Monday, August 3, 2015

Sweet Happy Days
(CSI #171 & Sketchabilities #144)

As much as I love creating projects every month for my several DTs,
I also enjoy checking all my favorite challenge blogs, bookmarking their current 
challenges at the start of the month or on specific release dates and marking down the ones 
that peak my creativity the most.  Every month, I hope that I'll be able 
to find the time to play along, but alas, I have to pick and choose.

One of my choices so far this month resulted in this 'sweet happy' layout:

I was inspired by CSI Case File No. 171.

If you're never heard of CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenges,
then you are missing out!  They are such a great concept and so much fun!
The basis is to base your layout on a Case File which offers an image
with a Color Scheme (use all colours), a list of Evidence (use at least 3 clues)
and Testimony including a list of journaling ideas.
More details on how I solved this case below!

Inspiration also came from gorgeous Sketch #144 of Sketchabilities.

Using a FabScraps pink with golden brown polkadot background with strips 
of darker pink and white cardstock as well as a mixture of light pink, dark pink 
and white flowers and embellishments, I was able to incorporate 
all the YUMMY colors of the Scheme: 
Cherry Vanilla, Strawberry Scoop, Cake Cone, Marshmallow, Waffle Cone.

I included many clues from the Evidence list on my layout:
food accent (cute heart-covered cupcake), wood (cupcake and 'Sweet' title), 
banners (created with My Mind's Eye chipboard shapes), dots (on the background paper 
and sequins), artisan shapes (framing the 3 pictures and the journaling label),
chevrons & texture paste (stenciling on the background).

For the Testimony, I chose to write my journaling on an artisan shape label (tag).
It is written in French and basically says that since these 2 little girls, all days
are filled with the sweetest smiles.... makes for Sweet Happy Days, as the title states.
I created this page for my friends using pictures of their pretty daughters!

And there you go!

Case #171 has been solved with the help of a beautiful sketch!  
Two awesome challenges inspiring a very SWEET layout!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Scrap Around the World
August Mood Board Reveal & Sponsor Prizes

Scrap Around the World 
has revealed their August Mood Board - Challenge 28!!!

This vintage and nostalgic Mood Board was designed by 
Jaya Raghuvanshi {India

Click HERE to see the project reveal from the 1st part of the SATW DT
& to find out all the details of this challenge!

The mid-month reveal from the 2nd part of the DT will go live on the 16th.

This is a sneak peek of my layout!!!


Each month Scrap Around the World offers 
10 MERIT BASED PRIZES, 1 random prize
& 1 follower's prize so 12 PRIZES PER MONTH!

All winners must be official Google Friend Connect Followers 
of the SATW blog {see the SATW's sidebar - top left - to sign up!}

One random winner is chosen from all the entries, but please
remember that to be eligible for this, you MUST upload your entry
to the SATW Facebook page HERE!  The other random prize is for one lucky
COMMENTER so no need to even enter a project for this prize!
Just leave some comment encouragement on any of 
the SATW 7 monthly blog posts right HERE!



$50 worth of chipboard from 2Crafty Chipboard

{image below is for illustration purposes 

may not reflect exactly what you will receive}


$35 value Googie Bag of die-cut chipboard from Scrapiniec


Prize package valued at $30 from 7 Dots Studio

{exactly as shown below}


$25 worth of products from 13@rts

{image below is for illustration purposes 

& may not reflect exactly what you will receive}


$20 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments


$15 gift voucher from Mixed Media Place


17.50 Euros worth of products from Danafix, France.


$15 gift certificate from Studio75


15 Euros worth of products from Scrap-Unlimited

{image below is for illustration purposes 

& may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

10th PRIZE

Over $15 worth of scrapbooking supplies 

from Design Team member Karine Gagnon {Canada}

{exactly as shown below}


Scrapbook kit from Scraps of Elegance Kit Club

{The random winner will receive 
the June 2015 SOE kit valued at $36.95}


$50 gift certificate from The Dusty Attic

The deadline for this challenge is Monday August 31st 2015.

I hope you will join us at Scrap Around The World!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Me & Sugar
(White with 1 DT Reveal - Custard)

This month's color challenge at WHITE WITH 1 has just been revealed today!

Custard... a shade of yellow so soft and subtle, 
just like a 'comforting, pleasant embrace'. 
One of Pantone's color of the year, it's also described
as 'mellow, warm and evocative of good feelings'. 

What is softer and more comforting than a pet's embrace?
My layout is about my cat and I having 
some quality kitty time with a selfie stick!

I added some texture to the Bo Bunny background
using a polkadot stencil with molding paste.
I searched my stash for custard-colored embellishments
and found, among other things,
enamel dots, Prima flowers and sequins.

I was happy to find my cat's name, Sugar, 
in a wooden title at Michael's. :)

Sugar says CHEESE!

If you want to see lots more 'Custard' inspiration,
click HERE to visit the White with 1 blog
to see the full DT reveal.

By playing along this month, you could win prizes sponsored
by the following manufactures, or become an
International Guest Designer (if you live outside Australia).

Imaginarium Designs

Tinby Designs

Scrapbook Boutique

Charms Creations

Hope you will play along!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Shabby Card
(Cardabilities #127)

It's time for CARD-SHARING today.

And this one is as shabby chic as it can get!

This one was inspired by Sketch #127 from Cardabilities.

I used a die-cut doily from Martha Stewart and then added flowers, a fancy metal butterfly
and some pearl flourish to create the focal point of my card.
Instead of the banner included on the sketch, I decided to rip my paper, 
distress it and lace both pieces together with eyelets and twine.

The papers and brads are from Bo Bunny
the 'Sweet Life' and 'Garden Journal' collections to be more precise.

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hello Dear Little Friend
(7Dots Studio & Sketchabilities Challenges)

I'm back today with a very earthy and nature-inspired layout based on 
2 awesome challenges to which I absolutely wanted to participate this month!

Do you recognize the beautiful paper?
It's from the 'Nature Walk' collection from 7 Dots Studio,
and this page was inspired by the July Challenge that's all about 'Animals'.

I also played along with Sketch #143 from Sketchabilities.
Like all Karan Gerber sketches, it is beautiful and bound to peak your creativity!

Now let's take a closer look at my layout...

Seen here some of the many tags and stickers included in the 'Nature Walk' line.
It is my favorite collection of 7 Dots Studio - you can see it all HERE.

Below, you can catch a glimpse of the mixed media touches that I added to my background,
using stenciled molding paste, mist, paint, embossing dust and micro-beads.

Also from 7 Dots are the chipboard leafy swirls that I decided to keep bare
because I simply love the natural colour that they come in.
The stamping designs you see on the background also come from 7 Dots Studio stamps.

When I first saw the 'Animal' theme of the 7 Dots Studio challenge, 
it was a no brainer... I was going to scrapbooking pictures of my kitty Sugar.
But then I started looking through my photos wanting to match the collection,
and I decided that this picture would be perfect for 'Nature Walk'. 
A chipmunk, one of the sweetest looking animals that are quite common in Canada.
This one was found lounging on some wilting sunflowers during an early Fall stroll!

Such a cute little ball of fur!  Adorable and tiny, yet wild and free!

Hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fancy Gift Bag & Card Set
(Lemoncraft DT Reveal part 2)

As promised, I'm back today with another share 
with more LEMONCRAFT products.

You can see my blogpost on the Lemoncraft blog right HERE!

For my 2nd project, I decided to make a fancy gift bag and card set:

As you can see, I used products from the 'House of Roses' collection and did a lot 
of fussing cutting in the papers to add lots of pretty flowers to the bag and card.

As you can see, the card is basically a mini version of the bag.
They will both serve as a great gift set for a special friend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Love This Moment
(Lemoncraft DT Reveal part 1)

 I am so happy to be share with you today 
my very first post as a designer for LEMONCRAFT.

I have been a fan of Lemoncraft products ever since its debut,
and creating with such beautiful elegant papers and embellishments
makes me a very happy scrapbooker!

Let's take a look at this very shabby chic layout created with
the new 'Neverending Summer' collection:

I am absolutely in love with this beautiful collection starting with this woodgrain paper
called 'Lazy Evening' that I used as my background.

These delicate leafy dies I bought off the Lemoncraft store right HERE.

  I mix-matched many Lemoncraft flowers

as well as badges, and added the lovely birdcage chipboard.

Come back tomorrow to see more!

Supplies used from the Lemoncraft store:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Amazing Sunset
(Scrap Around the World Mid Month Reveal)

YAY!  It's my turn to share my take on the SCRAP AROUND THE WORLD
July mood board challenge that went live on July 1st!

Take a look again at the gloriously optimistic and brilliant mood board 
designed by fellow Canadian ambassador, Pam Ellis!

Click HERE to see the project reveal of the first part of the SATW DT
and HERE to see the mid-month reveal that premiered today, including yours truly!

I was immediately drawn to this vibrant and happy mood board!
I tend to veer away from the bright colours when doing mixed media work on my layouts
as I'm never really sure I will like the finished result as they can be so unpredictable,
but I have to say that I'm very happy with how this page turned out.

Because of the nature theme of all the images in Pam's mood board,
I wanted to pay tribute to nature as well by using pictures of 3 exquisite sunsets
and then letting the colours seep through my embossed background.

This layout enabled me to also use up some of my HUGE stash of single paper flowers
that I have in a big basket which I tend to forget about sometimes
because I opt for the brand names. :)

Nature is just amazing, isn't it?
A constant source of inspiration!!

Hope you like my take on the SATW July mood board!

Now, let me remind you of all the wonderful prize sponsors this month:

1st prize - 7 Dots Studio - over $50 value prize pack
2nd prize - Creative Embellishments - $40 gift certificate
3rd prize - 13@rts - $30 value prize pack
4th prize - UmWowStudio - $25 value prize pack
5th prize - 2Crafty Chipboard - $20 value prize pack
6th prize - Scrap-Unlimited - $15 value prize pack
 7th prize - Mixed Media Place - $15 gift voucher
8th prize - Danafix - $17.50 value prize pack
9th prize - Studio75 - $15 value prize pack
10th prize - DT Member Yasmin Tölche {Norway} - over $25 value prize pack
Random prize - Scraps of Elegance Kit Club - past month's kit
Followers prize - The Dusty Attic - $50 gift certificate

Click HERE to link up before July 31st for a chance to win!