Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Using Webster's Pages Journaling Cards!

Today I thought I would share a card I made using Webster's Pages Journaling Cards.  There is a package of journaling cards made to coordinate with each of the WP collections, they come in a cute little plastic jewel case.  They are 2 sided and you get 2 of each design in each case.  They are great for adding journaling or a nice design element to your scrapbook pages.  But another fun way to use them is on cards!  Here (below) are the card designs you'd get in the Western Romance package.  I used one of the cards from this package for my card above.
Supplies for this card:
Patterned Paper: Websters Pages Western Romance (Country Fresh, Sweet Romance)
Die Cut paper: Websters Pages Winter Fairy Tale
Alphabet Stickers: Western Romance
Trim: Lace from Winter Fairy Tale collection
Flower: made from cardstock
Paper doilie (literally a cake doilie :)

You can find journaling cards as well for all of the brand new collections that came out at the 2012 Winter CHA (Sunday Picnic, Everyday Poetry, Palm Beach, Game On and In Love).  Thanks for stopping by and for all your kind comments! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Handmade blooms & Bo Bunny's Country Garden

Have I said how much I love Bo Bunny's Country Garden Collection?  Heehee, enough said :)   ....Today's DT assignment was 'Flowers & Flourishes'  So I thought I would fill the page with blooms.  I made the blooms from patterned paper from the Country Garden collection and some Bo Bunny flourish cardstock (Passion Fruit color).  I used the Spellbinders Rose Creations die cuts to cut the flower petals.  The method I used is the tutorial I shared HERE.  Here are some close-ups of this page.... 

The small leaves were punched with the Martha Stewart leaf punch, the flourishes are from Quickutz (I used my Revolution die cutting machine to cut all the pieces).  The Bo Bunny Country Garden collection should be coming out soon....take my word for it, you'll love this one!  Thanks for stopping in and for all your kind comments, I love to hear from you all (I will try and catch up with everyones blogs soon.....I've just been going through a bit of a medical issue at the moment, found out yesterday I'm severely aneamic, explains why I've been so exhausted of late! But now that I know, I can get to fixing it!!  Catch up with you all soon! xx) 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A bit of Everyday Poetry! Websters Pages

Here is another layout I made for the Winter 2012 CHA for the Websters Pages booth.  I used the new Everyday Poetry Collection for this one.  I really love that the Princess Petals now come in a smaller size too! ...and the Dazzle-me-Gems! so pretty with this collection!  I'm really thrilled too that the alphabet stickers are again in the pretty scripted style, I know a lot of you have asked me about those letter stickers, they have to be my all time favourite style of letter sticker, just the perfect size and such a pretty font!  Here are a few close-ups of the page... 
I made the smaller flowers by using the Retro Flower punch by EK Success on some of the WP patterned paper, then just drew an outline with pen on the blooms.  Oh! and I picked up a cool new punch by Martha Stewart the other day!  It's a small leaf punch!  It's really come in handy for me!  I used to hand cut small leaves from cardstock, this is sooo much faster.  I just punch a leaf, ink the edges with a little brown chalk ink and give it a bit of a wrinkle. 
I used the 'classic' style papers from this collection, but for you scrappers that like a more clean & simple look, there are papers to go with this collection for you too!  Check out today's blog post at Websters Pages blog to see a layout made by another one of our DT members using the clean & simply style! HERE

Thanks for stopping by today! xx

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

**NEW** Bo Bunny! Country Garden & New Dusty Attic!~LOVE!!

So I had a chance to crack open the NEW Country Garden collection from Bo Bunny!!  Have you seen this collection?  Ohhhh! so beautiful!!  I was in scrappers heaven working with this new collection!  My youngest daughter came in the room to show me the music video for 'Brighter Than the Sun' by Colby Caillat when I was scrapping.  I ended up using the song title and some of the lyrics on the page, between the happy music and the lovely papers I thoroughly enjoyed this scrapping session!  I combined some new Dusty Attic pieces with this collection ...I thought the grasses and vines worked well with the BB papers.  I used the Grass Cluster #1, the Swirl Vine #2 and one of the Ornate frames for this one. 

The focus this week for the Bo Bunny post was to use paper ruffles.  For my page I punched a strip of plain white patterned paper and lightly misted it with water.  Then I crinkled/creased the plain edge to create the ruffle (see below)
Here is the ruffle tucked behind my circle design on my paper....it works just as well on wavey or bracket designs too!  Below are close-ups of the cool new Dusty Attic pieces as well (I simply painted them white and added a touch of green tint with chalk inks.... 



