Monday, April 30, 2012

C'est Juste Parfait Pour Moi - (chat fou)

Hi Everyone!  Just wanted to share a page highlighting some of the new washi tapes from Love My Tapes.   The layout was inspired by a challenge from Lucky 7 Factory (the challenge being that you had to create a page with this particular title).

Washi tapes are perfect for layering, as they are slightly transparent, and don't add a lot of bulk. I took advantage of that attribute, with this layout, even layering them over some of the wood hearts.  Super easy to stitch through it, as well:

I like how it looks layered over book paper, as you can still see some of the text:

For those who don't read French, this is just about my silly cat drinking from a glass (or trying to) instead of his bowl.  Although, it was probably because there was only water in his bowl and he wanted milk...

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
Washi tapes - #618 Measuring Tape, #901 blue zig zag, blue clouds

Other supplies:
PP - Lucky 7 Factory
felt - Basically Bare
wood - Studio Calico
letters - Doodlebug
dew drops - Stamping Bella
stamps - Kaisercraft
ink - StazOn
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
other - book pages

Friday, April 27, 2012

Paint and gel medium were flying all over the place...

I did this journal page while playing along with the challenges for the Lucky 7 Factory online crop last week.  They seriously got me back in my groove - thanks L7F!!

I lost track of the supplies on this fairly early on in the process...  but these are the ones I'm sure about:
acrylic paint - Amsterdam
gel medium, gesso - Liquitex
spray - Dylusions by Ranger
stencils - The Crafter's Workshop, punchinella
rub-on letters - Doodlebug (who woulda thunk it, eh?)
stamping ink - StazOn  (there are stamps in there somewhere, but God only knows what they were at this point...)
die cuts, flowers, stamps, and random crap on my desk...
...Oh, and the journal is a Canson mixed media journal.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

... and Helmar makes it a hat trick


 I made the Helmar design team - I am so happy to be designing for another Aussie manufacturer! They are going to be 'stuck' with me for the next 6 months...

Copied from the Helmar Adhesives blog:

"The New Helmar Design Team consists of 19 full time designers, 5 guest artists, and 1 sketch artist. I'm so honored and humbled to present to you the Helmar Design Team!
Jamie Cripps
Jennifer Evans
Martha Richardson
Julie Tucker-Wolek
Cheryl Boglioli
Grace Lauer
Susan Weckesser
Carisa Zglobicki
Cindy Royal
JJ Sobey
Vicky Alberto
Melanie Forbes
Rae Cooper
Michelle Wallace
Amy Lynne Lassiter
LIz Chidester
Jen Erickson
Beck Beattie
Sandie Edwards
Lydell Quin- Our Helmar Challenge and Sketch Artist
Erin Morehouse - Our May Guest Designer
Lisa Wilkinson - Our June Guest Designer
Katie Nolan-Denhan - Our July Guest Designer
Kate Vickers -Our August Guest Designer
Cheryl Walker - Our September Guest Designer
Erika Taylor- Design Team Coordinator
Also Jessica Morales will be doing some amazing videos for us on a regular basis and we wanted to give her a shout out too."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Love My Tapes Mother's Day Blog Hop

The Love My Tapes Design Team welcomes you to a fun Mother's Day Blog Hop!! The DT Members have all used a variety of Love My Tapes products for you to get inspired, you will be amazed by all the wonderful creations, and you'll have a chance to win a Love My Tapes prize!

If you came from Giovana Smith's blog, then you're right where you should be. If not, or if you get lost along the way, please go to the Love My Tapes blog where you will find the list of participants. 
And here's my project:

Using self-adhesive fabric makes it super easy to create a trendy chevron background for a card.  The stitching is just for looks.

    I adhered some of the fabric tape to cardstock, then die-cut for the blue flowers, to get a simple, coordinated embellishment.

    Now hop on over to Lisa Tottle's blog for more inspiration!

    Don't forget to leave a comment while blogging along, one random commenter will win a fabulous Love My Tapes Prize - 1 lace tape, 1 fabric tape, and 3 washi tapes.  You know you want it!

    Supplies (Love My Tapes):
    Fabric Tape - Brooke wildflowers (FT001), Sophie wildflowers (FT003), Cloe polka dots (FT010)
    Lace Tape -  Beige 13mm (LT2002)

    Other Supplies:
    PP - Pink Paislee
    white flower - Prima
    chipboard - Maya Road
    gesso (on chipboard) - Liquitex
    letters - Authentique
    other - brad

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Premier jour d'école (First day of school) - Bo Bunny

    Found another layout I don't think I ever posted here.  I love this Bo Bunny collection - I want to use it for everything related to my son's school pictures, forever, LOL!  The colours just work so well with his uniform, it makes me happy.

    That eyelet trim is kinda fun for boy pages.  I think I might have to dig through my sewing stash to find some in other colours - I'm sure I've got some, somewhere in that black hole, er... sewing space.

