Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Good Morning!

Well I got an early start to my day today since I am flying down to the mainland this afternoon. I'm helping my sister out at a craft fair on Saturday (I'm going to take some of my cards down with me to sell in the craft fair too) and then on Monday I'm flying down to visit my BFF in Portland. We've been friends since we were in grade 3, which is about 50 years - holy cow that's a long time, boy do I feel old now, lol. This will be fun since it's the American Thanksgiving next week so it will be great to actually be together for Thanksgiving.

I had a little bit of time last night so I made another tri-fold card again. I used this gorgeous Bo Bunny paper from their "Snowy Serenade" collection from last year. I just love this paper with it's beautiful blues and glitter!  The little snowman I drew in my Paint Shop Pro program, my version of a stamp I  had seen on the internet. I'm just getting into a bit of stamping now so what I use to do when I saw a cute stamp was to draw it in my PSP program. Saves a lot of money that way, lol.  I added some puffy paint to the snowman's hat. I think it turned out quite cute. Well thanks so much for stopping by and I hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cards on the go now...

Yes, I finally managed to get my bum in gear and started making some Christmas cards. I'm really trying hard not to buy new paper as I have quite a lot still left over from last year but it's so hard as there are so many gorgeous new papers and embellishments out this year. I think I need to win the lottery, lol.

This first card I made features this cute little pixie from Charmed Cards & Crafts - isn't she adorable? The papers are from my Dec 2010 LE kit from My Creative Scrapbook. I printed out two of the pixies and popped the second one up with foam dots. I used puffy paint on her dress and boots and then stickles glitter on her wings and dress. I also used some white puffy paint all around the edges of the card.

This second one I used this pretty red glitter poinsettia paper I had in my stash. I used some silver metallic Prism paper for my card base. I used a corner punch to cut out the corners of the red glitter paper and then used some red stickles dotted into each of these corners. I cut one of the poinsettia's out of the paper and then cut all the petals apart and then pieced it back together on a square of the background paper. I stamped the sentiment on another piece of the silver paper and embossed it with red embossing powder.
I decided to try making another tri-fold card for my next one since I hadn't done one for quite awhile. I was having a bit of brain fade for some reason when I started out doing the folding for the card but eventually it all came together, lol. The poinsettia that I used I drew in my Paint Shop Pro program, printing out two and cutting one out and popping up with foam dots and then I used some stickles glitter to outline the petals of the flower.

On this next card i used this cute little ice skating snowman that I also drew in my PSP program. I think he was a stamp that I saw somewhere on the internet and so I drew him instead of buying the stamp, lol. I used puffy paint on his hat and mittens and did the same thing of popping up a second snowman with pop dots. I think he's a cute little guy don't you?

These next two cards I decided to make swing cards, I always think they're so cute. On the blue one I cut the sentiment out on my Cricut machine. The brown one features another little graphic I drew in my PSP program and cut out one to pop up with foam again. Thanks so much for having a peek at my cards and I would love to hear any of your comments! I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Another Monday almost over

And it's a short week this week - Yeah! It's "Remembrance Day" here in Canada and here in BC it's a statutory holiday on Friday so we can pay our respects to all of our men and women who have given their lives and those that continue to serve our country. I know there will be many things going on in every city both here in Canada and in the US and I hope everyone can participate in one way or another, even if just a minute of silence  in our own homes. We owe so much to all of these  men and women and they all deserve our respect and admiration. So to all of these men and women, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Okay, I'm getting myself all teary eyed here. I did another Halloween layout yesterday on some of the photo's I took at our friends Halloween party we went to the Saturday before Halloween. There were so many great costumes it was hard to pick which ones to use for the layout. I decided I did want at least a photo that my DH and I were in - so that took up two photos and then I settled on 3 other photos. So in the layout I'd be the one on the left in the red M&M candy costume, which I made myself by the way, *smile*. My DH is the one in the Pirate costume on the top right. Don't you just love our friend in the Bumble Bee costume - it was so funny watching him walking around with this bucket stuck to his butt with a big stinger sticking out of it - it makes me laugh every time I think of it.

