Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Scrappiest #122

Hello bloggy friends!!  Here is my latest creation with The Scrappiest.   It is always more of a challenge to devote time to this passion of ours when the weather turns warm.  Our Canadian summer is so short that I try to squeeze in as much outdoor time as possible.  Anything that can be done out on my balcony (playing a board game, knitting or reading) is more of a chance to enjoy this warm season.  Now if only I could figure out how to scrap out there!!  hee hee  I can just envision my favourite papers blowing out into the slough!!  Here is the sketch. :)

I had a great time playing with a few new papers from the new MME line "Lime Twist".  I really tried to walk on past this lovely product at my LSS but the grey and gold mix just kept calling me back to drool over them.  Finally I gave in. MME has such amazing sticker sheets out!  They sure give you lots of bang for your buck and are great for layering.  They even have twine to go along with this line!!  I indulged in a few more skeins!!   Now I have grey and gold in my twine collection!!  Yes, I have enough twine for life!!

Here is little Thomas looking just as cute as ever, enjoying some Cheerios!!  I loved the balloon die cut and decided to give it some texture by stitching on it.  This unleashed my love of hand stitching and so a stitching I did go.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!!

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mini Challenge #2 ~ Playing Favourites

The Counterfeit Kit Club posted a really fun challenge this month for the blog hop!  It was to spend some time on your favourite manufacturer's blog looking for inspiration and then..... create.  I have to admit that I spend lots of time on many of the manufacturer's blogs getting scraplifting ideas.   The tough part of this challenge was deciding what manufacturer was my favourite.  Since this is an impossible thing for me to determine, I decided to go with the Jilllibean Soup blog since my counterfeit kit had so many of this manufacturer's paper in it.

I found this wonderful LO by Kim Moreno and decided to scraplift the design instead of creating from a sketch.  I love the simple linear design and loved that it incorporated tags.

Here is what I created featuring my sweet Gus. :)

Now hop on over to Crystal's blog for some more inspiration!

Wishing you all a wonderful day with some time in it to look at your favourite site and plan some scraplifting  ideas! ;)

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Christmas in May?

Another card making day for me and Susan.  It was a day of snowmen, Christmas trees and Santas!  hee hee  It is never too early to start preparing for this holiday. ;)  I made 12 cards today.  There were only three designs and I made multiples of each.  It seems to be an effective way since I am making many cards.  My cards are all inspired and scraplifted from card magazines.

My hopes of using up lots of my Christmas paper stash has faded.  These cards hardly used up anything at all! :(   A quick calculation had me realizing that last year I purchased 5 new Christmas paper lines and one Christmas kit.  Silly me!!!  I only make a couple of Christmas LO's each year, so why do I buy this amount of Christmas stash??  I think I just have a soft spot for pretty Christmas designs.  This year I am going to try to just enjoy the supplies that I have.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Scrappiest #121

Monday means a new sketch up at The Scrappiest!!  Here it is!

I decided to scrap my first LO of this little angel..... and so her album begins.  I used the Crate paper line, Emma's Shoppe.  Such a fun and totally girly line.  I love the sticker sheets that come with these new Crate lines.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge ~ Mini Challenge #3

Today I get to share my take on mini challenge #3.  It is an embellishment challenge.  You are to choose an embellishment and then plan your LO around this embellishment.

Here is my fun embellishment!

Next I found a sketch from Page Maps that would highlight this cute little bird.

Here is the LO!

This photo of "Sweetie" and "Angel" just melts my heart.  He is quite proud of his little sister.

You can see my reveal at The Counterfeit KIt Challenge here.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Red-necked Grebe

I'm back again today to share the LO I made using up scraps!  Nature LO's are one of my favourite things and once I get past the hurdle of choosing papers, it is a breeze.  The alphas are cut with the Cricut.  The flower base is a yo-yo flower that I made from a paper lunch bag.  I saw a blog post months ago saying that yo-yo flowers can be made with paper, so I gave it a go.  I crinkled the paper up so it was very soft and easier to cinch up. I like the organic look it gives to a nature LO.

This is the Red-necked Grebe.  He is still guarding his "wife" and baby eggs.  It will be fun when we get to see them hatched.

The sketch I used is by Liz Chidester.  It is for Sweet Peach Crop Shop.  I love Liz's sketches!

