Sunday, July 27, 2014

So Happy Together

Well this is a first for me, entering the Prima BAP challenge.  When I saw the July sketch by Kasia Krzymiñska I envisioned a shabby chic layout with lots of layering and distressing. 

And here is Kasia's sketch:

I used papers and embellishments from the Time Traveler and Stationers Desk Collection along with lots of trinkets, tid bits and flowers from my Prima stash, including some Antique Mirror embellishments.  I adore the precious photo of my Mom and her brother, perfect for a vintage layout!

Thanks for stopping by!
. . .  Debbie

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Canvas Featuring the August Kits From C'est Magnifique

Hi everyone! Today I have a canvas to share with you that I created using the C'est Magnifique August kit which will make it's debut in a few days along with the August Flower Add On, Embellishment Add On 
and Mixed Media kits.

To create the pink background on my canvas I mixed some white acrylic paint from my stash with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine Pink from the Mixed Media kit.  I lightly dabbed a butterfly stamp with some of the Dina Wakely Sky Acrylic paint from the Mixed Media kit and randomly stamped butterflies on the background.  I also lightly dabbed some of the paint around the edges of my canvas and randomly here and there.   

I used the Studio Calico Bubbles mask on the background and added some stamping with a script stamp.

I used some of the Prima Caliope Collection Chipboard Alphas from the August Embellishment Add On Kit on the background of the canvas.


I love the decorative packing that came in the kit.  Above you can see where I cut out a butterfly from a Manor House packaging and the lovely clock from the Blue Fern Studios packaging.  The butterfly is surrounded by all of the lovely flowers in the August Flower Add On Kit.

I hope I have inspired you to create!  There are August Add On Kits available to purchase in the store, and you can find them here.

Thanks for stopping by!
 . . . Debbie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some Exciting News To Share!

With life there are always changes and this one is a big one for me!  I was invited to be on the Design Team for C'est Magnifique Kit Club and even more, to be their kit designer!  I'm thrilled and know I have big shoes to fill in creating the gorgeous kits C'est Magnifique is known for.  I'm ready for the challenge and couldn't be more excited!  


I would love to share with you my first official layout created using the August Monthly kit which will debut at the end of the month,  along with a little bit from each of the extra kits for purchase;  Mixed Media, Flower Add On and Embellishment Add On.


Yesterday on the C'est Magnifique blog there was a sneak peek of the papers in the August kit, featuring two Australian manufactures, Manor House Creations and Kaisercraft.
Kaisercraft Storyteller: Feature
Kaisercraft Storyteller: Myth
Kaisercraft Storyteller: Reminisce
Kaisercraft Storyteller: Anecdote
Manor House: Beautiful You: So You
Manor House: Beautiful You: Fresh and New
Manor House: Beautiful You: In My Thoughts
Manor House: Beautiful You: Journal Sheet

Our August Mix Media Kit is available in the store now to order 
Ranger: Dina Wakely: Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Sky
Prima: Color Bloom Spray Mist: Gilded
Heidi Swapp: Color Shine: Pink
Jacquard: Lumiere Metallic Paint: Citrine 
American Crafts: Pop Microbeads: Leaf
Pink Paislee: Color Wash: Layered Cardstock Frames
Studio Calico: Huey's Masks: Bubbes Mask
Prima: Mini Sachet: Lakeside
Prima: Cabriole: Aqua
Kaisercraft: Storyteller: Collectables 
(some items may be partial packages)



The  August Flower Add On Kit  is gorgeous!
Manor House Creations: Wedding Belles Value Pack
Manor House Creations: Wishes: Serenity
Prima: Tiara: Sugarplum
Prima: Fairy Rhymes Collection: Solid Flower Vine: Light Pink
Prima: La Belle: Island Mix
Petaloo: Forget Me Nots: White

And lastly there is the Embellishment Add On Kit.
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic: Notes
Kaisercraft: Storyteller: 12x12 Sticker Sheet
Blue Fern Studios: Corner Flourishes
Prima: Caliope Collection: Chipboard Alphas
Prima: Shabby Chic Treasures: Tassels
Burlap Bird's Nest Embellishments
Paper Doilies


The Paper Add on, Mixed Media Kit, Flower Add on and Embellishment add on are now available to purchase in the store here.

I will be back next week to share another project with you using the August kits!

Thanks for stopping by!
 . . . Debbie





Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thankful Everyday Canvas For Scrap Around The World July Mood Board Challenge

Hi everyone!  I'm here today to share with you my canvas I created for the 
July Challenge at Scrap Around The World.


This month's challenge is hosted by the ever so talented Tusia Lech who created this colorful, whimsical mood board.

I was inspired by the colors, hot air balloon along with the photo in the upper right hand corner.  Loved the look of the water colored background.  I created my background with water colors, mists, acrylic paints and stamps.

We've got some fabulous prizes this month.

1ST PRIZE

OVER $50 worth of sprays & embossing powders from
 Lindy's Stamp Gang, sponsored by SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB!


Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs that
cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other kit clubs offer.
Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to a level beyond.
We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market that will enable you to
create not "just a layout", but a work of art.



Please also check out the inspiration from our design team on the shop's blog!
You can also find us on Facebook & Pinterest & YouTube - let's connect!
Our tutorials you can find here!
Store: http://store.scrapsofdarkness.com
Blog: http://scrapsofelegancekits.blogspot.com
Community / Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapsofdarkness

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2ND PRIZE

$40 worth of goodies from 2Crafty Chipboard!


2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog!


Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of 2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.

