Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Nap Time?" - Love My Tapes, printed kraft & washi tape on chipboard

Hi everyone - sharing another layout featuring Love My Tapes washi tapes. 

Little strips of washi tape make a fun border or mat for a photo, and they stuck quite well over the gesso and distress stains (I had my doubts...)

Do you still have gobs of raw chipboard in your stash like I do?   Larger shapes are super easy to cover with washi tape, giving them a whole new look.  Just peel & stick, and wrap the tape around the edges.  It has a little bit of flexibility, making this a simple job without the hassle of smoothing out a ton of wrinkles:

I really love pairing tapes with mixed media supplies.

How long have I had those chipboard paw prints and these letters?  Yikes - glad they are seeing some use though.  ;)

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
red argyle washi tape (#905)
black loop washi tape (#916)
blue chevron washi tape

Other Supplies:
PP - My Mind's Eye
chipboard - Basic Grey (letters, bracket), Cosmo Cricket (paw prints)
resist canvas - Prima Marketing
gesso - Liquitex
spray (green) - Dylusions by Ranger
Distress Stains - Ranger
marker - Faber-Castell

Monday, May 28, 2012

Museum of Nature - Bo Bunny scrapbook layout

My friend Kristine created a sketch for Bo Bunny's monthly challenge,  and Scrapbook Centrale asked me to make a store sample with these Bo Bunny papers... so  you can see where this is going?   (I know, it's a rough life... make me work with Bo Bunny... you cruel task master.... )  /sarcasm    ;)   

I backed the title letters on a piece of the patterned paper and cut around it, for a little contrast.  It made the title much easier to read.

I used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to get some height on these stars:

I've been trying to use this canvas star on every boy layout for the past month - so glad it finally found a home!  I seem to be getting simpler and simpler with my boy layouts lately.  I'm not sure how I feel about this...  gonna have to rectify that (stay tuned).

PP, letters - Bo Bunny
canvas star - Canvas Corp
washi tape - Hambly
Distress Stain - Ranger
marker - Faber-Castell

Friday, May 25, 2012

Vellum card - Ruby Rock-it, Pan Pastels and a little help from Helmar

Hi Everyone.  I wanted to share my recent Ruby Rock-it project: a vellum card for Mom. (Might be a little late for Mother's Day, but shouldn't every day be Mother's Day?) ;)

For this card, I made a bunch of flowers and 'greenery' from additional sheets of vellum:

Now, the vellum comes in classic white with silver, so if you want a little colour, you have to add it.  I decided to use Pan Pastels for the colour, and added it to the back of the vellum, to keep it subtle.  Vellum isn't the best surface for pastels, so you need to give it a little help with a coat of workable fixative after you add the colour.  It doesn't make it completely smudge proof on vellum, but it really makes a difference.

This is how it looks from the front:

From there, I just punched out the shapes and adhered with Liquid Scrap Dots for a pretty floral arrangement.  The 'greenery' was adhered with 450 Quick Dry.

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
Fundamentals Vellum sheets "Circles"
Fundamentals Vellum sheets "Dots"
Fundamentals Vellum sheets "Vine leaves"
Fundamentals glitter chipboard letters - Pink
Helmar Crystal Kote Fixative
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Other Supplies:
Pan Pastels

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Mountaineers" - scrapbook page with Pan Pastels and Helmar

Hi Everyone.  This is my first project for Helmar Adhesives.  (Visit their blog - my team mates floor me with their ideas).

I used Pan Pastels to add colour to the background.  Because I was adding multiple layers of colour, that I didn't want to mix, I needed to spray a workable fixative between layers.  Crystal Kote Fixative to the rescue.  I've been disappointed with the results from a competitor - so I was very pleased with the Helmar product - it didn't affect the colour or transparency of the pastels.  Helmar FTW!

I glued down the metal gears with 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, and used Acid Free Glue for everything else.

This is my new favorite thing: splats made with Ranger Distress Stain.  This makes me furiously happy.

My mountaineers played hooky from school to climb Mt. St-Hilaire together.  Who am I to argue? (Dude - they were going to make the kids run laps around a soccer field for most of the day - believe me, he wasn't missing much at school).

Adhesives by Helmar:
Crystal Kote Fixative
Acid Free Glue
450 Quick Dry Adhesive

Other Supplies:
PP - My Mind's Eye
stencils - The Crafters Workshop
Pan Pastels - Pan Pastels (this redundancy is redundant)
journal tag - Maya Road
letters - American Crafts
gears, washers - Tim Holtz
Distress Stain - Ranger
marker - Faber-Castell

Monday, May 21, 2012

Birthday card for a little boy - Ruby Rock-it

Hi Everyone.  I wanted to share this simple birthday card with you.  It was recently published in Scrapbook Trends, and features Ruby Rock-it.

The gear shape behind one of the rockets was die-cut with a Spellbinders die.

Thanks for visiting!

card base, pp, ribbon, chipboard shapes - Ruby Rock-it
rub-on greeting - Creative Imaginations
ink - Ranger

Friday, May 18, 2012

Imperfect Mother's Day scrapbook page

These photos are actually from Mother's Day 2011.  Yeah - I really don't scrap in any recognizable order, ha!    I used Ruby Rock-it products for this perhaps unusual Mother's Day page.  With my energetic gang, getting good family photos (or Mothers Day photos) is problematic at best.  But at least it shows their real personalities!

I used the Nostalgia collection for this page, taking advantage of the different stripes in the "Collage" and "Tokens" papers

A cute butterfly from the Fundamentals line, and wonky mixed-font title finish it up.  

I sanded some of the textured cardstock to show the design.

That's my gang!

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
Nostalgia 12x12 paper - Tokens
Nostalgia 12x12 paper - Quilt
Nostalgia 12x12 paper - Stripe
Nostalgia 12x12 paper - Collage
Nostalgia border stickers
Nostalgia letter stickers
Nostalgia twine
Nostalgia flowers
Sugar Candy embossed cardstock - Hexagon
Fundamentals chipboard alphabet kraft
Fundamentals felt icons - butterflies
Other Supplies:
white pen - Uniball Signo
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
ink - Ranger

Monday, May 14, 2012

Funky Washi Tape birthday card - Love My Tapes

To make these little faces, I wrapped Love My Tapes washi tape through paper clips, then trimmed it with scissors and a hole punch (for the 'eye').  The hardest part is choosing the colours.  ;)  

This is a technique you might want to try with your kids - it's kind of fun to create little characters.

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
Washi tapes - black loops (#916), red argyle (#905), brown grid, blue chevron (#901), mint grid, purple stars (#005)

Other Supplies:
cs - Bazzill
rub-ons - American Crafts
other - paper clips

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Roundup - May 13/12 - I'm spending time with my family today, how about you?

- Excellent points raised in this article
- Assvengers?
- This is awesome
- Yup 
- a long time ago, in a galaxy trop près
- and because it's Mother's Day...

PS - Helmar is looking to reach 5000 fans on Facebook, and there will be prize-age involved.  They have a little contest among the DT to get people over there.  But since you all know, I don't do things the normal way... when you get there - DON'T tell them I sent ya.  Tell them that Erin Morehouse sent ya.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Still a Safe Place to Crash" - scrapbook layout with Ruby Rock-it

Last week over at the Ruby Rock-it blog, 3 designers were given the same list of supplies and asked to create a page. (We even had to use the same 3 patterned papers).  It was fun seeing how different the pages turned out - if you'd like to see too, and maybe even try the challenge yourself, hop on over to the Ruby Rock-it blog at this post.  Funny, this collection (Nostalgia) leads me to cleaner layouts - who would have thought!

Their new vellum was part of our challenge, so I chose the circles & stars design, and fussy cut a few of the circles for simple embellishments.

These kraft tags are from the Fundamentals card making line, but I like how they work as journaling spots.

Yup - this yummy flower is Ruby Rock-it, too!

