Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A year in REVIEW - 2014

Hi there!

This is my last post for 
I wanted to review 
my very exciting year with you.
Here, I am sharing my
Top 10
favorite layouts
(I have approximately 134 layouts to chose from - that's about 14 layouts a month
 - I started BLOGging in March)
As most of you may know,
2014 has been a pretty amazing year.
Life is a bowl of CHERRY BLOSSOMS
This is where all the fun started...I was Guest Designer at ScrapMuch?
for the month of April
I joined the ScrapMuch? Design Team family
I joined the Let's Get Sketchy Design Team family
my gramma
 An April  FEATURE at Stuck?Sketches 
Son {kiss}ed
My first time being Published in Let's Get Inspired
Eat Pray Love
 I was invited to Guest Design at Scrap~tures Kit Club
for the month of September
(this is one of 5 layouts for the GD spot)

I was invited to Guest Design at Sketch N'Scrap for the month of October
(this is 1 of 2 layouts for the GD spot)

Snow day
I was invited to Guest Design at Sketches4all for the month of December
and this layout won me a prize!

 As Guest Designer at Sketches4all, I created a count down challenge
(this is one of 2 layouts + a card for this GD spot)
Merry Christmas 2014
What a way to end the year, saying Merry Christmas and having my tutorial  featured at ScrapMuch?

Thank you to YOU! and for everyone who has guided me, inspired me, believed in me, and of course taking the time read my blog and leaving me comments.
You have MADE my year!
As we ring-in 2015, with it, 2015 is my year of TIME
I am going to make more TIME to visit with friends and family
Before I know it, my life will pass me by...
2015 a Year of TIME 

Happy NEW Year to you and your family
We'll see you back in 2015
for another scrappy full year

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BT live - Stick it down - 5th Tuesday any sketch

Hi there!

My dearest friend, joined her first Design Team over at
- yeah Ronna!
I found some extra time to whip this up!
This is my first time, over there...
BT live
 Yep - that's RIGHT!!
Breakfast Television came to Muskoka.
They filmed live, at Deerhurst Resort - and we got to be a part of it.
The beautiful Dina Pugliese and Frank Ferragine (my Frankie-Flowers - would love to 
pick this guys brain about my garden!)
were in our "backyard" - we were NOT missing this one!
 My title is layered cut files with liquid glass and textured Bree thickers
  A clock to remind me HOW EARLY we had to get up to see
BT live
 Some machine stitching and Martha Stewart white texture effect with a button

I chose Brenshevia's single sketch:

A fun sketch, and totally LOVE this challenge!
First time I have had two photos I wanted to scrap and I got to peruse all the sketches,
 until I found the one that would work for ME!!
(on the same sight)

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Monday, December 29, 2014

sososohappy - LGS Dec 5 week - monochromatic

Hi there!

I hope you have been enjoying your holidays.
We have been eating and visiting (and still not quite done)

We have a 5th Week in December
and with that an extra Challenge for you!
Let's Get Sketchy
sososo happy
This photo says it all!! We were having so much FUN - we are so happy
when the 4 of us get to hang out!
I chose to use white (and have been planning this layout for months)
when I saw this challenge, it gave me the opportunity to finish it up.
White really helps this photo to pop!

Here are some close-ups:
I created with BoBunny and a lot of Gesso.
[I had to iron everything after it dried]
In my stash, I had some vintage buttons from my Baba's button collection
- over the years they developed an off-white tinge
 I have been wanting to use feathers for some time
I love working with them so much that I am already planning my next feather page.
My banner is different size silhouette cut files.
Another, large button with some off-white floss
With acrylic shiny dots.
I love how it all came together and by using the Gesso,
I was able to sneak in splashes of colour into my page.

