Friday, November 27, 2020

Mini Albums - Create without Photos

Hi there! I have started playing with the Vicki Boutin, Storyteller Kit collection Scrap Shotz sent my way and wow, wow, wow. I love that this collection features purple (a pretty rare colour in our scrappy community). This collection is all kinds of pretty florals, birds, hearts, and has that very slight grunge look of Vicki’s collections. Beautiful. 

One of the goodies sent my way is the Storyteller Tags and Journaling Pieces. I have decided to use these beauties to create a tag mini album and wow am I having fun. 

To get my scrappiness on I decided to start creating without worrying about photos. What? Yup! Maybe my foray into creating Christmas Cards where I dingy have to match photos has me feeling the no-photo creative vibe! 

Don’t worry I will add photos but I know I also want to have a few tags that are just, well, pretty! Tags of different shapes and colours and textures that showcase the collection for sure but also reinforce the fun, colourful vibe of the mini album. 

Here is what I have so far: 

To get these little mini tags completed I simply laid out the chipboard, papers, stickers, phrases and stencils from the Kit on my desk beside the tag set and just freely added here and there - not worrying about running out of that perfect thing or that matching something. Just playing and loving it! 

What are you doing with your Storyteller Kit? 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Winter Market Cards

 Hello. Just popping in to show some cards that I made for a special project here in Winnipeg. As you may have seen in the news, we are in as close to a full lockdown as you can get. There are so many personal care homes struggling with outbreaks and/or visitor restrictions. Our local radio station is collecting cards for the residents. So my daughter and I spent the weekend making cards.

I made 4 cards with the Carta Bella Winter Market Collection. I used some of the cut apart cards, 12x12 papers, ephemera and enamel dots. I used foam to attach some of the stickers so they pop off the card.

For the final card I used the Creative Expressions Winter Wreath Embossing Folder. I used Distress Inks in two different colours, dabbed red paint for berries and glued an embroidery thread around a stamped sentiment. 

I still see the Winter Market Collection in the shop, so head on over and check it out!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Christmas Cards - So Many to Give


The Kaisercraft Emerald Eve collection Scrap Shotz sent me to play with this month continues to bring a touch of Christmas to my scrappy space - never too early to get into the Christmas spirit! 

If you read my post from earlier this week you will have read ... wait for it ... I have never made cards! Nope, never, not a thing in my wheelhouse, too intimidating to give something I made away, reserved for the scrappy experts out there, etc. 

Well Emerald Eve inspired a change of mind and now I can’t stop! Card making is for everyone! The fantastic green tones with touches of country vintage cream and brown and pops of bling Christmas gold in this collection are so much fun to play with that I just had to keep playing and playing and playing. 

Here are a few cards I made with this collection (you can see more in the post link above too): 

Literally the only supplies from my stash I brought to the Emerald Eve card making party was some vellum, Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs), 2 gold washi’s from Vicki Boutin collections, and white card stock for the card base. I did use a stencil and one of my dies too. But wow, so many cards made and I still have goodies left to play with. 

Lots of paper and embellishments and more from this Kaisercraft collection in the Scrap Shotz store! What are you using for your Christmas card or December scrappy supplies? 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Winter Market - Part 2

 Hello. Today I have another Carta Bella Winter Market layout. I found so many great cut files this month so I couldn't resist using one more. 

The cut file is by Kolette Hall and is in the Silhouette Store. I cut out all the letters and used a T-square to paste them all on the page. 

I used a square punch and then cut them in half to make the corner triangles. I also tucked some behind the picture. 

The white parts of the layout are Bazzill Basics Textured Cardstock in white. The picture is backed with the Glitter Cardstock. I'm loving how it adds sparkle to a layout. I finished the layout with some ephemera and enamel dots.

This kit is the tried and true Carta Bella - lots of patterned paper, cut apart cards and a sticker sheet. Pop by the shop to check it out.

Have a great day.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Christmas Cards - A First Time for Everything

This month Scrap Shotz sent me Kaisercraft Emerald Eve to play with - what a beautiful collection! All the great greens of Christmas with a touch of brown, cream and gold. The collection gives me a bit of a country feel but with a classic gold Christmas pop thanks to all the beautiful foiling. 

I was a bit torn on what to do with this collection actually. The design seemed to beautiful for my December Daily project (I tend to go on the sillier side because, well, my family is amazingly silly) and I was not quite ready to create Christmas pages. Then I came across a Christmas Card post on the Scrap Shotz Paper Crafting Group on Facebook and just like that, I was inspired! Wow there are some talented card makers in our scrappy community. 

Big caveat folks ... I have never made cards before! I find them really intimidating. Creating something you give away to others where they can see if my glue went over the edge or or or makes me a little nervous. So much more pressure than creating a page that sits in my album in my house! But wow do I love receiving homemade cards. So, give to the world what you hope to get back and all that right? 

To get me started, I scrolled and saved inspiration from cards posted on the Scrap Shotz Paper Crafting Group on Facebook and Scrap Shotz Instagram which included loads of ideas from our resident card making gurus Karla Yungwith and Rosie Neustedter. With my brain filled up on inspiration I laid out the collection and just stared to play - what fun! 

I had a few stencils on my desk, some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to shade the edges of the cards, for the stencils and to give some dimension to the fantastic wood veneer in the collection. I also grabbed the gold washi tape from the last couple of Vicki Boutin collections and that was my kit! 

Next will be to figure out who I can give all the homemade cards to. Maybe a local Long Term Care residence so the wee grams and gramps can send cards this year and not have to venture to the local card store to buy any. Hmm that's an idea. 

