Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sketchabilities-Sketch 76

Hi friends!
We have a new layout from Sketchabilities to share with you today!
Here is my take on the sketch...
 
My Dad turned 60 this summer and this layout is of my kids helping him blow out the candles on his cake. My Dad is not a big party kind of guy so we just had a small family celebration with a nice dinner and his favorite chocolate cake. We didn't want to burn the house down with 60 candles so we made due with 6 LOL ;)
 
and a few close ups...

Supplies used: Patterned Papers-Echo Park, Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon; Letter stickers-Echo Park; number stickers-Pink Paislee; flags-Echo Park, Elle's Studio; Tags-Elle's Studio; brads-Kaisercraft; Twine-The Twinery; misc-buttons, embroidery floss.
 
I hope you will join us and play along with the sketch. Link up your layouts at Sketchabilities by October 13th for a chance to win an amazing prize and be featured on the Sketchabilities blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by
Have a great day
~Becky

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Elle's Studio Hop WINNER!!!!

Goodmorning! Today I get to choose a winner of these two new items from Elle's Studio. 
 
There were 34 lovely comments left on my blog post, and random.org chose comment 25.
 
 
so that means....
 
 
that JEN is the winner!
 
CONGRATS JEN!!! Email me your mailing address to rebol (at) shaw (dot) ca and I'll get your prize sent off to you!
 
Thanks to all of you who hopped along with us!
Have a great weekend
~Becky
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Elle's Studio blog hop!

 
 
Today we are celebrating the release of Elle’s Studio’s two new lines for Autumn and Christmas: Spooky Tales and Be Merry! They are hitting the stores this week and you can also get them at the website now!

The Spooky Tales line works great for Autumn/Fall AND Halloween! And, the Be Merry line is perfect for Christmas layouts, cards, and would work great for your December Daily! And, as a bonus, with both lines they’ve also worked in tons of tags that are perfect for Project life!

I love Halloween and Christmas! There are always so many great photos to scrapbook. From cute costumes and trips to the pumpkin patch to baking cookies and trimming the Christmas tree, these new tags from Elle's will cover it all! I always like the circle tags the best! I think it is because all my scrapbooking is so square, I like the contrast of a circle tag to embellish my project.

On my sneek peek project I didn't use any circles though!

Here’s a little peek of one of my projects for the October gallery that is debuting on October 1st. The supplies I used in this sneak peek are: Spooky Tales Pennants and Spooky Tales Large Journaling Tags
 

My project would be a perfect item to decorate your home during the fall holiday season. Place it on a mantle during your Thanksgiving dinner, or incorporate it as part of a center piece. It is a great item to help your family share what they are thankful for. Are you intrigued yet? Do you think you know what it is? I hope you will check back on Monday October 1st when our Design Team Gallery goes LIVE!!!

and now for the best part!....

Today I get to giveaway two of my favorite items from the new release to one lucky winner! Leave a comment to be entered to win the Spooky Tales 3 inch circles, and the Be Merry Journaling Tags in mixed sizes. I’ll draw one winner on Saturday, September 29th, so make sure you check back to see if you’ve won!
And, don't forget to keep going! There are different prizes and winners at every stop in the hop - you have 13 more chances to WIN:

Becky <<< you are here <<<

Have a great day!
I'd love it if you started following my blog :)
~Becky

Monday, September 24, 2012

it's officially Fall...

and I have a Fall themed card to share with you over at the Scrapbooking Cafe blog. Also, don't forget that today is the last day to submit your entries in our "Fall Along with Us" Challenge! Here is a little sneek peek of todays card, but you can see the whole post HERE.
Have a great day
~Becky

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vote for THE funniest Canadian MOM!!!

Hi Friends!

Are you a mom? Do you know a mom? are you a woman? then you will be able to relate to the hillarious stories that Kyla tells on her blog Mommy's Weird.  Kyla is from my home town and she is the gal who keeps me in stitches with her tell it like it is, no holding back, ocassional F bomb throwing blog about being a woman and a mom.
 
It is so exciting that she has been nominated as one of the Top 25 Canadian Moms for 2012 on Circle of Moms.
 
I would love it if you went HERE and voted for her! Just scroll down until you find Mommy's Weird and VOTE!!!!
 
And as a side note, if you don't already regularly read Kyla's blog...YOU SHOULD! She's hillarious ;)
 
Have a great day.

Friends with Flair Friday

Happy Friday friends! Are you as glad the weekend is here as I am?
 
I have three cards to share with you today. I originally made them for my DT at Scrapy Land and they were posted on the SL blog, but I haven't shared them here yet.
 
So anyways, I decided to share them today because all three cards have sentiments from Unity Stamps (my FAVE!) and today is Friends with Flair Friday at Unity
 
Don't you just love it when you find a product that you can get multiple uses out of? More bang for your buck shall we say?! Well this little 2x2 sunshine die from Lifestyle Crafts/Quickuts is just that!
I have created three DIFFERENT projects to share with you using this die.
 
