Saturday, February 28, 2009

Inspired By...

Here are some beautiful spring colours to get you out of the February doldrums!

See you back here on Thursday for a new Techneek inspired by these colours!
Until then...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Featuring...Jenni Bowlin

With all the great and amazing new product scheduled to hit the store in the coming weeks, you should anticipate a lot more Featuring... spots!! Especially with the new Jenni Bowlin in the store. All of her stuff is always inspiring and fun to play with! But get it while you can...this stuff flies off the shelves like flies.

Her new line is very "Americana" with lots of cherries and stars, with blue and red dominating the colour scheme. There is even a journaling with a cow and the word "moo" on it!! Love it! One of the new items to hit the shelves are her pattern chipboard buttons...with text and pictures and ledger paper, they fit any style and are super fun! And her new stuff coordinates quite well with all her "old" stuff...which we also got restocked because I think all the TM girls are Ga-Ga for Jenni!

With that, here is a little extra Techneek to go with my Ga-Ga For Jenni layout!

Remember alcohol ink? Remember that it works on slick stickers? I desperately needed to change the colour of these stickers (I have a "thing" with mixing white and off-white), so I grabbed some Terracotta alcohol ink, an applicator felt thing and the wood applicator handle thing (all very technical terms...) and altered my sticker. Check it out...

Put ink on your applicator. You don't need a lot at all...a little goes a long way in this case!

Smear and smudge and rub your ink all over your sticker. I liked the swirly effect mine had going for it.
The finished sticker is very orange (hey...I like orange) and matches my layout much more to my satisfaction!
At any rate here is my completed layout...I got a new iPod for Valentine's and I wanted to commemorate the moment. I used the Starbucks "Pick-of-the-Week" card as my jumping off point. (Note: if you have an iPod and shop at Starbucks I highly recommend these little gems...a free song per week and usually it's a goodie! Plus they have free Wi-Fi so you can pick it up right there!)

Here is a close up of the Jenni letter stickers - there are a bunch to choose from and all have text or ledger pattern within the letters - and the pearls. I used a whole pack of pearls on my layout because they are my new best friend and are so cool and I really want to be seen with them so their coolness rubs off on me a little. Swoon.

I sprayed Peach glimmer mist and splattered some watered down black paint and Terra Cotta alcohol ink all over my background to add a little "rock star"

This line would go great with heritage or vintage photos, but as you can see from my layout her stuff also looks great alongside the latest of today's technology! Have fun exploring all that Jenni has to offer. See you Saturday...maybe I'll get my last Project post up as well and it will be a two-for!

Until next time...

- Jenni Bowlin: Pattern paper, label sticker, letter stickers, pearls
- Making Memories wordfetti stickers
- Assorted Ribbon
- Ranger alcohol ink
- Peach Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
- Claudine Hellmuth black paint


Don't forget about the giveaway! Everyone who leaves a post anywhere on the blog between now and next Thursday has a chance to win some Glimmer Screens from Tattered Angels. Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Get Your Freebies Here...

I feel so bad that I missed the Project this weekend, so to make up for my guilt it's Giveaway Time again on the Blog! I have had these super cool Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens sitting around for the longest time, just waiting to be used for a Techneek. But they never made it out of the I want to pass their awesome-ness on to you, my loyal readers!

Please post a comment below for your chance to win! I'll be drawing the winning name on Thursday, March 5th so that gives you a little over a week to enter.

Good Luck!

And I'll be back on Thursday with another Techneek...I have a neat one using Glimmer Mist that I'd like to share!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Featuring...Art Chix!

So, while I'm not necessarily running out of Techneek Ideas, I find myself running out of time each Thursday trying to get the post out in time. So this week I decided I'm going to change things up a bit!

Sometimes we find ourselves inspired by a colour combination, or an ad in a magazine, and sometimes all it takes is one look at the latest product line to hit the store! Featuring... is going to focus on a new line or company that we (treasured memories) carry. I'll show you a couple of ways to use the new product in your scrapbooking, card making or papercrafting, etc.

