Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blog Candy over at Pages Scrapped!

Scrappy friends, feast your eyes upon all the scrappy goodness before you! Look at all that Dusty Attic laser cuts, and the Tim Holtz goodness!  I suggest getting on over to Pages Scrapped, become a follower and check out what you have to do to win all this Candy!!  I know I sure did!

Friday, March 25, 2011

my scrap space - Up and running!

Welcome to my scrappy place!  I've waited a long time to be able to set up this space and though it isn't 100% done, it feels great!  So, come with me and I will give you "the tour"!.

This is what you see once you've walked down the stairs into the basement.  I have these 2 tables set up in a L shape, with one against the wall, the other open to where the rec room is.

Hang a left and you will see this shelf and my 2 carts.  In the wooden basket sitting on top of the carts I have my punches that I don't have room for on the shelf above it.

Turn to your left again, and you will see my Cricut/sewing nook.  My hubby is building an open cabinet that will be mounted on the wall above the table for storage of albums etc.

I inherited this cut wire shelf stand recently. It was my mom's, but now that she has passed on,  and I have a great spot for it, Dad let me take it! :)  I'm not sure what will all go on it, but I am sure I will think of something eventually!

Here is a close up of this shelf.  My dad made it for me years ago, but I hadn't been using if for quite some time as I didn't have a place for it.  I painted it and am using it for my mists and spray inks, hanging my ribbons from it and have some of my punches on it!

Here is a close up of some more shelves my dad made for my mom when they lived in Alberta.  They were just hanging out in the garage now as they had no place for them.  I painted them white and use them for my Stickles, alcohol inks, embossing powders, and crackle paints.

Here you can see my clip it up, cutting center, and my MM Carousel.

Here is a close up of my working station.  I have my distress ink handy and my bending tools.  Its were the magic happens! The cute little bird cage I bought at Winners.  I have this vintage wooden crate that sits on the table in front of me where I store my inks, and on top of it in the wire basket are the flowers I've made, and of course Gypsy Girl.

These stacked drawers hold my cardstock and pattern paper.  The cute bear paper towel holder you see is something I made for my MIL  years ago when I did Folk Art painting.  I inherited it back after FIL passed away and MIL moved into a Seniors Care home.

Thanks for dropping in !  Next time bring your scrappy goods and we can scrap together!  As you can see, I have room for company!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Something a little different SOUS!

Hi there Friends!  I hope you have been enjoying the sketches from Stuck on U Sketches as much as I have!  The sketch for this week is from pagemaps, and is something different for me.

This time I wanted to get out of my comfort zone a bit and try something different.  This photo is of my brother kissing his newly married daughter on the cheek.  I just love the expression on Dayna's face!  She has a flare for the dramatic and tackles everything with passion.  I love this about her!  The photo was taken at Banff, Canada, where their reception was held.  I didn't do any editing to the photo and with its slightly over exposed look[that was planned]  I knew exactly what papers and techniques I would use!.  Just a note to add that I did not take this photo, but I do not know the name of their photographer.

Here is " Daddy's Girl"

I started off with white cardstock and got out my Smooch mist inks.  I wanted to get that splattered look that is popular these days.  Prima papers were perfect for the photo, and of course, PINK!  I also slapped on some Gesso in a few places for added texture.

I refrained from using my TH distessing tool [ you have no idea how hard that was!] but just could not NOT ink the edges! I think its impossible to see in the photos, but I used a fine glitter pen and out lined all the papers and photo.  I used some pink bling to go with the pink theme.

I rolled the edges of the blue strip of paper, and made the cute daisy like flower.

I used a paper doily and inked it with a couple of distress inks.  The tittle, Daddy's Girl is from Dusty Attics [which I love] I inked it with a raspberry/burgundy ink, and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I took 2 tickets from Pink Paislee, put the wedding date on one and inked it abit.  I made this flower as well.

Here I used a border punch on the piece of paper, put some pink flower ribbon and some fibers just under the paper, and tucked in a ticket and , of course, a butterfly.  I rarely make a layout with out a butterfly.  They are special to me, as they are my reminder of my mom who passed away 2 1/2 yrs ago, and the reason I started scrapbooking to begin with!

 Here is the sketch by pagemaps,  I hope you have enjoyed looking at my ' not so normal for me layout' as much as the fun I had making it!  Don't forget to check out the SOUS blog and see what the other designers came up with, and please leave them some love too!

Now, who is interested in some BLOG CANDY?????  Like what you see? Floren at Generations Crafting is giving away all these goodies in this photo!  For details head on back over the SOUS!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Stuck on U Sketches and another SWEET layout!

Hello faithful followers!  Have I got an awesome layout to show you today!    It's all because of this awesome sketch blog I am designing for! First I will show you my layout, and then the sketch.

Welcome to "Sweet - the most beautiful girl"  This is another layout of one of my Great niece, Madden.  This girl knows how to strike a pose and is extremely photogenic!  I didn't take this was taken by Madden's mom.

This sketch was designed by Suepup, so click on her name and check out her blog.  She has alot of amazing layouts etc that are sure to inspire!

I did another first, and made a banner.  I'm not a big fan of them, but thought it lent its self very nicely to my layout.  I simply free hand cut the triangles and with  scalloped scissors  cut out the scallops across the top.  I used letters left over from a Swirlydoos kit.  I put pop dots under the triangles to make them stand out better.  I was very pleased with my first attempt! 

TIP: to make the circle with the string of pink glittered pearls, I placed a luncheon plate upside down where I wanted the circle of pearls to be.  I then took my Zip Dry adhesive and traced around the edge of the plate with a line of the adhesive.  Then I took the string of pearls and placed it around the plate, taking care to note where I was placing my flowers etc  so that if I didn't have enough pearls to make a complete circle I could use flowers etc as filler.  Form the pearls around the plate and hold in place and leave the plate till the adhesive dries.  Take the plate away and VIOLA! you have a perfect circle of pearls!

This dimensional glitter tag is from MME lost and found  collection called Pretty, as well as the darker pink paper that I used my MS loops punch on.

I used my leaves stamp from Heartfelt Creations, stamped them on white card stock, fussy cut them and then inked them with various green inks.

 I had a fun making the tag, which I stamped with a Prima music stamp, inked with Distress Inks, stamped  the butterflies with Aged Mahogany and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I then covered the tag with Rock Candy distress Stickles and when that was dry I added some white ribbon along the bottom.

In this photo you can see the tag and the flowers I made, minus the large flower which is a Prima bloom.

 I took one of my MS butterfly stamps and stamped it with Archival Ink on white cardstock.  Then I coloured it in with my Sakura Glaze pens.  Then I put a generous layer of Diamond glaze on it and let it dry over night.  I cut it out and then bent in between my fingers, cracking the glaze.  If you click on the photo you will be able to see the crackle effect much better.

I used one of my Prima stencils along the bottom and left side of the layout and used Walnut Stain distress ink.  I then took my Rangers Dimensional paint in Espresso and tried to follow the lines in the stencil.  I will admit that I am not overly crazy about how that part turned out, but was adviced by some one I would consider a Mentor that it looked great.  So, I will trust her  and take her word for it!

Thank you for looking and I hope you have been inspired.  Please take a look at all the other fabulous designers at Stuck on U Sketches and leave them some love!  I can hardly wait to show you what the next sketch is like and my interpretation of it looks like! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pink Paislee Giveaway at Practical Scrappers!

This is from Practical Scrappers website:

Pink Paislee creates some gorgeous scrappy products and today we're here to share some projects featuring them.  Thanks to all of you who sent in beautiful submissions, it was fun to look thru them!  Pink Paislee was generous in providing a prize pack for one of our keep reading to find out how you can qualify!






You can get up to four entries to win the prize pack.
The only thing you have to do to get an entry is make sure you are a follower here and leave us a comment telling us your favorite line from Pink Paislee.  The way to get a second entry is to become a follower of Pink Paislee on their blog or a fan of theirs on facebook, and make sure to let us know you did it.  You can get a third entry by posting about this giveaway on your blog and leaving us a link in the comments.  And lastly, you can get a fourth entry by posting any project of yours on our facebook page.  Those are some serious chances to win some great stuff!  Deadline for entry is Friday, March 11th.

Don't miss this opportunity!