Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Spring Time" featured at Prima BAP

I hope you are having a great beginning to your week. Mine got off to a wonderful start yesterday when I discovered that my "Spring Time" layout created for the SEM Blog Hop was posted as one of the March Prima BAP featured projects

"Spring Time"

For close-ups and details stop by my original post.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

ScrapThat! "Spring into May" Anniversary Kit Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to the ScrapThat! 
May Anniversary Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!! 

May is our three year anniversary and we want to thank all our
subscribers and members for sharing their pages and creations with us!!
We are so excited to share the details of our newest kit
 featuring the amazingly gorgeous Prima Divine!!

If you came here from 
you are on the right track!

Should you lose your way, here is the Blog Hop order:

We are so thrilled to welcome the talented Scrappy Superstar ~
Gabrielle Pollacco
as our May Guest Designer!!!

My name is Gabrielle Pollacco, I'm a mom of 2 sweet girls, happily married to my husband Steve and we have one big fluffy Labradoodle named Zoe, that sometimes makes her way into our family photos!  I've had the privilege of being a Guest Designer for ScrapThat! in the past year and was delighted to come back to scrap with this year's Anniversary kit! 

We are also so happy to announce our latest addition
 to the Design team as our Video Educator,
Kelly Klapstein!

Some of you may know me online as "Kelly Creates." I am a Canadian scrapbooker living in Edmonton, Alberta. I'm excited about sharing my designs and techniques with you through my video tutorials!"

You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/kellycreates

Now, without further ado,
 introducing our fabulous May Anniversary Kit,
 "Spring into May"

And what a spring it is! We wanted a very special anniversary kit, and this kit is packed with so many fresh and lovely goodies featuring Prima's Divine Collection. There are fabulous textures and soft bling to bring out your creativity!
Take a look:

Main Kit

Embellishment Add-On

Flower Add-On

Paper Add-On

More details on this collection can be seen here: ScrapThat! Store 

We are currently accepting new
Kit Club Members.
For more information,
complete the form on the link below:
New Subscriber 

Look at the beautiful sketch Amarilys has created for May:

See details about the challenge here: Sketch Challenges
Be sure to also check out the details of our monthly DT challenge
 hosted in May by Sarah here: DT Challenge
We have a Round Robin Challenge to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day this month as well hosted by Tracey G. It looks like it will be a blast!

Everyone is welcome to participate.
All entries for both challenges are due by Wednesday, May 29.
 All winners of our challenges, including Layout of the Week, are eligible to receive 10% off any 2012 Kits ~ including Add-ons!

The first project I have to share with you is a layout with a photo of our youngest daughter Maria on stage in her high school production of The Music Man. I created this layout with Amy's wonderful May Sketch using the ScrapThat! Main Kit. 

"The Music Man"

This kit is packed with wonderful goodies including these lovely butterflies, which are easily altered with ink and the kit pearls, an entire package of Prima crystal and pearl flourishes, mesh, a length of natural fiber, and the sweet pink mulberry paper roses. I also had fun created the blue embossed lace border and white embossed flowers with the vellum included with the papers. Be sure to check back for my tutorial on how to create these flowers on May 9. I created the rolled kit paper roses with my Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms Dies and fussy cut doilies and hexagons from the Prima paper. I just added the crochet doily, lace snippets, and a few tiny rhinestones from my stash.  

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"First Dance"

Elizabeth and Andrew dancing at their wedding reception. This was such a happy day, and we are so thrilled to have Andrew in our family. The yellow focal flower and jeweled butterflies are in the EAO kit and the peach focal flower is from the FAO kit. I used more of the handcrafted vellum flowers here as well as a die cut piece for the corner. Both are created with Heartfelt Creations dies. I'll share how to tint the flowers in my May 9 tutorial as well. I added some molding paste with a Prima stencil along with a few flower center gems and the banner twine is White Metallic String from RRR. Don't you just adore the Prima Divine paper clips anchoring the banner from the MK? Using larger alphabets can be a challenge for me, but using the MK letters worked perfectly for the title banner. 

