Feb 26, 2010

My Favourite Layout - EVAH!

Up the Street Scrapbooking is a new kit club, and has it's very first contest going on, so I thought I would participate. Here are the details if you want to check it out for yourself or visit www.upthestreetscrapbooking.com.

I must say, I think this is my favourite layout of all time! I LOVE the cluster and the colours, and the picture, my new Silhouette flourishes, that Maya Road ric rac ribbon, and of course, all those Prima products I love so much. Those pins are also Maya Road and I'm glad I have a hew more in my stash. I got them .15 cents each at Scrapbook Star! If you're looking for an on-line store, you should check out Scrapbook Star - amazing prices and great customer service.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Black Line Chipboard Buttons - by Jenni Bowlin
Parlor Petals Violet - by Prima
Mulberry Rose Leaves - by Prima V
intage Black Pearl Trinket Pin - by Maya Road
SWAK Brads - by Bo Bunny Press
Shimmerz Spritz Eucalyptus and Purple Passion
Eli - Paper by Rose Moka (purple houndstooth)
Chipboard Letters: Basic Grey
Foam Letters: EK Success
Kraft Die Cut: Maya Road
Velvet Ribbon: Maya Road
Pearl Brad: Making Memories
Lace: Prima
Liquid Pearls: Ranger
Tools: Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, Silhouette SD

Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 24, 2010

Summer Jewelry

I have many interests and you may not know this, but I love to play around with jewelry. I like to submit my projects to Bead Trends, and so far, have been pretty lucky to get some of my items pubbed! Here is a necklace that I just adore, using some crystals to dress it up a bit. I looped together the chain, and wired together those circular pieces. The earrings were made in much the same way.

If you have any questions about anything you see on my blog, drop me an email.
Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 23, 2010

Playing with my NEW Silhouette

I must admit, before my friend bought her Cricut and showed me what it could do, I ignored all the talk about the Silhouette and all other electronic die cutting machines. At Christmas, she showed me her new purchase and I thought - I NEED ONE OF THOSE! How could I have gone on so long without one! Don't get me wrong, I will still use my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies, but where else can you get the frame and border below for 99 cents a piece and use it whenever you want, cut it in big sizes, and change up the colour when you want?

I made the layout below for Silhouette's Winter Games they have going on (a contest to win $50 in downloads) and I WANT to win it! This layout was done under 1 hour (for the Speed Scrapping contest). Of course, you'll see lots of Prima on this page too, one of my fave companies.

I stickled almost everything on page once I was done, even that beautiful red Prima flower.
TIP: Using Core'dinations cardstock with your die cutting machine allows you to sand it and distress it after you've cut your shape.

Feb 22, 2010

Moxie Fab's Trigger Tuesday Challenge

I decided to play along this week with Moxie Fab for their Trigger Tuesday challenge. I loved this challenge, because for me, it WAS a challenge. I would not normally pair up these colours, but I love the end result. I used some American Crafts flair stickers and some lovely red gingham from my craft supply. I always have a healthy amount of gingham! This card was super easy and maybe so, because it's stampless (if that's a word!).
Thanks for popping by!

He Is Not Here - Prima's Build a Page for February

I am really getting into challenges again, and lately with all the Prima flowers I got from Scrapbook Star, I have to use them up. So what better way than to participate in Prima's sketch contest that they have monthly.

The picture below is from Israel and is an image of the door to the Garden Tomb.

Below, I used a Tim Holtz FRAGMENT acrylic piece to make this, and treated it with alcohol ink and paint before slapping on a good coat of Glossy Accents. The key hole is Melissa Frances.

Here, I treated the lace (from Prima) with matching coloured stickles (Ranger Industries).

Below, I used those little plastic gems to make my own flourish. Aren't those Prima flowers BEAUTIFUL! I especially love that big dark aqua blue one. The fence is a die cut from my new Silhouette machine! I am having so much fun playing with it.

Happy Monday!

Feb 20, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You

My friend Jen came over and we stamped and coloured some images, and this one happened to find it's way onto a card for this week's sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You. The stamp is from Stamping Bella and the sentiment stamp from CHF (Cornish Heritage Farms).

TIP: If your white embossing powder gets on more than just your sentiment, take a black marker to it (if it's on black cardstock), and this will make those little white powder marks disappear!

Stamps: Stamping Bella and CHF
Ink: Memento Ink, VersaMark
Glitter: Stickles by Ranger (on heart)
Markers: Copic
Paper: We R Memory Keepers
Cardstock: Bazzill
Gem: KaiserCraft
Embossing Powder: CHF
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Brads: Doodlebug Inc

Feb 19, 2010

Change is Good

It seems like forever since this photo was taken, but it was only five years ago. Since then, we have added 2 more kiddos to the mix. For three years though, we were a quiet family of 3. I used that awesome Wood Grain from Hambley Studios, and I made that journal block myself! Lots of Prima on this page (mainly the ribbon and flowers). Ciao!

Feb 17, 2010

Kisses...Stamping Bella

I love it when stampy friends come over and bring their stamps for me to play with! This is a Stamping Bella stamp and the card was made with my new Silhouette! I am really getting into using the Silhouette and trying to include die cuts into my layouts and projects. I took out my trusty (and sad to say dusty) Copic markers for this one. They really are great markers.

Happy Wednesday!

Feb 16, 2010

Some Masculine Cards

A family member just received wonderful news about his surgery and recovery, so I sat down to make some masculine cards to go with the gift we bought him. I used Cornish Heritage Farms' scrapblock with all those wonderful newspaper ads for the background. Their 6x6 stamps are the bomb! Since I had out all the supplies, I decided to make 2 cards in one sitting, just slightly different. My husband liked the 2nd one better, so that is the card we gave away.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Feb 12, 2010

Sweet Valentine's Tags

These are simple tags to make for your Valentine's gifts! Picture these wrapped around chocolates, or roses, or homemade breads or cookies. The top tags are made by using a heart stamp (CHF) and applying glossy accents (plain, pink glitter, red flocking). The bottom tags were made using Flower Soft for some nice dimension.

Happy Valentine's Weekend!!

Feb 10, 2010

Back Porch Memories - February Kit Reveal

See the full Kit Contents HERE at Back Porch Memories. I used the Medley Kit and loved it! Here are some of the things I was able to create using the kit.

LITTLE BIRDIE CARD SET (American Crafts Letterbox Products - All cards have little birdies on the inside to tie in the theme).

FROSTY OUR SNOWMAN (Fancy Pants Products)

LITTLE MISS SOPHIE (Basic Grey Origins Products)

BE YOU (American Crafts Products)

Thanks for looking and please do check out this kit club

Feb 9, 2010

I Am Such a Proud Mamma!

I left Julie, my sister to look after Will while I was out and this is what she did while I was gone! Here is her awesome blog http://www.vineimages.ca/blog/. Leave some love for her if you can. :)

Feb 5, 2010

Live Love Bloom

I just got these Prima flowers and they just add that pop to a page. I love the colours! I have not been stamping as much as I used to these days, but I thought I would pull out the Penny Black stamp (bottom right) and do a heat emboss resist technique. The ink is Adirondack Lettuce (one of my all-time favourite colours).

Enjoy SUPERBOWL weekend! Is anyone else excited to see the commercial ads?

Feb 3, 2010

Back Porch Memories - February Kits

This kit club, Back Porch Memories is pretty cool! They have 2 kits available every month, that are so completely different. Being the Guest Designer for February, I was lucky enough to work with the Medley kit, which has 3 different paper lines, that are also totally different. It allows you to create 3 - 2 page layouts that are all so unique. Here is a layout I made using the Basic Grey Origins papers, a clip, and that pop-up birdie. The frame is American Crafts Letterbox, and there is a rub-on there too from American Crafts. At $24 US per kit, it is such a great value! I am loving this kit club! Kits ship on the 15th of each month.

Happy Wednesday!

Feb 1, 2010

February Brings a New Kit

I have really enjoyed playing with these Jenni Bowlin papers to create some projects with Scrapbook Star's February kit. The 4x4 papers were cut down into 2x2 and I made my own patterned paper of sorts. The Valentine's Box below is quite sturdy considering it's made out of paper! It should hold some gingersnap cookies that I plan on making for my husband to bring to work.

Enjoy the rest of you Monday!