Monday, September 30, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Today...

Eeeek! And just like that... I am back online.  Sorry for the AWOL.  It is school holidays here at the moment and I have been entertaining the children.  In the meantime... My layout was shared over at Jillibean Soup.

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup (Cold Avocado Soup, Soup Staples II); other - Jillibean Soup: pea pod parts, clear stamps, flash cards, coordinating sticker shapes, sugar pick, bean stalks (twine); Greatest View ribbon; mist, ink, embossing powder; tools - typewriter.

This layout features the brand new collection, Cold Avocado Soup.  I adore the blue tones!  yay!!  And of course, I have used some more flashcards.  *grin*

My journaling was cut into strips and added straight to the back of the layout. 

Better get back to the kids now!  Thanks for visiting..x

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bella Blvd | photo inspiration...

Hello Scrappy Friends!  Today I am sharing my last Bella Blvd project from the 2012-2013 term.  Our design team challenge was to use this photo as inspiration...

At first I was drawn to the colours!  No surprise there right?  *grin*  But then I took it a step further and decided I wanted to "make the bed" on my page.. please note the pillow placement and the layers of paper on my page! LOL!

 "So Blessed"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd: Play Date, Christmas Countdown, Freesttyle sophisticates, Snapshots; alpha - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: designer tape, cardstock stickers, die cuts, buttons, crochet hearts; twine, seam binding, mist, vellum; tools - silhouette portrait.

I changed the quote slightly to suit my layout theme and cut it out on my silhouette portrait.  I even backed it with vellum to subtly change and soften the colour of the fun triangle patterned paper from the Play Date collection.

I have been admiring these cute double bows created from seam binding over at Jinny's blog for a little while now.  So I thought I might like to try them.  She puts together the cutest combinations of ribbon, buttons and twine!

If you would like to know more about my layout process, please visit the Bella Blvd blog.  Thanks for visiting..x

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | File Folder mini album...

Hi Everyone!  Today I want to share a little project created for The Scrapbook Store.  My dear friend Kim Jeffress totally inspired me with her work for Heidi Swapp and I really wanted to try and make a file folder for myself.  In my DT kit for The Scrapbook Store this month, I found myself playing with the gorgeous Teresa Collins Memorabilia collection.  So far I have created three layouts and in among the leftovers I found the pack of four Teresa Collins Memorabilia file folders

Surprisingly, once I got started, it didn't take very long to put together,  I think the hardest part will be deciding which photos I should add to it.  *grin*
(page 1 & 2)
As you open the largest file folder, you will see that I have adhered the small horizontal file onto the left side (page 1).  Behind that file I have created a pocket which has allowed me to slip a homemade patterned paper tag into.  The front of the horizontal file folder has been embellished with seam binding, more patterned paper from Teresa Collins Memorabilia collection and a Greatest View badge/flair.
 (page 1)

The second page has been layered with the medium file folder from the pack and the mini accordion album.

 (page 2)

The front of these two files have been embellished with sequins and cardstock stickers, also found in the Teresa Collins Memorabilia collection.  Inside the accordion mini, I plan to have the kids journal about their everyday.  Once they have completed their journaling I will slip it into each space.  The other side will be for photos (1"x 2").
Inside this medium file folder (page 3), I have created an extra folder from two pieces of patterned paper (page 4).  The inside of the medium folder has been embellished with a glitter border strip.  The quote and Eifel Tower images are from this patterned paper
(page 3) 

(page 4)

Inside the "extra" patterned paper file folder, I have added more of the glitter border strip to create an illusion, cohesive to the first border strip.  I also love that the chalk board paper will allow for either more photo/s or journaling, depending on what I end up using the album for! LOL!
The back of the album has been decorated with more of the cardstock stickers (sorry.. forgot to take a photo!) and I will add our family name to the centre of the back cover.
I really don't know why, I have put this method of creating a mini, off before now!  Truly, it was so easy to make.  Again I have to credit Kim Jeffress for the inspiration and encouragement to create it.
If you would like to build your own Teresa Collins Memorabilia album, just visit The Scrapbook Store for all of your supplies.  Thanks so much for visiting..x
ps - Thanks to everyone who left kind messages of support in regards to the new Bella Blvd DT.  I can't wait to get stated on another exciting year of creating with them...x

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bella Blvd... Announcement!!!!

Hi Everyone!!!  I just wanted to share my super exciting news!!  I have graciously been given a second chance to design for Bella Blvd in 2014!  I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity and look forward to the challenges coming my way..


products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd; alpha - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: Designer Tape, cardstock stickers; doily, pearls, twine, mist; tools machine stitching.

Thank you to both Stephanie and Laura for choosing me out of many, many hopefuls.  I can't wait to get started!  Team introductions start next week on the Bella Blvd blog.  Hope to see you there...x


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook | September Colour Challenge...

Hello Friends! Today I am sharing my layout for the new Life.Paper.Scrapbook colour challenge.  This one has nice zesty colours that can easily be brightened up for Spring or watered down to use on a beautiful Autumn page.  Either way it sure is an inspirational colour palette!


Here's what I created...

