Friday, November 22, 2013

Do You Like to Watch? {Maja Design and The Scrapbook Diaries Kit Page & Video Tutorial)

I just love this photo of my sweet niece, taken a few years ago of her and her dog Dahlia.  She has recently gotten married and Dahlia is getting up there in age, but I think it's so sweet the way she cares for and love's her first pet. 
I made this page for The Scrapbook Diaries, a very unique kit store.  Janene had me create a page and make up a step by step video tutorial that comes with purchase of the kit (you get unlimited access to the video when you buy the kit), ....she puts together a kit just filled with all the yummy goodies I used to create this page, pretty much everything you need to make this layout other than glue.  I used lots of pretty Maja Design papers for this one as well as some really fun mixed media products, 2 colors of Lindy's mists/sprays, one of my all time favourite Bo Bunny Stamp sets, Prima flowers, metal accents, pebbles, lace, some very beautiful chipboard, wood accents and more.  You can find more information on this kit and video at The Scrapbook Diaries Blog.
Here is a close-up of some of the lovely goodies you'll find in the kit....I'm loving the page pebbles and the delicate little wood accents I used to frame the clock designs.  Here are a few more close-ups of my page....

If this page is something you would like to try out, you can find the kit here ... The Scrapbook Diaries Kit "Love Beyond Measure".  Her kits are always an amazing value given all the unique and premium products she includes in them.  You are given 2 options, the Complete Kit and the Basic Kit (the Basic kit is a great money saving option if you already have some of the elements I used for the page like the stamps or mists...both options of course include unlimited access to the video tutorial that goes with the kit.  Or you can always shop for item's a la carte in her store as well (she has a great supply of Maja Design papers!).

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate all the lovely feedback, I read them all and try to answer your questions and suggestions to the best of my ability. xo xo

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Making Cards with Webster's Pages!

Today I'm sharing with you all a couple of cards I made using the new Webster's Pages collection called A Christmas story.  For the card above I went with the pinks and golds in the collecion.

I wanted to go with a nice fabric feel to this card so I used Websters Pages pink Bloomers along the top edge of the card, added some gold lace trim from older Websters collection, and a small swatch of fabric (actually an indurstrial cleaning cloth). I accented with one of Websters Pages famous cameo's (Perfect Accents) and their new metal charm frame.
For my 2nd card I went with the blue/aqua colors in the collection. I simply cut 3 of the patterned papers in different sizes, distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz edge distressor and machine stitched the edges.

I took one of the Perfect Accent resin frames from Websters Pages and gave it a quick coat of slightly watered down gesso....then wiped away the relief areas, exposing some of the aqua color underneath.

I hope you enjoyed my 2 projects I shared with you today.  It's going to be a busy posting day for me today, if you have a chance, pop back in later in the day I have another fun project to share with you! NOTE:  Update....I will be postponing my 2nd post for today until Friday, needed to tie up some loose ends before I get this one up.   xo xo

Monday, November 18, 2013

Websters Pages New Holiday Collection & Tresors de Luxe

You can always spot one of Brandin's (Webster's Pages owner/designer) collections at a glance, they are always full of lovely feminine design elements: gorgeous flowers, flourishes, damask patterning and beautiful color palettes.  For me the pinks and golds in the 'Christmas Story' collection are a total favourite!  For this page I scrapped a photo I came across of my youngest daughter Meagan when I was shuffling through some older photos from a few years back.  I did a bit of inking with one of my favourite ink pads, the Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' distress ink pad as well as adding a little texture with the 'Damask' 6x6 stencil from Crafters Workshop.

I've always loved the beautiful cameo's (Perfect Accents) from Websters Pages and now I'm so happy to see that they put out some gorgeous metal trinkets and frames that work beautifully with the cameos, they just click right in!  Didn't even have to glue it. 
Another fun little metal trinket is this one from the Christmas Story collection.  There are so many cool things you can do with this one.  It's hard to see in the photo above but IRL there is a lovely glossy effect on the center piece of the trinket. 
The photo above better shows the jewel-like glossy effect I was able to achieve in two easy steps.  See below for 2 easy steps to making your own unique trinket.
There are so many ways to make your own trinket design to compliment your page design....try cutting out a section of patterned paper, glue in place and cover in Glossy Accents....or put in a coat of glossy accents and fill with a variety of glass beads....the options are endless!
I also added a few accents to the page with some Dusty Attic chipboard, Baroque Corners is one of my all-time favourite chippies, it's one of those accents that fit in anywhere and add a touch of elegance to a page.  I also used one of the Elegant Frames to frame my title.  NOTE:  If you are looking for a great shop to purchase Dusty Attic Chippies in North America (USA & Canada), my friend Vicky Alberto is have a 20% off sale on all purchases over $25.00 from now until December 1st.  I noticed she has a lot of the newest DA chippies in as well!  You can find her Estsy shop here ~~> Simply Paper & Embellishments
And last but certainly not least, I have to tell you about these cute lil natural floral accents I got from Lucy at Tresors de Luxe Etsy shop!!  I got hit hard with the flu yesterday while working on this page and I wanted no more than to just crawl into bed and rest!  So I had to work quickly to get this page done.  I grabbed a couple of loose blooms I had in my stash and then took one of Lucy's natural floral accents and was quickly able to put together a nice floral cluster.  No fussing about with tying twine, bundling blooms or wire accents....all I had to do was glue it down.   If you haven't seen her etsy shop you are in for a treat, her shop is just packed with gorgeous laces, doiles, blooms and floral sprays!
Well, that's my post for today....I'm off to get me a little bit of rest, hope this flu doesn't stick to long.  Thanks everyone for stopping by today! xo

