Friday, February 27, 2009

Dream Fields

I love the softness and watercolour feel of the new Basic Grey Porcelain collection. I went for a shabby-chic look on this layout and combined with lots of cutwork of the beautiful flowers, bird cages and butterflies on the patterned paper. For a contrast in texture, I embellished with Basic Grey's chipboard accents and alphabets, and softened that with Prima flowers and Prima's new Say It in Pearls in pink. Also added some lace from my personal stash.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Happy Birthday!

I made this layout of my nephew a couple of months back and didn't get around to posting it. Love the bright colours and whimsical designs of Sassafras Lass. And also the very versatile Birthday Noteblock and Diesel stamps from Purple Onion Designs.

Although I used mostly patterned paper only on this layout, I created dimension through the use of cutwork and 3D foam dots. I also added a little bit of shine with the use of crystals and stickles.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Nook's March Kit

My Scrapbook Nook's just posted up photos of their March kit and it's absolutely gorgeous!!!

Cosmo Cricket papers! And look at the Prima pearl flourish, the Prima lace and the Jenni Bowlin buttons!!

Can't wait to play with the kit. :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mini Calendar - February

This is the February page of my mini album/calendar using Purple Onion's Perpetual Calendar Stamp. Love the photo of my dd and me in New Zealand.

Stamp - Purple Onion Designs Perpetual Calendar Stamp
Album - Maya Road chipboard tabbed album
Patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, K&Co
Flowers - Petaloo, Prima
Brads - Kaisercraft
Sticker - K&Co
Lace - own stash

Friday, February 20, 2009

Mini Calendar - January

Here's the January page of the mini calendar / album I created for Purple Onion Designs. The calendar's from Purple Onion's very versatile Perpetual Calendar stamp. I also used Purple Onion's Art Nouveau Corner on the top left corner of the page.

And something non-scrappy-related:

A beautiful bouquet for my birthday. Isn't this gorgeous? :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Calendar / Mini Album

Remember the calendar / mini album I mentioned I was making for Purple Onion Designs using their new Perpetual Calendar stamps? Well, it grew and grew so it ain't no mini now. :D

Look at the size of those rings holding the Maya Road chipboard album together. The rings that came with the album were inadequate after I was done embellishing so I went out and got these whopping 3.5 inch ones. :D Doesn't this remind you of a vintage handbag?

The album is filled with Purple Onion stamps, photos, and embellished with all my favourite flowers, lace, stickers and chipboard elements.

Here's the cover page:

I used the ever-so-pretty glittery My Mind's Eye Laundry Line on all the pages. The cover is pretty much Prima - Prima flower, leaves, lace, clock pebble, crystals... Also Hambly transparency although that isn't showing up so well against the black background, Rangers stickles and American Craft Thickers.

I'll show the inside pages with the gorgeous Purple Onion stamps in my next post. Still getting over how big the album got. :) I like to think big is beautiful (indulge me this once.) :D

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Seen on ScrapScene

I made a few Valentine's Day cards and projects the last month and a few of them were picked up by ScrapScene.

Valentine's Day Projects 12 Feb

Valentine's Day Projects 14 Feb

Thank you to everyone who's dropped by to take a closer look and for your comments. They're much appreciated. :)

Lia also left me a comment to say my Love Songs project reminded her of this one at Pink Paislee. So I followed her link to take a look. And yes, I am tickled by the similarity as pointed out by Lia:- the ribbon backing and vertical orientation. Let me say categorically, and this is the honest truth, I'd never seen Katie Watson's beautiful banner before Lia posted the link. So of course now I'm thinking, are people thinking that I copied Katie's design? I really dislike the idea of copying someone's scrapping ideas wholesale, or even partly, without giving credit. Truth be told, I absolutely abhor the idea of copying anyone's ideas wholesale. Where's the creativity and pride in your work if you did that?

So back to my Love Songs project. I spent a few days thinking of what altered decor I could create with my Gauche Alchemy kit. I knew I wanted it to have 4 pages with the alphabets LOVE on each one of them. At first I thought I would create a mini album. But then I figured that was too boring and had been done before. Then I thought perhaps a standing display on the console, with each alpha linked by some ribbon ties. But I gave up that idea because I would have to make sure the decor could stand up well on its own. So I thought about hanging banners, a horizontal one, like a party banner. Basically taking my standing decor idea and hanging it up horizontally on the wall. And that was how I started creating the piece. Except I realized as I was making it that there wasn't enough wall to hang the banner on. :D So what did I do? I decided to create a vertical hanging. I could of course have just linked each chipboard piece to the next through individual ribbon ties, but I thought that was too ordinary. And it would mean punching holes in my little chipboard squares which I felt would spoil the design. So I came up with this idea of just having very long ribbon tails and attaching my chipboard squares to them. (This is where having a huge stash of ribbons comes in useful.) And I thought I was being really creative and original doing that. The idea of making horizontal banners has been around for some time and quite a few people have made them. So even going vertical I thought was a departure from the crowd. At the time that I created my decor, I thought hanging my chipboard squares off long ribbon tails was so clever. But come to think of it, didn't I see that idea in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago, where she hung Christmas cards on a ribbon backing? Or was it at a childhood friend's house over Christmas 8 years ago that I saw the idea? Probably both. So sad to say, the ribbon backing idea is not new.

What am I saying? Well, firstly, that I did not copy the hanging decor idea from anyone, certainly not Katie Watson as I'd never laid eyes on her beautiful banner before today. And secondly, that even what we think is an original idea has probably been done before. So in my subconscious mind, I say Thank You Martha Stewart. :D

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's February 14. :) To all of you celebrating it, Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's a heart-shaped card I made using Brenda Walton's Sweet Talk collection from K&Co. The stamped words are from Purple Onion Design's Great Circus alphabet stamps. Gorgeous fonts, aren't they?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Love Songs

Here's another Valentine's Day project. :) It's a wall hanging I created as Guest Designer for Gauche Alchemy using their January Kit.

