Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kitchen/ food themed cards

The latest mini challenge this weekend over at My Scrapbook Nook 
is to make 
cards with food themes! 
Anything kitchen related qualifies 
& we had to use chipboard !

Well the one time that I did not buy a coordinating 
Chipboard set with the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird  line 
proved its cost ! 
It definitely would have been much more fun to have them on hand for the challenge . 

So I simply made 3 cards to include food/kitchen inspired ideas

Featuring buttons from Such Sweet Tierney.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Be inspired by what's around us !

The latest mini challenge for us over at My Scrapbook Nook 
is to : 

Just look around with an artist's eye and see what pops out and inspires you! 
I choose my fave handbag 
( it didnt cost much , it's fabric - so light to carry ) &
people sometimes stop me to ask about it ! )
& here's my layout inspired by my bag : 

I thought of making paper ruffles at first to mimic those on my bag 
but decided to de-hoard one of my fave satin ruffled trim.

Supplies : Using Jenni Bowlin Die Cut pp , Crate Paper Lillian pp, CC early bird pps , Pink Paislee Fascinating pp & border sticker, , Distress Stickles, bling & pearls , Prima Canvas tag , AC Foam stickers, , MM Metal embossed butterfly , Doodlebug Design cs stickers

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Keepin' It Real Challenge - My Scrapbook Nook

This was for a challenge that had to include a NEW self-potrait .
One that we had to take ourselves.
I thought I would definitely be ok with the taking it myself bit
& was pleasantly surprised that I had a coupla of usable pics
that I simply snapped at myself in various rooms of my home
& finally standing in my patio.
I'm just happy they are my look for today -
having had my hair done just this Monday with fresh hair colors .
I was also just thrilled to have blue/green eyes from using my fave
without having to resort to colored contacts !

My hidden journaling reads :

Just for Today. I'd rather be taking self portraits , than dusting.

I'd rather be playing at than dealing with organized grime aka the laundry.

I'd rather be at my scrap table than have a spotless home.

( oops, a domestic engineer I am not! )

Just Keeping It Real.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ICS #18

This week's sketch is up & running 
& you are playing for some 
cute digital images by Paper Popsicle ! 

Check out what the awesome DT did with 
this week's great sketch for some instant inspo ! 

Saturday, May 23, 2009

So Sketchy Page Guest Designer for May

This is my second layout as Guest Page Designer  for So Sketchy this May. 
I had a lot of satisfaction completing this layout - 
when i first printed out these pics 
the red is simply way stronger than even the original pic ! 
( I took a pic of the originals . )
I was pretty sure they would be  unscrappable .

Then along came these Rouge De Garance papers. 
I used the Mata utu pps to pick out the colors in my photos.
I finally noticed there is some blue on the car window glass .

Journaling : She chooses to see the world  
in bold, bright colors. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sketch / Attribute challenge - I am strong !

Over at MyScrapbook Nook this week -
a mini challenge that was issued today -

scrap an attribute about ourselves & use a Becky Fleck sketch.
We were also to include at least one butterfly.

So I finally got round to trying out painting using stamps as a guide -
using water colors inspired by

The end of the journaling is sorta Helen Reddy inspired - I am woman ! lol

Supplies : MME Breaking Free , Rouge De Garance Marie Antoinette pp, Chatterbox felt embellies , rub on , Webster's Pages round journaling spot, CI glittered alphas , Daisy D's stitches rub ons

Maya road chipboard scroll which has been inked & then stamped with flourishes & embossed with silver embossing powder.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

GCD Studios card sketch + giveaway

My card for the current GCD Studios card sketch challenge
using their Paris Nights pps & flocked pp.

Missed doing fast & furious challenges recently ! lol

ICS #17

Another fun sketch to check out this week ! 

The lovely Kendra from The Character Cafe is our lovely sponsor this week. She will provide 3 digital stamps to the winner. The winner will get to chose which 3 digi stamps they want out of their collection. And they do have amazing collection. 
Go have a look!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May Guest Page Designer at So Sketchy !

Here's my first layout as a Page Designer 
for So Sketchy this month ! 
Had fun with Rouge De  Garance 
& new MME Breaking Free diecut. 

Journaling reads : Our Drama Prince @ 9 , 
loves being styled from head to toe.

