Sunday, 20 July 2014

Craft Lightning: Kid's Camp Crafts~

I am so happy to be back and a part of another installment of Craft Lightning!
All crafts that can be created in 15 minutes or less!
A huge thank you as always to 30 Minute Crafts and The Country Chic Cottage for inviting me to be a part of all the fun.
This time of the year, most of us aren't crafting quite as much. Instead we are out enjoying all of the nice weather and making memories...perhaps to be scrapbooked at a later date!
We are here with some ideas for when the kids are home and they are looking for something to do, but something that won't take forever to complete. Or perhaps you have a clan of children coming for the weekend and you need some quick and easy activities to fill some time.

Here is my 15 minute Kid's Camp Craft!

I created a monogrammed journal. I started with a boring blank notebook, nothing fancy. Just something that would be easy to cover.

Then I simply measured and cut the patterned papers to cover the front and back of the notebook.

I added the monogram using a large foam stamp letter and White Multi Surface Satin paint from DecoArt. It dries quickly and is easy to clean up if need be. Once the paint is dry you can add all of your other little stickers and gems. Kids can make it their own and personalize it.
Then once finished they have a summer journal to write down their favourite memories, get autographs and email addresses from camp friends or just doodle and draw.
For my journal I used Carta Bella's Summer Lovin' collection with it's coordinating stickers, and a white ticket and bakers twine from the Curtsey Boutique.

Thank you so much for checking out my 15 minute Kid's Camp Craft on what I hope is a beautiful summers day!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Decorative Gift Jar~

Today I am sharing a quick and easy way to create a beautiful Decorative Gift Jar.
I love to take items that are no longer being used for their original purpose and then giving them new life!

This little jar with a wooden lid originally came from Michaels and had pretty little flowers in it. The flowers are now long gone, but I just couldn't throw away the cute little jar.
So I started with my large Red Polka Dot Ruffle Flower from the Curtsey Boutique and found some patterned paper that matched. Some pom pom ribbon from May Arts, and the Red & White Bakers Twine and Chalkboard Heart also from the Curtsey Boutique.

The first thing I did was punch a hole in my chalkboard heart using a 1/8" hole punch.
Then I tied the baker's twine through the hole.

I added a big beautiful button using my hot glue gun, to the middle of my Red Polka Dot Ruffle Flower.

I kept the glue gun out and used it to attach the pom pom May Arts ribbon to the wooden lid of the jar.

My ATG adhesive worked great to adhere the patterned paper around my jar. Turns out 12" strips worked out perfectly.

The final step was to use my hot glue gun to attach the twine with the chalkboard heart and the large flower to the top of the lid. 
Voila! A cute little container that would be perfect for some fresh baked cookies, candy or even a nice little piece of jewelry. It's sure to brighten up anyone's day!

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my Decorative Jar Tutorial!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Scrap Plezier Project Reveal #1~

I couldn't wait to dig into some of the many crafty goodies that Scrap Plezier sent to me as a part of their July Guest Design Team.
Aside from their challenges through the month, we were asked to create 2 projects of our choice. So today I showcase a sweet and simple layout created from their July kit, using one of my favourite photos from Megan, Sam and Averie's family photo shoot with WonkyEye Photography.

In the July kit was this fabulous coloured raffia. I picked out strands that coordinated with the patterned paper and created this fun textured border.

All of the patterned papers from the July kit are from Kaisercraft.
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my first project reveal using Scrap Plezier's July kit.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sketchabilities Reveal #119~

Yes, it's one of my favourite days of the month again! It's Sketchabilities design team Reveal Day! I get to show all of you what I came up with each and every sketch released, and I get to see what all of the other talented designers came up with, using the very same sketch!

Here is my layout I created using the Good Day Sunshine collection from Simple Stories.

I used all sorts of layers of embellishments. Coordinating brads and stickers, washi tape and Tim Holtz film strip. I used 3 different coloured mists to add texture to my cream cardstock layer also.

I spy some Curtsey Boutique product as well. I used the large yellow tag, mini white tag, white ticket and the pink baker's twine.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my reveal for sketch #119 as a part of the Sketchabilities design team! Take the challenge yourself, I would love to see what you create!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Inspired By Challenge~

My first challenge as Guest Designer for the month of July for Scrap Plezier was an "Inspired By" layout challenge. Astrid put together this challenge. She is inspired by fellow crafter Wendela Lam, who has a very "Retro-Vintage-Romantic" style. So our challenge was to create a Layout, Card or Altered Item with that theme in mind.
Here is a little bit of her work, that we had for visual inspiration.
I will fully admit, that this is not a style that you often see me work in. But I was up for the challenge.

Here is my version of "Retro-Vintage-Romantic".
I think it's still has a little bit of me, and a little bit of Wendela.

I used the By the Sea collection by Graphic 45. I adore this collection, perfect for an east coast girl and her family. I went full on vintage with the photo. It's a photo of my Dad and his older sister, having a beach day on the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
Circa 1949 or so.

The lace came from my stash, I picked it up along the way at some point. More than likely from a thrift store or garage sale. I cut it into a narrow strip and ruffled it all the way around the large circle.

I added some fun embellishments also from my stash. Some buttons from Buttons Galore & More, and other coordinating embellishments from Graphic 45.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and check out my "Inspired By" challenge layout.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Live Life~

The last weekend of May I spent cropping with some fabulous ladies. We had some great laughs, and I got quite a few projects finished for myself. The layout that I am showcasing today happens to be my favourite.
My Stamping Studio hosted this crop, and she happened to have this Urban Traveller collection by Teresa Collins on hand. This collection is BEAUTIFUL!
Here is my first, and I am sure not the last layout that I create with this collection.

