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Monday, September 29, 2014

October Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Hearts of the West team blog hop!  If this is your first time joining us, I know you are going to love it. 
This hop features Close to my Heart consultants from all over Canada.  The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.

If you came from Anna's blog then you're in the right place!  

This is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case you should get lost - the full list can be found at the bottom of this post. 

SO, as always ... grab your coffee, tea, or water ... relax ... and hop around with us! 

This month the paper pack "Scaredy Cat" is being featured.  What a fun set!  I love the orange and the pretty purples, and the coordinating Complements set is SO cute!!  

I was so inspired by this Bendi Fold card of Bibiana's, that I just had to create one of my own.  The spider web and spooky tree are from the Cricut cartridge by Teresa Collins "Chic and Scary".

If you haven't seen a Bendi Fold card before, it is a 3D card.  This is what it looks like looking down at it.

I like making little decorations like this for Halloween, because they stand up on their own and then fold flat to be put away.  :)

If you would like to see a tutorial on how to make one of these, just go here.  

Thank you for joining us on the Hop today!  Be sure and come back next month!


Your next stop is Holly's blog.

If you should get lost, here is a complete list of all the blogs on the Hop:

8. Linda Pekrul  - that's ME!  :)
9. Holly Young-Bowers
10. Sonia Parent St Jean
11. Chelsey Vorosmarty
12. Julie Kerr
13. Heather Myers
14. Kerry Hammel 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Swirlydoos Card Round Robin

Hi everyone!  I'm here today to share a card I made for this month's Swirlydoos Card Round Robin.

I was very fortunate to follow Maggi and Paulien in the round robin this month.  They are incredible designers, so I had some wonderful inspiration for this card.

There were 3 requirements to add to your card:  1) a stamped sentiment  2) a tag 3) something rusty.

This was Paulien's card (crazy talented ... right?) which I was to follow:

Here's a tip that I do when I'm in a round robin, and I find I'm focusing too much on the beautiful details of my teammate's card.  I hand draw a little sketch of what they've done and then I use it to fill in with my own details.  (I know it's going to be hard not to laugh at my sketch - I was NEVER known for my drawing ability.  LOL)

Here are the sentiments I used on the card (Flourishes "Tulips for Friends").  The tags, that were included in the beautiful September kit called Vintage Love, are from Prima's gorgeous line "Time Traveler".

My rusty element was my flowers.  I started with one of Prima's Rodanthe flowers and embossed the edges of the petals with Lindy's "Terra Cotta Rust" embossing powder.  

At this point I was thinking "yuck", but I painted on some "Pumpkin" Smooch, sprayed on some TA "Decadence" Chalkboard mist, and things started to look better.

Then I lightly sponged on some "Tuxedo Black" Memento ink here and there.... and I was in love!  LOL.  In order to tie everything together, I painted the pumpkin Smooch on the butterfly, clock, and die cut (from Die-namics "Pretty Blooms").

Here's a little glimpse of the inside.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  We are going to be having signups for our October Card Round Robin next week, so stop by the challenge thread and come join us.  The challenge is open to ANYONE, using ANYTHING!!  The more the merrier!  :)

Hope you're enjoying a lovely fall, where ever you live.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Die-Namites' September Challenge

Hi again!

So while I was making the box and container from the previous post, I decided I was having so much fun, that I would use the Die-Namites' sketch for their September Challenge, and make ANOTHER container.  

This container is very tiny, as it only held a brownie, but it will be just perfect to tuck a gift card in!

Now I totally forgot about the "dare" portion of the challenge (to use orange), but I did use the sketch and the Die-Namites Summer Branch die, so it's all still good!  :)

Summer Branch

This sketch was so much fun to use, I might have to make another project for the challenge and use the colour ORANGE!!  Check it out here.  You still have until the end of the month to put an entry in.

Ok, NOW I'm done for the day.  I REALLY do thank you for stopping by and 
seeing what I've been up to!


An Altered Tomato Box

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you today, a couple of little gift boxes I have made.  September is the "birthday month" in our family, and with so many birthdays coming up, I decided to use a couple of my favorite challenges to get started on gift packaging.

Our wonderful Maggi, at Swirlydoos, awed us all last month with some gorgeous lettuce boxes that she decorated.  To see them in all their beautiful glory, click here.  I could hardly wait to give it a try myself, but I used a tall, narrow tomato box instead, as I wanted to add a Julie Nutting doll to it.  

Here's what a bit of paper, flowers and bling can do for an acrylic box that was headed for the re-cycle bin.  Now it's ready to have a pretty necklace tucked inside!

Since I still had a lot of scraps, and an empty baby food jar kicking around, I made this as well.  (One can NEVER have too many gift containers!)

Now I didn't stop here with my boxes.  Check out my next post for the one I created for Die-Namites' monthly challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Bloggers' Hop

There’s a new “Hop” flying around the blogging world called the Creative Bloggers’ Hop.  The purpose of this Hop is to meet other creative souls, learn about new techniques, moments of inspiration, and other motivational things that make those of us who love to create SMILE!

