Friday, October 30, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | October 30 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing a double page sketch with ScrapMuch? today ....

... I hope you decide to join on the fun!

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Card Base from Scraps Tutorial | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Hi there!

I have decided to step down as a member of the  Boys Rule DT, although this was a tough decision to make,  however I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed lately.  With so much to do but not enough hours in the day, and as a result it feels like I am failing on so many levels.  (I know I am not the only mom with these feelings.) I have a wish list of things that I would like to try and more things that I would like to accomplish   And as much as I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Laura-Lee's great team, something has to give.  Besides, honestly, I have done so little scrapbooking lately - whcih upsets me quite frankly because I love this hobby!

As I was finishing up my very last DT project  using the September / October 2015 kit, I decided to make a card with some of the leftover patterned paper, it is just too nice not to use up!  However, it occurred to me that I only had a partial sheet of cardstock left from the kit, and I wanted to save a chunk to use as a photo mat for another project, so I got a little creative with my card base.  I thought you may be interested in this technique too.

These are the papers I will be using.

I started by cutting a piece of cardstock to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches, this will be the back of my card. Next I cut a piece of patterned paper to measure 5.25 x 5.5 inches, this will be the front of my card.

Score along the longest width of the patterned paper, at about one inch down from the top. This creates a flap that with fold around the back of the base.

Now attached the two pieces together by applying adhesive along the flap.



Voila, you now have a fun card base to work with!

This is my finished card.

Supply List - From the kit: misc. black cardstock; Kaisercraft patterned paper and stickers; grey Gelatos.  - From my stash: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Memento black ink; Your Next Stamp sentiment stamp; Doodlebug twine; My Mind's Eye enamel dots;  Crate Paper wood shape (from a prevision kit); misc tag.

Thank you Laura-Lee for having me as part of your wonderful team for the last almost 3 1/2 years, it was an amazing experience. And thanks so much to you for visiting today!

Embossing with Texture PasteTutorial | ScrapMuch?

HI there!

Did you know that you can emboss with Texture Paste?  Well you totally can and it gives great colour as well as texture and dimension!

Supply List: Distress ink in blue, orange and grey, Ranger Texture Paste, bat mask by Tim Holtz and black embossing powder.

I decided to create a card to demonstrate this technique.  Although, I also incorporated another technique, which I will share briefly but have shown before here in this post.

For the background technique, apply a variety of colours (or even one colour) of Tim Holtz Distress Inks to a craft mat.  I am using orange, blue and grey.

Mist with water.

You are going for this kind of a look with your ink and water mixture.

Lay a piece of cardstock onto the mist and water mixture.

Depending on how much ink and water you use, you may have some dripping - this also creates an interesting look!

Now you need to allow this to dry, or you can help it along with your heat gun.

Now grab your favourite mask.  I am loving this bat mask by Tim Holtz, it is just perfect for my Halloween card.

Begin applying texture paste to your project.

It may be hard to tell in this photo, but I am only applying the paste in a couple of strategic areas.  I am not worried about getting only a partial imprint of some of the bats - this is all part of the look.

This is the look after lifting the mask.

While the paste is still wet apply the embossing powder.  (Note - you will want to clean your mask and tool before the paste fries.)

Tap off the excess powder.

Heat set the embossing powder.  Can you see that great dimension already?

It is looking great now and it is already to attach to my card base (which will also help smooth it out).

And here is my finished card.

I hope you decide to get messy and give this technique a try, it is so super fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | October 23, 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing a new sketch today.

This sketch is for the newest challenge over at ScrapMuch?, I would love to see you play along! Go here for all the challenge details.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wanted for Extreme Cuteness | Boys Rule Scrapbooking Kits

Hi there!

I am sharing a layout today at Boys Rule Scrapbooking Kits, created using the September / October 2015 kit contents!  I recently re-found this photo of my oldest boys while unpacking my scrap-room.  It was taken way back in 1992, when they were 1 and 3, their big shiny smiles and lack of necks makes me giddy to this day!

I really adore these Echo Park papers, but didn't think that I had photos that would work with them, am I ever glad that I unearthed this one!

As always, I had fun with layering up embellishments.  Most of them are from my stash.

It's funny how literal I can be at times, the striped paper had a phrase on it that said "new arrival" it bugged me, so I layered and pop dotted another pattern over it.  I really like the look of it.

Supply List : Kit contents - Echo Park pattern papers; Kaisercraft stickers, Heidi Swapp wood arrow. Other - Crate Paper chipboard elements (from a precious kit), Jillibean Soup ephemera (from a previous kit), Maya Road clip, Little Yellow Bicycle canvas and burlap pieces, misc. buttons, Hemptique twine.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Busy Busy Boy Cut File | Freebie

Hi there!

I am sharing a new freebie Silhouette and SVG cut file today!  This one was inspired by Echo Park's "My Little Boy" collection.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | October 16 2015

Hi there!

I have a new sketch to share today, this one created for the challenge over at ScrapMuch? - I hope to see you play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

US | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

It is the 15th today and October is half over - how did that even happen?  I have been keeping myself busy creating, most of which I cannot share just yet, but today is reveal day at Stuck?! Sketches so that means I can share a new sketch and layout with you!

Here is my take on the sketch, I used lots of goodies from Pink Paislee's Office Suite collection.

This photo of my husband and I was taken this past summer at a community picnic, it was a nice afternoon and a great way to meet some of our neighbours, as it was a couple of weeks after we moved into our new home.  It was held at the beach with a potluck lunch and a live band performance.

