Monday, April 30, 2012

"Just You"- Once Upon A Sketch May!

Hello everyone!
 Of course, the best theme for May is...what else?  

Theme: Mum
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Mum" however you like based on the following sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch.

Ideas for journalling: you as a mother, your role as a working/stay-at-home mum, sacrifices/benefits of being a mum, one day in your life as a mum, how your life has changed since being a mum, a tribute to your own mum, grandmother, guardian or someone you consider as close as your mum, your relationship with your mum or your daughter, one trait you have take from your mum, your desire to be a mum, your feelings on motherhood, what does it mean to be a mum?, what kind of mum do you want to be? , Mother's Day celebrations/traditions, your favourite Mother's Day gift given/receive etc..

This layout will be my present to my mother!!!

And guess who is sponsoring this month (among other generous sponsors)

Our own, FAVORITE Greek on line shop "Enjoy Scrapping"!

"Enjoy Scrapping" is a Scrapbooking and Papercrafts Store in Greece that has a great variety of exceptional products for everyone who wants to make something unique! 
What makes our day is to bring a smile on someone's face through the work of an inspirational Guest Designer or through giveaways!
Scrapbooking is so much fun!! Enjoy Scrapping!!
You will find our online store HERE  and our blog HERE 

Materials used for "Just You"
Papers: Creative Imaginations
Die Cuts: Creative Imaginations
Flowers: Petaloo, Prima
Crackle paint: Ranger
Title and flourish: Imaginarium Designs
Penant: BoBunny
Punch:Martha Stewart


You can combine this challenge with "Get Creative" since their challenge for May is a layout about your mother and many flowers!!!!! Easy peasy!
(Edit: you can also play along at "child's play challenges").

Thank you for visiting!
Have a nice day!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tips & tutorial! ATTN: LONG POST!!!

As I promised, I will share with you a few tips and techniques that I used on the layouts I made for My Creative Scrapbook this month. Of course you can see more tips from the rest of the DT at the forum--->Here

I warn you! It is a Loooooong post! Take a cup of coffee or a drink and sit back!

To make this artsy background, you need a credit card or spatula and acrylic color. You dιp the card into the paint (it could be gesso as well) and start making moves up & down/left & right...
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To give a vintage feeling to your paper and really distressed look, you spritz it with water
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and squize it gently with your hand!
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After that, you apply distress ink using a foam pad to point out the wrinkles!
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If you don't have a swirl that fιts your colors or design, make your own using stickles! To be accurate, use a stencil!

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Well, I liked the chipboard's pale brown natural color but I wanted to highlight it a bit!
So I randomly inked it with two different shades of brown and covered it with crackle paint rock candy!
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1) I cut strips from an old book,2) I use a border punch,3) I ink them with some brown distress ink, 4) with my fingers I press them randomly into ruffles, 5) I glue them around on the back of my circle!

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I will show you step by step how to achieve this background!
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1) Use a mask and dab a chalk ink or use a foam pad and distress ink above the mask (don't mind my is a mess..lolPosted Image) (Prima Mask)
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2) Then use a mask and glimmer mist or chalk mist. you can use more than one colors!
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3) Use a music or letter stamp with versamark ink and stamp randomly all around the paper
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tip: I don't use an acrylic block for that, just my fingers!That way I avoid the square shaped stamping!

4) I have put coper embossing powder on the places I stamped and melt it with a heat gun.
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5)Mix some gesso with black acrylic paint and dab it above a mask using a brush. That way you achieve some extra thick texture. (Prima Gate Mask)
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6) I decided to use an extra mask (clock) and glimmer mists (gold and suede)
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and this is the finished layout:
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I hope you enjoyed my post and I hope I have explained everything correctly!
Have a nice creative day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My 1st Purple Pumpkin post & more publications!

Hello my friends!

I am really excited today! I have uploaded my 1st own post for Purple Pumpkin blog! WooHoo!!!

