Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Memories

Having fun with my October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers and Spellbinder dies.

Recognize the dictionary flower? That's the one I created a couple of weeks back for a tutorial at the Nook.

Nook Blog Hop

My Scrapbook Nook's having a blog hop this National Scrapbooking Day. It's going to be lots of fun with great prizes to be won. It all starts on Saturday May 1st so watch out for it. :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Little Man

A layout for my SIL and her cute son, using My Mind's Eye papers from My Scrapbook Nook.

I've been playing with my new Tim Holtz dies and mediums. Glimmer misting, inking, crackle paints... inky fingers. :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010


I created this layout for the Tattered Angels blog a couple of weeks back. As you know, Prima and Tattered Angels are having a blog relay, so I created this using Prima’s gorgeous new Raspberry Tea and Strawberry kisses papers. I spritzed glimmer mist directly onto the Raspberry Lemonade paper using a butterfly glimmer screen. I then used a combination of Rose Tea and Tutti Frutti, then splashed on some Lime Twist and Tutti Frutti mist.

I hand cut the beautiful floral details from the Raspberry Tea Icy Sweet paper and embellished using lots of product from Tattered Angels: A brown glimmer glass from the Regal collection, black and clear glimmer glass from the Beach collection, stamps from the Traveller and Vintage Valentine collections and a butterfly chipboard from Framed Fonts. And as a final touch, a cluster of some of Prima’s new flowers in varying shades of soft pink.

I like this banner stamp from Tattered Angel's Traveller series. It's so perfect for a short title or a date.

The layout from another angle, showing the beautiful dimension created by the Tattered Angels chipboard and Prima flowers. And I like that glint of glimmer mist in the corner dancing in the sunlight.

National Scrapbook Day's coming up and My Tattered Angels has lots planned for the day. Check out the blog beginning May 1st for lots of inspiration, technique videos and giveaways. Be sure to join us then. :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Woot! Card

A card using My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary papers from the Nook's April kit.

I played with my Tim Holtz dies again. I glimmer misted the plain chipboard in Olive Vine then crackle painted it.

The heart chipboard was glimmer misted over the inside of the card to create a synergy between the cover and the inside page. Why waste a beautiful mask and mist, right?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Funny Faces

A layout of my cute nephews making funny faces. :)

Papers and alphas from the Nook's April kit, featuring Little Boy Blue papers from My Mind's Eye. When I first laid eyes on the owl paper, Evelyn asked how I would use the paper with all the little owls. "You're not going to cut them out, are you?" She asked. Yes, Evelyn, I did. :)

Thanks for coming by.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Prima March BAP

Prima's BAPs are always lovely and I hadn't tried my hand at one for some time. But I had a go at it in March, and what a lovely surprise when I found out this morning that it was mentioned on the Prima blog.

My Scrapbook Nook May Kit

Look at what the Nook has in store for its May kit - October Afternoon Fly A Kite!

May is a breezy month, perfect for enjoying the first real sunny days, enjoying the pop of newly sprung flowers, and the sparkle of springtime!  We've captured the season with Fly A Kite Papers and loads of bling and springtime accessories!  This kit is perfect for Mother's Day, newly planted gardens, Kindergarten graduations and blissful picnics at the park! 

9 October Afternoon Fly A Kite double sided papers
1 Kaiser Kraft Bling
SEI Bling
SEI Ribbon Collection
American Crafts Thickers Umbrella Alphabet
October Afternoon Wild Cards
October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers in Green
Jenni Bowlin Butterflies

Bring home a taste of Springtime and get your kit today!   Don't miss out on the fantastic add ons, and member specials! 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Go grunge!

The Nook's virtual crop is going on right now with lots of challenges and prizes to be won. Here's one of the challenges I've posted up: Challenge #27: Muddy Mud Pies.

The challenge is to create a layout or a set of three cards or tags with a grunge theme. Use lots of inks, distressing, textures, gritty embossing, distress stickles... you get the idea. Here's something I created:

Here's a close-up of the flower I made using Tim Holtz's new flower die:

And a Tim Holtz rubber stamp. I love this quote. And rock candy crackle glaze. :)

The embossed background started life as a plain white cardstock which I embossed with a  dotty embossing folder and misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mists in Slate, Sunshine and Olive Vine.

Speaking of Tattered Angels, they're having giveaway of Prima and TA goodies on their blog right now. Click here to get there.

And remember to join us at the Nook for a really fun weekend full of inspiration, challenges and prizes. :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Love that smile

This month, the Nook DT got to design for Creative Scrappers using an exclusive sketch and the April kit.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take, using My Mind's Eye Little Boy Blue papers:

Some close-ups:

Fans of Tim Holtz' Sizzix Dies will recognize a couple of the dies I used here.

