Sunday, May 31, 2009

Purple Onion Grab Bags

Purple Onion Designs stamps has some grab bags up for sale. Here's the official word:

Limited quantity of grab bags are now available. They contain around 25 stamps of different styles & sizes.$15.00 includes domestic shipping. International orders will run around $22.00. I will need your address for the exact total.The grab bags are all very similar so there would be lots of duplicates if ordering more than one. However, they make great gifts or break them apart to send out RAKS to friends.The grab bags are not on the website.

If you would like to order them please:
-Email Michele at:
-Indicate quantity you would like to order
-Full name & shipping address
-Method of payment: check, money order or Paypal (please include Paypal email address)

Ooohhhh! Tempting!

Butterfly Card

A quick card I made using Purple Onion's butterfly stamp and some Basic Grey Infuse paper. The design is from Kazan's Sketch #27.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Scrapbook Nook June Kit

Look at all the gorgeous goodies in My Scrapbook Nook's June Kit! I spy Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection along with lots of yummy bellies. Here's what's in the kit:

2 sheets of bazzill cardstock
1 set of Cosmo Cricket Chipboard
American Crafts Rockabye Alphabet Thickers
American Crafts Lullaby Alphabet Thickers
Chatterbox Treasures- buttons, bling ,felt & vintage bits and baubles
1 yard of pretty American Crafts ribbon
Maya Road leaf pins
A Cosmo Cricket Spinner Card
10 gorgeous Cosmo cricket Early Bird double sided papers
Jenni Bowlin Tickets

Can't wait to receive mine! :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I wanted to try something different with this layout so I tore up strips of Lily Bee patterned paper and used that as a mat for my photo. I like how the one little red bird in the pp stands out and how it complements the birds in the photo.

The photo was taken by a lake in New Zealand where it was just so peaceful and tranquil. Settings like this make me think, reflect and contemplate. Hence the title "Reflect".

List of Supplies:
Lily Bee patterned paper and Maya Road flower from My Scrapbook Nook's May kit;
Flowers - Prima;
Crystals - Prima;
Lace & trim - own stash;
Others - Robin's Nest Dew Drops & Rangers Liquid Pearls

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Some of the design team members at Graphic 45 decided to use three of the same Communique papers and see how different our layouts would turn out to be for our Same Papers Different Styles feature. The papers we all used were:

And this is my layout using the three Communique papers:

I kept the lines on this layout clean with quite a bit of white space. To balance the layout I added a mini cluster on the top right, which is where I placed the title {Heart}. The title is short for "I {heart} you", a play on popular current jargon. The contemporary title is juxtaposed against the old style forms of communication featured in the patterned papers, such as old world rotary phones, to bring out the contrast between old and new.

The title is stamped using Great Circus alphabet stamps from Purple Onion Designs. The font on this alpha is beautiful and as with all Purple Onion rubber stamps, the image is fantastically crisp.

The flower centre here is made from Prima lace.

To view what the other Graphic 45 DT members did with the same Communique papers, go here: Same Papers Different Styles

Graphic 45 Papers: Communique Fine Society, A Fine Specimen & Party Line
Alpha: Purple Onion Designs Great Circus Alphabet Stamps
Flower: Prima
Pearls: Prima
Lace: Prima
Pearl Brad: K & Company
Transparency: Hambly

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bird Card

This is a quick card I made for my card class at My Scrapbook Nook using their May kit. It's an all-occasion card. You can use it for birthdays (hoppy bird-day?), travel (taking flight?), and even Christmas (imagine that's a dove) :D

Lily Bee's Three Little Birds collection goes so well with the Maya Road chipboard bird tag I just had to use the chipboard on the card. I altered the chipboard bird with the lily bee papers and embellished it using lace and a generous application of Rangers stickles.

The card is tri-fold and closed tight using a brown satin ribbon.

You can see the card class here: Nook card class

featured on lily bee

My Blue Skies layout using Lily Bee products was featured on Lily Bee's blog for Friay Faves. :) Here's the blog entry: lily bee friday faves

And here's a larger pic of my Blue Skies layout:

Monday, May 18, 2009

Thank you card

A Thank you card I made using Graphic 45's Botanicabella collection and Purple Onion Designs Deluxe Label stamp.

Here's a close-up showing the Purple Onion stamp and the floral bouquet. And yes, more of the Apron String punch at work :)

Friday, May 15, 2009


Here's another layout I created using My Scrapbook Nook's May kit. The Lily Bee Three Little Birds papers are just perfect for a nature shot. This one's of my dd by a stream in New Zealand.

To complement the photo and the papers, I made my own little apple trees. I glimmer misted the little Maya Road chipboard trees and added little red gems as apples.

