Eye Spy : Chunyuan Wu

SUPPLIES : [STAMPS] STA-1764 Alpha Series A Father, [OXFORD] XHA-CG326 Dash Pattern.

If you’re like me, finding great examples of masculine cards is like finding a needle and a haystack sometimes.  Well look no further!  We love the color scheme and clean lines of this card as well as the great use of stamping.  This card is a perfect example of being able to just swap out colors or stamps used to transform the look into a completely new card.

Chunyuan – Congratulations on being selected as our Eye Spy feature this week! We’ll be sending you some BasicGrey product your way as our way of saying thanks.

Have a project you think we should see and that you’d like to share with other BG fans? Upload it to our Flickr pool and you might just find your work on our blog! Be sure to note what BasicGrey products you used when uploading.

December 2012 flickr Friends Reveal : Stitching

It’s hard to believe that the end of the month is already here and with it, we have our first round of flickr Friends to reveal!

Each month, we provide a theme for you to use on your projects and then upload to our flickr pool. At the end of each month, we select a few of our favorites to post here on our blog and send them some BasjcGrey goodies as our way of saying thanks. The theme for this month was “stitching” and was inspired by our Nordic Holiday collection. Many of the papers in the collection include faux stitching, there are stitched buttons and even a stamp with a stitched greeting. You may interpret this theme in any way that you’d like!

First, I thought I’d share with you some great examples from our design team using this month’s theme :

Confidential Mummy & Lucy Business | Georgia Keays

SUPPLIES: [NORDIC HOLIDAY]  NOR-3440 Apre Ski, NOR-3451 Vertical, NOR-3441 Black Diamond, NOR-3445 Catching Air, NOR-3457 Alpha Stickers, NOR-3465 Glitter Chipboard, MET-3460 Glazed Brads, NOR-3466 Rubon Book, NOR-3469 Journaling Sets [LIFE OF THE PARTY] LOP-3160 Sticker Micro Monograms [CHIPBOARD] CHP-1502 Delilah (Brown).

Georgia explains,  “I chose the navy Apre Sky paper as a background not only because it match my daughter’s outfit but because it offset the traditional Christmas colours of red, white and green perfectly. I’ve stitched a red and white candy cane border around the border and have used hand stitching to pick out details on the Black Diamond paper and Journaling set tag.  I love the dimension and texture the stitching adds to my layout.”

Season’s Greetings | Larissa Albernaz

SUPPLIES: SUPPLIES : [NORDIC HOLIDAY] NOR-3453 Yard Sale, NOR- 3446 Shalom, NOR – 3447 Moguls, NOR-3441 Black Diamond, NOR-3440 Apre Ski, NOR-3449 LIfit Ticket, NOR-3437 Santa Lucia, NOR-3442 Gondola, NOR-3456 Element Stickers, NOR-3465 Glitter Chipboard, NOR-3460 Glazed Brads, [BASICS] BAS-2629 Basic White – Ribbon Doilies, [MAX & WHISKERS] MAX-2494 Max & Whiskers – Ribbon Doilies; [LITTLE BLACK DRESS] LBD-3487 Modern Vogue. [PICADILLY] MET-3539 Metal Flowers.

“I love how some papers in the Nordic Holiday collections look like a cozy sweater. They´re perfect for winter photos,” Larissa says.  “I used them in my layout taking advantage on the cross stitching patterns that perfectly matched with the stitching I incorporated to my page inspired by the challenge”

Christmas Cheer | Leeann Pearce

SUPPLIES: (NORDIC HOLIDAY) NOR-3441 Black Diamond, NOR-3446 Slalom, NOR-3451 Vertical, NOR-3437 Santa lucia, NOR-3442 Gondola, NOR-3445 catching Air, NOR-3450 Powder, NOR-3465 Glitter Chipboard, NOR-3457 Alpha Stickers, MET-3460 Glazed Brads, (LIFE OF THE PARTY) BUT-3166 Buttons.

Leeann notes, “I absolutely love to use stitching on my projects whether it’s by machine or hand. I love the details of the faux stitching in the Nordic collection and wanted to highlight sections of it. I trimmed a mixture of the pattern papers into thin strips and machine stitch them down the centre. I also added some hand stitching by using a decorative paper piecer. It definitely added that finishing touch to the page”.

And without further ado, some of our favorites from our flickr pool using this month’s theme :

Snowman | Vanessa Menhorn

We love the finished look the stitched borders give Vanessa’s card.  The red stitched border highlights the Nordic Holiday patterned paper and her faux white stitching on the green cardstock really makes her snowman come alive!

Hello Winter | Jennifer Shaw

Another great project using our Nordic Holiday line!  With just a few stitches on her title and below her photos, Jennifer lends a great handmade look to her layout – such a great touch!

Olympic Quilters | Sheena Ribena

And last but not least, this themed layout from Sheena is the perfect use for stitching!  We loev how she stitched on smaller pieces of patterned paper to form a quilt pattern which also matches the subject matter of her layout.

A BIG thank you to all of you who uploaded your projects and of course, to our three winners!  We’ll be in touch shortly to arrange your prizes.  Look for January’s theme to be posted on Sunday, January 1, 2012!

Lauderdale Smilebox Album

Although here in the United States, the Christmas and New Year holidays often means snow and cold, we know our friends on the other side of the world are spending their holiday break at the beach.  Lucky them!  Whether you’re looking to document your summer fun, a tropical vacation or a day at the beach, we’re here to help you capture your colorful memories in this summer-brights-inspired Lauderdale scrapbook – ready for you to e-mail, post to Facebook or print for a treasured gift. 

Dive Into Digital : Euphoria

Today I’m bringing you work from one of our BasicGrey digital design team members, Kathleen Summers. I challenged her to create a layout with three specific products from our digital Euphoria collection : Euphoria Borders, Euphoria Patterned Paper, Euphoria Element.  She had the option of using any other BG digital product she chose but had to include these three items in her project in some way.

The World | Kathleen Summers

SUPPLIES : [EUPHORIA] EUP-DAST Euphoria Digital Assortment.

Kathleen notes, “The border quotes were inpirational. I just love this Henry David Thoreau quote which made me think of my adventurous daughter and how she inspires me. While I usually do multi-photo layouts, this only needed one photo to tell the story.”

Haven’t given digital crafting a try yet? What are you waiting for! I hope that Kathleen’s layout has inspired you to give it a try!