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Sunflower Birthday

Posted by Susan on Thursday, November 01, 2012 in ,
I made this card for my sister-in-law, and my son helped pick out the embellishments, so I'm not sure they totally matched, but she liked it.

I love these pinecones. They're more Christmassy than Fall Birthday, but my four year old liked it so.....on it went.

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Pumpkins and Spiders and Glitter.....Oh My!

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in ,
So I made the card below and I liked the way it turned out so much I made another version of it using different papers and stamps.  These are a great example of how you can make a half a dozen cards with just 2 pieces of cardstock, 2 different but complimenting pattern papers, some ribbon, stamps and a few embellishments.

Here's the first version:



And then I made another set in a bit brighter colour palette:


*You might also notice that I've added a watermark to my project photos. Thanks Anita for the reminder - I've been meaning to do it for a while and your facebook post jolted my memory*

With these, my Halloween cards are completed, Christmas is also done, and now I think I am going to work on some layout projects as well as my first ever attempt at a mini-album *gasp*  I will post pictures and maybe even some video of how I make out :D

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Creepy Crawly

Posted by Susan on Monday, September 24, 2012 in ,
I started out with a plan in my head for this card and it ended up turning out somewhat differently, although I like this version much better :D

The background paper is from a fabulous collection my sister brought me from the US. It's a Mambi Sheets set from Me & My Big Ideas. If you like to do Halloween projects and can get your hands on this stack I highly recommend it because it's gorgeous.

Loved how the purple and black combination worked out, and the little spider embellishment from Jolee's Boutique (EK Success) fit perfectly!


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Going Batty

Posted by Susan on Monday, September 24, 2012 in ,
I tried a little bit of a different fold on this Halloween card. Harder to photograph, but it creates a nice effect. And it allowed me to use up some older Halloween paper from Stampin' Up.



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Monster Mash

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 in ,
Here's the first of my 2012 Halloween Cards. I cannot claim credit for the design, I got the idea from TFrench at scrapbook.com (http://www.scrapbook.com/gallery/?m=image&id=3721751&type=searchwords&s=frankenstein+card)

Here's my very close interpretation.





I love him and he was so easy to make!  This would be a great card to make with the kids.

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Back to School

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 in
I had some documents to send in with my son on his first day of pre-school, so rather than just send them on their own I decided to make a card for the staff wishing them a good year. 


This was really an exercise in layering which I think turned out pretty well. My favorite part was the Back To School stamp from Inkadinkado.


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Birthday Blooms

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 in , ,
I made two birthday cards for my Mom this year, one from our household, and one as a "commission" from my Dad!

Here's the card she received from our household. The lattice work was an idea I got from a punch I saw, and since then it seems to be quite a popular technique, as I've seen it on a few cards since then in different ways. The flowers are from a K&Company embellishment collection, but I love the lavender colour.


For Dad I made something a little more dramatic. For this card, I used the Martha Stewart punch around the page punch on white cardstock, overlaid on black glitter cardstock from the DCWV Immortal Love stack. Then I used the Persian Motifs spellbinder die on the same black glitter cardstock for a pretty round doily effect.  I made a few flowers out of the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die, and finished up with some pearl accents and polka dot ribbon. I took a risk with the dramatic colours, but I think it turned out okay.


Happy Birthday Mom!

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Bandit at Play

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in , , ,
I finished early....meaning before the last day of the month :P  This is a layout created for the Canadian Scrapbooker August 2012 Sketchy Challenge at canadianscrapbooker.com.


I used a lot of the lovely DCWV Serenity paper pack on this one. The tones of cream, rust, orange and brown worked really well with the photos of Bandit.

One of my favorite parts of this layout though is the little newspaper I created (seen below close up), using a small square of paper from the Bo Bunny Cambridge collection.



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Wedding Bells

Posted by Susan on Saturday, July 28, 2012 in , , , ,
Okay this layout was created for the July 2012 Sketch Challenge over at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. And yes, it's another Twilight themed layout - in this case wedding photos from the wedding of Edward & Bella.

I had always wanted to do a wedding layout that had drop down pearls swinging from a cardstock punched border, so I decided to try and incorporate that in.

It was also my first time trying a label. I used a number of different stamps, glimmer mists, inks and techniques to try and produce something that fit. In the end I think it worked out well, but I'm still trying to grasp the style that suits the tags and glimmer mist the most.


 One of the really fun things I liked about this layout was the invitation/envelope in the corner. I actually found a picture of the wedding invitation they used in the movie, so I sized it down, printed it off, and formatted it a bit to create a realistic looking invitation inside the envelope. It kind of serves as the journaling for this layout as well. Here's a picture of the invitation open:

So much fun! Remember to click on these images if you'd like to see the larger version :D  Thanks for viewing.


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Blue Christmas

Posted by Susan on Friday, July 27, 2012 in ,
I was playing around with some Christmas paper scraps and came up with this design. Another really fast card layout, the only time consuming thing is the folded flower on top.





