Sunday, 15 May 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: May 15th 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Here we are at the May mid-month mark already. WOW! But happily, that means that it's time for another Stuck?! Sketches reveal and a new Laura Whitaker sketch. YAY! Here is the sketch:


L-O-V-E  that sketch!! Isn't it amazing? And here's what I created with it:


I had to work quite a bit to find a collection that matched the color of the hat Éloïse was wearing in that photo. Now, usually, when that happens, I would have opted to use a black and white version of the pic, but I R-E-A-L-L-Y wanted to use that photograph in color. I don't know. It just makes the exuberance of the memory that more exciting - the first time she sat in the stroller to go pick-up her brother at the bus stop without clipping the car seat onto the stroller!

I found all the pinkiest collections I had in my stash. Never imagined that there were so many shades of pink to choose from! ;) But as soon as I lay the photo onto My Mind's Eye's Cut & Paste-Adorbs collection, I knew I had found the match. I used 12X12 and 6X6 patterned papers, a button, as well as layered stickers from that collection. I also added pieces of Fancy Pants, Echo Park, and Basic Grey patterned papers. There's also part of a Jillibean Soup Placemat, Stampin' Up cardstock, alphas by My Mind's Eye and Basic Grey, a Heidi Swapp wood veneer title piece, random baker's twine and a button from my stash, and hand-stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and DMC floss. But my favorite elements of this layout have to be those three Studio Calico transparent butterflies on there... Do you see them? Those are actually masks I've had in my stash since, get this, 2011. And no, I've never used them as they are intended. Not even once. I figured since I've never used them as masks that I was better off using them as embellishments! ;)

And there you have it! Want to see what the other design team members came up with? Hop along right over here and be prepared to be inspired! And when you link your own design based on today's sketch over on the Stuck? Sketches blog, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous scrappy loot from these amazing sponsors: Evalicious and Creative Embellishments. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: May 1st 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! It's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches and Laura Whitaker has another awesome sketch for us all to play with. Here it is:


And here's what I did with it:

Used TONS of Basic Grey Highline on this layout - patterned papers (in both 12X12 and 6X6), acetate frames, and chipboard piece. Also added an American Crafts title sticker and odds and ends of a transparency piece, some Fancy Pants stickers and a bit of corrugated cardstock cut with a Stampin' Up die, Magenta mesh, Basic Grey alphas, Stampin' Up cardstock, a Prima butterfly clip, some random buttons and flowers, and finally, stitching done using a Close to My Heart stitching template with some DMC floss.

Want to see what the other design team members came up with? Hop along right over here and be prepared to be inspired! And when you link your own design based on today's sketch over on the Stuck? Sketches blog, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous scrappy loot from these amazing sponsors: ScrapMuch? and Wycinanka. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: April 15th 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! It's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches! YAY! Laura Whitaker really knocked it out of the ball park with this fabulous sketch:


L-O-V-E this sketch!! And here's what I came up with:


Since Basic Grey has announced that it won't be producing scrapbooking products anymore, I've been on a BG binge. Not that I want to use up my stuff - quite the contrary - but just because I want to smell the paper, feel the textures and believe that they are still around! ;) Do you recognize the BG collection on this layout? Patterned papers, banner... It's an oldie... c. 2012... Soleil! I'm also super happy with that scripted background. It's totally inspired by Missy Whidden - using a Crafter's Workshop stencil, I scraped some Shimmerz' Dazzlerz in Coral Me Crazy over it. Love the effect! I also used some Crate chipboard stickers, a Heidi Swapp wood veneer title piece (that I painted with a clear Wink of Stella marker to give it a bit of sparkle), a Maya Road banner clip, Magenta mesh, buttons from my stash, Stampin' Up vellum and cardstock, a strand of baker's twine, and my ever-so-faithful Bazzill Basics stitching template and some good ol' DMC floss.

Want to see what the other design team members came up with? Hop along right over here and be prepared to be inspired! And when you link your own design based on today's sketch over on the Stuck? Sketches blog, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous scrappy loot from these amazing sponsors: Lindy's and Scrapmatts. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: April 1st 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! WOW! It's been a L-O-N-G time since I've blogged about anything. But I'm back! I've lately been graciously welcomed me back to the Stuck?! Sketches team and I'm super excited to restart creating with Laura Whitaker's sketches on a regular basis. YAY! So, without any further adieu, here is Laura 's April 1st sketch:


And here's what I did with it:


I used tons of Basic Grey's Herbs & Honey collection on this one (patterned papers, decorative bags and brads). The color palette was SO perfect to bring out the tones in my photos. And yes, I fussy-cut all of those flowers from some of the patterned papers. It's relaxing - it truly is. ;)  I also added some Fancy Pants alphas, a Heidi Swapp wood veneer word, a Frecked Fawn wood veneer piece, Crate Paper rubons, Stampin' Up buttons (and that green one, I have no clue where it came from!), American Crafts glitter paper, Hemptique fibers, Basic Grey brads, and some Stampin' Up vellum and cardstock. Instead of adding journaling below the title, I opted to hide it behind that tag - it just makes the photots pop even more.

Want to see what the other design team members came up with? Hop along right over here and be prepared to be inspired! And when you link your own design based on today's sketch over on the Stuck? Sketches blog, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous scrappy loot from the amazing sponsors: DCWV and ScrapMuch? A Scrapbook Paradise. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

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!