Sweetness | My Favourite Things 2015 (& Happy Thanksgiving Canada!)


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Back in June, a local photographer, Stacy Breen-Crane, was offering mini photo shoots with the proceeds going to charity. I jumped right on board and got some amazing pictures of Molly and Gabe at the park on one of the only nice days we had that month! They were perfect to use in our July class with lots of  Prima Color Bloom sprays.

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We layered mist through a stencil, then modeling paste through a large stencil, then more paste through the same, but smaller, stencil. All of that was heated in between to overdry and bubble up the paste, making lots of gorgeous texture. Then, we sprayed and sprayed and sprayed. And dripped. And tossed on some Stampendous embossing enamel while the spray was still wet. Look at the awesome texture!

11 - textureAs if that wasn’t enough shine, we dusted Perfect Pearls over the spray to take down the stickiness (thanks to Cathie for that fabulous tip!)

You can see there’s also gold thread under the photo, and we finished with some sticker labels and rubons:

11 - rubonsBelieve it or not, the second LO is almost identical, including the sprays. Just to show how different these colours can look depending on how much you spray and how you layer them, I used the exact same colours but in different order and intensity:

12 - buddiesWe also sprinkled the embossing enamel on the paste before we dried it, which allows it to cover a completely different area than the first LO.

There’s still tons of shimmer and texture, just done in a slightly different way:

12 - textureWe had a ton of messy fun doing this one, and it was incredible to see how different all the LO’s were, even when people used the same products and colours.

For my fellow Canadians, it’s Thanksgiving – enjoy, eat lots, and have fun doing your thing!



Foxy Guy | My Favourite Things 2015


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Yeah. So…. I’m waaaaaay behind in posting the Fave Things LO’s. Sorry. :( The nice thing for all of you is that there will be a whole bunch in a row which means lots of awesome inspiration – yay!

The class we did in June featured Derwent Inktense pencils. If you haven’t tried these yet, they’re incredible! They’re watercolour pencils but better. The lead is ink based and so the colours are super vibrant and blend really well when wet.

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We coloured over some dried texture paste and misted water to blend. We followed that up with layers of paper, drywall tape, and cheesecloth. I love how the title turned out – black marker covered with Sakura Clear Stardust pen for shimmer:

09 - titleThe second LO was very similar, though the placement of the elements was different. The big difference here was the way we used the pencils. Instead of just misting and letting them run, we misted and used our fingers to blend the colours together more smoothly, leaving less pencil marks on the paste.

10 - foxyWe had some fabulous chipboard stars from Bella Blvd. as our embellishments this month and I love them!

10 - chipboardAdding a bit of white paint pen to each really makes them pop as well! The star sequins were added because, of course, I need a bit of sparkle and shine on my layouts!

See you Monday with the next set – they’re all about Prima Color Bloom Sprays!



Simple Scrapper | October 2015


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Yay, I’m all caught up! Whew! :)

I had fun with this month’s LO’s – the templates and Story Starters were, as always (I know I say it every month) fabulous! Jennifer and her Team behind the scenes knock it out if the park each month with the templates. Although I’m not a digital scrapper, I love that they come as a sketch and also as a layered  Photoshop template; it means I can use pieces on my traditional layouts too.

For my Story Starter LO this month I used a fun picture of my scrappy friends and I at a Retreat our local scrapbooking store, The Paperie, puts off twice a year. It’s an awesome time – 4 nights and 4 days at a hotel with great people. Sometimes we get lots of stuff done, other times, well, we just have fun and relax! A few retreats ago the store started bringing props for pics and we have taken full advantage!

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It may have been fairly late and there *may* have been some wine involved. Just saying….. :)

I had fun with Distress Inks and water to make the background panel and then used OCtober Afternoon plus several colours of Kelly Purkey alpha stickers for the title work:

peanut butter & jelly title

One of my favourite tricks is to outline letters with a black pen to make them pop out against a busy background. It’s amazing the difference it makes!

My template LO has lots of white space but still uses lots of paper – a great way to use up those favourite bits and pieces you might have left over.

if love was waterSome epoxy Freckled Fawn hearts and Amy Tangerine alphas gave it some shine, and a wash of watery Distress Ink grounded the whole piece. And then I just layered and layered paper scraps that I had distressed:

if love was water layersAnd there they are! Make sure you take a look at my sidebar for links to the rest of the Team and see what they did this month. You can also check out our Pinterest page for a quick overview!

