Sunday, September 29, 2013

Watercolor Fun: Prima & Pink Paislee Swap Part 2!

Good morning and happy Monday! Today is the second part of the Prima/Pink Paislee swap- I hope you got the chance to get yourself in the running for some goodies- winners announced today!

To close out the swap, we've created some watercolor fun tags. Here is mine:

"Captured Moments" Tag
I loved taking the Color Wash papers and creating a classic Prima tag with it. I applied some masking and had fun with some turquoise watercolors to accent the areas to the top and bottom of my cluster work.

Prima Products Used:
554156- Lace and Crystals Border Fairy Belle
891879- Ingvild Bolme- Resin Heart
960445- 12x12 Stencil: Orbs
571757- Abbey
571542- Le Mia- Chantilly Flower
566029- Mini Sachet- Rose
565282- Divine Mini Rose Stems

Pink Paislee Products Used:
PP01037- Color Wash 6x6 Paper Pad
PP01047- Color Wash Sentiment Stickers

Thanks for coming over! Be sure to check out the Prima blog today for plenty more watercolor fun inspiration ;)

See you soon!

Watercolor Fun! With Prima & Pink Paislee~!

Did you see over on the Prima blog that they've teamed up with Pink Paislee for some Watercolor Fun?! Both the Prima team and Pink Paislee team got to play with one another's projects- which was SUCH a treat!

 If you love giveaways- then get in on the action! Head on over NOW before it's too late- winners will be announced September 30th :)

Here is a canvas that I created for this event:

"Cute Stuff"
Prima and Pink Paislee products blended together beautifully for me on this canvas. I was inspired by the soft pastels of the Pink Paislee Color Wash products which set the tone for this project featuring my sweet little niece Paisley. I wanted something girly, yet still "baby"-ish, which inspired the pretty florals, banners, and dressed-up ballet slippers.

 Products Used:

*NEW* 570385- SIIP Swirl- Multi
891756- Chalk Edger- Pastel Peach
562915- Canvas Alphabet Stickers- Divine
*NEW* 891862- Ingvild Bolme- Resin Ballerina
*NEW* 570620- Pebbles
565763- Frost Mini Sachet
566647- Avante Cedar
565787- Frost Frappe VII
566357- Tatiana Coral
561574- Soubrette- White

Hope you've had a really great weekend! I will be back tomorrow with another swap project- see you then!! :)

Take care,

Friday, September 27, 2013

Blue Fern Studios: Parts & Pieces!

Hey everyone- I'm here today with my last two Blue Fern Studios projects for the month, showing you how to use up some of your bits and pieces for those who like to piece apart your chipboard to make the most of it. We all like our product to go a little further!

For both projects, I've used 7 Dots Studio products as we continue our month-long swap with them. What fun it has been combining them with Blue Fern chipboard!

First up, I have a canvas to share:

"Grown Up"
I had two pieces remaining from the Doily Bunting and Page Chains sets. I made them a part of my mixed media background by applying gesso, tape, and embossing powder over top of them.

Products Used:

Page Chains

Doily Bunting

(7 Dots Studio Products Used: "Messy Head" Collection paper and Elements, "All I Ever" Collection paper and Stickers, "9th Wave" Collection paper, and "Hopefully" Collection Stickers)

Next up, I have a very girly tag :)
"Love Happens!" Tag
For this tag, I took the top section of the Princess Window and one of the Heart Set pieces. 

I simply painted the heart piece with gesso to accent the title of my tag. The window piece was primed with gesso before being traced with glossy accents. While the glossy accents was still wet, I sprinkled on broken glass glitter, star sequins, and microbeads.

Products Used:

Princess Window

Heart Set

(7 Dots Studio Products Used: "Messy Head" 6x6 Designer Pad and Elements)

Thank-you so very much for stopping by today! I hope you've had the chance to play along with our monthly sketch challenge- just a few more days left!

See you soon :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Just Relax" {Card}: Prima Marketing/CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop

Good morning :)!!

I have a card once again for you today- created for Prima Marketing using the awesome Everyday Vintage "Love Letters" collection. Prima has a blog hop going on RIGHT NOW- so make sure you head on over there to check out all the details. My card is featured there today, along with those of some of the other amazing designers on the team. Don't miss out :)

"Just Relax"
I was thoroughly inspired by the images in this collection. Oh, how I can relate to this poor, tired housewife! And we all need a reminder to just take a deep breath...relax...put it in God's hands. Right?

I had some fun just playing with this one. Mists, stickers, stamps, little details...just had a good time. :) And I always love me the chance to do a bit of fussy cutting...this collection is great for that!

