Spiders and bats and Halloween fun!

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I love Halloween. Love. It.

I love Christmas more but don’t like the crafting aspect as much – weird.

There’s just something about making ghosts and bats and spiders that makes me happy so the other day we made some creepy crawlies while the kiddos had a Professional Development Day off school.

kids and bats

See how happy Molly is about getting her picture taken? Haha!

Here’s the three of ours together (Poppy had already taken hers home):

bat trio

I went with regular googly eyes but the kids wanted coloured ones, of course! I’ve almost run out of my round coloured eyes but found some oval ones the other day (for you local peeps who have been asking, I found them at the dollar store in Mount Pearl!) and I think they look pretty awesome! We obviously used egg cartons, black paint, and googly eyes. For the wings I had some sticky back felt but paper would work just as well.

We also made spiders but I only have a picture of mine:

spiderIsn’t he cute? I had the idea and wanted to make him *now* but had no pipe cleaners so we painted wooden skewers and broke them up for legs – I actually like how it looks that way! He and Mister Bat:

bathave become two of my faves! Now, to come up with a new ghost idea….

Cheers!

S.

Birthday Girl

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One of the fun things I’ve been getting to do for The Paperie is design some project kits. These come with everything you need to complete at least two layouts and two cards (or more) and very detailed, full colour instructions. Lots packed into a $30 kit! I showed you one a few weeks ago – Back 2 School – and here’s another one!

Molly had her 7th birthday in August so I had the perfect photos waiting when Wendy mentioned a Birthday Girl kit. The first one highlights how old she turned, a typical birthday pic that I try to take each year:

hello SEVEN

The fun parts here came from the title and embellishment cluster on the top of the LO. I added doodling to the alpha stickers, some fun sequins and wood veneer, and some taps of shimmer mist:

hello SEVEN title

The next LO is all about cake because, come on, who doesn’t like cake?

it's all about the cake

I wanted to add pictures of all Molly’s past cakes so I made a little mini album that’s hidden behind the main photo:

it's all about the cake mini

My favourite part of this whole kit is the sticker cake:

it's all about the cake sticker embellishment

Yes, I admit, I patted myself on the back for that one – love how it turned out!

Once the kit was completed, I discovered I had enough left over for a bonus LO, a 6×8 this time featuring an outtake picture:

hello birthday MONKEY

I added my usual touch to the sticker title, by doodling:

hello birthday MONKEY title

Of course, there are some birthday cards too!

celebrate

The first one is pretty simple, with the touch of some glossy accents for the balloons, but the second one is a fun window card:

hbd

Aren’t all those stickers and alphas great? This is an awesome kit and I still had stickers left over to make more cards!

Hope you enjoyed and if so, keep your eyes open – we have some ideas for future projects kits too!

If you want more information about the kits, or to get one, check out The Paperie.

Cheers!

S.

A Super Star

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Are you going to The Paperie Retreat? If you live anywhere close to St. John’s area or like to travel, scrap, and have fun then you really should come. It takes place at The Wilds Resort and we basically have the run of the place from Thursday to Sunday – it’s a blast! Trust me, it’s worth the money and the trip…

The Paperie sets up a pop-up store with a ton of new product and retreat exclusive kits, the designers and staff do demos (Cathie and I will both be demoing brand new products!), we have Make ‘n’ Takes, and there are a few classes to take, if you want. This time around, I’m teaching a fabulous Star Mini Album.

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Isn’t that fun? With the kit you’ll get instructions for that one, plus the papers and stickers for these pages:

snowman joy house garland

And as a bonus, I’ll include measurements for two bigger stars as well so you can have a hanging cluster for decoration this Christmas, if you want!

three stars

The mini is a great Christmas present too, since it comes with a stand to hang your finished album on. If you decide you just want to leave it closed, it’s got a super cute cover to display!

frontHave I convinced you to come yet? Here’s some more! Rae Lynn will be teaching an ornament Make ‘n’ Take and on display will be the ornaments all the designers have created for our Holiday Hoopla class in early December. I’m still working on mine but here’s one that didn’t make the cut for this year:

sparkle snowflakeSuper sparkly but a bit too finicky for this class – I have some more ideas though!

If you want more details on the Retreat, or to sign up, check this out!

Cheers!

S.

