Thursday, December 30, 2010

'Tis the season

My last layout of the year!

Joy

With the holidays, I didn't think I would get time to scrapbook, but I got lucky! I didn't want to put the Christmas papers away so soon knowing that they were going to sit another year in my stash pile. A month ago, we bought a new printer and I decided to print out some photos. This photo of Baby Z was one of them.

The story behind the layout: I was trying to take the "perfect photo" of my child with his new stuffed bear, but he was having none of that. He was distracted by the TV, the Christmas carols and the ball attached to the Santa hat. {Sigh}. After several attempts,  I gave up. Perhaps another year.

The layout was inspired by Creative Scrappers sketch #136 and, for good measure, I thought I'd throw it into Stampin' Royalty's scrapbook challenge as well.


Have a wonderful new year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Giant Nutella

Giant Nutella

Way behind scrapbooking and very late for this challenge at Creative Scrappers. Several new challenges have already been posted!

The story behind this page: My aunt and uncle returned from Italy with a 5 kg jar of Nutella! Yes! 5 kg (roughly 11 pounds). Baby Z, who was 3 months old at that time, was roughly the same weight.Compared to the jar, he's not that much bigger.

Here's the sketch for inspiration:


Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On My Desk...

I hope you've all had a Merry Christmas!

I don't normally scrap my holiday photos this early, but I had patterned paper that I wanted to use and I didn't want to spend another year of hoarding it.

Workdesk 82

My desk is still the same mess. This time, the iPod is in view and bits of paper have been pushed around here and there.

Since I joined WOYWW, I've posted several photos of my son each week. Just to see how many photos of Baby Z are floating around on this blog, I created a collage in the shape of a "Z", of course. WHOA! Baby Z overload. Collage courtesy of Shape Collage.

Baby Z - Year of Z 2010

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hope you're enjoying the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, turkey, egg nog and more.

Merry Christmas to you!

Blog Holiday Newsletter 2010

Newsletter courtesy of Merry Newsinator. Hilarious.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On My Desk...

Another week of desk hopping adventures. Join in at www.stamping-ground.blogspot.com.

My desk this week:

What's on your workdesk? Dec 22

I made a rough go of the Hermes bag that I discussed last week. It did not turn out exactly the way I wanted it to, but I suspect that cardstock is not quite the right paper for this handbag.

I'm also in the midst of completing Baby Z's Christmas book. I haven't put in any photos so there's nothing to show on the inside. Also, I printed out the baby & nutella jar photos from the summer and will create a layout from this...once my scrapbooking mojo returns.

Caught red-handed! Here's Baby Z trying to break into the gifts.

Baby Z Dec 22

Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for taking the time to stop by this week!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bling on Christmas

This week's challenge at Stampin' Royalty is to Bring On the Bling. That's what I hope I did with this card.

The outside of the card has some bling in the form of rhinestones on the front...

Stampin' Royalty #50

but it's really the inside that has the sparkles.

Stampin' Royalty #50

Unfortunately, I took this photo in the evening, so the bling does not really dazzle as much as I would like. I cased this idea from Gretchen Barron.

I used the Christmas Tree pop-up die and embossed each piece with the Petals-A-Plenty impressions folder. Then, I used the brayer (oh yes, I did) and applied versamark ink to the raised impression. The pieces were dipped (drenched) in glittery embossing powder and heat embossed. Like Gretchen's tree, I created a tree skirt with the medallion stamp.

Stampin' Royalty #50

I took another stab at creating this card; this time with gold glow smooch spritz as the bling.

This second card also has rhinestones on the front.

Stampin' Royalty #50

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Granville Island

I haven't shared any of my photos lately. Last year, I took a photography course to help me take better photos.


Last week, I went to Granville Island on an exceptionally cloudy day. Here's a couple of shots.

Granville Island Dec 2010


Granville Island Dec 2010 (1)

I love Granville Island! It's a such a great place for me to work on my photography skills. There's so much going on.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another snowflake card

Snowflake & pearls

Yes, it really is another snowflake card. I created another neutral themed card with soft suede, early expresso and very vanilla. Just a very cool card.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Multi-Photo Layouts

More and more, I find that I am scrapping multi-photo layouts. That is, more than my usual two photos. Since my subject matter is now my son, I find that I'm taking dozens of photos and I want to scrap them all! That's not completely doable, but it's very hard for me to narrow down my photos to just a couple.

Babble

I created this layout for Art Freckles' December layout challenge. The layout was based on a recent sketch from PageMaps. PageMaps is an awesome resource for sketches and inspiration if you're stuck.



Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry & Vintagy

SSS 96

This card was based on a sketch for the Sweet Sunday Challenge.


