Christmas Florals

Posted by Susan on Friday, December 20, 2013 in ,
I must have been inspired by the fall floral arrangements, because I decided to do some Christmas floral arrangements. The nice thing about Christmas floral arrangements - GLITTER!

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I really like how both of these turned out - although the night I made them my son tracked glitter through the entire first floor of the house. It looked like little pixies had a party and left fairy dust EVERYWHERE! 


Blue Christmas

Posted by Susan on Sunday, December 15, 2013 in ,
I saw a beautiful autumn card that used a clear embossing powder and then a sponging technique over top and I decided to try it on a Christmas card.

Here are the results:

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Merry & Bright

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 in ,
A few years back I created a Christmas card I really liked that featured a string of Christmas lights. This year I found some stickers by Jolee's Boutique that I thought would really work to re-make a newer version of that card, so I thought I would give it a try.

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I just love all the glitter and the Stampin' Up roller stamp that I used on the white underlay.


Die Cuts Crazy

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 in ,
This is my version of a beautiful card I pinned on my pinterest wall from Andy at Pinnacle Crafts (http://livelovelaughcraft.blogspot.ca/2012/01/happy-new-year.html). The original version used black, which created a very dynamic effect. I chose red, not only because it's my favourite colour, but because it's a bit more Christmas-sy.


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On thin ice

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 in ,
This card had the potential to be really awesome, but the black embossing powder marred the white skates a little bit, so I got a few black smudges. I might try this card again but just color in the black part of the skates next time rather than trying to emboss it.

I did however, use a Christmas paper I'd been hording for years, so points to me for using up some stash product.

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Not my buttons.....not my gumdrop buttons

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 in ,
I got this idea from a card I pinned on pinterest from Margaret Raburn (funstampin.blogspot.ca/)

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My design is a bit different than her original, as it uses different paper, different gingerbread men, and a tag, but the idea definitely grew from her original card, so thank you Margaret :D


Playing with Glitter

Posted by Susan on Monday, November 04, 2013 in ,
I saw a great technique using the Essential Glue Pad and Glitter Ritz I wanted to try. The trick: waiting 15-20 minutes after stamping the image using glue for it to get tacky before applying the glitter ritz.

I love the way this turned out.

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I'll save this one for a Birthday or Mother's Day card.


Trick or Treat

Posted by Susan on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in ,
I just love this roller stamp from Stampin' Up. I haven't used him in a few years, but this year I decided to dig him out and polish him off for a new Halloween Card.

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I had seen other cards using this stamp and they highlighted in white the little treaters, so I did the same and I liked the way it turned out :D  Happy Halloween.


Trying a new size

Posted by Susan on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in ,
I had bought some square envelopes (6x6) and decided to try some square cards. I didn't realize how *large* 6x6 cards would turn out :D  I think I'll try 5x5 in the future and just leave envelope room, cause these seem so big in comparison to my standard 4x6.

Again, I used the Apothecary Emporium stack from Echo Park, including some of the sticker and cut out pieces that came with the kit.

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Pretty simple and quick to produce if you don't mind lots of cutting, and again, it uses up more paper from a stack I had been hoarding for a while! Three cheers for using paper!


A tri-fold card

Posted by Susan on Friday, October 18, 2013 in ,
I've always wanted to try a tri-fold card, and although I didn't have a problem with the cutting, scoring and shaping.....boy, decorating a tri-fold card is a challenge.  You have to take all the folds into consideration, what papers will show next to what, where you will put your sentiment and, if you want to write a note. I used the Apothecary Emporium pack from Echo Park for this one and I like the way it turned out, but I don't know if I'll be making a lot of them in the future!

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An exercise in minimalism

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in ,
Whenever someone new to scrapbooking asks me what to buy if they want to make some Christmas cards here is my list:

Good scissors
Paper Cutter/Trimmer
Tape runner/adhesive of some kind
One paper stack with paper you like and preferably some pages with cut outs (tags, pennants, sayings, etc.)
Corresponding cardstock

Really, you can create some beautiful cards JUST with paper. Here are a few I created for Halloween. The card is created entirely with the Haunted Mansion paper pack from Recollections (and a spool of 1.50 ribbon from the Michaels Halloween ribbon bin).

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On this second version I added the use of a Martha Stewart spider punch, but a strip of coloured cardstock would serve just as well if you didn't have a punch.