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
PP, small letters, phrase stickers, flower, twine - Nostalgia collection
vellum, kraft tag - Fundamentals line
chipboard letters & heart - Christmas

Other Supplies:
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
ink - StazOn, Ranger

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Snow Girl" scrapbook layout - Green Tara

Hi everyone!  We're well into May now, so of course I'm scrapping a picture about snow.  Now, you might think that flowers and snow don't go together - in which case, perhaps you haven't spent a lot of time in Canada in the spring.

I wanted to use these yummy Green Tara flowers and trims (they sent me a coordinated pack to have fun with), so I went looking for photos that worked with the colours, and turns out my daughter's snow suit was just the right thing!  Mix in a few snow flakes and winter papers, and why not flowers on a girlie snow page?  Precisely.

This cobweb trim is really growing on me - the more I use it, the more I like it.  The texture really makes me happy.  Here, you see it layered with some Wave Ribbon.

I twisted the sequin trim into flourishes, because why use just a straight line when you can have a curve?

You may notice a few of the petals flowers tucked in around my page.  Because these flowers are relatively flat (in comparison with some of the others), you can use them as layering elements, tucking them under the edge of photos and papers...

and using them to add a little more oomph to non-floral embellishments, like this snowflake.

Supplies (Green Tara):
flowers - Calla Lillies Cerise (FDV051Cer), Lilac Apple Blossoms 4cm (FDV044L), Cherry Blossoms Blue 3cm (FLC22B), mixed petals, Dusky Pink (P22DP)
ribbon - 15mm Double Sided Satin Ribbon Lavender (RB15Lav), Cobweb Fuschia (RB6772Fu), Wave Ribbon 2 Tone Pink/Purple (RB238PP)
trims - 6mm Opal Sequin Trim Lavender (RB524LO)

Other Supplies:
PP, chipboard letters, stickers - Bo Bunny
wood snowflakes - Maya Road
stickles - Ranger
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Scrap Kitchen NSD Blog hop - Winners!!

Hi Everyone, just popping in quick to post the winners from the blog hop.

  • Maureen Hayes was the winner of the posted prize 

and because I received so many kind comments, I drew a second name, for a surprise RAK:

  • Maya - I'll be putting together a pack of goodies for you too!

The winners can contact me via email :   kilroy @ videotron . ca  (remove the spaces).

Thanks everyone for visiting - you really warmed my heart!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Scrap Kitchen {Inter} National Scrapbook Day blog hop

Hello there!  If you're here for the Scrap Kitchen NSD blog hop  this is the right post.  :)  If you're looking for the Ruby Rock-it NSD blog hop,- scroll down - it's the post just below this one.  Either way - so glad you stopped by for a visit - I hope you'll check out both hops!

WOOHOO, Welcome to the Scrap Kitchen NSD blog hop

You have a chance to win one or more of 50 prizes from 50 different blogs! This is the EASIEST BLOG HOP EVER. All you have to do to win a prize is to PLEASE LEAVE a comment under this post. If you have a chance to browse around and like my work, I would love if you became a follower of my blog (not required).  On Sunday May 6th I will choose someone randomly for the prize.

Now of course, it wouldn't be right if I didn't show a project first (Supplies list at the bottom of this post)

This layout is about my 3 year old talking me into letting her use my travel watercolours, so I used a misted background to give the feeling of watery paints.

A play on words for the title, because I do love puns, especially in French.

I had made the background months ago.  It was an experiment that went 'wrong', but I liked the look and kept it for future use.  I'm glad I did!

The grungeboard and chipboard were also customized with mists.

and here is the blog candy I'm offering on my blog.  If I get a lot of comments, I may add a second prize.

The winners details will be posted on here so make sure you check back to see if you have won! For more chances to win, please go to

Gerry van Gent

to leave some more blog love. I have posted the complete blog list here just in case anyone forgets to post or has computer issues!  We would also love for you to come and join us in The Scrap Kitchen on Facebook here and will also be posting winners names there!

