Kitty Kisses – Canadian Scrapbooker October Sketch

I’ve been spending more time in my happy place creating and I’ve been loving every second! I’ve had the Canadian Scrapbooker October Sketch Challenge sketch up in my tabs for a while because I thought it would be fun to play along with. It turned out to be a bigger challenge than I anticipated, but I’m still happy with the end result. It goes without saying I loved the process of playing with paper.

So here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

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Supplies used: Cardstock-Die Cuts With a View; Patterned Paper-Graphic 45; Button-American Crafts; Thickers-American Crafts; Sequins-Teresa Collins, Fancy Pants; Oval Sticker-7Gypsies; Thread-Bazzill Basics; Tab-Teresa Collins for Fiskars punch; Enamel dots-Simple Stories.

I feel like this is a lot more clean and simple than I’ve been scrapping lately, but I’m totally ok with that. I also took a little bit of license on the sketch, and I’m also totally ok with that too. I think it’s part because the Graphic 45 papers are so visual I don’t want to clutter it up too much. I also used a technique Laura Whitaker shared on her blog for embellishing buttons. It’s funny because I’ve often put a large bling in the middle of a button, but never thought to use some of the patterned paper from the collection. I also hand stitched which is a total rarity for me these days, despite loving the look on other layouts.

For the record, yes, that really is me in a cat onesie. Yes my sweet Socks is giving me kisses on my chin. She is a very affectionate cat with me in all ways, including scratchy kitty kisses!

Thanks for popping by! And stay tuned, Team A is up again this week on the ScrapMuch? blog with another Sketch-y Friday reveal, and it’s awesome!

Play – Stuck?! Sketches October 15 Sketch

When I saw the hexagons in the Stuck?! Sketches sketch I knew I had to play along. I’d been hoarding some Pink Paislee Nantucket paper and embellishments from a Pink Paislee warehouse box I bought a few years back. I was beginning to fear that I may never find the “perfect” use for the papers and embellies. Thankfully I was wrong!

So here is the inspiration sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Play
Supplies used: Patterned Paper – Pink Paislee; Cardstock – American Crafts; Ink – Tim Holtz Distress for Ranger; Chipboard, tassel, rhinestones – Pink Paislee; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Wordfetti sticker – Bazzill Basics.

I did have a mini concern because I didn’t have the picture used printed anywhere. Have no fear, my amazing new Canon Selphy CP910 to the rescue! I am seriously in love with this printer!!! I’ve been using it a ton to print on the fly so I can finish off some of my projects, or have the perfect picture for my layout, right when I want it! I also went out on a limb a bit and actually typed my journaling. I’m definitely more of a handwritten journaling kind of girl, mostly because of convenience. Otherwise I stuck pretty true to the sketch. Sometimes that just works for me.

Here are some detail shots:

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play detail 1

Thanks for popping by!

Fall Fun – ScrapMuch? October Colour Challenge

I’ve found myself with some extra scrappy time this month. I also had a bunch of awesome leftovers from one of my Inspiration Unlimited project kits that I couldn’t wait to play with. Amazingly enough the papers in the pack fit the ScrapMuch? colour challenge perfectly. Even after creating the Inspiration Unlimited project and this layout I still have a ton of leftover product. I know I know, so much build-up right? The papers are all Fancy Pants Designs True Friend collection. When I get my Inspiration Unlimited post done, (I’m waiting to finish a few of the projects before I blog it) I’ll share the super cute project we made with this kit. Mr & Mrs Fancy Pants (aka Jodi and Jared) were super sweet too! Really great company, really great products!

So here are the colours for this month’s challenge:

And here is what I created:

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Supplies used: Cardstock – Stampin’ UP!, Bazzill Basics; Die cut machine and shape – Silhouette Cameo; Punches – EK Success, Marvy Uchida, Carl; Sequins – Fancy Pants Designs, Teresa Collins Designs, Lawn Fawn; Chipboard Embellishments – Fancy Pants Designs; Letter Stickers – Fancy Pants Designs; Stickles – Ranger; Jute – Stash; Card, Stickers, Tag – Fancy Pants Designs.

