Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Window Easel Framed Card {Maja Design - Vintage Baby}

Hi all!  I'm excited to share with you today this uniquely shaped baby card I recently made.  I tend to be a bit frugal with scrap supplies, I save everything!  Those plastic/transparent pieces that many of your embellishments come on (blooms etc.), I don't throw them out, just in case I can use them later.  I recently found a fun use for them....making easel cards with a peek-a-boo window.  The Maja Design 'Vintage Baby Collection' had all the perfect elements to create the card I envisioned.


I used a variety of papers from the Vintage Baby collection (Die Cuts, Die Cuts-bs, Ephemera, Expecting, Our Little Miracle and Flowers for Mom), I also did a little fussy cutting from Vintage Spring Basics (5th of May) and Coffee In the Arbour (Butterflies are Free).

The bottom part of the card has an area for you to write in your own personal thoughts.  I added some fussy cut blossoms attached with foam adhesive dots so that the window part of the card has something to prop against.

  Baby card photo1

Here is a picture of the card with it's folded shut.  To make the card I cut out the framed baby design from the Vintage Baby Ephemera paper, also cutting out the area behind the baby inside the frame with an exacto-knife. I then laid the card cut out on the brown gingham paper (backside of the Die Cuts paper) and cut a piece slightly larger in wide to the frame piece...and kept the length of the strip the full 12 inches.  I then cut a second piece of the gingham paper to frame the baby frame piece, making sure there is about a 1/4 inch edge.  I then made a fold crease in the long strip at the 6" mark and at the 3" mark.  I cut out the center of the upper part of the 6" rectangle and also out of the matting piece I cut for behind the baby frame.

  Baby card photo5

I then put the card together by attaching the gingham matting paper to the upper 3" of the long card strip and then sandwiching the transparent plastic piece between the matting and the actual baby frame piece.  Now you have a cute peek-a-boo window on your easel card.  The last steps are just adding a few decorations.  I cut out a second baby image from another piece of the Ephemera paper and added it with foam pop dots, I thought it gave the card that extra pop.  I also fussy cut some flowers from the Vintage Spring Basics paper and butterflies from the Coffee In the Garden collection and added them as decorations to my card front.  A few seed beads for my flower centers and bingo, your unique baby card is done!  The cool thing?  Maja also has a beautiful baby boy framed image in this collection so you can make the card for either sex.

  Baby card photo3

It's hard to show in a photo the effect of the see through window so I thought I'd post an extra pic from the other angle, but believe me, in real life the effect is quite striking.  I had a lot of fun creating this special baby card and think you'd enjoy it too!

Don't know where to find Maja Design papers in North America?  An awesome source is The Scrapbook Diaries.  

I based this card on this months Moodboard challenge at Maja Design, I chose to work with the pinks and is a pic of the Moodboard for February....

You can win a wonderful Maja Design paper collection if you play along using this months board as your inspiration for your project using Maja Design papers.  The winner is announced on the last Monday of every month.....This month that would be Monday February you still have time to play and possibly win a lovely Maja prize! You can find the challenge rule HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for the kind comments and feedback, your words always make my day! xo

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Wonder {More Than Words Challenge Blog Guest!}

Let's talk about challenge blogs!  Have you ever needed a little inspiration to get moving on a project?  All of us do need a little inspiration once in a while.  That's where challenge blogs are a perfect solution.  Earlier this year a wonderful new challenge blog started up called 'More Than Words' and I was asked to be their Guest Designer for February.  And let me say, as soon as I saw the inspiration board they sent me, I had loads of ideas floating around in my head....
This is the beautiful inspiration board for February.  The idea is to create a project (card, layout or art journal page) in which you include the word 'Wonderful' and base you project design around the words 'sparkle' and 'shine'.  Well, I haven't used a lot of glitter or sparkle in my projects for a long time so when I saw the words sparkle and shine, I really went with it!!  I chose a fantasy photo of a mermaid tail, and thought that would work well with the 'Wonderful' theme.  I also thought it would work well with all the glitter elements I chose for this page.

First thing I did was chose my decorative elements for this page.....I recently received some of the newest chipboard designs from The Dusty Attic....this double layered Elegant chain is something I've been dying to use on one of my projects, I thought it would work nicely here!  Something else new that Dusty Attic now carries is wonderful mixed media elements called Colour Blast!  On my chipboard piece I used the Color Blast embossing powder in 'Bling'.  I also dabbed on some Ranger Liquid Pearls in a green and blue color (Key Lime and Juniper).

Above are the products I used from Dusty Attic to achieve this page design....the gold embossing power adds such a deep lovely shimmer to the Elegant Chain chipboard design and I just love the double layered look, the second layer with the chain detailing is so fine and beautiful.

