Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Baby Girl Reverse Canvas - Pitter Patter, Kaisercraft

Hi again!  I know, 2 in one day... its going to be a big Kaisercraft week here on my blog!

This is the reverse canvas I've created using Kaisercraft's Pitter Patter range.  I've used just a small piece of patterned paper and used some accents from the matching Collectables pack. 

What I like about the pink tones in this range is that they're not your standard 'baby pink' colour, they have a subtle added hue of peach... which means I can add some peach inks into my canvas as well as the pinks and it all blends together!

I have used a new {to me, I'm sure it's been around for ages} crackled texture paste by Wendy Vecchi on this to add some different texture. I have fallen in love and went through 1/2 a tub in one weekend!  I have never had a crackle paste that will crackle so well with a heat gun! It allowed me to finish this in record time as I didn't need to wait for things to dry naturally.

I added the paste directly onto the frame as is, then while still a little wet added my first colour layers of pinks.  I let this dry and then added more crackle paste where I felt the colour was a little deep, used it to also hold some Hexagon cut outs from the Collectables pack as well as pieces of paper doilies, and then slowly added more colours, allowing them to run and blend.  Once thoroughly dried I added more visual texture with metallic rubs

Thanks for visiting!  I'll have more to share with you tomorrow!

Kaisercraft Products: P1553 Bundle of Joy | CT798 Pitter Patter Girl Collectables | RS408 Sparklets – Crystal, RS451 Rhinestone Strips – Silver | F627 Paper Blooms – Coconut, F640 Paper Blooms – Fairy Floss, F644 Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut, F657 Mini Paper Blooms – Fairy Floss | FL305 Flourish Pack – Frames

Other: 8×8 Canvas, Crackle Texture Paste, Colour Sprays, Metallic Rub, White Paint, Crochet Trim, Ribbon, Gauze, Paper Doily

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Sweet Baby Boy - Pitter Patter, Kaisercraft

My very first posts for Kaisercraft are up on their blog!  How very exciting it is to be a part of this fabulous team!!  I'll share my work here individually this week, because there's lots... I certainly had myself some fun!

This range I thought was so 'just right' for a baby range, still a little out of my comfort zone though, simply because I think I have only scrapped 2 or 3 'baby' layouts.  But as always, with Kaisercraft papers being so beautifully co-ordinated it was a breeze! 

This is my now almost 18 year old when he was a little one... he was soooo cute!!

I inked some little word phrases with Peridot Mix'd Media Inx to help them blend in with the papers.  The new Kaiser alpha stickers are simply perfect for small titles and phrases.  I left the wooden embellishments raw for this one, the veneer look being so popular now, but also it was just the perfect shade I needed to work with the photos.

The Sage Blossoms were a perfect match for this range... and being a baby layout, I was 'allowed' to use them!  Kel would be mortified if I used flowers on a layout I did of him now with flowers on it!

The Hexagon pattern was screaming to be cut out, so I cut some out as individuals and some as blocks or strips.  I've raised the individual ones to add interest and depth to the pattern.

Thanks for stopping by... later today I will share with you the Baby Girl Canvas I created!

Kaisercraft Products: P1551 Tiny Bundle, P1554 Little Feet, P1548 Little One | PP942 Paper Pad | RS408 Sparklets – Crystal | FL440 Flourish Pack – Hearts | F649 Mini Paper Blooms – Sage, F644 Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut, F632 Paper Blooms – Sage  | AS251 Alpha Stickers – Ebony

Other: Cardstock, Gauze, Vintage Doilies, Word Stickers, Peridot Ink, Embroidery Thread, Foam Tape
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Blog Hop with a Difference...

Hi everyone!  I was asked by Sue Smyth to join a  BLOG HOP with a DIFFERENCE. 
It's a great idea and a way to get to know us and who in turn inspires us, a little bit of fun!  

