"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A gift wrapping tutorial

I'm not good at using wrapping papers. Whenever I get to the corners, my folds get messy! So, for years, I have used bags to give gifts for any occasion. With time, I have learned to dress up the bags with pretty tags and more, but I have always wished I could make the packages prettier... why? Simply because I love it when I get pretty packages! So, this year, I'm venturing into creating giftwraps of my own for Christmas.


I even made up a tutorial for it! Check it out here :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Farm Girl Tidbits Winner

Brenda Smith said...
Omy cuteness!!! I love the fabric and the sewing with the little girl. Perfection!
3:42 PM
 
Congrats Brenda!
Please contact jon.f@octoberafternoon.com within 30 days from today with your name, physical shipping address, and don't forget to mention that you won on my blog.
Thanks everyone for playing along!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Glitz for December


Hi everyone, Mou here with today's post! I have three projects for you: one layout, a card and a tag... all about the Holidays.
Here's my layout about getting ready for  Christmas.









 
Here's a card and a gift tag.
 



Supplies:
Layout
Joyeux Noel Motif 12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Santa 12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Polka 12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Whatnots
Joyeux Noel Paper Layers
 
Card
Joyeux Noel Motif 12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Polka12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Floral 12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Stripe 12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Title Stickers
Joyeux Noel Giant Rhinestones

Tag
Joyeux Noel Motif 12x12 paper
Joyeux Noel Giant Rhinestones
Joyeux Noel Layered Stickers
Joyeux Noel Title Stickers

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

October Afternoon Farm Girl Blog Hop


Welcome to the October Afternoon Farm Girl Blog hop!
What can I say about Farm Girl? It's fresh, fun, and versatile! Check the entire collection out yourself and decide.
Let me share with you a card I made with the elements from this collection...


and a closer look at some of the details...


 
Do you want an element from this fun and fab collection? How about some Tidbits?
 
Product # DC200
 
Product # DC200

To win ONE pack of Farm Girl Tidbits, all you have to do is leave a comment to this post by 12/11. I'll pick one comment randomly and post the winner here on 12/12.

Hop on over to Marcy Penner's blog for more inspiration and a chance to win some more goodies.

Happy hopping and good luck to you all!

Winner of CK Babies & Toddlers SIP

Bloggerphotochic said...
Cute page! Would love to have this issue!
9:39 AM

 
Congrats! Please email me your address at mou_s51@yahoo.com by 12/11 and CK will send you your prize. If I don't hear from you by 12/11, unfortunately you'll have to forfeit your prize.
Thanks everyone for playing along!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

An Advent Calendar Tutorial























with October Afternoon Make It Merry collection... check the details at OA Blog!

 

Monday, December 03, 2012

December 'Take the Challenge' with Mou

I have started a challenge series over at the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog. I think you might enjoy participating in this challenge. I'll be posting the challenges here on my blog, but to win prizes you'll need to link you creations in your comments on the Design Memory Crafts blog to my challenge post.
Today, I have a challenge for you. I feel that creative challenges help us experiment and learn new things. Challenges can help us get unstuck from creative ruts. They can also inspire us to create in ways we would not have thought of otherwise. So, I decided to take a few creative challenges myself and thought you might like to play along.
Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. The following Monday, we will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
Today's challenge is themed: Christmas Greetings!
Hard to believe that 2012 is already coming to an end and it's time for the Holidays! And Holidays means gifts, greetings, and more... So, here's my Christmas greeting for you all!

 
For this card, I used:
Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons:
RED/YELLOW (#770520)
BLUE/GREEN (#770521)
NEUTRAL (#770522)
and kraft and white cardstock, embossing folder, sewing machine, sand paper, needle, thread, and red beads.
 
Let me show you the steps.
1. Color white cardstock with Red/Yellow Paper Crafter Crayons
 
2. Emboss the piece and sand it.
 
3. Color another piece of white cardstock with Blue/Green Paper Crafter Crayons.
 
4. Draw and cut out holly leaves from it.
 
5. Attach the pieces to card and stitch. Add beads.
6. Write sentiment 'Merry' with Stamper's Big White Pen.
 
7. Add highlights with Neutral Paper Crafter Crayons to finish card.





 
 And here's a close up:
 

Don't forget to share your clallenge creations with us...just leave a comment with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 12/14 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these

The prizes for this challenge are:

THREE packs of Mixed Media Samplers in your choices of colors!!!

