Wednesday, June 29, 2011

And We Have a Winner....

Scrappy Tuesday has come and gone once again.  It wasn't really a creative day for Jen and I as we spent most of our time preparing things for our parents' 50th wedding anniversary - finishing up the albums, wrapping gifts, etc.

The most exciting part of our day was doing the draw for our embellishment giveaway!  We took photos to document the whole high-tech process as it unfolded.  LOL

And the winner is....

Congratulations Teri!!

Just send your mailing address to either myself or Jen and we'll get your package into the mail.  How lucky are we that the postal strike just ended?!  Hope you enjoy  the goodies.

Just a reminder, we'll be doing the full reveal of the anniversary album in just a couple of weeks and will be doing another giveaway as a thank-you to everyone who followed along as we created the album.  The giveaway box has already been filled and wrapped and is bursting at the seams with all sorts of good things so you'll definitely want to get in on this one! :-)

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Flowers for Mom"

It's funny how scrapbooking goes.  Most times a layout comes together pretty much how I expected it would.  Other times it will morph into an end result that I didn't imagine but is pleasantly surprising.  And every once in a while it will take a horrible turn for the worse and I wonder how, despite my best intentions, I could have created such a thing.  That's what happened last night.

I'd had some photos sitting on my desk for weeks which I really wanted to scrap and since I hadn't done a layout in quite a while I figured it was high time I got down to my scrap room to create.

I'd picked out the perfect papers and embellishments and everything was moving along nicely at first but the further I got into it the less I liked what I was looking at.  I kept telling myself it would all turn out okay but when the layout was finished I put it up on my display wall and couldn't stand it.  It was all too busy and my photos just seemed to disappear into the background paper I'd used.  It was a mess.

My family tried to convince me that it was a beautiful thing but I had the strong desire to rip it apart right then and try to fix it.  But by this time it was past 10pm so I decided to sleep on it and see if it looked any better in the morning.

Well, I woke up early this morning and went straight downstairs to have another look and decide if I liked my layout any better.  Nope.  Not one bit.  So, the disassembly began.  The search for the perfect background paper started.  I made it right.

I couldn't live with being less than happy with this layout because apart from the journaling that I wrote, looking at it reminds me of all the other funny things that have happened with Matthew starting a new job and working shifts into the wee hours of the morning.  It had to be just right.

Here's the final version that makes me happy when I look at it!

I used Sketch #119 from Creative Scrappers.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Embellishment Giveaway!!!

It's Scrappy Wednesday today which means that Jen and I got together for a final day of making embellishments.  This also means it's finally time for our long-awaited giveaway!  LOL  We put together a nice assortment of flowers, birds, clouds, bowties and flags which will be given to one lucky winner.

Oops - I forgot to include the crochet flowers that I made!  You'll also be receiving these in the prize pack:

In order to be eligible for the random drawing of this prize just leave me a comment here and then hop on over to Jen's blog and leave her a comment too.  We'll draw the winning name when we get together next week, using the very sophisticated "names written on paper pulled from a bowl" method!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Handmade Embellishments

Scrappy Tuesday saw Jen and I working on more handmade embellishments - birds, flowers and bowties.

We started off with some simple stamped birds, using the Cricut to cut them from kraft cardstock and then stamping with different texts and using tiny gems for the eyes.  We made two sizes and stamped both sides so that they can be placed in whatever direction future layouts call for.

Next we worked on some really cute flowers.  These are very simple to make but trickier than you might think.  You need a sheet of paper that is very plain on one side and has a lot of small pattern on the reverse.  You punch 1" circles or seal shapes,  fold in two sides and then glue six of these to a 1.5" base circle to form the flower.  Simple!  But the tricky part is getting that fold just right and consistent for each circle so that they all fit properly to fill the base!  We got better at it as we went along but did end up with some that had 5 or 7 petals or looked just plain wonky. (We put the nicer looking ones in the giveaway box!)

Finally we tried our hand at making bowtie embellishments.  Basic Grey has just come out with these for their two new paper lines, Out of Print and Oxford.  We loved the look and figured we could easily make our own.  Once we figured out the best way to assemble them, we had a bit of a production line going with Jen preparing the paper and me working on the fabric.  The end result is so cute!

As we've been creating all these goodies over the past two weeks, we've been adding some to our giveaway box at the same time.  Next Tuesday we'll be finishing up a few more items to be included and will post the info about our giveaway.  Let's hope that the Canada Post strike won't last too long so we'll be able to get the prize out to the lucky winner quickly!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tiny Little Flags

Just because they're so darn cute...

Yes, I've been on a bit of an obsessive tangent again making these but I think I'm done now. ;-)  There's a good chance that some of these will end up in our upcoming embellishment giveaway because there's only so many flags a person can use!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Chocolate Surprise

I LOVE chocolate.  Last night I had a serious craving for chocolate, but I've been trying to eat better lately, so I resisted the huge urge I had to mix up a batch of brownies and then eat half of them.  Talk about having self-control - until tonight when Richard came home from work.

