Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Life is Beautiful with You in it – Mini Album - Guest Designing for Meg's Garden

Hi everyone,

Long time no 'see' ..... I will still be quiet for now, till my creative side bounces back into gear.  Life has had a few hurdles..(too many obviously), but the road is smoothing out again 'now'. Just know I have thought of everyone and miss you all very much .....and in time, I will be back...

Love to all

It was a pleasure to do some guest design work for Meg’s Garden back in Sept.  I worked with the beautiful paper collection called ‘Dreaming in the Meadows’, and due to the size of my project, included some card papers from previous collections of when I was a DT member.  The papers all matched perfectly.  

Did you know that Meg's Garden is an Australian business, located in Adelaide with an online store?  The papers are designed by Denise Ann, an Australian designer. 

I have been pondering over Christmas gifts for my family, (this was written back in Sept) and know my Mother just loves my Mini Albums.  I was inspired with this album, by two clever individuals – Kathy Orta, and Ginger from My Sisters Scrapper on YouTube.  Both make the most stunning of albums, and I have been itching to make one for some time.  Kathy Orta has created the hidden hinge system which I applied to this particular album, and I used Kathy’s tutorial for the album.
You can find Ginger’s YouTube Chanel 'HERE'...
and Kathy Orta’s Chanel 'HERE'...
These albums do make perfect gifts, and Meg’s Garden stocks the perfect paper sets, and embellishments for such creations.
The album itself has many hidden pockets, including side opening panels, which are held in place via magnets – ample room for photographs, and journaling and even mementos.  The photographs do not do the album justice, and do not show enough of the details, but certainly gives a good indication of what can be made. 
I also used the Leafy Foliage die throughout the album for all my foliage requirements, it was perfect and a leaf shape to match each flower size.  I so love that die, and it is available at Meg’s Garden!!!

Dusty Attic Chipboard
Prima Flowers
Vintage Blooms from my own personal collection
Seam Binding
Butterfly Printables
Diamond Stickles
Tim Holtz Knobs- Idea-Ology
White Paint
Bling Pieces
Silk Ribbon
Kaisercraft Mini Alphas
Metal Frame
Eyelets & Crop-O-Dile
Silhouette Cameo and SVG Files
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard ‘You’
Score Board

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle LO - The Scrapbook Store

..and another layout for The Scrapbook Store, using the Graphic 45 - Mother Goose Paper Collection.  Jesse actually helped me create this layout, telling me where he wanted which parts of the main paper Mother Goose to go - he also picked his very favourite nursery rhyme as the title, and aided in putting the whole layout together.

At 3, I think my son is a designer in the making! :-) 
He so wanted to get into the fussy cutting side, but I'm afraid I had issues cutting all those flowers out - must go get an eye-check! LOL We added in a Toby (dog) and a Malinki (Burmese cat), but sadly there was no orange cat in the papers, to add a Gizmo.  Jesse kept looking through every paper to find a Gizmo cat.... will have to find one and surprise him.
I've enclosed some close ups below, of the dimension - we had a boo boo with Jesse getting a little bit excited in where to stick magic mount at times, and a couple of places on the photo where I had to scratch the sticky off.  Nothing like a copic marker to cover errors such as that.
This is a really beautiful paper range....
Have a wonderful day!

8 X 8 Paper Pad

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hidden Treasures and Basecoat III - Kaisercraft - Storage Units and Card

Lots of creative fun putting together a couple of the larger Beyond the Page items available through Kaisercraft this month.  Firstly, I used the newly released 'Hidden Treasures' paper collection to do this Storage Hut.  

I also created a Tuesday Tip on creating sturdy drawers for this unit, and many of the other BTP storage cupboards available through Kaisercraft - You can find the details 'HERE'.
...and also a card, using many of the papers and elements in the Hidden Treasures collection.  I used the 6.5" paper pad for this card mostly, and many of the papers are highlighted with gold.  It really is so pretty....(see lower photograph to see the gold highlights).

Basecoat III was released this month by Kaisercraft too.  A very popular paper collection using textures - I personally love them.  I used Basecoat III to cover the Carry Tray, and some of the sticker elements from the same collection to create a usable paints and mists storage tray.  I am itching to use this!! LOL 

For further inspiration from the design team, do call on over to the Kaisercraft Blog.
Have a great day

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Friends Layout and You are Loved Card - Lady Rose - Kaisercraft

 ...and another glorious, elegant paper collection by Kaisercraft called 'Lady Rose'.  A full list of all products and further design team inspiration can be found over on the Kaisercraft Blog, highlighting all the new paper collection this month.

