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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Sneaking an Entry into the ScrapMuch? Colour Challenge

So, this is actually a card that I ripped apart a while ago...

Then I saw that the colours worked so well with the ScrapMuch? colour challenge this month, so I sort of put it back together, just not anything like it was before. LOL

The colour of my choice was the yellow you see in the printed writing part of the card. :)

The glossy accents on the flower centre wasn't yet dry at the time of taking this photo, which is why it's still hazy, but it gets the message across pretty well I think!

Also, I used crackle accents in the centre of the frame on top of the black cat... It took like, half a day to dry since it was so much of it! But I Love the way it came out!

Thanks for dropping in!

Krafty Kerry signing out!
Monday, 21 October 2013

Guest Design Team Member at Scrapbooking with Me Boutique!

Yes, you heard right!

This month, I'm a guest design team member for Scrapbooking with Me Boutique!

We get to work with the DIY Shop collection from Crate paper and I've already almost finished one project and working my way on the second one! I want to get as much use out of these papers and embellies as possible!!

I posted my haul from Scrapbooking with Me boutique on my Youtube channel and went over the items I ordered and received from Edith!

Thanks for dropping by!

I will definitely be posting my projects on my blog for all to see once they're completed!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Monday, 7 October 2013

World Card Making Day ScrapMuch? entry

So, I've somehow found some time to craft for myself, and so here is my first challenge entry in a long time!

ScrapMuch? had a challenge for World Card Making Day, and here is my entry to their challenge. :)
They had posted a sketch to follow.

Thanks so much for dropping by!!!

Krafty Kerry
Monday, 30 September 2013

Studio Calico Kit Order for October

As you can tell, I've been very crafty lately - Except not really. Ugh.

Anyway, it's time to post my Studio Calico kit order for October! Even though I haven't touched August's kit yet nor have I dipped into the September kit. I'll have a decent backlog of kits at the rate I'm going!!

To hit my free shipping mark, I had to get a few extras that wouldn't push me too far over the limit, so I got some inks and page protectors for the 8.5 x 11 album I got last month.

So, here's the summary for this month!

  • 8.5 x 11 page protectors
  • Pearlescent Lime Dew Drop Size Ink Pad
  • Hero Arts Dye Ink - White
  • 30 PL cards
  • 28 different types of embellishment packs
  • 4 sheets of cardstock
  • 12 sheets of patterned paper
The list below is an in-depth look at the kits and extras I got with my subscription for October:

  • Antiquary Scrapbook Kit
    • Cardstock
      • Papaya Puree Medium (Bazzill) 
      • Berry Blush (Bazzill) 
      • Vanilla (American Crafts) 
      • London Fog (Bazzill)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Tourist (Paislee Press) 
      • From Where I Stand (Paislee Press) 
      • Garden Party (Paislee Press) 
      • Bermuda Shorts (Studio Calico) 
      • Cut & Paste Section 1 (Amy Tangerine) 
      • Perfect Picture (Dear Lizzy) 
      • Warm Welcome (Dear Lizzy) 
      • Record (My Mind's Eye)
    • Embellishments
      • 3 Mini Clothespins (Koyal) 
      • Set of 2 Badges (Paislee Press) 
      • Bronze Envelope Charm (Studio Calico) 
      • Green Transparency Alpha (Studio Calico) 
      • Stacked Chipboard Gold Foil Frames (Studio Calico) 
      • 6x8 Perforated Word Strips (Studio Calico) 
      • Block Alpha (Tim & Beck) 
      • 1 Yard Dusty Olive Seam Binding (Hug Snug) 
      • 1 Yard Bay Leaf Seam Binding (Hug Snug) 
      • Printshop Gold Stars Rub Ons (Studio Calico) 
      • 2x2" Stamp "Live Creatively" (Lindsay Letters for Studio Calico)
  • Antiquary Project Life Kit
    • PL cards
      • Studio Calico x 25
      • Designs by Lili x 3
      • Paislee Press x 1
      • Life Love Paper x 1
    • Embellishments
      • Geotage Chipboard Thickers (Studio Calico) 
      • Gold Foil Alpha (Dear Lizzy for Studio Calico) 
      • Green Floral Washi (Studio Calico) 
      • Camera Charm (Studio Calico) 
      • Clock Baggie (Fancy Pants) 
      • Set of 3 Mini Badges (Studio Calico) 
      • Set of 3 Plastic Paperclips (Studio Calico) 
      • Label Hoarder (Splendid Fiins) 
      • 1x6" Stamp Set (Studio Calico)
  • Rome Scrapbook Kit Add-On
    • Patterned Paper
      • Borders (Echo Park) 
      • Floral (Echo Park) 
      • Print Shop Hashtagged (Studio Calico) 
      • Kaleidoscope (Basic Grey)
    • Embellishments
      • RSVP Die Cut Numbers (Basic Grey) 
      • Printshop Punctuation Stickers (Studio Calico) 
      • Printshop Wood Veneer Circles (Studio Calico) 
      • 2 Resin Owls (Freckled Fawn) 
      • Color Magic Alpha (Heidi Swapp) 
      • Watercolor Tags (Pink Paislee) 
      • Teal Typecast Alpha Stickers (Pink Paislee) 
      • 1x6" Calendar Stamp Set (Studio Calico)
My total for this month to qualify for free shipping just barely made the threshold, coming to a total of $99.46! LOL
Once again this month, I didn't have an opportunity to use my SC points, but I technically have 2 more months worth of kits which I can apply them towards so hopefully I get to do that!