The haunted house and the spooky tree and the "Spooky" title was all cut out with my Cricut machine using the "Happy Hauntings" cartridge. The pumpkin and raven are from the Making Memories "Spellbound" 192 piece embellishment box. The fence and other embellishments I had in my stash. The background paper is from My Mind's Eye Boo! To You! collection "Fright Night" paper. Thanks so much for looking and I hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Halloween layout

It took me awhile to figure out how I wanted to scrap these photos. I wanted a more fun type of layout since the kids costumes were not really scary costumes. After playing around with different papers from my stash I finally settled on three main pieces - the green  one from Bo Bunnies "Vicki B" collection, the black polka dot one is from Making Memories"Spellbound" collection along with most of the embellishments from the same collection and the last piece is from Imaginisce "Hallowwhimsy" collection.

I matted the photos with some of my own paper from my Fall/Halloween digital kit that I sell on eBay and my website and the little witch on the right paper is one from my same kit. The spider webs and title were cut out on my Cricut machine using the "Happy Haunting" cartridge. I popped the little bats and the black crow up with some foam dots to give it that 3D look. I made some flowers to go on the layout but then decided it wasn't really a flower type of layout. I still think it's missing something but I can quite decide what. I'm sure something will come to me after I look at it for awhile, lol.

I still have one more Halloween layout to do to scrap pics from the adult Halloween party we went to, there was some pretty good costumes at this one - wait till you see our friend in his bumble bee costume he made - it's so funny! Don't forget you can click on the photos to see a bigger version of the layout and then just hit your back button to return to see page. TFL and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Wednesday all!

Well I got on a bit of a roll yesterday and managed to get two layouts done. I had these beautiful papers from Bo Bunnies "Forever Fall" collection of papers and as soon as I saw them I knew I had the perfect photos to use with them.I'm sure everyone has seen this line of papers by now but if you haven't you really have to pop over to the Bo Bunny website and check them out - they are to die for!! LOL

This first layout is using a photo of my son and his girlfriend taken in their backyard a couple of weeks ago. I just thought the photo was so pretty with all the leaves on the ground and the trees with the leaves all changing color. The background paper is from this Forever Fall Collection, it's double sided and is called "Dusk". The paper was just so pretty I didn't want to cover it up to much so I cut out one of the pieces of the cut outs double sided paper and used that to sort of mat the photo. Before matting the photo I used the piece to trace out another piece of paper the same shape from the red side of the double sided "Dot" paper and then used it behind the matted photo but off set it to the right and up a bit.

I also used one of the journal tags from the cut out sheet and used that behind the two other pieces. I cut out my Title word "Fall" on my Cricut machine and then used some foam dots to pop the letters up off the page. I used some rub on letters that I had  in my stash on the journal tag and spelled out "In Love" so I had a bit of a double play on the word Fall. While digging through my stash for something else I came across this pretty laser cut gate from Dusty Attic and thought it would look quite pretty with the whole layout.

For my handmade flowers I used some brown and some teal blue (to match the background paper) Bazzill paper. I used Gabrielle's water distress flower tutorial which you can find here on Gabi's Blog: Water Distressed Flower Tutorial I remembered I had these other tiny teal rose buds from Prima in my stash and they matched perfectly with the teal I used on my flowers. The flourish is one of Prima's "Say it in Crystals" flourishes, I didn't want to use the whole thing so I just cut a piece off of it and it fit perfect in the left bottom corner. So here's how it all came out:

For this next one of the kids visit to the pumpkin patch I used the Bo Bunny double sided "Bouquet" paper. It was also so pretty I didn't want to cover it all up so I matted the photo in brown and then cut a couple of different lengths of paper from the "Dot" paper using both the red side and the dots. I used the "Perfect Pumpkin" cut out  and then used my Cricut machine to cut out the other part of the title "Finding". I decided to distress all the paper edges but instead of using a brown ink I used one of my small "Versa" ink pads called "Mountain Lake" which was almost the same (maybe a bit darker) color as the blue in the paper. I think it turned out good as it just sort of gave the layout a little something else to draw out the blue in the paper.

