Monday, January 30, 2012

Zva Creative January DT Blog Hop

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to join us for our first Design Team Blog Hop of the New Year! We are happy to have you join us today and wish you the best for 2012!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's NEW blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 

As you know, Zva offers 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.  If you like what you see you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

Here's my Zva Creative layout this month. I'm featuring Zva's pretty pink blossoms and crystals which are perfect for Valentine's Day. Except I've decided to do a doggie layout instead because I happen to have this cute photo of these three little doggies - a cavoodle, a fox terrier and a westie. Awwww!

I used Basic Grey's new Kissing Booth collection. Some close-ups:

Lots of layers, distressing, ruched lace and doilies. And of course Zva Creative pink flowers, leaves and crystals.

A cluster of Zva flowers, crystals, a journalling spot, mesh and that cute little BG bird peeking out of the corner.

A collage of elements from Kissing Booth's die cuts.

If you would like to play along with our design team, 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 designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! 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, January 30th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 31st. 

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 1st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Zva's blog as well. 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 Wednesday... plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  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.

*Hop over to Zva's NEW blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's NEW blog. Your next stop is Karen Shady. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on February 27th for our next Zva blog hop!

List of Materials:
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Kissing Booth Hugs, Heartbreaker, Oh Darling, Lip Gloss, We Belong
Paper Embellishments - Basic Grey Kissing Booth Title Stickers, Element Stickers, Die Cuts and Transparencies
Flowers - Zva Creative FL-04CA-124 Frosty Flowers Pink, FL-04CA-138 Graceful Roses Brown
Crystals - Zva Creative CR-04CB-116 Lovely Pink/Rosy Crystal
Leaves - Zva Creative FL-04CA-111 Leaves

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Can Lick My Nose, Can You?

I had to scrap this cute photo, hence the title. :)

I used Webster's Pages' Western Romance papers on this layout. I like the pale colour combination of yellow, teal and purple, a very unusual combination but it seems to work really well.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Perfect Memory

This is one of my current favourites for layouts. It's got a little bit of everything I like - layers, lace, trims, mists, glaze, texture mediums, burlap, crystals, handcut details... Everything it seems except flowers. :D

I used Basic Grey's Curio collection here. Love this collection. :)

I used the Kaisercraft leaves as a stencil for creating a textured background for the layout. Having done its duty as a stencil the leaves were then inked over with several shades of distress inks and distress stickles.

The chipboard was layered over the textured background along with some lace, trims, hand cut patterned paper and of course Zva Creative crystal flourishes.

More close-ups:

Thanks for dropping by.

List of Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Curio collection
Crystal: Zva Creative CR-03CA-119
Chipboard: Kaisercraft

Monday, January 9, 2012

Laines January Class - A Romantique Gift

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so I've designed this class for those of you looking to create a handmade gift from the heart for your loved ones. It's a beautiful keepsake tin which holds its own precious circle mini album inside. We'll be altering this popular Graphic 45 metal film canister in a romantic and unique 3D style using the all-time favourite Graphic 45 Le’Romantique papers, plus flowers and butterflies from Prima Marketing and lace and trims from Webster’s Pages. You’ll also alter a chipboard mini album in a matching romantic style, which has pockets for your secret messages to your sweetheart. 

Some sneaks of the tin and the chipboard mini album:

The tin and album are available for viewing at Laines and class dates are available for download here: Laines January Classes

And if you're coming for class, do remember to bring precision scissors, strong liquid glue, acid-free tape glue, 3D foam dots and especially, brown distress inks, because we'll be using a lot of that.

I hope to see you in class. :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Featured on Webster's Pages

My altered frame project is featured on Webster's Pages' InspireME.

Thanks Webster's! Here's the project again:

Aidan's First Christmas

Sweet Aidan spent his first Christmas with us this last December. He rather enjoyed watching us set up the Christmas tree, jumping around the boxes and chasing after the Christmas ball ornaments before they were hung up on the tree. :)

This layout's for Zva Creative using one of their new Fancy Bird red crystals. The patterned paper's from Webster's Pages' Botanical Christmas papers.

A close up:

I lined the base with some muslin, layered the fussy cut details and photos with 3D foam dots and added a strip of gathered cotton lace.

Have you heard? Zva Creative's got a brand new blog and website. There's a gallery too with lots of creative ideas from the design team. Go check them out.

Zva Creative Blog
Zva Creative Website

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

Supplies List:
Crystal - Zva Creative Fancy Bird Red Crystal CR-04CB-103
Patterned Paper - Webster's Pages Botanical Christmas
Alphas - October Afternoon, Making Memories, Jenni Bowlin alpha stickers

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my dear friends and family a Happy and Fulfilling New Year! May all your wishes come true.

And what's a post without some photos. This is a class I taught at PaperMarket and Laines in November. It's an altered Kaisercraft wooden tree for Christmas, using patterned papers and chipboards from Graphic 45 and Prima flowers, vines and bird's nest. A happy little festive altered. :)