Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Glam up Your Projects with Trinkets & Dusty Attic Chippies!!

So I've been wanting to scrap some photo's from when my youngest daughter went on a field trip to the African Lion Safari a few years ago.  Then I got the coolest collection (Bo Bunny Zoology) and the coolest Chippies to get this project done!!  As soon as I saw these Dusty Attic Peacock Feather I fell in love!!   ....The focus for this layout was for Bo Bunny Trinkets, they are those pretty little 'jewelled pieces' that Bo Bunny makes now to coordinate with all their collections.

I also finally picked up some Gesso to experiment with!  Let me say....I'm still experimenting.  Unlike a few of my talented friends, you know who you are (Jeni, Finn).....I have a really hard time with glimmer mists!  I tried using some on this page but just did not get the rich results I was looking for.  In the end what I ended up doing was adding my embellishments to the page, giving them a light brushing with Gesso.  Then instead of spritzing with a mist I just used some metalic paint (in this case a blue color) and dry brushed over the blooms and embellishments....(dry brushing is when you put paint on your brush and dab off the excess and then brush on the leftover on your project).  Then I lightly brushed the embellishments with a bit more Gesso.

For the Dusty Attic Chipboard Feather DA#0568, I wanted immitate the look of a real peacock freather.  Here are a few steps to create this look....
1.  First I painted the piece with some Folk Art Metalic Paint in blue/green color and painted part of the head of the peakcock feather with a metalic bronze color.

2.  Then I added some black glitter glue over the green painted finish. I used the Michaels Store brand glitter glue called 'Studio'....I believe Stickles would make a charcoal or black glitter glue too.

3.  For the head of the feather I added some Lime Green Stickles over the blue paint, some Stardust Stickles over the gold paint and some bright blue Stickles in the very center......above is what the finished design will look like.

Other Product used on this page:
Supplies: Patterned Paper ~ Zoology Word, Timepiece Dot, Gabrielle Dot,
Zoology Trinkets (3 designs)
Zoology Trims
Timepiece Buttons.
Zoology Buttons,
Zoology Brads
Gabrielle True Friend Cardstock Stickers
Bo Bunny Flowers (Snowy Serenade)
Gesso, Paint, Chipboard

Guess what???  I've seen a peek of the new Bo Bunny Collections coming out for the CHA and HOLY MOLY!!!  Are they every cute!!!  Wish I could just spill the beans right now, they are amazing!  Hang on just a wee bit longer and I'm sure Bo Bunny will be doing a sneak peek of these yummy collections soon! (Just had to give a little teaser, don't mind me lol!)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Let's Celebrate!!! With New Bling!!!!

So it's the final day of the week long celebration for the new Webster's Pages Collection "Let's Celebrtate' and we have one more new and exciting product to share with all of you!  Did you know Webster's is now offering BLING "Dazzle Me Gems!!" to coordinate with their beautiful collections??  Oh boy! was I excited to see these!!  Here is a layout I created to showcase this awesome new product and lovely paper collection! ....
I have to admit I was a little more in my element with this layout, playing with the fussy cutting and adding my inking!  This is a photo I took a couple of years back of my youngest Meagan on one of those spinners that parents always cringe at for fear their kiddies will just let go at the wrong time! lol!  This title resonates with me because it seems that the kiddies are always looking to go 'faster, faster' in life, and as a mom....I just want them to slow down!  I know that within the blink of an eye, they will be all grown up and I'll be wondering where the time all went.  I want to remind myself to treasure (and celebrate) every sweet moment!

Here are a few close-up pic's of the above page, focusing on some of the lovely embellishments that coordinate with this collection including those glittery gorgeous bling gems!!

I hope you enjoyed my projects made with this collection as well as those of the rest of the DT!  It's still not too late to play so jump in and click on the badge below to take you to all the fun! (reminder, don't forget to copy and past this badge to your blogsite to have a chance to win elements of this collection and a grand prize of the FULL collection!....the DT will be looking out for you ladies who post this badge to your blog!....and you can help me out by sharing your link in a comment here so I know to add it to Brandins list! :)

And if you are new to these posts for the week long celebration and would like to have a better idea of how this promo week works, you can find all your information ~~> HERE

This is the last day of the Let's Celebrate Promotion so the great news is that the Webster's Pages Website is now open and ready to take orders!!  So if you loved what you've seen, now is your chance to get your ordres in!.....also take a moment to checkout Brandin's blog as there will be more giveaways today, check it out ~~>  Brandin's Blog
And I just want to mention one more time about the generous and beautiful gift that Brandin has offered to everyone!  Do you like the frame you see here surrounding the pic of my girls?.....
Well this digi frame and 13 others can be yours for free to download and use!!  How cool is that??!  Just check out this link FREE DIGI FRAMES to get your own set!  ....Thanks so much for stopping by and playing along in our week long promotion!   And a sincere thank you to all you sweet ladies that have taken the time to write such lovely feedback on my work both here at my blogsite and at the WP forums, they mean so much to me! xx

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Let's Celebrate!! With 'B-side' Layouts!!

So it's day 4 of the week long celebration of Webster's Pages new collection called "Let's Celebrate!"   I've got to say I've really had some fun with this collection, but for today's post I was given one of my biggest challenges!  As you all know, Websters Pages paper collections are always a first choice for the gals that love the fussy cutting and the more 'busy' style pages (Ya, that would be me! lol!).  But the really cool thing about them is that there is a more graphic 'B' side to the papers (reverse side) that also cater to the girls who like doing the more simple/clean style pages!  So, I was challenged to do a layout using the B-side of the papers and keep the layout in a cleaner more neg space style (no fussy cutting).  So hang on to your hats, this is different from work you usually see on my blog lol! but I have to admit was a fun challenge!.....
I created this page by first doing a quick little hand doodled sketch on how I wanted the layout to look. (totally different from my usual process where I wing it and just add product and move things around as I go).  I then added the title to the left side of the page and drew out the design with a ruler and pencil and handstitched the frame and floral design.  The rest was done in a matter of minutes, just cut some circle designs from the b-side of the Websters Pages papers and matted with a dove grey cardstock.  Done!  I felt pretty happy with the page in the end......and can you guess which embellishment we are focusing on today?.....Yep, Webster's Blooms!  I chose to use the 'pretty in pink' Princess Petals that coordinate with this collection.....

So, there you go!  Something a little different but a nice and fun change to scrap!  Don't forget to keep playing the "I Spy" game outlined in my previous post, the design team is hunting the blog and Facebook sites for the ladies that are posting the badge/link below.....
Go ahead! Click on the badge above and it will take you to Brandin's surprise site, you can get in on the fun too!!   And if this is your first day checking out this fun week long promotion, you can find out how it all works ~~~> HERE

I just want to say thank-you to all the sweet ladies that commented on my last layout on Tuesday, I read all the comments at the Webster's site and here at my blog!  Your kind words and feedback mean so much to me, Thank-you!! xx

Tomorrow I have another layout to share with you all (I think this one is my fav of the lot).....I'll give you a little hint on the featured's new, it's glittery, and I just LOVE it! :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's Here!!! Let's Celebrate!!!

 The sun is shining, summer is here and the kid's are almost done with school for another year!  Lot's of wonderful things to Celebrate!  I have one more terrific thing to celebrate!  Webster's Pages new mid-season release of their new collection 'Let's Celebrate'!!   Webster's Pages is having a week long celebration with lot's of fun games and terrific prizes in honor of this delightful new collection.....Here is just a little sampling of some of the papers in this beautiful collection....

Don't those pretty colors and those adorable bloom cupcakes just put a smile on your face?  And of course if you know Webster's Pages, you know the fun doesn't stop with the gorgeous papers!  There are always a beautiful array of embellishments to go with them!  The WP design team has been busy creating some yummy projects using this new collection and each day ,different members will be showcasing new products for this collection!   The week long celebration started yesterday and continues on till the end of the week (Friday)....Can you tell which products are being featured on which day?  You can play along, have a little fun and have a chance at some terrific prizes!! 


