Ordinary Day – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Happy almost mid-December! I’ve got a short and sweet ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal for you today! My uber busy weeks of work are over, and I’ve kept busy at home this week trying to get caught up, as well as playing nursemaid and warden to Matisse (who had to be confined to restrict her movement) after her surgery last week. I’m happy to report her stitches are out and she’s on the mend, and now I’m sick in bed. Figures.

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

I flipped the sketch by 90 degrees because it just worked better with my pictures (and I seldom do a title on a vertical like that).

Here is my take on the sketch:

Ordinary Day
Everything in the layout except for the stamp in the lower right, and the cardstock, are all Simple Stories 24/7. The cardstock is Close To My Heart, and the stamp is American Crafts Dear Lizzy. I used lots of stickers from the sticker sheets in the paper pack to add fun accents all over the page. For a change I didn’t mist this page, nor did I use sequins, no ribbon, nor any inking. Needless to say it’s a bit of a departure, and I still love the end result!

Again, this line is totally perfect for my few work layouts because my job is 24/7/365. It’s also fun to look back on days at work and see how much things have changed in such a short time. Fun times, good memories, this is what life is all about.

So now it’s your turn of course! Pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Little hint? I’m a bit of an iconoclast again. I’m good with that!

Make sure you link up and share your work with us for the chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! There’s also a colour challenge posted and the palette is AMAZING!

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 December 29th, at midnight to participate in any of December’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.

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for popping by!

My Wild Horse Pass – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Don’t look now, but December is right around the corner! Seriously! I haven’t even assembled my “December Daily” album yet, nor have I started on my cards. I always have the best of intentions with December Daily, and usually fall in love with at least one Christmas collection each year, but I lack the followthrough on the album, and ditto to taking pictures and scrapbooking Christmas.

With the start of a new month (we’re launching it a bit early at ScrapMuch?), it’s time for Team A and the 2 page layout reveal!

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

And here is my take on the sketch:
My WHP
Supplies used: Patterned paper-Close To My Heart; Cardstock-Close To My Heart, DCWV; Journal Card-Teresa Collins; Post Card Sticker-Bazzill; Twine-Close To My Heart; Button-Bazzill; Flair-Studio Calico; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Stickers (banner, letter, sentiment)-Teresa Collins; Tag-Pink Paislee; Washi-My Mind’s Eye; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Pearls-Melissa Frances; Mists-Tattered Angels, Maya Road, Tim Holtz Distress; Butterflies-Gift; Punches-Marvy Uchida, EK Success; Pen-American Crafts

I have played with a similar sketch a few times in the past, and it’s truly the perfect sketch if you have a lot of photos of an event, or if you have say a 6×6 pad of papers you love and want to incorporate some of them all into a layout!  In this case, I have a ton of pictures of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass where Creative Escape was held the years I went. There is no way I could possibly scrap all of the pictures, but I did manage to take snippets of many photos with the help of my square punch, and create one layout full of many different memories. I have so many wonderful memories of Wild Horse Pass and used to spend a few extra days either before or after the event just to relax and enjoy the grounds and the amazing spa.

Here are some detail shots:
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I think what’s pretty remarkable to me is how long the supply list was for this layout, and yet it is still very true to my clean and simple and linear style.  Another thing I’d love to note is it’s totally fitting that the silver butterflies used on the layout were gifted to me by a friend I met at Creative Escape, Suzy, from her travels. Suzy has an awesome eye for the coolest embellishments and trinkets and it was totally sweet of her to think of me. She’s also been a big part of me finding my own scrapbooking “voice”. I used to stress about my projects not exactly matching the teacher’s sample, and then I’d watch her take every single project, make it her own, and it was always awesome. It took a few years of sitting next to her to finally start to relax and make the projects my own too.

So now it’s your turn, and you get the same jumpstart on December too! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? site and see what the rest of Team A has created for inspiration, find your “voice”, make the layout your own, and share it with us. And as always, sharing with us gives you the chance to win your very own awesome ScrapMuch? prize! I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a fabulous weekend!

Matisse

I figured I’d blog this since not everyone is a Facebook friend, and it’s part of what has kept me a bit on my toes lately.

Many of you will know I’m a furmomma to 2 amazing kitties. I’ve shared my stories about Socks, my 19 year old tuxedo cat, here. However, I haven’t shared much about Matisse. Matisse is my 12 year old feisty torbie. She’s got the most beautiful markings I’ve ever seen in a cat. We adopted her 12 years ago at 8 weeks old and she immediately stole our hearts. Her first moments in the house involved a fight with the “furry dumb blonde” Chow who just wanted to be her friend, and she wanted no part of that. Tortitude.  She loves to play fetch with anything projectile, she loves to snuggle and drool when she’s happy, she has an unending appetite (to the point where I had to have baby locks on the cupboards because she’d rifle them for carbs every night), she’s terrified of strangers and the doorbell, thunderstorms and fireworks. She loves to burrow under the duvet for her naps. Most of all, she loves her “Big Guy”. She’s very much Steve’s cat and I am but second fiddle. She used to mewl about the house after he left for work in the mornings.

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Matisse has been seemingly invincible, until a week and a half ago. When she was young she was mis-diagnosed by a vet as having FIP (feline infectious peritonitis), and the vet refused to spay her and sent her home with a very cold “enjoy her while you can”. Five years ago, when we moved to Brantford, we found an amazing cat clinic and got the “enjoy her while you can” cat reassessed. She was showing no signs of FIP and we went ahead and finally had her spayed. Unfortunately, because she was spayed at such a late age, her risk of feline mammary cancer increased exponentially.  About a year ago we found a mass on her abdomen that has slowly been growing. We knew the prognosis for feline mammary cancer is generally very poor and we wanted to spare her the trauma of the surgery, and us the expense for something with such a futile outcome. So, we opted to keep her home until she started to show signs of pain or deterioration. A week and a half ago she came to bed for snuggles like she normally does and her mass felt different. I turned on the light to find that it had ruptured. She went to the vet that week and we discussed our options.

