Monday, June 24, 2013

This Blog Has Moved!!!!

Alright Everyone, I was farting around with my blog design, and totally messed it up beyond repair, so I have decided to move!!!

Please head over to my new blog and give it a follow!! 

Thanks everyone!! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

CSI: Case File #76 and a crazy storm!

Good Evening Bloggers! I hope you've had a great weekend! Ours, has been okay...a little crazy though! We had a freak storm yesterday. We had giant hail balls and a massive downpour made complete with thunder and very close lightening! I normally love thunderstorms, but that one was a bit flooded my aunt's basement, and our church's basement, and a lot of other peoples I'm sure too! It also wrecked our roof! Our roof was going to need to be replaced sooner than later anyway, but now it does for sure! :( So I guess I have to put myself on a scrappy budget now, since we're going to be 8000 dollars poorer! 

That's my brother in law standing outside my mom's house who lives just down the road from us! You can't even see his feet! There were manhole covers being blown off and water shooting up from them, and holes in the roads and just craziness! I guess I like a good (calm) thunderstorm lol! Now I know there is such a thing!

Anyway, I'm playing along with CSI this week and I've put their case file at the bottom of this page so you can check it out. I think I've strayed a little far from the colour's the same sort of colours...I just got a little pastel-ish...which is weird for me! 

This picture is of my adorable little nephew Jaxson. His daddy is the one standing in the flooding road in the picture above. 

I couldn't seem to get a decent picture of this layout to save my life, so you'll just have to imagine it in focus! lol

 I used an awesome Studio Calico stencil that comes with various pieces that you can put into the circles! I used the heart, the star and the love in the circle mask and then I jazzed them up with some gelatos, a paint brush and a little water! 

 Here's the case file: 

I had a lot of fun getting inky with this layout too! I've been really in the mood to mist and spray and use those fabulous gelatos I've been hoarding for a year now!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Elle's Studio & Crate Paper. Frames: Crate Paper. Flair: Simple Stories. Washi: Freckled Fawn & Studio Calico. Stencil: Studio Calico. Mist: Dylusions & Mister Huey's. Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts. Faber Castell Gelatos. Ink: Distress and Hero Arts. Stamp: Dylusions. Electronic Die Cutter: Silhouette Cameo. 

Well, I should be off to make my little ones come inside and get dried off before bed! They're playing on the trampoline outside with the sprinkler underneath it! 

 Hopefully if I get my stuff together tonight I will have another post for you tomorrow with our next Use Your Stuff challenge! I haven't even though of a project yet, so hopefully I can git r done ;)~



Thursday, June 20, 2013

OLW-2 Crazy Boys (really wordy, but instructional lol)

Good Morning! When I should be cleaning, I'm blogging  I found this fun blog called One Little Word, and they showcase (you guessed it) one word, that they want you to base your creations on. There are tons of fabulous inspiration there too! Lots of mixed media and fun and funky it's right up my alley these days :) They're also doing a design team call, and I thought this would be a great team to be a part of, so I'm applying! Wish me luck!

Anyway, their OLW this time is: Crazy. Now that word is resonating with me in many ways these days!! They have a quote up on the OWL page that cracked me up and reminded me a lot of myself: 

“You have no idea how crazy I am, I should be wearing yellow Caution tape, I’m that bonkers”
        Robin Benway, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

I'm seriously considering purchasing some yellow caution tape! Even though my life is so crazy lately, I decided to actually scrapbook about my 2 youngest boys and their gumboot escapades, because it really cracked me up, and although these two are the source of a lot of my craziness, they actually make my life whole, so scrapping about them actually helps me put things into a better perspective and calms the crazy for a while :)

I took this picture a couple weeks ago when it was nice and hot out and the boys were dressed in shorts and t-shirts, but when it came time to put some footwear on, they both insisted they wear their gumboots. I couldn't help take a picture of these 2 crazy boys that I love so much!

I've been really into getting messy with inks and paints lately, and I remembered that I bought a whole bunch of faber castell gelatos a while ago, and I've really never used them! So, to start off this layout, I misted my page (which didn't take kindly to it...I think next time I will apply a layer of gesso first? might help with all the moisture...any of you mixed media gurus out there have any tips?) then I took an orange gelato and a turquoise one and coloured a few lines then smeared them with my finger to blend them in. I didn't blend the colours together though, because ya know what blue and orange makes and I didn't want brown! lol The water just helps spread the colour around and make it look more fluid. I also sprayed a little bit of Dylusions in dark blue (sprayed from far away to get the faint misted look) and some of my neon yellow Mister Huey's really close to the page to pool it up and drip it down. I wanted to add a little texture to the base of my page too, so I added a little bit of drywall tape.

