Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Stash Busting by Colour | Tutorial

Oh my goodness what a month this is, so many lasts!  Today I am sharing my last tutorial for ScrapMuch?, can you believe that I have shared over 280 tutorials on a weekly basis here on my blog! Wow, my family was right I do have a lot to say! Ha!

Boy did I struggle bringing you a final tutorial for ScrapMuch?, I thought it should be something so amazing, something to WOW to heck out of you! It took me weeks to come up with something and in the end once I took the pressure off of myself and decided that I really wanted to create a layout, and that I wanted to colour coordinate papers and embellishments, the idea for my tutorial just came to me.

I bet you are just like me with tons of left over little bits and bobs from past purchases.  I bet you would like a fun way to use some of them up.  I bet you might want to buy more goodies, guilt free! LOL.  Let me show you how I busted my stash (At least a little bit!).

Little circles of yumminess!

I had some scraps of this collection by Crate Paper that I also wanted to use up.  I also had this wedding photo printed up and the pastels in this collection were just perfect for this pic. Pastels were big in the 80's, does Miami Vice ring a bell??

I didn't have a full sheet of paper from this collection but I found this one by Amy Tangerine in a light grey that worked well with the other papers, and since I have no other papers from this Amy Tangerine line I was nice to use it up as well!

I cut circles out of a white piece of cardstock with my Silhouette, but you could easily recreate this look without a Silhouette by using a variety of sized punched circles, so don't let the lack of a Silhouette scare you off.

I adhered the cardstock and patterned background together by lining up one of the bottom corners, just to change things up a bit as I do the "framed" look often.

Then I started adhering my scraps of patterned paper between the background layers.

This process is super quick, but you get a lot of impact for your few minutes and scrap papers!

I duplicated each colour so that my layout wouldn't be too busy.

I also tucked in a couple of strips of a striped pattered paper that helps to tie all my colours together.

Then the fun and stash busting part!  I pulled out lots of flowers (which I hardly use so it was nice to do so), stickers (I have a large pile of stickers sheets with just a few on each), buttons (do have a million too), brads (wow something else I don't use often but still have a ton of), and left over chipboard bits.

I layered these elements in and around each circle sticking to the same colour but using a variety of tones of the colour, so my layout wouldn't look so flat.

I must say the peach was the hardest for me as I did not have much, but since our first apartment was decorated in peach and grey I felt nostalgic about using it! Luckily I found a few elements that worked.

Yellow is my happy colour, can you believe we just celebrated our 29th! I can't say it feels like yesterday but it sure as heck doesn't feel like 29 years! Where does the time go.

Oh mint green I am loving you all over again, in fact I was working on adding this colour as an accent to my craft room - but now I am giving up having a dedicated space so the mint is going, too.

I have said this before, but as a mom of all boys, I am all too happy to play with pink whenever it works!

This title was a left over piece that seemed just perfect for my page, too!

I also went in and added some grey elements to tie in my background paper a little more, bust some more stash and because I could! heehee!

As a last step I stitched around my page with a dark grey thread, it just needed a bit of something you know what I mean?

This tutorial may not be earth shattering, but I really had fun with it and I think you will too!  And I love that I have a page that is a little different for me, but also a page that I love!

I also wanted to say, please do not think I am leaving the crafting world and forget to come visit me in the future.  I will still be here creating and sharing - just maybe a little differently.

Supply List: Crate Paper patterned paper and chipboard pieces; American Crafts cardstock; Evalicious flair; My Mind's Eye brads; Jillibean Soup, Echo Park and Crate Paper stickers; Martha Stewart flower; Recollection resin flower; misc. doily and buttons; Hemptique buttons twine; Simple Stories enamel dots.

So glad you visited today!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day Decor | Imaginisce

I am up on the Imaginisce blog today sharing a fun craft in honour of Memorial Day.  Actually, in Canada where I am, we celebrate Memorial Day in conjunction with Canada Day on July 1st.  But I am all too happy to get a jump start on the celebrations!  Well sort of, Canada Day is also my birthday and this year a big one - so I am not overly anxious for that! *wink, wink*  Anyway, let me share my project with you.

I decided to create a banner to show my Memorial Day / Canada Day spirit!  I am hoping to be able to use it at a party, hint hint to my family! Ha!

