Distressed – Scrappy Canuck Style!


Happy Saturday!  It’s challenge time at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and I am excited to share a bit of inspiration with you today!  This week, the challenge is “Distress It”, so here’s what I came up with:


Distress-it-closeupOkay, now before you say to me – “ummmm…this doesn’t look distressed to me“, I want to tell you a bit about the idea behind this card.  If you’ve spent any time here on my blog, you will already know that I love to make bright and colourful cards.  So, I decided to see if I could use cute Lulu from Smarty Pants together with some distress products and techniques, trying to keep the same feel of bright and colourful.

The Ranger Distress Inks were my friend for this one – in particular Broken China (which is a great, bright blue colour).  I actually used it to edge all of the papers I used, including the white base for the stamp.  It is actually more apparent in person than it is in the picture, but I love how it ties all the layers together.  It’s certainly not a traditional “distressed look”, but if you’re like me, this is a fun way to create “distressed” in a…well, less distressed way! 🙂

So, grab your inks, distress tools and whatever other goodies you have up your sleeve and join us for this challenge – in whatever way works for you!  Thanks for stopping by today!








Throwback Thursday!

No – you are not going to see any pictures of me from the 80’s with teased out bangs and florescent bangs today (not because they don’t exist, but because I wouldn’t post them if my life depended on it), but I do have a fun Throwback Thursday project to share with you today!

Most Thursdays over on the Tiddly Inks blog, one of the DT members chooses an older image from Christy’s collection to feature.  Since I am up today, I decided to use one of my favourite characters, Wryn all dressed up for summer fun!


TT-June-12-closeupThis image, called Wryn – Beach Babe is a great little image for summer themed cards and even scrapbook layouts.  I have to admit that my original plan for today was to scrap her, but then I found some fun EP 6X6 paper in my stash that went so well I decided on a card instead.  Hmmm…maybe this is an excuse to do some 12×12 paper shopping this weekend!  😉  Wryn is coloured up with Copics.

That’s it for me today, I have to get going on Father’s Day and Birthday cards – I have three Father’s Day and 2 masculine birthday cards to make!  Yikes!

Enjoy the rest of the week, and thanks for stopping by!


Echo Park fun!

It’s been awhile since I played with my Echo Park paper collection 😉 so I thought it would be fun to join them in their National Scrapbook day challenges.  I wanted to share the two that I completed for challenge 2 and 4.

Challenge 2 – Layout of Love


When my daughter was first learning her numbers, I was also trying to teach her how to respond to her dad when he said “I love you!”  I would say, “T, now you say – I love you too!”.  After a few days, she started to respond on her own…but she obviously mistook my “too” for the number too, as it came out “I love you two, 3, 8!”  It was awesome at the time, and it is still the way she responds to her dad’s “I love yous” a couple of years later.  I have  been waiting for an incentive to scrap this family tradition, and this seemed like a great challenge. for it!  For the layout, I used the awesome For the Record 2 collection – I thought the combination of feminine patterns with more masculine colours was perfect for this daddy/daughter layout!

Challenge 4 – 10X the Love


Splash has always been one of my favourite EP collections!  I love the playful colours, and the embellishments are awesome!  I was excited to pull it out again to scrap this picture of my hubby and our youngest on one of her first visits to the beach. The challenge was to include 10 of something, so I made sure there were 10 waves in the background, 10 banner pieces behind the picture, 10 rhinestones at the top of the banners, and 10 words in my subtitle.

Splash was also the collection I used when I tried my first ever interactive layout more than 2 years ago, so I had to make sure there was an interactive element to this one too:


The photo lifts up to reveal another picture and a spot for more journaling.

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you had some time to get crafty this weekend too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Beach Fun!

It Trendy Twine time again, and this month, the team was challenged to create a project with a “beach” theme, using the fun and versatile Krazy for Kraft twine.  This was a great chance for me to get caught up on scrapping some of those summer pictures, like these ones:

Last summer, we took our little ones out to beautiful Vancouver Island to visit my sister-in-law.  This was the first time my oldest had a chance to play in the ocean, so I had lots of pictures to choose from (especially since this was only one of many visits to the beach).  In fact, I had so many pictures that I had to venture into uncharted territory and create a double page layout (because I couldn’t possibly have narrowed the pictures down any more, right? ;)).

Anyway, I digress!  Back to twine!  My inspiration for the twine embellishments were knots!  This simple banner was created by punching evenly spaced holes across the layout and then simply tying knots with the twine!  I love the texture it adds, and I think it compliments the seaweed picture just below!

But my favourite is this Celtic heart knot that I tied with the Krazy for Kraft twine and applied to the sun embellishment.  There are so many tutorials online that show different knots – just be aware that twine works a bit differently than rope.  The texture isn’t nearly as “slippery” so you do have to work the twine into shape as opposed to simply tugging   ends.  But the effect is worth it!  Just think of all the boat themed projects that you could embellish with twine knots!

To support the challenge, I also added a bit (okay, more than a bit ;)) of washi tape.  Now, I have a confession to make – just a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t sure I “got” the whole washi tape phenomenon.  I mean really – it’s patterned tape.  But, (and it pains me to say this) I was wrong!  😉  I love it for flags, easy pennants, and in the case of this layout – even rosette suns!!!  It’s easy to work into projects of all kinds!   I think I need to work on some flower tutorials next! 😉

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did make sure this was an interactive layout – because you know I love my flaps, pockets and tabs! 🙂

Hidden behind the cute Echo Park Paradise Beach paper are a couple more pictures and a spot for journaling!  I can’t wait to finish this off with a little story about the day at the beach!

Thanks for stopping by!  And don’t forget to check out what the rest of team has up their sleeve for this month, and participate in this month’s challenge!  See you soon!