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Friday, May 22, 2015

1 of a Kind
(May SOS Sketch Challenge DT Reveal)

Oh, how I ENJOYED this new challenge over at Scrap Our Stash!

The sketch is so awesome and the stash challenge is exactly the kind that I love.

Click HERE for all the details!

This is this month's sketch designed by Lanette Erickson.
Isn't it fabulous!?


The stash challenge is to create your own flowers!


As I said earlier, I loved this sketch, probably my favorite sketch so far this year. 
I loved all the circles and decided to stitch them up instead of cutting out patterned paper.



I also had fun creating my own flowers using several dies and my good ol' Cuttlebug 
which is still my favorite of all bigger scrapbooking tools I own.  


I layered the different styles of flowers to create a layered effect,
adding a button with twine in the center of some of them and a gem in others.


I'm very happy with how this page turned out and I just love
these pictures of my niece Ella when she was a bit younger.
What an adorable precious smile, truly 'one of a kind'!


Do you like it?

Please let me know in the comments!

And make sure to visit Scrap Our Stash to play along!!!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Adorable
(Prima May PPP & C'est Magnifique May Sketch)



I am back today to share another very Shabby Chic layout featuring 
the little Jade whose dazzling smile can make each layout beautiful!


This layout was inspired by the Prima Product Pick for May
that is a combination of all my favorite colours with a tint of gold and glitter!

I also used this very pretty sketch from 
I love that the sketch shows a lot of white space so that it leaves us more creative freedom.


Now let's take a closer look at this page, starting with a view 
of the different patterned papers used, all from older Prima collections,
and this pretty fabric Fantasy Snow Butterfly and a Fairy Belle Trinket.
You can also see the textured background which I created using 
Finnabair's Bubble Stencil (my new favorite!!!) and molding paste along with mists.
I don't own Prima Color Bloom Sprays yet, but it's just a matter of time! :)



I was happy to peak this particular Butterfly-Pupa Flower on this month's PPP as I recently
added it to my stash and was waiting for the perfect project to use it on!
I matched it up with several other Prima blooms that you will find listed below.


Here you can see that I tucked some doilies created with the Prima Metal Die Doily 1.
I also painted some Wood Icon Roses pink and added them to my flower clusters
along with Hello Pastel Say It in Crystals Mini Swirls in baby pink and cream.


And here's one last look at this adorable little girl surrounded in Prima goodness!


Thank you to Prima for the inspiration.  Click HERE to play along with the May PPP.

A huge thank you also goes to C'est Magnifique Kit Club whose sketch was 
the perfect base design for my page.  Click HERE to join in on the CM challenge.

List of Prima products used:
Papers
(background) Sun Kiss collection "Kindred Spirits" (844226)
Fairy Belle collection "Firefly" (950101)
Romance Novel collection "Bookplate" (844943)
Moulin Rouge collection "Blanche" (842062)
Flowers
Butterly - Pupa (580636)
Pura - Alexa (581848)
Epiphany - Unveil (578800)
Tissue Flowers (542924)
Mulberry Rose Leaves (532222)
Other
Finnabair Stencil - Bubbles (961299)
Fantasy Snow Butterfly (552138)
Trinkets - Fairy Belle (554224)
Say It in Crystals Mini Swirls - Hello Pastel (563967)
Say It in Crystals (551391)
Lace Stickers - Labels (572303)
Metal Die - Doily 1 (572785)
Wood Icons in a Box - Roses (569860)


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Just the Girls
(2Crafty GDT for Off the Rails Scrapbooking)



Some of us DT girls from 2Crafty Chipboard
have been asked to guest design for Off the Rails Scrapbooking
as 2Crafty is the main sponsor for OTR this month.

This is the layout I created featuring lots of beautiful 2Crafty chippies.
It was also part of my 2Crafty DT reveal which went live on the 2Crafty blog on the 14th.


This is the May mood palette from Off the Rails Scrapbooking which inspired my layout.  
This challenge has gone live on May 1st - you can click HERE for the details.

It is gorgeous!!!


Believe it or not, this beautiful wood grain paper is from the 'Altitude' Winter collection
from Bo Bunny.  I just covered the snowflakes with stenciling and paint.
I added many elements from the mood palette on to my page,
including the colours of course, butterflies, lace pattern (doily) and cream-colored roses.

Let's take a close look at all the 2Crafty Chipboard used!

The "Just the Girls" title consists of stains, glimmer mist, glitter paste and dabs of white paint.
One of my all-time favorite 2Crafty piece, the leafy flourish from the "Leafy Shrub Set 1"
was coated with white paint and sparkle texture paste.


