Thursday, December 22, 2011

Emptying the To-Show-You box....

Gonna have it emptied out pretty soon!! I have a couple more today to show you....ones I did this last summer when I was at the lake. Remember the lake? *eyes closing* Ahhhhh, me too....

Anyway. Lets stay on task here. I have lots to do and so do you, right?

This one is of my nephew on the rope swing at the cottage. A fairly common sight. I incorporated the corrugated sprout on the bottom to signify how quickly he's growing and what a great kid he's growing into! Love those cork stars!!

And here's my nephew on the other side of the family! Little curly haired waif. The photo is a couple of years old, but the sentiment is still current. Wish I could stop time every day!! (Had to include some Mr Huey action too!)

This one was done last summer but it's about last summer!! I tried to go for a totally free and easy feel, but it's still impossible to capture quite how wonderfully free and easy this summer was!! Not sure it can ever be duplicated... And there are enough photos to fill another 2 calendar pages like this, but these are just a sampling.

Thanks for stopping by in the middle of your hectic holiday prep and countdown! I wish you and your families a SAFE and HAPPY Holiday Season, free from any kind of worry and stress!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Two for the price of one!

Still tidying....still procrastinating... :-D

Today I have some 2 pagers to show you. That's all I ever used to do when it was all about getting the events documented. Now I've given myself the freedom to play and that means sometimes starting with paper or embellishments and finding photos to go with them, instead of the other way around, and choosing photos from any year I like!

But then I do a 2-pager again and I remember how much I still love to work on the expanded canvas that 2 sheets of 12x12 paper provide! You can use big photos...any excessive number of embellishments you like....or just showcase a LOT of photos at once. We've got something of each today!

Here's one I had to do for a challenge to scrap photos of myself. And as if that weren't hard enough I had to use photos of myself wearing RED! Not even kidding!! And 4 different pieces of patterned paper, a 4 word title and 4 strips of journaling. In the end it was a fun way to be pushed around, lol!

This one was done for a sketch that had to be mirrored. It's a layout focusing on Mr B and his realization of a long held dream of owning and flying a plane.

Oh look! Another layout about Mr B! This one was for another challenge. This one, to use 10 groups of 10 things. Ten letters in the title. Ten photos, 10 arrows, 10 numbers, 10 buttons, 10 (different) pieces of patterned paper, 10 words in the sub-title, 10 word/phrase stickers, 10 journal strips and one more thing that I've forgotten...!? Anyway, it's the story of Mr B felling a tree at the cottage this summer and the steps he took to do it right. He can be very methodical when he wants to be.

Aww? Me and Mr B! Another challenge! This one to use one b&w 8x10 photo that straddles 2 pages, has journaling written on it and used embellishments to replace words. Yup, that took some doing!

The journaling says: "I (heart) this sport so much! It's one I was sort of coerced into trying and believe me when I say it was no (piece of cake) to learn or master. But I struggled through and I'm so glad I did. I'm no (star) on the slopes even yet, but now the old sport of skiing doesn't hold a (candle) to the thrill of (snow)boarding. Even better, I love that it's something we do together as a couple and as a family."

That's it for today! But stop by again, there's more! Coming soon to a....yeah, you know.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Some My Little Shoebox catch up...

One of the best procrastination efforts I know of, to employ when you have deadlines looming is to start cleaning. Which ultimately, is probably not good for one's blood pressure even if it results in a clean and tidy whatever.
But anyway.
I'm going to show you some My Little Shoebox bibs and bobs from the last little while, so I can put them away in their permanent homes.
And hopefully it won't be too weird seeing Halloween cards and paper in December!?
These are cards I made using the Trick or Treat line.
This was a layout done for a challenge on another site to scrap about something scary. Which kinda dictates Halloween themed paper, yes? So, more Trick or Treat!
And last month My Little Shoebox teamed up with The Scrapping Cottage who make die cuts that coordinate with MLS.
Here's a card I made using the dies from the Destination line.
and another card made with the dies from Enchanted Garden.
And finally a two-pager from last summer! I used a mix of papers from different Little Shoebox lines for it, and made word strips from the mini alphas and covered them with Glossy Accents for an epoxied look. The photos are from our anniversary trip to Northern Cali a couple of years ago.
Thanks for stopping by....more to show you tomorrow....!

Friday, December 16, 2011

B is for buttons and babies and boys...

Buttons galore is the challenge freshly posted at Scrap Your Crap today!

And I'm pretty sure, if you're anything like me, you have a stash of buttons that would surpass anything your Grandmother ever collected! Am I right?

So this month we want you to use some buttons. More than a couple. A handful or more. Use them to make a frame or bouquet of flowers or fill in a shape or outline something. I'll let you decide!

Here's what I did with some buttons. I had a piece of canvas fabric laying around from another project and thought that would make a fun page base. And of course some Mr Huey got splattered. Can't call a layout complete until it has some Mr Huey!
I printed a big old honkin' "b" on a piece of printer paper, cut it out and used it to draw an outline with disappearing ink. You have less than 24 hours to work before it does disappear so for slow scrappers like me, that's a pressure cooker situation!
Some more deets:

You've got a month to work on this so I hope you'll find some time in the busy holiday season to sneak off and play with us! Be sure and link up your project so we can ooh and aah and leave you some love!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

A new challenge!

