Friday, 25 October 2013

Love to see you smile - A2Z October Sketch Challenge (layout 377)

As you probably know I LOVE LOVE LOVE page maps and this month's A2Z Scraplets challenge was a sketch challenge based on a page maps' map:

Here is my take:

As soon as i saw the map, I knew the exact pictures i wanted to use; however, they were larger than the measurements of the map so had to adjust a bit.

To start I added the journal card and then machine stitched around the photos. I then added the bingo card and photos, then the scalloped border. I added the oval journalling card and the pins. Inked and added the title. Next i added the die cuts and stickers. I finished by adding the cardstock to a piece of fall paper.

Supplies used:
Paper: AC cardstock (brights) and Recollections (seasons)
Journalling cards: Lilybeedesing index journaling cards (autum spice collection) & Little Yellow Bicycle Journaling cards (acorn hollow collection)
border: little yellow bicycle paper crafting kit (acorn hollow collection)
ink: tim holtz distress ink (spiced marmalade)
die-cuts: k&company (autumn days layered accents)
bingo cards: jenni bowlin bingo cards (mini-black)
pins: little yellow bicycle stick pins (cork flowers)
sticker: recollection

I really like how this one came out and is just perfect for fall and makes me smile and brings me back to the day the pictures were taken.

thank you for stopping by, hope you come play this month at A2Z:

Saying Bye - LCOM Sketch #42 (layout 376)

This sketch by Melissa was made as an 8.5x11 and is such a fun sketch to work with:

I turned it into a 12x12:

This was a hard layout to do as I was scrapping my cat who we had to put down in the spring as he was ill with diabetes and we made the difficult decision to put him down before he was in too much pain. These pictures were taken the night before my husband took him to the vet. I couldn't even bring him to the vet because I knew that i would just be a wreck and probably change my mind but i knew that it was in his best interest so despite not wanting to we said goodbye.

Supplies used:
Paper: Martha Stewart, dollar store
inks: Tim Holtz Distress ink (spun sugar), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (Creme de Rouge & Cupid)
Alphas: heidi Swapp vintage chic
words: jillibean soup gray happy
flags: bride's embellishments pennants
banner: heidi swapp vintage chick paper banner
journalling card: lilybeedesign index journalling cards (persnickety collection)
transparency: Glitz love you madly (peek-a-boo)
washi: dollar store
template: crafter's workshop

Thank you for stopping by, hope you have a chance this month to play along at LCOM:

Christmas Card - LCOM Sketch #41

A fabulous sketch by Isabelle over at Let's Capture our Memories

This is my take, I turned it into a card and since I am still working on my Christmas cards (trying to get them all done by December 1st so i can mail them out to my family and friends):

I used DCWV and Mambi paper, the title and snowflakes are unknown as they have been in my stash for a LONG time.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Hope you play along at LCOM:

Nana makes it ok - FWAB October Challenge (layout 375)

Ever since I discovered Amy Prior, I have been introduced to Flourish with a Bling (FWAB) a fabulous company out of Australia so whenever I am at my local scrapbook store (Scrapbook Lounge, Cold Lake AB), I am always picking up the new FWAB products.

This month over at FWAB's blog they have a new monthly challenge:
 1.  Of course you must use some FWAB! 
2.  You need to use at least one wet medium
{for example paint, mist, ink}.
3.  You need to break out the stamps & use

 at least ONE stamp on your project!

So with those specs in mind I created the following based on a sketch by scrapfriends (

Products used:
Paper: DCWV Baby Boy stack, momenta
I inked the edges of paper with Tim Holtz Distress Stain (broken china)
the doily was spritz with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (dragon fly)
the tag was inked with Tim Holtz Distress Stain (peeled paint) and then sprayed with tatted angels glimmer mist (pearl)
Under the flowers I used K&Company ( handmade glitter die-cuts). The flowers are unknown dollar store flowers. In the middle of the small glitter flowers I added Flourish with a Bling Pearl (teal)
I used inkdinkado stamps (thinking of you) in Jenni Bowlin (stick candy) and Martha Stewart (sky blue)
to finish off I added a couple of buttons (unknown brand) and jolee's boutique inspiration francaise (layered metal jewels) to finish off

