PPC90: Pirate Ship Cake & 6th Birthday

I’m posting with Scrapbooker’s Paradise today, and when I saw Nina’s prompt, I knew I was sunk.

I have hundreds, maybe thousands of stamps, but I have nothing nautical. We live in a landlocked region so it’s never been a priority. But pass on a challenge? I don’t think so!

Instead of channelling boats and seascapes, I went with the classic nautical colours of navy, white and red. I do love the classics! And I made this a quickie layout – scrapbook pages don’t have to take forever. I think I have a total of fifteen minutes invested in this page and it’s sweet, clean and effective.

My wonderful Silhouette SD has been down for a couple weeks. I accidentally cracked the little plastic blade holder and it wasn’t cutting right. Boy, was I glad to get it working today! I use it a lot and would love to buy a Cameo since I could really use a 12″ wide cutting area instead of the 8.5″ of the SD model. Anyhow, I tested out the repair (crazy glue to the rescue) and cut the title of my layout using a font called Doctor Soos Bold from dafont.com.

I love a white gel pen for adding faux stitching. My favourite is the Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. It glides smoothly and the ink is quite opaque.

Faux stitching is easy and adds a crisp touch!

I used papers from October Afternoon. I love their playful and clean retro style. I easily framed my photos with small, short strips of patterned paper. This is a great way to stretch a favourite paper since it uses so little but still packs an impact.

When my boy saw I was working on a layout about him, he was delighted (I believe his exact words were “Awesome!”) and insisted that I include that bicycle boy chipboard sticker into the layout. And it’s his layout, after all, so I did!

Sail on over to the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog and check out Nina’s challenge, and then please consider linking up and participating! We’d love to have you!


PPC#74: Here Comes the Bride!

I sometimes think it’s amazing how the internet has changed our lives. When I was planning my wedding in 1997, I bought a few wedding magazines, juggling tradition, my own style and our limited budget to create a special day to celebrate our marriage. It was pretty traditional – I really thought that all that could be customized was the colours I chose for the bridesmaids and the table settings!

I just love seeing how individual weddings are now that there is a world full of ideas, buying sources and options, though it makes me want to do my own wedding all over again!

Wade has two cousins getting married this summer, and I always like to wait until I get the invitations before I start thinking about gifts and cards. I want to make something that will suit the bride & groom’s own style. We got an invitation in the mail today, and I loved the bright colours – now I know how to make the card!

This week the Scrapbooker’s Paradise design team is making wedding and anniversary themed projects, so I got right to work on a colourful and celebratory wedding card! Papers are from October Afternoon, and the embellishments are from my stash – the fabric flower is Maya Road but I’m not sure about the rest.

Why not play along this week and get a jump on your own wedding giving? Go and check out the rest of the design team’s projects here, and then link up your project before noon MST on Thursday, July 12th. While you’re at the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog, you need to check out their blog promotion because the prizes are delicious. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy shopping online with Scrapbooker’s Paradise and how frequently they throw a deal out for the benefit of their blog followers!

Bicycle Themed

Every time I do a training run, I think to myself that deciding to do a triathlon was a crazy thing to do. Which is why I’m glad I’m such a blabbermouth. Telling everyone about your idea is a great way to keep yourself accountable to do it. I did a 45 minute bike ride today, and it was long, hard and cold.

The girls started circus camp today. A week of learning circus skills like juggling, unicycle and stilts in the company of friends. They spend four hours each afternoon working on it, with a performance on Friday evening. It’s such a cool thing for them to be involved in – I was almost as excited as they were this morning!

You may be wondering, if I find cycling so gruelling, why I would create a bike-themed retirement card? Well, it’s not as far-fetched as you might think. When I was little, we lived on a quiet country road just two miles from my dad’s parents. Some days my grandma would phone me up (our phone was still on a ‘party line’ back then!) and we’d both  hop on our bikes and start riding toward each other. At the stop sign that marked the halfway point, we’d meet, and she and I would ride to her house and her utopian refrigerator groaning with ice cream. It’s a fond memory from my early childhood; Grandma is 92 now and I’m very thankful to have her in my life.

There is a related story about my little sister – she was only three or four and decided she would go for a bike ride – taking her tricycle down the same road to the same destination. She was nearly to the stop sign before Dad caught up with her and dragged her home again, the little runaway! Those very quiet country roads make this story not as terrifying as it would be nowadays.

Thanks for stopping by and listening to me ramble! Have a great day!

Supply list: Card stock: Bazzill, Mohawk (white); Paper, October Afternoon; Stamps, Unity Stamp Co., Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Buttons, Close to My Heart

Spring Thaw Layout

One thing about living in northern Canada is that we tend to get a little anxious for spring come March. And yet often our snow stays until well into April! But the worst of the cold has passed, and while it is snowing outside right now, there are pussywillows out if you know where to look for them, and the other day it was raining and everything smelled fresh like spring!

We have six acres of land in a little subdivision – there are six houses on our road – and my kids love to play outdoors when the weather gets warm. Last year we had SO much snow, and my neighbour snapped these photos of my three playing on the snow bank in their shirtsleeves.

