Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Enjoy the Journey

Time and time again I come back to Tim Holtz's products.  For this week's travel challenge at the Playing in Paradise blog I used some stamps by Tim Holtz, Distress Stains and Distress Inks and love the vintage feel of this card.

I smooshed some stains onto my craft mat and spritzed with water, then rubbed a piece of watercolor paper through using a 'Wrinkle-free Distress technique'. You can find lots of tutorials on You Tube! I then stamped the old-time truck with Archival Ink and added the key, 'Enjoy the Journey', the file tab and the tickets, below.

I stamped these tickets on Kraft paper and then rubbed Distress Stains directly on top and then went over them with a sponge and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  As a finishing touch I sprayed them with Frost sparkly spritz.
Be sure to check out the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog for lots of fun ideas!

Friday, February 15, 2013

PPC 104 Guest Designer!

I'm so excited to have won the Playing in Paradise sketch challenge! You can see my winning project here. As the winner I get to be guest designer for challenge # 104- "Add a little sparkle!"

My project for this challenge is a scrapbook page of a summer BBQ. I started by spraying Kraft cardstock with mists over some stencils. I used Smooch Spritz in purple and Dylusion Sprays in blue, yellow and light green. I didn't plan it, but when I cut out the tire swing it fit perfectly inside the doily stencil! I then spayed on Tsukineko Shimmer Spray in gold all over to add shimmer.

I then placed on the tree border and banner from a Simple Stories 12x12 page and my pictures. After layering on the rest of the elements, including die cut letters from pink glitter paper, I brushed Rock Candy Stickles across the banner and then added dots of Stickles. I used Stickles on the tree border and the flower brad and placed pink gems in the tree. As my last sparkling touch I added some jewelled chipboard flowers in the bottom right corner.

It was fun to add so many sparkly elements to my page. Be sure to enter your project on the Playing in Paradise blog and you just might be the next winner!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Misted background

Stickles outline

Stickles and glitter paper

Sparkly pink gems

Die Cut glitter paper

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fantabulous Sweet Sunday Valentines

My baby has decided 5:00 am is the new time to get up... Ugg! So I decided to get some more Valentine cards done while I'm up. Luckily she'll play or sit on my lap, for a short time anyway!

I used some heart paper I got in a kit from Costco quite a long time ago. I really wanted to buy a small Valentine paper pack, but I'm really trying to be conscious of using what I have.

I used Hampton Arts stamps on Kraft cardstock that I cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. If I could only have one cartridge this would be it! I cut the scalloped circle, the banner, and the heart with this cart. I used Distress Ink on the edges, Distress stain on the heart and then spritzed with gold mist.

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentines Day!



Sweet Sunday - Sketch

Fantabulous Cricut Blog - use a die cut heart

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Happy Valentines!

I love Valentines Day! I love the red and pink colour scheme, I love the hearts and, of course I love the chocolate!

I only find that it seems to come so quick that I'm never prepared. I'm so excited that I actually made a few pretty Valentines this year and I'm actually getting them in the mail on time :)

I thought I'd use the sketch from Playing in Paradise, which I turned on its side. I used a paper pack I won a couple years ago from Stampin' Up and I stamped a Penny Black stamp on watercolour paper and used Tombow markers. I also used a CTMH tic tac toe stamp set for the X's and O's in the top right corner.

I also thought I'd share this adorable Vintage Valentine book I saw at Chapters! So cute!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Looking back at Erica's 5 month pics bring back so many memories! She was so chubby! I just love all those rolls!

I wanted to do a simple page and used the CTMH Wings paper pack again. I used the Gypsy to weld the title letters and cut them with the Cricut. I used the Mini Monster cartridge to cut the bubbles from watercolour paper, which I then used some Tombow markers on to add detail.