Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Veera and Kathleen

It's time for another Sunday Sketch Challenge! This week's sketch is so versatile and works with so many type of projects! This time we have two times of inspiration for you with two layouts: one by Veera and one by Kathleen.

Veera's turn first: It was so fun working with Kathleen, you will be amazed with the layout she did! I followed up the sketch very closely. I only used 12x12 as my background instead of 9x11. I didn't have a suitable landscape picture so I used a smaller square picture but included a piece from ephemera pack to bring a bit more shape behind the picture.

I also added a bit more flowers as embellishments. I used a visual triangle to create interest to the layout.

Now it's Kathleen's turn:

Hey there, it’s Kathleen here again and I am so happy that I got to do this Sunday Sketch together with Veera! Her layouts are always absolutely gorgeous, very light and airy with lots of white space! :) It’s no surprise then that this sketch was perfect for her ;)

As you can see, for my interpretation of the sketch I actually stuck quite closely to it and didn’t change much at all. Basically I flipped almost the complete sketch horizontally and moved the upper paper strip to the top of my page, simply because my photo was relatively big and the paper strip didn’t really work where it is shown in the sketch.

For my layout I used the gorgeous Cedar Grove scrapbook kit and the embellishment kit. This photo was just perfect to use with these kits because I could find all the colours from the photo in the papers and embellishments, too.

The only things I added from my stash are the white and golden enamel accents and the „you make me happy“ stamp beneath my title. Speaking of which: how could I live without these alpha stickers?! I’m pretty sure I will need at least one more set of these!! The colour is stunning! I love that it’s more of a champagne/platinum gold rather than a yellow gold. And the big and small letters are such a great thing, too. I am pretty much in love with them, haha :D

I hope Veera and I could inspire you to give this sketch a try, too! And if you do, don’t forget to post your layout in the member gallery and/or facebook group together with the date of today’s blogpost, so you will be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate for the CTK shop! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Kathleen & Veera

Saturday, February 17, 2018

3-to-Inspire with Anna

Hello lovelies! Anna with you today for this week's 3-to-Inspire. I've been playing with the fantastic February Cedar Grove Main Scrapbook kit, Embellishment kit and the lovely Patterned Paper Play kit.

Let's have a look at my three prompts for this week:

1: Use two, or more, ephemera pieces
2: Use a digital cut file ( or a diecut by your i.e  Big Shot/Cuttlebug)
3: Use your CTK stamps

And here's the page I came up with!

I did some serious smooshing here using a Distress Ink pad, Faded Jeans, with a plastic bag and some water. Also I've done some black ink splatters and stamping, using the CTK stamps. On top over the smooshing I've mounted one of this months free CTK digital files, designed by talented Nathalie.
I spliced it in two and used both the pieces as you can see :)
Actually I'm not a "blue person" but I must say I really, really like this denim blue color , YUM!

Love this pic of my dear friend Christel <3

Now it's your turn! Use the three promts to create your own projects and share them whit us here in the gallery and/or at our Facebook Forum. I can't wait to see your take on this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs Anna xo

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pocket Life Challenge with Diane

Hi guys! Diane here with another Pocket Life Challenge for you!

What do you do when your photos for the week are just a little ... boring? I mean, they're fine. Just nothing special.

I grabbed my scissors and one of the stunning florals in the February Pocket Life kit and started cutting. And I liked the result! I added three fussy-cut floral pieces around my page to tie together all my photos and create something with a bit more wow!

By adding a few pops of yellow around the page with die cuts and puffy stickers and a label, I was able to create a second visual triangle as well. Both of these techniques pulled my whole page together!

Here is how I tied all my boring photos together for this week's layout... 

So my challenge for you this week is: Try a bit of fussy cutting and add three of something around your page to tie the whole spread together!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Project Life with Adele

Hi scrappy peeps!

I dived into my February Pocket Life Kit today and created this quick and easy project life page with lots of fun little labels and embellishments.

 I stumbled across the perfect cards to use straight away! I always say, go with your gut and choose the first cards that work with the colours of your page as well as the themes of your week.

I love to stick 3x4" landscape photos on 4x6" cards. The extra space allows for added journaling or embellishments and help give a bit of extra interest to your photos. 

I have created a process video of my entire page, make sure you watch the full video to see how the layout came together! 

Have a lovely, crafty week! 
Adele :)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Product Highlight: Playing with Crochet Thread

If you have received your kit and need inspiration as to how to use the crochet floss, this is the post for you! Crochet thread can be used to anchor buttons and charms, tie ribbon onto tags, binding albums, and my favorite technique is to stitch on the layout. Myself, Kira and Nathalie will be sharing our projects today and hope to inspire you to use the crochet thread.