I honour of the new collection we are hosting a WEEK LONG LAUNCH PARTY at inspireME, complete with games, prizes, surprises and more! Starting Monday, June 20th and ending Friday, June 24th you can have a chance to be a part of daily giveaway prizes and the grandest prize of all the ENTIRE Let’s Celebrate Collection! You can find all of the fun and festivities in our Let’s Celebrate forum HERE

The Design Team will be playing along too!  We have a little game of 'I Spy' going on and we will be watching out for you, we want to help you win!   All you have to do is click on the 'I Spy' badge above and it will lead you to the next place you want to be, follow the instructions there to play along! (Post the above badge at your blogsites,.....we, the DT will be hunting for them and sharing with Brandin, who has them posted at their sites .....psst, you can help me out by letting me know you've posted a badge at your site and I will be sure to pass on the information :)

And now, I just want to share with you all a project I made specially for today (Feature day for Trims/Netting/Bloomers) ...because guess what?  Yep!  I have something to celebrate too!  We have a new baby in our family!!  Many of you know that we lost our dear Mocha a little over a year and a half ago to old age.  We were finally ready for a new pup! (at least the kids were, ...after chasing our new pup around these past few weeks grabbing every shoe, sock, homework, you name it from this little scamp, I have to wonder if I was really ready! lol!) .....Let me introduce you all to our new Labradoodle pup, Zoe!!

So here is a little peek at some of the pretty trims you'll be seeing coming out with this collection!...soft yellow fringe trim, lacey white trim...and so much are some close-ups....

Now, you've gotten your little peek,....SO let's get this party started!!  And to start you off, a gift for everyone!!, .....just click this link FREE FRAMES to download your FREE!! Let's Celebrate digi photo frames! I used one around the photo of my two girls in the picture above (this is one of 14 frames you can download free!)  Enjoy!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Let's Celebrate!!!

You are cordially invited to CELEBRATE with us! We are hosting a party for a very special guest of honor...our new “Let’s Celebrate” Collection and we want YOU to come share in the fun. Bright, bold colors combined with lush florals and sweet as sugar images (cupcakes anyone?) make this line the princess of any party and she has quite the guest list of friends that are going to accompany her...who’s ready for new embellishments???

So we are pulling out all the stops. Starting Monday, June 20th through Friday, June 24th we will have a week- long Celebration with Games, Prizes, Sneak Peeks, New Products and Inspiration Galore. The fun starts off with the first sneak of our new line bright and early Monday morning (the design team has been hard at work creating AMAZING projects for EVERY type of crafter) then we have a game that we are tickled pink to play with you all...we will end our fun filled day with a live chat Monday evening at 6pm PST/9pm EST! Here we will discuss our new line and hand out the first of the prizes from our game and much, much more. You can refer to this TIME CONVERTER to see what time the chat will be in your area. Then we get to start the fun all over again each day, every day, all week long.

You will be able to find all things Party Related in our Let’s Celebrate forum at inspireME in this link HERE. So make sure to check it often as we update and you can ask any questions there as well. What’s the first thing you are going to do Monday morning?? No, not have breakfast...You are going to come start at inspireME and have some fun. Can’t think of a better way to start out the week, can you?

So put those party hats on, bust out the noise makers and come party with us!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bo Bunny's Zoology & Tiimepiece!!

You know how some collections just seem to work well together?  Well, I think Bo Bunny's new Zoology and their Timepiece collection is one of those!  Today's assignment at Bo Bunny was to do a project combining the two collections and let me say, they both just layered together so easily!  I was excited to get my first stab at working with the new Zoology collection, I just love the earthy colors in this one!.  I had sent out a bunch of animal photos my husband had taken when he went on a class trip to the African Lion Safari with Meagan when she was in Junior Kindergarten......and then somehow this photo of Chloe called out to me instread lol!  It's a photo I took of her a couple years back, she found out there were some Cardinals nesting in a tree at the side of the house so she grabbed her daddy's ladder and had to get herself a peek, ...I dashed into the house and caught the curious little monkey on film :)

I had a lot of fun playing with a new toy I picked up at an awesome local scrapstore Fovever Scrapbooks in Burlington Ontario (for you fellow Ontarion residents)'s Spellbinders Rose Creations die cut petals.  It works really well with my Revolution Die cutter, who knew!  I cut a bunch of different size flower shapes out of one of the patterned 6x6 paper pad pieces from the Zoology & Timepiece collections to make the blooms.  (I am still experimenting with different ways to use these pieces and will do a tutorial soon on the types of blooms that can be made with it)   Here are some close up pic's of this layout....

