Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Another Folio

Hey everyone, just wanted to take a moment to share with you a Foto Folio I put together using the design elements I learned from Kathy Orta.  These are amazing elements and so versatile that you can use them in any combination.

T\his particular book is going to my dear Scrappy friend Thelma who is always doing for other's. Well this coming weekend is her daughter's wedding. Shortly after the wedding the pictures will come flowing in and I know that she will be busy putting together a beautiful album for he new son and daughter, so I thought perhaps I would make sure she too had a brag book to take to work and on her many trips.  Thelma is my soul sista and there can never be to many photos to remind us of our loved ones and those epic moments in life. So my last count she should be able to fit an easy 100+ photos and memoribilia.

Yes that barking in the background belongs to my fur baby....Caine who objected to the door being closed with him on the opposite side of the me and the camera.

For the information of the Kathy Orta Pita's that may stop by to visit... I created the hinges with 1/2" spaces to allow for the texture I was including and because I know Thelma I wanted her to have room to add her special touches as well.  I started with folio number six and then grabbed pages and idea's from each of the other five to make it meet my intended needs.  I used a combination of Bo Bunny Serenade Garden and Recollections Signature Paper Pad.  Ribbons from Offaray the red was a bit to bright so it was stained using Ranger distress ink Fired brick to make it closer to the blood red I wanted. 

 The flowers were cut from scraps using my Favourite Ranger Tattered Florals. Misted with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and then crumpled up into balls  to dry. Then carefully unfolded and stacked to create my flowers. The tuile ribbon was put on a Glubber dot and the flower added in the center.  Prima black swirl rhinestone were cut apart and new swirls created.
 I have always loved the charms on the spine. So I pulled out some of my favorite charms and beads that I have been saving for that special project.  Including one that Thelma sent me to use for myself. LOL   I hope that she will be proud to share her cherished photos as she is a very accomplished scrapper herself.  Love you girl!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Just wanted to share this video of a foto folio that I created using a design by Kathy Kreiger and some techniques I learned from Kathy Orta. This particular folio is going to be used as a guest book.

Monday, March 24, 2014


So the Scrapbooking tournament is over for me......but wow what a ride it was and I am super happy with my overall finish of 7th in the world for cardmaking. I nevere expected to make it so far...as there is some really really really amazing ladies that were competig with me.

I want do a real big shout out to My Scrappy Gal Pal Christy Riopel for making it all the way to the final round for the scrapbooking.  This next week is gonna be taking her crative mind to the limits....however I know that she will do well.  So from one Prairie Chick to another - Rock it out Christy!

I had a great weekend re-connecting with a bunch of my scrappy gal pals from Saskatoon. With the closing of the Studio this month it means we no longer have a Scrapbooking Store or a "meeting" place to see each other regularly. So this weekend we gabbed and gabbed and productivity was not great  but spirits were high!

Well that is all for today!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

OMG Here I am again - Supreme Scrapbook Tournament 2014

I just can't believe that I have made it in to the final 8 for the Card making division.  I am so grateful for all of the incredibly talented ladies who voted me through to this round.

So this round was the hardest one yet for me.........NO INK, NO PAINT, NO GESSO, NO STAMPS, ...... I truly just wanted some to cut my hands off rather than not use my favourite mediums. The other aspect to this round was that we had to have two hidden elements - one of which had to be on the front of the card. Well I love hidden elements so that part was a no brainer in my books.

Well here is my piece for round 4

I reached into my stash of cardstock and paper scraps and did all of my distressing with Rubons that were old and drying out that wouldn't transfer properly anyhow. It was awesome to sooth  my guilty concious for hoarding them for so long.

This element is really hard to show in stills but as you open the card this kaliediscope opening reveals the inner sentiment.. Below is the full picture of the inside.

oh wait I was supposed to have the hidden element on the front of the card too so lets go go back to the front and if you lift the edge that says imagine.........you will find a hidden accordian pocket.  But your not done with the surprises just yet.

Release those butterflies out of the pocket and you will find  a card with room to write a little message and on the other side is the gift card holder.   Two magnets buiil into the pocket kee the card front from flying open and ruining the surprise.

I think this particular card really does need a video to showcase it....but that will have to happen another day.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my little blog.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Round Three of Card Diva Supreme Tournament 2014

Good Morning Peeps,

Well here we are on round three. The card challenge is all about doodling. There can be no stamping, no cutout images. No flowers and the only Alpha characters on the card have to be hand drawen.

So I have taken this challenge and ramped it up....I got out my copper sheeting and stylus and doodled and Zentangled to my hearts content.  I then heat stressed the copper, rubbed some black ink to accentuate the designs and last but not least got out my turquuoise embossing powder to accentuate my butterfly doodles and the writing.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ok here is my card submission for the Supreme Scrapbook Tournament 2014 Round two.

Card: Monochromatic in 3D

  • Theme:                  You can choose your own theme

  • Colour Card:           The monochromatic color scheme for your card is up to you

  • Card dimension:     Free

  • You must use:        The card has to have 3D elements. This can be a stepper card, a 3D dimension when opening the card (like pop-up elements)

  • You can not use:You are restricted from using black anywhere on the card, including: pen lines, any kind of ink or paint, journaling or any other element.  There is not to be black on the card. You can not use brown to antique elements unless brown is the colour you choose for your monochromatic colour scheme.   You are not allowed to use cutting machines.

