Friday, August 31, 2007

Big shout out to Technique Tuesday!!!

Technique Tuesday is a company that makes stamps (among other great scrapbook/card products) and I used four sets of their stamps on my Altered CD tin and Card project for CSC4K. I just found out that they've agreed to donate 25 sets of the Simple Sentiments set so that everyone taking the class will have their own set! So now my prep job is a whole lot easier (I was dreading having to pre-stamp the sentiments in just the right places) and there's another good reason to take the class! So thank you, thank you, Thank You Technique Tuesday!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sketch #5

Here's a 12x12 sketch this week, and my layout adapting it to 8.5x11 is below.

credits: Cherry Arte papers, Bazzill flower embellishment and cardstock, KI rub-ons and the swirl is a digital element by Rhonna Farrer... not sure who makes the ribbon. If you create a layout based on the sketch, I'd love to see it... link me up in the comments!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids

October 12th-14th, 2007 - A fantastic crop and class weekend...

I have the awesome opportunity to do what I love and help kids at the same time... how cool is that?! Sarah Hodgekinson had the drive to organize a fantastic scrapbooking event with so many fantastic teachers and classes, and all the proceeds go to the Children's Hospitals. The event has 6 locations across Canada, and one of the locations is right here at home, and the money goes to the Children's Hospital that monitor's my daughter Morgan's heart condition. As soon as I saw Sarah's post at 2peas over a year ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The teacher list for London is amazing... CK Hall of Famer's and runner's up, Memory Maker Masters, magazine personalities, book authors, and then little old me... ;)

I started with just one class, sponsored by Creativity Boutique. We're making a 2008 calendar in this class (perfect gift item). Special thanks to Rhonna Farrer for allowing me to print some of her digital elements to enhance this project.

When discussing what kind of class I'd like to teach, I showed them pictures of this altered CD tin and card set, and they liked it so much they found a sponsor so I could teach that class too! Thanks to Nikki's Kraft Shack in Tillsonburg for giving me this opportunity... and here's a pic of what we'll be creating in that class...

Then I had the opportunity to create another class with Tinkering Ink products and I decided to try a layout class... and so Inspiration Everywhere came to life... I'll talk about being inspired by sketches, ads and art pieces, and how you can interpret those onto layouts and cards using the pictures you have. Thanks to Tinkering Ink and My Sentiments Exactly for sponsoring this class, and also to Janelle Richmond for allowing me to use her sketch in my class. Here's a preview...

I also came up with this quick and easy Make and Take project... we use the containers from the Queen & Co large flower sequins and bits of paper to make this cute little mini-album. This will be available throughout the crop in the crop area for a small fee and all proceeds go to the hospital. Thanks to Queen & Co and American Crafts for sponsoring this project. Sarah recently asked me to go on a Canadian morning show with her to do this project with the hosts, and the countdown has begun... I'm scared, but excited too, and happy to have the opportunity to promote the event.

So, if you're close to any of the events, I'd highly recommend checking the site out. Click here to go to the main site... I'm teaching in London, and you should check out all the great teachers and classes being offered. Definitely something for everyone and it's for a great cause!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sketch #4

I need to figure out which day I want to post these, and then stick to it (suggestions welcome). A clean and simple sketch with lots of white space this week... Can't wait to see what you do with it (link me up in the comments).

Here's my layout (another digi one)... announcing our newest family member!
credits: Everything is from Kim Christensen's Piddly Pea kit.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Sketch #3

A fairly simple sketch, but with lots of possibilities for embellishment and personal touches. I'd love to see your layout if you create a layout based on this sketch, so link me up!

Here's my layout (a digital one):

credits: papers by Meredith Fenwick, stitching holes and stitched label by Katie Pertiet, Stamped Alpha brushes (free!) by Michelle Coleman.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Busy Weekend...

This isn't typical for us, but we had a pretty busy weekend... it was Ribfest and the London Balloon Festival this weekend, and we were lucky enough to have Carmen, John and the twins join us Saturday to enjoy them. Some rides for the kids, some taste-testing for the grown ups and a lot of walking. We were really close to the T-Rex balloon when it got inflated, but it was too windy to lift off, which was a bummer. All the other balloons went up though, and we got some great pictures...

Then Sunday the weather was cooler and rainy, and we decided to go visit my parents... hadn't been down for almost a month, and we were anxious to get some fresh fruits and veggies... sweet corn, peaches, nectarines, raspberries, tomatoes... all fresh off the farm! Morgan was disappointed we forgot the pears on their porch, though. Dallas and Jordan were there for the day too, so the cousins had lots of fun playing together.

Today is a holiday and Chris is actually off, so we took the kids to Fleetway to bowl and play mini-golf... we all had a good time. It was a great way to spend a couple hours and stay cool too.

I'm working on a sketch/layout to post soon...

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

It's the 1st, so that means...

Design Team reveals for the month! I'm lucky enough to be part of two great design teams, and the reveals for both are on the first each month.

My Scrap Shoppe has Red Star monthly kits, and August's kit was packed with great papers (7 Gypsies, Fontwerks, My Mind's Eye...) and fun embellishments from Doodlebug, Making Memories, 7 Gypsies, Heidi Swapp and more. Here's what I created with the kit...

Bring Your Own Memories has a fun kit too, with papers from Paper Loft and lots of embellishments from a variety of companies (Heidi Swapp, Imaginisce, Button Up, American Crafts...).

I've had a lot of fun scrapping with these two kits for the past couple weeks and can't wait to see what the next ones will be!