Hippity Hop the New Year in!


Make sure you join me at midnight (CST) tonight for a fun Blog Hop with Melanie Muenchinger.

You won't want to miss this!
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Some Klic N' Kut Creations!

I have been having lots of fun getting to know how to use my Klic N'Kut machine that my hubby bought me for Christmas.

For this card, I found a fun piece of moose clip art to use as a template and made a birthday card for my Dad... he's a hunter. The detail I can cut with this machine is AMAZING!!!
supplies: stamp, Impression Obsession; cardstock, Bazzill, Prism; ink, Ranger; embossing tool, Spellbinder's; ribbon, misc.

For Christmas, my son got a great big fire truck from my parents. So I found a firetruck image in my clip art and cut it out (and the fun boarder) using my machine. I even got ALL the details of the ladder!

supplies: stamp, myStamp BOX; cardstock, Prism; ink, Stampin' Up!.

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Just Use Some "New"!

Our card challenge this week for Let's Capture Our Memories card design team was by the lovely Tina was to create a card using something NEW that we had gotten during the holidays.

For my card, I used some new Bo Bunny papers and a chipboard heart from Scenic Route that I gotten. Here's my card....

XOXO

supplies: patterned paper, Bo Bunny; cardstock, Prism; sticker, Bo Bunny; felt flower, Prima; flock, Doodlebug; chipboard heart, Scenic Route; die cut rectangles, Spellbinder's; ribbon, American Crafts; embossing folder, Cuttlebug; other, acrylic sheet.

Make sure you check out the rest of the team's creations on the LCOM blog!
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Mission Create - #0007

I was thrilled when Nicole Nowosad (she's also one of my So Sketchy! Sistas) asked me to be a Guest Designer for Mission Create for December!

Every second Sunday, the designers of Mission Create post a new scrapbooking challenge. But it's just ANY challenge, these gals work 5, yes... 5 challenges into ONE! So when these gals asked me to create with them, I had to add one challenge to their already list of four challenges and here's what this week's challenge is for you...

1. Use the colour RED.
2. Use grid or ledger paper.
3. Use a masking technique.
4. Use strip journaling.
5. And I added, do some stamping!

So this is the layout I came up with using ALL FIVE of the components of the challenge.....

The T-Shirt Says it All

(click for a large view)

I completely love how this layout turned. It took me a few hours after pushing a series of different photos around the masked image until I found the images I actually used.

Here are some close ups...

I used a variety of fun rub-ons by Cherry Arte and BasicGrey.

I cut out a bunch of different sized snowflakes on my Klic N'Kut machine to go on my page. I added some bling and some glittery pen dots to them as well!

I used my favourite tree masks from Tattered Angels and also some of their Glimmer Mist too to get my tree images on my back ground! I stamped a bunch of snowflake images from my favourite myStamp BOX stamp set, Let it Snow!, throughout my layout including one under my BasicGrey red bling snowflake.

Thanks Nicole and the Mission Create team for allowing me to join in this month! I had a BLAST creating this page!

supplies: stamps, my Stamp BOX, Papertrey Ink; paper, My Mind's Eye; cardstock, Prism; masks, Glimmer Mist, Tattered Angels; rhinestone snowflake, rub-ons, BasicGrey; clear rhinestones, Hero Arts; white snowflake rub-ons, Cherry Arte; ink, Ranger; tools, die cutting machine Klic N'Kut; glitter pen, Sakura.
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Let's Capture Our Memories - Card Challenge

This week Darlene challenged the L-COM members to create a card using at least 4 different patterned papers.

For my card, I created it using my Photoshop CS3 program using the amazing Vintage Holly digital papers by Emily Giovanni from Gina K. Designs. I just love all the beautiful patterns to choose from in this set of papers.

I added a cute little digital penguin image from Angel's Landing, a pretty snowflake sticker, a shimmery red dot and some simple ribbon to finish off my card.

Penguin Greetings

supplies: cardstock, Prism; digital papers, Vintage Holly by Emily Giovanni from Gina K. Designs; ink, Copic; snowflake sticker, Hot Off the Press; bling, Hero Arts; other, ribbon.

I also forgot to share last week's card challenge for L-COM.

Melissa challenged us to re-use something we had received in the mail. For my card, I re-used a piece of a cardboard box that I had got a few weeks back.

Let it Snow

supplies: cardstock, Bazzill; stamps, myStamp BOX, Hero Arts; die cut shapes, Making Memories; twine, Stampin' Up!; ink, Versamark, Stampin' Up!; pearls, clear embossing powder, Hero Arts; glitter, Ranger; corner punch, Martha Stewart; other, thread.