At Challenge Me Happy blog today. (Well yesterday already I guess.....man, this time zone thing between NZ and USA is so confusing for a bear of little brain!!)

We worked with a fun sketch this time and this is the layout I came up with.
The journaling strip says "When the art needs come out, even the microwave is a canvas." Referring to the graphic design student who lives here and who has taken scribbling on the walls to a new level.

For my LO, I translated the clouds on the sketch somewhat and pulled out my (fairly ridiculous) collection of paper tapes, aka: Norine's-all-time-favorite-trend-of-2011!
Make sure to head over to Challenge Me Happy and be inspired by all the other great takes on this sketch!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Some Enchanted things...

are posted today at My Little Shoebox!

These are the cards I made using the Enchanted Garden line this month. I think Enchanted Garden is topping out at my FAVE line yet. At least until the next one I work with...
On this card I dropped dots of Glossy Accents on the polka dots to give them some oomph! And that burlap ribbon? Ohmygoodness I am all about the burlap these days!

Be sure to check the MLS blog and see Keely's Enchanted Garden cards too!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Quick and Easy....

If that's your mantra these days leading up to Christmas, you'll like the card challenge up today at Polka Doodles! You'll want to head over there for some fantastic ideas to finish up your card-making!! Here are two I did, using papers printed from the Magical Winter 2 cd.
Join us for this challenge and don't forget to link us up to your blog or gallery.

The winner of this challenge will receive a gift voucher for the Polkadoodles shop worth £10, so make sure you're in it to win it!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

My brand...

That's the theme of the very first challenge at the freshly! re-minted! new! and improved! All About Me challenge blog! The DT was challenged to create a LO that reflects who and what we are through the use of color, symbolism, graphics and journaling.

Sure!

Yikes.

Where do I start.....

Ultimately though, that's what I love the most about this blog, is the way the challenges make us dig deep inside ourselves to examine what we're really about.
So, this is what I came up with...

My favorite personal philosophy quote, lots of camera graphics, a photo of my favorite sport - snowboarding, and another of a stack of books I love, some Canadian postage stamps to represent my nationality, and a variety of rub-ons that focus on the creative side of my personality.
And ok, it might be just a few facets of my multi-layered self, (who of us isn't, after all?) but it's a start at capturing something of myself on paper and I challenge you to try it on too! You have the whole month to work on it, and there's a sponsor and a prize and everything. Go here to check out the rest of the DT inspiration, and find out the deets for real.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dream...

My November project is up at the My Little Shoebox blog today! I used the Enchanted Garden line and I gotta tell you, this line is just so dang pretty your projects will practically make themselves! Mine did!!
Wouldn't this ever be cute for a little girl's bedroom??

I bought the thin wood rectangle pieces from Hobby Lobby and the letters themselves from Michaels. The papers are all Mod Podged (pretty sure you can make Mod Podge a verb) onto the wood and allowed to dry overnight. After I trimmed around the edges, I filed the edges with a piece of sandpaper, and then chalk inked the edges of the paper, and painted (with thinned down paint) the edges of the wood. To make sure the letters stayed on the wood squares and that the wood squares all stayed nice and fixed to each other, I used wood glue - Liquid Nails. The flowers are all from the sticker sheet, pop dotted and baby powdered so they won't stick to anything else, and the clouds and the banner pieces are all from the die cut sheet. And the buttons are a miscellaneous assortment I found in my stash. Oh yeah, and I used the Crop-a-Dile to punch the holes for the ribbon that is poked through and knotted.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Some things to show you...

It's December 1st! Last month of 2011!! All-that-noise-about-where-has-this-year-gone!? On to other stuff!

So, today is a fresh challenge at Southern Girls, and it's one I particularly enjoyed!! Use your ribbons! Alright, I will.
This is the card I made, using a digi stamp from Tickled Pink. I think I'm finally figuring out the best way to color images destined for cards....pick the papers I want to use first, including the embellishments and then color the image to match that. I know, duh, for most of you, but it took me a bit to finally have the light go on!

And now, for some random LO show and tell....

Here's a layout I did recently for a challenge at Colorful Creations. It was part of the ongoing so-you-think-you-can-scrap challenge. This was from week 12 where we had to scrap a photo-less LO using 12 of the same embellishments and pp from at least 3 different manufacturers.
This is the story about my daughter's missed opportunity to attend her graduation ceremony. Because of only finishing her last semester at the Christian HS in the town near where we lived, she hadn't had a chance to get 2 religion credits that the school required for graduation. As far as the province was concerned she'd met the reqs for graduating but if she couldn't wear the cap and gown and march with her friends to receive a diploma, she wasn't going to go. I don't blame her but I still feel sad that she missed that opportunity.

And one more... This one's kind of cool! It has just been published in the current Creating Keepsakes Holidays and Celebrations Special Issue! Page 65. Check it out!
All the supplies used for this LO are My Little Shoebox - Heartfelt line.
Some deets: