Saturday, 16 July 2016

Show Us Your Stuff July Challenge!

Hi everyone!
Just popping into share my latest design team layout for the month, and this one is for Show Us Your Stuff. Seeing as it's currently winter here in Australia, July's challenge is a gorgeous winter-inspired colour challenge that looks like this...

Besides being inspired by the colours (which I LOVED, as I am loving grey at the moment); I also took inspiration from the image and created this mixed media layout (with another photo of me on it!)

It's been a little while since I got really messy and this one just came together so well! I was so busy creating it I didn't even sit down (I usually sit when I scrap). But I was so busy digging out different supplies and running back and forth to my heat gun, I just pushed my chair aside and stood up to complete it.

To create the background for this layout, I started with white cardstock, an old hexagonal print stencil and some Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray (Stormy Weather). I then added some Colour Blast Colour Paste (Steel) using my Flutterby Designs Stargazed stencil and a few splatters of blue watercolour paint.

Next I added some small elements of texture to my background by adhering some torn pieces of paper doily and some crumpled spots of silver tissue paper. (I like the way the tissue paper looks like large paint spots at first glance.)
Next, I used more stencils (a Dusty Attic Distressed Grid stencil from D-lish Scraps and a Gabrielle Pollacco one by the Crafters Workshop). This time, instead of using paste or ink, I used Faber-Castell fineliner Pitt pens and watercolour graphite pencils to draw on some of the designs around my layout. I also used the pencils to do some freehand doodling, which I then blended out using a waterbrush.

With my background layers in place it was time to start layering around my photo. I first added a crumpled piece of silver tissue paper and an old 6x4" grid print pocket page card to mat my photo. I also added some shredded up gauze for extra texture.

I then grabbed a dip dye printed tag and a length of navy & white twine (both from D-lish Scraps), and tied the twine onto the tag; which was then tucked under the edge of my photo. On top of the tag, I layered a heart from Charms Creations; some messy cotton thread and a flair button I had left from a previous D-lish Scraps Just Add Paper kit. (I couldn't forget the handmade items because Show Us Your Stuff is a challenge all about showcasing handmade embellishments!)

To help balance my overall design, I added a couple of D-lish Scraps wood veneer snowflakes (which I coloured white with my trusty Posca pen); some stamping with grey ink; and a few scattered D-lish Dots enamels. The final element was my title, which I simply printed onto cardstock, cut it out and then stuck it on.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I haven't bored anyone with a too detailed description of my process? (I often like to read how other people do things or the materials they use though, so I thought I would share in case anyone was wondering.)

All the details and rules for this challenge can be found HERE on the Show Us Your Stuff blog. Entries are open until 31st July and I would love to see some familiar faces play along!
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Be | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be sharing my first official design team project for Flutterby Designs that was featured on the Flutterby blog yesterday. As a way of (sort of) introducing myself, I thought I would jump in and get started with a layout that actually features a photo of me *gasp* along with lots of Flutterby goodies...


I started by creating my background on a sheet of patterned paper from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I used my new orange Flutter Colour Paint, which I swiped across my page with an old credit card, and then squeezed yellow to create some of the "Anita-style" paint splatters. (I was itching to try this technique with these paints, and I am very impressed with the result - it retains its shape and dimension perfectly!)

I cut out this Dr Suess quote from an Everyday Etc 'One of Those Days' Photo Cards to use instead of journaling. It seemed really appropriate for this layout about me; and I am a huge Dr Suess fan too. You can also see where I used the Stargazed stencil to add some doodled stars to my background using a Sharpie pen.

I used some short phrases cut from the 'Cool' and 'Monochrome' Snippet Strips packs to support my title. These are a quick and easy way to add extra words to your layouts by simply cutting them up and sticking them on. (And there are so many to choose from, making them great value too!)

For the layers under my photo, I used a combination of washi tapes, a paper doily, and tissue paper (all from D-lish Scraps); along with a couple of Flutterby Page Tabs and one of the Everyday Etc 'Brights - Filler Cards'. I also used the 'Abstract 4' wood veneer piece (which I coloured black with a paint pen) to the right of my photo to help balance my design. (I think the abstract wood veneers might be my absolute favourite at the moment - they are so freakin' cool!)

To finish off, I added a cute camera Flair Button (from set #229), which I nested on some cotton thread and a few Enamel Dots. (Because let's face it - what layout is complete without either of those, right?)
If you haven't had a look around the Flutterby Designs store before, then pop over HERE and click on the "shop" tab to take a look

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share my first official Flutterby layout with you. Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

You + Me for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! I am here today to share a layout I created recently using the Free Spirit collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This page was actually created as a gift for a special friend's birthday, so I started by creating a cool collage of black and white photos of her with her hubby.