Other than the Zoology & Timepiece goodies, I also added a few cute new piece's of my favourite laser cut chippies from Dusty Attic (the new Topiaries, the Ferns and Leafy Vines)  ....I painted the Topiary all white, then I simply used some chalk inks in green and terracotta colors to color up the piece.  For the pot I just rubbed on the ink over the edges, pressing a little more firmly on the outer edges so it fades in.....for the lip in the pot, I just ran the edge of my ink pad in a line across the piece a few times.  Same for the tree part, using green ink just press more firmly and go over the edges a few times to give the piece a more 'rounded' effect.

Here is a list of the supplies I used to make up this page:
Bo Bunny supplies used: Zoology Patterned paper (cut into a die-cut shape), Timepiece Dot, Timepiece 6x6 Paper pad, Zoology 6x6 paper pad for blooms), Zoology Noteworthy, Zoology Rub-ons, Timepiece Rub-ons, Zology & Timepiece brads, Zoology trim/ribbon, Double Dot cardstock (clover), Timepiece Jewels.

Other: White Gel pen, Stickles, Dusty Attic: Topiary, Leafy Vines and Fern Leaves.

Hey Everyone!  I have you ever wanted to give my scrapping style a go?  Well, here is a perfect excuse to give it a try!  From the 13th to the 26th Dusty Attic is Challenging people to scrap in my scrappy style....check out the challenge at this link ~~>  DA's Design Team Inspiration Challenge  I'm looking forward to seeing the designs you all come up with! :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Color Room #62 Palette!! & Some Dusty Attic!

Okay, I'll admit, at first glance I was a little unsure about this color palette, orange is not a color I scrap very often.  But then I remembered a collection that really caught my eye last January when I saw the new releases coming out for CHA.  The Glitz collection called Amazing had all the colors in it that are in this palette, so I went on the hunt for this collection.  I finally managed to find it in a cute store in Downtown Toronto (an hour drive each way for me....but worth it, this collection is cute!).    We were only allowed to use white as the 'neutral' this time around rather than black, brown or kraft paper since this was a 'white-washed' palette.  So here is the layout I made using Color Palette #62....

The flourishy corner bracket is of course another Dusty Attic piece on which I added the white crackle finish using the Tim Holtz Rock Candy (you can see the tutorial for this by clicking on the Crackle Finish tutorial in my right side panel.  The blooms are Prima as is the lace trim.  ...This was such a fun color palette to play with trust me, you'll have a blast with come join the fun and create with The Color Room!

Before I finish this post I wanted to share with you an amazing Websters's Pages Prize that Brandin is giving away at the Websters Pages blogsite!  Freebie Fridays are back with a BANG!  Brandin is giving away not one, but TWO awesome Webster's Pages Warehouse Sale Prize packs (Value of $75.00 each!) ,,, all you have to do is leave a comment at her blog on how you cope with every day life.....want a peek at the prize?....check it out....
Seriously!!  How awesome is that??!  Okay here is the link to her blog, don't miss our on your chance to win!!  Websters Pages Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by!  And thank-you for all your kind comments and feedback! I really appreciate it!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Taking the Dusty Attic Challenge!! & Some Best Wishes for some Friends!

