Monday, October 14, 2019

Color combo challenge

Hi everyone!!
It’s been a while!!
Last time I showed up here I was living in Paris. I am now in my new home near Cleveland Ohio. How fast things can change, right?!
It’s been tough to stay creative in the past year! I have to admit that 10 months in Paris weren’t nearly enough to empty all the boxes and put stuff away and get a good creating environment. So I did had my studio space, but I just didn’t go in there. Instead, I stayed in the dining and living area where the light was so much better and I colored stamps and made cards! That became my creative outlet. I’m not saying that I won’t get back to scrapbooking, in fact, I’m setting up my studio as we speak, but I now have a new cord to my bow. And I love it!!
Here’s the latest card I created, using a mood board as jumping point! I loved working this way.
Here’s the mood board. Visit her on Instagram!!

I used the gorgeous stamps from Hello Bluebird and watercolor for coloring. Lots of fussy cutting and dimension added with 3D foam squares. :)
Thanks for looking!! 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cutest Video Hop Ever!!

Hello everyone!!

Arielle, Maya and I are so happy to be participating in the 2nd Annual Cutest Video Hop Ever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Emily from Art From The Heart who invited us to join in the fun!! ūüėė

We hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids, as much as we enjoyed creating these projects to share with you.

All of the artists' YouTube links are below. Please remember that comments here on the blog, while greatly appreciated, are not eligible for the giveaways below. You must leave your comments on YouTube. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning.

Isn't it amazing to share a passion with our kids??! We hope that this hop will inspire you to start crafting with your little ones as well. The craft doesn't have to be perfect. All that matter is that it's a fun time spent together.

In our video you'll see three cards that we have made with the cute stamp set Simon Hurley sent us! You'll also see how we integrate crafting to our busy daily life, even when we're on the road, which we often are!

We're incredibly grateful to Ranger Ink and Simon Hurley for sending Simon Hurley create products to us.

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful individuals and companies who have donated over 30 prizes for this fun event! The winners will be randomly chosen from all comments left on each of our videos. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on April 17, 2019 and winners will be announced on Emily's blog on April 24, 2019.

Ranger Ink, 2 Simon Hurley create. Goodie Bags
Jennifer McGuire Ink, 3 Share Handmade Kindness Goodie Bags
Catherine Pooler Designs, 2 ink pads per video
Simon Says Stamp, $50 gift certificate
Avery Elle, $50 gift certificate
Studio Katia, 2 x $25 gift certificates
Winnie & Walter, $50 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh, $30 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson, $25 gift certificate
Hero Arts, $25 gift certificate
My Favorite Things, $25 gift certificate
Newton’s Nook Designs, $25 gift certificate
Paper Smooches, $25 gift certificate
The Stamp Market, $25 gift certificate
Waffle Flower, $25 gift certificate

Have fun on the hop and don't forget to comment!! Good luck! 

Marie-Pierre, Arielle and Maya xox

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Get it Scrapped - a layout


it's been a while!
As I am preparing for the Cutest video hop ever (come back tomorrow to see this go live and have a chance to win one of over 30 wonderful prizes!!!) I thought I'd share with you the last layouts I made for Get It Scrapped:

The first assignment was to create a scrapbook page about what I love scrapbooking most. I chose: scrapbooking about myself. Now, I realize that this may sound a little self centered, but it isn't really. What I love most is scrapbooking about when I was a kid. I have so many good memories that I want to record, either for me to look at later on, or for my kids, as they might want to know how life was like when their mom was little.

The layout I'm going to show you is very special to me as it includes a piece of newspaper I appeared in as I won a story writing contest. I have carried this piece of ephemera with me forever now, in all our crazy moves (!!) and I decided it was time to give it a home in one of my albums.

As you can see, I have the Christmas story I won the contest with on this, and also a picture of me when I went to pick up my price. I didn't think I needed another photo of me at that time. The newspaper article does the job! I did add journaling though to explain the page to the viewer.