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bo Bunny Design Team Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Bo Bunny Blog Hop!!  AS AN EXTRA BONUS I'VE DONE UP A VIDEO TUTORIAL to show my process in creating this page!  I've had a lot of requests from my blog readers to create some videos showing my thought process as I make up a page.
  If you've come from the Bo Bunny blog you are on the right track, below I've listed the blog order with links in case you get lost along the way. Today our theme is something we all hold near and dear to our hearts ~ Family!  I wanted to do a page with a picture of my whole family together....but realized with me behind the camera, I have so few photos with all of us together. I had to go back a few years for this!  Still, always fun to scrap memories isn't it.  One thing we always did from the time the girls were babies is go on nice long forest walks together.  We have so many beautiful areas to hike in and have always had a dog (to get us off our butt's and out in the fresh air), this day the girls still love to go and do this together as family. ....  I used the beautiful NEW 'Woodland Winter' collection for this one.
I did a fair bit of stamping and spritzing for this one, as well as embellishing with the new Kraft collection Wood Clocks and clock hands (One of my absolute new favourite Bo Bunny embellishments!). Here is another close-up...
There are lot's of lovely coordinating goodies to go with this collection, buttons, alpha stickers, chipboard.  Before I go into a lot more detail I'll just point you to my video tutorial. 
NOTE:  I hesitated posting this tutorial because once I finished taping it I saw that there were some lighting issues that can be a little distracting.  Appologizing in advance for the lighting (I'll be sure to tape in the daytime from now on! :) as you can process is not always perfect! LOL.....In one of the parts I tried using a fan paint brush to flick splatters on my page (a really fun trick the super talented Limor Webber shared in one of her amazing tutorials)  Limor's splatters came out perfect...mine, an epic fail! lol.....I think I should've added some water....all I managed to do was get ink all over my photo and had to get another one printed.  But I figured I'd leave it in so you guys can see all aspects of the process :)
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny "Woodland Winter" collection papers and 6x6 paper pad
Stamps: Bo Bunny Stamps: Geometric Patterns, Distressed Textures, Stained Textures, Mama-razzi II stamps, Weekend Market stamps
Stencil: Crafters Workshop 'Circle Grid' 6x6
Chipboard: Bo Bunny Woodland Winter
Buttons: Bo Bunny Woodland Winter
Wood Embellishments: Bo Bunny Kraft Collection (Clocks)
Title Stickers: Bo Bunny Woodland Winter
Sprays and Inks:  Lindy's Stamp Gang "Baby BLue Eyes", Art Anthology "Mocha', Donna Salazar Distress Ink pad (Patina. blue),
Flowers: Prima and Recollections
Bo Bunny Trinket
Other: Burlap, Cheesecloth, Natural Hemp twine,
 I hope you enjoyed my project and the video tutorial.  By the way, I appreciate all the kind and encouraging comments (both public and private) for my video tutorials, they mean a lot to me xo).  Now, as promised here is the blog hop list. Be sure to find the answer to the question that each of us asked at the Bo Bunny blog, then when you are done email your answers to, a random draw will be made and the winner will recieve a lovely Bo Bunny prize!
Blog Hop Order

2.  Gabrielle  (me)
3.  Ilene
4.  Irene
5.  Juliana
6.  Kaori
7.  Back to Bo Bunny to answer questions using Rafflecopter Widget.