Dusty Attic started a challenge up a few weeks back to take the 'Design Team Style Inspiration Challenge'!  The idea is to take a look at a specified design team members gallery and use their style to inspire a page done in their style.  Sadly, I was unable to play along with the first two challenges that began with Emeline and Evana's styles because of a pretty heavy DT workload but I was determined to try and get started with trying out Finn's eclectic and beautiful style of scrapping,  By Finn I mean of course the talented Anna Dabrowska aka. Finnabair.  I've always admired her style and have wanted to try out some of her techniques.  The above page is what I came up with.  I noticed that Finn, more often than not uses black & white photos, her layouts are often BOM (book of Me) style pages and she uses a whole lot of spritzes on her work.  I can't claim to really know her process on how she puts a page together, it was more of a wild guess on my part in figuring out how to layer it all and I probably don't really have her process down perfectly I'm sure.....for example, I'm pretty sure she uses lot's of Gesso on her work, but I unfortunately didn't have any in my stash so I improvised with white paint.

I basically began the page design by choosing a paper without a strong pattern in it (Pink Paislee Vintage older collection) and layed a piece of Dusty Attic chipboard in the middle of the page using it as a matt, sprayed some pink and green glimmer mists on it to create the flourishy design.
Note:  I made my own glimmer mist by putting a few drops of alcohol ink (Tim Holtz) in a small spritzer bottle (also Tim Holtz), added a pinch of Perfect Pearls mica powder and some water. 
I then did a bit of stitching on the layout using my sewing machine.  Stitching a frame and adding zig-zag designs.  From there I added my photo, layered on some chipboard pieces, lace bits, buttons and blooms. I then did a little more spritzing on all my embellishments (lay a piece of protective plain paper over your photo before you start spritzing again.  I added some white paint accents over the lace, blooms and chipboard. 
Note:  I had to add a coat of white paint to some of the shiney elements like buttons in order for the spritzes to adhere to them.  
Here are some close-up views of the above page....

For the above page I used 7 different Dusty Attic chipboard pieces, the Wrought Iron Trim DA0547 (used as a mask),  Vintage Keys DA0392, Cogs #1 DA0001, Mini Words #2 DA0476, Skeleton clock frames DA0430, Hinges DA0509, and Chicken Wire DA0177.  For those of you who are wondering where to get Dusty Attic product, I've added a listing in my right side of my blog with links to retailers who sell DA product in the USA & Canada.  (If you are a retailer and would like me to add you to my side panel just let me know :)
So, if you are wanting to try out Anna's style and are ready to take the challenge, you can find the challenge link HERE

I have one more little project to share that I made up last week for the Bo Bunny blog.  I am really not much of a card maker but I was assigned to do a card using Bo Bunny products and the focus was to make your own blooms.  I made this card using the Gabrielle collection and used the fringe trim that comes with this collection to make the larger bloom on the card.  Easily done, just using a needle and thread run a slipstitch along the bottom edge of the trim, gather and join the two ends.  I then adhered the trim to a small disc of cardstock to give it stability and used a pearl gem and small crystals from the Gabrielle collection to create the flower center.  The smaller blooms were punched from some Timepiece paper (Dot), the petals outlined with black pen and curled slightly. 

I decided to make a Friendship card since that is the type of card I find myself reaching for most often.  You can find more inspiring card ideas at the Bo Bunny Blog

And speaking of friends.....I wanted to take this opportunity to wish some dear friends of mine who were on the My Creative Scrapbook Design Team with me for many years, much success and happiness in their future endeavors!  Gerry Van Gent, Sandie Vincent, Patti Hamil and Jeni O'Connor have recently stepped down from the MCS design team and although I did leave them a message at the farewell post at MCS, it seems to have mysteriously disappeared so I'd like to take the opportunity to post it here for them, I just copied and pasted my message here instead so you girls can see it....
"Awww, Gerry you always brought each and every kit you worked with to a new level! Your work is always spectacular my friend!! I'm sure you will be greatly missed, as I'm sure Sandie, Patti and Jeni are too! Not sure I saw a farewell to them here so wishing you all best of luck in all your new endeavours ladies! xx

It's amazing how you become like a family when you work so closely with your fellow design team members, you get to know them, their families, their ups and downs, you laugh with them, cry with them and above all hold them dear.  We'll keep in touch for sure my dear friends! xx


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