Thursday, November 29, 2012

Trim the Tree

Tammy over at LRW is asking us to trim the tree this week. I couldn't resist colouring this cute stamp.

Thanks for a fun challenge Tammy! I also decided to link up with Simon Says Stamp this week too for the anything goes challenge.

pp~ Crate, American Crafts
washi tape~ Queen and Co.
stamps~ PTI, Stampabilities

Monday, November 26, 2012

My first Scrappy Publication

Today I picked up my copy of Canadian Scrapbooker and got a kick out of seeing my layout in there! This is my first ever scrapbook layout publication so it feels like a big deal. Too much fun!

Here's the layout...a real goofy photo from one of our travel adventures.

Here's a detail shot...

Can't wait to show my mom the mag. She will get a kick out of it too!

thanks for peeking in...

Friday, November 23, 2012

We are Family

Bronwyn over at Use your Stuff is asking for stars this week! I am not sure if this counts, but I used this great MME paper covered in stars! This is a layout of me and my cousins at our family reunion last summer. That was such a special weekend.

And here's a few close ups...

Thanks ladies for another fun challenge!

pp~ MME
letters~ Thickers and Glitz
washi tape~ MME, Queen and Co.
mists~ October Afternoon
decorative pin~ Maya Road
twine~ Doodlebug
toothpicks from my stash

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanks for brightening my day

I have been busy making all occasion cards, using some of my new PTI sets. I got some great inspiration from Ashley Cannon  Newell for this thank you card.

I decided to link up with the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week for thank you cards.

thanks for stopping by!

pp~ Lily Bee
stamps, ink~ PTI
dies~ PTI and Spellbinders

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Joy to the World

I have been using my embossing folders like crazy on my Christmas cards...a perfect fit for the "texturize" challenge over at LRW. I dyed some burlap with Maya Mist to make this rolled flower.  Everything else is from my wonderfully growing collection of PTI.

Thanks for peeking!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Our Big Adventure

The ladies over at Use Your Stuff have a travel themed challenge this week. I can't pass up an opportunity to post a travel layout! This is one I made at Cropfest last weekend.

This is from our trip to Australia last year to visit my dear girlfriend. She took us to a cottage on the beach and we had so much fun!

I used my new Mr Huey's stencil to make this banner.

And I embossed some vellum with clouds. Turned out really cool!

Thanks for another fun challenge!

pp~ Cosmo Cricket
chipboard letters~ Bisous
mists~ Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon, Tattered Angels
Texture Effect~ Martha Stewart
twine~ American Crafts

Monday, November 12, 2012

Not a creature was stirring...

Dee is asking for colouring over at LRW. I have been having so much fun lately using all my PTI stuff to make Christmas cards that I hadn't gotten around to using some of the House Mouse stamps I bought last Christmas. So I brushed the dust off my copics and came up with these little guys.

Thanks for getting me to dig out my copics Dee!

pp~ MME

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In the meadow...

I had some time last night to make some more Christmas cards and decided to play along with a fun challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges...inspiration from Christmas carols! I adore holiday music so this was fun.

I used a technique I tried before, layering washi tape under chipboard. I love how these turned out!

Here's two more, inspired by a Christmas hymn and using PTI stamps...

And then I went a bit crazy and made a few more, but they don't have Christmas carol themes...

Happy Sun (it's actually sunny!) day!

chipboard~ My Little Yellow Bicycle
washi tape~ MME, Queen and Co., Bella Boulevard
twine~ Doodlebug, American Crafts
Buttons~ Basic Grey
stamps~ PTI, PrintWorks
inks~ PTI, Stampin Up

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Time for Us

The ladies over at Shopping Our Stash have a cool challenge this week...showcase "your best deal ever." I knew right away what I wanted to feature!

I recently discovered that Homesense sells amazing scrappy supplies at great prices. I got this MME "Time for Tea" pad and can't stop using it. I also bought TWO packs of American Crafts twine there. Yes I went back for another since I love it so much!

This is a layout I did at Cropfest of our weekend in Huntsville in July. Even though we were up north for a funeral, we still found some time for us.


Thanks for stopping by!

pp~ MME
twine~ American Crafts
stencil~ Crafters Workshop
Texture Effect~ Martha Stewart
wooden car~ Studio Calico
decorative pin~ Maya Road
alpha stickers~ October Afternoon
chipboard letters~ Basic Grey

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thinking of You

I had been meaning to send a dear cousin a "thinking of you" type card for a while since there are some tough things happening in her family right now. So nothing like the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger and Simon Says Stamp "Thinking of You" Challenge to get me going.

Here's the fab inspo photo. I just love rolled felt flowers and the warm fall colours.

Here's what I came up with. I used my new PTI Wreath for All Seasons set, rolled some tiny felt flowers and found an old metal frame I had sitting around.

Thanks for the great inspiration to make and send this long overdue card!

twine~ American Crafts
inks, stamps~ PTI

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Use Your Stuff~ Christmas Theme

The ladies over at the fun challenge blog Use Your Stuff are asking for Christmas/holiday themed stuff this week. Here are two Christmas cards I made using my new favourite embossing folder and some MME papers. My mom whipped up the fabric yo-yo flowers.

pp~ MME
twine~ American Crafts
stamps, ink~ PTI
buttons~ Basic Grey

Thanks for peeking!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cropfest Layouts-- Never Forget

I had a such a wonderful time at Cropfest this past weekend with some extremely fun and talented ladies! It was the best time by far I have ever had at a crop! I got lots done, played with some fun products and techniques and above all got a belly-ache from so much laughing! 

Here's one of the layouts I did. I used some Texture Effect on the background and gave some love to my PTI chicken wire background stamp. I also made some flags with washi tape and tooth picks!

Here are a few closeups...

I decided to link up with A Passion for Papertrey "inky love" challenge this week since I used my neglected PTI barnyard basics set. 

Thanks ladies for such a fab weekend!! Can't wait to do it again!

pp, washi tape~ MME
Texture Effect~ Martha Stewart
stamps and ink~ PTI

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas Wishes

I love using fibers on my cards so playing along with the Moxie Fab World canvas, cork and burlap challenge this week was easy!

I rolled a flower out of canvas then misted it with some sparkly Maya Mist. Fun!

cs, dies, stamps, ink~ PTI
twine~ American Crafts
canvas from my stash

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Last month Sarah over at the Paper Mixing Bowl asked me to be a guest designer for November. I was thrilled to play along. I love her approach to layout many elements to consider! Here is the "recipe" I had to work with.

And here is what I came up with...

The Echo Park papers made it easy to stick to the white/brown/black colour scheme. I used butterflies as my elements from nature (plus the photo screams "nature"), I used several stencils with Texture Effect on the background. Plus I stamped the words on the journalling card and some yellow twine counts as a fiber. I journalled about the special time we had in Huntsville, despite the fact we were there for a funeral. Exploring beautiful locations like that with someone special really puts life into perspective.

Here are a few detail shots...

PP~ Echo Park
Twine~ American Crafts
Stencils~ Crafters Workshop
Gesso~ Folkart
Texture Effect~ Martha Stewart
Chipboard letters~ Basic Grey

Thanks Sarah for a great challenge! I hope to play along again soon!