I decided to go with this busy background because I loved the rich dark color, the vintage feel of it,  and also all the Christmas song titles which to me made it look like a newspaper... My thinking was that my actual newspaper clipping was very bland. Although it's a little bit busy for the eye, I find that it makes the drab newspaper article pop out.

I used lots of Christmas die cuts to guide the viewer's eye toward what they needed to look at. Here the little bird is looking straight at the story.

This little owl is perched on the photo.

And that cute Santa and mice lead you to the sparkly title which, although it's sparkly, doesn't jump out of the page to get your attention.

I typed the journaling using my own handwriting and cutout strips of journaling. I used hot glue to adhere it forming waves and giving movement to that part of the page.

Here are more die cuts to frame the journaling. Notice how I sat the die cuts on that strips of gold paper? I added red stitches to reinforce the bottom line.

More die cuts directing the viewer's eye.

I also played with foam tape to create dimension.

Here I added the foam tape only at the bottom of the die cut.

You will find all the die cuts and elements you see on this layout at

I hope you enjoyed this layout!!
It was a really fun one to make!

Don't forget to come back here tomorrow so that I can guide you over to the Video Hop and lots of fun prizes to win!! :)


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Team Spellbinders | January 2019 card kit

Hello everyone!

I've been invited to play with the January card kit from Spellbinders.
Have you seen their different clubs?! You might have not heard of it yet, as I hadn't heard of it before they contacted me. I was totally surprised when I saw the website and all they were offering! 
They have several kit clubs and they also have several Value Club options available for those who would like to join multiple clubs at once. 
So anyway, I received the box, which was filled with goodies: a 6x6 paper pad, a set of dies, a stamp set, a pack of pre-made die cuts and some 3D die cuts as well, a bottle of sequins, a sheet of enamel stickers, a sheet of letter stickers, some sheets of card stock and finally some card bases and enveloppes. There was also double sided tape and foam adhesive.

What?!! I know! Loads of stuff!!

I was excited to start creating and didn't even bother clearing my table before I sat down to create! lol

He are the cards I created:


This first card I would like to show you was made exclusively with the add-on kit of the month. You can find the products hereThese products, unlike their Club products, are available to everyone, not only Club members.

I used the XOXO die cut on patterned paper here and glued the little X's and O's behind my 3D bear. I stamped my sentiment on a piece of patterned paper that I cut into a banner shape. It's a simple card that you can make in just some minutes.

I loved that hot air balloon die cut and wanted to give it lots of space to breathe so I simply mounted it on one of the plain colored card stock and stitched sun rays behind it in the colors of the rainbow. I then added the die cut banner. Very simple, yet it is one of my favorite!

For this card I simply gathered some of my favorite die cuts and made a cluster like I often do on my scrapbooking layouts. I layered it on top of a piece of patterned paper where I had previously stitched a frame with pink thread.

For this cards I used the typewriter die. I backed it with patterned paper. I stamped my sentiment on vellum and die cut it with the rectangle die that came with the kit. It's the perfect size to make a note as it fits in the typewriter. I added some red sparkly stickers for the XOX and the end of my note. I used my sewing machine to stitch 2 pink lines at the left of the lined patterned paper and sprinkled some black ink. I adhered the typewriter using foam adhesive.

I used the rectangle die again to make this small polaroid frame. I simply cut out the rectangle, directly in the card base, and I then trimmed around it leaving more space at the bottom. I've then die cut the word LOVE at the bottom of the polaroid frame, but it would have been a good place to stamp something as well. I blocked the whole left in the card base with some pink card stock and offsetted the polaroid frame. I added the heart and birdies die cuts, some sequins and the YOU stickers which I ran through my sewing machine.

This card is also a base of patterned paper with a stitched rectangle. I used the leaves/branches die to die cut white flowers and branches. I love the mix of the white and the colors of the pre-made die cuts.

For this card I decided to use the camera and repeated the polaroid frame idea. I mounted the 2 elements on a piece of patterned paper and added different hearts and sequins to make it festive.

Voilà, 7 cards to inspire you!! I still have so much things left from the kit, that I could make many more cards!!

Thank you again Spellbinders for this opportunity!

Talk to you soon,