Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hello Snowman Card

Hooray! I am back on the Cutting Cafe design team and today is my first post!!!  I so missed being part of this team.  My mandatory break is over and I am itching to get creating.

Our first assignment was to work with any file of our choice.  It was fun to go through the website and pick out what we wanted to play with.  I chose to use the Fun With Snowflakes set!  I love snowflakes and fell in love with the die-cut background and just had to give it a try.


Here is a close-up shot of the background.  I used my Silhouette to do the cutting and it cut like butter.  The die-cut swirl is a die from My Favourite Things.  It is available at Two Scrapbook Friends.  

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I also used one of the Mini Words sets from the Cutting Cafe to make my tag.  I love these sets.  They are the perfect way to add a little sentiment to a card!  

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The snowman image that I used was from Sassy Cheryl Designs.  I love, love, love her digi's and use them whenever I have the chance.  I entered this card in her 'snowman' challenge.  You can check it out here.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you will take some time and visit the links throughout my post.  Stop back again soon as I am busy working on other projects that I will be posting soon.


Monday, December 17, 2012

I'm Back...........

The Cutting Cafe Designer

I am super excited to be back on the design team for The Cutting Cafe! I can't wait to start working with all the cool and fun files that they offer. Stay tuned for all my creations starting in January.


Rangers Vs Generals!

I have been busy working on another layout for the Two Scrapbook Friends Christmas Online Crop. This crop has been a great excuse for me to pull out my scrapbook supplies and it has also been a good distraction.

I did this layout for Christa's challenge. She wanted us to include a list. I have several lists on my page. It is the first of many layouts that I plan to make for the Rangers 50th season.


This is the opening night game against the Oshawa Generals at the newly renovated Kitchener Auditorium.  I used my Silhouette to create the title on my page and created a shadow for the Rangers word to make it stand out.


I added 3 stars to my list to highlight the 3 stars of the game!


I recorded all the stats from the game in the squares without photos.


I also included the game ticket that has details as well.  This album is going to be amazing when it is all done. I only wish my dad could have been here to see it when it is finished.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Season's Greetings

I'm back again with a card that I made for the Two Scrapbook Friends Christmas Online Crop! The challenges are awesome and I hope you are playing along too!

 This card is for Ann's recipe challenge. These are so much fun to do. Here was the recipe I had to follow:

  • white cardstock base
  • stamped image
  • dry embossing
  • fussy cut
  • Christmas card


This image is from Whipper Snapper Designs.  I coloured it with my Copics and then cut out the image with my scissors.


I embossed my background with a snowflake embossing folder and my Cuttlebug.


Once I had the image coloured, it was a quick and easy card to put together.  Thanks for a great challenge Ann!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Online Crop

Happy Monday! Over on the Two Scrapbook Friends forum, we are hosting an Online Christmas Crop. It runs from November 30th until December 9th. There are really great challenges and some fun games too!

My challenge is called I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!  For this challenge you need to use snowflakes somewhere on your project.  I created this 3D snowman using an SVG file from SVG Cuts.


His hat comes off and you can fill him up with treats, a gift card, or both :)


I embossed the outer panels using a snowflake embossing folder and added a piece of flannel fabric with snowflakes for my scarf.


I hope you will visit the forum and play along with some of the awesome challenges.  I finished my first one last night.  I will post is later this week.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Joy Christmas Card

I am starting to get into the Christmas spirit. This week I will haul the Christmas tree up from the basement and start the decorating process.  Usually Amanda is the one that helps me decorate the house but she has a place of her own now.

I have also been playing around with some new products we have at the store.  I used a stamp and embossing folder set from Sizzix/Hero Arts to create this Christmas card.  We used it in a demo/make 'n take.  It was really popular and all the folders sold out.


I used white ink to stamp the snowflakes and then lined them up in the embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I added some iridescent bling to the center of some of the snowflakes and adhered some red/white bakers twine around the edge of the kraft cardstock.


The letters were cut out on my Silhouette.  I love how thin they are and they cut beautifully.  I made a strip and placed the letters and added a twine bow with a bling center.


I love how clean and simple this card it, but it have a great impact.  Thanks for looking :)


Monday, November 19, 2012

X-treme Fun!

Happy Monday everyone! I am happy to say that I am back to do another post (less than a week since my last one)! Hopefully I can keep this up and get back into a routine of posting and scrapbooking.

Today I am sharing a layout that I did using a sketch by Laura Whitaker. You can find the sketch I used here!  These photos were taken a couple of summers ago at a cottage we rented.  The boys had brought a slingshot with them and used a couple of pop cans as targets.  This provided hours of fun.


I used my Silhouette to create the 'x' and the word 'fun'.  I added some wooden letters from Pink Paislee for the rest of my title.  I also created the large circle on my Silhouette and added some hand stitching with brown floss.