BLOG HOP Participants (in order)

Sherry Mendoza
Katherine Prefol
Kristie Taylor
Melissa Harris Goodman
Jenny Burns
Tina Dalton
LeAnne Payne
Sheree Power
Michelle Clarke
Jamie Dougherty
Liz Hicks
Heidi Kelley
Irit Shalom
JJ Sobey  <--- You are HERE
Gerry van Gent  <--- Next stop on the tour
Cheryl Bodkin Waters
Mel Connell
Gine Kristofferson Silvera
Sarah Moore
Samantha Hauzer
Drew Scott
Jennifer Priest
Jordie Craig
Kathy Hall
Melissa Elsner
Michelle Thomas
Trina McClune
Nadia Cannizzo
Lynne Erskine Forsythe
Gloria Stengel
Leanne Allinson
Wendy Crafts
Agnus Kasprzak
Natasja Cats Verbeek
Kim Jeffress
Gina Rodgers
Trudi Harrison
Steph Devlin:
Beck Beattie:
Melita Chow:
Emeline Seet:
Crece Thomas:
Rebecca Boyer:
Emma Rose Sabourin Rayburn:
Brandie Partello:
Marjie Kemper
Susan Pyrcz Weckesser:
Iris Babao Uy:
Susan Mintmire:

Thanks so much for joining in!

Supplies for layout:
PP - Rouge de Garance
CS - Prism simply smooth
spray - Tattered Angels glimmer mist
corrugated cardboard - Creative Imaginations
letters - Basic Grey
flowers - Petaloo
grungeboard (stars) - Tim Holtz
chipboard (bird) - Harmonie
gems - Prima
pins - Jillibean Soup
marker - Faber-Castell
paper-wrapped wire - $ store

Ruby Rock-it NSD Blog Hop - Bowling Fun!

The Ruby Rock-it team are each highlighting the new Bella! vellum along with some of their favorite Ruby Rock-it products.  Hop along with us, and leave comments as you go - there's a prize up for grabs and you don't want to miss out!

This is my project today.  My very favorite Ruby Rock-it product?  It's the paper.  I'm all about the paper when it comes to scrapping - I like to use lots of it on a single page.  I love the quality of Ruby Rock-it paper - it's thick enough to tolerate my rough treatment. ;)   My two favorite collections are Vintedge (released in January) and this one, Le Jardin (from last year):

I'll admit, I wasn't sure what I would think of the vellum, as I had never used it before, but I'm very pleased with how easily it can be used as a layering element. (Layers make me happy)

It punches easily too, which is a bonus.

Here is the order for the hop, just in case you get lost along the way, or are jumping in starting from here.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and May the 4th be with you.  (Beware the revenge of the 5th)

- Le Jardin 12x12 cardstock  Grove
- Le Jardin 12x12 cardstock - Arbour
- Le Jardin 12x12 cardstock - Bloom
- Le Jardin 12x12 cardstock - Balmy
- Le Jardin 12x12 cardstock - Vista
- Le Jardin rub-ons
- Bella! Bling borderlines clear
- Bella! Bling crowns clear
- Fundamentals Vellum - Circles
- Fundamentals Sparkle chipboard alphabet white

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Put a Pig on it - birthday card with Green Tara

I made this card to show one of the fun ways you can use the Petals flowers from Green Tara.  (I chose this particular paper pretty much to prove a point to a friend who had expressed her doubt in the usefulness of said paper - right after my daughter insisted I needed to buy it. Ha!)

These flowers started out white, but I wanted them to match my paper, so I tinted them with glimmer mist, and voilà - easy customization.  I then cut them in half, and tucked them under the edge of the ribbon, for a flowery border. 

Oh my goodness - these new crinkle organza ribbons are so pretty, and I'm delighted with this particular shade - it's a perfect match for some of the aquas in current paper collections.

Supplies (Green Tara):
flowers - mixed petals, White (P22Wh)
ribbon - 38mm Crinkle Satin Edged Organza Aqua (RBCrAq)

Other Supplies:
PP - Graphic 45
letters - Authentique
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
ink - Ingvild Bolm signature chalk ink