Monday, October 29, 2012

Song Lyric's in Scrap Pages!!

I just love doing scrap pages using song lyric's as a base for them!  I really don't know why I don't do it more often!  You kind of have the song playing in your head as you're scrapping and it makes it all the more fun to create! ....I took this photo of Chloe, my 14 year old daughter with a few of her good friends.  I love how much fun they have together, it doesn't matter where they are or what the weather is like, they always have a good time together (yep, that's mud on Chloe's knee's from rough-housing with the boys! lol!)  When I look at this photo it makes me think of the song lyrics from the song 'Good Time' by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen ....
"We don't even have to try...
It's always a good time"
Here's a link to the song on Youtube if you're not familiar with it.... "GOOD TIME"
Of course I just had to use the NEW Best Friends collection from Websters Pages to make up this page!  This time I went with the blue's and turquoise colours in the collection since I was scrapping boys in the photo as well.....but, heehee, it didn't stop me from adding blooms to the page :)
For this corner design I combined the lovely scroll chipboard from Dusty Attic with a cameo (Perfect Accents) piece from Websters Pages Best Friend collection. (the corner stamp is an older stamp from Websters Pages & Unity Stamps.
This is something that I've used before on my pages, is a zipper that I cut out from an old pair of jeans (after going through two girls, the jeans were pretty much done anyway:)  ....I used some of the beautiful lace trims that coordinate with the Best Friends collection around the zipper design.
I made the blooms decorating this corner from the patterned paper from this collection using the Spellbinders 'Rose Creations' die cuts and some flower stamens that I found at my local fabric store.
Here's a close-up look at the pretty new blooms from Websters Pages called Princess Petals....I'm loving that wide turquoise lace trim that goes with the BF collection as well!
I though I would use up some of the left over scraps from the last two pages I made with the Best Friends Collection so I made up this tag...
I did a little inking and stamping to make up this page....yep, I can't get enough of stamping lately! :) tell me.....what song do you want to scrap in the near future?  I love to hear what songs move and inspire people!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Bo Bunny's Sweet 'Apple Cider' Collection!

When I first saw this sweet collection by Bo Bunny, I just knew that I had to scrap this photo I took of my youngest daughter Meagan when she was just a baby.  I had made a calendar to send some of my relatives in Europe, and as you can guess, this was the pic I took for October.  I didn't have a digital camera back then so you can imagaine how many shots I had to take with my regular camera just to get a few nice shots, ...whew! babies are not easy to photograph, they are constantly moving and trying to eat everything within their reach! lol!
I used a few of the new Bo Bunny Blooms mixed with some lovely corner flourishes from Dusty Attic (Corner Flourish #3) and some pieces of Dusty Attic Chicken Wire Panel to embellish the page. 
Patterned Paper: Apple Cider (Both sides of Apple Cider Paper)
Cardstock: Wildberry Double Dot, Clover Double Dot
Stickers: Apple Cider Combo Stickers, Apple Cider Dimensional Stickers
Alphabet Stickers: Apple Cider, Serenade
Flowers: Bo Bunny Buttercup Daisy, Wildberry Daisy
Lace: Clover
Other: Burlap, Dusty Attic chipboard  
No fancy new techniques today, just sharing a pretty new collection I used :)  Hope everyone has a beautiful fall this the weekend we change back the clock?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NEW! Webster's Pages 'Best Friends' Collection is here!!

