Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: September15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Yesterday was reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches so I thought I would let you in on what I designed. Here's the sketch by one of my favourite sketch designers out there, the oh! so fabulous Laura Whitaker:

You know me, though. I just had to flip it around a bit for the fun of it. Here's what the sketch looked like by giving it a whirl a few times:

And here's what I designed:

Yes, that's our sweet Éloïse, on a beautiful Spring day this past May. Used tons and tons and TONS of My Mind's Eye on this one, but not just tons - OLD TONS!! Hee!Hee! Yes, that's right! You see pieces from many a MME collections on there - Fine & Dandy, Alphabet Soup, Indie Chic, and Find Your Wings and Fly. Don't you just love it when totally different collections can totally be used together? Awesome! I also splashed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze on there and of course, stitched me a storm using one of my handy Bazzill Basics stitching templates along with some DMC floss. And who can forget those American Crafts cork butterfly stickers and alphas? Just perfect for my cutie patootie on there, if I do say so myself. ;)

Of course, the rest of the Stuck?! Sketches design team totally outdid themselves with this reveal. If you'd like to see for yourselves, hop on over right here. And that's not all! If you submit a layout based on yesterday's sketch over at Stuck?!, two lucky participants will run away with one of two awesome products - a $25.00 Creative Embellishments gift certificate and a Lawn Fawn free stamp and 6X6 paper pad of that winner's choice! Woo!Hoo!

Happy scrapping!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: September 1st Sketch, Reveal and Celebration!!

Hello, everyone! So happy you took the time to drop by! Can you believe September is already here? I usually love this month as it's often the start of good things. Everything seems to be able to be started with a clean slate in September. This year, for me, it means my return to work after a year's worth of maternity leave with my sweet Éloïse. YIKES! But, I am ready. I think... ;) Why not take my mind off of what's ahead with a bit of scrapbooking? That always helps! And a Stuck?! Sketches reveal on top of that?! Woo!Hoo!

The uber-talented Laura Whitaker sent us this awesome sketch to work with:

Nice, eh? And if this wasn't enough, Scrapmatts generously sent us tons of yummy products to play with! WOO!HOO! Here are the sets I used on my layout:

And here is what I created:

See the chipboard? Here are some closer looks:

Used tons of Glitz Design's Finnley on this layout (patterned paper, whatnots, giant rhinestones, washi tape, alphabets & words sticker sheet, and titles & accents sticker sheet). But wait! What's that I see? A piece of white Stampin' Up cardstock as my background! Be still my beating heart!! For those of you who know me, you know that this is very rare!! :) But I really do like the look it creates. Besides the Glitz and the Scrapmatts chipboard, I also used a Bazzill Basics circle stitching template with some DMC floss, some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, as well as a Tim Holtz stencil with some Distress Ink. This time, no buttons from an unknown source, but I did thread my chipboard banner pieces with some baker's twine I received as a gift ages ago. Manufacturer? No idea! ;) Oh! And just about those Making Memories staples. Love them!!

But wait! There's more!

Mm-mmm, that's right! It's been one year since Laura has taken on the wonderful Stuck?! Sketches blog and she is celebrating with TONS of prizes from some amazing sponsors. Curious, now? I would be, too! Here's the list of amazing prizes up for grabs for today's sketch over at Stuck?!:

Scrapmatts: a $50 gift certificate
Lindy's Stamp Gang: a $35 gift certificate
Words or Whatever: 20 pieces of chipboard of the winner's choice
Die Cuts with a View: a paper stack of the winner's choice
Linnie Blooms: newly-released product
Big Picture Classes: a $30 gift certificate towards a class of the winner's choice

Yes, you read right! By scrapping away with this sketch and linking your design to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches, you'll get the chance to be the one of not one, not two, but six winners!! Holy smokes! Get your scrap on right now and... GO! Hee!Hee!

Here's to Laura, Stuck?! Sketches, fabulous sponsors, inspiring reveals, and scrapbookers the world over!! Cheers!!

Happy scrapping!

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!