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!


Jul 13, 2013

July 13, 2013

Playing around with a new app that I bought which just may make it easy to write a post or two should the  urge arise while we are on holidays. This app seemed to have some good reviews, I know I tried in the past to blog on the go and it wasn't easy. We'll see if "BLOGGO" works.

Inserting a picture was pretty easy too. How about a link??? http://www.bloggo.ca/   Well...that was easy too....now....how does it look when it's posted???



Jul 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

I should really sign in here more than once a month...but c'est la vie! This is just a quick post before I get moving for the day, Bella is needing a walk and it certainly won't hurt me either! Java will stay behind for now as I want to go farther than she should go. At 13+ years she still wants to do all that we do, it's our job to monitor so she doesn't over do it! Bella needs overdoing to calm her down!

I never did share pictures of Taylor's Graduation Ceremonies. I was a long, lovely day surrounded by his friends and their families. People we have grown to love our the years! I was more emotional than I thought I would be during the ceremony. Seeing all these kids that he went to school with, some since kindergarten, made me appreciate how they have all help to mold Taylor in to the fine, young man he has become. Some of these friends have moved on to different groups of friends as their interests have changed and some have remained constant companions through the good and the bad!

They clean up well
Taylor is still  undecided as to where the next few years will take him and has chosen to work for now and upgrade some marks [hopefully by 2nd semester]. We are okay with his decision as long as he makes productive time of his out of school life. He has a great full time job lined up for now that will take him at least until November. If he plans well,he can save some good money during this time!

As for me, not much is new. I am doing a Phone Photography workshop online through Big Pictures Classes an really enjoying the process. There are daily prompt to stay creative, lots of app reviews and and opportunity to learn lots form the online forums! Two friends have joined me in the workshop, so it's fun to compare ideas! Having lots of fun with the many apps I have purchased!