Monday, April 30, 2012

Meet our May Guest Designer

We have the pleasure of having Ingrid Gooyer as our guest designer this month.   Here's a little bit about her:

My name is Ingrid Gooyer and I live in Zaandam, a place in the Netherlands. I'm married to a wonderful husband, Rob and together we have two beautiful daughters, Tessa and Yiscka. Started scrapbooking in 2006 and now I just can't imagine my life without it!

We have all been amazed by Ingrid's layouts.  She has such a distinctive style.  Here's a look at how Ingrid used our May kit:

Just love this photo of my youngest daughter, Yiscka. Both my girls (18 and 21) don't let me taken their photo's as often as they were younger. Bad hair day, no make up, pimples, etc....all kind of excuses! I guess I drive them crazy when I take my camera,.....again!  When they are in a good mood and want to please mom, I make sure to take lots of photo's for at least a dozen pages!

  Main Kit:
Cardboard from the kit package
Cheep Trims: white appliques
Shimmerz: Blueberry Cobbler
Prima flowers: Perle Bebe Song Bird
Want2Scrap Chipboard: Stylish Alphabet
Dress It Up: Flats Tuscon
Prima: Nature's Garden Chipboard pieces

From my stash:
white thread
flower punch


Main Kit:
Cheep trims: white lace
DressItUp: Flats Tuscon

7Dots Studio Embellishments add-ons:
7Dots Studio Stickers 6x12 Wonderland
7Dots Studio Elements 12x12 Wonderland

Flower add-ons:
Prima flowers: Kennedy Antique

From my stash:
paper doily
color box, black ink


Photo is from my daughter and boyfriend. They have a long distance relationship and they see each other every weekend. One weekend she goes to him ( 2 hours by train) and the other weekend he is at our home.  I really enjoy seeing them so in love and having so much fun together!

Main Kit:
Cheep trims: White lace
Shimmerz: Blueberry Cobbler
Green Tara: Blue Cherry Blossoms
Prima: Nature's Garden Chipboard pieces

7Dots Studio Embellishment add-ons:
7Dots Studio Stickers: 6x12 Wonderland
7Dots Studio Stickers: 12x12 Wonderland

Flower add-ons:
Prima: Kennedy: Antique

From my stash:
white thread
brown raffia


I have to admit that I was little scared to use that big birdcage but I think it turned out pretty well. Painted it with gesso to fit the page and papers.  Mixed some gesso with the shimmerz for the background.  Photo is again from my daughter. She turned 18 last month. Can't believe I'm having 2 grown girls already. I'm old!!!LOL!!

Main kit:
Cheep Trims: white appliques
Shimmerz: Blueberry Cobbler
Want2Scrap Chipboard: Stylish Alphabet
Want2 Scrap Chipboard: Charlie's Birdcage

Fower add-ons:
Prima: Miss Godivas: Blush
Prima: Namazzi: Charcoal

7Dots Embellishment add-ons:
7Dots Studio Elements 12x12 Wonderland
7Dots Studio Stickers 12x12 Wonderland

From my stash:
white thread


Hi all! Here is another page with this gorgeous kit.  Used my finger to paint the background with the shimmerz. How much fun was that!  Cut up the big white flower to make the little bouquet under the photo. Just folded the leaves and tucked in the lace.  Thought it looked like a nice little bridal touch with a wink to our belated honeymoon!  Also cut the lace because I loved the heart shapes.  Used a flower punch to make the flowers.

Photo is of me and my hubby on our vacation to Greece last year.  Now that our girls are older and have their own vacations, Rob and I really enjoy our trips together.  It's like the honeymoon we never had when we were married!  We just love Greece: the weather, the people, the scenery, the food, all perfect!
Main Kit:
Cheep trims: white lace
Shimmerz: Blueberry Cobbler
Teresa Collins: white flower

7Dots Studio Embellishments add-ons:
7Dots Studio Stickers 6x12 Wonderland
7Dots Studio Stickers 12x12 Wonderland

From my stash:
paper doily
white thread
flower punch


Main Kit:
Cheep trims: white lace
DressItUp: Flats St.Croix

Flower add-ons:
Prima: Namazzi - charcoal

From my stash:
white twine
Color box, black ink
Flower punch

Wow!  I hope you are as inspired by Ingrid's projects as much as we are.  Thanks, Ingrid, for being a part of our team this month!  Be sure to check out Ingrid's blog for more inspiration.  

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Our May Kit Reveal!

We are thrilled to finally share our May kit with you!  
This month our kit features paper from 7 Dots Studio - the "Wonderland" collection.  To keep up with the demand, we created more kits this month.  As of right now, we have 4 kits remaining.  If you want one, you need to hurry to our store and get one for yourself.  THIS link will take you to our store where you can purchase a kit, add-ons, the 7 Dots Paper, and some of the embellishments as individual items. 

Here is what you will find in the May kit:
7 Dots Studio 'Wonderland' collection (9 sheets of 2-sided paper)
Blue/White Dot Ribbon
White Appliques
White Lace
Teresa Collins: Fabrications Canvas Flower
Shimmerz: Blueberry Cobbler
Green Tara: Blue Cherry Blossoms
Prima flowers: Perle Bebe Song Bird
Prima: Nature's Garden Chipboard Pieces
Want2Scrap Chipboard: Charlie´s Birdcage
Want2Scrap Chipboard: Stylish Alphabet
Dress It Up: Flats in Tuscon and St. Croix

Be sure to check back tomorrow when we will reveal our May Guest Designer and share her layouts.  Let me tell you, she has amazed all of us with her talent!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pion Design "For Mother" Collection

Erin, does it again!  She has used the beautiful "For Mother" collection from Pion Designs to create a beautiful tag and layout.  This collection of vintage paper from Sweden is available in the Pion Design section of our store.  Individual sheets are also available for purchase.

"Mother's Day Tag" by Erin Blegen

"7 Mos" by Erin Blegen

Short and sweet, but oh so lovely......

Wow, you put together Erin and some Prima Almanac, and this is what you get.......

"Bath Time" by Erin Blegen

We still have this beautiful line of paper available in the Prima section of our store.

Friday, April 27, 2012

May Kit Sneak Peeks from Beverly and Erin

Hi everyone.  Today is the last day we will be posing sneak peeks of our May kit.  But that's not all bad news because next week will be the reveal.  We will be releasing photos of our beautiful May kit, along with close-ups of the embellishments. 

We have two layouts to share today, but let me warn you, these layouts are SO very different from each other.  You'll have a difficult time believing that they were created with the same kit!  But we feature them in the same post to show the extreme versatility of this beautiful paper from 7 Dots Studio.  You can have a soft, subtle background or a splash of color, depending on which side of the paper you use.  Here we go with the last 2 peeks:

"I Do" by Beverly Sams

I have SO many cousins and I love them all dearly. They are each beautiful to me in their own way and I wish for all of them every happiness in the world. This layout shows the promise of such happiness for one of them! I really like the doilies and lace that looks so dimensional on these 7 Dots papers, so I decided to play that up and pile on the romantic flowers and flourishes. The white lace in the kit was spritzed with Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist and accented with the Dress It Up flats (Tuscon) included. I inked and embossed the Dusty Attic chipboard with UTEE and inked the papers with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

7Dots Embellishment Add-on:
7Dots Studio Stickers 12 x 12 Wonderland

Flower Add-on:
Prima: Lucerne: Nature Garden
Prima: Namazzi: Charcoal
Prima: Kennedy: Antique

Embellishment Add-on:
Prima: Petal Pins: Iced
Prima: Nature's Garden: Journaling Notecards
Dusty Attic: Chipboard: Wrought Iron Trim Set
Want2Scrap: Pearl Swirls: White

From My Stash:
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: vintage photo
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: black soot
Tattered Angels:Glimmer Mist: Walnut Gold
Ranger: Acrylic Paint Dabber: Salmon
Ranger: Acrylic Paint Dabber: Gold
Ranger: Melt Art: Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
LaBlanche Stamps: Elegant Gate


"King" by Erin Blegen

This stalwart little fellow is my one and only rooster, Rusty. He is an Old English Game bantam, and he might be small but he's definitely king of the yard! His coloring is so beautiful and when I looked at this photo I recently took of him, I immediately knew which papers I wanted to use to scrap it.

Believe it or not, I only used two sheets of paper to create the multiple layers included in this layout. After cutting my main circle, I tore along the outline of the circle shape left in the paper from which I'd cut it, and layered it behind that main circle. After placing both circle shapes on top of another paper, I used what was left from the paper from which my circles came, and layered THAT behind my second sheet- if that makes any sense! Then lots of distressing and stitching add to the rustic feel I wanted to accomplish. 

I used the Prima mask included in the embellishment add-on, along with some paint, to create the white floral design along the lower half of my main circle- although, as happens quite often, much of it got covered up! I also used much of my most favorite medium- gesso- to play down some of the colors to create a cohesive arrangement with my flowers. Finally, my frames and tags were cut from the Prima journaling cards also included with the embellishment add-on.