I based my layout on Jenessa's sketch:
LGS Dec week 2
This is an AMAZING Challenge with a STUNNING Design Team REVEAL have to hop over and get inspired

I can't wait to see what YOU do with this CHALLENGE
remember to link up for your chance to WIN!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Friday, December 26, 2014

I'm PUBLISHED - Christmas Edition of GET INSPIRED

Hi there!

 and Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday!  All of us, at Lets Get Sketchy would like to take this time to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To help you with those holiday photos, we have published a 
very special Christmas Edition of Get Inspired.  
You can check it out by clicking HERE!
Special Christmas Edition

I am featured on a spread - page 48-49, page 77 and page 101
What do YOU think??  
Another FABulous edition...
the non-traditional pages are my personal FAV and so inspiring!

REMEMBER:  if you're interested in being published
submit your work
at our submission link at

 Thank you for stopping by 
~ Danie ~

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry CHRISTmas 2014

Hi there

it's the MERRIEST time of the year
I adore this time of year!

My life changed 6 years ago,
when I met my son, Joaquin.
[I really should have named him Nicholas]
He is the reason for my / our JOY!
Look at this face...
Merry CHRISTmas 2014

This year, I fell in love with the BOBunny Christmas collection.

Remember my tutorial, I needed the hand punch of holly leaves  - for THIS layout.
[click to see my tutorial] 

My Boys are my WORLD, my EVERYTHING!
Today, embrace all that you have
and everyone in it!

I sending you, warm wishes for the 
MERRIEST Christmas Ever
to YOU and your family

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FAMILY CHeeR - Stuck?! Sketches + SATW Mood Board

Hi there!

I am back playing along with 
with a chance to GUEST DESIGN with Laura's talented team
I had this old photo, it's in mint condition (not a crack or tear - although a little stain
 that can easily be covered * she winks)
of my Daddy (as a child), my Baba, her mother (my Double Baba), 
her father (my Double Gigi), and her brother (my Uncle Mike)
I really needed to scrap this photo but wanted to do a non-traditional holiday
layout.  The SATW mood board helped me with that!

 Here are some close ups:
 My title is a mix of Carta Bella Element Stickers and Thickers (altered)
I love how they kept the rustic feel of this treasured photo
 This is where I pulled in the snowflake feel of the mood board
and little splash of colour ~ circa 1959
(and covered a stain)
I fussy cut and added the clock for this timeless photo
(if you look close the newsprint is the dictionary: Cheer and Love so fitting for my photo)

Here is the sketch by Laura Whitaker:
Stuck?! Sketches Dec 15
With this sketch, they are partnering with Scrap Around the World  and this gorgeous mood board to play along with!
SATW Mood Board
I choose the colour scheme (teal and red) along with the antique feel of the afghan in the middle
The delicate feel of the board is why I chose to use My Mind's Eye velum
and my first time playing along with SATW

I hope you find time to play along with these great challenges!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Guest Designer at Sketches4all + GIVE-AWAY

Hi there

Who is celebrating their 5th Anniversary
with a BLOG HOP
some amazing challenges and prizes!
With a quick reminder about my CHALLENGE give away (RAK):

5 - Wooden Veneers
4- Cardstock Stickers
3 - Different Fonts
2 - Photos / Stamps
1 - Stitching (faux or real)

Your project MUST BE NEW as of December 12, 2014.  
You have until December 31, 2014 to upload your project [HERE]  
  Please tag your project PARTY9

You can NOT combine this challenge with any other challenge  at Sketches4all but you can combine with challenges outside of our site.

Here is a card I created to inspire YOU:
FUN B-day time
5 wooden veneer (3 "FUN" title tiles + 2 buttons)
4 cardstock stickers (actually 5 "hi" "B-day time")
3 different fonts (I doubled up and used cardstock stickers  + mini alphas + wooden tiles)
2 stamps
1 machine stitching

Here, I used the scraps from my original layout I created along with the smallest card I could find.
I needed a masculine birthday card.
This is a square ivory card ( 4.5 x 4.5)
It CAN be done on a card!!
My wooden DIY buttons match my layout.  Check out 
Laura Whitaker's technique!

I hope this will inspired YOU
HOP over and play along to have a chance 
to win some FAB prizes
I can't WAIT to see what you create!
Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Monday, December 15, 2014

The GREAT BULB Get-away - Let's Get Sketchy December REVEAL week 3

Hi there

It is officially the middle of the month and Monday
with a new sketch up at 
Let's Get Sketchy
The GREAT BULB Get-away
I love these photos of my lil'guy -he's SO serious
when there is a job to do!!
The title is done using three different fonts
My banner is strung with white hemp, soft cloth snowflakes and wooden bulb veneers
Along with some Martha Stewart White Texture Effect with my
Tim Holtz mask, for more texture.
My journal-ing (kinda fun done this way)
"...after the storm, our Christmas bulb blew away...
you RAN all that way to
retrieve it BUT 
had to check who was watching
*giggle giggle"
It is so funny because the bulb was only about 4 feet from our front door
but when you're little - I guess that's a LONG way LoL

Here is the sketch from Bev Code:
I can't wait to see what YOU do with this sketch!

Remember to hop over, get inspired by TEAM A
Link up for your chance to WIN!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Friday, December 12, 2014

FROSTY morning start - Sketches4all Guest Designer + Stuck?! Sketches

Hello Everyone 
and welcome back to our ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!   
I am just thrilled to be Decembers Guest Designer 
over at 
 I am so happy to be part of their celebration 
that started November 14 and runs until December 31st

 ~ as promised I am back with my 
5 - Wooden Veneers
4- Cardstock Stickers
3 - Different Fonts
2 - Photos / Stamps
1 - Stitching (faux or real)

Your project MUST BE NEW as of December 12, 2014.  
You have until December 31, 2014 to upload your project [HERE]  
  Please tag your project PARTY9

You can NOT combine this challenge with any other challenge  at Sketches4all but you can combine with challenges outside of our site.

Here is what I created to inspire YOU:
FROSTY morning start
 I am what you would call a "brand-whore" but Authentique (particularly this collection)
is one of my all-time-FAV's
(I've had it in my stash for some time)
mixed in with newsprint and it's a WIN!
I have 10 wooden veneer (1 clip, 6 title tiles, 3 buttons)
 I have three different fonts /letters for my title
My cut file is from The Cutting Cafe
- isn't he darling
To dress "Frosty" I used teresa Collins wood dots
- you'll see I did machine stitching
2 large Carta Bella stickers and Say it in Crystals - Bling
I clipped this photo and matted it in newsprint
- it's so peaceful
and added 2 word stickers just hangin'
These photos were taken in the very early morning when there is "still" in the air
with that horizon of grey but a hint of colour waking things up.

*You have until December 31st at MIDNIGHT (PST)   to complete the 
Anniversary Party Blog Hop and or/ the Anniversary Party Blog Hop Challenges*
To be eligable to win my RAK    
(these Challenges are open to EVERYONE)
*Be a follower of  my Blog
*leave me a comment (let me know you were here)

Winners will be announced on January 3rd in the Winner's Circle at Sketches4all
I used this sketch: 
Stuck?! Sketches 
are offering some prizes for playing along and a GDT spot too   

 Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Christmas jammies - ScrapMuch? Sketch-y REVEAL + Paper Wing Productions

Hi there!!

Gladys Friday  *she winks
and that means a new SKETCH
is up at
Christmas jammies
My little family tradition, having matching jammies on Christmas morning
(kinda cute - right?!)
than pose in front of the Christmas tree!

Here are some close ups:
 I used four different clouds on my title
 If you look real close you will notice I stitched a poinsettia square around my page.
Along with a few MME decorative brads (Santa one, is my personal fav!)
I "Cherish" these mornings with my boys (rub-on)
I also used Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect with a Tim Holtz mask
A Maya Road flag pin to add the date.
Teresa Collins sequence to add some bling

Here is the sketch:
ScrapMuch? December 12 Sketch
I can't wait to see what YOU do with this sketch
Remember to LINK UP
 for your chance to WIN

I also played along with 
December Challenge
Theme: Holidays or the colours Red and Green
(I did both)

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~