Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amazing Day (2Crafty DT Reveal - Part 2)

I adore creating with 2Crafty chipboard - I must say that aside from flowers, 
they are my favorite items to use on a scrapbooking project.

This month, as part of my 2Crafty DT reveal, I wanted to pay tribute to Summer!

Click HERE to view my full reveal on the 2Crafty blog.

I had a bit of a hard time creating this layout.  My first attempt at a background is all crumpled up in the waste basket. ha!  I'm much more pleased with this one.

The first 2Crafty piece to showcase is this very nice "Lighthouse".
I wanted to give it an old woodgrain effect using texture paste and different other mediums, 
but I didn't exactly succeeded.  I still like the finished result though.

 The "Such an Amazing Day title" was covered with white gesso, then dabbed with a little pink and blue distress stains, then finished off with some metallic champagne paint.

Also seen on the image below is the ship's wheel from the "Pirate Treasure" set.

I used a circle Studio Calico stencil and gems to create the effect of light rays in the background.

Tucked amidst my flower clusters are different treasures of the sea
included in the "Seashells" set: seashells, seahorse and star fish.

The sea anchor is also from the "Pirate Treasure" set.
I treated it the same as the ship's wheel, covering it with white gesso, heated to a boil
and then topped with different shades of brown distress stains.

Now on to these "Surfy Waves"!

They gave me a hard time, mostly because I am so fussy when creating. 
I wouldn't stop until they turned out perfect (in my eyes anyway)
so I used layers over layers of different mediums to try to give them
the color and foamy look of real sea water.

I started off with white gesso, then added crackle paint.
Then, I dabbed on some distress stains (all shades of blue I could find in my stash).
Next, I put on a generous coat of Liquitex Glass Beads gel followed by more gesso.
I added some regular gel then more white gesso, dabbed again with distress stains, 
metallic champagne paint, and more white gesso.

These chippie waves have got so much product on them 
that I think my finished layout now weighs at least10lbs!

And, saving the best for last, a beautiful picture of Yves and I 
enjoying a great day of Summer vacation in Percé, Quebec.

If you'd like to try and recreate my techniques and do your own sea-themed layout,
check out all the 2Crafty chippies I used (and more!) on the 2Crafty website.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tons of Fun (2Crafty DT Reveal - Part 1)

The end of August already and I only have one question...


Here in Canada, the bittersweet last days of Summer are here and we are hanging on for dear life.

I decided to pay tribute to the beautiful sunny season in my August 2Crafty DT reveal.

My first layout is full of bright Summer blooms and 2 pretty little girls 
(our friends' daughters, Celeste and Jade) having "tons of fun in the SUN" at our local beach! 

I used the "Word Circles Set 2" and "Scrabble Tiles" to make up the title.


I decided to pull out most of my leftover 2Crafty chipboard flowers 
from past projects and use them up on my page.  
You can see "Flowers Frames" and "Daisy Flowers" 
which I covered with pink paint and mist.

I cut off each leaf off the "Summer Leaf Stems".

The silhouette of the black butterflies on the left edge of my layout were done using 
the negative space of the "Graceful Butterfly" set.  I used the chipboard as a stencil.

Below, you can see the actual "Graceful Butterfly" as mentioned above.

Because the picture is so fun, I found that the "Word Bubbles" would be a perfect addition.
I added one "Geotag" and tied it with a string of pink twine.

Note: In case you're wondering how Jade is suspended in the air, upside down, 
her dad was standing outside the frame holding on to her feet.  :)

If you want to see my full 2Crafty DT reveal today, visit the 2Crafty blog.

I'll be back here tomorrow sharing another layout with details.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sweet & Delightful (Berry71bleu August GDT)

What a thrill it is for me to be guest designing this month for none other than Berry71bleu.

I was very blessed to have been picked the winner of their July challenge with my 'Precious Ella' layout seen HERE and so I have been asked to come back this month to play along with their August challenge as a GDT.

The August challenge is a sketch challenge, created and hosted by Sandra.
You can find all details right HERE on the Berry71bleu blog.

My layout is a very bright and cheerful one, celebrating my sweet & delightful nieces 
enjoying a beautiful and happy Summer's day!

In addition to the beautiful background paper and flowers from Prima,
 I used a lot of 2Crafty Chipboard on my layout, starting off with the "Everyday Font L/C"
which I embossed using my Cuttlebug, then painted black.  
I then added a touch of metallic Perfect Pearls and some white. 
Also seen below are a small "Circle Revolution Frame" 
as well as a piece of the "Corner Flower Spray" 
which I both painted pink with some gray metallic mixed in.

