Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Shimmerz -- CHA projects

I have a couple Shimmerz CHA projects to share today.  Shimmerz is sharing a booth with Glitz, so I got to work with some of the beautiful Glitz papers and products.  Here's a layout featuring my magical fairy princess daughter:

I dusted off my trusty Cricut and used it to cut a large leaf pattern from a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock, then I used that leaf die-cut as a mask with a mix of Shimmerz' Olive Branch Spritz and Hermit the Frog Vibez:

I used the new Pop Art Pink Vibez to color the gauze and the new Peas-B-Mine Shimmerz paint to color the leaves:
I used a variety of other Shimmerz colors (Ruby, Sapphire, Pink and Magenta) to color the Prima flowers.

Here's a card I made using Glitz stamps and a variety of Shimmerz sprays and paints, including the new Blue By You on one of the flowers and the new Peas-B-Mine on the leaves:

That's it for today!!

Monday, July 26, 2010


I have a ton of layouts and projects I haven't posted yet, so I'm trying to play catch-up. I think I've set a new record for myself for the most projects created in a few weeks' time, and I still have a busy scrapping week ahead of me. It's been crazy, but fun!! Here's a Prima layout I did based on Prima's July Build-a-Page sketch:

And here's a little card I created for the Prima booth at CHA using some of their NEW crystals, flowers and Donna Downey canvas paper (the little bird house), and stamps:

I'll be posting a lot more projects in the coming weeks (including a dozen or so projects I made for CHA), so please come back and visit!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lily Bee

Lily Bee has three fabulous new collections coming out for CHA!  Check them out here: New Lily Bee collections.  Aren't they great?!!?   I can't wait to play with them!

Here's a layout I did with Lily Bee's Hello Sunshine line:
One of my favorite things to do on my layouts is crochet. On this layout I crocheted around the edge of the paper and the outer cardstock. 

The Lily Bee rub-on sentiments are perfect for so many layouts.  In fact, I used one of the rub-ons as my title on this page.  For a slightly different twist, I used the rub-on on a piece of thick fabric:
I added a little bit of crocheted trim underneath the title fabric piece. I cut that trim from a vintage cloth napkin that I found at my local flea market, then I colored it with Shimmerz -- a combo of Eucalyptus Spritz and Jeni B Bleu Vibez.

Lastly, I stacked a few of the Lily Bee chipboard pieces.  I flipped over the middle chipboard piece and added glitter to the sticky side. I colored the Prima flowers with a variety of Shimmerz colors:
 Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Friday!

I just mailed off a big box filled with Prima projects that I made for CHA next weekend. I had SO much fun working with all the new Prima CHA goodies! I think I can start posting my projects soon.

In the meantime, here's a layout I did that was published in the March/April issue of Scrapbooking m.m., a fabulous Swedish scrapbooking magazine:

I did this for an article on using mini frames on your pages. I printed out dictionary definitions for words that describe what I think is going through my daughter's mind in these photos -- believe, dream, imagine and wonder. I used the mini chipboard frames to frame the definitions.

I colored strips of burlap with Shimmerz Spritz, then I tucked the strips behind the patterned paper.  I made the leaves out of polymer clay.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

A few oldies but goodies to share

I've been busy working away on projects for CHA, but I can't share those projects just yet.  In the meantime, here are some of my older layouts that I don't think I've posted here before. These are a few of my layouts that have appeared in Creating Keepsakes in the recent months:
I used the selective color tool in Photoshop to turn everything in the photos black and white except for the purple and green coffee cup I'm holding.   On this page about my morning coffee fix (I can't start my day without it!!) I went with a kitchen/coffee theme and used a bunch of non-scrapbooking items.  Sometimes it's fun to throw caution to wind when it comes to the whole lignin and acid free rules of scrapbooking.  Here are the kitchen and coffee items I used: 

*Coffee filters -- I cut and punched flowers from coffee filters. I sprayed and painted them with Shimmerz paint and Spritz, then I layered the flowers on top of each other.
*Cheesecloth -- I cut out flower shapes and added them to my coffee filter flowers
*Plastic coffee can lid -- I punched flowers and cut out leaves from the plastic lids, then I colored the plastic with alcohol ink and Staz-On ink.
*Instant coffee -- I mixed a little instant coffee with gesso and painted around the edges of the photos. The plain white gesso was a little too stark for my Photoshopped photos so the coffee grounds helped tone down the color a bit.
*Twine from our kitchen junk drawer -- I hand-stitched the twine around the border of the layout, then I painted it with Shimmerz for a little sparkle.
*Cardboard coffee cup/jacket insulator from Peet's Coffee (the BEST coffee around, in my opinion) -- I punched a couple little butterflies out of the cardboard, then I added some Stickles and pearls.

But I was a good girl and only used scrapbook safe (I think) products on this one:

And here's a wedding layout I did a while back (it appeared in the June issue of CK):

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy almost 4th of July!

The long 4th of July weekend is almost here.  We're looking forward to going swimming and having a barbecue at my parents' house on the 4th, and maybe we'll watch some fireworks at night.

Here's a little scrapbook share for the day.  This layout was published in the June issue of Scrapbooks, Etc.  It features pictures of my older daughter blowing bubbles in our backyard.  You might have seen the layout I posted a couple weeks ago here with photos of my younger daughter blowing bubbles (a couple posts down).  I gotta give my girls equal billing!
This layout was included in an article on creative uses for adhesive.  I used clear liquid adhesive and alcohol ink to create the bubbles:
Here's the technique:  I first painted a chipboard circle with gesso (white paint would be fine too). Then I coated it with clear dimensional adhesive (Diamond Glaze), and I immediately added a few drops of two colors of alcohol ink. I used a paintbrush to swirl the colors around until I got a marbled effect. I used different colors and amounts of alcohol ink on each bubble so that they were slightly different from one another (because no two bubbles are alike, right?  Or does that only apply to snowflakes?  But I digress).

On another note, I took the girls to the Los Angeles Zoo yesterday.  Here are a few of the highlights:

And a picture of my two little monkeys (as I affectionately call them):

For all of you in the US, have a wonderful 4th of July!!