Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's Giveaway Time!!!!!

Hey girls :) (and guys??)~ hope everyone is doing great! It's a new month (seriously, can it really be August already?!?!?!)~ and I'm in the giving mood so why not do a giveaway? Here's what's up for grabs:

What do we have here? I've got the entire KaiserCraft "The Lakehouse" paper collection, a heap of coordinating die cuts, Scrap FX chipboard, Manor House Creations flowers, Prima flowers/butterflies, Prima journaling cards, Webster's Pages fabric tickets, Prima art tiles, some doilies, buttons, clips, lace trim...just a little bit of everything!

Here's a closer look too...

So what do you need to do to win? Pretty easy...just make sure you're a follower and then use the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post to enter your info- that's it!! I will use random.org to select a winner :).

In addition, if you share this giveaway on Facebook/Twitter/your own blog, you will also be entered into a separate drawing for a random pack of chipboard!! :)- just leave a comment with a link to where you've shared!

Giveaways(s) open until August 31st, 2012 at midnight, CST. Open INTERNATIONALLY- so everyone has a chance! Thanks so much for stopping by- and good luck to you all! I will announce the winners in the first few days of September.

Take care- be back VERY soon...

Monday, July 30, 2012

C'est Magnifique Full Kit Reveal!!

Good evening friends :)- I'm back safe and sound from my vacation and I'm SO glad to be home!! We had a great visit, but it's always nice to get back into the flow of the usual day-to-day routine...had a lot of catching up to do and even more yet to get done before bed, so I'm going to have to keep this short and sweet! All I will say is I really miss the SW Minnesota gardening- will be canning sweet corn and salsa tomorrow with gorgeous fresh produce straight from the farm :). I MISS that!! So it's nice to be at it again...

Anyways, I'm here to finally share with you the full reveal of the main August kit at C'est Magnifique!

"A Vintage Summer"
Maja Design/Sweden



This is just one stunning kit!! They are available for purchase in the C'est Magnifique store HERE. But don't hesitate- they won't last!!

Thanks so much for stopping by here- I'm really looking forward to dragging out my scrap supplies and getting something done- hopefully tomorrow. I hope you're well and can't wait to start getting caught up on what everyone has been doing this past week! :D

Saturday, July 28, 2012

C'est Magnifique: Final Reveal for August!

Okay, folks- I'm sharing with you today my final August kit projects for C'est Magnifique! I've got two of them for you, to wrap up my five projects for the month :). I've really enjoyed creating with this kit; the patterns, colors, embellishments- they're all SO versatile. Here's a look at both a masculine and feminine take on the kit...

"We Remember Moments"
This kit has an abundance of options for both masculine and feminine projects. Here I chose to highlight the blue/brown/gray shades to create a masculine page for my oldest child, Wyatt. I've used a couple different masks to create the texture and patterns in my background and the quote I've used as my title (which is a rub-on in the kit) really got me thinking...I love that I can look at this picture and remember the special moments we had the day that photo was taken.

From the Flower Add-On:
ManorHouse: Aug Collection
Prima: Summer Mix Pankita Rose Flowers
Petaloo: Teal Canterbury Vine Spray
Webster's Pages: Everyday Poetry Princess Petals

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Kaisercraft: Blae & Ivy Rubons
Kaisercraft: Lakehouse Die Cuts
Teresa Collins: Dragonfly Trinkets

From My Stash:
The Crafter's Workshop Mask: Chicken Wire (used as a stamp)
Studio Calico Mask: Intertwined Circles
Martha Stewart Border Punches: Garden Rail & Optic Dot
Prima Chalk Fluid Edger Pad: Tin Can & Black Coal
texture paste

Here is a feminine take. I can't get over how much I LOVE my daughter's adorable smile and contagious giggles :). The pretty rose and purple shades were perfect for creating a sweet layout for my sweet little girl!

