Christmas In May?!

I hate to do this after the winter we’ve had, but I really want to share another layout I created a long time ago based on another Stuck?! Sketch. Sometimes I’m really good at creating a layout but less good about photographing, editing, posting and blogging. That’s totally the case here!

So using this Stuck?! Sketch as my jumping off point:

I created this layout:

Be Merry
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper – American Crafts; Cardstock – American Crafts; Rub-Ons – American Crafts; Buttons – American Crafts; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Marker – Stampin’ UP!; Washi – My Mind’s Eye; Ribbon – Target; Mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Die cuts and machine – Silhouette Cameo; Border Punch – Stampin’ UP!; Die Cut Cardstock – Bazzill Basics

I totally dug into my stash I’d been hoarding to create this page. I loved this Merry-Mint line and I was again waiting for the “perfect” pictures because I didn’t want to “ruin” the paper. Well, I used pictures from a super fun crafty day with two of the most amazing ladies, so I’d say they are the perfect pictures. We used to spend many an afternoon crafting together, laughing together, crying together, laughing until we cry together, bitching together, wrecking things together (oh I guess that was just me and the heat gun)… I miss those days terribly. We’ve all geographically moved in many different directions, and let’s face it, nothing will ever be quite the same as “The Manor”.

National Scrapbook Day!

Today is National Scrapbook Day and I’m spending the cropping with the ScrapMuch? crew! I’m going to keep the celebrations of National Scrapbook Day on all week on my blog sharing some layouts and maybe a few other little treats and goodies too.

We all know I love to use sketches as a leaping off point for my layouts and Laura Whitaker runs another sketch site called Stuck?! Sketches.

So, using this layout from Stuck?! Sketches as a leaping point:

I created this layout:

Love This Moment
Supplies used: Patterned Paper – October Afternoon; Chipboard elements – October Afternoon; Cardstock – Bazzill Basics; Ink – Tim Holtz Distress; Die cuts and machine – Silhouette Cameo; Mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Sequins – Teresa Collins

The photo is from the first time my toes ever touched the ocean. What an amazing moment. I remember getting in very late the night before and listening to the waves crash in but wanting to wait until daylight to get my first live glimpses of the ocean. The day was overcast as it was rainy season but it was such an amazing moment. Completely unforgettable. So thankful I got to scrap this important first in my life.

I hope you get the chance to be crafty today!

Botanique – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! Happy May!!

Since it’s been announced on the ScrapMuch? blog I can officially say here that I will be continuing on for another term with the ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Design Team. (They like me, they really like me!). All kidding aside I am both flattered and proud. I can’t believe I’ve been creating with them for a full year. I remember how giddy excited I was when I got the email last year like it was yesterday. I may have squeed and danced around a bit!! Shh! Don’t tell anyone!

On a sad note, we bid farewell to Ashley, Karen and Jessica. I will miss their inspiring creations, but will still keep following them in my feedly to see what they’re up to!

With departures and new terms, that means arrivals, and we welcome Kimberly, Kristin, Lyne, and Sharlene. They will be debuting either today, or next week depending on the team. Make sure you hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and give a warm welcome and be inspired!

And now it’s time to share my layout for this week with you! I’m still on Team A, and it’s the first Friday in the month, so it’s double page time! I opted to go technique heavy and get messy for this layout! The photos are from a visit to a local greenhouse last summer, but I thought they were perfect to use on a layout to welcome spring! Here’s what I created:
Supplies used: Patterned Paper – Teresa Collins; Cardstock – American Crafts; Wood Veneer – Teresa Collins; Flair – Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Sequins – Teresa Collins and Fancy Pants; Mist – Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; White Embossing Powder – Close To My Heart; Embossing Ink – Versamark; Stamps – Stampin’ UP!; Stamping Ink – Stampin’ UP!; Epoxy Flowers – Fancy Pants; Tab – Jillibean Soup; Paint – Tim Holtz Distress; Ribbon – Tim Holtz; Border Punch – Stampin’ UP!; Tag – Tim Holtz; Button – Stash

Time for some detail shots:
You can see some of the white embossing powder and the effect of the mist over the stamp in the corner of this shot, as well as the gorgeous woodgrain texture in the cardstock – totally perfect for this organic layout.

Some corner stamping, the painted tag, the two tones of mist, a painted woodgrain flower, the fussy cut flowers and the dreamy “tie dye” ribbon.

More of that stamped and white embossed image that was misted over, more stamping, more fussy cut flowers, the tag and the flair. Multiple collections that just seem to work together.

One last shot of the lower left corner with the versamark and white embossed image, misting, layers, that ribbon, “multi-generation” stamping.

Here is the sketch we had to work with:

So I took some liberties with the sketch, and I love how it turned out. I don’t normally get messy with layouts at a crop but I went for it and it worked out (imo!). I skipped on giving this an official title and I’m ok with that too.

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created and be inspired! Then create your own layout and link up with us for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

Tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day! Yay! I’ll be at a crop hosted by ScrapMuch? In honour of National Scrapbook Day I have a few fun blog things planned for this week so stay tuned!

Lucky Cat – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Ok, I know I’ve said this before but seriously.. where on earth have these last 2 weeks gone?!? I’ve been uber busy family time, a super fun weekend watching some amazing skating and that little thing called work. Time flies when you’re having fun indeed! Anyways, it’s another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday and Team A is up with their reveals this week!

Today I’m sharing another layout with pictures from my last Vegas trip. I’m not sure how I feel about this layout because it’s a lot busier than I normally create. I actually have added a few extra sequins since I uploaded this layout to ScrapMuch? to give it a bit more of a traditional “me” feel and I’m still not sure; but to me it helped.

Lucky Cat
Supplies used: Cardstock – Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper – Graphic45; Die Cut Machine – Tim Holtz Vagabond; Rosette Die – Tim Holtz Alterations; Flowers – Bella Blvd; Brad – Pink Paislee; Twine – Close to my Heart; Charms – Tim Holtz Fragments; Feather – Bella Blvd; Letters & Flourish – Tim Holtz Grungeboard; Mist – Heidi Swapp Color Shine; Tab Punch – Teresa Collins for Fiskars; Sewing Machine – Janome

And here are some detail shots (yes, really!). I made 2 of my own embellishments using an old technique with Tim Holtz Fragments, Glossy Accents and good quality patterned paper. You can see the first Fragment embellishment in the cluster in the first detail shot. The other is at the top left of the page in the other embellishment cluster.
LC Detail1

LC Detail2

LC Detail4

The Lucky Cat is a new art installation at the Cosmopolitan and I wanted to make sure I got a visit and a picture in before I left. Thankfully I had just enough time before seeing Jeff Dunham on my last night. The way it works with Lucky Cat is you press her raised paw and she will give you either a fortune, some free plays at the casino, or reportedly even a free stay at the Cosmopolitan. I got a very cute fortune wishing me a good night that night, and a good life. I’ll take it. And I had a great night that night.

Here is our inspiration sketch. As you can see I took a little bit of liberty with it to make it work with the pictures.

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A has created. Incidentally this is the last reveal for the current Team A as it exists. The Design Team call is over and the announcement will be made very soon. One thing is for sure, there will be some new faces on both teams! So make sure you visit and leave them some blog love! And as always, make sure you create your own layouts to share with us in the link-up for a chance to win a ScrapMuch? prize! Have a wonderful weekend! I know I’ll be scrapbooking!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until April 29th, at midnight to participate in any of this month’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!  You may take some artistic license with your adaptation of the sketches, however if you choose to use a double page sketch for a single page layout you may only enter once per sketch, not once per side.

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

The Spa At Mandarin Oriental – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello everyone and happy April! It’s finally officially spring, we are finally starting to see the weather turn for the better, and it’s Easter weekend. It also means that it’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Team A Reveal! It’s a short and sweet post for me this week. Since my last reveal I’ve been fighting a horrendous cold (among other things) and it’s still lingering. Thankfully I’m at least on the mend and the worst is hopefully behind me.

I also mentioned in my last reveal that I was traveling, and I’m happy I managed to scrapbook some photos from that trip for this layout thanks to my amazing Canon Selphy. I love love love being able to print awesome pictures at home. I took an impromptu 3 day 2 night trip to Las Vegas to get a little bit of sun and warm and escape the cold and snow. I also took some time to spoil myself at the amazing spa at the Mandarin Oriental hotel after the extremely difficult losses of Socks and Matisse. A dear friend who has been through some difficult pet loss of her own suggested I needed something to look forward to for me, and this was absolutely perfect.

Here is my layout for this week:
The Spa At MO
Supplies used: Cardstock-American Crafts; Patterned Paper and Embellishments-Graphic45 Birdsong; Clip-Freckled Fawn; Twine-Bazzill Basics; Title Stickers-Basic Grey; Mist-Heidi Swapp Color Shine

Every visit to the Mandarin Oriental spa starts with the shoe exchange ceremony where they take your shoes and bring you spa sandals, symbolizing leaving your past and cares behind. The exchange is also accompanied by some amazing mint tea and a refreshing cool facecloth. The decor in the spa is as expected, understated and elegant.

Each time I’ve gone to the spa I’ve booked a treatment at the Chinese Foot Spa. Whenever I go to a new spa I like to try their specialty, or something that is unique to them that I can’t get anywhere else. From their spa brochure: “It is the highest honor in many Eastern cultures to wash the feet of their guests. Inspired by the foot spas of the Far East, guests will receive an authentic foot treatment including a steeping hot foot bath infused with invigorating or relaxing herbal blends. After the ceremonial foot bath, guests are escorted to private reclining lounge chairs with majestic views of Las Vegas Boulevard. Detailed massage movements which focus on reflex points in the feet and lower legs provide a great way to recover from long walks on The Strip.” Speaking of long walks on the strip, my Jawbone UP24 I was averaging 8 miles a day during that whirlwind trip. So my psyche and feet earned that relaxation!! I think the look on my face in the selfie pretty much says it all. Just an amazing spa. A total treat. I’ve been lucky to visit many incredible spas in my life, and Mandarin Oriental is the best of them all.