Some of the patterns had some very pretty silver sparkle.

The oh so pretty grey butterfly above and grey flower below are from the Curtsey Boutique. Be sure to check them out, they have such pretty embellishments.

All of the other little embellishments just came from my stash of goodies.

I used one of Teresa Collins' 4x6 photo overlays from another collection. I thought it worked perfectly with this photo of Zoe and the layout itself.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Scrap Plezier Layout Challenge~

When I received my box of goodies from Scrap Plezier to work with as July's Guest Designer, this 1/2 sheet of patterned paper was inside with a note.
This was the design team's additional challenge this month. We were to create a layout using this 1/2 sheet of patterned paper and NO other patterned papers. Cardstock and other embellishments were okay, just no other patterns.
Of course I was up to that challenge!

Here is that layout that I created using that 1/2 sheet of patterned paper.
I chose to cut the patterned paper into strips, and lay them out diagonally.

I added a pretty tea dyed paper doily from the Curtsey Boutique, and some golden May Arts ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my challenge layout for Scrap Plezier!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Sketchabilities Reveal #118~

It's reveal day at Sketchabilities!
I love to work with these fabulous sketches, and I look forward to seeing what all of the other talented designers come up with each and every reveal!

Here is my interpretation of Sketch #118.
I used the Urban Market collection from Teresa Collins. It's glitzy sparkles and bold blues are just so very pretty! Perfect for Zoe and Tyler's semi formal photos.

The stunning grey fabric flower is from The Curtsey Boutique. The pretty, delicate doily came with my fabulous bowl of chicken corn chowder while having lunch with my mother.

The chipboard lattice is from Creative Embellishments and was already the perfect colour for my layout, so I didn't have to do anything to is but incorporate it as a fabulous layer of texture.

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my Sketch #118 reveal for Sketchabilities! I hope you take the challenge too!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

May Arts Ribbon Border Tutorial~

I am so very excited to be writing this post today. I am honoured to have been chosen to take part in Round 2 of the May Arts Design Team Challenge. With this post and project I hope to be chosen to be a part of the 2014-2015 May Arts Design Team.

So here we go.
Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to create this elegant ribbon border. Perfect for that very special layout with a favourite photo.

It didn't take me long to figure out what I wanted to do for this project. I also knew that I wanted to use ribbon that had some shine to it. I wanted the end product to shimmer and shine with an ornate look. I compiled my golden wish list of beautiful May Arts ribbon, look at how oh so pretty it is!

Project Recipe:

Step 1: The very first thing that I did was take these pretty pearlized string beads and make them gold as well. I used Gold Dazzling Metallics paint and a foam brush to make the transformation.

Step 2: To create the base of your elegant border, I cut a strip of brown cardstock to 1.75x12. Then I used a gold pen to mark the following measurements: 1.5", 3", 4.5", 6", 7.5", 9", 10.5".
This will be your guide for this entire process.

Step 3: I then cut 3 pieces of the satin grosgrain ribbon that were 4" long. Using my hot glue gun, I attached them as a loop to the border base at the 3, 6 and 9 inch marks.

Step 4: Cut yourself 4 pieces of the Metallic Chain Cord that are each about 4". Once again with your hot glue gun, you are going to attach this ribbon in a scallop fashion. Start at the very end of your border base, and scoop your ribbon to the 3" mark. The next piece will go from the 3" mark to the 6" mark, and so on.

Step 5: I cut my painted gold string beads to, again...about 4" long (19 beads to be exact). You will need 4, maybe 5 lengths of this. Don't get too far away from the hot glue gun, this time you are going to attach the beads starting at the 1.5" mark and scooping it over to the 4.5" mark. From the 4.5" mark to the 7.5" mark and so on.
Now, the slightly tricky part is the ends. If you scroll up and take a quick peek at the finished product again, you will see that to continue the pattern, I have a half scallop on each end. All you're going to do is attach one end to the 1.5" and scoop it down like the others, where it crosses the gold cord scallop, you are going to attach it with a tiny dab of hot glue.
Cut off any ribbon or cord that is now hanging over the ends of your border.

Step 6: The top piece of the border is pretty simple. I layered some patterned paper and some coordinating cardstock. Then I cut a piece of the gold velvet ribbon to about 14" long. I ran a narrow strip of double sided tape up the middle of my paper border and adhered the ribbon to it. Instead of cutting ribbon to exactly 12", I always cut it longer and wrap it around the back. It makes for a much cleaner look.

Step 7: Now you are going to be attaching your top border strip to your bottom border strip. Because your bottom strip is quite thick due to all of it's layers, I used 3D foam dots. Lots of them. The last thing you want now is your border to sag at any point. Then just simply place the top border on the bottom.

Taaaaa Daaaaa!!
You have created a stunning, elegant and SPARKLY ribbon border!

Here is a closer look at the finished product. I thought the Market Street collection from My Mind's Eye was the perfect match to my ribbon border.
I chose one of my favourite photos of my husband and I, from our engagement photo shoot. I thought the shine of our brass instruments worked perfectly with glitz of the layout.

If you look closely there is shimmer all over this layout. 

There it is, the finished ribbon border, looking beautiful on the layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my Round 2 project to hopefully be a part of the May Arts Ribbonistas!