This certainly is an elegant paper collection, with such pretty colour hues.  I opted to do a large floral arrangement, adding in some of the Kaisercraft Pearl Flourishes, and blooms.  My sewing machine refuses to work at the moment (stuck in reverse) so in obvious need of a service. So I hand-stitched the outer edge of the layout just to add a little more visual texture.  

The Lady Rose paper collection has some beautiful sentiments to use in layouts and cards, especially for friends.... this particular photograph is not a family member, but simply a beautiful vintage photograph I adored.   My journaling on the back of the layout includes the special cats I have been lucky to have shared my life with, at some point, and their stories.....

Thanks for calling in ...

Card Base

Monday, October 14, 2013

Christmas 2010 - Gingerbread - Kaisercraft

Morning everyone,

Today I am showcasing the beautiful paper collection "Gingerbread" for Kaisercraft - another beautiful Christmas range, that I used to scrap some of Jesse's first Christmas photographs, and a card.  
We had only arrived in Geraldton, from South Australia 3 weeks previous to Christmas, and being Jesse's 1st Christmas I made a real effort to make Christmas special for him.   John had to work, but was home late that evening to celebrate.  I took a series of photographs of Jesse sitting in his bumbo seat using my mobile phone as I still had not found the camera!  

In this particular photo, Maliniki is in the background, her eyes glowing in the tree like one of the lights LOL.  It was a little on the nightmarish side with the Christmas tree, with Jesse and Malinki plucking baubles of the tree, and as soon as the day was over, I pulled the tree down. I found baubles for the next week between boxes as I was unpacking!!

The design team have created some amazing creations with this paper collection and the other new releases this month.  Wonderful inspiration for Christmas just around the corner.  Pop on over to the Kaisercraft blog for further inspiration, and a full list of products used...

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tiny Fingers Tiny Toes LO - The Scrapbook Store

 An arty layout, created using the Graphic 45, Mother Goose, Humpty Dumpty paper.  My DT pack from The Scrapbook Store this month included some of the lovely blooms by Peetaloo, so thought I would design a layout around the moss green colour.

I've enclosed 2 photographs of the layout, the 2nd one shows off the gorgeous shimmer and shine in the  Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists.   I used the Random Star's Stencil by WOW as the background and highlighted some of the stars using a black pen (I hate doodling as I always muck them up and if I could, I would remove the black LOL).
 The title is a gorgeous chipboard piece by Scrap FX called Tiny Fingers and Tiny Toes, it was perfect for this LO - I have an envelope stuck to the reverse side of the LO, and enclosed is a series of photographs of Jesse's hands and feet as a baby. I used various mediums to paint the title, and then highlighted with Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists.   
 One of the larger Prima Marketing, Mechanical  Washers was cut in half, and used to edge the photograph.

Jesse looks so adorable in this photograph, so tiny... where have those years gone?

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting..

8 X 8 Paper Pad
Ranger - Distress Ink - Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist - Firefly and Cornflower Daze
- Treasure Island Turquoise
- Silhouette Silver
- Landlubber Green
Printable Butterflies
Misc Leaves
Black Pen

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Do More with Less - Guest Design - Altered Mouse Trap Tutorial and Challenge

Hello Everyone,

I am guest designer for ‘Do More With Less’ this month. Thank you Yvonne for inviting me.  

Today, I want to share with you a quick, and easy tutorial on how to create a note or photo holder fridge magnet, using a mouse trap. Now, I do not think I need to stress how important it is to use new mouse-traps (LOL).  Recycling is wonderful, but perhaps not with mouse-traps!  These little note holders would be perfect little gifts with Christmas around the corner, and are something unique and certainly an entertaining, conversation piece. 

Altered Mouse Trap
Materials: Mouse Trap, Pliers, Paint, Misc. Paper Scraps, Quick Dry Adhesive, Lace Remnants, Silk Ribbon, Small Roses, Buds and Leaves, Distress Ink, Magnetic Strip, and Wording.

1. Remove wire catch with pliers.

2. Paint trap white as in Photograph 1.  I find it best to use spray paint, as this adheres to the metal elements of the trap perfectly, and gets into all grooves and crevices.
Photograph 1

3. Insert a small paper piece as shown in Photograph 2. This eliminates a gap of white in the centre when completed. I find it best to use a quick dry adhesive rather than tape, as glue allows for manipulation to get the paper into the correct position.

Photograph 2
4. Measure and cut 2 pieces of pattern paper to fit both the top and bottom portion of the trap, as shown in Photograph 3. Ink paper edges, and adhere into place on the trap.

Photograph 3

5. Affix wording of some sort across the top part of the trap - part without latch across it.
 6. Arrange flowers, buds and leaves and adhere into place, around wording.  Use Photograph 4  as a guide for placement.

Photograph 4

7. Create a bow from ribbon, and adhere to middle trap mechanism.

8. To complete, affix lace to outer edge, on back of trap, and adhere magnetic strip.  
See Photograph 5.
Photograph 5
I do hope that my tutorial has been inspiring and an appealing idea to some of you to make simple, adorable gifts for Christmas.  My challenge for you, is to get creative with something unusual laying around the house.  Examples:  Coffee jars, boxes, containers, old tins, plant pot, paper towel cylinder, paint brush (all the rage at the moment), chipped tea cup, anything that you can revamp, that would normally end up in the bin.  Bring new life to the piece you have picked, create up a storm and give the item a new place in your home..... I cannot wait to see what you come up with!
Upload your project to the correct post at the Do More With Less Blog to be in the running to win a RAK of a Shadow Box from Imaginarium Designs

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bedtime Story LO - The Scrapbook Store

This month for The Scrapbook Store, I am working with the gorgeous Graphic 45, Mother Goose paper collection, and elements.  The paper collection is seriously gorgeous, with not only brighter colours, but also the more muted too - not to forget the most magical nursery rhyme images.  

I used the Ring Around the Rosies paper, and done some major fussy cutting of various flowers and leaves.  Flowers were created using the Die Cut Flowers - they are simple to construct and always look pretty, especially when teamed with layered fussy cut elements.  Yellow adhesive pearls were added to some of the flower centre's to highlight.

I doodled some stitching, really wanted to be more creative in the doodling side, but each time I attempt a doodle, I detest what I have done and have to cover it. Several LO's have ended up in the bin because of my doodling attempts.
 The photograph is of me as a child, and the journaling side of this layout is on my favourite story book - written on back of layout.  From a very  young age, my Mother used to read my favourite book to me each night (and often through the day too) - actually I am sure I pestered her to read it constantly.  I was mesmerised with it.  It is called "Pookie Puts The World Right", and it is a beautiful story, and I adored the little creature Pookie.  I still do.  There is a series of Pookie stories, and I am collecting them for Jesse.

Thanks for calling by for a visit...
- 8 X 8 Paper Pad

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Sketch - The Beauty Of Yesteryear LO - The Scrapbook Store

October is here, and I have no idea where September went (flashed by so quickly)!!  Another new sketch is up on The Scrapbook Store Gallery, with a fabulous random prize to be won - entry is via the Gallery and all you have to do is create.  

A gorgeous sketch, by Melina Spinks - really adore those branches and had the perfect 'twigs' to use which are The Scrapbook Store's own brand of chipboard.  I opted to segregate the photograph into 3, as per the sketch - it is rather different, and I have seen this done by a few (especially lately) in my blog visits -  I actually really like it. 

The Silhouette Cameo was used to create my own splatter stencil - using a SVG file, and acetate.

At the moment I am going through my 'old stash' and seeing what I can use within my layouts and creations.  It is dwindling slowly, and it is a nice feeling seeing my 'old stash' pile go down.

Hope you'll consider coming and joining in the fun of this months sketch challenge!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Precious Memories Mini Album Tutorial - The Scrapbook Store

This month for The Scrapbook Store, I created a tutorial using the Shabbylicious paper collection, by FabScraps.  The tutorial can be found 'HERE' on The Scrapbook Store's Blog.

The album has hinged pages added in, for extra journaling or photograph areas. Further details of this process, and photographs, can be found at the above link.
Some closer photographs to show detail...
Lots of pink, and oodles of my favourite things - including brass charms, flowers, ribbons, and of course, pink. 
Thanks for calling in for a visit...


