Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August Design Team Projects

I will be honest, this month has totally gotten away from me. I haven't had a chance to post my Scrapping Turtle sneak peek or my reveal and the month is close to being over. Yikes!!! I've had a lot going on this month, including a fabulous weekend at Memories Manor with six very dear friends.

Now on to my Design Team work for August.

This month I've been having a blast working with Echo Park's A Walk In The Park line. I love Echo Park and this is one of my favourite lines from them. I had so much fun working with the double sided papers and the stickers.

First of all, here is my sneak peek for the month:

Followed by my reveal:

Thanks for looking!! I hope you will visit the Scrapping Turtle to see all of the wonderful creations from my fellow design team members.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

They've Done It Again

Yup!! Sass has ANOTHER new line that I love. It's called Count Me In!!!!

The moment I laid eyes on it I said "this is perfect for Sara's first day of school photos". Don't ask me why -- we haven't even picked out what she is going to wear on her first day yet, but that is what this line said to me.

Love it!!! Way to go Sass!!!

Can't wait to see what they introduce next :)

Mix and Mend

I love Sassafras Lass!! It is one of my must haves whenever I find it. It is always such a fun paper line and I adore it. But this time they've really done it. They've shocked me with something I totally didn't expect. The newest Sass line is .... well ....

I'm not really sure how to put this into words ...

Umm ...

Quite possibly ...

Most likely ...

My most ...


I am head over heels in love with Mix and Mend!!!! I can't wait to add it to my collection!!!! I love love love it!!!! Woo hoo!!!!

Check it out on their blog -- introducing Mix and Mend...and a fun way to win it!:!!! Sass as you've never seen it before :) Love it!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Folding Technique Card

This week on the Scrapping Turtle forum Tracey is challenging us to step outside of our box and try a new technique or product. Perfect timing!!! On Saturday I attended a crop hosted by my friend Noel (thanks Noel!!!!) and had a fabulous time with a wonderful group of ladies. Noel shared some cards that she'd created recently and I gave this one a try. Thanks to my friend Shirley for showing me how wonderfully easy this card is.

I had a great time at the crop and I was somewhat productive too :) I made two cards (I'll try to share the other one soon) and put together three double page layouts. The best part was just being with such friendly folks and having an enjoyable day!!!

Thanks to Noel, Janet, both Lori's, Shirley, Emma, Monica, Diane, Mavis and Noel's daughter for a fabulous day (I hope I didn't miss anyone) :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

June Mystery Kit

In June I attended my first Crop For The Cure. This is a fabulous day crop organized by my dear friend Tracey and her family in support of raising money to fight breast cancer. It was an incredible day and I can't wait for next year's crop :) I spent the day with some very dear and fabulous friends, including Tracey, and took a wonderful layout class taught by my friend Lori from the Scrapping Turtle. Tracey's sister Amanda Stratton was there to take incredible photos of us all -- she took the fabulous photo featured on the layout below. If you are looking for a photographer give her a shout -- you won't be disappointed.

The Scrapping Turtle offered a special Crop For The Cure mystery kit, which was also the store Mystery Kit for June. This is the layout that I created and I was thrilled to win the Mystery Kit contest.

I love this photo of myself with four of my very dear friends - Lori, Lisa, Marissa and Ria.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fussy Cutting

I have a folder of things that I've created and haven't yet shared. I thought it was time for me to get them out of the folder and onto the blog.

This was created for a challenge from Anne Marie from the previous Scrapping Turtle Design Team. I used the Junior line from American Crafts for this layout about Sara and Sam in their "rocket ship".

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Recipe for a Layout

This week I have a layout challenge posted on the Scrapping Turtle forum. I gave an ingredient list of scrappy items needed to create a layout.

