vendredi 29 avril 2011

Another sketch

Hi there again! There's one thing I know and I'm sure you know that, too: I can't resist a good sketch! And I came over another one on Ella's blog, a sketch by Donna Jannuzzi. In fact, they're having another "Stretch Your Sketches" series and I'm on!!! Here's a third version of Donna's sketch as she proposed it:

I find it so versatile (and two other versions, too)! And it definitely triggered something in my head. Maybe because I've done something similar in the past?... Anyway, I had those three pictures of my daughter, taken in December and really, for the love of me, couldn't decide which of them was cuter! But why chose if you can have it all?...

Supplies: cardstock Bazzil; patterned paper MME; letter stickers Toga, AC; Clear stamps myStamp Box; Versamark Tsukineko; embossing powder Stampendous; brads We R Memory Keepers; felt snowflakes HA

The story is about the pink sled that's in our family's winter house's attic. My daughter was absolutely fond of it! And the color was perfect for her wintery outfit! I used again of of those marvelous My Mind's Eye papers and my new myStamp Box snowflake stamps.

Be assured, winter hasn't come back yet. We're still wearing T's, tongs and sun screen (almost everyday). But it's so good to look at this sweet face and remember good time! Have a good one!

jeudi 28 avril 2011

After Easter

Hello! How are you doing? Are you all dealing with the post-Easter-chocolatery syndrome? :) We're still eating it, slowly, a bit at a time...

I'm back with a layout made for the monthly Hero Arts challenge. This month, it was all about masculine projects, stamp layering and sketches. I went for this last part but instead of making a card, I made a layout. You can see the sketches HERE, I've chosen number 3. I've simply added a frame around it and the journaling part. The background was created by dividing the space equally and stamping with solid and "usual" images. Lots of white ink... The journaling says: You are strongly influenced by one of "Little Bear's" episodes and it is impossible for you to look at the camera without saying: "Cheese!" Because of that, it seems close to impossible for me to obtain a picture of you without the grin!
Supplies: cardstock Bazzil; all stamps HA; letter stickers Toga, AC; ink Clear Snap; embossing powder Artoz; brad We Are Memory Keepers; white gel pen Sakura; stapler

Now, on Easter Sunday we were at my in-laws. Some egg hunt was involved, we were to find eggs my son was hiding in the garden! While looking for them, I've spotted some marvels of the nature. Just have a look:

And one more thing. I hear there are some great giveaways going on over at Lucy's and Joy's. That's almost as good as the egg hunt itself! See you!

samedi 23 avril 2011

Joyeuses Pâques / Happy Easter

Bonsoir! Un message un peu spécial aujourd'hui, en deux langues comme il se doit! :)

Hello! A little special post tonight, in two languages as it should be! :)

Pâques c'est demain et depuis quelques jours je suis fans la frénésie de la pâtisserie. Nous sommes invités pour le repas de midi alors je me suis donnée à coeur joie avec les spécialités polonaises. Douces, je précise! Et tout ça, quelque part à cause de ma Maman qui dernièrement réclame des douceurs à la pâte levée. Et celles qu'elle veut en particulier ne sont pas fabriquées par ici. Du coup, j'ai m'y suis mise. En voilà preuve en photo...

Tomorrow is Easter and since a few days I'm in a baking frenzy. As we are invited for dinner tomorrow, I decided to bake some Polish specialities. Sweet ones, of course (as I do have a sweet tooth!) And all this because of my Mom, who as of late wants some yeast Polish buns that are unavailable here. So, I thought, I'll try. Here's one proof...

Sur une autre note, voici une carte qui a été publiée dans le numéro de mars de magazine CARDS. J'ai trouvé qu'elle était appropriée pour vous souhaiter à tous Joyeuses Pâques! A bientôt!

On another note, here's a card that was published in the March issue of CARDS magazine. I've found it was perfect to wish you a Happy Easter! See you soon!

jeudi 21 avril 2011

Project 12 - March

Hello! I'm back with another Project 12 installment. Here's Becky Fleck's sketch for the month of March:

Here's my take on it. As for the two previous months I used SRM month stickers. I even sited one of them on our new couch! :) As for the papers, their choice was somehow guided by the color of the stickers. And in my stash I've found this Bella Boulevard Swing into Spring collection.

The left page came about in a whip. I've added one more picture to the layout, stickers, flowers for the border and that's it!

As for the 2nd part of the sketch I had to alter some more things since I had too much to say and my couch picture was too big (which was another addition to the original sketch). As for the stitching around the whole layout, this time around I decided to change things a bit. Since I've already stitched the papers, so I've simply stamped a border with myStamp Box stamps.

Now, as for the story, well, we had another birthday in our family (my husband's), my son was invited for the first time to a friend's birthday party, there was a show in our church, we've installed the sand on our balcony, we've received our new couch and were the first ones to maw the lawn in our quarter! The great weather continues (they're talking even about the draught already!!!) and I've started gathering the story and pictures for the month of April. I even know which one will be on the layout for sure. Greetings from Switzerland, again! :)

mardi 19 avril 2011

All together

Hello world! Today, I'm in need of rest even more than the other days (my dear kiddos...) so this will again be English-only post. Désolé mes chères amies francophones!!! Je vous aime toujours! :)

The absolutely-amazing-and-incredible beautiful weather continues, don't want to disgust you or anything. Just have a look at those lilacs that are in bloom in our garden! And it's official, chestnuts ARE blooming right now in my corner of the world...

Anyway, I have some cards to show you. Lately, we had a Pattern Showcase on myStamp Box blog. It was all about creating a background with stamps. I made a card using Itty Bittys stamps set, you can see it HERE. But ever since, this stamp set was stuck with me. I didn't really take time to play with it before but had some ideas that I could finally bring them to life. And since there are some fun little stamps in that set, I made a set of cards. That's very convenient for the Moxie Fab World's challenge! :)

Sentiments on all cards are from another cool set, Mention it!

Here are the three cards, all together...

Wishing you a nice, sunny day wherever you are! Cheers!

mercredi 13 avril 2011

In the Air

Hello there! Things got a little less warm after the weekend, weather-wise. Kiddos-wise, they got much hotter if you get my meaning! :) Anyway, I don't even know when I made this card. Probably in between one storm and another... But since the air is hot, balloons fly better, isn't it? Especially when there's a Moxie Fab World challenge involved. If you need to know everything, I don't own any balloon related product, paper or stamp. I could paper piece something but I'm lazy those days (that goes with the Summery-like weather we just had...) So, I took one bauble from this Christmas stamp set by myStamp Box and turned it into a hot-air balloon...

The sky piece was made on a piece of watercolor paper, with dye inks and Perfect Pearls powder for the lovely shimmer...

And the sentiment was adhered to a piece of corrugated cardstock that acts as the basket which is attached to the balloon with crochet floss...

I've seen some gorgeous submissions and compared to them my card is sort of "blah". Still, I had fun working on it and hope for more hot weather! See ya!

samedi 9 avril 2011

Hot weekend

Hello! The new Paper Crafts magazine hits the stands and it arrived in my mail box yesterday. I have to say, it's full of amazing projects! It's a HOT issue! As hot as the weekend we're having...

I do not have anything printed in there but I can share one of my rejects with you. A card for Mother's day (I believe in some countries it's already THE day).

Supplies: cardstock: Bazzil Basics and Swiss Dots; stickers AC; pearls HA and amuse; brad Artoz; border punch Fiskars; tissue paper, sewing machine

I know, I know, it's not perfect, far from! But, what I loved most about this card was that home made tissue paper flower - so fun to make (and to offer)! Maybe I'll have a better luck next time?...

Anyway, speaking of hot, the weather continues to be incredible here in Switzerland, it feels like Summer and I'm not kidding! So, we're trying to get advantage of this and today we did something special together. But, I won't reveal everything just yet as I'd love to scrapbook that day. For now I'll just send you a "postcard" from Switzerland so you might feel as you were there, too! Have a nice one!

mercredi 6 avril 2011

What's your story?

Hello! How is your week going so far? Mine is sort of... great! The weather is more than fine and I've completed a layout I wanted to for quite a long time! It's going to be this year's album's opener since this story happened on the 2nd of January. And what's the story, you might ask. Well, I guess every child has a favorite plush toy. My daughter had two: one she has to have in her bed for sleeping and a second one who became her best friend. She was carrying this teddy bear everywhere under her arm, it was all stained and grey instead of initial white. On the 2nd of January I was leaving for a short trip and since we had very little time, on our way to the airport we stopped in a restaurant to eat. The teddy disappeared in between the parking lot and the queue, in literally something like 3 to 5 minutes. We looked for it everywhere, my husband went back there and searched for a long time. Nothing. This was also the day when my daughter was not feeling very well so it was a total nightmare! And must tell you that we were all sad and very much affected by the disappearance of "our" Teddy. We wanted to buy a new one but the one presented as the same on the internet doesn't look the same on the picture... So, our daughter has a white bunny instead that she seems to have accepted almost like the Teddy. But still, it's not the same...

