Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nook News

My Scrapbook Nook's having a cool Strut Your Scrap Contest.

Between July 26th and August 15th, you have the opportunity to win a $75 Nook gift certificate- AND to send a friend a free kit!

Here is how you play: Upload three projects that you have made from recent Nook kits anywhere on the web (blogs, facebook, etc) and let people know that you have officially Strutted Your Scrap! Post back to the contest thread with a link to where you strutted. Then, tell people about this contest and have them drop by this thread and let us know where they saw you strut! At the end of the contest every pair of names will be entered into a random drawing and the Strutter will win the $75, and the person who saw you strut will win a free kit!

For more details, go here: Strut Your Stash Contest

Good luck!

And talking about kits, here's the Nook's August kit, featuring October Afternoon's Road Map papers! And look at those 7G metal travel charms and tags. :) This is one of those kits where Leah stuffed it to the brim. And the best part? Valued at $38, the kit's only going for $28. :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hi! Card

A quick card I made using Basic Grey's Lemonade papers and Purple Onion's medium-sized butterfly stamp from their new butterfly set.

A close-up of the butterfly stamp sitting atop some Prima flowers:

The card is inspired by Laura's Sketch #31.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The World Is A Book...

This is the second layout I created for Graphic 45 using the Glimmer Mists and Glimmer Screens so kindly sponsored by Tattered Angels.

To show off the glimmer screen of the bird taking flight to its full advantage, I placed the mask at the top corner and liberally squirted brass glimmer mist over it. I was quite pleased with how well the brass mist stood out on black cardstock. I wanted to do a Nature layout featuring the photo of my dd horseback riding and so of course I turned to Graphic 45's Botanicabella papers. Botanicabella is one of my absolute favourite lines and the leaves and butterflies never fail me each time I look for patterned paper for nature layouts.

A quote which is so true:

It may not be so apparent from the photo but the layers here are popped up with foam dots 3 layers high.

Some of my favourite embellishments - flowers, lace and butterflies:

For more inspiration from the Graphic 45 Design Team on using Tattered Angels' products, take a look here: Graphic 45

Friday, July 24, 2009

Graphic 45 & Tattered Angels

The design team at Graphic 45 was given some Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Screens and Chips to play with and here's the first of the layouts I created using papers from different Graphic 45 collections and goodies from Tattered Angels.

The layout from a different angle:

I added in some Prima flowers and also the packaging from a Prima vine.

For more inspiration by the Graphic 45 design team, head on over to the blog where we've been posting layouts and projects using Graphic 45 & Tattered Angels products all week.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


A couple of cards I made recently:

This one uses Graphic 45 papers and a butterfly stamp from Purple Onion designs.

This one uses Graphic 45 Fashionista papers. I found the perfect ribbon to go with the card. :)

Pink Paislee Winner

My Riders' Paradise layout using Pink Paislee's Captivating line won the Pink Paislee challenge over at Your Scrapbook Stash. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Les Choristes

My daughter and I have been watching this French film Les Choriste. It's a touching story of a group of wayward orphans and a supervisor's attempt to reach out to them through song. The film is captivating and the singing moving, especially that of the lead singer, Jean Baptiste Maunier. Listen to these two songs that were sung by the original choir Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc.

This next song, Cerf-Volant, my daughter knows it all too well because her school's choir sang at their school choral festival and as guest performers at another choral festival.

Watching the movie ignited bits of rusty French I took as a teenager in school. :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Here's another layout I made using Basic Grey's Lemonade collection from My Scrapbook Nook's July kit. This one started out as a very clean layout, with simple lines and minimal embellishments. Then just as I thought I'd finished with it, the inking and distressing monster took a hold of me and I started inking, distressing and crumpling paper with a vengeance. My Prima collection of flowers floated towards my layout like bees to honey and that's how my layout ended up the way it did. I had nothing to do with it. Truly. ;)

Okay, the glimmer-misting and inking of the Maya Road chipboard I did before the monsters came.

This part here with the crumpled paper and flowers just happened. Flying flowers, I tell ya!

