And I will bury my soul in a scrapbook, with the photographs there and the moths.
~Leonard Cohen

Monday, February 28, 2011

Adorable Girl & card**IOD**

I enjoyed a 3 day weekend, spent 2 days of it scrapping and now I get to share=)
I dabbled in my IOD stash...

Here's a design team layout I created using the Lullaby Girl collection featuring the Unity/IOD Provencial Paris stamp set.



Here is a closeup on the stamps from this set: the butterfly as well as the frame and swirl border. This butterfly stamp has become one of my fave!

Products Used: Papers:Lullaby Girl(#26958),(#26960),(#26958),(#26962),(#26959); cardstock sticker:(#26963); Unity/IOD stamps: Provencial Paris Set (#IOD-784A)

Here's a card I put together using this collection as well.
Products Used: Papers: Lullaby Girl(#26954),(#26959),(#26961),(#26960); Unity/IOD stamps: Provencial Paris set(IOD-784A)

Off to bed I go...I will be back tomorrow to share the March 1st sketch from Stuck?! =)
Goodnight.

♥ Karen

Sunday, February 27, 2011

**Graphic 45** DT Submission

Graphic 45....a DT call...my heart was racing when I first read their post.
I don't think I have been this excited over something scrapbook related..ever! Graphic 45 is alittle piece of heaven for me, it's divine...stunning...it's handsdown one of my FAVORITE manufacturers!

I made my first layout using G45's Communique line, ever since then I have been in love with their papers and now newly released Staples line, coordinating vintage embellishments?? Flowers?? Flowers by G45...it couldn't get any better than this!

To be given the honor to design for them would be an absolute dream come true. I'd have to admit it's one of my bucketlist things=)

{*takes a deep breath*}Here goes my submission...

**This was my very first layout using Graphic 45.**



Here goes to some restless nights, waiting for the announcement for finalists who made it to the 2nd round...My fingers and toes are crossed...ah!!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Scrap That! March Kit Reveal including a Blog Hop Adventure

First off welcome to our Blog Hop Adventure!!
We have 8 amazing blogs for you to visit today, each w/ some beautiful projects that were created using the Scrap That! March "Secret Garden" kit. The blog hop goes from today(26th)10 am EST to the 27th at midnight.
The hop starts at the SCRAP THAT BLOG, so hop on over there to begin.

There will be a randomly drawn comment winner from each blog, this winner will win a YUMMY PRIMA package! **So be sure to stop by EVERY blog and leave a comment along with becoming a follower, so we know you have joined in. **

There will be a special word on each blog, be sure to collect these, once you have put together the sentence, email it to
friends@scrapthat.ca .

All qualifying entries will be entered into a draw to win the GRAND PRIZE...a Scrap That March "Secret Garden" kit.

To qualify:
1. Visit each blog on the hop, leave a comment & become a follower.
2. Go to the Scrap That! Facebook page and become a friend.
3. Go to the Scrap That! Social Community and become a member
4. Emal the secret sentence to friends@scrapthat.ca

Ok now to start things off!!!
If you have just arrived here from Scrap That!'s blog, you are in the right place. If not, head back to the blog hop beginning and join us.

Today I am going to share with you my projects created with the March "Secret Garden" kit, the DT has been raving about this kit since we first got them. Its jammed featuring the Graphic45 Once Upon a Springtime collection along with papers from Basic Grey Curio collection paired with the most beautiful embellishments.

This first layout is of my daughter when she was 5 months old. The colors in these papers were perfect for this picture. Lots of fussy cutting to be done with these papers, its great! For the pleated scalloped border on my circle, you can find my tutorial HERE. Very easy to do.

Closeup on the gorgeous Prima flowers in this kit, along with the fussy cutting of the blooms from one of the papers. I accented the stamen part of the paper-cut flowers with Diamon Stickles just to give them alittle sparkle.


