Friday, December 17, 2010

Oscraps Blog Blitz Featuring Vera Lim and a Contest!

Hi everyone! I am so happy and excited to participate in the first Oscraps Blog Blitz! This blitz features a daily blog train featuring layouts and projects and reviews of a beautiful kit created by the December Oscraps guest, Vera Lim.

Check out the kit: Wild and Beautiful by Vera Lim.

Wild & Beautiful is a “gorgeous and stunning pastel colored kit!” It includes 10 papers and 34 elements (available as colored and shadowed versions – 63 total elements)

Now I should let you know that in exchange for writing this post, this kit was provided to me for free to review, but Oscraps asked that we make our reviews honest - so that it should not influence what I post here.

First a bit about where I am at right now. I've really been thinking a lot about trying more clean layouts that emphasize the photos and carefully and beautifully use digital scrapbooking product and I wanted to put these ideas to use when I created my layout. I'm not sure if I really ended up doing that with this layout because the pieces of the kit were so much fun and just had to be used! I was inspired by the name of the kit - Wild and Beautiful and upon downloading the kit, I thought of several possible uses for this kit in my scrapbooking projects. Here's the first layout I've made with this kit.

Now this is a good sign, because I don't always use kits more than once if I don't really think of other layouts immediately. We'll see if the other layouts floating in my head materialize, but I love having ideas swirling around. I liked the soft colors in this kit, because, well, it feels very "in" right now as well as the great chance that it will go with a lot of photos.

I've really liked and admired Vera Lim for a long time. This is the first opportunity I've had to create with one of her kits. It is beautiful. I love the dimensional flowers that are so popular right not and a lot of the fun and creative elements. The papers are fun - many with some of the elements already placed on the paper. This kit does not come with any really solid or light papers - but you could easily use a paper from another kit if you are looking for a more plain item to coordinate.

Several of the elements are color variations and shadowed elements. It is very clear and the total number of unique elements is clearly provided. I like having the options to choose and it is and I think it is great as long as you know that before you purchase. The elements are also labeled e1, etc. and I prefer descriptive names in case I want to search later or as a hint to how the designer envisioned some of the elements. I really liked the style and variety of the elements and found that I wanted to use a lot of them on my page. There is a really nice combination of handdrawn and dimensional elements.

Overall, I really loved working with the kit and I can't wait to create with another one of Vera Lim's products.

Thanks to Oscraps and Vera Lim for providing this kit. Here's a little more about Vera Lim -

Vera Lim lives in beautiful New Zealand with her dear hubby and two georgious kids. She decided to guest this month at Oscraps because, well, she heard some good things about the O’s and thought why not try it for herself!

Here are some links to find out more about:

Vera Lim
Vera Lim's Guest Designer Store at Oscraps
Vera Lim's Facebook Page
Vera Lim's Blog
Vera Lim's Store

And do you remember that I mentioned a contest earlier? Here's how to enter!

Visit each blog on the Vera Lim Blog Blitz and gather the words for a Christmas quote. When you have compiled the quote, e-mail it to bloghop @ (remove the spaces). All e-mails must be received by midnight CST, Wednesday, Dec. 22.

One winner, from those who submit the correct quote, will be picked randomly – using - to win a kit of his/her choice from Vera Lim.

Here the words to add from the Created by Heather blog - "It may weave a spell of nostalgia."

And here's a link to the post on the Oscraps blog about the Vera Lim blog blitz

And a list of the blog tour spots:

The Tour:


Oscraps Blog

Elisa Hubbard - ehstudios


Tronesia Derrico - diamndprincz

12/17 *** TODAY*** You are here!

Heather K - interstitchal


Elaine Millar- elainem


Lisa Jurrens - imsewkrazy


Tricia Berg - Lulutoo


Melissa Rhodes – scraphappyrhodes

So if you are just starting here -check out the Oscraps blog or check out yesterday's post at Tronesia's blog and tomorrow's post at Elaine's blog!

Thanks for coming!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Digishoptalk December 2010 Featured Designer

December's Featured Designer is Creashens. The kit she created is totally amazing - I just love the style and combination of elements!!!

Here's a set of gift tags I created with the kit Merrily. I love how it is so traditional and yet modern and retro all at the same time!!!

I made some of the elements - including the ornaments dimensionally layered also for that extra pop.


New to You Designer - Digishoptalk December 2010

The New to You Designer this month at Digishoptalk is Ramona the Pest.
I created this card using the kit Hearts Full of Thanks available at Brownie Scraps.