Friday, September 30, 2011

Pick Your Own- Sketchabilities #56 --DT

This my last Design Team Layout for this 3 months session but I'm really happy that I'll be continuing to design for Sketchabilities for another 3 months. It's really been a great opportunity and experience. I want to thank Karan for giving me the chance to design for her. It was lots of fun!!
The Sketch this month was challenging for me because I was trying to figure out how to make it original and how to make it my own. I didn't want the layout to look amateur, the way I used to scrapbook 7 years ago. When I finished it I felt quite happy with the results.
I used pictures from our recent trip to an Apple Picking Farm. I've scrapbooked so many apple picking trips that it was another challenge for me to make this an original layout. I used Basic Grey papers and many different embellishments. I sew a -tic-tac-toe grid with zig zag lines to separate the squares. Then I filled the different squares with pictures and embellishments to get the grid effect from the sketch.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Spring? Well its not actually spring now since us Canadians are approaching fall and the leaves are already turning yellow!! However at Scrap for Help which is a blog based in the Southern Hemisphere more exactly in Brasil, its already spring. Their September challenge is to do a spring themed layout using of course recycled material. I searched throughout my house for recycled materials I could use for this layout. I finally came up with an idea that I must say I really like and I'm quite pleased on how it turned out. I used an old CD and applied white Gesso on the back of it to give it a smooth surface. After it dried, I applied these amazing rub-ons I got in a kit from Kaisercraft. I spread the rub-on flowers around the edge of the CD and then wrote a quote on it with black marker. I thought this idea was quite original and I'm glad it turned out the way I wanted. I enjoy experimenting with new materials and ideas. I also used an old cake doily behind the picture.
I really love Kaisercraft papers and I'm sure I've said it enough times. I use them in my layouts all the time. I used the Miss Nelly papers I won last month at the Kaisercraft Saturday Challenge. I must say they were so generous with their prizes. I was so surprised when they sent me the whole paper and embelishment collection because I just thought I was getting the papers. In tribute to their generosity I used the papers I won for one of their September Saturday Challenges following the sketch below.
I used a picture of myself taken by my husband in the park on warm day at the beggining of this past spring. Since the picture was black and white, I could use many different colours!! Hope you like it.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Bird is the Word Design Team announcement!!!!

I am sooooooooooooooo delighted to announce that I made it on the new Bird is the Word Design Team and I'll be designing for them for the next 6 months.
Look below for the announcement and you can also visit the other Design Team blogs. There are some very talented ladies!!

New Design Team Announcement

Our new design team members have been chosen!  They are seven, lovely and super talented ladies!!

I also want to say thank you so much to everyone who applied.  This was a tough, tough decision.  I was looking for a variety of styles, so please know that if you were not chosen, apply again next time!!  Every blog I visited was beautiful and full of amazing talent!!

Here are the new design team members!!


Keren Tamir   ---- September 25, 2011

Emma Stafrace

Leila Cassimira

Gwen Wruck

Anna Zaprzelska/Brises

Marilyn Rivera


Mary Thomas (Designing Sketches)


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sketchabilities Design Team- October- December 2011

I"m really excited to announce that I've made it on the Sketchabilities Design Team for my second time and I'll be returning to design beautiful layouts with Karan's Sketches. I'm really looking forward to designing along these really talented scrapbookers. These are the other ladies who made the Team:
Bellaidea vel Aginszka--Canada
Camilla Borossi--Brazil
Christin Gronnslett--Sweden
Erika Tesoro--Italy
Etsuko Uchida--Japan
Helen Tilbury--South Africa
Janice Daquila Pardo--USA
JJ Sobey--Canada
Kay Fatula--USA
Keren Tamir--Canada-Returning
Kim Kendell--Austrailia
Leanne Allinson--Austrailia-Returning
LaQuette Akins--USA

Regina Castillo - Philippines
Mary Ann Jenkins--USA
Margrethe Aas Johnsen--Norway
Mariko Hisazumi
Marina Johan
Michelle Wedertz

Sheila Burns--USA
Valerie Charlot

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On The Go- Sketchabilities Sketch #55

I have great news!!!!. I've stepped out of the box and bought a sewing machine which I've used for the first time on this layout!!!!

