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Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Bloggers' Hop

There’s a new “Hop” flying around the blogging world called the Creative Bloggers’ Hop.  The purpose of this Hop is to meet other creative souls, learn about new techniques, moments of inspiration, and other motivational things that make those of us who love to create SMILE!

My good friend, Kim Heard, who designs for SwirlydoosScrapbooking & Papercrafting Kits, nominated my blog this week and I am really thrilled to be a part of this world-wide hop! 

I met Kim through Swirlydoos when I became a member several years ago.  She is a lot of fun and her scrapping style is GORGEOUS!  Check out her blog “My Life: Up Close & Personal”, and you will see what I mean.  Kim and her husband travel a lot and she shares her experiences with us through her wonderful layouts.  She also keeps us entertained on the Swirlydoos forum boards.  Kim has provided me with a lot of inspiration over the years, and I thank her so much for this nomination.

There are four questions all participants of the Hop need to answer before they nominate three other bloggers to continue on the tour.  

1.  What am I working on?

Since it is the end of the month, I am busy planning projects for the rest of the month.  I teach classes at my home which will now be resuming after the summer break, so I am REALLY busy right now.  When planning a class I need to figure out what cards, layouts, and other projects we will be doing, let the ladies know through a newsletter, and get everything ordered and prepared!  I am also trying to get “ahead” of the Christmas rush by planning my Christmas workshops right now.  Here’s a peek at the scrappy “pretties” I’m playing with.  I think I see a mini album coming!!  *wink*




It’s really important to me to scrap for myself as well, so besides planning for my classes, I am getting ready for all the new challenges that are being set out right now.  I love challenges because they keep me focused and they send me in directions that I would never go on my own.  I find I have really grown and developed new skills through doing challenges.  

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmmmm, this is a very good question.  No matter the inspiration and technique that you learn from others, you are always striving to bring your own individuality to a project.  I guess my work differs because I scrap MY family, and MY loves and interests.  Nobody but me is going to feel the same way about the subjects in my work, and I build up everything I use (colour, texture, materials, etc.) around them and how I feel about them.  This shadow box frame that I did of my childhood dog and myself is an example of that.  I had lots of pretty things to use, just like everybody else, but I put my whole heart and soul into this project because of my love for my childhood friend and that makes it uniquely mine.



3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

LOL, this answer should be on the tip of my tongue, because my husband asks me this constantly.  I only know that I love it.  I love making beautiful layouts of family, friends, and pets – remembering special times with them and celebrating their place in my life.  I love pretty patterns, and flowers, and sparkly things, and I love playing with them!  *Insert BIG smile here.* It is very rewarding to me to give a gift to someone that I have made myself.  

I also love the camaraderie of the paper crafting/creative world.  Everyone shares, inspires and encourages.  It’s a wonderful environment to be in, and I get to be there every day!!

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?

When I’m starting a project, I put all my supplies on the table and start mixing things around, combining different papers with each other, laying embellishments on them etc. until I get a combination that makes me go “Yes!”  (We won't talk about what happens when that moment DOESN'T come.  LOL)

Once something starts feeling right to me, I think about what photos I have that work nicely with what I have going on, and maybe what embellishments I need to add or create that will enhance what’s starting to form in front of me.  

It’s quite experimental.  I don’t have the ability to see it in my mind, I have to do it physically.  Quite often I will discard what I thought was a fantastic idea, because it just doesn’t work!  This is the fun of it though… and I always save those discarded pieces...  because lo and behold... the next project you work on might be perfect for them!

So now that you know an awful lot about me *wink*, let me share some wonderful friends with you

Jennie Atkinson is someone whose style I instantly admired on the Swirlydoos forums when I first met her.  She is an avid attendee on the Card Challenges and her card making skill is unbelievable.  Besides card making, Jennie also loves to make beautiful flowers.  A trip to her blog will lead you to many flower tutorials that she has created.  

Jennie is a designer for Country View Challenges, Anything But a Card, Crafts-Too Challenge You and A Vintage Journey.  Her blog is called "Live the Dream" and let me tell you, a quick visit there and you will see that she really IS living the dream.  

Jennie spends several weeks out of the year scrapping from a sail boat as she and her husband sail around the West Coast of Scotland and the Western Isles.  You really MUST check out her post here where she shows you her scrap "room" on the sail boat and the small 12"x 12" plastic tote of scrapping supplies she travels with!  Here's a picture of the very cool nautical mini and storage envelope that she made while on her trip.



Christy Butters is another talented gal whom you will find around blog land.  Creativity is her middle name!  She does mixed media like nobody else I know and I absolutely love her work! 

