Design Team Call - Let's Capture Our Memories

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about creating and inspiring others.  If you are not afraid to think outside the box, let loose and have fun getting creative with your projects, then you are perfect for our Let's Capture Our Memories Design Team!

Let's Capture Our Memories is seeking designers who are interested in working with a team to create a variety of projects such as layouts, cards and/or altered art.  You must have an active blog and you are willing to promote Let's Capture Our Memories on any online galleries/forums you participate as well as all aspects of social media and you are able to commit to a 4 month term from May 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013.

1)  Create 2-3 projects per month. 
2)  Post your projects on the Let's Capture Our Memories blog, your own blog, your Facebook page and/or Twitter account on a weekly basis.
3) Promote Let's Capture Our Memories through your own personal blog, Facebook, Twitter and any online forums you are able to.
4) You will create projects on a rotational basis as scheduled.  Send your "assignments" in a timely manner.
5)  Upload your Design Team projects into the LCOM gallery monthly.
6)  Some Forum participation will be required.

We are also looking for creative individuals to create sketches for our Design Team and individuals to create projects that involve a make/take, technique or tutorial including step out photos or video and instructions for our readers.

What’s in it for you?
*Opportunity to design for a growing and talented scrapbooking blog!
*Recognition for you and your blog!
*Opportunity to work with sponsor product when it is available!
*Experience, inspiration and the chance to be on a seriously amazing team!!

If you are interested in being part of the Let's Capture Our Memories Design Team, please send us the following no later then 12 midnight (AST) on April 3, 2013 to

Please include:
- A copy of your "scrapbook" resume or brief bio about yourself, your full name, address and phone number.
- A link/address to your blog and any online galleries you may have.
- A link to any social media that you participate in (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Please share 2 layouts and 1 other project which you feel expresses your style.
- Please tell us why you would be a great addition to the Let's Capture Our Memories Design Team.

This Call is open to Canada and USA.

Good luck !!!

~ Ally ~

Timeless Tuesday ~ Sew, Sew Cool!

Howdy stampers!  It's Tuesday, time for another fabulous Timeless Tuesday Challenge over at Flourishes!

This week the lovely Maki Jones is our host.  Sadly this will be our last post with Maki as she is leaving the Friends of Flourishes team.  We wish her all the best in her future endeavors but we'll know she'll still play along with when she gets a moment!  For her final challenge, Maki is challenging us to create a card or project using sewing/stitching (FTTC213)!  If you don't have a sewing machine or even a needle and thread, then let's see some hand drawn stitching on your creation.

I decided to create two card for this challenge since stitching my FAVOURITE embellishment on a card!

Little Chick

To get my scalloped circle shape, I designed a folding scalloped circle card base in my digital cutting machine software and then cut the card base and the front cover out of cardstock.  Then I cut a black mat for my patterned paper and stitched on my paper shapes.

I stamped the little chick from the "Easter Wishes" stamp collection using Memento "Tuxedo Black" ink onto some yellow patterned paper and fussy cut it out.  I inked up the chick using some Ranger Distress "Scattered Straw" ink.  For the egg pieces, I stamped them onto some Flourishes Classic White Cardstock and added a little bit of Copic BG000 from the Iced Aqua Copic Collection.

For the inside of my card I used some of the scraps from the front of my card and then stamped the "Happy Easter" sentiment from the "Inside & Out: Happy" stamp set using Ranger Distress "Bundled Sage" ink and Memento "Liliac Posies" ink.

For my second card, I kept it very simple.  First I created the patterned paper panel by adhering strips of patterned papers onto a cardstock base and then stitching them along one edge.  I stamped my greeting from the "He Is Resin" stamp set onto vellum paper and adhered it to the panel.  Then I matted my panel using the Flourishes "Color Made Easy" medium Tiger Lily cardstock.

Then I stamped my carrots from the "Garden Fresh" stamp set using Versamark ink and white embossing powder onto Flourishes "Color Made Easy" light Tiger Lily cardstock.

