Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Run, Play, Splash by Kristie Taylor

Kristie's description:

This page was super easy to put together with these colorful papers by 7 Dots Studio! I started with the background, but I wanted to tone it down just a tad so I dry-brushed it with gesso.

I then cut a circle from one of the other sheets and sprayed on some mists in a concentrated fashion, allowing it to drip down the paper. Then I started building layers, distressing the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The paper directly behind the photos is the packaging from the Prima flowers, which is in the add-ons. I also added the Dusty Attic cogs and the title.

Add-Ons Used:
Dusty Attic Cogs - SOLD OUT

Monday, December 26, 2011

This week's challenge update

Happy Monday everyone! The rush to get things done is over. I sure hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed spending time with your family and friends. If you have some time to scrap this week, our "Holiday Layout" challenge is going on through Sunday, Jan. 1st. You can read all the details in this post.

Now it's time to announce the winner of our Christmas cards and tags challenge. I'm sure glad we choose our winners from a random draw, because we had so many wonderful cards and tags submitted for this challenge. I would have been thrilled to receive any one of these cards in the mail, or any one of the tags on a gift! The winner, from a random draw, was the 2nd card uploaded in our forum, which was created by Heather, known as Scrappin_in_AK to all of us.

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Heather used paper from The Scrap Cake, which was featured in our December kit. Congratulations Heather, and thanks for being such an active participant!

Lastly, we'd like to announce our new challenge, which is to use a stamp on your layout. If you're like many of us, you probably have several stamps, but don't use them often on your layouts. Well, this is a reason to get them out and start stamping. It can be any kind of stamp, including alphabet stamps. Let us see how you incorporate stamping in your scrapbook design.

Please upload an image of your layout here in our forum and also post it in our gallery. There will be a folder in the gallery designated for this challenge. Our challenges are designed to inspire you, so we ask that only newly created projects be submitted.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 8th at midnight EST (New York City time zone). Anyone is eligible to participate. The winner, chosen by a random draw, will receive a RAK from C'est Magnifique!

~~~Valerie Serfozo

Saturday, December 24, 2011

New Baby by Leslie Kammerdiener

This layout was created by me and it is a photo of my wonderful daughter and grandson - just minutes after he was born. I was pleased to be able to witness his birth, but admit that I only saw it through the lens of my camera and missed it in real life. This is so often the case with me, lol.

Anyway, I just adore these paper designed by Finnabair for 7 Dots Studio. At first glance, you may not see all of the details of each sheet, but I have never seen such digital layering and everyone should really get a good look if they can - stunning design!

So I wanted to kinda keep this layout simple. I did use some of the Starbursts from Lindy's Stamp Gang and I must say I LOVE THOSE STARBURSTS!! The color is awesome and when they say that the nozzles don't clog - they mean it!

Anyway, I just spritzed a little bit and then went wild. I have been noticing that most folks are using more and more flowers for boy layouts and I decided to jump on the bandwagon. I really like the bird nest too - it's signaling new life!

Add-Ons Used:

7 Dots Studio Dreamer Stickers
Wild Orchid Flowers - SOLD OUT
Prima Bird's Nest - SOLD OUT
Petaloo Yellow Roses - SOLD OUT

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hangin' Out by Beverly Sams

Here's what Beverly has to say about her gorgeous layout:

"These papers from 7 Dots are so unique, the longer I looked at them, the more I could see happening within the designs themselves....this kit lends itself to practically any type of layout you can imagine! I had something completely different in mind when I began, but then, as often happens, the layout took on a life of it's own and I pretty much just had to follow where it led! I used the Prima resist canvas foliage as a mask first, then sprayed it with a mix of the Lindy's Stamp Gang "Bucket o' Blood" and Starburst "Lucky Shamrock Green" included in the kit.

The saturated colors of the papers contrast so nicely with each other and reminded me of layers of rock or even a sunset. I finished it off with a Prima bird's nest and the" jillibean soup" chipboard letters. This is my son doing the one of the things that makes his mother's hair turn gray!"

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Challenge Update

Are you ready for Christmas? With 5 days until the big day how much shopping, wrapping, and cookie baking do you still have to do? Don't worry, it will all get done. It always does!

First, I'd like to announce that Giselle is the winner of our "Wonder" Challenge. Our winners are chosen by a random draw, and this is the second week in a row Giselle's entry has been selected. Here's her layout:

I just love the way she's used the brads. Thanks Giselle, and we hope you'll continue entering our contests.

We've had some amazing entries to our 'Holiday Cards & Tags' challenge. It's not too late to enter. You have until December 25th to show us your cards and tags.

Now it's time to announce our new challenge. It's very much like the last challenge, but on a larger scale. This week we challenge you to create a holiday layout. You'll have two weeks to complete this challenge, so pull out some photos from prior years, or print some photos from this year.

There aren't many rules for this one. As long as it's a holiday layout, it qualifies. Well, maybe we don't want to see Easter layouts right now, so let's call it a winter-holiday layout. All you have to do is post an image here in our forum, and in our gallery.

This challenge will end at midnight, Sunday, January 1st (EST-New York City time zone). I sure hope you will share your holiday layouts with us. The winner, chosen by a random draw, will receive a RAK from C'est Magnifique. Our challenges are designed to motivate you, so we ask that you upload newly created projects for our challenges.

