Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We Welcome our June Guest Designer - Lisa Gregory

This month we have the pleasure of adding the very talented to Lisa Gregory to our design team as our Guest Designer.  Wow, has she ever impressed us with her creativity!  You are going to love how she has used our June Kit, Dream in Pastel.  Now I will turn over this post over to Lisa, who will tell you a little bit about herself, then show you how she has used the kit.

Hi, My name is Lisa and by profession I am a registered nurse. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 children who are now successful young adults.  I have been a crafter my whole life. Back in 2005, when my son was doing his senior project with his girlfriend (who is now his wife) they were creating a scrapbook of their lives. They elicited my help as I was the crafty one. We took a ride to The Dollar Tree (our local dollar store) who had a section dedicated to scrap booking;  papers, albums, embellishments, flowers, and we grabbed everything we could find. I knew about the new way of scrap booking, but never gave it any thought until that trip to The Dollar Tree. After helping the kids create their albums , I was curious as to where I could get more "scrap booking stuff". So I drove to our local Michaels and Joanns craft stores. That is when I became hooked.

Then I sought out the local scrapbook stores and found stuff I didn't even know existed until then. I shopped and shopped and shopped some more. I found online galleries and saw the kind of scrap booking the artists did. I was amazed at the styles. It just wasn't cut and paste and stickers. It was 3 dimensional, it was gorgeous, and oh so inspiring. So I created a gallery, created my first layout and the rest is history. My style has changed a bit throughout the years, but playing with paper and scissors is still so therapeutic for me. I am honored and excited to be Guest Designing for C'est Magnifique. 

Thanks everyone!  Be sure to stop back on June 1st when we will be posting our June Sketch Challenge.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

June Kit Reveal!

Hi everyone!  Those of us in the States are enjoying a 3-day weekend as we observe Memorial Day, a time of remembrance for the men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

This weekend is also referred to as the official start to summer.  Our June Kit "Dream in Pastel" is a beautiful way to start the summer.  It features paper from Maya Designs, a Swedish company. You're going to love the colors!  They are so dreamy. 

And.........we made more kits this month, so hopefully all of you who want one, can get one.  Our kits have been selling out each month, but if you've wanted to try one of our kits, or to subscribe, now is the time to do it.  You can find this kit HERE in our Store.  To subscribe, head over to our Join the Club/FAQ page.

June Kit - Dream in Pastel

Patterned Paper
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 1st of March
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 6th of March
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 11th of March
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 1st of April
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 4th of April
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 11th of April
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 1st of May
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 6th of May
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: Days to Remember

Kit Embellishments
BoBunny: C’est La Vie Chipboard
Prima: Shabby Chic Metal Treasures: Garden Gate and Mirror
Prima: Tatiana: Victorian
Prima: Ingvild Bolme: Chalk Fluid Edger: Pastel Pink
Prima: Wood Icons in a Box: Leaves and Mushrooms
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Grand Balloon
May Arts: Ric Rac: Pink and Brown

Our June Flower Add-on:

Maya Road: Afternoon Tea Trim Pack: Milk
Prima: Summer Carnation Vine: Thistle
Prima: : Merci: Pastel Mix
Prima: Giselle: Haze
Petaloo: Mixed Textured Blossoms: Amber
Petaloo: Mixed Blossoms: Soft Pink

Our June Embellishment Add-on

Prima: Divine Collection: Resist Canvas Stickers
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Fancy Fob Watch
KaiserCraft: Wooden Flourishes: Borders
Petaloo: Sheer Butterflies: Blue/Pink/Yellow
BoBunny: C’est La Vie: Trinkets
Glitz: Teeny Alphas: White


The items we have remaining can be found in the June Kit section of our Store.  
Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sneak Peek #3

Wow, next week we will be revealing our June Kit, but we can show you a couple more sneaks today.  Designers Larissa and Valerie will share a layout and you will see some pretty good hints as to what's coming up in the kit. 

"Note Book" by Larissa Albernaz

Prima is so fabulous that even the packaging is amazing, so I could not resist using it as a grid and shadowbox in order to put this layout together. The small squares just got an incredible look with all the chipboard and gorgeous embellishments that come with this month´s kit. 

