Monday, December 31, 2012

Zva Creative December DT Blog Hop!

Happy New Year to you!  ZvaCreative and our talented NEW 2013 Design Team welcome you to our December blog hop where we officially welcome our new team members to our monthly hops! We are very excited about this year's team and are sure that you will be inspired by and love their work.Are you ready to hop along and get to know them better?

Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings of pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

Siblings 1966
This is a photo of my siblings and me wayyyyyy back in 1966.  I was almost 2.  I am the one sucking on my thumb.  It was my signature look until I was probably 14 or so.  Actually I was old enough to remember how difficult it was to quit sucking my thumb, so yeah, 14 sounds about right.  hahahaaaa.

My dad was the photographer and he had a funny way of getting us to laugh.  He recently told me that he'd hop around the room and roll on the floor till we all giggled.  I count myself lucky that he is still here to answer those kinds of questions.  He is still silly that way - though no more rollin on the floor for him.  Those days are long gone.

This was created using elements from the Scraps of Elegance Kit that featured the Bo Bunny Little Miss collection.

I blinged up this layout with lots of ZVA.  I used the following products:
  • CRX-05CB-133 Pink Pearl - at the top right corner.  Very delicate and soft.
  • CRB-05CA-122 Lavender/Pink Pearl Flourish   - at the bottom.  I cut this in half to swirl around my doily more closely.
  • FL-04CA-102" Flower with Leaves in Pink .  I gave the leaves a bit of gesso-ing (yeah I turned gesso into a verb...hahahaha) for a more subtle touch. 
  • FL-04CA-111 -1.5"leaves- these are found at the top and a few placed around the flower.  I also gesso-ed the tips of these leaves.

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to beinspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, December 31st and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 1st.
Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 2nd on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner,but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted"about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva's facebook page and "like" our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you already do!

 The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is Jolanda Meurs. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on January 28th for our next Zva design team blog hop!

Thanks so much for looking and spending your time here.


•  Zva Creative - Self-Adhesive Pearls - Fancy - Lavender and Pink 
• Zva Creative - Flower Embellishments - Bermuda Blooms - Pink 
• Zva Creative - Arboretums Collection - Mix 1 Bunny Press -
 Little Miss Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Maree
• ZVABo Bunny Press - Et Cetera Collection - 12 x 12 Chipboard Stickers 
• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Scattered Straw 
• Clearsnap - Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx - Chiffon 
• Ranger Ink - Studio by Claudine Hellmuth - Multi-Medium - Gesso - .5 ounces 
• Stamper's Anonymous - Donna Salazar - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Chicken Wire 
• Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Brushed Corduroy 
• Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun Sugar 
• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo 
• Websters Pages - Sunday Picnic Collection - Perfect Accents - Resin Cameo Pieces 
• ZVA CRX-05CB-133 Pink Pearls small flourish
• Paper Doily and feather

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Blue Fern Studios Design Team

Blue Fern Studios announces it's inaugural design team:

Additionally, Erin Blegen who will not only be on the DT, but also in charge of marketing and our wonderfully organized DT coordinator, Valerie Serfozo.

I am honored and thrilled to be on the launch team of these elegant new chippies.  Looking forward to working with this talented team and with Blue Fern Studios. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and Joyous Holiday Season

Kitty and I wishing you and your family a  Merry Christmas, Joyful Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

Kitty promises to be a little less sassy in the new year (OK that's my wish - but since I am typing and she's not, I'm putting MY wish out there). 

See you all in the New Year.  May it be even brighter than 2012.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Maja Design - Creative Team 2013


May we proudly present our Creative Team of 2013!

Camilla EkmanCamilla S BakkeIvana CamdzicRachelle SigurdsonRomy Veul

All these beautifully talented women are Maja Girls for 2013. 

Scrapbooking paper inspired by romantic vintage design

Maja Design is innovative, high quality and well designed paper for scrapbooking and crafts. Our unique patterned paper are all inspired by romantic vintage style. We hope our beloved designs will inspire you to create great joyful creations.

I am over the top thrilled to be on the Maja Design team and am looking forward to sharing the amazing products with you through my designs and art pieces.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Natures Wonder - Scraps of Elegance

Natures Wonder - Scraps of Elegance

This was created using the gorgeous wintery December kit from Scraps of Elegance.  The kit papers were Bo Bunny Powder Mountain.  The kit also features the wonderful handmade butterflies from Renea Harrison.
The photo is from my friend's Facebook page.  I saw it and asked if I could scrap it.  I know it is hard to see but she has her hand extended out and a small Blue Jay is perched in it. 

I used a piece of the birch bark I had leftover from a previous project.  It picks up the snow covered birch tree stumps in the Bo Bunny paper.

Come join us at Scraps of Elegance and create something beautiful today.

Thanks for looking and spending time here.  

Prima PPP December 2012

Here is my Prima PPP canvas for the month of December 2012.    The colors are provided below.  (update - the won the Prima PPP)

I used a Christmas tree ornament as the base for my creation.  Then I dug around in my Prima drawer and pulled out the colors that worked for me.  Most of the Prima stash is older but wonderful.

Loads of moulding paste and some Prima bling finished this off. green was a tad hard for me to work in so I only dabbed it here and there with green floral berries.

Prima PPP for December has the most gorgeous combo. 

 I did spray some Tattered Angels Glimmermist Santa Baby red on my pink Prima Bel Canto flower and then wipe off the eccess to make it more red than pink.  I also used a paint brush to paint the paper with the same Tattered Angels glimmermist in Santa Baby red to give that a reddish appearance as well.

Thanks for looking

Products Used:
• Martha Stewart Crafts - Edge Punch - Doily Lace
• Ranger Ink - Studio by Claudine Hellmuth - Gesso
• Prima - E Line - Self Adhesive Pearls and Crystals - Bling - Assortment 18 -300623
• Prima - E Line - Flower Embellishments - Aqua Mix 1-300845
• Prima - Stencils Mask Set - 6 x 8.5 - Fence 3 -550042
• Prima - Say It In Crystals and Pearls Collection -  Bling - Border - Zephyr -560157
• Prima - Bel Canto Collection - Fabric Flower Embellishments - Dark Pink -562137
• Prima - Madeline Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Parsley Place -842390
• Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Shabby Tote
• Prima - Flower Azure -716301
• Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Turquoise Stone
• Tattered Angels Glimmermist Santa Baby red

Gift Box - ZVA Creative

Gift Box - ZVA Style ( ZVA Creative)

Ever create something that you wished you didn't have to give away?  This is one of those times. 

My boss asked me for a quick last minute creation for his wife for Christmas ( a week before Christmas mind you).  He is buying a house and he wanted me to create something using the photos of the new house to surprise her.  I do believe he had scrapbook pages in mind.

He handed me 11 photos.  Egads. I think that means he was expecting some type of collage style layout.  Now that's a real challenge for me -kind of frightening.  I admire work that can incorporate several images.  That takes skill - a skill I don't have.  Perhaps I should say a skill I do not have the patience for at this point in the Christmas countdown. 

Fortunately for me, I salvaged a candy box from the office.  It had  Lindt Truffles in it. mmmmmm I can still smell a hint of sweet chocolates.  The box was perfect because it needed no painting and  no prep work.  My kind of project a few days before Christmas.

What can make a girl feel special?  Bling. oh yeah, she's a blingin' kind of gal too, so my project must have some ZVA bling on it. 

 Quick, simple, easy.  Pop some ZVA crystals on the top, a gold foil doily, some beaded velvet trim  and it's oh so elegant. And oh so done.  I also used some vintage style keys on the top of the box to convey the sentiment of the gift - which is the new home. 

I used  ZVA Flourish Crystal in Red  CRB-05CB-104 for the crystal accent piece. 

