Tuesday, May 23, 2017

(More Than Words DT - May Mini Challenge)

Are you ready for a Mini Challenge?

Well, ready or not, the May Mini Challenge from More Than Words
has gone live, and here is my take on it:

The Mini word this month is SHE.
Click HERE to find out all you need to know about the Mini Challenge
and to see gorgeous inspiration from the More Than Words DT.
Remember that in order to participate, you have to share your project
on the More Than Words FB page right HERE by the end of the month.

I am so thrilled on how this tag turned out.
I knew from the start that I wanted to use this lovely quote
that I found on some Bo Bunny Penny Emporium papers.
I also added the word SHE by using metal alpha brads.

To go along with the steampunk image, I added lots
of metal to my tag (it is VERY heavy!) which I colored
using a matte silver sharpie.  All the flowers are from Prima.

These beautiful wings are from ScrapBerry's and the vintage charm was
from a set that I found during a shopping trip to Michael's.
I misted my tag with a little bit of rust spray and sprinkled lots of microbeads,
and as a final touch, I dabbed everything with some white paint.

Thank you for visiting!

Monday, May 22, 2017

SPRING TREASURE - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'A Song of Spring' Kit
with Berry71bleu & ARTastic May Challenges)

Hello!  I have some more DT projects to share with you over the next few days
featuring the bloomingly beautiful Scraps of Elegance April kit, 'A Song of Spring'.

Speaking of Spring, today's share pays homage to this fabulous season.

I was inspired by 2 challenges in the creation of this page.

The Berry71bleu May Mood Board is called 'Spring Blooms and New Life'.
How lovely and inspiring are those images!

The ARTastic May Challenge seems to fit in perfectly with the whole Spring theme.
This amazing painting is called The Garden and is from New Zealand artist, Michael Sass.
The criteria for the Artastic challenge is to use flowers which of course I did.  I always do!

 I think pretty much every normal person loves Spring
just simply for the fact that it is so refreshing and rejuvenating to see
the trees starting to leaf and flowers to bloom FINALLY
after an always too long Winter, especially here in Canada.
I don't have much of a green thumb so obviously I don't garden much, 
but when we bought our house 5 years ago, we were blessed
to also get a very nice flower bed in front of it full of perennials including 
gorgeous tulips that bloom every Spring without me having to lift a finger.

The picture used on my page is not of my tulips however as they are not quite fully 
bloomed yet (I told you... long Canadian Winter!). 
It is a Desktop Wallpaper image that I found online right HERE

I had a lot of fun with the 49 and Market 'Wings & Things' layered embellishment
set included in the SOE Elements Add-On.  The beautiful floral wreath, branches
and little hummingbirds were the perfect decorations for my page 
combined with a pretty pink flower flair from ScrapBerry's.

You can see here glimpses of some gorgeous 49 and Market patterned paper.
I added a few Sweet Lilac Crystal Drops from the main kit for some added color and texture

All together, it makes for a very flowery layout!

Thank you to Berry71bleu and ARTastic for the inspiration
and Scraps of Elegance for the gorgeous kits!

To learn more about Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits
and how to subscribe to them, click HERE.

Scraps of Elegance 'A Song of Spring' April Kit

Elements Add-On

Floral Add-On

I will be back soon for more SOE creations!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

LIFE'S A BEACH - Single Page Layout
(ScrapBerry's DT & Dusty Attic May Challenge)

I created this beach-theme layout for my 2nd May DT reveal for ScrapBerry's.
It was inspired by the current challenge on the Dusty Attic blog.

I found the perfect patterned papers for this mood board in 2 ScrapBerry's collections 
from my stash: Antique Shop and Holiday Romance.  I also used a few images 
from the Cards papers from Mediterranean Dreams. I love how the Holiday Romance 
'Nostalgia' patterned paper with its blue sky and seagulls match the sky in my photo.

You can also see below that I incorporated some Chicken Wire Panel
and a beautiful Flourish piece from DA.  The Flourish was covered with
Imagine Ink white embossing powder and dabbed with a little blue paint.

I added some ScrapBerry's sea-themed metal charms from different sets
as well as beautiful Polymer items from the Sea 3 set. 

 Lots of pretty seashells!

Don't you just love this rustic wood background paper from
 the Antique Shop collection?  It's called very fittingly 'Ocean Depths'.

I am so lucky to live close to the ocean and be able to
take these beautiful scenic shots of the sea.

I hope that I've inspired you to create your own beach-theme project.

To check out more of the vast line of ScrapBerry's products, click HERE.

To learn more about the Dusty Attic May challenge, click HERE.

ScrapBerry's products used:
SCB220606000 - 12x12 paper collection - Antique Shop (Ocean Depths, Ancient Time)
SCB220605900b - 12x12 paper collection - Holiday Romance (Nostalgia)
SCB220609500bx - 12x12 paper collection - Mediterranean Dreams (Cards1, Cards 2)
SCB26001016 - Polymer Items - Sea 3
SCB250001063 - Metal Charms Set - Seaside 2
SCB25013711 - Metal Charms Set - Sailfish
SCB53000007 - Crystal Stickers Decoration - Floral Embroidery
SCB340207 - Metal Brads - Fairy Tale 2
SCB25002035 - Adhesive Gems - Winter Joy
SCB62000109b - Chipboard - Antique Shop
SCB300103 - Flowers - Gardenia White
SCB300215 - Flowers - Cherry Blossoms White & Blue
SCB20020333074 - Wax Strings White & Beige

Dusty Attic products used:
DA0801 - Dusty In Bloom - Champagne Kisses
DA0177 - Chicken Wire Panel
DA0560 - Life's A Beach
DA0660 - Grass Clusters #1
DA1006 - Mini Hinges
DA0702 - Flourish #8
DA0312 - Chains

Until next time!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(Simon Says Monday Challenge)

A friend asked me to create a card for a new home, and lo and behold, 
I checked the challenge on the Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog
and it just happened to be 'Home Sweet Home'!

What a happy coincidence!

I kept my card very simple with no mixed media and just a little handmade stitching.
I wanted to put the emphasis on the black chipboard house and that little red heart
on top of the chimney!  I tied everything together with some natural burlap ribbon.

I absolutely love the way it turned out!

To learn more about Simon Says Monday and Wednesday Challenges, click HERE!
There are 2 new challenges weekly which are always fun to play along with.

Catch you later!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

(Creative Scrappers DT - #306 Sketch Challenge)

It's my turn to showcase my take on sketch #306 on the Creative Scrappers blog!
It is a fairly bittersweet post as it is my last one as part of the CS DT.
My term is up and it's time to step down and give someone else the opportunity.

If you haven't played along with the CS May sketch challenge, you still have a couple weeks.
Click HERE for all the details and to see daily inspiration from all the fabulous DT.

Here is my take:

...and here is sketch #306:

I wanted to go bright and happy for this layout, in celebration of Spring 
which is finally here, and which means that Summer is just around the corner!  

Using a combination of ScrapBerry's Tropics and Mediterranean Dreams collections, 
I was able to create a very fun 'citrus-y layout to go along with this picture of me 
taken 12 years ago on an orange/grapefruit-picking excursion in Orlando, Florida.

I found that the rectangle shapes on the sketch allowed me to play
with different patterned papers and were perfect to do some handmade stitching.

Life is good & sweet, indeed!

A big THANK YOU goes to Kristine Davidson for having me on her team!
What a wonderful time I've had creating with her fabulous sketches 
and alongside an amazing group of ladies! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SO CUTE - Double-Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'A Song of Spring' Kit
& Scrapbook & Cards Today INSD Sketch Challenge)

If you haven't seen the newest Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits yet,
I urge you to go take a look right HERE as they are beautiful and not to be missed!

Today I am sharing with you my first project using the Scraps of Elegance
'A Song of Spring' kit (details of kit contents is at the end of the post) 
along with some products from the Elements and Floral Add-Ons.

Last Saturday was (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day and there was a huge
celebration over at the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog with loads of inspiration, prizes
with this fabulous sketch challenge kicking it all off.  I love double-pages and
I knew that this sketch would be the perfect start off point to use with my new SOE kit. 

Since I intended to create this page for my friend to put in her daughter's album,
I wanted to keep it sweet, simple and clean, with just a touch of mixed media.
Most of my layouts end up being so thick with embellishments and flowers
that they are impossible to slip into an album plastic protective sheet,
so I keep them in huge plastic bins.  I have about 6 so far! :)

I chose white cardstock for my background and then picked some of the softest 
designs out of the gorgeous patterned papers in the kit.

As you can see, I sprinkled some of the Ranger Glitter Glass Shards on 
and around my flower clusters.  To make the tiny pieces stick, I use spray adhesive. 

I also used some flowers from the Scraps of Darkness Floral Add-On.

I wanted to use lots of butterflies on this page to complement these lovely 
Springtime photos so I added a few from the 49 and Market layered embellishment 
pack and the Ultimate Crafts die cuts, both available in the Elements Add-On, 
as well as a chipboard one found in my own stash.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this double-page.  I know I enjoyed created it!

Thank you Scrapbook & Cards Today for the inspiration
and a huge thank you to Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits
for creating the most beautiful kits out there and having me on their DT!

I am looking forward to sharing more SOE creations over the next few days!

The Scraps of Elegance 'A Song of Spring' Kit includes:
Blue Fern Studios - 'Spring Parade' collection
(June, Remembrance, Sunday Best, Sunrise, Susie's Garden)
49 and Market - 'Scents of Nature' collection
(Blue Petals, The Forgotten, Beauty Abound, Fly Away, Hold On Me)
7 Gypsies - Architextures Adhesive Short Base Borders
Blue Fern Studios - Lasercut Chipboard Barb's Medallion
Kaisercraft - Butterflies Printed Tape
Nuvo - Sweet Lilac Crystal Drops
ScrapBerry's - Exquisite Embellishments #4 Love
Prima - Wild & Free Soul Flowers
Offray - Yellow Sheer Asiana Ribbon

The Elements Add-On includes:
49 and Market - Wings & Things Layered Embellishments
Ultimate Crafts - Rambling Rose Ephemera Die Cuts
Prima - Memory Hardware Montchamp Imperial Resin Frame
Ranger - Ice Resin Primrose German Glitter Glass Shards

The Floral Add-On includes
ScrapBerry's - Blue & White Cherry Blossoms
Prima - Wild & Free Spirited Flowers
49 and Market - Shimmer & Shine Ivory Melange Flowers
49 and Market - Shimmer & Shine Lilac Jardin Secret
49 and Market - Vintage Shades Sage Bouquet

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Bookworm
(ScrapBerry's DT & Scrapki-wyzwaniowo May Challenge)

For my 1st ScrapBerry's DT reveal this month, I have created a layout 
with my absolutely favorite ScrapBerry's paper collection, 'Words Live Forever'.  

Take a look at these gorgeous papers:

 Just the name of this line in itself is so endearing to me as I've always loved 
writing and reading, so of course WORDS... enough that I pursued 
my post-secondary education with a major in English and a minor in French, 
specializing in classical literature. So needless to say, I've read my fair share of books!

it was just the perfect inspiration that I needed to kickstart my project.
The challenge is to be inspired by books and the pages inside them.

I couldn't have asked for a better combination!

And now let's take a look at some close-ups of my layout.

I chose beautiful background paper lined with books with some fabulous 
book print paper peaking from underneath.  The book print flag, arrow
and heart are handmade embellishments from Charms Creations.

I thought that it would be cool to incorporate 6 of my all time favorite books
on my page somehow so I googled the covers and printed them on photo paper.  

For all you book lovers out there, I strongly suggest any of these!

Of course, I incorporated several ScrapBerry's embellishments on my page,
including lots of classic images from the Postcards For Pennies 
and Memos papers.  I also used brads from the Once Upon A Winter 
collection (yes Winter!!) and pretty paper and resin flowers.

And finally, look at this gorgeous image (free desktop wallpaper)
that I found on Google and absolutely knew I had to use!

And there you go!  A very 'WORDY' page paying homage to my love of books.

Thank you to ScrapBerry's and Charms Creations for the scrappy supplies
and Scrapki-wyzwaniowo for the fabulous challenge for inspiration!

ScrapBerry's supply list:
SCB220609300X - 12x12 Paper Collection - Words Live Forever
(7th Street Library, Stopwatches, New York Headlines,
Postcards for Pennies, Memos)
SCB300215 - Paper Flowers - Cherry Blossoms White & Blue
SCB300103 - Paper Flowers - Gardenia White
SCB250001091 - Resin Flowers - Chrysanthemums For Wedding 2
SCB340978 - Brads - Once Upon a Winter

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother & Daughter
(More Than Words DT - May Main Challenge)

I am happy to be sharing with you today this brand new layout
inspired by the More Than Words May Main Challenge!

As you are well aware, during the month of May, most parts of the world
dedicate a day to celebrate the very special women in our lives... our MOTHERS!

So this month's More Than Words challenge is all about moms too!

Word Inspiration - MOTHER
Creative Challenge - FLOWERS

You can find all you need to know about this challenge and the wonderful sponsors of 8 fabulous prizes up for grabs as well as inspiration from the very talented MTW DT right HERE.

Now let's take a look at more details on my layout
and how I interpreted both parts of this challenge...

It was obvious seeing this month's word inspiration that I had to pay homage 
to my MOTHER. She has always been the most important woman in my life.  
Generous, sociable, strong, funny... those are just some of her qualities 
that I strive towards every day.

The creative challenge wasn't that much of a challenge as I use FLOWERS 
on pretty much all my creations. For this page, I especially chose 
these gorgeous blooms from the Prima Rossibelle collection 
which I had in my stash for a while, saving them for a very special layout."

I created my page by using collage techniques as I wanted
to mesh as many patterns as possible.  Using white paint where
different patterned papers meet helps create the illusion that 
the patterns are all one big piece.  The beautiful flair seen below
come from Cuts2luv, one of More Than Words occasional sponsors.

The picture of my mom and I was taken back in October 2016
when my brother and I threw a big party to celebrate her 65th birthday.

I am so looking forward to seeing your More Than Words creation this month!!