Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Altered wooden frame

My DT term at My Tattered Angels comes to an end this month and I've had a fantastic two years plus on this wonderful team. I've made some wonderful friends and have been inspired by the creative talents there. So in that spirit I created an altered frame featuring a photo of Nathalie Kalbach, Emeline Seet and me when Nat came by for a visit to Singapore this year.


I transformed the plain wooden frame into this highly-textured one using Tattered Angels Waterfall Glimmer Glaze and Patina Glimmer Mist. The Kaisercraft cuckoo clock chipboard was misted with Chalk Chalkboard Mist and painted over with Chandelier Glimmer Glam.


The photo was silhouette cut and layered dimensionally along with fussy cut details from Webster's Pages Country Estate patterned paper.

Thanks to Nat for a sweet farewell message: TA Farewell

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Zva December Blog Hop Winners Announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE December Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Jolanda Meurs
Nicole Martel
Robin Shakoor
Carole Maurin
Lisa Gregory

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Zva Creative December DT Blot Hop

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us for our December Design Team blog hop!

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.  If you like what you see, you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

The Blog Hop begins at Windy Robinson's blog. She will have the complete list of all the participating blogs in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path.  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 FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners 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 today, December 19th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 20th. 

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 21st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Windy Robinson's blog as well. 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... plus, 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... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

So you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes!  That's a lot of chances to win!


This month, I'm showcasing the colour purple and here's my layout using some lovely purple Zva crystals and flowers.


Some close-ups:




The blog hop begins here at Windy Robinson's blog. Your next stop is Jolanda Meurs. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us and Happy Holidays!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on January 30th for our next Zva blog hop!



List of Supplies:
Crystals - Zva Creative CRB-04CA-140
Flowers - Zva Creative FL-04CA-136 & FL-04CA-138
Leaves - Zva Creative FL-04CA-111
Patterned Paper - DCWV Mademoiselle
Alphas - American Crafts Alpha Bites
Filmstrip - Tim Holtz

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fun with Chipboards

I love chipboards and I like that the market's coming out with more and more intricate designs. Chippies are so versatile and you can work all kinds of mediums on them to create your own unique look, which is fantastic for me because I love working on mixed-media projects. Imaginarium Designs makes some really pretty chipboards and I would love to lay my hands on them. Until then, I'd like to share some of my favourite layouts and altered objects using chipboards.

1. Altered Frame - I altered a plain wooden photo frame, giving it lots of texture to transform it into a one-of-a-kind frame. The wooden cuckoo clock was misted with Tattered Angels Chalk chalkboard mist followed by some Chandelier glimmer glam to give it a subtle sparkle.




2. Layout: Bliss - The ornate window frame chippie was inked over with distress inks and sits amidst a collage of blue flowers. One of my favourite things about this layout is how I extended the brick wall in the photo onto the patterned paper.




3.  Altered Box: Inspired - I enjoy experimenting with mixed mediums and this box was one of my afternoon experiments. The chipboard clock was misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mist and is part of a crazy collage of lace, fabric, buttons, metal, chipboard, gesso, paints, Tattered Angels glimmer glam and glimmer glaze. Would you believe this box was a luminous green originally? ;)




4. Layout: All Aboard - I found this new embossing enamel with gold flecks in my LSS and just fell in love with it. It works beautifully on chipboards and wood details. I liked it so much I taught a class on it in my LSS embossing a whole wooden Christmas tree with it. Photos of the class project are here.



5. Altered Canvas: Creative - There's lots of chipboard on this grungy canvas, altered using Tattered Angels mists, glimmer glam, glimmer glaze plus Tim Holtz distress inks and distress stickles.





6. Layout: Nature - I went for a clean look on this layout, where chipboard leaves are inked, stickled and layered with Zva Creative crystal flourishes.



7.  Altered: Bird Cage Frame - This was something I created during my DT term with My Tattered Angels. The bird cage and bird were cut out of grunge board, curved to form a 3D cage, then glimmer misted, painted and crackle painted.




8. Layout: Cherish These Moments - I love the look of this chipboard butterfly. I misted it with shades of green and blue, then I stamped on a black flourish and followed that with a coat of crackle paint. I did a tutorial on it for My Scrapbook Nook.




9. Stickles Signage - This is a signage I created for my LSS for the stickles section of the store. Sometimes simplicity is best and here, the intricate chipboard was simply coated over with distress stickles allowing the raw element to show through. It was then adhered onto a square of patterned paper whose edges have been treated with the water distress technique to give it lots of dimension. To complete the layout, lots of layering of hand-cut details and the title on a Hambly clear print.




10. Layout: A Perfect Memory - To end off, I'd like to share one of my current favourites. I just completed the layout this morning and my favourite part of it is how I used the chipboard leaves as a stencil for creating a textured background for the layout. This is what I mean by I love the versatility of chipboards. You can use them as is - painted, misted, stickled, or you can use them as a stencil to mist a background on or create a uniquely textured background using gesso and paste. After doing their duty as stencils, the chipboards were then inked with several shades of distress inks and stickles and layered over the textured background along with some crystal flourishes and hand cut patterned paper, lace, trims and burlap.



So there you have it, some of my favourite ways of using, and abusing, chipboards. ;) Paint them, mist them, glaze them, emboss them, bend them, stamp on them, stencil them... You're only limited by your imagination. ;)

Cheers!

Sue

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Zva November Blog Hop Winners Announced

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE November Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Susan Lui
Andrea Ewen
Lisa Somerville
Karen Shady
Tara Orr

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!


And the winner from my blog is....



Congrats Laura! Please email me your name and address at sueluv2scrap @ ymail.com so we can send you your Zva prize. And do comment on this post so I know you've read it. Congrats again!

Before you leave, here's a card I created using a purple Zva crystal flourish:


Have a great evening and happy scrapping!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us this November for a blog hop that we feel is extra special because it is the first hop for many of our new 2011-12 team members!  We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  See details below.

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.  If you like Zva's products you can find a list stores and online retailers that sell Zva here.

The Blog Hop begins at Windy Robinson's blog. 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, just follow along the blog path.  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 FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners 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 today, November 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 29th. 

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 30th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Windy Robinson's blog as well. 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... plus, 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...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, 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.

To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry

So you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes!  That's a lot of chances to win!

Here's my Zva Creative project this month. I'm featuring some lovely brown crystal flourishes.




The blog hop begins here: Windy Robinson. Your next stop is here: Jolanda Meurs

Thank you for joining us!


List of Supplies
Crystals - Zva Creative CR-03CA-119
Patterned Paper - Kaisercraft Hunt & Gather Collection Watch & Search
Chipboard - Kaisercraft Wood Flourishes Vine
Template - The Crafters Workshop Template Chicken Wire


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A grungy altered toy box

I had loads of fun altering this toy box for a Tattered Angels DT project. I was about to throw the box out but thought why not experiment on it.

So this was the box before:



And this is the box after:


Quite cool, huh? I covered the box with Prima’s Printery patterned papers and misted it all over with Chalk Chalkboard. I then took bits and bobs from my stash of leftovers and went to town covering the grungy collage with Rum Punch Mist and slathered on some Espresso Bean Glam.

Some close-ups:

The lid.


The back of the box.



Monday, November 14, 2011

Basic Grey Gallery

My layout, Apple of My Eye, is up on the Basic Grey Gallery. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Me & You

This is my current favourite layout. It's something I created for My Tattered Angels and Zva Creative. I didn't use any patterned papers on it. Just some mists from My Tattered Angels, a Prima mask, some fabric, and flowers and crystals from Zva Creative.


Some happy experiments with the new mist colours from Tattered Angels which came together nicely to complement the colours in the photo.



Olive flowers and leaves from Zva Creative and black crystal flourishes, also from Zva. Gotta love that little brass filigreed butterfly too.



Thanks for dropping by. I need to get some scrapping done. Several deadlines coming up. ;)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Basic Grey Winner

My layout, Apple of My Eye, won the random drawing at Basic Grey's sketch challenge. Yay! More BG goodies on its way to me. :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Apple of My Eye

I recently laid my hands on some new Basic Grey Picadilly papers. The cheery colours and prints called out to me and I knew I had to scrap them with a new black and white photo I had. And this is what I came up with, inspired by a sketch at the Basic Grey blog.



As usual, I had to create a shabby-chic layout with lots of distressed edges layered with some lace, trims and Picadilly embellishments.


The lovely green crystal flourish is from Zva Creative. I turned it into a flutter trail for the butterfly and added some black Zva crystals for the butterfly's body and antennae.


The title work using Basic Grey sticker alphas. Did you spot the apple on the layout? Corny, I know. :)


Thanks for dropping by. :)



Supplies:
Crystals - Zva Creative Triumph Olive/Lime Crystal CRB-04CB-105
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Picadilly collection
Embellishments - Basic Grey Picadilly collection
Alphas - Basic Grey Picadilly collection

Friday, October 28, 2011

O Christmas Tree - A PaperMarkt Class

Hi there! Here’s the class I’ve designed for PaperMarket for the month of November.

With Christmas just around the corner you might be thinking of handcrafting Christmas gifts for your loved ones or making a pretty Christmas home decor. In this class you’ll alter a wooden Kaisercraft tree in its own ornate metal vase, making a delightful Christmas tree to hang your family or friend’s favourite photos off of. You’ll get to create with some of the newest embossing powders, Christmas collections from Graphic 45 as well as flowers and embellishments from Prima Marketing.


The class schedule is here: PaperMarket November Class Schedule .

The Christmas Tree is now displayed at PaperMarket Raffles City. Do take a look and I hope to see you in class. Til then, happy scrapping!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Zva Creative Design Team 2011-2012!

I'm so thrilled to be back on the Zva Creative Design Team for my third term. Here's the list of talented ladies on the new team for 2011-2012. I can't wait to see all their beautiful creations.



Windy Robinson – US  (DT Coordinator)


Andrea Ewen – US

Sarah Gough – New Zealand

Lisa Gregory – US

Christin Gr̦nnslett РSweden

Lisa Johnson – US

Susan Lui – Singapore


Nicole Martel – US

Carole Maurin – France

Jolanda Meurs – Netherlands

Yukiko Ochi – Japan

Fabi Oremerod – Brazil

Tara Orr – Canada


Karen Shady – Australia

Robin Shakoor – US

Lisa Somerville – US


Be sure to join us on our next Zva Creative monthly blog hop in November where you'll see the new team at work. :)