30 days before Christmas projects

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Steampunk girl canvas with Art Anthology

Hello !

It's been a while since the last time I blogged ! Do you know why ? I moved from France to Texas again ! So I did need so time to move all my craft stuff and I did not received them yet... But I was able to create something for the Art Anthology blog before my departure...

You will find detailed pictures and video tutorial on the AA post of this project :

You can also find it on my YouTube channel as well as other tutorials.

I hope I will received my stash soon so I can create more projects for you to see...
Have a great day and stay tune !

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Create quick party invites with Art Anthology

Hello !

Back on the Art Anthology blog today for a pool party project... Invitation cards ! Don't say you give up on summer parties ! I'm sure these invite can be handy... and they are super quick to made...

You will need white cardstock (try the Core'dinations one) and white 4x6 cards (or create cards with white cardstock), a Sizzix die and the Twilight stencil (Art Anthology), Minx in Enchanting, Bankroll, Panache and Majestic over gel medium. The sentiment and the edges of the card are painted in Mayan Gold Velvet.

You will find the tutorial on the Art Anthology blog or on my channel.

Thank you for stopping by. I am moving in a week end, so I will probably not posting during few days, but I already have a new post ready for you. So stay tune !

Have a great day !

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bastille's day layout for the July Prima challenge

Hello !

Prima moodboard is filled this month with blue, red and brown colors and combined with the French event in July, it inspired me a new layout about Bastille day for the Make it Prima challenge :

Soooo... On a Vintage Emporium paper, I use a damask stencil with white light gesso and sprikled microbeads in copper and berry over it ( all of these are Prima products). Then I painted the French flag with watercolor.

I added a Say-it-in-Crystal lace border under the picture, painted Prima flowers with watercolor to recreate the tricolor French roundel. The beaded trim was painted with copper paint (still all Prima).

Some vintage metal numbers for the date and the vintage clock die cut under the picture...

The title is the starting words of the French national anthem, made with rub-on letters and rub-on decorations (Prima IOD).

If you didn't know Bastille day is today ! Music, firemen's ball and fireworks are traditional, and as I currently live in Avignon, I will benefit from the theatre festival...

I wish you a great week end (TGIF !) and hope to see you soon !

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mixed media layout about a girl...

Hello !

I'm on the Art Anthology blog today with a new layout about my daughter, using stencils, mediums, die cuts, inks, laces, flowers... So it's a mixed media page...

 Dot Matrix with Leaf Sorbet Dimensional medium and 6×9 Scales with Mayan Gold Velvet were used to build the background, as well as some stamps (Prima Marketing) and distress inks in walnut stain and  mowed lawn (Ranger).
You can also spot some wildflower dies (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) among other things...

A video tutorial is available on the Art Anthology's post or on my YouTube channel to watch the whole process.

I think this layout will be a perfect fit for the Simon Says Sstamp Monday challenge : distress it !

Thank you for your time, I hope to see you soon on this blog for another project !

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Add a face to your Art Journal pages with Art Anthology

Hello there !

One more mermaid project (same theme layout there) for me this month with Art Anthology for an Art journal spread using lots of stencils and mediums ! You will find detailed pictures and link to the tutorial video on the Art Anthology blog but here is the project :

I am not good at drawing faces, but with the Let's Face It stencil it was so easy ! I hope you will give it a try too !

As the theme for the Monday challenge at Simon says stamp is Stencil it, I will enter this spread in the challenge.

Thank you for your time spent on this post and see you soon for other projects !

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Flower fairy dress with Prima Marketing

Hello crafters !

Should I say I played with a Barbie doll even if I'm 40+ ? Come on ! I know you did it too sometimes... But why again ? To create a fairy dress for her ! Look at this beauty !

I used few vintage items from Prima Marketing, using the doll as a dress form (it's in plastic, easily cleaned...). You can see hydrangeas, The Secon Wind papers cut with a leaf die, glittery leaves, a tiny resin rose and Say it in Pearls swirls.

Another close-up of the corsage rose (made with 3 hydrangeas) on the other side to see the resin roses and pearls :

I started to construct the dress by adhering half hydrangeas on ribbon around the waist using Fabri-Tac, letting an opening on the back to remove the dress from the doll. After few flowers rows, I changed for the leaves, each row glued to the previous one only by the stem.

