Friday, April 29, 2016

Sketch-y Friday with Team A | April 29 2016

Hello and welcome to a brand new month of sketch challenges, beginning as always with a double page sketch.  Just an FYI, since our April challenges are still open throughout today, we will be drawing our winner on Monday so please watch for that.


And here is your Team A DT inspiration!




Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until May 29th, at midnight to participate in any of this month's sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!  You may take some artistic license with your adaptation of the sketches, however if you choose to use a double page sketch for a single page layout you may only enter once per sketch, not once per side.

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

*note - If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Inspiration on Thursday | Featured Entry

Today's inspiration comes from 1. Renee T. who linked up this gorgeous mixed media layout with our April colour challenge!


Thanks for playing along Renee, we just love your page!  Please grabbed our featured badge from the side bar and wear it proudly on your blog!

Happy crafting friends!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ribbon Storage | Tutorial

Hi there, Laura here today with  a bit more of a tip than a tutorial to share today.  I am revamping my craft room - very, very slowly. And so, I spent a bit of time reorganizing my ribbons.  I am switching back to a storage method I have used in past and then couldn't use it when I switched rooms.  I am now able to go back to this method and am excited about it.  It is so much better than all my ribbons being thrown into a large bin which is what I have been doing for the last year or so. I will spare you a photo of the tangle mess it was in.

I was reminded of this storage method when I recently re-found this pant hanger in my house.


It actually looked like this when I purchased it, years ago (but still available).  I removed the foam grips so that the ribbon spools would fit onto the bars.


I tidied up each spool (most were almost all the way unwound - I am hanging my head in shame - and knotted with other ribbons) and stuck a straight pin into them to keep them tidy and from unwinding on the hanger.


I quickly filled up most of the hanger.


Loose ribbon that was more than a couple of feet long, was wrapped around the bottom (stationary) bar of the hanger.  It worked out perfectly.


Anything shorter than a couple of feet long was put into this basket for quick access.  I am hoping to remember to check here first, when I need ribbon, to use up my scraps.


Now I just need to clean out the closet in my scraproom to make space for this! :)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kit Club with Elaine

Hello!  We have our last share of the month using the April Premium Kit Club contents for you today.


Elaine has such a knack for photography, including paring just the perfect photos with the products she is using! Love that embellishment cluster.

Thanks for dropping in!

Monday, April 25, 2016

ScrapMuch? Happenings

Hello friends!

We have a few things on the go starting this weekend and over the next month, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Join us for an all Day Crop this coming Saturday!

When: Sat. April 30th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Salvation Army Church
33 Diana Ave. Brantford, Ontario 

 Cost of the crop is ONLY $25+hst and includes snack, lunch, refreshments and a small gift for all attendees!

Bring your supplies and get ready for a day of scrappy fun.

Registration Required. Register Here to reserve your spot.



Our second 2016 Spring Retreat at the Elmhurst Inn is coming soon!


May 13-15th 2016 in the Carriage House

Retreaters watch your inboxes for more details, coming soon.


Join us for an all Day Crop May 28th!

When: Sat. May 28th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Salvation Army Church
33 Diana Ave. Brantford, Ontario 
 Cost of the crop is ONLY $25+hst and includes snack, lunch, refreshments and a small gift for all attendees!

Bring your supplies and get ready for a day of scrappy fun.

Registration Required. Register Here.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sketch-y Friday with Team B | April 22 2016

Hi there and happy Friday!

We have a brand new sketch to share with you today and some fabulous Design Tam inspiration!

Here is your sketch....


And here is your Team B inspiration!



Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until April 29th, at midnight to participate in any of this month's sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!  You may take some artistic license with your adaptation of the sketches, however if you choose to use a double page sketch for a single page layout you may only enter once per sketch, not once per side.

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

 *note - If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Inspiration on Thursday | Featured Entry

Hello friends!

For this week's dose of inspiration, we couldn't resist sharing this layout submitted by Connie Hall.


Don't you just love it? We do too!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Z Fold Card | Tutorial


Laura here with a new tutorial to share today.  I thought I should start using up some paper scraps and random leftover embellishments - card making seemed liked a great way to do this.  But of course, we want to keep things fun and interesting so I decided to create a different style of card than I usually do.


