Cropfest Cambridge wrap-up

Thank you Lisa, Sandra and Lorna for another awesome time at Cropfest Cambridge.  I saw many happy ladies enjoying their weekend of cropping, creating, laughing and enjoying a few sweets from the Candylicious buffet!

I taught 2 classes on Saturday and let me just say, you ladies are 'da bomb'!!  You gals rocked the projects and I hope to see you again soon.  Here is a pic of some creativity in action, love seeing an organized mess of srappy goodness!

Thank you to Sandra for helping me out with my classes, appreciate your help so much!

Next up is Scrapfest Kitchener 2015!-  So happy and excited to be invited to teach there again- I already have a few class ideas swirling about!

Stay warm, have a wonderful weekend!

Sequin it!

Hi! I was up on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog this week and shared an idea to make your own  sequinned embellishments.  All you need are your sequins and some packing tape to start, yes you read that correctly, packing tape!

Sprinkle out some sequins and use the packing tape (sticky side down) to pick them up.  Then gently flip the tape over so the sequins are facing up.

Trim out a small piece of card stock that matches the colour of your sequins. 
Apply clear scrapbook adhesive onto the card stock and then press this onto the sequins. Mush it down a bit so that it adheres to the sequins.

Essentially you have just created a sandwich of sequins between the packing tape and card stock.
Run this sandwich through your steel rule die to create your die cut shape. 

You may have to use a little bit of liquid adhesive to secure a few sequins that may have come loose from the die cutting process.

Voila! a pretty sequinned embellishment is ready for your project. The packing tape gives the leaf a nice glossy sheen and also keeps the sequins contained when the card is sent in the mail.

There are some very tiny snow flurries dropping as I type this so I know and feel (brrr...) Winter is just around the corner.  

Mark December 5th as this is the day SCT's Winter Issue is going to be released! Oh yay, I think that is a good day to whip up some hot chocolate and enjoy the issue in your comfy PJ's!

November PageMaps!

November greetings! New scrapbooking sketches are up over at PageMaps!  For this month's layout I chose an 8.5x11 sketch!  I love creating 8.5x11 pages and I still feel that you can keep your photos and story the focus of the page even with a smaller starting size.

I dug into my stash of pattern paper and just pulled out papers that I thought would go together, in the end the pattern papers are from Crate Paper, Pink Pasilee and BoBunny.  I used the stamp set from  Let's Chat-Penny Black, love the circle scribble swirls of this stamp set.  This set is so versatile for all sorts of projects.  I read somewhere that Ranger Archival inks work great with acrylic stamps so I wanted to test that and yup, the images came out really crisp and clear!

Crop and Create Thunderbay

With back to back events at Crop and Create Thunderbay and the Toronto Creativ Festival I have been busy and having a blast!

Thank you Thunderbay friends for a lovely welcome! It was fabulous meeting new crafters and catching up with some ladies I met at Crop and Create Winnipeg earlier this year.  In between teaching a couple of classes I had a chance to sample Thunderbay's famous persian pastry- oh yum yum and yum!  We also enjoyed a very nice steak dinner at locally acclaimed Prospector steak house- I am still dreaming about their fresh buns and garlic butter!

Lastly, loved spending time with some very special girls-  Angie, Nicole, Vicki and Catherine,  I don't need to use words how I feel about y'all ((HUGS!))

Drum up is Crop and Create Markham 2015!!

Here are the details, registration starts Monday Oct 27 for alumni and Tuesday Oct 27 for new attendees!!

DIY Starbucks Frappuccino with extra whip!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend sharing it with people that are special to you.  

The leaves are falling and Halloween will be upon us again!  You may remember a post last Fall where I shared Anna's Starbucks frappuccino costume.  I scrapbooked about it and the page layout is in Scrapbook and Cards Today's Fall issue:

I've had a few inquiries on how to make the costume so I thought it would be best to share it now before I forget the steps, lol.  The pattern I am sharing is my own design and fits a girl size 10.


1.5 yards each of caramel and white felt (purchased at Fabricland)
8 inch scalloped diecut (you can use an 8” circle too)
1 paper towel tube, green acrylic paint
1 white/cream toqueprintable fabric paper (purchased at Michael's)

