Friday, December 31, 2010
I just can not believe that it is the last day of 2010!!! I have lots of reflecting to do on the last year... and to begin with i want to share my favorite 10 projects of 2010... So in no particular order, here they are...
I lied... I did 11... one for good luck in 2011 I guess! :)
WHEN YOU'RE HAPPY: This page is about Seth, my 2 year old. I ADORE this photo of him. I ADORE this paper line from Pink Paislee! And of course, I ADORE this little boy!
THANKFUL: edited to add...(THIS PAGE IS BEING PUBLISHED IN CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER'S FALL ISSUE!!
I did this page for the Helmar Blog Hop in October. I love how I was able to incorporate a photo of each of my children, as well as lots of different papers and embellies.
SLOW DOWN: This page is of my one and only daughter. I love the pink and the circle design. The photo of her is so beautiful. The page is about how i want her to slow down and not to try and grow up too fast... it's happening fast enough on it's own!
PERFECTLY CONTENT: This is another page done on Seth. This is one of my favorite photo's of him. He is 6 months old here. It was Justin and I's anniversary and since I was nursing, we had to take him along on a weekend getaway. He was SO good!! Espescially since Justin and I BOTH ended up sick with the flu most of the weekend!! :)
The design was so fun to create! I love the fence and clouds from Magistical Memories. And Prima goodness... how can you go wrong!?!?
MY FUNNY MAN: Camden... the family comedian. I LOVE this photo of him! It summs up his personality to a T!! The bright colors work perfectly here!
LIL' DANCER: This is the first time I worked with GIRLS PAPERIE papers, and I loved them! The photo is from Jazzy's dance recital. She did so awesome! I love how the colors in this paper compliment the photo so well!
HUSH LITTLE BABY: Another Seth page... I love the simplicity of this design. Simple stamping complimented the page. Love the teal and red color combo. And those pictures... breathtaking!
HEARTBREAKER: This is my Sammy... This page is so special!Somehow, this page just came together, and I absolutely love it! I love the photo...... I love this boy!
CAMERA SHY: Another Jazzy page! This page was created to remind her not to be shy of the camera. She is getting to the age where she is a bit self consious... and it shows... She has no reason to be! She is simply beautiful! And of course, Pink Paislee created the perfect papers for me to use on this page!
BIKER DUDE: Another page of Sammy. I LOVE the film strip look on this page. And the Lily Bee papers are so bright and fun! I love that I could add so many photo's in this design!! I still think I want to add a mushroom to the left of my title... :)
ADORED: Such a simple page, and yet I love it. The photo is of Seth and his cousin Miranda. Such a sweet photo. And the simplicity of the product and design help to keep the focus on the pic.
Thank you for stopping by to see some of my favorites of the year!! I greatly appreciate you stopping by and thank you for your sweet comments!!! :)
Now to spend the evening with the kids! Back later with reflections of 2010....
Hope you enjoyed my review of my favorites!!
Posted by Tina McDonald at 7:38 PM
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Patterned paper: I used Paris Creativity Rock Star Diva collection theme pack.
Strong adhesive: I used Helmar liquid scrap dots
Stickles or glitter glue
1 Styrofoam ball
Long stick pins with a large head
2 inch circle punch
Silver thread, ribbon or something to hang it with
1. Using punch, cut out several circles from patterned paper.
2. As shown in the photo, cut a spiral from outside to center.
3. Starting from the outside, roll tightly to form a flower bud. Tuck final but under and around to form the base.
4. Now, set the flower down, allowing it to uncoil some and relax.
5. Open the bottom flap and apply a nice fat dab of Helmar's liquid scrap dots. If you don't have any... get some! LOL! But for now, you could try a hot glue gun... or another really strong adhesive. Press the flower into the glue and hold for a bit until set.
**At this point, I would set the flower aside and create another... the liquid scrap dots will need some time to cure. There are lots of flowers to be made... :)
6. Once flower is well set, apply a dab of liquid scrap dots to the bottom of the flower and stick to the Styrofoam ball. To hold in place, i stuck a pin thru the center while the Scrap dots cured. Again, if no Scrap dots are available, you could use a glue gun or other strong adhesive.
