Friday, October 30, 2009

A Few Cards

Here are a few cards I made using stamps from Purple Onion Designs:

That beautiful butterfly looks good on a card, on layouts... everywhere. I also used the circle scallop stamp and a little motif from the Antique Fair set. Teamed them up with some lovely Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess papers from My Scrapbook Nook's October Kit.

I'm slowly building up my Christmas card stock. On this one I used Graphic 45's Christmas Past papers and one of Purple Onion's Snowflake stamps. The mistletoe's from Prima and the leaves I handcut.

I wanted to try something different with this card. So I sprayed Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Lemon Zest, Sea Glass, Meadow Green and Turquoise Blue all over a white cardstock. The shimmer on this is amazing, especially bathed in warm sunlight. I then stamped some blossom and butterfly Purple Onion stamps on the card and heat embossed the images. I outlined the card in black to focus the images and left it simple. Yay simple! No patterned paper, no embellishments. Just cardstock, glimmer mist and stamps. :)

This is my last month with Purple Onion Designs. I can't believe I've been on their design team for a year already. How time flies! I had a great time designing with their stamps and will continue to play with them, as they truly are gorgeous stamps. Thank you, Michele, for this great opportunity and for being so warm and generous. :)

And ladies, check out the Purple Onion blog for more new stamps that Michele introduced just this week.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hi! Card

My Scrapbook Nook's November kit's on its way and I just realized I hadn't posted this card I made from the October kit yet. It's a greeting card made from the ever-gorgeous Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess papers. I added some doily and lace for the domestic look. I began by spritzing the doily with some Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Vanilla Breeze to age it a little.

For the word "Hi", I applied crackle glaze to the Graphic 45 alphas, creating a vintage typewriter key feel.

I cut out the flower motif from the patterned paper and dotted it with red distressed stickles for the flower centres.
I just completed another card using the kit and will post it up soon.

Monday, October 26, 2009

BFF - A Prima Layout

Here's the third layout I created for Prima during my stint as guest designer recently. It's a relatively simple layout. I went for a clean look because I really like the Delighted patterned paper from Prima's Indeed collection with its pretty lilac butterflies and wanted it to show through. So I used just two patterned papers on this layout. The background one, and a scalloped circle border I handcut from the Enchanted papers.

I selected a large homespun elegance flower in purple to be a focus accent and added a couple of smaller caboodles in complementary shades of violet and green. I popped up the photo using dimensional foam dots, and gathered a length of lime Prima lace, scrunched it and tucked it just under the bottom of the photo. Prima Say It In Pearls swirls and a sprinkling of the new e pearls in mint and blush complete the layout.

But wait, there's a hidden tag for secret journalling on this layout. I created a tag out of the packaging for the flutter vine by cutting it in half. It's always fun to recycle packaging, especially ones that are as pretty as this. I then attached some caboodles to it and tucked it behind the photo. The tag is held in place by the flowers which act as a clip. No one would know it's there, unless you know which flowers to pull on.

Here's the cluster of flowers with the tag disguised as part of the floral cluster:

And here's the tag. I've left it blank here so my daughter can journal on it later.

It's amazing what a few well-placed Prima flowers and lace can do for a simple layout. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Altered Cheeseboard

I was looking at The Domestic Goddess papers from Graphic 45 and felt inspired to create a food-related altered object. I knew I had a cheeseboard lying around and this was what I came up with.

I cut out the labels from the patterned paper, then layered them over a doily I found in my kitchen cabinet. But first, I lightly misted the doily with My Tattered Angels' glimmer mist in Vanilla Breeze, a lovely light brown shade.

I knew from the start the quote I wanted to use on the cheeseboard; one that I've always found amusing: Life Is Short. Eat Dessert First. :D

I made a simple paper flower from the patterned paper by cutting out the yellow petals from the Graphic 45 patterned paper, layered one over another, curled the edges and completed the blossom with a button.

The patterned papers, homespun Prima flower, buttons and blue ribbon are all from My Scrapbook Nook's gorgeous October kit.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Wish" - A Prima Layout

This is another layout I created for Prima as their guest designer, using the Tropics collection. I used just two patterned papers on this layout, although you might not think it looking at the strips of patterned paper peeking out from under the photo. I chose the soothing Celery Splash paper as the background because it matched the colours in the photograph perfectly. For a splash of colour, I cut strips from Sweet Apple, then punched decorative borders along each, laying them down to form a photo mat.

I wanted the photo to stand out, so the embellishments hugged just a corner of the layout. I layered a large Painted Lady flower with two vines and added Say It In Crystal swirls for subtle bling.

Prima products I used:
Patterned Paper: Tropics Sweet Apple (840945)and Celery Splash (840952)
Flowers: Painted Ladies Nob Hill (532727), Flutter Vines Scarlet (533663), Cherry Blossom Branches White (533649)
Leaves: Heirloom Paper Leaves Blue Ice (532239)
Crystals: Say It In Crystals (517304)

Friday, October 16, 2009

"Splash!" - A Prima layout

This is the first layout I created for my guest designer feature at Prima Marketing. I had this new photo of the girls by the pool and knew the Tropics papers would be perfect for it.