I got a whole bunch of these photo overlays from Crate Paper with my May Paper Bakery kit. I really love these overlays because they have a bunch that are kind of dark, then these ones have little splashes of colour around them and I thought they'd be perfect for this layout.  I decided to use them as a design element instead of over a photo and I really like the way they turned out :)

before I put my paper layer down I added a few strips of washi. I pulled out my 6x6 pads for this layout. I used one from Crate Paper (the pier), another Basic Grey (Hey Girl) and one from We R Memory Keepers (On the Boardwalk). I cut out the chevron pattern from one of the 6x6 blocks then just layered the rest of them. 


This "orange flavored" card was from the Basic Grey clippings little paper pack. Caleb's favourite colour is orange so I thought it would go great for this layout. I put an overlay on it and stitched it together with my sewing machine. I also stitched the triangles that point to my title on their for a little added texture. 

I topped everything off with some wood veneer from Studio Calico, and a cute pink and orange camera that came in my Studio Calico kit, and some fun puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine. 

I used this sketch from The Paper Bakery for this layout:

There you have it! Now, that I've procrastinated long enough, I really have to go clean my house!! My husband will be home from school tomorrow for good! I'm so excited that he doesn't have to go back to Prince George anymore!

Thanks for stopping by!!



Monday, June 17, 2013

Be Your Beautiful Self

I am feeling so great tonight as I post this! There is definitely something therapeutic about getting all inky and messy and just creating art for no one else but yourself! I just LOVE IT!  If you have been following my blog, then you'll know that I am (slowly) making a "This is Me" album. I decided to make a section for my favourite quotes (this is probably going to be a big section, because I have a lot of favs!) 

This week at Use Your Stuff, Joy has this pretty (and yummy) looking photo for inspiration for us! Take anything that inspires you about this picture and create something with it and link it up!! 

I was inspired by the bright colours and fun patterns in the background! This page started out as a piece of kraft chipboard from my SN@P album. I covered it in Gesso, then sprayed a few different colours of tattered angels glimmer mist and a shot of blue dylusions mist here and there. Then I used a brayer and covered the page with a towel and rolled over it with my brayer. 

Then I added some Tim Holtz tissue paper and some drywall tape in bits and pieces for some fun texture...then more Gesso...then more mist...then I used a dylusions mask and some more mist...

I finished off the layers with some pink and yellow Distress paint. The best part about the Distress Paint is that it's like all the other Distress products and it's reactive with I sprayed it with some water to blend it and I just looooove the way it blends so nicely with everything else, yet stands out too!

My final layer was the title which was stamped with a Studio Calico alphabet stamp, and some wood veneers on a Basic Grey tag that I tore the top off of. I've been wanting to use this fun ruffled navy fabric that came in my Paper Bakery kit since I got it and I knew this was the perfect finishing touch paired with a little washi! I finished the whole page off with a fun little grungy circles stamp from Dina Wakley stamped with some CTMH blue ink (can't remember the actual blue)

I must say, I'm very happy with the way this turned out :) I can't wait to start adding all my fav quotes to this section of my book! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to play along with us this week @ Use Your Stuff!



Sunday, June 16, 2013

Random Facts...

Well, the husband just left for his last week of school, so now it's time for me to go play in my craft room! I just wanted to quickly share another page I made for my "This is Me" album. I've been plugging away at it, slowly but surely :) 

This page was just full of random things about me that I thought might be worth jotting down :) I'm finding it a little hard to think about things about myself that I want to share...

I used a hero arts background text stamp for this page, then I used a stencil I got from The Paper Bakery in the background. I misted it on a different page, then turned the stencil over onto this page to get the opposite effect here.

I used some Inka Gold on the "random facts" wood veneer to bling it up a little, then scattered some sequins here and there. I have been playing around with adhering sequins and if you aren't going to sew them directly onto your project, then I do believe that either glossy accents, or claudine hellmuth matte medium is the best way to stick em down! Just in case you've been wanting to use them, but didn't know how to stick em (that was my problem with them for a long time!)

