Monday, December 20

big sketch contest @ my creative scrapbook - part II

hello everybody!

i'm finally ready with my 2nd layout for the big sketch challenge at my creative scrapbook:-)

the sketch was designed by the very TALANTED julie bonner. she created a very CHALLENGING sketch. you can use so many techniques on it! for me it was pretty difficult to decide when to stop adding new things and finally finish my layout:-)

here is the result from all the "hard" work i did:

i took these pictures when SWEET LITTLE THEO was almost 3 months old. it was almost impossible to make him look at the camera and "sit" in his sheep-bucket at the same time. from about 50 shots i have only 4 nice ones! on this layout you can see two of them.

the background paper is tailor-made from me. i cut a lot of 1" circles and stitched them to a blue cardstock. then i  punched them in the middle and i squeezed the ribbon through. finally, i added the rhinestones, which were originally clear, but with a little help from my FAVOURITE copic ciao markers i gave them the colour i wanted:-)

the note lines are made with PRIMA clear stamp.

i used the SWEET "lullaby lane" paper line from webster's to add romantic paper cuts. and some more lambs of course:-)

and more lambs...

and because it is a boyish layout - a little toy train:-)

thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! 

best wishes for the NEW 2011 YEAR and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

i'm off to catch my plane now. we are leaving for our CHRISTMAS cruise in about 4 hours. YAY!:-)

hugs 'n smiles,

Saturday, December 11

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 11

WOW!! Already day 11! And yet again - another amazing tag from Tim Holtz.

His technique and style are absolutely amazing! Love everything up to now.
What will tomorrow bring?...

Friday, December 10

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 10

Here we are - tag Nr 10 - packaging.

Finally I found out how to use the snow cap dabber to create a dry brush effect! The result is fantastic!
The snowman comes from the winter wonder die - one white snowman and the coloured pieces are coming from a second snowman - very creative idea:-) 

The see through snowflake sheet is coming from an old packaging, embossed with the snowflurries texture fade. I have to start saving my old packages!

Thursday, December 9

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 9

WOW!!! The latest Tim Holtz' Christmas tag looks completely different than the previous ones. Just have a look:

His inking and distressing techniques, used to prepare the background paper for his this tag, are absolutely amazing. The Rosette die cut with the little heart in the middle fits perfectly with the look and feel of tag Nr 9.
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Wednesday, December 8

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 8

He never ceases to amaze me! His newest tag is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Look for yourselves:

His double masking technique is incredible. I have so many masks and it was always difficult to decide how to use them... Not anymore! After Tim's last tutorial my head is exploding with new ideas:-)

And of course - the obligatory for all his tags die cut. Today he used the Townscape edge die - absolutely adorable little houses. I still don't have them, but not for long:-)

Enjoy his creativity for 4 more days!


Tuesday, December 7

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 7

New day and a new tag is coming from Tim Holtz creative kitchen:

Just look at the poinsettia - you would never guess how he made it! Let me give you a hint - he used his tattered florals die and some canvas. And after some misting, inking, scratching and glittering you get the perfect hand-made poinsettia for all your Christmas craft projects! It is really not that difficult. Just follow his tutorial and enjoy the result!


Monday, December 6

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 6

So, here it is - the latest tag from Tim Holtz:

I just love the way he used the Branch tree die to create antlers for his grungeboard reindeer.

Embossing the grungeboard, on the other hand, is absolutely amazing technique. But so far my favourite one (on this tag) is the texture fade stamping technique (check out his newest YouTube movie for more information on this subject).


Sunday, December 5

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 5

Christmas is all around us and new tag Nr 5 from Tim Holtz proves it!

Just check out the painted numbers and the textured enamel metal flowers. Tim's technique on the letters is a MUST this Christmas - the effect (as you can see) is stunning!


Saturday, December 4

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 4

Tag Nr 4 is absolutely amazing! I love the vintage look, the use of jewelery, the blings, the pearls... I just LOVE everything about it!

As usual when I look st the first picture the whole creation looks so awesome and difficult to copy. But when I go through the steps and out of a sudden it feels so easy and simple to make.

You should definitely NOT miss this one!

Can't wait to see Nr 5!


Friday, December 3

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 3

Day 3... Just when I thought, that it can't get better:-) And then Tim created this:

I have just discovered the Tim Holtz' Tissue Tape and I had no idea how to use it. Until now:-) He has a great   tutorial about how to make a flower from a tissue tape (the white flower on the tag Nr 3). It's worth checking it out!


Prima's December Pick & Palette

December's PPP is a gorgeous mix of holiday products and traditional colors! Just look at the fun ornaments, sparkling vines and fluttering butterflies. Any of these products will add glamor to your projects.
  • Mini Roses
  • Raja Centers
  • Grand Dame Flowers
  • Holiday Lights Ornaments
  • Glitter Transparecies
  • Christmas Fancy Paper Line
  • Antique Holly Picks
  • Monarch Green Centers
  • Holiday Celebration Vines
  • Winter Branches
  • Christmas Fancy Letters
  • Andorra Butterfly and Flower
  • Songbird Vine

Thursday, December 2

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 2

Yep... He did it again! The 2nd magical Christmas tag is finally online and it was worth waiting!!!

Look for yourself:

Make sure to check Tim Holtz' blog for an explanation about his amazing stamp techniques. His newest post has it all - stamping on a cut n' dry felt, using distress reinkers, clear embossing powder, adding enamel accents and much more.

I hope this will give you enough ideas to last you until Friday:-)
Have a very creative Thursday everybody!

Wednesday, December 1

Tim Holtz' 12 tags of Christmas... day 1

WOW!!! Isn't it amazing?!!!

Tim Holtz will bring us into his magical creative world this year again with his 12 tags of Christmas. The first one is FABULOUS!!! Using his Rickety House Die (I have it - YAY!:-) from his Alterations line, he managed yet again to amaze us!

Enjoy his creativity over the next 12 days!