Tuesday, June 30, 2009

ICS #23

Trying out my new findings at one go :
BG Lemonade pps, sticker& diecut ;
Prima trellis rose ,
Martha Stewart simple scallop border punch
Kaiser Rhinestones

You can check out this week's sketch here .

Bon appetit

So many ideas going on here by the time
I pieced each part up one by one,
not fully explored .
Still I like how it turned out.
JB , Cosmo Cricket & October Afternoon mix.
Love the Bubblegum GM color as well.
So much cherry ideas going around these days I just had to give it a try as well -
I punched out several circles of cherries from the OA paper

Monday, June 29, 2009

For always

Really liked how this cardstock as background turned out :
First I distressed the edges of the
Core'dinations cardstock from the Chocolate Box range-
some of the Green core comes thru'
& then I ran my scissor edges randomly down each of the four sides.
Finally I picked out a SEI Petticoat diecut and misted Snow ANgel GM over it .
Loved the soft bling effect ! totally fun !

Give it a go if you haven't been misting over diecuts over cardstock !
Simply extends the life of the die cut beyond one use for sure .

I also loved the mix of Dove of the East Paris Vintage pp, Some G45 Transatlantique & handcut some flocked scrolls from a GCD Studio cardstock !
The rub ons are Prima's Flirty Little Secrets range.
using Sketch 40 , Little Shop of Sketches

Sunday, June 28, 2009

what does the title read to you ?

Created with Mix It Up Challenge #23
Sketch by Juliana
Using BG Lemonade & new CHA Summer 2009 Primas

Journaling reads :

Be patient with everyone, but above all with thyself.
Do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.

St. Francis de Sales

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Made the Lily Bee blog this week !

This layout made it to the Friday Faves !

Can't wait to see what Lily Bee will have this CHA Summer !

MY CHA Summer releases have been used up fast & furious already ! lol !

In a major first, I have almost used up my entire collection pack of BG Junebug !
I think I did 11 layouts with that pack ! woot !

I literally put every scrap to good use!
For this layout I used Raisin color wash &
misted it over a BG Doiley ( die cut )
unto a cardstock.

I have to say this BG Junebug is more versatile than I expected !
Great for both kids & adult, masculine layouts !
also retro pics are easily scrapped with this line !

I just might go get more if I can't
wait for other new papers to be released ! '

& one thing I've just learnt - it's always worth waiting to scrap older pics -
they really just are easier to scrap with the very LATEST papers ! ack !

Friday, June 26, 2009

Prima June BAP

Used up more of these funky Prima Rebellion pps ,
designed by Adrienne Looman .
So many journaling spots on hand ,
I decided to use some as photo mats for a change.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Twisted Sketches #3 - Be Happy, Be You

Another great sketch this week .

& This week's twist is to use some Fine Bling
- it can be any sort of fine bling -
like Stix2 glitter, Doodlebug Glitter, Ranger Stickles, American Craft Glitter embossing powder etc
I used more BG Junebug here & some ICe Stickles .
My Little African Chinese neighbor here truly is
a Junebug , celebrating his birthday on Sunday !

Some misting with Copper Maya Mist & butterfly shapes as masks .

Sweet Summer Lovin'

has just begun
with the first taste of Summer CHA '09 offerings
landed on our tiny island here!

BG Junebug pps, element sticker, dimensional sticker, chipboard shape;
Prima Blue Cherry Blossom Branch , Trellis Rose Lemon Creme,
Gallery Rose , Parlor Petals
Prima packaging in Green ( love it!)
a bit of Ice stickles all over the background pp.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ICS #22

The lovely sponsors this week is Lily-Boo's Boutique. Sam and Lou have put up this lovely set of girls as the prize for this weeks WINNER. Lily-Boo's Boutique is pretty new to the cyber/blogging world. Sam has some really amazing images. If you love digi images then you should really go and check out Sam's images. You won't be disappointed in what you see or get.

You can check out the sketch here .

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Colors of Summer

Brand new Summer collection
yummy buttons here all by Such Sweet Tierney

So far the most exciting reveals to me have been Basic Grey's Lemonade/ JuneBug lines & Prima's New CHA Summer 2009 releases .
Of course we really haven't seen too many sneaks or reveals yet by the major manus.
Some new brands are debutting and have started their reveals -
the Cherry Pie/ traditional cooking themes still seems to be in trend right now .

Monday, June 22, 2009

It's all Good!

