Wednesday, February 25, 2015

One Stamp 3 Ways - Tutorial

Hi there!

When deciding what kind of a tutorial to share with you this week, I came up with a sort of three for one tutorial using stamps.  I don't often remember or embrace stamping, I definitely need more practice at it.  So I challenged myself to share a few techniques with you, utilizing a single stamp.

I decided to use this stamp set, and specifically the grid type stamp since it was a gift from ScrapMuch? at one of the Fall Retreats.

 The first idea is really really simple, just stamp on to scrap paper....

 .. trim out and use as a journalling area on a layout.

 For my second tip, I stamped the image 4 times onto a card base.

 Then I painted in the squares and rectangles using water colour paints.

I love the vibrant look.  It does curl slightly but will flatten when adhered onto a card.

This is what my finished card looks like with my bold geometric background.

For my last idea, I wanted to share with you a tip about stamping onto layouts.

I started by layering my photo onto a few pieces of pattern papers in a colour combo that I like.

Then I used some distress inks to create two focal areas on my background page.

Then with my stamp, and NO block, I random stamped partial images onto the background.

 This is what the finished background looks like.

 Here is a little close up for you.

And this is my finished page.

This is also a great stash busting layout, as I just went through all my goodies and pulled out items in the colours I wanted to play with.

I hope this inspires you too look at stamps a little differently and try to come up with fun and creative ways to use them.

Layout Product List: Patterned papers: Bell Blvd, Bo Bunny, Basic Gray; Washi tape: Jillibean paper tape, Freckled Fawn and unknown; title: Little Yellow Bicycle: journal tag: Jillibean Soup; embellishments: My Mind's Eye. Freckled Fawn, Basic Grey, Bella Blvd, Pebbles and misc.

Thank you for visiting today!

Friday, February 20, 2015

A sketch and besties - My Scraps N More

Hi there!
Ii am excited to share with you today that I am guesting over at My Scraps N More, I was just tickled when Audrey invited me!

I am sharing this sketch for their sketch challenge site....

I seem to be creating a lot of this style of sketch lately, I promise I will mix things up a little more soon!  Anyway, you should pop on over to play along, the DT will having amazing inspiration I am sure! You can also read  a little more  about me (if you feel the need, lol)

This is my take on the sektch using some We R Memory Keeper goodies and random embellishments.

Here are a few close ups....

I want to send a big thank you to Audrey for asking me to guest for her, it is so lovely to be asked!

Product List: Patterned and solid papers, and embossed stickers are We R Memory Keepers; clear clock, kraft polaroid and kraft envelope are Maya Road; tag is Amy Tangerine; journaling circle is punched from a Jillibean card; misc. buttons and twine.

Thank you for visiting and don't forget to play along here!

All Boy - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I am sharing a page I created the other night, for Boys Rule Kit Club.  I honestly just popped into my craft room to clean up a bit before heading off to bed.  We are currently also using my craft room as a homeschooling area and I wanted to have it ready for us to start learning in the morning.  But somehow, a layout happened!

These photos were taken this past summer at a small zoo not too far from our summer vacation place.  My little guy loves when he can interact with the animals in residence.  I love scrapping photos months later, because I get to relive all the fun all over again.

I started out this by adding a subtle misted harlequin pattern to the already pretty wood grained background paper.

Then I added some teal, misted in a polka dot pattern, as well as some faux stitching, using my Silhouette and a brown felt tip pen.

These Pink Paislee stars are amazing, you can add ink to alter the colour but the white polka and black text remain consistent.  Love that!

You can see on this photo and the one below I used some of the Thickers accent pieces as embellishments. It is a good way to use more of your alpha packages.

I used a Copic marker to alter the colour of my enamel triangles, I felt they were just slightly too blue for this particular page, Sharpies and paint pens work well too.  Another good way to get more use out of your stash / kit.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have created a new sketch for the latest reveal at ScrapMuch?, I hope you pop on over and play along, the DT is sure to inspire!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

True Love - Evalicious

Hi there!

I am back with another page for the Evalicious blog today!  This time I used a bunch of goodies from the "Field Notes" collection,  can I tell you I just love it.  The colours are so me!

I decided to use this collection to document the relationship between our youngest son and our pup.  His name is Max, but he is often referred to as the "fat menace".  He is a cheeky puppy at times, but his saving grace is his love for snuggling.

I started with this fun polka dot paper from My Mind's Eye, and added some randomly stamped little hearts (from the Photo Shoot stamp set) in brown ink.  I really loved how the chartreuse polka dots worked with the Evalicious goodies, but wanted to also tie in the browns from the collection.

