Sunday, November 29, 2009

Multiple Mojos

It's like having multiple are my latest 2 layouts; both very different. One was done cropping solo at home, and one done Friday night while I must have been channeling some of my friend JJ's mojo. ( I did finish it at home later, but you can really see the influence!) I have to frequently change who I sit next to at crops just to keep it fresh and exciting! LOL!

My pure mojo:

Cardstock: Core-dinations
PP: October Afternoon
Stickers: Reminisce
Letter stickers: Rose Moka, Adornit
Chipboard letters: Alexx Kesh ( covered with Microbeads)
Microbeads: Dollarama
Diamond Glaze
Gems: Zva
Pen: Copic multiliner

JJ-fied mojo:

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: SEI, Jenni Bowlin
Journaling spot: Jenni Bowlin
Cardboard letters: Jillibean Soup
Letter stickers: October Afternoon
Chipboard: K&Co
Ink: Ranger, Colorbox
Paint: Pebeo

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Imaginisce-maybe next time.

Here are my submissions from the Imaginisce Design Team call. I'm not too upset about not making the team, especially since fellow Mix it Up DT member Cindy Stevens made the team! WHOO HOO Cindy!!!!!

My card: I just love those Polar Bears from the Polar Expressions Collection!

My Project- A name sign for my littlest using the Wild Things Collection (and some Twitterpated). I added the rub-ons around the chipboard letters. The hippo is on a transparency so that he can hide behind the "R". Some of the letter tiles are flat, some are on chipboard, and the ones in the corners have Tim Holtz Acrylic squares over them in order to create more space between the glass and the images.

Finally my layout- I mixed up several collections on this one- Twitterpated, Teacher's Pet and For Peep's sake.

I had fun playing with all the products ( and raiding my friend Noemi's stash :) ). Overall, I'm pleased with what I created. I'm also better prepared to try out again next year!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Just don't read the journaling!


This week's challenge for Practical Scrappers is to use stitching on your layout. Given the recent dusting off my sewing machine has received, I was really excited to get going on this one. But things have been kinda hectic with the renos, and it totally slipped my mind. I remembered at about 12:45 on Friday night as my buddy Noemi and I were sitting in my craft room sipping lattes (rough life I know!)I knew my layout had to be in before Christine opened her e-mail Saturday morning.Leave it to Noemi to cheer me on. She said- "ok let's get it done!" and stayed with me from the first cut of paper right up until I scanned and sent the e-mail. ( which was at about 2am!)
I was disappointed that I had forgotten, but proud that I whipped up a half decent page in such a short time. Fast forward to Saturday morning- I was checking out the page before leaving for my Copics certification class at Scrapbook Centrale and then I reread the journaling WHOA! I guess something had to suffer in the speed of construction and the blurriness of the wee morning hours. I will be fixing it before adding it to the pile to be put away. ( I promise :) )

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Digging back into my pile of American Crafts


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: AC Junior collection
journaling stickers: American Crafts Remarks
letters: American Crafts
Chipboard: American Crafts
Ric-rac: unknown

No this didn't even make the tiniest dent in my AC supplies, but a girl has to begin somewhere. I have now vowed to make at least one page a week using my AC, whether or not for their weekly blog challenge. Anyone else got way too much they need to start using??
I'm so happy for having won last week's challenge, and excited to see what it is I have won. My good friend Claude won a few weeks back, and was flabbergasted by all the Remarks stickers she received! I'll keep you posted when I get my package.

I'll leave you with a cute Ethan-ism for today:
As he's picking through my tray of embellishments, he comes across some American Crafts Newhouse Foam Baby stuff and pulls out a big yellow duck. He says " look Mama! A rubby ducky!" ( instead of rubber ducky) I have such a hard time correcting him when he makes it sound so cute!

Monday, November 16, 2009

All matchy matchy!

Making a page with products from the same manufacturer and collection is sometimes fun because a portion of the equation already figured out for you and everything should in theory match. However, I forgot there was another way to make everything match without too much effort, and that is the subject of this week's Practical Scrappers Challenge...


I have tons of this stuff because I use it to paint, not scrapbook. The only times I've dug it out for scrapbooking was to alter the colour of chipboard.
This week I've discovered how indispensable it really can be by creating a layout with some cardstock and some basic supplies, but pulling them all together with paint.

By challenging myself to use paint, I also wound up using other things that were collecting dust such as an acrylic shape, a rhinestone flourish some flowers and bling. That makes me happy.
I just love the way the flowers turned out with silver and gold paint on them. The red ones especially.

