Tuesday, 24 May 2011

CCG 193 + Once Upon A Sketch - and A Day In The Stockholm Archipelago

First of all I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all the the incredible feedback that I have had since Friday when the news about my appointment as RDA of the month together with Lindy over at TCR was out!! I am absolutely overwhelmed by the love and kindness that has been extended to me through emails and comments from all over the world - I get goose bumps just thinking about it!! Believe me, I am so grateful and so very very happy! xoxoxo

Friday 23 May Swedish time saw the release of gorgeous palette nbr 193 over at Color Combos Galore (or CCG to those of you already initiated in the lingo).

This week, we have a soft palette with the addition of black to add a bit of drama, and our Designer's Challenge is Focus on Journaling and inspired by the lovely inspiration photo: Tell a story on your page through journaling.

Ever since the über talented Nadia Cannizzo launched her superduper site Once Upon A Sketch I've been itching to try one of her sketches. The Carnation Pink and the green of the Leaf Through the Pages in the CCG palette together with the story prompt, immediately made me think of some really ooooooold BG papers that I knew were at the very bottom of my stash - Sugar Rush - and a photo taken of our sweet and spunky friend L on her wedding day. I had to giggle when I saw Debbi Tehrani's layout; she had used Sugar Rush and ... participated in OAUS's challenge! Great minds indeed think alike LOL!

Here's Debbi's take. Isn't she just pretty with her fantastic eyes and that sweet smile!

And here's mine:

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1 August 2009 was not only L and D's wedding day, it was also her 40th birthday. In the photo, the beautiful bride L had just grabbed a glass of champagne and was thoroughly enjoying her first chance to sit down since early morning. They had huge buckets filled with ice and bottles of champagne. The sound of corks popping added to the festive feel, which had hardly subsided at midnight when the feet of this old and tired woman screamed for mercy and begged to be driven home. Some of you might recall that I was a disco chick in the 1980's and loooove shaking my booty.

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If you look from the side, you can see that I have actually used 6 layers of papers stitched one on top of the other. The elements were then layered and pop-dotted to get some height.

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I used a mask from Crafter's Workshop to mark out the position of the dots and markings of the double circle. They were then Stickled in Black Diamond.

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And now to the awesome site Once Upon A Sketch that you find here

Saturday, May 21, 2011

For our current challenge click here

Hello there!

How would you like to win one of these?

The absolutely gorgeous May kit from My Scrapbook Nook??

Once Upon A ..Sketch is giving one, right now!!

All you need to do is this..

1. Follow the Once Upon A ...Sketch Blog
2. Copy this exact information and post about this on your blog, together with the May kit picture and a link back to Once Upon A Sketch.
3. Make sure you also post the information about the current offer at the Nook listed below.
3. Link your post using the Link Tool at the bottom of this post!
That is it! You have until the end of the current challenge, which is midnight May 31st, Australian Eastern Standard Time. I will draw a random winner soon after.

My Scrapbook Nook is offering a wonderful offer for a limited time only!Sign up for 6 months and receive the May kit for free......great deal!

Or Sign up for 12months and get the 13th kit free!!!!!!!!!

Kits value between $31- $34 – Yours for only $29.50. This way we ensure that you receive a fully loaded kit each month. We will also offer combined shipping with any add-ons or goodies from the store you need.

Tell a friend and if they sign up email us at orders@myscrapbooknook.com and give us your friends name and we will give you a $5.00 store credit. Good only while supplies last.

Go for it!

This is the first time I link back anything on my blog, so fingers crossed that it works. If not, I would really appreciate it if somebody would please holler and let me know! Thanks ladies!

Yesterday our entire management team at work spent the whole day out in the Stockholm archipelago. What started on a dismal note with rain splattering on the window panes, turned into a beautiful late spring/early summer day. Here's to give you a hint of what it was like:

And with these typical Swedish images fresh in your mind, I bid thee farewell for today! Thank you for popping by and having a peek! xoxox


