Monday, April 25, 2011

Scrapbooker’s Anonymous

So Scrapbooker's Anonymous is having a DT call and it’s the last day to enter! Talk about getting in down to the wire! They’re all about using your stash (something I’ve been really trying to do lately). Anyway, their asking everyone who wants to try out to make a layout using stamps! We’re supposed to make a background using stamps, and make at least 3 embellies with stamps. I was super excited to challenge myself to use my stamps, because I LOVE buying stamps, but I don’t make a lot of cards, so sadly, my stamps often end up collecting dust on my shelves. I have to admit however, I was a little bit intimidated by this challenge because stamping is not my strong suit, but I always love a challenge, so I bit the bullet and ended up stamping this layout like crazy, and I LOVE IT! This is one of my favourite layouts so far, so I’m really happy that I challenged myself to use my stamps, and I can definitely say that my stamps will no longer be dusty! lol


This picture is of my middle son Caleb when he was about a month old. I just wish they would stay that little for longer! They’re so cute and squishy, and they don’t run around and destroy your house and talk back to you! lol

Anyway, here’s some close ups: These are the embellishments that I made. I stamped the circles with a cool little stamp from Memory Box, inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain) then I put in a gromlet with my cropodile and covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents. Now, the heart was made with a Tim Holtz stamp, and I have to tell you that man is a genius. I know that a lot of you already know that and it’s just stating the obvious, but maybe you don’t know this: the stamp that I used, that is all about love, fits perfectly in the little movers and shapers heart die that I used to make my little heart…coincidence? I think not. Anyhoo, I stamped that beautiful little sentiment then inked the edges with walnut stain, glossy accented it, let it dry (overnight) then hucked it in my freezer for a while…took it out, bent it up, and voila! cracky-glossy accents! hehe


For the background I stamped a sheet of white cardstock with my Basic Grey (by Hero Arts) dots stamp, then distressed the edges of the paper with antique linen and chipped sapphire distress inks. Then I made a second patterned paper out of acetate. I stamped an alphabet stamp (by cornish heritage farms *sad they’re gone*) with black Staz On and layered that on top of the first paper. Now I have to give a little props to a certain product here. Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium in matte is freakin awesome for adhering clear stuff! It dries absolutely invisible and it dries fast too! Love it!



Well, that’s that! Here’s to the longest blog post in the world! lol

Supplies Used: bazzil cardstock, pp: crate, letter stickers: MME and Heidi Swapp, Cutting Dies: Quickutz, Sizzix, Tim Holtz: Tissue Tape, Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Tiny Attacher, stamps: basic grey, cornish heritage farms, and memory box, Ink: Staz On, stampin Up!, Gossy Accents.

Don’t forget you still have time to enter the challenge at Creative Accents new challenge blog! The entries are due April 30th, and there’s a sweet prize to be won!!

Thanks for checking out my blog everyone!! I really appreciate all your kind comments!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

A little snuggle time

We just got back from Prince George last night. We had a good trip. It was nice to get away for a while and visit my sister. We also got to meet her new boyfriend, and him and Ethan are now best friends! We originally had to go to PG to see the Geneticist for Caleb. He has a big head and a birth mark under his arm, and those are characteristics of NF, so they wanted to make sure that he didn't have that...and he doesn't. I wasn't super worried about it, because I was pretty sure that he didn't have it anyway, but it's nice to have that reassurance :)

Last night after we got home, I spent a little time in my scrap room and finished up this layout. I just love these photos of my husband and youngest having a snuggle. Kieran was sick and cuddling with his daddy :) So cute! (I also used my Counterfeit Kit for this layout)



Supplies Used: PP: Crate, Bazzil cardstock, random buttons, Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Tiny Tags Die, Quickutz Heidi Swapp alpha, ek success punch, brown twine.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A couple Awards, and I WON CANDY! woohoo!

So my friend and fellow DT member from the Seriously Creative Design Team Carla was so sweet and gave me the Versatile Blogger Award!! Yay! Thanks Carla!

There are rules after receiving this reward:
Thank the person who sent it to you
Tell us 7 things about yourself
Send Reward to 15 bloggers
So, here are 7 things about me

1. I have 3 beautiful boys ages 5 and under

2. I have a serious addiction to scrapbooking supplies (and working at my LSS just feeds it! lol)

3. My husband and I have been living together since before we started going out! (almost 11 years now)

4. I am a hairdresser (now SAHM)

5. I am a total Twilight junkie (but just the books)

6. I would love to travel around the world one day

7. I feel SO BLESSED every single day for the gifts that God has given our family!!

Now, this is going to be hard because there are sooo many great bloggers out there, but here is my fifteen (in no particular order):

Lisa @ Taadaaaaaaaaaa
Liz Chidester @ The Scrappiest
Lynnda @ Arty Scrappy
Eulanda @ Cards Cards and More Cards
Tanya @ Obsessed Crazy Mama

Janet @ Hilltop Creations
Tara @ Creative Accents
Scrappingmom73 @ My Life Upside Down
The girls over at Scrapliftable
Chris @ Chris's Creations
Teila @ Teila's Tidbits
Cheri @ Graphicat Creations
Lisa @ Pictures 2 Pages
Barb @ Crafty Girl
Heidi @ ARTiql8

I also got the Liebster Blog Award from my girl Teila! Thanks lady!

