Poppylium Designs

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Random things

Today I have a few random things to show you: some layouts, a challenge you should join and some "craft"!

First I made a few layouts and I really like the results, take a look:

With Perfect Disaster by Kiss This Designs and a sketch from Pencil Lines

With the Blast Off collab by Ginger Scraps and a template by Cardamome

With Friendly Boogie Monster by Rock N' Star Scraps and the Purple Boxer font by Amanda

This last one will teach Dave to make faces when I have the camera ;) (Love you!)

Next, I want to tell you about an awesome Scrap That Idea blog challenge. All you have to do is make up to 4 brag book pages (4x6) with whichever kit you want from the STI store and at the end of the challenge, everyone gets all the brag book pages.
You can see Nancy's challenge here for all the rules.
I made four pages, one for each designer, all themed for children.

If you join the challenge, you'll get those and more...

And finally, here's what happens when you try playing with a recipe. I wanted to make Halloween cookies for our Halloween get together with my in-laws. So I started by buying a pumpkin shaped cutter and making myself a "jack-o-lantern face cutter" out of aluminum piping... That took time but went well.
It went wrong when I tried to adapt the recipe for my diabetic father-in-law... I bought unsweetened chocolate instead of semi-sweet, I replaced sugar by sucralose, and then I added a bit more of it to make up for the chocolate. The dough was too dry, way way too dry, so I added more butter, and then some milk (which was not even an ingredient in the first place).
I ended up with okay dough, cut out all the shapes and the faces out of half of them and baked everything (they were "peek-a-boo" cookies with jam in the middle and it makes about 50 cookies, each with two sides, so with only one oven, it took some time)!!
The result was just not good. They were not sweet enough and very very very dry and pasty...
So instead of throwing them out, I bought some Halloween coloured glitter and made decorations for next year, look:

That's it for today. I hope all my American readers had a great Thanksgiving and happy scrapping to everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pop Shop add-on

It's been a while since I gave you anything and I don't seem to have time or bring myself to designing a full kit right now, but I made you another alpha that coordinates with the Pop Shop collab that I did with the fabulous Vicki from A Work in Progress back in September.

It looks like this:

The image is linked to 4shared for download.
It matches the colour of the collab, but you could easily desaturate and recolour it to match any other kit.
Hope you like it!

Friday, November 13, 2009

another great challenge

I participated in another awesome challenge at Scrap That Idea.
First I have to say that I won one of Rose's blog gifts, which was a kit of my choice in ... Vicki's store. As she's my favourite designer, it was a bit hard to choose, but I'm not complaining! Thanks again to both Rose and Vicki for the gift!

I picked Trick or Treat which looks like this (I love love love the colours of this kit):

and used it to participate in another one of Rose's challenges and have a chance to win another one of Vicki's kits!
The layout uses Vicki's template 7, Trick or Treat and the font is called Pumpkin:

The challenge ends Sunday, so hurry to the STI blog to get all the info and participate for a chance to get one of Vicki's kits!!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Today, I just wanted to show you a couple of layouts I made for challenges and forgot to post... I actually like them both quite a bit!

The first one was done with Vicki's Pompey and a template by BTA Designs for a Scrapable challenge (Vicki also chose it to feature in the Scrap That Idea newsletter ;) )

The second one was done for a template challenge at digiscrap.ch with Little Monkey by Mimilou Designs, the Alpha 4 by Digitreats, the font The Buns by Kevin and Amanda and a template by LorieM Designs:

Bye for now!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy IDSD

Just wanted to stop by and say that I hope everyone had a great International Digital Scrapbooking Day!

I'll be back with a funny Halloween craft story soon and hopefully will find time to start designing again asap...

Until then, happy scrapping to all!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blog Train

It's been waaaaay too long since I said hi!
I guess I've been really busy and I haven't been designing much

I did participate in a fun Blog Train called First and you're getting that today!!
My part looks like this:

And this is the double page I made using the whole kit:

It's full of butterflies and pretty things! Don't you love the colours the girls from Digiscrap.ch chose?!?

The preview is linked to 4shared and here are all the blogs to visit to download all the parts of the blog train:












Happy blog hopping!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A bunch of challenges

I rediscovered the joy of just scrapping! I haven't been designing (sorry, I'll get back to it soon, I have ideas) and I've been having fun scrapping a lot!

Let me show you a few challenge pages I've done recently.

