Sunday 30 November 2014

Creative Scrappers #283 Reveal Day!!

Today it's Reveal Day at Creative Scrappers ... sketch #283 is up!! And here's what I did, using lots of Doodlebug's Sweetheart collection: the patterned paper, washi tape, stickers and doilies. Love the mix of all the reds and pinks with kraft!

And some close-ups; the word "beautiful" is from Pretty Little Studio, the butterfly from Simple Stories:

The leaves are from Juliana Michaels' "17Turtles" Etsy store and the ticket is from Elle's Studio.

Love using old book pages to mat my photos:

And this is today's sketch: 

To Win the December Prize from 17Turtles create a layout and enter the challenges use the inlinkz widget at the end of the reveals for Sketch 283-284 on the Creative Scrappers blog.

Deadline to submit your layout is December 31th at Midnight EST. 

Thanks for stopping by on this rainy and dark Sunday! 

Saturday 29 November 2014

Free Fallin' inspiration - Scraptastic Club

This month I had such a hard time choosing which Scraptastic kit I liked best that in the end I decided to get them both and I'm so glad I did, as I really adore them!! I already shared two layouts made with the Shake It Off kit and add-on and today I'm sharing two layouts made with the Free Fallin' kit and add-on.

Here's the first layout I created. For this page I started with the stars background cut file from the "Shake It Off" kit. I decided to use the smaller 8.5x11" size instead of the 12x12" cut file for my 12x12 layout and love how it turned out:

In the photo you see my youngest and I on his 9th birthday. Aren't the colors of our clothes perfect for this collection?! For my page I selected mainly Simple Stories "Sweater Weather" and Carta Bella "A Perfect Autumn" products. And don't you just love that little fox??

The leaves border I punched with one of my Martha Stewart border punches.

How I love the flair badges belonging to this kit!!

And then on to the second page I made: my three kids in Park G├╝ell in Barcelona. This was such a fabulous vacation, that I just had to scrap this photo.

For this layout I used a mix from everything in the kit: Simple Stories, Carta Bella, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, the flairs and some wood veneer. I love it when the kit is so complete you really don't need anything else to complete your page!

Love Jillibean Soup's wire words!!

I'm a big fan of Kaitlin Sheaffer's flair badges ... this one with the coffee cup for example, isn't it just perfect?!

I find that little squirrel sooooooo cute!!

Okay, this is it for me for today. Have you been scrapping too?? I would love to see!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday 27 November 2014

Sketchy Thursday at Scraptastic Club!

To my daughter and her host family and to all of my American friends, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Don't forget to take photos for scrapping!

And now: Scraptastic's Sketchy Thursday!

I loved the simple sketch Susan created and used November's "Shake It Off" kit, add-on and stamp set for this page:

My boys age 1 and 6 ... aren't they adorable?!!

Lots of Maggie Holmes, Crate Paper Notes and Things and Gossamer Blue on this page!! and a mini place mat from Jillibean Soup.

And now let me show you Susan's sketch:

If you want to see what the other design team girls did with the sketch then hop over to Scraptastic Club's blog! And if you want to join in and give the sketch a try, you have until December 3rd to link up! Please use the Inlinkz tool below the sketch blog post on Scraptastic's blog to submit your entries for the last November challenge. The prize consists of a $20 gift certificate to the store.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Movie Night - Imaginisce "Family Fun"

Hi everyone! On Imaginisce's blog we're still going strong featuring the "Family Fun" collection and this week I had another layout to share. The more I use this collection the more I love it!! Every time I discover more fun details, embellishments and thus possibilities.

For this page I decided to use the cinema theme (“matinee” sheet). I had these crazy “selfie” photos of my youngest and I wearing 3D cinema glasses. We love to go to the cinema (not only because I love children’s movies, but above all because I love seeing my youngest’s delight when he watches the film) and so I’ve got quite a couple of photos like these to scrap. This collection was just what I was waiting for!

I started with one of the wonderful Snag ‘em stamps belonging to this collection: “movie”. Not long ago on the Creating Keepsakes blog I saw an example of a stamp being used on a piece of burlap and I knew I wanted to try that technique too. I think it’s awesome how it turned out! I love the extra texture the burlap adds to the page and I love the beautiful crisp image that I managed to stamp!

