Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Oh so happy moments....

Today I have a little thang to show you. It came about because I, like you, get fed up with almost-used-up alpha sticker sheets. What to do with them? Hang on to them and stash them in case they could make up a word sometime in the future?? So I'm giving you a list of ideas to stretch the use of those alpha's before you just have to toss them. Starting with the obvious of:

-making existing letters into letters you've used up, d for q, p for b, u for n, cutting part of an m off to make an n or a u, same with a k for an l, a y for a v and turning an f into a j. I'm sure you can think of a few I've missed.

- making mixed alphabet titles. This doesn't work for everyone, although it's a look I particularly like, and I find you generally get better results when you mix letters judiciously and the letters have some commonality, either color, SIZE, or manufacturer. For example, on this layout I mixed one tiny alphabet letter of a different color in with the rest of the word, and mixed two different alphabet sets to give emphasis to the "joy" part of the word "enjoying".
- but in the end, I turn the function of my alphabets around and make them work in reverse for me. Instead of thinking of a title and then looking for a set of alpha stickers that have ALL the letters I need AND goes with my layout design and color scheme, I START with the letters. I mostly use this site:
I type in the letters I have remaining and see what words it comes up with. Then using the word list I look for photos that would apply to the title word options and go from there. For example with this sticker sheet, I could make these words to use in a title: graceful, sparkle, girlie, jigsaw, lifeguard, peculiar, wildfire, squeal, squeak, daisy, fairy, and many many more. All words that don't need an o, t, m, n, or h. (Fairly commonly needed letters.) As I select a word, I might remove those letters from the anagram list and run another search and who knows, I might even come up with another word to go WITH the word I've already picked. And then the ideas start to flow - of photos I could use or the story I could tell with this one (or two) key word/s.

I'd love to hear some of your tricks to stretch and use up your alphabet stash!

And finally a layout to show you. Saturday I participated in a one hour crop at Sisterhood of Scrap and lemme tell ya it was the fastest I've ever scrapped in my whole wide life!! Do you KNOW how hard it is to thread jute in button holes when you only have 10 mins left to upload??? (The journal/title die-cut came in the March Studio Calico kit and said "Oh so happy to have you..." Wasn't sure when I'd ever use that, so I slapped the "moments" wood-cut over top and Bob's your uncle!!)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Little Shoebox Challenge

is posted here! Check it out for some weekend inspiration and a chance to win some seriously generous yumminess for yourself!!
Here's the Farmer's Market line that is being showcased!
Such a cute line, huh!?

Friday, April 15, 2011


to a forum near you!!

Well, ok. Not a forum. But a challenge site!

And because no post should go photo-less.... that would almost feel like showing up for your Gr 10 physics exam having forgotten your locker combination, that you even HAD an exam and wearing pjs. Or only underwear. And yes I know kids today do that all the time, but in my day we DIDN'T!! That would have been just too horrifying for words. Kind of like a photo-less post.

And no, I don't think there's any evidence of a sickness in this photo....

Some people collect, I dunno, little teeny spoons with touristic emblems on them. I collect deco tape. MT Washi tape to be specific.

YUM huh???

Photo post of a jaunt in Florida soon to follow...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring has sprung!

Today is my day to post a card challenge for Sisterhood of Scrap's 4th birthday celebration! SOS's celebrates a spring birthday and we're surrounded by signs of spring, so the challenge is to create a birthday (or any other event) card that incorporates some sign of spring...maybe raindrops or rainbows, or raincats and dogs. Or butterflies and flowers...something springy!

Some Odd Girl sent us some digital stamps to play with so I made this card using the Stompin' Toby stamp.
You'll want to head over there to catch up on all the creative challenges and examples to inspire you!! Then play along, upload your projects and possibly win some scrappy goodness!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

One year older and a year to grow....

Today I'm posting a layout challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap! It's their 4th birthday and they are celebrating good!! Today's challenge is to make a layout using stash that's at least a year old (4 years old would be even more impressive!) as well as some stash you've just recently bought and you think just might "grow" on you in the next year! (That's paper tape for me - especially Kamoi from Japan!)
On this layout, the papers and the little wooden school themed embellies (from Michael's Craftstore) are at least 4 years old....maybe more, and the skinny Thickers alphabet stickers, the paper tape (didn't I say?) and the other stickers are all recent purchases.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Sisterhood of Scrap!

Head on over here to see what the first challenges are to mark the 4th birthday of SOS! Every day for a week starting today, there will be a new layout challenge and a card challenge. You have until April 30 to upload what you make and you could win a prize! Or prizes! We have some very generous sponsors who will be making several somebodies happy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A new challenge....and a little announcement...

A new challenge is up today at Crop Suey! It's the last challenge for the current design team and there are some amazing projects showcased by my creative compadres!! Check them out here! The challenge for this month is to make some embellishments using your paper scraps. Well, I took the liberty of using some ribbon scraps too! Using up old stash always makes me happy!
The spiral rose is made from patterned paper and inked with Colorbox ink.
But the stick pin butterflies are my fave!! I love stick pin embellishments but sometimes they're a bit bulky for the album, or I hauled out a few of my mini punches and picked this Fiskars butterfly and started punching! (If you could give something a black eye with paper punching, that something has a bag of frozen peas on it's face right now!)

I layered several butterflies together, then sandwiched a stick pin between 2 sets of layers (with a hot glue gun) and then covered them with Diamond Glaze! Stinkin' CUTE huh??? THINK of all the varieties that you could make with the mini punches out there!!!
Head on over to Crop Suey to check out the rest of the DT's layouts, and get the lowdown on how YOU could win some goodies for playing along with us!

And now for the announcement??? We have a new design team at Crop Suey as well!! Returning to the team are Mia and Stacy (of course, it's their gig after all!) Natalie, Mara and myself, and NEW to the team are Laurel Seabrook and Jenny Dziekan! Click on their names and check out their work and give them a big ole hearty welcome!!