Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2 Wheel Fun

Today I pulled out what was left from my favorite Little Yellow Bicycle collection "Saturdays" and made a layout based on a sketch from Israeli blog "Sabras Scrap". 

Supplies: patterned paper, clear cut, tags, stickers (Little Yellow Bicycle), border punch (Fiskars), letter stickers (Glitz), smooch ink (Clearsnap)

I used only three pictures and instead of the fourth picture I placed my title. The clear cut swirl under the pictures is colored with red smooch ink. I like how it ties all the elements together.

This is one of those collections that I wasn't sure I will like but it became one of my most favorite!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Thank you

First of all I want to thank you all who stopped by my blog and left a comment. I really appreciate that. I will not keep you waiting any longer. I had 41 unique comments. My random winner is comment 25 - Sandy (fiskateer 4165)! 
Sandy, please email me you shipping address!

With the rest of you I want to share this fall thank you card. I was inspired by the challenge on Bo Bunny blog to create a fall card. I don't own any Bo Bunny fall collections but I thought that the papers from the Et Cetera collection will work just fine. I cut several leaves with Lifestyle cut die and arranged them in a wreath. It looks simple but it probably took me at least 30 minutes to arrange them as I wanted. The sentiment is stamped with distress ink.

Supplies: patterned paper (Bo Bunny), die (Lifestyle Crafts), stamp (Fiskars), distress ink (Tim Holtz), jewels (Me and My big Ideas)

Thank you and have a great week!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Third Annual Orange Blog Hop

Welcome to the Third Annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop!  If you're hopping along, you should have come from Kelly's blog.  (If you are joining us in the middle, go to to start from the beginning.)  Today we are celebrating Fiskars' signature color, ORANGE.  Almost everyone is familiar with Fiskars' famous orange-handled scissors, but Fiskars makes so many other wonderful products for crafting, sewing, gardening, and more.  Each stop along our Hop will feature different Fiskars' products with a big helping of ORANGE!    
My layout today is about my new phone. I am not one of those people who talk to their cars and have names for their possessions, believe me I am not. But my new smart phone (I have Google Nexus) improved my life in so many ways that I never expected, so I decided it deserves a layout. Besides, my phone rocks it's the orange case, so it is only appropriate that it will join us today.

Supplies: patterned paper (Echo Park, American Crafts), thickers (American Crafts), letter stickers (Bella Blvd), corner punch (Fiskars), border punch and tab punch (Fiskars), stickers (American Crafts), twine (unknown)  

I used Fiskars Corner squeeze punch to round the corners of my background paper and the orange grid paper. I wanted to echo the rounded corners of my phone.


After that I grabbed Fiskars Notebook border punch and punched the layers under the photo to make a nice distressed stack mat for my photo. Jenni Bowlin Tab Squeeze punch came in handy for the date label. The orange droid is from the case package. Isn't he cute?

I want to show you how I made the distessed notebook border
1. Tear one edge of the paper.
2. Start punching without pushing the paper all the way into the punch. Continue punching using the image on the punch for the alignment and keeping the paper straight

Now you have a punched border that looks like it was torn from a notebook.

That's it, folks! I am glad you stopped by!

For more information about Fiskars and the Fiskateer program, you can go to Your next stop is Michelle at Scrapbooking 505

Oh, I almost forgot! Fiskars is very generous to prove prizes for this blog hop but I have something for you as well. One lucky winner with receive Fiskars "A Little Bird Told Me" punch, Bazzill Basics Wayfarer 6x6 pad and three handmade yo-yo flowers. To win just leave me a comment. Happy hopping! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Motorized Fun

Very simple (and very colorful) page. I feel like I need shades when I look at it. So not my usual style! 

Eli got to drive this Power Wheels jeep at friend's house. Now I realized that September 25th wasn't on Monday, that means it wasn't our playgroup, it was a MOMs club event. I will have to change the journaling.  Can you guess where the papers are from?

Supplies: cardstock (black - Core'dinations, grey - unknown), patterned paper (Target), puffy stickers (Target), letter stickers (Heidi Grace), tab punch (Fiskars), twine (natural - My Mind's Eye, green and yellow - unknown)

From the Target $1 spot... I think it works well here. They are very very thin, but I mounted the layout on a piece of cardstock and used black Core'dinations cardstock to mat the pictures and the pennant. The puffy stickers are also from Target. Another $1 ;-) 

I wrapped My Mind's Eye twine around the pennant with my focus photo and added three random buttons. The letter stickers are by Heidi Grace. 