Carrot Easter Greetings

I then coloured my carrots using the following Copic Collections:

For the inside, I simply stamped the bunny image from the "Spring Has Sprung" stamp set and embossed it with gold powder.

Now it's your turn to get your stitch on!!!  Share a card or project that you use some kind of stitching on.

Take a peek at what the Timeless Tuesday designers have created for this week's challenge…
Allison Cope
Broni Holcombe
Cindy Haffner
Deborah Anton
Denise Marzec
Maki Jones
Deb Felts, our March guest designer

We can't wait to see what you create with our challenge this week!  Have fun!!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Flourishes (Spring Has Sprung, He Is Resin, Inside & Out: Happy, Garden Fresh)
cardstock: Flourishes Classic White Cardstock, Flourishes Color Made Easy - Tiger Lily
patterned papers:  My Mind's Eye, BasicGrey
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
ink: Memento, Copic, Ranger Distress

ribbon: Offray
tools: Klic N'Kut

other: thread.

Sketches and Boy Toys!

Hey sketch lovers!  It's Saturday (at least on the East Coast it is right now) and it's time for another fabulous sketch over at Let's Capture Our Memories.

This week's sketch is actually a fun card sketch by the lovely Melissa Williams.

I was given the challenge this week to create a layout using the sketch and here it is...

Oh Boy!
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I rotated the sketch this week to use it on it's side.  That's what I love about sketches... they're so versatile!

I used my Klic n'Kut die cutting machine A LOT this week!  I created the "fan" shape, the title block and the stars cut out too!  I love all the fun elements of this week's page.

Here's a quick close up my journaling...

Come and join us over at Let's Capture Our Memories for some more fabulous sketch inspiration.  You WIN some new scrappy goodies this month just by playing along.  See you there!

~ Ally ~


cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
patterned papers:  Heidi Swapp

edge punch:  Martha Stewart
tools:  Klic n'Kut machine

other: thread.

Timeless Tuesday ~ Bring On Spring!

Happy Tuesday everyone!   Welcome to the Flourishes "Timeless Tuesday Challenge"!  Did you know that the first day of Spring is only TWO days away?  Yikes!  We still have a some snow here in Southern Alberta and I'm sure that Mother Nature isn't quite done with us yet.  Here's hoping for some signs of Spring soon and for you too.

I'm your hostess this week and my challenge is... you guessed it... all about SpringWe want to see a Spring inspired card or project this week (FTTC212).

For my project this week, I was inspired by our very Spring-y bouquet of tulips from the March release, "Tulips for Friends".
I began with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base made from Flourishes Classic White Cardstock.  I die cut the card edge and then decorated the front with a variety of fun patterned papers.

I die cut a circle and a scalloped circle and adhered my simple greeting tag using the "Inside & Out: Hello" stamp set.

Then I stamped my full tulip bouquet from the "Tulips for Friends" stamp set onto Flourishes Classic White Cardstock using Memento "Pistachio" ink.

I colored my bouquet using the following Copic Collections and markers BG23, BG32, R000, RV11 and RV42:
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Now it's your turn to get Spring inspired.  Share a card or project that makes you think of Spring!  Good luck!

Take a peek at what the Timeless Tuesday designers have created for this week's challenge…
Allison Cope
Broni Holcombe
Cindy Haffner
Deborah Anton
Denise Marzec
Maki Jones
Deb Felts, our March guest designer

We can't wait to see what you create with our Spring theme this week!  Have fun!!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Flourishes (Tulips for Friends, Inside & Out: Hello)
cardstock: Flourishes Classic White, Bazzill
patterned papers: BasicGrey
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ink: Memento, Copic, Ranger

tools: Cuttlebug
other: thread.

Stamps & Scraps: "Not Your Normal Tutorial!"

Hello fellow stamp lovers!  It's that time of the month to share something fun on the Flourishes blog for my "Stamps & Scraps" article.

This month I'm sharing a super easy tutorial all about making paper casts using your stamps.  All you need is some common household supplies to make one of these fun embellishments.  Check out the the Flourishes blog for a step by step tutorial today... click HERE!
As promised, I thought I'd share not only my tutorial but how I created my layout, step by step.

