Monday, October 26, 2009

La Belle Petite Chouette de Papa

This is the last layout that I did with the October kit from Crazy Daisy Kits. I hope you managed to snag one for yourself. The title of this layout translates roughly to "Papa's pretty little Owl". I know, it sounds funny in English, but trust me, it's a sweet term of endearment in French. It's what my husband always calls our baby girl. (He's really quite smitten).

Now, something you need to understand about the French language, is that there are two words for 'Owl' - Chouette and Hibou. They are for two different types of owls. There are tons of great scrappy products with Hibou, but Chouette are truly rare to find in scrappy things, so I was tickled pink to get this Chouette stamp in this month's kit - I think I squealed out loud!

The kit included a lovely chipboard frame, but I just couldn't find a good spot for it on my layouts this time around (ha- you watch, next month I'll be wishing I still had a frame, LOL!) I cut part of the frame to add to the top corner on my layout.

I found that I was having a hard time seeing the letters in the title against this busy background, so before they were stuck down for good, I removed them and painted a little bit of white acrylic, and then replaced the letters. So much easier to read.

Supplies (from kit):
PP - Making Memories, 3 Bugs in a Rug, Chatterbox
lace cardstock, chipboard letters - Chatterbox
stamp - Prima
metal tag - Tim Holtz
gems & brads - 7 gypsies, Chatterbox
other - ribbon

Other supplies:
kraft cardstock - Prism
stick pin - Maya Road
small letter stickers - Rose Moka
ink - Ranger
white paint - Folk Art
white pen - Uniball Signo

Sunday, October 18, 2009

He Wishes They Had a Tractor @ Every Grocery Store...

Today is reveal day over at Creative Scrappers sketch challenge blog. Hop on over and see what the rest of the team has created. This marks the end of my term with them. I can't wait to see what the new team has in store for us - I'm sure they will inspire!

These Tim Holtz gears are so much fun to use on boy pages, and what better theme than a tractor! And that felt circle? I'm so glad to finally find a use for it. It's been sitting in my stash for so long, that I can't even remember who made it... (if you recognize it, let me know?)

PP - Bo Bunny
letter stickers - Jillibean Soup, Rose Moka
metal washer & gears - Tim Holtz
brads - Tim Holtz, Imaginisce
metal clips - Making Memories
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tigger, the Vampire Slayer

Yes, you read that correctly. "Tigger, the Vampire Slayer" was a costume that I created after watching about 3 full seasons of Buffy in less than 3 weeks, watching the Tigger movie in that same period of time, too much caffeine, and not nearly enough sleep.

(See kids - TV is bad for you. Well, so is caffeine I guess... and sleep deprivation... anywaaaaayyy....)

I had a bawl making this costume, and the prosthetic makeup for my husband. And we sure had fun presenting it in a costume contest! Seriously - why did I take so long to get around to scrapping this? Oh yeah, right... pre-digital camera... *sigh*

Anywho... this weekend is the on-line crop at Scrapbook Star, and this crop's theme is "Twilight", so of course, my challenge for the crop involves vampires and costumes. Come on over to see what the rest of the team has in store for you, and try some of the challenges!

In case you can't read my chicken scratch:
"The wonderful thing about Slayers
is Slayers are wonderful things.
Their bodies are made out of rubber
Their legs are made out of springs
Punching, kicking, Staking, Dusting
Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!
But the most marvelous thing about Slayers is
That I'm the Only One!"

PP, die cut paper, border sticker, rub-ons, letter stickers - Basic Grey
chipboard letters - Pink Paisley
crystal flourish - Prima Marketing
ink - Ranger
white pen - Uniball Signo
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Ninjas - mini album

The October kit from Crazy Daisy Kits included a 7 gypsies chipboard album. Since it was already in black, I didn't feel like I needed to cover every inch of the chipboard (which I like to do with grey chipboard).

My son (who is only 4 years old) has developed a bit of a fascination with Ninjas. With my husband as an influence, that comes as no surprise. He's still a big kid at heart, so he loves playing dress-up and make-believe with Liam. It's quite comical to see them together.

I had to include this quote from a kid's song by "The Barenaked Ladies" - a Canadian band with a great sense of humor. (As always, click image for a larger view.)

I wanted to keep the design simple, and repeat elements to make it more cohesive. I find that when photos are taken at many different times, in different lighting conditions, it can make a mini-album look jumbled, so I wanted something to help tie it together.