Next I wanted to try some of the “mysterious” Imaginisce milk paints (well, mysterious to me at least) and chose the yellow one. I shook a bit of the dry powder in a cup and added a bit of water (I used one part of powder on one part of water) and used a paint brush to stir it a bit, so the powder dissolved. Then I chose a Tim Holtz stencil and got started. I love love love how this turned out!!! It dried pretty quickly (I did use my heat tool a bit) and when I rubbed it afterwards it didn’t come off or anything! It’s awesome!

A while ago a magazine asked me to scrap a layout with a “bold line of embellishments”. This threw me a bit, as I had never done this before. But of course I gave it a try and I really loved the result! So when I saw the many fabulous die-cuts and stickers in this collection I knew straight away what I was going to do: create a layout with a “bold line of embellishments”! Apart from the die-cuts and stickers provided, I also created a couple of brads myself (using Imaginisce’s awesome I-Top tool) as I just wanted to use more of those awesome “b-side” designs. I’m in love the with black and white chequered paper! I really love the end result and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! 

Supplies: Imaginisce: patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, sticker stacker, movie stamp (Family Fun), brad daddies 16mm, milk paints; American Crafts: cardstock. Imaginisce I-Top tool, I-Top punch. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Monday 24 November 2014

PINTEREST MONDAY - Scraptastic Kit Club

Hi everyone!! Today it was "Pinterest Monday" at Scraptastic Club! Leanne and I each shared a "Shake It Off" project, inspired by the next Pinterest images we found. These were 4 separate images and we thought that it would be fun to turn them into one! (all the more inspiration, right?!). There's just so very much inspiration to be found on Pinterest, that we couldn't choose just one image.

So, here's what we chose:

For my project I decided to use the squares design from the bottom photo for my starting point. I also knew I wanted to use the same color scheme as in these photos and last but not least I wanted to use the "love" theme. The flowers and the stars I would add as embellishments. 

Here's what I created: the squares background was cut with my Silhouette (this is a cut file from Amanda Robinson) and the 1" scalloped squares were punched with my Martha Stewart 1" scalloped square punch. Instead of adhering all the small squares underneath the cut file I decided to glue them on top. The squares are punched from different sheets from the Shake It Off kit and add-on

A few more close-ups: I just love these Maggie Holmes ribbon banners and Rub-Ons! 

And I also adore these puffy stickers from Gossamer Blue!!

I'm so in love with the "Shake It Off" kit! Te colors, the designs ... everything is just fabulous! Okay, this was my take on today's Pinterest inspiration! Thanks for taking a look! Hope you like it.  
Now please hop over to Scraptastic Club's blog to check out what awesome project Leanne has created! 

And for those of you who haven't seen the awesome Shake It Off kit and add-on yet, here are the photos: 

 Shake It Off main kit

Shake It Off add-on

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday 23 November 2014

FUNNY - Pretty Little Studio

Hi everyone! Last Thursday another 8.5×11” layout was posted on Pretty Little Studio's blog, featuring the Silly Monkey collection.

At first when I took a look at these photos I thought that I couldn’t possibly use the Silly Monkey collection for these photos, because of the totally different colors. I mean, the colors in my photo are fuchsia, blue and lime green, none of which feature in the Silly Monkey collection. But because these silly photos just had to be scrapped with the silly “Silly Monkey” collection (if only because of the silly monkey diecut!) I decided to do it anyway. And I really love how it turned out!

So, my advice to you: even though at first you might think something is not quite right, don’t give up straight away, but give it a go and you might be surprised!

And a close-up:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Wishing you an awesome week!


Thursday 20 November 2014

Scraptastic Club December Sneaks!!

It's the 20th of the month and that means the Scraptastic Kit Club December Kit Sneaks are up!!!

the Project Life kit: "This Life Noted"

A Christmas kit: "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"

and if you have enough Christmas papers or if you don't celebrate Christmas: "Heartbeats" 

And in December there's an extra kit, the "Stocking Stuffer" kit!! (still available!!)

And if you bought the Stocking Stuffer Kit, as of now the Stocking Stuffer CLASS is available!! Of course, you can also do this class if you haven't bought the kit. You can easily attend and use your own supply.

Now stay tuned until December 1st for the reveal of the complete kits!

Hope you're enjoying your week! See you soon! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday 19 November 2014

3x Bella Blvd - Scrapbook Magazine UK

Hi everyone! For today I thought I would share some Bella Blvd projects I created for Scrapbook Magazine UK #81.

