mar 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

I seem to always start my blog posts with "I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted"! Seriously though it is true! My good intentions get overruled by life! Maybe this will be the year that I improve on my BLOG skills...seeing how we are already into month #3, I wouldn't place any bets on me!

Regardless I am here, and I am sharing my layout created using Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's March Sketchy Challenge! Love this sketch provided by Sue Sykes and I stayed true to her design. No flipping or rotating as I often do!

I used papers from the DCWV Vintage Collector stack. I ADORE all the papers, colours and embellishments offered up with this collection. I find myself going to it often to add to projects I have been creating! A little May Arts Ribbon, Stampin Up's chevron punch and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L were some of the added touches to the layout.

I love how it turned out and adore the subject! Sadly we had to put Java to sleep in January, this will be a well loved memory of her cherished life! She was such an amazing, gentle soul.

Jan 5, 2014

January 5, 2013

Brrrrr...feeling like -38 with the windchill today. Not going out unless I absolutely have to, so I might as well catch up with some scrapbooking!

New Year, new January sketch for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's Sketchy Challenge! Here is a look at the sketch Sue Sykes designed for us:
Here is my completed page. I rotated the sketch around, because it just seems to be what I do!

FabScraps patterned paper & chipboard / Sizzix dies / May Arts Ribbon / Stampin Up stamps with acrylic paints / Bazzill Basics word stickers / Heidi Swapp sequin stars & buzz words

Looking forward to seeing all the uploads to the gallery, everyone always has such a different look to the same sketch! Stay warm!

Oct 22, 2013

October 22, 2013

Quick blog post to share my completed layout for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's October Sketchy Challenge! I liked this sketch from the first time I saw it and stayed pretty true to Sue Syke's design! ALL products used were from Stampin Up, the only exception would be the staples that attach one of the tags!

The snowflake stamps with matching dies are truly a favourite! I can see using them time and time again!


We'd love for you to join in on the fun! Who knows...you might even get published in a future edition of the magazine!

Sep 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

Time for a quick blog post! Sometimes I have to push myself to post here, Facebook is so much quicker! This is the place to be when I have a few more words to say!  :-)

Two weeks ago while helping out at The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival In Edmonton, I bought a neat little portable scanner called the Flip Pal! It's perfect for scanning lots of photos! I have been playing with it (SO EASY!) and am quite impressed. It's small enough that I will be taking it to Nova Scotia next time to scan some pictures that my parents have. I'd love copies of those "blasts from the past"! It comes with a great little stitching program so you are by no means restricted to a 4x6 photo!

During a burst of scanning, I came across some pictures from Bill's collection of work photos. I don't often scrapbook his pictures as they are his stories to tell if he chooses. However I think it's still important to add them to our albums. His days of geology fieldwork were some of his favourites times! The pictures I used in this layout were buried in a pile...out of sight, out of mind!

Karen Foster patterned paper  / sticker embellishments / coil brads
stamps from: Bo Bunny / Technique Tuesday / Unity
Colorbox Chalk ink
Webster's letter stickers
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

These photos were perfect for Kelly Klapsteins's Double The Fun Sketch for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. The papers are all from Karen Foster Designs...a great fit for the pictures, all of the words on the one paper were just what I needed!

This was a fun sketch to work with! For a chance to be published in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine...work with it and share your layout!

Sep 20, 2013

September 20, 2013

Back in July I received an email explaining Tombow's "100 Days of Tombow". I immediately loved the idea and started the very easy process to become involved!

Tombow is celebrating their centennial year! WOW! [hands clapping, confetti falling] They set a goal to raise $10,000 to be donated and used by the Council for Arts Education. This nonprofit company will use the money to promote and support art education and programs nationwide! LOVE THAT! By me participating in the program, they will donate $100 to this wonderful cause!

After returning from summer holidays, I received a package containing a few Tombow products to work with. To do what I love to do and have a donation made because of that...NO BRAINER! So on with my reveal:

My first card was made and published on Canadian Scrapbookers Blog. I used the Tombow Markers to add the teal & brown  [ "Groovy" collection] directly to an Obsession Impression stamp. I used the Tombow Colored Pencils [light grayish tone1] to add some subtle color to the stamped image. Tombow Glue Dot runner keeps all my layers together and securely in place!

My second card was made using all the same products! I used the brown marker directly on a Heartfelt Creations stamp. The detail of the stamp was colored with the markers and pencil crayons to add soft and bright color! The image background was created using the the markers directly on the stamp, however I "stamped off" on a scrap piece of paper to use the third impression for a lighter, less intense image! Once again the Tombow Glue Dot runner keeps everything adhered securely. A bit of bakers twines add some dimension and holds the sentiment tag.

Thanks for dropping by to see I easily used Tombow products for my cards. Now it's your turn. HOW DO YOU TOMBOW????

Sep 1, 2013

September 1, 2013

Man...I just had a long blog post done and LOST it! ARGHHHHH!!! This will be shorter! Here to say I haven't dropped off the face of the earth and hope to get her more often now that summer is transitioning to fall! Great holidays were had in Nova Scotia, three weeks goes by way too fast! 


Have a great Labour Day Weekend! Hope your weather is as spectacular as ours here in Alberta!