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Let it SNOW!

Posted by Susan on Thursday, December 29, 2011 in , ,
Okay I don't want the real stuff, but this kind is fine. The pictures didn't turn out that well because I was trying to take them through the front door window, where this display hangs for the winter season.


I made these using some beautiful papers from TPC Studios and a combination of Spellbinders Nestabilities and my Slice Machine!  The pictures don't really do it justice, but hanging in the main doorway these are quite attractive.

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Deck the Halls

Posted by Susan on Thursday, December 29, 2011 in , ,
I can't believe with everything going on, I managed to finish a layout for Canadian Scrapbookers December Sketchy Challenge.  Just under the wire mind you, but it's done.


A very glittery layout showing off a few of my crystal and glass ornaments.

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Ho Ho Ho

Posted by Susan on Thursday, December 01, 2011 in , ,
It's December 1st, decorating day - so the Christmas decoration boxes emerged and the transformation began. I had an idea for some Christmas decor items this year that I wanted to try my hand at, and here is the result:


Here is a closer look at how the panels stand up and spell out "Ho Ho Ho". I really love how this turned out, and it looks great on my hall accent table.

And finally, a super close up. I really put my Slice Machine to work on this project. The large square panels that are the back most piece is a label cut from the Slice. First I cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock and then mounted a piece of patterned paper, cut in the exact same shape on top. It made the back more stable.

I then cut another size of the same label shape and glittered it's edge.  Then, cutting a single strip of patterned paper, scored at every 1/4 inch, I made the florettes. And again, I returned to my Slice Machine for the letters, which I then ran through an embossing folder and sanded slightly for a bit of a vintage Christmas look.

Click on any of these images for a close up view!  This project was a ton of fun, and you could modify it so much, by using different Christmas terms (like Noel, Snow, Joy, etc.) and of course with different patterned papers! 

Love this idea - and there are definitely more variations of this on the way as the decorating continues.


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Painted Lady

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in , , ,
I use DCWV paper so often that I thought it was about time I tried their monthly stack-a-holic challenge. This is my first submission for it so wish me luck folks!

Supplies:  DCWV paper - Royal Garden Stack, Nestabilities, Ranger - Liquid Pearls, Letter Stickers - Making Memories. The peacock feather was a real feather we collected on a visit to the zoo this summer!

Photo courtesy of CNN - when I saw this picture, well first it's a gorgeous photo that really caught my eye, and second, the peacock feather design and the brilliant colours made me think of this stack!

I hope you like it!

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Everclear in concert...

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
My November 2011 Sketchy Challenge Submission

Here is the original sketch:



And my layout:

Supplies: Cardstock – American Crafts and Recollections, Designer Paper – Echo Park, Stamps, Ink and Punch – Stampin Up, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Glitter Ritz, Slice Design Cutter, Border Trim – K&Company

Canadian Supplier: Glitter Ritz

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Beautiful Blooms

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
The October 2011 Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge looked like this:


And here is what I did with it:

SUPPLIES: Stampin’ Up! cardstock and ink, DCWV patterned paper, Making Memories Slice die cut machine, Glitter Ritz glitter, VersaFine ink, Magenta stamp, Recollections pearls, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glam.

Canadian Supplier: Magenta, Glitter Ritz

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Natural Beauty

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine (my favourite magazine EVAH) started a new monthly challenge in September of 2011 - the Sketchy Challenge.  Based on the sketch they provide, and trying to use at least one Canadian supply on your layout, is the challenge.

Here is the original sketch:



And here is my September 2011 submission/interpretation:

Again, I pulled out the DCWV Royal Garden stack for this guy.

Supplies: DCWV cardstock and patterned paper, Recollections and Stampin’ Up! cardstock, Making Memories Slice machine, stickers and design card, Martha Stewart glitter and punch, Fiskars embossing plate, Old Island Stamp Company stamps.

Canadian Supplier: Old Island Stamp Company

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Halloween Lanterns

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , ,
Making Memories had these fun Halloween Lanterns featured on their website that I just had to try.




These bad boys really put my slice machine through it's paces, but they just turned out so great!  I put little glowsticks inside them (candles and paper would not be recommended) and they were just a great addition to our Halloween decorations.

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Love

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
My last Twilight layout (for now)....

This one is fairly simple, but the photo - a shot from Harpers magazine - was just so awesome I didn't want to overpower it.


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Merry & Bright

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in ,
We haven't been pummeled with snow yet here in Canada, but it's coming.  This layout features some pictures from winters past.

This was my first adventure with Glimmer Mist. They come in so many beautiful colours, and with the glitter mixed in a girl who loves glitter just can't resist!