Do you have a favourite song you've been meaning to scrap?  I'd love to hear what they are!  I'm always looking for song titles and lyrics to use on my scrap pages, there is something about scrapping with music that makes me feel  like my page says so much more, do you know what I mean? :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wearable Art the Webster's Pages Way!

I thought I would have some fun with some of my Webster's Pages Embellishments.  Webster's Pages is coming out with all these beautiful new cameo's to go with all of their newest collections, so I thought I would play with a cameo, and take it off the page and create some wearable art!  The first one I want to show you is a Fabric Cuff.  I made this by layering a few fabrics (first layer is a felt strip, then a layer of cheese cloth, then a piece of lightweight canvas)  I added some lace on the edges and machine stitched it all together. 
 
I added some lace accents.  (Note:  I stamped some scripted words on the canvas for added design, I used the Webster's Pages Unity stamp called 'Beauty').  I adhered the WP Cameo and added some Websters Pages Dazzle-me-Gems.  Here is the cuff layed out so you can see the whole design....
Think of all the amazing cuffs you can make using some of the newest Websters Pages Silhouettes (Cameos)....here is an example of just a few of the newest Cameo's coming out with the new collections...



The second bracelet I made is super simple and fun to do.  I thought I would do something with Sparklers because Websters Pages has a fun challenge going on right now using Sparklers on your projects (If you'd like to play along and have a chance at a nice WP prize you can find the challenge details HERE)  All you need is a strip of lightweight netting (I got mine off the roll at a fabric store), Some Websters Pages Sparklers (I used the Mauve Medallions) and a few pink beading pearls.   
1. Cut a piece of netting about 2" x  20".  Fold in half lengthwise and machine stitch to create casing. 
NOTE:  Start your casing about 6 inches in and double back when you begin the machine stitched run, continue to stitch right to the end of the casing but do not double back at the end.  Leave a nice long tail of thread (you will use this thread with a needle to get the pearls onto the netting on the outside) ...Turn the casing inside out so that the raw edge is inside.
2. You will begin with a pearl on the outstide of the netting....the Sparklers will go on the inside of the casing. 
3.  You add the pearl beads on the outside by stringing a needle onto the left-over thread from sewing the casing.  It takes a little finessing but if the bead has a decent size hole and the netting is fine enough the bead will slip over the netting.  Another option is to use a decorative DMC floss and tie off the netting between each Sparkler. 
If you cannot find some of these Websters Pages products at your local scrap stores, you can let your store owner know that you'd like to have them carried there....or you can order directly online from the Websters Pages Website ... Thanks for stopping by today! xx 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Winner of My One Million Posts GIVEAWAY!

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to pop in this morning and post the winner for my 1000000 blog posts Giveaway!  First of all I wanted to thank everyone for their sweet comments and for taking the time to follow my blog and post your kind comments here!  I punched in the numbers at Random.org and pulled up #168 (sorry, I don't know how to do a screen save, so I just hilighted the screen and pasted here....if anyone knows how to do a screen save, I'd love it if you could let me know how? :)

True Random Number Generator
Min: 1
Max: 341
Result:
168 
Powered by RANDOM.ORG 
 
So the Prize goes to Dawn Edwards!  Congrats Dawn!....her comment was #168 "Dawn Edwards said...


"Congrats on 1 millions Hits that's fabulous! You deserve it all! Your work is so inspiring and beautiful to look at! Here's to 1 million more cuz i can't wait to see what will be created during that time period! fabulous Giveaway that will be one lucky winner."
February 2, 2012 8:37 PM

Thanks again to everyone that stopped by to play!  I thought I'd take the opportunity to share another challenge with you all and another chance to win some fun Bo Bunny product!  I created a sketch for Card Challenge Tuesday......here is the card sketch I made for it......
....And here is the card I made using my sketch.  I used the new Bo Bunny 'Ambrosia' collection to make up this card..... 
If you would like to try out my sketch and have a chance at a nice Bo Bunny prize just check out this Bo Bunny Blog post for the details!  Bo Bunny Card Challenge Tuesday  (There aren't a lot of entries in the challenge so far, so your chances of winning are HUGE! :)  .....You can also see some more examples from the design team at this post.  So if you want to spend some fun creative time this weekend, join in the challenge! 


Friday, February 10, 2012

Webster's Pages NEW Palm Beach Collection (Challenge with PRIZE!!)

