Saturday, 22 April 2017

Creative Scrappers Sketch #305 & The Cut Shoppe Team Up

Hey friends!! Happy Saturday to y'all!! A couple of us at The Cut Shoppe Design Team played along with sketch #305 from Creative Scrappers. I used Doodlebug's Cream & Sugar collection to create this Spring/Easter layout:


How I adore this collection!! 


As you can see, instead of the circles I used the TCS "Hip Hop" cut file to cut 3 different sized (green) Easter Bunnies. Love them!! 

Here are a couple close-ups:


Love the tea cups, especially the "Tea for Two Doodle-Pops":


Or how about the Mini Donuts Doodle-Pops?!


The cute die-cuts are from the Odds & Ends Cream & Sugar :


And these are the cut files from The Cut Shoppe I used:



For more fun cut files hop over to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store and if you want to join in the sketch challenge at Creative Scrappers then click here for the CS blog post where you can link your project. 


Thank you for visiting again today! Have a great weekend!
xoxo
Monique

Thursday, 20 April 2017

You Are Special - Step-by-Step Tutorial My Creative Scrapbook April Main Kit

Hello everyone! Yesterday I shared this layout (created with MCS' beautiful April Main Kit) on the blog of My Creative Scrapbook and I thought I'd share it here too. I adore this month's kit and had so much fun playing with it. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use it to scrap the photo where my daughter signs her High School Diploma. It was such a very important moment and so I saved the photo for the right papers. I just wanted the layout to be perfect! I'm really happy with the result and can't wait to hear what you think!


I loved creating this page and thought I'd share a step-by-step to show you how I made it. 

I started with a sheet of white AC cardstock and 4 colors ink (all from my own stash). I spread lots ink drops over my cardstock in a diagonal line and set the paper aside to let the ink dry:  


While the ink was drying I selected the Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart #6 paper and fussy cut many of the beautiful flowers as well as a couple of leaves:



As soon as the ink had dried I arranged the flowers on top of it, leaving a spot for my photo: 


Next came the awesome Heidi Swapp stamps which are also included in the kit:


I stamped mainly on the left and right side of the flowers, but also on top of some. The stamps are of a beautiful quality, are super easy to use and stamp very "even". To achieve the lighter "gray" stamped images I first stamped on a piece of scrap paper before stamping on my layout.  


Next I selected the "Dear Lizzy Lovely Phrases" chipboard pieces I wanted to use. I chose all the little hearts and the word "love". I always remove the adhesive backing before using chipboard stickers as I want to place them here and there on my page just to see how they look:


After I was sure about where I wanted the chipboard pieces I adhered them using some liquid glue. 


Next I had adhered the photo of my daughter in the centre of my layout and added some random machine stitching:



I really love how the layout turned out! Here are two more close-ups:




This is it! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Wishing you a wonderful day!
xx Monique

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Sketch Time at My Creative Scrapbook

Did you know that My Creative Scrapbook has their own sketch challenge blog? It's called My Creative Sketches and has a new sketch challenge every month on the 16th. For this month's sketch I used the My Creative Scrapbook April Main Kit to create this page:


I adore the Oh My Heart collection from Paige Evans (Pink Paislee) that features in this kit and happily use it for photos of both my daughter and my sons. The chipboard piece with Don't Grow Up It's A Trap is from Dear Lizzy and is just perfect for photos of my youngest (who grows up much too fast!!!). This is the sketch we're using:


And of course a few close-ups:




I love the little fox in this collection!!


If you decide to join in the fun and create a layout based on the sketch then Pam has this prize for one randomly drawn winner:


  • The deadline for this contest is May 14 (midnight EST, USA)
  • The winner will be a random draw and announced on May 15.
  • Anyone, anywhere, may enter this contest using any desired products. You do not have to be a member of our kit club to be eligible for the prize. We do ship our prizes internationally!
  • You may enter this contest as many times as you'd like... multiple entries are welcome.

