Friday, August 22, 2014

Playing with Vellum

If you're anything like me, you tend to go a little overboard when you fall in love with a newly released embellishment, or product line.  I'm usually pretty good about only purchasing small quantities of product, but every once in awhile I let loose and "get it all".

The Doodlebug Sprinkles vellum was one such purchase.  The rainbow of colours was simply too tempting to resist.  They looked so pretty all stacked up together, that I actually had a hard time cutting into the first sheet for quite some time.  I've been using it rather sparingly until this layout. I finally had the nerve to use most of a sheet at one time, and designed my layout around a cut file I created.
The vellum is quite thick, but cuts like buttah.  I placed my blade on a depth of 5 and a speed of 5 to get a nice clean cut.

I also used a couple of punches to create a few shapes in coordinating colours.

Now, what to do with all the scraps?  
I used a lot of scraps to create this patchwork background.
This one was pretty fun for this Type A personality.  I punched several 2" squares out of random scraps (and some non-scraps), I then went to town putting them on the background willy-nilly, and not overly concerned about what colours were next to one another.  Doing it this way allowed me to get the background cut apart, and stuck down in only 20 minutes.  The sewing of them took about another 20 minutes (I'll be honest - a little tedious, but a really fun look), again I was not at all concerned with which pieces were sewn which way, I just kind of went for it.

I used a scrap of regular vellum for the butterfly, which I cut with my Silhouette.

My journaling is tucked away on a Chic Tags card. Simple, and fun, and a great way to use up some of those gorgeous colour and styles of vellum. 

The vellum and lots of new goodies, including Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, and Shimelle products are all currently available in the Paper Issues shop. Use my code at check out, and save yourself 20% on all your paper crafting needs.

Thanks for stopping by today friends.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Her Grade Six Grad

I fell in love with Chic Tags products a few years ago when all they were were great little tags to tuck here and there onto your projects.  They were great for adding journaling, little details like the date, and made great little embellishments.  Today, in addition to those great tags they've also added paper collections, wood veneer, transparencies, label stickers, rub-ons, and flair buttons.
This photo is of my Théa daughter and her two besties on the morning of their Grade 6 graduation.  They say time flies, and boy do I ever believe them.  
You can see how simple this layout really is, boasting just a few pieces of patterned paper, and using mostly embellishments to add detail to my page.

That veneer cloud is so cute, add a little ink, and voila, you've made it even cuter.

This collection is available right here in the Paper Issues shop. Use my code at checkout to save yourself 20% off your entire order.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

We Are Jets Fans

It's a brand new week at Paper Issues, and today we have a brand new Issue for you called: "Admit One"
I went with the "use a ticket on your layout" prompt for first take on the Issue.
You might remember me talking about scrapping even the "poor photos" a while back.  This would be one of those photos.  I love it, because I remember the moment, and that's what's of the most importance to me.  It was my birthday, and we spent it by doing one of our favourite things in the world: going to watch the Winnipeg Jets play, at the MTS Center.  We even met up with my friend Tara and her hubby for a drink before hand.  The team lost, but the night was nice nonetheless.  I welcomed 40, in a fun way that involved the one I love, some friends I adore, and a team I will always stand behind.

These journaling pockets are my favourite thing about the new Fancy Pants Designs Collections.  I tend to hide my journaling behind my photos a lot anyway, this allows me to keep it a part of the actual page design.
I used teeny tiny pieces of 3D adhesive to pop those large letters off the page.

As you may have guess, this Issue is being sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs.  The lucky winner will get their very own Everyday Circus collection.
Check out how fun this collection is.  It even comes with the alphabet sticker sheets and several sheets of corrugated cardstock.  Hop over to the Paper Issues blog to check out how some the other DT interpreted the Issue, and link up your own take.  I can't wait to see what you create.  And if you missed it, I had a Product Spotlight post up this morning featuring Doodlebug Vellum.  You can see that post here.  And don't forget, if you use code:SHERRI at check out in the Paper Issues shop you will always save 20% off your entire purchase.

