Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy 2009!



A quick New Year card I made yesterday for a pre-teen, using Sassafras Lass pp.



A blessed 2009 to all my friends and family and may all your wishes come true. Happy New Year!

Sue

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gauche Giveaway

I'm guest designing for Gauche Alchemy in January and Amy's promised this kit's going to be loads of fun. Her kits always are. Fun and totally irreverent. :D Can't wait for the mailman to arrive. :)

In the meantime, Gauche Alchemy's having a giveaway on their blog. Again, a really fun and irreverent giveaway. ;) Hop on over and take a look at the blog.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Still enjoying the holidays

How was everyone's Christmas? I ate way too much but enjoyed every bite. :) Then on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day I had two great mail days. The mailman came with 2 big boxes of goodies for me; one from Prima for winning third place in their Build-A-Book contest, and another big box filled with Teresa Collins goodies for my winning layout in another competition. Just in time for Christmas. I'm a happy scrapper. :)

I completed two layouts, two altered projects and one card in the last week and I'm pretty pleased with myself. They're all for Purple Onion Designs so I can't reveal them yet but here's a sneak peek of one of them:




Have a great week ahead! :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!


A Blessed Christmas to my family, dear friends and new friends. :)

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Christmas Gift





A little Christmas gift for a great teacher and friend. I altered a wooden frame and used Purple Onion's Happy Holidays noteblock stamp for a cheery Christmas decoration.

List of Supplies:

Stamp - Purple Onions Happy Holidays Noteblock Stamp
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket, 7G
Overlay - Hambly
Flowers & Leaves - Prima Marketing
Chipboard Flourish and Scalloped Frame - Maya Road
Ribbons - personal stash
Wooden Photo Frame - Ikea
Others: Maya Mist, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Making Memories Acrylic
Paint, Rangers Stickles

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Holidays






A Christmas layout for Purple Onion using their Happy Holidays noteblock stamp. I really love the noteblock stamps. They're easy and versatile enough to use on layouts, cards and gift tags. And best of all, there are also Hello, Love and Thank You Noteblocks. I'm having fun playing with them. :)

Supplies:
Stamp - Purple Onion Happy Holidays Noteblock
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Be Merry Kit
Snowflakes - Autumn Leaves & KI Memories
Metal Embellishment - Making Memories
Star - Prima
Glitter - Ranger Stickles

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chatterbox Feature


Last week, I received an email from Chatterbox asking if I would like to have my layout featured on their blog. Of course I replied with an absolute Yes! :)

Courtney did a lovely write-up on my Hyde Park layout. Thanks Courtney! To view the feature and write-up, visit Chatterblog.

Here are some screen captures of the feature:





Scenic Route Winner!

I'm baaackk! Just got home from a wonderful holiday. We got to do lots of activities we never tried before and the kids really enjoyed themselves. Took lots of photos so I'll be happily scrapping for some time. :)



While I was away I got news that my Christmas Star layout was a winner in Scenic Route's Holiday Product Challenge. :) Here it is on the contest cover page announcing the winners:


You can check out the rest of the wonderful winning layouts here.

And here's the page featuring my layout with simple How-to steps.


I really like this layout so winning the Scenic Route Challenge was a real bonus and delight for me. :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Posin'



Trying out something new on this layout. I tore the patterned paper and scrunched it up to form ruffles to frame the photo. Another strip of paper ruffle skirts the layout.




And yes, there's hidden journalling on this layout. :)

I love black, red and cream combis and this Jenni Bowlin line works so well with the photograph of my dd at her first tap dance competition years ago. The photo always brings a smile to my face. :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Star



This is a photo of my dd after her first dance concert, posing in front of our Christmas tree. I love how Scenic Route's Garland collection brings out the Christmas-y feel of the photo. I cut out the Christmas ornament and star motifs from the Garland patterned paper, stickled them and layered them along one side of the photo. 3D foam dots were used for added dimension.

Exploring Golconda Fort



Here's a quick one I did using Basic Grey's Urban Prairie papers (love the cheery pastel colours) and Prima's Build-A-Page sketch. The photo's of my dd and her friends exploring the ruins at Golconda Fort during their recent school trip to India. Situated west of Hyderabad, the 800 year old ruins was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Golconda (c. 1364–1512). This was a history class come alive, being able to see the magnificent architecture and learn the stories behind it with local historians.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Prima BAB Winner!

I'm so excited! I can finally reveal that my Paris Album won third place in Prima's Build-A-Book contest. Can you tell that I'm happy? :) All the winning entries were absolutely gorgeous. Go take a look on the Prima blog.






Here's my winning Paris Album. I really loved playing with the Prima clear acrylic build-a-book album. I used all my favourite Prima products on it - flowers, crystal swirls, crystal centres, clear stamps, pebbles, patterned paper, trims, overlays, clearly IOD transparent tape...





The beauty of clear albums is every page builds upon the pages before and after it. I designed this album with lots of clear spaces so that details from the pages preceding and following it peeked through and added dimension and interest to the other pages. I deliberately went with lots of floral details on this album because they lend lots of textural and visual appeal to the clear album. Anyone who knows me knows I love Prima flowers and crystals so this album was a real pleasure to create. :)

Thanks for coming by!




Monday, November 24, 2008

Sue's Edgy Challenge




The Paper Element has new scrapping challenges every week with attractive prizes and this week's my turn to host. My challenge is to create a layout with different decorative edges. There's so much you can do with your borders - ink them, curl them, trim them with decorative scissors or add glitter to them...

In my layout, I inked and distressed the patterned paper and trimmed them with a lace border. For my title, I punched out a border using Fiskars Threading Water punch, inked it, then laid it on top of netting for a different border.