And what's a photo by the stream and chipboard apple trees without a fluffy white cloud and little bluebird. :) I made the cloud from cotton wool and the glimmer misted and crackle accented the little bluebird. Love the crackled effect.

That Webster's Pages ruffled ribbon is absolutely gorgeous and it inspired me to make a border of distressed and fancy edges.


Patterned Paper : Lily Bee's Three Little Birds Collection
Chipboard Trees & Bird: Maya Road
Ruffled Ribbon: Webster's Pages
Alphas: Basic Grey
Gems: Kaisercraft
Others: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Rangers Crackle Accents & Lace

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blue Skies

A layout for My Scrapbook Nook using their lovely May kit. Love those Lily Bee papers, especially their little 6x6 die cut papers. This photo was taken in New Zealand where they have the most perfect blue skies. :)

Patterned Paper : Lily Bee Designs Three Little Birds Collection - Cinnamon, Three Little Birds & Three Little Birds Die Cut Frames.
Flowers: Maya Road & Prima
Trim: Maya Road
Alphas: American Craft
Gems: Kaisercraft
Others: Rangers Liquid Pearl

Monday, May 11, 2009

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Over at Graphic 45, some of the design team members decided to create layouts using the same three patterned papers from the new Fashionista collection. These were the three papers:

As all the papers are double-sided, every single layout came out looking really different. Some were more vintage, some romantic, some more graphic and some artistic. You can see what the other design team members did here: Same papers, different styles

And here's my layout using the three patterned papers:

The photos were taken at a rose garden in New Zealand and I thought the Potpourri paper would be perfect for the photos. complemented by some flowers from Prima and Bazzil as well as some pretty lace and pearl embellishments.

If you decide to give this a try, upload your layouts to our gallery. We'd love to see what you do with the same three patterned papers. :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Graphic 45 Card

Graphic 45's early Botanicabella papers are still one of my favourite collections from Graphic 45 and the papers are perfect for Mother's Day cards.

Here I've embellished the card with a sprinkling of flowers, lace, trim, satin ribbon and a pearl hat pin for a feminine vintagey card.

List of Supplies

Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 Botanicabella collection
Flowers - Prima and others
Hat Pin - Maya Road
Gems - Robin's Nest
Lace, trim, ribbon - own stash

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Nook's May Kit

Look at My Scrapbook Nook's May Kit! Those Lily Bee papers and those little diecut papers... And that Webster's Pages trim! That is the most gorgeous trim. You really have to see it in real life. As always the kit's packed full of goodies with some of my favourites, like the Basic Grey chipboard alphas, Maya Road chipboard trees and velvet flowers and sprinklings of bling and buttons. Drool!

If you haven't already, go check out the Nook Scrap-Off that's happening right now. We're having a series of challenges for 5 weeks. Lots of fun and great prizes, including a six month term on the design team! Now that's a prize worth playing for! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Purple Onion Designs Sale

Purple Onion Designs is having an NSD sale and it's a good one. Take a look at the details here: NSD Sale Details The sale is on just for this weekend so hurry!

Michele is having a giveaway on her blog too. So hop on over to the Purple Onion Designs blog now. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Nook Scrap-Off

My Scrapbook Nook's having a really exciting contest in May. Throughout May we'll be running weekly challenges leading up to the grand prize of..... get ready for this.... a 6 month spot on the design team!! The 2nd and 3rd place winners will also win spots on the design team. And if you've seen the gorgeous kits the Nook comes up with every month you'll know this is one great design team to be on.

This isn't just a weekly layout challenge. In fact, there may not even be layout challenges every week. So if you think you can't pull off layouts every week, have no fear. :D We've got other exciting events lined up.

So hop on over to the Nook and read all the details regarding the Great Nook Scrap-off here: The Nook Scrap-off

Kayaking Fun

Here's another layout I did using Graphic 45's Transatlantique papers. I like how different this layout is from my earlier one using the same collection. While "Parisian Sights" has a warm, vintagey feel, this one's all about being bright, breezy and crisp. I used the brighter blue tones in the Transatlantique collection and kept the lines clean with no distressing at all. I really like that the Transatlantique papers have several papers with a nautical reference which were just right for my photos on kayaking.

To give some texture to the otherwise clean and 2-dimensional layout, I added chipboard flocked alphas, a metallic tag, lace and lots of flowers.

If you like Graphic 45 papers, you're going to love this. A Million Memories is having a Graphic 45 contest as part of their NSD celebrations. More will be revealed at A Million Memories on Friday so don't forget to check it out. :)

List of Supplies:

Patterned Papers - Graphic 45's Transatlantique Collection
Flowers - Prima
Alphas - Forever in Time flocked chipboard conts
Metal Embellishment - K & Company
Lace - unknown