Celebrate love …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Wedding/Special Occasion’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout with a wedding photo of my cousin Jen and Adam.

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The background paper and the strips of paper at the bottom of the layout were from a 12″ x 12″ paper pad: Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Shine

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I added texture to the background by using acrylic paint (mixed with texture paste) and a stencil.

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I matted the wedding photo (5″ x 7″ portrait printed with a white border) with 2 frames that were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad and pink paper at the top.

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The next part was creating the 2 corner flower clusters.

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Both clusters featured fussy cut flowers from 2 different papers. The pink flowers were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad.

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The blue flowers were cut from a Ruby Rock-It – Arcadia – Be Calm paper.

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The bottom cluster featured the word ‘LOVE’ which were fussy cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. There were also a couple of vellum die cut embellishments – ‘today’ and ‘CELEBRATE’ – these were from the Hello Sunshine range.

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The top cluster includes a Paperhouse Productions Vintage Romance Snapshot ‘Cherish’ sticker. I also added a white Heidi Grace Design heart pin.

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I attached a date sticker label to a foil eyelet tag (from The Craft Stall) and adhered it to the photo using foam tape.

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#Best Day Ever – from the Hello Sunshine range. The wood veneers – Studio Calico Wood Veneer – Shapes – People. Another fussy cut flower from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. Underneath all those embellishments is a strip of printed tissue paper machine stitched onto the background paper. I did the same thing at the bottom of the photo.

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The geo heart was another vellum die cut from the Hello Sunshine range. The alphabet wood veneers were from the Fundamentals range from Ruby Rock-It.

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I was pleased with how the layout turned out. I followed some design rules that I try to stick to when working out the design of a layout. Repetition – I used 2 sets of wood veneers, 2 strips of machine stitched tissue paper, 2 banners (the date banner and the vellum banner), 2 frame photo mats – repetition creates unity. The vellum geo heart goes with the diamonds in the bottom strip of pink paper.

There’s also repetition with the colours. The bottom strip of paper – with the pink diamonds – was my inspiration for the pink fussy cut flowers, the pink paper at the top of the photo, the pink background texture paint and the cherish sticker. It also helped that the ‘cherish’ word was blue which matched the Ruby Rock-It blue fussy cut flowers. Gold is repeated with the vellum die cuts – #Best Day Ever, today and the heart. Black and white is featured in the date banner, the word ‘LOVE”, the strips of patterned paper and the photo.

The flower clusters are arranged in such a way that they create a visual triangle – the flowers lead the eye from the top of the page down to the bottom of the photo and then back up to the top of the photo.

I also learnt that when scrapbooking you should try to tell the story by having some of the following – who, what, when and where. I have the who (Adam and Jen titled via the wooden veneer alphabet letters), the when (the date sticker label) and the what – it’s pretty obvious – a wedding :)

Anyways, after all that … I got a 2nd prize ribbon … :)

“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~ When Harry Met Sally

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Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – October …

This month’s Kaisercraft collection is the Mint Wishes collection – “a medley of minty-fresh teal and natural textures makes Mint Wishes a truly Scandinavian Christmas affair. Snowy Spruce trees, geometric baubles, pine cones and birch mixed with a minimal colour pallet will have you dreaming of a mint Christmas wonderland!”

With the Creative Kit Club’s October Kit I was able to create 4 layouts. Instructions for the first 2 layouts are in the full colour step by step magazine that comes with the kit.

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Absolutely loved using the Festive Circle die (which is the add on die).

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You can order the October Mint Wishes Kit now! There is also another October kit that you can order – Rose Avenue. It will be shipped from the 5th of October. Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

Christmas in July – lollipop reindeers …

This is such a cute idea for Christmas in July AND Christmas!

I made these reindeers last Christmas. I made some for the Adelaide branch of the South Australian Country Womens Association and I made extra (for sale) with the proceeds going to the South Australian branch of the RSPCA.

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I’ve made them again for a CWA Christmas in July event coming up this weekend. This time around the craft store didn’t have any brown paper (luckily I had some leftover from last year). I bought other coloured paper! Nothing wrong with blue reindeer is there? ;)

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The reindeers are quite easy to make. You can get the free printable template here.

To make the lollipop reindeers, you’ll need:

  • coloured paper (I used Vivaldi paper A4 120gsm)
  • scissors
  • double sided tape
  • sticky tape
  • lollipops

Print out the template. Cut around the outline of the reindeer. Cut out the nose and the middle of the template.

There are 2 folds. Fold the reindeer in the middle.

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The back strip gets folded down and then brought to the front of the reindeer after the lollipop is attached to the reindeer. The stick of the lollipop moved so I taped the lollipop onto the back of the reindeer template.

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Add double sided tape to the back strip and then fold them over the front.

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And there they are! The cutest reindeer lollipops. EVER.

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Happy crafting!

“Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left.” ~ John Waters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – July …

Have you heard about the Creative Kit Club? Each month the Creative Kit Club comes out with a full colour step by step magazine where you can create amazing scrapbooking projects and card making projects.

I have had a monthly subscription with them for a year now and their kits are fantastic.

And now I am lucky enough to be a guest designer for them. The first kit I “played” with is the Golden Grove kit featuring Kaisercraft’s Golden Grove collection – a collection of golden hues and intricate floral designs.

Kaisercraft says “Golden dahlias entwined with sweet pear give the papers an autumn feel while falling leaves and a rustic colour palette make the collection perfect for seasonal projects”. Perfect for someone who likes to fussy cut! Someone like me!

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I created 2 layouts with the kit:

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Instructions on how to create these 2 layouts are in the magazine. FYI, I loved using the flower dies and the foliage stamps from this kit.

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I also made a couple of cards – they’re in the magazine too.

You can pre-order the July Golden Grove Creative Kit now! It will be shipped from the 5th of July. Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

Happy 30th birthday …

Yesterday the family had a birthday lunch for my sister-in-law Rebecca who turned 30 last Saturday.

She spent her birthday last week on the Gold Coast with her husband (my brother), my niece and nephew, her twin sister, brother-in-law, their 2 kids, her mum & dad, her other sister, brother-in-law, their 4 kids, her brother and sister-in-law and their daughter. I have to say that they did very well to organise such a large family trip with all 19 of them! Of course it was chaotic and manic but they had a great time and it was a fantastic bonding session for the little ones!

Anyways, I made a birthday card for Rebecca.

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The pink background paper which was cut using Kaisercraft’s ‘nesting rectangles’ using the largest rectangle in the set.

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The paper was then embossed using a Craft Concepts Universal Embossing Folder called ‘Solid Stars’. I used sand paper to highlight the stars.

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A Paper Rose die (Mesh Large) and Kaisercraft’s ‘Texture Stained Glass’ decorative die was used to layer the die cuts on top of the embossed paper. FYI, I adhered the mesh die cut with staples.

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The balloons were created with Kaisercraft’s ‘Balloons’ decorative die.

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I had a ‘base’ die cut of balloons in black and then used the die on 5 different patterned papers to make the different coloured balloons. The ’30’ came from American Crafts’ Kitten In Black collection.

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The final layer on the card is the greeting using a Hero Arts stamp called ‘Happy Birthday’.

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Finally the card was outlined with a black marker.

Happy 30th birthday Rebecca! :) x

By the way, my mum and I made Rebecca’s birthday cake. Gluten free and dairy free! The inspiration came from Pinterest . The cake was based on the Oreo drip cake. It was delicious!

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“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” ~ Ausonius

Happy Mother’s Day …

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day so this special day called for a card for my mum :)

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I started with a Kaisercraft square card as the base.

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The Couture Creations Intricutz die background ‘Fans of Fantasia’ is perfect for a square card – even better framed. The die cut was 9.5cm x 9.5cm so the frame I cut was 11.5cm x 11.5xm with a 1cm border.

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Under the framed die cut I went for a pink coloured paper (to match the fussy cut flowers) – American Crafts – Pebbles – Happy Go Lucky Collection – Delight.

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On top of the framed die cut I added another die cut – a frame from Kaisercraft’s Ornate Pack 1.

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I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Roses’ paper from Kaisercraft’s Secret Garden Collection and added them on the card with foam squares.

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To complete the look, I created the greeting using Carolee’s Creations – Adornit Tiny Black alphabet stickers and stuck them with foam squares.

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Tip: To have your letters/words appearing straight, adhere the letters to acetate (which is placed on top of a self healing mat that has lines) and then cut around the letter/words.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.”

 

 

 

Tissue paper flowers …

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I have a birthday party coming up this weekend and was searching online for DIY party decoration ideas. Nothing too fancy. Tissue paper flowers! Why did I not think of that? They are simple and inexpensive to make. I watched an online tutorial – OMG, you can make them in no time at all!

All you need is tissue paper, flexible wire (I used embroidery thread) and scissors.

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With a pink-purple-white theme I bought 3 packets of tissue paper. To make the flowers, I had 5 sheets of tissue paper stacked on top of each other (each sheet of paper was cut – they measured roughly 12cm x 25cm). Folded them, accordion/fan style, as per the tutorial, and tied them in the middle. I rounded the edges, opened the sheets individually and fluffed them. Easy!

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“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ~ Gerard De Nerval

 

 

Mixed media …

Mixed media. It’s everywhere. What is it?

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The ‘mixed media’ used refers to papers, paints, pencils, inks, photos, metal, plastic fabrics, fibres, etc.

It’s an assemblage of all things 2D and 3D.

Last year the Adelaide Royal Show introduced, for the first time, a category called ‘Mixed Media Layout, any subject‘ in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section. I’ve not done much mixed media so I thought I would give this a go. With a family photo.

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I started with a 12″ x 12″ white cardstock. I machine stitched black scrapbooking paper onto the cardstock.

