Wednesday, 13 December 2017

My Creative Scrapbook Step-By-Step Christmas Cards

Hi everyone!! Are you all done creating your Christmas cards?? I started only recently and thought that today I'd share a step-by-step tutorial for the Christmas cards I created with the December Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

When I unpacked the December Main Kit one of the first items I noticed was the Hampton Arts Christmas Tree stamp & die set and I just knew I wanted to use it! So, that's what I did! Today I'm sharing my project and how I created it. Hope you like it!

These are the cards I made:

Here's how I created them:

I gathered the supplies I thought I was going to need:

As I still have to create a LOT of Christmas cards I wanted a quick & easy design and I also love small cards, so that's what I wanted too. I decided on the size 7.5 cm x 10 cm, which matches the size of the stamped trees perfectly (the cardstock base is 15 cm x 10 cm (= approx 4" x 6") and then folded in half).

I selected a patterned paper on which I stamped all three designs of the trees a few times:

Using my Big Shot I cut out the stamped trees using the Christmas Tree die that is included in the packet with the stamps. I used a magnetic platform which is definitely easier, but not necessary.

After cutting out multiple stamped trees, I also cut out several trees without the stamped design, using the same die:

For the background of my card I cut a few rectangles out of patterned paper. The largest are 0.5 cm smaller than the cardstock base and the smaller rectangles are 0.5 cm smaller than the larger ones. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom (using the stamps included in the package with the trees and the die) and used my sewing machine to add a stitched border.

Next I glued the non-stamped Christmas tree on my patterned paper:

Then I placed the stamped tree on top (without glueing it) and machine stitched it from top to bottom.

Last but not least I adhered the patterned paper with the trees on the cardstock base and folded both sides of the stamped tree upwards:

And that is all! A quick and easy Christmas card, but still with a little extra to make it special! And not only are there 3 different stamp designs, the papers in the kit are all double-sided so you can make endless combinations of trees!

Here's another quick look at the December Main Kit, the one I used to create these cards. I just adore the Falala collection from Crate Paper and was so happy so much of it was included in this month's kit!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Wishing you happy scrapping and of course happy holidays!

xx Monique

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

My Creative Scrapbook December Kits Reveal Day!!!

Hello friends! It's the 5th of the month and that means it's Reveal Day at My Creative Scrapbook
All four (!) December Kits are amazing as always and I had so much fun playing with the Main Kit!! This kit is filled with Crate Paper's Falala collection and a few other papers from Kaisercraft, Christmas tree stamps & matching die from Hampton Art, letter & word stickers from Teresa Collins, sequins from Studio Calico, red ribbon and AC Thickers!!

Here's one of the pages I created. The snow flake is one of the MCS December cut files:

and a few close-ups: I soooo love the little deer!


and here's a picture of the contents of the kit: amazing right?!!

If you want to see my other layouts as well and can't wait until I post them here then please hop over to the Design Team Gallery where you'll find all the layouts from the team as well!

And if you want to secure one of the fabulous kits for yourself then visit the My Creative Scrapbook website!

Thank you so much for stopping by!! Have a fabulous day!! And for the Dutch visitors .... fijne Sinterklaasavond!! 

xxx Monique

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pebbles December Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! It's time for a new Pebbles sketch challenge!! This month we have 2 sketches: one for a layout and one for a card. I chose the one for the card and created this Xmas card using the new Merry Merry collection:

and a bit closer: isn't that snowman cute?!

And this is the sketch for the card:

If you want to see the sketch for the layout challenge as well then please visit Pebbles blog

So…what’s left to do? Create a project (please use as many Pebbles products as you can!), email to (by midnight on the 17th) and visit Pebbles' Facebook page to vote on your favorite project!  Please let us know if you have any questions in the meantime!

This was my last DT project for Pebbles because as of December 1st the new design will start and I decided not to reapply. I've been so terribly busy these last few months and I've been struggling to meet all the deadlines. I've had an amazing time on the team, LOVED all the Pebbles & American Crafts products I've been sent and will terribly miss that!! But for now they've sent me enough stuff to last me at least a couple of years!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Another "Thankful" layout created with the MCS November Main Kit.

With the November Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook I made 5 layouts; I already posted 3 of them, so here's layout number 4! This page features my youngest and I last August:

I can't believe how fast he's growing up! He used to be my little monkey, but it won't be long and he'll be taller than I am!
A few close-ups:

I really really LOVE this Simple Stories collection! The colors of the Vintage Blessings collection are right up my alley!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! If you want to know how you can secure a kit for yourself next month (or maybe even this one) then please visit the MCS website and if you want to see more pages created with this kit then please visit the Design Team Gallery!


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Yay for Letter Boards!!!! Let's Count Down!

Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who are celebrating today!

Last week I received this awesome box from Pebbles (American Crafts) filled with the new DCWV letter board & several extras! The board came just in time .... I love counting down to the holidays & other celebrations as I love the air of anticipation and the happy feeling surrounding these occasions. The new DCWV letter boards are so perfect for this!

