Saturday, July 15, 2017

FUN @ THE FAIR - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Case File #234)


I'm back today to show you how I solved another CSI case file!


To find out more about Major Case File No. 234 
and see lots more DT inspiration, click HERE.


Let me explain how I solved this case!

The Scene represents a Summer getaway so I chose to 
scrap about one of my favorite place to go to during this season...
and that's the FAIR!

The Scheme consists of lovely bright Summer-y colours:
medium orange, sky/turquoise blue, white, bright sunny yellow 
and seafoam green.  I used a little, or a lot, of each on my page.

From the Evidence list, I opted for: 
dashed lines, triangles, stamps, rub-ons, plus signs and scallops.

For the Testimony, I documented about a favorite Summer getaway!


Just to show that scrapbooking is a hit or miss with lots of 'try again'...
  I had used another more solid yellow patterned paper as the background
and my page was completed, everything stuck down, pictures taken, layout
ready to sent out to Debbi (CSI owner) as my 234 project when I decided that
 I just didn't like it!  I had gone a bit overboard with the paint splatters!  
So I returned to my scraproom and carefully removed each paper layer 
and cluster of embellishments as well as the photo and stuck them down 
again on this yellow striped paper. I am much more satisfied with plan B! :)


The white dash lines I did myself using a white gel pen and the black ones are a rub-on.
And I realize that my plus signs are not really plus signs, but close enough for me! hehe


I had this fun journaling card in the form of a ticket... perfect for my page!


Another case solved for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration


Do you like my detective work?  Let me know in the comments!

And here's to hoping that you will play along!



Sunday, July 2, 2017

MY HAPPY PLACE - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Major Case File #233
+ 7 Dots Studio June Challenge)


It's Creative Crime Solving Time once again!

This is my take on a brand new Major Case File
from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:



To find out more about Major Case File No. 233 
and see lots more DT inspiration, click HERE.


Let me explain how I solved this case!

The Scene is all about relaxation to me, so what better opportunity
to share my lair, the place I escape to on the weekends when I'm off work,
the room in my house that makes me the most happy, 'My Happy Place',
my scraproom!  All the time I spent in this place truly rejuvenates me!

I respected the Scheme colour palette as much as I could
with a beautiful combination of carnation pink, pale sage green, sage green
(more of a greyish hue on my page), white and light golden yellow.

From the Evidence list, I chose a bit more than 3 clues:
book pages, leaves, string, text print, cursive font lettering, wood and triangles.

For the Testimony, I opted to document a weekend ritual
which is to of course spend it in my scraproom as much as I can!
I also hand-wrote my journaling on a little journaling card.

And always, the Major Case File includes a compulsory Sketch which
I was glad to follow because I simply LOVE playing with sketches!

I was also inspired by the June challenge at 7 Dots Studio which is about 'Daily Routine'.  
I thought it fit in perfectly with the CSI case file and so I merged the 2 together, 
using mostly 7 Dots Studio papers, tags, stickers and chipboard 
(from a variety of their collections) on my page.  As already mentioned, 
my daily Weekend routine is to scrapbook, scrapbook and scrapbook! :)




And now let's look at some details:


The best part of my time spent in my scraproom is when Sugar the cat joins me!


I added a bit of stamping with 7 Dots Studio stamps on my background
and added color with several mists.


My scraproom has changed since this photoshoot I must say.
I changed furniture around, added some shelvings and fancy baskets
and right now as I write this, it looks like a tornado just passed through!  hehe


These fancy leaves are from 7 Dots Studio as well.  I love them!


There you go!  Another case solved as a CSI Detective!

Thank you CSI and 7 Dots Studio for the inspiration!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

BE BRAVE & EXPLORE LIFE - Single Page Layout
(More Than Words DT - July Main Challenge)


This is my DT project for the More Than Words July Main Challenge!


This month's challenge is a really fun one will make you EXPLORE your creativity!

Word Inspiration - EXPLORE
Creative Challenge - ARROWS

You can find all you need to know about this challenge and the fabulous prizes
up for grabs as well as inspiration from the very talented MTW DT right HERE.

