Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wistful Blues:Tracey's Second Reveal and a Fond Farewell

I am so grateful for my time as a Swirlydoos Design Team member. It's been my dream since joining Swirlydoos 3 years ago as my first experience with a kit club. It changed the course of my scrappy "career".  I learned how to challenge myself and learn new techniques. I learned to have faith in my scrapping enough to try out for publications and other DTs. Most of all,I met some of my dearest friends and for that,I am truly grateful. 
I will still be around,you can't get rid of me :) but my family needs some extra attention at this stage in my life and we all know,family comes first.
Before I sail off into the sunset,I have one more page to share with you using the serene August kit,"Wistful Blues." The kit has a pink side to it as well:



The pic is my beautiful ballerina niece with impossibly long legs. I added 2 older Prima flowers,a Leaky Shed Studio chippies and doilies to the kit contents.



Look at the beautiful pink beads Krissy found for us! I chose to cluster mine and tuck into the Petaloo paper blooms.

As usual, I love to layer! I added paper doilies and the Prima packaging for more depth.


I hope you will enjoy this kit as much as I did and I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Berry71Bleu August Sketch Challenge!

Hello Scrappy friends! It's time for the new months's challenge at Berry71Bleu.
Sandra is the host for August and she has designed this awesome Sketch Challenge:
Here is my creation:




I created this mixed media piece on a cardboard that I prepped with white gesso to use as a canvas.




The large clockpiece is from our sponsor, Creative Embellishments. I gave it a patina treatment along with some older Prima Chippies.




Chantal Vandenburg creates these whimsical felt embellishments! I altered my butterfly by covering the wings with texture paste and stamping it with a rubber stamp that had been colored with alcohol markers. I then gave it some misting with Lindy's Stamp Gang Industrial Chic colors. The "body" is a Holtz pen nib.

Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors:

First Prize: Lemon Owl - Around The Corner Collection
 (12-12x12 patterned papers, epoxy stickers, die-cut embellishments,
1-12x12 sheet with cards and two sheets with frames. )



Second Prize: Creative Embellishments Gift Certificate 



Random Prize: 2 Berry71Bleu Handmade Tags
(Please note that the photos are just samples and are not the actual tags the prize winner will receive.)



Sponsors:


Lemon Owl 

Lemon Owl is an Ukrainian scrapbook and paper crafting brand created in the end of 2012. We put our first collection, Attic Door, on sale right before the New Year – the magical time between old and new, past and future, when dreams can come true. We like to experiment with colour combos and interesting patterns while creating our unique designs. Our style is fresh and bright, sometimes it is eclectic, and sometimes it is clean and elegant.


Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. They are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, rubber stamps, flair and wood veneer products. It is their mission to offer fun and inspiring products that can be creativity added to any project. In the near future, they will be expanding into other mediums such as stencils!



Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.



If you have clicked on one of my creations and smiled then I consider my work a success! My name is Chantal and I live in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia. I began scrapbooking 5 years ago and since then I've never looked back. I've always loved art (particularly cartooning) and through scrapbooking, this passion has been dusted off and reignited tenfold! Yay! I would describe my scrapbooking style as fun, funky, colourful and whimsical. I love to inject lots of personality into my work and I really enjoy bringing memories to life through creativity.

I'm very fortunate and blessed to be a 2014 Scrapbooking Memories Master, and to have my work published regularly in scrapbooking magazines in Australia and worldwide. Plus now I'm also having so much fun designing and making my own scrapbooking embellishments - so that you can enjoy crafting and creating with a lovely collection of cute bits and pieces to play with too! If you see something you like, but would like a larger quantity, please feel free to convo me. I'm also always happy to make up custom orders.

Have lots of fun looking around and thank YOU for considering byChantalVandenberg! :)

A special thanks to Creative Embellishments and Chantal Vandenberg for sponsoring our design team this month!

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.
Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Swirlydoos August Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!!

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
August Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!
If you came here from Debbie's blog, then you are on the right track. 
If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. 
We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!
 Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 
Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!
Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful August collection:

Wistful Blues

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our August scrapbook kit!

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any August kits or add ons in the store!




Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!

*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!
We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  
Here is my first project,using the August sketch:

I love these black resin Prima Icons because with a little gelato, you can blend in whatever colors you desire! I fussy cut some of the delicate feathers from the beautiful Riddersholm papers to tuck into my cluster.



I lightly coated the "Beautiful" Blue Fern Chippie with copper embossing powder to give it a more hammered look. I love the crocheted Petaloo trims-I cut this one in half and used it to frame my circle.




