Friday, October 29, 2010

Fabulous Friday - Inspired By Challenge

Whooooooo wants to make this super cute project from Stephanie on this Fabulous Inspired By Friday?????

Hi everyone! For today blog challenge, we’re going to take these punches

and some cardstock or scraps of patterned paper, and turn it into this cute little owl!

Are you ready?

With your 1 3/8” circle punch, punch out a circle. This will be the body of your owl.

Using the scalloped circle punch, punch out another circle. This will be your wings. You will need to cut this in half and round out the wings. Ink the edges if you desire.

The head is punched with a tab punch.

Using ¾”, ½” and ¼” punches, punch out eyes.

A small corner of orange paper will make a beak and the toes.

Glue it all down and you’re done!

You now have a cute little owl to use as a treat bag topper (WHOOOOOOO’s scared?) or on a card!

Have fun and I’d love to see what you can do!

P.S. as much as I’d like to take credit for this, the idea came from a friend who is very creative.

Thank you Stephanie!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Roving Reporter - Wainwright Stampede

We are so lucky to have Lorraine Melin, former Scrap Shotz Guest Designer, be our Roving Reporter this week. Her assignment was to report a special event held in her neck of the woods; I wanted to get to know Wainwright.

Read Lorraine's report on the Wainwright Stampede below. I have to warn you...the pictures are absolutely stunning! Beautiful job Lorraine...and I sure look forward to seeing your layouts with these pictures!

The Wainwright Stampede has been an annual event in our town for over 55 years. I can proudly tell you that I haven't missed one for 45 of them. My parents were on the committee while I was growing up, and I've been serving on the executive since 1985. Here are a few photos of the event this year.

We had bucking horses and bucking bulls.

Editor's Note: The thrill and the excitement must be contagious! Great shot!

The Wild Pony Race, where kids try to ride a miniature pony that has other ideas.

This is the Wainwright Stampede Riders Drill team, waiting for the parade to start.

And here they are performing their drill.

The rodeo included steer wrestling.

We had Canadian Professional Chuckwagon races.

And these girls who have to be in the best physical condition of anyone. I think getting into this position would be a piece of cake – it’d be the getting back up on the horse that would be the tricky part!

Editor's Note: Yikes! They are amazing!

There were plenty of other exciting events, and I have so many pictures, but I wanted to share just one more with you. Here’s one of my favourite little cowboys.

Thanks for joining me on my Wainwright Stampede tour. We’ll be doing it all over next June. You should join us!

Thank you Lorraine! Please join me in thanking our Roving Reporter!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spotted in the Gallery!

Totally fell in love with this one uploaded by Char... those photos are fabulous! And I love the CB accents and those punched borders! Thanks for sharing Char!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fabulous Friday - Inspired By Challenge

This Fabulous Friday we have a fantastic challenge from our talented guest designer, Carolyn Waldschmidt. She has prepared a beautiful Inspired By Challenge for you...have a looksie!

I was sitting in my kitchen and my eye was caught by this patio ware plate. I couldn’t help thinking I loved the color scheme and the big blossoms and that they would look great on a layout.

This is the result, I used the colors, the five-petal blossoms, and I even used the plate itself as a template to cut my circle out.

Let’s see how this plate can inspire you, whether it’s the shape, colors or blossoms, I’d love to see what you come up with.

Thank you Carolyn!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fabulous Technique - Making Barn Stars

Have you been in the Scrap Shotz gallery recently? If so, you might have seen the stunning paper barn stars that our newest Design Team gal, Laura Gilhuly makes.

Supplies:  A star (punched or from a die cut, etc), steel ruler, a paper piercer or something else with a sharp but not cutting edge (like a scoring blade), ink, pencil

1) cut your star using a punch or your cricut, slice etc

2) on the back draw a line using your steel ruler and pencil from one point of the star to the valley opposite, so all lines intersect in the center.

so it looks like the red lines on this....

3) check your pencil lines and make sure they all intersect.

4) using your ruler, and your paper piercer or scoring blade, go over the lines on the back side

5) fold on each line so your star becomes 3d

6) ink so the folds become more pronounced

7) adhere to your page using foam or 3d dots

Here is Laura's layout - I think you'll agree that it is beautiful!

Thank you Laura!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spotted in the Gallery!

I just had to share this vintage layout uploaded by Ruby this week... isn't it gorgeous! All of the sheer and the bling details are amazing... and these photos are totally precious...

Thanks so much for sharing it with us Ruby!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fabulous Friday - Chromotherapy Challenge

Hi everyone, Laurel here. This week I am doing a Chromotherapy challenge. I found this picture on the Pottery Barn website and I just love the feel of it. I would like you to do a project based on the colors in this picture.

I picked out the Blues, browns, yellows and tans. I used the new October Afternoon Seaside papers.

Looking forward to seeing your Fabulous Friday projects!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Roving Reporter - The Saga of Mo and Jo

***The Roving Reporter returns with a fabulous article by Kelly Smith (KZ). Enjoy!***

Once upon a time, there was a woman who loved to scrapbook. She adored her two little friends Mo and Jo and how they made creating effortless! One day however she woke up to find that Mo and Jo had left. She was aghast and didn’t know what she could do!