I began creating with a 12x12 piece of cream cardstock.  Using a mask from The Crafters Workshop called "Mini Chicken Wire" and some gesso, I created a few some feature areas of texture.

Once the gesso was dry, I applied a series of "horse and pasture" images from the "Country Roads" stamp set using Ranger's "Old Paper" Distress Ink.

I wanted to deepen the distressing so I added some sponged Ranger "Walnut Stain" and "Scattered Straw" Distress inks to the cardstock.

Next I grabbed some fun checked and gingham patterned papers.  I edge punched and added machine stitching to some of the paper pieces.

I added a super cool chicken wire die cut, a quick layered banner and my die cut title.  I intertwined some fun twine all through my title.

Then I took my rooster weather vein paper cast and made a layered base for it.  For the blue paper, I took some Memento "Paris Dusk" ink and stamped a portion of the "Antique Map" image on to it.

And here's my final creation...

He's Just a Country Boy at Heart
Click to enlarge.

I hope you've enjoyed both my tutorials today.  I'd love to hear what you think about my creations today!  And thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Flourishes (Antique Map, Country Roads)
cardstock: Bazzill
patterned papers: FarmHouse Paper Company
die cut shapes: Spellbinders (circles, rectangle), Chicken Wire (Cheerylyn Designs)
ink: Memento, Ranger Distress Inks
mask:The Crafters Workshop
edge punches:  EK Success
twine:  Flourishes
tools: Scor-Bug, Klic N'Kut machine
pins: Maya Road
gesso:  Golden Artist Designs
charm: My Mind's Eye
other: thread.

Tulip Tutorial!

Flourishes is having their RELEASE WEEK beginning today!  I always love this week because I love visiting all of the Senior Design Team blogs looking at their AMAZING card creations using the newest of the new!  

Today is the official start to the sneak peeks and this is the first one for the week...

Isn't it amazingly beautiful!?!  I love tulips... in fact I love the multi-toned tulips that have those deep rich edges.  I always look for them in the grocery store at this time of year to add to my dining room table.

This weekend I'm teaching a class to some lovely ladies at a crop.  Here's the card we're going to make.  It uses Ranger Distress Inks to colour the bouquet...

Here's the colouring process I used for my image.

1.  Prepare a piece of water colour paper using the Perfect Printing Pouch.  The powder in this pouch allows for any excess embossing powder to be "tapped" off and not stick where it's not wanted.
2.  Using Versamark ink, stamp the tulip bouquet from the "Tulips for Friends" stamp set.
3.  Apply fine black embossing powder to the image.  Tap off the excess powder.
4.  Heat emboss the powder.

TIP:  Grab a piece of plastic and apply the surface of your ink pad to the plastic (repeat for other ink colours).  The plastic acts like a painter's palette and it's easily wiped away or cleaned up.

5.  Using a water pen (or paint brush & water), colour each tulip using "Scattered Straw" Distress Ink.
6.  Colour the base of each tulip pulling up the watered down "Dried Marigold" Distress Ink.
7.  Colour the base of each tulip again with the deeper "Wild Honey" Distress Ink.
8.  Colour all the leaves and stems using "Bundled Sage" Distress Ink.
9.  Add some "Peeled Paint" Distress Ink to the leaves and stems.  Additional ink where your shadows would be.
10.  Colour the vase using "Tattered Rose" Distress Ink.  Follow the hints for the shadows on the vase that the artist, Marcella Hawley, has drawn on the image (a BIG reason why I LOVE Flourishes stamps!).  I also added some hints of this ink to the tulips as well.

I hope you have liked my super simple colouring tutorial today.  I hope you'll grab your Distress Inks and try this technique!

Don't forget to stop by the Flourishes blog this week.  Just by leaving comments on the DT blogs each day, you could WIN some brand new stamps!!!  Good luck!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Flourishes (Tulips for Friends)
cardstock:  Bazzill
patterned papers:  Authentique
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
ink:  Ranger Distress Inks, Versamark, ColorBox
watercolour paper:  ProArt
lace:  American Crafts
tools:  Cuttlebug

Timeless Tuesday ~ Go Green!