The top is made with three leaves and two flowers. The back of the dress is open.

So... Do you want to play doll too now ?

One of my goal as a designer is to create a real size paper/flower dress, and I think this design will be perfect for it... What do you think ? Is this dress will win me a place in the Prima design team ? Hope so...

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed  what you saw...
See you soon !

Friday, June 16, 2017

Betsy in pink - A Prima Marketing tag

Hello !

Are you in full summer mode ? Here in the South of France, we so are ! High temperature and blue sky, beach less than a hour from home... 
This beach mood inspire me to create a new tag, using watercolor and flowers...

You can recognize Betsy, the Julie Nutting Prima doll stamp, on a watercolor paper tag by Prima Marketing too, with vintage Prima flowers and leaves !

It was a very quick craft to create, my scraproom doesn't have A/C and is in the attic...

I will enter this tag into the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp : Touchy Feely

I wish you a great week end, and if you cannot go to the beach, have a beach party at home !

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mermaid layout for the Prima challenge

Hello craft lovers !

I have just finished my layout for the June Make it Prima challenge ! They have a lovely moodboard this month, with bright colors and yummy textures... It inspire me to create a Splash-y layout...

I really have a thing for mermaid... I did not resist and bought two years ago a tail for my youngest (will have one myself one day). I even have a Pinterest board for them... So when I saw this picture on Google, I knew it fill fit perfectly the moodboard...

I built the background with a paper from the Prima French Riviera 12x12 kit, starting with blue ink and Paint Splatter (PM) cling stamp. Next, I applied a mix of heavy white gesso (PM) with fine texture powder over the Harlequin stencil (PM). I use Tea Dye distress ink to distress the edges of the paper and the diamonds.
I then layered distressed papers from the Vintage Emporium 12x12 kit (PM), with stamped diamonds (Rondelle-PM) in Tea Dye.

I added Christine Adolph Sea Shells rub-ons (PM) (shells, nest, star) covered with chocolate mica powder, real shells, and Prima flowers.
You can also spot a glass embellishment from an old collection by Prima (believe, you obviously need to believe in mermaids), a trim (PM), some twine, and even two clay embellishments made with IOD molds (PM) and painted.
The title is Prima too, from Julie Nutting word strip stickers...

Don't you want to have a dive now ? I do ! It's 99 F outside, the pool is at 90 F (not even refreshing), so I wish I could be a mermaid and swin in a fresh ocean...

I hope you liked this layout, it will be part of my application for the Prima DT (#PrimaDTcall, see details there). !

See you around for another project !

Friday, June 9, 2017

Altered Dreamcatcher with Art Anthology

Hi there !

It's my turn on the Art Anthology blog and I have a special project for you ! I decided to alter what once was a plain black dreamcatcher...

I use Art Anthology mediums in three colors : Poppy Sorbet, Sunshine Sorbet and Fiji Velvet. I also use a AA Twilight stencil on the feathers ! Did you know you can paint different surfaces with the Art Anthology mediums ? You should watch me do it in the tutorial video on the Art Anthology blog...

Thank you for stopping by today ! Don't forget you can always find all my video tutorials on my YouTube channel too : BonjourScrapValerie !
I'm also on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, so pick your favorite !

See you around for my next project !

Monday, June 5, 2017

Black tag with Art Anthology stencils and paints

Hello crafters !

What about a quick tag to start your crafty week ? 
It's a super simple tag, created by layering different stencils and mediums by Art Anthology, with the help of two gel gens...

I used the Art Anthology stencils Bubbles, Dottie and Chevron, and the paints Fiesta, Rose, and Vegas Gold. Gel pens are white and gold.

You will find the tutorial for this project on my YouTube channel BonjourScrapValerie or you can just watch it here :

Thank you for stopping by today.
See you soon for another project !

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Altered Iphone case

Hello there !

The previous altered case I made for my daughter had a good life, but it was time to say goodbye to it... So I grabbed one of my DCWV stacks (Copper Blues) and get to work...

I fussy cut the flowers and used a small heart punch and adhere everything with ModPodge. Two coats over the case to seal everything.

