Thursday 28 July 2011

A quick post to reveal the CCG blog hop winner.

Just à Quick note to let you know that the winner of my gift for the commenters on My post for the CCG blog hop was Sarah Groen.
I am presently away on holiday, but I will contact Sarah when I get back or you can send me à message through the system at CCG.
Tonight is the reveal at CCG and you can see the names of all the winners. We Will also make the announcement who won the Guest Designer spot. Exciting news.
Make sure you don't miss it!

CONGRATS to you Sarah.

Monday 25 July 2011

CCG 201 Beauty in full Bloom. "Pink Paislee Sweetness"

Hello dear readers! 
First of all thanks a lot for all your beautiful comments on my previous posts that I had pre-scheduled before leaving for my vacation. 
I am SO looking forward to having my computer back so I can come and visit you all again and see what you have been up to! Today I am sitting at MCDonalds in Brignoles trying to update on a borrowed laptop. I am feeling really challenged.....! But I am grateful for the hamburger giant for the free internet!!!
Time for a new layout based on the current Color Combo.

I used a collection from Pink Paislee called Sweetness.
The papers here have all the colours included in the combo, but contains maybe a tad too much of the red/dark pink. Therefore I decided not to include it in the reveal as an example for our members.
In the photo you can see Beatrice smelling our beautiful peonies.
The journaling says 
"We were in the garden and I wanted to take pictures of you with the peonies. It is very clear from your expression here that this was not the first photo I took"...LOL!

Here is a picture of the current combo and the recipe for making a layout this week.

Lovely, isn't it?

I used a polka dot ribbon as  was one of the design elements to be included and I let it border my large polka dot circle. The mulberry flowers had just the right colours too.

The title is made from raw chipboard that I painted and inked around the edges. I am so grateful for the sposorship we are receiving from Imaginarium Designs!

I used glitter glue to add some interest to the pretty chipboard elements from Imaginarium Designs.
I added some liquid pearl to the diecut circle.

Finally I adde two pins in metal to finish up the ingredients for this weeks recipe.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog!!

In about a weeks time I shall be back in Sweden and I will have computer access so I can come visit all your lovely blogs. That is sure something I miss when I am away!!

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Woot woot! Feature at Pink Paislee!

For the Color Combos Blog Hop go HERE

Just a quick one to brag a little!!

A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely mail from Rebecca Cross at Pink Paislee requesting one of my pages for the new Live Pink Magazine.

This is the newsletter and it can be downloaded HERE.

And here's my layout.

It received pride of place with a whole page all to itself!
It is such a treat to see my page featured!!

Hope you can forgive my!

Monday 18 July 2011

Once Upon A...Sketch July 15 sketch challenge

For those who are here for the  ongoing  Color Combos galore blog hop please go HERE.

Time for a new challenge based on a beautiful versatile sketch. We all like that,...right?

Before showing you the sketch I will share the layout I made from it.
IRL the green dots in the pink paper is much more visible, actually it all looks better IRL.

And here is the current sketch:

I copied this from the OUAS blog:

Things to consider when playing along... 

**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter 
**You are allowed to create a card, layout or off-the-page item based on the provided sketch and additional journalling criteria. If you are creating a card or altered item you only need to include a quote. 
**You are also allowed to flip or rotate the sketch or alter it to suit your needs, but please make sure its still recognisable. 
**Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it on our right sidebar using the Link tool. Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blog.If the link tool is down, please leave a comment on the comments section and link your layout there. 
** The deadline for this challenge is midnight July 31st - Australian Eastern Standard Time. The Design Team will vote and the winner and the Top 5 projects will be announced soon after the challenge has finished. 
**You may enter as many times as you like and combine this with other challenges. 
**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog. 

For more info please visit OUAS

Some more photos of my layout:

I used a Spellbinder die for the white die cut element.

I love the look of the older swirls by Prima Marketing. They add a luxurious touch together wit the jewel colours. I even love the gingham ribbon in black.Black always look good paired with the stronger colours I think.

