Monday, March 31, 2014

Published In The Spring Issue Of Life, Paper, Scrapbook!

Hello friends!  Today I am super excited to share that the Spring 2014 Issue of the online publication of Life, Paper, Scrapbook is now live and I have three scrapbook layouts in this issue.

Page 70
Page 96
Page 103

As a scrapbooker, and a Canadian, I am super honoured and thrilled to be published among some of these talented scrapbookers from all over the world.  So take a little break and grab a coffee or tea and if you care to have a look, you can find my layouts on Pages 70, 96 and 103.

I also wanted to share this layout that I created.  It isn't published, but I loved taking these photos at the Ocean Discovery Centre in Sydney, B.C. on the beautiful island of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Horses Forever Mini Album

Happy Sunday!  Today I wanted to share a mini album that I created for my niece Laine.  It's been a long time since I have made a mini album and it was fun!  My niece is a horse lover and she loves to ride and compete.  Cameo her horse is pretty special to her.  Funny, we both love our Cameo's.  Haha.

For this album I cut out the album pages with Silhouette Chipboard and my Silhouette Cameo and dressed it up with papers and stickers from the Giddy Up Girl Collection by Carta Bella.  The papers are nice and strong and perfect for mini albums.   I didn't go embellishment crazy because I wanted it to lay somewhat flat and make the photos more of the focus.  Please excuse the poor quality photos.  I took these in a hurry.  Here is my album:

I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to try a mini album.  I am looking forward to giving it to my niece. She took most of the photos and I want to surprise her.  Have a great day!


Cardstock - DCWV
Chipboard - Silhouette America
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (Gathered Twigs)
Patterned Paper - Carta Bella Giddy Up Girl Collection
Pen - Marvy Uchida
Ribbon - American Crafts
Stickers - Carta Bella Giddy Up Girl Collection
Wire Embellishments - Maya Road
Wood Embellishments - Studio Calico
Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Flowerpot Mixed Media Layout

Hello friends!  Happy Thursday.  Today I am sharing my mixed media layout over at Susan K. Weckesser.  Since it is now Spring here in Canada, I can't help but think about gardening and all the flowers that are popping up such as tulips and daffodils.

My layout below has lots of different mediums on it.  My definition of mixed media is lots of layers using paints, inks, stencils, sprays, and lots of texture and dimension.

For this layout I worked with Susan K. Weckesser's Live In Color Collection.  First I fussy cut some flowers and the title "Live In Full Color" as well as drew freehand and cut a flower pot.

 I then ran the flowerpot through my embossing machine with a weaved basket embossing folder to give it more texture and dimension then inked it with some distress ink.

Next I took some modelling paste and a brick stencil and added it the paper as shown. I felt that it  needed some color so I used a paint dabber in a beige color and dabbed the bricks.  When the brick background was completely dry,  I added some paint splats in red and yellow with my acrylic paint dabbers.

I adhered the stencilled paper to the kraft background and then added my flowers and flowerpot, which I gave more depth by adding some pop dots.  I thought the flowers needed something so I added some Liquid Glass and some yellow Stickles to the center of the red flower and when they were dry, I outlined with a fine black pen.  Finally I used Susan's stencil and added some "grass" with a green paint dabber and and around the top right and bottom left with a white paint dabber.

Here are some more closeups

I am going to put this in a 12X12 scrapbook frame and add it to my studio.  I hope I have inspired you to create.  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Technique Tuesday - Paper Bows

Hello scrappy friends!

Today I am up at Scrapbooker's Paradise sharing a technique on how to make bows with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  Come on over to the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog and I will show you all the details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Practical Scrappers March Blog Hop - Scrapping Our Stash

Hello scrappy friends!  Today at Practical Scrappers we are having a blog hop and there is lots of inspiration to get your scrap on.  You should have arrived here from Erin's blog but if not, you can start back at the beginning at the Practical Scrappers link.

I created a layout of my daughter on her wedding day.  I used lots of die cuts and feminine papers that I had left over after creating some cards and a layout with the Tea Break Collection from 

 There was a lot of layering and I also used a stencil and coloured some modelling paste with some Tim Holtz Distress Paint and sprayed the roses with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist in Primrose and added some lace and pearls.  The title "beautiful" was cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

Thanks for hopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Next on the hop is the talented Bobbi Smith.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine March Sketchy Challenge

Hello friends!  Every month I try to play along with the Sketchy Challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.  Here is the March Sketch designed by Sue Sykes
Here is the layout that I came up with for the sketch

I used an assortment of older collections of Bella Blvd. for the papers and fussy cut the tree and flower and cut the title, bow border, photo corners and embellishments with my Silhouette Cameo.  Finally I added some sequins.  I love sequins at the moment and use them on most of my layouts these days.  Purple is a difficult color for me but think that this turned out okay.  I didn't want to change the photo to black and white for this layout so tried to work with the purple.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Creative Sketches March Sketch

Hello friends!  How are you?  Are you ready for a sketch to get your creative mojo flowing?  Today at My Creative Scrapbook there is a great sketch created by team member Liz Chidester.

I used the Hip Hip Hooray Collection by We R Memory Keepers from the March Creative Kit that I was asked to guest design with at My Creative Scrapbook.  I created a birthday layout of my daughter's birthday.

I really enjoyed creating from this sketch.  I hope you give it a try and play along and upload it to My Creative Sketches for a chance to win an amazing kit.  There is a random draw for this gorgeous prize.  You have almost a month to create from the above sketch and upload it to the My Creative Sketches March Sketch link.  Contest closes April 14 at midnight EST U.S.A.

Have a creative day!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 15 Sketch Reveal At Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Saturday!  Today there is a new sketch up at Stuck?! Sketches 

I wanted to create a layout of my daughter and her niece that was bright and fun.  For this layout I used the Simple Stories Daily Grind Collection that was from a kit I won in January for my layout entry at Creative Scrappers.  My Creative Scrapbook sponsored the January prize.  I love Simple Stories bright fun colors and although it is a busy layout, I just went with it.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and check out the design team reveal at Stuck?! and upload your creation and play along for a prize.  Have a great day!