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Monday, December 31, 2012

Farewell to Pion Design and 2Crafty (using OUAS sketch + Helmar adhesives)

Today is reveal day for the Once Upon a Sketch January challenge. Today is also my final post as a design team member for two wonderful scrapbook companies, Pion Design (paper) and 2Crafty (chipboard). I would like to thank Pion Design for having me on their fantastic design team for two entire years as well as 2Crafty for the past few months. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much Jenny and Vanessa from for your generosity and flexibility when my schedule was hectic. I hope our paths will cross again in the future. Here is a layout using the newest Pion collection "Play Time" and some very pretty 2Crafty chippies. I used gesso and chalk ink on the chipboard pieces.

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Journaling on the back reads:
I have a wonderful life but am looking to you to point me in the right direction to find my inner child this year and make time for more fun... to create more wonderful memories, love Mom, xoxo (January 2013).

The OUAS theme this month is "the start of something new" and for me that is trying something new... looking at life through my children's eyes. I am an only child and have always been the mature one, the responsible one, blah, blah, etc. I feel like I am missing out on something - more fun. As much as I ADORE scrapping, it is very time consuming and getting in the way a bit of my family fun time... so I need to cut back just a little bit.

Here is the OUAS sketch this month. I used this as a starting point but my layout seemed to take on a life of it's own, LOL.

This project was made using a lot of Helmar goodness. I used the premium craft glue on the paper layers, the 450 quick dry on the flowers, the adhesive runner for the photo and the acid-free glue for the chipboard.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Layout Tutorial (with Swirlydoos and Helmar)

ANATOMY OF A LAYOUT
Today I am sharing how I made my "Joy to the world" layout (using my Swirlydoos December "Believe" kit) featuring the Kaisercraft "Turtle Dove" collection. I wanted my layout to look like an elegant Christmas ball and used tons of Helmar goodness to stick it together!

STEP 1 - BACKGROUND PAPER
Select a background paper and cut out a portion of the centre. I like to either cut a square or circle to be used for another project. Make sure to leave at least a 2-inch border around the edges though.

STEP 2 - ADD A PAPER LAYER
Select a top layer paper and roughly cut a wavy border around the edge - removing only 1/4 inch or so around and then ink all of the edges with brown Clearsnap chalk ink. Glue it to your background using Helmar Premium craft glue, placing the glue only around the cut-out edge.

STEP 3 - ADD THE TRIM AND PHOTO
Cut your photo into a circle shape and glue it down the Helmar's adhesive runner. Next, add the zipper with Helmar 450 quick dry along the metal and trim off excess. Lastly, glue some trim around the edge of the photo starting at the top. Don't worry the flowers will hide the gap if you are short a little trim.

STEP 4 - ADD A FLOWER CLUSTER AND LEAVES
Use 5 flowers (2 large and 3 small - I used a Petaloo pack) for the cluster and add a berry centre. Add the Petaloo leaves around the cluster but save 1 for later. Cut off and save the 2 leaves around the berries for later.

STEP 5 - ADD THE TEARS
Tear the paper in several spots and ink the revealed white core of the paper with brown Clearsnap chalk ink.

STEP 6 - ADD FLOWERS TO THE CORNERS
Polish the layout off by adding the last 3 Petaloo flowers to the corners. In the bottom corner, place the 2 saved leaves from the berry spring under them. In the top corner,  place a Petaloo leaf under the flower.

That's it! The paper comes with a beautiful "Joy to the world" title already scripted on it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Meg's Garden Christmas Projects (using Helmar adhesives)

HO, HO, HO - Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season so far! Well, Meg's Garden "A Musical Christmas" is for sure one of the best holiday paper lines released this year. I adore the richness to these colors.

Up first is a card I made using the german glitter glass (on the 2Crafty chipboard) and the the plum gardenia flowers Meg sent me from her shop to compliment the paper. I am not a huge card maker, but I like this non-traditional Christmas one!

Next up is an oversized gift tag "layout" using the same paper line, plus doilies and flowers from Meg's shop. I added a Dusty Attic piece as a focal point.

Here is a close-up of the chipboard that I simply glazed with Silks "ice" paint because I liked the natural look of the chippie. It is semi-translucent glaze so it just added a nice shimmer instead of leaving the chipboard plain.

NOTE: I used a lot of Helmar goodness to stick all of my projects together. I used the premium craft glue on the paper layers, the 450 quick dry on the flowers and leaves, Zapdots to raise the title and chipboard on my card and the acid-free glue for the tree chipboard. Thanks goodness for good glue!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

More Swirlydoos "Believe" kit (and 2Crafty / Helmar)

OK so after finding out my computer hard drive was fried (thankfully we have a good back-up), I had been waiting for over a week to get it fixed. That's why I've been MIA in blogland. Now... on to the good stuff. I have created 4 more projects using my left overs from my Swirlydoos kit. All of my projects were created using Helmar adhesives and 2 of them feature some gorgeous 2Crafty chipboard too.

First up is a layout of me when I was 11 months old. This was my favorite Kaisercraft paper in the "believe" kit this month. I thought the old photo went really well with the vintage feel of the Kaisercraft papers in this Swirlydoos kit. This was my favorite paper in the kit.

Here is a close-up of the pretty title chipboard I added from my stash. On the 1st Christmas title and the Cartia's Swirl chipboard, I splattered on some gesso and teal Silks paint randomly, not covering the the chippies completely. Then, I put a clear Silks "ice" glaze that was included in the main kit... to add shimmer. I love that these dry faster than mists, giving a subtle sheen. Lastly a touch of chalk ink on the edges for definition.

Here is a close-up of the flowers in the add-on kit as well as another beautiful 2Crafty chippie (just gesso and glaze on this one). The flowers in the add-on kit are to die for!

I used this month's fantastic Helmar challenge as inspiration for this layout. Load your projects here http://www.flickr.com/groups/helmarlive to enter to win some sticky goodness.

Next is another display "layout" to be used as a giant gift tag. I adored the graphic of the Santa and knew I had to make this.

Here is a close-up of the pretty ribbon rose in the kit.

Here is a close-up of the reindeer I added from my stash. On the Blitzen reindeer I splattered some gesso a bit, then added some brown distress ink before glazing with Silks "ice". The distress ink reacted with the glaze, creating a slight resist over the gesso. I love this antiquing effect.

Here is a close-up of the corner chipboard. On the Elegant Corner chipboard I worked again with gesso and teal Silks paint (the paint in last month's Swirlydoos kit).

I have also made a few more big gift tags. This first one features some handmade flowers and a divine sentiment from the kit paper cut outs.

Here is a close-up of my flowers. Tutorial to follow soon :)

The second tag features some stamping with a new stamp I bought myself and a pretty Prima charm from the main kit.

I added a Santa face to the Prima charm (from one of the papers in the kit).

NOTE: I used a lot of Helmar goodness to stick all of my projects together. I used the premium craft glue on the paper layers, the 450 quick dry on the flowers and embellishments, the adhesive runner on the photo, the acid-free glue for the chipboard and the gemstone glue for the Prima charm and pearl centres in my handmade flowers. Thanks goodness for good glue!

All of these Christmas projects sure do put me in the holiday spirit. Now I just need to get some baking done and I think I'm all set. Sooo happy to have my computer back too!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Prima BAP feature (using Helmar adhesives)

Wow, I completely forgot to post this layout from last month (November Prima BAP and PPP challenge). It wasn't until my scrappy friend Keren Tamir (who won :) saw my layout featured on their blog until I realized that I forgot to post this one! It's been sitting here in my drafts waiting to be posted, hee, hee - must be fate. Here is the link to all the featured artists on the Prima Blog.

This is little me sitting on my daddy's car. Lots of masking and inking on this one - not my usual style, but it was really fun for a change.


I used a lot of Helmar goodness to stick this together. I used the premium craft glue on the paper layers, the 450 quick dry on the flowers and embellishments, the adhesive runner on the photo and some acid-free glue for the chipboard.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Swirlydoos December Kit Blog Hop

Welcome to Swirlydoos' December Kit Reveal
and Blog Hop Block Party!

If you came here from LuminArte's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today. We have 3 manufacturers hopping and 3 designers from Webster's pages too! Also, as an extra special twist, 2 of our designers are hiding secret prizes on their blogs. Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win. Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us too!

To kick things off I am sharing a layout made entirely with the "Believe" main kit contents (no add-ons or items from my stash at all) and a tutorial is posted here on the Swirlydoos Forum on how to make it from start to finish! This is a picture of my boys a few years ago. I love preschool pictures, before kids lose their baby fat and all their teeth.

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Here is a close-up of the flowers and awesome zipper.



This is a giant gift topper "layout". Sometimes the box is just too big to wrap but this will look pretty on it instead of just a big bow. I added a doily and some ribbon from my stash.



Look at the gorgeous flower and berry spray from the add-on kit!