'Be Brave & EXPLORE Life' - that is the title of my layout and that is the message
that I would like to relay to my nieces, including the youngest one in the photo,
who are already living life to the fullest every day! They're a constant inspiration to me!


I went a little crazy with the creative challenge.  I added over 30 ARROWS on my page.


I colored the black arrows with a simple marker, the white and fuschia ones 
with embossing powder and left the wooden ones just bare.


Arrows, arrows and more arrows... of all styles, sizes and materials!


I made the deep fuscia swirly arrows pop out to represent how life doesn't always
follow a straight and narrow path. You have to not be afraid
and follow wherever it may lead.


I really hope that you will play along with us this month!!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FRIENDS FOREVER - Mixed Media Canvas
(Scraps of Elegance DT + Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo
& Mixed Media Place June Challenges)


I had a few leftovers from the April and May Scraps of Elegance kits,
and so I thought I would use them to create this mixed media canvas!


I was inspired by the Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo June challenge 
that is all about the colour PINK.  As you can see, the main colour of my canvas
is pink, different shades of it over a soft pink background.
Despite the fact that I am not much of a girly girl and I cannot say
that pink is a favorite colour of mine in my everyday life, I do tend
to use it a lot in my scrapbooking and love all the possibilities
of creating with it, so this challenge was fairly easy for me.


I was also inspired by this nature-themed mood board
Quite obviously, I veered away from most of the colours of the images,
but I went along the nature theme by using lots of flowers
and butterflies, and of course, used many Prima and Finnabair products.



From the April SOE kit 'A Song of Spring' Elements Add-On kit,
I used the large Memory Hardware Resin 'Montchamp Imperial' Frame.
And from the May SOE kit 'Mix'd Media', I used lots of Prima flowers
including the gorgeous Haley flowers from the Floral Add-On
as well Timeless Memories Recollections Metal Trinkets also from Prima,
among many other products from the kit and its add-ons.
Click HERE to find out more about these kits and current kits.

Now let's look at some close-ups!


I started off with a 9x9 white canvas base and primed it with Gesso.
I then did some stenciling on the background with molding paste,
and then misted it in gradual tones with different shades of pink.
I also dabbed a little Art Alchemy 'Coral Reef' Acrylic Paint.


I then stuck down the frame, then chipboard, flowers, leaves, metal trinkets
and popped up the die-cut butterflies with 3D foam squares.


After all my embellishments were stuck down, I sprayed some
spray adhesive and sprinkled some primrose ice resin as well as
Finnabair Art Ingredients 'Blush' Micro Beads.  The spray adhesive is awesome 
to help all those little pieces stick to the canvas and embellishments.


As a final touch, I dabbed some white acrylic paint on pretty much
every flower and decoration and around the canvas to create a softer border.


And then you go...
a very 'pretty in pink' canvas with gorgeous Prima blooms
and loads of mixed media texture and colour!

for the inspiration as well as Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance 
kits for lots of the fabulous products used.

Monday, June 26, 2017

FABULOUS BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAYS



Yes, it's my birthday today, June 26th, (44 years old!!!)
and I thought what better way to celebrate than to 
give away some goodies to some of you lovely people!

NOT 1, NOT 2, BUT 3 GIVEAWAYS!

Due to the high cost of shipping, I have to put shipping restrictions on the bigger prize pack,
but don't you worry, my other 2 giveaways are open internationally (see further below!)



Birthday Giveaway #1 is open to Canada and the United States only and includes:
7 Dots Studio - 'Cold Country' Collection Kit
7 Dots Studio - 'Illumination' Collection Kit
(Each collection kit contains 6 double-sided 12x12 papers, 12x12 die-cut elements sheet, 
6x12 die-cut elements, word stickers & element stickers sheets)
7 Dots Studio - 'Nature Walk' 6x12 elements, word stickers & element stickers sheets
Prima Marketing Inc. - Floral Fancies (silver, black, green & dark blue)
Graphic45 - Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Blue Fern Studios - 'Halftone' Stamp Set
The Crafter's Workshop - 'Mini Harlequin Circles' 6x6 Stencil