I'm a notorious paper hoarder, and so finally biting the bullet and really jumping into a paper pack and using it up feels good. Don't be afraid to cut that paper!


Bite Me!

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in ,
Every year I do a character card for one particular friend who seems to really enjoy them. This years version is a vampire. Now as with previous years, I did not design this myself - it is a variation on a design posted to scrapbook.com (and unfortunately my gallery didn't save it correctly so I can't re-locate the original artist, but if I do I will amend the info here).

Here's is my version.

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Danse Macabre

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 14, 2013 in , ,
The first Halloween card of the season and I really wanted to try this new background stamp I bought at Michaels from Stampendous.com.

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I started by stamping the background with Versafine in Onyx on white cardstock. Then I covered him over with Sookwang double-sided tape and put a layer of Glitter Ritz warm highlight over it, so that it sparkles with orange and green flecks (better seen in person for sure).

Then I used a Spellbinders label die and some Halloween ribbon bought at Michaels to accent the bottom of the card. I topped it off with a metal charm from Jolee's Boutique for EK Success and voila!

I like how it turned out, although it wasn't originally what I envisioned when I started the project, and I still don't know if I like it as much as the Pumpkin/Crow cards I did from previous years. This stamp however, is just too cool not to use!


Fall on display

Posted by Susan on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in ,
I love this time of year. I love the colours, the temperature, the crispness in the air. I love all the harvest decorations and of course Halloween. AND......as a scrapbooker, I love the fall papers that seem to come out at this time of year.

I headed to Michaels to pick up their large wooden letters for a Fall decor project. They were a little more expensive than I would have liked, so I saved up my coupons and extra percentages off and bought them when they were on sale. Then I dove into the DCWV Autumn Melody stack and using some decoupage medium, covered them with the beautiful fall papers.

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I added a few embellishments, which ended up being the hardest part of the whole project - trying to balance out the decorative bits. In the end I went minimal and just added a few.

It was a fun project to do that really didn't take a lot of time and hopefully I'll be able to pack it away for use for a few more years anyway!

Look for Halloween cards and decorations coming up next!


More Fall Flora and Fauna

Posted by Susan on Saturday, October 05, 2013 in
So excited about how my first floral arrangement turned out, I decided to tackle another, slightly larger one. This time I had a spot to fill. My mudroom entryway needed a little colour. The small accent table was small and low so I wanted to try and build an arrangement with some height.

Here is what I came up with (click to enlarge):


Flowers of Fall

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 in
I got the urge to create a flower arrangement with all the fall colours I love so much. I headed to the dollar store to see what kind of artificial flowers I could scrounge for my project and sure enough, they had a selection I could work with and that was way better priced than Michaels.

Here is the finished project, now proudly on display in my front door entryway (click for a larger view).


Art Journal - Fairy Garden

Posted by Susan on Saturday, July 06, 2013 in
My husband had noted that a lot of my art journal pages and work of late was a little dark, so I challenged myself to lighten things up a bit with this 2-page spread. Click on the image below for a larger picture:

This page uses a beautiful mix of lavender/lilac and silver to create a fairytale garden. For the trees, I used a technique I learned from Vivian (contadinak on youtube). You take a glue gun and just sketch out lines and/or shapes on your page as you want them to appear. In this case I wanted to make something that looked like trees. Once I had the hot glue shapes laid out I then took silver rub and buff and with my finger just brushed it over the hardened hot glue to make silver trees. I LOVE the way it turned out.

I also got to use my Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap for the first time in the background. It's absolutely gorgeous to work with and will definitely be using it more in the future!

Hope you like the page, and please check out my youtube channel for a close up walk through of this layout »


Autumn Melody Card Set

Posted by Susan on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in ,
I wanted to make my sister a set of 12 note cards for her Birthday that she could then use for whatever she wanted. She loves acorns and oak leaves, so I dug out the DCWV Autumn Melody stack and some embellishments I had stockpiled and set to work.

I made 4 each of the following 3 designs to make up the set.


Father's Day - Come Sail Away

Posted by Susan on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in ,
Happy Father's Day Dad. Click on the image below for a larger view:

This card used some beautiful new papers by Reminiscence and K&Company.


Art Journal - Clear Eyes

Posted by Susan on Saturday, May 25, 2013 in ,
So I got a bunch of new "toys" (aka supplies) to play with from Scrapbooking Cafe Online so I sat down with my art journal and just decided to see what came out.

I had printed a picture of Taylor Kitsch from his role as Tim  Riggins on Friday Night Lights and decided to do an FNL inspired layout to use it. Here's how it came out (click for a larger image):

Fans of the show will notice a lot of references on the page that might not be clear to those who didn't watch the show - and if you've never seen it, it really is a great show I recommend checking out.

For this two-page spread I used some dictionary print tissue paper in the background and then used a mix of acrylic paint and gelatos over top in various shades of blue and the vibrant yellow. I used a crafters workshop template (the reverse chicken wire) and molding paste to create the fencing pieces. Then I added the embellishments, including rub-ons, stamped letters for the title, a crumpled note in the corner and lots of distressing on the note and the photo.

Hope you like it. Please check out the video for this project on my youtube channel »


Black Currant Card Set

Posted by Susan on Friday, May 17, 2013 in ,
Here is another set of notecards I made. This set has 6 cards, 2 of each design shown below. For this set I challenged myself to use the DCWV Black Currant stack, which I've had for a while because I thought the paper was beautiful, but never managed to find a layout it worked on. Soooooo, enter notecards :D

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Art Journal - Snowman Land

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in
Again, this is me playing with some new techniques on my art journal. If you'd like a detailed walkthrough, please visit my youtube channel for the video on this project.

Here I got to play with both my Dylusions and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ink sprays, texture paste, glitter, gesso, paints, and paper piecing.

Just a fun little page to celebrate the end of winter.


Serenity Notecards

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in ,
I wanted to make a few small notecard sets to donate to a local fundraiser. I challenged myself to use the DCWV Serenity Stack paper, which I won as part of a DCWV monthly challenge a while back. It isn't my typical colour palette, so I struggled a bit, but I think it worked out okay. Here is the first set of notecards, and more will be coming if I can manage to get them done by Thursday.

I think they turned out pretty well and although I don't expect them to fetch a lot at the fundraiser, I hope someone likes them enough to bid on them.


Happy Birthday Nanny

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 in ,
I made this card for my Grandmother who turned 95 in May! It's relatively simple, although I wanted to try a technique where you stamp/emboss a design on vellum and then colour it on the backside of the vellum to see how it plays through. I determined I either don't have the right tools for colouring, or it's just not my "thing" - but at least I tried it. (Click on the image below to enlarge)

Products used:
Bazzill Cardstock
Inkadinkado and Stamping Barn stamps
Stampin' Up Ink and Embossing Powder
Martha Stewart Punch
Spellbinders die


12 tags of 2013 - March

Posted by Susan on Sunday, March 03, 2013 in , ,
"Hoppy Easter" :D

Here is my version of the Tim Holtz March tag for 2013.
Check out the original here »

And now here's my take (click for a larger version):

Supplies I used include paper from the DCWV Baby Nursery line, Ranger/Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die, Martha Stewart Glitter, Making Memories Slice machine (for the bunny cutout), Cheery Lynn Die, American Crafts ribbon and Echo Park letter stickers, Stampin Up ink.


Art Journal - Take care of my heart...

Posted by Susan on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in ,
A new art journal page to share and one I had so much fun creating.  Click on the image below to view a larger version.

I used my favorite Twilight/Vampire theme to create layers of paint, paper, stamps and embellishments on this art journal spread. Creating art journal pages is so new to me so I was happy this experiment in new techniques worked out so well.

Here are a few close ups, and don't forget to check out my YouTube channel where I give a more detailed description of each layer used to create the spread.

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An even closer shot of the bottom left corner of the layout and the dyed trim.

Comments are welcome - and don't forget to check out the video of this project on YouTube.


Art Journal - Numbers

Posted by Susan on Friday, February 15, 2013 in
My second Art Journal project. I'm still playing with ink sprays, both Dylusions brand and Tattered Angels glimmer mist.

I think I'm preferring the Dylusions version myself at this point, but I'm still trying out techniques.

Here is my latest art journal layout. Click on the image below for a closer look or come check it out on my NEW YouTube Channel:


More tags for Christmas

Posted by Susan on Friday, February 15, 2013 in ,
Still working on tags and playing with techniques. Here are a few more (just click on the images for a larger version):

  I saw one of Tim Holtz Christmas tags from a previous year that had a Santa image in the background with a red and green mixed colours, and I wanted to try a version of it. The colours of the spray inks didn't blend as nicely as I would have liked on this tag, but it still has a vintage look.