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 12/17 to see if YOU won!
Hope you play along!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CK's Babies & Toddlers and Giveaway

CK's newest special issue Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers is now out brimming with unique scrap and gift ideas!



 






















Check out the print issue here and the digital issue here. And here's a special sneak peek!
Plus, there's extra online content waiting for you right here.
Here's one of my layouts from the issue:



 
As seen in Creating Keepsakes SIP Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers 2012, Copyright: Creative Crafts Group; Posted with prior permission from the publisher
 
If you would like to win a copy of this issue, please leave a comment to this post by 12/4 and I'll pick ONE winner randomly.
For more chances of winning, hop on over to these blogs:
Piradee Talvanna: http://piradee.blogspot.com
 
Happy hopping and good luck!


 
 
 
 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

October Afternoon Make it Merry Blog Hop Winner

is...drumrolls please!
Kim Swenson said...
Your card is so vintage! I love it!
2:36 PM

 
Congrats Kim! Email me at mou_s51@yahoo.com your address by 11/23/2012 and October Afternoon will send your your pack of Make It Merry Buttons! If I don't hear from you by that day, unfortunately you will forfeit the prize.
 
Thanks everyone for playing along!
 
Here's more news from October Afternoon... OA has a brand new mini book kit. Check this out:
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With the holiday season drawing near, October Afternoon is pleased to offer for sale its Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit, which features almost everything you will need to make a lasting keepsake of your reflections and memories during the Christmas season.
Besides popular products from previous October Afternoon holiday lines, the Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit contains items from our new “Make It Merry” collection, as well as several items that were created exclusively for this kit!
The Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit is only available on this blog and not sold in stores. Quantities are limited, so order now!
VMDecKit_Full
 
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The Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit contains:
4x6 clear stamp set (*exclusive)
Make It Merry 8x8 Paper Pad
Make It Merry Chip Book with 15 grid pages
Make It Merry Chapter
Peppermint Mini-Market stickers
Licorice Label stickers
Make It Merry Washi Tape – Greetings
Make It Merry Tidbits
Make It Merry Doo-Dads
Die-cut Journaling Cards (*exclusive)
Die-cut ready-to-sew stars (*exclusive)
Holiday Style Miscellany
Holiday Style Rub-ons
Red Number Tags Chip-n-Stick (*exclusive) (not shown)
6 Tin Pins (*exclusive)
3-yards Red Bakers Twine
1-yard Cotton Eyelet Trim
One 4-inch White Paper Doily
That’s over $80 worth of October Afternoon product … and it’s available now for just $56.99 plus shipping! (see shipping rates below) Kits will begin shipping no later than Friday, November 16th.

You can click here to buy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Glitz for November

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's layouts!
 
When I think November, I think Thanksgiving...then I think of all things , I'm so grateful for! My list is very long, so I picked the two most special reasons that I can't express enough gratitude for... my kids!
 


 
My second layout is about our trip to Legoland last November.
 



 
Supplies
Layout 1:
Yours Truly Ephemera 12x12 paper
Yours Truly Motif 12x12 paper
Cashmere Dame Washi Tape Blue Polka
Cashmere Dame Washi Tape Chevron
Cashmere Dame Rubber Stamps
Hello Friend Washi Tape Coral Chevron
Hello Friend Teeny Alphas Coral

Layout 2:
Yours Truly Chevron 12x12 paper
Yours Truly Ephemera 12x12 paper
Cashmere Dame Paper Layers
Yours Truly Puffy Words
Yours Truly Whatnots
Hello Friend Title Stickers
Cashmere Dame Washi Tape Blue Polka
Cashmere Dame Washi Tape Chevron
Vintage Blue Title Stickers

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

October Afternoon Make It Merry Blog Hop

My favorite Christmas line this year is...
Line Logo
Make It Merry by October Afternoon

Here's a new card I made with Make it Merry.



Check out the Make It Merry collection for creative possibilities and leave a comment to this post by 11/14 to win ONE pack of Buttons:
Product # EM459
 
Hop on over to Marcy's blog for more inspiration and chances to win more goodies from the Make It Merry collection.

