Monday, May 31, 2010

Scraptures Inspirational Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrap~tures first ever Inspirational blog hop!!Thanks so much for joining us! We are very excited to join the world of blog hopping and hope that you gain lots of inspiration and continue to hop with us!!

If you just happened by this blog and didn't realize a blog hop was taking place, please go back to Scrap~tures and start the Hop. You won't want to miss all the inspiration from our team....... or the chance to win a Rak :-)

For our very first blog hop we have had the opportunity to use a sketch created by Sarah De Guzman. Thank you Sarah for allowing us to use your sketch!Now this sketch was very inspirational and I couldn't decide on just one project to do, so I created 2 layouts and a card.

For this first layout, I chose to turn this sketch to work with my photo. I created this layout using product that is available in the Scraptures store, so stay tuned for further details about that.

The card was creating by turning the sketch and was created using leftovers from the layout above.

This last layout was created with the sketch as the original.

This blog hop will run from today, June 1st – June 3. We will be drawing for a winner on June 15th.

Follow along in our blog hop! Your next stop is Teresa.

Now I hope that you have been inspired by visiting my blog. Don't forget to check out everyone's blogs, as there is a lot of inspiration going on here today.

Also, don't forget to leave a comment for your chance at a RAK. If you become a new follower on my blog, I will do a random draw for a prize here, as well. Remember to leave in your comment that you are now following me.


I am so excited that I just had to post and share with everyone! On May 19th, I was picked on the Bo Bunny blog as a winner. I first heard it through my friend Chelle over on the Scraptures site, so I rushed right over to the Bo Bunny blog to check it out. I read the post there and got so excited. I really love all things Bo Bunny and being the recipient of some new product is just so sweet!

I sent off my information to Julia Sandross immediately. She is such a sweet, delightful lady who really made my Wednesday that week extra special. She had the sweetest things to say about me, and it really put a great smile on my face. Thank you so much Julia!!!

I won the Flower Child collection. What can I say about this collection? My goodness, it is so fun and fresh and just screams right out FUN IN THE SUN. I can't believe the amount of goodies that were sent to me and I am so looking forward to having some fun creating with it. Thank you to BO BUNNY for the most amazing products to create with and for the great inspiration that they always post on their blog. I love all the posts and certainly am looking forward to seeing what the team will be creating with the new collections that will soon be released!

More BO BUNNY fun on the way.....oh I can't wait!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Simply Fabulous!

OMG, have you all visited the Imaginisce blog lately? They have teamed up with Core'dinations this week, and there is some of the most amazing inspiration going on there this week. They have been stunning us all with some great projects and today's post is no exception. You simply need to check it out. There is a video tutorial there that shows you how to make the most stunning dimensional flowers using the Core'dinations Card stock. I am definitely going to be making some of these! Love the detail tutorial. Thank you so much to Imaginisce and Core'dinations for sharing this project with us.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

How does your garden grow? Well my garden has really started to explode over the past week and the blooms are all a plenty! Today's weather was absolutely gorgeous, the sun was shining, and the temperatures were so summer like! It is time to embrace it while you can, because they are calling for rain during the first long weekend of the season. Here is a small peek into my garden, which is one of my 'other' passions!

My bearded Iris is one of the focal point in my yard and I just love the colour of these! Below are the Martha Barlow Columbine and Clematis. I just love the poofy floral heads on these Columbine. They are a tall and slender plant and they have the prettiest little blooms. The bees love these and I so love being amongst the nature in my very own backyard. The Clematis grows up a pole that is in my yard that was put there by the previous owner. They used to grow grapes, but instead of trying to remove the poll, I decided to utilize it.

My Miniature Iris look so pretty and have really multiplied over the years. I just love these for their shape and their colour. Lots of fun inspiration comes from walking through my garden. It is no wonder that I love floral patterns and beautiful fresh colours in scrapping. My chives are in bloom and I can' t wait until I can harvest it and use it in my cooking and summer salads! Nothing any better than fresh herbs when you are cooking!

