Monday, August 30, 2010

Zva Creative August DT Blog Hop!

The Zva Designers are joining together today to share a project that we have created using some of our favourite Zva Creative products. I am hoping that you will take some time to join us for a little bit of fun again this month!

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog: Paper Hugs. 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, 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 5 of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Those blogs 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 now and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, August 31st and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 1st 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, 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 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.

For today's hop, I've created a layout using LOTS of very pretty Zva Creative flowers and pearls.

I chose a black cardstock and black and white patterned papers so the lovely pink and purple flowers and pink pearl flourishes will really stand out. And I love that 7Gypsies' black and white Paddington Collection papers have their front and back in reverse colours - it makes for such a wonderful co-ordination of patterned papers.

I used a matching lilac-coloured cardstock to mount the photos onto, and trimmed the edges with my Martha Stewart Crafts punches. I then added a pretty pink lace trim to complete the layout.

The title is stamped onto a piece of cardstock and then adhered to the layout with pop-up dots for added dimension.

Here are a couple more close-ups:

So, the blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes - Paper Hugs

And your next stop is here: Julia Stainton - Belle Papier

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us! Enjoy the hop!

Materials used:
Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Papers - 7Gypsies Paddington Collection - Kilburn
Flowers - Zva Creative
Pearl Brads - Zva Creative
Flourishes - Zva Creative Self-Adhesive Pearl Flourishes in Pink
Lace Trim - American Crafts Rose Ribbon in Blush
Punches - Martha Stewart Crafts - Woodland Branch Edge Punch, and Bird and Branch Punch-Around-The-Page Corner Punch
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, VersaFine in Onyx Black
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, 3D Dots

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Aren't the papers from 7Gypsies' new Conservatory Collection lovely? I recently got myself some of these and was inspired to create this layout, hence the title. :) I love this photo of my younger DD caught unawares at a recent concert, her entire focus on what's happening on stage.

The somewhat vintage look of the papers lend themselves perfectly to tearing and distressing, which was what I decided to do here.

I then hand cut the flowers from the Flora paper and the birdcage from the Magpie paper, and stuck them on with some pop-up dots for dimension. For added definition and texture, I also applied some distress stickles to the birdcage.

Some lace peeking out from under the tears, and some lovely red vines and flowers from Prima complete the layout.

And Prima's new butterfly embellishments are a perfect match for these papers too!

Thanks for dropping by!

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - 7Gypsies Conservatory Collection - Flora, Magpie, Mesofauna
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Vines - Prima Flutter Vines in Scarlet
Flowers - Prima Fairytale Roses in Coral
Butterflies - Prima Farfalla Butterflies
Lace - Prima Lace Collection - Bleached Finespun Hem Spool
Alphas - 7Gypsies Conservatory Collection - Chipboard Alpha and Numbers
Envelope Tag - Graphic 45 Staples
Others - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Antique Linen, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Peaceful Moments

I used K and Company's gorgeous Serendipity papers for this layout. I just love the bright cheerful colours of these papers, and the flowers just screamed at me to be cut out!

I then embellished the layout with laces, pearls from Zva Creative, and more K and Company embellishments.

This flower is made from Webster's Pages' Bloomers trim and Silhouettes cameo. I stuck a little 3-D butterfly on it to make it look like a butterfly landed on it. :)

Thanks for dropping by!

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - K and Company - Serendipity Specialty Pack
Cardstock - Bazzill
Alphas - Making Memories Tiny Alphas - Pink Ledger
Tag - K and Company - Susan Winget Collection - Nature Tag Grand Adhesions
Laces - From Stash, Webster's Pages Bloomers in Aqua
Cameo - Webster's Pages Silhouettes - Nature's Storybook Collection
Pearl Flourishes - ZVA Creative Self-Adhesive Pearls
Butterflies - K and Company - Susan Winget Collection - Nature Insect Grand Adhesions
Edge Punches - Martha Stewart Crafts Edge Punch - Woodland Branch, and Birds On A Wire
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, 3D-Dots

Saturday, August 14, 2010

7Gypsies Facebook Page

My 7Gypsies Artist Printers Tray project is currently being shared on 7Gypsies' Facebook Page, in their album titled 'Look What We've Found!' :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Family - 7Gypsies Artist Printers Tray

I did this as a present for my MIL, for her birthday.

I used 7Gypsies' Artist Printers Tray, and patterned papers from Basic Grey's Porcelain Collection - one of my fave collections from BG. And also, it matches the pinks and greens in the photos perfectly.

I interspersed our family photos with little ATC-sized layouts using cut-outs from the BG papers, popped up with 3D dots and embellished with pearls, blings, flowers and laces.

Here are some close-ups of the individual ATC-sized layouts.

And a closer look at the completed tray from different angles.

Thanks for dropping by!

Materials used:
Tray - 7Gypsies Artist Printers Tray - Black
Patterned Papers - Basic Grey - Porcelain Collection Pack
Flowers - Prima
Laces - Maya Road, Prima
Crystals - Elements by Mark Richards
Pearls - Making Memories - 'Wedding' Gem and Pearl Stickers, Melissa Frances - Vintage Attic 'Treasures', from Stash
Journaling - 7Gypsies 97% Complete Stickers, Melissa Frances Designer Stickers
Metal Embellishments - Making Memories
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots, American Crafts 'This To That' Foam Tabs

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Birthday Invites

Yesterday was my MIL's 70th birthday. She celebrated it with a big birthday dinner for her family and close friends. And moi was charged with creating the invitation cards, among other things. Given that I had to handmake all the cards, this was what I came up with, using up some of my Prima stash of flowers and blings.

I chose a red cardstock as red is an auspicious colour to the Chinese - can't go wrong there. And I offset this with black and cream patterned paper from DCWV's La Creme Paper Stack, which I trimmed with a border punch, for some added design. Add a flower and some bling and there you have it.

Each card is slightly different from the rest, so they're all one-of-a-kind.

Materials used:
Patterned Paper - DCWV - La Creme Paper Stack
Cardstock - American Crafts Cardstock - Rouge
Flowers - Prima
Crystal Flourishes - Prima Say It In Crystals
Border Punches - Martha Stewart Crafts Edge Punch - Arch Lattice, Doily Lace

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Capture The Moment

I took this photo of my older DD engaging in one of her newfound hobbies - photography. And naturally, I used the perfect papers to scrap it with - Bo Bunny's Mama-razzi Collection.

I love the vintage and distressed look of these papers, and decided to give the layout an even more distressed look with some additional tearing and inking.

I then tucked these lovely flowers from Zva Creative behind the little rolled up corners I had created in the layout.

And decorated the camera on the Mama-razzi paper with a pretty Zva Creative pearl flourish.

The layout is completed with ribbons stretched across the top and bottom, and some lace tucked behind the flowers and rolled corner and anchored by a metal sign from Making Memories.

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Bo Bunny's Mama-razzi Collection - Mama-razzi, Tabloid, Cut Outs
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Flowers - Zva Creative
Pearls - Zva Creative Self-Adhesive Pearl Flourish
Metal Sign - Making Memories Ecclectic Metal Signs - Bliss
Alphas - American Crafts Thickers - Honey Puffy Letter Stickers, Making Memories Vintage Findings - Epoxy Foil Alpha Black
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, and Vintage Photo
Ribbons and Laces - From Stash
Adhesives - Beacon's 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner