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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stay Gold
(March SOS Sketch Challenge DT Reveal)




The Scrap Our Stash Sketch Challenge this month is a very 'shiny' one!

Create a layout inspired by the sketch below and you must
include "GOLD" embellishments.

Note: All of your embellishments do not have to be gold.


Click HERE to link up your project before the end of March
for a chance to win some loot!

Alongside this beautiful sketch, I incorporated many gold elements to my page 
starting with the very pretty papers from My Mind's Eye.


As you can see, I had many embellishments in my stash to match the papers
 including the title 'Stay Gold' from Heidi Swapp. So very fitting! 




The cute little girl is my niece Daphne - 
she's in competitive cheer and she's a true champ at it! 


Gold all the way! :)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I AM Frame & Birthday Card
(MCS DT Reveal 5)

Well, after having shared with you already 4 layouts created with the March Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook, here is my last DT Reveal post for this month!

With the leftovers of the kit, I created this shadowbox frame 
(I will be sharing a tutorial for this project on the MCS blog later on this month)...





and a special card for my oldest niece Ella
whose birthday is this month!



Before I go, let's take a last look at all the March kits from MCS:


If you are interested in subscribing to My Creative Scrapbook
in order to receive any of these wonderful kits in the mail every month, 
click HERE for all the details!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I AM
(MCS DT Reveal 4 & My Creative Sketches March Challenge)

I am back today with some more inspiration created
with the March Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook,
this time based on the March sketch from My Creative Sketches!


I had a lot of fun creating with this unique sketch designed by Liz.
and the many elements in the March kit made it very easy to create 
this layout all about me.



Let's take a look at some close-up shots:




If you want a chance to win a fabulous prize picked out by MCS owner, Pam Rangel, click HERE for more details on the My Creative Sketches March challenge!  You have until April 14th to link up your project!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I am Daphne
(MCS DT Reveal 3 & CS Sketchy Challenge)



I'm back again today to share with you another layout created with
the March Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook.



To create this layout, I was inspired the March Sketchy Challenge


Here are some close-ups
on which you'll be able to see all the trendy products featured in the Main kit,
which include Simple Stories' I Am... papers & stickers, 





I'll be sharing some more with you over the next few days!




Monday, March 16, 2015

Scrap Around the World
March DT Reveal



The mid-month reveal for Scrap Around the World has just gone live,
so I am back today to share with you my project based on the March mood board.

Let's take another look at this fresh & mysterious board, 
designed by Terhi Koskinen from Finland!




Click HERE to view the first of the month reveal and HERE for today's mid-month reveal.

You will see some amazing inspiration from all the DT ladies.

Here is my canvas based on this minimalist modern mood board!


As you can see, I was very inspired by the colors, 
but mostly by the beautiful quote which inspired another quote!

I really wanted to create my own sunshine on this canvas 
and these are some of the products I used to do it!


I started with a 10 x 8 inches white canvas that I covered with a coat of white gesso.
I then added some stenciling (sunrays & grid pattern) with molding paste.

I added some blue in the corners, leaving the middle of the canvas blank
to then add a mixture of yellow paint, silk, mist and stain to create my sunshine.


Here are some close-ups!






Find out all about the challenge HERE and
make sure to familiarize yourself with the challenge rules beforehand.

There are awesome prizes up for grabs from these sponsors:
UmWowStudio
13@rts
7 Dots Studio
Scrap-Unlimited
Mixed Media Place
Danafix France
 DT member Tiphanie Barbreau
SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB (random prize)

There is also a Follower's Competition Prize
every month sponsored by SA Crafters.

I already shared with you all the details about each prize on my sneak peek
earlier this month, but you can see them all again on the SATW blog 
right HERE along with the mid-month DT reveal featuring yours truly. :)

The deadline for this challenge is TUESDAY, March 31st.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Best Ever Smile
(MCS DT Reveal 2 & Kraft+ March Challenge)



I wanted to play along with this new challenge blog last month (their debut month), but February just flew by and I was super busy with DT projects.

So I am thrilled to be able to participate in the
Kraft+ March challenge!

I love this month's challenge!


I used my March Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook to create this layout,
adding the softer patterned papers from Simple Stories I Am... collection
on to a background of kraft colored cardstock.


I added several gold glittery embellishments including the Heidi Swapp title
and star stickers as well as large gold sequins.


There is also shiny gold designs on the Simple Stories patterned paper. 


I used Simple Stories DIY burlap stickers to add on the kraft theme.


Thank you for visiting today!

