Sunday, May 30, 2010

Top Three at Two Peas

Hurray! My layout, Basil, is Number One by Views, Most Liked and Most Bookmarked at Two Peas!!

Here's the layout again. I created it using Pink Paislee's Queen Bee paper and Zva Creative's flowers and pearl flourishes. :)

Thanks for dropping by. :)

Saturday, May 29, 2010


A big box full of Zva Creative blings and flowers arrived for me a few days ago and here's a layout I came up with using some Zva goodies and Pink Paislee Queen Bee papers.

Lots of handcut details. The lovely pearl flourishes are from Zva. I combined two corner pearl flourishes to create this more elaborate swirl. The larger flower is also from Zva, and I was quite happy to see that it complemented the Queen Bee papers perfectly.

More Zva pearl swirls. That little flower is also from Zva, originally a pristine white. I spritzed it with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Lemon Zest to get it to the shade I wanted to match my layout.

In case you're wondering, Basil's the name of the beautiful grey horse.


Pearl flourishes: Zva Creative
Flowers: Zva Creative
Patterned Papers: Pink Paislee Queen Bee collection - Queen Bee, Worker Bee, Honey Comb, Honey Bee
Mist: Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Lemon Zest
Border Punches: Martha Stewart
Alpha: American Crafts

Friday, May 28, 2010

Nook June Kit

Look at what's in store in My Scrapbook Nook's June Kit. Beautiful papers from My Mind's Eye So Sophie papers and coordinated embellishments from Webster's Pages, Prima, 7 Gypsies and American Crafts.

Included in the kit are:
13 My Mind's Eye So Sophie double sided papers
2 My Mind's Eye die cut papers
2 My Mind's Eye alphabets
1 American Crafts Thickers alphabet
Trim from Webster's Pages
Ribbon from American Crafts
Lace from Prima
several journaling cards and die cuts from My Mind's Eye
and some great metal clips from 7 Gypsies.

Mine's on its way to me now. So looking forward to it. :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


This is my take on Prima's May Build-A-Page sketch. It's a layout of my daughter with one of the school's horses, Sunshine, a pretty and good-natured chestnut gelding.

I used a mix of brand new and older Prima patterned papers and flowers on the layout, selecting a colour palette of pale pink, mint and green. The pale palette allowed the silhouette-cut photo to stand out amidst the cluster of flowers.

A close-up showing the cluster of flowers from Prima's new and older collections. The Petite Fleur Vine Cherry Blossom is from Prima's first vine collection a couple of seasons ago, as is the Wild Wood Collection. I love the rustic look of these flowers. Mixed in are flowers from this season's CHA: Calcutta, Athena flowers and De Vines.

The layout features patterned papers from the Flights of Fancy collection. To add lots of texture and contrast, I created a ruffled edging on the bracket shape, using border punches and patterned paper from a past collection,  Flirty Little Secrets, which is one of my favourite Prima collections to date.

My favourite things about this layout? The ruffled paper edging, the silhouette photo, the dimension and layering, and using up some of my older stash with my new.

List of materials used:
All material used are from Prima Marketing.

Patterned Paper: Flights of Fancy Faith and Blooming Happiness, Flirty Little Secret Memoir;
Flowers: Calcutta Flower Blush, De Vines, Wild Wood Collection Mushroom, Petite Fleur Vine Cherry Blossom, Athena Flowers Aurora Pink;
Chipboard: Journalling Stickers Flights of Fancy;
Alpha: Prima; and
Lace: Prima.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Whimsical Hot Air Balloon

I created this Hot Air Balloon two weekends ago on a whim. I had a couple of hours free and thought I would make something different. And so I came up with this whimsical hot air balloon, adorned with my favourite embellishments of flowers, crystals, pearls and butterflies.

There was quite a bit of experimenting because my original idea didn't work out. But I'm pretty pleased with the final product and it all came together very quickly once I got going. The hot air balloon is for my daughter's room, where it'll float amongst the blue skies and fluffy clouds in her garden-themed room.

Some close-ups:

The hot air balloon is created using mostly Prima products. Lots of Prima lace, flowers, crystal and bling swirls, and of course that butterfly. I like the idea of a butterfly perched on a hot air balloon. :)

A view from below to show more pearl and crystal flourish on the underside of the hot air balloon:

Another close-up:

I created the hanging basket from scratch using Prima's Watercolor Rainbow patterned paper, lots of lace, flowers and a pearl strand. The basket is remarkably sturdy and can hold quite a lot in it. Here the basket is filled with a surprise and topped off with a large Prima bloom.

This project was a difficult one to photograph. Photographing the hanging hot air balloon near an open door for sunlight meant it was spinning around in the light breeze. So I had to wait for it to spin to the angle I wanted then quickly snap a photograph and wait for it to spin around again. All this done with single hand photography because I had to hold up the balloon with my left hand. The last time I did something like this was when I was photographing my butterfly mobile.