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"It's All Good"

Another happy photo of Elizabeth and Andrew from their engagement photos. The sentiment on this paper is just perfect for the title of this page, "It's All Good"! I used the Prima BAP April sketch. This photo was taken outdoors with the water dripping over the stone wall behind them, so I had fun going a little grungy on this page with mist and splatter. I love the way the mist dripped off the wood grain molding paste. The fibers under the cluster were pulled from the natural fiber ribbon in the MK. You will get either a roll of Prima Divine Washi or Fabric tape in your EAO kit. I had some of the Fabric tape in my stash, so used a little of each. I cut up the MK transparency overlay to use in the corners. I love the organic feel of the Prima vine from the FAO kit and the way it goes with the misted drips!! The Prima tear drop in the cluster is from my stash. 

April Prima BAP:

Now for the Blog Hop Details:

Our Blog Hop features 9 fabulous hop sites including our Design Team blogs. 
We have been scrapping away and are so excited to show you our  creations! 

The May Blog Hop Prize is our 2012 Main Kit, Prima's Nature Garden

To qualify for this month's FABULOUS Prize, 
you must complete the following:

* Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each designer has created using this month's kit and sketch (comments are very much appreciated).

* Each designer's blog hop post will feature a word to make up a secret sentence,
collect these words along the way.

* You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way 
and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!

* Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog.

* For your last stop on our Blog Hop return here to the ScrapThat! Chat Blog.
Leave a comment letting us know you have
completed the hop.
(Please do NOT include the secret sentence in your comments.)
*Email the secret sentence to Tracey Sabella: tracey@scrapthat.ca

The Blog Hop ends Sunday, April 28 at Midnight EST.

The prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog.
~ If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member,
 then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.

My secret word is:
de Nervel

Next hop over to
for your final stop to let us know you have completed the hop.
Remember ~ only send the secret sentence to

Happy Hopping!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ScrapThat! May Anniversary Kit Sneak Peeks

It's ScrapThat!'s third anniversary this month, and that brings a fabulous new kit. Kaitlyn has put together extra special touches in the "Spring Into May" Kit. Our designers have created some amazing inspiration for you that we will be sharing Friday for our Reveal and Blog Hop; however, here are some sneak peeks until then. 

We are so excited to announce that Kelly Klapstien has joined us as our new
ScrapThat! Video Educator. 

Stop by Kelly's Youtube channel to subscribe.  Here is the link.  http://www.youtube.com/user/kellycreates  

Now for a few personal sneaks from my work with our
Anniversary Kit: 

See you on Friday!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm on the Really Reasonable Ribbon DT!!

Hello everyone.

I get to share some fabulous news with you today!

I am now a part of the Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Design Team!!

I was so excited to get the invitation from Bonnie to join her team of talented designers.

I can't wait to share projects and tutorials created with the amazing ribbon, lace, twine, pearls and more available at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Check out the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog to see who will be joining me on the team.

Here are the projects I submitted for consideration: 
(Click on the titles for close-ups and details.)

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Flower Girl" details for ScrapThat!

You may remember another flower girl page with my sweet niece, Abby. She was the flower girl in Joseph's wedding and again here for Elizabeth. It is obvious by her charming smile that she greatly enjoyed the honor!!

I used the April ScrapThat! Kit featuring Donna Salazar's Natural Beauty Collection and add-on kits to created this page.

"Flower Girl"

Tips and Techniques:

Handcrafted Flowers ~ The two flowers in the top left of cluster were created using thick mulberry paper and Donna Salazar's Grand Peony and Bitty Blossoms dies. It's hard to see here, but the larger of the two also is edged with white puffy paint for added texture and dimension.

Kit flowers ~ The FAO is loaded with gorgeous flowers. The large focal flower is by Petaloo and the canvas flower is Prima. The tiny white roses are in the main kit. The main kit leaves were gold and green which didn't quite work with the colors on this page, so I painted them with gesso, stamped with a large font script, then inked the veins and edges. I also tucked in one of the EAO metal roses. The flourish is from my stash.

Fussy Cutting ~ I fussy cut the bird and cage to tuck into my cluster.

Flowers ~ More of my Bitty Blossoms mulberry paper flowers and little white MK roses. The larger rose here is by Zva and in the MK. 

Chipboard ~ This gorgeous Fabscrap sign is included in the MK. The post was painted with a thick coat of antique gold metallic paint. While still wet, I used my heat tool to bubble the paint to achieve this lovely texture. I also rubbed on a little black soot distress ink to highlight the texture. The sign piece was painted. When dry, I inked the edges then covered with Crackle Accents. (Crackle Accents acts as a resist, so ink first, then cover with this medium.) I allowed the sign to dry overnight, allowing these lovely cracks to form. The title letters were cut using my Tim Holtz Typeset die and a scrap of kit paper. I inked the edges to help them pop.

