Friday, August 26, 2011

Time for sneak peeks!

Woohooo! It is sneak peek day at Freehands Scraps, and I can at least show you a bit of what I've been working on. Can you see those colours and embellies? Aren't you in love with this kit already?

The full reveal will be on September 1st, but you can visit Freehand scraps and have a look at the other DTs' sneak peeks in the mean time! And remember: there's a giveaway coming soon!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Words, words, words

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Already finished my Freehands Scraps projects, but I can't share them yet! I will have some sneak peeks by the end of the week, and a giveaway at the beginning of the month, coinciding with the project reveal, so come and check!

In the meantime, I have two other pages I made for Big Picture's Big Idea Festival to share with you. They are pretty easy to put together, and I am enjoying doing the journalling. A lot. Here they are:

I will be working on a card based on this week's sketch at Let's Scrap today, so I will post that later today or tomorrow, depending on whether the rain lets me take any pics! If you haven't played with this sketch yet, you still have two days, it is a great sketch and the prize is lovely! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Busy, busy, busy!

Sorry for not posting much this week, I've not been a lazy bug, on the contrary, I've been VERY busy. I finally got my Freehand Scraps kit and my mojo is flowing like a river! So many yummy things, I really can't tell you what they are, but I can say that the papers have been perfectly chosen so you can use any of them with any other piece of paper or cardstock in the kit. And the embellies.... Well, you'll have to wait for the sneak peeks to start drooling over them!  

It is DD's last week of summer holidays, so we have had playdates and pool parties in the afternoon and have been getting everything ready for school in the mornings. Plus, I signed in for the Big Idea Festival at Big Picture classes and I am making a mini album with their daily words. This is something I can share with you. I am keeping the pages very simple, choosing some background paper I like (trying to use PP from my scrap box) printing the template on them, and then embellishing. The main focus is on the journalling, what these words mean to me right now. I love this kind of journalling and there isn't always room for it in LOs, so I'm loving this experience. Here are the two pages I've made so far.

I want to make a mini album with a very messy look, the kind that has bits and pieces sticking out from every page. I will share the pages as I make them here, and then I'll share the look of the finished album once I am done. You still have time to share the Big Idea Festival if you feel you'd like to give it a try!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Home Green Home

Today's feature at Practical Scrappers is houses. This a topic that means a lot to me and my family, especially since we moved again less than a year ago, so I have two LOs to share. 
The first LO talks about the moving process, both the exciting bits and the hardest parts for us. I had a single photo of all our stuff when it was packed, and it was not a very good one, so I played with it a little bit to make it more interesting, and turned it into four identical photos in different tones. 

The second LO is about our new home, Trinidad and Tobago, and how happy it makes us that it is so very GREEN. I made these LOs as soon as we moved (scrapbooking therapy) and I've had them for ages, only reminded of them by this Practical Scrappers' feature, so I'm afraid I can't remember whT the supplies were (definitely need to start taking better notes.... And especially, keeping them somewhere where I can find them!).

There are lots of house projects by the DT, even a very cute alter house, just click here to have a look.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Anxiously awaiting my kit!

I am very happy to announce that I will be one of Freehand Scraps' two guest designers during the month of September. I think their kits are fabulous, so having the opportunity to play with one of them is FANTASTIC!!!

Now, my September kit is on its way. I keep checking USPS  (even though I have set up an alert) and I have already told the delivery guy (who gets the package from the skybox in Miami and brings it home to me) to let me know the minute it gets here about three or four times. In exchange for being such an anxious customer, I've picked up a bag of juicy mangoes from my tree to give him when he brings the kit! Will let you know as soon as I get it!
In the meantime, I am also very happy to announce I have finally managed to finish Challenge#13 at Let's Scrap Our Stash!!! Yes, I struggled, but completed a monochromatic LO and actually like it, too!As required, I used patterned paper form 5 different manufacturers, 10 brads+buttons, some ribbon and twine, and  six flowers! It is based on one of the yummy August sketches at Pagemaps.
List of supplies:
Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, Cosmos Cricket, The Girl's Paperie, Fancy Pants
Buttons and brads: assorted
Ribbon and twine: from kits
Alphabet stickers: Basic Grey
Pens: Gelwriters, Pilot, Copic
Flowers: Prima
Glue: Glue Glider Pro, Making Memories, Glue Dots

Monday, August 08, 2011

Blog hop prize winners!

