Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Better late than never!

So it's the last day of May tomorrow and I just finished a "May" tag today - yes I'm a slow poke, I admit it, lol. I do have a little bit of an excuse....I didn't have all of the needed supplies to do this tag, namely "Gesso" and some "Iridescent Medium". I had to wait until I went down to the mainland (Vancouver) so I could go to Micheal's and pick these up. Our LLS carry a lot of supplies but unfortunately not these two items.

Anyway, I really wanted to do this tag that my friend Paulien Van den Bosch had on her blog, which you can find here: http://paulienvandenbosch.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-tag.html. I just thought it was so pretty.

I had to improvise on a few things while doing this tag. I didn't have a stamp with leaves on it so I used one of my Christmas holly stamps. I also don't have a lot of stamps so I used one of my Tim Holtz stamps "Live the Life you've Imagined" as I've always liked this saying on the stamp. I didn't have any of the small little calenders so I drew my own up in Paint Shop Pro and added the sepia toning on it using the PSP effects, then printed it out and distressed the edges and used one of my small versa colored stamps from "Tsukineko" called "Pine Cone" and ink the edges of the calendar. You also have to bare with me as my stamping technique is not that great yet, lol.

I've never used gesso or the iridescent medium before but I found I really like the effects these products have on paper crafts so I think I'll be using this a lot more in my layouts and tags. I want to thank Paulien for this great tutorial and for helping me to realize there are new and interesting ways to add effects to your projects using these products. TFL!

Monday, May 30, 2011

New layout

Good morning bloggers! This is my latest layout I did this past weekend of another of my friends sweet little granddaughter Brooke. I just love the expression on her face in this photo.

I used the May LE Kit from My Creative Scrapbook for this layout. There's just so many beautiful papers and goodies in this kit and they are all so perfect for doing layouts for sweet little photos like this one. I did some distressing on the papers that I layered with and also tried out this really cool way of doing lacing for scrap layouts.  This is a tutorial from Natasha of "Moments of Tranquility" blog for twisted lacing, it's very easy to do and really has such a cool look to it when it's done. You can find her tutorial here: http://mymomentsoftranquility.blogspot.com/2010/08/twisted-lacing-tutorial.html

The papers used from this kit are from Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden collection, along with their matching die cuts and the clear pops Butterflies from the same collection. I also used some of Prima's flowers: Regent Collection "Rathbone" and their Sugar Blooms Collection "Fairy" as well as a few that I had in my stash. You can never have enough Prima flowers I always say.  *Smile* The lace also came from the May kit which I colored using some Tim Holtz Distress ink "Peeled Paint". The title I cut out with my Cricut machine. Thanks  so much for stopping by, I'd love to hear your comments!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A quick layout

I just had to scrap this cute photo I took of our friends little girl while we were out visiting them at the campsite. She looked so cute with her goodies in her hands and her bucket on her head like it was suppose to be there, lol. These are some paper I  had in my stash from My Minds Eye "Wild Berries" line. The background paper is actually red in this layout but in my photo it looks more orange - poor lighting I guess. TFL!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Hump Day

I finally got my May LE Kit from My Creative Scrapbook yesterday. There were just so many beautiful papers and embellishments, gorgeous Prima Flowers and ribbons just didn't know where to start. I knew I wanted to scrap this adorable photo I took of my friend's little granddaughter, Brooke, when I was down visiting. But what papers to use - they were all so pretty! I played around a bit and finally settled on what papers to use but then I had to figure out how to place them all. I had most of it laid out last night (but nothing stuck down yet) and finally decided to go to bed as I figured by morning it might all look better with a refreshed mind. When I looked at it again this morning it all seemed to come together quite well.
I did a lot of distressing on the different layers before taping it all down. I just adore this "Butterfly Garden" collection of paper from Pink Paislee - it just seems to call out to be distressed and used on wonderful sweet photos like this one I've used and for vintage photo's - well enough said there! Love, love love it! This kit also comes with this great package of matching die cuts with everything from birds & butterflies to bingo numbers and vintage phonographs. I can see a lot of cards being made with this collection! 

There were also these gorgeous big blooms and rose buds from Prima that came with the kit and I just put them into a big cluster in the right hand corner from the photo and then k ind of looped some of the pretty brown organza ribbon from the kit in between them all. With the die cut butterflies I folded them in half and then just put glue dot down the center so the would pop off the page more. I also used the Alphas that came with the kit and are from the same Pink Paislee paper line. They didn't stand out as well as I wanted so I took my fine tip black sharpie and went around each of the letters to make them stand out more. Now it wasn't until I was downloading the photo of my layout off of my camera when I realized I had totally laid the "a" in the title backwards and since I had already gone around all the letters with my sharpie I couldn't change it - so just pretend like you don't see that boo-boo okay, lol. After I was all done I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I hope you like it and thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Quick Card

Just a quick card I made up the other day using the April LE kit from MCS. Did a little distressing on this one using some blue ink to match the blue in the paper. Also dyed one of my paper doilies with rangers  ink lightened up with water to match  the blue of the pop up sticker I used. Used some tiny Prima roses and a few pink pearls and a couple of stamps that I had for the "Happy Anniversary" on the card. TFL!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring is finally here!!