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Christmas Cheers

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in ,
Thinking I was going to have a scrapbook project to work on in November and December, I pushed to finish all my Christmas cards by the end of October. With the exception of one or two special designs, I managed to achieve that goal.

Here are some of this years "collection"





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Dramatic Christmas Cards

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in ,
I'm sorry, this card is currently out for publication. Look for it in the Canadian Scrapbooker Basics Volume 6 issue coming out December of 2012.



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Music

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
And yet another DCWV stack - this time the performance stack is in action to compliment a beautiful photo I took at Pennsic War (an annual medieval event) one year.  I love the gold foil on vellum treatment on some of these pages!

I used my slice machine a lot for this page, cutting out music notes, flourishes, and the piano keys.  Love my slice!

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The Quest to be King

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , ,
The DCWV Royal Garden stack has the most stunning colors and gold foil treatments EVER!  If you haven't noticed by now, I'm a big DCWV fan!  Their papers are just to glorious.  This layout uses paper from that stack exclusively.

For my SCA friends, you might also recognize a little Bardicci token in the bottom right corner!  Beautiful embellishment on the page.

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Just a little pinch of pixie dust

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , ,
I dipped into the DCWV Mariposa stack for this layout - such beautiful paper!


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The Meadow

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
Okay so there was one paper in the DCWV Immortal Love stack that didn't match the dark and ominous tone of most of the other papers, and that was the meadow paper. Again, anyone who has read the book(s) or seen the movie will know the meadow. Full of sunshine and beautiful flowers, it just didn't scream "vampire" or "werewolf". So I was challenged to find a Twilight photo that suit it.

And again, this is me challenging myself with layering and embellishments - this time with just artificial flowers.


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Diva

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , ,
I found these old postcards my sister had given me ages ago in a memory box. Well what better way to preserve memories than on a scrapbook page, so......I used them!


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Why am I covered in feathers?

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
Another Twilight inspired layout. For those who have read "Breaking Dawn" the title will need no explanation!

I love the way the flowers for this one turned out. I found a technique on youtube that used water and starch to mold your paper and make these beautiful layered flowers. I love this technique and will definitely use it again.  I was also super pleased with the feathers. These are stamped with versamark on black cardstock using a stamp from the Old Island Stamp Company (three cheers for a Canadian Stamp Manufacturer) and then I used a wedding/glitter embossing powder and cut them out. The effect is gorgeous!


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I [heart] Twilight

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , , ,
Okay so yes, I fully admit, I am a grown up who likes Twilight....and I'm not ashamed to admit it!  My sister (aka my personal United States shopper) brought me back the DCWV Immortal Love stack. Well the paper just screams Twilight fandom pages!

My husband and I also have a long standing agreement not to submit layouts I make with pictures of my son in them - so I'm always on the hunt for ideas for layouts that don't include kid pictures. Not easy when there are so many great photos of him to choose from - but we feel more comfortable with that approach.

So......I shall share my obsession with you all with some Twilight layouts



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Autumn Birthday

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , ,
This was just a fun birthday card I whipped up for my sister-in-law's October birthday.


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K&Q

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in ,
I really wanted to try a "lacing" feature on a page. I also got to try out some gold leaf flakes that my husband had given to me as a stocking stuffer. All in all, I was really happy with how this page turned out.


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Beautiful Music

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in ,
So I'm working more and more on making my scrapbook pages more dynamic, trying out new techniques and ideas. Sometimes a page can take me a few days from start to finish (especially with a 3 and 1/2 year old "helping"), but I'm finding that actually works out better because I can think about what I want to do more, rather than trying to rush through and just get it done. And anyone who knows me knows I'm a point A to point B person, so taking time to just let creativity happen is a challenge - but I'm working on it.

Something I had seen in a magazine inspired me to try this technique of using a border punch and layering a few squares of different sizes around a photo to make a 3-D frame effect. 

Supplies:  Designer Paper – Creative Imaginations, Making Memories, Best Creation Inc., Ink – Stampin Up, Vellum – The Paper Company, Nestabilities, Stickers – Meri Meri Accents, K&Company, EK Success, Punches – Stampin Up and Creating Keepsakes, Ribbon - Michaels

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Trick or Treat

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in , ,
I was very proud that I managed to make an entire collection of Halloween cards this year AND get them done and mailed on time for people to receive them :D

Here they are:

Supplies:  Cardstock - Bazzill, Designer Paper - K&Company, Stamp - Inkadinkadoo, Ink - Stampin Up, Glitter Ritz, Slice Design Card

This card was so easy to make. I just cut strips of white paper, edged them in gray, and then just layered them over each other. This would be a great card for kids to make!

