Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Splish Splashy Day | Your Next Stamp

Hi there!

I am honoured to be Guesting over at Your Next Stamp this month, and although I have participated in a few posts, today is my official intro on their blog!  I would love for you to pop on over and check it out!

I created this card especially for my introductory post using Little Darling Madison - isn't she just perfect for a summer celebration?

I am looking forward to sharing more projects using sweet stamps from Your Next Stamp during the month, I hope you follow along and check out all of the amazing DT inspiration.

Don't forget you still have time to hop with us, you can find out all of the details here.

And you still have time to save 20% off your purchase using code YNSJuly20 when you check out of the  Your Next Stamp store.

Product List:  Stamp - Your Next Stamp; paper - My Mind's Eye; ink - Memento; Copic colours - E001, E02, E13. R20, E23. E27, YR24, R05, R08, Y23, Y26, Y32, B00, B02, G20, G99; Copic paper; Clear Star Gelly Roller pen; misc. button, ribbon and cardstock.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Oh Happy Day | Gotcha Day #10

Hi riends,

I am back again for my third post of the day with a more personal share.

Today we are celebrating this young man's 10th "Gotcha" Day!  I cannot believe it has been almost 12 and a half years since he landed in my waiting arms, at less than 24 hours old.  Today marks his 10th year anniversary as our son, in the legal sense of the word.  But we knew from the very beginning that he was meant to be ours. At some points our adoption journey was hard and felt never ending, sometimes I wondered if it was ever going to work out the way we wanted.  It was definitely a long and often worrisome two plus years.  The silver lining to wading through mountains of paperwork, missed visitations and pools of tears was the time we were able to spend being a family before we were "mom" and "dad".

Each year I like to make our Timothy a special card, this is the one I created for this year.

Supply List:  cardstock: Staples and Recollections; image stamp: Your Next Stamp; sentiment stamp: Lawn Fawn; patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Copics and Copic paper for image; Memento black ink;  Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher Hemptique twine; misc. button.

Thank you for visiting again today and letting me share our joy with you!

Dreamer | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Hi there!!

Today I am sharing my very first page using the brand new July / August kit from Boys Rule!  If you have been stopping by here for a while you may know about my love for black and white and yellow, well be still my heart when I opened this kit and find some Kaisercraft "Shine Bight" goodies! Woo hoo!  You know that is going to be the first thing that I work with, right!  Of course!

I had this photo on my desk and thought it would work really nicely with these papers, even though I think I should be working with summer photos.  Next time, I promise.

This is what I created:

I added in some fun strips of many pattens and lots of stickers from the various stickers sheets in the kit.  Adding in a bit of teal and a touch of red for a bit of fun. I also did some straight line doodling t help the elements "pop" off of each other.

Kit Supply List: Kaisercraft pattern papers and stickers; Echo Park and Simple Stories stickers; Studio Calico washi stickers. (Smooch Spritz in yellow from a previous kit.)

Stash items: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Staedtler pen, Distress ink, scrap of black cardstock.

Thank you for visiting!

Never Too Old | Your Next Stamp Hop

Hi there!

I am having so much fun playing with my YNS stamps and today I am lucky enough to participate in a Blog Hop with the Your Next Stamp DT.  If you hop along with us and leave some love along the way, you will have a chance to win a $20.00 YNS gift certificate!

I created this card using the new release "Clowning Around" Stamp set.It is super cute and really versatile with three images and several different options for sentiments. And I love that it rounds out my stamp stash nicely with something for a more mature person.

I ended up cutting out the image after I coloured it up, mainly because when I was colouring the cute hat my R59 Copic dripped a HUGE blob right beside the hat.  And of course, I was almost finished colouring him up, and I was liking the way it was turning out.  Go figure!  So I decided I could save him by cutting him out.  I then re-stamped the image again to get the background parts of the stamp.  I opted to use these super sparkly Gumdrops from YNS as the juggling balls.  Love the way it looks!

Karen is offering everyone a 20% off discount to the YNS store until the 12th, so be sure to take advantage of this generous offer and stock up on some super cute stamps, dies and goodies!

Now get hopping and have fun!

Supply List: Your Next Stamp image and sentiment from "Clowning Around" and gumdrops; Copic paper; My Mind's Eye patterned paper; Staples cardstock; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Versamark ink for edges; Memento ink for stamping; Copic colours - E000, E01, E33, R20, R56, R59, YG05, YG09, Y06, Y02, Y28, Y26, B01, B000; Clear Star Gelly Roller.

Thank you for visiting and good luck to you!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrate with a Bang | Your Next Stamp

Hi there!

I have been holding onto some news for a LOOONG time now, I have been invited to Guest DT at Your Next Stamp this month!  Woo Hoo!  Lucky me! Karen, the owner of Your Next Stamp, sent me a lovely package of fabulous stamps to play with, I will tell you it felt like Christmas opening that package! What more could a crafty gal ask for?

My official intro on the blog isn't until next week, but I am playing along with the DT and a few fun events in the meantime.  Today we are all sharing a "sneak peek" project using one of the newly released stamps.  I used "Fireworks Background" to create my card in honour of our recent celebration of Canada Day!