You can pop over and see Sue’s Blog & Post is HERE.   Thanks Sue for 'tagging' me xoxo

Here are the questions Sue has asked me:

1. What am I working on?

Right now? Not so much, I can't find my scrap desk LOL. I've just started packing, renovating and all that 'fun' stuff so I have everything everywhere! {Note: read 'packing and renovating' as "moving stuff around the house but getting nowhere"}.  And yes... I'm going to share the chaos that is my desk... yep, it surpasses being a 'mess'.

However generally I'm always working on something. Class layouts for Tomorrow's Memories, DT work for Donna Salazar Designs and Kaisercraft or a Commission for Australian Scrapbook Ideas... there's always something I want to play with! This weekend I had a weekend ‘off’, which means I caught up on my Project Life album {only 6 weeks behind this time}.  I did this on the coffee table though, since the scrap desk is hiding.  But that works for me, the coffee table is in the lounge, where the heater is LOL.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I love adding purely handmade elements such as my flowers and ruffles, recycled fabrics, hand stitching - these are the elements of 'me' I put into my work. 

3. Why do I create what I do?

Waayyy back when I started, it was to record everything.  My memory is shocking and I was hoping this would help me remember all those little moments. But then it turned into a creative outlet as well, so now I do it simply because I enjoy it!  I've discovered that I need to create something, anything... be it a messy ink on the hands {clothes, table and where-ever else it ends up} canvas, a layout of a favourite photo or a tag for a friend, because it makes me happy.  Working full time quoting all day, creating gives my brain that 'me' time it needs.

4. How does your creating process work?

I'd love to say I have a process but honestly, I don't. If I have projects to work on I grab them, hunt for things to go with them, look for photos that match (or change ones to suit) and then I just relax and 'play' and the layout creates itself.   Perhaps that's a process, but I would rarely plan out how a layout or canvas is going to look, and if I did I can guarantee it'd be nothing like I'd thought!!

We are all inspired by others, luckily for me 2 of my main inspirations are from a couple of girls who's friendships are so very close to my heart:

Natasha doesn't create much anymore, but her work continues to inspire so many people, me amongst them.  But more than that - she, who she is inspires me. We talk everyday and her beautiful nature, her humour, her silliness {because we all need one of 'those' friends in our lives} and her caring ways continue to inspire me - she's just an amazing person in all ways.  Although I'm still waiting for my personal tutorial on how to create her perfect Bitty Blossoms that I'm so useless at!

Michelle is soooo talented!  I was in such awe of her... back in the day she was {well still is} one of the people who broke all the rules and created with anything, and made it look perfect.  When I was invited to join Dusty Attic I was almost beside myself that I would be on a DT with 'the' Michelle Grant.  Now she's one of my closest friends and I stir her up like I do my sister.  It'd be a rare day that we don't talk.  She continues to inspire me with her drive, her amazing imagination and how she can create with anything.  She's a creative powerhouse!  You know what... I'm still in awe of her, she truly is one of the most beautiful people I've ever met.

I'm also always inspired by fabulous designer Donna Salazar, who I'm lucky enough to create for.  I love Donna's positive cheeky outlook on life and how it comes through in her work.  I have been inspired by her for a long time, with her love of handmade elements and denim, but as I've got to know her better I'm inspired by her absolute love and devotion to her family, it's beautiful!

And last, but certainly not least by any count - Nadia Cannizzo.  She has a style that's messy, but perfect... I love everything she does.  Unfortunately I can't mimic it, but that doesn't mean I'm not inspired by her work and don't learn from her fabulous tips and tutorials. She has a wonderful challenge blog as well, which I'm sure most people in the scrapping world knows about - Once Upon a Sketch.

There's so many more wonderful designers who I have to go see what they're up to each week, whose work makes me go 'ooooh'.  There's so much talent out there in this big wide world of ours, but I've found the people who inspire me most are people who have shared their stories, have worked through hardships and who create from the heart not from ambition... people who are real!  These are the ones who inspire me endlessly and not just in the way I create.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Families are like Fudge... Donna Salazar Designs

I'm back!