Now it's time to hop over to Ilene's blog (link above), her work is always a treat to see, I'm sure you'll be inspired!  Thanks so much for stopping by! xo xo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Introducing NEW Maja Design "Vintage Frost Basics"

Hi everyone!  I just have a quick but fun post for you all today!  I just wanted to share with you the beautiful new Maja Design collection for the winter called 'Vintage Frost Basics'.  This collection as all the lovely vintage colors and design elements we've all come to love from Maja Design!
To view all the individual papers in this collection you can find them all at the Maja Design website HERE.  And if you are looking for a retailer in your area, be sure to look at the Storefinder at the Maja Website as well.  For those of you in the USA, I have already heard from Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries that she is ordering them in, so don't forge to check out her online store for Maja Design goodies! xo xo

Monday, November 11, 2013

Video Tutorial: Creating a Mixed Media Journal Cover {Dusty Attic}

I've gotten some requests for me to do a video tutorial on decorating an art journal cover.  I did a shabby-chic cover a couple of years ago but thought this time I would try doing a 'Finnabiar' style cover.  I picked up a Canson art journal recently, I like this one because it has very good quality watercolor paper in it for art journaling.  I used a variety of mixed media elements and some of my favourite Dusty Attic chipboard.  I will list all the products I used to make this journal cover at the end of my post (just after the video clip).  Hope you enjoy!


~ Canson Art Journal
~ Patterned Paper: Prima Sunrise Sunset collection
~ Dusty Attic Chipboard: Scallop Circles, Cogs #1, Jumbo Cogs,
Vintage Keys, Nuts and Bolts, Bookman ABC Set, Elegant Flourish Small
~ Stencils: Crafters Workshop 'Art Is' 6x6, Prima Checker 'Sunrise Sunset collection
~ Home-made texture paste (recipe in right column of my blog)
~ Luminarte H20's 'Egyptian Gold'
~ Luminarte Silks 'Snap Dragon'
~ Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 'Almost Black', 'Cinnamon'
~ Perfect Pearls Mist 'Interference Red'
~ Prima Clear Pebbles
~ Prima Mechanicals 'Roman Numerals'
~ Prima Flowers 'Precious Metals-Gold', 'Sunrise Sunset Gold Roses'
~ Dress It Up (small pebbles)
~ Recollections Metal Accents, some Dollar Store Metal accents
~ Dry wall tape (from hardware store)
~ Other: bottle caps, buttons, dollar store gems.
Hope you enjoyed my video and I hope this has inspired you to give mixed media a try!  Thanks so much for all the wonderful feedback on my work and tutorials.  I've gotten a number of requests for technique videos and will try to get some more done soon. xo xo

Friday, November 8, 2013

Creating with Bo Bunny's New Kraft Collection!

I was so excited when I saw the beautiful array of goodies in the Bo Bunny Kraft collection!  The wooden embellishments, the amazing textures in the Pleated Burlap and Canvas Lace strips, the adorable Kraft bags and printed papers!  The neutral tones work with any color or paper design! Personally I love combining them with the Double Dot Papers!

For this card I began with some paper I cut as a background from one of the larger printed paper bags (Clocks), layered on some Island Mist Double Dot paper and then embellished with Stickers found in the Clock Kraft bags pkg.  I added a strip of the Canvas Pleated Lace and put a Jewel strip (from the Avenues collection) in the center of the pleated canvas .
I wanted some medium size blooms for this card so I made them myself from Bo Bunny Chiffon Dot paper and used a floral die cut.  I tinted the center petals with some soft aqua ink to bring in the colors of the Island Mist double dot paper.
Bo Bunny Supplies:
Card Stock: Island Mist Double Dot, Chiffon Double Dot (for Blooms), Clover Double Dot (leaves)
Kraft: Gift Bags Clocks (plus matching stickers)
Kraft: Canvas Pleated Lace
Jewels: The Avenues
Stamps: Praire Chic, You're Invited Large Stamps
Noteworthy: Autumn Song

I thought rather than going with another card, I would instead make up a tag using a similar color scheme (after-all I like to use up papers I've already cut into, no need to waste right?)  I cut a tag shape from the left over Clocks paper and a slightly smaller one from the Island Mist Double Dot.  I wanted to have shabby-chic feel so I tore an extra strip from the clock design paper and adhered it over the tag.
Again, the blooms were made using flower die cuts and some Chiffon double dot paper.  I just tinted the outside edges of the petals with some aqua chalk ink and added flower stamens in the centers.  Adding some twine and more lacy die cuts, a clock hand from the Kraft Wood Clocks package and a green adhesive have a quick and easy tag.
Bo Bunny Supplies:
Cardstock: Island Mist Double Dot, Chiffon Double Dot, Clover Double Dot
Kraft: Gift Bags Clocks
Kraft: Wood Clocks
Stamps: You're Invited Large Stamps
Jewels: Apple Cider
Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the kind feedback and comments! xo xo

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dusty Attic November ATC {Theme: Flying High}

Hi everyone!  Here is my take on this months ATC theme at Dusty Attic: Flying High.  My thoughts went to wings and the words 'You Lift Me Up'.  I wanted to go with a sort of grunge background and a light airy focus piece in the heart and wings. 
I created my background by cutting out a 3.5 x 2.5 inch piece of Dusty Attic Corrugated Card and painted it with Dusty In Color Fine Silver. 
TIP:  I didn't have any rust medium so I created my own rust using......guess what??......Cinnamon!  I just wet the edges of the piece with a little more of the silver paint and dusted on some cinnamon.  I then used a spritz of hairspray to set the powder so it wouldn't come off.  I thought the result came out pretty good!  Here is another close-up photo.