 From the Flower Add-On:
The Manor House: Kyeesha: Orange Flowers
The Manor House: Kyeesha: Yellow Flowers
Prima: Kennedy: Antique

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Prima: Nature's Garden: Journaling Notecards
Prima: Mask: Swirls

From My Stash:
Prima Aglow Black Magic Leaves
Prima Aglow Coffee Bean Leaves
Prima Fluid Chalk Edger Pad- Old Road
Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Burlap Twine

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Leslie Shares a Layout (May Kit Sneak Peek)

This is my little grandson sitting amongst the flowers in front of his daycare facility. I had to pick him up one day and the wildflowers were all in bloom - a perfect photo op! At first, he wasn't too crazy about sitting in the dirt, but he quickly got over it and started playing with the blooms around him.

It was a very hard decision for me to use a black and white photo for this photo as the colors were so gorgeous, but for these papers I really wanted the b&w contrast. I think I'll use the color pic again in a layout for my daughter though, lol.

"Little Wonders" by Leslie Kammerdiener

Extras Used:

7 Dots Studio Stickers 12x12 Wonderland 

The Manor House: Kyeesha: Orange Flowers


Prima: Petal Pins: Iced
Prima: Nature's Garden: Journaling Notecards

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Challenge Update

Our "Title + Subtitle" challenge ended Sunday and Aggie (also known as 'ziadinove' on our site)  was selected the winner from a random draw.  Here's a look at Aggie's winning layout:

Congratulations Aggie.  You have won an RAK from C'est Magnifique!

And while we are on the subject of Aggie's layouts, I spied this one in the gallery,
where she has used paper from the Authentique Genuine Collection
which is available in our store HERE

 Our New Challenge

Today, the new challenge was posted in our Forum.  
It's our "Frame" challenge and here are the details:

For this week's challenge, we'd like for you to use a frame on your layout or card. It can be any kind of frame (but placing a mat behind your photo is not the same as a frame). Some examples might be a digital frame on your photo, chipboard frame, wood frame, transparency frame, etc. I hope that gives you some ideas. That's the only requirement. Everything else is up to you.

Here's the fine print:
You may enter 1 layout or card for this challenge
All entries must be uploaded by midnight (US EDT), May 6th
Please upload only newly created layouts for this challenge.
Upload your layout or card to our gallery. There will be a folder created for this challenge.
The winner, chosen by a random draw, will receive an RAK from C'est Magnifique.

Facebook Give-away

We have been working on building our Facebook page and have now reached 100 "likes".  To celebrate, Leslie will be giving away a prize package to one of the first 100 of you who have liked us on Facebook.

So..............I closed my eyes, scrolled through the list of 100, and stopped on this name:

Bente Fagerberg

Bente, you have been randomly selected to receive a prize package from C'est Magnifique, just for "liking our Facebook page.  Congratulations!

Monday, April 23, 2012

We Need to Hear from You!

We announced the winner of our April Bit's & Pieces give-away on April 13th.  We have not yet heard from the winner, Kathleen Blommestein.  Kathleen, you can claim your prize by using the "Contact Us" button on our Homepage.  If we do not hear from you by midnight (US EDT) Wednesday, April 25, we will have to select a new winner.  
We sure hope to hear from you!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Camilla's Layout Using our May Kit

This is the first time I scrap 7dots papers. Wow! They are really artsy and fun. The crocheted doily looks so real and makes a perfect background for my photo of my son and his cousin. I really love the big birdcage and coloured it with white gesso. The big letters are coloured with the Shimmerz and then I added a bit of gesso onto them.

"My Cousins" by Camilla Ekman

Everything is from the kit except these items from my stash:
Letter stickers
Old book page
Fern punch

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

This Week's Challenge Update

Congratulations to Cathi O for being selected the winner of our "Places Challenge".  She has won an RAK from C'est Magnifique.  Here's a look at Cathi's layout:


 It's time for a new challenge and this time we'd like for you to create a layout with some white space.  Don't let that term scare you, though.  A layout with some white space doesn't have to be boring.....and it doesn't have to be white!

Here are the details:
You may enter 1 layout for this challenge
All entries must be uploaded by midnight (US EDT), April 29
Please upload only newly created layouts for this challenge.
Upload your layout to our gallery. There will be a folder created for this challenge.
The winner, chosen by a random draw, will win an RAK from C'est Magnifique.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Sneak Peek from Fi

'Sweet Memories' by Fi Kenward

This picture is of my Grandma and her little sister.  I just loved this photo, thought it worked perfectly with the papers.

I have cut some of the Queens of Hearts paper for my embellishing.  I have used two Martha Stewart punches, doily lace and bubbles, then layered these. I used a die cut for the main photo mat, the paper for this was Royal Garden.  Die cut swirls have been cut using my Sizzlet dies and I used the gesso and Shimmerz on these to make them look really textured. Shimmerz was also used on my tittle along with some gesso. I coloured the lace as well using the Shimmerz.