I love using mixed media and had so much fun with this layout and so happy with the way it turned out. 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hooray for Summer - LCOM Color Spot (layout 374)

I find color challenges, the most challenging challenge because it forces me to use colours that I usually don't work with (atleast together). Here is this month's color challenge or at Let's Capture our Memories:

As I don't have any littles ones in school yet (since my son is only 2 years old), I didn't use the picture as inspiration in regards to school but rather as a new experience (since going to school is new). I created a layout based on my son being introduced to a sprinkler for the first time. This layout is based on a sketch from Creative Scrappers #42:

Supplies used:
paper: momenta, textura, imaginisce (summer picnic)
border: bazzill basics just the edge
gems: recollections
die cuts: imaginisce (endless summer)
chipboard: imaginisce (endless summer)
paint: deco art (grey)

thank you for stopping by :)

Cake - Simple Sketches #8 (layout 373)

LOVE LOVE LOVE this week's sketch from Simple Sketches:

And my take:

As you may or may not know we celebrated my son's 2nd birthday last weekend. His birthday was sesame street themed (one of his absolute favs right now). Although I have about 300 other pictures waiting to be scrapped I just could not wait to develop all the pictures I took from his birthday!!!! I was pretty excited about these because I made and decorated the cake myself and was so proud of it (especially since everyone told me how delicious it tasted!!!)

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV Celebration stack, AC cardstock
Title: pebbles (words - celebration)
stickers: momenta
die-cuts: ek success (sesame streets)

Thank you for stopping by :)

Traditions, love, family - Simple Sketches #7 (layout 372)

Another fabulous sketch from Simple Sketches:

As soon as I saw this sketch I got so excited because i bought these tags months ago (thinking i would get into tag making - - haven't done that yet) but figured i could probably incorporate these tags into my layout and this is what i came up with:

Supplies used:
paper: recollections
tags: recollections, 7gypsies (flashcards-family)
flowers: recollections
ribbon: maya road
ink: distress stain (broken china), tattered angels (pearl)
gems: dollar store

thank you for stopping by :)

Snuggles - Simple Sketches #5 (layout 371)

I always find angled layouts so challenging (probably because I like clean simple lines) so when I saw this week's sketch I was so scared but hey I guess that is why it is called a challenge :)

Here is simple sketch #5

Here is my take:

These pictures were taken last Christmas when we went back to my home town and my girlfriend came over to visit with her twins (I only have Emma with me). I would have had both girls but my son (shown in left picture) wanted to snuggle with us.

Supplies used:
paper: DCWV cardstock, unknown purple cardstock
ribbon: maya road
flowers: dollar store (layered three different types of flowers)
ink: sprayed background with tattered angels (pop rocks) and then splatter deco art paint (purple) overtop
alphas: making memories (pink bling)

thank you for stopping by :)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Kyle's Sesame Street 2nd Birthday Party

Thank goodness for Pinterest. . .the problem is that I needed to go to about a dozen different sites to find all the information I wanted to create the perfect 2nd birthday for my son.

This was at the welcome table so guests could drop off their gifts and sign Kyle's guest "book".

Close up of the sign, Kyle signed it himself

Big Bird and Elmo's footprints leading the way to the party (footprint templates printed from

Pinata, Kyle picked it out himself at Party City in Edmonton and carted it all over the store until we got to the til. It was quite cute watching him carry it as the pinata is nearly as large as he is: 

Oscar's broccoli plate. I purchased four large broccoli stalks and cut the tree tops off. To make the eyes I got ketsup dip containers from McDonalds and filled them with vegetable dip. The eye balls and mouth are blueberries and the eye lashes are sliced yellow peppers. For this face (and all faces) were put on regular dinner plates so that they were more sturdy. 

