Sunday, 29 June 2014

One for my Hubby

Hi there,

To all you people enjoying warm weather at the moment, lap it up while you can. It's soooo cold here now!

Anyway, cold weather is perfect for scrapping so I've been hibernating in the scrap room. I had a wonderfully interesting mix of products to use from Scrap Everything and I've had a lot of fun experimenting with them.

Here's what I came up with:

I received a pack of the Manor House Wood Elements - 'Going Places' which is available here. These are very cute wooden words in circles, kind of like flairs. One of them said 'Epic' so I grabbed a photo that I took last week of my husband when he collected a huge mushroom from our paddock. This was the most epic thing we had seen for a while! Last week, I left the wood elements raw on my layout so this week I decided to paint this one. I also outlined the word in black pen then highlighted it in a Zig Wink of Stella clear pen. It's available here.

What's a Wink of Stella pen I hear you ask. That's what I wondered too. It turns out to be a pen that adds a gorgeous shimmer to whatever it writes on. It comes in colours but this one is clear which means I can add a shimmer to anything without changing the colour of the element. I used the pen on the word 'Epic', my arrows, my chevrons and I added a few simple stars around the page.

Do you like the cool arrow? I made that using a Sizzix Tim Holtz chevron die! It's available here. You can do amazing things with this die! In it's most basic form it cuts out negative and positive chevrons. I chose to cut up the negative shape and made the arrow with it. I then cut a yellow paper with the die and filled in the arrow head with a yellow chevron. The black chevrons were also made with the die.

I outlined the black chevrons with the Wink of Stella pen and coloured the orange/yellow arrow with it.

I hope you get to do a bit of hibernating and scrapping this week.

Happy scrappin'!


Monday, 23 June 2014

Feeling Nostalgic

Hi there,

I'm back with a new layout for Scrap Everything. I used a gorgeous pic I took while holidaying with my family in Mykonos a few years ago and am feeling very nostalgic. What a fabulous place!

Here's my layout:

Aren't those Manor House Creations Wood Elements stunning? The Memories frame is available here and the stamps are available here. I simply left them raw. I love the natural, rustic look this gives the page.


I just cut scraps of paper - nearly all the paper on this layout is Maja paper - to fit the stamps. This is so easy yet very effective.

Scrap Everything are also selling these amazing Tim Holtz framework dies. The one I used here is a chevron but there are other styles available. Framework dies can be used in several ways. They cut both positive and negative shapes and can be linked together to form continuous shapes. In this layout I have used the inside shapes which are standard chevrons. Framework dies are handmade and can cut through paper, material and plastic. The die is available here.

To make the word "Mykonos" I used a stencil to paint it then outlined it in a new Zig Artist Sketching Pen. I love the tip on this - it's perfect for journalling and is available here.

Thanks for dropping in for a look. 

Happy Scrappin'!


Friday, 20 June 2014

A Silly Layout!

Hi there,

Well the weather has turned very wintry here this week - it's freezing! I hope you're keeping warm wherever you are.

I just have a quick share this time. This is a layout that I had published in last month's Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

We had a bit of a fun photo shoot at the Ladies of the Manor Retreat last year and I thought it was funny how we had this nice photo but I actually preferred all the silly ones!

To make the feathers under the pic I used texture paste through a Crafters Workshop stencil then coloured it with Gelatos when it dried.

The pastel colours are a change for me but I really like them!

The background is also made with Gelatos with another stencil and texture paste over the top.

Happy Scrappin'!


Monday, 16 June 2014

June sketch at Dusty Attic

Hi there,

Whew! It's been a busy week catching up after the expo at Brisbane!

One of my purchases at Brisbane was some Maja papers. I just had to give these a go because some of the girls on the Dusty Attic team are also on the Maja team and I have been admiring these papers for a while so was thrilled when I found them at the expo. Of course, I had to play with them straight away so I used them with my June Dusty Attic sketch.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

I've used a mix of new release and older chippies on this. The word and Pointer Tags are brand new and the others are all good old faithfuls that I use again and again.

