Thursday, August 29, 2013

G45 French Country Birdhouse

I've been playing with birdhouses again!
When I was shopping at Michael's during a trip to the east coast last week I stumbled across this adorable barn shaped birdhouse  and immediately thought " Ooooo...this would be gorgeous all dolled up with  G45  French Country papers!".

And it was!
What do you think?

and a side view...
The little cupola on top wasn't part of the original birdhouse. I created it from card stock and glued it to the top... What's a barn without a cupola , right?
 Here's a couple of more photos:
To view a couple of other birdhouses I've done 
with some other awesome G45 papers click HERE.
Thanks for popping by today! Toodles!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Adorable nephews { and a Sketchy Challenge! }

Rob and I went to St John's / Mt. Pearl last week to visit my sister and her family. I'm sad to say we hardly ever see each other being on the opposite sides of the island. I'm ashamed to say that this was the first time we have been to her house in TWO years!!! 

I really enjoyed getting to spend some time with my two nephews. It saddens me that we are missing them growing up. We enjoyed Nathan's baseball game and taking them for little walks/bike rides around the neighborhood {and stopping into the corner store for treats of course!}.
Here's a few LOs I did using pics I took last week.

This first Lo is based on SUE SYKES August sketchy challenge at CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER.

and here's my take on it..... 
Annette and I had such a laugh when we reviewed all the baseball photos I took , because Nathan looks so darn serious in this one. He was a man on a mission stepping up to that plate! lol {and yes he did get a hit!}
While Nathan was playing ball, his younger brother Brady was busy doing his own thing. Brady has high functioning autism. Actually the kid is brilliant...just turned five, and reads on a Jr high grade level...yes , I said reads! and amazingly taught himself to read! 
But like all autistic kids, he has his quirks and one involves his hair! He simply refuses to get it cut ! Believe me, my sister has tried !!! And he just does NOT care that people think he's a girl.
I took these photos of him while he was running around while Nathan played ball. He is such a free spirit and I think I captured it in these photos!
My fav is the photo of him with his hair streaming behind him and back lit with the sun !
Thanks for popping by today. Maybe you can pop back tomorrow when I'll be sharing a new birdhouse I've done with G45 French Country papers. Toodles!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Polka Dots with Tutorial

Hey there! It's polka dot day over at CCC ! Ya gotta love polka dots! They are always so cheery!
I decided to play with the polka dot theme and make a mess...errr... create something rather than just use polka dot paper. I made my own polka dot stencil !
First I tried it with just card stock as my stencil base but that was sort of flimsy and truthfully was a bit too messy.
So then I fished out a scrap of acetate that I had lying around and proceeded to punch random holes in it with my Stampin' Up 1/2" circle punch and also the larger circle punch on my crop-a-dile. I  had to slit the acetate partially through the middle to add a few holes in there. I just had to be really careful when I added the temporary adhesive on the back, to cover the slit well so it wouldn't leak through. You can see the slit on this photo....
 I adhered my stencil to a piece of white card stock.
Now comes the fun messy part! I blotted my Strawberry Slush ink pad onto my non stick craft sheet a few times { I LOOOOVE those new pads ...they are sooo juicy!}.
Then I scooped a blob of model paste onto the nonstick sheet and proceeded to stir it up until it took on this yummy pink color! It looks like icing!!!!
Next, using my palette knife {but an old credit card works well too!}, I spread a layer of that yummy pink goo over my stencil.
I let it dry slightly and then carefully pulled off my stencil and this is what I got!
Pretty, eh?
 My dots might not be perfect but I love the subtle dimension it added to my tag.
 Here's my finished tag...
Supplies for my project include:
SU Ink and card stock in
Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar
1/2" circle  punch
Su ticket corner punch
SU Embosslits Butterflies
SU Labels die
Sentiment stamp is "Feels Good" #129684
SU Dazzling Diamonds
Golden Model Paste
Thanks for popping by head on over to CATHERINE AND CATHY CREATE and check out the polka dot projects created by my cohorts! Toodles!
PS: Did you notice that some of my butterflies even have polka dots on them??? I love that butterfly Embosslit!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Few Graduation LOs and Kelly's Double the Fun Sketch

I'd like to share a few graduation LOs with you today. {WARNING! WARNING!! This post is photo heavy!} I've been busy as a beaver working on them and am finally getting around to posting a few. I've gone with two really different looks with these LOs. The school colors are black and gold and as all the 'Cap and Gown' day photos are of Scott and his buddies, I've stuck to a more neutral palette and a masculine feel.
My first LO is a 2 pager that I made based on KELLY'S awesome sketch for CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER 's Double the Fun challenge. There's still time for you to do a LO based on this great sketch and submit it to Canadian Scrapbooker before the August 15th deadline! You never just might get published!
So here is Kelly's great sketch:

 ...and here's my take on it!


These guys have been best buds for many years and have had a lot of fun {and only a little trouble lol} together!
Here's a few more of the more masculine LOs. I really love this one ! It is so much simpler {read less cluttered haha} than my usual LOs. I find it hard to leave negative space so this is a breakthrough for me!

and a LO with the grandparents...
Check out these cool dudes heading off to graduation in fine style!
 I think this may be one of my favs!
 Little story behind it you can see, there are photos of three of these guys on their first day of Junior high back in 2007. I had done a LO of them at that time and for some reason that LO popped into my mind on Graduation Day and I ran into the house, grabbed my old scrapbook and got the guys to do the same poses. I thought it made for a really sweet now and then type of LO. Don't you agree?
This next LO is based on the June Sketchy challenge over at CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER by SUE SYKES
Here's my interpretation...
The next day of Graduation was the Grand March/dance day. Scott's date wore a beautiful fuchsia gown and this allowed me to play with more color and to make these LOs a little more feminine! I couldn't wait to use the BO BUNNY 'Prairie Chic' papers for these LOs. The colors in this collection were perfect! I've only done a couple of LOs of this more formal day {yet!. There'll be more I can assure you! :) }.
This first LO is based on the July Sketchy challenge at CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER ....another design by the talented SUE SYKES .

and my take on it...

Another LO using those gorgeous Bo Bunny Prairie Chic papers....

Last one I PROMISE!!!!! Look at those gorgeous eyes!
 So there you have it. This is what I've been up to the last two months. Hope you've enjoyed looking at my "baby's" grad LOs. I'm sure I'll squeeze out a few more ...grand march, dancing with his momma,...yup. ...definitely can come up with a few more yet! Thanks for stopping by today! Toodles!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's wedding day! { no not really}

Well it is ...but not like you think. It's "Here Comes the Bride" day over at CCC{ aka Catherine and Cathy Create}. Anything to do with weddings is a go!
I chose to do a LO. Hard to believe that this is almost 23 years ago! Time flies!

For my Lo I used the following supplies :
Soft suede card stock and ink
Beau Chateau papers
Fabulous Flowerets stamp set #123027
Notably Ornate {the bird}Set # 120561
Best Of greetings stamp set # 133485
Decorative label punch #120907
Dazzling Diamonds
Here's a close up of the flowers:
I like to curl my flowers with a bamboo stick to give them a little lift. I love the Fabulous Flowerets set. I have used them so many times!
Head on over to CCC Blog to check out all the gorgeous inspiration pieces by my fellow DT members! You won't be disappointed and are sure to fine some inspiration! Be sure to link your wedding project up while you are there! We'd love to see what you create! Toodles!