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Happy New Year to you! Zva Creative and our talented 2013 Design Team welcome you to our January blog hop! We are very excited about this month's hop and are excited to share our new work with you!

Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure to head on over to check it out! Since many of us live in different time zones around the world, you will find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

Here is the project that I created to share with you today!
 I created a Love Canvas using a photo of me and my husband.

The background for this canvas was made using torn pieces of Glitz papers.  I added stamped images and texture using stencils and Liquitex Ceramic Stucco.



This stunning red crystal flourish is made by Zva Creative and beautifully accents my chipboard element.  The color of this flourish is so rich and vibrant!
I also used Jet bling to further embellish my floral cluster.  The antique metal charms are from Handmade Halo.
My quote is made up of Dusty Attic chipboard and Dymo labels.

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

The Blog Hop starts today, January 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 29th.


***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify.  However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 30th on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!
To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva's facebook page and "like" our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you stopped by.

 The blog hop begins at Zva Creative's blog.
Your next stop is Julie Ranae.
Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on February 25thth for our next Zva blog hop! It will be a very special one where our team will be debuting all of Zva's new CHA releases that will be hitting stores soon!
Paper:
Glitz: French Kiss
Chipboard:
The Dusty Attic: Decorative Scroll #1 DA0213
The Dusty Attic: Mini Hearts DA0514
Bling:
Zva Creative: CRB-05CB-116 Flourish Red Crystal
Zva Creative: CRB-04CB-102 Triumph Jet Crystal
Metal Embellishments:
Handmade Halo: Metal Charms          
Stamps:
Stampers Anonymous: Reflections
Ink:
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Stormy
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Black
Embossing Powder:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang - Terra Cotta Rust
Paint:
Folk Art: Napthol Crimson
Medium:
Liquitex: Ceramic Stucco
Masks/Stencils:
The Crafter’s Workshop - Mini Tile Texture
The Crafter’s Workshop - Mini Chicken Wire Reversed
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Helmar: 450 Quick Dry
Helmar: Zap Dots

Hi crafty friends!  Today I have a layout to share that was made with Donna Salazar's new Family Jeans collection.  The papers from this collection can be used for both masculine and feminine layouts.  There are also coordinating die cuts available as well as chipboard alphas.
For this layout, I used a sketch by Emma from Page Drafts.
This flower cluster is made up of a combination of Green Tara flowers -  Wild Roses, Gardenias, Organza Pearl flowers and roses.  I also tucked in pieces of lace and pearl trim in between the cluster.  I added a little jute bow to finish it off. 
These little chipboard scrolls are by The Dusty Attic.  I used them bare because the natural chipboard color went well with the papers.
These are the coordinating chipboard alphas that are available from GCD Studios.  They have a fabulous matte surface that can be easily altered or you can leave them as is.

Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Family Jeans - Denim Swirl
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Family Jeans - Denim Stripe
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Family Jeans - Family Clouds
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Family Jeans - Pages
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Fun & Funky - Funky Tie
Chipboard:

GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Family Jeans - Chipboard Alphas
**The Dusty Attic: Mini Scroll #2 DA0750
Flowers:

Green Tara: 2cm Rose Ivory (FDR009Iv)
Green Tara: Wild Rose 6cm Silk and Organza Flower White (XF9318Wh)
Green Tara: 1 cm Roses White (FDR001Wh)
Green Tara: Organza Pearl Flowers 3cm White (XF5034Wh)
Green Tara: 3 Layer Gardenia White (FDV054Wh)
Lace:

Green Tara: 2cm Off White (L2895OW)
Ribbon:

Green Tara: 9mm Natural Jute Ribbon (RB17Nat9)
Pearls:

Green Tara: 3mm Pearl Trim White (RBKPWh)
Zva Creative: PE-02CB-143
Ink:

Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Stormy
Paint:

Folk Art: Warm White
Medium:

Liquitex: Ceramic Stucco
Masks/Stencils:

The Crafter’s Workshop: Mini Tile Texture
Dies:

Spellbinders: Standard Circles Small
Tools/Machines:

We R Memory Keepers: Crop-a-Dile II Big Bite
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Other:

Eyelets
Adhesive:

Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Sketch: 

Page Drafts

 In memory of our beloved Alma, Pion Design is now releasing the paper collection Alma's Sewing Room.
Back in the old days, our late relative Alma was known for her amazing ability to design and create the most fabulous dresses.  In her old house you could always find the most exquisite fabrics, laces and patterns.  To capture the essence of Alma and her passion for fashion and sewing, Pion Design wants to invite you to step into Alma's sewing room. This is an enchanting room, with the wallpapers brimming of roses and ornaments, and the shelves and drawers filled with buttons, needles, threads and lovely fabrics. The paper collection, Alma's Sewing Room, captures the true magic of everything created by her, and is a collection suitable for any occasion - just like the dresses made by Alma.
Alma's Sewing Room contains 12 double sided papers in the size 12x12" as well as 6x6" and is ready for shipment.

Hi everyone!  I created this layout of my daughter using Donna Salazar's new Natural Beauty Collection.  The inspiration for this design is from a wonderful site called Page Drafts.
This cute banner was made from Spellbinders' Nested Lacey Pennants dies.  I added chipboard hearts and bling to decorate each pennant.
I used a stencil and ceramic stucco to add the script texture to my background.  The chipboard alphas are also by Donna Salazar and coordinate with this paper collection.
Check out these lovelies!!  Here I have used a combination of gorgeous Green Tara flowers and ribbon: Sakura, Primulus, Lace Pearl, roses etc.
I love the quality and designs of Zva Creative embellishments.
This adorable flower is the Green Tara Heirloom 4cm.  I also added Twisted Organza Pearl ribbon to my flower cluster.
I found this quote on the internet and dedicate it to my beautiful daughter.

