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21 posts from February 2010

February 25, 2010

EGGCOUTREMENTS CARD

For today's post I'm featuring one of the cards from the Eggcoutrements Stamp Set, which is the Stamp of the Month for the March 25th class.This is a very cute stamp set and all the images are reverse stamping meaning that the background gets the color and the actual image is left blank.

SCALLOPED EASTER CARD

I love the scallop stamp along the top of the card which has very delicate flowers along the edge which I colored with a Barely Banana Marker.   This stamp set is very whimsical in style and each of the stamps works well with one of our co-ordinating punches.  For this simple card I chose a palette of Bermuda Bay, Whisper White and just a hint of Barely Banana.  For the embellishments I used pearls and our Whisper White Organza ribbon, which both suit the delicate design of this card.

Did you know that each of our In Colors have matching Designer Paper?  They are found on page 161 of your catalogue and are called the Patterns Designer Series paper.  I love these papers because they contain such delicate images such as the polka dots featured on this card.  Here's a look at the patterns in each of the packages:

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Besides the In Colors these great papers also come in 8 other colors from our Earth Elements, Rich Regals and Soft Subtles palettes.  

I am now accepting registrations for the Eggcoutrements Stamp of the Monthclass so please register by March 1st to allow time for me to order in your supplies.  Hope to see you there!

 

February 24, 2010

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COLOUR BLOCKING SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT

Are you all set for today's layout?  Another quickie for sure!  Another way to show off my beautiful grand-daughter as she's playing in the snow.  Here's the sketch:

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COLOR BLOCKING-002

This colour blocking layout is so versatile.  You can start with your card stock as your base or your designer paper.  In the sketch I started with the paper, in my actual layout I started with the card stock as my base.  The wonderful thing about all 3 of these layouts is that you don't waste any card stock or papers.  It's all used! 

Here's my sample of this sketch, you'll see that the positions of the papers and card stock are reversed:

Winter Fun Pages

Also as with the other layouts you can alter the position and orientation of both the pages and the photo mats and achieve many different looks.  Here's how to create this:

  • Lay down 2 sheets of 12 x 12 background papers or card stock that match
  • Choose a complimentary paper 12 x 12 and cut it at 8".  Now you have an 8 x 12" piece and a 4 x 12" piece.  Stack these 2 pieces together in your cutter so that the 12" sides are at the top of your cutter, with the left hand side of both pieces at the 7" mark on your cutter and slice.  You now have 4 pieces that measure: 7 x 8", 5 x 4", 5 x 8",  and 7 x 4".  Adhere these to your base so that just the corners of the blocks are touching and adhere them in place.
  • Next take a piece of card stock or designer paper that measures 12 x 12 and cut 4 strips that measure 12 x 1/4".  These are adhered along the edges of the last pieces as shown.  It really makes them pop off of the page
  • Take your remaining piece of 12 x 11 and place it in the cutter with the 12" side along the top and the left edge lined up with the 6" mark on the cutter. Cut the piece in half.  Stack the two pieces together and line them up with the 11" side at the top of your cutter.  Line up the left hand side to 7" and cut, then at 3" and cut again.  You have just created 4 photo mats. 
  • The remaining piece measure 6 x 3" and these can be used as journaling blocks or cut in to 3 x 3 blocks for smaller photos. You can see where I added these on the sketch and my final project.

I hope you enjoyed these Scrapbook Layouts and will try them at home.  The beauty of them is how simply and quickly you can achieve some great layouts.  Of course embellishments are added for that extra flair and your personal touch.

Be sure to leave a comment so that you will get an entry to the Spring Soiree 2010 on-line class!  Thanks for stopping by friends!




 

 

 



 
 

February 23, 2010

5/7 SPLIT SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT

As I promised you yesterday, I'm going to show you another quick and easy scrapbook layout that you can do in short period of time.  This one is called the 5/7 split because you take a 12 x 12 piece of card stock and cut it at 7" resulting in 2 pieces of card stock that become the foundations for your pages.  Here's the sketches:

5-7 SPLIT LAYOUTS-001

5-7 SPLIT LAYOUTS-002

Here is a finished layout using this sketch:

CHRISTMAS EVE 

Once again to change the look of this layout simply re-arrange your photo mats in different positions and orientations.  You could also turn the basic layout around and get all kinds of different combinations for your pages.

