December 31, 2012

SOUS Card Sketch

I was hit with a stomach flu yesterday which left me on the sofa sleeping all day while Dave and the girls headed up to Dublin to exchange our gifts and see their cousins...we were meant to be up there New Years Eve, but they are coming home to hang with mommy, who is much much better after her 24 hours of albeit broken sleep!! I managed to finish up a layout I started a few days ago and make this card today, now that I am eating a bit more and have energy again...

Here is the sketch I used for the card.

And here is my card:

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve tonight, whatever you do! I plan to play board games with the girls and just chill and recuperate! 2012 has been a wonderful year for me of learning and growing with my cardmaking and especially with my layouts...I hope to only continue to improve in 2013!

December 29, 2012

San Francisco Adventure

I did this layout for my first go at the Prima PPP (color challenge). Every single thing on it is Prima, except for one little doily lol!! Here are the Prima PPP colors:

And here is my layout:

I used the beautiful sketch by Amarylis from Scrap That. I just joined the forum and am having fun looking around!

I will also be entering this in the "Tick Tock I Used A Clock" Challenge at Scrapitgirl too :)!

December 28, 2012

Holiday Joy

I did this layout for the Stuck on U Sketches challenge and just spun the circles around so they are going from bottom left to right instead... I am using the C'est Magnifique kit again and lots of stash goodies. I am loving the look of the prima branches and the nest was a fun addition. This is a photo of my girls when they were little, sporting their Christmas dresses.

I am also entering this in the Bird is the Word Holiday challenge, Scrapit Girl Tick Tock I used a clock challenge and the Scrap Friends color palette challenge.

Creating Memories

I'm very excited to say this has been featured on the Prima blog for the December challenge!!

This is my first time doing the Prima BAP, and after several gorgeous but soft layouts from Pion Paper's Silent Night range, I really felt the need to have some color, so chose the beautiful Zephyr paper from Prima and a little Sun Kissed paper behind the photos.  There are lots of Prima goodies here, bulbs, zips, alphas, sugared flowers, canvas resist. The damask mask I used under the photos is a Prima mask as well...I did this to imitate the chevrons in the sketch... This did the trick for me...a splash of color and summer after some soft wintry layouts!

Here is the lovely sketch for this months Prima challenge.

I am also entering this in the Bird is the Word Create Challenge.

Thanks so much for looking!

December 26, 2012

December Snow

This layout was featured on the Manor House flowers blog and
was on the Watch List for CSI!!

Here is my layout I did for Once Upon a Sketch and CSI! I used my gorgeous December C'est Magnifique Kit and some flowers and embellies from past CM kits to make this layout. It is a photo of Aine starting a snowman during a very rare December snow back in 2010.

Here is the gorgeous OUAS sketch:

The challenge for CSI is here:

I used the colors and circles, texture paste, glitter, snowflakes, beads and puffy pain for my evidence and journalled on a tag for my testimony! I don't seem to have too much luck at CSI, but I sure enjoy doing the challenges!

December 22, 2012

Little Snow Birds

This was featured on Scrap for Help, C'est Magnifique sketch challenge, 
and made the watch list on CSI!

I absolutely love the papers in the December C'est Magnifique kit, gorgeous colors, delicate beautiful designs as always from Pion Design papers... This is the layout I did using the yummy CM December sketch.

As part of the challenge for Scrap for Help (I won their November challenge, so exciting, my first time ever and amongst some gorgeous competition!) we were supposed to incorporate a paper bag into our layout! I used a paper bag to make several bitty blossoms flowers and sparkled them up with my new Donna Salazar fairy dust glitter...

I also did this layout as part of the CSI challenge for this week. I rolled up and tied my journalling with ribbon for something fun and different...

I am also entering this in the Scrap Africa challenge which you are supposed to add filmstrips.

December 12, 2012

C'est Magnifique Bits & Pieces Giveaway

If you follow C'est Magnifique Kits Blog and drool over their kits every month like me, you probably know that every month they give away some bits and pieces of their latest kit.

Like every one of their Bits & Pieces Giveaways, this giveaway will include full and partial sheets of the Silent Night collection from Pion Designs that is featuring in this month's kit, as well as embellishments from the kit, the flower add-on, and the embellishment add-on.

Head over HERE to join in!

December 3, 2012

PaperHaus Magazine!!

Come check out the Winter 2012 issue of PaperHaus magazine!! My talented friend Frank Garcia has founded and produced this amazing publication with the support a great team of designers and contributors! Come check out my review article on page 111 but don't forget to take in all the amazing inspiration in between. Click on the magazine cover to take you there!

December 1, 2012

December Reveal for Paper Mixing Bowl!

I am so very proud to be on the DT for the clever recipe challenge at Paper Mixing Bowl! The monthly colors, sketch and recipe ingredients really inspire you to pull out stash and get creative. Here is this month's sketch.

And here is my take on it:

I used beautiful Riddersholm papers from last year, some Simple Stories and MME die cuts...I wrapped up a present (Wrap it up) and tied a pretty red satin bow (Stick a Bow on it)... I used metallic elements (Jingle bells which also count for buttons baubles and bells) and used the lovely snowflake ornaments for my Let it Snow utensil! For the directions I journaled about our tradition of going somewhere fun in Ireland for our Santa visit...we have seen Santa at a zoo (Fota Island in Cork), a CAVE (Ailwee Caves in Galway) and a Castle (Bunratty Castle in Clare). This is a photo of the girls at the Zoo visit going down a slide!!  I used twine and clipped the photo and journaling on and hung the snowflakes and bells like ornaments. I had a lot of fun working on this!!