Create the frappuccino cup:
1. Cut caramel felt to 38 x 24 inches.  Fold down the top edge 4 inches and sew a straight line 1” below the fold.  This creates a channel that will help gives the cup it’s shape. To create the arm holes, fold one vertical edge 8 inches in and cut a 6” semi-circle on the fold  2 inches below the channel.  Repeat for the other arm hole.  Sew the two ends end together to form your cup, leave an 8” long opening at the back so that it can slip over your child’s head.  I used a velcro tab to secure the back closed.
2. Flip the cup inside out. Slip the cup over your child’s head and through the arms. Right now the 3” yoke piece above the channel looks like a big floppy mess.  At the front in the middle, cinch 3” at the top edge of the yoke together and sew a dart to the top of the channel (sewing a straight line from this pinch point to the top of the channel). Trim the dart seam to reduce the bulkiness of the fabric gathered.  Repeat this dart in the position above each of the arm holes.  
Essentially you are tapering the yoke smaller making it extend away from the shoulders giving you that rounded cup shape.  Remember, you are working on the underside of the costume so this step does not have to be pretty.
3. Flip the cup back to it’s good side. Cut out twelve 8" scalloped circles from white felt. If you do not have a diecut, just use a round plate or scallop print-out as a template to trace and cut your felt.  Fold into quarters to enhance the swirly look and tack along the yoke, add more felt swirls if you want more ‘whip cream'.  To finish the neckline, add a double folded 2" wide white collar. Use seam binding to finish around the sleeves, feel free to skip this step as felt material does not fray.  
4. (note photo image 3 and 4 are flipped). Print logo and labels onto iron-on fabric paper.  I use the round logo on the front and the drink checklist at the back.

Create frothy cream hat and straw:
5. Paint your paper towel tube with green acrylic paint.  Using scissors slit 1” pieces around the bottom and fold them out.   
6. Cut an 8” scalloped circle from white felt, cut a hole in the middle so that it can fit over the straw and adhere it to the straw base (on the 1” pieces) with hot glue.
7. Glue (hot glue) the straw/felt base to your toque at the top on an angle.  Trim the straw to 6 inches.
8. Cut out 8 more scalloped circles.  Fold in quarters and cut a length (on a curve) at the folded point so that it will fit snug around the straw, attach to the base scallop using hot glue and continue until you have secured folded quarters around the straw.
Repeat again for a second layer.

Voila, one mocha frap+extra whip is ready for an evening of trick or treating!

World Card Making Day at SCT wrap-up!

Hey all, just wanted to share with you a card I made to celebrate World Card Making day at Scrapbook and Cards Today! Hope you had a chance to be a little crafty this weekend.  If you have not been following the amazing hourly card crating inspiration and awesome giveaways you can read all about it here!  Grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy!

World Card Making Day October 4!

Mark this date- Saturday October 4 is World Card Making Day!  Do you have any crafty plans to celebrate this wonderful hobby of ours?  I have a couple of ideas that might fit into your schedule.

I'll be celebrating this special occasion at One Crazy Stamper along with my crafty friend Brigit.
Brigit and I will have some free mak'n takes.  Lora, owner of One Crazy Stamper, is opening her studio from 10 am to 4pm for you to bring your own crafty projects to work on.  The studio time is free but you do have to register by calling her store to book your spot.

I will be there bright and early from 10am to 12 pm.  I will have two mak'n takes, a card and a Halloween candy box (while quantities last)!  Hope to see you there!

Scrapbook and Cards today is celebrating the entire day on-line.  Catherine has done an amazing job at putting this online celebration together for you! Every hour a newly designed card will be posted along with a giveaway from some amazing sponsors!  Click here to check it out!

October PageMaps!

Hey all, new sketches are up at PageMaps! I love this time of the year, leaves are starting to turn, the night are getting a little cooler and time to put away the flip flops in favour of our scrapbook trimmer!  Fall is usually the time we start thinking about scrapbooking again, check out some new layout sketches to kick start your mojo.

This month my page celebrates the Autumn Moon Festival, a Chinese celebration of the full moon and wishes for a bountiful harvest.  Moon festival happens once a year and I always look forward to moon cakes.  I grew up loving these pastries- sweet lotus paste surrounding a salted egg, sounds like an odd combination but delicious.  It is very hard to find Asian inspired paper lines, when Graphic 45 and BoBunny came out with an Asian themed collection a few years back I snagged a lot of it!

The house and tag die are from Becky Fleck's Pocket Treasures's die collection released by Penny Black stamps.  You can see them here.

Fall Issue Scrapbook and Cards Today!

Today is a beautiful Autumn-esque day today and what better timing than the launch of Scrapbook and Cards Today Fall issue and this is their 35th issue to boot!

Snuggle up and devour this issue full of ideas, techniques and inspiration.  If you are a subscriber, stalk your mail now! If you want to download or read it on-line for free you can do that too here.

Happy crafting!

Christmas Memories Folio Workshop

Yes, you read that right...Christmas!  Please know that I am very torn about fast tracking through Autumn and into Christmas.  I love them both- who am I kidding!  And my excuse is that I'm always working a season or two ahead when planning for workshops.