Part-way into making supper something on the table caught my eye - a box of chocolates from Purdy's.  Yum!  They just look so delicious, and Richard chose each chocolate himself to make up a selection that I would love, that I had to take a photo of them.  They ALMOST look too good to eat but, so much for self-control, these babies won't last very long!

And speaking of self-control, I've had very little when it comes to making accordion flowers.  I tend to get on tangents like this when I'm having fun doing something, but by now I've made more flowers than I'll probably be able to use and I'm tired of scoring little strips of paper!  They do look pretty though...

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Scrappy Tuesday

For this week's scrappy get-together Jen and I thought we would try our hand at making some homemade embellishments.  What a fun day we had!

First off, we were inspired by these great die-cut clouds from a manufacturer in France called 4 heures 37.  Aren't they cute?

Unfortunately, neither of us owns a Cricut cartridge with a "happy" cloud shape (all we have are angry-looking rainclouds) so cutting with the Cricut wasn't an option for us, but I found several cartoon-y clouds on the internet which I printed and used to make cardstock templates.  We may have got a bit carried away with tracing clouds!  Suffice it to say that we have clouds in all shapes and sizes and colours to last us quite a while.

Next up it was time to make accordion flowers.  We may be a bit late joining this craze but we just never realized how easy these are to make!  We put my Martha Stewart scoring board to good use and were amazed at what we could create with a strip of paper and a button!  Jen was so thrilled with these flowers that she bought herself a scoring board that very night.  LOL

For an even fancier look, you can punch one edge of your paper strip to create a very elegant flower such as this:

There are lots of tutorials to be found on YouTube which demonstrate the step-by-step process but these were the two that I found to be the best:

Next we made scrunched-up lollipop flowers.  Again, these are so easy to make.  We used a vintage-style newsprint paper bag but you can also use plain kraft paper bags.  A thin paper works best for these because it's easier to scrunch.  Inking the edges of the scallops also adds a nice touch.

Finally we made tiny flags using toothpicks and strips of paper.  These are so nice for stamping a tiny sentiment or a date.  I plan on making lots more of these because they take just minutes to create and will be a nice addition to layouts.

Next week we'll be trying some other types of embellishments and then the following week we'll be spending a day making a prize pack containing a variety of embellishments for our giveaway.  But for now, I'm off to make some more accordion flowers...

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

"Enjoy" - Creative Scrappers Sketch #156

My scrapping room has been calling my name the past couple of days so I spent some time organizing and tidying up and also got another LO done for my 2010 vacation album.

I love this photo that I took of Jen and Rob but it really begged for purple paper of which I barely own any.  So, I "borrowed" some of Jen's Basic Grey Kioshi which was perfect.  I had been wanting to do sketch #156 from Creative Scrappers because it is just so different and original.  I tend to follow sketches pretty closely when I'm doing a layout and this one was no exception - even down to the paint splatters.  It added a nice touch and was fun to try something new.

Here's the sketch:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pseudo Freedom for Felines & A Little Bit of Scrappy

Life seems to have taken over lately in one way or another and there hasn't been much going on here of a scrappy nature!  I think that tends to happen to many of us once the good weather arrives and we want to spend as much time as we can enjoying these precious months before the cold weather sets in again.

Our two cats have always enjoyed the freedom of roaming our property and lazing around in a sunny patch, but since moving to this condo complex all of that has changed for them.  We are not allowed to let them wander loose.  Tabby seems to miss this the most and spends a lot of time sitting by the living room window gazing outside.  We decided to get her a collar and leash so we could at least escort her to the backyard for some fresh air.

Chris took her out for her first taste of the outdoors in many months.  We learned pretty quickly that a cat won't come when you tug on the leash the way a dog will - they tend to just put on the brakes and refuse to budge an inch! 

You can hardly even tell that she's attached to a leash in this next photo!  I wonder how she felt about it?  LOL  After about ten minutes she lead Chris back indoors and immediately ran and hid under my bed.  I haven't seen her since.  Cats, such funny creatures.

On a bit of a scrappy note, Jen and I got together yesterday to make some cards for charity.  We didn't accomplish as much as I thought we would but that's probably due to the fact that we went out for lunch with Robert plus stopped off at Michael's before heading back home.  (We found sock wool on sale at an amazing price and plan on trying to knit socks this fall.  That'll be an adventure in itself for sure!)

These cards were a lot of fun to make using the Cricut to cut out the flowers and leaves.  It was a great way to use up a good quantity of paper scraps.

Next week we'll be spending our crafty day making a variety of handmade scrapbooking embellishments.  We plan on putting aside a couple of each thing we make to do giveaways on our blogs so be watching for that next week so you can enter for a chance to win.

Until next time...
Susan :-)