Here are some close ups.  It is so hard to get a feel for the elegance of this box.   

Thanks for visiting and taking a look.  I appreciate this a great deal.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winter Wall Hanging -ZVA Creative

Here is a wall hanging I made to brighten up the dull winter days where I live.  I can't think of anything better to brighten up your surroundings than bling.  So I added some ZVA crystals to my project.

I left some of the plastic backing on the crystals  that dangle off the plaque to give this a little more dimension.  By leaving the plastic backing on the flourish, I can easily use the ZVA in projects like this because it holds it's shape so perfectly.

The flourish I used is ZVA Flourish V - Iridescent Crystal  CRS-05CA-112.
I paired it with a Blue Moon jewelry piece I snagged from the clearance bin at my local craft store.
I also altered a Christmas ornament that I bought on clearance by painting it with Rub N Buff Silver leaf.. The plaque piece is clearance from Halloween.

I am using my wonderful amazing Scraps Of Elegance Kit from Dec. to complete this wall hanging.

If you are thinking that I am clearance Queen, I am.   Feels great to actually use some of my treasured finds. Husband is happy that I am using stuff too and not just buying and storing.  I store more than I probably should. Not hoarder caliber yet, but more storage area is certainly a little crowded.    I am betting that you, out in scrappy world, are no different.

Here is a close up.  You can see how the ZVA crystals just dazzle on this piece.

Thanks a million for taking your time here.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Inkido DT Call

Hi Scrappy Friends.  I am passing along some fun news. 
Get your applications in!
The Design Team term will run from January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 

The Requirements:
1. You must have an active blog and Facebook account.
2. Commitment to a minimum of 2-3 projects per month. Projects can be layouts, cards, mini albums, mixed media or altered. One of these projects should be a layout.
3. One of your posts every 3rd month should include a tutorial.
4.  Submit project blog posts with links to products in the PaperCraft Scandinavia store.
5. Must have excellent project photos.
6. Publish projects to your personal blog. Posting the projects to galleries. Participation in blog hops.

The Benefits:
1. You will receive a generous welcome package from us with the possibility of making a wish list for your favorite products.
2. Generous product shipments filled with Inkido products to create with.
3. Your picture, name with a link to your blog listed on our Blog.
4. Access to an exclusive Design Team Facebook group to share and learn tips, tricks and techniques. 
5. Your assignments will be provided in calendar form in advance.
6. A specially designed PaperCraft Scandinavia Design Team badge for your blog.

To Apply:
Include your name, full address, and email address. Applications should include:

1. Short Biography. We want to know more about you! Also, tell us why you think you would be a perfect fit inkido´s design team and what your favorite projects are.
2. A link to your blog, Facebook, creative resume (if applicable), and any other galleries you want to share with us.
3. List any other design teams that you are currently on.
4. Post your 5-6 favourite projects on your blog, name the post “Inkido DT Call” and include the link in your application email.

 E-Mail all of this to by December 28th , 2012, midnight. Applications must be received by December 28th to be considered. If selected you will be notified via email and the new team will be announced here on our blog and on facebook. Questions? Email the above address with the subject of "DT Call Question".
 We look forward to your application!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Scraps of Darkness - Long December

Here is the wonderful Scraps of Darkness kit, Long December.  

This kit is full of coolness ( as in winter chill) to complement those snowy shots you'll want to take as the snow piles up.  If you live in a place that is having summer or nice weather, then you'll want use this kit to show off your amazing photos of sunshine to show the rest of us what we are missing.  Because that's what friends do for each other.  LOL.

This month's kit featured some absolutely fun and unique items including the popular handcrafted stick pins made by Mandy Harrell , craftysprinkles.   These pins are exclusively found in Scraps Of Darkness Kits.

Long December by the Counting Crows.  
Kick back and listen to the music while you go through the rest of the post.  (Lyrics posted at the end of the post. )

Winter Wreath
This is based on the December Sketch by Charlotte Jenkins.   She has a wonderful new sketch each month for us to try.