Thanks again for stopping by!

I really need to post more... Maybe I'll do a step by step with a future project I end up working on. :)

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Friday, 6 September 2013

Studio Calico Kit Order for September!

As a follow up to my previous post sharing that I haven't even touched my August kit yet, even though my September kit is on it's way, I'd like to share with you the contents of my September kit! :D

This month I think I got on the PL bandwagon "properly". Not only did Michael's have a sale on the Becky Higgins stuff, on which I also used an additional 15% coupon, but I decided to order a couple things from SC for PL as well. :)

Unrelated to the post title, from Michael's I bought a 3 ring binder & a small pocket page kit... Because I had purchased the SC PL kit privately from a member on The Scrap Yard 1.0, I already had a few bits here and there to get started, and get started I did!

Okay, so NOW... What I ordered from SC...

To summarize:

  • 8.5 x 11 Album
  • Photo Pocket Pages: Big Variety Pack 1
  • 4 sheets of cardstock
  • 8 sheets of patterned paper
  • 16 different types of embellishment packs
  • 28 PL cards
The list below is an in-depth look at the kits and extras I got with my subscription for September:

  • Double Scoop (Scrapbook Kit)
    • Cardstock
      • Vanilla (American Crafts) 
      • Mint (American Crafts) 
      • Flamingo (American Crafts) 
      • Kraft (Bazzill)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Fascinating Friends (Dear Lizzy) 
      • Presh Paper (My Mind's Eye) 
      • Cut and Paste Precisely (Amy Tangerine) 
      • Adorbs Paper (My Mind's Eye) 
      • Charm Paper - clouds (My Mind's Eye) 
      • Tim & Beck (Tim & Beck) 
      • 31 cours des 4 jeudis #12 (4heures27) 
      • Pizzicato (Studio Calico)
    • Embellishments
      • ABC Washi (Studio Calico) 
      • Woodgrain Star Sequins (Studio Calico) 
      • 2 Gold Mini Doilies (Studio Selections) 
      • Cut & Paste Presh Label Stickers (My Mind's Eye) 
      • Charcoal Cut Outs Thickers (Amy Tangerine) 
      • Close Knit Photo Overlays Abbreviated Pack (Crate Paper) 
      • Small Triangle Roller Doodler (Glitz) 
      • Puffy Stars (Freckled Fawn) 
      • 2 Beech Bend Tickets (Vintage)
  • Double Scoop (Project Life Kit)
    • PL cards
      • My Mind's Eye x5
      • A Beautiful Mess x7
      • Dear Lizzy x10
      • Paislee Press 
      • Maggie Holmes x3
      • Amy Tangerine x2 
    • Embellishments
      • Gold Edge Die Cut Labels (Twine & Ink) 
      • From Me to You Date Stamp (Pebbles) 
      • Vellum Tape (Basic Grey) 
      • From Me to You Mini Envelope Abbreviated Pack (Pebbles) 
      • Sequin Pack (Studio Calico) 
      • Veneer Camera (Studio Calico) 
      • Jellies Mint (Queen & Company)
  • Photo Pocket Pages: Big Variety Pack 1
  • 8.5x11 Modern Album Chestnut
My total for this month came to 100.47; I just barely made it over for free shipping! LOL Also, in past months, I would use my SC points to save some $$... Typically it's the add-ons that bring the total up quite a bit. I wasn't really feeling the add-ons this month, so instead did a little bit of actual shopping around the site. :)

Since I could barely get my total to be > $99, I didn't have an opportunity to use my SC points to save some $ on product. That means next month I'll have about double the points to use and will probably end up getting more since I will have the additional few $ to spend. :P

Thanks for stopping by!! I really appreciate it and hope to see you around more often. ;)

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Thursday, 29 August 2013

Umm, What the Heck?!

Where have I been?!
It's been almost a whole month since I posted anything to my blog!

Oh right, I've been doing renos all around my house and then closer to the end of the month, I had to jet off to DC for a dance event!

My August Studio Calico kit is still sitting UNTOUCHED since the day I got it in and laid it out to use it...

And I've ALREADY had to snatch up my September kit!!

I foresee a power scrapping weekend coming up provided that I don't run into any voluntold type task situations.

I really need to upgrade my phone so I don't need to be actually at a computer to update my blog. This is ridiculous!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Thursday, 1 August 2013

Studio Calico July kit has been officially killed

After an eventful July, this is all I have left of my July Studio Calico kit...

One full sheet that I really can't see myself using on it's own, and a bunch of scraps and stuff. :P

I didn't even dip into the clothespins since they're so chunky for layout pages, but I may turn that last sheet into a bunch of tags or something and use them that way. :)

Bunch of left over thickers & alphas, but it doesn't matter since it's all going into the stash as of today, the first of August! :D

Thanks for dropping by today!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Monday, 29 July 2013

So there's one more layout to add to today's bunch! Another challenge entry!

I'm down to bits and pieces from the SC kit (Since embellishments weren't that plentiful), however I've started sipping into my already existing stash to keep things moving!

Here's my entry into the Scrapbook Challenges Sketch Challenge #354!

Okay, and now that's it... For tonight... No, really...