Webster's Pages just released their cute new mid-season release called Best Friends and I got my design team package last week and have my first layout done using the papers, trims, transparencies and their adorable new Storymarkers (below).  I scrapped a photo I took of Meagan, Chloe and her best friend Peyton, when we were at Wonderland (a Canadian theme park) a few weeks ago. Chloe and Peyton have been friends since they were about 3 years old, and even though they are in different high schools now they still have remained best friends.
I thought I would try using these cute book markers in a different way.  I saw a fun tutorial for cards on Youtube to create a 'waterfall' effect.  They used paper for the design but I thought I would try combining paper and the ribbon pull to create an interactive design on my page.  Here is a link to the tutorial I watched 'Waterfall Card Tutorial'.  I simply added my velvet strip to the design as the pull cutting it in half, and used the extra bit from the top as a pleated design above the waterfall pull.  When you pull on the charm each of the sections flip up to reveal the names of the girls in the photo. 
This photo above shows a side view of how the top piece flips up to reveal the next piece underneath as you pull the ribbon.
This photo shows each section as you pull, the top piece flips up and reveals the tab underneath.  I did a little stamping and heat embossing on the paper tabs and then simply wrote their names on them.
The floral embellishments I added where made from the 2 smallest petal designs from the Spellbinders Rose Creations die cuts.  I cut them from white cardstock and lightly tinted the centers with some pink ink (Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet)...the centers are punched from pink cardstock using the smallest retro flower punch from Paper Shapers (EK Success).
The Best Friends collection started shipping last week, so check your local scrap store to see if they've ordered them in, ...or an online option is that you can order this cute collection directly from the Webster's Pages Website!  Stay tuned, I've got another fun layout made with this gorgeous collection for you on the 29th, hope you'll have time to pop in again!   Thanks for stopping in today and for the kind comments!! xo 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I've Got Another Layout Pubbed In Scrap365 Magazine!

The November issue of Scrap365 ((UK magazine) is out now and I thought I would share a few little 'peeks' at a layout I got published in this issue.  They had us scrapping the men in our lives for this issue, which I think is great because I think many of us find it easy to scrap those feminine style layouts but we don't often see very many masculine style layouts.  I decided I would scrap a photo of one of my dear nephews for this layout, it's a photo my sister took of my nephew Michael at the cottage.  He's such a great kid.  He got married a few months ago and I know things get busy when you start a new life.  I didn't get to see as much of him as we used to so I was so happy when he called me up a few days ago and asked if he could just come over for the day and hang.  Here are a few more close up shots (sorry I can't share the layout in full here at my blog but you can see the full layout in the November issue of Scrap365) 

The zipper I used here again is acutally from an old pair of jeans....I added a tag behind the zip that pulls out and has my journaling.  I used lots of Dusty Attic chipboard on this one as well as Bo Bunny's Weekend Market collection papers and embellishments, trinkets and stamps.  I find this collection works really well for masculine layouts.
If you would like to see the layout in it's entirety and would like to subscribe to Scrap365 Magazine (you can also order single issues and back issues as well) You can find it HERE (you can find the subscribing area under the heading 'Shop').  This magazine is amazing and filled with beautiful layouts and great tutorials and techniques!
Thanks for stopping by and for all the sweet comments! Hope you are all having a lovely fall weekend! xo 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Resist Stamping with Bo Bunny Stamps!