This week we got a whole whackload of stuff in the store (next week is looking to be the same!!), but the stuff that really caught my eye is from Art Chix, an online store and gallery based out of Victoria, BC. They carry a lot of great stuff for papercrafting, collage, and mixed media, but Chantel (and her Dad!!) thought they would give it a chance to appeal to our mostly scrapbooking clientele. Well, I'm hooked!!!

Our In-Store display...

A couple of collage sheets...
Faux postal stamp stickers...

Some of the metal charms...there are crowns, and bird nests, and faces, and boots, and wings, etc. etc.

And here is my layout. I used a couple of the Art Chix collage sheets...this style goes perfectly with my goofy heritage photo! I am missing my title, but otherwise I hope you get the idea! This stuff is really fun to play with and there are lots of different themes to suit any style! I really like the Winged Cuties (shown here) & City Delights collage sheets, and all of the charms!

Check out the Art Chix main website and online store here. They have boat loads of great collage sheets, buttons, charms, kits, buttons, etc. And check out the main TM Blog for more pictures of the stuff we got in store.

Hopefully I will be posting my other completed project tonight (once the little one has gone to bed!!)...I used more of the collage sheets, as well as some other lines that we carry that coordinate really well with the Art Chix line.

Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:
- Art Chix: Mystical & Winged Cuties collage sheets, and gold Crown charm
- Pattern Paper: October Afternoon (polka dot), Making Memories (ledger), Sassafraslass (turquoise and ivory stripe)
- Creative Cafe calendar
- Heidi Swapp ghost clock
- 7Gypsies typewriter word, and word stickers
- Ranger Tim Holtz Inspire charm
- Scenic Route label sticker
- Assorted Ribbon

Saturday, February 14, 2009

...and other song lyrics...

I am a big fan of using song lyrics on my scrapbook pages...a BIG fan!! They are a great way to journal if you don't know how to use your own words. I think that if someone else has already said it better, might as well just go with it!!

I write down lyrics as I hear them (on the radio, on a CD, on my mp3 player), and that means I have lots of notebooks and random scraps on paper in my purse and around my house filled with random lyrics. I wanted to create something cohesive that I could use to write down some of my favourites...the ones I keep writing down over and over again!

Chantel and the gang brought this little 7Gypsies album home from CHA, and it worked perfectly for me, but any small chipboard or acrylic or homemade album will do...use what you have on hand. This is also a great time to play with those paint or stamps or Glimmer Mist you bought and haven't used yet because you're not sure what to do with it. Experiment! Have Fun! There are no rules with this album...okay there's one rule! I challenge you to only use your scraps or leftovers, random things left on your desk after your last creative session. These are probably your favourite things, new fun things that you can't get enough of! Make sure you love all the stuff you put in here...this album is just for you! And if what you love is simple patterns and rub ons...use that!! Don't feel the need to copy what I did exactly! This is just a suggestion to help get your creative juices flowing while completing a fun mini project!

You could also try:

- Doing a book of your favourite quotes, if song lyrics aren't your thing

- Get your friend/hubby/sister/daughter's favourite quotes/lyrics and do up a fun gift album

- Leave some pages blank to easily add more later

Looking for Lyrics? There are tonnes of lyric search engines on the web. Here are a few I found with a quick Google Search...

A-Z Lyrics

Lyrcs Search

All Lyrics

What others have done...
Scrapping the Music

Thursday, February 12, 2009

TOTW - Primary Colours

This week I took the easy way out - again - and my theme is "colour." This is just the way I think and it makes sense to do another techneek with colour as my starting point.

You might remember a couple of weeks ago I did a layout with white as the dominating colour. And I think it fit perfect with my theme and photos. And this week I was inspired by another set of photos. The hubby, son & I recently visited a Lego Art exhibit at the local science centre. While it wasn't completely what we were expecting, it was still fun and I got some neat, colourful pictures.

This next photo was my inspiration for the primary colour theme for my techneek tonight!

