Sunday, 15 January 2017

New Mid Month Sketch Challenge at Stuck?! Sketches!

It's the 15th of the month and that means it's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches! For today's sketch I used up some of my precious October Afternoon stash to scrap these photos of me from last Christmas. I'm a huge Outlander fan and my kids bought me the 2nd season of Outlander on dvd. Earlier in December I had already gotten the "All I wish for Christmas ..... " sweater and I decided I really needed to create a layout about these presents, if only to thank my kids (I really have the best kids in the whole world!)!

Such a shame October Afternoon is no more ... but no dwelling on that, on to Laura Whitaker's new sketch!

I have to admit that I often struggle with diagonal sketches. All the while when I was creating my page I had everything straight and only in the last minute did I decide to follow the sketch and to rearrange the whole pile and adhere it all diagonal (don't know if I did the right thing though, if I hadn't stitched it I think I would tear it all loose again and adhere it straight once again, lol). 

Here are a couple of close-ups: 

The flair buttons are from "A Flair For Buttons" and are the only non-OA products I used. 

Soooo loving all the vintage die-cuts and stickers!

And now onto the sponsors for this sketch: 
  • Creative Embellishments, who are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to their online store, to one lucky participant!

  •  and Wycinanka, who are offering a beautiful themed prize pack to a second lucky participant!

Apart from these prizes we will also be choosing one scrapbooker from each challenge to guest with us at a later date!

In case you decide to play along with us then please link up your layouts over in the sidebar on Stuck?! Sketches' blog by January 29th 2017, at midnight EST to be in the running for one of our prizes! All prizes will be drawn randomly using to pick a number.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Wishing you happy crafting!

Hello - like for ever January Woodland kit

Hi everyone! Sharing another layout created with "like for ever" January’s Woodland Kit. I also used one of the exclusive lfe subscriber’s cut files: th globe cut file. The photo is of one of my best friends and me. Yvonne has been my friend for over 30 years now and I hope she continues to be my friend for at least 30 more! When I saw this photo lying on my desk (yes we are wearing the same blouse) I thought the colors were just perfect for this kit! Here’s the layout I created:

Instead of using this entire globe cut file, I only used the globe part and deleted the stand:

I resized the globe so it would fill my entire page:

Next I just cut little pieces of paper from almost all of the sheets in the kit and adhered these behind holes in the globe. The colors in this kit make me so so happy! I proceeded by matting my photo on a piece of the Flock patterned paper and placing one of the Amy Tangerine overlays over the photo (don’t forget to remove the protection before you do this!). I used my stapler to attach the overlay and adhered everything on the right side of my page:

I used the 1Canoe2 Hazelwood die-cuts, stickers and washi tape to embellish around the photo:

Of course I added a bit of hand journaling and stamped the date twice (don’t ask me why, lol):

In the top left corner of my layout I added a few stickers and die-cuts as well:

The pink embroidered circle around the globe and the machine stitching came last as well as the drops of silver color mist.

For more Woodland kit inspiration please hop over to like for ever's blog!

This is it for me! Hope you like it! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
xoxo Monique

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

He Loves Pikachu! - The Cut Shoppe

Hi everyone!! I'm so happy to be on The Cut Shoppe's blog again today! For today's post I wanted to scrap some Christmas photos, but didn't feel like using Christmas papers anymore. So I thought if I used a Christmas cut file it would be "Christmassy" enough and it would be okay to use a non-Christmas collection to scrap these photos of my youngest son in his brand new Pikachu suit which he got from Santa:

I used the Tree Farm cut file and cut & used all four Christmas trees on my page:

I used the awesome Out Of Line Alpha cut file to cut the word "Pikachu". I soooo love this cut file!

Because of the yellow Pikachu suit I looked for a scrapbook collection with at least one yellow paper in it and found the Rise & Shine collection from Amy Tangerine in my stash. I cut the title from that one yellow sheet of paper and the rest of the layout was built around it.

I wanted colorful Christmas trees, not classic green ones and thought this striped paper was just perfect. I divided the trees horizontally over my page: one on the left, one the right and two in the middle of my layout.

I added lots of bits and pieces from the Rise & Shine collection and lots of random machine stitching. With some silver & yellow drops of Mister Huey's color mist I considered my page done!

Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store for many more fabulous cut files!!

Wishing you a great day!!
xx Monique

Monday, 9 January 2017

Lovely - like for ever January Woodland Kit

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing the first layout I created with January like for ever ‘Woodland‘ kit! What an awesome kit! Just perfect to cheer me up after a very busy (and tiring) Christmas. I don’t know why, but I always feel a tiny bit sad when Christmas is over….

Here’s what I created: a layout with a photo of my sweet niece (taken a few years ago):

I used one of the January cut files: the butterfly page mat. However, instead of cutting it, I used a silver coloured sketch pen to draw it, after resizing it to 8″x 8″.