Check out the rest of the Nook DT Team's takes on the sketch here: Nook Reveal. Coincidentally, Creative Scrappers was one of my very first design teams. I was on their original design team. Seems like ages ago. I was in Team B. They're up to Team M and N now.

As you know, My Scrapbook Nook's having a virtual crop this Friday through Sunday. And we've already started the ball rolling with lots of appetisers in our cooking-themed crop. Join us for lots of fun, inspiration and prizes. Here's the link: Nook Crop. See you there. :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Butterfly Birthday Card

A birthday card for a friend who loves Tattered Angels glimmer mists and Prima flowers. :)

Glimmer Mists - My Tattered Angels in Cranberry Zing and Pashmina
Clear Stamp - My Tattered Angels
Patterned Paper -Prima Marketing Indeed
Flowers - Prima Marketing Costa
Stickles - Rangers
Dewdrops - Robin's Nest
Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart

What's Cookin' at the Nook?

A virtual crop cookout, that's what. :) Yes, we're having a virtual crop again and you know how much fun those are.

Join us this weekend (Friday to Sunday) for a palette pleasing smorgasbord of creative challenges and prizes!

We'll be whetting your appetite over the next few days with a few appetizers to get you cookin'- but make sure you've assembled all of your ingredients for the main dishes coming this weekend!

We have some great prizes lined up from Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon, SEI and MORE!

See you there at the Nook!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Altered Canvas Bag

What do you do if you have a plain canvas bag lying around your house? Alter it with some Tattered Angels glimmer mists and Prima supplies, of course. :)

I was in an experimental mood and my plain canvas bag turned into this:

I misted the bag in Key Lime Pie, Black Cherry and Carribean Blue over a couple of flourish glimmer screens. I added a chipboard frame, lots of Prima flowers, leaves and lace, and it was transformed.

A close-up:

I took the bag to a crop at my LSS and my scrappy friends loved it. Elvi even asked me to email her some images so she could post them up on the MWL blog. :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Birthday Mini Album

I made this mini album for a special birthday girl.

Playing with my Martha Stewart microbeads.

The inside - flag pages:

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Nook April Technique Class - Dictionary Flowers

While waiting for my April Nook kit to arrive, I decided to play around with my die cutting machine and some dies and create a little how-to class for making your own flowers out of old dictionary paper. How's that for recycling? The class is posted up at My Scrapbook Nook here: Dictonary Flowers.

Here's the flower we'll be making:

What you'll need:

1. Some paper torn from an old dictionary
2. Scalloped scissors or die cut
3. Glimmer Mists (optional)
4. Button and twine
5. Glue


1. Cut out 4 scalloped circles from old dictionary paper. My bigger circles are 4 inches in diameter, the smaller ones 3 inches in diameter. You can cut any number of circles. I've made flowers with just 2 circles and they turned out pretty too.

2. Mist the circles lightly with some glimmer mist. I used Sunshine and Tiger Lily Glimmer Mists on my flower. If you don't have glimmer mist, just mist the paper lightly with water.

3. Here's the fun part. Scrunch up your circles.

4. Layer your circles one on top of the next, starting with the larger circles at the bottom.

5. Add a button, some twine and you're done! Quick, fun and really easy. And best of all, it's inexpensive and you're doing some recycling too. :)

Have fun making your own dictionary flowers. :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

So fun!

All this month, Tattered Angels and Prima marketing will be having a blog relay, which makes me really happy because these are two of my favourite manufacturers. Here's one of the layouts I posted on the Tattered Angels blog using Prima products.

I used Prima's new Pastiche papers on this layout matching it with some photos I had of my dd and her friend at the stables. In keeping with the rustic feel of the photo, I misted a mix of Suede and Crushed Shells onto Seaside paper in short bursts.

I glimmer misted the chipboard coat of arms in Antique Brass for a subtle shimmer, and surrounded it with Prima flowers and pearls. I custom coloured the white Prima flowers in Burnt Red and Crushed Shells to match my layout.

The new chipboard alphas from Tattered Angels' postage stamp framed font have a playful feel to them and I misted them in a combination of Red Velvet and Burnt Red for a rich red shade. I then paired it with some blue Prima alphas to make up the title.

Finally, lots of inking, tearing, distressing and Prima lace complete the layout.

Do visit the Tattered Angels and Prima blogs for more inspiration throughout April.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tattered Angels Gllimmer of Hope

Tattered Angels is introducing a new campaign called Glimmer of Hope. Periodically through the year they will be creating very limited new colors in honor of various illnesses/conditions, and a portion of the proceeds will be awarded to research organizations. April is Autism Awareness month, and Tattered Angels has created Piece of Heart -a beautiful medium turquoise color with a gold glimmer. This will only be available for sale on the Tattered Angels site.