Monday, 1 February 2016

'Hello Summer' for Les Papiers de Pandore.

Hello there, I hope your week is off to a good start!
It feels really great to be here sharing a page with you again. 

For a few years now I have been part of the designteam at Les Papiers de Pandore and they always manage to create the most gorgeous collections. One of the fun things about this latest one  (apart from it being gorgeous of course :-D...) is that it is called Scandinavia. Many of you will know that
 I live in Sweden , ie one of the Scandinavian countries. I love the names of the different papers. 
They are called Stockholm, Göteborg, Uppsala,.....and there is even one with 'my town' Malmö. 
Isn't that great!!!?


I picked a few  matching sheets and got to work. I prepared my background with gesso, mists and paints.That is always such fun and decides a whole lot the direction of the page. I cut into some of the papers and layered my design pretty central on my page. The doilies were also fussy cut from one of the sheets. Isn't that bird cute? I cut that one from one of the 15x15 papers in the collection.



In this shot you can see how I covered part of the painted chipboard from Blue Fern Studios with gold microbeads. That is a favourite trend at the moment. Love the micas and the beads a lot!!!   
I am also a big fan of the Simple Stories Photo Stickers I used next to my photo. Fun!!



I love the little cursive words that I cut using the Sizzix Thinlits dies by Tim Holtz. It is called Friendship Words, Script. You can find it HERE
The  flowers are from I am Roses and of course Prima Marketing as are the leaves. I added a little washi tape here and there . I love to buy washi but I dont seem to be using a whole lot,....



Finally a closer look at some of the detail I hope you like it!

In any case that's all for today. 
I will be back soon with some more Pandore goodness, and other stuff :-)


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Some of my faves from CHA 2016

The beginning of the year carries some extra excitement for scrapbookers all around the world. 
That's when the yearly CHA Mega Show takes place in Anaheim Califlornia. This show is where the large players present their news and this never fail to create a big buzz in the community.
Unfortunately I could not attend in person, but I have been there as much as possible in spirit
through all the lovely posts and pictures posted on the internet by friends and fellow scrappers.
 How wonderful is that!!!?

I was thinking it would be fun to assemble a kind of list featuring some of the favourites I have found  while browsing. I am sure that there are still many more favourites to discover , 
so just  consider this as kind of a first draft ;-) My choises will come in random order.To pick specific favourites would prove too much of a challenge!!

My number one scrap crush is of course Prima Marketing and as always they had so much 
loveliness to share. Their paper collections are always so beautiful and the flowers,...well ,...they 
are just the BEST!!

Here are two of their new collections:





And next up are a few more goodies from Prima. 
Memory Hardware, Relics and Artefacts, and some awesome metallic washi stickers.



It wasn't so easy to find sneaks of the flowers but here are a couple just as apetizers for what's to come :-)





So many of the brands show their own paints and art supplies. I love all the variety.


Introducing: New Finnabair for 2016! #finnabair #artextravagance #cha2016 #winter:




The colours below are some of the new Ken Oliver Liquid Metals. They are so cool. They come in gold , pewter , copper, platinum etc too.



I am always excited to see what new things Sizzix comes up with and there are a few of the news that will be releasing in February. I picked these among many because they are great for mixed media!!







Websters Pages have some new planners for us. LOVE this colour!!



Tim Holtz presented his new Distress Crayons.
Sounds very cool of course like all that Tim does :-)

Distress Crayons are water-reactive pigments designed and specially formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for creating brilliant backgrounds, smudging, watercoloring and more!
Distress Crayons 2016 PR
This woodgrain cardstock is gorgeous!!
Distress Woodgrain Paper 2016 PR

I love the look of these smaller bite size stencils from Tim Holtz. 
This is what he has  has to say about the new size:

Lastly something really exciting to announce – new mini stencils!  i’ve been wanting mini versions of all of my layering stencils to use on smaller tags and collage projects and i’m so thankful stampers anonymous has agreed to do them.  they are being released in sets of three and are about 45% smaller than their larger counterpart – here’s a comparison…


There are so many jaw-dropping paper collections out and I have to share a few more with you...


Here's Shimelle's Starshine:




It's so fresh and modern!! <3 it!!

Kaisercraft seldom disappoint and they don't this time either.
Here is my favourite from them called #Me



Tammy Tutterow has some new stamps for Spellbinders that are pretty cool.
Love this one with a cheese cloth background:

For You Art Tag by Tammy Tutterow | www.tammytutterow.com


One of the loveliest new collections is the Beautiful Dreamer collection from a Bo Bunny, a big favourite of mine  They have so many delightful new products/designs  in their range I could make a post with only what they released :-) Love the paints and the dies and the stencils,and and and...


And last but not least a peek of some life like beauties from Petaloo. 
Their product has such hig quality always!
As I am sure you understand I could keep adding to this post indefinitely with all the amazing new scrap supplies that have been released recently. But I hope you have enjoyed my picks and that maybe  one or two are new to you :-) Thanks for looking!




Friday, 1 January 2016

Bloghopping with Paper Issues. (...or Top 15 from 2015.)

Hello friends!! Welcome to this fun and relaxed bloghop! 
What a great way to start off the NEW YEAR!!
Some time ago I was part of the fun design team at Cassie's Paper Issues! Loved it!!
Paper Issues and Friends have joined together for this carefree hop and I 
decided I'd love to participte. Alas, with so many disruptive things happening in my life the last year
 it has not been a productive one. To be honest I have struggled to keep up with my DT obligations. 
But here are some of the pages I made and I hope you like them :-)
(At the end of the post you'll find some more links to more of the Friends & Fans participating)

The layouts are in no particular order. 