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Scholarship

I've been wanting to scrap this photo since the day she received her scholarship.  Happy to be sharing the story and the layout with you today.
Our Théa had a wonderful Dance year in 2014.  Competition was once again a joy to attend, watching her "do her thing".  This year she was fortunate enough to win a scholarship for her Hip Hop Solo.  It was pretty fun listening to the adjudicator offer her his feedback.  He was practically gushing over her waves, he had so many wonderful things to say about her solo, my heart was bursting with pride listening to him recognize my girl's talent.  This photo was taken the evening of the Gala awards and show.  The show is filled with numbers from throughout the three week competition, all of which were top marks recipients, or adjudicator's choice.  Each scholarship has 3 recipients, but only 1 of of those are asked to perform in the Gala evening.  Théa was the lucky one chosen in her category.  She looked amazing and performed her solo perfectly.  It was a great way to end the competitive season for all of us.
Isn't that background paper awesome?  Especially for those, who like me, love the distressed look, but have never really gotten the hang of achieving it on our own.
I was a little surprised at the size of the burlap bows when they arrived.  I thought, somehow, that they would be smaller.  It just required a little "thinking out of the box" to figure out how to fit it into my design.  A simple 3/4" glue dot is all that I needed to tack it down to the page.

If you haven't yet, you can still get yourself some Burlap & Bouquets goodies here in the Paper Issues shop.  Use code:SHERRI and save yourself 20% off whatever you choose to order.

Thanks, as always for stopping by, have a great day friends!
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Friday, July 25, 2014

The cutest Nerd

Our kids sure know how to crack us up, especially Théa.  Here is a kid that can be so passionate about her academics, and Dance one minute, and then come down the stairs with with her face completely face painted the next.
On this occasion she was dressed and ready to go to Dance Competition, but came down the stairs with these lens-less 3-D glasses on making silly faces.  Of course I had to snap a couple of photos of her while I could.

I just love the way everything goes together so nicely, like the collection was made just for these photos.  I'm going to link this layout up to the Paper Issues latest Issue "Say Cheese" sponsored by Maya Road.  As usual this girl of mine has provided me with some cheesy photos for the issue. Check out the great link ups here, and add your own for a chance to win a Maya Road goodie bag of your own.

And don't forget you can use my code to grab some Maya Road goodies of your own and save 20% off your entire order.  

Thanks a bunch for stopping in today friends.  Happy crafting!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kawaii Crepe (Scraptastic Sketch)

It's time for another sketch over at Scraptastic.  I decided to modify the sketch to an 8.5x11 format just to change things up a bit.
It was so nice of mom to come into the city to attend Isabelle's Grade 9 graduation ceremony with me, as Darwin was out of town.  After the ceremony we asked her where she wanted to go for lunch.  Thankfully for mom and I she chose one of her favourite places, which wa also a place we had not yet been.  Kawaii crepe is delicious with a variety of crepe fillings to choose from.  Whether sweet or savory they all taste as delicious as they look.  We had 3 different fillings between the three of us: cookies & cream with strawberries, chicken caesar salad, and pulled pork.  It's a place I'll now need to take Darwin, so he can experience the deliciousness for himself.

I loved this card from the July Either Way Kit.  I knew when I saw the sketch, that this was the way I wanted to use it.  And how great is that ripped paper stamp?

A little more stamping and lots of buttons, and enamel dots to finish off the page.  Not too much, but not too simple, a great sketch to work with.
We'd love to see your take on Susan's sketch.  If you play along please come over to the blog and link up here for your chance at a Scraptastic gift card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Right Adhesive

I was pretty excited to have received an email from Tombow a little while back asking if I would like to participate in their Sticky U!  I've been a loyal Tombow fan for years and years, so of course saying yes was a no-brainer.  I was shipped a roll of their new Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  I wanted to put it to the test on my regular layered, with lots of bits and pieces style.  Here is the result.
I love this photo of Isabelle and her friend Keira just prior to their grad dinner.  Both their dresses had so much pretty detail around the waist, and the way they were both holding their clutches called for a photo all it's own, and in turn a layout of the shot, of course.

I couldn't resist adding in the photo of the just the girls' feet, showing off their fab shoes on the layout.  I used a Webster's Pages clip to fasten it to a tag and tucked it into a glassine bag behind the main photo.
Not only was the adhesive a breeze to put on, requiring just the teeniest bit of pressure to dispense from the roll, it also worked perfectly to hold my sequins, and wood veneer pieces (which are normalled glued down with liquid glue), my flair buttons, my burlap bow, and my chipboard accents (which are normally secured in another fashion).  A closer look reveals that you can't even see the adhesive under the transparent sequins.

Thank you Tombow for inviting me to participate in Sticky U!  The Extreme Permanent Adhesive has found a new home among my other Tombow go-tos.
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