{Rebecca} DYSU : For a Friend

>> Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This post is a bit late, but we only had Internet installed at the house two nights ago and I had forgotten to post this the last time I took the computer into town. Thus a late post :)

When I received my image from Floppy Latte Designs for this challenge, I knew I wanted to do something a little bit differant that your standard "colour the stamp", especially since this card is going to a very crafty, soon to be 9 year old. My little siblings love colouring and I thought it would be a fun, interactive way for them to enjoy the card a little bit more if I left the image blank for them to colour in. The card goes in the mail in a few days, hopefully my idea is a success!

My Minds Eye Paper, Button
American Crafts Thickers
Misc Rick Rack and floss

The deadline for this challenge has ended, but that doesn't mean you can't stop by the blog anyways. The rest of the design team came up with some gorgeous cards that will provide all sorts of wonderful inspiration and I know there's a new challenge to be posted soon, and its one you don't want to miss!

Challenges : 


{Rebecca} Catered Crop : Washi Up, Doc

>> Monday, July 30, 2012

Very quick post to share my project for Washi Up, Doc? our newest challenge at Catered Crop. This challenge was so much fun, especially since our wonderful DT team leader sent us all free Washi Tape from our Sponsor to work with. Thanks Linda!

I couldn't just create one project for this fun challenge, so created a page and a card using left over scraps and trying to be sure I incorporated the same sort of elements.

October Afternoon Paper
American Crafts Thickers and Knock Out Punch
Scrabble Tiles
Sassafrass Lass Sticker
Cosmo Cricket Cloud Chipboard
Vintage Floss, buttons, and ribbon
Chickydoodle Washi Tape


The End =)



{Sarah} Catered Crop: Washi Tape

>> Saturday, July 28, 2012

I freely admit to everyone (except my husband), that half of my love for scrapbooking is the excuse it gives me to shop for supplies.  I am such a sucker for pretty little packages, so of course I have jumped right on the washi tape bandwagon.  There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from, and as more and more manufactures are creating decorative tape to coordinate with their lines... well, let's just say there is way too much temptation out there!

So I have been happily accumulating a little stash of pretty washi tapes...and trying to come up with creative ideas for how to actually use it.  That is why I was so excited to see this week's recipe swap over at the Catered Crop - Washis Up.  

Supplies used - October Afternoon patterned paper, alphabet stickers,
 label stickers, American Crafts cardstock & thickers, Basic Grey glazed brads,
 Carolee's Creations mini alpha stickers, Studio Calico die-cut stickers

Linda put together a fabulous inspiration board of ways to use washi tape, but in the end, I used my tape in a really basic way on this layout.  One of my favorite things about washi tape is that in addition to being pretty and decorative, it is also functional - as adhesive (that is wonderfully re-positionable!)

And if you need, or want, to add to your own washi tape collection, make sure you link up an entry to this week's challenge because one lucky winner will be receiving a $25 gift certificate from Chickydoddle!


{Rebecca} Scrappin Patch : OTP inspiration

>> Monday, July 16, 2012

This is my last post for a few weeks as I'm taking a a little bit of a break for a rather important event in our lives :) Our little one is due in about 3 weeks, and with having just moved house we decided a few weeks off from my scrapbooking room (the husband has literally locked the door so I'm not tempted ... ) so I could concentrate on the next few weeks. Needless to say we are extremely excited to meet our little one!

For my this post I have two projects I wanted to share, both using up the bits and pieces that I've collected from the gorgeous kits that I have been sent. My first project is a dolled up jar full of preserves. I love the idea of giving home made food gifts and love finding fun ways to dress it up. These papers from Prima were the touch I needed.

 and to go with it .... a card made from the this and that. Do you ever have paper that you can't remember who its made by? After my initial projects made from this kit, these pieces found their way into my scrap stash and I completely lost track of what they were. I do know though, that you can find the exact papers in the Scrappin Patch store. Maybe you should head on over there and do a little detective work. I'd love it if someone came back with some information :)

Thank you so much for being part of my adventure. 


Catered Crop: Ruffles {Sarah}

>> Friday, July 13, 2012

I was pretty excited when I saw what was on the menu for this week's Catered Crop Recipe Swap - Ruffles!  I have a bit of a ruffle obsession at the moment and have tons of pins on my Pinterest boards of projects that include ruffles.

When I set out to make my project for this challenge, I fully intended to go completely overboard on the ruffles - since it is a sweet sixteen card for a girly girl, I figured I could get away with making it ridiculously frilly and over-the-top.  But as I was playing with the papers and ribbons I just could not get it to work together the way I had envisioned. In the end, I only used one ruffle along the edge. 

Supplies: Echo Park "Sweet Day" patterned papers & alpha stickers, 
American Crafts cardstock, unknown ruffled ribbon.

Since my card didn't quite satisfy my ruffle craving for the day, I decided to actually accomplish something that I saw on Pinterest and made (I think the technical term is "refashioned") this for the birthday girl -

I think it turned out rather well - it fits me nicely, so if the birthday girl doesn't like it I will happily take it back!