    PP, stamps, chipboard, letters, brads, trim, rub-ons - Bo Bunny
    mini-letters - October Afternoon
    tickets - Maya Road
    mists, glaze - Tattered Angels
    ink - StazOn
    white pen - Uniball Signo
    other - corrugated cardboard

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Welcome Sweet Princess - baby girl card with Ruby Rock-it

    Hi Everyone.  I have another Ruby Rock-it card to share with you - again using the August Moon collection.  I created the back layer by using a couple of punches, then mounting the squares on foam adhesive.  I rounded out this card with some flowers and letters from the Fundamentals line.

    The pearl crowns from the Bling collection were begging to be used for a princess, don't you think?

    Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
    Other Supplies:
    CS base - Prism
    ink - Ingvild Bolm by Prima
    marker - Staedtler

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Another masculine Birthday card... it pays to keep some scraps...

    Just wanted to share a quick card I made for my nephew.  I had to rush to make this card, so I started by rummaging through my test cuts from my die cutter, and found these gears (Spellbinders dies, btw).  Then I grabbed a few pieces from my bag of scraps - anything that worked with the colour of the gears, and started cutting.  It came together pretty fast, thanks to already having the gears cut, and already having the stenciling done on the cardstock. 

    Sometimes it pays to keep your 'tests'.  :)

    CS - Bazzill
    PP - Crate Paper
    letters - Lily Bee
    stencil - The Crafters Workshop
    mist - Studio Calico
    ink - Ranger
    other - corrugated cardboard

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Don't Frighten the Neighbors - scrapbooking ninjas in a geek household

    We got some unseasonably warm weather in March this year, and the kids (and hubby) decided it was time for dress-up and playing ninja in the yard - the front yard... with swords... in view of the neighbors and passing cars...  (this is what it's like in my household - 2 geek adults and 2 kids who will likely be just like us... ha!)  Oh, and that's not a glare on my layout, it's in the actual photo - hubby was deliberately trying to make me get a lens flare.  Whatever!

    Got to play with some of the awesome new washi tapes from Love My Tapes.  I want to use that grid tape on everything now.

    I had been playing with some of the new Dylusions sprays, and I kept the resulting tags for future use - this one ended up working nicely right here.  I have a feeling tags will be a recurring theme around here for a while... just sayin'...

    I added a few Kimmieprout buttons - they went perfectly with the Lucky 7 Factory papers.

    Does your spouse cause more mayhem than the kids, too?   :P

    Supplies (Love My Tapes):
    Numbers washi tape
    Grid washi tape

    Other Supplies:
    PP - Lucky 7 Factory
    fimo embellishments - Kimmieprout
    stamps - Kesi'Art
    letters - Echo Park
    mini-brads - Queen & Co
    spray - Ranger Dylusions
    stencil - The Crafters Workshop
    ink - Ranger, StazOn
    marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
    other - office supply tag

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    A feminine birthday card - Ruby Rock-it

    Last month I made a couple of cards featuring the August Moon collection from Ruby Rock-it.  I started with a birthday card, as I always seem to run out!

    The "Cool Mint" glitter cardstock from the Sugar Candy line pairs perfectly with August Moon (don't let the colour name fool you - it looks perfectly grey when used with August Moon).  And this is "JJ-safe glitter ™"  - subtle, and firmly attached.

    The tags in this collection are the perfect size for cardmaking, encouraging one to use up leftover papers after making some layouts.

    Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):

    Other Supplies:
    CS base - Prism
    ink - Ingvild Bolm by Prima
    marker - Staedtler

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    First Egg Hunt - Easter layout with Green Tara

    I had fun getting into girly-girl mode with this layout.  I wanted a spring feel (despite the colours in the photos, ha!) for this Easter page, so I used lots of Green Tara flowers and trim.

    I combined two trims (Ivory Gingham Frill and Pink Twisted Organza Pearl) around the edge of the circle, for a layered effect, and to add a little more texture without overwhelming the page - I still wanted the photos to be the main attraction.

    There were so many soft-coloured flowers, I couldn't choose just one type, so I added a few in different shades to coordinate -  Apple Blossoms, Cherry Blossoms, Asters, and Roses.

    These little leaves are actually wired, giving a lot of possibilities for positioning.  I love having options!

    Supplies (Green Tara):
    trims - 15mm Gingham Frill Ivory/White, 9mm Twisted Organza Pearl Antique Pink Ivory
    flowers - Blue/White Apple Blossoms, Pink Apple Blossoms, Cherry Blossoms Cream, 6.5cm Aster Batik Vintage4cm Aster Batik Vintage, 1cm Roses Yellow
    leaves - Small Green/Yellow/Rust Leaves 2.9cm

    Other Supplies:
    PP, letters, rub-ons, journal spot - Bo Bunny
    pearls - Zva Creative
    ink - Ingvild Bolm by Prima, StazOn
    marker - Sharpie