Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Timeless-Scrap Around the World November Mood Board by Rachael Funnel

The month of October at Scrap Around the World brings us this beautiful Mood Board by the incredibly talented Rachael Funnell.
 I was inspired by many things on this Mood Board and tried to incorporate them into my page. I love butterflies, the colors purple, blue and pink called out to me as did the cogs on that funky butterfly ring! The birdcage said vintage to me and I love that quote from Nietzsche about dancing and this is what I came up with. 
A vintage ballet fairy! 
Once again I turned to my Maja Design papers. I used papers from Ska Vi ta en Fika? and Vintage Autumn Basics. 
I also used a lot of gold on this layout to help give it a more vintage look.
The main flourish behind the photo is from Dusty Attic and a gift from my good friend Gabrielle Pollaco (hugs).
I turned to my trusty stash of Dusty Attic and used two birdcages on this layout. The clock and birdcages were primed with Gesso then I used the gorgeous Shimmerz  Inklingz paint in Brass Knuckles to get that gorgeous gold shine. I also cut a clock out from my Maja papers to back the clock. You can also see some masking  here that I did using the Jenni Bowlin mask Mini North Star from Scrapbook Diaries. (Actually the mask and the Shimmerz are from kits I bought from Scrapbook Diaries!) I added a dab of Liquid Pearls in lavender to the centre of each star.
The second birdcage with a bird tucked behind it. In hindsight I should have done the bird in a darker color. A few cogs tucked into the curve of the flourish. You can also see a butterfly I had in my stash from Reneabouquets.
A very simple cluster of flowers from Prima and Kaisercraft.
Here you can see some more masking I did ( I love moulding paste and masks!!) with the Mini Damask mask from Jenni Bowlin. I also loved these cute little copper clocks from Maya Road and tucked them in opposing corners.
And finally the title, also from Dusty Attic. Again this piece was primed with Gesso and then I went over it with Lindy's Stamp Gang's Afternoon Denim Delight. I went over it several times then heated it with my heat gun until it started to bubble a bit. I also used some gold ribbon (American Crafts Glitter Tape) along the top and bottom of the page to keep the continuity.

Once again we have some amazing prizes this month as well as two facebook giveaways! Take a look!


 $50 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!

Green Tara is an Australian based company, importer & wholesaler of 
handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons, fabric & paper flowers, 
washi tape & more!  They are continually adding to their collections of high
 quality products with beautiful embellishments in rich colours & textures!

Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara products worth $50.




$40 worth of fantastic stamps from Darkroom Door 
{the lovely Christmas one you see below plus MORE!}

Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps
 &  papercrafting products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations,collage, 
mixed media & altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products
 have a strong photographic element in their design.

Rubber stamps: Brushed Christmas Vol 1.

Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full
 selection along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!



                                                                3RD PRIZE

                                       $30 worth of product from 7Dots Studio!

7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboards. 
Quality of our products is our top priority. 

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our
 papers, which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from 
our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.




$20 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!

Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Our online store has an incredible selection of products for all papercraft
artists. Our Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative juices flowing!  Be sure to 
check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place that 
includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last! 

We also have a blog &  Facebook page
where you can find loads of inspiration!



 $15 worth of 2Crafty Chipboard!

2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog!

Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products
 & is for illustration purposes only. 
Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of 
2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.



$25 worth of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, as well as

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs that
cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other kit clubs offer.
Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to a level beyond.
We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market that will enable you
 to create not "just a layout", but a work of art.

Please also check out the inspiration from our design team on the shop's blog!
You can also find us on Facebook & Pinterest & YouTube - let's connect!
Our tutorials you can find here!
Community / Gallery:



The deadline for this challenge is  FRIDAY 31st OCTOBER 2014.

Please remember to leave some COMMENT LOVE for us if you 
are feeling inspired right now & if you love those prizes as much
as we do!!  We worked hard to source them for you ♥


My deepest apologies for taking so long to post the winner of the Rainy Day Giveaway. It has been a very difficult time (yes it continues to rain) but we have had some small victories in the battles we face.
I would like to thank everyone who entered for your kind words and great suggestions! I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community of people.
Without further ado, the winner of the Rainy Day Contest is. . .


To claim your prize please send me your mailing info to: and congratulations! For everyone else please remember that I will be hosting another Giveaway in November! So stay tune! All the best! :)

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A friend in need!

Hello all. I would normally never do something like this but I am desperate. I have two beautiful dogs, both black labs. One of them Stormy the female is in dire trouble. She has a mass on her spine which could be either a Mast Tumor or a Infected Abcess. She requires surgery to the tune of $2006.00 which I am sure will go up as she gets worse. Storm is a beautiful dog.

 She has a great sense of humor
And loves to play
Mostly she is loved
My daughter started a Go Fund Me account in the hopes that we could raise the money to get Storm the care she desperately needs. It saddens me to do this. I am a proud person and have always managed life on my own. When I was an RN I was able to support my family and pets with no problem. But then I suffered an injury at work that ruined my back and I lost my career. I didn't even get WSIB for my injury because they claimed I had a pre-existing back condition. All because I once went to Occupational Health to get a Tylenol for a backache I had. Arg! Now I live on a disability that is not even remotely close to what I use to make and I am struggling. So now I am humbly asking for help to save my Stormy girl. 