Smile
I made this one for the Polish Lemoncraft designteam using House of Roses collection and 
some lovely painted chipboards from Blue Fern Studios. The flowers are a combination 
of Prima Marketing and I AM Roses.


Music of the Soul
The second one was made for Blue Fern Studios and I have used a gorgeous round frame that I painted and laquered to frame a cute pic of my DD.


 Memories
This third one was also made for Blue Fern Studios showcasing papers and chipboards. I really love this picture of the girls with their grandmother celebrating her birthday.


Everyday Moments 
Another one for Blue Fern Studios. I whitewashed all the chipboards on my page. 
This one was for the release of the Deja Vu collection.
Beatrice and our little cat Lady look so cute here.


Summer Souvenirs
Les Papiers de Pandore from France is such a big favourite. I love the collections that Julie Blanc comes up with and this summery beauty called Sunny Bay is no exception. 



 Perfect Memories
This page shows off the Autumn Anthology collection from Blue Fern Studios. One of my fave collections from them for sure. 


 Frolic in the Sun
Loving the Frolic collection from Blue Fern Studios,and I think it goes perfectly with this 
summery photo of DD. I really love the colours here!!


Happy
This page is a combination of fabulous dies that I got from Sizzix UK and papers from Polish manufacturer Lemoncraft. I die cut two sizes of PL cards and arranged them on my page. 
Alpha, greenery and butterflies are by Sizzix/Tim Holtz as well.


Alex 
Here I have used a combination of Lemoncraft and Blue Fern Studios  as well as a few dies 
from Sizzix UK.


Celebrate Every Day
I really had so much fun creaqting this next project for Blue Fern Studios. It's a round canvas that first of all received a thorough mixed media treatment, -which I then proceeded to almost entirely cover up. -But I loved every minute :-)


  A Perfect Moment
Design team layout for Blue Fern Studios with lots of colourwork and using some of their stamps for my background.


Here Comes the Sun
One more summery page using  Les Papiers de Pandore's delightful collections Sunny Bay and Cocktail collections. Such a light and happy page.


 Memories 
This next page is a souvenir of a very special day. My eldest daughter graduated  from her
university in the UK and I wanted to make a page for her. I use the Blue Fern Studios
Paisley & vine collection.


Keep Creative and Take Pics
Another page made for Les Papiers de Pandore and using chipboard from Blue Fern Studios as 
part of the decorations.


This was my first Home
This is one of my most fave pages for the year. It has a nice layered feel to it achieved in part by the Blue Fern Studios chipboard frames.I am also quite pleased with the mixed media background. 
And who does not love flowers....?



Smile
I used the Montage  collection by Blue Fern Studios and some  beautiful BFS chipboard as well.
This was for my very first post on this design team :-)


Adore
To round this off another page using the Deja Vu collection from Blue Fern Studios. Lots of soft and pretty colours.

It's been ages since I took part in a blog hop so this is FUN!! Ok so there are a couple more than 15 layouts, but it was kind of hard to leave some out as I liked them equally much... :-)
Thanks for dropping by and for any comments you make. I'd love to be able to visit back and 
see what you are up to!
Please hop along and see what the rest of the participants are sharing today!

Visit the blogs and check out all of the projects from our Friends & Fans here, the inspiration from these ladies is endless: 



HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Friday, 25 December 2015

Discover Dream Explore for Blue Fern Studios

Hi. Time for part two of my December Blue Fern Studios share :-)
I used the Juliannas Dream paper from the magical Ombre Dreams collection
Such a beautiful and feminine collection, and so versatile too! I always love the combination of yellow with purple. I can't say why I Love it so, except I find it sooo,sooo pretty!



And even here I have close ups to share:



I painted most of my chipboard pieces purple and gave them a lick of gesso on top to make them a bit more shabby.The Chained Bits look great here down the side of my photo. They are a good background for layering any kind of embellishment.



The Timeless Floral corner adds so much to a page. It's so great because you can turn it
any way you want so it will work in any corner The flowers are a combination of older/newer Prima Marketing and flowers from my stash.





I wanted a title that was not too overpowering so I went with a single chipboard word that I painted and clear embossed. The letter stickers by Prima were very glittery so I rubbed them with gesso to reduce the shiny aspect a little. I added some punched and die cut greenery as well made with the Tim Holtz  Laurel punch and the Sizzix Garden Greenery die.



And to round things off I have a couple of simple Christmas cards that I'd like to share with you.



The first one I made with one of the cards from the Christmas card sheet and added the bottom strip from a sheet down the sides. I used the Petal embossingpowder again.
The Framed Winter words are perfect for a card front.



On my second card you can see that even other non-christmassy collections can be used for seasonal cards. My background here is from the Montage collection, but the top sentiment is from the
Vintage Christmas collection of course. I added some bits from the Chain link 
chipboard panel that I painted a dark red. I used a little of the Cotton Candy Imagine Ink
on the background and  a stencil on top.





That was all from me! 
Again; Thank you so much to Leslie and Valerie for having me on the team for the last year. 
It's been a pleasure!!
In Sweden we celebrated yesterday, but I wish my foreign friends a wonderful peaceful 
Christmas Day whether you celebrate or not.
Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth!


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