Wednesday, July 30, 2008

~ a BIRD HOUSE FOR LOVE BIRDS ~

I had so much fun decorating this bird house with the wonderful collection from My Little Yellow Bicycle called LOVE LETTERS that will come out for Valentine's Day

My children really liked that little Bird house so I'm thinking I'll make some more. I think they would be a great way to inspire them to write little love notes or for the little one to draw a picture and then slide it in the hole for the recipient to discover it.

I stamped some flourishes ( also from My LYB) onto the various papers with black Stazon prior to gluing them on the wood with Paper Source P.V.A

The paint is used was acrylic and when it was dry I added a coat of P.V.A
I was really lucky that the grommets from Making Memories were a perfect fit, I really like how they finish off the house nicely.

Thank you for letting me know what you think,I truly value your comments.
Do you do a lot of Home decor? Do you enjoy scrapping on other medium besides paper?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

~ 6:35pm~

When I look back at my old pages, I find that the ones that depicted something quite "ordinary" have become the most precious with time.So I made this page thinking that it would be cool in the future to be able to go back to a very specific time of the day and know exactly what was going on then.

I wish I did more of these,I love the fact that they allow me to freeze time!

supplies:
solid cardstock: Bazzill
acrylic stamp ( hand ):Making Memories
acrylic stamp (clock): Heidi Snapp, stamped with Stayon on a piece of acetate
brads: American Crafts
title: Quickutz "Abigail"

Sunday, July 27, 2008

~PAPER MAKING~

Turning my scraps of paper into recycled sheets is something I had been wanting to try in a long time so this week end,Gabrielle,my eldest, and I had a go at it.
Here is an illustration of hours of messy fun:
1.We shredded and then cut scraps ( we managed to jam the tiny paper shredder!):

2.We soaked the paper in H20 overnight:

3. We put a cup of soaked paper + 2 to 3 cups of hot H2O + some liquid glue in a blender and pulsed a few seconds:

4. We poured the pulp into a tub:

5. We slided a frame in the tub and allowed the pulp to settle onto the screen:

6. We lifted the screen out of the mixture and tried to keep it as flat as possible.We placed newspapers, towels, felt on a flat surface and flipped the screen paper-side-down on the cloth. ( this is called COUCHING ):

7. We covered the paper with another layer of felt and pressed the excess of H2O with a rolling pin:

8. We lifted the screen gently ( = the hard part )starting at the corners:

9. Place the sheets out of the way to dry. We put them in the sun and let them dry all day. Here is what they looked like before I ironed them:

10. One of my favorites is the one with bits of crayolas ( saved after sharpening them ), I also like the ones with bigger pieces of paper:



As in every project, there are good things and not so good things about paper making.

The not-so-good: breaking appliances is really easy, we jammed the shredder and broke the new blender! we also spent the best part of the day on this ( note to self: plan lunch ahead of time when embarking on such a time consuming project! and no Gabrielle, Momma can't make you a milk shake when she's trying to pulse paper).It's also a very messy project so it requires a lot of cleaning up afterwards and I had a hard time finding candidates for that part!

On the good side: doing it with my daughter(s), Lily joined us for a little while. The good laughs,the beautiful sun drying our papers super fast and keeping me "oh-so-happy", the serenity we enjoyed for hours,having our patience tested, which, in craft-making I truly enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed reading this very long post,I wonder whether paper making is something you've tried and enjoyed? I would love to read about your experiences.

Friday, July 25, 2008

~CHALLENGE 1~

To celebrate 2 months of ART SCRAP & MORE I thought we should have a little challenge. Nothing too complicated, just a fun one that has to do with COLORS.

You may have noticed my addiction to BLACK and WHITE! I just happen to think that a lot of white on a page is good for the eyes and let the mind "dive" into the other elements of the page.
Asfar as black goes, well, it's just the greatest, easiest tool,isn't it? You want something to pop:black will do it, you want the other colors on the page to stand out: black,you want elegance: black again,something that will never go out of style: yep, black again!

