Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Maja Design - The Pier

Maja Design has a collection of paper that will satisfy your every crafty desire.  Right now I desire a seaside warm escape.  ahhhhh. 

The Pier
This is a photo that I took in July 2011 at the Naples, Florida Pier.  When I am here with my husband, it is my favorite place on the planet.  We go visit this place every year and I find such peace here.

I also accented with some shells that I picked up at that very beach.  Makes this page even more special for me.

The papers I chose are comforting and soothing.  The Maja Designs,  "Life by the Sea " Collection was made for my seaside escape.  I used the Bottle Message in the background,  The East Coast and the West Coast papers for my layers.

You can see the whole collection here.

Here is a little gesso over a a grapevine star.   This was picked up at a general craft store.

Thanks for looking at my blog.   You can try your hand at wining a collection of wonderful Maja Design papers each month as you play along with our Mood Boards.  

Please email your favorite on-line scrapping store and request for them to carry Maja papers.  Let's help spread Maja Design happiness to the world.  

Maja Designs Life By The Sea Collection - Bottle Message (Background)
Maja Designs Life By The Sea Collection - The East Coast - (Bottom Layer Stripes and top layer)
Maja Designs Life By The Sea Collection - The West Coast -( Middle Blue Stripes layer)
Zutter - Distress it all
Melissa Frances Laces
Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
American Crafts - Bakers Twine
Fish Net, floral picks, shells, grape vine star , gesso

Monday, January 28, 2013

Zva Creative January Blog Hop!

Happy New Year to you! Zva Creative and our talented 2013 Design Team welcome you to our January blog hop! We are very excited about month's hop and are excited to share our new work with you!

Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blogBe sure head on over to check it out! Since many of us live in different time zones around the world, you will 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 for 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.

So what did I create?  A Valentines Candy Dish
This month, I am showcasing the lime/olive crystals.  I decided to make a vintage style candy holder  for Valentines Day filled with candy kisses for my Sweetheart.  The candy holder is an old peanut container that I repurposed. 

These are the ZVA products used on my project. 
ZVA -CRX-05CB-107 - Flourish Lime/Olive Crystal ( used on the lid of the candy dish)
 ZVA CRS-05CB-117 -Flourish Lime/Olive Crystal  (on the side of the candy dish)

In this photo, you can see how nicely the flourish wraps around my candy dish.  The olive/lime crystals are great for making anything feel vintage yet still dressing up your project with pizazz and flair.  Subtle yet showy - if that makes sense.  In my head, it makes perfect sense.

This is how my project started...after I finished the jar of peanuts.  YUM

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 be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, January 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 29th.
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 30th on Zva Creative's blogWe 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 stopped by.

 The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is Nicole Martel

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on February 25thth for our next Zva blog hop! It will be a very special one where our team will be debuting all of Zva's new CHA releases that will be hitting stores soon!

Supplies Used:
ZVA -CRX-05CB-107 - Flourish Lime/Olive Crystal ( top of candy dish)
ZVA CRS-05CB-117 -Flourish Lime/Olive Crystal  (on the side of candy dish)
GCD Studios Botanique Collection by Donna Salazar -Bliss #1706
Paper flower 
Feathers and Bead Landing Jewelry
Miscellaneous laces and trims. 
Martha Stewart Punch - Doily Lace
Kaisercraft - paper blooms Fairy Floss

Inkido - A few of My Favorite Things

Hello.   Jennifer Snyder here to show you a few of my favorite things from Inkido or to "Jen-able" you just a little.  There is too much to show so I had to shorten my list (yeah hard to do when all the products are amazing).  

I love vintage art.  I love the appeal and the look of days long since past.  I often gaze into a photo and think about the clothing, the hairstyles, the culture from that era.  So it's fitting for me to be drawn to some of the gorgeous delicate laces from Inkido,  and the beautiful flowers that will fit onto my page as if they were pieces right from the photo.

