Monday, September 19, 2011

More Corrugated Magenta

Today I am sharing two more projects using the Magenta corrugated buttons for a feature I did on them on the Magenta blog.

I loved these photos because of the sky behind Alex.  She had climbed onto stacked hay bales and I was looking up at her which is how the clear blue sky became a beautiful backdrop.  Her orange sweater and dark brown hair contrast so well with the blue of the sky.  The photo became my inspiration for both the title and the colours used.

I am really pleased with how these turned out even though I kept both very simple as I was still dealing with vertigo.  I have to say that trying to scrap was hard enough but taking pictures of my projects, while experiencing vertigo, presented a whole new challenge.  Not only did it take way longer to set up a photo but I had to take so many more pictures to get anything that was usable.  Looking forward to getting back to 100%, that's for sure! LOL!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Try Something New

I love to try new techniques.  My motto is ... you won't know, unless you give it a go.  So when I saw this tie-dye technique from Becky Fleck, on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog, it intrigued me and I wanted to give it a try.

Supplies: tissue wrapping paper (miscellaneous), glimmer mists (Tattered Angels), modge podge (Plaid), cardstock (Super Stock), chipboard letters, acrylic wings (Heidi Swapp), stamps (See D's, House of 3/Pink Paislee, 7 Gypsies, Making Memories, Melissa Frances), ink (Rangers), journal cards,tag and ink (CTMH), pen (Creative Memories), visitor admission lapel clip (National Gallery of Canada)

My paper of choice was a large sheet of white tissue wrapping paper.  I had a photo already in mind for this layout so I chose 2 different blues, a purple and a cream coloured Tattered Angels Glimmer mists.  I crumpled the tissue into a ball as instructed and sprayed it from lightest to darkest colour in a large box, rotating it as it expanded and the areas filled with colour.  I chose to spray 4 different tissue sheets so I could try it with different amounts of colour.  After I let the sheets sit for a while, I carefully uncrumpled them and then let them dry over night.

The next day, I chose the one that I felt best represented a sky with clouds and took a 12x12 heavier cardstock sheet and Modge Podged the page and adhered the tissue using a brayer to smooth it out.  I let it dry , trimmed the edges to within an inch and then turned the layout over and adhered the tissue edges onto the back; thereby creating a very finished look to my now ready background paper.  After copious amounts of stamping and some embellishing, it was done.

I think it worked well in representing a sky.  I would give this technique a try again.  Next time I am thinking it will be with paper so I can make some pretty flowers like Becky's.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Peek A Boo, I See You!

My first blog post went up with Magenta.  I had some fun coming up with an alliterative title for the post... Pimp Your Patterned Paper with Punches.  From the title you can see a whole lot of punching goin' on.  My background design inspiration was a cosy knit sweater.  Perfect for the cooler weather as we approach Fall.

Supplies: patterned papers (Magenta), punches (Fiskars, Martha Stewart, Stampin' Up, Recollections), ink and cardstock (CTMH), flourishes and jewels (Prima), pen (Creative Memories)

The photos are some really funny early shots of Alexandria at 10 months.  She was such a smiley easy going baby. She would actually sit like that without squirming.  She loved to play or rather watch finger/hand games/songs and her most favourite game was peek-a-boo.  This is evident from that beaming smile on her face.  Her smile brings a smile to my face without fail!

Here are some close ups of the details. 

My full instructions on how to make the layout as well as those fun flowers can be found here.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Do you have Magenta Style?

 A fun new chance to be featured on the Magenta blog for the world to see!
Just announced on their blog today...

Do you have Magenta Style?

Post your Magenta inspired projects on the web and once
a month we'll feature some of our readers' works on the Magenta blog.
Be sure to send us an email to
with a link to your project or post it on our Facebook wall.

Get your Magenta products out ladies and show them your style.  It could be your creation featured from the file!



Sunday, September 4, 2011

PageMaps September Sketch Layout

This was a great PageMaps sketch by Becky for September.  I love how she inspires me and many others in the creation of great layouts. 

As soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted to do a school themed layout.  Here is my take using some Magenta fall lines, corrugated products, stamping, sewing and lots of inking.

Supplies: patterned papers, corrugated buttons, journal stamp (Magenta), wht cardstock (Bazzill), fabric letters (American Crafts), chipboard letters (BasicGrey), sticker letter H (Fancy Pants) kraft cardstock, ink, marker, word stamp & blending pen (CTMH), watercolour pencil crayons (Reeves), sticker tab (DaisyD's), mini letter stickers (Cosmo Cricket), twine (Jillibean Soup), eyelet (Making Memories), pen (Steadtler), thread (miscallaneous)

This was a fun way to look back and finish off the summer with only one more day before the start of another school year...  grade 6, her she comes.  More first day photos to add to the memory files come Tuesday.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy 1st Blog Anniversary!

Or as I like to call it blogiversary.  Using the August kit from My Scrapbook Nook, featuring MME's Lime Twist - Fly a Kite collection, I made this celebration card.

Supplies: patterned papers, letter stickers, twine (MME), cardstock, ink, liquid glass (CTMH), journaling sprout  (Jillibean Soup), candle die (Sizzix), glitter (Doodlebug)

One year ago today, I launched my blog and it has been such an exciting creative venture.  

Some fun facts to share:
  • I posted 92 posts
  • with 1896 page views
  • from 35 countries in the world
  • leaving 110 comments
  • 57 posts featured layouts
  • 11 posts featured cards
  •  22 posts feature stamping
  • 11 wonderful people chose to be followers of my blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Initially I did not have a follower gadget, figuring I really didn't need to know who was reading it, but then I started to think I was talking to space and added it later.
I love to see all the neat places people come from to visit my blog. You ladies let me know that I am not talking to air and I am thankful for each and everyone of you.  A special thank you to those that leave comments.  I can not express how much pleasure it brings to my day that someone was nice enough to take the time to share their thoughts.  So to celebrate this one year milestone and as a thank you to my followers and supporters, I am doing my first ever blog giveaway which contains some of my favourite manufacturers as well as items that can be used by scrappers and card makers alike.
Includes: Prima flowers, American Crafts Marquise Pearl Chipboard Thickers, Magenta birdie laser cut chipboard,  MME Lost and Found trims, G Studio "Good Stuff" acrylic stamp, BasicGrey butterflies acrylic stamp set, Fancy Pants Simplicity trims
It is open to you ladies all over the world and here are the two ways to gain entries:

1. Become a follower of my blog. All followers are automatically entered in the draw at the end of the month.

2. If you would like a chance to entry but choose not to follow, you too can join in. You will get 1 entry for every reposted link to my blog giveaway that you share around the web.  Just repost and then email me with the link and your addy to entry.  Followers can do this also to gain additional entries.

Email your links to:

At the end of the month, I will randomly draw a winner to receive this fun scrappy loot stash.

I am looking forward to sharing another fun art filled year of my creative journey with you on my blog.

Happy viewing and reading!