Sep 23, 2019

JOY - Simple Stories

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout that is all about the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas!  The new Country Christmas collection from Simple Stories is perfect to document all those memories of Christmas passed, just wait till you see all the details on the papers and embellishments.

I wanted to have a large focus for this page, so i chose to paper piece a poinsettia bough on the page.  For this, I pulled two cut files from Just Nick Studio and used them to build  the centerpiece on my page.

I cut the Poinsettia from the 4x6 elements  and Joyous Noel papers; for the flower's leaves i chose a paper from the Basic paper pack, and cut the Pineneedle boughs from Good Cheer and Holiday Greetings papers.

I assemble the flowers together, and then used foam adhesive behind the pieces to add a bit of dimension to the page.    I chose the Winter Wishes Paper as the background for the page as it contrasted and complemented the colors of the flowers nicely.

The chipboard frames that are included in this collection are amazing as they already have embellishments on them, so all i had to do was add the picture behind it, and nestled it in the flowers.  A few small embellishments complete the look.

To finish the page, i trimmed a bit of the borders and glued it to the Scarlet/Dots paper from the Basic pack,then used chipboard and a few stickers to create the title at the bottom right corner of the page.  A few drops of gold ink complete the page.

I hope this inspires you to check the new Simple Stories' Country Christmas collection, i am sure you are going to love it !!

Sep 20, 2019


Hi there!
welcome to the Altenew REFRESH YOUR WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY . You are arriving from The Hedgehog Hollow's blog (a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post).

Today Altenew is releasing Refill bottles for their popular Watercolor Brush Markers.  I am so excited to work with this small containers of joy that i decided to use them to create a set of cards and a layout.  Let's get started:

For these cards, I started by clear embossing the Ornate Foliage images on heavy cardstock using Altenew's White Embossing Powder and Ink.  Once the images were ready to color, i pulled Sea Breeze, Misty Moutain,, Lagoon, and Emerald refills to detail the flowers.

Coloring the images took some time, as i wanted to be detailed with each image.  All it took was a few drops of the Watercolors to detail each petal.

First a wash of the color to the petal, followed by extra pure watercolor to some areas to create depth and dimension.

While the images dried, i worked on the card pannels.  I chose Warm Sunshine to create the background of this card on Mixed Media paper.  Then stamped a sentiment from the Weekend Doodle Stamp Set with Black Obsidian ink and added one of the images with foam adhesive.

For this card pannel, i used the Silver refill to create a soft ombre effect on the background.  Here i added a sentiment from the Weekend Doodles Stamp set with Black Obsidian ink.  This time,  i clustered the two images together at the bottom right edge of the card.     you can see how the cards came together in the upcoming video:

 Just love how these turned out, the Watercolor marker refills are such a perfect medium to color images away.

Now onto my scrapbook layout:

For this page, i started by creating the large mandala image on white cardstock using the Floral Mandala Stencil with Altenew embossing paste.  I mixed a bit of Rubellite and Fresh Lemon refills to the paste to bring color to the impression.

While the paste dried, i started to recreate the color of the sky and water in the background using Lagoon, Dusk and Turquoise Refills and the packaging.  I am impressed at the vibrancy of the watercolor.

To assemble the page, I used the mandala impression as my grounding point and placed it on the left side of the page.   I added two pictures of a recent vacation around the mandala, and then chose embellishments from the Reflections and Live Your Dream collection to complement the pictures.

This was so much fun to put  together, using the watercolor marker refills, and i hope  they inspire you to check them out and use the promotion Altenew is having on their Watercolor Marker Ultimate Bundle this weekend:

Enjoy $50 OFF the Watercolor Marker Ultimate Bundle from 9/20/2019 at 12:01 AM EDT until 9/21/2019 at 11:59 PM EDT. No code needed to enjoy this deal! Not valid on previous purchases. While supplies last. Shop HERE: 

Now it is time for the fun part of this blog hop, GIVEAWAYS:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 9/25/2019 for a chance to win.

Altenew’ll also draw a winner to eceive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/27/2019.

I hope the projects have inspired you to check the Watercolor Brushes Refills, but it is time to continue to be inspired by visiting Lydia Fiedler's blog. Remember you can always come back here or visit the Altenew Card Blog to start the hop, here is a list of all the participants for your convenience:

Nathalie DeSousa <<< YOU ARE HERE

It is always a pleasure to have you visit my blog, and hope that you have fun hopping around. Remember to contact me if you have questions on how the projects came together.

Til next time!

Sep 18, 2019

AUTUMN LOVE - JustNick Studio

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout all about those warm cozy feelings Autumn brings along.   I  usually look forward to Nicole's emails with the new upcoming cut files, so when i saw the new Fall Foliage Background (coming soon to the shop) i just had to use it on a page.

I love Fall colors, so i wanted to highlight them on the page, as the background for the beautiful cut file.

To bring out the details of the cut, i chose to create my own background using VIcki Boutin's Pop Acrylic paints.  I simply masked the cardstock and used a flat brush to create the ombre square on the page.

While the background dried i cut two Fall Foliage  backgrounds ( to fit the colored square) from white cardstock, glued them together, and then glued them to the background.  I made sure some of the leaves were not glued fully together, so that they create interest on the background.

The picture of my babies was converted to black and white and added at the bottom corner of the square.   I used one Leafy Floral cut out to decorate the bottom of the picture along with a few phrase stickers.  Then for the title, i used a combination of alphas and the word "Love" - this was created using the Love 1 cut file from kraft paper-.

I love how this turned out, the boldness of the background creates the perfect canvas for the cut file and makes everything on the page pop.   Remember to check these JustNIck cut files and all the new files that are revealed each week.

Thank you so much for stopping by,