Begin with creating your card base, I am using kraft paper and making mine "tent style" as I prefer the way they stand.  So I am starting with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of card stock and scoring it at 5.5".


To make the Z part of the card, you will need another piece of cardstock that measures 4 x 10 1/4.  I am using white but of course you can use whatever suits you.  Score this at 2 1/2 and 5 as shown above.


Fold along the score lines to achieve the look in the above image.


Now adhere this to the face of your card.


Now it is time for patterned paper, your first piece should measure 3 1/4 x 5, go ahead and adhere this to the front of your card, as well.


Cut a coordinating pattern to 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 and adhere it to the front of the Z.


Next cut a piece of cardstock, the same colour as your main card base, to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2, then cut another coordinating pattern to 2 1/4 to 3 1/4.  Do not adhere these two pieces together yet. I say this because you may want to use staples or brads on your embellished area and you can hide the backs if you hold off adhering these two layers together.

Embellish the front of the patterned paper, I am using leftover chipboard and some enamel dots, as well as a rub on sentiment.  However, this is the part that anything goes.  If you like to make paper flowers, add a cluster of them instead, maybe a stamped or die cut butterfly, or do you colour?  How about a coloured image - the sky is the limit!

Once you have finished embellishing, adhere these two layers together, mine is pretty heavy so I opted for a liquid adhesive at this point.


Now go ahead and adhere your embellished layers to the front of the card, be mindful to not put adhesive above where the decorative panel adjoins to the front of the Z.  Again I opted for liquid adhesive here.


Now your card is all ready for giving!


Supply List:  Recollections and Staples cardstock; Crate Paper patterned paper and chipboard; Simple Stories enamel dots; Pebbles rub on.

Tanks so much for visiting!
Laura

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kit Club Tuesday with Elaine

Hey friends!  How about some more gorgeous inspiration using this months Premium Kit club contents!


Love this background paper and the title work!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Project Kits Update

Hello friends!

We are continually striving to add new and unique layout kits, card kits, and project kits to the store.  Be sure to check here often to avoid missing out on a new release.


Also, just a reminder, if you have purchased a kit that has been discontinued but have yet to assemble it, you can always find a large sized image here to help with assembly.

So glad you sopped by!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sketch-y FRiday with Team A | April 15th 2016

Hi friends!   Today is challenge day and that means a new sketch and loads of fabulous DT inspiration for you!


And here is your Team A DT inspiration!





Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until April 29th, at midnight to participate in any of this month's sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!  You may take some artistic license with your adaptation of the sketches, however if you choose to use a double page sketch for a single page layout you may only enter once per sketch, not once per side.

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

*note - If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inspiration on Thursday

Hello friends!

Elaine is sharing a great way to use multiple photos on a single page layout today!


Why don't you give this a try., too!

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Font Preview | Tip

Hi there, Laura here today!  I am cheating a little bit with my weekly tutorial, you see I ran out of time last week when I was suppose to put one together for today's post.  So you are getting a quick tip instead of a full tutorial - but a really COOL tip!

This is super handy for those of us that own electronic die cutting machines but also useful for anyone that uses the computer to type up journaling or Photoshop to add text to photos.

What is it you ask?

A free website, the you can type any word into and it will give you a visual of what that word will look like in EVERY font on your computer!

No downloading, and super quick, too!

Check it out yourself at Wordmark.it  .  This is what your screen will look like when you open the page.


Type a word of your choice into the box that says "wordmark" and click the green "load fonts" button.

This is a sneak peek at my first few fonts when I typed in the word "sunny"  yes I checked - it loaded all the fonts that I have on my computer, I had to scroll way dwn - and took a mere second!


This is going to save me huge amounts of time scrolling through all my options looking for something that feels right!

Once I decide on the font that I want to worth with I can choose it before I start typing in Silhouette software.  So coll!  So time saving!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kit Club Tuesday with Elaine

Hello

Elaine is starting off her monthly Kit Club share with a brilliant two page BANG!



This mirror image layout is so fresh and strinking, we just love it!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring has Sprung | Free Digital Cut File

Hi there, Laura here sharing a new freebie cut file today.

https://app.box.com/s/ujssjd60jrcls1z4strnqyntmscuc7zt

It might just be wishful thinking, but I thought Spring was here!  As always, click on the image to be taken to my download page.

Have a great day!