Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Decorations *Once upon a sketch*

Welcome everyone to another challenge at Once Upon A...Sketch. We are already in December and the end of the year is just around the corner.

December 1st Challenge

Journalling Criteria/theme: The thing I look most forward to in December

Write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to? Note:You layout DOES NOT have to be about Christmas! It can be about anything December brings. 

 Other ideas for journalling: an annual holiday or celebration, a specific event such as putting up the Christmas tree or pre Christmas traditions you might have leading up to Christmas, family time, snow covered fields or warmer weather, time off work, school holidays, change of weather, new season fruit. 

And this is my take on the challenge! I love the happy faces when we decorate our tree! We always listen to Christmas songs and we sing all together! It is such a lovely day to remember each year!!!

To make this layout I used the Webster's Botanical Christmas kit from Enjoy Scrapping!
I have already made 2 layouts and a mini album out of this kit and there are scraps left to even make some cards!!! Beautiful Christmas kit!!!

Sponsors and Prizes
We welcome a BRAND new sponsor to our blog this month! 

Thank you Handmade By Suzanne for sponsoring our challenges this month!

The winner of this challenge, as chosen by the Design Team, will win a spot on our Design Team for the month of January. As well as that, the winner will also receive a AUD$20.00 voucher (plus FREE shipping) to spend in the store at Handmade By Suzanne!

Here at Once Upon A...Sketch we LOVE to encourage EVERYONE to participate, even those that are fairly new to scrapbooking so this is why we like to offer some prizes for RANDOMLY chosen winner so that everyone feels like they have a chance to win!

One lucky person will receive this prize from Handmade By Suzanne!

And one lucky person will win this..
A set of My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 paper pads in 4 different collections. 


I am looking forward to see what YOU look most forward to in December!!!
Thank you for visiting! Your lovely comments really make my day!!
Thank you all!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My projects with chipboard!

Hello ladies!

As you may have noticed, I have a thing with chipboard! When I 1st began scrapbooking, I bought the big shot and I have made my collection of dies but ONLY bigz so I can cut Chipboard..LOL!!!

You can't imagine my joy when I found out that all the Once Upon A...Sketch DT was sponsored by Imaginarium Designs !!! They have GORGEOUS designs and they are SO generous!!!!
Thank you for that ID!!!!

Today I am going to share with you several projects where I have used chipboard!
ATTN: LONG POST...hehe...well...I love chipboard...

Listen to your heart
I have used this gorgeous Imaginarium Designs little frame which I painted black and I have randomly put some copper dabber paint on it.

I Adore you
I used sfragidomania heart frame which I painted with gesso and droped some glimmer mist!

Imaginarium Designs flourish which
I painted with white acrylic paint and stamped the music notes above it in pink!

 My girls in the tram having fun
I used ID for the title, the button and the girl figure .
Small button: I heat embossed it with black zing powder and then I stamped some music notes and heat embossed with white zing.
Girl figure: I painted it with acrylic, I stamped the notes and heat embossed with white Zing. After that I applied some pink glimmer glaze.
Title: I painted black and heat embossed with clear utee

 Me & You

I cannot show it because it is going to be published in Scrapbooking memories,
 but here is a close up of ID title!
I painted the title with red acrylic paint, I randomly distressed with black ink using a sponge and then I rubbed some stickles with my finger!

A moment in time
ID again!
I painted the phrase with espresso dabber and then I heat embossed it with clear UTEE.
The corner flourish was also painted with espresso, and a bit of watermelon and pool dabbers and then heat embossed with UTEE.
The window/fence, was heat embossed with walnut stain and broken china distress powders and some Ranger red pepper embossing powder and then I put crackle accents above!

Mini album "Friends" & you and me card.
This is a mini album from sfragidomania where I've used acrylic paints, stamps and heat embossing powders!!!

For this card :

Mini tutorial:
1) You paint the chipboard with acrylic paint
2) You apply crackle accents on top
3)  When it is dry, you paint it all with another color
4)  and  immediately, before it dries, you take it off with a baby wipe.
The second color stays in the crackles and you get  this awesome effect!!!
Isn't it cool????