7. Repeat step #6, adding flowers tightly to each other, thus reducing the amount of Styrofoam visible between. Using a light colored paper helps it to be less visible. If you choose to use a darker colored paper, you might want to paint the Styrofoam before you begin.
8. After the entire ball is filled with flowers, I added a stick pin to the top and tied a silver thread to it. You could use a ribbon or whatever you like for this step! :)
9. Allow the ball to sit overnight to be sure all adhesive has time to set. In the morning, remove all stick pins.
10. Add stickles to each individual flower in a swirling circular motion. Don't be too fussy... it's going to look fabulous when it dries! (You will notice that i had done this before letting it sit overnight. It made a mess on my pins, but if you're ok with that it does cut down on drying time!)
Once this is dry, you are done!! You're ready to gift it... or display it! I had initially planned to hang it on my tree... but it is a bit heavy... so it's more of a kissing ball for me... taking the place of my mistle toe! :) Regardless of where you hang it... be SURE to hang it where it will be seen! Any project that takes that much work deserves it!!
And there you have it!! My Rolled Flower Christmas Ornament!! I do hope that you have found this tutorial helpful! I would LOVE to see any projects that you create using these rolled flowers! I did not come up with the idea for these flowers... there are lots of people who make them... I'm just one person who ADORES them!! So THANKS to the person who first stumbled upon this idea!! :)
Anyway, I gotta go get some gifts wrapped!! They are not going to wrap themselves!! :)
I hope to get back online before Christmas... but in case we miss each other... I want to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thanks so much for being a part of my life... ((HUGS))]
Until Next Time...
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I will be sharing my 4th and final project for my Guest Design spot! Drop by and check it out! It will be Christmassy... i lied whtn I said todays was... I got inspired to create a layout instead! :)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I'm back with my second project done with the Paris Creativity Collection!
For this project, I used the ROCK STAR DIVA collection theme pack. This is a fun collection which includes bling, epoxy accents, cardstock frames and borders and epoxy alpha's... along with the papers! How fun!
I created 2 Christmas tree ornaments this time around! They are SO simple, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE them on my tree!!! Check them out!!
These are SO much cuter in real life! The glitter is not showing in the photo's... but trust me... they are so cute!
Want to know how to make them? Here is a quick tutorial... (See photo tutorial below)
1. Cut 2 strips of paper 1 1/2 inches x 12 inches. (for smaller one... wider for the larger one)
2. Run one side of each thru a border punch.
3. Using a stylus, score the papers at 1/4 or 1/2 inch intervals. I determine this depending on the border punch I use.
4. Fold the paper into an accordion.
5. I adhered the 2 pieces together using Helmar's Premium Craft Glue. Glue the other ends together as well to make one big circle.
6. Turn paper on it's side to create a circle as shown...
7. Adhere a small punched circle to the front and back of this circle.
8. Embellish as desired.
9. I added stickles to the folds to create a beautiful shimmer to the ornaments.
10. Tie a light string and you're ready to hang them on your tree!!
Aren't they simple? I'm DEFINITELY making a bunch more of these! I'd love to see you give them a try as well!!
Tune in again on Friday as I share my last project for my Guest Designer spot!! Let's just say we'll be keeping with the Christmas theme!! :)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This week I have the awesome opportunity to be a featured Guest Designer for Paris Hilton's Creativity Collection! Yeah, she has a scrapbooking line! How cool is that eh? The fabulous Deb Famularo sent me some yummy goodies to play with! This week I will be sharing my creations!
First up is a fun and funky Holiday Diva Wreath!
And our winner is....
ok I am now a follower - your blog is amazing - I spent way too much time here!! Love the little box too!
Email me at tinamcdonald(at)xplornet(dot)ca with your name and mailing address and I'll get your RAK out to you in the mail!!!
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Lolly Chessie's blog! Boy has that gal got talent, eh? And after you leave my blog, you will be traveling on to the blog of Aussie designer Leeann Pearce and that is SURE to be a treat!
But, now that you are here... at my blog, sit back, put your feet up, grab you favorite drink and have a peeksie at what I have created for you!
