Saturday, February 6, 2021

Happy Street!

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today!

I have a fun, brightly-coloured treat to share with you all. I found a picture on my desk and was able to combine it with some CTMH paper from a recent order. This LO is the result. 

The layout was based on a 12x12 sketch  created by "Organized and Creative Mom", Noreen Smith, as part of her SYS 2021 Mission: Possible class. 

Hope you enjoy it!



This is our little granddaughter, Lilia, when she was 2 1/2 years old. :) Such a cutie!

Journaling: 

Lilia really loved the ‘Little Tikes’ cars we’d found for her through the local online yard sale site. We always enjoyed seeing how much fun she had “driving” them around the  backyard! She loved to pretend, and it was so cute! When Lilia got too big for the cars, we donated them to the daycare centre she attended so that the smaller kids could have fun playing with them!

Photo- Nov 30, 2018
Our backyard- Kingston, NS
Lilia- 2 1/2 yrs old

Supplies:

Crystal Blue Cardstock- CTMH (retired)
Mix-in paper collection X9019  (retired)
Stamp set: S1606 "The Long Way Home" - CTMH (retired)
CTMH Exclusive Inks: Thistle, Pear, Topiary, Crystal Blue and Lagoon 
Car Border: On the Road Border Maker Cartridge- Creative Memories (CM)
Repositionable Adhesive- CM
Quick Dry Glue- Scotch
Mounting Squares- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3M

Tools: 


Trimmer: Fiskars

Thanks for looking, and hope to see you back here again soon! :) 

~

Thursday, February 4, 2021

"A Delightful Place"


Well, "hi there",  and thanks for popping in to my blog today!!! So happy you're here. It feels good to be back at blogging again. :) Hope 2021 has been safe and healthy for you and your family.  
I'm not a gal who makes "New Year's resolutions," but I do set a few goals in my scrapping hobby. I think those are MUCH more fun!
One of the most important things on my "scrappy goal list" this year is to finish Daniel's first year album.
 As many of you know, we have four kids--who are BIG KIDS, now! Daniel is our third child, and his is the last of the four baby albums to be completed. There is no reason for this, except maybe that Daniel had more toddler layouts made about him than any little kid on the planet! We used to call him "Dan-Dan Houdini-Man", so you get the idea. He was a hoot: a going- concern! That translated into lots of scrappy pages! ;) 

Anyway, I have been working on Daniel's baby book now since 2017, when I wrote a great deal of the journaling and filed it in my computer. I also decided on a colour-scheme for the album, and made page kits to go with the pics I planned to use. I have quite a few pages done to date, and this is the latest. I still have many pages left to create. :) 

While I am on the topic of accomplishing goals, I am taking a course called "SYS 2021: Mission Possible", from my CM friend Noreen Smith. The course's over-arching goal is using up stash. I am taking this further- using up the page kits I had made for this baby book!

This LO is a 2-pager that uses one of Noreen's SYS 2021 sketches. I am sooo pleased with how this turned out!


Here are the pages separately.
Left page:  

And right page:   


Journaling: 

When Daniel was 10 months old, we moved from the PMQ on Base to our newly purchased home on XYZ Drive in Kingston. The bubblegum-pink bedroom that would be Daniel's was quickly painted white. (That was our first "project" in the new house!) The wallpaper border we put up in Daniel's new bedroom was the same one we'd lovingly chosen and put up in his PMQ bedroom in July 2000 just before he was born! Daniel's new bedroom was much larger than the tiny PMQ bedroom, and here, there was space for more furniture. We were able to have Daniel's change-table right there in the bedroom, which was extra-convenient. We were also able to add a bookshelf, toy box and the rocking horse Grandma and Grandpa gave Bryan when he was little.

The window was a different shape than the one in the PMQ, but we were still able to use the curtains I'd made-- I just sewed a little "bib" of matching fabric to slide onto the rod, visually connecting the 2 panels. "Problem solved!"  In these photos, you can see Daniel's matching handmade baby comforter plus the change table cover and mini-pillow that I'd sewn. I'd had so much fun creating all of it!

The baby bedroom we'd decorated for Daniel looked beautiful and had turned out exactly the way we'd hoped it would. We were so pleased!! 

