Friday, August 30, 2013

Cardabilities DT Reveal Sketch #82

This is a bittersweet post for me as it is my last DT reveal for Cardabilities.  I am so grateful to Karan Gerber for letting me stay on 2 consecutive DT terms and allowing me to promote her beautiful sketches.  I'll be looking forward to playing along in future challenges and perhaps being part of this fabulous DT once again in the future.  Thank you Karan! :)

I love Sketch #82.

A few days ago, a friend asked me to create a wedding card and used the wedding colours which were gun metal gray and hot pink.  At first, i panicked thinking 'WHAT?'  But now looking at this card, all i see is pure passion and lasting love :)

I want to know, what colours did you have at your wedding if you're already married?  And for all of  you who are still planning the big day in your head, which colours do you dream about?

Hope you will play along with Cardabilities Sketch #82!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Color Room GDT - Palette 158

What a fun time i've had this month designing with The Color Room palettes!  Thank you so much Lydell for having me as a guest designer and bringing beautiful colors into my scraproom!

Here is palette #158.

To see inspiration from the rest of the DT and GDT, visit The Color Room!

 Starting with a deep chocolate brown background, i added yellow, green and brown acrylic paint with a foam dabber using different masks.  The white on the background and on a few of the chipboard pieces was added using Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, my new favorite mixed media product.

 Along with many flowers (some Prima, some not), i chose to adorn my page with some new released 2Crafty chipboard.

Dandelions and the center of the Sakura Flowers

I hope you will have fun with these colors and share your creation in the TCR gallery!

Friday, August 23, 2013

CSI GDT & SATW August Challenge

Yes, once again, i've been having my cake and eating it too!

I managed to combine 2 wonderful challenges to create a very shabby chic layout!

First, as a guest detective for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration sponsored this month by 2Crafty Chipboard, i was asked to play along with Case File no. 86 which is as chic as chic can be with a lovely soft color scheme and a fun sassy scene.

As soon as i saw the Scrap Around the World August Mood Board, i thought that both different source of inspiration complemented each other perfectly.

I solved Case File no. 86 by using a combination of My Mind's Eye papers that matched the scheme.  The Evidence consists of striped scallopped borders, art mediums such as molding paste, mists and gesso and twine tied on little tags.  I handwrote my testimony which is unzipped for the whole world to see. :P

The same beautiful light yellow, white, pink and orange are reflected in the SATW Mood Board.  The sketch with all its circles and white space allowed me to feature some of the beautiful 2Crafty chipboard elements.  I was inspired by images of flowers, rhinestones, confetti, silver, leaves as well as the misting on the sketch.

At the risk of sounding too vain, i am totally in love with my layout and feel truly grateful for the inspiration from both CSI and SATW!

Let's take a look at some details:
You see here the Loopy Font "today" title from 2Crafty along with the middle of a Circle Flower whose petals i cut and used throughout the page almost as confetti. The paler circle behind the title is also from 2Crafty - it's the leftover inside part of another piece which i embossed.

 Different flowers ranging from Maya Road to Prima to KaiserCraft.  I won the beautiful silver leaves in a prize recently hosted by Artsy Lynn and thought they would look great tucked behind the pastel blooms.

 Here, you see part of Madeline's Flourish Frame. All pieces of chipboard were coated with white acrylic paint then sprayed with glimmer mist and dabbed with gesso and gold liquid pearls.

 Another lovely flourish swirl, Flourish Adornment Set 4.

 Now you're probably wondering how i created this lovely design on my background.  I used a plastic doily, also won from Artsy Lynn, as a mask, coating it with some molding paste, then misting the doily paste pattern with different mists.

The pieces of mesh you can see throughout the page were cut out of a wide silver Christmas ribbon.

I was holding on to this zipper for quite a while, not really knowing what to do with it.  Since it matched the colour scheme, i thought it would be nice to try to incorporate it in my layout.

And here's one last look!

Hopefully you will decide to solve CSI Case File no. 86.  You can find more information HERE.

I also urge you to check out the beautiful challenges at Scrap Around The World.

If you're like me, you can never get enough scrapbook challenges!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

***NEW*** Winner Of My Birthday Candy

I was supposed to pick a new winner for my Birthday Giveaway if the original winner didn't contact me by August 14th.  Well, guess what?  It's August 20th and i still haven't heard from her.

So the time to pick a new winner is way overdue!

Again, I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in my 40th Birthday Giveaway!  
I truly am grateful to have such wonderful blog followers and so many awesome people from all over the world with whom to share my love of scrapbooking!

The ***NEW*** winner is....

Congratulations Charlotte!

Please email me at with your shipping info.  If i don't hear from you by the end of the month (11:59:59 pm Atlantic time on August 31st), i will be forced to pick a new ***new*** new winner. :P

Monday, August 19, 2013

Tutorial Day for My Creative Scrapbook

Earlier this month, i shared with you some layouts i created with the August Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook and promised you another project along with a tutorial.  My tutorial is also shared on the MCS blog.  Every day, MCS offers you loads of tips, techniques and inspiration from the DT.

Today i will show you how i made this very color-fun Easel Card.

Using some sturdy cardstock, cut a piece 12 inches by 6 inches.

 I then scored my cardstock at 4 inch, 6 inch and 8 inch, then folded along the scored lines.

I flipped my cardstock over and rolled some glue tape on the inner fold of one of the 2 inch sections.

I then attached the glued section to the 4 inch adjacent section.

That larger piece (seen on the left) will now be the upright front panel.  The piece on the right is the bottom of your card (back panel).

On the back panel, i added a strip of 6 inch x 2 inch piece of cardstock.  This piece will show on the base of the card when the card is folded and displayed easel-style.

I also added some trim, tucking each end underneath the pattern paper (as shown in the 2nd image below).

On the front panel of my card, i added a 6 inch by 3 1/2 inch blue paper to give the illusion of sky.

Next, i ripped some pieces of the green paper and layered them on the bottom of the front panel.

I also decided to add a piece of red ribbon on the card base just over the lace trim.

I added some flowers that i fussy-cut out of the pattern paper on both the front and back panels.

Here, you can see what the card looks like so far, folded.

Side view.  You see that the flower on the base is folded up a little to hold the card upright.

Next come the embellishments.  I painted the chipboard fence white and stuck it with GlueDots on the front panel, and then added one of the Prima blooms on the base of the card.

I then followed with some butterfly stickers, a chipboard sentiment and the top portion of 2 of the Pink Paislee butterflies included in the kit.

I was missing a few letters out of the kit to spell out the words i needed so i used my Dymo Tape Dispenser to add the rest of the sentiment, and then added some more fussy-cut flowers.

Below, you see the rest of the back panel which is only seen when the card is opened.
 A few more close-up shots:

Have you created an Easel Card before?  If not, i urge you to do so.  They're always very popular and are bound to make a special person in your life very happy!

Thank you for joining me today!