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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Creative Scrappers Birthday Blog Hop

Good Morning Creative Scrappers & Welcome to the Birthday Blog Hop!

We are celebrating 3 years of Creativity at Creative Scrappers this weekend and glad you could join us. Our Creative Team members EACH have a UNIQUE SKETCH from our Sketch Designers to showcase on their blogs. Visit each blog for inspiration and please visit the Creative Scrappers blog and add your name to our Mr. Linky list to be entered to win 1 of 4 prizes from Let's Capture Our Memories, Scrap Attack Scrapbooking, Nicole Lombardo, as well as My Little Bit of Whimsy.

 My "cute" layout was created by using an amazing sketch from Amarilys Doria. I don't think this lady has created a sketch that I don't like. My layout also features mostly Scrap That! May kit contents except for the Dusty Attic bracket frame and the title. Everything else is from the incredible "Romantic Spring" kit which features Pink Paislee and Prima papers. I used mostly PP Butterfly Garden collection and the chipboard was painted with pink acrylic and then stickled & glimmer misted with light gold tones for sheen. The candid shot is of my daughter a few years ago sitting pretty on the front lawn.

Here is a close up of the awesome ribbon and flowers from my kit. The two little postcards were cut from a Prima paper in the kit too.
As you can see, the sketch is so fantastic I hardly deviated from it at all.
Now you will want to check-out the other 17 sketches and coordinating layouts. Click the links below which will take you to the other blogs. What an awesome way to celebrate 3 years for Creative Scrappers... with TONS of creativity of course!

Amélie Jutras
Ana Castro
Carla Tarabus
Caroline Parent
Christiane Müller
Elizabeth Carney
Jenny Linden
Jody Rogers
Kim Jeffress
Mija Comstad
Natalia Danilina
Nicole Nowosad
Pamella Brown
Sarah Webb
Shannon Morgan
Vicky Alberto - ME!
Yukiko Ochi
Yuko Tanaka

Kristine Davidson (to download all our Blog Hop Sketches in a PDF file)

Thank you for supporting Creative Scrappers and don't forget to enter to win on the CS BLOG! A
dd your name to our Mr. Linky list to be entered to win 1 of 4 prizes from Let's Capture Our Memories, Scrap Attack Scrapbooking, Nicole Lombardo, as well as My Little Bit of Whimsy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Scrap That! One-Year Anniversary Blog Hop

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Scrap That! reveals. I can't believe it has been a year already since I started this adventure with Lori Brown (owner of Scrap That!). There are so many exciting things and BONUS PRIZES to be won this time so bear with me in this long post...

My blog is the last one on the blog hop list and you should have arrived from Tina's blog, this month's guest designer. Today I am sharing only two layouts for the May kit reveal because I have another 2 coming VERY soon using this kit for very exciting reasons as you will read further on. OK, so a bit about the May kit - Romantic Spring. It features my two favorite collections from the winter CHA releases - Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden and Prima Botanical (hmmmm, I may have had a little to do with this one, wink :). The kit name says it all... soft romantic papers with a touch of vintage, tons of beautiful spring flowers and the coolest technique item we've had - A Prima canvas with a Ranger mist.

My first layout is the Prima canvas. So as I mentioned we got a blue mist plus we received a Dusty Attic dress form (I only have 3 of these left in my Etsy shop right now but will be getting more). I used a K and Co. cardstock die cut as a mask (since I needed it blue for another layout :) and added two more little chippies from my stash to complete this. Painted and stickled all of the chipboard pink to complement the gorgeous pink Prima flowers in the kit. I will admit that the picture is not glued down as I want to give this as a gift but wanted a picture here for the reveal.

Design Tip: Mist lightly and let the canvas dry between coats. The canvas is VERY absorbent and the color does not lighten as it dries so a little mist goes a long way. Karen also told me to iron it when done to stay flat - awesome advice as the corners tend to curl a bit once sprayed.

My second layout "true love" is of my parents on their wedding day. I also used the fabulous kit sketch (by LG) pictured below for inspiration. Her sketches are so awesome! I hand cut the PP doily paper and combined it with the blue Prima paper. The two collections go so well together! I just love the white flowers in this kit - so Prima good! This layout was a good excuse to buy another Martha punch too :)

Design Tip: Add a little lacing to layouts for a sweet delicate look.

This is the terrific sketch this month by LG!

