Monday, August 15, 2016

AHSC Sketch #173!!


There is a brand new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I had such a ball with it!

I just love the "look" of pennants, and this sketch had pennants on it... **sigh**- I was so excited when I saw this one! LOL 

 SO.... here's the lovely new sketch from AHSC:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
 Sketch  #173
by Michelle Stewart
(digitized by Chris Lothian) 

I decided that this sketch would be perfect to use as the jumping off point for creating a card. 

I have been making a concerted effort  to use some of my scraps and oooh, there are so many pretty ones! I even went through some of the 5x7" scrapbooking calendar sheets I had saved from 2005 (LOL!!) and chose one to use. I had them stashed in the "Rainbow" section of my Scraprack... I was flipping through, and there they were. That started my brain a-whirlin', LOL...  The background of this card is made with it. I think has a very oriental flair! 

After rummaging through my scrap bin, I found a few other pieces that would be great with that very OLD scrap! Here's what I came up with. 
 Thank You card
created with Sketch #173
I used some  of the new "Peacock" cardstock from CTMH as the base of this card. I love this colour so much... 

Additionally, I was able to add some of the brand new "Florence" sequins as embellishment. 

Along with the older paper scrap, I was happy to use some of my stash of gold Stickles as a sparkling gold touch around the greeting. The "Thank You'" made use of a very old "unknown" stamp. (I always worry that folks will think that I mis-stamped this, but I didn't-- the greeting has some texture in the form of wee spots and tiny dashes beside it when stamped.)  

I like the way this card turned out! Recently, I promised the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism NS, right here in our little village, that I would make them a batch of new Thank You cards. The cards will be helpful, 'cause our community partners/businesses and donors have been SO awesome in supporting our cause. So, this card will mark the start of a stash of cards for use by our Autism Centre. (Makes me happy  to be able to help. My legs may not work, but my hands and brain do, and so I am doing as much as I can --where I can-- which means HERE, from my home-base. My skill-set is useful that way... LOL!!  Helps me feel handy and a part of our Valley community.) Pete will take the cards down to the Center. :)  It's literally 4 minutes away from our home. :)   How blessed are we, the family of a child who has ASD, to have such an amazing autism resource so close by?

You know, I was thinking that this sketch could be used as part of a page layout... or even to create an embellishment for a page. 

Please come over to visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog and  add a link to your creation. Whatever the sketch inspires is awesome to see: so what you make doesn't "have" to be a card!

We'd love to see what you dream up, so be sure to link up your creation on the AHSC page so we can all enjoy it. The AHSC Design Team will pop by your Blog to say hello and admire your work! 

I seriously LOVE AHSC sketches, so I highly recommend you check them out! See you soon! 
 ~

New Christmas Cards!

Over at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round (CCAYR), we're getting our Christmas cards all made ahead of time and sharing the results! For August, the CCAYR Challenge was to use bright summery colours in the creation of a Christmas card.  Fun idea, no?? 
Why not pop over and see what the Design Team has created this month? Some DT members have used beautiful digital stamps from the August sponsor, The Stamping Boutique... 


... while others have created cards without digital stamps. ;) 

Join in the August CCAYR Challenge with your card creation, link it up over at CCAYR and have fun-- 'cause there are two great prizes up for grabs, too- one digital and one traditional! There's still time to play along-- you have til the end of the month. 

For the August CCAYR Challenge, I had so much fun using bright summery colours for a Christmas card that I just kept going and ended up making TWO cards! LOL 

I have been trying to work through a lot of my older patterned papers, and I was sooo happy to find the pretty yellow paper from BasicGrey's 2009 Nook and Pantry collection-- it was perfect for the challenge and looked kind of "Christmas-y" at the same time with all those little dots on it. The pretty white dots reminded me of snowballs! Lord knows we know what SNOW looks like, here in Nova Scotia! LOL...OH MY, do we ever!  Also, I was thrilled to be able to use up some of my "old stash"- YAY! I'm really trying. ;)

