Sunday, 19 June 2016

D-lish Scraps June Cyber Crop Challenge!

Hi everyone!
I don't know what the weather is like at your place today, but here in South East Queensland it's very wet - perfect weather for staying indoors and scrapping!
If you are looking for a scrappy challenge, the D-lish Scraps June cyber crop kicked off in our Facebook group The Scrap Suite on Friday night, and the design team have some awesome challenges for you this month (if I do say so myself, haha!)

My challenge looks like this...

And here is a better look at the layout I created for it...

I used papers from the Jen Hadfield 'Cottage Living' range from Pebbles for this layout, and all the embellishments were (of course) from D-lish Scraps. The photo features a couple of my fave fellow crafty chicks - Krisy Podolak and Fiona Paltridge. This was taken recently at one of Fiona's classes in Brisbane. If you ever have a chance to do one I highly recommend it - Fi is such an inspiration and her classes are always heaps of fun! And as for Krisy, what can I say? This chick is definitely a kindred spirit of mine and I am so happy the universe brought us together. Love you babes!

I used the recently released 'Tranquil Pools' Just Add Paper kit for many of my embellishments, and created lots of delicious layers under my photo.
In this close-up you can see a grey paper doily; resin flowers and sequins from the kit; and a cute wood veneer frame that I coloured with white Posca pen to frame my photo. On top of it I stuck a phrase strip from a Journal It's Minifetti sheet.

In the second close up you can see one of the Corbett Creations wood veneer circles, which I also painted white and wrapped with twine (both items were from the JAP kit). I also added a grey grid Bitty Bag; hand-dyed muslin; a flair button; and a piece of a heart lace overlay I had left over from another previous kit. The speech bubble was cut from a journal card and was also from a previous Just Add Paper kit. (See how awesome these kits are? They always leave you with plenty of little bits and pieces left over to use!)

In the final close-up you can see more of my layers - another wood veneer circle; tissue paper; punchinella; a dip-dye tag; printed wood veneer butterfly; paper flower; resin flower; resin diamond and a few more scattered sequins.

I am SO happy with how this layout came together - I just love all the interesting layers, the funny photo and it features my current fave colour combo too.

I hope you will find time to give my challenge a go! Entries remain open for 4 weeks, giving you plenty of time to complete it, and there is a D-lish Scraps store voucher up for grabs for the winner too. If you aren't already a member of The Scrap Suite, click HERE to join us. (You don't need a blog to enter either as entries are loaded directly into the group!)
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 17 June 2016

Show Us Your Stuff June Challenge

Hi everyone!
Wow! What a busy month it has been so far!
Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend four days at the Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo working for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. It was so lovely to meet so many of my online scrappy friends in the flesh and I exchanged many hugs in the time I was there. One of the things I love most about this craft is it has brought me so many treasured friends. I am sorry to those I missed, I will put you down for a rain-checked hug for next year! ;)

Here are a couple of my favourite photos from the weekend...

(The Cocoa Vanilla expo team from left to right - 
Zoe Pearn; me; Tarrah McLean; Raquel Bowman; Amy Little and Mandy Miles)

(Zoe & I at the stand just before they let the crowds in on day one)

Now, I better get onto this month's challenge for Show Us Your Stuff. This one has been (deviously) developed by team member Janet Bott, and it looks likes this...

And here is my take on it...

I used lots of my abandoned items on this layout - coloured cardstock; flat paper flowers, pearls, rhinestones, buttons, a pin, twine, tulle...and the colour purple! (OK, technically that's not an abandoned item, but I don't use that one often! haha) 

I also went a bit AWOL on the sketch after I rotated it and started sticking things down, but if you look hard enough you will see I did start with good intentions. (Let's face it, sticking to sketches isn't my strong point!)

For my handmade item/s I used a Flutterby Designs flair button; Charms Creations heart; Burdy's Embellies chevies; and my own die cut glitter frames.

