Wednesday, May 26, 2010

better late than never

Check out my "fashionista" blog post here.
Try it yourself at home today.
tired from gardening today.
{from the farm},

Thursday, May 20, 2010

what's in your closet?

Giving you a sneak peek at the layouts I created for my next myStampBOX post. I scheduled it tonight for next week sometime, so you'll have to check out their blog EVERYDAY to see it AND the layouts.
I'll give you a little hint: one of the themes given to me was "Colour Combos" and I chose to give it a little "fashion" twist.
Next week I want to introduce you to a new company. I just received a BOX-FULL!!!!!! of product from them today and will be b.u.s.y. next week creating, creating, creating........woo hoo. There's some yummy stuff in there!!!

For now, I'm gonna rest............ 'til tomorrow.
{from the farm},

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

deck the halls

Feels like Christmas around here because these showed up in the mail today!!!!!!Today I received a box with not 1, not 2, but 8 stamp sets from myStampBOX. Woohoo..........what ever will I create tonight?

Ron didn't quite "get" my excitement; my "oogling" over my new stamps; my drooling & caressing tendencies while I looked at them on the couch in front of him. So.......I led him to the kitchen island, layed a stamp pad infront of him, handed him a stamp on an acrylic block and told him to find out for himself...............

............didn't get the same reaction that I gave, but at least he touched the stamps and "played" in his own way. Way to go, babe!!!! Thanks for humouring me. :)

I'll show off the stamp sets I received in the next few posts -- with some projects, of course.

itching to start creating {from the farm},

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

old school technique

Just showing you the layout from the sneak peek yesterday. But, instead, I want to walk you through how I created it.

I used this cute, little basket weave with strips of pp to create my background -- so old school, but lots of fun.......again. It's a little tricky trying to keep all the pp from sliding around the cardstock and moving, so I adhered the lhs of the strips directly to the background cardstock. I could then just start weaving my different strips "over & under" to create the basket weave.
When my strips were all in place, I straight-stitched around the entire thing with my sewing machine. I didn't have to adhere anything else yet, as the weave was just staying in place (thanks to the little glue dots I used on the first strips).
Then, I trimmed my pattern paper strips, adhered them to the background & added my 2x2 inch matted photos.
Here's the sticker journalling tag that I trimmed around, matted with a coordinating cardstock & pop-dotted in onto the layout. It's actually covering up my hand, which was resting on my husband's shoulder in this photo. **Looked a little weird -- just a hand sitting there {lol}.
Some embellishments, a title & voila: you got yourself a layout.
my journalling: You test our parenting. We live by faith & example. Our faith is challenged. But we are all ... stronger for it.

have a good day {from the farm},

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

scissors & swirly things

Check back tomorrow to see why I'm scissor happy with my journalling tags ............. and why i love these swirly chipboard things.
creating-like-crazy {from the farm},

Friday, May 7, 2010

zoom out

Hope you enjoy {from the farm},

Thursday, May 6, 2010

zoom in

Here's some sneak peeks of some more new layouts using Dear Lizzy & American Craft products. Come back tomorrow to see them.
good day for baking banana loaf (good idea, hmmm).
{from the farm},

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


just sharing the latest layouts from on my desk. using the new Dear Lizzy & some other American Crafts products that i love.Who wouldn't LOVE this beautiful trim????????'s spectacular.
Had to draw & cut out the shape out of the green pattern paper. and i love the hambly bicycle detail in the top lh corner.
did a bit of doodling on these stamped leaves before i pop-dotted them.

there's more in the making. it's a great day for scrappin'.
smiles on a gloomy, rainy day {from the farm},

Sunday, May 2, 2010

playing catch-up #101

I know, I know........I've been M.I.A. No excuses, except to say that there were about a thousand photos that I could have blogged today and I didn't know where to start. So, you can thank me for going m.i.a. b/c there is going to be some serious catch-up time this week.

So... in honour of National Scrapbook Day (Saturday) I rearranged my scrap space in my office this week {cuz it was getting outta control}, and I wanted my desk to face the backyard -- not the wall. I was supposed to take some family photos for a friend on Saturday, but it was raining all day. Headed west instead with a friend in search of greenhouses & vintage stores. Found greenhouses closed, vintage stores OPEN.....yeah!!!
Look at this awesome organizer I found at my fave store in the city. It's sitting on my desk and is already housing tons of embellishments. I want to add some labels or something to the front of it to make it easier to find what's in each container. I'll post the finished product in the future.
I had no newly created layouts to post for my official 101st Post {totally missed my POST #100 last week -- oops!!!}, so I created a few this past week.
These first few are using exclusively myStampBOX stamps. You'll have to go to their website and check out the whole DT to see them in my gallery over there.
Love the enlarged flower I made from ribbon & a few other products.
I heat embossed the row of farmhouses from the Neighborhood stamp set on this LO. Everything on this LO (except the stamps, of course) were scraps sitting on my desk and I just started adding it to the page. Quick layout to re-create in other patterns & colours.
Love the fact that I was able to journal right on my photo in this next LO and scratch journalling lines with my paper piercer.
I used a straight line stamp from the Just Add Words stamp set to make the "Xs" in this LO. I first stamped with coloured dye ink, then heat embossed with white overtop. Love the look of the stitching at the top and bottom of the LO as well.
These next few LOs are using other stamping & scrapbook products.
On this LO, I used a resist stamping technique. I first stamped with multiple colours of dye ink on white cardstock. I then heat embossed the same stamps with white embossing powder -- making sure to add lots of layering. Next, I took an Ocean dye ink and a cotton ball and wiped ink all over the LO. The ink didn't stick to the embossed images, so I was able to wipe off any ink on them with a clean cloth or Kleenex. The embossed imaged remained white and stood out off the page.

Here's a close-up of the technique.

Just some fun Christmas photos that were needing to be scrapped.

Another Christmas LO:
And look what I finally found..........
................there's some Dear Lizzy & American Craft products sitting on my desk just calling my name.
Stay tuned for more creations.
{from the farm},