                                                                  ~Card #1~
-CCAYR August 2016 Challenge-
Bright summery coloured Christmas card 
                                                               ~Card #2~
-CCAYR August 2016 Challenge-
Bright summery coloured Christmas card 
Supplies:

Lagoon cardstock: Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Cardstock used for pink snowflake embossed panel- unknown scrap
Yellow patterned paper: "Nook and Pantry" collection- BasicGrey (2009-old stash)
Embossing folder- "Snowflake Curtain": Couture Creations (2014)
Pink enamel dots: "Pink flamingo dots"- CTMH
Subway art print (Christmas words)- Simple Scrapper freebie
Lagoon water-based dye ink: CTMH
Pixie water-based dye ink: CTMH
B1361 "Tannenbaum" My Acrylix stamp set (Christmas Wishes greeting)- CTMH 
Silver snowflakes: Maritime Craft Wholesale (old stash) 
Adhesives: Tape runners by Adtech and Liquid Glass by CTMH

Please note- The round white snowflake embellie accented by the purple jewel came from a Christmas card that my sister Alexandra sent our family ages ago. I thought it was so cute that I saved it in my Scraprack's 'winter' section and have used one of the elements from it on this new handmade card.  I love to recycle and reuse!

Hope you enjoyed seeing the cards I made for the CCAYR August Challenge!
I sure had fun making them. 
Be sure to join in the Challenge- you'll find it HERE!!
~

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Journaling!!

Seeing as how scrapbooking is allll about the  stories for me, I thought maybe I ought to share this Journaling Tips and Tricks article I wrote awhile back while doing some work at an online scrapbooking kit club.
Enjoy! ~ Ali

Tips and Tricks~
Gathering and Safeguarding your Journaling ideas

I’m a Mom to 4 kiddos, sometimes guilty of the “That’s so cute, I’ll NEVER forget what he said about such and such” train of thought… only to forget it a few hours later when I go to tell my husband! When I go to scrapbook that fun kiddo page, the story remains… LOST. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Never get caught this way again.

My Strategy:
Here’s the easy strategy I use to maintain a “Journaling Box” chock full of tidbits and snippets of our life as a family of six.

First, I bought a small plastic recipe box that included a set of alphabetized cardboard dividers. The box is made to hold 3x5” index cards. These can be found at office supply stores, but are far less costly at dept. stores.

Mine is super-basic and came from the Dollar Store. It has a flip-up lid that snaps shut. And—you guessed it, I also picked up a couple of packages of the lined 3x5” cards.

* Once home, I printed and added a label to the front of my box. It said “Journaling.” (Yep, seems simple, but that little label made it official!)

* I then used a white adhesive label snipped in half to cover each divider tab’s ABC lettering.

*Next, I thought about the people and things I scrapped about and jotted a list.

*Using my list, I wrote one category on the new label of each divider.

*I left 3 of my labeled dividers blank for later category additions.

A few notes about my system:
*Keeping my categories broad made filing the ideas and retrieving them easier for me. Here’s an example: Rather that filing a pet story under a dog’s name, I simply filed it under the “Pet” category. With 4 pets plus a HORSE this makes sense.  [YES.. we have a HORSE... OHMY...]

Here are are the actual categories I have listed on the dividers in my Journaling Box:


Ali
Pete
Kate
Bryan
Daniel (Yes, this is our "Dan-Dan Houdini-Man" so many of you have come to KNOW and LOVE... LOL)
Noah
Pets
Riding/Pony/Horse
Quotes/Poems
Reflections (ie: ‘Welcome to Holland’ essay re: parenting a child who has special needs)
Events
Major Holidays
Everyday moments
Food
Places Visited
Title ideas
Flowers and Garden
Kids’ jokes
Songs (titles/lyrics)
Graphics (ie: clipart, small sketched ideas)
Dairy Queen Cakes (Because the process each kid goes thru to choose their b’day cake design is a sign of their age & current trends)
Sad/Loss
3 spare/blank dividers
"Done!"

How to use your Journaling Box:

As funny things happen or you have a thought or tidbit to save for later use, jot it down quickly on an index card.

