Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer Mini Album BLOG HOP


Welcome to our Summer Mini album blog hop!!
sponsored by Creative Cuts and More

The hop will run from Friday, July 29th at 7am till Sunday July 31st, Midnight..

The hop is being hosted by Stuck On U Sketches and Creative Cuts & More (their blog is Die Cut Diva.

Creative Cuts & More is a internet shop that sells die cuts of all styles from albums to shapes, boxes, cards, tags, frames and much more. They offer their die cuts in many materials from chipboard, cardstock, velvet paper, acetate to felt. Creative Cuts & More sent all of our design team members a mini album of their choice, so we could all participate in a summer themed mini album blog hop. The DT Members from SOUS and from Creative Cuts and More hope that by sharing all of these different styles of mini albums, you will be inspired to want to create a summer themed mini album of your own.

CC&M is also offering our readers a 20% discount this week. Just use discount code SOUS20 during check out to save 20% off your entire order.!

Our hop today consists of Design Team members from both SOUS & Creative Cuts & More. We will be showcasing the minis in alphabetical order and the order is as follows.

Leah Schaeffer

( and If you get lost on the way, come back here to SOUS and find who you should be hopping to next).

Now, the rules are as follows:

1. Become a follower of each blog

2. Leave a comment on each blog

And finally

3. Leave a comment at Die Cut Diva letting her know you stopped at all the blogs..

Die Cut Diva will then pick one lucky winner that will win our amazing blog hop give away that is sponsored to us by Creative Cuts & More..

The winner will be announced on SOUS and on Die Cut Diva on August 5th, so do stop by and see if you are the lucky winner.

With that being said.. let's get hopping.. your first stop will be Annette Gearside's blog, so just click HERE and you will be on your way..

Thank you for stopping by today and have fun!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22nd-2011 Sketch and new DT member introduction

Thank you all so much for joining us on our last sketch challenes and I'm so spyched you all liked that sketch..LOL and so, this weeks sketch reveal has another original sketch for SOUS made by me, Nanné.. I think these are so much fun and I absolutely adore what the DT members have made using it..  I'm so blessed to have so many wonderful ladies in my life that inspire all of us to create something amazing and original..
I hope you want to join in on the sketch challenge this week and remember, we have our monthly blog candy give away fro those that enter all of the challenges..  
and we also have a little announcment to make.. 
We have a new addition to our Sketch team and her name is Jane Stirling..

Please welcome her to the team everybody, we are so lucky to have her...

Hello, my name is Jane Stirling. My husband and I are Scottish, however, we emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 2000, eleven years yesterday, actually. Thus the Scossie Jane – Scottish/Aussie.
you can find my blog by clicking HERE
I have a wonderful scrap tolerant husband, two adult children, and three adorable granddaughters, who are the subjects of most of my layouts.

I have been scrapping since 2004, and still have not defined my style – elegant/vintage maybe. I don’t do whimsical, not yet, anyway. Things are known to change quickly in the scrappy world!

Like my love of sketches. I had never used a sketch until the appearance of a new blog called Stuck On U Sketches in 2009. I used their debut sketch on 1st October 2009 and have only missed a few since then!

So, when Nanné, Sandi and Leah invited me to be a part of the SOUS Sketch Team I was honoured and excited, and did not hesitate in accepting their invitation.

I am looking forward to being part of this great team, along with the rest of the DT, and hope I can inspire you as much as they have inspired me.


Jane J

and then lets get to the goodies shall we.. I once again have to say, that the DT have outdone themselves and I'm so psyched about how different everyone's layouts are:

Singing a New Song
Sandi Clarkson

Now and Then
Leah Schaeffer
Beeing Creative and Feeling Cherry

 Summer sleeper
Nanné Harry
Nannés Creations

 Annette Gearside
A Moment In Time

Beatriz Guzman
The Wait

Bonnie Friesen
Pretty Little Somethings

There is Beauty All Around
Dawn Gallop
Flip Flops & Pop Tarts

Star Dancers
Fern Riley

Shona Keehn

Stine Ursin

Are We There Yet?
Wanda Boardley

 and a quick reminder of the blog candy that we will be giving away to one lucky participant this month:
and remember, you cant win if you dont' play :)
and with that said, hope you join us this week and you have two weeks to submit your layout to be eligible for to win the candy..
Hope everyone has a great and creative week..

Friday, July 15, 2011

Make your own Flourishes with Ness

Hi everyone Ness here to share with you today something I did quite sometime ago now but love this technique.

These flourishes you can make in advance and just keep making them and extend on the one's you have already bought too.

Ok so lets get started

Some supplies you will need to get started

1. Flourishes you have in your stash still attached to the clear backing
2. Liquid Pearls (you can also use stickles and puffy paint)
3. Transparency Sheets
4. and of course your scanner and printer (or take it down to your local newsagent to have photocopied).

Step 1.

Put your flourish face down on the scanner. Scan and save to your computer. Print this sheet out and this will be your template. You can also change the sizes of your flourishes by making them larger or smaller.

I scanned a couple of different one's on the 1 sheet to use for this tutorial today. Keep these templates to use again in the future.

Step 2.

Place your transparency sheet over the top of the scanned flourishes template and start dotting with the Liquid Pearls. If you over dot don't worry just wipe it off with a wet one and start again. Too easy no mistakes plus you can always cover with a flower or other embellishment if needed.

Step 3

Allow to dry. Once dry trim around your flourishes and place on your layout.

I love this technique and the colours are endless really, with new colours to add regularly. I did a heap of them all at one time so I have plenty to use for awhile and I still have plenty left in my bottles of Liquid Pearls to keep making more when I need to.

You can also use more than 1 colour for your flourish to give it a totally different look.

Here is a layout I have done using this technique. All the flourishes on this layout are handmade using this technique.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial today and give this one a whirl, you won't be sorry.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ness &

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8th, 2011 Sketch

We've had some amazing sketches here at SOUS by different artist and I thought, "I can do that!" and it was so much fun and simple really.. I wanted to create a sketch that gives a lot of free space and focus's the on one corner of the layout..

I think our Design Team has seriously out done them selves this week and from the emails I received from the girls, they loved the sketch.. It really is an original..LOL and with that said, we hope that you will be inspired by our sketch this week and want to join the party!!

We also have lovely blog candy this month from our very own and beloved Generations Crafting.. She has donated an amazing bundle of goodies for one lucky participant.. But, you have to submit to all of this months challenges to have a chance of winning..

Here is what you can win:

You can definitely get scrap happy with that pile of goodies!!

The winner will be posted on August 5th, so do stop by and see if its you and remember, you can't win if you don't play!! :)

and with that said, lets see what our amazing Design Team has created for inspiration using this sketch:

Sandi Clarkson
Perfect Blend
Nanné Harry

Our Family Tree
Leah Schaeffer
Annette Gearside
A Moment in Time

 Thru My eyes
Beatriz Guzman
Amazing Grace

Bonnie Friesen
Pretty little Somethings

Time In The Garden
Dawn Gallop
Flip Flops and Pop Tarts

My Great Grandparents
Fern Riley

Pretty Girl
Shone Kheen

Stine Ursin

Surf's Up
Wanda Boardley
My Scrap Happy Place

well ladies.. thats the first reveal for July..  Next reveal will be posted on the 22nd, so make sure you keep an eye out and submit a project to each one.. It doesn't have to be a layout , but you can use the same sketch on a card as well.. lets see some of those amazing cards I know you all can share with us...
Hope everyone has a great weekend and get creating..LOL
Design Team

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Tutorial Friday!

Good Morning! Its Bonnie here today to share with you all what I call the looped flower that I made on my last layout for SOUS!
Supply list

Mother's Day Bouquet Cartridge
2 - 2 " loop flower
2 - 1 3/4" loop flower
2 - 1 1/2" loop flower
button or center of your choice
embroidery floss
distress ink
blending tool
foam pad
stylus or paint brush

 I used Aged Mahogany to ink the edges of my flowers.

Take each flower individually and press the stylus into the flower following the shape of the flower on the top side[ on your foam mat] This will give it a cupped look.

Take your Glimmermist and lightly mist the flowers, I used a clear pearl color just for some glimmer.

Start gluing your flower together starting with the largest to smallest, staggering the petals.

Take your embroidery floss of thread and tie it to the button.  I  used embroidery floss, not separating the threads until after I tied it.  I gives it a fun look.

Take your adhesive and glue the button onto the top of your flower.  You can leave it like this, as I did on my latest layout "Shh..." OR

You can take a squire and roll the edges of each petal down for a more polished look. Ta DA!  You are now done!  Pretty easy, eh?  The flower is limited only to your imagination.  Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you all give this flower a try and use it on your next layouts!  

Be Blessed!