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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

#HoustonStrong card

Hello there!

While everyone is now focusing on Florida where Irma has a destroying impact, I am still stuck with my feelings after Harvey and the massive flooding in Houston. Some houses were still under water until yesterday. The house we were buying was... Houston is now a war zone, and yards have disappeared under tons of demolition waste and trashed furnitures.

I want to focus on good things to cheer me up and to help me create, so I decided to take the Monday Simon Says Stamp challenge because project has to include a star. And of course I tought of the lonely star of Texas. Texas is a strong and proud state, but it's not a lonely one. Massive help and donations came from all over the U.S.. And I have seen a great solidarity between Houston residents during this period of crisis. My sentiment for the card I was gonna made came in a instant : rain or shine, you're not lonely...

I use a white cardstock panel for the base, and apply the Oxide distress inks in Faded Jeans and Fire brick, directly with the pad to form the Texas flag. I sprayed water over the panel to reveal the Oxide effect. It even flooded (!) over my white part !
I added a star punch from white cardstock, and printed text in Playbill font for the sentiment.

Let's take a closer look.

If you followed closely the flooding map in Houston as I did, you know that it look like the Houston's Bayous between the two reservoirs.

If you are on Irma's path, stay safe. Wherever you are, you are not alone. Sending love to everyone...
Bye for now !

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Altered skull candy with Art Antholgy

Hello there !

I finally received some of my craft materials from France and was able (just in time !) to work on a project I had in time since we arrived in Houston and went to Michaels, where I found a plaster skull candy... I knew it will be a perfect match with the Art Anthology mediums and I was so right !

Look at the result ! Isn't it gorgeous ? I mean, for a skull...

So I made a video tutorial (that you can also find on the Art Anthology blog or on my YouTube channel). Please be kind, the quality is far from perfection, as I shoot in the temporary appartment's kitchen with my daughter holding the phone... But it was a fun process and it's a quick video, you will not suffer long...

Thank you for stopping by today. Don't forget about my giveaway (everybody has a need for a $20 card to spend on craft supplies, right ?). This could be your favorite project, so say it the comment !

Have a wonderful day !

Monday, September 4, 2017

100,000 pageviews GIVEAWAY !

Hello everyone and THANK YOU for stopping by !

I would never imagine when I started this blog few years ago that one day I will reach this huge milestone : 100,000 pageviews ! It sounds like an incredible number and I am so thankful for each one of you who read my blog once or several times !

If it's not your first time, you may notice that I move a month ago from France to Houston,Tx (yes, I did that... perfect timing, huh ?). That's a reason why I didn't post a lot since few weeks... Basically I don't have something in my hand to offer you right now...But I so want to celebrate this milestone that I will have a giveaway anyway ! I will offer one of you a gift certificate !

Rules are simple : 
Comment this post by telling me what is your favorite project found on my blog to enter this giveway. You must be a follower of my blog, and you can earn another entry if you comment on the post of the choosen project. You'll have until the end of the month to do so.

For example, if you liked my last layout, comment below with the name of the project : "August Make-it Prima layout". This will earn you one entry if you are a follower.
If you comment on the post of the layout, you will earn an additional entry.

What could you win ?
You could win a $20 gift certificate to spend on your favorite crafty anything on !

This is not a sponsored gift ! I really appreciate the fact that you took some of your time to read my blog and I want to give back ! I will buy this certificate once the winner will be randomly chosen on October, 1st 2017 and send him (or her !) the certificate by email.

You have one month to enter my giveaway, so good luck to all (sorry, y'all) and have a great Labor day if you are in the U.S. !

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Altered clipboard with Art Anthology

Hi there !

If you are following my blog, you know that I'm moving from France to Texas, and that I didn't received my craft materials yet... On the top of that, I moved to Houston where Harvey was just in time to try to stop me from creating... Well, despite those little things, I decided to go on with my volunteering at CKC event in Houston on Friday, where I had the pleasure to meet the lovely Stayce and Lorrie who let me play with the Art Anthology goodies !

So I grabbed a plain clipboard, somme gesso and a black paint, borrow stencils, mediums, stamp and paper towel (!) from the booth and create this :

You will find more pictures and details as well as a video tutorial on the Art Anthology blog, or on my YouTube channel.

If you are in Texas, stay safe on this Sunday. For all, I hope your day will be creative.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today, and see you soon !

Thursday, August 24, 2017

August Make-it Prima layout

Hello !

Texas heat did not kill me yet, even if you didn't read a lot from me recently... I'm still waiting for my scrapbook stuff to arrive from France, and had nothing to play with. As I wanted to play with the August (maybe the last ?) mood board from the Prima Marketing blog, I bought some papers, flowers and moulds to have fun... This is the result :

I had to be very creative for this one I haven't any of my tools... Fussy cutting is my go-to technique for this kind of situation ! And as you can see, I had a blast with the roses !

I brushes few strokes of the yellow metallic semi-watercolor (Prima) on the background paper (Rose Quartz collection, Prima).
Then I prepared few medallions with moulds and paper clay (Prima). Once dried, the medallions were painted with the white metallic and I added some doodles followinf the shapes of the medallions with a black pen. Crystal are the perfect touch to them to match the picture.

As I didn't have my doilie die cut, I just painted two papers doilies with metallic black and pink. I found some beautiful black lace and added it under the cluster made with the altered medallions, painted doilies, cutted roses and flowers with a touch of yellow metallic.

I found the perfect sticker for the title in a sheet of Mambi Sticks.
Here some of the products I used :

I will be tonight, Friday and Saturday at the CKC-Houston event to volunteer as teacher's assistant ( well if Harvey let me go...). If you're around I would love to meet you ! Don't forget to grab your $3 off coupon for this event at this link.

I will take pictures from the show for you, so stay tune for infos ! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Steampunk girl canvas with Art Anthology

Hello !

It's been a while since the last time I blogged ! Do you know why ? I moved from France to Texas again ! So I did need so time to move all my craft stuff and I did not received them yet... But I was able to create something for the Art Anthology blog before my departure...

You will find detailed pictures and video tutorial on the AA post of this project :

You can also find it on my YouTube channel as well as other tutorials.

I hope I will received my stash soon so I can create more projects for you to see...
Have a great day and stay tune !

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Create quick party invites with Art Anthology

Hello !

Back on the Art Anthology blog today for a pool party project... Invitation cards ! Don't say you give up on summer parties ! I'm sure these invite can be handy... and they are super quick to made...

You will need white cardstock (try the Core'dinations one) and white 4x6 cards (or create cards with white cardstock), a Sizzix die and the Twilight stencil (Art Anthology), Minx in Enchanting, Bankroll, Panache and Majestic over gel medium. The sentiment and the edges of the card are painted in Mayan Gold Velvet.

You will find the tutorial on the Art Anthology blog or on my channel.

Thank you for stopping by. I am moving in a week end, so I will probably not posting during few days, but I already have a new post ready for you. So stay tune !

Have a great day !

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bastille's day layout for the July Prima challenge

Hello !

Prima moodboard is filled this month with blue, red and brown colors and combined with the French event in July, it inspired me a new layout about Bastille day for the Make it Prima challenge :

Soooo... On a Vintage Emporium paper, I use a damask stencil with white light gesso and sprikled microbeads in copper and berry over it ( all of these are Prima products). Then I painted the French flag with watercolor.

I added a Say-it-in-Crystal lace border under the picture, painted Prima flowers with watercolor to recreate the tricolor French roundel. The beaded trim was painted with copper paint (still all Prima).

Some vintage metal numbers for the date and the vintage clock die cut under the picture...

The title is the starting words of the French national anthem, made with rub-on letters and rub-on decorations (Prima IOD).
Here is some of the products I used :

If you didn't know Bastille day is today ! Music, firemen's ball and fireworks are traditional, and as I currently live in Avignon, I will benefit from the theatre festival...

I wish you a great week end (TGIF !) and hope to see you soon !

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mixed media layout about a girl...

Hello !

I'm on the Art Anthology blog today with a new layout about my daughter, using stencils, mediums, die cuts, inks, laces, flowers... So it's a mixed media page...

 Dot Matrix with Leaf Sorbet Dimensional medium and 6×9 Scales with Mayan Gold Velvet were used to build the background, as well as some stamps (Prima Marketing) and distress inks in walnut stain and  mowed lawn (Ranger).
You can also spot some wildflower dies (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) among other things... Here are some of the products I used beside Art Anthology ones :

A video tutorial is available on the Art Anthology's post or on my YouTube channel to watch the whole process.

I think this layout will be a perfect fit for the Simon Says Sstamp Monday challenge : distress it !

Thank you for your time, I hope to see you soon on this blog for another project !

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Add a face to your Art Journal pages with Art Anthology

Hello there !

One more mermaid project (same theme layout there) for me this month with Art Anthology for an Art journal spread using lots of stencils and mediums ! You will find detailed pictures and link to the tutorial video on the Art Anthology blog but here is the project :

I am not good at drawing faces, but with the Let's Face It stencil it was so easy ! I hope you will give it a try too !

As the theme for the Monday challenge at Simon says stamp is Stencil it, I will enter this spread in the challenge.

Thank you for your time spent on this post and see you soon for other projects !

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Flower fairy dress with Prima Marketing

Hello crafters !

Should I say I played with a Barbie doll even if I'm 40+ ? Come on ! I know you did it too sometimes... But why again ? To create a fairy dress for her ! Look at this beauty !

I used few vintage items from Prima Marketing, using the doll as a dress form (it's in plastic, easily cleaned...). You can see hydrangeas, The Secon Wind papers cut with a leaf die, glittery leaves, a tiny resin rose and Say it in Pearls swirls.

Another close-up of the corsage rose (made with 3 hydrangeas) on the other side to see the resin roses and pearls :

I started to construct the dress by adhering half hydrangeas on ribbon around the waist using Fabri-Tac, letting an opening on the back to remove the dress from the doll. After few flowers rows, I changed for the leaves, each row glued to the previous one only by the stem.

The top is made with three leaves and two flowers. The back of the dress is open.

So... Do you want to play doll too now ?

One of my goal as a designer is to create a real size paper/flower dress, and I think this design will be perfect for it... What do you think ? Is this dress will win me a place in the Prima design team ? Hope so...

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed  what you saw...
See you soon !

Friday, June 16, 2017

Betsy in pink - A Prima Marketing tag

Hello !

Are you in full summer mode ? Here in the South of France, we so are ! High temperature and blue sky, beach less than a hour from home... 
This beach mood inspire me to create a new tag, using watercolor and flowers...

You can recognize Betsy, the Julie Nutting Prima doll stamp, on a watercolor paper tag by Prima Marketing too, with vintage Prima flowers and leaves !

It was a very quick craft to create, my scraproom doesn't have A/C and is in the attic...

I will enter this tag into the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp : Touchy Feely

I wish you a great week end, and if you cannot go to the beach, have a beach party at home !

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mermaid layout for the Prima challenge

Hello craft lovers !

I have just finished my layout for the June Make it Prima challenge ! They have a lovely moodboard this month, with bright colors and yummy textures... It inspire me to create a Splash-y layout...

I really have a thing for mermaid... I did not resist and bought two years ago a tail for my youngest (will have one myself one day). I even have a Pinterest board for them... So when I saw this picture on Google, I knew it fill fit perfectly the moodboard...

I built the background with a paper from the Prima French Riviera 12x12 kit, starting with blue ink and Paint Splatter (PM) cling stamp. Next, I applied a mix of heavy white gesso (PM) with fine texture powder over the Harlequin stencil (PM). I use Tea Dye distress ink to distress the edges of the paper and the diamonds.
I then layered distressed papers from the Vintage Emporium 12x12 kit (PM), with stamped diamonds (Rondelle-PM) in Tea Dye.

I added Christine Adolph Sea Shells rub-ons (PM) (shells, nest, star) covered with chocolate mica powder, real shells, and Prima flowers.
You can also spot a glass embellishment from an old collection by Prima (believe, you obviously need to believe in mermaids), a trim (PM), some twine, and even two clay embellishments made with IOD molds (PM) and painted.
The title is Prima too, from Julie Nutting word strip stickers...

Don't you want to have a dive now ? I do ! It's 99 F outside, the pool is at 90 F (not even refreshing), so I wish I could be a mermaid and swin in a fresh ocean...

I hope you liked this layout, it will be part of my application for the Prima DT (#PrimaDTcall, see details there). !

See you around for another project !