Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bella Blvd Reveal #1~


Today I am revealing projects that I have created using my April kit from Down a Dirt Road Scrapbooking. The designers took the month of March off, while Alicia of Down a Dirt Road Scrapbooking put the finishing touches on her brand new store!


The April kit is made up of patterned papers and stickers from Bella Blvd's, Molly collection.
A fun and bright collection of patterns, great for photos of birthday sleepovers or a girl's night out!


The photo is from the Gadget Girls photo booth from the Fall Mega Crop 2013! Already booked and looking forward to the Mega Crop 2014!


The next layout features a photo that I adore. Margaret is such a photo ham at times. This photo was taken while out caching in PEI one sunny afternoon, this was one of the caches that we found.....weird! lol


The title features the funky coordinating letter stickers.



My second layout is created using photos from a New Years Day polar dip, 2013.
When I have a series of photos I like to mat them as one, to create the look of a photo strip.




Thanks so much for stopping by to see the first of my April kit reveal! Stay tuned for more scrappy reveals!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Sketchabilities #113 Reveal~

I am so very excited once again that today is reveal day at Sketchabilities!
I love to head on over to the Sketchabilities blog and check out what all the other talented designers have come up with using the fabulous sketch.


Here is the layout that I created based on Karan's sketch.




I created my layout using patterned papers and chipboard embellishment stickers from My Mind's Eye, the Now & Then collection.


I used a couple of photos from a fun and fabulous day spent at Captain Cob's.
What better way to spend a crisp fall afternoon with great friends.
I picked up the red doily at Michaels a while back, waiting for the perfect layout to use it on.


I added buttons for a little pop of red, from Buttons Galore & More.


Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my Sketchabilities reveal this time around!
I'd love to see you take the challenge and link up to our challenge for Sketch #113.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Paper Towel Flower Tutorial~

Today I am sharing a quick tutorial on how to create these sweet and simple Paper Towel Flowers.
The bonus is, that you probably have all that you need to create them in your craft supplies right now!


Step 1-
You need some paper towel. I started with 2 half sheets, and wet them under the tap and squeezed out some of the excess water. Flatten it out in an area that you are not afraid to get a little dirty.

Step 2-
Add your colour! I used a variety of spritzes and sprays for mine. But you can also use ink, re inkers, or dripped fabric dye. The dampness of the paper towel will cause the colour to spread somewhat. Add as much colour as you would like, but keep in mind that it will dry a little lighter than it looks when it is wet.



Step 3-
Let the paper towel dry completely. Yesterday it was actually sunny, so I was able to set it out on the front porch in the sun to speed up the process.

Step 4-
I used a piece of cardstock I cut using a 2.75" circle punch as a template. I traced the circles onto the paper towel using a pencil. Then cut them out using scissors.


Step 5-
I then gathered each circle in, sort of a ruffle pattern, and pinched it flat in the middle. then took a regular stapler and stapled each into form.


Step 6-
I used a hot glue gun to adhere 3 petal layers together for each flower.


Step 7-
The finishing touch is that, again with a hot glue gun I added a vintage button to the middle of each of my flowers.



Taaa Daaaaaaa! There you have it, sweet and simple to create Paper Towel Flowers!


Thanks for stopping by! Check back again for more crafty goodness!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Sweet & Simple Spool Ornament~

Today I am sharing another sweet and easy craft project using May Arts Ribbon.
This little Spool Ornament can be such a nice addition to a gift for a loved one. I have one hanging in my dining room, just adding a little pretty to every space.


I was so very happy to be chosen to take part in the May Arts Retro Ribbon Challenge.
I have been having so much fun playing with all of the beautiful ribbon below.


I painted the thread spool using Deco Arts Multi Surface white paint. Then I added the ribbon.


I cut out a heart from some Teresa Collins patterned paper, from the You Are My Happy collection.
Then I added lots of glitter accents.



Thank you so much for stopping by!
I hope you get crafty with some May Arts Ribbon very soon.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Hand Dyed Paper Doilies Tutorial~

Doilies have been all the rage in the paper crafting world for a little while now. I like to find them in all shapes, sizes and colours if I can. But have you ever wanted a doily that was the perfect colour for your layout or card?
Well...here is the tutorial for you.


I started with these 4" paper doilies that I picked up at my local Dollar Store. You'll want to separate them all before starting.


Step 1-
I picked out 2 bowls that the doilies would be able to lay flat in at the bottom. I put in about and inch or so of warm water. I then added my liquid dye from Rit (Fuchsia and Kelly Green). I put in between 2 and 3tbsp. It all depends on how dark you would like the colour.
Oh, and don't forget your rubber gloves!


Step 2-
Then submerge the doilies one at a time so that you don't end up with dry parts sticking to one another. I put in up to 6 doilies at a time. I left them in the liquid for about a minute, perhaps a little longer. But again, it all depends on how dark you would like them to turn out.


Step 4-
Take the doilies out of the liquid and let excess liquid drip off before laying them out to dry on a flat surface. Let them dry completely.


Step 5-
Your doilies may or may not dry completely flat. If this is the case, and you really want them to be perfectly flat, you can always iron them in between a couple of pieces of paper towel.


Enjoy your perfectly coordinating paper doilies!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Trio of Creations~

Today I share a trio of layouts that I created at the Spring Fling crop hosted by The Cutting Garden.
This is the last of my crop reveals.

The first layout is created using quite the mixture of pattern collections due to the very specific colours in the photos. You have the bold red of the roses, then my beautiful cousin Ashley is in a very pretty navy dress and my cousin's handsome husband Mike is wearing purple. I wanted to pull out all of the colours.


I created a cluster of mixed texture and colour.


To pull out more of the red I used the red glitter letters, red ruffle ribbon and the red rose buds.


The second layout today features a couple of my favourite photos of some of my favourite people.
The photos were taken at the Brackley Drive In in PEI after a long day of caching.
We love our time with cousin Mandy and her hubby Alex.


I used patterned papers and embellishments from the Now & Then collection from My Mind's Eye.




The third layout today is another that I have created for my brother's vacation album.


I added lots of texture using buttons, frames, ruffle ribbon and chipboard.



Thanks for stopping by to see the last of my creations from the Spring Fling weekend.
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Teresa Collins Designs~

I know most of you out there already know that I am the biggest fan of Teresa Collins Designs, but I wanted to compile a blog post of creations all made with her fabulous products.
There are so many reasons I love what she produces. It's the clean and sophisticated designs, the colour palettes, the embellishments or it could be her sometimes very personal blog posts. If you don't already subscribe to her blog, I encourage you to do so. As a high profile designer in the paper crafting world, she is not afraid to bare all. Life good, bad and fabulous!

So without further adieu here it is, about 3 years of creations.


















Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to check out Teresa Collins' blog as well.