Friday, November 11, 2011

You're Out Of this World ~ MojoMonday #214

This is the sketch this week at MojoMonday

And here is my take on that sketch.

I used my cricut to create this card. With the Life's a Party and Boys will be Boys cartridges.

My Alien is made of 3 layers and the outline.

 Ain't he so cute!!

The space craft was also 3 layers plus the outline. I used liquid glass on the white area.

Then for my "Ray Beam" I painted a layer of gold glitter mod podge on a light yellow card stock.

And there you have it. I decorated the inside and the envelope. Now I just need a birthday to come up so I can use this card.

My Own Scrapbook Challenge

I've been enjoying participating to some blog scrapbooking challenges lately. Mostly the Hear2Heart and the MojoMonday challenges. When we had our scrapbooking weekend, we also held some challenges there. They are fun, and makes you try new things.

A long time ago I bought a magazine that was basically full of Photo Challenges to use on your scrapbooks. So I went through it, as well as Jeanette's blog for her colour combination suggestions and created a "Challenge Jar". So I'll will be following my own challenges as well.

Please feel free to join me and post a link to you project in the comment section of my blog.

So drum roll please for the first challenge. Ratatatatatatatatatata.

This time around I ended pulling out a colour challenge.

I also had a "date" to have my friend Jaye come over to make some thank you cards for the Zella Community Association. So, of course, I decided to combine both.

My friend is not a scrapbooker or card maker. And she was envisioning a torture filled afternoon/evening of stamping and cutting. Haha. She was pleased and impressed at how quickly we got our 16 cards done and over with. Maybe not quite enough to convert her to the dark side (scrapbooking).

Here is our card:

I also very loosely followed MojoMonday Aug 15 2011's sketch.

I felt that this colour combination was a little tricky, but I'm pleased at how it turned out. And I got to use my new stamp set "Remarkable Wreath" from CTMH which had me very excited.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Zella Scrapbooking Weekend (2nd Layout for H2H)

It seem that most scrapbookers I either come across or read about, answer to the question “when did you start scrapbooking” with an answer that resembles “ I’ve always had a form of scrapbook in my life, I use to doodle in my photo book, etc…” Ya, that’s really not how it was for me. When I started working at the pharmacy where I currently work, they had a scrapbook section. And the girl who ran that section would often ask me. “Melanie, when are you going to start scrapbooking?” And to that I would always answer. “Humm let me see… Mmmm… Never! ” I can’t think of the reasons why I said that. If it’s that I didn’t think I had the talent, or if the pages I saw didn’t inspire me to want and do the same. Maybe it was the wide variety of equipment involve, did it overwhelm me? The truth is I always turned my back on scrapbooking for those few years.

I know it wasn’t because I didn’t feel creative enough. I explored my creativity in many different venues. Drawing, pastel, paint, sewing, knitting… I never excelled in anything in particular. I wasn’t really bad at any either. It was just for fun.

Then, one day, a neighbour invited me to the community hall for a card making thing. I was now a new stay at home mom, and I welcomed the distraction.

Well, I was hooked! It may not have been love at first sight per say. But it was enough that I felt the need to include card making to my list of crafting activities. Shopping online for supplies for my new hobby, I came across Close To My Heart and I decided to sign up as a consultant. It was after I got my kit that I started making my first scrapbook layouts. If I was going to sell card making and scrapbooking supplies I better have some layouts to show.

That’s when it was love at first sight. I gave away all my drawing pencil, paint, and yarns after that. I had found my passion!! Card making is great, it’s fun and you get instant gratification! Scrapbooking take something that is already important to you, Your Memories, and make them into something that you can also physically treasurer. Maybe it’s because I was a new mom and I had a lot of baby pictures. But I’ve never looked back.

Looking now, at how much I’ve accumulated. I may have gone over board or given in to the dark side of scrapbooking. But the truth is that I love that I have found this hobby and I wonder why I fought it so hard those many years ago.

This past weekend, I was at that local community hall; hosting a scrapbook weekend for a hall fundraiser.

Here are the pages I have accomplished. (not very many, I might have gotten caught up with chatting).

Relatively recently, I acquired a new Cricut Imagine machine. So I'm excited with it and including it's help in every pages I create. I used the Cricut "Dude" cartridge for this page. I'm also working on making embellishments part of my planning portion and creating my layout. In the past it was normally an after thought and ended up looking like so.

I created the tag by first cutting them out on the Cricut cartridge. I then stamped a background of some sort and then stamped the tag/coupon with a CTMH stamp set. And of course I inked all my edges to create dimension. I really like how multiple elements are combined in my cluster. the stamped image, the cricut cut out and the chipboard.