Take a look at the previous case I made in blue too or this one with DCWV too. Or if you like a mixed media version better, this one...

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day !

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Altered bottle with Art Anthology paints and Finnabair wax

Hello !

It's my turn to post on the Art Anthology blog today, and I created a super cute project with a... soy sauce bottle !
Yes, my project is an altered soy sauce bottle... Why not ? 

I used new AA stencils, Colorations spray, Velvet dimensional medium and Stone Effects medium to alter the bottle.
The embellishments were covered with black gesso and Finnabair Opal Magic Wax in green brocade and blue velvet (Prima Marketing).

If you want to see more detailed pictures or watch the tutorial, go the Art Anthology blog, or to my YouTube channel.

Thank you for your time, I hope to see you very soon for another altered project...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thank You card with layered stamps by Altenew and Precision Press

Hello !

I'm sure you know the beautiful layered stamps manufactured by Altenew ? I had a hard time layering them until I decided to purchase a stamp press. I had a great deal on the Precision Press (We R Memory Keepers) and it change my stamping life !
No more "I missed an ink spot" image ! And the layering is now so easy !

Look at the card I created today with these tools :

Beside the Precision Press and the Altenew stamps, I used Colorbox inks, DCWV papers ans a yellow Souffle pen by Sakura..

Want to know how I created it ? Here is a tutorial video for you !

Thank you for stopping by. It really make my heart blossom to see all these visitors on my posts ! 
I create for me, but I'm sharing for you ! 

Have a nice day and see you soon...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother layout for the MTW challenge

Hello !

I hope you had a great week end, with your mother or as a mother, and you had time to craft too...
It wasn't Mother day in France(will happen soon), but I was inspired by all the crafting I saw for this day in the US, so I decided to create a layout with a picture of my mother (which is a rare thing to find, she doesn't like to be pictured...).
I also was inspired by the More Than Words main challenge : Mother and Flowers ! 

The papers I used came from an old collection of My Mind's Eye, The sweetest thing.
For the background, I work with three different stencils by The Crafter's workshop (chickenwire reversed, Art is, and mini tile) and three different mediums : gold crackle paste (Prima Marketing), pink ink (Colorbox), and black soot distress ink (Ranger).

I also add Advantus tissue tape by Tim Holtz and washi tape (MME) and a cross stamp by Prima Marketing.
Flowers are fussy cut from one of the papers.

For the final touch, I outlined the washi tapes with a black and a pink Artist pen by Faber-Castell, and add the title made with Webster's pages alpha stickers.

I really was a great week end, I hope the week will be as good !
Have a nice Monday, see you soon...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gorjuss girl 16th birthday card

Hello !

Yesterday was the 16th birthday of my oldest daughter (!) and I had to create a card for her, as I did last year...
I choose a Gorjuss girl stamp (The Gateway, DoCrafts), she looks so cute and fierce at the same time !
For the cuteness, I also choose the Meet me in Paris paper stack by DCWV, it's a perfect match with the powdered pink and the vintage map of Paris.
The girl and the horse were colored with Copic markers. Do you know how I create the horse's hairs ? With gray N0 and N2 and yellow (Y00) !

Now why the ride ? Because in France she can now drive. But I prefer the sweet (and safe) ride behind her... Ok, I'm the only one smiling at this joke...

I hope you like this sweet card. I will enter this card into few challenges :

Take it, Make it challenge from Craft Stamper magazine : Anything goes stamping challenge

Simon Monday challenge : theme is "it's a frame up"

MFT card challenges for the nice color board :

Thank you for your time. Have a wonderful day and see you soon !

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mixed Media Art Journal Spread with Art Anthology

Hello !

I'm on the Art Anthology blog today with a new mixed media project : an art journal spread ! 
I'm in need of sun and warmth and its reflects in this pages spread...

Lots of inks, paints and stencils by Art Anthology, and some Inkadinkado, Deep Red and Heidi Swapp stamps to complete the project. You will find the video tutorial on the Art Anthology blog. Please visit my YouTube channel too for more tutorials... And find more of my Art Journal pages here.