Make sure you check all of the card designer's work on the L-COM blog here. You won't wanna miss them all!
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WeScrap - Ruby Soho Reveal

I had a fabulous time creating with the WeScrap December kit this month, Ruby Soho! It was packed full of amazing patterned papers, lots of cardstock and some gorgeous embellishments!

Here are my creations using the kit:

Outside my Window

YOUnique


Believe
And one final piece, a card...

Friends are Kisses...


Make sure you check out the Ruby Soho gallery for all the amazing projects the WeScrap iTeam made this month!
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Gettin' Groovy with the 'Claus!

Check out what Santa's up to on the myStamp BOX blog today! You won't want to miss this one! Click here to go straight to my tutorial.


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12 Days of Christmas Sales at WeScrap!


WeScrap is have 12 days of sales in honour of the 12 days of Christmas! Make sure you register at WeScrap.com as a user to get the emails of all the AWESOME deals!
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Lavendar & Glitter

At one of my favourite scrappy stores here (well in Alberta), Scrapbooker's Paradise in Lethbridge, I came across this 2.5 inch tape called Be Creative Tape and I saw lots of potential fun with this product.

I stamped a variety of the butterfly images from my myStamp BOX "Colorful Companions" stamp set in purple ink and then I applied the tape right over top of my entire image. I peeled the tape backing off and then applied a whole load of micro fine clear "Crystal Glitter Ritz" (Cool Highlight) over top of the sticky tape. I took my finger and pushed the glitter into all the tiny gaps and then put all the access glitter back in the bottle. It gave my entire butterfly aspect a wonderful sparkle!

supplies: stamps, myStamp BOX (Colorful Companions, Mention It); cardstock, Prism; embossing folder, Cuttlebug; ink, Copic, Stampin' Up!; die cut tag, Spellbinder's; other, ribbons.

Hope you'll try out this neat tape!
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An Oops!... Made Beautiful!

I have been experimenting with my new die cutting machine that Todd got me as an early Christmas present the last few days.

I designed a simple rectangular frame with loads of tiny snowflakes inside of it but I had accidentally adjusted the cutting blade on the machine and left it up too high. So it cut the image but it didn't cut it all the way through the paper!

I looked at the frame and then I saw the potential in it. So I took the frame and cut it to size on my trimmer. I then took my Ranger Distress Inks and softly laid ink all over the cut marks of the snowflakes and frame.... and since the ink caught all the cut edges of the paper, it picked up subtle ink to show off the design! A VERY cool effect from an OOPS!

So I took the inked piece and made a Christmas card from it!

supplies: stamps, myStamp BOX (A Tree for All Seasons); cardstock, Prism, Bazzill Bling, Core'dinations; embossing folder, Cuttlebug; die cut shapes, Spellbinder's; inks, Ranger, Memento, Stampin' Up!; gold pearls, Micheal's Craft Store; clear embossing powder, Hero Arts; other, ribbon.

I think it turned out kinda cool! See what happens when you look at something in a different light...
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WINNER, Winner... Chicken Dinner!


I realized that I hadn't announced the winner of my November RAK. So let's do that now. I threw all the names that left comments in the List Randomizer and this is what is spit out at me...

List Randomizer

There were 24 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. KimR
  2. KimR
  3. Carol
Congrats KimR! You will have to email me since I have no way to contact you. You have 30 days to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who left comments last month.
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Let's Capture These Sketches! - #21

For this week we had an amazing sketch by our guest designer Beth Sears to use at Let's Capture These Sketches!! To see Beth's sketch, click here.

Here is my layout using Beth's sketch as my inspiration...

All Bundled Up

supplies: cardstock, Bazzill; patterned paper, My Mind's Eye; edge punch, EK Success; pearl swirl, ZVA; pearls, gems, Hero Arts, Kaisercraft, Micheal's; blue snowflakes, MAMBI; mini vinyl snowflakes, Creative Expressions - Custom Vinyl; pearl brad, Imaginsce; pine bough punch, Martha Stewart; other, thread, Stickles, Liquid Applique.

My layout includes some our sponsor's goodies for LCTS;
ZVA pearl flourishes sponsored by Let's Capture Our Memories and some mini vinyl snowflakes by Creative Expressions.

I created my snowflake frame on my new Klic N'Kut machine. The software on this machine is AMAZING and I designed the whole frame, all the snowflakes included, and then cut everything out in ONE piece. I also designed my title too.... I added some Liquid Applique on it for a snowy effect and some Ranger Stickles for lots of sparkle!