Tomorrow I am working on my Orange Blog Hop project (see below). I also hope to be able to play with my new toy that showed up on my doorstep at 5:21 pm. More tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New card and save the date

New card based on Becky Fleck sketch from the pagemaps blog.All papers are from the September Jenni Bowling kit. I already did 4 layouts and 4 cards using the kit and I am not done with it yet. That explains why I still have kits from 2007....  Anyway, the yellow doily was cut from the vintage inventory sheet that came with the kit using a die from My Favorite Things. I stamped the exclusive frame stamp with Faber-Castell markers and cut it out. The flower was colored with Faber-Castell gelatos.

Supplies: patterned paper(Jillibean Soup, My Mind's Eye), stamp (Jenni Bowlin), markers and gelatos (Faber-Castell), dies (doily - My Favorite Things, flower and swirl - Lifestyle Crafts), word stickers (My Mind's Eye), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), raindots (Cloud 9), jewel (Prima Marketing)

The only products that were not in the kit are the raindots and the prima flower center. I love how the flower turned out! I want to make more! It would look pretty in orange.

Speaking of orange... I want you to save the date for the Third Annual Orange Blog Hop this weekend. It is going to be great! And orange!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Make a wish

Here is another layout from the weekend crop. This one is based on a sketch from the Israeli blog "Yotzot mehakavim". I used the Echo Park mini kit Birthday Boy and added few little things from the Birthday Boy line by Bella Blvd.The colors work perfectly together.

Supplies: patterned paper (Echo Park, Bella Blvd), letter stickers (Echo Park, Bella Blvd), flag (Bella Blvd), star punches (Fiskars)

Eli's birthday fell on Thursday. He had a little celebration at school and did not want to talk about his birthday anymore. When somebody tried to wish him a happy birthday he always said: "I already did!" On Sunday we invited few friends to help us eat the birthday cake. By Sunday Eli was ready to celebrate again. He liked the candles, the attention and the cake. The pictures did not turned out that great but at least I have something to remind us of that day.

Love this little "Eat cake!" flag! It was perfect!

I used two different Fiskars star punches and pop dots to make the cluster above. Stars for boy layouts are like butterflies for girl layouts - you can never have too many :) 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Snack break

How was your weekend? Mine was wonderful! Friday night I watched Lila perform in the highschool play and on Saturday I went to a crop at my local community center.
I am used to scrap at home so I am not very productive when scrapping somewhere else but I did finish or almost finished few layouts.

This one is based of a sketch from PageMaps blog. I used Bo Bunny Barefoot & Bliss collection. Everything on a layout is from this collection except for few teal pearls that are Basic Gray. Oh, and the green picture mat - I used some very old Heidi Swapp paper for that.

Supplies: patterned paper, stickers, letter stickers, chipboard, pearls, jewels (Bo Bunny), patterned paper (Heidi Swapp), pearls (Basic Grey)

I have few more layouts planned - I am playing along with My Scraps & More. The Trick-or-Treat crop maybe over but the challenges are due only on October 28th. Come play along!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weekend recap

This past Sunday was my birthday. This year I decided that I do want to celebrate and make this day special. My friend Maya joined me on Covered Bridge Studio Tour. We spent few hours visiting local artists and cute antique shops. Few pictures from the weekend - all taken with my Samsung Nexus.

Fall in Thiensville. I drive past this beauty every day and just can't get enough of it.

We stopped by the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Here is my friend Maya sitting under gorgeous Native American quilt.

And here is me, attempting to take a self portrait outside the museum despite the drizzling rain.

We stopped for refuel at Anvil Pub and Grille in a picturesque Cedar Creek Settlement. After that we visited few more shops and studios in Cedarburg.

A cup of latte was a perfect finish to our tour. But the day didn't end there. Later I had a date with Ofir. We ended up going to a restaurant in a local mall. We had a nice time and I found a drink that I liked - Diva Martini.

I can not leave you without a layout. This one goes 19 years back. That dreamy girl is me. Hard to believe. I think inside I still feel the same as 20 years ago but than I look in the mirror... let's save it for another post. I used a sketch from Scrap 365 blog. The background paper is from Wayfarer collection by Bazzill. Almost everything else is Sassafras Lass. I threw in one paper from DCWV but it is hiding behind the pictures and the blue square.

Supplies: patterned paper (Bazzill Basics, Sassafras Lass, DCVW), stickers, diecuts, letter stickers (Sassafras Lass), Sepia accents (Ranger), corner punch (Fiskars)


The dots and the banner "rope" are made with Sepia Accents by Ranger. 

