Friday, 28 February 2014

Smile Laugh Enjoy - LCOM Card Sketch #59

My son has a birthday party tomorrow for a little girl that we know from his playgroup. It is a tea-party themed party where we all dress up so I thought I would make a fun little card to go along with it.

I used Let's Capture our Memories Sketch #59 from the very talented Becky Fleck:

Here is my take:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, except that I added the embellishments since I wanted to dress it up a little more to stay with the tea-party theme.

Supplies used:
paper: DCWV (glitter basics stack 6x6), mambi cards
ink: distress pad (spiced marmalade)
stickers: soft spoken, jolee's, recollections

Thank you for stopping by, there is still a little time to get your entries in so hope you play along:

big boy - February Page Draft Challenge (layout 29)

I am a new fan of Page Drafts, if you haven't already done so please go check them out because their sketches are FABULOUS!!!!!!!

This month's challenge was to pick 1/5 page drafts and create a layout using the theme of love, well anyone who knows me knows that my son kyle is the absolute love of my life and 95% of all my scrapbook inspiration come from him.

I chose this page draft:

And here is my take:

Journalling reads:
Usually when we go on field trips, my son stays right by my side and is VERY shy. On this day, we joined playgroup and went to Triple T greenhouses (just north of bonnyville) to go on a tour of the greenhouse. We smelled flowers, watched the fish, and taste-tested strawberris and cucumbers. As per his usual, Kyle stayed right next to me holding my hand (or me carrying him). It wasn't til near the end of the tour while we were waiting for the rest of the group to finish watching the fish that Kyle decided to run up and down one of the aisles. He was so proud of himself I could not stop taking pictures of him. I absolutely love our time together and wished he could stay this age forever. June 14 2013 

Supplies used:
paper: DCWV (cardstock brights 12x12 stck, heartfelt stack, cardstock solid 8.5x11 stack, kaisercraft (lush 6x6 stack)
alphas: thickers (tannenbaum)
flowers: recollections, jolee's (red mix pleated icing flowers)
wood pieces: dear lizzy (veneer set icons phrases)
flourish: Flourish with a Bling (jack green)

Thank you for stopping by, hope you all have a great day :)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Some more February Layouts (layout 23-28)





I fit in a cart! - LCOM Sketch #58 (layout 21)

Let's capture our memories sketch #58 comes from Laura Whitacker:

Here is my take:

Supplies used:
paper: gcd studios
banner: heidi swapp
embelishments: heidi swapp (ephemera), dear lizzy (wood veneers)
inks: tattered angels (jazz blue, turquoise blue, creme de chocolate), lindy's stamp gang (lime)
washi tape: unknown

Thank you for stopping by and hope you play along:

You are my favorite - LCOM Sketch #59 (layout 20)

Let's Capture our Memories Sketch 59 is from the fabulous Becky Fleck (pagemaps):

Here is my take:

I am so happy with the way this turned out, I love the BoBunny Smoochable collection and this is by far one of my favorite pictures of me and my son.

paper: BoBunny Smoochable, American Craft (brights)
title: my mind's eye (lost & found blush)
wood: teresa collins (wood pieces)
flowers: heidi swapp (ephemera), SEI (juliette)
inks: tattered angels (creme do rouge), distress pads (spun sugar)
other: BoBunny noteworthy (smoochable)

thank you for stopping by and hope you play along this month:

Friday, 14 February 2014

6 months pure joy - Canadian Scrapbooker February Sketchy Challenge (layout 19)

Hello, I have another layout for you today (I know I was lucky today to get some scrappping in, my back is doing so much better), this one for Canadian Scrapbooker February Sketchy Challenge with another fabulous sketch from the very talented Sue Sykes:
Feb 2014 Sketch
This sketch was so much fun to play with, but figured since it is February, I would change up the circles and do hearts instead and this is what I came up with:

I cut out the hearts with creative memories shape cutter and inked them with distress stain (dusty concord). I wrapped the one heart with american craft twine. The background I misted DCWV (tan cardstock) with tattered angels (jazz blue & dragonfly), Lindy's stamp gang moon shadow mist (moonlit mulberry) and perfect pearl mist (grape). I glued love hearts (yes the actual candies) to flowers (keeping with the valentine's feel). 

I really love how this layout turned out as it really came together like the way I saw it in my mind (don't you just love when your vision comes to life??).

Other supplies: 
Alphas: american thickers (bubblegum), my little shoebox (mini alphabet sticker - lilac)
butterfly: prima (wood embellishment), stained with distress stain (dusty concord)
flowers: recollection
button: unknown
brads: recollections, bo bunny

thank you for stopping and and for your wonderful comments, hope you can play along this month at Canadian Scrapbooker:

I'm an Aunt! - A2Z Scraplet February Challenge (layout 18)

I don't know about you but I am really starting to like mood board challenges, or maybe they are just so inspirational lately that I am just drawn towards them.