Bo Bunny makes so many beautiful stamps to coordinate with their amazing collections.  Today I decided to play with a whole bunch of the them and use them as 'Resist Stamps'.  First off I thought I'd share a few close-ups of my page, then I thought I'd show a quick little step by step on how I created a unique background by using some Bo Bunny cardstock and stamps. 
I embellished this layout with the gorgeous new Bo Bunny Flowers!  I used a combination of the Natural Earth colour flowers here. And I used some of the NEW Bo Bunny lace in behind the torn area on the page, having the lace peek out from behind the rip (Color Natural Earth Lace)
I used a little bit of a Dusty Attic chipboard frame that I had left over from another project to frame the corner of my photo. (Baroque Square Frame).
I used the watercolor washed looking side of some BB Chiffon Dot cardstock as the base of my layout and combined some older and newer Bo Bunny flourish stamps to create a border. I stamped with a clear embossing stamp and then added some clear embossing powder and heat set it (above). 
Once I finished doing all the edge stamping and heat embossing, I used some distress ink and working from the outside in, added ink fading it as I worked in. (I used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap). The embossed/stamped area's resist the ink and only the paper part takes the ink, in this way you create the 'resist' design. 
Here is a look at what my layout looked like once I finished doing the heat embossing on the stamping and added the distress ink around the edges, allowing the stamp design to shine through.
TIP:  Some inks my slightly stain the resist part, just take a slightly damp paper towel and rub over the resist stamp area on the page and the 'resist' part will lighten up more, creating a better contrast between inked and uninked area.
I then figured out my photo placement and added the tear design (above) and some more Bo Bunny stamps (The Sun Flower stamp from the Forever Fall collection) so that ut would surround my photo and did a little more stamping/heat embossing/inking to the page.
Patterned Paper: Little Miss (Hannah, Jaquoya)
Cardstock: Bo Bunny Chiffon Double Dot, Clover Double Dot (leaves)
Flowers: Bo Bunny Natural Earth Dahlia, Natural Earth Daisy, Natural Earth Bouquet, Blush Bouquet
Lace: Bo Bunny Natural Earth Lace, Blush Lace
Trinkets: Bo Bunny Little Miss
Stamps: Bo Bunny Enchanted, Powder Mountain, Forever Fall (plus an older Bo Bunny Flourish stamp)
Jewels: Bo Bunny Apple Cider
Chipboard: Dusty Attic (Baroque Frames - Square)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap)
Here is a picture of the older Bo Bunny stamp set that I used (the other ones are all recent stamp sets that are readily available at the stores, but this one may be hard to find, I think still has it in their clearance area)
Sometimes it helps to see a page broken down in steps so you get the idea of how it's put together.  Hopefully this post is helpful in seeing the way I layer my pages as I go.  Funny, I used to LOVE stamping when I first started scrapping and then I got distracted by other products and techniques, ...for me it was really fun getting back into the stamping!  Hope you give it a try too!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

And the Winner Is.....

Thanks everyone for playing along in the Bo Bunny Blog Hop!  Wish I had a prize for each of you! Sorry I waited so late in the day to announce my winner but I was busily working away at some new Bo Bunny layouts I'm excited to be sharing with you soon! So I did a random draw and the winner for the above prize is....
Rhonda! who said....
"Such a GORGEOUS card! Thanks for a chance to win a prize. I've always been a big fan of Ad Lib! I'm following you on my google reader now, too! Okay - so today is totally not my day! Forgot to mention that I love making cards with "surprise" elements - penny rollers, pop-ups, etc."
Rhonda, please email me your addie (my email is ) and I will get your prize sent right out to you!  Congrats! xo

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Webster's Pages NEW! Best Friends Collection ~ Mid Season Release!

We're at that time of year where we've been playing with many of the new collections from this past summer's CHA show ....but now we're looking for something new and exciting!  Well, look no further!  Webster's Pages is showing their Mid-Season release called 'Best Friends' this week at their blog and on FaceBook!   It's a super cute collection full of soft pinks/turquois and beautiful images from gorgeous Calla-lilies to nostalgic bicycles.
Want to see the whole release and have a chance at winning Best Friend Prizes before the even hit the stores??  Check out this weeks posts at Webster's Pages Blog for more information on how you can win!  They started showing the goodies in yesterdays blog post and will continue this week! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making Day ~ Bo Bunny Blog Hop! {With Prizes!!}

