Friday, 8 January 2016

Smile - Scrapping for the fun of it!

Hello, everyone! I've been so busy blogging on other blogs that my own little space here is getting a tad rustic indeed. Well, I took a bit of time this week to scrap just for the fun of it. YAY! Here is what I came up with using the absolutely beautiful Cedar Lane collection by Pink Paislee:


This photo of my kids is one of my favourites - ever! Taken by a friend of mine, Philippe Dumas, it just depicts how much they can enjoy being together just being kids. I am so happy to have found a hobby that can make such special photos come to life even more.

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: September 15th Sketch, Reveal and Good-bye

Hello, everyone! It's been awhile, I know, but the end of Summer for us was marked with some not so good moments, so my scrappy time was cut short a bit. In fact, I've had to make the difficult decision to step down from the Stuck?! Sketches team in order to have a bit more time for me and my family. With the Stuck?! Sketches design team call that just ended a few days ago, I thought it was the perfect time to take a step back and let other designers be part of this fabulous team. However, I didn't want to go without revealing one last design for the awesome Laura Whitaker. So, here's today's sketch:


And here's my design:



I've always loved this photo of my parents taken in 2011, while we were vacationing in Cape Breton. It's SO them, before all the craziness of cancer and broken hips and getting older, doing what they do best, enjoying the simplest things in life, working together around the house, being the pillars of the family, not just for their own five children, but for the whole extended family, too. And Simple Stories' Homespun collection is SO perfect for scrapping pics of my parents - I often gravitate towards it every time I do. Tons of it on here - patterned papers, chipboard, stickers, alphas, die-cuts... I think that's it. Hee!Hee! I also included some Freckled Fawn embellishments, a piece of Tim Holtz kraft patterned paper, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Stampin' Up cardstock journalling strips, Prima leaves, and yes, of course, hand-stitching using a Close-to-My-Heart stitching template with some DMC floss. Oh! And those circles? I cut them using my very good friend's circular dies with my Cuttlebug. No magnetic plate to be found so I just taped them directly onto the patterned paper and voilà! Easy peasy! Thanks Isabelle E!

Want to see what the other designers came up with for this great sketch? Hop along right over here. And when you play along, please link up your design using today's sketch onto today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches. You'll get the chance to win some super scrappy stuff from Lindy's and Evalicious.

So there you have it- my 33rd layout with Stuck?! Sketches since I first joined the team in May 2014. It's been a blast! And I look forward in keeping up with what the new team will design using Laura's ever-so-inspiring sketches. Huge shout out to Laura for having let me be part of the Stuck?! Sketches family for so long. You are an amazing source of inspiration for us all! Big hugs!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: August 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Already in the middle of the month!! WOW! Summer is just going by just like that! But no worries - still lots of time to scrap and today is reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches where Laura Whitaker is sharing a new sketch to inspire all scrappers out there. Here it is:


Love it! And here's what I came up with:


I was so psyched to see that big spot on the bottom of the sketch reserved for patterned paper! I usually cluster patterned paper around the photo, but when I saw this sketch, I was totally excited to try something new. Pretty much all the layout was done using Basic Grey Hello, Luscious pieces. And instead of adding a second photo, I replaced it with some fussy-cut flowers and stems I found on a coordinating piece of patterned paper. I also added some Basic Grey alphas (which I inked using some Tim Holtz Distress Ink and embossed with the Cuttlebug), Cosmo Crickets word/phrase stickers, a Freckled Fawn wood veneer word, a Prima metal butterfly clip, Stampin' Up vellum, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Liquitex acrylic paint, hand-stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template with some DMC floss, and old corrugated box and recipe card pieces.

And there you have it! Want to see what the other Stuck?! Sketches designers have come up with? Hop along right over here. And when you link your own design using today's sketch over on today's Stuck?! Sketches reveal, you'll get the chance to win some awesome scrappy loot from ScrapMuch? and A Flair for Buttons. Now, there's a reason to get scrappin'! ;)

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: August 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! I can't believe that August is already here!! Holy schnitzels!!! But that means that it's another reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches. Yabadabadoo! Laura Whitaker provided this great sketch for us to play with:


And this is what I came up with:


This photo is so precious for me - a simple pic of my mother's hands rinsing carrots she had just harvested from the garden. Growing up, this was always a common scene and one I often took for granted. But as I grow older, I try to savour these little moments as much as I can as I know I will truly miss them when she is no longer there to do little, random things like this.

I can't truly explain why, but gardening photos always remind me of Basic Grey's Picadilly collection. So that's exactly what I chose for this layout. Patterned papers, stickers and a button - most of this layout is made with pieces from that collection. I also used a tiny strip of Pebbles patterned paper, two Maya Road envelopes and pins (threaded with some Stampin' Up linen thread, just like the button), a Kaisercraft wood veneer flower I've had in my stash for-EVER, My Little Yellow Bicycle corrugated alphas, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, Stampin' Up vellum, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, hand-stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and some DMC floss and an old rolodex card (A huge shout out to Isabelle E for sharing!). Love how this turned out. Nothing trendy, really, but a piece using scrappy stash I've always loved, but never got around in using. 

Wanna see what the other Stuck?! Sketches gals came up with for this sketch? Hop along right over here. And when you link up your own design using today's sketch onto today's Stuck?! Sketches reveal, you'll get the chance to win some scrappy loot from DCWV and/or Scrapmatts.

Happy scrapping! 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: July 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! Just a quick post today to let you in on my most recent design for Stuck?! Sketches. Here's the awesome sketch by Laura Whitaker:


And my design:


Whenever I scrap photos of my oldest nephew and godson, Renaud, I always gravitate to my Basic Grey stash. And BG's Clippings collection - patterned papers and alphas - was perfect to highlight this sweet photo of Renaud passing down his love and knowledge of trains to Louis-Olivier a few Summers ago. The colours are absolutely perfect! Also dashed a few extra things - Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Magenta mesh, Making Memories staples, Close to My Heart metal embellishments, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, America Crafts alphas, Stampin' Up cardstock, and some good ol' fashioned hand stitching using my Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMC floss.

Want to see what the other Stuck?! Sketches girls came up with for this sketch? Hop along right over here. And when you link your own design using today's sketch over on today's SS reveal, you'll get the chance to win some scrappy loot from Creative Embellishments and Die Cuts with a View. YAHOO!

Happy scrapping!

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!