Monday, September 22, 2014

Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour

Hi everyone!!!

Blog hops are so much fun and they’re a great way to find inspiration! So when I was asked by Diana Poirier, to be a part of the Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour, I was honoured and excited! I design sketches for one of the teams Diana designs for and I always love to see her creative take on them!

Thank you Diana, for including me in this tour!

Here are a few questions we were asked to answer:
 

1. What am I working on right now?

Along with a few DT reveals, I am working on a tutorial for ScrapMuch?.... 


and another for Boys Rule Kit Club... 




A sketch for ScrapMuch? that will be revealed later this week....


and a freebie cut file that will be shared on the Boys Rule Kit Club blog next week...


2. How long does it take me to create a project?
 
It can take me anywhere from an hour to a few hours to complete a page, depending on how detailed it is.
 

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Aside from pretty papers, which are always high on my priority list, I am loving playing with paint and stencils.  My love of layers is unlikely to ever change, likewise for buttons and inky edges.

4. How does my creative process work?

If I am doing DT work for ScrapMuch? or Boys Rule it always starts with fabulous papers, I then decide if I will be working with a sketch and will pick photos that mesh with both the papers and the sketch.  If I am creating for Stuck?! Sketches, then the sketch is the starting point and pictures come next.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Typically I am inspired by scrappy products, but I  also use Bloglovin' to follow a kajillion a lot of blogs.  I love to see what scrappy friends are creating with and what subjects they like to scrap. 

6. What is my signature style? 

Layers, and more layers, I love layers.. but in a clean and simple way.  Though I do like to add dimension and texture with mists, ink and paint.  One might think this makes my pages heavy or super mixed media-ish.  But really they are pretty simple.

Now it’s time to tag another scrapper and one that I find inspiring.

I hope you will find her as inspiring as I do.

 Jayne Morgan

Thanks for visiting!
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stuck?! Sketches Reminder

Hi there!

Just popping in quick to reminder you to play along with our sketch challenge over at  Stuck?! Sketches.  This is our second sketch of the month, and while we are still celebrating our anniversary, this sketch is being run like our usual challenges with two fabulous prizes!

Did you know that our second sketch of the month receives less entries?  I am guessing this is because scrappers are tight on time. Which makes for a good argument to combine our sketches with a mood board or colour challenge, like this one at ScrapMuch?.  Anyway, I mention this because if you play along with the second sketch you have better odds of winning, and that is a good thing, right?

Here is the sketch.




So glad you visited, hope to see you link up at Stuck?! Sketches

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sketching with Let's Capture our Memories!

Hi there!

I have a layout and card sketch up over on the Let's Capture our Memories site today, I hope you will pop on over to check out the DT inspiration and play along!


Thank you so much for visiting!

Go, Laugh, Play - Boys Rule - Carta Bella

Hi there!

I have a new page up over on the Boys Rule blog, created with more of the awesomeness from the September /October kit!

I combined some great Carta Bella papers and stickers as well as some elements from Fancy Pants and Crate Paper to create this page.


I had a ton of fun pulling everything together.  Adding in some pop dots for dimension and a bit of white paint from my stash, for fun.

Here are some close ups....





Why yes you can use bling on a boys page, and how fun to combine stickers to create a title.

Thanks for visiting!

Back to School - Freebie Silhouette Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing a freebie Silhouette Cut File with my friends at ScrapMuch? today, so you know I have to share it here, too!

https://app.box.com/s/d953pjxloe2xwekk3zf7

I would love to see how you use it so be sure to leave me a comment with your blog address if you do!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am sharing this sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today....


I hope you make time to join in on the fun over there!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A freebie Silhouette Cut File for Stuck?! Sketches' Anniversary Celebration

Hi there!

 I am posting and giving away one last fun freebie Silhouette cut file over at Stuck?! Sketches as our anniversary celebration continues .....

https://app.box.com/s/w24hi2uidayth7liksqd


I hope you enjoy the cut file and consider joining us for our challenges this month, there are so many prizes to be won from our incredible sponsors!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stamped Background Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am sharing a tutorial on the ScrapMuch? blog today, giving some information about how I created the background on this page using a stamping technique.



I started out creating this page by adding distress ink to the background, this is a technique that I have shared before and your can see it here.  The only difference with this page is that I tried it on a patterned paper base this time.  BTW, it works just as well!  You can see I used a brownish colour ink to "grunge" up my page a bit.


I wanted to add a bit more rustic appeal to my page, and give my base a bit more depth.  So I decided to stamp on it as well.


I am using a large background stamp, because it has a wood grain look that I was going for, but you can use any type of background stamp you like.


I inked up my stamp with a darker distress ink than I used in the previous step.
 

Then I stamped small portions of the stamp, in a few semi strategic areas onto my base paper. You can see I am not using a block for this technique, you really do not need to, you get a bit of a looser more random look this way.


Now I will share my boo boo with you...  I strongly dislike the hard edge that happened here.  Definitely not what I was going for.  Thankfully the rest of it turned out as I had hoped.  Try to avoid this if you can.


Thankfully, I could hide it ;)

So glad you joined me today!

Monday, September 15, 2014

He {heart's} to Snorkel - Stuck?! Sketches - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

I am back today with another layout and sketch share, this time for Stuck?! Sketches.  This is our second sketch of the month, and while we are still celebrating our anniversary, this sketch is being run like our usual challenges with two fabulous prizes!

Did you know that our second sketch of the month receives less entries?  I am guessing this is because scrappers are tight on time. Which makes for a good argument to combine our sketches with a mood board or colour challenge.  Anyway, I mention this because if you play along with the second sketch you have better odds of winning, and that is a good thing, right?

Here is my page.....


I am still scrapping photos from our cruise, though not as often, I would like to wrap up this album sooner than later!  These photos were take of my youngest while we were snorkeling in Grand Caymans.


I am loving these chipboard circles from Creative Embellishments, which I white washed with paint, and this fun flair from Evalicious.


 Enamel dot and geo tag from My Mind's Eye and wooden button from Jillibean Soup.


Here is the sketch, you can see that I added an extra photo.

So glad you visited, hope to see you link up at Stuck?! Sketches

Back 2 Skool - Boys Rule sketch challenge - Bo Bunny

Hi there!

There is a brand new sketch challenge up over on the Boys Rule blog, created by yours truly!

I can't even tell you how much fun I had creating this page, sometimes they just come together like a dream, just like you pictured in your head, this was just like that!


I used a lot of Bo Bunny Papers along with a Fancy Pants pocket and a great Crate Papers chipboard frame. I wanted to punch the edge of the Fancy Pants pocket so I flipped it over, since the back was taller than the front. 


The wooden star was natural until it was on the my craft table at the same time as y chalkboard paint! As was the apple, but that got dolled up a bit with some Copic markers.


I had fun with the black Doodle Bug alphas and the number 2 is fromt he Bo Bunny sticker sheet.


I darken up the wooden globe just a bit with some Tim Holtz distress ink.


I also added some inky stars using a Tim Holtz stencil  and  did a bit of stamping with an old Bo Bunny stamp I had that sort of looks like hockey netting, or maybe fish net.. whatever!


Here is the sektch, I hope you can play along!

Thanks for visiting!