Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone,

I haven't posted in a while because I am in the process of moving. I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you in the new year with some new layouts!


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Sketchy Thursday's & CR84FN: Flower Girl

Hi everyone,

Here is the last thing that I worked on over the weekend. I chose to scrapbook the flower girl, Faith from my dad and Mad's wedding. She was so cute and had such a busy day.

I chose to use a sketch from Sketchy Thursdays and a colour challenge from CR84FN. Check out the sketches below.

I liked the Sketchy Thursday Challenge because it allowed me to include a lot of photos of Faith at different times of the day. I was also able to include a lot of journalling. So overall, I was able to get a lot all onto one layout.

I loved using the butterflies on this layout because Faith is so flighty. These butterflies are from the Recollection Set from Michaels. I am totally in love with them and am sad because I am almost out of them.

I also love the three rows of ribbons. The next interesting thing that I did was ink the letters. I bought this cheap set of foam letters. This set has like 500 letters in it. So, it is definitely essential to change them up a bit. They came in pink but I didn't find the colour bright enough. But, I have a Tim Holtz ink which added some colour and really made the "Flower Girl" stand out.

I also inked the letters "Faith." They originally were white but they did not stand out enough. So, I made them blue. The last big part of the design was the journalling. Although hand journalling is also nice, because I was journalling so much, I decided to do it on the computer instead.

I also added cute little heart brads as Faith loved the whole day!

Hope you enjoy it!


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sketch Abilities #60 and The Color Room #87: Silly Sisters

Hi everyone,

Here is one of the projects that I completed this weekend. I chose to do both a sketch challenge and a color challenge. I used the colour challenge #60 from the Color Room.

I used a sketch from Sketchabilities.
I chose to scrap Mad's silly sisters. They had a hilarious time straightening their hair at the hotel before the wedding. Here is the layout...

I used some old flowers that worked well colour wise with Samantha's shirt in the photo and also with the colour challenge. I used some Tim Holtz distress inks for to add some colour to the flowers.

I also added some cool die cut leaves from my Silhouette SD.

Hope you enjoy!


Frosted Designs #29: Shoes

Hi everyone,

I did a bit of scrapping this weekend. Here is one of the projects that I worked on:

I decided to use a sketch from Frosted Designs

I chose to use pictures from Mad and Dad's wedding. Katie Bailey, the photographer, took some pretty interesting shots of some of their accessories. In this case, I chose to use the photos of their shoes as there was two photos and the title worked well with the sketch. Check it out below!

One of the new things that I did on this sketch was make an accordion flower. I used my Silhouette SD and it turned out pretty nice. I added a cheap button to finish the middle of the flower.

I love the way the title turned out for this page. I used my Silhouette SD to make a pennant and then added letters with pop dots from a pack from Zellers called Moonlight.

and another shot...

Finally, I finished the title with a cute bow that matches the ribbon that mad used to line her garter in the photo of her shoes.

I hope you all enjoy it!


Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Sketch Thursdays: Party

Hi everyone,

Here is a new layout that I did on the weekend. It is based on the sketch for Sketchy Thursdays.


I made my sketch with photos from my grandparents book. This was one the last pages that I completed. Check it out below!
This was a great layout because it allowed me to amalgamate three pretty much unrelated photos. I was also able to journal about each photo. I used stickers and the background from a creative memories set that I received when going to the October crop. It worked out really well.

Here is a close up of the journalling

I hope you all enjoy!


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

HMITM & 2SF November Sketch: Thankful- Grandparents

Hi everyone,

Here it my interpretation of the latest How Much is Too Much Challenge.

The challenge is to do a layout about thankfulness. (any aspect)

3 foam embellishments
4 colors of cardstock
5 buttons
6 stickers (non-alphabet)

I love these challenges for some reason. They are very fun and challenging! This so far, was the easiest challenge for me. It came together really well and allowed me to use things that I previously had not been able to.

I decided to use the photos of my grandparents together. Although I have spent more time with my father's parents, I am very glad to have two awesome sets of grandparents. They are always there for everyone and are super cute!

Now, in terms of the criteria, here is what I used...

3 foam embellishments- I was going to give these flowers to Tory for Christmas but decided instead to give her some more orange flowers because anyone who has ever looked at her pages knows she is OCD about orange. So instead, I kept these awesome flowers for my layout.
4 colors of cardstock- The background is blue card stock, I matted two pictures with purple and green cardstock and I matted the smile sticker with brown cardstock.
5 buttons- I went with 6 stickers because it looked better with this layout than 5. I like keeping things balanced.
6 stickers (non-alphabet)- This was quite the challenge. I ended up using sticker borders that I received in an 8x8 family pack. Due to the fact that each sticker was only 8 inches long, I actually used two stickers for each border. Then, I used a smile sticker from the same set to highlight my grandparents hilarious non-smiling photo. My final sticker that qualifies was from a Creative Memories heritage set. It is a quote about how great grandparents are. I also used alphabet stickers from the same set but obviously those do not count for this challenge.

 This layout is also being used for the 2SF sketch for November.

Overall, I love it!


The Color Room- Palette #85: Joe

Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I last posted but I have a few new ones to post now after a great weekend of scrapping with Tory.

This page is one of the final pages for Gram and Gramps scrapbook. I have a few changes to make and then I am done! This page is highlighting Gramp. I chose to use the Color Room #85 colour palette for this page.

Your Challenge this week is THIS..........

I used my Tim Holtz mask to make the background on a piece of solid blue paper. I love this mask and have used it repeatedly.

I also used some bling on this page to highlight the gears. Finally, I used chalk to make the foam letters grey rather than their original white.

Hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Lewis Family: Deanne's Challenge

Hi everyone,

Here is a new layout that I made. I made this page for Dee's layout. Her colour challenge with 2SF was to include teal, golden yellow and creme and was based on a fabric (shown below).

I realized that right away, I had an awesome paper to go along with this challenge. It worked out really well and gave me the opportunity to show Grandma's family off right.

I used my silhouette to make the green basically border punch along the bottom. Then, I added the ribbon for a cute little touch! As well, I used my Silhouette to make the cheese like circle mat for the background. The first photo is of my grandmother and her mother and father. The second photo is of my grandmother (the baby) and her two order sisters, Ester and Olive. It is a totally awesome sepia photo. The one thing that I love about this layout was the rub on that I used along the side of the photos. So many times I have bought family quotes/sayings/etc that I have not used. This worked out really well because I was able to incorporate it into this layout.

Hope you all enjoy!


Shelby's Colour Challenge; PageMaps Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone,

This past week, there was a colour challenge at 2SF. This is the photo for Shelby's challenge: lime green and pink. I decided to scrap my grandmother for her 25th anniversary party book. I also decided to use the photo for the PageMaps sketch challenge. The sketch worked out well with the three photos of my grandmother that I had printed previously.

The page is fairly plain but used up a lot of pink paper that I bought in a all pink paper pack. It was pretty crazy. I also used my silhouette to cut out pink and green flowers. I added pink heart shaped brads as the center of each flower.

Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, 20 November 2011

2SF Online Crop Challenge: Blue & Frosted Designs: Die Cast Challenge

Hi everyone,

This past week, 2SF posted 7 online crop challenges. One challenge was to "chase away the blues." Now, I tend to love the colour blue. The challenge required 2 patterned blue papers, two solid blue papers and two blue embellishments. However, when it came to this challenge, I actually had an issue figuring out what I wanted to do with it.

I ended up choosing to scrapbook the LeBlanc family. It ended up working really well. The page is mostly blue with a bit of white in the paper patterns. I used a pattern page as my background and used my Tim Holtz, Ranger, "Broken China" distress ink to ink the outer edge. I also used a pattern blue to frame the middle picture. The solid papers were used to frame the other two pictures. I realized that I didn't have many blue embellishments, so I decided to make my own flower and leaves. I used a flower that I had downloaded as a free shape of the week from the Silhouette Blog. I used two patterns and alternated them for the flower. I also used both for the leaves. I inked the edges of the flower petals with the Tim Holtz, Ranger "Weathered Wood" distress ink. Finally, I used a pewter heart brad for the flower center. I also used foam letters for the title. This worked well because the page beside this in my book is also using foam letters "The Lewis Family"

Overall, this was my favourite page that I completed for the challenge. My one pitfall was cutting a bit of Grandpa's head off with one of the flowers, oops!

I also decided to enter this page in the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge, which was to have a die-cut.

Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, 17 November 2011

My Absolutely, Positively Most Favourite Cake Ever!