Hello everyone!  Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to another fabulous "Timeless Tuesday Challenge" with Flourishes.  With St. Patrick's Day just days away, our hostess Deborah Anton thought that creating a card or project using the colour green (FTTC211) would be perfect for this week's challenge.  And I agree!!  Here's my green creation for our challenge this week...

 An Irish Blessing
A began by creating my card base using Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock.  I die cut a variety of different shapes for layering too.  

I then stamped the gorgeous Oxalis bouquet from the "Irish Blessings" stamp collection onto the same cardstock using Memento "Black Tuxedo" ink.  I backed my ornate lacy circle die cut using some beautiful "Primrose" ribbon from the "Sunflower" Color Made Easy collection.

I coloured my stamped image using the following Copic Collections
YG01, YG11, YG13, YG13, YG93, W-1 & W-2

I even decorated the inside of my card.  I stamped a variety of the clover images from the "Irish Blessings" stamp collection again.  I used the vibrant Memento ink, "Bamboo Leaves".  Even the inside greeting is from the fabulous "Irish Blessings" stamp set.

Thanks for joining me today. Come along and play with us this week!  Let's see a little GREEN on your cards and projects this week.  Link up your creations to the Flourishes blog for a chance at winning a little guilt free shopping!

Now, take a gander at what my fellow Timeless Tuesday designers have created for this week's challenge…
You can find all the challenge details at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge FTTC211.
~ Ally ~

stamps:  Flourishes (Irish Blessing)
cardstock:   Flourishes Classic Ivory
patterned papers:  Farm House Paper Company, Simple Stories
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
ink: Memento, Ranger
tools: EK Success corner rounder
pearls: KaiserCraft
other: thread.


Happy weekend everyone!  This week it was my turn to participate in the newest Let's Capture Our Memories sketch.  This week's sketch is a layout sketch by Isabelle Doucette!

And here's the layout I came up with this week using this fun sketch...


I had a lot of fun with this layout. I began by pulling out a fun mask by Prima with the checkerboard format and misting it with Black Chalkboard Mist from Tattered Angels.I added some fun red Smooch mist and some orange Tattered Angels mist too!

Then I pulled out a whole bunch of stamps.  Like the fun bicycle stamps from Hero Arts and the cool "explore" and other word stamps from Technique Tuesday.

I designed and cut a really simple title banner using my Klic N'Kut machine and then I backed it with some super cool My Mind's Eye washi tape.  I used a LOT of fun washi tapes on this page!

The "day" stamps and the postage stamp stamps are from Hero Arts.

Come on out and play along with our Design Team for the month March!  Take a moment and check out what my fellow design team members have created with this sketch too!  Click here!

stamps: Technique Tuesday, Hero Arts, KaiserCraft
cardstock: Bazzill
washi tape: My Mind's Eye
mists: Smooch, Tattered Angels
mask: Prima, Crafter's Workshop
inks: Sharpie, Memento, Ranger
accessories: thread, white paint.

Timeless Tuesday ~ Cards with Cardboard

Howdy fellow stampers!  We have been enjoying the blustery winds of winter here in Southern Alberta for the last few days.  Typically, on a day like that, I'm hunkered down in my craftroom enjoying some stamping time.  I certainly enjoyed my time all day yesterday doing just that!  I hope where you are, you are safe and warm too!

Welcome to the first "Timeless Tuesday Challenge" at Flourishes for the month of March. Our hostess this week, the ever talented, Cindy Haffner, has challenged us to create a card or project using "embossing with cardboard" (FTTC210).  Basically, we want to see a project using cardboard.  If you don't have any cardboard, grab your crimper and use that on your card this week.  And if you don't have a crimper tool, we'd love to see some dry embossing!  Super simple right?

