30 days before Christmas projects

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Snowflakes everywhere !

It's like it's snowing everywhere I'm not. South of France, Alps, Houston, of course Canada...but here nothing. We were supposed to be covered by two feet by now, but Spring is back (like 12C degree, trees are blooming...). Crazy weather.

So instead of showing you beautiful white Scottish landscape, I will just post a snowy card.


Recollections papers (I did told you bought a bunch...), white cardstock, Inkadinkado acrylic stamps, Tim Holtz firebrick distress ink.
I cut out the stamped snowflakes, and use square foam on 3 of them to give them some dimensions.

Tomorrow will be the last day to enter my little giveaway. If you're new to it, take a look at the rules (very simple ones) at this previous post.

Have a good week end !

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday - Day 5

Are you an early bird ? I was. I did put my alarm clock at 5:45 (almost midnight in Houston) to hit the checkout button of my already prepared cart at CraftJunction. 50% off if you shop between midnight and 8AM. Now I plan to wait until noon to take a look at the Blitsy website. I really miss my shopping at Michaels today... But with only my first order, I already exceed the spending of last year.

Enough with the shopping. It's day 5 ! A simple but elegant card with non-Recollections papers. Yes I can do that. I did use KaiserCraft paper this time (guess what, another gift from Simply card & Papercrafts), the 6x6 Christmas Collections pad, with Inkadinkado stamps and Stazon brown ink.

 
 
 
I know, it's not a fancy card, but I did use my stash... Happy Black Friday y'all !

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy thanksgiving but it's day 4...

I bet most of you are up early today, for early bird cooking or shopping. No bird for me to cook (not even sure I can find one here before mi-December) and no shopping. I did take a look at the first sales today but nothing temping yet. I will keep my money for tomorrow, I have two website in mind.

So I will just wish you Happy Holidays for now, with a snowy card :


Papers and tag came from a free gift (yeah again, I brought several magazines...) from Cardmaking & Papercrafts, ribbon by Galena, stamps by TPC Studio, marker by American Crafts, ink by Colorbok.

I stamped the snowy background in blue on light blue paper, then use a metallic blue marker on the edges of the stamp. It looks like I use a darker mat. The stamp on the envelope came from the same set of TPC stamps.

I hope you will have a fabulous Thanksgiving. Don't forget to tell the ones you care about that you love them. Thank you for reading me, scrapbooking is giving me some much satisfaction I'm glad to share it with you.

By the way, the giveway for this week ends Sunday, don't forget to follow me and to comment on one of the card... Thank you for that too.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day 3 : Christmas dog card

Today I will show you a card that proves I improved my coloring skills ! The first coloring jobs I did were fun but plain. I'm more proud of this one, even if using white space is still hard for me.


Papers by Recollections (I know, I bought a bunch of them, but last year in January they were like $4 a pad...).
Dog stamp : Wild Rose Studio
Gifts and sentiment stamps : Carolyne Knott
Ink : Memento Tuxedo black
Markers : Copic Sketch R20, R27, R29, YG03, YG21, YG63, BG10, BG15, E31, E33, E09, E51

Stamps were a free gift in Cardmaking & Papercrafts issues. I DO love this magazine here in UK, they always come with fabulous freebies. You will see more Carolyne Knott's stamps in the following cards, I love their vintage look.

Thanks for those who had already followed me and leaved a comment. I do appreciate them. It gives me strength to create the last cards... 5 to go to reach the 30 ! If you have an Twitter or an Instagram account, you could see some sneak peeks of the last created cards.

See you tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 2 : All over the page punch

Hi everyone !

For my 2nd card, I used the Martha Stewart "All over the page" punch, the diamond ring pattern, with Recollections papers on a blank 4x6 card. I cut the label from a free sheet of an "Simply cards & papercraft" issue. I think I found the ribbon a long long time ago at Target in the Spring one dollar section.


No sketch today, but a little trick. See the envelope behind the card ? I use the MS punch on it too ! I took the base of the punch and used it as a template with red gel pen to match the card.

It's a quick card but I love the result. Don't forget to follow me AND leave a comment on one of the card this week to win TWO packages of Prima Christmas Belle Fleur...

Monday, November 25, 2013

30 cards before Christmas giveaway

We are the 25th of November and it's time for me to reveal my surprise !

I have a lot of Christmas papers, and a lot of scraps from this papers. So I decided to use them this season to make cards. During these 30 days before Christmas, I will show you 30 cards, one for each day. I will share sketches and tricks about them, and you will tell me which one you prefer at the end of this month of cards, and I will give you candies...

This is how it will work : each Sunday before Christmas, a winner will be chosen among those who left a comment in a least one of the post of each week (you must be a follower of this blog to win the prizes). That's 4 prizes !

I will create a page with the icons of the cards and you will be able to vote for your favorite (all the cards should be on this page on the 22nd of December). Another winner will be pick for the Christmas prize !