Here are the complete directions for creating this double page layout:

  • Choose 2 matching or co-ordinating designer papers and lay them side by side
  • Cut a piece of 12 x 12 card stock at 7" to create one piece that measures 12 x 7 and one piece that measures 12 x 5.  Adhere these to the pages as shown
  • Next take a piece of card stock or designer paper that measures 12 x 12 and cut 4 strips that measure 12 x 1/4".  These are adhered along the edges of the last pieces as shown.  It really makes them pop off of the page
  • Take your remaining piece of 12 x 11 and place it in the cutter with the 12" side along the top and the left edge lined up with the 6" mark on the cutter. Cut the piece in half.  Stack the two pieces together and line them up with the 11" side at the top of your cutter.  Line up the left hand side to 7" and cut, then at 3" and cut again.  You have just created 4 photo mats. 
  • The remaining piece measure 6 x 3" and these can be used as journaling blocks or cut in to 3 x 3 blocks for smaller photos. 

Be sure to tune in tomorrow and I will show you how to do the Color Blocking Layout, which is just as simple and fast.

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post so you can get a chance to win a free registration to the Spring Soiree 2010 on-line class!


  

February 22, 2010

SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT 8'S IN THE GUTTER

On Saturday, I had such a fun day.  I had my Holiday Club in the morning and it such a great group of ladies and we had so much fun!  There was lots of laughing, lots of prizes and even a great challenge for the Christmas in July Class.  Don't worry I'll have more details about that later and you will all get to see the creations and vote on your favorites! 

Then in the afternoon I was a presenter at the All Day Crop in Upper Hammonds Plains where I got to meet another group of great ladies and teach them how to do some quick and easy layouts with their scrapbook pages.  I promised them to post all the instructions on-line so for the next few days I'll be featuring these layouts and how simple it is to recreate them.

Today's  double page layout is called 8's in the Gutter and is created with a base of 2- 12 x 12 pieces of Paper, 2- 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock and then another piece of 12 x 12 that is cut in 6 - 4 x 6" mats for your photos.

Here's a sketch of the design that I whipped up on My Digital Studio:

8's in the Gutter-001 You can see the designer 12 x 12 in the background, the red 8-1/2 x 11 piece in the gutter and then the 3 photo mats that measure 4 x 6. 

The facing page will just be the mirror image of this design as seen in the next picture, below.

It's very easy to change the looks of these layouts by rotating the whole page to get different layouts.

Another simple way to alter the look is to change up your 4 x 6 photo mats in both orientation and position.

8's in the Gutter-002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a scrapbook layout that I did of this very simple layout to show you how easy it is to then add your embellishments, titles and a bit of journaling.

Christmas Day 
 

Here are the step by step directions for this layout:

  • Choose 2 matching or co-ordinating designer papers and lay them side by side.
  • Choose 2 - 8-1/2" x 11" pieces of card stock in a nice contrasting color to the original pages and adhere them in the gutters of both pages.
  • Choose another color of 12 x 12" card stock that will contrast with the other colors and cut in in half at 6".  You now have 2 pieces of 12 x 6" of card stock.
  • Stack these pieces together and line them up in your cutter with the long side against the top of the cutter and the left hand edge aligned with 12" mark on the cutter's guide.  Cut the two pieces together at 8" and 4".  You now have 6 photo mats measuring 4 x 6".  Arrange these on your layout as desired and adhere.
  • Crop your photos and add them to the photo mats.
  • Add embellishments, journaling and titles to complete your pages.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow to learn how to do the 5/7 Split Layout.

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post so you can get a chance to win a free registration to the Spring Soiree 2010 on-line class!

February 17, 2010

CANADIAN SWAP FROM USTAMP

Once again I have some great swaps that I received in participating in the Canadians Only swap at UStamp, With Love 2010.  All swaps had to be in a valentine theme and have red or pink cardstock included in the design.  Here are all the projects I received:

Canadian Swap Card #1
Card by Scrappy Wonder from New Brunswick

Canadian Swap Card #2

Artist Unknown

Canadian Swap Card #3 Outside

Canadian Swap Card #3 Inside

Paula Jensen from British Columbia 

Canadian Swap Card #4

Charisse Brodowich Unknown Location

Canadian Swap Card #5

Donna Henley Unknown Location

What's your favorite???

