Zva Creative February 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, February 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, March 1st and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 2nd 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.

My colours were the very romantic Red and Black...

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes
Your next stop is here: Angelica Franssen

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us x


Altered Canvas Bag (Photo heavy!)

This weekend I have taken a break from the usual scrapbooking, and chosen to make this canvas bag for my little princess.

I found this plain canvas bag for just £1.75 in my local garden & craft centre. I just wish I had picked up more than one now!

Before I started, I needed to shorten the handles and the bag length itself, but this was simple with a sewing machine!

The decorating was a complex process, with lots of messy play, but here are the brief instructions...(making it sound easy now!)

Firstly I had to decide on some sort of fastening for the top. It needed to be a simple attachment that Izabelle (5 years old) could do up and undo.

I found this Prima Canvas tag in my stash, which went perfectly.

I chose to cut off the pretty embroidered design to use on another project, and stitched the blunt end on the inside of the bag, so it could fold over and secure on the outside of the front...see?!

I then needed something long and thin to go through the eyelet. I found the silver key, and dug out a safety pin to attach to the bag. I used clear thread to hold these in place where the eyelet would sit.

Next it was time to get messy! I spritzed the bag with Peacock coloured Glimmer Mist, from the bottom left and top right corners. I laid a swirly mask down first under where the bulk of the embellishments would be.

When this was dry, I stuck down a paper doily and with black t-shirt paint, I painted through some of the holes to leave a circle pattern on the bag.

I also stamped a few black swirls using Prima Build-a-Swirl Set. These were carefully placed for embellishments later!

Next I laid the foundations for my flower cluster and title to sit on. I spritzed some Prima Lace with Glimmer Mist to match it to my colour scheme, and layered this up with some other ribbons. The May Arts Net was folded as I stitched it on to give it a pleated effect.

So this is what I had so far!

For my title, I really would have liked some of the large Prima letters that I've seen used before, but have none. So instead, I took an assortment of rather large chipboard letters in any colours. I then peeled off their plastic covering which left the underneath white and slightly felt-like...perfect!

I painted the edges with a pale blue colour acrylic...

...and stamped a script pattern on top of the letters using a fairly dried out black ink pad for a subtle effect.

To seal and protect the letters I covered with a few layers of mod podge.

Then it was just a case of attaching flowers, crystal swirls, leaves, the title, and that gorgeous chipboard birdcage. I did ink it black to make it stand out. I found a small length of chain hiding in my stash which I used to hang the cage from (or at least look like it! ;) ) Izabelle wanted the birdcage and butterfly to swing, so the chain is only stitched to the actual bag through the top few hoops.

To balance the black birdcage and title, I inked a Tim Holtz Grungeboard piece and attached it with jewelled brads to the opposite end of the ribbons.

To attach everything and hold them in place I used a mixture of clear thread, Fabric Glue, and a hot glue gun...sometimes two of these things to hold bits securely!

Izabelle is really pleased with her bag, and doesn't she look gorgeous?! Now all that's left to do is find a safe place to keep the bag away from her little brothers hands!


What are you up to today?

I have seen this sort of thing on a few blogs, and more recently on Tracie Hudsons, which is much shorter than others I have seen!

listening - to Hubby's phone conversation
eating - licking the curry off my fingers as I prepare dinner
drinking - err...not enough!
wearing - trackie bottoms, and hubby's sweatshirt & socks
feeling - pleased I have a certain DT application written up and waiting to send ;)
weather - cold and wet
wanting - to scrap this evening...
needing - to phone my dad
thinking - What shall I put in the oven for the kids
enjoying - hearing the washing machine whirring and smelling dinner cooking
wondering - Can we turn CBeebies off yet? :)

This is just a lovely way to summarise and record the day. So why not have a go and let everyone else know what you are up to!


Blog Giveaway Photos!

As promised, here are the lovelies I shall be giving away to one lucky Follower!

There are Foam Thickers, Papers, Cardstock, Doilies, Blooms, Leaves, Fancy Pants Brads, Stickles, Basic Grey stamps, LYB Pins, Buttons, Maya Road Kraft Envelope, Heidi Swapp Bling, Jillibean Soup Journaling Sprouts, Scenic Route Chipboard, Ribbons including some Prima, Love Elsie Rubber Frames, Queen & co felt Fusion, 2 sets of Kraft Letter Sheets and Prima Journaling notelets - Phew!
As you can see, there is a mix of old and new, and yes, some I am having second thoughts about giving up! :)

For the Giveaway details, see the previous post...


Blog Candy Giveaway!

I am celebrating today because upon logging onto Blogger this morning I noticed that I now have 71 followers, which is the same amount as I had on my old blog when I accidentally deleted it! So to thank everyone who has found me again, and to celebrate my new peeps, I am going to put together some blog candy for one lucky follower to win!