It's a quick post today. Lots of green and red on a crumb cake base. Little pearls are in the centre of each poinsettia. A crumb cake button and a very vanilla ribbon.

Off I go to do some more holiday stuff.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Baby Z's Pachyderm

"We're on the Island of Misfit Toys
Here we don't want to stay
We want to travel with Santa Claus
In his magic sleigh!"


As I've mentioned many times, I purchased the Candy Cane Fabric and let it sit on my desk for ages. I covered a journal with this fabric, but the piece de resistance is this elephant.

Voila!

Elephant (1)

"How would you like to be a spotted elephant?"

I was inspired by the Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I love Rudolph. Such a classic. Poor spotted elephant! I want you! So I made one for my Baby Z.

I found the pattern on this forum and enlarged it to 150%. I'm not a great at sewing, but the instructions seemed easy enough.

Elephant

It's probably easier to use felt as it's sturdier. Still too cute! No eyes as my baby is not passed the choking hazard stage, but I'll sew some big button eyes later.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On My Desk...

Mess. But I realize..that I like it that way.

Workdesk 79

I'm working on a paper Hermes handbag that I've been wanting to make for a long time. Just a few dollars short of the real thing, so paper will have to do. ;)

Also, I'm in the process of creating a stuffie for my babe. Using the fabric! Yes!
Drop by tomorrow to see what else I've created with this fabric.

Z & Santa

Baby Z visited Santa over the weekend. He was a little traumatized. Z fell asleep shortly afterward.

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More snowflakes

CIC 89

I cannot get enough of the Serene Snowflakes set. Gorgeous designs and paired with the rhinestones - yummy!

This card was inspired by Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 89.


I gave the Top Note die a workout and mounted brilliant blue on top of black. I embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder and added bling to the centre of each flake. The top note was adhered to a Crumb Cake card base. A black ribbon and black button complete the picture.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Orange Wedded Bliss

Wedding cake in orange

I love this set! Although it's not in the current catalogue, For The Bride is available for order.

This card was created for a friend whose wedding reception I attended over the weekend. There's a lot of embossing on this card. The white background was embossed using the Vintage Wall impressions folder and the Big Shot (A must-have!). The wedding cake was stamped with VersaMark ink, sprinkled with orange embossing powder and heat embossed. The cake was cut out and popped up with dimensionals. Some Very Vanilla ribbon helped define the layers.

The "Mr. & Mrs." sentiment is from the All Holidays set (another must!).

With all the holiday cards swirling about, it's nice to just break out and make a non-holiday card. Orange is the best colour, of course. ;)  I hope my friend and her husband enjoyed it.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holy Family

Medallion+ family

Rejoicing in Christmas is a set that sees a lot of action in my household. My mom and several friends like to send out religious cards. I'm happy to oblige.

I created this card using Marina Mist and Pacific Point as the background. The medallion stamp was embossed with dark embossing powder. I coloured the image with markers on watercolour paper and mounted  the image on gray cardstock. The card looked too blah and too blue, so a strip of red for the sentiment was exactly what this card needed.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sweet Cardinals

Cute Christmas

Candy Cane Christmas is the cutest DSP! Sadly, we're sold out!

I love the cardinals walking about on this paper and I wanted to make it the focus of this card. The red polka-dot ribbon is retired from last year, but I couldn't resist. Glimmer brads hold the sentiment in place.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Serene Snowflakes

Snowflake pop

While blog hopping, I came across this card by Jeannette Morrison. I just had to case the snowflake and the border she created to showcase it.

The snowflake is from the Serene Snowflakes set. It's a gorgeous set and very elegant. I used Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip as the colours for this card. The image was stamped onto textured cardstock (Whisper White) and then stamped again and cut out. The cut image was popped up using dimensionals and a glimmer brad was added to the centre. Just stunning those glimmer brads.

Here's a close up:

Snowflake pop 1

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brayer and embossing fun

Brayer Poinsettas

So, I decided to enter into the world of the "brayer". For those of you who are not aware, a brayer looks like this:



It can be used to apply an even amount of ink on a sheet of paper in no time! So, I used the brayer to apply Cherry Cobbler ink to the raised impression made by the Petals-A-Plenty impressions folder. I learned this technique from my upline. She loves using her brayer.

I made this card for Art Freckles' December Challenge and for the final challenge at Everything But the Kitchen Sink. I'm so sad that this challenge site is closing, but I understand.

Of course, Cherry Cobbler needs some Old Olive to complement it and that's exactly what I did. The base of the card and the satin ribbon are in Old Olive. This could be my new favourite colour combo. Watch out, Pumpkin Pie & Early Expresso! I don't think so.

The bells were watercoloured and raised with dimensionals. I like this card. Off to make a few more!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

On My Desk...

