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World Card Making Day!

So this is the first time in a long time where I am able to participate in World Card Making Day!  I am going to be surfing around blog land trying to find challenges to do!

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps has a weekly challenge to help celebrate…it’s holidays! Create a card for any holiday and bonus if you use their sketch of the month (which I did of course!)

 

 

So I decided to do a Halloween card!

 

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Zelda the Zombie!

I have a lot of Halloween supplies but don’t do near enough layouts or cards with them!  I used the KKS stamp Zelda Zombie for mine…the paper and embellishments I don’t know the manufacturer for as I just have bits and bobs in my folder!  The die cut is Taylored Expressions though!  It’s a fun little die and this is the first time I’ve used it!  Crazy!

I colored with my copics of course!  I’m still learning coloring so pardon the not so smooth look!  LOL

I hope you like it and I hope you are playing along with challenges today!

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Carnival

Helloooooooooooo!  Oh my!  I just spent a fabulous weekend at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnvial!  This is a yearly event hosted, quite brilliantly I might add, by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!  These ladies know how to throw a party and they have been doing it for nine years!  I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend the last 6 of them!  Cropping, shopping, make and takes, photo booth, goody bags, door prizes, amazing classes and just a whole lot of fun!  What more could you possibly ask for??

I attended a fabulous class put on by Nicole Wright…a great friend and an amazing artist!  She loves to play and get dirty with her creations and you really need to check out her blog here! 

We created this amazing distressed canvas!

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Distressed Canvas

I haven’t done a lot of mixed media but I am really wanting to dabble in it a bit more..it’s just so much fun to play around and get inky! There’s no right or wrong way and the array of projects that you get to utilize is just endless…I learned about distress crayons and gesso this go round!  My first time playing with these goodies (which also happened to be a take away gift for the class as well) and I really enjoyed it and plan to use it a lot more! Learning about layers and layers to create unique projects..just a wonderful class all round.

I have to give a big shout out to Tim Holtz & Mario, as well as Sizzix for supplying some awesome door prizes for Nicole’s class.  I was lucky enough to win this amazing prize that Sizzix provided!  I was a bit shocked to say the least!  Now I just have to find somewhere on my scrap desk to but this bad boy!

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I was also lucky enough to get 3 of my layouts chosen by the magazine to appear on their blog in the future…I have been lucky enough to have been published a few times in the magazine and it’s such an awesome feeling to see something that you created put in and be seen by tonz of people world wide!

Creative Scrapbooker is constantly looking for submissions..they post their submission calls on their blog as well as how to send it in, you can also send in projects that aren’t part of the call …they may be able to use it for something later on down the line…YOU SHOULD SUBMIT!   You may not think you are good enough or you are new to scrapbooking and you aren’t as good as some other layouts or cards or projects that you’ve seen….you know what?? I bet you are!  I bet you are a lot better than you think you are, and Jackie and Katharina and their team want to see what you create!  You may get picked or you may not…this time!  You need to continue to send in projects….the more often you do, the better chance you have …if it’s a project you love, share it with them and maybe they will share it with the world~!  How fun is that!

World Cardmaking Day is coming up on October 1st and I plan on attending some online crops and perhaps you are too!  Let me know below some of the ones that you are hoping to play along with!

Keep Scrappin!

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UYOP workshop with Scrapbookin’ Adventures

So, on Saturday I attended what I am pretty sure was my first ever scrapbook worshop.  It was sooo fun!  Put on by Jennifer Edwardson of Scrapbookin’ Adventures, she teaches you how to pull together the bases for 20 layouts using only what you have in your stash! This is a pretty fast paced layout so you may not get them all done – that’s okay!  You are able to drop down the base of it minimum and then you can always go back and embellish later on!  That’s what I am going to be doing…

You basically build a kit for each of the sketches you are given…it forces you to use up things you have been hoarding forever, didn’t know you had or didn’t know you can put together.  Honestly, making these kits were some of the most fun that I have had in a long time and I don’t know why I hadn’t started it sooner!  I was so surprised at how little I had to take with me, once they were set up….a great lesson for future crops!

If you get a chance to attend these workshops, I do highly recommend it.  I also recommed stopping by their blog and checking out not only their sketches (which are fabulous) but also their kits!  I have 3 of them I can’t wait to use…they provide you with sketches and instructions to make layouts ( and some have cards) and you know there is always left over product to do a couple more of your own choosing….or don’t do the sketches they provide – its totally up to you but the product they supply is just fabulous!

Once I get the layouts finished I will start posting them for you to see!  I have a crop coming up for National Scrapbooking Day and I am pretty much all set to go with the finishing up of what I started with Jennifer. I am actually really excited to get them completed so that I can dig into those new kits!

