He's done it again...

That Tim Holtz and his Alterations dies!  We got in a few of his new ones last week at Urban Scrapbook and I couldn't wait to try out his "Autumn Gatherings" one.  I think this one is going to be used a lot!  All those little leaves are perfect for flowers or altogether as I used them on this tag:

I first stamped my manilla tag with his Book Cover stamp(the large one) with clear ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. This acts like a relief and then you just ink all over the tag with whatever color you want.  Only the parts that are not embossed will have ink stay on them.  I then inked the leaves and twigs (cut out with manilla smooth cardstock) with various colors of distress ink and adhered them to my tag.  The Autumn letters are from a Tim Holtz Seasonal sticker book and the seambinding was dyed with distress stains and water. I added some brown tulle with the ribbon and I was done.
This Autumn die and the Christmas one are a must for all you card makers, the size of all the pieces are perfect for cards!
Have  a great day!


I couldn't wait...

to use my new "Lost and Found 2"papers by My Minds Eye.  The Rosy line was pretty close to this week's Color Room #72 palette so I was happy to use these gorgeous papers.  Although, this happened last time with their first Lost and Found release;  the papers are so beautiful, I didn't want to cut into them!  How sad is that?!  I ended up using some of them on this layout:
Can you tell I just used some of the plainer papers?  I couldn't use my favorite ones just yet!  The flower centers, title and brads are from that line too.  The banner stamp is from the Lost & Found "Blush" line, a green Prima flower and yellow Pink Paislee flower.
The photos are of Fisherman's Wharf in the inner harbor of Victoria.  It's a quaint little community of houseboats, where people have shops on the main floor or front and they live above.  Wouldn't it be nice to have an art studio on the main floor and your living quarters upstairs?

I'm supposed to be working on my September Urban Scrapbook layout, but I got sidetracked!  I better go work on that before I look at that Lost and Found again!
Have a great week!


It's all because of....

Lynette's (Urban Scrapbook) choice for our monthly tag swap. I think I have mentioned it before, there are five of us participating in a monthly tag swap, each taking turns to choose the challenge.  This month, Lynette's challenge was for us to use only a 12 x 12 piece of white cardstock when making each tag.  We were allowed to ink, mist, etc.  Well, ever since making my tags, I'm addicted to using white cardstock, which I don't normally use a lot of.  I like color, probably because we are surrounded by that ugly white stuff called snow for way too many months!  Anyways, I was inspired by work done by one of my favorite papercutting artists, the amazing Elsa Mora.  Sometimes, she includes a small piece of colored paper in her white creations, which I love.  I'm always amazed at how intricate her pieces are, especially when you realize they are all cut out with a knife or scissors and how small they are.  I know what you are thinking but no, I didn't even try and attempt to cut out everything by hand, I have my trusty Slice machine!  Even using my machine, I messed up many times!  So here's my tag, but the picture isn't that great.  I discovered it's not that easy to take a photo of something that is all white!

I embossed my tag(Tim Holtz die) with his woodgrain embossing folder and the flower next to the bird is cut with Cuttlebug's Chrysanthemum die and quilling set.  Everything else is cut with my Slice; the Aviary cartridge for the feathers, birdhouse, bird and a few different ones for the flowers and leaves.
While I was still on the white cardstock kick, I did this layout for Color Room's #70 palette last week:
 I also used Pink Paislee's "Soiree" paper and dimensional stickers, older Pink Paislee green glitter chipboard letters, Glitz pink mini letters, Ranger Adirondack Butterscotch spray, and another addiction - my Cheery Lynn doily dies.  Sorry, it's not a very good photo!
I was asked what these little "sticks" were.  They are actually the candles from the package of Pink Paislee "Soiree" dimensional stickers.

And then, this week's palette #71 at The Color Room had white in it again.  Hmmm,  just one more layout, maybe.  I tell you, it's addicting!
This is my layout, full of Slice cutouts!
There's one flower and two banners from Tim Holtz dies too.  After cutting out the shapes, I slightly mold them with a curved object (usually anything I can find on my messy desk).  I also used Webster's Pages netting and letters, pink tissue paper, some old Collage Press paper, and Little Yellow Bicycle paper ribbon.

That's it for my white cardstock for a while, I have to get started on my monthly Urban kit!  Have a great week!

Doilies and Butterflies!

I'm hooked on doilies and butterflies lately, so why not combine the two!  I love these new dies that Urban Scrapbook got in, especially the doilies.  This color combination is The Color Room's #69 color palette.

The background paper is Pink Paislee's new mistables paper.
Love this paper!  It's a little bit heavier, like a cardstock so it can take the mists and inks without warping.  There are different patterns, but all are a white, or cream base.  My big butterfly is cut from a die from Urban's Accucut collection at the store.  I covered it with paper, stamps, paint, ink and tissue tape.  I then cut out a doily from a Sookwang adhesive sheet, cut it to fit the butterfly shape, peeled of the backing on one side, and stuck it on the edge.  After peeling off the top backing, I cut the center part from the backing and put it back on top of the sticky part, like a mask.  I covered with fine bronze glitter, tapped off the excess, and then peeled off the middle part, covering with silver glass glitter.  The other half of the doily piece was used on the left hand side.  The other papers used were from Tim Holtz's crowded attic paper pad and Bo Bunny's Gabrielle line.  The book paper butterflies were cut out using Urban's Cheery Lynn dies too.  My flower was made from Webster's tulle and white tissue. Let's see what else... the mini letters were from Girl's Paperie and the little butterflies were from Pink Paislee, Ruby Rocket and Bo Bunny.  The Black letters were from Tim Holtz.  I think that's it!

 Urban Scrapbook just got in all the new BoBunny and Simple Stories lines and they were too beautiful to resist!  In BoBunny, the Et Cetera line is my favorite, but the colors in Forever Fall and Garden Girl are gorgeous!  The Simple Stories baby line is stunning too.  I don't know how it happened, but quite a bit seemed to come home with me!  I know what I'll be doing this weekend!  Have a great one!


I can't believe...

It's been a whole month since my last post.  I've been on a short holiday and haven't had a chance to scrapbook much this past month.  My husband had to go out to Vancouver Island on business, so I decided to join him, to get away from all our bad weather and rain.  Just our luck, it rained everyday and was colder than here.  It didn't get off to a good start either, the highway was closed for 15 hours due to very bad accident involving a tanker and the only way around it(we discovered after searching six hours) was going over a horrendous logging road up and around a mountain.  Let's just say, it's a trip we won't forget soon.  We did manage to go to one of my favorite places, The Butchart Gardens in Victoria.  It just gets better and better every time I go.

Isn't this the most incredible hedge?  Can you imagine having to trim this one? My husband and I had a good laugh about this.  Lucky for them, he's not the one doing it, it would only be a foot high.  He has a tendency to over-trim things, he never knows when to stop!
It is time for Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Layout Challenge kit which has to include hidden journaling.  Here's my layout:
The suitcase(included in the kit) is made from grunge paper and Tim Holtz's suitcase die.
When opened, there's space for journaling (I haven't done that yet) and with seam binding I made a kind of pocket to hold extra photos.
On the top photo, I made three copies, covering the small pocket with one.  The tag is covered with another and the back.  I only glued three side of the bottom photo, so the tag(journaling on the back) could slip in.  The other girls came up with some really creative ideas, so if you are in the store, check out all our layouts.  They are also on Urban's website under each designer's name.
That's all for today, I'll be back soon with my monthly tag!
Have a great weekend!
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