We all know the two colors work well together so how about throwing another one in the mix, any other color, it doesn't have to be a primary...and coming up with a page or a card ( see example below)or a project of any kind.There are absolutely no restriction, no right or wrong, it's all good fun and yes there will be a PRIZE!

You can lift the cards above or come up with your own interpretation.
I will pick a winner next week-end and send her/him a little goody from the CHA.
How does that sound? Want to play?

Let me recap.
CHALLENGE 1 :

  • use black and white + 1 color
  • make something with that combination, it doesn't even have to be paper!
  • post it anywhere you want but don't forget to include the link in the comments
  • if you post it in a gallery please call it : " art scrap and more challenge 1"

good luck and look for the winner next week-end...

Voici le tout 1er defi de: art scrap & more:

  • utiliser du noir et du blanc + 1 autre couleur ( au choix )
  • en faire absolument ce que l'on veut: page, photo,tricot, peinture,broderie,dessin...
  • la poster dans les commentaires en mettant le lien
  • si vous la publiez dans une galerie, merci de mentioner:"art scrap and more challenge 1"

Il ne me reste plus qu'a vous souhaiter bonne chance et j'annoncerai le/la gagnante le week-end prochain. J'aurai le plaisir de lui envoyer une petite nouveaute glanee au CHA samedi dernier!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

~INSPIRED~

Meeting Ali made me so happy I couldn't wait to do a page with that picture!

The back ground is "cream"and in R.L the lines are straight!The alpha are from Making Memories and were given to me on Saturday so it was fun to include them in the L.O

Ali looks pretty good with that crown on her head don't you think?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

~ CHA ~ part two

The booth for MY LITTLE BICYCLE was so cool with its bike repair shop! I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon and Lori who work on the design team and well I don't want to say more at this point but I have all kinds of beautiful goodies to keep me occupied for a while so hopefully I'll be talking about MY LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE again soon!
I also met Celine et Karine and I'm happy to report that the 1st issue of their magazine will have one of my pages in it.Merci Celine et Karine! C'etait super sympa de vous rencontrer et discuter avec vous!I loved the new collection of SASSAFRAS I think they're really going to be huge because their papers are Fantastico!I wish I had taken pictures to share with you but to be frank I think I was a little overwhelmed with the whole experience!
I spotted so many familiar faces and want to thank Aly for stopping when I called out her name! I don't know Aly apart from her work but she was as "sunny" and beautiful as I thought she'd be! Thanks Aly!
Lastly, to the ingenious people from The Rusty Pickle who thought of installing a giant chocolate fountain with a full bar of marshmallows, gummy bears, pretzels, animal cookies...etc...THANK YOU!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

~ CHA ~ part one

Because she's even sweeter in real life, because she's not only an amazing artist but also an amazing woman, because she's such a huge inspiration for so many of us, because her latest book "SHARING YOUR STORY" IS AWESOME,well yes, meeting Ali Edwards was the highlight of my visit at CHA!

Elle est d'une gentillesse et d'une generosite a toutes epreuves, artiste aux multiples facettes, Ali Edwards, c'est L'Artiste avec un grand "A" et ce fut pour moi un tres beau moment que celui de pouvoir lui dire tout cela en personne a la CHA de Chicago aujourd'hui!
I'll share more tomorrow...my feet hurt a little but I'm HAPPY!

Friday, July 18, 2008

~ Pub Ad Challenge ~


Paula has the best challenges on 2Peas!
I had fun doing this challenge even though the end result is a little "busy" for me!
I'd love to read what you think, do you like challenges, do you participate in any?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

~A QUICK RECYCLING PROJECT~

Time for a fun little project that is as green as can be!
For these grocery list PADS you will need:
  1. old boxes of various food ( think fun colors/design)
  2. old sheets of paper ( perhaps from an old school textbook)
  3. a corner punch
  4. pieces of ribbon
  5. a Bind It All machine + wire binding ( 1/2 inch is perfect for this project )


The fun here is that there's no right or wrong in terms of sizes or style, think about what you want to do with these, could be great for writing the groceries or a quick recipe or as in the picture below for a little one who so badly needs a pad to play "restaurant"!

