Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gotta LOVE this App.

{……and guess who is a guest designer where!?!}


I am so thrilled about this! A wonderful, talented  friend of mine Anam Stubbington has created these wonderful 'Apps' for iphones, itouches, & ipads. I am so excited that Anam included some of my work in this.

Congrats Anam!!!! So cool….and thank-you!

Be sure to check them out.

   Sketches2Scrapbook CARDS &

Sketches2Scrapbook WINTER

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Where to Buy the App


In other news... I am so thrilled to have been asked to be a GUEST DESIGNER with Helmar! Sweet!!! They just announced their new Design Team and that team looks super talented! So~ Congrats to Everyone!!!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easy steps to doodle with Kuretake.

Cactus doodle

I find it so relaxing and fun to doodle so I do it all the time on everything. Papers, scrapbook pages, card, pictures, calendars….you name it. It really doesn't take a lot of time to make something special for someone.


  You start with a rough outline of what you feel like drawing. Now, the fun really begins…. you start to add in the color. For this doodle I used Kuretakes ZIG Clean Color Real brush.


  I used them the same way that I would have used my watercolor paint brush. The only difference was that these were markers. How cool is that. I outlined areas where I wanted color and then using a water color system brush I was able to float the color to other areas of my piece.

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[water color system brush, Kuretake UK]

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Gradually add your different colors and don't worry about getting different shades on the marker nib…it won't last or wreck your marker and the colors blend beautifully.

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real brush strokes

Oh, I wanted to let you know that a good friend of mine, Nathalie of Scrapbook-Trend had me on as a guest blogger a week ago, so be sure to check her blog out and say hi!


So get out those markers….and get doodling!!!!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

One BIG mess……. & it's OK!!!!!

          biird nest side 5           I luv trees. flowers. , and all things natural on my artwork. So A couple of years ago when  I approach magazines with this artwork,  I got  quite few funny looks. They really didn't know what to think about my style of art , but, I loved it and that was all that mattered!  At that time it was new and the public just wasn't ready for it quite yet! So, I hung out at my house and started to watch how trends were changing fast! I am so glad that I have my faith, my family and so many great  friends everywhere around the world that help me to get me through such some crazy & interesting times!!!!!    Also I am glad that I kept strong to doing the type of art that I believe in, feel comfortable with, and make me smile!

Never ever change your style just to do it in order to fit it! DO it for yourself and , YOU WILL FEEL HAPPY AND SO WILL YOUR HEART & ART!     

                      SO gather a whole bunch of Spring stuff and randomly place it on canvas so it looks good to  yourself. It might not look the best to others…..but, WHO cares! THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!!!!

Have FUN!!!!


Friday, April 15, 2011

My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy

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So , I had some fun playing with some paper from core'dinations.


First I made this layout called 'Bug Love'. I love using the ColorCore CardStock because it is so easy to do so many fun & whimsical things with it! Check out how I cut out strips out paper using Fiskars Paper Edgers and then using a sanding block I distressed the edges to reveal the colors! AWESOME!!!!Core'Dination 24 

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I gently inked the edges of the paper with soft colors. Core'dinations 20

I sand papered hearts shapes onto the paper. By sanding in circular motions it brought up the color that was on the opposite side. In this case it was a dark rose. I then used a ZIG Memory Writer from Kuretake and did some outlining.Cre'Dinatios 27

This cardstock is so fun to stitch on and so I always like to add some on somewhere!


I also took a frame and some bits of cardstock and made a cute spring time gift! This cutie only took a couple of minutes to do!Core'Dination 30

I used a a punch to cut out my circles. The cardstock cut out so cleanly that I could have cut out circles the whole day!Core'Dination 31

I had so much fun cutting out the project that I decide to make a fun & easy card! This is how I made it...…

Supplies Used:


-ColorCore Cardstock

-Stix2; craft foam Pads, glue stick

-Tattered Angels; Glimmer Mist(Dazzling Diamonds)& Glimmer Glaze(Waterfall)

-Fiskars; Paper Edgers

-TPC Studio; Mini Jewels

-Jillibean Soup; Ribbon


I started by cutting six 2x2inch squares out of the cardstock.

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Core'indinations 2 Because the paper has colors on two sides……-your color combinations can be endless!

Core'indinations 3  I had a hard time making up my mind on what color combination that I wanted to use today!!!!

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Next, you take some sand paper and gently sand the edges of your square to reveal the underlying color. Scissors can also be used to distress, just be careful..Core'indinations 5

With Tatter Angels Glimmer Mist you gently spray your squares. This makes that colors pop a bit more and adds a bit of shimmer. Gotta LUV shimmer!!!

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Core'indinations 7Glimmer Glam is used lightly around 2 of the edges.

Core'indinations 83 of the squares get glued done flat where the other 3 are stuck down with craft foam pads from Stix 2 to add some dimension to the card for some fun!

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Core'indinations 10I then added a little bit of ribbon, some flowers, and of course some bling…and Voila!!!! A cute spring card!!!!! Gotta love it!

I had a blast working with core'dinations cardstock. Go check out their other neat cardstock!

Have a super duper day!!!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Home from ScrapFest 2011

Canadian Scrapbooker Gang [from left: Sue Sykes, Me, Christy Riopel, Cathie Allen]

I am home from Kitchener, Ontario after having a BLAST at Scrapfest!!!!! I got to meet up with a whole bunch of  awesome people including some of the gals from Canadian Scrapbooker! ScrapFest_Kitch_2011_HomePage                               

20110414_895We even had a blast trying to find to show the first day…..poor Christy!!!! Thank Heavens for GPS. Cathie was Christy's co-pilot and oh my goodness did we laugh hard as we tried to find our way there!

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It was awesome to meet up & chat with super talented people. Poor Vicki Boutin, she was so patient with me though….I had a hard smiling properly after smiling all week-end!

The theme of the Crop was the Sixties….the whole peace & lava lamp thing. It was really cute how people decorated there tables.20110414_905   

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[I loved this table…It said make pages not war!]

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[Karen & Cathie having some fun!]

I had a chance to do some demos at Karen Ellis's Booth for her store The Art House! That is I tried to do a couple demonstrations, but things were super busy at the Canadian Scrapbooker booth! It was amazing how many awesome people were there, but I really wish that I had a twin that could have helped me cause gee whiz was I tired that evening! I was so happy to meet so many wonderful and talented people! Karen's store and the lovely ladies that helped her were awesome!!!!! You really have to check out her blog at The Art House Studio.

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On Saturday I taught a class and it was AWESOME!!!!!

These ladies were super talented and so much fun! Not to mention a couple of them actually knew the small village where I grew up in Ontario when I was little. I couldn't believe it!



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Then I went off to Toronto for LOTS of meetings!!!


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The Companies whose product I used for my class…. it was so awesome to see how people created things so differently and so beautifully! Thank-you!                     logo.74121942_std  


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And then I took the bus back to the airport! Thank-you everyone for being so much fun! It was so fantastic to see everyone and to meet so many new creative friends! What an awesome trip!