Friday, April 26, 2013

National Scrapbooking Month with CTMH!!

It's been awhile since I posted a Close To My Heart promotion or workshop, I've been neglectful of my beloved "job" as a consultant since moving, but it is time to get things going again!!!  I miss my regular scrappy groups and need to meet some new people in my new neighbourhood :-)  Well CTMH is sure making it easy on me - they are releasing an exclusive new paper pack just for the month of May called Dream Pop - and it's AMAZING!!!

12 B&T Duos, 2 each of 6 designs, and 12 coordinating cardstock sheets that have a glossy pattern on one side - adding stunning dimension to your paper crafts!!

AND they have designed a workshop for it!

A full colour workshop guide:

Layout #1:

Layout #2:

Card #1:

Card #2:

Card #3:

So how can you get this exclusive Dream Pop paper pack you ask??  Simple purchase $35 in CTMH products during the month of May and you can receive Dream Pop for only $10!!! ($19.95 retail value).  AND if you spend $40 on CTMH products, and the $10 for Dream Pop, your $50 purchase qualifies you for the May Stamp of the Month, Pinwheel - shown in all the artwork above - for only $5 ($17.95 retail value)!!!  That's a whole lot of savings for a whole lot of pretty stuff :-)

Here is the Pinwheel stamp set:

And if you are a local scrappy peep (Edmonton area), here is the info for my Dream Pop workshop - I'll be tweaking it slightly and adding a third double page layout instead of the treat tubes that are featured in the workshop guide: 

Not local but want a kit??  No problem!  Message me with your email address and mailing address and add $10 for shipping within Canada.  Outside of Canada - message me with your mailing address and I will get you a shipping quote :-)  The kit will be pre-cut and ready for assembly - including all Cricut cut pieces and stamped images so you don't have to worry about having the right colour inks!

I'm working on trying to get photos of all the product that will be included in the workshop kit fee, and will post them soon, but the retail value - $83 - is more than the cost of the workshop!!!  Happy National Scrapbooking Month indeed!!

Happy Scrappin'!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Sounds like a cartoon, right?!!

Happy Hump Day everyone!  It is Wednesday which means there is a new sketch up at Let's Scrap, and it's a card sketch.

I was on my black and white kick when I did this one :-)  It is on sale via my Paper Candie Designs facebook page HERE.

The Design Team is also gearing up for National Scrapbooking Month next month and there are over 31 challenges to participate in, including sketches over and above the weekly Wednesday sketch!!!  I've been around for two NSD at Let's Scrap now and let me tell you, it is a TON of fun!!!  So if you haven't joined already, or maybe have but haven't really checked us out yet - now is the time to do so!!

One other sketch I got a chance to work with and finish up with last night, was the April Sketchy Challenge over at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's site.  I've just joined their gallery and this is the first layout I've posted, but so far really impressed with the inspiration and talent there!  And it's Canadian so everyone is really nice, eh?!!  (I know, I know, I am not a funny person but I try!).  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take, using Basic Grey's "Oliver" paper:

I ran out of adhesive last night - gasp!! - so had to head to my local scrapbook store today to re-stock, and while heading out my eye caught sight of the Tim Holtz Distress ink set-up . . . sooooo I HAD to grab something!  Bought me some Vintage Photo distress stain to SPLAT!!  away on my layouts and cards now! One of the other Design Team members over at Let's Scrap, Val Thorpe, has done a few layouts using this SPLAT! technique and I just LOVE it!!!  Can't wait to try it myself, thanks, Val :-)
**  Check out Val's blog HERE to see her amazing work and leave her some love!

Ba dee, ba dee, ba dee, dddddaaatt's all folks!!

Happy Scrappin'!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Blowing Kisses and Making Chevron Arrows!

So after posting the trick I found on Pinterest the other day - making dove tail tags with a square punch - I decided to take it a step further and see if I could make my own chevron arrows . . . and it worked :-)  But first, lets start from the beginning of the page . . .

I have had this photo of my kids for a year now and just love it.  They got these whistle lips in a party loot bag and as loud as they were, they were great entertainment for them for quite awhile, and I couldn't resist the cute photo opp :-)  Anyhow, I have been wanting to scrap it for awhile now and finally found some paper in my stash that I liked to go with it, some Studio Calico.  Loved the little birdie on this postcard, but didn't see the postcard as part of my page . . .

