Thursday, August 27, 2015

Be True To Yourself - Meg's Garden

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the gorgeous new English Rose Garden collection for Meg's Garden today. I used neutral patterned papers, Sunshine on Petals and the Trips to the Village Half Sheet, from the Forgotten Meadows Collection for the background of this page. I then added whipped spackle through a stencil, which I then colored with mist and ink, to the top half of the page to add some texture to my design. I cut large flowers from the English Rose Garden Roses and Flowers patterned paper to create a floral base for the photo.

I cut this gorgeous vintage photo from the English Rose Garden Cut and Create patterned paper. I matted this image with a Circle Paper Lace Doily and a piece of chipboard from by personal supply. I filled in the white space around the image with flowers and leaves from the Temptations in Cream and Sage Bundle and some pink flowers from my personal supply.

I cut this butterfly from the Butterfly Collection Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet.

I finished this layout with a rub-on title from my personal supply.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Meg's Garden Supplies:
Butterfly Collection Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet
Circle Paper Lace Doily
English Rose Garden Cut and Create
English Rose Garden Roses and Flowers
Forgotten Meadows Sunshine on Petals
Forgotten Meadows Trips to the Village Half Sheet
Temptations in Cream and Sage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Summer Releases from Clearsnap!

Clearsnap® Secret Message Writer
Passing notes to your BFF is fun and easy. Write a message to your best friend, add a love note to your honey’s lunchbox, or write a little fun saying on your scrapbook pages with this easy to use marker. Use the black light in the cap to reveal your “secret message.” $11.99 per pen.

Cardboard Wall Display
Organize and  merchandise your full size inkpads easily using this affordable, light weight wall unit. This Kraft brown, cardboard display ships pre-assembled! You can display up to 6 different colors easily, it can hold up to 18 inkpads total. Perfect for flash sales! $3.75 per unit.

ColorBox Surfacez® by Marisa Pawelko - Ink for the Modern Surrealist
ColorBox Surfacez® ink is fast drying, permanent, and made to be used on multiple surfaces. It is perfect for mixed media & DIY projects, so who better than Marisa Pawelko to develop her own colors! The eight new colors of ColorBox Surfacez® ink are so Marisa: big, bright and playful. 

$8.00 per inkpad.

Extensions Recently released colors NOW available in Cat’s Eye® and Mini inkpads
If you have been waiting to pick up our recent colors because you LOVE your Cat’s Eye® or Mini inkpads, the wait is over! We are now offering twelve trendy colors from the Classic Pigment line and nine earth tones from the Chalk line in the Cat’s Eye® and Mini inkpad formats. $2.00 per Cat’s Eye® and $3.50 per Mini inkpad

Smooch® Accent Inks New Colors
Introducing five new colors in our ever popular Smooch Accent inks. Paint on the pizzazz with this highly pigmented, pearlescent ink in the darling little bottle. $4.50 per bottle

ColorBox® India Inkpad
Fast drying Black ink. First developed for cartoonists, traditional India ink is known world-wide for being fast drying, carbon black and working on many different types of paper. Clearsnap has created our spin on this outstanding ink with our ColorBox® India Inkpad. $7.99 per inkpad

I'm super excited about these new products from Clearsnap! Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Gilded Lily ATC Book Box - Clearsnap + Graphic 45 Blog Hop!

Hi! Welcome to the first day of the Clearsnap and Graphic 45 Blog Hop! I'm sharing the Graphic 45 ATC Book Box that I altered using ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Dye Inkpads and the Graphic 45 Gilded Lily collection today.

The Decades inkpads feature dye based inks that create a vintage look that is perfect for both everyday distressing and more involved mixed media projects. This dye ink range features signature Graphic 45 colors that coordinate with a variety of Graphic 45 decorative papers. I used Photogenic, Venetian Lace, Bon Voyage Blue and Dark Cashmere Decades Ink on this project in three different ways to stain and age new paper for a more vintage look.

The Graphic 45 ATC Book Box includes three kraft cards and a binder ring, in addition to the box, which were super fun to embellish!

Step 1. Use a ColorBox Stylus Handle and Oval Stylus Tip with the ColorBox Graphic 45 Venetian Lace Decades Ink to add color to the edges of the book box and kraft tags.

Step 2. Attach ribbon to the front and back covers of the book box with hot glue.

Step 3. Apply Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink to a craft mat, spritz with water, and use a paintbrush to apply the color to the inside box of the book. Let dry.

Step 4. Apply Bon Voyage Blue, Dark Cashmere, Photogenic and Venetian Lace Decades inks onto a craft mat, spritz with water, and dip the kraft tags into the pools of color. Blot the tags with a paper towel between colors. Let Dry.

Once this prep work was finished, I embellished the outside and inside of the book box and the tags with cardstock, Graphic 45 Gilded Lily patterned papers, Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Embellishments, stamping and ribbons, flowers and pearls from my personal supplies. The design possibilities for this piece are endless!

I used the ColoBox Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink and a ColorBox Foam Tip Stylus to antique the edges of the blue patterned paper on this front cover.