I was thinking about some papers, matching cardstock, flowers, bling, buttons, ribbons, stamps...

(I shall be getting a photo up on here very shortly!)

So to be in with the chance of winning, simply follow this blog (if you are not already!) and link this giveaway up on your own blog...easy!
International entries very welcome!

I shall randomly choose a winner from my followers who linked me up on 28th Feb 2011.

Good Luck everyone xx


Prima Feb BAP

As I bought myself some yummy new Prima 'Botanicals' Papers the other day, I thought I would have a go at their February Build-a-Page...

I cut out a heart from some plain cardstock, and covered it in wet glue. I then randomly stuck down some small red flowers until the whole shape was covered. When it was dry, I spritzed it lightly with brown glimermist to tone down the brighter red shades. Lastly I added some brown pearls and gems to some of the flower centers.

I wanted to give my page balance by having some of the grey colour (see the gate shape below) in my title. I used some raw chipboard letters and very gently dabbed an old black inkpad onto the letters I needed until they were the shade I wanted.

This frame is actually from Kaisercraft but the colours went well with the creams and browns, and I wanted to focus in on 'the kiss'!

I also needed to balance the strong red of the flowered heart, so I added this red date tab.

...and this was Prima's sketch!


Forgot all about this LO! I made this for the January Otley Crop Kit using Bo Bunny Midnight Frost papers...

I now have a pile of Design Team projects to get through, and four orders to do so I best get scrapping! X


Wish it was always this easy...

You know those times when you muddle papers around for hours and you just don't seem to have the right ones for a particular photo? Well this was NOT one of those!
I started rummaging through my patterned paper box and this brown lined sheet was on top, seemingly, in the way! So I chucked it onto my desk and as my photo fell out of the printed it landed perfectly onto the paper...Voila! The rest was reasonably easy!

The photo is one I started scrapping last year, but the page just wasn't working for me. I put it away and tried to forget about it!

I just love this tape measure patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket, and could use it on almost every LO!

If I had more time I would have added some stitching, and I still might...


Fly Girl!

Such a corny title but I couldn't think of anything else!

This LO was done very quickly when I had the sudden urge to scrap (yes, that happens often!) and I only had about an hour to spare...

The photo is not fantastic but needed scrapping as it was my daughters first plane ride.
I was inspired by this LO by the fantastic Nic Howard. Obviously mine is nowhere near the standard of hers!
I used a lot of older papers and embelishments, which I haven't done for a long time, In fact I haven't really mixed manufacturers much for a while...and it was very refreshing!


Color Room #44

I have been admiring the Color Room Pallettes for a while but have only just been able to get round to making a page using one!

The latest is this gorgeous Whitewashed palette...

Now the 'whitewashed' palettes basically mean the colours will be teamed with white, but they are not to be used with an of the other netural colours usually allowed, ie. black and kraft ~ i think!!!
So here is my page using photos of Oliver trying to blow bubbles at the recent wedding we went to...

I started off using the sketch, but got carried away! And in any case,. my handwriting is not neat enough to journal all the way down the edge, so this sort of thing will have to wait until I have my A3 printer (yeah, right!)

I did change the title because I wasn't happy with the first, and I had forgotten that I had some raw chipboard letters waiting to be painted!

I did a lot of inking and stamping to get the colours just right. The circles were stamped using a glue lid and the end of a hair roller!
Now I just can't wait to play aging with the next palette!


Loved this line!

Although it was more pink/red than I would usually go for, when the new Making Memories line 'Je t'Adore' came into work I just had to have a play with it...oh the perks!! :)

So I took some home and very shortly after I had made these two pages...

I hope you have all had a good weekend so far...We went to a fabuulous wedding yesterday, here are a couple of pics but I want to find time to edit the rest...

She still looks gorgeous on her side!! :)

My babies all dolled up!

Thats me on the right

I am now recovering from lack of sleep and too much wine but it was all well worth it!


Boy Pages

If you know my style then you will know that I will usually opt for pretty flowers and bling on a page, whatever the subject! But during the last two crops I attended, I managed to create a couple of masculine pages to add to my albums...

This one holds my favorite photo of Oliver from a few professional ones we had done recently. He looks so grown up!

I added acents of orange and blue for contrast, and staples, stitching and twine added to the 'boyish' theme

This quote from a 7 Gypsies sticker sheet was very fitting and the perfect colour!

And more recently I made this quick page whilst at the January crop. I really am not 100% happy with it but the text sums Oliver up perfectly...

So this friday I have a family wedding to go to but hopefull after that I shall be able to get out in the garden and photograph a few more pages I have created recently. I also have some to share soon using the gorgeous new Je t'Adore line by Making Memories, which will also be up on the Papermaze Blog soon.