Aug 30, 2010

Pink, Kraft, Off-White, and Soft Black....

Makes a lovely color combo wouldn't you say???  It is in FACT, this week's beautiful color combination over at Color Combos Galore - Palette #157.

Here is my take on the colors:

I just picked up these frames made by Tattered Angels, they come with letters, the negative of letters, and all these ticket like frames.  LOVE them!  Inside the frame is a stamp by UNITY Stamp Co. as are the flower stamps (Insightful Meadows by Donna Downey).

Here is a close up of the flowers (a nice backdrop to my pictures), I stamped them in brown and pink ink, then applied some stickles to make them SPARKLE.  The "SNAPSHOTS" is die cut from the Silhouette.  I just have to ask why I resisted so long in buying a machine that could do almost anything you want!

And because I love BUMPY layouts, I decided to twirl my ribbon for fun!  Staples work magic when applying ribbon (but then you can see the metal).  I don't mind though.  Adds character!

The designer's challenge this week was to use metal.  I chose to work with metal corners that I picked up at Lee Valley years ago, staples, and brads.  This challenge is happening RIGHT NOW - so go check it out at Color COMBOS Galore!

Aug 27, 2010

And the Winner of Unity's Kitchen Logic Set Is....

I just want to thank you all for the lovely comments from yesterday's post.  I am truly excited to be on the Unity team and to meet all of you lovely ladies over at Split Coast Stampers.  Without further delay, here is the skinny on the winner. 

True Random Number Generator (Powered by RANDOM.ORG)

Min: 1
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Result: 63

And lucky number #63 is....

Kelly S. said...

YAY Lesley, so glad to see you with Unity!!!! I miss your stamp designs and still treasure the ones I have that you designed!! Your shadow box is GORGEOUS! So many beautiful details to soak in!! I am excited, thus all of the exclamation points ;0!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations Kelly!!!!  I LOVED seeing all that you created with the prim stamps!  Please email Jimmi at with your contact info (full name, address, and let her know that you won the "Kitchen Logic" set from the 08-26 blog hop)!

Here is another layout using my new Unity Stamps (Good Times Vintage Banner set).  This is my son at the age of 2.  He was the cutest toddler!  He is 8 now - time does fly!

Right under ME - is a stamp that's part of the Vintage Banner set.  I coloured the ME with Copics (used to be cream) and I applied some dots of Glossy Accents just for a little bump!

And here is the banner, some are coloured with Copics, the one on the left and right are stamped direct to patterned paper, and then inked.  I had the perfect size letters, so stuck them in there.....thinking....thinking.....of a 4 letter word......thinking of a title.....obviously it finally came to me - but it took a long while.  WALK WITH ME.

Most of the papers here are My Mind's Eye, the teal blue is Bo Bunny.

Well, have a wonderful weekend all you lovely ladies!

Aug 26, 2010


First of all, I can't believe I'm doing a UNITY hip hop!  This is so exciting for me to be able to share with you the awesome news that I am a member of UNITY STAMP CO.'s scrapbooking design team!  I have been a fan for quite a while now, and I just love love love their red rubber stamps.

When I first discovered this hobby, I started out stamping on my layouts when I was part of a kit club that offered stamps with each kit.  I thought everyone stamped on layouts!  I then got into making cards and other crafty projects, but now I am back to my first love.  Memory keeping. 

Unfortunately, I don't have a layout to share with you today, but a project I made using UNITY's "She Sprouted Wings" available in stores. This stamp set designed by Melody Ross spoke to me, and I just knew it deserved a themed project dedicated to my late Grandmother, Rita Louise Minion.  This was made using a 7 Gypsies Printer Tray.

Here is the set so that you can find the stamps in the project.

I have wanted to make bottle cap art for a while now, and I had an idea to use this woman as my first piece of art.  I stamped her once on the glimmer misted paper, then again on white paper.  I colored her head with COPICS, then cut her out and placed her into the bottle cap (which by the way is from a Bud Light Lime Beer - YUM!).  I put a good amount of Ranger's UTEE into the cap and melted it in the toaster oven. 

I really tried to stick to a color theme of brown, blue, and cream.  I threw in a little lime green here and there for contrast.

My grandmother was diabetic, so I added the Jenni Bowlin sticker (drug store), the R is for RITA, and the The End signifies her passing, with a beautiful butterfly to remind me of her beautiful life.  The stamp set has empowering sayings, worthy of my grandmother's tale.  She was a woman of great class, and spunk, and she lived her life beautifully and with passion, and with heart.  She LOVED.  She always SMILED.  She had her own hat business, sewed, knit, created art, she was inspiring!

I felt like this project needed journaling, so I created 2 tags to be hidden on the back.  I spent some time hand writing my thoughts on the back of these misted tags.

She and my grandfather loved to travel, and experience new things.

I often wonder what her dreams were.  I wonder if she ever felt like her dreams didn't matter and that her family always came first.  She was a giver, always thinking of others.  I wonder if she ever took any time for herself.

I used buttons, and these Maya Road shapes (sewing machine and dress form) to signify her craftiness in making hats and clothes, knitting, etc.  I colored the chipboard, then applied Glossy Accents by Ranger.  I also distressed the printer tray by painting streaks of cream colored acrylic paint.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and I look forward to making more projects with UNITY stamps!

If you want to win yourself some UNITY stamps, simply leave a message on this post and I'll draw one winner to win this cute KITCHEN LOGIC stamp set!

Now onto the next blog to continue the Hip Hop...

Next Blog

Aug 24, 2010

Here's a PEEK of What I've Been Up To!

