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. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Scrapbook Nook's December Kit

Look at the Nook's gorgeous December kit!!

8 Sheets of Double Sided Making Memories Holiday Paper
3 Making Memories Speciality Papers
Making Memories Trims & Treats
Prima Alphas
Prima Blings
1 Package Of 30 Days Advent Numbers From MM Shabby Chic
2 Sheets Of Bazzill Cardstock

It's on its way to me even as I write. Can't wait!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Prima Picks

This is the Prima Picks on the Prima blog this month. Love those bright sunny citrus shades of lemon and orange.

And here's a recent layout I did using the orange Gypsy Petals Carmel teamed with some lime Caboodles.

A close-up:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

These are the days

Here's another layout I created using the Audrey collection from My Scrapbook Nook's November kit. It's for the virtual crop that's going on right now at the Nook. We've got more than 20 challenges up already and the ladies are having a blast. Up for grabs is a January guest designer spot! How's that for a great prize? Hop on over to the Nook if you haven't already. The challenges aren't due until Sunday, 15 Nov 11.59pm PST so you've still got plenty of time to join in. :)

Back to my challenge. With border punches being all the rage now, my challenge is to create a layout using creative borders. On this layout, I used a few of my favourite Martha Stewart border punches, punched out a few long strips, and curled them up for some dimension. I kept the border strips long at 12 inches to match the title strip, which is from a coordinated Audrey rub-on. Here's a close-up of the punched borders:

I added some stickles to the lily bee tulle flower because I liked the effect of it catching the glint of sun rays.

I cut out the little bird from the lily bee patterned paper, stickled it and placed it atop a velvet leaf to form a mini journalling cluster:

And while we're still playing with our November kits, the Nook's December kit is winging its way to us right now. Look at this sneak:

Making Memories papers, embellishements, Prima newsprint flowers & alphas, gorgeous coordinated ribbons, buttons... Oh my!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wanna be a Guest Designer at My Scrapbook Nook?

Do you want to be a guest designer for My Scrapbook Nook in January? And get a chance to create with the always-gorgeous Nook kits? The Nook's having a virtual crop from Nov 13-15 and the winner gets to be the Nook's January guest designer! There are also other prizes to be won in the many challenges we've lined up for you. The first few challenges have already been posted. So drop by and take up the challenge: My Scrapbook Nook Virtual Crop.

See you there!

Happy Trails - Tutorial

As you know, Graphic 45 and My Tattered Angels have teamed up and are having a blog relay all November, with lots of inspiring projects from both the Graphic 45 and Tattered Angels design teams using each other's products. Here's a layout I created for Graphic 45 using some gorgeous Graphic 45 papers and Tattered Angels glimmer mists. Step-by-step instructions on how to create it are on the Graphic 45 blog and I've reproduced them here too.

Ready? Here we go!

If you thought Graphic 45's Christmas Past papers can only be used for Christmas layouts, think again. I used a mix of Christmas Past and Renaissance Faire papers to create this woodsy layout. Here are the steps to creating this layout.

List of material required:
Graphic 45: Christmas Past papers - Letters to Santa, Glad Tidings and Deck the Halls; Renaissance Faire - Triumphant.

My Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mists in Olive Vine, Peach Delight, Suede, Candy Apple Red, and Flourish Glimmer Screens.

Others: Rangers stickles, Prima flowers, a piece of corrugated cardboard and a border punch (if desired).


1. Lay out your flourish glimmer screens as shown and mist directly onto the Letters to Santa patterned paper using Olive Vine glimmer mist. This mist will show up beautifully as a shimmery gold/green image.

2. Outline the stencilled image using Rangers stickles.

3. Cut out a horizontal strip from the Triumphant patterned paper measuring 12x3 inches. Cut out two thinner strips from Deck the Halls. Punch out a border design along them, if desired. Lay them out as shown. The patterned paper may warp a little from the mist, but you can flatten it right out easily by placing it under some weight. As you will see in my final layout, the background paper has flattened out perfectly.

4. Take a piece of corrugated cardboard and tear it along the edges. To complement the beautiful Graphic 45 papers, I sprayed a mix of three glimmer mists on the cardboard: Peach Delight along the top, Suede in the middle and Candy Apple Red at the bottom.

5. Cut two rectangles from Glad Tidings patterned paper to mat your photos, then lay them out on the corrugated cardboard and layout as shown below.

6. Finally add your favourite embellishments and title, and you're done.

Do visit the Graphic 45 and My Tattered Angels blogs for more inspiring ideas from both design teams all of November. :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Just Chillin'

Here's another layout for My Scrapbook Nook, using lily bee design's Audrey collection, found in the Nook's gorgeous November kit.

I used my new Martha Stewart corner and border punches on the layout. Love the effect! It's just like buying die cut patterned paper, which I have a weakness for. :)

Some close-ups:

The Prima Gypsy Petals Carmel and Zva crystals are from the Nook's kit add-ons. So pretty. The green Prima caboodles and liberally-sprinkled orange dew drops are from my stash.

