19 October 2016

Enjoy Life & the Beauty of Living

Hi Everyone,

Today's post is of my latest blog post for D-lish Scraps. 

For the page that I am sharing with you today I chose a gorgeous photo of my niece Cassie and her beautiful horse Tensile. It is such a wonderful photo with the two of them so in sync with each other.  I wanted to bring out the green from the blanket under the saddle so based the entire layout on the colour.

Being on the Design Team I decided to go through all my goodies and sort them properly since I would need them at my fingertips all the time.  
And after sorting I was quite surprised how much green I actually did have to create this layout. 

Anyway, back to how I created the layout. I love using white as my base cardstock at the moment.  
I find that it really draws the attention in to the photo and also give me opportunity to go crazy with bright colours.
So after grabbing my white cardstock I searched my stash for a print in a matching green and then tore it to be about 5" in size horizontally. I attached it to the white cardstock with double sided tape and then drew in a black pen some 'faux' stitching around the edge.

Next I found another matching pattered paper, the one I chose was chocolate brown with lime green so it matched beautifully.  I used this to make a large mat for the photo, around 1/2" bigger than the photo on each side.
I mounted my photo, on to 3D foam tape and attached a piece of punchinella to the
back of the photo before attaching it to the patterned photo mat.  I then used double sided tape to attach this to the base papers.
Finally I embellished it with lots of goodies from D-lish Scraps
I added some flairs buttons, resin flowers, paper flowers, and  sequin bow.
I also used some wood veneer shapes and word from previous 'Just Add Paper' kits. Whilst these are no longer available there is plenty of other wood veneer goodies in the store. I also used a scattering of lime loose sequins from a previous kit.
Again, check out the store for stranded sequins or grab bags of loose sequins.

D-lish Products Used

Stay Happy and Keep Crafting :)


18 October 2016

Wild & Free

Hi Hi :)

I'm back today showing a couple of cards using the gorgeous  
WILD & FREE collection from Couture Creations.
The papers are just stunning and the dies are gorgeous.

I have created two quick cards using the collections along with the Anna Griffin glitters
and Pigment Powders.

So for the 1st card I cut a piece of Obsidian cardstock to 8x8" and folded it in half so that the cardbase became 8x4" long card.  Next cut a piece of the Lovebirds Nest patterned paper from the 12x12" Wild & Free paper stack slightly smaller so that the card base becomes the mat for the patterned paper.
I used some vellum to make a large tag to place on the front. Cut a smaller tag in black ensuring you leave enough room on the bottom to heat emboss a sentiment.

Check out how amazing the gold embossing powder is.  It is so fine and sparkly.

I decided that the black needed something more so I mounted the black tag on some yellow.  This also brought the yellow out in the patterned paper more. I punched a hole at the top added a brand and some bold twine.

I totally forgot to take some pics but I then die cut two of the Lovebirds Feather, one in Topaz Ultimate Craft cardstock and one in Obsidian black cardstock.
I added some of the Maroon glitter from the Anna Griffin Glitter Collection to the Couture Creations Crystal Clear High Gloss embossing powder. 
I covered the black cardstock in Versamark ink and then covered the cardstock with the glitter embossing powder combo before heat setting it.  You will see how amazing it came up in the close up pictures below.  Finally I attached the two feather under the brad and then
attached the tag to the card base.

For card two I used the same size card base but as landscape instead. The Fourished Lapwing die is one of my absolute favourites from the WILD & FREE collections and loved using it. And to finish it all off it ended up being a Christmas card.

To start die cut 3 of the Flourished Lapwing die.   It is such a beautiful die with such delicate details.

I did end up recutting two more birds in a green as the powder and glitter did not cover the original cream cardstock the way I wanted. 
Next mix some of the green pigment powder from the Anna Griffin Pigment Powder Collection in the blue to some of the high gloss crystal clean embossing powder. Coat one of the birds in versamark or similar embossing ink and heat set.

Next mix some of the Lime glitter with some clear embossing powder and heat emboss the two green birds.  I heat embossed them three times to get a more three dimensional and richer colour.  The picture of the two birds shows one embossed twice and the other three times.  It will give you an idea of how much richer it came out.

I added a patterned strip of paper and matching lime cardstock to the front of the card. I did it the hard way and cut the card front down first and then mounted papers on top of each other to get the 4x8" card front back.
I liked this look better than just mounting the lime and print on top of the card base.

Finally just found the birds on some mini 3D foam dots, add a sentiment and some pearls to the edges and y our done.  Pretty and effective.

