Monday, April 30, 2012

Sketchbook 4 -- Sketch #10

I wanted to share the layout and card I made using Sketch #10 from Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook 4 workshop. For the layout, I decided to scrapbook some photos from our club's recent taekwondo tournament.

I used Fancy Pants & Lily Bee patterned paper, Papertrey Ink cardstock (rustic white, pure poppy), stamps (movers & shakes sentiments, simply you) & dies (double-ended banner, journaling tabs, uppercase block alphabet) & a trio of My Mind's Eye decorative brads.

Here are a few close-ups:

I also created a tab that you pull out to reveal the journaling:

And here's the card I made with the sketch:

I used The Girl's Paperie patterned paper, Papertrey Ink cardstock (rustic cream), stamps (pretty peonies) & dies (mat stack 1, bloom builders #3) & the decorative brad is a SU! build-a-brad.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sketchbook 4-- Sketch #9

I got a little behind on scrapbooking this past week, but yesterday I was able to finish the layout I'd started for Sketch #9 of Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook 4 class. I also made a card for Austin for his birthday (coming up in a week & a half) using this sketch last night.

Here's the layout:

I used Papertrey ink cardstock (stamper's select white, classic kraft), stamps (Framed Out #3) and dies (Framed Out #3, alphabet block.) I also used SU! cardstock (island indigo) & My Mind's Eye patterned paper and decorative brads.

Here's a close-up of the photos:

And here's the card I made, inspired by the sketch:

I used Papertrey ink cardstock (rustic white), stamps (Label Basics, Movers & Shakers sentiments, Boy Basics: Game On, Grunge Me, Botanical Silhouettes) and dies (Label Basics).

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Five for Friday

1. We've been busy with piano lately, with Festival last week and a recital last night. The kids all played one favourite solo piece and I played our duets with Sage & Austin. It was fun.... something I'd like to do again, for sure!

2. I had the day off on Wednesday and decided it was time that I take down my Christmas decor outside of my front door and make things look a little more Spring-like...

I purchased some silk flowers at Walmart and used some containers I already had...

3. I also changed around some things in my scrap area earlier this week. I'd attended a fabulous crop on Saturday and when I went to unpack on Sunday afternoon, I realized what bothered me the most about my previous set up (as seen here): I don't like sitting with my back to the room. I prefer to look out in to the room, with my back to a wall. So, I moved over some shelving units (with a little help from Austin & Sage!) and pulled my table away from the wall. Here are some photos of my newly organized space:

Here's what I have on my table, from left to right: my containers of buttons & baby wipes (to clean my stamps),  my PTI stamps in their Tim Holtz stamp folders and my caddy that holds scraps of white cardstock and 6x6 patterned paper, my scissors, rulers, craft knife, bone folder and pens & pencils.

Then, I have my rotating shelving which holds my jewels, felt, twine, thread, small tools (eraser, edge distresser, corner rounders, needles) & my inks. Beside that are my file folders that hold my PTI cardstock and then my files that hold my 12x12 patterned paper.

Beside my table, I placed my IKEA kitchen stand. Over that, I have my framed 1st Dan Taekwondo certificate. Then, I have a card display that I use to store a few non-PTI stamps and my punches. On the table, I have my photo trimmer and my Big Shot.

On the shelves below, I have a box of photos (there are presently a couple of sleeves of decorative brads in front of the photos) and a box of embellishments. Below that is my binder of diecuts.

I have a couple other shelves with hold my supplies that I don't use as often, but form some reason, I forgot to upload this photo. You can see part of these shelves in the first photo.

4. I started this layout last Saturday and finally got it finished last night, so I thought I'd share it:

I used Papertrey cardstock (classic kraft, smokey shadow), SU! cardstock (island indigo) & My Mind's Eye patterned paper (hexagons), diecut & decorative brads. The strip of yellow polkadot paper is Lily Bee and I diecut my title using my Quickutz Classic alphabet dies.

5.  At our piano recital last night (see #1), we gave Mrs. Wiebe, our piano teacher a gift certificate to a local nursery and this card, which I made using this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink: Glitter Diecuts.

I used Papertrey cardstock (stamper's select white, pure poppy), stamps (stitches & swirls, Think Big Favourites #4, Happy Day) and dies (3.5" limitless layers ovals, Happy Day). I also used Crate Paper patterned paper, some Martha Stewart glitter & some white embossing powder on the background.