A simple Halloween one for the souvenirs challenge at Scrapable with the elements given by Totally Twisted Scraps:

A template challenge at Scrapable. Template by BTA Design, kit Cool Chick collab from Digital Créa and alpha Azur by Digiscrap.ch:

A font challenge at Scrapable with the font Angelic War and the Time to Get Away collab from Scrapable:

A C&S challenge at Digiscrap.ch using a template by Soco and Showers of Flowers by Bon Scrapatit Designs:

And finally a Scrap That Idea blog challenge to scrap about Twilight. Done with the Twilight freebie by Sweet Blossom Designs:

Thanks for looking, happy scrapping!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thanks and Thanksgiving

Today, a big thank you to Stacey for picking my layout as a gallery standout in the Scrap That Idea newsletter (it's the layout in the previous post with her Hawaiian Luau kit).

And a very happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians around scrapland!
Joyeuse Action de Grâce à tous et toutes!

(the cute turkey and pumpkin are both by Spinkd in the Pumpkin Pie Spice blog train).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A link and a layout

Some very nice ladies on a French forum have decided to use my latest kit for a challenge and one of them asked if she could make her layout into a freebie QP. I was really flattered and of course said yes and I wanted to give you the link to her blog where you can get the QP. Her name is Francette and you'll find her here. I don't have the preview for the QP, but I assure you it's beautiful ;)

I've also made a layout for a challenge at Scrapable, using Stacey's Scraps Hawaiian Luau kit (only a dollar at Scrap that Idea). The bright colours were fun to work with and cheered me up (we've been having a really rainy, cold, sad fall...):

That's it for today, happy scrapping!

Friday, October 2, 2009

A couple of quickpages

To finish the kit, my sister Anne-Laure made you a couple of quickpages with some fall inspired proverbs (on in English, one in French).

I'm feeling a bit under the weather and didn't take time to make a preview, but here's what the quickpages look like:

You can find the quickpages here.
I hope you enjoyed this kit and will get working on some more...
Have a good week-end and happy scrapping!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cluster frame

As quickly as my Internet connection will let me, I'll give you the cluster frame that goes with On a Crisp Autumn Day.

I had a lot of fun making it, but forgot to do a preview, so here it is on its own:

Click it, or here, to download!
Come back tomorrow to get the quickpages my sister made for you (1 in English, 1 in French).

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A good cause!

I just wanted to spread the word about this RAK.
Kim, who is on Vicki's CT is giving away a gorgeous freebie and asking for donations to help a friend whose adorable 12 year old son has to travel for open heart surgery. If any of you are able to help, it would be great!
The kit looks like this:

Please visit her blog to read more about it and give if and what you can!

On a Crisp Autumn Day alpha

I'm glad you like the kit. I have to say that I myself LOVE that colour palette and I'm really happy with the kit!

I had fun with the alpha. I made it orange with a teal edge, and with kind of a sticker border. But I also decided to make it "stitchable". You might have noticed a long stitch in the elements, I used the same stitch to make a sshort one that you can used for each letter (with two "finished" ends). Then I thought, "what if people want to stitch the whole title or text together?". Because of the end look to the stitch, it wouldn't look great. So you'll notice that I made one with "ends" and one without, and if you make a bottom layer with the ends and overlap a top layer with no ends, you can produce a stitch of any length you need!
Does any of that make sense? :/

Hopefully when you see it, you'll get it... in the meantime, here's what the alpha looks like:

Just click on the image or here to get it!
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for a cluster frame and Friday for a quickpage!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Crisp elements and some blabla...

Hi everyone!

Before I get to the kit, I wanted to share a bit of "me" news. First I'm excited as we just bought me a new vehicle... yay! I was driving a 96 Honda accord and though it was great to have, I was ready for a change. I now have a brand new Kia Sportage and I'm really excited!!!
Also wish me luck for tonight as I will take Cédric for his first swimming lesson. He's only 21 months, so I have to put on my bathing suit and get in the water too and as much as I love the idea of getting him used to the water, I don't know how it will go... Cross fingers for us!

Now, let's talk freebie ;)
First, I want to show you what Anne-Laure did with it. Her pictures didn't inspire her for this kit, so she did her family planner for the next two months:

Isn't that a really cool idea?! I'm slowly adding activities for Cédric (play groups, swimming, intro to music,...), I do yoga and when you add the doctors, dentist and other appointments and all the holidays, visits, etc., I think I might need one of those!

