Monday, October 31, 2016

Hello Pumpkin | Simple Stories

Hi there!

Today I am sharing the second page that I created for Simple Stories  using the Happy Haunting mini collection!

This time I took a 'sweeter" approach to my page which features a photo of my grandson, taken a couple of years ago since he was a wee little guy at the time.

I love this orange ombre paper in the kit and knew immediately that I would want to use it for a background, it is awesome that you get two sheets of it because the other side is a gorgeous wood-grained paper that I love just as much!

I started my page by die cutting a super simple pumpkin outline and then cut a few strips of patterned papers, since I love layers and "white" space I chose to create a page that has both of these things.

I pulled in a few left over elements from other Simple Stories collections like this phrase die cut from the Hello Fall collection, the silver foiled clear sticker from the Life in Color collection and the small alphas and and bradz from the Carpe Diem Scrapbooking collection!

I think this cardstock banner sticker from the Happy Haunting collection is the perfect way to add some sweetness to my layout!  I added a bit of foam behind it to give it a little pop!  Actually the sticker sheet for this collection has so many icons that are just perfect for creating several Halloween inspired pages! I also added in some machine stitching with black thread for a bit of fun texture.

The silver foiled star stickers are also from the Life in Color collection, and the enamel dots were left over from the I Am collection.  Once my layout was finished I added a bit of white mist.  I am in love with the way this page turned out and cannot wait to pop it into his album!

I have created a process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:
4655 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat
4656 Happy Haunting 3x4 & 4x6 Journaling Card Elements
4652 Hello Fall 6x12 Sticker
6627 Carpe Diem Bradz
5033 Life In Color Clear Stickers
4531 I AM Enamel Dots

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trick or Treat | Noel Mignon

Hey friends!  I have a couple of Halloween cards to share today, sort of bonus projects created with my Noel Mignon October "Falloween" Kit kit. I was itching to play with the little Lawn Fawn 'Trick or Treat' stamp that was included with the kit, so I got bus stamping and playing wit my Copics.

Supply List:  Pebbles Trick or Treat patterned paper (Hocus Pocus, Moonligt) Lawn Fawn Trick or Treat Stamp Set; misc cardstock and button; May Arts Ribbon; Hemptique button twine; Versamark ink; Memento Tuxedo black ink; Stampin' Up white embossing powder; clear Wink of Stella; Copic markers ( YR18, YR15, Y32, Y35, C9, C7, C5, C00 ).

Thanks for checking out my cards and blog today!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Spooky Halloween | Noel Mignon

Happy Saturday!  I am sharing a new page over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!   This week the DT members are adding interactive elements to our pages and I enjoyed creating my layout with a fun movable part!

I really wanted to use the sweet Lawn Fawn "Trick or Treat" stamp set on my layout and decided to stamp a tone on tone design using the bat stamp and the Tim Holtz orange distress ink from the kit. I love the way it turned out, it is subtle but interesting all at the same time.  And so super easy to do, too!

I created a print and cut ghost in my Silhouette Studio software and after cutting a few out I layered them together for my interactive element, which is a fun spinner design. As you tip and tilt the layout, he spins in circles and moves up and down!

I love this tissue-y spider web from the kit, it is a perfect layering element. The ribbon is super pretty, too!

I used a combination of glittery Heidi Swapp alpha stickers and a Pretty Little Studio cut apart phrase for my title.  I also added some black enamel dots from my stash, to make the "o's" in the title look like eyes! I thought the puffy bat, resembled a uni-brow! Ha!

There are so many cute Halloween elements in this kit, I had a hard time showing any restraint and not loading up my page, as you can see!

I have created another process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:  Bella Blvd Pumpkin Day patterned paper, clips and die cuts from the Spooktacular collection;  Pebbles patterned paper - moonlight, jackolantern from the Trick or Treat collection;  Echo Park "Fall is in the Air" chipboard; American Crafts Halloween spider web doily, wood shapes and puffy stickers; American Crafts cardstock;  Heidi Swapp glitter alphas; May Arts ribbon; Tim Holtz distress ink; Lawn Fawn "Trick or Treat" stamp set; Pretty Little Studio October phrase strips. (from my stash: DMC floss, Mr. Huey's black and white mist, Teresa Collins enamel dots)

Thanks so much for visiting! 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Haunting | Simple Stories

Hello friends!

