March Zva Blog Hop Winners announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE March Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs: Lou Collins Camilla Ekman Angelica Franssen Windy Robinson Gail Lindner One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners! Yep, you do see my name there, so my winner is... JENNIFER RZASA!!!

Congratulations Jennifer! Please email me at

with your address so Zva can get your prize out to you!


Reuse, Recycle...Reveal!!

Over on the Prima Blog, two of their fabulous DT have shown how they have used Prima packaging to create gorgeous projects. I thought I would have a go myself, and created this house to celebrate us being in our home over three years now...(and boy the time has flown!)

I used so much packaging, that the whole thing would have only cost me pennies to make! Even the window boxes, bushes, vase and clock are recycled!

March Zva Creative 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, March 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, March 29th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 30th 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. Here is my piece using gorgeous new orange and ginger products... The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes Your next stop is the lovely Jolanda Thank you SO MUCH for joining us


Altered Book...

My daughter is a total bookworm...fact! So it is no suprise that I have loads of photos of her either reading or being read to! A simple scrapbook page didn't really seem enough to house all the photos I have so I decided to try altering a book instead...

I searched the charity shops for some old books and only found 4 suitble, from 8 shops! This one I chose to use was made in 1931! I couldn't decide between adorning it with pretty colourful flowers, or old twigs and leaves so I used both. The twigs are 'sprouting' up from inside the spine of the book. The leaves attached are really old Prima ones I have, but have no idea where I got them!

The fence was die-cut them embossed to make it slightly metalic, although I made sure is wasn't shiny and new looking! I added bookmarks made from packaging, a metal charm, a metal cage with text inside, and even berries made by sticking Prima E-line pearls together!

The photos that I chose to use are stapled on to hold them securely, and most other things are held with hot glue.
The whole thing is mounted on a circle of strong cardboard. I used three sticks of hot glue and burnt myself four times!!!
If you watch the slideshow, you will see the little details. I even made a tiny little book, and bound it with thin twine to sit in a little basket! Cute or what!?!

Thanks for looking!


Taking Time...

This LO I was saving for a DT call, but have decided not to send this one in, so you peeps get to see it first instead!

I adore this picture of my daughter smelling the daffodils last spring. I also have a similar photo of my son doing the same!
I hope you all have a good weekend. Fingers crossed I will get some scrapping done and haave more to share with you soon!


Some confusion!

There seemsto be some confusion about this giveaway!
The very talented Tracie is giving this little lot away on HER blog HERE, not me :)

If you would like to win a set of 12 Sassafras Apple Jack papers, a packet of Sassafras In a Stitch Blooms, one Prima Build a Book and some Bakers Twine to create one of these minis for yourself them just leave a comment on this post....its as simple as that :)

The draw starts today and closes at midnight on 29th March - She will announce the names of the winners on 30th March 2011.


3 Going On 13...

...that's how we used to describe my daughter! Now, it's 5 going on 15! lol! The frown she is demonstrating in this LO used to be a common occurance as soon as she got the hump!

I am so hooked on using zips at the moment so you will be seeing loads more when I get to a harberdashery! (Wow, can you imaging a layout covered in them....?)
I adore Tim Holtz metal embelishments, only I hardly dare use them in case I use them up too quickly!
I am also getting into using my crop-a-dile more now, it's so simple to use!

I love Mondays because I don't have work and I generally stay in, catch up with a bit of housework and do a fair bit of scrapping. Now I am off to have a go at the new Pencil Lines sketch that went live last night...back soon!


Prima March BAP

For this months sketch, I decided to do two pages, one for my son, and one of my sister...

Not much time for chit chat today, attempting to cook a roast dinner, whilst scrapping and updating this blog...gotta go!


Prima Product Picks...

...this gorgeous bunch of products are all yummies from Prima and, perfect for March, their Palette for this month is some lovely shades of green...

I am really into my greens at the moment so I shall definately be having a go at a page with these colours!


New LO, New Era, New Discovery!

First a new LO...

This one was created for a submission which I will explain at a later date. I am assuming I probably didn't get on the team I wanted with it, so I should think it is safe to post by now! I think the woodgrain paper is from the new MME stella & rose collection. I really wanted lots of bright, bold contrast but didn't have any really bright orange flowers that I would have liked. So instead I mixed up some paints and slapped it on these paper flowers.
The zip is an accent I love to use on my pages at times, but they are not easy to adhere, especially if I want it part way open!

A New Era...My baby boy has now started his education! Ok, so it is only preschool, but it seems so early! They are now taking children slightly younger than before when Izabelle went, which makes him seem too young, but he loves it and I am sure I shall enjoy a few hours peace each week! He was really super excited about going and walked around with his backpack on for a goo half an hour before we had to leave!

Here he is FINALLY leaving the house...

Spot the favorite teddy in tow?
...and here he was after! From what I understand he had two and a half hours of almost uninterrupted sand play, battling off any other poor child who dared to try and play with it too! Not quite got the hang of sharing yet!

Finally, a new discovery? Well, it is totally non-scrapping related, but I have noticed the past few years that I cannot stomach caffeine, and the longer I have been without it, the harder it hits my body when I do indulge a little! However, after a cup or two today (thinking I would be ok!) I have discovered that not only do I get the usual upset tummy still, but also it triggers off panic attacks, which I am already prone to! So tonight as I write this, I am very anxious, downing water to try to flush it out and cursing myself as much as I do when I get a hangover from alcohol! So note to self: Just one cup will NOT be ok, so don't even think about it! Rant over!!


I Watch You Bloom...

This page, I think is going to be one of my favorites to date. I collected a whole load of thin bendy twigs that had been blown off trees when walking home from school last week. I then used a hot glue gun to make them frame this circle I cut from some Prima packaging.

I think it helps that this is one of my fave photos of Izabelle too!

I spritzed some white cardstock in blue and pink before printing my journaling onto it so that it would blend with the background.

I hope you like it. Next up will be my Prima March BAP entry!


Pencil Lines Sketch 228

I can't seem to create a page lately without some sort of challenge or inspiration. Thankfully, I always love the Pencil Lines sketches, and even if I don't always blog them all, a lot of my pages will originate from a sketch of theirs, old or new!

But I am trying to keep up to date lately, so here a page based on the most recent one which went live yesterday...

I bought this die-cut sheet from the new MME Stella & Rose collection {amongst others :)} because I liked the teal coloured reverse. Iam not a huge yellow or orange fan, especially not so flowery as this is!
BUT I completely messed up some Crackle paint effects on the reverse so it was either use this side or chuck it...well I don't chuck ANYTHING!

It is so dull in my room this time of day, so the photos arte not great :(

The page took all of an hour, because that is all I had, but I may be using this sketch again shortly when I have more time!