After a little DSD holiday I'm back and today I have a simple little layout share using lovely cream, brown and denim tones.

Donna's papers are always fun, especially when teamed up with snippets from her Crafty Chronicles, which you must read before cutting up!!

I must apologise for the photo not being spot on colour wise, it's mid-winter here in Australia and trying to capture that 'just right' light proved difficult today.

I created a ruffle for this one, again LOL, but they just suit Donna's papers so well!  I've also created a "Worn Rose" using Donna's Rose Creations Die from Spellbinders.

The Chronicle paper and tag edges were inked with Donna's Mixed Media Inx in Denim, it's just that right shade of blue.

Under the photo and main paper layers I've also added seem denim snippets, crochet lace, Chronicles snippets and some tags.  Just adding in these little touches between the layers helps to develop interest and lots of wonderful layered texture.

I have missed you all and will see you again soon!!

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

"Always" - Class Layout... Tomorrow's Memories

Hi everyone!

This is my next class at Tomorrow's Memories, using stunning new Be-YOU-tiful papers from Kaisercraft.   I love the bold vibrant tones and patterns of this rage, but have created this simple layout to show those who shy away from using bright bold colours and patterns how they can still use them without feeling overwhelmed!  You will also learn to create your own handmade paper ruffle, use layers of papers and even dye a trim to perfectly match your layout.

This class is this Saturday, 5th July from 10:30 and costs only $23.50 and there are only a few spaces left!
To book in, call Tomorrow's Memories on 9279 2183.

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Sneaky Peeks...

I just have some little sneaky's of what I've been working on over the weekend for Tomorrow's Memories.  I had a migraine Thursday and Friday... finally it started receding Saturday... so I took it easy and scrapped the weekend away between naps - got to love it when something bad turns into something so much fun!

This first is from a layout I created for the take home kits. These offer fabulous value for money as they contain just the elements you need, without being over-charged for full packets of things you may not need or use again!  This one was also set as a challenge amongst the DT to create using mostly paper like our DT Member Louise Beerens does.  What she can do with just a couple of sheets of paper is amazing, she's truly talented!

Pop into Tomorrow's Memories regularly and check out what kits are available, as these are strictly liminted and ever changing.

This next one is for an upcoming class and was lots of fun to create.  At first I chose these gorgeous Kaisercraft Dream Big papers for the colours alone, and was delighted at how versatile the design was {and so so pretty with the butterflies and doily shapes}!  It's a fun, happy layout with a couple of not so messy techniques using gesso and loads of layering!
Dare to Dream

This one goes back to my vintage grungy style... with an iddy SteamPunk twist!  And like all grungy work, it has a wonderful messy technique I'll be sharing with you as well as lots of  layering, fussy cutting and distressing.

 Carpe Diem

Class schedules are available online HERE or you could email them HERE to sign up for Tomorrow's Memories Newsletter to keep informed of upcoming class schedules so you can book your spot before they sell out!

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

True Love - Australian Scrapbook Ideas #27

Here's my last share from Issue #27... a wedding photo of my beautiful friend and her hubby. They are a beautiful couple with loving, generous hearts.

I LOVE this Dichroic Glass effect, created with the Croco Paint in the background.  There's step by step instructions on how to do this in the magazine!  I kept the layout quite simple, adding some stunning turquoise flowers to frame the photo and the Dichroic Glass chipboard hearts as the focus embellishments.

All article layouts in Australian Scrapbook Ideas come with full instructions, so ask for it at your local newsagent or subscribe so you don't miss out!  You can find them online HERE and you can keep up to date by following them on Facebook HERE.

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Looking Back - Australian Scrapbook Ideas #27

Here's another vintage style layout, this time with my maternal grandparents. These photos were taken in the 40's, they had such style back then... how dapper was my grandpa!!