  • You can use :           Use any store bought or home made embellishments that are in your colour scheme 
    You are allowed to make your own as long as you don't use a cutting machine to make them. Only scissors are allowed for these cut elements.

  • Enter your photos:
       Enter 2 photos of your card if necessary to fully show what you have created. For example, a photograph of your card closed and one of your card open. 
       Taking 2 photographs is NOT mandatory.

So with out further adeu

My color palette was once again browns ranging from tan right up to that lovely dark walnut distress ink and embossing powder.  I also used a lot of Frayed burlap ink .  I apologize that about the lighting in the photos as it was well after sunset so no daylight to help.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Round Two of the Supreme Scrapbooking Tournament

Good Morning Scrappy Peeps!

 Happy Valentines day to you all!

So it looks like I have made through to round two of the tournament. Thanks to my voters I did much better than I anticipated so once again a heartfelt and humble thank you for your belief in my work.

For this round of the tournament we were required to do another double page layout in a monochromatic scheme of our choosing. There could be NO BLACK....seriously that is my go to color....but no black it must be to qualify. Then they tossed in a minimum of ONE black and white photo (the only black allowed). In addition to all of that at least one photo must cross both pages.   I wasn't sure if it had to be the B&W but as luck would have it I was able to do two crossing the page.

Memories of a Puppy

 So I chose browns as my Monochromatic color scheme. Which is right up my vintage style alley anyway.  So once again I scrapped from the stash only having to reprint the one puppy under the table photo to meet the B&W criteria.   The background paper is actually re-purposed cardstock from a stack of paper that got a wee bit soggy and warpped but you can hardly tell at all after I was done.   I used a lot of my Ranger distress inks on what started as Beige background. Frayed Burlap, Walnut, Vintage Photo and with my Copics I brought in the Dark Umbra for the writing.

I am a texture girl and I like lots of it in my work. So to do so and keep the Monchromatic theme was a bit of a challenge for me. However, the stash did not fail me . Twine, and wooden beads allowed me to create a creative dog collar for this little girl with the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Tiles were perfect with the assorted browns used. I matted MIA on a Chocolate brown scrap of cardstock to make them pop.

 I like to make dog collars on my page but I didn't have the proper color buckle or leather so again out came the beads along with the Tim Holtz Bronze jump rings and Muse Tokens  - from which I chose Unique and Thoughts.....because the photos of my Son showing such tenderness and vulnerability with this puppy was unique and not something many people get to see. Thoughts because my head is filled with thoughts about how this poor little thing is doing and what sort of life did it end up living with its careless owners. 

I found some material like stuff in my stash of scraps and I liked the airy feel it gave along with added texture. It is under both vertical photos on the edge of each page..

Well that is it for now. I will be back in a bit with my Card submission for round two as soon as I sort out in my head just what and how I am gonna do it. LOL

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Supreme International Scrapbooking Tournament 2014

Good Morning Everyone!  Yes here I am once again popping in to share some creative bits.  These two pieces are for the International Supreme Scrapbooking Tournament of which I am lucky enough to be one of the 12 members on Team Canada. I might add that I am in the company of some very talented ladies that ensure Team Canada is gonna be a force to reckon with.

This event goes for eight weeks  and there were be several challenges to be completed until we are down to a head to head competition. The tournament is starting out with 200 people world wide. At the end of this first challenge only a 100 will move on.  There are two divisions a scrapbooking and mixed media group and a card making group.

Our first challenge for the Card Divas as we are known is to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card) that represents a quote or pharse aboout home.  The restrictions were that it had to have the quote/ saying about home visible on the card, no flowers, no spray inks no images of a house. Nothing cut from a machine.

So for my piece I have pulled out the scraps of Graphic 45 papers, Rangers Stickles and Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Gears, and beaded chaain, I am not sure where the clock image came from as it was a scrap too.

The Scrapbooking Divas had a home themed challenge as well, it had to be a double page spread with the theme of 1000 steps from my home. It must contain a minimum of three photos, no spray inks and must contain a minimum of 50 words of visible journaling.

So my take away from this is that of the 1000's of photos that I take in a year...very few are outside my house in my neighbor hood. In fact I had to go all the way back to photos from 1998 to do this project. I will have to work on that.

So for this challenge I used Candian Scrapbookers Super stock white cardstock, Rangers Distress Inks, Tim Holtz trims, Making Memories Rub on Letters ( now there is a blast from my stash, lol), Sizzix brick die, and window box die from the Tim Holtz collection. Oh and my Trusty Zig writer.

So I am proud to say that every single bit of this was from the stash (my goal in this challenge is to use up what I have and only replace adhesives). A word to the wise.... don't let your 6 month old puppy hang with you unless you want to change your whole design. After spending hours cutting and trimming out the bricks I left them on the table and went to the bathroom. Pleases note that I was not smart enough to lock up the puppy and as a result found my self short a few brick pieces and of a much different shape than I had intended.  Upon reflection I think Caine did me a favour but I wasn't feeling it at the time.

The title is Looking through My Windows