The fun stuff came with paint, ink, texture paste and spray mists for the background. Messy hands stuff! I used different stencils and stamps with texture paste and with embossing powder, bubble wrap with black paint and a script stamp with black ink..

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Finnabair art basics Mixed Media Essentials

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Heidi Swapp mini stencils kit.

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Tim Holtz layering stencils – Bubble and Stars

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Kaisercraft texture edge clear stamp

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Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Grid

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Kaisermists – orange, red and yellow.

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Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Gold.

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Adding a photo was the next step. I had initially started with a black and white family photo. I assumed it would be easier to choose papers and embellishments. I got all my papers and embellishments and started assembling. The layout looked okay. I then swapped the black and white photo with the colour photo. I have to say the colour photo looked so much better. I was worried about the colours of the clothing clashing – I needn’t have worried.

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To lift the photo off the background paper, I matted the photo on yellow patterned paper, scribbled a frame around the photo and then added an additional mat of red corrugated cardboard to the photo.

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The embellishments were next. What better way to add a quote than to use a dymo label – it’s old school and quick and easy. It was important to date the photo so I stuck a date label sticker to a banner tag. The eyelet on the tag gave me the idea to add a heart pin. A bulldog clip completed the cluster.

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In the opposite corner, I needed black and white embellishments. I stamped the word ‘celebrate’ and used chipboard thickers for the main title. To balance out the red colour from the Kaisermist spray under the dymo label I attached a Becky Higgins flair to a fussy cut sun. (The sun is from one of my favourite patterned papers – Kaisercraft’s Sunshine from the Fun In The Sun collection.)

Kaisercraft – Save the Date clear stamp – Celebrate.

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American Crafts thickers – My Girl collection – Kitten – Black.

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Kaisercraft – Fun In The Sun – Sunshine.

Becky Higgins’ Project Life – Currently edition – so very happy flair.

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In the other 2 corners I went for colour and texture. I fussy cut some flowers from 2 different patterned papers, added arrow wooden veneers and die cut embellishments.

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The coloured flowers – Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes 12″ x 12″ ‘Shine’ paper pad.

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The black and white flowers – KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet.

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The wood veneers – Ruby Rock-It Fundamentals – Cardmaking for Connoisseurs.

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The die cuts – Crate Paper – Hello Love.

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Other products used:
White cardboard, black scrapbooking paper, red corrugated cardboard, foam mounting tape, black paint, bubble wrap, black ink, mini bulldog clip, Dymo organiser xpress embosser, script clear stamp, ‘Solid Cosmos’ clear stamp, kraft tag with eyelet, sharpie pen, date sticker label, Heidi Grace Design heart pin, ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder, ‘Hologram’ embossing powder, VersaMark clear embossing  ink and machine stitching.

“Every family has a story to tell. Welcome to ours.”

Happy birthday …

The Girls Paperie  – Kitch Collection – Geranium Stripe 12 x 12 paper

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Clear Impressions Fabulous Florals Clear Stamp Set

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Hero Arts Little Greetings Happy Birthday rubber stamp C5564

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Sharpie pen (2 lines and outline around Happy Birthday)

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3.25″ hand embroidery scissors (fussy cutting)

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Tsukineko StazOn Ink Pad – Jet Black

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a ‘Happy birthday’ card for my sister-in-law.

Happy birthday Maria!

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“Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.”

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Picture perfect …

I had a number of entries in the 2016 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section. My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Children‘ category was a page of Jake (nephew) featuring string art.

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Paige Evans‘ first collection, via Pink Paislee, was the ‘Fancy Free’ collection which comprised of patterned paper, ephemera, chipboard, puffy stickers, layer stickers, chipboard stickers, foam stickers, wood veneers, buttons, tags, string art templates and a couple of kits. All bright and colourful. I saw the collection at my local Spotlight store and was drawn to the heart string art template kit.

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The kit comes with a template, twine and jewel brads.

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I replaced the kit’s twine and brads with gold embroidery thread and silver brads. I’m not going to lie – it took me more than one attempt to get the strings threaded as per the template.

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The photo of Jake is matted on Bella! Heart and Stripes Paperz – Silver.

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The two groups of clustered embellishments are placed in a such a way that the eye is drawn from the top of the heart to the bottom of the heart diagonally.

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The heart, arrow and ‘love’ embellishments are from Crate Paper’s ‘Hello Love’ pack of 40 pieces.

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The camera diecut is from Kaisercraft’s My Year, My Story Collection – Collectables

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The horse was fussy cut from a Ruby Rock-It Handi Skandi paper – Iconology.

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Other products used:
R530 Panasonic electronic typewriter, Dymo organiser xpress embosser, orange background paper (unknown), white cardstock, ‘picture perfect’ and ‘wonderful’ words (unknown).

FYI, I got a blue ribbon for the layout :)

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“You were born to be real not to be perfect.”

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