The Pink Paislee tissue paper adds such a touch of flimsy. I love the rouched paper strip. I added some lace on top to go with the black embellishment theme.
The yellow ball fringe is a favourite too.

The little images are cut out from a patterned paper belonging to the Pink Paislee/House of 3  collection called "Daily Junque". I inked around it with black ink too.
The yellow paper I use also comes from the same collection. The other papers belong to "Soiree" and "Hometown Summer".
I think I mentioned earlier how much I enjoy these collections of Pink Paislee.

Well, actually so far I think I have loved them all....  :o)

Here you can see the quote I chose for my layout. It was quite difficult to choose as there are so many wonderful quotes. I quite like this one though, and it was a gift from the smart and gifted Irma Peredne.
Thank you so much Irma!

Lately I find these pleated flowers so cute, I want to include them on all my layouts. I find them very useful too, when I try to use a little less flowers on my layouts and try to think of other embellishments to use. Many of us, me included, tend to put too many flowers on the page sometimes when it is not entirely justified. But the pages are very pretty of course! Do you know what I mean???

Love that little sweet contented face. It was taken on the first day of the school Summer holiday!

Thanks for your visit and any comment you may like to leave!
Enjoy your week !

Sunday 17 July 2011

Colour Combos 200 Blog Hop. Be our Guest Designer and a tutotial on layering.

Welcome to the Color Combos Galore 200th "Anniversary" Blog Hop! We hope by visiting the CCG Design Team members' blogs, you will be able to pick up some fun tips and techniques. Many of the team members will be offering prizes, so you will want to visit all of the blogs to increase your chances of winning some fun scrappy stuff.
 We are also offering a chance at a Guest Designer spot for the month of August if you visit all of the blogs in our Blog Hop and participate in Challenge 200 by uploading your project to the CCG Gallery. It's so fun to get the colors before everyone else! Plus, who doesn't love to see their name in lights! The deadline for the chance to win these prizes is one week from today, Sunday, July 24, EST.

The CCG blog hop starts  here with me, BENTE. 
If you want to do the hop in order so you can make sure not to miss anyone, the next stop is:

Cynthia Lloréns  I will add her link at the bottom of my post too!

Once you have visited all the blogs and uploaded a project to the CCG Gallery using Challenge 200, please make sure you check in at the Blog Hop discussion in the Special Announcements Forum at CCG. We will choose our August Guest Designer from that thread. 

Individual DT members will be choosing winners for the prizes they are offering. Good luck, and we hope you'll enjoy our blog hop!

Bente Fagerberg -    YOU ARE HERE
Cynthia Lloréns -
Karen Watson -  
Kelly Holbrook -
Melinda Thompson -

Many times people have asked 'how do you do that layering/distressing ?'

Recently I took some photos of my process as I was making a layout for "Your Scrapbook Stash" using a favourite line "The Girls Paperie"

The layout is not the same as in the reveal for number 200 but the technique is the same. I thought I would share that as my tip for this hop.

I hope you enjoy!

I will first show part of my you my finished piece and then some step by step photos.
I do not think I am very good at explaining and patience never was my forte when it comes to these kinds of things, but you shall know that I tried...LOL!

I hope the photos are quite self explanatory.

This is part of my layout again:

I first cut my  pp's to the right size. 
I start with the 12X12 frame and add to that as I go.
I prefer to cut away the central pieces as that saves me part of some favourite papers and I end up with a layered piece that is not so fat.

As I add new layers I first make sure they are the right size by holding the next sheet over the last seam I made. I mark where the cut needs to go and I make sure I will have a piece that is big enough but I don't need to be very exact. I suppose you could measure out all the right dimensions, but I don't like to do that.

Next I add a little glue here and there so the next layer stays in place while I am sewing. It is important not to use to too much glue, just the minimum, otherwise you might clog your sewing machine.

I like to use a stitch that is not too narrow. If it is very narrow it will have an effect of cutting through the paper and we do not want that! For the best result you should try sewing on some paper to see what works best using your machine.

