Monday, 17 April 2017

April Team Brae-er Blog Hop - Some Kind of Wonderful

Thank you for joining us on this month's Team Brae-er Blog Hop for Some Kind of Wonderful.  We appreciate you taking the time to visit us.  If you came from Sheena Brooks' blog, then you are headed in the right direction:)

Close to My Heart's Seasonal Expressions 1 catalogue will soon expire!  But, we are going out this season in a burst of colour. This Some Kind of Wonderful collection was the absolute perfect set to scrapbook my daughter's birthday party with her friends last June.  We had a backyard party on a perfect early summer evening. 

But, before we get into the layouts that I made... here is a quick peek of the Some Kind of Wonderful paper collection - only available until April 30th - so head to my website to get shopping now if you like it:)

Of course - my scrap process begins with a Workshop your Way Kit... where I make all the pre-designed layouts - so easy.


Then I get to work using the scraps to make my own layouts.  Here is what I came up with this month.  Now, I apologize in advance for the less-than-stellar photos of the layouts this month.  I forgot to photograph the layouts before adding the photos, and didn't have permission to use the children's photos online - so I have somewhat clumsily just added mats over their images.  Next month, I will have more time to get better acquainted with my software and see if I can come up with a more visually appealing alternative.  In the interim:


This was a simple layout, made with assorted paper and complements scraps leftover from from the Workshops Your Way kit.  I wanted to play with that gorgeous Raspberry cardstock and my Cricut, and using the Artbooking cartridge - came up with this:


I loved this colour combination for our fresh summer photos! 

I hope that you have some new inspiration for your crafting this spring...now hop on over and see what Michelle Hughes has in store for you.

Until we scrap again,

Emily

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Favourite of the week

Well this was my favourite project this week!  A couple of weekends ago, I was showing a new friend how to use Magenta Nuance powdered watercolours and made this background as a demo.  I quite liked the colour combination, so decided to make it into a special card this week for my Dad's birthday.  Another friend (don't we all just LOVE having scrappy friends to hang out with?!?!)  had loaned me this Stamper's Anonymous Tall Trees stamp by Tim Holtz... next thing I new the versamark came out, along with some CTMH black embossing powder and Stampendous Shabby White embossing powder, and this card whipped right together in a few minutes.  I think I am going to have to make more of these before I give my friend her stamp back lol...


Just for fun - here is another project that I made using that same stamp set late last month, for my Alberta Road Trip album. These trees were stamped in first and second generation stamping in a few different CTMH greens - Sweet Leaf, Fern and New England Ivy.



Until we scrap again,

Emily

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A Good Collaboration

So, I recently made a new, fun scrappy friend - and together, we collaborated on making this card.  I was showing her how to use Faber Castel Gelatos to make fun backgrounds.  I also needed to make a Get Well card for a little competition in our Card Club... and voila!  I LOVE this HELLO stamp from CTMH's Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking Stamp set.... and if you love it too, I'll give you a heads up that there is something similar and exciting coming in the new catalogue launching for May!!  I can't wait to show you!! The HELLO was stamped in versamark and then embossed with Ranger Superfine Silver embossing powder (available through CTMH), and coloured with the Gelatos.  This colourful card needed some glitter - and so the addition of silver glitter paper on the mat, and shimmer trim accents.  It was polished off with a pretty little butterfly from the CMTH Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cut Set. The butterfly was stamped using the 'rock and roll' technique in Sorbet and Canary ink.  I hope it cheers up our injured friend as much as it warmed our hearts making it:)


Until we scrap again,

Emily

Friday, 10 March 2017

Team Brae-er Dreamin' Big Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's blog hop, featuring the gorgeous Dreamin' Big collection.  If you have come from Lucy Imrie's  blog, you are headed in the right direction.

This paper pack features a combination of whimsical florals, bugs and dragonflies - making it perfect for everyday adventures. 