12 on Twelve – October 2014

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Another 12 on Twelve! Before you start I should forewarn you of baby overload – my best friend had a baby on the 12th and my brother is home with his new baby. Enjoy! And to all my fellow Canadians – I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend full of food, family, friends, and good times.

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1. Playing games on Daddy’s iPad.

2. Morning drive home through Terra Nova Park from Central Newfoundland.

3. Porch selfie.

4. Sweet Baby James! He’s only about 15 hours old. :)

5. Happy parents.

6. Old friends, new baby.

7. Baby Maya is home for a visit!

8. Molly loves her new cousin.

9. Harvest bread for Thanksgiving dinner.

10. Birthday cake!

11. Laundry time…

12. My bed buddy.

Cheers!

S.

Simple Scrapper Show & Tell | October 2014

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showtellIt’s Show & Tell time at Simple Scrapper again and the Creative Team knocked it out of the park again! It’s really amazing how different styles use the same sketch – I love seeing them all! Go check out the Team Gallery.

My Story Starter layout this month was about one of my favourite spots, Salmon Cove:

the sands

I added some texture while re-enforcing my title by adding mist to translucent embossing paste and spreading it through a stencil:

the sands embossing paste

And I had fun with the subtitle by throwing in an ampersand clip:

the sands subtitle

My template LO used an instagram pic I took of Gabe and his new friend, Holly:

casestrickland-oct14-#4

We were walking home from school and though they didn’t listen to a single word we (her grandmother and I) said, they were still pretty much the cutest ever, holding hands and running. I added their initials to a vellum circle and stapled it over the picture:

new friends vellum tag

I added the same vellum across the bottom of the photo, over the mist drips. It anchors the photo without covering up all that drippy goodness!

new friends vellum layers

Now it’s your turn! Check out the Show & Tell post and then link up to any work you’re done this month. Make sure you look around at everyone else’s art and leave some love along the way!

Also, do you love sketches? And a supportive group of friends? We’re having a Creative Team call! Try out, you won’t regret it!

Cheers!

S.

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Seasonal Canvas | Fall

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Last night was the final in the Seasonal Canvas series – those people who did them all now have a gorgeous collection of four 6×6 canvases to display!

I have to admit, this fall one is my favourite – I love how it turned out!

fall canvas

A closer look at the quote most of us used:

fall title

And look at that shine! That’s pearlized Stampendous Mica Fragments with some fall colour added – isn’t it fabulous?!?

fall tree closeup

And that’s it – all the seasons done! Now, I just have to find somewhere in my house that will fit all four of them!

Cheers!

S.

P.S. Missed some of the canvas posts? You see them all here: Winter, SpringSummer

Seasonal Mini Album – Summer

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One of the new classes I”m teaching this year at The Paperie is a series of seasonal mini albums. They’re a great size – 6×8 – and although they can very easily stand alone, they can also fit into an album, like the October Afternoon Daily Flash albums or Simple Stories Snap binders. We’ll be making them with sturdy covers so they’re beautiful on their own!

The first album was to document the summer months – June, July, and August.

summer front cover

We made cover pages for each month, simple but focusing on one special picture from that month.

june

June was still pretty cold around here but it was nice enough to go hiking!

july

July was hot and beautiful and we spend loads of time at the beach.

august

August was up and down but we managed to get a great day to go sailing with my dad, one of the kids favourite things to do!

We also added lots of fun things to the album, like a couple of chevron envelopes for pics:

june envelopes front

And then we misted the back with some stencils:

june envelopes back

We also added a full size coloured envelope:

july envelope front

That holds a tiny mini of additional pictures:

july envelope open

I used my Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen to add shimmer and shine to all the foam Thickers:

august sparkle

There were also some acrylic pages and some pages we made into pockets, plus some cool monthly dividers. I didn’t get pics of everything but there are a few more photos you can see at Flickr.

We’ll be making the fall album the beginning of December and the papers I’ve picked out for that one are pretty awesome – if you’re around here, maybe you should think about joining us!

Cheers!

S.

 

Distress Renewed – Distress Ink Part 2

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I’ve been having great fun with this bimonthly class at The Paperie – Distress Renewed. This month, due to popular request, we went back to Distress Inks again and I dug deep to come up with some new ways to use them. I think I succeeded!