Use abbreviations you’re used to: this makes it faster. I’m a nurse so I use tons of abbreviations that make sense to me!

Also note any ideas for certain photos you think would be appropriate to accompany this journaling.

ALWAYS (always!!!) add a DATE to what you have written.

Then, file the card under the most representative category.

If it definitely does NOT fit into any existing category, you can make a new one using the 3 blank dividers you have at the ready.

If I am in a real hurry, I sometimes slip the new journaling idea card into the FRONT of my recipe box and file it later. (I try not to make a habit of this.)

Do what makes sense to YOU. Your categories and the way you file things will be TOTALLY different from mine. That’s OK. Be sure your Journaling Box categories fit YOUR life and the people/things YOU scrap about.

Once I use an idea from my journaling cards on a layout, I place a red checkmark next to the idea and slip the card into the “Done!” category found at the back of my recipe box. This step is necessary for me because it provides a satisfying visual recognition of the ideas I have journal-ed.

If your recipe box becomes very full, you may want to start a new one. I have done this by dividing the topics and placing half in one box and half in another. It’s much easier to leaf through the journaling idea cards this way!

I keep a few lined index cards in my purse and on my desk in the kitchen, & a small stack of them right next to my journaling box in my office/scrap room. I have also been known to use bits of scrap paper, the backs of envelopes and yes, those old faithful sticky notes to write my little journaling tidbits on. I file them that way, too, because there’s no time for recopying. Not everything is on an index card, by any means: it doesn’t have to be beautiful to be filed!

The "wrap-up!"

The main goal here is to safeguard the moments that mean something to you or to those you care about. If you find a funny tidbit written on a gum wrapper in your Journaling Box, and it contributes to a page that sparks memories for those you love, then the system worked. Bravo!!


Keep it up!
~ Ali MacDonald~

Monday, August 8, 2016

Baby pics and old stash!

Baby Lilia is just shy of 5 months old now, and this Gran'Mama has many many cute pix of her. I am trying to keep up on them all, and have organized them in "Baby Lilia" folders on my 'puter to help keep them all straight. 

Anyway, Pete and I try to order pix from Shutterfly whenever they have a print special on... and recently had an order arrive from that awesome company. 

There were CUTE pix like these in the order...


Lilia
48 hrs old
 (Born March 18, 2016)
Gran'Mama and baby Lilia
 (6 days old) 

Lilia Grace Irene
6 days old
(Photo Credit: Tammy Pyette) 

Little honey badger
 Lilia
(May 2016)
The pics were great. I decided to send some baby pictures to my parents in NB, and to Lilia's other Grammie, who lives in a town down the road a-ways. :)  Figured these folks could all  use some happy mail! And... who doesn't like cute baby pics?
 I decided to enclose the baby pix in a card. That meant that I needed two cards, 'cause although I seemed to have many cards on hand, none "fit the bill", so to speak. LOL 

I went thru my stash and whipped up a couple of FAST cards. Here's what I came up with: 


 Card for Lilia's Grammie
Supplies: 

Lagoon cardstock- CTMH
Poppy water-based dye ink- CTMH
Lagoon water-based dye ink- CTMH 
Scraps of patterned  paper from:
1) Hopscotch Collection (retired)- CTMH
2) Blossom Collection (retired)-  CTMH 
Chipboard lettering: Dollarama, Purchased in 2009 or 2010-- OLD STASH, YAY!
Chevron used for dotting "i"- wood veneers- CTMH (retired but still avail in my store HERE
Floral bloom from Crate Paper scrap-- OLD STASH, YAY!!
Fussy cutting done with CTMH micro-tip scissors

Then I made a card for MY parents, who are Lilia's great-grandparents. 
I took 2 photos of this card so that you could see the dimension added by the embellies. 