Base ingredients (these are the must haves):
1. Cardstock
2. Patterned Paper
3. Stitching (any type, can be already stitched or done by you)
4. Flowers (minimum of two)
5. Packaging from some type of scrappy item
6. Bling
Mix the above ingredients together into a pleasing arrangement. Add adhesive. Season (embellish with other items not on the list) as needed or desired.
Serve and enjoy :)

The patterned paper I selected already fulfilled a couple of the ingredients -- patterned paper, flowers and stitching. That was a lucky break LOL I used cardstock to mat my photo and my journaling block. I used a section of Prima packaging for my journaling block and added bling to the centres of each of the flowers.

The photo on my layout was taken in June 2009 by the extremely talented Kim Munro.

Please visit the Scrapping Turtle to see what the other DT members created and to post your layout using this recipe.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

July Reveal

It's Reveal Day on the Scrapping Turtle forum!!! This month I've been playing with the Family Heritage Collection from Adorn It (Carolee's Creations). It was a great line for both heritage and non-heritage photos alike.

Here is what I created with it:

"Pure Happiness" was my Sneak Peek for the beginning of the month. These are recent photos of the children and the line worked fabulously with them.

"Mother" showcases a photo of my brother and I with our Mom on Mother's Day. I used the Quickutz Nesting Flowers dies on this layout -- they are highlighted in Quickutz Korner this month over at the Scrapping Turtle.

"Grandmother" showcases a photo of my Grandma and Great Grandma with the grandchildren. This is one of my heritage photos, although it isn't that old in the grand scheme of things.

"A Family ... " highlights a photo of my Daddy, myself and my brothers taken when I was a baby. I love this photo!!! My Daddy had the most amazing smile :)

I hope you will visit the Scrapping Turtle forum to see what the rest of the Design Team created this month. Fabulous projects!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vicki's Card Sketch challenge

Vicki posted a fabulous card sketch in the Scrapping Turtle forum. I used it to create this sympathy card for my Uncle. Now I need to get it sent off in the mail.

Fabulous sketch Vicki!!!! I hope everyone will visit the forum to see what the other DT members created with this sketch.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pass The Turtle Shell

One of the things I look forward to each month is the Pass The Turtle Shell game on the Scrapping Turtle forum. I started this as a fun little game and it has taken off in leaps and bounds. I have regular players every month, new players joining, and others who play as often as they are able. I love how popular it is and hope to continue running it for a long long time. Not only do I enjoy seeing all of the fabulous layouts that are created by each participant, I love playing along. I have so much fun with these layouts.

Here is my Turtle Shell layout from June. I used the Basic Grey Granola line for this one. The photo was taken of myself and my sister-in-law on Mother's Day. Although we are sisters through marriage, we truly are heart sisters. There was an instant connection when we met that has only grown stronger over the years.

I also discovered two previous Turtle Shell layouts that I haven't shared here yet. I'm not sure right now which months they are for. I hope you enjoy them :)

Little Man uses some Pebbles papers that I got at the Scrapping Turtle Auction.

A mixture of Reminisce and Best Creations makes this fun layout of Sammy and his construction toys.

Monday, July 5, 2010

July Product Highlight

This month the Scrapping Turtle is highlighting a new service they are providing. They are now offering the ability to die cut 12 x 12 " cardstock and patterned paper in a variety of fabulous shapes. The Design Team showcased some of the available shapes for our July Product Highlight. You can see our creations here in the forum or on the blog.

I love die cut shaped papers so I'm really excited about this service. I can't wait to try out all of the different shapes that they have available. I think this is a great idea and I'm so glad that they now have it available.

I used my die cut paper as a background for this layout showcasing Sara playing in the water park at Hershey Park last September. I cut my patterned paper to fit the design of the background die cut to maintain the design.

Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tanya's Layout Sketch

Goodness!!! I need to clean the dust bunnies and cobwebs off this blog and get posting. I've been a lazy blogger the last few weeks. Whoops :( I have so much I need to post and need a day to get things updated.

This week on the Scrapping Turtle forum Tanya has posted a fabulous layout sketch. You can find the thread with the sketch here. I had a lot of fun working with this sketch and have to admit that my layout rather took on a life of it's own. I was quite flexible with the sketch LOL.