From the Flower Add-on:
Prima: Summer Carnation Vine: Thistle
Petaloo: Mixed Textured Blossoms: Amber
Petaloo: Mixed Blossoms: Soft Pink

Embellishment Add-on:
Prima: Divine Collection: Resist Canvas Stickers
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Fancy Fob Watch
KaiserCraft: Wooden Flourishes: Borders
Petaloo: Sheer Butterflies: Blue/Pink/Yellow
From my stash:Gesso
Distress Ink
Prima Brick Stamp
Pearls, Crystals, twine & metal


"Believe" by Valerie Serfozo

The little bit of purple in this kit is so soft and beautiful. I chose to use it with this photo of my granddaughter at her First Communion. I remember that she was standing on a bench, when she folded her hands and bowed her head just a little, and I got this shot. 
It's one that will always be special to me.

From the Embellishment Add-on:
Prima: Divine Collection: Resist Canvas Stickers
KaiserCraft: Wooden Flourishes: Borders
BoBunny: C'est LaVie: Trinkets

Memory Box dies
Vintage Doily border punch
Chalk Ink
Distress Ink


Thanks for stopping by today!  We hope you were inspired.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sneak Peek # 2

Hey there!  As promised, we are back with a another sneak peek at our June kit, featuring paper from Maja Design, a Swedish company.  Designers Erin and Camilla have both created gorgeous layouts and we're sure you will find them inspiring.

"I Won't" by Erin Blegen

My middle child Gunner is nearing 3 years of age and has never had his hair cut. For some reason, I cannot bear the thought of cutting his beautiful golden locks- and nearly everyone I know gives me a hard time about it (including my husband)! I'm just not ready for it- and neither is he :).
These sweet photos were taken recently on one of our first spring days. The beautiful Maja papers were the perfect compliment to them, and I enjoyed piecing apart the Fancy Fob Watch chipboard piece to accent each part of my visual triangle.

 From the Flower Add-On:
Maya Road: Afternoon Tea Trim Pack: Milk (I used the tulle edging to create my bows)
Prima: Summer Carnation Vine: Thistle
Prima: Giselle: Haze
Petaloo: Mixed Textured Blossoms: Amber
Petaloo: Mixed Blossoms: Soft Pink

"Adore" by Camilla Ekman

Purple...I love purple! Just look at how gorgeous it is together with the green and the pink. 
In this layout I built up a photo mat in several layers. 
This makes the photo pop next to all the gorgeous flowers.

 From the Flower Add-on:
Prima: Summer Carnation Vine: Thistle
Petaloo: Mixed Blossoms: Soft Pink

From the Embellishment Add-on:
KaiserCraft: WoodenFlourishes: Borders
Petaloo: Sheer Butterflies: Blue/Pink/Yellow

Other: dies, book page, tags, gesso, stamps, alpha dies (QK), paper clip, 
mask, doily, texture paste, border punch

Enjoy your weekend! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

See What We Have Coming Up In June!

Well, it's hard to believe, but it's that time of month.  We are ready to show all of you the paper that will be in our June kit - the beautiful Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics.  The June kit will include 9 double-sided papers from this collection, and the additional designs are available individually in our Store, along with the our other paper from Maja Design

We have two add-ons available each month.  The first is our Flower Add-on.  
It is sold out (these go very quickly!) but we do have several of the flowers 
available individually in our Store.

Flower Add-on

Maya Road: Afternoon Tea Trim Pack: Milk
Prima: Summer Carnation Vine: Thistle
Prima: : Merci: Pastel Mix
Prima: Giselle: Haze
Petaloo: Mixed Textured Blossoms: Amber
Petaloo: Mixed Blossoms: Soft Pink

We also provide an Embellishment Add-on each month for those of you want 
a little extra with your kit.  We have a couple of these remaining in the Store, 
and a few of items are available individually, as well.

Embellishment Add-on

Now we'd like to let Keren and Brit show you how they used the upcoming June Kit to create these beautiful layouts:

"Cute" by Brit Sviggum

 I think the children are so cute here. They were so happy to finally use a t-shirt (in Tenerife). But when we got back to Norway it was only 1 degree Celcius and heavy wind!!!!