Now I'll let you have the elements so you can do your own layouts, calendars, planners...
The kit looks like this:

You can get it by clicking on the image or here!
Please leave some love it you like it. You might also have noticed that I added a guestbook at the bottom of the blog page. Please please please show me anything you've done with my kits, I would truly LOVE to see it!
See you tomorrow for the alpha ;)

Monday, September 28, 2009

You're finally getting it!

Today, you get the kit that I used to decorate my blog. It's called On a Crisp Autumn Day and I didn't do a layout but I did the blog background and header with it.

Let me show you the preview for the whole kit:

Before I give you the papers, I'll show you what my CT did with it!
First Émilie with a layout of her beautiful daughter:

Then Judith with the cutest little kitty:

Tomorrow, I'll show you what my sister did (not your average layout, you'll see).
Today you get the papers and they look like this:

There are two links for them:

Make sure you come back for the rest. Tomorrow I'll give you the elements, then the alpha and I actually have a cluster frame made by me and a quickpage made by my sister for you!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall look

The weather has started to get colder (tonight it will get under 0 celsius) and it's really starting to look like fall around here!
That put me in the mood for redecorating and it's easier to do the blog than the house, lol!

I decided to "dress up" my blog a bit with a background and then the header didn't match anymore, so I redid it! Do you like it???

It's also a (really revealing) sneak peek as I used the kit I will be giving as a freebie in about a week, so if you like the blog, you'll like the kit!

Have a good week-end and happy scrapping ;)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Would you like an alpha with that?

I truly believe that no kit is complete without a matching alpha and collabs are awesome for that because you get two!
Before I show you the alphas, I want to show you the last few layouts.
First, my sister Anne-Laure surprised me with 2 more layouts yesterday, take a look:

I have no idea who the bride is, but she's pretty and the layouts are great! Merci Nenaure!

The 2 designers of the collab also decided to do layouts ;)
Here's Vicki's (I love it!):

And mine:

Today, you get the last piece of the collab, the two alphas you've been seeing on the layouts!
Take a look at Vicki's, it's so fun, I love it (click on the preview to go to her blog):

And mine (clickable to go to 4shared and download!):

I do have a few things to add (so I hope you kept reading...).
First, a huge thank you to you Vicki, for doing this collab with me!
Second, thanks to both CTs for all the awesome inspiration they provided.
And finally, I want to let you know about a font I discovered yesterday which would go soooo well with this kit. It's called Bubble and I love it. It's free right here (just scroll down the list to find it):
I like it so much I'm thinking of making an extra alpha...
Enjoy the kit and happy scrapping!

PS: there will be more freebies, the next one is almost ready and should be released in a week and a half, so keep visiting the blog...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pop Shop collab elements!

I am so happy about the popularity of this collab. You seem to be enjoying getting it about as much as I enjoyed making it, and that's definitely what designing kits is all about!

Before I give you the elements, I want to show you more great layouts from my CT and Vicki's.
First there's Émilie's gorgeous layout (her son is really photogenic, isn't he?):

Judith also made a second layout (thanks Judith ;)):

Vicki's CT members also made amazing layouts:


Vicki A:

And Cheryl:

Tomorrow, I'll show you mine!

Until then you get both sets of elements today. Click on Vicki's preview to go to her blog and download:

And click on my preview to get to 4shared:

Don't forget to leave Vicki and me some love...it's never too much ;)
See you tomorrow for the alpha!

Monday, September 14, 2009

A new freebie at last and it's ...

A collab!!!
Not only that, it's a collab with the very talented Vicki of A Work in Progress!!!
I'm so excited about this one, she's a great designer and she was a pleasure to work with!

Now, let's talk freebie. It's called Pop Shop and it's really different and fun, at least I think so ;)
Take a look first at Vicki's part:

Gorgeous isn't it?
And now my part:

Now before I let you have anything, I have to show you some layouts that my CT and Vicki's did with this kit. They're all very talented and should provide some inspiration!

First Judith's gorgeous volcano pics:

And this is my sister Anne-Laure's layout:

And now a couple of Vicki's CT's layouts:


And Kim's:

They're all amazing layouts, aren't they! I'll show you more tomorrow.

Today you get the papers. Here are Vicki's, linked to her blog to download:

And mine:
There are 2 links for them (they are on 4shared, but were freshly uploaded today and should be safe):
Pop Shop papers 1
Pop Shop papers 2

I sure hope you like it, leave Vicki and me some love if you download and then maybe we'll collaborate again!
See you tomorrow for the elements!