Monday, December 5, 2016

Winner of My Creative Scrappers Blog Hop Giveaway


First of all, thank you to all of you who have blog hopped with us at Creative Scrappers for the December 1st reveal.

As promised, here is the lucky winner of Kristine Davidson's fabulous Creating with Sketches Volume 4 sketchbook... 

REBECCA K.

Congratulations Rebecca!!  Please email me at nicutopia(at)hotmail(dot)com to get your free digital copy with LOADS of sketchy inspiration!!!



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sweet Life
(Creative Scrappers December Reveal BLOG HOP)

I have published 2 wonderful posts today so...
To view my More Than Words December DT reveal post, click HERE!
And for the Creative Scrappers' Blog Hop, continue reading...


Hello everyone and, for all you newcomers, welcome to the Scrap-Utopia blog!

Creative Scrappers is hosting a BLOG HOP today in conjunction with the reveal for sketch 301 and their December sponsor, Spiegelmom Scraps.  I hope you can take a few minutes from your busy, and hopefully creative, day to join us!
Here is the layout that I created, inspired by sketch 301 and featuring some very nifty products that I (along with the rest of the DT) received from Spiegelmom Scraps!!  These include dainty little doilies, lots of cork stars, vellum pockets and 1001 pretty sequins (No, I didn't count them but I'm sure there were that many - ha!)


This is sketch #301 - I am sure you will agree that it is fabulous!
You can click HERE for more information on Creative Scrappers and their challenge.


To participate in the Blog Hop, you are asked to hop from one blog to the next, starting on the CS blog right HERE and get inspired by all the Creative Scrappers' designers' take on this sketch. Read to the end for a link to your next stop!!

For the occasion, Spiegelmom Scraps graciously offers you a 20% discount coupon on your next purchase from their shop right HERE.  On December 15th, the Creative Scrappers blog will host another Blog Hop with the Spiegelmom Scraps DT.


Here are some close-ups of my layout and Spiegelmom Scraps products used:









For this special occasion, I have a giveaway for you!  Just leave a comment on this blog post before you hop away to the next designer's blog and you could win your very own digital copy of Creative with Sketches, Volume 4!  I would also really appreciate it if you would also become a follower! You have until end of day Saturday, December 3rd to participate, and I will announce the winner on December 4th.  Good luck!!



Thank you so much for visiting!

Your next stop on hop is right HERE on Rachel Lowe's blog!!

In case you get lost, here's the complete order for today's hop!


Dear Santa Wish
(More Than Words DT Reveal)


I have published 2 wonderful posts today so...
To view my Creative Scrappers & Spiegelmom Scraps Blog Hop post, click HERE!

It's December!!  Where has the year gone?

And with December, of course, come many Christmas-themed projects, starting with this one!


This layout was inspired by the December Main Challenge at More Than Words!

Word Inspiration - TRADITIONS
Creative Challenge - HANDMADE

You can view more details on this challenge right HERE on the More Than Words blog
and at the same time see loads of beautiful DT inspiration and amazing prizes up for grabs.

Now I thought long and hard about the word inspiration this month as I was inspired to create a Christmas layout, but then several holiday traditions came to mind.  Looking through my pictures, I found this old gem of 'mini me' and Santa, and it made me reminisce about this famous TRADITION of visiting with Santa just before Christmas.  A lot of you will be able to relate and tons of these same type of photos in your albums, I'm sure.

For the creative challenge, I decided to HAND MAKE all the flowers used on my page.


The poinsettias and the little burlap flowers were created using a die and the glittery red flowers were made with a punch.


I also made the bow myself with my wooden bow maker which was a handmade gift from a scrappy friend (her husband made it!) which has proven very useful to make beautiful looking bows.


The papers and most products used are from a My Mind's Eye collection which I was lucky enough to win a few years back called Joyous.  I got everything from alpha stickers, die cuts, brads to washi tape.


I wish I could remember what was on my wish list that year (1977)... and if Santa came through. hehe


Now, it's your turn!  What does the word TRADITION inspire to create?  And what HANDMADE embellishments will you add to your project?   I can't wait to see!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sweet Cards Set
(Scraps of Elegance "Petals" Kit)


After creating 4 layouts with the Scraps of Elegance October "Petals" kit, I had enough leftovers to create a set of sweet cake and candy cards, mostly using elements from the BoBunny 'Sweet Moments' sticker sheet included in the main kit.



On card #1, I used this 'Enjoy Life, Eat cake' sticker to make a very yummy birthday card.




I added a Thank You sentiment to card #2 that is just as sweet with a candy jar and pretty bubble gum pink.




And last, but not least, card #3 would be perfect for a special friend on any occasion.




I have so enjoyed playing with this kit - it seemed to be made just for me!  I can't wait for my next Scraps of Elegance reveal time with the November kit which is just as sweet!

Again, here is the October "Petals" main kit with Add-Ons.





Friday, November 25, 2016

Histoire de Famille
(Scraps of Elegance "Petals" kit and SOS Challenge)


I'm back today to share with you a 4th layout using the "Petals" kit from Scraps of Elegance!


I was inspired to play along to this challenge from one of my old DTs, Scrap Our Stash.
You can find all about the November 15th challenge right HERE.


This sketch challenge has a very fun twist to it.  You have to also incorporate 3 items on your page, 1 from each column.  I decided to a few more...
List 1: Glitz (the Prima Druzy Stones are the perfect glitz element) and Glitter (from Imagine Ink)
List 2: Hero Arts white embossing powder on my chipboard.
List 3: Inkadinkado Flower Flourishes stamp (in very light olive green ink)





I have just one more project to share with you featuring the "Petals" kit.  Come back tomorrow to see it!