Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May Create Magazine

Have you seen that Create Magazine's May 2015 issue 14 is live? Best of all, it is free! 

"Every other month, a leading manufacturer's design team creates layouts and cards and tags using sketches by SG's Allison Davis and Debbie Sanders. And that's just the beginning. SG has put together a talented group of designers, scrapbookers, and cardmakers to bring you a papercrafting magazine filled with inspiration by some of the best in the business." ~ Scrapbook Generation

I am excited to share that I have a layout in this issue. Here is a sneak peek...

Head on over to Scrapbook Generation to check it out. 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Day Card

This Maggie Holmes Crate Paper is so pretty. I used some of the 6x6 paper pad to create this card based on Cardabilities sketch #123.

Supplies: patterned papers (Maggie Holmes Crate Paper), sentiment stamp (October Afternoon), Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), butterfly punches (Martha Stewart), baker's twine (Maya Road), moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp), vellum and paperclip (Dollarama)

The vellum butterfly punched overlay helps soften the darker colours of the paper and I just like how the Moonshine sequins give a touch of sparkle to the whole thing.

My paper colour choices were based on the beautiful colour swatch from Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Isn't that just such a pretty inspirational swatch? Happy creating!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

All About Twos

Two cousins...Two photos... Two challenges...

It had been a while since I had popped over to Let's Get Sketchy. When I visited the site last week and was inspired to play along with their May week 1 sketch (see previous post), I saw that Brenshevia had a new or rather altered challenge blog named Picture This! Challenge Blog posted in the sidebar. The May challenge of (2 Photos + Black & White + Doily + Yellow) really appealed to me. Right off the bat, I knew that I wanted to use My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Two Sunshine collection from my stash (an old My Scrapbook Nook kit) and I had two photos in mind.

Supplies: cardstock (white - Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock and black - Bazzill), gesso (Golden), script stamp and damask stencil (Magenta), texture paste, Distress inks and Distress paints (Ranger), Black Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), patterned papers, layered die cut stickers, layered chipboard element, brad (MME), chipboard letter stickers (American Crafts), flowers (Petaloo), Mod Podge Melts and Molds (Plaid), butterfly punches (Martha Stewart), pen (CTMH), doily, mini staples, and vellum (Dollarama)

I had a few design ideas kicking around in my head but then I saw this week's Let's Get Sketchy sketch and it was just the ticket.

I stamped the background with a Magenta Script and Post stamp and then stenciled with a Magenta Damask stencil and Ranger Texture Paste. I added yellow with Distress Inks and Distress paints until I got my desired hue and look. Once dry, I then splattered black paint in somewhat of a diagonal ray.

Next, came all the layering, doily (was white, I used Distress Paint to alter it to black), lots of embellies (even tried out the new Mod Podge Melts and Molds for the little frames) and titling. A little journaling and it was done.

It was great that I was able to combine the two inspirational challenges from the sister sites, use up some stash, and come away with a layout that I really like. Total scrap happiness!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stashed Away

Last night, when I saw the Let's Get Sketchy sketch for this week, I knew that it was perfect for this Polaroid photo of my daughter from the summer she was five. Today I spent some of my Mother's Day scrapbooking. A little me time creating with my memories. Such a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Supplies: patterned papers, die cuts, stickers and enamel dots (Simple Stories), notebook border punch (EK Success), cuteness sticker (Heidi Swapp), black and white paint (DecoArt), black pen (Staedtler), white Signo pen (Mitsubishi Pencil Co.)

I came across the photo stashed away at the back of a drawer, a few weeks ago, and added it to my to-be-scrapped bin. It brought back a great memory of how much joy and happiness that cute little bunny brought her that we were suckers to pay the $2 dollars that the Bunny Hutch guy charged for the Polaroid during a local summer festival. That was ten years ago now and before camera phones. LOL! It was well worth it, even though the photo is not the best. It is purely that moment captured with the bunny and her huge smile. Priceless!

I used Simple Stories DIY Boutique. Love the bright happy feel of the colours in that collection.

They were just right to bring it all together.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Be Bold with Gel, Gesso and Gelatos - Get Messy Art Journaling

I have a how-to mixed media tutorial up on the Get Messy Art Journaling blog. We are currently in the Season of Brave thus I made I am a simpler version of this double page spread based on the Brave prompt in the hopes of inspiring people to give some mixed media a try and be brave with gel, gesso and gelatos.

If you are into art journaling and want some fun prompts, a great supportive community, and learn new techniques or about different styles, come join us over at Get Messy!

New to art journaling or just curious, there is lots on the site for beginners too. Also Caylee and Lauren, the creative minds behind Get Messy, are doing an Art Journaling 101 class over at Big Picture Classes if you want to check it out.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Magenta - Giveaway

It is time to celebrate the release of the new Magenta Summer collection with a Giveaway!

You have a chance to win these items from the new catologue. Giveaway details can be found over on the Magenta blog here.