Well it's only two months late, lol. The weather here on the Island is beautiful - finally! I've actually been able to get outside and garden. Today I even managed to wear shorts - the glare from my pasty white legs nearly blinded me mind you, lol. We even managed to get our lawn mowed, even got the weed eater out and went around everything with that and shock of shocks we even got our hedge all trimmed. It's suppose to be even hotter tomorrow and the rest of the weekend is looking good, which is a good thing since it is our Victoria Day long weekend  this weekend. I think we should have a BBQ and celebrate!

Since it's been so nice this week I haven't been able to get a lot of scrapping done as I was out working in the yard and soaking up all that vitamin D. I did manage to get  one layout done for the May sketch challenge at MCS. I used some more of the April LE Kit from MCS. I just love this Madeline Paper Collection from Prima. I thought the colors worked great with these photos of my son's friends little girl bouncing on the trampoline as the greens in the paper picked up the green in her t-shirt that she was wearing.

I did some distressing on some of the papers and then did some fussy cutting of the "Rosalee" paper cutting out some of the pretty blooms that were in it to add to my flower cluster. I popped them up with foam dots and then added a vine that I had received in an earlier kit. It's kind of hard to see in the photo but I got some Rangers ink, I think it was Watermelon that I used and with a fin tip paint brush added some pink to the centers of the blue flowers in the vine to sort of match up with the pink that was in some of the blooms I had cut out of the paper. I also added a couple of small roses from Prima's Sugar Blooms collection to the cluster. I got one of my white paper doilies and colored it with Rangers "Stream" colored ink. The foam letters are from Pink Paislee and the smaller "Ready" and "Set" were cut out on my Cricut.
Well I better get off to bed. Thanks for stopping by!  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Time flies by...

Well that week sure went by quick. I had my yearly check up with my Neurologist last Monday which didn't go to badly except that I started having a bit of vertigo while I was down on the mainland so she wanted me to just keep her informed in case it got worse. Thank goodness it didn't and only lasted a day or two. Other than that I had a great visit with the kids and got to see our friends new little one, Brooke. What a cutie she is and I was so happy that she liked the scrapbook I did for her. I told her she could carry it on or if she wasn't into scrapping herself I would keep doing some pages for her to add to it which she seemed quite happy about it.

Anyway here are three more of the pages I managed to finish before I went to see her. The first one is of Brooke and her Daddy. I used some of the papers from the March LE Kit from My Creative Scrapbook. I did a lot of fussy cutting on one of the papers to lay over and pop up with foam on the other identical paper from the kit.
 This next layout I used papers and embellishments from the April LE Kit from MCS. Isn't this picture of her with the hat on just the cutest!
 With this next layout as soon as I saw the photo all I could think of was how precious it was, hence the title. I used papers from Scrap Cake's "Spring Awakening" line of paper and embellishments. I saw a layout that my friend Gerry Van Gent had made with these papers and I just had to order some of them, they're so pretty. You can find Gerry's blog here: http://gerryscrafts.blogspot.com/.
 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will leave some comments. Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wow, two in one day!

I've just been a busy beaver today. I decided I'm going to try and get a scrapbook started for my friends daughter (the one I did the layout for yesterday) on their little baby Brooke. Since I'm going down to the mainland on Sunday I want to try and finish as many pages as I can before I go so I can give it to her while I'm down there. The quality of the photo's is not that good because I'm just downloading them from her Facebook page but hopefully she won't notice to much.

This first one is obviously photos of her tummy at different stages in the pregnancy. I used the November LE Kit from My Creative Scrapbook for this one. I thought the die cut from this kit was perfect since it already said "grow" on the paper, lol. The flowers of course are from Prima as and the trim is from Websters as is the paper line - Your Life Beautiful (Wonder Fall). I just love Websters paper collections, they are all so pretty!

The second one of course are her Ultra sound photos of the baby at 19 weeks and then again at 30 weeks, which is also when they found out they were have a little girl. This is done using the March LE Kit from MCS which is full of more great papers from Webster - Your Life Beautiful (Spring Market). The flowers are from Prima and the rhinestone flourish is also Prima which I cut off of a bigger flourish and then inked it with Rangers "Meadow" ink. I just love that you can use Rangers Ink on so many different things so you are always able to match up the colors from your papers. Don't forget if you want to see a bigger view of the layout just click on the photo. TFL!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where is my head?