Firstly, I used the die as a center to this flower... 
 
then I used it as a graphic element and framed the number on this little boy's birthday card...
 
And finally, I used it as it was intended...as a SUN!

If you want to see all the yummy goodies I used to create these cards, head on over to the Scrapy Land blog post
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
~Becky

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

SOUS card sketch: Sept 19-Oct 2

Hello friends!

Today is another card sketch reveal day at Stuck on U Sketches. This sketch comes to us from the oh so talented Leah Schaeffer.
and here is my take on the sketch
 
I cut a few of the patterns in the Prima Almanac collection into strips for the background. I wanted to keep this card neutral so I only used kraft, white and black. I layered a real doily with a stamped doily. I love the look of white embossing powder on kraft paper. I added the chipboard bird that my dear friend Katie gave me from her stash (I love the embossing on it), and the sentiment from Unity Stamps which I thought went really nicely with the bird.
 
 Supplies used: Patterned Papers-Prima;  Cardstock-Stampin Up; Doily Stamp-October Afternoon; Sentiment stamp-Unity Stamp Co; Embossing Powder-American Crafts; Doily-My Little Yellow Bicycle; Chipboard bird-Michaels; Button-My Minds Eye; Misc-hemp string, lace ribbon, embroidery floss.

This sketch challenge is up for the next two weeks. I hope you will play along and link up your card at SOUS for a chance to be featured in our Top 3!
 
Have a great day
~Becky

Monday, September 17, 2012

my happy scrappy place :)

Hi friends! Today I want to introduce you to my happy place :) It's not much, but it is all mine and I love it. We live in a tiny cramped little house, but my hunny has been nice enough to allow me to take over this corner of the kitchen for my scrapbooking.
I love to see how other people store and organize their scrapbooking stuff so I thought I would share my space with you.
This is pretty much my workspace right here...Let me break it all down for you.
This is the area to the left of my workspace. Our family computer is here and on the shelves you can see where I store my full sheets of cardstock as well as some other mixed media goodies on the top shelf.
This antique sideboard holds most of my stuff. I have labelled everything for you, but keep scrolling down for some close ups. Let's first take a look at the stuff on the top of the sideboard...
For now my copics live in this green bag. Right now they are organized into warm and cool colors. I have plans for alternate storage but I haven't been able to put it into use yet. I store my ink pads in the plastic bin on the bottoms there and all the other inky stuff like embossing ink, mists, heat gun, sponges etc, and probably a few more ink pads are in the basket on top.
The blue box holds my dies and embossing folders. I don't have that many right now so the box works quite nicely. When my collection grows, which I am sure it will do, I'll have to figure something else out. The large hanging folder box keeps my papers all contained. I organize them by manufacturer so I can find what I'm looking for. At the back of the bin, I have some files organized by color to hold smaller paper scraps. Then of course there is my ancient cuttlebug....it's about 8 years old I think, and it's still kickin!
Now for the inside...
This is the top left drawer of the sideboard. As you can see it holds my punches, although I am rapidly running out of room in there. I may have to figure out something else soon, cause I love punches! they are just so darn heavy!
In the bottom left door I keep my bigger containers.
This embellishment basket holds most of my misc embellies. I like to keep them in the manufacturer's packages so I can remember the names etc. for blog posts and project submissions. This basket usually lives on my desk for easy access, but when I get all tidied up it lives in the bottom right cupboard door.

The long drawer that goes the length of the sideboard holds a mishmash of other 'stuff.' I didn't take a picture of the inside of it because you wouldn't be able to tell what anything was in the mess so I took a few things out to show you...
I am using old plastic containers from Stampin Up stamps to hold my flowers. I have one for each color family: Red/Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Blue, Black/White, Brown/Cream.
I looooove washi tape, but I am just starting to grow my collection. Right now they live in a little cardboard box in that long drawer...nothing fancy. I would love to have them out where I can see them while I work, but as you can see space is limited.

On the first picture of my space you might have noticed a green cloth bag hanging from the door of the sideboard. That bag holds my cardstock scraps...let me show you...
I have an 8.5x11 page protector for each color of paper. All the scraps of a certain color are thrown in there and all the page protectors are kept in the green bag.
This box is my FAVORITE storage item! It is actually meant to organize photos but I just love it for keeping my stray embellies in check (in rainbow order of course). I've got everything in these; brads, buttons, jewels, twine, paperclips etc.
This is the view from under my table. The green grocery store bin holds my projects that are already organized and ready to go, or projects that I have started but not completed. In the old suitcase I have stamp sets that I am currently using so that they are ready and on hand.

And now for the top of my workspace...