My good friend, Kim Heard, who designs for SwirlydoosScrapbooking & Papercrafting Kits, nominated my blog this week and I am really thrilled to be a part of this world-wide hop! 

I met Kim through Swirlydoos when I became a member several years ago.  She is a lot of fun and her scrapping style is GORGEOUS!  Check out her blog “My Life: Up Close & Personal”, and you will see what I mean.  Kim and her husband travel a lot and she shares her experiences with us through her wonderful layouts.  She also keeps us entertained on the Swirlydoos forum boards.  Kim has provided me with a lot of inspiration over the years, and I thank her so much for this nomination.

There are four questions all participants of the Hop need to answer before they nominate three other bloggers to continue on the tour.  

1.  What am I working on?

Since it is the end of the month, I am busy planning projects for the rest of the month.  I teach classes at my home which will now be resuming after the summer break, so I am REALLY busy right now.  When planning a class I need to figure out what cards, layouts, and other projects we will be doing, let the ladies know through a newsletter, and get everything ordered and prepared!  I am also trying to get “ahead” of the Christmas rush by planning my Christmas workshops right now.  Here’s a peek at the scrappy “pretties” I’m playing with.  I think I see a mini album coming!!  *wink*

It’s really important to me to scrap for myself as well, so besides planning for my classes, I am getting ready for all the new challenges that are being set out right now.  I love challenges because they keep me focused and they send me in directions that I would never go on my own.  I find I have really grown and developed new skills through doing challenges.  

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmmmm, this is a very good question.  No matter the inspiration and technique that you learn from others, you are always striving to bring your own individuality to a project.  I guess my work differs because I scrap MY family, and MY loves and interests.  Nobody but me is going to feel the same way about the subjects in my work, and I build up everything I use (colour, texture, materials, etc.) around them and how I feel about them.  This shadow box frame that I did of my childhood dog and myself is an example of that.  I had lots of pretty things to use, just like everybody else, but I put my whole heart and soul into this project because of my love for my childhood friend and that makes it uniquely mine.

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

LOL, this answer should be on the tip of my tongue, because my husband asks me this constantly.  I only know that I love it.  I love making beautiful layouts of family, friends, and pets – remembering special times with them and celebrating their place in my life.  I love pretty patterns, and flowers, and sparkly things, and I love playing with them!  *Insert BIG smile here.* It is very rewarding to me to give a gift to someone that I have made myself.  

I also love the camaraderie of the paper crafting/creative world.  Everyone shares, inspires and encourages.  It’s a wonderful environment to be in, and I get to be there every day!!

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?

When I’m starting a project, I put all my supplies on the table and start mixing things around, combining different papers with each other, laying embellishments on them etc. until I get a combination that makes me go “Yes!”  (We won't talk about what happens when that moment DOESN'T come.  LOL)

Once something starts feeling right to me, I think about what photos I have that work nicely with what I have going on, and maybe what embellishments I need to add or create that will enhance what’s starting to form in front of me.  

It’s quite experimental.  I don’t have the ability to see it in my mind, I have to do it physically.  Quite often I will discard what I thought was a fantastic idea, because it just doesn’t work!  This is the fun of it though… and I always save those discarded pieces...  because lo and behold... the next project you work on might be perfect for them!

So now that you know an awful lot about me *wink*, let me share some wonderful friends with you

Jennie Atkinson is someone whose style I instantly admired on the Swirlydoos forums when I first met her.  She is an avid attendee on the Card Challenges and her card making skill is unbelievable.  Besides card making, Jennie also loves to make beautiful flowers.  A trip to her blog will lead you to many flower tutorials that she has created.  

Jennie is a designer for Country View Challenges, Anything But a Card, Crafts-Too Challenge You and A Vintage Journey.  Her blog is called "Live the Dream" and let me tell you, a quick visit there and you will see that she really IS living the dream.  

Jennie spends several weeks out of the year scrapping from a sail boat as she and her husband sail around the West Coast of Scotland and the Western Isles.  You really MUST check out her post here where she shows you her scrap "room" on the sail boat and the small 12"x 12" plastic tote of scrapping supplies she travels with!  Here's a picture of the very cool nautical mini and storage envelope that she made while on her trip.

Christy Butters is another talented gal whom you will find around blog land.  Creativity is her middle name!  She does mixed media like nobody else I know and I absolutely love her work! 

Christy designs for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog, is a staff member at the Scrapbook News and Review magazine, as well as a teacher at The Art Studio.  

I got to know Christy through some of the online challenge forums, where she is always happy to share not only her talent, but her extensive knowledge of mixed media as well. Here is only ONE of the amazing pieces of art work that you will find on Christy's blog "Creating With the Girls".

I am still waiting to hear from my final nominee, as to whether she can participate in this blog hop.  I forgot about it being a holiday weekend when I emailed her.  In order to keep this post "on time" I will add her information at a later date.  

For now, I will say good-bye and thank you for stopping in.   If you made it to the bottom of this LONG post, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!  Do be sure to check out the blog links I have given you.  I know you will really enjoy visiting these lovely ladies!

Enjoy creativity in all its forms!