Are you a card maker? If you are like me and have never made cards before - honestly, do it! There is something so fun about making something smaller than my usual 12x12 and you don't have to match the design to a story or photo, its pure play! Crafty therapy at its best. 

Happy crafting!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Winter Market Layouts - Part 1

 Hello crafty friends! Carolyn back today with some fun winter layouts using the Carta Bella "Winter Market" Collection

Who's ready for winter? My daughter just loves the snow. I wish I shared some of her enthusiasm. But I thoroughly enjoyed using this snowy paper to document her love of the snow. I found the snowflake cut file in the Silhouette Store made by Teresa Collins. I cut it on plain white paper. I added some Glitter Glitz Gel by rubbing it on with my finger. The enamel dots added some nice contrast. 

The title is a cut file from Jillibean Soup. I love a script font mixed with a print font. The papers are all from the Winter Market kit except for the white cardstock and glitter paper. I used this paper to frame the picture. It is pretty thick, bumpy paper so I think it would be difficult to run through a cutting machine. The remaining embellishments are from the ephemera pack and the sticker sheet that comes in the kit. 

How cute is this sledding fox? I really wanted to document the sled hill in our front yard. It's about the only bonus to a steep driveway. I couldn't resist making this fox which can be found in the Silhouette Store. I cut out every piece on a white piece of cardstock. I used some distress inks with a blending tool and the brighter colours are distress paint. The black was done with a Sharpie. It was really fun to make.

The white hills are made with Bazzill textured cardstock. The title is Simple Stories Color Vibe Alphas. The embellishments are all stickers from the kit and enamel dots.

Thanks for checking out this collection. I'll be back with more next week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mixed Media Layout using the October Kit

Hello friends! Karla back today with a mixed media layout using that beautiful October Scrapbooking Kit featuring the awesome Carta Bella Hello Autumn Collection! This is the fourth layout I've made and I still have enough supplies to create a lot more!! I decided to use some mixed media on this page that I shared Live on the Scrap Shotz Facebook page last week. You can see the edited Video below. 

I used some Distress Oxide Sprays in Crackling Campfire, Wild Honey and Twisted Citron to add a watercolour effect to the white cardstock in the background. The colours matched beautifully and add to the Fall feel of this Thanksgiving layout. 

I used the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and Green Deco Foil to add a shiny element to the cut apart journaling page and the chipboard Thicker (below). This is such a quick and easy no-heat way to add shine! 

The assortment of stickers from the Foam Stickers, chipboard Thickers, icon chipboard and add-on Sticker book and Puffy Stickers were perfect to add to embellish the page!

Here's a look at the Video where you can find the full process!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out the wonderful October Kit in the Scrap Shotz Store HERE!! You can find all the fantastic add-ons HERE and everything that's fun and NEW HERE! Have a very happy and very crafty week friends!!

Monday, November 9, 2020

October SSZ Kit - More Carta Bella "Hello Autumn"

Winter is here. It makes the photos and colors that I've used here seem even lovelier. This Carta Bella line is so beautiful, with rich, vibrant colors and beautiful images. Just for a change, I used green to mat and highlight my photo. There are chipboard embellishments scattered and the title is foiled with Thermo Web foil as Karla showed us in her mixed media layout video last week. (Sneak - she's going to be posting it here on the blog sometime very soon!)

This layout is another clean and simple one. The colors of this Carta Bella paper are perfect for all our fall photos! The tag is from the ephemera pack and the foam title is from a past kit.

I made a few cards, one with the gorgeous trim that was offered as an add on - both as a banner and cut apart for embellishments. This is the oh-so-popular slimline card size, that fits in a #10 envelope.
Using up my scraps and adding to my card stash...
This is brand new for me!! I started keeping a listing Traveller's Notebook. I was able to use a lot of stickers from the cardstock sticker sheet in this line for the page and I was very pleased with how it turned out.
Thanks for looking! Have a great week!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

October 2020 Scrapshotz Kit - Carta Bella "Hello Autumn"

Hello everyone! As I write this blog post, our fall weather is holding a balmy +11 C. It is far too late in the year to hope that it will last much longer, so crafty time will be easy to find!

The October Scrapshotz kit, featuring the Carta Bella "Hello Autumn" line is perfect for those fall photos! On this layout I loved the patterned paper on both sides, so while I used a sheet with leaves, I folded back a corner for contrast with the gorgeous plaid. I matted my photo on the rust colored gingham and die cut a border of maple leaves to add interest. I used some foam flowers and title is from the kit, along with some cardstock banners and chalkboard popped up with foam dots to accent. The photo is popped up and double matted to give it added importance. 

My second layout was created with the Creative Scrapbooker October Sketchy Challenge. Here is the sketch.

My layout used the sketch very literally, and I was able to use 6 photos from a fall walk with my granddaughter. I matted each section in a different fall color taken from the background, and used cardstock stickers mounted on foam tape for the banner and the accent leaves. For the title, I used a word from the foam sticker sheet and letter thickers from the kit that were embossed with copper penny embossing powder. Journaling was hand written on a scrap of co-ordinating cardstock with inked edges.

I did have some scraps of paper left, so I made a couple of fall cards with the foam stickers, some leaf sequin embellishments from the kit, a bit of ribbon and a "hello" die cut with the Altenew Hello and Hugs Die Cut, still available in the Scrapshotz store. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend and stop by again soon for some crafty inspiration from the Design team.