“The One With a Friend”~Kindred Stamps

 

Hey friends, welcome to my blog today!  Hope you are all doing well and finding some time to get crafty these days!

I love a stamp set with cute images for scene making; Kindred Stamps have so many great sets for this! “The One With a Friend” is just so much fun and I really loved creating this fun little card with it.

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I recorded the entire process for this card; if you would like to know all of the fun details, here is the link!

 

Thank you for stopping by my channel today!  Have an amazing day!

xxMari

Kindred Stamps November Release: Stay Wild

It’s so exciting to be a part of this release for Kindred Stamps!!  The release is full of good stuff and I cannot wait to see the excitement around it!  The Stay Wild set is absolutely adorable!  I had so much fun creating this scene card with the sweet little bunny and fox images!

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I stamped the characters and the palm tree (MFT Tiki Party) in Copic friendly ink and then masked them off.  Then I added the grassy area and sky/clouds using some MFT stencils and Distress Oxide Inks.  I removed the masks and colored my images with Copic markers.  I really love how this turned out.  I can’t wait to create more fun cards with products from this fresh and fun company!

Here is a link to the process video over on YouTube:

 

Thank you so much for stopping by my channel today!  I really appreciate it!  Have an amazing weekend, friends!

xxMari

Exciting News!!

I can finally let you all know some super exciting news;  I am a member of the Kindred Stamps Video Design Team!!!  I am so ecstatic and can’t wait to share projects created with the fun and fresh products from this company!!

I discovered Kindred Stamps earlier this year and immediately fell in love with their stamps and stencils!  The card I am sharing today was created with a collaboration set called Scranton, PA.  You can find this set and so many other wonderful stamps over on the Kindred Stamps site.

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I created this card with the image of the character holding the “best boss” mug from the Scranton, PA set.  The sentiment is also from the set.  I created the banner from a Mama Elephant set in my stash to go along with the sentiment!  I used my Copics to color the character. This is a single layer card using masking paper to create the single layer effect. I had so much fun creating this card and I can’t wait to share my first post with one of the new November releases soon!

Thank you for stopping by today, friends!  Have an amazing day!

xxMari

Fall Layout for JustNick

Happy Fall everyone!  Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and there is so much to be grateful for. So often I think I focus on what I need to “worry” about instead of just having gratitude…I really need to try my best to work on this.  In everything give thanks…

Today I am thankful to be working with an amazing group of ladies over at JustNick Studio!  Nicole Nowosad creates the most amazing cut files and the team gets to design with them every month…that is awesome 🙂

Today I am sharing a layout I created using the Sweater Weather cut file.

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I love all of the images in the file and I have used almost all of them on my layout today.

I am also including a link to the process video for all of the details of the layout!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I am grateful for that, too!

Have an amazing day!

xxMari

Love at the Thorv

There are those times as a parent that you just “hold your breath”…you know what I mean if you are a parent.  When our children are little, we worry about so many things…will they reach all of those developmental markers, will they get invited to the birthday parties, will they learn to read with ease, will they be able to do math at school…the list is soooo long.  For a year and a half, we “held our breath”, hoping that Bailey’s big day would be all that she had dreamed of.  I feel like she just loved her wedding day so much…she was just so happy and so was her very handsome groom.  It was a beautiful day!

This layout, “Love at the Thorv”, is one of my favorites! The soft tones in the “Auburn Lane” collection from Pink Paislee are just perfect for the romantic elegance that was the theme for the day!

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One of the things that was on my wish list for the wedding was a string quartet.  The musicians played before, during and after the ceremony and it was just so lovely; this just set the tone from the beginning of the day.  They played Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” for the processional…this mama’s heart was bursting!

 

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I added some Distress Oxide Inks (Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Aged Mahogany and Bundled Sage) to my white card stock with a distress tool.  I added some Ranger Texture Paste over the inked areas with a script stencil from my stash (The Crafter’s Workshop). The floral pieces are fussy cut from a piece of patterned paper from Auburn Lane.  There are a few floral die cut pieces from the collection layered over the larger pieces with foam adhesive.

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I continue to be a fan of soft and elegant layouts with white space.  I think this style complements this photo so well.  I added a delicate doily as a layer behind my photo and finished the side of the layout with a floral branding strip from one of the patterned papers from Auburn Lane.  A little bit of white stitching with my sewing machine completed the side piece. The title piece “love” is a foam phrase from Felicity Jane and then the gold foam alphas are part of the Auburn Lane collection.  This photo on the steps of the Thorvaldson building on the University of Saskatchewan campus could not be more fitting for this day; these two both took classes on this campus, attained their degrees here, and met in this city!