The Imaginisce DT was lucky enough to receive a Banner Punch board by We R Memory Keepers, courtesy of our joint mother company, American Crafts.    I finally had an opportunity to open mine up and boy all I can say is "what took me so long?"!  I think you all know how much of  a Silhouette Cameo fan I am and I have used the software to create banners on numerous occasions but this punch board tool is even easier and quicker than the Silhouette!!  And that my friends is a big deal!

I had the punch board opened up and 9 banner pieces cut out in minutes!  You can find a video tutorial here, but you won't need it ha!

I used papers and embellishments from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection because of the great red colour in the papers both in this subtle pattern and the pretty red and white stripe.

This black pattern is the B side of the red and white striped paper and these little pieces shown here were off cuts from these striped banner pieces,  I flipped them over and they made the perfect adornment to the top of my banner. Which meant that I had little to no waste.

I did use my Silhouette to die cut a couple of red Maple Leafs to embellish some of my banner pieces.  I made them large enough to spread over two pieces after cutting them in half. I love the look!

I cut one red banner piece to add a sentiment to the centre of my banner.  The alphas are from the Thicker set that coordinates with the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection, too.

I didn't have quite enough of some of the letters in white, as I needed multiple "a's" and a couple of some other letters, so I grabbed some white craft paint and got busy painting out the letters that I needed.

I also painted the white letters that I was using, I knew the paint would add texture to the teal coloured letters and I wanted all of the alphas to match.  The paint went on quick and easy and dried really fast.

There is a pretty blue paper in this collection too, so US friends you could easily swap out the red leaves for blue stars to create your own Memorial Day banner!

I adorned the two outer corners with puffy gems in red and white, also from the Par-r-rty Me Hearty collection!  The most challenging thing about this project was photographing it, because of its length.

Supply List; Imaginisce Par-r-rty Me Hearty patterned papers, puffy stickers and Thickers; We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board; DecorArt white paint; Red Heart crochet thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | And a fond farewell

Today I have the privilege of sharing my 250th sketch for ScrapMuch? and I have hosted almost as many challenges for them on their blog!   This sketch also marks the final challenge that I will be hosting for them.

I am pairing down my online responsibilities to make more time to play, both creatively and otherwise.  My youngest will be finished school for the summer break in just a few weeks, and my husband will be started his 6 weeks of vacation shortly after that.  We have a lot of fun and home renos planned for this summer!  And then, the big excitement is my husband's retirement late this year.   This is what I am really prepping for, but the timing just seems right, to step down from ScrapMuch? now.

My husband has been such a hard worker during the first 29 years of our marriage, both at work and at home.  He does it all.  Some of you may not know that we have been living apart for the last 9 months, as we purchased our retirement home 3 hours away a smidgen early!  I am so looking forward to him moving "home" to our youngest and I in December!  We have plans, big and small, for his retirement years and we are both super excited!

In the meantime, I will still be blogging for ScrapMuch? until the end of this month at which time I will be handing the reins back over to Elaine and Eileen.  It has been an honour to be a part of the ScrapMuch? team these last 6 years, the memories and friendships I have made are truly treasured.  I have learned so much both artistically and with social medias, I know I never would have grown so much if I was not a part of this team.

I do hope to be able to help out on occasion at various events - a gal has to get her girl time in!

And now without further ado, here is said last sketch!

You can still find sketches by me and join in on challenges on my own challenge site, Stuck?! Sketches.

Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

You're a Lifesaver | Challenge Card

I am popping in quick to share a fun little challenge card today.

When I saw the challenge over at Fusion, I knew this sweet image was just perfect!

I was also able to bust some old stash and use up some of this older My Mind's Eye paper, using the mood board as inspiration.

The sketch called for a Polaroid frame and otherwise a fairly simple card which was perfect for these busy papers.

I added a little dimension by putting pop dots behind my image.

And finished it off with some simple embellishments.

Supply List:  Whimsie Doodles digital stamp; My Mind's Eye patterned paper; Staples cardstock; Copic blending paper; Hemptique twine; misc button; Copics (Y23, E33 E35, E37, E000, E01, E11, R20, B000, B01, B12, R24, R27, R29, B16, B18, C01, C00)

I am entering my card into the following challenges.

