Monday, October 29, 2012

Zva Creative October DT Blog Hop!

 Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to join us for our October Blog Hop! We are happy to have you join us and hope you enjoy all that we have to share with you along the way!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blogBe sure head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).  
 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 will be sharing 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 photo in the layout is of my mom, sister and grandmother on Mothers Day. 3 Generations. At the time, we had 5 generations, but now we are back to 4 with the passing of my beloved grandmother. For this layout I used K and Company's new Susan Winget collection "Floral". It is beautiful! The colors are divine. Using Zva Creatives products on this layout seemed fitting.

I used Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die to create the pink flowers. And the McGill Sun punch for the middles.

The  gorgeous pearl  flourish is Flourishes- Taupe Pearl -[CR-05CB-109]

The beautiful frilly pink flower is the  3" Dual-Frosty Flowers - White & Pink -[FL-04CA-124] It comes in a 2 pack and the other color is white.

The daisy flowers were created using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and the middles were created the same as the smaller pink flowers.

Just a closeup of the flowers.

If you would like to play along with our design team, 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 designer's 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, October 29th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 30th. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 31st on Zva Creative's blogWe will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this 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.
*Hop over to Zva's blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!
 The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is to the very talented Susan Lui's blog.  Enjoy!
Thank you for joining us!

Friday, October 12, 2012

FabScraps The Enchanted Garden Collection.

 I had the pleasure of working in the FabScraps booth at The Collins Show in Orlando last week. What gracious and beautiful hosts, Michelle and Bee were!! While they worked their retail magic, I demonstrated creating flowers, tags and cracker boxes with FabScraps wonderful papers!! One of the newest collections is The Enchanted Garden. With 4 different color ranges, I chose the purple/lavender papers in the collection to create this layout.

 The 2 papers I chose were Pink Flamingos C52 005 and Pink Flamingos C52 006. I found a coordinating solid card stock to compliment the papers.

Enchanted Gardens Paper Flowers Die-Cut 8x8 pad  is full of wonderful prescored flowers so all you have to do is pull them apart, fold and secure them with your favorite adhesive. There are half fans as well as full fans with eyelet edges. 

FabScraps also makes the most wonderful chip board pieces to go with each collection. In this LO I used Birds On A Wire Border 6/Pkg, 7"X1.5" DC52 005 and Die-Cut Grey Chipboard Word Girl 2"X1.5" DC52 022. For the purple flowers I used Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters Collection die,  and the smaller flowers are Spellbinders bitty Blossoms. die.

I also die cut my own flowers using card stock and leftover scraps of the FabScraps paper. For the leaves I die cut the lighter part of the paper and lightly sprayed it with some Glimmer Mist in Olive Vine.The 2 beautiful brass filigree butterflies on the layout are part of a beautiful collection of Boxed Filigree Embellishment Assortment 80 Pieces. 
They are perfect for embellishing tags and cards as well as altered items and layouts. I can picture them as part of jewelry making as well. There are 10 each of 8 designs. Plenty for all of your projects. 

 Step by Step Instructions on creating the layout:
1. Punch around the page C52 005 using a decorative punch
2. Adhere this piece to a solid colored card stock in a complemented color.
3. Layer a 10x10 piece of  C52 006 over the C52 005. I used my sewing machine to secure. 
4. Pop out and create some of the Enchanted Gardens Paper Flowers. 
5. Die cut some leaves from the lighter part of the paper and color with your choice of sprays or inks. 
6. Cut a circle from C52 006 and distress edges. 
7. Punch one side of a small strip of C52 005 using a decorative punch and back it with the coordinating solid card stock. 
8. Place Circle in middle of page and secure. 
9. Place matted strip toward and over the bottom part of the circle. 
19.Mat your photo and place it over the circle and strip as shown.
11.Arrange your flowers and leaves around the page. 
12.Tuck some diecut flourishes under the flowers. 
13.Paint the chipboard pieces and place them on the page. 
14.Place your filigree butterflies on the page.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Swirlydoos October Blog Hop and Kit reveal "Belle Chanson"

Welcome to Swirlydoos' October Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

If you came here from Larissa's's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!  Also, as an extra special twist, 2 of our designers are hiding secret prizes on their blogs!!!!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!  Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!
Click on the kit picture to take you to the main page and see all of the gorgeous add ons for this months kit. Belle Chanson.

This photo's on this first layout are of my daughter in uniform and a close up of her present Chef Coat. She loves her job at Jack's Place in Orlando. She is proud of what she does and wears an invisible crown while she works. And there is always a smile on her face as she is happy when she works...

The smaller flowers were created with Spellbinders Rose Creations die and colored with Lindy's Moonshadow mist. I topped them with the sweet Prima Roses. The banner was cut out free hand and glued to a lightweight jute.

Here is a closeup of the cluster. The smaller pink rose was created using Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die. The leaves are also part of the set. Die cut and colored with Glimmer mist in Olive Vine. My all time fave green color for leaves. I hope they never stop making this color!!

The beautiful trinkets from Prima are just so sweet. I used one to dangle from my flower cluster.

Just another closeup of my framed photo, banner and flowers. I colored the little Wilton doilies (not in the kit) with the same color as the flowers.

This is going to be The Anatomy Of A Layout. Step by step instructions are posted in the forums for this LO. It will also include a quick tutorial for the flowers.

The banner was cut from the packaging from Prima. A bonus!! The pictures on some of them are so sweet. See the little nest with the robins eggs? I love it!!

Just a closeup of the flowers. They were die cut from A Heartfelt Creations die made by Spellbinders. The name is Tattered Blossoms. The stamp that goes to the die by Heartfelt Creations is also beautiful, but I opted not to stamp the flowers this time.

This next layout is a picture of my daughter when she was really little...She manages to climb up this chair by herself. She was always my little adventure seeker.

I created the roses with Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die. It makes the cutest quickest roses. The leaves were stamped using Heartfelt Creations Leafy Swirls die (retired). Then they were colored with Glimmer Mist in Olive Vine.

Just another closeup of some of the different leaves I die cut from the excess paper I cut out from behind the blue card stock strip in the middle of this LO. The butterflies can be found in the tutorials section at Swirlydoos. I always create a butterfly file to match each kit.

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, 10/10 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 10/11.  In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentemce. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected.     Can't wait to hear from you.
My special word is :  meaning 
The party ends here...But stay tuned at Swirlydoos all month long as the Design Team drop off layouts  throughout the month for the second half of our reveal!!!
If you joined the party somewhere in the middle. Head on Back to Swirlydoos Blog to start the Hop.