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!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Challenge YOUrself: Challenge #17 - Around Here

Hello, hello! It's reveal day over at Challenge YOUrself today. This month, the challenge was to create something about the daily routines of our lives. For me, since the new year rolled along, I've been trying to enjoy the simplest of things with my family - taking the time to truly enjoy the snippets of time we have together between work and school and activities. Here's what I came up with:


T-O-N-S of Fancy Pants' new collection, Flutter, on here - patterned paper (did you know that the collection is textured? Even the 6X6 paper pad?), gold chevron foiled paper, pieces of the ephemera pack, a button, a brag card or two, and bits of the insta pack. Also added a piece of Crate Paper foiled vellum (LOVE IT!), a My Scraps and More free digital cut you can find right here, American Crafts alphas, a Basic Grey sticker, Magenta mesh, splatters of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Heidi Swapp Color Shine and Liquitex Acrylic Ink, with a few sequins I found laying around in my scrappy stash and some stitching, oh yes, all hand-stitched usings a The Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMC floss. Photo by Philippe Dumas. Finally, I was greatly inspired by this awesome Karan Gerber sketch:


Wanna see what the other Challenge YOUrself team members are up to these days? Hop on right over here. And if you want to share what you do everyday by designing at little something yourself, please link your creation to today's reveal over at Challenge YOUrself. Make sure that YOU are in the photo! You'll get a chance to win a fun, scrappy prize!

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: April 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Today is the first of the month and you know what that means - it's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the beautiful sketch by the oh, so fabulous Laura Whitaker the design team worked with this time around:


And here's my design:


Went old school on this one - bits and pieces of Basic Grey Pyrus patterned papers with one of my all-time favourite piece of patterned paper ever, the Spring Fever piece from Fancy Pants' It's the Little Things collection (which are hiding some major flopportunities!). I also stamped some stitched circles using an awesome stamp set by Prima Marketing with some StazOn ink. Also stitched zigzag patterns onto some strips using a Close to My Heart stitching template and some DMC floss, adhered a few My Mind's Eye wooden dots and splattered some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze here and there. That title? A piece of copper wire my dear friend worked with to spell the name of my cutie-pie daughter, Éloïse. She even got the accents in there and everything! Thanks Isabelle E!!! And that photo? Taken by the incredible Philippe Dumas

Want to see what the other designers came up with for this sketch? Hop on right over here. And if you play along and link your design to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches, you'll get a chance to win some fabulous prizes from Scrapmatts and ScrapMuch?. Woo!Hoo!

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: March 15th Sketch and Reveal

Mid-month already! And that means that another awesome sketch by the fabulous Laura Whitaker has just been revealed over at Stuck?! Sketches!! Wanna see what she's sketched for us this time? Here it is:


In love with this sketch doesn't really cover how I L-O-V-E this sketch!! It's absolutely AMAZING! Here's my take on it:


I've always loved this family photo a scrappy friend of mine, Sandie Dunn, took of us way back in 2010. Funny how I've had it for years and never thought of scrapping it with Echo Park's Note to Self collection. The colour palette is just so perfect and brings the attention straight to Louis-Olivier. Layered tons of bits and pieces of that collection onto an OLD piece of Basic Grey patterned paper from their Origins collection and added a bit of BG's What's Up red patterned paper. Also splashed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze on there and scattered some gold Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-off stickers here and there. That title? A foiled thicker title from American Crafts. Stitched a bit using gold DMC floss and a Close to My Heart stitching guide, stapled a few Making Memories staples and glued a few strands of Hemptique crafter's cord directly onto my photo. I also tucked in a few pieces of good ol' corrugated cardboard I inked a bit with some Ranger Distress ink. And that die-cut heart in the background? It's a downloadable cut file I found on the Scrapbook & Cards Today website designed by the über-talented Nicole Nowosad - and it's totally free right here!

Wanna see what the rest of the Stuck?! Sketches design team created with this sketch? Hop on right over here! And if you play along, you'll get the chance to win some awesome prizes from Creative Embellishments and Linnie Blooms Mixed Media Products!!

Happy scrapping!