Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Name Layout Challenge

Back in November Tracey posted a fantastic challenge for her DT layout challenge at the Scrapping Turtle. We had to create a layout using items related to the letters in a name (we were able to choose whatever name we wanted). I chose the name Heather and this is what I came up with:

H = Heidi Swapp Carefree Pink School Stripe paper 
E = eyelets, edge distressor 
A = American Crafts paper (flower) 
T = Teresa Collins paper (title oval) 
H = hearts 
E = edge punch 
R = Ranger Stickles

Scrapping Turtle Design Team Challenges

I realized that I didn't post some of the projects I have created for some of the Design Team challenges at the Scrapping Turtle.

Mellissa ran a Tags Galore challenge for several weeks. I had the best of intentions, but life got in the way. Here are two that I created based on a PageMaps sketch:

I created this card based on Vicki's fabulous guest Design Team card sketch:

Tanya gave us a wonderful card sketch to work with and that was the basis for this card:

This card was for Anne Marie's challenge to create a non-traditional Christmas card. That meant we couldn't use the traditional colours:

Marissa challenged us to create a round card. I made mine into an ornament shape:

Anne Marie challenged us to use a sketch by Allison Cope from her So Sketchy site. This is the layout I came up with based on this sketch:

Monday, December 28, 2009

Altered Notebooks

I created some altered notebooks for a Secret Santa gift for a very special friend of mine. She uses a lot of notebooks in her creating and designing, so I thought it would be wonderful to give her some pretty ones to work with.

I also made her a framed plaque (which I will not be sharing for privacy reasons) that included a photo of her house, her last name done in the Quickutz Katie font, and 'picture' of her and her family created with Stampin' Up's All In The Family stamp set (stick people). She was really touched by my handmade gift.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas Eve!!!

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be inks or paper or paste?
Or a stamping kit, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,

"Hi Santa," I said
"You know....good little girls should be in their beds ".
"I know I should Santa, and now I've been caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."

"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly, And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.
You've got enough stuff, I'll see you next year!"

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Turtle Layout Challenge

This week is my week for a Design Team layout challenge on the forum at the Scrapping Turtle. Since this week is Christmas I opted for a Christmas themed challenge. Choose one of the fabulous Christmas cards posted in the Scrapping Turtle gallery and scraplift it to make a layout. I chose a beautiful card by Audrey that is posted here.

To create my layout I used the Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas line from last year. I'm so glad that I finally used some of this beautiful line. The photo was taken when Sara and Sammy met up with Santa at Southworks a few weeks ago. They were delighted to just 'bump' into him as we were walking through the mall.

Join us over at the Scrapping Turtle to see what my fellow Design Team members created for my challenge. They are fabulous!!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December Turtle Reveal Day

Today was the Design Team Reveal Day at the Scrapping Turtle. This month we worked with lines from Kaisercraft. I've had the pleasure of playing with the Lilac Avenue line. Love it!!!! The double sided papers are beautiful and the embellishments are fabulous!!! There are black and white rub ons, colour rub ons, die cut elements, alpha stickers, embroidered patches, inks, stamps, and brads that coordinate with the line.

In addition to my Sneak Peek from earlier in the month, I created two layouts and a set of three altered items.

Make A Wish:

Products used: Bazzill cardstock, Lilac Avenue Wisteria, Lilac Avenue Die Cut Elements, Kaisercraft Rhinestone Strips (purple), Stampabilities Just Dandy and Dandelion Wish, Copic Markers, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen, Zig marker, Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot, Quickutz Grass border die


Products used: Lilac Avenue Sweet Pea, Lilac Avenue Violet, Lilac Avenue Dandelion, Lilac Avenue Snap Dragon, Lilac Avenue Inks (Amethyst and Splice), Lilac Avenue Rub Ons, Lilac Avenue Die Cut Elements, Lilac Avenue Brads, Lilac Avenue Alpha Stickers, Bazzill cardstock, Quickutz Scallop border and Nesting Flowers dies, Bazzill paper flowers, Maya Mist (Amethyst Metallic), Kaisercraft Rhinestone Strips (purple), Zig marker

Friendship Gift Bag:

Products used: Lilac Avenue Lavender, Lilac Avenue Violet, Lilac Avenue Sweet Pea, Lilac Avenue Brad, Bazzill cardstock, Fiskars Treading Water border punch, Epic Six Exclusive Die, Maya Mist (Amethyst Metallic), Quickutz Nesting Circles dies, ribbon from bulk wall

Friendship Gift Bookmark:

Products used: Bazzill cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Lilac Avenue Ink (Splice), Lilac Avenue Wisteria, Lilac Avenue Sweet Pea, Lilac Avenue Rub Ons

Friendship Gift Tree:

Products used: styrofoam cone, Maya Mist (Amethyst Metallic), Lilac Avenue Lavender, Lilac Avenue Sweet Pea, Lilac Avenue Dandelion, Lilac Avenue Rub Ons, ribbon from the bulk wall, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen, Quickutz Nesting Circles and Nesting Stars dies

I hope you will visit the Scrapping Turtle forum to see what the rest of the DT ladies did with their lines. Fantabulous!!!!

Letterpress Giveaway

Have you heard about the new Letterpress? It's designed to be used with the new Quickutz Epic 6 tool and involves printing word or designs with ink while debossing the design or words into thick soft paper. It will make your projects look elegant and stylish.


