Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Country Pup

Over at the scrapbooks etc. blog, Leah Fung continues to get the creative juices flowing with this months On assignment challenge featuring sewing. For my layout I wanted the whole thing to feel like a warm country quilt. The colors were inspired by the pup and the cusions and there is a multitude of zigzag stitches as well as straight stitching and hand stitching in the buttons. Pop over to there blog to see some of the other amazing ideas for sewing on your next project. Products used are Core-diantions white wash and Core essentials, and pattern paper by mme, charm by american crafts, buttons by foof fa la, and tiny alphas by MM. TFL:)


Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Kitchen Witch and my little black book

Everywhere that I go I carry with me a little black book. This book is made by Blue line and it has lined paper on one side and graph paper on the other. It's not all that pretty but it is durable and functional. When ever and where ever inspiration hits, I can jot down notes or sketch out a layout. I am really big into doing sketches for myself, but when I am feeling lazy or uninspired I like to cruise around looking for some that are ready made. After googling sketches I came across Valerie Salmon's Got Sketch blog, she has a fantastic selection of great sketches, and some really amazing examples. This is one that caught my eye.

Valerie Salmon's sketches are for personal use only and not for the purpose of publication submissions, contest entries, design team projects, class projects, and design templates.

Here' s my rendition of the sketch, it's the story of our family kitchen witch. This kooky little women has been hanging in my families various kitchens for the past 28 years. She is getting a little worn and grungy but she continues her vigilance, protecting my cooking from spoil and burn {a full time job}. Products used Core-dinations Cardstock, Cosmo cricket pattern paper and buttons from the button box TFL:)


Monday, June 22, 2009

Men of power {Layout}

In going with the manly theme here is a layout that I created about my husband and his job, it is such a huge part of his life, he spends more time with some of these guys than he does at home. Thankfully he is able to send us regular emails and sometimes photos to show us what he is working on. It makes us feel more connected and helps my sons see the importance of daddy's work. Products used Bazzill cardstock, karen foster brads, basic grey pattern paper. TFL :)


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

Well everyone, I am posting very late on fathers day. We had a really exceptional day for Dads. This morning we shared a delightful breakfast and then headed out to Port Alberni where we took an hour train ride on an old steam train. The hissing of the steam, the clack clack on the track and the recognizable Choo choo was an unforgettable experience. My oldest sons face was lit up brighter than a Christmas tree the whole way. We had lunch at the old saw mill, took a tour, then caught the train back. Here are a couple of photos from the days adventure. I hope all of you celebrated the most import men in your lives TFL:)


Friday, June 19, 2009

Walk for the cure

So as I mentioned a couple posts back, I was in beautiful sunny Kelowna last week doing the walk for juvenile diabetes. Not many of you know, but I am a big twilight fan (I will not tell you how many times I have read the books). So when my sister suggested that we come up with a team name and have tank tops made. I thought "Hey Edward has blood problems. So I had shirts made that say Team Edward on the front and they think they have blood problems on the back. Together, my sister and I raised $1175.00, I did not get to many photos but when I saw this one I was inspired to get scrapping. For those of my friends and family who supported our walk, thank you so much.
Products used are Core-dinations Cardstock (black magic & vintage), pattern paper by Scenic route and October Afternoon, punches by fiskars and ek success, letter stickers by Making memories and Adornit. TFL:)


Friday, June 12, 2009

Scrap Panache with Cortney

Welcome to another mid month installation of Scrap Panache with Cortney. This month Cortney challenged us to use fabric and doodling, A double challenge for me since I have never used fabric on my pages and I rarely doodle. However mistakes often lead to other things and in this case a poorly cut piece of fabric that began to fray, makes a soft fringe around my photo, and the doodle swirls add the element of wind to my page. Pop over to Cortney's blog to see her creation.

Products used were Core-dinations Cardstock, Pattern paper by October Afternoon, Chipboard letters by We R Memory Keepers, brads by doodlebug, buttons by foof fa la and the fabric was a sample from a swatch that I picked up for free at my local fabric store. TFL:)


I love this boy

So before I head out to kelowna to see my sister and participate in the walk for juvenile diebetes. Here is a really fast layout, I absolutley love these cardstock stickers from Sass a frass lass and so I got creative using them in layers.

Cardstock by Core-dinations pattern paper and stickers by sassafras lass TFL:)


Tuesday, June 9, 2009


It is another sunshiny day here, so this will be a short post, I'm off to the sand box with the boy's. Here's a layout of my son at the park, his smile just sent my heart soaring. Try creating things in relief, the cloudy sky was created by using the other clouds as a mask and sanding the blue paper.
Core-dinations used are the whitewash (clouds and text) Black Magic (airplane) Core essentials Blue lightening, admiral blue, leapfrog & amazon TFL:)


Monday, June 8, 2009


June being the month for fathers, I have done my best to create some guy layouts. During this month I will be sharing layouts about husbands, sons, fathers and grandfathers. This is my first project this month for Core-dinations featuring the chocolate box collection, the leaves are embossed, then the cut leaves are given veins by using a paper peircer and drawing them in on the back over a setting pad (or a semi-firm mat). I wanted the layout to be rough, so tearing the edges really gave it the natural look I was going for. TFL :)


Friday, June 5, 2009

Splash {A two pager}

Well it has been a very long time since I have done a two page layout and if I am to be honest I struggled with it just a little. My brain has been square for so long it took me a bit of tinkering to work with the rectangle. Over all I am pleased with the results, the inspiration came from my sons shorts and the splashes of water everywhere. I absolutly love this fun paper by Cosmo Cricket and the cool stripes were created with painters tape, Core-dinations Cardstock and my handy dandy sanding block. Enjoying the summer weather and have a great weekend. TFL:)


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Busy bees

It is finally summer, and with that I mean it is hot!! So here are some great summer colors, reds oranges and yellows. My inspiration for the page was this great Chatterbox paper, the top tree strip has the circular flowers and I just super sized them. It was perfect for the circle challenge over at Daily inspirations. Oh and check out these leaves, this is a really groovy technique, for a leaf, fold a piece of green cardstock in half, run it through your paper crimper on an angle, then cut a half leaf on the fold. Unfold and sand. Products used are Core-dinations Cardstock, Chatterbox Pattern Paper, heidi swapp acrylic letters, basic grey bling it, fiskars apron punch & crimper TFL:)


Monday, June 1, 2009

It felt like a long weekend

Whew!! What a weekend, this weekend I played in a baseball tournament and man am I beat, I have bruised ankles a swollen palm and sun burnt knee caps. And honestly I look like a freak from the waist down. When you wear shorts and shin pads in the sun, apparently that leaves some pretty weird tan lines. Uurgh!! Anyways we had a great weekend and it is now back to the everyday. Today I wanted to share with you another Christmas layout, I love how simple it is and I am really loving the monochromatic titles that can be achieved with Core-dinations, just a little sanding around the edges, really makes it "pop". Hope your weekends were great too! Paper used are by Core-dinations, Pattern by Fiskars, brads by Doodlebug and American Crafts TFL:)

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