I hope these little previews will get your mind working and thinking about all the ways you can use Inkido to enhance your art.  
Thanks for looking....The Jen-abler.  

Saturday, January 26, 2013

FabScraps Adrenaline Collection -Bird Nest

It's here!  The new FabScraps Winter CHA2013 collections are out.  I can finally show them off.  oh this is a grand day indeed.  

This is Adrenaline.  It's strong, masculine, mysterious and now it's also a birds nest. hahahahaha

BUT that being said, you do not necessarily need to do a masculine piece.   Don't be fooled -this paper is as versatile as your mind is creative. 

FabScraps Adrenaline Collection

I decided to make a birds nest.   I had some fun bird images that I got from Graphics Fairy, did a little photoshop image adjustment and made them custom fit to my page.  This page started as a bit of a mistake in printing. When I printed off the first bird, I though, egads, you're rather big - whatever am I gonna do with you?  I went back to my photoshop and whittled out some smaller birds.  In the mean time, I received the new FabScraps collections and big momma bird chirped in my ear that she was just the right size and the perfect color for these strong papers.   So that's how this piece started (with my imaginary conversations hahahahaha). 

I have shared the bird images for you down below.  

This banner type embellishment was created using FabScraps chipboard CD Dog Tags/ Medal Rounds DC54 003.   Dog tags?  Nope -no more.  They are just right for banners and chevrons. 

In this photo you can see the dimension of my layout.  My birds are backed with cardboard for the dimension.

Visit FabScraps on Facebook and at the FabScraps Blog to see all the FabUlous ways to use the new collections. 

Thanks for looking.

FabScraps Adrenaline Collection -Action Hero C54 002  (base layer stripe side)
FabScraps Adrenaline Collection -Pitstop Power C54 003 (for the nest)
FabScraps Adrenaline Collection  Chipboard - CD Dog Tags/ Medal Rounds DC54 003
Cats Eye Chestnut Roan Ink
EK Success - Abstract Flowers Punch
TCW -Mini Deco Doily by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Martha Stewart Edge punch:  Cherish and Deep Edge punch Flower Bed
Mixd Media Inx - Jasmine
Kaisercraft - Doily Template
Molding paste/burlap/laces/trims/floral berries/jute

Friday, January 25, 2013

Maja Design - Winter Girl (Maud Humphrey)

Today I am here with you to show you a winter piece using the Ska Vi Ta En Fika Collection from Maja Design.  

I love pairing rich chocolate with soft blush pinks.  It's warm yet can convey chill as well - if that makes sense.  It makes sense to me.  I have never seen such gorgeous chocolate papers than these in the Fika Collection.  

For now, let me keep drooling over the Maja Design papers.   When my collections arrived, I have to admit that the Fika paper called Kladdkaka was the first one I pulled out to admire ( the brown flowered paper). 


For all my non-Swedish friends wondering what Kladdkaka is?  I looked this up in Google.  That's when it hit me exactly WHY this paper spoke to me.   

Kladdkaka (lit. Gooey cake but more commonly known as "chocolate mud cake") is a type of Swedish cake. This dense sticky chocolate cake is similar to the American brownie but has a soft and viscous center ( maybe like what we would know as chocolate lava cake?).  It is sometimes eaten with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  Yes yes yes - this paper is delicious in every way!!!

I rolled and crinkled my edges by wetting them with water and then drying with a heat gun.  From there, I roll and curl and rip.  

This page is layered up as snugly as the little darling in the image by Maud Humphrey.    Maud was the mother of Humphrey Bogart -legendary actor.  I was fascinated to learn that Maud was born and raised in my city.   There is more information about Maud further in this blog for those who are interested. 

In this image, you can see a little more clearly my use of the Kaisercraft  Wheat template that was created using molding paste then topped with glitter fibers while it was wet.  

The wonderful pink layer is from this collection:  

Here you can see the butterfly handcrafted by Renea Harrison - reneabouquets. 

Maud Humphrey

(1868 Rochester, NY - 1940 Hollywood, CA)

Humphrey postcard #1Before she became primarily known as Humphrey Bogart's mother, Miss Humphrey was recognized as an illustrator of children's books. As early as the 1890's, she was illustrating calendars, greeting cards and fashion magazines, as well as painting portraits of socialite children.  Into the 1920's, her advertising designs promoted Prudential Insurance and Ivory Soap, and her artwork graced the covers of Harper'sand Century magazines. Several series of her illustrations of children were published as postcards, beginning around 1908.

Oh one more thing:  
 You need a photo of Kladdkaka.  

And you need a video recipe too!  YUM!

Thanks for looking.  

Maja Design - Ska Vi Ta En Fika Collection - Kladdkaka, Havrerutor, Chokladmuffins
Maja Design  - Vintage Summer Basics - 1910
Tim Holtz Walnut ink
Bo Bunny Blossoms - Natural Earth Zinnia
Bo Bunny Trinkets -Gabrielle collection
My Minds Eye  - The Sweetest Thing - Lavendar
Kaisercraft Template Wheat
Gesso and molding paste
floral picks and lace
Martha Stewart - edge punch -Doily Lace
Handmade butterflies - Renea Harrison
Ranger Ink - Studio by Claudine Hellmuth - Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint - Yellow Pastel - .5 ounces

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ZVA Creative- Playing in the Snow

This is a layout I create using my ZVA Creative goodies to celebrate winter.  

I don't like winter so I need to make the most of it and celebrate it ( indoors with my pretty papers and bling).  

I took a photo of my nieces last winter  when they were staying for a visit.  We played dress up before mommy came to grab them from Aunt Jen's house.  Such good sports. 

I selected some pink products to adorn my layout.
ZVA Creative CRW-05CA-116 Symmetrical Flourishes - Pink Pearl
ZVA Creative CR-04CB-121 -Lovely in Pink Pearl
ZVA Creative  FL-04CA-124 - 3" Frosty Pink and White flowers

I grabbed my Scraps of Darkness kit for December because it contained the perfect chilly papers I needed.  

Here is a closer look at the Frosty Pink flower and the pink pearl flourish called "Lovely". 

Here is a close up of the  CRW-05CA-116 Symmetrical Flourishes in Pink Pearl.  They are very delicate. 

Thanks for looking.  Join us at ZVA Creative's Blog and Facebook page for more inspirational ideas to bling up your art.


ZVA Creative CRW-05CA-116 Symmetrical Flourishes - Pink Pearl
ZVA Creative CR-04CB-121 -Lovely in Pink Pearl
ZVA Creative  FL-04CA-124 - 3" Frosty Pink and White flowers
Little Yellow Bicycle - Winterings Paper Collection- Cozy Cable Knit , Barnwood and Doilies, Chevron Wool Martha Stewart Punches: Snowflake trim 4270016 and Swirling Lace 
Martha Stewart Punches - Christmas collection -Snowflake edge
Gesso/ Molding paste/ fibers

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Maja Design - Vintage Spring Basics (Sneak Preview)

Yeah, the Maja Design folks are teasing me also with this sneak preview of gorgeous things to come!  SOON!

I hate waiting just as much as you do but I am certain this collection will be worth the wait. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

ZVA Creative - Two Hearts

I am preparing for Valentines Day "ZVA"  style...with bling and gems and vintage style hearts. 

This is a creation I made to showcase the wonderful ZVA Creative red flourish crystals.  It is in preparation of St Valentines Day.    I also used the ZVA Creative Leaves and added some glitter to the edges. 

The red ZVA Creative crystals matched my vintage Valentine images nicely.  The image was from Graphics Fairy. 

Here are the exact products I used.  ZVA CRB-05CB-116  Red Crystal Flourish
ZVA FL-04CA-111 - 36 piece #1 - 1.5"Leaves.  

The design is by Nadia Cannizzo.  Thanks for the inspiration, Nadia. 

The chipboard is from Blue Fern Studios (Organic Vine Corner and Nested Circles) coated with Stampendous Aged Gold Enamel.  

Thanks for looking.  

ZVA CRB-05CB-116  Red Crystal  Flourish
ZVA FL-04CA-111 -36 piece #1 - 1.5"Leaves
Kaisercraft Just Believe Collection - Hymn P959, Remember P956, Keepsakes P960
Martha Stewart Punch  Deep Edge Flower bed 4270006, Doily Lace Edge
Blue Fern Studios -Chipboard - Nested Circles 074455
Blue Fern Studios -Chipboard -Organic Vine Corner Large 074622
Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo Distressed Ink pad
Stampendous Aged Old Embossing Enamel
Mixd Media Inx : Schoolhouse, Mossy

Friday, January 18, 2013

Scraps of Darkness January Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from Mandy's blog, then you are on the right track. 

We are giving away a fabulous prize of our
January Scraps of Elegance Kit
“A Dream Within A Dream”
To one lucky winner!

In addition to the January Kit we also have 
4 Hidden Prizes
on the designers blogs!

To be eligible to win you must become a follower of the Scraps of Darkness blog and “like us” on Facebook. You must visit each participating blog become a follower and leave a comment on the blog. If you are already a follower leave a comment letting us know!

When you have visited and commented on all the blogs return to the Scraps of Darkness blog and leave us a comment letting us know how much fun you had.
If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you will be entered into the drawing twice for an extra chance to win!

We are sure you will be inspired by our talented design team.

**Open to international entries**
You have until
Monday January 20th 1:00 AM PST to complete the hop.
The winners will be announced on the Scraps of Darkness blog on Tuesday January 21st as well as on the designers blogs.
Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…

Have fun!

This was created using the January Scraps of Elegance kit, A Dream Within A Dream. 
It is a page in my art journal - which was part f a color Add On from Scraps of Elegance.  I was a little unsure of how I would use an art journal or even IF I would use it, but I am actually loving it. 

 My art journal is what I use to play around and try things that maybe I am too timid to try out on pretty papers.  I also try techniques that I learn or that I see.  

This particular journal page is my attempt at "Jen, meet Drycha and ContadinaK"  Karolina Stopyra  or Drycha's work has always provided me with much amazement, inspiration and a desire to be more care free in art and not as contrived and controlled as I am. 

The technique of creating the misted, inked and masking tape background was created after I was inspired watching Vivian Keh, or ContadinaK's technique video.  I thought I would give it a try, using colors that matched the Scraps of Elegance Kit featuring the 13Arts - Frosted Life collection. 

I used the Arrows Stamp from 3rd Eye Stamps by Drycha on the top. 

Thanks for looking at my art work.
Please consider joining us at Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance.
Your next stop.......Renea's blog

Have Fun!
Here is the full list of blogs to visit
Scraps of Darkness
Scraps of Elegance
Mandy Harrell
Jennifer Snyder
Renea Harrison
Karen Zueger
Lisa Novogrodski
Elena Olinevich
Michelle Phillips
Karolina Stopyra
Escape Kitty
Rachael Funnell
Helena Johansson
Agnieszka Bellaidea
Sarah Bargo
Evgenia Petzer
Sara Onneby
Vivian Keh-
Kristie Taylor
Nadia Cannizzo
Romy Veul
Back to Scraps of Elegance

Supplies :
• 13 Arts Paper Collection -Frosted Life - Stardust
• Melissa Frances Crocheted Lace Trim - Cream
• 3rd Eye Stamps by Drycha-Arrows
• Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Frosted Forget Me Nots 
• The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Mini Chicken Wire TCW259
• Ranger Ink - Studio by Claudine Hellmuth - Gesso 
• Petaloo - Darjeeling Collection - Floral Embellishments - Dahlias - Teastained Blues 1467103

• Prima - Wildflowers Pillar Pack Collection - Botanical Flower Mix - White 529567
• Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Chipped Sapphire
• Faber-Castell - Mix and Match Collection -Gelatos in Blue