I’ll be back Friday with some My Favourite Things LO’s – we did some fun techniques over the summer!



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Simple Scrapper | September 2015


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Back, as promised, with more Simple Scrapper LO’s today! These are using the September Premium Membership materials – both templates and Story Starters.

molly is 8I used a fun Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls technique on both my LO’s this month – they’re super shimmery and colourful in real life!

One of the slight twists I used this month was with the doilies – I layered two and flipped one backwards so it has just a subtle pink tint coming through. The white wasn’t quite right, the red was too deep and the pink I had wasn’t the right shade. Flipping the red doily over worked perfectly!

molly is 8 doiliesI used my favourite Amy Tangerine Kraft Thickers for the title and added some detail to those and the cork hearts with my white paint pen:

molly is 8 titleThe Story Starter LO has this year’s annual cabin pic of my kiddos and my best friend’s kiddos – she added an extra one to the mix this summer!

wild thingsEvery summer we spend two weekends at our family cabin with this crazy crowd and have the time or our lives! Unfortunately we missed a weekend this year because I was delayed due to weather on my way home from Mexico. I’m not complaining – we got four more days of sun and got to see some family during our stopover – but I did miss our second weekend together.

I punched circles from a previously made watercolour background paper and added wood veneer chevrons that had been coloured with a Sakura Stardust pen:

wild things - embelliesI don’t have a decent picture of the border, but I simply drew two lines and scribbly doodled in between to frame out the piece.

And that’s it! Check back Wednesday for the October LO’s using the all new materials from Simple Scrapper. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the 2016 planner Jennifer has designed – it’s really awesome and it comes in five different sizes!

2016 planner

As always, if you have any questions about how I did something, just ask and I’ll try to answer. If you want to know pretty much exactly how I made the shimmery background, check out this video from Jennifer McGuire!



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Simple Scrapper | August 2015



Hello….. hello…. Anyone still out there?

I know, it’s been three months – I’m the worst blogger ever. :( It was a busy and fun summer (check out my Instagram* if you want a quick overview!) and September has been all about settling back into school and routines. Plus, we actually had some amazing weather so I’ve been outside as much as possible. But now, now I’m ready to get back at it here!

I’ve still been teaching my monthly class, My Favourite Things, and I’m still designing for Simple Scrapper so I actually have lots to share and catch up on! I’ll be loading you up on Simple Scrapper the next few posts to get you up to date and then I’ll share my Fave Things LO’s. After that, I have a few more bits and pieces you might like!

Ok, August Simple Scrapper LO’s! My Story Starter LO featured a picture of Molly and her good friend who moved away – this was taken the day before they left and is one of my all time favourite pictures. They loved each other so much and we miss them like crazy!

good friendsI used two sets of black foam Thickers in order to highlight certain words of the quote and I love how it turned out. I also used my all time favourite stencil – Blazonry by Balzer Designs – and highlighted the texture of the paste with Prima ColorBloom sprays and sprinkles of gold embossing powder.

good friends titleMy template LO used a brand new picture of Darrell and I. We have very, very few pictures but to celebrate our tenth anniversary we finally took a trip together, along with friends who were also celebrating. While we were in Mexico we had a photo session and actually got some pictures of us!

10 yearsI kept it all pretty simple but added some wood veneer hearts and iridescent sequins to the photo itself:

10 years photo embelliesAnd then did the same around the rest of the LO:

10 years embelliesAs always, the Team did a spectacular job – I love how all our styles are so different! – so if you want to check out what they did, take a look at our Pinterest page. Also, Jennifer has a new planner she’s designed up at Simple Scrapper. Trust me, I’m not the planner type and this even looks good to me! And if you’ve tried and been a “planner flunkie” before, she can help!

2016 planner

Stop back Monday for the September LO’s! I’m hoping to get back on track now and have new content here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Of course, you know me,  let’s just see how long that lasts, lol!



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*My Instagram account is a bit of everything in my daily life – not nearly so crafty as this blog but full of fun little odds and ends!

Simple Scrapper | July 2015



Lots to show you and talk about this month – it’s Stash Bash time!

stashbashWhat is Stash Bash? It’s a week-long event designed to help scrapbookers use up, declutter, and organize their traditional and digital supply stashes. Registration is open now and the event opens on July 14. As well, there’s a special promotion to get a three-month membership with Stash Bash registration and that includes a lifetime discounted rate!

