Thursday, August 21, 2014

Moment in Time (My 1st Meg's Garden DT Reveal!)

I am so thrilled to be newly part of the amazing Meg's Garden Design Team!

And I am just as thrilled to share with you my first creations as DT using 
the beautiful Gentlemen and Correspondence collections.

This double-page layout is very special to me as it features pictures of 
my maternal grandparents who unfortunately are no longer of this world since my adolescence.  
Pepere and Memere Allard were such exceptional people and my family (my mom, brother, lots of aunts, uncles and cousins) misses them all still.  They will live within each and every one of us forever.
What better way to give them tribute than to include them into my he(ART).

Here is a close-up of the left side:

and the right side:

The Gentlemen collection is very vintage and elegant 
and the patterns and colors went perfectly with these old photos.
I added some quotes from other pattern paper that I thought fit well the theme of my layout.

For all of you who love Meg's Garden, you know that she offers a large variety of exquisite flowers, leaves and accents including the gorgeous large white Lotus flower.

I used white cardstock as my background and added some stenciling with molding paste and then sprayed it with mist to give it an aged look.  I tucked in little pieces of cheesecloth and silver mesh ribbon.  
And, as I normally do (you will see that I do this on practically all my shabby-style work), 
I dabbed some white paint all over to soften everything up.

 This lovely butterfly was cut out of one of the many Collage Art images available at Meg's Garden.
I added a bit of bling to it by cutting off a strip of the Square Silver Diamante Trim and sticking it in the center of the butterfly.  I've also added several squares of the trim throughout my layout, as you can see on most close-up images.

My favorite of all the Meg's Garden stash I've received as part of my DT kit are the Heirloom fabric flowers.   The ones I used on my project are the Latte ones, but they come in several different colours, all beautiful from one to the next.

 And one last close-up...

As a bonus project, I used up some more of the Gentleman collection mixed with a little piece of Correspondence papers to create this birthday card.

I love the blue touches of the 'A Traveling Gentleman' sheet which I've matched with a single Cherry Blossom flower, two adorable blue Small Roses and some small Rose Leaves.

Once again, I cut out this blue butterfly from the Collage Art Butterflies ATC paper.  
I cut out a piece of the Round Silver Diamante Trim and added a tiny blue gem in the centre.

 And some gorgeous Lace Trim to finish it off...


Visit the Meg's Garden blog for more inspiration from all the DT girls
and check out all the amazing products available in the shop.

List of supplies from Meg's Garden Shop
The Gentleman Collection 
Gentleman (P6407)
A Gentleman on Time (P6410)
A Gentleman's Automobile (P6411)
A Traveling Gentleman (P6409)
The Correspondence Collection 
Letter from Tucson 1909 (P6403)
Butterflies Collage Art ATC paper (ATC015) 
Fabric Flowers 
Lotus White Flower (098wh)
Latte Heirloom 4cm (9317lat)
Paper Flowers & Leaves 
Copper Paper Leaves (med copper)
Copper Paper Leaves Small (sm copper)
Rose Leaves 3cm (da0962)
Mini Rosebuds white 1cm (gt-wh)
Small Roses white 2 cm (008wh)
Small Roses blue 1.5cm (gil523)
Cherry Blossoms (cherry)
Round Silver Diamante Trim (RBY28)
Square Silver Diamante Trim (RBY48)
Lace 3.5cm off white (L2902)
Clock lg flat back (c69)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Something Beautiful (Scrap Around the World & Sketchabilities)

WOW!  I'm on a creative roll these days!  I should be on vacation every day. :)

The sad truth is that I only have 1 week left and it's going by way too fast!

I will be working on many DT projects during this week off that I will only be able to share with you in the coming weeks, but today, let's look at a layout I created to play along with 2 great challenges!

I took inspiration from this elegant August mood board from Scrap Around the World
designed by Marilyn Rivera, whose fashion designing style I admire a lot.
I was particularly moved by the first image in the mood board, 
the colors, the distressed effect, the long flowy dress and of course the quote.

I also used Sketch #121 at Sketchabilities as my design base.

To create this layout, I've used papers and embellishments from the Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time collection, as well as many 2Crafty chipboard pieces and beautiful flowers from Prima and Petaloo.

I've always loved this quote!  I know that some people really do care about what I create, 
but the point is that even if absolutely nobody cared, it wouldn't matter... 
I would still create because it is infused in me and it makes me happy.

In this case you could say that my scraproom is my runway
and I love creating my very own fashion show with every single project I make in there. 

The main focal point of my layout is this gorgeous Elise's Dress Form from 2Crafty 
to which I've stuck wings from the Winged Hearts set.


On the dress form, I used distress ink, acrylic paint, crackle medium and metallic champagne paint.
On the wings, I added some sparkle texture medium and gold perfect pearls.

