Thursday, 28 March 2013

Lucky in Love: Bo Bunny Layout Challenge

The Bo Bunny Challenge this month was to scrap something lucky. For me it was a no brainer I'm so lucky to have the husband I do and after coming so close to losing him in 2011 I am more grateful than ever so here he is my guy. . .
This is my husband John. We've been together for fifteen years, married for two of them. He is a motorcycle afiacondo and loves his bikes! Yes he has three of them. This one is his Victory the other two are Harleys. He is an avid outdoors man and loves to ride in the summer and  jetski and in the winter he is out burning up the trails with his snowmobile. Right now he is going stir crazy as the season changes waiting for the roads to dry up enough to get his bikes out. This year we are "thinking" about doing the Sturgis Run!
I used a combo of Weekend Market and Etc papers. The alphas are from Prima's Mistable Alphabets Stickers.
I loved seeing the zippers on many scrappers pages and tried it for myself. The zipper is from my old jeans and the key is from Maya Arts. Paper clips are from Tim Holtz. I misted some lace in Tattered Angels chalkboard mist in Alaskan Salmon and inked along the outside edges with orange colorbox ink. The Octagon Mask is also from Prima.
I used the transparency cover from Bo Bunny's Ect. tags book and put it underneath my heart. The heart itself is from Basically Bare Essentials. Again sprayed with the same mist as the lace Alaskan Salmon and then covered with Gloss for the shine. The tiny heart with the keyhole (symbolic of the key hanging from the zipper, key to my heart) is from my stash and the metal angels wings I can't place but I love them!
The roses are from Prima, the wodden heart is from Prima's Romance Novel line wooden buttons amd the cog on top is Tim Holtz.
The flowers are from Petaloo I picked them up at the Art House in Cambridge. The cogs are from Dusty Attic. painted with two different colors. The metallic paint is meant to make them look aged and used. The small roses are from Prima and the metal embellie saying Destiny is from my stash. The white filament around all of it is Bernat Knit from Michaels. I got this idea from Gabrielle Pollaco. Underneath it all I used a Prima mask went over it with Chestnut Roan ink and then outlined it with black marker. All the stitching was done by hand!
We are coming up on the Easter weekend and I would like to wish each and  everyone of you a very Happy Easter! May the Easter Bunny be good to you! :) Be well and see you soon! TFL!

Sweet Dreams Scrap That Design Team Winner

One of the design team challenges this month at Scrap That was to re-do one of your first layouts. I loved the idea so I asked my daughter to send me a layout from the first album I ever gave her. This was the layout (sorry it was a pic of a pic)
At the time I was so proud of myself for designing a window to peek in and see the baby sleeping. My title was hand cut letters. Oh boy lol! So I re-did the layout and this is what it looks like now
The only choice for me was Graphic 45 Little Darlings paper.
A mix of Petaloo and Prima flowers and a little embellishment from Junkyard Findings.
I've become addicted to paper folding and tucking something little behind. I used Prima's Divine Washi Tape as well as a Trinket from Bo Bunny's Little Miss Line
I am happy to say that I won the Desgin Team Challenge with this layout! Well I'm off to shoot another layout see you soon! TFL!

