December 24, 2014

Melancholy for Megs Garden

Hope your Christmas Eve is wonderful. I am back again with a layout featuring the gorgeous Meg's Garden French Garden Collection.  I chose the beautiful Le Jardin paper from the collection to make my base, using some gorgeous cut outs from the cut and create paper.

For this layout I chose a modern photo of my gorgeous younger daughter Aisling! She hates to get her photo taken, so I find I scrap my elder daughter more for sheer numbers of photos I have. I wish Aisling would let me take her photo more, but this is often the face I get, or the back of her head as she runs away!! I still think she looks beautiful though, even with this sad face.  

Above you can see the photo cluster set on a base of a 15cm Paper Doily, using the cut outs from the Cut and Create paper as layers as well. I have used the Extra Long Filigree Vintage Trinket, cut in half and placed in two areas on my layout. The gorgeous ribbon came from the Temptations in Green bundle that Meg offers! Here you can also see the Meg's Garden Paper Lilies and Pink and Cream Open Paper Roses.

This second flower cluster show the gorgeous butterfly I cut out from the A4 Butterflies Transparency. The butterfly is perched on the gorgeous Ivory Poppy and I again used the Extra Long Filigree Vintage Trinket and Pink and Cream Open Paper Roses.

For my background I used a mask and modeling paste to add texture then added mists for color and splatters. I added a script stamp to the background then finished it off with some stitching around the edges.

I love how the layout turned out and hope you enjoyed having a look, the French Garden papers are just stunning!!

Supplies from Meg's Garden:

Supplies from Stash:
Modeling Paste

December 17, 2014

Dream Card for La-La Land Crafts

This week at La-La Land Crafts the theme is Anything but Christmas! I wanted to showcase the gorgeous Garden Bench Die so I found a great vintage image of a girl sleeping on a chair! I fussy cut around her and she looks perfect sleeping on my bench. I decided to build a garden around her using some Petaloo flowers and many of the gorgeous roses using the Rolled Rose Large Die and Rolled Rose Small & Medium. I added some leaves using the Open Leaf Flourish die. I added a bird in my garden using the Birds Die and the Tim Holtz "dream" sentiment. I added some twine loops and stitching to finish it off.

I really hope you enjoy my little card!!

Don't forget, you can join in all the fun at La-La Land Crafts
 by adding your creations to our Facebook Page and Twitter.

December 12, 2014

Winter Beauty for Berry71bleu

This month at Berry71bleu we have a Winter Chill Mood Board Challenge! Here is a look a the beautiful moodboard that Mandy created for us:

This challenge is about celebrating the breathtaking array of fresh fallen show and ice that is abundant this time of year. Whether you are a snow bunny or prefer to sit inside by a fire, we want to see how you cope with the winter chill!

This month we were sponsored by GeckoGalz and I chose a beautiful vintage image from the Snow Babies Digital Collage page and some of their gorgeous Winter Wonderland digi papers!  I distressed the edges of the vintage image and added some sewing in pink thread to accent the image.  I took several of the digipapers and tore the edges and used them as a base layer to my photo.

I added lots of stamping, splashes, molding paste and masking and fun accents like microbeads and sequins to my page. I rarely use a white background, but thought it would be fitting to showcase the digi papers and reflect the winter chill!! I added some gorgeous flowers and some fun arrows to my design and finished off the layout with a bit more sewing around the edges. I hope you enjoy my layout and I thank you for stopping by to see it!

Thank you to our sponsors for providing amazing prizes this month!

1st Prize:
Tando Creative Chipboard Prize Package

Prize: Brush Stroke Trees; 3 Clocks in 1 (Partial Package); Number Set - Arthur (Partial Package);
Words - Cute Love, Baby Girl, Beautiful; Grid - Square; Bauble Branch - Large; Contemporary Christmas Tree;
Snowflake Plaque; Lace Effect Borders; Tando Minis - Snowflakes (Partial Package); Holly Flourishes
2nd Prize:
Gecko Galz $25 Shopping Spree

Random Prize:
2 Handmade Tags from Berry71Bleu
(Please note that the photos are just samples and are not the actual tags the prize winner will receive.)



Tando Creative Limited, formed in August 2009, is an online retailer of chipboard, stencils and other fantastic products based in the UK. Tando Creative provides a laser cutting and engraving service specifically to the craft industry. They do their own manufacturing, so all their products are British made. Tando Creative uses high quality greyboard (2.25mm) and white lined board (2mm) for all their products. Tando Creative chipboard takes all sorts of treatment including heat, triple embossing, most types of paint, inks, pens, markers and emulsion brilliantly! All Tando board can be used with embossing folders to produce stunning effects. The Tando Creative Minis Range (1.2mm) are more delicate products and are light enough to use on cards, ATC'S and smaller projects. 

Tando Creative holds regular Workshops at Tando HQ, showcase at art shows and frequently demo and teach at various retailer outlets in the UK. There is an "almost" daily dose of inspiration on their blog. Tando Creative also hosts monthly challenges on their challenge blog, where a prize up for grabs every month!

Gecko Galz was started by designer/artist Leanne Seed in 2000, who’s love of all things vintage and her artistic background inspired her to create a line of digital products for other paper artists to enjoy. We welcome you to step outside the scrapbook box and discover a treasure trove of digital collage sheets, stamps, papers and ideas that will fan the flames of inspiration around every turn. Come discover what makes Gecko Galz a Unique and One of a kind Paper Crafting Store!

Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on ourfacebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!
Have a great day!

December 10, 2014

Another Holiday Candle for La-La Land Crafts

This week at La-La Land Crafts the theme is White on White with a pop of Red! This week I thought I would try something different and have made a Christmas candle! I love transferring 
images onto candles, it is a simple process and I have a tutorial HERE if you are interested!

I started my candle with the gorgeous image I chose, mainly for its black and white image with a pop of red!! I cut out the image using the Stitched Nested Circles.  To decorate my candle I used lots of gorgeous La-Land Crafts dies!! I made some gorgeous poinsettias with the Pretty Poinsettia Die. I added the Holly Flourish Die and Ornate Snowflakes, tucking in a few red roses for a pop of color. I added a bit of red bakers twine to finish it off.

Don't forget, you can join in all the fun at La-La Land Crafts
 by adding your creations to our Facebook Page and Twitter.

December 6, 2014

Vintage Candle for Sugar Creek Hollow

This week our challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is No Cards! This time we are looking for anything but a card - Make gifts, home decor, altered items, etc...  Your project must be either vintage or shabby chic with a vintage image.

I decided to make a candle this week, a fun home decor project using a vintage image! I used some beautiful flowers, twine and metal pieces from my stash as well as some lace to add some details to the candle!

I hope you will come play in this fun challenge this week!!!

December 3, 2014

Snowflake Challenge for La-La Land Crafts

This week at La-La Land Crafts the theme is Snowflakes! I decided to use one of La-La Land Crafts beautiful 3D Kits, the Birdhouse Kit.

I covered the gorgeous birdhouse in papers from Riddersholm Our Country Christmas, adding a gorgeous snowflake banner from the Snowflake Banner Die.  To add to the vignette I cut out three of the Fancy Christmas Tree Die to make a 3D standing tree in front of my birdhouse! I also added the Picket Fence Die.

To finish off my little scene I added in some festive berries and pine cones and a sweet little resin bird. I just love how this turned out and really appreciate you visiting me!

Don't forget, you can join in all the fun at La-La Land Crafts
 by adding your creations to our Facebook Page and Twitter.