Materials list:
Fab Scraps, Shabbylicious Paper Collection
- Chic Chairs
- Shabby Birds
- Shabby Mix
- Little Darlings
- Chic Mix
- Shabby Birds
- Chic Pinks
- Chipboard Gate Album
- Martha Stewart – Doily Lace Punch
- Kaisercraft, Metal Treasures, Door Knobs – Silver
- Scor- Tape 1/4″
- Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
- Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Starburst Mist – Alpine Ice Rose
- Adirondack, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber
- Adirondack – Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber
- Basic Grey – Magnetic Disks – Small
- Ranger – Diamond Stickles
- Vintage Charms – Key Ornate
- Vintage Charms – Clock
- Ribbon
- The Scrapbook Store – Flowers, and buds
- Green Tara – Roses and buds
- Scrap FX – Wordlet – Midi Precious
- Scrap FX – Wordlet – Midi Memories
Corner punch, Braid, Butterfly Printable, Crop-O-Dile,  Leaf Trim, Eyelets

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dreamy Love Layout - Guest Design for Meg's Garden

Today, I am guest designing for Meg's Garden, using the new release Dreaming In The Meadows paper collection.  Meg's Garden is an Australian, online store, specialising in unique papers designed by fellow Australian, Denise Ann.   The store itself has a wealth of wonderful products that cater for the paper-crafter.  You can also find beautiful creations by the design team on the Meg's Garden Blog,  including product updates, and new release paper collections.

I have had this photograph sitting in my 'photo stack' for some time, wanting to be scrapped.  This paper collection was perfect for the occasion.  I don't tend to work in purple hues often, even though it is a beautiful colour, I often avoid it for some reason. The photograph itself is of a vintage wedding - I purchased the original photograph of Etsy and the writing inscribed on the back, I sadly cannot decipher.  Regardless, it is a beautiful one to scrap. 
The Dreaming In The Meadows paper collection, was perfect for lots of fussy cutting - with those fussy cut elements mounted on foam to give dimension. 
Meg has a beautiful selection of lace paper doily's which are the best I have ever come across, with such gorgeous intricate detail and available in a vast amount of styles and sizes.  You can find all the paper lace doily's 'HERE'.   The doily's are a high quality, and the intricate details in the doily, can also be easily fussy cut.
 Flowers used in this layout, are from Prima Marketing and are an older stock.   They were a perfect match colour wise.  I also used a chipboard title, which has been floating about in my stash for quite some time. I have a box on my work-desk, which I throw remnants, and left over products into, and delve into it on occasion to find that 'special' piece for a layout....

I will be back 'soon', with another creation .... till then, happy creating

Dreaming In The Meadows Paper Collection
P6346A Dreaming in Duck Eggs Blue
P6349 Dreaming in Willows
Other: Cardstock, Stencil, Texture Paste, Flowers, Chipboard Title, Punch, Adhesive

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Beautiful Grandson, and Close to My Heart Layouts - The Scrapbook Store

This is a layout created for The Scrapbook Store of my beautiful Grandson, Tyeson.  I absolutely love the Shabbylicious paper collection by FabScraps - it is really just beautiful. The tags from the Die Cut Set  are so sweet, with the cutest images on them - the whole package has gorgeous elements.
The Scrapbook Store - Roses and Leaves as well as Green Tara - Flowers and Ribbon. Aged Shabby Blue embossing powder was used on the Grandson chipboard piece.  
 Again, I used the Flourish 1 stencil, and coloured using Ethereal Emerald Moonshadow Mist, and also White Linen ink spray - as you can see the stencil is a little deeper than others on the market and leaves a 'higher' impression.  I added in some thin guipure lace around the outside edge of the layout that was in my stash.... just finished this layout nicely.

and this next layout is an 8 X 8, which was perfect for the embellishments and photograph I wanted to use.  I started an 8 X 8 album a few years ago, and I have not added any pages to it for quite some time - shame on me!! LOL
The photograph is from left to right my Aunt Helen (deceased), Grandpa and Grandma (deceased), my Mum, and my brother Paul (deceased) on the bike, with me next to him. 

 I used the Shabbylicioous Die-Cut Elements and also the matching Chipboard elements as the main focal.  The outside edge was dusted in Victorian Velvet, Distress Glitter - if you haven't tried Distress Stickles yet, it is a must for the shopping list.  You can find all the colours available 'HERE'. Adore the glitter, the chunks, and the shine.
The chipboard window, has a die-cut shape with shutters that fits perfectly over the top.
I fussy cut one of the flower sprays from one of the tag die-cuts and added it to the chipboard jug - really need to keep this page fairly flat to go into my album.
The Scrapbook Store has their own brand of chipboard, and one of the many available are the 'words' - these are some of my very favourite and in one pack, there is ample for a number of layouts in all types of wording - they really are gorgeous. 

Happy Creating
Prima Marketing - Shabby Chic Treasures
ATG Gun and Tape
Helmar - Gemstone Glue
 American Crafts - Super Sticky Red Tape
Creative Imaginations - Moments - Sticker Sheet
Guipure Lace, String and Eyelet