I had lots of fun making this. Best of all, it makes me happy looking at it. :)

List of materials used:

Patterned Paper - Prima Watercolor Rainbow Tropical Lagoon
Flowers - Prima Cameo Roses Turquoise, Cameo Roses Mandarin, Fairytale Roses Teal, Fairytale Roses Baby Pink, Caboodles, Athena Flowers Powder Puff
Butterfly - Prima Jewelbox Butterflies Pink Topaz
Crystals - Prima Say It In Pearls Mixed Crystals Blue and Cream
Lace - Prima

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Trying something different again with this layout. The photo is of my daughter having a go at archery and I thought it would be interesting to reproduce the target on my layout. I used the patterned papers from October Afternoon's Fly A Kite paper plus some red and black cardstock to create the target. The theme of circles is echoed in the background patterned paper, the journalling spot and the dew drops.

The title of the layout is Focus, which I kept small and created using alpha stickers from October Afternoon which I added glossy accents to. I don't know if you noticed this, but the arrow from the photo is aimed at the title and phrase cluster. That's my idea of a subconscious visual direction. :)

Thanks for coming by. :)

Patterned papers, journalling stickers and alphas are from My Scrapbook Nook's May Kit.

Patterned papers: October Afternoon's Fly A Kite
Journalling stickers: October Afternoon
Alpha stickers: October Afternoon
Flowers: Prima Marketing
Stamp: Tim Holtz
Others: Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Rangers Distress Inks

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jump for Joy!

Here's a layout in a style that's slightly different from my usual. I played with October Afternoon's Fly A Kit collection from My Scrapbook Nook's May kit. What a fun cheery kit this is, lots of bright colours and cute elements.

I love layouts with lots of dimension and I use foam dots in a lot of my layouts. But this time I wanted to see if I could create a flattish layout, no foam dots and minimal 3D elements. The October Afternoon stickers were great to play with. I could layer them to create interest without the bulk.

Border punches and trimming the edges of patterned paper are a great way to create dimension without too much bulk. Here I layered the border-punched edges one on top of the other for a fun lacey effect. The punched out butterflies add just that touch of dimension as well.

So there's my non-3D layout but one that still has some dimension. And one that I can slip easily into my album, unlike some of my bulkier ones. :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Prima April BAP

Prima's announced their winner for the April BAP.

I didn't win, but I got a mention, which is delightful. :)

I loved seeing everyone's take on the sketch, each one different but just as pretty. The May BAP's up and it's a beauty too.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Altered Canvas

I had so much fun creating this altered canvas, trying out different techniques and playing with My Tattered Angels products and my new Tim Holtz dies.

I wanted a grungy feel so first off I misted the canvas with my all time favourite, Olive Vine, and a new favourite Chocolate Covered Cherries.

I especially love the effect I created with the Tattered Angels compass glimmer screen. The shipping tag next to the compass was misted with Candlelight and Suede. I then stamped on a new stamp from Tattered Angels' Rockin' Renaissance collection, which I then heat embossed. The quote stamp next to it is from Tim Holtz.

I used lots of chipboards on this canvas, which I colored to my satisfaction using glimmer mists. I wanted to create a rusty, oxidised look on the pocketwatch chipboard frame from Tattered Angels, so I misted it with Patina and Coffee Shop. The key chipboard is from a Tim Holtz die. This I coloured with Olive Vine.

That clear little postage stamp is a glimmer glass from My Tattered Angels' Travellers collection. I applied Glimmer Glaze in Emerald Cove to the back of the glass and was impressed with how shimmery the glaze. But as I was going for a grunge look, I took my sanding block to the glaze and distressed it.

To see more of my Tattered Angels creations, visit the Tattered Angels blog here: May Creations.

Thanks for looking and leaving your comments. They're much appreciated. :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

A Mothers Day layout using Prima papers from three of their collections: Shabby Chic, Watercolour Rainbow and Pastiche.

Happy Mothers Day to all mummies. Enjoy your weekend!

Materials list:

All materials used are from Prima Marketing.

Patterned Paper - Shabby Chic Twilight (841133), Shabby Chic Morning Poetry (841140), Watercolour Rainbow Tropical Lagoon (841309), Pastiche Love Letter (841171)
Chipboard - Shabby Chic Journalling Stickers (536664)
Flowers - Primrosa Sangria (539498), Valentine Red Vine (539092), Athena Flowers Powder Puff (537753)
Lace - Lace braided rose

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I was inspired by the April BAP sketch at Prima to create this layout. I took some liberties with the sketch. For a start, I used only a single sheet of 12x12 Prima patterned paper.

Some close-ups:

I layered on various Prima laces, flowers, vines, leaves and pearl swirls.

I like the colour scheme on this layout. Graduated yellows from creams, to pale lemon yellow, to mustard, with touches of cocoa.

Thanks for coming by!

Materials List

All materials are from Prima Marketing:
Patterned Paper - Shabby Chic Majestic Breeze 
Flowers: Lilliput Roses, Valentine Vine White, Camilla Flamenco
Pearl flourish: Say It With Pearls & Crystals
Alphas: Times Alphabet Vintage Coffee
Lace: Ribbon Lace Braided Rose Mocha, Lace Ribbons

Zva Creative Design Team!