Photos- July 14, 2001
XYZ XYZ XYZ, Kingston, NS
Kate (7 yrs), Bryan (6 yrs) and Daniel (11 months)
Journaling by Mom- September 16, 2017

PS: a PMQ= "Private Married Quarters", which is one type of military housing on a base here in Canada. We are a military family. :)  

Supplies: 

Floral patterned paper (pp): CTMH (retired)
Pale Cream dotted paper: BasicGrey "Basics White" collection (retired) 
"Jacaranda" cardstock (CS): Bazzill
Kraft CS: CTMH
Almond CS: CTMH
Small & Large Brads: CTMH 
Moon & Stars Border Maker Cartridge (BMC): Creative Memories (CM)
My Acrylix stamp set (CTMH): B1228 Solos “D” (small hearts, the words “dream” & “delightful”) 
My Acrylix stamp set (CTMH): C1620 Baby Zoo (horse)
Exclusive Inks (CTMH):  Almond, Saddle, Brown Bag, Sapphire & Indian Corn Blue
Scraps of CS and pp used for tiny flowers & butterflies- CTMH 
Tiny flowers made w/ Sizzix Sizzlit die- “Hawaiian Flowers”
“Memories” tiny word banner: made w/ a CTMH roller-date style stamp
Baker’s twine and blue label: CTMH
Kraft ticket-shaped cluster base: CTMH
Tiny Kraft alphabet stickers used in title: CTMH (retired)
Tiny hearts: CTMH Thin Cuts Z3347
“DCM” circular monogram stickers: All My Memories
“Love” tiny word: Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type sticker
“Memories” tiny word: Echo Park "Fine and Dandy" collection sticker
Tiny butterflies: Impression Obsession dies DIE046-A
Painted wooden sheep: unknown- from my stash 
"Home" wood veneer- Dollarama
Adhesives: Glue Dots, Tombow tape runner, Scotch Quick Dry, Mono Liquid Aqua glue
Journaling font: Arial

Tools:

Scalloped circle punch: EK Success
Provocraft Silent Setter (used to punch holes for brads)
Creative Memories Border Maker System
CTMH  Non-stick micro-tip scissors (for fussy-cutting horse)
CTMH "My Acrylix" clear stamp blocks 2x2" and 3x3" sizes 
Sizzix Big Shot

Thanks for peeking at this new double-page LO. Have a great day, and a lovely weekend! Hope you get lots of time to scrap! 

~




Monday, February 1, 2021

Birthday cards!

Hi everyone! 
I have a couple of birthday cards to share with you today!
My 2 nephews, who are brothers, have February and March birthdays, and I wanted to make them each a card. I also wanted each one to be a little different!
The first is for William,  who will be 11 years old. :) 

Supplies:

Card base: Almond CS- CTMH 
Patterned paper (trees)- CTMH White Pines collection (retired) 
Patterned papers with orange accents: scraps
Leaves stamped on French Vanilla CS with CTMH stamp set C1504, Fall Harvest (retired)
Exclusive Inks: Autumn Terracotta (retired) and Goldrush - CTMH
Deer stamped on French Vanilla CS using CTMH stamp set D1703, Nature's Wish (retired)
Exclusive Ink: Desert Sand (retired)
The deer was popped up using  Thin 3-D Foam tape - CTMH
Edges of cardstock and papers inked with both Desert Sand and Almond Exclusive ink
Grass coloured with Copic sketch marker #G82-  Spring Dim green 

Inner greeting is: "Every day is an adventure!" from CTMH stamp set CC1020, It's Your Day (retired) and stamped in Chocolate ink (retired) 

The second card is for my nephew Zachary, who will be turning 9. :) 
 

Supplies:

Card base: Saddle CS (retired) - CTMH 
Patterned papers: BasicGrey (scraps) 
Leaves stamped on French Vanilla CS with CTMH stamp set C1504, Fall Harvest (retired)
Exclusive Inks: Autumn Terracotta (retired) and Goldrush - CTMH
Chipmunk stamped on Almond CS using CTMH stamp set D1703, Nature's Wish (retired)
Exclusive Ink: Chocolate (retired) - CTMH
The chipmunk was popped up using Thin 3-D Foam tape - CTMH
Edges of CS and papers inked with Saddle, Chocolate and Goldrush Exclusive Inks.

