Saturday, May 26, 2018

To The World - The Scrapbook Store...

I'm a little late in showing off my May projects (more coming), Jesse and I have been struggling with 'man flu' - now Dad's also caught it, so its now man flu plus some. My head is still full and I'm still not 100% but of course Jesse bounced back within days - me a week now.  Joys of Winter... and its now upon us with yesterday seeing the first signs of frost.... 

Anyhow, this month for The Scrapbook Store, I have been designing with the Penelope Dee, Mother of Pearl Papers.  They are just glorious!! I opted to use some fussy cutting, which I have not done for some time now.  The 'beautiful' (name of it) paper was perfect, with oodles of amazing roses.  Teamed with some gauze from the medical cupboard, that was painted with Heidi Swap, Color Shine and Lindy's Stamp Gang mists, and lastly splashed with some gesso - flowers included.  The paper range comes with many sayings, and I cut up several to create my own for a title.  

I have had this photograph of my daughter floating about for some time, its a lovely 'selfie' which if I remember correctly I managed to grab off Facebook, and hoped for the best when I printed it that it would be good enough quality!!  I'm pretty sure my two girls were trying to out-selfie-each other... lol Today, Tayla turns 20 - where did those years go!!

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend ...xx

Cottage Cutz - Leafy Foliage

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother of Pearl - The Scrapbook Store

Mothers Day has come and gone, and for my own Mum this year I created a ZigZag Card. I originally found this amazing, easy tutorial by Marianne 'here' - it was so simple to create and looks so pretty, open or closed.  I changed a few things to suit my taste and opted to use magnets as the closing option, as a belly band gets worn out in time and often can be difficult (fiddly) to place on the card.  

Using the Penelope Dee, Mother of Pearl paper lines from The Scrapbook Store, which were sent to me this month to play with.... These are very elegant papers, with winding roses, and many glorious colour elements, from old world style to the more modern - hard to describe, but you can find them all 'here' to view.... I used an old punch I had for the edges, and highlighted with the pearl strips, by Kaisercraft.  The pearl strips are a great way to decorate, and easily sized for a project, by simply cutting through the adhesive strand.  I do however apply other wet adhesive as over time, these tend to fall off without the extra adhesive. 


Friskars Sunburst Punch
Cottage Cutz - Leafy Foliage Die

Friday, May 11, 2018

Memories - The Scrapbook Store

This month for The Scrapbook Store, I was sent a deliciously gorgeous lot of goodies to design with - including the stunning Penelope Dee, Mother of Pearl papers, Dusty Attic Chipboard Pieces, Green Tara Lace, and oodles more.  Then the search for the right photograph...

I found an old photograph of my first birthday with my parents.  Its not the best photograph as it is old, and not clear, etc.  However, it is a special memory for me, as my Dad passed away on New Years Eve, he had Motor Neuron Disease.  

Before I explain more on my layout, I had an email from a lady who was asking about why I always list a 'chipboard sheet' in my materials list, so perhaps there are more that ask this question as well.  I use the chipboard as a base for my layouts.  Cardstock, even though sturdy, often doesn't support fully the layout, especially if you are using mediums, and lots of embellishing.  All in all, it really is a support base :-) You can find a variety of thicknesses 'here'.

I've used the Penelope Dee papers, each paper of this collection is just stunning, and teamed this great paper range with some corrugated cardboard.  To shabby the layout, I added white paint (not gesso) here, there and everywhere - I was tempted to brush across the Kaisercraft Blooms as well, but did not want a really washed out look, and those flowers really pop.  Green Tara have a lovely selection of flowers and laces.  The Azalea's are stunning and always look amazing in a flower arrangement. Also, The Scrapbook Store, has their own flower range which can be seen 'here' - I have used the 1cm semi-open rosebuds.

Also, this month I'm exploring a new product (to me) Nuvo Glitter Drops, which I used on my title to add glimmer and dimension.  I just adore this product and am looking forwards to trying the Jewel Drops and Crystal Drops.  

Have a great weekend ....
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Penelope Dee - Mother of Pearl - Wonderful
Penelope Dee - Mother of Pearl - Cherished
Adirondack Acrylic Paint - Snow Cap
Medical Gauze
Cottage Cutz - Leafy Foliage Die 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

You make my heart smile Card and Tag - The Scrapbook Store

This month for The Scrapbook Store, I created a card tutorial, you can find all the full details 'here'. The card is simplistic, and can be used for many occasions by changing the journaling note card, or simply by adding a sentiment. 

Also, using the left over elements from my DT kit, I created the tag card below.  Its amazing how you can put together bits and pieces, and still manage to create something pretty.  Left over elements from the 2Crafty Frame piece from my layout, and the border elements left over from the card and album. The background paper is gorgeous by Prima Marketing, called 'Transformation' in the Cherry Blossom Collection - I wanted to match the top panel of my tag, so covered the cardstock with the matching decorative tape, with butterflies.  A bit fiddly matching the lines up, but with a bit of patience, looks so pretty.  I had a little snippet of the Green Tara 30mm lace left, and added this and the left over flowers from the packs.  The Kaisercraft 'Wooden Flourishes' and 'Alphabet' are from my stash from a few years ago.

