Monday, 24 November 2014

PINTEREST MONDAY - Scraptastic Kit Club

Hi everyone!! Today it was "Pinterest Monday" at Scraptastic Club! Leanne and I each shared a "Shake It Off" project, inspired by the next Pinterest images we found. These were 4 separate images and we thought that it would be fun to turn them into one! (all the more inspiration, right?!). There's just so very much inspiration to be found on Pinterest, that we couldn't choose just one image.

So, here's what we chose:

For my project I decided to use the squares design from the bottom photo for my starting point. I also knew I wanted to use the same color scheme as in these photos and last but not least I wanted to use the "love" theme. The flowers and the stars I would add as embellishments. 

Here's what I created: the squares background was cut with my Silhouette (this is a cut file from Amanda Robinson) and the 1" scalloped squares were punched with my Martha Stewart 1" scalloped square punch. Instead of adhering all the small squares underneath the cut file I decided to glue them on top. The squares are punched from different sheets from the Shake It Off kit and add-on

A few more close-ups: I just love these Maggie Holmes ribbon banners and Rub-Ons! 

And I also adore these puffy stickers from Gossamer Blue!!

I'm so in love with the "Shake It Off" kit! Te colors, the designs ... everything is just fabulous! Okay, this was my take on today's Pinterest inspiration! Thanks for taking a look! Hope you like it.  
Now please hop over to Scraptastic Club's blog to check out what awesome project Leanne has created! 

And for those of you who haven't seen the awesome Shake It Off kit and add-on yet, here are the photos: 

 Shake It Off main kit

Shake It Off add-on

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

FUNNY - Pretty Little Studio

Hi everyone! Last Thursday another 8.5×11” layout was posted on Pretty Little Studio's blog, featuring the Silly Monkey collection.

At first when I took a look at these photos I thought that I couldn’t possibly use the Silly Monkey collection for these photos, because of the totally different colors. I mean, the colors in my photo are fuchsia, blue and lime green, none of which feature in the Silly Monkey collection. But because these silly photos just had to be scrapped with the silly “Silly Monkey” collection (if only because of the silly monkey diecut!) I decided to do it anyway. And I really love how it turned out!

So, my advice to you: even though at first you might think something is not quite right, don’t give up straight away, but give it a go and you might be surprised!

And a close-up:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Wishing you an awesome week!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Scraptastic Club December Sneaks!!

It's the 20th of the month and that means the Scraptastic Kit Club December Kit Sneaks are up!!!

the Project Life kit: "This Life Noted"

A Christmas kit: "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"

and if you have enough Christmas papers or if you don't celebrate Christmas: "Heartbeats" 

And in December there's an extra kit, the "Stocking Stuffer" kit!! (still available!!)

And if you bought the Stocking Stuffer Kit, as of now the Stocking Stuffer CLASS is available!! Of course, you can also do this class if you haven't bought the kit. You can easily attend and use your own supply.

Now stay tuned until December 1st for the reveal of the complete kits!

Hope you're enjoying your week! See you soon! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

3x Bella Blvd - Scrapbook Magazine UK

Hi everyone! For today I thought I would share some Bella Blvd projects I created for Scrapbook Magazine UK #81.

Lindsey asked me for an article called "Plastic Fantastic" and here's what I did:

When you are a bit like me you’re always on the lookout for fun new ideas to use on your scrapbook pages. That’s why I love Pinterest! I get so many ideas when I visit that website. The technique that caught my interest recently, is the one where vellum pockets/envelopes filled with confetti or such are used. I decided to go with this idea, but as I didn’t have any vellum pockets I went looking for pockets I did have and that’s when it hit me. I’ve got a lot of cd sleeves lying around my house! Why not use those for my layouts?! The possibilities of these (cheap!) clear plastic pockets are endless! They can store all your little memorabilia’s from holidays etc., you can emboss them, die-cut them, stamp on them, stitch them, hand cut them, you can fill them with sequins or glitter, etc. They are awesome!

In these three layouts I’ve used a few different techniques to show you how easy and fun these little pockets can be.

The first layout “FAMILY MEMORIES”:

For this page I embossed the cd sleeve before I used it on my page to carry some vacation memorabilia (entrance tickets to the Empire State Building). I’ve tried both an embossing folder with dots and one with chevrons and both results are stunning!

Next I stamped on a cd sleeve (with a solvent-based ink like StazOn), then hand cut the image and used it on my photo.

Materials used: Bella Blvd patterned paper, stickers, journaling cards, die-cuts; American Crafts cardstock, foam dots; Media Range cd sleeves; Jolee’s Boutique dimension sticker (NY taxi); Doodlebug washi tape (stars, arrows), enamel dots; Purple Pumpkin washi tape (hearts), twine; Joy Craft kraft tag; Tim Holtz staples; Heidi Swapp color shine; K&Company Smash pen; Scraptastic Club stamp; StazOn stamping ink; Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z runner. Tools: Tim Holtz tiny attacher; Darice embossing folder; Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine; Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine & Silhouette cut file.

