Simply Tiffany – May 1st Stuck?! Sketch

While cropping with the ScrapMuch? ladies on NSD I created this wee little layout based on the May 1 Stuck?! Sketches sketch. I meant to post this earlier but time just got away from me this month, so here I am just under the wire!

This sketch proved to be a little more difficult to work with for me than I thought it would be, but in the end I’m happy with the finished product. Here’s what I created from that sketch:

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I managed to use up some more of my Graphic45 Raining Cats And Dogs (love this line!), some Simple Stories embellishments from their cat line, and a few other fun embellishments from my stash. The star however is truly Tiffany. She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!

Thanks for stopping by! I plan on spending some time tomorrow cropping with the ScrapMuch? ladies because I think it’s the last time I’ll get to join them until the fall. Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll for sure be back next week with another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal!

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Happy Memory – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello! It’s the Friday of the long weekend here in Canada. It’s time for ScrapMuch? Team A to reveal  their Sketch-y Friday creations.It also happens to be my Mom’s birthday this weekend. So I thought it was fitting to scrapbook a picture of my Mom and I for this week’s layout. The picture is from a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch a few years ago.

Without further adieu, here is my layout for this week:
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And here is the sketch we had to work with:

I took a few liberties with the sketch but stuck to it’s true essence. I’m super happy with the end product and I got to use up a bunch of my stash in the process!

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you get some time with your family, some great fireworks and memories to scrapbook!

Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created for you this week and then make sure to share your take on the sketch with us for a chance to win a 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 May 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!

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“Tie Dye” Ribbon Technique Tutorial

Hey everyone!

I did mention I may have a wee surprise this week, and here it is! A rare technique tutorial post!

I’m sharing the technique of how I created that fabulous “Tie Dye” ribbon in my Botanique layout. ScrapMuch? is also sharing this same post for those following along.

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It’s a technique I’ve used in a few different ways on a number of projects that I made at various events – mostly Inspiration Unlimited and at Creative Escape too.

So here’s what you need: A Ranger Ink Non-Stick Craft Sheet (This is a MUST!!); 3 or more colours of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads; Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Crinkle Ribbon; and a water spray bottle.

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I chose 3 different greens for the ribbon to stick with my monochromatic botanical feel.

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Take a length of ribbon you’d like to use and crinkle it in your hand, then spritz with water to get the ribbon well wet as it will help the colours to blend on the ribbon.

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Then take your inks and ink up your craft mat so that the edges are close enough to touch. Try not to overlap so that the ink pads don’t pick up the ink from the other.

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Then take your water and mist the ink on your mat. The inks are water-based and will react nicely with the fine mist of extra water, and will also help to draw it along the ribbon.

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I fold my ribbon evenly, and then just move it back and forth through the lines of ink and watch the ink work it’s way through the ribbon. At this point you control just how much or how little colour and white space you want your ribbon to have.

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That’s seriously it. Then just set it aside to dry, or if you are impatient you can gently use your heat tool too.

Here are some projects where I’ve either done this, or a similar technique, with the ribbon.

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On these next three projects I have run the ribbon dry through a small bowl of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and then scrunched after, or a quick dry scrunch, dip and remove to dry. It gives a slightly different effect as you’ll see, but for the most part the end result is the same.

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Does anyone else have problems with curious kitties while crafting or is it just me?

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I hope this inspires you to find some fun new ways to work some ribbon in to your layouts (and get your fingers wonderfully inky!).

Thanks for stopping by!

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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:

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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”.

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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!

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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:
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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:
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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