I made some more flowers using Gabi's tutorial again, only this time I made them in brown with orange centers. On these flowers I added some "Aqua" stickles glitter to the edges of the petals of these flowers. I used some more of the pretty little Prima rose buds again in this flower cluster. I also added some pretty orange stain ribbon which I tied into a bow and with the long tails I kind of weaved them through the flowers. My leaves are some that I drew in my Paint Shop Pro program and sell in my Fall/Halloween digital scrapbook kit which I sell on my website here: Scrappers Heaven  The little felt pumpkin is from the Making Memories "Spellbound" 192 piece Halloween Embellishment Kit. I have this kit on sale for $5.99 on the website also.

I apologize for the photo on this layout as it got really sunny this afternoon when I was taking the photo so there's a lot of shadow on the photo (not that I'm going to complain when we get sunshine at this time of the year, lol). Well I'm off to scrap some more Halloween photos. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy November 1st!!

Seems I'm a little lazy in my blog posting these days. I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween yesterday and hopefully all of your little ghosts and goblins are not bouncing off the walls with to much sugar today, lol. We only had about 17 kids last night, which is just a few more than last year. Halloween has sure changed from when we were kids, I remember going out with my sisters and our friends and the streets would be so fall of trick or treaters it was crazy! I guess the parents tend to take the kids to parties and the mall rather than going door to door, plus we live in a bit older neighborhood so I guess the kids have all grown up now. Oh well I guess I'll just be forced to eat all those goodies myself, lol.

I have done a couple of layouts and a card since the last time I posted. This first one is a card I did using up some more of the Pink Paislee "Butterfly" collection that came  in the MCS May LE Kit. I saw this saying somewhere on the internet and I thought it would be perfect for an all occasion card. Used a bit of Gesso on the bottom and did some distressing. Added some pretty lace and pink pearls and of course a beautiful Prima flower.
This next layout is showing off one of my fish I caught when my DH and I went out fishing in July. I thought these Websters papers from one of the MCS LE kits I had would be perfect for this layout. I did a bit of fussy cutting of the papers and added some foam dots to pop up some of the goodies on the layout. I was actually quite pleased with it once I was all done. Don't you just love these fabric flowers from this Websters line, I just think they are so cute.
We had a challenge for October over at MCS to do stitching on our layouts - machine or by hand. I've just started to do this a bit on my layouts these days so I thought this would be a great time to start doing it more. I did this double page layout with some photos of my daughter and her boyfriend when they took my grandchildren (my son's kids) to Disneyland back in August. I did some machine stitching on the corners of the layout and then hand stitched a flourish down on the bottom right. The paper pieced Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell were cut using my cricut machine and the Micky Mouse font cartridge and the Tinkerbell & Friends cartridges I have in my collection. I didn't do any distressing on this layout as I wanted a bit more clean type layout. I also hand made my flowers following Gabrielle Pollacco's water distressed flower tutorial. I also cut out the title using my cricut machine.

This last layout I did last night using a photo of my granddaughter (1st on the left) and her friends going to their first ever school dance (she's in grade 7). I'm feeling pretty old looking at this as it just seems like my son was that age not long ago and now he's 31! This old age thing sucks, lol. I used the Making Memories "Spellbound" collection from a few years ago that I had in my stash and this was also my entry into the big Fall contest that is going on over at the MCS Sketch Blog. I just turned the sketch sideways to accommodate my horizontal photo. You can get a lot of layouts done with this Spellbound kit and I still have a few of them plus the embellishments from the same collection over on my website here:  Scrappers Heaven and they're on for a really good price, so pop over and check it out! So here's the layout, I hope you like it and please, I love to hear any comments you have, so feel free to leave some love! :-) Have a great week everyone!