Friday, January 31, 2014

Crazy for you - a digital kit translated in paper

Hi everyone!
Today I have something special to share with you. :)
For the first time, I made a layout with a kit that was made for digital scrapbooking. The kit is from Peppermint Granberg and is called Crazy for you. It's a BEAUTIFUL kit, right up my alley with it's fresh and yet soft colors and with all it's fun embellishments. I loved working with it.

Here's my page and what I have done:

1. I printed the stars directly on my 12x12 canvas.

2. I printed all the elements on white cardstock.

3. I transformed the title into a .png file and had it cut by my Silhouette. I than traced the word by hand.

4. I reversed the colors on that little strip "once in a" which is originally black on white.

I also changed the size of certain elements, like the hearts.

5. I printed some strips of patterned paper onto vellum which now look like custom washi tape. Woohoo for that!

Finally, and this is not a digital thing, I layered layered layered and I gave some texture to the sides of my papers and elements. That's one thing I brought back in my head from CHA: texture and dimension on a page looks SO good!

Last but not least, I paired this beautiful kit with a picture of the one and only and oh so lovely Heidi Swapp, so I was sure my page would be more than awesome! ;)

Thanks for looking and if you want to have more ideas on how you can use a digital kit on you paper layouts, go take a look at the Get it Scrapped blog today! :)


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Art Impressions challenge: Pop it up

Hi everyone!
Today I'm participating to the Art Impressions challenge: Pop it up!
The challenge is to make a card with some decoupage/layered stamped image.

Here is my card:

Hope you like it and you are welcome to play with us, even without Art Impressions stamps. :)

See you again soon!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

a Birthday Whoot birthday card

Hi Everyone!
Today I'm sharing a beautiful birthday card made with one of my favorite stamps: Birthday Whoot from Art Impressions.

This stamp is so much fun to color and this time I used a technique I have learned at CHA: use your water based markers with a water brush! So simple, and yet I had only used my markers with a blender pen until now, which gives a very different result!

As for the polaroid, I made it using some post-it and a mask. I placed the post-it to form a square, I stamped my owl, masked it and I applied the ink using a make-up sponge.

When I took all the masks away it looked like this:

I just had to outline the contour with a black marker and to color my owl.

I made several cards today with this cute owl and I absolutely adore him! I plan to get many more owls from the same collection
I hope you like my card. :)

Have a nice weekend!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Embellish with sprinkling

Hi everyone!

Here's a page I made for Get it Scrapped. The challenge was to embellish with some kind of sprinkling.

I'm happy that I got to scrapbook so many pictures once again. :)
As for the sprinkling, there was once a discussion on the Get it Scrapped message board about the technique of sprinkling. About how to make it look like the confetti would have been dropped on the page but really haven't been been… Well, here, I really just dropped everything down, literally and it looked good so I took my glue pen and glued everything down as is. I'm not sure if it's too much. I like the end result and I love every little bit. :)

And I'm so happy I got to use this paper again. (I used it on a layout I had made for Shimelle Laine's blog for a serie of layout involving stitching.) Even if it's the same paper, the look is always different so it's fun to use it again and again. :)

Still have to work on my dripping technique….. the Colro Shine always seems to leave a greasy circle around my drop. There must be a secret I'm not aware of….

Hope you enjoyed!
This layout was so FUN to create!! :)


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CHA 2014 Wrap up

Hi everyone!

Here I am, back from CHA (followed by the Play event organized by Big Picture Classes  - I'll have to make a separate post only for this), my head and my heart are spinning!! In a good way. :) I don,t really know how I should present you my ideas. You've probably seen so many photos of products already because they were already all over the web even before CHA had started. So I think what I'll do is just present you what really stood out for me, personally. Hope you'll enjoy this post. :)

So, in no particular order, here is what is still in my mind and heart after 4 days of walking, and watching, and talking, and meeting….

1. Paper collections:

There are so many paper lines. So many beautiful ones. Here are the ones that I saw and thought: Yes, I will get that one!

Heidi Swapp: Dreamy
It's all watercolor-y, soft and pretty.

The thing i love most about this collection is the paper itself. The colors.

I love these glittered frames with a white impression on them.

And I love this alphabet. Glittery and glossy.

And her mini stencils will be perfect for cards or to add cool layers to layouts. I also thought about Project Life, although I'm not sure the size will fit. They are bigger than they look like on this picture.

American Crafts - Dear Lizzy: Day Dreamer

Wtercolor-y feel

Cute camera motif
Cute 3x4 cards

Happy colors
cute stamp set

Love the motives and happy colors

Mini flairs

American Crafts - Amy Tangerine: Plus One

Hand stitching stencils
black bendable plastic words

cool camera motif
beautiful vibrant colors

 cute sketch book

Awesome Washi-like translucent letters in very cool colors

Yummy colors
motives on ribbons
cute puffy stickers
awesome stamp motives
watercolor paint

Look at that gorgeous album!!!!!

Webster's pages - Alisson Kreft: Sprinkled with love AND Hello World

Hello World:

Awesome paper
Awesome colors
cute motives

VERY cute paperclips in different shapes. Here: elephant and onesie

Paperclips: red bird and speech bubbles

Sprinkled with love:

I love the colors and papers

Paperclips: enveloppes

I love the patterned paper!