I used ColoBox Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink and a ColorBox Foam Tip Stylus again to antique the edges of the patterned paper on the back cover. I added some decorative scroll stamping with the ColorBox Dark Cashmere Decades Ink.

I used the ColorBox Dark Cashmere and Venetian Lace Decades inks with a ColorBox Foam Tip Stylus to antique the edges of the patterned paper on this inside spine. The ColorBox Foam Tips and Stylus Handle made blending the ink easy and my fingers stayed clean. (You won't find any inky fingerprints on this project!)

I used the ColorBox Dark Cashmere and Bon Voyage Blue Decades inks with a ColorBox Foam Tip Stylus to antique the edges of the patterned paper on this outside spine. I stamped a decorative frame onto patterned paper using the Dark Cashmere Decades ink and then cut out the image to create a plaque on which I mounted the two small images. I used pieces of scrap cardboard to separate the layers on the spine to add dimension.

Here is a peek inside the box. I kept the design flat and simple, but there is room to build up the inside front cover as the tags do not take up all the space inside the inner box.

If you happened to stop by today and didn't know about the Clearsnap + Graphic 45 Blog Hop, please be sure to click over to the Clearsnap Blog and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a set of ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Inkpads! These colors of ink are fantastic!

We're hopping all week long, so check the Clearsnap and Graphic 45 blogs every day this week for more inspiring projects and prize package giveaways!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Clearsnap Supplies:
Graphic 45 Supplies:
  • Graphic 45 Gilded Lily 8x8 Paper Pad
  • Graphic 45 ATC Book Box
  • Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys
  • Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes
  • Graphic 45: Hampton Art: Gilded Lily Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps: One
  • Graphic 45: Hampton Art: Gilded Lily Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps: Two
  • Graphic 45: Hampton Art: Gilded Lily Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps: Three

Friday, August 21, 2015

C'est Magnifique September Kit Projects

Hi! I'm sharing the projects I created with the C'est Magnifique September Kits today. I had a blast working with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Hello Lovely collection. This collection is definitely on trend! I used items from the Main Kit, Flower Add-On, Embellishment Add-On and the Mixed Media Kit for my projects this month.

Personal Supplies: Prima Stencil

This layout features a photo of my oldest daughter, Claire. I mixed the C'est Magnifique Pale Peacock Paint from the Mixed Media Kit with Whipped Spackle and spread it over a Prima stencil to build up some texture on the background of this page. I then added a splash of bright orange using the C'est Magnifique Melon Mist from the Mixed Media Kit.

I cut flowers from the patterned papers in the Main Kit and mixed them with die-cuts and flowers from the Embellishment and Flower Add-Ons to frame my photo. The quote reads; "The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard of the roar of a lion."

I found this quote on the bottom of one of the patterned papers from the Main Kit and loved it and just had to add it to this layout.

This layout features a photo of my Niece Avalynn. She recently had her first ballet recital and was absolutely adorable in her costume!

The embellishments in the kits are so fun! I surrounded my photo with a mix of die-cuts, wood veneer words, fussy cut designs, flowers, ribbon and lace.

I cut several circle designs from the patterned paper and embellished them with enamel dots for a fun design element along the side of the page.

This large white feather butterfly is one of my favorite items from the kit. It has a fantastic glittery sparkle in real life!

Personal Supplies: Black Ink

I took this group of silly photos of my oldest daughter and my Nephew Dylan on a recent family vacation. These kids were two peas in a pod all week! This sweet boy looks so much like my brother it blows my mind. These photos really take me back to my childhood memories of all the great times I had with my brother.

I created my own patterned paper with the Prima Crackle Stamp from the Mixed Media Kit and some black ink. I made the title spot with a die-cut, a fussy cut heart and a flower.

This is my favorite layout of the bunch and features a photo of my sweet Niece Hadassah.

I built this embellishment cluster with a colorful mix of fussy cut papers, die-cuts, flowers and sequins. I'm loving the blue/black/white/orange color palette of this page!

I used the same paint and Whipped Spackle mix that I spread on my first layout here along with the stencil from the Mixed Media Kit. The text adds some fantastic subtle texture to the page. I really love the selection of small embellishments in this kit. They create a fantastic delicate design!

This Fabric Word from Prima is one of my favorite embellishments in this kit and it pairs wonderfully with the polka dot prints present on several of the patterned papers. The Hello Lovely papers have a great patterned strip on the bottom of each page and I used them repeatedly in my designs like this black strip; it made a great anchor for my title spot!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you! I have one more layout to share for the September Sketch Challenge, so please stop by again on the first of the month.

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

One Heck of a Good Time - Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a fun Summer layout for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I recently took a vacation to my family lake house. My brother and sister also brought their families. It is not often that we can all get together. We took these photos of the kids on top of their new toy, a go-kart supplied by Grandpa. The older kids had a blast driving up and down the beach! Once the excitement died down, we were able to bribe them with ice cream to pose for a couple of pictures!

I built up layers of patterned paper and a journaling tag to form a colorful photo mat for my larger picture. I then adhered it on top of a medium-sized clock, from the 3 Clocks in 1 Set, that I stained with black mist.

