Saturday, 7 April 2012

My Blog has moved

Hi There,

If you have been a follower of this blog, I have moved to a new address.
Please update your links to 'Created by Jlou' with the new address of:

I plan to be more active this year, and I figured it was time to reflect all things creative, not just scrapbooking. I hope you will join me on my new journey.

Happy Creating

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Back from a great Weekend

Hi all . . . I am not long back from a fantastic weekend away with Scrap2Relax.  We got to scrap, make cards, eat, chat, and take away some great ideas.

One of the things we did on the weekend was run a couple of sketch challenges – one Scrapbook and one Card.

Here is the sketch . . .

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Here is my card (the Design Team all did a sample/example):

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As part of the Design Team for Scrap2Relax, I taught a ‘Make & Take’ Workshop using my new favourite thing . . . Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  We made a couple of tags using the inks in different ways, then the ladies (and I!!) continued to play with them . . . some of us for most of the weekend!

Here is what I did for the weekend . . .

Distressing over a clear embossing powder . . .

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Playing with Perfect Pearls, over the top of distress inks . . .

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And my new favourite . . . COLOURING (Painting) with the Distress Inks.  Oh MY!!  I spent most of my weekend doing this once I started.  I LOVE the watercolour effects, and I feel like an artist with a paint brush in my hand Smile

There are lots of these examples to show you, as I had trouble choosing my favourites!!

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Don’t you just love the soft effect?

And, what a cute stamp!  This is a High Hopes Rubber Stamp . . . It is called “Danni Dress-up”.






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I’ve had this Magnolia stamp for ages, but this weekend was the first time I inked it up.

She is called “Tilda in a Hurry” from the 2010 Bon Voyage Collection.







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This is “Edwin with Butterfly” from the 2011 Butterfly Dreams Collection.  He is sitting on the bench seat or wooden bench (not sure where they come from!).

Can’t wait to get to paint again . . . fun, fun, fun Smile

The other thing I did was play with some ‘Opal Embossing Enamels” that I bought YEARS ago and had never used . . . I think I’ll play again!  I made some chipboard into enamelled tiles, and turned them into a card.

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As I said, we had a great weekend.  I am looking forward to our next one in September.

I’ll leave you with one last photo . . . the Group Photo Smile

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Until next time . . .

Remember . . . When Life gives you Scraps ~ make something with them!

     Judy   Smile

Sunday, 3 April 2011

It’s about time!!! . . .

Hi there, I am sorry that it has been so long.  It is not that I have not been playing . . . I have just been really slack in sharing what I have been doing.

I have so many new toys that I have been trying out and wanting to share with you, but I seem to get lazy when it comes to taking photos and blogging. I am hoping that this will all change.  I am planning on setting aside time, at LEAST once per week to share what I am creating with you all.

So here are just TWO of my favourite things . . . at the moment!!
I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I have only just discovered them, and am obsessessed (don’t worry, I have not given up on my Copics . . . I just have to make room for another obsession!!).
There are so many things that you can do with them.  Here is just a sample . . .

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If you are going to the Scrap2Relax Retreat next weekend, I’ll be showing you some of the fun things that you can do Smile

Talking about the Scrap2Relax Retreat, I was thinking about what I would mostly be playing with . . . I am thinking Card Making – mostly with my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and my Copic Markers. 

So, I was looking around the internet and found a sketch site that I used to look at Called Mojo Monday.  I decided to download some of their sketches, to use on the weekend, and ended up making them into a book!!

I used another toy I have, that has not had nearly enough use – My Zutter Bind-it-all.  What fun it was.  I created a sketch book from scratch, decorated it, and then used the scraps of paper left over to make a cute little notebook.

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Maybe I’ll take my Bind-it-all away as well!!

Anyway, this is the end of my post for today, but I look forward to sharing with you regularly this year.

Remember . . . When Life gives you Scraps ~ make something with them Smile

Friday, 22 October 2010

Wedding Cards

Hi there, sorry things have been quiet here . . . we lost our internet for a few days (felt like my arms and legs were cut off, but I digress!!).

We ended up having to buy a new router.  It seems we are back online, but for some reason my computer still has some issues, but whilst I can get onto the internet, I thought I’d share some of what I have been up too :)

I was asked by a friend to make a wedding card, so I thought I’d have a go at ‘Colouring White’.  I am pretty happy with how these cards turned out.

What do you think?


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Copic Colours used:

Face: E50, E51, E53, R20 & White gel pen on cheeks

Dress, Shirt & Pants: W1, W3, W5

Shoes: C1, C3, C5, C7

Hair: E33, E35, E37

Flowers: YG00, YG03, R32, R35, R37

Buttermilk Spica Pen used on lace and dots around hair and flowers.


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Copic Colours used:

Face: E50, E51, E53, R20 & White gel pen on cheeks

Dress & Shirt: W1, W3, W5

Pants & Shoes: C1, C3, C5, C7

Hair: E33, E35, E37

Flowers: YG00, YG03, R32, R35, R37

Silver Spica Pen used on lace and dots around hair and flowers.


At first I thought I liked the totally ‘white’ one, but now I am not so sure.  They change when the cards are all finished.

If you ever see anything you like, and would like to purchase a card, leave me a message here, and I’ll contact you and organise how to get them to you.   I am also happy to make cards to order :)

If you live locally, you can also purchase the cards from Jigsaw Hair Studio in Drouin.  There should be supplies of my cards there starting early next week.

If you need a haircut, it is a great place to go :)

I am off to work night duty at the hospital tonight, so I had better go and get myself organised!

Until next time


Monday, 27 September 2010

Mad for Markers Design Team Call

Mad for Markers (a great place to get Copic Markers online) is having a Design Team Call.

I have only recently discovered Copic Markers, but I LOVE them, and I’d love to get to play with the Mad for Markers team.

I need to link some of my favourite/best Copic Colourings, so here they are below :)

Check out the Mad for Markers Blog for details.

One of my favourite stamps . . . Born-to-Shop2

A close up of the colouring . . . Born-to-Shop3

A card with feathering blending . . . Berry-Tilda-on-Bench2

I just love this technique, it gives a great effect :)Berry-Tilda-on-Bench1 

A Final Selection . . .

Christmas-Tilda1 Hedgehog-Pink1 Merry-Christmas1 Santas-Little-Helper2 Sarah-Kay-Green2 Japanese-Pink2 

Thanks for looking . . . hopefully the Mad for Markers crew think I am up for the challenge :)



A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge

This weeks challenge is “Anything Goes”.  Why don’t you give it a go too.

You can check out the blog and the challenge by clicking here

Here is my card for the challenge . . .

The stamp used is a Stampavie one, isn’t it cute :)Hedgehog-Pink1

A Close up of the colouring . . . Hedgehog-Pink2 

Stay tuned for my cards for some of the Magnolia Challenges . . . maybe tomorrow.  But for now, I need some beauty sleep, I have an early start for work tomorrow.



Sunday, 26 September 2010

Sketch Challenges Part 2 – Sketch Saturday

Another sketch challenge for you all, this one from Sketch Saturday.


Here is my take on the sketch, I turned it around 90 degrees!Shopping-Tilda-Purple1

A close up of the colouring . . Shopping-Tilda-Purple2

Another challenge in the next blog!!