Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy 2010!

The new year will be upon us soon, so I decided to alter this wooden calendar to use for 2010.


I used papers from Graphic 45's Domestic Goddess line, interspersed with some Prima blossoms, added a touch of lace, some bling and a velvet leaf. The little wooden blocks can be rotated to show the day, date and month. Cute, huh?


Happy New Year everyone! And may 2010 bring you good health and happiness!


Sue

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Lights


More holiday layouts using Graphic 45's Christmas Past papers. I like the vintagey images and the muted colours on the Christmas Past papers.

Something I realized after finishing the layout - I made this layout without using a paper trimmer. I just tore all the edges. That was fun. Makes me think it might be possible to scrap on a long haul flight as I don't need scissors or knives. hhhhmmm....

Oh wait, I did use scissors on these journalling strips. And a border punch. :D


I contrasted the muted vintagey shades with some bright poinsettias from Prima and some bright red trims.



Graphic 45 supplies:
Jolly Old St Nicholas
The Holly and The Ivy
Letters to Santa
Deck the Halls
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Christmas Past Tags

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Design Team Call at My Scrapbook Nook

My Scrapbook Nook's having a design team call! I've been on the Nook's design team for the past year and I have to say it's the best kit DT to be on. First off, the kits are always gorgeous, month after month. Next, the people on the team and on the forum are a truly talented bunch, very funny, very friendly and oh so creative. You just have to take a look at the Gallery to be inspired.

If you want to take a shot at joining the design team, check out all the details here: DT Call Details. The DT term is for 6 months beginning with the March kit. Internationals are welcome! :)


Just to show you what you're in for, here's a look at the January Nook kit:



January is going to blow in with extra charm and sweetness to chase away those nippy winter days! In a cheerful palette featuring Pink Paislee papers and chipboard and sparkles galore you will be tickled pink by this lovely kit! Scrap the darling in your life, make a lovely Valentine, create a keepsake journal or craft some fetching cards.


This kit includes:12 double sided Pink Paislee Cupid papers
1 set of Maya Road Kraft envelopes
1 box 'o sparkles from Making Memories
1 yard of brown velvet trim from American Crafts
1 yard of lovely lace trim from Prima
2 Making Memories Heart Pins
1 set of bracket chipboard from Scenic Route
1 set of Butterfly chipboard from Scenic Route
1 complete alphabet from Pink Paislee
1 Set of Pink Paislee Brads
1 set of Maya Road chipboard tickets

Monday, December 28, 2009

Let It Snow!


More holiday photos using Making Memories' Mistletoe collection from My Scrapbook Nook's lovely December kit. The title is aptly "Let It Snow", which is reflected in three areas of the layout. You can see these three words in the beige on red MM patterned paper.

And of course, in the title work cluster:
I used a Martha Stewart gingerbreadman border punch here, which I bought during my holidays. :)
"Let It Snow" is also seen in the circle cut out from the MM patterned paper:

Prima poinsettias, Robin's Nest dew drops and 3D foam dots add dimension to the layout.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! It's Christmas morning here in Singapore.



I'd like to share a Christmas Card I made using Graphic 45's Christmas Past papers. I created a Christmas tree using strips of punched out borders, corrugated cardboard for the trunk (which I sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist and inked) and little Prima crystals.
It's a dimensional card. Here it is, closed:

And this is what it looks like open, with the tree floating above the inside page:



Enjoy this festive season!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Delight


I'm back from my holidays and I couldn't wait to get down to scrapping my photos using the gorgeous Making Memories Mistletoe collection from My Scrapbook Nook's December kit. It snowed the day we were in New Jersey and my dd and I loved the sight of the snow upon the boughs of the tree laden with berries.

Some close-ups:

I mixed up some Prima mistletoe and newsprint flowers with cool mint velvet leaves and crystal swirls:



I couldn't resist playing with my new Martha Stewart giant border punch that I purchased on my holiday. And you've got to love that large crimson Baroque Bloom from Prima.