 

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DIY Kits

Ok , I thought I had posted this before now but nope. Probably because I wrote it on the UYS blog and forgot to link it to this one!

Scrapbook kits are really popular right now and almost every company has some that you can purchase but what about all that stuff you already have and want to use up…old kits, a paper here or there, more embellishments than you know what to do with? I practically have my own store, so the last thing I need is a new kit!

So, I have been doing some research…I have recently found an amazing group of videos from nicmakin on Youtube…she just has these great walk throughs on how to put some kits together all from what you already have in your stash…big kits…enough to let you scrap a bunch of pages worry free, whether you are doing one of our challenges, going to a crop or just feel in the creative mood! It’s all about mixing and matching and being able to throw a bunch of stuff in a bag and be able to put together a bunch of pages with little or no fuss…

You can check out her videos here!

Katelyn from Gray Florals did a video as well and is just starting her 10 part series to help guide you to your DIY kit check hers out here

Another great source was brought to my attention from UYS DT member Tina!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge has some wonderful monthly challenges to put together your own kit and then to challenge you to use them! I love to support other challenge sites, especially if they work in tandem with ours at UYS and for just me in general!  If I like it, I want to tell everyone I can about it! This couldn’t be more perfect!

I hope that these give you a jump off point to start your own kits, I know that they have me and I look forward to putting together a few for when we head out to our farm in May! I don’t want to take a lot of stuff but want to still be able to do up some pages so this is going to work perfectly!

I am also heading to join Jennifer Edwardson’s crop here in Calgary on April 30th.  It is a Scrapbookin’ Adventures UYOP workshop (Use Your Own Product) and we are going to go hard and create 20 12×12 layouts during the course of the day, all made from our own kits. I am excited beyond belief!  It is going to be so much fun and I hope to post my work when I am done!

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Crop and Create – Calgary

So, as previously talked about in an earlier post, my friends and I attended the first ever (and much anticipated)  Crop and Create Calgary held by Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.

Wow!  As this was the inagural event, we didn’t really know what to expect, only that it was supposed to be amazing.  We were not disappointed!  These ladies put on one hell of a party!

Despite the fact that some of their stuff didn’t arrive when it was supposed to  – “it was on the pallett”, Catherine and her team made sure that we were not lacking for anything even if it was for just a day.  It all arrived later that night just in time for the next day of fun!  There were laughs, there were smiles, chocolate,  there was a photo booth and more fun than you can shake a stick at! They had make and takes as well as classes, a couple of stores and really just everything you could want to have a fun cropping weekend away!  We were all given a lovely goodie bag with an entire kit  & instructions to make some amazing layouts, a few cards and enough left over to play some more.  There were also additional kits that you could buy and those went like hotcakes!  They had a wonderful door prize table made up of some of the greatest products you could ask for from from the biggest sponsors in the business.  I am happy to say that I was lucky enough to win a paper pack from Doodlebug that I will hopefully be cracking into sometime soon.

They gave us a wonderful lunch both and a ‘sweet’ evening dessert buffet.  The greatest thing they gave us though, was themselves…they were always available to answer questions, to talk with us, laugh with us, offer advice and share their stories, or just let us sit down and watch them work.  You couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of ladies!

If you get a chance to attend a Crop and Create Event in your area – do so!  You honestly won’t be disappointed and you will have the time of your life.  I know I did.

 

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Another Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival….

So this past weekend, was my yearly trek to the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival hosted by the lovely ladies at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.  This year’s theme was the 80’s and I totally got my groove on!  It was so much fun!  I am also excited to report that I will have 2 layouts published in the upcoming spring issue, so I cannot wait for you to see that!  It will be one double layout and one single!  So excited and grateful to Canadian Scrapbooker for allowing me to be a part of their amazing magazine that highlights such astounding talent from coast to coast!

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While I was at Carnival, I decided to take a class.  I’m not usually one for classes, I tend to want to hoard my scrapping time.  However, I heard that Nicole Wright  (Canadian Nickle Scrap’n) was hosting a card class.  I’m sure that you have seen her around blog land/Facebook, as she does amazing work for for Simon Says Stamp, Sizzix and Ranger (her 12 Days of Tim Tags are phenomenal! ).  Anyway, she was doing a vintage card class and I really wanted to take it.  I had so much fun, getting down and dirty with my distress inks!

Which kind of fits in with this week’s challenge over at Use Your Stuff….using markers and inks!

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Card Box

Isn’t that fabulous!  She is such a nice person IRL and an amazing artist!

I hope that you will stop by Use Your Stuff this week and join us in our challenge.