Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stinkin' Cute

This is one layout that's a departure from my usual shabby floral style. I'm trying out a grid design, something I don't think I've ever done, and look - no flowers! Okay, there are flowers cut out from the patterned paper, but not real flowers. :D

I used Crate Paper's Random collection on this layout. The colours and design of the patterned paper really lend themselves to creating on a grid.

The photo's of our dog lazing in the mud after a good afternoon workout. I cut some flowers from the patterned paper and layered them for some dimension and added a lovely green crystal swirl from Zva Creative. You can also see some of my Martha Stewart punches at work dividing up the grids.

More layering...


Thanks for dropping by.

List of Materials:
Crystal swirl - Zva Creative CRS-04CB-113
Patterned Paper - Crate Paper Random Collection (Accent Cuts, Vintage, Victorian, Graphic, Denim, Textile and Wallpaper Papers)
Sticker - Crate Paper Phrase Sticker
Sheers - Maya Road 
Alphas - Jenni Bowlin

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Zva Blog Hop Winners announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE June Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

The winner from my blog is.....

Congrats Romy! Please email me your name and address at sueluv2scrap @ so we can send you your Zva prize. And do comment back here on this post so I know you've read it. Congrats again!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Zva Creative September DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special!  We thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  See details below.

The summer trade show was in July, which means brand new Zva Creative products.  So please keep an eye out for them at your local craft stores.

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. 

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, September 26th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, September 27th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 28th 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.

To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry

Sooo, you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes!  That's technically OVER 50 chances :)

Here's my Zva layout. It's a photo of my daughter with one of the horses at Blists Hill Victorian Town in the UK, a lovely little Victorian setting the school visited over summer.

The layout is clean with quite a bit of white space, because I wanted to highlight the brick-wall background which I had extended from the brick-wall stable in the photo.

The photo is framed using an ornate frame from Dusty Attic and the title is in a matching Tim Holtz ornate frame.

The main embellishment cluster here was created using a collection of blue flowers and crystals from Zva Creative. I think I must have used at least 7 different flowers and leaves from Zva on the cluster. :) Tucked amongst the flowers are fussy cut images from the Glitz patterned paper, Zva leaves, a Tim Holtz metallic frame and a stamped image of some birds on a branch.

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes

Your next stop is here: Julianne McKenna-De Lumen

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us.

List of Materials:
Patterned Paper: Glitz Design Dance in the Sunshine Damask Paper, Vintage Blue Motif and Floral Papers;
Clear Stamp: Glitz Design
Chipboard: Dusty Attic
Metal Embellishment & Title: Tim Holtz
Flowers: Zva Creative FL-04CA-125, FL-04CA-133, FL-04CA-131 plus a variety of bulk flowers
Leaves: Zva Creative
Pearls: Zva Creative pearl swirl PES-02CB-105

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Basic Grey Gallery

My circle card is up on the Basic Grey Gallery. :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back to Nature

Here's a layout I created using My Mind's Eye's Lost and Found 2 Blush collection. The soothing pink and mint hues of this collection are so sweet. Very un-me in terms of colour selection. :)

The photo was taken during my daughter's recent school field trip to Wales by a teacher who accompanied them there. I love the angle and composition of the photo.

I created a shadow box with the frame of MME's Beautiful Girl Lovely patterned paper.

The overall colour theme was kept soft and muted to allow the photograph to stand out. The title is in white in keeping with the muted tones of the layout.

A lovely butterfly pearl flourish from Zva Creative and some Zva flowers.

Some banners and birds cut from MME's Favorite Party Paper and popped up on the shadow box for dimension.

The layout is at PaperMarket if you'd like to take a closer look.

Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2 Blush Collection (Beautiful Girl Lovely, Favorite Party, Sweet Bouquet, Sweet Eiffel)
Pearl flourish - Zva Creative butterfly pearl flourish (PES-03CA-101)
Flowers - Zva Creative bulk flowers in pink
Punches - Martha Stewart border punches
Others - Ranger Industries Liquid Pearls, Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fun Times

This month, Tattered Angels and Prima are having a blog hop. What a perfect match of two of my favourite manufacturers. :)

Here's the first layout I created using Prima's Pixie Glen papers along with their new Resistant Canvas.

I went for a soft pastel palette on this layout to complement the Pixie Glen papers, and layered on lots of fabrics in the form of rosette trims, muslin and of course fabric flowers and canvas elements from Prima. The look was further softened with the use of doilies and punched doily borders.

I painted on some glimmer mist in Vintage Pink on the white rosette trim to give it a tinge of soft pink.

Prima's new Resistable Canvas are some of my new favourites from Prima this CHA. I like that they're embossed to resist Tattered Angels mists and you can personalize them to your layout. Here the Prima canvas clock face and bird are misted over in soft hues of Sweet Clover, Trunk Bay and Patina Glimmer Mists.