I pulled together some of my favourite supplies in blue, red and yellow. As per my style, I didn't use all of the stuff in my pile, but it was nice to have some extra options!

And I also kept the background neutral, so it wouldn't compete with all the other colours I knew would make it on to the page. But to liven it up a bit, I added some bubble wrap detail with white paint. (I had placed my photos down first so I knew where to put my bubble wrap!)

This layout was super simple and once I started laying things down, I was done in less than 15 minutes. It's nice when you choose a colour theme...even just one or two keeps things simple and super easy.

And a close up of the title.

Supplies Used:

  • Pattern Paper: Hambly transparency, Doodlbug (dark blue), unknown blue damask (the cloud cut-out)
  • Prima "L is for" sticker
  • Jenni Bowlin star tickets, label stickers & red letter stickers
  • Doodlebug red sticker letters
  • Other: blue postcard from IKEA, bubble wrap & white paint, front cover of a memo note pad

Happy Creating!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bonus Project!

Missing the Techneek post on Thursday I felt bad, so I decided to create some extra Valentine's projects to share with you!

These guys are super-cute and fun to make, plus they look great hanging up around the house! Enjoy!

Just click on the image to see it up close and personal. I'm using the new Riff Raff chipboard Young Love and Layers of Love. The instructions? Pull out some Glimmer Mist, Glossy Accents, tulle, paint, jewels, pattern paper and have fun!

See you on's a work day but I still hope to have something fun to show you! Until then...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine Project

What would Valentine's Day be without those piles of cute little lacy, frilly, sparkly Valentine's Cards!!?? Today I thought I would share my version...I'm not big on the sparkly/lacy/frilly, but I found a great stamp and went from there!

You will need:

- Pattern paper: I picked Making Memories pink polka dot

- Solid paper in a neutral colour: my pattern paper is double-sided, so I needed a solid to write my message on!

- Collage stamp: Mine is from Tim Holtz

- Black embossing powder & embossing ink (& a heat gun)

- Buttons to match

- Tickets or tags: I'm using the long red ones from Creative Cafe

- Ribbon: more Making Memories, this time pink with a velvet stripe

- Black pen to write your message

Step One: Assemble all of your supplies. I'm not really into "themed" things (paper, embellishments, etc.) so I just chose some generic embellishments that were Valentine colours - red, pink, & black. But if you really want to get into the spirit of the holiday, by all means go right ahead!

Step Two: Cover your stamp in embossing ink, and stamp onto your pattern paper. I didn't cut my pattern paper first...I hate having to line up the stamp with the cut edges. If I stamp it crooked I can just cut the edges to make it look straight!

Step Three: Sprinkle embossing powder over the stamped image. Tap off the excess.

Step Four: Use the heat gun to set the embossing powder.

Step Five: Cut out around the stamped image. My stamp is about 2.5" by 3.5", so my completed tag is 2.75" x 3.75"

Step Six: Embellish your tag! I kept mine really simple and just added a button and a ticket, and a piece of ribbon at the top.

Step Seven: Add a neutral solid to the back of your tag and write you message!

Repeat as needed!!

Happy Creating!!


P.S. Sorry about the lack of Techneek post on Thursday. The project I was working on did NOT turn out as planned, and I had no backup, and it was

Next week...I promise!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Missing Link!

Here is the photo I promised...a week ago, I know!...of the finished page in my Techneek of the Week: Stamping. The layout is displayed on the front board at Treasured Memories if you want a real-life look!


And I'll see you back here tomorrow for another TOTW...


Supplies Used:
- Paper: Bazzill (black), Basic Grey (pattern), scrap brown bag
- 7Gypsies calendar ATC
- Maya Road chipboard flourish
- Prima flower
- Creative Cafe black buttons
- stamps: Heidi Swapp (polka dots), 7Gypsies (date, clocks, oval), Bam Pop (speech bubble)
- Ranger Glossy Accents
- unknown: black embossing powder, embossing ink