Allison's sketches this month 
have all been awesome
& are sure to take you on a creative adventure 
 with each sketch , 
I assure you ! 
as I had with this one . 

Allison also has a DT call for layout & card designers .
Check it out if you would like to get on a DT. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009


The latest weekly challenge over at My Scrapbook Nook 
is to handcut a shaped paper , include 4 sentences of journaling & 
NOT to use the color pink . 

The hardest part for me 
surprisingly was NOT using pink . lol . 
How I've taken pink for granted before ! 

I love creating shaped papers too - & this MM shape is one I haven't used before. 

The photo was edited using my fave site . 

I really don't remember how this pic became dreamy - 
it looks to me I may have used the Focal Soften effect. 

I used Rouge De Garance's Aile Ou Fleur & MME Breaking Free to avoid any pinks . I also used scraps of the same paper that I used to create the shaped pp to create some tendrils , so as not to waste them.
 Also tried smooshing some pps to add layers behind the pic. 

Journaling : You two.Friends since toddlers. And now growing into teenhood together. You share a special bond. 

other supplies : WP CoCo Ruffles,Prima floral ,leaves & glittered butterfly, stickles , RP lace, AC Tiara thickers , MM Shimmer flourishes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ICS #16

This week's sketch is nice and easy 
with lots of creative possibilities .
This week's Prize is this set of  lovely IMAGES
 contributed by our very own Kim aka PaperBabe!


Supplies : Rose Moka Pique-Nique pps, Core'dinations Vintage CS ,
MM epoxy photo corner, Bazzill ball trim 

Monday, May 11, 2009


While waiting for the first big release
of new digital stamp sentiments 
by Digiments,

there's a little contest/giveaway 
to sample a Digiment. 

Here's my first attempt at using a digital stamp :

using Dream Street Papers MJ Sneaky 
& getting used to punching nicely

 with the Fiskars Apron Lace border  punch . 

a rare Masculine card , meant for an older relative 
using 7 Gypsies , G45 pps 
Crafty Little Secrets Heartwarming Vintage stickers

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day 2009 !

a poem to share this day : 


A Mother does not come with instructions attached titled, 
“How a mother should be”
There are no numbered, lettered parts to put together in sequence.
She does not come with all the right knowledge or all the right tools.
There will always be parts left over and more to learn.
She gathers them all along the journey,
And assembles her love that began even before you were born.
If you are lucky, you will have many mothers.
They will come to you in many forms along your way.
You will learn much of who you can be from this journey.
With her, you will learn, when she is there and when she is not.
Maybe more so when she is not.
She may be happy, she may be sad.
She may be a lunatic or a genius.
She will be all these things at one time or another
or all at the same time, On the same day, in one hour or one minute.
She will be different from you and she will be like you.
She will have a part of you and you will have a part of her, from birth.
Alive or dead, Away or near, in love or in hate,
She will always be there, there will always be more....
When she is gone from this physical, living world,
Her spirit will dance, tantalizing, lovingly, in your bones, forever.
You get to choose to let it torment you or set you free.
Her bite will be loving; even harsh words a caress.
She is there to watch over you, to hold you when you need comfort
To warn you when danger is near.
She will feed you and provide for you as best as she is able,
Soothe your hurts, pick you up and dry your tears.
If you will let her, she will do this all your life.
With courage, love and sometimes fear.
What she fears, she may never show you.
What she loves, you have to seek.
When you find and accept both,
Your hearts may rest together in love and peace.

 Cynthia Hector Johnson 2001

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Di Hickman's May Card Sketch 1

Supplies: Glitz Design Audrey pp, Prima Rebellious pp , Heidi Swapp Verb sticker , May Arts Ribbon , Fancy Pants pins, Queen & Company button 

These were some of my fave papers( the week I bought them ! now completely overtaken by Rouge De Garance ! sigh ! ) 

 - the Adrienne Looman's Rebellion paper line for Prima - 

until I saw the complete collection called Rock On Love 
 ( over at Adrienne's Facebook photos ) 
to be released exclusively in US Michael's stores 
ard June 1st , altho' some stores have it already ! 

Awesome !!! Droolworthy ! oh my ! 

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Rouge De Garance- Jin

Rouge De Garance has finally landed here on our shores - 
wow !we have waited at least 2 years for that to happen ! 

