Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rainbow Maker-Day 3

Day 3 is all about die cutting and it is My favourite technique so far but I've only made it through the first 3 lessons😉

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rainbow Maker-Day 2

Rainbow stamping is the theme for day 2 of the Rainbow Maker card class at Online Card Classes. I wasn't thrilled with the results, may have been the paper I was using but I struggled to get a solid stamped image.

I will have to try this one again after I work my way through all the lessons.😀

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rainbow Maker


I signed up for the latest class over at Online Card Classes - Rainbow Maker. So many different ways to create rainbows or use rainbow colours on your cards.
Each class offers at least 3 video tutorials on the assorted techniques, I highly recommend them!

Sharing a few cards I've created so far:

Distress ink blending. 

Ink blending with a stencil brush, I used distress inks.

Ink blending with Distress Oxides using 3 colours only.

I had my friend's kids over the other day and she gifted me with these flowers which have served as the perfect rainbow background for some of these cards:

I'm off to create more rainbows! Thanks for stopping by😄

Sunday, August 6, 2017

#Craft Room Reorganization


I've been thinking about rearranging my craft room/office and when a couple of family members went off to the lake for a week I thought it was the perfect time to invade the common areas with my crap...I mean essential items 😉while I move furniture around and purge unwanted items.

Here are some BEFORE photos:

It is lovely to have 2 windows in this space but a bit challenging when placing furniture.

This wall is directly across the desk are in the photo above and houses 2 Ikea Expedit cubbies.
Another Ikea Expedit cubby to the right of my desk area. I think you can see the common theme is stuff on the floor😐
It was getting so disorganized I didn't want to spend time creating in here!

Now on to photos after the room has been emptied, purged and reorganized :

The desk/table has been turned and now I can move around 3 sides of my work area and even better, have a friend over to work in the same space!
I've moved one of the Ikea cubbies from the wall on the left of the photo to the short wall in between the windows. This area houses my planner, colouring implements, bible journal/study and some odds and ends. Notice the lack of stuff on the floor, I am so excited about that!!
This wall is across from the desk area. I've placed the cubby horizontal to gain a large usable surface area which now houses my silhouette cameo, big shot and new Epson wireless printer. The small area in between the end of the shelf and the door holds my card stock drawer and photo storage drawers.

This is my desk arrangement, so much more practical for working in, I can leave things to dry if needed on one side and still work on another project or my computer. My printer sits on a storage box under the table. The Ikea Expedit cubby houses patterned paper, card stock, specialty papers, photos to be scrapbooked, etc. lots of stuff in here that I hope to make good use of! The drawers just under the desk area are from Ikea as well. They hold my printer/cameo supplies, inks, Nuvo drops, Mini accessories, PL cards, layouts to be completed, punches and adhesive supplies.

The best thing about this reorganization is that I no longer dread going in to my space to create and I am highly motivated to keep it easy to work in. In fact I've knocked out 2 layouts in progress, a 2 page spread and experimented with my Minc!

Thanks for stopping to take a look!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Many Thanks

Hello Friends!

A little bit ago I shared this Distress Crayon & Ink background with you and a promise to show you the completed card.
As promised, here is the card:

The purple/violet background was die cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs rectangle die, then layered over a Wild Whisper Designs World's Best line paper from the June Scrap Shotz kit.

The tulips are stamped with Versamark ink & the Altenew Tulip stamp set on kraft card stock, then coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.

The tulips were then fussy cut, layered over each other with foam tape and accented with glossy accents. I tied twine from a Scrap Shotz kit around the flowers to create a bouquet.
Lastly, the sentiment is cut with a My Favourite Things die, popped up with foam tape and then glazed with glossy accents.

Thanks for stopping by😊

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Double the Fun in London!!

I enjoyed a once in a lifetime vacation with my family (we are a family of 6 so that's what makes it "once in a lifetime :) ) in the U.K. last summer, here is a layout I crafted to remember the event:

London Tour

We took a Big Bus Tour of London which also included a float down the Thames. It was so amazing to see places we've read about in history and/or seen in movies.
I had some extra die cuts I had cut with the Tim Holtz Cityscape Skyline die from another project along with die cuts from the Tim Holtz Bigz L Die Tiny Houses.

Here is a close up look at my "skyline". The die cuts and stickers are from the Scrap Shotz March kit

and the right hand side of the two page,spread. The neutral colours showcase the blues in the photos.

Thanks for taking in my latest project. There is a Design Team ongoing at Scrap Shotz RIGHT NOW!

You can find all the details HERE.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Card Background: Distress Crayons & Ink

Hello Everyone!