Now one more layer has been added. Once I have finish adding all the layers I need  I will start to bend and turn up all the edges and tear at some of them. It is nice to do more on some and less on others to give a varied look.
As I said I am quite lazy so I just add a little glue from a glue stick yo the back of my lo where I have cut off my threads. That way I know the seams will stay as I made them.

Here you can see an example of the kind of finish I am talking about.

As you can see EASY PEASY.....
Good luck to you. I hope I will see some examples of what you do with this technique! 
Would be nice if you left me a link to your layout if you decide to try my tip!

Finally I will show you the layout for Combo 200 again.

To round off the long story I have planned a small gift for one of the people who comment on this post. 
I would of course love it if you should decide to be a follower of my blog too!

Hopefully I will be back in a couple of days with a picture of my giveaway. I am off on vacations tomorrow and I am not sure how much internet I will have when I am away.I hope I will be able to post something at least!

Now maybe you would like to pay a visit to Cynthia Lloréns.  She is next on the list!

Don't forget to  check in  back at the CCG site after you complete the hop.That's in order to be included in  the draw for a guest DT spot for the month of August.

Friday 15 July 2011

Congrats CCG on 200 Combos!!

This week we are in a celebratory mood on CCG!
Wow, 200 combos that is quite something. A BIG CONGRATS to all of us who make this site what it is!!
And Color Combos Galore is still going strong, ready for another milestone and another!

I chose some photos of Beatrice playing with water on the trampoline. I turned them into black/white as they would clash with the colours otherwise.
I think everything on this is from "October Afternoon" except the Doodlebug letter stickers. They are really timeless and still among my favourite letters, actually!

This weeks combo is a fresh breeze in blue,white and creamsicle (which to me is a yellowy orange)

Beautiful colours, don't you agree?

I did a lot of sewing of different layers this week. i just love the bulky effect it creates. and so easy...-just sew and bend, sew and bend...

The designer challenge this weeks called for drips of varying kinds.
As I explained on CCG my creative process is to take each step as it comes and I workit  by intuition.
I very rarely have a masterplan for how I will go.
Today I started by doing the layering then decided where the photos would go. I then went adding my white paint in strokes and drips.
Unfortunately, being spontaneous has its side effects...not always good!
In this case it was not good.
After having done the paint job I decided I wanted a circular element in the lower corner. This was mostly unfortunate because it covered up almost all the panting I had done.
Things like this happen to me all the time, and I believe I am not alone. It can be so frustrating though!
Anyway, I think you can still see some of it in my close ups at least.
I also added some gel drops to act as watersprays from Beatrice's water bottle

I cut out a sun roughly on free hand and sew it to my layout. I rather enjoy the rough look of it.

A little closer look.

Finally another look at my different layers.

That was the reveal for this week.
Keep an eye on the Color Combos site this week. there may be (will be....) surprises and happenings.
You would not want to miss that!

Also head over there to see the wonderful designs of the designteam!

Thanks for taking an interest in my little blog.
Your visits are much appreciated!

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Some summery cards with "Papiers de Pandore".

Just a quick post this morning as I am heading over the bridge to Dennmark to meet with my two sisters and my brother  in law. We are three sisters living in three different Scandinavian countries. We only meet about once or twice every year so this is a treat!

I wanted to share a couple of cards I made with Julie Blanc's beautiful summer collection called "Maison de Campagne". And soon Les Papiers de Pandore will come out with a new collection, that I am sure you are going to enjoy.. I am going to France in a short while and then I am going to see it IRL.
If it is anything like the pictures I am going to love it!!

Thanks for visiting me!
I'll be back soon!

Monday 11 July 2011

A birthday layout using Papiers de Pandore, and Two Peas Top Three!!

It has been quite some time since I shared a layout using the beautiful French made papers from Les Papiers de Pandore. 
When it was time to scrap this precious photo of DD Alexandra celebrating her 18th birthday I immediately thought of the lovely soft hues of Maison de Campagne. I wanted to make a feminine layout that was not too laden with embellishments or layers, to highlight the photo of Alex with her grandmother.

I used different patterned papers from the collection and also a couple of the very useful stamps that are available.