Here's a close up of some of my frame and stitching details along one side of the snowflake frame. I love how this layout turned out!


Make sure you check out all the other creative takes on Beth's sketch by my fellow LCTS Design Team on the Let's Capture These Sketches blog. Enjoy!
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It's Party Time!

Welcome to the "Let's Party!" blog hop for myStamp BOX! If you have just happened upon my blog, you'll want to start at the beginning our blog hop. Take the time to leave some love on each design team members blog post for the blog and you could be be picked to WIN a very own myStamp BOX stamp set of your very own! You have until Friday December 11th at 6pm EST to leave your comments for a chance to win. The blog hop winner will be announced on the myStamp BOX blog on Monday December 14th.

Here is our blog rotation for this evening:

Since the theme of our blog hop today is all about PARTIES, I thought why not share a few fun ideas for the next birthday party is your household.

I started with a very simple birthday invitation. I love the "Happy Birthday" greeting from the Happy Word Jumble stamp set. I created a circle mask on the front of my card and then stamped the greeting multiple times across the span of my card in orange ink. With my circle mask in place, I used my Copic airbrush and added a hint of orange colouring around my circle.

Then I took the fun little cake and multiple candles stamps from my Happy Birthday (small box) and stamped them with in my white circle. I coloured in my image and the masked off the cake and candles and the surrounding card and used my Copic airbrush with some blue ink and added colour around the cake. I then added some glittery stickles to make my icing more fun!

I love it when all the items from a birthday match! So I took my colour scheme and the stamps sets I had used on my invitations to add some fun details to all the rest of my party creations.

I took a circle of white cardstock and stamped my "Happy Birthday" greeting across it; just like my invite. I airbrush a little orange colour over the circle and then passed the circle through my die cutting machine and cut out a five. This of course could be adapted for any number or greeting! I also added some stickles to the five to make is sparkle! I backed it with a scalloped circle of blue cardstock for a fun pop of colour and to also match my colour scheme. I taped a Popsicle stick to the back of the scalloped circle and then also backed that with a matching scallop to hide my tape job.

To create the cupcake wraps, I had a fun birthday themed die cut shape that I used to cut out on my machine. I then stamped multiple cake images across the wrap, coloured them in, masked them and airbrushed the back grounds. I created a few different colours and designs and made them each slightly unique. I added to stickles once again to the icing on all the cake images to match the cupcake label and the invites.

To top off my fun birthday party creations, I created a little goodie bag wrapper. I die cut out a label shape, folded it in half and stamped on both sides using the "Happy Birthday" greeting from the Happy World Jumble stamp set again. I also added a fun "Thanks!" greeting from my Mention It! stamp set. I used it to cover up the staple I used to close the bag and add the goodie topper.

I hope my projects have all inspired you to create something fun for your next birthday party! Thanks for stopping by today!

Now back to the myStamp BOX blog.

Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to be eligible for our blog hop prize! Good luck!

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Let's Party Tonight!


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The Scrapping Bug - December Reveal

Come and check out what the Bug gals have created with the amazing December kit featuring BasicGrey!

Check out the Dec '09 gallery here! Here is one of my creations using the kit:

Christmas Cutie

This is is packed full of gorgeous papers and embellishments! Make sure to get your today!

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A Month of Lasts

I have decided after much thought that I am finding creating more a chore than a joy in my life so I have decided to step down from a few of my design teams. I will be creating for the month of December and then stepping down at the end of 2009.

A Page in Time: Thank you to Amy and Mary Ann for a wonderful 14 months! Thank you Amy for some amazing kits over the past year! I wish you both great success with APIT in 2010 and beyond!

The Scrapping Bug: Thank you to Kim for an AMAZING 2 years! I can't believe it's been that long!? You will always remain a wonderful and dear friend and I promise to visit any time I come home!

Creative Pandemonium: Thank you to Janelle for some very cool creative challenges over the past year! I have thoroughly enjoyed creating with you and my fellow team mates!

Scrapbook & Cards Today: Thank you to Catherine and Kerry for an amazing time allowing me to showcase my sketches in the magazine and my talents and tutorials on the blog. I have enjoyed working with you both over the last year & a half as your blog editor. I wish the magazine and the blog all the great successes; it deserves it!

I will still be a part of these communities but I wish to now focus my efforts at WeScrap.com, myStamp BOX and L-COM. I hope you will continue to join me there!

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