"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Touched by Kindness (Designed for C'est Magnifique)

Again, Nadia created this wonderful sketch for us at C'est Magnifique.  The August kit was assembled with so much lovely elements and pretty vintage papers from Maja Designs.  There's a balance of ying and yang in the kit too.  Check out some of the masculine pages created by the Design Team on the blog and in the gallery.

I had some help in obtaining pictures from my best friend’s family photos, and I’m going to make her an album as a surprise. Here she is as a young girl growing up in Argentina. The Leaky Shed Studio chipboard was painted white, and inked in grey and blues. After it dried, I applied glass bead gel on various places of the chipboard and added some crackle in other areas as well. The small flowers were made using a die-cut.

Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1935
Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1921

Kit Embellishments:
Prima: Flying Sparrow Resin
Green Tara: Aqua Damask Flowers
Leaky Shed Studios: Chipboard Love
Prima: Fairybelle Journaling Notecards
Leaky Shed Studio: Butterfly on Garden Sprig
May Arts: Ivory Lace

Flower Add-On
Petaloo: Teal Canterbury Vine Spray

Personal Stash:
Die-cut for flowers and leaves
Prima stamp from our April kit
Butterfly punch
Glass bead gel
Various color inks

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Boot Camp (Designed for C'est Magnifique)

Have you seen the Maja Design Vintage Papers?  They're gorgeous and they're available at the C'est Magnifique store and in their August Kit.  Leslie was really clever in designing this kit because not only are these papers feminine but she also chose some papers that can be worked as masculine pages too.  Here's an example of the papers I chose to create this masculine page of my bf's dad when he was in boot camp.  All the elements, flowers and pattern papers are from the August kit.  I added a background technique that I have been experimenting with on my art journal pages too. The background was created with mulberry paper, script stamp, gel, gesso, and mists.

Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1905
Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1943

Kit Embellishments:
Ranger: Distress Stickles: Picket Fence

Flower Add-On
ManorHouse: Aug Collection

Embellishment Add-On
Jillibean Soup: Gingham Alpha
Teresa Collins: Dragonfly Trinkets

Personal Stash:
Sizzix die cut for leaves
Prima Documentary Stamp
Mulberry paper
Stazon Ink
Stamp used to create the background work
Gllimmer Mist           

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Down Argentina Way (Created for Creative Scrappers Sketch #218)

Creative Scrappers invited the C'est Magnifique Design Team to participate in their sketch challenge for #218.  Using the August Kit from C'est Magnifique, I created this page using their sketch provided below. 

Head on over to Creative Scrappers and post your take on the sketch before the challenge ends.

Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1910
Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1905
Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1921

Kit Embellishments:
Prima: Harmonie Pastel Flowers
Prima: Flying Sparrow Resin
Ranger: Distress Stickles: Picket Fence

Flower Add-On
ManorHouse: Aug Collection
Petaloo: Teal Canterbury Vine Spray

Embellishment Add-On
May Arts: Pink Satin Pleats Ribbon
Kaisercraft: Blae & Ivy Rubons
Kaisercraft: Lakehouse Die Cuts
Prima: Bead Pins

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Victorian Shoe Cards (for C'est Magnifique July kit)

My niece was planning her graduation party at the time I received the C'est Magnifique July Kit.  When I opened the box to find it jammed packed with pearls, petite flowers, girly Prima stamps and those gorgeous Inkido papers, I knew I'd have to use it somehow to help kick off the graduation festivities.  And, here they are a few of the many pretty invitations big enough to stuff a gift card and some goodies.  If you're interested in the tutorial and pattern, you may find it at C'est Magnifique here .   I must warn you, you will seriously become a shoe addict, because you can't just stop at one. And, this is one time where you don't mind if the shoe doesn't have a mate.   Please post your shoe creation on the C'est Magnifique blog so that we may stop by and see your shoe addiction.   You'll be seeing more of these from me from each of the upcoming future kits, because I cannot help myself, they're so darn cute and easy and you always need a card. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Art Journal

We’re inspired at C’est Magnifique with some postings of Art Journal pages from our members.   A number of us have wanted to start art journals but our minds were either filled with too many ideas or just didn’t know where to start.  Leslie created a Forum for us to post our art journal pages and shortly thereafter it stirred up some interest, created some conversations and inspiration. In a very short time, some members have already posted their first art journal page and those that have already created art journals help guide those less experienced but “wanna be art journalers” like me along the way.  Drop by the Forum and check out the “Art Journal” topic and join in the fun.   We included some techniques in each of the postings to help get you started to use up some of those art supplies you have sitting around that call out to be used.  Here’s my page, and if you’re interested in some of the techniques used, I have posted them in C’est Magnifique’s Art Journal Forum.  Thanks for looking, hope to see your creation in the Art Journal Forum as well.

C'est Magnifique here

Friday, July 6, 2012

I’m on the Design Team at C’est Magnifique!

It is with great enthusiasm and delight to inform you that I am now a member of the Design Team at the chic and fabulous C’est Magnifique.  Amongst other things, this kit club is known for carrying international papers such as Pion, Riddersholm, and Scrap Cake just to name a few that are hard to come by in the States.  This club caught my eye sometime ago with the consistent beauty of each month’s kits which were packed full of well-thought out loveliness, creativity and current goodies to compliment current trend papers. Leslie (the owner and grand dame of C’est Magnifique) has a keen eye for the “good stuff” and makes certain her members have access to it in the store.  The Design Team and the clubs members are some of the friendliest, warmest and talented individual’s one can meet.  If you’re not already a member, you’re going to be missing out on some of the prettiest, well-thought out club kits available and, or course, Nadia Cannizo’s sketches. You won’t want to miss out on the regular challenges for members and non-members, so check us out as soon as you can, we’ll leave a light on for you as some us are known to be lurking the forums at  4 a.m. in the morning.

The Design Team is made up of this unique group of talented individuals:

Erin Blegen: Our effervescent and passionate resident who provides us with regular laughter with her sense of humor and astounds us with her exquisite and elegant style.

Nadia Cannizo: Not only does she provide us with some of the best sketches out there in scrap land, but her well articulated journaling sometimes brings us to tears and makes us think about what is really important in life, and, of course, she consistently wows us with her lovely, delicate, painterly like creations, and her delightful personality. http://www.samnadia.blogspot.com/

Beverly Sams: She dazzles us with her chic, graceful, well-designed, and elegant style, and she shares with us her acquired knowledge from her extensive art background.

Camilla Ekman: This woman is innately funny and she consistently creates for us lyrical and poetic pages with her eye for details and her flair for punch work. http://camillaslillasida.blogspot.com/  

Valerie Serfozo: She has the difficult task of keeping this riotous Design Team in line and delights us with her perfect, fresh, clean-lined contemporary style, and her innate understanding of color harmony. http://www.valerieserfozo.com/

 Drop by the Forums and let us know you’re there. Will be looking for you!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Your 15th (created with the July C'est Magnifique kit)

I used the gorgeous July kit from C'est Magnifique to create this page.  I so love the colors of
aqua, coral, and black and white  and they just pop so well against the white background. I tore the edges of the London Market Collage Sheets and inked them with aqua ink.  I used the chicken wire mask here and there on the page, and lightly applied the same aqua ink.  The pics are of my muse, my DN.  You know “darling” isn’t the word to quite describe her, but then a scrapping term hasn’t been created yet that would fit her personality. She’s more challenging than darling.

Sketch by Natalie Roy