Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Creative Scrappers Blog Hop! Chives - One Cool Cat Layout {Dear Lizzy for American Crafts/Echo Park Sweet Summertime}






Welcome to the Creative Scrappers Blog Hop!

You may have come here on your own, or maybe you hopped on by from another team members blog.. either way WELCOME! We are so excited to be showing off some of our favourite Creative Scrappers Sketches and Layouts and not only can you participate in our blog hop  - you have a chance to win Creative Scrappers ebook of Sketches " Creating with Sketches " by Kristine Davidson.

*****You can win an E BOOK from ME as well as a RAK - so I have 2 prizes on offer today!***** 

 I never got around to having my usual monthly RAK in August so this RAK is in place of that.  

In order to be eligible for either the E BOOK or the RAK you need to BE or BECOME A FOLLOWER of my blog AND leave a comment on this post.


Spring has sprung in my part of the world {supposedly - it's pouring with rain today and averaged 17 degrees C} but last week, when I prepared this RAK it was sunny!!

SPRING RAK CONTENTS:-

Tim Holtz keys (bought 'specially for you!)
7 Gypsies Paper Clips (bought 'specially for you!)
Prima flourish (Last season but still yummy!!)
Wooden Fence (HOW cute is it?!?)
Les Papiers de Pandore stamp (I somehow ended up with 2?!?)
Hand-cut (by me!) flocked leaves, crocheted flowers & various blooms

Buy "Creating with Sketches" in Print or E Book format!

And there's the E Book you can win!  FULL of great sketches & inspirational interpretations as well as a layout from me :)  My layout today is taken from the E Book (Page 11 - the one interpreted by Jennifer Shaw) I am not at liberty to show the sketch here but if you have the book already you can check it out!


As this is a purely FUN blog hop I created a fun layout, with no agenda but scrapping for me.  I grabbed the first photo I could find & used Summer CHA paper from Dear Lizzy {Neopolitan} & embellishments from Echo Park 'Sweet Summertime'.


I used lots of gesso, staples, stitching & loose threads.


Everything was looking too flat so I added a remnant of bloomers floral tape from Webster's Pages {above} and my trademark flowers!


These papers are very 'crisp & clean' so needed the grunging up with the gesso and the apricot paint (applied with an old store card) to fit my style a bit more.


I love this photo of one of our 3 fur-babies - Chives!  Our cats are very anti-social so getting a nice photograph of them is not easy.


My sewing machine was playing up so I had a bunch of extra threads that I laid down underneath & around my flowers.  As Chives is a boy the staples & threads added a manly touch :)

 I hope that you will hop around to the design team blogs for a chance to win more goodies. 
Please leave a link to your blog on our main Creative Scrappers Blog Hop Post when you have completed the hop.  See below for the blog hop list :)



We hope you enjoy the hop! You have until Saturday September 8 to leave your comments with winners being announced on the Creative Scrappers blog on Monday September 10th. Now HOP on over to Ana Castro's  blog!! Good luck and happy hopping!

Supplies List for 'Chives - One Cool Cat' Layout

Fresh Blooms, Sea Breeze, Heart Song, Lovely Afternoon - All Dear Lizzy {Neopolitan} for American Crafts
Paints - Making Memories - School Bus & Red Wagon
Gesso - Pro Art
Stitching & Staples
Stickers - Echo Park - Sweet Summertime
Bloomers - Webster's Pages
Foam Alphas - Dear Lizzy for American Crafts - Merry
October Park - Mini Market
Flowers - Petaloo, Prima, DCWV, Etsy
Punch - Martha Stewart Scallop Double Dot



56 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

Stunning layout Helen. I love the fresh vibrant spring colours not to speak about the adorable little subject. Ooooh the rak and prize seems very yummy.
Hugs Desire

Lauren said...

Love the spring LO, such bright colours. The giveaway looks great too.

sandi said...

Wow Helen what a stunning lo! Just sooooooooooooo sweet! Love the mix and the splashes of white here and there! Simply fabulous look to this!

Rachael Funnell said...

Soooo Bright, FUN & fresh.. Love all the added gesso!! TOTALLY Gorgeous layout.... x

Eila Sandberg said...

Loved reading this packed post even if I'm not hopping this time. Really such a lovely and colourful RAK you're giving away and the other prizes, yay!
Oooh Mr Chives is such a beautiful boy, a true distinguished gentleman with character. LOVE your just-for-me page Helen!! As Desire says, the colours are so fresh and vibrant and the little Helen touches makes everything come alive even more. Gorgeous work sweetie! xoxo

Aline Marengo said...

Hi Helen

Adorei conhecer seu trabalho.

Já estou seguindo seu blog!

Xo

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! You absolutely blow me away Helen!!! This is GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeeee the photo, the bright, happy colors and loving all the flowers!!!!!

KellyG said...

Cool project, love all the details and distressing! I was already a follower!

TeenaBugg38 said...

LOVEEEEEE this!!! So much texture going on and I love the bight color!

Stefanie said...

Love the bright playful vibe you've achieved with this layout. Fabulous kitty too.

Sherry said...