I have been having a little fun getting ready for Halloween which is just around the corner and catching up on some Halloween scrapbooking, too!  Of course, the Happy Haunting mini collection from Simple Stories is just perfect for that! 


This layout features a "spookier" photo, of my youngest son hanging out in the "graveyard" that he and my husband created in the front yard of our previous home on Halloween night.  Because he was 11 in this photo and feeling like a big kid, I challenged myself to make a layout that wasn't overly cute for him.

I started by using the reverse side of the ombre paper, which has a fabulous wood-grain and is super realistic looking!   I also used one of the cut apart cards as my title, because I do not do a lot of pocket albums, I love to use these cards in other creative ways.

 Note - This layout was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Creative Scrapbooker magazine! 

I hand- stitched on a spiderweb which adds great texture. After that I layered many strips of patterned papers vertically on my page, adding some foam behind a few of them.

I pulled in cardstock stickers to accentuate my page and that spoke to a more grown up look. I also added in enamel dots from the You are Here collection. I finished off this layout with sprinkles of black and white mist.

Look at that wood-grain,  it is so realistic! Swoon!  I have so loved working with this collection and feel another couple of pages are in my near future!

I have created a process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:
4655 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat

4656 Happy Haunting 3x4 & 4x6 Journaling Card Elements
6231 You Are Here Enamel Dots

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I will be sharing a cute layout on Monday using this very same collection, so I hope you check back for that!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Adventure Awaits | Jillibean Soup

Hey there!  I have a new page to share today.  Actually I created this layout a while back and realized that I had not shared it yet (for some reason I crossed it off my checklist as if it was done).  It features the Mushroom Medley collection from Jillibean Soup.

I wanted to document our puppy's first boat ride (which she loved and even jumped into the lake after our son!) and the colours in the Mushroom Medley Soup collection from Jillibean Soup seemed just perfect!

I had some fun with the Pea Pod Parts die cuts, adding a little summery scene to my page.  I also added in some machine stitching here and there for a bit of texture.

My title is a combination (big surprised huh?) of a die cut and some pretty teal blue Jillibean Soup alpha stickers.  I did a bit of doodling to help the die cut portion pop.

I kept this page pretty clean and simple but did add my usual embellishment clusters,  just a pared down version. 

I tried to do a process video for this page, but it was back when I first started doing them and forgot to focus the camera so it was all blurry, boo!  But it taught me something so it wasn't a complete loss.

Supply List: Jillibean Soup patterned papers (Soup Staples III, Mushroom Medley Soup), label stickers, soup labels, pea pod parts, kraft tag, alphabeans; Hemptique twine; Staedtler pen; misc. buttons.

Thanks for visiting! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fall Fun | Noel Mignon

Happy Saturday!  I am sharing a new layout using my Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kit  over on their blog!   I am loving the October "Falloween" Kit, it is so full of gorgeous Fall and Halloween goodness!  This week the DT is challenged with the theme "falling leaves" and asked to use leaves of some sort on our pages.

This is the layout that I created using photos of my son and his fiance and their little sweetie, Dylan!

I love this red patterned paper and knew I wanted to feature it on my page, which is how it became my background paper.  I kept most of my elements central on my page, creating a nice focal area for my photos!

I hand cut a little wood-grained tag and clustered my leaf elements around it.

These little Bella Blvd clips are so sweet, I used my sewing machine to adhere this one to my page.

Because I opted for a larger title, I added it to the bottom of my page, these Thickers are so great!

I have created a process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List: American Crafts cardstock, Thickers and wood buttons; Pebbles patterned papers from the Woodland Forest collection - stitched floral and apple cider and wood accents; Echo Park "Fall is in the Air"  Autumn Bunting patterned paper and chipboard; May Arts ribbon; Bella Blvd clip and ephemera; Pretty Little Studios October cut apart phrase strips.  (from my stash)  DMC embroidery floss; Mr. Huey's white mist; Sharpie pen.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween Art | Jillibean Soup

Hey there, I ave been stash / scrap busting lately and the oter day I created this fun Halloween  decor piece with some Jillibean Soup scraps.

It is a cute and cheerful addition to my Fall decor items!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ringed Jack-o-lantern | Free Digital Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing my monthly free cut file with you today! Because Halloween is quickly approaching and I am feeling spooky today's share is a ringed Jack-o-lantern!