Winter Wonderland
This layout uses the Little Yellow Bicycle  - Winterings collection and a Dusty Attic Christmas Tree #2 DA0648.  I painted with gesso first, then frosted with molding paste too create texture.  I sprinkled with Stampendous Shaved Ice for a little winter chill.

The gem at the top is a piece from Blue Moon that I bought on clearance.  Yeah for the clearance bin.
This photo was taken from the University of Washington flickr project and has no restrictions as to copyrights.

Two skiers atop the summit of Mt. Baker standing next to a U.S. flag
(early 1900's)
Watson, Dwight
Digital Collection: 
Item Number: DWA166

Christmas Card
Here is a card I made with the Long December kit.  This features the Little Yellow Bicycle  - Winterings collection.  I don't really make cards too often.  Tis the season and I need to send some out.  This paper was perfect for what I wanted to do.  I wanted clean, crisp and wintery feeling.

Please join us at Scraps Of Darkness for some fun. 
Thanks for looking. 
Long December - Counting Crows
A long December and there's reason to believe 
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can't remember the last thing that you said as you were leaving 
Oh the days go by so fast

And it's one more day up in the canyons 
And it's one more night in Hollywood
If you think that I could be forgiven 
I wish you would 
(Na na na, etc. yeah)

The smell of hospitals in winter 
And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls
All at once you look across a crowded room
To see the way that light attaches to a girl 

And it's one more day up in the canyons
And it's one more night in Hollywood 
If you think you might come to California
I think you should 
(Na na na, etc. yeah)

Drove up to Hillside Manor sometime after 2 a.m. 
And talked a little while about the year 
I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower
Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her 

And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last 
I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself 
To hold on to these moments as they pass 

And it's one more day up in the canyon 
And it's one more night in Hollywood 
It's been so long since I've seen the ocean
I guess I should
(Na na na, etc. yeah)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blue Fern Studios Giveaway

Blue Fern Studios - gorgeous new chipboard designs.

This stuff is so intricate looking. 
They are having their first giveaway.  Get in on the fun!  I am.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Santa's Coming - Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch Dec #1

Santa's Coming  

Santa's coming and he's coming with a ton of Rub N Buff - slathered here and there and all over this piece. This layout has so much Rub N'Buff on the edges that I could refinish piece of furniture with all the gold leaf wax from this layout.  I sure do love Rub N Buff, apparently. 

Rb N Buff comes is silver too.  Wait till you see what silver can do. 

I also really love this Kaisercraft Collection, Twig & Berry.   

I really enjoyed the sketch below based on  ‘Relax’ Layout By Danielle Krivan.  It certainly gave my mind a challenge. 

‘Relax’ Layout By Danielle Krivan  
Here is the Kaisercraft Sat Sketch for Dec.  Week #1

I have Santa mounted on 1/4 inch thick cardboard to make them pop and give this dimension.  It also gave me a little room to stick the floral sprays of balls. 

Oh by the case you don't know what Rub N Buff is.  It's wonderful stuff and is sold in hardware stores, craft stores, any place that sells refinishing supplies with the stains and paints. 

Thanks a bunch for looking at my work.  


• Bazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Canvas Texture - Brown T9-943
• EK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Large Edger Punch - Scroll Chain 
• Kaisercraft - Flourishes - Die Cut Wood Pieces - Bird Branch FL430
• Kaisercraft - Twig and Berry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Frankincense P912
• Kaisercraft - Twig and Berry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Myrrh P913
• Kaisercraft - Just Believe Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet SS156
• Martha Stewart Crafts - Edge Punch - Doily Lace 
• Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Olive Vine 
• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut Stain

• Rub N Buff Gold

• Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch Flower Bed 42-70006

• Various floral picks,burlap and trims
• Ranger Ink - Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Metallics - Gold, Lights in Sandal and Naturals in Snow Cap