I call it Love Songs because each altered chipboard square has song titles with the word LOVE in it. I tore up pieces of vintage music sheet, inked the edges and mod-podged them to the chipboard square. I then added in cut-outs from the other vintage elements in the kit and completed the vintage shabby look with lace, ribbons and some pearls.

Some shots from a different angle:
Incorporated a little fabric in this square. And that little butterfly's from the stamp that came with the kit.

The song Love Love Love always reminds me of Love Actually. What a funny sweet movie. :)

Looking at this project always makes me sing. :)

That's a cut-out from a vintage magazine. Explains the oldie-but-goodie lovey song title. :D

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Gift Tag

So now that we've got our Valentine's presents all gift-wrapped, how about a gift tag to complete the package? Here's one I made using a couple of Purple Onion Designs stamps:- a Love Noteblock stamp (I just can't get enough of these noteblock stamps) and the Early 1900's Music Background stamp. The Jenni Bowlin patterned papers and kraft cardstock are from My Scrapbook Nook's Feb Kit, Prima flowers, crystal and lace from my own stash.

Here's the tag from a different angle:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


My third layout using the gorgeous February kit from My Scrapbook Nook. The complete title's "Together, the best place to be." I love that title. :)

I created this for one of three challenges I hosted over the weekend at the Nook's virtual crop. The crop was a real blast and so many beautiful layouts came out of it. If you haven't been to the gallery you'll be amazed at what the crop attendees came up with over 4 days. A draw was held to determine the winners for the many challenges we held so if you participated, check at the crop forum soon.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine's Day Card

Here's the Valentine's Day card I made using Basic Grey's Bittersweet collection. I went for a romantic card embellished with flowers, lace trims, a string of pearls and a little glitter.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Basic Grey Gallery

My Sweet Indulgence layout and Valentine's Day card are featured in the Basic Grey Gallery. :) Love the Bittersweet collection, :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Living In The Moment

Purple Onion Designs is sponsoring the challenge at One Little Word this week and I've decided to join in the fun. The word this week is "Living" which made me think of the phrase "Living in the moment". To me that means just being totally immersed in an experience and enjoying it, and for that one moment discarding all distractions and worries. Just a little moment a day would add so much happiness, don't you think?

I've used the new My Mind's Eye Maggie May collection on this layout. Purple isn't a colour I would normally scrap with but the gorgeous flowers in the photo called for a purple/blue layout. We really enjoyed the experience of riding through the lupins on a clear sunny day with a whole field of purple, pinks and blues before us. That was indeed one moment to take in.

This is a quote that I really like. I've placed the strip journalling on a Purple Onion Deluxe Labels stamp which I stamped on transparency and floated over some lace. I've also used more Purple Onion stamps to complement the flower cluster below.

Thanks for dropping by!

Stamps - Purple Onion Designs (Deluxe Labels & Ornamentals Set)
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Maggie May
Chipboard Accents, Thickers & Sticker Alphas - American Crafts
Flowers - Prima Marketing
Brads - Making Memories

Thursday, February 5, 2009

GDT contest at My Scrapbook Nook

My Scrapbook Nook has two contests on right now for Guest Designer spots in April and May. It's two out of the many challenges we have planned for you during our virtual crop which starts Thurs 5pm PST (Fri 9am Singapore Time). While the rest of the challenges will be posted with the official start of the crop, we've decided to post the GDT challenges earlier to give you ladies more time to create your best work for a chance to win the GDT spots. Guest designers will work with that month's Nook kit and let me tell you, the kits are absolutely gorgeous and filled with the latest collections. Think latest CHA Winter collections. ;)

So hop on over the forum at the Nook and find out more about the challenges. Oh, and we have some other great prizes to be won at the crop too so mark that down on your diary. :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wet & Wild!

More photos of our holiday in New Zealand. This time of the cousins going for a wet and wild ride on the shotover jets in Queenstown.

I used supplies from My Scrapbook Nook's February Kit on this layout and two Purple Onion Designs journalling stamps (Circle Scallop and Small Date Deco stamps). Don't you just love the scalloped and date stamps? :)

If you love stamps you're going to like this. Purple Onion is sponsoring some of their rubber stamps as prizes at One Little Word, Scrapping the Music and Tag, You're It. So if you want to win some gorgeous stamps, head on over and take part in the challenges.

And for more challenges and prizes, here's a reminder that the virtual crop at My Scrapbook Nook's starts Thursday 5pm PST (Friday 9am Singapore Time.) Do join in the fun. We've got lots of challenges, prizes and even two Guest Designer spots to be won. :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Virtual Crop at My Scrapbook Nook

My Scrapbook Nook's having its first virtual crop of the year this Thursday! The crop kicks off Thursday, Feb 5th at 5pm Pacific Time (Fri, Feb 6th 9am Singapore Time). The crop will come to a close on Sunday, Feb 8th at 8pm Pacific Time (Mon, Feb 9th 12pm Singapore Time). Join us for lots of challenges, games and enjoy the camaraderie of other scrappers from all over the world. There will be raks and prizes to be won, and get this - TWO Guest Designer spots up for grabs! The Nook's kits are to die for and you really want to be in the running for the guest designer spots.

You can join in any time and participate in as many or as few challenges as your schedule allows. And hey, when you participate, mention Susan sent you. :)

What are you waiting for? Clear off your scrap table and sign up for the crop here: Click me through!