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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Valentine's Tag

Hi everyone!  

I was playing at a couple of challenges yesterday.  Maggi, whom you can find over at Swirlydoos, has started a monthly Tag Challenge that is "oh so fun!"; and because I love dies so much, I always check out the monthly sketch challenge at Die-Namites for some inspiration.


This is the sketch that I started with from Die-Namites.  I flipped it so the heart was at the top, started with my focal image and built from there.


The "dare" for the challenge, was to use a heart on your project.  That was no problem with the dies I chose!  The ones (click on them and you will find where they can be purchased) that I used are:


and


You can see here, that I used the heart cut-outs from the doily die to embellish the tag and the Flowing Heart shape.  I just added some Stickles glitter glue to them and popped up the one on the Flowing Heart with some foam tape.


Now Maggi's tutorial on tags was all about layers.  You can go here where she leads you through a step by step tutorial on creating layers.  You can also go here to see many samples of layered tags.

I used molding paste, gesso, die cuts, tags, flowers, and lace to create the layers on my tag.


In this photo you can see where I also printed out my digi image (which I purchased here at The Paper Shelter) three times, and then cut it up and stacked it using the paper tole technique.  The wings are the final layer.

Thanks for joining me today!  It's Family Day weekend here in Alberta and I hope where-ever you're peeking in from, you're enjoying the weekend and having good times with your families!

Linda




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Swirlydoos Card Round Robin

Hi there!

I haven't had a lot of mojo lately, but the Swirlydoos Round Robin challenge got me going today.  I am on the team who's task it is to create Mother's Day cards.

My card was inspired by a wonderful tutorial Pauline did this morning, creating a pocket card.  Click here to see her tutorial.


I fussy cut the flowers on the left, tucked some netting underneath and glued them down with pop ups.


More fussy cut flowers were added to the top of the tag and I used a CTMH stamp D1560, for the sentiment and embossed it with Ranger Superfine White embossing powder.


I outlined the rose's petals with Tattered Rose Distress Stickles and it looks really awesome in real life.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Linda


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the January 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.  The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.




If you came from Anna'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 can be found at the bottom of this post. 

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

This month's paperpack that we are showcasing is the BEAUTIFUL "Heartstrings"!


Sooooo, if you thought I was going to use this paper for a Valentine's card ..... you were mistaken!  ;)  I do monthly classes with a fun group of ladies and this year we were struggling to get our Christmas cards done between bouts of flu, etc, etc.  So I decided that starting immediately, I am going to design one of the cards that we make each month, to be a Christmas card.  This way, by December, 2015 they will already have several cards made and ready to go! 

Coming up with a Christmas card from "Heartstrings" wasn't really that hard, as I love the rich red of one of its papers, so I used that as my beginning point.  For inspiration I turned to one of my favorite Challenge blogs - Die-Namites - and started with their sketch.



The Die-Namites die that I chose to use is "Nativity Scene".  It went beautifully with the sentiment from the retired CTMH stamp set "Snowflurries".  Those of you who have been using the "Snowhaven" paper pack over Christmas, will recognize the black paper I cut the nativity scene from!


The dare for the challenge was to add something metallic.  I used a Delicata ink pad in a beautiful silver to give a metallic sheen behind the nativity scene, and then used a light molding paste through a stencil over top of it.  Hope you can see its lovely glimmer in this photo.  


If you'd like to enter the Die-Namites challenge, you have until tomorrow evening to get your entry in and then there will be a new challenge in January.

Final embellishments were a snowflake cut from white glitter paper, CTMH Sparkles Assortment, and a piece of CTMH Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon.


Thank you for stopping by today.  Now it's time to hop on over to Sonia's blog for a project that is sure to tug on your "Heartstrings"!  :)

Linda


1. Nancy Klein
2. Chantal Pearson
3. Heather Myers
4. Donna Thomson-Digby
5. Anna Miller
6. Linda Pekrul 
7. Sonia Parent St Jean
8. Chelsey Vorosmarty
9. Kerry Hammel

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the December 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.  The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.



If you came from Corrina'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 can be found at the bottom of this post. 

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

This month we're showcasing the Snowhaven paper packet.  I love the Scandinavian feel to this paper and the red gives it such a warm feeling. 