Go now, run, I’ll wait…..

All signed up? Good – you’ll love it!

On to the memberships materials for July. I actually made three LO’s, that’s how good this month was! First up, my Story Starter LO (this one made the cover of this month’s Spark magazine!):

wild thingI love how this turned out! So much fun to use song titles on your LO’s and it makes for super easy journaling too!

The horse is a diecut from a Dear Lizzy pack and it was perfect for this:

wild thing horseI also did my usual trick with the Thickers and simply added some basic doodling to amp then up a little. The gold heart is also from the Dear Lizzy pack:

wild thing titleMy template LO used an old Story Starter (they are so great when you need some inspiration and/or new ideas!). As a complete change for me, this was a two page template and it was fun to break out of my mold for a bit. The pocket pages are so awesome to play with!

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I like see-through elements so a lot of pieces were glued on top of the pockets:

biker babes loveor slipped into the pockets and stapled in place:

biker babes stapledI carried the gold onto the LO page with some flair and gold foil papers:

biker babes embelliesFinally, a super simple LO but I love how it turned out. Plus, it has three, count them, three pictures on it!

jumpFun times on the last day of school!

Don’t forget to go to my sidebar and check out the rest of the Creative Team – they do such amazing work every month! And go sign up for Stash Bash – it’s totally worth it!



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Happy Canada Day! | Lest We Forget

*Sorry friends – this didn’t post yesterday!*

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Happy Canada Day friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxing day celebrating with family and friends!


This is a bittersweet day for my fellow Newfoundlanders as it is also Memorial Day for us, commemorating the loss at Beaumont-Hamel of 90% of the Newfoundland Regiment in WW1.

Party hard today, and take a moment to remember.


Da Bomb!


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Another LO that I did at The Paperie retreat – this one has a fuzzy, but funny, pic from that weekend and a phrase Cathy and I seemed to toss around a lot over those few days:

da bombI used some awesome silver molding paste over a stencil for the background and then layered my photo over silver thread and drywall tape for texture. I love how versatile drywall tape is! I’ve used it for texture on canvases, photo mats, as a stencil, and just as an embellishment:

da bomb textureTo finish it off, I heat embossed silver powder over Thickers and added a whole pack of Studio Calico cork stars, as well as a few Freckled Fawn enamel stars – I’m fully embracing the “use it all” mentality!

da bomb alphasI’m sure you can probably tell, but it was pretty late at night when we took this picture and there may *cough, cough* have been a little bit of wine involved! what happens at the Wilds….. :)


We be Crazy!


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Way back in April I went to the Paperie’s 20th retreat. 20th!!!! We had a blast, and did crazy things, and made fun stuff, and learned cool techniques, and bought lots of new product, and drank Bailey’s at 5am (ok, that may or may not have been just me, in my tea). Anyway, it was good.

And here’s something I made! The retreats are really one of the only times in the year that I make LO’s just for me with no Creative Team or class deadlines in view. It’s when I get to play and go nuts. So I did!


I love this insanely bad camera phone pic of Molly, Gabe, and so I turned it B&W to offset the terrible colour and so that I could use any and all colours I wanted. I also took a whole pack of diecuts and layered the heck out of them!

For the background I smeared paste over a stencil and overheated it to make it puffy. I sprayed lots of Prima ColorBloom over and let it drip.

crazy closeupLove the texture and subtle shimmer – so much fun! And those yellow foam alphas? They make me all kinds of happy. :)




Snuggle Bunny | My Favourite Things 2015


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This month was packed with two Fave Things classes. The second one introduced a fun new product that I’m loving these days – Color Lab by Marion Smith Designs . If you’re new to mixed media, a fan of mists, want something easy and portable for crops or traveling or just want more colour options then this is the product for you! The class peeps loved it and had an awesome time picking out their colour recipes.

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First up, we made mist and sprayed the background. Then we made coloured paste and made the layer under the photos. Next we heat embossed gold (or silver on the second LO) over Ranger Texture Paste. Finally, we added some awesome rubons and metallic thread. Layers, layers, layers!!!

07 - sparkle Look at that texture and all the fun bits! Love it!

08 - snuggle bunnyFor a bit of a change, I went with green and silver here, with the same base mist colour.

08 - sparkleAnd look at the sparkle on those alphas! I kind of liked them a lot. :)

I have some fun ideas for the next class – thinking cheesecloth, drywall tape, and watercolour pencils….. Should be fun!




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