Friday 30 March 2012

Authentique Paper again,...'So Much in Love'

Today I want to share another layout with you that I made using the photos I took of my brother and SIL last time we went home to Norway for a visit.

 I used this sketch from Creative Scrappers when making it, but forgot to enter my layout in their challenge before it was too late.

 Most of what I have used here is from the 'Uncommon' collection from Authentique Papers.
I have even used some older Pink Paislee alphas that I have been hoarding, a Pink Paislee ephemera clock some lace and a wooden heart from my stash. 
I also used a gorgeous chipboard swirl from Imaginarium Designs,...Yes it is my favourite and yes I have used it many times before (and will again!)
 At the end of my post you will see alink to the piece.

The large fabric flower I bought from A Million Memories. They had a huge sale and I got quite a lot of ribbon etc from them.
I used my mists to colour the center of the flower red to match my theme.

That's all for now. I've had a terrible back ache for a couple of days and can not create much nor sit at the computer for a long time. Bummer!

This is the LINK that will take you to Seriously Scrapbooking where you can buy it!

Hope to see you back again on Sunday for the OUAS blog hop. It should be so much fun. I am really looking forward to going round all the blogs to see what wonders my team mates have created. 
And don't forget ; there will be prizes,too!


Monday 26 March 2012

Color Combos Galore # 224, a Happy Birthday tag.

Time again for a new color challenge at CCG!

This is the second week working with this beautiful combo on the inspiration board. 
Unfortunately I was not able to take part in the previous one and I really missed it!
This week you can make tags, cards, mini albums and/or altered projects.

I made a largeish birthday card-tag that I plan hang on a present and make it double as a gift tag. 
As I am sure you can tell it is actually fairly straight forward.

The designer challenge calls for use of some metal element on your project
For my metal I used a small heart charm tied on with yellow twine.
I used kraft coloured corrugated cardstock as a base to mimic the texture on the cupcake liner.

The light blue paper and the yellow twine was bought from local manufacturer Panduro Hobby.
The corrugated cardstock is from the dollar store.
The yellow roses are a non-brand type that I bought from a shop on the internet.

 At first I was thinking this would be a bookmark for one of my girls. But then I ended up with those bulky yellow roses that would not fit very well between a couple of bookpages,!

I hope you will try this combo and mabybe make some sweet spring cards yourselves.
It is great to stock up on them for when you need one but don't have the time to pull out all those supplies. I am off to  make a few more myself now for all those birthdays coming up.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday 24 March 2012

Do What You Love. Using those gorgeous Authentique Papers again!

A couple of months ago I bought three different whole collections from"Authentique Paper".
 The one I have used the most Is called "Uncommon" and has the most feminine colours and patterns. That is the one I used for this layout.I really had so much fun doing this one.
I made it nearly two months ago and had almost forgotten about it.

That photo of Beatrice is so cute (Fotograf Gisela Ackerup took it, she's on FB)
What I love most here is the, for me, unusual shape and outlay. Mostly my layouts are pretty square in form and I normally just leave a little white space. 
So for me this one is a bit different.

To make the 'cornucopia-shape' I first fussy cut  a whole lot of those beautiful red pink and grey roses they have. I placed my photo in the right spot and started dding the roses from there. 
When I was content with the look I proceeded adding my dimensional roses on top.

I picked a beautiful flourish from Imaginarium Designs to 'frame' my photo. I cut in two after covering it with white paste.At the bottom of this post I will show you what it looks like bare.

 I have a doily as a photo mat and the doily in the upper corner is cut from one of the AP papers that has a doily pattern. I used my trusted Cheery Lynn die to cut that one.

The black letter stickers are fabric stickers by Prima Marketing. I really love that they are so textural.

I distressed all the edges of my textprint patterned base.
I cut a frame about 1,5 cm wide and sewed it on, after first securing it will a couple of drops of glue.
As it is not completely stuck down it can easily be torn and lifted in the way you want to leave you with a beautifully distressed border.

Here is a picture of my beautiful ID flourish:

And HERE is the link to it.

I have just started using my blue collection of Authentique Paper. 
 I almost never use blue so this should be fun,!
                                                                   Watch this space.....

Yesterday I received my large box of goodies from Stop and Scrap and I am in scrap heaven!!

Don't forget you get a slightly larger discount (12%) using the S and S code in my sidebar compared to most of the newsletters they send out. Just write 'paperglue' in the right spot.

That was all for today.
Tomorrow I am off with my girls to a scrap fair about an hour from here by car. 
I feel like a kid in a candy store!
Keep safe!

Tuesday 20 March 2012

"Combo de mars" on the Pandore blog. I loved the gorgeous colours!!

Hello and good morning to all my friends!!