OK, so as I said only 2 layouts revealed today because in just a few days, on April 30th, it's the Creative Scrappers 3-year anniversary blog hop. Each designer was given their OWN exclusive sketch (so cool!). Here is a little peek of my layout using the May Scrap That! kit...

Scrap That! is also EXTREMELY EXCITED to share with you that we are sponsoring The Color Room for the month of May! I will use my kit to play along with one of the palettes since I have soooo much stuff left over. These kit are such awesome value that I usually get 5 layouts out of them!

If you are not familiar with The Color Room, they are a fabulous online community of over 3,000 like minded people. They inspire creativity by offering a sketch and a color palette each and every week.  They also have tons of tutorials to push you even further!

The color palettes during May will all be created from the colors of the ScrapThat! Kits!

It's a great place to spend some time, share your art and push yourself to be more creative and confident in this craft we call scrapbooking.  It's so much more than paper and glue!!  We invite you to play along during the month of May, for a chance to win some goodies from The Color Room.

 ~  Simply upload your work to The Color Room and the Scrap That! galleries each week to be considered for a RAK or a Spotlight Feature.  You will need to use EACH color in the revealed palette.  (you can add base colors of white, cream, black, brown or kraft) Use the sketch if you like, but it is not required.
~ Resize your image to  750 pixels, and no larger than 250kb.
~  Post your project before the next Friday palette reveal.

We hope you enjoy everything The Color Room has to offer and have fun participating!
Happy Scrapping!

Here is a picture of the main "Romantic Spring" kit. This is a must have kit!

May “Romantic Spring” Contents List:
Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden Collection Prima - Botanical Collection - From the Heart / Far Far Away / True Words Bazzill Cardstock - Simon / French Vanilla / Mudpie Websterʼs Alphas - Country Estate Prima - Mistable Canvas ZVA Bling 1 Websterʼs Princess Petals - Ladies & Gents 2 Websterʼs Medallion Sparklers - Aqua 8 Petaloo Chantilly Collection Velvet Hydrangeas - Blue 7 Prima Pearl Panache - Candle Glow Websterʼs Bloomers - Celery Dusty Attic - Wire Dress Form (generously donated by Dusty Attic) Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist - Blue Smoke Maya Road Satin Pleat Ribbon - Cream

Here is a picture of the "Romantic Spring" embellie add-on - so perfectly coordinated for this kit!
Embellishment Add -On Kit Prima Annette Collection - French Silk Prima Aire Prima Arcadian Collection - Blush

My secret word for this hop, is RETAILER.
Now e-mail the secret sentence to friends@scrapthat.ca before midnight (MST) on April 28th to be entered the grand draw!

**Remember, that in order to qualify for the Grand Prize of a Fully Loaded Scrap That! Paper Crafting Kit you must:
4) EMAIL THE SECRET SENTENCE TO friends@scrapthat.ca

This month we are offering a BONUS PRIZE of some delicious Dusty Attic chipboard! We want to give a special thank you to our good friends over at DUSTY ATTIC for their generous contribution of the gorgeous laser chipboard dress form in our May Kit. Visit their NING community and become a member, then leave a comment in the thread under Scrap That! BLOG HOP which you will find under FORUM - “Featured Discussions” We will draw a random winner from all who leave a comment.
We hope you all had good fun hopping with us today, thank you so much for playing along! Watch the Scrap That! newsletter on May 21st to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

Blog hop rotation (in case you missed one)

I'll be back with my other layout in a few days and then one more using a May Color Room Palette too!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Creative Scrappers #153/Pion Design

Happy Easter!

Today is reveal day for the Creative Scrappers sketch #153 designed by Michelle Fowler. At first I was very intimidated by this sketch. I rarely scrap more than one photo or have multiple focal points. Then, when I stepped away from the sketch, from far away it looked like one big focal point with wheels. I thought it kinda looked like a baby carriage. A day later I saw a Kaiser Craft carriage chipboard piece and then I knew I had to scrap this layout.

The picture is of my daughter as newborn. I couldn't resist scrapping my favorite color - PINK, using the Pion design "Fairy tale of Spring" collection and my chipboard butterflies from an old K and Co line matched perfectly. I simply cannot tell you how beautiful these papers are in real light. I did not do any masking on the edges, the papers come that way - so beautiful.

The two large handmade flowers are from my recent Frosted Pion Flower Tutorial.

Here is the really cool sketch I used...

Thanks for stopping by I will be back in a few days on the 26th for the Scrap That! kit reveal. In the meantime, don't forget to stop over at Creative Scrappers to see what the rest of the DT created with this sketch!