"With simply paper and a little creativity anyone can create"

Friday, August 26, 2011

Scrap That! Reveal Blog Hop

If you have just arrived from Tina's blog, you are just about done the hop (when you get through my post), if not, head on over to Scrap That! to get started hopping. 

This is the most exciting blog hop we've hosted so far. OK, so why is this one so exciting? Let's see... an exclusive Pion Design "Birdsong" kit (and you know how much of a Pion fan I already am :), FOUR really amazing prizes up for grabs, surprise guest designer Gabrielle Pollacco joining us today and DT alumni Darien Anderson returning to work with this awesome kit! PLUS, watch for Karola Witczak's creations with this kit in a few weeks too!

Now on to my projects...

My first layout is of my daughter taken while at a friend's a few years ago. Guess what we were playing? LOL. I just loved the vine in the add-on embellie kit and made some of my wild roses to match (click link for tutorial). The only thing I added from my stash is the large doily, everything is in the kit including bare chipboard letters that you can alter to match your layout!
Design Tip: Make flowers to match store bought ones for a glorious cluster.
In my second layout of my hubby and I almost 10 years ago (wow times flies!), I paired my 2 favorite papers from the Pion collection with the gorgeous Prima bling and flowers in the kit. I added the doily and Dusty Attic chipboard from my stash but the embellies are all from the main kit. See how I used the flower paper in 2 layouts? You will want to get double papers this month (and they will sell out FAST!)
Design Tip: Try cutting a doily or diecut paper and reversing the shape for an interesting design.
For my third layout, I added yet another doily to create this layout of my daughter on our back deck. There is so much beautiful white lace in this kit and amazing butterflies from http://www.etsy.com/shop/kaylori77 -  I adore this sweet lady's Etsy shop! The doily and lavender flowers are from my stash. The large white flowers are from the embellie add-on kit.
Design Tip: Use Deco Art snow writer to give chipboard a thick stippled look and surround with white faux stitching (I use a SewEasy tool for perfect "stitch" separation). I will NEVER sew, LOL!
Here is a close up of the beautiful Prima flowers:
This "Joy" layout was inspired from a sketch created by my Ideas for Scrapbookers teamate Heather Landry. Here is her awesome sketch, checkout her blog for more (http://miraclesmommadesigns.blogspot.com)
Lastly, I made a layout of my eldest son as a baby purely with the main kit, nothing from my stash nor from the embellie add-on kit! This main kit was packed with beautiful papers, doilies, lace and butterflies to cut out.
Design Tip: Pair handmade flowers with cut-out ones from the papers to create an economical yet pretty cluster. Here I made some of my sugarplum flowers (see link for tutorial).
This layout was inspired by LG's beautiful sketch perfectly made for this kit. I just flipped it. I think we have the best sketch designer, don't you?
Here is a peek at the main kit (so beautiful):
And here is the must have add-on (one word - amazing):


My SECRET WORD, which is RETAILER. Make sure you visited all the blogs for the 12 word sentence!

BLOG HOP ROTATION
Scrap That! - http://scrapthatchat.blogspot.com
Darien Anderson - http://darien-lovingmylife.blogspot.com
Dusty Attic - http://dustyattic.ning.com
Gabrielle - http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com
Ivana - http://papergirlcrafts.blogspot.com
Karen - http://agirlsscrapobsession.blogspot.com
Lisa - http://kaye2222.blogspot.com
Pion Design - http://blog.piondesign.se
Robin - http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com
Shona - http://suchawonderfulmess.blogspot.com
Tina - http://tina-mypaperpantry.blogspot.com
Vicky - YOU ARE HERE

**Remember, that there are FOUR prizes to win, and FOUR ways for you to enter. Here are the details:

1) First of all, you will need to visit all TWELVE blogs :) **This is important** Each blog has a special word.  As you hop be sure and write down the special word from each blog. Once you have all the special words they will make a sentence.  You will need to email the SECRET SENTENCE to friends@scrapthat.ca.  All correct sentences received will be entered in a draw to win the Dusty Attic Prize Pack.  (Please note: Dusty Attic does not have a blog but just follow the link leave a comment on the forum thread in their community.)

2) Everyone who emails us with the correct secret sentence will be sent a short marketing SURVEY.  Once you have completed the survey you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Exclusive Pion Design “Birdsong” Kit.

3) If you want to enter to win the Grand Prize of a Pion Design Prize Pack, then head over to our COMMUNITY (http://www.scrapthat.ca) for details on our monthly CHALLENGE.  The challenge will run from August 26th to September 14th so you have LOTS of time to post your creations.  You can enter as many times as you like.  You do not need to be a subscriber to participate.  The more entries, the more chances you have to win!