I used the Mini Corners #2 scroll designs to frame the ATC and painted with with a gold and bronze paint.  The wings I painted white and lined the Rangers Silver Perfect Pearls.  The heart needed to be a specific size so I hand cut it from a scrap piece of chipboard (one of the large window panes from one of the DA window chippies).  I added a Maja Design paper flower design (from Sofiero) and added Dusty Attic Crackle Medium.  I also used one of the Name Plate chippies cut in half to create the scroll design at the top and bottom of the ATC.
Dusty Attic Products used on this ATC:
~ Corrugated Card
~ Wings
~ Mini Corners #2
~ Dusty In Colour Fine Silver Paint
~ Dusty In Colour Clear Crackle Varnish
~ Name plate #4
If you want to play along with the Dusty Attic ATC theme this month, be sure to post it in the Dusty Attic Ning site!  We love to see everyones creativity with the ATC themes! xo

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Having Fun Mixing Collections! {Maja Design Papers}

Hi everyone!  For today's project I thought I would have some fun mixing collections. I just love pouring through my Maja Design papers and picking and choosing which designs I want to put together to make up a project! For this page I think I dipped into quite a few collections! For the base of the layout I used papers from the Sofiero collection, then for the fussy cut blooms and clocks I used paper from Vintage Autumn Basics. I even used a little strip of scrap paper I had left from Vintage Summer Basics (1922-bs) the small scallop strip with white dots, and some butterflies from Vintage Spring Basics.The photo I scrapped was one taken of my oldest daughter Chloe when we were out on a walk :)

Here is a close-up of the center piece of my layout, so you can see the fussy cut blooms and clocks that I adhered with foam pop dots so that they would stand up from the page. The chipboard frame is from Dusty Attic (Decorative Scroll #1) that I coated with Gesso, stamped and finished with a crackle varnish.

I did a lot of inking and spritzing for this page as well as a little bit of masking with stencils and texture paste. I used a little bit of Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet along the bottom edge of the diagonal strip before I used a Crafters Workshop (Damask 6x6) stencil along the edge. For Spraying I used Lindy's 'Clam bake Biege' and Perfect Pearls 'Intereference Red' (it's more of a pink color with lots of shimmer). (most of these goodies are stuff that I have left from kits from The Scrapbook Diaries a great source in the USA/Canada for Maja Design products!)

I used another stencil in the top right corner (Prima Flourish 12x12) as well as lots of fun stamps, Prima Stitches Stamps, Bo Bunny Distressed stamps. Added a little washi tape (Freckled Fawn) and added more fussy cut images from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection. (I used the rose blooms from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection rather than the roses from the Sofiero collection, which I used for the background, because the images were a little deeper in color and I thought would work better for a fussy cut bloom.

Maja Design Supplies: Sofiero Collection (Enjoying the Fragrance-bs, Strolling Down the Rose Path-bs), Vintage Autumn Basics (No. II, No. XVI, VI-bs), Vintage Spring Basics (6th of May - fussy cut butterflies), Vintage Summer Basics (1922-bs)

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments! xo xo

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Card {Maja Design Mood Board - November}

There's lots of pretty colors in this months Mood Board from Maja Design, ....cherry reds, soft taupes, sage greens.  And while the mood board is actually more focused on a holiday theme, I was not ready to let go of summer yet so I went with a more cheery summer style project.  I chose the red gingham papers from the Life In the Country Collection.
Supplies from Maja Design:
~ Life In the Country: Summer Kitchen-fs, Summer Kitchen-bs,
Sowing Seeds-bs, Read a Book-fs
~Other: Dusty Attic Labels
~ Bo Bunny Paper Doilies 4"

I used a little burlap and twine to stay in keeping with the 'home-spun' look of  the card.  The chipboard piece is from Dusty Attic (covered with a piece of green Maja Design paper). 

If you would like to see the November Mood Board as well as several more projects made by some of the other Maja Design team members you can check out todays post at the Maja Design Blog. Hope you give it a try!  Thanks so much for stopping by today! xo


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