 From the Embellishment Add-on:
BoBunny: C’est La Vie: Trinkets

"Days to Remember" by Keren Tamir

I love this picture of my DD lying on the couch with her bunny. She loves that bunny so much and loves to cuddle with him on the couch. I got inspired by the cherry blossom flowers on the Maja papers and imitated it with a stencil and with flowers from the kit. I used all the pink tones in this Kit for this layout.

 From the Flower Add-on:
Prima: Summer Carnation Vine: Thistle
Petaloo: Mixed Blossoms: Soft Pink

From the Embellishment Add-on
Petaloo: Sheer Butterflies: Blue/Pink/Yellow

From my stash:
cheese cloth
light molding paste
CW cherry blossom stencil
Cricut elegant edges frame
Pearlescence Pink acrylic paint

Thanks for stopping by today.  We will be back throughout the next week to give you more peeks at our upcoming June kit!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Announcing our Bits & Pieces Winner!

Hi everyone.  We've had such a great time with our May Kit, and we sure hope you have enjoyed seeing how our Design Team has used this beautiful kit.  We are getting ready to move on to our June Kit, but before we do that, we want to share a couple more layouts created by our May Guest Designer, Stacey Young.  We love the beauty and softness of her layouts.  Thanks for joining us Stacey!

New in the C'est Magnifique Store

We have just added the Maja Design "Life by the Sea" collection to our store.  The collection is a beautiful combination of navy blue, lighter blue, red, and khaki.  It would be perfect for all your beach vacation layouts or mini albums, boy layouts, or Father's Day gifts/cards.  What a great group of colors that are staples in almost every scrapper's paper collection.  It is for sale by individual sheets in our Store

Announcing the Winner of our May Bits & Pieces Giveaway

The lucky winner is entry #96 which belongs to Christina Lampropoulou.

Congratulations Christina!  Please send an e-mail to: Leslie[at] and give her your mailing address.  You must claim your prize within 7 days.

Our next blog post will be May 15th when we will give you a look at the paper that will be using in our June kit.  Have a great day!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Inspiration Today from Erin and Keren

Welcome to the weekend everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.  We would like to share a few projects by design team members, Erin and Keren, who both happen to be moms themselves.  Both have used our May Kit, Spring's Portrait, to create their layouts.  We currently have just 1 kit remaining in the store.

"My Rainbow to Keep" by Erin Blegen

It's amazing how long it takes sometimes to get a special photo scrapped. My sister took this picture of Aspen and myself on Aspen's 1st birthday and I've had it printed since that time (last September). This page just seemed to be "the one" to get it done :). I wanted to make it very feminine and simple and though the white space isn't my usual thing, it just felt right here.

Altered Box by Erin Blegen

 I am loving doing altered projects at this moment, and this box was such a fun treat to put together! I think that "busier" patterns work great on projects like these, so I took advantage of this gorgeous paper from Les Papiers de Pandore before tackling the cluster work up top. As we draw nearer to Mother's Day, I thought this would be a nice gift for my mom...or maybe even my mother-in-law (depending on my mood- ha!).

 Classy Chick by Keren Tamir 

These two little black patent shoes are my daughter's high heel shoes. She loves wearing them all the time even if its not for a party. I had to take a picture of them to remember her with these shoes at this age. She's only 6 years old but she loves dressing up as if she's much older.

 Inspirational Canvas by Keren Tamir

I made this 12x24 Canvas using the Webster pages papers from this kit and lots of mixed media techniques. I really love this quote by Helen Keller and I wanted to portray it in a canvas so I can hang it on my wall. I used lots of sprays and Acrylic paint to make branches, 
leaves and bird cages on the canvas. 

Have a great weekend everyone!  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Pion Design in the Store

We have just received the new "Vintage Garden" collection from Pion Designs.  We will be featuring some of this line in our August Kit, but we wanted to make it available in the store now.  We have clearly indicated which papers will be in our upcoming kit.  Head over to our Store to take a look at this new collection and our other new items.
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Now we'll turn this post over to Brit and Valerie who will show you how they have used our May Kit, "Spring's Portrait"

"The Biggest Star" by Brit Sviggum

This is my friend`s son, Jesper. He loves to dress out as the famous Norwegian pirate character; Kaptein Sabeltann.  So here he is: the one and only; the big pirate star; Jesper Sabeltann !!!