For more Tattered Angels and Prima inspiration, visit the Tattered Angels blog here

Thanks for dropping by. :)

List of Supplies:
My Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists - Sweet Clover, Trunk Bay, Vintage Pink and Patina
Prima Marketing - 
#843199 Pixie Glen Chip-A-Twitter
#843212cPixie Glen Devon
#843168 Pixie Glen Window View
#549091 Flowered Tendrils Pink
#546908 The Fitzgerald Cream
#547318 Millinery Berries
#532246 Heirloom Paper Leaves Willow
#551216 Chipboard Stickers
#551643 Resistant Canvas
#544317 Alphabet Stickers

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wales Mini Album

I'm into making mini albums these days. This is my latest one - a mini album of my daughter's school trip to Wales.

I used Basic Grey's Out of Print collection and matched it with stickers, die cut shapes and chipboards from Out of Print, Curio and Hello Luscious collections.

The lovely white flower is from Zva Creative as are the beautiful crystal swirls on the cover.

A glimpse of the inside pages. The journalling tag is from Basic Grey's Curio collection.

Another inside page featuring Zva Creative crystals, which happen to match the curve of the flourish sticker from Basic Grey.

Thanks for dropping by. :)

Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Out of Print collection
Stickers, Diecut Shapes, Chipboard - Basic Grey Out of Print, Curio and Hello Luscious collections
Flower - Zva Creative CR-03CA-101, CR-02CA-105
Crystals - Zva Creative FL-04CA-128

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Featured on Graphic 45

I'm featured over at Graphic 45's blog today: Graphic 45 :)

Graphic 45 is having a Labour Day feature and they're highlighting two of their past Design Team members using their On the Boardwalk collection.

Here's the layout they featured, a shadowbox full of layers and cheery colours:

And this canvas, which was displayed in CHA-W 2010 over at the Tattered Angels booth:

Thanks so much Diane, Aimee and Charee. :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hogwarts Castle

This is a layout I created for My Tattered Angels of our recent holiday to the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando. :)

 I used Bo Bunny's Et Cetera collection and had great fun creating lots of dimension on it. I used a variety of textures – burlap, canvas, lace and corrugated paper to name a few.

The flowers and leaves were cut out from Prima’s Mistable Canvas Sheet, which I coloured with Glimmer Mists in Sun Sisters and Tiger Lily for the petals, and Olive Vine and Clover for the leaves.

I painted the corrugated cardboard with Cowboy Glimmer Glaze.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Circle Card

Here's a card I created for Zva Creative using Basic Grey's Out of Print collection.

I went for a circle theme on a whim, and the Basic Grey stickers had the circle elements I needed. I popped up the elements with foam dots and attached the Zva butterfly to the flower.

Thanks for dropping by.


Crystal - Zva Creative CRB-04CA-147
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Out of Print collection
Stickers - Basic Grey Out of Print
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics

Friday, September 2, 2011

Floral Acrylic Page

Here's an acrylic page I created for My Tattered Angels for their series on Do You Know Your Mistables. The project was selected for Tattered Angels' How-To series on their blog (yay!) and you can download all the instructions from there. Or you can just read on here...


Tattered Angels:
Glimmer Glaze - Chandelier, Tide Pool
Chalkboard Mist - Mint Chocolate Chip, Chalk
Glimmer Mist - Dazzling Diamonds, Vintage Pink, Tutti Frutti, Forest Green, Hula Hoop

Build-A-Book Acrylic Page #890117
Notecards - Madeleine Collection #545192
Vintage Trinkets #930004
Vintage Trinkets #549725
Flowered Tendrils Pinck #540901
Fairytale Roses Baby Pink #538637

Tim Holtz idea-ology:
Charm Clips

Seam binding



1. Mist the Prima Acrylic page generously in Chalk and Mint Chocolate Chip Chalkboard Mist. Let air dry. Yes, chalkboard mists work beautifully on clear acrylics.

2. Mist the Prima flowers with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist. When dry, paint on some Glimmer Glaze in Chandelier for more glitter.

3. Dab on Glimmer Glaze in Tide Pool and Chandelier on the Prima vintage metal trinkets, giving them a bluish tinge.

4. Moisten the seam binding and mist them with Vintage Pink, Tutti Frutti, Forest Green and Hula Hoop Glimmer Mists, giving them a variegated look.

5. Assemble the page: Attach the cheesecloth to the acrylic scallop page using strong glue, layer on the Prima Notecard and photograph with dimensional foam dots. Tie the seam binding through the binder holes, attaching the lock charm as you tie off the ribbon. Position the flower and vine and glue them on. Attach the flower vintage trinket using strong glue.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tattered Angels & Prima Giveaway!

Do you love Tattered Angels and Prima? I do and here's a sneak of a layout I created for the Tattered Angels and Prima blog hop this month.

If you want to win some of these gorgeous goodies pictured below, do check out the Tattered Angels blog and Prima blog for details.