This layout started out with inspiration from the kit sketch and took on a life of it's own, LOL. I added some Dusty Attic trees from my stash (painted and added glitter snow-tex on them, then inked over top). Around the pictures, those are layered snowflake die cuts made from plain white cardstock. I've always liked this picture of my boys as babies taken at sundown but found it dark. I never found the right winter paper to scrap it - until now! Love the antique look of this paper and the pretty flowers from the add-on kit to match.



This is a Dusty Attic chipboard piece in the main kit. I primed it with gesso, painted it with the "ice" Silks glaze that's included in the main kit and lastly, I added plain white snow-tex (from Michael's Crafts) randomly with my finger. BTW - Silks are a new favorite of mine, gotta collect them all!



Here is the gorgeous kit sketch to get your creative mojo going! i know, mine ended up looking nothing like this, hee, hee... but it gave me the idea to use the chipboard trees that were collecting dust in scrappy stash.



Lastly today, I have a simple cone. I like the elegance of simple projects at Christmas time since the colors are so rich. A variety of flowers from the main kit and add-on kit were used for this project. Just fill the cone with chocolates or candies and then top with flowers to decorate. Makes a great teacher gift!



I've just gotta say... Kaisercraft has really fantastic Christmas collections this year and Swirlydoos combined a few of them so perfectly well in this amazing kit. Click here to become a Swirlydoos Subscriber!




You have until midnight, eastern time, on Friday, 12/14 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Saturday 12/15. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:


1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.


2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 

Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence.


3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you!
My special words: A CHILD

The party ends over at Swirlydoos' blog.
It's a special lucky day for the hop 12/12/12.
Two weeks until Christmas :)

NOTE: These projects were created with the special help of Helmar Adhesives - especially my favorites: the Premium Craft glue for paper and 450 Quick Dry for flowers and embellishments. I also used the fantastic acid-free glue for the chipboard too!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

New DA chipboard in my shop!

Christmas came early! I re-stocked my Etsy shop this morning (http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickyalberto) with Dusty Attic chipboard - including many of the newest releases. I had listed over 120 styles and in just a few hours my stock has drastically depleted and quantities on some items are now down to 1 left. But no fear... lots more Dusty Attic to come this Winter with awesome new product releases and exciting news.



Also, you can now follow my blog via e-mail (see right sidebar to subscribe) and never miss an update. Thanks so much everyone for all your support in my crafting and retail as well. I really do read and appreciate every comment you leave me. Unfortunately with working part-time, having 3 kids, being on design teams and life in general... I don't always have the time to leave as much love in the galleries and on individual blogs as I wish (maybe one day when I am retired with an "empty nest", LOL).

Friday, December 7, 2012

Peace Layout (Pion Design/Helmar)

I will be teaching this wintery layout with two handmade flowers (tucked into the tears) on January 26th for Paper and Lace. The class will be all about shabby techniques with distressing and paints. I used several beautiful papers from Pion Design's Silent Night collection and tons of gorgeous embellishments from the LSS store. The pretty picture is also from Pion Design. I like to do display layouts for my mantle at Christmas (or to give as gifts).


Here is a close-up of the handmade flowers. I used Helmar's premium craft glue to hold everything in place for this entire layout including the handmade flowers. It's really my favorite glue on the market!



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Ornaments (Pion Design / Helmar)

Every year I like to make one set of either 5 or 7 (I like odd numbers) handmade ornaments for my Christmas tree. This year, I used the Pion Design Silent Night collection and some handmade chipboard (cut by my dear friend Bonnie with a Tim Holtz die). The very light pink paper is called "Angels Choir" and has a pale snowflake design.

Please click on images for larger view.

Here is a close-up of the Prima and Green Tara embellishments I used. I kept the decor clean and simple. I used Helmar's acid-free glue for the chipboard and paper and the 450 quick dry to adhere the lace and flowers.

I can't seem to find the right decorations for my Christmas tree... so now I make them! Last year, I made these balls out of crochet doilies and still love them. I had found 8 white doilies on clearance at Michael's Crafts for 50 cents each! Oh I wish they had more. I still have 2 left.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meg's Garden blog hop WINNERS!

Drum roll please... here are the Meg's Garden DT blog hop winners. If you have won, please e-mail info@megsgarden.com with your address so she can ship your prize to you! Congrats to all the winners and THANK-YOU for joining us for this around the world blog hop!