My second projects highlights the lighter,neutral colors of the kit:



The kit comes with a 12 x 12 sheet of the Blue Fern lattice chipboard! I popped out the centers, inked them in light blue,then stamped them with gold inked script. The skeleton of the lattice was inked white and embellished with pearls from my stash:



I created a flower from the kit's wired burlap ribbon. Nothing fancy,I just kept twisting and folding until I was satisfied then hot glued a pearl center. Check out the cute bottle caps! Krissy always adds something fun!



My last project for today is an altered wooden frame from Michael's.



I stole Paulien's idea of using webbing from Dollar store shower scrunchies to add to the beachy feel of the papers.



The tags were all cut from the Riddersholm papers and secured with these cool vintage style safety pins.




So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday, 8/14 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 8/15. 

In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. 
      This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things         to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
     Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a        sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much       fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you                   collected. Can't wait to hear from you!


My special words are : the things


The party continues over at Angelica's blog. Have fun!

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If you lose your way,here is the Blog Hop order:














Monday, August 11, 2014

Creative Blogger's Hop!

I was nominated as a creative blogger by an incredibly talented and super sweet scrapbook friend Laura Gilhuly . We are joining up as a chain of fun blog hop tours where so many of us will get to meet new bloggers, get new inspiration and connect with blogs that will open up our creativity. This hop is sure to get your mojo going!
Here are my 4 questions that need to be answered before I pass along my nominations. I'll give you my answers then lead you to 3 amazing artists you will love visiting!



1. What am I working on?



Right now I am getting ready for the Blog Hop and Kit reveal for Swirlydoos. The colors are amazing!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don't know that I am that "different" but I am returning to more of my shabby style scrapping for photos and saving my "mixed media" style for canvases and just to have fun!


3. Why do I create what I do?
To record memories and capture emotions. Scrapping is also a therapeutic outlet for me.
4. How does your creative process work?
That depends on the purpose. For DT assignments, I start with the product and other requirement such as a sketch or a theme. Other times,ideas just blast into my head and won't leave me alone until I create them! I get lots of mojo from Pinterest and music.
Now onto my nominees 

Rae Moses
I have known Rae since the early days of Swirlydoos have always been inspired not just for her elegant creations, but for her fierce dedication to her family. I'm so glad to see her branch out into DT such as Blue Fern and Tressors and I am thankful for her guidance as DT Leader at Swirlydoos!
I met Cyndi on the HeArt and Soul Dt and she is such a fabulously outgoing and genuine person. She has this awesome eclectic style and creates these phenomenal flowers! She is dynamic and fun and I never know next what beautiful creation she will come up with next!

I have been fortunate to design with Caroleanne on the Stuck on You Sketches DT and she is a lovely lady,inside and out. Her designs are always elegant and no one can work with pink the way she does! I look forward to seeing her scrapbooking adventures take off!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Berry71Bleu's August Challenge is up!

Hello Scrappy friends! It's time for the new months's challenge at Berry71Bleu.
Sandra is the host for August and she has designed this awesome Sketch Challenge:

August Sketch by Sandra Przybylska

Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors:

First Prize: Lemon Owl - Around The Corner Collection
 (12-12x12 patterned papers, epoxy stickers, die-cut embellishments,
1-12x12 sheet with cards and two sheets with frames. )



Second Prize: Creative Embellishments Gift Certificate 



Random Prize: 2 Berry71Bleu Handmade Tags
(Please note that the photos are just samples and are not the actual tags the prize winner will receive.)

Sponsors:


Lemon Owl 

Lemon Owl is an Ukrainian scrapbook and paper crafting brand created in the end of 2012. We put our first collection, Attic Door, on sale right before the New Year – the magical time between old and new, past and future, when dreams can come true. We like to experiment with colour combos and interesting patterns while creating our unique designs. Our style is fresh and bright, sometimes it is eclectic, and sometimes it is clean and elegant.

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. They are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, rubber stamps, flair and wood veneer products. It is their mission to offer fun and inspiring products that can be creativity added to any project. In the near future, they will be expanding into other mediums such as stencils!



Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.



If you have clicked on one of my creations and smiled then I consider my work a success! My name is Chantal and I live in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia. I began scrapbooking 5 years ago and since then I've never looked back. I've always loved art (particularly cartooning) and through scrapbooking, this passion has been dusted off and reignited tenfold! Yay! I would describe my scrapbooking style as fun, funky, colourful and whimsical. I love to inject lots of personality into my work and I really enjoy bringing memories to life through creativity.

I'm very fortunate and blessed to be a 2014 Scrapbooking Memories Master, and to have my work published regularly in scrapbooking magazines in Australia and worldwide. Plus now I'm also having so much fun designing and making my own scrapbooking embellishments - so that you can enjoy crafting and creating with a lovely collection of cute bits and pieces to play with too! If you see something you like, but would like a larger quantity, please feel free to convo me. I'm also always happy to make up custom orders.

Have lots of fun looking around and thank YOU for considering byChantalVandenberg! :)

A special thanks to Creative Embellishments and Chantal Vandenberg for sponsoring our design team this month!

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.
Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A "Wicked" project and a Fond Farewell...

Happy Tuesday, my scrappy friends!  Today I want to share with you a mixed media page created with Leaky Shed Studio chipboard and products from Altered Pages. 


The Graphic 45 and cardstock are from the Altered Pages Store. All the wings on my Flying Monkeys are a combination of stamped and fussy cut images also from their store.
The Theme of our projects is "Fly",so when I saw the gorgeous Emerald City pieces, Elphaba immediately came to mind! "Wicked" is one of my daughter's and my favorite musicals. She assisted me with the creation of the paper doll. The Emerald City chippies are actually part of an album but if you think outside the box,you can much more mileage from the same pieces!


I started my background with a mix of greens and gold gelatos,blended with a  moist paper towel. I then stamped random images using the Muse on a Wing stamp set. The watch part LSS chippies were antiqued using gold Rub n' Buff and smudged with black distress ink. They add the perfect steampunk touch as seen on the Broadway production.


The poppies were created using petals from the Swirlydoo June Flower Add-on. I misted them with Heidi Swapp ink in Primrose until I achieved the desired poppy color. I layered and offset them before hot-gluing them together. The black centers were created with black puffy paint. My stems are Prima crystals from my stash.


We couldn't find the perfect hat so I altered this Harja Flower Chipboard by embellishing it with purple microbeads and a green bling piece. At the top of that picture you can see the town clock created with more of the Watch parts.


Lastly,where would the Witch of the West be without a broom? This one was made by hot gluing Rub n' Buffed dollar store sprays to a body of the Dragonfly Chipboard. Thanks for taking the time to peek at my project! Thank you to Altered Pages for their generosity!

This is also my last Design Team Project with Leaky Shed Studios as my term has ended. I can't say enough great things about the generous owners,the talented DT and the fabulous quality of the Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard. Thank you so much for the opportunity and the fun! 

I leave you with some fitting words from "Wicked"...

"It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime.
So, let me say before we part:
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you.
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you'll have rewritten mine
By being my friend."




Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard used in this project:



Monday, July 21, 2014

July Challenge at Berry71Bleu-Pattern Palooza!



Good Moring! Today to share with you my take on Dana's Pattern Palooza over at Berry71Bleu!

(Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
June Challenge - Pattern Palooza
Join our July Challenge and show your love for patterns! We all have our favorite prints. Our challenge host Dana created this mood board using images that caught her eye on Pinterest. Whether you prefer stripes or polka dots, flowers or feathers, or something else entirely, just have fun mixing prints on your project. Feel free to incorporate designs from patterned papers, newspaper or magazine images, stamps, stencils, or your own artwork--Just be sure to include at least 3 different patterns on your creation. Please do not feel required to also design with the color palette of the mood board. You are free to do so if you choose, but this challenge is specifically about mixing patterns and does not have a color restriction.

Here is my page:


This features my sweet neice, Vivien on our annual Great Strides Fundraiser to fight Cystic Fibrosis. I pulled together patterns from 2 different papers, stamps,stencils,mists and ink.


The corner chippie pieces are the lefttover negative pieces from our generous sponsor,Molossi.
I colored them with gelato and used a rubber musical stamp in white to add another pattern.
Also from Molossi are the gold gems you see scattered throughout the page.



Here you can see how I layers colors and patterns to get variation but keep with the overall color scheme.

The sweet trees and Summer quote are from our sponsor,Jelly Park digi stamps. I chose to cluster and color mine with gelatos.
That's all I have for today!

Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors:
1st and 2nd Prize:
Molossi Gift Pack (Chipboard, Bling and Flowers)


Random Prize:
2 Digital Images from the Jellypark Store




Sponsors:





Molossi is an Australian retail and wholesale supplier to the scrapbooking and papercraft industry. Molossi strives to bring you an online shopping experience where you can relish in a huge range of scrapbooking supplies to compliment your scrapbooking addiction. Molossi offers thousands of products including: albums, cardstock, flowers, bling, personal die-cutting machines, stickers, embellishments and plenty more! Become a part of our scrapping community and enter the stash giveaways and competitions on our Facebook page and Blog. For a large range of page layout ideas, sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date with the scrapbooking world and monthly promotions.










Jellypark is a digital crafting website with lots of whimsical images drawn by children's illustrator Claire Keay. The images can be used on all your papercraft projects whether digital, hybrid or physical. 

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!