Products Used:
813352- Everyday Vintage Love Letters Kit
813345- Everyday Vintage Cling Stamp Set
961053- Mechanicals "Gear"
961176- Mechanicals Brads: Square
571290- Olivia
571535- Le Mia
571108- La Cela
562984- Canvas Alphabet Stickers- Sunrise Sunset
563288- Tiny Alphabet Stickers- Lyric
960292- Vintage Mechanicals- Pins

Thanks for coming on over! I hope you get the chance to enjoy today's blog hop! :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Guest Designer for Tresors de Luxe: Part 2

Good morning :) 

I'm finally getting around to sharing my second project created as a guest designer for Tresors de Luxe last month. I hope you've had a chance to check out their store- if not, you can find them HERE.

This time around, I created a card:

I really love a vintage, shabby look and the Tresors de Luxe trims are perfect for such a style! I've applied gesso, watercolors, acrylic paint, and mist to the trims on my card and I'm so impressed how they can take such treatment! And because they are so beautiful in themselves, I was allowed to minimize the amount of "stuff" I added to my card. Simple and pretty!

Tresors de Luxe Products Used:

 I hope you have a great day. So happy you came by :)...Hopefully life slows down a bit for me here so I can get back to you all. Thanks for your patience :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

C'est Magnifique: October Kit Layouts

Good morning C'est Magnifique fans! I have a couple of layouts to share with you today using the October Kit.

Let's begin :)

"Well Hello"
This is a photo that I took last May during a spring ice storm. I loved how this beautiful Junco bird looked perched on the ice-covered branches...just beautiful. I've combined the black chalkboard chipboard embellishments with the yellows available in the kit and created this nature page with a minimalistic design and plenty of nature-inspired elements!

Layers of rumpled book pages, cardboard, fabric, lace, and flowers on top of a stamped and misted background :)

Keeping with a more minimalistic design but embracing the abundance of color available in the October kit, I created this layout for my daughter on one of our beach outings this past summer. I really loved using the blacks with the brights- what a nice contrast, especially against the detailed 9th Wave papers.

I've used a Prima mask and some modeling past to create the checkerboard background. I then spritzed with some mist and applied watercolors.

Thank-you for coming over today :)

Take care,

Thursday, September 19, 2013

7 Dots Studio: "Memories" Challenge

It's time to reveal the newest challenge over at 7 Dots Studio. And this time around, it's all about the "Memories"...however you would like to interpret that...whatever it inspires. 

For me, it triggered the need to scrap about my dad. Most of you know that I lost him when I was 13 years old and it is a loss which I still struggle with to this day...and never gets easier. But taking the time to scrap about him gives me the opportunity to reflect on my memories of him; the type of person he was, his funny personality, what a great dad he was- despite his downfalls. I try my best to hold on to the good memories and cultivate them so that I can one day share them with my children...

"Remember Forever"
I found comfort in the warm, rich fall colors inspired by the changing season upon us. Red is most certainly not my usual color, but it was okay here. I accepted it and went forward :)

I began with the Domestic Goddess collection, which I've loved since the day it was released! Such a beautiful line!

I am loving playing with texture and color. So rewarding :)

I've discovered that I love book pages once again. I used to use them all the time...then not at all...and again I find myself reaching for them every time. So watch out...when an obsession strikes, I can't help myself!

Products Used:

Domestic Goddess- Spice and Suguar
Domestic Goddess- Women's Talk
Domestic Goddess- Overused Tablecloth
All I Ever- Elements 12x12
All I Ever- Summer Night Alpha Stickers 6x12
Messy Head- Elements 12x12
Hopefully- Stickers 6x12
I hope you get the chance to play along with us at 7 Dots Studio. Be sure to stop by the blog and check out all of the beautiful examples by the design team :)
Take care and have a GREAT weekend!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Prima "Pin Spin"

Good morning! Today I have a fun project to share with you that I created for the Prima "Pin Spin" day. What we do here is find a pin on Pinterest and draw inspiration from it. Being a lover of Pinterest, this one was no problem whatsoever ;). I have a "Pretty Things that Inspire" board where I pin photos of varoius things that I feel might come in handy if ever I'm in a creative rut. So I headed right for that board and was inspired to create this canvas for my daughter :)

"You're Cute"

Here is my inspiration photo from Pinterest:

I was just completely inspired by this GORGEOUS color palette! Brights mixed with pastels- I couldn't think of a better combo. And the balloons encouraged me to add that "something extra" to this canvas that I might not normally do. Just a great all-around jumpstart for me.

 I couldn't resist this title. I swear, I say "You're CUTE!" about a thousand times a day in an obnoxious baby voice LOL! Perfect- and I can hear myself saying it when I see this canvas. A great way to capture a memory :).

