Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009


One more Christmas layout. Design copied from a digital layout. I am enjoying the challenge of trying to create with paper something similar to these cool layouts! The three sides are gold mesh, stapled down. While I was messing around with the mesh I was wondering why no one has come up with self adhesive mesh - or have they? I am a bit out of the loop these days.

Now - am not so good with supply lists and stuff but I just wanted to point out that the curvy white rectangle under the photos is handmade - with French curves. The thin red border is hand drawn with an embossing marker and then embossed with red EP. The frame around the round sticker is done with the Basic Grey tool.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Christmas 2007

This layout is for my son’s album. I love the look of excitement mixed with sleepiness on his face. I used the same bow stamp from Onyx Expression but here I de-constructed the image after embossing and used it as a corner embellishment. The word "Christmas" is actually a whole sentiment but I used a marker to ink only the word I needed.

  • Paper - Tell your story by Collage Press; Roxbury by Sarah Milne for Scenic Route
  • Big Bow & Swirl Stamps by (Onyx Impressions)
  • Bottle Green EP
  • '2007' - Thickers Alphabets
  • 'Christmas' - Stamp by PSX
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Remember Today

    This Christmas holiday I sat and worked on the photographs from last Christmas! Felt nice too to use all the holiday colours and relive the excitement that all of us experience when opening up our gifts. The following layout is for my daughters’ album. Her expression, first wondering what the little package held and then on discovering a completely unexpected iphone in the package, is wonderful.
    Layout design copied from a CK magazine. The bow, which is an Onyx Expressions stamp is stamped and embossed in multiple holiday pigment inks and embossing powders.

  • Paper Designed by Sarah Milne for Scenic Route.
  • Coaster - Mixed Dates White by Imagination Project.
  • Big Bow - Stamp by (Onyx Impressions)
  • Holiday Red & Bottle Green EP
  • Chipboard swirl - Cherry Arte
  • Cardstock sticker - Designed Nisa Finn for Fontwerks
  • Monday, February 09, 2009

    Christmas Cards

    The following cards were inspired by Tim Holtz’ 12 tags for Christmas. The first tag uses a mask, so I decided I had to make it. But I did not have distress inks, grungeboard, stickles glitter and all the other little doo dads that Tim loves to use. I guess the following is an example in improvisation. Making do with what one has on hand.

    I lined up three pieces of cardstock and laid the mask on all three. This way I would do everything just once and get three cards. I had no distress inks so I used my dye ink pads and tried some DTP. That did not please me very much so I switched to my trusted stippling method. Then I took off the mask, and because the negative image was so sharp, I stippled in some more colour to give the masked area a more blended in look. I stamped the music background.

    For the letters, I used the negative of a chipboard alphabet as a stencil and cut out the letters from regular cardstock. I did not have any red stickles glue, so I used children’s glitter glue instead. The holly leaves are done with a punch. Since I had no grungeboard, the lamp post is stamped on handmade paper, the thickest ‘cardstock’ I could find.

  • Cardstock by Club Scrap
  • Street lamp stamp by Club Scrap
  • 'JOY' letters traced from the negative of FooFaLa chipboard alphabet
  • Musical mask by Tim Holtz
  • Inks used: Ranger Adirondacks Cranberry, Mushroom, Bottle & Lettuce
  • Letters coloured with Pinta Perla 'rouge' paint and then covered with Crayola red glitter glue.
  • Punched Holly leaves painted with leaf green 'Silk' paints from Stampa Rosa
  • Background musical stamp from Stampington
  • Yellow of street lamp coloured in with galaxy marker