Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stuck?! and My Dear Heart

Hello friends! I am late in posting this wonderful design for Stuck?! and sincerely apologize!  The sketch is amazing with it's layers and the large title.

 I created  this design featuring some pretty pictures of Adriane taken by Angela Smith Photography in Waterloo.

 I used Flea Market by AMERICAN CRAFTS and Maggie Holmes. I adore the artsy eclectic patterns here and the great colours. I chose to use the same photo but printed one in black and white to really highlight the colours in her skin and her hair. A friend said she looks like she has a secret in her eyes. How lovely, right?

I liked the inked edges and the shabby feel of the splatters.
I also loved the bold navy in the title and the fonts with the stitching really tied it all together.
Finally the little cluster and the pops of yellow wood are from STUDIO CALICO painted with my watercolours in bright yellow. A bit of Doodlebug Washi tape creates a horizontal flow across the photos. But it's the little tags and chipboard bits from the Flea Market chipboard sheet that put the final touches on this design. I love accessorizing and embellishing with the co-coordinating embellishments. Everything matches perfectly!

 This months sponsor is Whimsical Twist! We are also playing along with the gals at Scrap Your Stash Challenge blog: they challenges us to use wood on our designs! Be sure to check out what they have created without sketch this month!

Now it is your turn to play!  Please link up your entries over in the sidebar by November 29th at Midnight to be in the running for this prize!  If you use the sketch and a wood element you can link up your creation to both sites for a chance at both prizes!   All Stuck?! prizes will be drawn randomly using to pick a number. 
When linking your entry, please make sure it is linked to the specific post your layout is in, not your blog as a whole as it can be hard, later in the month, to find your layout especially if you blog often. You can also link from any gallery including Facebook (though we cannot usually comment) and Flickr.
Feel free to combine this sketch challenge with no more than one other non-sketch challenge, such as a colour challenge.

 One last note....

I have been so sad of late as we said good-bye to our wonderful furry "child" BoBo, who passed away suddenly and so young, last Sunday.
Many of you will have seen my many layouts featuring this handsome ad loving boy. He had such personality and added so much joy to my life and our home. He will be missed always.

Until next time, keep doing what you love.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Selfie

There is a funny little quote on Pinterest that says: "50 years from now little old ladies won't be able to sew or knit, but they will take one heck of a photo of themselves." We call it the SELFIE and I must admit to taking a few that I use to express my current emotion via text or email or Facebook to friends; like my very own EMOTICON.

Silly, I know. I try to show myself in a good light and in a fashion that I won't be ashamed to look at 20 years from now (It's good advice, Miss Cyrus.) It also means that I make it into SOME photos SOME of the time. It's a Mom's downfall that everyone else seems to live in my life but me! 

So here's a design I created celebrating The Selfie. Celebrating a day when I was BY MYSELF; alone off to get groceries or run some errands. BY MYSELF! Did I say I was alone? I was and look how happy I was for those few minutes of peace and solitude in the car!

I love this DOODLEBUG collection and truly find the brown pops those colours. The vintage cameras also rock!
I also hand traced a circle and stitched in green floss. The right side of the photo shows the arrows and the vintage cameras I love fro this line. The sticker sheets are to die for!
I computer journalled and popped them up for dimension and added my Cameo-cut title in the SNF Lolihop font.

So I challenge you to shoot a few selfies and document this time in your life; it's your chance to be in the photos and document this part of your story. Until next time, keep doing what you love!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Stuck?! Sketch and it's My Cup Of Tea!

Good morning!
I'm so excited to to be part of this awesome sketch inspiration blog called Stuck?! Sketches are created by the very talented Laura Whitaker who really has a way of creating versatile current sketches that inspire you to create pages that reflect your own style. For those of you who don't know about Stuck?! (really!) they offer TWO great sketches a month and Stuck?!'s designers share their interpretations to inspire you to new heights. If you play along, you can link up and be entered to win two times a month!

Here is the sketch for November 1st sketch:
I was challenged to create this design featuring my daughter at Walt Disney World in 2009.
I added multi-coloured threads swirling around to imitate the tea cup ride's famous (infamous?) spin! I also added tea cups and a tea pot to add meaningful embellishments to the whole design. I adore this sketch! Please play along and link up here, no later than 11:59 p on November 29th.  I'd love to see you win!

The prize for one randomly chosen winner is from:
Check out their great product line here. Their product line is so versatile and whimsical.

Until next time, keep doing what you love!