A perfect photo for a perfect day…I can breathe a little easier knowing that this girl of mine has married the love of her life!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Here is a link to the process video for this layout:

 

xx Mari

I love all things “Mama”

Yes, it’s true…I absolutely admit that I am a lover of all things Mama Elephant!  I was looking at my IG feed today and was very excited to see the guest designer call for this amazing company!

I have been a stamper for a looooong time…so many stamps….so little time, lol.  And Mama Elephant has been a favorite for me, for sure!  I have lots of Mama Elephant product, but I seem to have more Christmas stamps and dies in my collection than other themes.  This is one of my all time favorite sets and this card is one of my faves, too!

The background is water colored to create the impression of a night sky of wonderment (not sure if that’s a word)…and then I heat embossed the sentiment across that purple, snowy background.  What can I say about these little bears from “A Beary Christmas”! They are just so adorable.

Here are a few photos of this card:

The “season’s greetings” sentiment is from the “Season’s Wishes” stamp set, also from Mama Elephant.  I love the large, scripty sentiments that are a signature Mama Elephant stamp.

I love how this card turned out!

Here is a link to the process video over on YouTube if you would like to see how I created all of the details for this card!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Have an amazing day!

xxMari

Plot Twist

Hey everyone, welcome to my blog today! I have a color challenge layout to share with you that was created for Scrapbook Nerd.

One of the ephemera pieces in the Pink Fresh collections I used for my project says “plot twist”…that could not be more perfect for this layout about Kingston and my son’s past year.

When he moved to Kingston a year ago, the move was part of a long-term plan as part of a relationship he was in at the time.  Things didn’t work out (plot twist), but I know that what happened is definitely for the best.  Now that he has gone through all of the “stuff”, he is doing so well.  In fact, much better than ever.

The Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team worked with a color palette inspiration this week.

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These colors are so pretty…the colors I have chosen for my layout are my favorite colors to scrap with.  The photo I have used is out of our hotel window down by the lake.  The photo captures a bit of downtown Kingston.  It is a pretty cool city!

I printed a map of the Kingston area on vellum to use on the layout.  I added some watercolor to the background amd added some hidden journaling behind the vellum map piece (the vellum is attached with washi).  The die cuts/embellishments and alphas are all from Pink Fresh.

I like how this layout came together!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

xxMari

 

 

Beautiful Day

How often do you get to have a big party in a swanky penthouse?  If you are like me, the answer to that question is “not often”.  On July 7, we had a bridal shower for my daughter and the location was off the charts amazing.  The James Hotel in Saskatoon is just the perfect venue for a private girls get together.  The wine and delicious foods were flowing as we celebrated my girl;  so much fun was had…and I had to scrapbook the event, of course!!

I created the layout using a photo that was snapped by a friend of mine with her phone.  The products I have used for the layout are from Felicity Jane Brie and Alexis.  Gosh I love the kits from this company…there is nothing quite like them out there.

The layout is super simple, light and airy with tons of white space!  I love this sort of layout.

I hope your are inspired by my layout!  Here is a link to the process video if you would like to see how I created it!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Have an amazing day!

xxMari

iNSD May 5, 2018

All scrapbookers unite on this day every year to celebrate a craft that is so much fun!  iNSD means that so many of us who scrapbook are involved in crops and fun events that bring us all together.  I can remember the first year I started participating and just could not believe all of the things planned for this day.

This year I am part of the Scrapbook Nerd online crop.  We have planned a bunch of different challenges for the crop this weekend.  I will leave a link to the Scrapbook Nerd Girls Fan page on Facebook so that you have a chance to play along. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1981015531957642&type=3

My challenge will be in the challenge album on Facebook during the crop.  The challenge I have issued is, of course, one that involves mixed media.  I used a bunch of Vicki Boutin mixed media products on my project to create the layout.  Here are some photos and the process video.  Be sure to check out all of the fun this weekend!

Simple Scrapboooking

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog today!  It is a great day to be indoors here in Saskatchewan since we are getting yet another winter storm this weekend.  Hopefully spring will soon be here for real.

I have a layout to share with you today, emphasizing a few tips to help keep scrapbooking simple.  One thing I always do when I need to save time is to use a design that I love and am comfortable with.  The design I am using today is one you will see me used often.  I find that starting with a white background takes a lot of the guesswork out of creating a page.  I love patterned paper, don’t get me wrong, and I use lots of it; however, I find that sometimes if I need to put something together quickly, I will go with a white background.

I also find using a black and white photo helps uncomplicate the process as well.  There are no competing colors with the photo and if it is a good photo, the lack of color won’t make a huge difference.

I like to create my photo mat and layers as one unit so that I can move the entire mat around the layout for easy placement.

These are just a few tips and tricks for simple scrapbooking!

Here is a link to the process video:

Thanks so much for stopping at my blog!

xxMari