Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome New Designer Catherine Giguère!

We would like to welcome Catherine Giguère as our newest member of the design team! Here is more about Catherine in her own words:

Hello! My name is Catherine, aka cat444 on the forums. I am a passionate scrapbooker for 10 years now. I am the mother of two little loves who are the main stars of my pages. I love the mixed media and flowers.
I am very happy to share with you today my first projects as a member of the C'est Magnifique Design Team! I loved creating with this kit! The Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary collection is simply gorgeous! I create my layouts with the February Kit and the Flower Add-On.

Here's my first layout showing my son at two weeks. I did my background with modeling paste, a mask, spray ink and black stamping.

 My second layout is featuring my little boy at 2 years old. I use a lot of flowers on my layouts, even when I scrap pictures of my son!

From my own stash: Prima Wire Thread

I hope I have inspired you! Join me again next week when I will share another layout and a video tutorial to go with it! Have fun with the February Kit!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas With Debbie

Hi everyone!  Debbie here with you today to share a canvas I created using the February Flower Add On and Embellishment Add On kits.

I started out with a 8 x 8 canvas.  I cut pieces of the K & Company Silhouette sheet from the Embellishment Add On kit and glued it down to the canvas. I painted it with some gesso and added some stamping and inking.  I then added another layer of gesso.  Next I randomly applied some strips of the Kaisercraft Pink Damask Tape and applied more gesso.   I added some drywall tape from my stash which I randomly painted and inked.  I used some of the  Becky Higgins Project Life Cards from the Embellishment Add On Kit, inked the edges black and layered them.

Here you can see the details on the canvas.

Items from my stash:  Gesso, drywall tape, ink, mist, tulle and stamps.

You can find the Embellishment Add On Kit and Flower Add On Kit here in the store.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

February Kit Projects + Video with Guest Designer Riikka Kovasin

Hi there! It's Riikka here to share my final guest designs for C'est Magnifique. This time I was working with the February Kit. I loved the metallic shades it has! I created three layouts and one book cover in total, today I'm sharing the first two of my projects. Let's get started!

My first page is about autumn and rowan. I really like the contrast of the dark branches and the red, almost luminous berries when the autumn sun hits them. To my surprise and delight one of the papers from the kit had a rowan branch and two waxwings sitting on it. That paper fit my subject marvelously!

I started by painting some watercolor on the background and then doodled little circles to resemble the circular shape of the berries. I also made little clusters of pearls confetti style. Underneath you can see the video how I did the page.

I mostly used supplies from the kit, like the metal flower and die-cuts and the zipper pull, but also added something from my own stash. Those items include brown ink, black felt pen, pencil and the alpha stickers.

The second craft I'm sharing today is a notebook or an art journal cover. I gave the piece to my daughters after taking the photos so I'm guessing it's going to be filled with drawings and stories (in their own language and writing, so they can be read in a number of ways).

I started by adhering a piece of patterned paper to the backs of the cover. I thought to have the leaf on the cover showing partly but ended up covering it almost totally. Using gel medium I then added the resin birds, metallic embellishments and pieces of chipboard from the kit to the cover. I also used some items from my own stash to make the design fuller. Then I added some of the sand paste to the cover as well and let it dry.

After the mediums were dry, I covered the cover with white gesso and then started coloring it using the watercolor from the kit and a mist of my own. I was aiming for a watercolor styled look so I kept the paint and mist kind of smudgy. On top of the color I then added touches with the metallic rubs and also doodled with the marker. I finished the cover by adding some bling--the tiny micro beads.

Besides the items from the kit I also used a purple mist, some paper roses, a bottle cap and five pieces from an old bracelet.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to find me online, please visit my blog Paperiliitin!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Welcome New Designer Olga Eltysheva!

We would like to welcome Olga Eltysheva as our newest member of the design team! Here is more about Olga in her own words:

My name is Olga. I'm 34 years old and live in cold Russia with my family - husband, young daughter and a small dog. I've been scrapbooking about two years, I like to create pages, albums and notebooks. I really love the old stuff and vintage style, and mixed media and all that is associated with it. I have a large collection of paints, sprays and other media. I'm very glad to be part of such a great team!

When I received my February Kit and Mixed Media Kit, I immediately sat down to work, because it's incredibly inspiring! Luxurious colors and prints! Today I'll show you what I created.

My first layout is with my daughter Maria. I made a lot of layers, using the beautiful Sanctuary paper from Blue Fern Studios.

On the second layout I used a stencil, stamps, gesso, thread and the Prima Turquoise Stone Chalk Edger - this is my new love! This ink is perfect to use to draw and paint on chipboard!

This is one of my favorite works with my baby pictures. I added decoration with the Melissa Frances Blossom Resin Embellishments. I think they are very cute!

And I have two cards, but I want to do more!

I have really enjoyed playing with this kit! If you are interested in the February Kit or Add-Ons a limited amount of kits are available for purchase from the C'est Magnifique Store while supplies last!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

C'est Magnifique Social Media Sites

Hi C'est Magnifique fans! We've been busy updating our social media sites. We have new Instagram and YouTube accounts! Please tag us when using Instagram @cestmagnifiquekits and @CM_Kits while tweeting. We don't want to miss it when you share your beautiful creations with our kits. Please follow us on all our social media sites so we can follow you back!

Also, don't forget to sign up to receive our emails. One lucky email subscriber will win a January Edge of the Brook Kit! Your chance to sign up for this giveaway ends on January 30th. (If you already receive our emails you are automatically entered to win!)

We are looking forward to sharing what our designers have created with the February Kits. Stop by again next week for more inspiring artwork and a new designer introduction!

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Patti's February Kit Projects

Hi everybody, Patti here today to share the projects I created with the gorgeous February kit! I have four layouts to share with you today! The Main Kit for this month is crammed with gorgeous goodies and the papers are the Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary collection, which I TOTALLY love!

I used items from the Main Kit and Flower Add-On for my projects. This first layout is our daughter-in-law, I pulled colors from the papers to match the photos. The larger flower was made with the trim included in the Main Kit, the smaller blooms were made by cutting flowers by hand from the patterned paper from the Main Kit. (The zipper was from a sheet set plastic bag!)

This page is our sweet little Grand-daughter. I pulled the lavendars from the papers for this one. I used the gorgeous Prima Winthrop Blooms from the Flower Add-On. The scallop strip was  die-cut from the patterned paper and inked.

This is our youngest son and his wife. I pulled the blues for this layout. I used some white gesso on the chipboard and blooms and did lots of fussy cutting from the patterned paper.

My last layout is my Aunt Mae. I love this photo of her, she was such a "be your own person" kind of lady! I miss her terribly! I just mixed the colors and items for this layout. I love the large chipboard alphas from Prima included in the Main Kit!

I had so much fun with the February Kit! Again, it is very versatile, and the colors are gorgeous for all types of photos or cards. Thanks  for dropping by and don't forget to check back to see what else the team has coming!