Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Blog Has Moved!

Please visit my new blog  Click HERE to be redirected.

I am really excited about my new design and I think you'll like it too!
Good bye old blog…. and Hello new!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Easy Shaker Box Card Tutorial

Happy Valentine's Day!
What? Another Valentine project this week? Seems I'm on a roll. I wanted to share this simple shaker box card I designed using the Brother ScanNCut machine and BoBunny "Head Over Heels" collection.
Have you made a shaker box card before? I have a 'quick & dirty' technique. ha ha.  You  know me, always looking for shortcuts.

Here is the video that demonstrates  how I created the card.

You can also click HERE to watch this on YouTube and subscribe to my channel.

Are you celebrating Valentine's Day? I had a such a nice morning…. DramaQueen gave me my favourite chocolate(marshmallow) and my husband gave me a gorgeous charm.
Wishing you a day filled with love!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Jar of Hearts Photo Frame

It's almost the big day!  Yes, I love Valentine's Day.  I find I make lots of projects for this special occasion, and today I'm going to share a photo frame I altered.

I really like this pic of BabyOfTheFamily, taken last Fall. I actually designed this frame for display in the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L booth at CHA. 

All the heart embellishments are made with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L designer shapes called  3D Foam Hearts.  
I used BoBunny's paper collection "Head Over Heels"
Today my photo frame is being featured on the Crafty Power Blog, along with my tutorial on how I created that jar of hearts.  Click HERE to see tutorial. 

Here is another Valentine project I created that was also on display at CHA last month: a Valentine card.
That cute clear pocket of sequins and glitter is Keepsake Envelope, another product I love from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  The light pink/black stripes across the top and bottom are actually E-Z Squares tape runner that I heat embossed!  

Thanks for coming by! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A ScanNCut Valentine Card with Free SVG Download

I created this glittery Valentine card using hand drawn and cut elements designed with the new Brother ScanNCut machine.

 The scalloped mat in the background is also from the ScanNCut library of basic shapes.
I also drew the nesting heart, starting with one heart and then scanned and resized it on the ScanNCut to make 2 more smaller hearts.

All the paper is Core'dinations Colorcore card stock.  I used both the Glitter Couture Stack and Glitter Silks Stack in 6 x 6.
The glitter paper is perfect for Valentine cards!

Here is my hand drawn "Love Arrow" SVG file for you to download for free.  Just click on the word "Download".

A big thank you to my wonderful scrappy friend Sandra who came up with the idea of adding the arrow elements to my "Love" word art!

I also have a video with a tutorial on how to use the ScanNCut to design this card.

So, honestly, this is my first digital cutting file I've designed, so if it doesn't work for you, I apologize and promise to figure it out and fix it! 

I hope you enjoy this cutting file and please share where you got it if you do create with it!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Vintage Collector Valentine

I got very excited when I saw the new DCWV Vintage Collector stack!  It's right up my alley…the colour palette, the patterns…
Here are the DCWV products I used…
I have a short step-by-step photo tutorial on how I designed this card on the Canadian Scrapbook Magazine blog.  Click HERE to check it out!

Monday, February 3, 2014

New Brother ScanNCut Tutorial

I've been playing with the new Brother ScanNCut electronic cutting machine and designed this fun polaroid frame.
This is one of my goofy iPhone photos of BabyOfTheFamily and I taking a selfie while shopping. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! ha!
I chose a pretty pink card stock from the new "Pastels" Core'dinations Colorcore pad.  I'm desperate for some spring colours these days…aren't you?  

Here is a video I made that shows the full tutorial of how I designed this polaroid frame, all using cut files from the ScanNCut library.

If you would like to watch more of my YouTube videos, click HERE.  You can subscribe to my channel and find more crafty tutorials.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Head Over Heels with BoBunny

There are few Valentines collections that I design with, but when I saw the Bo Bunny "Head Over Heels" release, I wanted to have it!
This is one of my projects that was on display in the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L booth at the CHA tradeshow a few weeks ago.  
Today my layout is being featured on the Crafty Power blog, so click HERE to visit and see more close-ups.

This photo of my daughters is from 10 (gulp) years ago.  It is definitely one of my fave photos of them of all time.

Actually, I created a layout 10 years ago called "Sisters" with a timeline of photos. Here is the right page of the double layout (Don't laugh)

Their relationship has changed and evolved just like they have.  Sometimes they seem distant from one another.

And sometimes I can see how close they really are.
I've always wanted a sister, but I do have a pretty fantastic brother who means the world to me!

I've witnessed my mom's close relationship with her sister, and they don't live in the same city but talk on the phone every day.
They try hard to get together to celebrate birthdays and understand that their time together now is precious.

I hope my daughters will cherish each other like this in their twilight years.
For now, they cherish their iPhones and friends, but I'm confident that will change.

Monday, January 27, 2014

January Sketchy Challenge

Once again I'm squeaking in my January Sketchy challenge layout.  Hmmm.  Maybe I should make a resolution about getting that done on time!
Here is Sue Sykes' awesome sketch, which I rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise:

Winter layouts are almost becoming a thing of the past for me.  That's because my teenagers don't really go outside much in the winter anymore.  If they do, it's only to take a bunch of goofy selfies. ha ha! Luckily, BabyOfTheFamily agreed to some pics a couple months ago.  I LOVE winter photos!

For my frosty layouts, I often use Bo Bunny, and each winter I'm excited about seeing their new papers.  I just love the colours and patterns in the Woodland Winter collection:

I put baby powder on the backs of my snowflake stickers so the edges would lift off my background.

BoBunny's matching embellishments and stickers always make designing so easy.  I must admit, I'm kind of a matchy-matchy type of girl :)

The navy twine is May Arts.
Every season I say how much I don't like winter, but I love creating winter layouts! 

I hope you have a chance to design a layout for Canadian Scrapbooker's Sketchy Challenge!  In a few more days, the February sketch will be posted.  Click HERE to visit the Sketchy Gallery and be inspired!

Stay warm...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Year...

I always become reflective when a year ends and a new year begins.  I've come to a few realizations and thought I'd share them today.  In fact, I will be sharing more of myself on my blog than I usually do.  I love to write, so I plan on expressing a little more "me" in my words. Hopefully, we'll have a few laughs along the way!

So, this year...

I will make more time to play and experiment.
My first art journal page of the year.
I will relax and do something creative every day.
Graphic 45 Alpha stamp set; Golden acrylic paints; Faber-Castell Gelatos

I will step outside of my box and leave my comfort zone.
Stamps: Prima; LaBlanche
I will scrapbook the heritage and vintage photos that I hold so dear and share the stories.
Staz-On ink and Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
I will push the boundaries of my artistic abilities.
Prima stamps and Golden Molding Paste
I will work on my novel every day and finish it.  (fingers crossed. lol) This has been one of my resolutions/goals every year for the past 10 years.
I will nurture my friendships.
and be open to new ones.

I will slow down and breathe.
Hermosa Beach, L.A. California January 2014
I will let my kids see that I can have fun too….and really really try to worry less about them.

I will strive for excellence and joy in my scrapbooking pursuits.
Hermosa Beach L.A., California (Jan 2014)
LOVE being a part of the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine team! (Anaheim)
LOVE designing for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L!
I will have more date nights with my guy.
Oops. Wrong guy.
I will feel less guilty…about everything.  (What can I say? I was raised Catholic! LOL)
Now I'm looking forward to the great adventure called 2014! I hope you are too :)