You have to be in it for a chance to win it so be sure to enter by May 30th.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Magenta New Summer Collection

Magenta is ready for summer with a brand new collection. Check it out here:

Makes me smile to see that I have card included in the catalogue using some of the newest wood veneer pieces.

Bringing a little ray of sunshine your way.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet & Silly You

I really liked Sassy Scrappers' March Moodboard and though I did not get a chance to play along with their challenge last month, I still wanted to create a layout based on it. When I saw the images that Anita Bownds had put together, it brought to mind a collection of several products from my stash.

Supplies: patterned papers (Pink Paislee and Studio Calico), clear gesso (Liquitex), poppies stamp (Magenta), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brushes (Faber-Castell), Studio G glitter glue (Hampton Arts), tissue paper (Dollarama), Amy Tangerine Foam letter stickers (American Crafts), vellum die cut (Studio Calico), wood frame and Ormulo Cut Aparts (Scraptastic Kit Club), marker (Sharpie)

The poppies reminded me of the beautiful Magenta Poppies stamp which I used to stamp the background and coloured them in with gelatos.  The tissue paper was leftovers from when I experimented with colouring it for this and this layouts. 

The patterned papers (Studio Calico Print Shop and Pink Paislee Color Wash) are from Scraptastic's January 2014 Tongue Tied kit.  I used several other items from that kit, like the Studio Calico Printshop die cuts, the exclusive "smile" wood veneer frame and the exclusive Ormolu Cut Aparts.

Here is the inspirational Moodboard:

Check out this month's April challenge here. It is another great inspirational collection of colours and images. 

The subject of my layout is my beautiful niece who is the quintessential middle child and given that she is such, I am playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for In the Middle.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Background Bonanza - Journal Journey

I have some catch up to do with sharing some recently made creations. With my academic course over and after such a creative time lull , I am feeling the need to create. Over the last week, I went on a bit of a creative binge (with a little help from Easter holiday time).  I did a bunch of DT work, made some layouts, journal pages, a few cards, just played and enjoyed. Now I have to get caught up with photographing and posting. LOL!

Today, I am sharing a journal page that I made for Journal Journey 2015 February's prompt for backgrounds.

Supplies: mixed media paper (Strathmore), FW Acrylic inks (Daler-Rowney), acrylic paints (DecoArt and Plaid), Dina Wakely Scribbly Birds stamp set, Tim Holtz black Distress Paint and Archival ink (Ranger), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), Music Score stamp (Impression Obsession), Studio G white pigment ink (Hampton Arts), gesso (Golden), Uniball pen

I had a great time trying the different background techniques that Jodi shared. I started with my new FW Acrylic inks as the base on Strathmore Mixed Media paper as I wanted to see how they flowed, mixed, reacted, etc. Then I layered on colour with acrylic paints and stenciled and stamped. LOVE the results! I will definitely use that approach in the future.

Stamping the Dina Wakely bird, from her Scribbly Birds stamp set, on watercolour paper, I then coloured it using watercolour pencil crayons. Once dry, I fussy cut it, doodled the "nest", and then glued the bird in place. To finish it off, I stamped the quote and the tweets.

Looking forward to sharing more over the coming week.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop - Season of Love

A little hop time for Get Messy Art Journaling. I am sharing a few art journal pages created from the Season of Love prompts. The first two are new and last one is one of my favs to date.

First up, I played with my new FW Acrylic Inks by Daler-Rowney on this page that was inspired by Set 3 - numbers 1 and 2.

Supplies: 6x9 watercolour book (Strathmore), FW Acrylic Inks (Daler-Rowney), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), Texture paste (Ranger), Tim Holtz stamp (Stamper's Anonymous), Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell)

A detail close up...

Next up, is this simpler and toned down page inspired by Set 4 - number 4 and Set 5 - number 3. This page is dedicated to my grandmother who taught me that love should be unconditional.

Supplies: mixed media paper (Strathmore), doily (Kitchen Aid), Scotch Brand washi tape (3M), gesso (Golden), Tim Holtz stamp (Stamper's Anonymous), Ink (Ranger), pen (Sharpie), book page (Misc.)

Style wise my art journal pages are like my scrapbooking, I do not have one set style. I like variety... a little freestyle eclectic, a little clean and simple, a little shabby romantic. So while the above two pages fall into the later categories, this next page that I have previously shared, falls into the bold classic romantic realm. I just adore it.

Supplies: 400 Series Watercolor Hardbound 11" Art Journal  (Strathmore), Tim Holtz tissue paper and stencil, Archival, glue n' seal (Ranger), stamps (CTMH), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), gesso (Golden), word strip stickers (Cosmo Cricket), beige tissue paper (misc.)

The inspiration for this page was set 2 - number 1.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to hop over to one of my smaller group fellow hop participants. You are sure to find some beautiful inspirational pages. Enjoy!

Group 002
  1. Elizabeth
  2. Sara
  3. Cait
  4. Julia
  5. Cassandra - me - You Are Here :)
  6. Kristin
  7. Delaney
  8. Anna