Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Blog-aversary, Inspiration Elevator and a Giveaway!

You may recall that the purpose of the Inspiration Elevator challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to mature as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges at the Inspiration Elevator Blog. 

This month we are celebrating our anniversary with a BLOG HOP! So be sure to hop from blog to blog below as some of our designers are offering prizes! We also welcome Katherine Sutton as a guest designer to Inspiration Elevator! Katharine has Guest Designed for us and her fabulous style will inspire you to take your scrapbooking to a new level!

Now for our Challenge:

It's a 2-part challenge since it's created by Christa and Ann!

The first part of the challenge is to use a selfie. We are all a part of social media to some extent, so selfies are everywhere. "Call it another trend in narcissism, or call it art, but the "selfie" has become a mainstay of our virtual identity." 
Here are a couple articles for taking a good selfie, if this makes you uncomfortable (as it does for me - A)

The second part of the challenge is this: 
Every month the reveal preamble begins with: 
"You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and extend ourselves."
So this month we'd like you to share something about scrapbooking. It could be why you scrapbook, what you love best, what you get out of it, your most amazing experience or, where you see your craft/hobby/art in the future. 

AS I was a part of creating this challenge I knew where I was going to go with the writing part of it first (for once!!!) but the selfie was a problem. Let's face it..who loves a selfie when you are forty-smething and just coming off an 8 week bout of life latering peumonia? Not me that's for sure! I tried several but I looked pale; more freckles and black under eye circles than there ought to be. I thought'd have to suck it up and be dissapointed in the finsihed product before I even started, but I was lucky to find a selfie from last summer. One I'd taken before the last six months kicked my bahookie! I looked tanned and relaxed and I remember the day exactly as I lay on the deck with my Bo-bo enjoying the warm summer sun for a few minutes during quiet time. It's a good memory.

The rest came surprisingly easily and I am pleased with the final result.

Here's my take on this challenge:

Watercolour splatters, painting and a piece of patterned paper from Echo Park began the base of the design.  I added a Silhouette cut title too in black to anchor the design and to balance the black washi and other black details.

I was inspired by one of the patterned pieces of paper from Echo Park and created the fun flowers. I also edged them in paint.

Finally, I added my hand journalling (pardon its sloppy appearance. I am not happy with my writing! Ugh!)
Now for the fun stuff: 
  1. If you follow comment here and tell me about why you love to scrapbook,
  2. Follow my blog and 
  3. Follow the Inspiration Elevator blog
 I will enter your name for a draw  (April 22) to win a $10 gift certificate to Big Picture Classes.  When we created Inspiration Elevator three years ago, Ann and I believed it's main purpose was to help us and others grow in this craft. Big Picture Classes has been helping Scrapbookers and Card makers do that for years!

Remember to hop around to the other blogs and see what out designers have created and what prizes are up for grabs! (Be sure to read the instructions as each designer has her own requirements to win!)

I hope you feel inspired to play along with our challenge this month, and when you do, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!

Until next time keep doing what you love!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

He's Trouble but he makes me so Happy!

I'm back to share this simple design I made for Boys Rule Kits.  It features a great, solid design choices from Echo Park, Fancy Pants, Adornit and FabScraps. I love that all these pieces were chosen with care and flexibility in mind.

I began by sponging white craft ink on the corners of the design and adding splotches of glimmer mist in bronze. I also added some blue stitches and a few scraps with a little round sticker in the upper corner.
There were also a few little tabs and a heart for colour and flow. The pops of red are great accents and all over this kit from Boys Rule.
Finally, I used the remaining glimmer mist and a paint brush onto the Fabscraps "Trouble|  and finished out the colour with distress ink from Tim Holtz. The rest of the title piece is from the sticker sheet included. The torn edge along the yellow mounted strip really adds texture too.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that I have inspired you today! Until next time, keep doing what you love to do!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cards From Me to You

Good Morning! My final installment of Pebbles From Me to You. I always struggle with cards honestly but actually really like these! The bright colours and twine make me happy to give these to anyone! My first one is to brighten someone's day...
And a cute Thank You card:
I hope they inspire... I am loving the grey and yellow.

Til next time, keep doing what you love!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Get un-Stuck!? with Puppy Love and a New Sketch!

Good morning! I am so excited to create my very first layout of our new puppy, Remy. He isn't home yet as he's only 5 weeks, but we go and visit and give him lots of Puppy love.  He is helping us heal the loss of or wonderful Bobo and we are so grateful to have had TWO wonderful Boston Terriers to love and to love us.
I adore this photo of Adriane and Remy and it is such a gentle and sweet photo I wanted to use a largely monochromatic palette to let the photo pop. I added some inked red hearts though to symbolize the LOVE I see when I look at this photo.
 I also used the doily to add texture to the chipboard heart in the lower right. The flow-y script font I chose for my title was perfect (if I do say so myself!)

Finally, can you see the negative inked hearts? I really liked trying this on this design and will include it in future ones..maybe with a font? Hmmm...
I hope you've been inspired! Here's the sketch I used as designed by the talented Laura Whitaker at Stuck?!
This months awesome prize is generously donated by ScrapMats! Link up at the Stuck?! blog to win!

Thank you for visiting, until next time, keep doing what you love!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


My latest design for Two Scrapbook Friends created using Pebbles From You and Me features a favourite photo of Rich and I. I love its colours and how our love shows even though our faces do not.
It is a fairly simple design and the sideways chevrons are layered with a great calendar paper. The Wooden hearts are from Studio Calico.
 This line has a great sticker sheet with so may superb sentiments. I can see these on future cards!
I chose a cursive font for my title cut it from a pattered paper with the Cameo. I used the word "wonderful" several times and felt that the repetition really worked to emphasize the whole idea!
I hope you are inspired to create something wonderful with From You And Me. Check out the whole line here at Two Scrapbook Friends.

Until next time, keep doing what you love to do!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Boys Rule Guest DT spot and "You and Me"

Good day! I am thrilled to be back with my second Boys Rule Just Design creation. It features a favourite photo of Max and Rich during a family photo shoot this fall (thank you Angela Smith of Waterloo.)
 I began with some texture medium applied through a template with a plastic knife.  The knife adds some interesting grooves in the medium. I layered a transparency frame under the left side of the focal photo. I also added some diagonal stitching 'rays' for interest.

The striped paper is amazing and I cut a 12 inch strip and folded, then stitched it along the base of my design. A great sticker draws your eye to my photo and acts as a title that is short and sweet!
I am enjoying creating with all these masculine papers and accents and hope I have inspired you do some creating of your own today!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

So Many of My Smiles Begin with You

For those of you who know me, you will recall I scrapbook Adriane and her BFF's all the time. Recently at a wedding I took this selfie with my BFF Carey. It's not often the two of us take a photo (or one that has good hair).  The Pebbles line From Me To You was perfect for these photos.

I added some different sized circles and folded them in the centre with my bone folder. I then glued them down gently along the seam. Once they were dried I stitched along the seam.
 My title was chosen from the Sticker sheet and mounted on a punched scalloped circle.
 I added a cluster of Silhouette cut banner pieces and an older flowered brad. The "smile" is a rub on.
 I added some washi tape along the bottom of the photo.

I hope you'll pop over to Two Scrapbook Friends and see the whole line for yourself! Until next time, keep doing what you love!