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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Technique Tuesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Hi everyone!

I'm doing the Technique today at Scrapbooker's Paradise and would like to invite you to come over and find out the details on how I used Gelatos and other Faber-Castell products to make this card.

I've been down and out with bronchitis for over a week now, but have to share the ray of sunshine that entered our lives on March 22nd and put a BIG smile on my face 
in spite of everything.

My newest little grandson on his way home from the hospital - not even a full day old yet!  I can hardly wait to get better so I can cuddle him to my heart's content.  :)

Stay healthy and happy my friends!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wild Wednesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you're all well and doing fine!  I'm hosting Wild Wednesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise today.  I hope you'll stop by and see how quickly and easily I was able to make this card with NO measuring!

Have a wonderful, scrappy day!

PS.  For those who are keeping track ... today was Grandbaby's due date.... but no sign yet.  :(  The waiting continues.  :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mojo Monday card

So I've heard about Mojo Monday for a long time now, and decided to give it a try this week.  I needed a card for a Round Robin challenge I'm in at Swirlydoos, so Mojo Monday was my starting point.  They have cute, easy to follow sketches.  There is also a huge number of entrants and it is fascinating looking at all the cards and different interpretations of the sketch!

There were 3 twists we had to do for the Round Robin:
1.  Monochromatic in color
2.  Have an element that is embossed.
3.  Add a stickpin.

I embossed the back mat using a Harliquin embossing folder from Spellbinders and a butterscotch Gelato crayon.  You can see a tutorial here for the method I used.  In order to make the card monochromatic, I also used the Gelato to colour the burlap and tint the mat the image is stamped on.  

Check out Mojo Monday and the Challenges at Swirlydoos - you might find one you'd like to try!

A NEW style of Challenge at Playing in Paradise

Hi Everyone!

It's a NEW year and a NEW format for the challenges at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  The challenges this year are going to be created by each host and may or may not involve a sketch.  The format will be more open to interpretation by you and we hope you will enjoy this new series of challenges with us!

Our new design team member, Lee-Anne, is hosting the challenge this month and she wants us to create a layout or card whose theme revolves around the word "Frosty" or "Snow".

Well now how easy is that!  With record cold and snow all over the continent this winter, you should be able to take this challenge and run with it!!  Right???   :)

Be sure and check out Playing in Paradise to see what beautiful creations my team members came up with for this challenge.  I'm sure you'll see something that will inspire you!

When I heard what the challenge was, I slipped outside on a nice frosty day and took some pictures of the trees covered in hoar frost.  It was kind of a dull, gloomy day so I decided to mat them on a black background and try to brighten them up with lots of white.  I used a Crafter's Workshop "Branches" stencil and covered it with a layer of Aleene's Glitter Snow.  If you can't find any of this, you can make your own with texture paste and glitter mixed together.  In fact, if you'd like to also try making your own texture paste, Gabrielle Pollacco has a recipe for it here.

To get lots of sparkle, and mimic the trees when they're covered in ice, I covered the bare branches in lots of crystal gems.

Some pretty little gems dressed up the tiny snowflakes, and you can't beat Prima's pretty white flowers tipped in glitter, for their sparkle!

More Prima bling around the edges of the photo and then a beautiful Zva flourish finishes off the flower cluster. 

I really hope you'll come over to the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog and try out this challenge.  It's open to anyone and you can use whatever supplies you have on hand.  There is a wonderful prize package up for grabs and you are also invited to be the Guest Designer in the following month's challenge.  

I'd love to come visit your blog and see what winter's like in your part of the country, so link your entry up!!

In the meantime, stay warm everyone!

Supplies used:

Aleene's Glitter Snow
Bo Bunny doily
Scalloped chipboard circle frame
Crystal stick pins from stash

Monday, January 6, 2014

Showcase Monday at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! 

We're very excited these days at our house, because a little grandson is due any day now!  I thought I'd get busy and make a card for him.  Stop over at Scrapbooker's Paradise to check out more pictures and find out the details!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!