Thursday, October 08, 2015

All About the Boys | BIrthday Card

Hi there!

I decided to put a hold on my "to do" list {read procrastinate} and play along with a couple of challenges. I was in luck, because I had this little image all coloured up and waiting for a card, so I didn't have to feel too guilty about playing.

I am linking up to:

Little Red Wagon - It's All About the Boys
Casual Fridays - Tic Tac Toe Board 
(I used the first column - stitching, colouring and distressing.)
Always Playing with Paper - sketch challenge

Supply List : My Mind's Eye and Jillibean Soup patterned papers; October Afternoon label sticker and button; Hemptique twine; Doodle Garden image; Copic Markers; Adorn-it border sticker; Your Next Stamp sentiment stamp; Stazon ink.

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Painted Acorns | Tutorial

Hi there!

I hope you are not getting tired of my off the page tutorials!  I am just having so much fun creating a variety of things, and I can't help myself!

My youngest son and I collected a  bunch of acorns while on a walk the other day, and I turned them into a fall home decor item.

Don't they just inspire you?

I will admit, I did totally gross myself out with these beauties!  After collecting them, I put the bin into my craft room to play with later on, that night while I was blogging I heard something moving - turns out a couple of the acorns had larvae inside them - ewwww!

I put the whole bucket outside immediately!  Of course, my comedy of errors couldn't stop there, no sooner were the acorns outside than a fat squirrel was casing my yard! Ha!

Anyway, apparently the rule is you have to bake the acorns to ensure all the wildlife is out of them.

Pop them onto a baking tray, covered in foil, and bake at 170C for about 3 hours.  You may want to set an alarm,  if you are anything like me out of site is out of mind!

After that you just need to gather some paints and a paint brush.  I started with grey, rust, oatmeal, green and blue paints.  I mixed the colours together to create a variety of shades in each colour group. My living room is oatmeal, grey and green - so that was my jumping off point.

It helps with drying if the acorns will stand on their little hats, like the two on the right of the photo above.  By the way, if the hats pop off in the baking process you can use hot clue or ZipDry to glue them back on.  They are easier to paint with the hats on, as you have something to hang on to.

I had a few that didn't stand up so I propped them on top of lids from bottles of Mr. Huey's mist, they were just the right size.

After the paint was dry, I "painted" a few of the lighter colour acorns with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold.  It is my favourite gold mist, because it actually looks gold when it is dry.  I just added a light coat with a paint brush.

Doesn't this just say fall?  I picked up this red leaf while on another walk, it was lying there so vibrant and standing out in a crowd of gold! Don't ask me why I brought it home, I think my inner three year old was not so inner that day!

I am on the hunt for a throw quilt for my living room in these colours.  Oh and I want to make a pretty afghan in oatmeal, too. Of course, that has nothing to do with this - just thinking out loud!
So glad you visited today!  I promise to try to bring you something papercraft-y for next week!

Monday, October 05, 2015

Grateful | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Hi there!

I created a Thanksgiving card for my Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits reveal. The colours in the Kaisercraft papers and some of the stickers just spoke Thanksgiving to me, the russets and blue- greys are so earthy and perfect for this time of year.

I adorned the front of my card with this beautiful printable that I found here, I loved the colours of it.
The wooden button (dug out of my button jar)  was unfinished, I gave it a treatment of grey Gelatos and  it looks so much better on this project!

Originally I printed out a copy of this image to add a touch of fall to my living room.  However, I thought it would make a nice card front, too!  I like to print most printables onto textured cardstock, it sort of makes them look a little more hand painted.

Supply List: From the Kit - Kaisercraft papers and stickers; cardstock and grey Gelatos.  From my stash - My Mind's Eye twine; misc. wood button; white textured cardstock.

Thanks for visiting! 

Sketching for Let's Get Sketchy | October 5, 2015

Hi there!

Let's Get Sketchy is sharing on e of my sketches today in their latest challenge.

As always their DT has a great reveal for your to check out.

Thanks fro visiting!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Sketching for Boys Rule | October 1, 2015

HI there!

I am popping in quick today to share a sketch that I created for the October 1st sketch challenge at Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Sorry I am a little late in sharing this, but you can play along until the end of the month, go here to link up.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 02, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | October 2, 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing a new double page sketch today.

This sketch is for the newest challenge over at ScrapMuch?, I would love to see you play along! Go here for all the challenge details.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Epic Hockey Hair | Stuck?! Sketches | Simple Stories

Hi there!

It is reveal day at Stuck?! Sketches, and I am excited to share my page with you!  Here is a look at the sketch that I created for this challenge...

And this is my take on it, using some of the amazing SO RAD collection by Simple Stories, are you loving this collection as much as I am?

We have two great sponsors for this challenge:

I hope you decide to play along, as we are also looking for guest designers from our entrants!

Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned paper, stickers and brads; Mr. Huey's White mist; Little Yellow Bicycle canvas and burlap stars;  Heidi Swapp wood veneer; DMC floss; Copic Y08 and Y15 (to alter the colour of my brads); misc. brads; American Crafts precision pen; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (on wood veneer).

I am also entering the following challenges:

Use your Stuff challenge blog - markers and inks ( I used mine in a subtle way)
Come and Get it Challenges - Clear it out (I used some old Little Yellow Bicycle Stars)

Thanks for visiting!

ScrapMuch? Monthly Reveal | Something Wicked | My Mind's Eye

Hello there and Happy October!

Can you believe we are already this far into the year? I am a little shocked, but also looking forward to all the fun things October has in store for us, like fall fairs, pumpkin patches and trick or treating (though to be honest, I do not even know if they do that in our new neighbourhood - there are like 5 kids - something to look into I guess!)

Anyway, as you would think I got to play with some super fun Halloween goodies for today's reveal for ScrapMuch?, and I am just loving the "Something Wicked" collection by My Mind's Eye!  Have a look at what I got:

This paper pack is just the right size with 6 double sided papers, some are even glittery!  It also includes a glittery alpha set, which is super sticky and a fun stickers sheet!

This set of pin back flair is super cool, I am loving that this is the perfect collection for kids and adults of all ages that enjoy Halloween fun!

I also received two Tim Holtz products and I know you are going to want to get your hands on these!

This stencil was too fun to play with!

And these skull embellishments are super wicked!


I started out creating this two page layout, because I loved this orange paper with the dolled up skull! I tied my two sides together by having an orange paper on the right side of page one, so that the colours flow nicely across to page two.  I also used the glittered stripe paper and the paper with skulls with orange glasses on both sides of the layout to also help tie the pages together.

As you can see I played with the stencil on the background on both sides and followed up with some orange Glimmerglaze sprinkled around.  

After that I added my title and a bit of embellishing.  I added a button, twine and thread from my stash to complete the layout.  I wanted a little something to help the button stand out a bit while shuffling things around on my desk trying to decide what to use, I noticed that the sticker sheet has a lot of negative space, so I grabbed a punch and got busy!

The sticker sheet has a great texture, almost linen -ish, so that adds a bit to my page as well.


For this page, I began with the pattern with the large random circles of various black and white patterns on the solid black base.  I trimmed a half inch off one side and the bottom, distressed the edges and then sewed it to a piece of cream coloured cardstock, using a couple of different stitches.

I covered a couple of the patterned circles on the background and added an extra one to bring in some orange, as this paper was originally black and white.

Then I layered up some fun patterns under myfocal point / photo and began embellishing.  Along with the stickers and flair from the kit, I added buttons and silver sparkly enamel dots from my stash.


The stickers in the kit screamed Halloween decor to me and since I have been wanting to do something like this for a while, now seemed like the perfect time!  I sent hubby on a while goose chase for some interesting looking bottles, and he found some great ones!  Homesense, 3 for $11.00 - gotta love that and the man!

After adhering the stickers to the front of the jars, I poured in water coloured with food colouring.

I used a couple of the little Tim Holtz skulls to top of 2 of the bottles.

The third, and largest bottle, had a metal loop on the top of it, which I tied a braided tassel to, created from bakers twine.

Then I adhered a skull to the bottom of the tassel.

I know that these fun jar will be a part of our Halloween decor for years to come.  I can simple dump out the water and refill again next year.

Supply List: My Mind's Eye patterned papers, stickers flair and alphas; American Crafts cardstock and buttons; Your Next Stamp enamel dots; Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Glimmerglaze; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Doodlebug twine.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I loved sharing my creations with you!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Minimalist Altered Canvas | Tutorial

Hi there!

I have been wanting to create several "art" pieces for a while now, and recently I got around to knocking one of these off my to do list!

This canvas in very minimalist and focuses on the font, the one word says it all!

I used some of my chunky chipboard Thickers stash (they are easier to paint over than the other styles of Thickers), Zip Dry (to secure the Thickers and make sure they stay stuck), Gesso, and white paint.

After securing the alphas and letting the glue dry, I painted the whole thing with two coats of Gesso, which acts as a bonding agent for the paint as well as a primer.

And then I added two coats of white paint, to make sure it was good and covered.

I am loving how it turned out, I am working on a gallery wall for my family room, but at the moment htis piece is hanging out int he living room!

Thanks fro visiting!