Supplies: cardstock Bazzil Basics; patterned papers MME; brad and letter stickers AC; sewing machine

The patterned papers are yet another story. I bought those about a year a half ago and they were still hidden untouched in my stash. But when I took them out, I fell in love with them *again*! So much texture and such beautiful colors! I can see another layout coming soon...

And what's your story today? Would love to hear it! See you soon!

dimanche 3 avril 2011


Hi there! This weekend was sort of unbelievable. First, the weather. Gorgeous! Warm (over 20°C)!!! We went to a park with kids and their uncle & aunt, it was fun! Then, we enjoyed some calm in the garden and today we could still go out lightly dressed with our guests...

Second, my layout for the Project 12 - February was featured on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog! Wow!!!

Third, with all we did, I've managed to make a card for Paper Crafts Color Inspiration Challenge. Here it is:

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil Basics; Stamps: myStamp Box; Inks and Glossy Accents: Ranger Industries; Accents: Hero Arts; Gelly Roll Pen: Sakura

The pennant was stamped with dye ink, then I colored in the dots with Stardust gel pen and covered everything with Glossy Accents.

But I have to admit, after all this I'm unbelievably tired... So, off I go, to bed! See ya!

vendredi 1 avril 2011

myStamp Box New Design Team blog hop

It's a WELCOME BLOG HOP today at myStampBOX, and we are thrilled to introduce our new designers to you. If you stumbled upon our blog hop today, be sure to start back at the myStampBOX blog so you don’t miss any of the action!

Come visit all of our returning design members' blogs, and you will be introduced to our new team members one by one. Make sure to leave a comment on each participating blog and a final comment once you return to our home page. Leave your comments by 6 PM EST on Sunday April 3rd for a chance to win free stamps! On the way enjoy our welcoming cards made with our fun myStampBOX stamp.

But first we would like to thank all the wonderful and talented designers that are leaving our team. A BIG thank you goes out to:

Kristen Swain

Thank you for your hard work over the last 6 months. You’ll always be a part of the myStampBOX family. Best wishes from all of us in your next crafty adventure!

Now… let’s find out more about who will be joining the myStampBOX design team. Follow the blog hop and visit each of our returning designer blogs. Each team member will be introducing a new member of our team. At each stop, please leave a comment. When the blog hop is complete, return to the myStampBOX blog and leave one final comment to have a chance to win a myStampBOX stamp set of your very own!

We hope you enjoy our little welcoming blog hop! Don’t forget to leave a comment on each one of the design team blogs and the mSB blog for your chance to win! Good luck and happy hopping!

Hi everyone! Let's get introduced to Linda! Take it away, girl!

First of all, I'm so excited to be part of myStamp Box Design Team and really looking forward to get to know every one of you! My name is Linda Abadie. I am 35 years old. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and we have two children, Nicholas (6) and Christopher (3). I started scrapbooking in 2007 when my husband ARMY career took us to the far reaches of the globe. Most of my layouts was inspired by daily activity; either at home with my family or at work, nursing. I enjoy this hobby as it allows me to express and capture special heartfelt moments in my life. Some of my creations have been published in Memory Makers, Somerset Memories, Paper Trends, Card Maker and Card Creations magazine. Many of my friends consider my style as "eclectic", full of bright colors and happy. I love combining mixed media and hybrid scrapbook technique. I really hope that my work can inspire you to create more and let out your creativity be expressed through your layouts and cards...

That's so nice to get to know you, Linda and to have you on the team! Welcome! And here's my card made especially for you! I made it using one of our new stamp sets, Pennants. I love to turn one of them and make a party hat out of it!

Supplies: cardstock Migros; Stamps: myStamp Box; Dye inks: Ranger Industries; Accents: HA; Decorative scissors: Fiskars

Hopefully, you'll like it!

Now... Check out our new design team member and a fun card at Jane's blog! Happy hopping!