Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's a Blog Hop: A Flair For Buttons Style

Happy Saturday friends!
A special welcome, for those hopping along with A Flair For Buttons.  Shelley has been adding so many fabulous sets to the shop over the past several weeks it's been fun seeing all the new creations.  I've chosen to showcase the My Life Words 3 set for you today.
Normally I begin my scrapping process by deciding on the photo I want to scrap and choosing product from there.  This time, however, I chose the set of flair first and then added the photo, and the rest of the paper, and embellishments second.  I really wanted to work with a set of flair that were for everyday photos, and this photo sort of fit the category.  It was from a Dance Competition my girls were are a part of last October (although they aren't actually in this shot). It's a Dance photo, but doesn't really have a theme, as there aren't any other photos of this particular practice, nor are any of my children actually in the shot.  It's meaningful to me, however because of the experience it represents.  The dance was called "We Are Family".  There were about 30 kids in the dance, and there was a "family" section where all the siblings had a little showcase part as they danced together in family units. There were a total of 5 families with a total of 12 siblings in all.  It was pretty special to see all my girls on the stage at the same time. I should mention they won Judges Choice Award for that one :)

Here is the layout.

I have a bit of an addiction to glassine bags.  I just love the way they look behind a photo.  Not quite like vellum, but more subtle than patterned paper.
In this case I added a piece of Doodlebug Sprinkles vellum to the inside of it.  A little trick I learned from Virginia Nebel when I was at Crop & Create a couple of weekends ago. Although she used patterned paper instead of vellum. I thought the idea was genius.
So happy that my gold pen still worked, as I used it to add some journaling to the WeRMemory keepers pocket page card.  Doesn't it look kinda cool tucked inside the vellum bag?!  And did you notice that even though I have 3 pieces of flair added to my page, it doesn't feel too bulky and over-powering.  I love flair, and that little extra bit of fabulous they add to my projects.

And...because Shelley is so generous, she is offering a discount code just for you during this hop. 
Did you know that all orders outside of the US qualify for 10% off all the time?  Simply enter INTERNATIONALFRIENDS at checkout anytime of the year, not just during the hop.  Shelley's the best!

Hop along with us over the weekend for a chance to win your choice of a set of flair from the {aflairforbuttons} Etsy shop.  I can promise you that there will be lots of inspo along the way, I'm fortunate enough to work with some super talented girls.
Sherri Funk --> that's me :)

Stop at each blog, and leave a comment by midnight CST on Monday April 21st for your chance to win.  Shelley will post the list of winners on the A Flair For Buttons blog on Wednesday, April 23rd.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Creative Scrappers Reveal #266

Wilson has been getting a lot of face time in my posts lately.  Here he is, again in my take on Creative Scrappers Sketch #266.

Here is Jenny's sketch.

You can see that I flipped the sketch and added my own touch to it just a little.  I loved the arrows she incorporated.  I used some Studio Calico veneer, and added a little coating of Perfect Pearls to shine them up a little and help them blend in with the background paper just a little bit better.

That transparency is from the Crate Paper Love Notes overlays pack, and I cut out and stitched circles of coordinating paper.  Some of my circles are peeking through behind holes I've cut into the cardstock, and some are raised with 3D adhesive, I stitched around all of them to give them a little more dimension.  Since the design didn't have a dedicated spot for journaling, I've added it to the largest circle grouping simply outlining the overlay with it.  Journaling reads "so cute the way he plays with his stuffie."

Once again, our sponsor is none other than my favourite kit club.  I should note that I used their February kit and Add On kit to complete this layout too.
Complete as many takes as you like on either this sketch or sketch 265 (revealed here), and link them up using the inlinkz tool on the Creative Scrappers site, and you're automatically entered to win.

Thanks for stopping by today friends, I always appreciate when you take the time to visit.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's That Time Of Year

Good morning friends!  As the kids are just getting ready, I thought I'd pop in here to share just a bit of what's been going on around here.  It's that time of year around here.  Hours and hours of practices are about to be put to the test as the girls begin their Dance Competitive Season.

We have several pieces of shimmery, sparkly goodness all packed up and ready for our trip to Saskatchewan today for the CanDance Competition.

I've got a couple of scrappy things lined up for you while I'm away, however.  Including Sunday's Creative Scrappers reveal.  Here's a little sneak for now.
Be sure to stop back here on Sunday for the full reveal.

I'll leave you with this layout that I created for Chic Tags the other day, using a piece of Lawn Fawn patterned paper as my background (they have the cutest papers out now).
Have you ever been so anxious to get your idea onto paper that you scrap the first photo you can find?  That's what happened here.  I knew that I wanted to stick with the soft pastel colour scheme so I grabbed my 5th & Frolic Project Life cards, and printed out the photo I took with my girls that same morning, knowing that they would co-ordinate perfectly.
I layered the cards I wanted to use and then began tucking tags here and there.  Using a few embellishments to finish things up, and my layout was complete.
I've been hoarding these Bunting tags for a long time, I just love the rich woodgrain colour and the fact that you can use them for just about anything on both layouts and cards. 