We received a very neat technique item in this kit--a bottle of Smooch. I have never tried it but have always heard great things, let me tell you gives you a nice pearlized result. I altered this butterfly chippie with it.


Also used the Smooch on the rabbits apron(you can really see the pearl finish here.)


For my 2nd layout, is another layout of my daughter, this is a recent picture, having been taken early this month. She's so grown now!

Here I accented the fairies with some Stickles, its a great way to add just the right touch of sparkle to any project.

So I got a new deep edge Martha Stewart punch, its called "Vine Trim". Here's a look at it, used it as the vines to my flowers. For the mini roses, I simply made the bottom layer petals, and added the mini roses as the center(which I pulled off the Prima bling swirl we got in the kit).


For my 3rd layout, the picture is of my in-laws on there wedding day. My mother in law was just 20 yrs old in this picture, she's now 53. Of course I'm not parting with this layout. Its going in a shadow box for me to keep for myself. :p
When I saw some of the G45 papers were more peach-toned, I knew I could FINALLY scrap this picture! I was ecstatic, not to mention the Prima blooms in the kits were a perfect match for these particular papers.


Just to show you this kit was packed with papers and embellishments, I was able to create another FULLY LOADED layout.
This one is from MY wedding day in 2009. =)
This layout is a mix of the Graphic 45 papers along with the BG Curio papers.


Fussy cut the Curio flowers along with accenting them with the Distress Stickles we received in the kit.


Ok thats it from me.
Before you hop on over to Janis's blog next, you will need to leave a comment here and become a follower of my blog, also you'll want my secret word, which is 'SCRAP THAT!'.
Now you can head over to Janis's lovely blog for more amazing creations using the Scrap That! "Secret Garden" kit.

Happy Hopping!
~Karen

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Scrap That! Reveal Day Blog Hop--Feb 26th to Feb 27th

So lots of things are getting ready to happen for Scrap That! ...One of those is our monthly reveal day blog hop(the 26th of every month), our first will be Saturday!! It starts at 10am EST and will go thru til 12midnight on the 27th. There's going to be a GREAT prize to be won!

So be sure to come back on the 26th to see our Reveal as well as take part in our hop!
You won't want to miss this!!!

Oooh more thing...to be to up-to-date on the happenings of Scrap That! join our NING COMMUNITY so you can receive our *NEW* monthly newsletter(enticing & juicy details will be within these!!) Plus if you join the NING, YOU just might one of the new members chosen to win a prize...I'm telling...LOTS of great things happening.

See you on Saturday=)

Dusty Attic Retailer+Giveaway=Vicky Alberto

Dusty Attic Retailer
Vicky Alberto

So did I catch your eye with this beautiful Dusty Attic??
Well, there's some exciting NEW news!!! Alot of you know this person already...the one and only Vicky Alberto is now a Dusty Attic Retailer!! Yup that's right....she will be carrying Dusty Attic, she will start off selling it in her Etsy shop(which you can find here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickyalberto
Once she gets settled in, she'll move to a actual online store. This woman has BIG plans :p so be sure to follow her so you can be a part of all these exciting things that are in the works.

She expects to receive her first inventory shipment in 4-6 weeks. She will be receiving over 700 pieces, that is absolute heaven right there.

For a chance to win the DA pieces above, stop by her blog to read the details, it's pretty simple.



Monday, February 21, 2011

Scrap That! March Sneak Peek

Alright, here's the sneak peek to the March Scrap That! Kit. This is one kit you are going to absolutely love, I know I did. It is packed with beautiful goods, you'll be in heaven.



Stay tuned for the full reveal on the 26th of this month...a few more days!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy Anniversary Card--Graphic 45

Just a quick post to share a card I made today, using Graphic 45's gorgeous & romantic Le Romantique. Perfect for wedding projects...as you'll see I made an anniversary card using these beautiful papers.