DYSU #80 : Cool Colours

>> Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ok, I admit it. When challenge #80 was announced at DYSU, I had to ask for some clarification on what "cool" colours meant. I was informed that while I could interpret it how I want, probably the best explanation was for blues, greens, browns, whites, and maybe purples. At first I was thinking cool being "awesome" which would have made my card somewhere more in the lines of orange and reds, good thing I asked :)

How would you interpret cool colours?

This is *now* how I interpret cool colours :)

October Afternoon Paper
Cosmo Cricket Paper
Recollections Stamp
American Crafts chipboard
Vintage buttons and floss

Well by this time we should be all settled into the new place, but I think I am going to make use of my pre-schedule option on the blog anyways. Its one less thing to think about amidst all the boxes that still need sorting.

Be sure to check out the Do You Stack Up blog for a full list of sponsors and some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team.


Catered Crop : Ruffles {Rebecca}

>> Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This is one of those days I wish that I had super-human photography skills. However, I know that I can't be good at everything and should be quite content with my super-human chocolate eating skills, because honestly, I think that may be the more useful of the two skills .... But if I did possess better photography skills I feel like this card would benefit greatly. Something got lost between the snapping of my shutter and the transferring of the image to the computer. Hmmm .... while I try to sort of what's different, maybe you should just take a peak.

KaiserCraft Paper
Vintage buttons, ruffles, lace, rickrack
American Crafts Thicker
Chatterbox Rub Ons 
Graphics Fairy Printable Dress Form

The challenge at Catered Crop this week is to incorporate ruffles onto your project. If I would have been very adventurous I would have turned it into a guys card somehow, but seeing as I was looking for something a little less out of the box, ruffles very naturally became a girly card.

Be sure to check out the Catered Crop blog for a full list of details and sponsors. You'll also have to check out the rest of the design teams work, this is one challenge that is full of gorgeous inspiration! 


{Rebecca} Sneak Peak

>> Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The title of this post could really be anything, but because I'm typing all this out on my iPhone keyboard I've decided to keep it brief. I love my phone, but I've never found it that convenient for lengthy discourse!

Now don't laugh, but I just discovered there is a blogger application for my phone. If you would have told me a few weeks ago I don't think I would have been terribly excited at the news, but going into our third week without Internet, a blogger application is quite suddenly a rather brilliant invention. Being without Internet is very good for us and I can't say I've missed it to much, except that I have DT commitments that I'm not able to get to because I can't access all my normal boards, forums, and blogs. Thank goodness for understanding coordinators and co-designers. I'm hoping I'll be back online by the end of this week.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some pictures of our new place, a 1939 farmhouse on 10 acres. We're rather in love with every part of its unique character even though our to-do list and fix that list is ever growing. There is do much charm here that we are looking forward to making ours!

I'm not sure how the picture thing works with the app, but I think they all just end up at the bottom of this post, instead of configured all nicely like I would if I was on the real site .... I'm also including some sneak peaks of the projects I've been working on now that we're mostly settled and my temporary craft space. Hopefully it all gets moved into the office soon (instead if the kitchen), but with the heat wave we've been having, we moved our bed into the office instead of the 2nd story where it's way to hot!


A "Sweet" Layout

>> Friday, July 6, 2012

Since I am a scrapbooker, one of the very best presents that my family can give me, almost as good as even better then scrapbooking supplies, is nice photos.  Needless to say, I was pretty happy with the Mother's Day gift that my children gave me this year - they consented to be dressed in matching outfits and have me take pictures of them. They are still little enough that they think wearing matching outfits (that Mom made for them) is cool, but I realize my days of being able to talk them into this type of thing are probably numbered so I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Supplies used: Echo Park "Sweet Day" Collection, Jenni Bowlin mini alpha stickers

This layout makes me happy.  Aside from the fact that all four of my kids are kind of facing the camera at the same time in these photos, I really like combination of the red barn door with the kid's green/teal clothes in the pictures.  I was a bit concerned about finding papers that would match so I actually had most of the prints done in black and white.  A few months ago I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous collection from Echo Park and when it arrived in the mail I was pretty thrilled when I realized how well it worked with these photos! Plus I managed to squeeze just about all of my favorites into this layout - chevrons, doilies, clouds, butterflies, tiny alpha stickers, a pennant banner, a flag, a scalloped border...


Happy Independance Day!

>> Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Okay, I actually live in Canada so technically I don't celebrate Independence Day, at least not in the way that most Americans do.  Last year though, on July 4th, I "gained my independence" and gave birth to an adorable baby boy, which gives me great cause to celebrate the 4th.   Ironically, my other son was born on Labour Day...

At any rate, all of the holiday themed projects that have been appearing on the internet inspired me to cut into some of the October Afternoon Rocket Age collection that I have been hoarding saving for just the right moment.  This layout has absolutely nothing to do with Independence Day, or even my son's first birthday, or even the son that was born on July 4th, but hey, it looks kind of patriotic so I am posting it today!

Have a wonderful day, whatever you happen to be celebrating!