That's it for today, the highway awaits.  Thanks for stopping in today friends!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Plus One

I have a couple Amy Tangerine Plus One layouts to share with you today.

It seems this guy seems to making his way into my pages a lot these days.  
I normally go for softer, less bold patterns in my scrapping, but it was fun to break out of the box and try my hand at these bold designs.

The cute Lucky flair was one of the goodies in the Paper Issues March Swag Bag.  You can check out the April Bag here.
Isn't that puffy cloud adorable?

For this layout, I used a B side for the background, and added pops of colour to the rest of the layout.  The photo is one that was taken a couple of summers ago when we enjoyed a week long "staycation" (someone, may or may not have forgotten to renew her passport in time to go across the border)
I really liked the water colour splotch on the bottom of green and yellow, and tried to replicate it toward the top of my photo using a little mist. 

The alphas originally purchased were the white ones in the collection, but I needed yellow to work with this layout.  It was super easy to simply paint the alphas with my yellow mist and a foam brush.  

The puffy sticker set comes with 27 sweet designs.
You can find them, and the rest of the Plus One collection in the Paper Issues shop right here.  Feel free to use my code:SHERRI to  save yourself 20% off your order.

Happy Hump Day friends!
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Creative Scrappers Reveal #265

This week you're in for a real treat, as Kristine created a sketch that could easily be used for either a pocket page layout, or a regular scrapbook layout.

Here is my take I went with the pocket page style to add to my Memories In Between album.
February 23 - March 1st left side
And here is what Kristine's sketch looked like.
You can see there were several elements that I was able to incorporate into my page despite there difference in pocket sizes.  And here is what I did with the right side of the page.

 Here is the spread as it looks in my album.

This is a super fun reveal, because of the diversity of the sketch, I can't wait for you to pop over to the Creative Scrappers blog to have a peek at all the different interpretations.  I certainly hope you'll find the time to join us this month.  Our sponsor is none other than my favourite kit club
Complete as many takes as you like on sketches 265 & 266 (revealed in 2 weeks), link them up using the inlinkz tool on the Creative Scrappers site, and you're automatically entered to win.

Thanks for stopping by today friends, I always appreciate when you take the time to visit.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Birthday Boy

It was sketch challenge day over at Scraptastic yesterday.  Susan once again gave us a great sketch to work with.

Mr Wilson celebrated 4 years a couple of weeks ago.  Isabelle thought he needed to have a cake, so she made him a "cheese cake" out of cheese slices (held together by toothpicks), and placed a candle in it.  Just love this photo of him licking his chops after getting a little taste of it.  The It's My Life kit and Add On kit was full, full, full of all sorts of great October Afternoon, and Elle's Studio tags, and if you know my style at all you'll know how much I love incorporating tags into my scrapping.
Some great stamps in this kit.

This is Susan's sketch.  So many photo placements and/or journal placement possibilities. 
Hop over here to see what the rest of the team did with the sketch.  And you can go here  to get yourself set up for a monthly pizza box full of scrappy goodness.

Here are some sneaks of what coming next month.
Worth Wandering Kit
Let Me Go
This Life Noted 
So great stuff for you all this month, and the stamps are pretty awesome too, especially the This Life Noted alphabet set.  I can't wait until my box shows up.

Happy Friday friends, hope you're in for a great weekend.  I'm more looking forward to next week, as we will finally be off for Spring Break.  If the weather would only begin to feel Spring-like we'd be very happy campers here. Pin It

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chic Tags & Maya Road Swap

We've got another product swap to share with you over at Chic Tags.

Teaming up with Maya Road was a super fun idea.  I've always been a fan of their embellishments.  Here are the projects I created with goodies from both companies.

Meet my friend Shannon.  She and her family have done life with us for the past 14 years.  Our families have such a nice time when we're together, kids, dogs, and all.  Last August she took her family, and transferred job positions to one in Calgary. I miss her so much.  Life is busy these days, which isn't too much of a change, but it sure is nice to have that person in your life that when you're together you each enjoy the time so much.  Chatting, learning, challenging, and encouraging one another.  I was so happy to receive her text saying she was going to be in Winnipeg for one night recently.  We had the chance to meet for supper, catch up and just enjoy the short time we had together.

The chipboard words, and hearts were so great for embossing.

Burlap, felt flowers, and twine?  Yes please.

As is a habit of mine, I placed my journaling on a hidden tag behind the photos.

And here is my second layout.  My favourite photo from our Fall photo shoot.
I just love the looks on the girls' faces as they threw the leaves around.
I used my silhouette to cut leaves out of gold cardstock, and vellum.  The Happy Place tags are perfect for journaling.
This time rather than embossing the chipboard words, I simply used my Tim Holtz blending tool to add a little distress ink to them.  That cute little ampersand stamp is by Chic Tags, and I may or may not be hoarding a few of those Maya Road heart pennant clips.

Now be sure to pop over to the Chic Tags blog to enter for your chance at the Happy Place collection we're giving away to celebrate our blog hop with Maya Road.  And don't forget to pop over to the Maya Road blog also to enter their giveaway, and see what they're talented crew has created using our Chic Tag products.  Good luck to all.

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