I have been wanting to create a countdown to Christmas mini album workshop for some time and so when I was searching for the latest products and inspiration I came upon Tim Holtz's video from CHA 2014 introducing his kraft Collections folio album.  Well, my jaw just dropped because within minutes into his video my mind was racing...and fast!  The basic construction of the folio album is just begging for adding in fun flips, flaps and folds-totally rings the bell for me ding! ding! ding!

My idea for the countdown album is that you could use it to document one Christmas, everyday leading up to Christmas, a collection of Christmases past, family holiday traditions, your favourite holiday recipes...see the list just goes on and on!  And as a little bonus I've include extra supplies and instructions to create a double page Christmas layout in your class kit, woot!

I'm stoked to share with you some peeks at my Christmas Memories Folio workshop that I will be teaching at One Crazy Stamper on Saturday November 22, 10am to 1pm.

You can read all about the class details, what supplies to bring and how to register here.

A peek at some products that we will be playing with  ( I've added more since I took this photo)-  A 7x9 folio album, a mix of Carta Bella and Teresa Collins holiday papers, some specialty fabric paper, die cuts,  trims, sequins and jewels.  Mix these beautiful products together and you are going to have one treasured keepsake!  The projects samples are on display at One Crazy Stamper if you would like to check it out.  In the meantime here are a few close-up images.

Thanks for stopping by!

A pretty card using envelope seals

I have to admit I really get a kick going to an office supply store, so when Anna needed to head to Staples for her back-to-school supplies...twist my arm LOL!  Seeing rows and rows of products all neatly organized in columns  just makes my heart sing...I tell you it's my need for being linear, clean and organized!  Did I ever tell you one of my summer student jobs was working at the shoe department at Woolco's (you might remember them? they are gone now and replaced by replaced by Target).  So my job was to keep the shoes organized and boy did I ever take that challenge seriously smaller sizes on top, by colour and style.

Back to papercrafting--> This was a card I posted for the SCT blog last week.  I came upon these envelope seals (and yes I hate licking envelopes...ew...gross so I like to use pretty envelope seals)!   They also make great accents for cards, just peel and stick.  The ones shown here are clear and silver rimmed, love that!  Hope you are inspired to dig through your office drawer and create!

Colour Suite Challenge

This month I was invited by Summer  Fullerton to take part in her Colour Suite challenge.  She sent me this awesome colour palette and said to 'create whatever fancys me' just using the colour as the jumping off inspiration point.  I was immediately drawn to the the blue she chose, I love the intensity of the navy blue, it is such a classic and timeless colour. I also love the chartreuse green and red so I wanted to use that on my page for pops of brightness and colour.

Here is the page I created.  I gathered all the navy blue supplies from an array of collections in my stash- Teresa Collins, Carta Bella, and Little yellow bicycle.  Isn't the photo of this little boy the best? I don't often do one photo layouts but in the case he is the star of the page!

Thanks Summer for this wonderful challenge, I had so much fun.  Summer also creates a project for this, please check out her blog here!

Scrapbook and Cards Today Fall Issue

Just a few more weeks to go and Scrapbook and Cards Today's Fall issue will be here!  You are sure to love all the delicious Autumn inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.  This magazine is available hard copy via subscription, at your local LSS or you can view it for free on-line!

This particular issue is even more exciting for me.  I am thrilled, honoured and tickled pink to be part of Scrapbook and Cards Today's magazine design team and my first DT assignments are in this Fall issue!

The Fall Crop&Delivered kits went on sale this week and are selling fast so don't wait too long before deciding to pick one up.  These kits are over-top filled with gorgeous, rich and beautiful Autumn inspired products and exclusive stamp set, videos, downloads and much much more!  You can read all the details on the Fall kit here.

Throwback Thursday

Here is a page that definitely makes it a throwback-the colour pink!  I haven't seen pink in Anna's wardrobe in many many years.  She pretty much declared herself a 'blue girl' since grade 1 and said bye-bye to anything pink.  I remember creating this layout using fun ways to add texture on the page, I sewed with embroidery thread (this is when I had to buy the embroidery thread in the yarn section of the craft store vs the scrapbooking aisle) and I made my own pattern paper thickers by running the fun foam through my Quickutz (now Lifestyle crafts).  I also remember trying to come up with a catchy title and liking 'knot-ical helper' thought it was pretty clever if I don't say so myself- ha!

Here is another throwback page using emboss-ables.  Do you remember these?  For the life of me I cannot remember the manufacturer who made these embossed 12x12 sheets- they were mainly themed and you would either fussy cut out elements or sometimes they were pre-cut for you.  There was a sheet of 12x12 embossed alphabet tiles which I loved and used on this page.  Also a throwback is that I have angled my photos which is a huge departure of my typical linear and straight style today.  You know looking back, I'm liking the non-linear-ness (word??) of this page, lol.

Thanks so much for dropping by! xo