Friday, 22 March 2013

MWAH-My Creative Scrapbook LE

During my last trip to Cambridge I went shopping at the mall with my daughter and my two grandaughters. Grandma never leaves home without her camera! I had just bought the girls Lilly & Emily) new hats for fun.They didn't need them but I couldn't help myself they were adorable! My daughter flat out told me I embarrass her because I look like a tourist with my camera always in tow so she disappeared to the back of the store while the girls and I had some fun. All I said was work it baby and they both struck a pose! I love shopping with these two other than the fact that I am usually broke by the time we get home :)
The flowers are a mix of Prima and Petaloo and of course the lighbulb is fromPrima's Junkyard Findings line. The papers came from the Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook and are Kaisercrafts Secret Admirer Collection.
I used the new Dusty Attic piece Vine Corner (DA0753) for this layout. I had some troublewith getting it right! First I painted it white for a base. Then I mixed metallic green with white but it came out too light. I painted it anyway then went over the top with the metallic green again. I used my Retro punch and punched out a bunch of small flowers inked them, sprayed them with water, scrunched them up then opened them a little. I place them throughout the piece to add more color. The little owl is also one of Prima's new embellishments.
A close-up of the DA vine along the side of the page. I actually painted the leaves of the vine pink and then went over them with stickles to make them stand out more. This is the boldest page I have ever done. I didn't want to be intimidated by the colors because I loved the pictures so much and when my kits came in it was a perfect match!
The title says it all. It's what we do when we pose or blow kisses! I used Dusty Attic's Bookman letters for the title. Again pink paint and stickles.
Since they were little every chance I have especially given the fact that I don't live anywhere near a mall, I take the girls shopping.The rubon worked perfectly with the subject matter.
The last close-up of the litte piece of vine I attached to the page with the cute Prima bird. I painted everything with metallic paint to help make things stand out more and give the page unity. Well that's it for this post I am eager to start my next page and looking forward to the weekend. Have a great one and Be Well! TFL! :)

Monday, 18 March 2013

True Love-Scrap That Sketch Challenge

This is the March sketch at Scrap That designed by the talented Amarilys Doria.
This is my interpretation.
These are my Godparents after their wedding at city hall in Germany. Often in those days there was the city hall wedding and then a church wedding and some people preferred just city hall. My Godparents choose this route. My  Godparents are Protestant which caused somewhat of a problem for my Baptism as we are Catholic. My mother stood her ground stating it wasn't the specific faith that mattered but that should something happen to my parents that I would be raised with love and a sense of faith. My mother won the battle! I used the February kit for this layout.
I cut out my own doily out of the black paper in the kit because the white one just didn't work for me.

A close-up of the flowers and bling. I threaded a tiny piece of ribbon through the heart that came with the kit and tucked it underneath my fold as I had tore the paper when folding it and needed to conceal my mistake :( !
A mixture of Prima flowers cover the base of my Dusty Attic flower. I've had this piece since my very first order of DA and finally found an opportunity to use it. I  can't remember the name of it sorry.

Just a final close-up of just the flowers. I really enjoyed doing this layout. My Godparents were amazing people who overcame so much. They travelled to Canada with my father (mom came later by air) and were best friends for life. My Godfather was a baker who had a small bakery on Yonge St. in Toronto called Ingemar's Bakery. I loved visiting the bakery and munching away at all the treats my favourite being his sugar cookies. I know they loved me to pieces. When I was thirteen I was hospitalized for three and a half months. My Godfather sent me a card every single day I was there never missing one except on Weekends when there was no mail. He visited me often and always with a big box of sugar cookies. Sadly they have both passed away. I lost my Godmother to Ovarian Cancer and my Godfather to M.S. I miss them so very much. You both are forever in my heart I love you!
Hope you enjoyed the post and see you soon! Be well and TFL!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Turning 6- My Creative Sketches

This is the sketch over at My Creative Sketches this month and here is my interpretation of it

This is my grandaughter Lilly at her sixth Birthday party. Quite the Belle of the ball :)! She wanted a Barbie Monster High themed party hence the black balloons. When I saw these pics I knew right off which paper I would use Life's Portrait from Websters. It's one of the older lines but I so love the colors of it. I had a hard time working with it at the time but when I got these pics it just started to flow.
This quote from Kaisercraft was so appropriate I couldn't help myself. A little girl should be TWO things classy and fabulous! She is quite the fashionista for a six year old, of course her aunties and grandma had a hand in this! Being fabulous is a given she is an amazing, talented and smart girl.
I liked that I still had the life's portrait saying left in the papers I had not yet used. It fit perfectly, the pictures are a snapshot of life in action. I used the new Dusty Attic Floral Corners for this layout and got the idea of filling in the petals with stickles from Gabrielle Pollaco. I cut the chipboard into sections and then painted them all white. I then used my Tim Holtz distress pads and matching markers to lightly highlight the leaves and stems.
I wanted to have balloons on the layout because they play such a big role in the pictures, they somewhat frame Lilly, so I cut some out with my cameo. I  went over them with a liquid shimmer then used a flower as an anchor. I stamped two sides of the page to help hide the fact that I inked over the flower pattern along the left side of the page.
For two of the blooms I used a teal color stickles and for the other two I used a honey colored stickles and a yellow. I also used up some of the whimsys I had left in my stash. Here you can see the cute little heart. Websters sure does know how to create embellishments that compliment their paper!
Another close-up of the Dusty Attic as well as some flowers from Petaloo, a bird and heart whimsy from Websters and a button from the Tim Holtz collection. The Alphas are from the Websters kit.
The last close-up showing the other side of the page with another balloon bouquet to balance the page. I really enjoyed doing this page and it actually came together quite fast as compared to my usual tormenting days! Well I hope you enjoyed and I am off to start my next project and move more stuff out of my room to try and get this reno started! My husband tries to tell me I can't scrap while the reno is underway and I tell him he's lost his mind. We better find a compromise! Thanks for coming by and looking, be well!