I swear I'd forget if it wasn't attached to my neck, lol. I was so busy trying to show off my cards I totally forgot to put up this page I just finished this afternoon. These are photos of my friend's granddaughter. We use to work together, lived next door to each other and our girls were born just 3 weeks apart and were inseparable in their younger years. Since the baby has been born the girls are getting close again, which makes my friend and I very happy. As soon as I saw these photos I thought I must scrap them, they were so cute. This is also my entry for the May sketch challenge at "Once Upon a Sketch". I'm very excited as I have to go to the  mainland on the weekend to see my Neurologist at the MS clinic on Monday, so I'll be staying down for the week to visit with the kids and so I'm going to get to see the baby in person - yeah!  TFL 

A couple of cards

I haven't made a lot of cards lately so with Mother's Day coming up and our friends 25th Wedding Anniversary I managed to get back into the card making mode. This first one is for our friends anniversary this past weekend. There was a big surprise party for them on Saturday, it was so fun and great to see a couple who are still so happy together. Inside sentiment reads" "Two lives, two hearts joined together in friendship, united forever in love. Happy 25th Anniversary!" For some reason my camera is not taking very good photos today, it looks a lot prettier in person. 

This next one is for my MIL for Mothers Day. My MIL is such a great person, love her like she is my own Mum, so I really hope she likes it. Both of these cards were made with the April Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook. You can click on any of the photos to see a larger view, just hit your back button to return to this page. TFL!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden

Wow, I just turned the news on to hear that the US was finally able to track down and kill this horrible man. I can't believe it took almost 10 years to find him and carry this mission out. I am so happy for our US neighbors and maybe now the families of the people who were killed  on Sept 11, 2001 can finally have some closure of this terrible day in their lives.

Thanks go out to the men who carried out this mission! God Bless you all!

Beginning a new month

Well as it says it's a new month - the 1st of May and the weather is finally starting to feel like spring. Mind you it's suppose to rain again tomorrow - it's like the weather Gods are just trying to tease us by giving us a few sunny days, then turn around and it's icky again. It just doesn't feel like a normal spring with all this cool weather. I even heard on the news that in the Prairies they had like 50 cms of snow last night - that's crazy. Oh well, not much we can do about it. I guess if the weather is going to be icky it's a good excuse to stay in and scrap, lol.

This is my latest project.  I bought this Tim Holtz configurations box on eBay and was playing with it all last weekend adding things to it that either have a meaning to me or I just thought looked cool, lol. Hanging on the top right are my Dad's Canadian Air Force dog tags (not sure what the little key was for but when I found these amongst my Dad's things it was on the chain too). In the top box on the right is a watch that my Dad gave my Mum when they got engaged (she always told us that she needed a watch more than an engagement ring so that is what she asked Dad to give her instead). Beside that box is a (real) dog tag from our dog Jo-Jo that we had as kids and in the box is an old dog ornament I found at an antique store. The clock face and game spinner is from Tim Holtz. The next box has a tiny vintage container of cuticle ointment, an old copper ring that I had and you can't see the thimble very well in this photo but I've attached a tiny angel on a unicorn pin that my favorite cousin gave me a number of years ago. The box below that has a little miniature wash tub and wash board that I found at a thrift store. To the right of that is a little wooden carving of seagulls sitting on log/poles that had been attached to a birdhouse my friends Mum gave me that got blown down in a wind storm and broken but I managed to salvage this little piece off of it and a little shell from the beach. Next one to the right has a tiny antique bottle that I put some beads into and my cancer pin. The next one is just a little bird I had so I got some dried grass and moss from the garden and made a little nest for him to sit in. The section below that is a cool little antique shoe ornament I found at a thrift store and a very old photo of my family taken when I was about 13 months old and one of my Dads service pins from the air force. To the left of that is a bobbin from my old sewing machine and a pin i had, behind the gold pin is another pin that I had from doing one of the MS Walks to raise money. Right below that is a really old pack of stick matches I found at the antique store. The brass key is from Tim Holtz. The bottom box on the left has another bobbin from my old sewing machine, another o f my old thimbles and a real of lace from my stash. Next box a miniature metal paddle wheeler I found at the thrift store and next to that a miniature metal water jug and of course the legs are from Tim Holtz. Anyways I'm happy with how it turned out, not as good as some of the ones of seen other people do but still not bad, lol.  You can click on the picture below to see a bigger view of the box.
 If you have any comments I'd love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget if you're Canadian remember to vote tomorrow in our Federal election! Have a great week!