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I began my card creation this week by created a card base using Flourishes Classic Kraft Cardstock as my card base.  I then grabbed some Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock and I stamped the beautiful cross with lilies image from the "He Is Resin" stamp collection using Memento "Tuxedo Black" ink - my FAVOURITE ink!  I then coloured my image using coloured pencils and fussy cut it out. 

I created my card front using multiple patterned papers, some ink and some thread and then I die cut out a window and framed with an ornate oval frame.  I backed the window using some super fun cardboard textured cardstock I found in my stash and I added my cross image to the front.

I finished off the card front using some cream coloured seam binding ribbon from the Color Made Easy - Rich Brown collection and some fun Kraft Jute to create a bow. I die cut a cute little tag from the Flourishes' Taylor -Made Classic Tag die set and stamped the greeting, "Blessings", from the NEW Flourishes stamp set, "Easter Wishes".  I finished off the bow with a fun 'crystal' coloured "Sparklet" from KaiserCraft.

I decided to finish off the inside of my card as well this week.  To match the front face of my card, I die cut another ornate oval from some Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock and I used the off cut from the front window of my card for a place for my stamped greeting.  For the greeting, I chose a verse from the NEW Flourishes stamp set, "Easter Wishes".  I added another single lily image from the "He Is Resin" stamp collection to bring in the lily theme again.   

Thanks for joining me today. Come along and play with us this week!  Let's see a little cardboard (or crimping or dry embossing) on your cards and projects this week.  Link up your creations to the Flourishes blog for a chance at winning a little guilt free shopping!

Now, take a gander at what my fellow Timeless Tuesday designers have created for this week's challenge…
You can find all the challenge details at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge FTTC210.

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Flourishes (He Is Resin, Easter Wishes)
cardstock: Flourishes (Classic Ivory, Classic Kraft)
patterned papers:  My Mind's Eye
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
ink: Memento, Ranger, eeBoo Pencils
cardboard cardstock: Queen & Co.
ribbon, jute: Flourishes
corner rounder: EK Success
gem: KaiserCraft
other: thread.

PageMaps & Flourishes!

Flourishes has teamed up with PageMaps by Becky Fleck this month!  Some of the Flourishes team members have been given some gorgeous sketches by Becky to create with using our wonderful Flourishes images.

To view the entire March line up of card sketches, please visit the PageMaps™ website HERE.

For my 7x5 card I knew I wanted to create a feminine birthday card for my mother-in-law.  Her birthday was the last week of February and I needed something spectacular!

Sketch by Becky Fleck; PageMaps.

To begin, I mimicked the scrolling edge design of Becky's card sketch and created a base for some stamping using my Klic N'Kut design software.  I cut it out of Flourishes Classic White Cardstock.  Then I took some large Post-It notes and masked off the edges of the design so they would remain white and began stamping my roses from the "A Year In Flowers 2" stamp set with Memento "Black Tuxedo" ink.

I stamped roses over the entire surface and then coloured in the back ground using a combination of Copic markers; T1 & T2.
Then I took a sponge applicator and used some Copic Blender Solution and dabbed the entire surface.  I let the grey area dry and then I coloured my roses using Copic markers, R32 & R35 from the...

I removed the masking notes and created the remainder of my card.  And here she is...

Birthday Wishes
Just like the sketch, I added some fun charms to some pretty metallic string in silver.  I added my "Birthday Wishes" sentiment to the corner of the card from the "Winter Blossoms" stamp set.

Here's a close up of the charms and the coloured back ground...
The rectangular charm contains the word "Smile" from the "Tag Lines" stamp set.

Come on out and check out what my fellow design team members created using Becky's beautiful card sketches at PageMaps!

stamps: Flourishes (Tag Lines, A Year in Flowers 2, Winter Blossoms)
string: Flourishes (Metallic Silver)
design: PageMaps by Becky Fleck 
cardstock: Flourishes, Bazzill
patterned papers: BasicGrey

frame charm: K& Company
mini charms: My Mind's Eye 
tools: Klic N'Kut machine
inks: Memento, Copic
gems: KaiserCraft

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