Bouquet of rose kisses
I painted the lamp with distress crackle paint, put some orange dabber randomly and cover with stickles!

Chocolate lover
I painted the heart dark brown, apllied random gold dabber, cover with crackle accents and pour some glitter on top!

 Vintage me
I did the same as above to the letters and I covered the cage with crackle paint and orange dabber!

Here I have painted  the cage green and blue  and heat embosed it with distress embossing powder!

Congratulations!!! You made it to the end of that post!!!
I hope you got some ideas on how to alter your chipboard and don't forget to visit Imaginarium designs blog for more inspiration!!!

Check out their stockists HERE to buy Imaginarium Designs - they ship ANYWHERE in the world for real time postage costs! Just email them for a quote!

Thanks for visiting my blog!!!
God bless you all!
Have a nice day!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Listen to your heart ~ BITW ~ MCS contest entry & a winner!

Hello everyone!

There is a new word at "Bird is the word" ...


And this is my DT work for this challenge using MCS September's LE kit!

I have used this gorgeous Imaginarium Designs little frame which I painted black and I have randomly put some copper dabber paint on it.

For this layout I used the sketch from MCS big sketch contest #2


Don't forget to visit "Bird is the word" for some huge inspiration from the rest of the DT members! If you enter the challenge you may be the lucky winner of a Tidbitz in time kit!!!!

Now, as for the winner of the Digital software "My Memories suite", the lucky winner is....


Congratulations! I will email you with the details!!!

And here is another tutorial on how easy this software is:

And remember! 

I'll give you a coupon code for $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!) 

Coupon Code: STMMMS43785 

Just copy and paste the code above to avoid typos when using it! 


Thanks a lot for visiting!!!
Have a nice week!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011


There is a giveaway happening at Once Upon A...Sketch. 

You have a chance to win this gorgeous album kit featuring Melissa Frances 5th Avenue collection...
"Limited Edition Melissa Frances" Kit Contents (kit by Scrap That! - Canada's best kit club) 
Envelopes and Tags Book
5th Avenue 6 X 6 Paper Pad
5th Avenue Sticker Book
5th Avenue Diecuts
2 Mini Envelopes and Tags
Trinkets & Baubles
Diamond Chandelier Drops
“Mom” Expressive Transfer
Vintage Architectural Molding Appliques
Crepe Paper - Light Blue, Pale Pink, Cream, Pastel Green
4 ZVA Pink Transition Mini Roses
6 ZVA Cream Mini Roses
Vintage Seam Binding

All you need to do is: 

1) Be or become a follower of the Once Upon A...Sketch blog

2) post about this give away on your blog or Facebook page or wherever you like, together with this picture and a link back to Once Upon A...Sketch

3) Link your blog, or Facebook Page or wherever you posted about this giveaway on the bottom of the giveaway post at Once Upon A...Sketch using the Inlinkz button. 

The details
* open worldwide
*you have 1 week from today - this giveaway will end on midnight Friday November 25th ( Australian Eastern Standard Time) 

Good luck!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Beautiful Dreamer *Enjoy Scrapping*

Hello my wonderful friends!

The sweetest girl Lena from Enjoy Scrapping, sent me the gorgeous "Beautiful Dreamer" kit by Glitz to make some projects! The papers and embellishments are SO beautiful that the kit is sold out already!!! 
However, I am going to show you a layout I made with it and in a few days I will complete a romantic mini album! I hope I will inspire the ladies that have already bought it and give you some ideas!

This is my "Beautiful Dreamer" DD Ioli....

And some close ups....

Here, I cut my background paper (using this fab tool) to create a short of pocket because I didn't want to hide the flowers in the corner! I distressed my papers using the "distrezz it all"!

I glimmer misted the doily with starfish & Bahama blue. I cut the lace in small piecies and adhered it around the doily and painted it with pink glimmer glaze. I have put the round transparency in the middle and added white and pink liquid pearls!

Inside the flowers I have put some distress stickles to give them texture! You are gonna want to eat them! LOL!

