Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Two Scrapbook Friends - May Sketch Challenge

Hi there,

I finished the May sketch challenge over at the forum at Two Scrapbook Friends. I loved this sketch from pagemaps:

Here's my take - I followed it pretty closely, surprise surprise ;)

The background paper is from pink paislee. The rest of the paper is Jillibean soup, except for the plain beige piece which is from my scraps. The corrugated kraft alphas are also Jillibean. Flower is from my stash, and I fussy cut it to look more like a palm tree. I soaked it in old olive ink from Stampin' Up to take it from cream to green. The snap shot and people, places things quote are stamps from Stampin' Up stamped in walnut stain and real red. The ribbon is also from Stampin' Up and the heart button is from my stash (I've been hoarding it!).

Oh, and I sewed. With my sewing machine! This is very exciting for me because I only just learned to thread my machine 2 days ago and if you look at the post below my attempts at sewing are scary at worst and amusing at best :)

Thanks for peekin'!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I sewed!

At Christmas I received my first sewing machine. I really wanted one, but being that I have never sewn, I didn't know how to thread my machine. So, for the past 5 (nearly 6) months my sewing machine has been on my craft desk, taking up space and collecting dust. Until yesterday. I read the instructions on how to thread my machine and was totally confused. So I googled it. Between the great step by step google instructions I found online and the instructions that came with my sewing machine, I actually succeeded in threading my machine! By myself even! And the kicker.....it worked!! I know, I was in shock too, trust me!

So, since I had it threaded I thought, well, I will just sew a straight border around a page....EPIC FAIL!!

I can't sew a straight line to save my life so this attempt quickly turned into an experiment of all the stitches my machine had.

I have a long way to go in my sewing, but I've taken the first step! I plan to add a bit to my layouts to start. Maybe by the end of the summer I will be brave enough to attempt a camera strap cover.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wedding Card

Here's a card I made for a co-worker's upcoming wedding. We're having a man shower for him at work after the wedding. Yellow is their colour so I used that as a starting point and I am pleased with how it turned out!

I am hoping Eric & Ashley have a wonderful wedding day this Saturday in the Niagara region and that the rain holds off!

Paper: whisper white cardstock from Stampin' Up as the base and on the wedding cake which was cut using my Wild Card cricut cartridge; Yellow Dotted paper from We are Memory Keepers
Pins: My Little Yellow Bicycle
Ribbon: Stampin' Up
Love Stamp: Unity Stamp Co
Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink
Flowers: miscellanous from my stash

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Little Cheerleaders, Big Fans!

My first attempt at a banner for Joanne's National Scrapbook Day challenge on the forum at Two Scrapbook Friends . I cut diamond shapes out on my cricut (George and the Basic Shapes) and the scored and folded in half.

My brother Bruce lives and works in Calgary and plays professional lacrosse there as well. The cutie patooties are my niece and nephew in their Calgary Roughnecks jersey's, cheering on Uncle Bruce. I misted the cardstock in Roughnecks colours and I am very happy with how it turned out.

Layout recipe:
Paper - grey from Close to my Heart, spritzed with Cinder Glimmermists and Red from Maya Road (I've been loving misting lately!); red paper for banners Real Red from Stampin' Up
Cheer card - Jenni Bowlin
Vintage Lacrosse Sign - Karen Foster Designs
Twine for banner - Stampin' Up
Letters - all miscellaneous leftovers from my stash
Miscellanous lacrosse ribbon