I am fairly happy with how this layout turned out, especially with the fact I used so many items that I had neglected for so long. Why don't you dig deep in your own stash and see what you can find that you've abandoned? You might surprise yourself with how you could make it useful again!
And if you do, be sure to enter the Show Us Your Stuff challenge. Entries are open until 30th June and there is a prize from The Resin Rainbow up for grabs! 
Happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

You + Me - a Colour Me Happy layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! Today I am very excited to share my latest work that was created as part of the current collaboration between Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Faber-Castell. This layout was created using products from the Colour Me Happy collection as well as Faber-Castell Gelatos; Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils and PITT pens.

"You + Me

First of all that amazing red border on the Spotty Dot paper background was created using a red Gelato. Don't you love how vibrant the colour is? You can see that I have complimented it by using red Blossoms, (as well as other colours from the warm pack), and have topped them with Enamel Dots (also from the warm pack).

For my main feature paper, I took a piece of the Floral Fancy and added some highlight details using Fineliner PITT artist pens (from the warm colours pack) and then coloured it using Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils. I stuck to using warm tones only on this layout, so I deliberately chose not to colour the leaves which helped the flowers to "pop" even more.

I used a piece of the coloured side of the Doodle Dandy paper to mat my photo, and then used various pieces from the Snip-Its pack to embellish on, and around it.

If you would like to read more about how I used the Faber-Castell products to achieve this look, you can visit the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog to read my post HERE

For all my scrappy friends who are attending the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo this weekend, make sure you come and see me and say hello! I will be working at the Cocoa Vanilla stand and will also be teaching a one hour workshop daily at 11am. (Workshop bookings can be made via the Cocoa Vanilla stand at the expo.)

Here's a sneak peek at the layout I am teaching using the 'Life is Beautiful' collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio...

Thanks for stopping by today! Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Scrap the Boys June Challenge!

Hi everyone!
Just popping in to share the first of my design team shares for the month, starting off with Scrap the Boys. This month's challenge is a super cool mood board that looks like this...

And here is my take on it...

"Every Day is an Adventure"

I used a combination of the Totally Rad and Made of Awesome collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio for my layout. It features a photo of my partner and one of my boys taking a walk through Southbank Parklands in Brisbane and I thought it was perfect for the theme of adventure and walking that I took from the board.

Besides the awesome papers from these ranges, I also used accessory stickers, die cut ephemera, vellum stars, resin stars, shaped paperclip, enamel shapes and a flair button in my layers surrounding my photo.

I love how easy it was to combine elements from across these two collections, they mix so seamlessly you would never guess they weren't all from the same one!

Entries for this challenge close 30th June. Link up your entry via the Scrap the Boys blog to be in with a chance for a prize from this month's sponsors Clique Kits or 2Crafty Chipboard.
Happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 26 May 2016

'You're Totally Awesome Man' for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! Just popping in today to share my latest layout using the Totally Rad collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This layout features some recent family selfies, and you can see why we often struggle to get that "nice" family photo. That being said though, these photos are probably a more accurate representation of us, and will be funny to look back on in years to come.

'You're Totally Awesome Man'

I used the B-side of the Top Gear paper as my background, and then a piece of the Stellar paper as a mat for my photos and embellishments. You can see that I embellish directly onto a couple of my photos using an acetate star and a piece from the die cut ephemera pack.

I formed my title by using a mix of pieces from the Mix Tape cut apart paper; die cut ephemera pack; and the Bits & Pieces pack. I also used a large star from the wood veneer pack.

Also from the wood veneer pack is the pointing hand - so cool, I think it's my favourite piece of them all! You can also see one of the coordinating flair buttons which I nested on some cotton thread, and a heart from the enamel shapes pack.

I finished with another piece from the Mix Tape cut apart paper, and topped it with my very favourite skull and crossbones Woodie. Then I simply stamped the date and added a few splatters of black mist to complete my layout.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Don't forget if you are headed to the Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo June 10-12, to stop by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio stand and say hello! We will have the Totally Rad collection available, along with all your other Cocoa Vanilla favourites and we would love to see you!
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 21 May 2016

D-lish Scraps May Projects!