This paper line is so much fun! My Cameo decided to have a bit of a fit when it was cutting the bubble placemat, hence the less than clean cut. I think/hope I got it fixed but I was having a mini panic attack wondering what I was going to do if my Silhouette was broken!

Here are some detail shots:

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fun detail 1

As for rules about the colour challenge:
To play along, all you have to do is create a new paper crafted project, of any type, that uses at least 4 of the colours from the colour board and post it on your blog or any other online forum (ie. your Flickr Account) that you can link us up to, by our deadline. Then link it using the Inlinkz tool in our sidebar.

One lucky participant, drawn randomly, will be winning a prize!! It doesn’t get much better than that! Everyone is welcome to play, though there may be some shipping charges to our international winners.

The deadline for linking to this challenge is October 29th 2014 at midnight.

So if you want to play along and possibly win a prize, you still have time! I hope this fun whimsy layout inspired you to create one of your own!

Thanks for popping by!

 

My Girl – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello everyone! I can’t believe 2 weeks have passed since my last ScrapMuch? reveal, but here we are again. Team A is back this week with yet another fabulous reveal (if I do say so myself!)!

Here is the sketch we had to work with:

And here is my take on the sketch:
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Supplies used: Patterned paper – Graphic 45; Distress Ink – Tim Holtz; Wood hearts – Studio Calico; Washi – stash; Wordfetti – 7Gypsies, Banner sticker – Pink Paislee; Flair – American Crafts; Metal charm – Making Memories; Thickers – American Crafts Amy Tangerine; Die cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Photo printing – Canon Selphy CP910

I played with some of the brand stinkin’ new Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs that I got from the amazing ScrapMuch?! I’ve had a long running love affair with Graphic 45 and I am absolutely thrilled they came out with a pet themed line. This line did not disappoint at all! It’s classic Graphic 45, not excessively cutesy, and has a ton of generic papers too!

My sweet kitty, Socks, is the focus of this layout. I’m trying to scrapbook her more because I know it will be really difficult when she is gone. What can I say, she’s an awesome cat, and I’m very biased.

How about some detail shots since I took them this week?

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So now it is your turn! I’d love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team created (Hint: I’m the only one who didn’t scrap a Hallowe’en themed layout because I don’t have kids and it’s been eons since I’ve gone to a Hallowe’en party)! We would love for you to join us in any one of our weekly sketch challenges or our monthly colour challenge!  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 October 29th, at midnight to participate in any of October’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Days Like These – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello bloggers, scrappers, friends, family, lurkers…

With a tail between my legs, I’ve been a horrendous blog buddy these last 2 weeks. I promise it will get better very very soon.

I’m blogging semi-live right now from my Las Vegas hotel room on my last night in town because I forgot to queue up a ScrapMuch? reveal before I left. This last week has been such a whirlwind of activity and emotion that the reveal totally slipped my mind. So I hope you can understand and forgive the lack of detail shots to go with my layout. Last week was the final Inspiration Unlimited event (I’m getting pretty good at closing out scrapbook events!). Teresa Collins will continue to have a Vegas event next fall, that I’m already registered for, but it will be without her former Inspiration Unlimited partner in crime, Ginger. I digress… I’ve been fortunate enough to attend this event for the last 3 years and have made some amazing friends along the way. That’s one of the things I absolutely love about this hobby; the amazing friends I’ve met along the way who share my love of paper and photos.

I felt pretty on the ball having this layout done before I left – I totally should have blogged it too! But here I am… Enough build up – here is the first of the month tradition 2 page sketch we had to play with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:
ScrapMuch October 3

 

The photos are from one incredible week on Isla Mujeres Mexico. The days were beautiful, sunny, and relaxing. The evenings always started out like that. Sweet.

