Thursday, April 16, 2015

Scrap Around the World Mid-Month Reveal

The mid-month reveal for Scrap Around the World has just gone live!

 The April mood board is full of sea-inspired textures,
colours & elements, designed from Hera Sugitani from Brazil!

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

This month, I will only be revealing my project on April 24th as
I am 2 of the SATW designers chosen to share with you a special tutorial based
on the current mood board.  For now though, here's a little sneak peak on my project!

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:
Creative Embellishments
2Crafty Chipboard
7 Dots Studio
Danafix France
Mixed Media Place
 DT member Jelissa Mei
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.

The deadline for this challenge is April 30th.

Come back on the 24th to see my reveal and photo tutorial!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Under the Pink
(Off the Rail Scrapbooking DT Reveal)

This is a very exciting post for me as it is my very first as DT for

Learn all about Off the Rails Scrapbooking right HERE!

The OTR Design Team is broken up into two teams. Team 1 (my team!) and team 2. 
There are 10 Designers in each team and each team contributes, in turn, 
to the blog every two months, which means that I will be sharing with you 
my OTR creations every second month.  On the months that I am not creating 
a project, I will still share with you the monthly challenge to inspire you to play along.
First reveal is on the 1st of the month and 2nd reveal goes live on the 15th.
I will also be preparing a tutorial based on my monthly project that 
will be shared on here and on the OTR blog a bit later in the month.

This month, Off the Rails Scrapbooking is offering you not one, 
but TWO beautiful mood palettes to choose from as inspiration


If either of these mood palettes inspire you to create,
then link up HERE by the end of the month!
You will see all the amazing creations of Team A's 1st reveal and 
click HERE to see the creations of the 2nd reveal (including yours truly).

This month's sponsor is Pam Kuhn from Kaszazz.
Pam is offering a $25 gift voucher to our winner for April.

Now let's take a look at my layout!

Obviously, you can tell by the title and the touches of pink throughout my page
that I was chose the 2nd mood palette as inspiration.

The chipboard used is from 2Crafty and the cute pink flowers are from Petaloo.

If you're curious as to how I created the stitch pattern on my background,
come back to visit on April 29th for my OTR tutorial!

Monday, April 13, 2015

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

The winner of my March Blog Giveaway is announced below!

It's the 13!!!  And here on the Scrap-Utopia blog, 13 is a lucky number!

Not only will I announce the winner of my March giveaway,
but I have the April giveaway to reveal to you!

This will be my last giveaway before the Summer season,
but I promise you, I'm gathering up some really cool goodies
to be able to start the monthly giveaways again no later than September.
You never know, I might surprise you with a Summer giveaway too so keep on visiting!

So with no further ado, it's...

Here is my APRIL Giveaway

This prize pack, featuring some oldies but still goodies from Bo Bunny, celebrates all that is Spring 
which, I might add, is taking its sweet time to arrive here in Eastern Canada!!
We're still buried under several feet of snow here and it's not melting fast enough for me.
I can't wait to see TULIPS!

It includes:
Bo Bunny Alora collection pack (including 6x6 paper pad, brads, album, noteworthy, stramps, trinkets), Queen & Co felt fusion, Prima wood icons, assortment of paper flowers, large eyelets, Michaels bling title, jewels, mini tags & doilies, various ribbons and trims

If you have participated in my previous 3 blog giveaways,
then you know the drill!

In order to be eligible to win this month, I've added one rule to the usual 2 so read carefully...

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.

3. Like my FB page HERE!

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. 
Even if you decided that you have enough stash and you don't have room for more,
I'm sure that some of your scrappy friends would love the chance to win! 
Just make sure to link back to this post.

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

This giveaway is open internationally.

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

I will randomly pick a winner who will be announced right here on my blog on May 13th.

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!


Thank you so much to all of you who entered my March giveaway!
I appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to participate.

So now... the moment you've all been waiting for...


The winner of my February giveaway is:


Congratulations  Annelies!!!

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, April 9, 2015

Pretty in Pink Card
(Cardabilities Sketch #120)

I had a request from a co-worker this week
to create a pretty in pink birthday card for her daughter.

When I saw this beautiful sketch on the Cardabilities blog,
I knew that it would be the perfect design for my card.

If you like Sketch#120 from Cardabilities and you would like to play along,
click HERE for all the details!

I chose a white cardstock as the base on which I added 
some fancy stenciling with modeling paste and dabs of white paint.
The big pink flower is from Recollections, the pink gems from Prima
and the chipboard leafy stem from 2Crafty.

Let's look at some close-ups:

I would love to read what you think of my cards in the comments!

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dream Big
(April SOS Stash Challenge & Bo Bunny April Sketch)

A brand new challenge has gone live on the Scrap Our Stash blog on April 1st!

One thing I love about Scrap Our Stash challenges is that you can combine them 
with other challenges so that the more you are challenged, the more you are inspired. 
That's the way it works for me anyway, and I'm sure that many of you are the same. 
For the stash challenge this month, I created a layout using 
mostly products from one of my all-time favorite manufacture, Bo Bunny.  

The layout was also inspired by the Bo Bunny sketch challenge for April.  

And now here is my layout...

Now let's talk about how I incorporated the S-T-A-M-P word challenge into my project!

- S -
I decided to go down the obvious path and chose to add 
some STAMPING on my background and some of my patterned paper.
 I used the Bo Bunny Distressed Textures Stamp set which I just adore.

- T -
The letter T inspired me to use TAGS on which I tied pretty little bows using 
a satin blue ribbon from the Bo Bunny Newsprint Wraps pack.

 - A -
For the letter A, I decided to add some large ALPHA chipboard painted yellow 
to create a big bold title to match the overall palette of my page. 

- M -
The little METAL owl trinket is always a great symbol of 
any learning-themed project and also stands for the letter M. 

- P -
And finally, I added some POLKADOT pattern in both the stamping, but also the patterned paper, that comes from the Rose Café collection, also from Bo Bunny. 

Before I go, I have to add that the sweet little grad in the photo is my niece Ella, 
dating back a few years. She just turned 10 a few weeks ago!! 
A very proud Auntie that makes me! smile emoticon

If you want to play along with the Scrap Our Stash challenge, 
go HERE for the details and to link up your layout by April 29th
for a chance to win a prize from Creative Embellishments.

You can do like me and combine it with the Bo Bunny April Sketch challenge
and also link it up HERE for a chance to win some fabulous Bo Bunny goodies!

All Bo Bunny products used from my stash are:
Rose Café patterned papers (Rose Café Dot, Rose Café Dreamers)
Distressed Textures Stamp
Newsprint Wraps
Country Garden Layered Chipboard
Somewhere in Time Brads
Denim Blue Daisy Blossoms
Chunky Charms Clear Swirls & Brackets
Bleached Bare Naked Chipboard
4" Small Doilies

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Who's Who In My Zoo
(2Crafty Chipboard DT Reveal 2]

Yesterday I shared with you a more sophisticated masculine layout.

Today's layout is a double-page full of fun and wild 2Crafty designs!

Pictures are of my friend's son Tristan on a day outing at the zoo
so what better title than "Who's Who In My Zoo"!

I picked a few of my favorite animals from both the "Jungle 1" set (monkey & giraffe)
and the "Jungle 2" set (snake & elephant) and colored them using Copic markers.
 I did the same with the leafy stem from "Foliage Set 1".

Here, you can see the cute giraffe plus a piece from the "Mini Fast Forward Arrows".

This fun twirly arrow from the "Doodled Arrows" set seemed perfect to try 
and mimmick the snake movement.  I added a few more pieces from this set throughout my page.

An elephant peaks through from behind one of the pictures
as does a piece of the "Turkish Lattice Panel" from the patterned paper.
I found that this panel looked like wire fencing of the cages.

2Crafty Chipboard used:

Well, I hope you enjoyed my masculine creations!

It was a challenge to keep from using lace and flowers and doilies this month,
but it just goes to show how so very versatile 2Crafty chipboard is...
there are designs for every style of layout!
Check the store HERE to see them all!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Let's Hear It for the Boys
(2Crafty Chipboard DT Reveal 1)

Hello everyone!
It's my turn once again to share with you some 2Crafty Chipboard inspiration!
My DT reveal this month at 2Crafty is a bit different
as I have created layouts that differ a bit from my usual shabby feminine style...

My first masculine-themed layout is of my boyfriend Yves along with his father and brother...
an outstanding trio of men who each mean a lot to me!

I picked a very fitting title for my page, "Let's Hear It for the Boys",
which I simply painted black and dabbed with a little white.

To go along with the travel papers from Carta Bella, I added some 
"Mini Fast Forward Arrows", matching them with the mahogany colored papers 
by covering them with Distress Ink and dabs of black paint.
I also used a few pieces of the "Dotty Bits" set.

From the corrugated kraft paper to the book print tag and aviator stickers, 
I think I managed to create a very masculine layout, fit for Yves and his kinsmen! 

2Crafty Chipboard used:

Come back tomorrow for more 2Crafty inspiration!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Kaisercraft Design Team 2015 Entry

Hello all!

I am very happy to share with you my blog entry for the 2015 Kaisercraft Design Team Call Out!

I have been a fan of Kaisercraft ever since my very first blog post back in January 2011.  
Actually, Kaisercraft is the reason why I created this blog as I wanted to participate in 
one of their Saturday Sketch challenges.  You can see the post HERE!  I was ecstatic to 
find out a couple weeks later that I won the challenge.  Now, here I am, more than 4 years later, 
and I am thrilled with all that I've accomplished since, gathering so many wonderful followers, joining amazing DTs and sharing numerous projects that have all inspired you in 
their own special way I hope.

Today, I have 3 very special projects to share with you, using some of my favorite
 Kaisercraft products, starting with this very shabby chic and romantic layout:

What I love most about Kaisercraft is that they produce the most beautiful paper collections, 
for every taste and every style.  The collection used on wedding layout is rightly called 
'On This Day' and you can view it HERE.  It's one of my favorites!  

I added many embellishments also from Kaisercraft, including their famous 
Wooden Flourishes (Leaves, Love and Cherish, Birds), 
Rhinestone Flourishes (Classic - Island Lagoon), 
Paper Blooms (Buttercream, Coral, Fire Red), Mini Paper Blooms (Fire Red), 
Pearl Brads and Metal Embellishments (Key).

Kaisercraft also offers top of the line templates (stencils) to help create 
awesome textured effect on layout backgrounds and any mixed media project. 
 On this page, I used the Wheat template with molding paste.

For my next project, I created this Twelve Frame Photo Display
using the adorable Teddy Bear's Picnic collection!

I started by painting the wooden frame with Kaisercraft acrylic paint
and then had fun mix and matching the different paper patterns to make a nice collage
in the different photo frames, perfect for a baby's nursery.

Other Kaisercraft products used are:
Wooden Flourishes (Leaves, Locks and Hinges, Padlocks, Mixed Designs) 

And last, but not least, here is a set of cards created with the beautiful vintage
Hidden Treasures collection which is another favorite of mine.

Along with the papers from Hidden Treasures, I used lots of the Collectables pieces 
including these beautiful Babuska dolls and many gorgeous flower images.

Other Kaisercraft products used are Hidden Treasures rubons, 
Wooden Flourishes (Locks and Hinges, Roses), Paper Blooms (Black) 
and Mini Paper Blooms (Coconut, Black, Honey).

I really hope that you enjoyed my projects today.

Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)