Well I hope you have liked taking a small tour of my garden, and perhaps these photos can also inspire you! Hard to believe that when we bought the house there was no fence and the entire backyard was cement! It has been a lot of work, but it has so been worth it! I will try and share more photos as more things begin to bloom and I will get some over view shots as well! This is something on my TO DO list:)

Bo Bunny Prize package/Thank you Shanna!!!!

A few weeks ago I had been blog hopping and Shanna had Sticker week going on her blog. For those that don't know, Shanna is one of the very talented designer's for Bo Bunny! Her sticker designs are wonderful and during sticker week, she shared several different cards and projects using those stickers. There was so much inspiration going on, and I love some great inspiration!
Of course, you all already know how much I LOVE Bo Bunny, so I definitely had to follow Shanna's blog posts during that week!

There was a random drawing during this week for the chance at a prize. The prize was the new Bo Bunny Flower Child collection and 17 sheets of Bo Bunny stickers, designed by the very talented Shanna Vineyard! Well it was announced at the end of that week, that I was the winner! I was so excited and just couldn't believe it! Thank you Shanna so much!

My package arrived yesterday, and I just couldn't believe all the super product that was in the envelope! The Flower Child collection is so bright and cheerful and I am itching to get to create something with it. There are so many pattern papers, stickers, dimensional chipboard stickers and even rub-ons!

Now as if that prize wasn't enough, I also received 17 sheets of Bo Bunny stickers that Shanna designed! Wow...what a great prize package! These designs are so much fun and with all the great projects that Shanna posted on her blog during Sticker Week, the inspiration and ideas are already flowing! I can't wait to dive into this prize package and get some creating in!!!

Thank you Shanna for the superb designs, the great inspiration on your blog and for the wonderful prize!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bite ME!!!

Last year DH and I spent a day in Niagara Falls, NY and while we were there we visited the Aquarium. I hadn't been there since I was a child, and it was so much fun and really brought back a lot of memories. It has changed a bit since I was last year, but it was truly an enjoyable day. Was a nice day and spending it with my honey, well that just made it all the better!

While we were at the Aquarium, we visited the shark exhibit and of course outside on the deck was this large jaw, which brought the perfect photo opportunity. We really couldn't resist being silly and letting our inner child out for just a little while. I just love these photos and new what the title would be, the minute I saw the photos. It just struck me funny, and yes, I do use this phrase often!!! It is just the perfect fit for this page, and well, it makes me giggle!

The papers are really old K & Company, Bazzill cardstock, plant life, shells, shark and fish are cut from my Cricut. I inked the shells with Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink and added pop dots for dimension. Title lettering are American Crafts thickers that I used my 'peeks' decorative scissors to take bites out of each letter. It seemed fitting to reflect the title. I also added micro beads to the shark and fish, and of course finished them off with google eyes! Just brings these little creatures to life (some say google eyes are my signature on cute things) I also used Prima flowers with Stickles for the centres.


Well anyone who follows me here, or knows me personally, has already got to know that I LOVE Bo Bunny products, so here is another layout created using their product!

This layout was created using the Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice papers, Bo Bunny Flutter Butter flowers and buttons, Prima butterfly, bling swirls from the Dollar Giant and the title cut from my Cricut and inked with Tim Holtz Vintage photo distress ink. I am quite pleased with the way this one turned out and will be making a second page to go with this that will have the journaling on it.

Lots of little details on this layout, created by cutting out flowers from the pattern paper, adding pop dots and adding extra dimension with layered flowers, bling and buttons.

Bo Bunny has some of the best patterns and greatest colour combinations. They are so fresh and fun, and are always so inspiring and eye catching! I am really looking forward to the the lines of Bo Bunny to hit my LSS, and I have already started to visualize some new projects using these new collections. If you haven't checked them out yet, take a peek here.