I still have a few pages left in the album for the next time my Ninjas visit (which might be on Hallowe'en from what I hear...).

Supplies (from the kit):
chipboard album, patterned paper - 7 gypsies
chipboard letters - Prima Marketing
lace cardstock, brad - Chatterbox
rub-ons - Basic Grey
metal embellishment - Pink Paisley

Other supplies:
small letters stickers - Rose Moka, Carolees
ink - Ranger
white pen - Uniball Signo

Monday, October 12, 2009

Shopping Cart Pals

The October kit from Crazy Daisy Kits included 2 beautiful flocked papers this month. One of them was the red paper you see on this layout. I just love how flocked paper picks up ink!

I just had to make some of my own flowers with the fabric in this kit. It was calling my name...
(You can see a great tutorial on fabric yo-yo's on Heather Bailey's site). I used some of the jute twine from the 7 gypsies tag (from the mini album in the kit) through my buttons. I couldn't resist - I love jute twine.

The large flower was made a little differently. I cut a long strip using pinking shears, and then did a gathering stitch up one long edge and pulled it into a circle. One of the buttons from the kit, plus a couple of Fancy Pants stick pins made a fun center for the flower. I also made a stem and 'leaf' using the black trim and a swirl rub-on from the kit.

A close-up of the journaling. My son is practically mauling his sister here in this picture, but at least they were both in a good mood, ha ha!

Supplies (from kit):
PP - Chatterbox, 7 gypsies, 3 Bugs in a Rug
chipboard letters - Chatterbox
rub-ons - Pink Paisley
jute twine - 7 gypsies (packaging)
brads, bling, buttons - Chatterbox
chipboard buttons - Jenni Bowlin
other - velvet trim, cotton fabric

Other Supplies:
journaling tag - Maya Road
stick pins - Fancy Pants
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Friday, October 9, 2009


Here's another layout I did with the October kit from Crazy Daisy Kits. When I saw that funky damask was in the add-on kit, I immediately grabbed it from my own stash and had to scrap with it. I suddenly knew exactly which picture I wanted to us it with.

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I knew I wanted a really long title for this, so I did part of it in the computer - right on the photo.

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Supplies (from kit):
PP - 7 gypsies, Making Memories (from the Oct Add-on)
CS - generic
chipboard letters - Prima Marketing
rub-ons - Pink Paisley

Other Supplies:
ink - Ranger
white pen - Uniball Signo

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DT Call at Scrapbook Star

Are you a Scrapbooking Star? Would you like to be? Scrapbook Star is looking for a few more Star scrappers to join the team. Here's all the details you will need. I hope you apply!

Scrapbook Star is searching for very talented Canadian Design Team Members to begin their terms on January 3rd 2010. If you consider yourself to be creative, team oriented and love our site and store please send the following to 3-5 recent projects that best represent your usual style
Please make sure your name is in the file title such as “janesmithbelieve.jpg”
Please keep files to under 100kb in size

Please include the following:
  • Full name, address & phone number
  • Other Design Teams you are a member of
  • A link to your online gallery or blog
  • Why you would like to be part of the team
Here is what is expected from a Design Team Member:
  • You must be active on our online message boards as well as in our gallery. (Minimum 50 posts per week)
  • You must post your work in our gallery. This includes the project you will make with your monthly kit, as well as at least 2 other items (altered, cards, LO’s etc)
  • Projects made with your monthly kit must be scanned at high resolution and emailed to the store (photos are not acceptable)
  • Participate in our monthly online crops by posting challenges
  • Promote the site to friends and family.
**Design Team members cannot be part of any other Canadian design team (for retail & online stores and communities).

Each second month you will receive a kit valued at over $30. On opposite months you will get an allowance to use on any product you like. All Design Team Members receive a store discount on all purchases.

The position will be for a 3 month trial at which point both parties may chose to terminate. Afterwards the term will last for another 9 months at which point Design Team members will have to reapply for their position
Call deadline is November 20th 2009 at midnight EST.

Scrapbook Star a besoin de vous !