Now the first card :


I used a blank 4x6 card, Recollections Bright Christmas cardstock papers, glitter glue and foam squares. I did cut out the snowflakes and the sentiment rectangle and placed them with foam squares to add some dimensions.

And the sketch :

 
 
This week's prize will be two packages of Belle Fleur Christmas flowers and leaves by Prima Marketing. You can play from all around the world !

(packages are the same size, pb with pictures...)

So don't forget to be a follower of this blog (hit the "join this site" or "follow this blog with bloglovin" button) AND to comment one of the post of this week if you want to win this prize. You can follow me even if you don't want to win it ;-). Winner will be picked randomly by the random.org widget.

Hope to see you tomorrow for another card...

PS : I don't know why but the blue "follow me" button doesn't work but the small red double square on its side does. Please hit this square to follow me...


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Late Halloween card

Hi everyone !

I got my internet back ! I which I can spend the day in front of my computer... Better for my bank account if you could not. I have already place two order in 10mn... One at Freckle Fawn for their warehouse sale, another for Gelato on CraftJunction. And Black Friday is around the corner...

So now I'm on line, I will show you an Halloween card (pub in the October Cricut Mag). It's a little late, I know, not my fault, blame BT (British Telecom)...



I used Teresa Collins Haunting Hallows papers collection, black cardstock, glitter glue, Cricut black marker and the Chic&Scary cartridge.

I do have a lot to catch up with internet, but real life is calling me... See you soon !

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First snow !

It is our first day of snow here in Aberdeen ! Nothing fancy, just a light cover, but just enough to get the girls excited ! Christmas will be there in no times... Have you start your Christmas card yet ? I did. I will show you them one by one starting 30 days before Christmas. And you will vote for the one you like the most ! Followed by a surprise for Christmas day... Wait a little bit more...

For today, no card, but a snowy layout, of course ! Unusual colors, black and pink, for a winter page, but so girly...


Heidi Swapp papers, Prima Marketing crystal flourishes, and flowers, Spellbinders template with pink ink, black Liquid Pearls, pink Copic marker, Inkadinkado stamp, white and black stitching.

I can't wait to have enough snow to be able to ski, or make snowmen or snowball fighting... After few year in Texas, we will enjoy a real winter !

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thanks card with step-by step

Hello there !

I'm almost back from the dead (I mean from the no-internet-connection dead). I do have a connection. But it's not working... But I'm able to grab internet from time to time from a hotspot or a coffee shop, and the problem will be resolve over the week-end (fingers crossed).

So for today, I will share with you a card and its step-by-step. After all it's almost Thanksgiving (even if it's not a holiday here in Scotland, the girls have asked for turkey !), so it will be a thanks card.

 

What I used :
 
Papers from Hello beautiful, Lovey Dovey and Mr. Boy collection by Bella Blvd
white cardstock
Memento black ink
Thanks rubber stamp (unknow)
Glossy accents by Ranger, Advanced Tape Glider.
white card by Hobby Craft 
What I did :
 
Cut out 6 flowers from one of the Hello Beautiful paper. Cut a grey stripe from the same collection's paper (4 ½ " long). Cut out a scallop border with a black border in the Mr. Boy paper (5/8 x 5 ¾ )
Cut a rectangle in the grey dot paper ( 2 ¾ x5 ¾ ) and another in the dark pink paper (1 ¼ x5 ¾ ).
Adhere the grey rectangle at the top of the card and the pink one at the bottom.
Glue the scallop stripe over the junction of the two rectangle. Place 3 flowers on the top of it.
Place the grey stripe at ½ from the bottom of the card, left side. Glue 3 flowers on the top of it, between the upper flowers.
Stamp the sentiment on white cardstock with black ink. Cut it out and place it at the end of the grey stripe.


Et Voila !

I have decided to do a lot of cards, in fact Christmas cards. I will show you soon all of them but one by one. You will have more informations on what I'm preparing soon, probably at the end of the next week... Stay tune for a surprise !

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A workshop in Aberdeen !

What ? It's already been like a month since I blogged ?
It's not like I was laying on a beach... first I did fly to France, drove to the mountain, destroyed an old kitchen and dragged away the crushed parts, help built a new one, drove back to south of France, received one of my sea shipment, did a lot of administrative stuff, fly back to Aberdeen, move to another house and received the second sea shipment. And since three days, I try to unpack everything. BUT my scrapbook stuff are well in place.
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So, now tomorrow, I will have my very first workshop in Aberdeen, at The Papeterie. I will teach how to make this Christmas layout.

 
You will need 7 different papers, with at least two 12x12, distress ink and tool, paper distresser, decorative scissors, half pearls, poinsettias and leaves die-cuts, gold gel pen.
If you are in Aberdeen, the workshop take place at The Papeterie between 1 and 3PM. Please feel free to stop by, I always glad to see new faces.
 
I will get back to you probably Tuesday night, I will have an internet connection at home this day.
 
Have a great week end !