Well amongst class items, kit stuff, DT responsibilities, I have managed to get a couple of layouts created for myself. This one was based on sketch #8 at Sketchabilities. I absolutely love their sketches. They always have so much inspiration to them and although my layouts don't always look like the sketch, it is a great starting point to create with.
Here is my layout using this sketch as the inspiration and starting point. I am so pleased with the way this turned out and it will be the second page to a previous page I created. Journaling will come later and will be added using my dymo labeller in the bare spot on the bottom of this page.

Mini album purse

This past week I have been busy with some new projects and I am happy to say that I accomplished quite a bit. May has been the first month for my participation as part of the team at Scraptures and I really have enjoyed creating with their kit this month. After getting my required layouts done in time for the reveal, I had some left overs that I just decided I needed to use.

I created this fun and quick card with tidbits from the kit, along with the Tim Holtz paint dauber.

The papers in the kit were double sided and I really liked both sides, but picked the one side for my layouts that worked best. With the left overs, I chose to use the other side for this project. I created this little purse album with very little materials. I had fun with this project and am really pleased with the way it turned out. Hope you will draw some inspiration from this and see what you, too, can create with left overs from a layout project.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Been busy

Well May is almost over and it seems that I have been so busy this month and not getting a whole lot of time to create for me. I have been very productive with getting classes designed and to the store, busy and productive with Scraptures and the May kit reveal, and working on things here and there for me. I just haven't had much to post about this month and it is hard to believe that the month is half over.

The month seems to have been zipping by quickly here. I have so many things that I would like to work on, so hoping that the next couple of weeks will allow me to find more time for personal creating! I do have a couple of new pages that are just about done and so I will be sharing those with everyone this week.

The next week is another busy one. I have prep work to do for my classes, as I am teaching both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, this week. It should be a fun time, so I am looking forward to that. It is also going to be time to try and get working on the upcoming June classes as well. I have my ideas already, so just have to sit down and start creating!

I would also like to get to work on some of the challenges that are posted at Scraptures, as there is some great inspiration there! I have a couple of ideas, but will put this on my always growing TO DO list and hope that I can find time to work on them soon.

There is so much going on and lots of things for me to think about, decisions to be made, creating to be done, lots and lots and lots! Never a dull moment that is for sure. Now that I have done some purging in my room and put stuff in the garage sale at the Memory Keeper, I also have some more organizing to do in my room. This is going to have to wait a bit though, because I really just want to get that creating time in!

Stay tuned for some new projects coming soon!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Altered cd album

I have been so busy this past week, that I just haven't had a whole lot of time to post projects on my blog. I do have many different projects on the go all at once, and as I get each one done, I will be sharing them here, but in the meantime, here is my latest. It is a quick project made using old cds, like the ones you get in the junk mail.

This project is a great way to use up scraps, that I know we all have sitting around from the many other projects and layouts we have created. This would make a great gift item for just about anyone, and the look would vary depending on the types of papers and embellishments that you would use. I really love these small projects. I feel so accomplished once they are completed. I haven't added any photos to this project yet, as I am uncertain at this point if I will be using it for a gift or not. I do really like the way it all turned out though. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Scraptures May Kit REVEAL

Well, I have to tell you that I am so very excited to now be a part of the team, as a guest, at Scraptures. May is the beginning of my term, and I got the opportunity to play with my first kit. It is absolutely beautiful, and I found it so inspiring. The product is just marvelous and the ideas just kept flooding my head.
For the month of May, the kit included the most gorgeous papers and products from Pink Paislee! I just LOVE this product. The BayberryCottage collection has the most beautiful papers with a unique colour combination that is stunning. I am not a green girl, but I honestly love the way that this all works so well together. The patterns are stunning and I got great inspiration from everything.

The Kit: to purchase, be sure to check out Scraptures kits, there is even a card kit there to check out!

All of these layouts and this cute purse card project is what I came up with using the kit. I hope that you will be able to get some inspiration from this. Have fun with the kit and just let your imagination flow! I do have an extra couple of projects to share as well, but stay tuned for those!

Also, don't forget to check out the rest of the reveal here: Gallery All of the gals did an amazing job and I am so glad to be able to say I am apart of this team! There is always such great inspiration being shared, and it really is contagious.