Sunday, October 15, 2017

(CSI DT - Case File 240
+ SCRAP THE GIRLS October Challenge)

I'm getting really good at detective work, I must say!
I have yet another solved case under my belt, 
and this time it's a sweet one!

This is Case No. 240 from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.
Click HERE to find out how to play along and to see lots more
inspiration from all my fellow CSI DT detectives!

I love all CSI case files, but I have to say that this one is my fave so far!

Here's how I solved it:

Did you know that October 15th is National Cake Decorating Day?!
Who knew that such a day even existed?! Well, it does and this case's Scene 
is inspired by it.  And I got inspired by the yummy cakes in the image!

The Scheme consists of a very feminine palette which includes 
pale pink, pale turquoise blue, scarlet, black and white.

From the Evidence list, I chose: 
polka dots, stripes, a heart, cupcakes, flowers,
texture paste, pearls and a sprinkle of microbeads.

For the Testimony, I decided to journal about my love of eating,
and of course, that is where the cupcakes come into play,
and I decorated my journaling spot with some fancy 
pink parentheses and a sparkling jewel heart.

I decided to play along with another awesome challenge
in the creation of this layout and that is
Scrap The Girls' October 'Think Pink' challenge. 
Click HERE for more info!

Now let's take a closer look at my page!

I've had the wooden cupcake and word 'eat' in my stash for months,
and I knew that I wanted to use it somehow in a title 'If You Are What You Eat'.
This case file file seemed the perfect occasion!

The title was created with a combination of wooden word, chipboard word (Dusty Attic)
and alpha stickers from a vintage Carta Bella collection called Paris Girl.
The colours of the papers were perfect for the Scheme. I just added a little blue.

I decorated my cupcake with pearls and microbeads...
and the lovely flair is from Cuts2luv.

As described above, I decorated my journaling spot.
It's true... I love food a bit too much, but what's not to love, right?

I actually went and bought some cupcakes to take the photos for this layout.
And yes, of course, I had to eat them!  They were... 'oh so SWEET!' hehe

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, October 13, 2017

LOVELY FALL DAY - Double Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Falling Leaves' Kit
+ Scrap Our Stash October Tic Tac Toe Challenge)

I am back today with another Scraps of Elegance 'Falling Leaves' kit project!

When I started scrapbooking back in 2004, and in the first few years after that,
all that I ever did were double-page layouts.
Even though my style has changed and I now do mostly single pages,
I occasionally like to go back to my roots.  Double page means double fun!

I am playing along with the Scrap Our Stash October Tic Tac Toe Challenge:

I opted for a diagonal line using the color orange, pumpkins and some die-cuts.

I opted for a plain white cardstock background
as I thought it the best way to showcase the many beautiful
patterned papers out of the main kit and the coordinated paper add-on.

I love the black, orange and yellow combo over the white.

The pictures are of my good friend's family Fall photoshoot.

I used many of the Prima Ephemera die-cuts and Word Stickers.
The Elements Add-On includes some fabulous Prima washi tape
which I used on this double spread to add some vertical shiny layers.

To learn more about Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits, click HERE.

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Until next time!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

HAPPY TOGETHER - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Falling Leaves' Kit
+ Cuts2luv October Challenge)

If you love the Fall season as much as I do, you will absolutely 
adore the latest Scraps of Elegance 'Falling Leaves' kit. 
 It's simply and utterly FALL FABULOUS!

My page was inspired by the Cuts2luv October mood board challenge right HERE.

I chose a photo with some very colorful trees in the background
as well as some leaves as embellishments.  I also went along with
the gorgeous Fall-inspired colour palette. I don't tend to scrapbook
in reds and oranges often although I absolutely adore both colours.
And of course, I used some pretty Cuts2luv flair on my page!

Here is the 'Falling Leaves' kit followed by the Coordinating Paper, 
Elements and Floral add-ons with which I created this month.

The Scraps of Elegance "Falling Leaves" kit includes:
Prima - Amber Moon 12x12 Patterned Papers
(Autumn Sunset, Fall Postcards from Paris, Into the Woods)
Blue Fern Studios - Amber & Apricot 12x12 Patterned Papers
(Birdsong, Busy Bees, Chapters, Faded Blooms
Friendship, Sunny Disposition, Yesteryear)
Prima - Amber Moon Word Stickers
Blue Fern Studios - Paprika Seedlings
Blue Fern Studios - Organic Vine Corner Chipboard 
American Crafts - DIY Shop 2 Mercantile Tag
49 and Market - Cantaloupe Cottage Blooms
7 Leaf Shaped Brads
4 Gold Paper Clips
4 Silk Maple Leaves
1 yd Kendra Orange Opal Ribbon