From the Embellishment Add-On:
KaiserCraft: Lakehouse Die Cuts

From My Stash:
The Crafters Workshop Mask: Wall
Thanks so much for checking out the last of my August projects. If you're feeling inspired, check out the August section of the store HERE! The full kit will not be revealed or available until the 1st of the month, but the add-ons and some individual items are already available right now. If you'd like some information on how to secure future kits for yourself, take a look HERE!
I hope you all have a great weekend! Will be back early next week~ until then, take care of yourself and I look forward to catching up with everyone very soon! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

C'est Magnifique: Another Look!

Hi there everyone. I'm hoping this post is being delivered to you via auto post! But if you've ever used Blogger before, then you know that auto post isn't always as reliable as one hopes it to be, lol...

I'm here today to share with you yet another look at the August kit from C'est Magnifique :)!

"A Mother"
I loved this quote and knew I wanted to use it for sure! I've scrapped this photo before, but when searching for some photos of myself with the kids, I realized that I spend almost all of my time BEHIND the camera and have very few :(. Something I will need to remedy! 

 From the Flower Add-On:
Green Tara: Ivory Heirloom Flower
Green Tara: White Velvet Rose
Webster's Pages: Everyday Poetry Princess Petals
ManorHouse: Aug Collection
Petaloo: Black Berry Picks
Prima: Summer Mix Pankita Rose Flowers

From the Embellishment Add-On:
May Arts: Pink Satin Pleats Ribbon
Kaisercraft: Lakehouse Die Cuts
Prima: Bead Pins

From My Stash:
Martha Stewart Border Punches: Garden Rail & Eyelet Lace

Thank-you for taking the time out of your day to stop here :). To get ahold of the August kit once it has been fully revealed on the 1st of August, you will find it HERE. The add-ons are already available. And for info on how to join, visit the FAQs section HERE.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

C'est Magnifique teaming up with Creative Scrappers!

Good morning everyone :). This will be my last "real" post until early next week as we're heading off to visit my husband's family for the week. I will, however, have some scheduled posts going up (hopefully)- so I won't be completely gone :). But- since I have much to get ready yet, I'd better get to it!

C'est Magnifique is sponsoring Creative Scrappers for Sketch #218, and we were asked to use the sketch for one of our projects this month using the beautiful August kit! I was very excited- just last month I wrapped up my term with Creative Scrappers, so I felt right at home working with the sketch :).

Here is what I came up with:

Isn't my niece just way too cute?! Such attitude!

Here is Sketch #218 from Creative Scrappers:

As you can see, I mirrored the sketch. Here are some close-ups for you:

Some of the beautiful flowers in the August kit~ a mix from Manor House Creations, Prima, and Green Tara. There are also some Petaloo sprigs, Prima pins, and Teresa Collins trinkets :).

More pretty blooms. I took a trick that I learned on the Webster's blog recently: you can take a Webster's Pages Princess Petals flower (pink) and blast it with a heat gun to make the layers curl. Unfortunately I cannot remember who stumbled upon this idea, but I know it was one of the Webster's girls. I remembered it and tried it out here- love how it took the bloom from a flat piece to a curled, full one :).

 Layers and journaling. I love these two punches- I use them all the time!

I've used one of the KaiserCraft frames, flipped it over, and stamped it to coordinate with the reset of my layout.

 Here I used another one of the frames, treating it the same way as the first.

I hope you've enjoyed taking another peek at the August kit. It really is full of delicious patterns and colors~ you really don't want to miss out on this one! You can see how to join HERE. Or you can check out the August section in the C'est Magnifique store HERE. The full kit is not yet available, but some of the individual items are! And while you're there, take a look around- there's still some of the amazing new Manor House Creations flowers left- but they're selling out pretty quickly! And the new Glitz collections-  have you seen them? I just got mine this weekend and they are even more amazing in person!! I just completed my first project using the Cashmere Dame line and it was SO easy to use...can't share it yet as it's for a DT project, but you'll be seeing it around the 1st of the month :).

If you'd like to play along with this sketch, head on over to Creative Scrappers and link up your project HERE!! You will be eligible to win a special prize pack from C'est Magnifique!!