I finally had a chance to try out a technique Jennifer McGuire demonstrated in a video. Here is are the steps I followed:

1. Cut Kraft card stock to 4"x5.25"
2. Choose a stencil, I have used the Tim Holtz Blossom stencil
3. Place stencil on card stock, then apply a white distress crayon through the stencil
4. Allow to dry, I dried overnight.

5. Apply distress ink colour of choice with mini ink blending tool.

6. Let Distress Ink dry.

7. Gently wipe distress ink from the white crayon, crayon acts as a resist.

Pretty simple technique, I will be back to share a few cards created from the couple of backgrounds I made.

Thanks for stopping in 😊

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hi-Ya, Birthday Wishes and Thanks

As I am in between Scrap Shotz Monthly kit club kits I have a wee bit of time to play with some items in my stash.

The following 2 cards feature the Altenew Tulip stamp. I stamped these images on watercolour paper and coloured one with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and the other with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.

 The cherry wood paper is from Altenew as well as the sentiment. Nuvo Crystal drops in Bright Gold finish off the card.

These next 2 cards feature the darling Mama Elephant Tiny Ninjas stamps. The images are stamped in black Memento Ink and colored with Copic markers. The Tim Holtz Diamonds layering stencil and  Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber and Squeezed Lemonade form the the background for the  ninjas.

I've added Dollar Store sequins and some My Mind's Eye paper from my stash to complete the cards.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Swing For the Fences

We like to play a game over at the Scrap Shotz forum called layout tag which begins with an inspiration layout for the first player who completes their layout then "tags" the next person on the list  until everyone has created their layout.

This was my layout from the most recent game of tag:

I am sorry I can't recall which paper line this was and it's not available anymore and I used it all up on this layout. The border of baseballs is my favourite part, after that cute thumbs up photo 😉.

I'll be sharing my most recent-April- kit projects on the Scrap Shotz blog beginning tomorrow-Mother's Day-so pop on over to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Take a Peek At...

My latest scrapbook project in progress, I am creating with the Scrap Shotz April monthly kit which features the brand new Vicki Boutin line.

I picked up the Iridescent glaze as an add on to the kit and put it to work with the watercolour crayoned stencil included in the kit.

This is all I'm going to show you right now, you'll have to pop back in a few days to see the end result😛.

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Latest Crafty/Life Happenings

Spring is slowly coming around, hopefully we've left the 4 letter S-now word behind to be replaced with he R-ain word! Now some sunshine and a little heat and things will start to green up, if it will ever stop snowing, we have more wet snow in the forecast 😖.

In March I played along with The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, didn't get a project in every day but definitely did more colouring than I usually do. Here are a few colouring projects:

 I watercolored this Altenew image with Zig Clean Colour watercolour markers.

I applied Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks to a piece of Mixed Media paper:
 Then sprinkled water droplets to activate the oxide effect, dried and die cut with the Altenew Hello Sunshine Dies to create the card below:

Crop and Create came to Calgary and I had a great time attending the crop, a couple of classes and helping Sandy out in the store. Looking so forward to next years event😊.

After Crop and Create myself, hubby and our youngest headed to B.C. for a few days for Spring Break.

Then it was back to the city and school, kids activities, etc. until another short break at Easter, yup that's me in my Easter finery below😉

And I can't forget about my Scrap Shotz Monthly Kit projects, you can check them out here:

February Kit
March Kit

Thanks for stopping in, I appreciate and value your time spent here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017 Scrap Shotz Kit Projects

My apologies for the lack of posting lately. I really have been creating but haven't made it here to post much.
Follow me on Instagram to keep up with what I've been up to and also bookmark and/or follow the Scrap Shotz blog as I design for them and post all the details of my monthly kit project creations there.
I wish I had more time to create but life happens and I just fit it in when I can. I am in awe of those who work full time outside the home, raise a family and devote time to their hobbies/passions.
Enough introspection!!

Here's a little taste of what I've been working on lately:
Curious? I hope so, keep checking in to the Scrap Shotz blog to see what this turned in to and to see the rest of my February kit projects😊

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hello Winter!

Hey All!

We are in another winter deep freeze after a big dump of snow! I'm not complaining though, the local forecast has the temperature above zero by Thursday so the snow won't last too long ;).

My January Scrap Shotz kit projects are up at the SSZ blog so head on over to take a look, click here.

Here is a layout for your viewing pleasure:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Scrap Shotz December 2016 Kit

Happy New Year!!

My Scrap Shotz kit reveal for the final month of 2016 is now live over at the are a few peeks, head over to the SSZ blog for the full reveal :)

Thank you so much for popping in!