31/12/2010

Best of 2010...

So here it is! My favourite Scrapbook Pages from this year. I certainly think my scrapbooking has turned a corner in the last 12 months and I really can't wait to see what I create in 2011!















And I think I would also add my recent Zva pages 'Together' and 'Swing' to this list too! :)
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE XX


30/12/2010

Zva Creative Projects

In addition to my 'Swing' LO that I posted earlier this week for the Zva Blog hop, I have another two LO's to show you for this month...

You can't see it but the bottom of this page has a black scalloped edge!

I felt like doing a summery LO whilst we were sitting in from the snow, shivering and wishing it would warm up!

I think I have proved that these gorgeous Zva products can go on any themed page!

Next I am going to attempt to upload my fave LO's from 2010 on my new laptop...this could take some time!

29/12/2010

Zva Creative December blog hop winners announced!

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE December Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Angelica Franssen
Tanya Tahir
Debbie Olson
Windy Robinson
Gail Lindner

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

23/12/2010

Zva Creative December DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and the Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special!

There is now an added twist to our blog hops, YAY! As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, 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. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, December 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 28th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 29th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

I used some Gorgeous lilac and white roses and a Beautiful purple and lilac pearl leaf to frame my page.

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes
Your next stop is here: Susan Lui

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us

15/12/2010

Slipped through the net...

Here are a couple of LO's that I think have missed the 'blog boat' so to speak. Some are recent, and some are new but all for some reason didn't make this blog when they were created...no idea why though!




'Born to Cuddle'

This one was created recently for Papermaze's Blog using a colour combo.

'Nana'

You can guess who this one was for! I used MME Lost and Found papers...LOVE this collection!

'Ruben Joshua'
This is for a friend who had their son in September. It will be a Christmas Gift, framed, in colours that suit their living room.


'Just Being Oliver'
I remember making this one a long time ago, and I was so into it that I took it round to the in-laws one weekend so that I could sit and stitch the leaves and buttons on!


'Two against One'
And this is also a very old one but I found it the other day when I was sorting my albums out. I was just really pleased with how the layered photo came out, and the flowers were made from scraps of the photos!



Well that is something to keep this blog going for a little while! :) I had better go check on my sniffy, snotty, coughy, hot little boy!

11/12/2010

Zva Creative First Play!

So when I finally got to have a play with my new Zva DT goodies, I was so excited I didn't know what to use first!

I was a rush to get a few pieces done by the end of the month, but I did manage a LO and a card, plus the Zva Blog Hop Project 'First Snow Play', which is here
For my LO 'Picture Perfect', I used the yummy new BG Curio papers alongside some beautiful Zva black gem scrolls and flowers to match. The photo was printed onto canvas paper so that I could pull threads from the edge to distress them...cool or what?!





My card uses a gorgeous pearl swirl and white roses. It is quite simple but the swirl makes it look more special.

So this was just half the monthly requirement so keep an eye out at the end of December for a whole lot more Zva yumminess!

09/12/2010

Long time no blog!

But then what's different? I have been busy with family stuff, working and getting ready for xmas, so what little craft time I get seems to be totally devoted to Design Team stuff!

Still, here are a couple of bits I can show you...

Firstly, a page I have wanted to do for a while (about 18 months!) with lots of photos of Oliver from birth to a year old.


I am not thrilled about it, and the photos took forever to get ready for printing, and then cut out, but at least I now have them down on paper! The journaling talks about his likes and dislikes at this stage of his life which was really important for me to get down before I forgot the little things!

Secondly, a small xmas gift for Izabelles teacher...



In case you can't quite read it, it says 'Pens & Things' one side, and 'Mrs Waldron's' the other. Simple but pretty. I just covered two different sized tin cans (after washing them out!) and glued them together. *HINT* make sure you use some pliers to smooth the cutt top edge.No-one will appreciate sharp bits!

And I want to make something a bit more xmassy to go with it. Just saw this on Wendy McKee's Blog so might steal her fab idea!


My friend's birthday was yesterday (EEEK!!!) so I quickly made him a card today, but despite not having much time, I went a bit far with the envelope too!



And lastly, just a couple of very quick wedding acceptances I made. Both very similar but the recipients do not know each other so it doesn't matter!
I think that is me all caught up for now! Back soon with my first Zva pieces! X

01/12/2010

November Zva Blog Hop Winners announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE November Zva Blog Hop winners!
Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Camilla Ekman: http://camillaslillasida.blogspot.com/
Ingrid Danvers: www.ingriddanvers.com
Jolanda Meurs: www.jolandameurs.blogspot.com
Susan Lui http://www.luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/
and mine is the 5th :)

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00.

So my winner randomly chosen by my husband was....

BETTYBEE said:
Great layout! I love the ghost letters for SNOW, the misting in the background, and the great ZVA snowflake. Darling little one in the photo, too :) This layout really invited me to stay and enjoy all of it.

So Congrats BettyBee, please email me at louizabelle@hotmail.co.uk with your address so we can get your prize sent out to you.
Thank you to all of you who left wonderful comments too.
And here is a quick project I did for my craft room door using a gorgeous Zva swirl and flower!