I wanted to maximise the tropical feel of the photo and the paper, so I created a frame for the photo that resembled a splash of water. I used the blues and greens in the paper to give the impression of an ocean wave curling over, leaving the torn edges white to mimic the frothy sea foam.

I found the perfect flowers to go with the layout. A Painted Ladies Nob Hill in the same teal shade as the patterned paper, some Gallery and Trellis roses, and one of my favourites - a flutter vine in white which I curved around the waves.

The title, Splash, was created using Prima's new alphabets. Again, don't you love that the blue alpha coordinates perfectly with the Tropics patterned paper and flowers? I adhered the title onto a piece of clear transparency, then floated it above the Gallery and Trellis roses in keeping with the water theme. Water, float - get it? ;)

A huge thank you once again to Prima for the opportunity!

List of Prima products I used:

Patterned Paper - Tropics Mango Cherries (840969) and Waterfall (840938)
Flowers - Painted Ladies Nob Hill (532727), Gallery Roses (533304), Trellis Roses Fontaine (533175) & Flutter Vines (533717).
Leaves - Heirloom Paper Leaves Ice Blue (532239)
Alphas - Flocked Alphabets (531133)

I'm a Guest Designer at Prima!!!

Yes! I'm a guest designer at Prima Marketing!! Would you believe that? It's just one of my most favourite manufacturers ever! I've been so excited about it for the last few months, bursting with anticipation to tell but I couldn't. :) Not until the reveal day... today!

This huge box arrived for me last week. The name on the box had me grinning from ear to ear. :)

Look at some of the goodies inside. I had to take a quick snapshot before I dove into them. All of my favourites from their latest release, and much more. I couldn't display everything. :)

I whipped up 5 layouts and an altered project in the last week using the gorgeous Indeed and Tropics collections. I couldn't stop because I was having so much fun. It was only at the final hour that I took photos of my layouts and emailed them to Sharon, just in the nick of time for the submission for the feature. :)

And here it is:

Do check out my feature on the Prima blog here: Prima Guest Designer .

I really must thank Sharon and Prima Marketing for this wonderful opportunity to guest design for them. It was a dream come true for me because any scrapper who knows me knows I love all things Prima. When I first received the email inviting me to guest design, I almost fell out of my bed (it was early morning). And I haven't been able to wipe that smile off my face since. So a huge thank you to you again, Sharon. :)

Back soon with the layouts.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Strawberry Picking

A layout featuring photos on strawberry picking, using Graphic 45's Domestic Goddess papers from My Scrapbook Nook's October kit. The blue and white checkered patterned paper reminds me of a picnic mat.

I like the accents of bright red all over this layout - from the border, to the alphas, to the photo mat, to the photos themselves.

I used stickles on the strawberries to make them look like they're sugar-coated. Yums! :) I also used my Martha Stewart loopy border punch. That's one of my favourite punches at the moment.

Thanks for dropping by. Back with more soon. Can't wait. :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunflowers & Ice Lollies

I'm back to making a vintagey layout using Graphic 45's Domestic Goddess papers that came in this month's My Scrapbook Nook's October kit. I'm scrapping an old photo. That's me in my kindergarten uniform, eating an ice lolly (was it called Rocket or something?) after kindy class, I presume. Those were some tall sunflowers, weren't they?

I peeled back two layers of patterned paper to form a frame for my layout, inking and distressing the peeled layers. I then created a shadowbox effect by mounting the frame on dimensional foam dots.

Here you can see the peeled back layers and the additional layer of black lace and a Prima flower for good measure.

I handwrote the title on the Jenni Bowlin journal notepad that came with the kit, in keeping with a raw aged feel.

I was on an aged roll, so I crackle painted the cut out stamp image from the patterned paper. Don't you love the crackle effect?

You can see the layers of patterned paper and black lace here again, along with that beautiful bird from Making Memories Vintage Findings, which also came in the October kit.

All materials used are from My Scrapbook Nook's October kit, except for the red Prima flowers which I added to give splashes of crimson to the layout. This month's kit is really gorgeous - Graphic 45, Prima, Making Memories and Jenni Bowlin. All my absolute favourites in one kit. Check it out here: October Kit

Thursday, October 1, 2009


A layout for Graphic 45 using a mix of Renaissance Faire and Domestic Goddess papers. I chose some of the brighter patterned papers in the collection to show that not all Graphic 45 layouts need to look vintagey.

These photos were taken by the sea. To complement the photos, I scattered some Robin's Nest Dew Drops in sand, pale blue and mocha. Makes me think of water droplets and the sun, sand and sea.

I also added little dew drops to the blue hyacinth, using glossy accents. And one of my favourite chipboard embellishments of late, My Tattered Angels' ornate frame. I coloured this one dusky yellow, to match the layout, and topped it off with some sugar stickles.

I like this quote:

The layout from a different angle to show off the dimensional details better.