This is my September 15th DT reveal for Sketchabilities. It is Sketch # 55 and I love it!!!

I had lots of fun working with this sketch. Instead of using flowers and hearts I used gears and wheels to fit the theme. I used many different techniques here. First I sprayed the Dusty Attic chippies on the white cardstock with Tattered Angels Charcoal Chalk Mist. This gave me the background for the layout. Then I used ripped like scissors to cut around the edges of the white paper and then edged it in yellow chalk ink. I matted the whole layout on a grey cardstock.
I sew a border around the layout in a pattern that makes it look like tire tracks!! I thought this to be very clever because I made them look uneven to show my kid's bad driving skills, since she was just getting driving lessons for the first time by her older brother!!
Finally I dabbed some of the gears with yellow paint and used them along with the black ones and some Tim Holtz metal wheels as embellishments.

Besides using this Sketchabilities sketch, I challenged myself even further and I used the 123 September Challenge too. This month's challenge is to use these 3 things:

1. White
2. The word ON
3. White Space

I really like these challenges because they are different and this time they worked perfectly with my Sketchabilities DT layout.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

In your eyes

After coming back yesterday from a great Technique class taught by Isabelle Norris, I designed this layout of my son. I used these beautiful papers by Kaisercraft called Chapter One. I just love the combination of these colours. The black, white and aqua go so well together and give the layout such an amazing look. During the class we made this beautiful transparent bird cage. We stamped the image on a piece of acetate cut out form a scrapbooking package. We use Staz-On to stamp the image on the plastic. Then we used alcohol inks in the back to give it some colour.
I like learning new ways of experimenting with my products. A few months ago I bought Crackle Paint by Viva Decor in many different colours. I've been using them on chipboard, grunge paper and even on cardstock. They give an amazing thick crackle effect. I've even inked over them with distressed dyes. However what I didn't know, and I learned in this class is that you could use alcohol inks on the crackle to accent the colour. I decided to experiment on some Dusty Attic chipboard and I've attached a tutorial on how to make these beautiful crackled vines. (see below).
I used the title "In your eyes" which is a song by Peter Gabriel. I'm using this layout for a challenge at the Scrap That blog challenge hosted by Shona Keen. You have to use a song in the title or journaling. I also used the Kaisercraft Saturday challenge sketch as an inspiration for this layout. I just love, love, love these Kaisercraft papers. Have I said it enough?
Please enjoy the close-up pictures too where you can see this layout's details.
Don't forget to see my first Tutorial ever!!!



1. Apply Viva Decor Black Crackle paint to the chipboard. Be generous for more crackle effect. Allow to fully dry.

2. Apply a few drops of alcohol inks to the sponge applicator. I use 3 different colours: teal, green and silver for added effect.

3. Dab the ink on the crackle paint until desired amount of colour is seen.

4. Here you can see the result. I didn't know if the colours would show on the black paint but they did. It gave it a very beautiful soft effect.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Buba- 2008

September 1st challenge at Once Upon a Sketch is based on the sketch below. The journaling criteria for this challenge was to write about a memorable year and include it in the title. I choose 2008 because it is the year we adopted our daughter from Russia. I used these amazing Kaisercraft papers with Russian nesting dolls because it fit the theme so well. The title of the layout says Buba in Hebrew which means Doll. the journaling is hidden behind the big Nesting Doll. I traced another doll and used a hinge to make them open up for writing (as you can see in the close-up pictures). I liked this idea because nesting dolls usually have other dolls inside of them.
Our daughter is now almost 5 years old. She is such a happy child and enjoys life to the fullest!!
Knowing from where she came from, being in an orphanage for the first 2 years of her life, we are so fortunate to have her in our lives!!

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