Monday, November 21, 2011

MME Challenge #29

Another fun challenge sketch from MME.  The twist this time was to use brown.  I love brown as a basic colour.  You might have noticed that I use it quite regularly.

Supplies: patterned papers, layered chipboard, trim, (MME), pen (Staedtler), jewels (miscellaneous)

Again using my scraps to create something fun.  The papers and chipboard are from Lost and Found 2 with the tissue paper and lace trim coming from Lost and Found.  Some faux stitching, a little snipping with scallopped decorative scissors, add some jewels and all is done.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Magenta Sketch #27

For my take on this month's Magenta Layout Sketch Challenge, I mixed paperlines and had fun stitching and fussy cutting.

Supplies: patterned papers, stamp, clock and large letter chipboard (Magenta), lace ribbon and small chipboard letters (Maya Road), kraft cardstock and brown ink (CTMH), butterfly punches (Martha Stewart), border punch (Recollections), embroidery floss (Loops and Threads), pen (Staedtler)

 Add in a little chipboard... a little stamping,  a little inking, and punches... et Voila!  This layout represents quite a step for me.  Change happens, it's constant.  The thing to figure out is how to embrace it and go with it.

Here is the original sketch:

You have until December 12, 2011 to link your take on the Magenta Sketch Blog post.  Be sure to join in the fun!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Memories Suite Giveaway

When My Memories asked if I would be interested hosting a giveaway on my blog, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to give it a try.  I have wanted to try digital for a while but just had not gotten around to it. So after checking out My Memories Suite online I gave it a go.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It was super easy to figure out and use the program.  Here are the first two layouts that I created:

Supplies: patterned paper (All About Funk collection), Spring Symphony Frame (Lindsay Jane), title (On the Spot) [My Memories Suite], journaling font (CTMH Noodge)

Supplies: Sofia patterned papers (Corina Neilsen), title (A Day in the Life), subtitle (Side by Side), mats, ribbon, flower, tab, flourish [My Memories Suite 2], tab font (CTMH typerwriter)

An added plus to this program is that it works with other digital products (which I had been amassing over the years, like I said, with the intension of trying digi) from a variety of my favourite manufacturers.

My Memories has a great many tutorials for simple lesson viewing available.  Check out this introductory video to get a feel for how it works.

One of the neat things about the program is that it accommodates all skill levels. You can make the pages as simple or as complex as you like or as your comfort level dictates. The possibilities are limitless and not just for layouts but for a multitude of projects including photo books, cards, videos, calendars, etc.

So here is how the giveway works:

1. Visit and choose a favorite digital paper pack or layout.

2. Come back here and tell me which one you chose by December 1, 2011 in the comment section below to be included in the draw.

Additionally, My Memories is also offering you $10 off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store. Just use coupon code: STMMMS8659.

*** In forgoing any commission, everytime my blog's special coupon code is used towards the purchase of My Memories Suite software, $20 will be donated to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November PageMaps Newsletter

I cannot begin to describe how excited I am about the November PageMaps Newsletter.  Firstly, because I am honoured that I had the opportunity to contribute to it (you all know what a fan I am of Becky) but secondly, I absolutely love how my take on the sketch turned out.

Supplies: patterned papers, dimensional stickers, chipboard, pearl swirl, pearl swirl packaging background, and burlap trim (MME), fabric chipboard numbers (American Crafts), Tim Holtz distress inks (Rangers), blk ink (StazOn), pen (Creative Memories), twine and thread (misc.)

I used the Nook's October Kit and add-ons featuring MME's Lost and Found Two Sunshine collection.  These papers have such a richness to them and with all the textures and layers of the collection products... oh my... how can a girl go wrong?

Here is the sketch that I interpreted:


As you can see, I stuck pretty close to the original design. I am grateful for the amazing inspiration that it provided in my coming up with this layout.

A close up shot:

I fussy cut the lace doily, distress inked the edges, stitched it, the layout border edges and burlap trim in a pleated fashion with a golden mustard coloured thread, and used the swirls packaging card as my journal spot after distress inking the top label cut edge to match the other sides. I hymned and hahed over whether to use black and white or sepia photos.  After trying both versions, I went with the sepia as it just went beautifully with the brownish tones and the burlap trim and twine.

If you love the look of glitter paper but not the accompanying mess of glitter virtually everywhere, I used this neat tip I picked up at ScrapFest from the ladies at The Memory Keeper booth.  I lightly sprayed the glittered parts of the paper, layered sticker and chipboard with a nonscented aerosal hairspray.  By george it did the trick and held the glitter in place!  I also discovered that by using a static cling floor wipe like Swiffer sheets, I was able to easily deglitter the plain side of the papers and my work surface. Yeah for alternative uses!

A huge thanks to Becky for letting me contribute.  Be sure to check out her other marvelous sketches and the fabulous sample layouts of my fellow November newsletter contributors here.


Nook Blog Hop and a Mag Giveaway Winner

nook bloghop!

If you want to ...

a) see some seriously talented womens' gorgeous works.
b) have a chance to win a 3 month kit subscription to one of the best kit clubs out there.
c) have a chance to win a variety of prizes.
d) virtually travel the globe.

then this Blog Hop is for you.  Start with Shellye and follow the DT list and instructions from there.

Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine Winner

The winner is ....

Samantha said...
That is so sweet of you! I've often wondered what this mag is like! :) Look forward to reading more about Scrapfest

Samantha email me your address and I will send it off to you.

Thanks to all who entered.