Birthday Giveaway #2 is open internationally and includes:
Prima Marketing Inc. - Bitty Bag 3 Floral Embellishments
K + Company - 'Butterflies' Grand Adhesions Dimensional Stickers
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer Die-Cut Wood Pieces
Blue Fern Studios - Imagine Ink Glitter (Watermelon)
Blue Fern Studios - Imagine Ink Embossing Powder (Summer Leaves)
Bern Fern Studios - Imagine Ink Embossing Powder (Pansy)



Birthday Giveaway #3 is also open internationally and includes:
Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink Pads (Gamma Green & Pearlescent Purple)
Studio G - Clear Stamping Block
Studio G - Clear Mini Stamp Sets
(Soloz 'Cheers' & 'Halloween', 'Numbers', 'Hello', 'Eyeglasses', 'St Patrick's Day')
Prima Marketing Inc. - Clear Mini Stamp Sets
('Coffee Break', 'Free Spirit', 'Melody', 'Celebrate')
Daisy Bucket Designs - Clearly Petite Stamp Elements 'Best Wishes'
Inkadinkado - Clear Mini Stamp 'Merry Christmas Happy New Year'
and a few more


*HOW TO ENTER!*

Follow my blog 
(by clicking on the sidebar Followers tab)
Leave a comment on this post 
(and tell me what is your favorite song)

You will receive one extra entry into the draw for each additional action below:
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Share my giveaways with your friends


You have a full month to enter, until July 26th, at 11:59 pm EST.
The winners will be announced shortly after right here on my blog
so make sure to bookmark this page and visit again!

I hope that you will participate in large numbers!

GOOD LUCK! :)


Sunday, June 25, 2017

COLOR ME HAPPY - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Mix'd Media' Kit
+ Mixed Media World Challenge)


I have yet another project to share with you today
that I created with the Scraps of Elegance 'Mix'd Media' kit.
This is my 4th layout, and I just may create another project
in the coming days as I have so much leftovers from the kit and add-ons.


The 'Mix'd Media' kit offers, quite obviously by its name, several
art-related embellishments like chipboard shapes from the Blue Fern Studios'
Happy Accident collection that are all about messy art, so I knew just
the photo I would scrap to put the focus on these elements.

Scrapbooking does get messy sometimes (well, all the time), and I love it!

With this layout, I would like to play along with the fabulous challenge
at Mixed Media World which is 'anything mixed media goes'.


Click HERE for all the details!


I added some paintbrushes to decorate my page,
sprinkling some micro-beads in and around the tips.


On the already very colorful background paper, I misted
some blue, pink and white to add even more colour, and I stamped 
some dot designs using the BFS set from the Elements Add-On


It turned out a very messy and busy page,
perfect for this photo of my dirty artsy fingers after
some mixed media play with paints, mists, stains, etc.


Find out more about Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits
and how to subscribe by visiting their BLOG and WEBSITE.

Here is a closer look at the fabulous Scraps of Elegance kit 
and add-ons that I have created with this month!


Elements Add-On

Floral Add-On

Thank you for visiting!

Come back tomorrow as I have a fabulous
'birthday' (yes, mine!) surprise for you! :)

Friday, June 23, 2017

HE IS SO VERY DAPPER - Tag
(More Than Words DT - June Mini Challenge)


It's Mini reveal time over on the More Than Words challenge blog!

This month, I also decided to create a tag.
You can say that it's the masculine version of my May 'SHE' mini project.


Yes, it's quite obvious, the June mini word is...
Click HERE to find out all you need to know about the Mini Challenge
and to see gorgeous inspiration from the More Than Words DT.
Remember that in order to participate, you have to share your project
on the More Than Words FB page right HERE by the end of the month.

Let's take a closer look at my 'HE' tag!

I had a tag with the word HE pierced into it, and so 
I knew that it would be the perfect start off point for my project.  
I used the holes to stitch the outline of the letters.


Keeping on with the steampunk theme of the main challenge,
I incorporated a stop watch, a couple mustaches and even a top hat.


I added a couple masculine brads also.

The base tag was kraft-colored, but I stained it black with distress stain
and I then created some cool mixed media effects with yellow 
and turquoise embossing powders and 2 different stencils.


I also misted the top tag with golden yellow and white.


I hope you enjoy!

And here's to hoping that you will play along!