Pic #1: front of card for Lilia's Great Grandparents

Pic #2: side view of card showing detail/texture 
Supplies: 
Oval doodled "family"  die cut- unknown source- OLD STASH: YAY!! 
Puffy pink hearts- from a card kit purchased @ Dollarama- OLD STASH: YAY!! 
Pink patterned paper: scrap, unknown source- OLD STASH: YAY!!
Clear sparkles- CTMH
Smoothie water-based dye ink
Smoothie cardstock- CTMH 

I was happy with these  cards, especially since they both looked eye-catching and really used up some older supplies, while combining them with a few current ones. :)  Gotta love that!! 

Oh-- and I heard from my parents-- they really loved the card and the pictures. Getting their email kinda made my day!! 

Have a GREAT Monday everyone, and thanks for popping in! 
~

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sketch #171 Atlantic Hearts

Over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, there is a great new sketch. I think it's such a useful and classic look for a card!
Have a look! 
AHSC Sketch #171
 By Michelle Stewart
(Digitized by Brandi Robinson)

I needed a card for my father-in-law's upcoming August birthday, so I thought it would be a good idea to use the sketch as inspiration. 
The only problem is that I'm not really"fond" of ovals and didn't have anything oval in my tool or template arsenal in that precise shape.
So, needless to say, I had to think a little bit about this dilemma! I went to my Scraprack searching for something I could use in place of the oval shape that would mimic the general silhouette of an oval. 
 As I finished leafing thru the sections in my Scraprack system, I  wasn't having a whole lot of luck. I started  back at the beginning again, vowing to "think outside the box" this time. It worked! Lo and behold, in the "animals" section, I found a large owl whose shape mimicked an oval!! 
Would it work? YES! It was going to be a creative solution, but yes, it definitely would work. Here's the card I created for the above sketch, using the owl rub-on I'd found.


Happy Birthday card
 based on
AHSC Sketch #171

And, here's a closeup of my "take" on the portion of the sketch that looks like a banner! I decided to cover my owl's feet with a grouping of feathers! I had the perfect stamp for it from CTMH. I fussy cut the feathers and then inked their edges to accent the details. It was a little bit hard to do, so I used a cotton swab and that made it easier. :) 



Supplies: 
Red patt. paper- Paper Fundamentals: "Enchantment" collection from Close To My Heart (CTMH) [retired]
Kraft cardstock: CTMH
Owl image- Hambly Screen Prints rub-on (very old stash) 
Chocolate water-based dye ink- CTMH
Cocoa water-based dye ink- CTMH
"Happy Birthday" Greeting: M1144 "Bitty Birthday" My Acrylix stamp set- CTMH 
Feathers: C1584  My Acrylix stamp set- CTMH 

I'm so happy with this take on the AHSC sketch! I know an owl is very different from a classic oval, but I feel that this guy 'works'. 
Sure hope my Dad-in-law enjoys his card on Aug 11th!

Thanks for coming by to check this out. Hope to see you over at AHSC every week- they have such awesome sketches!
Chat soon! 
~

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sketch #169 at AHSC!


Hi folks!

Thanks for popping by! 
Over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, there is a beautiful new sketch. Here it is!


AHSC Sketch #169 
created by Michelle Stewart
(digitized by Brandi Robinson)



This week, someone our family cared about went to Heaven. He was a special man who made a positive difference in the world. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. For this reason I decided to use my Design Team assignment sketch from AHSC to make a sympathy card for his wife and family. 

Here's the card I created using this sketch. 



 Sympathy card created by Yours Truly
using Sketch #169
Supplies:

Patterned paper: "Ivy Lane" collection by Close To My Heart (CTMH)- (retired- old stash)

Champagne cardstock: CTMH
Bamboo  cardstock: CTMH
Burgundy cardstock: Bazzill- grasscloth texture (old stash)
'Durables' metal studs (Antiqued gold): CTMH (retired**) 
Ink: Pomegranate
Trim: unknown- thanks to my MIL (old stash)
Stamped greeting: My Sentiments Exactly [image cut to fit after stamping] (old stash)
Adhesive: Ad Tech tape runner;  Liquid Glass (CTMH)
Foam squares: Forever in Time
Piper- a royalty free image (A lapse on my part- I forgot to write down the online location where I found this. It was, surprisingly, NOT an image from The Graphics Fairy! Please advise if you noted the link. I would be happy to give credit.)