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Entry into ScrapMuch? sketch challenge (#4), Studio Calico Layout #11

Last (for today) but not least, my final entry into the last Sketch-y Friday challenge over at ScrapMuch? for the month of July!

I sorta flipped a few things around here and there. I cut the photo mat to fit a 5x7 photo, but have none at the moment, so blank it shall remain until it can be populated with a photo!

Thanks for stopping by!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Entry Into ScrapMuch? sketch challenge (#3), Studio Calico Layout #10

Cut to the chase:

3rd entry for the ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday challenge for the month of July!

Yep, a layout all about me and dancing anywhere and everywhere! :)

Thanks so much for dropping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Entry Into ScrapMuch? sketch challenge (#2), Studio Calico layout #9

Yep, been really busy this weekend!

Here's my take on the 2nd Sketch-y Friday challenge from ScrapMuch? for the month of July!

Used some Smooch shimmer mists, and realized that they are possibly my favourite mists to use on a page. They are so light and airy and they provide an adequate level of shimmer!

I should point out that the title of this layout is "Welcome to Iceland". The 'Iceland' part is a shimmer sticker so it doesn't show up very well. :P

Thanks for stopping by!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Entry into ScrapMuch? sketch challenge (#1), Studio Calico layout #8

This weekend was spent speeding through my July SC kit  so I can kill it before the August kit gets here!

In doing so, I completed this layout for the ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday challenge entry!
There are 3 more similar entries after this one, so head over to those as well to see the other entries into their challenges!!

For this entry, I used the right page of a double page sketch. :)

I recently posted a haul video, in which I show a Creative Memories star punch I received from the Scrapbooking with M.E. boutique on Facebook. That is the star punch I used in this layout. :)

Thans for stopping by!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Saturday, 27 July 2013

Studio Calico Kit Order for August!

What did Krafty Kerry order for August?  Let's find out, shall we!

To summarize what I ordered, here's the high level detail...:
  • 4 sheets of cardstock
  • 16 sheets of patterned paper
  • 21 different types of embellishment packs
  • 4 stamp sets

Check out the list below for an in-depth look at the kit and add on products I got with my subscription for August!:

  • Marks & Co. (the scrapbook subscription kit to which I'm subscribed)
    • Cardstock
      • White (American Crafts)
      • Kraft (American Crafts)
      • Smoke (American Crafts)
      • Rain (American Crafts)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Amy Tan Cut & Paste On the Edge (American Crafts)
      • Amy Tan Cut & Paste (American Crafts)
      • Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Polk (American Crafts)
      • Maggie Holmes Flea Market Curio/Open Air (American Crafts)
      • "Sky's the Limit" Layered Ephemera (My Mind's Eye)
      • Twinkle Twinkle (Studio Calico)
      • Air Mail (Tim & Beck)
      • Aztec (Tim & Beck)
    • Embellishments
      • Vellum Pocket Set (American Crafts ) 
      • Cabochons & Sequins Pack (Studio Selections) 
      • 3x6" Glossy Asterisk Thickers (Studio Calico) 
      • 1x6" Amazing Moment Stamp Set (Studio Calico) 
      • Wood Veneer Alpha (Studio Calico) 
      • Gold Polka Dot Washi (Studio Calico) 
      • Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Die Cut Paper Frames (American Crafts) 
      • Amy Tan Embroidery Kit for Studio Calico (Studio Calico)
  • Bronte Scrapbook Add-On
    • Embellishments
      • Quote Bubble Stickers (Skipping5)
      • Cream Alpha Stickers (Fancy Pants)
      • Perfectly Imperfect Mistable Badge - (Paislee Press+Studio Calico)
      • Wood Veneer Pack (Studio Calico)
      • Blue Washi (Freckled Fawn + Studio Calico)
      • 1x6" Play Stamp Set (Studio Calico)
      • Set of 4 Clothes Pins (Koyal)
      • Cut & Paste Presh Good Times Buttons (My Mind's Eye)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Amy Tan Cut & Paste "Envelope" (American Crafts)
      • Chalk Collection "Just Be" (My Mind's Eye)
      • From Me To You "Hello" (Pebbles)
      • Amy Tan Cut & Paste "Blossom" (American Crafts)
  • Woolf Scrapbook Add-On
    • Embellishments
      • Cork Alpha (Studio Calico)
      • Sequins (Studio Selections)
      • NomNomNom 4x3" Stamp Set (Shanna Noel + Studio Calico)
      • Journal Tabs (Hello Forever + Studio Calico)
      • Cut & Paste Charm Hey You Buttons (My Mind's Eye)
      • Cut & Paste Tiny Word Stickers (My Mind's Eye)
      • Chalk Studio Decorative Alpha (My Mind's Eye)
      • Chalk Studio Decorative Frames (My Mind's Eye)
    • Patterned Paper
      • What a Wonderful Day "Swell" (Fancy Pants)
      • From Me to You "Parcel" (Pebbles)
      • Life Is Beautiful (Studio Calico)
      • Amy Tan Cut & Paste "Sorbet" (American Crafts)
  • August 4" x 6" stamp set
    • Tabbed Label Stamps from "Hello Forever"
This time around the list of items is not AS extensive as last month since I'm ordering much less extra paper this time around so that I can get the August stamp set instead. :P My total for everything came to $104.24 USD Including handling charges, since shipping to Canada is free with orders > $99.