I've just realised my It's all Good layout using mainly
Webster's Pages Magical Wishes
( whatever I have left of it !)
was on the Featured Photos gallery over at Inspire Me.

I love adding in a touch of K&CO paper & embellies with this line for some reason .
Also went on a use up my CHA Winter '09 Primas blitz this weekend
in anticipation of the Summer '09 ones to come !!!

ooo can't wait !!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

CISter's Stylish June Sketches

Another great sketch blog just discovered -
I tried out their latest June sketches here !

Love how inspiring their colored sketches are .

We'll always have Paris layout - using my scraps of Lily Bee French Couture pps & their die cuts.
Some misting with a circular shape to follow the curve on the Eiffel Tower
as well as some near the paper edges for a distressed look.
For the title I recycled a Dove of the East pp label .
too lazy to print my own here.

This layout uses a mix of SEI, Prima pps & MM Wedding collection die cuts !
Love this unusual color combo
for this pic of our 16 yr old niece on her prom night last year .

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rouge De Garance meets Prima

Definitely love the combo of my 2 fave brands !
This one's for Scrapping The Music's Challenge #90 .

Journaling along the edges :
But sometimes,
We forget what we got,
Who we are.
Oh who are are not.
I think we gotta chance,
To make it right.

From the Song Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight .

Did a bit of masking with the TH's Flourish MAsk in the top left corner with Jazz Blue GM .
I added some stickles after that to put a little personal stamp on the pp .

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Scrap The Boys ! Boys & their toys

Another SCRAP- tasic challenge blog I've just discovered , this time from Down Under !

Their Challenge this month :

*Photo/s of them with their toys.

DS has just gotten hold of a Nintendo DS this week
( yes he's gone thru the lego, bike, Gameboy , PSP phases too .. in fact we so want to take pics of him on his Swave board but haven't gotten round to it ! )

The challenge was so timely -
& I don't think I've ever scrapped him with his toys very much come to think of it!
So while the DS player is still nice & new & a novelty ard here ,
I used some pics of him here , snapped by DD .

to create a shaped paper that I had to try something out here -
I used a Collage Press die cut &
finally opened up my bottle of Claudine Hellmuth's paint
which has been there for months now !

& yes ! there is a sister challenge blog called
of course!

Started by Susan Longman ,
who really is ink-credible !!!

Check out these links for some new inspo !

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fun with Collage Press diecuts

Wow ! These Collage Press Die Cuts- Knave of Hearts here - are more fun than I thought !

Using Twisted Sketches #2 -
This week's twist is to use at least 1 diecut shape !

I had sure had some fun here
using the round frames & a diecut tag for journaling.

Pic of DD today & when she was 3 !

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Little Sketch Blook -June 14th sketch

This is what happens when I go thru 4 bags/kits of scrappy schtuff-
mixing up the new & old findings .

The newest being the FP Kraft Cut Die Cut & the oldest -
prolly the AC stitches rub ons I used on the photo.

I love using Liz's sketches -
for some reason they really do prompt me
to put together things I don't normally try to !
& that's all good !

Altering Patterned Paper

Inspired by Lucy Edson's tutorial over
a technique challenge blog

I altered my base DCWV Safari Chic cardstock
as follows :

Dry painting with dark brown acrylic paint,
stamping in brilliance rust red ink using a round Fontwerks stamp ,
stamping with off white acrylic paint using Glitz Designs polka dot roller doodles,
when everything was dry I also painted the edges of the cardstock with corduroy crackled paint.
And gold & ice stickles were added to some of the off white dots .

Thanks for the inspo , Lucy !

Monday, June 15, 2009

cps 120 - USe It

& joining in the fun at Use It for the first time .

Use It! challenge no.14
Joanne challenges us to:
1. Use pink!
2. Add scallops
(with scissors, a punch, die-cut paper, etc.)

...3. Add a tag
(just for fun)
4. Enjoy the creative process
as much as the finished card!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Card Patterns Sketch 19

Using the latest Card Patterns #19
and my first Webster's Pages Magical Wishes card.

Other supplies : MM alpha stickers ,Flower Patch ribbon ;
Webster's Pages Vellum & cardstock sticker,Core'dinations CS.

a rANdoM stand-up comedy post.

Warning :only If you don't mind racist jokes...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketches - Apr 09

My cards for Di Hickman's Apr Sketches.