Hi everyone! Just popping in today to share a round-up of all my D-lish Scraps featured projects for the month.

Starting off with this layout of my boys...

"Self Portrait"

This layout features patterned papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and embellishments from D-lish Scraps (of course!) I love to combine different patterns and shapes on my boy layouts, and am a sucker for anything woodgrain! It probably goes without saying then, that one of my very favourite embellishments to use on masculine layouts are wood veneers. Wood veneer pieces are extremely versatile, as you can easily alter them with paint or ink; or leave them raw as I have here, to add a touch of natural texture to the page.

Also featured on this layout are phrases cut from Journal It's minifetti sheets; black geo tag shaped paperclip; arrow print washi tapeD-lish Dots enamels; and a flair button from the 'Just My Type' set.

My second project share featured a recent funny photo of my sister and I, on a day she came to visit me wearing pretty much the same outfit...

"Fashion Faux Pas"

This layout was my take on this month's 'Tranquil Pools' Inspiration Board challenge using the coordinating Just Add Paper kit. I sooo loved the colours in this one - I am a big fan of blue and green, especially when they are together! I used the sketch from the board (although I did rotate it around, just to be a little different). I applied aqua and lime mists to my background, and then used the Dusty Attic 'Addition' stencil with some Colour Blast colour paste.

From the JAP kit I used some of the green tissue paper; washi tape; journal pieces; resin flowersCorbett Creations wood veneer circles (which I coloured white with a paint pen); and one of the flair buttons. I also added one of the gorgeous 6" lace paper doilies from my D-lish stash.

My final project share featured a photo of me again, but this time with my boys when they were 25 days old during our second cuddle together...

"Twin Mummy Cuddle" 

I used a simple, elegant white & gold colour palette for this layout which was the perfect excuse to use the stunning gold foil washi tape I had been saving. (And yes, gold foil is difficult to photograph so I haven't quite presented this layout in all its glory as I would have hoped to.)

Also used on this layout was a white 6" lace paper doily; a gold foil doily; a gold sequin bow; white Forget-Me-Nots; a flair button (from the Defining Words set); and words cut from a Journal It's Minifetti sheet.

The background was created using the Dusty Attic Keyboard Jumble stencil and some Colour Blast colour paste in Bling. I chose this stencil because it represented to me what a jumble of words and emotions I was at this moment.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you have any tips for me for effectively photographing foil on your projects, I would love to hear them!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 16 May 2016

Show Us Your Stuff May Challenge!

Hi all!
Just popping in quickly to share my take on the May challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. This month's challenge has been designed by DT member Amanda Hartmann, and looks like this...

And here is what I came up with...

"2 Love"

With a subject like 'Poetry & Hearts' I couldn't go past the opportunity to create a love-filled layout featuring a photo of myself and my partner (from way back in 2005). I used lots of Crate Paper goodies on this one - papers, ephemera, chipboard frame.

I included the poetry by printing a portion of one I liked onto a manila tag, so I could incorporate it into my layers.

As well as patterned papers, you can see that I also included some torn music paper and a lace paper doily from D-lish Scraps. The title was cut with a die using glitter cardstock.

To make sure I had the handmade criteria covered, I included a D-lish Scraps flair (this one was from a Just Add Paper kit) and I also punched some hearts from the same gold glitter cardstock as the title.

I just love using frames and this striped chipboard one from Crate Paper was one of my faves. I topped it with an ombre heart which was from a Crate Paper ephemera pack.
To finish my layout I added some stamping and a few splashes of Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine.

I am really happy with how this one came out, and especially happy that I went back and scrapped this photo that is so special to me. I hope you have this month's Show Us Your Stuff challenge on your list, there is an awesome prize from Charms Creations up for grabs for the lucky winner. Entries close 31st May.
Til next time, happy scrapping! X