Friday, March 14, 2014

A Negative Can Be Positive!

 Happy Spring! okay ... I know I'm lying, judging by the mountains of snow out there...but a girl can dream can't she? 

It's Tag Reveal Day over at Catherine and Cathy Create and our topic this month is using a negative.  I figured there were several ways to interpret that.

1. You could use an actual film negative.

2. You could leave lots of negative space aka white space

3. You could use the 'negative' space left over after you punch a shape.
That's the route that I chose to go.

 I used the negative space created when I punched a few hexagons from a piece of card stock as a stencil for my tag. I stenciled in the hexagons on the white card stock using More Mustard ink. I then punched out a few more hexagon shapes using the beautiful papers in the designer series " Attic Boutique". I covered some of my stenciled hexagons with these punch outs...and raised a few of them with Dimensionals  for a little added interest.

Stampin' Up products used in creating this tag are:

Embosslit " Beautiful Wings"
"Feel Good" stamp set #129684
Designer Series pp " Attic Boutique"
More Mustard ink and card stock
Coastal Cabana ink
Coastal Cabana ruffled ribbon
 SU ticket corner punch

Be sure to pop on over to CCC to see the gorgeous creations of my fellow DT members and don't forget to play along with our challenges this month for a chance to win a cute Ampersand embossing folder!
Thanks for popping by today. Toodles!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Kelly's Teacup Canvas Birthday Present

Happy birthday to my dear friend Kelly Klapstein. I think it's birthday number 29, right Kelly?

Most people who know Kelly, know she's a girl who loves her tea...and not just Tetley like me, but all sorts of flavored teas {they are NOT my cup of tea ...bad pun I know...couldn't resist!}. This was my reaction when she served me a cup of a Newfoundland tea that I always send to her. Sorry, but it's only Tetley for me dear girl!

Last year I made her a tea box for her birthday. 

You can find the tutorial for it here .

This year, I inadvertently made her another tea inspired gift! I was trolling through Pinterest when I stumbled across this beautiful canvas by Jane Johnson from Great Britain.
 Isn't it gorgeous????

One of Jane's details that I absolutely fell in love with was the "gold plating" around the cup edges just like real china cups. She is brilliant! It makes it look so real! 

So after much fiddling with scrap card stock to figure out the dimensions and how to cut the paper to curve and look like a real teacup I came up with this....

Don't you just love the gold edging????? 

So here's the whole canvas...

This is one of my first attempts at a mixed media canvas. To be honest I always thought it was kind of  overkill but I have to admit that once I started slapping "stuff'" down on the canvas, well... I really got into it! I was scared to start{what if I added some wet product that I didn't like and then couldn't change it???} but I got over it and really enjoyed it in the end.

There's a whole lotta stuff going on with this canvas! Lace, paper doily, some gold embossing powder sprinkled on a dotted runner tape from 3L { a Kelly trick actually!}, ink spritzes and one of my fav Tim Holtz diecuts! The black shiny swirl stickers are K and Company and the flowers are a mix of Petaloo and IamRoses . The papers for the background{ yes, there's actually a sheet of paper under all that!} and the papers for the teacup are the appropriately named Tea Thyme collection from Prima.

So the question is....Did Kelly like it?

You be the judge....

What's with the popcorn you ask? Kelly loves the stuff but can't get it in Edmonton...I usually include a bag whenever I send her anything in the mail. Personally....I think she's more excited over the popcorn than the canvas hahaha.

Thanks to you for popping by today, and thanks to Jane Johnson for sharing her wonderful inspirational pieces! Please make sure to pop over to her blog and give her some love. She's super creative! Toodles! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy February Tag Challenge

Hey there Scrappy Peeps! It's tag time over at Catherine and Cathy Create and our tag challenge this month is....
Of course we also have a Valentine's inspired card challenge going on all month,
appropriately named Hearts a Flutter! and our color challenge this month is GOLD!!!!You still have two whole weeks to get in on these challenges for a chance to win this super cute stamp set!
Watercolor Happy...isn't it totally adorable????
So our challenge this month was weather ...and God knows we've been having some nasty and bitter cold weather going on around here this winter! I wanted to forget about all that so my weather themed project geared toward something warmer...fluffy clouds and rainbows!
I used the beautiful butterfly embosslit to create my rainbow effect.
 Hop on over to CCC and check out the beautiful creations of my fellow DT  members....and don't forget to try one, two or even all three of our challenges this month for a chance to win the beautiful Watercolor happy stamp set! Thanks for popping by today ! Toodles!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Challenge at CCC

