Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Dashing through the Snow Cards | My Mind's Eye

Hey there!  I have a couple of Christmas Cards to share today!  I cannot believe how far behind I am in my cardmaking this season. I created these cards yesterday and need to get them in the mail today, I think! And speaking of mailing, since these were created to go through the postal system, I kept them pretty flat.

I have been wanting to make spinning cards for a little while now and today seemed like a great idea, however, I didn't plan on how time consuming they are!  Good thing they are fun and cute!


Digital stamps are the perfect option for this type of card since you need a mirror image to sandwich the centre cord with.  This reindeer from Tiddly Inks is just too sweet, imagine him flying in circles like Rudolf does in the cartoon!


I used a 6 x 6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye called Christmas Wish, which included some pretty purples.  I think this purple Christmas card is a first for me!

Supply List: Copics (W00,W1, W3, E70, E71, YG91, YG95, E07, E09, R20); My Mind's Eye "Christmas Wish" patterned paper; clear Wink of Stella; Pink Paislee and Shimelle enamel shapes;  DmMC gold thread; misc cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Winter Publications | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

Hey there, today I am sharing two pages that I was lucky enough to have published in the Winter issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!


This is a fabulous issue and so jam packed full of inspiration!







Both pages were created with Bo Bunny products as DT work for  ScrapMuch?, check out this original post for more details if desired! 

Thanks for visiting and have a great day friends! 

Monday, December 05, 2016

Believe | Scrap Affairs Magazine

Hello!  A few months back I was asked by Kyla Rennie, the editor of Scrap Affairs Magazine (out of South Africa) if I would be interested in creating a sketch and sample layout for their December issue, for a new-ish international sketch challenge section of the magazine.  Well I can tell you I was so excited and jumped at the opportunity and began creating a sketch right away! Today I would like to share them both with you.


While I was creating, we were in the middle of a grey and rainy week, so I was really wanting to keep my page clean and bright. I opted for a crisp white background and knew that the fun and whimsical colour combination of the Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses collection would help keep things lively!


I stuck pretty much exactly to the sketch, just adding a few more layers around my photos. And speaking of my photos, not many of our family pictures turned out well from last Christmas (our family room is in need of a makeover, the lighting is not good, nor is the paint colour especially for taking photos! But you have to scrapbook the photos you have not the photos you want, so I played around in Photoshop Elements tying to clean them up a bit.  I converted them to black and white, with the exception of anything red in the pictures, which was pretty much just a bit of my sons pj's and some of the gift wrap.   Printing them out in a smaller size also helps disguise the poorer quality of the pics.


With the journalling and title close together there is more emphasis on the words.


My sketch suggests a secondary journalling area which is where I placed these fun phrase die cuts and stickers from this collection.


Here is a peek at the page my sketch and layout are on!



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


If you would like to play along with the sketch, feel free to linkup your layout on teir Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scrapaffairs.

Supply List: Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses patterned paper "Christmas Magic" and "3x4 journalling cards"; Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses bits and pieces and 4x6 stickers; Simple Stories Say Cheese II enamel dots; Teresa Collins Christmas enamel dots; America Crafts cardstock; Steadtler pen.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you get a chance to check out this magazine!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Holly Jolly Elf | The Studio Challenges

Hey there! I am guesting over at The Studio Challenges this month and today I am sharing my first of 2 layouts with you! For this first challenge we are playing with a sketch which I am posting below. I have used the Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories, which  I seriously adore and am quickly depleting my stash!


The sketch suggested two photos which was perfect for these two photos of our Elf on the Shelf, taken last year. I included Buddy in our December Daily album last year, but I do not believe that I have ever scrapped him and since he is not returning to our house this year (he left to watch over our grandson), it seemed high time he made it onto a page. Plus there are these super cute Simple Stories elf embellishments that I needed (like really needed) to use!

I swapped out the circle shape on the sketch for this string art style Christmas ornament die cut that I created just for this page.


I backed the cut file with a mix of patterned papers, washi tape and a few of the square stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets, leaving some of the spaces empty.  Once that was done, I stitched around the shape and backed it with foam for dimension.  I coloured the ornament topper with a silver marker, opting for this lazier method of colouring it, than embossing would have been. I am super happy that it is still shiny, or else I may have had to have gone with plan B. Prior to adhering the cut file to my background, I added some water color paint splatters in teal, pink and green for a bit of colour


I relocated the title to the upper left side of my layout, because I opted for one that was a little larger than the sketch suggested.  These letters were part of a die cut from the Mistletoe Kisses ephemera pack that read "believe", I modified one of the "e's" to be an "f" by trimming off the bottom piece and adding back the white border with a white pen.  I love the way it turned out!


I did a small embellishment cluster including a phrase sticker where the title was suggested, to act as a subtitle of sorts.


And ten I played with more embellishments, creating a triangle around my photos.


Before calling this layout done, I added in some Smooch Spritz, hand journaling and some stickers beneath it.

As promised here is a look at the sketch..


Let me tell you why I love it and why it inspired me.  First off, it suggests using two smaller photos and I really like using smaller photos, but you could easily use one larger photo, too.  Secondly it has a large circular element and I love circles, but I also love changing up large shapes for other fun elements like the Christmas ornament I used - which is technically a circle, I know!  And lastly, it left the embellishing up to me which is my favourite part of scrapping! Ha!