Materials used:
Basic Grey Lemonade papers - Lime Cooler, Sundress & Cherry Cobbler
Basic Grey Lemonade Doilies Swiss Dot Aqua
Basic Grey Lemonade Chip Sticker Shapes
Prima Marketing Trellis Roses Fontaine
Prima Marketing Caboodles
Prima Marketing Painterly Petals Angelique
Maya Road Chipboard Words

Purple Onion Giveaway Day 2!

Purple Onion Designs is giving away this new set of Butterfly stamps. I have to say this is one of the most beautiful butterfly stamps in the market and previously only came in one size in the Brocante set. Sharon and I were just saying how great it would be if the butterfly was sold on its own and Michele came up with this Butterfly set in different sizes. If you love butterfly stamps this is one set you have to get. If you want to win a set, head on over to Purple Onion now and enter the giveaway.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Basic Grey Gallery

A couple of my recent Basic Grey layouts using the Lemonade line are up on the Basic Grey Gallery. :)

Purple Onion Giveaway!

Purple Onion Designs is giving away of couple of these brand new "What's the Scoop?" rubber stamps. Just visit the blog and leave a comment. Easy peasy! Good luck! :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ice Cream Card

A card using My Scrapbook Nook's July Kit featuring Basic Grey's Lemonade papers, doily and woolie embellishment. That ice cream cone is so cute! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Graphic 45 - Full Release

Graphic 45 has finally revealed their full release for CHA. Check out the entire collection of Domestic Goddess, Renaissance Faire and Christmas Past here: Graphic 45CHA reveal.

Absolutely gorgeous!

And congratulations to our Graphic 45 guest designers :

September - Jeja
October - Teresa Manchas
November - Toni Kelly

Check out their layouts on the Graphic 45 ning site. Really gorgeous creations.

Monday, July 13, 2009

You Inspire Me

This is a layout I created for a class over at My Scrapbook Nook using their lovely July Kit. I can't get enough of the Basic Grey Lemonade papers and embellishments.

Some close-ups:

I created the cluster using lots of cutwork, stickles and an assortment of flowers.

The Cats Life Press came with the July Kit as well.

Take a look at the class here: My Scrapbook Nook July Kit Layout Class

- Basic Grey Lemonade Papers: Sun Dress, Splash, Poppyfield, Dandelion, Flower Garden, Pretty Petals, Saltwater Taffy & Doilies Swiss Dot Aqua;
- Prima flowers;
- Websters Pages Lace & American Crafts velvet ribbon;
- Basic Grey Lemonade sticker alphabets;
- Cats Life Press stamp
- Rangers Stickles
- Rangers Distress Ink
- Martha Stewart edge border punch and butterfly punch.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New DT at My Scrapbook Nook

My Scrapbook Nook's announced their new design team and I'm so happy to be back for another term. The Nook has the most gorgeous kits, always filled with the latest products and a generous supply of beautiful embellishments. Just take a look at the past and present kits and you'll know what I mean.

The new DT members are:

Leah Killian - USA
Jen Pohl -USA
Stacey Michaud -USA
Camilla Ekman -Sweden
Susan Lui -Singapore
Lynn Ghahary -USA
Zarah Peterson -Sweden
Lady Grace Belarmino -Philippines
Lisa Day -USA
Brittny Lejune -USA
Daniela Dobson -USA
Becky Williams -USA
Aleksandra Gadji -Sweden

I like that our DT is made up of a great mix of USA and international scrappers. I had a blast on my last term on the Nook and am really looking forward to the new term. Happy Scrapping!

Friday, July 10, 2009


Basic Grey Lemonade! I love this latest line from BG. :) I made this for My Scrapbook Nook using their July kit. I cut out a square from the exquisite blue BG doily paper, turning the 12x12 doily into a frame for my layout. I threaded a thin satin pink ribbon through the little squares in the doily, forming a frame for my photo. Did lots of cutwork because the flowers in the patterned paper were just begging to be cut out and formed into a flower cluster. :) Created lots of dimension with the cutouts and Prima flowers.

