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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

OUAS August Challenge (using Swirlydoos July kit and Helmar Adhesives)

This is a layout I made using the beautiful August sketch challenge at Once Upon a Sketch. I created it using the remaining papers and a few embellies from my July Swirlydoos "The Paper Doll" kit featuring KaiserCraft papers (The Lakehouse collection). That's me and my daughter when she was a baby. I had no make-up and didn't do my hair and I still love the photo, LOL. The hidden journaling reads "It's the little moments with you at the park and beach that make my summer fun."

The theme this month is "Seasons" - I obviously chose summer. Here is the beautiful sketch to accompany the theme...

Here is a close-up detail of the Dusty Attic chipboard in the kit. I wanted it to look like stone and created this look with gesso and chalk inks and my fingers to apply it all.

Be sure to enter the OUAS challenge this month - check out the blog for details and ALL the gorgeous prizes up for grabs too! Please note that I used Helmar premium craft glue for all the paper layers, the adhesive runner for the photo and 450 quick dry for the embellishments.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Card set with Susan Weckesser papers (Helmar and Green Tara)

Here is a fun little card set I made with the brand new whimsical paper line "Live in Color" by Susan Weckesser (she is also on the Helmar DT and a fellow Canadian designer). I had so much fun designing with a paper style that I don't usually gravitate towards but the colors and sentiments are just so very sweet. Green Tara embellishments were a perfect touch to add to the sweetness of this paper line (details at the end of this post). I used Helmar's Premium Glue for the paper layers, the adhesive runner for the delicate doilies and 450 quick dry for the embellishments. The papers can be purchased through one of Helmar's preferred partners Want2Scrap. They are REALLY thick and great to distress with!

I also used the August Helmar challenge as inspiration. Be sure to enter this month for a change to win some sticky goodies!

Can you spot the staples, buttons, banner and flower frame in my card set? Here is a close up of each to help you spot the challenge details. The first one is a trick, it's just an extra card I made with my scraps after the first 3 were done - I just love pink (and even numbers, LOL)!

Be sure to check out more creations with the paper line during Helmar's cross promotion.

There are also some great newly released Unity Stamps that coordinate with Susan's paper line and they are on sale right now - check it out!

Green Tara Products used:


OK one last thing today, my friend, fellow Canadian, and Helmar (and Green Tara) DT mate JJ Sobey is giving away a FABULOUS Faber-Castell (another fantastic Helmar preferred partner) prize pack but hurry, only 2 more days to enter so check it out! Oh I can't even begin to tell you how much fun these products are to play with.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Spring Paisley Collection (Meg's Garden)

As we North Americans are in full Summer mode, Australians are in deep Winter right now and looking forward to Spring! Meg's Garden just released The Spring Paisley Collection with beautiful florals (signature style) and a hint of dark contrast. Can't wait to play with this new collection!