So far, I do like these kits and think that they've helped me exapand my scrapbooking repertoire. It's a lot to work with, and it's funny because at first when I saw what came in my first kit, for some reason it didn't seem like a lot... Go figure, but now I'm scrambling to put layouts together so that I can get through this kit, call it done and then be able to not have the August kit get here left to be untouched until I get through the July kit! I'll still do an unboxing on camera and will post the video here once it's done! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any opinions on the SC kit, please feel free to leave them in the comments section!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Studio Calico Layout #7 & Entry into Once Upon a Sketch Challenge!

The theme at the Once Upon a Sketch challenge this week is "Grow".

I don't have many pictures reflecting that when it comes to myself, but i found one of one of my friends' children.
She was born almost 3 months premature and developed some complications as a result, however she is a happy baby that loves attention!

Anyway, here's my take on the sketch!


Thanks for dropping by today!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Scrapbook Challenges challege #353, Studio Calico layout #6

I've been trying to stay pretty true to the kit by only using stuff that comes in it, but on a couple layouts I'm using some of my own embellies or trims since I find that there wasn't enough variety in the embellies that came with the kit.

Not to worry, it's helping me to use my stash a lot faster!!

Okay, so here is my entry to the Scrapbook Challenges blog challenge #353!

Love the strips of chevron-y goodness! :)

Thanks for dropping by!!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Scrapbook Challenges #351 Entry, Studio Calico Layout #5

Just churning through my kit from las month before I have to get to ordering this month's kit contents!

Here's my 5th layout with the products from the Studio Calico July kit!

It's also my entry into the Scrapbook Challenges sketch challenge #351!

Finally got my photos to be added in the correct orientation, but ONLY because I upload to my Picasa album first and THEN add to blog post.... What a pain. :/

Thanks for dropping by though! At least it wasn't for nothing! :)

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Monday, 22 July 2013

Get Sketchy Layout Sketch Challenge #27, Studio Calico layout #4

I'm part of many online crafty sites, and one of the sites I'm a member of is hosting a layout sketch challenge!

Visit Creating the Crafty Life

Of course, I decided to enter it since you now see this on my blog. :P

You do need to be a member to participate in the challenge...

Without further adieu, here is my challenge entry. :)

Grrr, blogger auto rotated this pic too! Guess I'll have to delve deeper into why blogger hates my photos so much. LOL

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Saturday, 20 July 2013

Studio Calico Kit layout #3

I'm a scrapbooking machine!
Not actually though, but it feels good to be getting some layouts made so that the number of photos I have starts dwindling. :)

This is an entry to the challenge over at the ScrapFriends blog!

Dunno why, but once again my photo is rotated here even when it's straight on my camera and when I open the file from the memory card... What could be going on?
I think it's relatively easy to see the sketch going on anyway. ;)

Thanks so much from dropping in!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Friday, 19 July 2013

Tag using Studio Calico scrapbook kit!

So, I know there's never a requirement to use a scrapbook kit for just scrapbooking, but now that I think of it, this tag could be used for scrapbooking anyway once it gets added to a layout or something. :P

This tag was made for the Paper Playtime tag challenge. :)

Oddly enough in my folders, this image is rotated correctly, but I mean, you get the idea right? :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Thursday, 18 July 2013

Studio Calico Scrapbook Kit, Layout #2

Not long after completing layout #1, I've got a completed layout #2!

Although this layout  isn't as busy as layout #1, it also comes from a sketch, found over at Scrapbook Challenges.

Here is my take on the sketch that was posted!

Told ya it was simple. :)

There isn't a process video on this layout, but maybe the next one?

Thanks for dropping by!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Studio Calico Scrapbook Kit, Layout #1

Following the sketch over at Lily Bee Designs, I came up with my first layout using mostly the July Studio Calico scrapbook kit I keep mentioning on my blog. :P

Unfortunately, because the layout needs to use a majority of Lily Bee designs products for me to enter in the challenge, I may not do so, BUT at least I can use the sketch. ;)

So here is the sketch and my take on it!

There is also a video on my YouTube channel with most of the process of me creating this layout, so you can go check that out as well!

Many thanks for dropping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Finally got my Studio Calico kit!

I know I shouldn't really say "Finally", since it really only took 4 days to get here, but I DO love the fact that I did finally get it! :D

I posted at the end of June about my kit order, and here is the haul video for it all! :)

I hope this inspires me as well as you to get scrapbooking, and get those pages done! I will be posting my progress with the Studio Calico kit since it's so big and hope that I can keep some momentum going using it!

Many thanks for stopping by!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Monday, 15 July 2013

Lavish Laces Haul!

This past week I received an order from Jaizella over at Lavish Laces that I placed BEFORE I started my 50 projects challenge. :)

The video for that haul is now live for everyone to watch!

Thanks for dropping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Monday, 8 July 2013

Page Maps Cocoa Daisy Sketch Contest

So, if you head over to the PageMaps blog, you'll see that they've teamed up with Cocoa Daisy to give away some awesome swag to a lucky particpant in the Sketch Contest they're hosting!

Here's my entry into the contest!

Project 5/50!!

Thanks for dropping by!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge Entry!

Yep, I'm definitely aiming to get out of this 50 project commitment since I'm dying to buy more product!

Also, have you seen Graphic 45's new collections being launched at the next CHA?? I need to be able to get some of that lovely paper! :D

Okay, so this is my entry into the Mojo Monday sketch challenge!