Now it’s your turn! I would love for you to pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see the amazing layouts the rest of Team A created for this week! And of course, play along with this sketch and link it up for your chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a wonderful weekend! I’m so looking forward to sharing stories and creations from this last week! But first some beauty rest….

 

Sprinkles – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal!

Hello!! It’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal from Team A!

This post is going to be a bit short and sweet as I’m fighting a cold, and about to down some NyQuil and NeoCitran and try to kick this bug to the curb. I have no time for this sickness and I need it to be gone pronto!

I digress..

Here is the super fun sketch we had to play with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Scrap Much Sept 19

Supplies Used: Cardstock-Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper-Echo Park; Washi tape-Bella Blvd, Carta Bella; Ribbon-American Crafts; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Heart brads-Bazzill Basics; Wordfetti stickers-Girls Paperie; Diecut Machine-Silhouette Cameo; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Sewing machine-Janome; Tab-Pink Paislee; Cupcake Brad-Creative Imaginations; Journaling pen-American Crafts

I returned to my one of my favourite palettes of pink and brown! Those used to be my go-to colours for scrapbooking a few years back, so it was fun to return to that. I also had a happy accident with the pink cardstock that it got bleached on my shelf and created the fun ombre look (note to self: scrapbook room should probably have curtains or blinds).

Yes, that really is a layout tribute to the best cupcakes ever!! When I used to go to Heidi Swapp’s Creative Escape event in Arizona, Sprinkles in Scottsdale was a must stop, and usually with some to bring home too! Thankfully TSA didn’t confiscate any of them on me on the way home! For the record, that is a red velvet with a cactus topper instead of the signature button, I had to do it! I can’t wait to get to Vegas and visit the new Sprinkles location there, and maybe even give the Cupcake ATM a try! :)

Important housekeeping notes!!! There is still time to get your submissions in for the ScrapMuch? design team call! If you don’t want to apply for the design team, but still feel inspired by this months sketches and team creations please play along and share your work for a chance to win an awesome possum 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 September 29th, at midnight to participate in any of September’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Have a fantastically creative weekend everybody!

Yum!

I found myself with some free time(!!!) last week to create after I finished up some DT layouts for ScrapMuch? and I was still feeling inspired to create some more. I was loving the sketch that Laura had posted to Stuck?! Sketches because it was out of my comfort zone. I’m also trying to scrap some of my older photos before I print and move on to the new, but sometimes that’s a challenge after looking at them so much! I also felt the same way about a few of my papers in my stash that I’d been hoarding and now starting to grow bored of.

So here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Yum Stuck

 

The paper company, Luxe is no longer in business but they did some really swanky & edgy designs. I even loved that this line was called Cocktail Dress. It was perfect for this layout of a monster sized mango margarita! What I also totally love is the whimsy olive pattern on one of the papers, and the hexagon pattern that was so in not so long ago!  The blurring of the outline was a happy accident as I used my Sharpie paint pen and moved the ruler before the paint was dry – and seemingly works with the unfortunately blurry photo of me with that margarita (that’s what happens when you hand off your P&S to someone who isn’t up on the nuances of it!)!

For the record, the margarita, like everything else at Arriba, was fantastic!!!

Stay tuned as I have another reveal for ScrapMuch? going live on Friday, and then it’s time for Inspiration Unlimited. So excited! For those not in the know, Inspiration Unlimited, or IU for short is an event put on by the amazing Teresa Collins every year in Henderson NV. I’ve been fortunate to attend for the last 2 years, and this year will be my third. As far as scrapbook events go this one is a bit on the small and intimate side of ~300 scrappers. It’s been sold out for a few years (if not all) and there is a waitlist to attend. If you want to join the waitlist please email EVENT@TERESACOLLINSSTUDIO.COM! I will do my best to blog regularly while there but the days are so full of fun that I don’t get a lot of blog time! And I love every second of it!!