I used Bo Bunny's Block Party line for this layout of Sammy looking out the window at Niagara Falls, Ontario last July. He was in awe of how high up we were and everything he could see.

Thanks for looking!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June Sneak Peek and Projects

I can't believe how quickly this month is moving. It seems like just yesterday that June arrived and yet here we are almost at the halfway point.

This month for the Scrapping Turtle Design Team I am working with the fabulous Man of the House line from Bella Blvd. This line is my favourite from the most recent Bella Blvd. releases -- a great masculine line. For my Sneak Peek this month I created a layout to showcase a photo of my favourite great uncle.

The fabulous Dress It Up buttons from Jesse James are the Product of the Month at the Scrapping Turtle. These buttons come in a wide range of themes to suit every project and they are super cute. I used the Tool Time buttons along with the Man of the House line to create a layout of Father's Day 2009.

For my layout sketch challenge this month I chose a beautiful sketch from PageMaps. I love their sketches!!! Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

Thanks for looking!!! My June DT reveal will be coming soon :)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

May Mystery Kit

Each month the Scrapping Turtle puts together a Mystery Kit. This month it contained some yummy goodies from KikiArt, including a roll of the fabulous Fun Tape.

Here is my layout:

The photos were taken at my second cousin's birthday party. Sara wanted to smell the flowers, but didn't realize that if she pulled up on them they would come right out of the planter. She didn't know what to do when she ended up with the whole flower hanging from her hand. Luckily it came out root and all so we were able to replant it without any worries.

Thanks for looking!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Online Crop and Other Challenges

There are lots of great challenges over at the Scrapping Turtle forum right now. The new D.T. is hosting our first online crop "Cruising Into Summer" this weekend and we're having a blast. Please join us on Saturday May 29th for another great day of our online crop :)

I have four challenges and one game posted for the online crop. I had fun creating my projects for them.

1. I challenged everyone to create a shaped layout or card -- it could be any shape, except for a regular straight edged square or rectangle. I used a die cut patterned paper that has scalloped edges for my layout.

2. My H2O challenge is all about water -- water has to be represented in some form or another whether it is in the photo, the paper, the title, the embellishments, etcetera.

3. For a twist I shared a CardMaps card sketch from PageMaps.com and challenged everyone to use it to create a layout. The journaling on my layout reads: "I've learned to cherish these moments, the simple often taken for granted moments. The simple act of taking a walk with my children is something I can't do very often so I cherish being able to do it in Toronto."

4. I challenged everyone to create a card using a layout sketch from PageMaps.com. I used the Fancy Pants About A Girl line to create my card.

I also have a few other recent challenges to share.

Shelley posted two sketch challenges for us this month. One was for a layout and the other for a card. Here are the projects I created, both of which I made while attending the National Scrapbook Day crop at the Scrapping Turtle:

Tanya's layout challenge on the forum challenged us to create a two page layout using six or more photos. I used some more of my Fancy Pants About A Girl line to create my layout for this challenge.

I also posted the reveal for May's Pass The Turtle Shell. It's a fabulous reveal and I hope you will visit the forum to check it out. I love doing this every month and I love how excited the participants are for it every month. I hope you will join us for it in June.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cruising Into Summer

Please join the Scrapping Turtle Design Team for a fun online crop May 28th and 29th. We have great challenges, fun games, and the chance to win a great prize from the Scrapping Turtle. We set sail from the forum at 6 p.m. on May 28th. See you there!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May DT Reveal

This month on the Scrapping Turtle Design Team I worked with the beautiful About A Girl line from Fancy Pants. Love this line!!! I had a lot of fun working with it.

This is Sara doing her own unique interpretation of Lady Gaga. I used three different Quickutz fonts on this layout -- Sugar Sweet, Banana Split and Holiday.