I think now I'm up to 4/50? Crazy progress, right? :D

Thanks for stopping in!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Your Next Stamp Fun Friday Challenge #2

This time around, my entry is for the most recent YNS Fun Friday Challenge!

Karen is a sweetheart to order from and her service is awesome!
In any case, I got the message to my email inbox that a challenge was being had!

Of course since I'm trying to complete 50 projects before buying anything else (Which is way harder than I thought), I figured I'd join in! :P

Okay, so here it is!

While I'm not a huge card fan, I love that the YNS stamps are easy to use and coordinate! And while you may not see it at this angle, the ice cream cone and the sentiment are both raised on dimensional adhesive!

Many thanks for stopping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Saturday, 6 July 2013

Weekly Camp Challenge #1 at Scrapbook Nerd

So, not only did I join the 50 projects challenge over on Facebook, but because I have to get through 50 projects before buying again, I'm madly searching for projects I can complete in a relatively short time so I can get through these ASAP! LOL

Here's my 2nd of the 50 projects, which is also my entry to the Camp Challenge over at Scrapbook Nerd for their scrappy Summer Camp they're hosting!

Okay, time to hunt dow my next challenge/project to work on!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Friday, 28 June 2013

Last Sketch-y Friday for June!

Man, this is a busy month for me!
It got busier 4x over within the last week! Craziness, I tell ya!

Anyway, here is my entry into the last ScrapMuch? sketch-y Friday for June. :)

I think I'm sort of learning to incorporate more than one company's papers into a layout... I typically play it safe and just use a collection or kit or something.. This time, I started with a kit, and then I started adding from other crafting companies (Started with a Pink Paislee kit, added Jillibean Soup extras).

My scrapping process is changing with the change in the setup of my "new" crafting space... I'm keeping more scraps out and picking through them as I go, as opposed to having scraps in a case overhead and never remembering they're even there.... Hmmm... Out of sight, out of mind indeed!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Studio Calico Kit Subscription is a Go!

By now, anyone who's seen/read my blog in recent times, has an idea that I'm a huge fan of the ScrapMuch? crew and their scrapbook kits!

While I do *love* their kits, as they're well put together and always contain papers that I love to use, I have found that they are too "scrapbook-y for me.  Being a company that specializes in scrapbooking, this doesn't come as a surprise at all! I'm glad I subscribed with them and was able to take advantage of their kits and recommend that scrapbookers all over the world try them out, since they have VERY reasonable kit prices & shipping for such great product!

Seeing as I'm more of  technique kind of gal, I decided to try out Studio Calico kits for the more varied type of product they offer. While ScrapMuch? kits were very easy to use and go through without issue, I think I will enjoy the challenge of Studio Calico kits since the product offered in the kits are not as streamlined and thus will likely make it more challenging for me to go through them as fast. LOL

To summarize what I ordered, here's the high level detail...:
  • 20 sheets of cardstock, 10 in Kraft colour
  • 16 sheets of patterned paper
  • 10 sheets of vellum
  • 19 different types of embellishment packs
  • 3 stamp sets

Check out the list below for an in-depth look at the kit and add on products I got with my subscription for July!:

  • Valley High (the scrapbook subscription kit to which I'm subscribed)
    • Cardstock
      • Flamingo (American Crafts) 
      • London Fog (Bazzill) 
      • White (American Crafts) 
      • Kraft ( American Crafts)
    • Patterned Paper
      • BG Paper 1 for SC (Basic Grey) 
      • Stamp Book (October Afternoon) 
      • Day to Day (One Little Bird Designs) 
      • Tiny Love (Paislee Press) 
      • Hello Love (Paislee Press) 
      • Limitless (Studio Calico) 
      • Homemade Hello (Studio Calico) 
      • Say What? (Studio Calico)
    • Embellishments
      • Alpha Stickers (Basic Grey) 
      • Kiss Kiss Dots (Queen & Company) 
      • Abbreviated Pack Picture Perfect Die Cuts (Basic Grey) 
      • Cork tags (Life-Love-Paper for Studio Calico) 
      • 1x6" Love Hello Stamp Set (Amy Tangerine for SC) 
      • Cork Thicker Alpha (American Crafts) 
      • Confetti (American Crafts)
  • Matthew Scrapbook Add-On
    • Embellishments
      • Chalkboard Thickers (American Crafts) 
      • Travel Girl Word Stickers (October Afternoon) 
      • Travel Girl Designer Brads (October Afternoon) 
      • The Pier Clothespins (Crate Paper) 
      • 2 Acrylic Airplanes (Studio Calico) 
      • 2 Manila Shipping Tags (Studio Selections) 
      • 4x3 "oh the places " Stamp Set (Studio Calico)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Blue triangles (lifelovepaper) 
      • Train Case (October Afternoon) 
      • Subway Token (October Afternoon) 
      • Casse Cou (Kesi Art)
  • Molly Scrapbook Add-On
    • Embellishments
      • Junebug Charcoal Thickers (American Crafts) 
      • Travel Girl Label Stickers (October Afternoon) 
      • Placement Circles (Pink Paislee) 
      • 1/2 pack Travel Girl Buttons (October Afternoon) 
      • Rosebud Washi (Freckled Fawn) 
      • Sequin Mix (Studio Selections) 
      • Cabochons (Studio Selections) 
      • 4x3" Sunkissed Stamp Set (Studio Calico)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Guide Book (October Afternoon) 
      • Staccato (Studio Calico) 
      • Hope Chest Cross-Stitch Roses (Anna Griffin) 
      • Key Lime (American Crafts)
  • More Kraft
    • 10 sheets of 12x12 kraft cardstock
  • More Cardstock
    • Cardstock:
      • Painted Desert (Bazzill) 
      • Candlelight (Bazzill) 
      • London Fog (Bazzill) 
      • Flamingo (American Crafts) 
      • Mediterranean (American Crafts) 
      • Boysenberry (American Crafts)
  • More Vellum 
    • 10 pieces of transparent 12x12" Vellum
As you can see, the list of items is quite extensive, and my total for everything came to $102.00 USD Including handling charges, since shipping to Canada is free with orders > $99.