Remember to join us for the Nook's virtual crop from 13-15 November. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Nook November Kit

This month's kit from My Scrapbook Nook features the lovely Audrey line from lily bee design. I love the rich tones of this collection, and of course the pretty mini die cuts that lily bee's known for.
Some close-ups:
I cut out the leaves from the lily bee's Hollywood patterned paper, applied some stickles and added them to form a little floral cluster.

To balance off the layout, I created a mini cluster on the top right of my layout. I cut out strips of patterned paper and punched decorative borders in them. My journalling's on a bracket frame to match the bracket die cut from lily bee. The journalling stamp's from Purple Onion Designs. I topped the cluster off with a stickled bird, again hand cut from Hollywood papers and a little velvet leaf.

And now for some fun news. My Scrapbook Nook's having a Virtual Crop next weekend, November 13-15. There'll be lots of challenges, prizes and inspiration. Do keep the dates free and join us. The DT has lots planned and the people at the Nook are really friendly and generous.

See you there!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Graphic 45 & Tattered Angels

So this month, Graphic 45 and My Tattered Angels have got together for a blog relay! Can you imagine that? Two of my favourite manufacturers! What this means is that both the Tattered Angels and Graphic 45 design teams get to work with each other's products and show how creative they can be. I of course enjoyed myself tremendously. :)

I created four projects for the blog relay and today marks my first day of blogging for Tattered Angels. You can read my blogpost right here: Hello from Singapore! If you haven't visited the TA blog, you really should because there's plenty to inspire you there. And definitely visit the Graphic 45 blog and ning site. Each time I visit, I go away completely wowed.

Here's one of the layouts I created showcasing both Graphic 45 and Tattered Angels:

The photo's of my dd walking Sunshine, taken in the evening light. I chose to work with Graphic 45's Renaissance Faire papers because I really liked the rich green hues of the Florentine patterned paper and how they complemented the photo. I picked out the tree and shrub glimmer screens from the Garden Blossom collection to match my nature theme. Placing them on a cream cardstock so they blend right into the photo, I misted liberally with a mix of Key Lime Pie, Forest Green, Meadow Green and English Ivy, allowing the colours to run from the lightest green on the left to the darkest green on the right.
I'm into torn borders these days and here's the result of a nonchalent piece of tearing, paired off with a similar edging in Florentine. And what's a nature-themed layout without some flowers and butterflies?

These butterfly chips from Tattered Angels are really one of my favourites at the moment. They're so exquisitely embossed and the best thing is you can colour them up to match any layout you have simply by misting them. Here, I've used Candlelight, Burnt Red and Peach Delight to create a sunburnt golden hue to match the Renaissance Faire Triumphant and Awakening papers. I like how the peach and red mists shimmer at different angles.

I sometimes hear scrappers saying they don't know how to work Graphic 45 papers. My reply is don't take them at face value. The Renaissance Faire papers don't have to be used on vintagey, arty layouts. Think out of the box and you can use them to great effect on nature themed layouts too. For this layout, for eg., I've played up the green and golden hues in the patterned papers to highlight the evening setting in my photograph.

My next project, a card, also uses Renaissance Faire papers:

I was inspired to create this card when I found this cute Tattered Angels glimmer chip owl staring at me from my stash. I wanted an organic feel to the layout so rummaged up some corrugated cardboard and misted away to create a shimmery background for my owl. I misted Sunflower, Olive Vine and Golden Terracotta, allowing the hues to run from olive at the bottom to a golden yellow at the top. The flecks of gold on the misting is amazing, especially if you view the card glistening in the sunlight. I layered on some Renaissance Faire papers in Bona Fide and Romantique, carelessly torn, and added some twine. Of course I couldn't leave the little owl floating in mid-air, so I hand cut a branch for it from the corrugated cardboard, and misted it in luscious chocolate shades of Suede and Coffee Shop. I'm not sure if I'll give this card away. I like it too much. :)
I'll be back with more Tattered Angels and Graphic 45 projects. In the meantime, do visit the Tattered Angels and Graphic 45 blogs for more inspiration by the talented DT members of both teams.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek of something I'll be posting tomorrow. Recognize the patterned papers and medium I used? ;-)

Prima - Altered Gift Box

Here's another Prima project I created during my guest designer stint there recently. I glammed up a simple box using one of my favourite collections from Prima, Flirty Little Secrets.

I added lots of flowers to the top as well as the new stitched art charms and journal frame stamp. Instead of stamping directly onto the patterned paper, I stamped the frame onto a piece of clear transparency and layered that onto the cluster.

In keeping with the glam look, I edged the top of the lid with shiny pink stickles and completed the embellishing with a ring of Prima lace trim around the lid. I'm thinking the box would be perfect for some vintage findings or travel mementoes.