Mojo Monday

It’s Mojo Monday time again. Yay! I really enjoy the sketches that Julee provides for the card challenge each week. Helps me out with trying to keep up with my card supply folder which I recently made to keep me on track this year. I’ll share that another day though.

So without further ado here is this weeks card for Mojo Monday #177

I love the combination of the colours in this digital kit – which is a sneak peak as it is not being released till Thursday. I’ll be sure to come back and give you the credits though.

I have layered lots of pp and stitched each layer. Then the flowers, stick pin from Maya Road and button were added for that extra little touch.

Here is a close up of the chandelier..where you can see I have added CTMH Liquid Glass and Glitz Stardust to give the thing some dimension and shine. I have also spritzed the flowers with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Old Lace.

Just the right amount of glamour for a special person having a special birthday – now let’s just hope she doesn’t read my blog for a while. 🙂

Pop on over to Mojo Monday for a whole lot more inspiration!

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Jenni Bowlin Inspired One Little Word Canvas & Blog Hop

Phew, that must be my longest blog post heading ever! Mind you the post is long enough to match! 🙂

Welcome to the One Little Word blog hop. If you are on the hop you would have arrived here from Margaret at Gutsy Mum.  Read through to the bottom for the next stop on the blog hop. You’ll also find a list of all stops at the very end of the post.

As I have already shared here and here too about my One Little Word for 2011, I thought it would be good to give you a look at my layout for Ali Edwards BPS class – and then onto a little project I completed this week using my one little word.

This ended up slightly rearranged, printed, cut up and added to the 9 ATC page protector in my album.I will share that in a later post but for now lets get on with my Jenni Bowlin Canvas showcasing my OLW.

Jenni Bowlin Inspired Canvas Art

During the Cocoa Daisy trip to Mykonos island in Greece late last year I had the opportunity to spend time, not only with Ali Edwards, but also the awesome Jenni Bowlin. Jenni is such a sweetie and, while the hi-light was getting to know her, another fab experience was doing a class with her.

It was supposed to be a “home” canvas but morphed into what was going to be a memory board incorporating memorabilia from the Mykonos trip. I had a little issue challenge with my paint not drying and the thing not coming together like I was wanting it to. Of course with traveling away again so soon after getting back from Greece it just sat there.

And sat there, and sat there, right through Christmas and New Year. Finally it came down to do something with it – or throw it away. Which wasn’t really an option because of my one little word. Balance for me is making do this year which extends then to using things already stashed rather than buying more. Up-cycling, re-purposing , and re-inventing uses for things to bring them into where I am right now.

Which is why the unfinished canvas board project from Jenni Bowling morphed into my inspirational one little word canvas.

This is how it looked when I returned from Greece. You can see a bit of the photo that it should have looked like from Jenni Bowlin on the left. Armed with the leftover bingo cards and other items from the class kit I got to work on it.

Luckily for me the word Mykonos and the word Balance have the same amount of letters. 🙂

Inking up the edges of the punched bingo card numbers and layering them over the top of the others was easy. Just needed to change the last number of the year date. After making some “butchers twine” from DMC# 5 in ivory and light blue I corded it and glued it along the top edge to resemble bunting.

I wanted to keep the essence of Jenn’s project so based the added elements and ephemera around the her butterfly rub-on.

I made the pocket using some packaging and nestabilites. Of course a girl has to have some bling too.

The card sitting in the pocket will have my list of priorities that I hope to work on for my one little word. The main area’s and things I most want to find balance in.

Jenni’s bingo cards and buttons are the cutest touch. I made the tag behind the bingo with one that came on a parcel for hubby and adding the word  family with a 7 gypsies stamp. The vintage cotton lace came from my stash. 7 Gypsies and House of 3 stamps helped fill in the background too.

The butterfly is sprinkled with glitter an raised up on a pop dot for dimension. Pretty!

So there you have it – my finished “Balance” canvas with much thanks to Jenni Bowlin for the original inspiration.

Your next stop on the blog train is Tere, pop on over and enjoy the rest of the hop.

Here is the rest of the OLW BLOG LIST (Jan)

Sweet Sunday Card

This week saw me getting more organised – part of my balancing act is to set systems into place to allow me time for the really important things. One project I have wanted to do for a while is a birthday and card folder. I share that with you later this week.

For now though I want to share a card I made for the Sweet Sunday Sketch 101 over at the Sweetest Thing.

Credits: Digital Scrapbooking Kit is from Karen Lewis at The Digi Chick. Doily Edge punch is Martha Stewart. Chalkbox ink. Glitter glue from CTMH. Stamp Sentiment from Close to My Heart, Bling

Mojo Monday 172 – Sweet Sixteen

Love the sketch this week from the Mojo Monday Challenge. I need to start restocking my card box ready for this year so joining in with these challenges should help me with my mojo and get my box full.

Julee Tilman’s shabby style sample card this week is so super pretty and inspirational. Combined with the fabulously shabby “Sugar Blossom” brand new digital kit from Quirky Twerp (that I just couldn’t resist) and some doodles by Jan Hosford being released tomorrow at The Digi Chick I could not pass this Mojo Monday 172 challenge up.

I’m really into the whole medallion thing right now since making my wedding anniversary banner and also adding one to my Christmas journal. That circle in the sketch just called out for one. Jan’s doodle heart fits so nicely in front of it. Add in some distressing, lots of inking, some stitching and lace and you have a perfectly shabby, perfectly sweet, sweet sixteen card.