I did not want to cover up too much of the rose on the patterned paper. i decided to cut around it and 'lift it' over the photo. That way it would add to the dimension of the layout and it would still be visible.

I used a piece of green ribbon that I looped to give the impression of leaves.

I raised my stamped title with pop dots to make it stand out against the background. I even added a Zva Creative bling swirl that I cut into smaller  pieces. Sometimes the big swirls can be too overpowering.

A few days ago I was lucky enough to have a page spotlighted among the top three at Two Peas. It was one of my pages I did for Color Combos galore some time back. maybe you remember it?

That's all for today .
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

Friday 8 July 2011

New DT and new combo at CCG.

Sorry it has been rather quiet here on this little blog, but I have not been feeling well this last week.

My head has been spinning around so fast as soon as I got out of bed, that for the first few days I could hardly keep my food down! Fortunately it is better now and hopefully I shall soon be back to normal.

I am so excited to share this week's combo with you.
Last week Janet revealed who will be on the team for the next period, and it's a huge list of talented ladies!

Look at this announcement  and you will see that I am in such good company here!!

Color Combos Galore is excited to announce the 2011 Design Team!

Janet Perafan-Babar - USA

Continuing from our 2010 Team:
Bente Fagerberg - Sweden
Debbi Tehrani - USA
Kaori Watanabe - Japan
Kim Moreno - USA
LG Belarmino - Philippines
Maiko Kosugi - Japan
Nadia Cannizzo - Australia
Ria Mojica - Philippines
Sarah Klemish - USA
Susan Dupre - USA
Susan Stringfellow - USA
Wendy Kwok - Singapore

And Introducing….
Cynthia Lloréns - Brazil
Eva Pizarro - Chile
Fi Kenward - Australia
Helen Tilbury - South Africa
Jasmine Shea - Australia
Kaori Fujimoto - Japan
Karen Watson - Australia
Kelly Holbrook - USA
Lilith Eeckels - Belgium
Marilyn Rivera - Puerto Rico
Melinda Thompson - Australia
Milagros C. Rivera - Puerto Rico
Nancy Burke - USA
Nomura Tomomi - Japan
Tanya Tahir - Australia
Tina Walker - USA

Congratulations to them all!!!

So many of these girls are already my friends from the blog-world and I am hoping to make some new ones!

I made a couple of cards this week as I have a party to go to!

Actually My good friend AGNETA is hitting the big 5-0 today. 

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY SWEETIE!! See you at your party later!!

These are the cards I made:

On this I used a page from an old book. I ran it through my Cuttlebug to get the embossed pattern and used 
up some of my scraps from "Echo Park" "Life is Good". 

I found those colours worked well with the combo, which I will show you now before going on to my second card!

I think these beautiful summer colours make for a gorgeous gallery this week! 
I mean, even better than usual!

Here is card number two:

Can't wait to see what you guys come up with for the challenge this week.
Thanks so much for dropping by!

Friday 1 July 2011

Pink Paislee Daily Junque with some Butterfly Garden and Hometown Summer thrown in!

This is a layout that I did a few weeks ago but didn't share. I used mostly Pink Paislee on this and I must say that their collections for this season have been outstanding. Maybe even  the best, together with Emmas Shoppe from Crate.  

I used papers from  "Daily Junque" together with the borders from Hometown Summer" and die cuts from "Butterfly Garden". I could make layouts with these products all day and not tire of them. I have a couple more layouts that are not quite ready,too.

Here you can see the whole page. I used the b-side of the paper called 'Junque' because the front was too busy for my taste. I love it when the B-side is even better than the main attraction!

I cut off half the border from the banner die cut and used it as a base for my title. The yellow stickers are Pink Paislee "Sweetness" The stamps were originally one bigger die cut but I liked to space them out a bit.

My two darlings look so cute in these pictures, but then again, me they always!

A close up of the title which I placed on a doily.

The word Unicorn and the bird are from "Butterfly Garden"

Just a few more close ups for you.

For those who made it through all my close ups, Thank you for visiting me. I will be happy if you leave me a  comment so I know you were here! :o)

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