Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #100

I can't believe it's been 100 challenges for Stampin' Royalty.  I remember when we were all trying to put this challenge blog together.  It was about this time 2 years ago.  We were trying to come up with a name, trying to design the blog template, and trying to decide when we would start our first post.  And  as you probably all know, getting a group of women to agree on something is sometimes a bit of a challenge.  But we had a lot of laughs along the way.  We launched the first week of January 2010.  It's been tons of fun for me.  Angela and I are the only original design team members left, but we've been joined by some fabulous designers along the way.  I'm so happy to be a part of this, and I'm so happy that we have Georgeann running the show these days.  She gets it all organized, and keeps us all on track.  :)  

This page might look familiar to you, if you checked out my blog yesterday.  Click here to check out that post.  You are NOT seeing double, I really did make two copies of this page.  The page started out as a vintage inspired colour challenge for the Colour Q but I could not decided on which page I liked better.  So I  chose one to give to Colour Q for yesterday, and the other is for Stampin' Royalty today.  This fits well as this week's challenge is ANYTHING BUT A CARD
So, why not a scrapbook page??
Mixing up the colours like this gives the page more of a vintage feel.  If you zoom in on the date, you will see how this type has a bit of a worn look.  I love it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Colour Q Challenge #113

When I saw this combo I knew I had to participate this week.  I love the subtle difference with the tones of blue, and I really love the colour blue in general (well, not as much as purple, but almost)  Blue made me think of the ocean, so I decided to scrap this photo I took of my kids.  They are sitting on the bow of the boat, as we head in to dock it at the end of the day.  This photo looks fantastic in colour as well.  I love how you can see the mountains, and the blue, blue sky.

Friday, November 25, 2011

My Project is Up on Craft Project Central (and a FREEBIE)

I must apologize for neglecting my blog.  Besides the crazy lifestyle I lead being a full time mother, wife, and Grade 2 Teacher, I also have 2 blogs, I'm on 2 design teams,  and I have a life as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  So all of that aside, I'm furiously trying to complete 24 projects for the display boards at Leadership which need to be in Salt Lake City by December 15th. 

With all that on my plate, I decided to join a gym and try to loose some weight.  I've been going for a month now and trying to take it easy as I haven't been in many years.  Well,I woke up last week and couldn't get out of bed one day.  My back completely seized up.  Yup, I pushed myself too hard.     I was laid up for over a week, but today I managed an entire day at work.  YAY!

To top all of that off, we're right in the middle of having new windows installed (remember I live in Canada and it's almost December) and yesterday we discovered that our basement has flooded so we need new drain tiles - argh!

But enough complaining,  let's just say the next month is going to be a challenge as far as stamping and blogging goes.   Now how about something fun!!!

My project is up at Craft Project CentralHop on over and sign up to get copies of not only my tutorial above, but a whole month's worth of tutorials.  Below are a few close-up photos of the details.  Scroll all the way down to get your own copy of the subway art for FREE

Below is my free subway art which is in the photo above.  You can click on the photo to download it as a jpeg, or you can download it by clicking here.  As you can probably see, the colours match the photo above. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Craft Project Central This Week

Brooch & Earrings Gift Set!

At this time of the year we're all looking for fun gifts to make for our family and friends. We might also be in need of accessories to match our outfits when attending holiday parties! Here is a great Brooch & Earrings gift set that you can make for yourself and for gift giving! This is a quick and fun project that you can make for your downline members, or any of your crafty friends! This project is also a fun club, class or Stamp Camp project! Included in the project are instructions for turning the flowers into a gorgeous gift set for a little girl as well!

To get the instructions for this great gift set designed by Kris, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November!

Gingerbread Bear Holiday Ensemble!

Make these yummy Gingerbread Bears this holiday season! This paper-crafting version of a Christmas favorite will be just as fun as making the real deal, but will last much longer and are calorie free!! You'll learn how to make a Gingerbread Bear paper chain ( that you'll turn into a cute card), a holiday Gingerbread Bear Banner, and an adorable Gingerbread Bear Ornament!

To get the instructions for this cute and festive project designed by Carrie, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Colour Q Challenge #111

It's Tuesday!!! That means another challenge over at Colour Q.  Hop on over to check out the fabulous samples by the Design Team.  This page I whipped up after Halloween.  I didn't get very many good pictures that night as my camera is starting to get fussy.  (time for another camera - Santa  - Hint hint??)    But back to the photo.  The background paper is from the Downtown Grunge suite and I added the halloween stamps to the background.  I simply reduced the opacity to 10 to keep the background very neutral.  The pumpkins are from the gratitutde download and the banner is from the Party Animal download. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Craft Project Central this week.

