Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Sketchy Challenge | April 2014

I have just posted the April 2014 sketch for the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge:


My layout is up on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog today for Tuesdays With The Team here.

Here's my layout:


Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock; Authentique patterned paper; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; cut files (Loni Leah Designs tag, Studio Calico heart border); American Crafts Thickers and twine; Prima wash tape; Evalicious badge button; My Mind's Eye tab sticker; Stockade wooden stars; Craft Smart metallic paint; PaperMate Flair pen; miscellaneous buttons from my stash.

Because the paper is busy, I chose to keep the rest of the layout simple:




Journaling reads:  Once you had your big boy bed, we decided to add more shelving in your closet.  You were so excited to start helping your daddy!  It must be a boy thing - your eyes lit up when he brought out the tools! ~2001

Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the April 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on April 30, 2014. On or around May 1st, 2014, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

Stay tuned - I will be announcing our March 2014 Sketchy winner early next week!

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by April 30th, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW by April 30th, 2014.

FYI - I'm having some issues with the InLinkz tools so please add a comment and include the url of your project - it may not show right away but will eventually appear once I approve them.

InLinkz is working again! Please add your link below!

Cheers,








Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crazy. Busy. Happy.


Do you ever sometimes feel that Life is one non-stop roller-coaster ride?  It's a good thing I love 'em - because I often feel that way!

Things are still on the go here and we rush around trying to be everything and get everything done.  There are things that slide - like purging the kids' seasonal clothes and organizing my closet.  But in the end, those things don't really matter, as I've come to realize, after reading Dr. Claire McCarthy's article for the Huffington Post.

So be forewarned if you drop by unannounced! LOL!

I have been busy with my Canadian Scrapbooker articles and assignments and that makes me happy!!  Last month, Jennifer and I spent time with Lisa and the ScrapFest gang at Younique and the mojo started flowing!  

The Summer issue is a big one for me - I am sending six cards and six layouts!!  Of course, they may not all be published and while I'm pretty proud of all of them, I'm so excited about one - It makes me smile and wanted to share a sneaky peek:


You can't see it but there's all kinds of distressed edging and paint splatters going on… Messy = Happy!!

And if you haven't already, be sure to check out my Sketch challenge for March (link in the postscript below)!

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
March Sketch Challenge (deadline Mar 31, 2014)

Monday, March 03, 2014

February Sketchy Challenge Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the February 2014 Sketchy Challenge!  A winner was randomly chosen, using random.org...

List Randomizer

There were 6 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Nina
  2. Nathalie
  3. Lynn
  4. Shirley
  5. Rebecca
  6. LeeAnne
Timestamp: 2014-03-02 17:00:01 UTC

Congratulations, Nina!  Drop me a line with your mailing address to sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]com and I will get your goodies out to you!

Thanks again to all who played along - and if you didn't get a chance to last month, you will have a chance each month!  See below my signature for a link to the March challenge!

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
March Sketch Challenge (deadline Mar 31, 2014)

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Seven Sunday Blessings | Mar 2


I can't believe that my last Seven Sundays Blessings post was in SEPTEMBER!!  While it's sad that I don't have time to blog about my blessings, it doesn't mean that I'm not grateful for everything that is good in my life right now:

And right now, I am thankful:

1.  For staff Christmas parties.  In March.  And yummy food.  And shuffleboard and pool.  And gin and tonics.  And not necessarily in that order.

2.  That we have been transitioning to a healthier, lower-carb eating plan with the kids.  With relatively little complaining.  Just goes to show that you have to keep introducing these foods to kids - eventually they will get tired of refusing! :)

3.  For Chai Tea latt├ęs.

4.  For the (very) brief break in weather where the sun peeked out for a day.  Come on, Spring!!

5.  To Lisa and the ScrapFest girls for graciously including Jennifer and I on their Younique weekend.  It was the kick in the pants my creativity needed - 4 cards and 5 (almost) completed layouts (I ALWAYS forget something at a crop!)

6.  For my scrappy girls, who travelled from Tecumseh, Brooklin, Sarnia, Innisfil, Belfountain, Penetanguishene and Livonia in January, to spend a weekend full of good fun, even better food, lots of wine and giggles and just what the doctor ordered.  Miss you, girls!!

7.  That everyday, I get to wake up next to an amazing man.  Yesterday, he turned 44, which means that we have officially been together for more than half of his life!

What are you thankful for this week?

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
March Sketch Challenge (deadline Mar 31, 2014)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Sketchy Challenge | March 2014

I have just posted the March 2014 sketch for the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge:


This month, I rotated my sketch 180 degrees, to better suit my photo (quick design tip - for a more pleasing effect, your photo subject should (almost) always be facing inwards on your page…)

Here's my layout:


Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock; Recollections patterned paper, EK Success (notebook border) and Marvy Uchida (heart) punches; Maya Road bird (sheer); Jillibean Soup corrugated bird (traced onto cardstock); Heidi Swapp heart; Pebbles pearl candy dots; KaiserCraft pearls; Jenni Bowlin ticket; Ranger Industries Distress ink; unknown heart clip; miscellaneous buttons from my stash.

A favourite photo of mine, I snapped this pic of Connor while in Niagara Falls with the Lepages in 2011.  I love the twinkle in his eye… Handsome li'l devil, isn't he??

True to my style, I used a single photo and added several clusters of … stuff, for lack of a better word!  (I guess I could have said "embellishments"…)  

Anyhow, I used a mix of old and new stuff from my stash here - I'm trying to use more of my stuff so I'm loading up my pages - no more hoarding!!



Also, typical of my style, I used a random photo and added heartfelt journaling, evoking memories of my FEELINGS, rather than an event.  I seem to do that, a lot.  I can't remember the last birthday party layout I completed!


Journaling reads:  Connor, I see you grow, both literally and figuratively, every day.  You have become such a fine, upstanding young man.  You make me so proud with your kind heart and funny sense of humour.  I love how you've grown more comfortable in your own skin, even with the shaky start you had in school.  You are the perfect combination of mischievousness, charm, humour and kindness!  I love you so much, and … you hold my heart.

Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the March 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then using the linky tool below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on March 31, 2014. On or around April 1st, 2014, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

Stay tuned - I will be announcing our February 2014 Sketchy winner in a day or so... :)

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by March 31st, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW by March 31st, 2014, using the InLinkz tool below.

Cheers,










Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring 2014 Cover Challenge

Jackie asked me to once again participate in the Spring 2014 cover challenge.  I absolutely loved the photo they had chosen for this issue's cover!  So much fun...

My layout wasn't chosen for the cover (Kelly Klapstein got the honours this time around - check out her gorgeous layout here!) but I'm featured inside, along with CS guest designer and fellow Inspiration Elevator teammate, Jodi Wilton!   Here's my layout:


Supplies used:  Authentique patterned paper; Silhouette Cameo and cut files (Lori Whitlock lvd tab, Echo Park Co. hearts, Loni Leah Designs feathers); Mission Script font; Martha Stewart Crafts border punch; Tim Holtz distress ink; Studio Calico wooden veneer hearts (not shown); PaperMate Flair marker; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares and tape runner; sewing machine, sequins (not shown), thread.

You may (or may not!) have noticed that the wooden veneer hearts and sequins are missing from these images… I added them as an afterthought just before I popped in in the mail to Jackie!!

I cut the feathers with my Cameo and stitched a rachis on each feather, as well as a border around the edge of the layout.


The "love" tab and hearts were also cut, using my Cameo and purchased cut files.  The title font was cut using the Mission Script font (download available here):



Thanks for peeking!  Just a reminder - there's a few days left to play along with the February sketch challenge on my blog (see below for a link to the post).  I'll randomly select a winner (using random.org) and send along some goodies.... including the Spring 2014 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker!!

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenge on my blog for a chance to win:
February Sketch Challenge (deadline Feb 28, 2014)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

January Sketch Challenge Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the January 2014 Sketchy Challenge!  A winner was randomly chosen, using random.org...

List Randomizer

There were 7 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Cathryn Hanson
  2. Sandy Ross
  3. Lynn Lefebvre
  4. Rebecca Daly
  5. Paper Munch
  6. Anne Pennington
  7. Lee-Anne Thorton
Timestamp: 2014-02-05 03:41:34 UTC

Congratulations, Cathryn!  Drop me a line with your mailing address to sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]com and I will get your goodies out to you!

Thanks again to all who played along - and if you didn't get a chance to last month, you will have a chance each month!  See below my signature for a link to the February challenge!

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
February Sketch Challenge (deadline Feb 28, 2014)
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