On a scrappy note, I’m happy I got to use up more of my Graphic45 Birdsong paper pack. It seems to be lasting forever and I got to a point where I was bored of looking at it. 2 years later it was fun to work with again and I don’t have much left now. I also admit I “borrowed” a picture from their website to make the sketch work – but it was also a perfect reminder of the foot treatment. I’m also guilty of not using my letter stickers enough, so it felt great to use a bunch of them long lingering in my stash.

Here is our inspiration sketch for this week, and you’ll see I stuck pretty true to the sketch:

So now it’s your turn! Head on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A created for this week. Then, create your own layout and link up for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! I’ve absolutely loved the amazing submissions we’ve been getting!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everybody!

ScrapMuch? DT Call!

I’m a bit delayed in posting this – but if you’ve been to the ScrapMuch? blog you probably already know… We’re having a DT Call! If you love working with sketches and want to share your work to inspire others there’s still time to apply!

We are looking for an undetermined number of designers whom will be a blend of some of our current teammates as well as new design team members, to create layouts based on our Sketch-y Friday challenges.

Each of our new design team members will be added to one of our 2 teams, with each team responsible for creating samples for 2 of our sketch challenges per month!

If you are a loyal and committed scrapper that loves using sketches as a jumping off point for your layouts, read on…..

Design Team Requirements:
  • create 2 layouts per month, using the sketches provided
  • post our badge on your blog (yes you must be a blogger)
  • become a member of our private Facebook group (this is how we communicate as a team)
  • submit your layouts to us on or before the designated due dates
  • post the ScrapMuch? sketch and your layout, along with a link to the ScrapMuch? blog on your blog  on the day of our reveal (Fridays)
  • share your blog posts on your Facebook page
  • comment on entries, as assigned (this is a must)
  • you do not need to be exclusive to ScrapMuch?, you can belong to one other sketch DT or unlimited other challenge DT’s, however you may not belong to any other scrapbook store DT’s (this includes GDT spots.)
  • you must be loyal and committed to promoting ScrapMuch?

This call is open to scrappers in Canada and the U.S., you do not need to have Design Team experience to apply, all applications will be considered.  The term will run for 6 months, from May 1st, 2015 until October 31, 2015.  Compensation provided in the form of a store discount.

To apply, create a layout using one of our March 2015 sketches.  Send a high quality photo of your layout along with the following information to Laura via email at, before our March 29th, 2015 deadline.  Please put ScrapMuch? DT Call in the subject line.

Also include:

  • 2 of your favourite layouts, we would love to see what you think best represents your style!!  If you love 2 page layouts be sure to share one of those as well, as you know we offer a two page sketch each month
  • past or present DT experience (though none is necessary)
  • a link to your blog
  • your full name and address

Selected entrants will be notified via email, by April 7th and the new team will be announced on our blog on April 27th.  New team members will be expected to participate in the May 1st or 8th reveal according to the team you are slotted into.

Be sure  to link it up your application layout for your chance at our March prize, using our Inlinkz tool on the left hand side bar.

Purrfect – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello friends! It’s Lucky Friday the 13th and it’s time for another ScrapMuch? Team A Sketch-y Friday reveal!

My last few weeks have been super busy and super challenging and I’m actually blogging on the fly from the airport right now.  This layout is bittersweet for me because I was working on it one of my last nights with my sweet Socksie in my scraproom.  Maybe it’s a bit fitting, I’m not sure yet. When I got Socksie and Matisse the digital era wasn’t really upon us, and now I have the luxury of being able to digitally document Bella and Tiffany as they grow in the family.

By luck? kismet? serendipity? I welcomed Bella and Tiffany into my home on the same day, and snapped our first selfies as their furmomma (first of many I’m sure!). So without further adieu, I present Purrfect. And at the same time, introducing my dear sweet Bella and Tiffany! Bella is the black kitty from the local SPCA (yes, I am a proud rescue furmomma again), and Tiffany is the blue point Siamese kitten from a local home breeder. They have stolen our hearts and have brought us so much much-needed joy during some times of deep sadness. Bella had her name from the SPCA and was 8 months old at the time of adoption, and Tiffany was but 7 weeks old and named for my favourite jewelry store, and a wonderful movie too.

Supplies used: Cardstock-Bazzill Basics, Stampin’ UP!; Patterned paper-Bo Bunny; Ribbon-Pink Paislee; Die cuts-Simple Stories; Stamp-Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Ink-Stampin’ UP!; Wood letters-Pink Paislee; Pen-American Crafts.

Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog for some Team A inspiration. Craft your own layout and share it with us and you have a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? Prize!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until March 29th, at midnight to participate in any of  this month’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

*note – If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.