Thanks for coming by. I'll be sharing more layouts from the Nook's December kit soon. In the meantime, a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

'tis the season for giving

Here's a little Christmas message from My Scrapbook Nook and a chance to win the December kit:

We at the Nook would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and much Happiness in the New Year!

To get this season wrapped up with an extra helping of love and kindness, we would like to ask each of you to consider donating canned goods or a monetary donation to a local food bank, halfway house or homeless shelter.

If you do not have a local charity that can benefit your community, there are many places online that you can make a donation to help everyone have a Merry Christmas, and make sure food banks around the world are well stocked for the coming year.

If you take this opportunity to give back to your community, please pop in on
this thread on My Scrapbook Nook and leave us a comment! Let us know how you helped your community, and we will enter you to win a Nook kit! Click here to go the Nook forum.


And for even more exciting news from My Scrapbook Nook: The Nook's having a Design Team Call! I have to say the Nook's one of the best design teams I've been on. The kits are gorgeous, the people warm, friendly and so very creative. Check out the details here: DT Call.

Good luck!



Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mini Calendar / Travel Album - June



Here's another page from my mini calendar / travel album. Looking at the photo above, it sure doesn't resemble a mini does it? :D The album turned out to be about 2inches thick after I added all the embellishments. But it was so much fun I couldn't stop myself.

Here's June:


And yes, I'm still away on vacation. All these are scheduled posts. :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tattered Angels News

Have you heard? My Tattered Angels has a new Angel, and she's Heidi Swapp! Heidi's designed a new line called "Exclusively Heidi by Tattered Angels which will debut at the CHA Winter show. Read more about it at the Tattered Angels blog and see some of the new glimmer mists colors designed by Heidi: Heidi at Tattered Angels.

My Tattered Angels will also be releasing its largest release this CHA so keep checking the blog for more sneaks. I know I will be. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Joy


My Scrapbook Nook's December Kit is so droolworthy, packed with lots of Making Memories Mistletoe papers and embellishments. Here's a layout I created for a class at the Nook, which I'm reproducing here.


INSTRUCTIONS:

What you'll need:

* MM Mistletoe papers (Die cut Glitter Mini Dot Red, Advent, Cardinal, Happy Holidays, Icon Dot)
* MM Mistletoe Trims & Treats (buttons & felt snowflake)
* MM Glitter Alphas
* flowers
* glitter paper
* brads


Steps:

1. Start with the patterned papers shown below.



2. Place the diecut paper to the bottom left corner of the background paper as shown and cut off excess. Lay out your photo, backing papers and ribbon.



3. Now we'll make some 3D embellishments using just patterned paper. Cut out some circles from Icon Dot pp and some birds from Cardinal. Cut some scalloped circles from glitter paper, or just patterned paper if you prefer. I chose these:



4. For the first embellishment, I layered the circle on top of the scallop, followed by the felt snowflake then the bird, each one layered on using 3D foam dots. Add stickles to the edges of the circle if you wish.

From this:


To this:


5. For the 2nd embellishment, I layered the bird over the circle, which in turn was over the scallop, all using 3D foam dots.

From this:


To this:



6. For the third embellishment, I did a three tier layer, and topped it off with my title:

View from the side to show the layers:



View from the top:



7. Place your embellishments as shown in the completed layout. Embellish with flowers. I chose red poinsettias to complement the poinsettias in the photo. Finish off with a sprinkling of red and green buttons. :)


Here's a close-up of the completed layout:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mini Calendar / Travel Album - May



Do you remember this mini calendar / travel album I made in December last year? Time sure flies. And I haven't finished posting all of the months of the travel album yet.

Here's May:



The stamp is from Purple Onion Designs, the chipboard album from Maya Road, flowers from Prima, papers from My Minds' Eye and K & Co.

Oh, I'm actually away on vacation now. I scheduled this post ahead of time. :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wanna win a Nook December Kit?

Remember the gorgeous December kit from My Scrapbook Nook that's packed with papers and embellishments from Making Memories' Mistletoe collection and Prima flowers? Well now you can win one and it's super easy.