Unfortunately I had a hard time getting a good picture of this one.

Products used:

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Paint: Deco Art ( silver and gold)
Acrylic Heart: Fancy Pants ( painted)
Flowers: Prima ( painted)
Brads: Creative Imaginations
Gems: Doodlebug Design Inc.
Flourish: Prima Marketing
Letters: American Crafts ( painted)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MME sketch challenge

Since 90% of my Halloween product is by My Mind's Eye, I figured I would participate in challenge #5 on their blog. This is the November sketch provided:

This is the resulting page:

material used:
All paper: My Mind's Eye
Brads: My Mind's Eye
Felt Trim : Creative Cafe
Googly eyes: Dollarama, My Little Yellow Bicycle
letters: American Traditional Designs
Ink: Colorbox
Thread: Gutermann
punch: EK Success
pen: American Crafts

We had some very impatient trick or treaters at my house. This was before we had set out and way before anyone had any candy!
The photos after would have been very different.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What's his name again??

Here's another layout I got done on Saturday at SC. The funny thing is I had 2 separate people ask me what Parker's name was as I was doing the page. I think they thought it was Carver. Completely understandable.
Oh! I forgot to mention this was based on a Pagemaps sketch, although I can't find my printout right now to tell you which one ;)

Cardstock: Co'ordinations
PP; Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye
Chipboard, die cut: My Mind's Eye
Letters: Basic Grey, My Little Shoebox

Sunday, November 8, 2009

What's at the Core of it?


Today is challenge day- dig out that color core cardstock and put it to use!
need inspiration? Check back daily at Practical Scrappers for inspiration.

Here's my Layout:

Products used:
Cardstock: Co'ordinations
rub-ons: American Crafts
Gems: Dollarama
letters: Jillibean Soup
Chipboard used under Cardstock to create shapes: Maya Road, Fancy Pants.
PS Actions: Sepia Tone from PioneerWoman Set2

a little Sass! Me Likey!!

Here's another page I started at yesterday's all day crop at Scrapbook Centrale.
I've been waiting for these papers for weeks now - ever since my pal Noemi brought them over to my place to crop. I must admit that seeing her work with the new Sassafras lines has made me a bit timid to break my packages open. She's been on such a roll lately, it'll be hard to keep up!
These pictures of Parker from the summer were just begging to be used with the Me Likey line.

Products used:
Cardstock: Bazill Basics Paper, Coordinations
PP: Sassafras Lass
Letters and stickers: Sassafras Lass
Pen: Sakura

Autumn a la American Crafts!

I decided to do the American Crafts challenge from their blog this week. I think this should be a weekly thing for me at least until I use up enough of my American Crafts stash to make room for more!

Products used:

PP: American Crafts Junior and Play collections
Chipboard: American Crafts
Letters: American Crafts Remarks
Pen: American Crafts Precision Pen, Brown

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Here's my layout for the Tri-Challenge with Practical Scrappers, Frosted Designs and Stuck on U Sketches. It's a different layout for me, and I'm not sure how I feel about it just yet, but I'm really happy I got to use some of my new October Afternoon "Farm Fresh Collection".
Because my original page for the ribbon challenge already looked like it could have been based on the sketch from Stuck on U ( it really wasn’t!) I felt like I had to try and not do the same think all over again.

Materials used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Scenic Route, October Afternoon
Letters: Jillibean Soup, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Websters Pages
Stickers: October Afternoon
Journaling Spots: October Afternoon
Cork: Dollarama
Ink: Staz On
Stamps: I believe these are Hero Arts?
Ribbon: American Crafts, unknown
Glimmer mists in Sunflower, Pumpkin and Coffeehouse
Pen: Staedtler triplus fineliner

Monday, November 2, 2009

Try a TRI-Challenge!


This week at Practical Scrappers we've teamed up with Frosted Designs and Stuck on U Sketches
In order to be eligible for prizes you will need to meet the challenge for all 3 sites. ( this can be done all in one project, or split between 2 or 3). Practical Scrappers Challenge is to use at least 3 ribbons.

I had to laugh when I saw the sketch at Stuck on U Sketches, because my layout has some eerie similarities. Then I found out that challenge from Frosted Designs is to use an owl...If only I could replace that little bird...

Oh well, I think I may participate and do the tri-challenge myself this week ( I so need an excuse to get out some more of my ribbon!)