I hope I will like these kits as much as I loved ScrapMuch? kits, but with anything new, there will be some kind of adjusting to be done! I'll be doing an unboxing on camera and will post the video here once it's done! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any opinions on the SC kit, please feel free to leave them in the comments section!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Friday, 21 June 2013

Not so much a Sketch CHALLENGE...

But here is a layout I made based on the sketch over at October Afternoon's blog!

I used up all that was left of the full sheets of the Jillibean Soup collection I've been using recently, and now there are literally JUST 1 - 2" scraps left... I should mention that I also used some of the larger scraps to start a few cards. ;)

Okay, so here it is. :)

Please parden the light , it's natural light coming from my window, and since my desk is now in a corner of my bedroom, this is the angle of the natural light coming in.

Hope you like the way I took this layout and made it "my own". I truly do love sketches for this purpose!!

Happy scrappin'!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

And now, I'm all caught up!

Here is the last of my ScrapMuch? sketch challenge entries for tonight. :)
I still have papers left from my Jillibean soup collection, so I might sneak in a layout for a different challenge, but I'm all caught up with the ScrapMuch? challenges now!

Y'all are gonna be so proud of me... I used black cardstock! :D

For this sketch I rotated the whole thing clockwise, and  scraplifted the guest design team member's idea (You can check out Corrina's blog here) for using a journaling type card as one of the photo spots! :)

I'm not a big fan of all the space I ended up with to the right of the layout and I will probably added an actual journaling spot there later on... Maybe... Maybe not. LOL

Okay, that's all! Thanks for dropping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Simplicity Never Looked so... Simple?

That's right!
I went simple with this entry to this ScrapMuch? sketch challenge. Tried to use up as many scraps as I could from my Jillibean Soup collection without causing layout overkill. :P

I don't know why, but I just don't do well with including cardstock on my layouts! Patterned paper all the way!

Maybe I need to make my own challenge to not use any patterned paper... That would  be sooooo weird.. I'd have to actually maybe use stamps or die cuts or something! Ah!

Thank you for dropping by! Please also go show the ScrapMuch? crew some love! They keep me actively making layouts, month after month. :D

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It's About that Time Again...

Where I try to haul ass and make sure I get as many entries into the ScrapMuch? sketch challenges for the month!! LOL

Here we go with the first sketch of the month - A double page sketch!
One thing I love about the sketch challenges at ScrapMuch is that there's ALWAYS a double page sketch for me to play with. :) I rarely do double page sketches, so it's a welcome challenge!

Here is my entry!

I used the Jillibean Soup Neopolitan Bisque collection for this double page spread. I love Jillibean Soup's collections, and find that I can get a lot done with the collection kits they offer!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Guest Tipster over at ScrapMuch?!

Thank you for stopping by on this extra special day!
You may or may not be aware that I'm a guest tipster over on the ScrapMuch? blog today!

I made a YouTube process video using their June kit club kit and it is being featured on their blog! Here is the written walkthrough of the process video, as I know it's quite fast and it's easy to miss things in it (for which I apologize)!

Here is a list of items I used in making this layout!
- ScrapMuch? June kit
- Medium-weight chipboard
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Hula Hoop)
- American Crafts Bazzill Basics black cardstock
- Scotch Quick Dry adhesive
- Liquitex Modeling Paste
- Pink Paislee Mistables Misting Mask
- Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Piercing Tool
- Tim Holtz Tonic Distress Tool
- Paper Trimmer
- Gesso
- Trim
- Flowers
- Bling

First, I created my shadow box by cutting 4 - 1.5" strips from a 12x12 piece of chipboard.

Using 8 - 1" x 12" strips of the black cardstock, I created corners for the shadow box sides by scoring lengthwise at 1/2" and adhering this "hinged" strip to both the strips of chipboard and the large 12x12" background piece of chipboard, on all 4 sides, on both the outside AND inside of the shadow box.

I used 8- 2"x .5" strips to form the corners of the shadowbox to keep the sides from falling down. I scored these in half widthwise at 1", and then adhered them to all 4 corners on both the outside and inside of the shadow box.

Because the shadowbox was just a smidge smaller than exactly 12"x12", I had to cut about 1/8" from the edge of the backgroud paper all around for it to fit snugly.

I used my tim holtz distress tool to scuff up the edges of the background paper I chose.
I later on end up covering those anyway. LOL

I then used the acrylic paint dabber that came in the kit to add colour to my edges and paper in a random way. I sprayed some water on the paper using my mini mister to try and tone down the green-ish colour from the dabber. That didn't make much difference after the fact. 

I used my Tattered Angels Hula Hoop glimmer mist to add some sheen to the background paper.

After adhering the background paper to the shadow box, I cut some strips of another paper that came in the kit to add to the edges of the shadow box on the inside edges. Then I used the same dabber to add some colour to the chipboard edges of the shadow box.

At this point, I still found the green dabber colour too vibrant for my tastes, so I took some gesso and added it randomly to the background paper to cover up some of the dabber colour.

I then used some of the modeling paste and the misting mask to add some texture to the background.
I figured since this was a shadow box, I should try to avoid making a "flat" layout.

Off camera, I used one of the polaroid frames that came in the kit, and framed an image of myself and some classmates from college "studying". The die cut title that came with the kit was perfect for this layout as it said "Hip 2 be square"!

Using my paper piercing tool, I made 2 holes at the top right corner of the shadow box so that I could use the twine and banners that came in the kit to make a little bannered corner in the box. :)

Because I wasn't a fan of the corners in the box as they were, I covered them up with some trim I had in my stash. It also added a lot of texture to the corners.

I layered some of the stickers that came in the kit onto some black cardstock, so that I could add even more visual dimension to the layout.

Because the layout was going to be so chunky, I added a pocket behind the polaroid framed photo so that I could add journaling to the layout afterward if I wanted to.

After laying the parts of my layout out on the background, I didn't like that my photo, embellishments and title were "floating", so I grounded it all with the same paper I used for the inside edges of the shadow box.

I used foam tape on the back of the photo to give it a raised look from the rest of the layout components.

And then I just finished off with some bling, flower and mini tile embellishments!

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making this layout. It was my first shadow box layout and I hope it's not my last!

Please feel free to post your questions and comments, if you have any, and I'll be sure to get back to you ASAP!

Thank you all for dropping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Thursday, 6 June 2013

I'm going to be a Guest Tipster over at ScrapMuch?! (I'm honoured!)

No way! NO WAY!

Okay, but seriously, all jokes aside, I am actually going to be a guest Tipster over on the ScrapMuch? blog next Wednesday, June 12th, 2013!

I know I didn't post about it here earlier, but I was part of the YouTube Layout Hop for May 2013, and I made a process video for it, featuring the June ScrapMuch? kit club kit! While it's a tad late to enter to win, we also had 2 sponsors last month since it was the YTLH's 2nd year anniversary! They were:

Kiwi lane Designs

If you were reading this on time (Sorry!), what you would have needed to do, to have a chance at some winnings, is comment on each YTLH video and subscribe to all the YouTube participants' channels, after which a draw is done. The winner is drawn from the number of users who commented and subscribed as noted previously.

The ScrapMuch? team encourages their followers & subscribers to send in photos and info about their projects, that were inspired from or use the products that ScrapMuch? posts to their blog and/or sells!

I sent in my YTLH video link to them and lo and behold, they asked to share it with their members!

Thank you to the YTLH members who encourage me to get at least one layout done a month and thank you to the ScrapMuch? team for allowing me the opportunity to share my process with their followers/subscribers! I'm honoured and excited about this!

Please drop by my blog on June 12th, 2013 to check out the walkthrough of the process video that was posted for the May 2013 YTLH!

As always, your support, constructive criticisms and positive motivations are hugely appreciated!!! **HUGS**

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Stuck in a rut...

It's been days since I felt craftily productive... It's as if my craftiness has been sucked out of me.
I'm scouring online to see what kind of productive crafty goal I can set for myself, but so far nothing has really grabbed my attention...
I think I may do a layout a day or something along those lines - we'll see what happens.
It's just a crappy feeling overall and I needed somewhere to express it, so here I am. LOL
Krafty Kerry signing off!
Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Scrapbook challenge sketch #344

My entry into the scrapbook challenge for sketch #344!

Another thing about non-scrapbookers that request your scrappy assistance... They have nothing sorted, labeled, or in any way organized, unless they have OCD. So you end up somewhat having to piece things together based on what can be seen in the photo. :P

/sigh  What a fun, yet challenging exercise it is to go through photos that aren't your own!

Thanks for stopping in!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Scrapbook challenge sketch #345

Entry into scrapbook challenges for sketch #345!

These are registration plates belonging to rental vehicles that my friend and her boyfriend rented during one of their trips!

The sketch was rotated by 90 degrees, so it had portrait style photos, but my friend seems to only know how to take landscape photos. LOL (No kidding, 98% of her photos are landscape)

Anyway, here it is! :)

Thanks for dropping in!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Scrapbook challenge sketch #343

Entry into scrapbook challenges for sketch #393.

A double page layout!

I'm really trying to get a lot of pages done while I can! It's not often I have time to just sit and make layout after layout! One of the great things about layouts however is that you can (usually) go back and spruce them up with whatever embellishments you find later on! LOL

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Scrapbook challenge sketch 346

Entry to the scrapbook challenges sketch challenge #346!

I recently picked up some fancy circle spellbinders dies at Michaels since they were half off. :) You can spot one in the background in this layout. So far, I really like them!

This is a layout I did for a friend who has a ton of photos, wants them all in scrapbooks, but doesn't scrapbook herself. :P Thought it to be a good opportunity to get some of her photos scrapped!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Sunday, 26 May 2013

Last sketch-y Friday for May!