I hope you all have a great week. I will have little or no computer access, but will get back to visiting you all when I get back. Take care!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Scrap FX Reveal #3

Hi again :). It's Sunday morning here and it's been an interesting weekend. I went raspberry picking a few times on Saturday- stepped on a bee's nest and a red ant nest (miraculously no stings or bites!) and an animal was crashing through the woods that scared me off- BUT- I did manage to come away with enough berries for my first batch of raspberry jam for the year! It was definitely worth it! I'm hoping to get back out this afternoon- checked out another one of my spots with the four wheeler yesterday and it looks ready to go- so I'd like to make a raid! :)

But anyways, I'm back again today to share with you my final project this month for Scrap FX. I've really enjoyed working with their stencils this month, in addition to their amazing chipboard selection. Here's a look at what I put together using both products:

"Pretty as a Picture"
My baby girl Aspen really is a doll!! :) Let's take a little walk-through of my layout...

Absolutely loved this beautiful title piece, “Pretty as a Picture“. I’ve painted it with gesso, dabbed with some rose-colored ink, and then topped off with some white Stickles for a feminine glittery touch :) . Beneath my title and behind the small cluster, I’ve used the “Flower Pattern Stencil, small” along with some texture paste, which I cut out and placed behind my arrangement.

 This lovely piece is from the “Lamp Shades” pack. I’ve painted it with gesso before topping it off with 3 different inks: rose bud, old rose, and shabby tote, and then finally finished with some Stickles. Add some bling and a couple flowers, and you’ve got one pretty embellishment!

 I’ve used the same stencil in the lower corners and along the top of my layout.

Gotta love frames! These two actually came as a secondary frame in the packs of more “fancy” frames such as the “Decorative Frame C Classic“. These have been painted with a coat of gesso before using a couple different stamps to create the pretty designs you see here. Blings and pearls are all the more I needed :) .

 Just a closer look at my large flower cluster. Isn't that main bloom beautiful? I won it in a RAK from my Scrappin' Patch teammie Annelie Maddock :).

Another view of the cluster...

A peek at the layers...(I do love layering!!)...

Scrap FX Chipboard Used:

Additional Supplies Used:

~Pink Paislee "Butterfly Garden" papers
~Pion Designs "Fairytale of Spring" paper (rose colored punched strips in top layers)
~Prima Marketing flowers
~Melissa Frances pearls
~KaiserCraft bling
~Prima Marketing stick pin
~Prima Marketing "Fairy Belle" stamps
~Prima Marketing "Shabby Tote", "Rose Bud", & "Old Rose" Chalk Fluid Edger Pads
~Ranger Stickles
~Martha Stewart "Garden Rail" border punch
~doilies, lace, gesso

So glad you all stopped by today :). I hope your Sunday (or Monday) treats you well...

Take care,

Friday, July 20, 2012

Scrap FX Reveal #2 + HUGE giveaway (but not mine!)

Good evening everyone :)- and happy Friday! I'm here to share with you my second project for Scrap FX this month, using another one of their brand new stencils, in addition to some stamping techniques and- of course- plenty of fabulous chipboard!! :) So let's get started...

This sweet photo is of my niece Lilah (my sister Kelly Foster's older daughter) and my middle child Gunner from when Kelly came up to visit for Gunner's birthday last week. It's so fun to watch them play and have fun together :)- they were born exactly 4 weeks apart- a very special time for my sister and myself, being able to be pregnant at the same time :).

 Scrap FX Chipboard Used:

Additional Supplies Used:

~Riddersholm Design "Flea Market" papers (for purchase here @ C'est Magnifique!)
~Prima Marketing, KaiserCraft, & Flying Unicorn flowers
~Prima Marketing "Mica" Aglow leaves
~Prima Marketing "Shabby Tote" & "Knotted Wood" Chalk Fluid Edger Pad
~doilies, gesso, trim

If you're interested in where you can find some Scrap FX products for yourself, I have a list of online providers under my brand new "FAQs" tab at the top of my blog :).

Oh- and did you see that Ingvild Bolme is having one HUGE giveaway in celebration of her new blog design?? Uh- yeah!! I've posted a pic of the fabulous hoard of goodies in my sidebar- definitely go check it out for your chance to win!!!!

Thank-you for taking the time out of your weekend to stop by here. I hope all is well with you and I will be back again on Sunday!

Take care,