Friday, 15 August 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: August 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Can't believe that half of August has already come and gone and that... gulp!... I only have two and a half more weeks of maternity leave left before life takes another turn!! EEK! Scrapbooking is definitely helping me in sorting out all these emotions that are coming and going and coming and going again. Thank goodness for paper!! ;) And today, is the second reveal day of the month over at Stuck?! Sketches. Here's the sketch by the incredible Laura Whitaker:

And here's my design along with a few close-ups:

I really wanted to respect the multi-photo concept of Laura's sketch, but it was one of those days that the photo was calling me. You see, on it, you have my husband, Mathieu, along with our oldest nephews, Émilien and Renaud, who both graduated from high school this past June. Even though this pic was taken in 2011, it shows how these three can still have tons of fun together when they just let go and are goofy. And I love that my husband is practically as close to them as I am, if not more - these two have Mathieu as an older brother almost. We're looking forward in having them right here with us in the Moncton area by the end of the month - they've both decided to pursue their studies in town! WOO!HOO!

Used tons of Bo Bunny's Key Lime collection for this one. I just loved the bright colours - totally contrasting from the black and white photo! Also added a Silhouette cut file for the title (isn't it awesome?), October Afternoon alphas, Stampin' Up silver-foiled paper and brads, a Studio Calico camera wood veneer, an Evalicious flair badge (which I am quite proud I used - I have a ton and I never think of using them even if I love the look of them on other people's layouts), a Tim Holtz stencil with some of his ink (the strips above the photo are totally hiding an inking mishap!), and a bit of stitching using my Bazzil Basics stitching template and some DMC floss. And there you go! Another layout - BOOM!

Wanna see what the rest of the Stuck?! Sketches design team came up with for the official reveal? Click right here. And do you wanna scrap to your little heart's content using today's sketch? Please do and link your design to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches. You'll get a chance to win a kit of the month from ScrapMuch?, as well as a $20 gift card from Paper Issues. And that's not all! Until the end of the challenge period, you can save 20% off your orders from Paper Issues just by using the code STUCK during your checkout. BONUS!! And ENJOY!!

And do you wanna know what else? I'll give you a hint...

I love scrappy anniversaries!! They're SO much fun!! Hee!Hee!

Happy scrapping!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: August 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hey, everyone! Thought I would show you what I designed for the August 1st reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches. And this reveal is extra special for me as it was a co-challenge with Let's Capture Our Memories, where I co-coordinate the blog for the owner, who supplied the colour combination. So, without any further adieu, drumroll please...

The sketch by the fabulous Laura Whitaker:

The colour combination prepared by LCOM:

And my design followed by a few close-ups:

Anybody guess what collection this is? Yup! That's right! Oxford by Basic Grey, c. 2011. As soon as I saw the colour combination, I thought of this awesome collection I still had on hand (12X12 patterned paper, sticker elements, and pieces). I also used a Simple Stories title sticker and some of their burlap banners, as well as October Afternoon alphas, Maya Road butterfly metal paper clips, Tim Holtz rubons, Making Memories staples, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and my forever scrapping staple - a Bazzill Basics Paper stitching template with some DMC floss.

Want to see what the Stuck?! Sketches team designed? Click right here. And how about the LCOM girls? Hop on right over here. Now, of course, if you participate in the challenges over at Stuck?! Sketches and LCOM, there are prizes up for grabs. May Arts (2 ribbon spools of winner's choice) and Flourish with a Bling (a $15 gift certificate) are sponsoring the Stuck?! sketch challenge and LCOM itself is offering a $20 gift certificate! You just have to make a layout using this sketch and colour combo and link it up to both reveals on each blog.

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: July 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Half of the month is already gone, but I'm celebrating the rest of the month that we still have with a Stuck?! Sketches reveal!! WOO!HOO! Here is the awesome sketch by Laura Whitaker we worked with this time around:

Beautiful, eh? I had three small vertical photos to play with, so I flipped the sketch to its left so that it looked like this:

The design team was also asked to create layouts using this very summery colour palette created by The Studio Challenges:

As soon as I saw the colour palette, it immediately made me think of American Crafts' Amy Tangerine Plus One collection. I SO love it when one collection has all the colours I'm looking for! A one-stop shop kind of thing!! And here is what I came up with:

And a few close-ups:

Also used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, a We R Memory Keepers stitching template with some DMC floss, Making Memories staples, a Christy Tomlinson rubon, some Queen & Co. washi tape, a bit of Stampin'  Up cardstock, and a cut file - Sketchy Circles - totally free over at Scrapbook and Cards Today right here.

How 'bout seeing the rest of the reveal? Click here to see what the other Stuck?! Sketches designers came up with for this "two-for-the-price-of-one" kinda challenge. Great inspiration for SURE! And if you link your own design using today's sketch and colour palette over at Stuck?! Sketches, you'll be in the running to win some awesome prizes from Boys Rules Kits and Paper Secrets. Woo!Hoo!

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: July 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! So happy for you to have taken the time to come for a visit to see what I've been up to lately! Today is extra special because it's Canada Day in my neck of the woods, PLUS, it's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches! Who could ask for anything more? ;) So, without further adieu, here is the fantastic sketch Laura Whitaker whipped up for her design team:

And here's what I designed, followed by a few close-ups:

Inspired by the Canada Day reveal, I used some 2011 Canada Day photos and highlighted them by scrapping with some My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side - One patterned paper, and some Record It! - Just Splendid enamel dots. Also splashed on some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze and stitched me some DMC floss using a Bazzill Basics stitching template. Finally, the title is an Ali Edwards original that I die-cut on my very handy Silhouette machine - which was my contribution to this reveal's joint challenge with Frosted Designs. Oh! And those triangles? I totally traced them from some Creative Embellishments chipboard triangles I had on hand. Nothing like some good ol' fashioned tracing and cutting! Hee!Hee! And those wooden buttons? You betcha! I have no clue where they come from!! Hee!Hee!

