Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spritzed BARC Wood Tape Planter - Clearsnap

Hi! I'm up on the Clearsnap blog today sharing an upcycled planter that I created with ARC Crafts Cherry BARC Wood Tape and ColorBox Spritzers. Stop by the Clearsnap blog to see how quick and easy this project comes together!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brothers - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog today. I had a blast making this page as a gift for my Sister's friend with the help of a sketch by Kristine Davidson. I have two daughters, so I'm thrilled when I get to scrap some boys, especially when they are this adorable!

I cut a portion of the Square Grid and painted it with acrylic paint to add some fun dimension under the photo.

I had fun inking up pieces from the Grab Bag of Stars to use as colorful embellishments.

You can find this chipboard and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to have you join the Anything Goes Challenge! To be in with a chance of winning some great Tando goodies of your choice, please make a piece based on our weekly themes and link your project, not just your blog, using the inlinkz tool located at the top of the Tando Blog. You don't have to use any Tando product, but, if you do, you will be entered into the draw twice! There are no limits to how many times you enter, however, we do request that you only enter your piece for 5 challenges. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 20, 2015

C'est Magnifique May Kit Projects

Personal Supplies: Acrylic Paint, Stamps

Hi! I'm sharing the layouts and mini album that I created with the C'est Magnifique May Main Kit, May Flower and Embellishment Add-Ons and the May Magnifique Mixed Media Kit. I have to say that I absolutely love this kit! There are 32 pieces of patterned paper in this kit and they are all different. The mix of floral prints, dots, stripes and doilies in a colorful palette was super fun to work with. If you're an artist that likes to color with the entire box of crayons, this kit is for you!

I'm a big fan of fussy cutting and snipped colorful blooms and leaves from the patterned papers to help fill out my flower clusters on this layout that features a photo of my niece. I used the stencil from the Mixed Media Kit with blue acrylic paint to add the Persian Gate design to the background of this page.

I used the Clearsnap Colorbox Sky Blue Pigment Brush Pad to stamp flowers onto the background of the page. I then lightly brushed the Prima Gold Mica Powder over the wet ink for a shimmery finish.

 Personal Supplies: Gel Medium, Stencil

I used one of my favorite photos of my daughters for this layout. I mixed Prima Gold Mica Powder with gel medium and then spread it over a stencil to create the two gold doilies on the base of this page.

I love the bee stickers included in the Kaisercraft Forget Me Not Sticker Sheet and added them around my flower clusters.

This Kaisercraft specialty die-cut paper is my favorite item from the May Main Kit. I played up the flower theme by adding more flowers and a photo of my beautiful Sister-in-Law.

I used a piece of flower packaging as a photo mat that I dressed up a bit with some decorative brass corners.

I created several flower clusters with stitched die-cuts, wooden flourished and glittery roses.

I added a title to this page with the different alphabet stickers in the Main Kit.

Personal Supplies: Tim Holtz Hardware
Lastly, I altered the Prima Gatefold Journal from the Mixed Media Kit. I covered the entire album, inside and out, with patterned paper and then embellished the cover with die-cuts, flowers, leaves, buttons and colorful twine. The only thing I need to finish it are pictures!

I hope I have inspired you! Thanks so much for stopping by today! The May Add-Ons and the Mixed Media Kit are available for purchase now from the C'est Magnifique Store. The May Main Kit will be available on April 30th. I'll be sharing one more layout for the May Sketch Challenge on May 1st, so please come back then!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Clearsnap + Tombow Blog Hop!

Hello! Welcome to the Tombow USA and Clearsnap Blog Hop! For this hop we swapped products that were made for each other: Tombow Adhesives and Clearsnap Foils! On this hop we will share easy, affordable and fun ways to use Clearsnap Designer Foils with Tombow adhesive as well as other fun ways Tombow and Clearsnap products work together. "Stick" with us for the next two days to be inspired!


If you arrived here from Latrice Murphy's blog you are in the right place! If you're visiting my blog today for another reason, and would like the chance to win some amazing products, click over to the Clearsnap Blog to start today's hop from the beginning!

I created a fun card with some of my favorite Clearsnap and Tombow products. Think outside the box-shaped ink pad and use Donna Salazar circular Mix'd Media Inx pads to create a beautiful bokeh background. Add Donna Salazar Fairy Dust Glitter to Tombow Adhesive Dots to add a pop of glittery color to your project!

I love that the Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx pads are circular in shape! I've been on a bokeh kick lately and these ink pads are fantastic for creating bokeh backgrounds! I selected Mix'd Media Inx in Denim, Chiffon, Pewter and Patina along with a piece of white cardstock.