So as the title states, this is the post dedicated to my favourite cake ever! There are a few reasons for this...
1. It was made for my baby cousin Aidan's first birthday and he is the cutest little cousin ever (sorry Stephen, you're too old to be that cute now, lol).
2. It is of one of my favourite subjects: sea creatures.
3. It turned out completely awesome.

I started working on the cake a few weeks before Aidan's birthday. I made all of the sea creatures ahead of time and then put it all together with the cake, the night before the party.

Without further ado... here is the cake.

Aidan loves marine life. He has had an aquarium in his bedroom since he was born and also has Nemo and Dora on his walls. So, it only made sense to make him a cake that represented his likes as a 1 year old.

The bottom two layers are made of cake. The biggest layer was a vanilla cake and the top layer of cake was made of chocolate. The octopus head is made of Styrofoam. The birthday hat was made of a mini ice cream cone. All of the cake layers are covered in butter cream and then covered in fondant. I made quite a few sea creatures for this cake including Nemo, Dora, a crab, a sting ray, a few star fish, a few sea horses, a brittle star (back side of the cake), a pink puffer fish, a turtle, a dolphin (back side of the cake) and a killer whale (back side of the cake). One of the things that I learned doing this cake is that it is a great idea to get everything done that you can ahead of time. I work out of town so I only start work on cakes after 7 pm. Sometimes, I am still working at midnight to get all the nitty gritty details completed. This cake however, went surprising well because so much was done ahead of time.

Here are some close ups.

Everything turned out so well. I was very happy.

The other thing that I made was a smash cake since that is what every one year old should have. It was a replica of the main cake. One thing I learned from this though, is that smash cakes should not be made of fondant because kids don't always get that they can go through the fondant to get to the cake and icing :).

Overall, it all went well and the birthday boy enjoyed his cake and had a great birthday!


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

My favourite cakes!

Hi everyone,

Hope your week is going well.

I was checking out some photos on my computer and wanted to reminisce about some of the cakes that I have completed to date. These are some of my early cakes.

1. This cake was the first fun cake that I ever decorated. I used plastic clown heads and butter cream icing to decorate this cake.

The clowns were so cute...

2. Another cake that I love is my first fondant cake ever! I made a present out of fondant. This was the first cake during the third Wilton Cake Class. It is a pretty typical cake but it is cute. My co-workers thoroughly enjoyed the fact that I was decorating all of these cakes because it meant that they got a break once a week from working to go and eat them!

3. Before I started using fondant, I decided to make a cake for Easter. Although the cake in general was a little scary looking, there was one part of the cake which looked so awesome. It was the carrots coming out of the ground!

4. This is the cake that I made for Devin's Birthday. It is quite fun. Devin loves the Barrie Colts, the Barrie OHL team. For his birthday, a whole bunch of his friends were going to the game with him and they were meeting the Colts before the game.For once, I even got a positive comment from Devin; he liked the cake. For a pre-teen boy, that is a big thing.

Close ups of Devin riding the Zamboni...


5. This cake was made for a friend of a coworker. It was based on the logo for their company, Nani Creations. This cake was memorable because it was the first cake that someone paid me to make!

6. This was a cake that I made for my bowling league. I made a replica bowling alley to celebrate our season!

These are just some of my cakes for now... there are more to come.


Jenny's Wedding Cake

Hi everyone,

I decided that I should show some other scraps of my creativity, specifically my cakes. Recently, I went to Calgary for my friend Jenny's wedding. She asked me to decorate her wedding cake based on one of my early cakes that I made while taking the Wilton Cake decorating classes. I was very excited for the chance to make her cake. My early cake was the cake below

Here are some of the details...

Thus, Jenny loved the blue roses so I made a modification of this cake for her cake. She wanted the blue roses along with copper leaves to match the colours of her wedding. Her wedding was at Thanksgiving and was located in a restaurant on a beautiful lake in Calgary.

However, because I am in Ontario and it is rather time consuming to make fondant flowers, I made the roses in Ontario and had to transport them to Calgary. It was a bit scary as they were a lot of work and I didn't want to have to make them again; however, everything went well. I opened the roses at Jenny's house, with everyone standing around me. Luckily, there were perfect and they made Jenny's mom cry. It was very cute and such a nice start to the trip.

Without further ado, the cake!

And the details....

The cake went quite well. Everyone loved it.

Hope you enjoy it as well!