The banner on the balloon is one of the mini Banners and I've painted it in Alabaster and Faded Denim paints. I've used Hot Chocolate paint on the balloon basket.

Aren't the Pointer Tags cool? I love them!

I've used Tinby Metallic Melts on the title and the remaining mini Banners. I used a combination of techniques to get the different effects on the banners. I used two colours - Glistening Snow and First Light - on the title and added Bronze on the banners. First Light has an amazing purple/blue sheen to it when it catches the light. I have coated all the coloured chipboard in Alabaster paint first which gives a great undercoat to work with. And, as always, I used Clear Gloss Varnish to attach the chipboard. It's perfect for the job!

To create the background I used two stencils - A Heidi Swapp and a Crafters Worshop - and sprayed through them with Dusty in Colour paints mixed with water. This is such a great way to get extra use from your paints. It's economical too! I was a bit heavy handed with the Hot Chocolate paint though so I just went over it with some Alabaster and it toned it down beautifully. I then applied ink through a Tim Holtz stencil behind the pics.

Dusty Attic products used:
Word Pack #4 DA1077

Pointer Tags DA1079

Hot Air Balloons DA1055

mini Banners DA 1021

Dusty in Colour Alabaster DA0902

Dusty in Colour Faded Denim DA0913

Dusty in Colour Hot Chocolate DA0923

Dusty in Colour Clear Gloss Varnish DA0901

Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

New Dusty Attic Goodies!

Hi all,

Well I'm back from the Brisbane Expo all fired up and ready to scrap! I had a sensational time. It's amazing how much of the expo is about meeting or catching up with the wonderful people in this industry. I had a blast!

My first commitment upon my return was my next Dusty Attic layout. There are a heap of new release designs and they're awesome! I had bought this sheet of paper a couple of weeks ago and it just spoke to me as soon as I saw it. I knew that I wanted to create a design with a strong horizontal effect but that's all I knew. The paper has it's own title - Photographs - and comes complete with a couple of gorgeous quotes about photography. So that decided what the photo should be!

I then started fiddling with the wonderful new chipboard designs. They are so cool! To my surprise, I really liked the way it all looked bare so I decided to leave it that way. I simply added some stitching, a small amount of stamping, some words from the bar code strip on the paper and a few flicks of Mountain Meadow Dusty in Colour paint. This is a very clean and simple page for me but I love it! I figure if I love the chipboard and the paper the way they are then why change them?

Here's my layout:

And some details.

Products used:

Wildflower #2 DA1102

Flower Layers #6 DA1078

mini Blossoms DA1090

mini Cameras DA1038

Viewfinders DA1080

Dusty in Colour Mountain Meadow paint DA0916

Happy Scrappin'!


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A quick message to those who did my class at Brisbane or who took kits home. I have a few bits and pieces that were left behind, especially instructions. If you are missing anything, please let me know. Also, if I had to post you something and I haven't yet sent you an email, please message me on facebook here or reply to this post.

Thanks for such an enjoyable weekend ladies! I'll put up pics in the next day or two when I'm back on top of things.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Rockin' with Elvis

Hi there.

I'm back again today with my third layout for Scrappy Chat Design's Cheeky Smiles Kit. I have now made three layouts but I could easily make another three. There are so many papers in this kit!

Here's my layout:

This is very much a light-hearted, fun layout. I love making these. I just go with what feels right.

The background is from the gorgeous Simple Stories DIY Boutique range that is in this month's kit. I framed the photo with the Boutique Newspaper paper then I punched circles and cut strips and chevrons from other papers in the kit to back it all.

Underneath the papers, I just gave a good spray with a white mist then added a small spray of the Tumble Dye from the kit. At the end, I covered the photo and flicked the Tumble Dye across the page. I added the enamel dots from the kit too.

Did you notice what I put under the photo? Yep, they're Bandz, or Loom Bands or whatever brand you want to call them . These were in the kit too! I love how there are sometimes unusual items like this that make me think outside the square!

I thought I'd try a different approach to making my title. To see what I did, head over to the Scrappy Chat Designs blog here.

I've really enjoyed using this month's kit and am looking forward to still playing with the rest!

Happy Scrappin'!