Tuesday, 30 June 2009

a dog's life mini book

I decided to end the month of June with a bang! Here is my dog mini album! Been awhile since I made one... I made this special little mini book for the Scrappin' With Friends store. It is my first design team project so I hope they like it. (I included most pages but not all of them)
All the letters were cut out with my cuttlebug Olivia font. I stiched around some photos and on some ribbon so I hope it is ok because all the products were sposta come from the store.
Some of the pages are smaller. I think it is more exciting that way.
Rocky is a very comical, weird and amusing dog. I tried to capture that in the photos and journaling.
I used this picture on a recent layout. I like it because it is a view you dont normally think to look at.
This journaling is talking about things Rocky herars alot. Some are bad and some are good things but all are pretty funny.
I used adhesive on the back and wrinkled up the ribbon. I then stiched over it to give it the ruffle effect.
I stiched over the cuttlebug letters to add intrest. The title contrasts with the journaling in a poetic sense.
See the shorter pages? Pretty cool I think.

Supply List: all can be found at Scrappin' With Friends (Strathmore AB, Canada)

  • ink- tea dye distress ink
  • paper- glitz design rebel collection, blue, dark brown, caramel, red
  • other- ric rac, blue ribbon, crackle paint, 7 gypsies note cards, prima essentials 6 mommy & me

Monday, 29 June 2009

2S4Y challenge

I cannot believe June is almost over! I am going to Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney concerts durring Stampede week! Very exciting! We also plan to attend the chucks and Marianas Trench on the Coke Stage. So many fun Stampede events, so little time! Enough of my Calgary news...
This card is for this week's challenge over at 2S4Y. A very cool sketch with so many possibilities!

Thursday, 25 June 2009


For this page I did something a bit wierd/cool. Sadly I had run out of dark brown 12x12 cardstock and I really wanted to use that for the background. Instead I used a vanila colour and painted it! I sanded the edges to distress it. I also sanded a circle and stiched around it.
I used some chipboard letters and covered them with blue bayou paper. To make them sparkle I used some glitter fabric paint and clear glue. The buttons were stiched on with embroidery floss.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

dogs are just kids with fur

Well I had a crazy day. Some would say it was an awful day but I try to be positive. I got very lost in the big scary city. I am pretty tired so sorry about the dullness.Anyway, here is a recent layout I did. I love this photo of my dog because it captures his very rare lazy mood. He is such a funny guy.
I found this title in a book I have and I think it really suits Rocky. He is noisy, immature, hyper, a tad rude, he requires naps, and is very cute. All child-like qualities :)
The ribbon I used has wire in it so it was easy to shape into a ruffle. I then adhered it to the paper and stiched over it. The "buttons" are actually just chipboard circles I stiched on.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

The Design Team

I got the job at Scrappin' With Friends! I don't think I will get very many hours but I am really excited to be on their design team. They give me free product, I make something cool, they display it, then I get to keep what I made! I think its a pretty sweet deal. Here is the stuff I have right now to work with. I absolutely LOVE these papers from Glitz Design. They are from the rebel collection. The cute note cards are 7 Gypsies and the flowers are from Prima.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

New York Trip - this city never stops

I really wanted to make these photos stand out so I used a limited colour combo. These photos were taken while I was riding a big tour bus so that caused the blurryness. I actually really like how they look because they are similar to the pictures you see of New York that try to make it look like everything is moving really fast.
the tallest velum building is the Empire State Building. I printed my journaling on the computer and cut it into strips. I like doing this because it is quick and organized looking.

New York Trip - Photos

Here are the photo's I used on the "this city never stops" page!

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Father's Day

Well Father's Day is not until tomorrow but my dad doesn't read my blog (he is a bit anti-computer) so I don't have to worry about him seeing this. I based it on the 2S4Y sketch. Today is the last day to submit so this is a bit last minute.
This card was very quick so to add some intrest I stiched across the chipboard letters. This also holds them on because since they overlap the adhesive was not very strong and was coming off.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Sweet Like a Popsicle

This card is special for one of my best friends! She recently turned 16 and I think the colours of this card really suit her. (I hope she doesn't see this before I give it to her!) I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch and I really liked the tallness of the layout. I usually never do this without inspiration and the sketch was definately inspiring. I used a grungeboard oval and some numbers from the elements package for the "16". I used my inks to watercolour the popsicles to match the papers.

Supply List:

  • ink- pumpkin pie, cameo coral, real red, chocolate chip, black
  • paper- tangerine tango, blue bayou, chocolate chip, certainly celery, basic grey cardamon, pink paislee rugged
  • stamps- imaginisce popsicle
  • other- sewing machine, grungeboard, weathered wood crackle paint, edge distresser, ribbon, paintbrush

Monday, 15 June 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #35

Today was my last day of school! YES! I have a Science exam on wednesday and then I will be completely free to craft all day! (unless I get the job I really want and excluding vacation time)

I am really loving doing all these challenges! Recently I have done 3 2S4Y challenges, PTW and now a Cuttlebug one! The challenge over at Cuttlebug Challenges is to make a card about your favourite movie. Iron Man is definately at the top of my list. This might be because I saw it in a drive in theatre but it was still really great! My card uses some Iron Man postage stamp pictures. I really like the comic look and vintage feel.
In the picture below you can see the bit of embossing I did on the purple layer. I used the circles embossing folder. On the yellow background I used a journaling stamp to make all the dots. I like using the dotted line and solid lines for not only journaling but background stamping.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

sweet summer time

Here is my card for the Papertake Weekly Chalenge! The challenge is to make a card with a shoe on it. I chose this cute flip flop stamp because it is very summery! (also the only shoe-typed thing I have...)
Here is a close up. To colour the stamp I first used clear ep on the black outline. This is an easy substitue to stazon ink. Next I diped my brush tip into some water and dabbed it on a cloth. I inked the brush on the edge of an inkpad and blended the light ink colour into the paper.
It is okay to mix black elements with brown! The outlines on the flip flops, numbers and bike are black and the stiching and words are brown.
Here are the new flip flops I got today! I just decided to share them because they relate to my card.... Sadly my dog ate my favourite pair so while I was off buying some to replace my old favourites I also got these!
Supply List:

  • ink- black, tea dye distress ink, chocolate chip, not quite navy, green galore, green pigment
  • paper- not quite navy, gable green, very vanila
  • stamps- Imaginisce flip flop, French scrip
  • other- printed add, TH ticket, SU brads, sewing machine, clear ep, paint brush

Saturday, 13 June 2009

A Jar!

My exciting news of the day: I applied for a job at a scrapbook store! I really hope they call soon and look at my resume. I included pictures of some of my work. I am really excited because I need to save money for the school Spain trip next spring and a job spending time with all those amazing scrapbook supplies would be a sweet way to do it! This was a very quick project but it will be very versatile. I might keep flowers or buttons in it I think. I actually punched 4 holes in the metal lid so I could sew on the button through all the flowers.
I just figured out how to make these cool tinfoil/newsprint flowers. They are a cross between my other newsprint flowers (tutorial) and the flowers that Donna makes. Her flowers are so great! You should definately check out all the Leah's Scrapbook Room videos, they have so many cool ideas.
Here are some chipboard keys I covered with newsprint. They are just tied around the jar with ribbon.

Thursday, 11 June 2009


Here is my card for this week's 2S4Y challenge! It is the second week of the Ultimate Card Showdown and although you can no longer enter to win the grand prize (unless you are among the very talented top 30) there are still lots of great prizes to be won! You should definately check out all the awesome cards and even join the challenge!This week I tried something very out of my comfort zone. I put a picture on my card! I really wanted to use this grungeboard frame and I thought these buildings would look great in it. This is a picture I took when I was in New York. It is the view from the Empire State Building! I tried to pick up the very subtle colours in the picture and the stripe paper actually works pretty well.
Supply List:
  • ink- tea dye distress ink, chocolate chip, blue colorbox pigment ink
  • paper- SU tangerine tango, Basic Grey equation from Recess collection, Making Memories passport, black
  • other- creative imaginations "discover" rub on, sewing machine, grungboard, antique linen crackle paint, flowers, button, printed ticket, TH edge distresser, MM brads

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A book from 1948!

So you know your house is old when... you find a book on your shelf from 1948! Well im sure we picked this up somewhere but it was very out of place on our shelf yet no one remembers seeing it.
This is the cover. I started reading the first chapter and it looks cool. A very quick read.
Inside it has the copyright thing. I was very surprised to see how old it was! 61 years! Ok im sorry, that is not old for a person but in a book's life it is old I would say...
The pages are actually alot more stained than you can see in this photo. I really wanted to rip some out to use on a project but I couldnt bring myself to do it. Maybe if I had alot of old books.... I should start a collection!

Here is one of the pictures. You can see the stain on this page.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Happy Birthday Cammalleri!

This card is a tribute to my favourite hockey player! Today is Mike Cammalleri's birthday! He currently plays for the Calgary Flames (my favourite team!) and I REALLY want them to resign him! I can hope... Well anyway I hope he searches his name today and he sees my card! It could happen...
Again I used the paint resist... I'm bet you are no longer surprised :) The graph paper is from Scenic Route and the lined paper is Making Memories.
You might be concerned that I made a card for a hockey player, yet I almost forgot to make my brother's birthday card... do not worry, I believe I am okay.