Friday, July 29, 2011

Crafty Update

There is something so exciting about preparing for a cross-stitch project.  This is what I have been busy doing today.  It has been a long time since I last shopped for embroidery floss and it still held the same thrill for me!

I am preparing to begin stitching this sampler.  (Yes, I am happy to announce that I have officially finished off my red sampler. )

This sampler holds a sentimental memory behind it.  When Rob and I went to Victoria in the fall of 2009, we accidentally stumbled upon an amazing little cross-stitching shop.  These shops are so few these days as this amazing hobby seems to be sadly fading away.  There was boxes and boxes of individual patterns for sale.  I decided on this one as the sentiment, "A little house, a little tree, A neighbourhood for you and me" seemed perfect.  We had just signed the papers to purchase the condo that was yet to be built.   I am looking forward to stitching it up and having it up somewhere in this home.   We have been here for almost a year now and it is finally starting to feel like home.  I never leave one place easily and seem to struggle to adjust to my new nest. ;)

In other crafty news, I am having fun working on this scarf.

I was really wanting to give this new pom-pom style wool a go!  It is really fun to work with.  You only knit with the small string in between the pom-poms.  It knits up quite quickly but I am still trying to figure out how I will be weaving the ends in??  Once completed, this scarf will be put in with the woolies for charity.  I am thinking that a little preteen girl will enjoy sporting this winter woolie.

I have also been enjoying some scrappy bargain hunting.  With the new CHA releases around the corner, there seems to be lots on sale at the local stores.  Susan and I are so excited to be going to an invitation only sale at the LSS this Sunday.  The entire store is 40% off.  I am hoping to stock up on adhesives, cardstock and Thickers!

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Four More Doilies

The past two days labour of love has yielded me four more doilies for the embellished paper doily project.  Susan and I had so much fun working on these.  They are definitely getting much more involved as we progress on Christine's tutorials.

Here are the latest creations!

We are totally loving watching these little squares of beauty come together.  Now I have to start thinking about where I will display this shadow box once the project is complete.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We Have a Winner!

Susan and I are together for our crafty Tuesday as well as a sleepover tonight so we will have two full days to create Embellished Paper Doilies!!  

First thing to do was to find out who our winner is of the anniversary album giveaway.  Keeping up with technology, we decided to use the True Random Number Generator.  We assigned a number to each name in order of the comments left on day three.

Congratulations Michelle!!  You are #2!!  :)  Please email me or Susan with your address and we will get your parcel out in the mail to you!  It is all wrapped up and ready to go!!

Thank you to all of our amazing readers who were so lovely throughout our album project!  We appreciate all of your kind comments!

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Home Hunters

Another fun sketch is up today at The Scrappiest.  I finally scrapped these photos of Susan and Richard that I took last December!  They stayed with us when they came from Quebec to look for a property to buy out West.  I love these candid shots of their morning routine of checking out what the days plans were for house hunting.

Here is the sketch.

I'll leave you with a photo of "The Poodles".  I always refer to Gus and Lady as "The Poodles" as Gus's dad was a poodle and Lady is mostly poodle. (Other subsets of the pack include "The White Dogs" & "The Girls" hee hee)  They are fast friends and seem to enjoy the same passions such as barking at any sudden noise and playing tug of war.  Must be the poodle in them. ;)  I am so glad that Gus has accepted Lady into the pack so well.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Great Card Idea

Just a quick post to share this great card idea!  This is the card that Susan made for me for my birthday.

The button front was made by taking the entire pack of buttons from Doodlebug.  They come sewn onto this white card when you buy them!  What a terrific card idea to give to a scrappy friend.  The card is actually a gift also because once you have finished admiring the card, you get to use all of these delicious buttons!!  These are my favourite buttons at the moment.  Susan found this idea in a card magazine!

I was thinking that it might also be fun to make a similar card using some favourite buttons from your own stash.  You could just choose a pretty assortment and sew them onto a piece of card stock!  A scrappy friend would be touched to receive such a card!

Notice the sweet flowers surrounding the card.  Susan has crocheted for me an assortment of flowers in different colours!!  I can't wait to use them.  :)

Onto CHA stuff. It sure has been fun following all of the sneaks before CHA and photos that people have shared of the show.  I am keeping a limited wish list as I am hoping to keep my scrappy spending in control.  I started off strong last CHA but weakened after some time.  :(  This time round, I am putting myself on a monthly budget.  This just may do the trick!  I hate the overwhelmed feeling I get when I have too much stuff.

I have to say that I think that Crate Paper has totally hit the nail on the nose once again!  Their three new lines just have me drooling!



I know that the last thing I need in my stash is another Christmas line but..... I have decided on the purchase of only one Christmas line and this is it!  These papers could be used for so much more than just Christmas too.


