Friday, March 10, 2017

Beauty *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

Happy weekend, Bloggers! It's been a heck of a couple of weeks in our home, with the stomach flu making a slow progression through the family, but we are finally all back on our feet, and it's time to catch up on some blogging.

Today I'm sharing another layout made with the My Creative Scrapbook March Limited Edition kit, featuring a picture of one of my favourite couples, my sister and brother-in-law.

I started with the Prima Love Clippings "Deeply In Love" paper, then added torn and fussy cut layers from "To The Moon", and "Type" and "Telegraph" from Kaisercraft's Cherry Tree Lane collection

I splattered the background with the Prima Color Bloom Cotton Candy spray from the kit, along with a yellow mist from my stash and watered-down gesso, then started building my clusters.

Layers of flowers, vines, wire thread, chipboard and fussy cut pieces.

I finished everything off by dabbing the elements with gesso to help marry all the elements together.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't checked out the 4 glorious kits this month, be sure to check out the My Creative Scrapbook store. For inspiration throughout the month, be sure to follow the MCS blog.

Monday, March 6, 2017

You Are The Twinkle In My Eyes * My Creative Scrapbook *

I'm back today with my second layout using the March Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook. Though this kit is full of beautiful pinks and golds, I chose to highlight the browns in this kit to showcase a photo of my honey (with just a touch of pink thrown in for a pop of colour). The photo was taken on our 10 year anniversary trip to New York City.

I started by adding stencilling to the background using the stencil included in the kit and Distress Ink in Rusty Hinges and Peacock Feathers. I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.

Next, I added layers of corrugated cardboard and papers from the kit, distressing them with gesso and Distress Ink as befits a manly layout.

I cut one of the Blue Fern Studios chipboard corners included in the kit into two, and heavily distressed them with Rust Paste and gesso before tucking them under my photo.

I also dabbed gesso on the pieces of Prima chipboard tucked in under my photo (I cut each of the pieces in half to save the rest for other projects).

I fussy cut my title from the 2 The Moon and Back paper.

These 49 and Market flowers are some of my new favourites. I love all the greenery included in the packages!

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to check out all 4 March My Creative Scrapbook kits in the store, and be sure to check out the blog daily for inspiration and tutorials from the Design Team.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My First My Creative Scrapbook March Layout

Hello Bloggers! The March My Creative Scrapbook kits reveal today. The Limited Edition kit this month features the gorgeous Love Clippings collection from Prima, with some Kaisercraft papers to round things out and gorgeous 49 and Market flowers.

I've had these photos of Colby waiting for just the right papers. He saw this pot of geraniums in a doorway in Greece and wanted to have his photo take with it, but a motorcycle went by and he had to take a little pause from posing to cover his ears.

I love the sprigs in the 49 and Market flowers, and the leaves included in each package round out clusters beautifully. I've tucked in some Prima chippies from the kit.

The papers have a mixed media effect to them; I built on this by painting in some of the pink spray from the kit and a darker pink spray from my stash (also Prima Color Bloom).

I layered a couple pieces of chipboard from the kit for this subtitle, which perfectly sums up my little man.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to check out all 4 kits on offer in the My Creative Scrapbook store, and be sure to stop by the blog throughout the month for tons of scrappy inspiration.

My Creative Scrapbook March Kits On Sale Now

It's time to reveal the March kits at My Creative Scrapbook! Which is you favourite? Pick up any one (or all four!) in the My Creative Scrapbook store while supplies last, and stay tuned for gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team all month long on the blog.


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Two Cards *** My Creative Scrapbook LE kit ***

Today I'm sharing two cards I prepared using the My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit and some Tim Holtz stamps from my stash. I have a hard time sitting still and doing nothing, so when we travel I have to take something creative with me to keep me occupied; when we went to Mexico last month I took down a folder of stamped images waiting to be coloured, along with my Distress Markers and aquarelle pencils.

These two images are perfect for the colour-scheme of the Elegy papers from this month's kit, and the roses and bits of trim from the kit were perfect accompaniments to glitz them up a little.

A couple close-ups:

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chipboard Alteration Tutorial *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

I am up on the My Creative Scrapbook blog today with a tutorial for altering the Blue Fern Studios chipboard corner included in this month's Limited Edition kit. Chipboard is one of my favourite embellishments because it is so very versatile and can be altered in so many ways, from being left naked to treated with mists, paints, embossing powders and any imaginable combination of media. With this month's chipboard piece I've opted to be a little more fancy.

As you can see, there are many colours and textures on this piece, which help it to be a focal point on the finished layout.

To start, I painted a couple sections (the checkered bit and the scalloped bit) with embossing ink and a paintbrush, which allows for more precise application than using the dabber.

I then heat embossed it with my first embossing powder, Aged Ivory from Stampendous.

Next, I repeated the process with the swirl, arrow, fletched area above the scallop and squiggle, and heat embossed it with Aged Black embossing powder.

As you can see from the photo above, even where the two heat embossed areas meet there is not significant bleeding of colours.

Next, I painted a couple of the blooms with the embossing ink, and heat embossed then with some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder.

For the leaves, I heat embossed with Antiquities green embossing powder from Ranger.

For the remaining blooms, I first embossed then with Weathered White embossing powder from ranger, then gently dabbed on some embossing ink in the centre using the paintbrush and heat embossed on top of it with Red Cinnabar embossing powder from the Ranger Antiquities line.

I wanted a bit more of a textured effect on the bird, and achieved it using Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo.

To help the heart stand out, I applied Prima Glass Beads.

And here it is in place on the finished layout.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the My Creative Scrapbook blog for inspiration and tutorials throughout the month, and if you haven't yet checked out the February kits, be sure to visit the store.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Yum! *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

You know those photos that you love, and you hang onto waiting for the perfect piece of paper to come along to complement them? I love this photo of my youngest, Colby, in Greece, waiting for our meal. The food there was sublime, and looking at this photo takes me right back to that cafe on the beach, and the Blue Fern Studios Heartland paper from the February My Creative Scrapbook LE kit was just perfect for it.

In order to carry over some of the blue from the photo, I added some stencilling in two shades of blue using Shimmerz Dazzlerz through the stencil included in the kit.

I fussy cut a strip from the Special Event paper from the Elegy collection in the kit, and layered it with corrugated cardboard, the cut strip from the base paper, lace from the kit and the clock and roses from the Blue Fern Studios chipboard wrapper. I then added Ceramic Stucco to the background, and added gold glitter to the background while the stucco and paint were still tacky.

I love these Blue Fern Studios roses! They are perfect nestled with the resin frame, gauze and tiny roses from the kit.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you haven't yet, remember to check out the February kits from My Creative Scrapbook.