I hope you will come back tomorrow as
it is Scrap Around the World's mid-month DT reveal!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Memory
(My Creative Scrapbook March DT Reveal 1)

Well, it's finally HERE!

My DT Reveal for My Creative Scrapbook!

As I mentioned on the 5th when my DT Reveal should have started,
my kit was a little late this month due to the negligence of the Canadian postal system.

I was a bit annoyed, but hey... better late than never!

And let me tell you, the March Main kit was well worth the wait!!!



It features, among other awesome products, the fabulous "I Am..." collection from Simple Stories.

To learn more about all the kits from My Creative Scrapbook, click HERE.
You can also view loads of beautiful inspiration in the DT Gallery HERE.

You've waited long enough...
here is my first DT project created with this kit.


I fussy cut all these pretty flowers from one of the Simple Stories patterned paper.




Come back tomorrow and I'll share some more!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Scrap-Utopia's March Blog Giveaway
(+ February Giveaway WINNER!!!)

The winner of my February Blog Giveaway is announced below!


A Friday the 13th in 2 consecutive months... now that HAS to be lucky!


I promised you in January a giveaway each month until I run out. :)

So it's...
GIVEAWAY TIME
again!

Before I announce the winner of my February giveaway, here is my  

MARCH Giveaway



Here in Canada, even though Spring is just at our doorstep,
it still very much feels like Winter.
We've had a LOT of snow in the last 2 months 
and it's not melting fast enough for me!

So I thought it'd be fun to bid Winter goodbye by giving away
a bit of my seasonal stash!


This prize includes: My Mind's Eye Colorful Christmas paper kit (including papers and sticker sheet), Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine Winter 2013 Issue 32, Queen & Co felt fusion, various chipboard pieces, jewels, miscellaneous stickers, ribbons and trims





How to win, you ask?

It's easy!
 You just have to follow these 2 simple rules:

1. Be a follower of my blog by clicking on the Google Connect Followers Gadget on the top of my blog.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post.

You are welcome to share a picture of this giveaway
on your blog, in a post or on your sidebar, or share with your friends on Facebook.  Just make sure to link back to this post.
However, doing so is not mandatory to win.

If you like my creations and would like to also follow me on Facebook
on Pinterest and on Instagram, I would be very thankful. :)

This giveaway is open internationally.

You have until midnight EST on April 12th to enter!

I will randomly pick a winner who will be announced right here on my blog on April 13th
just in time for the reveal of my May giveaway.

The winner will then have 2 weeks to contact me
or else I will have to pick a new winner.

Good luck to you all!

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Thank you so much to all of you who have entered my February giveaway!
The entries were considerably less than last month,
but I still appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to enter.

So with no further ado...



***DRUMROLL PLEASE***




The winner of my February giveaway is:

Janet Zeppa

Congratulations Janet!

Please contact me at nicutopia(at)hotmail(dot)com, including
your full name and shipping information so that I can send these goodies your way!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cool Dude
(2Crafty GDT at Scrap Around the World)



2Crafty is one of the main 2015 sponsors of one of my favorite challenge blogs
on whose DT I just happen to be on... Scrap Around the World.

And the 2Crafty DT has been asked to guest design for SATW this month
using the fabulous March mood board designed by Terhi Koskinen from Finland.

Click HERE for all the details on the March challenge!



As you know, being on the SATW DT as one of their canvas specialists,
I have already created a canvas inspired by this mood board
which will be revealed to you all on March 16th.

I loved the mood board so much that I had a blast also creating a layout as part of my GDT.


I was inspired by many of the elements of the mood board, like the boyish masculine feel,
the colors (black, white, grey, aqua blue, yellow), the legoman/robot and hemp twine.

I have used 7Dots Studio background paper.

Below you see the "Cool Dude" title from 2Crafty
which i dried embossed using my Cuttlebug
and then colored with all the colors listed above.

I have used many of the "Giant Gears"...



and the "Cog Border" mixed up with a few "Chevron Bits".


I have these "Robots" from 2Crafty for a while now (they were part of one of my first DT packs I received) and I was so happy to finally be able to use them!  How cute are they!?


The adorable little boy is Tristan, my friend Nath's son.


If you like this layout based on the March mood board,
come back on the 16th to see my canvas.

It will show how you can create 2 very distinct and unique projects
based on the same inspirational board.

Visit 2Crafty Chipboard to learn more about their products!

Visit Scrap Around the World to see all the beautiful projects 
that my fellow 2Crafty DT friends created to inspire you!