Make the cover a little bit bigger than the inner pages and round the corners of the cover and back if desired. Put the cover and back in the Bind It All and then the inner pages ( follow the usual steps )then add the wire, close it and add a long ribbon or tiny ones depending on the look you want to go for et voila!
I highly recommend making several at a time you'll have fun giving them away!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

~ PLAY ~

Meet Joey, a little boy with a very very vivid imagination!

I had so much fun scrapping these two pictures of my nephew playing in the yard.First of all, I hadn't made a 8 1/2 by 11 in a long time and also I was dying to use these little monsters from Quickutz.

I often find myself looking for a different way of doing things and for this page I started with the journaling which is usually my last step.

All p.p are MY LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE.
Thank you for your input.

Monday, July 14, 2008

~BASTILLE DAY~

To all, French and French at Heart, a very Happy Bastille Day or as we say in France:"Bon 14 Juillet, Vive la France et Vive la Republique!"
France Celebrates Bastille Day Video

Sunday, July 13, 2008

~ ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA ~

Just got back from a mini trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota and must say i was blown-away by the beautiful city of St. Paul. There is so much to see and visit, I can't wait to go back and visit the Twin cities properly instead of spending all my time at the Mall of America!
Here is a view of Rice Park with the adorable characters from Charlie Brown and Friends:

Et en revenant de ces quelques jours qu'elle ne fut pas ma surprise de voir que non seuleument Severine m'avait laissee un tres gentil commentaire mais en plus elle parle de mon blog sur le sien! Je suis tres touchee car j'admire les multiples talents de Severine depuis fort longtemps!
On a complete different note, if you haven't been on < Severine's blog, it's a MUST SEE! Go on it and you will not be disappointed, i guarantee it!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

DRY-EMBOSSING & RECYCLING PLASTIC PACKAGES

Ever wondered what to do with all the plastic packaging we get when we buy things such as die cuts, blades,dolls,cards...?

Well recycling these pieces of plastic into tags and cards is fun especially with the dry-embossing technique.

I highly recommend the Cuttlebug line for dry embossing. The dies are great, foolproof and work just on about anything.I also like the fact that they can go in the Big Shot ( Sizzix ). The die for the card itself here is from Quikutz.
I liked the idea of adding elements inside/outside of the card. The papers are from My Little Yellow Bicycle.

The Happy "BIRD"ay Tag shows a different example ( words instead of patterns ). The paper is from the cover of a catalog ( feels so good to recycle a bunch of things in one tiny project! )I love the "Happy Birthday" ribbon which is from American Crafts.

One last example which does not call for the dry embossing but rather a die cut ( Quikutz ) and rub ons & embellies.I painted the contour of each plastic card / tag with acrylic paint. I haven't talked about the pink card (with the bling on its cover)because it's not quite finished. I 'll add something in between the 2 sheets of plastic but probably more like a strip of paper so the motif still prevails.
Thank you very much for your interest! Let me know what you think!
J'espere que ces petits exemples vous ont plus. N'hesitez pas a me dire si vous aimeriez avoir certaines clarifications en francais, ou si tout simplement vous aimeriez que notre belle langue soit plus frequement utilisee sur ce blog!A tres Bientot!

Monday, July 7, 2008

~ DRY EMBOSSING WITH A DIE ~

I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to add 3D to a project without the bulk: DRY EMBOSSING. There are different ways of dry embossing, with a stylus, by hand, or with a die such as this one by Cuttle bug:



This system is so easy and works with different medium ( I will talk about dry embossing pieces of plastic on a future post )it works every time and here is how it turns out:



Now to be really cool, it needs a little extra step: SANDING.This will bring out the design, the only thing is the more you do it, the more you flatten the paper ( counter productive! ) and the more you run the risk of having a big hole in it. So moderation and gentle circular movements are key here!