I had the thrill of using Helmar's Acrylic Sealer for the first time! WOW! I ADORE this stuff! Since then, I have already created another project with it! It can be seen here on the Helmar blog! Helmar Acrylic Sealer seals & protects your arts & craft projects with a clear gloss finish.Use on paper, wood, plastic, tin, glass, terra cotta, decoupage, paper tole and many more! I also used my favorite Helmar product... the Liquid Scrap Dots!! Anyone who has used these knows why they have been dubbed HEAVEN IN A TUBE!!
Next I decorated my cover! This is always the fun part!! I began by adding a thin strip around the outside as seen in the above photo. I did this using the same steps as mentioned above. Then I started on the top. I cut a circle from the red paper slightly smaller than the tin cover. Using Helmar's 450 Quickdry, I adhered the lace trim to the underside of the circle. Then I coated the top of the tin with Acrylic Sealer, added the paper trimmed with lace, and gave it another thick coat of sealer. I even used sealer on the edge of the lace to help it stay in place.
Finally I decorated it! That's where the Liquid Scrap Dots came in!I created the beautiful spiral flowers and held them together using the scrap dots! I love that the glue seeps up thru the layers of the flower holding each part exactly in place! Perfectly! Then I adhered them to the tin also using the liquid scrap dots!
Love how it turned out! Not sure if I can give this away or not! :) But it was so easy, I think I could probably make a few for gifts... just maybe! :) They would be beautiful filled with cookies, fudge, candy... SO many ideas!!
And there you have it!! My project using Acrylic Sealer and Liquid Scrap dots! Thank you so much for stopping by! I am really glad you came! And as a THANK YOU and a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, I'm going to give away a nice little prize package!! All you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment! That's it!! One comment per person please. And don't forget to follow my blog... if you don't follow, you can't win! :) And spread the word!! If I get over 150 comments, I will draw for 2 prizes!!! Yep!! All kinds of goodies looking to be given away!
So, now that we have that straigntened away, head on over to visit the fabulous Leanne Peirce!!
And don't forget to "like" Helmar on Facebook!! They are giving a TON of stuff away on Facebook and Twitter today as well! SO MANY chances to win! And so many fabulous sponsors and partners as well!!
Thank you for stopping by!
Until Next Time...
MERRY CHRISTMAS and
Saturday, December 04, 2010
However, I have been crafting! Yes... scrapping AND crafting! :) Here is a project I shared today on the Helmar blog...
To create this, I used the Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive to adhere the glitter. Then, I dug out the Helmar Acrylic Sealer to seal in the glitter! It worked SO WELL!!! Check out the Helmar blog to see the details...
Also... don't forget that Helmar is hosting a HOLIDAY BLOG HOP tomorrow! I can't WAIT to see all of the gorgeous projects that will be shared! AMAZING Guest Designers... like Well, you'll just have to drop by to see! :)
So, drop by tomorrow and you will have a day FULL of excitement...
So, until then... Happy Scrapping!!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
It is a rainy Tuesday morning... I'm feeling kinda under the weather so I decided to stay put today. Now here I am sharing with you on my blog instead of dragging 3 kids out in the rain... sounds good to me! :)
I have a new page to share with you that I did for Magistical Memories! I used one of my all time FAVORITE chipboard pieces from them. I also used one of the NEW RELEASES by Amy Teets for MM. Here's what I created...I love the fence piece! This is the first time I used it on a layout, but I adore it! To create the look that I achieved, I painted the fence with brown paint. Then I went over it in white with a dry brush. I love how the dark shows thru and looks like a real white-wash! I have the fence raised up using Helmar's 1/4 inch square black zapdots. These are the perfect height and were so easy to use!
The new release is the clouds! They are so cute! To get the swirly look on them I used white and baby blue liquid pearls. I started with the white and covered the entire cloud in a swirly motion. Then after letting it sit for a minute, I repeated this process with the blue. I really liked the effect! What do you think? I adhered the clouds using Helmar's Premium Craft Glue and one using the Zap Dots again for a little bit of dimension.
To create the distressed frame look in this page, here is what i did...
*Using Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive runner I added the photo to where I wanted it on the page.
*Using a craft knife I cut out the photo and the backround paper aprox 1/4 inch larger than the photo all around.