If you would like to take part in the next UStamp be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a  free registration to the event!!!

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February 16, 2010

SWAP SISTER PROJECTS

One of the exciting things that happens at UStamp is you have the opportunity to participate in a world wide swap if you want.  My swap sister, Lynn, shipped her projects all the way from Australia and they are just too cute to not share with you!  She created an adorable Recipe Box and 3 Cards using the Tart & Tangy designer paper which is now retired here in Canada.

Recipe Box Outside

Recipe Box Inside

Tart & Tangy Card Trio

This post is for you Lynn!  Thanks again for the wonderful projects you made for me!

If you would like to take part in the next UStamp be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a  free registration to the event!!!

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February 15, 2010

MOJO MONDAY 126 CARD

Here's this weeks sketch from Mojo Monday Blog Challenge"

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Here is my version of their design:

For You Card
 This is also one of my samples for my Olympic Color Challenge.  Be sure to enter to have your chance to win the FREE registration to the Spring Soiree Online Class.


I am a guest designer for UStamp with Dawn and friends!!!

Spring Soiree 2010

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This fabulous online class begins on March 19th, 2010. 

VIEW ALL THE DETAILS HERE!

The second way to qualify for a FREE registration is to simply leave comments on any of my blog posts from February 15- March 15th.  Winners will be selected randomly on March 16th and will receive an invation to the events on March 19th.

EXCITING NEWS FOR ME AND YOU!!!

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I am a guest designer for UStamp with Dawn and friends!!!

Spring Soiree 2010

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This fabulous online class begins on March 19th, 2010. 

VIEW ALL THE DETAILS HERE!

I will be giving away 2 free registrations for this event.  To qualify to enter the draw simply leave comments on any of my blog posts from February 15- March 15th.  Winners will be selected randomly on March 16th and will receive an invation to the events on March 19th.

MONDAY'S MARVELOUS PROJECT - NOUVEAU CHIC CARDS

Happy Monday everyone!  I love the beginning of a new week, new people to meet, new adventures to take and of course new stamping projects to start!

You all know how I'm such a Designer Paper addict!  I just received a package of the Noveau Chic designer paperand wow it's so much nicer in person than in the catalogue.   I think I'm in love!!!

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Anyway I got playing with it and my brayer and here are the cards I came up with.  Card #1 is also got some brayered Bridesmaid Specialty Paper thrown in the mix as well.

Nouveau Chic Card #1

Card-stock: Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow & Bridesmaid Specialty Paper

D/P: Noveau Chic

Tools: Brayer, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Curly Label Punch

Stamp Set: Whimsical Words SAB

Ink: Sage Shadow, Basic Gray

It never ceases to amaze me how nice the Bridesmaid paper looks when it's brayered with a different color.  I think the Sage Shadow looks so soft and elegant with the beautiful metallic design showing through, which just naturally resists the Classic ink.  I also love our new Satin Ribbons and if you missed my special on them it's not too late to get in on the deal.

Here's the second card that I made with this papers:

Nouveau Chic Card #2

Did you know that you can use your brayer on designer paper and create a resist technique?  Here's how you do it.  Simply stamp your image in Versamark ink on to the designer paper and then emboss it with clear embossing powder and heat set until melted.  Next I brayered Basic Gray ink over the paper and voila!; the flowers resisted the ink and only the designer paper shows through the clear ink.  I love how the flowers stand out and some of the writing on their stamp picked up the writing.  To match the color in the paper I chose Apricot Appeal card-stock, buttons and ribbon.  Who would have thought that Basic Gray, Apricot Appeal and Sage Shadow would look so wonderful together?  All the stamped images on this particular card were from the Vintage Vogue Stamp Set which is now one of my favorites. I also love the background paper which is so soft looking and looks like it was very lightly sponged.  Gorgeous stuff!

Be sure to try these cards and the resist technique on designer paper at home.  Chase away those Monday blues by getting your stamps out and create a little fun!
  


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