Lindsey asked me for an article called "Plastic Fantastic" and here's what I did:

When you are a bit like me you’re always on the lookout for fun new ideas to use on your scrapbook pages. That’s why I love Pinterest! I get so many ideas when I visit that website. The technique that caught my interest recently, is the one where vellum pockets/envelopes filled with confetti or such are used. I decided to go with this idea, but as I didn’t have any vellum pockets I went looking for pockets I did have and that’s when it hit me. I’ve got a lot of cd sleeves lying around my house! Why not use those for my layouts?! The possibilities of these (cheap!) clear plastic pockets are endless! They can store all your little memorabilia’s from holidays etc., you can emboss them, die-cut them, stamp on them, stitch them, hand cut them, you can fill them with sequins or glitter, etc. They are awesome!

In these three layouts I’ve used a few different techniques to show you how easy and fun these little pockets can be.

The first layout “FAMILY MEMORIES”:

For this page I embossed the cd sleeve before I used it on my page to carry some vacation memorabilia (entrance tickets to the Empire State Building). I’ve tried both an embossing folder with dots and one with chevrons and both results are stunning!

Next I stamped on a cd sleeve (with a solvent-based ink like StazOn), then hand cut the image and used it on my photo.

Materials used: Bella Blvd patterned paper, stickers, journaling cards, die-cuts; American Crafts cardstock, foam dots; Media Range cd sleeves; Jolee’s Boutique dimension sticker (NY taxi); Doodlebug washi tape (stars, arrows), enamel dots; Purple Pumpkin washi tape (hearts), twine; Joy Craft kraft tag; Tim Holtz staples; Heidi Swapp color shine; K&Company Smash pen; Scraptastic Club stamp; StazOn stamping ink; Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z runner. Tools: Tim Holtz tiny attacher; Darice embossing folder; Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine; Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine & Silhouette cut file.

Then the 2nd layout “I LOVE US”:

For this page I filled a cd sleeve with (heart shaped) confetti.

To divide the confetti nicely in the sleeve and prevent it from all falling down to the bottom of the sleeve, I stitched it halfway through as well. And because the cd sleeves are transparent I used a die-cut and stickers to dress it up an extra bit for a fun effect. I did this both behind the cd sleeve as well as on top of it.

Materials used: Bella Blvd patterned paper, die-cuts, borders, journaling cards, sticker; American Crafts cardstock; Media Range cd sleeves; Purple Pumpkin washi tape; Studio Calico wood veneers; Tim Holtz staples; K&Company Smash pen; Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z runner. Tools: Silhouette Cameo & Silhouette cut files; Tim Holtz tiny attachter; Aigger sewing machine. 

And last but not least the layout “3x BEAUTIFUL”:

For this page I created a (machine) stitched shape and filled it with sequins. For instructions on how to do this, scroll down a bit.

And next I used my die-cutting machine (Big Shot) and a fun die and ran my cd sleeve through my die-cutting machine to create this fun transparent shape: (can you see it??)

Here the shape is better visible:

Materials: Bella Blvd patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, cards; American Crafts cardstock, wood veneer, foam dots, adhesive runner; Media Range cd sleeves; Pergamano vellum; Rayher sequins; Marianne Design washi tape; K&Company Smash pen; Tim Holtz staples. 
Tools: Die-namics die; Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine & Silhouette cut files; Aigger sewing machine; Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine; Tim Holtz tiny attacher. 

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you how I created the heart shaped sleeve filled with golden sequins.

step 1. Choose te image you want your shape to be and print it on light weight A4 printer paper (not heavier than 80 grams). I chose this heart which you can find in your Microsoft Word programme. With a bit of Scotch tape adhere it to the back of your cd sleeve and stitch right through both your cd sleeve and the paper. Make sure you don’t “close” your shape.

Step 2. Remove the cd sleeve with the paper still attached to it from your sewing machine and fill it with sequins or glitter.

Step 3. Place the cd sleeve filled with the sequins or glitter back under the needle of your sewing machine and stitch it closed. Carefully remove the paper (because of the stitching you can easily peel away the paper, start in the middle and peel off the outside last).

Step 4. Carefully cut around the stitched edge of your shape and you’re ready!

Okay, this is it! Hope you like it! Using Bella Blvd, with the happy colors and designs always brightens my day ... hope I brightened yours a bit too!

If you're interested in the magazine, here's the link to where you can find it.