Inner greeting is: "Every day is an adventure!" from CTMH stamp set CC1020, It's Your Day (retired), stamped in Chocolate ink (retired). 
 
Tools used on each card:

CTMH  Non-stick micro-tip scissors for fussy-cutting
CTMH "My Acrylix" clear stamp blocks 2x2" and 3x3" sizes 

Hope you enjoyed these cards! They were fun to create. :) 

...Hubby got them mailed to New Brunswick this morning. :) 

~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Proud Mama"

Hello everyone!

Thanks for coming by today!
I'm working away at finishing up my son Bryan's 2014 High School Prom photos.
I'm doing 12x12 SB layouts and I'm getting really close to being finished! Kind of exciting to be able to see the END of my project!

This layout is being entered in the Love to Craft Challenge Blog's August 2017 "Anything Goes" Challenge.  All crafts are welcome at LTCCB and this particular challenge goes until 6 PM on the LAST day of August. There's still oodles of time to enter.

Here is my layout:
"Proud Mama" layout
created by
'Yours truly'
As always, I am also participating over at the Bash Your Stash FB group and have been making a concerted effort to use up my stash. It's a great group, so why not pop by and join us!?

Supplies used on this LO-

Eiffel Tower patterned paper: SU!

Kraft cardstock elements from the "Sangria" paper collection Complements pack: CTMH
Stickers from the "Sangria" paper collection Complements pack: CTMH
"Ready Set Go" zipstrip from "Urban" paper collection: CTMH
Peacock cardstock: CTMH
Bamboo cardstock: CTMH
"Handle with care" tag: unknown source (from my stash)
Title lettering- "Dear Lizzy" Thickers (from 2011!): 'Splendid' font
Computer font: Script MT bold

Journaling-
It was special to have this Mom and son picture taken at Centennial Park before the 2014 WKDHS Prom. It made a beautiful keepsake.
After this, we headed to the beautiful 14 Wing Annapolis Mess to see everyone arrive all dressed in their finery for this once-in-a-lifetime formal event.  
 June 24, 2014
Centennial Park, Kingston

Other captions: 
Mom/Ali with Bryan on Prom night 2014
Photo by Dad/Pete

Thanks for looking- hope you liked the page.  Be sure to pop in to LTCCB  and enter to win this month. You can also start bashing your stash along with the gang at the Bash your Stash group! Hope to see you there.
So happy you popped in today!
~

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Dancing in the Park"


These photos of Bryan and Kelsey all ready for prom were so beautiful. They are a treasure and I am so happy we have them! These two pages "go" together so I will put them in the same post.


"Dancing in the Park"
 created by
'Yours Truly'
Journaling reads:

"Dancing in the Park" 
Kelsey's family had unique ideas for setting up photo scenarios, and some very memorable photos were taken at Centennial Park before heading to the Annapolis Mess for Prom. The photos turned out beautifully!
June 24, 2014

For this LO, I used  a sheet of CTMH patterned paper with a subtle peacock feather design on it. I'd been hoarding it since September 2010, awaiting a "special" purpose.  It's from the 2010 'Magnifique' collection! Well, in these Prom LOs, I'd say that this paper found its purpose!   

Journaling was done on a scrap piece of CTMH Crystal Blue CS, using the Script MT Bold font.

The "lovely" lettered banner pieces were from a set of CTMH embellishments for the 'Balloon Ride' collection. That  paper collection was released in 2014. :) 

The turquoise sequins came from the more recent CTMH 'Florence' (2016) collection.

Brads "bashed" included traditional round brads from CTMH and Bazill, plus musical notes (from HOTP) and silver star brads (unknown source).

The large musical note was created by my scrappy/crafty friend Pam Sandy ages ago. She and her spouse had a small powdercoat business at the time and made a variety these for sale. I had been hoarding this, too, just waiting for the perfect layout to use it on!  I added some black Waxy Flax for the top of this embellie as there was a hole there

The acetate music transparency was created by Hambly. (I miss them!) I just cut what I needed, as I needed it, from a larger sheet. I only have a small piece of this left now! I secured it to the LO with tiny CTMH brads.