It's World Cardmaking Day!  And to celebrate Bo Bunny is doing a fun little blog hop filled with inspiring card designs and awesome prizes!!  Want to to do the Bunny Hop (heehee, I couldn't resist!) and join the fun?  The blog hop begins today October 6th at 9am MST (11am EST) and goes to Tuesday October 9th at 9pm MST (11pm EST) during which time if you leave a comment at our blogs you will have a chance at winning some amazing prizes!  Bo Bunny will of course be sending out a wonderful prize and as you hop along you will find that some of the BB girls have put up some prizes of their own!  Bo Bunny has been so very generous to us design team girlies over the years and I'm happy to have a chance to do a little sharing. 
Since it is cardmaking day today, I thought I would put up a nice little cardmaking set as my giveaway prize!  Here's what the winner will get from me:
~ 1 Bo Bunny 'Ad Lib' Card Kit consisting of:
 8 - die cut cards,
8 - envelopes,
2 - 6 x 12" die cut elements
1 - 6 x 12" adhesive chipboard elements
1 - color rub-on sheet
1 - Instruction sheet for 8 card designs
~1 Package of Ad Lib Dimensional Stickers
~ 1 Package of Ad Lib Noteworthy Journal pages
~ 1 Ad Lib Clear Stamp Set
~ 1 Set of Coordinating Fabric Blooms (turquoise)
~ 1 Package of Ad Lib Layered Chipboard
How can you have a chance at the prize?  To have a chance at my prize just leave a comment at my blog, I'd love to hear what types of cards you'd like to shabby-chic your style?  Clean & Simple?  Do you like pop up or intricately folded cards?  What kind make you happy?
To have a chance at the prize pack from Bo Bunnys blog, you will have to collect a bunch of letters along the hop and at the end unscramble the word.   When you have figured out the secret word you will then email Bo Bunny with the secret word and be added to the draw for their prize. (you can find the email tab for Bo Bunny in the right column of their blog, just click on it and send them your answer). is my secret is....A.  Here is the order of the blog:
4.  Tara Orr
10.  Romy Veul
(You will then unscramble the letters you've collected and head back to the Bo Bunny Blog, click on the 'Email' icon in the right column of the blog and send them the answer)
Above are a couple of close-ups of the card I made for this hop.  I used those great little 6x6 paper pads that Bo Bunny puts out (they are just perfect for card making).  Here is my supplies list for the card:
Patterned Paper: Et Cetera
6x6 Paper Pad: Snow Day, Et Cetera
Cardstock:  Bo Bunny Double Dot (Ocean, Clover)
Jewels: Snow Day, Et Cetera
Bloom: Natural Earth Daisy
Lace: Denim Lace Card
Butterfly die cut: Quickutz
Chipboard: Dusty Attic
I have one more card that I put together this morning that I wanted to share with you all.  It started out as an ATC I made for a steampunk challenge at Dusty Attic in which I used some Bo Bunny cardstock and jewels with Dusty Attic chippies.  I ended up using a different ATC I made for the challenge and decided to use this ATC to make a nice masculine style card using the new Bo Bunny Snow Day 6x6 Paper pad papers to create the card....
~ Snow Day 6x6 Patterned Paper
~ Bo Bunny Double Dot Cardstock (Ocean, Almond)
~ Bo Bunny Jewels; Snow Day
~ Bo Bunny Timepiece (clock)
~ Lace ~ Bo Bunny Denim Lace card
~ Bo Bunny Buttons
~ Chipboard: Dusty Attic (Large Cogs, Labels, Wings, Chain Fence)
 Bo Bunny will announce the winner of their blog Prize (which includes a super cute pink purse in honor of breast cancer awareness as well a bunch of awesome Bo Bunny products) on October 10th when you are done checking out who won there, come back to my blog and I'll announce the winner of my prize on October10th as well!  Here's a pic of the purse Bo Bunny will be giving away as part of their prize!
Now head on over to the very talented Samantha's Blog, pick up the next letter you'll need and be inspired!
Happy Hopping!!! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Exciting Dusty Attic News!!! Design Team Call!!

I've got some exciting news for all your fans of Dusty Attic out there!  Dusty Attic is putting out their first ever design team call!  I've been honored to be on their team for a few years now and have to say I've enjoyed every minute of it.  The chippies are so detailed and lovely to work with and the girls on the team have been wonderful to work alongside of.  But now they are looking to bring in some new designers, so if you are interested in trying out for the team, here are the details (Just click on the words below to take you to the DT call with all the details)...