So what are you waiting for?! Grab your stash and get started!! I can't wait to see what you'll do!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!! 
xoxo
Monique

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

New Sketch at Stuck?! Sketches

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! It's because of Easter that I'm posting this post a bit late ... halfway through the month we always have a new sketch at Stuck?! Sketches and this month I created this layout with it:


The photo is of my youngest's birthday party last Summer and the papers etc. I'm using are from Crate Paper's Cool Kid collection. 

Here's the new sketch: 


And a few close-ups. I love playing with lots of embellishments and patterned papers on my layouts and this one is no exception. Here's one of the clusters I created using some of Crate's chipboard and die-cuts as well as one of the clear acetate words of Heidi Swapp. 


Here's another cluster with lots of die-cuts (both cardstock and acetate). You can also see that I used little strips of patterned paper around the edge of my page. 


And the third cluster. Love the die-cuts and colors in this collection!


We have two amazing and super supportive sponsors this month over at Stuck?! Sketches! So you definitely want to play along for your chance to win!

These are the sponsors:

Scrapmatts who are offering two large pieces of chipboard to one lucky participant

and 

Flutterby Designs who are offering a lovely themed prize pack

If you decide to play along then please link up your layouts over in the sidebar on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by April 29th at midnight EST to be in the running for one of the prizes! All prizes will be drawn randomly using Random.org to pick a number.

This is it for today! Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you soon!
Hugs,
Monique


Friday, 14 April 2017

Another My Creative Scrapbook Layout

Hi everyone! For this month I created five layouts with the April Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook and today I thought I would share the second. 

For this layout I used the #12 sheet from Paige Evans' Oh My Heart collection and just cut it at random. The photos of my youngest were taken in the "Brussels Comic Strip Center" so the die-cut with the "books and more books" came in quite handy!


And a few close-ups:




If you want to see all the projects created with this kit and the three other kits from My Creative Scrapbook then please hop over to the DT gallery at the MCS site!  

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and wishing you a wonderful Saturday! Happy crafting!
xxx
Monique


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Best Friends - Pretty Little Studio

Hey everyone! For Pretty Little Studio I created this Pinterest inspired layout. The Pinterest photo we chose for today’s post is a really easy one to be inpired by. What first caught my eye were the beautiful colors; I looked through all my PLS collections for the right colors and in the end I chose papers from the Let’s Go Travel collection, the You & Me collection and the Baby Claire collection. Of course I was also inspired by the form of the cake. For this I chose a round cut file from The Cut Shoppe (Get Around) to serve as the base for my layout. Last but not least I took inspiration from the fact that all the colors on the cake were mixed, which I also did on my page. Here’s what I created:


and this is the Pinterest photo we used:

source: http://www.thegunnysack.com/easter-cake-recipe/

As you can see I also mixed the blue, yellow and pink colors and randomly adhered them behind the cut file.


The photo I used is one of my daughter and niece on the beach almost two years ago. Except for being nieces they are also the best of friends – despite the age difference! Therefore the You & Me die-cut was perfect for a title, also because of the colors of course


The large butterfly die-cut, the flair, the tab and the word sticker are all from the You & Me collection. The Bingo card is from the Let’s Go Travel collection.


For the finishing touch I used my chevron punch in the left top corner and the bottom right corner of my layout and adhered a piece of patterned paper behind the chevrons. I also stamped the date (twice) and added a few drops of color spray and I was done!

I just love the colors in this Pinterest photo and hope I did them justice with my page. Here’s a list of what I used:

  • You & Me collection: Patterned Paper: Kissable 8×8, Love is Kind 8×8, Violets are Blue 8×8; Vellum: Tickle Me Gray 8×8; Flair: Heart You Buttons; Stickers: Valentine Words; Tabs: Together; Die-cuts: butterfly 4″; Word Art: Best Friends.
  • Let’s Go Travel collection: Patterned Paper: Portland 8×8; Vellum: Here 8×8 Blue, Zurich; Vellum Tape: Let’s Go; Bingo: Bahamas.
  • Baby Claire collection: Baby Claire Paper Pack 6×6.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a great day!
Monique