The Coordinating Paper Add-On includes:
Prima - Amber Moon 12x12 Patterned Papers
(Pumpkin Love, Pumpkin's Season, Thankful & Blessed)
Blue Fern Studios - Amber & Apricot 12x12 Patterned Papers
(Flora, Tweet Melody)

The Elements Add-On includes:
Prima - Amber Moon Ephemera
Prima - Amber Moon Decorative Tape
Kaisercraft - 6x6 Wheat Template
Prima - Memory Hardware Parisian Amber Stones
Blue Fern Studios - Amber & Apricot Printed Chipboard

The Floral Add-On includes:
Prima - Amber Moon Bramble Flowers
Prima - Amber Moon Hazel Flowers
Prima - Amber Moon Pumpkin Flowers
Prima - Amber Moon Raven Flowers

 Make sure to visit the Store Website right HERE to find out more about the SOD & SOE kits.

Now, let's take a closer look at my layout.

Every Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits come with so many elements
that the creative possibilities are endless, and this kit is no exception.

Among the Blue Fern Studios chipboard, the Prima Ephemera and Word Stickers
as well as all the lovely papers, I found so much inspiration.

The main kit comes with some gorgeous blooms from 49 and Market,
and if you're like me and can never get enough of beautiful flowers,
then you can subscribe to the floral add-ons.  The September Floral add-on
includes 4 packs of Prima flowers all from the Amber Moon collection.

This photo of Yves and I was taken in 2015 during a Fall photoshoot 
with my best friend Christine as the amateur, yet very talented, photographer.

I hope that you've enjoyed my first project created with the 'Falling Leaves' kit.

I will be back soon with some more Scraps of Elegance inspiration.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

PRECIOUS - A Single Page Layout
(Dusty Attic DT - October Mood Board)

Hello!  Are you up for some Dusty Attic chipboard lovin'? ;)

This layout was inspired by this gorgeous October mood board that is sure to inspire you!
Click HERE to visit the Dusty Attic blog to find out more about the challenge
and to see lots and lots of DT inspiration!

I love the  neutral colors of the images and so I decided to go neutral
too with my page, adding a bit of gold and copper for an added antique feel.

The title 'Previous' seemed to go well with my theme.
I painted it black, then dabbed it with a little bit of white,
and then covered some of the white with metallic copper paint.

On my background, I added some texture with modeling paste and the Sparkle stencil.

I used a piece from the Name Plates #5 Set, painting it 
with a mixture of Dusty in Colour Gingernut and Vintage Gold, 
then finishing with a coat of Clear Crackle Varnish.

You have surely seen all the new black chipboard that Dusty Attic now offers.
This piece below is part of one of my favorite sets called Word Tags #2.
Underneath it is an Ornate Corner #2 that I cut in 2 to use here and under my title.

I really wanted a beautiful Victorian-style photo to use on this page,
and I had none of my own (my ancesters weren't much into photography - hehe)
so I found this classic image of a beautiful young lady on the Internet.
Peaking from behind the photos are 3 mini ATC Frames #3.

I hope you like my take on this fabulous challenge and here's to hoping 
that you will play along!  You could win a huge Dusty Attic stash of your own!

Dusty Attic Supply List


Dusty In Colour
Vintage Gold - DA0926

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CARPE DIEM - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Major Case File 239)

CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration detective Nicole was at work
once again, and this is how I solved my newest case file!

For more information on Case File #239 and all the wonderful prizes up for grabs,
click HERE.  You will also see how my fellow DT members solved it,
and let me tell you, they are a bunch of pretty fabulous detectives!

Let me explain how I solved this case!

The Scene in this case celebrates International Music Day!
I was mostly inspired by the Summer-y feel of the image and so 
decided to scrap a photo of a very fun pool party with co-workers,
most of whom who are also, of course, my good friends!

In the Scheme, you find some ballerina pink, minty green, 
pale warm gray/off white, dark navy blue and sky/powder blue.

From the Evidence list, I chose: 
floral print, flowers (of course), flamingo, wood and circles.

For the Testimony, well, I went for the obvious topic of Summer 
and hand-wrote my journaling about a superb Summer evening with friends.

And as always, the Major Case comes with a fabulous sketch!

Now let's take a look at some details:

The papers used are from Simple Stories.  It had most of the colours of the Scheme
and had that darling flamingo piece of evidence!

I'm very self-conscious whenever I hand-write on my pages,
but I have to say that it gives a personal touch that scrapbooking 
is supposed to be all about.

I used a square stencil with blue paint and then a circle stencil with pink paint.
After my layout was all made, I found that it was missing something... so I drew
a swirly design around the photo and embellishments and then stitched it.

And there you go.... the 'good life' with a great people!

Come play detective with us at CSI! Check it out HERE!