Friday, November 30, 2012

All good things... Saying Farewell to Ruby Rock-it

 It's been a great year, but my term on the Ruby Rock-it team has come to and end.  The team is blog hopping today - please join us!

Before you go, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite Ruby Rock-it projects from the past year:

Thanks for visiting!  Your next stop on the hop is with Jodi.  And here is the full order of the hop:

Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Susan K Weckesser / Unity Stamp blog hop

Oh, we are so very excited you are joining us for our first ever Susan K Weckesser Design Team Blog Hop with Unity Stamp Design Team

If you are not already a follower, we would love for you to join our families and follow our blogs as well as stay up-to-date by Liking us on Facebook:

During this 2-day hop, you will be inspired and in awe of all the fabulous creations shared by members of these two talented design teams.  Both teams will be sharing Simple Christmas Card Ideas using Unity Stamps designed by Susan K Weckesser Inc It's not too late for Christmas Cards.   According to the US Postal service, if you mail your holiday cards by December 20, they will arrive by December 25th! And, this will give you a chance to also join in the Christmas Love Campaign.

Here's a close-up of Susan's super-cute house stamp. I coloured it with Smooch, and stickles, and pop-dotted it with Helmar Zap-Dots.

and a warning to my family... er... sentimental greeting:

The house stamp is from the "Create Your Day" set:

We are giving away two chances to win an amazing prize package containing a generous variety of Susan K Weckesser stamps co-branded with Unity Stamps.

For a chance to win, visit each blog and leave a comment. Then come back on Dec 3 at 6 PM CST to find out if you are a winner at Susan K Weckesser Inc and Unity Stamp Co blogs.

Here is the blog hop order:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

So Thankful - scrapbooking on burlap with Authentique and Canvas Corp

This week Authentique did a product swap with Canvas Corp, which means I got to play with some textured items that make my heart go pitter-pat.    Like this awesome burlap sheet, which turned out to be a perfect background for the Authentique "Thankful" collection.  The colours in this collection made me swoon.  (Now I'm itching to put more burlap together with Authentique - I love how the two textures work together!)

I started off by misting on the burlap with a stencil and Glimmer mist.  I glued the papers and photos together with Professional Acid Free glue, then glued the whole 'stack' to the burlap using Premium Craft Glue, to make sure it stuck well.   (I also ran a line of the Premium Craft Glue along the edge of the burlap sheet, on the backside, to prevent too much fraying).

I die-cut several leaves as embellishments; branches too.  Great way to use up smaller pieces of paper, and they add oomph without a lot of weight.  I glued these down with Helmar 450 Quick Dry - best thing for sticking to burlap!

That green mesh trim?  How could I not use it on this page - the texture is awesome, and the colour was perfect. (Yup - used 450 Quick Dry on that, too)

I die cut a lacy circle and used it to back one of the circle stickers.  Then I pop-dotted it with Zap Dots.

Thank you to Canvas Corp and May Arts for the goodies they sent to the Authentique team!  

Supplies (Authentique):
Thankful collection - Harvest, Cultivate, Pioneer, Giving, Details stickers, Elements stickers

Adhesive (Helmar):
Premium Craft Glue
Professional Acid Free glue
450 Quick Dry
Zap Dots

Other Supplies:
burlap page, canvas tags, waxed cotton cord - Canvas Corp
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels (Tattered Leather, Harvest Orange, Indian Corn)
ribbon & trim - May Arts
stencil - Creative Imaginations
ink - Ranger Distress Stain
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Monday, November 5, 2012

Home for Christmas Art Journal page - Susan k Weckesser

I wanted to share my first 'official' project as a DT member for Susan K Weckesser.   I decided to make an art journal page (partly because I had a new journal begging for some attention, and partially because Susan designs super cute stamps).

The background was made with Dylusions spray inks.  The awesomely opaque white marker is from Zig / Kuretake. I want this marker in every colour!

I made my own 'washi tape' with the washi tape stamps, by stamping on tissue paper, then tearing it and adhering like it was tape.  It's a fun way to use these stamps, and I can see me using this technique again.

I wanted to use this cute house stamp  as a collage element, so I stamped it on white cardstock, coloured it, and then cut it out and glued it to my page.  I did the same with the cloud stamp.

I used the "Splatter it" stamp and the banner from the "Create your Day" set as texture stamps in the background.   The funky letters are old-as-dirt rub-ons from Doodlebug, but they still work great!

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (Susan K Weckesser):
Susan K Weckesser stencil (produced by The Crafters Workshop)

Other supplies:
journal - Ranger
spray inks - Dylusions
stamping ink - StazOn
markers - Zig / Kuretake (Zig Art & Graphic marker, Zig Writer, Zig Opaque Writer, Zig Calligraphy Metallic)
rub-on letters - Doodlebug
Smooch ink

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Helmar and Robin's Nest Christmas Blog Hop

Hi, I'm JJ Sobey and I'm a Helmar Designer.  So glad you've hopped on by during the Helmar / Robin's Nest blog hop!  You've probably just been to visit Michelle Cummings, and your next stop will be to visit Dawn Mercedes Barrett.  (Don't worry - full list and links are at the bottom of this post).

You can't beat the Helmar Gemstone Glue for clear embellishments like these Dew Drops.  It dries completely clear, and holds tough - those aren't going to shake off in the mail, that's for sure!

I added some Zap Dots to give my sentiment a little lift.

Thank you for visiting, and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Adhesives (Helmar):
Professional Acid Free Glue
Gemstone Glue
Zap Dots

Clear Mini Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest
PP, letters - Authentique
CS - Bazzill
lace tape - Love My Tapes
ink - Memento

Friday, November 2, 2012

"Love Story" - wedding scrapbooking with Authentique's "Lovely"

Have you been over to the Authentique blog today?  You should hop on over there and see the full reveal of the new "Lovely" collection.  So many possibilities with it, because instead of 6 patterns, there are 12 in this collection, allowing for a softer romatic vibe (as seen here), and a more vintage valentine feel as well.

As you would expect from Authentique, there are plenty of great shapes in the stickers and die-cuts, like these tags.

Fussy-cutting a few flowers to tuck in and around other papers and embellishments is a great way to get more bang from your papers.  (Helmar 450 Quick Dry was the easiest way to get that metal key to stay put.)

Yup - this photo is from our wedding.  :)

Supplies (Authentique "Lovely" collection):
PP - Beloved, Dainty, Keynote, Amour, Dearest, Fancy
Details Stickers

Adhesives (Helmar):
Professional Acid-Free glue
450 Quick Dry
Zap Dots

Other supplies:
lace tape - Love My Tapes
key - 7 gypsies
pearls - Zva Creative
ink - Memento ("London Fog") by Imagine Crafts
marker - Faber-Castell