Maybe some of you remember that I was chosen as a guest designer on the last DT call 6 months ago, so today I have combined my guest & designer introduction post!
 Please head on over there and see what I've made!

Here are some sneak pics!

Thank you all for your love and support!!!

And  some more good news! 3 of my latest layouts "Slide" - "You bring sunshine" - "Beautiful girl" will be published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine!!!
The 1st publication will be "Me & You" - Vol 14 No. 9 (on sale 13/06//2012)
Happy dance!!!

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Berry 71 Bleu - "My name...Ioli"

Hello everyone!

 I am sharing with you today the first layout I've made as a designer for the sweetest and talented person Marivic Clifton! Her tags are really unique! She has an excellent taste in gathering yummy little vintage embellies and she combines them to make the most chic tags and kits ever! You can find her tags at her "Berry71bleu" Etsy shop and the kits at "Zeus and Zoe" Etsy shop!
 You must keep an eye though because they sell out fast!

I made a layout with a photo from my DD's baptism,

The background paper was all creme and I used a cut out paper as a mask and I misted with Tattered Angels Suede and Olive vine.

Here are a few close ups..

Don't forget to participate in our challenge this month based on this inspirational photo...

and our sponsor this month The Scrap Cake!

You have until the end of April to upload your project on the sidebar at B71B blog!
We would love to see your creations and get inspired!!!
Have a nice day!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Berry71Bleu *Reminder*

Hello my friends!

Ok now...I am sure you would all LOVE to win this:

Don't forget our challenge this month at Berry71Bleu blog!!!
 Follow the inspiration photo and you can win "My Private Happiness" collection from The Scrap Cake.

Here is the photo again..

As always there are a few basic rules to follow:-


1. You are allowed to make a card, layout or altered/off the page project
as long as you follow the theme or challenge of the month. 

2. This challenge is open to anyone anywhere in the world. 

3. Pls post your ACTUAL project post using the link tool on the sidebar of the B71B blog
and DO NOT link to your ENTIRE blog

4. Please SERIOUSLY CONSIDER turning off your word verification
if comments are important to you :)

5. You can submit as many projects as you would like
and combine your entry with other challenges. 

6. Please mention in your blog post that you are playing along at
Berry 71 Bleu TOGETHER with a link back to our blog. Thank you!

7. All entries must be received by MIDNIGHT April 30th Central Standard Time.

So simple...and the colors of the challenge are gorgeous! I am waiting to be inspired by your entries!!!
Have a nice day!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Great News to share!!!

Hello my friends!!!

I got an email yesterday that made me scream and do the happy dance!!!
It was from Sam & Sandra from my favorite Purple Pumpkin!!!

Check out the announcement --> HERE
Thank you ladies so much for the honor!!!

If you follow my blog, I am sure you have realized my love and addiction to Purple Pumpkin! I use them every chance I get! I 1st saw them on the layouts of a few favorite scrappers of mine Melinda & Belinda! I fell in love! I was disappointed because they are based in Australia but when I asked them about the shipping cost, I was pleasantly surprised!!! They are so cheap!! Check out their store --->HERE 
They load their store every month on a specific date and time so keep an eye for that on their blog!
They also have monthly challenges with very inspiring sketches that give you the chance to win some yummy goodies!!!

Here are some old layouts where I've used PP products!


More good news!!

- My layout "Remember" was featured in Get Creative and was a favorite of Melenia's for the challenge at her blog! 
- My layout "Yiota" won as the best entry in "This one's a winner" in February.

- My layouts "Sun glasses" & "Share" were published in "Scrapstreet-Gingerscrap" on line magazine in February and my layouts "A perfect day is..." & "Dream Big" in April!!!

- And lastly, my layout "You & Me" was published in "SNR" on line magazine in March!

That's all for now!!
Thanks for visiting!!!
I appreciate all your sweet comments! They just make my day!!!