Candy Cane fabric journal (1)

The tidiness hasn't improved, but I covered a journal with the Candy Cane fabric that I have been hoarding. If you look to the bottom right, you'll see that I've also been playing with the owl punch.

Candy Cane fabric journal

I painted a top note die cut with green paint (chartreuse?) and stamped it using an image from the Notably Ornate set. Yes, it's blurry. I did that deliberately with the hopes that it would look a little aged, but there's still some work to do on that. I'm just happy that I used the fabric and it didn't sit there.

Baby Z Dec 4

Baby Z and I played in the park on the weekend. It was cold! He's holding on for dear life as mommy swings.

Baby Z Dec 4 (1)

We also found time to decorate the Christmas tree. He's been fascinated by it all, staring at the lights and trying to grab the prickly boughs. Next week, he'll make a visit to Santa!

Thanks for visiting. Please visit Julia's blog for more desks and inspiration.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Comfort & Joy

Comfort & Joy


A quickie post today. I love the layered look of scallop strips. This card was easy to do with the bits of scraps that have accumulated from my holiday card making. The dark base of Early Expresso cardstock makes the colours POP, especially white.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Kissing Ball

Inspired Crafters issued a challenge: Anything But a Card. I'm not one for a non-card or non-scrapbook challenge, but I gave it a go.

Here's the result:

3D Ornament (1)

I saw this ball of origami flowers floating around several blogs and thought it would be great for the holidays. Not quite mistletoe, but it will do. To make this ball, I used up several scraps of holiday papers and sized them to 3 x 3 inches. The instructions to fold and assemble the ball are found here.

3D Ornament

Now, off to find a place to hang it...

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Finished Product

The other day, I posted the photo that will be used for our Christmas card this year. Today, I will show you the full card.

Christmas card 2010

In keeping with the colour scheme, I mounted the photo onto Melon Mambo cardstock, tied a Certainly Celery satin ribbon around it and added three half-backed pearls.

Christmas card 2010 inside

Inside the card, I stamped the sentiment "A Merry Christmas" from the Bells & Boughs set. On the other side, I included highlights of this year.

Very quick and simple and completely necessary for this time of year.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Christmas Card

Christmas card 2010

Like every year, I go the photocard route for my Christmas cards. This year, I decided to go with a pre-made one from Becky Higgins. She held a design contest a couple of months ago and the template above was one of the winning designs.

Of course, I didn't just leave it at that. Stay tuned to see how I dressed up this photocard.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On My Desk

I finally ordered all the things I wanted needed last week and took advantage of the free shipping offer. Now, I'm waiting anxiously for those goodies to arrive.

After attending my Stampin' Up! group meeting the other night, I was inspired to make some more Christmas cards. My desk is still a mess, but I don't think it will change any time soon.

Workdesk 78

Baby Z is teething, hence the cheeky expression. He's got two lovely bottom dwellers erupting and takes every opportunity to use them on his mom.

Baby Z teething

Here we are taking photographs in front of the dirty bathroom mirror. {Sigh}. He's obviously much more fascinated with the camera.

Baby Z & Mommy

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy your day wherever your desk-hopping adventures may take you.

Happy Almost December!

Oooh, December almost is here! And so are all the festivities that come with it. I must admit, I am not one for participating in many holiday activities, preferring to stay home or hang out in a much more intimate gathering.

Today, I decided to share a card using some of the gorgeous designer fabric that is available at 50% off - today only!

Merry w fabric

I love the ruffled look on so many of the cards I've seen lately that I decided to recreate the same look. What's so wonderful about using this fabric is that I didn't have to sew. Just some staples and glue! Really!

The Candy Cane Christmas fabric coordinates so wonderfully with the designer paper. Now, looking closely at the photograph, I should have dusted off that speck on the ribbon. Oh well, not quite on the ball today.

Thanks for visiting!

The LAST Day!

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    Non-traditional Valentine

    Tonight, I will be attending my group meeting. As part of that meeting, we have to create a card to swap with the other members.

    I decided to create a Valentine's Day card using the non-traditional colours of Marina Mist and Early Expresso. The card design was CASEd from another demo, but I can't remember her name.

    Hugs & kisses

    On the background panel, I embossed a panel of Early Expresso using the dots embossing folder. Then, I ran the Love jumbo wheel with Versamark ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I used clear embossing powder, heated the design and sponged Marina Mist ink onto the design.

    I stamped the design with the I {Heart} Heart stamp set and the sentiment from the All Holidays set. Additional hearts were punched out from textured cardstock (yum!) and added as accents. Of course, no card is complete for me without some bling.

    Another take on the card - this time, without any pink.

    Hugs & kisses

    Thanks for looking!

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