Now about the theme of this art journal spread... I helped my daughter with one of her literature home work, about happiness and way to obtain it. The main idea of 17th century philosophers was humanity always looks above to reach another level of satisfaction despite what is already at hand. I think it's only part true. One of the important thing to be happy in life is to have and make choices. Taking actions, decisions, imagine what you want and act accordingly is part of happiness. It's not always about having something more. It's also about keeping what you have.

So imagine your life. Be aware of what you already have. And change what you don't like.

You can now go back to your life, the philosophy class is over ! Thank you for your time, and see you soon for another project !

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beach mixed media frame for the Make it Prima May challenge

Hello !

I hope you had a crafty week end and a lot of fun with the NSD ! I've been crafty myself, enough to fiish a project made for the May Make it Prima challenge... Few things inspired me in their mood board : yellow and blue, the navy stripes, the Julie Nutting doll stamp, and the flowers !
And I came up with... a mixed media photo frame :

I started by covering the cardboard frame with blue paint (Reef Velvet dimensional paint by Art Anthology), stripes of French Riviera paper (Prima Marketing) and a mix of white gesso with Texture Powder (Prima Marketing). It gave to the frame a sandy beach look.

I dived into my stash to find these old flowers by Prima Marketing. With few touches of the mix gesso-powder, they looked covered with sand too.

As you can see, I used some IOD moulds too... They are painted with Art Anthology dimensional paint (Reef for the tag, Portobello and Mardi gras for the flowers).

This is the Julie Nutting doll stamp Betsy. Outfit is painted with the same color than the frame and tag (Reef).
Don't forget the fussy cut shells from the French Riviera papers...

Thank you for stopping by today ! Keep the good scrappy juice flow, you don't have to stop being creative because the week end is over...
See you soon (like tomorrow...) for another project...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mixed media black and copper mask

Hello crafters !

Sometimes I created for a challenge, an event, or for a DT project. And sometimes I created just for me. The project I will present you today is like that, result of joy to create without limits.
It's a masquerade mask, created from a papier mache/cardboard form, black gesso, lots of embellishments and copper paint :

The Spring light made the paint appear more gold but it is really painted with Copper metallic paint by Prima Marketing. Glass beads and microbeads in copper too (Prima Marketing too).

I use IOD mold with air dry clay to create lots of the embellishments, but you could also find metal flowers and butterflies, papers flowers, a black lace and a beads string painted in copper too.

Love, love, love the result ! Very different from the previous mask I made in turquoise...
I think I should propose this project for a workshop... Would you come in a class with me to create this project ?

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you liked what you saw and you will come back soon for another project...

Have a great day !

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thank you card with La Compagnie des Elfes stamps and DCWV

Hello ! 

I have a new card for you today, made with flower stamps by La Compagnie des Elfes and papers from the Coral Couture stack by DCWV.

The flowers were stamped (Fleurs du Japon) and colored with Copic markers.
The frame was cut with Elegant Edges cartridge and my Cricut machine.
The central circle is a Sizzix embossing folder on cream cardstock, cut out and colored with markers.
The sentiment Merci (means Thank you in French) is made with Thickers alpha stickers in glitter aqua.

Love the fresh and bright look of this card ! I hope you like it too !
Have a great day and see you soon...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ATC with stamps from La Compagnie des Elfes

Hello !

It's been a while since I made ATCs ! Luckily, La Compagnie des Elfes (French stamps company) has a challenge for April : made ATCs with at least one of their stamps. You can find this challenge on the blog here.

This is my take as a DT member :

I used not one but three of their stamps on these ATCs : flowers (Fleurs du Japon), scriptures (Lettre a mes parents) and ATC (etiquette ATC).
The ATC stamp was previously used, you can find the result on this post.

I used also Avocado Colorations spray, Shamrock Sorbet dimensional paint and Wild Orchid Colorations spray (Art Anthology), a stencil by TCW and a small fern punch.

Thank you for taking some time to read this post. I'm on my way to complete recovery (back surgery), so you will see more and more projects... Come back soon and, meanwhile, have a great day !

Monday, April 24, 2017

Butterfly chipboard album with Art Anthology inks and crackle paste

Hello !

I'm on the Art Anthology blog today with a new mixed media project, an inexpensive chipboard album transform with crackle paste and paints into a gorgeous mini :

Stop by the Art Anthology blog to see more detailed pictures and the video tutorial.
You can also find more project tutorials on my YouTube channel : BonjourScrapValerie so don't forget to subscribe and you will not miss new videos !