*After removing this piece from the page, I added the lighter green paper on the BACK of the page, being careful not to put the adhesive too close to the inner edges.
*Then I distressed and curled the inner edges.
*Distressed the edges of the paper around the photo.
*Then I adhered the photo back onto the page, centering it in the hole!
*To help round it out, I added a circle of pearls using the liquid pearls and a Crafters Workshop circle template. But you know me... almost no page is complete without a circle of some sort! :)
Here is a closeup of my journaling for this page. This is #4... he was the most AMAZING little baby! So happy and content! In this photo, he had come along on a getaway weekend with Justin and i for our anniversary! He was SO good! It's a shame him and I both ended up sick with the flu for the weekend! LOL! But he was SOOO good! I'm so thankful for him!
suppiles: Prima PP, felt devine, flowers, Ranger liquid pearls, Basic Grey alpha'sand pearls, Magistical Memories chipboard, Recollections flowers, Helmar Premium Craft glue, Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive runner, Helmar Zap dots, wire twine from Dollarama
Whew... That was a LONG post! Thank you for sticking with me! I hope that I have inspired you or given you some ideas!!
Remember... Magistical Memories makes FABULOUS chipboard! Check it out! And for all your adhesive needs, it's gotta be Helmar!
Thanks for stopping by! And until next time...
Excited to be able to share my news! I have been asked to join the Polkadot Whimsy Kit club Design team! I was looking for a nice kit to subscribe to, when I came across this fabulous one AND they had a DT call out! Well... who can resist a free kit, right? Looking forward to getting started! I hear we are starting with a January kit! FUN! Check out the kits, they are adorable!
So be on the lookout for fabulous new kits in the coming months!! :)
THANK YOU PDW and CONGRATS to the other gals! Can't wait to be inspired by you all!
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I just wanted to drop in for a minute and share a quick page with you! It is one that I did for the Magistical Memories October sketch challenge! I realize that it's now Nov... but it's better late then never, right?
yet I still feel the need for dimension! So, I added a naked chipboard element from Magistical Memories at the top of the photo's. Love that I could use it naked... perfect coloring and so simple! So rather then spend time fancying up my chipboard, I spent my time on a fancy ruffle to go around my page!! I used a lace boarder punch to cut out strips of paper. I cut them aprox 1x12. Then I folded them into pleats. Using the FABULOUS Helmar 450 quickdry, I curved it around the edge of my circle! Believe it or not, the Helmar kept it in place! Whoot! But feeling that the page needed a bit more oomph, I added stitching around the perimeter of the circle! Very simple page... but perfect for the elegant photo's!
supplies: Scribble Scrabble patterned paper, Magistical Memories chipboard, Momenta puffy word sticker and epoxy circle, Martha stewart punches, ZVA bling, Ranger distress inks, Helmar 450 quick dry, Helmar Premium Craft glue
These pics are of my sister and her Fiancee at the time... now Hubby! :) She is simply beautiful and i adore these photo's!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I have several new projects to show you in the near future... so stay tuned! :) I also have some FUN and EXCITING news to share soon! :)
Until Next time... Happy Scrapping!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
So, to look on the bright side... 10 positive things....
*I spent part of the day with my beautiful niece and had a wonderful time!
*I decided to dress up for our Oct 31st carnival at the church and got a cool funky costume!
*At this moment... all 5 children are sleeping... bliss!
*It seems that all 5 children just might be over all the major sickness!
*I get to go to bed early tonight!
*I am really hoping to spend tomorrow evening creating!
*I bought Seth and Jasmine's birthday gifts today! They both have bday's in Nov!
*I got to have an iced cap today! Ahhhh...
*I .... I.... Ummm... I'm lost... I'll have to settle for 8 positive things! :)
I do have a new layout to show you though! I really love how it turned out! I love when I do a page just for me... using products that I love! So often I do design work... and it's just so amazing to do something just because i want to! So here is my latest page...