We have two fantastic companies sponsoring us for this challenge!

Be sure to vista the Stuck?! Sketches challenge site to check out the incredible DT pages and play along for your chance at one of two great prizes!

Supply List - Pink Paislee patterned papers, die cuts and alphas; Studio G buttons; Simple Stories enamel dots; American Crafts twine and cardstock; Ranger texture paste; Heidi Swapp stencil; Leows water colour paints; My Mind's Eye Washi tape.

Thanks for visiting today! 

Our Adventure Starts Now | Boys Rule Scrapbooking Kits

Hi there!

I am sharing a card today at Boys Rule Scrapbooking Kits, created using the September / October 2015 kit contents!

Supply List : Kit contents - Echo Park pattern papers and cut apart 3 x 4 card; Kaisercraft stickers.  Other - Crate Paper wood elements (from a precious kit), misc. button, Hemptique twine.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Embossing with Steel Dies Tutorial | ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

Happy Wednesday!  You know around here Wednesdays mean tutorials, right?  Today is no exception, I have been playing with my Cuttlebug and some steel dies, so I have a new tip for you!  Did you now that you can emboss with them?  Check it out:

Grab your manual die cutting machine and a steel die - the open ones work best.

Typically you would use the die like this in your machine, but not today!

Flip it over, so that the cutting side is facing down onto your cutting pad.

Now lay your paper on top of the die.  You can Washi tape it in place if you require your embossed area to be in a specific location on your paper.

Next you will add your polymer mat.  (You should be able to substitute 3-4 thicknesses of scrap cardstock if you do not have one of these, but you should consider ordering one.

And then your top plate.  For the Cuttlebug you will be using two "B" plates and one polymer mat.

And this is the end result, it gives a great, even impression creating a great place to put your focal area or stamped sentiment on a card. Or you can use nested dies and cut out a different coloured shape with the smaller die and layer them together.  Boy, do I love it when I can use my tools for multiple applications!

Sp glad you visited today!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pumpkin Treat Box | Free Silhouette and SVG Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing a free cut file with my friends at ScrapMuch? today, it is available in Silhouette and SVG formats.  Click on the image to be taken to my download page.

Do you want to know a secret?  I wanted to create a sample of this project as I thought a photo of a finished sample would translate better than a photo of the cut file, but I didn't have any candy in the house to fill the treat box - so I hijacked my sons jelly beans! ha!  

Speaking of candy, as this file is more of a wrap (3 sided) than an actual box, putting the candy into a small bag and adhering that to the inside of the box is a really great option.

Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

All About the Boys | BIrthday Card

Hi there!

I decided to put a hold on my "to do" list {read procrastinate} and play along with a couple of challenges. I was in luck, because I had this little image all coloured up and waiting for a card, so I didn't have to feel too guilty about playing.

I am linking up to:

Little Red Wagon - It's All About the Boys
Casual Fridays - Tic Tac Toe Board 
(I used the first column - stitching, colouring and distressing.)
Always Playing with Paper - sketch challenge

Supply List : My Mind's Eye and Jillibean Soup patterned papers; October Afternoon label sticker and button; Hemptique twine; Doodle Garden image; Copic Markers; Adorn-it border sticker; Your Next Stamp sentiment stamp; Stazon ink.

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Painted Acorns | Tutorial

Hi there!

I hope you are not getting tired of my off the page tutorials!  I am just having so much fun creating a variety of things, and I can't help myself!

My youngest son and I collected a  bunch of acorns while on a walk the other day, and I turned them into a fall home decor item.

Don't they just inspire you?

I will admit, I did totally gross myself out with these beauties!  After collecting them, I put the bin into my craft room to play with later on, that night while I was blogging I heard something moving - turns out a couple of the acorns had larvae inside them - ewwww!

I put the whole bucket outside immediately!  Of course, my comedy of errors couldn't stop there, no sooner were the acorns outside than a fat squirrel was casing my yard! Ha!

Anyway, apparently the rule is you have to bake the acorns to ensure all the wildlife is out of them.

Pop them onto a baking tray, covered in foil, and bake at 170C for about 3 hours.  You may want to set an alarm,  if you are anything like me out of site is out of mind!

After that you just need to gather some paints and a paint brush.  I started with grey, rust, oatmeal, green and blue paints.  I mixed the colours together to create a variety of shades in each colour group. My living room is oatmeal, grey and green - so that was my jumping off point.

It helps with drying if the acorns will stand on their little hats, like the two on the right of the photo above.  By the way, if the hats pop off in the baking process you can use hot clue or ZipDry to glue them back on.  They are easier to paint with the hats on, as you have something to hang on to.

I had a few that didn't stand up so I propped them on top of lids from bottles of Mr. Huey's mist, they were just the right size.

After the paint was dry, I "painted" a few of the lighter colour acorns with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold.  It is my favourite gold mist, because it actually looks gold when it is dry.  I just added a light coat with a paint brush.

Doesn't this just say fall?  I picked up this red leaf while on another walk, it was lying there so vibrant and standing out in a crowd of gold! Don't ask me why I brought it home, I think my inner three year old was not so inner that day!

I am on the hunt for a throw quilt for my living room in these colours.  Oh and I want to make a pretty afghan in oatmeal, too. Of course, that has nothing to do with this - just thinking out loud!
So glad you visited today!  I promise to try to bring you something papercraft-y for next week!