The results were two new ways to build backgrounds, one in a watercoloury (that’s a real word, I swear!) way and the other using a new blending technique.

The blended ink background has double stencil layers, some water dripping, and ink splats. Lots going on but still not too busy:

feel bunny

Layers with alphas and stickers from the element sheet:

feel bunny title

Now, can I be honest for a minute here? I’ve never been a fan of the Tea Dye Distress Ink – it just didn’t work for me. Until this LO:

feel bunny closeup

See those orangey splats? Tea Dye. Awesomeness. Love, love, love.

The watercoloury background used about 12 different colours of ink:

best day ever

The perfect mix of Old Paper ink and Perfect Pearls powder for ink splats with shimmer and defined edges, plus circle stamping:

best day ever stampingAnd of course, sticker layers!

best day ever layersI love these Distress Renewed classes – it’s as much fun for me to find new ways to use my products as it is to teach them!

Back early next week with the first in my Seasonal Mini Albums class – Summer!

Cheers!

S.

Back 2 School!

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See this peeps? I’m back posting when I said I would – woop woop! Miracles happen everyday! :) This is a pretty photo heavy post so grab a cup, relax, and enjoy!

This school kit was released this past weekend and there are limited quantities available at The Paperie (with more LO kits and themes to come!). It’s the perfect time to work on this type of LO since school has been in, around here anyway, for a couple of weeks and everyone is settled in to the routines again. Time to scrap those first day of school memories!

This year my baby started kindergarten – school for the first time!

1st Day Ever

I had a bunch of pictures but didn’t want to put them all front and centre so I used my favourite trick – a mini album stashed in an envelope that doubles as a photo mat!

1st Day Ever mini

I left the chipboard Thickers as is, for the most part, just added my usual dotty doodles:

1st Day Ever alphas

The second LO in the kit totally broke my mold and has 5 pictures on it! It also has a Dr. Seuss quote though you could, of course, add whatever title of quote you wished using the pack of Thickers included:

You'll Move Mountains

This time I added some shimmer to the chipboard alphas – I love how this makes them look!

You'll Move Mountains alphas

I didn’t add extra hidden photos this time but I did use a chevron envelope for some journaling:

You'll Move Mountains envelope

To finish off the kit I made lunchbox notes instead of the usual cards:

you xoxo i heart u hi

Along with the little ones, I also made a bigger notecard that could be used as a lunchbox note or a regular card:

#1Whew! That was a lot of pics and if you want some more, check out my Flickr stream!

Back soon with my latest Distress Renewed Class – Distress Ink Part 2!

Cheers!

S.

Let’s Hear it for the Girls!

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A while back I posted a class I taught at The Paperie, Let’s Hear it for the Boys! Well, I’m finally getting around to sharing the second class, Let’s Hear it for the Girls!

As a bonus, we also made this one a LO kit and I think there might be a couple left at the store! You get everything you need to complete the LO’s and cards, plus full colour, step by step instructions – go grab one while you can!

be yourselfThis first one is pretty simple but the background paper was so gorgeous I couldn’t cover up much of it!

I added some fun shimmer mist droplets and sequins for sparkle:

be yourself sequinsAnd the Thickers in the kit are an awesome colour:

be yourself titleThe second LO is a little more involved with some fussy cutting of elements:

all of youI couldn’t resist cutting out one of the cute foxes and the chevron arrows were just asking to be used!

all of you foxThere’s also a great geotag clip in the kit and I got it to stand out by backing the heart with a scrap of patterned paper:

all of you clipFinally, I made two cards – one was a birthday theme of course, because you can never have enough birthday cards!

happy dayAnd the second is a pretty generic one using those cute foxes again!

hello friendOnce the LO’s and cards were made, there was still a ton of stuff left over for more cards or Project Life inserts – awesome value! The only thing not included in the kit were the mists that I used for droplets and the adhesive. It’s the perfect thing to take to a friend’s house for a night of scrapping or when you just want to do something but don’t want to think too hard about it! ;)

If you like this type of kit you’re in luck – I’m going to be doing more for The Paperie! We released a Back 2 School kit this past weekend at the Sunshine Foundation Crop and Silent Auction fundraiser and there are more in the works! I’ll post the School kit here on Wednesday so stop back then to check it out.

Cheers!

S.

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