I an sharing another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned papers Oh What Fun!4x6 Horizontal Elements,  Holly Jolly and HO HO HO from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; Simple Stories Sn@p color vibes light in Blush, Combo Cardstock Sticker, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Enamel Dots, Stickers, Washi Tape, and Decorative Clips all also from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; American Crafts textured white cardstock; Smooch Spritz in 'ice rink"; Leows water color paints; fine tip Sharpie for journaling; Le Marqueur silver marker; Hemptique twine; misc. crochet thread and buttons; string art Christmas ornament die cut by me; sketch by The Studio Challenges.

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you play along!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Ready*Aim*Shoot | Noel Mignon

Hey there!

It is my turn to share a layout over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog, today!   This week the DT members are creating projects using a recipe - 1 sheet of cardstock, 2 alphas, 3 photos, 4 patterned papers, and 5 embellishments.  As is typical for me, I over achieved a little on the embellishments!


I went with a pretty simple layout for my three photos, keeping them central to my page and linear, then adding layers behind them.


I had fun playing with embellishments and forgot to stop at 5!


I had cut a tag from patterned paper to incorporate that 4th pattern.  I love the way it looks layered in behind my photos.


I struggled coming up with a clever title for this layout and settled on this "to the point" title.


A small cluster at the bottom finishes off my layout.

I have another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List: (from the kit)  Simple Stories 'warm and cozy', Pebbles 'autumn day', Jen Hadfield 'sprigs' and Carta Bella 'family gathering' patterned papers; American Crafts Cardstock; Pretty Little Studios "Oakley Avenue" patterned vellum paper, acrylic shape, vellum tape, flair, stickers and alphas; Queen and Co. buttons; Jen Hadfield rub-ons; Simple Stories die cuts and chipboard; Echo Park chipboard; Maya Road wood buttons; Tim Holtz Distress marker. (from my stash) Mr. Huey's brown mist; Hemptique twine.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Crushing on Buffalo Check | Christmas Tags

Hey there!  I recently learned something new and used it to create Christmas tags to adorn our packages this year. I am seriously loving the buffalo check print!


First I created the buffalo check print in Photoshop, and then I created a bunch of Christmas icon png files in Photoshop, I combined the two together to make a bunch of buffalo check holiday icons.

I loved the way they turned out and wanted to incorporate them onto some tags for Christmas wrapping.  So I opened all the images in my Silhouette Studio Software, created a two layer tag that flips up (just below the buffalo check border) to reveal a not so hidden space to write a holiday message, and added the images to the fronts.  I also added the check borders and reinforcements at the holes.

As a final step I turned the whole lot into a print and cut file, so it is super quick and easy to make a bunch of tags!  Mine are printed on 66 lb 8.5x11 inch cardstock and come 5 to a page.

If you are into print and cuts and you want the file, leave me a comment with your email address or email me at iwhitaker@sympatico.ca with "Buffalo Check Tags" in the subject line and I will forward you the file.  Note - It is only available for Silhouette machines, so sorry to those of you needing other formats..

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

HO HO HO | Stuck?! Sketches

Hello!  We are revealing a brand new sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches today, Here is a peek at the sketch...


I seriously had so much fun creating my page! As you can see, I opted for a tree shape instead of a star, which I painted with water colours and added droplets of gold Color Shine. Then I stitched it to my background page which was also treated to some mixed media techniques.


I played with the Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories which is so so sweet! I love, love, love it! It seriously makes me giddy!

I converted my photos to black and white, except for Santa's red suit and the red ornaments on the tree. It is a fun look, and helped to hid the fact that our family room is currently boring and ugly!

I love that we have a photo of Santa leaving presents under our tree.  Last Christmas I knew our youngest was beginning to not "believe" - I know where does he think the presents come from?  Crazy kid!  Anyway, I saw an ad that offered this type of photo using a picture you send of your tree and decided to spring for the $5.  I was hoping it would help to convince him he is wrong. And I think I love it as much as he does, maybe more. Even though he broke my heart ;) and told me he no longer believes after the last holiday season, he still asks me how I captured this photo!


Anyway, I stuck pretty close to the sketch and used a journalling card between my two photos, adding the title there, as well.


And then I played and played with embellishments, I added what seemed like ton!  I couldn't help or stop myself!


But the pastel colours on the white background help to keep it from looking too busy.


I went a little beyond the "visual triangle" but it still sort of feels like there is one around the photos.


I finished things up with a bit of gold color shine.  Love that stuff! Does Heidi Swapp make a silver color shine?  Do you know? I think I may need it!

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


Supply List: Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses 3x4 Journaling Card Elements, 4x6 Horizontal Elements, HO HO HO patterned paper, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Stickers, Combo Cardstock Sticker; Simple Stories Say Cheese II enamel dots; American Crafts cardstock; Freckled Fawn wood number; misc wood snowflake; Accent Scrapbooking flair;  Leow water colour paints; leaf green Mr Huey's; light teal Gelato; Heidi Swap gold colour shine: Art Alternatives clear gesso.

We have two fun sponsors for our December 1st challenge, play along for our chance to win a prize or GDT spot!



Thanks so much for visiting, and please go check out the DT reveal, they knocked it out of the park this time!!