 Blog: http://www.2craftychipboard.blogspot.com.au/
Website: http://www.2crafty.com.au/
Email:  salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au

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3RD PRIZE

$30 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!


Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Their on line store has an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. 
Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!
Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place 
which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last!


They also have a blog &  Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!


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4TH PRIZE


$20 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!



Green Tara are an Australian based company & are importers & wholesalers
 of fine handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons,both fabric & paper 
 flowers, washi tape, etc. They are continually adding to their collections of high
 quality products & provide papers with rich colours, wonderful textures & beautiful patterns!



Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara products worth $30.

Blog:  http://www.greentara1.blogspot.com.au/
Website:  http://www.greentara.com.au/home.php 

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5TH PRIZE

$15 worth of Darkroom Door




Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps
 &  papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, 
mixed media & altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products
 have a strong photographic element in their design.

Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range
 along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!


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RANDOM PRIZE


 $25 worth of product from 7Dots Studio!



7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboards. 
Quality of our products is our top priority. 

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our papers, 
which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from 
our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.


Blog/website: http://7dotsstudio.com/

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ALL OUR PRIZES ALWAYS INCLUDE FREE INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE!!

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The deadline for this challenge is  THURSDAY 31th JULY 2014.

Happy Creating!
 . . . Debbie

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Time Has Flown - The One That Almost Wasn't

It's true that time has flown by and oh so quickly.  Here it is the end of June, summer is upon us and how quickly the months have passed.  I started this canvas mid month when I saw the current challenge at Scrap Africa, Challenge No. 30 Use Your Stash.  Great challenge given that I have been trying to clean up  my scrapbook room and have come across so many of those long forgotten papers and embellishments.  I used some 7 Gypsies scraps of papers along with some My Minds Eye Fly Away collection and bits and pieces of old Basic Grey embellishments. I dug deep into my flower box and found lots of flowers from collections of long ago.

And you ask why in my title I have "The One That Almost Wasn't?"  Like I said I started this mid month.   Have been super busy at work and putting in some very long days and would work on this a few minutes every evening when I had a little free time.  I did a lot of masking, misting, stamping and painting.  My first time using 13 Arts paints and have to say I love them!!!  So rich and creamy!♥

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Life Is A Journey - Scrap Around The World Challenge Fourteen

 Challenge FOURTEEN at Scrap Around The World is hosted by
 Design Team member Di Garling from Australia!

Di has created this dramatic summery Mood Board
 in these striking colors to inspire YOU this month!


And here is my interpretation of Di's Mood Board, a 9 x 12 canvas:


I was inspired by the colors,  the flowers, and the overall feeling of life and the journey we all take.  What a ride!!!  A few closeups showing some details:




Lots of beautiful embellishments, most of which I found, including the beautiful white frame in the bargain bins at my local Michaels craft store.

Hope you will join us this month for the challenge.  
Feel free to interpret the mood board in any way you like,
 using one image, several of them, all of them or even just
 one aspect of an image, using ANY COLOURS!  

To be eligible for judging:-

You need to follow our 10 Golden Rules found HERE, which include:-

1)  Sharing the mood board image.

2)  Mentioning Scrap Around The World {in full - not just 
SATW} & LINKING BACK to the current challenge.

3)  Mentioning HOW you were inspired by our mood board,
UNLESS IT IS EXTREMELY OBVIOUS!

4)  Linking back to your SATW blog post NOT YOUR ENTIRE BLOG.

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If receiving comments from some of our Design Team members is important
 to you please ensure that you have WORD VERIFICATION TURNED OFF.

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This is REVEAL ONE.  We now have a MID-MONTH REVEAL 
as well - that goes LIVE on the 16th of every month with another
 full set of inspiration from more of our designers!!

Lots of prizes this month from our wonderful sponsors:
1ST PRIZE

 $50 worth of 2Crafty Chipboard!


2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog!

Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of 2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.

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2ND PRIZE

$40 worth of goodies from Gauche Alchemy!



Here at Gauche Alchemy we offer mixed media paper craft supplies
 for those artists that like to create outside of the box, inside of
the box & those that like to rip the box a new one! We 
specialize in Punchinella, authentic ephemera & found 
objects perfect for any style or level of crafter.


Your prize will include a variety of Gauche Alchemy Exclusive products 
to the value of $40, including a Punchinella Variety Pack, Ouchless Cardboard, 
Ephemera & various mixed media items & will not be identical to this image. 
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3RD PRIZE

$30 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!

Green Tara are an Australian based company & are importers & wholesalers
 of fine handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons,both fabric & paper 
 flowers, washi tape, etc. They are continually adding to their collections of high
 quality products & provide papers with rich colours, wonderful textures & beautiful patterns!



Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara products worth $30.

Blog:  http://www.greentara1.blogspot.com.au/
Website:  http://www.greentara.com.au/home.php 

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4TH PRIZE

Fabulous Darkroom Door background stamp worth $22.95 AUD

Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps
 &  papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, 
mixed media & altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products
 have a strong photographic element in their design.

Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range
 along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/rachelgreig

------------------------------------------

5TH PRIZE

 $15 worth of product from 7Dots Studio!

7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboards. 
Quality of our products is our top priority. 

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our papers, 
which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from 
our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.
Blog/website: http://7dotsstudio.com/

--------------------------------------------


RANDOM PRIZE

$25 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!

Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Their on line store has an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. 
Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!
Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place 
which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last! 
They also have a blog &  Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!


ALL OUR PRIZES ALWAYS INCLUDE FREE INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE!!

The deadline for this challenge is  MONDAY 30th JUNE 2014.

Please stop by the blog here for some inspiration for talented design team.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie