Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: July 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! And Happy Canada Day to all!! Thought I'd drop by to let you in on what I've been up to for the most recent Stuck?! Sketches reveal, revealed today. Here is the awesome sketch by the super talented Laura Whitaker:


And here's my design:


Wasn't quite sure what I was doing or where I was headed with this one, but once I chose a piece of Fancy Pants patterned paper for my background, I then layered bits and pieces I have left over from Pebbles' From Me to You collection. Stamped a few circular images using a Close-to-My-Heart stamp with some StazOn ink. Also hand-stitched using a Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMC floss. Stuck some American Crafts and October Afternoon alphas. Journalled on some Stampin' Up cardstock. And embellished away with some My Mind's Eye wood and enamel dots, a Prima Marketing resin flower and some bling, Crate Paper cork hearts, Jillibean Soup word stickers, a Maya Road cat clip, Making Memories staples, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and some May Arts ribbon. Photo by Philippe Dumas.

Want to see that the other design team members came up with for this sketch? Just take a hop right over here. And when you create something of your own using this sketch, please link an image of it to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches. You'll get a chance to win some awesome scrappy loot from Scrapmatts and ScrapMuch?.

Happy scrapping!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: June 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! So excited to share a recent layout I designed using Stuck?! Sketches' most recent sketch by the ever so talented Laura Whitaker. Here's the sketch:


And here's my design:


As you can see, I scaled down the sketch a bit to give more room for that gorgeous background patterned paper from Basic Grey's Highline collection. Actually, most of what you'll find on this layout is from that collection - patterned papers (12X12 and 6X6), snippets, stickers, chipboard stickers, and photo frames. I also added some American Crafts and October Afternoon alphas, Crate Paper rub-ons, Stampin' Up cardstock, Basic Grey buttons, stamping using a Close-to-My-Heart stamp and some StazOn ink, Making Memories staples, and of course, hand-stitching using a Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMC floss.

Want to see what the other design team members came up with for this sketch? Just hop on right over here! And when you design something yourself using this sketch, please link up an image of it to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches. You'll get a ballot to win some scrappy loveliness from Minnie Blooms Mixed Media Products and ScrapMuch?. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: June 1st Sketch, The Cut Shoppe co-challenge and Reveal

Hello, everyone! It's the month of June! It's the month of June! June is always a tad exciting for me as it's my birthday month and I tend to celebrate it the whole month through with some awesome scrappy friends who celebrate their own birthdays in June, too! Lots of things going on for sure, but there's always time to reveal a great Laura Whitaker sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches. Here's the new sketch:


This time around, Laura made some arrangements with the awesome Ashley Horton, the owner of The Cut Shoppe, and the Stuck?! Sketches design team was able to pick and choose some digital die-cuts of Ashley's to work with for this sketch. Here's what I came up with:


I had been waiting to try some tone on tone die-cutting for some time now. I worked with Ashley's X file die-cut and Basic Grey's RSVP collection - patterned papers, flags, wood die-cuts, stickers, and alphas. I also used a Jen Hadfield by Pebbles title sticker, a Studio Calico script transparency, a Christy Tomlinson rubon by Pink Paislee (which I actually cut in three pieces to spread it more evenly through the design), splashes of Heidi Swapp Color Shine and Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze and hand-stitching using a Stampin' Up stitching template and some DMC floss. Oh! And I just noticed a wee, little resin flower on that flower... a gift I received at a crop - manufacturer unknown. Photo by Philippe Dumas.

Wanna see what the other Stuck?! Sketches design team members came up with this time around? Hop on right over here and be prepared for some scrapsensational inspiration. And if you design your own layout based on today's challenge, please link it up to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches. You'll get a chance to win some scrappy loot from Scrapmatts and Scrapbook Circle.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: May15th Sketch and Reveal

Mid-month already! Mid-month already! And of course, Stuck?! Sketches has another fabulous Laura Whitaker sketch up along with the work of the design team! Wanna see the sketch? It's a beaut!


And here's my design:


Tons and tons and tons and... yes, tons of Basic Grey Picadilly on here. Also dashed a few Crate Paper buttons, Authentique alphas, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze and some hand-stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and some DMC floss. Oh! And the title is a Silhouette file that I cut twice on two different colours of Basic Grey patterned paper and layered slightly off, one over the other. And yes, that's little ol' me way back in the Summer of 1980.