All you have to do is to upload your project to the gallery at My Scrapbook Nook. Each NEW creation will count as one entry to win this fabulous kit. You have between now and Christmas to add your creations to the gallery and the winner will be notified and announced on the forum at My Scrapbook Nook. You can get to the gallery by clicking here.

Here's some inspiration from the Nook's DT:

So come on, join in the fun!


Friday, December 4, 2009

A Decorative Photo Chip Tile

I was playing with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Kit and decided I wanted to try something more than just making albums with the chip tiles. So I created this hanging decorative photo chip tile.



I wanted to try a different method of misting the chip tile, so I experimented with a wax resist technique. First, I applied wax to the raised images on the chip tile. Next, I misted the tile liberally with Scarlet Glimmer Mist. Finally, I wiped off the glimmer mist from the raised images and voila! The embossed design showed through in its original cream colour. Perfect!



Once the chip tile was dry, I added a bingo board and corrugated cardboard, both lightly misted in Sand, some tulle, ribbon, button, glimmer glass and a little lace misted in Sand. I punched two holes at the top of the chip tile, threaded some tulle through and my hanging photo decor was complete.


And some news from My Tattered Angels. There's going to be a new Angel joining the team. Who this special person is will be revealed on December 14th, together with the launch of My Tattered Angels' brand new release for the 2010 Winter CHA. Check in here for the announcement on Dec 14th.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Family - Mini Album

All this month, the DT at My Tattered Angels will be creating with different Glimmer Kits, showcasing creative ways to use them.

I got to play with the family-themed chip tile glimmer kit, which was just perfect for me because I wanted to create a mini for our family photos taken on vacations through the years.

Here's my album cover:

I misted the entire cover chip tile with Sand glimmer mist, then inked the raised embossed image to bring out the intricate details. The album title, "Family Memories" was cut out from a Bingo Board, then adhered to a piece of corrugated cardboard.


I made this paper flower using some music sheets I had at home. I crumpled the music sheet and sprayed it liberally with Patina glimmer mist. I finished it off with an ivory-coloured button, which came with the kit. The leaves were handcut from corrugated cardboard and misted Scarlet, for an autumny hue.


To add some pizzazz to the album, I tied the chocolate tulle that came with the kit onto one of the rings of the album, then attached the copper key using the ivory swirl ribbon.

On to the inside pages. Here you can see how I misted and inked the chip tiles to bring out the beautiful images. I decided on a aqua/cocoa colour scheme, and put the Sand and Patina glimmer mists to good use.


On this page, I used the flourish glimmer screen and misted the page in Patina:


Trying something different on this page with a mottled brown effect:


On this page I used the flourish screen again, but this time misting in Sand, then carelessly splashing some blue Patina blotches all over:

I've left the pages on the right side empty for now, so that I can journal on them later. One thing I like about this album is that because it's ring-bound, I can continue to add as many pages as I want using the bingo cards and chip tiles from the kit, capturing all our favourite holiday moments.
I'll be back soon with more chip tile inspiration. :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bloom - A Prima Layout


Here's another layout I created for Prima during my stint as guest designer there in October.

I fell in love with the Indeed collection the moment I laid eyes on it on the Prima site. The design and hues were perfect for these photos I had of my daughter in fields of purple and pink lupins in New Zealand.

I decided on a girly garden theme for this layout, focussing on rounded and curved edges, lightly distressed. I used Prima's Baroque Bloom and Camelot roses along the bottom of the layout, with a touch of delicate lace meandering through the flowers.



Of course, I had to have the flutter vine in purple and blue on this layout, gracefully arching around the scalloped circle background. Honestly, the vines are one of the most versatile flowers created by Prima. You can arch them, curve them, cut them into two or more and just pepper all your layouts with them.

To complement the garden theme, a new Jewel Box glitter butterfly flits across the top.






Christmas Card - Peace. Love. Joy



My Scrapbook Nook's having its annual Christmas Card countdown with daily inspirations from its design team members. This is one of my contributions, a Christmas card featuring a couple of "hanging ornaments", made using Making Memories' Mistletoe collection from the Nook's December kit.