Adriana = Wendy Mac

Chantal = Irina Kittsteiner

Heather = Buffy Esser 

Denise = Jane Stirling

Jenny = little place of scrapbooking

Evgenia = Kitikas

Sylvie = Scrapadyne

Ulrika = Gittescrap

Elena = Sveta Albert

Stephanie = Michelle Mc

Vicky = Tone-lill (MY BLOG WINNER, lucky #13)

Sandrine = Karen Shady

Shell = Svetoforik

Gayle = Gillian

Grand Prize (from Meg's Garden) = Ava G.


Congrats toTone-lill - she won this prize that I chose from http://megsgarden.com...


Friday, November 30, 2012

OUAS Dec. Challenge (with Swirlydoos + Helmar adhesives)


(For Meg's Garden Blog hop see next post - 15 PRIZES)

Today is the reveal day for the Once Upon a Sketch (OUAS) challenge for December and my last post using the gorgeous November Swirlydoos "Nouveau" kit. I adored the beautiful Kaisercraft papers and flowers in this kit! I used the teal Silks paint (included in the main kit) on the title and bird in the birdcage. I am in love with this brand of paint/glaze. Also included in the main kit is a cute stamp set - I used the hot air balloon and stamped in grey to match the birds in the bottom left of the paper.

The picture is hubby and I on a boat cruise with our tour guides.

The theme is "December" for the OUAS challenge  - so why did I do a tropical layout? Because my wedding anniversary is December 1st... and I was married in the Bahamas. I hate the winter so when the snow starts to fall I start dreaming of the ocean and the beach. Don't get me wrong I love Christmas - just wish I was decorating palm trees instead of spruce trees.

Hidden journaling reads: One fine day we will be living the best of both worlds, Summer and Fall in Canada and then become snow birds for Winter and Spring. I love the fact that December always starts with fabulous memories of our tropical wedding (before we get knee deep in snow).

Here is a close-up of my handmade flower from my recent DIY "mistable" flower tutorial.

Here is a peek at the current OUAS challenge. I hope you can play along this month! Check out the amazing DT reveal this month and the terrific prizes up for grabs! Thank you Imaginarium Designs for sponsoring the chipboard on my layout (corners, title and fence).


This project was created with the special help of Helmar Adhesives - especially my two favorites: the Premium Craft glue for paper and 450 Quick Dry for flowers and embellishments. I also used the acid-free glue for the chipboard too!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meg's Garden Blog Hop - 15 PRIZES!!!

Welcome to the Meg’s Garden Design Team Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from Stephanie’s blog (http://scrappers-heavencanada.blogspot.ca) you are on the right path.

We are circling the globe this weekend. We start in the Adelaide Hills at Meg’s Garden in Hahndorf, South Australia & then head down the hill to Adelaide to visit Adriana, Heather, Chantal and Denise. We then hop almost all the way across Australia to Ashby, Western Australia to Jen. After a long hop across the ocean to South Africa we visit Evgenia. Then North to Sylvie in France, Lill in Sweden, and Elena in Belarus. Another log hop across another ocean to Canada where we pop in to Stephanie and Vicky. Back downunder again to Sandrine in Queensland, Shell in Victoria, then to Victor Harbor to blog at Gayle’s in South Australia and then up the hill back to Meg’s Garden.
How many time zones is that?

Each blog hop will have an Eye Candy especially chosen by that blogger from Meg’s Garden.
These will be shown on www.megsgarden.com and also on that Design Team member’s blog. Here is my prize to be won by a lucky blog hop participant:


My "cardmaker's dream" prize pack details:
MINI PAPERS PACK - A Musical Christmas Pack
A4 PAPER - Victorian Santas
VELVET FLOWERS - Forget me not - garnet
TASSELS - Pale green & gold tassel
LACE - Lace - off white 1.6cm
CHARM - Clock - sm fancy

Meg’s Garden is also giving away one goodies package to one lucky winner chosen from those who survived the oceans, desert and maybe some snow! 

Soooo... 15 prizes in total!

All you have to do is become a follower of the Meg’s Garden Blog and “like us” on Facebook, as well as visit each participating blog, become of follower of those blogs and leave a comment on each blog.


Her is a little celebratory birthday cupcake shaped gift box - in honour of Meg's Birthday. I used the new "A Musical Chrismas" collection and handmade the topping using my recent DIY mistable flower tutorial.

Here is a peek of all the cupcake box components before assembling. I used the amazing template from  The Digi Chick for this cute little box.

When you have visited everyone return to the Meg’s Garden blog and leave us a comment letting us know how much fun you had! If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you will be entered into the drawing twice for an extra chance to win!