Distressing ~ I used my all time favorite scrapbooking tool, my Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All. I love how quick it is to get this lovely distressing on my straight edges!! 

Stenciling ~ I stenciled this flower using my Plaid Summer Floral stencil and Golden Light Molding Paste. I have found that my local craft stores carry quite a selection of beautiful stencils in their paint department, so if this is a technique you've been wanting to try check out your paint department for stencils. When using molding or texture paste, it is important to used "flexible" texture paste or "light molding paste. Paper has a lot of give and the regular versions of these mediums can crack on paper. (Ask me how I know. lol) I also used my Donna Salazar Houndstooth stencil along the bottom of the page. After the molding paste dried, I spritzed with Tattered Angels Moonlight Glimmer Mist and just a little water, then held the paper up and tapped it to achieve the drips. 

Corded frame ~ I just adore the cording in the MK. It is not regular Jute, but covered in a soft, natural wrapping and it looks solid rather than twisted. It looped beautifully for my photo frame. I got a little happy with the glue and it was visible in a couple places, so I added a few of the little MK white roses in strategic places. 

Punched Doily ~ It was so easy to create my blue punched doily. I cut a circle from the kit paper, then used my Martha Stewart French Scroll punch on the edges. Leave the side wings closed for this technique and turn the punch upside down so you can see the design as you are punching. Make your first punch, then line up the next cut with the edge of the punch just barely touching the previous cut and make sure the top of the punch is even with the edge of your circle. Most likely your punches with not match up when you get back to the first punch, but that is OK since part of the doily edge is under the flower clusters. I put one of the tiny MK pearls in the center of each visible scallop. The layered white doilies are from my personal stash. 

Peek-A-Boo ~ I wet the edge of the paper and pushed it up. Once dry, I decorated it with more of these sweet MK roses and the EAO Maya Road Metal Roses. Some of the metal roses were a little squished in the package, but easily reshaped to form these little beauties. 

I am hosting the ScrapThat! DT Challenge this month to use fibers other than lace and ribbon on your project such as cording, thread, fabric . . . Stop by the ScrapThat! Forum to check out the details and enter your project. 

While you are there be sure to check out Amy's Sketch Challenge as well. 

If you are looking to purchase high quality scrapbook kits, stop by the ScrapThat! Store to do some shopping. 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Birthday Card Details for ScrapThat!

Birthdays are always a special time of celebration. My husband, Gary, had a birthday earlier this month, and I created this card for him. We rarely celebrate on our birthdays so having this card to give him helped make it a special day. Yes, we did celebrate this past weekend by having all our children gather here with us for dinner and a sweet time of fellowship together. 

I created this card using the April ScrapThat! Kit featuring the Donna Salazar Natural Beauty Collection. The colors and designs of these papers are so perfect for a masculine touch!

Birthday Card

Tips and Techniques:

Stamping ~ Each of these banner flags except the bird was stamped using a variety of stamps from Donna Salazar (Ruler), Tim Holtz, and Inkadinkado. The red heart was also heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I love you was hand written and Happy Birthday was created with my printer. 

Doodling ~ I doodled around the edges of most of the flags. 

Distressing ~ I used my Tim Holtz distress tool around the edges of the mat and the flags were inked on the edges. 

Handcrafted Flowers ~ I used scraps of the kit paper with Donna Salazar's Rose Creations dies to create these sweet flowers. I inked them with brown distress inks to keep a masculine feel. The centers are the kit pearls colored with alcohol ink. The leaves were also cut from kit paper scraps, but with Donna's Bitty Blossoms dies. They were pinched to add veins and colored with green distress inks. 

Cording ~ I had one small piece of the kit cording left. This cording is so gorgeous that I pulled the scrap apart and tucked it into my cluster. 

Chipboard ~ I inked this Dusty Attic piece in greys and black soot Distress Inks, then covered with clear embossing powder and heat set for a glossy finish. 

Burlap and Bow ~ I backed a strip of the burlap with iron on interfacing to give stability, then spritzed with spray ink in a color similar to the burlap. I cut a strip and adhered it around the front to the back of the card, trimming even at both edges. Then on top of that I adhered sheer ribbon leaving a length on both ends long enough to tie a nice bow. The front mat is adhered over the ribbon to the front of the card.