I used the Simple Stories Awesome collection and there were lots of little elements on the papers that I cut out and added pop dots and stitching to accent.  I also added a row of brads too.


The stickers that went with this collection were perfect so I couldn't resist adding some of them.


I thank Laura for an awesome sketch to work with and I am happy to add another layout to the cottage album.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Mud Stops Here!

Today, I have something really special to share with you.  Earlier this summer a dear friend of mine passed away.  She was a truly amazing woman, wife and mom!  I miss her terribly.  Her husband had added me on Facebook (that is how he kept everyone up-to-date with her condition) and I noticed some photos from an outing they had recently taken.  The photos really touched me.  It was wonderful to see her children smiling and laughing, even though they had just lost their mother.

It bothered me that these photos would go 'unscrapbooked', so I decided I would do it, and one day, when the time is right, I will pass this layout on to her family to add to the scrapbooks that she had started.

Here are Spencer and Kourtney participating is their first Dirty Dash!


I used my Silhouette to create this title, which is perfect for this layout.  I added some splats of brown mist, and even smudged a few to make it look realistic.


Joanne (my BFF) suggested that I add some chevrons as an accent and tie in the red in the title.  I really like how they turned out and what the added to the layout.


I also added some paper splats to really bring in the mud theme.


I am very pleased with how this page turned out and can't wait to give it to them.  I will continue to watch for more photos and make more layouts to pass on the the family.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Kitchener Rangers Opening Night!

I know it has been a while since I posted something on my blog. Things have been very busy for me with my dad in the hospital, the fall retreat at the store and everyday family life. This past weekend I had the opportunity to go away and scrapbook for the weekend. It was amazing. I managed to complete 4 double-page layouts, 1 single page layout and 8 cards (from a class).

Today I am going to share a layout I did using a photo I took at the 'home opening' Ranger game. I took the photo on my iPhone and used an app to change it black & white and add some affects to it. I developed it in a 5x7 and it turned out perfectly.


The 'hockey' letters are cut out of one of the papers I used and I popped them up using foam adhesive.


I kept the ticket stubs from the game and cut them apart to use as embellishments for my layout.  This part shows the date and the fact that it was the home opener!


This part shows the time and the team we played against.


I used some new mistable stars from Studio Calico and sprayed them with black and silver Mr Huey mists.  I popped some of them up with foam adhesive.


I had a great time at this game and will always remember it.  I plan on documenting many more hockey memories from this years season.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My First Menu Challenge!

I haven't had a lot of time lately for crafting, and that makes me a little sad. Back in September I joined in on a menu challenge that Christa was hosting on the Two Scrapbook Friends forum. I missed the deadline, but I did manage to finish my layout.

Here is the menu I had to work with:

  • Pudding = Washi tape
  • Banana = Use yellow
  • Banana Muffin = Use at least 3 patterns
  • Goldfish Crackers = Use blue
  • Cheese & Crackers = Use a sketch
  • Turkey Wrap = Use a diamond 
Here is my layout!  


I used 3 different patterns - chevron, stripe and the strips.


The herringbone pattern is a strip of Washi tape.


The colours blue and yellow are shown in the stripe, in the stars, and in the journal spot.  I also chose photos that had blue and yellow in them.


I did use a sketch to create this layout and I cut out 3 diamond shapes on my Silhouette and placed them near the title on page 1.


This was a really fun challenge.  It was my first time playing along and I will definitely do it again.  Thanks to Christa for making me coordinate products that I wouldn't necessarily put together.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

TSF Autumn Colours Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Autumn Colours Blog Hop with Two Scrapbook Friends!  You should have arrived here from the Two Scrapbook Friends blog.

As soon as the Harvest Lane collection arrived at the store, I just knew I had to create something with it.  I found these photos from a few years ago and they were perfect for what I had in mind.


I created my own title using my Silhouette!  The 'Thankful' word is cut from paper and then shadowed with cardstock.  I used the Silhouette pens to write 'so very' and then positioned it perfectly on my layout.


These awesome trees are also cut using my Silhouette.  I added some stitching with coordinating floss to give them some dimension!


I added some copper brads along the striped strip and added stitching to some of my leaves.  The leaves I didn't stitch on, I popped up using foam adhesive.

I used my Silhouette to add my journaling to my page too!  The pens are so much fun to used and it sure beats my handwriting.


Don't forget - in order to be entered to win a prize:
1. Leave a comment on all the blogs as you go and then go back to the Two Scrapbook Friends blog and leave a final comment there by October 8th at midnight..
2. To have a second chance to win, keep track of the HIGHLIGHTED WORDS from each blog and email the phrase to Put "Blog Contest" in your subject line.
3. Check back at the Two Scrapbook Friends blog on October 10th to see if you are the winner. (Winners will not be contacted personally.)

Be sure to stop by each on the following blogs, leave a comment and keep track of the secret word!

Oh, I almost secret word is October's!  Have fun hopping :)