I selected some stars from the Grab Bag of Mini Stars and colored them with red ink and glued them around the page for some bright accents.

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, August 17, 2015

C'est Magnifique September Kit Sneak Peek!

Hi! I'm excited to share the first look at the C'est Magnifique September Kit today. The patterned paper for September is the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Hello Lovely Collection. This kit is amazing! I'll be sharing my kit creations on Friday and I'd love to have you stop back then!

September Paper

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Confetti
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Delightful
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Flower Patch
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Glimmer
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Life Story
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Lucky Dip

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

C'est Magnifique: Butterfly Crown
C'est Magnifique: Glaze: Glacier Grey
C'est Magnifique: Mist: Melon
C'est Magnifique: Paint: Pale Peacock
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Vellum Hearts
Heidi Swapp: September Skies: Color Magic Resist Die-Cuts
Imaginisce: Milk Paint: Pastel Pink
Prima: Finnabair: 2.5"x3" Clear Stamp: Crackle
Prima: Ingvild Bolme: Chalk Fluid Inker: White
Sheer Organza Ribbon: Pink
The Crafter's Workshop: 6x6 Stencil: Mini Art Is
We R Memory Keepers: Classic Leather 2-Ring 6"x4" Photo Album: Aqua

The September Magnifique Card Kit is available now in our Store

8.5x11 Matching Cardstock
Authentique: Classique Pretty: Lacy 12x12 Patterned Paper
Authentique: Classique Pretty: Collected 12x12 Patterned Paper
Blank Cards: White and Colored
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Patterned Papers
Dovecraft: Grosgrain Ribbon: 2m
Marion Smith: Romance Novel: Chapter 2 12x12 Patterned Paper
Prima: Julie Nutting: Cling Rubber Stamp: Olive
Teresa Collins: Signature Essentials: Journaling Snippets Stickers
We R Memory Keepers: Inked Rose Wood Tag: Vintage Frame 

We want to thank those of you who liked, shared and commented on our September Card Kit Giveaway! The winner of the September Card Kit is Carrie Sedlack! Congratulations Carrie! Please contact Deonna at within 7 days for details on how to claim your prize

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.

C'est Magnifique: White Feather Butterfly
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Blooms
Petaloo: Textured Elements: Burlap Bird's Nest Flowers: Pink
Petaloo: Botanica: Vintage Velvet Pansies: Teal
Pink Paislee: Bella Rouge: Frayed Chiffon Flowers
Prima: Melbourne: Outback*
Prima: Screenprinted Canvas Flowers: Blue

*Partial Package

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

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Alphabet Stickers
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Bitty Bows
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Die-Cut Ephemera
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Enamel Dots
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Lucky Charms
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Hello Lovely: Wood Veneer Shapes
Prima: Fabric Stitches Word: You
Prima: Pom Pom Trim
Doesn't the September Kit look gorgeous?

The Magnifique Mixed Media Kit, the Magnifique Card 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!  

DIY Cat's Eye Queue Print - Clearsnap

The ColorBox Cat's Eye Queues for this project were provided by Clearsnap. The piece of  Rustic Cherry BARC Wood for this project was supplied by Arc Crafts.

Hi! I'm sharing an 8.5x11 inch print that I made with ColorBox® Cat's Eye® Queues and a sheet of adhesive-backed Rustic Cherry BARC Wood from Arc Crafts for Clearsnap today. I frequently find inspiration on Pinterest, especially for home decor pieces. I found a fantastic print created by Katie Harris. The first thought I had after how amazing her design was, was how the colorful shapes looked like impressions made with a ColorBox® Cat's Eyes® Queue. Rather than getting out a ruler and compass and spending time drawing lines and circles, I decided to create a free form print using the fantastic shape of the Queues as a guide. Stop by the Clearsnap Blog for more information on how you can create a similar print for your home!

Clearsnap Supplies:

Beautiful - Berry71Bleu

Hi! I'm sharing my take on Tanya's Yellow Mood Board Challenge for Berry71Bleu today. I selected a nice mix of yellow patterned papers from the Blue Fern Studios Paisley and Vine and Deja Vu collections and some patterned papers from my Zeus and Zoe Kit for this layout.

I applied a light layer of gesso and some yellow mist splatters to the base patterned paper and then built up layers of patterned paper, sheet music, fabric and zippers.

I used the Blue Fern Studios Fancy Signage to support the lamp post that I cut from the Deja Vu Luminaires patterned paper.

I cut the "Beautiful" portion from the Blue Fern Studios A Beautiful Mess chipboard quote for use as a title. I colored the word with white gesso, yellow acrylic paint and Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

I finished this page with a layered butterfly embellishment. The bottom layer is one of the butterflies from the Blue Fern Studios Gabrielle Butterfly Set and the top layer is the Calista Butterfly which is available from Kay's Etsy Shop.

I hope you can find the time to join our challenge this month! 
We have some amazing prizes up for grabs!

1st Prize:
Set of Chipboard from Blue Fern Studios

Random Prize:
6x6 Paper Pad from 7 Dots Studio


7 Dots Studio

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.
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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!