Monday, November 29, 2010

Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop

We have a NEW Zva Creative Design Team and we welcome you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is extra special!

There is now an added twist to our blog hops, YAY! As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. We anticipate that our hops will become even more breathtaking with such stunning products to showcase by concentrating on color..

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, November 29th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 30th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 1st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

Here's my Zva Creative for the blog hop. I'm using some beautiful Zva pearl flourishes and flowers in cream, accented with yellow:

I've used Webster's Pages WonderFall collection on the layout. I handcut some details and finally got down to using the pretty vellum.

To complement the yellow layout, I've used Zva's flowers in white and yellow as well as the beautiful cream pearl flourishes. Tucked beneath the flower cluster is some of my hand-dyed crinkled seam binding which I coloured a graduated yellow and cream to match the flowers, flourish and layout.

Another seam binding cluster at the bottom of the layout topped off with Zva's pretty little cream rose.

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes

Your next stop is here: Nancy Doren

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us.

List of Supplies:

Flowers - Zva Creative
Pearl flourishes - Zva Creative (PE-02CB-137)
Patterned Paper - Webster's Pages Wonderfall collection
Vellum - Webster's Pages Wonderfall collection
Alphas - Webster's Pages Wonderfall collection

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Here's a layout I created for My Tattered Angels and Webster's Pages:

I played with the beautiful WonderFall collection from Webster's Pages and added lots of Tattered Angels products.

First, I misted the background cardstock a rich deep blue using the new glimmer mist in Autumn Nights. I then layered a Webster's patterned paper over the misted blue cardstock, over which I layered my main background - another glimmer-misted background. This time, I misted the cardstock in Apple, Crushed Shell and Olive Vine. I then stamped the branch images from the Rockin' Rennaisance collection all over the misted cardstock. Finally I stamped and heat embossed my favourite butterfly image on the background, creating a focal point for the layout. To frame the photo, I stamped the frame image from the Timeless Romance clear stamps onto a transparency.

A mini collage of torn and distressed edges, lace and butterflies:

Lots of fancy hand cut details and layering:

Thanks for dropping by. :)

And look out for the Zva Creative Design Team blog hop on Monday. We'll be featuring the brand new DT so you'll get to see inspiration from our new designers as well as the oldies (like me) who are back for another term. :) And yes, there are prizes to be won. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Santa Tag

I'm on a Christmas Tag roll. Here's one I created using Tim Holtz stamps, distress inks, crackled paint, and distress stickles.

A close-up and a look at my hand-dyed crinkled seam binding.

Tags and crinkled seam bindings... I suspect I'm going to be making a lot more of them. :)

Basic Grey Gallery

Three more of my projects are up on the Basic Grey Gallery. These were done using BG's Origins collection. One of my favourite collections. I'm working on some Jovial and Curio now. Those collections are so pretty.  :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Textured Card

A card for Your Scrapbook Stash using Basic Grey's Curio collection and a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another Christmas Tag

Here's another Christmas Tag I made:

This one's for PaperMarket using Basic Grey's Jovial collection and lace trims from Maya Road and Webster's Pages.

Some close-ups:

Basic Grey's Jovial collection is one of the prettiest Christmas collections this year. And the best thing about it is it's so versatile you can even use it for non-Christmas layouts and cards. Check out PaperMarket and Laine's Papeterie for this and more Christmas selections.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas Tag

I'm making Christmas tags... slowly but surely. :) Here's one I made last night, using Zva Creative's crystal flourish and flower, and Webster's Pages' Waiting for Santa collection.

Some of my favourite embellishments are on the tag - lace, flowers, crystals...

And my seam binding finally arrived. You're going to be seeing a lot more of these hand-scrunched seam bindings on my projects. So pretty!

Thanks for dropping by. :)

Materials used:
Flower - Zva Creative 3D flowers
Crystal flourish - Zva Creative (CR-02CA-101)
Patterned paper - Webster's Pages Waiting for Santa
Lace - own stash

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Friendship Swap #3

Last night, we had our Friendship Swap #3. It's our third in the series and the swap pieces have gotten smaller. We started off our first swap with 4x4 inch pieces, then a 6x3 inch tag for the second, and this, our third measures just 2.5x2.5 inches. Small!! And I for one, definitely found the smaller piece harder to work with. Trying to fit all the little details plus sign off on them was a real challenge for me. I'm amazed at what some of the other swappers managed to fit on to their little pieces. The amount of detail, you wouldn't believe!