Light bulbs paperclips

Very cute collections!!!

Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes: Style Board

I couldn't resist sharing my friends Noell and Izzy from Paperclipping filming Maggie Holme's collection. :) Go check out the video if you want more details on this collection.

Very cool die cuts and sequins. She has 3 different packs which include vellum, chipboard and gold foil.

Gold rub-ons!!!!! Can't wait to use that!

Very cute gold chipboard thickers.

Kraft paper with gold polka dots

Gold foil kraft tape and white doily-like packing tape that will look almost like a rub-on.

Look at the layering and dimension. These pages were phenomenal!! I went back 3 times to her booth to check it out again and again. :)

Basic grey: Highline

2. Stamps and Ink

Tim Holz: His distress inks are now in mini-format and he has a new blender tool, smaller and round (will make the straight lines disappear).

Tim also has a new tool which can spritz ink from any marker, making a kind of air brush effect.

And look at this lamp from Stella!!! It has different lighting like LED light,  true color and incandescent, with a dimmer for any of these lighting. It will be available in April 2014. I plan on buying one for me and maybe one for each of my girls. I've been looking for an awesome light since I was in high school!

(If you'd like to see more of the booth at CHA, which is soooooo big and really impressive, go check it out here)

Tombow: Their markers are phenomenal!! I loved the colors and the feeling while coloring. The ink is water based which makes it water colorable with a brush and water!!

Look here, the lady just sketched a flower quickly and with water and a brush went over the lines to make a beautiful and quick watercoloring.

Here are the markers: A pen at one end and a paint brush at the other end. Look at the vibrant colors!

And this is the blender marker, sold together with a little spritzer and a plastic palette for blending color.

The blender does the same job as the water brush, but I would say on a smaller scale? You can color some lines and then use the marker to pull the color toward the center, or where ever you want it to go.

You can see it well on the pink parts of my owl.
Apparently this blender marker can replace Gamsol when used with colored pencils such as Prismacolor. I can't wait to try that!

This was made with the plastic palette. A little color rubbed and a spritz or two of water, you can than stamp it onto your card stock for gorgeous backgrounds to your cards and pages.

Art Impressions: I am on their Design team since a  little bit over than a month and I love them so much!! They are a family company and they are all so lovely and friendly!! I loved getting to know them! Their stamps are for the most part very funny but they also have (my favorite!) beautiful and elegant images to color in.

Here are some of the samples c I made for them for CHA:

What I discovered with them this weekend is their  watercolor line!! The line has several little stamps which work together to form a bigger image and since you assemble all the pieces yourself, the number of different images you can create is endless. Look at this:

Using her water based markers (Hellow Tombow!) Bonnie colors the stamp and stamps on a watercolor paper.

She then takes a wet brush and dab gently over the stamped image to make the ink travel a little and to soften the image which gives it a perfect watercolor look. No need to know how to draw. Look at that!!!! I can't wait to try it myself!

Lawn Fawn: I discovered this company (I know! I've heard of it before, of course, but I had never bought a stamp from them since I already have so many stamps!!!) and their high quality stamps. They have their own cutesy and bright style and great images to color in.

La-La Land: These stamps are so fun to color in. I loved their samples.

And I am no Copic expert but by looking at their images I managed to do this:

Very proud of myself. ;)

As for Inks, I discovered:

Avery Elle (Available at Two Peas in a Bucket and Simon Says Stamp)

Avery Elle also has awesome stamps. Their card samples was just Fabulous!!

Imagine Crafts (with Tsukineko) which has awesome gold, silver and white ink as well as Neon!! They produce the Memento and Staz On ink.

Look at that ink on black cardstock. Awesome, right? :)

3. Project Life related:

We R Memory Keepers has a small drawer unit perfect for Project Life cards (4x6 and 3x4 drawers) There are only 5 drawers, but they are deep so they can contain a lot of cards!! I think this is a good find.

4. Small elements:

American Crafts - DIY collection: Very trendy with the chalk, DIY has small tags and labels, buttons, bigger shipping tags, clothes pins on which you can write with a white pen. I loved the look of the collection and the versatility of the bits and pieces.

Such cute speech bubbles!!

And look at the buttons! Big and small. I bet we can color on that with Gelatos.

Small labels.

And some chalk tape. So awesome!!

Doodlebug: As always, Doodlebug is colorful and I love that! I found my favorite sticky rhinestones and was happy to find some puffy stickers too in various shapes and enamel dots to go with it. 

I saw these straws in a couple of other collections. I wonder if we'll see them pop on some pages here and there this year.

Freckled Fawn: She has some very cool paperclips.

5. What stood out the most for me:

Cosmo Cricket: I knew the name, I had bought some previous paper collections, but. But. But. I had never seen it just quite as I saw is this weekend! Look at this:

They have vellum, glitter paper, kraft paper, crepe paper, wood veneers, wood charms, nice trims…


Wood veneers and wood charms

Tissue papers

More lids

The mint green tissue paper.

More vellum and glitters

It is as if this collection was made just for me. I love everything about it and these pictures are full of inspiration. If you want, you can also go on the Cosmo Cricket blog to see what Julie has to say about her new products. 

And on this, I'll end my review of CHA 2014. I have plenty more photos because there was so much so see and so many pretty things, but I think your head should be full by now. ;)

See you soon!!