Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Oh the weather outside is...

...I am not sure what it is doing!?! That's because I have been in here scrap, scrap, scrapping. It is JYC time again and this year I am using the KISS principle. Yes, I am keeping it SIMPLE!

So here is the mess I am in...

 
But it was all worth it...
Front Cover and bookmark/tag

 
 
 
Back cover with back of bookmark/tag



 
Front Inside cover

 
Back  inside cover
 
Inside pages are plain white, and can be used with mixed medias....so we shall see what happens!!!
 
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Harvesting The Memories

As scrapbook season is in full swing now, it is such an exciting time to take in the season's crops. Last week-end was the Midway Crop at Cocoa Daisy. And this week-end was Harvesting The Memories Crop at The Scraproom.

I am feeling pretty invigorated with all the new techniques I've been trying. I am really happy to see that templates are making a comeback (Which is great because I have about 30 that are collecting dust). With all the mediums out there, I am pretty excited to see what creations will come to life. Here is an example of one of my latest, template-inspired layouts "Life Moments":


I took the tree template (recently purchased at Scrapbooking At Shelley's...even though I had 30, I needed one more) and taped it down with painters tape. I then covered half of the template with butterscotch paint (ranger dabber). Once the paint dried, I then spritzed on tattered angels glimmer mist (chocolate covered cherries). I was super pleased with the results as it kind of came out looking like real bark. I entered this into the sketch challenge at TSR this week-end.

Next up Celebrate Scrap-i-ness:

 
 
Ok, no big fancy technique or template. Just the plain white ranger dabber, run around the centre of this paper in a big circle. This page I entered in the Celebration Challenge at TSR. It includes...a picture of a celebration (ok scrapping is a celebration), 5 buttons, machine stitching, hand stitching and baker's twine.
 
Both of these crops the past two week-ends were inspiring. I would still like to finish another at challenge at TSR, but time pending.
 
I also only have 12 more sleeps til my next crop with Scrapbooking At Shelley's. This requires me to pack for a few blocks away.
 
Happy Scrapping!Thanks for looking!
 
Gilly

Monday, October 22, 2012

New class at Shimelle.com...

and I am ready to go. Scrapbook Remix is the name of the class and I am going to enjoy lots of different ways to work with the abundance of SB papers I have! Stay tuned!

Gilly

Thursday, September 20, 2012

My poor neglected blog...

As I revisit my blog, to which I only write for my fellow scrappy friends, I can't help but feel as if I have neglected you a bit. However, there is no time like the present to get back at it. Coffee and colors could pretty much be described as a seasonal, crafty blog. Now that the fall is here, temperatures are cooler and it is a time I am indoors more, thus giving me more time to post ideas.

Journal Your Christmas, at Shimelle.com has been a tradition of mine for several years now, and we are already in the planning stages for our 2012 albums. This year I have chosen (at least for the time being) a hand made 6X12 horizontal album. I am looking forward to this landscape sort of layout, as I plan to use several mixed media techniques. I will not bind the album until it is completed at the end of December.

Happy Fall!

Gilly

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tag, you're it!


This was a really fun challenge to do at TSR! Embellish two tags and add them to a LO! This page was easy with the selection of this lovely paper from TSR's Feb. 2012 kit Jillibeansoup - Hearty Barley!
TFL!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Another challenge for NBS!

Quick before midnight my time, I have another challenge to upload. This time I followed a sketch from TSR, and used a punch (border punch).

Happy National Scrapbook Day

And here are some of the pages I have created today with the help of some challenges at TSR!

A strip tease challenge! Yes strips of paper!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Turning an 8X11 into a 12X12...

is the latest challenge from TSR!

Here is my 8X11:



And here is the 12X12 on the right side of this double pager!
TFL!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A TSR Random Friday Challenge...

Today Theresa and Terry had us leaving some love in the TSR Gallery for fellow member's work. I chose one by Diane and made two layouts from this lift...










TFL!

Another TSR Sketch Challenge...

....this has been completed for a few days, but just getting to uploading. TSR sketch challenge from January 23rd....


Monday, January 30, 2012

On a roll...

Layouts are on fire in my scraproom!!! Here are two more!

One is this months's sketch challenge....




The other is the FFFormula from January 13th....


Thanks for looking!

Challenge results...

Here is the end product of yesterday's TSR's UGLY PAPER challenge.




And here is the result of today's TSR Monday Sketch Challenge:

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My TSR friends made me do it....

...ruin ugly paper! Yes, and did it ever feel good.

The TSR girls challenged me to find some ugly paper, and use it in a challenge.
So here is my ugly paper before:



Here is my paper after a few "adjustments"...

Now, as you all know, us TSR girls are very serious about two things....scrapping....and coffee!


So it only seemed fitting that we add to the selection when we ask....

"What do you take in your coffee?"

Two cream, two sugar, and some UGLY PAPER!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

More art work on the way...

