Sunday, 27 November 2016

Scrap Our Stash November 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #44 Reveal

Hello, hello! It's my turn to reveal my design for Scrap Our Stash's November 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #44. This month's sketch was created by Rochelle Spears:


And here's my design:


I'll admit it. I've been known to buy a collection or two or... twenty?;)... just because I find them absolutely beautiful. However, when it comes time to work with them, I get stuck. 'Tis was the case with My Mind' Eye's Stella & Rose - Hattie collection, c. 2011. Yes, that's right. It's been sitting in my stash for five years now, just waiting to be chosen for a project. Yes, I lifted layouts I had found on the internet when it first came out, but I had yet to use it predominantly on a layout of my own. But not anymore! So happy with how this layout turned out. Layered tons of different Hattie patterned papers along with some of its sticker chipboard, tags and labels. In order to create some matching embellishments, I even fussy-cut some of those flowers from the boldest piece of patterned paper. I also incorporated some MME patterned papers from its Lost & Found - Sunshine collection that came out a few months later in 2011. I had specifically bought them because they matched the Hattie collection so much! There are also some Sunshine collection buttons on there. Other than that, I added some Crate Paper chipboard title and sticker embellishments along with a Maya Road banner clip, some American Crafts alphas and corrugated cardstock, Magic Mesh, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and some handy stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and some DMC floss. And my +3? You guessed it! The colors - grey, harvest gold, and indigo. As soon as I saw the proposed colors in the lists, I immediately thought of this collection and thought to myself, "I am long overdue to scrap with this collection!" SO very happy I did!

Hope you're inspired to use those collections you've been hoarding since forever! It's so fun to fall in love with older collections all over again. It reminds us why we bought those products in the first place! And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this challenge, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Scrap Our Stash November 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge #44 Reveal

Hello, everyone! Today, I get to reveal my design for Scrap Our Stash's November 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge #44. Here's the inspiration piece:

And here's my design:


As soon as I saw the Dr. Seuss book cover for this month's challenge, I immediately thought of an old October Afternoon collection I've had on hand for years - Rocket Age. Remember that one? c. 2011? Oh, yes. But, never in a million years did I think I'd end up using it for a wedding layout! ;) Here you see very, very good friends of ours on their wedding day in 2008. Set on an Echo Park Fall Blessings patterned paper, I layered different-sized squares in a "random" sequence. I then layered the photo on top of Stampin' Up vellum, ripped cardboard box pieces, and a piece of ruled transparency in gold foil. There's also an OA Rocket Age ephemera piece underneath there. I then sprinkled some Studio Calico wood veneer stars (as per the challenge!) along with some Stampin' Up tiny brads, Heidi Swapp mist, and Tattered Angels glaze. There's also a Crate Paper brad and title sticker, October Afternoon alphas, stickers, and button, Stampin' Up cardstock, and of course, my go-to hand-stitching using a Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMC floss.

So there you have it! Another layout designed with scrappy stash of old. But it totally works! Hope it will get you digging around your own supplies to get some layouts done. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this challenge, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Scrap Our Stash October 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #43 Reveal

Hello, hello! Today's the day I reveal my design for Scrap Our Stash's October 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #43. But before I do that, here's the Brenda Ragsdale sketch along with the second part of the challenge:


And here's what I came up with:


I know I've said it before, but I really do love how SOS is making me use some of the scrappy stash I've been holding onto for years. Recognize these patterned papers? Most of them are from one of Heidi Swapp's very first collections - No Limits, c. 2012. There are also pieces from BoBunny's more recent Pop Quiz collection as well as one of We R Memory Keepers's Shine collection. I also added a few extra pieces from Heidi Swapp's No Limit collection (the banner pieces and a journalling card), some Stampin' Up cardstock and transparency pieces, a Pink Paislee tab, some Magic Mesh, Basic Grey and October Afternoon alphas, a few splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, hand-stitching using two snowflake stitching templates - one from Bazzill Basics and the other, from American Crafts - along with some DMC floss, buttons I've had on hand since forever, and Fancy Pants chipboard alphas I covered with BoBunny patterned paper. Those chipboard alphas, my goodness, I've had for almost ten years, now. I used to use them as stencils - tracing letters onto the back of patterned papers and fussy-cutting them out so that I could keep the chipboard for other projects. Well. My alpha collection has grown exponentially since then. I still traced the letters onto the back of patterned papers, but I glued the papers onto the chipboard pieces and off they went onto my layout. ;) As for my items on the three lists? Yes, that's right! I was inspired by the three showcased colors and used them as accents on my layout. Love how this one turned out! Photos taken in 2004 by my sister, Ginette.

Hope you're inspired to get some stashbusting done! It's so fun to dig around in your scrappy stash and find hidden gems that still totally work today. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this challenge, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Scrap Our Stash October 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge #43 Reveal

Hello, hello! So happy to reveal my design for Scrap Our Stash's October 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge #43. Here's the inspiration piece:

And here's my design:


Now, for those of you following me these past few months, I've been on a Basic Grey binge. And I've also been using some of my older scrappy stash. However, rest assured that I do have newer supplies... ;) ... like this beauty of a collection - Fancy Pants' Good Fellows. As soon as I saw it released, I knew I had to have it. It's just SO perfect to scrap pics of my husband and son, or even to make birthday cards for my son's friends, When I first saw this challenge, I immediately thought of this collection paired with this photo. I used tons of the collection on here: patterned papers (both 12X12 and 6X6), tags, ephemera, a puffy dot sticker, and corrugated cardstock. I also added some 7 Gypsies patterned paper, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Basic Grey basic alphas and metal stars, Prima alphas, an American Crafts title sticker, splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, a Heidi Swapp rubon, and hand-stiching using a Bazzil Basics stitching template and some DMC floss (perfect for using twine, thread or string as per this month's challenge rules). Sketch by Laura Whitaker. Photo by Philippe Dumas.