Just a quick note to announce that the winners of my blog hop prize are Dlwidder and Nicolle K, who said: 

dlwidder said...

Cute project! TFS

My scrappin' bud is Nicolle K. :-D
 Please, send me your addresses so I can have the brads mailed to you. Enjoy them!
To everybody else, thanks for playing, and hope to see you around!

Recipes -notebook

I used this week's Let's Scrap sketch (left side) for a notebook. People will soon be buying stuff for Christmas (they start the 100 day countdown to Christmas on Sept 24 here and start playing Christmas music and decorating, so people start buying Christmas Stuff), especially those who are leaving for their countries at the beginning of December and need to have gifts to take with them, so I am getting ready for the fairs that will come soon.
List of supplies
Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup
Die cuts: Jillibean Soup
Ribbon: American Crafts
Punch: Martha Stewart
Rhinestones: assorted
Alphabet: American Crafts
Glue: Glue Glider Pro, Making Memories

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop

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Thanks for joining us for the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop. We're sharing projects that relate to the number two since it's our second anniversary!  My project is an embroidery hoop with a burlap background and circus theme. And it includes several "twos": two hanging monkeys, two clowns, and, my favorite - two princess seals! 

And, since this blog hop is all about twos, to win a prize for you and a friend, you need to be in pairs. Leave your name and a friend's name in a comment below, and make sure both you and your friend are followers. The same pair can't enter twice, but you can enter as part of as many pairs as you want. You just need to invite different friends over to play! This is the prize:

And now, have a look at the blog list:

Carolina You Are Here
Go Here Next Sandi

Thank you so much for visiting me today!  Hop on over to see Sandi 's project next. And remember: when you have finished hopping go back to Practical Scrappers' blog for the main prize: a super yummy SCRAPTASTIC kit!!!

List of supplies:

Embroidery hoop and burlap: from my local crafts store
Patterned Paper: Sassafras Lass
Beads: Darice
Embroidery Floss: assorted
Metal: B'Sue Boutiques
Ribbon: John Lewis
Rhinestones: Darice
Glue: Making Memories

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Let's Scrap Our Stash Challenge#13 - Second (failed) attempt

I am determined to do Challenge# 13 of Let's Scrap Our Stash, because for once I have everything the challenge requires. So I tried again, this time with one of this month's Pagemaps sketch. I started with the orange papers, and pompon trim, and I was doing very well until I realised this page is going right next to a grey page in the album, and I needed to include some grey to match some of the elements in it. I included the grey pp, ribbon and chipboard letters, and... That was the end of challenge #13, as I could only include one colour. So, I will probably have to keep trying until I succeed!

List of supplies:
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, JBS
Chipboard shapes, ribbon, embroidery floss, rhinestones: assorted
Chipboard alphabet: American Crafts
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Glue: Glue Glider Pro, Making Memories
Pens: Gelwriters, Pilot


Last week's card challenge at the Create:blog was to make a card using flowers made of gathered ribbon. Interesting challenge, it left so many open possibilities!

I based my card on a cardmap from the Pagemaps archive, and created three small flowers, and a bigger one with a lovely piece form the Parisian Anthology line in the centre. It is a simple design that makes the flowers pop out. 

I was happy to see my card in the Create Gallery later in the week, among so many beautiful projects! If you want to have a look at them, click here

List of supplies
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Bella Boulevard
Brads: assorted
Bling charm: House of three
Ribbon: assorted from past kits, American Crafts, Reasonable Ribbon July kit
Pen: Gelwriters
Glue: Glue Glider Pro, Making Memories

Saturday, August 06, 2011

From this moment

I loved this week's sketch a at Sketch Inspiration as soon as I saw it. I wanted to use it for Challenge#13 at Let's Scrap Our Stash, but it was a monochromatic challenge, and that's not the feel I wanted for this photo, so, Challenge#13 is still part of my to-do list. 

