Jan 25, 2021

ME & YOU - Simple Stories

Hello Simple Stories friends!
Nathalie with you today to share  a new layout that celebrate love!  I found my best friend 21 years ago, and within a month we had our wedding planned. The adventure we embarked has shown us the meaning of true love, and I wanted to document us using the new Sweet Talk collection from Simple Stories.

I love the papers in this collection, lots of pinks, hearts with a hint of tealish blue.   So, I decided to play with paper for the background of this page.

My starting point was the  b side of ALL MY HEART paper, I love simple striped paper.  Next, I pulled the floral paper from the 6x8 PAPER PAD; here I needed to find a plain and contrasting paper, so I reached into the SIMPLE PAGES set and cut a piece of the teal paper.  In order to tie all the colors together, I cut a piece from the b-side of LOVE'S IN THE AIR.  I glued them all together so that they add movement on the background.

I added the pictures to the center of the papers in a soft diagonal line.  Here is where I had fun with all the embellishments that I could find in the DIE CUT packs,  STICKERS, SIMPLE CARD Set and SIMPLE PAGES set.   

I  pulled as many flowers as I could find and used to create clusters following the diagonal line of the design.   I added a few extra CHIPBOARD, PUFFY and FOAM stickers to each of the clusters making sure that there was a balance of color and details.

I love Scrabble, so when I saw the small letter tile FOAM STICKERS, I knew that I had found my title.   Since, I needed to balance my page, I added the title to the top right corner of the papers, then used enamel dots to tie all the clusters together.  

I love how this turned out.   The SWEET TALK collection from Simple Stories  is beautiful and perfect to bring some fun to your documenting.  Remember to check it out, you will love it, too!

'Til next time.


Jan 22, 2021

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi there!

Welcome to ALTENEW PAINT-A-FLOWER: CAMELIA OUTLINE STAMP SET RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY. You are arriving from Laura Jane's blog - a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience-.

Today we are welcoming the newest member of the PAF family.   The new PAINT-A-FLOWER: CAMELLIA is simply gorgeous.  The design is delicate and detailed, which makes it the perfect flower to color in with your favorite medium.  Let me show you what I created with it:

I made a card!!!  I truly love the design of this month's PAF: CAMELLIA, and had some ideas on how to color it; however, I had just finished working on some documenting and had my Altenew Fine Liner pens at hand, so I decided to color them with black ink.

Since we were little, my mom always gave us pen and paper to play with, especially when we were on the phone.  I love to doodle on pads, and use points to create shadows, etc.  So, I am using the same idea to detail the card.

It all  started with the finer pen, slowly adding dots around the edge of each of  the petals and leaves.  Along the way, I switch to the medium tip to shade in large areas, but always using dots.   The process is so relaxing, but does take quite a bit of time- time well spent in my book!-.

Once I was happy with the shading, and before I cover the entire image, I fussy cut it from the cardstock ( Neenah 110lb Solar Crest white cardstock).  I used the Ink Blending tool, and some Lapis Lazuli ink to create the background.  Then, added the sentiment from the stamp set to the top corner of the panel.  A bit of foam adhesive add dimension to the card, then a few sequin and gems add a bit of sparkle.

Just love how it turned out, but I am still finding the areas that I missed coloring with my liner!  Remember you can receive your PAINT-A-FLOWER: CAMELLIA as part of the monthly subscription program.  Check all the details here:

Of course we are celebrating the release with a GIVEAWAY:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $15 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/28/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 11 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/30/2021.

Good Luck everyone!

Let's continue the inspiration, and now you are off to visit Jessie Bank's blog to check her creations.  Remember you can always start the hop in the Altenew Card Blog.  Here is the list of all the participants for your convenience: 

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Amanda Baldwin

Lilith Eeckels

Christine Pennington

Norine Borys


Nathalie DeSousa  <<< YOU ARE HERE

Jessie Banks

Preeti Chandran

Terri Koszler

Mindy Eggen

Virginia Lu

Laura Volpes

Cheryl Espie

Tenia Nelson

Dana Joy

Emily Midgett

Tina Smith

Jenny Colacicco

Michelle Short


Teresa Litchfield

Agnieszka MaƂyszek

Thanks for stopping by!


Jan 7, 2021

1,2,3 HELLO EVERYDAY LIFE - Simple Stories

 Hello friends!

Happy New Year to you all! Nathalie with you today to share a new project featuring the gorgeous HELLO TODAY collection.  Let's talk about the perfect collection: it must have pretty paper, lots of functional embellishments,  a colorful palette, lots of cut aparts, and  an awesome stamp... well then we you are going to love this collection as much as I do.  So versatile that you can document all your memories and create cards, pocket pages, etc. 

I love the new HELLO TODAY collection, and luckily I received the entire collection and add ons, so I was able to pick pieces from all the things to create this simple but colorful page!

 As soon as I saw the chipboard frame with the paper clip on top, the idea for my layout just came to mind, a group of papers held together by a paper clip.   So, I backed the frame with a black and white picture, and then layer pieces of paper from the 6x8 paper pad, Simple Card kit and Simple Pages kit.  I glued this together messily and then attached them to the B side of the October paper.

To balance the papers, I wanted  a very bold title.  I found the large numbers in the Simple Pages kit, and decided to prop them with a bit of foam adhesive on a vertical line next to the papers.  I love the colors and size of  the ephemera!

To complete the title, I used a combination of foam stickers, chipboard stickers and alphas from the sticker tablet ( a bit of foam adhesive helps to prop them from the page). The combination of colors, textures and sizes works great in this design.  Once the title was down, I created a few more clusters of embellishments around the layout and tied them all together with butterfly stickers and die cuts.

Did I mention the collection has a awesome stamp!  I  journal everyday, so this stamp is perfection!  This time, I used the word, "Today", to bring the page together.  Along the way,  I also added small pops of color with some enamel dots.....

I just love how easy this page came together in a short amount of time.  The messy papers, and the bold title just complement each other.  I hope you check the new Simple Stories' HELLO TODAY collection, you are going to love it ( and even hoard it!)