Being the good scrapbooker she was, she went first to her online forum to see if Mo and Jo had been lost there. No, her comrades in cardstock assured her. They did however have some suggestions about where she could look.

So, the woman took them up on their suggestions and looked in one place after another.

First, she flipped through several scrap magazines and put sticky notes on pages that looked interesting.

Next, she perused online forums seeking Mo and Jo’s return. She put several beautiful layouts in her “favourites” folder for future reference.

Then, she went to her scrap stash and fondled some lovely patterned paper. Wait! Was that Mo or Jo she saw in the pattern?

Excitedly, she then found a photo that seemed to “speak” to her. Was it Mo and Jo calling her name?

Finally, she succumbed to the siren call of the adhesive and paper. While not “feeling” Mo or Jo near her she thought that she might as well start. She looked at her favourite online forum for the design team challenges for the month. With a less than enthusiastic outlook, she started to plan her first “MoJo-less” page.

Surprisingly, she found that the more she worked on her page, the stronger she felt her Mo aligning with Jo… They weren’t completely back after the one page (in fact it looked awful, she thought) but she also felt it was a start. After a good night sleep and a good meal, she felt that her MoJo wouldn’t be away much longer.

The moral of this tale: Mo and Jo are waiting for you. They love to sit on your shoulders and encourage and prompt you to create beautiful (or average) pieces of art BUT anyone can lose them at some time or other. When it happens to you (and if you have scrapbooked very long it already has) there are several ways to “find” your MoJo again. The solutions are different for everyone, and may vary from one time to the next. But, hold on. MoJo desires to be with you. Your mojo will always come looking for YOU!

***Many thanks to our Roving Reporter:  Kelly Smith (KZ)***

Monday, October 11, 2010

Spotted in the Gallery!

Well this beauty was uloaded by one of our newest members... thanks for sharing this one Char... it's a keeper! Love those fun photos!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fabulous Friday - Blueprint Challenge

Ooooh we have a fantastic Blueprint Challenge on this Fabulous Friday from the lovely Laura Gilhuly.

Here is her sketch - looks awesome, right???

And here is her interpretation!

I think it is absolutely stunning! And this is a long weekend...what better way than to participate in the Blueprint Challenge!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fabulous Find - Graphic45

Graphic45 has got to be one of my favorite Fabulous Finds! Do you love Graphic45? I love the attention to detail, the stunning images and the quality of the paper itself. My love affair probably started with last year's Christmas line, Christmas Past. Here is my Kaisercraft Advent Calendar using the Christmas Past line. (Psst! Email Sandy for the Kaisercraft Advent Calendar and the paper pad of Christmas Past.)

And this year...yum, yum, yum...look at the Steampunk line. Here are a few layouts I created with the Steampunk line. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how versatile the papers are.

Here is my take on Heritage...

and kids...

and intricate "pretty"

Have I convinced you to look at Graphic45? Well, don't forget all the delicious accessories: the chipboard buttons, chipboard flowers, the envelopes, alphas and die cut stickers.

Let me know what you think, ok? (Don't forget to check out the Graphic45 goodies in the store too!)

Monday, October 4, 2010

We Have A Winner!!!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! (I've always wanted to say that!) LOL

Seriously we have a winner to the blog challenge for World Cardmaking Day. It is...

dWaye with this card! Congratulations!

Please contact Sandy to claim your prize! Thank you thank you thank you everyone for playing along!

Spotted in the Gallery!

Feeling girly today... this one by Kelly was the perfect choice!

Friday, October 1, 2010

World Cardmaking Day

Happy World Cardmaking Day! This is a fun day of cardmaking all around the world. Traditionally it marks the start of Christmas Card crafting! Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

At Scrap Shotz, we are celebrating World Cardmaking Day with a challenge. My challenge to you is to either link a card that you made today OR to link a favorite card that you have made in the past. When I see your card, I'll add your name for a draw of 2 Copic markers. Yes! Pretty sweet I would say! I'll make the draw on Sunday October 3, 1200 pm MST (midnight).

To inspire you, here are a few cards that I have made recently.

So what are you waiting for??? Get cardmaking!

Fabulous Friday - Anything But Challenge

Good Fabulous Friday Morning Everyone! Today we have a wonderful Anything But challenge from our talented guest designer, Jamie Vanderheyden.

Look at this!!! Gorgeous, I know! Want to know Jamie made it??? Well you are in luck, here are the instructions.

Mod podge sealer, glue and finish
patterned paper cut into random strips and squares
acrylic paint
(optional supplies; ink to distress, Distress crackle paint and Glimmer Glaze)


Brush a coat of Mod Podge onto your canvas

Cover the entire surface with your paper- it’s ok to leave small gaps

Brush another thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface of your paper covered canvas. Allow to dry.

At this point I added the crackle painted semi circles to the top right corner. Dry.

Using a brush or even your finger, smear some acrylic paint across the canvas. Then, I like to use a baby wipe or a wet paper towel to take a good portion of it off, this gives it an aged/worn look.

Once dry, you can do additional distressing such as inking the edges, i also added areas of ‘Cowboy’ glimmer glaze from the October kit.

Embellish as you wish. I added the word ‘dream’ with some American Crafts thickers and some punched stars covered in crackle paint and the glimmer glaze.

Jamie's challenge to you is to create an altered canvas! Don't forget to share, ok?