I started with the lightest color of Mix'd Media Inx and gently pressed and swirled the ink pad directly onto the cardstock in a random fashion. I repeated this process for the other colors of ink until the cardstock was completely covered.

I used Tombow Xtreme Permament Adhesive to mount my bokeh pattern on to a piece of cardstock and then on to a patterned paper card base.

I applied Tombow Adhesive Dots randomly over my bokeh design. The adhesive is colored so it is easy to see, but in this case, the color worked great for my design! I covered each adhesive dot with Donna Salazar Fairy Dust Glitter. This fine glitter formula allowed the colored adhesive to shine through!

I finished this card by adding a paper die-cut, chipboard sentiment and fabric flower, which I secured with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. This glue works amazing on almost all surfaces!

Clearsnap Supplies:
Tombow Supplies:

For a chance to win this fantastic prize packages simply visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 21st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 22, 2015.

Here's the Hop order for today:
Tombow USA Blog

If you missed yesterday's hop, be sure to visit the following blogs for more inspirational projects!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

C'est Magnifique May Kit Sneak Peek!

Hi! I'm excited to share the first look at the C'est Magnifique May Kit today. The patterned paper for May is the colorful and fun Papermania Simply Floral Collection. This kit is amazing! I'll be sharing my kit creations on Monday and I'd love to have you stop back then!

Paper Add-On

 12x12" Paper Pack: 32 Papers, 32 Designs

 Magnifique Mixed Media Kit

 The May Magnifique Mixed Media Kit is available now in our Store

 Clearsnap: Colorbox Pigment Brush Pad: Sky Blue
Kaisercraft: Mini Alpha Stickers: Black and White
Kaisercraft: Wooden Flourishes: Leaf
Multicolored Floss*
Papermania: Simply Floral: A4 Decoupage Pack
Papermania: Spots & Stripes: Jeweled Bakers Twine*
Prima: Art Ingredients: Mica Powder: Gold
Prima: Liberty: Small Rose
Prima: Memory Hardware Journal: Gatefold
Prima: Waxed Cord: Blue Moon*
Tattered Angels: Plain Jane Simply Sheer Matte Mist: Faded Yellow
The Crafter's Workshop: 12x12 Persian Gate Stencil
Wow! Embossing Powder: Clear*

*Partial Package

Our Designer Djamila Khiter has created a preview video of the Mixed Media Kit!

Flower Add-On

We create a Flower Add-On each month for those of you who like extra flowers. We have selected flowers that compliment the kit and put them together as an add-on.

Darice: 3-Leaf Spray*
David Tutera: Garden Romance: Fuchsia
Kaisercraft: Mini Paper Blooms: Cranberry
Kaisercraft: Paper Flowers: Lagoon
Magnolia: Vintage Ruffle Paper Cherry Blossoms
Prima: Cigar Box Secrets: Volado
Prima: Liberty: Large Rose
Prima: Mini Sachet: Sunrise

*Partial Package

Embellishment Add-On

Lastly, we have an Embellishment Add-On so you can stretch your kit even further.

American Crafts: Everyday: Metal Buttons
Kaisercraft: Butterfly Kisses: Sweet 12x12 Die-Cut
Kaisercraft: Forget Me Not: Sticker Sheet
Kaisercraft: Wooden Flourishes: Hydrangea
Papermania: Simply Floral: Die-Cut Notelets
Papermania: Simply Floral: Die-Cut Sentiments
Papermania: Simply Floral: Large Ribbon Bows
Papermania: Simply Floral: Mini Buttons
Prima: Wax Cord: Blue Moon*

*Partial Package

Doesn't the May Kit look gorgeous?

The Magnifique Mixed Media Kit, the Paper Add-On, the Flower Add-On and the Embellishment Add-On are available now for purchase in the C'est Magnifique Store.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bloom Tag - Berry71Bleu

Hi! I'm sharing my take on Mandy's Spring Fling Mood Board for the Berry71Bleu April Challenge today. I used vintage fabric, postcards and digital images from Zeus and Zoe along with a fresh mix of flowers, 7 Dots Studio Hopefully patterned papers, colorful ribbon and a butterfly from fellow designers Kay's Etsy Shop to created this layered tag that I can't wait to attach to a Mother's Day gift.

I cut the gold embossed yellow roses and leaves that are tucked into my flower clusters from a vintage post card that came in my Zeus and Zoe kit.

Here's a closer look at Kay's beautiful butterfly. If you haven't been to her shop it is a must see with gorgeous butterflies in a rainbow of colors.

Here's Mandy's Mood Board. We'd love to see how this inspires you this month!

We have some fabulous prizes from our sponsor Zeus and Zoe to give away this month!
April Prize: Zeus and Zoe Spring Kit

Random Prize: $15 Gift Certificate 

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.

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!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bokeh Canvas Tutorial for Kids - Canvas Corp

Hi! I'm sharing a project tutorial that I created for Canvas Corp today. The Creative Crew was challenged to share project ideas that kids can create. I adapted this project idea from a project that I found on the Fiskars blog. Creating colorful bokeh patterned canvases is fun and easy with Canvas Corp Tissuestock and Canvases and Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist! Simply color Tissuestock with your favorite colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to create custom specialty tissue that bleeds when spritzed with water. Then, simply apply the colored tissue to wet canvas to create vibrant, shimmery works of art that any parent would be proud to display.

1. 5x7 Chunky Stretched Canvas
2. 12x12 White Tissuestock
3. Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Bahama Blue, Black Cherry, Black Magic, Fully Purple, Marmalade, Patina, Riptide, Sea Glass, Sun Sisters, Trunk Bay, Turquoise Blue

1. Circle Punch
2. Water

Step 1: Place a piece of 12x12 White Tissuestock onto a craft mat and sprtiz with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. Pick a color palette that expresses who you are. Don't be afraid to let the pools of color blend together!

Step 2: Have a parent help dry the misted Tissuestock with a heat gun. Use a circle punch to cut the Tissuestock into circles.

Step 3: Prepare the canvas to absorb color by misting liberally with water. Have fun placing the Tissuestock circles onto the wet canvas.

Step 4: Once the canvas is covered, mist again with water. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Remove the Tissue stock from the canvas. Save the tissue circles for another project!

Step 6: Set aside the canvases to dry overnight.

I hope I have inspired you and your kids! Thanks for stopping by today!

Finding Myself Collage - Gauche Alchemy

Hi! I'm sharing my take on the Gauche Alchemy April Challenge today. I just loved the graphic images, the patterns and the color in the inspiration piece. I immediately knew that I wanted to create a collage. My drawing and collage skills are extremely limited, but I didn't let that stop me! I used the packaging from one of my daughter's Monster High dolls as a starting point. I pasted colored shapes that I cut from magazines and some strips of washi tape over the original artwork on the box and came up with this piece. The collage was totally flat, so I added some dimension with a 3D bow, staples and rhinestones. The text is a Marilyn Monroe quote and something that I relate to: I'm trying to find myself. Sometimes that's not easy.

Thanks for stopping by today! We'd love to see how this challenge inspires you so please share your work with us!

Deer To My Heart ATC - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a fun ATC that I created with some odds and ends that were laying about my craft space for the Paint It theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I started with a blank Artist Trading Card and then covered it with a scrap of denim. I spread whipped spackle over the Giovanna Doily Mask to add both some texture and a beautiful print to the card. I painted a heart from the Grab Bag of Hearts with dimensional glitter paint and then backed it with a piece of lace. The heart was a fun piece to use as a base for embellishments! I painted a number 2 from the Arthur Number Set with yellow acrylic paint for a pop of color. I finished this piece with a resin flower and some letter stickers.

You can find these products and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to have you join our Paint It Challenge! To be in with a chance of winning some great Tando goodies of your choice, please make a piece based on our weekly themes and link your project, not just your blog, using the inlinkz tool located at the top of the Tando Blog. You don't have to use any Tando product, but, if you do, you will be entered into the draw twice! There are no limits to how many times you enter, however, we do request that you only enter your piece for 5 challenges. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Piece of my Heart Pixelated Prints - Clearsnap

Hi! I'm sharing a pair of pixel prints that I painted using Pigment Izink for Clearsnap today. I was inspired by a pixel wall art post that I saw on The Bold Abode last month and I just had to create a similar piece for my home. I used two pieces of 8.5x11-inch White Birch BARC Wood Sheets from ARC Crafts for this project. The wood took the Izink beautifully and I'm thrilled with the vibrant shimmery result! Stop by the Clearsnap Blog for my quick and easy tutorial and full supply list.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bunny Spool Place Holders - Susan K. Weckesser

Hi! I'm sharing some place holders that I created for my Easter table for Susan K. Weckesser today. I don't usually decorate for holidays, but I do appreciate a pretty place setting. I found these bunny spools at the store and altered them a bit to fit my needs by removing everything from the spools except the super cute fuzzy bunny ears. I wrapped the center of each spool with Susan K. Weckesser patterned paper and scalloped ribbon and embellished the top of each spool with a colorful twine bow and a flower. I used the NEW Susan K. Weckesser Grunge Fun 3x4 Clear Stamp Set, sold by A Jillian Vance Design, to create small name tags, which I then added to stick pins.

This project was fun and easy. I'm looking forward to displaying these cute place holders!

Thanks for stopping by today!