So I cut out the birdie . . .

and used the rest of the postcard as a photo matte :-)

Then, I should mention most of the Studio Calico paper I had  was scraps from a kit that I had already made a few pages from, so following a sketch wasn't so easy . . . so I just wung it and started layering away till I was happy with the result :-)

Here is where the idea for trying the chevron arrows came into play.  I like to use as much of my scraps as possible, which includes the strip of paper you cut off the bottom of your pattern paper sometimes.  In the above photo you'll see I used the bar code under the birdie, and then I used the rest of the strip and made the chevron arrows.

I used a glue pen to stick  them down, then did some faux stitching over top of them to add that extra pop!  I'm sure you could make them a little bigger and even use some 3D foam tape to pop them up too, or layer them a few times, the ideas are endless, just play!!

Close up of the title, using two different Thickers - also stash that's been around for awhile!!

When I was all done putting the page together, I decided it needed something more and pulled out my chocolate ink to do some splattering . . . note to self - be sure to cover your photo before doing so!!  Oh well, a little ink splatter on the photo didn't end up looking so bad :-)

Hope you enjoyed my little page building demo and in honour of Earth Day, I hope it inspires you to make use of more of your scraps!

A few more photos I'd like to share before signing off . . . today is not only Earth Day, but it is also my 13th Wedding Anniversary!

And this past weekend was my daughter's first dance competition.  She was a little nervous but also very excited, as she has been dancing for 5 years now.

Her first dance was group Jazz, and they received a Silver!!

 Her second dance was novice group Tap, and they received a GOLD!!!

She was so happy and proud of herself, and we were so very proud of her!!!  The roses were from her little brother :-)

Thanks for stopping by my scrap happy place today, please be sure to comment and leave some love so I know you were here, and can follow your blog if I don't already :-)

Happy Scrappin'!!


Friday, April 19, 2013

Two Birds, One Stone . . . or Layout!

Well apparently I am really into challenging myself these days and have found and joined a few more scrap happy sites!  Was feeling in a bit of a rut with my scrapbooking so I am really enjoying the inspiration I'm getting from these sites and the AMAZING peeps there.  There is definately something to be said for the sisterhood of scrapbookers/crafters!!!

Now the best part is I was able to combine two challenges into one layout!  I took on my first "Case" over at C.S.I. - Case File #67 (What a super cool idea for a challenge site, to "solve" the case you following the scheme, evidence, testimony, etc.!!) - and here is the sketch they provided:

And the "Scheme":

You have to use the five colours and then draw inspiration from the photo, using elements in it.  Here is my "Case File" - hoping I "Solved" it :-)

I was also able to use this layout for the current Use Your Stuff #80 challenge - using a song title or part of lyrics as your title.  This was easy to do with this pic of my son, Tyler - the kid talks non-stop!!  So right away the title "Yakety Yak" came to mind!  Ever since starting pre-school he is just a sponge for information and he feels it's his duty to educate the rest of us I think!  Oh, and don't try to tell him he got any of his facts wrong - he takes after his Daddy here, always has to be right!!  Silly boys, they just don't get it ;-)  tee hee!

Here are a few close ups of the layouts details:

Thanks for stopping by my scrap happy place, be sure to leave me some love so I know you were here and can follow you if I don't already!!

Happy Scrappin'!!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's Official! I'm on the Design Team for Let's Scrap!

The main page over at Let's Scrap has been updated and my photo is up with the new Design Team!!!  Whoo hoo!  I'm "working" with a fabulous group of ladies this term and so looking forward to the four months together :-)

This also means the new weekly sketch is up, and this was the sketch posted for the Design Team call.  So I can now post the sketch here and my version of it:
 And I had fun doing this layout of my kiddos at the dentist - Tyler's first visit!

I used up some embellishments that have been sitting in my stash for quite some time, like the CTMH felt arrows and stars, and also the emoticon stickers by October Afternoon.  LOVE those emoticon's, but never could figure out how to use them on a card or layout, but they seemed to go well with the up and down emotions of this dentist visit and gave me a chuckle to use them :-)

Even the MME paper that I've used has been in my stash for a few years, so felt good to finally put it to use.

So there you have it, my first layout as a member of the Let's Scrap Design Team this term!  I will be back weekly with their amazing sketches and my takes on  them and I hope, if you are not already a member, that you will sign up and join in on the fun!

Happy Scrappin'!!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Little Trick . . .

No baby news yet!  Knowing my sister - and what it's like to BE 40 weeks preggers - I'm sure she is growing mighty impatient to meet this little one, we all are!  Maybe today will be the day . . .