Simply Create too -Thank You theme (telling someone they are a lifesaver is just like a big old thank you!)
The Crafty Addicts -anything goes with a sentiment
Fusion -Pot O Call Polaroid - sketch and inspiration board

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stained Glass Card | Tutorial | Free Cut File

I have a fun technique to share with you today! How about we create this fun stained glass card! Of course you could use this technique on layouts, as well!

So let's gather your supplies, you will need: a card base, vellum, 4 colours of Copic or other alcohol based markers, scissors, adhesive, embellishments for your finished project and a die cut of some sort.  You can grab the heart die cut that I created for this card below, if you like.

First, you will need to trim a piece of vellum to the size of your die cut.

Now flip the die cut upside down and layer the vellum over that.

Go ahead and start colouring on the vellum to fill in all of the areas where there are hearts.

Fill in all of the hearts.

Mix up the colours as desired.

Now trim the vellum so that it sits inside of the outer edges of the die cut. And then adhere it to the back of the die cut.

Now adhere both pieces to your card base.

Embellish your card as desired.

I kept my card pretty simple so that my stained glass would be the focal point. Just some ribbon and a simple tag.; created with a circle punch and a hole punch.

I just love the way it turned out, I can see me making these often with different designs. Think Christmas!

As I mentioned earlier, here is the die cut that I created for my card.  Click on the image to grab it in Silhouette, PNG, SVG and PDF versions.

Supply list: American Crafts and Recollections cardstock; American Crafts vellum; Hemptique twine; Pebbles rubon; misc. button and ribbon; Copic markers (BG13, B04, R43, BV04).

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bloom & Grow | Simple Stories


I am so excited to share two new layouts for Simple Stories with you today!  I created them using the Bloom & Grow collection and I have to tell you that it is just such a fun collection! Actually, if truth be told, I was having a trying day up until I sat down to create and before you know it this happy collection with it's fun primary colours and sweet embellishments had me singing away.  I may or may not confess to telling myself gnome puns!  When I was almost done my second page, I remembered another photo I have that is so perfect for this collection, so watch for that at a later date!

Friends are the Sunshine of Life

There is very little that says happy like sunshine yellow and gingham, so I knew this paper had to feature on my layout along with my all time fav - notebook paper! This photo was taken back in 2010. these sweet boys belong to two friends of mine and they had so much fun trying to walk our new puppy!  I layered a couple of the cut-a-part cards behind my photo and then layered some phrase stickers and label stickers around it as well as the fun banner sticker.

I designed this cut file to sit behind my photo because I wanted to use so many of the patterned papers from the collection! 

My title was inspired by a phrase that was printed on one of the cut apart cards, which I cut part of it from and then mixed in stickers and alphas for a fun multi font look.

I just cannot resist the gnomes and toadstools, so I flanked my title with one of each of them.  The tiny little banner hanging form the word "sunshine" was fussy cut from a larger square sticker.

This wonky scalloped border sticker was just perfect to embellish the seam between my two background papers, I added a bit of stitching to give it a bit more detail.

I finished off this page with a couple of small embellishment clusters.

Let's go fly a Kite

My youngest son loves to fly his kite, but boy do I find it challenging to photograph!  I struggled with getting my boy and the kite in the same shot!  I am glad I was able to get a few pictures that I could add to my scrapbook to document his fun.  This was such a gorgeous day, the lake and the sky were so clear and blue.

My three photos were double matted, first with yellow polka dotted paper and then with some plain white cardstock to help them pop off of the dark wood-grained patterned paper that I really wanted to use as my background. Then I layered the photos over 3 strips of different patterned paper adding some dimensional adhesive behind them.  

The top of my page also got treated to some patterned paper and a tiny scallop that was fussy cut from one of the bar code strips from the collection.  Then I added some machine stitching for no other reason than I thought it would be pretty.

Wow, did I ever have fun embellishing this page!  On the right side of my page, I combined stickers, chipboard pieces, and ephemera to create a little sunny day scene ... I just couldn't resist.  I used lots of foam adhesive to create dimension within the cluster.

Again my title is a combination of a phrase cut from a cut-a-part sheet and some alpha stickers - so fun to create!  And I didn't have to think of the perfect title, the collection did that for me! (For both of my pages!)

The left side was treated to a smaller cluster.

As a last step, I added a couple of die cut butterflies and some enamel dots.

Simple Stories Supply List:
7132 4x6 Stickers 

7127 Bradz

Other Supplies: Hemptique Bakers Twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today!