  1. oh my gosh the layouts are GORGEOUS!! love them and you said you didn't sew! you could have fooled me! yes congrats again on the RDA..i'm completely jealous!! you deserve it! never heard of "once upon a sketch" so i'm for sure going to check it out!! and i've never heard of "my scrapbook nook" but this giveaway kit is GORGEOUS!! love all those yummies!! so i'm checking that out too! gosh and what a great deal with the 6/12 month offers!! ya know eila i'm gonna be honest i love supply shopping almost as much as scrapping itself so i've never signed up for a kit cause then it takes away that $30+ from my budget.. but when i shop i gravitate towards the same thing ALL the time.. stay with me here... but maybe if i ordered a kit then i would get "new" stuff that i would have never bought and i would then start creating layouts with more variety.. not that green layouts are getting boring by any means.. but everything i have is green and orange! seriously!! i'm a nut!..

    thanks for sharing the beautiful scenery of Stockholm!... one day i'll get out there.. one day. its on the top of the list with getting back to Ireland (loved it there) Greece (i have family there) and then you in Stockholm!! yay!!

  2. didn't think i said enough above.. hehe so i came back for more :) just a quick note to let you know i'm a new follower of both the kit club and the once a upon a sketch!! thanks for posting this!! oh and i blogged about the giveaway and linked up too!! fingers crossed this kit is really out there for me and would be great and put my creative skill to good work to win it! yay

  3. Beautiful colors these time at the color combo...i need more hours is one day....
    Lovely page you made with the colors and sketch.Sweet details and a great picture of your friend and she is save why??? we have a dutch saying trouw niet voor je 40 bent..or don't merry before you are 40..so she is going to be soooo happy!!!

  4. Oh my those photos are stunning - I want to come to Sweden - it looks so beautiful!! Eila your layout is beautiful - I haven't had time to check the CCG gallery this week - hopefully tomorrow - love this latest layout - think I may have some of those papers around still too LOL!! Love the fussy cut flowers pop-dotted about :)

  5. Just another stunning layout Miss M oh i love how you use so many layers...Oh the pics look awesome what a beautiful place..
    have a nice day
    Lindy xo

  6. Oh Eila I was trying to comment earlie, I am in love with your country those images are just so beautiful and oh so different from the Caribbean. Maybe someday I will be able to go.
    And your LO is just so precious, perfect for the challenge!

  7. beautiful! I still have the BG Sugar rush but never did anything with it...I'm inspired by this LO!

  8. What a lovely lo! The colors/pp are so pretty Eila!

  9. What a gorgeous layout! I love that you used so many different paper layers, love your use of stickles, and your pop dotted elements are beautiful....really love your stitched circle...so effective...stunning LO Eila!

  10. Fantastisk vakker LO du har laget her!! Og så effektfullt det ble med det sorte. Tenker det var en flott dag for brudeparet (og gjestene)
    Nyyydelige stemningsfulle bilder fra Stockholm også!

    Ha en herlig dag!

  11. lovely layouts I must say with lots of details and love the giveaway and thank you for sharing a bit of the beauty of Stockholm.

    Lots of hugs

  12. Eila..you are one super duper human being! Your sentences are like mini stories..that have me hanging for more. You say the MOST interesting things and I am in awe of your general / scrapbooking knowledge.

    This is an awesome layout! Simply stunning. I cant say enough about it. THANK YOU for joining us at OUAS. I hope you continue to do so.

    So now I am a little jealous. LOL! That scenery is to die for!!! Lucky you...:o)

  13. Det r en njutning att komma till din blogg Eila söta!
    Bakgrunden är så vacker, jag tittade lite på det hon hade gjort men fick inte till det. Inte så teknisk du vet. Kommer du ihåg hur länge jag hade jultomtar som bakgrund.....? he he
    (Känner snart för att byta igjen,...Alexandraaaaaa kan du hjääälpa mig..?)

    Jag såg ju denna vackra kreation på CCG och det var ju svårt med något annat för den var ju över hela framsidan,...lol.
    GRATTIS till feature och till att ha fått till ännu en så'n vacker sida. Jag sällar mig till dom som har Sugar Rush kver, men du vet mig o BG,...bara se men inte röra..LOL!

  14. so glad you received the package! i left a little response after your last comment on my blog on the color room post (if you want to check it out) hope you enjoy all the "fun" stuff! its not to fancy.. but just a couple little/lite things to send via postage that i thought you could add to your stash! oh and i loved the happy dance part.. he he he! enjoy!

  15. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this long post and then, Rebekah's rejoinders...It was like ordering a second cup of cappuchino ;))))

  16. Beautiful Layouts! And gorgeous pictures from Stockholm!

  17. Stunning work! BOth are gorgeous. I love the way you layer your papers and embellishments. :-)