The old Victrola was a "Thank you" sticker I had purchased as part of a set at Dollarama. I cannot tell you how long ago THAT was! LOL I cut the "THANK YOU" part off, and used the sticker without it. I just tucked the sticker into the cluster. It seemed perfect there!

Flowers used came from my stash (I think they were all from Prima!) 

I also added a few tiny black tendrils peeking out from under the flowers. These are rub-ons from Bazzill- would you believe the date on the package says 2006?? LOL!  


Three wee little sparkly puffy "leaf" stickers finished the page. They are from the CTMH embellishment roster way back in winter 2014! 

Here is the facing page:

Natural light ~ Gorgeous colour!
created by
'Yours Truly'


Journaling reads: 
Two more beautiful photos of Kelsey and Bryan at Centennial Park before Prom. The light at this time of day really accentuated the gorgeous colour of Kelsey's gown!
June 24, 2014

For this LO, I bashed a very special piece of paper from the 'Magnifique' collection, which was released by CTMH in 2010. I felt that Kelsey's beautiful Prom gown 'deserved' to be set off by this stunning peacock paper!

I used Stickles in Mermaid,Turquoise and Diamond to accentuate the peacock's plumage. The Diamond Stickles are a fave of mine as they reflect any colour that they have been applied over!

I also used up another Bazzill chipboard key and used Copics to colour it. I tied it off with some black Waxy Flax.
Then, I layered a small metal key over the chipboard one and added some flowers, brads and gemstones/sequins to the cluster. 

I finished the page with a wood veneer arrow that  pointed to Kelsey and Bryan's picture and said "Love it".

There you have it!  A two-pager featuring the beautiful peacock paper and a beautiful couple on Prom night.

Thanks for peeking at my layouts today. I'm so glad you came by!! 


~ Ali 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Photo Memories"

This layout is another in the series I am doing about Bryan's 2014 Prom. :) 

Feels really good to be getting these done! I figure I just have a few more pictures to scrap and this goal will have been reached, and then I'm on to the next.

Here is the layout that I created: 


"Photo Memories"
created by 'Yours Truly'
The font I used for the journaling is Script MT bold. 

Journaling reads: 

When the graduates arrived at the Annapolis Mess for Prom 2014, they had their photo taken in a special area that had been set up and decorated just for this. The photographer even edited the photos and layered  the words "West Kings Prom 2014" over one of the columns in a very classy way so these memories could be saved and easily identified. Having those words on the column made the photo even more "valuable" in terms of it's use for memory-keeping.
June 24, 2014

This LO features lots of satisfying "stash-bashing"! If you have scrappy stash you'd like to bash (...and we all DO!), check out the friendliest site on FB: the "Bash Your Stash" group, HERE. We all cheer one another on!! So much is being accomplished over there. Everyone is happy and supportive of each others' efforts.

Here is what I was able to "bash" today, just on this LO! 

For the banners,I used CTMH scraps from the 'For Always' and 'Florence' collections, plus a scrap of CTMH's Black CS. I just LOVE banners as they are a great way to use up scraps! 

I had larger left-over pieces of Black and Slate CTMH CS and used them to mat some of the photos. Some left-over pieces of Crystal Blue were used for the journaling. 

A full sheet of CTMH paper from the 'Ariana' collection was used as the background.
and I even used part of the zip-strip from that same sheet. I saved the last little bit-- no doubt it will come in handy! 

The embellishment cluster you see on the lower left of the page incorporates items from K&Co., Bazzill, and CTMH. 

Here is a close-up shot of the cluster: 
Embellishment cluster

The flowers were from my stash- some came from Prima. I fussy-cut the teal coloured globe from a sheet of SU! patterned paper. The brads on the flowers were from Bazzill and CTMH.

The tiny roll of film was stamped using CTMH's C1440, a set called "Take a picture". After I stamped it in Pacifica ink on Crystal Blue CS, I cut it out. 

The Bazzill chipboard key was coloured with a Copic marker- B26 'Cobalt Blue', and tied with black CTMH Waxy Flax.

The chipboard bird embellie was from the CTMH Skylark collection.

The sparkly turquoise stars are from a current CTMH embellishment kit.