I have a little close up of the list of random facts...sorry for the blurry image, I was being a little lazy and took the pictures with my iPhone...most of them turned out ok...but I realized the last one was a little hazy...but I want to go and play, so I'm not going to fix it! HAAHAHA!! 

I'm actually going to go work a bit on this album right now, so hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with another little share...before I bring my computer back to the shop and lay the smack down on those computer guys who can't seem to fix my brand new computer!! ARRRGGG!!! 

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some love! I really appreciate all the sweet comments!!



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Paper Bakery Sketch Challenge #5

Hello Hello Bloggers! 
I'm cutting it down to the wire on getting Father's Day cards done and getting this entry in for The Paper Bakery sketch challenge! It's done in an hour! lol

I hadn't really planned on even using this sketch this afternoon when I sat down to make my FIL'S Father's Day card, but it popped into my head when I was thinking about the design of it, and I thought it would be perfect! It's quite altered from the original sketch, but the inspiration definitely came from it :)

I used my Cameo for the die cut title and frame (can you tell I desperately needed to change my blade?!)

The second card I have here is my husband's Father's Day card. Most of the card was made using my kit from The Paper Bakery, except the Tim Holtz circley car stamp, the gears and the Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper. When I saw this card that says: "Me
                                                                   I thought it would be perfect for a card for us! Their also just so happened to be a die cut number 4 (coincidentally how many kids we're very close to having!). So I thought it would be fun to play with that! I used one of the Crate Paper photo overlays and stapled that over top of most of my cluster, but then I glued a cute little wood veneer ampersand by Studio Calico to the line and then added the number 4. So now it says  "me plus you and 4 equals family" 

I cut the teeny gears with my Cameo AFTER I changed my blade...what a difference a sharp blade makes!!
I also used my fringe shears to add to my border strips and bring in some of that orange colour from the gears :)

Well, there you have it! I'm off to go help my boys get settled into their "sleepover". All three of them are going to sleep in the same room and play and have fun :) 

I'm going to enter these cards into the following challenges:  Use It Tuesday: Masculine
The second card is going into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp: Transport

Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Be Bold

Good Morning! I have a layout to share with you today that I actually made last night...I wasn't planning on doing any scrapbooking last night. I actually wanted to veg out on the computer and go to bed early....then I saw Shimelle's blog post following the sketch I have below, and how to do a starburst. I've seen starburst tutorials before and I've really wanted to use them on a layout, but I just have never gotten around to it. Well last night I was apparently inspired to break out my scraps from my last layout and try out this sunburst technique once and for all!

I also decided that I would use this layout to start Summer Camp early!! If you haven't already signed up for Summer Camp with the Scrapbook Nerds, you need to go do it now! There's an early bird challenge up and I can't tell you about have to register to find out what it is!! Can you guess from my layout? I bet you can't!! Muaahahahaha!! 

Here's what I learned: As someone who doesn't like to follow instructions...I still should have followed them!! LOL Shimelle has a tutorial posted here and it's a really great one...I just thought I could do it without using a template...and I did, but I think it took me waaaaay more time than it would have if I would have just used a stinkin template!! LOL oh well, lesson learned!

These pictures are from "Pink Day". The school has an anti bullying awareness day every year and this year they said that the class who wore the most pink would get a pizza party. That was all Ethan needed for a little pink motivation!

This layout was sooooo out of my comfort zone!! The colours and that sunburst were something that are totally new to me!! I hardly ever use pastels and I NEVER use light pink cardstock as a base!! I'm really happy with how it turned out though!!

The journaling says: "Ethan's school has a "Pink Day" every year where they dress up in pink for anti bullying awareness. They were told that the class who wore the most pink would win a pizza party. That was enough for Ethan to be all over the pink clothes and accessories around his Aunty Jayden's room! The whole school wore so much pink that they all won the pizza party!"

And here's a close up of my sunburst. I separated it with some Lawn Fawn twine...I think it turned out pretty good :)

Well, that's all for today! I hope you have a fabulous day! It's looking like it's going to be awesome weather here!! Yay! Finally! I have to say I'm getting a little sick of the rain (my stinkin grass grows way too fast with all that water!!)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I really appreciate it!!