Here is a layout I made up for the Winter CHA using the **NEW** Webster's Pages Palm Beach collection.  Love the soothing pretty colors in this collection.   The stripes make me think of fresh clean beach towels, and as always there are beautiful and fun images that work well for those who like to do fussy cutting on their pages.  As with all the new collections, they have come out with the Classic papers and the Clean & Simple collection as well.  I embellished with a snippit of fish netting and caught some Webster's Sparklers and Dazzle Me Gems in the netting along with a strand of Pearls.... 
Websters is running a fun challenge today along with an AWESOME PRIZE!  The challenge is to use Websters Pages Sparklers on your project!  The prize is winners choice of any Webster's Pages collection (you can even choose from any of the new ones!)  You can check out the details for the challenge at the Websters Pages blog today ~~>  WP BLOG

I've got my order in for the new WP collections....and what you ask is my most favourite part of the new Palm Beach collection??  Hard to pick, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Silhouettes (Cameo's) 
So come join in a fun challenge and have a chance to win a wonderful prize!  Thanks for stopping by today!  And don't forget....I'll post the winner of my big GIVEAWAY tomorrow (2 posts down....if you haven't left a comment yet to have a chance at it :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Courtney Walsh's New Book! & Her Amazing GIVEAWAY!!

I just wanted to take a moment to share some exciting news from one of our uber-talented Websters Pages members, Courtney Walsh!!  She just released her new fiction book called 'A Fairhaven Summer'  and is holding an online launch party with spectacular prizes! 

Courtney is the marketing and online guru for Websters Pages and many of you have come to know her through her warm and humorous posts on the Websters Pages blog and WP Facebook.  The story of Sweethaven centers around a faded scrapbook...one that's full of secrets and stories of years gone by.  I'm excited to get my hands on this book and give it a read!  If you would like to join in the launch party and have a chance at a bucketload of AMAZING prizes (Websters Pages Collection kits, Unity Stamps, A copy of her book! and more!)  Come check out this link ~~~> Courtney's Book Launch!
Thanks for stopping by today! xx

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Let's Celebrate!! with a big BLOG GIVEAWAY!!!

I recently hit my ONE MILLION mark on views/visits to my blog!!  To celebrate and show my gratitude to all the wonderful people that have been frequenting my blog I thought I would do a nice give-away of some of my favourite things!!

I have been fortunate enough to be on some amazing Design Teams from whom I get lot's of beautiful products to work with.  One of those teams is Bo Bunny, and it being winter I thought it would be a good time to do a 'SnowFall' give-away!  I was so inspired by a tutorial that our amazing Design Team leader Kris Silvester shared last month on making a SnowFall mini-album, that I thought I would do a give-away including the super cute Snowfall chipboard Album, so that one of you could try it out for yourself!  You can find her tutorial at the Bo Bunny blog (She posted a 4 part class each Monday in January starting with this link Mini Album class - Day 1 ...you can find the rest of the classes in the archive to the left of the page).  Here is a list of the goodies I'm giving away:

~ one Bo Bunny Mini-Edgy Album (SnowFall)
~ Full Collection of SnowFall papers (12 patterned papers)
~ SnowFall 12" Chipboard (31 pieces)
~ SnowFall Buttons pack
~ SnowFall Dimensional Stickers
~ SnowFall 'Feelin' Frosty' cardstock Stickers
~ Strand of my favourite pearl embellishments
~ Crochetted Lace embellishment
~Pearl Cluster flower centers (5)
~ 18" strand of daisy pearl embellishments
~Assorted coordinating blooms (tan, blue and aqua)
~ 2 packages of Queen & Co rhinestone/pearl accents
Here's some close-up pic's of the goodies.... 

Okay, so here's all you have to do!  Just leave me a comment between now and Friday February 10th....I will choose a winner using Random.org from the comments left at my blog....I will announce the winner on February 11th.  The prize is open to everyone (international visitors included).

I can't just post without sharing a little card I recently made for the Bo Bunny design team.  For this one I used the Welcome Home Collection papers, Jewels and Noteworthy pieces.  It was inspired by a cardsketch by Debbie Sherman you can find the sketch HERE.   Thanks for stopping by!! xx

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

**NEW** Scraps of Elegance Blog Hop!

You may know Scraps of Darkness already, she is on the edgy and daring side and is always the "pushing the envelope" kit of diversity.  Now we would like to introduce you to her new sister---

"Scraps of Elegance" is the alter ego of her sister club. Her style is more on the sweet and romantic side... a true classic beauty.  Today is the reveal of the very first "Scraps of Elegance" kit!  "Vintage Elegance"

Beautiful papers have been carefully chosen from Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings, Websters Pages Western Romance and Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection.  Also added some wonderful embellishments and unique vintage items for you to create something beautiful to compliment your most treasured photos. You can see the full list of kit ingredients at the Scraps of Elegance Website


I was honored to be asked to be the first Guest Designer for this fabulous new kit club and was completely WOWED when I got this gorgeous kit in the mail!  Here are a few of the projects I made with this lovely kit...