On this layout I used a stencil to draw out a leaf. I then cut the leaf out, traced around the edges of the leaves, poked holes in the cardstock, and then did a simple backstitch. This method is easy and the only supplies needed are a needle with an eye opening large enough for your thread.

Hey everyone, Kira here to share another way to use the thread included in your kit.  If you are familiar with my scrapbook style, you'll know that I loooooove stitching on my layouts.  But I knew Kelly does too!  So I decided to stretch my creativity a little with this project and think of a way to use it in a non-hand stitching way.  


Enter the mini album!  I have been on a bit of a mini album kick at the moment (I think I've made 4 this month so far!).  But I have never attempted a coptic binding style mini and I thought this thread presented the perfect opportunity to do that.  I started with two 4"x5" pieces of chipboard from my stash (it is relatively cheap on Amazon, or you could even re-purpose the packaging from a 12x12 paper pad!).  I covered the front/back of the chipboard with the "Passion" paper from the main kit.  And covered the insides with the B side of the same paper.  

Then I created my "signatures" (apparently that's what the inserts in a coptic book are called...who knew? This is my first time making one.  Lol.) with plain, white printer paper and covered them with the 6x8 paper included in the Pocket Life kit.


I stitched everything up according to this tutorial.  And I added some of the Good Vibes charms that were included in the main kit, along the spine.  I plan on decorating the inside with my Citrus Twist kit, so stay tuned for progress on this later!

xo, Kira

Hi there!  When Trina mentioned to us that there will be crochet thread in the kit, I did a small happy dance.  I have crocheted my whole life, it is one of my favorite things to do, and i was itching to add it to one of my pages.  

I used the crochet thread to create a textured edge to one of the ephemera tags from the Flourish collection included in this kit ( i would crocheted the entire page, but there was not enough thread in my kit!)

I kept the page fairly masculine, and included small accents of mint/teal so that the texture in the tag will show  as you look at the page.  I just love all the small sentiments in the stamp , they are perfect to personalize the page.

I hope you are all inspired to use the crochet thread included in the Cedar Grove Main Scrapbook Kit.  It can easily be used to stitch on your pages, bind your mini books, tie your small pieces and tags, add texture to the page, or simply as decoration on the pages.  It is all up to you!

We cannot wait to see what you are inspired to create with it!!!



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Technique Tuesday with Kristel

Hi all! Today I have a quick tip for you on how to create simple,
yet beautiful embellishments with just one (or more) 6x8 paper(s) from your PL kit.

I always love to use beautiful prints and patterns, but sometimes they just don't work for me.
Some are too busy, some have a colored background that doesn't match (in my opinion) and others just don't match as a whole. Or, sometimes the print is just so beautiful, you have to use it on your whole project.
But how, when your paper is too small to cover your project?

You can always use fun shaped punches, such as circles, squares, hexagons, etc. to punch out as much as you can and have loads of fun.
But, you can also cut out all those pretty illustrations and use them as die cuts.

The Flourish collection by Maggie Holmes, of which products have been added to this month's kits, contains lots of flower patterns, so when you're a flower girl like me, you will have lots of fun cutting out all those pretties :-)
Just get your favorite paper(s), a small scissor and your favorite movie or series and enjoy!
As well as with cutting as playing with your awesome new die cuts :-) 

Have a lovely week and until next time!

Love, Kristel

Monday, February 12, 2018

Let's Get Digital with Nathalie

Hi there!

Nathalie back with you all, bringing you a bit of inspiration using one of this month's digital cut files.   You can find all the digital files in the CTK Fans Page on Facebook.

The wreath file was inspired by the Flourish collection floral motifs include in this month's Cedar Grove kits.  The small branches in the wreaths are delicatee and soft, and can form the perfect background for all the florals in the collection.

If you have seen my work before, then you know, I love wreaths, but this time i used a combination of them to creaete a vertical design for my page.  To emphasize the softness of the wreath, a piece of the Always paper from Flourish collection, and stitch it to a piece of white cardstock.

Once the three small wreaths were glued to the page.  I added the picture of my baby girl inside the middle wreath.  To keep the romantic look of  the page, i layered a piece of the music sheet to the picture, and fussy cut ( my favorite floral) from the 6x8 paper from the Flourish collection included in the PL kit. to create the clusters around the picture.

A few lines of ephemera, and little sentiments from the stamp sets complete this page.  I just love how this all came together.    
Remember to stop by the CTK Fans Page on Facebook for your copy of this month's files.  I cannot wait what you create with the files and this month's Cedar Grove Kits!