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!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Challenge YOUrself: Challenge #16 - The Bucket List

Hello, everyone! Today is reveal day over at Challenge YOUrself, where we are all challenged monthly to get in front of the camera and scrap memories that include us in the photo. This month, it's all about the bucket list - a series of experiences and/or achievements one hopes to accomplish during a specific length of time. Here's what I came up with:



Used oodles and oodles and oodles more of Crate Paper's Storyteller collection on this one. Set on yet another MME kraft patterned paper b-side, I also added some Basic Grey brads and alphas, Making Memories staples, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Queen & Co. washi tape, a few wood veneer dragonflies (American Crafts? Prima? Studio Calico? Not sure!), a few extra alphas from MME, a Jillibean Soup sticker and some stitching using my newest favourite tool - one of two Close to My Heart stitching templates - with some DMC floss. And those pinwheels? Made them myself by cutting different-sized squares, cutting lines towards the centre from each corner, and folding every other flap. Easy peasy! But really, this layout was HUGELY inspired by the January 2015 My Creative Sketches sketch:


Isn't it a great sketch? As soon as I saw it, my scrappy senses soared! Hee!Hee! I know this will become a go-to sketch for me. On that note, please feel free to hop on board with the rest of the Challenge YOUrself bucket lists and link up your own design to today's reveal over at Challenge YOUrself. There is a sweet, sweet prize up for grabs so... go, go, go!

Happy scrapping!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: March 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! Another month is here! Can you believe it? And in my scrappy world, that means that it's another reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches!! WOO!HOO! Here is the sketch by the wonderful Laura Whitaker the team played with this time around:


And here's my layout:


I must admit that at first, the sketch did intimidate me a tad, but once I started flipping it around, it came to me. Used tons of Basic Grey's Bow Ties collection on this one, stuck on a My Mind's Eye b-side piece of kraft patterned paper (L-O-V-E the natural fibers you can see it in!). Also used a Jillibean Soup word sticker, an American Crafts chipboard title piece, Making Memories black staples, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, a Martha Stewart border punch, a Close to My Heart metal hinge, pieces of Stampin' Up cardstock, and why, yes, some stitching using a Close to My Heart stitching template and some DMC floss. Oh! And my favourite part of this design - a Nicole Nowosad cut file made available for free over at Scrapbook & Cards Today, that I layered right over this awesome photo of my son, Louis-Olivier, taken by Philippe Dumas way back in 2011. The cut file just brings the focus right back to his sweet, little face.

Wanna see what the rest of the Stuck?! Sketches design team concocted with today's sketch? Hop on right over here. And if you are inspired to scrap a design of your own with it, please link your finished product over at Stuck?! Sketches - you'll get the chance to win some amazing prizes from Big Picture Classes and ScrapMuch? A Scrapbook Paradise.

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: February 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Mid-month already, can you imagine?! But... that means that it's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches! WOO!HOO! Here is the amazing sketch the fabulous Laura Whitaker provided to her design team to work with:


This sketch was so great to work with! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and knew I wanted to scrap pics of my daughter, Éloïse, using it. So, without any further adieu, here's my design:


TA-DA! ;) Tons and tons and tons and yes, more tons of My Mind's Eye's My Girl on this one (patterned papers and stickers) and Basic Grey's Knee Highs collection (patterned papers, stickers, chipboard and alphas), a Bo Bunny piece of scribbler paper, a few splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, stitching using my Tim Holtz stitching template/ruler and some DMC floss, and a few Making Memories staples. SO love how this one turned out - a sweet memory of our Éloïse's very first birthday!

Wanna see what the other design team members created with this sketch? Head on right over here. You won't be disappointed, I promise! And if you link your own design over on today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches using today's sketch, you'll get a few chances to win some awesome prizes - a stack of the winner's choice from DCWV and/or two spools of the winner's choice from May Arts! YAHOO!

Happy scrapping!