The balloons were created from cardboard and covered with gesso; masked with modeling paste, watercolors and beads on top. Just hand-cut pieces- no need to be perfect :)

Products Used:
960445- 12x12 Stencil: Orbs
960469- 12x12 Stencil: Stars
960476- 12x12 Stencil: Cubes
564223- 6x6 Stencil: Chevron
563264- Tiny Alphabet Stickers- Divine
569860- Wood Icons in a Box- Flower/LV
570613- Pebbles
571429- Layla
566609- Avante Coral
542634- Petunia Nocturne
565381- Hello Pastel Roses
565404- Hello Pastel Daisies
565947- Mini Sachet- Lakeside
565978- Mini Sachet- Pansy
565886- Labelle Harbor
561451- Serenade Pink
561352- Encore Turquoise

Thank-you for coming by and checking out my post today :). I hope your week is off to a great start! Take care,

Sunday, September 15, 2013

C'est Magnifique Paper & Add-Ons

It's time yet again to take a look at the latest paper & add-ons for the latest kit from C'est Magnifique! Let's start off with a look at the paper that will be in our October Kit.  It's a combination of 7 Dots Studios (Poland) and Tilda (Sweden).  We have featured 7 Dots Studio in past kits, but Tilda is brand new to our kits.  The design team is finding this an awesome pairing.

Kit Paper:

Tilda: Summer Blues Collection: 8 Sheets double-sided paper
7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave: Sea Foam
7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave: Deep Water
7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave: Wavy Ocean
7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave: Golden Sand
7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave: Stormy Sea
7 Dots Studio: 9th Wave: Coral Reef
We have listened and this month have increased the number of Add-ons we have available.  Each month we put together both an embellishment add-on and a flower add-on. We currently have both add-ons available in our Store.   The October kit has an awesome amount of double-sided pattern paper (14 sheets!) so our add-ons are designed to give you even MORE embellishments to work with.

Embellishment Add-on:

 Flower Add-on:

Petaloo: Canterbury Naturals: Blue/Amethyst
Petaloo: Mixed Blossoms: Antique Gold
Manor House Gelato: Cherry
Manor House: Everlasting
Manor House Vine: White
Manor House: Lotus: Fuchsia
If you would like to purchase our October Kit, please visit our JOIN page for all the details.  If you're already a kit member and want to make sure you get one or both of our October Add-ons, please head over to the Store and get them before they're gone.  Several of the add-on items are available for sale individually in our Store and we have provided a link for these items.
Stay tuned for my projects using the October kit :)!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Prima ArtZine {August Issue} Projects

Hello everybody :). It's been a little quiet around here, yes I know. We're still busy, busy at home- new animals, hunting season, canning, the works- but I thought I'd pop in here and share the two projects that I had published in the August issue of the Prima ArtZine.

First up, a layout that I created for CHA using the popular Anna-Marie Collection:

The color palette was inspired by the August PPP which was perfect for using this collection. I loved how the black and white photos looked against these bright colors. All of the papers, flowers, stamps, mask, embellishments {except the title stickers}- they are all from the Summer CHA 2013 release.

Products Used:

846299- Anna Marie Collection "Eloise"
846305- Anna Marie Collection "Anna Marie"
846343- Anna Marie Collection "Jelly Roll"
846367- Anna Marie Collection "Nightingale"
570071- Anna Marie 2.5" x 3" Clear Stamp Set
570088- Anna Marie 2.5" x 3" Clear Stamp Set
563305- Anna Marie Tag Me Ticket and Tags Set
570040- Anna Marie 1" Flair Buttons
570514- 4"x6" Cling Stamps Stitches "Lines"
960988- Vintage Vanity 3"x4" Clear Stamps
960476- Elementals 12"x12.75" Stencil
569884- Wood Icons Keys & Locks
570262- Say it in Crystals Pearl: Multi
570668- Anna Marie Flowers
571436- Layla
571337- Serenity
571580- Audrey
571313- Olivia
571696- Lil' Missy
571719- Lil' Missy
571535- Le Mia
562984- Canvas Alphabet Stickers- Sunrise Sunset
563288- Tiny Alphabet Stickers- Lyric

I also created a summer-themed tag :)

"Summer Discoveries"
I don't generally use photos on my tags, but I decided to try something different and have some fun here :). My daughter is fearless when it comes to creepy, crawly things. Here she is holding a crayfish we found out at the lake and thought it was just the coolest thing. 

 I've combined a variety of papers, flowers, wood icons, and other embellishments to create a large cluster for my photo to settle into...

Products Used:

950729- Delight Collection "Delicate"
845476- Lifetime Collection "Blue Bayou"
950927- Delight Sugar Dots
890834- Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Bird Houses"
569921- Wood Icons Birds & Butterflies
569853- Wood Icons Clocks
569860- Wood Icons Flower & Leaves
891619- Liquid Chalk Edgers "White"
891336- Liquid Chalk Edgers "Worn Jeans"
566371- Tatiana Oceana
561345- Encore- Pink
566593- Avante White
565299- Divine Vines
565527- Lifetime Roses
I sure hope you all have a wonderful weekend!~