Thanks for visiting today!
Paper:
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty - Casual Elegance
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty - Twiggy
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty - Wall Vines
Chipboard:
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty - Chipboard Alphas
The Dusty Attic: Mini Hearts DA0514
The Dusty Attic: Flower Buds DA0849
Flowers:
Green Tara: Organza Pearl Flowers 3cm Ivory (XF5034Iv)
Green Tara: 2cm Rose Ivory (FDR009Iv)
Green Tara: Lace Pearl 3cm Lace Pearl Flowers Pale Pink (XF9332PP)
Green Tara: Primula 4.5cm Silk and Organza Flowers Ivory (XF9325Iv)
Green Tara: Heirloom 4cm Silk and Organza Ivory (XF9317Iv)
Green Tara: 1 cm Roses White FDR001Wh
Lace:
Green Tara: 2.4cm White (L2912W)
Ribbon:
Green Tara: Twisted Organza Pearl
Green Tara: 38mm Crinkle Satin Edged Organza Dusky Pink (RBCrDP)                  
Bling:
Zva Creative: CRB-05CB-113
Ink:
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Stormy
Paint:
Folk Art: Ballet Pink
Masks/Stencils:
The Crafter’s Workshop: Art is
Punches:
Martha Stewart Crafts: Cherish
Martha Stewart Crafts: Flourish Lace
Dies:
Spellbinders: Nested Lacey Pennants
Spellbinders: Ribbon Banners LG
Tools/Machines:
We R Memory Keepers: Crop-a-Dile II Big Shot
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Other:
Eyelets
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Sketch: Page Drafts

Happy New Year, my lovely friends!!  This month I have the privilege of being a guest over at Once Upon a Sketch!  Thanks, Nadia, for the opportunity!

The theme for this month is "The start of something new".  I decided to create a layout about myself and 'the road to a new me'.  The road to a new me...what exactly does that mean?  For the last three years my health has been declining.  It began with fatigue, and little by little, I started to fall apart.  I went to the doctor countless times and he would come up with vague reasons as to why each symptom was occurring, yet didn't find ways to help me.  I grew more and more frustrated each time he 'brushed off' my symptoms.  Did he think I was making it up?

After nearly three years of complaining about the same problems, I decided to do my own research, and with the help of some dear friends, I managed to diagnose MYSELF.  I made an appointment with the doctor and told him my diagnosis.  I was tested and I was right!  Almost all of my symptoms and illnesses over the past few years have been caused by my self-discovered condition.  (Note to self: FIND A NEW DOCTOR!)

So 'the road to a new me' is my journey as I recover and put myself back together.  I miss being 'ME'... energetic and fun.  I have gained weight in the last few years due to my poor health, and I think most women know how depressing that is in itself.  So I am dedicated and determined to concentrate on myself this year and do my best to recover.  It may take a while, but at least I know it can be done because I now know what is wrong with me.  :o)
(Thank you all for the support and comfort I have received these last few months.  xoxo)

This is the beautiful sketch by Nadia that I used for this layout...

I used a combination of two paper collections by Pion Design: Studio of Memories and Silent Night.
Check out these gorgeous flowers from Green Tara!!  (See product list for names.)  I love how the different styles can be mixed and matched to create lovely clusters.
The vintage metal leaves are from Handmade Halo.  There you can find an amazing variety of beautiful charms.
All of the chipboard used on this layout is made by The Dusty Attic.  You can find these pieces in my store.

My favorite way to complete a floral cluster is by adding pearl or bling flourishes by Zva Creative.  These beautiful embellishments come in many different styles and colors.

Thank you for visiting me today.  See you soon.
**Products can be purchased in my SHOP.**
Paper:
Pion Design: Studio of Memories - Photo Frame
Pion Design: Studio of Memories - Ring of Roses
Pion Design: Studio of Memories - Tags
Pion Design: Silent Night - Guardian Angels
Pion Design: Silent Night - Borders
Pion Design: Silent Night - Nativity Scene
Chipboard:
**The Dusty Attic: Bookman ABC Set DA0666
**The Dusty Attic: Flutterbies #3 DA0766
**The Dusty Attic: Swirly Vines #3 DA0751
Flowers:
Green Tara: 1 cm Roses White (FDR001Wh)
Green Tara: 2cm Rose Ivory (FDR009Iv)
Green Tara: 3cm White Roses (FDR024Wh)
Green Tara: Organza Pearl Flowers 3cm White (XF5034Wh)
Green Tara: Heirloom 4cm Silk and Organza Ivory (XF9317Iv)
Green Tara: Sakura 5cm Silk and Pearl Flowers Ivory (XF9221Iv)
Green Tara: Primula 4.5cm Silk and Organza Flowers Ivory (XF9325Iv)  
Lace:
Green Tara: 3.8cm White (L2868W)
Green Tara: 2cm Off White (L2895OW)      
Pearls:
Zva Creative: Double Flourishes Pearl White [PE-03CA-110]
Zva Creative: Dots Pearl - White (0.3 cm & 0.5 cm) [CRW-04CB-136]
Metal Embellishments:
Handmade Halo: Metal Charms
Ink:
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Stormy
Punches:
Martha Stewart Crafts: Flourish Lace
Martha Stewart Crafts: Eyelet Lace
Dies:
Spellbinders: Standard Circles Small
Tools/Machines:
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Other:
Paper Doilies
Adhesive:
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Sketch:
Nadia Cannizzo - Once Upon a Sketch




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