Santa’s Sleigh & Christmas Door Card – CPC November Bonus Project!

Are you looking for a special Christmas gift ensemble that will delight? Here is a great project that will step you through the process to create this adorable little Santa Sleigh and card, complete with felt and fabric pieces that beg to be touched! The sleigh will make a perfect table center piece or decor item for the season! This project is also a great holiday class or stamp camp project!

To get the instructions for this fun and festive project designed by Heidi, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November and meet one of the other bonus project requirements

Fabric Coasters Holiday Hostess Gift!

These fabric coasters are fun and easy to put together! Bundle a set of four coasters together and tuck them into a cello bag with a Christmas tag and you have a great Hostess Gift. Be sure to make up several sets and you can grab them on your way out the door to all your holiday parties! It's always nice to have a hostess gift ready to go, even when you get a last minute invite!

To get the instructions for this fun and festive project designed by Julie, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November!


Star Book Mini Album!

This Star Book mini album will hold your cherished photos and look good sitting on your desk. The unique shape will be sure to catch everyone's eye! Easy to assemble and perfect for any age or occasion! Change up the color theme and make little mini albums for the grandparents or friends for Christmas or birthdays! This project is a fun club, class or Stamp Camp project too!

To get the instructions for this fun project designed by Monika, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stampin Royalty Challenge #97

Happy Hump Day everyone.  It's Wednesday (aka: hump day) and it's time for another fabulous challenge over at Stampin' Royalty.  This week's challenge is a photo inspiration challenge. 

The challenge is to use the above photo for inspiration.  You really need to go over to Stampin' Royalty and check out the samples from the Design Team.  I was really wow'ed by what they came up.  Such creativitiy!!! 

For myself, I knew that I had to use the Timeless Portrait DSP. 
I was inspired by all the circles made by the embroidery hoops in the inspiration photo, and I really got the sense that this collage was made by a mother for her children, which started me thinking about my own family.  And luckily, I finally got a copy of the official photos from my Brother's In Law's wedding so I knew I needed to use them in this collage. (By the way, these photos were taken by my friend Lee Halliday, who is an amazing photographer. Click here for her webpage)

The photos on my page were placed on the page in a way to evoke the shape of the circles in the inspiration photo.  I chose this page of DSP because the tree made me think of a family tree. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Colour Q Challenge # 110

Tuesday means its another challenge over at the Colour Q.  Hop on over to check out the Design Team samples.  For this challenge I decided to use some of the fabulous free downloads that were available from Stampin' Up! this past weekend.  I absolutely love this patterned paper.  And check out those stamps.  I knew I had to use these photos that I took of Teagan last week  This colour palette is totally perfect for falling leaves this time of year.

Monday, November 7, 2011

More projects from Craft Project Central

Holly Berry Bouquet Gift Wrap Ensemble!

Wrap up the holidays in style with Stampin' Up!'s Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper! These easy-to-do projects are perfect for making someone feel "extra special" knowing you made the wrapping just for them! Project includes instructions for a Rosette Paper Gift Box, Paper Treat Cone, Decorated Kraft Gift Box, and a Gift Bow. Make one project at your class, club, or workshop, or make them all!!

To get the instructions for this festive gift wrap ensemble designed by Lauri, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This week on Craft Project Central

Well I've joined the crew at Craft Project Central again this month.    Here is what's up for you this week on CPC

Scallop Octagon Box & Card!

This fancy looking octagon shaped box is so surprisingly easy to make that you'll want to make a bunch for gifts! The beautiful layered and glittery doily card compliments it perfectly. Change up the colors and use it for any gift giving occasion year round! Makes a great club or class project too!

To get the instructions for this great project designed by Kim, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November!

Mini CD Calendar!

This mini CD desk calendar is a great project and just in time for Christmas! It makes a great Christmas gift for your friends and family and is easy to duplicate. The calendar is a great gift especially for teachers, co-workers, and best of all, it's a gift that they will use all year round! This project is also a fun class or club project!

To get the instructions for this great desk calendar designed by Sonya, just head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to November!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Post Halloween Buzz...

I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween last night.  If you have small children, I hope that they are recovering from the sugar overdose from yesterday.  (I know that mine are)  Here are some photos from my neighbourhood last night.

Does anyone know how to make one of these????  My neighbour told me that she bought it at a craft fair.

Here are some of my favourite projects from last year.  
Scroll down to find the links for each project.

I'm having trouble posting the links.  So, for the witch's shoe click here,  the box and card set click here, and the scrapbook page click here.

Here are some of my favourite Jack's from last night.  Connor (my son) named them all.

Here is Jack-O-Mad!!!
 Here is Jack-O-Kitty

Here are Jack-O-BIG-and-SMALL.