I collect a lot of Christmas images from Pinterest, and decided to try making a card with one of them this month.  I looked for one that had similar reds and blacks that Snowhaven has and came up with this sweet little girl giving gifts to the animals.

I cut one of the borders from the piece of paper that has all the different borders; and then die cut coordinating papers to make a snowflake and pine boughs.  The dies are not CTMH, but the cute pointsettia is.  It is from a retired Christmas embellishment pack that I have always loved, and bought extra of to have on hand.


I think this would be a great way to use up old Christmas cards as well!  Recycling at its best!!

Thanks for stopping by again, I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  I know everyone has been working hard to come up with something that will get your creative juices flowing! 

Linda

The next place you will be hopping to is, Heather's blog.

If you should get lost, here is a complete list of all the blogs on the Hop: 


2. Chantal Pearson
3. Freya Hall Dunbar
4. Holly Young-Bowers
5. Kerry Hammel
6. Kathy Skipper 
7. Donna Thomson-Digby 
8. Sonia Parent St Jean 
9. Terry Ann Diack 
10. Corinna Murphy

11. Linda Pekrul  - That's me!
12.Heathe
r Myers 



Friday, October 31, 2014

November Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the October 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.  The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.



If you came from Freya'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 can be found at the bottom of this post. 

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

This month we are featuring the beautiful Christmas paper pack "Yuletide".  I am planning on making a Christmas mini album and I used Yuletide to create a box to store it in.  The basic box that I started with, is the My Creations Journaling Cards Box .


The hinge, top plate, and corners are brass metal pieces that I had in my stash.  I embellished the top with a retired CTMH canvas button, and a piece of brass from the Yuletide Carol Assortment pack.


I also used some canvas buttons for the feet.



The Santa postcard is from the Yuletide Carol Complements pack.

Thank you for joining us on the Hop today!  Be sure and check back to see the coordinating mini album that I will be creating to go in this box!

Linda

The next place you will be hopping to is, Justine's Blog.

If you should get lost, here is a complete list of all the blogs on the Hop:

1. Nancy Klein's - 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Lovin' the Sun

Please go HERE to see the complete post on the Swirlydoos October Kit Club Reveal!!


This project was made for Swirlydoos' October Kit Reveal.  
To see more about the reveal, go here.


This layout is all about the warmth of the sun and good times with family.  In Alberta, our summers are short and our winters are long, so we have to enjoy the outdoors while we can!  I love this photo of my son with HIS son, and just had to scrap it!


For this layout I made use of the Finnibair Honeycomb Resist Canvas sheet that is included in the main kit.  I sprayed it randomly with Color Bloom "Gold Foil" and "Glistening Waves" mist.  Then I stamped it with a texture stamp from my stash and distressed and inked all the edges.  A final step was to mix some of the black Chalk paint from the Mediums Add On, with a little bit of water and splatter it along the bottom.  Then the canvas was glued to a piece of the Blue Fern paper that had also been sprayed with the Color Bloom mists.


Here you can see a piece of corrugated cardboard that I sprayed with the "Gold Foil" mist, glued on some black lace from the Embellishment Add On, and then glued the "Gold Leaf" Mica Flakes over top of that.  The edges of the photo were "pounced" with a small stencil brush, using the black Chalk Paint.


One of my favorite things from the Embellishment Add On, was the Ephemera Pack.  It was just loaded with cute little note cards and die cuts, that I used as background mats for the photo, as well as to create some interest up in the corner..


The flower came from the Flower Add On.  It was too light for this layout, so I sprayed it with the "Gold Foil" mist, and inked it lightly with "Black Soot" distress ink.  The leaves were die cut from the Cardstock Add On using Die-Namites "Leafy Flowers" and sprayed with a combination of "Gold Foil" and "Pressed Petal" mists.  






Memory Box


Please go HERE to see the complete post on the Swirlydoos October Kit Club Reveal!!




This project was made for Swirlydoos' October Kit Reveal.  
To see more about the reveal, go here.

This box that I made to hold my Father-in-law's watch, began life


as this:


I used the black Chalk Paint in the Mediums Add On to paint all the exposed surfaces.  I really like this paint.  It goes on smoothly, dries quickly, and is easy to clean up with warm water and soap.


I covered the hole in the bottom, by gluing a piece of silky fabric over some quilt batting that was attached to a piece of chipboard and laying it over top.