Lifestyle Crafts has a fabulous giveaway going on right now. The winner will receive the L Letterpress Combo Kit which includes: 

L Letterpress
Epic Six Letterpress and Die-cutting Tool
Clear Packing Mat with Grid
Paper Placement Guides
Ink Base
Ten A2 flat cards
Nine Printing Plates
Tube of Black Ink
Circle Cutting Dies

PLUS a custom printing plate valued at $39.99!!!! Isn't that amazing?

Check it out here to find out how you can enter and get up to three chances to win this fantastic giveaway.

Monday, December 14, 2009

QA Cards

One Saturday per month Lori at the Scrapping Turtle brings us a fabulous Quickutz class for the Quickutz Anonymous members. She creates fantastic layouts, cards and calendar pages using a variety of Quickutz dies -- often finding unique ways to use the die on the projects. I still need to add photos to several of the calendar pages and some of the layouts before I can photograph them, but I do have a few of the recent cards to share with you.

This pretty Autumn card was created in our October class (if I remember correctly). I love how Lori had us use the negative part of the die cut image (tree) for this card. 

In November Lori brought us three wonderful cards to create. 

This fabulous snowman card used stamped acetate, glitter paper and a Snow Marker that puffs up when you heat it with a heat gun. The sentiment says "Every snowflake brings to mind how special you are - you're one of a kind!". Isn't it a cute card?

This Christmas card is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love how it sparkles and shines. The photo just doesn't do it justice. Like I said, it's gorgeous!!!

I love this fun card using some of the Paper Doll dies from Quickutz. What a unique idea!!! I told you Lori finds creative ways to use the dies --- I never would have thought to use just the legs and feet to create a card, but this one is fabulous!!!!

I haven't yet taken pictures of our December QA class projects. I'll get those up as soon as I do. I'm already looking forward to our next QA class to see what wonderful creations Lori will have for us :) Thanks Lori!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

December Product Highlight of the Month

For the month of December the Scrapping Turtle product highlight are the fabulous Maya Mists. I have had some fun playing with the Maya Mists on two projects so far this month. I used Maya Mist for the flowers on my sneak peek layout and I also created this layout that I really love. 

I used the negative part of the tree border die cut (Quickutz) as a mask (I actually cut out three of them) and spritzed the white cardstock with the green Maya Mists to create the background trees. I also spritzed the green cardstock to add a little extra sheen. I then attached the green trees to the cardstock so that the Maya Mist trees were like a shadow behind them. I added some snow using my white pen. I finished the layout off with some photos of Sara in the snow and some American Crafts Thickers. I am very pleased with how this layout turned out.

Maya Mists are on sale at the Scrapping Turtle for the entire month of December. Pop in and grab some today.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Character Cafe

The Character Cafe is having a blog hop to celebrate the release of their latest images. It is called the 12 Hops of Christmas. The images are all fabulous and the projects all of the ladies have created are wonderful. 

To start the blog hop, go to The Character Cafe's store. Read all about the great blog hop and what you need to do to win the fabulous prize that is up for grabs. Then follow the links to hop through the blogs in order until you reach The Character Cafe's blog. Make sure you do all the blogs in the correct order AND leave comments along the way :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Turtle Sneak Peek

Today was Sneak Peek day at the Scrapping Turtle. It is usually the first of the month, but this month we extended the anticipation for a few extra days. This month I am working with the beautiful Lilac Avenue line from KaiserCraft. All of the papers are double sided and there are alpha stickers, die cut elements, rub ons (in both black and white and colour), brads, embroidered badges, inks, and stamps to coordinate with the line. KaiserCraft also has bling and flowers too.

Since my wedding colour was purple, I was inspired to create a wedding layout with this line. The flowers were sprayed with Maya Mist to coordinate with the layout. For my sneak peek I used:
Lilac Avenue Snap Dragon 
Lilac Avenue Sweet Pea 
Lilac Avenue Brads 
Lilac Avenue Amethyst Ink 
Lilac Avenue Alpha Stickers 
KaiserCraft Rhinestones purple 
Maya Mist Amethyst Metallic Mist 
Bazzill bling cardstock 
Bazzill Paper Flowers (Tropical White and Gerb French Vanilla) 
Brad from the bulk wall 
Quickutz Scallops border, Vine border, and Bride & Groom

Copic markers

Please visit the Scrapping Turtle to see the fabulous Sneak Peeks created by my fellow Design Team members. They all did a fantastic job with their lines!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Stampin' Up Workshop

This past Sunday I hosted a Stampin' Up party with my awesome demonstrator Denise. She designed three great projects for us. We had such a great time together. The projects were fabulous, the company was out of this world, the conversation was uplifting, the snacks were delicious. It was a great afternoon all around.

 Check out these great projects that we did.

Isn't this one gorgeous? The colours, those snowflakes. The snowflake circles are heat embossed and look very pretty --- the photo doesn't do them justice.

I love the colours on this card. It is so pretty. I already sent it off to one lucky recipient --- I hope she likes it.

This is a cute Post It note holder. There's a whole pad of Post It Notes inside. Love it!!!!

Thanks to Denise and my wonderful friends (including my Mom) who made my workshop such a great success!!!

Check out Denise's website here.