"Wicked Fun"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Glitz Design 6" paper pad; alpha - American Crafts; Jenni Bowlin; Kaisercraft; other - Becky Higgins PL card; Pebbles peg; Glitz Design stickers; Greatest View badges/flair; twine, Bella Blvd designer tape; mist; gelatos; tools - typewriter.
My boy has such a quick wit.  At ten he is constantly cracking me up into fits of laughter at some of the outlandish things he comes up with!  His sense of humour is definitely groan worthy and I can only blame his father.  And come to think of it.. his Grandfather, Uncles on both sides of the family and in the last two years, his school teachers!! Liam has had the good fortune to really bond with his teachers.  For both Grade Four and Grade Five, he has had a male teacher.  Mr Z.  and Mr W.
Earlier this year I went into school to have a chat with Mr W.  I was concerned that with Liam's particular sense of humour it could be very border line funny, or cheeky.  This I guess depends on the teacher.  Just to clarify, Liam isn't a disrespectful child.  His mind races at 100 miles a minute to get his words out and sometimes (well, actually most of the time) he has a double meaning to what he says.  It's a talent I'm sure! 
Anyway, I was concerned as to how his new teacher this year would interpret Liam's words.  If anything, I didn't want him to be rude to the teacher.  I just wanted to make Liam aware of the things he was saying and how some people might not see the funny side of what he was trying to say!  After a full school year previously with a teacher who had the SAME sense of humour, I was worried that he would go over board.  Honestly... I shouldn't have worried.  Mr.W's response to me after voicing my concerns... "Liam is a good kid.  Don't worry about him.. But secretly, off the record... He's my protégé!"   *groan*   So here I sit, putting up with another year of bad jokes and witty one-liners.

Now for some really exciting news!!
Life.Paper.Scrapbook is partnering with Big Picture Classes as our sponsor for our Colour Challenges.  Every month we will tell you about one of the amazing classes they have over there and one participant will get the chance to win a spot in the class!!

This month you could win a place in Craft Happy:  12 weeks of cheerful projects to celebrate the holidays (and life in general)

Spend your holiday months with Amy creating a little something for Halloween and Thanksgiving, plus a whole lot of somethings for Christmas: gifts, wreaths, glitter houses, ornaments, games, and a hip, handmade advent calendar.

Introducing Craft Happy, a 12-week crafting adventure that will have you creating beautiful things just for the fun of it, learning new skills, connecting with cheerful crafters worldwide, and generally smiling from ear to ear.
AND...BPC has added a $10 off offer to the Craft Happy class.  Use the Code GRIN.
If you would like the chance to win, make sure you visit the Life.Paper.Scrapbook blog and link up your project with us.  You could also be chosen as one of our Top 3 featured projects!  And if you haven't had a chance to play along with our September Sketch Challenge, there are still a few days left, to link up your layout!

Hurry on over and thanks for visiting..x

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hampton Art | You are no. 1...

Hi Everyone! I've been playing around with stamps a lot lately, thanks mostly to the wonderful DT opportunity at Hampton Art.  Most of the time, I have no clear idea what I am going to create until I have those stamps on paper.  But sometimes I have an idea stuck in my head and I play until I see the result on paper to match.  *grin*

This card I am sharing today was a little bit like that... an experiment!  LOL!  A simple-in-design experiment!

"You are No.1"

products used: stamps: Hampton Art for Echo Park - "About a Boy" (SC0526); "Scoot" (SC0528)
ink: Archival Ink (jet black); VersaMark (watermark).
other - cardstock, acrylic paint, clear embossing powder, post-it notes, soft paint brush.
I am just getting the hang of this embossing business too!  LOL!  Yes.  I know I am late to the party.  But I can now say I am have quite a bit of fun with it.  However, the next tool on my wish list to purchase will be a heat gun.  *grin*  Currently I am still hovering my cardstock over the toaster just to melt the embossing powder!!! 

For the full tutorial, please visit here.  But it is fairly simple and I am sure you can work it out from the photos...x

Thanks so much for visiting...x

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jillibean Soup | cards and a layout...

Hello Friends.  Just sharing a little Jillibean Soup today... I am really loving the new release products at the moment!! And of course they blend so beautifully with the older collections.  Check out the new flash cards.  I love them! *grin*  So much so that I've used the flashcards on both of these projects!!


products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup; other - Jillibean Soup: flash cards, pea pod parts, twine, coordinating cardstock stickers; Kaisercraft: pearls, ink; brad; tools - Fancy That Dies: doily, hole punch.


"Hello Happy Times"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup: Cold Avocado Soup; other - Jillibean Soup: flashcards, soup labels, pea pod parts, coordinating sticker shapes; gelatos, mist, staple, ink; tools - typewriter.

The new die cuts (Pea Pod Parts) are also quite a lot of fun to play with!  Cold Avocado Soup is featured here.  What are your favourite pieces from the new collections?  That could be a hard question... *grin*

Thanks so much for visiting..x


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | Semptember Sketch...

Hello Friends.  I have another scrappy share today.  This one is for The Scrapbook Store and the fabulous September sketch...

And here is my interpretation...
 "Cake Notes"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Teresa Collins (Memorabilia); alpha - AC poolside foam glitter thickers; other - Greatest View badges/flair (hash tags, moustache); Teresa Collins (Memorabilia): accessory stickers, borders; WOW wood arrows icons, Mr Huey's mist, gelatos; tools - typewriter, silhouette portrait, foam tape.

Everyone loves a good cake batter moustache, right?!  I know for my kids, this is the best part of cake makin'.  *grin*  I hope you will join us at The Scrapbook Store and share your own interpretation of Melinda Spinks' awesome sketch.  Thanks for visiting..x