I created a "count down to Thanksgiving" for my Pebbles blog post very quickly. Here's what I did:

I used a few die-cuts and a sticker from the Heart of Home collection to embellish the board a bit more. As the board has a smooth surface it’s easy to stick stickers or a light adhesive tape to it and remove it again later on (although I did make the stickers a little bit less adhesive by sticking them to my jeans a few times first).

The board measures 16″ x 20″ and comes with 188 one inch characters. There are many coordinating products available to pair with the board like hand-lettered words, icons and other additional letter packs. The black 1″ letters were included in the box with the letter board and the pink 2″ letters are an example of a set of extra letters:

I loved playing with my board and my kids did too!

I just love the different looks of the letters and words!

And just because I wanted to play with my board some more I decided to change the text from “count down to Thanksgiving” into “count down to Christmas”. In no time at all I was done:

Aren’t the Christmas icons fun?! This time I added a few die-cuts from the new Pebbles’ Merry Merry collection!

This board is totally addictive! Every time I find myself near it I want to play with it some more! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! And just for fun I’m adding a quick close-up of the Christmas layout you in the photo next to the letter board:

I created a Christmas tree in the layout using the paper weaving technique and added a photo from last year with my hubby and the kids. I used lots of  bits and pieces, all from Pebbles’ Merry Merry collection. Such a fun collection!!

This is it for now. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and wishing you a happy holiday season!

xxx Monique

Heart of Home Ephemera (733769)
Heart of Home Cardstock Stickers Icons & Accents w/gold foil (733770)
Merry Merry Cardstock Stickers Icons & Accents (733559)
Merry Merry Ephemera (733560)
Merry Merry Puffy Stickers (733562)
Merry Merry Thickers Stickers (733565)
Merry Merry Ho Ho Ho Patterned Paper (733547)
Merry Merry Christmas Floral Patterned Paper (733551)
Merry Merry Holly Berries Patterned Paper (733552)
Merry Merry North Pole Patterned Paper (733554)
Merry Merry Kraft Sprigs Patterned Paper (733555)
Merry Merry Fresh Cut Pines Patterned Paper (733556)
Letterboard by DCWV

Thursday, 16 November 2017

My Creative Scrapbook November Sketch Challenge

Hi friends! Yesterday it was time for the monthly sketch challenge at My Creative Scrapbook. I used the November Main Kit with all the Simple Stories Vintage Blessings goodies for this page:

And this is the sketch we used, created by Laura Whitaker: 

A few close-ups:

Remember to share your sketch at My Creative Scrapbook Inspiration Central you never know when Pam is watching and you can be a lucky winner to some fabulous goodies! Everyone is welcomed to play along.

Thank you so much for stopping by! For more details about the MCS kits, just hop over to their website.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

My Creative Scrapbook November Step-By-Step Tutorial

Hi friends! For My Creative Scrapbook I created this step-by-step tutorial for one of the pages I created with their fantastic November Main Kit (featuring Simple Stories' Vintage Blessings collection).

For this quick and easy layout I decided to "scraplift" one of the layouts I once created for The Cut Shoppe using a digital cut file and I thought it would be fun to show how easy it is to create a similar layout without using any expensive tools like a Silhouette. (You can find my original page here.)

Here's the layout I created for today's blog post:

And here's how I created this page:

1. I chose two patterned papers I wanted to use for the four parts (the papers are double-sided so I only needed two) and selected a bowl with the right diameter from my cupboard to create a circle:

2. Using a pencil I drew a circle around the bowl and using a pair of scissors I hand cut the circle:

3. Next I cut the circle into 4 equal parts and put them aside. I repeated this step until I had the four desired parts:

4. Using a simple hand punch I punched a heart shape from one of the parts. It's totally up to you if you want to punch other shapes in the other parts as well, but I only punched this one heart shape in the top right part:

5. For my next step I have to admit I did use an expensive tool: my sewing machine. I thought about hand stitching the patterned paper parts but prefer the look of machine stitching. I stitched the parts not quite in the middle of the cardstock background paper, but rather a bit to the left as I wanted my photo on the right.

And now the ground work is done. The next step is adding the photo and embellishing!!

6. I matted the photo and placed it on the right side of the circle and added lots and lots of die-cuts, chipboard pieces and stickers from the kit. There are soooo many bits and pieces in this kit that the possibilities are endless!

Here are a few close-ups:

7. Last but not least I stamped the date (twice) and added drops of color mist and I was done!!

I really love how this turned out and hope you do too!! If you have any questions don't hesitate to write them in the comments and I'll definitely get back to you!

Here's another quick look at the November Main Kit, the one I used to create this page. I really love that Pam always includes complete collections in the kits, like this month it's the Vintage Blessings collection from Simple Stories, and also adds extra's that coordinate perfectly with the contents of the kit (in this kit a few papers from the Heart of Home collection from Pebbles, word stickers from the Warm and Cozy collection from Pebbles and the buttons from Jillibean Soup).

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! If you want to know how you can secure a kit for yourself next month (or maybe even this one) then please visit the MCS website and if you want to see more pages created with this kit then please visit the Design Team Gallery

Wishing you happy scrapping! 
xx Monique