After that I layered a few more patterned papers, more from MME as well are We R Memory Keepers and Fancy Pants.  This page was a great opportunity to use up some leftover papers.

Then the fun part begins, adding fabulous embellishments!

Puffy alphas that stick amazing and have loads of the most used letters AND come in great neutrals, oh my!

The small 'Field Notes Snip Snip labels' are just perfect paired up for an interesting journaling area.

This collection also has fabulous wood veneer pieces.

There are two sets of puffy stickers and both have amazing shapes and images / phrases.

You know how much I love my flair and Eve doesn't disappoint with her amazing badge buttons!

More wood veneer and puffy stickers.

And let's not forget the great clips!  There are three fun shapes to choose from.

Evalicious Product list: (click on the images to be taken to the shop location for these items)

Other products: Patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, We R Memory Keepers and Fancy Pants, Momento brown ink, Kaisercraft "Gum Leaf" ink, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, unknown Washi.

Thank you for visiting today!

Altered Stamps - Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a new tutorial to share with you today. Actually it is more of a tip. But I will warn you it is not for the faint of heart ;)

I have amassed quite a collection of stamps, as I am sure a lot of you have.   I really try to make an effort to use them, though I am not the best stamper.

In order to use them a little more often, I have altered a few to make them work better for me or be more suitable to me.

Here are a couple of examples.

This is a fun background stamp that I picked p a long, long time ago.  I have used it a fair bit, but the last time I used it I no longer loved it.  I decided that I didn't like the solid lines and it should be more distressed.

So I took a strong pair of scissors and started snipping away at the lines in a random sort of fashion so that the solid lines and especially the border/edge was more broken up.

Now my stamp stamps like this and I love it!  It is just perfect for when I want to create a lovely messy background!

If you are still with me and I haven't shocked you too much, check out what I often do to my sentiment stamps.

From this.....

To this...

I find I get much more use out of them this way, I can mix up the sentiments and create new ones and I do not have to purchase as many!  Just be careful not to cut the actual words.

Does this give you any ideas?  Will you be altering any of your stamps?

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Boys Rule Cut File

Hi there!

I have a new Silhouette cut file to share with you today!  This file was created for my friends at Boys Rule.

Enjoy!  I would love for you to leave me a link in a comment if you use the file and share your creation online.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Selfie Time - Inspiration Elevator - Crate Paper

Hi there and Happy Family Day to my Ontario friends!

(please scroll down for my Stuck?! Sketches reveal)

If you are a follower of Inspiration Elevator I have some sad news to share, they are retiring :(  but they are going out with a bang and have invited all the members past and present back for one last hurrah before they are gone!

Here is what they are saying...

"After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!"

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann. Here what Ann has to say...

""This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!

IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 

That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!""
I had a couple of other projects due to blog today, and thought I might double up and combine two layouts to shorten my to do list, but that was notreally in keeping with the Inspiration Elevator challenge.  So I decided that since I have been craving Spring like nobodies business, I would create a page that felt Spring-ish.

I picked up these Crate Paper Notes and Things papers and embellishments a while back and have been looking for a good reason to dig into them!  They look pretty Spring-like to me with their soft colours and sweet accents, so I  printed off a couple of photos, turned on some fun music and dove in!

Some times when I create  just for me, I play with more mediums and get more adventurous.  But this time I really felt like doing something fresh and clean, so this is what I created.

These photos were actually taken last summer, but that doesn't really matter since the theme for my layouts is Selfies.

I used some dark grey cardstock to mat some of my patterned paper pieces to help the colours pop off of each other.

I stitched a large circle and part of my title and then cut some letters with my Silhouette in the same grey cardstock, I used a white pen to doodle on the letters before pop dotting them into place.

I also added a mixture of Silhouette cuts that I designed and Crate Paper embellishments to adorn my page.

I don't know if you can read my journalling but it basically tells about how my little guy loves to take selfies with me and my husband just laughs at me but is learning to humour me!  Either way, I am in the photo - so I suppose that is a good thing, seeing as I can look back at all the thousands of photos from our summer adventures and not find  a single photo of me!

Product list: Crate Paper patterned paper and chipboard, My Mind's Eye enamel dots and arrow (the arrow has been topped with Stickles to better colour match it), Recollections cardstock (cleaning out some very old stash), DMC floss, American Crafts white marker, Steadtler pen.

I would like to thank Ann and Christa for inviting me back for the last challenge, it was an honour to be on the team and I love what I learned while being a part of it. We all hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!

So glad you visited today!