Friday, May 15, 2015

Cross Canada May blog hop

Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring Jeanette’s How –To Books for scrapbooking.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne at deannejacobs. If you came from Nicky Scott of Timeless cottage then you are in the right place! 

I was looking though some of my photos and found a few of my Dad that were taken the last Christmas that he was here with us. I am not sure why I choose to take these of my parents that day, but I am thankful that I did. I browsed through our how-to-books and found a single page layout for two photos that would work. I choose the
'Cherish' how to book, page 17 and choose to just do the one page. I used our new Jackson paper pack from our Seasonal expressions 2.
This the page that I created....

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Krista Ritskes of Simply Creating.

 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, my creations with Michelle

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when our theme is Mini albums.  So mark June 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Taste of Summer Team Braer blog hop....

I  am participating in a team Braer blog hop, so if you came from Krista Ritskes of Simply Creatiing you are in the right spot. 
Hi again, this past Saturday was (inter)National Scrapbooking day, I did spend some time scrapbooking and I played with our new exclusive paper pack designed especially for National Scrapbooking day. After looking at the various bright and cheery papers, patterns and colours, I got to thinking that these colours reminded me of the 1980's. Since I have lots of photos from that era from our family, I found some to use for my pages. It was nice to be able to get a few more layouts finished for my family albums.
 The paper pack is in the photo above, I used the reverse side with the more solid pattern in the gorgeous bright colours.
This is a layout that I made for my son's sixth birthday party, (I will not tell you how old he is now). I looked in the booklet from the Close to my Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge and spotted this layout, so thought I would try it.
I love how easy it is to make a layout once you have your papers and set up the cartridge in your machine and away you go, the layout is done before you know it.
I also looked through our pattern books and spotted a layout to use one larger photo in a layout, this is what I came up with. The reds matched perfectly to the female outfits in the photo, love it.
Again, a older picture, where do the years go?
Your next stop on the hop is Nicky Scott.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Two challenges one card....

Hi again, I took a bit of time to make a few thank you cards to thank some people for their help with the hosting of "The Battle of the Books", last week. So in my usual manner I check the challenges to inspire my creativity and also played with one of my new favourite techniques 'bokah' :)
The Atlantic hearts challenge is a weekly sketch challenge and this is week 104....

and on the Color my heart color dare we are asked to use these colours, Canary, Smoothie, Sunset, Juniper, Pear and white daisy.
So this is what I came up with:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Typed Note stamp of the month....

Hi again, playing with some challenges again. On the Atlantic hearts challenge we are challenged to use this sketch:

And on the Color my heart color dare we are challenged to create something with these colours:  Pixie, colonial white, slate and silver sparkle. 

On my Close to my heart team, where we support each other in all kinds of things we have a monthly team challenge, this month we are challenged to use this months stamp of the month S0415 - Typed Note  
I just love the variety of sentiments that can be used in the 'paper' in the typewriter to personalize.
This is one of the cards I created, I was inspired by a pair of cards made by Lisa Bzibziak on a private facebook group. Thank you Lisa for sharing your creations to inspire my creations.

I also took a few close-ups so that you can see the sentiment on the paper: 
 The banner with the Happy Birthday sentiment is popped up with some dimensional tape to add some texture. The background is stamped with stars from various stamp sets, that I was able to find using my file in Evernote where I have most of my stamp sets catalogued so that I can search for the image or saying that I am looking for.

Supplies used, that you can purchase via the shopping cart on the right:
Just to say... D1629 stamp set, one of three that come with the Cricut Artfully sent cartridge/kit.
Typed note S1504 - available for regular purchase or for a discount with a qualifying order.
The stars are from two retired sets
S1204 You Are...
D1606 Chalk it up scrapbook workshop.

Here is another card that I have made and used in a recent card workshop using the stamp of the month:
I used Olive and barn red, splitting the background paper and embossing it with our new diamond embossing folder (Z3020), makes a striking card.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Atlantic Heart 100th sketch challenge using the Color my heart color dare #134

More play time, woo hoo! I am trying to create cards for a workshop on Friday night, I love challenges for the inspiration they give me. The colours for the colour your heart dare this week at first sounded challenging to me, but once I started playing I am pleased with the results.
Cotton Candy, Olive, Lagoon, Black and white daisy.

I also used the sketch from the 100th sketch from the Atlantic Heart sketch challenge.
I rotated the sketch and used a new to me technique for the background. I used a stained glass technique for the background.

You use masking tape ripped into smaller/thinner strips and lay them on your base, I then sponged olive, lagoon and cotton candy onto the base. Carefully peel the tape off of the base and you have the stained glass effect. I watched a video on you tube to see this technique and thought I would try it. The sentiment is from a new set in the next Seasonal expressions number 2, called Wavy Blooms, love the flowers and sentiments on this stamp set. This new Seasonal expressions will be available on April 1, you will love the new items being introduced in this catalogue. I used sequins from one of the other kits from CTMH to be the blossoms on the sketch. I am happy with this card.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Colour my heart challenge #133

Hi again, I was trying to combine two challenges, but missed one by a bit. That is what I get for waiting until the last minute. The color my heart color dare #133 challenges us to use these colours:  Black, colonial white, smoothie, flaxen, crystal blue, gypsy and honey.
This is quite the colour combination; but it is the colour pallet for the 'Wanderful' paper pack in the annual inspirations idea book for Close to my heart.
The first card was inspired by pinterest, the greatest inspiration and time waster there is ;).

My second card I used the sketch from last weeks Atlantic hearts challenge, but finished too late to add it to the link up. That is ok, I got to spend some time creating.

All supplies used are from Close to my Heart, if you are interested in getting your own supplies, please check out the shopping cart on the right. The stamp set used in the second card is from the March stamp of the month, just four of the fourteen stamps in the set. Spend $50 in products and qualify to get the stamp set for $5. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dragonfly wings.....

A different post, KNITTING!!! I have been knitting for the last few years regularly and really enjoying it. Our local yarn shop hosts a knit nite every other week on Wednesdays, where we meet to knit,chat and meet new people! We also support a KIVA fund as part of our evenings. This new group of friends also has a private facebook page where we encourage each other in our knitting and lives. I am very thankful for this group of friends, they supply many laughs and much joy. A few of the younger mothers there are also getting creative outside of their comfort Amanda has started to dye her own yarn. She started with socks
Yup, they are pencil socks, how cool is this?? The yarn is self striping with stategically placed colour changes. Socks take me a l...o....n...g time to knit, such fine needles and yarn, but I am loving the effect. Starting the heels now :)

Another yarn that she dyed is merino and silk, in a wine colour, she named ' quit yurt wining'. I choose this yarn to knit a project that has been on my wish list for awhile 'dragonfly wings'.

I even added a few beads in the border :)

The snow has to be useful for something, so thought I would get the photos before it disappears in the next few weeks (I hope). I know I have some spots of light on my photo, but I have been playing with inks and paper to get this effect and find it humourous that it has shown up unintended in my photo ;)