We are sure you will be inspired by our talented design team! There are lots of goodies to win and you won’t want to miss out on one. The blog hop is, of course, open to international entries. The hop will start on 30th November, 2012 at 5pm and you have until Monday 3rd December, 2012 at 5pm SA time (Central Summer Time South Australia) to complete the hop.The winner will be announced on the Meg’s Garden blog on 5th December (Meg’s birthday!). Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…Have Fun! Meg’s Garden – http://www.megsgarden.com

The blog hop order:

Meg’s Garden – Australia – http://megsgardenblog.blogspot.com

Adriana Bolzon – Australia - http://abinspirations.blogspot.com.au

Heather Jacob – Australia – http://heatherartandlife.blogspot.com.au

Chantal VanDenberg – Australia - http://girlsjustwannascrapbook.blogspot.com.au

Denise Boddey – Australia - http://passionscrapping.blogspot.com

Jenny Burns – Australia - http://burns900.blogspot.com.au

Evgenia Petzer – South Africa - http://evgeniapetzer.blogspot.com

Sylvie Peixoto - France - http://scrapdream.canalblog.com

Ulrika Blomfelt - Sweden - http://lillblommanskapar.blogspot.com.au

Elena Olinivech – Belarus - http://eleele-handmade.blogspot.com

Stephanie Dinnell - Canada - http://scrappers-heavencanada.blogspot.ca

Vicky Alberto – Canada - http://simplypaperandcreativity.blogspot.ca (you are here!)

Sandrine Dawes – Australia - http://sandrinedawes10.blogspot.com.au

Shell Carmen – Australia - http://www.anotherscrappyday.blogspot.com

Gayle Price – Australia – http://blissandgesso.blogspot.com


Monday, November 26, 2012

Meg's Garden blog hop on FRIDAY!

Mark your calendars for the...
Meg’s Garden Design Team Blog Hop! 

Make sure you complete the list – become a follower, like us on FB and leave a comment – at each blog. There will be Eye Candy at each blog and a PRIZE WINNER at the end FOR EACH BLOG! Starts November 29th 2012 for 3 days at 11:30 pm on Thursday on my blog (MST) = 5:00 p.m. Australia on Nov 30th.


One of the longest Blog Hops ever done – around the World.

From Wikipedia: ‘Phileas Fogg is the main fictional character in the 1873 Jules Verne novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the late Victorian world in eighty days, or less, for a wager of £20,000 with members of London’s Reform Club. He takes the wager and leaves with Passepartout, vowing to return by 8:45 pm on Saturday 21 December 1872. Under suspicion of robbing the Bank of England, he is followed by a detective named Fix. Fogg has no idea about Fix's true intentions and Fix (wanting to get Fogg back to England so that he can arrest him) works with Fogg in the last half of the book.While in India he saves a widowed princess, named Aouda from Suttee during her husband's funeral. Passepartout rescues her and she accompanies Fogg for the rest of his journey. She and Fogg eventually fall in love and marry at the end of the book. Fix, who is really supposed to arrest Fogg, attempts to sabotage him by putting him in prison near the end of the book but he is quickly released. Fogg, who has been careful to keep track of every day in his diary, believes that he arrives home on Sunday and that he has lost his bet. However, he discovers, almost too late, that he has forgotten to adjust his timekeeping for having crossed the International Date Line and he wins his bet after all.’Phileas Fogg had 80 days to circle the globe - we are allowing 4 days only but we have an advantage over his modes of travel – he had to catch trains, ride an elephant, an air balloon and more...

See you on Thursday night!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Advent Calendar (Helmar)

Well, it is really beginning to look like Christmas! Next weekend I will officially be starting to fill the boxes in my new advent calendar. I altered the Dusty Attic chipboard advent calendar with a lot of various distress inks and metallic stains to give it an antiqued look.

My trusted Helmar's 450 quick dry came to the rescue to hold all of the the boxes together and the Premium craft glue was very helpul too with the paper "layout" insert and embellishments. The papers are Fabscraps' gorgeous new Christmas line.


Here is another view. I used Helmar's decoupage paste to adhere the paper to the front of the boxes and sanded the edges before assembling them. I wanted to reveal all the grooves for a rustic feel - instead of simply covering the entire square surface with paper.


A close-up of the left - it really shimmers in real light. I used a mix of Dusty Attic and Fabscraps chipboard pieces on here.



A close-up of the right - I just love how perfectly the Fabscraps lamp post fits!


All together this was about a 10-hour project to complete (but worth it!). I even taught an 8-hour workshop for Paper and Lace on this project (mind you the frames were pre-built and the box numbers had to be adhered after the class). Thanks again to all the wonderful ladies who attended (and some even drove from far away in the snow!).