"My Family" by Brit Sviggum

 "The Cute Factor" by Valerie Serfozo

My niece, Makenzie, is so busy all the time, but she does have those angelic moments, too. This month's kit has so many beautiful colors and gorgeous flowers to cut out.

"Life" by Valerie Serfozo

 There are two things that I'm drawn to right now - using the blue/teals in this kit, and printing my photos with a white border. I'm sure you all go through stages where you like using the same products, colors, or techniques. I love this sweet photo of my granddaughter, who just turned 16.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to enter our Bits & Pieces Giveaway, if you haven't already.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bits & Pieces Giveaway!

Hi everyone!  Today we're giving you a chance to win Leslie's Bits & Pieces from her May kit.  She is one busy woman, and always has a lot remaining from her kit each month.  She graciously gives away what she has remaining to one of our lucky blog readers.

Before we post the details for the Giveaway, take a quick look at how design team member, Camilla, used our beautiful May Kit.

"So Girly" by Camilla Ekman

This girl is the most girly girl I know. She loves to dress up in princess dresses and high heels and she is only three. All these flowers from the kits suits her so well. LOL

"Hannah" by  Camilla Ekman

 I had so much fun making this page. It is very simple, yet very flowerly. I have just used some cut-outs from one of the Webster's papers and some stamps. Of course I had to add some gorgeous flowers from the kits too.

Isn't this kit beautiful?  Here's what you can win by entering our Bits & Pieces Giveaway, which includes items from the main kit, the flower add-on and the embellishment add-on.  Since these are Leslie's bits & pieces, the winner will receive partial packages of embellishments and sheets of patterned paper that may be less than full size.

It's easy to enter our Bits & Pieces Giveaway.  Here's all you need to do:

1.  You must be a follower of our blog.  If you do not already follow us, just click 
on the "Join this site" button on the left sidebar and you'll be all set.  
The winner of this challenge must be a follower of our blog.

2.  Use the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post.

3.  We are giving you a chance to enter our giveaway twice!  
Share this post on your blog (in a blog post, not your sidebar) and you can 
enter your name again using the Inlinkz tool below 
(just be sure to add the link to your blog post). 

The contest will close at midnight, May 12.  
The winner, selected by a random draw, will be announced a few days later.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

April Sketch Challenge Winners!

Happy National Scrapbook Day!  I hope you were able to carve out a little time from your day to do something scrapbook related.  

Our May Kit "Spring's Portrait" has been very popular, and is quickly becoming a favorite.  We were able to put together a few more kits which are available in our Store.  A few of the items from our Add-ons are also available for purchase individually.  Here's a look at the May kit and a couple of layouts from design team member, Larissa:

"Maturity" by Larissa Albernaz

This layout portrays one reflexive moment, so I have used the journaling notecards to 
find some great words about age and maturity.

"Dreams" by Larissa Albernaz

Layout created using the May sketch.

Let's take a look at the winners of our April Sketch Challenge, selected by a random draw.  The winner of the prize package is entry #15 which belongs to Andrea E.  Congratulations Andrea!  In addition to winning you may shop in our Store and have any purchases shipped free of charge along with your prize package.  Please e-mail: Leslie(at) and she will give you all the details.
  Here's the layout Andrea created for our
April Sketch Challenge:

Our second prize each month goes to someone who obviously used one of our kits to create their layout.  This month (based on a random draw), Cathi O'Neill, of Ireland, is the winner of a $10 gift certificate to the C'est Magnifique Store.  Here's Cathi's take on our April Sketch:

This month we had so many amazing layouts that it was very difficult to select which layouts to feature.  We chose 6 layouts (in no particular order) to feature this month - all of them a little different:

"Lunch" by Caroleanne of the United Kingdom

"Sweetest Thing" by Carol Pimentel de Oliveira of Brazil

"Hello" by Camila Borssoi of Brazil

"Sweet Little Angel" by Buffy Esser of the United States (Wisconsin)

"What a Wonderful World" by Tanya Pyshchyk of Ukraine

A layout about her boys by Olga of Russia

Congratulations to our winners and those who have been featured.  We hope you will participate in our May Sketch Challenge.  The link is in our sidebar.

Tomorrow's post will be the May Bits and Pieces Giveaway!