I used an impressive chipboard frame for this one from Dusty Attic.  It was perfect for the era, the vertical layers and held the Croco beautifully.  For this one the cracks were accented with some Viva InkaGold, one of my favourite mediums for highlighting textures you've created on your work.

All article layouts in Australian Scrapbook Ideas come with full instructions, so ask for it at your local newsagent or subscribe so you don't miss out!  You can find them online HERE and you can keep up to date by following them on Facebook HERE.  I won't have any shares for you from Issue #28 when that's released as I took a mini break... but there's more coming up in Issue #29!

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Creating, Chatting, Learning...

Wow... I've just been reading back through my blog, wayyyyy back in 2006.  I can't believe I've been blogging so long!  And while there are so many changes, so many things are just the same!  It has made me realise though that this is such a great 'diary' tool, looking back at my journey through scrapping and life.  And for someone with a brain that doesn't remember all the little things that happened around me, it's really helpful.  

So... today has me wondering about how I went with Kaisercraft; like I'm sure the rest of us finalists are {I'm not sure when they'll make their decision - it would be such a hard job}.  I haven't created a lot lately, with so much happening at home, getting sick, stressing over money, trying to get and keep the house clean, working double roles at work, oh and being a single mum {yes it might be to a 17yo, but it's still harder work than it was before}... all those usual crazy things that my life brings.  I found that I was pushing my creativity aside, I even considered putting it away for good.  And then the Kaisercraft DT Call came up, and I felt that creative itch surfacing again... so even if I don't make it through to the Contributing Team, I am so very thankful for regaining that 'need' to create.  I love creating, I need to create and should never make creating a 'disposable' part of my life. 

On the weekend I even created some more work for Donna Salazar. I've been having a little holiday {thanks again Donna for your understanding and support}, but now I have some projects to photograph as soon as I get some good light {and put some photos on the layouts LOL}.  Here's a little snippet of an iddy canvas which is still a work in progress...

I've been doing some ATC classes as well these last couple of month with Kelsey O'Mullane... I'm learning so much and having such fun!   And now in a couple of weeks time I'm doing a weekend workshop with Jen Crossley, yikes!  This will be well and truly wayyyyy out of my comfort zone, but I'm really looking forward to doing it!  I'll be learning to make some pendants and brooches as well as afabulous CookBook.  We'll be playing with Ice Resin and doing Metal Etching and all sorts.  My sister wants the CookBook, for her aromatherapy blends of all things... but it's very her and I know she'll love it and use it


How cool does that CookBook look, I hope I can make mine look almost as good!

Life on the homefront is settling into a chaotic routine, but there's routine there LOL.  Work is great {I know, don't fall off your chair}.  I have someone to help me in estimating now, finally a real estimator after years without one.  We have a new planning system in place which I am loving using, learning new things, putting more feathers in my cap.  Yep, work is good!  I have put some of my art pieces and layouts up in my office, it's amazing how motivating that is, should have done that ages ago. 

My sister is coming over on the weekend to watch the final episodes of Game of Thrones, then we impatiently wait for the next season.  Luckily we'll have TrueBlood and then hopefully Walking Dead to keep us occupied in between!

Well I think that's enough rabbling on for me!   Until next time... take care of you.

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Mona Ruby - Australian Scrapbook Ideas #27

Crackle to me means VINTAGE!  It adds such a lovely worn distressed effect to embellishments for heritage styled pages.  I chose a lovely swirly name plate to coat with the Croco Crackle for this layout of my grandmother.

The paint for this one was white, which was a bit bright for the vintage photo and papers, so I gently distressed it with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

All article layouts in Australian Scrapbook Ideas come with full instructions, so ask for it at your local newsagent or subscribe so you don't miss out!  You can find them online HERE and you can keep up to date by following them on Facebook HERE.

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