I used a Pink Paislee Artisan frame to frame the couple I cut from one of the papers. I lightly misted the frame with Patina Glimmer Mist to better match the color scheme I was working with.


Well that is all for now...I have been a busy bee creating.
Stay tuned, I'll have a sneak peek collage of Scrap That!'s March kit, absolutely divine, featuring one of my fave manufacturers!! :p

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stuck?! Sketch Reveal--Februay 15th

Time to share another Stuck?! Sketch, that of February 15th! This time I wanted to create a more masculine layout. Its of my son, Jayden, he is 2 in the picture. I just love how my little poses for me so easily(at time), such an easy subject to photo. Just love this little man to pieces.

The sketch:

My take:
Evrything on this layout is from the BoBunny collection "Cambridge".
Just love this collection for boy pictures, the papers are designed to appear so textured. LOVE IT!

Here are a few closeups:
For the Tim Holtz alphas, I simply inked them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and finished them off with Glossy Accents to add dimension.

Here are some of the Cambridge chipboard pieces.

Take a minute to stop by Stuck?! as she introduces the new gals as well as returning to the Creative Team! Lovin' the fresh new faces we have to bring new styles of scrapbooking.

Well..til next time...Night!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Scrap That! Featured on Glitz Blog

**READ ALL ABOUT IT!! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!**

So I am excited to share with everyone that Scrap That! was featured on the Glitz blog, featuring the February kit, Love Notes!! How exciting is this!! A layout from each of the member was featured...so check it out HERE!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Scrap That! GDT deadline TODAY!!!

Today is the last day to apply to be a guest designer for Scrap That!. Each selected candidate will design for a 2 month term between April & September 2011. At the end of the term, we will have a contest and let our members and subscribers vote on which of the three Guest Designers will remain for the rest of 2011!! Read all the details on the Scrap That! Blog http://scrapthatchat.blogspot.com/2011/01/have-you-heard.html .

Dont forget to join the SCrap That! Ning( http://scrapthat.ning.com/ )and join in on all the current and upcoming contests too!

Monday, February 7, 2011

IOD Night Divine & **NEWLY RELEASED STAMPS** Plus a tutorial

So I have been absolutely loving my IOD/Unity stamps...here is a layout in which I used touches of the Provencial Collection "My Dear" stamp set.
The papers are from IOD "Night Divine".

**In this post I will also be sharing a tutorial on how to make the pleated scalloped border on the circle...VERY EASY to do!

I handmade all the flowers to coordinate to the layout..lately I have been very stuck on making flowers...such an easy way to quickly match your blooms to your project. The centers are from IOD.


Here are a few closeups on the stamping...I am alway son the lookout for script stamps, I was ecstatic to see it be a part of this set.


Here is a shot at the postage stamp.
Products Used: Papers: Night Divine(#26917),(#26916),(#26920),(#26919),(#26927); Cardstock stickers(#26923);Epoxy stickers(#26924); Brads:Loolah(#26501);Rhinestones/Pearls: Loolah(#26500); Stamps: Provencial Collections "My Dear"(IOD783-A)

Pleated/Scalloped Circle Border Tutorial
Supplies:
*Cardstock
*Scalloped border punch
*Hot glue
Instructions:
1. Cut your 12 inch long strips..for a 10 inch circle, you need four 12 inch strips, punch them with your desired border punch.

2. Cut the strip apart in 2 scalloped sections. (as shown below)

3. Fold each section in half, creating the "pleat". (as shown above)

4. This is what they should look like...

5. Place a dab of hot glue on the bottom of it...

6. ..and adhere to the back of your circle. Adhere all your scalloped sections.

7. This is what your circle will look like once you are finished.

Well I hope you find inspiration within my tutorial. It's truly a quick and easy way to make a pleated/scalloped border on your circle. If you decide to try it out, I'd love to see your project...so link back to me! =)

Also, be sure to stop by Unity Stamp Co to check out IOD's beautiful stamps!

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