As always, click on the image to be taken to my download page.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Halloween After Party | Noel Mignon

Happy Saturday!  I am sharing a new page over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!   This week the DT is embracing another challenge given to us by our DT coordinator, Meridy, which is to "scraplift" a fellow DT member or one of our Facebook Group Members.  I chose to do the latter, and this is the layout that I created.

I poked around the albums and photos in our Members Facebook group just loving the inspiration!  It took me a little while to narrow it down but finally decided on this page by Julie Evers.

I stayed pretty true to the inspiration layout, with the exception of pushing my main focal area over to the right, just so slightly.

Here are a few close up of my design elements.

I am loving the embellishments in the Noel Mignon Falloween kit, the puffy stickers and wood buttons from American Crafts are so cute!

And let's not forget the sweet painted wood elements!

Darling die cuts and fun patterns papers from Bella Blvd.

And spooky clips and flair too!

I have created another process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:  Bella Blvd patterned paper - Pumpkin Day and Casper from the Spooktacular collection;  Pebbles patterned paper - moonlight, jackolantern and hocus pocus from the Trick or Treat collection; Bella Blvd ephemera and clips; Echo Park chipboard and washi; American Crafts wood buttons, wood shapes, flair and puffy stickers; Heidi Swapp glitter alphas. (from my stash: Hemptique twine, Mr. Huey's black mist,  Sharpie pen)

Thanks so much for visiting!

Winter Puddles | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there! It is mid month and that means I have a new sketch and layout to share for Stuck?! Sketches!

First up let me share the sketch.

I had fun with this sketch, and creating it.  I read on the blog of one of our past participants, that she dislikes sketches with circles and she doesn't like to work with circles, so I thought it would be great to use another shape to reinforce how versatile sketches really are.

I created this page that features our grandson splish-splashing in puddles last winter.  He was so cute, and loved it so much.  I think he thought he was being cheeky but we were all super entertained watching him and it was well worth a little laundry!

Back at the beginning of the month, I attended a crop and prior to going, I printed out some sketches, photos and built myself a stash kit. This is one of the layouts created with that kit.  I began creating my kit with an Echo Park winter themed patterned paper in teal, green and navy and went from there.  You can read more about how I built my stash kit and how you can build one too in this post, if you wish.

Anyway, I digress (as usual), Since I went with a fairly bold patterned paper for my background, I kept other patterns to a minimal - just a few little banner shapes, a tag and simple small layers behind my four photos.

The snowflakes and the word "puddles" were cut on my Silhouette, the snowflake is a Silhouette store file.

These glittery alphas are so old, which is why they had to be a part of my stash kit! Or maybe I should call it a de-stash kit.

The little words "run", "leap", "play" and "laugh" are from a rub-on by Kaisercraft that I have probably had almost as long as I have been scrapping, so even though it is just a start to this sheet it was nice to use some of it!

When I got home from the crop, I added some Smooch Spritz and messy stitching to this layout to finish it off.

Supply List; Smooch Spritz in "Ice Rink", Simple Stories "snow fun" patterned papers; Heidi Swapp "Christmas Marquee love" patterned paper; American Crafts cardstock; Martha Stewart twine; Lawn Fawn wooden snowflakes; Crate Paper acetate frame; Studio Calico patterned paper; Evalicious flair and clip; Kaisercraft rub-ons; K & Co. glitter words; misc washi; Freckled Fawn epoxy sticker.

You should really consider playing along at Stuck?! Sketches, we have two fabulous sponsors offering prizes for this challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting today, I hope you pop on over to Stuck?! Sketches! to see what the DT has created!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Stash Kit

Hi there!  I went to a crop at the beginning of the month, it was one of those fabulous 12 hour deals!  I got two pages done! I am calling it a win, don't burst my bubble, ha!  I had so much fun socializing - it was great not to feel like a shut in for one day!  So many of my scrappy friends were there, I was able to share so many long over due hugs!

I am guessing you are not visiting my old blog to read about my hugging habits!  I did however, have a point for this post! haha!  When I was deciding what to pack, I at first thought I would take my October Noel Mignon kit and then I thought about taking a couple of my Simple Stories collections but then I decided to make a Stash Kit!

It was fun to shop my own supplies, with the goal to use up some of my left over goodies.  I specifically tried to pick things that were one offs or almost gone, to clear out some space in my storage units.

I started by printing out some sketches, and then choosing and printing photos for each sketch.

I printed sketches and photos for 8 layouts - not sure who I was fooling by thinking I would even get close to getting that much done!

After printing my pictures, I started creating my kit, I pulled this snowflake paper by Simple Stories, shown below.  It is an older collection and I only had a few scraps left.

I really like the teal, navy, green, grey and taupe colours in it, but wanted one more colour for pop. So I pulled this second pattern paper with the same teals and green but also with a pop of red.  It is by Heidi Swapp and is only an 8 x 8 paper from a Christmas line (for the marquee things) but it worked perfectly so I added that to the basis of my kit.

Then I went through my stack of patterned paper and pulled all of the one (or two) offs that I had amassed and coordinated with my colours in the inspiration patterns.

Some are only partial sheets, but if I can use them up it will be awesome!

Next up was cardstock.  I hardly use cardstock anymore (other than black or white) so I pulled lots of colours hoping to see my supply dwindle at least a little bit! I also tucked in some vellum just in case.

I went through all of my previously loved sticker and chipboard sheets and pulled anything that fit with the colours or themes that I would be scrapping.

I love rub-ons and have collected them for years.  Some I have never used, like the "simply irresistible" one - because I am hoarding it for the perfect page (yes for about 8 or 10 years)!  Time to make that page I think! 

Other rub-ons have been previously loved and I would like to finished them up.

Next I moved on to alpha stickers.  I so often use my Silhouette to cut titles and ignore my large collection of alpha stickers.  Crops are the perfect opportunity to use some up!

Once again I pulled the ones that went with my colour scheme.

Then I moved on to smaller embellishments.

I chose anything and everything that matched, was almost finished or hadn't been touched as long as it coordinated with the scheme or theme.

The very last thing I did was some digital die cutting, I cut some elements in several colours just in case.  I even created a few new cut files. 

Where I could, I cut from the centre of the cardstock and left a frame around the outside, I can use these for mounting / framing my finished layouts if they need a bit of extra pop!

I am super excited about my Stash Kit, and even though I only created two pages from it so far, I plan to continue to use it until it is substantially smaller.  I will be sharing my first Stash Kit layout on Saturday, so I hope you check back and have a look!  I am going to a retreat in November, and I will definitely be packing this kit!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Fall is in the Air | Noel Mignon

Happy Saturday!  You have probably picked up on it by now, Saturday's are my days to share over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!   I am so excited to be playing with a new kit, the October "Falloween" Kit is so full of goodness! If you missed it you can check out my unboxing video here on my You-Tube channel. The DT is embracing another challenge given to us by our DT coordinator, Meridy.  This week she has challenged us with a "Pumpkin Pie Challenge", so basically we can use the colour orange or a triangle / wedge shape.  You can see from my page, I jumped right in and used both!

I used the knife tool in my Silhouette Studio software to cut up a circle into pie shaped wedges to create the focal area behind my photos, then I cut each one out of a different patterned paper from the kit!

After that I added in some stitching down the centre of each wedge, except the plaid one, and then layered my photos onto a eighth patterned paper and tucked a leaf shaped doily behind it.

As you can see, I used lots of different oranges on this page!

The rustic twill ribbon in this kit is just so pretty and perfect, I used it to add some texture to my page by creating little layered loops with it.

The stitching in the ribbon is what inspired the stitching on this layout.

I hand cut a couple of leaves to layer behind this sweet wooded acorn element. 

I love these little cut apart phrases from Pretty Little Studios, I chose three that suited my photos and added little fish tails to one side before adhering them to my page.

I couldn't resist stitching "wind movement" onto my page for these cute chipboard leaves.  I knew that I wanted to do this for these leaves right away but couldn't decide what to do with a second set of leaves.

A few simple accents on the top left of my photos, adds some lovely pop.

I finished my layout by trimming down the background cardstock to 10 3/4" (ish) and added some more plaid patterned paper beneath it.  After adding more stitching, I embellished it with the other two chipboard leaves, a chipboard phrase and an epoxy button.

I have created another process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:  American Crafts cardstock and leaf doily; Pebbles patterned paper and wood elements; Bella Blvd patterned paper and ephemera; Echo Park patterned paper, chipboard and enamel dots; Pretty Little Studios cut apart phrases; May Arts ribbon; Twinery bakers twine (from the August Kit);  American Crafts vellum (from my stash) and brown Mr. Huey's (from my stash).

Thanks so much for visiting!  Be sure to stop by the Noel Mignon blog to see what the rest of the team is creating.