I painted my letters with pink glimmer glaze and mermaid glimmer glam! I LOVE these products! I must get some more colors!!!!

And that was the kit...I am sorry it is sold out...we did not expect that...

Lena is REALLY good in puting kits together! She has such an excellent taste!!!

For this layout, I used the sketch from "Stuck?! Sketches"

And some TOOTsss.....

I have stop mentioning my success/features..etc...because I felt like I bored you to death...LOL
I just put them right away in my Resume. But there are many friends that email me or even call me and tell me "Hey! Did you see your were featured there?" So I guess a few people are interesting in knowing my steps and achievements and share the joy so I desided to mention a few features this time....

My card "Hope" was featured at "InspireME" Webster's pages ning site!!! And I am not so fond of cards but don't tell anyone ok???...sssssshhhhh...

and then my layout "You brighten our lifes" was featured at "Sketchabilities"

And my "I Adore you" layout was a favorite at "Sketchy Thursdays"

And a last one..I got an email once again from SNR magazine that 7 of my layouts are published in their latest issue!!! Yeah!!!

I hope I didn't bore feels good to share your joy with friends once in a while...

Have a nice day and thank you SO much for the time you devoted to read my blog post!
God bless you all!

Have a nice day!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Once Upon A...Sketch Nov. 15th!

Hi everyone, its time for another challenge here at Once Upon A...Sketch. We hope you find some time to play along.

We also officially welcome some new Design Team members, the super talented Maiko KosugiGoergia Heald and Larissa Albernaz. Welcome girls.
November 15th Challenge

Journalling criteria: This time the journalling criteria focuses on YOU as a woman OR ANY female in your life. What is the best thing about being a woman? Motherhood? Shopping? Make Up? Girls nights? Gossip? Your journalling can be as long as you wish and in any language, but you must journal at least 2 sentences on the best part of being a woman.

You must combine the journalling criteria with this sketch..

Sponsors and Prizes

Our November 15th challenge sponsor is the amazing Australian chipboard company Imaginarium Designs which you can purchase through Seriously Scrpabooking and they are giving away this gorgeous chipboard collection to 1 randomlychosen winner. 

Our Guest Designer , Leanne Pearce has a GORGEOUS etsy shop filled with her amazing and very UNIQUE handmade creations called The Chip Chop Shop which is giving away a stunning collection of goodies to the value of $25.00 to onerandomly chosen winner. 

Lastly, the winner of this challenge, as chosen by the Design Team, will receive this embellishment collection from BasicGrey's Jovial line.  Just in time for Christmas...
This collection includes a 6x6 paper pad, and 1 packed each of stitches brads, glazed brads, epoxy stickers, pops stickers, ribbon doilies and clips.

Things to consider when playing along...
**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter
**You are allowed to create a card, layout or off-the-page item based on the provided sketch and additional journalling criteria. If you are creating a card or altered item you only need to include a quote.
**You are also allowed to flip or rotate the sketch or alter it to suit your needs, but please make sure its still recognisable.
**Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it on the right hand side of this blog using the Link tool. Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blog.If the link tool is down, please leave a comment on the comments section and link your layout there.
** The deadline for this challenge is midnight November 30th , Australian Eastern Standard Time . The Design Team will vote and the winners and the Top 5 project will be announced soon after the challenge has finished.
**You may enter as many times as you like and combine this with other challenges. We don't mind at all. 
**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog. .

Monday, November 14, 2011

Enjoy Scrapping- Webster's Christmas kit!

Hello my friends!
A new week just started and it is going to be a cold one!!! Brrrr....
I had a fun and creative weekend! I made a lot of projects that are coming up in the following days!
Today I will share with you a Christmas mini album I made using the beautiful :

And this is what I came up with!
 It is a mini album which I will fill up with our 2011 Christmas photos!!!
I painted the covers with red dabber and then I heat embossed some white embossing powder on a script stamp! Doesn't it look great?

I will make a new post in a few days with the layout I made with the new kit from Enjoy Scrapping

Until then, have fun and be creative!!!