Thursday 27 September 2012

It's the Little Moments. "Echo Park For the Record 2" Nook kit.

Just a quick post today. We are nearing the end of the month and I still have a couple of projects left to share that I made with the September kit from "My Scrapbook Nook"

The picture is of Beatrice and Scott, the elderly dog of my sisters back in Norway. They became fast friends and Bea loved to spend time with him.

I felt like trying a different approach to my lo this time, and instead of spending a lot of time distressing , misting and layering this time I went for cutting matching and sewing! 
I made a patchwork quilt out of all the pretty Echo Park Papers.

For embellishments I used many of the stickers off the embellishments sheets that came in the kit. I added some buttons and also the yellow twine from a previous kit.

I hope you like this even if it is a bit different from my usual style :-D ...
Now I have to be off. I am attending a fashion show at the store of one of our customers. 
Should be fun!!

Tuesday 25 September 2012

"Sweetheart" for Les Papiers de Pandore .

Today has been a very busy day and it is not over yet.
This morning I drove Alex, DD1,  to the train as she was headed back to Warwick and university after long Summer break. After that I acted washing machine repair-woman and couch saleswoman as Alexandra had an ad in the paper about her sofa.Then work and all the usual runs here and there for all the girls' activities.... Oh, well. busy is good,...I think :-)

Today I have a layout to share that was made with a previous collection from Les Papiers de Pandore called Cherry Chérie. It is up on the Pandore blog today. The colours are very pretty and don't you just love that cloud paper?

Plenty of gesso here. I used a new Prima mask and after the gesso had dried I painted more gesso on top. When that was dry I smeared on some Maya Road mist with a sponge. Of course I added all the layers with help from my trusted sewing machine. I love how much texture it adds.

A collection of dainty lovelies here; Primas, Petaloos and some non branded mulberries too. The greyish letter stickers are by Jillibean Soup.

The tiny birds house is from the Pandore cut out sheet. The little fence is die cut with a die from Marianne Design. I outlined all the edges with a brown Promarker, and though it does not show much in the photos, in real life it adds a depth that makes the fence look like it's chipboard.
I added little 'nails' to the fence with liquid paper pen.

The little cutiepie in the photos is my goddaughter Nicole and the photos were taken just before her first birthday. She truly is a sweetheart!

I played with some cheesecloth and stuck it in between my layers.
I thought it would look fun together with the clouds.

Saturday Beatrice went to the joint birthday party of three of her class mates. I made three cute parcels and then decided to make some cards to go with them. 
Even here I used the Cherry Chérie collection.

The cards are very simple so they can be easily to multiplied. 
Just a mat with some patterned paper on top  and then a cute swirly die cut frame and some letterstickers. The frame die is by Sissix and the letter stickers are by October Afternoon.

Well done if you made it all the way here :-)
Quite a few pictures today, but said you like to look at pictures....

Thanks for dropping by my little blog and for any little message you may leave!

 Oh yes, I almost forgot; I'll have some good news to share with you soon,...might involve a new DT perhaps *wink* I received some 'happymail' a few days ago.


Thursday 20 September 2012

Les Papier de Pandore at Creative Scrappers and a feature at

 Today will be a pretty short and sweet post as far as words go... 

Today we celebrate our beautiful  Alexandra who was born in Santiago de Chile 21 years ago today.
We are having family over for dinner and I have a lot of preparations to do.....
Right now almost the whole DT from Les Papiers de Pandore is making a guest appearance at the Creative Scrappers challenge blog. We were given this lovely sketch by Kristine Davidsson as inspiration:

After turning the sketch on its side this is what I came up with:

 I used mainly the "Urbanessence" collection from Pandore. 
I seem to be doing a lot of pages in the blue/yellow combo lately....The whole base of my page is covered in gesso and I used a mask by Crafters Workshop. I love their masks,...all of them....
You will see little squirts and drops of mist here and there as well.

The swirls was made fro a row of pearls that I shaped and glued to the flower cluster.

The pretty buterfly is by Martha Stewart. I added some cheese cloth and misted with yellow Glimmermist. Underneath the flowers I put a rosette that I made using my Score Pal.

 Don't you just love that cute green butterfly with the pearls. 
So sweet. It came in one of the previous kits from My Scrapbook Nook.

 I cut out the fountain from an older Webster's Pages paper. The picture was taken in 'our' little village in Provence and there are a lot of fountains in those parts.

 The small brown butterflies were first punched out and then embossed. 
It is kind of like a 'double punch'....(it is actually two different ones)

 The letters for the title were die cut with a Tim Holtz/Sizzlits long die. I love that font!

 Just a fun photo to see a little of how I do my layering and the texture.

 All these beautiful blooms make me happy!

Some days ago I had a page requested as "Inspiration de Jour" for the blog.  
 Actually I remembered that I had one page on thet blog even last year :-)

The page is one of the recent ones I made with the September Nook kit.
Thanks Francine for sharing my page!

And thanks to you my scrappy friends for taking an  interest in my creations. 
I love being able to share my pages etc with you! 

If I don't see you again before; Have a lovely week end!!

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Nook tribute from the Nook-blog.

September is Nook tribute month at 'My Scerapbook Nook'.
Many people have developed a special relationship to the friendly 'Nook' and everybdy has been invited to write up a short piece about what the  place has meant to them. As for me, I have only been there a short while but have come to appreciate the friendship and support that the nookers share and also the great atmosphere there.