A post to remind myself as well how much I loved using these papers-
WRMK Tiffany line & CI Marah Johnson's Heiress pps.
when I made these cards

( & still have a load of them ! )

Friday, June 12, 2009

Webster's Pages June Card Challenge

Love Webster's Pages latest challenge -
to simply make a card!
Rather than let these lovely papers languish around
without a great idea for a layout yet, why not make a card ?
I can see it's easy to use up all the leftover WP A Sweet Life & Magical Wishes pps
if I can just focus on making more cards with them ( or a mini album...)

Also finally got round to taking part with CardPatterns weekly card sketch,
using their sketch 18 here.

WP Sweet Life pps,cardstock stickers, green trim,
Vintage Plastic Flower, Prima canvas tag

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Teen In Paris

These days 
It seems we should no longer be satisfied with using patterned papers as is - 
admittedly I do like making shaped papers using other die cuts as templates
( i used a Bazzill scalloped die cut here as the template on the G45 pp ) 

Definitely a great idea towards making more unique layouts 
& putting your own stamp 
on your creations. 

My supplies : 

G45 Transatlantique pps, Primas , Dove of the East Shanghai vintage pp, 7 Gypsies Gaffer tape .
Sketch by Stacy Cohen . 

Our church friend , 13 yr old Eliza's first trip to Paris, in June last year .

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ICSketches #20 - Go Places

The sponsor this week for ICS is a BRAND NEW company that was started by Melyssa Connolly. She has started Whimsie Doodles, a digital stamp and cutting file store, on etsy.
If you stop by her blog, you can also find out about her Design Team Call!!!!

Also this week on the ICS blog there is a Whimsie Doodles-This Bud's for you Digistamp for free. Now this is for all readers.
So be sure to grab it by clicking on the image.
Create a card or project with these amazing digistamps.

Wow , that's quite a bit of fun going on at ICS !

It's a very nice, safe,warm place to go take part in a card challenge .
You will always be made to feel very welcomed .

& that's in no small part due to the philosophy of ICS' owner , Dawn !

Yes , so let's play on -

My card this week uses more MM Great Escape pps& journaling spot,
MM Passport sticker & button, DCWV Animal Crackers cardstock,
a scrap of Prima red glittered transparency ,
K&Co Life Journey journaling tag.

Monday, June 08, 2009

I tried to make a little scene ...


but not really.

Check out what my friend , Carole Janson , Queen of 3D,
did with her Pink Paislee Layout Scene !!!

Now that's really taking 3D to the next level !

I'm only just figuring how to make things stand on a layout,
definitely not even exploring diorama concepts yet . lol.

Using my fave Rouge De Garance Adele line :les gourmandises pp & some Jolee's like dimensional stickers. & a bit of Seafoam Glimmer Mist. Sketch by Amanda Muirhead.

My photo( created at photofunia.com ) is that of a billboard so I thought it would be fun to make it stand here .
Otherwise , it is held down by 2 dimensional stickers on the left & right.

My journaling is prompted by the latest Creative therapy challenge :

Tell us about one thing you’d change about yourself (physical or otherwise).

2 more pics hidden & the
journaling reads :
Peaches and cream complexion !
Give me smooth face skin to change anytime!
Fortunately I can do that with my photos... anyday ...

I am not blessed with flawless skin , at the mo for sure .

Just having some fun , exploring ideas...

Di Hickman's May Card Sketches

"Wish" card for May #3
Supplies: Bazzill Swiss Dot CS ,Prima Florals , Vellum , May Arts Ribbon ,Tim Holtz's Adage ticket

This one was for May #4

supply list : Rose Moka pps , DCWV Sweets dimensional sticker, K&CO dimensional sticker , Cuttlebug Embossing Folder -D'vineSwirls

Di's doing a card sketch a day for the month of June .
She's re-visiting her old sketches
so do hop over & join in at anytime if you need to make a batch of quick & easy cards !

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Postcard from Paris - G45/Dove of the East

I don't know why I don't create layouts like this one all the time . 

Definitely an all time fave using a 52weeks52sketches by Julie Bonner ! 

I can't believe I created this using a sketch as inspo too .

Lots of layers on foam pads  going on here : 

The base background paper is a Dove of the East Shanghai Vintage pp. 
The circle shape uses a G45 Transatlantique paper. 
The Eiffel Tower pp is from Dove of the East Paris Vintage collection as is the postcard layer . 
Some cutouts out of Prima Flocked transparency were added to give some pop in black. 

I absolutely loved doing these Paris themed layouts . 

Which reminds me , I should also try some layouts with Paris papers
 but not necessarily with Paris pics !