So here's what I did for the swap:

18 squares, 18 scallops, 18 circles, 36 punched butterflies, 54 glittered buttons, 18 dew drops, yards of muslin and pearls, lots of stamping and inking...

And here's what the other swappers created:

Look at the veritable rainbow of colours!

I'm so looking forward to our next swap. It's going to be a biggie. And real fun too. Aahhhh! :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Polly Wants A Snack

This month the DT from Your Scrapbook Stash did progressive layouts, meaning one DT member starts a layout, passes it on to another DT member who completes it in her own style. LG, April and I each created one layout and passed it on to another DT member. LG started one for me while I started one for April and April started one for LG. We had layouts flying from Singapore to the Philippines and back. :)

Here's what my scrappy friend, the very talented LG Belarmino sent me:

And this is how I completed the layout:

Some close-ups:

Check out the layouts by LG and April at the YSS blog here: Check it out.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Featured on the Sassafras Lass blog!

Another one of my Sassafras Lass layouts has been featured on the Sassafras blog - my second in the last few weeks. :)

Here's the layout:

The layout was originally created for Your Scrapbook Stash. Thanks Erica for all the lovely Mix & Mend goodies and perfectly coordinated embellishments.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Altered Frame - Bird Cage

This month, the Tattered Angels DT was tasked with creating projects using wood and glimmer mists. I happened to have a couple of Ikea wooden frames at home so here's the first of the frames I altered:

I really enjoyed creating this; playing with some of my favourite products - Tattered Angels mists and stamps, Tim Holtz die cuts, and flowers from Zva Creative and Prima.

I stamped and heat embossed the frame with Tattered Angels’ Tattered Textures clear stamps, then misted with graduated colours from Forest Green, to Olive Vine, to Lime Twist, to Sunshine to Peach Delight. As you can see the embossed images resist the mists beautifully.

I die cut the bird cage and bird out of grunge paper and attached them to the wooden frame, curving the cage so it looks 3-dimensional.

The bird was misted with Caribbean Blue and the birdcage with Suede glimmer mist. Love the way the mists catch the sunlight and just glimmer.

Thanks for dropping by. :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dear Santa

As you know, I'm guest designing for Webster's Pages this month and they sent me lots of goodies to play with. Thanks Webster's! :) And thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments on my blog, Webster's and the My ScrapbookNook. And thank you for that mention in the Nook's newsletter. Zarah and Leah, you're too sweet. :)

So here's one of my favourite creations from the Waiting for Santa collection.

I tore out a frame from the centre of the patterned paper to create a frame for my Christmas photo. I then tore a second layer of patterned paper to create a double frame. Both frames were carelessly torn to create a shabby look. The double frame was then encircled with gorgeous white trim from Webster's. I love how Christmassy the white trim is. A perfect match for the Waiting for Santa collection.

Some Webster's bloomers in Christmas red and green, hand-cut details from the Webster's patterned papers and flowers and vines from Prima Marketing complete the layout. And of course, what is a Christmas layout without some glittery Rangers stickers to outline the details.

A close-up:

Thanks for dropping by and for your sweet comments. They're much appreciated. :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Altered Candy Jar

I recently posted a little tutorial on the Your Scrapbook Stash blog on how to create a 3 dimensional embellishment. I've reproduced the tutorial here.

I love dimension on my projects and a simple way to achieve this is by using accordion flowers. Make them out of a strip of patterned paper, layer other embellishments on top and you're ready to go.

Here's the 3D embellishment I made using Webster's Papers Waiting for Santa patterned papers:

To make the accordion flower, cut a strip of patterned paper measuring 12x2 inches. Punch a decorative border along one side.


Accordion fold the strip.

Glue the ends together, flatten it and attach the accordion flower to a circular piece of cardstock.

Gather up different elements you want to add to your embellishment. Here's what I used:

Layer the different elements on top of the accordion flower.

And that's it. Here's my completed 3D embellishment on my altered candy jar that's all ready for Christmas candy. :)