Here's how "old" some of my pretties were when I "bashed" through them:

'Waxy Flax' was from Autumn 2012 (CTMH)
'For Always' was from Spring 2013 (CTMH)
'Ariana' was from WInter 2014 (CTMH)  
'Skylark' was from Winter 2014 (CTMH)
'Florence' was from Summer 2016 (CTMH)

Hope you've enjoyed seeing all this stash-bashing and creating!! I'm really happy to be well on the way to getting all these prom photos scrapped!

Have a great day- see you again soon!
~

Friday, July 21, 2017

"Be Amazing"

Here's another installment in the ongoing creation of SB pages about Bryan's 2014 Prom!

This LO was created using some papers and a zip-strip from the CTMH "For Always" collection. I pressed some never-used CTMH stamps into service as well. Those stamps were  from a set called "This Moment" which was the  CTMH Stamp of the Month set from January 2015.

The CS is "Crystal Blue" from CTMH. I was excited when I saw how this matched the turquoise-y blue in Kelsey's dress (see other Prom photo LOs for a view of her dress)! It also matched the turquoise tie that came WITH the gown. She had given it to Bry in time for Prom! I'm also lovin' the round wooden heart embellie which was part of a black glitter Fundamental Assortment. The epoxy bubbles were from some very old CTMH stash! 
So happy to be using things up.

I have shared this LO with the Bash your Stash FB group. It's a great place to gain some incentive to use up those wonderful items that may be sitting neglected in your collection of scrappy supplies! 

I am entering this LO in the July Love to Scrap Challenge Blog's "Anything goes" Challenge. the rules of this challenge blog state that no matter what the challenge, your entries MUST include stamping. I was so excited to be able to use those new stamps,  and having a challenge that incorporates stamps was just the ticket! Why not join in?

Enough chattering!  I am so happy with the way this turned out.  


 "Debonair"
Prom 2014 LO by Yours Truly

for Challenge #99 at LTSCB 
Journaling reads:
"Debonair"
Bryan looked so debonair in his Tux before Prom!  This set of photos was taken right in our own living room. After we took them, it was time to head over to Centennial Park for some photos with Kelsey in her gown.
June 24, 2014

Thanks for looking! Have a great day! 

~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Click"

One of the things I wanted to do this year was to finish scrappin' our son Bryan's graduation and Prom. This all happened in 2014, so it was high time! 

I got his Graduation ceremony and our little family after-party all scrapbooked and have started on the Prom layouts. Bry went with a friend and we got some lovely photos with Dad's "spiffy camera"!!  

I created a page about Bryan's Prom for a challenge that I heard about from my friend Lori, who had posted about it on her blog. Thanks Lori!

This month, it's a challenge where "Anything goes" and it's Challenge #99 on the "Love to Scrap Challenge Blog", or LTSCB. 

All entries in the challenge must include some stamping. 

This was right up my alley as I have lots of beautiful My Acrylix stamps from CTMH that I am trying to incorporate more in my scrappin'. So here is my Prom page-- including stamping, for the "Anything Goes" Challenge #99 at LTSCB! 


"Click" layout created
by
 Yours Truly
 for LTSCB Challenge #99

To be sure I included the required stamping for challenges at LTSCB, I went thru all my CTMH stamps and found an older, now retired, set called "Take a picture"- C1440. In it, I found the photo frame corners, and the circle that says "A picture is worth 1000 words". I was happy to find the perfect one-word title, too:"Click" !

I used CTMH's Thistle ink for the circle stamp, and Peacock ink for the title and photo frame corners. It turned out really well and I am so happy! 

I used up some stash too! 

The folks over at the Bash your Stash FB group are really encouraging and celebrate right along with you when you manage to "bash" a few items from your scrap stash! Come join the fun at the Bash your Stash FB group

The flowers and brads have been in my stash for ages and have now found a home on a LO, as have some of the Dollarama $2 turquoise-coloured adhesive gemstones. The pennants used in my banner also came from my "CTMH-scrappy stash", but they aren't as old as everything else I used here. 

The patterned papers are from older CTMH collections- the blue background sheet and the two blue patterned cards on the right of the photo are from the Florence collection. 

The black snakeskin textured paper is from Laughing Lola, another CTMH collection from ages ago.