Such an awesome sketch, eh? Made designing with it SO easy! And you wanna know something else? I love this sketch SO much that I think I'm gonna make one for each one of these flipped versions:




The possibilities are ENDLESS! Wanna design a layout using it? Please do and link it up to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches right here. You'll get a chance to win some awesome scrappy prizes from Creative Embellishments and ScrapMuch?.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Challenge YOUrself: Challenge #18 - Sketch Challenge

Hello, hello! It's reveal day over at Challenge YOUrself, where it's all about scrapping about YOU! This month, blog owner Lynn Lefebvre challenged us to design a layout using a specific sketch that she herself created. Here's my design followed by that awesome sketch:



Now, the inspiration for this piece didn't stop at the sketch for me. No siree Bob! Colour palette? Watercolours? Gelatos? Oh, yes! This one was totally inspired by the fabulous Missy Whidden!! I've been viewing her You Tube channel very often lately, and watching her scrap with these mixed media items gave me the itch to try them out. I had a few mishaps, but for my first try, I think I fared pretty well. Can't wait to take another stab at it on my next layout!! Gotta love new techniques!!

Set on a Basic Grey Picadilly patterned paper, I layered strips of patterned papers by Basic Grey, American Crafts, and We R Memory Keepers. I also tucked in some ephemera pieces by American Crafts along with some Heidi Swapp frames. Alphas are by Heidi Swapp and Basic Grey. Of course I handstitched a bit using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and some DMC floss, and à la Missy Whidden, I tucked some DMC floss behind some of those layered pieces. Watercolours by Artist's Loft. Gelatos by Faber-Castell. Dabbed some Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso on there, and I also splashed a few splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze. Staples by Memory Makers. Photos by Philippe Dumas.

And there you have it! Wanna see what the other design team members created using this sketch? Hop on right over here, and when you create your own layout about YOU using this month's sketch challenge, please link an image of your design to today's reveal over at Challenge YOUrself. You'll get the chance to win some awesome scrappy loot by doing so! YAHOO!

Happy scrapping!

Friday, 1 May 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: May1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! May is here, can you believe it?! The year is flying by so fast I truly can't keep up! ;) On that note, let's start the month with a Stuck?! Sketches reveal. YAHOO! Here is the Laura Whitaker sketch by which the design team was inspired:


And here's my design:


Used tons of Authentique's Pride and Anchored collections on here. Bought the Pride collection a few years back to make one of my brothers a mini-album of his trip to Washington D.C., and discovered that the Anchored collection had awesome background papers that matched the Pride collection papers. Win win for sure! And who would have thought that such colours would work for a pic of girl's first birthday? But they are absolutely perfect for this photo of ME (Imagine!) on my first birthday way back in 1979!! No pink in sight!! ;) I also splashed a few extra embellishments from some of my favourite go-to manufacturers: Fancy Pants' cork hearts and sequins, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, American Crafts and Stampin' Up brads, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and be still my beating heart, some good ol' fashioned Avery reinforcements. The title was die-cut on my Silhouette using a Silhouette design. I embossed it using my trusty Cuttlebug and one of its staple folders. And of course, I hand-stitched a bit using a The Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMS floss. And yes, I stitched straight through my photo - and it's the original! :o Hee!Hee!

And there you have it! If you'd like to design a  layout of your own using this sketch, please link it up to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches right here. You'll get the chance to win some awesome scrappy loot from DCWV or Scrapmatts.

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: April 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Mid-month ALREADY! WOW! It's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches. Wanna see what sketch Laura Whitaker inspired the design team with this time around? Here it is:

And here's my layout:


Used tons of Fancy Pants' Trendsetter on this one with a few odds and ends of Maya Road, Crate Paper (don't you just LOVE that piece of foiled vellum?), Tattered Angels, American Crafts (gotta love it when Thickers match a collection so perfectly!), and Studio Calico. Stamped some word script using a Stampin' Up stamp. Also stitched the word 'petits' with my very handy We R Memory Keepers stitching template, finding the needed letters and creating my own word with them. Also stitched around the perimeter of the layout using a Close to My Heart stitching template. All stitching done with DMC floss. I also fussy-cut the '2' out of one of the Fancy Pants' patterned papers and embossed it using a Stampin' Up embossing folder. And those little piggies? They are those of my sweet Éloïse in the Spring of 2014 in the ever-so-popular Perreault pose. As soon as I saw her put her feet like that, I grabbed my camera and started snapping pics. Hee!Hee!

Wanna see what the other design team members came up with for this sketch? Hop on right over here. And if you are inspired to follow suit, link up your own design to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches and get the chance to win some awesome scrappy loot from 7 Dots Studio and Creative Embellishments. YABADABADOO!

Happy scrapping!