Supplies:  Cardstock - Stampin Up, Ink - Stampin Up, Creative Memories Cutting System


These two are my favorites from this Halloween Season.

Supplies:  Cardstock, Designer Paper, Ink and Stamps - Stampin Up, Ribbon - Stampin Up and Michaels, Brads - Recollections

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My Kitchen Love Affair

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in ,
Yes, I have fallen in love with my kitchen. I had a vision of a country kitchen, and for anyone who has ever built a house, it's sometimes hard to get a "vision" when you're staring at bare wall studs and holes where windows should be. A lot of people thought I was crazy when I told them I was painting my kitchen a rich red - but I knew with all the finished woodwork it would be great - and everyone who thought I was crazy now agrees it's a great look!

And the great thing about having a gorgeous new kitchen is that I like to cook in it even more!


I had originally done this layout as a challenge - to use candy wrappers on a layout. The little flowers (although my husband thinks they look like frying pans) are actually hazelnut ferraro roche chocolates.

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Our Journey Home

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in ,
I was challenged to find a way to fit as many photos on a one page layout as possible. This was my solution. All totaled there are over 20 photos on this one page, and still there's room for journaling and embellishments.

These photos are a progressive series of the building of our house.

Supplies: cardstock, designer paper, stamps and ink - stampin up, raffia - michaels, nestabilities, buttons (yard sale find)

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Fall

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in , ,
Autumn is such a beautiful time of year in Nova Scotia. I took this photo on a Sunday afternoon with my husband. The layout didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned, but it is a beautiful shot.

Supplies: Cardstock, designer paper, and ink - Stampin Up, Stamps - Stampin up and EK Success, Ribbon - American Crafts, Raffia - michaels, Tag - slice design cutter, jump rings - fire mountain gems

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Kidnapped

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in , , ,
This layout is more about the story than the photo - although together they really compliment...

The photo, taken one night at Great Northeastern War (an medieval camping event) was all in good fun - and David (Mohammed) was such a great sport!  Little did we know then that the photo would eventually spawn a fundraising group that has raised a few thousand dollars to help with the travel expenses of our medieval groups royalty.  So thanks Mo - your face has launched a thousand donations :D

Supplies: Cardstock - Stampin up, Brads - recollections, Designer paper - DCWV and unknown, Title - Slice Design Cutter, Chocolate gold coin wrappers.

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The many faces of Bandit

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in ,
And finally our third (and final) addition to the canine family. Before we lost Brynn we had all three dogs together. And for the record, our definition of dog is apparently "small pony" because all our puppies are quite large.

I love the colours on this layout. I believe this was a paper set from BoBunny, but I might be mistaken - it's been a while and I did this layout before I actually started keeping track of the supplies I was using.

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Spoiled

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in ,
We adopted Romeo about a year after Brynn. Both were SPCA rescue dogs - the best kind!  As you can see they have a hard life with us!


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Fur Hugs

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in ,
This is me and our first dog Brynn. We lost Brynn in December 2008 - but we miss her!


I wasn't able to find a background paper I liked, so I made my own with white ink on black cardstock and some stamps from Close to My Heart.

Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzil, Ink - Colorbox, Stamps - Close to my heart, Stickers and Embellishments - unknown

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Sweet Baby Boy

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in ,
This card design could be used for Easter too - but I used it as a baby gift card.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill, Designer Paper - TCP Studios, Sizzlets Dies, cuttlebug, nestabilities, michaels stock ribbon, cuttlebug embossing folder, Flocking Powder - Doodlebug Designs

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Happy Fathers Day

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in ,
I saw a version of this card previously and, without having a pattern, decided to try and make one on my own.

I love the argyle shirt!  The only thing I would have to modify for this card is the collar - it makes the card hard to open if the fold is at the top. Next time I might try putting the fold along the left edge.

Supplies: Cardstock - stampin up and recollections, stamps - stampin up, brads - unknown


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Glass Flowers for Mothers Day

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 21, 2011 in , ,
Okay, I saw this technique for glass flowers on YouTube and HAD to try it so I combined it with an easel card for Mother's Day. 


What did I learn?

First, this is a time consuming and MESSY process, but it does create lovely flowers. I melted my UTEE in an old candle heated fondue pot (I don't recommend this). If I was going to do this technique again, or with any regularity, I would really invest in the Ranger Melting Pot. The really nice thing about these flowers though is once they're done, they really are like little glass or porcelain flowers, but are nothing more than paper and UTEE.

Supplies:  cardstock, designer paper, ink and stamps - stampin up, Flower die-cuts - Slice, UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), Brads - recollections

Technique: Glass Flowers

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