I'm hosting the ScrapThat! April DT Challenge. All you need to do is include cording, fabric, thread . . . on your project. Stop by the forum for all the details and to enter your project. I'll be drawing a name to select a random winner for a package of gorgeous Prima paper, and if we get more than 10 entries I'll be selecting a second winner to receive 6 of my handcrafted twine flowers in a variety of sizes and spring colors. We only need two more entries for me to give away my special prize. 

Don't forget about Amy's April Sketch Challenge. All the details can be found here

Our ScrapThat! store can be found here. We are currently accepting new subscribers. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"The Journey Awakens the Soul" Details for ScrapThat!

We are so happy to have Andrew added to our family. This photo was taken before their October wedding ceremony as he contemplates his future with our Elizabeth. 

I created this layout with the gorgeous ScrapThat! April kit featuring Donna Salazar's Natural Beauty collection and gorgeous Prima Flowers and Trinkets.

"The Journey Awakens the Soul"

Tips and Techniques:

Corded Paper Rays ~ This close-up shows the lovely dimension much better!! I've been inspired by Frank Garcia's work with cording and thought I'd put my spin on it for this page. I cut the paper from this upper corner in toward the center of the page. I reinforced each point with an additional little triangle of paper, then pierced each point. I knotted the end of a length of cotton crochet thread and used a needle to pull the thread through a point leaving the knotted end on the bottom. I extended the cord across the page and pierced another hole near that edge and pulled the thread through to the back. I also adhered each paper point in place. 

Burlap Banner ~ I cut the kit burlap into banner flags and tucked one between each point. 

Handcrafted flowers ~ I used thick handmade mulberry paper with rose creations dies to create these dreamy flowers. The centers are the darling EAO Maya Road Metal Rose Trinkets. 

Corded Hearts ~ This gorgeous Prima strand of corded hearts was just perfect to extend the corded points and banner. 

Flowers ~ These Prima flowers are so gorgeous that I left them as is. The small white flower is handcrafted with the same mulberry paper and Donna Salazar's Bitty Blossoms dies. The leaves are from a scrap of kit paper colored with distress inks and pinched for dimension. 

Gears ~ I used Donna Salazar's Sprightly Sprockets dies to cut gears from a scrap of thin chipboard. I painted them black, then dabbed with a gold paint dauber and while still wet, heat set to bubble and add texture. 

Chipboard ~ My friend, Mandy, gave me the tag and bird chippies while I was working on this page and they were a perfect fit. I painted them, then lightly inked to highlight the raised designs. I used a scrap of jute from the burlap to tie onto the tag. The flourish is by Blue Fern Studio, which I also painted and inked. 

Title ~ The metal title piece was silver. I applied alcohol ink to color.

Scrapping Everyday Miracles has posted their April Sketch Challenge. They added a card sketch too, so there are two sketches to work with. I look forward to seeing your project posted there. For the sketches and challenge details, go here

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~ Blessings ~

Saturday, April 13, 2013

"Best of Days" and "Hope Is the Thing" Guest Designer for Zeus and Zoe

I was so excited when Marivic invited me to be Zeus and Zoe's first Guest Designer. It was delightful to create with the amazing package of gorgeous trims, embellishments and paper crafting products from her Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop. If you haven't been to Marivic's Etsy shop, you are missing out. Because of the nature of her products including vintage finds, her inventory changes and is and a place to frequent so you don't miss out!! 

My first project to share with you is for the Zeus and Zoe April challenge, "Life as it Is Now," about me as an individual. One more thing - buttons are a requirement. Be sure to check out the Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop for fabulous buttons and more. For all the challenge details and rules check out Sandi's challenge here.

"Best of Days"

I used the April OUAS Sketch:

The journaling theme this month at Once Upon A Sketch is "Best Day of Your Life." I've had many best days and certainly Elizabeth and Andrew's wedding was one of those days. We've been praying for Elizabeth's future husband forever and to see her marry a Godly young man, the man of her dreams was one of those best days. To see such a wonderful answer to our years of prayer makes it a special day indeed.

It's also a special day because it represents where I'm at today in my life. My roles have changed dramatically over the past couple years. I home educated for 19 years until our youngest entered our local high school for her final two years ~ she graduates next month. Our children are stepping out and creating lives of their own. Although it hasn't always been easy, I've chosen to embrace the change. No moping empty nester here. I've hand written my thoughts about this day and these changes on a tag attached to the back of my layout. The photo was taken at our daughter's wedding last October, and the butterflies represent the wings of change.