Awesome layout Helen. Chives is one awesome looking cat! Don't you just love cats, they all have such attitudes! Love the layouts its so colourful and cheery! Thanks for sharing with us.
Sherry

PaulaJ said...

love the card and the layout of your cat. such great details on both!

Romy said...

It's such a stunning lay-out! I love how you surrounded your beautiful cat with lots of bright and fun colours.

Karen Martins said...

Gorgeous LO!!
Luv the colors!!,

Karen Martins said...

Gorgeous colors!! Beautiful LO!

Karen Martins said...

Gorgeous colors!! Beautiful LO!

Christy said...

What a gorgeous picture...sweet kitty :) I looove all the detail and texture you added to this layout :) :)

topkatnz said...

Hello Chives:) one very cool layout, for one cool cat! Funny, my cats have always been very social in their own ways. I wonder if it's got anything to do with climate, they come in and snuggle more over here? Cos when it's hot and balmy we see them less.interesting.

Jimjams said...

Fab colours and textures all tied nicely together with the gesso. Great fun page.

Kerryn said...

It's funny I was only looking at Kristine's first ebook last night :).

I love your bright, happy and fun layout. Everything just works so well together and I love how you've made everything work to your style. It's gorgeous :).

Gisèle said...

Kristine must have loved you LO, with the cat and all:)

Belle à cropper said...

oh my ! I am in love with your work ! I will come back for sure !

Debbi Tehrani said...

Such an adorable kitty, and I love his name. Gorgeous page, Helen! Loving the vibrant, happy color and all those beautiful textures!

Keren Tamir said...

Love the LO. And love the name of that cat it's so original. Great rak!!

Juliana said...

Amazing Helen! I love all the little details and how you used your scrap threads! So awesome!!!

Nicole Doiron said...

Oh, how BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors and the kitty cat! They complement each other so well! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win that lovely RAK! :)

Leonie said...

OH what a fun layout, very cool. Love the bright colours and the smears of gesso. x

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such a sweet photo Helen! Love your gorgeous layout with all the vibrant colors! You have such a great eye for detail!

Fi said...

Awesome bold page Helen, as always your backgrounds are such a treat to look at.

Tracey Sabella said...

Love how you combined the gesso with these bright, cheerful colors!! Such a beautiful cat!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Lynnda said...

I'm so in AWE Helen.... this layout is absolutely STUNNING...love the technique..the colors... the background... just about everything!!! You blown me away!!! I'm swoon my friend... Hugs...xoxo

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! What a bright and fun LO. Loving the grunge and stitching... fab!

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! What a bright and fun LO. Loving the grunge and stitching... fab!

Tiffany D said...

I love the stiching and staples. I would have never thought about using them. Great LO!

Kristine said...

awesome job Helen!!!!

Kerys said...

I love this! I love all the bright colors and all the fab details! Thanks for the inspiration - just became a new follower :-)
http://scrappinnhappy.blogspot.com

Johanna said...

Super cute, bright and colorfull layout! Adorable picture of your anti-social cat ;-)

Lynette said...

So bright and cheerful...makes me look forward to the summer.

Rachelle Olaridge-ShellyScraps said...

Beautiful and cute kitty. Thanks for the inspiration.
Rachelle
http://scrapping247365.blogspot.com/

Tracey said...

Oooooh, the colours are fabulous!! Gorgeous!!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

What a super fun layout! Love it! :D

Haven_mom4 said...

Love what you did with your cast off thread. Almost looks like the cat helped you create the LO with his playful pulling of thread. Super cute

Jennifer said...

I like the grunging up ideas! I am becoming a new follower now! 2Pennies (Jennifer)

Nancy said...

Such great bright colors! Cute kitty too.

Gideoni said...

Amei seu blog e me tornei seguidora!! Adorei as cores divertidas da sua página.

Elisabeth Sarkis said...

Lindos seus trabalhos, adorei tudo por aqui!!

MARILYN said...

Gorgeous page, Helen!!! love how you used all these bright colors around the photo and the touch of gesso looks fabulous!!! Beautiful pic,too!!
Take care ..hugs!!! :)

Cacau Waller said...

Hello, love your blog, beautiful LO.

Nicole McNamara said...

Beautiful page! And one awesome RAK. Thanks.

Carol Peixoto said...

Such beautiful colors! Awesome LO and what a cute cat!

Ava Gavloski said...

Helen, love the texture, thread and apricot paint!!!! Texture is the name of the game and you pulled that off artistically. I admire the grunge in the colorful way! I too have Kristine's sketch book and love it...
ava

Amy Voorthuis said...

Such a gorgeous lo Helen the layers and colors are amazing! I really love your work.....have a great weekend hugs Amy :)

carlies said...

Just sooo gorgeous love the bright colors
xx carla

Chiqui said...

Amazingly beautiful layout Helen! Love the touch of gesso here and there!

Jenny Evans said...

Such a bright, beautiful page Helen! Love it!!

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

Hahaha looks pretty suave too!! Love your layout to bits! Amazing splash of color and technique in the thickets are nice! Tfs! :)