Christy designs for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog, is a staff member at the Scrapbook News and Review magazine, as well as a teacher at The Art Studio.  

I got to know Christy through some of the online challenge forums, where she is always happy to share not only her talent, but her extensive knowledge of mixed media as well. Here is only ONE of the amazing pieces of art work that you will find on Christy's blog "Creating With the Girls".


I am still waiting to hear from my final nominee, as to whether she can participate in this blog hop.  I forgot about it being a holiday weekend when I emailed her.  In order to keep this post "on time" I will add her information at a later date.  

For now, I will say good-bye and thank you for stopping in.   If you made it to the bottom of this LONG post, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!  Do be sure to check out the blog links I have given you.  I know you will really enjoy visiting these lovely ladies!

Enjoy creativity in all its forms!
Linda







Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Swirly Girls Challenge!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share a layout I did for the SGC monthly challenge at Swirlydoos.  Maggi had some specific rules for us:  It had to be a layout of a place we had visited - no people allowed!  It also had to incorporate cardboard and a title.  Would you believe it .... the title was what took me the longest!  :)

I chose a photo of a fountain in Sausalito from our holiday this spring.  I really loved not only the fountain, but the Seagull on it as well!  I thought it looked so pretty against the blue sky.  Because I caught all the water droplets in my photo, I chose to go with lots of sparkle on this layout.

The cardboard piece is tucked behind my title.  It has been die cut with a doily edge die, gessoed, and painted with an aqua colour of smooch paint.

The metal daisy at the top of the layout was my score of the day.  My daughter was cleaning out her jewelry box and gave me all kinds of goodies that I was doing a happy dance over!  :)

To increase the sparkle on this page, I edged it with Glitter Snow texture paste, and also stenciled it on here and there.


Here's a close up of the sparkle!


Today marks the end of this month's challenge.  My friend, Barbara, is hosting the September challenge and I know it will be a good one!  Can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve for us!

Thanks for stopping by!
Linda

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September Hearts of the West Blog Hop


Welcome to the September Hearts of the West team blog hop!  If this is your first time joining us, I know you are going to love it. 
This hop features Close to my Heart consultants from all over Canada and is founded by Nancy Klein.


If you came from Chantal's blog then you're in the right place!  

This is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case you should get lost - the full list will be at the bottom of this post. 

SO, as always ... grab your coffee, tea, or water ... relax ... and hop around with us! 

This month we have decided to feature the paper pack Pathfinding.  Pathfinding has such beautiful coordinating chipboard elements, that I decided I wanted to make a wall hanging with them using our Pennant Frame.  All the chipboard was inked with Barn Red ink.


To cut the front paper for the frame you use the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.



To make the flowers, I used a retired stamp set "Friendship Bouquet", and coloured them with the also retired, CTMH markers in Barn Red, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, and Sweet Leaf.  Then I added sparkles in a brown and tan assortment to the centers.

I was able to achieve a lot of depth to the flowers by stamping them each 3 times and popping up each layer with thin foam tape.  When I reached the top layer, I also cut between the individual petals so that I could fluff them up a bit.


The top and middle layers were then shaped as shown below.



Here's a view that shows you how full the flowers are.


The frame was finished off by adding bows made from our beautiful new Black Striped Twill Ribbon and tucking in a few pieces here and there from the Pathfinding Assortment set!.

Thank you for joining us on the hop today!  

Your next stop is Donna's blog.

If you should get lost, here is the complete list of blogs to visit:

3. Linda Pekrul - That's me!










Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Anne!

Hi everyone!

Just thought I'd pop by with a quick little card and gift I made for my friend Anne.  I used left over paper to wrap her gift with and liked the combo so much, I thought it was a tip worth sharing.

Here's the card.  Because Anne loves to sew, as well as scrapbook, I used the Ladies' Diary paper line from Graphic 45.


Gift package.  Anne also loves to scrapbook, so I used repositionable tape to wrap her gift so she can re-use the paper.


The two wrapped together.


Anne and I celebrate our birthdays fairly close together, but we both had busy summers, so yesterday was the first chance we had to enjoy a "belated" lunch together. 
 It was wonderful to get caught up again.  
Great friends are GREAT treasures!

Linda


Friday, August 1, 2014

August Hearts of the West Blog Hop


Welcome to the August Hearts of the West team blog hop! If this is your first time joining us, I know you are going to love it. 
This hop features Close to my Heart consultants from all over Canada and is founded by Nancy Klein.
This month's color challenge comes from Design Seeds, and has been hand picked by Nancy.

A couple of fun facts about August: It is National Picnic Month and the flowers that represent it are the beautiful gladiolus and the poppy!  So I hope you take time to treat yourself to a picnic this month and enjoy all the glads and poppies that will be blooming!

