Friday, February 27, 2009
I love the softness and watercolour feel of the new Basic Grey Porcelain collection. I went for a shabby-chic look on this layout and combined with lots of cutwork of the beautiful flowers, bird cages and butterflies on the patterned paper. For a contrast in texture, I embellished with Basic Grey's chipboard accents and alphabets, and softened that with Prima flowers and Prima's new Say It in Pearls in pink. Also added some lace from my personal stash.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I made this layout of my nephew a couple of months back and didn't get around to posting it. Love the bright colours and whimsical designs of Sassafras Lass. And also the very versatile Birthday Noteblock and Diesel stamps from Purple Onion Designs.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
This is the February page of my mini album/calendar using Purple Onion's Perpetual Calendar Stamp. Love the photo of my dd and me in New Zealand.
Stamp - Purple Onion Designs Perpetual Calendar Stamp
Album - Maya Road chipboard tabbed album
Patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, K&Co
Flowers - Petaloo, Prima
Brads - Kaisercraft
Sticker - K&Co
Lace - own stash
Friday, February 20, 2009
Here's the January page of the mini calendar / album I created for Purple Onion Designs. The calendar's from Purple Onion's very versatile Perpetual Calendar stamp. I also used Purple Onion's Art Nouveau Corner on the top left corner of the page.
And something non-scrappy-related:
A beautiful bouquet for my birthday. Isn't this gorgeous? :)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Look at the size of those rings holding the Maya Road chipboard album together. The rings that came with the album were inadequate after I was done embellishing so I went out and got these whopping 3.5 inch ones. :D Doesn't this remind you of a vintage handbag?
The album is filled with Purple Onion stamps, photos, and embellished with all my favourite flowers, lace, stickers and chipboard elements.
Here's the cover page:
I used the ever-so-pretty glittery My Mind's Eye Laundry Line on all the pages. The cover is pretty much Prima - Prima flower, leaves, lace, clock pebble, crystals... Also Hambly transparency although that isn't showing up so well against the black background, Rangers stickles and American Craft Thickers.
I'll show the inside pages with the gorgeous Purple Onion stamps in my next post. Still getting over how big the album got. :) I like to think big is beautiful (indulge me this once.) :D
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Valentine's Day Projects 12 Feb
Valentine's Day Projects 14 Feb
Thank you to everyone who's dropped by to take a closer look and for your comments. They're much appreciated. :)
Lia also left me a comment to say my Love Songs project reminded her of this one at Pink Paislee. So I followed her link to take a look. And yes, I am tickled by the similarity as pointed out by Lia:- the ribbon backing and vertical orientation. Let me say categorically, and this is the honest truth, I'd never seen Katie Watson's beautiful banner before Lia posted the link. So of course now I'm thinking, are people thinking that I copied Katie's design? I really dislike the idea of copying someone's scrapping ideas wholesale, or even partly, without giving credit. Truth be told, I absolutely abhor the idea of copying anyone's ideas wholesale. Where's the creativity and pride in your work if you did that?
So back to my Love Songs project. I spent a few days thinking of what altered decor I could create with my Gauche Alchemy kit. I knew I wanted it to have 4 pages with the alphabets LOVE on each one of them. At first I thought I would create a mini album. But then I figured that was too boring and had been done before. Then I thought perhaps a standing display on the console, with each alpha linked by some ribbon ties. But I gave up that idea because I would have to make sure the decor could stand up well on its own. So I thought about hanging banners, a horizontal one, like a party banner. Basically taking my standing decor idea and hanging it up horizontally on the wall. And that was how I started creating the piece. Except I realized as I was making it that there wasn't enough wall to hang the banner on. :D So what did I do? I decided to create a vertical hanging. I could of course have just linked each chipboard piece to the next through individual ribbon ties, but I thought that was too ordinary. And it would mean punching holes in my little chipboard squares which I felt would spoil the design. So I came up with this idea of just having very long ribbon tails and attaching my chipboard squares to them. (This is where having a huge stash of ribbons comes in useful.) And I thought I was being really creative and original doing that. The idea of making horizontal banners has been around for some time and quite a few people have made them. So even going vertical I thought was a departure from the crowd. At the time that I created my decor, I thought hanging my chipboard squares off long ribbon tails was so clever. But come to think of it, didn't I see that idea in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago, where she hung Christmas cards on a ribbon backing? Or was it at a childhood friend's house over Christmas 8 years ago that I saw the idea? Probably both. So sad to say, the ribbon backing idea is not new.
What am I saying? Well, firstly, that I did not copy the hanging decor idea from anyone, certainly not Katie Watson as I'd never laid eyes on her beautiful banner before today. And secondly, that even what we think is an original idea has probably been done before. So in my subconscious mind, I say Thank You Martha Stewart. :D
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Here's a heart-shaped card I made using Brenda Walton's Sweet Talk collection from K&Co. The stamped words are from Purple Onion Design's Great Circus alphabet stamps. Gorgeous fonts, aren't they?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Here's another Valentine's Day project. :) It's a wall hanging I created as Guest Designer for Gauche Alchemy using their January Kit.
I call it Love Songs because each altered chipboard square has song titles with the word LOVE in it. I tore up pieces of vintage music sheet, inked the edges and mod-podged them to the chipboard square. I then added in cut-outs from the other vintage elements in the kit and completed the vintage shabby look with lace, ribbons and some pearls.
Some shots from a different angle:
Incorporated a little fabric in this square. And that little butterfly's from the stamp that came with the kit.
The song Love Love Love always reminds me of Love Actually. What a funny sweet movie. :)
Looking at this project always makes me sing. :)
That's a cut-out from a vintage magazine. Explains the oldie-but-goodie lovey song title. :D
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
So now that we've got our Valentine's presents all gift-wrapped, how about a gift tag to complete the package? Here's one I made using a couple of Purple Onion Designs stamps:- a Love Noteblock stamp (I just can't get enough of these noteblock stamps) and the Early 1900's Music Background stamp. The Jenni Bowlin patterned papers and kraft cardstock are from My Scrapbook Nook's Feb Kit, Prima flowers, crystal and lace from my own stash.
Here's the tag from a different angle:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
My third layout using the gorgeous February kit from My Scrapbook Nook. The complete title's "Together, the best place to be." I love that title. :)
I created this for one of three challenges I hosted over the weekend at the Nook's virtual crop. The crop was a real blast and so many beautiful layouts came out of it. If you haven't been to the gallery you'll be amazed at what the crop attendees came up with over 4 days. A draw was held to determine the winners for the many challenges we held so if you participated, check at the crop forum soon.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
This is a quote that I really like. I've placed the strip journalling on a Purple Onion Deluxe Labels stamp which I stamped on transparency and floated over some lace. I've also used more Purple Onion stamps to complement the flower cluster below.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
So hop on over the forum at the Nook and find out more about the challenges. Oh, and we have some other great prizes to be won at the crop too so mark that down on your diary. :)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
More photos of our holiday in New Zealand. This time of the cousins going for a wet and wild ride on the shotover jets in Queenstown.
I used supplies from My Scrapbook Nook's February Kit on this layout and two Purple Onion Designs journalling stamps (Circle Scallop and Small Date Deco stamps). Don't you just love the scalloped and date stamps? :)
If you love stamps you're going to like this. Purple Onion is sponsoring some of their rubber stamps as prizes at One Little Word, Scrapping the Music and Tag, You're It. So if you want to win some gorgeous stamps, head on over and take part in the challenges.
And for more challenges and prizes, here's a reminder that the virtual crop at My Scrapbook Nook's starts Thursday 5pm PST (Friday 9am Singapore Time.) Do join in the fun. We've got lots of challenges, prizes and even two Guest Designer spots to be won. :)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What are you waiting for? Clear off your scrap table and sign up for the crop here: Click me through!