Friday, November 29, 2013

Baby Card (Simon Says... Anything Goes)

I have been super busy this week and haven't had time to blog much, but do not fret.  I have many things going on behind the scenes.  The first week of the month is always my busiest blogging time so hopefully you'll drop by next week to see what's up!

I just thought i'd just do a quick post to share a cute little card i create for my cousin and her husband who just had a baby.

As you can see, I chose to keep it simple and cute, very fitting for a newborn baby.

I will be back soon to share a few sneak peeks of my creations with the December Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook and my very first Scrap & Music DT reveal.  So stay tuned!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

U Color Our Whole World (SATW)

This new mood board designed by Leonie Neal-Dawson at Scrap Around The World was a tadbit challenging for me as lately i tend towards more monochromatic and/or soft-colored layouts.  But i couldn't pass up such a fun and uplifting challenge.

I went rainbow all the way with these pictures of adorable Jade and Celeste.

I had so much fun looking through my old stash of paper flowers and brads to choose the right ones that would accentuate the corrugated arrows that i painted with either acrylic paint or silk glaze.

Thank you Scrap Around The World for bringing color into my scraproom this month!

I hope that i may find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  hehehe

To play along with this challenge, click HERE.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Music Girl (Prima BAP)

Check out Prima's November Build-A-Page challenge featuring this gorgeous sketch by Lene Bjornerud:

It's a beauty in itself with its flower clusters, swirly flourishes and paint drips.

 I am always so flattered when a friend enjoys my scrapbooking so much that she asks me to do a special page for her.  This page was done for one of my break buddies at work who wants to offer it as a gift for her daughter at Christmas.  As soon as i saw the pictures, i knew that i would love creating in these colors, and the Prima sketch was just the perfect design.

 I used a lot of Prima products obviously, including gorgeous papers from the Delight collection, Divine Alphabet Stickers, Tea-Thyme Say it in Crystals, Vintage Trinkets, loads of flowers (567279, 542542, 542863, 546991, 555528), and my new favorite Prima products, Wood Embellishments

Here are close-ups:

Here's to hoping that this Music Girl will love her Christmas surprise!

If you are inspired, as i was, by the gorgeous Prima BAP, click HERE to link up your project!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MCS Tutorial Day with the November Main Kit

Anyone who visits my blog regularly know that I'm a big fan of the shabby chic style and I love to dabble in mixed media projects on a regular basis.  Playing with the Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook this month, I absolutely wanted to show how versatile all kits from MCS can be.  Starting with a white cardstock background and using different mediums like gesso, mists and paste on this background and on the various elements included in the kit, I was able to create a layout with a shabby chic look.

I first used a white piece of cardstock for my background.  The main thing to remember when working with mixed media products is that you're never quite sure what the final results will be.  You just have to have fun and not be afraid of experimenting.

I then used molding paste and a busy stencil design (you can use any you own).

Using a plastic spatula, I put a heavy coat of molding paste and smoothed it out evenly.

I did this stenciling work in all four corners of my background.

I then dried it with my heat gun.

I then added a pink shade of mist.

I removed the excess mist by dabbing a scrunched up paper towel on the mist splatter.

I mixed dark chocolate Liquid Pearls and Molding Paste.

Using a Script stencil, I added the mixture onto my background, then dried with a heat gun.

Since the mixture was a bit too liquid, the 'script' pattern didn't come out quite as clearly as I would have wanted.

I therefore put white acrylic paint on a sponge and whitewashed the script making it blend a bit more with my background.

This is what my background looked like so far.

A closer look...

Next, I decided to try to add some more texture with clear gesso.

I just squeezed some fairly large blobs of gesso onto my background and lightly scraped it around.

Again, I dried this layer with my heat gun.

Now was time to add some stamped dots to my background.

I pressed the stamp all over the page, using dark brown ink.

Next, I thought of adding even more texture, but this time, with white gesso.

While drying the gesso with my heat gun, I made sure to put the gun real close to my paper so as to make the gesso bubble up.

I wanted to add a little more color and I thought blue mist  would be nice.

 At that point, I considered my background to be done.

It was then time to modify the embellishments I had decided to use on my layout.  I started off by covered them with white gesso, drying it, and then spread molding paste unevenly unto each piece and dried it again with my heat gun.

Adding the cream ribbon and some of the kit's flowers, I then added a few layers of red mist until I attained the shade of reddish pink I wanted (red mixed with the white medium).

After my embellishments were all dried, I then proceeded on adding them onto my layout along with the rest of the elements, using the My Creative Sketches as inspiration.

Next, to soften my page, I then dabbed some white gesso all over my background, papers and embellishments.  It was then time to add the finishing touches like stitching, title and twine.

And there you go, shabby chic goodness!

To learn more about My Creative Scrapbook kits, click HERE and subscribe now!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Some Happy News To Share!!!

I'm happy to announce that I have been chosen to be part of the Design Team of...

Scrap & Music is a fun challenge blog that combines 2 artforms as inspiration... a scrapbooking sketch and song lyrics.

Here is the Scrap & Music DT lineup:
Ana Castro Brazil (Coordinator and sketches)
Karen Martins - Brazil (Facebook Coordinator)
Janice Daquila-Pardo  - USA (sketches)  
 Bi Medeiros - Brazil
Carol Peixoto - Brazil
 Carolec - France
Catarina Monguilhott  - Brazil
Cris Bittencourt  Brazil
Daphné Carlier  - France
Denise Espíndola Brazil  
Denyse Bédard Canada
Elvira Souza  - Brazil
Fabíola Rosa  - Brazil
Gosia  - Poland
Kareen Dion  - Canada
Marie Johansson  - Sweden
Márcia Felício  Brazil
Nicole Doiron - Canada (ME!!!)
Ro Miqueletto  - Brazil
Sandrew Canada
Sarah Moore Canada
Tracy Basinger - USA 

I hope that you will rev up your old tape player, crank up some tunes and play along with us.

First DT reveal will be on December 1st.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Puppy Love (My Creative Sketches GDT)

Today is the November sketch reveal over at My Creative Sketches... and it's one of my all-time favorites with lots of white space and many different shapes including a tag which you probably have noticed i tend to add to a lot of my projects lately.  Liz really rocked this design and i hope that you will play along this month.

As i had mentioned at the start of the month during my DT Reveal for My Creative Scrapbook, i created a mixed media layout based on this sketch for which i will be sharing a tutorial on the MCS blog in the coming days.  Because i love the shabby chic style so much, i decided to take what was left of a very fun and colorful kit which is the Main kit and turn it completely shabby with the use of different mediums.

I also went all out with red Glimmer Mist to modify almost all my embellishments pieces (chipboard, buttons, wood, flowers, ribbon) to give my layout more of a monochromatic look.

As you can see, no element was left 'untouched' by either gesso, paste, mist or paint!

And there you go folks!  

Check out the awesome prize that's up for grabs for those of you who will play along and link up your layout HERE by December 14th!

Hope to see you there! :)