I also used the Summer Fun "Word Circles Set 2".
 All the Word Circles Sets are a must-have as they come with 6 different circles each 
and are perfect for any type of layouts or projects.

The "Skeleton Leaves" are definitely a favorite of mine 
and I have ordered them a couple times, for fear of running out.
I added 2 different shades of green Luminarte silk glazes to them.

Here, you can see another piece of the "Corner Flower Spray".
I found that it went well with the linear design of the sketch.

And last, but certainly not least, the focal point of my layout 
(besides the beautiful picture of Ella and Daphne obviously!) 
is this pretty butterfly catcher from the 2Crafty "Catching Butterflies Pack"

Thank you so much to Berry71bleu for having me as a guest designer this month!

I hope that you will play along with this fun sketch challenge!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Just the Way You Are (Prima BAP & PPP)

After a few months, I finally got the chance to play along 
with the latest Build A Page and Product Picks challenges from Prima.
and get to use many of the beautiful Prima products in my stash.

The August PPP challenge is full of retro and fun products 
and a soft beautiful pastel palette.

The August BAP sketch, designed by Jennifer, is just as gorgeous 
with lots od white space, swirly flourishes and butterflies. 

I combined both challenges to create my layout.

My niece Ella is beaming on this picture, taken during her visit to Walt Disney World last Spring.

The colours of her face painting matches so well the August palette, 
and I wanted to bring all those lovely colours on to the page using different mists 
and paints and, of course, some of the fabulous Prima stencils.

I recently got the new Prima metal dies (flowers, leaves and doilies)
which I loved using for this page.  Look at the intricate design on those leaves!

I dabbed a little yellow on the Lace Sticker
to bring out more of the PPP colours.

I have so many of the Prima Wood Icons in my stash
that I was thrilled to use some of them on this layout.
I lightly dabbed some white paint on the flowers and added a little yellow to the butterflies.

Gotta love that smile!

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Here is a list of all Prima products used:
Watercolor Rainbow Collection "Because"
Perle Bebe - En Francais
Miss Godivas - Blush
Say It In Crystals
Wood Icons in a Box - Birds and Butterflies
Flowers Art Deco 6x5 Stencil

Friday, August 22, 2014

True Beauty (SOS August Sketch & Stash Challenge)

It's the 22nd so time for another DT reveal for Scrap Our Stash!

This challenge which went live on the SOS blog on August 15th is called:

We have a new challenge and some fabulous inspiration from our August Guest Designer to jumpstart your weekend!!!
Sketch with Stash Challenge #17
Here's the August Sketch:
This challenge was created to get you to dig deep into your stash, so...
Complete a layout inspired by the sketch above...
AND...75% of the product used to create your page must be from some of your OLDEST stash of paper and embellishments..the older the better.
You must note in your write up, what products you used from your older stash!

Click HERE for the SOS Challenge Guidelines!!! 
Make sure to LINK your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar no later than 
August 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)

Our awesome sponsor this month is:
Nani ke Ola is a new online scrapbook store. Searching to bring the smaller designers to your doorstop. At Nani ke Ola we would only sell what we would use ourselves in our projects.
Please feel free to check out our store, join us on Facebook and Pinterest and see what inspiration value can find for your next project.
Nani Ke Ola is awarding ONE 7 Dots Collection Pack 
to our randomly drawn August winner!
For a closer look at the 4 collections to choose from, chick HERE
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In addition to using the sketch below as inspiration, 75% of the product used must be from some of your oldest stash of supplies...the older the better.

This is my take:

What a fun sketch this was! I decided to rip my paper in the shapes of the 3 triangles and add on a bit of stenciling on the background paper. And I replaced one picture by a tag. 

While picking the products I was going to use, I looked through some of my older paper collections and found this one from BoBunny called 'Gabrielle'. It's 3 years old, so I will admit, not that old, but considering the amount of it I still own after 3 years, I figured that it would be a great choice for this challenge. I loved it so much when it came out that I think I bought 5-6 of each paper.

 For the embellishments, instead of opting for more modern flower packs, I picked all the flowers from my older paper flower bin and added a few butterflies that I had bought at my local Dollarstore ages ago.

Make sure to link up your layout on the Scrap Our Stash sidebar no later than August 29th for a chance to win a prize from this month's sponsor, Nani Ke Ola, a brand new online scrapbooking store, who's offering one lucky winner a complete 7Dots Studio collection.

Make sure to LINK your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar no later than 
August 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
- See more at:
Make sure to LINK your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar no later than 
August 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
- See more at:
Make sure to LINK your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar no later than 
August 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
- See more at:

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)