Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Candy Cane Lane Cards
(5 cards created from leftovers)

I'm on the Off the Rails Scrapbooking blog today
sharing, sadly, my last tutorial post as DT member.

I have so enjoyed my time designing for OTRS,
and I am looking forward to being able to play along
to their challenges just like you in the new year.

My tutorial this month is not really a tutorial per say.
I'm just basically sharing 5 fairly quick and easy to make cards 
that I created with all these leftovers from my OTRS layout 
(shared with you during the December 15th reveal), mostly all 
from the fun and adorable Bo Bunny Candy Cane Lane collection.

On Card #1, I embossed the base with a snowflake design,
and hand stitched a line through the chevrons.
I realize just now while writing this that I forgot to put a sentiment,
before taking my picture.  Perhaps it doesn't need one. :P

Card #2 is so much fun with that Santa layered chipboard sticker!
As I always do, I dabbed on some white paint as a last step,
giving it a frosty snowy look.

I kept Card #3 quite simple, adding some ribbon and twine,
as well as lovely buttons also from Bo Bunny.
I didn't forget my sentiment on this one. :P

For Card #4, I distressed the edges of my papers and added some
stitching on the edge.  The trick with stitching is to do it before
sticking anything papers down on the base.  So you basically
create the front of your card without the base, you then add the stitching
and finally attach the front piece to the base when done.
The snowflake is an actual Christmas tree ornament bought from
my local Dollarstore.  There was a bunch of a pack and I thought
they would be perfect for Christmas cards!

And finally, here's Card #5, with pretty flower baubles
adorned with snowflakes and gems, hanging from a stitched 
vertical line on my distressed background paper.

There you go!  A great way to use all those leftovers from my layout!

And as you can see by the staging of my photos, 
I have lots of flowers left over to make more.

Check out my post at Off the Rails Scrapbooking!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Creations
(Lemoncraft DT Reveal)

Happy Christmas Eve!!

I'm on the LEMONCRAFT blog on this very special day with a brand new DT reveal!

Obviously I couldn't do a reveal on Christmas Eve
without sharing some Christmas projects!

Below are 3 cards and a layout,
all created with the Lemoncraft Christmas Greetings collection.

 Next is a twin set of cards, similar in style but each original in its own way:

I love the look of the Lemoncraft flair on this cards!

And I saved the best for last... a very festive layout
featuring my beautiful niece Ella, a few years ago, in front of the Christmas tree:

I love the print design on the patterned paper I used as background.
This pattern is included in the Basic pad and comes in several different colours. 

I fussy cut some holly leaves and used 3D foam squares
to add a bit of depth to the vertical holly border.

Now that's one happy Noel Cutie!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations
as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season with your loved ones!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Joining the Scraps of Elegance Kit Club DT

I am thrilled to be able to announce that I will join
another fabulous Design Team in 2016!

I will have the privilege of designing with the beautiful
Scraps of Elegance scrapbooking kits!

Click HERE to find out more about 
the Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance kits
and to meet all my fellow DT members!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Happy Cassie Canvas
(SATW December DT Reveal)

It's the 16th of the month so time for the mid-month reveal
at SCRAP AROUND THE WORLD, so you will see below my project
inspired by the December mood board challenge that went live on the 1st!

This happy festive mood board was created by
Valia Katzaki {Greece}

Click HERE to see the project reveal of the first part of the SATW DT
and HERE to see the mid-month reveal that premiered today, including mine!

It's not hard to see from what parts of the mood board I was inspired, 
mostly by lovely colours, the gold, the glitter, and lots of flowers
as well as the overall HAPPY feel of the board, hence the title of my canvas!

I added some golden flakes to my background and lots of shimmer!
My chipboard was covered with metallic paint and then covered with glitter paint.

This canvas was created as a special order from a co-worker for her niece.
I was told that Cassie was a diva who loved to dance and sing and LOVED bling!

I really hope you like my take on this SATW December mood board!

As you know, this is a very bittersweet reveal as SATW is closing and this will be my last project for this blog of which I have been a part for the last year!  I have been Guest Coordinator during my first term and then filled many roles including Assistant DT Coordinator and Sponsor Coordinator for my 2nd, and I will always be grateful to Helen Tilbury who has taught me so much on how to run a successful challenge blog! I have met many great scrappy friends with whom I know I will keep in contact for years to come and have evolved in my scrapbooking style and personal creative accomplishments 
thanks to Helen and Scrap Around the World!

Do not miss out on the chance to participate in this final MEGA challenge!