I also love the "Formal Flourish 3" which I lined vertically against the white left border.
I really like the texture that the blue Glitter Paste added to the chipboard
after I added purple stain and white paint to it.


WARNING!
Cutie above... Cutie below!  :)


I cut out pieces of the "Turkish Lattice Panel" which I tucked in different spots of my layout.


And here is one last close-up!


Click HERE to see the rest of the DT's takes on this challenge!

I hope you will play along!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Flowery Layered Canvas
(Scrap Around the World Mid-Month Reveal)



It's the 2nd year Anniversary May Epic Event at Scrap Around the World
and the mid-month reveal has just gone live! 

The mood board comes from a very special lady at Scrap Around the World!
Without her, Scrap Around the World wouldn't even exist...
Helen Tilbury {South Africa}, blog owner.


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

Here is my canvas inspired by this super fabulous and celebratory Mood Board:


You can easily see what elements in the mood board inspired me,
starting with the beautiful colours and the overall theme 
of special days and celebrations!
I layered a 4x6 inches canvas over a 10x8 inches one.


After creating a textured background with molding paste stenciled in
 (some of it in a polkadot design to repeat the texture of the shoe)
and misted in an ombre effect, I added some cut out pieces 
of the "Bubble Grid Panel" from 2Crafty Chipboard inspired 
by the grid-design from the ice-cream cone.
I then gathered up many blue, purple and pink flowers and buttons 
from my stash and layered them diagonally across both canvases.


The beautiful "Ornate Butterfly" also comes from 2Crafty 
as does the "Celebrate Today" title which I cut into 2 pieces.


You can see here the layering of the 2 canvases.
Of course, I dabbed a lot of white paint over all my project to soften it up!


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

This month, SATW is celebrating big with extra special BIG prizes 
& MORE of them for you!  

Everything works exactly the same way as usual EXCEPT THAT... 
10 of the prizes are allocated to the PAST WOFFERS {Wall of Famers} 
of the last year - May 2014 to April 2015.
 So if you have been featured on the SATW Wall of Fame within the
 last year, you are considered SATW VIP and you are called to participate
because the first TOP TEN places will be to our VIPS to determine the
 TOP TEN SATW PLAYERS OF THE PAST SEASON.

Of course, as always, our challenges are open to EVERYONE
so there is still an opportunity for you all to win BIG
with a random prize and random commenter's prize still in place 
this month, as well as 10 OTHER PRIZES open to you too 
so play along and celebrate with us!

As usual, SATW has the support of their 
2015 MAJOR PERMANENT SPONSORS: 
 2 Crafty Chipboard
7 Dots Studio
Creative Embellishments
 Um Wow Studio
13arts
Scraps of Elegance

plus their 2015 MINOR PERMANENT SPONSORS: 
Scrap Unlimited
Studio 75
Danafix
Mixed Media Place

and a brand new SPONSOR: 
Dusty Attic


As well as some EXCLUSIVE EPIC EVENT SPONSORS:
The Flying Unicorn
Pion Design
Maja Design
The Scrapbook Diaries
Viva Las Vegas Stamps
Wholescrap Land
Aladine {France}

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  May 31st.



Friday, May 15, 2015

You Make Me Happy
(2Crafty May DT Reveal Part 2 & SATW Epic Event)


I promised you yesterday that you would love my 2nd share
of my 2Crafty Chipboard DT reveal this month.

Please let me know in the comments if you do! :)



I'm so excited to share with you this layout as it is my entry for the Epic Event
challenge over at Scrap Around the World, inspired by the fun celebratory mood board designed by SATW owner and my friend, Helen Tilbury.


Even though I'm part of the Scrap Around the World DT
 (my DT reveal also based on this same mood board will be revealed tomorrow!!!),  I'm able to play along this month as part of  their VIP
because I made it on their Wall of Fame back in September 2014.

You can find out all the details on this challenge HERE,
and you'll be happy to know that 2Crafty is one of the major sponsors,
so needless to say, I have my eye on that prize! :)

I was inspired by the overall happy feel of the mood board,
so I knew right away that I wanted to use the 2Crafty "You Make Me Happy title".  I started with a coat of white gesso and then just dabbed parts of it with
3 shades of pink and purple stains, based on the colours of the mood board.
As you can obviously see, I accentuated the word 'happy' by coloring it blue.

On the left of the title, you see a cluster of beautiful Prima flowers.


