The journey of creating begins with a spark from deep within. The artist continues on the loom of life and throughout time a beautiful tapestry takes shape and form from the luscious fibres, brilliant gems and precious pearls we encounter along the way....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Get Well with Spellbinders and Punches

Hello again my blog friends,

Here is another example of how to use those tools you've been collecting to their finest advantage!  For this card I have used a Punch Around the Page punch set from Martha Stewart, and some Spellbinder dies to offset a couple of beautiful JustRite sentiments.  I love the color combination of rich chocolate brown with white and cream fancy cardstock.  I use this combination often for wedding cards and special get well or sympathy cards.  I layered my specialty cardstock on top of Charlie petallic card base.  The first fancy cut panel is made using the Martha Steward Iron Gate Punch Around the Page punch set.  On top of that I used the petallic chocolate brown again and cut a Spellbinders Fleurs De Lis Pendant to layer on to offset the cream.  Then, I wanted a little "old world" shine on this card so I used Bazzil Gold Foil cardstock and cut a Lacey Square from the Lacey Square Nestibility die set to show off my beautiful sentiment from Justrite.  I stamped a selection from the 2" Hope Borders and Centers set on one of the Square Nestibilities diecuts.  Layering all these choices shows definition and depth on your cards.  Inside the card I used the Spellbinders Mega Classic Ovals Large and then the Mega Classic Scalloped Ovals to stamp a sentiment from the JustRite Sympathy Nested Sentiments & Verse.  I had lots of fun with this card and there is quite a few different stamps and tools used to achieve this wonderful result.  Again, I would like to mention a fundraiser crop that is coming up this weekend at the Fatima School on Hillside in Elliot Lake.  The crop starts on Friday evening at 6:00 pm.  On Saturday morning, I will be there with the OC Scrapbooking team doing some demos on  Spellbinder dies and Martha Stewart Punch around the Page punches.  Deb and the girls will have other demos for you to check out....  The contact person for this crop is Cindy Emond and you may contact her at celebrate_scraps@yahoo.ca  to book a spot or make any inquiries.
Contact Deb at OC Scrapbookers to find out what is on the agenda for demos and more..   
Hope to see you there this weekend!  Stay tuned for another scrumptious layout coming soon!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hello Blog Friends...
Here is another card that I have added to my Sympathy Card Collection.  I am practicing with my Martha Stewart Punch around the Page punches that I'm collecting - there is so much that one can do with these punches.  I love using them to make cards but I also use them on my layouts as another way to frame my pictures or to layer pattern paper choices to add depth to a layout.
For this particular card I used the Layered Arches punch around the page set.  The pattern paper I used is KaiserCraft English Rose Collection which is one of my favorite new paper collections.  Then I used The Spellbinders Lattice Pendant to add another dimension as I layer on the details.  On top, I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Die to fashion this flower out of some of the Prima Fairy Flora pattern paper.  This paper and the English Rose paper from Kaisercraft go so well together as the color palette and overall design of the paper are similar.  The tattered florals die is quite versatile and re-usable!  I love this die and the tattered leaves die as so much can be done with them!  Stay tuned for more to see coming up very soon on the blog.
This weekend everyone... I have the pleasure to announce a brand new Scrapbooking weekend event called "Celebrate Scraps".  It is a crop that is taking place at Fatima School in Elliot Lake!  It is a fundraiser that was created In Celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, this crop was coordinated by a caring Grandmother of one of the attending students.  She hopes, as we all do, if successful, that this event will become an annual crop!! If you are interested in attending or you want more info, please email celebrate_scraps@yahoo.ca   If you can't come and scrapbook or make cards for the weekend, come and take part in the demos that will be running all morning on Saturday morning.  Find out how to achieve some of the results you see on some of the projects that have caught your eye. I will be there providing some ideas and demos of some of my favorite tools as will Deb from OC Scrapbookers.  Deb and the team will be there with her store the whole weekend.  Come one, come all to take a look at what you can do on your pages and cards...  There is an abundance of new product to check out... whoeeee!!!   I look forward to seeing you all there...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Number two of my Sympathy Card Collection

Hello Card makers

I have a little something to share with you today also.   I've been having trouble with my camera for awhile and the pics weren't turning out the best but I got a few and couldn't wait to share this card with you.  I have promised another sympathy card that I have been creating a series on, so here it is.    There are a few things to look at on this card.  Meaning, there are a few different tools I used for the details and the first one is a Martha Stewart punch around the page punch set called String Lace.  On top of the punched mat I created, I layered with a Spellbinders Pendant die from the Contemporary Hearts set.  For the butterflies I cut and layered two Spellbinder Butterflies (the first butterfly die Spellbinders put out).  On top of the pendant I a layered large flower that I created with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals large die.  I punched several flowers then ink distressed them, scrunched them up and then layered into a beautiful large blossom. In the center of the flower is a Kaisercraft pearl.  The sentiment is a Just Rite stamp from the Sympathy Nested Sentiments set which I stamped on a Spellbinders Fancy Tag die (the smallest one of three)  Inside the card are more butterflies on pattern paper from DCWV - Mariposa collection.  The inside sentiment is from JustRite stamps, another in the Sympathy Nested Sentiment series stamped with Chocolate Brown Stazon on a Labels 5 nested label.  The cream paper is fancy Making Memories Shimmer Pearl Vine and a Swirl Cream on Cream. The card base is a Petallic cardstock in chocolate brown called Charlie.  I shop at my favourite store, OC Scrapbookers for all my tools and products..  Hope you like my design and let me know what you think. I will be posting more of the Sympathy Collection very soon.....

A Heritage Layout for Sepia Pictures (oh those old faded pictures)

Hello my blogging friends...
 I have posted a delicate and whimsical two-page layout that was designed with some of my old family photos in mind.  I can envision a sepia finish to the pictures I plan to put on this layout and I feel they would suite it well with the shades of brown, grey, and various tones of cream with a hint of blush.  I used various tools for this layout but the majority of the design was done with the Cricut machine and the Reminisce cartridge. The titles are from Reminisce at the back of the booklet, the frames are one of the great features of this cartridge with so many unique designs to choose from.  I did quite a bit of layering to get the shadow affect on the frames and the titles.  The filmstrip frame is from the Mickey and Friends cartridge and the small frame on the first page is a Spellbinders die - Labels 10.  I plan to do some journaling in that space.   The butterflies are a Cuttlebug die and embossing folder set which I use quite often and is quite pretty.  Last but not least is the flower I fashioned with the Tim Holtz tattered Rose Die.  I cut several flowers, inked them up, scrunched them up and then layered until I got the volume I wanted.  "Go Big or Go Home" I always say!   I have had several great compliments from my friends who have seen it in its various forms of completion.  I feel that I accomplished the vintage look I was after and still added the depth and dimension that is my style.  I was able to get skads of details and layering in while being able to put quite a few pics on to tell my story.  Let me know what you think.  As usual my friends, you will find the tools and embellishments that I use over at OC Scrapbookers online store - see link above.  Watch for their Spring crop schedule...we have so much fun at the crops!!  We shall be starting the Spring rotation with Spring Fling in Bruce Mines....you can email Deb for more information at ocscrapbookers@yahoo.ca
Don't forget to leave me some feedback, I love to hear what you think of the layouts.  Having a little trouble with my camera so they pics aren't as clear as I like.  Its really not hard to comment and once you start you will like leaving comments on your favorite blogs.  Thanks all for taking a look.  More soon...