Monday, March 28

hangin' with mickey {PRIMA marketing BAP march 2011}

Hello scrappy friends!

as you all know every month PRIMA has a feature - build a page (BAP). it is actually a sketch you can follow to build your PRIMA products on. and i'm hooked ever since i found about this challenge!

march prima's BAP sketch is just to my liking - playful and fun:

the moment i saw it, i knew i had to find our DISNEYLAND pictures:-) we - elise, me and hubby - went there few years ago in the spring. oh, the fun we had strolling around the DISNEY's avenues, visiting the castles and meeting the characters:-) to Elise they were all real and alive:-) it didn't matter how long the line was, she would wait patiently to meet & greet with every single DISNEY hero!

so, here is my take on this month PRIMA BAP sketch:

i couldn't resist and i shaped a big MICKEY from my circles:-)

i've used the following PRIMA products:
sparkling spring paper collection - "berry fresh"
sparkling spring paper collection - "frou frou"
sparkling spring paper collection - "pink apron"
sparkling spring rub ons
cardstock stickers - celebrate with jack and jill collection
annalee collection - alphabet stickers - pink
celebrate with jack & jill clear stamps
flower embellishments - mini rose pink colours
prima flowers - caboodles (pink and blue)
prima flowers - candies lollipop
prima pebbles - "flights of fancy"

other goodies i used:
tattered angels glimmer mist - pink bubblegum
tattered angles glimmer mist - santa baby
copic ciao markers - cardinal (R59)
DMC stranded cotton
stickles diamond
papicolour white cardstock 12" x 12"

i started with creating my background - some glimmer mist (both colours mixed), some stamping and stitching and voilĂ : 

PRIMA has the pretties flowers in various shapes and sizes. the best thing is that you can combine the newest blossoms with their vintage lines. and they all look just perfect together:-)

the big flower comes from my candies lollipop can - i've sprayed it with some glimmer mist, added a pebble and just look at it! i've created a small heart from rhinestones and coloured it with copic ciao. the butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.

the pink butterfly comes from PRIMA's paper and the little blue bird - from the sparkling spring rub ons set.

i used one border cardstock stripe from the celebrate with Jack & Jill collection and a paper stripe from the sparkling spring collection. i used another martha stewart punch - doily edge to shape my paper. the title us crated with PRIMA pink alphabet, which i coloured with copic ciao markers.

here is a close up from my PRIMA bouquet!:-)

thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate every visit and comment!

hugs 'n smiles,

PS i just spotted my layout at PRIMA's blog! YAY!!!

Friday, March 25

i won! i won! i won!:-)

i won the friday sketch challenge @ bo bunny!:-)

how cool is THAT!

so so so happy:-) can't wait to get my prize!:-)

have a HAPPY friday everyone!

hugs 'n smiles,

Monday, March 21

FUN in the SUN {bo bunny}

happy monday everyone!

here is my take on another fabulous layout challenge friday sketch from bo bunny's amazing artist robbie herring - FUN in the SUN:

on the pictures - my little darling ELISE. when she was about 2 years old we went on vacation in alicante, SPAIN. she was terrified of the water, but this didn't stop her of having FUN in the SUN! and you can see the result for yourself:-)

to create this layout, i used the following bo bunny products:
sun kissed paper line - afternoon
sun kissed paper line - adventure
sun kissed paper line - skies
sun kissed paper line - combo stickers
kiwi double dot
flower petals - persuasion flowers
flower petals - flutter butter flowers
icandy brads - kitchen spice

other products i used:
creative impressions - dragonfly brads
martha stewart - scallop three dot punch set
DMC - 817 very dark coral red
DMC - 741 med. tangerine

here are some detailed pictures:

as usual, I did a lot of stitching, fussy cutting, colouring, doodling and punching:-)

the flowers, the brads, the stickers - everything comes from bo bunny AMAZING sun kissed and other paper collections.

the title came to me when I was looking at the picture next to it:-) indeed, ELISE had so much fun that day!:-)

i hope you had some FUN looking at this project!

have a very creative week!

hugs 'n smiles,

PS i won the challenge with my project! YAY!

Wednesday, March 16

our last summer {MME}

hello lovely friends,

this month i had some time and i decided to play along at MME monthly sketch challenge. 

here is what I came up with:

and this is the sketch:

as you can see, the possibilities are endless and there is enough room to show your own style.

with this layout i'm celebrating my sister and the times i've spent with her. but since 'celebrate my sister' is not much of a title, i've changed it into "our last summer" (after ABBA's song).

Me and my sister, we spent 'our last summer' in Paris ("and strolling down the ELysee, we had a drink in each cafe:-)It was the last summer before we both got married, got children and got separated by work, family obligations and great distances (I moved to the Netherlands and she went to Oxford for her PhD degree).

And though I'm a little bit sad that I cannot see her every day, I cherish and celebrate all our memories together. After all, she is my best friend:-)

Here is a list with MME products I used (I got the whole collection as a present from my friend Gerry):
Lost and Found - Union square "Beautiful day" Paris Glittered paper
Lost and Found - Union square "Home sweet home" Love Glittered paper
Lost and Found - Union square "Moments" Seamstress Glittered paper
Lost and Found - Union square "Moments" Charming Glittered paper

Other products I used:
Tattered Angels Screen Prints Grand Scale Clear Stamps - Time Traveler
Martha Stewart edge punch - Doily
Stickles Glitter Glue - Christmas Red
some ribbon, buttons and other stamps.

And some close ups:
I used my favoutie Copic Ciao markers to colour the stamps and give some colour to my layout. I used 3d tape to create dimension.