Scrapbook Star est à la recherche des Canadiennes très talentueuses pour se joindre à l’équipe créative dès le 3 janvier 2010!. Si vous êtes une personne créatives, aimez le travail d’équipe, notre site et notre boutique, envoyez votre candidature à

De 3 à 5 projets représentant votre style ¬ assurez-vous que le fichier inclut votre nom, ex. “janesmithbelieve.jpg”. Vos fichiers doivent être de 100kb ou moins.

Veuillez fournir les informations suivantes :
  • Nom complet, adresse et numéro de téléphone
  • Autre(s) équipe(s) créative(s) dont vous faites partie
  • A lien vers votre galerie ou blog
  • Pourquoi aimeriez-vous faire partie de notre équipe
Les membres de l’équipe créative ne peuvent faire partie d’une autre équipe canadienne que ce soit pour une boutique (en ligne ou non) ou une cybercommunauté.

*Les membres doivent compléter 1-2 pages par mois avec l’ensemble reçu, soit une pour le début du mois et une pour le crop en ligne ainsi qu’un défi (challenge) qui accompagne chacune des pages. Les pages doivent être scannées à haute résolution et envoyées par courriel à la boutique à des fins d’affichage à la boutique (Les photos ne sont pas acceptables). Ces deux pages doivent demeurer une exclusivité à Scrapbook Start pour une période de un mois. Nous demandons aussi aux membres de notre équipe créative de créer un « mini » défi à chaque semaine (voir la section Daily Inspirations de notre forum).
*Nous demandons également aux membres de l’équipe créative de prendre part à notre galerie ainsi qu’à notre forum de discussions en ayant un minimum de 50 messages par semaine et un nouveau projet par semaine afin de maintenir l’inspiration de notre communauté.

À chaque 2 mois, vous recevrez un kit d’une valeur de plus de 30$. Pour les autres mois, vous recevrez une allocation que vous pourrez utiliser sur n’importe quel produit que vous désirez. Tous les membres de l’équipe créative reçoivent un rabais sur tous leurs achats en magasin.

Nous demandons que les membres de l’équipe créative de Scrapbook Star soient exclusifs et ne fassent pas parti d’autres équipes créatives. (à l’exception des équipes internationaux).

y aura une période d’essai de 3 mois pour le poste au terme duquel l’un ou l’autre des partis pourra décider de mettre fin au contrat. Par la suite, si les 2 partis conviennent de continuer, le terme sera de 9 mois au terme duquel les membres de l’Équipe Créative devront resoumettre leur candidature.
La date de tombée pour votre soumission est minuit le 20 novembre 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I Got Mad Skills

Today is reveal day over at Creative Scrappers challenge blog. Surf on over and see what the rest of the team has created!

I know it's not like me to not post any detail shots, but I felt this layout was pretty self-explanatory. ;)

Journaling: "Yes, I'll admit it. I taught her this. But the growling like a puppy - that's anybody's guess!)

PP - Basic Grey
flowers - Petaloo
crystal flourish - Prima Marketing
jewels - Doodlebug
chipboard letters - American Crafts Thickers
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Eat Your 'Hart' Out Corey!

My boy - doing his best Corey Hart impersonation - wearing his sunglasses at night. (I should have turned up his collar, doh!). Hmm, these sunglasses are more like predators than wayfarers. I digress...

Have you seen the October kit from Crazy Daisy Kits? Get thee on over and take a look - this is an awesome kit, and I think it will move fast! This is my first layout with the kit, and I had fun with all the different papers that were included.

For my journaling spot, I used one of the Pink Paisley rub-ons. I cut out the quote from the middle of the box, and adhered the border to one of the 7 gypsies papers from the kit. I had fun with my 'drippy goop' border punch, to echo all of that ice cream dripping down Liam's hands (and all over this clothes, ha!).

I felt the title wasn't popping quite enough, so I added some white acrylic paint around the chipboard letters. I was rather sloppy with it - I felt it added to the drippy, messy ice cream theme.

I combined a couple of the quote rub-ons to make my own phrase. Don't be afraid to cannibalize your rub-ons - you can really make them your own!

Supplies (from the kit):
CS - Bazzill
PP - 7 gypsies, Chatterbox, 3 Bugs in a Rug
rub-ons - Pink Paisley
chipboard letters - Chatterbox
buttons - Chatterbox, Jenni Bowlin
brad - 7 gypsies

Other Supplies:
ribbon - Making Memories, Prima Marketing, Scrapworks
ink - Ranger
paint - Folk Art
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner