Calm before the Storm by Marie Johansson

I found this photo in my phone and wanted to use it for this my May Tutorial. I love its feel – calm and tranquil – but the true story was something completely different. Minutes after this shot was taken a terrible thunder storm with severe wind and heavy rain started. The moment before this was pretty surreal – everything was quiet, no wind, no birds singing – nothing. Like all sounds and life just was gone – then the thunder came.

I tried to catch the drama of the situation with strong contrasts. The base paper from Writer´s Block has a bold print and the colours I used are vibrant. Yet there are soft flowers, smooth pebbles, flair and soft colours from Cotton Candy Dreams Papers & Embellishments involved. I really like how it turned out.




7 Dots Studio supplies:
Cotton Candy Dreams – Word Stickers 6×12
Cotton Candy Dreams – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Cotton Candy Dreams – Mint Julep
Writer´s Block – Inkwell

Just be you by Marie Johansson

Spring is a popular time for weddings in my part of the world. So I thought I´d make a card that can that would fit for such an occasion. I love the soft romantic feeling of the “Cotton Candy Dreams” Collection and decided to use pieces from it for my card.

I used the Sugar Haze paper as my base paper and added a tag from the collection on top of it. Then I used embellishments like flowers, tulle and cheese cloth to create dimension.

Element Stickers in form of circles with a piece of pebble on top make a great focal point as well as it gives a bit of sparkle.


And I think I found the perfect quote in my Word Sticker sheet!

Now I just hope that someone in my surrounding will take a walk to the altar so I can give this card to a lucky couple.
Happy Spring Everyone!

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Cotton Candy Dreams – Sugar Haze
Cotton Candy Dreams – Tags 12×12
Cotton Candy Dreams – Word Stickers 6×12
Cotton Candy Dreams – Element Stickers 6×12

April Challenge: My Favourite Things

This month’s challenge is a nice and easy one. Just think what’s your favourite thing. Would you like to share it with us? The theme of this challenge is “My Favourite Things” so now You have a chance to use one of your favourite things, Scrapbooking to show us your other interests. We can’t wait to see what will you create this month.

 

Here is the inspiration from our team:


I made a mixed media piece, with all my favourite art supplies. It is called ‘believe’ and it is made to remind myself to never give up, be myself and stay strong.
Now about my favourite art supplies: first of all that is of course the gorgeous paper from 7 Dots Studio (I used Cotton Candy Dreams). First I painted it with a layer of clear gesso, then I added some sprakling paints in the corners of the paper. I used many different stamps and stencils with black and white gesso. I added layer after layer. I finished with dry brushing some vintage golden wax, this way the frame and the texture on the paper, get a gorgeous golden shimmer. As a last step I glued down the word stickers on the sides when the paper was framed. With love, Sanderijn

 


My favourite flowers are daisies. I believe that it is because they remind me the name of my great-grandmother as well as her soft and strong personality at the same time. I chose dark background colour and placed my word stickers on the edges to better expose this photo of “my favourites”.

 


My favourite things in the life are the sea, stars, skies, sun, summer and relaxing at the beach. Also I love-love-love 7 Dots Studio paper from 9th Wave Collection, feathers, chipboard and blue colour. So this layout is my way to escape from reality and go to my dreams. I combined my favourite things from the life and favourite scrap materials. And I love how it looks together!

 


For this challenge has created a layout of one of her people! Her cousin/stepsister. She doesn’t get to see her as much as we would like but she has photos and keeps in touch with her via the internet.

 


Picking what to do for this topic was not as obvious as you could imagine. There are a lot of things that are my favourites – my family, food, wine, exercise and much more. But one of the things I have come to appreciate the past years is the area where I live. Even though I have lived here all my life I constantly find new places to explore – many of them filled with great beauty and mystery. The place on the pictures is an old mill – I have been running past it for more than 20 years without even knowing it was there – my husband showed it to me and I was totally amazed. I love how the composition with the photos and papers & embellishments from the Writer´s Block Collection turned out.

 


Travelling is one of my favourite activities. When I travel, when I discover new places and cultures – I feel happy, I feel alive! The world is so beautiful, there are so many places to explore! I’m afraid than one life is not enough to see them all.

 


I documented some of my favorite pieces from last summer’s trip to Tallinn. We visited a recycling center while in there and boy did I do great finds there! Crocheted doilies, old scissors and spoons, books with Cyrillic letters… I was really excited!
I have had this picture in my “scrap these” pile for a while and when I read the topic, I knew that now was the time to make a page out of it! I used a combination of the old and the new in my page, mimicking the colors in the picture. Some old paper hues mixed with fresh, clean blue.

 

In this creation, I decided to make a simple page.nI love using the 7 Dots Studio papers it is of exceptional quality. As always the stickers are amazing as well. I love horses and eyes such a good combo. Enjoy the video.

 

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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – My Favourite Things
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include our “inspirational circle” in your blog post (you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till May, 19th midnight CET. We announce winners by the end of the May.
The main winner is going to win One Collection Kit and one 6×6 Pad!
The second and third place are going to get 30% and 15% coupons to our store respectively.
Also one lucky person will win 10EUR coupon to our store