Hope you're inspired to start cutting into your newer stash to capture your favorite memories. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this challenge, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Scrap Our Stash September 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #42 Reveal

Hello, everyone! SO happy to reveal my take for Scrap Our Stash's September 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #42. But before I do that, here's the Rochelle Spears sketch along with the second part of the challenge:


And here's what I designed:


SO love how SOS is inspiring me to dig deep in my stash and use scrappy goodies I've been holding onto for years! Such is the case with Basic Grey's What's Up? collection. As soon as I saw air balloons in the first list of items to use on this layout, I started looking for it. I knew there was this BG collection that had some in it. And ta-da! There it was. I used tons of it for this layout - patterned papers (I fussy-cut that air ballon - it's actually just half of a balloon, but tucked behind my paper layers, it still does the trick!), alphas, and chipboard stickers. I also layered a piece of BG's Wisteria collection as well as one from BG's RSVP collection. They matched so perfectly! YAY! Finally, I added a few buttons (item from list 2) as embellishments on the air balloon, Stampin' Up cardstock for my journalling and some of their vellum behind my photo, a Freckled Fawn title wood veneer piece, a few splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze (my journalling is actually hiding a few splatting mishaps!), a run of the mill paper clip, and yes, of course, some hand-stitching using a Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMC floss. Oh! And my item for list 3 is the piece of patterned paper with chevrons on it. Photo by Jocelyne Roy, a scrappy friend who's been babysitting my sweet Éloïse for the past two years. Love these pics she takes of our girl while we're working. Merci, Jocelyne!

Hope you'll dig deep in your own stash to find everything you need to create something for this challenge. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this challenge, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!


Friday, 23 September 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: September 15, 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, again! So very excited to finally share with you all what I've designed using Laura Whitaker's latest Stuck?! Sketches sketch along with this reveal's partner, JustNick. Once again, here's the awesome sketch I was working with:


And here's what I designed:


Now, before you ask where are the JustNick die-cuts, they are there, I promise. As of late, many layouts created using digital die-cuts showcase the die-cut itself. And they are absolutely beautiful. However, in my case, I had already created this layout for this reveal before I found out that I had to add some JustNick elements to it. I was stumped. I really liked the original version. I still wanted to reveal it via Stuck?! Sketches, so... I brought it back to the basics. What shapes were predominantly found on my layout? Circles, rectangles, and... hearts! With this in mind, I went in my JustNick collection of digital die-cuts and found the Hearts file.


It was PERFECT! I cut a few hearts out of textured vellum, dry-embossed them and layered them in my patterned paper cluster. I may have liked my layout a lot before, but now, I L-O-V-E it! YAY!

So what else did I use for this layout? Went to my My Mind's Eye stash this time around (gotta give Basic Grey a break sometime... Hee!Hee!) and took out the Cut & Paste Adorbs collection. Used some of its patterned papers (both the 12X12 and the 6X6) and buttons. I also a few Basic Grey buttons and alphas (gotta put some BG somewhere... Hee!Hee!), wood veneer hearts (I believe from Maya Road, but I may be mistaken), Fancy Pants and MME title stickers, Crate Paper chipboard stickers, stamping using one of my all-time favourite sets ever by Prima Marketing and some Versafine inkm ink splats using some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, pieces of The Paper Company's textured vellum for the hearts I cut using the JustNick Hearts file, dry-embossing using a Tim Holtz folder with my good ol' Cuttlebug, and hand-stitching using a Crafter's Workshop stitching template with some DMC floss. And yes, you see two dates on there - one for each photo. Mm-mmm, that's right. I scrapped a layout with photos taken on different days. But do they ever show how my husband and our sweet Éloïse share such an amazing relationship. And that's what this layout is all about - just being happy with those around us.

Now, Stuck?! Sketches is celebrating its third anniversary for the whole month of September and is fortunate to be able to offer extra prizes for both of its challenges this month! For the September 1st sketch, here's what's up for grabs:


Creative Embellishments Prize = $25.00 gift certificate
ScrapMuch? Prize = $20.00 gift certificate towards their project kits
JustNick Prize = $25.00 gift certificate

Please link up your layouts over in the Stuck?! Sketches sidebar right here by September 29, 2016, at midnight EST to be in the running for one of these prizes!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: Anniversary Bash Part 2

Hello, hello! The celebrating is still going on over at Stuck?! Sketches as it celebrates its third anniversary. YAY!



Today, it's reveal day for a brand new Laura Whitaker sketch that you can use to win some amazing prizes. Here's the sketch:


Amazing stuff right there. Mm-mmm, that's right. And the fun doesn't stop there! Oh, no it doesn't... From now until the end of the month, some of our team members (including yours truly) will be jointly revealing their designs with JustNick. SO exciting! AND... here are the prizes that are up for grabs for this sketch:

Creative Embellishments Prize = $25.00 gift certificate
ScrapMuch? Prize = $20.00 gift certificate towards their project kits
JustNick Prize = $25.00 gift certificate

Please link up your layouts over in the Stuck?! Sketches sidebar right here by September 29, 2016, at midnight EST to be in the running for one of our prizes! All prizes will be drawn randomly using Random.org to pick a number.

Happy scrapping!