December 30, 2013

Surely The Stars




Hi, Cathi here with a layout for Mixed Media Monday! I just recently bought the great Art Textures Cling Stamp Set and have had a great time here trying out my new Tropical Gelatos using the bubble wrap and coffee stain textures on my background! I also used the gorgeous Prima doily mask that was included in the November Nesting Component Kit. I stamped and colored the background with the gelatos, I think I will be using these more often!! I love the soft subtle texture the stamping gives you with the gelatos.


Here you can see more of the gelato coloring and doily masking as well as the gorgeous text stamp from the Text Melange Cling Stamp Set. I have also used the gorgeous Blue Fern Twiggy Branch chipboard in its natural raw state. I have added a gorgeous Prima nest, bird and flowers from my stash! 


For the title of my layout I used the sweet quote from the Stars Cling Stamp Set, adding a few bark stars to my embellishment cluster to add a little extra detail...there are also stars in the background paper.

I have used the gorgeous Prima BAP sketch for this layout.
2013 December BAP Magda

I also used the colors on the inspiration board at Scrap Around the World.


I would also like to enter this last layout of three this month for the Snowflake or Star challenge at Inkido!!




December 27, 2013

You Are Such A Blessing to Me: A Layout for Creative Expressions

If you are looking for my huge Grateful Giveaway, click here!!! 


For my final project using the Henna stamps by Creative Expressions I created a layout. I just love how it turned out!!

For the base of my page I used the gorgeous Heartfelt Creations Antiquities papers. I chose to use the Henna Mandala stamp for this layout and stamped and embossed many times in Creative Expressions Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. I really love the clean sharp stamped image you get with this.


I used many pieces from the Antiquities papers here as layers and some gorgeous Key Charms and Zipper Flowers. I cut out some of my stamped images and used them on the layout as flowers.


Here you can see another stamped flower, the die cut butterfly from the Couture Creations Butterfly Notes 3 in 1 Set, a Gold Satin Ribbon Rose and hidden in there some die cut leaves from Spellbinders Foliage set. I added some pearls to the butterfly for a final touch.

Heartfelt Antiquity Paper CollectionAssorted Key Charms pk 18Zipper Roses Tan pk 4 Satin Ribbon Roses Gold pk 83 in 1 Set - Butterfly Dreamboat Collection Spellbinder Die FoliageSelf Adhesive Pearls Cream 3mm

December 26, 2013

Christmas Mini Album for Couture Creations



Here are the pages of my Christmas mini album made to sit inside the fun box that I decorated last week.
I have taken several photos of the pages before I added photos here
so you can see the embossing before I cover a lot of it with photos!!


I used several nesting die sets for the photo mats: Fleur-de-FrameSquare Nesting DiesScallop Square Nesting DiesVictorian Squares Nesting DieOval Nesting Dies and Scallop Oval Nesting DiesI also chose several decorative die cuts to enhance the album: the Fantasia Doily Die: Ivy Set, the Endless Dreams: Aladdin's Key DieSophia: Dolce and Sophia: Oscar dies.



Here are some more photos of the mini album, showing some images from the tree trimming, cookie baking, projects I made and present opening!! Thanks so much for taking a look!!







For the embossing, I used the Wrapped in Joy: Champagne and Holly embossing folder and Wrapped in Joy: Poinsettia Lullaby embossing folder for almost all of my photo mats!



Hope you enjoyed having a look at my mini album of Christmas Memories!  I hope to see you sharing your work on the Couture Creations Facebook page!!!


Couture Creations products used

December 25, 2013

Grateful Giveaway


I am so grateful this year for all the amazing things that have happened to me.  

I wrote down two goals at the beginning of the year. I hoped to:

1. Make a manufacturer DT and a challenge blog

I have been so lucky to have designed for several manufacturers and stores: Couture Creations, Molossi chipboard, Paper Wings Productions, Paper Temptress, Visible Image, Frosted Designs, Creative Expressions and Tresors de Luxe, so much more beyond my wildest imaginations!!

CropStop store and May Arts!!

I am also on the Berry71Bleu, Scrap Africa and Sugar Creek Hollow challenge teams, yes I have been keeping busy, and will need to balance back my commitments as some of my terms end so I can scrap for fun a bit more often!!!

I really can't believe how lucky I have been to have been chosen for these teams and guest spots.
I work hard for every team I am on and enjoy the creative projects I get to do!!

2. Hope to get over 100 Subscribers

Now here I have gone way past my expectations as well!!! I am standing here this Christmas with 270 subscribers!!! I am so grateful and so excited!!! But I am also wondering if you can help me surpass my goal for 2014 of getting to 300 subscribers, maybe even before the year has started!

HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!!

I love my scrappy supplies. I have been hoarding collecting scrappy supplies since my first go at making cards in 2011!! It was time to make room for some new supplies, so I have amassed some amazing papers, flowers, chipboard and embellies that I am ready to clear out. Some of these are partial packs but there is Prima papers, embellies and gorgeous flowers, Pion Designs, FabScraps Papers and Chipboard, Kaisercraft papers and embellies, Websters Pages goodies, so many different types of chipboard, some stamps, and a huge amount of loose paper and silk flowers too!! I will be filling 

3 12x12 pizza boxes 

full of a mix of papers, flowers, chipboard and embellishments. 


I also am giving away some gorgeous Christmas paper and a stamp set from Paper Wings Productions!! 


The papers are from their amazing December Nesting Components kit.
Every month they do a gorgeous kit full of vintage images,
a stamp set,  and some embellishments and often papers!

I also have some amazing prizes sponsored by some of my teams:

$50 Prize Pack from Molossi Chipboard!!

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some of my work this month using gorgeous Molossi chipboard

£10 Gift Card for Visible Image Stamps

Visible Image Blog Badge, Blinkie


$10 Gift Card for Frosted Designs store!!

Frosted Designs

There are 7 Prizes in total, 7 chances to win!!!

How to Win!!

Just be sure to subscribe, and leave a comment saying what you would like your box to have:
Prima, Fabscraps, Pion, Websters, Kaisercraft...chipboard, lots of flowers?? Or would you prefer one of the other prizes in the giveaway? Let me know!!!

The first name selected gets their first choice, but there are 7 prizes to be won!!!!

I am hoping to get to 300 subscribers, so would love it if you would share this FACEBOOK POST if you are on Facebook for a second chance to win. If you haven't followed me on Facebook, I'd love it if you liked my Facebook page too!!! Just leave me a comment telling me you shared!

If you aren't on Facebook, if you can get the word out another way on your blog, or Twitter or Instagram (still haven't figured those out properly myself), be sure to leave a second comment letting me know that you have! I'd love to grow my subbies and give away some goodies!!

I will ship anywhere in the world for free.
Giveaway ends December 31, I will draw the winners on January 1!!

Thank you so much to my current subscribers and my future ones!! I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment!! It makes my day!!





December 24, 2013

December Traditions


My final project for 2013 with Frosted Designs. 2014 brings some exciting developments, so I hope you come back to see more of my work for Frosted Designs in the future!!!  I decided to use more of my gorgeous Prima Holiday Jubilee collection, seeing as it is Christmas Eve!


Here you can see where I've used the gorgeous Prima and Petaloo flowers in the shop! I used the Crafter's Workshop Brick mask with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and stamped with Tropical Gelato in "Snow Cone".


I have lots of layers of the Holiday Jubilee Papers and used some of the Wood Stickers from the collection. I added some pine cones and burlap ribbon from my stash as well, as well as a lovely chipboard stocking from Molossi.


I used gesso to distress and age some of the papers and for a cool effect around my photo. Here you can see the Harlequin Background and Bronte Border stamps from Visible Image Stamps as well. I added some twine from my stash here to focus on my daughter Aine!


I used the gorgeous sketch from Once Upon a Sketch December Challenge to make my layout and journalled about our favorite holiday traditions that make December a favorite month for me. Thank you so much for stopping by!