Grover's vegetable dip. Epicure Lemon Dilly Dip (1 cup sour cream, 1 cup mayonaise, 3 tablespoons spice):

Ernie's carrot plate. Baby carrots with vegetable dip eyes, cherry tomato nose and blueberry mouth:

Elmo watermelon plate. Watermelon face, fruit dip eyes, blueberry mouth, mandarin orange nose:

Abby's fruit dip. Epicure fruit dip (1 cup yogurt, 1 cup sour cream, 3 tablespoon spice):

Big Bird's pineapple plate. I used two large pineapple and cut up into bit-sized pieces. For his hair and beak I sliced a yellow pepper. The eyebrows and tongue are sliced watermelon. Eyes are fruit dip with blueberry centers:

Mr Noodle's pasta salad. I cooked two bags of tri-coloured noodles and cooled them in the fridge overnight. I then cut up 1 cup radishes, 2 cups cherry tomatoes, 1 large cucumber, and 1 red pepper. Added 1 cup of sliced sausages, 1 cup shreaded mozza cheese and tossed it with my hands. I then made a ranch dip (1 package ranch, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup mayonaise) and mixed it with a spoon:

Elmo's Pizza bites.

2 packages pillsbury biscuits
2 packages of mozza cheese (could also used pre shreaded mozza cheese)
1 coil garlic sausage
muffin tin

1) take apart biscuits (you would then have 16 biscuits, 8 from each package)
2) using clean kitchen scissors cut each biscuit into 4s
3) take one piece of biscuit and flatten with your hand
4) put biscuit in your hand and add little bit of cheese and sausage
5) roll into a ball
6) add more mozza
7) continue rolling into a ball
8) continue steps 3-7 until you have no more biscuits left
9) place 1 circled biscuit into each muffin cup
10) baked at 350 for 11-13 minutes
** these are good hot and cold

Dorothy's Goldfish:

Sesame Street friends chocolates. I used a wilton mold and melting chocolate coloured wafers:

Close up of the different chocolates: 

Food table. I added stuffed animals and plastic sesame street characters to the table for added fun:

I added Sesame Street swirl decorations onto the tablecloths using tape:

I made food labels on my computer and added character stickers:

I used both Sesame Street napkins and solid coloured napkins:

I decorated cupcakes using extra icing from the cake sticking to the primary colours. The cupcakes were chocolate cake. The stand I found at our local dollar store:

Kyle's cake. I used Wilton's Elmo Cake mold and made buttercream icing. The candles I got at the local dollar store. Cake board is from Bulk Barn:

Smaller napkins were put on the cake/cupcake table:

6 foot character mural was purchased from Party City. This was a huge hit with the kids and made a perfect backdrop for photos: 

Cookie Monster cookie toss. I covered a kitty litter box with wrapping paper (turned inside out) and painted the front cookie monster blue. I then printed out Cookie Monster's face (on blue paper) and pasted it to the front of the box. Using a utility knife, I cut out the mouth. i then painted the inside of cookie's mouth black, painted his eyes white and outlined everything with black jiffy marker. My mom made the cookie bean bags and was able to find chocolate chip fabric so they looked like real cookies:

Oscar's toss the trash. I used a plain white garbage can from home and scrunched up some newspapers:

Super Grover's tattoo station. I found sesame street character tattoo at Party City. Placed them on a table with a bowl with a little bit of water in it as well as a couple of small facecloths so the kids could put on their tattoos at the table in the room (rather than going to the bathroom):

Ernie's Rubber Ducky pond. I placed 6 small rubber ducks in a bowl of water. On the bottom of 2 of the ducks I wrote 1, two have 2, two have 3. The purpose of the game is with their eyes closed the children pick a duck. They then look at the bottom of the duck and match their number with the prize buckets and then they win that prize:  

Prize containers for Ernie's Rubber ducky pond:

Counting with the count. I cut individual papers and put stickers on the front, when you lift the flap the answer is written:

Tables were decorated with primary colour tablecloths. On each table there was four balloons (1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green) tied to a coloured balloon weight. The balloon weight corresponded to the tablecloth. On the weight I put stickers, the yellow weight was Big Bird, red was Elmo, green was Oscar, blue was Cookie Monster. I then added Sesame Street stuffed animals:

Pin the nose on Elmo. Found this game at Party City, the kids had so much fun with the game. The winner won a sesame street bubble bath: 

Nautical Baby Album (layouts 351-370)

My cousin and his beautiful wife recently celebrated the birth of their first child (boy, Logan) and they did their nursery in a nautical theme so I thought I would take that theme and create their baby gift (scrapbook album) with a nautical theme. This proved more difficult than expected since I was not able to find nautical supplies as easily as I expected. I started looking in July (when they decided on a theme) and finally got it finished this past week. I am very happy with the end result and am so excited to give it to them.