To go along with the title theme, I decided to add my own little sunshine
coming from the "Mini Weather Icons" pack.
I added polkadot embossing to the tag and strips of pink cardstock,
which was inspired by the beautiful shoes on the board.  


Also from the "Mini Weather Icons" are the cute little clouds to which I added some sparkle texture paste and Stickles for some added sparkle.


Inspired by the photo of the girls playing with pink balloons,
I used some "Bubble Clumps" painted pink...


and 3 of the "Mini Hot Air Balloons".
I treated them with white gesso, blue, purple and pink stains,
Bo Bunny glitter paste, Stickles and dabs of white paint.


This photo and layout just puts a huge smile on my face!



To find out all the details about SATW's Epic Event, click HERE.

And to see all the beautiful chipboard offered by 2Crafty, you can visit their website HERE.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Two Hearts
(2Crafty May DT Reveal Part 1)



It's my turn to be featured once again on the 2Crafty Chipboard blog today
and I am sharing with you 3 very girly shabby chic layouts, the first of which you can see below!

Each one of them features a fabulous picture of 2 pretty little girls that my boyfriend 
and I feel blessed to have in our lives, the daughters of some dear friends of ours,
Celeste and Jade, whom you've seen before on some of my creations.


I am really happy with this layout, the mix of cold and warm colours
the country yet elegant romantic feel, the beige wood grain paper from Kaisercraft,
an assortment of flowers and bling from Prima, and of course all the chipboard pieces used,
starting with the "Two Hearts title" which I simply covered with stain and
glimmer mist, and then lightly dabbed the bottom part with white paint.


I used 3 of the 4 "Chained Circle Frames" which I tucked behind the photo
and the upper and lower paper layers.  I treated them with white gesso,
and then dabbed different shades of brown and blue stains followed by white paint.
 I did the same to the "Interlocking Grid Panel".


The country look is accentuated by the wood grain paper background
as well as the kraft paper flowers and twine.


To go with the feathery white blanket the girls are posing on,
I decided to add 2 pieces of the "Soft Feather Set" to which I added light blue stain,
white paint and sparkle texture paste on the usual coat of gesso.


Another very country-looking piece is the "Doodled Heart" over which
I added another heart which is the center piece of the smaller "Lace Heart Frames".
I then cut out a piece of the "Love Border" to use as a subtitle.


Another look at the stars of my layouts today.
What photogenic girls, right?


If you liked this layout, I promise you will love the one I'll be sharing with you tomorrow.

If you can't wait, you can see it right HERE on the 2Crafty blog!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Winner of My April Blog Giveaway!!!



It's the 13th!!!

So, LUCKY day for one of my blog followers!

I am announcing the winner of my April blog giveaway.

Thank you so much to all that have participated and to all of you who are new followers and all of you who have been following my blog since the very beginning!

I won't waste your time!  hehe


What a lovely giveaway, thanks for a chance to win.


Congratulations  Terri!!!
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!


I'll have more giveaways for you starting in September, if not sooner!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Gone Wild
(May SOS Stash Challenge)





Are you ready for a new stash challenge from Scrap Our Stash?!

Well, ready or not, here it is!
And I hope that you will play along!!


So, as you see, Challenge #26 is to use the word EMBOSS
 to inspire different stash elements used on your page.

I've got a fun and WILD layout to share with you today!
 This layout is actually a frame that I created as a special order 
from a friend for one of her friends' little boy. I used a photo of Tristan,
 another friend's son which I thought matched the layout perfectly 
because I didn't want to share a layout with you with no photo.

    

With no further ado, let's go ahead and see what stash I used based on the word of the month.

- E -
I went along with the word itself and I used some dry embossing on the tags using my Cuttlebug.


- M - 
The fun corrugated cardboard shapes come from a Canadian company called Magenta.


- B - 
You've probably recognized the fabulous Bo Bunny collection 'Zoology' 
that I was lucky enough to win back when it was first released a couple years ago!


- O - 
I struggled with this one because I must admit, I had already created most of my layout
 before I started thinking of the letter 'O'. Nothing I could think of seemed to work, 
unless I got a little help from my friend Rochelle who came up with 'orange'... 
That fit in perfectly with my layout. I used orange Distress Stain to color some twine
that I tied on one of the tags. I also used some orange brads.


- S - 
I added some handmade stitching.


- S - 
My page just wouldn't be the same without all those cute 
dimensional stickers from the Bo Bunny collection!



To learn all about the Scrap Our Stash challenges, daily inspiration from the DT 
and to link up your challenge, for a chance to win a prize from our May sponsor, 


click HERE!