P.S. Silhouette Cameo is on it's way to my house!! (Thank you, girlfriend! Yes, you know who you are) I am super excited and I can't wait to start playing. Any tips?? Where to start? What accessories do I need? I know nothing!
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

French toast - sketchabilities sketch #76

I saw this sketch on Aliza's blog and decided to play along. Echo Park Birthday Boy mini collection with few pieces from Bella Blvd and Creative Memories.

Supplies: patterned paper (Echo Park, Bella Bvd., Creative Memories), letter stickers (Bella Blvd.), tab sticker (Crate Paper), doily die (My Favorite Things), label die (Lifestyle Crafts), circle punch (Fiskars), raindots (Cloud 9)

P.S. Aliza has an awesome giveaway on her blog for a spot in Tracy Clark's self paced workshop Picture Color, over at Big Picture Classes.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10 things

Every month on the tenth my google reader fills up with 10 Things posts. I joined once or twice but such thing requires too much pre-planning from my side. Being a helpless precrastinator I usually give up and just enjoy reading what 10 things other have to share.

But this morning I realized that I do have something to share - 10 cards that I made in the last few days. So here they are:

Card One
I made this card last week for the sketch challenge at my LSS My Paper Playground. Not so local, it's about 40 minutes drive, but I visit them when I take Lila to her ice skating practice on Saturdays. I used the leftovers from the Jenni Bowling September kit. The flowers are made with Lifestyle Crafts dies and colored with Faber-Castell gelatos.

Supplies:  patterned paper (My Mind's Eye), letter stickers (Lily Bee), doily die (My Favorite Things), punch (Fiskars), gelatos (Faber-Castell), tag (Anna Griffin), enamel dots (My Mind's Eye), smooch spritz (Clearsnap) 

Only one of the gelato colors was metallic so I misted the flowers with clear smooch spritz to give them more shine.

Card Two
This and all next cards were made for the challenges from the Fiskateers message board. I was inspired by Fiskateer Shanon to make this card with three matted panels. I decided to leave it without a sentiment and just added a vintage button with some twine.

Supplies: patterned paper (Sassafras Lass), button (vintage), twine (unknown)

Card Three
Simple Halloween card. The embellishments are by K&Company. I like how the pumpkins sit in the grass. I think it was the quickest card I ever made.

Supplies: patterned paper (My Mind's Eye), embellishments (K&Company), border punch (Fiskars)

Card Four
I had this card base with green mat for few months. I planned to use it for another card but it didn't work out. The butterflies were sitting in my "don't know where to put it" bowl. I think Ella wanted to use them on her birthday invitations back in July but changed her mind. I adhered the butterflies to the card and added three groups of Doodlebug jewels and a sentiment sticker. Done!

Supplies: cardstock (Martha Stewart), border punch (Fiskars), butterfly die (Lifestyle Crafts), jewels (Doodlebug), sentiment sticker (Doodlebug)

Card Five
I had so much fun with this one!  The challenge was to make a shaped card and I decided to make a jar. I used the jar printable from here and printed it on a vellum. I than adhered it to the folded card base adding few drops of glue just under the lid and cut along the edge of the shape. I added few Hello Kitty stickers between the card base and the vellum and sealed the open edges of the jar. I used the Scrap Happy Glue for the vellum. It dries completely clear and you can not see it when it dry! It looks like Hello Kitty is sitting in a frosted jar :)

Supplies: stickers (Sanrio), letter stickers (Lily Bee), twine, vellum

I added Lily Bee letter stickers inside the card and a birthday cake sticker.

Card Six
Another fun card! I took a piece of vellum and covered it with torn pieces of washi tape.  I than used the flower dies to cut three flowers. I kept the rest super simple to make sure the flowers are getting the full attention they deserve.

Supplies: journaling card (Jenni Bowlin), corner punch (Fisakrs), dies (Lifestyle Crafts), washi tape (Love My Tapes, Bazzill Basics), stamp (American Crafts), jewels (K&Company)

Cards Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten
The last challenge I was able to complete asked to create a set of four thank you cards using the same supplies. I used few Sassafras Lass paper scraps that I had with the matching diecut flowers. All cards use American Crafts cardstock, rounded corners, Fiskars stamp and smooch ink for faux stitching. The design was inspired by this card from my Pinterest board.

Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts), patterned paper (Sassafras Lass), diecut flowers (Sassafras Lass), corner punch (Fiskars), stamp (Fiskars), smooch ink (Clearsnap), pearls (Want2Scrap)


Here you go - 10 cards! You can see what 10 things other bloggers shared and share your own on Shimelle's blog here.