If you came from Holly's blog then you're in the right place!  This is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case you should get lost - the full list will be at the bottom of this post. SO, as always ... grab your coffee, tea, or water ... relax ... and hop around with us! 

Our new Annual Inspirations Idea Book is live today, and we are very excited to introduce it to you.  If you don't have a paper copy yet, you can see it online through your local consultant's online business account.  Mine can be seen here.

My project has been made with the new paper packet - Seaside - a beautiful set of soft colours... just perfect for a New Baby card!





I made this card with a couple of SVG files I purchased from SVG Cuts and then combined together.  I wish I could share it with you, but they are copyrighted.  You can purchase them here and here though.  I re-sized the star fish, etc to fit on the box card, and then cut them all out with my Cricut Explore.


The cute little turtle surfer was an image file purchased from Stinkin Cute Cuttables.  The star fish were made out of paper scraps from the ever-so-popular (now retired) Babycakes line, and the sand dollar from Skylark (also retired now).  I glued all the images onto white card stock and cut a border around them, to give them a "softer" look that I thought was appropriate for a baby card.  Decorative embellishments that I used will be listed below.


The Box Card file from SVG Cuts, also included a quick and easy envelope that was plenty big enough to tuck my finished card into.


I loved this sweet little card when it was done, and I hope you do too!
Thank you so much for stopping by today.  

Linda

Supplies used:
CTMH Babycakes paper scrap (retired)
CTMH Skylark paper scrap (retired)
Babycakes Assortment (retired)
White Marquee Enamel Shapes (retired)
Baker's Twine (retired)
Stamped sentiment is a non CTMH product - "Hello Baby" from Flourishes

Your next stop is Jackie's Blog.

If you should get lost, here is the complete list of blogs to visit:
2. Chantal Pearson
3. Donna Thomson-Digby
4. Freya Hall Dunbar
5. Holly Young-Bowers
6. Linda Pekrul's - That's me!  :)
7. Jackie Vandaele
8. Chelsey Vorosmarty
9. Sonia Parent St Jean
10. Terry Ann Diack


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Die-Namites July Challenge

Well, I made my first Christmas card today!  WooHoo!  (Be sure to double-click on the photo ... all the shimmer looks really pretty closer up.)



Die-Namites' July challenge has the cutest sketch for you to follow.   



I decided to make a Christmas card because I wanted to use the beautiful Pine Bough die I just purchased. 


Pine Bough

I cut the boughs out of CTMH New England cardstock.  The die cut was a little big for my card, so I cut it into smaller pieces, and then painted them with Moss Green Stamp Paint to give them a beautiful shimmer.  




The pointsettia was cut out of CTMH Ruby cardstock, using my Tim Holtz Tattered Pointsettia die.  I misted it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Poincianna Red Flame Starburst Mist.  Once the flower was assembled, I added a little Diamond Stickles here and there.

The challenge at Die-Namites runs until the 31st, so there is still time to enter... check it out here.

Another challenge you might enjoy if you're ready to start Christmas cards, is the "Christmas in July" challenge at Flying Unicorn.  You really have to check out the gorgeous cards Alda has made for inspiration there.  Her cards are a delight to behold!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Linda

Other supplies used:

CTMH cork embellishment, and papers from the NEW Idea Book which goes online on August 1st.  You will be able to see the whole book here at that time.
The Christmas sentiment which is stamped and embossed on vellum paper, is from the Snowhaven Cardmaking Workshop (D1625), and is also from the new Idea Book.

Breathe

We did a fun Round Robin at Swirlydoos this month.  Peggy, our host, asked us to create something that revolved around our dream get-away.  It could be a "someday"dream, one that is in the planning stages, or one that has been realized. 

My layout features a picture that I took this spring in Muir Woods, when we were vacationing in California. 

Years ago, when I was a teenager, I was on an outing with my family up in the northern woods of British Columbia. We had taken a boat to get to where we were picnicking, and I took off on my own to explore the forest that we were surrounded by. I have never forgotten the magical time I had walking alone in such quietness and beauty. 

I now live on the prairie, and don't travel to forests very often any more, but as soon as I entered Muir Woods, the magic came back! It was a dream come true for me to be able to experience that again. 

I found a piece from a poem that fits how I feel when I walk in the forest, and I used it for my journaling. 

"There is joy in the woods just now, The leaves are whispers of song, And the birds make mirth on the bough, And music the whole day long."  


This poem was wrote by Claude McKay and is called "Joy in the Woods".

Remember to breathe in those special moments!
Thanks for stopping by!
Linda