Show us what you can do with your borders and you could win an attractive prize. You have until the end of the month to enter. For more details and challenges by the other DT members, check out The Paper Element site. Oh, you don't have to use The Paper Element products on your layout but we'd love to see them if you do. :)

Thanks for coming by!

List of Supplies:
Patterned Paper - The Paper Element (Strawberry & Parsley)
Flowers - Prima
Overlay - Hambly
Trims - unknown
Alphas - Making Memories

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Featured on Maya Road Design Team Blog


My cupcake bag tag's featured on the Maya Road Design Team Blog. Doing the happy jig! :D

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cupcake Bag Tag



This fun altered Maya Road chipboard cupcake can be used as a gift tag or a bag tag. I used the Bo Bunny papers from Treasured Scrapbooking November's kit on this. First, I embossed the pink patterned paper with a swirl design to give the impression of frosting. I then added some stickles to give it a bit of sparkle. Finally I used pink and white flowers with a gem to give the impression of icing and a cherry on top. I love how it turned out. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Off We Go!



This is a layout of my daughter and her friends heading off to India on an exchange programme. The journalling's all hers and I included a journalling tag hidden behind the patterned papers for even more journalling to record her memories of the trip.



The layout uses My Mind's Eye papers and other supplies from Coordinates Collections' Lots of Laughs Kit for which I am Guest DT in November.



Supplies:
Patterned Papers: My Mind's Eye Wrapped Up Stripes & Pretty Coat
Cardstock: Bazzill
Chipboard: My Mind's Eye Pure Joy & Flirty Play adhesive chip borders
Journalling Tag: My Mind's Eye Pure Joy journal card
Flowers: Prima Marketing & Bella!
Photo Turn: 7G
Alphas: American Crafts Thickers & K&Co Embossed Stickers


Monday, November 17, 2008

Aloha!


I did this using the November kit from Treasured Scrapbooking. Papers are from Piggy Tales Itsy Bitsy Spider collection. I cut out images from the pp and popped them up using 3D foam dots for dimension. Piggy Tales also has these cute barn doors which are great for hidden journalling or hidden photos. I tucked mine behind the photo.




Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Piggy Tales Itsy Bitsy Spider (Spout, Spider, Rain, Up and Down, Washed, Sun)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, LemonLime)
Alphas & Chipboard: American Crafts Thickers & Accents
Others: Piggy Tales Barndoors & Screendors - Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Paper Element Challenge

Cheryl has posted a new challenge at The Paper Element blog. It's a really great challenge. Go take a look. Take part in it and you could win yourself a great rak. I'll be hosting a challenge starting this Saturday. Come back then to take a look. It'll be fun. :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Purple Onion Giveaway



Purple Onion Designs has these neat new stamps which are really versatile. They come in English or French. Take a look at what the design team's created with them. And if you leave a comment now at the Purple Onion blog, you stand a chance to win the set of stamps. How cool is that? Giveaway is until Sunday night so hop on over now. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Listen to your heart



I did this using the Nov kit from Coordinates Collections. Lots of Pink Paislee yummy goodies here. I inked the edges of the patterned paper for definition and for dimension and texture, used flowers, ribbons, trims and 3D foam dots.



Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Mary Janes, Jellies, Pedal Pushers
Alphas: American Craft Thickers, Pink Paislee Fashion Script
Flowers: Prima
Velvet Brad: Making Memories Paperie Greenhouse
Chipboard: American Craft Accents
Bling: Prima
Ribbons: Pink & Green ones from May Arts
Others: Rangers Stickles and Pearl Dimensions

A Z-Fold Card


I made this fun card using the Pink Paislee papers that came in Coordinates Collections Lots of Laughs kit. It's got a Z-fold and the greeting/message is behind the square of flowers.

Coordinates Collections Guest Designer



I'm a Guest Designer for Coordinates Collections this month and this is what I got to play with - Pink Paislee and My Mind's Eye goodies. Off to create some layouts with this yummy kit. Will post them as soon as I'm done. :)


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sue's Bag Tag


I altered a Maya Road chipboard tag and used 5 Purple Onion Stamps for this little project. The background started off as cream cardstock which I first stamped and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I then sprayed glimmer mist over the cardstock, and while the mist was still wet, wiped off the embossed area to reveal the stamped image.




List of Supplies:

Purple Onion Stamps:
1. Vintage Postcard Set
2. Vintage Ornate Frame
3. Damask

Patterned Paper: Graphic 45
Chipboard Tag and Alpha: Maya Road
Flower and Crystals: Prima
Eyelet: We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Paris

I decided to try something different with this layout. So I pulled out a number of my Purple Onion stamps and made a collage with them. I stamped and embossed on little squares of patterned paper, inking the edges of each one. Then I built a collage mat out of the little squares forming the mat for my photo.

I folded back the corner of the layout to reveal a little flower cluster. The swirls are Purple Onion stamps.

This flower cluster sits upon a transparency stamped with Purple Onion's Vintage Ornate frame. Love this stamp!


List of Supplies:

Purple Onion Stamps:
1. Late 1800's Script Background
2. Early 1900's Music Background
3. Damask
4. Blossom Set
5. Vintage Ornate Frame
6. Ornamentals Set
7. Stitches Set

Patterned Paper : My Minds Eye - Bohemia Bliss Make A Wish Dandy / Brown & 29th Market Street Mellow Sweet Tiny Sprinkles / Cotton Candy
Crystals: Prima
Flowers: Prima
Alpha Chipboards: Prima
Eyelet: We Are Memory Keepers