& how ironical to have a French company do 
super fab designs with an Asian/ Chinese theme.
The Asian based scrapping brands simply have not arrived yet! 
at least not for me . 
& My Scrapbook Nook's fast & furious challenge 

to do a layout about ourselves
was a great excuse to use some up immediately ! 

Using the Rouge De Garance  Jin collection pps , 
Making Memories shimmer flourishes, vintage metal signs, 
Prima florals, canvas tag  & lace ,
October Afternoon Cherry Hill wild cards
stickles , KF sparkle brad 

This is a tongue in cheek reminder about beauty : 
Always Remember 
True beauty comes from within , 
From within tubes, bottles , jars ,compacts etc 
After 30 years of wearing make-up I should know. 
My makeup artiste  forthis photoshoot encouraged me 
to havethis kind of makeup EVERYDAY ! ( lol ) 

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Fast & Furious

Besides weekly scrapping challenges , there are mini challenges also thrown unto our paths 
at the My Scrapbook Nook Scrap Off ! & do they come fast & furious! 

The first mini challenge up is to scraplift a DT member's layout
 & I chose Susan Lui's Parisian Sights layout 
( to use up this piece of G45 pp which is one of the few pps I buy more than one copy of ! ) 

There is still time for you to join in the fun - but do so by May 10

I just love how this touristy pic on the Champ Elysee with the Arc de Triomphe in the background 
worked so well with the G45 pp with cars & the Eiffel Tower in the background. .

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

ICS #15

There is an ongoing  design team call for ICS 
which ends May 14th. 
Dawn is looking for 8-10 designers .
Do check it out if you'd like to get on a card DT ! 

Our lovely sponsor this week is.....

Paper Blooms Etsy shop carries hand crocheted blooms in a wide array of colors, bloom style and sizes. Each bloom is handcrafted and is perfect for adding that extra special touch to any of your projects. 
Please visit the Paper Blooms shop at:

Check out the sketch & see what the DT created with it this week : 

My supplies : DCWV 8x8 scalloped CS, Prima Rebellion Journaling Spot, Sakura Aquaglaze pens, 
Love Else alphas, soft charms, Prima crystals

Sunday, May 03, 2009

April Showers brings May Flowers ...

what sorta flowers you say ..... definitely the scrappin' kind ... 

Jenni Bowlin's Mid Season line 
Front Porch !!!!
Beautiful red roses, white daisies ...color BINGO cards ! 

& so I am de-hoarding in the meanwhile 
while waiting for the Front Porch line to land here. 

Also beatin' the swine flu blues around here by looking forward to
 some NEW scrappin' challenges in May  ....

First off , there's the My Scrapbook Nook Scrap-Off :

& in the words of Leah , the owner of the Nook - also a fabulous kit club & store , 

"If you choose to participate you will be in for five weeks of excitement, inspiration, challenges, and on your toes competition. One lucky winner will walk away with. . . wait no, actually, she'll STICK AROUND as a permanent member of the DT for the next 6 month term! Two more talented ladies will also play on filling guest designer spots!" 

& if you'd like to hang out there for a while - after reading 'bout it here - 
do tell them I sent ya ' - ;-)
  The more peeps in this, the merrier ! 

now if  that's too exciting for you , there's a new technique blog to check out 
with the first tut up on May 4 .
Pals, Lucy , Beth & Gayle have gotten together 
to help scrappers re-purpose our HUGE stash with techniques & ideas 
in an artsy way  ! 


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Such Sweet Tierney DT

I get to be on the same DT as these wonderful artistes too :

1. Sharmaine Kruijver
2. Tessah Aihara
3. Ashlee Halvachs
4. Jeremy Kroes
5. Michele Beck

For some awesome handmade chipboard epoxy buttons & more ,
designed by London Tierney
check out :

Friday, May 01, 2009

Di Hickman's Apr Card Sketch #5

Gotta lurve these Barb Tourtillotte designed cupcakes !
Inspite of the amount of Primas I have
I just did not see flowers being used for the card sketch ! lol
Funny thing having too much choice in one's stash sometimes.

Supplies: CI Barb Tourtillotte Tasty Pink Glitter pp , WRMK Tiffany 6x6 pad,
Core'dinations white washed CS .