This card uses some of the fabulous paper from the TPC Studio Winter Blues line. I just love the paper.

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Jolly Old Fellow

Posted by Susan on Thursday, July 26, 2012 in ,
This card was so quick and easy to make. Just some cardstock, an embossing folder, and a few square punches and we're done!  If you find yourself in need of a fast Christmas card, this one is definitely for you.


To give credit - this is not my design. This is a scraplift I saw on either Splitcoast or Scrapbook.com - unfortunately I cannot remember where.


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More Christmas Cards

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in ,
Believe it or not, I'm almost done creating all my Christmas Cards for this season. I have a few finishing touches to put on them, but I'll do that once all the main designs are done. Here are two of the newest designs.


With this first card I was trying to create a really classic look, as I had purchased some beautiful fabric like white paper. Unfortunately the stamp image I was going to use didn't emboss well in gold, so I had to alter my original plan - and this was the result. I like it, but it seems to still be missing something. The Spellbinders venetian border die cut however, is gorgeous, if a bit labour intensive trying to use.

I bought these mitten die cuts last year and never got to use them. I think they're super cute, and will probably use them on some more cards in the future :D



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A View on Christmas

Posted by Susan on Thursday, July 05, 2012 in ,
Just finished this one off as a test trial. I'm going to make a few more of this one I think, but I need to pick up some more white ribbon first.



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Christmas in July

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 in ,
I started my Christmas cards early this year in order to make the July 15th Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine submission deadline. They had a call out for Christmas cards, so I decided to put those ahead of Halloween, since I still have a ton of time for both. And, bright side, I will have all my Christmas cards done by December - no stress!

Here are two of the first sets


This was a more simple card that took significant advantage of a Sizzix embossing folder for the pattern on the left hand side.


This card turned out much better than I was expecting. I used complimentary paper from the Stampin' Up Christmas pack they had out a while ago, but what makes this card really pop I think is the tinsel ribbon from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found collection. It's just soooooo Christmassy!

Can't wait to send these out.  Hopefully more to come in the next few days as I experiment.

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Golden Days of Fall

Posted by Susan on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in , ,
When Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine started their monthly Sketchy Challenge, I vowed not to miss a single month. Unfortunately, life interceded and scrapbook inspiration was low, so I missed April and May. When I caught up I decided to try and go back and finish those two layouts I missed, and now with the Canadian Scrapbooker self-uploader, it meant I could still add them to the gallery.

So, here is the May 2012 sketch. Just one more month (April) to try and catch up on.



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for Beach Bums

Posted by Susan on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in , ,
This layout ended up outside my typical style, which is great. It's a photo I took last month when we spent the weekend at Pictou Lodge Resort. I love the bright colours and the ribbon match up on this layout, but I think my favourite part was the lettering for the title. I took some glitter alpha stickers from Making Memories and painted them tan - so when you touch them they feel like sand, and they look like sand too because of the few faint touches of glitter that come through the paint!

The sketch was from the June 2012 Sketchy Challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.



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King Tut's Tomb

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in , , ,
This layout was made for a sketch layout for the Winter 2012 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine. It seems they're trying to solicit more two-page layouts, so they've created a new "Double the Fun" challenge, giving you a two-page layout sketch for inspiration.

Here is the sketch by Kelly Klapstein:


And here is my layout (click on it to see a larger version):



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Christmas Card

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in ,
I realized this week when I went looking for a picture of this card that it had somehow escaped posting - so I took a new picture and decided to share. I made a few versions of these cards last year for Christmas. They were so easy and I loved the colour combination.



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Homemade Pie

Posted by Susan on Monday, June 18, 2012 in ,
A new layout for a Canadian Scrapbooker challenge. The challenge - to use red and green on a layout. I further challenged myself to NOT do a Christmas layout, which that colour scheme so easily lends itself to. Fortunately my Christmas photos tend to not be the greatest quality so I had to find an alternative :D



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Fallen Angel

Posted by Susan on Thursday, February 23, 2012 in , ,
I love the Hush Hush series and decided to try "getting dark" with a layout!  Hope you like it.


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A new sketch challenge blog

Posted by Susan on Sunday, February 19, 2012 in , , , ,
There's a new sketch challenge site just starting up, and until they get fully underway, they posted a mini-challenge at Let's Get Sketchy Mini Challenge

I can't wait to see what new sketch challenges they have in store starting in March.  Check them out!  Here's my mini-challenge adaptation :D

This uses the beautiful DCWV Tradewinds stack!

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Green Thumb

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in , , ,
The February 2012 Sketchy Challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker is up, and here is my layout for this month...I hope you like it!

Original sketch:



My layout:


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Hello Dolly

Posted by Susan on Monday, January 16, 2012 in , ,
A layout for the January Sketchy Challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine

The original layout:



And my interpretation:


The really fun part about this layout is that I used a greeting card my parents had given me a few years back as a replacement for the snowman in the original layout.  The large doll in blue is actually a birthday card I received. And what's great about it is that I also used it to hide my journaling inside.  Too much fun!

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