**Please note; the Durables studs used on this card are now retired. However, there are some CTMH clearance priced studs similar to these but in a square shape that is also just gorgeous! They are available at my secure online business address. ;) All my Canadian friends can shop there if they wish! 

We hope you can come over to AHSC soon! Be sure to join in the current Sketch challenge and see what the AHSC Design Team has created with Sketch #169. We'd adore the opportunity to see what you'll create, and we'll come by your blog to share the love.


Oh-- and there is an AHSC DT call on right now too! Check it out!! 


See you soon! :) 


~

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Design Team!

Hi everyone!

I'm thrilled to tell you that I have joined the Design Team at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round!

I was a member of this DT way back in 2008-2009  and I'm so excited to have been asked back. :)

The July challenge at CCAYR is "Anything goes- Christmas/holiday" and the DT is posting their creations on the 1st and 15th of every month.  I am part of the team posting on the 15th. :) We're called the "Christmas Belles!" LOL 

The CCAYR sponsor this month is Imagine that! Digis by Kris. There are 2 wonderful prizes to be had (one each: digital and traditional)  and you'll want to join in the challenge to have a chance to win! 

For my Design Team work at CCAYR this month, I decided to use a Christmas stamp that was one of the very first stamps that I purchased the month after I became a  Close To My Heart (CTMH) consultant 5 1/2 years ago! Right now, I'm really trying to use things that have been a little "unloved!!" As a storyteller and scrapbooker, first and foremost, I freely admit that I'm not a "big" stamper. But, because I recognize that I have quite a collection of CTMH stamps, I have decided that making use of these beautiful and versatile stamps is a priority for me. CTMH has so many gorgeous ones-- and my stash is a wonderful place to "shop" for fun and useful images!

After choosing a stamp set, I went through my stash of papers and decided to go a little "non-traditional" in my colour choices, using burgundy and cream. I'm on a mission to use up some of the massive collection of patterned papers in my stash, too! LOL

I went a little minimalist on this card, 'cause that's my style. I'm really happy with it.
Here's the card that I designed for this challenge:


"Christmas Wishes" card
 CCAYR DT project 
Supplies:

Tiny leaf pp: Echo Park- Times and Seasons (old stash)

Geometric pp: Echo Park- Times and Seasons (old stash)
Burgundy grass-cloth textured CS: Bazzill (old stash)
Cashmere cardstock: Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Cashmere water-based ink: CTMH
Cranberry water-based ink: CTMH
Barn Red water-based ink: CTMH (retired)
Stamped images: Tannenbaum (B1361) CTMH (retired)
Wood veneer stars: "Trinkets shapes"- Retired but STILL AVAILABLE in my CTMH Store
Adhesive tape: Ad Tech
Glossy Accents: Ranger
Double-sided tape (used to add dimension): Forever in Time

Be sure to come on over to Christmas Cards All Year 'Round (CCAYR) to see all the wonderful creations the Design Team came up with-- maybe you will decide to join in on the July Challenge and have a chance to win a prize!

Hope you liked my latest card. Love to hear what you think!  
See you soon! Thanks so much for coming by. 
~

Monday, July 4, 2016

Card using Sketch #167 at AHSC!

This week I created a card using inspiration from Sketch #167 over at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog. I have to say-- that site has the most wonderful card sketches!
Here's this week's AHSC sketch:

Card Sketch by Michelle Stewart
 (Digitized by Brandi Robinson)

Isn't that a fun Sketch? Be sure to pop on over and play along with us at AHSC this week. We'd love to see you, and will pop over and visit your blog to leave some love if you do!