This month's A2Z Scraplets challenge is a mood board:

I was immediately drawn to the top left picture of the white background with red hearts. I have had this idea in my head from a layout I saw on pinterest a while ago and knew that I wanted to make that layout for this challenge. Here is my take:

I used the film strip A2Z scraplet and misted it with Tattered Angels (red punch). I wrote my niece's date of birth, time of birth, and birth weight in the film strips and the rub-ons are 7gypsies. The gigantic exclamation point is done on purpose since when I first got the phone call that Sadie was born I screamed so loud that my parents thought that my brother and sister-in-law could hear me at the hospital (they live 1200kms away). Even though I wasn't there for the birth, I did get to skype with her when they got home from the hospital a couple of days later and met her in person a couple of weeks later when I came home for Christmas.

Other supplies used:
alphas: american thickers, basic grey
paper: american craft (white cardstock), DCWV (red cardstock)
flowers: recollections, unkown
heart brads: recollections
leaves (both misted with tattered angels in red punch): prima (white leaves & wood pieces)
flourishes: unknown
chipboard exclamation point: bazzill basics

Thank you for stopping by and your wonderful comments, hope you can play along this month at A2Z scraplets:

Thursday, 13 February 2014

A couple of more Valentine cards

I know it's last minute (so they will not be there in time for valentine's day since I still have to mail them but hey better late than never):

You are Perfect - LCOM Febraury Colour Spot

Here is Let's Capture Our Memories Colour Spot:

I was inspired by the picture and used splatters on my card (like the milk makes a splatter coming out of the glass). I also made a Valentine's Day Card (as with the hearts). Here is my take (a valentine's day card for my son):

My son (who is two) picked out his own valentine cards this year to give to his friends. He loves the wiggles and I swear everyone in the store heard him scream with joy when he saw the Wiggles valentine card box. I took one of his cards and fussy cut the wiggles to add them to this card. I splattered red and blue paint over purple paper. The hearts came from the wiggles box. The banner is recollections.

Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments. Hope you can play along this month:

Memorial - Scrap Around the World February Mood Board Challenge

Last week my brother's father-in-law (suddenly) passed away. Although he had not been feeling well over the last couple of months, it came as quite the shock to all of us. My sister-in-law has two sisters and they are not doing so well. Instead of putting my sorrow for them into words, I turned to creating and created a memorial canvas for each of them. I knew I wanted a black and white photo but beyond that I didn't know what I wanted to do. . .then I came across this month's Scrap Around the World mood board:

I was immediately drawn to the quote and although it was not quite appropriate for this project, I really liked the colours and the splatters. I also took inspiration from the picture of the pots and the triangles that pop out of the pot (I intrepreted it in my canvas as the harlequin  masking with the modeling paste.

Although this is the first time I have submitted to Scrap Around the World, I have been following for a couple of months. Here is my project (I blurred the faces on purpose in respect to the family as their mourn):

To create this canvas I tore 7 dots studio (love letters) paper and glued it to the canvas. I then used Ranger Emboss it clear with The Crafter's Workshop (kasbah 12x12) template and heat embossed Stampendous (opaque white) with my heat gun. I then used Tim Holtz layering stencils (dot fad & harlequin) with my home-made modeling paste and let it dry. I then used tattered angels glimmer mist (cupid, rose, pearl) and misted all over the canvas. I then took acrylic white paint and splattered randomly over the canvas. I then waited a couple of hours for it to dry completely. I matted the photo onto black cardstock and glued it. I then put the banner (heidi swapp cluster banner) on the top and bottom of the photo. I then glued prima white leaves and then added Jolee's (mauve crochet flower) and Flourish with a Bling flower (black & white). To finish the canvas I painted around the edges and sides with distress paint (black soot).

I created three of these (one for each sister), each has different paper and different splatter patterns but basically the same "look." I put them in the mail today (as they live 1200km away) and hopefully they will make it before one sister leaves to go back home. I hope when they open it, they will think of all the happy times they had with their dad and hopefully it will ease their pain a little bit. I hope they know that even though I am not physically there with them that I am thinking of them and am so sorry for their loss.

Thank you for stopping by and your wonderful comments. If you haven't already joined Scrap Around the World you seriously need to go check them out (they have some amazing inspiration). There is also time to join this month's challenge (you have until February 28th to submit your project):

3 months - DCWV February challenge (layout 17) & card challenge

Here is this month's layout sketch for Die Cuts with a View's stack-a-holic challenge:

And here is my take:

I used Blossom Song stack and cardstock brights

Other supplies:
inks: distress ink (peacock & pickled raspberry); distress stain (picked raspberry)
chipboard: bazzill basics (hawaiian flowers)
alphas: doddlebug designs
twine: american craft
words: heidi swapp, my mind's eye
journalling: maya road
tag: unknown
flags: martha stewart

This month (since I made all my valentine's) I used the stack-a-holic sketch:

And my take:

I used the glitter stack (6x6)

Other supplies:
flower: kaiser
banner & sentiment: recollections

thanks for stopping by and hope you can play along this month:

Saturday, 8 February 2014

The best part of the night!!! (layout 16)

here is a super fun layout of my son going through his halloween candy, after we got home from his first trick-or-treating:

Winter: The joy & love of Christmas - FWAB February Challenge (layout 15)

Hello everyone, second layout I did today was for Flourish with a Bling February Challenge. I have actually been working on this layout for the last week (as I have been more focused on gaining strength in my back). The part that took the most was sitting and hand stitching around the heart.