This is what I had to say:
"Although I am a fairly new addition to the design team here at the ’Nook’ I have come to love the friendly atmosphere and the warm reception of the forum/message board. All of you lovely members make this such a special place and I am sure going to miss it when it’s gone.
They say that all good things has to come to an end,…and this is definitely one of those good things. I have come to understand that to many people this is their ‘home’ on the internet and I shall be sad to see so many people being ‘homeless’.
I know we are trying to find new places to keep in touch and to chat, but I guess it will take some time until we ‘feel at home’ in a new place.
It is difficult to find something to replace what we have here!

I am just so grateful to Leah and Pam for having had confidence in me and I have utterly enjoyed my journey here at 'My Scrapbook Nook’ even if it was shorter than planned. I understand that there is a time for everything and that you ladies have decided to embrace new challenges. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I will share a few projects I made whilst on the team here:  

Thanks so much and I hope we will continue running into eachother somewhere in cyberspace! 
Hugs!! "

I still have a few more projects to share that I made with the gorgeous September kit. We certainly go out with a bang!!


Friday 14 September 2012

"3 out of 5" using "For the Record 2 Documented", Septembers Nook kit.

I have been having some fun today with the latest "My Scrapbook Nook" kit that includes papers and chippies from Echo Park and more embellishments from Petaloo and MME. I shared my first lo with the kit two posts back if you would like to see it.

I am still scrapping the photos we took with family on our recent trip to Norway. In this picture you see me with one of my brothers and one of my sisters.
 Recently I bought some new border punches and these are the ones I am using a lot nowadays.
This large one is called embroidery and is by Martha Stewart.

I used my sewing machine to add some texture to my embellishments. 
I have actually sewn my Echo Park chipboard pieces to the page and that was not at all difficult.
The photo corner in the picture below, is a piece made by Imaginarium Designs.

 The title refers to three siblings meeting up. Last year I think we managed to get four of us together and it is always difficult to gather all five of us in one place! Still, when we do meet we still get along very well, which is nice of course!!

 The little tags are actually stickers that I backed with cardstock and cut out. I raised them with pop dots for a more layered look. I used a lot of the stickers and chipboard words as embellishments on the page and used them to help frame my photo too, as you can see below.

I added some mulberry flowers too, for a dash of colour and femininity!
I dry brushed my page with gesso to make the KaiserCraft grid black stamp less pronounced.

That is all I have for now.... I wish you a lovely week end (and I also wish the rain would stop!)

Tuesday 11 September 2012

'My lovelies'. A page and a cute sketch made from it on the Pandore blog today!

I would like to tell you that  one of my pages is up at the "Les Papiers de Pandore" blog.
It is for the monthly sketch feature that we have on the 10th each month.

Without further ado here is the page and a very pretty and versatile sketch to go with it:

To create my page I used the "Invitation" collection and just added a few pretty flowers and buttons.
I also used two colours of mist (Sprinklers by "October Afternoon").
I think the almost symmetrical design here is quite appealing.
If you play along please share your pages on the Pandore FB page so we can all enjoy them.

                   I love the splashes of colour added by the distressed paper strips and the buttons.

These photos were taken several years ago at a local beach and have been laying on my desk for a long time. I am happy that I finally got round to  scrapping  them. 
Do you have photos too laying around your scrap space that you want to scrap but keep saving for later?. I know I do that quite a lot...

One of my favourite,relaxing things to do as part of my scrapbooking routine is to cut out a few pretty designs from patterned paper. "Invitation" has some lovely  patterns that are perfect for cutting out to use as embellishments on your layout. All the butterflies here are cut from one sheet.

                          In the next photos I just want to show my layering more close up.

And also a couple of photos showing some of the embellisments....The brown letter stickers were
made by "Pink Paislee" and the pink ones are by "Websters Pages!"

I hope you enjoyed my page and the Pandore goodness!
Hope to see you again soon!

Sunday 9 September 2012

The last kit from "My Scrapbook Nook" "For The Record 2"

                           A few days ago I received the September kit from the 'Nook'.
I opened it with mixed feelings as I know that this is the last kit we will see from this long running inspirational kit club. 
During my shorter than planned term on the design team I have come to understand that to many people the 'Nook' is so much more than just another kit club... It is a 'home' on the internet. 

It makes me sad to know that the closing down of 'My Scrapbook Nook' will make so many fellow scrappers homeless. I know that many have already found other places to visit, but the testimonials I hear say that nothing can fill the place of the warm heartfelt community we had at the'Nook'.

This is the first layout I made with my monthly kit:

 And here you can see the contents of this beautiful well-filled kit:

Most of it consists of  the full collection of "Echo Park For The Record 2" "Documented". 
And in there are also some added embellishments and stickers from MME.
Not a pink flower in sight, or anything else in pink for that matter. 
But the kit still  works well for boys and girls pages alike I think. I think it is very pretty!!

 Knowing me though, I guess you would be very surprised did I not add a pretty bloom or two....
I am using up some of my older Prima stuff I have been holding on to, -and the blue flowers come from a large tin  called  'Renaissance Silk Ferrari' with just a few pretty designer flowers .
I used quite a lot of gesso here, even if I covered most of it with embellishments in the end,!

 As you can see the colours in this kit are beautiful. I find the combo of blue and yellow to be very soothing... The two pretty ladies in the picture are my Beatrice with my younger sister who lives in Norway. The photos were taken while visiting her and her family this Summer.

The foilage was cut using a Spellbinder die and the border with and EK Success punch.
The large deep edge punch is by Martha Stewart.
The title and the many stickers and letter stickers I have used come off the EP sheets in the kit.
The corrugated cloud is from a previous 'Nook' kit and by Jillibean I believe.

I hope you enjoyed my blue/yellow page. 
I've been working on a framed project as a gift for my god-daughter who is one,and I will be sharing my process in a step by step on the Nook blog soon. 
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week end and I'll be back tomorrow again with a summery 
project for 'Pandore'


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