Now the embossed piece can be cut the way intended. The technique "shrinks" the paper so it has to be embossed first. Here is an idea of similar squares, the only difference being 2 have been embossed and sanded:




How about seeing the end result on a 12 by 12 L.O ?




The little girl on the L.O is my sweet niece Claire. To emphasize the "wave" theme, I used a big acrylic stamp from Fancy Pants.



And because I LOVE stamps, I chose to make little embellishments out of the Hero Art circular motives.They are water colored and glued with a 3d glue dot.



SUPPLIES:

solid cardstock: bazzill; p.p: K & Company; clearstamps:Fancy Pants and Hero Art; rub ons: American Crafts; water color; dry embossing; Cuttlebug; die cutting machine: sizzix; brad: The paper Studio.

Thank you very much for your comments, I hope you enjoy this sort of "step by step", I welcome your questions or comments.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

~ LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE ~


Ahhh, it is such a sweet feeling to play with all my toys and different supplies and to actually be pleased with the outcome.

I made two of these "accordeon mini albums", one for my Mom and the other for myself. I had three ideas right from the start for this project: I wanted to use the tin box which I had picked-up at Michael's ages ago ( originally designed to hold a gift card ); I thought the accordeon type would fit best in the box and lastly the title( after the movie ) came to me when I saw my d.d's sunny disposition on the pictures.



The box is: 3 x 4 3/4inches ( 7,5 x 12 cm )
Each page of the accordeon : 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches ( 7 x 11 cm )
the pictures:(I trimmed down the wallet prints) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (6 x 9 cm )



I have yet to write the journaling on the tags.I will write some of the funny things G.lily has said recently.



supplies:

black letters on the box: American Crafts
small letters: Making Memories
embellishments: Creative Cafe
acrylic stamp for the tag: Basic Grey
acrylic stamp ( flourish on the cover ): Autumn leaves
grommet ; Making memories
die-cuts: Sizzix and Quickutz
solid cardstock: Bazzill
double-sided p.p: Bo-Bunny Press
white paper clip: Making Memories
punches: Marvy uchida


Thank you very much for your interest, your comments are greatly appreciated!
I would really like to know what interests you the most when you drop on by... do you like to see scrapbook pages, projects, minis, tutoring, pictures, recipes...none/all of the above? Can't wait to read your comments!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

~ EXPERIMENTING ~


As I was experimenting with the "manual" setting of my camera this morning I was lucky enough to get some fun shots of Gallianne Lily. She's so used to being photographed that all I have to do to make her giggle is to tell her a story or ask her silly questions. I love how "natural" and happy she looks and now I have an idea for a mini accordion album with these portraits,I'm sure my Mom would love to receive a mini in the mail.Now,all I need is a little time!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

~ 2 572 miles ~


Here I am! Back in Chi-town after 2 572 miles in 8 days.We went through Indiana,Michigan, Ontario, Quebec,New York,Pennsylvania,Ohio,Indiana and Illinois.

It was great to take this trip and equally wonderful to come back home.

Here are a few pictures...


we had to try these beauties, of course they looked a lot better than they tasted!

I really enjoyed taking a double Decker tour bus of Toronto.

Tim Horton's much cuter than Dunkin'Donuts!

ah...the little details, quarters are called "loonies" after the bird:
I would much rather knit than drive!

Le Vieux-Montreal:


Despite the rain, Quebec City was spectacular:

The changing of the guard at the Citadel in Quebec City:

Um...maple cookies

On the way back, we had to stop and see the Niagara Falls,the kind of sights one does once in a life time.It was touristy of course but worth seeing, very impressive:

And even closer to home,Indiana Amish Country, a place I had never been either and would love to discover in the Fall.

Home:

the famous verses came to my mind:" Heureux qui comme Ulysse a fait un beau voyage..." and now instead of scrapping, a broken fountain,an untidy yard,several loads of laundry and a very dirty car are all screaming my name! I have yet to learn how to come back from a trip and enjoy catching back on the choirs.Any advice?