The beautiful dark teal banner was made from paper that came from the more recent Swan Lake CTMH paper collection.  

Journaling: 
Bryan and Kelsey had another photo taken in one of the "photo opp" areas that had been set up for Prom-goers at the Annapolis Mess. The lighting in this area really accentuated the deep, rich colour of Kelsey's dress! 
June 24, 2014

Thanks so much for peeking at my work. 
Why not see what YOU can create for the "Anything goes" challenge at LTSCB?

~

Monday, January 30, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #197

Today I'm pleased to share a new sketch with you from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

AHSC Sketch #197
Created by Michelle Stewart
 (Digitized buy Brandi Robinson) 

I found this a tough sketch so decided to use it as a basic "jumping off point." I made the card below and I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out! 


Card created by "Yours Truly"
 using AHSC Sketch #197


I decided that I'd use this card as a Valentine's Day greeting and I placed the sentiment 
"Happy Valentine's Day" inside. This one will be for my parents-in-law!
I was very excited that I was able to use a few items from my BasicGrey hoard stash  supplies in creating this card. :)     

Supplies:
Cardstock: Glacier- CTMH
Patterned paper: Regatta collection (retired)- CTMH
Water-based dye ink: Glacier - CTMH
Border sticker: Urban Prairie collection- BasicGrey (from my stash)
Large flourish/heart sticker: Urban Prairie collection BasicGrey (from my stash) 
Large butterfly- punched and sent to me by my dear friend Lois in BC
Small butterflies punched w/ a small punch purchased from Regal many years ago
Bitty sparkles : CTMH

Thanks for peeking at my latest card for Atlantic Hearts!

The sketches at this site are really useful, so why not visit and try one on for size? 
The AHSC DT would enjoy seeing what you create and will pop by your blog to leave you some love! That's always so much fun! 

You can find the guidelines for joining in right HERE

This is my final card for Atlantic Hearts. I have really enjoyed my time on their Design Team for the past two terms! 
See you soon!!


~

Monday, January 16, 2017

Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge: Sketch #195

It's always fun when it's time to create a new card with one of the wonderful sketches at Atlantic Hearts!  Just look at the great sketch we have to work with this time! 

AHSC Sketch #195
created by Michelle Stewart
 (Digitized by Brandi Robinson) 
The card I created for this sketch is below. :)  I had so much fun with it! 
 "Love You" card
created with AHSC sketch #195
I made two of them, very similar to one another, but not identical, of course.  One is a  "Love You" card, the other, a "Thank You" card. I'm going to send the "Love You" card to my parents for Valentine's Day. :) 

I love the birds flying off into the distance... so soothing! 

Supplies: 

Florence paper collection (retired) - CTMH 
Saffron cardstock- CTMH
Poppy ink- CTMH
Wood Veneer birds (retired)- CTMH 
"Love you" die cut- from a swap, from my stash
Permanent adhesive runner: Ad Tech 

Thanks so much for joining me today! Please give the new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts a try! It's a good one! 

The guidelines for playing along at AHSC are right HERE.

See you soon!  

~

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A new Christmas card!

 This month, the challenge at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round was to create a card with  snowflakes on it!

I loved the idea of  snowflakes... What better thing to include on a card made in January here in Nova Scotia than SNOWFLAKES!! We have already had lots of snow. We're about due for another big storm, I think! (I love snowstorms, as long as everyone is here with me, safe and warm.)

 Anywhoodles.. here's what I created in response to CCAYR's January challenge!!  :) 



Christmas card created
 for January 2017 Challenge
at
CCAYR
Most of you know I love a clean look for my Christmas cards. I kept it very simple this month and used my Big Shot, too! (I haven't told you this yet, but one of my SB'ing goals for 2017 was to use my tools more-- and to get into the habit of reaching for them as I worked!) 

I am very happy with the way this turned out and love the clean and simple look, too!  I made a trio of these cards, and it was very satisfying to have them all done and put away for Christmas in December!