Click HERE for another look at all the wonderful prizes up for grabs this month 
and to link up before December 31st for a chance to win!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Santa Was Here
(My Last OTRS DT Reveal)


it's time for me to reveal my project for the December mood palette:

Very sweet and festive, isn't it?

It is also a bit sad for me as this will be my last DT reveal
for Off the Rails Scrapbooking.

I have so enjoyed being on this amazing DT!

Click HERE to find out all details on this challenge!
You will see all the amazing creations of Team A's 1st reveal and 
click HERE to see the creations of the 2nd reveal (including yours truly).

This month's sponsor is none other than Charms Creations.

Here's my project based on the mood palette, 
and most inspiration the colours and the Christmas theme.

You will no doubt recognize the pretty Christmas collection
"Candy Cane Lane' from Bo Bunny.

I also used the layered chipboard from that same collection
along with different colour paper flowers also from Bo Bunny.

So many fun designs with this collection, perfect for these happy pictures
of my nieces opening their presents back in 2012!
Look at the look of sheer joy and anticipation on Daphne's face!

Remember to check out the rest of the mid-month inspiration 

right HERE on the Off the Rails Scrapbooking blog
and link up by December 31st for a chance at the monthly prize.

I will be back later on this month to share some other projects
in combination with this layout as part of my last tutorial on the OTRS blog!

See you tomorrow for yet another last DT project reveal,
this time for Scrap Around the World!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

More Than Words New Followers' Contest

As we have promised during our very first post a week ago,
the More Than Words team is back today with a very special

More Than Words
 New Followers' Contest!

This contest is fairly easy... all you have to do is follow More Than Words!

Let's start with the most exciting part of this contest... PRIZES!

Each of the 6 founders of More Than Words is donating a fabulous prize:

DT Coordinator & Facebook Manager

Guest Coordinator & Pinterest Manager

Winners Coordinator

Heather McMahon
Mini Challenge Manager
Sponsor Coordinator

Valia Katzaki
Instagram Manager


The first and main requirement is to:

by going to the Google Friend Connect "Followers" gadget
 in the right sidebar and clicking on 'Join this site'.

This is very important as you will need to be a blog follower
to participate in our challenges!

Next, we strongly encourage you to:




The more places you follow, the more chances
you have to win 1 of the 6 amazing prizes above!

Becoming a follower of the More Than Words blog
is however mandatory to be eligible to win.

Please feel free to share our contest information with all your
scrappy friends and invite them to follow us too!!

Six winners will be picked at random from all our followers 
and announced right here on the More Than Words blog on January 8th,
a week after our first Main Challenge reveal on January 1st.


Friday, December 4, 2015

Published in the Winter 2015 Issue
of Scrapbook & Cards Today

Today is another big day in my scrappy life!

Issue 40 of Scrapbook & Cards Today has been released,
and you can find this double-page layouts on the first page of the Readers Gallery!

You can view the entire magazine online right HERE!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

My Boy
(White with 1 DT Reveal - Majorca Blue)

This month's color challenge at WHITE WITH 1 has just been revealed today!

Take a look at my 'blue' layout! 

I wanted to give a denim effect to my background to go along with this adorable
picture of Tristan, my friend's son. I created it with brushing some blue denim
distress ink on my textured cardstock background, adding some subtle
stenciling and different textured stamping designs.

I embossed these chipboard stars to add polkadot texture,
covered them with distress stain and then dabbed them with white paint!

I love this colour combination!!!

A tag, some wood veneer star buttons and arrows, a couple brads
and some sparkly blue stickers, all dabbed in white, and my layout was done!

If you want to see lots more 'Majorca Blue' inspiration,
click HERE to visit the White with 1 blog to see the full DT reveal.

Hope you will play along!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Scrap Around the World December Mood Board

has revealed their December Mood Board
and a very special HOLIDAY CHALLENGE!!

Sad news though!!!  This will also be the very last challenge

at Scrap Around the World as Helen, SATW owner,
has decided to retire the blog due to different personal reasons!

We therefore hope that you will play along with us one last time!!!

This sweet and festive mood board was designed by 
Valia Katzaki {Greece}

This mood board offers a very happy and uplifting feel with a touch of gold,
perfect for all the brand new opportunities ahead!

Click HERE to see the project reveal from the 1st part of the SATW DT
& to find out all the details of this challenge!

The mid-month reveal from the 2nd part of the DT will go live on the 16th. 

Here is a sneak peek of my project:



This month Scrap Around the World offers not just 12 prizes 
as usual, but 22!!! Yes, you read right!  SATW is going out 
with a bang and will award 20 MERIT BASED PRIZES, 
and create the largest WOF in SATW history
plus 1 random prize & 1 followers' prize!



50 Euros worth of products from The MiNi art

{Image shows only part of the chipboard and stencils that you will receive}


$50 AUS store credit from The Dusty Attic

{As per usual, company sponsored gift cards INCLUDE postage!}


Over $50 worth of scrapbooking supplies 
also from Design Team member Pamela Ellis {Canada}

{exactly as shown}

This prize includes: Swirlydoos Sun Kissed main kit including Bo Bunny and Authentique papers, Bo Bunny Double Dot jewels, Prima flowers, Petaloo flowers, Creative Embellishments chipboard heart, Stickles, 2 die-cut tags, word & alpha stickers, lace ribbon, twine as well as an extra pack of Prima flowers and Prima wood embellishments.


Over $50 worth of scrapbooking supplies 
from Design Team member Pamela Ellis {Canada}

{exactly as shown}

This prize includes: Bo Bunny 'Juliet' 12x12 collection pack, Bo Bunny 'Juliet' 6x6 paper pad, Dusty Attic stencil, Prima Color Bloom spray 'Peony'


Over $50 worth of scrapbooking supplies
from Design Team member Helen Tilbury {South Africa}

{exactly as shown}

This prize consists of a huge Prima & Webster's Pages assorted embellishments pack.


$50 worth of scrapbooking supplies 
from Design Team member Tusia Lech {Poland}

{exactly as shown}

This prize includes: as assortment of patterned papers from ILS & UHK Gallery,
Prima ribbons, Scrapiniec chipboard, 7 Dots Studio stickers & die-cut elements,
American Crafts dimensional stickers.


$50 USD gift voucher
from Design Team member Nupur Patel {India}

{To be used at the online scrapbooking store of your choice}


Over $30 worth of scrapbooking supplies
from Design Team member Heather McMahon {Australia}

{exactly as shown}

This prize includes: Manor House Creations flower pack, Bo Bunny acrylic stamps, 2 packs of Darkroom Door photochips, Graphic45 chipboard buttons & much more.


$30 worth of laser-cut chipboard from 2Crafty Chipboard

{Image is for illustration purposes & may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

10th PRIZE

$30 worth of laser-cut chipboard also from 2Crafty Chipboard

{Image is for illustration purposes & may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

11th PRIZE

$30 USD gift voucher 
from Design Team member Pascale B. {France}

{To be used at an online scrapbooking store of your choice.
Please note that this prize does NOT include postage!}

12th PRIZE

$30 worth of Julie Nutting Stamps
from Design Team member Helen Tilbury {South Africa}

{exactly as shown}

13th PRIZE

Over $25 worth of scrapbooking supplies 
from Design Team member Nicole Doiron {Canada}

{exactly as shown}

This prize includes: AC Amy Tangerine 'Cut & Paste' 6x6 paper pad, rotary phrase stamp, adhesives resin bows, die cut tags & wood veneer tags.

14th PRIZE

$25 worth of scrapbooking supplies
from Design Team member Valia Katzaki {Greece}

{exactly as shown}

This prize includes: Prima 'Julie Nutting' cling stamps, DecoArt Media black
modeling paste, assorted vintage flowers & chipboard.

15th PRIZE

$20 worth of products from Scrapiniec

{Image is for illustration purposes & may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

16th PRIZE

$20 worth of products also from Scrapiniec

{Image is for illustration purposes & may not reflect exactly what you will receive}

17th PRIZE

$15 worth of Prima products
from Design Team member Helen Tilbury {South Africa}

{exactly as shown}

This prize includes: 3 Julie Nutting Christmas ornament packs:
Holly, Angel & Starr

18th PRIZE

$15 worth of Prima products also
from Design Team member Helen Tilbury {South Africa}

{exactly as shown}

19th PRIZE

$15 USD gift voucher from The Flying Unicorn

{As per usual, company sponsored gift cards INCLUDE postage!}

20th PRIZE

$20 USD gift voucher
from Design Team member Fiona Paltridge {Australia}

{To be used at the online scrapbooking store of your choice.
Please note that this prize does NOT include postage!}


A prize package valued at over $50 from 13arts

{exactly as shown}


$30 worth of products from Studio 75

I hope you will join us at Scrap Around The World!!

The deadline for this challenge is the last day of the year,
that is Thursday, December 31st, 2015.