I think the title says it all, don't you?  :)

Edited to add:
I had to upload this before midnight for it to be entered into the ScrapMuch? challenge, so I had to do it from my phone.

Apologies for the poor quality!

I used a Pink Paislee stencil to do some masking and some Tattered Angels Mists for the misting that was done for the background. I thought it was a tad plain all on it's own. :)

 I will probably add some journaling later, but I kind of like it without the extra "messiness" that journaling would add. Maybe I'll do it on a tag and add it in somewhere. 

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Saturday, 18 May 2013

The Best Way to Get Layouts Done...

...For me anyway, is by using challenges! I'm not a huge layout person, but when something like a prize is offered... Well, why not at least try? :P

Okay, so this time (Since I've entered all of the ScrapMuch? challenges already!) I'm using one of Kaisercraft's Saturday Sketches to get more layouts done!

Here is the sketch that was posted for this challenge:

And here is my take on the sketch!

The downside to this layout is that I can't actually ENTER it in the challenge, since it's not Kaisercraft oriented, but I did get this layout done, which is greatly advantageous! LOL

Thanks for dropping in!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Possibly the Last Post... of the Night? :P

As I perused the ScrapMuch? blog, I realized I hadn't even checked the colour challenge for this month!

I checked it out and realized that it incorporated many colours I've been using to enter into the various challenges they have posted on the blog, so I decided to make another paper thing. :)

Here were the colours for the May colour challenge:

And here is my entry:

A "just because" kind of card made with a black cardstock base. :)

Thanks for dropping in!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

On a Roll, I Am

Do I even need to bother with an intro here? :P
Another challenge entry for the day... And I don't think I'm done yet!

Also, I have a ton of project posts to upload from another group's kit that I received this month, likely over the weekend. :D

ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Challenge.

Sketch for Inspiration:

My take on the sketch:

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Friday, 17 May 2013

As I Was Saying About That Vibe...

Alright-y then!

Here is another entry into a ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday challenge!

The sketch:

My version:

As you can (hopefully!) tell, I rotated AND flipped the sketch to make it work to my liking. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

I Guess I Have a Vibe Going...

This is my second project for today so far.. It's an entry for the 1st Sketch-y Friday over at ScrapMuch?!

I VERY RARELY every start with a piece of plain cardstock for the background!  But in this case, I couldn't find a background paper with a pattern "light" enough for this layout. I think for my first REAL layout using a blank background, it turned out pretty neat!

Here is the sketch we were to use:

And here is what I came up with...

Simple I know, but I like it this way! :D

Krafty Kerry signing off!

ScrapMuch? Kit Club Challenge for May!

Guess who's back?  Back again?
Kerry's back! Tell a friend! :D

And she's back with her entry into the ScrapMuch? May kit club sketch challenge!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my entry into the challenge!

I'm a little peeved about the fact that you can barely see "Washington DC" but I really didn't want to have to rip it all up and find a new background paper, so I tried to frame it ... I think that made it worse. LOL

Ah well, we live and learn!

Also, you see that stitching in the bottom left hand corner? That's from my new to me sewing machine! It's a Kenmore (from Sears) and it's computerized and it makes sewing SEW MUCH EASIER!!! I never realized how much time I'd save simply by not having to manually adjust a ton of settings!

Okay, ramble over!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

My Opinion on the Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

... And my opinion begins with WHY HAVEN'T I EVER USED THIS BEFORE???

No seriously.
If you don't have a bottle - Get to you local Michael's, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, or whatever craft store you have near you, download a coupon to your phone and get it  at 40 - 65% off depending on what sales you have going in your area.

I happened to luck out and find a ton of bottles in my local Michael's clearance section. Picked up 4 bottles based on the rave reviews this product has received in the past.

I now understand the reason behind the rave reviews. This stuff is perfect for permanent paper adhesion to just about anything. It bonds faster than I can sing the first verse of any song. LOL

My go to wet glue was previously Aleene's Tacky glue.

Although I haven't given up on Aleene's since I still do fabric stuff and it's GREAT for that, I will definitely be using the Scotch Quick Dry over Aleene's when it comes to paper application purposes. :)

Anyway, I just had to let you know about this stuff in case you'd never seen or heard of it before! I've put my huge bottle of Aleene's back to my "tool" stock shelf for the time being. I doubt I'll run out of the Scotch Dry glue anytime soon with all the bottles I bought! :D

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Friday, 3 May 2013

ScrapMuch? April Kit Club Challenge Entry

Hello World! :)

So I'm aware that April didn't turn out to be as craftily productive as I intended... BUT here is an entry into the ScrapMuch? April kit club challenge to make up for it. LOL

There's not much left of my kit that I would use (as I don't really do Easter-y type things), but the stuff I did have that I could use has been used in this challenge entry.

I should also mention that before this challenge was posted, I used up a bunch of cardstock and patterned paper from the kit to make some tags for a swap I'm in this month. :P

Okay, enough chit chat - Here it is!

Apologies for the photo quality - Using the old camera since the newer one is currently set up on my non portable tripod. LOL
Lazy to the extreme!  You know how when you have something set up JUST right and you don't want to change it because you know you'll never get it set up exactly the same way again? That's how my main camera is set up right now on my tripod. :P

Anyway, thanks for checking in - My viewers mean the world to my crafty life; I have no one else really to craft for except you guys! :)

Krafty Kerry signing off!