These 'Bubble' chipboard pieces are part of the New releases from Dusty Attic as well....for this I just randomly dabbed on some Ranger Liquid Pearls in Key Lime and Juniper.  Then I added a bunch of glitter glass (I got these small bottles of glitter glass in a package at Michaels). As well as Prima seed beads and Micro beads.....I applied these using some clear gel medium to make sure they stay on the page.  I also liberally applied sequins in aqua, sea green, peacock blue all around the photo area....I thought these would be fun as, to me, they resembled the scales on a mermaid tail :)

I thought I'd do something fun with the photo as's hard to see here because of the added embellishments around the photo but I printed off my photo in black and white and in color.  Then I cut out a circle (or bubble) of the main central part of the photo from the color photo. I then glued the circular color piece over the coordination spot on my black and white photo....then added some Liquid Pearls all around the edges of the cut out edge of the color photo and added clear glitter glass to the Liquid pears to create a unique frame.

The corner scroll is an old favorite Dusty Attic piece for me.....I gave it the same treatment I gave to the Elegant Chains piece....and added some tinted cheesecloth and sequins around it as well.

For my title I used a Tim Holtz metal frame (name plate) and added a few dabs of the Ranger Liquid Pearls streaked on it as well.  I just hand wrote my title on the inside.

I had so much fun creating a layout using this awesome inspiration board by More Than Words!  You can join up at their challenge blog and play along this month as well!  You can find them HERE!  It's a great place to find loads of inspiration from their monthly boards as well as from the other guests and amazing people that play along each month!  They have awesome sponsor's each month with amazing prizes up for grabs!  You have until February 29th to get your project linked to their blog side panel if you would like to play along and have a chance at this months amazing prize! 

You can find the challenge rules HERE .  (And just so you know....there is more than one prize up for grabs!  The Challenge Winner gets a $50.00 GC (gift certificate) from LemonCraft!! First Runner-up gets a 9 piece chipboard pack from 2 Crafty, 2nd runner-up gets a $25.00 GC to Flying Unicorn, 3rd runner up gets a $25.00 GC for 13 Arts, 4rth runner-up gets a $25.00 GC for Maja Design Paper, .....there is also a Random Winner that is chosen that will get a $25.00 GC for Lindy's Stamp Gang....and if thats not enough, they've added a Mystery Prize (chosen for originality or great use of inspiration board) which is a $25.00 GC for Fabrica Decoru!  So lot's of prizes to be had....just another reason to join this wonderful Challenge blog!

You can follow More Than Words Challenge on Facebook HERE ....this will help you keep up to date on all the challenges, news and prizes!  I thoroughly enjoyed working on my page hope you will too!

....Looking for Dusty Attic Chipboard in North America?  As always a great source is The Scrapbook Diaries!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I always appreciate the kind comments and feedback! xo

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Live Love Laugh {Dusty Attic, Maja Design and Shimmerz Paints}

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to share with you all a special page I made for my parents anniversary this month.  They are having their 58th wedding anniversary, such a wonderful milestone.  For this page I combined a number of  Maja Design paper collections, using 5 different papers. (Vintage Summer Basics 1922, Nyhavn-Strolling Along the Canal, Vintage Summer Basics 1923, Ska Vi ta en Fika-Pratstund, Vintage Autumn Basics-XVI) as well as some awesome new Dusty Attic chippies!

I'm always so thrilled when I hear that Jennifer Hedger (owner of Dusty Attic) has been busy creating new chipboard designs!  Above are all the fun new chipboard designs I used to make up this romantic page. (I used the smaller version of the Live Love Laugh title)

I began by using the Vintage Summer Basics 1922 paper as my matting/background paper. I then cut the corner and 1/4 inches off the edges of the Nyhavn paper, which I then painted with some Shimmerz paints (Black Cherry Soda Creameez and Onyx Inklingz) and stamped liberally around the photo area with some stamps that I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries.  I then layered on a crocheted lace Doily from Tresors de Luxe  and a chipboard frame from Dusty Attic (Swirly Frame and Laurel Leaf chippies).


I created coordinating blossoms using the Rose Creations dies from Spellbinders, using the scraps from the Vintage Summer Basics 1922 and 1923 papers.  I cut the smaller inner petals from the darker pink paper and the larger petals from the light pink paper.  I also cut out a few green leaves using the Ska vi ta en Fika paper (leaf dies are from the Rose Creations set).


I added a cluster of embellishments in the bottom right corner using a couple of Dusty Attic chippies (title and scroll).  I also added some texture using a Prima flourish stencil and home-made texture paste. And as always I love to tuck in a little clock here and there from the Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper.

Are you looking for a good source for Maja Design Paper and Dusty Attic Chipboard?  Be sure to check out The Scrapbook Diaries for one stop shopping on many of the fun items I used on this page! And if you are looking to put in an order of Shimmerz Paints be sure to put my name "Gabrielle' in the Instructions to Merchant part of your order to get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paints product in the color of your choice!  Lots of exciting news over at Shimmerz Paints (they are releasing some NEW Watercolor paint sets called Aqua Heuz) as well as some awesome new reformulated Shimmerz Paints (can't wait to try these!!).  This Thursday they will be opening a new Website which will make ordering your Shimmerz Paints so much easier....keep your eye peeled on the Shimmerz Facebook page for more info on this!

I hope my parents enjoy this layout, I'm forever grateful to have them in my life and hope they will see many many more anniversaries.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your sweet comments and feedback always make my day! xo


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