This month's Flourish with a Bling challenge is:
February is a month of passion and love!
I want to see a layout about the love of your life
and I want this quote to inspire you.
“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

Here is my take:

I took this photo over Christmas when we went to the festival of trees. Kyle absolutely loved the trees, especially the one with the bears (he wanted so badly to take a bear home and couldn't quite understand why he couldn't). It took lots of cuddles from mommy and daddy to stop the tears and once Kyle was back to himself he was ready to have his picture taken with daddy and the teddy bear tree (that way he could look at it whenever he wanted).

As soon as I saw this month's challenge I knew I wanted to use this picture and the quote because hands down my husband and my son are the loves of my life!!!!!

Supplies used:
paper: DCWV (evergreen stack), American Craft (white cardstock)
ink: distress ink pad (evergreen bough)
stitching: We R Memory keepers sew easy (mat, tool, cross piercer)
overlay: American Craft (snowflakes)
banner: my mind's eye
flourish: florish with a bling (luke, teal)
tag: unknown received as a gift tag on a christmas present this year
flower: recollections
embellishment: webster's pages designer cameos (it's christmas collection)

Thank you for stopping by, hope you can play along at Flourish with a Bling:

Beauty it's the little things - February WW1 Challenge (layout 14)

I cannot believe that it is already the 8th of February and this is my first layout I have done this month, I know right embarassing. It has been a rough couple of days with a death of a close family friend, my mom is leaving a week earlier than planned so I have upped my daily activities that I am doing so that I am up to doing everything without any pain meds. I am happy to announce that today I was able to complete three layouts, fold (and put away) three loads of laundry, make dinner, gather garbage, do dishes (twice) and I have not needed to take any meds [insert happy dance].

Anyways back to my layout. This month at White with 1 it is with grape. Now purple is one of my most favorite colours in the world as it is just such a happy colour!!!! But unfortunately since I don't like having my photo taken and my child is a boy, I don't often get to work with purple so I was super excited and as soon as I saw which colour was this month's challenge I knew which picture I wanted to scrap.

This flower photo was actually taken last summer when I took my son to a playgroup outing at the local greenhouse for a tour. He had so much fun and I was in awe of all the beautiful flowers and took lots of photos (I am one of those people who always takes too many photos), I probably took 100 pictures that morning (we were there for about an hour).

Anyways back to my layout:

first off sorry for the glare, it is dark all the time and I can't seem to take a good picture of a layout today :(

To create the layout, I started with a 12x12 crafter's workshop stencil and using Ranger Emboss It dabber in clear, I went over the stencil. I then used Stampendous embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I then used We R Memory keepers Twist trimmer to trim it and then glued it to the background paper. I then layered different papers and used home-made modeling paste over Tim Holtz layering stencil. Then bordered the photo and glued it on top. The flowers are bulk from my local scrapbook shop (Scrapbook Lounge in Cold Lake, AB) which I trimmed and flattened out and glued down. I sprayed DIYthickers with grape fizz and pop rocks and then put the title together. I am quite happy with the way this turned out and brought the beauty that I was trying to convey the day we went to the greenhouse :)

Supplies used:
papers: DCWV (cardstock stack & celebration stack) and unknown
flowers: local scrapbook store, and unknown
pearls: flourish with a bling
stencils: The Crafter's Workshop (kasbah), and Tim holz (dot fade)
embossing powder: stampendous (grape)
inks: distress stain (seedless preserve), perfect pearls mists (grape fizz), tattered angels (pop rocks)
letters: DIY thickers, unknown

Hope you come play at WW1:

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Valentine Card - LCOM Sketch 57

I absolutely love the sketches at Let's Capture our Memories. This sketch is from Kimberly Figures:

And this is my take:

Supplies used:
flowers & brad: recollections
sticker: doodlebug designs
doily and pearls: unknown

This card is going to be for my niece :)

Hope you play along at LCOM:

Valentine Cards

I made valentines for my family this year:

For my parents:

For my brother and sister-in-law:

for my husband:

Back update and husband's birthday

Sorry I have been MIA lately, I have been busy working on my physio and taking it VERY easy so I am able to go back to normal daily activities. . .well it has been working because I went to physio this week and I have been cleared to lift my son and only have to go back to physio one more time!!!!!

Yesterday was my husband's birthday so instead of making him a cake, i made him 35 oreo cake balls (since he celebrated his 35th birthday):