A couple of days ago I received a fantastic email from Zva Creative informing me I'd made it on the Zva Creative Design Team. What a thrill! Zva makes some of the most gorgeous crystal and pearl flourishes, flowers and brads.

Here are the members of the new design team; lots of talented scrappers and many familiar faces. Veron is a good friend and what a wonderful coincidence that we're both on the Zva DT. Camilla is a really talented scrapper and my DT mate from My Scrapbook Nook.

Zva Creative Design Team 2010

North America 
Teri Anderson - USA
Jillian Cassity - USA
Jana Eubank - USA
Angelica Franssen - USA
Lisa Johnson - USA
Lynn Mercurio - USA
Kim Moreno - USA
Debbie Olsen - USA
Tara Orr - Canada
Julia Stainton - Canada 


Ingrid Danvers - Netherlands
Camilla Ekman - Sweden
Veronica Goh - Singapore
Susan Lui - Singapore
Carole Maurin - France
Wendy McKee - UK
Julianne McKenna-De Lumen - Australia
Benedicte Raphalen - France 

What a talented bunch of scrappers. Congrats everyone! :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


This is a clean layout I created for Tattered Angels. I wanted the focus to be on the photograph, so I kept a fair bit of white space, highlighted by a light misting of Patina glimmer mist for the background. I like that the light turquoise background allowed the Prima Pastiche patterned papers, flowers and chipboard embellishments to be highlighted.

I love layering my flowers and embellishments over the ever-versatile Tattered Angels chipboard Framed  Font. I misted the chipboard with Old Lace, then coated it with glitter.

Pretty butterflies from the Pastiche patterned paper, cut out and stickled.

A clean look but still lots of dimension.

Thanks for dropping by!

Materials used:

Patterned Paper: Pastiche Seaside (841201)
Glimmer Mists: My Tattered Angels - Patina and Old Lace
Chipboard: My Tattered Angels Framed Fonts
Alphas: My Tattered Angels Framed Fonts
Flowers: Prima Marketing - Songbird Vine Blue (539023), Symphony Blend Accesso Red (537838), Cameo Roses Mandarin (538699), Athena Flowers Powder Puff (537753)
Leaves: Heirloom Paper Leaves Blue Ice (532239)
Others: Rangers Stickles

Monday, May 3, 2010


A big thank you to everyone who came by my blog on the Nook blog hop and left such lovely comments. They're really appreciated.

Today's layout:

This is a layout I created using Prima's March BAP. It's one of my current favourites, not least because everything on the layout is from Prima. The layout uses the Pastiche collection which is one of my favourites from Winter CHA.

Some close-ups:

Flowers, leaves, pearls, lace... simply sublime...

A glitter-encrusted rose...

A circle of pearl dots...

The layout was also given a mention on the Prima blog: March BAP .

Thanks for coming by!

Materials used:
Patterned Paper - Prima Pastiche Collection : Quirky (841195), Love Letter (841171); Prima Tropics Collection: Blooming Love (840921)
Flowers - Prima : Cancan Flirt (539467), Tea Roses Sweet Teal (537494), Symphony Blend Accesso Red (537838), Cameo Roses Turquoise(538736).
Pebbles: Prima Belle Artes Butterfly (539320)
Leaves: Prima Rose Leaves (540455)
Chipboard: Prima Pastiche Journalling Stickers (536695)
Lace: Prima
Pearl Swirls: Prima Say It in Pearl

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Scrapbook Nook Blog Hop

Welcome to My Scrapbook Nook's Blog Hop! If you've come from Leah's blog, you're on the right track. If not, start off at Leah's blog and begin your blog hop there.

We've got a few great prizes lined up for you. The grand prize winner will receive the entire So Sophie line from My Mind's Eye as well as their other release, Meadowlark. I've seen both these lines in real life and they're gorgeous. Two runner-ups will receive a fantastic Jenni Bowlin kit and an SEI prize package.

In order to be entered for these prizes, all you have to do is to leave a comment on each Nook's DT blog you visit. It couldn't be simpler. :)

One DT blog will be chosen via random number generator to have three winners chosen from it, also via random number draw. The blog hop will take place on 1st and 2nd May so make sure you post your comments during these two days. The draw will take place on May 3rd and results announced on the Nook message board. 

So make sure you visit the Nook's message board, and why not browse our gorgeous gallery while you're there. 

May's Nook kit features the bright and breezy October Afternoon Fly A Kite collection with beautifully coordinated embellishments. Here's what I've created with the kit:

I decided to jump on the banner bandwagon with this layout and used it for my title.

The journalling cluster:

I like those aqua Making Memories pom-pom trims, which are add-ons for May.

If you like My Mind's Eye, you'll love the June Nook kit. Here's a sneak, courtesy of Leah:

Remember, if you want to qualify for a prize in our blog hop, leave a comment here then head on over to the blog of a really fun and talented scrapper, Zarah: Zarah's blog.

Check out this beautiful layout Zarah created using the April Members Special kit:

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your blog hop. :)