Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trick Or Treat

Isn't it hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner already?
I have another holiday idea to share with you. It's an altered gift bag that I prettied up a little.
I love using kraft coloured supplies. They are so easy to dress up and can handle any colour pallette that you have in mind. This project is an easy peasy one.

Supplies:1/2" Glue Dots runner (Craft), Glue Dots - Glue Lines, Craft gift bag - Craft store, Bazzill Just the Edge (Black & White), Cardstock, pattern paper, sticker, buttons- American Crafts (Nightfall line), Burlap, Raffia - Craft Supply

**Designer note: To make coiled paper ringlets, cut papers 3-12"x.75". Gently distress by curling with fingers or scissors. Tightly wrap each piece around a thin pencil or pen; pull off and loosen curl a bit with fingers until desired curl is acheived.

Thanks for peeking in!
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Hi Everyone!
Normally, I am not a huge fan of Halloween but with a little guy running around and LOVING the holiday, I can safely say it is beginning to grow on me a bit more.

Here are a few cards that I made that were recently featured on the American Crafts Blog.
New projects are posted daily so make sure to check often for TONNES of  inspiration from my fabulous teamates!

Supplies: Geyser (71469) - Cardstock, Decorative Tags (77256) - Bits, Moonlit Night Paper (35510) - Nightfall, Pumpkin Patch (78054) - Details, Daydreams Plastic Buttons (85573) - Elements, Harvest (89409) - Ribbon

 Supplies: Geyser (71469) - Cardstock, Good Night Paper (35516) - Nightfall, Jack-O-Lantern (42206) - Remarks

Supplies: Geyser (71469) - Cardstock, Autumn Gathering Paper (35524) - Nightfall, Spells (72015) - Delights, Halloween (42204) - Remarks

Thanks so much for checking in!
Happy Saturday!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Even though we have already celebrated the Canadian Thanksgiving several weeks ago,
Fall still keeps me thinking of all the blessings I have in my life, namely my beautiful little family.

I thought a good way to show them would be to make a display using chalkboard paper & embellishments from American Crafts. Since I wanted to use this little decoration year after year, I also used 1/2" Glue Dots runner (Craft) to adhere my paper and embellishments.
This way it is sure to withstand the abuse it will take being packed up and then pulled out, year after year.

Supplies: 1/2" Glue Dots runner (Craft), Frame-Michael's, Raffia-Craft supply
Chalk-from the playroom ;), Chalkboard Paper, Alphas & all paper embellies American Crafts (Nightfall Line)

Thanks for checking in!
Happy Sunday!

Winner, Winner..

The winner for the Pretty Paper Party is Melanie Jarocki! I have sent Shimelle you email addy, Melanie!
To anyone who didn't win, you can still register for Shimelle's class here. It's really worth checking out and the class prompts are archived, so you can work at your own pace!

Thannks for checking in! Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pretty Paper Party

(And a class giveaway!)

There are online classes for everything these days, and Shimelle has been teaching online scrapbooking classes for years - but she's decided it's time to kick it up a bit and go from online class to a four-week online party, and you're invited. Pretty Paper Party  is the party to attend if you have a collection of paper stacked up for a rainy day, if you have more scraps of paper than you know what to do with (but you know you don't want to throw them away!) and if you've ever put a piece of paper back in your stash because it was just too special for the photos at hand. Through printable prompts and tutorial videos, Shimelle and dozens of special party guests will share beautiful and innovative techniques you can achieve with the paper you have already collected.

Can you imagine how stoked I was to be asked as a Special Party Guest?!! The below sneak is part of my layout which is being included in the class. And Shimelle generously told me that I could invite one of you to the Party!!

The class started on Monday, but as with any good party, it's okay to arrive fashionably late. The class has no deadlines and everyone receives permanent access to all the class materials, so anyone can RSVP to the party at any time! Just leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper crafting go-to technique (along with your email addy, so we can email your access info ASAP). You have until midnight tonight EST!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Autumn & Fall Beauty

I'm not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods but it is pretty damp here on the East Coast.
Luckily, we made it home in one piece (albeit a bit soggy) and our jackets and boots are drying out.

In the meantime, I have a couple of projects to share.

The first of which is an 8x11.5" LO of my Little Man a few years ago.
I had mUcho-o fun with the Nightfall line from American Crafts.