You & Me ScrapThat Designer Challenge-Quotes

This is my oldest grandaughter Lilly and I at her 6th Birthday Party. I have always said that the day she was born this little angel brought me out of a cloud of darkness that I had gotten lost in.  This is why I chose the quote from Dostoevsky "The soul is healed by being with children". Since then we have become dopplegangers doing and loving all the same things. We garden together, we scrap together, we hangout and I love every precious moment I have with her! I used My Creative Scrapbook main Kit for February for this layout.
I wanted to do something different so I used alot of Dusty Attic on this one. The tall birds are Birds in a field-DA0749, I also used Grass Border DA0659 and Branches and Berries DA0729. I painted all the Dusty with a light white paint first dried with my heat gun then inked them with my Tim Holtz's markers. I find that it's easier to get in between the tight spots with a paint brush so I used the markers ( I spray water on my craft sheet and then use my marker and doodle a patch of color onto the sheet as well. Then I use my water brush to apply the ink! This allows me to lighten or darken the color). The pieces are also a little fragile so the markers made sense overall. I didn't want the page too overloaded with pinks so I made the birds a blueish-grey.  

Just a few close-ups!
Of course the quote! I believe this wholeheartedly I always feel so much better after spending time with my grandchildren. Tired and wiped out yes but oh so happy! Well have another layout that needs to be done so I am off have a great day and don't look outside! Think happy thoughts! Spring is on the way! TFL! Be well.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Eye Candy-My Creative Scrapbook

On a recent trip home to Cambridge I decided to check out a few of my old haunts downtown one of them being Reids Candy Store. This store has been part of my life since I was little and won their Easter coloring contest at the age of six. (Yes I still have the stuffed bunny!) I wanted to keep an album for myself to remember these things as I rarely go back to Cambridge since my mom passed away. One of the things I love about Reids is that they have the most gorgeous displays set up in their store. I happened to drop by during Valentine's week! This is just one of their gorgeous displays.
I enjoyed using my new Prima Mask (hollyhocks I believe) that I bought at the Art House in Cambridge while I was down there hunting out KarenEllis! Lucky for me the Art House sits right beside Reids Candy store! Can you say heaven? :) All day scrapping with bon bons beside you on the table! Unfortunately for me Karen was out of town but I'll be back! I used a light molding paste and then lightly inked them to imitate the design around the owl centre piece.
I used my Bo Bunny stamp and made a couple of owls to peek out around the picture as the base for the candy design pack was a ceramic owl. I also handstitched around the page just to add a little more color.

A closeup of the flowers I made using paper from the kit. This was the LE kit from Febraury. I loved the chipboard elements that came with this kit!
Another cose up with more chipboard and flowers from Prima and Green Tara.
I cut the bow with my cameo using paper from the kit and the letters are Thickers. I punked the little heart from the main Kit :)

Again I used the chipboard to make a litttle banner for the top right corner.
There will be more posts on Reids as I took quite a few shots of their displays. My daughters refuse to go out with me because I am always carrying my camera with me and taking shots of things I like. Apparently I look like a tourist and it's embarrassing! LOL That's okay when they stay home I save money! Well so far it's been a great day and I'm off to finish a layout for MCS Creative Sketches Challenge! Have a great day hope this week is good to you! TFL! :)