Monday, September 3, 2012

Always Smell the Flowers

Wow!  I can't believe its the end of the long weekend and most importantly the end of summer.  It makes me sad to think that I have a son going into Grade 6.  One more year and then he will be in Junior High.  I'm not sure if I can handle this.  I have been trying so hard to slow down and cherish my kids more but it still feels like time is just flying by. 

Anyways, I took this picture of my daughter this summer as she was admiring the flowers beside our steps.  When I saw Allison's sketch challenge on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog I thought this picture would work great.  So here is what I came up with:

I started with Echo Park's Everyday Eclectic collection and pulled out some pink and green patterned papers to go with the colors in the photo.  Then I grabbed the cloud print to add some blue and kraft in to my layout.  I changed the picture size to a rectangle instead of a circle but other than that I pretty much stayed true to the sketch. 

I used some stickers from the collection pack as well as some flowers I had in my stash to create my two embellishment clusters on either side of the photo.  I have been seeing people do this a lot lately where they create embellishment clusters on a diagonal across a photo and so I thought I would try it.  I think it really draws the eye across the photo.

I used a combination of letter stickers from the collection kit and American Crafts thickers to create my title.  Then I finished the layout by adding bling to the flower centers.  I think bling is one of my favorite embellishments :) 

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Hope you have a great day.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

So Sketchy Guest Designer Submission

So I took the plunge and am sending in a layout for the So Sketchy guest designer spot for September. If nothing else, I have completed one more layout. Yay me :) I just recently moved so nothing has been happening in the craft room lately until now! So here is my layout:

My parents own a cabin and last year my dad decided to take my son out to the field nearby and help him fly his kite. Aiden had so much fun and I think my dad did too :)


Stampin' Up! Cardstock in Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla, Patterned Paper by BoBunny, SU Chocolate Chip Ink, SU Alphabet Stamps, American Crafts Thickers, K & Co. Chipboard Embellishments, White Gel Pen, Paint Chip, Toothpicks, and Twill for kite tail.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stampin' Out Alzheimers

I don't know about you but I often join the online crops and even do some of the challenges but I never actually get around to posting my pictures. So this time I kicked my butt and finally posted my first picture in the Stampin' Out Alzheimers Forum. I completed the sketch challenge for Taylored Expressions. Today is the last day to join but there are some great freebies and challenges online. Check them out at and for a donation of $5 or more you can play too! They have already raised over $6000 for a great cause!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge

I keep meaning to do some of these challenges I see on other people's blogs and I never end up doing anything so yesterday I decided that I was just going to do one no matter what. So what better to start with then Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge! So, here is my card using Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and Old Olive.
I'm too late to enter the challenge but I figured I might as well post it anyways. I came up with this idea because I am thinking of having Thanksgiving at my house this year and what could be better than a handmade invitation? The leaves are stamped on watercolor paper and then gone over with an aquapainter to soften the edges. The corners are paper pierced and the You're Invited stamp is done in Chocolate Chip directly on the watercolor paper. This whole piece is mounted on a piece of Old Olive and then on a So Saffron base.
The inside is stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla with the same leaves that are on the front. Then the other invitation information stamp is stamped in Chocolate Chip. The stamp sets used are Hugs & Wishes and Autumn Harvest. All materials are SU.
Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, June 15, 2008

As Promised

Here is a sneak peek for my scrapbook class on the 26th of June. The following is one of the three 12x12 layouts that we will be making in this class. All for only $20. If you live in the Calgary area and you are interested in attending just send me an e-mail.

Stamp Sets: Always & Jumbo Outline Alphabet

Paper: Kraft, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Fall Flowers DSP, Vellum Cardstock

Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White

Accessories: Build a Brad, Scallop Circle Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Clear Embossing Powder

Click on the picture to get a better view. I am pretty happy with this page. I think that it is really versatile because it could be used for a page about a couple, a wedding, or even the love of a parent for their child/children. I left the left side blank for journaling but it could be used for more pictures or embellishments if a person wanted to.

Stay tuned for the other two pages.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Page Plans Sketch

I got some new Elzybells today and I really wanted to try them out so I used the new Page Plans sketch to make a card for my friend Janice. If you've ever met Janice you know that this card fits her perfectly!


Stamps-all from A Muse: Princess, Mini Oval, Inner Princess

Paper-Gable Green, Pink Passion, Watercolor, Vellum, Nana's Kids DCWV

Ink-Gable Green, Pink Passion, Basic Grey, Summer Sun

Accessories-Heidi Swapp bling

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another Option for Mother's Day Class

I decided to create another mini scrapbook for Mother's Day. This time with the Carousel Notes from the Occasions Mini Collection and some Fall Flowers Designer Series paper. I found this idea on Jan Tink's blog and changed things up a bit to work with the supplies I had on hand. I haven't finished it yet but just to give you an idea here are a couple of pictures:

The front

The inside

The inside with inserts pulled out

The back

I still have some more embellishing to do and of course pictures to add but the overall idea is here. If you would like to make one of these yourself, I am offering a class on May 8th. The class fee of $35 includes a package of Carousel Notes and your choice of one package of Designer Series paper. Orders need to be in by April 29th if you want to participate in this class so if you live in Calgary or surrounding areas send me an e-mail.