Here's the card I created this week. I chose to do a birthday card as we always seem to need one! :) As you can see, I was inspired to place my greeting in  a different area of the card than that which was suggested in the sketch.  It really seemed to 'work'!
Happy Birthday Card
created by "Yours Truly" using AHSC Sketch #167
Supplies: 

Blue patterned paper: Blossom paper collection- Close To My Heart (CTMH)- [retired]
Chevron patterned paper: Hopscotch paper collection- CTMH (retired) 
Lagoon cardstock: CTMH
Colonial White cardstock: CTMH
Crystal Blue ink: CTMH
Glacier ink: CTMH
Lagoon ink: CTMH
Veneer butterfly: CTMH "Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes" (retired-- but still available in the  'Clearance' section of my CTMH Online Business Address)
Enamel dots: CTMH
Stamp set- "Joyful Birthday" B1419: CTMH
Greeting was popped up with dbl-sided foam tape (generic brand)

The floral accent you see here was fussy cut from a scrap of VERY OLD Crate Paper. I had saved it because I thought the flowers were so cute!

I just love it when I am able to use up "fairly old" scraps alongside "fairly new" CTMH papers! I think I had saved those scraps in my trusty Scraprack for the perfect project for FIVE YEARS or more LOL!

We're finally seeing the end of what we have dubbed "Phase 1" of the reno projects here on Balser Drive. YAY for that! I finally  also have my office and scrappy space back!! It isn't totally organized, but it's getting there. "Phase 2" of the reno starts in the Fall when Noah and Daniel go back to school. Noah has autism spectrum disorder and is very auditory defensive. He would not be able to tolerate the level of noise a bathroom reno would entail-- it would be really hard on him. We may as well enjoy the summer and go back to messes and renos come fall!! LOL (Sure sounds good to me!)

You all have a great week, OK? See you over at AHSC!
 ~

Monday, June 6, 2016

AHSC Sketch #163


This week, Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog has a wonderful new sketch all ready for you to challenge yourself with.  It's a fun sketch. :)  :) 
Here you go! 

Sketch #163 
by Michelle Stewart
(digitized by Brandi Robinson) 
at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

I can see myself using this sketch a whole lot. It lends itself really well to using up all those pretty patterned paper scraps you have on hand! *(And, yep! I know you do!)*

Over the past couple of weeks, our home has been very torn apart due to some renovations we are doing. The contractor's workers are taking a lot longer than originally stated and so it's been a bit of a challenge.  We're having tile put on the kitchen floor and due to some miscommunication, it's been an extended process. 

With Noah's special needs and gluten free diet, and my issues with walking, we've been really having an interesting time. (Thank GOD I'm organized, LOL).  We have had to be sure everything for Noah that has to be baked is ready ahead of time as we don't have a kitchen! (Of course we have a microwave, but one cannot bake anything in a microwave!)  Making things ahead of time is a challenge, but it's the only way to stay ahead of it all. So, we've been doing it! 

The "kitchen" is now in my office/scraproom. All my scrap supplies and paper had to be completely packed away in boxes due to the renos. So, for this card, I raided my scrap-paper bin and used a few tools that I had left somewhat accessible- like my trimmer! LOL! :) 

Here's my card:
Happy Birthday card
created  by Yours Truly
On this card, I popped up the big circle and inked the edges of it. So that you can see the dimension that this creates a little bit better, I took a close-up. :) 


Popped up circle creates dimension on card
Supplies:

Cardstock: Brown bag- Close To My Heart (CTMH)- retired
Gold Sequins- (Z2012) page 141 of current  CTMH Annual Inspirations catalogue
Striped paper scrap: The Paper Studio
Turquoise patterned paper: Crate Paper
Orange leaf scrap: Pathfinding collection (CTMH)- retired
Brown vine scrap: Pathfinding collection (CTMH)- retired
Circular floral scrap: Pathfinding collection (CTMH)- retired
Light aqua scrap under greeting- unknown
"Happy Birthday" wooden stamp- unknown brand- from bin @ discount store  
CTMH water-based inks: 
Desert Sand- retired
Brown Bag- retired
Twilight- retired
Lagoon- retired
Adhesive- AdTech

Hope you enjoyed this card. I'm going to use this sketch a LOT more once our renos are finished. It will help me use up some of my patterned paper scraps in a fun and productive way. 

There is still time to participate in this sketch challenge at AHSC. Pop on over and join in! You'll be glad you did. It's easy and fun!  Here are the guidelines for entering

See you soon! 

~

Monday, May 23, 2016

AHSC Sketch #161

Today I'm sharing two cards that I made with a wonderful new sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog! 
Sketch #161 created by Michelle Stewart
 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog
Loved this sketch so much that I decided to make two cards for family members having birthdays in June and July. Boy, it sure feels good to be ahead on SOMETHING these days! 

Here is the first card, which will be for my sister-in-law, Patricia. She lives in Ontario. :) 


Card created
using Sketch #161
 Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
  

Detail photo showing the "Mermaid" Stickles that were used to accent the seaweed:

 Seaweed accented with Stickles
A second card was made with this sketch. It will be sent to my "middle" sister Mary, who has a birthday in July. She lives in New Brunswick. :)

Card created
using Sketch #161
 Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Here is a detail photo of the starfish and some "bubbles".
Starfish accented with Stickles
White gel pen dots
'Fundamentals' glitter circles
I used Close To My Heart (CTMH) cardstock and a collection of paper called "Seaside" for both cards.

Supplies:
'Smoothie' Cardstock (CTMH)
Starfish (from Regatta complements) was flipped over to the plain Kraft side and covered in Stickles
'Waterfall' Stickles used to accent both cards
'Seaside' paper collection- all papers used here (retired) 
Glittery circles & hearts came from the CTMH Fundamentals sticker sheet in 'Glacier'
Scallop border punch: Fiskars
White gel pen: Uniball by Signo
Inks: Glacier and Crystal Blue (retired)- both CTMH 
Greeting is from the  "Joyful Birthday" stamp set by CTMH- (# 1618)

Thanks for stopping in to visit my Blog today. I really appreciate it and love to see you and hear what you think! Be sure to pop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog to see the cool sketches you can try. We'd enjoy it if you could play along with us!! 

~

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sketch #155

This week, Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge had a super-cool sketch that I could not wait to use! I decided to make another layout 'cause I love to create scrapbook pages and I haven't had enough time to do it this year! Needed to use this sketch, I had a DT assignment... so, Hey! What better excuse to use a sketch for a layout? Brilliant, LOL. **wink**

It's a "win-win-win" situation when you get a DT assignment done, photos scrapped, and a story told!!

Here's the latest sketch from AHSC:

Sketch #155 created by Michelle Stewart
and digitized by Brandi Robinson 

To do this, I flipped the sketch  a 1/4 turn to the right. Then I elongated the section for the photo. 

And here's the layout I created: 

 "Amazing brain" layout
 based on sketch by Michelle Stewart @ AHSC

Journaling:


Daniel is a very creative person. I walked into the laundry room one day,  and passed this colourful spread on the dining room table.
It was March Break and Daniel had been entertaining himself with Lego, working on this very detailed, eye-catching creation. Daniel later told me it was  a "Deadly Danger Dungeon game" and that he had found the idea on Youtube.  I asked him about the folded drawing seen in some of the photos and he  said he'd sketched out the idea long before making this Lego representation. The whole spread tells the tale of how Daniel's amazing brain works in completing something that inspires him. He is incredible!

Photos- March 18, 2015
Journaling by Mom/Ali- March 5, 2016

(Project details provided by Daniel)

Supplies: 

Background CS: Outdoor Denim- Close To My Heart (retired) 
CS for mats and journaling mat: Cranberry- CTMH
CS for journaling: scrap from my stsh
Patterned papers: Tommy collection- CTMH (retired)
Zip strip (flag): Tommy collection- CTMH (retired) 
Flags, cork "lifesaver": Tommy collection- CTMH (retired) 
Blue enamel dots: CTMH
Small brads: all CTMH (retired) 
Large blue brads: CTMH (retired)
Large red brads: Bazzill and BasicGrey (retired) 
Ink on small dove-tailed banner: Honey- CTMH
Large golden star: unknown- my stash
Small golden star eyelets: unknown- my stash

Thanks so much for popping in to see my layout! Hope to see you join in on the next challenge over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Blog! :) The sketches there are awesome and we'd love to see you! 


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