Last week, my friend and I went to a local scrapbook store and took a class using the 7 Gypsies Printer Tray.  While I was there, I picked up some Tattered Angels chipboard pieces - they are vintage and just up my alley.  I will reveal this whole project on Thursday along with some REALLY AWESOME NEWS.

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday, it's bright and sunny here!

Aug 23, 2010


TRACEY!  You are the winner!  Please flip me an email Tracey and I'll get these out to you ASAP.  :)

And for some exciting news, I have a new Design Team to announce!  Over the past 6 months, since Tara opened shop, I have been playing with her kits from Up The Street Scrapbooking, and they are simply beautiful and the projects that I have made with them, I have been SO very proud of.  I am sharing with you my favourite project so far, made with the FEBRUARY 2010 kit.

Along with me, there is Julia Stainton, who I used to design with at Cornish Heritage Farms.  She is a fellow Ontario girl, who I have met in person and she is just so lovely and talented! 

Also, there is Heather Derbecker and Mandy Starner, two very talented crafters!  Check out their blogs if you have time.

Aug 19, 2010

A My Mind's Eye Challenge

A friend of mine pointed out a blog challenge to me over at My Mind's Eye, a summertime sketch challenge, and it's due today!  Here is my take on it, and it's not too late if you want to play along too (as long as you have 80% MME products to use on a layout).  Thankfully, I had a ton!  Some I bought from my local scrapbook store Forever Scrapbooks, and some I got in a goodie box for being published in Scrapbook Trends.

Here is another BROWN organza flower I made, sitting on a paper that was treated with Glimmer Mist.

And below is a close up of the banner stamps I used from UNITY Stamp Co. (called Good Times Vintage Banner), part of their Scrapbooking Line.  I have colored them before on white paper, but this time, I stamped direct to patterned paper and then cut them out.  Sure save markers ink and I get a similar result!

REMINDER#1: The new color combo will be up TODAY at Color Combos Galore!

REMINDER #2: The post below has a RAK from me - HOMEMADE organza flowers!  Just leave a comment on that post to be able to win them!

Aug 18, 2010

My First Post at Simply Renee! RAK at BOTTOM of POST

If you have some time, check out my first post at Simply Renee - I have some little tips on how to organize trims (which I have a lot of).  And here is the project to go along with my first post:

Here you can see how I LOVE to layer trims, and spray them with Mists.  That stamp is a new one for me from UNITY Stamp Co. It's actually a larger block stamp, but I loved the top so much, I wanted to use it!

I also love placing my titles on top of lace (see below).  And if you haven't noticed already, I've been on  a kick making my own organza flowers, this time, I layered blue and brown.

Do you love that purple in there?  I had it on my desk while I was creating and it was screaming at me to be included in the layout!  It's Bo Bunny, the background paper is My Mind's Eye, and the 6x6 papers are 7 Gypsies. Flowers and pebbles of course are PRIMA.

And here is a picture of my plenty-of-flowers.  They are so pretty.  I've been giving some away at Scrapbook Star for our Summer Camp. 
If you leave a comment on this post by Sunday August 22, I will pick from the comments and send 6 of these flowers your way!

Have a wonderful day!

Aug 16, 2010

Pencil Lines Meets Color Combos Galore!

Color Combos Galore (CCG) has teamed up with Pencil Lines to celebrate their 200th sketch!  That is amazing!  Janet at CCG provided the yummy color palette, and Anna at Pencil Lines provided the sketch.  Mix it all together and you get masterpieces!  Please have a gander at what our team and Anna's team created for this celebration of inspirational sketches.

Here is Sketch #200:

And here is the color palette:

And here is my take:

I bought some organza from the fabric store and made my own big green flower!  The background paper is Webster's Pages, lace, leaves, and flowers are PRIMA.

The baby girl gem words have been in my stash for YEARS and I am so happy that I finally used them!

I also used up these old leaves from PRIMA.  The note pad is Jenni Bowlin.

If you want to play along for a chance to win some goodies, just see the details at Pencil Lines!  Good luck and have fun!

Aug 13, 2010

Color Combos Galore - A Card!

I loved this combination of colors so much, that I whipped up a card with my scraps!  The stamp "hello dear friend" is UNITY Stamp Co, and the "happy birthday" stamp is CHF.  The paper is My Mind's Eye, the flower and leaves are PRIMA, and the chipboard is Fancy Pants.

It's Friday!!!!  Yay!!!  Come by Color Combos Galore for some great samples!!!  And maybe play along too.  :)

My Little Beauty and CCG #155

WARNING - lots of photos!

What would I do if I didn't have girls to scrap???  I would have all these beautiful flowers, lace and trim, with no where to go!  I used Up The Street Scrapbooking's August kit for these 2 layouts.  It really is a beautiful kit!  Up The Street also has monthly contests with awesome prizes, so you should check out the blog here for details.

I treated the letters with a Copic marker and some stickles. 

My journaling is hidden on this one, with the 3 symbolizing my daughter's age at the time.

And thanks to my Silhouette, here is a lovely flower that took 1/2 a page of paper to make.  That bird is a stamp that came with the kit.

Here is layout #2.  A cute little layout that came together quickly.  I wanted it to be fun and whimsical. 

These Basic Grey letters from the kit can be colored to match your layout palette!

I also colored the American Crafts letters with a Copic marker.


Color Combos Galore Palette #155 that was just released today!  You have a week to come up with a layout or card to be eligible for the monthly prize!

Here is my take!  LOOK AT MY UGLY MUG!  I am #2.  Taking these pictures was hilarious, we were away with friends at a cottage, had a little bit of wine, a funny idea, and a camera.  And here you have our mug shots!

This note pad is a UNITY stamp, perfect for my journaling.  I colored around the edges with a Copic marker.

And that is ALL my friends!!!