~~~Valerie Serfozo

7 Dots Studio - "Elise Rebel"

I'm not sure if we are the only company in the US that is carrying 7 Dots Studio, but I wanted to make a quick post telling y'all that we are offering the new "Elise Rebel" collection in the store for those that love bright and bold colors! Here's a preview of the entire line:

If you haven't seen these papers up close, head over to the 7 Dots Studio's website and click on each one. BEAUTIFUL!! And even more so in real life!!

7 Dots Studio Website

And speaking of 7 Dots, the January kit is already SOLD OUT! At this time, I believe we only have 4 spots/kits left for February and those are going fast! If you are thinking about joining our club, now's the time - kits are flying out the door!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Butterfly by Valerie Serfozo

Some notes from Valerie:

This is my 4 year old niece, Makenzie. My husband took this photo in October of this year. We were visiting her and she wanted to show us her Halloween costume. After that, she proceeded to model just about every costume she owns, including this butterfly costume. I love the way she is looking at me, off to the side, instead of the camera. It's one of those photos that allowed me to pull in all the colors of her butterfly wings. So that the background would not compete with the photo and embellishments, I added some Picket Fence Distress Stain. I then sprayed some blue Starburst spray, which reacted with the distress stain, and tinted the background. On top of that I stamped using a piece of bubble wrap and white acrylic paint. The paint also reacted with the spray and took on some of the color. So much better than a stark white wash behind the photo.

Add-Ons Used:
Prima: Resist Canvas: Romantique
7 Dots Studio: Dreamer: Stickers
Prima: Parfait Collection: Peach
Wild Orchid: Cherry Blossoms - SOLD OUT
KaiserCraft: Stickers: Sea Breeze Alpha

Friday, December 16, 2011

Changes By Kay Rogers

Kay says:

I love this picture of Jenna, and wanted to create a more artistic feel to the page. I started by building up the background with the rectangle of patterned papers and the border sticker. I tucked the photo into one of the Maya Road envelopes and when I went to put it on the page I felt I needed one more layer of separation. The tissue paper was PERFECT for that layer! I ripped the paper using my ruler as an edge, but not trying to make it square. For the leaves I sprayed them with both mists and LOVED the effect!

Add-Ons Used:
Prima Romantique Resist Canvas
7 Dots Studio Dreamer Stickers

Thursday, December 15, 2011

January 2012 Papers and Add-Ons

We are so excited to bring you the new 7 Dots Studio's Dreamer line in January! These papers are grungy and cool on one side and the total opposite on the other - all soft and dreamy.

I am anxious to show you all some of the layouts the DT has been designing - you will be amazed! Come back often over the next couple of weeks for some sneaks. In the meantime though, enjoy the previews:

And here are the add-ons:

And as an added bonus - here is a sneak peak at a layout designed by DT member Kristie Taylor:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Please Welcome Nadia Cannizzo!

I am so pleased to announce that Nadia Cannizzo has accepted my offer of a position on our fabulous design team!! I strongly feel she will bring yet another style of design to our already diverse team and I look forward to seeing her projects with our kits! Please welcome her with open arms and make her feel at home!

My name is Nadia Cannizzo, and I live in Sydney Australia. I was born and raised in Greece and moved to Australia when I was 11. I am a mummy to 2, much loved and much wanted little girls and I have been married to my husband for the last 12 years. I am a Primary School teacher and have been teaching for about 11 years. I have been scrapping/paper-crafting officially for just under 2 years now and in March of 2011 I started my own challenge blog called Once Upon A...Sketch. At present I am on the Design Team for an Australian online store called Handmade By Suzanne.I am incredibly excited that Leslie has asked me to join this Design Team. I took one look at the kits and I was hooked! I will enjoy this SO very much and cannot wait!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Use Your Stash Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Giselle for being selected the winner of our 'Use Your Stash' challenge. In her stash she found an old Hambly Screen Print, embossed chipboard shapes, and a stick pin. Here's Giselle's layout titled "That Camera Face". Isn't that photo great!

Thanks for entering the challenge, Giselle, and for being a part of C'est Magnifique. Leslie will be sending you a RAK.

~~~Valerie Serfozo

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Cards and Tags Challenge

I hope your holiday shopping is going well, and that you have been finding exactly the right gift for everyone on your shopping list. I am also hopeful that you're finding some "me" time, and are able to fit in a little scrapbooking along the way.

Well, we have a quick and easy challenge for you this week and I'm hoping to see a lot of entries. I know many of you have been making holiday cards (and are still making them), as well as gift tags. Maybe you've been inspired by following Tim Holtz's 12 days of tags. Whatever you've been working on, we want to see them! So take a photo or scan them, and post an image in this thread, and in the gallery (under the challenges section). You can submit up to 5 entries for this challenge (cards and tags, only).

You will have 2 weeks, until midnight EST (New York City time zone) Sunday, December 25 to complete your project. The more you enter, the greater your chance of being chosen the winner (which will be selected by a random draw). The winner will receive a RAK from C'est Magnifique. I can't wait to see your cards and tags!

Since no blog post is complete without a photo, I went to the gallery in search of a Christmas card. I found this one, created by Heather, using paper from The Scrap Cake. This paper is featured in the December kit, and individual sheets can be purchased in the store.

~~~Valerie Serfozo

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Few Layouts from the DT!

Here are a few more layouts from the design team using "Winter's Whisper"! I love the diverse projects they all came up with!

Kristie Taylor
A Letter To Santa

Kay Rogers
Christmas Greetings

Valerie Serfozo

Look for more in a couple days!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Winner Announced

Based on a random draw, it's time to announce the winner of our 'Music Challenge". Congratulations goes to Heather (aka scrappin_in_ak) for this great wrestling layout where she used the song title "Let's Get Physical" as the title for her layout.

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We can count on Heather to participate in each challenge we have. For being chosen the winner of this challenge, she will received a RAK from C'est Magnifique. It's great to have around, Heather!

~~~Valerie Serfozo

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I "'Wonder" what this week's challenge will be......

Here we are with the very first challenge of December, which we're calling the "Wonder" Challenge. Do you wonder what it's all about? It's simple. We want to see you use the word "wonder" in your layout title, or a sentiment for a card. Why? This month's kit includes a package of Prima transparent mirrors, and it contains the word "wonder". If you have the kit, you will already have this word, but you are not required to use the one in the kit.

What do you have to do? - create a layout or card and post it in THIS thread in our forum and the December "Wonder" challenge folder in our gallery. You will have 2 weeks, until midnight EST (New York City time zone) Sunday, December 18 to complete your project. The winner, chosen by a random draw, will be announced in both the forum and the Blog. The winner will receive a RAK from C'est Magnifique!

Our challenges are designed to help you with your scrapbooking and card making, so we ask that you upload only newly created layouts for this challenge.

I 'wonder' what you'll create? Here's how design team member, Kristie, used the word from this month's kit:

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~~~Valerie Serfozo