Thursday, May 31, 2012

Our June Kit Reveal "My Cottage Garden"

The June kit is here!  This month we have paper from two different countries.  From France, the main line of paper is from Les Papiers de Pandore.  Our accent papers are from an Australian company, Meg's Garden.  They are the perfect compliment. 

If you are a member of C'est Magnifique, your kit should be arriving soon.  If not, we have some kits available for purchase in our store.   We also have some add-ons and individual items in the store. 

My Cottage Garden


Monday, May 28, 2012

Sneak Peek #5

Happy Memorial Day everyone.  In the forum we've had some tough discussions about what this day means to all of us (in addition to grilling and eating watermelon).   I hope you will have some time today to remember those who have given their lives for our safety and freedom.

Here's another look at how one of our design team members used the June kit (which we will reveal in just a couple more days).

"Ick" by Erin Blegen

I have a favorite place right by my house where I like to take the kids on the 4-wheeler.  It's a pond way back in the woods and on a recent beautiful spring day we ventured back there and the boys enjoyed throwing rocks in the water.  My little Aspen, however, didn't quite know what to think about her first real outing.  Since finally learning to sit, I can actually place her on the ground and she can explore her surroundings.  I took several pictures, and they all look pretty similar- my dainty sweetheart with a look of disgust on her face.  I've always been quite the tomboy, so seeing my daughter already acting like a "girly girl"...well, it was a bit disheartening! But they all find their own way in this world, don't they? 

I kept to the natural elements in this kit- the burlap buttons, grassy chipboard, brown and beige tones- with just a splash of color. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sneak Peek #4

"Sweet Dreams" by Beverly Sams

My cousin's daughter during a photo shoot with friends, growing up entirely too fast! All items on this layout are from C'est Magnifique's June main kit, with the exception of the Tim Holtz vintage photo Distress Ink and Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in Olive Green. 

I used Tim Holtz's Pinecone Die to make the yellow and red flowers.


Monday, May 21, 2012

June Kit Sneak Peek #3

 "Sweetie" by Camilla Ekman

I went crazy with embellishments on this layout. LOL But I really love how it turned out. The colour scheme is somewhat different to what I used to do, but I decided to make a yellow layout and yellow it is.

 Flower Add-On:
American Crafts: Rose Ribbon
Prima: Sun Kiss Vinetta Flowers

Embellishment Add-On:
Bo Bunny: Country Garden Noteworthy Die Cuts
Prima: Large Window Closers
FabScraps: Picket Fence

From my own stash:
border punches, leaves

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gallery Finds

I love looking through the gallery in search of projects using items from our Store.  
First I found this beautiful card by Erin Blegen.  
She used Pion's 'For Mother' paper which is available as a paper pack, or individually.  


I also spotted this layout by Erin using Webster's Pages "Everyday Poetry" collection.  The paper collection includes (12) 12x12 double-sided papers, (1) 12x12 diecut, (1) storyteller alpha sticker sheet, (1) 8-inch bling strip, (2) sentiment fabric tickets, (2) 12" bloomer trims.

Friday, May 18, 2012

June Kit Sneak Peek #2

I hope all of you are looking forward to a wonderful weekend!  But before the weekend starts, I wanted to give you another look at our June kit.  Fi Kenward created this beautiful layout.  I just love the way she uses dark backgrounds.  It really makes the colors stand out.

This picture was taken way back in the 70's.  It's my mum with me 
and her sister with her daughter.  I am about 4 months older than her.   
All the paper and embellishments are from the main kit.  

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

June Paper and Add-ons

It's time to give you a look at the paper that we're featuring in our June kit.  We are excited to be using two manufacturers that we have not used in past kits........Les Papiers de Pandor from France and Meg's Garden from Australia.   If you're interested in adding a paper pack to your kit, or if you'd like to purchase just the paper, you can find it in our store.

Our flower add-on will include flowers from Prima, Manor House, Petaloo, and American Crafts.  What a great assortment of flowers!  We have a few flower add-ons available in our store.  In addition, the flowers are also available individually.  They can be found HERE

Take a look at our Embellishment add-on!  It contains Bo Bunny die-cuts, Prima resin shutters, Thickers alphabet, Meg's Garden square doilies, Pink Paislee tags, Jessie James button flowers, and a picket fence from FabScraps.  This is a great collection of embellishments!  We have a few of these add-ons available in our Store.   Some of the items are also available individually.

"In a World of Loneliness I See your Face" by Nadia Cannizzo using the June Kit

* The title of this layout "In a world of loneliness I see your face" is from one of my favourite songs from Leona Lewis called Bleeding Love which is playing on my blog at the moment. This song is probably best suited to a young couple finding love for the first time, but for me..ever since I had children I dedicate any song that has to do with love to them.
* I created a garden scene for my 2 girls here since the photo is taken outdoors in our garden.
* The chipboard has been inked with white ink and the edges with brown ink.
* I turned the yellow rose ribbon in the Flower Add On into a flower.

From The Flower Add On
* Petaloo forget-me-nots
* American Crafts rose ribbon
* Manor House Creations Margurite /Sugar & Spice combo

From The embellishment Add On
* American Crafts Chestnut Thickers
* Bo Bunny Country Garden Noteworthy Die Cuts
* FabScraps Picket fence


Monday, May 14, 2012

From our gallery........

Take a look at these beautiful layouts using items from our store:

Dana Tatar created this amazing layout using paper from Meg's Garden.
Wow, I love the way she has used this paper!

Don't you love how she used gauze on this layout?

Fi Kenward created her layout using the Songbird paper collection from Prima.  
Love her fussy cutting of the birds.

We hope you enjoyed this inspiration from our gallery.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bits & Pieces Winner

Happy Mother's Day!  I hope all of you are having a wonderful day.  

I wanted to stop by here real quick and announce the winner of our May Bits & Pieces giveaway. 

 The winner is number 19.  Congratulations to PG!  Leslie will be contacting you to get your mailing address so she can send you the leftovers from her May kit.  Have fun creating with this beautiful paper from 7 Dots Studios and all the fun embellishments and flowers!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Glitz Design is on Sale!

We have both the Pretty in Pink and French Kiss paper collections in the store.  We also have some beautiful embellishments.  Best of all.......through May 21, all Glitz Design products are on sale at 20% off.  Use code GLITZ20 at checkout.

Our design team member Camilla Ekman is on the Glitz Design design team.  
Here's a look at how she used the Pretty in Pink collection:

 And here's another layout where Camilla used the French Kiss collection:

Thanks Camilla.  Your layouts are beautiful!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Another Look at our May Kit

Today we'd like to share with you a few more layouts from our design team using the May kit, which features paper from 7 Dots.  You will also see items from the May add-ons (7 Dots add-on, flower add-on,  and embellishment add-on),  We still have a few kits and some add-ons available in the STORE

"Father and Son" by Leslie Kammerdiener

So this is Johnnie, my son's home health aide, and his little boy at the rodeo here in San Antonio. Johnnie is getting a new apartment and wanted something to hang on the wall and he asked me to create a layout. He didn't want anything girlie on it (flowers, etc) which made it really hard on me. I just can't do a layout without flowers, lol. (and wait til he sees that appliqué, hehe).


"Memories" by Camilla Ekman

  like to layer stuff. The journaling pieces from Prima are perfect for this. I have used two different ones underneath the photo. I have scrapped a photo of my niece on her second birthday and softened the colours of the photo to fit the papers.


"Wonderful to be Sisters" by Valerie Serfozo

 I received this photo from niece and the color was so bad, but I loved the photo - these 2 little sweeties laying together on the floor. So I applied a vintage action to it and I really like how it turned out. No fancy techniques on this one. I just let the beautiful background of this paper from 7 Dots do all the work. You will love this kit! I mixed some of the Blueberry Cobbler Shimmerz (love that name!) with some gesso to color the Dusty Attic piece. 


"Evidence" by Fi Kenward

This is one of my favourite pictures my sister in law sent me of my brother and my baby niece. I just love the expression on their faces, priceless.

I used one of the pieces from the Quadrille paper to mat this photo and used my Grand Nestabilities Circle for the ring was cut also from the papers. I have used a few of the stickers here as well including the border strip just underneath the photo. I used gesso on the metal corner and then painted with the shimmerz before sanding it back of slightly. The journaling has been written on the Evidence tag poking out behind the photo, I adhered this to some paper as well. Rolled flowers were made from paper scraps using my sizzix rolled rose die cut and I have cut some of the pieces from the white appliques and placed them in the flower clusters and to finish it off I decided to add the bow down the bottom to finish it all off.

Thanks for looking!  We just love the many ways you can use this kit.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Have You Spotted Us?

C'est Magnifique has been seen a couple of places on the web recently.  We are sponsoring CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration) this month, and the design team has been asked to be 'guest detectives'.  Here's a look at this week's case file no. 18:

Here's the design team's take on the challenge:

If you participate in this Case File, drop us a note and let us know.  We'd love to see your layout. 


C'est Magnifique was also spotted on the Want2Scrap Blog on National Scrapbook Day.   We love to carry their products in our kits.  The May kit contained 'Charlie's Birdcage' and they featured the design team layouts using the birdcage. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Bits & Pieces Give-Away

Happy National Scrapbook Day!  We hope all of you were able to celebrate by doing some scrapping today.  We are offering free shipping our Store through tomorrow ($8 off international shipping).  The promo code is listed when you follow the link above to the store.  It's the perfect time to pick up some items you've been wanting (after all, it IS a scrapbooking holiday).  We even have a few of our May kits remaining.  And we all love free shipping!

Speaking of the May kit, it's time to show you what Leslie had left over after playing with her May kit.  There's a little bit of everything here, including some of the add-on items.

We are giving our blog readers a chance to win everything in the above photo.  We will ship this to you free of charge, anywhere in the world!  Please note that you will receive partial pieces of paper, embellishments and flowers.  It's Leslie's way of passing along her bits and pieces.

All you have to do is write your full name using the Inlinkz button below.  You have until midnight May 12th to add your link.  Good luck!  We will announce the winner, by a random draw, on May 13th.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Design Team Uses our May Kit

"Besties" by Beverly Sams
Having a best friend is one of the greatest joys in the world! This photo of my niece and her best friend was such a great one for the 7Dots Wonderland paper. I embossed the Want2Scrap chipboard letters included in the main kit and painted them with the Blueberry Cobbler Shimmerz, also included and dabbed on some gesso. The lace trim got a Shimmerz treatment as did the Dusty Attic chipboard.

From the 7Dots Embellishment Add-on:
7Dots Studio Elements 12 x 12 Wonderland
7Dots Studio Stickers 12 x 12 Wonderland
7Dots Studio Stickers 6 x 12 Wonderland

Flower Add-On:
The Manor House: Kyeesha Orange Flower
Prima: Lucerne: Nature Garden

Embellishment Add-On:
Prima: Nature's Garden: Journaling Notecards
Prima: Mask: Swirls
Dusty Attic: Chipboard: Wrought Iron Trim Set
Teresa Collins: Fabrications Canvas Trinkets

From my stash:
Sewing thread
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Black Soot
Sizzix Embossing Folder: Damask


"Joy" by Erin Blegen
 I've created another layout for my little girl, Aspen. She truly is such a joy- always smiling and laughing- I just couldn't help but get these series of photos down on a page.
I tried to stick to a black & pink color scheme, with variations of the two colors. I hand-cut all of the hearts using the elementary school method of folding my paper in half and cutting out a half-heart- remember doing that for Valentine's Day? Lol...I then rumpled them and inked them a bit. The little banners at the top of my page were cut from one of the journaling spots included in the 7 Dots Studio add-on, using the Prima stick pins to embellish them. Finally, I used the Prima mask to create my flourishes in the two corners of my layout, using some gesso with a touch of pink spray mist.

From the 7 Dots Embellishment Add-On:
7 Dots Studio Elements 12x12 Wonderland

From the Flower Add-On:
Prima: Namazzi: Charcoal
Prima: Miss Godivas: Blush
Prima: Kennedy: Antique
Prima: Lucerne: Nature Garden

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Prima: Petal Pins: Iced
Prima: Mask: Swirls
Dusty Attic Chipboard: Wrought Iron Trim set
Want2Scrap: Pearl Swirls White

From My Stash:
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Prima Fluid Chalk Edger Pad: Old Rose
Prima Fluid Chalk Edger Pad: Old Road
Maya Road Charcoal Mist
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pink Taffy


"Some Days" by Nadia Cannizzo
This is a picture of my 2 girls and I and about the hard days as a mum of 2 little girls. 
It is not always easy!
-I used the lace trim that came in the kit, together with torn pieces of paper to overlap them and create an interesting background with gesso. This adds texture and depth.
-The Want2Scrap chipboard alphabet that came in the main kit, was left bare and inked with brown ink as it gives I quite liked the colour and it matched the papers
-The flowers were also inked to create a uniform look.
-I dabbed gesso on the Want2Scrap birdcage to blend it in with the other colours. 

All material is from the May kit.

We hope you'll check back tomorrow when our May "Bits and Pieces" goes live!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

April Sketch Challenge Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of our April Sketch Challenge.  The layouts this month were amazing!  In a random draw, this number was selected:
Congratulations goes to Paula Jennings for being selected the winner of the $10.00 gift certificate to our store.  Here's the layout Paula created using the sketch:

Now comes the difficult part of choosing which layouts to feature this month.  I can tell you that this was really not an easy task, because all the layouts were amazing this month.  Any 5 of you could have been chosen.  In the end, these are the layouts that are featured this month:

Don't Worry About the Future ...Be Happy by Karen Tamir

Sparkle and Shine by Kelly Foster

You are a Breath of Fresh Air by Leanne Nankervis

My Story by Tabitha

One of these five has won the prize package from Want2Scrap.   The winner is:

Leanne, that's you!  Congratulations.  
Leslie will be in contact with you so she can mail the prize to you. 

Our May sketch challenge has been posted.  We hope all of you will share your talent with us again this month.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our May Sketch

Happy May Day everyone!  To start off the month, we have brand new sketch for you.   This sketch was created by our design team member Nadia Cannizzo.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos 
You do not need to be a member of C'est Magnifique to participate in our sketch challenge.  It is open to anyone!  You are welcome to use any supplies you have, but if you are the winner and it is obvious that you used any one of our kits - the prize will be DOUBLED!!!  

The winner of the challenge, selected by a random draw, will win a $10 gift certificate (or $20, as mentioned above if you use a kit) from C'est Magnifique which you can use to shop in our store

As an added bonus, from the entries for this challenge, we will select a few layouts to "feature".  One of the featured layouts will receive this beautiful La Blanche Victorian Swirl stamp from C'est Magnifique.

 Here are some layouts that our design team created using the sketch and the May Kit and Add-ons:

"SHE" by Nadia Cannizzo
 This is a layout about my eldest daughter and her oldest cousin. She is so lucky to have her, because she is a really good girl and looks after her really well. Maria, responds to her so nicely and they just get along and give me a bit of a break especially we we go out ! LOL!

* I inked the chipboard cage with the Prima mask and white ink to give it more detail.
* The flowers were inked with the Smimmerz ink from the main kit to blend them in together.
* I doubled up the banner from the 7Dots Stickers in the add on, with a banner paper punch from my stash.

"THUMBS UP" by Leslie Kammerdiener
This is Kevin when we went to Los Angelos a while ago. The one thing you can always count on with Kevin is the 'thumb's up' sign - he's been doing it since he was a teenager and I'm so glad that he continues using this action; no matter how hard his life is.

"SING" by Valerie Serfozo
I wanted to try out a new lens recently and focused on this little bird that looks like he's singing. I decided to base the colors on the layout based on the little bit of orange in his feathers. The white Teresa Collins flower was a little larger than I wanted, so I used Beverly's tip to remove a few layers. I zapped it with my heat gun, which made it easy to remove some of the bottom layers. I also made the Manor House orange flower smaller by removing the bottom two layers. I painted the birdhouse using some gold paint.

"SUZANNE" by Fi Kenward
I used a photo of my mum, not sure how old she was and tried to pull the yellow colour from the papers by using the Theresa Collins packing. I sanded off the printed contents and thought it worked it beautifully with the page. I also spritzed the applique with glimmer mist to blend. The bird cage was an awesome accent to work with but I didn't want to lose it by cover my photo with it so I opted to use it this way instead.

"ONE" by Erin Blegen
 I created this layout for my adorable little nephew, River. He just recently celebrated his first birthday- and I just cannot resist a sweet cake face!  SO- I started out by layering some papers to create a distressed, textured background. Now, I definitely like to get the most out of my paper, so when I layer one paper on top of the other, I cut out the backs and use them either to create another smaller layer on top or as scrap bits elsewhere on the page. That is what I did here- even though it appears as if I've used several sheets of paper. To alter the chipboard birdcage and letters, I first painted them with gesso, then used my finger to add some of the Shimmerz paint included in the kit, followed by touching it up by brushing on some pink & sandy-colored ink. I also used the Shimmerz paint & some gesso to alter the large Teresa Collins flower, and even more gesso to dress up the additional flowers, chipboard pieces, and gems. In the end, I created a piece that has just as much "frosting" as the handsome little fellow in the photo.
 Now it's your turn.  Please use the tool below to submit your layout.  We look forward to seeing what you create.  Remember, you have the entire month of May to work on this.