Wow, what a long post!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Papertrey Princess Challenge

It's my turn to post a challenge for the Papertrey Princesses, so here's my challenge... The PTI design team is so amazing! Choose one of their projects and use it as inspiration for a card.

I was inspired by the last card in Maile Belles' latest post on her blog to create this card:

I used Papertrey Ink cardstock (stamper's select white), stamps (beautiful butterflies, TBF#3) & dies (beautiful butterflies). The patterned paper is Crate Paper, which I covered in Martha Stewart glitter for this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink: Glitter Diecuts.

Here's a close-up of the glittered diecut:

So, Princesses, I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

PTI April Blog Hop

A co-worker shared with me yesterday that she recently got engaged! I am so happy for her, so I decided to make her a card to let her know. I decided to do so for this month's PTI Blog Hop, where the challenge was to be inspired by this photo:
(Isn't it lovely! I think these fabrics would make such a beautiful baby quilt!)

I was inspired by the stacks of patterns, as well as the large floral designs. Here's the card I made:

I used PTI cardstock (rustic cream), stamps (rosie posie, botanical silhouettes) & dies (rosie posie). I also used patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (both blue polkadots), The Girl's Paperie (floral & text) and Crate (bottom pink).

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Scrapbook Stamper's Workshop -- Lesson #8

So, in focusing on making layouts for the Sketchbook 4 class, I took a little break from the Scrapbook Stamper's Workshop lessons. Truthfully, I was a little stuck on one lesson, because I just didn't have the stamps to make it work. I decided to skip it and to move onto the next challenge, which was to stamp & die cut & stitch a border of stars on your layout. I put my own spin on this challenge and came up with this layout:

I used Echo Park patterned paper and Papertrey Ink cardstock (stamper's select white, hawaiian shores), stamps (super stars, wonderful words additions) & dies (seeing stars, uppercase block alphabet). Instead of stitching my border, I decided to add some My Mind's Eye decorative brads.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sixteen years

Today is my husband, Cameron, & my 16th wedding anniversary. I can't believe we've been married this long! LOL! I thought I'd make a layout commemorating our special day and I decided to use Sketch #8 from Sketchbook 4 to do so.

I used My Mind's Eye patterned paper and diecut, Studio Calico, October Afternoon, & Webster's letter/number stickers, Pink Paislee chipboard letters and Papertrey ink cardstock & dies (tag sale #5 & block number).

 Here's the journaling: 

"Together, we…have attended 1 church faithfully…have lived in 2 different homes… …have lost 2 dads… have 3 beautiful children… have gone on 4 long road trips… …have seen 8 movies together in the theatre…have had 9 different jobs…have owned 11 different vehicles…have gone for countless drives in the country & bike rides…have had many ups & downs… …have celebrated 16 years of marriage… April 20, 2012"

 Then, I used some scraps from my layout and the same sketch to make a card:

I used My Mind's Eye patterned paper & Papertrey ink cardstock (soft stone, stamper's select white), stamps (beautiful butterflies) & dies (beautiful butterflies, tag sale #5).

 Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Welcome, baby

My friends, Beth & Greg, had a new baby boy in February (welcome, Baby Declan!) and I'm finally getting around to sending them a gift & a card. I konw, it's pretty sad, but this way, it stretches out the gift giving. ;)

We got him an adorable striped polo onesie and I made a card to coordinate with it. I decided to use this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink: Step it up: Layering in making the two cards, as well as this week's Monday with Melis Challenge, which was to create a card using the following:

1. A new to you style.
2. A cupcake or something sweet (cherries, pie, cake, candy, etc.).
3. Buttons.
4. A background stamp.

For my "new to me style" I decided to go very CAS, with some masking & colouring with watercolour pencils (things I don't do very often.) Here's my card:

I used PTI cardstock (soft stone), stamps (tremendous treats: birthday, BB: Retro, BB: woodgrain, simple sentiments) & button. The watercolour pencils and blenders I used are SU!

So for my "step-it-up", I added some patterned paper, a few different colours & some dies & paper-piecing. I also used Sketch #7 from Sketchbook 4.

I used PTI cardstock (soft stone, harvest gold, rustic white), stamps (tremendous treats: birthday, simple sentiments) & dies (oval dies). The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye.

So, which one do you like better?
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Premier Championships 2012

I wanted to share a few photos from our tournament on Saturday...

