Friday, September 18, 2009

Giveaway Grab-bag!


This card is one of my all time favourites. I love everything about this card, and again I did not plan for the card to turn out this way - it just did! LOL

I used 2 cardstocks for this - an orange one for the base, and a brown one for matting the front.

I adore the Dill Blossoms collection - couldn't make myself to use the papers until much later. For this card, I cut out the beautiful images and bunched them together and adhered them onto the bottom left side of the card. I enjoy cutting out images from patterned papers these days - that saves the cost of buying embellishments, and somehow for me, cutting up paper is both therapeutic and calming! Do you feel the same way, or is it just me? :)

I also use stamps in almost all my cards. I love stamping - I love the crisp images that stamps give. I wish I could draw, but I can't draw to save my life, so stamping is the next best thing. The first stamp I bought was from Hero Arts, back in 2005, and I haven't looked back since.
Once I've gotten all my materials needed for the card, I'll move them around the card till I'm happy with the placements, and that's when I'll glue them down, and the card is finished! :)


I often get stuck with ideas when I create a layout - but somehow with this layout above, I didn't have any problems at all, eventhough I used different collections from SEI - that's just how versatile the collections are even when you mix them together.

For this layout, I used papers from En Route, Poppy, Park Buddies and Kitty's Place and I had loads of fun mixing them up.

I used the En Route patterned paper as this background for the layout - the images on the paper are subtle and it's about travel, which fits perfectly for the photo I used. Then I added a couple of strips of patterned papers at the back of my photo. After that, it was a matter of embellising around the photo before the layout is done.

The long stems of flowers on the left of the photo were cut out from the Sarong (pearl) patterned paper from the Poppy collection. The cluster of flowers on the bottom right side, and the butterflies on the top right side of the layout were all cut from Kitty's Background patterned paper, from the Kitty's Place collection. I'm totally in love with that patterned paper. :)

The dogs and fire hydrant were cut from Hot Dogs patterned paper, from the Park Buddies collection.

Then I added the journaling, brad and title and my layout was done! Super easy even with mixing different collections.

Thanks for a wonderful week Elaine! It's so nice to see a different sense of style inspired from another part of the world. We are having a grab bag give away with the products Elaine used to make the above projects, and then some extras! Just leave a comment by Sunday September 20th at midnight telling us which post was your favorite. We will be choosing 2 winners and announcing them Monday morning. Good luck!

46 comments:

Mattie said...

I loved everything! the first was my favorite

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I loved the Ikea frame!

Melissa said...

Loved the pictures and projects this week!

I'll see some of you SEI people at ScrapFest. WA-HOO!

Jennifer said...

I love the last post. I am always looking for great ways to mix and match different lines!

LRW said...

Everything was great, but especially liked the Ikea frame tutorial!! Thank you!

Sarah said...

Love this card! Inspiration to use all the stamps I have.
Sarah C.

Leah the Orange said...

can't decide between this one and the altered frame, but i LOVE the way the colours are coordinate, and all the wonderful fussycutting you do! i am a HUGE fan of that technique, and always watching to see how others do it. beautiful stuff!

LG said...

Those are just lovely. I love the colors and the patterns are amazing. Everything is perfect with her work.

judean said...

Dill Blossoms is one of my all-time favorite lines, so this last post with the Happy B-rthday card, and the previous one with the altered IKEA frame are tied for first place!

JPScraps said...

I love the first paragraph on today's post "This card is one of my all time favourites. I love everything about this card, and again I did not plan for the card to turn out this way - it just did! LOL"
Happens to me a lot :)

Martina said...

I loved the idea with the IKEA frames. And also the post with these country magazin pictures.Cute! But for sure I just love to look at your cards. They are so great.

Flagstaff said...

I liked the card on Friday's post.

Emily said...

I really like your first post about living in Singapore; it's cool to learn about new places.
I also REALLY like how you cut the patterned papers and mix & match them. I am definitely going to try that!

Dawne Carlisle said...

So much talent - so inspiring! I loved the post about Singapore... but especially loved the Ikea frame because it was so practical - yet beautifully made!

L'Hélène said...

My favorite was the post about Singapore, I love discovering new places!

kaw1963 said...

This has been a terrific week, I especially enjoyed the different cards and the decorated frame!

Christy said...

I loved the pictures of the open air market in Singapore! The colors were amazing, and it made me want to live near a place like that!

sharon said...

Thank you, tahnk you, thank you for encouraging us to cut the paper! This is what we need. Shake it up and get us out of a rut! Thanks.
Sharon L

sharon said...

I like the layout you did today. The dogs and hydrant tickled me.
Sharon L.

Amber said...

I loved them all! They were all so fun and inspirational! =)

Shawninaz said...

Its' been a great week on the blog but the card on this post is amazing, luv it!

yyam said...

I love this post! The card and layout are just fabulous! Love the layering and how the elements work well together without overwhelming the page..:)

Karrie said...

Hi, I have to say I liked all of the posts. Those are some fabulous cards!! Love your style!!

Joy said...

Great ideas! I love that sarong paper you used for the flowers! Must have!!!

Kate & Oli said...

this post is the best! it's most my style :)

Brainybairn said...

Love this post the best!

Scoobie said...

I love the post about using mags as a source for inspiration.I have done the same myself, but seem to forget, so thanks for the reminder.

Stephanie Baxter said...

I liked the one about cards best, because I always struggle to think of different layouts for cards!

Kim M said...

Definitely the card is my favorite cause those Dill Blossoms papers are my fav SEI papers ever. Something about the colors and texture just makes me smile.

Keesha said...

I love love love the altered frame. You guys always leave me inspired and ready to create a masterpiece!

missmammamurphy31@yahoo.com said...

I loved the Ikea frame. How cool is that?? This blog is awesome!!

Daniela said...

Awesome job Elaine!! Loved looking at your creations!

~~Audrey~~ said...

Hey Elaine, your projects are simply inspiring! Luv the altered frames but equally luv the cards too!

Greta said...

Love it! The Dill blossom card is great, I love that collection.

gocanucksgo said...

I loved this post from Elaine! Her stuff is so unique looking and I got some great ideas from her. Keep up the great work Elaine =)

Patty said...

Love the layout!! And all the new products coming out:)

Lindzie said...

I love the card done with Chicadee so cute!

NanaBeth said...

I was so impressed with the card from the Chickadee, I ordered everything I would need to make it from my favorite online store. I went ahead and got the blue papers also so I could make some in blue. Thank you for an inspiring week.

Rebecca said...

I love the photos from Singapore and also this most recent card. The colors are just awesome!

Annette J. said...

I love the birthday card, it is vibrant and fun!

Monika said...

I'm partial to the altered frame. I bought three for $1 each last year and haven't taken the plunge to do my thing. So, here it goes...maybe a cute pic of the 3 kiddos now that the beautiful fall colors are peeking through!

Emily said...

My favorite was the Seasons Greetings Christmas card. Very cute.

Jennifer B. said...

Great card love the birdie

Bonnie said...

Glad to have you as a guest! Great ideas!

Cathy said...

Great blog posts! Love the Dill Blossom card!

GEL-Oh said...

Love the Dill Blossoms. : )

 

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