Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tri-Shutter Card

So here is my first attempt at a larger version of the tri-shutter card. And after working on this project I'm going to count it towards my layout challenge! There was about the same amount of cutting, placing and embellishing done as with my layouts.

Here is the card fully closed. I used the Veranda L2 paper pack and MyStickease. Although the wired ribbon is gorgeous, the yellow really glares and I am tempted to tear the front apart to switch out the Sorbet CS with a yellow toned one. Honey may get the tones coordinated better. My original thought was to get the flower color blending to the base but it makes the ribbon look out of place in my opinion. The ribbon is important to me as it came from my daughter who saved it from one of her wedding gifts. Sigh - back to the drawing board.

The gingham ribbon is from the Chocolate Designer ribbon roll; craft buttons from the Basic collection; blue felt circle is from Heartfelt Wonder diecuts collection. I love the texture and dimention the felt adds to any project. I used some waxy flax for the ties on the buttons.

I used a couple of different stamp sets to finish this monster card. The flourishes are from the Felicity Collection kit and the sentiment is from the Veranda WOTG kit. Both sets are available only when purchasing the kits BUT have so many other applications. The center image is from CTMH Enjoy Every Moment stamp set. I stamped it in brown Staz-On then used watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I LOVE this technique. There are no worries about getting the blend right.

I didn't add sentiment boxes to the two side flaps as I loved the paper the way it ended up being cut. If I was sending this as a card I'd use a coordinating color sticky note to write to my greeting on. I think it makes a wonderful display piece as is and would want my recipient to be able to have it out without my goofy handwriting to spoil the paper.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Have You Seen My Shoe??

I wanted to make something different and found this wonderful pattern on several different websites.

I love this pattern! I used CTMH Amore paper to construct the shoe, Chocolate Designer ribbon rounds ribbon for the strap, ribbon slide and fuzzy brads from the Winter Cozy Mini-medley pack.

Watch for variations to appear many more times on my blog throughout the year. I have soooooo many ideas for this shoe. AND if you like this shoe as much as I do, keep checking back as I will be offering blog candy for certain posts of the shoe.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time Flies

I asked a question about Picassa on the boards and the discussion turned to things old and new. The answer to my question was about using the save icon which is a picture of a 3.5 floppy. I decided to challenge myself to do a layout featuring objects that were old and new.

So many things have been invented since I was a kid. I wonder what the next 45 years will bring?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Heritage Church - Grande Pre, NS

This layout uses CTMH Veranda and Caboodle paper packs. I like the contrast made by the plaid paper from the Caboodle pack against the subtle patterns of Veranda on the left page.

The ribbons are attached to journalling tags "hidden" underneath the circles. Not having a proper circle cutting system I improvised. Yes, I do have this many sizes of plates! Wanna come for dinner? The fibre, which is held on with our "miracle glue" Liquid Glass, is actually a ball of yarn I got a few years back in a discount bin for 25 cents.

I layered left over strips of Veranda on top of the stripe sheet from Caboodle on the right page. I couldn't seem to size the description plaque picture well enough to cut it in a circle and I'm not sure if I'm happy with this side of the page because of that. I'll look at in a week and decide.

The design is not from a CTMH program book. I used to belong to a kit of the month club and this was one of their layouts. I saved all the instructions and pictures from the kits as all the cutting sizes were included. Sadly they are no longer. I must have 200 of their layouts in boxes awaiting pictures ~ sigh. I won't be using any of those completed layouts for this challenge as this is a CTMH challenge and personally I think I should be showcasing CTMH products as much as possible for this endeavor. I will however scraplift the layouts and use our products. Why not?!? We do have the best products going  - if I do say so myself!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Memorial Church - Grand Pre, NS

This layout used our CTMH Veranda Level 2 paper pack and pattern from Cherish. It's pretty basic and uses only the papers and MyStickease with the addition of a layered Spring Blossom flower on the left page. If you don't know the history of Grand Pre the MyStickease sentiment may seem out of place but it is truly fitting for the Acadians struggles.

I didn't include any jounalling on this page as I have a series of shots and will be doing many more pages for this area. This was my first trip to Nova Scotia and I took almost 1000 pics - 600 of which are scrapable! One of the things I try to photograph when visiting a place is any descriptive or information plaques. You can see a shot of one on the bottom left corner. It makes it so much easier to scrap later when memories of who and what are fading. I generally remember the feelings and events as opposed to the specifics of the place. Makes it so I have to do less journalling too! One of my goals for scrapbooking is to do more personal writing in my pages.

Footprints of Friendship

Here is my first layout for the 2010 Challenge. This is the Veranda WOTG layout. I made a boo-boo BUT as with all scrapbooking unless I tell you, you won't There is an extra vine with a butterfly on the left page. I didn't get the pattern paper lined up correctly and when trying to take it off the piece below it ripped. No problem! I improvised and added an element. That's what I love about scrapbooking - there is no such thing as a mistake, only a creative opportunity.

The pics are from my 2005 Mexico mission trip. I spent a week at a mission in Vicente Guerro, Mexico volunteering in the local community. I absolutely fell in love with the community and the people. Anyone needing perspective on life can learn from this experience.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

CTMH Event Calendar

My daughter Shandel made these wonderful calendars as gifts this year. They are mostly CTMH with a sprinkling of this and that thrown in.