After a competitor line up and an officials meeting, we started with patterns, beginning with the black belts. My group was suppose to be a group of four, but two competitors didn't show up, so we joined another group (the teenagers) and formed a group of six.

Then the colour belt & poom patterns...

Then we started with the black belt breaking (I only broke one board out of my three) and poom belt breaking (Austin broke his first board with an axe kick!)

And then we started sparring, beginning with the lower belts and moving up... Here are some photos of Sage (the only sparring competitor from our family-- so proud of her!)

Even though we all tried our best, Jonah was the only one from our family to bring home a medal... a bronze for patterns!

And I wanted to share a layout I made using Sketch #7 from Sketchbook 4 and some photos of Austin from the tournament...

I used AC cardstock (12x12), Echo Park patterned paper, Webster's letter stickers, My Mind's Eye, Pink Paislee & The Girl's Paperie decorative brads and PTI cardstock (aqua mist), impression plate (woodgrain), stamps (Grunge Me) & die (Seeing Stars).

Here's a close-up of the journaling, which explains the cryptic title...

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Well, the tournament went well yesterday! I was so proud of how well my kids competed, what great attitudes they had (when only one of us brought home a medal) and how good they were (behaviour-wise) throughout a very long day! I'm hoping to share some photos soon...

I just wanted to share a couple of things today.... First up is the April Pages with Papertrey Sketch:

And here's the layout I made with it:

I used Echo Park patterned paper, Papertrey Ink cardstock (kraft, harvest gold), stamps (movers & shakers sentiments, Simply You), button, twine dies (Edgers #5, Block Alphabet numbers). I created this layout using Lesson #10 from the Scrapbooker's Stamping Workshop, to add a button to a stamped image.

Here are a few close-up shots:

And I also wanted to share the card that I made using this week's Make It Monday at PTI, where the challenge was to create a flower using non-flower dies.

I used PTI cardstock (rustic cream), stamps (rosie posie, dress form sentiments) & dies (heart, tag sale #3). I used Crate and Echo Park patterned paper and a Basic Grey fabric brad.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Five for Friday

Five "firsts" for me this week...

1. My kids have been participating in the Morden Festival of the Arts since Austin was in kindergarten. They've participated in Speech Arts and Piano. This week, Sage & Jonah presented two poems each, one in French and one in English. They both did really well, earning an A+ on each one.

On Monday evening, I received a phone call from one of the festival organizers, who asked me if I would be interested in adjudicating for the Speech Arts on Tuesday afternoon & evening. I was quite surprised, as I've never done it before. But they were in a bind & I thought I could help them out, so I said yes.

I was nervous, but my chairperson was amazing and very encouraging. And I had a lot of fun! The organizer suggested that I attend a workshop and get on the list of adjudicators, so I can do it at festivals around the province. A very cool idea, for sure!

(Oh, and another first for me for Festival will take place Sunday evening, when I participate in the festival-- I'm playing a duet with Sage on the piano! Wish me luck!)

2. The kids and I are participating in our annual Premier Taekwondo Championships tomorrow.  Jonah is participating in patterns. Austin & I are participating in patterns & board breaking. Sage is participating in patterns & sparring. And I will be also be a ring manager for the patterns and for the sparring competitions, something I've never done before. I'm a little nervous, but am hoping I'll do a good job.

3. In preparation for tomorrow's tournament, I practised board breaking last night in tkd class. I broke three boards, one of them with a jump back kick, which is something I've never done before.

4. I've been sugar-free & deep-fried-foods-free for over 100 days now.... 103, to be precise. ;) I weighed myself this morning and I have lost 11 lbs so far. AND, this week, for the first time, someone asked me if I've lost weight! Yes! It's nice that it's starting to be noticeable...

5. I made a layout and a card using Sketch #6 of Kelly Purkey's Sketchbook 4, this afternoon. Here's the layout, where I used five of the same photo on a layout (a first for me!)...

I used Bazzil cardstock (12x12), PTI cardstock (rustic cream) & dies (pinking border, block alphabet), Echo Park (yellow) & Studio Calico (orange, blue) patterned paper and SU! cardstock (island indigo).

Here's a close up of the journaling:

And here's the card I made (it's for Jonah for tomorrow to encourage him for the tournament) using the same patterned paper and cardstock (even though the island indigo looks darker here, it's not in real life.)

I also use PTI stamps (boy basic: game on) & dies (star border).

Any firsts for you this week?

Thanks for looking!