Here are the steps to creating the card:

1. Cut a piece of red cardstock 12x6 inches. Fold it into half to form the base for your 6x6 card.

2. Cut a 5x5 inch piece from the green patterned paper. Punch a decorative border around it. Here I used a Martha Stewart loopy punch.

3. Cut out 2 circles and a bird from the MM patterned papers. Cut out two scalloped circles from white cardstock. Layer these on top of each other using 3D foam dots to make your "Christmas ornaments". Apply stickles to the edges if desired.

4. Stick down two red satin ribbons. Attach little bows to the satin ribbons. "Hang" the ornaments from the ends.

Here's a close-up so you can see the dimension better:



So how's your Christmas card-making coming along? ;)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Central Park


Here's another layout I did for the Graphic 45 / Tattered Angels Blog Relay.

I love the festive greens and reds of Graphic 45's Christmas Past papers so I decided to create my own background to match the papers using coordinating glimmer mists from My Tattered Angels. I used three glimmer mists on this layout - English Ivy, Burnt Red and Olive Vine, which went beautifully with Graphic 45's Glad Tidings and The Holly and The Ivy papers.

I placed a Tattered Angels flourish mask on the cream cardstock and liberally misted the cardstock with the two greens and reds. Then, to add a splash of colour, I happily splattered glimmer mist all over the background, creating a carefree cheery background. When the paper was dry, I layered on my Christmas Past patterned papers, carelessly torn to match the splattered mists, added some trim, Prima mistletoes and a darling little tag from Graphic 45 and I was done!



Saturday, November 28, 2009

Butterfly Duet Card


Here's a card I made using some scraps from the pretty November kit from My Scrapbook Nook. I'm such a hoarder I never throw any pieces of patterned paper away, especially those as lovely as these ones from Lily Bee Designs.

I like using leftover sheets of patterned paper to make cards. So for this one, I cut up my little scraps into 4 inch and 6 inch strips and layed them along the length and breadth of the 4x6 inch card. And then because I've been dying to play with my new Martha Stewart butterfly border punch, I punched a row of green butterflies, flipping up some of the wings to create dimension. And to complement the butterfly theme, I added a couple of dancing butterflies, using strings of pearls for their bodies. A little doily from my kitchen drawer and some dots of pearl dabber completed the card.

Don't you just love using leftover scraps to make a pretty thing? And a useful one at that? :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Decor


Here's a hanging Christmas decor I created for the Graphic 45 & My Tattered Angels blog relay. I altered a little twig wreath I got from the dollar shop to create this cheerful hanging Christmas decor, using papers from the Christmas Past collection - The Holly and the Ivy, Ode to Joy and Deck The Halls, and lots of glimmer mist.

For this project, I wanted to try glimmer mist on different materials, not just paper. I started off by misting the twig wreath with Iridescent Gold. That gave just the right amount of subtle gold shimmer on the twigs without taking away its natural woody feel. Next up, I misted the corrugated cardboard with a happy chocolatey mix of Latte, Suede and Vanilla Breeze. And since I’d already misted on wood and paper, why not some lace? Now this was fun. The pristine white lace soon turned a lovely vintagey warm red with my liberal squirts of Burnt Red and Red Velvet.



I fell in love with the butterfly clear stamp from Tattered Angels’ Screen Prints the moment I layed my eyes on it. Here, I stamped it on some Graphic 45 Deck the Halls paper with a clear embossing ink, then heat embossed it using some Christmassy-red embossing powder. I love the texture embossing gives to stamped images.

Don't you just love the little cherubs from the Ode to Joy patterned paper? I cut them out, then added a little stickle to their feathers to give them a little touch of glitter.


I layered the butterfly, corrugated cardboard and lace together with the gorgeous Graphic 45 patterned papers and cute little cherubs, added in some Prima poinsettia and a Glimmer Chip and my Christmas decor was done.

For more Graphic 45 and My Tattered Angels inspiration, be sure to visit the respective blogs as the Graphic 45 and Tattered Angels blog relay goes on all through November. :)