Really just stopped in though to share this little trick I found on good ol' Pinterest the other day.  I'm sure many of you have seen this, or at least figured it out by now, but silly me had not and I gotta say it blew my mind just a wee bit :-)

Using your square punches to make the dovetail for your tags and pennants!  Ingenious I tell ya!  I love crafty smart peeps :-)  This image and tut courtesy of The Greeting Farm by Larisa Hohman

I'd also like to say that my heart goes out to all the victims of Boston's bombings yestarday.  What a senseless tragedy that was and I truly hope that those responsible will be caught.



Monday, April 15, 2013


I am SUPER excited to announce that I am officially on the Let's Scrap Design Team!!!!  My term started yestarday and goes thru July.  I join a group of 17 other wonderfully talented gals there and I'm already behind in my housework cuz I'm online chatting with them so much ;-)  This will be my third term on their DT, I served two terms back in 2011 and loved it, and it is great to be back at it!!

On Wednesday the sketch used for the Design Team application will be posted and I can share my layout here, in the mean time I will share a couple of Black and White cards I did last night to add to my Paper Candie Shop (so far only on the facebook shop, but will have Etsy up and running soon!!).

This one is 6x6:

Love that glitter tape!  All products used are Close To My Heart, except the large flower on the second card - don't remember where that came from sorry!

ANNNNNDDDDDD, on the topic of BIG NEWS . . . don't know if I mentioned here or not, but my little sister, Michelle, is expecting her first baby!!!  Her due date is actually today so we are just anxiously waiting for baby to make his or her debut.  Michelle and her hubby live in Toronto, so I can't be there for baby's arrival unfortunately, but our parents arrived in T.O. from Vancouver late last week and my sister is so happy to have them there for this awesome, life altering event :-)  So hopefully I will be back here VERY soon to announce some more BIG NEWS and introduce you to my brand new niece or nephew!  ~ so excited to have a reason to buy baby stuff again!
Until then . . .

Happy Scrappin'!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Are You A NERD??!!

Tee hee!  I'm still giggling over the name of the new CANADIAN scrapbook site I came across last week - Scrapbook Nerd!!  If you haven't already stumbled across this gem click HERE and check it out - did I mention it's Canadian?!  It is an online scrapbook community with chat forums and art galleries, and it is also an online STORE!!  Me thinks they will soon have my credit card memorized ;-)  I believe anyone, anywhere can join, but I always love to support a Canadian company if I can.  So check it out, and if you decided to sign up and join in on the fun just getting started there, be sure to say that Paper Candie sent you ;-)

Currently Scrapbook Nerd is a sponsor for Creative Scrappers for a sketch challenge right now - you can win a $25 GC for Scrapbook Nerd online store by creating a layout using Creative Scrappers sketch and posting a link to it.  And if you also post your layout in Scrapbook Nerd plus at least two other creations you could win a $20 GC for the online store with Scrapbook Nerd's Create and Win challenge this month!  So many chances to win!!!

And if you head on over to Use Your Stuff blog, this sketch is Challenge #79 :-)

Here is the sketch supplied by Creative Scrappers:

And here is my take - I flipped the sketch upside down to best accommodate my photo (ugly egg on left hand side of photo covered by paper egg!), and to use the Easter banner for my title :-)

See the little froggie??  One of my last whimsy's from My Little Bit of Whimsy!  I use these sparingly since MLBOW closed down - hopefully only temporarily!

And since my hubby is away on business and my evenings need to be occupied by something . . . ha ha - I also got this week's Let's Scrap sketch done!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout - which let me tell you, was a challenge for me!  I am not really used to so much white space (or red space in this instance!) and it was tough to just leave it and not fill it with bits and pieces!  I may still go back to it - maybe spritz it with some ink!  Ha, even as I type this I can hear Sandra from The Memory Workshop saying "stick it down and move on!"

Have been hoarding these pretty little metal embellies from Bo Bunny for awhile, they went well with the My Mind's Eye papers I think :-)

A little bit of sanding on the edges of the photos helped them stand out against the red background, and some faux stitching around the main photo, and that's all she wrote!

I have hauled almost all my scrapbook supplies up to the kitchen from the basement, and I hope to get some serious scrapping done this week while hubby is away!  So you may see me back here a few times this week!

Thanks for visiting and please leave me some love in the comments - I love visitors!  (especially on my blog, cuz it's WAY cleaner than my house!!).

Happy Scrappin'!