Wednesday, May 20, 2015

C'est Magnifique June Kit Projects


Hi! I'm sharing the projects I created with the C'est Magnfique June Kits today. I had a blast working with the gorgeous patterned papers and chipboard from the Deja Vu collection by Blue Fern Studios. I used items from the Main Kit, Flower Add-On, Embellishment Add-On and Mixed Media Kit for each of my projects.


There is a fantastic assortment of gel, paint, mica flakes, glitter and stamps in the June kits. I used them all here to add color and texture to the background of my layout. I loved the brick pattern on one of the flower packages and used that for a photo mat.


The flowers included in the Main Kit and the Flower Add-On are a fantastic variety of colors, textures and shapes which yields beautiful flower clusters!


I dressed up a journaling card with some fussy cuts and piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard.


There are a lot of flowers, gears and butterflies to cut out of the patterned papers in this kit. I designed this page with a lot of fussy cuts and metal gears from the Prima Stamp-N-Add set from the Mixed Media Kit.


I topped the fussy cuts with blooms from the Flower Add-On. I love the pop of deep pink from the Prima Cherry Blossom Branches!


I created a title for my page using a Prima Wooden ATC, that I backed with patterned paper, and an Authentique journaling card. Both of these items are included in the Embellishment Add-On. I highlighted both pieces with Faber-Castell Ice Texture Gems from the Mixed Media Kit.


I had a lot of fun embellishing this page with Blue Fern Studios Chipboard!


I love that the pieces are large enough to support flowers and buttons!


I created this pink flower from the scallop trim and brad included in the Main Kit.


This paper mache box comes in the Mixed Media Kit. It stands up well to paint! I piled flowers, chipboard, buttons, brads, pins, stickers and a fun zipper trim onto the lid of the box.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have one more layout to share for the June Sketch Challenge. I hope you'll stop by again on the first of the month for the sketch reveal and inspiration from the Design Team!

The June Add-Ons and the Mixed Media Kit are available for purchase now from the C'est Magnifique Store. The June Main Kit will be available on May 31st.

Wonky Street Book Cover - Tando Creative + Susan K. Weckesser


Hi! I'm sharing a colorful book cover for the Free For All theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. This journal cover was super fun to put together! I paired Susan K. Weckesser whimsical patterned paper and stamps with the Wonky Street Book Cover Kit designed by Neil Walker. I painted the cover with Ranger acrylic paint and added some textured designs with the Susan K. Weckesser A Little Bit Washi Stamp Set. I secured the houses to the book cover with adhesive foam for added dimension. I added numbers to each house with digits from the Arthur Number Set. The Mini People were the perfect size for this piece. I colored them with purple mist. The sentiment from Susan's What's Up Gnomey? Stamp Set was the perfect finishing touch.

You can find this chipboard and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to have you join the Free For All 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, May 18, 2015

C'est Magnifique June Kit Sneak Peek!

Hi! I'm excited to share the first look at the C'est Magnifique June Kit today. The patterned paper for June is the romantic Blue Fern Studios Déjà Vu Collection. This kit is amazing! I'll be sharing my kit creations on Wednesday and I'd love to have you stop back then!

The patterned paper for June is the Blue Fern Studios Déjà Vu Collection.

Paper Add-On


Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: Atelier
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: Friperies
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: La Plume
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: Luminaires
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: Lustre
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: Tresors
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: Un Voyage A Paris
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu: Petites Cartes

Magnifique Mixed Media Kit

The June Magnifique Mixed Media Kit is available now in our Store!

Authentique: Petite Diction: Treasure Stickers
Blue Fern Studios: Atelier
C'est Magnifique Yellow Paint*
DCC: Mini Square Paper-Mache Box (3x3x5")
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft: Texture Gems: Clear
Handmade Homespun Paper: Light Lavender
LaBlanche Stamps: Lace Patterns
Prima: Art Basics: 3D Gloss Gel*
Prima: Art Ingredients: Mica Flakes: Granite*
Prima: Elementals Stencil: Weaving (7x9")
Prima: Little Darling Flowers
Prima: Say It In Pearls: Butterfly Swirls
Prima: Stamp-N-Add: Angel Wings
Single Yellow Rose: Large

*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. 