ARTDECO Brand Products Used

 ULT200007 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Obsidian
CO724852 Couture Creations WILD & FREE Paper Collection Pack
CO724818 Couture Creations WILD & FREE Lovebird's Feather die
CO724790 Couture Creations Embossing Powder - Mirror Gold
ULT200054 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Topaz
CO724864 Anna Griffin Glitter Collection - Maroon
CO724959 Couture Creations Embossing Powder - Crystal Clear High Gloss
CO723815 Mini Glue Dots
CO721961 12mm foam mounting tape
CO721985 6mm double sided tape

ULT200001 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Snow White
ULT200025 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock - Mantis 
 CO724966 Anna Griffin Mix & Match Pigment Colours - Green
CO724815 Couture Creations WILD & FREE Flourished Lapwing Die
CO724852 Couture Creations WILD & FREE Paper Collection Pack
CO724864 Anna Griffin Glitter Collection - Lime
CO724959 Couture  Creations Embossing Powder - Crystal Clear High Gloss
CO721985 6mm double sided tape
CO724781 3D foam mini dots
CO724641 3mm Pearls - Grass Green

Thanks for stopping by.  

5 October 2016

Dazzled by Zebras

Hi Everyone

A lot of us can only imagine what it would be like to go on a safari in Africa.  I am hoping one day that I get the chance to see majestic animals in the wild.  The closest I have been to them in the wild would be the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, where they have more room to roam.

Finally I have a collection of papers and dies that I think do my photos from our trip some justice........
The WILD & FREE Collection by Couture Creations.

 I started with a piece of Ivory Ultimate Crafts Cardstock and die cut two full sets of the 'A Dazzle of Zebras' dies across the full 30cm.  Next I added the Zebra print paper from the Wild & Free Paper Collection pack to the back of the piece of cardstock I had just cut and adhered it to a full piece of Ivory cardstock.

 Next, cut two full sets of zebras in the Obsidian black cardstock.  I then heat embossed the die cut zebras with the Couture Creations Crystal Clear High Gloss embossing powder.  I double heat embossed the die cuts to give them more depth and looked more 3D. I then glued them into the original die cut panel. I then added a strip of the patterned paper with the green and blue peacock feathers to the top and bottom of the banner of zebras.

I selected several different flowers from the Couture Creations bulk flower range and inked them up in matching blue and green to match in with the peacock feather patterned paper.  To blend the inks into the flowers better I spritzed them all with water and then dried them off with my heat gun. The phots below show the before and after the water spritz.

As I put the layout together I decided it need something extra.  I used the Forest Frame die and cut two frames, one in Cyrpess Pine and one in Battle Fatigue cardstock.  I cut them down to use along either side of my mounted photo. 
To finish I added a title in chipboard letters and drew around the edges of the page.  


Until next time... keep crafting


3 October 2016

Memories are Made of This

Hi Hi Everyone,

I feel very blessed to have been chosen to be part of the D-lish Scraps Design team for the next six months and wrapped that I get to create with such gorgeous embellishments.
Today I am sharing with you my very first blog post for October that recently
went live on the D-lish blog.

 I have been a gatherer of everything D-lish for quick a while now and love all the 'Just Add Paper' kits to which I am now an avid subscriber.  I didn't ever want to risk missing out on Amanda's beautiful kits full of such yumminess.  The JAP kits help you create a quick layout or card and if you're lucky you may have a few embellies left to build your stash and use of another creation.

My layout started with a selection of papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  After chosing my background paper I then cut smaller pieces to mount behind the photo to draw the eye in. 

I started printing quite a few of my photos as Instagram ones as I really like the square look to photos.  I also just recently started adding the white border when I printed the photos so it saved me mounting them.  If I then decided I didn't want the white surround I could just cut off that small amount without affecting the overall look of the photo at all.
I mounted my photo on to some black cardstock and added foam tape to the back to make the photo pop out which is what the layout is all about. Before adhering the photo to the background papers I added a few strips of washi tape, a strip on the white punchinella to the top and cut a matching paper doily in half to add to the base of the photo.  I then took one of the grey check mini bags and cut it down adhering it to the bottom left of the photo. Once stuck down I then could add the journal card. My journal card came from a previous kit but there is a miriad of journal cards in the store to chose from.
I added some flairs buttons, resin flowers and paper flowers including a poppy, magnolia, rose and gardenia and of course a sequin bow.
Oh, I also had to add my new favourite love on the D-lish Scraps store, the enamel shapes.  On this layout I used a couple of hearts and an arrow.  Along with a couple of wood veneer hearts and resin bird the layout was finished.

D-lish Products Used

Don't forget that the current October Inspiration Board Challenge is on the blog now. Get you creative juices running and upload your layouts to the blog by the 31st of the Month to be in the running for some great prizes.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my 1st blog post.  I hope you visit us everyday to see what wonderful creations the girls come up with.  
I shall see you all later in the month with my next post.  

Stay Happy and Keep Crafting :)


2 October 2016

Happy News to Share

Hi Eveyone

I thought I would share some more good news with you.  As of the 1st October I became a Design Team member for an embellishment business call D-lish Scraps a Queensland based business.  I will definitely be busy creating for two teams now but will thoroughly enjoy the challenges that are ahead, but most of all I get to keep creating.

Check out the wonderful lineup of designers I get to join.

Here is my very first creation which forms part of the October Inspiration Board on the blog.  Go and check it out and enter if you would like to be in the running for some cool prizes.

I had such a fun time creating this layout of my two nieces. They feature heavily in a lot of my scrapbooking of late.
Keep an eye out for much more to come of the next many months.

Until next time, happy crafting