A package of Prima Ruby Violet trinkets including a flower was included in my package. The star, focal flower of this layout was created by pulling that flower apart. I painted the fabric portion and tucked a smaller Prima flower into the center. I rubbed with distress ink to achieve the vintage look. I placed Zeus and Zoe buttons here and there into my clusters. The other smaller flowers are from my stash. 

Moving to the other corner of the photo you can see the fabulous battenburg lace doily is the one thing I left untouched, allowing this gorgeous white lace to frame my photo. One of my goodies was a selection of vintage lace pieces. These two sweet butterflies were bright orange. I simply gessoed and inked them and adore how sweet they look "fluttering" on both ends of this cluster. The background leaves were stenciled using molding paste tinted with Lumiere paint and a Dylusions stencil. 

When I saw this gorgeous medallion, it begged a prominent place on my page. Of course I did a bit of altering. It started out with a glittery hot pink resin center and coordinating heart dangle. I adored the large clear crystal and left it in place. The heart was replaced with the butterfly while the center was painted with Lumiere paint and dotted with little beads from my stash. 

I happened to have a perfect stencil in my stash used to add molding paste behind the medallion. Once dry, I misted with the Lindsy's Stamp Gang Aloha Avocado mist from Zeus and Zoe. I let it pool and drip down the page. Finally, I inked the molding paste with distress inks for more depth. 

Aren't these lace pieces simply gorgeous?? They started life in bold bright colors which masked the gorgeous design. A couple coats of gesso and some inking brought out their amazing beauty. I also touched the brown lace and daisy with a bit of gesso. The little metal butterfly beads were alcohol inked with several shades of green and gold. The two chipboard butterflies are from my stash and brushed with Lumiere paints. 

One more close-up of the clusters around this photo of "Me." The larger metal butterfly charm in the top corner is also from Zeus and Zoe.

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My second project to share with you is a card I created for my sister. She has been dreaming of owning her own home and has held on to her hope and faith as she saw several deals fall through after being told her offers had been accepted. This time it looks like the deal will go through and this will be the card included with her house warming gift. 

"Hope Is the Thing"


I deconstructed the May Arts Velvet Ribbon with Crochet Lace. The velvet created a gorgeous base for my layered flower, and the lace looks so pretty here. The pink resin rose and chandelier beads came glued and wired together as a single flower. Now separated, I used the wire to attach and dangle the beads and placed the resin piece in my flower cluster after highlighting the edges with a bit of metallic brown paint.

This view shows off the gorgeous lace flower. In addition to the gesso and inking, I added some sparkly seed beads to the center.

The gold cording had been woven into a lace with blue sequins. You guessed it. I pulled it apart and tied on these sweet tree charms that I altered by dabbing on brown metallic paint. The daisy stick pin was also dabbed with paint. The layered flower was created with a variety of Zeus and Zoe pieces - all but the inked paper daisy layer.

My package included this fabulous TPC Vintage Birdcage stamp set. The sentiment couldn't be more perfect to describe the enduring hope my sister has embraced on this journey to find a home. I used Truffle Mix'd Media Inx to stamp and heat emboss with clear embossing powder, then fussy cut around the image. I colored by spritzing with the Lindsy's Stamp Gang mist and a bit of distress ink on the edges. The bird and cage were also part of this set. I stamped and heat embossed these images onto watercolor paper then lightly inked over the white background and fussy cut.

Nearly all the products used on this card are from Zeus and Zoe, such a great source of gorgeous and unique products!

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Here are the amazing prizes up for grabs when you link your project at the Zeus and Zoe blog. Don't forget to read the "Life as it Is Now" Challenge details and rules here.

The winner of this challenge will receive this fabulous prize package sponsored by Zeus and Zoe. As  you can see it is full of amazing products from an entire set of Lindsey's Stamp Gang Magicals to flowers, buttons, stick pins, stamps and more.

And a random winner will be selected to win this lovely May Arts lace and ribbon:

I hope I've inspired you to take on the challenge of creating a project about yourself. I know we're usually the ones behind the cameras, but each of us has a special story to tell about where we are in life.

This layout was entered at:
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #75
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