Then the 2nd layout “I LOVE US”:

For this page I filled a cd sleeve with (heart shaped) confetti.

To divide the confetti nicely in the sleeve and prevent it from all falling down to the bottom of the sleeve, I stitched it halfway through as well. And because the cd sleeves are transparent I used a die-cut and stickers to dress it up an extra bit for a fun effect. I did this both behind the cd sleeve as well as on top of it.

Materials used: Bella Blvd patterned paper, die-cuts, borders, journaling cards, sticker; American Crafts cardstock; Media Range cd sleeves; Purple Pumpkin washi tape; Studio Calico wood veneers; Tim Holtz staples; K&Company Smash pen; Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z runner. Tools: Silhouette Cameo & Silhouette cut files; Tim Holtz tiny attachter; Aigger sewing machine. 

And last but not least the layout “3x BEAUTIFUL”:

For this page I created a (machine) stitched shape and filled it with sequins. For instructions on how to do this, scroll down a bit.

And next I used my die-cutting machine (Big Shot) and a fun die and ran my cd sleeve through my die-cutting machine to create this fun transparent shape: (can you see it??)

Here the shape is better visible:

Materials: Bella Blvd patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, cards; American Crafts cardstock, wood veneer, foam dots, adhesive runner; Media Range cd sleeves; Pergamano vellum; Rayher sequins; Marianne Design washi tape; K&Company Smash pen; Tim Holtz staples. 
Tools: Die-namics die; Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine & Silhouette cut files; Aigger sewing machine; Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine; Tim Holtz tiny attacher. 

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you how I created the heart shaped sleeve filled with golden sequins.

step 1. Choose te image you want your shape to be and print it on light weight A4 printer paper (not heavier than 80 grams). I chose this heart which you can find in your Microsoft Word programme. With a bit of Scotch tape adhere it to the back of your cd sleeve and stitch right through both your cd sleeve and the paper. Make sure you don’t “close” your shape.

Step 2. Remove the cd sleeve with the paper still attached to it from your sewing machine and fill it with sequins or glitter.

Step 3. Place the cd sleeve filled with the sequins or glitter back under the needle of your sewing machine and stitch it closed. Carefully remove the paper (because of the stitching you can easily peel away the paper, start in the middle and peel off the outside last).

Step 4. Carefully cut around the stitched edge of your shape and you’re ready!

Okay, this is it! Hope you like it! Using Bella Blvd, with the happy colors and designs always brightens my day ... hope I brightened yours a bit too!

If you're interested in the magazine, here's the link to where you can find it.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Creative Scrappers Sketch #282 Reveal Day! Adore Today - Jillibean Soup

Good morning everyone!! It's a rainy and grey Sunday here in The Netherlands, but this certainly brightened my mood a lot ....... it's Reveal Day at Creative Scrappers! Seeing all these amazing layouts made me want to grab my scrap stuff and get started!

Here's the page I made for today's sketch (made by the wonderful Juliana Michaels): 

For my layout I used Jillibean Soup's "Cool As A Cucumber Soup" collection. A perfect collection for the photos of my daughter and her friend going to the One Direction concert in London last June. 

I'm sure you want to see what the other girls on the team did with this sketch!

Hop over to the Creative Scrapper's blog and feel inspired to create too this week! Don't forget to Link Up and share with us in order to win the November kit from Paper Camellia!

Deadline to submit your layout is November 30th at Midnight EST.  

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Merry Christmas - Pretty Little Studio

Hi everyone! I don’t know if you consider this too early, but I’ve got a Christmas layout for you! Yesterday it was “Friday Feature” at Pretty Little Studio and we were featuring die-cuts. Now because I adore all the Santa die-cuts Melissa has in the store, I just had to do a Christmas layout. I had a hard time choosing which one to use, but I think I found the right one for my photo (although many of the others would have been perfect too!). What do you think?

And here's the Santa die-cut I chose: (speech bubble is from Ikea)

and the Poinsettia die-cut:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today to have a peek at my project. Wishing you an awesome weekend!

Pretty Litte Studio products I used:
Woodland Christmas: Pattern Paper, Tabs, Vellum, Star Stickers, Merry & Bright Flair
Christmas at Home: Santa Diecut, Poinsettia Diecut
Winter Wonderland: Pattern Paper

Thank you so much for stopping by and also thank you for all the birthday wishes I received!! I think I had about 110 on my facebook page only!! I was flabbergasted!! You all rock!!!

Today my daughter turned 18 (yes, my bday is on the 14th and hers on the 15th), which is fabulous of course, but also a bit bittersweet as she's far away in the US and we're here in The Netherlands. BUT her lovely host family treated her to an awesome surprise birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's, which was has been her biggest wish ever since she knew she was going to the States!! They even treated her to a One Direction birthday cake!! How well do they know her already!

I'm so happy she's happy! Only 196 days before she comes home, lol!

Wishing you all a fab weekend!