With at least 3 members of the family turning 16 this year this card is a great addition to my card box and will come in very handy!

Edited to add – Just put this on the linky at Mojo Monday and guess I should have gone and looked at all the entries since I saw the challenge on Monday – seems medallions and hearts are all the rage right now. 🙂 Still it’s a pretty card.

Journal Your Christmas Daily December Album Cover

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and have recovered from all the festivities and celebrating – if you did! 🙂

You know, I was laughing out loud as I wrote that post title, and yet still could not help myself.  My new years resolution dear reader is to not write it again…. At least not till next Christmas. 🙂

By then I might have worked out what it is I am actually doing. One thing for sure it needs to be even simpler than it was this year. That or give up on some of the other things we do during this already busy month for most people, that also holds so many birthdays  and other celebrations for us.

This first few days of the new year have entailed catching up on my December Daily album and getting the cover finished off after cutting the cover shape some weeks ago.

My aim was to keep this year’s album simple and easy. Which in some ways it was to be – by sticking with one (or 3) digital kits and a fairly simple style of page. One side was to be for the journaling and the other a photo. Not thinking about the total of pages that would mean, especially adding overlays to photo’s and changing the journaling pages to match the photo or daily happenings was a bit of a blunder on my part.

See that pile of pages in the back.  All 104, 5 x 7 sized pages!       104!!!

Yikes..how did I manage that when I only did 25 days? Imagine if I had done all the days of Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas.

However it is totally finished. All ready to bind. Which brings just one more challenge. I am not sure that Zutter Bind it All Owires will be big enough to hold the album together. The 1 inch is not large enough and they only go up to 1.25 inches. When I get the chance to order some online I will let you know how it goes. For now I have punched it and am using O rings to hold it together.

Now on to the journal cover.

Using papers from the kits in the journal, for continuity, to cover the thick chipboard I had already cut into the bracket shape, was the easy part. Coming up with the rest took a little longer.

Red cardstock from Creative Memories was shaped with a Martha Stewart Punch for the doily edge. Then layered with some red checkered ribbon over a piece of my own design blue paper and all stuck down with doubled sided Scor-Tape.

The tag was created by starting out with a stamped image from Pink Paislee House of 3 Parisian Anthology stamp set onto a white shipping tag. Then a small leftover red scrap of paper from the journal pages was added.  I made the “Christmas” alpha in CS3 with an alpha from Basic Grey’s digital kit “Blitzen” and layered it over little cream squares.  Those were cut out individually and stuck down with the double tape too. The red year 2010 alpha is from Kaiser. A length of butchers twine and some crystal blingage layered over the stamp completed the tag.

The small crystal circle with red checked ribbon through it is actually an old buckle from one of my daughters shoes. I’m know to hang on to pretty things – just because I might want them for something one day. The medallion is made from the same blue paper and is hot glued behind the buckle and the ribbon tucked around behind. Aren’t those little blingy stick pins from Jenni Bowlin just the cutest – and the prefect finishing touch to the medallion? I layered the whole lot on top a small white scrap embossed through the Cuttlebug.

The small metal “believe” plaque from Making Memories was the completing touch to balance the front cover out.

The back cover is done more simply with the layers of paper and checked ribbon. Antique Silver Owires from Bind it All are planned to bind the whole thing together.

So there we have it – my completed 2010 Journal Your Christmas Daily December Album.

Oops – broke my resolution already. 🙄

Digital Stamp and a Grab Bag

My incredibly talented card making friend Sylvia has been kindly showing me the ropes around the online stamping community. Yesterday she introduced me to a group at Paper Craft Planet called Phindy’s Place. It is a friendly group of ladies and there was a card challenge. 🙂 Of course I had to play.

I combined it with the Day 153 sketch from 365 Cards to make this cute, clean, and simple (for me) card.

I tried playing around with a damp paint brush and some Versacolour stamp inks to give her dress dimension. In keeping with the simple theme I didn’t go overboard with the colouring. Just a touch seemed right.

The new Grab Bag from Karen Lewis (available from the 1st of August at the DigiChick)was the perfect choice for the cute little hedgehog digital stamp from Phindy. This card should give you a little sneak peak of a tiny bit of all the wonderful and gorgeous goody’s in there.

Taylored Expressions Sketch #121

Today is Friday and apparently Friday is Taylored Expressions Card Sketch day. Seeing I am on a card kick at the moment and thoroughly enjoying the whole paper scissors glue hybrid thing I am going to play along.

Discovering all these fabulous sketch challenges it really a lot of fun. Could get expensive too – all the wonderful eye candy products are very attractive. I think Copics may be my next big thing. 😀

Here is what I ended up with working from the Taylored Expressions Sketch #121

It is for someone very near and dear to me who is heavily on my heart at the moment. I wanted to make it special for her and did some extra layers to the flower. The butterfly is repeated 3 times, with a little pearl glitter glue added to pretty it up. I hope she can get a little lift from it.

A little lace and some blanket stitch around the edges of the sentiment circle for texture. The sentiment stamp is another digital one made by “moi” and there will be more on that later in the week.

Adore that little butterfly!

Digital kit used for papers is Cerulean Lime from Danielle Engebretson. Floss is DMC, Inked edges are with Versacolour and the glitter glue is CTMH.