Echo park has me really wanting this.  It is kind of like "For the Record".

Pink Paislee has some amazing papers in this line.  It has a real Studio Calico vibe to me.

One last thing that caught my eye was these beautiful die cuts from Jenni Bowlin.

Oh it is so hard to be strong!  ;)  So what's on your scrappy wish list?

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Embellishment Tutorial

Recently, I was given a request from Teri to do a tutorial on how I embellish.  Teri commented that when "adding little bits & bobs & doodads" to my LO's,  they "look perfectly scattered" and "have a balanced - but - random look".   I thought of how best I could explain my process.  It is just kind of what I do so to break it down was a bit of a challenge.  I have determined a few things that I know about what I do and will show you examples from some of my LO's!

I have realized that most of my LO's are centered around a three colour palette.  Each colour will be used in different amounts.   In this LO,  turquoise is the main colour, pink is secondary and then there are just touches of yellow.   I am noticing that many of the super amazing designers will put in touches of colour that one would think would not match and yet they add the perfect contrast.  I find this hard to do but am trying to achieve this colour confidence.  In this LO, it is the touches of green.

Some LO's may have more colours in the palette such as this one.

You will notice that my embellishments mimic the same colour palette and balance.  Keeping your colour palette and balance in check will allow you to use more embellishments without them looking like over kill.  I am guilty of overkill at times. ;)

You often hear scrappers talk about the "visual triangle".  In my mind, it is creating that triangle around the focal point which is your photos.  You will notice on sketches that designers often place their embellishment areas in a triangle around the photo.  I often create my own triangle if it seems to be lacking on the sketch.  This triangle helps to keep the embellishments in order and allows your eye to really focus on the photo which is after all what we want to shine in any LO!  :)  Here are some examples.

Point one is the circular embellishments in the top left corner.  Point two is the title and point three is my journaling area.  This is not always a hard and fast rule, because as you can see, I also have a small circular element above the journaling area.  The eye still will feel relaxed and not feel like it is roaming all over to figure out what is what.

On this LO, point one is the owl and cloud embellishment,  point two is the title and point three is the circular cluster with ticket.  This embellishment placement guides your eye around the photo.

One way to use lots of embellishments but to keep them orderly is to use clusters of embellishments.  When I see a flower on a sketch, I don't just put one flower or one circle.  This is a spot to arrange a little cluster of yumminess.

You can see how I interpreted this sketch

into this LO.

I think that what gives my LO's that "scattered" look is the use of brads, pearls and buttons.  These wonderful little circular objects can be strategically placed to guide the viewer's eye in a very relaxing manner.

Notice how the little pearls in the top left corner guide your eye down towards the photo.

 On this busy LO, the red pearls guide your eye through the LO from top to bottom.

Embellishments can also be placed in such a way as to create an element in a sketch.  I decided that I didn't want to use an actual circle when using this sketch.

The placement of the clouds, butterfly and banner flags gives the illusion of a circle.  It allows many embellishments to be orderly.

Lastly, layering up embellishments is still my favourite way to get lots of interest and detail on my LO's.

I hope that this has helped to inspire in some way.  Keep in mind that I spend hours looking and studying what other scrappers do!  Yes, I am the first to admit that I am the queen of scraplifting!  I love that this high tech world of ours allows us to have so much access to others who enjoy our passion!  I love seeing what other scrappers have thought of and then giving it a go.  I keep a folder in my I Photos where I drag anything that inspires me!  

I will leave you with a list of links to some of my favourite designers.  These are the ladies whose work I stalk!!  hee hee  Take a peek and be totally inspired by their talent!!

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Anniversary Album Reveal & Our Giveaway ~ Day Three

Hello bloggy friends!  Welcome to day three of the reveal.  You can see day one here and day two here.

Here are my last four creations for the album.

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Page 25 (inspired by a LO by Julie Bonner.  See it here.)

If you want to be in on the chance to win this

leave me a comment and then hop on over to Susan's blog to leave her a comment on her LO's posted today.  Make sure that you have left comments on both of our blogs for all three days of the reveal .  Due to high postage rates we can only offer this giveaway to Canada and the USA.  :(  We will be making the draw next Tuesday, July 26th!  Good luck!

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anniversary Album Reveal & Our Giveaway ~ Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the reveal!  If you missed out on Day One, you can check it out here!

Here are my next LO's.

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Here's another peek at the giveaway that Susan and I have to offer! 

To be in the running just leave me a comment here and then hop on over to Susan's blog to leave her a comment on her LO's posted today.  Remember that you must leave comments on each of our blogs for all three days of the reveal.  If you missed out on yesterday's post, you can see it here.  Remember to check back tomorrow for Day Three of the reveal.  :)  Due to high postal fees on the size of this giveaway, we unfortunately have to limit this giveaway to Canada and the USA. :(

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)
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