And my scrappy buddy Paisley, who loves to sit by the window and watch for the neighbours kitties to go by!
Now I cleaned up my space to share it with you but let's be real here. My table is never so tidy! it usually looks something like this...
or WORSE! lol ;)

What does your happy scrappy space look like? I would love to see it! Link it up to the comments secion so I can see!

Have a great day!
~Becky
Scrap Circus


Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Creative Sketches: September Sketch

Today I get to share the September sketch from My Creative Sketches. This fun one was designed by Kim Keane.
 
 Here is my take on the sketch...

 
 I have to admit, this sketch freaked.me.out! Circles? What? I don't cut my photos into shapes! When I first saw the sketch I had flashbacks to the way things were done back when I started scrapbooking. Photos cut into various shapes and this was back before digital cameras so some ladies cut up their ORIGINAL PHOTOS, never to be put together again! I swore I would never cut my photos into anything but squares and rectangles, but I gave it some thought, and now that photos are digital I figured, 'what they heck'...the sketch calls for circles, so circles it is!
 
 

I added the buttons randomly around the page to look like drops of water and to fill some of the empty space in the top right corner.
 
 
 I printed the largest photo as an 8x10 and used my Cricut to cut a circle large enough. For the smaller photos my Spellbinders did the trick.
 
Supplies used: Pattern Papers-October Afternoon, Crate Paper, American Crafts, My Minds Eye; Cardstock- American Crafts; Scalloped Edge Circle die-Spellbinders; Circle dies-Spellbinders, Large circle cutter-Cricut Machine, Scalloped edge punch-EK Success; Twine-Devine Twine; Glitter letters-American Crafts Thickers, Misc-buttons.
 
 Well, that is it for me today. I hope you were inspired by myself and the rest of the MCS team and that you will play along for your chance to win an amazing prize!
Link your layouts up at My Creative Sketches. You have until October 14th to join the fun!

Have a great day
~Becky

Saturday, September 15, 2012

SCO Fall Theme Blog Hop

If you are looking for the SKETCHABILITIES post please click HERE

Hi friends!  Welcome to the Scrapbooking Cafe Online's first ever challenge! You should have arrived here from Anita's blog Crafty Girl Designs. Since school begun and and Halloween is just around the corner we thought our first challenge should be a Fall Theme. We want to see your creations! So create any paper item with a fall feel to it. That can be a card, scrapbook page, mixed media or what else you like to create as long as it has something that represents fall on it. Easy peasy right?!!

Here is a card I whipped up as a sample. I really wanted to create a layout but I ran out of time, so I decided on a card instead. Now I don't really make thanksgiving or halloween themed cards so I had to give this challenge some thought. How to make a fall themed card that wasn't a fall theme! LOL So here it is...a love card!
To me fall is about the warm colors, the crisp weather, and  textures of layering up with warm scarves and sweaters. I wanted my card to have lots of layers as well. And I brought in the textures with the embossed paper, burlap and fibers.

Scrapbooking Cafe Supplies
Scallop border die: Die-namics
Heart die: Spellbinders Nested Hearts
Vintage Photo Distress ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger
Cardstock: American Crafts
other supplies:
ribbons-Bo Bunny
sentiment stamp-Paper Smooches
burlap fabric
brulap ribbon
 


If you play along with us, you will be entered to win this AMAZING prize donated by Kristy at Scrapbooking Cafe Online!
You want to play along, don't you?
 

but of course there has to be some rules to keep it all fair so check out the fine print...


Challenge Details/Rules:
- You have until September 25th to join in our challenge.
-Only new projects, no back linking to old projects.
-You may combine with other challenges
-You can enter up to 5 times.
-You must link the SCO blog in your entry post.
-You must become a follower of Scrapbooking Cafe Online's blog.

You are now on your way over to Zoe's blog From the Inside Out.
 
If you get lost along the way here is the blog hop list
Scrapbooking Cafe Online
Anita
Becky <<< YOU ARE HERE
Zoe
Dani
Melyssa

Thanks for joining us! Link up your projects at the Scrapbooking Cafe Online blog.
I look forward to seeing your Fall creations
~Becky
 

Sketchabilities #75

YAY! Today I get to share my first layout as a part
of the Sketchabilities design team!
 
This is the latest sketch we were given to work with.
 
and here is my take on the sketch...
I stuck pretty close to the sketch this time. I did make a few changes, such as I turned the four small photos in the sketch into two, and moved some of the embellishment clusters around.
 
I made this layout about the day I found my son quietly looking at a book when I had gone into the living room to check on him because he was too quiet! Usually when toddlers are too quiet it is a bad thing, but I was happy to find this cute image when I came into the room...I just had to grab my camera before he noticed me.
 
Link up your layout at Sketchabilities by September 29th for your chance to be featured on the blog!!
 
I look forward to seeing your take on this fun sketch!
Have a great day
~Becky