List of supplies
Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations
Rub-ons: Basic Grey, Karen Foster
Stickers: EK Success
Brads: K & Company
Ribbon: JBS kit
Mini alphabet: Lily Bee Designs
Glue: Glue Glider Pro, Making Memories

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Cotton projects

Do you know what kind of present you should give someone on their second anniversary? The second anniversary is a COTTON anniversary. Not a very exciting one, the first years never are (my 7th anniversary was in June, and it was a wool anniversary, imagine how useful a woolen present can be when you live in the Caribbean!). But you can bet the Practical Scrappers' team has made some exciting projects using cottons for you to get inspired!

My project is a canvass piece (canvass is made of cotton). It's the fist time I work on it and it was so much fun!

If you want to see the rest of the cotton projects, take part in the giveaway, or this week's recipe challenge (today's ingredients are STICKER(S) and INK), visit Practical Scrappers and join in the fun!

List of supplies:
Canvass: Fredrix
Rub-ons: JBS, 7gypsies
Stickers: Basic Grey, Glitz
Banners: Girls' Paperie
Mist: JBS Ranger, Tattered Angels
Bookplate: from a kit
Butterfly charm: B'Sue
Pearls: Martha Stewart
Tulle: assorted
Ribbon: American Crafts
Glue: Making Memories

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Gröna Lund

Today's anniversary feature at Practical Scrappers is two-page LOs. I find double pagers hard, but this week's sketch at Let's Scrap was fabulous, and just right for my Gröna Lund pics. Gröna Lund is a fun park full of rides in Stockholm and it had a roller coaster for very young children, something DD was desperate to try and could not find in any park at that age.

I wanted to make a banner with tickets to match the theme, so I printed these digi stamps from Lily Pink Scraps. Don't they look great? 

I also got another digi (it was actually a colouring page) from I have a friend that always complains if we don't take family pics during this trip, and we took this pic as the trip's family pic, which is why I included this embellie.

List of supplies:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup
Eyelets: American Crafts
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Trim: my grandma's sewing stash
Thickers: American Crafts
Buttons: assorted
Digi images: Lily Pink Scraps,
Markers: Copic, Staedtler, Gelwriters
Glue: Glue Glider Pro, Making Memories ribbon glue 

Today's elements for the recipe contest are: button(s) and bling. There's still time to join the fun!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


For today's Practical Scrapper's feature we had a bingo. Fun! Choose one of the lines and scrap using two of each element mentioned in that line. Only two, that was hard! It's not easy to include only two embellies of a kind. My line had: punches, ribbon, buttons. 

I based this LO on Sketch Inspiration's sketch #230, and created another wedding page for the album. The title was chosen by my sister, the bride!

Today's elements for the recipe contest are: flower(s) and ribbon. There's still time to join the fun!

List of supplies:
Patterned paper: Studio Calico
Cardstock: Bazzill
Eyelet die cut: Making Memories
Ribbon: TPC Studio, assorted
Pearls: Martha Stewart
Vintage pattern paper: JBS kit
Buttons: assorted
Punches: Martha Stewart
Embellies: JBS kit
Glue: Glue Glider Pro, Making Memories ribbon glue
Pens: gel writers
Ink: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger

Monday, August 01, 2011

Two cards, same sketch

The party goes on at Practical Scrappers! Today, we are showing pairs of cards that share a common feature, and that feature has to be exactly the same. I created two cards that are very different but share the same Pagemaps sketch.

Here they are separated for a closer look:

Today there's also a fabulous giveaway and the first two elements in the week-long recipe contest have been posted: cardstock and patterned paper. This contest is going to be lots of fun, so I am playing! If you want to know how to play, click here for instructions.
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