Isn't that paper gorgeous? It's my first time creating with Girls Paperie papers... but it won't be my last! They are simply gorgeous! And how about those ZVA Creative pearl flourishes? GORGEOUS! Yeah... I sent it in for their design team search! A girl has to dream, right? What a dream come true THAT would be!! Wish me luck!! :)
Anyway, I really should sign off if I'm going to get to bed early like I am hoping! :) But I wanted to share this page... because it makes me happy... I love it! :) It's very much all of the things I love about scrapbooking! :) shaped papers, fussy cutting, stitching, distressing, chipboard, swirls, flowers, pearls, butterflies... Ahhhh... it just doesn't get much better than this! And of course, it's all held together with my favorite Helmar adhesives...
There... I knew I'd feel better after blogging! :)
Until next time... Happy Scrapping!!
Friday, October 22, 2010
I created a layout for Helmar this week using the gorgeous Queen Bee line from Pink Paislee. This line is to DIE for!!! Check it out!
Here are some detail shots for ya!!
Thanks for stopping by! For some details as to what Helmar Products I used or how i created this page, please stop by the Helmar USA Design Team Blog!
Until Next Time... Happy Scrapping!
Supplies: Pink Paislee Papers and alpha, Websters Pages Trim, Prima flower centers, Recollections brads, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Clearsnap Ink, Martha Stewart border punches, Ranger Dimensional pearls, Helmar Adhesives(specifics above)
Monday, October 18, 2010
And guess what? There were over 100 comments, so I will be choosing 2 winners today! WHOOT! Way to go!!
Alrightie... here we go... winner #1 is.....
Your layout is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
And winner #2 is.....
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Hello there! Welcome to the 1st Annual Helmar Halloween Howler Hop. If you have been following along you should have hopped here from Pamela's blog. If you've just started out, Hop on back to the Helmar Blog to see some great Halloween and Fall projects. Make sure to leave some love along the way for your chance to win BIG! There are some AMAZING prize packages to be won! You will NOT want to miss out!
Now, On with the show!!
Today I have a layout to share with you. I am not much of a Halloween kinda gal, though looking at all of the AMAZING projects my Helmar Hotties created sure is inspiring! Instead, I chose to share a fall themed project with you.
This past weekend we celebrated THANKSGIVING here in Canada! I have SO much to be grateful for, that I could not pass up the opportunity to create a project with this in mind!
In creating this page, I used 2 Helmar products... Premium Craft Glue and Helmar Gemstone glue!
Everything on this page was adhered using the Premium Craft Glue! The papers, the chipboard, the lace, the ribbon, buttons, my journaling strips... EVERYTHING!!! This glue does it ALL! It dries clear and has a FANTASTIC hold! Seriously... I'll never use any other adhesive for the bulk of my page! I'm so THANKFUL for Helmar's Premium Craft Glue!! :)
Now, I also used some Gemstone glue... can you guess where I used it? Yes, you got it! On my little apple tree!!! Here's a quick tutorial using Gemstone glue to make your own apple tree!!
You will need:
Helmar Gemstone Glue
Maya Road chipboard tree (or other tree)
Large toothpick or wooden skewer
Glimmer mist or paint
1. Paint tree green trunk/branches brown.
2.Using toothpick, dip small dabs of gemstone glue randomly over green part of the tree. These do not have to be all the same size.
3. Sprinkle with LOTS of red glitter over a piece of scrap paper. Let sit for just a second or 2.
4. Shake off glitter and tap several times to get off the excess. Let sit until dry... approx 5 minutes. Then you should be able to brush off the extra sprinkles of glitter without smearing your "apples"!
5. Add the tree trunk and branches using the Premium Craft Glue! Your Apple tree looks good enough to eat! :)
Thank you SO much for stopping by! As a special THANK YOU to you, I'm offering up a goodie filled RAK of my own to give away! How do you win? Just become a follower of my blog (Those already following are also entered) and leave a comment! Then you will be entered to win! I have stamps, flowers, stickers, paper and lots more for one lucky follower! And hey... if I get 100 comments or more, I'll add a second RAK... so what'cha waitin for!?!?
Now... don't dilly dally! It's time to head on over to the next blog! The amazingly talented Eva Dobilas! Click on the arrow below to go directly to her blog!
Happy Hopping!!! and Happy Halloween!!
Please excuse the darker photo's... it's been a rainy 3 days here... :)