Today I have a beautiful combo to share and a layout I made for it.
Instead of making the monthly combo,sketch and tutorial a part of the webzine as until now, Julie has decided everybody should have a chance to take part and not only the ones subscribing to the newsletter.
To achieve this there will be a schedule on the blog as follows:

On the 10th of each month a sketch 
On the 20th each month a colour combo
On the 30th each month a tutorial.

This is the first combo for the blog

I made a layout with a sweet photo of our eldest DD Alexandra and the youngest member of our family, my gorgeous little godchild, Nicole.

 I mixed up a few of the recent collections from Les Papiers de Pandore . (If you press the link Julie has added a list of the supplies underneath  my layout.)
And also on the Pandore blog you can see the beautiful and stunning cake ornament creation that Parvati made for the combo. She is a real paper whizard!

I chose this title as it reflects the fact that Alex is the oldest and Nicole is the smallest/youngest of the cousins. I used some older Thickers from Ameican Crafts for it.
There is a slight glitter effect to the surface. (And if you look closely you will see that the glue had not yet dried when I took the picture, was getting dark quickly!)

I didn't want this page to feel as layered and 'heavy' as some of my other pages. 
I wanted the focus to be on the sweet photo and of course the combo.

To avoid it looking too clean and simple I decided to make an ornamental grill of papers with some 
half pearls added. I quite like the look and may take some pictures next time to show how easily 
it can be made. I just cut strips of paper and added to the page, cutting more as I went. 
I did it all freehand but next time I might use the ruler to make it look more tidy.
I hope you like it!

I have been so busy lately with work and travelling that I have a backlog of things I should be blogging about.
Since the end of February I have been to the UK, Frankfurt in Germany and Milan in Italy!
 And last Friday I had a dinner date with my lovely friend Eila here in town. Lucky me!
(I will tell you a secret; she's like me...we both looked at the desserts first,...LOL!)
 Oh well, I will be back tomorrow. 

-And I still have not blogged about who will receive my Liebster awards. I will be giving it to 20 fabulous blogs, but maybe not all at the same time,...

Take care and be good!!

Sunday 18 March 2012

Once Upon A Sketch March 15th. "Miss You" "Perfume de Camélias".

Due to a business trip to Milan I am a bit late in posting about our latest challenge over at OUAS.

I cannot believe it has been a week since my last post!!
I just sent my layout to Nadia and will do a quick share here of the challenge and my new page.

 I used the shabby collection from Les Papiers de Pandore and it is called "Perfume de Camélias"

The journalling criteria was to do a page about someone you miss. In our family we miss Alexandra, who is away abroad to attend university.

My journaling is simple and says;
It has now been six months since you went away to start university in the UK.
Here at home we all miss you a lot,but we are lucky that you are not too far away for us to be able to go and visit you!

The photos were taken in France on holiday a couple of years ago.

March 15th Challenge

Journalling Criteria:   Finish this line "I miss...". 
 Tell us about someone you are missing right now and why. Your journalling can be as long or as little as you like, but we want to hear all about someone you are missing!

Ideas for journalling: missing time alone with your partner, missing your old self, missing your children because they are off to school, university or living away from you, missing your children being young, missing a friend you have not seen in a while, someone in another country, someone that has passed away, a mentor whose advice you could use, a relative you wish you lived closer to, someone you regret having an argument with, missing a pet

Remember that you are allowed to also create a card or altered project based on this sketch and theme and instead of the journalling criteria you need to use a quote. 
YOU MUST combine our journalling criteria with this sketch..
To read all the fine print and to see the examples of the designers and guests  please head over to OUAS HERE.

As I promised; just a short post.
Enjoy the rest of your week end!!

Monday 12 March 2012

Color Combos # 220, A card for one of my beautiful sisters.

Hi friends!
I am posting this quickly as I am off on a business trip to Milan for a few days to buy a new product line for our company.
 I am so going to enjoy  Spring on the Piazza del Duomo sipping some great Italian coffe with some delicious gateau in the bright sunlight. The wonderful marble cathedral right in the middle of the piazza is just unreal, and to the right lies the playground of the rich and famous, The Galleria of Vittorio Emanuele II. Oh well, looking never hurt anyone,... LOL!
We are hopefully getting a behind the scenes tour of Teatro Alla Scala as well (if they have opened those for the year. Maybe they won't until April).

And of course there will be a lot of hard work as always, but at least this time we have taken the extra day...

   This week we would love to see some cards from you posted to Mr. Linky at Color Combos Galore!

The designers challenge is to use a fun or festive sentiment.

 As I was going to make a card for one of my sisters I chose a sweet quote that was suitable for that.
My sister is really the best sister you could ever have and I love her to bits!! 
I hope she will like my card!
Her birthday is in a couple of weeks time and I will send it to her.
I know she is a follower of my blog so I guess it will be no secret to her....LOL!