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Using Up Scraps

My journey to use up my ever growing pile of paper scraps continues. {sigh}  When I saw Aphra's latest card here,  I had an immediate desire to play with my Cricut.  Not only is this card easy to make but, it uses up lots of paper!!  Yay!!!  It felt great to get some use out of the Cricut too. :)

Next I went through all my scraps and found papers that have a small print, suitable for making these layered flower cards.  I am thinking that I might make a load of them putting different sentiments on the tag.

Then,  to use up even more scraps, I pulled all papers that are suitable for nature LO's.  These photos always cause a challenge for me to scrap,  as a paper line never comes to mind easily.  Choosing a colour palette seems to work best.  Now I have a wonderful stash of paper scraps that I can go to!  And.... why wait.  I pulled these papers that will work for this cute photo of the Red-necked Grebe who lives in our pond.

Now I am off to look for a sketch!!  :)

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

More Goose Chat

Well I finally caught a glimpse of the sweet little goslings!  Here they are!

The family was away from the nest all afternoon and walking around the pond.  I could see the little ones swimming close to the shore line.

I think this is my favourite photo of the couple.  Love the composition of this.

 I'm hoping to get scrapping soon.  Then I'll have something scrappy to share and maybe less updates on the geese!  ;)

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Once Upon a Springtime Cards

Yesterday I played with some scraps of this fun Graphic 45 line.  The papers were so beautiful and the punch out tag sheet had so many lovely tags that allowed me to make these cards very quickly.  I love the fact that cards can let us display the beauty in many of the patterned papers out there.

The two large cards were based on this sketch.

I have officially finished off all of the cards needed for the entire year.  I am sad to report that there is barely a dent in my scrap paper collection.  I think I may start challenging myself to go through and try to make some LO's out of scraps.  I figure it will use up more paper.

  Next I will focus on special occasion cards such as Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.  It may seem strange to be creating these cards so soon but, I find that if I leave it too close to the holiday, I don't get it done.

My next task will be to dig out my Christmas supplies.  I have about 60 cards to make.  Many will need to be mailed so I plan on keeping them very flat.  I don't want to pay extra postage and wait for each card to be individually weighed and measured during the holiday season.  Canada does not have flat rates like the USA.  The post office visit can be a very scientifically measured event!  hee hee

Wishing you some time to enjoy this beautiful season without too many mosquito bites.  It is bad here this year. :(

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Mother's Love

My second post today but just have to share the news on our pond!  The baby geese have hatched!  My neighbour has captured photos and so far there are two.  There may be more to come.  We went over hoping to catch a glimpse but Mama had them tucked under her wing.  I am so looking forward to the day I see them all swimming in a row.   :)

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Cards, Cards, Cards!

Yesterday,  Susan came over for our Tuesday craft day!  We always have so much fun and the day just flies by far too quickly.  More cards were made and next week we plan on making Christmas cards!  I warned Susan that I might be humming some carols as we scrap.  hee hee

My cards were all inspired by my favourite card magazine.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Scrappiest # 120

Liz has the new sketch up at The Scrappiest.  Here it is.

I decided to use last summer's line from Echo Park.  I love how these colours pop against the kraft background.  I was happy to finally scrap this cute photo of little Thomas and his dog, Mia.  That facecloth on his head is just too cute.  He is definitely looking carefree.

Hope you get a chance to play along this week.  :)

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Creative Scrappers Sketch #156

I got a chance to do this week's sketch at Creative Scrappers.  A very different sketch that is simple and yet striking.  Here is sketch #156.

I used papers from the Crate "Emma's Shoppe".  I kept my embellishments simple to let the design and papers shine.   Love the fun vintage papers in this line.  Not only useful for little girls but also cats!  hee hee  I shot this photo of Mo as he sat on my bed watching the window.  He is very aware of light and shadows.  Needless to say, the laser pointer is his favourite toy.

Happy Scrapping!!    Jen :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Mini Challenge #1

I finally get to share my first reveal as guest designer this month at The Counterfeit Kit Club!  It has been weird for me to slowly use this kit, as most months I go through it immediately on a crazy scrappy tangent. hee hee

Our first challenge was a card sketch from Sketch Support.  I'm all for using all the support I can get when it comes to making cards.  Here is the sketch!