With my Mister Huey’s watercolour paints I coloured the butterflies pink and light green:

I matted the photo, placed one of the Amy Tangerine foil frames over it, added two die-cuts and adhered all of it on the right side of the butterflies. Next I stapled three flags underneath the photo using a “long arm” stapler:

On the left side of the photo I adhered a card with the image of a butterfly and two sentiments, all of which I cut from the ‘Notes From Hazel‘ sheet. The word ‘lovely’ and the golden heart are die-cuts from the Hazelwood ephemera package:

Last but not least, I cut the extra strips of paper from the bottom of two sheets of paper and added these on the bottom and top of my layout. With a little cluster at the top left corner of my page and some machine stitching my page was done! Hope you like it!

This is it for now. For more kit inspiration please visit the like for ever blog and for details about the kit(club) just hop over to the like for ever website.

A quick image of the January Woodland kit:

Featuring 1canoe2's brand new Hazelwood collection, each kit includes:

  • Nine 12x12" double sided patterned papers | Three 12x12" Textured Cardstock (Mint, Blue Jay and Peach) | One pack Hazelwood Hazel Thickers | One pack Hazelwood Ephemera  | One pack Hazelwood Enamel Dots | One pack Hazelwood Puffy Stickers | One pack Amy Tan Better Together Foil Frames

Thank you so much for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful day!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Favorite Phrases Cards

For Pebbles "favorite phrases” feature I created a couple of cards using the awesome "Everyday" collection from Jen Hadfield.

Before I got started I decided to look up some phrases on Pinterest and this was the first one that appealed to me, it was also the one that determined the collection I was going to use: “Be a Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear a Crown and Be Sweet on the Inside”. I love pineapples and this saying jumped out at me straight away! I knew at once which collection I was going to use, the “Everyday” collection, as it contains lots of pineapples! Here’s the card I made:

I used my typewriter to type the text along all four sides of my card. I really love the effect this gives! I also adore that gold pineapple die-cut!

Once I decided on the collection I was going to use, I found it was easy to find many favorite phrases as the Everyday collection holds lots of fun phrases that I really like! Here’s one: “When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade!”

And here’s another phrase from the Everyday collection I really really like: Make Everday Count.

For this last card I took a few step-by-step photos which I want to share with you. I started by assembling all the things I thought I would need:

The base of my card is a piece of 4″ x 12″ white cardstock, which I folded in half to create a 4″ x 6″ card. Using my Coluzzle circle cutter I cut a circle in the front of my card (1) behind which I adhered a pink die-cut with “Make Everyday Count”. I chose a piece of matching pink patterned paper for the front of my card and also cut a circle in this (2). Before adhering the paper to the front of my card I machine stitched the edges (3). Next I chose this beautiful gold wreath die-cut and glued it around the circle, I added a flower sticker and placed two hand cut pennants partly under it (4). With just a few white paint splatters I was done!

The Everyday collection is so perfect to create cards with fun phrases, I could easily have created many more! I hope you like them too and give them a try!

Jen Hadfield Everyday Pink Picnic (733057)
Jen Hadfield Everyday Tropical Delight (733071)
Jen Hadfield Everyday Angled Thoughts (733072)
Jen Hadfield Everyday Honeycomb (733074)
Jen Hadfield Everyday 12″x12″ Single-Sided Paper Pad (733081)
Jen Hadfield Everyday Ephemera Die-Cuts with Gold Foil (733093)
Jen Hadfield Everyday Cardstock Stickers (733085)
American Crafts This To That Double-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape, .25″ x 5 yd (61753)
American Crafts Cutup Scissors 7″ (64201)

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Wishing you a wonderful day!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Stuck?! Sketch January 1st Reveal

Last Sunday the first sketch challenge for 2017 went up on Stuck?! Sketches' blog and today I'm sharing it here as well!! The sketch is awesome once again and I had so much fun scrapping my layout. I used the winter collection from Doodlebug "Polar Pals" to scrap this photo of my kids ice skating:

For this sketch challenge one of the sponsors is Charm Creations and Charmane (the owner) kindly sent the design team some of her products to use on our project. Here's a close-up of the goodies we received:

Aren't they fun?! Hop over to the site of Charm Creations to see more of her embellishments! 

And here are a few more close-ups of my layout. Here's an adorable baby seal and lots of die-cuts and stickers from Doodlebug's Polar Pals collection:

The new sketch for January 1st:

I really loved using this sketch! If you like it too and decide to use it then don't forget to link up your layouts over in the sidebar on Stuck?! Sketches' blog by January 29th 2017 at midnight EST. You'll be in the running for one of the prizes from our amazing sponsors! All prizes will be drawn randomly using to pick a number.

And these are the sponsors:
  • Charms Creations, they are offering a $50.00 gift certificate to one lucky participant!

  • Accent Scrapbooking, who are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to a second lucky participant!

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you're looking for more inspiration, have a look on Stuck?! Sketches blog! The other designers did an awesome job!! 

Have a great day!