David Tutera: Garden Romance: Purple Roses*
Prima: Audrey Rose: Iced Violet*
Prima: Cherry Blossom Branches: Jubilee
Prima: Cottage Blossoms: Canary
Prima: Isabella: Jemma
Prima: Kindled: Beryl
Prima: Mini Sachet: Frost

*Partial Package

Embellishment Add-On

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


Authentique: Classique Beauty: 3x4 Journaling Cards*
Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu Chandelier
Coats & Clark: Zipper: Grey*
Coats & Clark: Zipper: Yellow*
Kaisercraft: Wooden Flourishes: Heritage Corners
Prima: Sun Kiss: Alphabet Stickers
Prima: Welcome to Paris: Metal Stick Pins
Prima: Wooden ATC: These Days
Queen & Company: Button Bouquet: Assorted Colors and Shapes*

*Partial Package

Doesn't the June 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!  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Monogram Mug for Teacher - Clearsnap


Hi! I'm up on the Clearsnap blog today sharing how I created this monogram mug with Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink. This teacher gift is sure to raise your child to the head of the class! Click over to the Clearsnap blog for my quick and easy tutorial.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fabulous - Meg's Garden


Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the stunning NEW Forgotten Meadows collection for Meg's Garden today. I took this photo of my daughters on Easter.

I love the pink blooms and text on the Lazy Days patterned paper. I cut the floral design out from the top corner and pieced a background together with the remaining half of the Lazy Days paper and half of a Trips to the Village paper. I laid the coordinating Lazy Days 4x12" strip across the middle of the page to create a floral base for my photo and then used a stencil with whipped spackle on the edges of the layered papers to help hide the seam.


I added a pink blush to the background of this layout with Pan Pastels. I cut images from the Forgotten Meadows Cut and Create patterned paper and layered them under my photo. I framed the photo with the flowers I cut from the corner of the Lazy Days patterned paper and some roses from my stash. I finished the page with a ribbon bow and a rhinestone.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Meg's Gardens Supplies:
Forgotten Meadows Lazy Days
Forgotten Meadows Lazy Days 4x12 Strip
Forgotten Meadows Trips to the Village
Forgotten Meadows Cut and Create
Paper Lace Doily
Gold Metallic Ribbon

Be Awesome Today Canvas - Canvas Corp


Hi! I'm sharing a canvas that I created for Canvas Corp today. The creative crew was challenged to create projects inspired by designers. I put together a colorful outfit with pieces designed by Betsey Johnson and used that for my inspiration for this project. Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsically embellished designs. She is also known for doing a cartwheel at the end of her fashion shows. I love both her colorful designs and her colorful personality. I hope I have captured a small piece of that with this project.


Materials:
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
4. Silver Tacks
5. Natural Jute Cord
6. Artsy Sampler on Kraft
7. 12x12 Embossed Large Floral - Ivory


I love the contrast of the black leather boots and shiny rhinestones in the inspiration piece. I mimicked those design elements by spraying the edge of the canvas with Black Magic Tattered Angels Mist. I then used a hammer to pound in a shiny border of Silver Tacks.


I had misted Tissuestock circles leftover from my Bokeh Kids Canvases project that I used here to create colorful flowers. I used a mix glittered brads and knotted Natural Jute Cord for the flower centers. I applied the flowers to the canvas with hot glue. I cut several leaves from the a piece of 12x12 Ivory Embossed Large Floral specialty paper and brushed on color with a paintbrush and Sun Sisters, Bahama Blue and Lime Twist Tattered Angels Mist. I also attached the leaves to the canvas with hot glue.


I embossed a chipboard butterfly and attached it to the canvas on a piece of coiled wire so that it flies above the flowers.


I finished the piece with a sentiment cut from the Artsy Sampler on Kraft.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Geek Notebook - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing an ATC size notebook that I created for the Peel It Back Challenge on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I soaked a white lined Artist Trading Card in water until it was saturated and then carefully pulled the layers apart.


Once the chipboard was dry I used the thicker piece for the back cover of the notebook. I covered the thinner piece of chipboard with patterned paper. I painted a Mini Heart with red glitter paint and a Mini Star with yellow acrylic paint to create a layered embellishment for the cover.


I cut pieces of graph paper to fit between the covers. I used a hole punch on the covers and pages and attached all the parts together with a jump ring. I love that Tando chipboard keeps its integrity even after being soaked in water!

You can find this chipboard and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to have you join the Peel It Back 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!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Alice In Wonderland Tea Tags - Susan K. Weckesser


Hi! I'm sharing a set of tea invitations for Susan K. Weckesser today. Instead of creating cards, I used a shipping tag for the base of these invites. Tea parties always make me think of the story Alice in Wonderland. I used a set of paper dolls, Susan K. Weckesser patterned papers and Prima paper and flowers to create this fun tag set.


I cut some colorful circles and letters from the Susan K. Weckesser Live, Love, Create paper collection and paired them with some bold floral prints to build up layers on each tag.


If you'd like to make a set of tags like these for yourself, you can find the paper doll set I used HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Adorable - Berry71Bleu May All About Mom Challenge


Hi! I'm sharing my take on Kay's "All About Mom" Challenge for Berry71Bleu today. My sister recently gave birth to her fourth child, which brings my total of nieces and nephews to 6. I created this layout as a gift for my sister and sweet Peninah.


I painted UmWowStudio Layered Chipboard Hearts with acrylic paint and used them both layered and singly as embellishments.



I hope you will find the time to join this challenge! Here is Kay's beautiful mood board for your inspiration:


We have some amazing prizes up for grabs! Our generous sponsors provided prizes with international shipping included this month!
1st Prize:
25 USD Gift Certificate from UmWowStudio



Random Prize:
Set of products from 7 Dots Studio
Sponsors:



UmWowStudio is a US based manufacturer of chipboard, stencils/masks, and flair for the general artsy community. Our products make great additions to cards and scrapbooking as well as mixed media pieces, altered art, tags, canvases, art journaling and more. Our chipboard is extra heavy duty to stand up to any mediums you can manage to throw at it. Our stencils and masks come in a super thick durable plastic to give your pieces extra dimension, and our flair is flat backed for easy use.

Website: http://umwowstudio.com/
Blog: http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com/
We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our lines consist of papers, stickers, die-cut elements, clear stamps, stencils and chipboard pieces. You can find our products in scrapbooking stores around the world.

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 pageand Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Coffee - A Layout and Background Technique Tutorial - Gauche Alchemy


Hi! I'm sharing a layout and a quick tutorial for the Gauche Alchemy May "How To" Challenge today. I've had a lot of firsts in my life, but I recently had an experience that really opened eyes--and my taste buds! I took my daughters to a birthday party a couple weeks ago. This was a solo trip for me, as my husband was off camping with the boys, so I went through a lot of mental preparation to help ready myself to survive several hours of screaming kids, party games, extreme quantities of sugar and the normal amount of chaos that goes along with birthday celebrations. What I didn't expect was to walk onto a backyard patio and have the child's mother hand-roast, grind and brew coffee beans for the adults in a kid-free zone under a shaded canopy. The small table, glassware and hours-long coffee brewing process is true to the hostess's native country of Eritrea, Africa. One taste of this sweet elixir had me reaching a complete state of zen. I've been drinking coffee for years, but I'm documenting this as my first real taste.

Let me tell you, Starbucks doesn't have anything on this brew! While I was contemplating how I might possibly carve out 3-5 hours of each day to prepare and enjoy a real cup of coffee, I created this colorful layout. I wanted to try a new {to me} technique to pair with the memory of my experience. I found what looked to be a fun technique in the Spring issue of Somerset Apprentice--Cool Backgrounds with Citra Solv by Vanessa Spencer. All you need is a stack of old magazines, high-gloss pictures will work the best, and a bottle of Citra Solv.


Step One: Hang a magazine page vertically onto a cardboard box.

Steps Two and Three: Spray the magazine page liberally with Citra Solv and let sit for 10-15 minutes. The ink will start to drip off the paper. Note: I used homesolv from the makers of Citra Solv because it came in a convenient spray bottle. I tried other cleaners that I had on hand that contained orange oil and they did not work for this process.

Step Four: Wipe away excess cleaner and ink. Let dry and use for art projects!



I tore the treated magazine pages into strips for my layout. I have a nice mix of papers that were wiped clean of prints (top photo) and papers that sport a cool splatter pattern (bottom photo) from the solvent spray. I think I'll continue to play with this technique with stencils and sponges to try to remove the ink in a more textured/patterned way.

Thanks for stopping by today! We’d love to see how this challenge inspires you so please share your work with us! Here's the May Challenge board for further inspiration.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

For You Card - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing a card that I created for the Color Challenge this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I embossed a piece of white cardstock and then added flock before piling on some flowers. I colored a pair of leaves from the Leaf Branch with 3 Loose Leaves Set with yellow, blue, green and purple ink to mimic the beautiful peacock feathers from the color inspiration piece. I tucked a Mini Heart, that I covered with dimension paint, to the flower cluster and finished the card with some sentiment stickers.


You can find this chipboard and more in the Tando Creative Retail Store! We'd love to have you join the Color 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!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Floral Mother's Day Card - Clearsnap


Hi! I'm sharing the card that I created to send to my Mom for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday on the Clearsnap blog today. This beautiful card was super easy to create with the help of a simple store-bought package of cards and envelopes, a Clearsnap® Cat’s Eye® Pigment Queue® and ColorBox® Clear Embossing Powder. Click over to the Clearsnap blog for my quick tutorial.