4) Finally, if you post our BLINKIE on your blog you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Gift Certificate - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog in the comments the Scrap That! Blog so we can come visit :)

We hope you all had good fun hopping with us today, thank you so much for playing along!  Watch the Scrap That! newsletter on September 22nd to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

WAIT! Don't leave yet... I have some VERY exciting news to share about NEXT week:



1) I will be guest designing for Creative Imaginations! That means 7 new projects will be revealed over the week.


2) I will be doing a really HUGE GIVEAWAY with THREE amazing prize packs to WIN! Come back here on Thursday, September 1st for the details.


OK, now I'm done, LOL... sorry for the long post. Don't forget to e-mail the secret sentence to friends@scrapthat.caSee you back here next week!



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Learn to make my flowers!

I'm so happy to report that I'll be teaching for one of the Scrapbooker's Paradise stores (North location) in Calgary, Alberta starting this Fall. This was a great opportunity that I fell into and I'm excited to be teaching again. The focus of my classes will be handmade flowers on various projects (layouts, altered items and out of the box items). Scrapbooker's Paradise locations in Alberta are owned by one one of the largest Canadian wholesale distributors (Scrapbook Eh!) and often have amazing guest instructors like Ingvild Bolme (who taught at the South location this summer)... so it was really a true honour to be invited to teach! Click here for all details:
http://www.scrapbookersparadise.com/stores.htm



Saturday is our Fall Frolic Event!
Get 15% off* your total purchase (20% off* for Scrapbook Club members) this Saturday, August 27th!

Here are the projects I will be teaching:


Wild Spirit Layout
In this layout class, you'll apply some tips and techniques such as making handmade flowers, fussy cutting, layering, distressing, inking, use of lace, adding pearls and bling, flower clustering, etc. Whether your style is classic, vintage, or even punk, you'll learn how to add dimension and depth to your layouts. Best of all, you’ll get to “play” with spectacular products, have lots of fun and go home with a gorgeous heritage style layout! At the end of the class, you’ll have gained skills and inspiration to create future advanced projects on your own. Not everyone has the artistic ability to draw or paint but with a little paper and creativity ANYONE can paper-craft. Get ready to unleash your creativity!
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Date: Saturday September 17 @ 1:00pm
Cost: Members $20.00 + $10.00 material fee
Non-members $40.00 + $10.00 material fee

Shabby Chic Frame
In this altered frame class, you'll apply some tips and techniques such as making handmade flowers, fussy cutting, layering, sanding, inking, use of lace, flower clustering, glitter use, etc. Whether your style is classic, vintage, or even punk, you'll learn how to add dimension and depth to your projects. Best of all, you’ll get to “play” with spectacular products, have lots of fun and go home with a gorgeous shabby chic style frame! At the end of the class, you’ll have gained skills and inspiration to create future advanced projects on your own. Not everyone has the artistic ability to draw or paint but with a little paper and creativity ANYONE can paper-craft. Get ready to unleash your creativity!
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Date: Saturday October 15 @ 1:00 pm
Cost: Members: $20.00 + $ 10.00 material fee
Non members: $40.00 + $10.00 material fee

To sign up please visit or call the store at
45 Crowfoot Terrace, NW
or contact: (403) 547-8522

Don’t miss out on the great advantages of being a Scrapbook Club Member!

Benefits:

5% discount off ALL items* EVERYDAY including sale items

50% off classes and crops**

Member Mondays – Members receive 10% all day on all purchases

FREE use of our workshop area

FREE use of our Cricut machines, Slice machine and more (simply supply your own mat and blades)

Unlimited Use of our Computers including Cricut Design Studio

Scan for only .15 per scan using our shoebox scanner which scans up to 30 photos per minute!

Special Members Only Coupons

Yearly Members Only Night

20% Discount on your birthday

Special renewal price of $35 PLUS save 30% off your purchase the day you renew
* Excludes personal cutting systems, Copic marker sets and accessories, computer hardware or software and Heritage Makers
**Special Guest Workshops excluded


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scrap That! Sneak and News

Here is a sneak peek at our upcoming kit reveal and blog hop starting this Friday, August 26t at 10 am MST. This kit is a HUGE deal, we have some AMAZING guest designers and SEVERAL incredible prizes up for grabs. Don't miss it!



FYI - I've been a little MIA lately due to a family hoiday, kit DT work and getting projects ready for a major manufacturer guest spot next week and creating designs for upcoming Fall classes I am teaching at the North Store Scrapbooker's Paradise in Calgary, Alberta. My classes are focusing on handmade flowers incorporated in layouts, altered items and off the page projects. I have a total of 11 projects to reveal and a HUGE promotion/contest/giveaway to announce over the next week or so.

See you back here on Friday!