My favourite way to scrap these days, is to start by creating the Workshop Your Way layouts - they are so fast and easy!  Then I use the leftovers from the kit to make my own layouts and stretch my creativity even further.  Pairing the themed papers in the Workshop Your Way kits in the Seasonal Catalogues with paper Fundamentals from the Annual catalogue is a great way to stretch the fun themes even further. 

Since I had such success pairing the Hello Lovely papers with woodgrain patterns from the Rustic Home fundamentals last month, I decided to try again this month and created this fun layout. 



Then, I just had to replicate the 'Hello' page from the Seasonal Expressions catalogue and paired it with a second page based on a design from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.


I hope you have fun creating your own Dreamin' Big layouts!  Now hop on along for more inspiration from Darcel Kirvan:) 

Until we scrap again:)

Emily


Monday, 6 March 2017

More home decor projects with Cricut Flower Market

So - I have a new (to me) Cricut Explore - and it sure is helping me to keep my New Year's resolution to use my Cricut more in my scrapbooking - but it has also led me to make a few fun home d├ęcor projects as well. 

I was fortunate to have some gorgeous family photos taken recently.  I usually scrap my kids and family photos - but don't often take time to scrap photos of just myself and/or my husband. I've been trying to do more of that lately too.  So - when I had this pretty photo available, I wanted to do something special with it.  I think my favourite new part of my Cricut Explore is my ability to use Design Space for creating - I couldn't get over how easy it was to use that software to put this project together.  A few cuts... a little liquid glass to hold it all together... some ink sponged on the paper for dimension... and some glitz from the gold shimmer pen and gold gems.... and viola!


I also had a little bit of fun personalizing my planner:)



Until we scrap again!

Emily

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Team Brae-er Hello Lovely Blog Hop

Welcome to our Team Brae-er Hello Lovely blog hop!  If you came here from Sheena Brooks' blog, then you are on the right track.  This really is such a 'lovely' paper collection, and I can't wait to hop along with you and see what my fellow papercrafters have done with it:)  I will link you to the products that I used to make my projects, or go and visit your consultant's site to check them out.

First up - here is a quick picture of the Hello Lovely paper collection:

and.... my favourite way to experience CTMH collections - with the Workshop Your Way kits:
My first project is a scrapbooking layout.  I couldn't wait to pair these soft florals with the rustic woodgrain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper collection.  I used leftover supplies from making my three Workshop Your Way layouts, and voila!





I loved using the soft and shimmery blush ribbon on this layout. 

My second project is a card that I made, using the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge to create the beautiful succulent on the front. Of course, I add more shimmer with the Gold Shimmer Brush



That's it for me for this month! Hop on over to see what Michelle Hughes has made for you.

Until we scrap again,
Emily








Saturday, 11 February 2017

This was a special one!

So I have a special page to share with you today!  This past summer, we had the amazing opportunity to spend a month road tripping to Alberta and back.  I had hoped that I might be able to show my kids the northern lights for the first time - and I wasn't disappointed!  My son wouldn't let me take his picture sitting there watching them, but I SO wanted to record that moment!  Then, later, as I was doing one of my usual Pinterest binges, I found a beautiful card with a northern lights image, created with ink.  So - an idea was born... I started with a 12x12 sheet of White Daisy cardstock and various black, blue, green and yellow inks in front of me. Eventually, after a lot of sponging and getting ink everywhere... my special scrap page emerged...


I have to admit that minutes after I first started this page, I nearly gave up!! It just didn't look right. But I have a stubborn streak that decided to kick in at that moment, and I just kept layering ink, and eventually I realized that it was going to work out just the way I wanted!  I used my waterbrush to pick up some black ink and 'paint' in the trees.  After adding my photo, I added the stars, doodles and journaling with a Signo white gel pen.

I could watch the northern lights every night... they are just so beautiful!  I'm happy I was able to recreate their beauty with my paper and ink.

Until we scrap again,

Emily