 I took some extra inspiration from the pink little clutch bag deciding on the shape and form of my card. I started out with a piece of cardstock that I embellished with a borderpunch. I cut out a piece of patterned paper to stick to the inside and added my quote, my message and my embellishments.
I wanted the flowers to show even when the card was closed.

I used some twine to keep my 'envelope' shut.

This is what the finished card looks like.

A final close up of the twine closure that ends in a small rosette. So very simple!

Now I am off to get some winks before getting  up very bright and early, to go across the bridge to Denmark,where we will catch the plane for Italy.
I'll catch up with you on my return! Be safe until then!!

Thursday 8 March 2012

Color Combos # 221 "Longing for Spring"

Hi all!
I am having a hard time catching up here. 

Yesterday Janet posted the new colours on the CCG blog, (now on Blogger btw).
You may wonder; 'already..?',  but we have some catching up to do and I  hope you'll have a chance to do one or two of the recent challenges.
 There is still time. You can find them HERE

This is the beautiful inspiration board that Janet designed for us:

And this is the page I made about us looking forward to Spring after this long grey Winter.

Because we had some catching up to do I did not have much time for my page and made a few 'bloopers'.I wanted to paint my wooden letters from Pink Paislee in green. I found a pot of beautiful perfect green colour and did the job. As I was in a hurry I glued down my letters before they were dry.
I shouldn't have...!
I looked at my page a couple of minutes later and the letters were screaming at me,:
"we are the wrong colour!!!"

Lesson learnt: Paint will change it's colour after it is dry. I knew that!!

Ok, so what to do...?
I grabbed my white ink pad and used it all over the letters. It took down the very green colour but it still isn't the green I needed. Oh well, it will have to do.
 I learned to wait for the paint to dry, but really,
 Who likes to stand around watching paint dry,...LOL?

 For wooden elements I used the wooden sticks that are really for stirring your coffe, and the cat shape I bought from a Polish online store. And of course the 'Woodshop' wooden letters from Pink Paislee.

We are all looking forward to Spring. Our little kitty has refused to go outside all Winter even though she was outdoors all Summer and Autumn. She thinks it's too cold and grey.

 I love the latest dies I bought from Spellbinders.They are so so pretty!

 And the doily ones are my trusted friends from Cheery Lynn.

Most of the papers I used here are from Les Papiers de Pandore. And I have used a mix of three different  collections.
I am off to work now and I wish you all a wonderful day!

Monday 5 March 2012

CCG #219 "Kitty Love" "Authentique" "Uncommon"

Finally it's time again for a new colourful combination from Color Combos Galore.
Due to Janet suffering some very sad family events we have had a couple of weeks delay in posting the challenges, BUT NOW WE ARE BACK!! So sorry for your loss Janet!

We have some new colours for you this week as it is layouts/altered item/mini album week.
The news around CCG since we moved to Blogger is that we work with the same colours for two weeks, but have different design prompts, and week two is cards week. 

This is the layout I created with the new colours.

And this is the inspiration board that you will need to take a closer look at :

I used one of my favourite collections lately called "Uncommon", which was made by "Authentique Paper". I also used some embossed white paper for my background and that green paper making up  a frame is from "Echo Park" "Victoria Gardens"

I made a few lollipop flowers as this was the designers challenge this time. They are so easy to make, but I did not have a ny material in the right shades so I took the easy way out and made mine white.
At least you can say it goes with everything!

       I used an older premade die cut title from MME as it was the perfect colour match for the pink.
I just added the word kitty in some "Doodlebug" stickers

The journalling is just a few words about Beatrice still keeping interest in her little pet after more than a year. I did not expect anything less but, hey,'s still good news!! 
We all have a soft spot for that little furball!

Take care 'til next time!

Saturday 3 March 2012

My layout "Beauté" and a sketch from the webzine.

I made this layout a little while back and it was in the latest webzine from Les Papiers de Pandore.
I used the new collection called "Perfum de Camélias", and I think I used a bit of almost every piece of the collection.

 I may have gone a bit overboard here with my flowers and my fanfolds,...LOL!

I cut the frame from one pattered paper and placed it over the green paper.
I used a heart punch from Martha Stewart for the border on the pink paper.
I wanted the hearts to stand out more so I backed them with a darker colour.
After layering the pink paper on top and glueing it only down the middle so the sides would be loose, I added my doilies down each sideunderneath the heart border edges.

I love doing fanfolded rosettes with a striped paper because hey all turn out so different. 
If you have not tried it I think you should, because it is great fun!

Of course I ad to add some pretty flowers to my page. These are a mixture of Prima and others from my stash.

I love this photo of Beatrice with her long braids. It was one of the last ones we took before she cut off most of her long lovely hair. (Although some would maybe say it is quite long still...)

Finally I will share the sketch that Julie made for this page, The picture is a page from the webzine:

Enjoy your day! Today is a wonderful cold Spring day here.
Thanks for any comments in advance. You know we all love reading them!!

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