Happy hoppin' and good luck everyone!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Gratitude

This last weekend, I had plenty to be grateful about... grateful that my friends in the noth-east are safe; grateful that so many women braved the weather to come to CKU, Stamford, CT; grateful that despite all the travel confusion and delays, I could make it to the event; grateful that I got to see old friends and make some lovely new ones; grateful that my classes went well; grateful that I had such a wonderful assistant (hi Lucie!!!) without whom I don't think the classes would have been smooth; I'm grateful that I'm back home to my family...
Back to art talk...here's something I did before heading out to CKU



You can check out the tutorial here.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

November 'Take the Challenge!' with Mou

I have started a challenge series over at the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog. I think you might enjoy participating in this challenge. I'll be posting the challenges here on my blog, but to win prizes you'll need to link you creations in your comments on the Design Memory Crafts blog to my challenge post.

Today, I have a challenge for you. I feel that creative challenges help us experiment and learn new things. Challenges can help us get unstuck from creative ruts. They can also inspire us to create in ways we would not have thought of otherwise. So, I decided to take a few creative challenges myself and thought you might like to play along.
Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. The following Monday, we will pick THREE winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
Today's challenge is themed: Create a project that relates to something you are thankful for!Being November, I'm thinking Thanksgiving. Every year, I do a project where I list the things I'm thankful for. Last year, I created this project, "Grateful, Every Day" for Big Picture Classes.

And this year, I have created small canvas panels by decoupaging embossed cardstock and coloring them with gelatos and big brush markers and decorated them with feathers, words, etc.
 
Don't forget to share your clallenge creations with us...just leave a comment with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 11/16 and we will pick THREE winners randomly to win a set of prizes each!
The prizes for this challenge are:
TWO packs of Art GRIP® Aquarelles in your choices of colors!!!

There are 4 color choices to pick from:

BLUE, GREEN, RED, and YELLOW.

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 11/19 to see if YOU won!
Hope you play along!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Faber-Castell-100 Proof Press Blog Hop


Today’s the start of the blog hop between Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and 100 Proof Press!  We’re very excited for our first collaboration with them! Hop with us today for a blog hop packed with inspiration and techniques!

We’ll also have prizes for those who participate.  Be sure to visit leave a comment on each designer’s blog.  When you’re finished, comment on the company’s blogs to be eligible for the following great prizes:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $40 prize pack, and 100 Proof Press will be giving away a $30 gift certificate!

Want an extra chance to win some prizes?  Tweet Design Memory Craft at @DesignMemCraft about a technique you learned on the hop for a chance to win their NEW Stamper’s Big White Pen!  Or like 100 Proof Press’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/100-Proof-Press-Rubber-Stamps/ )for a chance to win the calendar you saw on this hop!

The blog hop will be open until midnight on October 26th, and the winners will be announced on October 29th on the company’s blog/twitter.

If you are starting here, your next stop will be  Sara's blog.
Or, if you want to start from the start,
START:
100 Proof Press: http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog
Tiffany Johnson:  http://iheartartblog.com/
Jennifer: http://justjingle.blogspot.com/
Jen Matott: http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/
Tracy Evans: http://craftaddicts-tracyevans.blogspot.com/
Colleen McGinty: http://artbythelake.typepad.com/my-blog/
Gladys Chia: http://gladyschia2010.wordpress.com/
Mou Saha: http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/ (YOU ARE HERE! If this is your first time, welcome and if you have been here before, then welcome back :)
Sara: http://zemphira.blogspot.com/
Amy: http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com/
Rita Barakat: http://letsembellish.blogspot.com/
Gerri: http://gerriherbst.blogspot.com/
Alexa: http://alexalett.blogspot.com/
Nicole http://www.nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft: http://www.designmemorycraft.typepad.com/

 And now, let me share with you the projects I created with 100 Proof Press and Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts products.
My first project is a calendar for 2013...
 



















Here's the front cover...























And a month page from inside...


And a second project that's a card...
























For my first project, I used
From 100ProofPress.com
1. Blank Calendar
2. Man In A Flying Contraption stamp # 6395
3. Japanese Script stamp # 5377
4. Pumpkin Parade stamp # 6289

For my second project, I used
From 100ProofPress.com
1. Motion Pictures stamp # 3524
2. Winemakers Marks Stamp # 5645
3. Postage Paper Style # 5

And for both projects, from Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts
1. Gelatos®: Lemon, Cotton Candy, Pistachio, Black Licorice, Mango, Tangerine, Guava, Metallic Melon, Grape, and Boysenberry
2. Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Scarlet Red 118, Pink Madder 129, Magenta 133, Permanent Green Olive 167, Cobalt Turquoise 153, and Black 199

Happy Hopping!