The Dusty Attic 2013 Design Team Call

Deadline for submissions is October 31st, so if you are wanting a chance at an amazing design team experience, be sure to get your submissions in soon!
Happy Scrapping!
~Gabrielle xo

Monday, October 1, 2012

I'm Guest Designer This Month for Once Upon a Sketch!!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! We had a wonderful Fall weekend with the kids, we spent the day on Saturday at Wonderland (a local theme park) with our girls and a few of their friends....took lots of photos (so I've got lots of fun pic's to scrap! :)
Today I'm sharing with you all a layout I made as Guest Designer for Once Upon a Sketch!  For those of you who are not familiar with this amazing sketch site, just click on the name above to take you to the challenge.  I love this challenge site because not only does it provide you with a beautiful sketch to work with every month, but it also encourages you to journal on your pages, in this way making your pages more meaningful!  Below you will find the sketch as well as the quote you can use on your page which you can use pieces of or in it's entirety.

I read the above words and thought, I would have to scrap about my oldest daughter who just started high school this year.  I'm just so very proud of her, the year has just begun but already in two of her classes (Math & English), the teachers have taken her work and held them up to her class as examples of what the students should be working to achieve!  I know I'm bragging here but if you are going to brag, let it be about your kids right? :)    Anyway, I love that Chloe is such a positive person, and that her focus is almost always on the good things, she never lets negative talk get her down or get involved in a lot of 'girly' drama.  She has a good head on her shoulders and a really awesome group of friends.
For my layout I used a bunch of my favourite products.  Some of the newest Websters Pages papers and embellishments as well as my favourite chipboard, Dusty Attic (Skeleton Clock Faces, Mini Birdhouses, and Arch WIndow Set #1).  The soft appricot pink blooms were made from one of the  WP Parkdrive papers, using the Spellbinders 'Rose Creations' die cut.  I just cut a bunch of the smaller sized flower shapes using the die cuts on the 'Margaret' paper.  I inked the centers of the cut flower shapes with a bit of Victorian Velvet Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I then lightly crinkled the petals to give them an embossed look (lightly spritzing the petals with water helps shape them).  I glue 2 layers of the petals together and added a small white rose bud to the centers.  Here are some close-up pics....
A really sweet blogger (Beverly) asked on my last layout about that butterfly (above) that I like to use on many of my layouts.  It is actually a butterfly that I had scanned from a Webster's Pages patterned paper that I just loved!  I made up a contact sheet with the butterfly in a whole bunch of different sizes that I could cut out to use on my layouts.  I especially like to use these butterflies on my Webster's Pages design team layouts, they just seem to go well with so many of Brandin's beautiful designs!  Here is a picture of my contact sheet, if you like you can right click on the picture and 'save it to your computer', then just print it out on a 8.5 x 11 inch piece of smooth white cardstock and use it to make your own butterfly embellishments :)
(right click on photo and save to your computer to print off and create your own butterfly embellies) 
Above is a close-up of the Websters Pages and Dusty Attic embellishments I used for this well as the journaling I used from the Once Upon a Sketch journaling prompt (handwritten around the clock design) 
Supplies use for this page:
Patterned Paper:  Parkdrive and Royal Christmas Websters Pages collections
Cameo: Websters Pages Perfect Accents (from In Love Collection)
Stamps: Websters Pages Diamond Tag Stamp, Bo Bunny Midnight Frost and Et Cetera Stamps, Prima You-Frame-it Stamp.
Flowers:  Med. pink blooms are handmade using WP paper and Spellbinders Rose Creations die cuts, Large and tiny pink blooms are Prima as is the pearl flourish.
Other: Burlap, kitchen twine, bulk lace and pearl strands.
If you'd like to try out Nadia's beautiful sketch and quote and play along this month (and have a chance at the AMAZING prizes they offer, be sure to stop by her challenge site and link your work to the blog!)  Happy Scrapping! xo 


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