(It's a blog award passed on to your favourite 3-5 blogs, that have less than 100 followers)

As a recipient you must share the love and pay it forward by following these simple rules:

1. Thank the giver on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog
4. Reveal your 3-5 blog picks.
5. Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here are my picks:

Lynnda @ Arty Scrappy
Karen @ I Could be Scrapbooking Instead
Tracy @ A Scrap at a Time

On another note, I won some blog candy at the Studio Calico Blog hop!! I was pretty excited, especially since I won my choice of 2 Mister Huey's spray mist! I've never used it before, so I'm pretty stoked to get my inky little fingers on it!
I'm going to Prince George in the morning for my middle son Caleb's tests, but I'll be back on thursday night, and maybe I'll show you my new layout then!

Have a great night!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blog Candy at Tanya's!!

My "Obsessed and Crazy" friend Tanya is celebrating her 2nd year Blogoversary, so she's giving out some pretty sweet candy!! Go HERE to check it out. But don't just check out the candy. It's seriously worth your time to check out her blog. It's quite amazing!! She is one super talented "Obsessed Crazy Mama" lol

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sketches in Thyme DT Call

I’ve been taking part in quite a few challenge blogs lately, and one of them that I found that I really like is Sketches in Thyme. They have some really great sketches and great prizes too!! So when I found out they were having a DT call I thought I’d try out!

This is the sketch they want us to use for the tryout. I love the simplicity of this sketch as it leaves it open for so much interpretation! So with that, here’s mine:


Here’s some close ups too:



supplies used: Pattern Paper and stickers: Crate Paper, Ek Success Punch, unknown chipboard letters (coloured with Copics) and tag, Distress Ink, Bazzil embroidery floss, Basic Grey letter stickers, Tim Holtz Grungeboard and Distress Stains, Coredinations Cardstock, and white acrylic paint.

I also used my Counterfeit Kit for this page!

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my little neck of the web!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog

Hello Bloggers! I just wanted to do a quick post to tell you about a fun challenge blog I found that will help you use your stash! Now if you’re anything like me, you like to shop for supplies more than you actually use them! So when I found this site, I was totally inspired! It’s called Counterfeit Kit Challenge and they take a monthly kit site and choose a kit for you to use for inspiration to create your own kit using your own supplies. They also have challenges throughout the month that you can participate in using the kit you’ve created! How fun is that?!  So here’s my kit that I came up with. I’m pretty excited to use up some of my stash (so I can justify buying more! lol)



So, stay tuned this month to see what I come up with using all this fun stuff!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April Challenge at Creative Accents!!

It’s that time again!! Time for another challenge at Creative Accents! And this time we’ve got a new challenge blog too!!



You can check out all of the fabulously creative DT’s work there for inspiration, and link up your work too!

So, onto April’s challenge! I had a hard time with this one, but it wouldn’t be called a challenge if it was supposed to be easy! It was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it’s good to stretch your creative muscles and jump out of your norm every once in a while! So anyway, enough of my blabbing….on with the challenge!

Here’s the pic…now, the challenge is based on this, you can use all or one of the colors and you get extra points for using a tag!


So, for all of you who know me or who have seen most of my scrapbooking, you’ll know that pastels are not my favourite things to use…but once I got into it, I had a lot of fun, and I quite like the way it turned out! Here’s my take on it:


I used a sketch from The Scrappiest for this LO.

Here’s some close ups:


For the background I used white bazzil cardstock and sprayed it with 4 different colors of Glimmer Mist, then stamped it in a couple different spots with a Tim Holtz stamp. The tags are cut with a Tim Holtz mini tags set and I used this super fabulous crepe ribbon (available at Creative Accents) on the tags as well. Both the ribbon on the tags and on the layout were cream coloured originally and I coloured them with the ever so amazing Distress Stains!! I heart these stains!! they’re amazing!! I used concord and peeled paint on them, and I’m loving how they turned out! The loopy border is a new Lifestyle Crafts die that I fell in love with too!



The Easter egg is another new Lifestyle Crafts die that I had to have! I cut it out after I covered it with score tape, then added doodlebug glitter to it.

There’s my take on the challenge! I hope you join us and try it out!! It’s the perfect time for these colors too! Get some of those spring layouts done, or make some Easter cards and challenge yourself to do something different!!