7 Dots Studio Stickers 12x12 Wonderland
7 Dots Studio Alpha Stickers 6x12 White Rabbit Wonderland  

Teresa Collins Fabrications Canvas Trinkets

Monday, April 16, 2012

I Forgot to Mention.......

In addition to the embellishment and flower add-ons, this month we also have a 7 Dots embellishment add-on.  You will receive 5 sheets of stickers and cards that are perfect for using when you need a little something to fill in a space on your layout.  There are also small alphabets (perfect for subtitles), banners, and sayings that can be used for titles.  Be sure to pick up one of these add-ons in our store HERE.  These items are also available individually.  Here's a look at the items in the add-on. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

May Kit Paper and Add-ons

Do you want to see what we have planned for May? Do you receive our newsletter?  Our newsletter readers get an advance peek at our upcoming kit paper and add-ons.  If you don't receive our newsletter, you can sign up by entering your e-mail address in the sidebar.  We promise that we won't flood your in-box.  We only send a couple of e-mail messages each month.

Our May kit will contain paper from a Polish company, 7 Dots!  We have used their paper before, and it is beautiful!  The design team has loved working with this kit.  Here's a look at the "Wonderland" collection from 7 Dots:

You asked for it and we listened.  We have increased the number of flower add-ons this month and as of now, we still have some available in our STORE.  The flower add-on features flowers from Manorhouse, Prima, and Canvas Corp.  Some of the flowers are also available individually. 

We also have a few embellishment add-ons in the STORE 
and some of the items are available individually. 

Baby Boy by Valerie Serfozo
I love it when I get a new batch of photos. When I started working with this kit I was immediately drawn to this one of my sweet nephew. I had so much fun photographing him.  My niece and I found some really cute crocheted hats on Etsy.  I know, the background of this paper from 7 Dots is already heavily distressed, but I couldn't help pulling out my chicken wire stamp and adding a little more. I also splattered some gesso and blueberry cobbler Shimmerz (love that name!) on the background.

7 Dots Embellishment Add-on:
7 Dots Studio Elements 12x2 Wonderland
7 Dots Alpha Stickers 6x12 White Rabbit Wonderland

Flower Add-on:
Prima Kennedy Flowers - Antique

Embellishment Add-on:
Prima Nature's Garden Journaling Note-cards
Want2Scrap Pearl Swirls - white
Teresa Collins Fabrications Trinkets

If you want to make sure you get one of these kits, check out our JOIN page to learn more information about becoming a member. 

All this week we will be showing more layouts from the design team using our May kit.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bits & Pieces Winner!

Today we are excited to be able to choose the winner of Leslie's Bits & Pieces from the April kit.  Thanks to all of you who entered our give-away, because who doesn't love to receive something free??

Okay, enough's time to announce the winning number:


Entry #33 belongs to Kathleen Blommestein!  Congratulations Kathleen.  Please contact Leslie to claim your prize.  We hope you enjoy scrapping with the Bits & Pieces from our April kit.

Here is another look at what Kathleen has won:


We will be back on May 5th another Bits & Pieces giveaway. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Layouts by Leslie and Erin

If you haven't yet signed up for a chance to win our April Bit's & Pieces Give-away, you have until midnight (US EDT) to use our link tool.  You can access the post by clicking on the link in our left sidebar.  All the details for our April sketch can be accessed through our sidebar, too!

Today, we thought we would show you some layouts using items from our store.  
Leslie used the Bo Bunny Country Garden line for this layout titled "Happy Days".  
This beautiful paper collection, rub-ons, and chipboard elements can be found in 
the BoBunny section.  These colors would be perfect for a spring layout!

Next we'll take a look at some layouts by design team member Erin Blegen.  
This little 'fish face' is her son and Erin used the Spring Jubilee line from Pink Paislee.  
The Pink Paislee section of the store can be found HERE

In this layout, Erin shows us how she has used "The Bright Side of Life" line 
from The Scrap Cake.  This paper has been SO popular.  
Individual sheets of this line are available in the store HERE.

Lastly, we share a layout that Erin created using one of the beautiful 
Prima lines that we carry...Sun Kissed

If you are a kit subscriber, don't forget........all orders placed in the store will ship 
for no additional charge if you choose to have them sent with your kit.

Thanks to Leslie and Erin for their beautiful work!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Inspiration from The Scrap Cake Designers

April is a great month for us - we have both the C'est Magnifique design team AND some of the fantastic designers from The Scrap Cake using our kit.  Today we feature the last of the layouts from the gals at The Scrap Cake, using the "My Private Happiness" line created by KarolaWitczak




Thanks to all of you from The Scrap Cake who worked with our kit this month.  
Your layouts have all been amazing!