29/11/2010

Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop!

We have a NEW Zva Creative Design Team and we welcome you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is extra special!

There is now an added twist to our blog hops, YAY! As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. We anticipate that our hops will become even more breathtaking with such stunning products to showcase by concentrating on color..

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, 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. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, November 29th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 30th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 1st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.




The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes

Your next stop is here: Jillian

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us

16/11/2010

Just put a big red cross on our door!







Yep, we have poorly people in the house again! And so I won't be writing much, just that I have a couple of pages I did a while ago and haven't had time to share. So here they are, and I shall be back soon with a more detailed post soon :)

06/11/2010

The Big Event

As I have mentioned before, I shall be teaching a class at 'The Big Event' in Suffolklater this month. I now have my page prepared,so I wanted to show you all a sneek peek of what we shall be doing with the kits that will be available to buy on the day. The kit is made up with the gorgeous Echo Park Everybody Loves Christmas papers, plus other embellies!


If you live local enough I really encourage you to pop along. There are four different classes to choose from, plus a day long crop, and local craft businesses attending so you can topup your stash! You can turn up on the day, but places are selling out fast so if you would like more info, or to book your space, check out the blog here
I can't wait and I look forward to seeing some of you there!

01/11/2010

Toot Toot!

Today, being monday started off slow and tiring, as all mondays do! by late afternoon I had had enough and wanted to curl up on the sofa for the rest of the day!
That was until I got an exciting email!

The new Zva Creative DT shall be...

Lisa Johnson - US
Teri Anderson - US
Windy Robinson - US
Debbie Olsen - US
Jillian Cassity - US
Angelica Franssen - US
Nancy Doren - US
Guisepps Gubler - US
Tara Orr - Canada
Benedicte Raphalen - France
Carole Maurin - France
Ingrid Danvers - Netherlands
Jolanda Meurs - Netherlands
Julianne McKenna - Australia
Gail Lindner - Australia
Tanya Tahir - Australia
Tokomo Takahashi - Japan
Camilla Ekman - Sweden
Susan Lui - Singapore
Louise Collins - UK !!!

I justcan't wait to get started...I just can't get enough of bling now-a-days!

30/10/2010

seeing clearly!

I just love transparancies,but do not often use them. So when I found the box of old BG 12"X12" doilies at work, I knew exactly what I would do with some of them!

I backed this one onto clear acetate first so I had a good base to stick bits to, and to make it more sturdy. The stitching around the edge was nerve-racking...had to make sure my sewing machine didn't have one of it's tempers half way through and mess it all up! I also needed to ensure the stitching underneath would not show through!

You can't really see the Prima Crystal Swirl but it is gorgeous! Sorry about the poor photo...tis night time here but wanted to upload asap!






I love that you can just about see through it, and the acetate gives it a bit of a sparkle as you move past it! It does look so much better sitting in front of me so maybe I shall try some pics out in the garden tomorrow! :D

28/10/2010

Out of my stride...

Having been a bit poorly lately, which is really not usual for me, I have tried to rest more than usual in the form of doing more scrapping :D However, I have found that the constant need to get warm drinks and painkillers has slowed my creativity, and I don't seem to have that natural eye for the design of my pages that I tend to find comes easily. In fact, it has been hard work and my final pieces are 'less than satisfactory' (ever have that in your school report?!)

Still, since I have pondered for hours over these two pages, especially the first, I thought I would share them anyway...







For this one I was trying to use up some of my old stash that has been forgotten!

Well I have been to the doctors and he has confirmed I have an infection in my windpipe :( but it should clear itself in a few days...so much more scrapin' and relaxin' is on the cards!

24/10/2010

Hi all! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

I am so excited to have been anounced as Papermaze's new DT member this week. Obviously I knew about it before then, but still, to see it up on the blog is fab!

I gave you all a sneek peek of this LO, which was my very first as a DT member.

I used the new Lost and Found Papers from My Minds Eye...absolutley gorgeous! They totally suit my scrapping style! Pop over to the Papermaze Blog for close-up details of this one, and loads more gorgeousdesigns from the rest of the DT!

17/10/2010

3 LO's in 6 hours!

Yesterday was the best day in the month for me...the Papermaze Crop at Otley.

I made a lemon sponge the night before (which went much quicker than I had expected!) and managed 3 whole LO's. All bar the stitching which I needed to come home and do!




This page was really simple, and quick to make. I used an old sheet of prima, both front and back, and a plain piece of cardstock put through a cuttlebug. I have wanted to do a page with these colours for a while!




This one was my 'not sure' page! I love the photo, and liked the placement, but I think I didn't quite have the right alphas and letter stickers, and prbably went a bit overboard with the butterflies!




Now I am not usually into halloween, and do not have any halloween photos but I just loved these papers from the Girls Paperie when they came into Papermaze and had to domething with them! The cobwebs are stitched with yarn for a slightly worn, fluffy effect, ratherthan proper thread which would give much cleaner lines.

I also have a couple of sneek peeks for you...firstly, in Scrapbook Magazine soon will be this...


and keep an eye out on Papermazes blog for my two favorite pages latetly...