I used a section of the transparency from the line on this fun layout of Sara on Easter morning. I also used my Quickutz Epic 6 Exclusive die, Eyelet Edges, and Scallops border.

I was delighted that I could make some of the papers work for my little man too and I created this layout of sweet Sammy. I used my Quickutz Zelda font and Beads border.

My friend Denise and I found some utensil holders at IKEA during a recent shopping trip. We both thought they would make a great holder for pens and things. I altered mine with the About A Girl line and my Quickutz Flowers border.

Thanks for looking!!! Please visit the Scrapping Turtle to see the gorgeous projects created by my fellow Design Team members.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Product of the Month

Scrapping Turtle's featured Product of the Month for May are the fabulous Fun Tapes from KikiArt. KikiArt is a fun company that you may have seen at Scrapfest if you were lucky enough to have attended. They have great products and you can find a wonderful assortment of them at the Scrapping Turtle.

I used the Antologia Amor fun tape on this anniversary card. They are super easy to use and glide on very smoothly.

There are several different styles of the Fun Tape. Check out the details and the projects created by my fellow Design Team members on the blog here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Big News!!!

I am back for a second term on the Scrapping Turtle Design Team!!!! Woo hoo!!!! I am so excited!! I had a blast during my first term and worked with some phenomenal ladies. Now I'm blessed enough to have been asked back for a second term to work with a new group of super talented ladies. Congratulations to my fellow Design Team members -- Shelley, Vicki, Tanya and Lizzie!!! I'm thrilled to be on the team with you :)

This month we are working with Fancy Pants papers. I love Fancy Pants and the newest releases are fabulous. I was given the About A Girl line -- love it!!! The papers are sooooo pretty!!! Here is my sneak peek for May -- Beauty Blooms From Within. The photo was taken in our hotel room in Toronto when we went to see King Tut in April. Sara loves staying in a hotel because it is such a treat.

Our first challenge of the new term was a card challenge. Lizzie challenged us to use a pinwheel on a card. Here is what I came up with. The pinwheel actually turns so that it goes with the sentiment. I made it at the National Scrapbook Day crop at the Scrapping Turtle on Saturday.

Stay tuned for the Product of the Month project :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Viviane's House Mouse Blog Candy

I love these little mice :) Viviane is celebrating being on the Design Team for the House Mouse & Friends Challenge Blog. She is giving away some yummy blog candy -- the stamps shown below!!

Visit her blog for the details of how you can have a chance to win. The blog candy closes on May 10th.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thank You to Some Amazing People

This week's card challenge at the Scrapping Turtle was to create a card based on a sketch that Anne Marie posted from PageMaps. Her instructions were to either make a welcome card for the incoming Design Team or a thank you card for the outgoing Design Team.

I chose to create a thank you card in honour of all of the amazing people who have made my term on the Design Team such a wonderful experience.

Here is what I posted with my card:

While making my card I thought about all the wonderful people that I wanted to thank for the incredible experience I have had as a member of the Design Team. It has been an amazing time for me and I am sad to see it coming to an end Cry

Thank you to Hannah, Lori, Teresa, Bev, Shirley and Laura for all you do to make the Turtle such a fabulous place to be BIG Smile Your support has and always will mean the world to me BIG Smile

Hannah and Lori thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to represent the Turtle on the Design Team. It has been an incredible honour for me BIG Smile I have grown in so many ways as a member of the team and I'm very grateful for the encouragement and support that you have given me. Hug Hug
Thank you to our fantastic DT girls -- Tracey, Mellissa, Marissa, and Anne Marie. You are all amazingly talented and a blast to work with. I've learned from and been inspired by each of you, and I'm so proud to have been a member of the team with you. You all rock!!!

Thank you to all the fabulous Turtles who make the pond such a wonderful place to visit and hang out. It has been a privilege to design for you and I hope that I have helped to inspire each of you at least a little bit. Hug to all of you.

Please visit the Scrapping Turtle forum to see what the rest of the Design Team ladies have created for this challenge. Their work is fabulous!!