For those of you who would like your hand using this sketch, link your designs to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches right here. Your name will be added to all those submitted for not one, but two draws to win a fabulous prize from Creative Embellishments (a $20 gift certificate) and ScrapMuch? (a kit of the month).

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: June 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Can't believe that we're already mid-June! But that means that it's time for another reveal over Stuck?! Sketches. YAHOO! Here's the Laura Whitaker sketch we worked with this time around:

Now, I can't tell you just how much I LOVE this sketch. When I first saw it, I swear to you know who, my heart started to pitter patter just a bit faster. :) Here's what I created with it:

Mm-mm, that's right! Loved using the old Fancy Pants collections a few weeks ago that I just hauled them back out again for this design. Do you remember which ones? Yes! Christmas Magic and Hot Chocolate!! Also used a Martha Stewart border punch, Tim Holtz' Splatters Stencil with some of my oh, so favourite StäzOn ink in Timber Brown, a Bazzill Basics stitching template with some DMC floss, a few pieces of Queen & Co. washi tape, a couple of Studio Calico arrow wood veneers and some OLD metal snowflake embellishments that have been in my stash for SO long that I have no clue where they came from! And that title? Gotta love my Silhouette Cameo! Downloaded Studio Calico's February phrases and this one was perfect for this layout. Just perfect.

Wanna see what the other Stuck?! Sketches design team members designed this week? Hop on over right over here! And if you play along and link your own design to today's reveal over at Stuck?!, you'll have a chance to win some prizes from our great challenge sponsors, a $50 gift certificate from Flying Unicorn - It's about... One of a kind and 2 large pieces of chipboard from Scrapmatts - Share your creativity.

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: June 1st Sketch and Reveal

So happy that June is here! Why? It's time for another Stuck?! Sketches reveal, of course!! Hee!Hee! Here is the fabulous sketch Laura Whitaker gave the design team to work with this week:

Love those circles! But you know me - Having a horizontal 4X6 photo I absolutely wanted to scrap, I flipped the sketch to the left so that it looked like this:

And here is what I came up with:

Used tons and tons and tons of My Mind's Eye's Cut & Paste - Adorbs collection on this one. Also dashed some Creative Embellishments' circle chipboard pieces on there with some punched circles using Stampin' Up's silver foil paper. Yes, those inked coffee stains were done using Tim Holtz' Splatters stencil and StäzOn in my favourite shade, Timber Brown. Also added some Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, a Maya Road metal heart embellishment, We R Memory Keepers staples, stitching using my very handy Tim Holtz ruler and my ever-so-faithful DMC floss, and finally, some good ol' alphas by American Crafts and My Mind's Eye. Oh! And those navy and flowered circles were done by using my EK Success circle scissor, of course! Best little gadget I've seen out there in a long time!! SO handy! And the photo? Our sweet Éloïse on her father's shoulder when she was just a wee month a half old, taken by our friend, the very talented Philippe Dumas.

Here are few close-ups:

Want to see some gorgeous inspiration by the Stuck?! Sketches design team using this sketch? Head over to today's reveal right here. And of course, if you play along, please link up your design to today's reveal over at Stuck?! and get a chance to win 3 packs for Cherry Flair from A Piece of Cake Designs - Scrumptious Scrapbooking Kits, as well as a $15 gift certificate for some online shopping over at My Scraps & More.

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Let's Capture Our Memories: Sketch #73 (and a few extras!)

Good Saturday morning, everyone! Just a quick post to show you what I just designed for Let's Capture Our Memories' Sketch #73, revealed today, based on a fabulous sketch by Ana Castro.

Lots of Simple Stories - Homespun on here (6X6 patterned paper, 12X12 Simple Basics Kit, decorative brads, bits & pieces, SN@P! cards, SN@P! Instasquares), with some My Mind's Eye wood dots, Stampin' Up cardstock, silver foil paper and metal clip, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, an ACCO paper clip, stitching with DMC floss using a Bazzill Basics stitching template, an Ali Edwards cut file, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas and... that washi tape? I have no clue! :) And that white piece behind the layout? The B-side of an old single-sided Basic Grey patterned paper I've had in my stash F-O-R-E-V-E-R!! Love it! (Don't worry, though. I have another piece of that BG patterned paper in my stash just waiting to be used!! Hee!Hee!)

To see what the LCOM girls designed using this sketch, hop on over here. There's also a card sketch to play with! And when you feel the itch to scrap using these sketches, link up your project(s) to today's reveal on the LCOM blog and be entered to win a $20 LCOM gift certificate!! Woo!Hoo! You have until May 31st to participate.

While I'm here, I thought I'd show you a few projects I've blogged about over on the LCOM blog in the last month or so:

April 17, 2014 - Product Shuffle: Stencils and Masks

April 19, 2014 - "Sketch This Out!" Sketch #68
April 28, 2014 - Inspiration Station: Triangles

And there you have it! Hope you have an awesome weekend and that you'll have some time to do what we all love best: SCRAP!

Happy scrapping!