I cut out this picture from one of the papers and curled the edges of my so called flash:

This embellishment is actually the cut off paper edge. I really liked the shape, so I added some glitter and used it in my layout. I coloured the lace with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad "Old Paper".

As always, I used a lot of stamping (Tattered Angles Screen Prints are the best!), glittering, inking and colouring:-)

I used two types of ribbon, which I stitched together. The number 17, printed on the MME paper, was very useful to my data tracking, since we were in the week of June 17th in Paris:

that's all for now:-)

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, March 11

MARCH prima product pick and palette

hello bloggers!

after a long winter, march often brings us renewed hope for SPRING! it is also filled with lots of fun celebrations including st. patrick's day. in celebration of st. patrick's day PRIMA is bringing us some of their very best, very GREEN products and projects!

PRIMA's product picks for march are filled with lots of lucky leprechaun greens! i never knew green could look so GOOD!

just look at these gorgeous NEW products:
arco iris flowers
deshire flowers
lovely leaves
delightful day flowers
raffia flowers
champagne roses
crystal and lace borders
cabachon flowers
and desoie flowers

for more details - check PRIMA's blog!

hugs 'n smiles,

Thursday, March 10

how to get more from your spellbinders

hello bloggers!

here is the promised tutorial - how to get more of your spellbinders:-)

i got the idea while participating at the monthly challenge at WEBSTER'S PAGES. the challenge was to create a shaped layout, using webster's pages papers.

i didn't want to submit the usual outlined shape from some die-cut paper, so i start thinking where can i find 30 x 30 shape. and then it hit me - i bought (some months ago) the AWESOME peony nestabillities die and though i really wanted it and really liked it, i didn't had the chance to use it up to now. there was only one tiny problem - this particular nestabillity is about 10 cm big...

so, below you will see a full explanation how I tricked this die:-)

first, you need to select your papers and the order they will be arranged on your layout. since you need three circles, different sizes, you really have to be sure that you know which one will be at the bottom and which one at the top.

then you take your pair of compasses and you draw a circle on the first / bottom paper (i've used 30cm / diameter; like this i still had enough space to draw the pattern and at the same time i managed to use most of my paper):

then, on the second layer you use a slightly smaller circle (i've used 24 cm/diameter; 3 cm looked just enough to fit my embellishments and also not to much to create a gap between the layers):

and then - the third one even smaller:

it is important to place your nestabillities shape properly and use one size smaller die for the next layer. i aligned mine with the circle:

after you are done cutting the shapes, you should get something like this:

i curled and coloured the edges to create dimension between the different layers:

then i stitched the circles together, added some glitter, embellishments, my picture and here is the result:

you can try this technique with every spellbinder die and create numerous unique shaped backgrounds.

please, share your creations with me!:-)

for more details and close up of my layout, please click HERE.

hugs 'n smiles,

Wednesday, March 9

little girls are HEAVEN's flowers

hello lovely friends:-)

this layout is based on the challenge going on at webster's pages inspire me site. the challenge is to create a shaped layout using webster's papers.

and here is what i came up with:

i named it "little girls are heaven's flowers":-)

to create this layout i used the following webster's pages goodies:
garden gala paper line - tea time, fresh air and refreshing
6 x 6 vellum and die cut kit
wanderfall Trim card
lullaby lane - some cut outs from the due time paper

i used the spellbinders' peony nestabillities die to create the flowery background {my new tutorial "how to get more from your spellbinders" is coming soon; so make sure to visit again soon}. i didn't use any glue when creating the background - every layer is stitched to the next one. i've wrinkled and coloured the edges to create dimension between the four layers.

for the forth layer i used a vellum and a die cut from the 6 x 6 kit:

i added some paper embellishments, cut from different webster's papers:

for the alphabet i used "upon a time" die from tim holtz. i used paper left overs from the garden gala paper line, which i coloured with copic ciao:

i hope you liked my new creation! thank you for taking the time to peek at my blog! i really appreciate every visit and comment!

hugs 'n smiles,

Monday, March 7

easter card with PRIMA

hello lovely friends!

it's monday again and another scrappy week begins!

today, i'm sharing a card i've made with the SWEETEST paper collection from PRIMA marketing "jack & jill celebrations":

the papers are simply ADORABLE! and the stamps, the stickers... i've used a lot of my copic ciao markers. the soft palette matches completely the colours of this paper line.

i used some of the FABULOUS PRIMA e-line blossoms, which i coloured with copics too:

thanks for looking! and creative week everybody!

hugs and smiles,

Tuesday, March 1

christmas joy {webster's pages}

hello lovely friends!

today i want to share my latest layout with you. i've made it for the webster's pages february traditional challenge themed "bloomers and trims". i used the "waiting for santa" paper line and the "wanderfall" trim pack:

i've decided to use one of our traditional CHRISTMAS pictures for this challenge. every year we take one picture under the christmas tree with all of us. no matter in which part of the world we are celebrating, we always have one picture with all of us on it.

and because it is CHRISTMAS and with all the celebrations and family visits around it, i never have the time to scrap those pictures. they are piling up and with new pictures coming... i think you've got the idea:-) so, this year I've decided to start early and use all of my christmas pictures in my projects. wish me luck!;-)

here are some detailed pictures:

the flying santa - i used mod podge for the first time and i love the result! it is a fantastic invention and i intend to use it again and again:-)

the deer - i've cut out different details from different papers to be able to create my frame. i personally love the deer!

the christmas star - i trimmed my tree with stickles diamond, blue trim and the ADORABLE yellow webster's flowers.

some more cut outs and some more glitter.

the christmas balls - i cut them out from the FA LA LA paper, i added mod podge and some ribbon.

and my final touch - coming from the webster's stickers - "family traditions"!

thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!

i TRULY appreciate it!

hugs 'n smiles,