Supplies:  

Snowflake: Thin Cuts (retired)- CTMH
White Daisy cardstock: scrap from my stash- CTMH 
Black snowflake patterned paper including zip strip: Snowhaven collection (retired)- CTMH
Cranberry cardstock- CTMH
Merry Christmas stamp- unknown brand (from my stash) 
Black archival ink- CTMH
Red faux gemstone- Dollarama

Tools:

Big Shot die cutting machine
Snowflake Thin Cuts ( retired) 
Fiskars trimmer #Z7183 -  purchased from my CTMH "store" 


Hope you like my card: I had so much fun creating it! I absolutely LOVE working on the DT at CCAYR. Why not stop by Christmas Cards all Year 'Round before the end of January, and play along!? Here are the simple guidelines for joining in. There are prizes to be had, of course! ;) And, wouldn't YOU love to have a few Christmas cards made ahead of time? 

Really looking forward to seeing you soon over at CCAYR!
~

Monday, January 2, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #193

There is as wonderful new Sketch up over at Atlantic Hearts this week! Have a peek! 

AHSC Sketch #193
 created by Michelle Stewart
(Digitized by Brandi Robinson)

I SOMEHOW had the wrong date written on my Design Team assignment and almost didn't make the deadline for this sketch!! I was horrified at the mistake I'd made on the due date! With a little encouragement from Michelle, (bless her) I was on my way. 

I created a card using some very special paper from the BasicGrey "Oh Baby! Girl" collection, which I have had in my stash forever. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the paper I used as a background for this card and decided to really let it shine. It's one of the last pieces of this collection that I had left over, just a scrap, but... Oh, I just love it so much!! There is still a teensy bit of it left, and I will use it on something special-- probably a scrapbook layout that tells yet another family story. (I actually used a larger piece of this beautiful paper on a very special LO right before Christmas. I promise I will show that to you soon-- in another post!!)

Here's my card!
"Thanks" card
 created by Yours Truly
using AHSC Sketch #193 as inspiration
I used the sketch as my "jumping-off point" for this card. As you can see, I didn't follow it exactly. But that's what sketches are "for"-- to act as inspiration!

I decided to create a "Thanks" card as I was in woefully short supply of those. They're very handy... Plus I got to use a brand new CTMH stamp!

Supplies:
Glacier cardstock- CTMH
Patterned paper for background- BasicGrey: Oh Baby! Girl collection 
Orange patterned paper strip- CTMH: Hopscotch collection (retired)
Strip of sparkly trim- CTMH Shimmer Trim: Aqua
Thanks stamp-  "All The Thanks" CTMH: B1536
Ink- CTMH: Lagoon, Crystal Blue (retired) and Indian Corn Blue (retired)
Flowers- various types: all from my stash
Flower centres- CTMH: Enamel and glitter duos- "Blue dots"
                          Echo Park:  "Fall is in the Air" enamel dots
Adhesives- CTMH: Liquid Glass
                   Ad Tech: Permanent Crafter's Tape 

And there you have it! Another fun card created with an Atlantic Hearts Sketch! 

Why not pop on over to AHSC and join us? The guidelines for joining in are simple and easy to follow. Love to see you there! 

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #191

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Sketch #191 by Michelle Stewart
 digitized by  Brandi Robinson

Just look at the wonderful sketch that Michelle Stewart created for us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week! 
As soon as I saw it, I thought it'd be an awesome sketch to use for a layout! 
I was creating two albums for my parents and parents-in-law as a Christmas gift. In them, I displayed photos of their first Great-Grandbaby, Lilia, and I wanted them to have a place to display a pic of Lilia on her first Christmas: Dec 25, 2016.

So... here's what I created using this wonderful sketch: 


Layout created using AHSC Sketch #191
I flipped the sketch 1/4 turn to the left to create this layout.  I used CTMH's beautiful Glacier cardstock and a CTMH ink called Crystal Blue. These pair up beautifully with CTMH's Cranberry cardstock and ink!  
The paper collections I used on this layout are retired now. They are Snowhaven and White Pines. 
The red hearts were from CTMH and so were the shiny silver puffy stickers. The red gemstones came from Dollarama ages ago. I used my Nouveau font and Big Shot to cut out the title lettering for "BABY's". 

I will mail the photo of Lilia out to them so they can complete to layout. :) 

Thanks so much for coming by to see my creation. I really hope you like the page I designed using this sketch and can come play along at AHSC this week! Here are the guidelines for joining in

See you over at AHSC! And... Merry Christmas!! 
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