One last look...

 Click HERE to play along with Scrap Around the World August challenge
and HERE to link up your layout based on the Sketchabilities sketch.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hidden Treasures Card Set (Kaisercraft & Cardabilities inspired)

Who's in the mood for some card making?

I am!

Today, I created this card set with the Kaisercraft Hidden Treasures collection.

I also played along with 2 different Saturday challenges over on the Kaisercraft blog.

The August 2nd challenge is to create a birthday card.

I took the opportunity to also play along with the latest Cardabilities challenge 
and therefore used beautiful Sketch #105 as my main design inspiration.

I just flipped the sketch horizontally and I kept my card simple 
yet added different birthday elements like the sentiment, a flag and a banner.

My next 2 cards in the set are both inspired by the Kaisercraft August 9th challenge
which is also to create a card of any style, but to include the following 3 items:

- something SPARKLY (metallic design on paper & rhinestones)
- an element that's MULTIDIMENSIONAL (lots of layering using 3D dots)
- something FLORAL (Kaisercraft collectables and paper blooms)

As you can see, there is a metallic shimmer to the Hidden Treasures paper (from the 6.5x6.5 paper pack) that I added to the background and I added touches of sparkle with gold rhinestones.

I didn't really have a multidimensional sticker that matched this collection so to give it that effect, i added many layers using 3D dots and tucked in some Wood Flourishes that add on depth.

I used the same techniques and elements for my 2nd card inspired by this challenge.

The Hidden Treasures collectables are full of beautiful flower diecuts
including this big one that I matched with some mini paper blooms.

To learn more about Cardabilities sketches, click HERE.
You have until August 28th to link up your card based on Sketch #105.

And to play along with Kaisercraft Saturday challenges, visit their blog HERE
where they release a new challenge each Saturday for a chance to win some of their products.

Now, back to my craft table!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Simply You (Once Upon A Sketch August Challenge)

Amidst all the DT deadlines and requirements that I create under lately (don't get me wrong - I LOVE IT!  In fact, I have a new DT announcement over which I am thrilled and that I will be able to share with you soon!  So stay tuned!), I took the time today to create a layout just for the fun of creating.

I was inspired by the current challenge over at Once Upon A Sketch 
that is to pay tribute to the 'men in our lives'.  

Well, I have one particular man in my life which I hold so dear to my heart 
and I know that I've scrapbooked him time and time again, 
but I will never be able to express enough 
how so very happy he makes me and how blessed I am to love him and to be loved by him.  

Yves, this one is for you! :)

 Of course, Once Upon a Sketch gave us a beautiful sketch to use designed by Nadia.

I decided to flip the sketch horizontally and put the picture on the left side.  I also added a miniature version of the vertical layering on the lower right side.  

The paper collection used is Simple Stories Documented.

I love using tags on almost all my layouts - they are perfect for adding a little layer of color and of course for journalling which is the basis of the Once Upon a Sketch challenges.

When you slip out the tag, you see the beginning of my journalling...

with the rest on the black of the tag.

I've also added a nice quote to emphasize my journalling theme.

Love the kraft grid background and the look of corrugated cardboard 
dabbed with walnut stain distress ink and white paint.

One last look at the man in my life!

Thank you for dropping by!

I'll be back soon with some more of my weekend creations!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Today (My Creative Sketches August GDT)

You've seen this layout before during my August DT Reveal posts for My Creative Scrapbook
 It was created using the August Limited Edition kit from MCS.

Because it's time for a new sketch reveal over at My Creative Sketches,
 I can show you the fabulous sketch by which it was inspired.

The first time I set my eyes upon this sketch, I was like WOW!  
I absolutely love it and I'm sure that I will use it over and over again as inspiration for other layouts.

If you are inspired too, play along with the August sketch challenge
over at My Creative Sketches for the chance to win a beautiful prize.

Click HERE for all the details!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Some Extras from My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition Kit

On top of 2 double-page and 2 single-page layouts created with the August Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook, I also made this altered frame.

I ripped pieces of patterned paper and stuck them on the frames in random patterns.  I then used the Prima BasketWeave stencil that comes with the kit along with some molding paste to add some texture.  Then I used glimmer mists and dabbed on some white and pink paint.

These Petaloo Botanica Blooms are just perfect. 
 I loved them so much that I recently ordered myself all colours!

And as I did with the Main kit, i used my leftovers to create a Tag Set.

And that's it folks!

You've now seen all my projects done this month for My Creative Scrapbook kit club!

Let me know which of all my projects shared with you 
since the first DT reveal post on August 5th is your favorite.
Are you liking the Main kit or the Limited Edition kit better?
Do you prefer my single-pages or are you more of a fan of double-page layouts?

I'm curious to find out!