I then added some tinsel twine and a charm that came from a set of wine glass markers.

I liked the way this tag worked out, especially with the non traditional Christmas colours. I used the Stampin Up stocking punch on this one and then inset it into the tag. I popped up the surrounding green snowflake patterned paper up so the stocking looks like it's inset into the tag.

I think I'll make a few more of this one in various patterned papers.

This tag started out heading in one direction that I didn't like part way through so I came up with a new plan. Originally this was supposed to have some musical instruments stamps popped up on it.

The background started out with music/sheet music paper that I adhered to the tag and then covered with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in turquoise and coffee shop. However, when it was finished the background and the musical instrument stamps just didn't seem to "match".

So then I began hunting for what to put on the background instead, and found this copper coloured metal Christmas tree ornament. It's a little heavy for my tree, so I decided to adhere it to my tag, and I think the colours match really well.


Art Journal - Autumn

Posted by Susan on Friday, February 15, 2013 in
In the past year I have been inspired by some YouTube videos to try my hand at an art journal. If you would like to see some amazing art journal work, check out Rachel on YouTube (user RachO113) and Heather (user staybeautiful84). They are truly fabulous artists and I can only aspire to their level of creativity.

So, allow me to share my first ever art journal project (click on the image for a larger view).

I took this picture after I finished my second page, and unfortunately my second page bled through a bit at the seam, but I still like it.

I used a lot of the Dylusions spray inks from Ranger on this layout, as well as some acrylic paint, stamps from Stampin Up, etc. I love how well the Dylusions spray inks blend together to make the sunset.

Check out my video of this project on YouTube »


12 Tags of 2013 - February

Posted by Susan on Monday, February 04, 2013 in , ,
The February tag for the Tim Holtz "12 tags of 2013" was posted on Friday, so I spent the weekend figuring out my own version.

Here's a link to the original version from Tim Holtz »

And now, here is my version (click on it for a larger view)...

The idea started when I found a Queen of Hearts playing card image online with an Asian flare. I then used an awesome red and black Asian tissue paper for the background and built the rest up. It's a simple tag, not a whole lot to it. I used rub and buff in antique gold for the first time on the black strip that I embossed the word "LOVE" on, and I really like how that rub and buff works both to highlight the embossing but also distress the strip a bit. Very cool effect!

I then sprayed a white paper rose I got in the $1.50 bin at Michaels with some Dylusions red spray ink (love that stuff).

Hope you like it.


Christmas Tags

Posted by Susan on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in ,
I am really enjoying these Christmas tags, so I made a few more (click on the images to enlarge):

I really like the way this one turned out. I tried a bunch of new techniques for this, including distress ink (yes, I'm a distress ink newbie) and modeling paste for the snow.


Christmas Tag #1

Posted by Susan on Sunday, January 20, 2013 in ,
I got so into making tags I decided to make some Christmas theme ones. Not sure if I will use these myself or give some tags away as gifts for others to use, but for now, I'm just enjoying making them.

Here's my first Christmas tag (click the picture to enlarge):


12 Tags of 2013 - January

Posted by Susan on Sunday, January 20, 2013 in , ,
For the first time ever I decided to try and participate in the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2013. I've never done tags before, but they are so much fun I can guarantee I'll be doing more.

Here is the Tim Holtz tag for January that we were supposed to model ours after »

Here is my version (click on it for a larger image):

My initial tag is a little smaller than the original I think, so my design is a slightly scaled down version of the original.


Clocks - Multi Media Canvas Painting

Posted by Susan on Thursday, January 10, 2013 in , ,
Happy New Year everyone.

Well, I finally did it. I've had a bunch of canvases and paints for a while and have just always been too scared to take the plunge and pick up the brush. I promised myself in 2013 that I would try new art mediums. It made sense that the first one be painting/mixed media canvas....after all, I already had all the supplies.

So, here it is folks! I apologize for the lighting. I took this photograph in the evening without any natural sunlight. Click on the photo below to get a closer look.

At first it started out pretty flat but in the end, with all the layers, I think it turned out pretty well. Comments are welcome, let me know what you think.

Check out my video of this project on YouTube »

My next new artistic adventure - TAGS! 

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