Monday, March 26, 2012

MME Challenge 33 Layout

My Mind's Eye layout sketch challenge for this month is another great versatile design that leaves much to the interpretation of the artist. By the looks of it, there were a lot of others out there that it spoke to because over 100 scrappers participated including some pretty big scrappy names thrown in the mixed. Not really that surprising for the prize is a choice of a collection.  Given that MME consistently puts out fab releases, with this CHA being no exception, who wouldn't want to give it a try? Gorgeous stuff!

Some of that gorgeousness, in the form of Miss Caroline Dolled Up, was featured in the March Kit at My Scrapbook Nook and that is what I used for my take.

Supplies: patterned papers, wood butterfly, grey and pink twine, cardstock stickers, and pins (MME), doilie (Michaels), fabric letters (American Crafts), font (TXT Abrasive), sketch (MME)

My daughter had on just the right colour for this one and I couldn't be happier because I am lovin' the results.  There is a bigger story behind the events surrounding the photo but I am honouring my daughters request that I not journal that part publicly. She is such a dear sweetie and I am so proud of her perseverance.

Here is the original sketch for the challenge. 


As you can see, I went with a round shape rather than the large rectangle one because it was more suited to the background patterned paper plus that doilie is just so darn cute.  Be sure to check out the other wonderful takes.  Tons of eye candy and inspiration there!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Something a little different

As many of you know, I like to mix things up a bit, challenge myself and try out different techniques. Well, I think it is safe to say that this layout I created for Magenta really had me stepping outside of my regular preferred styles.

Supplies: patterned papers, stamp, and corrugated letters (Magenta), cardstock (Bazzill), gesso (Golden), VersaMark and StazOn (Tsukineko), emboss powder (Stampendous), Acrylic paint (Deco Art), fabric letter stickers (Prima), numbers stamps (CTMH), Tim Holtz distress ink (Rangers), metal photo corners (Dollarama), marker (Sharpie), foam fram packaging used for chevron stamp (misc.)

I call it pop art grunge.  There is stamping, gessoing, sanding, plastic bag and wrap use, inking, distressing, painting, and I even improvised a chevron stamp with a leftover corner covering foam from a picture frame packaging by mitering the foam strip and stapling it together.  A how-to can be found on the Magenta Blog.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Crop and Create Excitement!

My stars must have been aligned because I was one lucky gal at Crop and Create Markham. I say this for multiple reasons. Firstly, I went on my own but I was not to remain that way because I was pleasantly surprised to run into some friends from the former Scraps of Joy store.  These sweet and talented ladies continue to teach and inspire crafters with their new venture, Scrappin' Gypsies. It was fun sitting together, catching up and sharing our creations and inspiration during the crop.

Secondly, Catherine , the publisher of Scrapbook and Cards Today and mastermind of the event, out did herself with the help of her fun loving and creative team.  The hotel accommodations, the food, the make n' takes, the goodie bags (thanks to generous and awesome sponsors), the onsite stores and the challenges were all outstanding.  I attended the super talented Kelly Goree's class and got to see her creative process.  I really do enjoy seeing how others think and share about their projects come to life.

Thirdly, the loot.  I was one of the many of the lucky ladies to win in the random draws in my class and in the crop.  By far, the most exciting win was in the Colour Suite Challenge.  Using the SCT Colour Suite palette for January, I created this layout and to my delight it won!

Supplies: patterned paper, sticker, canvas stickers and stamp (Little Yellow Bicycle), Cardstock (Bazzill), foam letter stickers (American Crafts), baker's twine (My Mind's Eye), inks (CTMH), pen (Creative Memories), staples and jewels (miscellaneous)

This was the colour board used.


Love the BasicGrey Kissing Booth goodies that I received (Thanks Catherine and Basic Grey!).

I had a blast. Caught up with some scrappy friends of old and made some new ones too. What more could a crafty girl ask for?


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Back at it!

I find it so hard to believe that we are already three months into the year. They have just slipped away as I have been continually ill and have yet to be totally healthy this year. Day five into the March Break here and I am actually feeling like my old self since the first week of January. Yeah! I am crossing my fingers that my health will stay on track for the better once school starts again next week.

It really has been a bit.  I haven't been able to scrap much and I missed it.  The few items that I have, have been for Scrapbook News and Review  Magazine and upcoming Magenta posts, so I will share these when I can.

Here are a few things that have gone on ...

About six weeks ago my sweet, super talented, papercrafting friend Sherri Funk nominated me for a Liebster blog award. Given everything that was going on, I unfortunately did not get a chance to share it and pass it forward.  I still wish to recognize this kind and generous gesture that she bestowed upon me in someway so be sure to check out her wonderful work.  I promise it will be well worth the while.

Magenta is 20 years old this year. Wow! Twenty years in this industry is a spectacular accomplishment.  As part of the year long celebration, there are monthly challenge giveaways.  This month's just started so check out the details.

Here is my Dt take of this month's challenge using a stamped background to create a card

Supplies: Magenta stamp and letter stickers; Clearsnap ink; Doodlebug flock;Kitchen Parts doilie; Anchor floss; Dollarama jewels

I played with this one and tried something a little different.  After randomly stamping the cardface background in pink ink, I used a glue pen on the leaves and adhered green flock on them. This is one of those "pictures do not do it justice" type projects because the textures do not translate well into 2 D.  With the flocking, doillie, stitching and jewels, it is a cheery card sure to brighten the lucky recipient friend's day.

Hoping for sunny skies in your part of the world!