Happy New Year dear scrappy peeps! Hope the big fella in red was good to you all and that you are long recovered from any New Year's reveling...I myself was on call that night so it was a "dry" New' Year's Eve for this Chicky. The kids appreciated it though as that automatically made me their designated driver for the night. :)
 January's almost at the half way mark so that must mean it's reveal day for the tag DT over at CCC. This months challenge is ARROWS. 
Here's my little tag inspired by arrows. I think it would be perfect on a teenage boy's birthday gift!
For this tag I used this year's in colors of Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana.The sentiment is from the "Sweet Little Sentiments" collection and the Skater Dude is a stamp called "Extreme Skateboard"  #115179.
Thanks for popping by today and be sure to hop on over to Catherineandcathycreate to see the inspiring pieces my team mates , RHEA and CATHY have whipped up for you! Toodles

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Colors at CCC

Holy smokes! December is certainly whipping right along!!!
It's tag reveal day over at CATHERINE AND CATHY CREATE and in keeping with the holiday season our color challenge this month is........
Red, Green and White!
Be sure to play along with our color challenge and our other monthly challenges to win a wonderful prize!
Today I am sharing my little holly jolly Christmas tag!!!
My Christmas tag actually has a split personality though.....
It opens up into a Christmas card!
 I think I'll add this to my gift at my work Christmas party this coming weekend.
Supplies used in making this tag/card combo include:
Old Olive  card stock and ink
Cherry cobbler card stock and ink
Versamark ink
Heat and Stick emboss powder
Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Natural trim
ticket corner punch
Patterned Pines{ a Hostess set from a couple of years ago]
Yuletide Christmas stamp set
So head on over to CCC to join in our Christmas fun!
 Thanks for popping by today...Toodles!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Stripes Anyone?

Good morning Bloggerworld!
It's revel day over at CCC and this month's tag challenge is....
Here's my tag in all it's stripey goodness!
So nice to see bright colors on this snow filled morning...I'm trying to convince myself that spring is just around the corner and not months away yet. {Can you tell I'm not really a winter person...soooo in denial already ! :) }
For my tag, I used the following Stampin' Up products:
Pumpkin pie card stock and ink
doily and striped paper are older SU product from my stash
Designer vintage faceted button #127555
God's Beauty stamp set {retired}
Best of Greetings  stamp set #133485
SU Pearls  #119247
Dazzling Diamonds powder
Ticket corner punch
twine from my stash that I dyed with Pumpkin Pie ink
Hop on over to CATHY AND CATHERINE CREATE and check out the awesome projects by my fellow DT members , CATHY CAINES and RHEA SKOMOROSKI .
Thanks for popping by today ! Toodles!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Spring Double the Fun Sketch at CS

Good snowy day ladies { see... I AM trying to appreciate the snow ..BLECH! }.
Just to let you know ...there are still two days left to get your submissions submitted to
for their spring submissions get scrappin'!
I'm sharing KELLY KLAPSTEIN'S Double the Fun spring sketch challenge with you today and not one, but TWO versions I did of this awesome sketch. I have to say, I'm really on a roll with doubles lately {mostly thanks to KELLY }. I was, in a previous scrappy life, a double page scrapper, but then sort of drifted into the single page LO's. I'm happy to be back doing doubles!
So here's Kelly's sketch:
 Here's my first take on the sketch:
I used a combo of Basic Grey papers for this layout...mostly from the Serenade and Capella lines.
We have had robins nesting in our honeysuckle vine on the front veranda for several summers now, but usually the nests are buried too deep for me to get any photos. I was thrilled this year when she moved her nest to a more accessible location. Still not the most perfect, in-focus shots but beggars can't be choosers. I'm sure the neighbors thought I was nuts when they'd see me out there balanced on a lawn chair with my hand extended up through the honeysuckle!
And here's my second version of this great sketch:
I really needed to scrap this night's events. Not just because it was a fun night, but because it was so unique. I don't think my sister, Cathy, and I have ever just been together with our sons. Usually we both have our daughters tagging along too.
 But as it happened, my daughter, Chelsea, was back in Corner Brook working, and Cathy's daughter, Savannah, was gone camping with a friend.
It was a great opportunity to just do something with the boys.
We all enjoyed the glow-in-the-dark mini-golf !
I will confess that yours truly had the most pitiful score out of us all ,but.... I WAS the only one to score a hole in one that night { do NOT ask me how..ahem, fluke I guess!}. So of course that photo had to be front and center ! LOL
I was racking my brains trying to figure out what kind of masculine element I could use on this layout and then it came to me! I made a bunch of 'planets' to pick up on the theme that was painted on the walls at the mini- golf building! I simply used different size circle punches and scraps of corresponding papers.
Thanks for popping by today and remember, you still have two days to get your submissions in to CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER
for a chance to be published in the upcoming spring issue.