Thank you for stopping by today and see you soon for more...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April Make it Prima challege - A mini album

Hello beautiful people !

I hope you have a great week end (maybe you're on a day off tomorrow too), and ready for my new project for the Prima challenge... I made a mini album with the Tales of You & Me 12x12 kit and a En Francais ribbon :

I cut the album with the Minibook cartridge and my Cricut machine in size 3 1/4". I distressed the edges and the inside of the album with Black Soot distress ink by Ranger.

I used few big punches (EK Success, McGill) to cut some frames, or envelopes to decorate the album. The other embellishments are stickers from the Prima kit or flowers fussy cut from the papers.

Those papers are full of image to cut, I had a lot of fussy fun...

This is blank and ready to be filled with small pictures or journaling :

And the last picture is for the back of the album.

I will now go eat some chocolates before my children make them disappear...
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you liked my mini. 

See you soon for another project...

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring decoration tutorial with Art Anthology

Hi everyone !

I'm on the Art Anthology blog today with a mixed media project for Spring ! It's filled with texture, dimensions and blue...

I made a video tutorial for you so you can learn how I created this Easter or Spring panel, you can watch it on the Art Anthology blog or on their Youtube channel.

If you didn't already, please follow my YouTube channel to be aware of all the new tutorials, hauls, tools tricks or project showcase I'm uploading... It's all on BonjourScrapValerie channel !

Thank you for stopping by today ! I wish you a wonderful week and see you in a snap for more projects...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Distress Oxide ink on black cardstock - Tag tutorial

Hi there !

I know it's been a while, but my back required more rest than I expected (had surgery last month)...

I did play again with my distress oxide ink by Ranger, but this time I applied them on black cardstock and cream cardstock, so you will see the difference :

I use Distress oxide inks in Broken China, Cracked pistachio, Fossilizied amber and Wilvet violet.
Dies are from Tim Holtz / Sizzix : Thinlits Celebration words,  Wildflowers dies, and Mixed media thinlits. I also used a white gel pen to outline the tag.

You can watch the complete tutorial on my YouTube channel (I will be super happy if you follow me...) or here :

Thank you for stopping by today, see you on Monday for another mixed media tutorial for the Art Anthology blog !

Have a great week end...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Make It Prima challenge

Hi there !

It was not possible for me to let the Prima March Make It challenge without creating something !
So I said to my back to be strong while I was making this tag, with rich chocolate cream and pastel pink colors, layers and fun !

shabby chic Prima Marketing tag with dies, flowers, embossing and chalk

As required, my tag is filled with Prima products... Flowers, of course, but also dies (for the leaves and doilie), papers (Ledgers for the mint and the chocolate, Tales of you&me for the flowers and butterflies), the tag (aquarelle tag pad), the ribbon (old collection), stickers (Tales of you&me), chalks in old rose and teak wall, and the fabric butterfly !

close-up shabby chic tag with Prima Marketing flowers, dies, papers, embossing and fussy cutting

Only two things are not Prima : the Sizzix embossing folder I use on the pink tag, and the clay heart.

shabby chic tag with Prima Marketing products

I missed the different challenges from Prima... Having three challenge increased my chances to win... Besides, I always loved using their sketch for layout and card...
But hey ! I'm not giving up on winning one day ! After all I've been featured several time, including last month...

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you liked my new tag...
See you soon (probably next week now because my back makes me pay this work...) !

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flowery Hello card with La Compagnie des Elfes

Bonjour !
I have a "Hi" card for you today, made with stamps from La Compagnie des Elfes and papers from DCWV :

CAS card with flower stamp and DCWV papers

I started by stamping the flowers and the leaves on the card base, using the masking technique to make clusters. Then I cut three panels from the Minty Lace stack by DCWV. I adhered first the black one.
I stamped on white cardstock the flowers and leaves, fussy cut them, before adhering few in clusters over the edges of the black paper. I repeated this step with the wood paper, and at the end, I adhered the journaling card.

So Hello to you and have a great day ! Stay connected with friends and relatives and... make cards.
Bye !