Naming art works...I completed my third "official" canvas last night. I use the term official loosely, but I am trying to create works that I could actually put on display that I am happy with, instead of just playing with paint. So far the third one is done, but I have never named any of my works before. I am feeling some sort of pressure to get a name on these creations, because it makes me feel like the work is complete, sort of like a title on a scrapbook page. There are many considerations when naming art, and I have done a little research on these. Some things I am pondering...1. if you name the art, it could assist your viewer to help to see the picture 2. if you name the art, it could also put limitations on how the viewer sees it (which in the abstract case, you may not want to) 3. Art can be named for many reasons and in many ways...sentimental, numerical, etc. So, something to ponder. If anyone has any comments for me, I would love some input! Thanks!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cake # 2


I am in awe that I am on Cake #2 of our 12 cake challenge at TSR. Again, it is a no-bake, but delicious! The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients
  • 30 oreo cookies
  • 6 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1 pkg. (250 g) philadelphia brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 TBSP cold milk
  • 1 tub (1L) cool whip wuipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3 C cold milk
  • 2 pkg. (4 serving size each) jello chocolate instant pudding
Instructions

Place cookies in food processor, cover. Process to form fine crumbs> Transfer to medium bown. Add butter, mix well. Press firmly into bottom of 13X9 inch dish. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sugar and 2 tbsp. milk in seperate bowl with wire whisk until blended. Stir in 1-1/4 C of whipped topping. Spread over crust.

Pour 3-1/4 C milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Spoon evenly over cream cheese layer. Let stand 5 min or until thickened. Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding layer.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Store leftover dessert in refridgerator.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Journal Your Christmas...is completed!


Always bittersweet, but nonetheless my Holiday Journal is complete. A different format this year from years past, as it is really not in an album, just pages bound with ribbon. I like it, very unique. I enjoyed the 6X12 size pages. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

12 Cakes for 2012, Art 1, Art 2

At The Scraproom, we are challenging ourselves to make and share 12 cakes. So to get started, and coincidentlyI did my first cake on the 12th of January (lots of 12's, how wierd, never thought of that until I uploaded the pictures).

This one is a Cheerio Cake. I should think of a more glamourous name for it than that, should I not? Nah, it is what it is, a Cheerio Cake! LOL


Recipe:

1C brown sugar
1C corn syrup
2/3 C butter or marg.
Bring to a boil. Add 1 C peanut butter. Add 5C Cheerios and 3C of any other dry cereal. Press into 9X13 greased pan. Chill.


So today, when the kids came home from school this was ready for dessert. However, we all get into it as soon as they came in the door and it was gone in 15 minutes. Thus, I ended up making another one by four-thirty so we would have some for after supper and lunches tomorrow! I can't wait to do my next cake! Maybe later today.


Art 1...as many of you remember from previous posts, I have been working on some art pieces to display around the house. These pieces I had started 2 years ago. When I decided to update the kitchen, I wanted to change the art a bit as well. So here is the new version of Art 1. Artists have fancy names for their works, and I haven't quite gotten into the naming thing yet. If I were to name this particular grouping though, I think I would call it "Down by the Bay".


The goal of this artwork is to tie the room together. Blue, particularly this blue, is one of my favorite colors! I now have the blue backsplash in my kitchen, I think this really brings the two rooms together. The other punches of color I have are in the blankets and throw pillows in my living room. These blankets were made by Pete's grandmother, so they are very special to us. I hope the color in the art brings out the color in the blankets in the room.



Art 2: Now this little piece I had made in the summer. It was designed to hang vertically beside one of the front windows. I decided to modify it by adding some texture. I used some heavy paint medium, and added to the stripes that were already there.






I then took other colors of the same tone and added to the existing texture to add some more depth to the yellow and orange. Then the final pop was adding brown to the yellow stripe, and red to the orange stripe to make it pop.

Today, I decided to place it on the mantle of the fireplace, and does it ever bring out the color in the flame. So it can stay here for now. This is what I love about these long, skinny frames as I call them. They seem so versatile and can completely give a different look depended on whether you place them horizontal or vertical.

Thanks for looking. Enjoy. I am really enjoying playing with my paints lately, so I will be sure to share any other creations in the future!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Home updates...

I realize my last post was about hanging cabinets, and the home updates continue with window trim, and more exciting, kitchen backsplash. I won't bore anyone with the window trim photos at this point but here is the kitchen before. (Sorry for the green haze...it is the reflection from the green painters tape that I have wrapped around the lights LOL!)

Before, the kitchen backsplash was a neutral taupe, that all our neutral walls are in the house...Sea Sponge. It had always been our intention to do some type of backsplash...




So here is the transformation in progress...DD painting the first coat

And today when I woke up...it looks like this...


The kitchen is open to the LR and DR, so I am going to pull the two areas together with some Art on the far dark wall.

On the DR chair to the right is the piece I had hanging on the dark wall. I am wanting to keep with the color scheme, but do something a bit larger, or alter this one....stay tuned for updates! LOL

Thanks for looking!