The title work uses a chipboard element from the same collection, embellished with more cutwork and stickles.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies (My Scrapbook Nook's July Kit):
Basic Grey Lemonade papers, chipboard elements, doily & rub-ons.
Prima flowers
Lace & ribbon (own stash)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Scrapbook Nook's July Kit

This is what came in the mail for me two days ago! The Nook's July Kit is to die for. Look at what's in the kit:

Basic Grey Lemonade Line: Papers and Alpha
Copic Pen Glitter
Maya Road Ribbon & Chipboard Words
Bazzill Paper
Prima Flowers & Tags
1 yard of pretty American Crafts ribbon
Webster's Fancy Lace Ribbon
CLP Stamp

Fun fun fun! I'll be back with a layout I created using the kit.

Graphic 45 Sneaks

This is one of the new lines Graphic 45 is releasing at CHA, Renaissance Faire. Isnt' it gorgeous? I love the rich jewelled hues of blue and green, and the signature page with all the Renaissance paintings.

For more pix on the other two lines, Domestic Goddess and Christmas Past, go to the Graphic 45 blog here: CHA Peeks

Also, don't forget we have a July challenge going on at Graphic 45: July Challenge - Mix & Match & White. Click the link for details.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

More cards...

I recently bought some Martha Stewart punches from my LSS and decided to try them out on this card. I must say I like the look of the arch lattice border and the royal butterfly punches.

This card's for Purple Onion Designs using their oh-so-pretty butterfly stamp. I stamped the butterfly using different colours on kraft paper, creating my own patterned paper. This butterfly's probably one of the most beautiful stamps in the market.

This last card's a shabby-chic one with my favourite ribbons, lace and flower combination, using Cosmo Cricket's Fleuriste papers.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cards & such

Here's a card I made using the Date Me stamp from Purple Onion Designs and some Webster's Pages papers.

The rust-coloured rose was originally pink, which didn't sit too well on the card, so I glimmer-misted it to the shade I wanted. Fun! I also stickled the butterfly and flowers on the patterned paper as well as the white Prima flower.

And speaking of Webster's Pages, my Happy Days layout is the featured photo on InspireMe. :)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Days

Scrapping some old photos using Webster's Pages new Sweet As Cherry Pie papers.

Did some cut-outs which I popped up with 3D foam dots and matched back to the navy stripes.

And I found the ideal flowers to match the patterned paper. Prima's new cherry blossom branches are the perfect match to the cherry blossoms on the patterned paper. Almost looks like they've come to life. :)

The layout from another angle to show the dimension:

Scrapping Supplies:

Patterned Papers: Webster's Pages Sweet As Cherry Pie's Let's Celebrate, Little Nibbles & Fly a Kite.
Flowers: Prima Marketing Cherry Blossom Branches White.
Alphas: Webster's Pages StoryTellers

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Graphic 45 July Challenge

Every month Graphic 45 hosts challenges for their fans. This month, I have the honour of hosting the July Challenge and here it is: Mix & Match & White

I fell in love with Graphic 45 from the moment they debuted at CHA 2008 and being on their design team is a dream come true. Their designs and colours are so distinctive you can recognize their patterned papers immediately. And it is this distinctiveness which makes it so easy to mix and match the papers across all the different collections.

In my 'Paris' layout above, I used 5 papers from three different collections, both old and new:

Fashionista's Vintage Cherries;
Transatlantique's Paris Post, Globe Trotter & Around The Globe; and
Botanicabella's Dragonfly Duet.

Here are some close-ups:

I've also created the layout with a fair bit of 'white space', meaning I left a large portion of the background paper clean or uncovered. This helps to draw attention to the focal point of the layout, which is the photo. The Dragonfly Duet paper was also too pretty to be covered up. :)

So my challenge to you this month is:
Create a layout using Graphic 45 papers from at least 3 collections. AND make sure the layout has white space.

All challenge entries must be uploaded to our ning site by 31 July ( Please also post your entries or your photo on this thread in our forum so we know you've entered:

Your Prize: The winning entry gets a pack of Graphic 45 papers!

So get your creative juices flowing and get those entries in! Good luck!