And here is the next layout

I'm aware that not only is this layout using bad pictures, they are enlarged. I took those pictures my old Samsung phone. And maybe it was the settings, maybe it was the phone; but it took crappy pictures. They where still the only pictures I have for this funny moment between me and my bff's. So I scrapbooked them anyways.

I love the look of staples. It is such an easy way to add interest to your project and it tends to be such an under used embellishment. Mostly by me! But honestly, staples and easy, inexpensive and create a great statement. In fact, at heart to heart this week the challenge is metal. And I will enter this page as my challenge as a tribute to Staples!! The forgotten underdog metal embellishment !!!


In my home town, and surrounding area, Acadian Day is celebrated with gusto! They decorate their houses with flags, banner ropes in the colours of the Acadian flags. With lawn ornaments, and lights. In fact, the house decorating of Acadian Day comes neck to neck with Christmas decorating. It is quite a sight to see. Unfortunately it is not something that my kids will get to experience very often. So I've made a point of celabrating Adacian Day at home, in Alberta. We had our very own Tintamare (which basically is a noise parade) I invited my Sister-in-Law and my Mother-In-Law to join us. They came along, shaking their noise makers and tooting their horns for a parade around the house. Half way through my Sister-In-Law stopped and asked. "Wait a minute!!!! Is this for real or are you seeing to see what you can make us do?" It was so funny!! But yes I'm afraid Acadian's really do this for real. The kids had a blast!!

My kids are an easy source and inspiration to my scrapbook layouts. 90% of my layouts are about them and 99% of my pictures showcase them. I've started to make a point of also including a few pages featuring me. But my husband, although presents in many pictures, is almost never the focus. Same goes with the dog. Troy was a target in only one other layout, that if I'm been truly honest was really about my eldest boy. So here is a layout featuring my most scrapbook neglected subjects.


Yeah!! Soccer!! At this point, this is really the only organised sport that my kids are involved in. For the past two summers I've enrolled them in this amazing soccer program. Soccer players from England tours Canada, teaching our youth the art of soccer. They make it fun! And they pass along their own love of soccer to our kids. Now if we can just get them to stop calling it football. :)


I do like the look of stitching on a layout. But I already have my cricut and my photo printer for big bulk machine stealing my scrapbooking space. And I refused to give up valuable real-estate to one more. Truth is, if I had the space I may feel different. But while browsing my local WalMart, I came across a hand held sewing machine for only $15. I figured what do I have to loose? Well, $15 but I figured that would be a decent gamble. I took this little sewing machine home and tested it out. I'm thrilled!! It worked so well! Now it will only do a straight stitch, but hey! it's more then I was willing.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Haunted House

As some of you may know, from my previous post, the Zella Community is hosting a Halloween Party this weekend and I’ve been working on some decorations.

I decided to make a spooky haunted house. At the moment I’m a little scarce on black from all the other projects I’ve had on the go. So I decided to make the base of the house in a dark gray. I took a sheet of Gray Wool cardstock and first sponge it with black ink; then I stamped the spider web all over using the second generation technique with black ink. At this point I still found the colour dark enough so I rubbed my ink pad on the piece of cardstock in a circular motion (this is called the faux leather technique).

I cut the base shape of the house using the cricut then I stamped the brick detail all over. And the wood grain to the shutters.

I inked the edges and stamped the Halloween scene around the house.

A battery operated tea light inside illuminated the cut out window for a spooky effect.

Material used:

Ink: Black, Archival Black

Cardstock: Gray Wool, Purple Pansy

Cricut Cartridge: Winter Woodland (3DBDLG5)

Stamps: Universal Background (Wood Grain), Captured Moments (Halloween Scene), All Hallows Eve (Spider Web), Around The Block (Bricks)

Mummy Glass

The Zella Community Hall is hosting a family Halloween party that I’m helping decorate for. So I’ve been keeping my eyes out for cool decorations. I came across these really neat “vase” at So I decided to make my own version.

I got four glasses from the dollar store, two small and two tall. I also picked up little battery operated tea lights and large googly eyes. A few roll of gauze from the pharmacy and a bottle of silver glitter Mod Podge from Wal-Mart. You’ll also need a paint brush and scissors.

First I painted a layer of the Mod Podge directly on the glass, then I started rolling the Gauze around the glass painting Mod Podge over top the gauze as I went. I cut the gauze when I had the whole glassed covered and glued on the googly eyes.

It was a very easy project to make and they turned out so good. It’ll make a great decoration!