I started by adding some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to my background and then stamping with Versamark and heat embossing with gold Zing embossing powder.  I love the way it looks just like and exploding firework!

Please be sure to visit the Your Next Stamp blog for a complete list of all of the DT sneak peeks. And check back with me tomorrow for some more YNS fun!

Supply List:  Copic paper, Staples cardstock, Tim Holtz red Distress Ink, Zing embossing powder, Versamark, Memento black ink, Colorbox gold ink, Hemptique twine, My Mind's Eye patterned paper.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | A new Double Page sketch

Hi there!

I am celebrating a brand new month and series of Sketch-y Friday challenges with ScrapMuch? today, sharing  a double page sketch to inspire you to create and play along!

I hope to see you joining in on the challenges!  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hello Beach Babe | Stuck?! Sketches | Simple Stories

Hi there!

Today is our first reveal of the month at Stuck?! Sketches and I am excited to share my layout!

I decided to work on my Cuba album a little more, seeing as the trip was only 3 years ago, ha!  This sketch allowed me to use 3 photos which was perfect for this beach-y photo shoot of our youngest.

I pulled out some leftover Simple Stories "hello summer", this collection just worked out so perfectly even though this was actually January!  It was our first trip ever to somewhere warm during our cold season.  Loved it!

I started by adding the circle elements to my page using acrylic paint and a few circular plastic jars that I keep in my stash for just such a occasion.  Once they were dry I also added some black circles over top of the yellow with my Staedtler pen (I like the definition this adds), and then I sprinkled some Mr. Huey's mist around my page.

I cut out this 'hello' from one of the acrylic overlays in the collection - I really love the way it looks!

You can see my signature layering of embellishments here.

And here.

I thought it might be fun to journal on my photo, I wasn't brave enough to add too much in case I made a mistake but it's a start ;) Sharpie works great for this, by the way.

I added some tone on tone stitching for texture, pop dotted some stickers for dimension and added a couple of Evalicious badge buttons (flair) for fun.

Here is the sketch, I hope it inspires you to play along!

As usual, we have two great sponsors giving away prizes - so we will have two happy scrappers!



Product List:

DecoArt Paint; Mr. Huey's mist; Simple Stories patterned paper, acrylic sheet, stickers, chipboard; Evalicious flair; Hemptique button twine; WRMK floss; Freckled Fawn geo clip; misc. button; Staedtler pen; teal Sharpie.

Be sure to pop on over to Stuck?! Sketches to see the DT inspiration!

Thanks for visiting!

July Reveal for ScrapMuch? | Bella Blvd

Hi there and Happy Canada Day!

Guess what? It is also my birthday!  The years are adding on quick - it's kind of scary!  These would likely help, if hey showed up at my door!  Though I cannot remember the last time that I had cake on my birthday.

Anyway, on to the reason for my post.  It is time for my monthly reveal for ScrapMuch?   And this month I was given some great products from the Bella Blvd "Just add color" collection.

Like these great papers:

And these fun stickers:

And this fab acetate sheet:

And these pretty sequins from Doodlebug:

I was super inspired to play!

I started with this page, cutting the star paper to size, then trimming it into strips, I added water colour paints in some of the colours from my photo to each strip - it turned out a little more muted than I would have hoped but I like it all the same.

I pulled out some of the orange and black and white stickers to adorn my page.

Then I trimmed Timmy's jersey number from one of the patterned papers and painted them orange.  I die cut a large star and the word "star" with my Silhouette to place under my photo.  Adding in some doodling for fun.

I also cut some stars our of painted paper to use as embellishments.

Product List: Bella Blvd patterned papers and stickers; Doodlebug sequins; water colour paints; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I had a lot of fun while creating this page, playing with the acetate paper and glitter.  I will share my technique with you next Wednesday.

My title is a super simple die cut.

I decided to focus on the pinks and teals from the stickers for this page.  I love this combo together.

Several of the Doodlebug sequins embellish the centre of my fussy cut flower.

I also added some stitching and straight line doodling to help the acetate sheet pop.

Product List: Bella Blvd patterned papers and stickers; Doodlebug sequins; CTMH water colour pencils; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; misc. glitter; Sharpie teal marker.

For my last page I added more colour to my page, colouring several of the patterned papers with a few different mediums, like Copic markers (which work great by the way), water colour paints and water colour pencils.

I used my Copic markers to colours the flowers, and added sequins to the centres, then I fussy cut them to adorn my page.

I also pulled several colours from the sticker sheet to colour in the black and white diagonal striped paper, leaving a white stripe every so often to that the other patterned papers would still tie in together.

The polka dot paper got a bit of yellow water colour paint and the number paper got treated with blue water colour paint.

I know it is hard to tell but if you look closely at the heart paper, you can see that I colours the hearts with water colour pencils, I also fussy cut a few of them our to adorn my page.  I also used a small scrap of vellum from my stash as an extra layer (you know I love layers) and my title was cut from the Silhouette.

Product List: Bella Blvd patterned papers and stickers; Doodlebug sequins; water colour paints; CTMH water colour pencils; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Copic Markers (V04, Y13, YR15, R43, BG02. BG11, BG15); American Crafts vellum.

Thank you so much for visiting today