I wanted to have a fairly neutral background so it wouldn't detract from the photos, so I used the reverse side of the Eclectic paper, which is printed with small typewritten words. I then used some pieces of the Wildflowers and Word Jumble papers in a vertical design, using a punch along the edge of one of them.

I then embellished my layout with coordinating items from the collection. Die cut ephemera pieces would have to be my favourite - they are a quick and easy way to add a variety of elements to your layout, and are perfect for layering with other things.

To add extra dimension to the clusters around my layout I also included a flair button; little heart; blooms and enamel shapes. I often embellish directly onto my photos to add even more dimension. Here I used a small die cut and some of the puffy stickers.

For the title of this layout I used a piece of the Eclectic cut apart paper, and embellished it with a couple more die cut pieces.

As a finishing touch (and because it was a gift), I popped the completed layout into a simple white frame which made it look that much more special. (And yes, it was very well received!)

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you.
It's not long now until the newest Cocoa Vanilla collection 'Love Always' starts shipping out to retailers. If you haven't see this stunning collection in it's entirety yet, then make sure you check out the reveal post on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog HERE
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 4 July 2016

Scrap the Boys July Challenge!

Hi everyone!
Just popping in today to share my design team layout for the July Scrap the Boys challenge. This month's challenge theme is...

And here is what I created...

This fun layout features some snaps I took of my boys at the beach a few months ago, which I paired with the Hello Sunshine collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This collection was so perfect to go with my beach photos! I also used a Faber-Castell Gelato to create the watercolour effect on my background paper.

I created a this cute little cluster using die cut ephemera pieces, puffy sticker, wood veneer shape and enamel shape for my title.

I embellished next to, and directly onto my photo using more die cut ephemera pieces, and then tucked the cute little sun wood veneer shape behind the edge of my main photo. 

For my final embellishment cluster, I again used ephemera and wood veneer, but this time I also added a flair button which I nested on some cotton thread, and a woodie.

A relatively simple layout (and a short post!) from me today, but I am happy with how it turned out.
I hope you will join in with the Scrap the Boys challenge, there are fabulous prizes on offer from both A2Z Scraplets and Charms Creations this month! Entries close 31st July, so plenty of time to create something gorgeous.  
Happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 25 June 2016

D-lish Scraps June Projects!

Hi everyone! Just popping in today to share a round-up of my D-lish Scraps June projects with you all. To start this month, I have a layout that features a photo of a very old friend and I, who I caught up with earlier in the year when she was visiting Queensland on holidays.

I wanted to keep this layout to black and white with only one colour accent, so I used Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Colour Me Happy' papers. This allowed me to choose the colour I wanted to add and customise the paper to suit. I did this by colouring the floral print with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and then going over it with a water brush. I chose yellow to represent happiness, as I was certainly happy catching up with my dear friend. 

D-lish Scraps embellishments included on this layout were - 'happy' flair button (from the Defining Words set); yellow mini paper doilypaper flowers (including one of my favourite Forget-Me-Nots and a Wild Rose); D-lish Dots enamels; tissue paper (left over from a previous Just Add Paper kit); a beautiful 6" lace paper doily; hand-dyed muslin; sequin bow; yellow resin deer and Journal Its Minifetti.

For my second layout, I took a completely different approach, opting instead to create a layout that was crisp, clean and linear. This one features a funny photo of my boys I snapped at the doctor recently, right after they had their immunisations.

In order to achieve the clean look I was after I wanted to use lots of white (including all white embellishments); minimal embellishing; and a grid-like design. I had lots of small paper scraps from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Made of Awesome' collection that were perfect to use, so I drew up a 9x9" square on my cardstock and began shuffling everything to fit. Once I had them all stuck where I wanted them, it was time to embellish.

Most of the embellishments I used were raw wood veneers, which I coloured white with my trusty Posca paint pen. I also used a chipboard piece from Dusty Attic; a flair button from the "Defining Words - White" set; and a word strip from a Journal Its Wordfetti sheet.

My final share was my take on this month's Inspiration Board Challenge and it features a recent photo of my daughter on her birthday...

I used Cocoa Vanilla Studio Free Spirit papers for this layout, and complimented them with a range of D-lish Scraps embellishments; many of them from this month's Just Add Paper kit. To start, I first added an extra splash of colour to the background using Colour Blast Colour Paste, which I simply spread with a palette knife.

From the Just Add Paper kit I used - wood veneer embroidery hoop; Corbett Creations wood veneer butterflies; 6" lace paper doilies; journaling pieces; flair buttonsky blue tassels. Other D-lish items included Memory Maze chipboard 'celebrate' word (which I embossed with gold); gold coloured wiresequin bow; and a D-lish Dot enamel shape.

So there you have it - 3 quite different projects from me this month showcasing the versatility of the embellishments available from the D-lish Scraps store.

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

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