While cancer is awful, our amazing vet, Dr. Kelly St.Denis, mentioned that Matisse may be a candidate for a new clinical trial going on at the Ontario Veterinary College.  This clinical trial is very much in it’s infancy, but completely fascinating and showing some positive results. And, what’s even more exciting to me is the potential future application towards human breast cancer. Today Matisse met with the study oncologist, had a biopsy and got her first vaccine to start in the trial, and will have her mass removed in 2 weeks. The goal right now is to buy us some time with our wee girl, and buy her a better quantity and quality of life. She’s on pain meds for now, which is going well if I hide it in her food. She hasn’t lost her energy, her spunk, nor her insatiable appetite. Me, I’m crying the happiest tears that she was deemed a candidate for the trial because that gives us a small glimmer of hope.  And the science geek in me is chuffed that my kitty, yes my kitty, is a part of such groundbreaking and potentially revolutionary research and care. Keep fighting little ’tissey! The Rainbow Bridge isn’t ready for you yet!

Tiffany’s – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

I know I sound like “old tapes” but seriously, where has the time gone between Hallowe’en and today?! It’s Friday! It’s been 2 weeks since Team A’s last reveal for ScrapMuch?, and it’s time for some new sketch-y inspiration to jumpstart your creativity this weekend!

So here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Tiffanys
Supplies used: Cardstock-Stampin’ UP!; Patterned paper-Lawn Fawn; Twine-Stampin’ UP!; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Sewing machine-Janome; Thickers-American Crafts; Ribbon and plain blue circles-Tiffany!!; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Mist-Mister Huey’s; Journaling pen-Stampin’ UP!; Punches-Ek Success and Stampin’ UP!

I admit this sketch was a bit of a challenge for the very linear me! My clean and simple ways will generally try to straighten out lines, but I didn’t really want a filmstrip look for this either. I also moved the journaling onto a card and used the other space for embellies. I compensated for my struggles with the whimsy placement of photos by sticking to a very monochromatic palette, appropriately the Tiffany colours. The plain blue circles on the layout are actually punched out of the Tiffany bag, and the ribbon is the ribbon from the box. When I travel I tend to collect a lot of “stuff” and ephemera and generally find a way to scrapbook it or use it in my mini albums or pocket pages.

I know I still haven’t blogged about my Vegas trip nor Inspiration Unlimited yet, but I am slowly scrapping and sharing some memories in these reveals. This page is from my Vegas trip as well. On my last night there, I decided I was going to leave Las Vegas a winner. Let’s face it, going home with pretty jewelry is pretty much hitting the jackpot amirite?!? I had been coveting some Tiffany earrings for a while and pretty things make me happy. Since there was a Tiffany in The Shops At Crystals that was attached to Aria where I was staying, it would just be wrong of me to not go there and get them!! They went on my ears when I got home the next day, and I haven’t taken them off since!

I would love for you to hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A has created for your inspiration! Little hint? There are are some pretty darn amazing layouts for you to see! And of course, as always, I would love to see what you create!

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 November 29th, at midnight to participate in any of November’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Autumn – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

I know it’s not quite November yet, but it’s time for ScrapMuch? Team A’s first of the month reveal. In keeping with our routine, the first sketch of the month is a 2 pager.

Here is the sketch we had to work with:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Autumn
Supplies Used: Cardstock-Die Cuts With A View, Stampin’ UP!; Patterned paper-Teresa Collins; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress for Ranger; Wood embellishments-Teresa Collins; Sequins-Teresa Collins, Fancy Pants, Lawn Fawn; Stickers-Teresa Collins; Washi tape-Bella Blvd; Die cut machine-Silhouette Cameo; Mist-Maya Mist by Maya Road; Journaling pen-American Crafts

I had so much fun playing with this week’s sketch! Honestly, when I took Scrapbook 101 at my LSS in 2005, the layout we created was a 2 pager. So I’ve never really found 2 page layouts all that difficult to work with.

For me, the biggest challenge was finding the “perfect” fall themed paper without being too cutesy to showcase these awesome pumpkin dudes! I bought the Teresa Collins Nine and Co. collection (paper and wood embellishments) from ScrapMuch? because it really was the perfect palette for these fall colours. It is an elegant line, so it also met my criteria of being not too cutesy. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy cutesy, it just felt like most fall lines this year were on the cute side. I opted to leave the wood pieces “naked” because I wanted to keep their rustic feel. The flowers that bracket the layout are indeed fussy cut from one of the papers in the pack. The title is half cut on the Silhouette, and the other half stickers from the collection pack as I’m trying to be better about using those. The quote for the title is a beautiful Albert Camus quote, which I thought was fitting given this fall display was all done up in flowers. As for those awesome pumpkin dudes and mum displays, they were in the middle of The Shops at Crystals, which was essentially attached to my hotel on the strip in Vegas (yes yes, I still need to get that trip report up). Not only were they beautiful to look at, but they were very fragrant and aromatic too.

Here are a few detail shots:

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So now it’s your turn! I’d love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team created this week, including a warm welcome to our newest member from the design call, Barbara. If you haven’t tackled a 2 page layout yet, maybe this is the one you start off with. I promise, it’s not as scary or overwhelming as you may think! Remember if you play along with any of our sketch challenges or colour challenge (or maybe even combine the two and enter both!) and link up with us, you have a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

I can’t wait to see what you create! Happy Hallowe’en! Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

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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Thanks for popping by!