Isn’t it funny how kids can make fun out of water and sticks?

This week I’ll be getting out their rubber boots though I have a feeling we’ll need to shop for larger sizes! And I’ll be pulling out my spring clothes as well since Wade and I are going on a little getaway – five days just the two of us and Gravedigger! More about that later this week!

Paper: October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket
Flowers: Sassafras
Letters: American Crafts
Paint: FolkArt

You’ve Got a Friend in Me Layout

There’s a weird clicky rattle thing that keeps going past on the road in front of our house. Every time I look, I miss seeing what it is. It’s weird because we share this road with five houses in our little subdivision, and it hasn’t snowed in a month, and so it can’t be a snowplow. Anyhow. I just started this blog post and already I digress.

Today I’m hosting the Playing in Paradise challenge on the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog. I am very happy with Scrapbooker’s Paradise today because I just got my latest order from them, full of My Mind’s Eye’s newest lines. My challenge for PPC#53 is to create a project that is musically inspired, and I used song lyrics to title this layout of my girls and their cousin.

They are best friends and so cute! I used papers from October Afternoon and cut out the title with my Silhouette.

I used my newest Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies to create the zigzag border at top and bottom, and some heart stamps from Stampin’  Up! for the background along the right. And there are a bunch of details that I popped up with foam tape – it’s all about the texture and dimension, right?

Now head over to the Paradise blog and check out the rest of the design teams project, and enter the challenge! Not only is there a great prize up for grabs to one lucky challenge participant, but Scrapbooker’s Paradise is offering 15% off today and Saturday! With shipping free over $50, you’d better hustle to get in on that deal and pick up some great products before the sale ends.

The creaky rattle has ceased outside my window (never did see what it was) and I’ve got to hustle. Today we’re doing school quickly and then running to town for a homeschool field trip – visiting the fire hall! My boy is very excited. For the girls I think it’s more about seeing their friends…and showing off some new clothes. They take after me!

Bitty Love Zipper Pulls

My children are quite happy that this latest project didn’t get picked for a recent publication call. Now they get to keep what I made!

I was thinking of “back to school” when I made these little zipper pulls from shrink plastic. Have you ever used shrink plastic? It’s pretty fun and addictive, once you get started!

The pulls are two part, the top is stamped with the Bitty Love stamps from Paper and Such and die cut before shrinking. I also made sure to punch my holes before shrinking, one at the top and the bottom of the circular elements.

I lightly sanded the shrink plastic before stamping, and then stamped with Staz On ink, finishing off by adding colour with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. Don’t use Copics, since they will lift off the Staz On ink. If you only have Copics, you can add colour by colouring on the reverse side of the stamped image – though I think the effect is more colourful if you can use a water-based marker and colour directly on the stamped side.

The alphas are from {ippity} by Unity Stamp Co. and they were super fun to colour! I used Spica glitter pens to add colour as well as the Pitt pens and they get super glittery when shrunk down. Again, don’t forget to punch that hole, before shrinking.

You can use your oven to shrink the plastic, but I find the fastest way is by using my heat gun. It will curl and act freaky, but most of the time will flatten back out without mishap. A few times I had to redo because the curled plastic wanted to stick together.

I decorated a little tin to keep the zipper pulls in using October Afternoon’s Five and Dime paper and embellishments. I’m imagining making a whole punch for the kids to give to friends. Of course, my kids are homeschooled, but they still use backpacks, or maybe they’ll attach them to their coats! I used jewellery findings to put the whole thing together and love the way it all turned out!

Busy Boys Vintage Inspired Layout

I’ve started this bad habit where I forget to bring my camera anywhere. We spent a lovely afternoon down at the river yesterday, and the kids got completely all over muddy (name that Robert Munsch book!) and I have no photos of the event at all. I can see why people love their iPhones – so much easier to get photos when you can do it with your phone. Did you know I’m one of those weird hold-outs that still doesn’t own a cell phone?

I did get some really cute photos of the last time my son got together with his cousins, back in May. There are four little cousins between the ages of three and five and boy, are they on the same wavelength! They love digging in the dirt, “shooting” at things and throwing themselves wholeheartedly into life. Which makes for some fun layouts.

I used mostly October Afternoon “Five & Dime” papers for this layout, some milk bottle caps from Jenni Bowlin, and a title die cut using my Silhouette.

I pulled pages from a vintage children’s dictionary – words like “crazy,” “dirt,” “boy” and adhered them to the page for my background.

I punched circles from the Five & Dime paper and popped them up all over the page, alternating with the milk caps.

I’m still getting the hang of using my Silhouette, but I am proud that I designed the title myself, cutting out the title in kraft, red, white and black, making the outline a little fatter each time. I wanted it to have a “letterman” look.

Love all the vintage images in the Five & Dime collection! I also have a little joke on myself – adhering the “13” flash card beside the “lucky” flash card – “Lucky 13″ is a popular hot rod tee shirt company and my husband’s wardrobe is nothing but hot rod tee shirts. Told you it was an in joke!

Tomorrow I get to share another childish layout – this time a sweetly pink one! See you then!