I decided to use the fun tag that I included in my kit from Studio Calico.  I then based my colour palette  as yellow, green and brown.  I am really loving the look of cards made on kraft card stock!

Just had to share this awesome card stamp that I stamp on the back of all my cards.  Susan and I both have it and think it is just the cutest idea!  I stamped the inside sentiment on a tag  to give it a bit of interest.

Today Rob and I are going out geocaching with Susan and Richard.  Well, I will be doing more picture taking than caching but love the chance to get out and walk around any green areas in my community!

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Day Full of Nature

I am happy to report that my camera seems to be up and running in fine order!  A quick adjustment at the camera shop seems to have remedied my problem.  It has already been sent back to Nikon twice and I was starting to think that it would never work properly again.  So it didn't take me long to start shooting some photos.

Rob and I set up all our annual flowers yesterday.

So after I took these photos it was off to the slough to get some pictures of our wildlife.  Rob helped with these shots and got some wonderful results.

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Female Red-winged Blackbird

Female Canadian Goose sitting on nest.  Some random duck keeping her company.  Maybe nesting too??

Male Canadian Goose.  This little guy works hard all day guarding the entire pond.  

Sadly, we think this is a goose egg that has been stolen and eaten.

Red-Necked Grebes.  Female is sitting on nest.  These are the loudest creatures!! Lisa says they have a "Snookie cry".  hee hee  Lisa doesn't quite enjoy the sounds of nature as much as me and Rob. ;) It alsmost looks like the nest is floating but it is secured to vegetation just under the water surface.

This trio is known as Lesser Scaup.  The males are the darker ones and the female is brown.

I can't leave without sharing a photo of "Gutsy Lady".  She is totally enjoying this new outdoor world that I really don't think she ever knew existed.  Susan has given me an embellishment that reads "Gutsy Lady" and I plan on doing a LO to document her social improvement. 

I might scrap tonight unless my knitting calls me away.  I am one and a half cloths away from finishing my project and then I am on to my red sampler.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Counterfeit Kit LO #1

I totally love scrapping from a kit, even if it is a kit that I made up myself.  I have been wanting to scrap this photo of this Red-winged Blackbird for about a year now.  I could never decide on which papers to use.  Once again, just looking at my kit, I knew I had a perfect colour combination!

I am excited to have this bird documented in my "Bird Album" because this is the songbird that I am seeing most frequently these days.   There are so many of them out at my slough.  They hang out near water and actually nest down low in the Cat's Tails.  They have a very distinctive call.  My photo is of a male.  The females are a plain brown colour.

I based my LO on a sketch from my newest scrappy book!!

 I love Becky Fleck's sketches and so much of the book is her work.  Lots of inspiration there.  I'm sure that I will be doing many of her sketches in the near future.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Should I be Crossing Stitches?

A recent post found on Sian's blog has me thinking about cross stitching.  I have been neglecting this passion of mine for some time.  The scrapping is part of the reason along with these old eyes of mine.  ;)  I now own a handy pair of high power magnifying glasses in a trendy black and orange frame.  These should do the trick.  Vanity prevents me from sharing a photo of myself sporting these but, I will say that Dame Edna has nothing on me!!  ;)

I started a sampler done all in red in 2008.  I am close to being done.  After reading about Sian's project, I dug it out to show Susan.  Sian expressed an interest in seeing my red sampler, so here it is!

I have always been a sucker for samplers.  It is something about the order of them, I suppose.  The magazine that I found this pattern in, gave a bit of a history.  This sampler is based on one done in the 1800's.  Apparently, young girls would have to complete these as part of their schooling.  It helped them to learn their alphabet but more importantly, taught them to be excellent stitchers.  Young orphans would often use their samplers as a kind of resume to show future employers how neatly they could stitch, as these girls often went into domestic service.  These samplers were often done all in red.  I read somewhere that it had something to do with there being a great supply of red dye and therefore it was cheap.  It is always interesting to learn why things were popular at a certain point in time.  I remember reading that women, at some point, stitched mostly on paper as linens were scarce.  Maybe it was during some wartime.

Here is a glimpse of what it will look like completed.

Aside from scrapping,  I am currently knitting up a set of dishcloths for Lisa's friend who is moving into her first home.  Once these are done I am planning on working on my red sampler a little each night. :)

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)
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