I don't like things being perfectly straight, so after completing the 'happy' title, I realised how straight it was and made the 'birthday' slightly uneven.  Keeping these little alphabet stickers (or other types of stickers) on your creations can be difficult as over time the adhesive doesn't hold and they fall off!  I applied a smear of Scotch Quick Dry adhesive onto the wooden flourish after painting it, and then added while wet the alphabet.  Then, when dry, I wiped another layer of adhesive over the top to seal it.

Recently I went through a lot of my older layouts from 4-5 years ago, most were still in the same condition as when I created them.  However, there were some layouts with elements that literally were in the bottom of the packaging I had them stored in. It took me many hours to replace and fix with the correct adhesive.  So, now when anything has its own adhesive backing, I never use it - I apply a good reliable adhesive to ensure it will be there in years to come.

American Crafts - Textured Cardstock - White and Black
Kaisercraft - Kaisercard - Musk
Kaisercraft - Rhinestones - Soft Pink
2 Crafty - Lacey Border Set 1
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Cherry Blossom Garden
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Journaling Note Cards
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Transformation
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Flowers #631116
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Flowers # 631062
3D Foam Mounts
Adirondack - Acrylic Paint - Gold
Stickles - Diamond
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Black Soot

American Crafts - Textured Cardstock - White and Black
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Transformation
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Flowers #631116
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Flowers # 631062
Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom - Decorative Tape
2Crafty - Doodled Frames (fr0884)
2Crafty - Lacey Border Set 1
Green Tara - 30mm Lace - White
I am Roses - Small Leaves
Kaisercraft - Wooden Flourishes - Banners
Kaisercraft - Rhinestones - Soft Pink
Kaisercraft - Alphabet Stickers
Adirondack - Acrylic Paint - Gold
Ranger - Emboss It - Daber
Stampendous - Frantage Embossing Enamel - Aged Shabby Pink
Heat Tool
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
3D Foam Mounts

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Romance Mini Album - The Scrapbook Store

This month for The Scrapbook Store, I got to design with the beautiful Prima Marketing 'Cherry Blossom Collection' papers and elements.  Also, a gorgeous selection of 2Crafty chipboard elements which I painted in the Tim Holtz, Tarnished Brass paint.  This paint for me, has the most glorious luster and replicates a realist gold in colour, which captures a nice sheen in various light settings.  The Kaisercraft Rhinestone's and tiny half pearls were used to jazz up the chipboard pieces...

I used the Blue Fern Studio's Romance title which I picked up at a bargain price in The Scrapbook Store's 70% off sale. If you haven't checked out the sale pages, its well worth the visit with various categories such as 30%, and 70% off.  These sale pages are updated often, so always something new to browse, and a great bargain or ten to pick up. The Romance tittle was painted in white, dried and then a nice layer of 'Diamond' stickles added.  When painting this piece I made a point of only painting the top surface, as the darkness of the chipboard piece being left as is, really makes the title pop.

There are numerous pages, and below I have highlighted some.  Lace, rhinestones, pearls, with oodles of tags of various types - including using the Prima Marketing - Cherry Blossom, Journaling Note cards.  Left over flowers from the Cherry Blossom collection, I used to highlight some of the tags.  The larger page tags, I used left over pattern papers and a mixture of the Cherry Collection Washi Tape.  I adore, how this tape is transparent and the tape gives a different look depending on the colour cardstock and/or texture you use as a background. 

You can find the latest newsletter for all current new products, and news for The Scrapbook Store 'here'...

American Crafts - Textured Cardstock - White
American Crafts - Textured Cardstock - Black
12 X 12" Chipboard Sheet
Green Tara - 30mm White Lace
Floral Lace - from my stash

Friday, April 6, 2018

Once Upon A Dream, The Scrapbook Store...

It has been a long time since I last posted on my blog, with my life taking a different direction.  My creative road has continued since I last blogged, though not as often, and on a more personal journey and not public.  

Recently, I placed a mini album up on The Scrapbook Store's, Facebook, Creative page - You can find that page 'here'. Suzanne sent me an email, and asked if I would like to come back to design for her business, The Scrapbook Store.  Of course, I said yes, and it did not take me long to ponder over the answer!  One of the hardest things about leaving all my design teams, 3 years ago was leaving The Scrapbook Store - it simply was 'the best', the most amazing memories, fabulous design team (with many of the DT still part of it even now), an amazing lot of ladies, and FANTASTIC shopping! 

Needless to say I am happy to be back, even if I feel like a duck out of water at the moment... hopefully I will feel more at ease soon, once I get my feet 'wet' again....

So, as my first project for my return to The Scrapbook Store, I created the 'Once Upon A Dream' layout.  My DT contents included the beautiful 'Cherry Blossom Papers' by Prima Marketing, along with flowers, 2Crafty Chipboard pieces, and oodles of other items.  You can see the full materials list below...and all are available at The Scrapbook Store...

12 X 12" Chipboard Sheet
American Crafts - Textured Cardstock - Black
American Crafts - Textured Cardstock - White
American Crafts - Textured Cardstock - Blush
Heidi Swap - Color Shine - Sweet Cherry and Gold
Prima Marketing - Distress Tool
I am Roses - Leaves

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