To read posts on our daily battle follow this link

I thank-you from the bottom of my heart for listening. All the best! Pam Ellis

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Once Upon a Time-Scrap Around the World -Moment to Shine

For RAINY DAY GIVEAWAY please click here

It's my turn at Scrap Around the World for the "Moment to Shine" Tutorial. I love the Mood Board this month and actually did two creations believe and this one. I am an avid believer in fairy tales! This is my layout.
And this is the wonderful Mood Board I had to work with designed by the talented Amy Voorthuis!
This is just a brief tutorial. Learning how to do a nice video one is on my list of things to accomplish! So here we go!

1.    Choose 1 plain cardstock & 3 subtle-print papers.
Trim down your printed papers slightly to form a layered-up look.
Adhere all sheets together.

2.  Ink up your background to match your papers, using chalk ink pads or gelatos.  
Place tags & die-cuts on your layout & tuck some torn music papers under your top layer.

3.  Using a variety of stamps, stamp images on your layout. 

4.   Apply modeling paste through a stencil around the inked areas.

5.   Apply a coat or 2 of co-ordinating paint onto your chipboard piece.  

6.  Apply Liquid Pearls to your chipboard then sprinkle
 with embossing powder.  Heat dry to set.   

ST 57.  77.7.
7.  Add your photograph, flower clusters, buttons, 
crystals & chipboard to complete your layout.

Here are a few closeups.

Here is what I used to create my layout 

Supplies List

Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Papers
Crafters   Lavender Acrylic Paint
Flowers - Bo Bunny & Petaloo
Stamps - Bo Bunny & Prima
Mask - Memory Box
Buttons -  Bo Bunny
Bling - Prima
 Embossing Powder - LSG
 Mica Powder -  Luminarte
Ink - Colorbox

Please make sure you visit Scrap Around the World to see all the amazing Design Team work and fabulous entries we have so far. Please make sure you enter )give it a try!) to win as we have some amazing prizes! And remember you can also enter viaFacebook there is an extra prize for that! Thanks for visiting! All the best!:)

ONLY 7 DAYS left to enter our August Challenge!!
You can find all the details here.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

treasure-Dusty Attic September Sketch Challenge

A new Kisses for Keaton page using the September sketch from Dusty Attic. This is little Kiki before the horror of cancer came into her life. I am trying to make the Kisses for Keaton albums well rounded. They will include Kiki's battle with the disease as well as life before cancer  and a few pages dedicated to mom, dad and sister Mika.I was thrilled to hear that Kiki was granted her wish from the Make A Wish Foundation and is going on a Disney Cruise! This family deserves this vacation!
I used Maja Design's Crea Diem papers for this layout. And this was the sketch I had to work with. . .
And a few close-ups
A mix of blooms from Prima, Petaloo and Maya Design.
Love this soft pink bling from Prima.
 I tried to pull some denim in from Kiki's outfit and cut up a piece of denim and tucked small pieces in each of the corners. Then added a little bling to help it stand out. You can also see one of my favorite script stamps from Bo Bunny and of course some masking with the homemade moulding paste. I used two Sweet Pea Borders to make the circle frame surrounding the photo. Again I used the technique I saw on the Swirlydoos blog where I used some liquid pearls and embossing powder to get a textured effect on the chipboard. 
Another Dusty Attic piece was the title treasure done with blue paint. And more masking using my favorite heart mask from Heidi Swapp (Thank-you again Marilyn Rivera!). The stamp is from Hero Arts.

And finally the rubon quote from Kaisercraft. You can also see a snipet of cheesecloth here. I  used it throughout the page to soften the overall look. Well that ties up another post. We are heading into the weekend and it is cold!!! I feel like we were cheated this summer! Far to short and now the trees are already 40% turned here in Muskoka. Snow is coming ugh! Not my favorite time of year but then again I can stay in and scrap. For now tho I have to get my garden ready for winter. Have a great weekend! All the best! :)

Friday, 12 September 2014

the boyz-Sketchabilities #122

I've been promising my sister an album of her boys for years now. She gave me her favourite younger years photos years ago and on a recent visit she asked me how her album was going. I smiled and replied great! Here is the first page lol. My handsome nephews Eric & Tyler.
I used this sketch from Sketchabilities for this layout.
To make it more masculine I replaced the hearts with cogs. This is so hard for me as I am so used to doing the little girl and princess pages. This album will most definitely be a challenge!
I did add a bloom or two out of habit! I used Prima's Cartographer Collection papers and flowers.
To get the masculine look I did a great deal of misting including on the alphas!
A close-up or two.
At the last minute i decided to add some moulding paste to the page. I have been using homemade moulding paste lately and have really enjoyed it. I can make it as thick or thin as I want. Well off to start another page. I am so far behind because of my illness and my computer issues. Have a great weekend! All the best! :)