I love the pretty bling and lovely rub-on's that came with this kit!  There are also these wonderful vintage tags and cards that I know you'll love to design with!
For the above layout I used the Martha Stewart leaf punch on some green cardstock to make the leafy canopy (It was fast and easy to do with that punch!  I lightly misted the leaves with some water and gave them a little crinkle to give them a more 3D effect).   I also used an old stamp set I have from Prima (Build a Frame) to create the border around the edges of my paper.

The corner flourish is a new Dusty Attic Corner Flourish, I used some embossing powders on it in gold and blue, then added a bit of green mica powder (Pearlex) and then added some Glossy Accents to coat it all.  Here is a close-up pic of the finish... 
And a third layout I made with this kit I used the soft 'shabby chic' elements of this kit.....I just LOVE the pretty Mellisa Frances resin piece included in the kit!...
I cut the chandelier from one of the patterned papers to create the 3D embellishment and used pop dots to adhere it to the page (below)....
I'm often asked how I apply unusual items like pearl strands to a page.  I love the Tombow liqued adhesive (green & white) bottle.  You apply the adhesive to your project and let it 'set' (it becomes clear) and turns tacky...then it's easy peasy to attache the strand because it immediately grabs and holds the strand as you attach it.  It becomes more permanent as it sits.

The amazingly talented Suepup has been creating the inspiring sketches for Scraps of Darkness each month and Scraps of Elegance is excited to announce that she will also be designing sketches each month for this new kit club as well!  Now we are sure you don't want to just hear about her sketches so we are pleased to share this months inspirational sketch with you.
Scraps of Elegance has pulled together some of the most talented designers in the scrapbooking community for their new design team...

2012 Scraps of Elegance design team:
Lisa Novogrodski- Lead Designer
Charlotte Jenkins- Sketch Artist and Designer
Jennifer Snyder-Designer
Mandy Harrell- Designer
Karen Zueger- Designer
Renea Harrison- Designer
Rachelle Sigurdson- Designer
And they are quite certain Escape Kitty will sometimes make off with some of Jennifers Scraps of Elegance goodies to create something beautiful!

SOE are kicking off the reveal of their first kit by way of a blog hop this month. You can enjoy not only the full reveal but a chance to win an incredible prize!

SOE will be awarding a THREE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO THE SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB to one lucky winner!!!!

You win not one, not two but THREE SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KITS!

The subscription will begin with the March kit and end with the May kit.

All you need to do to win is become a follower of the Scraps of Elegance blog. Visit each designer and leave a comment on their blogs. When you have completed the hop come back to Scraps of Elegance and leave a comment letting them know you have completed the hop and are a follower. (If you are already a follower, after commenting on the designers blog leave a comment here letting them know!)

International entries are welcome to participate. All international entries are responsible for shipping costs in excess of 15.00.(The designers will address the eligibility of international participants individually on each of their blogs)

Now let's get started! We warmly welcome you to the first SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE BLOG HOP!

Scraps of Elegance Blog - http://scrapsofelegancekits.blogspot.com/
Gabrielle Pollacco- http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/
Lisa Novogrodski - http://lisas-livingincolor.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Snyder- http://scrap-escape.blogspot.com/
Rachelle Sigurdson- http://rachiebabe56.blogspot.com/
Karen Zueger - http://lostcoastscrapper.blogspot.com/
Renea Harrison- http://www.myglittercoatedlife.blogspot.com/
Cheryl Casas- http://www.cherylspassion.blogspot.com/
Karolina Stopyra- http://drycha.blogspot.com/
Nancy Hanttula - http://justaboutthedetails.com/
Escape Kitty- http://escapekitty.blogspot.com/
Charlotte Jenkins - http://suepup.blogspot.com/

You will have until February 4th midnight Pacific time to leave your comments and a winner will be announced at the Scraps of Elegance blog on February 5th.  After you've left a comment at my blog you will then move onto Lisa's Blog.  Happy Hopping! xx

P.S! A little side note!  I have hit my million mark on blog visits here at my blog and am going to have a huge giveaway tomorrow to celebrate (lots of my favourite things!) so be sure to pop by again to have a chance to win! xx

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