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock,  Rust (71465) - Cardstock, Moonlit Night Paper (35510) - Nightfall, Night Light Paper (35517) - Nightfall, Autumn Gathering Paper (35524) - Nightfall, Night Watch Paper (35508) - Nightfall, Is It Any Wonder Paper (35556) - Amy Tangerine, Buttons (85561) - Nightfall, Flair - Thanks Metal Buttons (70072) - Nightfall, Remarks Halloween Stickers (42204) - Nightfall, Remarks Stickers Scarecrow (42207) - Nightfall

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This LO I did with some beautiful papers that I have been holding onto WAAYYY too long.
I bought them last fall from Scrap Your World. My intention was to do a class with them at the store BUT they were wonderfully (and unfortunately) out of stock-so it was back to the drawing board for me!
The LO is of Little Man last year playing in our ever growing mountain of leaves.

Supplies: Cardstock- Prism, American Crafts (Rust), Paper-Glitz (Orange), 7 Gypsies (B&W stripe), American Crafts (B&W chevron), Pennants- Girls' Paperie, Stamps- Studio Calico, Ink - Stazon (Black), Dew Drop, Hemp & Buttons from Stash.

Thanks for peeking in!
Happy Thursday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Re-Do : "Lucky"

Happy Friday, Everyone!!
One question I have often asked my scrappy friends is, 'If you do a LO that you're not happy with, do you re-scrap it?' Most people say they don't. Scrap it and move on. And I can totally see the case for people who have more than one kiddie, it could really take forever to get things scrapped this way BUT I have one little dude and if I am not feeling a project when it's finished, I leave it out until I can figure out where it went wrong.

Sometimes, I just need to add a bit more (or lose an element or two ;) ) but sometimes, I just rip it apart and start over. The below LO was actually ripped apart after completion (if you look closely, you can see that I had it matted on green originally and then cut the green mat off and re-matted on yellow). And I still hated it.
I am actually pretty sure that this version didn't make it to my blog either. :(

So earlier this week, I ever so gently ripped off my pics, removed my buttons and started over.
I am much happier with the LO now and it's even already found it's home in an album :)

Supplies: White (71081) - Cardstock, Poppy's Pub Paper (35542) - Garden Cafe, Rose's Kitchen Paper (35540) - Garden Cafe, Good Company Paper (35557) - Amy Tangerine, Is It Any Wonder Fabric Paper (35556) - Amy Tangerine, Remarks Smile Stickers (42227) - Daydreams,  Remarks Friends Stickers (42228) - Daydreams, Feildhouse Paper Leaves (77258) - Amy Tangerine, Elements Buttons (75573) - Daydreams, Cucumber Eclair (53226) - Thickers 

Other Supplies: Banner Sticker - Pink Paislee, Krafts Envelope - Maya Road.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Happy Wednesday!
I have a couple of new Hip 2-b Square LOs to share today.
They are  both in 8.5 x 11", which I used to find very difficult but am slowly getting used to.

This Valentine LO (which includes a pocket sewn on to hold Little Man's Valentines from last year) will go into is Kindergarten binder that I am making for him. I decided to keep my cost down on the school scrapbooks a bit by using a regular 3 ring binder. The binders are easier to organize than post bound books and page protectors are less expensive (especially in the summer when school supplies are often on sale) and will be a bit easier to store and organize his school years.

I also have been hanging on to this great shot I got of the fog rolling into our city last summer.
We live right on the coast and deal with quite a bit of fog but it is never really something I consider beautiful, it is always WAY more of a hindrance. I think it might almost be safe to say that I really hate fog.
BUT on this day, I happened to have my camera in the truck and snapped this photo (while driving across a bridge). The way the wall of fog is rolling in almost looks as if a giant cotton ball is swallowing the city.
I really liked the way the papers in this kit provide an awesome contrast to the blue sky in the photo.
And as you can see I am breaking in my new Fiskars XL cloud punch.

Thanks for checking in!
Have a happy day!

Monday, October 3, 2011


Hello Scrappy Peeps!
I have  a 2 pager that I did with my August Hip 2-b Square kit. This kit has some papers from the FABULOUS Amy Tangerine line (American Crafts) and I have just been itching to cut that big sun out of.

***Click on image to see both sides.

I always get the paper add-on for projects just like this,
 I cut a second sun out and layered it with pop
dots on top of the original for a 3-d effect.

I had a bit of fun paper piecing as well.
I free hand cut a boat and gold fillled treasure chest
(at least that is what I hope they look like ;) )
 I made the waves by using my scallop scissors
on the 'wrong side' or by flipping them.

This LO was also using the August kit from Hip 2-b Square and is
based on a sketch by Lisa Day. I really love sketches,
they really shorten the process when you are a bit
strapped for time or if you get stuck and need a scrappy push.

( LO is about a movie night we hosted for our family and friends
in our backyard this summer.)

Thanks for popping by!
Have a happy Monday!