Feb 28, 2020

EASTER FUN - Simple Stories

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today bringing you a new layout all about those sweet memories of Easter Egg hunts.   I think we all have memories of our children (or younger us) enjoying all the egg hunt finds, and what better way to enjoy them than to document them with the new Simple Stories Hip Hop Hooray collection.  It is just the perfect Easter and also Spring collection.

I created a simple design for the page so that i can mix all the beautiful paper colors and cute embellishments.  First i used the Butterflies stencil and some white texture paste to create a few impressions on a piece of the 6x8 wood grain paper.

Since both my little (niece and nephew) are wearing bunny ears, i quickly chose the Hippity Hop paper for the background of the page.  First i chose a strip of the Puddle Jumper paper as an anchor for the page.  I decided to keep add a few more paper layers behind the paper strip from the 6x8 paper pad and Hello Peeps paper.

I used the Bunny Tails and Hello Peeps paper to back the pictures, and then set them on the wood grain paper piece ( once the texture paste impression had dried).  I set the paper on the middle of the page and  then started adding embellishments around the photos and paper strips.  With so many cute and colorful embellishments it was easy to mix and match them on the page.

The cute little bunny embellishments are so adorable, and so perfect to embellish the title of the page.  I combined the sentiments from the Bits and Pieces and Combo Sticker sheet to create the title at the bottom of the page.  Here i added the bunnies and a few more embellishments in a large cluster.  To finalize the page, I used the Hip Hop Hooray stamp set to add a few sentiments to the page.

I just love all the color and cheery nature of the page.   The textures in the paste, papers and embellishments complement the picture of my littles nicely.  I am sure that you are going to love documenting your Easter/ Spring memories with the new Simple Stories HIP HOP HOORAY collection, make sure to check it out!
Til' next time.

Feb 26, 2020

ALTENEW February 2020 Stencils/Decals/Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there!
Welcome to the ALTENEW FEBRUARY 2020 STENCILS/DECALS/STAND_ALONE DIES RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.  You are arriving from Laurie's blog ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post.

With so many ALTENEW beautiful products to chose from, it was so easy to combine a few of them to create unique projects.  Let me show you:


I used the Open Blooms 3D die set , Fine Frames Diamond Die Set and the Nesting Frame die set in this page all about my Brother in law's wedding!

The new Open Blooms  3d die set can help you recreate the beautiful flowers you see in the page.  I pulled the Shades of Purple, Green Meadows, and Red Cherry Gradient cardstock to create the florals.   The fine lines of the Diamond Frames die set create the perfect background for the page.

To finish the page, i cut a small label with the Nesting Frame dies and added the title inside it. I love how this turned out and now my sister in law can starting adding her memories!


For this page, i used the new  Hand Drawn Tile stencil and a few of the Altenew crips ink.   I started by masking the stencil so that i can only get the center impression of the stencil and form the tile pattern on the title page.  I used two color inks and my blending brush to construct the background.

I cut a piece of vellum to fit in the center tile, and then used the Bold Greetings Die Set to cut the title sentiment for the page from glitter paper that matched the colors of the page.   This page came together quickly and i love the title pattern on the  layout.


Nothing is more satisfying than to build a scrapbook page from scratch, such as the case of this layout.  I used the Blooming Dahlia and Tranquil Wings stencil set to create the embellishments and background for the page.

This time, i used a fine liner and the Bursting Dahlia stencil as the template to draw a few of the flowers, then used the new Artitst Watercolor palette to detail the flowers.  I used a bit of rose gold texture paste to add the centers on the flowers and repeated it on the background, too.

All flowers need butterflies!  i used the new Tranquil Wings stencil set to create the butterfly.  First i used Chamomile ink to create the background of the butterfly. Then used a stencil brush and gold glaze to create the details in the wings, and finally added the thorax of the butterfly with a palette knife.  The combination of the techniques bring texture and dimension to the page, and you can see the page come together in the following video:

Just love how this turned out, and now let's switch our focus from memory keeping to card making...


The new Dotted Starburst Embossing Cover Die  is beautiful on its own, but i combined it with the Fine Frames Square Die set to create this CAS card.

First i used the Debossing cover die to embossed both white and teal cardstock.  I then used the Fine Frames Square die set to cut the white panel into small squares.  And attached them with foam adhesive to the teal pannel ( at the exact placement).

I finished the card by adding a sentiment from the  Bold Greetings sentiment die set ( i cut the word twice from glitter paper and stacked them together).   Just love the simple and clean look of the card!


I am sure that many times you stamp extra florals and set them aside for the perfect occasion.  Well, i used a few of my extra stamps (BAF Triumph Tulip, BAF Begonia) to create this card.   As soon as i saw the Geometric Roulette Stencil i knew it will create the perfect  background for the flowers.

I used a bit of ink and a blending brush to create the panel.  I set the florals on the empty space the  stencil created on the center of the impression and then  added  a sentiment from the new Happy Birthday stamp set from the Stamping Village.    Just love the pop of color in the card!


This card is probably so out of my comfort zone, but i love it!!!  I am not an animal print girl, but there was something about this stencil that just needed to be in my collection.  I started by adding ink onto a card panel, making sure to keep the center of the card lighter than the rest of the card.  I used a stencil brush and gold texture paste to then create the impression of the Wild Leopard Stencil  (making sure to keep a clean edge around the panel).

This time, i cut the sentiment 3 times from double cardstock, and once from metallic black paper using the Fancy For You die set  .  I stacked the die cuts together to form the dimensional diecut, and set it on the center of the card.  Just love how this turned out!

And now i am done!  I created quite a few projects for this hop, since working with stencils and dies make paper crafting simple and easy.  I hope these have inspire you to check the new Altenew goodies.


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

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 3/3/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive 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 3/6/2020. 


That is it for me today! and now it is time to hop onto Erum's blog to be inspired by her amazing work. Remember you can come back here to complete the loop, or visit the Altenew Card blog or Altenew Scrapbook blog to start your loop.     Here is a list of all the participants:

Nathalie DeSousa <<< YOU ARE HERE

Thank you for stopping by!

Feb 24, 2020

REMEMBER TODAY - Just Nick Studio

Hi there friends!
Nathalie with you today sharing a new project filled with bright and happy memories.  I am so hoping for Spring to arrive, so, i am making my own Spring on my pages with this colorful page filled with flowers and cut files from the JustNick Studio shop.

As soon as i saw the new OPEN FLORAL BACKGROUND, the idea of creating a panel for my layout formed in my mind.  So, i shrunk the design to be 6x6, then used the Silhouette software to weld two of the backgrounds together to create the panel  die cut for the page.

While the background was cutting, i added a bit of white paint and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide  on a sheet of turquoise cardstock.  In addition, i used the time to fussy cut a few floral images from the Dear Lizzy's She is Magic collection.

To assemble the page, i  first glued the panel onto the background.  The picture was then placed on the page surrounded by all the fussy cut florals.   I cut the word always 4 times from white cardstock using the LOVE YOU ETERNAL cut file.  The die cuts were stacked together as to form a dimensional die cut and this was glued onto the cluster of florals at the bottom of the picture.

To create the title, i cut the word Remember from the REMEMBER FLORAL cut file twice from white cardstock. Then stacked the die cuts together and finished by adding a light coat of shimmer watercolor on top.   The word along with some alphas complete my page.

Just love how quick and easily this page came together.   The soft panel die cut is the perfect background for this memory of my niece.  Remember to stop by the Just Nick Studio shop to check the cut files used here and all the new designs available.
'Til next time!